Archive For The “Free Speech & Privacy Rights” Category

Missouri Bill Would Ban “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Feb. 8, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Missouri House would ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This represents an essential step states need to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end unconstitutional spying on its own. Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) introduced House…

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Michigan Committee Holds Hearing on Bill to Ban “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

LANSING, Mich. (Feb. 7, 2018) – Yesterday, a Michigan Senate committee held a hearing on a bill that would ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This represents an essential step states need to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end unconstitutional spying on its own. Rep….

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Michigan Action Alert: Help Pass HB4430, No Resources for Warrantless Surveillance

The same week that Congress reauthorized and expanded NSA spying, the Michigan House passed HB4430 by a vote of 107-1, a bill to ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. (learn more here).  The bill is now in the Senate Judiciary committee where it needs to pass to move forward. Please take the following…

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Arizona Bill Takes on Federal Militarization of Police and the Surveillance State

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Jan. 31, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Arizona Senate would require law enforcement agencies to get local government approval before acquiring or using military equipment or surveillance technology. Passage of the legislation would set the stage to limit the surveillance state, along with the impact of federal programs that militarize local…

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Oklahoma Bill Would Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Jan. 30, 2018) – A bill prefiled in the Oklahoma Senate would ban the warrantless collection of electronic data and the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in the Sooner State, it…

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Charleston, SC Secessionist wants Confederate monument repairs

Charleston, SC Secessionist wants Confederate monument repairs

The State, CHARLESTON, SC – While the debate about removing Confederate monuments rages across the country, one group in South Carolina is looking to see some of the statues in the Palmetto State repaired. The South Carolina Secessionist Party sent a letter to the members of the Charleston City Council pressing the governing body to make…

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Sons of Confederate Veterans want to raise flags in every NC county along I-40

Sons of Confederate Veterans want to raise flags in every NC county along I-40

BURKE COUNTY — Another large Confederate flag is flying near a North Carolina interstate. Smitty Smith of Burke County put up a 20-by-30-foot Confederate flag over the weekend on his property beside Interstate 40. It’s part of a larger project by the Sons of Confederate Veterans to raise flags in every North Carolina county along…

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Tenther Tuesday Episode 23: Taking on the Surveillance State

This is the 369th day the GOP Congress has failed to repeal Obamacare. Meanwhile, it has also expanded the surveillance state with the reauthorization of FISA Sec. 702. But with nullification season getting into full swing, a number of states are advancing efforts to limit surveillance both at the state and federal level. In this week’s…

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The Vote is in: Relying on Congress to Stop Federal Surveillance is Dangerous

Can states legally – and successfully – shut off water to a federal agency, like we’ve been proposing to do with NSA spying? For years, lawyers at organizations like Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and ACLU have told us in no uncertain terms that there’s no way they’d get on board with our effort to nullify NSA by turning off resources to the agency….

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Michigan House Passes Bill to Ban “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 17, 2018) – Today, the Michigan House passed a bill that would ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This represents an essential step states need to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end its own spying. Rep. Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) introduced House Bill…

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Virginia Bill Would Restrict Police Access to Cellphone Location Data, Help Thwart Federal Surveillance Program

RICHMOND, Va. (Jan. 17, 2018) – A Virginia bill would end warrantless collection of a person’s historical location data. The legislation would not only increase privacy protections in the state, it would also hinder some federal surveillance programs. Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond) introduced House Bill 604 (HB604) on Jan. 8. The legislation would prohibit a…

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Washington State Bill Takes on Drone Spying, Would Hinder Federal Surveillance State

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Jan. 16, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Washington state House would limit the use of surveillance drones. The legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state. A bipartisan coalition of nine representatives introduced House Bill 1102 (HB1102) last…

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GoogTwitFace Is Now Big Brother 

GoogTwitFace Is Now Big Brother 

— and You’d Better Be Scared New American – If a conservative expresses a belief in a social-media forest and no one hears it, does he make a sound? Yes — but nobody hears it. That’s the whole idea behind the censorship of conservatives being effected by Google, Twitter, and Facebook, GoogTwitFace. It’s sneaky, too,…

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Republican lawmaker proposes a two-flag solution in Mississippi

Republican lawmaker proposes a two-flag solution in Mississippi

Business Insider – A Mississippi lawmaker is proposing a solution that he hopes will finally bring an end to one of the state’s most divisive issues, The Wall Street Journal reported. Earlier this month, Republican Rep. Greg Snowden filed a bill that would allow two flag designs to officially represent the state. If the measure passes, Mississippi would…

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Washington State Bill Would Ban “Material Support” for Warrantless Federal Spying Programs

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Jan. 11, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Washington state House would end state cooperation with warrantless federal spying. Passage of the legislation would not only help protect privacy in Washington, it would help hinder unconstitutional federal surveillance. A coalition of five representatives introduced House Bill 1193 (HB1193) last year and it was reintroduced…

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Florida Bill Would Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan 4, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Florida Senate would ban warrantless location tracking and the use of stingray devices to sweep up electronic communications in most situations. The new law will not only protect privacy in Florida, but will also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state. Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) introduced…

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Arkansas Commission Approves Plans for New Ten Commandments Monument to Replace Destroyed Display

Arkansas Commission Approves Plans for New Ten Commandments Monument to Replace Destroyed Display

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission has approved of design plans in erecting a new Ten Commandments monument outside of the state capitol building after a mentally ill man destroyed the first Decalogue display earlier this year with his car. According to the Associated Press, four concrete posts will be installed as…

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SPLC’s ‘Hate Tracker’ Picks Up #Christmas as Trending Hashtag

SPLC’s ‘Hate Tracker’ Picks Up #Christmas as Trending Hashtag

Breitbart – The Southern Poverty Law Center is tracking the hashtags #Christmas, #MerryChristmas, #Jesus, and #ChristmasEve, as part of “trends in a community of far-right Twitter users.” According to the SPLC, its “hate tracker” tracks accounts that represent a “range of extremists,” from “conspiratorial fringes of mainstream conservatism to outright white supremacists.” The hate tracker…

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Confederate statue in Myrtle Hill Cemetery seriously defaced

Confederate statue in Myrtle Hill Cemetery seriously defaced

Rome News-Tribune – The national controversy over historical monuments made its way to Rome this week when a Confederate monument atop historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery was cut up and smashed by a person or persons who went to a great deal of difficulty to make their statement. The statue that was defaced is of a…

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Big Brother Installing Surveillance Cameras in Places of Worship

Big Brother Installing Surveillance Cameras in Places of Worship

Activist Post – Forget the fact, that minsters, priests, rabbis, etc., are secretly spying on worshipers. Forget the fact that places of worship want their own police force. And, finally, forget the fact that places of worship are paying the government a $100 dollars a month to spy on families. Because, now, Big Brother has convinced places of…

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