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Tag: constitutional rights

Federal Monitor to Review Newark PD After Numerous Violations Found

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal monitor will investigate and review the Newark Police Department after the Justice Department found that officers routinely violated the constitutional rights of its citizens, The Star-Ledger reports.

The DOJ reached an agreement over the federal monitor with the city of Newark.

A three-year review of the police department found troublesome problems with officers who ignored the rights of residents.

“The people of Newark deserve to be safe, and so do the thousands who come here,” New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said.

“They also need to know the police protecting them are doing that important — and often dangerous — work while respecting their constitutional rights.”
Newark will become the first city in New Jersey to come under the overnight of a federal watchdog.

Video: Friendly Border Patrol Agent Thanks Driver for Expressing Constitutional Rights

It’s hard to imagine a federal law enforcement official thanking you for not cooperating.

But that’s exactly what a friendly Border Patrol agent did when a group of people questioned his authority to interrogate them.

The car reached a border stop, where they were asked whether they were U.S. citizens.

A passenger in the car filmed the encounter.

 

ACLU Report: FBI Has No Safeguards to Protect Against Constitutional Violations

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s lack of safeguards in collecting suspicious activity leads to privacy violations as well as racial and religious profiling, the ACLU claimed in a new report, the Washington Post reports.

The FBI collects so-called “suspicious activity” records using the eGuardian system, which has caused confusion among different law enforcement agencies, the Post reported.

“These programs give extremely broad discretion to law enforcement officials to monitor and collect information about innocent people engaged in commonplace activities, and to store data in criminal intelligence files without evidence of wrongdoing,” the report says.

FBI spokesman Michael Kortan said the bureau has a commitment to sharing appropriate information.

“The FBI conforms to well-established authorities and safeguards in order to obtain threat information from state and local police authorities and to make that information available to other state and local police authorities, while also protecting privacy and civil liberties,” Kortan said.

Man Files Suit to Continue Parodying DHS, NSA on Mugs, T-Shirts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Minnesota man who was selling parody T-shirts, mugs and other souvenirs featuring the logos of the NSA and DHS received a cease-and-desist order claiming the seals can’t be reproduced without permission.

That was two years ago.

On Tuesday, LibertyManiacs.com owner Dan McCall filed suit against the federal agencies, saying he has a constitutional right to express his opinions about the government and should be allowed to use the logos, Arstechnica.com reports.

“The agencies’ attempts to forbid McCall from displaying and selling his merchandise are inconsistent with the First Amendment,” his attorney, Paul Alan Levy, said in a statement. “It’s bad enough that these agencies have us under constant surveillance; forbidding citizens from criticizing them is beyond the pale.”

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Washington Times to Sue After Homeland Security Seizes Notes, Records from Reporter’s Home

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Washington Times is planning to sue the federal government after armed Homeland Security agents raided the home of a reporter and seized her notes, the newspaper reports.

Reporter Audrey Hudson is an award-winning reporter who has exposed problems in the Homeland Security Department’s Federal Air Marshals Service.

She said agents seized her private notes and records that she had obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Included in the notes are identities of her sources, the Times reported.

The Times plans to file a lawsuit, saying the federal government violated Hudson’s constitutional rights.

“While we appreciate law enforcement’s right to investigate legitimate concerns, there is no reason for agents to use an unrelated gun case to seize the First Amendment protected materials of a reporter,” Times Editor John Solomon said. “This violates the very premise of a free press, and it raises additional concerns when one of the seizing agencies was a frequent target of the reporter’s work.

FBI Director James Comey Added to Revised NSA Surveillance Lawsuit

James Comey

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A lawsuit alleging that the National Security Agency violated the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens now includes claims against new FBI Director James Comey, Bloomberg reports.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed the original lawsuit in July, alleges the NSA, with the help of the Justice Department and FBI, surreptitiously collected information about “all telephone calls transiting the networks of all major telecommunication companies.”

Comey was added to the suit as a defendant.

The DOJ declined to comment on the amended complaint.

The lawsuit, First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles v. National Security Agency, was filed in federal court in San Francisco.

Michigan Militia Members Sue FBI, Michigan Over Seizure of Guns, Ammo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Members of a Michigan militia, who were acquitted last year of trying to overthrow the federal government and murder police officers, are suing the FBI and Michigan State Police, saying feds violated their constitutional rights by raiding their homes and seizing their guns, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The March 27 lawsuit was filed by the Hutaree, a militia that believed the Antichrist, possibly President Obama, is leading the country. The goal is to create a “Colonial Christian Republic.”

The raids in March 2010 led to numerous charges but each defendant was acquitted.

During the raid, agents seized more than 40 guns and 100,000 of ammunition.