All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘ACLU’

Juggalos Are Officially Gang Members

As a disclaimer, this article contains swear words and a video posted below that shows eventual nudity that may not be easy on your eyes (protrusions and all that jazz.) This article also contains the word “Juggalo” and its variants 51 times. Like a smarmy jester’s cat trying to rid itself of immortal fleas was the lengthy legal branding of …

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Alabama Gay Sex Ban Ruled Unconstitutional By Court Of Appeals

You may not be able to marry someone of the same sex in Alabama, but now you can at least have sex with them. The Associated Press reported that the Alabama court of appeals has declared an anti-sodomy law unconstitutional. In other words, consensual sex between two people of the same sex is no longer against the law in Alabama. …

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City, Mayor Sued Over Arrest of Parody Tweeter

The ACLU has taken up the case of a Peoria, Illinois man who is suing the city and its Mayor for violation of his First and Fourth Amendment rights. 29-year-old Jon Daniel is suing Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis (shown above), the city manager, the assistant city manager, the city’s chief information officer, the former chief of police, and two detectives. …

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School Will Pay for Violating Teen’s Rights over Facebook Posts

The ACLU is declaring victory in a lawsuit against the Minnewaska, Minnesota School District–one that could have implications in how schools construct privacy policies around students and their off-campus social media use. The story focuses on Riley Stratton, who the ACLU claimed had her First and Fourth Amendment rights violated on two separate occasions. In 2011, the then sixth-grader took …

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Joe Arpaio Admonished in Court Over Training Videos

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, along with his top deputy, Jerry Sheridan, appeared in court before U.S. District Judge Murray Snow, who was not too pleased with a video of the sheriff training his deputies. “I intend to have my order followed,” Reuters reported the judge said in court. Snow had issued the order for the sheriff’s office to …

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NSA Actions Ruled Legal by Federal Judge

On Friday, New York federal judge William H. Pauley III ruled that the surveillance and collection activities overseen by the NSA are legal, dismissing a case brought against the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, by the ACLU. In his 53 page ruling, Pauley stated, “The question for this court is whether the government’s bulk telephony metadata program is lawful. …

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Santa Is Apparently Working For The NSA

Santa Claus is the ultimate snoop. Every year, he spies on every one of us and puts us on a naughty or nice list. It only makes sense then that the NSA would want to recruit him for some of their own spying programs. In this new promo video from the ACLU, they had three sunglasses-wearing Santas walk around New …

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Declassified NSA Documents Reveal Privacy Violations

Following pressure from lawsuits by both the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the federal government has released 14 documents concerning privacy violations committed by the NSA in their collection of private data from US citizens. Both lawsuits were based on what the ACLU and EFF believe is a misinterpretation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. According to the …

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NRA Joins Lawsuit Against NSA’s Phone Metadata Collection

The NRA is not the first organization that comes to mind when I think of civil liberty organizations. Sure, they fight for Second Amendment rights, but they don’t really get involved with matters concerning the First or Fourth Amendment unless it directly affects gun owners. Well, they now feel that the NSA has crossed a line in that respect. The …

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NTIA Introduces Mobile App Code of Conduct For Privacy

The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) this week announced that its stakeholder partners for an app transparency process will soon begin testing a voluntary code of conduct for mobile app privacy. The code implores app developers to, “where practicable,” provide app users with short form notices about what data an app collects and who it will be shared …

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License Plate Scanners: You’re Being Tracked

These days, most people are aware that because of smartphones and surveillance cameras, very little public activity goes unrecorded. If you’re outside your home and live close to a decent-sized city, chances are good that you’re on camera somewhere, whether it’s at the ATM, in the grocery store, or even just walking down the street. But the American Civil Liberties …

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