Category Archives: Civil Liberties

DEA chief: US “abandoned” plan to track cars near gun shows

AP | January 28, 2015

By ERIC TUCKER

The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates near gun shows in the United States to investigate gun-trafficking, the agency’s chief said Wednesday.

Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months for ‘merely linking to hacked material’

The Guardian | January 22, 2015

The journalist and former Anonymous member is also ordered to pay nearly $900,000 in what he calls a ‘dangerous precedent’ for indicting hacktivists

FBI’s “Suicide Letter” to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Dangers of Unchecked Surveillance

EFF.org | January 20, 2014

The anonymous letter was the result of the FBI’s comprehensive surveillance and harassment strategy against Dr. King, which included bugging his hotel rooms, photographic surveillance, and physical observation of King’s movements by FBI agents. The agency also attempted to break up his marriage by sending selectively edited “personal moments he shared with friends and women” to his wife.

DEA secretly tracked Americans’ calls for over a decade, document reveals

Washington Times | January 17, 2015

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A new document reveals that the U.S. Department of Justice secretly kept track of Americans’ calls to foreign countries for more than a decade to track drug trafficking and other criminal activities.

IRS Watchdog: Elderly and Disabled Taxpayers Not Allowed to Leave Messages

ATR.org | January 14, 2015

In its annual Report to Congress today, the office of the National Taxpayer Advocate outlined a series of Internal Revenue Service failures. In the “Access to the IRS” section, the report details the trouble taxpayers face reaching the right person in order to meet their tax obligations:

All Over America, Government Officials Are Cracking Down On Preppers

Economic Collapse | January 8, 2014

By Michael Snyder

Why would the government want to punish people that are just trying to work hard, become more self-sufficient and take care of their families? 

Gun owners fear Maryland cops target them for traffic stops

Washington Times | December 30, 2014

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A year ago this New Year’s Eve, John Filippidis of Florida was driving south with his family on Interstate 95 when the Maryland Transportation Authority Police pulled over his black Ford Expedition and proceeded to raid it while his twins, wife and daughter looked on — separated in the back seats of different police cruisers.