Peter Dujardin reports: A civil liberties group contends Virginia’s attorney general’s office is not following steps outlined in state law to provide insight into the gathering of telephone records by police departments and sheriff’s offices statewide. For at least 10 years, the attorney general’s office has been submitting required annual reports to the General Assembly […]
Cory Bennett reports: A judge Friday unsealed a trove of court documents that could shed light on a secret cellphone tracking program used by police nationwide. The judge in Charlotte, N.C., acted after a petition from the Charlotte Observer to make the documents public. Included are 529 requests from local Charlotte-Mecklenburg police asking judges to approve the use of […]
Shane Bauer reports that rapid-DNA technology makes it easier than ever to grab and store your genetic profile. G-men, cops, and Homeland Security can’t wait to see it everywhere. Read more on MotherJones. Thanks to Joe Cadillic for the link.
Dave Maass writes: The National Security Agency isn’t the only agency that’s willing to flout the laws of the land in order to obtain your telephone records. As we’re learning from a case out of New Mexico, local prosecutors may be to willing to ignore rights enshrined in the Constitution for an unfair advantage in […]
Mario Trujillo reports: The incoming House Intelligence chairman believes the National Security Agency reforms the House passed earlier this year were largely unnecessary. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) was selected to lead the House Intelligence Committee in the next Congress with the retirement of current chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.). His position on a number of issues, […]
David Maly reports: Student Body President Kori Rady illegally leaked the personal information of roughly 140 UT students in a May 5 email, according to university interpretation of federal law. Rady sent the email to Phillip Wiseman, then chief justice of the Student Government Judicial Court, in an effort to respond to a student’s request […]
Ken Dilanian of AP grabs the exclusive: Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency had been secretly collecting American telephone records, some NSA executives voiced strong objections to the program, current and former intelligence officials say. The program exceeded the agency’s mandate to focus on foreign […]