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Missouri law embodies spirit of Fourth Amendment

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 10:46 am by

missouri-sealMissouri is laying out the law plain and simple: there will be no warrantless searches of electronic data and communications in their state. On April 3, the Missouri Senate passed legislation that would give electronic data and communications the same Fourth Amendment protections as “persons, houses, papers, or effects.”

Cities around the country say: fusion centers are wasteful, fraudulent, and ineffective

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm by

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 10.48.20 PMThursday, April 10, 2014 was a National Day of Action against Fusion Centers. Diverse, multiracial grassroots coalitions from around the country held rallies, press conferences, and creative actions to challenges civil liberties by fusion centers, which coordinate the surveillance activities of local police alongside federal agencies like the NSA and FBI. Fusion centers have operated at unknown cost, failed to meaningfully serve a public benefit, and drawn critics including Senators across the partisan spectrum, the ACLU, environmentalists, Muslim Americans, peace activists, and Ron Paul supporters.

Participating cities in yesterday’s action included: Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and Washington DC. Below the jump are quotes from organizers, as well as photos and videos from several of the sites.


April 5 day of action against deportation: 2 million, 2 many!

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm by

Original commentary by Alok Bhatt published April 7, 2014 on the  Connecticut Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission blog.

IMG952671At around 3:00pm on the chilly afternoon of Saturday, April 5, members of Connecticut’s immigrant community, representing over ten cities across the state, converged on the Abraham A. Ribcoff Federal Building (Federal Building) in Downtown Hartford to rally against the nearly 2,000,000 deportations perpetrated under the Obama administration. The Federal Building houses Connecticut’s primary immigration court, from which many community and family members have been  banished from the United States, often for non-violent offenses. In Connecticut, approximately 35% of deportation proceedings initiate without any criminal conviction.

We say #StopSpying on the National Day of Action Against Fusion Centers

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 9:09 am by

dont-spy-on-meToday coalitions across the United State will rally, protest, and demonstrate against local fusion/spy centers to inform the public about the spy centers and police/state surveillance.  As Americans, we demand that Congress shut down fusion centers; end funding to these centers and release all Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs).

How to enact drone legislation in your state

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 9:02 am by
(Photo Credit: Peace Fresno Action)

(Photo Credit: Peace Fresno Action)

1. Decide what you want

The first step is to decide what you want. There are different kinds of drone regulations. Two primary categories are public vs. private regulation. Do you want to regulate private drone use (e.g., stopping your neighbor from looking through your window with a drone), or public drone use (e.g., police or regulatory agencies surveilling an area or people like Illinois’ law), or both (like Montana’s law)? Have a rough idea of what you want so that you can pitch it to others when you…

Let’s send a message: No more silence on the CIA

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 10:30 am by
(Photo Credit: AP)

(Photo Credit: AP)

It is more than 6,000 pages in length, it has cost the taxpayers $40 million, and it has been five years since the beginning of the investigation. These numbers describe the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) use of torture and it has yet to be declassified. Now, grassroots organizations and members of the Senate are raising their voices to tell the U.S. government that we are done waiting.

BORDC testifies before Maryland House Judiciary Committee in support of Fourth Amendment Protection Act

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 12:17 pm by

nsameade12On Thursday, March 6, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) testified before the Maryland House Judiciary Committee on the Fourth Amendment Protection Act (HB 1074) introduced by Delegate Michael Smiegel (D-MD). Members of BORDC staff Shahid Buttar and Matthew Kellegrew, along with represenatives of the DC/MD/VA area transpartisan coalition against mass surveillance spoke to the need for this bill to be supported in the state housing National Security Agency (NSA). The bill in effect would prohibit any material support by the state to federal agencies engaged in warrantless intelligence information collection. It would also prohibit the use of information gathered in bulk without a warrant from being use in criminal court proceedings.

Washington is done waiting for a federal solution

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:24 am by

Photo Credit: nolifebeforecoffee/Flickr

Washington state is a prime example of the power and obligation that states hold to protect their residents from unconstitutional abuses. On February 17 the state House passed two bills to provide safeguards for Washingtonians’ right to privacy.

The first bill, House Bill 2789, establishes restrictions on drone use for state and local agencies. It requires drone use to be accompanied with a search warrant and provides few and specific circumstances, under which a warrant would not be legally required. Additionally, agencies would have to report any drone use to the public on a yearly basis and violations of this law could be taken to the courts.

House Bill 2178 further strengthens this barrier against domestic surveillance and would ban unauthorized drones from flying above private property. Under this law, if an unmanned aircraft is flown above the property without permission of the landowner, it could result in a gross misdemeanor charge.


Constitution in Crisis :: BORDC February Newsletter

Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:22 am by

Constitution in Crisis

February 2014, Vol. 13 No. 02

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States resisting the NSA dragnet

January witnessed continuing public outrage over the surveillance state’s assault on our fundamental rights and civil liberties.


BORDC holds press conference on The Day We Fight Back

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:54 pm by

TDWFB-pressconferenceOn Tuesday, February 11, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee was joined in a press conference supporting The Day We Fight Back by several organizing forces in the national movement to end mass surveillance. But one day earlier, on Monday, February 10, BORDC communications specialist, Adwoa Masozi, gave RT a small preview of what was to come, “It’s becoming more and more clear by the day that our struggle for civil liberties and the protection of that, it’s becoming less a left—right issue, and becoming more of an America versus authoritarianism issue. What we want to come out of this is legislation that has teeth – legislation that will put the American people in a position of power.”