Posts Tagged ‘drones’

BORDC News Digest for 04/03/14

Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm by

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4/3, Kathryn Watson, Virginia Bureau, Advocate: Police bypass Fourth Amendment with license plate readers

4/3, Caitlin Hendee, Denver Business Journal, Colorado hunters won’t be allowed to point guns at drones

4/2, Andrew Napolitano, Washington Times, NAPOLITANO: What if secrecy, NSA trump the Constitution?

4/2, Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian, CIA torture report to remain largely secret despite declassification vote

4/2, Daniel Gallington, World Report, What’s Behind the NSA Battle

3/31, Bradley Klapper, ABC News, Senate Report: Torture Didn’t Lead to Bin Laden

3/31, Radley Balko, The Washington Post, The drug war exception to the Fourth Amendment

BORDC News Digest for 03/26/14

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 5:39 pm by

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3/26, Reuters, The Guardian, Fisa court names Thomas Hogan as new presiding judge

3/26, Nina Totenberg, NPR, Protesters Want To Sue Secret Service: Do They Have The Right?

3/26, Martha Mendoza, StarTribune, Intelligence disclosures show vulnerabilities in US privacy rights

3/25, Calvin Sneed, Channel 9 NewsPolice for Profit: Confusion about the Law?

3/25, Bradley Klapper, The Kansas City Star, Senators to vote next week on torture report

3/25, Jameel Jaffer, The Guardian, The House’s NSA bill could allow more spying than ever. You call this reform?

3/24, Business Standard, ANIFormer US President Jimmy Carter criticizes drone use, NSA surveillance program

Drones may be the new weapon of choice

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 8:55 am by

drone1Drone devices are being lauded as the new frontier in the technology sector and both commercial and government actors can’t wait to get their hands on it. While it is undeniable that this technology can serve as a useful tool, it is important to note that drones can also be wielded as weapons.

Many drone advocates argue that commercial drone use doesn’t pose a genuine threat to civil liberties and that potential abuses are more likely among government agencies. But, it is incredibly difficult to assert that commercially collected data won’t fall into government hands. One need look no further than the National Security Agency (NSA) to see how government agencies are capable of collecting and aggregating commercial data, without a warrant, to serve their own purposes.

Putting Big Brother in the driver’s seat: V2V transmitters, black boxes & drones

Friday, March 21, 2014 at 10:37 am by

Original commentary by John Whitehead from the Rutherford Institute published on Feb. 10, 2014.

Time to buckle up your seatbelts, folks. You’re in for a bumpy ride.

aa-Big-Brother-is-watching-good-one-300x225We’re hurtling down a one-way road toward the Police State at mind-boggling speeds, the terrain is getting more treacherous by the minute, and we’ve passed all the exit ramps. From this point forward, there is no turning back, and the signpost ahead reads “Danger.”

Indeed, as I document in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, we’re about to enter a Twilight Zone of sorts, one marked by drones, smart phones, GPS devices, smart TVs, social media, smart meters, surveillance cameras, facial recognition software, online banking, license plate readers and driverless cars—all part of the interconnected technological spider’s web that is life in the American police state, and every new gadget pulls us that much deeper into the sticky snare.


How to enact drone legislation in your state

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 9:02 am by
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(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…

BORDC News Digest for 03/17/14

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 6:45 pm by

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3/17, Shahid Buttar, People’s Blog for the Constitution, Beyond CIA & NSA spying: Corruption

3/16, Morley Safer, CBS News, Drones over America

3/15, Candice Bernd, TruthOut, From Waterboarding to “Water Curing”: Guantanamo Detainee First To Legally Challenge Force-Feeding

3/15, Nahal Zamani, Huffington Post, From Stop-and-Frisk to Guantánamo: US Human Rights Record Under Scrutiny at UN

3/13, Darren Samuelsohn, POLITICO, Intel Panel ‘Very Close’ on killing NSA phone programs

Political dishonesty: Invoking the legacy of MLK while defending the surveillance state

Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:21 am by
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During President Obama’s recent speech about the pressing need to reform the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk data collection programs, he acknowledged that the US has exceeded the bounds of lawful surveillance in the past. In particular, he pointed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) secret directive to spy on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., further making the point that he would very likely not hold the office he does today had activists like Dr. King not continued to fight despite the presence of government repression.

Left out of his speech was any hint as to why the FBI might have monitored Dr. King in the first place. His work threatened a racist system of discriminatory social control.

Victory against drones in Julian California!

Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 8:32 am by

On December 30, 2013 an important victory was won in San Diego, California in the fight against drone proliferation when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) dropped the county from consideration as a drone-testing site.


News Digest for 12/16/13

Monday, December 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm by

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12/15, Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian, NSA officials consider Edward Snowden amnesty in return for documents

12/15, Editorial Board, New York Times, The Black Hole of Terrorism Watch lists

12/15, Rachel Martin, NPR, No sign of closing up shop at Guantanamo

12/14, Chris Strohm and Mike Dorning, Bloomberg Businessweek, AT&T to T-Mobile Keeping U.S. Spy Records Seen as Costly, Risky

12/13, McClatchy DC, Feinstein: Vote soon on releasing parts of secret CIA detention report

12/11, Quinnipac, 69% Support Drone Attacks “Against Suspected Terrorists in Foreign Countries”

Constitution in Crisis :: BORDC’s December 2013 Newsletter

Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm by

Constitution in Crisis

December 2013, Vol. 12 No. 12

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