Mitch McConnell wants to re-up the Patriot Act for another five years

Bonnie Kristian Rare.us 4/23/2015

You may have heard that key provisions of the deceptively named PATRIOT Act—the law passed in the wake of 9/11 which gave the government massive new legal authority to invade our privacy and ignore the Fourth Amendment—are set to expire in June.

Most notable among what will expire is Section 215:

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Standing Ovation: Rand Paul Blows Away Liberal Black Audience With Conservative Message at Bowie State

Matthew Boyle Breitbart.com Big Government 14 Mar 2015

BOWIE, Maryland — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was a hit speaker on the campus of Bowie State University on Friday, earning several rounds of applause and a standing ovation for the conservative message he delivered to a predominantly liberal audience at the historically black university—part of an […]

Wikipedia foundation sues NSA over mass surveillance programme

The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs the online encyclopaedia, is arguing that the NSA’s surveillance violates the First Amendment

Andrew Griffin The Independent [UK] 10 March 2015

Organisations including the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, have filed a lawsuit against the NSA and the US Department of Justice over its surveillance programmes.

The lawsuit was filed […]

Seattle Charges Citizens for Throwing Too Much Food in the Trash

Fox News Insider FoxNews.com 9/29/2014

A new city ordinance in Seattle will allow garbage collectors to assess fines of up to $50 if 10% of a person’s trash is wasted food.

Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” today and said this law should be trashed, because it is unknowable, for example, […]

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain FirstLook.org 9 Jul 2014

The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies…

…The individuals appear on an NSA spreadsheet in the Snowden archives called […]

Supreme Court bans warrantless cell phone searches, updates privacy laws

Major ruling updates privacy laws for 21st century

Stephan Dinan The Washington Times 6/25/2014

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police must obtain warrants before snooping through people’s cellphones, delivering a unanimous decision that begins to update legal understanding of privacy rules to accommodate 21st-century technology.

Police agencies argued that searching through data on cellphones […]