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The ACLU’s Shenna Bellows Speaks Out on the 4th Amendment for Constitution Day

On August 17, Shenna Bellows of the ACLU spoke in Augusta, Maine on the occasion of Constitution Day. With her permission, I’ve transcribed her speech to share it here with you.

Good morning. It’s a pleasure to be here today on Constitution Day. Happy Constitution Day! The ACLU is an organization whose mission is to [...]

Obama Says Americans Expect The Government To Track Them Everywhere They Drive

President Obama has sent lawyers from the Department of Justice to argue in court that the federal government should have the right to place GPS tracking devices on the cars of as many Americans as it wants, without getting a search warrant. [...]

Only 5% Of Police Departments Say They Don’t Track Cell Phones

There are 200 responses to their survey so far, and out of those 200, only 10 law enforcement agencies told the ACLU that they do not track cell phones. What’s more, most of those police departments and county and state law enforcement agencies that do track cell phones report obtaining search warrants to do so only in a minority of cases. [...]

Is There a Senatorial Dog Whistle? There Should Be.

There are legitimate reasons for halts to Senate activity. During a meeting of the Judiciary Committee this morning to consider surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act, Chairman Patrick Leahy called for a three-minute recess because he can only see out of one eye and that eye became obstructed, making it impossible for him to [...]

Liberty Donation: Electronic Frontier Foundation

Every time someone buys one of our sweatshop-free made in the USA t-shirts, we donate a dollar to an organization pursuing liberal political activism. We’re sending our latest donation to the Electronic Frontier Foundation in recognition of its legal work to stop the FBI from putting GPS locators on folks’ cars without so much as [...]

Location Tracking Without A Warrant Gets Personal and Political

Governments big and small are tracking your whereabouts, most often without a warrant, with increasing frequency, and for reasons that are unnervingly personal and political.

You may recall that last December, graduate student Christopher Soghoian caught representatives of Sprint-Nextel and Cricket on audio at a private conference for telecommunications corporations and government surveillance agencies. The [...]

SportyPal Tracks Hikes From Your Smart Phone For Free

The above is a map of my hike this morning up and down Ragged Mountain in Maine. It’s been automatically generated through a combination of my HTC Ozone, a smart phone running on a Windows Mobile operating system, and SportyPal, a piece of software (called an “app” by those in the know because somewhere [...]

Nokia N810 Review: Larger and More Off-Kilter, Please

Last month I had the opportunity to test a Nokia N810 thingamabob. It’s hard to describe with one word what the Nokia N810 is, although some try with the ungainly and insufficient “internet-tablet.” I won’t even try to stick with one word, since the N810 is many things. It is a:

very small computer (about [...]