Civil Liberties

  • Information Sharing Environment: Annual Report to Congress – 2014

    “This report is submitted by the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) on behalf of the President, as required by Section 1016 (h) (2) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) of 2004, as amended. Accompanying, but distinct from this report, are substantial performance data and links to best practices, lessons learned, framew ...

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  • Self-Defense Against Robots

    A. Michael Froomkin and Zak Colangelo on “” “Deployment of robots in the air, the home, the office, and the street inevitably means their interactions with both property and living things will become more common and more complex. This paper examines when, under U.S. law, humans may use force against robots to protect themselves, their property, and their privacy.

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    • Report claims NSA has operatives in foreign communications companies

      “The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents, leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also indicate that the agency has used “under cover” operatives ...
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    • Pew – Prison and Crime: A Complex Link

      Crime drop since 1994 has been bigger in states that cut imprisonment rates. “Two decades after Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 — with lawmakers focused on locking up more offenders for longer periods — ...
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    • EFF Launches Updated Know Your Rights Guide

      … “If the police come knocking at your door, the constitution offers you some protection. But the constitution is just a piece of paper—if you don’t know how to assert your rights. And even if you do assert your rights…what happens next? That answer may seem complicated, but protecting yourself is simple if you know your rights. That’s why EFF…

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    • Safeguarding the Personal Information of all People – ODNI

      … Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) – Safeguarding the Personal Information of all People, July 2014. “As the President said in his speech on January 17, 2014, “the challenges posed by threats like terrorism, proliferation, and cyber-attacks are not going away any time soon, and for our intelligence community to be effective…

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    • USA v. Jeffrey Alexander Sterling: Selected Case Files

      … Via FAS, there are several dozen documents in this compendium including: On January 6, 2011, the Department of Justice announced the indictment of former CIA officer Jeffrey A. Sterling on charges of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information. A trial date has been set for January 14, 2015 (jury selection on January 8, 2015). Selected…

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    • DHS Yearbook of Immigration Statistics

      … “The Yearbook of Immigration Statistics is a compendium of tables that provides data on foreign nationals who, during a fiscal year, were granted lawful permanent residence (i.e., admitted as immigrants or became legal permanent residents), were admitted into the United States on a temporary basis (e.g., tourists, students, or workers), applied…

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    • Rate of Mass Shootings Has Tripled Since 2011, Harvard Research Shows

      … Via Mother Jones – By Amy P. Cohen, Deborah Azrael, and Matthew Miller “Editor’s note: The authors are scholars from the Harvard School of Public Health and Northeastern University; this article details their independent research, which is based on the mass shootings data Mother Jones has collected and published since 2012. In June, following…

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    • The Rule of Law Under Extreme Conditions and International Law

      … Salzberger, Eli, : A Law and Economics Perspective (October 12, 2014). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2508846 “The ‘rule of law’ has attracted a lot of scholarly writings as well as political and public rhetoric in recent years. On the one hand, scholars found that adherence to the rule of law can be regarded…

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    • New on LLRX – Clients and Suicide: The Lawyer’s Dilemma

      … Via LLRX.com – Clients and Suicide: The Lawyer’s Dilemma – Ken Strutin’s article discusses an increasingly visible issue, suicide, here in the specific context of criminal law. He reviews how the stress of prosecution or litigation, whether it means risking a prison term, unemployment, bankruptcy, eviction, broken family relations, isolation…

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    • Self-Defense Against Robots

      …, their property, and their privacy. In the real world where Asimov’s Laws of Robotics do not exist, robots can pose—or can appear to pose—a threat to life, property, and privacy. May a landowner legally shoot down a trespassing drone? Can she hold a trespassing autonomous car as security against damage done or further torts? Is the fear that a drone may…

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    • At OECD Global Forum, EPIC Urges “Algorithmic Transparency”

      … they use personal data. Mr. Rotenberg also spoke about the growing risk of identity theft and cited the recent data breaches at Target, Home Depot, and JP Morgan, and urged OECD countries to update privacy laws. Earlier this year, EPIC submitted extensive comments on the White House’s review of “Big Data and the Future of Privacy.” EPIC called for the swift enactment of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and the end of opaque algorithmic profiling. For more information, see EPIC – Big Data, The Public Voice, CSISAC.” …

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    • Report claims NSA has operatives in foreign communications companies

      … “The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents, leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also indicate that the agency has used “under cover…

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    • How to cite to Walter Sobchak

      …. Sup. J. 1428 at n.7, (Tex. 2014) (citing SOBCHAK, W., THE BIG LEBOWSKI, 1998). This affects all of us man. Our basic freedoms! Like this: Like Loading... Related This entry was posted on Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 10:05 am and is filed under awesomeness, censorship, Civil Liberties, defamation, First Amendment, law practice, prior restraint. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. Post navigation « Previous Post…

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    • Twitter – Taking the fight for #transparency to court

      … Twitter news release: ” As part of our latest transparency report released in July, wedescribed how we were being prohibited from reporting on the actual scope of surveillance of Twitter users by the U.S. government. Our ability to speak has been restricted by laws that prohibit and even criminalize a service provider like us from disclosing…

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    • NSA Releases “12333″ Report, Fails to Address Bulk Collection

      … to target an individual. The NSA privacy report did not address these previous violations. Earlier this year, EPIC urged the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to review the surveillance activities conducted under EO 12333. EPIC is also pursuing several FOIA matters to learn more about the use of 12333 authorities. For more information, see EPIC: Executive Order 12333.” …

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