The ACLU reports that the IRS claims in an internal document that it has the authority to access citizens' online communications without a warrant.
The IRS claimed in a 2009 document that "the Fourth Amendment does not protect communications held in electronic storage, such as email messages stored on a server, because internet users do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications." It still retains that position even after the 2010 case of US v Warshak
which determined that citizens have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications. [more inside]
FBI General Counsel reveals that around 3,000 warrantless GPS trackers
were removed after the ruling in U.S v. Jones
clarified their illegality (judgement PDF
) (previous FPP
). The ruling that a mosaic of surveillance technologies may form an issue when considered individually and the FBI's view of likely future judgements on the matter is particularly interesting in the light of the forthcoming cert/standing findings regarding warrantless eavesdropping.
eMusic has a collection of more than 50 artists reflecting on love songs
, from Andreya Triana (Coldplay's "Yellow
" reminds of her first love and heartbreak), to Yuki Chikudate (from Asobi Seksu) (Debbie Gibson's "Lost in Your Eyes
" brings back the innocent early-elementary school crushes), and Dan Deacon (who heard Yo La Tengo's "Shadows
" after a sucky breakup). All songs mentioned are linked below the break. [more inside]
'Conservative justices appear to agree police should be allowed to enter a suspect's residence without a warrant if they suspect evidence is being destroyed.'
'Police officers who smell marijuana coming from an apartment can break down the door and enter if they have reason to believe the evidence might be destroyed, several Supreme Court's justices suggested Wednesday
.''Scalia said the police couldn't go wrong by knocking loudly on the door.
"Criminals are stupid," he said, and they often cooperate with police when they are not required to do so. They might open the door and let officers inside, or if not, the police can break in.''In the past
, the high court usually has said police cannot enter a home or apartment without a search warrant because of the 4th Amendment's
ban on "unreasonable searches and seizures."
But during arguments in a drug case, the court's conservatives said they favored relaxing that rule when police say they have a need to act fast.' [more inside]
The man who made philosophy safe for theists again
The conference in celebration of his impressive academic career is in progress on the campus of Notre Dame University and has brought together many important figures
in contemporary analytic philosophy of religion. Many of Plantinga's seminal works
are available in their entirety online.
"This day may be celebrated in a variety of ways. Pause and give thought to the role that the number pi has played in your life. Imagine a world without pi. Attempt to memorise pi to as many decimal places as you can. If you're feeling creative, devise alternative values for pi. Go to a party (I will). Or just celebrate in the time-honoured fashion of ignoring Pi Approximation Day altogether."Happy Pi Approximation Day
. [more inside]
The FCC investigated
a pirate radio station in Boulder, Colorado
earlier this month and left a copy of their official inspection policy
asserting that they have the authority to perform warrantless searches of private property if there is any FCC-licensed equipment on the property, including cordless phones, cell phones, wireless routers, intercom systems, and baby monitors. [more inside]
Three police officers were sentenced today
for killing 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston in a paramilitary-style raid.
The officers shot Ms Johnson five or six times and then handcuffed her while they planted drugs in her basement. She bled to death on the floor of her own home. The Agitator
covers the story through a single headline headline
. The officers will receive Federal sentences of between five and ten years each as well as - a nice touch - being forced to pay for her funeral
Wired: Obama Sides With Bush in Spy Case. "The Obama administration fell in line with the Bush administration Thursday when it urged a federal judge to set aside a ruling in a closely watched spy case weighing whether a U.S. president may bypass Congress and establish a program of eavesdropping on Americans without warrants."
At last, someone is going to take the legal route.
Italian authorities have issued arrest warrants for 22 CIA Agents suspected of involvement in the US kidnap/torture policy. "The new warrants allow for the suspects' detention anywhere in the 25-nation EU, a prosecutor said."
That's more lost clients for the European tourist industry.
Cigarette filters don't want to go away. A sigh of releaf from the smokers except our lovid earth. Not as harmless as the Everlasting Gobstopper, eh.
The word biodegradable doesn't warrant interest from the companies
. The gov should be able to protect us...maybe they sponsor the grassroot
with all the money made.