Trump Wants to Burn the Constitution

Of all the forms of political pandering, the most irritating to me is when politicians start going on about flag burning. And I'm certainly not the least bit surprised to see Donald Trump say that anyone who does that should either lose their citizenship or spend a year in jail. … [Read more...]

Trump CIA Nominee Enthusiastically Pro-torture and Mass Surveillance

Rep. Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump's nominee to be CIA director, has some unsurprisingly disturbing views on two key issues, torture and mass surveillance. In short, he's an enthusiastic fan of both of those constitutionally and statutorily dubious practices. … [Read more...]

Trump Again Lies About What He Said Previously

I've lost count of how many times this has happened, but the Trump people are once again flat out lying, saying that he didn't say something we have him on video saying. This time they say he never said he would have a registry for Muslims. … [Read more...]

Prosecutor Fakes Confession, Gets a One Year Suspension

An assistant district attorney in California added a fake confession into an interrogation transcript in a child molestation case, which he then claimed was a joke. A court found that he did it to influence plea negotiations, so he's facing a whopping one-year suspension of his law license. … [Read more...]

Higbie Justifies Muslim Registry With Japanese Internment Camps

Trump supporter Carl Higbie went on Fox News for an interview with Megyn Kelly and defended the creation of a registry for all Muslims. He justified it by saying that we'd done similar things before, including the Japanese internment camps during WWII, one of the darkest stains on our history. … [Read more...]

Just Say No to Giuliani as Attorney General

With Rudy Giuliani up for either attorney general, secretary of state or DHS secretary in Trump's cabinet, with the former being more likely, old friend Radley Balko reviews his appalling history on civil liberties. He basically doesn't believe privacy exists and would happily sell out every freedom for the illusion of security. … [Read more...]

ACLU Calls Trump a ‘One Man Constitutional Crisis’

The ACLU has put out a report on the constitutional implications of a Donald Trump presidency, based on his policy statements and public speeches. It's not good. Freedom of the press would be dead in the water if he had his chance, among many other important protections. You can read the full report here. … [Read more...]

Las Vegas Police Still Using Drug Tests They Admit are Inaccurate

My old friend Radley Balko flagged this story from ProPublica that shows that the Las Vegas Police Department is still using cheap drug testing kits to secure convictions that they admitted two years ago routinely return false positives. … [Read more...]

Baptist Missionary Convicted Under New Russian ‘Terrorism’ Law

A few months ago, Russia passed an "anti-terrorism" law that was really a law to punish any religious activities the government disapproved of. A Baptist missionary is one of the first people convicted under that new law for preaching outside of a church. … [Read more...]

Trump Would Bring Back Stop and Frisk Nationwide

Sean Hannity hosted a townhall meeting for Donald Trump that Fox News described as a "meeting on African-American concerns." And to show just how much he understands those concerns, he actually said that he would reinstate the NYPD's unconstitutional Stop and Frisk program nationwide. … [Read more...]

Judge: Government Hacking a Computer is a Search

It seems like this should be the most obvious thing in the known universe, but sadly it's not. A federal judge has ruled that when the government hacks into your computer to get information they otherwise would not have access to, that's a search under the 4th Amendment. DUH. … [Read more...]

Illinois School Punishes Student for Not Standing for Pledge

A school in Blue Island, Illinois is apparently looking to get sued. After a high school student refused to stand for the pledge of allegiance, entirely within his rights, the teacher tried to physically force him to do so. Clueless teacher, please meet the student's attorney. … [Read more...]