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...]

Raid to Find Critical Blogger Ruled Unconstitutional

When a Louisiana sheriff raided the home of someone he thought might be an anonymous blogger who had been criticizing him a few weeks ago, it was quite obvious that the search was unconstitutional despite a judge having signed the warrant. An appeals court has now ruled as such. … [Read more...]

Court: You Can’t Search a Car Because of the State It Comes From

In states that border states that have legal marijuana, either recreational or medicinal, the police often focus their attention on cars coming out of those states because it's more likely they're transporting pot. But an appeals court just ruled that you can't do a search merely because of that. … [Read more...]

DOJ Brief: No Pretrial Detention for Inability to Pay Bond

The Obama administration filed a brief in an important case arguing that judges should not be able to order defendants held in jail pending trial merely because they are too poor to afford to pay a bond. The DOJ has been on a nice roll lately. … [Read more...]

Gaffney and Rios Fondly Reminisce About Joseph McCarthy

Professional Islamophobe Frank Gaffney and professional moron Sandy Rios spent some time fondly reminiscing about the good old days of Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee, wishing they could send their political enemies in front of it today. … [Read more...]