Tantaros Accuses Fox of Tapping Her Phone

Things may have just gotten worse for Fox News. Andrea Tantaros, a former Fox News host who was already suing the network for sexual harassment has now added a second suit, this time alleging that the network tapped her cell phone to leak dirt on her after she made the harassment allegations. … [Read more...]

Trump Trying to Force Twitter to Reveal Identity of Critic

The Trump administration is trying to force Twitter to reveal the identity of the person behind one of those "alt" accounts purporting to be someone inside an executive agency. Twitter has filed a lawsuit over it, seeking to protect the privacy of their customers. … [Read more...]

Trump Adviser: Government Leakers are ‘Enemy of the State’

A homeland security adviser to Donald Trump spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies this week and said that those who leak information from the government are "absolute enemies to our state." A look at the history of leaks does not support that claim. … [Read more...]

Court: Mandatory Drug Testing of College Students Unconstitutional

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that mandatory drug testing of college students was unconstitutional, upholding the district court's injunction to stop the practice. The suit was brought by the ACLU of Missouri. … [Read more...]

Trump’s CIA Nominee Wants Even More Invasive Surveillance

The man Donald Trump is nominating to lead the CIA, Rep. Mike Pompeo, is a big fan of government surveillance. In fact, he wants to go much further than either Presidents Bush or Obama went (and they pretty much shredded the 4th Amendment since 2001). … [Read more...]

Oklahoma Mandates Anti-Abortion Songs in Public Bathrooms

In a rather bizarre move, the state of Oklahoma is now requiring that anti-abortion signs be put up in all public bathrooms in the state. Why public bathrooms and not, say, movie theaters or record stores? I have no idea. I bet they don't either. … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Finally, a Federal Judge Says No to Warrantless ‘Stingray’ Searches

It's been known for many years that police departments and the federal government routinely use "stingray" devices to track and record cell phones without a warrant. Finally, one federal judge has ruled out evidence gathered in this clearly unconstitutional manner. … [Read more...]

Conservatives Suddenly Discover a Right to Privacy

For more than 50 years now, the right wing has raged against the idea that there is any such thing as a right to privacy in the Constitution. It began with Griswold v Connecticut (1965), which found that married couples had a right to purchase contraception. Now suddenly they love that right to privacy. Here's the Heritage Foundation: … [Read more...]

Michigan Welfare Drug Testing Catches No One

The state of Michigan has been doing a pilot program to drug test welfare recipients in a few counties. The Guardian reports that, to this point, not a single person has been found using illegal drugs. This is similar to the results in other states. … [Read more...]