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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Microsoft Corporation v. DOJ on sneak-and-peek searches

Via Bloomberg – “Microsoft Corp. persuaded a judge not to let the U.S. government out of a lawsuit alleging the company’s free-speech rights are violated by a law that blocks it from alerting users to the clandestine interception of their e-mails. The judge said Microsoft has at least made a plausible argument that federal law… Continue Reading

2016 The Year in Assembly & Association Rights

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, February 2017. “2016 The Year in Review – Headline after headline brought us news of political upheaval, war, terrorism, health crises, endemic corruption, environmental disaster, economic turmoil and more. The pace and magnitude of the change and adversity was, at… Continue Reading

During World War II U.S. Saw Italian-Americans as a Threat to Homeland Security

David A. Taylor – smithsonian.com – February 2, 2017: “The executive order that forced Japanese-Americans from their homes also put immigrants from Italy under the watchful eye of the government…The incarceration of Japanese-Americans is the best-known effect of Executive Order 9066, the rule signed by President Franklin Roosevelt on February 19, 1942. And for good… Continue Reading

9th Circuit refuses to reinstate travel ban

Follow up to previous postings and related primary, secondary sources and commentary on travel ban issues by Executive Order – Responses to immigrant ban include legal stay and legislation – see the following updates: New York Times – Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss: “The decision is the most stinging… Continue Reading

Committee on House Administration Eliminates the Election Assistance Commission

“Committee on House Administration Chairman Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) issued the following statement upon the Committee approval of H.R. 634 – Eliminating the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and H.R. 133 – Eliminating the Presidential Election Campaign Fund.  Chairman Harper said: “The existence of the EAC is not necessary to conduct federal elections and is a waste… Continue Reading

DHS mulls password collection at borders

FCW.com – “John Kelly, the new secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, testified that foreign travelers coming to the United States could be required to give up social media passwords to border officials as a condition of entry. “We want to say, for instance, which websites do you visit, and give us your passwords,… Continue Reading

Education Week – Black Students More Likely to Be Arrested at School

Evie Blad and Alex Harwin, January 24, 2017: “In 43 states and the District of Columbia, black students are arrested at school at disproportionately high levels, an analysis of federal data by the Education Week Research Center finds. And one reason may be that black students are more likely than students in any other racial… Continue Reading

Deleted APHIS Annual Reports From Animal-Experimentation Facilities

Follow up to posting this week – Animal welfare information wiped from USDA website – via the MemoryHole – Russ Kick – “On February 3, 2017, with absolutely no warning, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) deleted its database of reports concerning animal welfare at zoos, circuses, aquariums, puppy mills, etc., as… Continue Reading

Immigrants Do Not Increase Crime, Research Shows

Follow up to series of postings on the recent battle over the immigration ban – see Scientific American – But, what does research say about how immigration impacts crime in U.S. communities? Across 200 metropolitan areas, Robert Adelman, University at Buffalo, and Lesley Reid, University of Alabama “Research has shown virtually no support for the… Continue Reading

Amnesty International – Mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya prison, Syria

Report – Human slaughterhouse: Mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya prison, Syria: “One former judge from a Syrian military court told Amnesty International the “court” operates outside the rules of the Syrian legal system. “The judge will ask the name of the detainee and whether he committed the crime. Whether the answer is yes or… Continue Reading

Tech Companies File Legal Brief Against Trump’s Immigration Order

Bloomberg – “More than 120 companies, from Apple to Zynga, filed an impassioned legal brief condemning President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, stepping up the industry’s growing opposition to the policy. The amicus brief was filed late Sunday in the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco and emphasizes the importance of immigrants in… Continue Reading

WaPo – Federal appeals court decides to schedule a hearing on Trump travel order

Follow up to previous posting and related sources – Responses to immigrant ban include legal stay and legislation – via The Washington Post – “A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether to restore President Trump’s controversial immigration order, marking a critical juncture for the president’s directive temporarily barring refugees and those from… Continue Reading