The New Hampshire Supreme Court disagreed. It first held that roadblocks are always an effective deterrent to drunk driving, rejecting evidence that conventional patrols produced more arrests per hour than roadblocks (see data in
Chief Finn's philosophy is misguided. The roads belong to the people, not the police. Individuals shouldn't be forced to plan their travel itineraries around invasive and questionable police tactics. Rather, the police should be compelled to
Federal funds are paying Memphis cops to stand in the middle of multi-lane highways wielding laser speed detection guns. When officers spot cars they can ticket, the driver is motioned to pull over across several lanes of moving traffic. WHBQ-TV inte
Sobriety Checkpoints tend to reduce the number of drinking drivers on the road (statistically this is false) and do not necessarily produce a dramatic increase in DUI arrests. The major value of Sobriety Checkpoints is their educational and d
After 8 months of investigation, police didn't have probable cause for a warrant. So they decided to swing by the house. The defendant wasn't home but his 91-year-old father was. He let the cops upstairs and said they could search his son
Iris scan is quick way to ID kids Law enforcement officials are working to include local data in a national program. The Berkshire County Sheriff's Office is starting a campaign to photograph the eyes of every school-age child in the county for inclu
The U.S. Congress is poised to create a set of massive new government databases that all employers must use to investigate the immigration status of current and future employees or face stiff penalties. [government approves of whether you can work]
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has orchestrated the spending of more than $30 million in federal gas tax dollars between now and June 3 to encourage local and state police to set up ticketing roadblocks under a program called
DISCLAIMER: If you think the claims we make below are exaggerated or unfounded, you are free, as always, to sit this one out. But we hope you will remember our warnings. We won't say "we told you so" when the things we predict below act
The Republican Party held its 2004 convention at Madison Square Garden. The NYPD, however, wasn't worried about Al Qaeda. For them, the real threat to law and order were anti-Bush protesters. So they spied on .... Ted Rall.
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the police can break into your home, rouse you from sleep, hold you naked at gunpoint, and—even if you're completely innocent—you have no recourse, so long as the warrant was valid.
A Michigan man who used a coffee shop's unsecured Wi-Fi to check his e-mail from his car could have faced up to five years in prison, according to local TV station WOOD. But it seems few in the village of Sparta, Mich., were aware that using an u
In a teary-eyed press conference, more becoming of an emotionally incontinent Hollywood starlet who has won an Oscar than a prime minister who has been in power for 10 years, Tony Blair announced last week that he will pack his bags and leave
Good news from the Last Frontier: The REAL ID Enabling Act of 2007 (HB3) failed to even get a floor vote in in the House before the Alaska state legislature adjourned for the year. Alaskans are an independent lot who don’t like being told they have t
A concerned resident of Boulder City, Nevada challenges an illegal suspicionless checkpoint program that has operated for years without legally required written guidelines and involves suspicionless seizures and searches. Of course it's all for t
While Boulder City Police have seen fit to only emphasize the child safety aspect of their roadblock program to the public, documentation shows the checkpoints are being used to look for impaired drivers & fleeing felons, thwart terrorist attacks, d
In a June 30, 2004 digest, the police noted plans by a group calling itself the Manhattan Libertarian Party to protest the convention without a permit. “The group contends that the First Amendment guarantees the right to peaceful assembly,” .
Anything out of the ordinary went to a secondary checkpoint where MDEA agents and K-9 units from the Rockport Police Department, U.S. Customs and Maine State Police were waiting. Drivers were asked to produce a valid license and registration. If anyt
The American Civil Liberties Union today ridiculed White House censoring of a report submitted by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to exclude previously released information. The White House made more than 200 redactions to the public
A top Justice Department official thought President Bush's no-warrant wiretapping program was so questionable that he refused for a time to reauthorize it, leading to a standoff with White House officials at the bedside of the ailing attorney gen
Is the Bush administration's domestic war on terror jeopardizing our civil liberties? FRONTLINE examines the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program, the FBI's seizure of records on 250,000 ordinary Americans vacationing
The police yanked Avila out of the car, put her in handcuffs and took her to a hospital to obtain medical clearance so that she could be booked on charges of DUI. Police refused her requests for a wheelchair, kept her hands cuffed behind her back and
Prosecutors want Judge Ann Aiken to declare the group terrorists — something defense attorneys argue has never happened in 1,200 arsons nationwide claimed by Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front.
The US government and Washington elites are aggressively ramping up their "war or terrorism" rhetoric and propaganda, stoking fear and paranoia in order bolster its war agenda, and reinvigorate the mass public perception of new and growing
A privacy committee of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has joined a growing chorus of voices opposed to the controversial Real ID bill, which proposes to create a national standard for state driver's licenses and other forms of state-iss
Gov. Eliot Spitzer is proposing a major expansion of New York’s database of DNA samples to include people convicted of most crimes, while making it easier for prisoners to use DNA to try to establish their innocence.
Your family photos could get you arrested. Just ask one New Jersey grandmother. Three-year-old Sarah M. is either a toddler in her birthday suit playing in the garden, or a nude temptress with a sultry look who requires protection from the culprits
Some central Ohio Latinos say they were targeted this past weekend when law-enforcement officials ran a checkpoint for drunken drivers on the Cinco de Mayo holiday, just blocks from apartment complexes with heavy immigrant populations.
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