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Violation of Privacy or Protection of Citizens?

By   /  March 9, 2014  /  Featured, Fourth Amendment, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, Searches & Seizures  /  No Comments

Being free from unreasonable searches and seizures has always been viewed as part of a fundamental right in our society.  Airport security has always been under strict scrutiny with regards to requiring identification and the search of an individual’s personal items. Should Americans feel that this is a privacy invasion or merely a less intrusive way […]

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Warrantless Wiretapping Fallout Continues

By   /  December 3, 2013  /  Cyber-surveillance, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, Featured, Fifth Amendment, First Amendment, FISA, Fourth Amendment, Human Rights in Cyberspace, Intelligence, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, Searches & Seizures, Surveillance, Terrorist Trials, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

Earlier this year, a Somali-American man, Mohamed Mohamud, was convicted of trying to use a weapon of mass destruction at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon in 2010.  On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the Department of Justice’s prosecutors filed a two-page notice in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon disclosing […]

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Indefinite Detainment of American Citizens Without Due Process Under the National Defense Authorization Act

By   /  November 26, 2013  /  AUMF, Counterterrorism, Fifth Amendment, First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Global War on Terror, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, Searches & Seizures, Terrorist Trials  /  No Comments

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011, the United States government has fought to protect and secure our national security.  A vital role of the Executive Branch is to apprehend individuals who are suspected of participating or aiding in terrorist activities against the United States of America. As being the commander-in-chief of the United States […]

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Privacy vs. Security: Analyzing Rep. Rogers’ Comments about Privacy in the Context of Blanket NSA Surveillance.

By   /  November 9, 2013  /  Big Data, Cyber-surveillance, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, Featured, Fifth Amendment, First Amendment, FISA, Fourth Amendment, Human Rights in Cyberspace, National Security Law, Searches & Seizures, Surveillance, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

On October 29, 2013, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence held public hearings regarding NSA surveillance of U.S. citizens, and potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Services Act (FISA). Towards the end of the hearing, Chairman Mike Rogers (R.-MI.) defended domestic NSA surveillance, arguing that no one had complained about the program in ten years, […]

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The Necessity of the Haystack to Find the Needle: A Look into the Controversial NSA Bulk Collection Program

By   /  October 24, 2013  /  Big Data, Cyber-surveillance, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Law & Policy, FISA, Fourth Amendment, Human Rights in Cyberspace, National Security Law, News & Events, Searches & Seizures, Surveillance, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

  Through leaking thousands of top-secret documents owned by the National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden publicly disclosed the broad interpretation of § 215 of the Patriot Act by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) in June 2013 (wordy).  With the leaking, the telephony metadata collection program known as the “bulk collection” program, was discovered, […]

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