That whooshing sound you just heard are eyebrows shooting to hairlines on reporters' heads all over the city. That's because the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals has just blocked Judge Shira Scheindlin's order for the NYPD to make significant changes to its stop-and-frisk policy, and ordered the ... More >>
If you've ever walked around the city and seen those NYPD machines that look like cherry pickers with a viewing deck, you've just passed a NYPD surveillance unit. Someone on that block or near it is getting their insides X-rayed by some cop in a spy treehouse. Now you can expect to see more of those ... More >>
When we wrote an article entitled '2012: The Year Of Stop & Frisk' a week ago, this is the last tidbit of news we expected to hear.Yesterday, in Manhattan's Federal District Court, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin struck down a main tent of the Bloomberg administration's notorious crime-fighting tactic ... More >>
Twitter messages, obviously, are public. That's the point of social media: to share, to broadcast. But one of the reasons people continue to tweet -- and to post incriminating photographs of their youthful kegstands on Facebook -- is the illusion that they have some measure of control over what they ... More >>
Isn’t it time the NYPD had some real oversight?
Bad news if you don't like getting dehumanized: The U.S. Supreme Court just ruled 5-4 to OK strip searches for any offense. What this means: if you get booked for an offense as minor as an unpaid parking ticket, you might have to bare all for corrections officers before being admitted to jail. Y ... More >>
A new coalition is ready to take its fight to the commissioner
An unlikely activist's battle with the NYPD's frisky business
This morning the UAW -- the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America -- issued an official endorsement of Occupy Wall Street, which they deem "a movement for economic and political justice." They've said they'll commit resources to the movement ... More >>
Today the Transport Workers Union, which last week voted unanimously in support of Occupy Wall Street, went to court to fight against the city's use of city bus drivers to transport arrested protesters. Following the Brooklyn Bridge arrests on Saturday, the Union said the NYPD had commandeered numer ... More >>
In the aftermath of more than 700 reported arrests of protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday, Occupy Wall Street continues to occupy a large portion of the news. This video has been circulating of what seems to be a very young girl (we've heard 13 years old, though that's not confirmed) being ... More >>
We're raising a generation that doesn't know its rights
The Supreme Court decided in an 8-1 decision that police have the authority to break into your house if they suspect you're destroying drugs. The Chicago Tribune brings us part of Justice Alito's important decision: "'When law enforcement officers who are not armed with a warrant knock on a door, th ... More >>
#76, Golden Girls Xmas OrnamentsSo many gift guides, so little time. But how many lists of gifts under $50, or gifts for moms-to-be, or gifts for boyfriends and girlfriends and dogs can you really look at before wondering, where is the gift guide to end all gift guides? Where is the gift guid ... More >>
No previous American law has been as subversive as the Military Commissions Act of 2006
Backtracking on warrantless surveillance, president still scorns privacy rights.
A judge who came out of the civil rights movement teaches Bush the Constitution.
Schools fail the future when they don't teach individual liberties in the Constitution
NSA whistle-blower wants to tell congress, but they don't have clearance to hear
Unilateral president exposed in his ignorance of Constitution he's sworn to protect
In this July picture, the mayor is not selling candy for a basketball team or a school trip. No one is! But do NYPD subway searches violate people's rights to be "secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures"? (Source: NYC.gov) Closing arguments a ... More >>
Privacy rights may disappear if a new Senate Intelligence Committee bill passes
How to get the public interested in campaign finance reform? Think Pam Grier.
Volunteer Spying Corps Dismissed
The Case for Merit Pay
The Return of 'Black Bag Jobs'
Giving the FBI a Blank Warrant
Coming: A National Wiretap Warrant
Justices Put Average Citizens at Risk of Arrest
Ralph Nader Keeps Democracy Alive
The Return of J. Edgar Hoover
Our Historical Illiteracy
New York Police Ponder Portable DNA Labs
Howard Safir I Am the Law!
No Hunting is Like the Hunting of Man
What Will Happen to the Constitution If Clinton Is Convicted?
Bill Clinton Has Consistently Violated the Bill of Rights
Federalizing Hate Crimes Will Increase Double Jeopardy
The Surveillance Society: Part One
In Giuliani's Time, Black Parents Teach Kids To Fear Cops