Category Archives: US Constitution

DHS Chief: Without Localities’ Help, ‘We Have to Go Into Neighborhoods’ to Find Illegal Aliens

“The best place for us to pick up these illegal criminals is in jails and prisons. It is inconceivable to me that an elected official at any level would prefer these types of men and women to be released into the community,” Kelly said.

via DHS Chief: Without Localities’ Help, ‘We Have to Go Into Neighborhoods’ to Find Illegal Aliens – Defense One

Alabama Senate Votes to Abolish Concealed Carry Permit Requirement

Twelves states currently require no permit for exercising the Second Amendment right to bear arms: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, and West Virginia. Permitless carry is also the law of the land in 99.4 percent of Arkansas and Montana.”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/19/alabama-senate-votes-to-abolish-concealed-carry-permit-requirement/

Federal Charges for 7 Pot Activists Who Offered 4/20 Joints to Congressional Staff

A ballot initiative approved by District of Columbia voters in 2014 allows adults 21 and older to possess 2 ounces of pot and to give it away. Although local law generally is respected, marijuana possession for almost any reason remains a federal crime.

via Federal Charges for 7 Pot Activists Who Offered 4/20 Joints to Congressional Staff | US News

Workplace Surveillance Is The New Office ‘Perk’

Whether through “voluntary” corporate wellness programs, smart badges that record voices and GPS locations, or surveillance apps in their mobile phones and personal computers, Americans are offering up more and more personal data at work. Most of them don’t have much idea of where that data goes, or how it will be used — and there aren’t that many limits on what employers can find out about their employees, or what they can do with the data. The more people who opt in now, the harder it will be to opt out in the future.

And it’s about to get much worse.

via Workplace Surveillance Is The New Office ‘Perk’ – Vocativ

Four Flavors of Automated License Plate Reader Technology

Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) may be the most common mass surveillance technology in use by local law enforcement around the country—but they’re not always used in the same way.

via The Four Flavors of Automated License Plate Reader Technology | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jade Helm and the ‘Human Domain’ – Liberty Unyielding

“Almost nothing has been said in public about the IT element in human domain operations, as it relates to Jade Helm.  But if you investigate human domain theory, IT figures hugely in it.  Much of operationalizing the human domain concept is about leveraging – wait for it – “Big Data”: that universe of data now floating around on people and events.

An example that would probably apply to an exercise like Jade Helm is monitoring the routine communications of the local population, whether by scooping in data from social media or by some means of watching patterns in communications metadata (e.g., big spikes in cell-phone calls just before major events, or just after something unique has been detected by the locals).  These are simplified examples, meant to suggest the categories of phenomena that human domain intelligence would be looking for.”

http://libertyunyielding.com/2015/06/20/more-straight-dope-on-jade-helm-2015-and-the-human-domain/

Obama and the intel community’s ‘Leaks against Trump’ campaign – Liberty Unyielding

“And this next point can’t be overemphasized: the intel cycle paradigm shifted after 9/11 from priority- and event-driven collection to event-driven data retrieval, with collection as an ongoing, environmental condition.  (For a fairly deep dive into this, see my 2015 commentary on the big-data focus of the Jade Helm exercise.)”
http://libertyunyielding.com/2017/02/23/obama-intel-communitys-leaks-trump-campaign/

Neighbors Push Back After Hurst Police Hover Drone Over Back Yard Without Warning | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

“The Texas Privacy Act restricts making recordings on private property but Hurst police told NBC 5 they were not recording in this case.”
http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Neighbors-Push-Back-After-Hurst-Police-Hover-Drone-Over-Back-Yard-Without-Warning-418033603.html

Don’t get fixated on Susan Rice as the authority behind back-door surveillance of Trump – Liberty Unyielding

“I wrote about that “great leap forward” back in February.  When the entire intelligence community became connected via its “intelligence Internet,” equipped with cloud technology provided by Jeff Bezos, the ability of IC personnel outside of NSA to retrieve unmasked data accelerated dramatically.  The main thing that fell away was the literal need to put down an audit trail of positive permissions in order to do it.

The vulnerability of the FISA unmasking system has for a long time been the administrative arrangements, which allow for legal justification to be, in effect, checked in a box, or added in a perfunctory way after the fact.  Since sometime in 2015, when the cloud-enabled intel Internet was up and running for all 17 agencies, the formal nod to even that perfunctory arrangement became little more than an annoying paperwork drill – for anyone who has the user permissions to retrieve unmasked data.  It’s as if you, as a privileged system user, had to fill out a form and certify what you were doing with the results of your next Google search.”

http://libertyunyielding.com/2017/04/03/dont-get-fixated-susan-rice-authority-behind-back-door-surveillance-trump/