Suit Over Search on Domestic Delta Flight Advances

A Delta Air Lines jet sits at a gate at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta on Oct. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File) BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CN) – Civil rights attorneys applauded a federal judge Friday for refusing to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the U.S. government of subjecting passengers on a domestic Delta Airlines to an illegal search. “We don’t live in a show-me-your-papers society,” Hugh Handeyside, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s National Security Project, said in a statement. “Our clients look forward to getting their day in court and holding the administration accountable when it ignores the Constitution and federal law.” The American Civil Liberties Union and Covington & Burling filed the lawsuit here last year in Brooklyn, about six months after agents U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents required passengers on a Delta flight from San Francisco to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to show identification before they could deplane.

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FBI Secretly Collected Data on Aaron Swartz Earlier Than We Thought—in a Case Involving Al Qaeda

Aaron Swartz on One Web Day, at the Berkman Klein Center For Internet & Society on September 22, 2006. Photo: Doc Searls/CC BY 2.0 Nearly two years before the U.S. government’s first known inquiry into the activities of Reddit co-founder and famed digital activist Aaron Swartz, the FBI swept up his email data in a counterterrorism investigation that also ensnared students at an American university, according to a once-secret document first published by Gizmodo.

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Customs Officers Snooping Through More Travelers’ Electronic Devices Than Ever

US Customs and Border Protection officers are snooping through the contents of more travelers’ electronic devices than ever, and don’t follow protocol 67% of the time , according to a new report by the Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog.

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E.D.Ky.: Searching def’s underwear for drugs at 1:24 am on a virtually empty street that nobody likely saw was not unreasonable

Decisions like these serve to undermine the fourth amendment.  What happened to the idea that a warrantless search was presumptively unreasonable?

 

The officer’s search of defendant’s underwear for drugs at 1:24 am on a dark night and nearly empty street was not a strip search and it was reasonably conducted. Nobody else was close enough to see anything. United States v. … Continue reading →

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Prosecutor: Suspect must give up his phone’s passcode in fatal hazing case

Prosecutor: Suspect must give up his phone’s passcode in fatal hazing case

Prosecutors in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, have recently asked a local judge to force a Louisiana State University student implicated in a fatal hazing case to give up the passcode to his cell phone.

This case, State of Louisiana v. Sean-Paul Gott, involves one of the three defendants who have been charged with misdemeanor hazing. A fourth defendant, Matthew Naquin, has been charged with negligent homicide connected to the death of an 18-year-old LSU student named Max Gruver.

According to prosecutors, Gruver was pledging to join the fraternity Phi Delta Theta back in September 2017. He was invited to attend an event code-named “Bible Study” that was, in fact, a drinking game where he would be quizzed on the fraternity’s history.

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A School Counselor Says Customs Agents Searched Her Genitals Without Cause

This behavior is highly disturbing.  Have we really come to the point where the government can conduct body cavity searches for no reason? Stories like this are the reason all people should be libertarian.

A school counselor decided to take a tropical vacation in Jamaica over Thanksgiving break in 2016. The fun came to a screeching halt when she encountered U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents while retrieving her luggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.

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