Despite the guarantee of the Fourth Amendment, U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies have made a habit of spying on the citizenry. But in the 21st century, the internet and the ability of computers to store and process vast amounts of data has allowed the government to collect vast amounts of data about each of us.
Government surveillance goes well beyond the NSA/FBI mass surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013. The Drug Enforcement Agency’s automatic license plate readers have been recording our travel for decades; the FBI’s domain awareness program records where we travel, record has been recording license plates for decades, Fusion Centers and Joint Terrorism Task Forces (run by DHS and the FBI respectively) gather information.
Residents are encouraged to turnout at the City Council meeting next week to stand up and speak up for surveillance transparency and oversight.
DRAD Joins 40 Groups to Warn Congress That Spy Bill Is Full Of Loopholes That Will Allow Continued Spying on Americans
The bill still allows the government to read emails, text messages, and other communications of Americans without a warrant.
Is the Fourth Amendment, drafted in the 18th century, able to deal effectively with digital age technologies? That is the question being asked in a number of a number of legal cases, in a number of different contexts, and with surprising results.
We Don’t Like When Our Own Government Spies On Us, Why Would We Be Okay With Other Governments Doing It?
The Department of Justice has proposed draft legislation that would grant foreign governments easy access to electronic communications data, like emails, held in the United States.
As much as LAPD attempts to subvert and undermine the community, the power of the people can never be stopped.