You’ll Never Guess Who’s Trying to Hack Your iPhone

assetContent (6)The FBI wants to search through your electronic life. You may think it’s a given that the government is in the business of collecting everyone’s personal data—Big Brother run amok in defiance of the Constitution. But under the limits of the Fourth Amendment, nothing it finds can be used to prosecute its targets. Now the FBI… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Civil Rights, Justice Department, Law Enforcement | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on You’ll Never Guess Who’s Trying to Hack Your iPhone

Bill Stepien’s lawyer objects to legislative subpoena in bridge scandal, requests its withdrawal

Bill Stepien’s lawyer objects to legislative subpoena in bridge scandal, requests its withdrawal (via NJ.com)

In a strongly worded 19-page letter, the lawyer to Bill Stepien, the former campaign manager and staffer to Gov. Chris Christie embroiled in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, is objecting to a subpoena sent to his client by a legislative…

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Posted: January 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments »

The Land of the free and the home of the brave

The United States government is now requiring people who wish to travel via airplane to submit to radioactive photography that exposes their nude body, or alternatively submit to a full body pat down.

The constitutional experts at the Asbury Park Press think that’s a good idea.

Here for their first reading, I offer the fourth amendment to the U.S. Constitution to the editorial board of the Neptune Nudniks:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

What is the probable cause that justifies every airline traveler to be compelled to submit to these searches?

The Council for American-Islamic Relations issued this travel advisory for airline passengers.  For women wearing hijab they advise the following:

  • If you are selected for secondary screening after you go through the metal detector and it does not go off, and “sss” is not written on your boarding pass, ask the TSA officer if the reason you are being selected is because of your head scarf.
  • In this situation, you may be asked to submit to a pat-down or to go through a full body scanner. If you are selected for the scanner, you may ask to go through a pat-down instead.
  • Before you are patted down, you should remind the TSA officer that they are only supposed to pat down the area in question, in this scenario, your head and neck. They SHOULD NOT subject you to a full-body or partial-body pat-down.
  • You may ask to be taken to a private room for the pat-down procedure.
  • Instead of the pat-down, you can always request to pat down your own scarf, including head and neck area, and have the officers perform a chemical swipe of your hands.
  • If you encounter any issues, ask to speak to a supervisor immediately. They are there to assist you.

I don’t have a daughter, but I will be adding hijab to my Christmas shopping list for my wife, mother, sister and nieces.  You can buy them online here.


Posted: November 18th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park Press, Freedom, U.S. Constitution | Tags: , , , , | 13 Comments »