NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden took to social media Wednesday to note that one armed citizen in Garland, Texas, was able to accomplish what the surveillance state hasn't – prevent a terror attack.Speaking to the FBI's latest attempt to undermine encryption protocols, Snowden stated that the $53 billion surveillance budget was not what stopped the terror attack.
WOODLAND, Wash. — Officials in Cowlitz County say a southern Washington man managed to keep a pair of suspected burglars at bay until the cops showed up. Now, the local sheriff's office is applauding his efforts.
Hawaii motorists may no longer be threatened with imprisonment if they refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test. The state Supreme Court ruled last week that it was improper for police to threaten drivers with a criminal conviction if they exercised their right under the law to decline a breath test when accused of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).
The court came to this conclusion after considering the April 20, 2011 stop of Yong Shik Won. Won had allegedly been drivin... (more)
Despite intelligence agencies claiming they need more powers to spy on everyone in the wake of the Paris attacks, Glenn Greenwald pointed out on France 24 that these intelligence agencies have received tens of billions of dollars and "only have one job": to prevent terrorist attacks, yet they failed miserably.
Beginning in 2012, four states and the District of Columbia have voted to legalize marijuana. By this time next year, that number could well double, and then some. National polls now consistently show majorities in favor legalization, with a recent Gallup poll having 58% support—tied for the highest level in the poll's history.
That doesn't mean legalization is inevitable in any given state, as the case of Ohio earlier this month demonstrated. There, an initiative led by non-movem... (more)
Gun sales and concealed carry permit applications in the US have spiked in the days following the terror attacks in Paris, according to gun store owners.
Americans are exercising their Second Amendment rights in droves after witnessing the harrowing footage of innocent people being murdered by gunmen in the French capital, and being warned thatthe same could happen on home soil.
Fox News San Antonio carried comments by Texas Guns owner Jerry McCall who note... (more)
The public has the final say in whether red light cameras are used in their community under a ruling handed down Monday by Missouri Circuit Judge Daniel G. Pelikan. The cities of St. Peters, O'Fallon and Lake Saint Louis became enraged last year after 73 percent of voters in St. Charles County adopted a charter amendment prohibiting automated ticketing machines.
The municipalities complained that the charter amendment was ... (more)
I'd never thought I'd see the day, but politicians in Brazil are actually admitting the state cannot protect people and are seeking to copy the U.S.' gun culture where people have a right to bear small arms.
A military veteran in Phenix City, Alabama does not appreciate how the town has been targeting Fort Benning soldiers. So Jerry Paul Carroll decided to turn the tables on Phenix City and its vendor, Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia. When he was charged with violating the city's red light camera ordinance, he filed a counterclaim that is now being heard in a federal courtroom. On Monday, US Magistrate Judge Gray M. Borden gave Carroll until the end of next week to convince him that the case sh... (more)
Back in December of 2013, DC district court judge Richard Leon shocked many by declaring the NSA's bulk collection of phone records under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act to be unconstitutional. Just a few months ago, the DC circuit appeals court overturned that ruling and sent it back to the lower court, saying that the plaintiff, Larry Klayman,... (more)
Vermont's Burlington Police department announced they will be withdrawing from the Pentagon's questionable 1033 military surplus program. This will mark the first time a police department has ever willfully withdrawn from the Department of Defense's (DOD) federal program, according to the New York Daily News.
The controversial program is responsible for the mil... (more)
When a motorist gives consent to a vehicle search during a traffic stop, that consent can be withdrawn. The Fourth Circuit US Court of Appeals last month decided to emphasize this point by ruling against the police officers who ignored Dmytro Patiutka when he told them to stop searching his SUV.
Virginia State Trooper G.S. Cox pulled Patiutka over on Interstate 81 on April 27, 2013, because his SUV had a tinted license plate cover. After unsuccessfully running Patiutka's Lithuania... (more)
In a six page decision issued this week, NH Hillsborough superior court judge Gillian L. Abramson dismissed the misdemeanor wiretapping charge against Alfredo Valentin – affirming the right to record police in public includes secret recordings. The judge cites both the Glik and Gericke cases which were important federal cases affirming the right to record police in public. The state argued in this ca... (more)