Failing Constitution 101, Making Stalin Proud: Chris Christie on the 4th Amendment

The dust-up between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul over presidential fidelity to the Constitution — particularly the Fourth Amendment — was the most illuminating two minutes of the Republican debate last week.

It is a well-regarded historical truism that the Fourth Amendment was written by victims of government snooping, the 1770s version. The Framers wrote it to assure that the new federal government could never do to Americans what the king had done to the colonists.

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New Hampshire Bill Banning Warrantless Location Tracking Signed into Law

CONCORD, N.H. (July 24, 2015) – A bill prohibiting law enforcement from obtaining location data from electronic devices without a warrant in most cases became law in New Hampshire this week. The new law not only protects privacy in New Hampshire, but also takes an important first step in addressing the growing federal surveillance state.

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Two California Bills Taking on Spying by “Stingrays” Pass out of Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 17, 2015) – Two California bills that would work together to help end the warrantless use of “stingrays” passed unanimously out of important Assembly committees this week. Passage into law would not only help protect privacy in California, but would also hinder part of the federal surveillance state.

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To the Governor’s Desk: New Hampshire Bill Banning Warrantless Location Tracking Passes

CONCORD, N.H. (July 7, 2015) – A bill that would prohibit law enforcement from obtaining location data from electronic devices without a warrant in most cases cleared the state legislature and now heads to the governor’s desk. The legislation would not only protect privacy in New Hampshire, but also takes an important first step in addressing the growing federal surveillance state.

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Signed by the Governor: Oregon Law Takes on Warrantless Collection of Cellphone Data

SALEM, Ore. (July 2, 2015) On Tuesday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a bill into law that prohibits law enforcement from obtaining information from electronic devices without a warrant in most cases. The new law will not only protect privacy in Oregon, but will also address a practical effect of federal spying.

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Two California Bills Taking on Spying by “Stingrays” Pass out of Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 26, 2015) – Two California bills that would work together to end the warrantless use of “stingrays” passed unanimously out of an important Assembly committee on Tuesday. Passage into law would not only help protect privacy in California, but would also hinder part of the federal surveillance state.

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To the Governor’s Desk: Oregon Senate Passes Bill to Curb Warrantless Collection of Cellphone Data

SALEM, Ore. (June 22, 2015) Last week, the Oregon state Senate gave final approval to a bill that would prohibit law enforcement from obtaining information from electronic devices without a warrant in most cases, sending it to the Governor’s desk. The proposed bill would not only protect privacy in Oregon, but would also address a practical effect of federal spying.

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Oregon Bill to Take on Warrantless Collection of Cellphone Data Passes State House

SALEM, Ore. (June 15, 2015) – A bipartisan Oregon bill that would prohibit law enforcement from obtaining information from electronic devices without a warrant in most cases overwhelmingly passed the state House last week. The proposed bill would not only protect privacy in Oregon, but would also address a practical effect of NSA spying.

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New Hampshire Bill Banning Warrantless Location Tracking Passes Senate: First Step Against Federal/State Surveillance State

CONCORD, N.H. (June 10, 2015) – A bill that would prohibit law enforcement from obtaining location data from electronic devices without a warrant in most cases passed the New Hampshire Senate last week. The legislation would not only protect privacy in New Hampshire, but also takes an important first step in addressing the growing federal surveillance state.

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