Don’t Count On the Courts (Or Congress Either)

Georgetown University Law Center professor Randy Barnett nailed it in a short post on the Volokh Conspiracy Blog this week.

Much as I believe that the NSA bulk data seizure program is unconstitutional because it is an “unreasonable” general warrant, the preferable remedy would be a congressional fix. Moreover, I agree that we should never count on the courts to save us.

Barnett crams a lot of truth into a single sentence.

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New Hampshire legislature passes anti-spying bill

CONCORD, N.H., May 9, 2014 – The New Hampshire legislature has passed a bill which bans government officials from obtaining “information contained in a portable electronic device” without a warrant “signed by a judge and based on probable cause.” The House and Senate passed slightly different versions of the bill, so a conference committee was appointed on Wednesday to get the final version of the bill to the Governor’s desk.

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Missouri Anti-Agenda 21 Bill Moves Closer to the Governor’s Desk

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., May 8, 2014 – A bill that would protect property rights from Agenda 21 and other similar measures passed a Missouri senate committee on Tuesday, moving the bill one step closer to the governor’s desk.

House Bill 1647 (HB1647) was introduced on Jan. 29 by Rep. Mike Moon (R-157).  It passed the state house last month by a vote of 99-47, and will now go to the senate floor for concurrence. 

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Illinois Action Alert: Support SB2808 to ban warrantless cellphone tracking

SB2808, a bill that prevents Illinois state government officials from obtaining location information of individuals without a warrant, was introduced on Jan. 30 by Sen. Daniel Biss (D-9). It passed through the senate unanimously, and currently resides in the House Judiciary Committee. It will need to pass through the Judiciary Committee by majority before a vote can be taken by the whole house.

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