Fourth Amendment

Wednesday I issued the follow statement on the passage of H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act out of the House Judiciary Committee. The Email Privacy Act reforms the outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) law of...
California federal judge’s decision to mandate that Apple create new technology to give the FBI backdoor access to iPhones.
The Department of Justice has closed its investigation into Lois Lerner and her band of bungling bureaucrats at the IRS. Choosing political expediency, it won't prosecute the actors.
The NSA is out of control. It seizes massive amounts of data on Americans without their consent, without their knowledge. This action violates the Fourth Amendment and the PATRIOT Act.The USA Freedom Act is supposed to halt...
The innovativeness of American enterprise flies off the radar.According to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the company is fixing to deliver packages to its customers via drones. It is called “Amazon Prime Air.”That’s right. In just a...
In light of the continuously-developing NSA spying story, it’s important to look at how substantial the government’s legal justification is for its overreaching, 4th Amendment infringing, domestic surveillance policy, and...
If you talk about the IRS don’t do it via email or text—the agency you mailed a check to this week can eavesdrop without a search warrant or probable cause. Since 2009 the IRS has held the position that the Fourth Amendment...
HR 6199, the Preserving American Privacy Act was introduced earlier this week. The bill seeks to ensure the privacy of American citizens by establishing specific guidelines about when and for what purposes law enforcement...
(Austin) – Despite overwhelming support from the public for HB 1937, a bill to protect the Fourth Amendment rights of Texas citizens, the federal Department of Justice (DOJ) succeeded in intimidating the Texas Senate into...
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The question - Should welfare applicants be tested for drug use prior to receiving benefits from the state? Damali Keith of Houston's Fox 26 News invited me and the Texas League of Young Voters director Christina Sanders to...
The Obama administration has begun working with the National Security Agency (NSA) to write new rules regarding data sharing with other domestic law enforcement organizations like the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the...
With the holidays behind us and the second session of the 114th Congress in full swing, the New Year is a good chance to look back at the legislative accomplishments from last year. Too often, the media covers the bickering...
In an era of constant political gamesmanship and gridlock, getting things done in Congress is never easy. That was never clearer than the last Congress’ failure to pass long overdue reforms to an antiquated that today...
It’s a Friday. A citizen wakes up, writes emails and makes a phone call.The person has a meeting soon, so he pulls up Google Maps to figure out a route.He then hops into a cab, checks Facebook on his phone, texts his friend...
“The administration puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we provide. No more illegal wiretapping of citizens, no more ignoring the law when it is convenient – that is not who we are....
The Northwest Ordinance—adopted in 1787 by the Congress of the Confederation and passed again by Congress in 1789 after the ratification of the U.S. Constitution to govern the Northwest Territories, which included modern day...
The IRS claims that its agents do not need warrants to read private electronic communications, including email and text messages. The ACLU uncovered the policy yesterday following a Freedom of Information Act request. Writes...
(Austin) – This afternoon the Texas House of Representatives took the next step toward restricting government officials from groping innocent citizens as a condition of travel without cause, passing HB 41 on second reading...
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In a move more reflective of cowardice than leadership, the Texas Senate yesterday, succumbed to the mere veiled threat of a letter from the almighty federal Department of Justice (DOJ) and pulled HB 1937 back from a...
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In a bill being brought forward in the Texas Senate for testimony this week, The Woodlands State Senator Tommy WIlliams seeks to attack your 4th Amendment rights with a bill that calls for police checkpoints for proof of...

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