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Fawlty Powers

By Noam Biale at 1:46pm
Reports last summer indicated that the Brits were considering plans to store information on every phone call, email and text message sent in the UK. The proposed legislation, part of a package of amendments to the already-seriously-terrifying Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), would require everyone to present his or her passport in order to get a phone. It would then compel all communications and Internet use data from phone companies and Internet Service Providers and consolidate all this information into one massive uber-database of British subjects' private lives and characteristic witty repartee.

Privacy is Not Partisan

By Noam Biale at 5:06pm

The recent hacking of Gov. Sarah Palin’s email accounts is the latest in a series of events that show how urgently we need better privacy protections in this country – and that privacy is an issue that transcends partisan politics.

Surveillance Society: Stepping Back from the Precipice

By Noam Biale at 4:58pm

If you’re like me, you measure the passage of time by your annual celebration of Constitution Day. Personally, I look forward all year to decorating the Tree of Liberty and lighting the Nation of Laws, Not Menorah.

Still, it’s hard not to look upon this year’s Constitution Day — our last under the presidency of George W. Bush — and not get a little wistful. As some popular musicians once said, “What a long, strange trip it’s been.” For those of us who care about the Constitution, that pretty well sums up the last eight years. The trip has certainly been long.

What's on Jim Carafano's Laptop?

By Noam Biale at 3:47pm

He doesn't mind you knowing. In fact, he thinks it would be totally reasonable for you to seize and copy the contents, provided you're a government official and he's crossing the border.

In recent testimony, and in an article in yesterday's…

Policy Debate Game, Set, Match

By Noam Biale at 1:31pm

It may not quite be the French Open, but James Carafano of the Heritage Foundation and I have been discussing the pros and cons of the virtual fence in a series of recent blogs. At least I thought that was what we were discussing. In his most recent…

J’accuse, Heritage!

By Noam Biale at 1:56pm

My post highlighting the privacy problems and massive cost of the virtual fence appears to have touched a nerve at the Heritage Foundation. Dr. James Carafano, who has been blogging from the border for the last week, wrote yesterday, “I don’t…

Something in the Water at the Heritage Foundation?

By Noam Biale at 4:37pm
James Carafano has been blogging on the Heritage Foundation’s “The Foundry” this week on his trip to our southern border. Carafano has been mighty impressed with all the potential benefits of increased border security. Specifically,…

No Real ID in Alaska

By Noam Biale at 5:05pm

The battle over Real ID — the Bush Administration’s backdoor national ID card — has been getting quieter in the last few weeks, but is by no means cooling down.

First, the statutory deadline for all states to comply with…

New Plan for Protecting Genetic Privacy: Don't Get Arrested.

By Noam Biale at 8:41am
(Also, don't be an immigrant.)

A few weeks ago, the Justice Department quietly released proposed regulations that would permit the collection and permanent retention of DNA from anyone arrested for a federal crime, or any non-U.S. person detained…

Happy Anniversary from the Homeland Civil Liberties Union!

By Noam Biale at 5:12pm
It's a jubilee year for the Department of Homeland Security, where Secretary Michael Chertoff and company are celebrating their fifth year of doing what they do best - securing the homeland. On March 1, the Department marked the five-year anniversary…
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