Bill of Rights Fyle

4/22/17

  • The Supreme Court voted to allow an Arkansas execution to continue. The man was quickly executed after the ruling was handed down. The man is the first of eight men scheduled to be executed by Arkansas by the end of the month. Arkansas is rushing to kill the men before a drug used in the executions expires. [Link]

4/19/17

  • McKesson Medical-Surgical is suing the state of Arkansas. McKesson sold the state of Arkansas a drug that Arkansas plans to use in executions. McKesson feels that Arkansas was not upfront about the state’s intention to use the drug in executions. [Link]

4/18/17

  • The 8th Circut Court of Appeals overturned a federal judge’s ruling that stopped the execution of eight Arkansas prisoners. In a separate case, the Arkansas Supreme Court stopped the execution of two of the prisoners. [Link]

4/17/17

  • A Federal judge blocks a group of upcoming executions in Arkansas. The governor planned to execute eight inmates in ten days because one of the drugs used in the execution was going to expire. [Link]

4/14/17

  • CIA Director Pompeo says “we can no longer allow Assange and his colleagues the latitude to use free speech values against us.” [Link]
  • CIA Director Pompeo called Wikileaks a “hostile intelligence service.” [Link]

4/7/17

  • Twitter sues the US government after Twitter received a demand from US officials to know who runs an anti-Trump Twitter account. [Link]

3/22/17

  • A Minnesota judge issued a search warrant that requires Google to give the information of anyone who searched the name of a man who’s picture was used to commit a crime. [Link]

3/17/17

  • A judge rules that the FBI does not have to reveal the FBI’s rules for spying on American journalists. [Link]

3/14/17

  • Border agents are more frequently searching traveler’s phones as they enter the US. Many of these travelers are American citizens. Border agents will demand that travelers unlock their phones if they are password protected. Border agents searched less than 5,000 phones in 2015, they searched 25,000 in 2016. and searched over 5,000 phones in February of 2017. [Link]

3/6/17

  • A lawsuit filed in 2014 alleges that a private prison that contracts with ICE forced 1,000s of detainees to work for $1 or less per day. The lawsuit was granted class-action status this week. [Link]

2/23/17

  • New Hampshire passes a Constitutional Carry law. This will allow citizens to conceal carry firearms without a license. [Link]

2/17/17

  • Customs and Border Patrol agents detained an American citizen and demanded that he give them the password to his phone. The man was traveling back to America from overseas. The agents would not let the man leave until he unlocked his phone. After he unlocked his phone, the agents took his phone for 30 minutes before returning it. [Link]

2/14/17

  • An inmate waiting for his trial at a Massachusetts prison writes a letter explaining the disturbing conditions at the prison. He says that inmates who ask for mental health assistance are put in a small cell with no mattress and only a hole to defecate in. The prisoners are naked while in this cell and the cells are kept cold. The prisoners never receive mental health treatment and are kept in these cells till they no longer request treatment. [Link]

2/11/17

  • Civil asset forfeitures are on the rise in the US. Law enforcement stole $4.5 billion in American’s property in 2014. [Link]

2/10/17

  • New Jersey Governer Chris Christie vetos a bill that would have made it illegal to seize property through civil asset forfeiture before someone was convicted of a crime. [Link]

2/8/17

  • In a conversation with sheriffs around the country, Trump expresses support for civil asset forfeiture. [Link]

2/4/17

  • Over 70 DHS fusion centers exist across the US. The stated purpose of the fusion centers is to collect information on American’s to prevent terrorism. The fusion centers have been ineffective, costly, and violating the constitutional rights of Americans. [Link]
  • A student has been denied a chance to prove his innocence by a judge because it would impose psychological trauma on his accuser. [Link]

1/28/17

  • Just hours before Obama left office, US Fish and Wildlife Service issued an ammunition ban for lead-based ammo on federal lands.  [Link]

1/4/17

  • Ben Swann breaks down the Countering Disinformations and Propaganda Act that was passed with the NDAA 2017. [Link]

12/31/16

  • A 6-year-old Florida boy was locked in a psych ward for throwing a temper tantrum at school. [Link]
  • Obama has been historically tough on whistleblowers and reporters. This is setting the stage for Trump to use Obama precedents and do the same. [Link]

12/26/16

  • Obama signs the NDAA 2017 into law. The new law allows for $611 billion in military spending in 2017. The NDAA 2017 also included the countering disinformation and propaganda act. [Link]
  • A TSA patdown of a traveler goes way too far. The TSA responds by saying the TSA agent who conducted the patdown did it appropriately. [Link]

12/21/16

  • Congressman Thomas Massie starts the Second Amendment Caucus. There are currently 14 members of the Caucus. [Link]

12/19/16

  • California puts emergency regulations in place that ban high-capacity magazines. Citizens will have until July 1 to give up their high-capacity magazines. [Link]

12/14/16

  • The Supreme Court declines to hear a case about a Colorado law that requires out of state companies to give records of online purchases to government. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the law did not violate the Commerce Clause earlier this year, upholding the law. [Link]

12/12/16

  • A Canadian journalist was denied access into the United States. His treatment by Border Protection guards seems to violate the spirit of how America treats journalists. [Link]

12/11/16

  • A bill has passed the Ohio congress. If signed into law, the bill will give Ohio citizens a better legal standing to fight civil asset forfeitures. [Link]
  • Hidden inside of the NDAA 2017 the Senate passed the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act. This act will allow the government to crackdown on what it labels propaganda and will create a fund to create anti-propaganda journalists. [Link]

12/10/16

  • An Alabama man was put to death last night by lethal injection after the US Supreme Court denied his stay of execution. The man coughed for struggled for breath during his execution. [Link]

12/8/16

  • In the lame-duck, Congress is trying to push through a bill that will ban online gambling. [Link]

12/5/16

  • Air B&B settles its lawsuit with New York City. New York City passed a law that will fine people for advertising their apartments for less than a 30-day stay. Air B&B dropped the suit when NYC agreed not to fine Air B&B. NYC will still fine the hosts who publish the apartment. [Link]

12/4/16

  • The Senate passes a bill that instructs the Department of Education to target anti-Israel speech on college campuses. [Link]

12/3/16

  • Internet Archive fends off a National Security Letter and gag order issued by the FBI. [Link]

11/28/16

  • At least seven journalists have been arrested while covering the North Dakota pipeline protests. The Army Corps of Engineers has also set up a “free speech zone” further away from the pipeline than the current protests. The “free speech zone” is an area where the protests would be allowed to protest. [Link]

10/20/16

  • After 14 years of torture and captivity, Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been released from Guantánamo Bay without being charged with a crime. [Link]

10/18/16

  • A North Dakota judged declined to sign off on the charges against journalist Amy Goodman. She had been charged for her coverage of the pipeline protests. [Link]

10/17/16

  • CNN claims it is illegal for Americans to possess wikileaks files. [Link]

10/15/16

  • Journalist Amy Goodman is facing criminal trespassing charges for her coverage of the North Dakota pipeline protests. She will turn her self in on Monday and believes she is fighting for her 1st amendment rights as a journalist. [Link]

10/12/16

  • Facebook blocks content and bans accounts of users based on government lists of terrorist organizations. Facebook has suppressed content in India, based on Indian government demands. Facebook has no clear label of how it handles content it deems in support of terrorism. [Link]
  • Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter provided police with a special feed during the Ferguson and Baltimore protests. The police department used Geofeedia to track the movements of protesters. [Link]

10/4/16

  • Texas’ version of the three strikes laws has resulted in a man getting a 70 year sentence for stealing a sandwich. [Link]
  • After a 3 year break, Ohio will once again carrying out death penalty sentences. [Link]

9/27/16

  • US Senators are making a push to expand TSA security to trains, buses, and marine transportation. [Link]

8/31/16

  • The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a bad that prevents medicinal marijuana card holders from buying guns. This forces many Americans to choose between their health and their right to self defense. [Link]

8/30/16

  • Minnesota gun buyback program is failing. The state is taking in guns from citizens, no questions asked, and paying citizens for their guns. Most guns coming in are antiques or broken. Dealers are also using the program to sell guns to the state at an overvalued price. One “shotgun” brought in was a barrel, wood, and tape. [Link]

8/29/16

  • A Washington bar owner is standing up to the government and allowing people to smokes weed at his bar. Weed is legal in Washington state and the owner, Frank Schnarrs, believes that it is his right to let people smoke marijuana in his bar. The state suspended his liquor license for 5 days and fined his $500. Mr. Schnarrs has not paid the fine and continues to serve liquor. [Link]

8/20/16

  • Vietnam Vet is arrested for flying his flag upside down. The vet was protesting a oil pipe line that will be built through his property by use of eminent domain. [Link]
  • A new New Jersey law will punish companies who support a boycott of Israel for humanitarian crimes against the Palestinians. The State says it will not do business with any of the “blacklisted” companies. This is a clear violation of the first amendment. [Link]

8/19/16

  • A new California law would prevent people from making undercover videos in health care facilities. The law would even prevent journalists from publishing video of abuses by health care providers. This law is seen as a way to protect Planned Parenthood from future videos being released. [Link]

8/9/16

  • The Obama administration changes the definition of gun manufacture to include gunsmiths who only repair guns. This will put a new $2,250 yearly fee for gunsmiths to operate their businesses. Many gunsmiths are small business and the new law could put some out of business. [Link]