Bill of Rights Fyle


  • Wyoming police shook down a driver to get him to give them his money, $90,000. After several months, a judge finally ordered the police to give the money back. [Link]
  • A judge rules that 77 Teavana cannot shut down. The stores are failing and the parent company Starbucks planned to close the stores. [Link]


  • The Trump administration is imposing new screening and interviews on travelers coming into the US. American citizens are subject to the searches and interviews. [Link]
  • Inmates in an Oregon prison are not given clean dishware. [Link]
  • New York will ban vaping in indoor public places. [Link]


  • A federal judge ruled police can seize your fingerprints to unlock devices that require fingerprints. [Link]


  • Trump suggests that he may challenge the broadcasting licenses for NBC and other networks. [Link]


  • The Department of Justice attempted to seize $11,500 a man who used the money to bail out his wife. The Department of Justice argued the man is a drug addict and likely would have used the money in the drug trade. [Link]


  • The Eighth Circut appeals court found that the First Amendment allows citizens to criticize police officers. [Link]


  • A Washington DC judge upholds a warrant that will allow the Justice Department to look at user data of an anti-Trump website. [Link]


  • Missouri’s Governor has issued a stay of execution for Marcellus Williams. William’s guilt has come under question because of DNA evidence. [Link]
  • A jury failed to convict four men accused of committing crimes during the 2014 Bundy Ranch Standoff. Two men were acquitted of all counts and the judge ordered their immediate release. Two other men were found not guilty of most charges and will have a hearing today to determine how the government will try to proceed. [Link]


  • Two victims of the CIA torture program reached a settlement with Dr. James Mitchell and Dr. Bruce Jessen. Mitchell and Jessen were contracted by the CIA to design the torture program. [Link]


  • Los Angles is testing body scanners in their subway systems. The test began Wednesday and will last two days. On Wednesday morning, the body scanner malfunctioned before subway users could walk through it. [Link]


  • The Justice Department has served a search warrant to an anti-Trump website. The search warrant was for all data on the site, including the IP addresses of all 1.3 million users. [Link]


  • The sanctions bill Trump signed had a provision that will require the government to monitor crypto currencies. [Link]


  • Police were able to seize $21,000 from a sex worker with civil asset forfeiture. [Link]


  • Jeff Sessions says the US will be reviewing its policy for subpoenaing journalists who receive leaked information. [Link]


  • Mark Fallon, a former military investigator at Guantanamo Bay, says the Pentagon is preventing his book from being published. Fallon says his book contains no classified information. Fallon claims his book exposes people who advocated for the use of torture. The Pentagon claims they are not attempting to hold up the book’s publication. [Link]
  • A District Court judge ruled against a woman suing the city of Detroit because police killed her three dogs. The court ruled that the dogs were not protected property under the 4th Amendment because the dogs were unlicensed. [Link]


  • The US Press Freedom Tracker will monitor the US government interference of journalists’ First Amendment rights. [Link]


  • Senators are looking at changing some of the text of a bill that will make it illegal to support the BDS movement. The bill as written can lead to a $1 million and 20 years in prison for people who support BDS. Before the ACLU exposed the punishment, a bipartisan group of Senators had signed on to co-sponsor the bill. [Link]


  • The Third Circut Court of Appeals has ruled that fimiling police is a right protected by the First Amendment. [Link]


  • South Dakota has a policy of forcible catheterization of drug suspects who refuse a drug test. The forcible catheterization policy resulted in a three-year-old having an adult sized catheter forcibly inserted into his penis. [Link]


  • Several states are changing gun laws to allow more or fewer freedoms. [Link]


  • Jerry Hartfield was released from prison after waiting 35 years for a trial. Hartfield was released from prison because his right to a quick and speedy trial had been violated. [Link]


  • A Supreme Court ruling reigns in some civil asset forfeitures. In Honeycutt V. United State, the court found that civil asset forfeiture was limited to property acquired as a result of a crime. [Link]


  • An activist was convicted of laughing during Jeff Sessions confermation hearings. [Link]


  • Arkansas executed two men yesterday. [Link]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


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


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


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


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


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


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


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]


  • 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]