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Suit demands TSA explain phone searches of passengers on domestic flights

The Transportation Security Administration is searching the cellphones and other electronic devices of domestic air travelers and should be ordered to document when, how and why, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday.<p>In December, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern …

Surveillance

Chinese police are wearing sunglasses that can recognize faces

In the <i>Matrix</i> series, Keanu Reeves wears futuristic sunglasses to look cool when fighting against machines. But in China, police are now wearing sunglasses equipped with facial-recognition technology to catch criminal suspects.<p>Railway police in Zhengzhou, a central Chinese city, are the first in the …

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Sets New Rules For Searching Electronic Devices

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents need to have "reasonable suspicion" to carry out "advanced" searches on electronic devices, including smartphones and tablets, that belong to individuals entering or exiting the country, the agency announced Friday.<p>The updated rules allow agents to continue …

Immigration

As China smothers Xinjiang, even mild critics are silenced

BEIJING (AP) — Zhang Haitao was a rare voice in China, a member of the ethnic Han majority who for years had criticized the government on social media for its treatment of the minority Muslim Uighurs.<p>Zhang's wife had long feared some sort of backlash despite her husband's relative obscurity. He was …

China

The Real-World Consequences of 'Fake News'

“Once you’re uprooted from your sense of reality, that allows all sorts of other uprootings to take place.”<p>When Donald Trump’s press secretary was recently asked to comment on a rogues’ gallery of foreign leaders embracing her boss’s catchphrase of “fake news,” she essentially made the Las Vegas …

Journalism

'The world wants peace not death': Trump on UNSC vote

US President Trump hails the UN Security Council after it unanimously adopts new sanctions on North Korea.<p>US President Donald Trump said the "world wants peace not death" following the latest bout of UN Security Council sanctions placed on North Korea.<p>His comments came as the US secretary of …

North Korea

Lawmakers call for changes to surveillance act

<b>HARI SREENIVASAN:</b><p>If a deal isn’t struck by midnight this Saturday the federal government will shut down. But that’s not the only item on lawmakers’ …

Chinese authorities collecting DNA from all residents of Xinjiang

Officials build database of iris scans and blood types of everyone aged 12 to 65 in region home to 11 million Muslim Uighurs<p>Chinese authorities are collecting DNA samples, fingerprints and other biometric data from every resident in a far western region, Human Rights Watch has said.<p>Officials are …

Human Rights

Watch this BBC reporter try to evade China's massive CCTV network

BBC reporter John Sudworth recently got a peek behind the curtain at the world’s largest surveillance system. Tasked with remaining undetected by more than 170 million Chinese closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, the exercise ended predictably with Sudworth being spotted and detained in about …

Warrantless Surveillance Can Continue Even if Law Expires, Officials Say

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has decided that the National Security Agency and the F.B.I. can lawfully keep operating their warrantless surveillance program even if Congress fails to extend the law authorizing it before an expiration date of New Year’s Eve, according to American …

Surveillance

Would the Founding Fathers Have Tracked Your Cell Phone?

It's a concept the Constitution's framers couldn't have imagined, and that shows why ‘originalism’ like Justice Gorsuch’s is bunk.<p>Your cellphone …

Supreme Court To Hear Key Fourth Amendment Case

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear <i>Carpenter v. United States,</i> a case experts are calling the most important privacy issue before the court in …

NSA Surveillance Chills Dissent

The First Amendment is too often overlooked in discussions of the National Security Agency’s vast surveillance authorities. But as Congress considers …

Can Police Track You Through Your Cellphone Without A Warrant?

The U.S. Supreme Court confronts the digital age again on Wednesday when it hears oral arguments in a case that promises to have major repercussions for law enforcement and personal privacy.<p>At issue is whether police have to get a search warrant in order to obtain cellphone location information …

Privacy

A Supreme Court case this week could change US digital privacy standards

You wouldn’t leave home without your smartphone. It gets you everywhere you need to go, and keeps you connected. But, by pinging nearby cellphone towers, it’s also leaving a trail of digital breadcrumbs that the government can follow.<p>This location data tells a story about where you’ve used your …

Privacy

NSA Caught Navy Officer Illegally Trying To Pry Into American’s Phone

An officer deployed to Iraq tried to access data on her boyfriend’s son’s phone during a training exercise in 2011. After the breach was discovered, the officer was placed on administrative duty and stripped of access to top secret NSA databases, according to documents released this month.<p>A Navy …

FBI report on black 'extremists' raises fears of targeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI report on the rise of black "extremists" is stirring fears of a return to practices used during the civil rights movement, when the bureau spied on activist groups without evidence they had broken any laws.<p>The FBI said it doesn't target specific groups, and the report is …

Rights & Freedoms

Russian Revolution: Ten propaganda posters from 1917

<b>The Russian Revolution was a time of great upheaval but also great creativity.</b><p>As events take place to mark the 100th anniversary of the uprising, here are 10 classic images that rallied the masses in 1917.<p>'Loan of Freedom'<p>The cost and effort of fighting in World War One took a huge toll on Russia …

Posters

Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens

On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit …

Communist Party

Haley: Kim Jong Un 'begging for war'

<b>(CNN) —</b> US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "begging for war" as she urged the UN Security Council to adopt the strongest sanctions measures possible to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program.<p>Speaking at a Security Council emergency …

North Korea

Mockery of China's national anthem is now a crime, punishable by up to 15 days in jail

The new law requires those attending public events to stand at attention and sing in a solemn manner. It also covers Hong Kong and Macau.

Hong Kong

Exploring the shadows of America’s security state

How I learned not to love Big Brother<p>In the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Washington pursued its elusive enemies across the landscapes of Asia and Africa, thanks in part to a massive expansion of its intelligence infrastructure, particularly of the emerging technologies for digital …

History
Special Forces

Suffering Islamophobia? Try Bassem Youssef’s “Muslim Morning After Kit”

A picture with Toby Keith will protect anyone from being discriminated against<p>Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef has created a sure-fire way to combat Islamophobia by introducing a "Muslim Morning After Kit."<p>Youssef, a satirist who has been dubbed the "Egyptian Jon Stewart," partnered with the …

Terrorism

States are increasingly allowing guns on college campuses

Texas and 10 other states now have laws permitting concealed carry of guns at colleges and universities. So far in 2017, campus carry bills have been introduced in at least 16 other states.<p>As scholars of higher education law, we have both been following campus carry legislation quite closely. Kerry …

Guns

ACLU takes heat for its free-speech defense of white supremacist group

<b>(CNN) —</b> Last weekend's deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, has put the American Civil Liberties Union on the defensive for representing the white supremacists and generated furious debate over First Amendment speech rights.<p>The ACLU has been here before.<p>In a statement posted Tuesday night, …

Rights & Freedoms

Gun seizures at U.S. airports on record-setting pace yet again, TSA says

The number of firearms seizures at the nation’s airports appears to be on pace to set another annual record, security officials said this week.<p>A record 96 firearms were found in carry-on bags in the last week of July, up from a previous record of 89 firearms found during a comparable period the …

Guns

Trump’s leaks crackdown sends chills through national security world

Agency officials say measures have been taken to isolate leakers, creating a culture of fear.<p>National security officials across the federal government say they are seeing new restrictions on who can access sensitive information, fueling fears in the intelligence and security community that the …

Donald Trump

Japan accused of stifling freedom with new terror law

<b>(CNN) —</b> Japan's parliament has passed a controversial "anti-conspiracy" bill which critics say could be used to curb civil liberties across the country.<p>The bill, which has been criticized by both the Japanese Bar Association and the United Nation's Special Rapporteur, was passed early Thursday by …

Japan