SURVEILLANCE
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The art of surveillance has been practised throughout history. Sun Tzu's The Art of War, for example, written in the fifth century BC, contains a chapter on The Use of Spies where he describes the different ways spies may be used to monitor enemy forces.The most crucial development that has taken place with the rise of democratic states over the last two to three hundred years is that the focus of state surveillance has shifted from external threats to the monitoring of the state's own population...[ GreenNet ]


NYPD disbands controversial Muslim surveillance program
April 16, 2014
The new commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD) William Bratton announced Wednesday the disbanding of a surveillance unit used to spy on Muslim communities. The Demographics Unit, established in 2003, utilized plainclothes detectives to map communities both inside and outside New Yor....... [more]

Military judge halts 9/11 trial following accusations of FBI spying
April 14, 2014
Army Col. James Pohl, the military judge presiding over the trials of those accused of involvement with the 9/11 terrorist attacks, halted a hearing on Monday following accusations that the FBI was spying on attorneys for one of the accused. Defense attorneys for admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid She....... [more]

Iran court overturns death sentence for ex-Marine
April 13, 2014
An Iranian appeals court on Saturday overturned the death sentence of ex-Marine Amir Hekmati who was convicted of spying for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2011. Saturday's ruling decreased Hekmati's sentence to 10 years in prison. Hekmati is a dual US-Iranian citizen who was arrested i....... [more]

Supreme Court denies review of NSA bulk data collection case, grants federal court transferal case
April 7, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied early review of a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's (NSA) PRISM telephony bulk data collection program. Last December, a judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the NSA's program is likely unconstitutional....... [more]

Rights groups urge world leaders to regulate surveillance technologies
April 4, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) announced on Tuesday the creation of a new global coalition that will work with world leaders to keep invasive surveillance systems and technologies out of the hands of dictators and oppressive regimes. The new organization is titled Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance....... [more]

Is Dragnet Surveillance Constitutional?
March 26, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Alex Abdo of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) explains the constitutional issues surrounding dragnet surveillance and why the ACLU and others are correct in challenging the broad surveillance...Ever since Edward Snowden exposed the National Security Agency's (NSA) swe....... [more]

Unprecedented Notice of Warrantless Wiretapping in a Closed Case
March 24, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Ramzi Kassem of the CUNY School of Law argues that a notice of warrantless wiretapping could lead to the reopening of criminal cases ...Late February brought some downright fascinating developments in the Agron Hasbajrami case. Hasbajrami had pleaded guilty in April 2012 befor....... [more]

Illinois top court strikes down eavesdropping law
March 21, 2014
The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday declared one of the nation's harshest eavesdropping laws unconstitutional, stating the law was severely broad and violated basic free speech rights. The court ruled Thursday in People v. Clark and People v. Melongo, which both dealt with audio recording, strik....... [more]

Federal judge decides not to combine Google privacy lawsuits
March 19, 2014
Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California decided on Tuesday not to combine several lawsuits against Google for violating the privacy rights of its Gmail users into a single class action suit. The plaintiffs allege that Google violated state and federal privacy....... [more]

HRW urges UN committee to denounce US surveillance programs
March 13, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged the UN Human Rights Committee to find that US electronic surveillance programs violate fundamental human rights. The US is due to appear before the committee on March 13 and 14 for a review of its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Polit....... [more]

Protecting Client Confidences in a Digital Age: The Case of the NSA
March 5, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Andrew Perlman of the Suffolk University Law School argues that government surveillance programs have adversely affected lawyers' efforts to safeguard confidential information and that lawyers should consider various options to address these new risks ... Protecting client con....... [more]




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