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Tag: privacy rights

Al Gore to Twitterverse: Privacy Should be a Priority

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former Vice President Al Gore launched an unusual assault on the Obama administration over the revelation that the federal government is tracking cell phone records, The Washington Post reports.

“In digital era, privacy must be a priority,” Gore tweeted Wednesday. “Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?”

The tweet follows news that the government is tracking cell phone records of millions of Americans.

Border Patrol Uses Drones to Track Down Illegal Immigrants, Drugs

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Customs and Border Protection has purchased 10 drones since 2005 to hunt down illegal immigrants, ABC 10 News reports.

The Predator drones helped track down nearly 4,000 illegal immigrants and nine tons of marijuana, ABC News reported, citing records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

The local ACLU said drones pose threats to privacy rights.

“All of this has happened without important questions being asked. A lot of our movements may be captured by these drones without us knowing where that information is going,” said Sean Riordan, staff attorney for the San Diego chapter of the ACLU.

Court: Death Row Inmate Doesn’t Have Right to Access All Records Related to Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A Tennessee death row inmate has been denied access to FBI records that he says would overturn his 1998 conviction for the murder of a Memphis motel clerk, the Associated Press reports.

A federal appeals court reaffirmed the FBI’s right to redact information under the Freedom of Information Act.

The redacted records, inmate Michael Dale Rimmer argues, contain information from witnesses who said he was the wrong suspect, the AP reported.

But the FBI won its argument that the names of those witnesses aren’t important enough to trump the privacy rights of witnesses, the AP wrote.

NYPD Monitored Muslim Students More Extensively than Thought

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

New York Police monitored Muslim college students far broader than previously thought, reports the Associated Press. Further, the monitoring was conducted at schools far beyond city limits, including Rutgers University, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania. Officers even spoke with professors in Buffalo, 300 miles away from the city.

New York police even sent an agent undercover on a whitewater trip, according to the AP, “where he recorded students’ names and noted in police intelligence files how many times they prayed.”

Police spokesman Paul Browne offered a list of 12 people arrested or convicted on terrorism charges as members of Muslim student associations when asked about the monitoring.

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