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A Holder of Political Ideology, not Justice

A Holder of Political Ideology, not Justice

by Patrick Devlin If you ask an attorney if torture is OK, if broad based warrantless wiretapping is allowed, if wealthy private corporations can be absolved of felonies just because they are wealthy corporations, if American citizens can be executed with a no charges leveled against them or trial – it really doesn’t matter what political party they are affiliated with – a member of the bar will generally agree that none of the above statements make sense, and in fact, these statements actually contravene our laws, our treaties and our constitution. But, if you are asking these questions of […]

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v2 08.16.14

v2 08.16.14

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Supreme Court Unanimously Stands with the Fourth Amendment on Citizens’ Cell Phones

Supreme Court Unanimously Stands with the Fourth Amendment on Citizens’ Cell Phones

by Patrick Devlin In a truly landmark ruling that challenges the assumptions of law enforcement officials and prosecutors across America regarding the ephemeral notion of personal privacy, which has been under an aggressive unison attack by both local law enforcers and national security state enlargers who have suggested that Americans should have absolutely no expectation of the right of personal privacy, the US Supreme Court agreed in a unanimous decision that police are required to obtain a court order before searching the contents of a citizen’s cell phone or smart phone. The ruling resolved two cases where suspects were convicted […]

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Vodaphone drops a dime on massive warrantless spying operation

Vodaphone drops a dime on massive warrantless spying operation

by Patrick Devlin The British telecom company Vodaphone, the world’s second largest telecommunications company, which owns and operates networks in 21 countries and partners with telecommunications companies in over 40 additional countries, has released its first and the world’s first self-described “Law Enforcement Disclosure Report” that confirms allegations that have been made by many who are concerned about the warrantless spying carried out by the US government on its own citizens and the citizens of nations around the world; that the US government has been and is currently engaging in massive worldwide surveillance and data collection of the complete content […]

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Supreme Court agrees that Uncle Sam can kick those damn kids off property granted to him by the public

Supreme Court agrees that Uncle Sam can kick those damn kids off property granted to him by the public

by Patrick Devlin The US Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in a case involving Americans’ freedom to petition the government on a public highway that is “controlled” by the US military, deciding that a citizen could be permanently barred from protesting at a US military base. In the case before the court, John Apel was appealing his arrest for protesting the US Military’s use of nuclear weapons on a public highway that traverses Vandenberg Airforce Base, a nuclear weapons facility in California. Apel’s contention was that he was immune from prosecution because he was protesting on a public byway and […]

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Supremely disturbing constitutional analysis changes bill of rights

Supremely disturbing constitutional analysis changes bill of rights

by Patrick Devlin The US Supreme Court has handed American law enforcement agencies an unqualified victory that arguably restricts the Constitutional prohibition against unwarranted searches and seizures. In a split decision the court ruled that even when a person who is the subject of a law enforcement investigation has refused to have his home searched by police, the Supreme Court determined that, if law enforcement officers simply ask another person who happens to live at the same address while the investigatory target is not present (a type of third party consent referencing another’s constitutional rights) the law enforcement agents can […]

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The bipartisan beatification of our beloved bullies

The bipartisan beatification of our beloved bullies

by Patrick Devlin “This [bridge scandal] is not the disaster for him that people think it is. I think it’s Miley Cyrus. It looked like a scandal when she was twerking at the VMA Awards, but it turns out that it just made her a bigger star…I also don’t think that this is going to be a scandal that is going to affect him negatively with the people in his own party. He keeps saying ‘I’m not a bully.’ Sure he’s a bully, and that’s what they like about him. If he is not a bully, who is he? He […]

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beware the potemkin democrats

beware the potemkin democrats

by Patrick Devlin As reported late last week, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who, late last year, was rumored to be considering, or being considered as a prospective left-challenge candidate to take on the putative front runner Hillary Clinton in the up-coming race for the presidency, made an angry and impassioned demand of the National Security Agency that it reveal if or if it is not spying on elected US officials and their staffs. In a letter to NSA Director Keith Alexander that Sanders made public on January 3, the senator said he was “deeply concerned” about the recent revelations regarding […]

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when the pope says ‘maternal tenderness’ he ain’t thinking hillary

when the pope says ‘maternal tenderness’ he ain’t thinking hillary

by Patrick Devlin The people’s pope ventured again into precarious doctirnal waters when he recently made comments suggesting that he believes that human ‘fundamentalism’ has been a barrier to advancement. The pope shared his analysis with 120 priests who are the leaders of Catholic religious orders in a meeting in Switzerland this past November. Responding to queries regarding how the new leader of the church wants his priests to approach the communities of the faithful as well as those who may consider becoming Catholic, the pope proposed his analysis stating, “It is a hermeneutical question: reality is only understood if […]

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federal judge legalizes illegal surveillance, criminalizes free association

federal judge legalizes illegal surveillance, criminalizes free association

by Patrick Devlin Mirroring, or perhaps parroting, the neo-fascistic theories underpinning the televised comments of President Barack Obama this past summer where he acknowledged that his government, with the full cooperation and unflinching assistance of the world’s largest data service and communications businesses, has continued with and expanded upon the warrantless spying on innocent Americans and citizens from every country on earth that had begun under his predecessors George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, a federal judge (appointed by Democratic president Bill Clinton), has established as federal case law that citizens cannot have privacy in their associations and communications under […]

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