Category Archives: Privacy

Prosecutors Build Case Against Pellicano

The manager of a billion-dollar hedge fund, the billionaire head of a buyout firm, and the ex-wives of a television actor and a major real estate developer all will be crucial witnesses at the racketeering trial beginning next week for Anthony Pellicano, the infamous Hollywood private eye.The four will testify that they paid Mr. Pellicano…

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FBI Abused Its Authority

Here’s a big surprise. The FBI is given the ability to obtain private information about US citizens without a warranr or judicial oversight through the use of so called “national security letters,” and abuses the privliege and violates the law.  The whole notion of federal law enforcement becomes mopre and more noxious by the day.

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Technology + Law Enforcement = Privacy Risk

In the January issue of Reason (again), Julian Sanchez has a very interesting, and very disturbing, article about the increasingly sophisticated uses to which technology can be put in the search for illicit conduct (or, more accurately, conduct that someone in authority has decided ought to be illicit), and the serious risks that this poses…

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Why the 9th Circuit’s BALCO Decision Is a Threat to Privacy Rights

Jacob Sullum, of Reason Magazine, has posted this very insightful op-ed explaining why the 9th Circuit’s recent decision allowing the government to rifle through reams of electronic files in the pursuit of, presumably, Barry Bonds, is a bad omen for privacy rights. Hat tip: Tom Kirkendall, of the always thought provoking Houston’s Clear Thinkers

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He Knows If You’ve Been Bad or Good

There is a very interesting story up on ABC’s website ( I assume the story ran on 20/20, but I did not see it) about the random street murder of a woman in Philadelphia (my home town) in May 2005. The story recounts the efforts of Phialdelphia police to track the killer using variously placed…

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