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San Francisco Sets an Example of How to Resist Surveillance in Trump Era


The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) suspended its participation in the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) last month. JTTFs are counterterrorism-focused intelligence-sharing centers, and by the FBI’s count, it operates 104 across the country. Many interpreted the SFPD’s suspension as a reaction to President Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban,” and to some degree it was.…   continue »

What We Learned From the Comey Hearing


You can break down the news from Monday’s hearing with FBI Director James Comey into two categories: 1) Big things we already knew but needed confirmed 2) Smaller, but previously undisclosed details.

Testifying before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Comey and NSA Director Adm.…   continue »

White House Spokesman Changes the Story on Flynn’s Calls to Russian Ambassador

The Trump administration continues to change its story on when and how many times Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser, spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the phone Dec. 29, the same day the Obama administration announced new sanctions against Russia and kicked out 35 Russian officials in response to Russian hacking.  continue »

Rule 41 Has Been Updated: What’s Needed Next

On December, 1, the revised version of Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 41 went into effect. The Department of Justice, which first proposed an earlier (and more expansive) version of the rule change in September 2013, has described the amendment as a much-needed procedural update in light of the growing use of anonymization tools and multi-jurisdictional cybercrime.  …   continue »

Is Throwing a Rock Through a Window “Terrorism”? Some Federal Prosecutors Think So


Image by Tomas Castelazo— Wikimedia

Did you know that throwing a rock through the window of a Whole Foods could be punished as a federal crime of terrorism?  An Assistant United States Attorney admitted as much last year, when defending the little-known Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (commonly known as the AETA) against a constitutional challenge by the Center for Constitutional Rights.…   continue »