Monthly Archives: August 2014

Part 1 – U.S. Constitution – Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights

Amendment IV(195) The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, … Continue reading

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Part 1 – The Road to Revolution – American Colonies Under King George II

Under the reign of King George II, England had engaged in a number of wars, one being the Seven Years War” with the French for present day Nova Scotia and northern parts of New England.(172) England amassed a large amount … Continue reading

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Part 1 – What is a “Writ of Assistance?”

A Writ of Assistance was a general search warrant issued by English provincial courts.(159) They authorized customhouse officers, with the assistance of a sheriff, justice of the peace, or constable, to search any house for smuggled goods without specifying either … Continue reading

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Part 1 – Is the U.S. an Authoritarian Information State?

Given the corroborated data in prior posts and utilizing Jack Balkin’s framework, the U.S. can clearly be considered well into if not all the way into the Authoritarian Information State classification. While classified information has been leaked and the government … Continue reading

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Part 1 – What is a Democratic Information State?

Democratic information states are information gourmets and information philanthropists.(144) Like gourmets they collect and collate only the information they need to ensure efficient government and national security.(145) They do not keep tabs on citizens without justifiable reasons; they create a … Continue reading

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Part 1 – What is an Authoritarian Information State?

Authoritarian information states are information gluttons and information misers.(138) Like gluttons they grab as much information as possible because this helps maximize their power.(139) Authoritarian states are information misers because they try to keep the information they collect – and … Continue reading

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Part 1 – The Three Major Threats National Surveillance Poses to Freedoms

The National Surveillance State poses three major dangers for our freedoms.(125) Because the National Surveillance State emphasizes ex ante prevention rather than ex post apprehension and prosecution, the first danger is that government will create a parallel track of preventative … Continue reading

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Part 1 – Status of U.S. National Surveillance State

The concept of a Democratic National Surveillance State brings to mind a number of oxymoronic statements.(103) For example: A cuddly porcupine, clear as mud, definitely maybe, etc. Perhaps we would all be better off just dismantling the surveillance state entirely … Continue reading

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Part 1 – Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act & National Security Letters

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is a United States law that prescribes procedures for the physical and electronic surveillance and collection of “foreign intelligence information” between “foreign powers” and “agents of foreign powers”.(94) Under … Continue reading

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Part 1 – What is a National Surveillance State?

What is a National Surveillance State? In the National Surveillance State, the government uses surveillance, data collection, collation, and analysis to identify problems, to head off potential threats, to govern populations, and to deliver valuable social services.(14) The National Surveillance … Continue reading

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