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Secret Court Widely Broadens NSA Powers

WASHINGTON — In more than a dozen classified rulings, the nation’s surveillance court has created a secret body of law giving the National Security Agency the power to amass vast collections of data on Americans while pursuing not only terrorism suspects, but also people possibly


U.S. Shale oil leases to California Illegal Says Court


A US judge ruled the federal government violated national environmental law by declining to conduct a full-fledged environmental impact study of its oil leasing for California’s Monterey Shale Formation, reports Reuters.

The Obama administration did not fully weigh the effects of fracking on the environment, said US District Judge Paul Grewal


Sharia Law: Court Orders Prisoner to be Paralyzed

Amnesty International has condemned a reported Saudi Arabian court ruling that a young man should be paralyzed as punishment for a crime he committed 10 years ago which resulted in the victim being confined to a wheelchair.

The London-based human rights group said Ali al-Khawaher, 24, was reported to have spent


U.S. court says CIA must end drone secrecy

A federal appeals court Friday reversed a lower court ruling that allowed the CIA to refuse to confirm whether it had information on the use of unmanned drones to kill suspected militants.

Agency had refused to confirm existence of drone records

A lower court federal judge had sided with the CIA and dismissed a


Amish Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Forcibly Cutting Beards


A judge sentenced the leader of a breakaway Amish sect to 15 years prison Friday in connection with beard and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish.

Sam Mullet Sr. and 15 members of his extended family were convicted of conspiracy in some manner in the 2011 attacks on fellow Amish in eastern and


Italian Scientists Jailed for not Predicting 2009 Quake

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Rarely since a Catholic inquisition in Rome condemned Galileo Galilei to spend the remainder of his days under house arrest for the heresy of teaching that the Earth revolves around the sun, has an Italian court been so wrong about science.

Today, a court in the central Italian city of L’Aquila, 380 years after


“Alternative” Courts Increase Across U.S.


In most courtrooms, spontaneous applause could get you thrown out.

But in this San Francisco court, it’s expected —and strongly encouraged for the defendants.

Bowls of hard candy rest in front of the judge’s bench, as a reward for the men and women making their weekly court appearances and attending group therapy. Almost daily,


NSA Whistleblowers Supporting NSA Lawsuit by EFF

San Francisco – Three whistleblowers – all former employees of the National Security Agency (NSA) – have come forward to give evidence in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF’s) lawsuit against the government’s illegal mass surveillance program, Jewel v. NSA.

In a motion filed today, the three former intelligence analysts confirm that the NSA has, or


American Sentenced to Death in Iranian Court

Hekmati, left, has 20 days to appeal his death sentence handed down by an Iranian court.

An Iranian court has convicted a US man of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death, state radio reported.

Iran says that Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, a former US marine, received special training and served at


Court Approves Cell Phone Tracking

Police Can Track Your Cell in Real Time

In a case more interesting for its look at the state of modern tracking technology and the brave new world we all live in than for its legal ramifications, a Florida appeals court said Wednesday the police didn’t violate a drug dealer’s rights when they used his


Law Enforcement: Court Rules Warrant Needed for Emails

After many years of legal uncertainty, a federal appeals court has finally declared that emails have the same Fourth Amendment protections as regular mail and telephone calls.

“Given the fundamental similarities between email and traditional forms of communication, it would defy common sense to afford emails lesser Fourth Amendment protection,” the Sixth Circuit Court of


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