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Richard Cordray to lead consumer bureau instead of Elizabeth Warren: report

President Barack Obama will nominate former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, rather than Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, according to published reports. The Columbus Dispatch reported that Obama will make the announcement at a White House event on Monday. Fifty-two-year-old Cordray currently…

Bachmann claimed ex-nun, lesbian tried to abduct her over gay rights

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has bragged that she has a “titanium spine,” but an examination of police reports found that the Minnesota congresswoman has been quick to call law enforcement. Bachmann’s complaints have included people egging her house, activists throwing glitter on her and even a claim of false…

Florida Libertarian Party calls on sheriffs to arrest TSA officers

On July 4, the Florida Libertarian Party sent an email to the sheriffs of all 67 counties in the state demanding they arrest Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers for violating the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Section 12 of the Florida Constitution. “Every single day, TSA employees conduct…

LulzSec hackers hit Arizona law enforcement a third time

Hacker group LulzSec, or Lulz Security, barreled past Arizona law enforcement’s cyber-security for a third time this week, posting more information in its latest “Chinga La Migra” info-dump. On Friday, the LulzSec/Anonymous hacking collective posted a statement on pastebin about the hack. “For the third knockout blow against Arizona law…

Rep. Peter Welch unveils bill to prevent warrantless GPS tracking

U.S Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) announced bipartisan House legislation on Wednesday to regulate how mobile devices’ location data can be used by law enforcement, commercial entities or private citizens. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) co-authored the Geolocation, Privacy and Security (GPS) Act and related legislation has been introduced to the Senate…

AntiSec hackers leak personal emails of Arizona law enforcement

Although the infamous hacker group LulzSec disbanded last week, hackers associated with the “anti-security” (AntiSec) movement it created continue to target the Arizona Department of Public Safety. LulzSec first targeted Arizona law enforcement on June 23 in a campaign dubbed “Operation Chinga La Migra,” unearthing a FBI intelligence report on…

Georgia court suspends anti-immigration law

ATLANTA, Georgia — A federal judge has blocked an immigration bill in the southern US state of Georgia which would have allowed law enforcement officials to verify the migratory status of suspects stopped even for a minor traffic offense. US District Judge Thomas Thrash’s 45-page ruling Monday determined that the…

New Jersey police misuse and abuse informants: ACLU report

The use of confidential informants by New Jersey police leads to violations of civilians’ rights and botched investigations thanks to inconsistent polices and insufficient oversight, according to a study by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project. The report (PDF) found that some…

LulzSec releases ‘classified’ data of ‘racist’ Arizona law enforcement

The group of rogue and jocular hackers known as Lulz Security – or LulzSec – released data Thursday night it claims belongs to Arizona law enforcement in a campaign dubbed “Operation Chinga La Migra.” “We are releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers,…

House Republicans look to pull funding for net neutrality

Money earmarked for the enforcement of net neutrality policies may not make it to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this year, if House Republicans have their way. In an appropriations bill (PDF) which cleared the House Appropriations Committee yesterday, blocking out funds for financial services and government operations, legislative language specifically…

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