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ACLU’s Mike German: Domestic surveillance no longer based on probable cause

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American Civil Liberties Union policy counsel and former FBI agent Mike German sat down with Reason.tv to discuss the expansion of surveillance programs since 9/11, noting the government and law enforcement agencies had become obsessed with collecting data.

“We’ve moved away from surveillance based on individualized suspicion, the Fourth Amendment standard of probable cause and a warrant has basically evaporated,” German said. “And the government can now collect information about people it doesn’t even suspect of wrongdoing.”

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“A lot of police departments, from all levels of government, federal, state and local, have combined their intelligence collection efforts, and have actually set up facilities called fusion centers. And the problem with these centers is it is very unclear who is in charge, when you have the FBI sitting next to a Department of Homeland Security agent sitting next to a state police officer sitting next to a local police officer. Because there are non-law enforcement agencies working in these centers — military, private companies — their authority to conduct domestic law enforcement intelligence gathering is quite questionable.”

“The government has no right to pick through your private information just because that’s technologically possible,” German added. “The laws are now so lax that they can.”

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Trump’s much-hyped Walmart and CVS coronavirus testing centers have been a massive flop

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During a press conference last month, President Donald Trump brought several corporate bigwigs with him to announce that major retailers Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, and Target would all be making their parking lots available to set up drive-through COVID-19 testing centers.

"The goal is for individuals to be able to drive up and be swabbed without having to leave your car," the president said.

It's been nearly three weeks since that announcement, however, and CNN reports that companies have only set up five of these testing centers in the United States so far -- and that none of them are available to the general public.

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‘Let’s not be silly!’ Kellyanne Conway barks at reporter for undermining her ‘bunker’ attack on Biden

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White House aide Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday defended her assertion that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden owed President Donald Trump a call to the White House instead of criticizing the government's pandemic response from his "bunker."

During a gaggle outside the White House, Conway was asked why she had slammed Biden during an appearance on Fox & Friends earlier that morning.

"I find it to be petty and a tinge of partisanship and completely unhelpful to the American population to have a former vice president who was here for eight years in his bunker in Wilmington just lobbing criticisms," Conway said of her attack on Biden.

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Biden says ‘hard to envision’ Democratic convention taking place in July as Sanders vows to stay in race

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The two remaining contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination made their comments on separate late night tv appearances. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday night said he found it "hard to envision" the Democratic National Convention scheduled for July going forward as planned as his rival for the party's 2020 presidential nomination Sen. Bernie Sanders declared that in his mind, the race is still far from over.

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