The federal government's increasing use of subpoenas without first getting a warrant -- let alone asking a judge to consider the matter -- is generating a lot of pushback from civil libertarians and conservatives. And rightly so. The fed's latest targets are private medical records:
Despite its inability to pass its own security tests, the TSA is keeping a sharp lookout for terrorists during the summer travel season. Really sharp. Among its many techiques for keeping us safe is monitoring the behavior of passengers who go through the security check points. The video nearby contains actual examples of what TSA agents have been trained to look for.
The political class has, for the moment, gotten over its hissy-fit regarding the expiration of the metadata collection provisions of the Patriot Act. New provisions, lauded by almost all sides, are set to go into effect. So where do our constitutional rights stand today? Pretty much where they were before all the talking began:
Last year, the IRS said it was changing its policy about seizing bank accounts from small business owners who made numerous small bank deposits -- a practice the agency said was a cover for illegal activity. A case out of North Carolina shows the policy hasn't changed. If anything, it's gotten much, much worse: