Verizon is, in fact, required to hand over all customer records to NSA

<img src="http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/audio/video/2013/6/5/13... align="right">The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.

The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.

4th of July DUI Checkpoint - Drug Dogs, Searched without Consent, Rights Taken Away, while Innocent

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Police Commandeer Homes, Get Sued

<img src="http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/07/03/third-amendment.jpg" align="right">(This has got to be my first time to see a Third Amendment lawsuit. - Ed.)

"LAS VEGAS (CN) - Henderson police arrested a family for refusing to let officers use their homes as lookouts for a domestic violence investigation of their neighbors, the family claims in court.

Cops Being Trained That Cell Phones Could Be Guns

A recent case where a police officer attempted to seize a cell phone by claiming it could be a weapon underscores how cops are now being trained to treat phones as potential guns in an underhanded effort to prevent people from recording police activity.

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Police officer shoots elderly dog

<img src="/sites/default/files/dog.png" align="right">CONCORD, Calif. (KGO) -- A Concord man is livid because a police officer shot his elderly dog. The police say it was justified, but the dog owner tells ABC7 News that it was completely unnecessary.

"This bottom part is where a fragment of the bullet came out," said Dave Billing, a roommate.

The Concord police officer shot Kirby, a 13-year-old cocker spaniel mix, with his 40 caliber pistol.

"He yelped and just stopped moving for a second. I really thought he was dead," said Zach Grimm, Kirby's owner.

Your phone can identify you as a gun owner

<img src="http://media.mcclatchydc.com/smedia/2013/06/20/15/25/6iSXE.WiPh2.91.jpg" align="right">The more Americans rely on their smartphones and the Internet, the more metadata is generated

Metadata with GPS locations, for example, can trace a teenage girl to an abortion clinic or a patient to a psychiatrist’s office, said Karen Reilly, the development director for The Tor Project, a U.S.-based nonprofit that produces technology to provide online anonymity and circumvent censorship.

Metadata can even identify a likely gun owner, she said.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell Signs Bill Requiring Citizens To Report Stolen Guns

<img src="http://www.opposingviews.com/sites/opposingviews.com/files/imagecache/30... align="right">Delaware governor, Jack Markell (D), has signed into law a bill that will require people to report lost or stolen guns to the police within seven days. Individuals who fail to report lost firearms will be subject to fines on the first two offenses, and every offense after that will be a class G felony.

This makes Delaware the eighth state in the nation to require citizens to report gun thefts.

Random Acts of Revolution

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Charged with "felony annoying"?????

NEW YORK — The State Senate passed a bill Wednesday that aims to make it a felony to “harass, annoy, or threaten a police officer while on duty.”

Bill S.2402, sponsored by Senator Joe Griffo, would potentially make it a crime for a person to make any type of physical action aimed at intimidating a police officer. Harassment of a police officer would be recognized as a Class E Felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.

Journalism Professor Says NRA Should Be Shot By Firing Squad For Treason

<img src="http://www.opposingviews.com/sites/opposingviews.com/files/imagecache/30... align="right">“How does choosing a white, rich old man with an offensive degrading speech about the war of 'Northern Aggression' as NRA president forward a sense of reasonableness?” Swindell wrote.

Swindell was referring to new NRA president, James W. Porter Jr., who he believes is not interested in compromise or bringing in support from Republicans to pass future legislation

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