Statement on San Francisco BART cellphone service shutdown

Repressive foreign governments – in China, Egypt, Iran and Syria, to name just a few – have cut off communications (the Internet, mobile service and landline) as a means to repress dissent or expressive acts the regime deems inconvenient. Often, the repressive regime asserts that silencing their citizens was necessary to maintain the peace, or…

DHS Searches and Seizures

Loretta Sanchez, a California Democrat in the House of Representatives, is proposing a bill requiring Homeland Security to issue rules governing searches and seizures so that they are no longer able to operate completely in the dark and without standards. Glenn Greenwald describes DHS seizures of cellphones and computers, often not returning them, in an…