Unfortunately, I often only have a short time in the early morning each day to post stories on this blog. Given the pressures of classes, litigation, and traveling, I will often miss typos or automatically “corrected” words that are errors. I apologize for those errors, but we have no staff or copy editors on this blog. We welcome any suggested corrections. You can post corrections below. Thanks again for your help and your understanding.

178 thoughts on “Corrections

  1. No worries, Professor. I think most of us understand how busy you are and are more than willing to read through any typos. Keep up the good work.

  2. Professor?? We clearly understand what you write, and have written down. We also acknowledge the super busy schedule you have on a daily basis, and we “Respect” that. Happy Halloween!!


    According to a federal lawsuit, Eckert didn’t make a complete stop at a stop sign coming out of the parking lot and was immediately stopped by law enforcement. after law enforcement asked him to step out of the vehicle, he appeared to be clenching his buttocks. Law enforcement thought that was probable cause to suspect that Eckert was hiding narcotics in his anal cavity.

    While there, Eckert was subjected to repeated and humiliating forced medical procedures. A review of Eckert’s medical records, which he released to KOB, and details in the lawsuit show the following happened:


    SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (WCCO) – It was Edward Snowden’s revelations of domestic spying by the National Security Agency that hatched the idea — graphic artist Dan McCall would take the NSA’s emblem and create a new look with a funny twist.

    “When I got finished I thought, this is pretty good – I thought it was fun,” McCall said.

    Soon, he was having T-shirts emblazoned with the NSA logo accompanied by the slogan, “peeping while you’re sleeping.” Under the parodied emblem was the statement, “the only part of government that actually listens.”

    What McCall meant as pure parody, apparently wasn’t very funny to bureaucrats at the NSA.

  5. Close Enough For Government Work? Sebellius And The Irrelevance Of Job Performance second paragraph, second sentence:

    “She never informed Congress that er top tech officer….”

    SB “She never informed Congress that HER top tech officer…”

  6. Mike

    America’s actual war on drugs started much longer ago that Richard Nixon’s announcement in 1971. The roots in America of the war on drugs formally should be seen as December 23, 1973

    it reads that the roots to the war began two years after nixons announcement.

  7. Mike S.

    ” The perspective that the WCTU provided that has lasted far beyond prohibition was that the use of any substance to affect ones’ consciousness was AMORALl and sinful.”

    I suspect you meant IMMORAL.

  8. Dog Protection Act Colorado Don’t Shoot My Dog Bill Colorado SB226 Passed Senate Bill 226 Train Police on How to Handle Dogs

  9. ACLU Files Lawsuit Against New Mexico Police For Allegedly Spraying Mace On Woman’s Genitels

    Correction: ACLU Files Lawsuit Against New Mexico Police For Allegedly Spraying Mace On Woman’s GENITALS

    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit that, if true, would stand was one of the most grotesque and vicious cases…

    Correction: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit that, if true, would stand AS one of the most grotesque and vicious cases…

  10. In the article “ACLU Files Lawsuit Against New Mexico Police For Allegedly Spraying Mace On Woman’s Genitels” (sic)

    Partial sentence at the very end: “The ACLU is not seeking”

  11. Another item that might be of interest…:

    Heard Through the Grapevine

    December 7, 2013

    This from the “heard through the grapevine” department. The bete noire of the National Security Agency, Jim Bamford, is down in Rio de Janiero working with Glenn Greenwald on yet another expose about the agency. No idea what the two men are cooking up, but whatever it is I am sure it will not make the lads and lasses at Fort Meade happy.

    15 hours ago

  12. “Wash A Car In Your Driveway? You Might Get A Ticket
    Would-be car washer receives visit from Garden City, N.Y. cops”

    By: Pete Bigelow, Dec 17, 2013

    “Two men are about to wash their car in their driveway. Quick, somebody call the police.

    That’s what happened last month in Garden City, N.Y. A neighbor called the police because two men were about to wash a recently purchased Volkswagen Golf in their driveway.

    On the video above, you’ll see the officer who arrives at the house tells the men it is against a village ordinance to wash cars and furniture in public places. The men tell the officer the obvious: they are at a private residence, not in a public place.

    The officer responds, “It’s still in public view.”

    Officials in Garden City Police Department and Village of Garden City did not return phone calls Tuesday morning, and it’s unclear whether the men in the video ultimately receive a violation.

    At the beginning of the video, the responding officer perhaps gets to the crux of the problem with the two men. When they ask if there’s a problem when the officer arrives, he responds, “the problem being, your neighbor doesn’t like you.””

  13. In The Morning After post:-

    It the morning after” should be “It’s the morning after

    “Our dog Luna’s first rump” should be “Our dog Luna’s first romp

  14. Civility Rule typo: “For that reason, you help is not just welcomed but absolutely necessary in maintaining the character and tenor of this blog.”

    Should read, “For that reason, YOUR help is…”

  15. In The “University of Chicago Professor Accuses Colorado Law Professor Of Threatening Him With Embarrassing Disclosures in Leong Controversy” post there is a typo.

    “a person posting user the name Dybbuk” should be “a person posting using the name Dybbuk

  16. The cosmic “hand of God” photo released by NSA

    should b

    ….released by NASA

    What a difference the omission of one letter makes.

  17. Jill “lost” a couple of comments that may have been snagged by WP. Would anyone have the time to check. They were posted to the most recent NSA thread.


    Once upon a time, companies like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and others declared a war on the internet’s foundational principle: that its networks should be “neutral” and users don’t need anyone’s permission to invent, create, communicate, broadcast, or share online. The neutral and level playing field provided by permissionless innovation has empowered all of us with the freedom to express ourselves and innovate online without having to seek the permission of a remote telecom executive.

    But today, that freedom won’t survive much longer if a federal court — the second most powerful court in the nation behind the Supreme Court, the DC Circuit — is set to strike down the nation’s net neutrality law, a rule adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010. Some will claim the new solution “splits the baby” in a way that somehow doesn’t kill net neutrality and so we should be grateful. But make no mistake: Despite eight years of public and political activism by multitudes fighting for freedom on the internet, a court decision may soon take it away.

  19. “Obama’s Path From Critic to Overseer of Spying”

    “WASHINGTON — As a young lawmaker defining himself as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama visited a center for scholars in August 2007 to give a speech on terrorism. He described a surveillance state run amok and vowed to rein it in. “That means no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens,” he declared. “No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.”

    More than six years later, the onetime constitutional lawyer is now the commander in chief presiding over a surveillance state that some of his own advisers think has once again gotten out of control. On Friday, he will give another speech, this time at the Justice Department defending government spying even as he adjusts it to address a wave of public concern over civil liberties.”

  20. Thanks OS. We have been getting information in waves and it has been changing, particularly on the likely date that David passed away. Indeed, it would not be right if a posting by me did not have some mistake!

  21. Still no way to submit stories that I can find…
    I think the popular “Candy Crush” game securing a trademark of the word “candy” is worth mentioning.

  22. “Lunches seized from kids in debt at Salt Lake City elementary

    School officials cite unpaid balances on students’ meal accounts.”

    By lisa schencker

    | The Salt Lake Tribune
    First Published Jan 29 2014 05:29 pm • Last Updated Jan 29 2014 11:06 pm

    “Up to 40 kids at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City picked up their lunches Tuesday, then watched as the meals were taken and thrown away because of outstanding balances on their accounts — a move that shocked and angered parents.”

  23. Professor Turley

    Just so you know, on the blog posting

    PETA Accused Of Pursuing Bloggers After Criticism Of Its Animal Shelter
    1, May 28, 2013 by jonathanturley

    this person
    n 1, June 2, 2013 at 5:28 pmRandy DeCarlo


    I am fully aware of the situation with the poster who goes by the comic name of “Lucy Van Pelt”. Lucy is close friends with No Kill antion’s Debi Day and a supporter of the Winograd lead assault on Peta. Lucy’s REAL NAME is Maria Venuto and she resides in East Roxbury Ma. Ms Venuto has participated in an orchestrated attack on me which includes the likes of Huff Po writer Douglas Anthony Cooper as well.

    now i feel like i’m tattling on someone


  24. You were highly recommended by Megan last night on the Kelly File. So I came to your blog. Excellent. Every website, blog, media outlet, public person, should have a page called CORRECTIONS. In the case of the President, he could use his CORRECTIONS page for his misspeaks, you can keep your healthcare, his overreaching, executive orders, change of laws, unconstitutionality. My compliments Prof Turley.

  25. Can you recommend a good lawyer to sue obama over his new ” My Brothers Keeper” program ? My grandson is a “white” young man who obama has determined does not qualify for this program because of his skin color. I await a response, plz and thank u. Missy


    Texas student suspended after bringing beer to school by mistake

    (LIVINGSTON, Texas) — A Texas mother says her son made an honest mistake while packing his school lunch bag, but now that mistake is costing him dearly.

    Christi Seale says her 17-year-old son Chaz accidentally confused a beer can for a soda can and packed it in his lunch.

    “He was in a hurry, running late. We were talking about school and he put it all together and took off for school,” she said.

    When he realized his mistake at school, Chaz gave the unopened beer to his teacher. But that teacher then reported it to the principal at Livingston High School, J. Bakewell Barron, who suspended the boy for three days and then sent him to an alternative school for two months.

    Chaz said, “I gave it to the teacher thinking I wouldn’t get in trouble, and I got in trouble.”

  27. Hayden Fienstein:

    Hayden took to the airways to champion torture by attacking the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D, Cal.) and say said that she was just being “emotional” and should not be involved in such a serious debate.

  28. You have your facts wrong in your post: Hour of Power [Grab]: Robert Schuller Thrown Out Of Crystal Ministries 1, July 5, 2011. Please double check the names in the story and correct. Carol Schuller Milner had no involvement in the running of the ministry.


    Sharyl Attkisson is a highly acclaimed investigative journalist. She had 20 year career with CBS News which she walked out on earlier this year The title of her new book, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington, speaks volumes as to what drove Attkisson to leave her job as a journalist with CBS. In short, Attkisson witnessed time and again manipulation of the media by the Obama in an effort to control the news. She appeared on FOX News’ Media Buzz with Howard Kurtz to discuss this unprecedented secrecy by the Obama White House. (w

  30. Answers and Questions About Military, Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agency Chatbots

    “Sgt. Star is the U.S. Army’s dedicated marketing and recruitment chatbot, and he isn’t going to turn whistleblower any time soon. There’s no use threatening him for answers either—he’s programmed to report that kind of hostility to the Army Criminal Investigation Division.”

  31. ‘The House Is Clean … We’re Gonna Spike Him’


    While Ross was being held outside, she says, she overheard a deputy say that they had been denied a search warrant for the home.

    Because the deputies failed to find any drugs in the home, “they planted narcotics which were kept in one of the sheriff’s vehicles. Statements to this effect can be heard over the vehicle dash camera on one of the defendant’s vehicles,” the lawsuit states.

    The Incident Report states that two bags of white powder were found and confiscated. However, pursuant to the vehicle dash camera video and transcript, the officers are heard on the recording saying: ‘the house is clean, there is no meth in the house’, ‘we’re gonna spike that and we’re gonna spike him.’ ‘I got the meth in the ——- car,'” the complaint states. (Epithet deleted in complaint.)

  32. Here is an article you might find interesting as part of your collection of police brutality series. Chinese police began to beat a woman on the street & a man started photographing the beating. This caused the police to beat the man to death which attracted a crowd that attacked and killed 5 policemen. WARNING: the photos at the end of the story are very graphic

  33. In the “Texas Teen Faces Five To Life” the following sentence occurs:-

    “Lavoro was also found with 145 hash oil.”

    I suspect you meant “grams” to follow “hash oil”.

  34. Kerry To Snowden: “Man Up and Come Back to the United States.”

    While President Obama implausible claimed

    SR: implausibly

    This Administration has continued to use of secret legal opinions and secret evidence in cases.

    SR: continued the use

    First, as Clinton must know (but did not mention), there are exceptions under the whistleblower laws for national security information

    SR: as Kerry must know (but did not mention)

    I noticed that you used a lot of material from your “Clinton Finds it Odd” piece from a month ago. (I just read it today) Are you working on another national column focusing on Washington’s hypocrisy regarding Snowden and whistleblowers in general?

  35. Making things even more precarious for people like Clinton is that younger people have particularly rallied to the side of Snowden as a whistleblower).

    people like Kerry?

    However, as I have testified in Congress, the whistleblower system referred to by Clinton is a colossal joke.

    might read: the whistleblower system [alluded to] by Kerry…

  36. allison, people use this for story suggestions or tips also

    Victory for Justina’s parents? State social workers now say sick teen DOES belong at home

    Justina Pelletier, 16, is currently in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
    But the state now believes she should be returned to her parents
    The final decision rests with Judge Joseph Johnston who gave the state permanent custody of Justina Pelletier in March
    The teen was taken away last year when when her parents’ decisions concerning her health care were questioned
    The Pelletiers had been paying for her treatment for a rare genetic disorder at Tufts University, before they submitted her for evaluation at Boston Children’s Hospital
    However, Boston Children’s Hospital doctors gave her a different diagnosis, saying she suffered from a psychological disorder
    Justina has since been kept from her parents and is currently living at a residential medical center in Connecticut

  37. For the more Nixonian than Nixon files…

    IRS lost Lois Lerner’s emails in tea party probe

    The IRS told congressional investigators Friday it cannot locate many of Lois Lerner’s emails prior to 2011 because her computer crashed that year. Lerner headed the IRS division that processed applications for tax-exempt status.

    The IRS acknowledged last year that agents had improperly scrutinized applications for tax-exempt status by tea party and other conservative groups.

    “The fact that I am just learning about this, over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable and now calls into question the credibility of the IRS’s response to congressional inquiries,” said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. “There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the inspector general.”

  38. Mr. Tuley, you have made no mistake! Would you PLEASE do a commentary on the DISMAL of GZ’s lawsuit against NBC?



    JUNE 30, 2014

    SANTIAGO, Chile — The United States military intelligence services played a pivotal role in setting up the murders of two American citizens in 1973, providing the Chilean military with the information that led to their deaths, a court here has ruled.

    The recent court decision found that an American naval officer, Ray E. Davis, alerted Chilean officials to the activities of two Americans, Charles Horman, 31, a filmmaker, and Frank Teruggi, 24, a student and an antiwar activist, which led to their arrests and executions.

    The murders were part of an American-supported coup that ousted the leftist government of President Salvador Allende. The killing of the two men was portrayed in the 1982 film “Missing.”

    The ruling by the judge, Jorge Zepeda, now establishes the involvement of American intelligence officials in providing information to their Chilean counterparts. He also charged a retired Chilean colonel, Pedro Espinoza, with the murders, and a civilian counterintelligence agent, Rafael González, as an accomplice in Mr. Horman’s murder.

    The two men, along with Mr. Davis, were indicted in 2011. Mr. Davis, who died in 2013, was commander of the United States Military Group in Chile.

    “The judge’s decision makes clear,” said Janis Teruggi Page, Mr. Teruggi’s sister, “that U.S. intelligence personnel who aided and abetted the Chilean military after the coup remain a co-conspirator in this horrible crime.”

    The latest ruling concludes that Mr. Davis provided his Chilean liaison, Raúl Monsalve, a naval intelligence officer, with information on both Mr. Horman and Mr. Teruggi based on F.B.I. and other United States intelligence, compiled for an investigation into suspicions that the men were engaged in subversive activities. Mr. Monsalve, now dead, passed on this information to the Intelligence Department of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which ordered the men’s arrests.

    The decision said the murders were part of “a secret United States information-gathering operation carried out by the U.S. Milgroup in Chile on the political activities of American citizens in the United States and in Chile.”

    Sergio Corvalán, a lawyer for the families of the two slain men, said the ruling confirmed what the families had long believed.

    “The Chilean military would not have acted against them on their own,” Mr. Corvalán said. “They didn’t have any particular interest in Horman or Teruggi, or evidence of any compromising political activity that would make them targets of Chilean intelligence agencies.”


    (And many/most Americans have no idea what’s going on domestically. Nor do many seem to care.)

  40. For the Obama Administration Attacks on Press Freedoms file:

    NSA chief knew of Snowden file destruction by Guardian in UK

    Revelation contrasts markedly with White House efforts to distance itself from UK government pressure to destroy disks

    July 11, 2014

    General Keith Alexander, the then director of the NSA, was briefed that the Guardian was prepared to make a largely symbolic act of destroying documents from Edward Snowden last July, new documents reveal.

    The revelation that Alexander and Obama’s director of national intelligence, James Clapper, were advised on the Guardian’s destruction of several hard disks and laptops contrasts markedly with public White House statements that distanced the US from the decision.

    White House and NSA emails obtained by Associated Press under freedom of information legislation demonstrate how pleased Alexander and his colleagues were with the developments. At times the correspondence takes a celebratory tone, with one official describing the anticipated destruction as “good news”.


    Man ‘threatened with jail by cop who shot his dog and then prevented him from taking the bleeding animal for treatment’

    Doctor, a nine-year-old German Shepherd, was accidentally shot in the jaw by a police officer on Thursday
    The cop then refused to allow the owners to take their bleeding do to the vet and prevented them from leaving the neighborhood

  42. There was some artilce on here about Obumbo this morning and then it was pulled. Did someone sneak a faux article onto the blog?

  43. In Re: Needles in meat story. This seems to be a misfire:
    “He was appropriated arrested by Special Agent Cook.”

    Was that supposed to be “appropriately” or “apprehended,” or something else?


    Certification Allows US Trade Negotiators to Rewrite TPP Copyright Rules

    As the negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) continue to trudge along, little new information has leaked because the negotiations are being conducted under conditions of strict secrecy.

    But this week, the launch of the TPP: No Certification website has shed new light on one issue that has been often overlooked before now. The United States, exclusively amongst the dozen negotiating partners, is reserving the right to vet other countries’ implementation of the agreement before its own obligations come into effect. This has worrying implications for other countries planning to take advantage of whatever flexibilities remain in the TPP text after the negotiations are finished.



    A Summerville High School student who says he was arrested and suspended after writing about killing a dinosaur using a gun in a class assignment has hired a lawyer.

    Attorney David Aylor, who is representing 16-year-old Alex Stone, said his client’s arrest over a creative writing assignment on Tuesday was “completely absurd,” and is seeking to appeal the suspension and “proceed with the legal issues of [Stone’s] arrest.”

    “This is a perfect example of ‘political correctness’ that has exceeded the boundaries of common sense,” Aylor said in a statement released on Thursday.”Students were asked to write about themselves and a creative Facebook status update – just days into the new school year – and my client was arrested and suspended after a school assignment.”

  46. I can’t find your email so my objection goes here.

    on 1, September 1, 2014 at 11:59 am Nick Spinelli wrote on Swatting Hoax:… thread:

    “Theo, You’re absolutely correct, Fox needs to take its cue from MSNBC and hire august people like Al Sharpton. Maybe Fox can hire Keith Olbermann, It is the right thing to do to hire the mentally ill.”

    Is an assertion that Al Sharpton and/ Keith Olbermann are mentally ill civil discourse?

  47. In the Drumbeat post, “(while of course claiming that he needs for such authorization)”. I suspect for should be no.

  48. In the sky is falling post


    “The cold waters of Earth’s deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years.”

    “In the 21st century, greenhouse gases have continued to accumulate in the atmosphere, just as they did in the 20th century, but global average surface air temperatures have stopped rising in tandem with the gases. The temperature of the top half of the world’s oceans — above the 1.24-mile mark — is still climbing, but not fast enough to account for the stalled air temperatures.”

    “Many processes on land, air and sea have been invoked to explain what is happening to the “missing” heat. One of the most prominent ideas is that the bottom half of the ocean is taking up the slack, but supporting evidence is slim. ”

    Can read more here

  49. In Pennsylvania, the “Revictimization Relief Act,” which affords virtually unlimited discretion to district attorneys and the state attorney general to silence prisoner speech, by claiming that such speech causes victims’ families “mental anguish” has been passed by the PA legislature. PA lawmakers have openly said they passed the legislation as a way to target one of the state’s most well-known prisoners: journalist and activist Mumia Abu-Jamal. The bill was fast-tracked in the legislature and Gov. Tom Corbett is set to sign it into law.

  50. The article:

    Morocco High Council Issues Fatwa To Kill Those Who Renounce Islam

    In correctly states:

    In the Koran, Bukhari 52:260 quotes Mohammad as saying “If somebody [a Muslim] discards his religion, kill him.”

    That is NOT a quote from the Qur’an, but from the hadith. While the Qur’an is universal doctrine in Islam, Muslims have different views on the role and authenticity of hadith.

    There is no earthly punishment for apostasy or blasphemy prescribed in the Qur’an.

  51. In the “There Was No Negligence” post.

    “room for a slight suspension of negligence” SB room for a slight suspicion of negligence..

  52. Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine: We’re in ISIS war ‘without legal authority’

    Washington (CNN) — Sen. Tim Kaine said Wednesday there’s no legal authority for the current U.S. mission against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

    “We have been engaged in a war — that is not about imminent defense of the United States — without legal authority,” the Virginia Democrat said at the Wilson Center on Wednesday, ahead of a panel discussion on the legal authority for military intervention, moderated by CNN’s Jim Sciutto.

    The mission is not covered by either the wording or intent of the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force as the White House argues, Kaine said, adding that such an argument is “ridiculous” and inconsistent with President Barack Obama’s previously stated interpretation of the AUMF.


    “I take the Constitution very seriously,” he told a Pennsylvania town hall in 2008. “The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the Executive Branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America.”

    In 2011, he told a Univision town hall that there “are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system.” To ignore those congressional mandates through executive order, Obama said, would “not conform with my appropriate role as president.”

    “I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the [immigration] on my own,” he told the National Council of La Raza that year. “Believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you. Not just on immigration reform. But that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.”

    Obama seemed frustrated when pushed on the subject of deportations during a roundtable with Latino reporters in September 2011.

    “I just have to continue to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true,” he said. “We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce.”

    A heckler in 2013 urged him to take executive action on the matter, and Obama actually turned around at the lectern to respond directly.

    “If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so,” he said. “But we’re also a nation of laws. That’s part of our tradition. So the easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violating our laws, and what I’m proposing is the harder path which is to use our democratic processes to achieve the same goal that you want to achieve.”

  54. Illinois Just Made it a Felony for Its Citizens to Record the Police and the Media is Silent

    llinois — In March of this year the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s eavesdropping law, and rightfully so, as it was touted as the most unconstitutional law of its kind in the country.

    But Illinois, being the the corrupt and violent police state that it is, couldn’t let their police and other government officials be held accountable by its citizens.
    The bill is back, and with a vengeance.

    The Amendment to Senate Bill 1342 was introduced on Tuesday, Dec. 2, as an amendment to an existing bill on a completely different subject. The amendment removed all of the bill’s previous content and replaced it with the new ban on recording. The House passed it the following day, and the Senate passed it the day after that.

    This bill passed both the Illinois House and Senate with overwhelming majority votes; 106-7 in the House on and 46-4-1 in the Senate. Democrats and Republicans alike slipped this bill by the citizens as they were debating on whether the General Assembly would raise the state’s minimum wage or make the 67% temporary income tax hike permanent, neither of which passed.

    According to, the bill discourages people from recording conversations with police by making unlawfully recording a conversation with police – or an attorney general, assistant attorney general, state’s attorney, assistant state’s attorney or judge – a class 3 felony, which carries a sentence of two to four years in prison. Meanwhile, the bill makes illegal recording of a private citizen a class 4 felony, which carries a lower sentencing range of one to three years in prison.

    There’s only one apparent reason for imposing a higher penalty on people who record police in particular: to make people especially afraid to record police. That is not a legitimate purpose. And recent history suggests it’s important that people not be afraid to record police wherever they perform their duties so that officers will be more likely to respect citizens’ rights, and officers who do respect citizens’ rights will be able to prove it.

    Below is some of the vague wording from this legislation.

    (a) Eavesdropping, for a first offense, is a Class 4 felony (from Ch. 38, par. 14-4) and, for a second or subsequent offense, is a Class 3 felony. (b) The eavesdropping of an oral conversation or an electronic communication of between any law enforcement officer, State’s Attorney, Assistant State’s Attorney, the Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, or a judge, while in the performance of his or her official duties, if not authorized by this Article or proper court order, is a Class 3 felony, and for a second or subsequent offenses, is a Class 2 felony 1 felony.

    The wording in this bill is also written in such a way that it could stifle the recent police accountability measures of body cameras. Police may argue that using body cameras to record encounters with citizens outside of “public” places would violate the law, as citizens have not consented to being recorded.
    Only a government that lives like cockroaches in the darkness would pass a law criminalizing the act of turning on the light.

    Transparency and accountability in government are what prevent tyranny. When the state passes laws which prevent these things, the direction in which they are trying to move is obvious.

    Other than a few small media outlets covering this blow to free speech, the MSM has been largely silent. Please help expose it, by sharing this story to expose this horrible blow to government accountability.

    We can also stop this bill by calling the office of Illinois governor, Pat Quinn, at 312-814-2121, and demand that he veto the Amendment to Senate Bill 1342. Or you can email him at this link.


    Your Face, Voice, and Tattoos Are the FBI’s Business Now

    The FBI announced this week that the massive database system it had been building for eight years, pulling together stores of biometric information on millions of people, is at “full operational capacity.”

    The Next Generation Identification (NGI) system is a vast, centralized surveillance tool — and the stuff of totalitarian dystopia: fingerprint databases, iris scan details, more than 50 million images used for facial recognition (a.k.a. “faceprints”), and the capacity to hoard information of individualizing details like gait, voice pattern, and tattoos. Yet aside from a flurry of pained press releases from privacy groups and civil libertarians, the news of Big Brother’s ascension was met not with a yell but

  56. In a sneak attack on the civil liberties of all Americans, the Intelligence Authorization Act for 2015 was rushed to the House floor with virtually no debate.

    The legislation was scheduled for only a “voice vote,” which means that it is simply declared “passed” with voice votes and no record.

    This is considered the simplest and quickest voting method, not what one would expect from such an

    important piece of legislation. For most pieces of major legislation, a roll call vote would be the standard operating procedure.

    Thankfully, Representative Justin Amash, when catching wind of what was transpiring, went to the House floor to demand a roll call vote so that everyone would have to have their vote recorded.

    The fact that this important piece of legislation was handled in this way indicates that this was done intentionally to sneak it past the public eye. It becomes even more suspicious when you realize that it was done concurrently with the CIA torture report being released and the Gruber hearing.

    It seems clear there was an effort made to slip the vote by without having to answer to the American people, as Congress is well aware that Americans do not want to be spied upon by their government after the revelations by Edward Snowden.

    Congressman Justin Amash stated that when he learned this bill was “being rushed to the floor for a vote… I asked my legislative staff to quickly review the bill for unusual language.”

    What he says next should raise red flags for every American citizen.

    He claims what his staff discovered was:

    “One of the most egregious sections of law I’ve encountered during my time as a representative: It grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.”

    The bill in question is H.R. 4681.

    Rep. Amash wrote a last minute letter to all of his colleagues in Congress to implore them to vote “NO” on H.R. 4681.

    This bill will allow information gained from domestic spying by the feds, in the name of “terrorism,” to be transferred to local law enforcement for criminal investigations without any type of court order, subpoena or warrant.

    This is one of the most drastic changes in U.S. law in our lifetimes and has the potential to turn the U.S. into a true police state.

    When the feds take what is claimed to be a means of fighting “terrorism” and use it as means of forwarding criminal prosecutions against American citizens, without any court order or warrant, we are on the brink of total tyranny.

    We urge everyone to call their Representative and let them know that you do not support H.R. 4681… tell them NO new domestic spying powers!!

    Please help get the word out and share this information with your fellow Americans!

  57. Hey Jonathan, all,

    wouldn’t it be helpful to have an email or some contact point set up where the followers of this beloved blog can send interesting news articles?

    I’m sure Jonathan and the few weekend bloggers this site has can’t see and write about all the interesting and crazy things happening in legislative land everywhere as it happens.

    Today, in Belgium, 9 suspected terrorists got released because of a translation error. Interesting enough, no?

    I wanted to send an english translation of the article ( to someone who can get it on this blog, but alas, no contact details to be found anywhere here.

    Greets, have a nice year-end!

  58. JT, in the Hacker Group Anonymous Reportedly Seeks To Release Film “The Interview” If Sony Declines To Do So post in the text body:-

    “Anonymous announced its interest in illegally distributing the Sony elected NOT to do so.”


    Support: Dershowitz (left) previously said that his wife Carolyn (right) accompanies him everywhere but she is not seen on the flight manifests released today

    All aboard the ‘Lolita Express’: Flight logs reveal the many trips Bill Clinton and Alan Dershowitz took on pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet with anonymous women

    Flight logs for Jeffrey Epstein’s private plane dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’ were published for the first time on Thursday

    They show that former President Bill Clinton boarded the plane with women believed to have been involved in creating underage sex slave ring
    Alleged victim Virginia Roberts says she was recruited as a slave when she was 15, and that she was forced to have sex with both Prince Andrew and Harvard law profession Alan Dershowitz
    The latter, she says, molested her mid-flight on the private jet

  60. Suspended Chester Academy, New York Middle School Principal Ernest F. Jackson left his position when demoted to Director of Technology with absolutely NO STUDENT CONTACT in his new contract walked out leaving his keys on the desk no explanation after suing the Supt. Sean Michel and a school board member, a case Jackson lost but the Chester School District settled 5 cases including his abandoning his post to go to the hoome of two brothers called off sick by their mother earlier that morning on September 23, 2010.Jackson worked at St. Michael’s elementary school for about a quick minute and the was hired and very publicly fired from the Shikellamy School District in Sunbury , Pa. where he moved to after leaving his home in Milford, Pa where in 2011 he was investigated for statutory RAPE of his foster girl then 19 years old and not living with Jackson any longer. The investigator Pennsylvania Trooper Mark Pizzuti a ROGUE and PERJUROR himself did not obtain any medical reports of the foster girl or of Ernest F. Jackson. Jackson also worked at Penn State during Jerry Sandusky’s tenure.Same modus operandi urinating with boys in the school boys bathroom Jackson admitted under oath and taking a boy on vacation with him during his suspension from the Chester Academy in Chester, New York.Just an update on this very disturbed man who should not be in any child’s company.Jackson like Sandusky has no children of his own biologically.


    Data Collection at Schools: Big Brother Watching Your Kids.

    According to EPIC’s student privacy project director Khaliah Barnes, who wrote on the topic for the New York Times in December, “The collection of student data is out of control. No longer do schools simply record attendance and grades. Now every test score and every interaction with a digital learning tool is recorded. Data gathering includes health, fitness and sleeping habits, sexual activity, prescription drug use, alcohol use and disciplinary matters. Students’ attitudes, sociability and even ‘enthusiasm’ are quantified, analyzed, recorded and dropped into giant data systems.” The rampant data collection, she added, “is not only destroying student privacy, it also threatens students’ intellectual freedom. When schools record and analyze students’ every move and recorded thought, they chill expression and speech, stifling innovation and creativity.” Some cafeteria software, according to Marketplace, tracks eligibility for free and reduced-price lunches, including sensitive financial data about a student’s family such as weekly income and alimony payments.


    With the Supreme Court scheduled to hear oral argument in King v. Burwell next week, those looking for clues as to what the Court will decide later this year when it rules in King need look no further than a very different case the Court decided Wednesday. In Yates v. United States, the Court held, in a fractured 4-1-4 decision, that a provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act that bars the destruction of “tangible object[s]” does not apply to the destruction of fish (specifically, red grouper). In their opinions in Yates, the plurality and the dissent didn’t agree about much, but there’s one thing they did agree on, and that principle is key to why the government should win in King: when you’re interpreting a law, context matters.

    In King, the Court has been asked to decide whether the tax credits that put the “affordable” in the Affordable Care Act are available to all Americans who meet the income criteria, or only to those who purchase their insurance on state-run exchanges. When one looks at the whole statute in King, the answer is clear: tax credits are available to all Americans who qualify based on income, regardless of whether they purchase insurance on a state-run or a federally-facilitated exchange. The argument made by the law’s challengers rests on a facile reading of four words — “established by the State” — that appear in the formula for calculating the amount of the tax credit (not eligibility for it), as well as the argument that one need not look any further than those four words when trying to understand what the statute means. The recent opinion in Yates makes clear how wrong those arguments are.

    In Yates, the Court made clear that when judges or other government officials are interpreting a statute, they can’t just look a

  63. On the Private Detective Arrested Post:-

    “Seems to be wading”?????? I won’t even try to work out what you really meant.

  64. Actually the phrase was “since to be wading” obviously my subconscious was suggesting a correction to “seems to be waning”.

  65. From today’s post: “In addition, the court imposed attorney fees against Martin for the litigation.” I believe you listed the wrong party against whom attorney fees were imposed. The court imposed attorney fees against Welch. Your statement wrongly makes it appear Martin lost the case.

  66. I’ve been watching some of what’s been happening on Mainstream Media, Alternative Media, and Via Government websites and I’ve been taking notes. I read on a normal day about 100 to 500 articles a day and I have to say your spot on.
    I’m on disability so I got the time.. thank you for your honesty and hard work!


    Agency Overseeing Obama Trade Deals Filled With Former Trade Lobbyists

    The Office of the United States Trade Representative, the agency responsible for negotiating two massive upcoming trade deals, is being led by former lobbyists for corporations that stand to benefit from the deals, according to disclosure forms obtained by The Intercept.

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed free trade accord between the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim countries; the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a similar agreement between the U.S. and the E.U.

    The Obama administration is pushing hard to complete both deals, which it says will increase U.S. trade opportunities. Critics say the deals will provide corporate interests with sweeping powers to challenge banking and environmental regulations.

    Here is information on three major figures in the Trade Representative’s office, gleaned from their disclosure forms:

  68. Houses are very far apart.

    Disgruntled couple awarded $240,000 from neighbor in DOG BARKING lawsuit after claiming the Tibetan mastiffs caused them a decade of unrest

    Dale and Debra Krein sued their neighbors in Oregon over the noise
    They claim the Tibetan mastiffs have barked unnecessarily since 2002
    A jury has ruled in their favor, ordered the dogs to be debarked

  69. From today’s posting about Clapper:

    “The National Security Agency is still struggling to explain what (missing word/s) denounced as the uncharged act…”

    is? has been?

  70. Where is that item about “Is the SEC a toothless tiger” from last week describing how the false certifications of financial statements on mortgage portfolios signed by a head Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac official, his secretary, and an assistant were ended by the SEC’s decision to “terminate the litigation;” an issuance banning the three from signing off on any more mortgage-backed financial statements for one year, six months, and six months respectively; and by telling the defendants to make “donations” to some educational charity of $100k, $50k, and $20k, respectively, with NO entry of a consent decree, no criminal charge, no fine, no jail time, no finding of fault, malpractice, forgery, fraud, or malfeasance, no bar from federal, bank, financial institution, brokerage, mortgage lender, university, insurance, or any fidoldfox@gmail.comuciary employment, and certainly no way to compel a “donation?”

    I was telling someone about this item, and now no matter how I search full text, your archives, your weekend columnists, I cannot bring it up! Please help. I need this story to prove my assertion and support my letter to the editor. It was quoting from an article by a Dorsey & Whitney lawyer.

  71. She resigned btw. She was not fired.

    University of Memphis professor: ‘Whiteness is most certainly and inevitably terror’

    Zandria Robinson, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Memphis, has parted ways with the university after she came under fire for a number of tweets in which she blasts “whiteness” and even equates it with terrorism.

    By Tuesday evening, Ms. Robinson’s Twitter account was set to private and her faculty page was deleted from the

  72. In the State Department Emails post occured the words below.

    “……. three are so many relevant emails…….”

    Three sb There

  73. In the New Jersey Judge Faces Judicial complaint post occurs the following:-
    “….. crude and injudicious in his working …..”. I suspect “working” should have been “wording”

  74. On the Saudi Arabia Remains Adamant thread “… planned execution of religious dissent …” “dissent” should be “dissident“.

  75. One or two mistakes would be understandable. However, I find it painful to read your writing – every other sentence has a mistake in it. You may be busy but if you’re going to write a blog could you make at least a minimal effort?

  76. Quick inquiry: Moments ago I posted a comment (re: Merkel, 4/18) that linked to an image some may find offensive. While I care little about sensibilities (just as no one should anyone care about my own), I’m not sure whether such an image is acceptable on this blog. My intent was to present the link only, but apparently it embeds the file for convenience. Just want to point it out for clarification.

  77. (Considering the above is posted under Corrections, I suppose it’s fitting to correct an error therein; that is, “anyone”, obviously, should be dropped.)

  78. Reading your recent appeal to the 10th circuit panel, and on page 11, (don’t know if this matters, or if you have time to correct it if it does matter) first paragraph, “The Brown
    family fled to Utah to avoid further threats…” I think it should say they fled Utah, or fled to Nevada, not that they fled TO Utah. Just wanted to make sure you saw that, since they seem to be grabbing at straws to get rid of your case.
    Your work on this case has been wonderful. Thank you for helping that family stand up to the state, and all others who commit abuses against them and their friends, using their hatred of a lifestyle as an excuse.

  79. I’m just wondering how you are feeling now about your glowing endorsement of Lynch as AG a yr ago…?

  80. You posted a link to an article regarding Germany’s use of a law forbidding saying demeaning things about a foreign head of state, saying “It was also sued by hen-Swiss President, Micheline Calmy-Rey to prosecution a Swiss man living in Bavaria after he posted offensive comments Calmy-Rey, on the internet”

    You probably meant “used” by “then-Swiss President.”

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