Patch: Wiretap expert fears wiretap bill in Legislature gives too much power to police.
(Ben) Levitan fears that this new law essentially amounts to a back door for law enforcement, cutting out the service provider and freeing police investigations from legal restrictions. "The only intention of this law is to allow law enforcement in Wisconsin to claim that they have a court order, but that's just lying," stressed Levitan. "They're basically saying, 'Hey we got permission to do a wiretap.' No, you don't have permission to do a wiretap. You have permission to order the cell phone company to help you." He added, "You know, I support law enforcement, this is just B.S."
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Ms. The Texas abortion ban is history revisited.
Equally worrisome, by enacting S.B. 8, the Texas legislature empowers and legitimizes harassment and uses the tested tools of slavery to carry out its antiabortion agenda. Aspects of the law are eerily reminiscent of Congress’s enactment of the Fugitive Slave Acts (FSAs), which in the 19th century similarly empowered private citizens to seek bounties on individuals who sought privacy, liberty and freedom from laws and social conditions that undermined their bodily autonomy. Such laws traumatized Black people for fear of being tracked, stalked and charged with violating the codes of slavery.
The FSAs bestowed incentives and rewards to carry out troubling, inhumane aims, undercutting the autonomy and liberty of Black people—freed or enslaved—and often leading to violence. And these laws served other purposes too: They skillfully deployed citizen participation in propping up and preserving slavery as a social, political and legal institution—an American way of life. They emboldened people committed to the enterprise of slavery and effectively legitimized various means of provocation and harassment.
Sadly, this is history revisited.
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