2015: Virginia Governor Signs Warrant Requirement for Drones, Rejects License Plate Reader Limits

With broad and near-unanimous bipartisan support, the Virginia General Assembly passed a series of bills this year to defend the public’s right to privacy from new mass surveillance technologies. To his credit, Gov. Terry McAuliffe almost immediately signed a bill to require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before tracking people’s mobile phones with cell tower emulators, often called “stingrays.” But he initially balked at two other bills : one that would have also required police to get a warrant before using drones and another that would’ve placed strict limitations on other mass surveillance technologies, including a seven-day limit on the retention of locational data collected through automatic license plate readers (ALPR). McAuliffe sent these two measures back to the legislature with suggested amendments, who sent them right back to his desk with only the slightest changes. The message was clear: these protections are what Virginians want and what […] Read More

2015: NFL Player Sues Police After Being Wrongfully Detained And Accused Of Public Masturbation

Fort Myers, Florida – Last month, police wrongfully detained professional football player Nate Allen and accused him of masturbating in public, an accusation which could potentially soil his reputation forever. On February 16th, Allen had the misfortune of being in the same neighborhood where a man was driving around, exposing himself and masturbating while driving a vehicle. For some reason or another, Allen was wrongfully targeted by police, detained, and formally accused of indecent exposure. The next day the news was filled with headlines that implicated Allen in humiliating acts that he did not commit. After a prolonged detainment, Allen was let go by police, but he was still a formal suspect in their case. Upon further investigation, police learned that there was no possible way that Allen was guilty. Video surveillance footage surfaced which showed the victim’s car, as well as Allen’s, and the videos indicated that it […] Read More

2013: McDonald’s Sues Protesters For Rejecting The Fast Food Junk

By Elizabeth Renter Natural Society “We’re doing this for your own protection.” Protesters with the Australian group BurgerOff are hearing a similar phrase from McDonald’s. The fast-food giant is suing protestors who object to the birth of a new McDonald’s restaurant near an elementary school. What’s more, Mickey D’s (slang for McDonald’s) is saying that the lawsuit is for the protesters’ own protection. It isn’t clear what this protection is against unless McDonald’s thinks they can protect people from good health. Nearly 100,000 people from Australia, mostly in the town of Tecoma, have signed a petition seeking to stop McDonald’s from building there. But McDonald’s doesn’t care what the people want. Members of the group BurgerOff, so committed to keeping Ronald and the Fry Guys out, recently flew around the world to deliver their petition to McDonald’s global headquarters near Chicago. Not only were they not given an audience with the company’s execs, […] Read More

1995: COMMERCIAL LIENS: A MOST POTENT WEAPON

Version 1.0 Edited by Terra Libra staff [with acknowledgments and credit to Alfred Adask (Publisher of AntiShyster magazine), Richard Boalbey, David DeReimer, and the various lien authors, for providing some of the content] (Applicable To The U.S.A.; Adaptable For Some Other Countries) Common-Law Copyright, 1995 by Terra Libra Holdings All Rights Reserved. Notice: This document is free for personal use only. No part of these materials may be reproduced in any form – except for personal use – without permission from the copyright holder. Table of Contents Chapter 1 * Introduction * Scope and Purpose of Manual * Some Notes on the Sample Briefs * The Commercial Lien Strategy – Background * Some Examples of the Strategy * The Power Of Commercial Liens Chapter 2 * Theory of Commercial Lien Strategy * Introduction * The Commercial Affidavit Process * Constitutions as Enforceable Contracts * Bonding of Government Officials Chapter […] Read More