President Obama delivered a wordy and categorical defense of NSA warrantless snooping on Americans' data privacy January 17 in a speech at the Justice Department, reiterating the longtime executive branch view that Americans have no reasonable expectation of privacy in any electronic transaction.
On a court that appeared evenly divided on the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law banning banning abortion protesters from entering a 35-foot buffer zone around entrances to an abortion clinic, Chief Justice John Roberts exercised his right to remain silent.
State lawmakers in California and Washington have proposed bills that would prohibit state agencies from cooperating with the NSA's surveillance programs.
On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case challenging the scope of the president's recess appointment power.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) — the law-enforcement agency created as a division of the Department of Homeland Security in 2003 — flew nearly 700 drone surveillance missions on behalf of other federal (as well as state and local) law-enforcement agencies from 2010 to 2012.