Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyer Kevin J. Mahoney on NSA Data CollectionThe Sons of Liberty, 240 years ago, boarded three East India Company merchant ships and dumped the cargo overboard into Boston Harbor. This was one of the culminating events leading up to the Revolution. So determined were the colonists to live free of oppressive, intrusive, and abusive government, they risked their lives to win their freedom. The Founding Fathers, concerned that any form of government would, over time, … [Read more...]
NSA Surveillance of Us
Boston Criminal Defense Attorney Kevin J. Mahoney on the NSA’s Surveillance of Phone RecordsA Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."– John AdamsIt is a Pyrrhic victory indeed if we relinquish our liberty in order to protect it. By now every small hamlet in the country seems to be musing about National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosure of information that the government is spying on innocent Americans. … [Read more...]
Police Tracking Us With Our Cell Phones
Boston Criminal Defense Attorney Kevin J. Mahoney: Big Brother in Your Cell Phone Most people would agree that technology has greatly facilitated many areas of our lives. It is also clear from the recent capture of one of the alleged bombers of the Boston marathon that technology can be a useful tool for law enforcement to identify and capture individuals that caused unspeakable harm to us. However, most surveillance remains unnecessary, especially our cell phones, which are progressively … [Read more...]
More Surveillance Powers for Law Enforcement?
Boston Criminal Defense Lawyer, Kevin J. Mahoney, Cautions Against Expanding the Wiretap Law Legislators last week filed a bill that would greatly expand the scope of the state’s wiretap law. The current law, enacted in 1968, allows police to obtain a warrant for wiretap surveillance only in cases involving organized crime. Under the proposed new law, officers still would need to obtain a warrant, but the scope of available surveillance would be much greater. Specifically, the proposed new … [Read more...]