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Law and Disorder

07/11/2016   9:00 AM


Computers:  Chelsea Manning gets prison, Hillary Clinton gets off, and you can expect no privacy when you use yours at home.

Law and Disorder hosts attorneys Heidi Boghosian and Michael Smith speak with guest attorney Carey Shenkman about the FBI concluding its investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of her personal email account for State Department business.  In his opinion, Clinton used her private email account to subvert attempts by the public to learn what she was doing inasmuch as 30,000 of her emails were deleted by the lawyers.  Smith commented that he believed she was covering up the success of the Clinton foundation and shaking down money from rich foreigners. 

Journalist Alexa spoke about Chelsea Manning's alleged suicide attempt. Manning who is serving a 35 year sentence for leaking documents in a video showing US war crimes has been cut off from contact with her lawyers and all other outside connections for more than 36 hours causing alarm among those closest to her. A Federal Circuit Court unprecedented and dangerous decision held that criminal defendants have no reasonable expectation of privacy on their personal home computers and the government doesn't need a warrant to hack into an individual's computer.  EFF staff attorney Sophia Cope discusses the details of this bad decision.

Federal Circuit Court: Criminal Defendants No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy On Personal Home Computers: Most of us assume that what we write on our own computers, in our own homes, is completely private. But a recent federal court decision held that criminal defendants have no reasonable expectation of privacy on their personal, home computers. And the government doesn't need a warrant to hack into an individual's computer. In 2014, the FBI hacked--taking over and operating-- a child pornography website called Playpen, for two weeks after a Virginia court issued a warrant to do so. Agents used software that bypassed Playpen users’ anonymity, enabling them to be tracked digitally. More than 135 people faced charges.


Attorney Carey Shenkman, who primarily represent journalists, publishers, and filmmakers at risk of censorship or political persecution. He focuses on First Amendment, international law (particularly freedom of expression and right to protest), journalist and source protection, extradition. Carey had worked for Michael Ratner and now represents Julian Assange.

Journalist Alexa O'Brien researches and writes about national security and capital crimes. Her work has been published in VICE News, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Guardian UK, Salon, The Daily Beast, and featured on the BBC, PBS Frontline, On The Media, Democracy Now!, and Public Radio International. In 2013, she was shortlisted for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in the UK and listed in The Verge 50. ChelseaManning.org

 Sophia Cope, Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Previously, she worked at the Newspaper Association of America on freedom of the press and digital media issues, with a focus on protecting journalists'  confidential sources. 

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