Category Archives: Orwellian Threats to Rights

Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins Facing Prosecutorial Misconduct Charges and Maybe an FBI Investigation: Here’s the Scoop (The Hearing is March 7th)

Without any opinions or asides, here’s the scoop on the growing controversy surrounding Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins; the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Al Hill III, heir to the H.L. Hunt Oil Dynasty; and local attorney Lisa Blue. Things apparently began when Lisa Blue took on the representation of Al Hill III in…


Medicare Fraud Sting Operations by Federal Government Includes Senior Volunteers Spying on Doctors and Health Care Providers: Expect to See More National Stings and Sweeping Arrests of Medical Pros in the Future

Be on the look out for seniors in trench-coats if you’re working in the health care industry:  the federal government has proudly launched its latest weapon against health care fraud:  the “Senior Medicare Patrol.” Here’s the description of this new “tool to fight fraud, strengthen federal and private health programs, and protect consumer and taxpayer dollars” as…


Mexican Shooter Arrested for Planning to Kill Hidalgo Sheriff Lupe Trevino Claims Involvement in Fast And Furious Scandal as Killer of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010

It looked like the dust was settling on all the news coverage of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino having to watch his son, Mission police officer Jonathan Treviño, 28, being arrested along with several other members of local law enforcement by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for escorting drug cartel transports along Texas roadways as paid…


Increasing Gun Control by the Federal Government Announced Today: Will Attorney General Eric Holder Decide Who Owns and Holds Guns in Texas?

This morning, President Obama announced that he will sign 23 Executive Orders today, all of which are targeting guns in the United States: specifically, gun control by the federal government of weapons owned by private citizens. Here is the list just announced at the White House press conference of these 23 Executive Orders: 1. “Issue…


Dallas Roadside Body Search by DPS Troopers Now Subject to Federal Lawsuit – Shocking Video of Dallas Roadside Search of Two Innocent Women

Over the years, we’ve monitored law enforcement in traffic stops and we’ve posted about bad things that have happened on Texas roadways, things like  these dashcam video captures of law enforcement doing wrong (these aren’t the only examples we’ve found, check out our “Cop Watch” section in the sidebar for more): the Lufkin police officer…


No One Wants to be a Prison Guard in Texas: Lack of Guards Means Moving Inmates and There’s Talk of Closing Down Some Texas Prisons – But That’s For a Different Reason

No matter what the state of the economy may be, doesn’t look like there are many people out there who are willing to take jobs as guards in Texas jails and prisons these days. No surprise, given what those jobs entail (read more about the heat, and the pay, and more here.) However, things are…


Are Texas Judges the Last Protection of Privacy Rights? Southern District Denials of Federal Prosecutors’ Requests for Sneaky Cell Phone Data Gathering With Stingrays, Cell Tower Dumps

Down in Corpus Christi, there’s a federal judge who has been aware of technology’s threat to privacy rights for a long while now: he’s the Honorable Brian L. Owsley, U.S. Magistrate for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Back in 2007, for example, Judge Owsley made the national news when…


Texas Court Finds Texas Prosecutor Karren Price Hid Evidence and Introduced False Evidence in Murder Case Where Innocent Man Spent 15 Years Behind Bars

There is a ton of press coverage over the exoneration of Michael Morton and the upcoming trials of former prosecutor Ken Anderson for prosecutorial misconduct, which is a huge problem here in Texas, but it will be interesting to see if press coverage picks up over the upcoming release of Kenneth Wayne Boyd, Jr. who…


Texas Police Drones and Spy Planes: Texas Already Has Law Enforcement Surveillance In the Sky Includes Weapons and Thermal Imaging

The latest news on Texas skies having eyes watching all of us (giving a whole new meaning to the Eyes Of Texas, doesn’t it?) is that the State of Texas has bought a new, fancy Pilatus PC-12 NG Spectre for $7.4 million.  It’s a plane; a very special plane … especially when you consider that…


Texas Police Officer Arrests 77 Year Old Grandma After Traffic Stop: You Be the Judge – It’s All on Caught on Police Cam

A few weeks ago, here in Texas, a 77-year old grandma was driving home from church when she was pulled over by the police.  Apparently, the officer had her doing 66 mph in a 55 mph speed limit, so he pulled her over. She told the officer that she really needed to use the bathroom…