Since we’re living in a surveillance society — evinced by municipal street-corner video cameras and the federal government’s warrantless wiretapping program — we citizens should at least be able to turn the tables and surveil those who are watching and listening to, and sometimes abusing, us. It’s still a free society, right?

Harvey Silverglate is a Boston-based criminal defense and civil-liberties lawyer, and James F. Tierney is his research assistant and paralegal. Silverglate’s forthcoming book, tentatively titled Three Felonies a Day, deals with prosecutions under vague statutes. Jan Wolfe assisted in the preparation of this piece.

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