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Senate and Media: Failed Oversight on DHS Unit Spying on You

Name of the Department of Homeland Security unit involved in domestic spying on peaceful groups of American citizens in 2007, 2008 and 2009: Office of Intelligence and Analysis

Name of Nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis: Caryn A. Wagner

Number of members of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee who attended the confirmation hearing for Caryn A. Wagner on December 3, 2009: 3

Number of members of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee who failed to attend the confirmation hearing for Caryn A. Wagner on December 3, 2009: 14

Number of newspapers publishing any articles regarding the Homeland Security Committee confirmation hearing for Caryn A. Wagner to head the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis: 1

Number of these newspapers that reported on remarks in the hearing about the Fort Hood shooting: 1

Number of these newspapers that reported on remarks in the hearing about civil liberties: 0

If your morning newspaper isn’t the Dallas Morning News, then it failed you in its role in reporting on the government.

If your Senator is Daniel Akaka, Robert Bennett, Roland Burris, Thomas R. Carper, Tom Coburn, John Ensign, Lindsey Graham, Mary Landrieu, Carl Levin, John McCain, Claire McCaskill, Mark L. Pryor, Jon Tester or George V. Voinovich, then your elected official decided that congressional oversight on civil liberties issues just wasn’t worth the effort to get out of bed.

As J. Clifford notes this morning, newspapers are playing catch-up on the story this morning. But the real credit goes to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that fought in court for evidence regarding DHS malfeasance to be released.

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