Here’s a reminder that at 3:00 pm today, the House Judiciary Committee subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security will be holding a hearing on recent revelations that the FBI lied, violated the constitution and broke the law to engage in warrantless surveillance of Americans’ communications, all on an expedition to find the source of politically embarrassing leaks. I encourage you to watch the hearing…
… if you can. The hearing won’t be aired on C-Span: its channels will be occupied by a day-long hearing in which representatives flog Toyota for having problems with its gas pedals. Civil liberties are second-rate, not worthy of airtime. Nominally, the House Judiciary Committee features “webcasts” of its hearings so that you can watch what’s going on and exercise your own role of citizen oversight. Practically speaking, these webcasts have become unavailable, with live webcasts only functioning for the committee some of the time and delays of over a week in making archived webcasts available for review.
UPDATE: five minutes after the hearing was scheduled to begin, the webcast came on in the middle of subcommittee chair Bobby Scott‘s declaration that the hearing would NOT touch the most recent and explosive Inspector General’s report on illegal warrantless surveillance by the FBI. Instead, the hearing would discuss matters regarding the FBI’s intelligence work against gangs, to investigate the spread of explosives and to work with foreign language translation.
To date, then, there is NO hearing scheduled in either the House or the Senate to confront the FBI’s illegal activities against the American people.