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President Barack Obama’s Promised Response to Snowden Petition Blows Past 700 Days Overdue

It’s now been 709 days since the petition to Pardon Edward Snowden met the required standard of the official White House petition website (100,000 signatures within 30 days) to obtain a response from the Obama administration. 709 days later, there has been no response to the petition from President Obama or anyone else in the […]

Obama Withheld Report Revealing Little Knowledge Of Positive Impact Of NSA Spying On Americans

Over those six years, we’ve been told over and over again, the NSA’s intrusion into our emails, phone calls, and Internet activity were necessary. For six years, we’ve been lied to. […]

Have St. Cloud Crime Rates Doubled Since Somalis Came to Town? The Answer Rhymes with Heck, Snow.

Steve Platy writes in response to an article showing that crime hasn’t worsened in Minneapolis since Somalis’ arrival:

“What you would find is that Minneapolis did indeed, still experience a moderate drop in crime between 200 and 2012.

But that is only half-relevant to this article because they primary Somali refugee community is in St […]

PCLOB: White House Isn’t Measuring Whether its War on Terror Plans Work

It’s been nearly fourteen years since the passage of the USA Patriot Act and the initiation of massive programs of surveillance and military interdiction that are supposed to have been enacted in order to stop the terrorists who, we’ve been told for nearly fourteen years, are going to strike again any… minute… now.

And […]

Recent Ex-Hipsters Targeted As Potential Terrorists By TSA

A Government Accountability Office study indicates that behavioral indicator programs are practically worthless in the effort to identify likely threats to airport security, but the TSA is pursuing the program anyway, because it gives TSA officers, who work day after day in airports where there are no terrorists, something to do. […]

5 Members of Congress Introduce Legislation to Repeal the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act

If you’ve been following changes to American surveillance law since 2001, you’ll know that most of the U.S. government’s surveillance activities are propped up by two laws: the USA Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act. The Patriot Act authorized agents of the United States government to seize information about the activities of law-abiding Americans […]

Culture Waves in Congress, 1995-2014

In the Congressional Record over the last twenty years, here’s how many times the following phrases were uttered…

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Heads Up: Section 215 of the Patriot Act (Warrantless Seizure) Expires June 1, 2015

Before she ran for the U.S. Senate, civil liberties advocate Shenna Bellows sounded the alarm on the USA PATRIOT Act’s Section 215:

“The USA PATRIOT Act created new powers. It says that the government can now conduct what are called ‘sneak and peek’ searches, that they can go into your home, conduct a search of […]

Is Terrorism Really Prevalent In The USA, As Rodney Monroe Claims?

Rodney Moore says he deals with threats of terrorist attack in Charlotte, North Carolina every day, but the fact is that there has not been a single terrorist attack in Charlotte in this century. […]

GOP White Supremacist In Congress Tells Democrats To Hurry Up And Kick Hispanic Kids Out Of The USA

The legislation that Steve Scalise demands the Democrats allow to move forward would result in federal agents going across America, hunting down Hispanics that Steve Scalise and his racist allies find undesirable, breaking up families, and sending children out of the country. GOP leadership told us not to worry, but right now, before our eyes, Steve Scalise is promoting a NeoNazi vision for America. […]

Let The Homeland Wither

If Republicans want to force us to choose between protecting children in America and funding for some programs within the Department of Homeland Security, I say that we choose the children. […]