So the Obama administration has been swearing up and down that without the power to search through Americans’ things and communications in bulk without warrants, the nation would be open to terrorist attack. And yet due to Senate delays, June 2 2015 saw the second day in a row without Patriot Act powers, without bulk […]
The time has come to let the Patriot Act die, completely and finally. […]
It is the first full day since the U.S. Senate allowed the bulk warrantless search capabilities of Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act to expire. Mind you, the U.S. government still has surveillance powers. The U.S. government can still obtain the phone records, e-mails and other communications of any citizen. Its agents just need […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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. […]
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 […]
In the Congressional Record over the last twenty years, here’s how many times the following phrases were uttered…