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Presidential Candidate Lincoln Chafee Calls For Amnesty for Edward Snowden

Presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee made it plain that he intends to push for a return to respect for the Bill of Rights, including a pardon for Edward Snowden. […]

Bipartisan Group Passes Amendment Banning FBI From Forcing Weak Backdoors To Encryption

The House has passed an amendment that bans the Department of Justice from approaching technology companies and forcing them, or even requesting to, install backdoor evasions of encryption software. […]

U.S. Senate Approves Bill Radically Increasing Corporate Surveillance Of Americans

Last night, the U.S. Senate voted to pass the USA Freedom Act, blocking any amendments that could have reformed the bill to provide greater protections from electronic surveillance. The legislation is in accord with the version passed in the House, so it is virtually guaranteed to advance to the White House to be signed into […]

Second Day Without Patriot Act Warrantless Search & No Terrorist Attack: Thank the Jedi

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 […]

First Day without Patriot Act Warrantless Search & No Terrorists Attack: Why?

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 […]

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 […]

Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton on Fixing the Patriot Act (2006)

Back in the fall of 2001, current presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, respectively.  As such, they had a decision to make — would they vote for or against the USA PATRIOT Act? Passed into law that year, the PATRIOT Act has been used to […]

Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton on the Patriot Act (2001)

In the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primary, some comparisons are simple. If you’ve been paying any attention at all over the last fourteen years, you know that the USA PATRIOT ACT has been a vehicle to vastly expand the surveillance powers of the federal government, breaching a variety of constitutional limits.

On October 25 2001, […]

Bill To Somewhat Diminish NSA Spying Passed By U.S. House. Is This Good News?

Given that the history of the NSA surveillance program is thick with deception and coverups, we would do well to regard the passage of the USA Freedom Act, and other proposed reforms, with skepticism. […]

Why Doesn’t Your U.S. Rep Support The End Warrantless Surveillance of Americans Act?

Yesterday, a Democrat and two Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the End Warrantless Surveillance of Americans Act, H.R. 2233. The bill would, if passed, prohibit the government from forcing software and technology companies to create “back doors” – secret means through which government agents can enter supposedly secure information systems to search […]

Whoops, I Hit the Wrong Key and Posted 8 Cartoons of Mohammed

Whoops! Darn it, my mistake.

Again? Why do I keep hitting the wrong key?

I meant to post a funny picture of Garfield wearing a hipster sweater and making a remark about the size of the latest NASA budget.

Trying again… I swear this was the Garfield image, not the Mohammed […]