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Obama Administration Agencies Blow Off Required Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Reports

This month, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued its second semi-annual public report on its investigations of the activities of the United States government and the extent to which those activities violate the constitutional rights of everyday people. A juicy tidbit in that report seems to have escaped notice. Let’s cover it.

Focus [...]

The End Of The Myth Of Chess-Playing Obama

I haven’t had much heart for wading into the renewed debate over the Democrats’ health care reform package, sealed into law as the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. We debated the Democrats’ plan for health care reform back in 2009. We vigorously urged the consideration of a more simple, single-payer health care system. [...]

Your Private Information Is Now In The Public Domain

Oopsie. President Barack Obama approved a massive electronic spying program that could seize and search the content and metadata of people’s telephone calls, emails, movements, purchases and Internet activity without any search warrant. It’s now clear that the National Security Agency surveillance program was targeting prime ministers and presidents of many allied nations in Europe [...]

USA Saved From 60 Million Terrorist Spaniards By NSA Spying

The only explanation for this latest revelation is that 60 million Spaniards were poised to launch a terrorist attack against us innocent Americans. [...]

Is This The Change You Had In Mind?

The all-seeing eye is here.

Barack W. Bush

This handmade sign at today’s DC protest against mass surveillance just about sums up the last five years.

Update: Of 5 Petitions with Massive Support, 3 Still Ignored by Barack Obama

“If a petition gathers enough online signatures, it will be reviewed by policy experts and you’ll receive an official response.” – Katelyn Sabochik, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Digital Strategy, September 22 2011

This is the important promise made by “We The People”, the official online petition website of Obama administration. From [...]

Drill Baby Drill Did Not Bring Lower Gas Prices

The Republicans promised that if the USA could just produce more oil, the price we pay for gasoline at the pump would go down. Drill Baby Drill, they urged.

The Republicans lost with this argument in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections, but Barack Obama followed their advice, and instituted a Republican-style extreme expansion of [...]

NSA Spying On Normal Lawful Communications Just In Case We Might Do Evil

The genius of the NSA spying system is that it’s never in plain sight, though it’s something that we all may reasonably suspect is watching us at any moment. [...]

Government Shutdown: What Would A Green Party President Do?

What I would do, if I was in Barack Obama’s place, would be to say, “Okay, Republicans, if you don’t like Obamacare and its requirement to purchase insurance, that’s fine.” [...]

Update: Of 5 Huge Petitions Ignored by Barack Obama, Just 1 Moves Forward

“If a petition gathers enough online signatures, it will be reviewed by policy experts and you’ll receive an official response.” – Katelyn Sabochik, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Digital Strategy, September 22 2011

This is the important promise made by “We The People”, the official online petition website of Obama administration. The [...]