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The Fear Machine at Work, Summer 2015

Number of distinct stories in American newspapers speculating about a July 4 terrorist attack on American soil, June 1 – July 4, 2015: 136

Number of actual terrorist attacks on American soil, July 4 2015: 0

Source: Proquest Newsstand

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 […]

Just Let The Patriot Act Die

The time has come to let the Patriot Act die, completely and finally. […]

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 […]

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 […]