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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 […]

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 […]

H.J. Res 32: Tim Huelskamp and 32 other Republicans in U.S. Congress Push for More Big Government

Over and over, the Republican Party declares itself to be “the party of small government.” But which party is trying to use the powers of big federal government to tell the people and the states what they can and cannot do? You guessed it — it’s the Republican Party.

Republican Representative Tim Huelskamp of Kansas […]

Help Surveillance Valley Expose The Big Brother App

Yasha Levine is writing a book, titled Surveillance Valley, that will describe the involvement of Silicon Valley giants such as Google in the federal government’s regime of electronic surveillance against the American people […]

South Portland tells Students to Celebrate Freedom through Coercion and Silence

What did you learn in school today?

Brad Rogers writes in the Bangor Daily News about a simple choice by high school seniors in South Portland.  The senior class President of South Portland high school noticed that teachers were harassing students who chose not to say the Pledge of Allegiance, so she looked up state law, […]

Big Government Steve King Introduces Nanny State Bill to Congress

I thought the Republican Party was supposed to be the party of small government.

Why, then, would Republican Representative Steve King of Iowa introduce H.R. 997?

H.R. 997 is a bill that imposes big government requirements on millions of people who work for the United States Goverment.

H.R. 997 is the Nanny State bill to […]

Walter Jones Favors Free Speech for Politicking Churches, Opposes Free Speech for Protesters

Yesterday, I noted that North Carolina Republican Representative Walter Jones had introduced legislation (H.R. 153) that would let churches start entering political campaigns without losing their special tax-exempt status. Jones terms it a “free speech” issue.

Today, I learned that Rep. Jones is a sponsor of legislation that would make it possible to toss protesters […]

Southern Trio in Congress Wants to Let Churches Have it Both Ways: No Taxes, Unlimited Politics

The way the law is set up in the United States right now is clear: Churches and other non-profit organizations have the right to campaign for particular political candidates if they choose. They are perfectly free to do so. They just have to do one little thing if they want to start politicking: pay taxes […]

Light the White House Purple Petition Gets Swift Obama Response. Pardon Edward Snowden Petition? Obama Response now 592 Days Overdue

592 days ago, on June 22 2013, just 13 days after it was created, the petition to pardon civil liberties whistleblower Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures. That 100,000 mark is crucial, because as an official petition on the official “We The People” petition website set up by the White House, it is guaranteed […]

Opportunity For American Jane Austen Fans To Connect With Human Rights Abuses Of Guantanamo

What if I told you that Momhamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian who has been held prisoner in the American prisons of Guantanamo for over 12 years, where he has been tortured and threatened in violation of the Geneva Conventions, in spite of the fact that he has never been accused of any crime, has managed […]

I am not Charlie Hebdo. The Kouachi brothers are not Islam.

Signs reading “Je suis Charlie” or “I am Charlie” have sprung up in demonstrations offline and online around the world in the wake of a shooting in which two brothers shot and killed 12 people working for the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. The meaning intended by carriers of the “Je Suis Charlie” sign […]