On May 12 2011, Rep. Robert Scott introduced a new wrinkle to considerations of Patriot Act powers and their uses. We already know from reports to Congress that most uses of the Patriot Act have nothing to do with terrorism. But what, then, is the purpose of the Patriot Act?
In a House Judiciary Committee […]
Over the last decade, the Patriot Act has allowed a wide net of surveillance, search and seizure to be cast over the United States, purposefully targeting innocent people not even suspected of criminal activity. The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits that, but the government has proceeded regardless. Documents show that the powers […]
On May 4 2011, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy made one final check with President Barack Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder to make sure that S. 193, a bill considered by civil libertarians to be a meager improvement of the Patriot Act with imperfect reforms, was to the Obama administration’s liking.
S. 193 was […]
Did Michele Bachmann really apologize for her YES vote on the Patriot Act? Unfortunately not: that was an April Fools’ Day joke. But Rep. Bachmann really did appear, along with Representatives Allen West and Mike Pence, before a crowd of about 300 assembled in Washington DC on March 31 2011.
That crowd was gathered […]
In a stunning turnabout unanticipated by all but her closest aides, Republican Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared before a small group of 20 Tea Party activists and 15 cameramen to apologize for her YES vote on the Patriot Act
“The Tea Party says it stands for limited government, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, […]
A few weeks ago I shared with you a letter Rep. Allyson Schwartz wrote to a Pennsylvanian in her district regarding the Patriot Act. Mostly empty of content and otherwise incorrect, it’s the sort of communication that gives constituents a fed up, exasperated, not-gonna-vote-for-you-again kind of feeling.
I’d like to share with you the text […]
It may sound like a setup for a SNL skit, but it’s true: the membership list of the Congressional Privacy Caucus remains private. The Congressional Member Organization has registered as an official caucus of the 112th Congress but hasn’t updated its leadership since Co-Chair Christopher Dodd left the Senate to take up a position as […]
At Thursday’s markup of Patriot Act reauthorization, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont nearly blew his top when responding to a Republican Senator who said the government shouldn’t have to show someone was a terrorism or spying associate or suspect before nabbing their papers, communications, or property without a the probable cause warrant specified in the […]