After a long winter, isn’t it nice to stretch your legs and take a walk in the warming sunshine? Isn’t it nice to bring your family along to a park and watch the kids play on the grass? So why not do that? If you
Regular reader and Pennsylvania Green Party activist Ross Levin asked me to share a letter he received from his member of Congress, Representative Allyson Schwartz. Ross had asked Rep. Schwartz to explain why she had repeatedly supported reauthorization of the Patriot Act without any reforms
WEDNESDAY: Watch the House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Patriot Act at 1:30 PM THURSDAY: Watch the Senate Judiciary Committee mark up a bill to reauthorize the Patriot Act at 10:00 AM SATURDAY: Join us at the Patriot Act PROTEST at NOON on the West
With Congress’ decision last month to issue a short-term reauthorization of Patriot Act surveillance powers came a promise by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy to at least reform these provisions by adding some modest safeguards. That just may happen in today’s Senate Judiciary business meeting.
Why Patriot Act Reform Matters: 767 Days and Counting Without a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
In 91 days, three central search, seizure and surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire again. The period between now and then is an opportunity to drum up support for reforms to these provisions. Why is it so important to reform the
So far, the Subcommittee on Crime Terrorism and Homeland Security doesn’t seem inclined to keep David Dreier’s promise of a hearing of Americans’ grievances about the Patriot Act’s Big Brother system of spying set up against them. Instead, it is working to promote the FBI’s Going Dark program to expand electronic surveillance by the government.
Here at Irregular Times, we’ve heard a lot of talk about the Patriot Act over the last week as the House and then the Senate. Talk, talk, talk: “People need to flood DC and protest the Patriot Act until it is repealed.” “What happened in
Four times in just one week Michele Bachmann, a Congresswoman from Minnesota and self-appointed Chair of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus, voted in favor of the big-government surveillance, search and seizure powers of the Patriot Act. On February 8, Rep. Bachmann voted in favor of
15 Members of the U.S. Senate have a verifiable connection to the Tea Party, gaining a campaign boost by participating in the Tea Party Caucus or getting an endorsement from Tea Party Express or FreedomWorks in the 2010 elections. Each of these organizations has made
Boom. Just like that, with hardly any notice at all and no significant public debate, the U.S. Senate has passed a reauthorization of the Patriot Act by a margin of 86-12. Patriot Act powers, which are almost always used for reasons that have nothing to