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Obama Increases Financial Surveillance Without Warrants. Why? To Understand Normal People

They say we all have something to hide, something about us that we’d rather not have aired in public. Remember Eliot Spitzer, Governor of New York? His political career came to an end after the government collected and analyzed Suspicious Activity Reports. Spitzer’s financial transactions brought his extramarital activity to light. Set aside for the [...]

Fact Check: Mountaintop Removal Protest Labeled “Terrorist” by PA Homeland Security Was Entirely Peaceful

There’s disturbing news on the Homeland Security front that you may have heard about if you live in the state of Pennsylvania. If you live elsewhere you’re not likely to have heard a word, since wire services and newspapers outside Pennsylvania have neglected to cover it. Regardless of whether you live in Pennsylvania, you should [...]

Political Donation: the ACLU

GOOOH (Get Out Of Our House) is an effort headed by an ex-Dell executive to elect its own slate of candidates to the House of Representatives in 2012. Yesterday, I found out that GOOOH prohibits anyone from running for office under its banner if they have given money to the American Civil Liberties Union.

After [...]

Yes, Virginia, Barack Obama’s Warrantless Wiretapping is a Broken Promise

Sometimes Democrats get upset with liberals who criticize Barack Obama’s warrantless wiretapping programs. As president, Obama has maintained George W. Bush’s regime of warrantless wiretapping against people neither accused nor suspected of crime. More than that, President Obama is currently striving to expand the warrantless surveillance regime with new powers to study even our web [...]

The U.S. Military Spying on Americans is Not the Change I Believed In

(Tip of the pen to qs)

The Defense Department calls its new unit FICOR — the Foreign Intelligence and Counterintelligence Operation Records. But the military group describes the data it will collect through intelligence and data mining operations:

“Social Security Number (SSN), address, citizenship documentation, biometric data, passport number, vehicle identification number and vehicle/vessel license [...]

Tucson and Phoenix Hold More Rallies Against SB 1070 May 5

The Arizona protests that began in earnest during the last week of April show no sign of abating in the first week of May. April saw the passage of SB 1070, a new state law that violates the 4th Amendment by requiring police to search and seize citizens’ and legal residents’ papers without probable cause, [...]

Nearly 100 Cities: May 1 Protest Against Immigration Police State Spreads in a Wildfire of Outrage

Last week, in case you hadn’t heard, Arizona passed a law subjecting law-abiding U.S. citizens and residents to warrantless search and detention without probable cause.

You read that right. Don’t let someone limit discussion of this new law, SB 1070, to illegal immigration and their illegal illegality, because the truth is that the law does [...]

American Truck Driver Taken to Detention For Not Having his Birth Certificate on Him

American citizen. Born in Fresno, California. Taken to detention in Arizona because he kept his birth certificate at home.

Papiere, Bitte!

Papiere Bitte! Police State Policy in Arizona Comes Exclusively from Republicans

Over the past few days, I’ve been looking at “Tea Party” organizations across America and finding (link | link | link | link) two components of the movement sitting so oddly side by side. On the one hand, Tea Party leaders cry loudly about their commitment to the Constitution. On the other hand, Tea Party [...]

Change the Names and it’s 2001 All Over Again

Last night I stumbled upon this political cartoon Irregular Times whipped up in criticism of the policies of the Bush administration back in 2001:

With a little updating, it’ll be as good as new:

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Political Donation: Electronic Frontier Foundation

When you buy one of our sweatshop-free t-shirts, you do more than spread a progressive political message across your chest. For every shirt we sell, we pledge to donate $1 to a progressive political cause right here in the USA.

This past week, we’ve seen the Senate hide behind a voice vote to pass a [...]