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After 414 Days In Office Obama Still Has No Civil Liberties Board

Federal law requires the President of the United States to appoint a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. This board is to be placed within the White House but given independent status. Fusion centers are proliferating across the country and taking on the power to construct disseminate government profiles of innocent Americans; administrators and officers [...]

Reprise: Patriot Act Heroes and Zeroes on the Senate Judiciary Committee

(A hat tip to Ramone for the suggestion)

If you were hibernating in the early part of October, you missed the spectacle of eight blind donkeys rearing on their hind legs in an acrobatic effort to form the shape of an all-seeing eye.

On October 1 and October 8, the Senate Judiciary Committee met to [...]

Senate Democrats Against Probable Cause

Eight other Democrats still didn’t seem to comprehend what they were dealing with. They argued that the Constitution is just a suggestion that needs to give way when Americans feel scared. They voted in favor of keeping the unconstitutional abuses of the Patriot Act. [...]

Most Democrats Vote Against Protecting Americans From National Security Letters

8 out of the 12 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted against protecting Americans’ constitutional rights from known abuses of the Patriot Act. The following is a transcript of the speech Senator Dick Durbin gave explaining why the abuses of the Patriot Act called for a restriction of National Security Letter powers. [...]

Senate Democrats Join Republicans To Kill Protection From Government Spies

The Durbin amendment to S. 1692 would have required that Section 215 Patriot Act spying only be used to protect against spies working against the American government, terrorism, or as a part of spying against foreign targets that are not related to Americans. Who could object to that? Eight Senate Democrats, that’s who. [...]

How The Democrats Can Win Forever And Ever

By Ed Rendell’s reasoning, the Democratic Party could declare permanent victory and absolute control over Congress if only it allowed all Republican members of Congress to switch affiliation to the Democratic Party, and run for re-election without any Democratic opposition. [...]

Barack Obama News Conference Watchathon and LiveBlog Reaction (4-29-09)

At 8:00 PM, you can watch could have watched the Barack Obama news conference right here, live, thanks to Hulu.

I’ll be liveblogging the news conference by updates to this post. Feel free to join me in reflection through the comments.

What I’m looking for:

discussion of U.S. torture policy and the role of [...]