Enter your email address to subscribe to Irregular Times and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 375 other subscribers

Irregular Times Newsletters

Click here to subscribe to any or all of our six topical e-mail newsletters:
  1. Social Movement Actions,
  2. Credulity and Faith,
  3. Election News,
  4. This Week in Congress,
  5. Tech Dispatch and
  6. our latest Political Stickers and Such

Contact Us

We can be contacted via retorts@irregulartimes.com

Why Is The FBI Withholding Privacy Reports About Its Spying Programs In The USA?

Yesterday, Jim noted that, despite promises of reforms of extraordinary spying powers created under the FISA Amendments Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has failed to create the position of Public Advocate that was recommended by a Presidential commission at the end of last year. The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies seems [...]

Electronic Frontier Foundation Notes Many Serious Flaws In USA FREEDOM ACT

Will the USA FREEDOM ACT protect you from Big Brother at the NSA? Until these problems in the legislation are dealt with, you can’t be sure. [...]

Condoleezza Rice and DropBox Collude With Heartbleeding NSA

Corporate and governmental hubs of power have been consumed by a surveillance culture in which top executives presume that they have the right to seize and whatever information they want, to use for whatever purposes they can dream up. They don’t believe that the law, or the Constitution of the United States, applies to them anymore. [...]

What If The NSA Was Treated Like The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?

Yesterday, a coalition of Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a series of bills (H.R. 4315, H.R. 4316, H.R. 4317, H.R. 4318, and H.R. 4319) that would require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to increase the transparency of its already open process by:

publishing on the Internet the basis of the [...]

Obama Proposes Keeping Most NSA Spying Against Americans

Obama Plan Would End NSA Bulk Data Collection, reads the headline from the New York Post. That sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

The sad truth is that the new Obama plan would not end NSA bulk data collection.

The Obama plan would end only a small part of the NSA electronic surveillance deployed against Americans – [...]

Bernie Sanders Versus Hillary Clinton On NSA Spying

If you care about the Fourth Amendment’s promise of protection from unreasonable search and seizure, the choice between Hillary Clinton and Bernard Sanders is crystal clear. [...]

Rand Paul Versus Bernard Sanders On CIA Spying Against The US Senate

Here we are, a full day since the news that the CIA has been conducting illegal spy operations against the United States Senate. In reaction to the revelations yesterday, our writer J. Clifford speculated that the issue could enter the 2016 presidential election, with libertarian Republican Rand Paul and independent Bernard Sanders taking special interest [...]

…And Thank You Senator Feinstein, But…

Thank you for finally telling us about the criminally abusive spying programs of the federal government, Senator Feinstein. Now resign. [...]

Bernie Sanders Brings Honest Talk On NSA Spying To Vermont

This weekend, Senator Bernard Sanders organized a town hall meeting to discuss what he called “an issue of huge consequence”: The system of electronic spying on Americans set up by the military’s National Security Agency – the NSA.

The meeting featured David Cole, professor at the Georgetown University Law School, and Heidi Boghosian, head of [...]

Privacy And Civil Liberties Board Concludes That NSA Spying Is Useless And Illegal

For years, Barack Obama and congressional leadership worked together to prevent the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board from even coming into existence. Even after the board was finally created, it was slow to engage in robust oversight activities. Finally, seven years after its protections were first promised, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board [...]