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One-Two Punch to Balance of Power this Week: Patriot Act and Perpetual War

While we were watching the train wreck of Patriot Act passage last week, the House of Representatives quietly passed a bill that grants the President of the United States the right to engage in perpetual war. Together, these bills concentrate power in the hands of the man who is already the single-most powerful person on [...]

Control Freak Obama Usurps All Three Branches of Government on Indefinite Detention

The news has emerged that President Barack Obama is considering an executive order to impose a system of indefinite detention without trial in the United States of America. The New York Times interviewed Obama administration officials to uncover the reasons why:

At the heart of the issue are more than 200 men being held at [...]

Under Obama Administration, NSA Spies on Americans, in America, Without Warrants

Under the authority of the FISA Amendments Act, the New York Times reveals, the National Security Agency of the Obama administration has been spying on Americans’ communications by phone and e-mail, doing it within the United States, and doing it without the warrants specifically required by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United [...]

Reason to Demonstrate at the Inauguration: Obama Declines to Include Civil Liberty in His Agenda

Yesterday I had a conversation with a friend who asked me why I felt inclined to stage a pro-constitution demonstration at the Inaugural Parade, “spoiling the special moment” of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. I started out my response by noting that the right of the people to petition the government for redress of [...]

FISA: Hillary Clinton got it Right, Barack Obama got it Wrong (Text of Clinton Statement of July 9, 2008)

In the preliminaries to the passage of the FISA Amendments Act (H.R. 6304), Barack Obama made better promises than Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama made better-sounding commitments to the Constitution of the United States and to the rule of law.

In the actual vote on the passage of the FISA Amendments Act, Hillary Clinton got it [...]

Obama is Grasping the Ring, and He Won’t Let Go

I urge you to read Barack Obama’s statement explaining why he supports H.R. 6304, a bill that authorizes a presidential administration to engage in electronic surveillance of communications as well as physical search of your property, all without so much as a warrant, outside meaningful judicial review. When I read this portion of Obama’s statement:

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