It’s been nearly fourteen years since the passage of the USA Patriot Act and the initiation of massive programs of surveillance and military interdiction that are supposed to have been enacted in order to stop the terrorists who, we’ve been told for nearly fourteen years,
In the wake of the 2014 elections, I return to a perennial puzzle for me: do I only support political candidates who I feel are the best match possible, or do I recognize that some politicians are better than others, and that better is good
I am grateful to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for at least holding hearings on the subject of the massive warrantless surveillance. On March 19, 2014, the PCLOB held a hearing and subsequently produced a transcript so that we can hear the Obama
Every time we sell one of our sweatshop-free shirts, we set aside one dollar of the proceeds to donate to a U.S. political organization fighting the good fight. We set aside another dollar to donate to the betterment of people living outside the United States.
… out to lunch: As new revelations continue to burst forth — today we find out that even an Internet-free computer is no match for the warrantless spying of the NSA — the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board appears to be planning nothing. The
… … … That’s empty, and that’s it. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board agenda for 2014 is empty. It hasn’t held a meeting since November 4. What do you call a government board that is designed to protect Americans’ civil liberties interests against
This month, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued its second semi-annual public report on its investigations of the activities of the United States government and the extent to which those activities violate the constitutional rights of everyday people. A juicy tidbit in that
Wouldn’t It Be Great If a Civil Libertarian Ran for U.S. Senate? Now Ditch the Subjunctive: It Is Great.
“Vast NSA spying undermines our democratic freedoms and threatens international relations.” Wouldn’t it be great to have a candidate for national public office who was willing to say something like this in blunt, bold, terms? It would be great to have someone in the U.S.
Empowered to subpoena testimony and documents from the U.S. Government, evaluate the constitutionality of “War on Terror” programs, and report its findings to Congress and the public, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) was supposed to have begun its activities in 2008. But
Independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Schedules Meeting on PRISM Surveillance Scandal
If you care about warrantless surveillance by the United States Government, it’s worth periodically checking this Federal Register page to find out what the long-overdue, finally-formed Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is up to. By law, the PCLOB has independent power unsquelchable by Congress
The Supreme Court just ruled that police can collect the DNA of people who are never charged with a crime. The actions of your government in seizing the phone records of all Americans have just been exposed. The same government has been sweeping up wide