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Bipartisan Coalition Emerges to Support Geolocation Privacy Bill in Congress

As time passes, the usefulness of the party labels “Democrat” and “Republican” as a reliable shorthand for policy preference seems to be falling away. Bipartisan coalitions for bills are there in the 113th Congress, if you look beyond the headlines for them.

Consider the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act (also known as the “GPS Act”), […]

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Meets March 5. Can You Find Your Invitation?

Because President Barack Obama has not bothered to open a web page for the underfunded, unstaffed and unchaired Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the only way for members of the public to know about its activities is to pay close attention to this website maintained by the Federal Registry. Despite federal law, the Board […]

Senator Chuck Grassley Blocks Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight

On February 14 2013, the Senate Judiciary Committee was poised to consider the confirmation of David Medine as Chair of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). For people who care about the U.S. Constitution and the preservation of constitutional liberty in America, this confirmation is a pretty big deal. It’s sad to say, […]

Without Chair, Privacy & Civil Liberties Board goes 114 Days Without Action

Because the White House does not post any public information about the activities of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the only record of its activities are held in the Federal Register. According to the Federal Register, the board has gone 114 days since its last public meeting. This inactivity reflects the lack of […]

Barack Obama Nominates a Chair for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

After three and a quarter years of non-existence, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for the federal government was finally brought into being with the nomination and confirmation of four members in August of 2012. Unfortunately, this board cannot exercise any of its legal powers to investigate and report on unconstitutional activity within the […]

Donations: Partnership for Civil Justice and Coffee Kids

Each time we sell a made-in-the-USA liberal political t-shirt at Skreened, we set aside one dollar to donate to a liberal political cause and another dollar to better the economic condition of poor people outside the United States.

This month, our domestic political donation goes to The Partnership for Civil Justice in recognition of […]

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Members Confirmed. There is No Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

The U.S. Senate has officially confirmed a working quorum of members to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. There is No Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

Both statements are true. On August 3 2012, as the Obama administration notes, the U.S. Senate confirmed “four of the President’s five nominees to the Privacy […]

Rep. Ron Barber Plays Arizonans for Suckers with FISA Vote

Arizona congressional candidate Ron Barber on how the personal liberty guaranteed by the Bill of Rights is bigger than just the Second Amendment:

Some politicians just say they support the Second Amendment, but I support all of them. Our constitution lays out our freedoms, and I will fight in Congress to protect those freedoms.

Arizona […]

ACLU Joins Push to Stop FISA Surveillance Renewal on the Sly

This week is the last week of the summer in which Congress plans to meet and pass bills. It’s a dangerous week for America because members of Congress know that Americans aren’t paying attention. This is the week when our leaders on Capitol Hill will try to pass laws that would embarrass them if we […]

3 of 5 Nominees for Privacy and Civil Liberties Board come from Corporate Firm WilmerHale

If after many years sitting empty the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is finally filled with members and able to meet, its members will have the power to compel testimony and evidence from the Obama administration and its executive agencies. Using that power, the board has the responsibility to draft twice-yearly reports on civil […]

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Nominees in Senate Appointment Hearing 4/18/12

Four months after President Barack Obama finally nominated 5 people to sit on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing to gather the nominees’ testimony in advance of a vote. On April 18 at 10:00 in the morning, you can visit this webpage to watch a […]