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So Far, Privacy Caucus and Progressive Caucus Neglect Protection from Drones

Two congressional caucuses declare their interest in protecting Americans’ freedom from privacy invasions and liberty violations.

Bipartisan Privacy Caucus:

“The Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus was designed to educate Members of Congress and their staff on matter of indiviual privacy, to provide a forum for the discussion of these issues, and to serve as a legislative […]

Irregular Times Donation: the Electronic Frontier Foundation

This morning, I started to research Barack Obama’s nominees to watchdog civil liberties through the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and what I found about nominee Rachel Brand wasn’t pretty. As one of the members of the Bush administration in the Justice Department specializing in legal policy regarding the “War on Terror,” Brand repeatedly […]

To Protest Obama continuation of Bush policies, Seize DC September 10

Citizens for Legitimate Government is not calling for Americans to come to the National Mall, walk around a bit, listen to speeches and go home. They are not organizing a protest with permits arranged by the National Park Service. On September 10 2011, CLG plans to Seize DC:

We protest “peacefully,” although not passively. We […]

Why Patriot Act Reform Matters: 767 Days and Counting Without a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

In 91 days, three central search, seizure and surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire again. The period between now and then is an opportunity to drum up support for reforms to these provisions.

Why is it so important to reform the Patriot Act?

From a legal point of view, the Patriot […]

Political Donation: American Civil Liberties Union

When you buy a sweatshop-free t-shirt from Irregular Times, you do more than spread a liberal message across your chest. You help support liberal causes, too. For every shirt we sell, we donate a dollar to a worthy liberal cause.

In November of 2009, Antonio Musumeci was arrested and repeatedly harassed by Department of Homeland […]

FBI’s Chabinsky: Don’t Worry About Privacy, We’re Watching You

In this morning’s hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security, FBI Cyber Division Steven Chabinsky just declared that Americans need not worry about privacy concerns when the FBI engages in cybersurveillance, because the FBI is sure to follow the directions of its operations manual on the subject.

The FBI operations manual […]

Judge Rules Your E-Mail is Not Private, Government Can Read It Without Telling You

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and […]

Republicans Start Efforts to Reauthorize the Patriot Act, Messing With the Constitution Again

One of the signs that a member of Congress is trying to slip a measure into law is the measure’s opacity. Here’s the text of H.R. 1467, the Safe and Secure America Act of 2009:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Safe and Secure America Act of 2009′.

SEC. […]

Obama Coming to Columbus, Ohio on Friday March 6. Protest, Anyone?

Barack Obama has gone to court declaring information about American torture or domestic warrantless spying to be an off-limits state secret. Barack Obama has gone to court to prevent people from preserving their constitutional rights.

Barack Obama is coming to Columbus, Ohio on Friday, March 6, 2009.

This is an opportunity to speak truth to […]

Obama AG Pick Expresses Regret About FISA Amendments Act — that it was not passed sooner

In the Senate confirmation yesterday of Obama Attorney General nominee Eric Holder, Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona asked Holder about his legal opinion regarding the FISA Amendments Act. This FISA Amendments Act, for those of you joining in late, is the law passed in July of 2008 that permits a president to order spying on […]

Map of Progressive Inauguration Activism in on January 20, 2009

In Washington, DC on the Inauguration Day, I’m aware of three progressive activist events that look forward into the administration of Barack Obama. Here they are, laid out on a map:

1. All-Day Progressive Presence in McPherson Square (just north of the White House), with heated tents… important for a day that looks to […]