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