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Too Little, Too Late: After loss of Judiciary Gavel, John Conyers wants a Civil Liberties Commission

After asking Congress for a year to reform the Patriot Act, John Conyers did no such thing, even though as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee that was his job more than anybody else’s in the House of Representatives. He just frittered away the rest of his term, doing no work at all on any [...]

USA Badly Prepared For Threats That Aren’t That Big

There’s also no credible, specific information that any such attacks are being planned by anybody in particular. Yet, the federal government is spending more than six billion dollars this year in efforts to prevent bioterrorist attacks. [...]

Rep. Carson Joins Call for Congressional Torture and Wiretap Inquiry

This week, Rep. AndrĂ© Carson of Indiana added his name to the growing list of members of the House of Representatives who formally support H.R. 104, John Conyers’ bill to establish an independent investigative commission, complete with subpoena power, to look into the torture, extraordinary rendition and surveillance without warrants that took place during the [...]

Drip, Drip. Two More Support Commission on Torture & Wiretaps

Representatives Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and Jim McDermott of Washington have added their support for H.R. 104, a bill to establish a National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties. The commission would have the power to compel testimony through subpoena at its hearings, and would be tasked with generating a public report of [...]

Drip, Drip. Two More Support Commission on Torture & Wiretaps

Representatives Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and Jim McDermott of Washington have added their support for H.R. 104, a bill to establish a National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties. The commission would have the power to compel testimony through subpoena at its hearings, and would be tasked with generating a public report of [...]

For Torture and Surveillance Commission via H.R. 104, Target The Congressional Progressive Caucus

H.R. 104, a bill to create an independent investigative commission on U.S. practices of torture and warrantless surveillance, has got some momentum, gaining 14 new cosponsors in recent days. But in order for H.R. 104 to be moved to the floor of the House for consideration, indication of support for it through cosponsorship needs to [...]

War Powers And Civil Liberties Commission Blocked By Democrats

Since the day that Congressman Conyers introduced his bill to establish a National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties, nothing has been done to move it forward to passage. [...]

Time For Liberty Commission?

The commission would have subpoena powers to get to the truth of what’s been going on, and what’s still going on, so that we can see where rot is, and act to cut it out. [...]

Commission Reports That Its Work Is Very Very Important

Create a commission, and it’s going to conclude that it’s an important commission that should be listened to. Is that a surprise? [...]

Roscoe Bartlett and the Electromagnetic Pulse Wave of Doom!

There is a bit of twisted entertainment value in watching Congressman Bartlett wave his hands about on the floor of Congress, following ever more bizarre fancies, constructing conspiracy theories to patch together his increasingly odd ideas. For the people of Maryland’s 6th congressional district, however, watching their representative in Congress cannot be much fun. [...]