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Democrats Vote to Confirm Stalling, Anti-Transparency, Surveillance-Happy FBI Counsel as US District Judge

In 2009, we learned that of a newly-expanded FBI program in which its agents spy, often secretly, on American people and groups who are suspected of no crime whatsoever. Rather, people are targeted by the FBI for surveillance on the basis of their political opinions, their religion, and/or their race. At the time of this [...]

While U.S. Government Secretly Tapped Phones and Internet, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was Stymied

This morning, you may feel like wearing a tin-foil hat to protect yourself, and such an act wouldn’t be entirely kooky. Yesterday, leaks to newspapers revealed that the United States government has not only been seizing the records of billions of phone calls taking place inside and outside the United States, but also has been [...]

Obama’s Ring. Is THIS Arabic Script? Is THIS the proof that Barack Obama is Muslim?

World Net Daily is doubling down on the Obama-has-a-Muslim-ring claim. On WND the “investigator” Jerome Corsi declared two days ago that “according to Arabic-language and Islamic experts, the ring Obama has been wearing for more than 30 years is adorned with the first part of the Islamic declaration of faith, the Shahada: “There is no [...]

Senate Judiciary Committee Stonewalls Civil Liberty Board Nominations for 3 Months Now. Why?

On December 20, 2011 — three years late — President Barack Obama finally obeyed the law that requires him to nominate members for all five positions on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). For three long years the PCLOB has been absolutely empty, inactive and defunct.

This means that nobody has been [...]

Ask Senator Patrick Leahy why he’s Sitting on Privacy and Civil Liberties Board Nominations

It took President Obama three long years, but finally in December of 2011 he obeyed the law and finished putting all five nominees into consideration for appointment to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. This is an important task for Obama to have completed, because the PCLOB has special powers to protect American freedoms: [...]

President Obama Finally Nominates Civil Liberties Board. Now the Judiciary Committee Sits on It.

For 1,060 days of his presidency, Barack Obama refused to nominate enough members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight board to constitute a quorum. That made it impossible for the PCLOB to carry out its legally-mandated job of collecting information on civil liberties violations by the executive branch of government and sharing that information [...]

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Farce Continues: 797 Days and no Board

We are now 797 days into the presidency of Barack Obama, more than halfway through his term in office. It is therefore no mistake that President Obama has failed to follow federal law and fill the five empty chairs of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board should [...]

Mary Landrieu Makes Economy Wait Until Big Oil Gets Its Way

Mary Landrieu prefers to continue a reckless policy when it comes to offshore drilling, but her cavalier attitude about America’s resources doesn’t end there. For the sake of a power elite back in Louisiana, Landrieu is eager to cripple the ability of the Obama Administration to do what’s necessary to bring the national economy back to life. [...]

Dick Durbin Reveals: Only 1 Senator Showed Up to Jay Bybee’s Confirmation Hearing

In a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois noted a small piece of history that is nevertheless important for understanding the path history has taken. Regarding the confirmation hearing of Jay Bybee in 2001, Dick Durbin noted:

We saw what happened when Mr. Bybee was head of the Office [...]

DHS and State Spying Nominees Hesitate to Allow Senate Oversight

Federal News Radio seems to be the only journalistic enterprise in the nation to have picked up on this exchange, in which the nominees for the Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis (Caryn A. Wagner) and the Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research (Philip Goldberg) attempt to reserve for the [...]

Senate and Media: Failed Oversight on DHS Unit Spying on You

Name of the Department of Homeland Security unit involved in domestic spying on peaceful groups of American citizens in 2007, 2008 and 2009: Office of Intelligence and Analysis

Name of Nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis: Caryn A. Wagner

Number of members of the Senate Homeland Security and [...]