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Only 3 Senators Show Up for Fusion Center Chief Confirmation Hearing

Regardless of your position regarding Fusion Centers, it’s hard to argue that their ongoing implementation across the United States is unimportant. Through these new centers, 72 of which are fanned out across the country and more of which are being built, information from classified military surveillance programs regarding people not necessarily suspected of any crime [...]

Homeland Security Committee Meets This Week to Confirm Director of Homeland Security Fusion Centers

The National Security Agency is engaged in warrantless surveillance of innocent Americans’ communications, recording journalists on the job and listening in to American soldiers having phone sex with their wives. The FBI’s Operation BITE ME has been targeting innocent Americans and groups for surveillance on the basis of race, religion and political opinion. These and [...]

Times: Documents Prove American Involvement in Repeated Genital Torture

According to an article in tomorrow’s New York Times, documents that the United States and British governments under the Bush, Blair, Obama and Brown administrations have gone to court to prevent from being released support the allegations of Binyam Mohamed, who has been held for seven years in detention without any charges at the Guantanamo [...]

Good Government Prayers

If people really believe that the source of good government is God, and not the actual people in government, then I propose an experiment to test their hypothesis. Instead of having senators, and congressional representatives, and judges, and Executive Branch officials show up to work, let’s have them just stay home and pray to God for the next year. [...]

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 [...]

Attorney General Nominee Indicates Continued Support for Warrantless Searches of Librarians

One aspect of yesterday’s confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder has gone unreported by the news media. In the morning session of hearings, Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona asked Holder whether as Attorney General he would support the reauthorization of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Section 215 is the section of the [...]

Finally, an Attorney General Against Cruelty and Inhumanity

We have had years of Attorney Generals who won’t answer the question, “Is Waterboarding an act of torture?” Now Attorney General nominee Eric Holder has come out and said what is obvious: “Waterboarding is Torture.”

In further confirmation testimony yesterday on the treatment of prisoners, Eric Holder responded to a question about other interrogation techniques [...]