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Congress Reassembles in the face of Secret Court and Secret Law. What will You Do about it?

Eric Lichtblau writes an article in Sunday’s New York Times that is worth reading because it provides detail on secret law and secret courts in America that President Barack Obama would rather you didn’t know. A FISA court of eleven justices, all appointed by the authoritarian Chief Justice John Roberts, have been authorizing massive warrantless […]

Visual Metaphor For Our Constitutional Rights

I choose this as a visual metaphor for the condition of our constitutional rights in the United States of America: An old window sill, left uncared for, with flaking paint and glazing that has fallen away.

What image would you choose?

Post Office Spies On All American Mail, NSA Style

In the latest of a series of revelations of the surveillance systems that the U.S. government has arrayed against the American people, we have now learned that the U.S. Postal Service has been storing images of every single piece of mail that is sent within the United States, recording who is sending letters and packages to who, and entering that information into a gigantic database that can be accessed by law enforcement agents, who can read through lists of who any American is corresponding with – all without a search warrant as required by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. […]

Restore the Fourth Protests against Surveillance ready to hit 60 U.S. Cities on July 4, 2013

In late June 2013, I shared information with you about Restore the Fourth protests taking place in 34 cities across the United States. These demonstrations react to the news that President Barack Obama has unleashed a vast civilian and military surveillance program, collecting up all phone, e-mail, text message and large-provide internet traffic — including […]

Restore The Fourth Protests around the United States, July 4 2013

“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 the persons or things to be seized.”

This […]

Barack Obama Is Replacing Judges With Espionage Agents, Snowden Reveals

Can you believe it, that the Democratic Party has sunk so low that they’re now clapping loudly for the values of Big Brother and Homeland Security? They’ll approve of anything, it seems, just so long as it’s a Democrat who’s doing it. The stain of authoritarianism is heavy upon both the Democrats and the Republicans, and it is time for politicians and voters of conscience to walk away from both. […]

Edward Snowden Is A Hero

“I don’t see myself as a hero,” says Edward Snowden, the man who leaked the secret of the U.S. military’s massive spying against the American people.

I disagree. Snowden was an insider, and he was comfortably rewarded for going with the flow. He had a home in Hawaii. He earned about $200,000 per year. All […]

What To Freak Out About And What To Ignore In Govt. Surveillance Of Fox News Reporter

Today, political writers across America are freaking out about the news that the Obama Administration conducted surveillance of Fox news reporter James Rosen, upon suspicion that Rosen was involved in a criminal leak of classified information. Over at Salon, Natasha Lennard breathlessly wrote that, “In the case of Fox News’ chief Washington correspondent James Rosen, […]

Do We Need A Constitutional Right To Vote?

The Constitution prohibits the government from preventing people from voting on the basis of race or gender. Poll taxes that prevent poor people from voting are also unconstitutional. A constitutional amendment has established that the age at which people may vote is 18. However, there is no place in the Constitution that states that “all […]

U.S. Government Financial Surveillance Hit All-Time High in 2012 — Media Fall Silent

Think back 5 years to the case of Eliot Spitzer, who then was Governor of New York and a rising political star. Some said he should run for President, but then Spitzer’s political career came to an end. When the U.S. government found out that Spitzer had been consorting with prostitutes, Governor Spitzer left office […]

Bipartisan Coalition Emerges to Support Geolocation Privacy Bill in Congress

As time passes, the usefulness of the party labels “Democrat” and “Republican” as a reliable shorthand for policy preference seems to be falling away. Bipartisan coalitions for bills are there in the 113th Congress, if you look beyond the headlines for them.

Consider the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act (also known as the “GPS Act”), […]