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H.R. 5949 and S. 3276 — Legislation Reauthorizing Massive Surveillance — is Being IGNORED. WAKE UP.

In 2008, when the FISA Amendments Act was being considered by the Congress as an effort to legalize…

— physical searches of Americans’ homes — physical searches of Americans’ cars — physical searches of Americans’ offices — surveillance of Americans’ phone calls — surveillance of Americans’ e-mails — surveillance of Americans’ internet use — tracking [...]

Gov’t Financial Surveillance Hit All-Time High in 2011, While Surveillance of Terrorist Activity Dropped

New statistics show that financial surveillance of people by the U.S. Government hit a new record high in 2011. Think it’s about terrorism? Think again: in the same year, financial surveillance for suspected terrorist activity dropped, accounting for just 0.04% of all surveillance cases. [...]

As Massive Occupy Protest Takes Times Square, New York Times Covers Van Cliburn Piano Sale

A massive protest by Occupy Wall Street is underway.

Photo: ArckiiART

The New York Times (you know, “All the News That’s Fit to Print”) refuses to cover it anywhere on its front page, where over a hundred other news headlines sit.

Photo: OccupyWallStNYC

Among the stories the New York Times decides is “fit [...]

Orrin Hatch Opens the Door for Big Government Pasta Faith Healing Program

The Washington Post reports that Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah is pushing hard to get a provision included that would mandate insurance coverage for remote faith healing. Dial-a-prayer hotlines to which people make calls and (for a fee, of course) arrange for distant intercessory prayers to heal the sick would be reimbursed for this “spiritual [...]

Political Stereogram: Coverage and Days Left for Patriot Act and FISA Reform

Look deep and hard at these images and you will find answers to these questions:

How Many Days Left Until the House Judiciary Committee Marks Up H.R. 3845, a Bill to Reauthorize Provisions of the Patriot Act Until 2013, and H.R. 3846, a Bill to Reform the FISA Amendments Act?

How Many Newspaper Articles [...]

Amidst Talk of Military Cuts, the War Budget Actually Gets Larger

Read David Swanson of After Downing Street, who does an admirably thorough job detailing the media reaction to Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ announcement of “cuts” to the military budget. Newspapers and cable news outlets have focused on Gates’ plan to cut funding for the F-22 fighter and the dovish-sounding statement by Gates that “Every defense [...]

Arrest Bush, You Weren't New Enough for the Media to Cover

During my walk in to the Inauguration on January 20, 2009 I was accompanied by a journalist from one of the country’s national newspapers. She’d called me in advance and asked to come along, and she ended up right with me on the parade route, ready to interview all the people who didn’t come to [...]

Newspaper Strike Called on Bush Torture Blackout

Democrats.com has a full list of all the American papers providing coverage of the story that President George W. Bush has confessed to personally approving a U.S. Government conspiracy to commit torture. Here’s the list as of April 17:

Brattleboro (Vt.) ReformerKansas City StarSeattle Post-IntelligencerTuscaloosa (Ala.) News

If your newspaper is not on this [...]

Letter to the Editor of the New York Times on Torture Coverage

My letter to the editor of the New York Times on the paper’s complete lack of coverage of the president’s torture conspiracy admission:

To the Editor:

On Thursday, the Times dedicated 19 square inches to a photograph of dancing nuns. In the 1990s, the Times dedicated countless pages to coverage of a president’s sex act. [...]