For years now, the U.S. Government has been hiding information about how it uses its Predator drones (military-grade flying robots) over domestic airspace. Some general indications of “alternative” uses had leaked out, but we didn’t know the true scale of domestic Predator drone deployment until this week, when the Electronic Frontier Foundation won a lawsuit [...]
If we only look at the politicians, it’s easy to get discouraged. So many of them promise to act against powerful institutional interests and for the rights of everyday people, then gain office and turn out to do the exact opposite. Watching these politicians is important, if only to prevent their worst excesses, but it [...]
Yesterday, a lone member of the United States Senate introduced legislation that would formally outlaw the already unconstitutional government practice of using aerial drones to spy on Americans without a warrant. The text of S. 1016, the “Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2013,” is not formally available yet, but it corresponds to last [...]
Over a month ago, I noted with eyebrows cocked that only one of the nearly 80 listed members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus had bothered to sign one of four bills dedicated to the task of reigning in surveillance of Americans’ private activities by unmanned flying drones. That congressman, Edward Markey, had to his credit [...]
A month ago, I noted the apparently ironic declaration of the “Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus”:
The Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus was designed to educate Members of Congress and their staff on matter of individual privacy, to provide a forum for the discussion of these issues, and to serve as a legislative advocate for personal privacy [...]
Who else but Green Party leaders would dare to suggest that the U.S. federal government shouldn’t have the power to spy on people without a search warrant, or execute people without trial? [...]
This last weekend was the first full weekend in April, a month that’s been dedicated among anti-drone activists across the United States to what they’re calling Days Of Action – days of protest against the use of unmanned aircraft in bombings and in widespread surveillance. [...]
Evidence has emerged that the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection has expanded its powers of search far beyond the reasonable, specific and concrete work of scrutinizing people crossing the borders of the United States. [...]
Two congressional caucuses declare their interest in protecting Americans’ freedom from privacy invasions and liberty violations.
Bipartisan Privacy Caucus:
“The Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus was designed to educate Members of Congress and their staff on matter of indiviual privacy, to provide a forum for the discussion of these issues, and to serve as a legislative [...]
In Promise #2 of its “Progressive Promise” to America, the Congressional Progressive Caucus promises to stand up for Americans’ privacy and civil liberties:
“2. Protecting and Preserving Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
» To sunset expiring provisions of the Patriot Act and bring remaining provisions into line with the U. S. Constitution.
» To protect [...]