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Protests This Saturday

Popular protests taking place this Saturday include:

The Six Nations Men’s Fire, a Haudenosaunee group in Canada, will close down of Ontario’s Highway #6, in protest of the refusal of the Canadian national government to open up an independent inquiry into cases of missing and murdered Six Nations women.

In front of the Home Depot [...]

Voting To Confirm Judge David Barron, Bernie Sanders Lost My Support In The 2016 Presidential Election

The vote by Bernard Sanders to confirm David Barron today supports such a fundamental violation of our civil liberties that it cannot be reasonably excused. Sanders helped put a man who has no respect for our constitutional rights into a high judicial position. If he did it as a Senator today, he would do it as President in 2017. [...]

Moral Test For Senate Democrats In David Barron Vote

Will they have the courage to stand against their party’s own leader, and defend the Bill of Rights, in which the Fifth Amendment promises that no one can be executed without due process of law and the indictment of a grand jury – or will they help Barack Obama expand George W. Bush’s attack on the Constitution? [...]

Truth Revealed: U.S. Predator Drones are Here, Loaned Out to Locals and for the War on Drugs

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 [...]

Turn your Gaze: Maine Drone Peace Walk, October 10-19

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 [...]

Obama’s FBI Is Spying On America Using Drones

Memo to President Obama: When the Fourth Amendment was passed, promising protection from unreasonable search by the government, I’m pretty sure that the Founding Fathers would have counted flying spy robots hovering over American cities as a form of unreasonable search. [...]

Senator Introduces Bill to Stop Unwarranted Drone Surveillance (and it's not a Democrat)

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 [...]

Even Limping Tea Party Caucus Outshines Congressional Progressives on Drones in the USA

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 [...]

Except for Ed Markey, Congressional Privacy Caucus Utterly Silent on Drones

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 [...]

The Secretary Of State Is Participating In Anti-Drone Protests?!?

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? [...]

Protests Against Drones Explode Across The United States

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. [...]