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So Far, Privacy Caucus and Progressive Caucus Neglect Protection from Drones

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 [...]

First Two Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Support Anti-Drone Legislation

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 [...]

They'll Cheer on an Old Sorority, But They Won't Bother About Drones

The following members of the U.S. House of Representatives have gone out of their way to cosponsor House Resolution 10, a bill that congratulates the Delta Sigma Theta sorority for lasting a hundred years:

Rep. Marcia Fudge (Democrat-OH, District 11) — principal sponsorRep. Joyce Beatty (Democrat-OH, District 3)Rep. Corrine Brown (Democrat-FL, District 5)Rep. George Butterfield [...]

Surprise: Cosponsors of Anti-Surveillance Civil Liberty Bill are 86% Republican

Time was, when you wanted to protect constitutional rights against unwarranted surveillance, search and seizure in America, you would look to Democrats in Congress. Sure, some conservative Blue Dog Democrats would vote to give the government Big Brother powers, but most Democrats weren’t like that. A majority of Democrats in the House voted against the [...]

Rand Paul Filibusters Against Drone Executions Without Trial

When Senator Rand Paul began to speak yesterday, the subject on the floor was Barack Obama’s nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA. The thrust of his speech, however, was the Obama policy, which Brennan supports, of executing American citizens without trial, using flying robotic drones. Senator Paul ended up speaking for 13 hours [...]

How We're Talking About Drones Today

Yesterday, Peregrin Wood noted the leaking of a previously secret legal document written by the presidential administration of Barack Obama, a document that justifies the killing of American citizens who have been convicted of no crime, without the right to a trial and even without charges being brought to a criminal court. The tool for [...]

Will Democrats Face Obama's Policy Of Killing Americans Without Trial?

When George W. Bush began assassinations of non-Americans without trial, Democrats expressed strong objections. When Barack Obama began assassinations of Americans, without any trial, Democrats got confused about what to do. A few have expressed opposition, but many, leaders and rank-and-file alike, have decided that they’ll support Obama’s policy of extrajudicial killings, even though it’s [...]

Five Things With Which I Am Not Cool (March 10 2012)

President Barack Obama gave the green light to child soldiers in Chad, the Congo, and Yemen.

The Lorax markets Mazda SUVs: a thing that everyone, everyone, everyone needs?

When officials conducted a Photo Op to show off their new drones flying over American skies, the people in charge lost control of their robot and it [...]

Law Enforcement using Military Robots to Spy on You. It’s a Federal Crime with No Arrests.

The Posse Comitatus Act, a federal law in effect for over a century, says that the military can’t be used for domestic police purposes. It’s not just an administrative violation. It’s a crime:

Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the [...]

The Rise of Dragonfly Surveillance

In 2007, people reported dragonfly-like machines hovering in the air near protests in Washington DC and New York City. In the same year, the U.S. government reported success creating living moth cyborgs fully steerable with brain implants.

In 2008, the University of Delft publicized its bird-sized reconnaissance craft.

In 2011, a U.S. military team at [...]

Multinational Robot-War AUVSI Sucks from a Deep Well of Congressional Influence

When the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) testified to a congressional committee this week, it was the first I’d heard of the organization, although I’m not likely to forget it now. After all, AUVSI is the group that spoke in favor of the domestic deployment and deregulated international sales of military robot drones [...]