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This is what you get for compromise on the Patriot Act, Patrick Leahy

On May 4 2011, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy made one final check with President Barack Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder to make sure that S. 193, a bill considered by civil libertarians to be a meager improvement of the Patriot Act with imperfect reforms, was to the Obama administration’s liking.

S. 193 was […]

Change the Names and it’s 2001 All Over Again

Last night I stumbled upon this political cartoon Irregular Times whipped up in criticism of the policies of the Bush administration back in 2001:

With a little updating, it’ll be as good as new:

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White House Hesitates Even to Prosecute Torture Deaths: “Could Have Been Clogged Arteries”

The Washington Post reports today that earlier reports of a vigorous program of investigation and prosecution for violations of federal torture law were wildly overstated. The Obama Administration Department of Justice will look at far fewer than ten cases. These cases will be prosecuted not solely for torture, but also apparently for homicide, with the […]

White House Hesitates Even to Prosecute Torture Deaths: "Could Have Been Clogged Arteries"

The Washington Post reports today that earlier reports of a vigorous program of investigation and prosecution for violations of federal torture law were wildly overstated. The Obama Administration Department of Justice will look at far fewer than ten cases. These cases will be prosecuted not solely for torture, but also apparently for homicide, with the […]

GOP Senators Warn Interrogators Cannot Be Accountable To The Law

The Republican senators who wrote to Eric Holder suggest that CIA interrogators ought to be able to engage in torture and other forms of brutality, breaking the law, without worrying about being held accountable. They propose that the CIA be allowed to operate as a criminal organization that no one has the power to restrain. […]

Finally, Some Independent Justice on Torture

For years, it hasn’t mattered one bit that federal law outlaws torture of exactly the sort carried out by the Bush administration. It hasn’t mattered because impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors has been “taken off the table” by timid Congressional leaders. It hasn’t mattered because the Department of Justice under George W. Bush was […]

Warrantless Wiretapping: Then and Now, Bush and Obama, Feingold and Holder, Illegal or Illegal? (With Transcript)

When reading today’s revelations in the New York Times regarding U.S. government warrantless wiretapping programs, it is crucial that you pay attention to time and tense. Wired Magazine botches the job when it comes to describing a program code named Pinwale. Wired says:

The database, codenamed Pinwale, allows NSA analysts to search through and read […]

Obama Open Govt. Just Pretty Talk At FBI

If Barack Obama wants the government to do better, now is the time he needs to make it happen. He has no one to blame but himself for the fact that his promises are being broken. […]

If Drowning a Man 183 Times is not Torture, What Is?

“We do not torture.” — President George W. Bush, November 7, 2005

“The United States is a nation of laws. My Administration will always act in accordance with those laws, and with an unshakeable commitment to our ideals.” — President Barack Obama, April 16 2009

“No one is above the law.” — Attorney General Eric […]

Press Release: Pro-Constitution Demonstration Meets Obama in Columbus, Ohio on March 6, 2009

If you are concerned about the state of civil liberties in America, please come out to a Bill of Rights protest on Stelzer Road tomorrow morning (3-6-2009), just east of Easton Town Center, as Barack Obama comes to town. Click here for logistical details, and here for more general discussion about the protest.

Please feel […]

Logistical Details of Obama Event at Aladdin Shrine Center in Columbus, Ohio 10:30 AM on March 6 2009

The following are some logistical details regarding the presence of President Barack Obama in Columbus, Ohio on Friday March 6, 2009. Sources include the Columbus Dispatch and calls to the Office of the Mayor of Columbus, Michael Coleman.

Time: The police academy graduation around which Barack Obama’s visit is organized will take place beginning at […]