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Senator Leahy To Introduce Legislation To Limit The Patriot Act Today

Over the years, Patrick Leahy has been an ineffective champion for the effort to bring America’s surveillance machine back under control. A new, more simple tactic is needed: Total, permanent repeal of the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act. [...]

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. [...]

How Can The FBI Prohibit Disclosure Of A Prisoner's Medical Condition?

The Associated Press reports this today about the condition of the sole-surviving criminal suspect in the bombing of the Boston Marathon: “19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was in serious condition at the same hospital after his capture Friday night. The FBI has not allowed hospital officials to say any more about his wounds or condition.”

The Constitution [...]

With Crime on the Decline, FBI Goes Red

From 2010 to 2011, the FBI Crime Clock shows a decline in the rate of crime in the United States:

So what’s the FBI to do? How about turn its statistics fiery red?

At some point over the next few months, the FBI will release another year of crime statistics and sum it [...]

As Congress Reauthorizes FISA, Evidence Shows Anti-Terrorism Authority Used to Stop Protests Against Banks

As we reported yesterday, the U.S. Senate is poised to reauthorize the FISA Amendments Act today with little debate. In effect since 2008, the FISA Amendments Act supersedes the 4th Amendment right of the people against unreasonable search and seizure by granting the U.S. Government power to search through and seize people’s communications and other [...]

Does Collecting Arrestees’ DNA Cut Crime? Preliminary Data Suggest Not

In the Spring of 2009, the FBI started warehousing DNA samples of Americans who had been arrested — but not necessarily convicted — of a crime. People declared not guilty of a crime, or who were never even charged with a crime, can have their DNA records expunged from the FBI database if they go [...]

Examiner: Obama Homeland Security Prompted and Coordinated #Occupy Expulsions

Did it seem odd to you how there just happened to be mass police expulsions of protesters in the Occupy movement from occupations across the country, from Oakland to DC and many places in between?

Looks like it may not have been a coincidence after all.

Rick Ellis of the Examiner shares his conversation with [...]

Rearrange the Face of the FBI Crime Clock

The FBI Crime Clock brings a feeling of urgency to crime statistics by declaring that in 2009, there was “One murder every 34.5 minutes” in the United States. By not figuring in the size of the population in 2009 — some 307 million people — the FBI makes the nation seem to be a more [...]

Supplement the FBI Crime Clock with a few Ticks of your Own

The FBI maintains an ominous website seemingly devoted to giving Americans the heebie-jeebies. It’s called The Crime Clock, and for the most recent year of published U.S. statistics (2009) it reads like this:

One murder every 34.5 minutes One forcible rape every 6.0 minutes One robbery every 1.3 minutes One aggravated assault every 39.1 [...]

Worse than Bush: Obama Agents Go Through Your Trash Without a Warrant

A nod of the nose to Tom and a serious tip of the pen to Charlie Savage of the New York Times for reporting that FBI agents are about to be unleashed to search through the trash and other belongings of people with no suspicion (much less probable cause to believe) that they have done [...]

Promises For Patriot Act Hearings Are Going Dark

So far, the Subcommittee on Crime Terrorism and Homeland Security doesn’t seem inclined to keep David Dreier’s promise of a hearing of Americans’ grievances about the Patriot Act’s Big Brother system of spying set up against them. Instead, it is working to promote the FBI’s Going Dark program to expand electronic surveillance by the government. [...]