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American Surveillance System Run By Rulebreakers and Cheats

I’ve had just about enough with all this second-guessing of our leaders. Yes, the U.S. Government is putting an increasing number of innocent Americans’ activities under surveillance. But what you have to understand is that our leaders have our best interests at heart. They must have a good reason to be doing what they’re doing. [...]

FBI Raids Waken Slumbering Peace Movement to take Indignant Action

It’s just as possible for anti-war activists to commit crimes as anyone else, but FBI searches and seizures of items as odd as a child’s drawing and a Martin Luther King poster from anti-war activists this week in Minnesota and Illinois have undeniably roused a moribund peace movement back into high gear. United for Peace [...]

Anti-War Committee Searches Done By The Book?

It sounds absurd, the idea that anti-war activists could provide material support of terrorism, but a closer look at the Anti-War Committee, however, reveals that the organization isn’t necessarily pacifist. [...]

FBI Violates FOIA Statute to Keep Patriot Act Practices a Secret

In policy debates, knowledge is power. It is impossible to determine whether a problem exists in the implementation of a government program if the government won’t release information about the execution of that program. While the Obama administration is asking Americans to let the FBI continue three Patriot Act programs — sneak and peek searches, [...]

FBI: We Were so Busy in 2001 We Couldn’t Follow the Law from 2003-2006

In testimony to Congress last week, FBI General Counsel Valerie Caproni’s made this excuse for the FBI practice over four years of declaring terrorist threats that didn’t exist in order to grab Americans’ phone records without a warrant:

For reasons lost in the fog of history – but no doubt partially the result of the [...]

The Hearing You Didn’t Hear About on Illegal FBI Surveillance

If you get your news from — oh, call me crazy — the news, you’d have no idea that last Wednesday the House Judiciary Committee held contentious hearings on illegal FBI surveillance of thousands of people, from everyday schmoes to American news bureaus. This hearing has had no coverage from professional journalists, despite all kinds [...]

Hutaree Speech: is this Terrorist Talk or Just Someone With a Mouth?

There is no public source that contains the full speech made by Hutaree leader David Brian Stone in February 2010 to his assembled followers as they turned around to go home. The Christian militia that was allegedly to bring “war” to the U.S. government was prevented by a bit of winter weather from making it [...]

Another Month Gone Without Any Investigation of FBI Lawbreaking

This January, the FBI finally acknowledged that for years, it spied on Americans’ telephone calls without judicial warrants. The bureau gained access to the phone calls of everyday Americans, journalists and entire American news bureaus by claiming the existence of emergencies, telling stories about impending terrorist attacks that were completely false. These aren’t just violations [...]

On Patrick Leahy’s Agenda: Pie

What Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy Has the Time to Announce in Committee

There are two things I should note. One, I was a couple of minutes late coming in here. It was Senator Franken’s fault, because Mrs. Franken makes some of the greatest pies in the world, and I was coming by and [...]

Congress Ignores FBI’s Illegal Invention of Terrorist Plots

It’s been six weeks now since it was discovered that the FBI had invented the existence of absolutely fake terrorist plots in order to grab American journalists’ phone records to find the source of a politically embarrassing leak.

The FBI avoided the use of a warrant thanks to the passage of the Patriot Act. [...]

Watch The House Hearing (NOT) on Illegal FBI Surveillance… If You Can

Here’s a reminder that at 3:00 pm today, the House Judiciary Committee subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security will be holding a hearing on recent revelations that the FBI lied, violated the constitution and broke the law to engage in warrantless surveillance of Americans’ communications, all on an expedition to find the source of [...]