Enter your email address to subscribe to Irregular Times and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 449 other subscribers

Irregular Times Newsletters

Click here to subscribe to any or all of our six topical e-mail newsletters:
  1. Social Movement Actions,
  2. Credulity and Faith,
  3. Election News,
  4. This Week in Congress,
  5. Tech Dispatch and
  6. our latest Political Stickers and Such

Contact Us

We can be contacted via retorts@irregulartimes.com

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. […]

9 House Conservatives roll out National Homeland Security ID Card

They say it’s about “aliens.” That’s the sort of thing they always say. Dig deeper and you’ll find it’s about all of us.

On the first day of the 112th Congress, Republican congressman David Dreier introduced H.R. 98, a bill he calls the “Illegal Immigration Enforcement and Social Security Protection Act of 2011.” But the […]

National Day of Protest Jan. 25 Against FBI Infiltration and Intimidation of Activist Communities

In the fall of 2010, the FBI raided a number of homes and an office across various midwestern cities in the United States. These raids were the result of infiltrations into communities of peace activists by agents of the FBI, and have resulted in 23 subpoenas and a variety of other threats from the federal […]

FYI: January 15 FBI Protest Postponed

UPDATE, 12/15/2010: Thanks to the resourceful Ross, we know now that this protest has been postponed and will probably happen some time later this year.

In a handful of places on the web there’s a banner announcing a protest in Washington DC on January 15 against FBI intimidation of anti-war activists:

If this event […]

Government Transparency on Warrantless Wiretapping, Obama Style

Take a tally! Look at what I promised during the campaign. There’s not a single thing that I’ve said that I would do that I have not either done or tried to do. And if I haven’t gotten it done yet, I’m still trying to do it.

— President Barack Obama, December 7 2010

As […]

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 […]