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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 [...]

Amy White: Notes on Free Speech After the 2008 Election

Amy White, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ohio University and author of Virtually Obscene: the Case for an Uncensored Internet, spoke at the ACLU’s Election Dissection symposium on November 12, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. Addressing the status of free speech, White characterized the coming Obama presidency as much like that of the Clinton era, during [...]

Obamanglish Definition For The Word Unequivocal

Unequivocal – 1) adjective, English: Admitting no doubt or misunderstanding; clear and unambiguous (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition) ; 2) adjective, Obamanglish: Completely the opposite of one’s true intentions (Pragmatic Dictionary of Political Science, First Edition) [...]

Number of Obama Supporters Against FISA Amendments Act Passes 20,000 Mark

Just a few minutes ago, with one day left before Senators gather to vote on H.R. 6304, the number of supporters of Barack Obama calling on him to keep his promise and oppose the bill has reached and passed the 20,000 mark.

These are the activists among your supporters, Senator Obama. They are the people [...]

Feingold, Dodd et al Buy Time For America to Stop Warrantless Physical and Electronic Searches

Senators Russell Feingold and Christopher Dodd promised to filibuster H.R. 6304. (So did Senator Barack Obama, but his word is apparently cheap.) Feingold, Dodd and 13 others in the Senate followed through on the barest version of a filibuster: voting against ending debate on the measure. Congratulations enough go to these Senators for having the [...]

Transcript of Barack Obama Remarks on FISA (H.R. 6304), Freedom and Security, June 25 08

The following is my transcription of remarks made by Barack Obama at a news conference in the late afternoon of Wednesday, June 25, 2008, regarding the content of H.R. 6304, his decision to support that bill (also known as the FISA Amendments Act), and his acknowledged pledge to support the filibuster of such a bill [...]

Dodd, Feingold and Wyden to Filibuster FISA Today. Tell Your Senator to Jump In.

Senators Christopher Dodd and Russell Feingold released a statement last night in which they promised not only to filibuster H.R. 6304, the bill to unconstitutionally nullify the Fourth Amendment, but to work to modify the bill even if that effort fails.

On the Democracy Now! radio show yesterday with Amy Goodman, Feingold intimated that there [...]

Call Barack Obama and Tell Him Keep His Promise to Filibuster H.R. 6304

On October 24, 2007, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton communicated Barack Obama’s commitment:

To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.

H.R. 6304 contains retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.

Barack Obama made a promise to support the filibuster of H.R. 6304.

Time for Barack Obama [...]