Anyone who uses the phrase “only metadata” doesn’t understand just how pervasive electronic metadata has become.
While Democratic voters have consistently worked to avoid awareness of Barack Obama’s continuation of George W. Bush’s NSA electronic spying programs that are targeted against Americans, independent progressives have done their best to hold Obama’s feet to the fire. The Green Party’s Shahid Buttar is contributing to this effort, slamming Barack Obama for allowing secret courts to subvert justice in the shadows.
“I don’t see myself as a hero,” says Edward Snowden, the man who leaked the secret of the U.S. military’s massive spying against the American people. I disagree. Snowden was an insider, and he was comfortably rewarded for going with the flow. He had a
When the Guardian newspaper discovered that the US government has been spying on Americans’ phone calls, emails, and Internet behavior for years without any reasonable suspicion of criminal behavior, Senator Dianne Feinstein leaped to the defense of the electronic surveillance dragnet. The Big Brother program,
Don’t be one of these critical tools. Stand up and demand that the electronic surveillance networks set up under the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act be shut down.
Barack Obama must resign, and Congress must repeal the FISA Amendments Act. Then, a special independent commission must be given the power to investigate and reveal the full extent of abusive government search and seizure under the FISA Amendments Act and Patriot Act, under both Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
Time was, when you wanted to protect constitutional rights against unwarranted surveillance, search and seizure in America, you would look to Democrats in Congress. Sure, some conservative Blue Dog Democrats would vote to give the government Big Brother powers, but most Democrats weren’t like that.
What is a Massachusetts Democrat? In the race to replace John Kerry in the U.S. Senate, it looks as though two members of the House of Representatives — Ed Markey of Massachusetts District 7 and Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts District 9 — will be the
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
It’s a central test of political character: when you have the chance to make a difference, do you? Tomorrow, the Senate will convene to vote on reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act. This law directly violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by allowing
Much of the nation, including those of us here at Irregular Times, have taken a break for the last couple days from the bumping, jostling world of public affairs. Now, on December 26, it’s crucial that we get back into the fray. Legislation that will