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Despite NSA Review Panel Recommendation, Public Advocate Position at FISA Court Goes Nowhere

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is supposed to stop abuses of warrantless surveillance power. But out of the thousands of requests for warrantless surveillance made this decade by the administration of President Barack Obama, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has not rejected a single request. Not one. This isn’t surprising; all of the members of [...]

Obama Official: Once We’ve Got Your Data, it’s Not Subject to the Constitution

I am grateful to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for at least holding hearings on the subject of the massive warrantless surveillance. On March 19, 2014, the PCLOB held a hearing and subsequently produced a transcript so that we can hear the Obama administration’s point of view on civil liberties.

As you already [...]

5 Things You Might Wish You Never Found Out About This Morning

From the NSA to the Truth Fairy, here are the top 5 unfortunate stories in today’s news. [...]

Exposed: Military NSA violated its own lax surveillance rules — and covered it up

After yesterday’s revelations, did you think the news about warrantless spying on Americans couldn’t possibly get worse?

Well, you’re wrong. Today, there are more revelations about the spying program of the NSA, a branch of the U.S. military. These revelations are even worse than what came before.

What you read below takes for granted [...]

Congress Reassembles in the face of Secret Court and Secret Law. What will You Do about it?

Eric Lichtblau writes an article in Sunday’s New York Times that is worth reading because it provides detail on secret law and secret courts in America that President Barack Obama would rather you didn’t know. A FISA court of eleven justices, all appointed by the authoritarian Chief Justice John Roberts, have been authorizing massive warrantless [...]

Only 3 of 23 Transparency Caucus members support bill against Secret Law

When the Congressional Transparency Caucus was founded on May 10 2011, it published a mission statement that declared the beliefs of the caucus. Some excerpts:

Transparency in government is crucial to our democracy because our government derives its power from the informed consent of the governed. We believe:

1. The American people have the right [...]

Obama Says His Secrets Are All Transparent

The FISA court is the opposite of transparent. Barack Obama’s excuses for his massive violation of Americans’ constitutional rights are transparently dishonest. [...]

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 [...]

Unconstitutional FISA Search and Seizure Cannot Pass without Democratic Party Approval

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 agents of the United States government to search through and [...]

Every Sitting Member of Congress Endorsed by FreedomWorks Voted for Anti-Freedom FISA Amendments Act

The FreedomWorks For America Super PAC tosses the mantle of Less Government and the sash of Freedom about its well-endowed shoulders:

FreedomWorks for America endorses true champions of freedom and supports them on the ground with our battle-tested, grassroots get-out-the-vote techniques…. these candidates have been consistent voices for… less government and more freedom.

Let’s fact [...]

Rep. Ron Barber Plays Arizonans for Suckers with FISA Vote

Arizona congressional candidate Ron Barber on how the personal liberty guaranteed by the Bill of Rights is bigger than just the Second Amendment:

Some politicians just say they support the Second Amendment, but I support all of them. Our constitution lays out our freedoms, and I will fight in Congress to protect those freedoms.

Arizona [...]