As you may know, eight days ago Director of National Intelligence James Clapper acknowledged to Senator Ron Wyden that the actions of the government to spy on Americans had exceeded the limits set by the FISA Amendments Act and the United States Constitution.
At the beginning of the summer, only Senator Wyden was willing to […]
In 2008, when the FISA Amendments Act was being considered by the Congress as an effort to legalize…
— physical searches of Americans’ homes — physical searches of Americans’ cars — physical searches of Americans’ offices — surveillance of Americans’ phone calls — surveillance of Americans’ e-mails — surveillance of Americans’ internet use — tracking […]
A rather testy President Barack Obama insists he wants you to evaluate him. The President has told you what you’re going to find:
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 […]
As government surveillance reform takes a new turn, there’s been very little notice of it: WIRED outreported the Washington Post, which has failed to even mention yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee markup of a bill to extend Patriot Act authority for four more years. As the papers give short shrift (or no shrift) to warrantless surveillance […]
As I mentioned yesterday, this Thursday — just two days from now — there will be a Senate Judiciary Committee markup meeting in which a bill to extend and reform warrantless surveillance powers will take shape and possibly be passed out of committee.
As of this morning, there are four bills representing different visions for […]
The Senate Judiciary Committee has quietly scheduled this Thursday at 9:30 am to mark up legislation reauthorizing sections of the Patriot Act for four more years and revising the FISA Amendments Act to boot.
The markup matters, and you should contact your Senators before it happens. Here’s why.
Surveillance Matters In 1791, Jeremy Bentham described […]
S. 1686, the JUSTICE Act, is a bill that would begin to undo the damage to civil liberty wrought by the USA Patriot ACT and the FISA Amendments Act. The bill, introduced last week by Senator Russell Feingold, adds a number of checks on executive power: S. 1686, if passed, would:
* Restrict information collected […]