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ACLU Joins Push to Stop FISA Surveillance Renewal on the Sly

This week is the last week of the summer in which Congress plans to meet and pass bills. It’s a dangerous week for America because members of Congress know that Americans aren’t paying attention. This is the week when our leaders on Capitol Hill will try to pass laws that would embarrass them if we […]

Momentum Against FISA Surveillance Grows as 12 Senators Send Letter of Opposition

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 […]

H.R. 5949 and S. 3276 — Legislation Reauthorizing Massive Surveillance — is Being IGNORED. WAKE UP.

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 […]

Take a Tally: has President Obama kept or tried to keep all his Campaign Promises?

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 […]

FISA Gives Almost Complete Rubber Stamp Approval

The FISA court last year blocked only 0.08 of the federal government’s requests to spy against people. […]

The Online Movement Against Warrantless Spying, 2008 and Now

In the 6-day period between July 2 and July 7 2008, as the Senate prepared to pass a regime of warrantless surveillance under the auspices of the FISA Amendments Act, ten thousand Americans added their names to a declaration opposing the legislation and calling upon presidential candidate Barack Obama to vote NO.

In the 6 […]

Political Stereogram: Coverage and Days Left for Patriot Act and FISA Reform

Look deep and hard at these images and you will find answers to these questions:

How Many Days Left Until the House Judiciary Committee Marks Up H.R. 3845, a Bill to Reauthorize Provisions of the Patriot Act Until 2013, and H.R. 3846, a Bill to Reform the FISA Amendments Act?

How Many Newspaper Articles […]

Get FISA Right: Good Source for Info and Activism on Surveillance Politics

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 […]

Four Bills on Government Surveillance for Thursday Senate Judiciary Markup. What Do You Know?

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 […]

Act NOW! On Thursday, Senate Decides Future of Surveillance in America

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 […]

Senators Who Voted Against FISA But Aren't Supporting FISA Reform

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 […]