Anyone who uses the phrase “only metadata” doesn’t understand just how pervasive electronic metadata has become. [...]
It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection. These are the times when maps fade, old landmarks crumble and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread. Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
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. [...]
Today, political writers across America are freaking out about the news that the Obama Administration conducted surveillance of Fox news reporter James Rosen, upon suspicion that Rosen was involved in a criminal leak of classified information. Over at Salon, Natasha Lennard breathlessly wrote that, “In the case of Fox News’ chief Washington correspondent James Rosen, [...]
Barack Obama has authorized the seizure of huge numbers of telephone records from journalists reporting on the Obama Administration’s activities. [...]
As time passes, the usefulness of the party labels “Democrat” and “Republican” as a reliable shorthand for policy preference seems to be falling away. Bipartisan coalitions for bills are there in the 113th Congress, if you look beyond the headlines for them.
Consider the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act (also known as the “GPS Act”), [...]
Evidence has emerged that the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection has expanded its powers of search far beyond the reasonable, specific and concrete work of scrutinizing people crossing the borders of the United States. [...]
President Obama has sent lawyers from the Department of Justice to argue in court that the federal government should have the right to place GPS tracking devices on the cars of as many Americans as it wants, without getting a search warrant. [...]
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 [...]
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