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Obama Says Americans Expect The Government To Track Them Everywhere They Drive

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. [...]

Director Of National Intelligence Admits FISA Amendments Act Has Been Abused

When the Director of National Intelligence finally admits that there’s some surveillance going on under the FISA Amendments Act that’s unconstitutional, but refuses to specify how much of it is taking place, we have good reason to fear the worst. [...]

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 [...]

Barack Obama Supports Big Brother Spying Powers Against Americans. Do You?

In effect, President Obama is now saying that he has no intention to reform the FISA Amendments Act, ever. Obama is saying that, if he is given a second term in office, he will keep George W. Bush’s attack on the Constitution in place, and that he’s happy to do so. [...]

Feds Tracking Everyone On Increasing Number Of Roads

According to the ACLU, it isn’t just one road, in one state, that’s under the federal government’s watch. Automatic license plate scanners are being installed along roads all across the country. [...]

Only 5% Of Police Departments Say They Don’t Track Cell Phones

There are 200 responses to their survey so far, and out of those 200, only 10 law enforcement agencies told the ACLU that they do not track cell phones. What’s more, most of those police departments and county and state law enforcement agencies that do track cell phones report obtaining search warrants to do so only in a minority of cases. [...]

Is Homeland Security Immune From Lawsuits When It Violates Our Rights?

Homeland Security contends that it has the right to grope us, to scan out bodies, and to search our bags without any suspicion that we’re involved in criminal activity. But, for Homeland Security to be held accountable to the law is outrageous unreasonable, Janet Napolitano and John Pistole say. [...]

Worse than Bush: Obama Agents Go Through Your Trash Without a Warrant

A nod of the nose to Tom and a serious tip of the pen to Charlie Savage of the New York Times for reporting that FBI agents are about to be unleashed to search through the trash and other belongings of people with no suspicion (much less probable cause to believe) that they have done [...]

How Did Tea Party in Congress Vote on Seizing Library Records without a Warrant?

Later today, the U.S. Senate is expected to enter into a very brief debate followed by a vote to reauthorize the surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act, most likely for four years. If you’ve been following the issue of the Patriot Act, you’re aware that it permits a wide net of surveillance, searches and [...]

Capitol Tea Party Rally Cheers for Unrepentant Patriot Act Republicans

Did Michele Bachmann really apologize for her YES vote on the Patriot Act? Unfortunately not: that was an April Fools’ Day joke. But Rep. Bachmann really did appear, along with Representatives Allen West and Mike Pence, before a crowd of about 300 assembled in Washington DC on March 31 2011.

That crowd was gathered [...]

61% of Transparency Caucus Votes Against Transparency

In the spring of 2010, Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois strode up to the microphones, posed for the cameras, and declared the formation of a new voluntary organization for members of the House of Representatives, the Congressional Transparency Caucus. In his call for colleagues to join the Transparency Caucus, Quigley called for the government to [...]