“I don’t see myself as a hero,” says Edward Snowden, the man who leaked the secret of the U.S. military’s massive spying against the American people. I disagree. Snowden was an insider, and he was comfortably rewarded for going with the flow. He had a
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.