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Watch House Judiciary Committee Mark Up Patriot Act Bill Today

While we may be tempted to direct the entirety of our gaze backwards today, looking over election results in a post-mortem fashion, the wreaking of political havoc outside the voting booth continues.

Today at 12:30 pm, the House Judiciary Committee will “mark up” (that is, amend and pass to the floor of the House of [...]

Patriots Act: Am Library Assn Elevates Talk on H.R. 3845 Surveillance Bill to Action

Last week, the American Library Association released a statement decrying the chilling effect of the federal Patriot Act law. Under the Patriot Act, the FBI under Patriot Act Section 215 and Section 505 authority can and does obtain patrons’ library records when there is no reason to believe patrons are engaged in criminal behavior, and [...]

20 Civil Liberties Groups: H.R. 3845 Needs Stronger Civil Liberties Protections

The House Judiciary Committee meets Wednesday to consider H.R. 3845, legislation that would reauthorize core provisions of the USA Patriot Act allowing the government to engage in surveillance, search and seizure against innocent Americans, often without warrant and often without notice. As the day approaches for the Judiciary Committee, twenty American civil liberties organizations have [...]

Reminder: Tell the House Judiciary Committee, NO Patriot Act Reauthorization

The House Judiciary Committee meets Wednesday to consider H.R. 3845, legislation that would reauthorize core provisions of the USA Patriot Act. Will we have four more years of secret, often warrantless search and seizure under the Patriot Act? Only if Americans let it happen. Crack your knuckles and reach for the phone. If your member [...]

America's Librarians Call for Patriot Act Surveillance Reform in Congress

Don’t mess with librarians; they’re organized and they take notes.

The American Library Association and California Library Association have released statements in which they decry the current regime of government surveillance and call for significant reforms to the Patriot Act before any reauthorization of its powers this year.

The CLA’s resolution articulates multiple areas in [...]

America’s Librarians Call for Patriot Act Surveillance Reform in Congress

Don’t mess with librarians; they’re organized and they take notes.

The American Library Association and California Library Association have released statements in which they decry the current regime of government surveillance and call for significant reforms to the Patriot Act before any reauthorization of its powers this year.

The CLA’s resolution articulates multiple areas in [...]

House Freak-Out Session Scheduled for Tomorrow. Put Steel in Congress’ Spine against unwarranted Surveillance.

Marcy Wheeler has an angry and well-grounded interpretation of the House Judiciary Committee schedule for tomorrow, October 29:

I have my own questions: will we really be able to watch the video webcast of a classified briefing? In the Visitors’ Center? That would be pretty cool; while we learned more about the Islamofascist threat [...]

House Freak-Out Session Scheduled for Tomorrow. Put Steel in Congress' Spine against unwarranted Surveillance.

Marcy Wheeler has an angry and well-grounded interpretation of the House Judiciary Committee schedule for tomorrow, October 29:

I have my own questions: will we really be able to watch the video webcast of a classified briefing? In the Visitors’ Center? That would be pretty cool; while we learned more about the Islamofascist threat [...]

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 [...]

Multiblog Appeal: To Get FISA Right, Write Your Letters Now

[Crossposted today at Get FISA Right]

From its inception, Get FISA Right has been dedicated to building an online movement from within the context of the Obama for President campaign. But the passage of time and the turn of events have led to some subtle and not-so-subtle changes in Get FISA Right’s focus.

During 2008, [...]

H.R. 3845: Some Weak Tea. Support Positive Change to the Bill

Yesterday afternoon, Rep. John Conyers released advance copies of H.R. 3845, a bill to reauthorize the Patriot Act provisions regarding national security letters and “sneak and peek” searches again until December 31, 2013.

We know this much to be true: a majority of Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem determined to pass some form of [...]