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Reaction to Government Surveillance Bombshell, By The Numbers

Number of Inspectors General reporting the existence of “unprecedented collection activities” going “beyond warrantless wiretapping”: 5

Public disclosures regarding the nature of these “unprecedented collection activities”: 0

Number of years before the Attorney General of the United States, highest law enforcement officer in the country, was permitted to know of the existence of these activities: [...]

Rep. Carson Joins Call for Congressional Torture and Wiretap Inquiry

This week, Rep. André Carson of Indiana added his name to the growing list of members of the House of Representatives who formally support H.R. 104, John Conyers’ bill to establish an independent investigative commission, complete with subpoena power, to look into the torture, extraordinary rendition and surveillance without warrants that took place during the [...]

Drip, Drip. Two More Support Commission on Torture & Wiretaps

Representatives Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and Jim McDermott of Washington have added their support for H.R. 104, a bill to establish a National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties. The commission would have the power to compel testimony through subpoena at its hearings, and would be tasked with generating a public report of [...]

Drip, Drip. Two More Support Commission on Torture & Wiretaps

Representatives Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and Jim McDermott of Washington have added their support for H.R. 104, a bill to establish a National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties. The commission would have the power to compel testimony through subpoena at its hearings, and would be tasked with generating a public report of [...]

Mary Jo Kilroy: No Communication on Policy, Prompt Communication on Fundraising

You may recall that starting last year and continuing this spring, I’ve asked you to contact your members of Congress in order to find out their position regarding warrantless surveillance under the FISA Amendments Act and to nudge them toward taking action to reform FISA law. If you haven’t done so already, please read up [...]

LGBT Caucus Shows High Cohesion on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Legislation

Promotion of government transparency, the abolition of torture, and resisting unconstitutional domestic surveillance are core elements of the progressive agenda, so you might expect a high percentage of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to stand in support of H.R. 104, a bill that would create and empower an independent investigative commission to uncover and report on [...]

LGBT Caucus Shows High Cohesion on Don't Ask, Don't Tell Legislation

Promotion of government transparency, the abolition of torture, and resisting unconstitutional domestic surveillance are core elements of the progressive agenda, so you might expect a high percentage of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to stand in support of H.R. 104, a bill that would create and empower an independent investigative commission to uncover and report on [...]

For Torture and Surveillance Commission via H.R. 104, Target The Congressional Progressive Caucus

H.R. 104, a bill to create an independent investigative commission on U.S. practices of torture and warrantless surveillance, has got some momentum, gaining 14 new cosponsors in recent days. But in order for H.R. 104 to be moved to the floor of the House for consideration, indication of support for it through cosponsorship needs to [...]

Act! Tell Your Member of Congress to Cosponsor H.R. 104, the Bill to Kick-Start a Torture and Surveillance Commission

Since George W. Bush left office, information has emerged to blow the Bush lie that “we do not torture” out of the water, replacing it with the uncomfortable count of hundreds of instances of U.S. torture and the hint that still more instances of torture remain hidden from the public. Torture and conspiracy to commit [...]