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American Priorities: Protest Against Torture vs. Rally to Restore Sanity

Attendance at Saturday’s Rally to Restore Sanity, an event called to celebrate inactivism at which people clapped and waved their hands while Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow soulfully crooned, “I can’t change the world”: 215,000

Attendance at a 2008 rally against the use and coverup of torture by the United States government: 250

What […]

House Judiciary Has Frittered Away Alloted Time for Patriot Act Reform

Do you remember the Patriot Act reauthorization that passed through the Congress in February of 2010? Republicans and a large number of Democrats renewed the Patriot Act for another year. House Judiciary Committee Chair John Conyers declared that he had no choice but to support Patriot Act reauthorization because his committee just hadn’t had enough […]

What Have You Done This Week Regarding Warrantless Surveillance?

Pardon me for getting “meta,” but the developments of the last week have me so flummoxed I just feel the need to share.

I’ll share a little something with you: last week I participated in a conference call with representatives of some major civil liberties organizations. These representatives promised to do what they could to […]

Al Franken: At the Start, he's Senator Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

Without the responsibility of attending committee meetings or hearings over the past six months, without any ceremonial duties to attend to, and with the responsibility of his lawsuits to gain office delegated to his lawyers, Al Franken has had a lot of time on his hands… certainly a lot more time than any other member […]