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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. AndrĂ© 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 [...]

Pelosi is Off The Table

Ron Paul was one of the two Republicans who voted to squash the investigation of Pelosi today. Why is Ron Paul voting to protect Pelosi? [...]

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 [...]

Why Isn't Senate Investigating Obama on Torture?

The crimes are so serious, and so widespread, that an independent investigator, with authority that cannot be thwarted by either the Justice Department or congressional leadership, is necessary. [...]

Pelosi, Impediment to Torture Investigation? Pelosi, Resign.

Which matters more to the Democratic Party: the preservation of civil liberty, human rights and constitutional government — or the preservation of Party leaders’ power? We are about to find out.

Information continues to dribble out regarding Nancy Pelosi’s early knowledge that the U.S. Government under George W. Bush was torturing the people it had [...]

Are Congressional Recipients of Magliocchetti Largesse Acting on the Basis of Pre-Existing Policy Preference, Or…?

As federal investigators prepare to shift the focus their latest probe of military contracting corruption to Capitol Hill, it’s worth considering what investigators might be looking for. The power players are set: Paul Magliochetti, his PMA Group lobbying firm, his family of donation clones and the members of Congress who received and doled out largesse. [...]

Magliocchetti Lobbying Investigation Namedrop Transparency Post

Yesterday’s New York Times reports on the cresting FBI investigation into coordinated campaign contributions and lobbyist favors to lawmakers on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. The Chicago Tribune and Associated Press deliver less recent background on the investigation, and Politico gives some legislative twists on implications for intra-Congressional dynamics. Were military contractors and militaristic [...]

War Powers And Civil Liberties Commission Blocked By Democrats

Since the day that Congressman Conyers introduced his bill to establish a National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties, nothing has been done to move it forward to passage. [...]

Freedom of the Press Detained by the Security State in MN

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Three [...]

Congressmen Demand Special Prosecutor. Attorney General Yawns.

News flash! Representatives John Conyers, Jerry Nadler and William Delahunt have written a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey asking very sternly for Mukasey to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the American rendition of Canadian citizen Maher Arar to Syria, where he was tortured under interrogation.

Anonymous sources have informed Irregular Times that Attorney [...]