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Members of Congress Told They Cannot See Records Of Their Own Surveillance By The NSA

How can anyone say that Congress has genuine oversight of the many NSA spying programs, when Congress is not even being told how much it is being kept under surveillance itself? […]

NSA Military Spying Against Americans Stopped Jillions of Terrorist Attacks, Clapper Says

James Clapper knows that, as long as his electronic spying system is classified, he can make whatever claims of success he likes. Who’s going to try to verify his claims, after all? No one is conducting real oversight. The justifications for the massive daily violation of Americans’ constitutional rights are themselves top secret. […]

Momentum Against FISA Surveillance Grows as 12 Senators Send Letter of Opposition

As you may know, eight days ago Director of National Intelligence James Clapper acknowledged to Senator Ron Wyden that the actions of the government to spy on Americans had exceeded the limits set by the FISA Amendments Act and the United States Constitution.

At the beginning of the summer, only Senator Wyden was willing to […]

Bizarre: Obama Admin sez Hurry with Patriot Act Re-Up, or we won’t be able to use Power we’ve never used

The reasons for quick reauthorization of provisions of the Patriot Act have moved past dubious, through the paper-thin wall between rational and irrational, and straight into the land of the bizarre.

In a letter written yesterday to Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper provided the Obama administration’s justification for […]

Barack Obama Goes 513 Days Without Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight

When President Barack Obama promptly nominated James Clapper to be Dennis Blair’s replacement as Director of National Intelligence, he urged that the Senate work without delay to confirm him:

Not surprisingly, the Senate has voted to confirm Jim for senior positions on four separate occasions — and each time it has done so overwhelmingly. Given […]

A Show of Priorities on Government Spying: 14 Days Quick to General Clapper, 500 Days Slow to Oversight

If you want to figure where out a person’s priorities lie, don’t watch what they say. Watch what they do.

Just two weeks ago today, Obama administration Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair was let go. After just 14 days, Obama announced his nominee to replace Admiral Blair: yet another member of the military spy […]

Barack Obama Puts Military at the Head of Intelligence Again

If you want something talked about all week, announce it on a cold and rainy Monday. If you want people to forget about something, announce it on a sunny and warm Friday.

Why does Barack Obama want us to forget that he’s nominated another General from military intelligence to be in charge of U.S. spying, […]