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…And Thank You Senator Feinstein, But…

Thank you for finally telling us about the criminally abusive spying programs of the federal government, Senator Feinstein. Now resign. […]

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 […]

After 414 Days In Office Obama Still Has No Civil Liberties Board

Federal law requires the President of the United States to appoint a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. This board is to be placed within the White House but given independent status. Fusion centers are proliferating across the country and taking on the power to construct disseminate government profiles of innocent Americans; administrators and officers […]

402 Days In, Barack Obama Has No Civil Liberties Oversight Board

H.R. 1, passed and signed into law during the 110th Congress of 2007-2008, requires the President to appoint a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to work as an independent office in the executive branch of the U.S. Government. Fusion Center administrators and information sharing specialists are required by law to take civil liberties training […]

Congressional Democrats Will Investigate When It’s About Them

One Democratic Representative, Jane Harman, supported warrantless wiretapping for years and objected only when it turned out that the target was herself. Harman’s combination of self-interest and blase disregard for others is not an exception in the U.S. Congress. This weekend, Democrats in Congress are finally indicating an interest in investigating a secret spying program […]

Congressional Democrats Will Investigate When It's About Them

One Democratic Representative, Jane Harman, supported warrantless wiretapping for years and objected only when it turned out that the target was herself. Harman’s combination of self-interest and blase disregard for others is not an exception in the U.S. Congress. This weekend, Democrats in Congress are finally indicating an interest in investigating a secret spying program […]

Democrats in Congress Fail To Stop Satellite Spying Against Americans

The subcommittee suggests that it might be reducing the amount of funding for the National Applications Office to an amount that is somewhat less than what President Obama requested. However, as of this morning, the markup listings (here and here) of the Homeland Security programs with reduced or eliminated funding do not include the National Applications Office. […]

Satellite Spying Protection Bill Gets No Help From Democrats

President Barack Obama has been pushing for increased funding for the satellite spying operations the National Applications Office deploys against Americans. And Democratic cosponsorships for H.R. 2703 and H.R. 2704? There’s only one – Representative Norman Dicks has cosponsored H.R. 2703, and hasn’t even bothered to cosponsor H.R. 2704. […]

National Applications Office Focus of Spy Battle

Representative Harman is a particularly interesting person to sponsor legislation against warrantless satellite spying, given that she has herself been the target of, and yet a defender of, warrantless surveillance by the Executive’s intelligence agencies. […]

Does Jane Harman Care About Anyone But Herself?

Jane Harman hasn’t bothered to speak out against the abusive warrantless wiretapping done routinely against the American people. Today, however, Jane Harman has finally spoken out about warrantless wiretapping – because she says she was the victim. […]