It’s been six weeks now since it was discovered that the FBI had invented the existence of absolutely fake terrorist plots in order to grab American journalists’ phone records to find the source of a politically embarrassing leak.
The FBI avoided the use of a warrant thanks to the passage of the Patriot Act. [...]
It’s been three weeks now since the revelation that the FBI:
1. Broke the law, 2. Violated the constitution and 3. Lied in order to 4. Obtain Americans’ phone records 5. Without a warrant, in order to 6. Find and stop the source of embarrassing leaks to the media.
This is Watergate-level stuff we’re talking [...]
Last week we learned that the FBI had violated American constitutional standards and federal law five times over by:
1) lying about terrorism emergencies that did not exist 2) to obtain phone records of American citizens 3) who were reporters 4) without a warrant 5) in order to figure out who in the government had [...]
While we may be tempted to direct the entirety of our gaze backwards today, looking over election results in a post-mortem fashion, the wreaking of political havoc outside the voting booth continues.
Today at 12:30 pm, the House Judiciary Committee will “mark up” (that is, amend and pass to the floor of the House of [...]
Yesterday afternoon, Rep. John Conyers released advance copies of H.R. 3845, a bill to reauthorize the Patriot Act provisions regarding national security letters and “sneak and peek” searches again until December 31, 2013.
We know this much to be true: a majority of Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem determined to pass some form of [...]
Homework time for people who care about civil liberties in the United States!
Today, two bills — H.R. 3845 to reform the Patriot Act and H.R. 3846 to reform the FISA Amendments Act — have been introduced to the House Judiciary Committee and are being prominently promoted by House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers. I’ve been [...]