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John Conyers Responds to Patriot Act Reauthorization With… Nothing

When American liberals questioned the record of some candidates being selected (without primaries) by the Democratic Party back in 2006, do you remember what the response was?

With a Democratic majority in Congress, just “imagine” the changes!

In particular, Democratic partisans asked liberal voters to “imagine John Conyers” as the chair of the House Judiciary [...]

Opportunity: Challenge John Conyers on the Patriot Act March 3 in DC

If you’re miffed that House Judiciary Chair John Conyers, despite a year and a month’s time to do so, failed to forge Patriot Act reform during the 111th Congress —

If you’re outraged that instead of reforming government surveillance Patriot Act powers, John Conyers actually voted to reauthorize Patriot Act powers without a single shred [...]

Congress Ignores FBI’s Illegal Invention of Terrorist Plots

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. [...]

House Moves for Surveillance Hearings; Senate Moves for More Surveillance

It’s been more than a month since it was revealed 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.

In the House of [...]

House and Senate Judiciary Committees React to Illegal FBI Phone Snoop… with What?

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 [...]

John Conyers Substitutes Press Release for Action on Illegal FBI Surveillance

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 [...]

Which Congressional Leaders Speak Against Illegal FBI Spying?

If we are going to get a serious inquiry into the FBI’s invention of terrorist conspiracy stories in order to spy against Americans, we’re most likely to get that inquiry started by Representative Nadler, Senator Leahy or Senator Feingold. The remaining congressional Democratic leaders don’t seem to care enough about the integrity of Americans’ constitutional freedoms to raise a peep of opposition to the FBI abuses. [...]

Watch House Judiciary Committee Mark Up Patriot Act Bill Today

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 [...]

20 Civil Liberties Groups: H.R. 3845 Needs Stronger Civil Liberties Protections

The House Judiciary Committee meets Wednesday to consider H.R. 3845, legislation that would reauthorize core provisions of the USA Patriot Act allowing the government to engage in surveillance, search and seizure against innocent Americans, often without warrant and often without notice. As the day approaches for the Judiciary Committee, twenty American civil liberties organizations have [...]

H.R. 3845: Some Weak Tea. Support Positive Change to the Bill

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: Read Up on H.R. 3845 and H.R. 3846 to Reform the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act

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 [...]