On Thursday March 10, Republican Senator Jon Kyl explained why he thinks people should stop worrying and love the government for using the Patriot Act to track their reading habits:
How does the law enforcement official know in advance, before he sees the order from the bookseller, that it includes the book? That is, how [...]
In Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee’s markup of a bill to reauthorize the Patriot Act, Senator Patrick Leahy tried to insert an amendment. The amendment would allow the government to obtain records of book sales that do not meet the Constitution’s requirement that there be probable cause to believe the target has committed a crime. Instead, [...]
I’ve never seen any, but animal crush videos sound like a hideous form of entertainment. That said, isn’t it animal cruelty itself, and not videos of animal cruelty, that are the problem? [...]
In their questions to witnesses in a hearing this morning, members of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security revealed a bipartisan interest in having the National Security Agency put in charge of domestic “cybersecurity” efforts.
Republican Senator Jon Kyl asked witnesses to evaluate the idea of the NSA — a military intelligence [...]
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 [...]
The 5 Democrats who defected to the Republican side to defeat Obama’s public option are: Max Baucus, Blanche Lincoln, Kent Conrad, Bill Nelson and Tom Carper. [...]
The Republican senators who wrote to Eric Holder suggest that CIA interrogators ought to be able to engage in torture and other forms of brutality, breaking the law, without worrying about being held accountable. They propose that the CIA be allowed to operate as a criminal organization that no one has the power to restrain. [...]
In the Senate confirmation yesterday of Obama Attorney General nominee Eric Holder, Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona asked Holder about his legal opinion regarding the FISA Amendments Act. This FISA Amendments Act, for those of you joining in late, is the law passed in July of 2008 that permits a president to order spying on [...]