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Senator Introduces Bill to Stop Unwarranted Drone Surveillance (and it's not a Democrat)

Yesterday, a lone member of the United States Senate introduced legislation that would formally outlaw the already unconstitutional government practice of using aerial drones to spy on Americans without a warrant. The text of S. 1016, the “Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2013,” is not formally available yet, but it corresponds to last […]

Senator Chuck Grassley Blocks Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight

On February 14 2013, the Senate Judiciary Committee was poised to consider the confirmation of David Medine as Chair of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). For people who care about the U.S. Constitution and the preservation of constitutional liberty in America, this confirmation is a pretty big deal. It’s sad to say, […]

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Nominees in Senate Appointment Hearing 4/18/12

Four months after President Barack Obama finally nominated 5 people to sit on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing to gather the nominees’ testimony in advance of a vote. On April 18 at 10:00 in the morning, you can visit this webpage to watch a […]

President Obama Finally Nominates Civil Liberties Board. Now the Judiciary Committee Sits on It.

For 1,060 days of his presidency, Barack Obama refused to nominate enough members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight board to constitute a quorum. That made it impossible for the PCLOB to carry out its legally-mandated job of collecting information on civil liberties violations by the executive branch of government and sharing that information […]

876 Days with no Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. What Gives, Mr. Obama?

876 days ago, Barack Obama took office as President of the United States of America. As President, Barack Obama is required under federal law to nominate five members of a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the job of which is to use its subpoena power to review the search and surveillance activities of the […]

In Unnoticed Remarks, Bobby Scott Outlines Foreign Intelligence Danger in Patriot Act Powers

On May 12 2011, Rep. Robert Scott introduced a new wrinkle to considerations of Patriot Act powers and their uses. We already know from reports to Congress that most uses of the Patriot Act have nothing to do with terrorism. But what, then, is the purpose of the Patriot Act?

In a House Judiciary Committee […]

How Did Tea Party in Congress Vote on Seizing Library Records without a Warrant?

Later today, the U.S. Senate is expected to enter into a very brief debate followed by a vote to reauthorize the surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act, most likely for four years. If you’ve been following the issue of the Patriot Act, you’re aware that it permits a wide net of surveillance, searches and […]

Senate Judiciary Matches White House in Underperformance on Civil Liberties Board

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81st Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Characterize Probable Cause as a Burden to be Bypassed

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution is very clear about what the United States government has to have in order to search through and seize the property, papers and personal effects of people under its jurisdiction. The government has to demonstrate probable cause:

Amendment IV. The right of the people to be secure in their […]

Congress Reveals Government can use Patriot Act to find out who Reads about the Second Amendment

In this past Thursday’s meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, there was a very interesting question-and-answer period between Senator Dick Durbin and the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy. Senator Leahy proposed an amendment to curtail Patriot Act powers so that records of book purchases couldn’t be collected by the government unless the government […]

Senators Jon Kyl and Orrin Hatch say you can’t expect the names of books you read to be private

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, […]