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Is There a Senatorial Dog Whistle? There Should Be.

There are legitimate reasons for halts to Senate activity. During a meeting of the Judiciary Committee this morning to consider surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act, Chairman Patrick Leahy called for a three-minute recess because he can only see out of one eye and that eye became obstructed, making it impossible for him to [...]

Patriot Act To-Do List: Watch Wednesday, Watch Thursday, PROTEST Saturday

WEDNESDAY: Watch the House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Patriot Act at 1:30 PM

THURSDAY: Watch the Senate Judiciary Committee mark up a bill to reauthorize the Patriot Act at 10:00 AM

SATURDAY: Join us at the Patriot Act PROTEST at NOON on the West side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Let [...]

85 Days Left to Reform the Patriot Act: Will Senate Judiciary Do It Today? (The Answer is No.)

With Congress’ decision last month to issue a short-term reauthorization of Patriot Act surveillance powers came a promise by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy to at least reform these provisions by adding some modest safeguards.

That just may happen in today’s Senate Judiciary business meeting. Markup of S.193 (the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension [...]

Why Patriot Act Reform Matters: 767 Days and Counting Without a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

In 91 days, three central search, seizure and surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire again. The period between now and then is an opportunity to drum up support for reforms to these provisions.

Why is it so important to reform the Patriot Act?

From a legal point of view, the Patriot [...]

John Conyers Refuses to go along with the Patriot Act any longer

When he was Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee last year, Rep. John Conyers supported a one-year reauthorization of the Patriot Act, his first failure of Americans’ civil liberties. Conyers promised his fellow members of the House that he’d spend the next year holding hearings and creating meaningful reforms to protect civil liberties. That was [...]

Transcript: John Conyers Debunks Miranda Myth in Judiciary Hearing

In a hearing held last Wednesday on “Sharing and Analyzing Information to Prevent Terrorism,” House Judiciary Committee Chair John Conyers used his opening remarks to reassert the priority of civil liberty in debates over security. Conyers debunked the myth that Miranda warnings had anything to do with a plane fire suspect shutting up last December [...]

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 [...]

Dick Durbin Reveals: Only 1 Senator Showed Up to Jay Bybee’s Confirmation Hearing

In a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois noted a small piece of history that is nevertheless important for understanding the path history has taken. Regarding the confirmation hearing of Jay Bybee in 2001, Dick Durbin noted:

We saw what happened when Mr. Bybee was head of the Office [...]

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. [...]

Watch The House Hearing (NOT) on Illegal FBI Surveillance… If You Can

Here’s a reminder that at 3:00 pm today, the House Judiciary Committee subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security will be holding a hearing on recent revelations that the FBI lied, violated the constitution and broke the law to engage in warrantless surveillance of Americans’ communications, all on an expedition to find the source of [...]