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Obama Proposes Keeping Most NSA Spying Against Americans

Obama Plan Would End NSA Bulk Data Collection, reads the headline from the New York Post. That sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

The sad truth is that the new Obama plan would not end NSA bulk data collection.

The Obama plan would end only a small part of the NSA electronic surveillance deployed against Americans – [...]

Bernie Sanders Versus Hillary Clinton On NSA Spying

If you care about the Fourth Amendment’s promise of protection from unreasonable search and seizure, the choice between Hillary Clinton and Bernard Sanders is crystal clear. [...]

…And Thank You Senator Feinstein, But…

Thank you for finally telling us about the criminally abusive spying programs of the federal government, Senator Feinstein. Now resign. [...]

Shame On Senator Feinstein

A genuine grassroots coalition of 24 organizations and over two thousand individuals from California has come together to sign an open letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein, deploring her consistent support for abusive government programs that use electronic communications networks to spy on Americans. The coalition, calling itself Shame On Feinstein, expresses “concern and outrage”, and [...]

How the US Government Spies on Americans without “Spying on Americans”

How are we to make sense of the news that the US government has been “helping” the UK government collect e-mails, phone records, app records, voice chats and now the naked web photo chats of millions of Americans? How can that possibly be reconciled with President Barack Obama’s bald assertion that “there is no spying [...]

NSA Pictures Of You Naked Smash The Metadata Myth. Yahoo!

Apologists for the Obama Administration’s Big Brother electronic spying have spent much of the last year wagging their heads at concerns about privacy, saying that gosh, the age of privacy is just plain over, and we all need to accept that some of our private information will end up in government hands, because we need [...]

Thank Rand Paul For Suing Barack Obama

Senator Rand Paul is a Republican with a nasty pro-corporate libertarian ideology. When he campaigns for President in 2016, he won’t have my support. Still, today, Rand Paul has my thanks.

Why? While most members of Congress are sitting on their hands rather than take action against Obama’s abusive and unconstitutional National Security Agency program [...]

Can We Fight NSA Surveillance By Honoring Suicide?

When I first came upon the Day We Fight Back web site, I wondered why hadn’t heard about the idea before. A national day of activism to oppose Big Brother sounds like just the sort of thing people would want to talk about, right?

The Day We Fight Back is February 11 – this coming [...]

Suspicious Person Alert: Code Pink Action to Spy on Dianne Feinstein February 11

Whatever else you may think of the activist group Code Pink, they are very rarely boring. In a typical display of theatrical artistic flair, Code Pink has announced that it will be conducting surveillance at the San Francisco house of a Politically Important Person (SPIP), Senator Dianne Feinstein. Senator Feinstein is one of the most [...]

Bernie Sanders Brings Honest Talk On NSA Spying To Vermont

This weekend, Senator Bernard Sanders organized a town hall meeting to discuss what he called “an issue of huge consequence”: The system of electronic spying on Americans set up by the military’s National Security Agency – the NSA.

The meeting featured David Cole, professor at the Georgetown University Law School, and Heidi Boghosian, head of [...]

Privacy And Civil Liberties Board Concludes That NSA Spying Is Useless And Illegal

For years, Barack Obama and congressional leadership worked together to prevent the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board from even coming into existence. Even after the board was finally created, it was slow to engage in robust oversight activities. Finally, seven years after its protections were first promised, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board [...]