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With 1,001 Days in Office, Barack Obama has Failed to Appoint Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

President Barack Obama took his Oath of Office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” 1,001 days ago. Along with that oath of office came a very real legal responsibility. Under a law passed well before President Obama took office, he is required to appoint five members of a Privacy and […]

Barack Obama Failure to Appoint Civil Liberties Board Extends to 737 Days

It has been 737 days since Barack Obama took his oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” as President. One of his duties, legally mandated by a law passed in the 110th Congress, is to appoint members of a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The board is […]

Arrest Bush, You Weren't New Enough for the Media to Cover

During my walk in to the Inauguration on January 20, 2009 I was accompanied by a journalist from one of the country’s national newspapers. She’d called me in advance and asked to come along, and she ended up right with me on the parade route, ready to interview all the people who didn’t come to […]

Three Failed Progressive Demonstrations at the Inauguration

Three demonstrations by progressives were planned for Inauguration Day, 2009. Three of them failed.

The first, planned by me, grew out of the simple desire back in October of 2008 to be able to stand on the Inaugural Parade route in January, no matter who was elected President, and hold a sign reminding the new […]

On the Ground Inaugural Report

A video podcast report from Jim, on Pennsylvania Avenue for Inauguration Day. […]

Obama AG Pick Expresses Regret About FISA Amendments Act — that it was not passed sooner

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 […]

Another Reason for Civil Liberties Activism: Security Court Rules in Favor of Warrantless Wiretapping

The path taking America back to constitutional governance just got steeper. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review Court, a panel of judges picked for their sympathy toward government prerogative, has unsurprisingly ruled it to be perfectly OK for the United States to search, watch and grab information on people without warrants, despite the mandate of the […]

Confirmed: Pro-Constitution Inauguration Demonstration, 1-20-09, On the Inaugural Parade Route Outside the Department of Justice

I’ll be writing more, much more about this in the days to come, but here’s quick word: I have just received official permit approval from the National Park Service for a political demonstration on the January 20, 2009 Inaugural Parade Route. You’re invited to participate in a pro-constitution Oath of Office rally where citizens will […]

Transcript: Permit Negotiation with the National Park Service for a Political Demonstration at the 2009 Inauguration in Washington, DC

The following is a transcription of a permit negotiation with the National Park Service Capitol Division, a regular part of the process for getting a political demonstration of more than 25 people to be approved by the bureau that controls public access to these federal lands. Recording of the conversation was explicitly agreed to by […]

Here’s Change I Could Believe in, President-Elect Obama

In some impressive ways, President-Elect Barack Obama is the mirror-image of George W. Bush. Early on, George W. Bush rid the presidency of the e-mail address president@whitehouse.gov, ending the Clinton-era avenue by which citizens could communicate their policy ideas to the office of the President. To his credit, Barack Obama has created a web page […]

Here's Change I Could Believe in, President-Elect Obama

In some impressive ways, President-Elect Barack Obama is the mirror-image of George W. Bush. Early on, George W. Bush rid the presidency of the e-mail address president@whitehouse.gov, ending the Clinton-era avenue by which citizens could communicate their policy ideas to the office of the President. To his credit, Barack Obama has created a web page […]