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Senate Judiciary Committee Stonewalls Civil Liberty Board Nominations for 3 Months Now. Why?

On December 20, 2011 — three years late — President Barack Obama finally obeyed the law that requires him to nominate members for all five positions on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). For three long years the PCLOB has been absolutely empty, inactive and defunct.

This means that nobody has been […]

13 Democrats, 4 Republicans and 1 Independent Vote to Stop Patriot Act Reauthorization

18 votes against the reformless reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act weren’t enough to stop the legislation from moving forward in the Senate, but the 13 Democrats, 4 Republicans and 1 Independent who made a stand to halt the reauthorization process on May 26 2011 should be recognized for their efforts to defend constitutional government:

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This is what you get for compromise on the Patriot Act, Patrick Leahy

On May 4 2011, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy made one final check with President Barack Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder to make sure that S. 193, a bill considered by civil libertarians to be a meager improvement of the Patriot Act with imperfect reforms, was to the Obama administration’s liking.

S. 193 was […]

Patrick Leahy: Don’t Worry Your Pretty Little Head None, I’ll Monitor Warrantless Surveillance All By Myself

Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont has just dropped the barest fig leaf onto his vote against the Durbin Amendment, which would restrict warrantless surveillance under national security letters to individuals who are — or who are even just connected to — a suspected terrorist or spy. Patrick Leahy rejected even that standard for warrantless surveillance. […]

Patrick Leahy: Don't Worry Your Pretty Little Head None, I'll Monitor Warrantless Surveillance All By Myself

Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont has just dropped the barest fig leaf onto his vote against the Durbin Amendment, which would restrict warrantless surveillance under national security letters to individuals who are — or who are even just connected to — a suspected terrorist or spy. Patrick Leahy rejected even that standard for warrantless surveillance. […]