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Activists Support Rush Holt Bill To Repeal the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act

U.S. Representative and Senate candidate Rush Holt has introduced the Surveillance State Repeal Act, to repeal the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act. He deserves our help. [...]

Senator Leahy To Introduce Legislation To Limit The Patriot Act Today

Over the years, Patrick Leahy has been an ineffective champion for the effort to bring America’s surveillance machine back under control. A new, more simple tactic is needed: Total, permanent repeal of the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act. [...]

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Introduces Bill To Limit Government Spying Against Americans

A bipartisan U.S. Senate bill would limit the spying powers granted under the Patriot Act, bringing them closer to what is required under the 4th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. [...]

Alan Grayson Uses Cover of "Mind Your Own Business Act" … to Collect Your Personal Information

At Democratic Underground, Daily Kos, Firedoglake and other large liberal multiuser blogs, Representative Alan Grayson issued a fiery call this week condemning the warrantless surveillance of all American phone calls and grand-scale data sweeps of most big-site internet traffic, all undermining your privacy:

Microsoft, Google, Apple – they’re all in on it. Former NSA official [...]

Green Shadow Cabinet Blasts Obama For Secret Courts

While Democratic voters have consistently worked to avoid awareness of Barack Obama’s continuation of George W. Bush’s NSA electronic spying programs that are targeted against Americans, independent progressives have done their best to hold Obama’s feet to the fire. The Green Party’s Shahid Buttar is contributing to this effort, slamming Barack Obama for allowing secret courts to subvert justice in the shadows. [...]

Edward Snowden Is A Hero

“I don’t see myself as a hero,” says Edward Snowden, the man who leaked the secret of the U.S. military’s massive spying against the American people.

I disagree. Snowden was an insider, and he was comfortably rewarded for going with the flow. He had a home in Hawaii. He earned about $200,000 per year. All [...]

Dianne Feinstein's Flawed Homeland Security Logic Shows PRISM Is A Sham

When the Guardian newspaper discovered that the US government has been spying on Americans’ phone calls, emails, and Internet behavior for years without any reasonable suspicion of criminal behavior, Senator Dianne Feinstein leaped to the defense of the electronic surveillance dragnet. The Big Brother program, called PRISM, is necessary to preserve America’s national security, she [...]

Don’t Be A Critical Tool. Stand Against Barack Obama’s Spying Machine.

Don’t be one of these critical tools. Stand up and demand that the electronic surveillance networks set up under the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act be shut down. [...]

What is a Massachusetts Democrat? Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch offer two Very Different Answers

What is a Massachusetts Democrat?

In the race to replace John Kerry in the U.S. Senate, it looks as though two members of the House of Representatives — Ed Markey of Massachusetts District 7 and Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts District 9 — will be the prominent contenders for the Democratic party nomination. As members of [...]

Irregular Times Donation: the Electronic Frontier Foundation

This morning, I started to research Barack Obama’s nominees to watchdog civil liberties through the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and what I found about nominee Rachel Brand wasn’t pretty. As one of the members of the Bush administration in the Justice Department specializing in legal policy regarding the “War on Terror,” Brand repeatedly [...]