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While U.S. Government Secretly Tapped Phones and Internet, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was Stymied

This morning, you may feel like wearing a tin-foil hat to protect yourself, and such an act wouldn’t be entirely kooky. Yesterday, leaks to newspapers revealed that the United States government has not only been seizing the records of billions of phone calls taking place inside and outside the United States, but also has been [...]

Next Patriot Act Reauthorization Vote: 2/14/2011. Make a Call Today.

Get FISA Right tips us off that the House of Representatives will be voting on final passage of H.R. 514 this Monday. That’s tomorrow, folks. H.R. 514 is the bill that reauthorizes core provisions of the Patriot Act. While the government tells us that the Patriot Act is all about catching rascally terrorists, only one [...]

2011 Patriot Act Reauthorization This Week: Flood Congress with Calls NOW

Since 2001, the federal government has been conducting sneak-and-peek searches and warrantless wiretap operations against peaceful, law-abiding Americans thanks to the passage of the USA Patriot Act. These practices violate the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, our supreme law of the land, but they proceed regardless.

Very quietly, both houses of the U.S. Congress are [...]

House and Senate Judiciary Committees React to Illegal FBI Phone Snoop… with What?

It’s been three weeks now since the revelation that the FBI:

1. Broke the law, 2. Violated the constitution and 3. Lied in order to 4. Obtain Americans’ phone records 5. Without a warrant, in order to 6. Find and stop the source of embarrassing leaks to the media.

This is Watergate-level stuff we’re talking [...]

Call Senate Judiciary Committee Direct to Support the JUSTICE Act

Yesterday and this morning I asked you to call members of the Senate Judiciary Committee if you happened to have one of the two Senators for your state serving on the Committee. The cause: to promote consideration and inclusion of the provisions of S. 1686 (the JUSTICE Act). S. 1686 has a number of provisions, [...]

HTC Ozone Review of New QWERTY Smartphone from Verizon

This week, spurred on by two developments, I decided to pursue my personal tech dream: a

1) mobile blogging device I can fit in my pocket 2) with photo, video, and sound recording and posting ability 3) on the internet with 4) javascript and flash functionality so that I can use blogging applications like WordPress, [...]

Nokia N810 Review: Larger and More Off-Kilter, Please

Last month I had the opportunity to test a Nokia N810 thingamabob. It’s hard to describe with one word what the Nokia N810 is, although some try with the ungainly and insufficient “internet-tablet.” I won’t even try to stick with one word, since the N810 is many things. It is a:

very small computer (about [...]

Sarah Palin on the Phone: Honey, Mommy's a Little Busy

Making the rounds, source unknown.

Who is Behind the Push Polling in Columbus, Ohio?

This November, a Columbus City Schools bond and a Columbus City bond will be on the ballot. Somebody has already started a whisper campaign against them.

A person who doesn’t want to be identified made me a call today and claimed to be operating a public opinion research poll. She asked for me by name, [...]

The Twenty-Five Most Hopeful Senators To Call on H.R. 6304, the FISA Amendments Act

One day from now, on Tuesday, July 8, the U.S. Senate is set to vote on final passage of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, also known as H.R. 6304. The bill will remove citizens’ standing to challenge the constitutionality of warrantless wiretapping programs that we know existed and we know were illegal. It will [...]

National Obama Line Flooded With Protests on H.R. 6304; Call Other Local Numbers

An hour ago, I passed on the suggestion that you call Barack Obama and voice with urgency your feeling that he should keep his promise and filibuster H.R. 6304, the bill that would gut the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution and place us all under the arbitrary and unchecked search and surveillance authority of the [...]