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It’s not just the DEA: NSA Program allows Warrantless Surveillance to spot Ordinary Crime

How would you feel if a soldier arrived at the door of your house and announced that on behalf of the U.S. military, he would be installing a voice recorder under your kitchen table to capture all of your conversations, and also splicing a data recorder into the cables in your basement to monitor your [...]

AE Transparency’s Asymmetric Warfare Letter to Americans Elect (and why I disagree)

Yesterday, AE Transparency sent off a letter to Americans Elect executives Peter Ackerman, Elliot Ackerman and Kahlil Byrd. AE Transparency sent me a copy and has given me permission to reprint that letter here:

Gents:

http://aetransparency.blogspot.com/2012/05/this-weaks-voting-at-americans-elect.html

In case you’re wondering, we know what comes next…and we’re already prepared to have a field-day with it.

Gentlemen, [...]

Mike McIntyre Uses Prayer As A Pose For Power

Congressman Mike McIntyre doesn’t care enough about prayer to center his own life around the practice, so what right does he have to lecture to the rest of us about how we’re not praying enough? [...]

Formal Petition for Reversal of Americans Elect Bylaw 5.6

The full text of a petition to reverse Americans Elect Bylaw 5.6, which directly disenfranchises Americans Elect delegates and places ballot access control firmly in the hands of a unanimous corporate-appointed board. [...]

Political Director of Americans Elect: Too Much Democracy is Dangerous (and Forget Your History)

Americans Elect Political Director Darry Sragow explains why it’s necessary for a corporate board to select the presidential candidates that voters will be allowed to choose between:

We have a Board of Directors who help oversee our process, which Professor Hasen correctly points out is self-appointed. While we don’t mean to put the board in [...]

One-Two Punch to Balance of Power this Week: Patriot Act and Perpetual War

While we were watching the train wreck of Patriot Act passage last week, the House of Representatives quietly passed a bill that grants the President of the United States the right to engage in perpetual war. Together, these bills concentrate power in the hands of the man who is already the single-most powerful person on [...]

Obama: US can put Citizens on Government Hit List with No Recourse

In this country, the judicial branch of government has a vital role to play in reviewing the actions of the other two. With the Congress retreating from its investigative and oversight role, courts are often the only means left of checking the urges of an encroaching executive. Increasingly, courts are absent too.

Earlier this month, [...]

James Langevin and Military General Talk Up Big Government Cyber Powers

Only one newspaper — the conservative Washington Times — has picked up on the cryptic but crucial conversation yesterday between Rep. James Langevin and General Keith Alexander in a sparsely attended hearing of the House Armed Services Committee yesterday. Langevin (chair of a congressional subcommittee on cybersecurity) asked General Alexander (head of the military’s National [...]

Another Big Shot Anti-Gay Pastor Caught Up in Abusive Gay Sex Scandal

Oh my. Dear me.

Yet another high-profile, pushy Christian fundamentalist preacher against equal rights for gay and lesbian people has been accused of abusing his position of authority to obtain gay sex.

Mercy. Gracious. I am so shocked. Who could have expected such a thing? Not me. That is for sure. What a surprise.

New 2009 Census Data: Income Down for the Poor, Down for the Middle Class, Up for the Rich in the USA

(All dollar figures below in 2009 dollars, adjusted for inflation)

New figures on Americans’ household income in 2009 released by the U.S. Census Bureau today divide the U.S. population into quintiles, fifths of the population ordered by their income. Data show that the four lowest quintiles in the U.S. population — those earning $100,000 or [...]

Income and Inequality in the United States: A Review through 2008

A first glimpse at income trends in the United States doesn’t reveal anything a person would complain about:

From 1967 to 2007, median household income in this country rose 25%, and that’s in real, inflation-adjusted dollars. It seems like a great trend, and from this graph alone one might be tempted to clap, cheer [...]