Barack Obama is feeling pissy.
It seems that, after Obama agreed to have his picture taken with professional baseball player David Ortiz, Ortiz choose to post that photograph on his Twitter account. Samsung then retweeted that Twitter post, sending the photo to its many followers.
Obama was outraged. He protested. How dare Samsung take a [...]
Mother Nature Network – it sounds like a warm and friendly, huggy and human kind of place – the sort of news web site that might hand you a warm, freshly-baked gluten-free cookie when you visit. It’s a web site that celebrates the “Joy of Less”, so you might expect its web design to be [...]
Whatever else you may think of the activist group Code Pink, they are very rarely boring. In a typical display of theatrical artistic flair, Code Pink has announced that it will be conducting surveillance at the San Francisco house of a Politically Important Person (SPIP), Senator Dianne Feinstein. Senator Feinstein is one of the most [...]
… out to lunch:
As new revelations continue to burst forth — today we find out that even an Internet-free computer is no match for the warrantless spying of the NSA — the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board appears to be planning nothing. The one entity within the federal government tasked with protecting [...]
That’s empty, and that’s it. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board agenda for 2014 is empty. It hasn’t held a meeting since November 4.
What do you call a government board that is designed to protect Americans’ civil liberties interests against the pressure of the entire United States government, that is [...]
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This month, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued its second semi-annual public report on its investigations of the activities of the United States government and the extent to which those activities violate the constitutional rights of everyday people. A juicy tidbit in that report seems to have escaped notice. Let’s cover it.
The following is my transcription of a speech given by David Segal of Demand Progress at the Stop Watching Us demonstration held in Washington DC on October 26 2013 in opposition to massive government surveillance.
We all know why we’re here today. We’re here because 4 months ago, Americans and the rest of the world [...]
On August 17, Shenna Bellows of the ACLU spoke in Augusta, Maine on the occasion of Constitution Day. With her permission, I’ve transcribed her speech to share it here with you.
Good morning. It’s a pleasure to be here today on Constitution Day. Happy Constitution Day! The ACLU is an organization whose mission is to [...]
As the revealed extent of indiscriminate surveillance and data mining by the U.S. government slowly deepens and widens, the old Cold War defense is rearing its head again: “If you don’t have anything to hide, you don’t have anything to fear.” There are all sorts of broad philosophical problems with that kind of argument, but [...]