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Democrats in Congress Fail To Stop Satellite Spying Against Americans

The subcommittee suggests that it might be reducing the amount of funding for the National Applications Office to an amount that is somewhat less than what President Obama requested. However, as of this morning, the markup listings (here and here) of the Homeland Security programs with reduced or eliminated funding do not include the National Applications Office. [...]

National Applications Office Focus of Spy Battle

Representative Harman is a particularly interesting person to sponsor legislation against warrantless satellite spying, given that she has herself been the target of, and yet a defender of, warrantless surveillance by the Executive’s intelligence agencies. [...]

Senate Quietly and Unanimously Passes Legislation Preventing Changes to FISA Amendments Act or Patriot Act

Last June, the U.S. Senate was poised to pass the FISA Amendments Act (full text here) — a bill that made permanent the warrantless surveillance system enacted by 2007′s Protect America Act, adding on legal immunity for any past spying on Americans without a warrant. In the course of considering the FISA Amendments Act, a [...]

Juval Aviv Returns to U.S., Again Predicting Imminent Terrorist Attack

In 2005, self-professed “terrorism expert” Juval Aviv appeared on FOX News to issue a dire prediction based on his ironclad sources. A terrorist attack was:

Imminent and around the corner here in the United States. It could happen as soon as tomorrow, or it could happen in the next few months. Ninety days at the [...]

Another Reason for Civil Liberties Activism: Security Court Rules in Favor of Warrantless Wiretapping

The path taking America back to constitutional governance just got steeper. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review Court, a panel of judges picked for their sympathy toward government prerogative, has unsurprisingly ruled it to be perfectly OK for the United States to search, watch and grab information on people without warrants, despite the mandate of the [...]

McCain Caught in Telecom Corruption Scandal

John McCain just happens to be the senior Republican, and former chair, of the Senate Commerce Committee, which just so happens to have jurisdiction over the FCC, the federal government body that regulates the business of corporations like Verizon and AT&T. So guess which companies just so hustled to provide Cindy McCain with mobile cell phone towers that are supposed to be used to help relief in hurricanes and other disaster situations? [...]

Abuse of Spying Powers Targets Your Sexy Talk

The FISA Amendments Act is being used to keep government records on just what American wives are telling their American husbands about just what sexy things they’re going to do for them when the couples are reunited. [...]

Where are the big nasty terrorists we’ve detained thanks to lost freedoms? And where are the plush rotating armchairs, big screen TVs and full length mirrors?

Where are they? Where are the big, nasty, evildoing terrorists that have been captured thanks to the passage of the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, the Protect America Act and then the FISA Amendments Act? Each of these bills restricting our freedoms was passed with the promise that in exchange for surrendered freedoms, your [...]

Point By Point Rebuttal of New Obama Statement on FISA Amendments Act

A full rebuttal, point by point, of Barack Obama’s latest justification of his support for the FISA Amendments Act. Barack Obama’s statement is completely inadequate, and confirms our worst fears about the FISA Amendments Act. [...]

And Yet I Am Strangely Not Dead

The Protect America Act that suspended our Bill of Rights expired four months ago.

No nuclear detonations in Milwaukee. No anthrax attacks in Portland. No sarin gas deployed by pilotless drones flying above Shea Stadium. No squadrons of flying monkeys headed toward Knockemstiff.

House Democrats Signal Capitulation On Government Spying

Silvestre Reyes has said that he is now willing even to grant retroactive immunity to telecommunications corporations for their illegal spying against their own customersAmerica, do you have no memory? Do you not remember the attempt to establish Total Information Awareness? Can you not recognize its profile now in the Protect America Act and FISA Amendments Act? [...]