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August 2010 was the 7th Hottest August in U.S. History

On Wednesday night, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its National Climate summary of August 2010. Across the 48 continental United States, August 2010 was the 7th hottest August in the 116 consecutive years of U.S. temperature records. Not one of the 48 states that faced colder than normal temperatures in August 2010; [...]

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 [...]

Now That Obama’s Elected, No Daily Kos Concern for Library Privacy

Number of stories and diaries at Daily Kos concerning Section 215 of the Patriot Act, allowing the government to obtain library records without a warrant, before the election of Barack Obama as President: 68

Number of stories and diaries at Daily Kos concerning Section 215 of the Patriot Act after the election of Barack Obama [...]

Now That Obama's Elected, No Daily Kos Concern for Library Privacy

Number of stories and diaries at Daily Kos concerning Section 215 of the Patriot Act, allowing the government to obtain library records without a warrant, before the election of Barack Obama as President: 68

Number of stories and diaries at Daily Kos concerning Section 215 of the Patriot Act after the election of Barack Obama [...]

Attorney General Nominee Indicates Continued Support for Warrantless Searches of Librarians

One aspect of yesterday’s confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder has gone unreported by the news media. In the morning session of hearings, Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona asked Holder whether as Attorney General he would support the reauthorization of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Section 215 is the section of the [...]

Bush Administration Surveillance of Your Bank Records Expands

In March of this year, Adam Davidson of NPR reported on the use of bank surveillance orders to snoop in on the details of your personal financial transactions without so much as the warrant:

Banks monitor even the most mundane transactions…. Banks monitor every transaction. Every one, no matter how small…. “Your transaction is being [...]

FBI Completes Double Axel Flying Leap over Two Amendments in Olympics Civil Liberties Violation Event

Actually, the FBI isn’t competing in the Olympics; I just included that word in the title in the hopes that it would get you to pay attention.

Paying attention now? Good.

In case you didn’t know, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits restrictions on freedom of the press.

And here’s a [...]