The FISA court is the opposite of transparent. Barack Obama’s excuses for his massive violation of Americans’ constitutional rights are transparently dishonest.
Can you believe it, that the Democratic Party has sunk so low that they’re now clapping loudly for the values of Big Brother and Homeland Security? They’ll approve of anything, it seems, just so long as it’s a Democrat who’s doing it. The stain of authoritarianism is heavy upon both the Democrats and the Republicans, and it is time for politicians and voters of conscience to walk away from both.
Anyone who uses the phrase “only metadata” doesn’t understand just how pervasive electronic metadata has become.
“I don’t see myself as a hero,” says Edward Snowden, the man who leaked the secret of the U.S. military’s massive spying against the American people. I disagree. Snowden was an insider, and he was comfortably rewarded for going with the flow. He had a
Barack Obama must resign, and Congress must repeal the FISA Amendments Act. Then, a special independent commission must be given the power to investigate and reveal the full extent of abusive government search and seizure under the FISA Amendments Act and Patriot Act, under both Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
DNA is not just a brief marker of identity. It is a powerful tool that belongs to the person it has encoded. It is therefore not at all a reasonable thing for the police, or any other government agency, to seize, to hold and to use in perpetuity.
Today, political writers across America are freaking out about the news that the Obama Administration conducted surveillance of Fox news reporter James Rosen, upon suspicion that Rosen was involved in a criminal leak of classified information. Over at Salon, Natasha Lennard breathlessly wrote that, “In
Barack Obama has authorized the seizure of huge numbers of telephone records from journalists reporting on the Obama Administration’s activities.
Evidence has emerged that the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection has expanded its powers of search far beyond the reasonable, specific and concrete work of scrutinizing people crossing the borders of the United States.
President Obama has sent lawyers from the Department of Justice to argue in court that the federal government should have the right to place GPS tracking devices on the cars of as many Americans as it wants, without getting a search warrant.
There are 200 responses to their survey so far, and out of those 200, only 10 law enforcement agencies told the ACLU that they do not track cell phones. What’s more, most of those police departments and county and state law enforcement agencies that do track cell phones report obtaining search warrants to do so only in a minority of cases.