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What Should We Call the TSA Warrantless Scan and Patdown Procedure?

Referring to the Transportation Security Agency’s “program of naked body scans and bodily invasive patdowns without a warrant” is a bit cumbersome. There’s got to be a name we can call the TSA airport search escalation that’s catchy, quick and evocative of something nasty. What should it be?

FBI Raids Waken Slumbering Peace Movement to take Indignant Action

It’s just as possible for anti-war activists to commit crimes as anyone else, but FBI searches and seizures of items as odd as a child’s drawing and a Martin Luther King poster from anti-war activists this week in Minnesota and Illinois have undeniably roused a moribund peace movement back into high gear. United for Peace [...]

Nearly 100 Cities: May 1 Protest Against Immigration Police State Spreads in a Wildfire of Outrage

Last week, in case you hadn’t heard, Arizona passed a law subjecting law-abiding U.S. citizens and residents to warrantless search and detention without probable cause.

You read that right. Don’t let someone limit discussion of this new law, SB 1070, to illegal immigration and their illegal illegality, because the truth is that the law does [...]

Irregular Dictionary: Good-Hearted

Good-Hearted n (Homelandian; early 21st century): illegal. see especially Caproni, Valerie.

A Private Alternative To Google

Would you use a more private alternative to Google? [...]

Report: USA Patriot Used to Sniff Out Druggies, Guns and Fraud, Not Terrorism

On October 1, Senator Russell Feingold revealed in a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee that “in fiscal year 2008 only 3 out of the 763 sneak and peek search warrant applications were in terrorism cases. 65 percent were for drug cases.”

Sneak and Peek operations, you may recall, are authorized by the USA Patriot [...]

Richard Durbin Reveals: Library Records of Innocent Americans Taken by the Government Without a Warrant

In a speech given just now in a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, we just heard the following information:

“We now know for a fact that the FBI has issued National Security Letters for the library books of innocent Americans.”

— Senator Richard Durbin, October 8 2009

Senator Durbin is as I write offering [...]

Watch Judiciary Committee Mark Up the Surveillance Bill — And Take Names

The time for the “representative” part of representative democracy is past, at least in this round; either you called your senators, reached the Senate Judiciary Committee, and let others know about what’s going on, or you didn’t.

In one hour, the Judiciary Committee will meet to finish “marking up” (that is, discussing and amending) a [...]

Call Senate Judiciary Committee Direct to Support the JUSTICE Act

Yesterday and this morning I asked you to call members of the Senate Judiciary Committee if you happened to have one of the two Senators for your state serving on the Committee. The cause: to promote consideration and inclusion of the provisions of S. 1686 (the JUSTICE Act). S. 1686 has a number of provisions, [...]

TweetMixx Fixxed

It seems that when people write Tweets about dolphins, they’re writing about the pro football team the Miami dolphins. I was looking for articles about the marine mammals. [...]

On Police Cameras and Satellites Spying On Us

The spy satellite operations of the National Applications Office place each and every one of us in a panopticon, a virtual prison in which we are treated as criminally suspect, and under constant threat of surveillance, though we’ll never really know whether we’re being spied upon at all. Conditions like this are corrosive to a free society, and so, although it’s created with the of excuse of a need for security, the National Application Office’s panopticon nation is itself the source of a systematic American insecurity. [...]