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H.R. 5949 and S. 3276 — Legislation Reauthorizing Massive Surveillance — is Being IGNORED. WAKE UP.

In 2008, when the FISA Amendments Act was being considered by the Congress as an effort to legalize…

— physical searches of Americans’ homes — physical searches of Americans’ cars — physical searches of Americans’ offices — surveillance of Americans’ phone calls — surveillance of Americans’ e-mails — surveillance of Americans’ internet use — tracking […]

Feds Tracking Everyone On Increasing Number Of Roads

According to the ACLU, it isn’t just one road, in one state, that’s under the federal government’s watch. Automatic license plate scanners are being installed along roads all across the country. […]

Worse than Bush: Obama Agents Go Through Your Trash Without a Warrant

A nod of the nose to Tom and a serious tip of the pen to Charlie Savage of the New York Times for reporting that FBI agents are about to be unleashed to search through the trash and other belongings of people with no suspicion (much less probable cause to believe) that they have done […]

EcoFreek Offers Consolidated Free Stuff

Got hard times? Maybe you can’t shop at the high end stores that offer eco fair trade local products, but you might not have to go to a big box discount store either.

Try EcoFreek. It’s a metasearch engine with a particular specialty: Helping people look at multiple sources for things that are available […]

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 […]