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Use of Patriot Act Sneak-And-Peek Powers for Drug War Further Eclipsed Terrorism Uses in 2009

In a statement on January 26 2011, House Judiciary Chair Lamar Smith declared that the extension of Patriot Act surveillance powers is necessary to stop terrorists:

The intelligence and law enforcement communities that are responsible for preventing terrorist attacks need to know that the tools they rely on to keep the American people safe will [...]

Had Enough? Say NO to a System Out of Control with Three Upcoming Protests

Over the next two weeks there will be three days of protest that are notable in a number of ways:

They’re not your mother’s standard rally or march. The old 1960s form of protest is tried and true and bland and overdone and so regularized that it is essentially useless and mostly ignored. These three [...]

Papiere Bitte! Police State Policy in Arizona Comes Exclusively from Republicans

Over the past few days, I’ve been looking at “Tea Party” organizations across America and finding (link | link | link | link) two components of the movement sitting so oddly side by side. On the one hand, Tea Party leaders cry loudly about their commitment to the Constitution. On the other hand, Tea Party [...]

Confidentiality Goes Out the Window With the FISA Amendments Act. What Will You Do Now?

Now that the FISA Amendments Act has been passed by both houses of the Democratic-controlled Congress and signed by President George W. Bush into law, a president’s administration can physically search or electronically spy on anyone, inside or outside the United States, doing anything, for periods of up to 67 days, without a warrant, without [...]

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. [...]

Associated Press Papers Over Huge Spying Abuses

Consider the text of the FISA Amendments Act that the Associated Press article doesn’t actually include. The “emergencies” that the Associated Press refers to are not classic states of emergency. Rather, they are only declarations by the Attorney General of the United States that some unnamed person in some unnamed place might come to some unspecified kind of harm if the spying doesn’t take place. [...]

With 7 Minutes of Dissent Left, Here’s the New Physical Search Law

Only 15 minutes total have been provided for any dissenters against H.R. 6304 in the Congress to identify problems with the bill. Only 7 minutes of those are left for dissent to occur.

With so few minutes left for dissent, here is part of your new law, the part that authorizes physical searches without warrants, [...]