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Transcript: Senator Dick Durbin on Surveillance, Terrorism and the Constitution

On October 1, 2009, Senator Richard Durbin made remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee, remarks that contain an explosive allegation for those who carefully listen (see minute 63 to minute 69 of this video archive). At the beginning of those remarks, Senator Durbin declined to request that his remarks be made part of the official […]

Senate Democrats Join Republicans To Kill Protection From Government Spies

The Durbin amendment to S. 1692 would have required that Section 215 Patriot Act spying only be used to protect against spies working against the American government, terrorism, or as a part of spying against foreign targets that are not related to Americans. Who could object to that? Eight Senate Democrats, that’s who. […]

Jeff Sessions: Libraries Think They've Got "Some Religion Thing" with Privacy for Patrons

“There’s no particular legal justification, none that I know of, that librarians have more protections for holding records in their building than a bank. They got it in their heads, somehow, this is some sort of religion thing with them!”

– Jeff Sessions, October 1, 2009, expressing his frustration with librarians and explaining in the […]

Jeff Sessions: Libraries Think They’ve Got “Some Religion Thing” with Privacy for Patrons

“There’s no particular legal justification, none that I know of, that librarians have more protections for holding records in their building than a bank. They got it in their heads, somehow, this is some sort of religion thing with them!”

– Jeff Sessions, October 1, 2009, expressing his frustration with librarians and explaining in the […]

If You're Upset About Obama Intruding, How About Section 215?

Last week, a number of conservative Americans declared themselves to be highly upset that the President, of all people, would be delivering a speech to America’s schoolchildren, at least in places where schools decided to show the speech. “Orwellian!” “Tyranny!” they cried.

I had problems of my own with some of the plans that were […]

If You’re Upset About Obama Intruding, How About Section 215?

Last week, a number of conservative Americans declared themselves to be highly upset that the President, of all people, would be delivering a speech to America’s schoolchildren, at least in places where schools decided to show the speech. “Orwellian!” “Tyranny!” they cried.

I had problems of my own with some of the plans that were […]

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 […]