In late June 2013, I shared information with you about Restore the Fourth protests taking place in 34 cities across the United States. These demonstrations react to the news that President Barack Obama has unleashed a vast civilian and military surveillance program, collecting up all phone, e-mail, text message and large-provide internet traffic — including [...]
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 [...]
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?
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 [...]
Good-Hearted n (Homelandian; early 21st century): illegal. see especially Caproni, Valerie.
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 [...]
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, [...]
Search Representative Mary Jo Kilroy’s House website for references to “jobs,” and you’ll find 54 web pages. Search Rep. Kilroy’s House website for references to “FISA,” and you’ll find nothing. When I asked candidate Kilroy last summer for her position on the FISA Amendments Act, she said she had no position.
That’s odd, considering what [...]
Lest you think that the effort to weaken 4th Amendment protections against warrantless search and seizure began with the Protect America Act of 2007 and FISA Amendments Act of 2008, let’s go all the way back to 2001. On September 25, 2001, Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo wrote a memo, a memo released to [...]
At the end of last month, I summarized legislation before the U.S. Congress to revise the FISA Amendments Act by restoring our constitutional protections against warrantless search and seizure by the government. Boy, that was a simple exercise: there simply wasn’t any such legislation before the Congress.
A month later, there still isn’t.