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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 […]

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, […]

Mary Jo Kilroy States Position and Non-Position on FISA Amendments Act

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 […]

John Yoo (And Clinton Too): Constitution, Schmonstitution. We've Got Deference!

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 […]

An Updated Summary of Bills to Reform the FISA Amendments Act

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.

Not […]

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 […]

A Summary of Congressional Legislation to Revise the FISA Amendments Act

Are you looking for a summary and review of legislation before the Congress to revise the FISA Amendments Act, restoring 4th Amendment protections against warrantless search and seizure?

Well, here’s your summary: no such legislation exists.

Not one member of the House, not one member of the Senate has bothered to submit a […]

Obama Gets Woolly on How Government Treats People: Speak From the Bottom Up At the Inauguration

As Barack Obama is set to be inaugurated as the 44th President next week, this is how your government treats people:

1. As a matter of law under the FISA Amendments Act, your government can search your home, office or car, take your belongings and put you under recorded personal or electronic surveillance for periods […]

While Obama talks his talk, ACLU and EFF Walk the Walk for Constitutional Liberty

Barack Obama sure gave a good talk so long as his audience was the kind of primary voter who cared about civil liberty in the United States of America:

You will have elected a president who has taught the Constitution and believes in the Constitution and will obey the Constitution of the United States of […]

1 Page, Bullet Points, Sourced: Provide Your Congressional Candidate with Details Regarding the FISA Amendments Act

Earlier this month, I unsuccessfully attempted to ascertain congressional candidate Mary Jo Kilroy’s position regarding the FISA Amendments Act, the new law permitting unlimited warrantless searches, seizures and surveillance for periods of up to 67 days. Kilroy demurred from providing a specific response, indicating that she wasn’t sufficiently familiar with the details of the FISA […]