This month, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued its second semi-annual public report on its investigations of the activities of the United States government and the extent to which those activities violate the constitutional rights of everyday people. A juicy tidbit in that report seems to have escaped notice. Let’s cover it.
It may seem like a long time ago, but it was not so long. Back in 2006, a political corporation called Unity08 started sending out well-funded broadcasts and arranging high-profile media placements through its inside connections. While it claimed that it was standing against the forces of “big money” and demanded that other political parties [...]
In 2009, we learned that of a newly-expanded FBI program in which its agents spy, often secretly, on American people and groups who are suspected of no crime whatsoever. Rather, people are targeted by the FBI for surveillance on the basis of their political opinions, their religion, and/or their race. At the time of this [...]
Eric Lichtblau writes an article in Sunday’s New York Times that is worth reading because it provides detail on secret law and secret courts in America that President Barack Obama would rather you didn’t know. A FISA court of eleven justices, all appointed by the authoritarian Chief Justice John Roberts, have been authorizing massive warrantless [...]
When the Congressional Transparency Caucus was founded on May 10 2011, it published a mission statement that declared the beliefs of the caucus. Some excerpts:
Transparency in government is crucial to our democracy because our government derives its power from the informed consent of the governed. We believe:
1. The American people have the right [...]
Nope, the headline of this article isn’t clear to me either, and that’s the problem.
On Thursday of this week, the Senate quietly rolled back a new law that would have required senior government officials’ financial ties to industry to be posted to the Internet, where anyone could review them. There was no public debate. [...]
To no small degree, the United States of America rose in prominence because of innovation, and to no small degree that innovation has been funded through research funded directly by the federal government and indirectly through its support of higher education. In economist Edwin Mansfield’s classic study of American industrial innovation, for instance, he finds [...]
Here at Irregular Times, we sell sweatshop-free t-shirts to keep the website going, but we want to do more than that. Part of our way of being ethical about the t-shirt sales we make is to make sure they’re made and printed in the USA, where labor standards are higher than in the sweatshop-soaked countries [...]
Back in August 2012, the privatized-presidential-election corporation Americans Elect sent out a Mission Report to its large donors, its board of directors, its staff and its advisors. Americans Elect failed to share that report with its own delegates or the American public. Fortunately, Americans Elect advisor David King agreed to slip me his personal copy, [...]
Three days ago, I made available the first nine pages of the Americans Elect Mission Report. The privatized-presidential-election corporation has not made its Mission Report available to the American public or to its rank-and-file delegates, but thankfully Harvard Professor David King passed along a paper copy of the report to me when asked. Today I’ve [...]