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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 [...]

A Map of Patriotism in America After the FISA Amendments Act

This is my map of patriotism in the United States. Some of the 50 states had two Senators who acted in allegiance to their Oaths of Office to “support and defend the Constitution” by voting NO against the FISA Amendments Act, the bill to become law that enables warrantless domestic spying in spite of the [...]

Transcript of Barack Obama Remarks on FISA (H.R. 6304), Freedom and Security, June 25 08

The following is my transcription of remarks made by Barack Obama at a news conference in the late afternoon of Wednesday, June 25, 2008, regarding the content of H.R. 6304, his decision to support that bill (also known as the FISA Amendments Act), and his acknowledged pledge to support the filibuster of such a bill [...]

Obama is Grasping the Ring, and He Won’t Let Go

I urge you to read Barack Obama’s statement explaining why he supports H.R. 6304, a bill that authorizes a presidential administration to engage in electronic surveillance of communications as well as physical search of your property, all without so much as a warrant, outside meaningful judicial review. When I read this portion of Obama’s statement:

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Audio: 6/20 Speech by Barack Obama against H.R. 6304, Bill to Gut Constitution

Click here for an audio recording of the speech given by Barack Obama today, June 20 2008, reacting in opposition to the passage of H.R. 6304, a bill which would nullify the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Because surely he must have given one, because he specifically committed earlier [...]

H.R. 6304: Has Your Member of Congress Even READ This Bill?

Last night, when I called Rep. Deborah Pryce’s office, I couldn’t get through. The Republican Representative for Ohio’s 15th District doesn’t have voice mail to take messages after hours, not at her Washington office and not at her Columbus, Ohio office either. The phone just rang and rang. This morning at 8:30 AM, however, I [...]

Tomorrow, Congress Will Pass a Bill Permitting PHYSICAL SEARCHES without Warrant at its Sole Discretion. Put Down the Chips, Put Down the Remote and Call Your Representative. Now.

This post is also available as a podcast. Listen in if you like.

H.R. 6304 is a bill being pushed so fast that it hasn’t even shown up on Thomas yet for the public to read. Should it pass the House of Representatives tomorrow as scheduled, Americans will be stripped of the legal standing to [...]

If John McCain Doesn’t Know the Constitution By Now, He Will Never Never Never Know It (No He Won’t)

Sing it.

John McCain says he opposes the Supreme Court decision striking down provisions of the Military Commissions Act and restoring habeas corpus rights, even though he hasn’t actually read the decision yet (read it for yourself here). Why? Because, McCain says, “these are unlawful combatants; they’re not American citizens.”

Pay attention: John McCain [...]