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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 [...]

Military Satellite Spying on the American People Judged OK by… Defense Contractors

If you want to understand how military spy satellites could possibly be deployed to conduct surveillance on the American people, in violation of Posse Comitatus prohibitions of military deployment in the United States, without the judicial warrants guaranteed by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, ask yourself: who made it possible?

The path to military [...]

Senate Quietly and Unanimously Passes Legislation Preventing Changes to FISA Amendments Act or Patriot Act

Last June, the U.S. Senate was poised to pass the FISA Amendments Act (full text here) — a bill that made permanent the warrantless surveillance system enacted by 2007’s Protect America Act, adding on legal immunity for any past spying on Americans without a warrant. In the course of considering the FISA Amendments Act, a [...]

NSA Explains Program to Spy on Americans Without a Warrant (Video)

In the wake of revelations that the National Security Agency under Barack Obama has engaged in widespread surveillance of Americans and their communications right here at home, all without a warrant, an NSA spokesperson has issued a statement overnight in an attempt at explanation:

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Barack Obama Pushes To Track Your Location Without A Warrant

Scientia ist potentia. Knowledge is power. The government is seeking more of both, and the news media aren’t providing you any knowledge of your own with which you can fight back.

If you search for news on Barack Obama and cell phones, you’ll find a number of reports about Barack Obama filling out his NCAA [...]

My Letter to the Editor on Obama Violating Constitutional Rights. Show Me Your Letter.

Early this morning, I asked you to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in protest against Barack Obama’s use of the courts to stop people from bringing evidence that their constitutional rights have been violated. I shouldn’t ask you to do something that I won’t do. So here’s my letter:

Dear [...]

Well, That Certainly is Change… Obama Completes 180 on FISA

No more illegal wiretapping of American citizens, no more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime, no more tracking citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war, no more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient. That is not who we are, and it’s not what [...]

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 [...]