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Gov’t Financial Surveillance Hit All-Time High in 2013, Reports on Links to Terrorism Fade Away

Did you know that an American’s political career was brought to an end thanks to warrantless government surveillance of their financial activity?

It’s true. Remember New York Governor Eliot Spitzer? He was brought down from political office when payments to a prostitute were discovered by government snooping without a warrant or any prior suspicion of [...]

Despite NSA Review Panel Recommendation, Public Advocate Position at FISA Court Goes Nowhere

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is supposed to stop abuses of warrantless surveillance power. But out of the thousands of requests for warrantless surveillance made this decade by the administration of President Barack Obama, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has not rejected a single request. Not one. This isn’t surprising; all of the members of [...]

Amash: USA Freedom Act was Flipped so badly, a Majority of Cosponsors Voted Against It

A funny thing happened to the USA Freedom Act on its way to passage: it was turned inside-out and upside-down.

Just how bad were changes to #USAFREEDOMAct? MAJORITY of 152 cosponsors voted NO. Roll call: http://t.co/2kaG5hrmw1

— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) May 23, 2014

Rep. Justin Amash explains the turnabout in the legislation (HR 3361) [...]

Before you jump on the H.R. 2399 Libert-E Bandwagon, Read the Bill: Reform or Institutionalization?

This morning, the Twitterverse is filled with replicating messages of support for H.R. 2399, the self-titled “Libert-E” bill introduced by Rep. John Conyers and Rep. Justin Amash. Four typical Tweets:

Amash leads challenge to NSA surveillance with LIBERT-E act: http://wtim.es/11KVGSC

Action Alert: Stop NSA Snooping with the LIBERT-E Act http://wp.me/p2fInh-WJ

Thanks @repjohnconyers & @justinamash for [...]

Rep. Ron Barber Plays Arizonans for Suckers with FISA Vote

Arizona congressional candidate Ron Barber on how the personal liberty guaranteed by the Bill of Rights is bigger than just the Second Amendment:

Some politicians just say they support the Second Amendment, but I support all of them. Our constitution lays out our freedoms, and I will fight in Congress to protect those freedoms.

Arizona [...]

Obama Increases Financial Surveillance Without Warrants. Why? To Understand Normal People

They say we all have something to hide, something about us that we’d rather not have aired in public. Remember Eliot Spitzer, Governor of New York? His political career came to an end after the government collected and analyzed Suspicious Activity Reports. Spitzer’s financial transactions brought his extramarital activity to light. Set aside for the [...]

Papiere Bitte! Police State Policy in Arizona Comes Exclusively from Republicans

Over the past few days, I’ve been looking at “Tea Party” organizations across America and finding (link | link | link | link) two components of the movement sitting so oddly side by side. On the one hand, Tea Party leaders cry loudly about their commitment to the Constitution. On the other hand, Tea Party [...]

The Online Movement Against Warrantless Spying, 2008 and Now

In the 6-day period between July 2 and July 7 2008, as the Senate prepared to pass a regime of warrantless surveillance under the auspices of the FISA Amendments Act, ten thousand Americans added their names to a declaration opposing the legislation and calling upon presidential candidate Barack Obama to vote NO.

In the 6 [...]

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 [...]

For Torture and Surveillance Commission via H.R. 104, Target The Congressional Progressive Caucus

H.R. 104, a bill to create an independent investigative commission on U.S. practices of torture and warrantless surveillance, has got some momentum, gaining 14 new cosponsors in recent days. But in order for H.R. 104 to be moved to the floor of the House for consideration, indication of support for it through cosponsorship needs to [...]

Act! Tell Your Member of Congress to Cosponsor H.R. 104, the Bill to Kick-Start a Torture and Surveillance Commission

Since George W. Bush left office, information has emerged to blow the Bush lie that “we do not torture” out of the water, replacing it with the uncomfortable count of hundreds of instances of U.S. torture and the hint that still more instances of torture remain hidden from the public. Torture and conspiracy to commit [...]