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Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Introduces Website and First Report

Empowered to subpoena testimony and documents from the U.S. Government, evaluate the constitutionality of “War on Terror” programs, and report its findings to Congress and the public, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) was supposed to have begun its activities in 2008. But President Barack Obama refused to nominate any members of the [...]

80 Days Before First Candidate Ballot, Americans Elect has no Mechanism to Draft Actual Candidates

80 days from now, on April 17 2012, Americans Elect is scheduled to hold its first online-only vote for its delegates to choose between drafted presidential candidates.

The official Americans Elect rules mandate that efforts to draft candidates must build support through the Americans Elect website. Originally to have debuted on November 6 2011, [...]

Finally, the White House Features Comment on Pepper Spray attacks against Protesters

Today, the White House has broken its silence regarding pepper spray attacks against peaceful protesters — but it isn’t what you might think. No, your President Barack Obama still has not uttered a word in response to the widespread and unprovoked use of pepperspray as an instrument of pain and torment to force Americans to [...]

What Changes Does Skreened Have Up Its Sleeve for March?

Skreened, the only print-on-demand service in the known universe to sell shirts exclusively made in certifiably sweatshop-free conditions, has changes afoot. On March 1, the design and print shop is set to unveil a new website, the result of what the staff cryptically teases is a “makeover.”

What will we see? I don’t have a [...]

Anarchists for Accountability in Contracting

To follow up on Truman’s sad observation that Hawai’i for Democracy has been converted into a credit card advertisement, allow me to note a more quick and abrupt transformation. Comeout2009.org, the website that three short weeks ago was calling for an anarchist protest of the inauguration of Barack Obama with language like this:

Bankers and [...]

Religious Satire Website Crawling Up Christian Index

Upset at the number of secular stories that end up on the consensus news site Digg.com, some Christians have set up a similar news ranking website called DiggChrist. The irreverent satire website Paliban Daily has submitted its articles to DiggChrist… which currently ranks 7 of them in its top 10.

Is this a hilarious trend [...]

Secondary Activism: Vote Surveillance Reform Up on Change.org

Jon Pincus of Get FISA Right points me to a competition of ideas at Change.org. People are invited to submit their ideas for presidential priorities in the new administration, and/or to vote up or down the ideas others have submitted:

Submit your ideas for how to change America, discuss with others, and vote for your [...]