“If a petition gathers enough online signatures, it will be reviewed by policy experts and you’ll receive an official response.” – Katelyn Sabochik, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Digital Strategy, September 22 2011
This was (and remains) the promise of “We The People”, the official online petition website of the executive branch […]
On June 22, the petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures, and has continued to gather signatures ever since, reaching 127,000 signatures this morning.
Once a petition surpasses 100,000 signatures, the Obama administration has committed to responding to it. But two weeks later, there’s no response. Keep watching that space, but don’t […]
I’m confused. Republicans keep saying they want to reduce the size of government. Nonetheless, Republican politicians in Congress are protesting about how, because of the “sequester” government budget reductions that they agreed to, the Obama Administration has eliminated the spending devoted to tours of the White House.
So, this week, Republican U.S. Representative Chris Stewart […]
The U.S. Senate has officially confirmed a working quorum of members to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. There is No Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
Both statements are true. On August 3 2012, as the Obama administration notes, the U.S. Senate confirmed “four of the President’s five nominees to the Privacy […]
President Barack Obama took his Oath of Office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” 1,001 days ago. Along with that oath of office came a very real legal responsibility. Under a law passed well before President Obama took office, he is required to appoint five members of a Privacy and […]
I don’t think this is what George W. Bush and Barack Obama meant by “Faith-Based Initiatives,” but it’s there nonetheless in Freedom Plaza.
876 days ago, Barack Obama took office as President of the United States of America. As President, Barack Obama is required under federal law to nominate five members of a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the job of which is to use its subpoena power to review the search and surveillance activities of the […]
On May 4 2011, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy made one final check with President Barack Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder to make sure that S. 193, a bill considered by civil libertarians to be a meager improvement of the Patriot Act with imperfect reforms, was to the Obama administration’s liking.
S. 193 was […]