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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 [...]

With 1,001 Days in Office, Barack Obama has Failed to Appoint Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

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 [...]

Faith Based Pagan Cluster at the Occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington DC

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.

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876 Days with no Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. What Gives, Mr. Obama?

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 [...]

Bizarre: Obama Admin sez Hurry with Patriot Act Re-Up, or we won’t be able to use Power we’ve never used

The reasons for quick reauthorization of provisions of the Patriot Act have moved past dubious, through the paper-thin wall between rational and irrational, and straight into the land of the bizarre.

In a letter written yesterday to Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper provided the Obama administration’s justification for [...]

This is what you get for compromise on the Patriot Act, Patrick Leahy

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 [...]

Senate Judiciary Matches White House in Underperformance on Civil Liberties Board

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Is 825 Days With No Civil Liberties Board Change You Believed In?

It has now been 825 days since Barack Obama took ofice as President of the United States of America. President Obama has failed to follow federal law and fill the five empty chairs of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and with this failure entering its third year, it’s not plausible to suggest that [...]

BORDC Asks: Will you call Barack Obama on the Patriot Act today?

The Bill of Rights Defense Committee is asking Americans to call President Barack Obama at

During his campaign, the president repeatedly criticized the PATRIOT Act and promised to implement reforms to protect law-abiding Americans from unchecked surveillance. But now, for the second time since taking office in 2009, Obama has taken the same position [...]

Vigil at White House to Close Guantanamo Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 2011

Today and tomorrow from Noon to 4 pm, Witness Against Torture is holding a vigil outside the White House to call for the closing of Guantanamo and an end to the practice of indefinite detention without criminal charges. If you’re in Washington DC and can make it to these events, please do your part to [...]

Open Letter to Americans Elect: Questions and an Invitation to Dialogue

Having initiated contact with Americans Elect by phone and e-mail multiple times over the past months, and having received no reply, I’ve decided to write a formal letter. The following is a copy of a letter sent by certified mail today to Americans Elect, the 501(c)(4) political corporation with the goal of electing its own [...]