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Government Transparency on Warrantless Wiretapping, Obama Style

Take a tally! Look at what I promised during the campaign. There’s not a single thing that I’ve said that I would do that I have not either done or tried to do. And if I haven’t gotten it done yet, I’m still trying to do it.

— President Barack Obama, December 7 2010

As [...]

Yes, Virginia, Barack Obama’s Warrantless Wiretapping is a Broken Promise

Sometimes Democrats get upset with liberals who criticize Barack Obama’s warrantless wiretapping programs. As president, Obama has maintained George W. Bush’s regime of warrantless wiretapping against people neither accused nor suspected of crime. More than that, President Obama is currently striving to expand the warrantless surveillance regime with new powers to study even our web [...]

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 [...]

Rep. Carson Joins Call for Congressional Torture and Wiretap Inquiry

This week, Rep. André Carson of Indiana added his name to the growing list of members of the House of Representatives who formally support H.R. 104, John Conyers’ bill to establish an independent investigative commission, complete with subpoena power, to look into the torture, extraordinary rendition and surveillance without warrants that took place during the [...]

Drip, Drip. Two More Support Commission on Torture & Wiretaps

Representatives Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and Jim McDermott of Washington have added their support for H.R. 104, a bill to establish a National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties. The commission would have the power to compel testimony through subpoena at its hearings, and would be tasked with generating a public report of [...]

Drip, Drip. Two More Support Commission on Torture & Wiretaps

Representatives Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and Jim McDermott of Washington have added their support for H.R. 104, a bill to establish a National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties. The commission would have the power to compel testimony through subpoena at its hearings, and would be tasked with generating a public report of [...]

Feingold Fails “Few Weeks” FISA Followup. Fight Fizzles.

Number of weeks since Senator Russell Feingold told activist Ben Masel that he’d give President Obama “a few weeks” to roll out a proposal to reform warrantless wiretapping under FISA, then introduce his own FISA reform bill: Eight

Number of Obama administration proposals to reform FISA rolled out since then: Zero

Number of bills introduced [...]

Feingold Fails "Few Weeks" FISA Followup. Fight Fizzles.

Number of weeks since Senator Russell Feingold told activist Ben Masel that he’d give President Obama “a few weeks” to roll out a proposal to reform warrantless wiretapping under FISA, then introduce his own FISA reform bill: Eight

Number of Obama administration proposals to reform FISA rolled out since then: Zero

Number of bills introduced [...]

John Yoo (And Clinton Too): Constitution, Schmonstitution. We've Got Deference!

Lest you think that the effort to weaken 4th Amendment protections against warrantless search and seizure began with the Protect America Act of 2007 and FISA Amendments Act of 2008, let’s go all the way back to 2001. On September 25, 2001, Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo wrote a memo, a memo released to [...]

FISA: Hillary Clinton got it Right, Barack Obama got it Wrong (Text of Clinton Statement of July 9, 2008)

In the preliminaries to the passage of the FISA Amendments Act (H.R. 6304), Barack Obama made better promises than Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama made better-sounding commitments to the Constitution of the United States and to the rule of law.

In the actual vote on the passage of the FISA Amendments Act, Hillary Clinton got it [...]

Obama Supporter’s Questions on FISA Go Unanswered

Yesterday, Barack Obama made a statement regarding his support for H.R. 6304, along with a complete lack of an answer regarding the sections of the bill that permit surveillance of Americans for 67 days without any oversight or regulation, much less a warrant. The campaign promised to make policy advisors Danielle Gray, Denis McDonough and [...]