Apple Shareholders Fight NSA Bulk Surveillance

By: Wednesday November 13, 2013 6:50 pm

A group of concerned shareholders is working with Apple to develop concrete ways to help. Collaborating with Restore the Fourth, we’ve submitted a draft shareholder proposal and have begun engaging with executives there amid a new Apple commitment to transparency.


Rep Mike Thompson: Don’t Record Us, We’ll Record You – Audio

By: Monday August 26, 2013 7:15 pm

Rep Thompson is one of just 10 California Democrats who voted against Amash-Conyers and its requirement for warrants; moreover, he was on the Intelligence Committee that was supposed to be providing NSA oversight these past 6 years – the key “Congressional oversight” that the president boasts about in every speech defending the NSA. California senior Senator Feinstein has been similarly keeping thousands of abuses and breaches secret – or failed to learn about them at all.

Restore the Fourth at “NSA Oversight” Rep Mike Thompson’s office

By: Thursday August 22, 2013 8:20 am

Congressman who provides “oversight” of NSA claims to know nothing, operates entirely in secret

Just getting my bearings after an astonishing meeting at Congressman MIke Thompson’s office in Santa Rosa. Thompson is the only rep here in northern California (aside from obedient party leader Pelosi) who voted against the Amash/Conyers amendment, which says what the Constitution says: that no one should be subjected to surveillance without a proper warrant. I was there with three other Restore the Fourth activists: two locals (Casey Chartier and me) and two who had driven up from San Francisco, Zaki Manian and Gareth Scott. I barely knew them – brilliant collaborators!

Obama on the Verge of Supporting End of 4th Amendment on the Internet

By: Wednesday May 8, 2013 6:40 am

The FBI has long been searching for a way to bypass the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which they have claimed makes their job difficult, increasingly so in the information age. Previously the FBI just broke the law and hoped it would not get caught. Now the agency wants a patina of legality to cover its transgressions against liberty.

Hannity Warns Against Surveillance State He Helped Create

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 10:55 am

Years behind the left and groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Sean Hannity is just now beginning to complain about the the government being too intrusive. Hannity pretended today not to know the government is already collecting our calls and emails, but he was in a snit to hear that Democrats have proposed new telecommunications rules that would require providers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and others to retain text messages for two years in case they are needed by law enforcement.

Jon Tester: Get Out of My Trash

By: Tuesday June 14, 2011 4:48 pm

Jon Tester is, to the best of my knowledge, the first member of Congress to complain about FBI’s new investigative guidelines allowing agents to–among other thing–search potential informants’ trash.

The PATRIOT Act Vote: One Quarter of the Way to a Fourth Amendment

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 6:39 pm

Right now, opposition to PATRIOT excesses is still mostly a Democratic issue (though Rand Paul definitely took the leadership role Russ Feingold would have had in the past). Until more Republicans join Paul, Heller, and Lee in opposing PATRIOT, it’ll remain on the books, particularly so long as we have a Democratic President whom Democratic Senators are happy to have wielding such power.

Obama Embraces Killer Drones with Communications Problems for Domestic Use

By: Thursday June 24, 2010 8:20 am

This bodes ill not just because it probably starts us down a slippery slope that will bring drones patrolling skies near you. But also because the drones aren’t exactly fail safe.

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