Obama Administration Abuses National Security, Secrecy Powers

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 6:00 pm

Would the US Government executive branch abuse its state secrets privilege, abuse the classification of documents, and use its ability to prevent a foreign national’s entry to the US to bar her access to the court system? Would it spend millions of taxpayer dollars on lawyers improperly?

 

Snowden, Merkel, Obama, and King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

By: Monday January 20, 2014 3:21 pm

President Obama has said that Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is a favorite of his, but again and again, he seems not to understand what King was saying.

Edward Snowden and Angela Merkel are giving him an opportunity to reread it and try once more to get the point.

Lawsuit Challenging Laptop Searches at US Border Is Dismissed by Federal Judge

By: Tuesday December 31, 2013 3:57 pm

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the constitutionality of suspicionless searches and seizures of laptops and other electronics at the United States/Canadian border.

The ACLU claimed, “While traveling home to New York on an Amtrak train in May 2010, Pascal Abidor, an Islamic Studies Ph.D. student, was questioned, handcuffed, taken off the train and kept in a holding cell for several hours before being released without charge. When his laptop was returned 11 days later, there was evidence that many of his personal files, including research, photos, and chats with his girlfriend, had been searched.”

State Department Denied Visa for Doctor to Attend Her Own Trial Challenging ‘No Fly’ List—Twice

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 5:18 pm

A significant challenge to the constitutionality of the Department of Homeland Security’s “No Fly” list has been ongoing in San Francisco, California, in a trial before a district court judge this week.

Department of Homeland Stupidity: Fair Use, Parody and Satire vs the Government

By: Wednesday October 30, 2013 4:48 pm

The Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency are using their muscle and copyright law to threaten a novelty store dealer with a lawsuit if he doesn’t stop selling items satirizing the snoopy bureaucracies.

Government Officials Hoping Terror Threat ‘Diverts Attention’ From NSA Spying Scandal

By: Tuesday August 6, 2013 10:15 am

In a troubling vindication for the cynics, it seems government officials in Washington are celebrating the recent announcement of a terror threat to US interests around the world as a happy distraction from the NSA spying scandal.

Ray Kelly Steps Up Efforts to Defend Stop-and-Frisk

By: Tuesday July 23, 2013 9:05 am

A sure sign New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is gunning for the Department of Homeland Security job is that he is stepping up efforts to publicly defend his more controversial policies, like stop-and-frisk. He has a new Wall Street Journal Op-ed defending the practice and went on Morning Joe to talk about the issue. While on the show Kelly didn’t deny that he was interested in the DHS job.

The Push for Ray Kelly as Head of DHS Heats Up

By: Friday July 19, 2013 9:30 am

In an interview with Univision’s New York affiliate President Obama said he would be like to know if Kelly would be interested in the position because “very well-qualified for the job.”

Why Ray ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Kelly Possibly Being Nominated to DHS Would Be So Dangerous

By: Monday July 15, 2013 10:35 am

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is on the short list to replace Janet Napolitano now that she is resigning as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. His name is being widely discussed and has the support of one of Obama’s closest Senate allies.

An Open Letter to the Secret Service Regarding the Aaron Swartz File

By: Friday June 21, 2013 12:25 pm

I write you to express my dismay in how the Secret Service’s FOIA office has conducted itself in regards to my request for the Secret Service files on Aaron Swartz. A formal request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) conforming with your guidelines was sent by certified mail and received in February 2013. After making repeated phone calls over a space of weeks to the FOIA communications center I was finally given an acknowledgement letter on April 5th, 2013 that the office had formally received the request on March 5th, 2013.

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