The most egregious example of word-twisting and sleazy legal manipulations to morph illegal government spying under the Fourth Amendment into topsy-turvy quasi-legal spying is the use of Executive Order 12333, E.O. 12333, what the spooks call “twelve triple three.” The Order dates from 1981, signed by Ronald Reagan to buff up what his predecessors limited in response to overzealous law enforcement activities. The Gipper would be mighty proud that his perhaps most lasting accomplishment was legalizing surveillance of every American citizen.
|By: Jon Walker Friday March 29, 2013 7:45 am|
As promised during State of the Union, President Obama used an executive order to officially create the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. The commission will be headed by Bob Bauer, who served as a lawyer for the Obama campaign and Ben Ginsburg, who played a similar role for the Mitt Romney campaign.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday February 13, 2013 9:31 am|
President Barack Obama signed a major cybersecurity executive order hours before he delivered his State of the Union address. The order was highlighted in his address as he spoke about the current threat he believes the government faces from cyber-attacks.
|By: Jon Walker Monday January 28, 2013 4:19 pm|
The reason the law ending DADT caused almost no controversy wasn’t because it was the product of slow process of bipartisan legislative concession building. It caused no controversy because the vast majority of Americans saw it as the right thing to do.
|By: DSWright Wednesday January 16, 2013 11:10 am|
At the end of his press conference today on gun control, President Obama signed 23 executive orders and unveiled a $500 million gun violence package.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday July 11, 2012 2:40 pm|
As we watch the spate of wildfires out in Colorado and other states, one of the great injustices surrounding that concerns the firefighters dispatched to these areas to battle the blazes. It turns out that the 15,000-odd seasonal, part-time workers who fight fires as part of the US Forest Service have no opportunity to purchase federal health insurance. President Obama did something; he took executive action to give them the opportunity to buy into the federal program.
|By: Gregg Levine Thursday May 10, 2012 6:00 am|
And now you know. . . the rest of the story.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday May 8, 2012 7:40 am|
LGBT fundraising has replaced Wall Street as a main source of support for the Obama campaign. But the President’s equivocation on ENDA and confusing rhetoric on marriage equality on other gay rights issues has depressed that support. In some cases, it has closed up that well.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday May 4, 2012 11:50 am|
We had hundreds of people calling their representatives yesterday to ask if they would sign the letter to President Obama, telling him to issue an executive order preventing federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
LGBT activists lobbying on the Hill report that the DNC is actively discouraging the letter in order to shield the President from the pressure within his own party.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday May 3, 2012 10:41 am|
The simple truth is that no one should lose their jobs based on their sexual identity or orientation, and the President’s executive order is the fastest and easiest way to prevent this discrimination.