Quid Pro Quo, Richard Clarke?

By: Thursday August 22, 2013 12:40 pm

Shortly before the August recess, Alan Grayson and a bipartisan group of his fellow members of congress organized a hearing at which critics of the NSA’s surveillance practices would finally have their concerns voiced.

After the Restore the Fourth Rallies: What Next?

By: Sunday July 7, 2013 4:00 pm

If nothing else, the nationwide “Restore the Fourth” rallies on July 4 caused a resurgence in interest in the 4th amendment as measured by internet searches for “Fourth Amendment.”` See this graph, which shows that according to Google Trends, in late June interest in the Fourth Amendment had fallen to less than 20% of what it had been when the surveillance issue first broke, but went back up to 80% on July 4.

Of course a more conventional way to measure impact is by media presence.

NSA Reportedly Bugged EU’s DC Office

By: Sunday June 30, 2013 6:30 pm

Ah, Washington, DC. There has not been a dull moment in the fifty years and counting that I’ve lived here. (Don’t get me started on local politics in particular, where you are accused of “playing the race card” if you point out that race exists.) For instance, forty years ago “all the President’s men” bugged the offices of the Democratic Party, and were exposed by Robert Redford Bob Woodward and Dustin Hoffman Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post, acting on a tip from Linda Lovelace Mark Felt of the FBI. The President himself had to resign in the following year.

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