The US government’s obsession with secrecy has once again ensnared innocent Americans. In a probe to discover untrustworthy federal workers the government ended up investigating people who had no connections to the government but had simply purchased books that were deemed suspicious.
|By: DSWright Thursday November 14, 2013 7:20 am|
|By: DSWright Monday November 4, 2013 8:20 am|
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, author of the Patriot Act, has decided to publicly condemn the NSA for abusing trust, even going so far as to call for more oversight. Sensenbrenner authored an op-ed for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel claiming to be in solidarity with Americans who were outraged over the NSA’s domestic spying program. and also claiming he never imagined the NSA would use the Patriot Act to spy on the American people.
|By: DSWright Monday October 21, 2013 2:32 pm|
The NSA spying scandal is causing an uproar in capitals around the world as revelations surface that the US intelligence agency has been spying on citizens of friendly countries in France and Mexico. In France the US ambassador was summoned to explain why French telephone data was recorded by the NSA between December and January of this year. The allegation was published in France’s paper of record Le Monde.
|By: Leah Bolger Saturday October 19, 2013 1:59 pm|
In War Time we are shown how the Cold War years and the development of the Military-Industrial-Complex moved us into a period (which continues today) of grossly disproportionate spending on the military, permanent infringement on civil rights, and so used to war and militarism that we now accept it as the norm. Terrorism is the new communism and must be defended against at all costs. She also discusses other factors that affect the public’s perceptions of wartime and peacetime, such as the roles of government propaganda, the media, citizen sacrifice, proximity of the conflict, and the number of Americans killed.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 5, 2013 9:45 am|
One of the authors of the PATRIOT Act, which granted the Executive Branch of government broad powers to fight alleged terrorists after the September 11th attacks, has filed a brief in support of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that aims to challenge the NSA’s massive collection of Americans’ phone records.
The lawsuit, according to the ACLU, “argues that the dragnet, justified by the PATRIOT Act’s Section 215, violates the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment as well as the First Amendment rights of free speech and association.” It also argues that the “program exceeds the authority that Congress provided through the PATRIOT Act.”
|By: cocktailhag Thursday August 8, 2013 8:00 pm|
In President Obama’s lie-laden softball interview with an increasingly doddering Grandpa once known as Jay Leno, he said one thing that made me laugh out loud, rather than merely shake my fist, slap my forehead, and down ever-larger gulps of alcohol, as I had been doing before and after. In that Harvard-esque, dismissive tone that infuriates me just as much as it does your average tooth-deficient Confederate-American, Mr. Hope and Change had the gall to utter that Russia was relapsing into a “cold war mentality.”
He really said that.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday July 25, 2013 8:00 pm|
As I watched the first tiny peep of congressional rebellion against the odious, authoritarian policies that have swamped America since The Day That Changed Everything narrowly defeated in the House yesterday, I was reminded of the endlessly repeated, tinny refrain of those dark days, “They hate us for our freedom.” According to such preschool logic, the “Patriot Act,” passed nearly unanimously a few weeks later, should have fixed that once and for all.
|By: Phoenix Woman Friday June 14, 2013 8:00 pm|
Time to repeal the “PATRIOT” Act and rein in FISA.
|By: Shahid Buttar Thursday June 6, 2013 4:20 pm|
The (UK) Guardian published a previously secret court order authorizing dragnet surveillance of millions of Americans without any pretense of justification, confirming concerns raised by civil libertarians (including me) for years.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 19, 2013 7:35 am|
On RT America, I discuss the recent court ruling in a lawsuit where an unnamed telecommunications company (believed to be Credo) challenged the gag provisions in FBI national security letters.
A US district court in California found in a decision made public on Friday that Nondisclosure or gag provisions of National Security Letters “significantly infringe upon speech regarding controversial government powers.” The provisions were found to violate the First Amendment and the “separation of powers principles.” The court also determined the provisions were effectively preventing public debate on surveillance.