General Clapper Changes Story Again, Says He ‘Misunderstood’ Wyden’s Question

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 5:22 am

Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper has changed his story once again on why he gave a false answer in testimony before Congress while under oath. In a friendly interview with The Daily Beast Clapper changed his explanation from his previous statement that what he said was the “least untruthful” answer he could provide [...]

NSA Gave 2-3 ‘Daily Tips’ To The FBI For 3 Years

By: Tuesday January 21, 2014 8:30 am

So about that whole not spying on Americans thing, it seems the NSA has been having quite an exchange with domestic law enforcement. According to recently declassified FISA documents the NSA has been tipping off the FBI at least two to three times per day going back at least to 2006. The legal rationale for [...]

Polygraph Probe Leads To Spying On American Public At Large

By: Thursday November 14, 2013 6:00 am

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. The books were on how to beat a polygraph test and the information [...]

Author Of Patriot Act Says NSA Abused Trust, Must Be Reined In

By: Monday November 4, 2013 6:33 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 [...]

NSA Spying Scandal Causes Uproar In France and Mexico

By: Monday October 21, 2013 10:43 am

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 [...]

Democrats, ACLU Seek Disclosure on Patriot Act Interpretation, Drone Program

By: Friday March 16, 2012 10:15 am

Ron Wyden and Mark Udall have been waging a lonely battle to make public information about the Justice Department’s interpretation of the Patriot Act, which they claim violates civil liberties in as-yet undisclosed ways. They tried to force this into the public sphere on the Senate floor. Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein promised hearings [...]

Charlie Savage Files FOIA Complaint to Compel Release of DoJ Patriot Act Interpretation

By: Wednesday October 12, 2011 12:15 pm

For months now, Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall have spoken out about the Justice Department’s interpretation – wrongful interpretation, in their view – of the Patriot Act, which has led to some unnamed manner of mischief in terms of civil liberties deprivation through mass data collection. Wyden and Udall have implored DoJ to explain [...]

9-11′s Surveillance State Legacy

By: Tuesday August 30, 2011 9:30 am

Amidst the inevitable 9-11 retrospectives, I feel like only the Los Angeles Times is putting the past ten years in the proper perspective. Because the longest-lasting legacy of the 9-11 attacks is clearly the terror industry it spawned. Over the weekend the LAT looked at the hundreds of billions of dollars being spent on absurd [...]

Breakthrough on Patriot Act Will Probably Allow for Quick Passage Before Expiration of Key Provisions

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 6:10 am

It appears that Rand Paul has reached some kind of deal on his insistence to get votes for his amendments to the Patriot Act. There will now be votes on the amendments, with a likely 60-vote threshold. But the expectation is that the amendments will fail, and final passage will be secured Thursday. That will [...]

Rand Paul Facing Torrent of Fearmongering Over Holding Up Patriot Act Passage for One Day

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 1:45 pm

Rand Paul is using the tools at his disposal to keep the debate going on extending three provisions the Patriot Act, by insisting on all post-cloture time and insisting on votes on his amendments. The provisions lapse on Friday, which means that Paul’s gambit could cause them to temporarily expire for new investigations. Check out [...]

Paul, Leahy Team Up on Amendments to Patriot Act Extension

By: Tuesday May 24, 2011 6:50 am

As I noted yesterday, the Senate passed cloture, by a 74-8 margin, on the motion to proceed for a four-year extension of key provisions of the Patriot Act. Final passage is expected Wednesday, so for a seminal civil liberties issue that has been in place nearly ten years, we will see essentially one day of [...]

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