Monthly Archives: July 2013

Paul And Christie Spar Over Domestic Spying Scandal

Pretty typical Christie demagoguery, as reported by the Star-Ledger.

Posted in Civil liberties, Surveillance | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hightower Calls For PATRIOT Act Repeal

Jim Hightower has joined the chorus of those calling for the repeal of the PATRIOT Act. Listen here.

Posted in Civil liberties | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Beware The Thief At Your Back Door

From this week’s National Journal cover story on the relationship between NSA and the telecoms: Then, in the late 1990s, a furor erupted over export controls on software encryption. The NSA sought to bar exports of the best encryption technology, … Continue reading

Posted in Civil liberties, Intelligence Community, Surveillance | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NSL’s: The Other PATRIOT Act Authority That’s Been Violated

Although the Section 215 PATRIOT Act and Section 702 FISA Amendment Act authorities are the ones that have received so much coverage in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations, it’s worth remembering that earlier this year a federal judge found … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Further Surveillance Legislation Floor Action Unlikely This Year…Unless…

I know a lot of folks are hopeful that we’re finally getting some traction on rolling back NSA’s dragnet surveillance of Americans. Here’s why I think it’s likely the Amash amendment battle on the House floor this week is the … Continue reading

Posted in Civil liberties | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Amash Amendment, Legislative History And The Surveillance State

In the aftermath of the defeat of the NSA funding restriction amendment to the Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Defense Appropriations bill offered by Rep. Amash, I did a little vote comparing: PATRIOT Act expiring provision reauthorization vote, 2011: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll036.xmlContinue reading

Posted in Civil liberties, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 12 Comments

Defunding Surveillance: Are The Votes There This Week?

Today, the House takes up the FY14 DoD Appropriations bill (HR 2397). A total of 100 amendments were made in order by the Rules Committee, and if you’re interested in ending the Surveillance State the last two will be of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment