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HPSCI’s “Statue of Liberty” Play On PATRIOT Act Reauthorization

Did the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) engage in the document-based form of the old football deception play? That’s the allegation coming from Michigan Rep. Justin Amash: Justin Amash, the Michigan Republican whose effort to defund theNSA‘s mass phone-records collection … Continue reading

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“The Transcript Is Classified”

Glenn Greenwald reports today on how Rep.’s Morgan Griffith (R) and Alan Grayson (D) have been shafted by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) regarding their NSA scandal-related inquiries. Here’s the key passage: On June 19, Grayson wrote … Continue reading

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David Bromwich On “Liberty, Security, and Fear”

Yale literature professor David Bromwich has a superb piece on HuffPo today that articulates so well the fraud that is the American Surveillance State: And what of liberty? A view taken by many apologists for massive surveillance holds that liberty is … Continue reading

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ICYMI: Washington Post Puts Whistleblowers In The “Style” Section

Rather bizarre placement for this Emily Wax piece, and some interesting omissions. In the section on Thomas Drake’s case (involving the TRAILBLAZER fiasco at NSA), there’s this gem: The former top spokesman for the Justice Department, Matthew Miller, later said … Continue reading

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Greenwald Repeats Claim NSA Analsyts Can Snoop Without Warrants

From The Hill, regarding Greenwald’s restated assertion that low-level NSA analysts can listen to To the phone calls or read the emails of U.S. Persons without a warrant: “These programs are, are very simple screens, like the ones that supermarket … Continue reading

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Pew Poll Shows Hope For NSA Domestic Spying Opponents

Although the poll shows the public narrowly approving of NSA’s activities, a closer look at the data shows the following: And the historical trend shift is very encouraging: The key to moving public opinion further towards repeal is 1) more … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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