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The GOP Has Assaulted Our Constitutional System

Andy Schmookler | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The Republican Party most loudly proclaims its deep allegiance to our founding document. Yet in recent years, the leaders of the GOP have engaged in an assault on our constitutional system in ways unprecedented in American history:

The Still Curious Case of

Cody Lyon | Posted 09.15.2016 | New York
Cody Lyon

In September 2010 and March 2013, Easy Rent Systems Inc. --'s registered name on public record -- applied to the United States Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services for an H-1B non-immigrant working Visa on behalf of Soto Decker.

Jessica Schulberg

Watchdog Finds Huge Failure In Surveillance Oversight Ahead Of Patriot Act Deadline | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a declassified and heavily redacted report on a controversial Patriot Act provision, the Justice Department’s inspector general fou...

Teach Law Outside of Law Schools

Michael Shammas | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

What if I told you that the most pertinent social science subject -- one that affects every single one of us every single day -- is taught to only a select few? That would be absurd, right? Well, unfortunately this is no fiction. It is the state of legal knowledge in America, and it is profoundly troubling.

Obama's NSA Speech: Pretty Words, No Real Change

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The details of Obama's most recent speech about "changes" to the NSA's surveillance practices reveal that sadly little of substance will change.

President's Proposal For FISA Public Advocate Legislation a Ticket to Nowhere

Merton Bernstein | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Merton Bernstein

President Obama's proposal that Congress authorize "outside government" public advocates is doubly useless: (1) Congress legislates almost nothing; and (2) such advocates would be too slow and limited to provide balance between intelligence needs and constitutional protections. The FISA Court can provide the rules.

Matt Sledge

Surveillance Judge Complains NSA Reforms Will Increase Courts' Workload | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

A federal judge who once sat on the nation's secret surveillance court took the rare step of inserting himself into the debate over the National Secur...

NSA Phone Metadata Collection Reauthorized

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Friday reauthorized the National Security Agency's phone surveillance program, the Director of National Int...

Christina Wilkie

Sen. Mark Udall: 'Status Quo' Argument For NSA Spying 'Fell Apart This Week' | Christina Wilkie | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Colorado Sen. Mark Udall (D) said on Sunday that any arguments against reform of the National Security Agency's surveillance programs cr...

Relax. DOJ Lawyer Says NSA Data Sweeps Are Just Like Stop-And-Frisk

Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

A top Justice Department lawyer said on Tuesday that the "relatively low" standard the NSA uses to decide whether it can search its massive phone reco...

Matt Sledge

Obama Criticized For Secret Spying And Drone Laws | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A coalition of human rights and journalism groups sent a letter on Tuesday to President Barack Obama asking him to curb his administration...

Secret Surveillance Court Approves 75 Percent Of Government Warrants As-Is

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

The secret surveillance court that's been stung by accusations of serving as a government "rubber stamp" in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations r...

We Don't Need More 'Spin' About NSA's Unconstitutional Domestic Snooping, We Need It Stopped

Ivan Eland | Posted 12.14.2013 | World
Ivan Eland

Foreign and national security policy should be protecting the republic and its institutions, not undermining them or taking priority over them. Unfortunately, as in Roman times, the republic is being undermined by a global empire.

Matt Sledge

Shutdown Halts NSA Transparency Fight | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics

Efforts to force the National Security Agency to become more transparent have become the latest victim of the government shutdown, with the tech compa...

Matt Sledge

Surveillance Court Asked To Open Up | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

A civil liberties group is asking the secretive court that oversees the National Security Agency's surveillance programs to open up its deliberations ...

No Privacy in Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Gigantic as the NSA's intrusions on privacy might be, they are only part of an uncomfortably large story in which many U.S. agencies and outfits feel free to take possession of our lives in ever more technologically advanced and intrusive ways.

The False Choice Between Security and Liberty

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The road forward does not have to be one of either liberty or security. We can take steps to make our national security programs more transparent, accountable, and ultimately more effective.

One-Sided FISA Court Procedure Widely Distrusted As Unfair and Unreliable

Merton Bernstein | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Merton Bernstein

President Obama gets the message: When the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court considers any issue presented for decision, including procedural rule, it hears only one side -- the government's. That strikes many as unfair.

Let Non-Secret Courts Decide if NSA Surveillance Is Constitutional

Katherine Hawkins | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Katherine Hawkins

Courts have dismissed most cases because of a catch 22: in order to sue, plaintiffs must prove that they were affected by NSA surveillance -- but the proof is classified.

What the President Said -- and Didn't Say -- About Surveillance

Susan Landau | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics
Susan Landau

The fact is that democracy cannot survive when the government conducts surveillance through secret interpretations of laws adjudicated by a secret court issuing secret decisions. The president began a process for transparency; now it is time for Congress to further that process.

Obama's Second Term Feels Like Bush's Fourth

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Obama's slogans -- "change we can believe in" and so on -- sound like empty promises. His lofty rhetoric and certainly his Nobel Peace Prize are insults to educated people everywhere.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Obama Backs Reforms To FISA Court, NSA Programs | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama announced new measures Friday to increase transparency and reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ami...

Friday Talking Points -- Congress Slinks Out Of Town

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It was a busy week in Washington, since all the congresscritters were eager to get out of town for their not-so-well-earned five weeks of vacation. It'll take awhile for the dust to settle, so let's take a look at some of what's been happening while it does.

Ryan J. Reilly

Gov't Unveils Secret Order On NSA Data Collection | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Government agents may only access a National Security Agency database of all domestic phone calls in the United States when an executive...

Can a Balance Between Privacy and Security Ever Be Struck?

Monte Frenkel | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Monte Frenkel

It is tempting to think that advancing technology has launched us into a brave new world of surveillance in which history can provide no guidance. But that is rarely the case, and it is not so here.