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Warrantless Wiretapping

Matt Sledge

Supreme Court Swats Away Warrantless Wiretapping Challenge | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Journalists and human rights advocates worried they are being swept up in an electronic dragnet cannot challenge the U.S. government's sec...

John Brennan And Warrantless Wiretapping

Matt Sledge | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Matt Sledge

It's been all drones and all John Brennan all the time this week: ever since Michael Isikoff dropped his bombshell about an administration white paper...

The Perks of Being an American

Jennifer Hoelzer | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Jennifer Hoelzer

Intelligence officials may very well know what's best for the American people, but government agents -- regardless of whether they work at the CIA or the USDA -- don't have the right to govern without the consent of the governed.

Obama Signs Extension Of Controversial Bush-Era Program

AP | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a five-year extension of the U.S. government's authority to monitor the overseas activi...

Matt Sledge

Senate Renews Warrantless Wiretapping Program | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics

The U.S. Senate renewed the warrantless wiretapping program begun during the George W. Bush administration by a 73 to 23 vote on Friday, sending the F...

Matt Sledge

Senate Votes Down Attempts To Reform Bush-Era Warrantless Wiretapping Program | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics

The Senate rejected three attempts Thursday to add oversight and privacy safeguards to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) amendments tha...

Matt Sledge

FISA Warrantless Wiretapping Bill From Bush Era Poised For Renewal | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

With Senate poised to act as early as Thursday night to renew the foreign surveillance bill that authorized the Bush administration's secret warrantle...

Will Obama's Second Term Finally Fulfill His 2008 Promises? (Part II)

Shahid Buttar | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

The first installment in this series reviewed President Eisenhower's prescient warnings about "the military-industrial complex...endanger[ing] our lib...

Matt Sledge

Senate Judiciary Votes To Require Warrant For Email Snooping | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to force cops to get a warrant to spy on your email. It was a first step toward beating...

Can You Trust the President, Congress or the Courts to Protect Your Privacy Rights?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Do we allow the government liberal powers to control and spy on all electronic communications flowing through the United States? Can we trust the government not to abuse its privileges and respect our privacy rights?

Will Obama's Second Term Finally Fulfill His 2008 Promises? (Part 1)

Shahid Buttar | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Will President Obama's legacy include emerging American authoritarianism, or instead the recovery of constitutional freedoms lost over the past decade?

Candidates Agree: Imperial Presidency Is A-OK

Paul Tullis | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Paul Tullis

How many Obama supporters in 2008 would have believed he'd expand drone strikes and military tribunals for terrorist suspects, or continue warrantless wiretapping? People will use every inch of leeway if the law provides it.

4 Reasons Our Democracy Is Broken

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

With all due warnings about nostalgia about a golden age of American democracy that never existed, here are four especially disturbing and depressing signs that our political institutions are doing a worse and worse job of reflecting meaningful the interests of "We, The People."

Leaks & Winks: America at the Brink

Michael Brenner | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The flare-up over "kill lists," cyber war and the manipulation of information by our leaders has revealed deep seated flaws in our political culture and the mentality of our political class that are toxic to a healthy democracy.

Andrea Stone

Counterterrorism Chief Urges Congress To Renew Surveillance Law | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal government's top official in charge of analyzing intelligence warned Congress Wednesday not to "wait until the last minute" ...

A Brewing Battle Over Warrantless Wiretapping

Jameel Jaffer | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Jameel Jaffer

The courts have a role to play in ensuring that government surveillance complies with the Constitution. We'll find out on Tuesday whether the Obama administration is finally willing to let the courts play that role.

10 Reasons the U.S. Is No Longer the Land of the Free

Jonathan Turley | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Turley

Americans remain confident that any definition of a free nation must include their own -- the land of free. Yet, the laws and practices of the land should shake that confidence.

Ron Paul Is No Friend to Progressives

Bob Cesca | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Ron Paul's progressive supporters might not grasp that Paul's libertarianism, while informing some of his seemingly progressive views on foreign policy and the like, carries with it a significant load of horrendous and unacceptable baggage.

Land of the Free? Citizens to Subjects

Michael Brenner | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

America's reign as the world's bastion of political liberties is over. We no longer conduct ourselves as a people and a polity dedicated to the legally protected rights ensconced in our Constitution.

Who's Got the Helicopters?

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 11.06.2011 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

The Darth Vader of the Bush Administration, Dick Cheney wielded more power -- and was more dismissive of Congressional prerogatives -- than any vice president in American history.

Where Have All the Wiretap Reports Gone?

Susan Landau | Posted 10.26.2011 | Technology
Susan Landau

Providing data in the Wiretap Report is not simply compliance with 40-year-old legislation. That information is what allows us to understand what's true about this highly intrusive and secretive investigative technique and what's not.

"Travelling States of Emergency" Unmasked: Did British Colonial Repression Tactics Inspire the American DHS?

Naomi Wolf | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics
Naomi Wolf

New research suggests that British colonial rule was a laboratory of the very repressive tactics and the same soundbites that we are seeing at home now in the United States. The past is prologue.

Patriotism Then and Now

Jonathan Richards | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


The Surveillance Memos, and a Suggestion for Jack Goldsmith

Jameel Jaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jameel Jaffer

Last week, almost five years after we filed our request under the Freedom of Information Act request, we managed to obtain two Bush administration legal memos about government surveillance.

Obama Is Becoming the Most Anti-Privacy President Ever

Bob Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Jacobson

In an apparent application of PATRIOT Act principles, the FBI is seeking the unimpeded right to request Internet records without public notice of any type, and ironically, without it being required to keep a record of the FBI's request.