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Federal Eavesdropping Program to Take Over Arizona Immigration, Nation Relieved

Chris Michael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Chris Michael

WASHINGTON--Arizona's controversial new immigration bill has come under serious fire this past week by requiring state law enforcement officials to st...

Shadow Elite: Warrantless Wiretap Case & Obama: Abuse of Executive Power?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Last week's ruling that the warrantless wiretapping from the post 9-11 era is illegal was not just a stinging rebuke to the Bush administration. It also slammed the current administration.

NYT: Obama Must End Warrantless Wiretapping, Drop 'Ludicrous' National Security Claims

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For more than 20 years, it was settled law, born of bitter experience, that the government may not eavesdrop on people in the United States without a ...

Court Ruling Highlights Need for New State Secrets Law

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that the NSA's warrantless wiretapping of an Islamic charity and its lawyers during the Bush administration had violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Gang of Eight Members Want a Bigger Gang

Michelle Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Richardson

President Obama is threatening to veto a bill that would check the president's authority to single-only inform a small coterie of Congressmen about important intelligence activities.

FBI And Cell Phones: Court To Decide If Feds Needs Warrant For Phone Tracking Records

Newsweek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Justice Department is poised this week to publicly defend a little known law enforcement practice that critics say may be the "sleeper" privacy is...

Junior G-Man James O'Keefe. Is He Stupid? Or Evil? Both!

Kara Vallow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kara Vallow

I'm delighted to see that the feral children of Lee Atwater and Karl Rove are at it again - and that this time their antics may land them in the Feder...

Patriot Act: Congress Shouldn't Rush to Judgment (Again)

Sen. Ron Wyden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Ron Wyden

Striking a balance between protecting Americans' security and protecting American rights and freedoms is not always easy, but members of Congress have an obligation to try -- as well as a new opportunity.

Cheney: A Tortured Soul

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

Mr. Vice-President, you and your President had eight full years to chart a direction for this nation. That direction was soundly rejected by the voters in the most recent national election.

Jeff Muskus

GOP Targets Dodd For Trying To Repeal Immunity For Telecoms In Wiretapping Program | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate GOP fundraising arm is soliciting donations by vowing to defeat Democrats who want to repeal the retroactive immunity granted last year to ...

Obama To Set Higher Bar For Keeping State Secrets | Carrie Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration will announce a new policy Wednesday making it much more difficult for the government to claim that it is protecting state se...

An Example to All the World

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andrew Kimbrell

I entered my cab and began a conversation with my driver, a middle aged man of my vintage who informed me he was of Pakistani descent.

Setting the Record Straight on Warrantless Wiretapping Program

Sen. Dianne Feinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Strong intelligence tools are necessary to keep us secure. But those tools must be transparent to Congress, subject to legal review from the Executive Branch, and fully consistent with the law.

Jason Linkins

Bush Sent Gonzales To The Hospital (And The Rest Of Your Scritti Politti) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Man, you turn Marcy Wheeler loose on an IG report, and her eye just seeks heat. Today, Wheeler's getting praise for catching this detail in the uncla...

Obama's "Drip, Drip, Drip..." Intelligence Problem

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama faces a steady drip, drip, drip of stories leaking and becoming public. Wiretapping stories, torture stories, and secret CIA covert stories were all in the news in the past week alone.

U.S. Begins Search for Something Good to Say About Dick Cheney

John Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Marshall

"It's not easy finding something pleasant to say about this douche bag, I mean, V.P.," said one official, "although if it IS there, we'll find it. That is, if he didn't conceal THAT from Congress, too."

Our Government Opposes Internet Filtering -- Maybe Yes, Maybe No

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

If the government opposes Internet filtering in Iran and opposes it in China, then it would be nice if our legislators and our government opposed it here, too.

A Defense Against Government Secrecy and Overclassification

Baruch Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Baruch Weiss

Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman were indicted under the 1917 Espionage Act, an almost-never used relic of World War I. The government also sought to have the defendants -- US citizens -- tried in secret.

Election Trouble for Jane Harman

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Congresswoman Harman provides a particularly spectacular example of an officeholder who has boosted militarism while helping to undermine civil liberties and human rights.

Jason Linkins

Representative Harman 'Urged' Times To Not Publish Wiretapping Expose | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

the Times says that Rep. Harman made an effort, on the eve of the 2004 election, to keep the paper from publishing their expose.

Sharing Tea Bags with Right Wing Extremists

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Whether intentional or not, the talkers and bloggers who appear to be driving the post-Bush crazy train have opened up the conservative tent to some pretty unsavory and dangerous characters.

Jason Linkins

Scritti Politti: April 3, 2009 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's Friday, and I'm feeling generous and mercurial, so here's a fun and shameless plug! Los Angelenos in the house? This Saturday, enjoy the dynami...

Meet the new Boss. Same as the old Boss?

Mark Jeffrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Jeffrey

We were told the change had come. So we held up the iconic blue-and-red signs that read, "Hope." But nowadays, it's looking more like, "Meet the new Boss. Same as the old Boss."

FISA Court Quietly Moves To Avoid Accusations Of Bias

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

First, the workers encased the room in reinforced concrete. Then came the thick wood-and-metal doors that seal into the walls. Behind those walls they...

Unearthed: The News Without the Chaff

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle

John Conyers subpoenas Karl Rove, Obama blocks some of Bush's last-minute environmental rollbacks, Sarah Palin plans to sue federal government over endangered whales, and more.