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Warrantless Wiretapping

Fighting the Unconstitutional Spying Law

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

The FISA bill goes further to extend the power of the executive to collect our communications than the president's original secret spying program. The Fourth Amendment was essentially eviscerated.

A Talk with Gail Collins on Obama

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

I am excited about Obama's project of building a new coalition based on finding rational common ground on controversial issues. The question is this: common ground with who?

FISA: Got Questions, Will (Help) Pay For Answers

Charlie Reina | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charlie Reina

We need to know why the president was so hot to do the tele-spying the way they did. Why go outside FISA? Why circumvent a law that already allowed them to tap all they wanted, effectively without restraint?

A Loss of Freedom

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

After years of outrage and empty promises to rein in the president's warrantless wiretapping program, the House of Representatives recently passed an ...

Hillary's Statement on FISA

Peter Daou | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Daou

Hillary Clinton: "Any surveillance program must contain safeguards to protect the rights of Americans against abuse -- I could not vote for the legislation in its current form."

Uprising In Florida: Meet Doug Tudor

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

Doug Tutor, 20 year naval veteran, is challenging the wingnut Adam Putnam in Florida. The cowardly Democratic Establishment, which prefers Republican-lite candidates, is trying to ignore his grassroots race.

Are Progressives Making Too Big A Deal Out Of FISA?

Matthew Yglesias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Scott wonders if people are making too big a deal out of FISA: While I understand there are dozens of real policy difference to disagree with Pre...

Update: Sending Your Obama Money to Feingold

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

My interest is not to derail Obama's campaign from within, but to keep a place at the table for his activist base.

Coaching Up Obama Da Bears' Way

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Brodsky

By backing off and sitting back, Obama has given the press a ready-made story line the Republicans are all to eager to exploit.

A Powerful, Easy Way to Tell Obama to Get FISA Right

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

Imagine how inspired you would have been if, instead of turning and running, Obama interrupted his campaign schedule to lead the filibuster against the FISA legislation.

Obama, FISA and the Netroots

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

It is one thing for a presumptive nominee to adjust policy positions to reach out to constituencies he wants to bring in to his coalition. Warrantless wiretapping has no constituency.

My Position On FISA

Barack Obama | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barack Obama

Some of you may decide that my FISA position is a deal breaker. That's ok. But I think it is worth pointing out that our agreement on the vast majority of issues that matter outweighs the differences we may have.

Why We Don't Mind Uncle Sam Tapping Our Phones

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joel Schwartzberg

I guess it makes more sense to celebrate our freedom from government tyranny and interference before we give them the okay to monitor our private conversations. No one wants to be a party pooper.

Obama and Telecom Immunity: The Importance of Pushing

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

Obama's recent statement on the new surveillance bill serves as a reminder that he is a politician. Not in either a negative or positive sense. It's just a plain fact.

I'll Trade You the 2nd Amendment for the 4th

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

If the Bush administration releases the fourth amendment that it is currently holding hostage, I'm happy to consider the Supreme Court decision on the second amendment final and decisive.

Dems Who Flipped On Telecom Immunity Got More Telecom Cash

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Democrats who flipped their votes to support retroactive immunity for telecom companies in last week's FISA bill took thousands of dollars more ...

Feingold Makes Case Against Telecom Immunity

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) blasted the surveillance compromise bill on the Senate floor today: This legislation has been billed as a compromise betwe...

Dodd And Feingold Will Filibuster Telecom Immunity

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) released the following statement today in response to the announcement that the Senate this week w...

Obama Backs Bill Giving Immunity To Telecoms

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Barack Obama's campaign released a statement Friday afternoon saying that while Obama opposes amnesty for telecom firms that spied on Americans, ...

Are the Democrats Worse Than the Republicans?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

President Bush is the most unpopular president of all time -- literally. But if you keep losing to the worst, what does that make you?

Bush Gives Dems STDs

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Nancy Pelosi, Stenny Hoyer and the blue dogs they lie down with have been rewarded with the same herpetic embrace that is turning John McCain into a Republican cootie incubator.

Jason Linkins

McCain Flip-Flops Again, Now Supports Bush-Style Warrantless Wiretapping | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Back in December 2007, before the primary season began, when it didn't yet look as if he was going to be the Republican nominee, John McCain believed ...

2001 DOJ Memo Justified Warrantless Surveillance

AP | PAMELA HESS and LARA JAKES JORDAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — For at least 16 months after the Sept. 11 terror attacks in 2001, the Bush administration believed that the Constitution's protecti...

GOP To Telecoms: Give Us Cash For Advocating Wiretaps

Roll Call/WaPo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Roll Call reports: With the House Democrats' refusal to grant retroactive immunity to phone companies -- stalling the rewrite of the warrantless wire...

Jason Linkins

Alarmist Lede Drives Times Wiretap Story | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The New York Time's Eric Lichtblau is all a flutter today because, as his headline reads, "In Wiretap's Stead, Uncertainty." Harrowing, terrifying, "...