Pointing to the experiences of developing countries and former communist countries where interference with an independent judiciary has allowed dictatorship to flourish, O’Connor said we must be ever-vigilant against those who would strongarm the jud
China's Ministry of Public Security, which oversees the country's police force, plans to issue more than 1.3 billion resident identification cards based on RFID chips that can send and receive data over short distances, and store basic person
In court documents submitted to US District Judge James Ware, federal prosecutors said they need a prompt response because of the compressed schedule of the case. They're asking Ware to set a 21-day deadline that would begin as soon as he makes a
A liberal Democratic senator who is considering a White House bid in 2008 said he is seeking to censure President Bush over his domestic eavesdropping program. The Senate majority leader called it "a crazy political move."
The Justice Department official who oversaw national security matters from 2000 to 2003 e-mailed his former colleagues that the Department's justifications for the program were "weak" and had a "slightly after-the-fact quality
President Bush signed the expanded Patriot Act, hailing it as vital to the war on terrorism, but a key congressional critic said it lacked adequate safeguards for civil liberties. Congress made 14 of the Act's 16 sunset provisions permanent
Civil liberties groups asked federal courts to halt the Bush administration's program of domestic eavesdropping, saying it violated the privacy and free speech rights of US citizens. Republican senators were working to allow eavesdropping without
Drivers talking on mobile phones or failing to wear seatbelts could find themselves tracked down through a widened use of road surveillance cameras. A expansion of surveillance which is transforming Britain into the most watched country in the world.
"The committee, to put it bluntly, is basically under the control of the White House through its chairman," said a visibly frustrated Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV). Republicans rejected that the intelligence panel was retreating from its ove
They were told that the amount [of money] they had sent in was much larger than their normal monthly payment. And if the increase hits a certain percentage higher than that normal payment, Homeland Security has to be notified. And the money doesn
Last month the New York City Board of Health approved a plan to create an electronic database to monitor the blood-sugar levels of diabetics. Under the plan, laboratories will be required to submit abnormal blood-test results to the board.
Congress is headed toward approving a plan that would require employers to check every worker's Social Security number or immigration work permit against a new federal computer database. "We're getting closer and closer to a national ID
WASHINGTON — The renewal of the USA Patriot Act is heading for final passage in the Senate after majority Republicans broke a two-month stalemate over the legislative centerpiece of President Bush's war on terrorism.
Months overdue in a midterm election year, the USA Patriot Act renewal cleared a final hurdle in the Senate on its way to President Bush's desk. Several Democrats voted "no" on the test vote, but said they would vote for the bill on fi
No more difficult task as legislators than balancing the need for security against civil liberties. 5 years after the tragedy of 9/11, and in the midst of a war against terror without any clear endpoint, it is increasingly clear that we are failing i
"The original Patriot Act is a case study in the perils of speed, herd instinct and lack of vigilance when it comes to legislating in times of crisis," Sen. Byrd said. We were "stampeded, and the values of freedom, justice and equality
A controversial counter-terrorism program, which lawmakers halted more than 2 years ago amid outcries from privacy advocates, was stopped in name only and has quietly continued within the intelligence agency now fending off charges that it has violat
This micro chip enters the body and remains there without causing any internal damage. The manufacturer says the process brings little physical pain as the micro chip enters the body of an unsuspecting human, similiar to a mosquito bite lasting just
California is the latest state to pass a resolution against the USA Patriot Act. Last Thursday, the California Senate approved Senate Joint Resolution 10 in a 23-10 vote. The California Assembly already approved of the measure 44-32.
While the government needs a warrant, issued by a judge, to search someone's home computer, it can access a person's webmail account with only a subpoena, issued without judicial review. A cellphone can be used to pinpoint an individual's
It has been over one year since Congress passed the Intelligence Reform Act, the largest restructuring of our national security agencies in half a century. As the law is implemented, we must overcome entrenched bureaucratic trends. Perhaps most entre
The centers are being built for "The Homeland Security Department for an "Unexpected influx of immigrants, to house people in the event of a natural disaster or FOR NEW PROGRAMS THAT REQUIRE ADDITIONAL DETENTION SPACE".
The brushed aluminum box on the brick wall glows purple. You peek in and stare for a second, and the steel doors click open. A soothing female voice says: "Identification is completed." Welcome to Park Avenue Elementary School.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- For years, the U.S. military has explored a new kind of firepower that is instantaneous, precise and virtually inexhaustible: beams of electromagnetic energy. "Directed-energy'' pulses can be throttled up or down
Vietnam-era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg said, “Almost certainly this is preparation for a roundup after the next 9/11 for Mid-Easterners, Muslims and possibly dissenters. They’ve already done this on a smaller scale,..."
At two key moments, White House officials contacted congressional leaders ahead of intelligence committee meetings for a deeper review of the administration's warrantless-surveillance program. In both cases, it was spared the outcome it most fear
Welcome to the other cover-up, ladies and gentlemen. The one where the Republicans who control Congress decide to hide the fact that President Bush illegally spied on Americans. I know, it's hard to keep the Bush-Cheney butt covering straight.
A little-known 15 month old board exists in the White House whose purpose is to ensure that privacy and civil liberties of citizens are protected in the fight against terrorism. Someday, it might actually meet.
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