Just days before the Senate will convene to give a final blessing to President Bush's secret, warrantless wiretapping program, a federal court judge ruled that his legal justification for the surveillance has no legal merit. He's the same jud
[In what nation do the politician lie and the tinfoil hat wearers turn out to be truthful? All of them.] No longer even bothering with coherent or rational arguments, supporters of the flawed surveillance bill have now resorted to namecalling.
Liberty Human Rights and their Irish equivalents, the British Irish Rights Watch and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties have actually won a case against the UK Government, regarding domestic and international telephone and other electronic data co
Frustrated Iraqis faced miles-long lines at gas stations on Tuesday — a stark reminder that a country with one of the world's largest oil reserves still has major challenges delivering fuel to its people. [Iraq is not a country it is occupied.]
"Suspicious activity" is broadly defined in TLO training as behavior that could lead to terrorism: taking photos of no apparent aesthetic value, making measurements or notes, espousing extremist beliefs or conversing in code
Two civil liberties groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government yesterday, seeking records related to the government's use of cellphones as tracking devices.
"Hundreds" of FBI agents will be in Denver during the Democratic National Convention, according to James Davis, the FBI special agent in charge of the Denver field division that oversees Colorado and Wyoming. The FBI is "responsible fo
The Pentagon will buy and operate one or two commercial imagery satellites and plans to design and build another with more sophisticated spying capabilities, according to government and private industry officials. The satellites could spy on enemy tr
The infamous "free speech zone," set to make a comeback at Denver's upcoming Democratic National Convention, needs to be within earshot of delegates, a coalition of civil liberties advocates backed by the ACLU said.
I am pleased we were able to delay the vote on FISA until after the July 4th holiday instead of having it jammed through. I hope that over the July 4th Holiday, Senators will take a closer look at the deeply flawed legislation and understand how it t
Retired AT&T engineer Mark Klein has condemned the Senate’s Wednesday cloture vote on the FISA Amendments Act of 2008.
"The precision of these satellites, they can literally capture crystal clear images of your car as you leave the studio this afternoon. And capture them in government computer databases. And it raises all sorts of concerns. To some degree, the a
Mark Klein, the retired AT&T engineer who stepped forward with the technical documents at the heart of the anti-wiretapping case against AT&T, is furious at the Senate's vote that put an end to that lawsuit and 30 others.
"Grave warning on Olbermann's show that telecom amnesty and FISA revisions were hallmarks of Bush Fascism instantaneously transformed into a celebration that Obama, by supporting the same things, was leading a courageous, centrist crusade in
"Obviously, the charges could be challenged in court, but that's out of our hands," said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore. "You have rights, but that doesn't mean you can say something like this."
Hogan found the agents had also inspected the memory card from his camera. "It was fortunate that I didn't use [the laptop] for work, or I would have had to call up all my sources and tell them that the government had just seized their infor
The launch of a new UK Government agency will see 11.3 million people vetted for any criminal past before they are approved to have contact with children aged under 16. . . including their own.
"While this fiasco was initiated by local authorities, remember that §201(3) of the Real ID Act grants a sole individual (the Secretary of DHS) the authority to establish by fiat when and where “official” ID is required in the United States.**QQ
A Bush administration program to expand domestic use of Pentagon spy satellites has aroused new concerns in Congress about possible civil-liberties abuses. On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committe approved an amendment denying
A White House-backed spy bill to protect telecommunication companies from billions of dollars in possible privacy lawsuits passed a Senate test vote on Wednesday and headed toward final congressional approval.
Statement on HR 6304, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments before the US House of Representatives, June 20, 2008
Upon entering the London underground I was hit with a sudden reminder that I was entering back into big brother control central when I encountered rows and rows of advertising boards plastered with the same stark posters reading "I THINK I'M
"...only by reports such as these will we be able to ascertain what’s playing on the screen today at our nation’s security theater. The cost of admission is but your civil liberty and common sense..."
Senator Chris Dodd has taken the floor and begun the wiretap bill filibuster. The video is live-streaming from the Senate floor.
Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold will not filibuster a compromise version of an electronic surveillance program although he thinks it will infringe on U.S. citizens' civil liberties. [So much for a difference. Lip service for suckers.]
The Transportation Security Administration has changed its airport ID requirement. These changes allow the agency to deny the right to fly to individuals who “willfully refuse” to present government-issued identification at an airport security checkp
A woman, whom police stunned in the neck while she was seven-months pregnant, was found Not Guilty by a suburban Dayton jury.
The raid on the property was led by 9th District Police Capt. Dennis Wilson who was quoted as saying, "....We're trying to drum up charges against them, but unfortunately we'll probably have to let them go."
A civil liberties group filed a lawsuit yesterday seeking an injunction against the District of Columbia police department's vehicle checkpoint program, calling the "military-style" initiative unconstitutional and ineffective.
"Never appease political bullies, President Bush admonished at the Israeli Knesset," MSNBC's Keith Olbermann opened. "Oddly, House Democrats chose to ignore him on the subject of dealing with him."