Civil Freedoms Under Threat

  • Sssh — Uncle Sam is listening

    Source: UPI.com. Sssh — Uncle Sam is listening by Michael Kirkland.
    The ACLU said the FBI has been balking about releasing surveillance information, despite a suit under the Freedom of Information Act. The ACLU wants the identities of ISPs, phone companies and other telecommunications elements cooperating in the warrantless surveillance program.

     
  • Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire: Why the FBI needs New Leadership

    Source: Truthout. Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire: Why the FBI Needs New Leadership by Shahid Buttar.
    The last ten years have witnessed an assault on the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans, led largely by the FBI. “The FBI’s significant misuse of its authorities under the USA PATRIOT Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the infiltration of mosques, the abuse of the material witness statute, the FBI surveillance of peaceful groups with no evidence of criminal wrongdoing and the mishandling of the FBI watch list have raised significant civil liberties concerns” during Mueller’s tenure.

     
  • Senate panel approves Patriot Act extensions

    Source: Washington Post. Senate panel approves Patriot Act extensions by Jim Abrams. May 21, 2011.
    The legislation would end in December 2013 the investigative tool known as National Security Letters that compel businesses to turn over customer records without a judge’s order.

     
  • Congressional Leadership Seeks Four-Year PATRIOT Act Extension

    Source: Antiwar.com. Congressional Leadership Seeks Four-Year PATRIOT Act Extension. Congressional Leadership Seeks Four-Year PATRIOT Act Extension by Jason Ditz.
    With Deadline Looming, Will Leadership Secure Votes?

     
  • What’s Worse, Illegally Spying on Americans or Talking About It?

    Source: The Atlantic. What’s Worse, Illegally Spying on Americans or Talking About It? by Conor Friedersdorf.
    Obama’s hypocrisy on whistle-blowers. It isn’t everyday that you hear this from a former NSA employee: “I should apologize to the American people. It’s violated everyone’s rights. It can be used to eavesdrop on the whole world.”

     
  • Senate Bill Requires Warrant for E-Mail, Cloud Content

    Source: WIRED. Senate Bill Requires Warrant for E-Mail, Cloud Content by David Kravets.
    Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) proposed sweeping digital privacy protections that would require the government, for the first time, to get a probable-cause warrant to obtain e-mail and other content stored in the cloud.

     
  • FBI: If we told you, you might sue

    Source: Press TV. FBI: If we told you, you might sue by Alexander Abdo.
    The government doesn’t want you to know whether your internet or phone company is cooperating with its dragnet surveillance program because you might get upset and file lawsuits asserting your constitutional rights. Would it be such a bad thing if a court were to consider the constitutionality of the most sweeping surveillance program ever enacted by Congress?

     
  • Domestic Intelligence Surveillance Grew in 2010

    Source: Secrecy News. Domestic Intelligence Surveillance Grew in 2010 by Steven Aftergood.
    By every available measure, the level of domestic intelligence surveillance activity in 2010 increased from the year before, according to a new Justice Department report to Congress on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

     
  • Bills would transfer oversight of terror cases

    Source: USA Today. Bills would transfer oversight of terror cases by Kevin Johnson.
    A bill in the House of Representatives, sponsored by Rep. Bobby Shilling, R-Ill., would require terrorism suspects, including those arrested in the United States, to be placed in military custody unless the Defense secretary rules otherwise.

     
  • Patriot Act Up for Extension: Our Liberties On the Line

    Source: The Moral Liberal. Patriot Act Up for Extension: Our Liberties On the Line by the John Birch Society.
    All of the proposed measures would extend the most objectionable parts of the Patriot Act; the “lone wolf” provision that permits indiscriminate government surveillance of individuals for no reason; the “library records” provision; and the “John Doe roving wiretap” provision that ignores the Fourth Amendment’s guarantee of probable cause and proper court order.