DiFi’s Secret Law

By: Saturday May 28, 2011 8:42 am

Steven Aftergood linked to this colloquy on the PATRIOT Act which reveals a lot about Ron Wyden and Mark Udall’s efforts to force the government to admit how it’s suveilling Americans. The colloquy basically puts not just the agreement, but the circumstances that went into the agreement, into the Congressional record. After some Senatorial blathering [...]

“Robo-signing” the PATRIOT Act

By: Friday May 27, 2011 5:49 am

Chuck Todd tweeted last night: WH announced that POTUS ordered the Patriot Act renewal to be signed by the “autopen”; so, yes, it was robosigned Reason given for robosigning via autopen: Patriot Act expires midnight tonight, so as to not have gap, either robosigned or flown to him Now, Todd was writing in the early [...]

Clapper: We Need to Pass PATRIOT to Make Sure Apple Continues to Track Your Location

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 12:58 pm

I’m very sympathetic to what Glenn and bmaz and Spencer and Julian have to say about the stupid fear-mongering around today’s PATRIOT extension. Julian’s explanation of how the grandfather clause would work is particularly important: . A lapse of these provisions for a few days—or a few weeks—would have no significant effect. First, they’re all [...]

The Un-Patriot Acts of Harry Reid

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 11:06 am

When the government, through its executive and compliant Congress, wants to cut surveillance and privacy corners out of laziness and control greed, and otherwise crush the soul of the Constitution and the 4th Amendment, demagoguery and fake exigencies are the order of the day. And so they are again. Oh, and of course they want to get out of town on their vacation. And that is what has happened today.

Reid and Republicans Tee Up Another PATRIOT Extension

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 3:20 pm

This is the disrespect in which our Congress holds our Constitution: they will continue to chip away at the Fourth Amendment, by passing yet another extension of the PATRIOT Act without addressing the clear abuses identified since the last extension. US Congress leaders have agreed to extend for four years an array of counter-terrorism surveillance [...]

Goodwin Liu To Get Senate Floor Vote On Cloture Thursday

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 11:01 pm

Goodwin Liu will finally get a vote Thursday on cloture for his nomination to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. It will be a tough road, but Liu is worth the fight.

Dems Not Only Call for National ID, but for Anti-Democratic National ID

By: Friday April 30, 2010 12:46 pm

As DDay reported, the Reid-Schumer-Menendez draft on Immigration Reform calls for a national ID card (which they call a “biometric” or “fraud proof” social security card). Perhaps in a move to placate civil libertarians, the draft insists the card will only be used for employment. It will be unlawful for any person, corporation; organization local, [...]

The Chuck and Huck Show

By: Tuesday March 23, 2010 9:06 am

Say, have you noticed how often Chuck Schumer has been nuzzling up to Lindsey “Huckleberry” Graham lately? There’s their plan on immigration reform which, among other things, calls for a national biometric ID card. And there’s a bill to pressure China on currency manipulation. I raise this for two reasons. First, Huck’s efforts to institutionalize [...]

Did Evan Bayh Quit Because Reid Refused to Give Paris Hilton a Tax Break?

By: Tuesday February 16, 2010 10:40 am

In his statement explaining why he was quitting, Evan Bayh named the Harry Reid’s decision not to let MaxTax Baucus and Chuck Grassley hold the jobs bill hostage as one of the reasons he does not like Congress. Just last week, a major piece of legislation to create jobs — the public’s top priority — [...]

Republicans Prepare to Kill Jobs; Democrats Angle for Majority Leader

By: Friday February 5, 2010 8:00 am

Brian Beutler reports that the Republicans are prepping to make sure no additional support for jobs gets passed next week. Senate Democrats want to vote on the first installment of a jobs package as early as Monday, amping up the pressure on Republicans to get aboard. But for the moment, they’re not biting. “We’ll have [...]

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