Russ Feingold Was Proved Fucking Right

By: Wednesday June 22, 2011 5:56 am

A number of you have been asking for my intro of Russ Feingold last Thursday. Here it is. Now that I’ve had a chance to see it I realize I had a number of misstatements (and a number of places where I glossed necessary detail–I guess I speak like I blog, for better or worse).

Feingold For Governor: Scott Walker & WI GOP’s War On Good Beer

By: Friday June 17, 2011 5:36 pm

Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Republicans are declaring war on quality craft beer, and that is why I am supporting Russ Feingold in a recall election against Walker, and you should too.

Netroots Nation: Marcy Wheeler Introduces Guest of Honor Russell Feingold

By: Thursday June 16, 2011 5:33 pm

Please join me, Firedoglake, Netroots Nation, and the progressive enterprise as Marcy Wheeler welcomes one of us: Senator Russell Feingold.

The PATRIOT Act Vote: One Quarter of the Way to a Fourth Amendment

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 4:19 pm

The final vote in the Senate opposing yet another sunset of the PATRIOT act was 72-23-5, meaning we’re almost a quarter of the way to regaining some semblance of a Fourth Amendment. Heh. Those voting against the forever PATRIOT? Akaka (D-HI) Baucus (D-MT) Begich (D-AK) Bingaman (D-NM) Brown (D-OH) Cantwell (D-WA) Coons (D-DE) Durbin (D-IL) [...]

Did Thomas Drake Include Privacy Concerns in His Complaints to DOD’s Inspector General?

By: Monday May 23, 2011 5:52 am

I’ve been reviewing the docket on Thomas Drake’s case to see whether it touches on the privacy concerns Drake had about NSA’s post-9/11 activities. It appears it doesn’t, even while there was an ongoing dispute about whether or not Drake will have access to the materials he submitted to the DOD Inspector General in support [...]

Are 95% of People Investigated Under New FBI Guidelines Innocent, but Entered into Database?

By: Saturday March 26, 2011 8:11 pm

The NYT liberated the specific answer to a question that Russ Feingold asked in March 2009, but which DOJ didn’t respond to until November 2010, when Feingold was a lame duck Senator. At issue were new investigative guidelines Attorney General Michael Mukasey issued in late 2008, on his way out the door, which allowed the [...]

In 2004, the White House Considered FISA’s Exclusivity Provision to Be Top Secret

By: Friday March 25, 2011 8:55 pm

As I have noted before, there are a number of paragraphs in the May 6, 2004 Goldsmith memo authorizing warrantless wiretapping that appear to be badly overclassified. Not only were many of the same paragraphs printed, almost verbatim, in unclassified fashion, in the White Paper released in January 2006. But many of those paragraphs contain [...]

Will DOJ Finally Finish Its “Review” of Faulty White Paper on Illegal Wiretapping on Monday?

By: Wednesday March 2, 2011 11:29 am

Steven Aftergood reports that, as of December 10, DOJ was still “reviewing” the flawed January 2006 white paper that the Bush Administration used to retroactively claim the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force also authorized Bush to ignore FISA. In June 2009, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) asked the Obama Administration to rescind certain classified legal [...]

FBI Still Inventing New Ways to Surveil People with No Oversight

By: Saturday February 12, 2011 12:38 pm

Maris Taylor has an important update on the OLC exigent letter opinion. Last year, DOJ’s now-retired Inspector General Glenn Fine released a report revealing how the FBI had used exigent letters to get call data information from telecoms with no oversight. Ryan Singel noted a reference to an OLC opinion that basically melted away the [...]

Rummy’s Dump

By: Tuesday February 8, 2011 9:23 am

Donald Rumsfeld, channeling Julian Assange, has now made the database of documents accompanying his book available. As Spencer notes, making these documents available is largely self-serving; a way for Rummy to point to early moments of reflection that were followed by later moments of rash stupidity or lies. To put it uncharitably: when you’ve got [...]

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