May 22, 2009

Preventive Detention

What Hilzoy says.The power to detain people without filing criminal charges against them is a dictatorial power. It is inherently arbitrary. What is it that they are supposed to have done? If it is not a crime, why on earth...
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April 27, 2009

Federalist and DOMA: A Reminder That Gays Who Are Married Still Are Still Denied Benefits of Marriage

Steve Chapman reminds us that many of the legal benefits of marriage are denied to gay couples married in Iowa, Vermont or any other state that legalizes gay marriage. Oh, Iowa can provide recognition to gay marriages under all its...
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March 17, 2009

Sunshine Week

Feel like searching some FOIAed documents?...
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September 06, 2008

A valid question

Who are these people? In light of the incident in Quebec in which police agents were caught by actual peaceful protestors trying to incite crowd violence, some people are curious. The question is asked: I cannot help but remember some...
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September 02, 2008

Bloodying the nose of democracy: Link Dump on the RNC Protests

There are several stories within the general view of the ineptitude of the coordinated "security" forces outside the RNC. One is about the harassment and abuse of the press. Another the apparent inability of the authorities to discern the difference...
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September 01, 2008

These People Need To Be Fired Immediately

And their bosses need to be fired, and their budgets cut, and the culture that leads to this kind of vicious and unprovoked attack on a young woman needs to be rooted out. Outrageous. What cowards, craven, impotent thugs hiding...
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August 31, 2008

Welcome to the USSR China Minnesota

Harassment of people who might have been potential protesters at the RNC. In these preemptive police/fed sweeps, also detained were journalists covering the events and lawyers who were there to provide counsel....
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August 30, 2008

Asking for their warrant will get you arrested

Cheeky of people, thinking they have rights....
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June 12, 2008

Words Fail Me (Part 2,304,201): Supreme Court Rulings Edition

From the NYT story on the Supreme Court rulings that struck down most of the Bush Administration's attempts to keep Al Qaeda out of our courts, comes this wonderful quote by our fearless Chief Justice of the Supreme Court: And...
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May 02, 2008

Entire Oklahoma Legislature to go to prison

Well, at least according to the Oklahoma Statutes on forcible sodomy, and forcible sodomy being what they have legislated. And given that they have just proposed to "[force] another person to engage in the detestable and abominable crime against nature"...
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February 08, 2008


In a little-reported story yesterday, the Attorney General of the United States argued that if the Justice Department declares something to be legal, it cannot (later) be investigated to see if it is (in fact) legal or not: Testifying before...
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January 18, 2008

John Yoo's Contempt for the Law and the Country's Judges

Just when I think he can't say something that would surprise me ... But Padilla and his Yale Law School attorneys think that these decisions are better second-guessed by plaintiffs' lawyers and judges rather than our elected leaders. They challenged...
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Reassigned to Guam

That's one way to cover-up misdeeds and excesses associated with the Vice President. The agent who made the arrest, Virgil D. Reichle Jr., said in a deposition that he was left hanging with an untenable arrest because two agents assigned...
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January 03, 2008

And here I thought fingerprints on a national ID card was bad

But it turns out, the country that made me carry that thing around only scores as systemic failure to uphold safeguards, not "endemic surveillance society" like the US....
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August 14, 2007

"The rules implement a little-noticed provision in last year's reauthorization of the Patriot Act..."

Well, isn't that special: The Justice Department is putting the final touches on regulations that could give Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales important new sway over death penalty cases in California and other states, including the power to shorten the...
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August 07, 2007

A Good Question

Re: FISA etc, Atrios wants someone who can to ask: Have the phone and email conversations of any American journalists, US federal officeholders, or federal campaign workers ever been intercepted without a warrant?...
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July 27, 2007

Why Are We Doing This?

In today's New York Times: WASHINGTON, July 26 - Three years after President Bush urged global rules to stop additional nations from making nuclear fuel, the White House will announce on Friday that it is carving out an exception for...
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July 13, 2007

Anti-Hindu Hecklers and Justice Scalia

Michael Dorf argues that those who disrupted a Hindu's attempt to offer the daily prayer in the Senate likely have more than one Supreme Court justice on their side: So fear not, you monotheists who worry that Hinduism may become...
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July 10, 2007

George W. Bush - Worse Than Pirates

As they say, it's funny because it's true....
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July 03, 2007

Just Sayin': Britain's Terror Bombings

Has anyone noticed that Britain's response to the round/wave of bombings is to use the law, arrest people according to the law (technically, they can "hold" them for 28 days before arresting them or letting them go, but the law...
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June 15, 2007

Just trust us, come on, we know what we're doing...

...or maybe not: An internal FBI audit has found that the bureau potentially violated the law or agency rules more than 1,000 times while collecting data about domestic phone calls, e-mails and financial transactions in recent years, far more than...
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April 17, 2007

Charlie Savage's Pulitzer

I think Charlie Savage's work on the use (and abuse) of presidential signing statements was a most worthy choice. I might assign one or more of his pieces (in addition to other work on the topic by Charles Tiefer and...
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April 08, 2007

Uh-oh... poli sci profs on the terror watch list!

And he's a retired Marine too: "On 1 March 07, I was scheduled to fly on American Airlines to Newark, NJ, to attend an academic conference at Princeton University, designed to focus on my latest scholarly book, Constitutional Democracy, published...
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April 04, 2007

Sometimes when you are paranoid...

...they really are out to get you (emphasis mine): A secret FBI intelligence unit helped detain a group of war protesters in a downtown Washington parking garage in April 2002 and interrogated some of them on videotape about their political...
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March 22, 2007

Just quote the President, why dontcha?

Somehow skimming over the disregard for the constitution, the false promises to actually produce subpoenas, and the lickspittle phone companies' rush to comply, my tired eyes hit and fixated upon the language used by AT&T t o defend their behavior....
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February 08, 2007

Does Homeland Security Enforce Quotas?

A report of air marshalls bring required to submit a quota of suspects whether they suspect them or not: The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they're required to submit at least one report a month....
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January 17, 2007

Now, was that so hard?

Spying goes under FISA: The Justice Department announced today that the National Security Agency's controversial warrantless surveillance program has been placed under the authority of a secret surveillance court, marking an abrupt change in approach by the Bush administration after...
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January 16, 2007

Go read TPMmuckraker on the Firing of Prosecutors

Armand mentioned the Lam case a couple of days ago, but I just saw via Balloon Juice that the number is possibly up to seven fired prosecutors. As Tim F. says, TPM is doing the work: Okay, so we already...
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January 04, 2007

How The Grinch Stole (more) Civil Liberties

Found via Atrios, this from the NYDN: President Bush has quietly claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans' mail without a judge's warrant, the Daily News has learned. The President asserted his new authority when he signed a postal reform...
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December 17, 2006

A Big Broom, Sunshine, and Chlorox

Those are what we need to take to the Department of Homeland Security. Is it really possible that a bureaucracy this young can already stink this much? the Department of Homeland Security, which has opted to bar access to detainees...
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December 16, 2006

Where are they?

Right now, where are the legal immigrants that were rounded up in Homeland Security operations this week? Where are they? What's next? Maybe we should start a letter writing campaign, since trying to engage habeus corpus isn't necessarily going to...
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November 18, 2006

Our Attorney General: Criticism=Threat to Security

He was speaking at the Air Force Academy about the August ruling against domestic spying: Gonzales, in remarks prepared for delivery at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said that some see the program as on the...
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November 16, 2006

Police State: UCLA

Just yesterday there was a news story about how a camera phone recording of abuse inside Malaysian jails sparked an outcry. Today it's abuse inside the UCLA library. The Crooks and Liars video is shocking. The campus police repeatedly shocked...
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October 29, 2006

Ah, The Internet as an Archive.

Just for amusement value, play this in the background while you are surfing the web (yes, it's a video; no, that's not important - the audio track is the important part). Remember, this was 1986. While this is "Crossfire" (CNN's...
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October 20, 2006

As if you had any doubt that the Bush administration hates the Constitution

The attack on Habeus Corpus begins: Moving quickly to implement the bill signed by President Bush this week that authorizes military trials of enemy combatants, the administration has formally notified the U.S. District Court here that it no longer has...
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October 18, 2006

More stuff not to forget

Sigh: FBI Director Robert Mueller on Tuesday called on Internet service providers to record their customers' online activities, a move that anticipates a fierce debate over privacy and law enforcement in Washington next year. "Terrorists coordinate their plans cloaked in...
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September 29, 2006

The Senate Dems Who Voted for the Detainee Bill

In case you wanted to keep track of who voted how.Every Republican voted for this monstrosity, except for Chafee (Olympia Snowe - the gutless wonder from Maine - didn't vote). All but twelve Democrats voted against it. So who are...
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September 28, 2006


And so, it becomes official: The United States Senate voted the "compromise" detainee bill out this evening. The House of Representatives voted it out previously. It will become law within a matter of days. The bill establishes a legal foundation...
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The "Moderate" Senators from Maine?

Can we please stop calling them that now? Pro-choice doesn't equal "moderate", and except for that issue, how reliably moderate are they? Today Specter and Leahy proposed an amendment to strip the Detainee bill of its provisions that strip away...
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Lefties worse than McVeigh?

No? So then why is the left fringe, but not right, mentioned specifically in the NIE? The recently declassified NIE report on terrorism contains an interesting paragraph:"Anti-U.S. and anti-globalization sentiment is on the rise and fueling other radical ideologies. This...
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September 22, 2006

John McCain Has a Spine of Jelly?

Agree or disagree? It does appear that the supposed Republican rebels folded without being all that rebelious - at least on some supposedly key points.And on the first point highlighted in the Publius post, well I've got to say I...
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September 18, 2006

A New Frame for the Torture Debate: Bush is no Reagan

Since I know a lot of people on the Right seem to have no love for Lindsey Graham and John McCain, and since I'm guessing some of them are thinking John Warner is showing senility instead of backbone (and class...
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Yoo's "Not Even Trying Hard Any More"

Indeed - Yoo's latest is simply pathetic, on its "ahistorical truthiness" alone.And it's another example of why I think the administration's best friends, not matter what they might say about them, are the mainstream media. Their firm belief in presenting...
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September 13, 2006

While we're worrying about what Mickey Rat is up to...

...Congress is busy working to protect our rights. While refusing to give the president a blank check to prosecute the war on terrorism, Republicans in the Senate Judiciary Committee kept to the White House's condition that a bill giving legal...
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August 23, 2006

Law Minded Folk (I'm talking to you, Moon)

Is this an accurate representation of what happened with the the recent decision? That is, is it accurate to suggest that because the US government didn't offer a rebuttal of certain points that they conceded them? And while we can't...
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August 17, 2006

Warrantless Wiretapping Unconstitutional

UPDATE II: The (PDF) decision, via Feministe. From the conclusion (read through the argument citing separation of powers, first amendment and fourth, as well as other grounds). For all of the reasons outlined above, this court is constrained to grant...
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August 02, 2006


How many times have we used that word in recent months? In the last six years? Are we stupid? Naive? Hopelessly optimistic to think that calling attention to this shameful disregard, this soiling of a democratic system, will have any...
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July 30, 2006

Bush Administration Takes Another Step to Destroy Citizenship, Constitution

No really. Bush administration asks for US citizens to be denied citizenship rights. U.S. citizens suspected of terror ties might be detained indefinitely and barred from access to civilian courts under legislation proposed by the Bush administration, say legal experts...
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July 20, 2006

Spying on US Citizens Who Protest the War

First it was Quakers, now, college students: A federal Department of Homeland Security agent passed along information about student protests against military recruiters at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, landing the demonstrations on a database tracking foreign terrorism, according...
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July 18, 2006

He is the decider after all

CNN (emphasis mine): President Bush personally blocked a Justice Department investigation of the anti-terror eavesdropping program that intercepts Americans' international calls and e-mails, administration officials said Tuesday. Bush refused to grant security clearances for department investigators who were looking into...
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July 17, 2006

Richard Epstein on Signing Statements

If you don't know, Epstein is one of the most highly respected law professors of the last few decades. As his approach tends to run toward (I mean race toward at the speed of light) an economic libertarianism that would...
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July 10, 2006

Good news from Iraq!

Our knickers would be even more twisty if we had half a clue what was going on over there. Including blacklisting reporters who don't toe the government's line on what's happening in Iraq: But the military has started censoring many...
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July 04, 2006

Oh, that Bush administration and its pre-9/11 thinking!

Ready and waiting for any excuse?. Emphasis mine. The U.S. National Security Agency asked AT&T Inc. to help it set up a domestic call monitoring site seven months before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, lawyers claimed June 23 in court...
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June 29, 2006

This week in liberty

Great news from the Supreme Court about Guantanamo and the limits on the Bush administration. Marginal news from Congress, where there are plenty of sheep who are willing to pander to the lowest common - and anti-American - denominator about...
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June 27, 2006

No. Just, No.

I wake this morning to discover, via the New York Times that the august US Senate (the deliberative, thoughtful half of our legislative branch) is within a single vote of amending the US constitution to ban the burning of the...
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June 13, 2006

Our "Keystone Stasi"

The Department of Homeland Security - try to say that phrase without laughing after you read this....
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June 02, 2006

"Just Like the STASI, But You Are Safer and We Care!"

This has John Cole outraged. And I have to agree with him - our rights to be secure in our homes seem to be weakening by the hour. Police may enter Californians' homes without warrants to arrest those suspected of...
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May 20, 2006

Can We Stop the Cowardly Torturers Who Run the Country?

I like this idea, in terms of a political movement. I think it's got a lot of potential. One of the most loathsome things about George W. Bush is that when he finds time to stop lifting weights or chopping...
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May 15, 2006

Tinfoil, anyone?

Posted without comment, but what's your opinion? The leader in the field of what is called "data mining," is a company, formed in 1997, called, "ChoicePoint, Inc," which has sucked up over a billion dollars in national security contracts. ......
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May 13, 2006

So, about all this phone company business

Are we really surprised that the big phone companies (but not Qwest) meekly rolled over for the NSA database? Not even condsidering cynical thoughts like quid pro quo over ending Net Neutrality, can you imagine any major corporation that wouldn't...
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May 11, 2006

Who's Left?

Via Echidne, we find a link to an AP wire blurb indicating that the Justice Deparment has given up investigating the legality of the NSA wiretapping program. Why did Justice give up? "We have been unable to make any meaningful...
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May 06, 2006

What the Hell?

Via Digby, comes this story in today's WaPo (that I missed): The Air Force is investigating whether a two-star general violated military regulations by urging fellow Air Force Academy graduates to make campaign contributions to a Republican candidate for Congress...
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May 03, 2006

John McCain Has No Patience for the 1st Amendment

I know ya'll know this, but I thought I'd just mention it again given this - I loathe the senior senator from Arizona (or, I loathe his unlimited daddy-state, regulations-for-everything politics)....
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April 22, 2006

How Did Mary McCarthy Know?

Showing that the president seems to only approve of leaks when one of his close aides is doing it the president's own political advantage - leaks that are to the president's political advantage are apparently very bad things (whether or...
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April 17, 2006

Oh the wonders of the internets

While googling some of our recent visitors, up popped a website called Concealed Position. One thing I have found while keeping track of "interesting" visits is that other people do too. Anyway, from this find, more finds. Guess what? Corporate...
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April 15, 2006

In case you haven't scratched your domestic spying itch lately...

...Majikthise reminds us that there is still skulking going on: If you thought CIFA was scary, wait until you here what's up next. MSNBC reports that the Pentagon is trying to merge merge CIFA and the DSS to create a...
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April 01, 2006

More Statist Insanity

I didn't title this post "More Republican Insanity" mostly out of respect for the few (very few) moderate Republicans who continue to believe in the Constitution, checks and balances, and responsible government. I figure there have to be a few...
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March 23, 2006

Lawyers...can this be refused?

In Kansas, at roadside stops the police are going to start taking fingerprints? If you are stopped by police in Kansas, don’t be surprised if the officer pulls out a little black box and takes your fingerprints. !!!...
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March 19, 2006

Guilty? Innocent? Throw Them In Jail And Sort It Out Later.

It's a few days old, but the first page of this New York Times story on anti-globalization protests in New York City in 2002 is worth reading. Long story short, the police arrested a number of people (the article says...
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March 16, 2006

Freedom of the Press

Been meaning to post this for a couple of days. The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office has seized four computer hard drives from a Lancaster newspaper, the Intelligencer Journal, as part of a grand-jury investigation into leaks to reporters. The state...
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March 09, 2006

Maybe I'll Go Back To Sleep

I realize I've had my head down recently (dissertation), but I surfaced just long enough to see this NYT story. Last I checked, the Administration was spying on Americans without even a FISA warrant. This violates both FISA and some...
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March 08, 2006

The Latest on Bush's Illegal Domestic Spying Program

Basically - the Senate Republicans are embarrassing themselves, and cutting the legs out from under the notion that Congress should have any say on the what the government does. But, really, it's arguably even worse than that. Read all of...
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March 07, 2006


Uh, -er -er....
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March 03, 2006

Prosecuting Anti-Abortion Extremists as Terrorists

At least, that's what I expect next given the outcome of this case. A federal jury using an anti-terrorism law for the first time convicted six animal rights activists on Thursday for a campaign to drive a company out of...
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February 28, 2006

Lederman on Specter's Plan to Destroy FISA

If you haven't read this post by Marty Lederman yet, you need to if you have any interest in the FISA/domestic spying/4th Amendment debates. Senator Specter's proposal to "reform" FISA essentially guts it and gives the executive branch the kind...
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February 21, 2006

Secret Re-Secreting of, Uh, Secret Stuff that Should have Stayed Secret (Sorta)

NYT (emphasis mine): In a seven-year-old secret program at the National Archives, intelligence agencies have been removing from public access thousands of historical documents that were available for years, including some already published by the State Department and others photocopied...
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February 20, 2006

Holy Fucking Moly

From Jesus' General a hair-raiser of DHS harassment (long, but worth it): "Bottom line: My rights are very dear to me. I served my country to defend them," he says. "And one of the things I was defending was free...
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At least they created it right? We should be happy!

Safeguarding America's freedom, ayup! For Americans troubled by the prospect of federal agents eavesdropping on their phone conversations or combing through their Internet records, there is good news: A little-known board exists in the White House whose purpose is to...
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February 17, 2006

Mission Creep

In the comments of the Political Religion thread, we've been discussing just how worried we should be about the possible manipulations or permutations of Homeland Security policy. One of our regular commenters suggested that we need the political leadership to...
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February 16, 2006

Eavesdropping program not subject to Senate scrutiny

The Senate Intelligence Committee decided today not to investigate President Bush's domestic surveillance program, at least for the time being. Gee, thanks guys. Glad to know you're up there looking out for our civil liberties. And you know, conducting oversight...
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February 13, 2006

Po-tay-to, Po-tah-to

Misinformation, sedition: Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) has asked Veterans Affairs Secretary James Nicholson for a thorough inquiry of his agency's investigation into whether a V.A. nurse's letter to the editor criticizing the Bush administration amounted to "sedition." Merely opposing government...
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February 12, 2006

Just because I'm paranoid...

...doesn't mean they aren't out to get bloggers. (emphasis mine) The government concluded its "Cyber Storm" wargame Friday, its biggest-ever exercise to test how it would respond to devastating attacks over the Internet from anti-globalization activists, underground hackers and bloggers....
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February 10, 2006

Stealing Other People's Blog Posts Which Morphed Into A Long Rant

There's a lot in the news this past week. Bats Left Throws Right has a good summary: In the space of twenty-four hours, we get:• Libby says Cheney made him do it.• Bush says we saved Los Angeles a while...
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February 09, 2006

More Visits From Military Intelligence

Today we got a little bit excited to see that we had a visit from someone at C-Span (Baltar says "Go Congress!"): Domain Name ? (Organization)IP Address 12.40.160.# (NATIONAL CABLE AND SATELLITE CORP) AT&T WorldNet ServicesLocation Continent : North AmericaCountry : United States  (Facts)State : MarylandCity : DaytonLat/Long : 39.2402, -77.0037 (Map)Language unknownOperating System Microsoft WinXPBrowser Internet Explorer 6.0Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows...
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February 08, 2006

President Bush IS Spying on His Opponents

And he's using government resources, including your money, to do it. Just a brief reminder to point out that it was completely appropriate for President Carter to bring up the current surveillance controversy (and illegalities) Coretta Scott King's funeral. Mrs....
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February 07, 2006

Gonzales/NSA Hearings

I haven't seen any of the hearings (they went on for seven hours yesterday, and some people have other lives), but I have tried to follow the news reports (WaPo and NYTimes). The general gist I get of yesterday's hearing...
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February 05, 2006

George Bush's (Probably Illegal) Wiretaps Are Largely Useless

The latest: Intelligence officers who eavesdropped on thousands of Americans in overseas calls under authority from President Bush have dismissed nearly all of them as potential suspects after hearing nothing pertinent to a terrorist threat, according to accounts from current...
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February 02, 2006

Posted Without Comment

It's late and I'm tired. The demonstrators arrived angry, departed furious. The police had herded them into pens. Stopped them from handing out fliers. Threatened them with arrest for standing on public sidewalks. Made notes on which politicians they cheered...
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Just so we're clear on this: the legal justifications for the secret/classified NSA warrantless wiretapping program are, themselves, secret and classified. Or, in other words, "What the NSA is doing is legal and constitutional, but we can't tell you why."...
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February 01, 2006

The T-Shirt Scourge

From the Carpetbagger: * In August 2004, John Prather, a mild-mannered math professor at Ohio University, was removed by security from a presidential event on public property because he wore a shirt that promoted John Kerry. * On July 4,...
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Wearing a T-Shirt is Unlawful Conduct

Cindy Sheehan was arrested for refusing to cover up a t-shirt which read: "2245 Dead. How many more?" "She was asked to cover it up. She did not," said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman. I'm not interested in...
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January 30, 2006

Not Everybody In This Administration Believes In Unlimited Executive Power

Via numerous sources (War and Piece and Kevin Drum), this Newsweek story about the internal fights in the Bush Whitehouse, Vice President's office, and Department of Justice about what the limits of Presidential authority are. Surprisingly, it turns out that...
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Fundamentalists Engage in Religious Persecution

Discriminating against a patient on the basis of his or her religious beliefs is religious persecution. The problem is not that health care providers practice a religion that interferes with their profession. The problem is that their patients have a...
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January 27, 2006

The General Engages in a Little Poetic License with the Constitution

While I was thinking about the Declaration of Independence, it turns out that Jesus' General was thinking about the Constitution. The real thing....
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January 26, 2006

Imperial Designs

And we're not talking Faberge eggs. The administration does not need Congress to extend the USA Patriot Act in order to keep using the law's investigative powers against terror suspects. That's from a Boston Globe story about domestic spying, and...
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January 16, 2006

Gore's Speech

The Stealth Badger was there, and has created a most excellent write-up. Check it out....
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On Unchecked Power, Hoover, and Civil Rights

Quote of the day: "Our freedom is too precious, and too much blood has been shed to preserve it, to entrust it to a single person, however sincere and however well intentioned." Armand sent me this link to an LA...
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Thumbs up or down

On Al Gore's speech today? I've never been a huge fan, and I didn't hear the speech, but Ive gone over the text. I like the "overreach and regret" theme. I understand linking to MLK and COINTELPRO today of all...
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Travesties of Justice

I'll make the assertion that Mohammed Yousry should not be in prison. Read the article yourself, and tell me what you think. I'll also assert that "juror 39" is a moral coward. I can't adequately express my feelings for people...
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January 11, 2006

Harvey Mansfield's Dishonesty

If you read only one blog post today, you might very well want to make it this critique of a reprehensible and stunningly dishonest column by Harvey Mansfield (one of the Ivy League's preeminent right-wingers - yes Bush America, the...
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January 08, 2006

You don't mind the government reading your love letters , do you?

Hope not. “I had no idea (Homeland Security) would open personal letters,” Goodman told in a phone interview. “That’s why I alerted the media. I thought it should be known publicly that this is going on,” he said. Goodman...
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January 06, 2006


Driftglass shows - in detail - how 9/11 changed everything. Pierce the mists of time and visit the faraway land of 1998 to see what Republicans were saying about military action in Iraq, impeachment and the Rule of Law… snip...
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Six Degrees of Christiane Amanpour

From AmericaBlog: But before you say "yeah, go for it," consider the implications of tapping Christiane Amanpour's phones:1. Such a wiretap would likely include her home, office, and cell phones, and email correspondence, at the very least.2. That means anyone...
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January 05, 2006

Talk Radio

I happened to be in a different radio market this morning, and as is my wont, tuned into talk radio to see how their local hour was different from ours. The talk down here, of course, was focused on the...
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January 04, 2006

Turns out Bush wasn't driving the bus

And lo and behold, members of Congress complained when the NSA acted without the President's approval to expand its domestic spting operations (emphasis mine): The National Security Agency acted on its own authority, without a formal directive from President Bush,...
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January 03, 2006

Duly chastened...

...because I haven't linked since December 19th. Read the whole post, you'll get my title by the first sentence of the second paragraph. A good roundup about how we're getting distracted by potentially irrelevant side issues and why data mining...
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January 02, 2006

Bush - I'll Still Torture When I Wanna; Will McCain Respond?

So it's come to this - the president is reserving his right to break the law in ANOTHER area (other than FISA I mean - what's next? arson? printing off 10's and 20's in the residence?). Putting aside Mr. Bush's...
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December 31, 2005

The Voice of Reason

Interested in the whole cookie flap? The National Security Agency is a cream-of-the-crop spy operation; it has some of the best spooks that money and calls to patriotism (or coërcion) can buy; and it has a black-box budget. Anti-spyware and...
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December 30, 2005

What price, backlash?

In the WaPo today, an op-ed from a Lt. Colonel who wonders what will be the repercussions from domestic spying. As Americans take stock of the news that the government has been involved in domestic warrantless eavesdropping as well as...
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December 29, 2005

What the fuck?

Via Digby, the LaTimes: Heading a military service isn't quite the position of power it used to be. In a Bush administration revision of plans for Pentagon succession in a doomsday scenario, three of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's most...
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Wiretap Summary at ObWi

Charles posts a Delayed Reaction to NSA Wiretapping. A summary of the main points: Did it violate the Fourth Amendment? Probably not, since the surveillances involved international calls and e-mails, and there is a plausible argument that border search exceptions...
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December 26, 2005

King George Bush and Wiretaps - Tall Tales, Big Lies

Oy. As Ezra notes ...So, the two primary examples Bush used to support his program were total fabrications. And yet we're supposed to blindly trust him to carry out a massive, secret espionage operation. Apparently - but hopefully we won't...
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December 24, 2005

Vast and Widespread

Vast: The National Security Agency has traced and analyzed large volumes of telephone and Internet communications flowing into and out of the United States as part of the eavesdropping program that President Bush approved after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks...
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December 21, 2005

More On Domestic Spying

Larry Johnson discusses a case where the FISA wiretaps were timely and effective, then speculates on why the Bush adminstration would want more: Now for the real story. Mosquera was grabbed thanks to a roving wiretap. I've heard the story...
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December 20, 2005

Don't be going after my man Bob Graham

I don't think they should be saying Bob Graham is the "misremembering" type of guy. Former senator Bob Graham (D-Fla.), who chaired the Senate intelligence committee and is the only participant thus far to describe the meetings extensively and on...
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Retroactive Warrants

I presume we all know this by now, but since we are all in a big Bush/FISA fit let's lay it out in its own post to make it entirely clear - the argument that the president had to act...
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More on Secret Spying Inside the United States

Feeling a little distressed over this whole violation of civil liberties business, I went over to read what Tim F. at Balloon Juice had to say about it all. Well, confession, I went to see what John Cole had to...
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One more, on Cheney this time

Cheney says: Cheney said the program had "saved thousands of lives." Here's my question. How does the use of secret illegal wiretaps save thousands of lives more than the legal ones? That seems to be his implication here. Does this...
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Rockefeller on the Record in 2003

The hand-written message (PDF) from Rockefeller to Cheney gives some context to the inscrutable behavior. Note the mention of Poindexter. Also note the last paragraph, which shows his suspicion that his protest would be buried or denied. From the Democratic...
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Is Your Catholic Church Breeding Bolsheviks?

Apparently the Bush administration thinks so: One F.B.I. document indicates that agents in Indianapolis planned to conduct surveillance as part of a "Vegan Community Project." Another document talks of the Catholic Workers group's "semi-communistic ideology." Are you surprised that most...
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December 18, 2005

Why Morris Is Wrong

Morris, in comments to a previous post, chided me for not taking the threat of terrorism seriously: That's essentially the argument you're making, saying that we shouldn't adapt to this threat until it's stronger than we are. And that is...
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December 17, 2005

Thank God I Have My Own Copy

Although, I was considering titling this post "We're Fucked," since amongst the three of us who study war, revolution, authoritarianism, political leadership and the middle east, our book list is a lot more scary that some undergrad at UMass-Darmouth working...
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Bush Knowingly Endangers Vital Intelligence Sources

And no, I'm not talking about Ms. Plame - I'm talking about this catch by Mark Kleiman....
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December 16, 2005


Another day, another Constitutional atrocity by the Bush Administration. It's a good one this time: the National Security Agency has been spying on Americans, without a court-approved warrant. A few selected highlights from the long article: Months after the Sept....
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December 13, 2005

The Patriot Act - Criminalizing Political Speech

From the horribly depressing files of "duh" (or what happens when you put power-mad, secretive, uber-sensitive dullards who can't see beyond the end of their self-obsessed noses in charge of the country) ... Section 602 makes holding an un-authorised sign...
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December 10, 2005


John Cole has this story of a man who thought his house was being invaded by burglers, defended himself and his family, and now has been sentenced to death. Wind Rider has sent a letter to the Mississippi governor, asking...
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I'm a liar

I did think I was done posting, then I went to Blondesense and found the link to this: GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still...
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November 27, 2005

Ever feel like you're being...watched?

And that you might be paying for it? From Jesus' General, the second report that he has been visited by CIFA (Counterintelligence Field Activity). And no, don't try to use the address he captured from his sitemeter. It doesn't work....
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