Liberty vs. Security

ACLU of Alabama to Hold Town Hall Meetings on Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union, Alabama chapter, will hold a series of town hall meetings around the state in May to discuss the state of our constitutional rights. With President Barack Obama now in the White House and with a Democratic Party majority in Congress, do you believe enough is being done to restore our…

Electronic Frontier Foundation Questions Obama on Change

This just in from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS EMBRACED BUSH’S POSITION ON WARANTLESS WIRETAPPING, and goes one step further than the previous administration. In a motion to dismiss Jewel v. NSA, the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) made two deeply troubling arguments. First, they argued, exactly as the Bush Administration…

Here We Go Again on Domestic Spying

Will Obama break his campaign promises on change and transparency? Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy For more, see below: The U.S. Justice Department under President Obama is invoking Bush Administration tactics to dismiss a lawsuit alleging federal agents engaged in illegal phone and email surveillance of ordinary US…

John Dean Compares Bush to Nixon

For all my friends who do not have MSNBC included in their corporate cable TV package … or time to watch: Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Nuff said… It’s Yuengling time…

New York Times Reporter Reacts to New Spying Allegations

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann continues looking into the breadth and depth of the Bush administration’s illegal domestic surveillance program with his guest, New York Times investigative reporter James Risen, author of State of War on the CIA. Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy My reaction? Risen says he could not…

Bush NSA Spied on EVERYBODY, Including US Journalists

We’ve been reporting on this scandal for three and a half years with multiple posts in our extensive archives, in too many posts to back link to them all right now,, although you can get a taste by clicking on the Tags and Categories links below. The Bush National Security Agency was collecting all phone…

Fourth Amendment Rights Hang in the Balance

Intel Court Upholds Executive Warrantless Surveillance Power by Glynn Wilson On the very day when the day President Bush made his farewell speech to the nation, a special federal appeals court released a rare declassified opinion from August 22 of last year backing the government’s authority to intercept international phone conversations and e-mails from U.S.…

Can the Constitution Survive Politics Without Principle?

by Glynn Wilson Artur Davis, the soft-spoken and little-known Congressman who represents much of the area from Birmingham to Tuscaloosa, was in town this weekend while Congress takes a break from the August heat in Washington, D.C. Dressed casually in gray slacks and a blue buttoned-down shirt, Davis showed up to shake some hands at…

Conservative Rhetoric Doesn't Kill People — Guns Do

Under the Gun by Glynn Wilson Conservative rhetoric doesn’t kill people. Guns do — in the hands of crazed lunatics without hope, fired up by “conservative” rhetoric. No matter that their dire economic circumstances are Bush’s fault, not the Democrats’. They would never go after “whose the man” Bush, whom they fervently voted for, twice.…

Welcome to The Future of News

Connecting the dots from government spying to private profit to keeping you in the dark… Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson Did you wake up Friday morning and turn on your computer and notice that your connection to the Internet was running a lot slower than usual? Well, you were not alone. Have you seen…

The Nation Magazine Joins ACLU in FISA Suit

The Nation magazine has joined with the ACLU in a lawsuit filed in the US District Court of New York challenging the constitutionality of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, according to Peter Rothberg. Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel’s Editor’s Cut shows why the magazine is suing the government on behalf of itself, along contributions…

Senate Passes Bush's Spy Bill With Telecom Immunity

The United States Senate shredded the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution today by approving Bush’s spying bill with legal immunity for the telecom giants by a vote of 69-28. Since the House passed a similar bill last month, watch for the official signing in the White House soon as king wannabe George W. Bush gloats.…

FISA Bill Fails To Hold Bush, Telecoms Accountable

Illegal Wiretapping Program Continues… Ad 2: Well, that’s it. They passed it. We’ll have a full story and a breakdown of the vote later… Ad 1: All three amendment votes failed, so Senators will now go to the funeral of racist, conservative Senator Jesse Helms. They will return this afternoon about 4 p.m. to vote…

Senate Takes Up Spy Bill, Telecom Immunity

Updates Below The debate has begun in the United States Senate Tuesday on the new bill authorizing the executive branch to spy on domestic communications and let the telecom giants off the legal hook for their participation in the illegal spying operation authorized by President George W. Bush after September 11, 2001. While the debate,…

Last Chance to Stop the Spying, Telecom Deal

Today may be the last chance to stop senators from voting to pass the so-called FISA “compromise” bill. Last week, thousands of Americans called their own senators. “This is it. We have stopped President Bush from getting his way and letting ATandT and Verizon of the hook four times,” Charles Chamberlain, Political Director of Democracy…

Checking the Heartbeat of Freedom

Glynn Wilson Another small freedom gone… Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson Today on the Fourth of July, Independence Day in the US of A, it’s a good day to check up on the heartbeat freedom. In addition to the pending fight over the spying bill from Bush and some members of Congress guaranteed to…

Senate Delays Vote on Telecom Immunity Past July 4th

I guess the aggressive progressives got to some of the Democrats in the United States Senate. The vote on retroactive immunity for the telecom giants has been delayed until July 7, according to a hurried and brief statement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this afternoon. This is how the potential victory, at least in…

Important Vote on Spying Wednesday Night

Will the real Democrats please stand up … and filibuster? Ad 2: The Senate just adjourned for the night and will take up the FISA legislation Thursday morning. Obviously, there are some important people who have some thinking to do. But not before taking a test vote: Senate Nears End of Surveillance Bill Debate One…

Declaring War on the Bush Democrats

Guest editorial by Bob Fertik Democrats.com On Thursday and Friday, the American people were betrayed twice by Steny Hoyer and the Bush Democrats. On Thursday, 80 Bush Democrats voted to give George Bush another $163 billion to occupy Iraq and plunder its oil for another year, even though 68 percent of Americans want to bring…