Last week many Americans discovered that their government is spying on them. We are not sure how many of them had a hunch such a thing was happening, though since 9/11, the signing of the Patriot Act, and various government snooping stories, we would guess the number to be very high. Many rightblog ... More >>
The House of Representatives failed on Tuesday night to extend three security measures in the post-9/11 Patriot Act, voting 277-148 to push the provisions through 2011, but failing to reach the required two-thirds majority, the Washington Post reports. For those doing math at home, that's sev ... More >>
The Patriot Act was supposed to expire on Sunday. But don't worry, folks: President Obama signed the reauthorization that was sent to him by Congress by last week, so it's still in effect for another year. That means roving wiretaps, records seizure, and "lone wolf" surveillance are good to g ... More >>
The Senate voted Saturday to extend the filing deadline for both federally-funded extended unemployment benefits and an additional six months of a 65% COBRA subsidy until the end of February. The current filing deadline is December 31 for both programs. One million of the nine million jobless ... More >>
Refugee camp, Afghanistan. Photo (cc) Tracy Hunter. One the most disastrous and lasting consequences of the Patriot Act of 2001 and its extremely broad definitions of terrorism has been the impact on people seeking asylum in the United States. We wrote about a pretty extreme case last year, in wh ... More >>
As our civil liberties disappear, where are the Democrats?
New Military Commissions Act gives president more power than ever
Privacy rights may disappear if a new Senate Intelligence Committee bill passes
A serious setback to the Patriot Act, despite the victorious Bush's unstinting support
Bones of a Blimp: How the loss of military virtues fosters a politics of militarism
From John Ashcroft's lips to God's ear
Senator Hillary becomes a 9-11 hero, centrist chameleon, and Iraq hawk
Since the reign of King George III, resistance has been our legacyand to this day still is
A Justice Department honcho confesses: 'We are losing the fight for the Patriot Act'
A Bipartisan Groundswell of Rebellion
Is Victor Arroyo a 'Traitor to Cuba'?
Homeland Security Follies
The Justice Department Questions the Attorney General's White House Investigation; Senators From the Left and Right Seek to Rewrite the Patriot Act
New Yorkers Protest the Attorney General's Tour to Promote the Patriot Act
The Soaring Cost of Iraq 'Peace,' the Soaring Cost of Life in America
But What Did Clinton's White House Know?
Intrusion AlertIt's the Government
Patriot Act II, and Means to Weigh It, Emerge in Bits
Telling Trend Takes Hold
D.C. Power Lines Start Glowing Orange
Left, Right, Left, Right
'Everyone in This Room Is a Suspect'
Watchdog Color-Codes Government Infringements on Privacy
Senator Schumer Pushes to Make Covert Surveillance Easier
Ground Laid for Historic Presidential Powers Push
Justice Department vs. Democracy
Ominous Sequel to USA Patriot Act
NYPD to Bring Nationwide Spying Effort Home
Where Is Our Bill of Rights Defense Committee?
If You're Black, Who's Got Your Back?
Organizing Against General Ashcroft
True Patriots Networking
Someone to Watch Over Us
While the Ruins of the World Trade Center Smoldered, the Bush Administration Launched an Assault on the Constitution
'All of Us Are in Danger'
Has the Attorney General Been Reading Franz Kafka?
FBI in Libraries and Bookstores
State Pols Ride a Troubling Crime Agenda Toward Re-Election