Federal Judge Blows the Cover off Secret FISA Court
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, enacted during the Carter administration, prescribes procedures for requesting judicial authorization for electronic surveillance and physical search of persons engaged in espionage or international terrorism against the United States on behalf of a foreign power. FISA establishes the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of 11 district judges chosen by...
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Forgive Me if I Don’t Fall Right into Line with the New Fascism
As a San Francisco resident and business owner, I’m wondering—can I trust the health judgments of leaders who let thousands live on the streets in their own filth? And if we are now getting the homeless into shelter, why couldn’t that have happened earlier? Doesn’t their health count? All of a sudden, we are...
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Obama’s Betrayal of the Fourth Amendment
Barack Obama voted for cloture on the bill to give Bush all he wants on illegal warrantless surveillance. And then he voted for the bill. Hillary Clinton voted against cloture, then voted against the bill. All it took for Obama to become less civil libertarian than Hillary was getting the nomination. What will he...
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Bush Backing Down on FISA?
He seems willing to compromise, if just a bit, which is a good thing for civil liberties. It also underscores an important point: Why were these federal powers supposedly so necessary and pressing just a few weeks ago, when the administration came close to saying that more deliberation would be a victory for terrorism,...
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