Homeland Insecurity in the US Dividing Refugee Families

Steve Lannen of the Lexington Herald-Leader reports on the unintended consequences of so-called ‘material support’ provisions contained within the Patriot Act: Losi Grodya works two jobs, has a driver’s license, is working on a community college degree and is readying to take her U.S. citizenship exam....

Yet Another Court Rejects Bush’s PATRIOT Act

For the second time this month, the Bush/Cheney/GOP attack on civil liberties and the Constitution has been slapped down by a lower court judge who didn’t mince words about the blatant lack of interest the Bush Admin and the Pubs in Congress seem to have in protecting the freedoms of Americans or...

Expanded Spying on US Citizens Didn’t Wait for FISA Bill

One of the things I think we have all learned to appreciate about the Bush Administration is the speed with which they prove they lied to you. Mere weeks after Congress was assured by both DNI Mike McConnell and HS Sec Chertoff that the police-state powers to spy on Americans in the FISA bill would NEVER be...

All Your Communications Are Belong To Us

Via pogge (ProgBlogs reprazent!): Canada’s government appears to be just as scornful of civil liberties as that of our southerly neighbours. CBC News reports on a document it has obtained, detailing a consultation process undertaken by the Conservative government to see “how law enforcement and...

Turning Military Satellites on You

How would you feel if you found out that while the entire nation (read; the national news media) was distracted by the testimony of General Patraeus, while we were all gearing up for a collective reliving of our national case of PTSD on the sixth anniversary of 9/11, that the administration decided to use...

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