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What Fourth Amendment? PATRIOT Act being used to catch drug dealers, not terrorists

From RawStory, more proof that the “freedom loving”, government fearing teabaggers started protesting about six years too late: The Justice Department made 763 requests for “sneak-and-peek” warrants in 2008, but only three of those had to with terrorism investigations, Sen. … Continue reading

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Poll: Most Americans say, ‘investigate the bastard’

Dubya flipped off the Constitution, too… A new poll shows that Americans want at least for there to be an investigation of torture under the Bush regime. Even as Americans struggle with two wars and an economy in tatters, a … Continue reading

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But will it have pictures…

Alberto “Torquemada” Gonzales is writing a book: Alberto Gonzales, who has kept a low profile since resigning as attorney general nearly 16 months ago, said he is writing a book to set the record straight about his controversial tenure as … Continue reading

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Support spy on the troops!

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the U.S. eavesdropped on American citizens. You know that by now, I’m sure. It might, however, be surprising to you that we spied on our own troops, in their most private moments, and … Continue reading

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Why we fight

While you were hunting wolf pups from an airplane … Sarah Palin … the Bush administration was seeking to recertify the “unitary executive”… WASHINGTON — Tucked deep into a recent proposal from the Bush administration is a provision that has … Continue reading

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ACLU will sue over FISA, plus: Feingold goes off

From the American Civil Liberties Union yesterday: Once again, Congress blinked and succumbed to the president’s fear-mongering. With today’s vote, the government has been given a green light to expand its power to spy on Americans and run roughshod over … Continue reading

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Death of the Fourth Amendment: 6304

After failing to pass amendments that at least would have taken immunity for the telecoms off the table, or suspended the pending lawsuits against them for a year, rather than dismissing them, the 110th Congress, controlled by the Democratic Party, … Continue reading

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Well said, Senator Dodd

Tonight on the floor of the Senate, Chris Dodd delivered a genuinely wonderful speech on civil liberties, capping his long battle against the FISA “reforms” tossed to the Senate by the House, at the behest of the Bush administration. Below … Continue reading

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Hanging up on the telcos

The FISA/telecom immunity debate going on right now in the U.S. Senate is in many ways a classic Democrat-Republican argument. On one side, you have a vigorous defense of corporations (in this case, the phone companies who complied with the … Continue reading

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What Fourth Amendment?

Why did the Democrats capitulate on FISA? Was it cowardice? Election year politics? Or as Keith Olberman puts it, not FISA but CYSA? Back in 2001, with 9/11 fresh in the minds of Americans, many Congressional Democrats decided it was … Continue reading

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