Tag Archives: PATRIOT Act

Thierry Meyssan | The NATO campaign against freedom of expression

On 2 December 2016, the United States Congress voted a law forbidding all military co-operation between Washington and Moscow. In the space of a few years, NATO has re-activated MacCarthyism.

Court Ruling Builds a Barrier Against Challenges to NSA Spying on Americans

Benson: The case now goes back to the district court from the appeals court, and it’s unlikely it will be resolved before the USA Freedom Act takes effect, according to experts contacted by Truthdig. So what do these developments mean for the surveillance state in which we live?

Wm. Rivers Pitt: Killing a Nation With Euphemisms: TPP-Eats-Medicare Edition

Pitt: First, the very existence of the TAA bill means these people in DC know the trade bill will be a job-destroyer in the US. Otherwise they wouldn’t bother, period.

Second, $700 million per year isn’t nearly enough to help all those who will have to hit the bricks once their jobs go away, so $450 million is basically a bad joke.

William Boardman: USA Police State Celebrated as Defense of Freedom

Boardman: The mindless rush to reinstate government police powers undreamed of in the Constitution was a bitterly comic charade of American democracy. Some now celebrate the USA Freedom Act as “a cultural turning point for the nation.” Others condemn the USA Freedom Act as “a significant weakening of the tools” to protect the country. People on all sides claim to “welcome the debate” on national security.

Sonali Kolhatkar | Say It Plain: Stop Spying on Us

Kolhatkar: Part of the reason for this confusion is slick propaganda employed by proponents of mass surveillance.

Video: 3 Ways USA Freedom Act Fails to Stop FBI Spying on Americans

 As the Senate looks to pass a bipartisan “reformed” Patriot Act, TRNN’s Jessica Desvarieux examines how this bill will continue FBI’s mass collection of private information of Americans who are under no suspicion of crime. Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog […]

Patriot Act: Department of Justice Inspector General Report on FBI Section 215 Orders 2007-2009

Patriot Act: A Review of the FBI’s Use of Section 215 Orders: Assessment of Progress in Implementing Recommendations and Examination of Use in 2007 through 2009 Public Intelligence  May 31, 2015 DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION The following Inspector General report was released by the Department of Justice on May 21, 2015. A […]

Glenn Greenwald |”On Patriot Act Renewal” and “Anonymous Fearmongering”

“This is Glenn Greenwald with the Intercept, and my guest today is Jameel Jaffer, the Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU, and we are here to discuss the still intensifying drama in the Senate and the House over the debate concerning reauthorization of the Patriot Act, key provisions of which are scheduled to expire on June 1st.”

▶ Democracy Now! Julian Assange on NSA, the TPP, Security Lapses, Refugee Boats Libya, Swedish Legal Setbacks

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviews Julian Assange on the NSA, the TPP, and other current issues. The interview took place on Monday, May 25, 2015. Democracy Now! May 27, 2015 Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today. […]

Senate Fails to Pass USA Freedom Act but Blocks NSA Phone Data Collection

In what Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer calls “a big victory for Rand Paul and for all who fear uncontrolled government surveillance,” the legislative body was unable to extend the NSA phone data collection program. Scheer mentions the Kentucky senator because of his 10-hour, 30-minute filibuster Wednesday in which he aimed to prolong the voting process […]

▶ William Binney on the NSA: ‘They’re Scrapping Our Constitution’

Also watch Scheer, Binney and Truthdig columnist Bill Blum talk about the NSA’s ability to ignore the provisions of the Patriot Act.

Section 215 of the Patriot Act Expires in June. Is Congress Ready?

You may have heard that the Patriot Act is set to expire soon. That’s not quite the case. The Patriot Act was a large bill, as were the reauthorizations that followed in 2005 and 2006. Not all of it sunsets. But three provisions do expire on June 1st: Section 215, the “Lone Wolf provision,” and the “roving wiretap” provision.

Just Security: The Patriot Act’s Sunset is the Perfect Chance to Make the FISA Court More Like a Real Court

 The collection of Americans’ personal information by intelligence agencies is one of the most intrusive powers the executive branch can exercise. Such programs require a strong check in the form of robust judicial review. By Elizabeth Goitein, Faiza Patel  Just Security  CommonDreams.org  April 14, 2015 The collection of Americans’ personal information by intelligence agencies is one of […]

Glenn Greenwald: Why John Oliver can’t find Americans who know Edward Snowden’s name (it’s not about Snowden)

Greenwald: Propagandizing 70 percent of the population is not easy to do, and obviously requires active deceit or pervasive acquiescence by the country’s news media. As part of his discussion last night, Oliver showed my favorite MSNBC clip in order to illustrate the lack of substantive surveillance discussion in the media:

Henry A. Giroux: Terrorism, Violence and the Culture of Madness

Giroux: Already imperiled before the aftershocks of the terrorists’ attacks, democracy became even more fragile in the aftermath of 9/11. Almost fourteen years later, the historical rupture produced by the events of 9/11 has transformed a terrorist attack into a war on terror that mimics the very crimes it pledged to eliminate.

The criminalization of political opposition in America

Editor’s Note: This article briefly mentions the raids on the homes antiwar activists in Minneapolis and Chicago in 2010 after their organizations were infiltrated. The article does not mention the RNC8, who were accused of terrorism after the 2008 Republican convention in St. Paul MN. So really, this is not new news for those of us in Minnesota. […]

Evergreene Digest: Tuesday, February 11th, is The Day We Fight Back (against mass surveillance)

Together we will push back against powers that seek to observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action. Together, we will make it clear that such behavior is not compatible with democratic governance. Together, if we persist, we will win this fight. DemandProgress.org This Tuesday, February 11th, is The Day We Fight Back (against mass surveillance) […]

Reed Richardson: What the Press Should Learn From the “Snowden Effect”

However, the Snowden revelations and their subsequent publication haven’t just had an impact on issues of privacy and national security. They’ve also occasioned a re-awakening of a debate about the role of journalism (and journalists) in a democracy and its relationship to authority.    By Reed Richardson  December 20, 2013  Moyers & Company This essay […]

Jim Hightower> Repeal the Patriot Act

 “We the People have now learned that all three branches of government have furtively conspired for seven years to violate our privacy—so, no, we don’t trust any of them.”  Jim Hightower  Published: Wednesday 19 June 2013  NationofChange.org It’s back. The Patriot Act — that grotesque, ever-mutating, hydra-headed monstrosity from the Bush-Cheney Little Shop of Horrors […]

Glenn Greenwald> Video> On radical executive power and US political and media culture

On radical executive power and US political and media culture Hampshire College • Critical Social Inquiry Lecture  March 5, 2013 Glenn Greenwald:  Last month, I spoke at Hampshire College on radical executive power and US political and media culture; that was followed by a conversation on those topics with the writer and philosophy professor Falguni […]