June 11, 2013
For Immediate Release
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86 Organizations Petition Congress to Counter Unconstitutional Surveillance
Letter Demands Patriot Act Reform of Section 215, Congressional Hearings and Accountability
A letter signed by 86 public interest and civil liberties organizations was delivered to Congress this morning, in the wake of a week of explosive reports in the UK Guardian and the Washington Post from former Booz Allen NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The reports detailed several government programs, including one that provides access to metadata for telephone calls and another that provides warrantless access to online activities culled from the servers of nine leading Internet companies, including Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook. Continue reading 86 Organizations Petition Congress To Counter Unconstitutional Surveillance
This letter, signed by a who’s who of Bush-era military politicos was sent to Congress before the Amash/Conyers vote.
Signatories include Alberto Gonzalez, John Negroponte, Stephen Hadley, Porter Goss and Michael Chertoff.
The Amash/Conyers vote (the amendment to defund the telephone metadata spying program was defeated 217-205) was a bizarre vote by even DC standards. Continue reading Strange Bedfellows: Bush Security Apparatus Letter to Congress
From Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
Members of Congress talk a lot about improving oversight of national security, but most do not do much to make it better. Just recently, the former chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Jay Rockefeller, gave a speech where he said something remarkable. He spoke about the struggle Congress had with gathering information from the CIA for a report on its use of torture. “This study is … the story of the breakdown in our system of governance…. One of the profound ways that breakdown happened was through the active subversion of meaningful congressional oversight.” Continue reading Fixing Congressional Oversight of National Security
Posted by Active Voice/NAMAC on August 12th, 2013
What’s the cost of the so-called “free” services we use online every day? What do you gain and what do you give up when you accept the Terms and Conditions of your favorite app? And why should you care?
In this online discussion: documentary filmmakers, media activists and tech workers talk about what we give up and why it matters.
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