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Fusion Centers: Mysteries Wrapped in Enigmas of Horrible, Horrible Privacy Risks

By Amanda Simon at 4:11pm
Two of the ACLU's brightest stars on privacy and law enforcement, Jay Stanley and Mike German, wrote a great report last year entitled "What's Wrong with Fusion Centers?" that outlined, well, what's wrong with fusion centers. Fusion centers — also known as one-stop shopping for identity thieves — were brought about in a post-9/11 effort to get federal and local law enforcement talking to each other.

Salon Tackles Surveillance, Irony and Tote Bags

By Amanda Simon at 5:06pm

Salon's Tim Shorrock posted a pretty interesting story today on a "movement" to investigate the abuses of the Bush Administration – an investigation based largely on the Church Committee.  Clearly I've linked to some background…

Holy Relevancy, Batman

By Amanda Simon at 12:56pm

If you’re like the ACLU you believe in privacy, the Fourth Amendment and the fact that Congress just did an unforgivable thing to both by passing the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. And, if you are like me and a few others I know, then you spent…

Mac and Cheese, PB and J, Privacy and Free Speech...

By Amanda Simon at 11:06am

George Washington University law professor Jonathon Turley was on WNYC last week giving us props for filing our FISA lawsuit. He also got into an issue that hasn't had much play yet but certainly will - how journalists and their work will be affected.…

FISA Vote, or How I Lost Complete Faith in Our Legislative Branch

By Amanda Simon at 12:14pm

Today's the day, folks. Start dialing your international calls now while you still have some assurance of privacy.

Reid came on the floor and set up the rules. Debate will continue then votes on the amendments — Dodd, then Specter,…

FISA Debate: The Senate Has Nearly Sucked Out My Soul.

By Amanda Simon at 7:47pm

It’s been a long day so here’s a quick highlight reel from the last few hours: Senator Specter introduced his immunity amendment. Senator Whitehouse spoke against immunity and described the whole situation as the Bush Administration’s “self-inflicted…

FISA Debate — Break's Over.

By Amanda Simon at 4:17pm

Debate begins again. Senator Bond is on the floor once again saying plainly and, frankly a little smugly, that the FISA Amendments Act is the Senate bill with "cosmetic" fixes for the Democrats. Boasting is unattractive, Senator Bond.…

FISA Debate. Day 4,392. Ever see Groundhog Day?

By Amanda Simon at 1:03pm

Yeah, me too. Ever lived it?

The Senate is taking up the FISA Amendments Act once again. Today they'll be debating it on the floor and then they'll vote tomorrow morning. Listen. It doesn't look good. Here's a quick rundown of the first…

FISA Debate III - Cloture's Coming...

By Amanda Simon at 5:52pm

Wyden's on the floor. God love ‘im. Says the president's wiretapping program was built on "legal quicksand." Coming from one of the very few people who have actually seen the Office of Legal Opinion memos, that's quite a statement. He also says…

Now the Senate Hits FISA - Debate, Part II

By Amanda Simon at 3:35pm

Leahy and Bond just spoke. Not to be predictable, but a big fist bump (terrorist fist jab?) to Leahy and an exasperated head shake to Bond. In his first of what will likely be many victory laps, Bond told us the process of getting this bill has…

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