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Privacy is Not Partisan

By Noam Biale at 5:06pm
The recent hacking of Gov. Sarah Palin’s email accounts is the latest in a series of events that show how urgently we need better privacy protections in this country – and that privacy is an issue that transcends partisan politics.

Surveillance Society: Stepping Back from the Precipice

By Noam Biale at 4:58pm

If you’re like me, you measure the passage of time by your annual celebration of Constitution Day. Personally, I look forward all year to decorating the Tree of Liberty and lighting the Nation of Laws, Not Menorah.

Still, it’s hard not to look upon this year’s Constitution Day — our last under the presidency of George W. Bush — and not get a little wistful. As some popular musicians once said, “What a long, strange trip it’s been.” For those of us who care about the Constitution, that pretty well sums up the last eight years. The trip has certainly been long.

J’accuse, Heritage!

By Noam Biale at 1:56pm

My post highlighting the privacy problems and massive cost of the virtual fence appears to have touched a nerve at the Heritage Foundation. Dr. James Carafano, who has been blogging from the border for the last week, wrote yesterday, “I don’t…

Happy Anniversary from the Homeland Civil Liberties Union!

By Noam Biale at 5:12pm
It's a jubilee year for the Department of Homeland Security, where Secretary Michael Chertoff and company are celebrating their fifth year of doing what they do best - securing the homeland. On March 1, the Department marked the five-year anniversary…

Intelligence on Steroids

By Noam Biale at 12:01pm
If the mantra of post-9/11 intelligence gathering is “to find a needle in a haystack, just make the haystack bigger,” we now present the Barry Bonds of haystacks. Today, we released a report on Fusion Centers - state, local, and regional…

We Must Try Every Stupid Idea at Least Twice!

By Noam Biale at 1:38pm
The Indianapolis Star reports today that next week, the Indiana state Bureau of Motor Vehicles will begin sending out "No Match" letters to Hoosiers with discrepancies in their records. The letters will go out to anyone whose license information…

Eliot Spitzer: From Steamroller to Steamrolled

By Noam Biale at 11:21am
When Eliot Spitzer was inaugurated as Governor of New York in January, he vowed to transform the culture of Albany where, notoriously, state policy decisions are made by "three men in a room." Two men in a room.The former Attorney General, who had…

Who Loves Real ID? AOL, Microsoft and Yahoo Do.

By Noam Biale at 9:45am
The federal Real ID Act doesn't have many friends these days. Eighteen states have passed legislation rejecting the law, Congress has refused to put any money into implementing it, and just this week New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer announced he, not the…

Fawlty Powers

By Noam Biale at 1:46pm

Reports last summer indicated that the Brits were considering plans to store information on every phone call, email and text message sent in the UK. The proposed legislation, part of a package of amendments to the already-seriously-terrifying Regulation…

What's on Jim Carafano's Laptop?

By Noam Biale at 3:47pm

He doesn't mind you knowing. In fact, he thinks it would be totally reasonable for you to seize and copy the contents, provided you're a government official and he's crossing the border.

In recent testimony, and in an article in yesterday's…

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