The Quaint FISA Surveillance Debate

Before leaving town for the 2023 end-of-year holidays, Congress managed to avoid a 12:01am January 1, 2024 expiration of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). It began life in a totally unregulated form as a component of President George W. Bush’s unconstitutional STELLAR WIND electronic mass surveillance program. After the New York … Continue reading “The Quaint FISA Surveillance Debate”

When Speech Is ‘Terrorism’: The Legal and Political Assault on Stop Cop City

The multi-year battle by local Atlanta and national activists to stop construction of the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center – labeled “Cop City” by opponents – has entered a new phase. On August 14, ABC News reported that “#StopCopCity protesters had collected more than enough signatures to move its referendum campaign forward in an effort to get … Continue reading “When Speech Is ‘Terrorism’: The Legal and Political Assault on Stop Cop City”

It Was All in Vain: Edward Snowden’s Sacrifice 10 Years On

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the first story featuring National Security Agency (NSA) contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden’s initial revelation: the role of Verizon in aiding NSA’s telephone metadata mass surveillance program. As the Guardian noted at the time, “The court order appears to explain the numerous cryptic public warnings by two US senators, Ron … Continue reading “It Was All in Vain: Edward Snowden’s Sacrifice 10 Years On”

Time To End the FBI’s FISA Follies

This is reprinted from the Orange County Register with permission. Late last Friday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released a heavily redacted April 2022 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) opinion and order dealing with the highly controversial FISA Section 702 intelligence collection program, which is set to expire on New Year’s … Continue reading “Time To End the FBI’s FISA Follies”

Is the FBI’s ‘Black Identity Extremist’ Label Still in Use?

It’s been over five years since the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) “Black Identity Extremist” (BIE) report was leaked to Foreign Policy magazine in early October 2017. The August 3, 2017, report – which alleged that “perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement” – … Continue reading “Is the FBI’s ‘Black Identity Extremist’ Label Still in Use?”

Is the UK’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament a US Government Surveillance Target?

According to a recent document obtained by the Cato Institute, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation suggests that the State Department, and possibly the FBI, maintain an interest in the United Kingdom-based Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. As part of a multi-year freedom of information campaign designed to uncover potentially questionable – or even unlawful – … Continue reading “Is the UK’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament a US Government Surveillance Target?”

Domestic Political Surveillance: How Deep Is DoD Involvement?

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the nationwide protests it sparked over two years ago, among the other alarming developments that eventually came to light was the level of government surveillance of Americans protesting Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. Not only was the surveillance carried out by federal, … Continue reading “Domestic Political Surveillance: How Deep Is DoD Involvement?”

Is DoJ’s ‘China Initiative’ Going Away? Don’t Bet on It

February 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of then-President Richard Nixon’s historic trip to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the initial step on the path to the normalization of relations between the two countries after decades of animosity, and even military conflict during the Korean War. In the decades that followed, the amount of trade … Continue reading “Is DoJ’s ‘China Initiative’ Going Away? Don’t Bet on It”

America’s Secret Government Crisis

America’s founding generation believed that an informed citizenry was vital to the survival of the Republic. Writing to theologian and philosopher Richard Price on January 8, 1789, Thomas Jefferson observed with satisfaction how his countrymen had come to largely embrace the new constitutional form of government just recently adopted. “A sense of this necessity, and … Continue reading “America’s Secret Government Crisis”

Twilight of Liberty: 9/11’s Legacy

Twenty years after the event, I can recall with perfect clarity where I was the morning Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda suicide hijackers changed all our lives. At home, nursing a nasty cold, I had to beg off of a meeting at the Pentagon I was supposed to attend on behalf of my then-employer, Vietnam … Continue reading “Twilight of Liberty: 9/11’s Legacy”