Monthly Archives: December 2011

Appeals Court Revives EFF’s Challenge to Government’s Massive Spying Program Justices Find that Spied-On Telephone Customers Have the Right to Sue

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today blocked the government’s attempt to bury the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF’s) lawsuit against the government’s illegal mass surveillance program, returning Jewel v. NSA to the District Court for the next step.

The court found that Jewel had alleged sufficient specifics about the warrantless wiretapping program to proceed. Justices rejected the government’s argument that the allegations about the well-known spying program and the evidence of the Folsom Street facility in San Francisco were too speculative.

“Since the dragnet spying program first came to light, we have been fighting for the chance to have a court determine whether it is legal,” said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. “Today, the Ninth Circuit has given us that chance, and we look forward to proving the program is an unconstitutional and illegal violation of the rights of millions of ordinary Americans.”

Also today, the court upheld the dismissal of EFF’s other case aimed at ending the illegal spying, Hepting v. AT&T, which was the first lawsuit against a telecom over its participation in the dragnet domestic wiretapping. The court found that the so-called “retroactive immunity” passed by Congress to stop telecommunications customers from suing the companies is constitutional, in part because the claims remained against the government in Jewel v. NSA.

“By passing the retroactive immunity for the telecoms’ complicity in the warrantless wiretapping program, Congress abdicated its duty to the American people,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl. “It is disappointing that today’s decision endorsed the rights of telecommunications companies over those over their customers.”

Today’s decision comes nearly exactly six years after the first revelations of the warrantless wiretapping program were published in the New York Times on December 16, 2005. EFF will now move forward with the Jewel litigation in the Northern District of California federal court. The government is expected to raise the state secrets privilege as its next line of defense but this argument has already been rejected in other similar cases.

For the full opinion in Jewel:
https://www.eff.org/sites/default/files/filenode/20111229_9C_Jewel_Opinion.pdf

For the full opinion in Hepting:
https://www.eff.org/sites/default/files/filenode/20111229_9C_Hepting_Opinion.pdf

Contact:

Rebecca Jeschke
Media Relations Director
Electronic Frontier Foundation
press@eff.org

 

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Book: Romney changed his mind on abortion based on polls

During his unsuccessful run against Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1994, Mitt Romney decided that he would run on a pro-choice platform after being advised that a pro-life candidate could not win in liberal Massachusetts.

The revelation comes from a new book, “Mitt Romney: An Inside Look at the Man and His Politics,” by journalist Ronald Scott. Journalist Byron York reported on Scott’s disclosure in an article published Friday in The Washington Examiner.

“According to Scott, Romney revealed that polling from Richard Wirthlin, Ronald Reagan’s former pollster whom Romney had hired for the ’94 campaign, showed it would be impossible for a pro-life candidate to win statewide office in Massachusetts,” York writes. “In light of that, Romney decided to run as a pro-choice candidate, pledging to support Roe v. Wade, while remaining personally pro-life.” …………………

 

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U.S. Still Fueling Arms Race in the Middle East

The $30 billion sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, announced by the Obama administration on Thursday is a continuation of a history of U.S. weapons sales that has resulted in the arming of a wide array of enemies as well as friends of America in the Middle East and other parts of the world. The deal includes the sale of 84 F-15 jets and “assorted weaponry” to the Arab kingdom, the Washington Postreported. It also provides for the modernization of 70 of the Saudi’s current aircraft, as well as munitions, spare parts, training, and maintenance. The announcement comes at a time of increasing tension between the United States and the Saudis’ neighbors in Iran and threats and counter-threats surrounding the strategically important Persian Gulf region.

“This sale will send a strong message to countries in the region that the United States is committed to stability in the Gulf and broader Middle East,” Andrew Shapiro, assistant Secretary of State for political-military affairs, told reporters. But the history of arms sales in the region has shown that the allies we arm one year may turn out be our enemies the next.

In the years preceding the Islamic revolution in Tehran, the United States sold……………….

 

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Also!

Time to Attack Iran?

An execrable ancestor

The execrable ancestor of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA) is the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Frederick Douglass protested, “Under this [Fugitive Slave] law the oaths of any two villains (the capturer and the claimant) are sufficient to confine a free man to slavery for life.” Under the NDAA, the suspicion of the president is sufficient to confine an American citizen to military detention for life without accusation or trial. The twin laws make for an alarming tale.

The Fugitive Slave Act passed with overwhelming congressional support. Only four members of Congress voted against it. The South clamored for its enactment even though very few slaves ever escaped from their owners.     …………………..

 

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Internet Poker Coming Back Thanks to Obama?

The Obama administration cleared the way for U.S. states to legalize Internet poker and certain other online betting in a switch that may help them reap billions in tax revenue and spur web-based gambling.

A Justice Department opinion dated September and made public on Friday reversed decades of previous policy that included civil and criminal charges against operators of some of the most popular online poker sites.

Until now, the department held that online gambling in all forms was illegal under the Wire Act of 1961, which bars wagers via telecommunications that cross state lines or international borders.

The new interpretation, by the department’s Office of Legal Counsel, said the Wire Act applies only to bets on a “sporting event or contest,” not to a state’s use of the Internet to sell lottery tickets to adults within its borders or abroad.

“The United States Department of Justice has given the online gaming community a big, big present,” said I. Nelson Rose, a gaming law expert at Whittier Law School who consults for governments and the industry…

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Adam Kokesh Message to Celebrities Kelly Clarkson Michelle Branch and more

Christine O’Donnell: I Like Mitt Because ‘He’s Been Consistent Since He Changed His Mind’

Another wonderful quote from the goofball establishment. Christine O’Donnell telling it like it is…this could be a commercial for Ron Paul 2012.

Paul Supporters Reward Kelly Clarkson #1 on Amazon.com

by Kurt Wallace

The Ron Paul Revolution is most savvy at spontaneously responding in large numbers to all things Ron Paul. Just ask Bill O’Reilly as his Amazon book reviews got Blowback Slammed for excluding the good doctor from his radio debate forum poll.

Yesterday, Kelly Clarkson came out in support of Congressman Ron Paul on her twitter account. Kelly received some criticism from some of her fans as well as support from others, this is normal when a celebrity supports/attacks a candidate or politician, that’s show biz vs. politics as usual. Thanks to a DailyPaul.com member everlasticity for tipping everyone off to the Fox News hit piece on Kelly Clarkson regurgitating the already well known exchange on twitter between her and her fans. This story points out the obvious, that Ms. Clarkson lost fans over her endorsement of Ron Paul, well, as my father used to say, ‘No S**t Sherlock’. Leave it to Fox to go after a celebrity Paul supporter in such a lackluster fashion, of course she is going to loose fans for standing up for a politician not just Ron Paul. What the mainstream media fails to recognize is that she has gained a huge new following.

Enter the Ron Paul r3VOLution!

From the time Kelly tweeted ‘I Love Ron Paul’ till now her Amazon sales for the new album Stronger  has sky rocketed to number one on both Amazon’s bestseller Broadway/Vocalist & Contemporary Pop charts plus she has gone from #44 to #14 (oops it went up to #13 #7 while writing this article) 12/30/11 7:26pm Eastern Update #6, 8:07pm Eastern Update #4, 10:53pm Eastern Update #3, 11:54pm Eastern Update #2 on Best Seller in all Music rankings. Not to mention, 7 9 new pages of amazon reviews for the album over 60 90 new 5 star ratings and counting in the last 36 hours.

Gossip.com reports that Stronger is up 192% since her endorsement of Ron Paul

Apparently it pays to support/love Ron Paul regardless of what FOX news wants the public to think. We will continue to track sales rankings as the mainstream media foolishly misses another honest story.

And the Revolution grows ‘Stronger’

 

Check out this supporter video promoting the Kelly Clarkson Music Bomb:

Did Feds Push Fast and Furious to Enact New Gun Regulations?

Reality Check comes out with another gem of evidence. This time gun regulations may be the motive behind the feds pushing fast and furious. Another reason why we need to take a hard look at how Washington DC’s business as usual is hurting the bill of rights and our liberties.

Watch this investigative report:

You can see all the Reality Check programing including this video here

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