2005: NSA and the Clipper Chip

by Chuck Dupree I wrote what follows in 1995 as a letter to my Congressional representatives. The final product was significantly longer than I intended, as I got caught up in recounting the abuses of the Nixon era. A discussion of the Clipper chip is not likely to interest most readers these days. (Briefly, it was a government-approved encryption chip with a built-in back door, called the Law Enforcement Exploitation Field.) Nevertheless, I include this document here for two reasons. Mainly, because the first two-thirds recounts some history that seems more relevant than ever given the attacks on privacy and liberty we’;ve suffered since 9/11. Secondarily, because it’;s appeared around the web in bastardized form (frequently missing the third word of the first sentence, for instance). It’;s often been marked as copyrighted by Quadralay Corporation, but in fact Quadralay had nothing to do with it and would, I expect, […] Read More

2013: NSA: Dianne Feinstein breaks ranks to oppose US spying on allies

Senate intelligence committee chair Dianne Feinstein, who has been a loyal defender of the NSA, demands a ‘total’ surveillance review The chair of the Senate intelligence committee, who has been a loyal defender of the National Security Agency, dramatically broke ranks on Monday, saying she was “totally opposed” to the US spying on allies and demanding a total review of all surveillance programs. California Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein strongly criticised the NSA’s monitoring of the calls of friendly world leaders such as German chancellor Angela Merkel. Feinstein, who has steadfastly defended the NSA’s mass surveillance programs, added that both Barack Obama and members of her committee, which is supposed to received classified briefings, had been kept in the dark about operations to target foreign leaders. “It is abundantly clear that a total review of all intelligence programs is necessary so that members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are fully […] Read More

2012: US Senators call for universal Internet filtering

US senators today made a bipartisan call for the universal implementation of filtering and monitoring technologies on the Internet in order to protect children at the end of a Senate hearing for which civil liberties groups were not invited. Commerce Committee Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Vice Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) both argued that Internet was a dangerous place where parents alone will not be able to protect their children. While filtering and monitoring technologies help parents to screen out offensive content and to monitor their child’s online activities, the use of these technologies is far from universal and may not be fool-proof in keeping kids away from adult material,” Sen. Inouye said. In that context, we must evaluate our current efforts to combat child pornography and consider what further measures may be needed to stop the spread of such illegal material […] Read More

2007: Stop Him Before He Gets More Experience

By FRANK RICH Published: February 11, 2007 If time in the United States Senate is what counts for presidential seasoning, maybe Barack Obamas two years worth is already too much. AS the official Barack Obama rollout reaches its planned climax on 60 Minutes??? tonight, well learn if he has the star power to upstage Anna Nicole Smith. But at least one rap against him can promptly be laid to rest: his lack of experience. If time in the United States Senate is what counts for presidential seasoning, maybe his two years worth is already too much. Better he get out now, before theres another embarrassing nonvote on a nonbinding measure about what will soon be a four-year-old war. History is going to look back and laugh at last weeks farce, with the Virginia Republican John Warner voting to kill a debate on his own anti-surge resolution and the West […] Read More

2012: Obama and the Cowards in Congress Threaten to Remove Your Citizenship

By Adam Sturman The last few week’s developments have been nothing short of stunning. From Obama’s ordering of the assassination of several, still American citizens (Al-Awlaki, his son, and Samir Khan), to the recent assassination and regime change of Qaddafi (who, up to a few months ago appeared to be good friends with both Nero-bama and Tony Blair), what is now currently being threatened in the Senate should be sending chills down your spine. Senators Lieberman (I-CT) and Scott Brown (R-MA) (of noted Tea Party fame), have both signed their names in blood to S.1698. The basis of the bill is simple: any American citizen who is “engaging in, or purposefully and materially supporting, hostilities against the United States…” could have their citizenship revoked by the State Department. I will repeat this in other words, so that it may be better understood. There is now a bill, in the […] Read More

2009: House Resoulution 45. This Bill Will Make Law Abiding Citizens into Criminals.

The Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act (H.R. 45) is a bill pending in the 111th United States Congress. The bill was introduced on January 6, 2009 by Representative Bobby Rush of Illinois. In 1969, Bobby Rush, co-founder of the Illinois Black Panther Party, served six months in prison for felony possession of firearms. The main objective of the bill is to provide for stricter Gun Control. A person would be prohibited by law from possessing a firearm unless approved by a state-run system or having been issued a license that would have to be renewed every five years within thirty days of the expiration date. The Attorney General would set up a tracking system of all sales with dealers having to be licensed. Production figures of each licensed manufacturer would be made public. If passed, the bill would require all current handgun and semi-automatic firearms […] Read More