Muslims unfair target of FBI surveillance

Supporters of the Patriot Act and other expansive efforts to fight the “war on

Surveillance act sets dangerous future precedent

Freedom New Mexico The Senate passed Wednesday the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Amendments Act of 2008 as a “compromise” between Democrats and Republicans, although it was by and large a victory for the Bush administration. President Bush signed it into law on Thursday. Twenty Democrats voted for the bill, including Sen. Barack Obama, who […]

Plans for civilian surveillance preceded 9/11

By Freedom New Mexico The program of electronic surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency that President Bush instituted in secret right after the 9/11 attacks has been controversial enough. Given that it appears to have circumvented the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which set up a special court to approve warrants for surveillance […]

Spying program abuses power of government

By Freedom Newspapers What do you do when critics call the legality of your secret spying program into question? If you’re the Bush administration, you defend it: both by becoming ever more secretive and by claiming to be above the law. The legal basis for the Terrorist Surveillance Program, which was launched soon after 9/11 […]

Last-minute surveillance law lacks restraint

By Freedom Newspapers The National Security Agency surveillance authorization law passed in the frantic final hours before Congress took its August recess turns out to be much more expansive in its grant of power to spy on Americans without warrants or judicial oversight than had been widely understood at the time of its passage. House […]

Court didn’t delve deep enough into surveillance issue

By Freedom Newspapers A divided three-judge federal appeals court panel sidestepped the major issues in the so-called Terrorist Surveillance Program, secretly instituted by the Bush administration shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We hope the Sixth Circuit decision does not close a case that should be troubling to all Americans who value civil liberties. Under […]

It’s Their Business: Techboys

Name: Techboys Location: 4000 North Prince St. What they do: Sell and service computers for homes and businesses, cash registers and point-of-sale systems, closed-circuit TV and surveillance systems; build computers and install computer networks; and agent for Plateau Wireless modems Who’s in charge: Mike Wheeler, owner How long in business: Two years Employees: Four Contact: […]

Keeping power of NSA in check no easy task

By Freedom Newspapers Last week’s decision by U.S. District Court Judge Ann Diggs Taylor in Detroit, holding that the National Security Agency’s unwarranted surveillance program on U.S. residents in contact with suspected terrorists overseas is unconstitutional and illegal, may not stand up in the course of the appeals process for various reasons. Nonetheless it is […]

Congress all too willing to give NSA a free pass

Freedom Newspapers Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania says he has negotiated a deal with the White House to support a bill that would submit the administration’s controversial no-warrant National Security Agency surveillance to a court for constitutional review. It’s hardly clear that this is a healthy step toward greater respect for American […]

Investigation could have shed light on spying

Freedom Newspapers The Senate Intelligence Committee, in deciding last week not to conduct a full investigation of President Bush’s long-secret program authorizing warrantless surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency, has abdicated its responsibilities. In agreeing to a compromise that would allow a few more senators and House members to be briefed on the […]

Legality of spy program deserves serious look

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s administration has been conducting a full-court offensive to persuade Americans that the program of surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency without a warrant was not only legal but virtually obligatory after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The campaign is no doubt intended to soften public opinion in advance of […]

Surveillance actions deserve examination

Freedom Newspapers It was bad enough when the New York Times revealed that since early 2002, under an executive order from President Bush, the National Security Agency has been conducting surveillance inside the United States, almost certainly on U.S. citizens, without any sort of warrant approved by any sort of court. It was doubly disturbing […]

12/7 Local Roundup

Police searching for robbery suspect Police are searching for male suspect they believe is responsible for Monday night’s armed robbery of a gas station in the 700 block of First Street, according to the police report. A 20-year-old cashier at Sundance Fuels told police the suspect told her to give him all her money or […]