Archive by month: May 2011

As AP and other news sources have written, the Democratic and Republican party leadership worked to extend the expiring provisions of the PATRIOT Act with as little debate as possible. They did this at a time when the Federal government is secretly interpreting the PATRIOT Act in ways that broaden the act in ways the Congress did not intend. Indeed only eight Senators voted for more discussion of the extension of the expiring provisions of the PATRIOT Act. Senator Kerry voted for it and Senat...
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I am really looking forward to presenting my talk at the Play-jurisms conference this Saturday. I stayed up late to finish the slides for the talk, and perhaps it shows for good or ill.  I did end up changing the title, but I felt the new title better matched the spirit of the conference. You can view the slides as a pdf if you want, or you can attend the talk today, Saturday at 4:30pm and see how it all comes out.  It will be at the Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St. in Cambridge (near Har...
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... and this time it's worse! The House Judiciary Committee approved renewing three awful provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act: Extend through Dec 31st, 2017 Section 215 powers which let the government secretly grab information about you without a court order; Extend through Dec 31st, 2017 roving wiretaps which let the government spy on people without even telling courts who they're spying on; Make permanent the "lone wolf" provision which lets strip the rights of American citizens a...
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The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) bill is dead it seems. However, the entertainment industry and their lackeys supporters in Congress have introduced the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 or PROTECT IP Act for short.  It isn't out on Thomas yet so we do not know who is sponsoring it, but Don't Censor the Net obtained and released a copy of it for everyone to read in all its pro-censorship glory. U...
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