Congress Passes Bill Giving Police Unlimited Access to Citizens’ Private Communications

Jay Syrmopoulos
The Free Thought Project

Washington, D.C. – In a sneak attack on the civil liberties of all Americans, the Intelligence Authorization Act for 2015 was rushed to the House floor with a dangerous Senate amendment added to section 309 with virtually no debate.

The legislation was scheduled for only a “voice vote,” which means that it is simply declared “passed” with voice votes and no record.

This is considered the simplest and quickest voting method, not what one would expect from such an important piece of legislation. For most pieces of major legislation, a roll call vote would be the standard operating procedure. (more…)

California Law Would Force Cops to Return Bongs and Weed



Imagine a place where police are forced to return seized marijuana and paraphernalia back to their rightful stoners if they are found not to be in violation of any law. That is exactly the type of environment one California lawmaker is hoping to establish for the state’s medical marijuana patients. (more…)

Feinstein, CIA spar over alleged spying on Senate staff


Sen. Dianne  Feinstein, the head of the Senate  Intelligence Committee, and CIA  Director John  Brennan sparred Tuesday over the lawmaker’s allegation that agency officials  secretly had searched Senate computers, an act she said had undermined  congressional intelligence oversight and may have violated the law. (more…)

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