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Brandon Doughan
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My Route....mostly because I haven't posted on G+ in some time
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As Josh Gerstein just reported, the 9th Circuit has thrown out a decision against the government in the al-Haramain wiretapping suit. While they don't comment on Judge Vaughn Walker's judgement that a...
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Here's an email I got from Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore):

Dear Brandon,
 
I know that you share my concerns about protecting our civil liberties, and wanted to update you on a new bill I have introduced.  As you may recall, several years ago, Congress retroactively authorized the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program to track the communications of foreigners while they are overseas.  That law is up for reauthorization later this year and this week I introduced a bill, the Protect Americans' Privacy Act (S. 3515), to close some concerning loopholes that could enable the government to spy on Americans without warrants.
 
The program is supposed to only allow the wiretapping of communications of people who are not American citizens and are not in the United States.  However, there are loopholes in the current statute that could permit the intelligence community to intentionally or unintentionally collect and store the communications of American citizens and others living in the U.S. and to mine data collected from Americans without a warrant.  National security agencies have not even released estimates of how often Americans' communications are swept up by the warrantless wiretapping program.
 
My bill would close these loopholes by ensuring that intelligence agencies are not indirectly targeting Americans or using Americans' communications that they sweep up inadvertently or as a result of poor targeting standards without a court warrant.
   
Keeping Americans safe versus protecting American's privacy is a false choice. We have a moral and constitutional duty to do both. We can ensure our government has the tools to spy on our enemies without giving it a license to intrude into the private lives of American citizens.   Thank you for your interest in these issues and please continue to send your thoughts my way.
 

All my best,

Jeffrey A. Merkley
United States Senator
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I am lucky to have a senator who understands that "Keeping Americans safe versus protecting Americans’ privacy is a false choice..."  Sen. Jeff Merkley has introduced S. 3515 or The Protect American's Privacy Act aimed at reining in abuse of FISA.
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I knew this BEFORE the paper came out: Claim of precognition invalidated via scientific method
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My Mentors from OR HD 33, The Greenlicks
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Some interesting issues in latest ACLU newsletter--->
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Elect Carl Hosticka for ORHD37
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Our undersigned groups are writing to oppose a troubling provision in the Intelligence Authorization for Fiscal Year 2013, which makes the unauthorized disclosure of any classified information a punis...
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Beware of the Looney Right | Focus article by Robert Reich
In parliamentary systems of government, small groups representing loony fringes can be absorbed relatively harmlessly into adult governing coalitions. But here, as we're seeing, a loony fringe can tak...
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Not that religion didn't already seem pretty ridiculous, this brings it home
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