If you're in the vicinity of Washington, D.C., Saturday, I urge you to join the Stop Watching Us: Rally Against Mass Surveillance at 11:30 a.m. (Details at the link.) Oct. 26 is the 12th anniversary of the rancid Patriot Act. Formed just four months ago, the StopWatching.us coalition comprises more than 100 public advocacy organizations from across the political spectrum. The demands? Congress should investigate the NSA’s spying programs to the full extent, reform federal surveillance law and hold accountable officials responsible for hiding this surveillance from both and the public.
Marchers will gather in front of Union Station at 11:30 a.m. by the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain in Columbus Circle. Shortly after noon they will march to the rally point at National Mall at 3rd Street and Madison Dr. NW, in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pool.
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2007— FISA: Keeping Secrets:
|The administration really doesn't want the people to know what the NSA was doing and who they were spying on with their warrantless wiretaps, to the extent that they will finally release the documents that the committee subpoenaed four months ago. The Intelligence Committee has already seen these documents, and they were possibly sufficiently convincing enough for all of the Dems on the committee, excepting Wyden and Feingold, to support the FISA bill coming out of Intelligence.
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, brought to you once again by CREDO Mobile, Greg Dworkin wraps up the week inhealthcare.gov freak-outs, and suggests we may be coming to the end of the effective life of that issue. Meanwhile, polls show Gop favorability cratering among key demos. We discuss the Michael Hayden/Tom Matzzie encounter. How Fox News set up a fellow reporter for attacks. Follow-up on whether the Kochs bankrolled the shutdown strategy. Christine O'Donnell elbows her way back into the news. A HuffPo investigation of privatized juvenile prison facilities.