…Top U.S. intelligence officials gathered in the White House Situation Room in March to debate a controversial proposal. Counterterrorism officials wanted to create a government dragnet, sweeping up millions of records about U.S. citizens—even people suspected of no crime….

…A week later, the attorney general signed the changes into effect


  1. MikeG
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 10:04 am |

    Seems a few seals might be broken soon, IYKWIM.

  2. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 10:10 am |

    GrAf!X of Teh WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 11:43 am |

    Some “records about U.S. citizens” are more equal transparent than others.
    (What? Oh, right … US citizens.)

  4. Sigivald
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm |

    Baptism record?


    Look, that one’s just fucking ridiculous.

    (For that matter, I still can’t even entertain the suspicion that he’s not a natural-born citizen … because there’s absolutely no doubt his mother was one.)

  5. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm |

    Chavez is in a bad way. He and Uhbama were hug-hug buddies a while back. I hope what Chavez has is catching and ends this crap.

  6. rickn8or
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm |

    dick, nqdwg: yep and I hope it hurts like a bastard.

  7. Merovign
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm |

    Stupid Republicans and their War On Terror overreach!

    Wait, what?

  8. JoeBandMember
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm |

    I truly hate the bastard and all those around the turd.

    Only an elector revolt can stop this crazy train.

    There IS one more court case, brought forth by a Presidential candidate that will be heard January 4th.

    Go to http://codyjudy.blogspot.com/

    Give his blog a read.

  9. Fat Baxter
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm |

    Sigivald @ $ “there’s absolutely no doubt his mother was one

    His mother’s citizenship is not the issue. As I understand it (and there’s a lot of debate on this), the issue revolves around the laws in effect at that time (that’s important, ’cause the laws have loosened up significantly since then).

    As the argument goes, she was a minor at his birth, and could not automatically pass on citizenship because of her residency status. Apparently, she had to be in-country (in the US or its territories) for several of the years previous to his birth, which she wasn’t. Anyway, that’s what I hear is the crux of the issue.

  10. mojo
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm |

    Oh noes, not my PERMANENT RECORD!

    Not that I’ve taken any opportunities to, um, pare it down a little or anything.

    That would be illegal.