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FISA Amendments Act News Roundup

Sixty-seven senators chose to side with corporate interests rather than uphold the Constitution today, passing the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) and voting to reject every amendment that would have improved the bill and protected American civil liberties. For a list of which Senator cast which shameful vote, here is the...

EFF at FOSDEM, Brussels

EFF's Eddan Katz and Erik Josefsson will be speaking at FOSDEM, and hosting an EFF party on the 22nd. Please RSVP fosdem2008@eff.org.

Senate Caves into Pressure - Won't Block Immunity for Illegal Spying

Washington, D.C. - Despite the strong leadership of senators like Chris Dodd and Russ Feingold, the Senate failed today to block provisions of a pending surveillance bill that would grant immunity to phone companies that assisted the government in illegal electronic surveillance. The Dodd-Feingold amendment to remove immunity from the...

RNC Reruns Failed Attack Ad

Since late last week, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has been circulating a comically lame political advertisement around Capitol Hill. Since the ad isn't actually running on TV anywhere, the message is clearly to members of Congress and their staff: "If you don't do as Bush says on the issue...

As Evidence of Piracy Weakens, House Passes Overbearing "Campus Digital Theft Prevention" Requirements

The House passed the College Opportunity and Affordability Act (COAA) last week, leaving the troubling "Campus Digital Theft Prevention" requirements intact despite recent revelations that fears over unauthorized campus-based filesharing were drastically overblown by the motion picture industry. The provision requires universities to combat unauthorized file sharing in two...

House Committee Leaders Unite to Oppose Immunity for Telecoms

Washington, D.C. - Today, a formidable trio of House Committee Chairmen sent a stern letter to their colleagues urging them to oppose immunity for phone companies that assisted in the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program. The White House is demanding that immunity for the telecoms be included in Foreign Intelligence Surveillance...

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