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  •  Liveblog & C-Span: House/Amash set for ~2pm EDT (8+ / 0-)

    The Guardian has started a liveblog to cover the House session which will include the Amash Amendment --

    The House debate on the defense authorization bill is scheduled to begin at 2pm. We'll have all the developments here.

    The House session can be found online at

    •  "This is the moment," (5+ / 0-)
      The vote on the amendment provides the first test of congressional opinion about the widespread NSA surveillance revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and reported in the Guardian.
      "This is the moment," said Michelle Richardson, a surveillance lobbyist for the ACLU.

      Even if Amash's push to limit the NSA program fails, civil libertarian groups are preparing for a long battle, fueled by the belief that public opinion is finally tipping their way. On Thursday, a court in New York was due to hear preliminary legal arguments on a case brought by the ACLU that challenges the constitutionality of the NSA's mass collection of phone records.

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

      by allenjo on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 10:54:13 AM PDT

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      •  Gonzales climb out from under slimy rock (7+ / 0-)

        to protest the Amash/Conyers Amendment.  At Guardian liveblog (above) with fuller coverage at --

        A collection of Bush-era national security officials have penned an open letter in “strong support” of recently revealed National Security Agency surveillance programs targeting phone company megadata and foreign Internet communications.

        “We are convinced that both programs are vitally important to our national security. The Director of the NSA, Gen. Keith Alexander, has publicly attested that these programs have been instrumental in helping to prevent attacks on the United States and its allies, including the plot to bomb the New York City subway,” reads the letter.

        It’s signed by former attorneys general Michael Mukasey and Alberto Gonzales, former Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte, former CIA director Michael Hayden and Porter Goss, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, and former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.

        The Slimeball Surveillance Six.

        Every one of them a key player in setting up the NSA's current programs.

        I cheered out loud, then guffawed heartily, when I saw that the quick action on Amash/Conyers brought these guys out of the dark to write a joint protest.  If they're squawking, this Amendment must be on the right track!

    •  did they vote on the Amash amendment yet? (0+ / 0-)

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

      by allenjo on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 11:37:10 AM PDT

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      •  House just finished voting on another amendment (4+ / 0-)
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        Debate on Amash amendment was scheduled to begin at 2:30.  Probably the delay was because of the debate and vote on the other amendment that just ended.  So debate on the Amash amendment is probably about to start.

        No, another amendment has just come up.

        The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

        by lysias on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 12:02:08 PM PDT

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