Statement of
Bob Barr, Chuck Baldwin,
Cynthia McKinney, and Ralph Nader
Candidates for President

National Press Club September 13, 2008

"We must protect the privacy and civil liberties of all persons under US jurisdiction. We must repeal or radically change the Patriot Act, the Military jio phone booking Commissions Act, and the FISA legislation. We must reject the notion and practice of torture, eliminations of habeas corpus, secret tribunals, and secret prisons. We must deny immunity for corporations that spy willingly on the people for the benefit of the government. We must reject the unitary presidency, the illegal use of signing statements and excessive use of executive orders."

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Privacy ’08: A Time for Debate

Posted April 12, 2014 By admin

The vice-presidential debate is this coming Thursday, October 2nd at 9pm. The Privacy ’08 campaign has sent a letter to Gwen Ifill, moderator of Thursday’s debate, urging her to ask a question regarding the future of privacy protections for American consumers and citizens. More questions and privacy challenges facing the next Administrationo can be found here.

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The Civil Liberties Examiner has a post outlining Barack Obama’s positions on civil liberties issues. Obama has a 82% lifetime score from the ACLU, with an 80% rating during the 110th Congress. However, despite his high score, there is no civil liberties section on his website.

The Civil Liberties Examiner also has a corresponding post outlining John McCain’s positions on the same issues.

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This Friday, Oct. 31, at noon, EPIC will host a Privacy ’08 debate with representatives from both the Obama and McCain campaigns. The event will take place at EPIC’s offices at 1718 Connecticut Ave NW. RSVP by e-mailing rsvp@epic.org.

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Discussion: E-Deceptive Campaign Practices

Posted April 12, 2014 By admin

There will be a discussion about e-deceptive campaign practices today, Oct. 20, at the EPIC offices at 1718 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 200 from 2pm to 3pm. Deceptive campaigns are attempts to misdirect targeted voters regarding the voting process for public elections. Election activity that would be considered deceptive could include false statements about polling times, date of the election, voter identification rules, or the eligibility requirements for voters who wish to cast a ballot. Historically, disinformation and misinformation efforts intended to suppress voter participation have been systemic attempts to reduce voter participation among low-income, minority, young, disabled, and elderly voters. In 2008, millions of new voters are engaging the political process through Internet communication, which presents an opportunity to review the technology and the incident of e-deceptive campaign practices. See more information on the Facebook event page.

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On Friday, Congress passed H.R. 2638, a consolidated budget bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security, along with other federal agencies through March 2009. The bill grants $50,000,000 for general implementation of REAL ID, and another $50,000,000 for developing information sharing and verification capability with states to support implementation of REAL ID. Neither Senator Obama nor Senator McCain was present for the vote.

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Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr released a press release today blasting Congress for failing to repeal the REAL ID Act. Senators McCain and Obama both voted for the measure when it was passed as an amendment to an appropriations bill. “Protecting the people’s liberties and privacy is central to government’s role, not an afterthought – factors obviously not important to my opponents in both the Republican and Democratic Parties who supported the Real ID Act,” Barr stated.
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