Today in 1976 – The National Emergencies Act reigns in Presidential powers

Sep 14, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On September 14, 1976, the National Emergencies Act was signed into law, creating major restrictions on Presidential powers invoked during national emergencies.

Today in 2005: The REAL ID Act is signed into law

May 11, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 11, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the REAL ID Act into law. The purpose of the Act was to establish a national ID database, but with widespread state opposition, REAL ID has gone unimplemented.

Today in 1953: The Supreme Court recognizes the State Secrets Doctrine

Mar 9, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

In ruling on U.S. v. Reynolds in 1953, the Supreme Court recognized the State Secrets Doctrine, which allows the government to exclude from evidence documents related to national security

Hot Docs: Appeals court upholds wiretap immunity for telecom companies

Jan 12, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld immunity granted to telecommunications companies for their assisting the federal government in warrantless monitoring of phone and email lines

Today in 2003: The CAN-SPAM Act is signed into law

Dec 16, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Eight years ago today, President George W. Bush signed the CAN-SPAM Act into law. Its ineffectiveness has earned it the nickname “You Can Spam” Act.

Today in 2000: SCOTUS puts the brakes on Florida recount

Dec 9, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

On December 9, 2000, the Supreme Court stopped the manual vote recount of the 2000 U.S. presidential election in Florida and effectively decided the election.

Ten Years Later: Is waterboarding really illegal?

Sep 27, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Despite strong efforts to argue otherwise, waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” are illegal under both domestic and international law.

Hot Docs: Saddam Hussein’s Deputy Prime Minister sues Obama

Apr 28, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Saddam Hussein’s international representative is suing President Obama for breach of contract for failing to hold up to the U.S.’s end of his surrender bargain.

Today in 2004: The Unborn Victims of Violence Act is passed by U.S. Congress

Mar 25, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Seven years ago, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act was passed by U.S. Congress, to the celebration of pro-life activists and chagrin of pro-choice ones.