‘The Constitution in Crisis.’

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, has announced a series of hearings titled “The Constitution in Crisis: The State of Civil Liberties in America.” Topics to be covered by the hearings include:

— The National Security Agency’s wiretapping program and proposed expansions; — The erosion of Habeas Corpus through the Military Commissions Act; — The sanctioning of torture through the Military Commissions Act and other government policies; — The practice of “extraordinary rendition,” or government sponsored kidnapping; — PATRIOT Act threats to privacy rights, including the FBI’s abuses of the National Security Letter authority and intrusions into Americans’ “Freedom to Read”; — Government surveillance of First Amendment-protected activities; and — The gutting of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights and Voting Rights Divisions.

More details at The Gavel.