Senator Rand Paul “Appalled” by NSA Surveillance of Congress Members

No pun intended, I’m sure. Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul said that he was “appalled” by the NSA’s surveillance of not just U.S. members of congress, but also Jewish-American groups and Israeli leaders. Some Paul critics are “appalled” that Paul is appalled over this, saying that he must think members of Congress are “above the law” and should be exempt from widespread surveillance that the NSA implements on all other Americans. Rand Paul has always been opposed Read more […]

Chris Christie Thinks the 4th Amendment is “Ridiculous”?

During the sound bite contest presidential debate, Chris Christie was asked about Rand Paul’s position on the NSA’s surveillance programs. “Do you really believe you can assign blame to Senator Paul just for opposing the people’s bulk collection of phone records in the event of a terrorist attack?” moderator Megyn Kelly asked. Christie had commented just last month that Senator Paul “should be in front of hearings in front of Congress if there’s another attack.” Oh, brother. Read more […]

The NSA Have Lois Lerner’s E-mails

Everything we do on a computer, especially on the internet, is stored somewhere. Even when you try deleting something, it’s very difficult to ensure that it’s actually deleted. It might not be easy to get once you delete something, but it’s somewhere. E-mails, instant messages, internet history, etc. – all that stuff is compiled by the NSA. Even if it’s been deleted from your server, it’s not gone forever. It’s stored in the NSA’s massive data center in Bluffdale, Utah. For “national Read more […]

Sign The Petition The NSA Fears

Actually, I don’t know that the NSA fears this petition. I’m sure they view it as little more than a nuisance. But at least it’s something. Here’s the National Journal: The suit, Paul says, is because Obama “has publicly refused to stop a clear and continuing violation of the Fourth Amendment. The Bill of Rights protects all citizens from general warrants. I expect this case to go all the way to the Supreme Court and I predict the American people will win.” The Kentucky Republican is Read more […]

DOJ: NSA “Probably” Snoops on Congressmen’s Phone Calls

Russ Tice is a former intelligence analyst and whistleblower during the George W. days. He said that the intelligence community kept surveillance over all sorts of politicians, ranging from military officials to judges to congressmen and senators. Tice even stated that he held a file in his hand that ordered the wiretapping of phone numbers associated with a particular “wannabe” Senator in Illinois. That was back in 2004, and now that Senator is President. The National Journal reported Read more […]

Obama Shrugs: Has the NSA Actually Thwarted Any Terrorist Attacks?

Obama was asked by a Reuters reporter whether the NSA’s domestic snooping has actually helped to thwart any terrorist attacks at all. Here was Obama’s answer: What I’ve said in the past continues to be the case, which is that the NSA, in executing this program, believed, based on experiences from 9/11, that it was important for us to be able to track, if there was a phone number of a known terrorist outside of the United States calling into the United States, where that call might have gone Read more […]

John Kerry: Government Shutdown Causing Diplomatic Problems, Not Surveillance Scandal

According to John Kerry, the government “shutdown” affected more than just those wanting to run on a national park trail or those wanting to see the World War II Memorial or view the Panda Cam at the national zoo. Apparently, the dire consequences of the shutdown we experienced recently extended internationally all the way to our numerous allies. At a speech he gave at the Center for American Progress, he stated: “I wanted to reflect on the damage that events like the one we’ve just Read more […]

NSA Employees Use Powers For Personal Stalking Without Being Detected Or Punished

It now seems totally ironic that, back when I was in High School, a popular band was called “The Police,” and they had a hit song that began this way: Every breath you take And every move you make Every bond you breatk, every step you take I’ll be watching you Every single day And every word you say Every game you play, every night you stay I’ll be watching you. I’m not sure why such a stalky song was considered so cool to listen to, but it does seem like prophecy now. Last Thursday, Read more […]

NSA Admits Snowden Didn’t Need To Be Clever To Steal Secrets About Stealing Secrets

The NSA and their political allies have been making angry faces and expressing self-righteous indignation that Edward Snowden dared to search and find the spy agency’s private information and share it with the world. Obviously a moral person only steals secrets from other people, not the NSA. One of the mantras of this affair is that we are all safer with the NSA spying on us because they are only trying to protect us and they don’t abuse the information they have on us. Obviously, all unconstitutional Read more […]

Tech CEO’s Were Forced By Threats To Comply With NSA

The CEOs Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Marissa Mayer (Yahoo!) are defending themselves for collaborating with the NSA spies. When I first saw the story yesterday morning, it read: “Yahoo CEO Mayer: We Faced Jail If We Revealed NSA Surveillance Secrets.” Now the headline has change to something much less dramatic and puts a different emphasis on the story, though it still mentions the threat of incarceration. But others are still reporting in full. Fox News: “Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer said Read more […]

“I Have Nothing To Hide”: Misses The Point Of Big Brother

So I’m hearing and reading people who think that it is just fine for the government to “keep us safe” ™ by spying on the general public, culling data without a warrant as the Fourth Amendment dictates. “I’m not doing anything wrong,” we are told. That doesn’t matter. The conservative groups who applied to the IRS for 501©3 status were not doing anything wrong either. But they were nevertheless singled out for harassment. The conservative groups who were trying to get documents Read more […]