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 […]

Pundits Quick to Blame Snowden for Paris Attacks

If the aftermath of 9/11 taught us anything, it is that centralized governments slouching toward totalitarianism never let a crisis go to waste. And, in a corollary, citizens are far more credulous and trusting when they have just experienced a trauma. So, in the wake of the Paris attacks, it doesn’t surprise me at all that the intelligence community is calling for ever more lenient restrictions on their data collection and powers. And people are giving it to them. In fact, the intelligence 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 […]

White House Afraid to Say Whether Patriot Act Actually Does Any Good

I remember during the dreaded “sequester,” government officials and media personalities were saying that planes were going to fall out of the sky, people were going to be eating diseased meat products because government meat inspectors would be put on leave, and we were going to sustain another terrorist attack because the Defense Department was “shutting down.” Of course, none of that happened, but the Obama administration tried its best to make things as uncomfortable as possible in order Read more […]

Undercover Tests Reveal Huge Gaps in TSA Security

According to the results of recent undercover tests, TSA airport security measures are hugely ineffective: An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials, ABC News has learned. The series of tests were conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams who pose as passengers, Read more […]

Senate Fails to Reauthorize the Patriot Act – NSA Spying Over?

The Senate blocked reauthorization of the Patriot Act early Saturday, and left for Memorial Day recess without a clear plan to reauthorize the bill before it expires May 31. Senators rejected both a two-month extension of the bill the National Security Agency uses to justify its bulk collection of phone data, and a reform bill that would make phone companies responsible for keeping the data. The House overwhelmingly passed the reform bill, the USA Freedom Act, and won’t be back in session Read more […]

Senator Rand Paul Filibusters the Patriot Act

  Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) stood tall on Wednesday afternoon and evening to speak out against certain provisions in the Patriot Act. In particular he spoke passionately against the NSA’s illegal surveillance of innocent American citizens. A handful of Democrats and a few Republicans joined Senator Paul in his efforts to derail the Patriot Act vote. There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and privacy to suffer. That 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 […]

Federal Group Revived to Fight Domestic Terrorism

Well, things have been pretty quiet on the international front for a while (although the freed captives of Gitmo might change that soon), so our never-shrinking, always-growing federal government has decided to revive an internal intelligence group designed to fight domestic terrorism: The group will coordinate cases that involve Americans who may be spurred to violence for political or prejudicial reasons.   It will include representatives of the FBI, the National Security Division of Read more […]

White House: We’ll Be Dealing with Snowden “Fallout” for Decades

Michael Daniel, the White House Cyber Chief, spoke recently to some Navy Academy midshipmen about the horrible consequences of Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing revelations. In Daniel’s own words: Make no mistake: We are going to be dealing with the fallout from that for all of your careers, and the impact that has had on our national security will reverberate for decades. You at least have to hand it to the guy—he does have a flair for drama. But what is he talking about? I honestly don’t 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 […]