Keep Telling Yourself You Live in a Free Country

“Land of the free, home of the brave” doesn’t apply to the US anymore, but don’t tell that to the brainwashed sheeple still singing it at the top of their lungs. The flat fact is that we’re not brave, no matter which side of the aisle we’re cowering in. As a country, we are motivated almost entirely by fear. Fear of terrorism, fear of conspiracy, fear of conspiracy theorists, fear of global warming, fear of declining industry, fear of job loss, fear of socialism, fear of capitalism, fear 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 […]

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 […]

The PATRIOT ACT is Still Abusive and Useless … Why Are We Still Talking About This?

According to a new report by the Inspector General, the PATRIOT ACT is still useless. That’s right: still. We pretty much already knew it was designed more to make us feel safe than be safe, but years after its initial ratification, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find any reason at all to keep it around: FBI agents can’t point to any major terrorism cases they’ve cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in Read more […]

Should We Allow the DHS to Die?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is teetering on the precipice of a shutdown, and it doesn’t appear that either Democrats or Republicans are all that concerned about it. In this context, an article in Vox postulates that the DHS was never necessary and should be allowed to die: But the nonchalance with which both parties are treating the prospect of a Department of Homeland Security shutdown raises a big policy question: why does the department even exist? The answer is that it shouldn’t, Read more […]

Forfeiture Laws: IRS Can Seize Your Accounts Without Any Criminal Charge

A relatively recent policy update to civil asset forfeiture laws has given the IRS and other law enforcement agencies a new cash cow. Because now they can seize your accounts even without criminal charges or criminal connections: But the Institute for Justice, a Washington-based public interest law firm that is seeking to reform civil forfeiture practices, analyzed structuring data from the I.R.S., which made 639 seizures in 2012, up from 114 in 2005. Only one in five was prosecuted as a criminal Read more […]

The Real Meaning of Independence Day

It’s Friday, July 4, 2014, and Americans everywhere are firing up their grills and pulling out their stockpiles of technicolor ordnance to celebrate Independence Day. For most, eating too much meat and watching fireworks with the kids is about as far as this celebration will go. And most will never really consider what we are celebrating. Yesterday, I was at a fireworks display with my kids, and the announcer said today was all about being thankful for the armed forces—for those people who Read more […]

Obama Considers Killing a US Citizen with a Drone Strike

The US Justice Department and the Obama administration say there is an American citizen with ties to Al-Qaeda who is planning attacks on the US from overseas. And they badly want to kill him with a drone strike. But current laws are making that a little tricky. The suspected terrorist is in a country that is both unwilling to allow American military action within its borders and unable to capture the suspect. Obama’s new targeting policies dictate that American terrorism suspects overseas are Read more […]