The FISA Court Exists To Give The Government What It Wants

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 has become a rubber stamp for secret government surveillance of regular Americans, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has become a permission-slip clearinghouse. Since Sept. 11, 2001, “judicial oversight” has really meant “judicial blessing.”

Party Affiliation Taints Americans’ Views On Privacy, Civil Liberty

A poll released Monday shows more than half of all Americans think it’s acceptable for the government to secretly track their phone calls, if doing so keeps them safe from terrorism. The poll also shows that nearly half believe it’s also acceptable for the National Security Administration to indiscriminately spy on citizens’ online activities.

Florida Governor Suspends Sheriff For Standing Up For 2nd Amendment

Florida Governor Rick Scott has suspended the sheriff of the State’s least-populous county after he allegedly set free a man who’d been arrested for possessing a weapon without a permit. But Sheriff Nick Finch maintains he was simply using judgment and discretion to protect his constituents’ Constitutional freedoms, and his suspension has drawn anger from both locals and 2nd Amendment advocates.

Cincinnati IRS Workers Reveal What Really Happened – And Yes, It’s What You Think

A pair of IRS agents who worked in the Cincinnati office at the center of the widening Tea Party discrimination scandal told Congressional investigators they were ordered by “higher-ups” in Washington, D.C. to target conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status during the 2012 election season. If true, it will further refute the many assertions made by IRS officials and the Obama Administration that “rogue” local agents acted independently.

Who’s Breaking News On White House Scandals? Not The Mainstream Media

With the exception of some dogged reporters who’ve essentially had to go rogue within their own organizations in order to delve into the Benghazi scandal (and been persecuted by their own employers as a thank-you), there’s been precious little issues-based reporting, and a truckload of damage control, emanating from the American mainstream press over the IRS scandal; the AP scandal; Benghazi and, now, Verizon.

Members Of Congress Got $238k In Welfare Last Year Thanks To Farm Bill

In socially conservative, rural States, a lot of sworn Republicans’ staunch talk about smaller government and ending welfare melts away to the loudest of Liberal bellyaching when talk turns to trimming or ending agricultural subsidies. Now, a new report reveals that members of Congress received nearly $250,000 in Farm Bill entitlements last year, violating the spirit of what was supposed to be a temporary bailout designed to lift struggling Depression-era farmers.