When President Barack Obama was in the midst of his first campaign for the Nation’s highest office, he made some appealing promises to advocates of drawing down the War on Drugs and lightening restrictions on medical marijuana in the United States. What a difference a few years can make. According to a new report produced […]
There is much buzz about an Internet initiative encouraging as many Americans as possible to produce electronic communications using certain terrorist-sounding words and phrases in unison this evening. The goal is to create a blip on the National Security Agency’s radar in hopes of overwhelming the Federal government’s surveillance apparatus.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union filed suit Tuesday against the Administration of Barack Obama, challenging the National Security Agency’s Constitutional authority to conduct warrantless surveillance on Americans’ communications. The suit alleges that the Administration is violating citizens’ 1st and 4th Amendment protections. ACLU said in a statement: Last […]
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) continued what is seemingly an unending mission to discredit any member of the GOP more conservative than himself — a very low threshold by most accounts — on Sunday, saying that his least favorite wackobird, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), has lost his credibility in fighting global terrorism. On CNN’s “State of […]
What’s worse than a rapist? In the eyes of the Federal Government, so called hacktivists are pretty high on the list. Deric Lostutter faces possible charges that would put him behind bars for more time than the rapists he publicly shamed with his computer prowess.
The New York State Senate has passed a bill that would make it illegal for people in the State to “annoy” police officers; critics believe the bill, if passed by the State’s other legislative body, will enable police to abuse their power.
The Department of Homeland Security has released a long-awaited 2011 assessment of the civil liberties impact of its policy of conducting suspicionless searches of electronic devices at the border in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU calls the results of the DHS assessment “disappointing” for civil liberties advocates.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), in light of recent government spying scandals, will introduce legislation to strengthen Americans’ 4th Amendment protections against privacy intrusions. Paul’s Fourth Amendment Preservation and Protection Act of 2013 would extend 4th Amendment guarantees to electronic communications and require specific warrants, granted by judges, in order to obtain electronic communication information. “In […]
If you were among those who watched Tuesday morning’s House Ways and Means Committee hearings on the Internal Revenue Service scandal, a tip o’ the cap, doff of the lid and tap of the brim to you. Out of mere coincidence, President Barack Obama chose that same time frame to wander into the Rose Garden and whine about some Federal judicial appointees having a tough time of it.
The IRS/Tea Party Scandal doesn’t hold a candle to the size and scope of IRS abuses… So, it sheds no light on anything. Let’s boil this scandal down to simple words; words like “Tea Party” and “Patriot” and “Constitutional”; words that when used in paperwork to become tax exempt organizations, keep the people filing from being treated fairly.