This article, written by staff attorney Hanni Fakhoury, was originally published on August 20, 2013 by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In the ongoing legal battle between craigslist and 3taps, a new court opinion makes clear that people are “authorized” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to access a public website. But what the court gave with one hand […]
For years, the Central Intelligence Agency denied that it kept a file on linguist, polemicist and MIT Professor Noam Chomsky related to his decades of brazen political activism. But in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Foreign Policy, the agency included documents proving that it kept an eye on Chomsky throughout […]
Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.), a 73-year-old civil rights icon on par with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., stepped away from the thinking of many of his Congressional peers in a recent interview with The Guardian, in praising whistle-blower Edward Snowden as a man appealing to “a higher law.” Via The Guardian: Asked in interview with […]
This article, written by Former Congressman Ron Paul, first appeared at the-free-foundation.org, the temporary home for his weekly column until his personal web page is up and running. In 2001, the Patriot Act opened the door to US government monitoring of Americans without a warrant. It was unconstitutional, but most in Congress over my strong […]
The GOP isn’t packed with politicians like Rand Paul (Ky.), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Justin Amash (Mich.) because establishment Republicans are fond of accusing any lawmaker who dares question government’s power of having “libertarian ideas.” And it’s certainly an effective strategy, packing a one-two punch that makes foreign policy hawks balk and the religious right squirm.
According to Libertarian Party officials, American distaste for the Nation’s mainstream political parties is beginning to show in a way that has the potential to change American politics over the next several years. At a Libertarian National Committee meeting last weekend, the Party announced that the number of people requesting information about running for political office as Libertarians in upcoming elections has doubled.
The American Civil Liberties Union released a report Wednesday indicating that American law enforcement largely considers simply traveling in an automobile reason enough to track American citizens and log their movements.
If you like the police state feel of post-9/11 New York City, you’re going to love this: President Barack Obama and Democratic New York Senator Chuck Schumer have been touting NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly as the man to take the reins at the Department of Homeland Security following news of Janet Napolitano’s leaving office. […]
A lawsuit filed against the National Security Agency by a coalition of 19 organizations illustrates how some Federal policies violate American rights, regardless of demographics, political affiliation or personal beliefs.
During a Restore the Fourth rally in Washington D.C. last week, former National Security Agency employee-turned-whistleblower Thomas Drake called on Americans to revolt against government surveillance and information control. “I call for a new American Revolution declaring our independence from the surveillance state and government control of information,” he said. Drake went on to decry […]