How many Americans are willing to exchange some essential liberty for a little temporary safety? Or to ask it another way, how many will exchange much of their independence for security? Sadly, the answer is a whole bunch of them. But not among the readers of Personal Liberty Digest™. You are a proud, feisty and independent crowd.
House Democrats are demanding that the government’s ability to spy on American citizens be immediately throttled in the wake of ongoing reports of the National Security Agency’s unConstitutional collection of thousands of electronic communications between innocent Americans. They believe the executive branch is guilty of vast abuses of the surveillance power granted in the name of fighting terror.
President Barack Obama said two weeks ago that he would assemble a panel of intelligence outsiders to evaluate the National Security Agency and “consider how we can maintain the trust of the people [and] how we can make sure that there absolutely is no abuse.” On Thursday, ABC News revealed some of the names of […]
For almost two years, EFF has been fighting the government in Federal court to force the public release of an 86-page opinion of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). Issued in October 2011, the secret court’s opinion found that surveillance conducted by the NSA under the FISA Amendments Act was unConstitutional and violated “the spirit of” Federal law.
Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.) vowed over the weekend to revive a legislative attempt to block the National Security Agency from collecting American phone and Internet data en masse following the narrow defeat of a similar effort last month. “I’m hopeful that we’ll have another opportunity,” Amash said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It might […]
Almost nobody believes President Barack Obama’s pledge to implement a series of self-policing policies to rein in government spying will amount to much, according to the results of a Rasmussen weekend poll.
The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee set the wheels in motion this week for a comprehensive review of how it plans to clamp down on virtual currencies like Bitcoin.
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 […]
If you’ve paid any attention to the national headlines at all over the past couple of months, you’re well-aware that your privacy is under attack in our technological society. Barring a complete embrace of a Luddite philosophy, you probably can’t hope to totally protect your privacy; but there are easy ways to avert snoops. The […]
On Sunday, CBS moderator Bob Schieffer invited former NSA head retired Gen. Michael Hayden to appear on “Face the Nation” to discuss privacy and government spying. Schieffer’s choice should be both revealing and infuriating to any American who rejects the notion that government has the right to violate citizen privacy.