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EFF Explains The History Of Surveillance And The Black Community

February is Black History Month and that history is intimately linked with surveillance by the Federal government in the name of “national security.”  Indeed, the history of surveillance in the African-American community plays an important role in the debate around spying today and in the calls for a Congressional investigation into that surveillance. Days after […]

Obama Quietly Submits Plans For International Climate Treaty Without Congressional Input

President Barack Obama moved ahead with plans this week to enter the United States into an international climate change agreement without Congressional approval. On Wednesday, the White House submitted its blueprint for a 2015 climate deal to the United Nations, calling for a “bifurcated approach” of the 1997 Kyoto protocol which placed varying degrees of […]

Bill Before Arizona Senate Would Force U.S. To Get Local Sheriffs’ Permission To Enforce Federal Law

A bill before the Arizona State Senate would make it a crime for Federal officers to attempt to enforce Federal law in the State without first receiving written permission from the County sheriff where the action is to occur. According to the Arizona Daily Star, Senate Bill 1290 would require a Federal agent to obtain […]

Obamacare ‘Enrollment’ Tanks; Dems Push For IRS Help To Win Midterms; Boehner’s Deficit Legacy; McConnell Does His Part; Cruz Rips RINOs On Debt Vote; Another Coming Out Party For China – Thursday Morning News Roundup 2-13-2014

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

Guess Who’s Paying For Obamacare Attack Ads? Democrats

Guess Who’s Paying For Obamacare Attack Ads? Democrats

How do you take on “Tea Party billionaires” (aka the Koch brothers) who think “attack ads can cover the truth?” You buy a vulnerable Democratic incumbent an ad that covers the truth right back.

CBO Director Warns Of Financial Trouble Stemming From Big Spending

CBO Director Warns Of Financial Trouble Stemming From Big Spending

In testimony before the Senate, Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Elmendorf told lawmakers that the “large and growing Federal debt” could very likely bring about financial hardship in the coming years.

Rand Sues The NSA; Katrina’s Corrupt Mayor; Obama’s Phony Transparency; Snowden, The NSA And The Courts; American Stasi— Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 2-12-2014

Brush up on the day’s headlines with Personal Liberty’s P.M. Edition news links.

Obama Administration’s ‘Transparent’ Government Drops U.S. To 46th Place On World Press Freedom Index

The United States, under the Obama Administration, has fallen to 46th place on Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index for 2014 – behind such transparency-friendly countries as Latvia, Slovenia and Romania. The U.S. came in 32nd last year. Reporters Without Borders cites three developments in 2013 as reasons for the precipitous drop: the Administration’s […]

Edward Snowden, The NSA And The U.S. Courts

This essay, written by Ben O’Neill, was originally published by Mises Daily on Feb. 12. Many commentators following the National Security Agency scandals have been eagerly awaiting the recommendations of the U.S. government task force on the matter, and the proposed reforms to be implemented by President Barack Obama to bring the spy agency under […]

ProPublica: You Know Who Else Collected Metadata? The Stasi.

This article, written by Julia Angwin, was originally published by ProPublica on Feb. 11. The East German secret police, known as the Stasi, were an infamously intrusive secret police force. They amassed dossiers on about one quarter of the population of the country during the Communist regime. But their spycraft, while incredibly invasive, was also […]

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