The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has compiled an extensive timeline of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) progressive intrusion into the private lives of American citizens, dating back to the agency’s creation in 1952. The EFF, which seeks to defeat illegal governmental surveillance and litigates against the state to establish precedents that favor citizens’ Constitutional rights, […]
During a speech Friday President Barack Obama attempted to justify the government’s massive collection of American phone records. His message: Trust us, we’re from the government. “If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress, and don’t trust federal judges, to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution with […]
Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories. Disgraced Former CIA Director David Petraeus is attending this year’s Bilderberg Group meeting, evidently to offer input on how the expansion of surveillance capabilities can be […]
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.
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.
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.
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House lawmakers voted this week to disallow the Department of Homeland Security to enter new contracts for the purchase of millions of rounds of ammunition until DHS can explain to Congress why it needs so much ammo, and how much it is costing American taxpayers. The move was included in the 2014 spending bill for […]