There’s a lot of news going on today, so pointing everyone to a lengthy, reflective interview in which a freshman Senator looks back on his first seven months in office might seem counterintuitive. But Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has more worth saying in his sit-down with Rare’s Brett Decker than you likely heard if you spent […]
Representative Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) said recently that he will soon introduce legislation which would bar small businesses from opting to hire part-time employees instead of full-time employees in order to avoid extra costs they would incur by reaching staffing thresholds that would force compliance with costly Obamacare mandates. Republicans have consistently said that small businesses […]
Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.
On Wednesday, The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald released more information provided by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden in June about the agency’s ability to spy on electronic communications. The latest installment revealed an NSA project called XKeyscore that, with a few keystrokes, can give a data analyst access to nearly everything a user does on the Internet.
A Federal appeals court in Texas has ruled that law enforcement can obtain from cellphone service providers the geolocation data that pinpoints the physical movements of individual users over time without first obtaining a search warrant. The ruling drew immediate condemnation from privacy groups.
House Speaker John Boehner is poised to stall deliberation on immigration reform until after the August recess — mainly in an attempt to avoid angry constituent confrontations while on break. The tactical delay also keeps House GOP leaders from taking a stand, which effectively gives their Democratic adversaries no GOP policies to criticize.
Brush up on the day’s headlines with Personal Liberty’s P.M. Edition news links.
Authorities aren’t ruling out aliens in the mutilation of several cows in the rural Missouri countryside. The attacks, which have killed cows – all female – dating back to late 2011, all bear the same forensic markers: their reproductive organs are removed; their tongues cut out; their ears severed. It wasn’t until the third and […]
Add this to the list of reasons Detroit is in shambles. On June 6, Fox 2 News reported that an FBI agent almost shot a Detroit cop at a gas station while filling up. The situation occurred after officers decided it would be a good idea to simulate a purse snatching and invite a TV […]
This post, written by surveillance, free speech, and government transparency expert Trevor Timm, was originally published on July 31, 2013 by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. We wrote yesterday about the dangerous “hacker madness” strategy used by the prosecution in the Bradley Manning trial, a tried-and-true tactic that attempts to scare judges into sustaining convictions based […]