The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 has become a rubber stamp for secret government surveillance of regular Americans, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has become a permission-slip clearinghouse. Since Sept. 11, 2001, “judicial oversight” has really meant “judicial blessing.”
A New Jersey State Senator has proposed legislation that would allow police officers to confiscate drivers’ cellphones if they have “reasonable grounds” to believe that the driver was talking or texting at the time a wreck occurred.
The Barack Obama Administration’s disdain for whistle-blowers, combined with politicians’ calls for attacking journalists who publicize information provided by leakers in the interest of “national security,” suggests the Nation has reached an age in which its leaders feel comfortable publicly advocating for a total state monopoly on information.
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President Barack Obama has nominated B. Todd Jones to fill a seven-year vacancy to direct the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), even though Jones is currently being investigated by the Office of Special Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over allegations he retaliated against a whistle-blower when he was […]
Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.) said during an interview that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden be prosecuted as well as the U.K. Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, an American citizen living overseas who broke the story. “No right is absolute; even the press has restrictions,” said King, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. […]
Representative Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) may have discovered where at least a few of those rounds of ammunition the government is buying massive quantities of is going when he visited the Maryland Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in May: the Internal Revenue Service. Duncan, chairman of the House Homeland Security oversight subcommittee, said during recent interviews […]
The Administration of President Barack Obama, acting through the U.S. Department of Energy, has just raised the so-called “social cost” of carbon emissions by 60 percent — and it did so by quietly piggybacking the change on a routine update to energy efficiency standards for microwave ovens. Before the Obama-backed rate jump, the government had […]
U.S. intelligence officials reportedly launched an attack against al-Qaida’s Inspire magazine last month by garbling articles and removing sections, prompting the magazine’s terror-advocating creators to remove the edition from the Internet. A new version of the magazine was later reposted, including a section touting the Boston Marathon bombings as an Islamic jihad success story. Inspire, […]
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.