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 […]
Agricultural giant Monsanto is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to determine how an experimental strain of wheat engineered to be resistant to herbicide ended up in cultivation in an Oregon field. Monsanto is distancing itself from accountability, but isn’t ruling out the idea that someone else may have maliciously planted the company’s experimental […]
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wants Americans to feel better about Obamacare, but she has a strange way of explaining how the “exciting enterprise” will benefit the populace. During a Capitol Hill Press conference on Thursday, Pelosi gave the following reasons America should “be excited” about Obamacare: Will premiums go up? “Well, some of […]
Atherton, the California town where a private April fundraising visit from President Barack Obama rankled local leaders saddled with the cost of extra security, is stepping up its efforts to recoup the money so that the town’s taxpayers don’t have to foot the bill. The town may even go so far as to place a […]