Obama Likes His NSA – And He’s Keeping It; 1st Amendment Victory For Citizen Journalists; New Mexico Cops Settle With Victim Of Illegal Anal Probe; Examining Obama’s Lies On How He Spies; Friday Funnies – Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 1-17-2014

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Critics: Obama Likes His NSA, And He’s Keeping It

President Barack Obama’s announced changes to the National Security Agency Friday were dismissed by many privacy advocates, tech companies and politicians as do-nothing measures to preserve the surveillance state status quo. Instead of the strong renouncement of the agency’s intrusive spy tactics critics had hoped for, the President delivered a handful flaccid half measures that will do little to limit the agency’s power. Read More…

 

Victory For Citizen Journalism: Court Sides With Bloggers In 1st Amendment Challenge

An appeals court has tossed out a lower court’s finding that would have denied bloggers the same 1st Amendment protections afforded to mainstream journalists. It’s an enormous victory for citizen journalism, as well as for the essential right of every American to freely speak (and write) his mind. Read More…

 

New Mexico Man Violated By Police In Illegal Anal Probe Settles For $1.6 Million

In November, we told you about the New Mexico man who was suing two municipalities and one hospital for participating in a thorough – and we do mean thorough – body cavity search without probable cause, without a legal warrant, and without finding any drugs on him – or in him. Now that man can claim at least a partial victory. Read More…

 

Four Questionable Claims Obama Has Made on NSA Surveillance 

Today President Obama plans to announce some reportedly limited reforms to National Security Agency surveillance programs. Since the first disclosures based on documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Obama has offered his own defenses of the programs. But not all of the president’s claims have stood up to scrutiny. Here are some of the misleading assertions he has made. ProPublica Examines… 

 

Friday Fun: A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

Oh là là! An exposé published last Friday alleged French President François Hollande has been having an affair with French actress Julie Gayet for two years. The news was too much for the French first lady, Hollande’s partner of several years, Valérie Trierweiler. Friday Funnies…

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