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Charles Koch Doesn’t Sound Like A Guy Who’s Playing Defense

Charles Koch Doesn’t Sound Like A Guy Who’s Playing Defense

After weeks of flogging from the progressive left, and with months more to come, libertarian oil mogul Charles Koch poked his head out of the ground yesterday to pen an opinion column for The Wall Street Journal.

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 4-3-2014: Contempt Vote For Lerner; Dems Use Tragedy To Target Guns (Again); False Arrest Costs Dallas $1 Million; Don’t Trust Your Info To The Government (If You Can Help It); Weighing Promises To Reform The NSA; Why Are There So Many Federal Cops?

Brush up on the day’s headlines with Personal Liberty’s P.M. Edition news links.

Following Tragedy, Dems Revive Gun Control Rhetoric

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other top Democrats seized on Wednesday’s tragic shooting at Fort Hood in Texas to reiterate long-defeated calls for stricter gun control in the U.S. Reid told reporters that National Guard Specialist Ivan Lopez, who killed three people and wounded 16 others at the military installation before […]

Americans’ Personal Information Not Safe In Government Hands

A report out from the Government Accountability Office this week reveals that the Federal government’s number of “information security incidents” wherein Americans’ sensitive personal information was breached has more than doubled in recent years. GAO reports that, for 2013, there were 25,566 breaches of personally identifiable information (PII) that citizens entrusted to the government. That’s […]

Texas Man Freed After Video Evidence Shows Arresting Cop Lied To Secure Jail Time

Ronald Jones, a Dallas man caught between a malicious police officer and his destination one December night in 2009, went to jail for more than a year after Dallas cop Matthew Antkowiak fabricated a story that seemed to support an aggravated assault charge. Now Jones is free, and $1.1 million richer, after settling a lawsuit […]

House Oversight Committee To Hold Contempt Vote For Lerner

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said Thursday the Committee will hold a vote next week to determine whether to hold Lois Lerner in contempt for refusing to share what she knows about the IRS political discrimination scandal that came to light last year. The contempt vote is scheduled for Thursday of next week. […]

Watchdog: Depth Of Federal Arms Race Should Surprise, Shock Citizenry

This article, written by Rob Nikolewski, was originally published by New Mexico Watchdog on April 3. SANTA FE, N.M. — In late February, four Federal agents carrying side arms with a drug-sniffing dog descended on the Taos Ski Valley in what was called a “saturation patrol.” Authorities were working on tips of possible drug selling and […]

ProPublica Examines What The Proposed NSA Reforms Wouldn’t Do

This article, written by Kara Brandeisky, was originally published by ProPublica on April 3. Ten months after Edward Snowden’s first disclosures, three main legislative proposals have emerged for surveillance reform: one from President Obama, one from the House Intelligence Committee, and one proposal favored by civil libertarians. All the plans purport to end the bulk […]

Thursday Morning News Roundup 4-3-2014

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

UPDATED: Shooting Reported At Fort Hood

Update From Personal Liberty’s UPI News Wire: Fort Hood Shooter Identified As Ivan Lopez Officials identified the shooter who killed four people including himself at the Fort Hood military post in Texas on Wednesday as Spc. Ivan Lopez. The 34-year-old was married and had children, and had just moved to Killeen, Texas, from another military […]

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