Showing posts with label NSA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NSA. Show all posts

How Jeb Bush Would Destroy The Internet & Your Privacy

by Trevor Timm.          Do you want to live in a country where Internet Service Providers can slow down and censor your internet traffic at will, where the NSA has vastly more power than it does today and where end-to-end encryption may be illegal?   Then Jeb Bush is the Republican presidential contender for you: he has positioned himself       ... MORE

Orwellian Justice Upholds NSA Spying on Americans: Court of Appeals Upholds Unconstitutional Mass Surveillance

by Stephen Lendman. Virtually unrestricted NSA data mining tramples on Fourth Amendment rights brazenly. In December 2013, Federal District Court of the District of Columbia Judge Richard Leon ruled NSA spying unconstitutional, saying: The threshold issue is whether plaintiffs have a reasonable expectation of privacy that is violated when the     ... MORE

Ron Paul: The Seamless Web Of Liberty

Toward a free society.        Many people think the Internal Revenue Service was violating civil liberties when it harassed tea party groups. After all, the groups were targeted because they wanted to exercise their civil liberty to challenge government policies. However, the specific issue in the IRS case was the groups’ application for tax-exempt status, ... MORE

AT&T Has “Partnership” With NSA To Spy On US Internet

by Clayton Browne.     Your world delivered. The most recent release of secret documents by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden makes it clear that telecom giant AT&T has been actively cooperating with the NSA in its large scale program to spy on the internet traffic of Americans. Based on the documents, it appears that AT&T has been        ... MORE

Chris Christie And Rand Paul Reflect The Clash Between The GOP's Authoritarian And Libertarian Tendencies

by Jacob Sullum.     One of the most telling moments in last week's Republican presidential debate came when moderator Megyn Kelly asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to defend his position that Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator, should be held responsible for the next terrorist attack on Americans because he opposes the National Security Agency's   ... MORE

Giving Government 'Backdoor' Access To Encrypted Data Threatens Both Personal Privacy And National Security

How domestic spying makes us less safe. The "Crypto Wars" are here again, which means federal officials are doing all they can to limit the technological tools that keep our personal data secure. President Obama and leaders from the National Security Agency (NSA), FBI, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have been pressuring   ... MORE

Connie Mack IV: A Spirited Defense Of Liberty

Liberty has a champion.  Whether you like his brand of conservatism or not — and there’s plenty about his approach to national security and foreign policy that I don’t like — you have to admire the principled stand that Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky took on the reauthorization of the Patriot Act. Mr. Paul made Americans step back and take a  ... MORE

USA Police State Celebrated As “Defense Of Freedom”

by William Boardman.      One needs a wicked sense of humor these days to fully appreciate the present moment in American history, as a supposedly free country debates which police state practices to adopt, while ignoring any thought that maybe the United States should not be a police state at all. For a brief shining moment early on June 1,   ... MORE

Sheldon Richman: The USA Freedom Act Is Inscrutable Because Politicians Know Power Thrives On Complexity

Just as roaches flourish in the dark.      In a democracy citizens prevent the government from abusing them by staying informed and exercising their "rights" under the system. They monitor the politicians’ and bureaucrats’ conduct, and when citizens see what they consider misbehavior, they act to stop it either by communicating     ... MORE

Andrew Napolitano: Neither Freedom Nor Safety

Doing away with probable cause for the illusion of security. In their continuous efforts to create the impression that the government is doing something to keep Americans safe, politicians in Washington have misled and lied to the public. They have violated their oaths to uphold the Constitution. They have created a false sense of security. And   ... MORE

Rand Paul, Ron Wyden, & The End Of The 9/11 Terror Fog

by Nick Gillespie.    So provisions in The Patriot Act have expired, including some (such as section 215) that won't be renewed when Congress gets around to passing the reform legislation known as The USA Freedom Act. This is good news, even if many of the Patriot Act's controversial elements will become authorized under the replacement bill.    ... MORE

New Privacy App Takes A Page From NSA Technology

by Rob Lever. Before the National Security Agency began complaining about being shut out of encrypted devices, it helped develop software for secure communications that could be adapted by the private sector. That technology is hitting the public this month in the form of a smartphone application called Scrambl3 from a California startup which   ... MORE

Andrew Napolitano: Saving The Fourth

The Patriot Act has a bad pedigree and an evil history. In the fearful days immediately following 9/11, the Department of Justice quickly sent draft legislation to Congress that, if enacted, would have permitted federal agents to violate their oaths to uphold the Constitution by writing their own search warrants. The draft subsequently was revealed  ... MORE

John W. Whitehead: One Nation Under Surveillance

The NSA's technotyranny.     We now have a fourth branch of government. As I document in my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, this fourth branch came into being without any electoral mandate or constitutional referendum, and yet it possesses superpowers, above and beyond those of any other government  ... MORE

Erica Werner: Government, What Big You Have!

Obama to Senate: more snooping, please.      President Barack Obama called on the Senate Tuesday to extend key Patriot Act provisions before they expire five days from now, including the government's ability to search Americans' phone records. "This needs to get done," he told reporters in the Oval Office. "It's necessary to keep the       ... MORE

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PCN Editorial: The Surveillance State Is Illegal

Court gives NSA thumbs down.     A U.S. appeals court's ruling that the National Security Agency's metadata collection was illegal turned the spy state upside down in almost 100 pages of common sense and solid understanding of the rights Americans have under the law. It shows, once again, that both common sense and a respect for the rights      ... MORE