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Jeb Bush Wants Expanded NSA

Bush boys It is crazy that Jeb Bush defended the NSA, but now he is calling for an Expanded NSA. Reuters reports, “Jeb Bush: NSA Needs Broader Powers to Combat 'Evildoers'.” Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat "evildoers." At a national security forum in the early voting state of South Carolina, Bush put himself at odds Read more [...] Continue reading →

Federal Agency Installs Surveillance Grid over Major City without Local Government?

Speed Cameras_Yellow Seattle is now under a surveillance grid of cameras thanks to the BATF, who did not consult the Seattle PD or city government. When I first saw this story I thought it must be one of those hoax/satire sites that sometimes fool conservatives. But it looks like a bona fide news site dedicated to happenings and issues related to the Seattle area. The headline: “ATF confirms surveillance cameras installed throughout Seattle.” The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Read more [...] Continue reading →

Donate to Conservatives: Get Audited

irs delete Judicial Watch has emails that show the IRS used donor lists to decide who got audited. Once again we see the IRS needs to be abolished on First and Fourth Amendment. People are not free to communicate or advocate if they can be subjected to punishments for supporting causes that the IRS does not approve of. And they cannot be free of surveillance and spying if they are required to tell the IRS what causes they support. Being audited is excruciating, even if you are ultimately vindicated. And Read more [...] Continue reading →

Corporations Can Be Good and Generous because Sometimes People Are

southwest airlines And yes, that’s because corporations are people, for better and worse. Everyone pretends that the phrase “corporations are people” refers to the legal concept of “corporate personhood.” It doesn’t. It simply means that  corporations consist of people acting in cooperation. That’s why it is important to realize the restricting the “rights of corporations” is really an attack on people. The only way my writing appears on your screen right now is because of some corporations. Read more [...] Continue reading →

The NSA Is Still Untamed by the Constitution

nsa listens The NSA made the news twice in a way that shows it is still a lawless organization. Several republican candidates are running on a “We need the NSA to keep us safe and it is all Constitutional” platform. Hillary Clinton is not saying anything substantial about it yet, but it is more than likely that she will adopt the same platform. Matt Purple writes at Rare.US: “Two incidents last week proved the NSA is completely out of control.” One incident was reported in the Washington Post. Read more [...] Continue reading →

Judge: If You Are a Conservative You Have Given Up Your Privacy

Viewing Eyes_cropped On the other hand, if you are a Liberal then you get to keep your privacy. I really don’t like Bill Cosby very much from what I read about him lately. It seems likely that he belongs in prison. Since nothing has been prosecuted and the media is biased, I can’t be certain about things, but that is how they look now. So I’m not writing this post to defend Cosby or to express any sympathy for him. Even if he is not guilty of the worst possible charges he is quite certainly an immoral man. Read more [...] Continue reading →

UK Anti-Terrorism Program Targets Christian Children

Education_for_Death Using the excuse of an anti-terrorism program, UK education alerts teachers to children who view homosexual activity as wrong. You can say to yourself that this is only happening in Britain and not here. But it is certainly going to happen here and it probably already is happening. The only difference is the plans and programs are still hidden. Does anyone seriously think there isn’t a government database of all the Facebook profiles that refused to post rainbow images in celebration of the Read more [...] Continue reading →

Could France Give Edward Snowden Asylum because NSA Spied on Them?

we are all snowden Both the French media and a French politician have suggested granting Edward Snowden asylum in the wake of WikiLeaks revelations about NSA spying. When I posted about the WikiLeaks report that the NSA spied on French presidents, I didn’t think the rage of the French would mean too much. But now I’m wondering. According to the Intercept, French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira thinks National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange might be Read more [...] Continue reading →

The Stupidity of the Facebook Diversity Report

facebook The Facebook diversity report reveals low numbers, but an even lower respect for freedom and dignity. If you want to see a lion, a polar bear, a penguin, and a bison in a location that allows you to view them within a single half-hour, you will have to go to a zoo. Only captive animals will be in that close proximity to one another. In the wild, they live in completely different environments. Human “races” are not the same as animals. Even if some racial characteristics originated in certain Read more [...] Continue reading →

Obama Administration Still Ignores Petition to Pardon Edward Snowden

Obama Snowden The petition to pardon Edward Snowden is being ignored for a reason. They want to teach you your place. People might think that the fact that people continue to sign the petition for the President to pardon Edward Snowden and the White House ignores this petition is embarrassing to the Administration. In my opinion, that is a superficial interpretation of what is going on when the White House intentionally ignores a petition and despises the promise it made to respond to such petitions. I think Read more [...] Continue reading →

NSA Spying Now Causes Rift with France

constitution nsa How many other countries are going to hate us for our NSA spying? So far the responses of Brazil and Germany have really stood out. But now France is added to the list, thanks to more great work by Wikileaks. Consider the USA Today story, “France says U.S. must work to 'repair' trust after spy claims.” French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday said his government would "not tolerate" threats to its interests after WikiLeaks claimed the National Security Agency may have spied on three French Read more [...] Continue reading →

Reason Magazine's Gag Order

censored gagged The Libertarian publisher was subjected to a gag order about the government’s demand for information regarding online commenters. Back in January I posted about the trial of Rober Ulbricht, who was accused of being “the Dread Pirate Roberts,” the manager or enabler of the Silk Road website, the home of illegal transactions. There were several oddities about the case, not least that no one knows how the government gathered some of its evidence and the defense was not allowed to find out. Read more [...] Continue reading →