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The Definition of Terrorist Expanding Under Barack Obama

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The definition of terrorist is much like the definition of “criminal” in relation to the political class: they have a motive to enlarge it. No one described this fact more dramatically than Ayn Rand in her novel, Atlas Shrugged, where

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Edward Snowden Empowered Congress to Deal with the NSA

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I’m not saying Congress is doing a great job, but they would still be doing nothing if Edward Snowden hadn’t decided to blow the whistle. This interesting piece by NPR (“The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA’s Secretive Work.”)

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The Missouri Legislature Proves It Has a Few Good Men

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I am really proud of my state right now. The New York Times has launched an attack on Missouri because it is the only state in the union that has refused to set up a database to track all pain

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How Much Information Does the Government Keep About Us?

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An editor at Ars Technica, Cyrus Farivar, finally shook loose from the government their dossier on him. As far as we know none of this information was retrieved by hacking a computer system or wiretapping (or the digital equivalent of

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Big Brother is Watching What You Eat... And Encouraging You Through a Talking Grocery Cart?

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With the claimed interest in making sure we eat allegedly “sustainable” food, you would think that these food dictators would want to make sure that they used economical means to promote good food. But you would be wrong if you

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Did You Really Think NSA Workers Were any Better than the TSA?

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You may remember that TSA insiders assured us that, yes, they were laughing at our bodies when we went through the nudie scanners at the airport. Well, here’s a newsflash for those who need it: the TSA is not some

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The Department of Justice is Blatantly Giving the IRS a Free Pass

Catherine Engelbrecht

From the IJReview website: “Group At Center Of IRS Scandal Has Never Been Interviewed By FBI Investigators.” No one from True The Vote, the highest profile organization targeted by the IRS in the scandal involving improper scrutiny of conservative-leaning non-profits, has

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The NSA Gets, Keeps, and Leaks the Private Data of Innocent Americans

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Edward Snowden is now being accused of violating the privacy of ordinary Americans. And it is true. He turned over the personal data to the Washington Post. Ben Wittes at the Lawfare blog writes his accusation, listing some examples of

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Independence Day, Thirty Years After: Pentagon Is Big Brother on the Other Side of the Screen

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In George Orwell’s 1948 novel, 1984, the concept of “Big Brother” became the universal slogan for the surveillance state. Orwell used very little actual science fiction technology in his novel. But there was one prominent exception: the telescreen. Every home

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The NSA Should Come Clean and Declare the 4th Amendment to be “Extremist Literature”

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The spy-bureaucrats haven’t actually done this yet. But that is only because they still feel some compulsion to do PR. I have to assume that if an interest in Linux means that a website is an “extremist forum,” that the

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Big Brother/Big Business is Watching… Your Weight… and Your Marriage, Mental State…

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I listened to this NPR story this morning, without expecting to write about it here. The headline says it all: “Targeting Overweight Workers with Wellness Programs Can Backfire.” This is mostly about the private sector. The lesson definitely has some

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When the IRS Sins, We Suffer; When the IRS is Punished, We Suffer More but They Don’t

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Allow me to interpret this article and to unravel its terminal case of blind elitism, and mind-blowing ability to obscure the practical impact of what happened. First, here is an extract from the original article at the Daily Signal: “IRS

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