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Why Did Ted Cruz Flip-Flop on Edward Snowden?

edsnowden I have felt that Ted Cruz has been shifting his positions lately but I didn’t have concrete details about it until I saw Ben Swan’s video. Please watch it if you have time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VlL33JBb0s Swan is absolutely correct about Edward Snowden’s role in legislation. Snowden empowered Congress to deal (however weakly) with NSA surveillance because, until he blew the whistle, Congress was kept ignorant of it. Edward Snowden is a hero and Ted Cruz’s earlier statements Read more [...] Continue reading →

The NSA Is the Executive Branch's Political Tool

sowell understand politicians Awhile back Mark Horne pointed out that if our masters really needed the NSA for terrorism they wouldn't be using its illegal spy powers for industrial espionage. Indeed, learning about NSA misbehavior cost Boeing business in Brazil. The recent scandal of the NSA spying on Congress demonstrates the same lesson. Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina writes at the Washington Examiner (emphasis added), According to recent reports, the Obama administration condoned the spying on of senior Read more [...] Continue reading →

More Big Brother: The Illegal Watch List of Gun Owners

09282012BigBrother Since I have just written about Big Brother and the Second Amendment, perhaps I should bring up another aspects that isn't new, but is illegal. It doesn't even have the fig leaf of an executive order covering its criminality. Late last year, the Washington Post reported, "Membership in a terrorist organization does not prohibit a person from possessing firearms or explosives under current federal law," the Government Accountability Office concluded in 2010. The law prohibits felons, fugitives, Read more [...] Continue reading →

Big Brother Just Got Bigger: Doctors Can Report You to the FBI

Obama-Big-Brother It would be one thing if this new removal of a basic privacy right had been debated and hammered out between different parties. Instead, it was imposed by a gun-prohibitionist President based on calculating what he could get away with. Basically, now if you have a mental health crisis you have to worry about a doctor reporting you to the Feds. According to The Hill, "Rules eased on providing mental health records for background checks." The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for Read more [...] Continue reading →

Rand Paul: Congress Passed the 1.1-Trillion-Dollar Budget without Reading It

rand ron paul Here is Paul Ryan implicitly admitting the budget process wasn't done the way the Founding Fathers intended but swearing Congress will change their ways next year. Paul Ryan failed to mention that Congress passed an anti-Fourth-Amendment bill to empower more spying on the American people. The spending bill was obviously a collaboration of Republicans and Democrats against the American people. The best you can say is that many Republicans voted for the bill without reading it. According Read more [...] Continue reading →

Ted Cruz Avoids Trouble for Talking about Secret Law?

tedCruzSuit The exchange above almost got Ted Cruz in trouble. NBC News reports: "Did Ted Cruz Reveal Classified Information at the GOP Debate?" The Senate Intelligence Committee now says that it is not formally investigating whether Ted Cruz may have revealed classified information when discussing the government's ability to monitor phone records during Tuesday night's Republican debate. "The Committee is not investigating anything said during last night's Republican Presidential debate," the two top Read more [...] Continue reading →

Dare We Hope that Ted Cruz is Hostile to the Neocons?

tedcruz2 The question raised by this story at National Review is: Does this reflect Ted Cruz's real position or is he posing? (I don't think of Ted Cruz as someone who is likely to pose, but it almost seems too good to be true.) We are told in the headline, "Many GOP Foreign-Policy Leaders Are Suspicious of Ted Cruz." An influential chorus within the Republican establishment is raising questions about whether Ted Cruz can be trusted on foreign policy. Among this crowd, Cruz’s use of the term “neocon” Read more [...] Continue reading →

A Victory over Traffic Cameras

Stop Sign Cameras Saint Charles County has had some controversies involving residents attempting to use their right of self-government to get rid of traffic cameras. Now TechDirt gives us some good news from Saint Charles city: "Missouri Court Upholds Right Of Citizens To 'Vote' Traffic Enforcement Cameras Out Of 'Office'" Sometimes the citizens win the fight against red light cameras. That's when the government's hate for the little people really shows through. Late last year, residents of St. Charles, Missouri, Read more [...] Continue reading →

New Cybersecurity Bill Protects Companies as Government Snitches

A man types on a computer keyboard in Warsaw in this February 28, 2013 illustration file picture. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files A new bill passed this week will grant protection from prosecution of for violation of privacy laws to companies who share private data.  While it is allegedly limited to specific types of information, the concerns of lawmakers and privacy groups is that this law will open the door to government encroaching on the rights of the citizenry. The Washington Post Reports The Senate on Tuesday passed a cybersecurity bill that would give companies legal immunity for sharing data with the federal government, Read more [...] Continue reading →

Governments Conspire To Get More Revenue

Corporate_taxes Is the economy making governments worried that they need ways to catch more revenue, or are they just being governments? When I posted about how the U.S. government is greedy to shake down corporations for more revenue, I didn’t know that there was an international effort to sweep up more revenue across borders. Now I wonder if the story I wrote about had its ultimate origins in some government public relations office to soften up the public. The rule seems to be that we should always feel suspicious Read more [...] Continue reading →

Did Someone from DHS Expose Secrets to Discredit Kevin McCarthy?

DHS Wikipedia was altered to allege that Kevin McCarthy had an extra-marital affair and the IP address of the editor was that of the DHS Offices. Several times on this blog we have raised concerns about how domestic spying and surveillance could be used to destroy or control politicians. It seems as if virtually all politicians are vulnerable to blackmail. We know that the Secret Service recently used its dossier on a politician to punish him. There is no reason to think the NSA would hesitate to Read more [...] Continue reading →