Judge Rules Home Raid over Tea Counts as Probable Cause

// “This is not what justice in the United States is supposed to be.” – Addie Harte Back in March of 2014, Mark Horne posted about how the Harte family was terrorized by police in a raid. The raid was based on the husband buying material at a hydroponics store, and the discovery of used wet tea leaves in the family garbage. The hydroponics equipment was perfectly legal and was purchased for a father-son science project. The tea was “field tested,” which is notorious for false positives. Read more […]

IRS as Big Brother: Social Security Numbers

Many times this blog has covered how the state and federal governments try to spy on, harass, and intimidate conservatives by forcing conservative organizations to turn in information about their donors. Now, The Daily Signal reports, “The IRS Wants Organizations to Collect Donors’ Social Security Numbers. This Tea Party Group Is Fighting Back.” A Tea Party organization is mobilizing its supporters nationwide in an attempt to stymie a proposed regulation from the Internal Revenue Service regarding Read more […]

CIA Director Thinks You Should Spit on the Bill of Rights for Security

The New York Times reports “After Paris Attacks, C.I.A. Director Rekindles Debate Over Surveillance.” It’s a rather understated headline.  A diabolical range of recent attacks claimed by the Islamic State — a Russian airliner blown up in Egypt, a double suicide bombing in Beirut and Friday’s ghastly assaults on Paris — has rekindled a debate over the proper limits of government surveillance in an age of terrorist mayhem. On Monday, in unusually raw language, John Brennan, the C.I.A. director, Read more […]

Government Agencies: Warrant? We Can’t Be Stopped because No Warrant!

Government agencies are claiming they don’t need a warrant to read your email, and requiring a warrant is a burden. I really don’t understand why we can’t make this kind of opposition a matter for immediate deposition from office. When agencies complain about needing to get a warrant, they are claiming they shouldn’t have to obey the fundamental law of the United States. From the National Journal: “Agencies Say They Need Access to Americans’ Emails Without a Warrant.” The law Read more […]

Big Brother Is Fishing in Your Medical Records because Drugs

If you think your medical records are private, your Federal government disagrees with you. Mark Horne has posted that, by requiring electronic medical records, the government is setting itself up to have access to all our health information. Here is circumstantial evidence that he is right, as reported at Rare.us: “The DEA is rummaging around thousands of people’s medical files without warrants.” DEA, as you probably know, stands for Drug Enforcement Administration—a Federal agency. The Read more […]

Tax Exempt Organizations Fight to Hide Donors from Government

Tax Exempt Organizations have asked the Supreme Court to give them relief from California’s prying eyes. We all know now that a single political donation can get a CEO fired from the company he founded. That is why Mark Horne argued that the IRS should be abolished on First and Fourth Amendment grounds. The lesson here is that the plundering done by the IRS is not their worst feature. If all they did was loot us, we would be immeasurably better off. The IRS is another form of the NSA. They Read more […]

Drug Dogs Allow Cops to Search Almost Anyone They Want

Courts refuse to reconsider drug dogs, allowing cops to fabricate probable cause. What makes this all so much more insidious is that the police are not necessarily trying to be corrupt and illegal. They bring in the drug dog because they have a hunch and have the right to use the dog. And the dog could, in theory, sniff out drugs or not. But dogs like to please their masters and if the police officer gives the dog any hints in his body language, then the dog will usually react. This gives the Read more […]

Republicans, Dems Furious that Illegal Spy Program Paused

Rand Paul is learning that hell hath no fury like Republican politicians scorned in their attempt to continue an illegal spy program. The author of the Patriot Act says that the NSA was running an illegal spy program that was never authorized by the legislation. Right now the courts have agreed with him and told the NSA that their bulk data collection is an illegal spy program. That was a significant failure because they should have ruled it was unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment, but Read more […]

Richard Clarke: FBI Could Keep Country Safe by Temporarily Following Constitution

When asked about what would happen if the Patriot Act expired, Richard Clarke says the FBI could obey Fourth Amendment as temporary stop-gap measure. Yesterday, ABC News ran the headline, “NSA Domestic Surveillance Program ‘Likely’ to Expire Tonight, Former Counterterrorism Official Says.” The former counterterrorism official was Richard Clarke. He served as the counterterrorism “czar” under Bill Clinton and then continued until 2003 under the Bush Administration. He made his remarks Read more […]

National Review Weeps that Conservatives Don’t Love Big Brother

The National Review put out another defense of NSA bulk data collection—i.e. unwarranted mass spying. I am not going to bother responding to everything in Andrew C. McCarthy’s long love letter to the NSA. Since the National Review has come out in favor of equating homosexual pseudo-marriage with real marriage, I don’t feel any need to apologize for disagreeing with a conservative magazine because the NR no longer deserves to be called one. From now on, anything in the magazine that is truly Read more […]

Don’t Be Fooled: NSA Spying Will Continue

NSA spying won’t be stopped by ending of a law that never authorized it. Conor Friedersdorf wrote an interesting analysis at the Atlantic: “The Weird End of the NSA’s Phone Dragnet.” In the wee hours of Saturday morning, the U.S. Senate played host to a moment that took mass surveillance on the phone records of Americans from outrage to farce. The NSA’s phone dragnet had already been declared illegal. Earlier this month, a federal appeals court ruled that while the surveillance agency Read more […]