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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 →

Obama Touts Iran Nuclear Deal; Iran Takes 10 U.S. Sailors Captive

obamaPen The real state of the union after seven years of President Obama: an international joke. While Obama tried to get America to hop on board his delusion train one last time during his State of the Union speech Tuesday, the Iranian government seized two U.S. Navy boats that entered Iranian waters and held the crews captive. The Iranian government accused the crews of "snooping" but said it will release them "promptly." (Update: The sailors were reportedly released this morning.) Older readers 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 →

TSA Punishes A Young Girl for Forgetting a Drink in Her Bag

tsa-checkpoint Robby Soaves at Reason.com wants to know why the TSA agent isn't being charged with sexual battery. It is a reasonable question (no pun intended) not least because TSA agents have been caught manipulating the system in order to get to do homosexual groping of targeted people. Vendela Payne, a 10-year-old from San Diego, California, inadvertently smuggled a Capri sun juice box into her luggage at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The TSA caught her, which triggered a mandatory pat down. Read more [...] Continue reading →

Get Used to the Police State

nypd Martial law is the new reality. According to NBC News, "Heavily Armed Anti-Terror Police to Guard Times Square on New Year's." Nearly 6,000 police officers — hundreds of them with long guns, radiation detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs — will be guarding New York's Times Square as a year punctuated by terrorist attacks draws to a close, officials said Tuesday. The NYPD and the FBI unveiled plans to protect the more than 1 million people who will throng to the Crossroads of the World on New Read more [...] Continue reading →

Alleged Belgium Security Orgy Tells Us Something about Security

soldier shopping According to the New York Times, "Brussels Police Investigate Reports of Police Orgy Amid Terror Alert." In the six weeks since the Paris terrorist attacks, law enforcement agencies in Brussels, where most of the attackers lived or had ties, have been denounced as slow, unresponsive, disorganized and even incompetent. To this list of woes, another was added on Wednesday: Officials are investigating accounts of an alcohol-fueled “orgy” at a police station one night last month while Brussels, Read more [...] Continue reading →

TSA Gives Themselves the Power to Force You into Nudie Scanners. Merry Christmas!

tsa-badge The TSA, up until now, had given us the option of a pat-down instead of a full body scan. While the pat-down, which is sometimes quite invasive, causes far more discomfort than the scanner, it doesn't produce a digital image of your naked body. For that reason, some prefer the pat-down. Too bad. The TSA has taken away that option for some (all?) people. Reason reports, Quietly, on December 18, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a change of the rules for the use of body scanning Read more [...] Continue reading →

Stuck on the No-Fly List with No Way Out

 In the past, I've posted about a Congressman who was put on a no-fly list. Eventually, he found out why and, much later, was taken off the list. Before that happened, he was able to fly hassle-free by using his middle name. Good thing the terrorists will never try that. Unfortunately, most people put on the list are not powerful or well-connected enough to do anything about it. The Knoxville New Sentinel reports, "Right name, wrong man: Knoxville veterinarian can’t get off no-fly list." Try Read more [...] Continue reading →

Law School Professor Wants to End Free Speech because ISIS

Internet_Cut_Off_Switch In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the whole world made a big deal about free speech. It was mostly hypocritical posturing in France, and Liberals who contribute to Slate.com are just as bad. Eric Posner, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, is also the author of a book called The Twilight of International Human Rights Law. I wonder if he noticed the irony, as he wrote, Never before in our history have enemies outside the United States been able to propagate genuinely 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 →

Homeland Security Refuses to Review Social Media of People Trying to Immigrate

 The other day I warned people about sharing things like "chicken pox parties" on social media where someone who disapproves of their parenting could report them for child abuse. Ironically, Homeland Security doesn't bother when they are allegedly vetting potential immigrants. From The Hill: "Immigration officials prohibited from looking at visa applicants' social media." Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson decided against ending a secret U.S. policy that prohibits immigration officials from 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 →