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Hillary Caught Red Handed

HillaryClinton Just two days ago, the New York Times rewrote a story about Hillary Clinton's email scandal in order to soften the PR blow to her campaign, at her handlers' request. That seems unlikely to happen again anytime soon as the facts about two investigators' call for a criminal investigation of the former secretary of state's handling of official emails become known. The New York Times' lede on Friday night: WASHINGTON — Government investigators said Friday that they had discovered classified Read more [...] Continue reading →

Obama Gushes as He Celebrates Muslim Holiday; Calls 4 Murders by Muslim Immigrant 'Heartbreaking Circumstance'

MohammedAbdulazeez A 24-year-old Muslim immigrant murdered four Marines on Thursday, then was killed himself, in an attack on a Chattanooga, Tennessee, recruitment center and another military facility. While that was happening, President Obama and the White House staff were sending out warm holiday wishes to all the Muslims across the world celebrating the end of Ramadan. The holiday wishes were glowing and extensive (almost as if Obama were a Muslim himself). The White House sent a tweet that read, "From my Read more [...] Continue reading →

Is Islam a Threat to America?

09122012Islam We recently moved to the beautiful state of North Carolina – one of the fastest growing states in the nation. My family attended one of the local churches and a guest preacher was speaking about the church’s outreach to the ever-growing populace from all over the nation, and the world. The preacher explained that North Carolina has changed from a small town feel where everyone assumed his or her neighbor attended a church in the Christian faith. Now, people of many faiths, or no faith at 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 →

War on Terror Report: You’re in More Danger than Ever!

mencken politics quote How can the failure of the War on Terror mean that we need more of it? The point of most politics is to make us afraid. As H. L. Mencken put it long ago, “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” This explains everything from Climate Change to the war on terror—even though I would not say that all of the terrorists are imaginary. Still, after Read more [...] Continue reading →

Obama Asked Secret Court to Approve Bulk Surveillance in Defiance of Public Court Ruling

obama dictator Bulk surveillance has been ruled illegal, but the Obama Administration says they might do it anyway. From the Guardian: The Obama administration has asked a secret surveillance court to ignore a federal court that found bulk surveillance illegal and to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for six months. If America still had journalists worth even a single penny this would be the front-page, news-leading story on every Read more [...] Continue reading →

TSA Allows 73 People to Work at Airports with Known Links to Terrorism

TSA_Uniform Do you feel safer with TSA on the job? Really? They gave security credentials to 73 people with known links to terrorism. That's right... 73 known to be the exact kind of people TSA is supposed to be protecting us from, yet the Department of Homeland Security gave them special access to places terrorists are trying to hit, and to the security procedures that would help anyone defeat what lame processes are in place. Also, according to NBC News, Further, the thousands of records used to vet Read more [...] Continue reading →

Is It Rational to Be Personally Frightened about Terrorism? Or Just Politically Useful?

risk of terrorism Fear of many other things should outweigh being frightened about terrorism. Are you frightened about terrorism? This graphic provides a bit of perspective on the real threats to your life—things we don't spend nearly as much money allegedly trying to avoid. We've wasted how much on the Department of Homeland Security and the totally ineffective TSA that sexually batters Americans every single day? We've given up how much freedom and personal privacy to self-important bureaucrats and Read more [...] Continue reading →

Twenty Years in Prison for Clearing Your Browser

data vortex Because of the legal response to the Enron scandal, you can do hard time for clearing your browser. In 2002, as this article in The Nation reviews, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act with the intent of prohibiting companies under investigation from shredding documents. They wanted to prevent another Enron implosion. But prosecutors have found it to be an elastic law that gives them a great deal of leverage for putting people in prison. Prosecutors are able to apply the law broadly because Read more [...] Continue reading →

TSA Scores Five Percent When Tested

TSA security theater The TSA scores have declined during the last eight years from a 40 to 25 percent failing grade to a five percent failing grade. The TSA will never answer for their declining record because we already know they refuse to answer to Congress about it. In the past, they have classified their failures as “secret” so that they wouldn’t have to be held accountable for them. If we aren’t allowed to know how the TSA scores in providing for our security, then we have no choice but to keep submitting Read more [...] Continue reading →

Republicans, Dems Furious that Illegal Spy Program Paused

rand paul 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 [...] Continue reading →

Rand Paul Would Be Risking His Career If He Supported the Patriot Act

nsa obama Contrary to the media, the risk for Rand Paul would be to cave, not to hold firm. Politico.com ran an interesting article yesterday: “The moment Rand Paul has been waiting for.” What concerns me about the story shows up in the teaser line: “He plans to force the expiration of a surveillance law he’s been railing against for years — but the political risks are enormous.” No they are not. Not for Rand Paul. Rand Paul has been talking against the Patriot Act and against the Read more [...] Continue reading →