Why Did Ted Cruz Flip-Flop on Edward Snowden?

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 […]

The NSA Is the Executive Branch’s Political Tool

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 […]

Secret Service Used Personal Data to Punish Sitting Congressman

Do you think that the people in the NSA who have access to our personal data will be any more ethical or any less ruthless than the Secret Service? We have asked a time or two about the possibility of a politician being blackmailed by agents of our own government. We’ve wondered about John Boehner’s actions in that regard. Does the NSA have dirt on these politicians so that they can be controlled by others in government? Some want to cling to the idea that, even though the NSA could do Read more […]

The NSA Is Still Untamed by the Constitution

The NSA made the news twice in a way that shows it is still a lawless organization. Several republican candidates are running on a “We need the NSA to keep us safe and it is all Constitutional” platform. Hillary Clinton is not saying anything substantial about it yet, but it is more than likely that she will adopt the same platform. Matt Purple writes at Rare.US: “Two incidents last week proved the NSA is completely out of control.” One incident was reported in the Washington Post. Read more […]

Obama Administration Still Ignores Petition to Pardon Edward Snowden

The petition to pardon Edward Snowden is being ignored for a reason. They want to teach you your place. People might think that the fact that people continue to sign the petition for the President to pardon Edward Snowden and the White House ignores this petition is embarrassing to the Administration. In my opinion, that is a superficial interpretation of what is going on when the White House intentionally ignores a petition and despises the promise it made to respond to such petitions. I think Read more […]

NSA Spying Now Causes Rift with France

How many other countries are going to hate us for our NSA spying? So far the responses of Brazil and Germany have really stood out. But now France is added to the list, thanks to more great work by Wikileaks. Consider the USA Today story, “France says U.S. must work to ‘repair’ trust after spy claims.” French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday said his government would “not tolerate” threats to its interests after WikiLeaks claimed the National Security Agency may have spied on three French Read more […]

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

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 […]

Rand Paul’s New Patriot Act?

Doesn’t the term “patriot” sound so good?  Being called a patriot is something that every citizen of every country considers a badge of honor and distinction. So in the political battle of words and semantics, whoever can claim the “high ground” of patriotism would most likely emerge as the victor. After the terror attacks of 9/11, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft brought before Congress a list of recommended changes in the law to combat terrorism. Some of these measures 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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]