No war in Syria!
The United States is going to go to war with Syria. The President won’t declare war and he won’t request Congressional authorization but American tax dollars are about to be used to fund the wartime killing of Syrians. This is a huge mistake. The people of the United States do not need war with Syria. American interests abroad do not require intervention in Syria. The | Read More »
Are warrantless canine vehicle searches reasonable?
The Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures from taking place without a warrant based on probable cause. Yet every day, law enforcement officials (LEO), without probable cause or even reasonable suspicion in many cases, use canine units to search the vehicles of law abiding citizens. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court held that LEOs cannot bring drug-sniffing police onto a citizen’s property to look | Read More »
What will be Obama’s surveillance legacy look like?
For months, both democrat and republican neo-cons have been going around the country claiming that the NSA’s search and seizure habits and practices are kosher. People spout dangerous rhetoric (like Representative Peter King (R-NY)) that we should be willing to trade liberty for safety. Others argue that warrantless searches and overbroad warrants are at least legal, under FISA and the Patriot Act, if nothing else. | Read More »
Blocking Obamacare funding does not equal shutting down the government
For over 200 years, the American government’s budget has not included funding for Obamacare. This year, the budget will begin funding Obamacare. Conservative Republicans are arguing that we need to not fund this law. Karl Rove and Mitch McConnell are saying that we must fund it to avoid losing a shutdown battle, but they may be willing to delay the individual mandate (again). The reasons | Read More »
Obama fails to curb surveillance state with new proposal
Last week, the President held a Press Conference to present his plan to curb his surveillance state policies. Actually, that may be giving him too much credit. The President stated that his goal was to put our mind at ease. But not by ramping down the collection of our transcommunication data, rather it was to pile more secrets on top of secrets. Thus, he offered | Read More »
Why isn’t James Clapper, being prosecuted for perjury?
The intelligence bureaucracies in America are not forthcoming with information regarding domestic surveillance on the American people. We have seen this time and time again and it creates a problem. Congress is the body that keeps secret executive branch agencies accountable. Yet, many of these intelligence agencies take the “we know best” view in communicating with Congress. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Mark Udall | Read More »
Beware: Reince Priebus is a snake
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is angry. He is angry because CNN and NBC are producing pro-Hillary Clinton specials. Priebus has vowed to pull CNN and NBC’s access to the Republican 2016 contenders if they don’t pull their television specials. It is all well and good to take away CNN and NBC’s access to the candidates in 2016. This is something we should be | Read More »
Barack Obama lied to the American People last night
Last night, our President, went on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. When asked about government surveillance of the American people, President Obama responded: “We don’t have a domestic spying program. What we do have is some mechanisms that can track a phone number or an email address that is connected to a terrorist attack…That information is useful.” We don’t have a domestic spying program? | Read More »
Ken Cuccinelli should clairify his position on license plate tracking in VA
Do you have the right to drive to work, school and Church without your government tracking you? That is the question the ACLU and other privacy advocates are asking as it has come to light that law enforcement agencies in Virginia and across the nation are logging the movements of registered license plates regardless of whether the driver is law abiding or not. Law enforcement | Read More »
The long neo-con war
In the year 2013, the battle for the future of the Republican Party broke wide open. The Republican Party had seen such changes before. Following the fall of Lincoln and the rise of Johnson, and the winning of the war, the Party changed its goals. Eventually, the Party evolved on the issue of Civil Service Reform. It overcame the corruption of the Grant Administration and | Read More »