The Government Lied And Privacy Died.
It was a sad day within the comfy confines of the K-Street confab. It seems as though the Juicebox Mafia ran out of boxes before poor Ron Fourier could enjoy one of his own. He wrote as if he had been betrayed in the National Journal.
Despite his clear and popular promises to the contrary, President Obama has not shifted the balance between security and freedom to a more natural state—one not blinded by worst fears and tarred by power grabs. If anything, things have gotten worse.
• Killing civilians and U.S. citizens via drone.
• Seizing telephone records at the Associated Press in violation of Justice Department guidelines.
• Accusing a respected Fox News reporter of engaging in a conspiracy to commit treason for doing his job.
• Detaining terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, despite promises to end the ill-considered Bush policy.
Or it could be that Ron Fournier had an honest concern dating back to the fateful signing of The USA Patriot Act in 2001. He’s not alone and he’s a man of honor for continuing that concern after his team captured the flag atop The White House. These concerns came to a head when The UK Guardian reported that The FBI had used Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act to justify seizing every phone record from Verizon under a secret order issued in April. According to the Washington Post, the order requires the company to hand these records over to the NSA in a Daily dump.
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Remember When Dems Supported Obama’s Extension Of The Patriot Act?
I was stunned to see the silence from the left on the Verizon data grab. We’re talking about a broad use of a poorly-interpreted law that should never have been signed into law in the first place. The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largesttelecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued | Read More »
Mothers: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t
Recently RedState’s own Erick Erickson found himself at the center of a controversy over the implications of a new Pew Research study. The report stated that mothers are now the primary source of income in 40% of American households. The trouble for Erickson came when he dared to give his opinion on the findings, saying, “Having mom as primary bread winner is bad for kids | Read More »
Barack Obama unilaterally tries to recuse Susan Rice from #Benghazi testimony.
Via Ed Driscoll comes something I hadn’t considered: Susan Rice as National Security Advisor means that Barack Obama thinks that he can claim executive privilege to keep her from testifying. A Google News search on ["Susan Rice" "executive privilege"] (typed exactly as indicated between brackets) returns two stories. The main one is at Fox News, where K.T. McFarland pointed out that President Obama, now that | Read More »
Andrew Grossman on Obama’s War on Liberty
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Andrew Grossman to discuss news that the NSA is monitoring phone records of Verizon customers, the legal action that Tea Party groups may be able to take against the IRS, and the trouble Eric Holder is facing for his involvement in the scandal at DOJ.
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D-Day at 69
On this day in 1944, 195,700 naval and merchant navy personnel and 160,000 soldiers participated in Operation Neptune, the landing on the beaches in Normandy to begin the end of World War II in Europe. One of the most famous remembrances of that effort is Ronald Reagan’s speech to, at the time, commemorate the 40th anniversary. The Reagan Foundation has posted it in its entirety | Read More »
The Latest on the Farm Bill
Today, the Senate will invoke cloture on the 5-year farm bill, S. 954. The 1150-page Senate bill costs $955 billion over 10 years and creates a new shallow loss program covering up to 90% of a farmer’s income – on the taxpayer dime. Roughly 80% of the cost is related to food stamps. For good measure, this bill contains sugar subsidies, biofuels subsidies, and conservation | Read More »
Tech at Night: Republicans right on broadband. An anti-anarchist, pro-America online gang emerges.
Normally in Tech at Night I try to find the big trends that can be pieced together from all the little stories we see going on. Right now the trend continues to be that Republicans are trying to make American Internet access even better than it already is, while the rest of the world is going in the wrong direction.
Don’t believe me? Europe wants to regulate the Internet even more. Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans are hard at work looking to protect us online from China, and to make sure wireless spectrum is allocated efficiently, rather than set aside for Obama’s preferred vendors.
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Saxby Chambliss Did Not Blame Sexual Assault on Hormones
It is amazing this headline must even be written. Two days ago Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) made a rather — in context at least — innocuous remark at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. Because the political left has decided to take every possible statement from every possible Republican that might be used to perpetuate the idea the GOP is at war with women, the | Read More »
Is “IRS” The New “N-Word”?
There is nothing, nothing, in politics more infuriating than the Democrats’ relentless use of racial division to cement the kind of thinking Courtland Milloy illustrated in his latest Washington Post column. The ever-expanding list of things that are considered racist to criticize so long as Obama is president is perhaps the most absurd manifestation of this line of thinking. Nearly all of these fail “the | Read More »
Beware the Rubio-Cornyn Amnesty Rope-a-Dope
The most dangerous thing for supporters of open borders is public scrutiny of their plans. They have already noted that the administration’s endless scandals have provided them with cover to slip into the amnesty end-zone without anyone noticing. Fortunately, despite the divided attention of the conservative movement, most of the egregious provisions of the amnesty bill have been thoroughly exposed and disseminated throughout talk radio. | Read More »
Wisconsin Wacko Birds
WISCONSIN – Sen. John McCain calls conservatives who don’t play by the parlor game rules of establishment politics “wacko birds.” While a small but hardy contingent of conservatives have been creating a stir in Washington over their unwillingness to go along with the status quo, at the state level the fight against liberals in both parties is also being waged. In Wisconsin, a band of | Read More »
Lawless aristocracy for a dominated people
A few weeks ago, as the Senate Judiciary Committee was debating immigration reform, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) told everyone the story of Candida Gutierrez, a Houston schoolteacher whose identity was stolen by an illegal alien named Bentia Cardona-Gonzalez. This was a big-time identity heist, as Cardona-Gonzalez opened bank accounts and secured credit cards, a drivers’ license, employment, a mortgage, and health care with her stolen | Read More »
Obama rewards Susan Rice for misleading the American people
This afternoon President Obama will announce that Tom Donilon will be departing as National Security Adviser in early July and will be succeeded by United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice. The National Security Adviser position is Rice’s reward for appearing on five Sunday news shows on September 16, 2012 and misleading the American people — claiming the vicious attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that | Read More »
The Real Danger of Liberal Bias
[UPDATE: A federal judge has now intervened and ordered Sarah Murnaghan be put on the adult transplant list.] I’m going to tell you what media bias is really all about. It’s about a dying, 10 year-old girl and a sexagenarian, politically connected trial lawyer. It’s about official malfeasance treated as human error when a Democrat is President. It’s about power and systemic corruption that is | Read More »