Injustice: Big Government Among Us

    If you recognize the title, congratulations! You know of the Mortal Kombat-like game “Injustice: Gods Among Us” and might have even played it (it’s not a terrible game). If you don’t know it, here’s a summary: The Joker (Batman villain) tricks Superman into killing his own wife and unborn son. In a fit of rage, Superman kills the Joker and the rest of the game’s | Read More »

    Developing NOW: Life in Obama’s America

    This is life in Obama’s America– NSA monitoring our online activity and phone calls.  The IRS wastes taxpayer funds on ridiculous training videos and discriminates against conservative political groups, telling pro-Life groups they can’t even protest peacefully at Planned Parenthood facilities. This is life in Obama’s America– Tom Francois receives a visit from the Secret Service who asked to have a look around.  The Secret | Read More »

    11 Million Who? Connecting Immigration Reform to Big Government Eyes and Ears

    In a very strange presser to sell O’care last week, the president told us that no one is listening to conversations of everyday Americans after we discovered that 100,000,000 citizen’s domestic VZ phone records were collected for no apparent reason. The hypocrite told us it’s for our own good since it helps stop terrorists like the Boston brothers and the shoe bomber…oops, they didn’t stop either one. Citizens, not government, | Read More »

    My own data derived plan to take over the nation

    Ladies and Gentlemen I am somewhat skilled in this area, knowing the value of data, so please be worried when I say the NSA program(s) is beyond alarming. Please allow me to educate you. What has come out is that in one program the NSA is copying only the where and when, and from who sort of data. The second program is a keyword search | Read More »

    The end-user license of liberty

    One of my favorite Dilbert cartoons showed the hero’s laconic office mate, Wally, discovers to his horror that agreeing to the Microsoft End User License Agreement meant he would have to spend several months of indentured servitude as a towel boy at Bill Gates’ pool.  I thought of it when hearing the sarcastic suggestion today that we might all have unknowingly agreed to the NSA’s | Read More »

    The Trouble Isn’t With NSA Spying On Us

    It’s good for us to revisit the issue of balancing between preserving our cherished civil liberties and the need for security measures in order to safeguard peace for Americans.  If we don’t revisit the issue now and again, it will mean we’re complacent and take the civil liberties for granted.  We shouldn’t take anything for granted. But this diary isn’t about Edward Snowden or NSA | Read More »

    Sen. Mark Pryor Tackles The Tough Issues

    While Washington is awash in scandal and news broke that Democrats wanted the IRS to probe tax-exempt political groups, Mark Pryor is talking about… football… grilling… and his favorite movie. Sounds about right for someone who is looking to hide his liberal voting record from constituents.

    New Poll: Americans are Okay with NSA Phone Spying

    On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss the latest in the NSA spying scandal, a shocking new poll and how complaints about spying change with the political winds.

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    Over Criminalization and the NSA

    One of the sites I routinely read, Kottke.org, linked to a new book out I have not read. It is called Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent. This is an issue I care deeply about from my days as an indigent criminal defense attorney to my present study and review of prosecutorial overreach in the United States.The issue of over criminalization | Read More »

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    I Am Not Rushing To Judgment On Edward Snowden

    I Am Not Rushing To Judgment On Edward Snowden

    Earlier today I spoke with foreign policy expert Stephen Yates, who worked for the NSA for several years and served as an adviser to former VP Dick Cheney. Yates notes that Hong Kong has an extradition treaty with the United States, yet it is interesting that Snowden chose there of all places. “To a simple minded-person, it’s close to Hawaii, has a lot of international | Read More »

    I Am Not Rushing To Judgment On Edward Snowden

    I Am Not Rushing To Judgment On Edward Snowden

    Earlier today I spoke with foreign policy expert Stephen Yates, who worked for the NSA for several years and served as an adviser to former VP Dick Cheney. Yates notes that Hong Kong has an extradition treaty with the United States, yet it is interesting that Snowden chose there of all places. “To a simple minded-person, it’s close to Hawaii, has a lot of international | Read More »

    Has America Bowed Down to Terrorism?

    On September 11th, 2011 President Bush addressed a very shaken and frightened America and said these now famous words: “A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for | Read More »

    NSA: Obama’s Charlie McCarthy?

    The lid has been blown off of the Obama administration’s misuse of the National Security Agency’s capabilities. This latest scandal has damaged our national security and the intelligence agency’s credibility to the extent that it may take years to recover. The whistleblower, Edward Snowden, who was first a CIA employee, then a contractor with Booz Allen, Hamilton at NSA has come forward saying he was: | Read More »

    NSA Appropriate and Necessary Actions

    I cannot believe how many people have taken the position that the actions of the NSA, tracking phone calls, e-mails and web searches are appropriate and necessary measures for national security.  In a Breitbart article today it was pointed out that there are so many reasons why this is a bad idea. Forget they claim that attacks were thwarted based on these over-reaching intrusive programs. | Read More »

    Julian Assange Had A Point

    By now, we’ve all gone through the mourning period requisite to accept that any privacy we expected to have as American Citizens is dead. The War on Terror killed it. In a sense, Osama Bin Laden won. He’s spiking the football down in hell as we speak. If he hated us for our freedoms, he should lighten up a bit and chill. Those freedoms are increasingly becoming non-existent – a casualty of war so to speak.

    The recent revelations of Edward Snowden, even if partially inflated by bravado and imagination, suggest that everything I’ve written above is the sad truth about Post-modern America. We are increasingly becoming The Orwell State.

    And the people wielding all the special powers we enacted to fight The War on Terror still wield them without any let-up. They wield them without let-up right after they announced the war was coming to an end. So if the GWOT is over and done with, who does the administration consider the enemy? Or worse yet, does the administration even feel the need for an enemy? Do they consider the police state a naturally justifiable equilibrium? All of these questions above are fine and dandy for batting around the dorm hall amidst a cloud of epistemological bong smoke. If you don’t like the answers to any of the questions I’ve posited then here’s the only question that matters: what do you intend to do about it? Glen Greenwald offers one response below.

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