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The provision of the Patriot Act that allowed the NSA to hoover up all the phone records in the country and store them at their facility in Utah has been allowed to expire. That’s a good thing. But it doesn’t mean we have our privacy back. Even though the government will now have to return …

  Senator Rand Paul was on Fox News Tuesday night to discuss the terrorist attack in Texas and the fact that the NSA mass surveillance program seemed to have proven a failure. Instead of continuing to accumulate huge swaths of data from innocent Americans, Senator Paul believes that the NSA should be focusing on actual …

The Supreme Court will make a ruling on whether same-sex marriage should be made the law of the land. If it does, what will the states do? Will we see states ignoring the ruling of the court since there is nothing in the Constitution – including the 14th Amendment – giving jurisdiction to the national …

I usually don’t watch man on the street interviews unless I really feel the need for a cheap laugh. Most of them are like shooting fish in a barrel. You know the ones I’m talking about, like Jay Leno and some other talk show hosts do. Go to a street corner, ask people who’s a …

In the 1988 film Enemy of the State a group of rogue NSA agents kill a US Congressman and try to cover up the murder. What the NSA agents don’t know is that a video camera had been set up by wildlife researcher Daniel Zavitz who captured the entire incident. When Zavitz views the recording, …

It’s one of Hollywood’s famous misquotes. “I want to suck your blood.” Bela Lugosi who played Dracula in 1931 never said it. It was used in Tim Burton’s 1994 film Ed Wood. It seems there is some real blood sucking going on, and it’s not just politicians wanting to raise our taxes so they can …

Orwellian doesn’t even begin to describe the deeply disturbing nature of a government-funded project being developed at Indiana University. Called Truthy, the program will monitor, categorize and flag messages on Twitter in a way that even the NSA doesn’t. According to the developers’ website, Truthy will help research “social epidemics.” What does that mean, you …

“From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionist soldiers: The Al-Qassam Brigades love death more than you love life.” When people comment on world conditions they often put the worst and inevitable slant on them. Crisis politics leads to fear, a loss of liberty, and economic repression. I’m reminded of a Bible verse when I hear …

Sen. Mark Udall called for the resignation of CIA Director John Brennan, and other senators expressed outrage after an inspector general report found that CIA operatives had hacked into computers used by Senate staffers investigating the agency’s interrogation procedures during the Bush Administration. According to a CIA spokesman, Brennan has determined that agents’ behavior was “inconsistent” …

Giving police the authority and power to manipulate the law is a danger to all of us. What looks like a good and necessary tactic in one instance can be justified in its use in ways never anticipated or designed. Consider RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) legislation that was designed to combat racketeering. …

A lawsuit, Riley v. California, that challenged that legality of arrest-related searches of cell phones had made its way to the US Supreme Court. The crux of the lawsuit was that law enforcement searches of cell phones without a warrant were a violation of the Fourth Amendment that protects citizens from unlawful search and seizure. …

The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and …