civil liberties

Would You Like A Government GPS Microchip Implanted?

Once the power to track someone is granted to the Department of Justice the criteria for tracking will surely expand. We urge CHQ readers to call Congress (the Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044) to tell your Representative to oppose H.R. 4919 when it comes up under suspension later today.

Rand Paul Running Hard on Civil Liberties

Steve Peoples and Tammy Weber, RCP

Rand Paul infuriated his party leaders by almost single-handedly delaying the extension of the Patriot Act. Now, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is fighting to transform his recent Capitol Hill victory into momentum with the voters who will select the next president.

Cruz, RPaul at Odds Over Patriot Act Revisions

Elliot Jager, Newsmax

A bipartisan Senate bill that revises the '01 Patriot Act to better protect the civil liberties of ordinary Americans is dividing 2 Repub. presidential hopefuls. Ted Cruz is a co-sponsor of the measure while Rand Paul opposes it.

Larry Elder vs. Rand Paul on Ferguson

Tony Lee, Breitbart

Calling Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) an "odd duck," conservative talk radio host Larry Elder accused Paul of needlessly fueling the notion that cops are out to get black people. On The Laura Ingraham Show, Elder also said that he was as libertarian as Paul but disagreed with his foreign policy views.

Privacy Rights Could Trump Transparency as Congress Debates Ferguson

Susan Crabtree, Washington Examiner

A key Dem. who's trying to restrict the flow of military equipment to local police forces is open to the idea of outfitting police with body cameras, though he wants to ensure that related privacy issues are fully debated.

From Our What Could Wrong Department: Pilot-Free Computer Controlled Combat Aircraft

The cycle of invention, skepticism, resistance, and adaptation continues  but in previous arms races it did not bring with it the threat that the systems we invented could turn upon their inventors.

Rep. Demands Answers Over Google’s Mishandling of D’Souza Film ‘America’

Seth Richardson, Daily Caller

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) is demanding answers from Google over allegations that the search engine was mishandling searches for Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie “America,” possibly because of ideological differences. 'This level of inefficiency on the part of Google is not their norm.'

What I Don’t Like About Life in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead, Rutherford Institute

"America has long ceased to be a sanctuary for freedom. I don’t like being treated as if my only value to the government is as a source of labor and funds. I don’t like gov't officials who lobby for my vote only to ignore me once elected.

SCOTUS Limits Cellphone Searches

Associated Press Staff

A unanimous Supreme Court says police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants.

Sens. Paul, Coons Urge SCOTUS to Back Smartphone Privacy

Drew MacKenzie, Newsmax

Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Dem. Chris Coons (DE) urged the Supreme Court to support the constitutional right to privacy in two cases involving searches without warrants of smartphones.

Bundy Ranch: Another Ruby Ridge Avoided For Now

Through the increasing militarization of the civilian agencies of the federal government the very fundamental Fifth Amendment constitutional principle that no one may be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law is being slowly destroyed. It is time for We the People, to say “No more.”

Time To Fight: GOP Elites Want The Tea Party Gone

Sam Rolley, Personal Liberty Digest

Rove and the GOP estab. risk alienating conservative Americans in order to support moderate Repub. candidates because they aren’t worried about GOP lawmakers who won’t play ball with Dems. They’re worried about Tea Party conservatives who don’t discriminate in their aim to eliminate wasteful spending and political corruption.

Obama's Powers Limited on NSA Reform

Josh Gerstein, Politico

Obama will lay out reforms to intelligence-gathering aimed at reassuring Americans that he will right the balance between civil liberties and nat'l security. But Obama’s powers have significant limits.

48 Alarming Facts That Tell Us America Has Become a Gigantic Prison: The First 11

In the first of a four part series on the surveillance state writer Ben Hart outlines 48 facts about how the U.S. government now tracks, monitors, records, and stores most of your activities and communications. Arguing that in this surveillance state you have no privacy anymore Hart claims this has led to a society where you must be very careful what you say, even what to think . . . because whatever you say, write, or even think can (and probably will) be used against you.

Rand Paul Hits Christie Back

Alexandra Jaffe and Daniel Strauss, The Hill

"Christie worries about the dangers of freedom. I worry about the danger of losing that freedom. Spying w/out warrants is unconstitutional."

Christie: Libertarians Are Dangerous

Aaron Blake, Washington Post

Chris Christie blasted libertarian-leaning R's, including Paul, for forgetting the importance of the Patriot Act.

Amash Will Win Civil Liberties War

Nick Gillespie, Reason

Amash's effort will win the longer struggle. It proceeds from deep-seated principle, not lip-service politics.

Loss of Religious Liberty a Clear and Present Danger at the Obama Pentagon

There's a new report detailing the shocking anti-Christian hostility in the upper echelons of the Obama defense establishment. Fortunately, there's also a new coalition forming, Restore Military Religious Freedom, to fight for our military service members’ right to practice their personal faith.

We Should Not Support Politicians Who Call Upholding The Constitution A Criminal Act

All of this talk of criminality and sending Snowden to prison – or worse – presupposes that what Snowden did was contrary to the law and to his oath as a government employee. What if it is the government itself that is the law-breaker, by violating the Constitution (the law that governs government) and Edward Snowden is merely supplying the corrective action necessary to bring the government back inside its proper constitutional bounds?

Is Sarah Palin Going Libertarian?

Nick Gillespie, Reason

Palin fans won’t like this, but one can’t ignore the fact that she’s showing some RPaul qualities.