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Repubs. Stop NSA Reform Bill

Burgess Everett, Politico

Mitch McConnell, like many Repubs., voted it down because he believed the reforms went too far, while Rand Paul voted against the bill because it did not go far enough.

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Cruz: Thin Justice Argument to Dismiss Rand Paul NSA Suit

Melanie Batley, Newsmax

Ted Cruz says a DOJ request that a federal judge dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed by Sen. Rand Paul against the NSA is based on "highly dubious" legal grounds. Paul filed the suit in the aftermath of revelations about the agency’s mass collection of personal info.

Freedom for Me, But Not for Thee

Andrew Napolitano, Reason.com

Sen. Feinstein has no problem with experiments with Amer. liberties, unless she and her staff are the victims. The gov't derives its powers from the people's consent and must recognize that in areas of natural rights no one, not even a majority, can consent to their surrender for us. 

Rand Paul: Americans Should Fear CIA 'Drunk With Power'

Joe Battaglia, NewsMax

Sen. Rand Paul believes Americans should be afraid of an intelligence community he believes to be unapologetically "drunk with power." Paul, who will deliver a speech Wednesday at the University of California Berkeley, said he'll raise the prospect of "dystopian nightmares."

Hillary's Own Private NSA

Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator

Hillary Clinton has her own private NSA. American Bridge PAC spent last week spying on the private conversations of attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Rep. Pete King: Paul’s Tactics Appeal to 'Lowest Common Denominator'

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Rep. Peter King (N.Y.), a senior Repub. member on the House Homeland Security Committee, blasted Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for using scare tactics in his opposition of national security programs.

Rand Paul: 4th Amendment As Vital As 2nd Amendment

Tony Lee, Breitbart

Speaking to a standing ovation at CPAC, Sen. Rand Paul said that the Fourth Amendment is as important as the Second Amendment in the fight for liberty and conservatives cannot forget that.

Congress Draws Criticism Over NSA Oversight

Darren Samuelsohn, Politico

Cries of lax Capitol Hill oversight are piling up as Snowden-inspired stories continue to explode in the media, casting doubt on whether the legislative watchdogs can be trusted to oversee nat'l security agencies that they’ve long defended.

Are Conservatives AWOL In Biggest Privacy Fight?

There is no longer a wall between the private sector and government surveillance. Yet, conservative and liberty minded elected officials and organizations appear to be AWOL in the fight to ensure Google does not seal key documents in a lawsuit against its practice of scanning email sent through its Gmail system.

Anti-NSA Spying Bills Pass 1st Vote in 2 States

Tenth Amendment Center Staff

An Okla. state House committee voted 9-3 to pass a bill designed to thwart warrantless surveillance programs of the NSA, while a New Hamp. house committee voted 12-1 to approve a bill blocking some practical effects of federal spying.

Obama Finds A New Way to Spy on You

Bob Unruh, WND

Plaintiffs in a case challenging the U.S. government’s programs that spy on innocent Americans have submitted a special supplement to the court, pointing out that the Obama admin. has been caught spying even on confidential attorney-client communications, and then providing “false representations” to the court.

Rand Paul Fights for Us Non-Terrorist Americans

We applaud Senator Rand Paul, Matt Kibbe, and lead attorney Ken Cuccinelli for standing-up for us non-terrorist Americans, and we are especially grateful that they weren’t turned from this path by President Obama’s recent announcement of a series of phony NSA “reforms.”

Rand Paul: 'Do We No Longer Have a 4th Amendment?'

Charlie Spierling, Washington Examiner

Sen. Rand Paul reminded Americans that the founders were inherently suspicious of government, which they enshrined in the Constitution. His new video in defense of the Fourth Amendment points out that many Americans were disturbed by NSA's collecting of data on citizens.

States to Fed Gov't: If You Don't Strengthen Privacy Laws, We Will

Nigel Duara, Associated Press

Angry over revelations of NSA surveillance and frustrated with outdated digital privacy laws, state lawmakers in at least 14 states are proposing bills to curtail the powers of law enforcement to track citizens. “We need to stand up and protect our liberty,” said Repub. Missouri state Sen. Rob Schaaf.

Paul: Hillary's A Big Proponent of the Surveillance State

Brendan Sasso, National Journal

Sen. Rand Paul offered a possible preview of the 2016 presidential campaign. He argued that the GOP could win over young voters and independents by opposing the NSA's surveillance powers, and took a swipe at possible Dem. candidate Hillary Clinton.

Snowden: NSA Spies on You Via Apps

Matthew Feeney, Reason.com

A secret 2012 British intelligence document says that spies can scrub smartphone apps that contain details like a user’s "political alignment" and sexual orientation.

Can Federalism Protect You From Government Drones?

State legislators and governors, who are closer to the concerns of the people, are acting to restrict the use of drones now that it has been revealed that federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are increasingly borrowing border-patrol drones for domestic surveillance operations.

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.

Rand Paul to Lead Lawsuit Against NSA

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

Rand Paul is leading a class-action lawsuit with hundreds of thousands of Americans against Obama’s NSA over its spying on the American people.