government surveillance

NSA Scandal May Have Just Gotten Even Worse

Jon Street, The Blaze

The NSA might not have only collected personal information belonging to millions of Americans. It may very well have shared it too – with at least one foreign government.

Obama Giving Up America’s Digital Sovereignty

If Republicans and free speech advocates allow the Obama plan to end the U.S. government relationship with ICANN to go forward it will remove American constitutional protections from what is arguably the last free place on Earth.

Snowden Accuses Feinstein of Hypocrisy Over CIA Disclosures

Paul Lewis, The Guardian

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden accused Sen. Intelligence Comm. Chair Dianne Feinstein of double standards, pointing out her lack of concern about widespread surveillance of ordinary citizens.

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.

Even Lawyers Protest NSA Spying

Julian Hattem, The Hill

Lawyers are warning the government about spying on confidential legal communications.

Americans Rising Up Against Gov't

Glenn Harlan Reynolds, USA Today

America's ruling class has been experiencing more pushback than usual lately. It just might be a harbinger of things to come.

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.

What’s the Difference Between Obama and Nixon?

Nixon’s law breaking was small potatoes compared to Barack Obama’s policy of systematically breaking and ignoring the law in pursuit of his radical leftwing agenda. But Obama gets away with it because a spineless Congress refuses to hold him accountable. To sign our petition demanding Congress hold Obama to account for his law breaking click here

An Immigration Morality Tale

Victor Davis Hanson, PJ Media

One of the strangest things about illegal immigration is that a nation that is monitored, taped, videoed, and bugged, that is struggling now with the AP, IRS, and NSA scandals whose common theme is excessive gov't intrusions in our private lives, knows absolutely nothing about those who arrive illegally into the U.S.

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.

NSA Surveillance Divides the GOP

Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

A GOP resolution that renounces NSA spying is an extraordinary document. For over a decade, the GOP dismissed civil-libertarian complaints about the War on Terror. Now the RNC is changing its tune to join the anti-spying chorus, but Bushies are pushing back.

Board: NSA Data Sweep Illegal; Program Must End

Fox News and AP Staff

An independent board (The Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board) tasked with reviewing NSA surveillance called for the gov't to end its mass data collection program and purge its files, declaring the program illegal in a major challenge to Obama. 

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.

Snowden's Inconvenient Spy Truth

David Keene, The Washington Times

Although many Americans continue to regard Edward Snowden as a traitor, he is seen increasingly by many Europeans as a whistleblowing hero, and for Russia’s Putin, he is the gift that keeps on giving.

Paul: New Intelligence Head a Must

Sandy Fitzgerald, Newsmax

The US has lost credibility through the damaging leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and Rand Paul believes the only way to start fresh is "with somebody new in charge" of intelligence services.

Does It Matter Where Edward Snowden Obtained Asylum?

So far Snowden’s American supporters have largely remained silent on the issue of whether or not the location of his asylum matters. We’re interested in what you think. Please tell us in the comments below or by voting in today’s poll on our home page if you think it matters where Edward Snowden obtained asylum.

48 Alarming Facts That Tell Us America Has Become a Gigantic Prison: Facts 37 to 48

In the fourth and final part his series on the Obama surveillance state, writer Ben Hart details the final 11 of the 48 facts he has compiled to support his contention that America has become a gigantic prison. Hart describes the “soft tyranny” of the Obama security and surveillance state and how the Obama administration is colluding with some of the world’s largest corporations and using the power of the federal government's IRS and other agencies to develop most sophisticated mass-control tools ever devised — that become more sophisticated every day. Of course, a “soft tyranny” can quickly become a hard tyranny . . . and usually does.

48 Alarming Facts That Tell Us America Has Become a Gigantic Prison: Facts 23 to 36

The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878  forbids the use of military force against American citizens. But the police in America today have become increasingly militarized, equipped now with “shock and awe” military-style weapons. The FBI admits to using drones over America and in 2010 the Department of Homeland Security announced that it plans to use armed drones inside America’s borders to "immobilize" Targets of Interest. 

FBI: We Don't Need a Warrant to Spy

Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner

The FBI told RPaul that US drone surveillance doesn't require a warrant and that the practice remains limited. 

48 Alarming Facts That Tell Us America Has Become a Gigantic Prison: Facts 12 to 22

Writer Ben Hart details 11 more of the 48 facts about how the U.S. government now tracks, monitors, records, and stores information about your activities and communications to support his contention that in the Obama surveillance state you have no privacy and 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.