privacy

Trump is lone, sensible voice about privacy among all the nonsense

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

This is truly terrifying stuff. We are talking much worse than Watergate and something more along the lines of the Pentagon Papers. And yet, all Washington wants to talk about is this fake Russia “collusion” story. As usual these days, the lone, sensible voice among all the nonsense is coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. “This is something that should never be allowed to happen to another president,” Mr. Trump told me during an exclusive interview in the Oval Office last week. Intelligence officials from the Obama administration have some serious explaining to do, Mr. Trump said.

Will Trump's DOJ Do Anything About the Obama-Era Hacking of Sharyl Attkisson?

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, The Daily Caller

Americans have a vested interest in the outcome of Attkisson’s case. The government created a playbook to hack our computers, and it is now judicially blessed “to follow in future cases,“ according to the dissent. Attkisson, though, has her mind set on getting justice for not just her, but all of us. However, as George Harrison sang, it’s gonna take money; it’s gonna take plenty of money. Attkisson has established a GoFundMe page where those who want to see their terrible precedent overturned can donate.

WomenOnTheWall.org Appeals To President Trump

Former President Obama issued an Executive Order that unlocked the doors of privacy and now allows our children to be data-mined of their personal information which includes social, emotional, and behavioral information.  We believe President Trump could and would stop this instantly if he met with concerned parents and researchers and was told the truth about this government sanctioned child abuse.

Democrats’ First Bill Attacks Free Speech Rights Of Conservatives

HR 1 would crush the free speech rights of conservatives by regulating political speech on the Internet, violating the privacy of advocacy groups and their supporters, compelling speakers to include lengthy government-mandated messages in their communications and creating a public financing system for congressional campaigns.

Time For Trump To Stop Defending Obama Era Wrongdoing

Just because the presidency changed from President Obama to President Trump, that does not mean that career government employees change. We urge all CHQ readers and friends to visit Sharyl Attkisson’s GoFundMe page and make your most generous contribution to expose the Obama administration’s wrongdoing and to identify the Deep State operatives behind it.

Oklahoma Secretary Of State ‘Doxxes’ O’Keefe Donors

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Daily Caller

The negligence of the Oklahoma Secretary of State in doxxing confidential tax return information is encouraged in the consequence-free environment for government lawbreaking. A perp walk and prosecution at the IRS would have focused the minds of government officials who handle confidential information.

SCOTUS Case Could Decide Who Has Rights to Your Cell Phone Data

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, CNS News

Understanding the property interests of the Fourth Amendment, as Justice Neil Gorsuch does, not only helps clarify why the Amendment naturally extends to a sense of privacy, but demonstrates the Amendment’s amazing importance in the constitutional fabric of our society, and why it is a key protection against a police state.

Digital privacy bill still abandons probable cause for our papers

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, The Hill

Administrative subpoenas are in fact impossible to reconcile with the Fourth Amendment. The very premise of the ECPA Modernization Act is that government may not violate the security of private records unless a judge has issued a warrant after hearing probable cause under oath that facts indicate a law is being broken. Government officials will exploit this expressly sanctioned loophole in the bill and subpoena emails directly from their targets in this probable cause-free administrative subpoena regime. Neither digital nor hard records will be safe from unreasonable government searches and compelled disgorgement.

Dear Russian Agents, Send Help

Please, send us what you have so we can better expose the deceit and hypocrisy of those who would fundamentally change America by undermining the rule of law and liberty. And maybe – just maybe – the GOP in Washington will see that what’s happening from within to undermine our constitutional republic and way of life is nearly as horrible as what you Russians are trying.

Inherently Unreasonable Administrative Subpoenas Advance Police State, Violate the Constitution

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, CNS News

It may be that use of institutionalized violations of the Fourth Amendment are far more prevalent than the relative quantity of the general warrants in their day. Wise and constitutionally principled judges since at least the 1600s, however, have recognized the dangers of the coercive and extortionate nature of search power unbridled from probable cause determined in advance by the judgment of neutral judicial officers.

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.

Civil Rights Commissioner Gail Heriot Agrees with Conservatives on Executive Overreach, Gets Called “Ignorant Bigot” By Liberal Congresswoman

University of San Diego School of Law professor Gail Heriot thinks Obama’s “guidance” to states demanding they open school locker rooms, showers and toilets to students of both sexes is an example of the executive branch overreaching what the legislative branch intended. Far-Left Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) thinks disagreeing with Obama makes Commissioner Heriot an “ignorant bigot.”

Final Betrayal: Ryan Republicans Join Obama as #ToiletTerrorists

“Is there any conservative principle or constituency in the conservative coalition that elected Ronald Reagan and won the historic elections of 2010 and 2014 that Capitol Hill’s Republican leaders haven’t betrayed?” Clearly after last night's vote to codify Obama's #ToiletTerrorism the answer is NO, and without new leadership in the House and Senate Republican Conferences the betrayals will continue.  Please sign our petition. Tell Speaker Paul Ryan: Stop Obama's Liberal Transformation of America or Go Home!

Political Correctness Defeated (Temporarily) General Boykin Reinstated

General Jerry Boykin has been invited back to teach at Hampden-Sydney College, but ultimately this battle is not about what happened to Jerry Boykin at one small college in Virginia. The real issue is stopping the insanity that endangers women and girls and standing up to the attempts to normalize the abnormal through the vicious imposition of political correctness in speech and thought.

The Unconstitutionality of the Exxon Subpoena

Philip Hamburger, LibertyLawSite.org

The difficulty is that conclusions about climate change, on either side of the question, are often difficult to distinguish from political opinion. Although the truth about the climate may lie in complex empirical data, such data is always open to dispute, and the climate has become a highly contested political controversy. The attorney general’s subpoena therefore looks disturbingly like harassment for dissenting scientific and political opinion.

House Bill Lets Bureaucrats Read Your Email Without A Warrant

Kathryn Watson, Daily Caller

Mark Fitzgibbons, a Northern Virginia lawyer who defends individuals and businesses against federal agencies, said Poe is flat-out wrong on the ECPA. The ECPA and a similar House bill “actually authorize and encourage hundreds of federal and state agencies to violate the Fourth Amendment with respect to the actual content of private emails.”

You Wonder Why Americans Are Pissed Off

We Americans no longer live in a society where the law is applied equally and without political bias or intent – we now live in a strange oligarchy in which a self-appointed elite, starting with the President and going right down to judges, a state Attorney General and even local zoning officials, decides which laws apply to them and which laws they will follow.

Want To Protect Your Privacy? Conservative Organizations Should Sign Onto This Supreme Court Brief

Ultra-leftwing, Planned Parenthood supporter California Attorney General Kamala Harris, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, is telling nonprofit organizations they can’t speak to donors in her state unless they fork over the names and addresses of their top donors to her so she can investigate them and your organization if she wants.

Clarity on privacy and marriage

Richard A. Viguerie and Mark Fitzgibbons, The Washington Times

Two issues being hotly contested at the national level this year — government collection of private records as debated through the Patriot Act sunset provision, and the definition of marriage before the Supreme Court — distinguish conservatives from neocons and libertarians. Those two issues also highlight why conservatism is the right blend of principles when it comes to the role of government, constitutional liberty, national defense, economic security and American exceptionalism.

A Constitutional Amendment to Protect Virginians’ Data and Pastures

This is the first installment of a sentence-by-sentence explanation of the proposed “Fourth Amendment for the 21st Century” to show the amendment is 100 percent based in sound Fourth Amendment principles and purposes consistent with the Framers’ vision. The first article, “WHY IT’S TIME FOR A 21ST CENTURY FOURTH AMENDMENT IN VIRGINIA,” provided general background about the amendment.