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In the Name of National Security
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In the Name of National Security

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. -C.S. Lewis News breaks this morning that the NSA has the ability to monitor 75% of the nation's internet traffic at once. They can watch what 75% of Americans are doing at any one time online. Think on that for a moment.

08/21/2013
FreedomCast: NSA Overreach and Defining Journalism with Ed Morrissey
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FreedomCast: NSA Overreach and Defining Journalism with Ed Morrissey

08/20/2013
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Dusting Off the Third Amendment: A Creative Response to Domestic Spying

Fourth Amendment arguments against the NSA surveillance programs are plentiful these days. The general perception by the public, and numerous government officials, is that warrantless surveillance and data mining is an unconstitutional search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. However, the existence of secret FISA courts could prove to be an impediment to Fourth Amendment challenges, which is why it’s time to dust off the often neglected and forgotten Third Amendment.

08/13/2013
Starve the Bureaucratic Beast: Support A Pure Leahy-Lee Amendment
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Starve the Bureaucratic Beast: Support A Pure Leahy-Lee Amendment

The last time legislators updated the Electronic Communication Privacy Act (ECPA) was when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was a toddler. With new technological innovation and new privacy concerns, Congress must cooperate to bring the laws into the 21st Century. Reforming the ECPA is necessary to guarantee our Constitutional protection against warrantless digital searches and seizures. The answer is the Leahy Lee-Amendment.

07/29/2013
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Maximum Liberty or Temporary Security? Justin Amash and the NSA Amendment.

Yesterday afternoon a bold, potentially groundbreaking amendment to a defense appropriations bill was narrowly defeated. The amendment sponsored by Representative Justin Amash sought to curtail the highly criticized NSA surveillance program.

07/25/2013
See How Your Representative Voted on the Amash Amendment
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See How Your Representative Voted on the Amash Amendment

Tonight the House voted on Justin Amash's amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill. The amendment would simply have required that the NSA's surveillance and collection of digital metadata only be conducted upon people who are directly under investigation.

07/24/2013
High-tech NSA Claims It Can’t Search Its Own Emails
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High-tech NSA Claims It Can’t Search Its Own Emails

You remember the NSA, right? Big, shadowy agency recording everything you say, write or do online or on your phone? It was in all the papers about four and a half scandals ago.

07/24/2013
House to Vote on Fourth Amendment Today; Outcome in Doubt
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House to Vote on Fourth Amendment Today; Outcome in Doubt

The House is expected to vote today on the Fourth Amendment. The outcome is in doubt. How far we've drifted from the letter of the Constitution and the spirit of liberty!

07/24/2013
Oregon - Not As Liberal As You Might Think
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Oregon - Not As Liberal As You Might Think

Many outside Oregon have written off the state as a perennial loss for conservatives, owing to its deep blue liberal reputation. This reputation is brilliantly depicted in the IFC show Portlandia, which many Oregon natives view more as a documentary than a comedy. But the politics of Oregon are a much more complex stew of several influences, including a deep libertarian streak and strong conservative values - especially outside the Portland metro area.

07/18/2013
Nothing to Hide, Something to Fear
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Nothing to Hide, Something to Fear

Washington doesn’t have the right answers because they ask the wrong questions. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) last month demonstrated a lack of understanding of America’s constitutionally protected rights when he nonchalantly explained he is “glad” that the government was spying upon Americans. Graham explained that if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. However, the American people have a lot to fear from politicians ask who defend tyranny above the right of the people.

07/16/2013

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