Yasha Levine is writing a book, titled Surveillance Valley, that will describe the involvement of Silicon Valley giants such as Google in the federal government’s regime of electronic surveillance against the American people […]
It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection. These are the times when maps fade, old landmarks crumble and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread. Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
What did you learn in school today?
Brad Rogers writes in the Bangor Daily News about a simple choice by high school seniors in South Portland. The senior class President of South Portland high school noticed that teachers were harassing students who chose not to say the Pledge of Allegiance, so she looked up state law, […]
I thought the Republican Party was supposed to be the party of small government.
Why, then, would Republican Representative Steve King of Iowa introduce H.R. 997?
H.R. 997 is a bill that imposes big government requirements on millions of people who work for the United States Goverment.
H.R. 997 is the Nanny State bill to […]
Yesterday, I noted that North Carolina Republican Representative Walter Jones had introduced legislation (H.R. 153) that would let churches start entering political campaigns without losing their special tax-exempt status. Jones terms it a “free speech” issue.
Today, I learned that Rep. Jones is a sponsor of legislation that would make it possible to toss protesters […]
The way the law is set up in the United States right now is clear: Churches and other non-profit organizations have the right to campaign for particular political candidates if they choose. They are perfectly free to do so. They just have to do one little thing if they want to start politicking: pay taxes […]
592 days ago, on June 22 2013, just 13 days after it was created, the petition to pardon civil liberties whistleblower Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures. That 100,000 mark is crucial, because as an official petition on the official “We The People” petition website set up by the White House, it is guaranteed […]
What if I told you that Momhamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian who has been held prisoner in the American prisons of Guantanamo for over 12 years, where he has been tortured and threatened in violation of the Geneva Conventions, in spite of the fact that he has never been accused of any crime, has managed […]
Signs reading “Je suis Charlie” or “I am Charlie” have sprung up in demonstrations offline and online around the world in the wake of a shooting in which two brothers shot and killed 12 people working for the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. The meaning intended by carriers of the “Je Suis Charlie” sign […]
Most Americans understand that we live in a single nation, united under a single Constitution, which is the highest law of all the land. We understand that every other law in the USA must comply with the Constitution. We recognize the authority of the 14th amendment to the Constitution, which reads: “All persons born or […]
A currently popular post over at the Being Liberal network on Google Plus, pictured below, shows a photograph of Barack Obama in front of a waving American flag and asserts, “Openly defying and brazenly disrespecting your president, while hoping that he failed, is not called patriotism… it is called TREASON”.
Then, another post asserts that, […]
In Kenya, the national legislature has passed the Security Laws Amendment Bill. The law allows the government to imprison people for lengthy periods without criminal charge, and to conduct surveillance against Kenyans without any search warrant or other court approval.
Among the justifications for this action: The United States has imprisoned people for years without […]
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