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Will Barack Obama Go 400 Days Without Answering the Edward Snowden Petition?

On June 22 2013, the petition to pardon civil liberties whistleblower Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures, and has continued to gather signatures since, reaching 161,691 signatures today.

The 100,000 mark that’s crucial, because this isn’t just any old ordinary petition; it’s an official petition on the official “We The [...]

Adam Kwasman Sees Fear In Child Immigrant Buses, And YMCA Campers

This week, Adam Kwasman was taking part in a protest of Americans who were angry about young children finding refuge in the United States, when, in the middle of a speech, he stopped what he was saying, and started running toward a bus. “Bus coming in!” he called out… [...]

Homeland Security Rushes To Grab Cell Phones And Laptops From Travelers

There is no actual known plot to use hollowed-out electronic devices to smuggle bombs onto airplanes headed to the United States, Homeland Security Administration officials admit. Nonetheless, Homeland Security announced this weekend that it is implementing a draconian new policy against electronic devices. Any electronic device, such as a cell phone, tablet or laptop computer, [...]

Will There Be A Chinese Attack Against America Before July 4th?

In April this year, a guy who goes by the pseudonym “Truther” predicted that there would be a terrorist attack at a conference called Moogfest. That terrorist attack never happened.

Yet, “Truther” has continued to pump out predictions of doom and gloom at a steady pace. His latest claim is that the CIA will engineer [...]

U.S. Government Tracking Your Mail Without Probable Cause, Authority or Reasons

You may recall last year’s revelation that the U.S. Post Office is taking pictures of every single piece of mail as part of a gigantic program to keep track of who communicates with whom in America. Under the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program the pictures of your mail are made available to law enforcement [...]

Taking out the Terrorists with your Handgun: No Bag Limit… or No Bag?

Every time I see this sticker on a car or truck in the United States, I roll my eyes:

“Gun Owner — No Bag Limit,” the “terrorist hunting permit” reads. There’s a pistol in the background. The message isn’t too subtle: thanks to the 2nd Amendment and gun ownership rights, those terrorists are on [...]

Corporation Hawks $1,000 Bulletproof Blankets for Shootings that Won’t Happen

Coming off the heels of a military contractor selling $400 bulletproof whiteboards to teachers, another corporation is trying to profit off of fear. The ProTecht corporation is selling $1,000 bulletproof blankets for schoolchildren.

Your parents went to school without bulletproof blankets and survived. You went to school without bulletproof blankets and survived. Why do your [...]

Gun Violence Hyperbole Doesn’t Sound Idiotic. People Who Use Gun Violence Hyperbole Sound Idiotic.

I don’t like guns. I think they’re tacky, and loud, and crude. People who are fascinated with guns, and who think that they really NEED a gun, are not people I would trust to watch over my children.

That said, I also don’t like gun violence hyperbole. There have been a few well-publicized murders committed [...]

My $1000 Bet: No Teacher is Going to Be Shot at Holding a Bulletproof Whiteboard in 2014

As I noted yesterday, the latest report on school violence from the Bureau of Justice Statistics has been released. As the data in that report show, the in-school homicide rate in 2010-2011 was 0.00002%; in other words, a child’s chance of being killed in school during that year was 1 in 4.5 million.

To [...]

Opt Out of Creepy KissMetrics Surveillance

When the internet was founded, the use of the technology for pecuniary gain was a banishable offense. Now spying on people is considered the norm.

Take Kissmetrics, which tracks people and connects their common browsing of websites across different computers and tablets so that people can be profiled and monetized. Even when two people use [...]

Amash: USA Freedom Act was Flipped so badly, a Majority of Cosponsors Voted Against It

A funny thing happened to the USA Freedom Act on its way to passage: it was turned inside-out and upside-down.

Just how bad were changes to #USAFREEDOMAct? MAJORITY of 152 cosponsors voted NO. Roll call: http://t.co/2kaG5hrmw1

— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) May 23, 2014

Rep. Justin Amash explains the turnabout in the legislation (HR 3361) [...]