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Fact Check: Malcolm Gladwell’s Mythic South

As I’ve been reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers over the last few days, I’ve been accumulating a sense of hokum as Gladwell tells stories and spins out anecdotes. My B.S. detector finally hit the limit with this claim (p. 169):

The triumph of a culture of honor helps to explain why the pattern of criminality [...]

Barack Obama Bans Pictures Of Himself While Stealing Pictures Of You

If Barack Obama were subjected to the kind of privacy violations that he has inflicted upon the American people through the NSA, FBI and CIA, we would be able to read his emails, search through logs of his cell phone activity, and look at up to the minute maps of his GPS-tracked travel, all while watching and listening to live web cams of the Oval Office, top diplomatic meetings, and even the West Wing bedrooms. [...]

You Have To Surrender Your Constitutional Rights So The NSA Can Spy On India

The NSA used its Internet spying tool PRISM, and another named BOUNDLESS INFORMANT to conduct a spying operation against ambassadors from India at the United Nations headquarters, which is within the borders of the USA. [...]

Democrats Vote to Confirm Stalling, Anti-Transparency, Surveillance-Happy FBI Counsel as US District Judge

In 2009, we learned that of a newly-expanded FBI program in which its agents spy, often secretly, on American people and groups who are suspected of no crime whatsoever. Rather, people are targeted by the FBI for surveillance on the basis of their political opinions, their religion, and/or their race. At the time of this [...]

Obama Says There Is No Spying On Americans

A review of the facts that Jay Leno chose not to confront Barack Obama with when Obama said that there is no spying on Americans. [...]

What’s the Problem with Unchecked Government Spying? Visit the FBI Vault and Find Out

Over the last month, it’s been revealed that the United States government has been sweeping up unlimited amounts of data on private internet use, e-mail, text messaging, phone calls, and even postal traffic, all without warrants. What’s wrong with that? The most direct, literal answer is that it’s a violation of the Fourth Amendment of [...]

Restore the 4th announces August 4 Protests against Warrantless Surveillance in LA, SD and NYC

If you’ve been paying attention over the last few months, you know that the NSA and FBI have been engaging in massive warrantless seizure and storage of innocent people’s internet records, phone records and even postal mail habits. Crowds of people protested that surveillance activity in a large number of cities on July 4 as [...]

Statements In Protest Of Homeland Security Surveillance Programs By Restore The Fourth Rallies

Americans have been observing this Fourth of July holiday by gathering across the United States to protest programs by the NSA, FBI and USPS to conduct daily surveillance of the private activities of every American citizen. [...]

Senator Leahy To Introduce Legislation To Limit The Patriot Act Today

Over the years, Patrick Leahy has been an ineffective champion for the effort to bring America’s surveillance machine back under control. A new, more simple tactic is needed: Total, permanent repeal of the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act. [...]

Obama’s FBI Is Spying On America Using Drones

Memo to President Obama: When the Fourth Amendment was passed, promising protection from unreasonable search by the government, I’m pretty sure that the Founding Fathers would have counted flying spy robots hovering over American cities as a form of unreasonable search. [...]

How Can The FBI Prohibit Disclosure Of A Prisoner's Medical Condition?

The Associated Press reports this today about the condition of the sole-surviving criminal suspect in the bombing of the Boston Marathon: “19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was in serious condition at the same hospital after his capture Friday night. The FBI has not allowed hospital officials to say any more about his wounds or condition.”

The Constitution [...]