Friday saw an an opportunity to finally set things right by defunding the abusive NSA, Congress instead decided to continue with the same old unconstitutional arrangement. [...]
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.
First, the good news. Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5029, the International Science and Technology Cooperation Act. In terms of spending, it was a modest bill. If it is signed into law, it will barely result in any increase in federal government spending at all.
Still, the impact of H.R. 5029 could [...]
Yesterday, I wrote about the vote by 44 congressional Democrats, including the chair of the Democratic National Committee, to stop efforts to block funding for new American military involvement in war in Iraq. These Democrats voted to support efforts to get the USA involved in yet another Iraqi war.
However, these Democrats weren’t the only [...]
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) [...]
Libertarian-leaning Republican Congressman Justin Amash will be speaking at this weekend’s Rally Against Mass Surveillance in Washington D.C.
No Democrat from either the House or Senate is scheduled to be present.
Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson will also be speaking at the protest.
Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is not scheduled to [...]
As Barack Obama prepares to rush off into war in Syria, the American people should pause, and consider what he says skeptically. [...]
This morning, the Twitterverse is filled with replicating messages of support for H.R. 2399, the self-titled “Libert-E” bill introduced by Rep. John Conyers and Rep. Justin Amash. Four typical Tweets:
Amash leads challenge to NSA surveillance with LIBERT-E act: http://wtim.es/11KVGSC
Action Alert: Stop NSA Snooping with the LIBERT-E Act http://wp.me/p2fInh-WJ
Thanks @repjohnconyers & @justinamash for [...]
H.R. 5936 will, if passed, revoke the requirement of military imprisonment for people suspected of terrorist crimes and will re-establish the right to a fair trial. [...]
Declaring for everybody that “In God We Trust” just isn’t respectful, and it doesn’t recognize the reality that the idea of God is simply irrelevant for millions of Americans. [...]
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