In the 2014 election cycle, Rand Paul’s “leadership PAC” Reinventing A New Direction sent funds to just one candidate for the Maine State Legislature: Republican Eric Brakey of New Gloucester. With that kind of specificity, it’s fair to say that Rand Paul’s organization singled Eric Brakey as his kind of candidate. Brakey won office and […]
The McDonald’s Corporation invites me to search for locations of its restaurants by street, town or country.
Let’s search for Belgium.
USA! USA! USA! USA!
I must wipe off the remnants of this solitary jingoism, this isolationist melange, this je ne sais quoi. I shall search for France.
France cannot […]
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 […]
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) […]
I am grateful to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for at least holding hearings on the subject of the massive warrantless surveillance. On March 19, 2014, the PCLOB held a hearing and subsequently produced a transcript so that we can hear the Obama administration’s point of view on civil liberties.
As you already […]
I kid you not: according to a leaked presentation by the National Security Agency’s ongoing “XKeyscore” program, the whole idea for finding terrorists is to scoop up everybody’s internet activity, store it, and search for “suspicious stuff”:
Well, Hell’s Bells and cockleshells! The NSA didn’t need some highfalutin’ fifty-trillion-dollar-laser-guided classified program to do that! […]
In late June 2013, I shared information with you about Restore the Fourth protests taking place in 34 cities across the United States. These demonstrations react to the news that President Barack Obama has unleashed a vast civilian and military surveillance program, collecting up all phone, e-mail, text message and large-provide internet traffic — including […]
When our society’s seekers of knowledge, conquest or material objects talk about their ultimate goals, they often appeal to crusading and questing metaphors that can take on religious overtones. Some place themselves in the role of old Sir Galahad, speaking of their object as “the Holy Grail of” something or other, even when that object […]