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What's All the Fuss About?

Bruce Hartford | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Bruce Hartford

Now government agencies have all this data revealing all these personal patterns. Can a prosecutor subpoena them? What about a divorce attorney? Might State's Attorney Nogoodnick who's in a tight reelection race ask his agency buddies for some inside dope on his opponent?

'Don't Tread on Me!' Unless You're the National Security Agency

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 08.11.2013 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

The National Security Agency's data mining and domestic spying program that the investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald has exposed should concern anyone who cares about our Fourth Amendment privacy rights.

Traitor or Patriot?

Christopher Burgess | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Christopher Burgess

Should Edward Snowden be arrested and extradited to the U.S. for violation of his secrecy agreement with the U.S. government? Should he be applauded and embraced as a heroic character?

Friday Talking Points -- Rest In Peace, Fourth Amendment

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We gather here today to mourn the passing of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Although weakened and battered in the past, it seems that it has finally succumbed and will be heard of no more.

Christina Wilkie

Retired Admiral To Oversee Phone Company's 'National Security Agreement' | Christina Wilkie | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Retired Adm. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was hired by Sprint Nextel Corp. Friday as security director...

The NSA Non-Scandal

Abraham R. Wagner | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Abraham R. Wagner

The FISA Court gets far too little credit for the critical role it performs. Established in the wake of earlier scandals this court provides the type of experienced judicial oversight needed so that the Intelligence Community could continue to operate effectively while meeting the essential concerns of civil libertarians.

Canaries in the Coal Mine

Susan Landau | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Susan Landau

The invasiveness of this data is hard to underestimate. It is data that reveals where every connected person is during the day, with whom they speak, when, how often.

Government Is Listening

Jeff Danziger | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


A New FISA Court, A New Fig Leaf

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

If the President of the United States or the DOD or the FBI says this country is at risk from the actions of its enemies, I cannot imagine that any court could say no because if the court rules wrongly, it will be blamed for the deaths that ensue.

Andrea Stone

Report: Government Surveillance Requests Up In 2011 | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics

The federal government submitted 1,745 applications in 2011 to a secret intelligence court to investigate -- mostly through wiretapping -- suspected c...