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Meanwhile, Back in 1776...

Paola K Amaras | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Paola K Amaras

Everyone likes to invoke our Founders so much lately, so I'm invoking Thomas Paine. Paine was a revolutionary, philosopher, political theorist, and activist. Much of what he wrote has particular relevance today in this toxic election season.

Which Is the Greater Evil -- Terrorism or Governments' Response to It?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Co-authored by Jim Sisco Governments can maintain greater legitimacy among their populace and be more effective combating terrorism if they harness t...

Congress' Treachery, the FBI's Double-Crossing and the American Citizenry's Cluelessness: With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

As the grandfather of three young ones, ages 5 to 9, I get to see my fair share of kid movies: plenty of hijinks, lots of bathroom humor, and an endle...

Citibank And HSBC Worked With Firm At Center Of International Bribery Scandal

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics

No business can operate without bankers -- not even the bribery business. British financial giant HSBC and American bailout kingpin Citibank processed...

The U.S. Has Lost Its Damn Mind

James Allworth | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
James Allworth

In any properly functioning society, Apple would get adulation for standing up to a government trying to do this. But do you know what Apple got for taking this principled stance? They got sh*t piled on them. Sh*t piled on them by people like this clown.

Comey's Push for a Worm in Every Apple

Coleen Rowley | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Knowing even a little of James Comey's post 9-11 background, it becomes rather hard to believe the FBI Director is sincerely leveling with the American public in his latest quest to compel Apple (and other encrypted communication companies) to create a mechanism for government access.

FBI vs Apple: Defining Our Constitutional Future

Mark Weinstein | Posted 02.19.2016 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

The landmark battleground lines have been drawn in the fight between the government and the private sector regarding encryption technology. The FBI wants to get into the technology business. Wait, strike that. They want to get into our business.

Let's Just Stop the George W. Bush Image-Rehabilitation Tour Right Here, Guys

Eoin Higgins | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Eoin Higgins

When former president George W. Bush kicked things off on Monday with a typically smug, heh-heh performance at a Jeb (!) Bush rally in South Carolina, I didn't expect to have the same kind of visceral reaction I used to have to the sound of his voice.

Grounded: When Angels Can't Fly

Candy Chand | Posted 01.25.2016 | Crime
Candy Chand

A bigoted social mentality has empowered the United States government to place multiple international members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club on a no-entry list -- under the guise of the Patriot Act -- while engaging little, if any, public outcry.

The USA Freedom Act Has Not Done Much for Privacy

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

So despite the fact that some of the Republican debaters were up in arms about it, the USA Freedom Act actually has produced only very marginal gains for privacy. The current state of affairs is mostly depressing, especially in light of the floodlight on these issues gifted to us by Snowden.

The United States Can Control Weapons of Mass Killing

Alan Singer | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Alan Singer

In this climate gun control laws will not be changed. But it may be possible for the president to creatively use existing law to promote at least temporary restrictions on weapons of mass killing and force national action.

Encryption Is Not The Problem

Mark Weinstein | Posted 11.23.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Privacy and security are not opposing forces but mutually beneficial of each other and crucially intertwined as a means of protecting and advancing us. We need to protect them both in order to truly protect ourselves.

The Republican Candidates' Muted Positions on Technology

Ryan Hagemann | Posted 11.02.2015 | Technology
Ryan Hagemann

Republicans -- the party most ideally poised to capitalize on this cultural environment -- have failed to win over Silicon Valley's techies. This is something that needs to change if the party ever hopes to catch up with Democrats in the increasingly important technology space.

What Happened in Vegas

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Some Bernie Sanders supporters, rudely awakened from their White House dreams, got mad over Hillary Clinton's surge after the October 13 debate in Las Vegas.

On Foreign Policy and Civil Liberties, Hillary Clinton Is Not a Progressive

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

If George Bush claimed he were a progressive, we would rightly laugh. Yet no one -- no one -- challenged Clinton's unequivocal claim to progressivism at the CNN Democratic debate earlier this week.

Headlines, the TSA, the Scientist and Me

Paula Gordon | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Contrary to the scare headlines, the TSA's SPOT method is working and there's data* to support that conclusion. Whence the headlines? The tests of TSA's effectiveness were themselves ineffective. Dr. Ekman elaborated.

The No-Fly Follies

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 09.20.2015 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

At the check-in line at San Francisco International Airport, we handed over our driver's licenses and waited for the airline ticket agent to find our flight and reservation. Suddenly, she got a funny look on her face. "There's something wrong with the computer," she said. "I need to talk to my supervisor."

The Still Curious Case of Rentboy.com

Cody Lyon | Posted 09.15.2015 | New York
Cody Lyon

In September 2010 and March 2013, Easy Rent Systems Inc. -- Rentboy.com's registered name on public record -- applied to the United States Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services for an H-1B non-immigrant working Visa on behalf of Soto Decker.

'Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death': The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse. Since then, we have been terrorized, traumatized, and acclimated to life in the American Surveillance State.

800 Years on, the Magna Carta for Our Time

Robin Koerner | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Robin Koerner

The Magna Carta is widely regarded as the document that marked the beginning of the Anglo tradition of constitutional liberty that would eventually lead to the writing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Take Two Polls and Call Me in the Morning

John K. Herr | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
John K. Herr

I'm writing you a prescription for a diuretic. If you have to go to the bathroom more, your speeches might get shorter. Also take some gingko biloba, for memory. I saw you in the debates four years ago. Good luck.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Want The Next President To Rein In Government Surveillance

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) speech against the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone data may not have earned him many points among h...

Jason Linkins

Rand Paul's Yelling About The Freedom Act: Good For The Country, Or Good For His Brand?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

So that happened. On this week's podcast, we get excited about some sporting updates, get the lowdown on the newly passed "USA Freedom Act" and discus...

Free Speech, Facebook and the NSA: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.04.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What remains to be seen is whether, when all is said and done, the powers-that-be succeed in distracting us from the fact that the government's unauthorized and unwarranted surveillance powers go far beyond anything thus far debated by Congress or the courts.

Privacy Protection and Security: We Can Have Both

Lanny Davis | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Americans don't want to have to choose between their privacy rights and protection from another 9/11, or at least maximum efforts to find terrorist threats before they become a reality. The answer avoiding this false choice appears to be the USA Freedom Act, one version of which passed the House of Representatives last week and is now under consideration by the Senate.