Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in 1978 specifically to restrict the surveillance of U.S. citizens by the National Security Agency (NSA). It was enacted after a series of investigations by Senate committees into the legality of domestic intelligence activities. Instead of ensuring that FISA restrictions are met, the FISC is now approving blanket surveillance plans based on the promise the NSA itself will ensure they meet the restrictions. Thus the FISC is delegating its only intended purpose of allowing a check on the NSA to the NSA.
On a recent visit to Texas, Bill Whittle experienced what it looks like and feels like to live free...rather than in a regulatory, statist, stifling nightmare like liberal California. The way Texas mostly still is, is how America was founded and was designed always to operate. The American way is in danger--not just in California, but nationally--of being stifled under the smothering oppression of Leftist statism.
States have gone bankrupt, been invaded by foreigners, experienced massive power outages, and have seen terrorist attacks successfully waged upon them, with no effective protection from the government of the Union. Always, the response of the Union has been a knee-jerk reaction that results in higher taxes, more government agencies which snoop and spy on us, and less freedom for the citizens of the States. Might not the Citizens of New York, Virginia, Colorado, Connecticut, or Texas have fared better if they didn’t have to rely on the celebrity-politicians in Washington, D.C. for their own security?
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was formed on November 19, 2001, in response to the 9/11 attacks. However, for the cost of the TSA's budget, we could replace four World Trade Center buildings each year. Even with an annual budget of almost $8 billion, the agency is notorious for receiving additional onetime earmarked allocations.
All trained gun users know what gun safety involves. In fact, even gun owners with the most rudimentary knowledge understand the basics of gun safety. So do we really need government--especially the federal government--to help us figure out how to keep and bear firearms safely?
Since its original design, the United States Senate has undergone two integrally related transformations in design and purpose. In 1913, states voted away their federal legislative voice by ratifying the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, changing the appointment of Senators to a direct election.
Just what is an Anti-Federalist, and what did they believe? Simply put, the Anti-Federalists were the “radicals” who wanted to be free of the tyranny of the British Empire, and fought for the right of each of their States to be Sovereign, Free, and Independent. Although their politics varied and they existed in every State, today they would be likened to what our own Department of Homeland Security calls, “right-wing extremists.”
I will be the first to acknowledge that there is much to be thankful for about life in America, especially when compared to those beyond our borders whose daily lives are marked by war, hunger and disease. Despite our kvetching, grumbling and complaining, most Americans have it pretty good compared to less fortunates the world over. Still, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that all of our so-called blessings will amount to little more than gilding on a cage if we don’t safeguard the freedoms on which this nation was founded, freedoms which have historically made this nation a sanctuary for the oppressed and persecuted.
This past week our nation celebrated the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address. Once a staple in schools, where kids learned the words by heart and delivered them before the whole class, modern education has apparently deemed the soaring words of Lincoln unworthy of being taught.
As security guru Bruce Schneier says, though, "Complete effectiveness is not the goal; the checkpoints just have to be effective enough so that the terrorists are worried their plan will be uncovered." However, there hasn't been a study yet where the TSA successfully stopped over half of testers' weapons or explosive materials. If the TSA were a private security firm, they would have been fired by now.Next Page »
"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the party over to the so-called moderates wouldn't make any sense at all." - Ronald Reagan, Nov. 10, 1964