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Edward Snowden Wins Oscar, Loses Country

Edward Snowden Wins Oscar, Loses Country

Edward Snowden was recently recognized for his heroic Patriotism again as Citizenfour, the film chronicling the events surrounding his heroic and historic revelation of U.S. government wrongdoing, received critical acclaim including an Oscar. As you may recall, Snowden made public the unconstitutional, unlawful, and criminal behavior of the National Security Agency.

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Step One: Fight the NSA with Your Choice of Search Engine and Browser

Step One: Fight the NSA with Your Choice of Search Engine and Browser

In October 2013, Mikko Hypponen, a chief research officer in Finland who works with international law enforcement to prosecute cybercrime, gave a Ted Talk in Brussels about the National Security Administration (NSA). He said, “Whoever tells you that they have nothing to hide simply hasn’t thought about this long enough” because “one thing we should all understand is that we are brutally honest with search engines. You show me your search history, and I’ll find something incriminating or something embarrassing there in five minutes.”

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Capability Is Tyranny

Capability Is Tyranny

It is the capability of the bully rather than actual actions that allows a bully to dominate his victims. We obey and give him our lunch money because he could beat us up, not because he does beat us up. The same is true in the quintessential crime drama.

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Headquarters of the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland.

Obama Making Changes at the NSA? Not Really

If recent reports are to be believed, the agency has suddenly decided it will suddenly start following the Constitution and get a warrant before engaging in searches on U.S. persons here, as prescribed by the Fourth Amendment. And its administration of the database it previously has said was essentially to national security is now going to be shut down. Right? Well, not exactly.

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An Indiscriminate and Arbitrary Invasion of Privacy

An Indiscriminate and Arbitrary Invasion of Privacy

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Richard Leon, ruling in a case enjoining the National Security Agency (NSA) from gathering intelligence, including hundreds of millions of phone and email on every single person in the country, said “I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval.”

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NSA Blanket Surveillance Unconstitutional

NSA Blanket Surveillance Unconstitutional

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.

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It Doesn’t Make Sense

It Doesn’t Make Sense

Our leaders aren’t stupid. They may be foolish, they may be corrupt, but they aren’t stupid. When we look at the current direction our country is going in many people say, “That just doesn’t make sense.” I hear this or a variation of it all the time. We see laws, regulations, and programs spewing forth from Chicago on the Potomac on a daily basis that just don’t add up.

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Big Brother is Watching You

Big Brother is Watching You

The Constitution, not the President or Congress, is the final arbiter of what’s permissible and what’s not. This is what makes the NSA scandal so problematic, and it is notable that the government’s overreach in this area is drawing criticism from both sides of the political aisle.

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Sign at the headquarters of the National Security Agency

The NSA Abyss

We now find ourselves operating in a strange paradigm where the government not only views the citizenry as suspects but treats them as suspects, as well. Thus, the news that the National Security Agency (NSA) is routinely operating outside of the law and overstepping its legal authority by carrying out surveillance on American citizens is not really much of a surprise. This is what happens when you give the government broad powers and allow government agencies to routinely sidestep the Constitution.

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From the Minority Report movie

The American Surveillance State Is Here. Can It Be Evaded?

This is the United States of America today, where liberty and privacy are the currency for any and all essential services. Short of living in a cave, cut off from all communications and commerce, anyone living in the concentration camp that is America today must cede his privacy and liberty to a government agency, a corporation, or both, in order to access information via the internet, communicate with friends and family, shop for food and clothing, or travel to work.

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