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House Freedom Caucus Fights To Reform Secret FISA Courts

The House Freedom Caucus is gearing up for another political fight. This time, they are working to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court. This is the secret court system that authorized ubiquitous federal surveillance on all Americans. “Government surveillance activities under the FISA Amendments Act have violated Americans’ constitutionally protected rights,” the Freedom Caucus said in a press release. “We oppose any reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act that does not include substantial reforms to the government’s collection and use of Americans’ data.” Although the Freedom Caucus has not been specific as to what reforms they will ultimately push for, watchdog groups have outlined what needs to be changed in order to restore proper justice to the courts. “The FISA Court must change in at least two ways: it needs a true advocate for privacy and civil liberties in the court and it must have institutionalized, systematic publication of significant opinions,” Dia Kayyali wrote in an Electronic Frontier Foundation article. Keep Reading

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Economics/Politics

Healthcare Is Neither a Right Or a Privilege

A few days ago I had the opportunity to participate in a brief discussion on the subject of healthcare, more precisely, whether it is a right or a privilege. The person I was talking with is one of those who frames the debate in terms of a false dilemma: healthcare is either a right or a privilege. If it is not one it must be the other, the former being the morally upright side of the debate, the latter being on the side of evil corporations and systemic greed aimed at killing and robbing as many poor people as possible. Stated again, this is a false dilemma. Healthcare is neither a right or a privilege, it is a service subject to scarcity and hence, subject also to the principles of economics. Keep Reading

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Sen. Rand Paul: ‘Numerous Sources’ Are Claiming That Obama Spied On Me!

Earlier this year, President Trump made national headlines when he claimed that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, Barack Obama. Months later, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is making similar claims about being surveilled by political opposition. “We’ve had several people come to us and say that it happened. I don’t have access to that information, but I’ve been very concerned that too many Americans’ information is being culled through without a warrant,” Paul said to Breitbart News in an exclusive interview. Although Paul makes it clear that he does not have evidence to substantiate his claim at the present moment, he is being alerted by credible sources that the surveillance did take place. Paul not only wants answers, but also wants to make sure that this type of spying isn’t used by government officials for the purposes of social control. Keep Reading

Politics/Tech

Facebook As Big Brother: The Liberty Conservative Gets Censored By Thought Police

On Friday, we published an article titled ‘Cato VP Attacks Ron Paul, Calls His Ideas a “Hideous Corruption Of Libertarian Ideas”‘ written by senior contributor Alex Witoslawski. As the article was beginning to gain traction and go viral, Facebook decided to censor it—issuing temporary bans for anyone who merely shared the writing. Dozens of people have reported being censored immediately after sharing the article. Some of the error warnings suggested that malware could have been involved, but that was a deception. Rather than admitting to their practice of muzzling speech, Facebook apparently gives random error messages to baffle users and throw them off the trail. Most of the people afflicted were put out of commission for two days, unable to share links to content on the social media platform. From a strictly libertarian perspective, Facebook has the right to act in completely abhorrent and disgusting ways. Conversely, we have the right to expose the truth about this entity and work to build consumer pressure against their reprehensible policies until… Keep Reading

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Sen. Rand Paul To Susan Rice: “Testify Under Oath” On Trump Spying Allegations

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is calling for former National Security Advisor Susan Rice to “testify under oath“ after reports broke indicating that she used her power to spy on President Trump’s associates during campaign season. “I don’t think we should discount how big a deal it was that Susan Rice was looking at these, and she needs to be asked, did President Obama ask her to do this? Was this a directive from President Obama? I think she ought to testify under oath on this,” Paul said, according to a Hill report. “I think she should be asked under oath, did she reveal it to the Washington Post.” Keep Reading

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Report: Obama’s National Security Advisor Illegally Spied On Trump Campaign

Former national security adviser Susan Rice conducted unwarranted spying in an apparent attempt to influence last year’s election results, as sources have produced evidence that she frequently requested information from intelligence reports about individuals connected to the Trump Presidential campaign and transition team. “Smoking gun found! Obama pal and noted dissembler Susan Rice said to have been spying on Trump campaign,” Sen. Rand Paul tweeted today in response to the startling allegations. Keep Reading

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New WikiLeaks #Vault7 Disclosures Shatter Claims Of Russian Interference In Presidential Election

Julian Assange and Wikileaks are continuing their dump of #Vault7 documents, a treasure trove of information that is displaying the true hacking capabilities of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Earlier today, Wikileaks exposed Marble, a sophisticated program giving the CIA the capability to leave a digital footprint mimicking a foreign government after conducting clandestine hacking operations. In their press release regarding Marble, Wikileaks stated the following, “Marble is used to hamper forensic investigators and anti-virus companies from attributing viruses, trojans and hacking attacks to the CIA… It is ‘[D]esigned to allow for flexible and easy-to-use obfuscation” as “string obfuscation algorithms (especially those that are unique) are often used to link malware to a specific developer or development shop.'” Keep Reading

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Jeffrey “Deep State” Tucker Takes It On The Chin After #Vault7 Disclosures

Antifa sympathizer Jeffrey Tucker has really taken it on the chin this time. Despite being a self-professed anarchist, Tucker clearly likes his state deep. Wikileaks’ Vault 7 disclosures have made Tucker’s already indefensible position regarding the deep state look even more abhorrent. In a recent Daily Caller article, Tucker lamented the rise of Trump and floated the idea that the deep state might be better than the Trump administration. The shattering of the neoliberal consensus on global trade seemed to be his primary lament: “As much as we might hate the deep state…and I’ve written plenty against it…, we would be blind and dumb not to consider the possibility that something worse could come along in the name of overthrowing it. Every fascist dictatorship in history emerged in response to the real failures of socialism and bureaucracy. One leads to the other, as the history of interwar Europe shows… Donald Trump has made it a priority to overthrow the whole global-trade paradigm on grounds that ‘the nation-state remains the… Keep Reading

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#TakeCTRL Campaign Encourages Libertarians To Work Locally Against Illegal Surveillance

Despite the fact that Snowden did not necessarily receive a great reception from the box office, that hasn’t stopped clever activists from capitalizing on the hoopla from the epic film. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has spearheaded a coalition to honor Snowden’s heroic sacrifice to work locally to stifle Big Brother. The Tenth Amendment Center released a report about the #TakeCTRL campaign against the surveillance state that went live today: “As part of the Community Control Over Police Surveillance (CCOPS) initiative, today local government officials in 11 cities announced plans to launch legislative efforts to pass ordinances that will take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state. This proposed legislation requires law enforcement agencies to get the approval from their local governing body before obtaining equipment such as stingray devices, automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) and other surveillance technology. The cities in this first wave announcing legislative efforts include New York, N.Y.;… Keep Reading

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