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NSA Surveillance Provision Expiration Is All Theater

Until a few years ago, concerns over government surveillance were generally limited to conspiracy theories, technology organizations, and limited-government libertarians (these groups sometimes overlapping). It wasn’t a major mainstream concern. The revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden changed everything. It wasn’t just the paranoid delusions of conspiracy theorists anymore. It wasn’t just excessive caution by concerned libertarians, and it wasn’t just technology organizations arguing extreme hypotheticals. It was fact. After Snowden’s numerous revelations dropped, there was a widespread push for reform. Some people were shocked by the revelations, others were largely unsurprised. If there is one thing… Keep Reading

Law/Politics

If Only The Rights Of Everyday Americans Mattered As Much As Hillary Clinton’s

If there’s one thing that Hillary Clinton allies and supporters established last year, it’s that she was the victim of the year. Nobody in the world has been more targeted and more oppressed than her. Conservative opponents are relentlessly trying to stop a former Secretary of State who before that was a United States Senator and First Lady. To these individuals, her record speaks for itself. She’s established her record. Clinton is above us all. It is for this reason the rules do not apply to her. Chelsea Manning is sitting in prison after releasing classified information to whistleblower website Wikileaks. Before her trial,… Keep Reading

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Politics

Slammer For Clapper? Retiring Intelligence Chief May Belong In Jail

The current Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper told a House Intelligence Committee hearing he had resigned. “I submitted my letter of resignation last night,” the scorned former lieutenant general told Congressmen Thursday, “[and it] felt pretty good,” he concluded. While the L.A. Times confirms Clapper had long pledged to retire at the end of the year, the public, as well as privacy advocates across the country, have long wondered whether lies regarding the U.S. government’s mass surveillance programs would ever come back to haunt him. Now, as Clapper has only 64 more days until the end of his… Keep Reading

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