civil liberties


What’s in Store for Our Freedoms in 2016? More of Everything We Don’t Want

By John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute December 30, 2015   What’s in Store for Our Freedoms in 2016? More of Everything We Don’t Want     “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”—George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Vol. 1 In Harold Ramis’ classic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, TV weatherman Phil Connors […]

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To France from a Post-9/11 America: Lessons We Learned Too Late

By John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute November 21, 2015 (First published November 16, 2015)   To France from a Post-9/11 America: Lessons We Learned Too Late   “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ― Benjamin Franklin “Voice or no voice, the people […]


Woodrow Wilson Was Our Worst President

By James Ostrowski LewRockwell.com November 21, 2015     [This is an excerpt from Progressivism: A Primer on the Idea Destroying America (2014).  It appears in a section called “A Rogue’s Gallery of Progressives” along with articles on Lincoln, TR, FDR and LBJ] Woodrow Wilson was our worst president.  He did many of the things that […]

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Is the Justice Department Finally Ready to Jail Corporate Criminals?

By Michael Krieger Liberty Blitzkrieg September 11, 2015   Is the Justice Department Finally Ready to Jail Corporate Criminals?     The single greatest travesty to afflict American society in the 21st century has been the abandonment of the rule of law and accountability. It’s worse than the attacks of 9/11 and the subsequent loss of privacy […]


The Raping of America: Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism

By John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute August 24, 2015   The Raping of America: Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism   “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”—Martin Luther King Jr. There’s an ill will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people […]

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For Immigration Answers, Look to Liberty

By Ron Paul Ron Paul Institute August 24, 2015     For Immigration Answers, Look to Liberty   What should be done with the estimated 15 million people living in the United States without the legal right to be here? It seems most politicians and many Americans come down on one or the other extreme. […]


‘The Dream of Internet Freedom is Dying,’ Warns Top Civil Liberties Attorney

By Lauren McCauley Common Dreams August 7, 2015   ‘The Dream of Internet Freedom is Dying,’ Warns Top Civil Liberties Attorney In keynote address to Black Hat security conference, Jennifer Granick tells experts: ‘We need to get ready to smash the Internet apart to make something better.’     “The dream of Internet freedom is… […]

Jennifer Granick, addressing security professionals at the annual Black Hat conference in Las Vegas on August 5, said "the Four Horsemen of the Infocalypse: terrorists, pedophiles, drug dealers, and money launderers" are allowing the government to push for even more regulation and control of the Internet. (Photo: Lily Hay Newman via Slate)

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Ron Paul Plays Hardball

By Daniel McAdams Ron Paul Institute August 4, 2015   Ron Paul Plays Hardball   When are the neocons and the hawks going to stop getting us into more trouble, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews asked Ron Paul during an appearance on Hardball. “Well I wish they’d look at reason and look at what is happening,” replied […]


The Spy in Your Pocket

By Nicole Kardell and Joseph S. Diedrich Foundation for Economic Education July 21, 2015   The Spy in Your Pocket How a Federal Court Skirted the Fourth Amendment and Dealt a Blow to Privacy     Does the government need a search warrant to know where you’ve been? Not if your cell phone provider knows. […]

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Whataburger’s Gun Discrimination Is Good For Liberty 2

By RPI Staff Ron Paul Institute July 13, 2015   Whataburger’s Gun Discrimination Is Good For Liberty   Next January it becomes legal in Texas to openly carry firearms in public places. The burger chain Whataburger has decided that it will not allow open carry of firearms in its restaurants. Is it OK for Whataburger […]


Battlefield America

By RPI Staff Ron Paul Institute June 29, 2015   Battlefield America   Our phones are tapped by the government, the police are militarized and viewing us as the targets, our free speech rights are being trampled daily. Is there any hope to return to a constitutional government that does not have the power to […]

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Judge Napolitano: Why the NSA Loves the USA FREEDOM Act

By Adam Dick Ron Paul Institute June 4, 2015   Judge Napolitano: Why the NSA Loves the USA FREEDOM Act   Why did the National Security Agency (NSA) dispatch hundreds of agents to the US Congress to lobby for the USA FREEDOM Act if the legislation would, as many of the bill’s advocates in the […]


‘Fake’ Reform: Little to Celebrate as USA Freedom Act Passes House

By Jon Queally Common Dreams May 14, 2015   ‘Fake’ Reform: Little to Celebrate as USA Freedom Act Passes House With Patriot Act re-authorization looming, end of domestic phone collection program not enough to assuage civil liberty and privacy advocates     Though the overwhelming and bipartisan passage of the USA Freedom Act in the […]

The House of Representatives passed the USA Freedom Act on Wednesday with a 338-88 vote, but experts say that powers of mass surveillance will continue, and even expand, if the bill passes and becomes law. (Image: EFF/flickr/cc)

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Patriot Act Reform: A Hoax

By RPI Staff Ron Paul Institute May 2, 2015   Patriot Act Reform: A Hoax   With key provisions of the PATRIOT Act expiring at the end of this month, Congress is scrambling to keep these provisions on the books while making it seem like they are reforming the original Act to better protect our […]


Can Evil Be Defeated ~ Battlefield America

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Paul Craig Roberts.org April 4, 2015   Can Evil Be Defeated ~ Battlefield America   John W. Whitehead is a constitutional attorney. As head of the Rutherford Institute he is actively involved in defending our civil liberties. Being actively involved in legal cases, he experiences first hand the transformation of […]

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