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Making the Super Bowl Super Authoritarian   Recently updated !

By Adam Dick Ron Paul Institute February 2, 2016   Making the Super Bowl Super Authoritarian   Downtown San Francsco 11 Days Before Super Bowl – photo: Target Liberty   After months of preparation, national, state, and local police have rolled out a comprehensive mass surveillance effort in the San Francisco Bay Area as the Super […]

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Playing the Government’s Game: When It Comes to Violence, We All Lose

By John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute January 6, 2016   Playing the Government’s Game: When It Comes to Violence, We All Lose   “When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make […]

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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 […]


No, the PATRIOT Act Didn’t Really Expire

By Mark Nestmann Nestmann.com December 16, 2015   No, the PATRIOT Act Didn’t Really Expire     A few days ago, I was speaking to a client who informed me that “the PATRIOT Act expired last week.” She went on to tell me that as a result, she now felt her electronic communications were safe […]

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"Congress has failed the Internet once again," said Evan Greer, campaign director at Fight for the Future. (Photo: Thomas Heylen/flickr/cc)

Lawmakers ‘Fail the Internet,’ Sneak Cyber Bill Into Must-Pass Omnibus

By Nadia Prupis Common Dreams December 16, 2015   Lawmakers ‘Fail the Internet,’ Sneak Cyber Bill Into Must-Pass Omnibus “It’s clear now that this bill was never intended to prevent cyber attacks, it’s a disingenuous attempt to quietly expand the U.S. government’s surveillance programs.”     A controversial cyber bill is included in the final text […]


If You Want Security, Pursue Liberty

By Ron Paul Ron Paul Institute December 14, 2015   If You Want Security, Pursue Liberty   Judging by his prime-time speech last week, the final year of Barack Obama’s presidency will be marked by increased militarism abroad and authoritarianism at home. The centerpiece of the president’s speech was his demand for a new law […]

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Walmart Used Defense Contractor Lockheed Martin To Monitor Employees

By Chris Morran Consumerist November 25, 2015     As a growing number of Walmart employees began demanding higher wages, with some also calling for workers to unionize, the nation’s largest retailer hired one of the world’s largest defense contractors to follow the online activities of critical employees. A lengthy report from Bloomberg Businessweek details […]


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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 […]


Baseless Calls to Expand Surveillance Fit Familiar, Cynical Pattern

By Cindy Cohn Electronic Frontier Foundation November 21, 2015   Baseless Calls to Expand Surveillance Fit Familiar, Cynical Pattern     Like clockwork, cynical calls to expand mass surveillance practices—by continuing the domestic telephone records collection and restricting access to strong encryption—came immediately following the Paris attacks. These calls came before the smoke had even […]

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Not everyone is a fan of the proliferation of CCTV cameras in the U.K. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

After Paris, there will be no stopping the surveillance state now

By Neil Macdonald CBC News November 21, 2015   After Paris, there will be no stopping the surveillance state now Public surveillance increasing at an ‘accelerating rate,’ researchers say, with Europe leading the way     An old acquaintance who spent years in Canada’s secret world, where he developed a you-don’t-know-the-half-of-it smile, regularly sends me […]


The Real Issues You Won’t Hear from the 2016 Presidential Candidates This Election Year

By John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute November 4, 2015   The Real Issues You Won’t Hear from the 2016 Presidential Candidates This Election Year   “Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.”—Gore Vidal The countdown has begun. We now have less […]

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