NSA Scandal Is Somehow Legal?



The recent leak and subsequent scandal around the NSA’s PRISM program has become what one might be inclined to call a really big deal. The debate around it seemingly breached the usually iron clad partisan lines of Washington, with certain Republicans defending the president’s support of the program, while some hardline Democrats vilify him for it. With the lines so throughly shattered, the stage would be set for an educated national debate on privacy, the war on terror and to what extent security can be used to trump privacy, if this was any country other than the United States. Unfortunately, in a fashion far to typical of American politics, the educated debate has been all but drowned out by extreme rhetoric and what are, frankly, misleading assertions regarding the legality and constitutionality of the program.

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When The Spy Is Spied On



Edward Snowden has been charged with two felonies under the Espionage Act. By whom? By his own Government. Yes. That’s right. The US Government, which spies on its own citizens, claims that this whistle-blower is a spy. As a result he fled Hong Kong for Russia. Congratulations President Obama, you have just made laugh all the people who in the time of Cold War jumped over the Berlin Wall hoping for better future in the West.

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Revolving Door Terrorism and Syria

American officials estimate that, from 1985 to 1992, 12,500 foreigners were trained in bomb-making, sabotage and urban guerrilla warfare in Afghan camps the CIA helped to set up.

Since the fall of the Soviet puppet government in 1992, another 2,500 are believed to have passed through the camps. They are now run by an assortment of Islamic extremists, including Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted terrorist.

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The End Of Obama?

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President Obama is not one new to criticism. Everything from his politics to the color of his skin to his parentage has attracted much anger from the public. Generally, the criticisms of Obama that gain the most attention are from the stereotypical radicals who believe that Obama is a secret Muslim who has a hidden Marxist/socialist agenda. Let me just say that there are two things I find incredibly absurd about this. First, the amount of attention the media gives these people and second, the idea in itself.

It is really a shame that so much of the “criticism” of the President comes from prejudice and radical partisanship; people who would do anything to attack the other side to make themselves seen in a better light. I know that the cornerstone of politics is sucker punches and backstabbing but basic policy analysis needs more attention, especially from these “hard news” programs. (MSNBC, CNN, New York Times, and Fox all have biases in case you were thinking that it was only Fox. The former few are just more clever at hiding it.)

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Security vs. Freedom

'Top Secret'

Yet another scandal emerged this week in Washington. Barack Obama’s administration were accused of hacking into emails and phone calls of the Associated Press in order to check that no ‘confidential’ information got into public hands. On Thursday, Obama himself said that he would make ‘no apologies’ for the actions of the administration, citing his duty as commander-in-chief to protect national secrets and guard against the nation’s enemies. Continue reading

Keynsian Hypocracy

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In a previous post I discussed how the fiscal multiplier is less than one, in a nutshell this means that ‘Stimulus’ spending does not help the economy, at best it saves pain up for later and pays it out, quite literally, with interest in time.

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Sequestration Frustration

“If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too.” – Somerset Maugham

If you haven’t been reading my work for the last year and couple months, you know that I’ve been discussing the spectre of Sequestration for a while now. It’s become quite popular, suddenly, but amazingly, not a peep about it was discussed by either candidate in the entire run up to the election. Continue reading

The US government claims the right to assassinate its own citizens.


These are the facts.

The US government claims the right to assassinate its own citizens.

The president doesn’t have to be the one to give the order; it can be any high-ranking official. You don’t have to be an imminent threat to merit assassination; simply joining, or being suspected of joining, our enemies is enough. Capture does not have to be infeasible. Even if Obama could easily capture you and try you before a court, he claims he has no obligation to do so. Continue reading

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