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Rand Paul: 'Do We No Longer Have a 4th Amendment?'

Charlie Spierling, Washington Examiner

Sen. Rand Paul reminded Americans that the founders were inherently suspicious of government, which they enshrined in the Constitution. His new video in defense of the Fourth Amendment points out that many Americans were disturbed by NSA's collecting of data on citizens.

States to Fed Gov't: If You Don't Strengthen Privacy Laws, We Will

Nigel Duara, Associated Press

Angry over revelations of NSA surveillance and frustrated with outdated digital privacy laws, state lawmakers in at least 14 states are proposing bills to curtail the powers of law enforcement to track citizens. “We need to stand up and protect our liberty,” said Repub. Missouri state Sen. Rob Schaaf.

Paul: Hillary's A Big Proponent of the Surveillance State

Brendan Sasso, National Journal

Sen. Rand Paul offered a possible preview of the 2016 presidential campaign. He argued that the GOP could win over young voters and independents by opposing the NSA's surveillance powers, and took a swipe at possible Dem. candidate Hillary Clinton.

Snowden: NSA Spies on You Via Apps

Matthew Feeney, Reason.com

A secret 2012 British intelligence document says that spies can scrub smartphone apps that contain details like a user’s "political alignment" and sexual orientation.

Can Federalism Protect You From Government Drones?

State legislators and governors, who are closer to the concerns of the people, are acting to restrict the use of drones now that it has been revealed that federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are increasingly borrowing border-patrol drones for domestic surveillance operations.

Obama's Powers Limited on NSA Reform

Josh Gerstein, Politico

Obama will lay out reforms to intelligence-gathering aimed at reassuring Americans that he will right the balance between civil liberties and nat'l security. But Obama’s powers have significant limits.

Rand Paul to Lead Lawsuit Against NSA

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

Rand Paul is leading a class-action lawsuit with hundreds of thousands of Americans against Obama’s NSA over its spying on the American people.

RPaul's Plan to Punish Snowden

Oliver Darcy, The Blaze

Rand Paul appeared to call for NSA leaker Edward Snowden to face a light punishment of a few years in prison instead of the death penalty or a lifetime sentence for disclosing info. on secret gov't surveillance programs.

Snowden: Mission Accomplished

Associated Press Staff

NSA leaker Edward Snowden said his “mission’s already accomplished” after leaking NSA secrets that have caused a reassessment of U.S. surveillance policies.

NSA's Bad Week

Jed Babbin, American Spectator

The collision of technology’s limits and our constitutional rights made for a very bad week for the NSA. Two events — one, a U.S. district court decision and the other the report of a presidential committee on NSA’s activities — combined to put in doubt NSA’s ability under the Constitution to continue its massive data collection.

GOP: NSA Chief Must be Fired

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

James Sensenbrenner demanded that Eric Holder investigate the NSA’s top intelligence official, James Clapper, for lying to Congress, saying that he wasn’t honest when he denied the gov't was collecting phone records.

Google: US Spying Boomed Over 3 Years

Brendan Sasso, The Hill

The number of U.S. gov't requests for Google user data have more than tripled over the past three years. In the first half of '13, there were 10,918 U.S. requests for data on 21,683 users.

48 Alarming Facts That Tell Us America Has Become a Gigantic Prison: Facts 23 to 36

The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878  forbids the use of military force against American citizens. But the police in America today have become increasingly militarized, equipped now with “shock and awe” military-style weapons. The FBI admits to using drones over America and in 2010 the Department of Homeland Security announced that it plans to use armed drones inside America’s borders to "immobilize" Targets of Interest. 

48 Alarming Facts That Tell Us America Has Become a Gigantic Prison: Facts 12 to 22

Writer Ben Hart details 11 more of the 48 facts about how the U.S. government now tracks, monitors, records, and stores information about your activities and communications to support his contention that in the Obama surveillance state you have no privacy and you must be very careful what you say, even what to think . . . because whatever you say, write, or even think can (and probably will) be used against you.

Republican Leaders in Denial about Lies Behind Obama’s Surveillance State

Until the Republicans' Capitol Hill leadership pulls its head out of the sand and stops buying the lies they are being fed by the Obama administration, or better yet, they are replaced by principled limited government constitutional conservatives like Rep. Justin Amash and Senator Rand Paul, the surveillance state is going to continue to grow and our privacy and liberty will continue to be diminished.

48 Alarming Facts That Tell Us America Has Become a Gigantic Prison: The First 11

In the first of a four part series on the surveillance state writer Ben Hart outlines 48 facts about how the U.S. government now tracks, monitors, records, and stores most of your activities and communications. Arguing that in this surveillance state you have no privacy anymore Hart claims this has led to a society where you must be very careful what you say, even what to think . . . because whatever you say, write, or even think can (and probably will) be used against you.

NSA Tries to Save Spy Program Before Vote

Emma Dumainand Matt Fuller, Roll Call

NSA held 4 hours of top secret briefings to urge Reps. to continue funding its secret surveillance.

Amash Rattles Obama’s Surveillance State

In addition to actually curtailing the extra-constitutional actions of the Obama NSA – if it passes – the great benefit of Justin Amash’s amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 will be to put every Member of the House on the record with regard to the Obama NSA’s overreach.

Will Liberals Thank the Tea Party for Saving Their Privacy… and Liberty?

We wonder if liberals will join in the fight to rein-in the Obama surveillance state, or if they will even acknowledge that limited government constitutional conservatives have it right on at least one thing – the Constitution was written to limit government and protect the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of Americans from government intrusion, no matter who is President.

Snowden Is No Traitor

Philip Giraldi, American Conservative

The damage he’s inflicted isn’t against national security. It’s on politicians and bureaucrats who ordered and concealed illegal activity.