Privacy, Please

Privacy, Please

Scarlett Johansson left nude photos of herself on her computer. A hacker grabbed them and sent them to gossip websites. A Pennsylvania high school issued laptop computers to students and then remotely activated the laptops’ cameras to watch the students when...
NSA Spying, Economic Intervention, and Legal Positivism

NSA Spying, Economic Intervention, and Legal Positivism

It’s difficult to see a connection between the National Security Agency’s data mining initiatives and the federal government’s incessant and expanding role in the economy.  However, both domestic surveillance conducted by the NSA and federal economic...
Obama’s Whistleblower Protection of Convenience

Obama’s Whistleblower Protection of Convenience

By now, everybody knows that the Obama Administration has been using the George W. Bush-inspired Patriot Act to justify searching private citizens’ phone records and computers without a warrant, and without any Constitutional due process of law. Obama originally ran...
Chris Christie vs. the Constitution

Chris Christie vs. the Constitution

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie condemns those who attack the National Security Agency (NSA) for gathering private phone and Internet data from Americans. His attack takes it for granted that such policies make Americans safer from terrorism than they otherwise...
Edward Snowden: Traitor by What Definition?

Edward Snowden: Traitor by What Definition?

It’s now an undisputed fact, in the minds of our esteemed government officials: Edward Snowden, the man who exposed the U.S. government for spying on private, law-abiding citizens, is a traitor. Exactly how did this label get smuggled in to the whole controversy about...
Edward Snowden vs. Fascism

Edward Snowden vs. Fascism

Truth is the recognition of reality; reason, man’s only means of knowledge, is his only standard of truth.” — Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old ex-CIA technician who has come forward to self-identify as the source for news reports about massive...
NSA, Obama and The Loss of Trust

NSA, Obama and The Loss of Trust

Amid all the heated cross-currents of debate about the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance program, there is a growing distrust of the Obama administration that makes weighing the costs and benefits of the NSA program itself hard to assess. The...
Obama Exploits a Compliant America

Obama Exploits a Compliant America

“You can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.” So says Barack Obama, in defense of his administration’s policy of monitoring the phone...
Alan Dershowitz vs. Ben Franklin

Alan Dershowitz vs. Ben Franklin

The collection of millions of Americans’ phone records by the National Security Agency is a necessary compromise on privacy —but should be monitored to keep it from being abused, renowned civil rights attorney Alan Dershowitz says. “Even Benjamin Franklin...

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