Archive for June, 2013

In 2011, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court secretly ruled that some of NSA’s spying programs were unconstitutional

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Michael Isikoff reports that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court will not object to the de-classification of a 2011 ruling in which it declared some of the National Security Agency's spying programs unconstitutional. It sure would be great if I ever heard about or commented on revelations like these shortly after ...

The strange case of Barrett Brown

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

This is a fascinating but chilling account of journalist Barrett Brown's cooperation with hacktivists, his investigations into the questionable activities of intelligence/security companies, his discovery of the collusion between them and the Department of Justice, and his harassment and arrest by the FBI. Writing in The Nation, Peter Ludlow chronicles ...

Michael Hastings isn’t surprised by the Democrats, and you shouldn’t be, either

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

On June 7, Michael Hastings tore into the Democrats in Washington for being as terrible on civil liberties as they have revealed themselves to be and for apparently being nothing more than opportunistic Bush bashers when they used his awful civil liberties record to win big in 2006 and 2008. ...

The Obama administration’s selective prosecution of leakers

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

In his excellent column Edward Snowden and the selective targeting of leaks, Jack Shafer details several leaks of formerly classified information by the Bush and Obama administrations and points out that these administrations—indeed, all administrations—are hypocritical because they want to prosecute lower-level, less influential, less powerful people when they leak ...

On encouraging the purchase of food

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

You might have heard some people making fun of Kansas state Senator Jeff Melcher (R) for opposing a decrease in the state sales tax on food because, "It seems to me we are encouraging the behavior of purchasing food and discouraging the behavior of purchasing anything else." Two major, obvious ...