Posted tagged ‘Domestic Surveillance’

Must Reads For The Week 8/3/13

August 2, 2013
The pen is mightier than the sword...

The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

Giving Up Liberty for Security, at  This article by Andrew Napolitano is one of the best about trading liberty for security.

The American Surveillance State Is Here:  How You Are Being Tracked, at  A sobering synopsis on some of the ways American citizens are being tracked.  Partnerships between government and business are always bad.

Think Your Password is Secure From the NSA?  Try This, at  I know my passwords aren’t great, but my memory is really bad.  This article includes links to help test your passwords.  (Hint: “password” is not a good password.)

What Is Overcriminalization? at  This video explains the effects of the Federal government criminalizing so many activities.  Does anyone remember the old saying “Don’t make a Federal case out of this”?

The Government “Revises” 84 Years of Economic History This Week, at  The government is reshaping the intellectual battlefield by changing the definitions.  If you don’t like a particular problem, define it out of existence.

Milton Friedman:  Reflections on a Free Society, at  This video by Milton Friedman is a great review of the uniqueness of the American ideals of liberty and free markets.  (I know, having two videos in “must reads for the week” is a bit of a contradiction.)

Milton Friedman on the Energy Crisis (and ObamaCare to Come), at  A look at what is ahead for ObamaCare by looking at government intervention during the 70s energy crisis.  We must remember, past is prologue.

35 Facts To Scare A Baby Boomer, at  This article is, “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation”!  There are some really big and nasty chickens about to come home to roost.

The Entire Developed World Is On A Slippery Slope, at  This article is comprehensive (meaning long) and comments on just about everything regarding the state of our economy.  This is well worth the read.


NSA Whistle Blower Edward Snowden Fears We Will Do Nothing About What He Exposed.

June 10, 2013

I was impressed with Edward Snowden after I watched this interview. 10:48 on is what I consider the most important part when he talks about what he sees this leading to at some point in the future.  His greatest fear is not for his personal safety, it is that “…..people won’t be willing to take the risks necessary to stand up and fight to change things to force their representatives to actually take a stand in their interest…..if they don’t….. the flip of a switch… will be turnkey tyranny.”

Who do you trust, the guy who controls the Government that has power over everything you do, or the guy who pulled back the curtain  allowing us to see what the all powerful OZ is up to?

Mr. President, it all depends on what your definition of due process and the rule of law is. These words mean something different to you than they do to me. If words are not specifically defined, we will talk past each other.

Edward Snowden is taking a huge risk to reveal the truth, can’t we take the baton from him and beat our representatives over the head with it?

Related article, Utah Data Center, by Lydia Warren, at

Here is an after thought, who is more courageous Jason Collins for coming out about his sexual orientation, or Edward Snowden for what he brought out into the open? When you know the president, the media, and the political elite will support you’re position, how much courage does it take, if any. When you know you will be disparaged and possibly destroyed by these same people when you uncover what they are up to, that’s shows real courage.