Posted tagged ‘National Security Agency’

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.


Must Reads For The Week 6/22/13.

June 22, 2013
Mightier Than the Sword

Mightier Than the Sword (Photo credit: jeffsmallwood)

Tap It: NSA Slow Jam (Featuring Remy), by Remy and Meredith Bragg, at Short video about the surveillance State.

Rotting, Decaying And Bankrupt-If  You Want To See The Future Of America Just Look At Detroit, at The only difference is Detroit can’t print money. The Fed can, which leads to an even bigger default.

US Treasury Denies It Is Trying To Torpedo Bitcoin, at  … “these aren’t the droids you’re looking for” – Obi Wan Kenobi

10,600 Empty Rentals In The People’s Republic Of San Francisco At A Time When Many Can’t Find Rentals, at Government intervention creates an artificial scarcity.

Uncle Sam’s Growing Ownership Of Student Loans, at We discussed this in the post, Young People Get Hooked Into Huge Debt When They Take The Student Loan Bait.

Culture Of Corruption, Monty Pelerine’s World, Video of Congressman Trey Gowdy’s comments about the IRS. My suggestion is a flat tax, which would allow us to abolish the IRS and with it the problem, which is arbitrary power.

The Benghazi Stand Down Order, by Will Rodriguez, at The guys at, know what went on in Benghazi.

Will The Real Traitor Please Stand Up, by Jonathon Moseley, at Is Edward Snowden a traitor to the Government, or is Gen. Keith B. Alexander chief of the NSA a traitor to the Constitution? Great article that shows verbal sleight of hand artists in action.

Tobacco Speakeasy, by Jeffery Tucker, at The unintended consequences of Government intervention. People will not comply with an immoral law.

The NSA Data Mining = Future Crime Unit

June 20, 2013

Here is a great video I found on Jim Harper explains why the NSA storing your data is unconstitutional.

In the video he says, “We are at a fascinating historical juncture because it’s been 230 plus years since we saw a general warrant….it’s something the 4th amendment was passed to eliminate, it’s something the Revolutionary War was fought over because King George issued general warrants, allowing his troops to rummage through the houses of the colonists. Now we have a general warrant issued by a secret court, that allows the NSA to rummage, ultimately, the data that reflects communications of all Americas…..The Government has given itself power vis-a-vis individuals, while denying that they had collected information in violation of the constitution.

Here is what the fourth amendment states, “…no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

He talks about the disconnect between how the NSA has interpreted what congress passed, and how Congress understands what they’ve passed.

Senator Harry Reid has said this is nothing new, we’ve known about this for seven years.

May I remind the Senator from Nevada the oath he took when he was sworn into office.”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

The duty of his office is to defend the Constitution of the United States, against foreign and domestic enemies. If he knew about this for seven years and did nothing, wouldn’t he be considered a domestic enemy of the Constitution? Shouldn’t this be considered treason? Edward Snowden (read here), is being accused of treason by Senators and Congressmen, for shining light on the fact that Government bureaucrats are violating our Constitutional rights. Treason is in the eye of the beholder.

Liberty Pen has had some great articles this week concerning freedom in general, and the NSA in particular. Here are the articles I liked.

NSA Copies All Internet Data, Creates Dossiers On Every User, by J.P. Hicks.

Obama Speaks With Foked Tounge On Surveilance, by Sheldon Richman, at

Citizens And The State: The Problem Is Bigger Than You Think, by A. Barton Hinkle, at

Freedom The Unfolding Revolution, by Jonah Goldberg, at

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.