U.S. Security Agencies Are Out of Control

US Security Agencies

Ivan Eland: Many recent indicators point to a U.S. national security bureaucracy running roughshod over the sad remnants of the founder’s republican vision. As in the Roman world, empire is gradually snuffing out the republic.

Roots of Surveillance America

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Wendy McElroy: A supremely political animal, Hoover occupied high office for nearly 50 years, during which he was instrumental in laying the foundation for a national security state.

Between Treason and Privacy

Treason and Privacy

Steve Hochstadt: Has he weakened America? Is our society weaker now that we know more about what our government has been doing for years, still is doing, and wants to keep doing?

Obama: Fool Me Thrice, Shame on Whom?

Obama Phoning

Mary L. G. Theroux: There have been more than 300 drone strikes in Pakistan under President Obama—more than six times as under President Bush—killing hundreds of civilians, 64 children, and four Americans.

Protesting Domestic Surveillance

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Dan Bluemel: Restore the Fourth’s demonstration was the second of its kind in LA concerning Fourth Amendment rights since the NSA’s actions were made public in early June.

These Prying Eyes

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Walter Brasch: With the ubiquitous use of computers, every person who ever bought anything online, or even searched for anything online—product or information—can now be identified, their web addresses stored for use in target marketing campaigns.

Edward Snowden Not the Story

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Mary L.G. Theroux: If we today make Edward Snowden the story—if we ask, “Where’s Snowden?” rather than “What’s the U.S. intelligence community doing to Americans’ civil liberties?”—we censure our whistle-blowing protectors as traitors, renounce our rights to privacy, and sanction a government completely “unchained” from the Constitution’s checks.

The All-Time Whistleblower: Philip Agee

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William Blum: Agee’s goal in naming all these individuals, quite simply, was to make it as difficult as he could for the CIA to continue doing its dirty work.

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