Liberty vs. Security

A Letter to the People of Brazil and the World

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By Edward Snowden – Six months ago, I stepped out from the shadows of the United States Government’s National Security Agency to stand in front of a journalist’s camera. I shared with the world evidence proving some governments are building a world-wide surveillance system to secretly track how we live, who we talk to, and…

Cognitive Assonance: Congratulations! You’re Being Watched

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By Randall Amster – With revelations (yet again) that we are all essentially being watched virtually all the time, we might expect a popular backlash against such a massive and unprecedented intrusion on privacy. Americans may differ on a plethora of political issues, but there’s a common wisdom suggesting broad agreement on core principles such…

Domestic Spying Story Finally Grows Legs

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Let’s face it. All things are political in America. I woke up this morning to find, according to my RSS feed, that all of a sudden the Fourth Amendment domestic spying story has grown long, spidery legs — seven years too late. The headlines scream scandal, and…

The War Between the States is Finally Almost Over

Unfortunately Our Long Alabama Nightmare Continues – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. — The so-called leaders of Alabama’s Republican party honestly remind me of the last Rebs at Gettysburg, still willing to charge up Big Roundtop hill one more time for “the cause” in the face of certain defeat…

Air Force Secret Space Plane Lands in California After Mysterious Mission

The U.S. Air Force’s robotic X-37B space plane finally returned to Earth Saturday, wrapping up a mysterious mission that lasted more than year in orbit. The unmanned X-37B spacecraft, also known as Orbital Test Vehicle-2 (OTV-2), glided back to Earth on autopilot, touching down at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 5:48 a.m. PDT (8:48…

U.S. Government Tests National Security Defenses in Exercises

by Glynn Wilson President Obama participated in the 2012 National Level (Security) Exercise, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a part of its mandate to “regularly test and evaluate our ability to respond to and recover from catastrophic events.” Tuesday’s exercise examined challenges related to managing a cyber incident involving physical impacts on…

Looking Forward Into 2012, and Back at the Defense Budget Fight

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson At Occupy protest encampments across the country this week, the controversy that was all the rage had to do with the defense budget bill just passed by Congress. The paranoia was palpable, and for good reason, considering how the issue was covered by the mainstream, corporate news media —…

Court Rules ACLU Can Challenge Bush Wiretapping Law

A federal appeals court reinstated a landmark lawsuit challenging the Bush Administration’s abuse of the privacy of innocent Americans with amendments it pushed in the name of security after 9/11 to the Foreign Surveillance Act, a statute that gave the executive branch virtually unchecked power to collect international e-mails and telephone calls. The American Civil…

Electronic Frontier Foundation Uncovers Widespread FBI Intelligence Violations

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has uncovered widespread violations stemming from FBI intelligence investigations from 2001 to 2008, according to a report released Wednesday. It documents alarming trends in the Bureau’s intelligence investigation practices, suggesting that FBI intelligence investigations have compromised the civil liberties of American citizens far more frequently, and to a greater extent, than…

NOVA Special on Warrantless Wiretapping Airs This Week

The Spy Factory: Not for the Paranoid The warrantless wiretapping controversy has taken a few twists and turns since President George W. Bush left office — and The Spy Factory premiered last winter on NOVA. The show, which will be rebroadcast tonight on most PBS stations, reported on the National Security Agency’s surveillance of vast…

Boston Legal Says It Better Than The New York Times

Sometimes a legal summation can capture a story better on video than any editorial column… Notice we have the ability to deliver messages in this way on the Web Press. I am sitting here attempting to watch Toyota defend itself before Congress for it’s dangerous cost-cutting in production that led to massive safety issues with…

Congress Should Sub Justice Act for Patriot Act

As Congress begins to consider renewing sections of the USA PATRIOT Act set to expire at the end of the year, we have a unique opportunity to press for new civil liberties protections to shield ordinary Americans against government spying, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Last week, 10 US Senators introduced the perfect vehicle…

Sessions Spotted With Eric Holder and Feinstein

NYT On the eve of the big show in Washington, the first Supreme Court nomination hearings of the Obama era, it is interesting to wonder why the New York Times chose to use this photo of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions without identifying him. That’s the back of Attorney General Eric Holder’s head on the left,…

Obama We Want Our Fourth Amendment Back

Finally, someone in the broadcast media willing to read the Fourth Amendment on the air… Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy I was practically laughed off the Finebaum show for raising this issue on the radio in Alabamaland a couple of years ago. Now it is finally on the…

Karl Rove to be Questioned on The Record

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Elliot Mintzberg, chief counsel for oversight investigations of the House Judiciary Committee, answered direct questions from Glynn Wilson, Editor and Publisher of The Locust Fork News-Journal, last Friday at a press conference on corruption in the U.S. justice system. He refused to give a date for former Bush political aide Karl Rove’s…

Political Justice Under the Spotlight in Washington

Glynn Wilson Judge U.W. Clemon criticized The Birmingham News and the Bush Justice Department at The National Press Club by Glynn Wilson WASHINGTON, D.C. — One of the most significant problems corrupting American society and politics over the past eight years is finally getting the public spotlight it deserves in the nation’s capital. You can’t…

Domestic Spying A Paranoid Conspiracy Theory?

Uh, we think not… Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy We have been reporting on this for more than four years now all the way back to the launch of this independent news site. But I guess it takes a New York Times story and an MSNBC story to…

ACLU Grades Obama's First 100 Days on Civil Liberties

by Glynn Wilson Editor and Publisher Michael W. Macleod-Ball, an attorney who has worked from one end of the country to another from Maine to Alaska, now a legislative policy counsel lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union, made a swing around Alabama Tuesday to update activists on where their rights stand under the new…