ISIS and War Powers

Recent events in Iraq seem to pose a challenge to a limited view of presidential war powers.  Suppose, the argument runs, a fast moving threat to U.S. national security arises quickly, at a time when Congress is not meeting.  Containing the threat depends on a fast response — but if the President must get Congress’ approval to act, action will come too late.  

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Federal Agency-Business Partnerships that Advance 4th Amendment Violations

Russia has requested that some of NSA’s corporate customers, like Apple, share source code so that it can clear up suspected security issues. According to RT, Russia made the request in response to spy scandals that have undermined trust in foreign products. While they may complain about it, tech company cooperation with the American spy-state has set the stage for these requests, and more will certainly follow.

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James Madison: Constitution’s Original Meaning Comes From the People

NOTE: In this letter to Thomas Ritchie on September 15, 1821, James Madison explains how to find the original meaning of the words in the Constitution. That is, through the understanding of those who gave it legal force in their respective state conventions. As a guide in expounding and applying the provisions of the Constitution,…

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After Committee Vote, California 4th Amendment Protect Act Faces Uphill Battle

SACRAMENTO, Ca., August 7, 2014 – Yesterday, an important California State Assembly Committee voted unanimously to pass the 4th Amendment Protection Act. But, a new amendment to the bill would “completely kill its purpose” according to supporters.

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Video: Illegal Spying Below

This week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation released a video with a behind-the-scenes look at the coalition against NSA spying, and the recent publicity action over the data center in Bluffdale, Utah. Featured in the video was TAC founder, Michael Boldin. “They’re having a difficult time using it, and we know they need a lot of…

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Taking a Swipe at Big Brother: Missouri voters say YES to Privacy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Aug. 5, 2014 – By a big margin at the polls on Tuesday, Missouri voters took an important step to protect their electronic communications and data from the prying eyes of state and local law enforcement, and also effectively blocked a small but intrusive practical effect of federal spying within the state.

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Landslide Victory: First step to gun control nullification in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., August 5, 2014 – In a landslide today, Missouri voters took a powerful first step towards a nullification of gun control measures by approving a constitutional amendment “obligating” the state to defend the right to keep and bear arms against all infringements.

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