The events of 9/11 radically changed the way the US combats foreign threats such as terrorism. Ultimately, through Edward Snowden’s revelations, we’ve learned that the NSA is destroying privacy and Constitution protections. Faced with public opposition, politicians in D.C. responded with a “fix,” known as the USA Freedom Act. But to actually pass it through committee, it was amended to appease the intelligence committees in both the House and Senate, proving yet again that we cannot depend on federal fixes.Details
Georgetown University Law Center professor Randy Barnett nailed it in a short post on the Volokh Conspiracy Blog this week.
Much as I believe that the NSA bulk data seizure program is unconstitutional because it is an “unreasonable” general warrant, the preferable remedy would be a congressional fix. Moreover, I agree that we should never count on the courts to save us.
Barnett crams a lot of truth into a single sentence.Details
We should be skeptical of anyone who claims to love liberty and yet does not support state and local nullification of unconstitutional federal laws.Details
When considering modern day nullification and interposition of federal laws (NSA spying, drones, gun control, healthcare, etc.), it benefits us to look at the opinions of two important founders. Although both were advocates of state nullification, each established a slightly different standard for the appropriate time to take this action, as reflected in the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798.Details
NDAA indefinite detention powers rermain in full effect after the Supreme Court refused to even listen to the Hedges v. Obama case challenging their constitutionality.Details
“Because cooperating with bullies is weak and wrong.”