With the expiration of key provisions of the misnamed Patriot Act thanks to Senator Rand Paul's efforts, the National Security Agency is supposedly dismantling elements of its flagrantly unconstitutional domestic espionage apparatus — at least, that's what the public is being told. Unsurprisingly, apologists for the surveillance state are in an uproar. But according to an intelligence community veteran and numerous experts, ending the NSA’s lawless and indiscriminate spying on Americans would be excellent news for the Constitution, common sense, and even national security.
An internal Transportation Security Agency (TSA) undercover investigation has revealed that the agency’s airport checkpoints are almost complete failures when it comes to preventing explosives and weapons from being taken onto airplanes.
The Senate battle for and against renewing expired parts of the PATRIOT Act — that the National Security Agency (NSA) has used to justify the collection of phone records — continued on June 1, after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blocked extension of those powers during a special session of the upper house the previous day.
If the Supreme Court rules in the case of King v. Burwell that the words “exchanges established by the state” mean that only citizens in those states enjoy subsidies to help pay for their insurance under ObamaCare while those elsewhere do not, the impact of such a ruling would likely prove to be enormous and overwhelmingly positive.
Proponents claimed the PATRIOT Act was passed to combat terrorism. But the FBI has used it to indict former House Speaker Dennis Hastert for banking law violations.