Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and the group Republicans Overseas Action are planning a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service, the latest effort to stop a deeply controversial scheme known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) that turns constitutional privacy protections upside down. Represented by a leading constitutional attorney, Senator Paul is taking aim at a barrage of pseudo-treaties — so-called “Intergovernmental Agreements” (IGAs) — negotiated by the administration with foreign governments and dictatorships under FATCA to share personal data. Critics contend that the information-sharing agreements and the statute itself are unconstitutional for numerous reasons.
On June 29, the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) ruled that a federal court and Congress were wrong to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone metadata; therefore, the mass surveillance can carry on as before — for now.
The Supreme Court's refusal to hear an appeal has upheld a lower court's rejection of a citizenship requirement for voting.
The Obama administration is going full speed ahead in its efforts to nationalize and federalize state and local police departments across America. This is not only unconstitutional, but a terrible and dangerous idea.