On August 12, the California State Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote on a bill to partially nullify the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA.

Seven government vehicles arrived outside the Bayside Collective in Olympia, Washington, where federal agents with guns drawn seized business records and about $2,500 worth of marijuana in a raid Wednesday morning, according to a report on King TV, Channel 5, the NBC affiliate in Seattle. King 5.com, citing an unnamed source in the U.S. attorney's office, said Bayside was one of four dispensaries raided in the Seattle area in the culmination of two-year investigation, with the evidence to go before a grand jury in September. The action was taken pursuant to federal law banning the sales or dispensing of marijuana, despite its legalization for recreational as well as medicinal use by referenda measures adopted by voters in Washington and Colorado last November.




On most issues, Oregon Senate Democrat Ron Wyden is predictably progressive. But not when it comes to the dangers of the surveillance state. In a remarkable speech he ripped it apart.

"When's the last time a president put out an emergency statement against an amendment?" Rep. Justin Amash tweeted late Tuesday night in reference to Obama's response to Amash's amendment to cut the funding of the NSA's massive collection of citizens' phone records. "The Washington elites fear liberty. They fear you," he added.



A U.S. intelligence official affirmed Friday that the NSA will continue to collect phone records of millions of Americans.