Tom Eddlem, writer for The New American magazine, explains the constitutional problems with the NSA collecting metadata from e-mails and cellphones.

Despite the controversy surrounding the intrusiveness of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), its duties continue to expand. The agency now has a greatly expanded program of "Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response" squads, known as VIPR teams, assigned to perform security sweeps at transportation facilities across the United States in the name of terrorism prevention.

The federal government is instructing law enforcement on methods useful in covering evidence of investigations.



Tom Eddlem speaks on the causes of the crisis in Egypt and the importance of constitutions that prevent an executive branch from having too much power.

The New York Times reported August 4 that the NSA intercepts of all Americans' phone records and Internet traffic are being sought by dozens of federal and state law-enforcement agencies for ordinary criminal enforcement, and Reuters wire service reported August 5 that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has received some of this information for nearly two decades.