Though most media have almost disregarded out of hand the government’s daily violations of the Fourth Amendment, they don’t like it when journalists are spied upon.
A task force of 300 U.S. Marines and a Patriot anti-aircraft missile system have been deployed along Syria's border with Jordan as the United States prepares to ship weapons to rebel forces in the two-year-old civil war in Syria that has so far taken an estimated 93,000 lives.
Following news accounts of how the government has been collecting and storing millions of phone call records, e-mail messages and other forms of electronic communications every day, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Thursday greater protections are needed — for the government.
Attorney General Eric Holder offered to answer in closed session when asked in a Senate hearing if the executive branch had been monitoring the phone calls of members of Congress.
"Nobody is listening to the content of people's phone calls," President Obama said Friday as he sought to allay concern arising from news reports over the previous two days of massive data gathering of citizens' telephone records, e-mail messages, and other private communications by the National Security Agency.
The NSA and FBI are "tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person's movements and contacts over time " the Washington Post reported Thursday evening.
In what President Obama has called "the most transparent administration in history," a secret order from a secret court, authorizing the secret collection of untold millions of Americans' phone records, was defended Thursday by a White House official speaking anonymously.
The Constitution requires that Congress decide whether and when we will go to war, yet Congress chooses instead to "authorize" and expand power for the president to decide.