Last May a U.S. District Court handed down a decision that the NSA's broad-sweeping collection of private citizens' phone meta-data was illegal, "unprecedented and unwarranted." Friday, an appeals court struck down that court's ruling, sending the whole thing back to square one.
The most recent Department of Defense Law of War Manual, released on June 15, has come under fire from journalists for its guidelines that allow military commanders to treat journalists covering military operations as “unprivileged belligerents.” Members of the press and experts in military law say that this vague wording could be interpreted to expel members of the press from military bases — or even worse — detain journalists.
Donald Trump's success in building his business empire is attributable in part to his use of the Fifth Amendment’s eminent domain clause to steal private property at substantial discounts for his own use.
Speaking at an Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security forum at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on August 18, former Florida Governor and GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush was critical of the very modest restrictions on the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records that were enacted into law in June. He advocated reversing those restrictions to increase the NSA’s snooping powers.
National Security Agency (NSA) documents recently provided to the New York Times and ProPublica by former intelligence contractor and whistleblower Edward J. Snowden reveal that AT&T has provided valuable assistance to the NSA that enhanced the agency’s ability to spy on Internet traffic.
The Veterans Administration, in another example of the dangers of the recombination of the three separate powers of government into a single agency, tried to confiscate a veterans guns because he had a mild stroke.
Apart from the many problematic details of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, there is the overriding problem of the entire P5+1 process that produced the agreement, and, even more importantly, the U.S. Senate’s abdication of its constitutional “advice and consent” obligation.
Of all the items on his presidential bucket list that Barack Obama hasn’t checked off, there is one that bothers him more than any other: He hasn't confiscated enough weapons.