President John Adams once observed, “The liberty of the press is essential to the security of the state.” Sadly, modern presidential administrations have not appeared to harbor the same belief, instead believing that freedom of speech is secondary to national security interests. Just six months into the Trump administration, it seems that President Trump subscribes to the same belief. The New York Post reports that Trump’s Justice Department has obtained a warrant to conduct electronic surveillance on a group of journalists in the hope of uncovering leakers.

In the wake of revelations that the FBI recruited Best Buy’s Geek Squad employees to search computers for child pornography without a search warrant, an Internet privacy group is suing the Justice Department. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and seeks information related to the training and payment of those employees by the FBI.

Several parts of the Constitution appear violated by the Army Corps of Engineers in their effort to heavily fine a California farmer — for plowing on his own land without a permit.

The protests were predictable when the Trump administration called for cutting money to the SNAP (food stamp) program, though Trump's move emulated a successful action in Maine and is a step in the right direction. 

Under the pretext of the war on terror, the surveillance state has continued to grow in the years since 9/11. And while claiming a series of checks and balances to give the surveillance state a veneer of credibility, the truth is that — as a recent report shows — the surveillance hawks continue to violate even those scant rules they are supposed to follow.

 

 

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