Kafka’s America: Secret Courts, Secret Laws, and Total Surveillance

July 23, 2013 in News

John W. Whitehead | In a bizarre and ludicrous attempt at “transparency,” the Obama administration has announced that it asked a secret court to approve a secret order to allow the government to keep spying on millions of Americans, and the secret court has granted its request…

The War on Terror Is a War on American Freedom

July 21, 2013 in News

Anthony Gregory | In the aftermath of 9/11, President George W. Bush guided the Patriot Act through Congress, unilaterally expanded surveillance of Americans, amplified executive detention authority and took other dramatic measures that shifted the balance between liberty and government…

The Manning Show Trial: These Teachable Moments

July 21, 2013 in News

Thomas L. Knapp | The only reasonable takeaway from the Manning trial is that American “rule of law” is a sham. The US government doesn’t operate within the Constitution’s constraints on state power, nor does it honor that Constitution’s list of enshrined individual rights.

Grasping for Dignity in the Era of the American Police State

July 17, 2013 in News

John W. Whitehead | During a routine traffic stop, Leila Tarantino was allegedly subjected to two roadside strip searches in plain view of passing traffic, while her two children—ages 1 and 4—waited inside her car. During the second strip search, presumably in an effort to ferret out drugs…

An American Coup d’etat

July 16, 2013 in News

Paul Craig Roberts | The American people have suffered a coup d’etat, but they are hesitant to acknowledge it. The regime ruling in Washington today lacks constitutional and legal legitimacy. Americans are ruled by usurpers who claim that the executive branch is above the law…

Mayor Bloomberg Is a Surveillance-State Extremist, Not a Pragmatic Centrist

April 26, 2013 in News

Conor Friedersdorf | Even when New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg receives criticism, he is regarded as “a pragmatic, apolitical, solution-oriented centrist,” as Joe Nocera once described him in The New York Times. But it isn’t so.

‘Boston Strong’: Marching in Lockstep With the Police State

April 23, 2013 in News

John Whitehead | Caught up in the televised drama of a military-style manhunt for the suspects in the Boston Marathon explosion, most Americans fail to realize that the world around them has been suddenly and jarringly shifted off its axis, that axis being the U.S. Constitution.

Mayor Bloomberg Wants to Protect You From Terrorists Taking Away Your Freedom, by Doing it Himself

April 23, 2013 in TOR Blog

Guillermo Jimenez | According to the Mayor, we need to reinterpret the Constitution and change our laws, thereby taking away our freedom, because “there are people who want to take away our freedoms.” If Bloomberg were a comic or social satirist, I’d call him a genius–but he’s not.

James Bovard: The ‘you are the government’ canard

April 17, 2013 in News

Traces of Reality | In his continuing campaign to subvert the Second Amendment, President Obama recently unveiled one of the oldest tricks in the demagogue playbook. Speaking in Colorado, he declared that since America is a democracy, people had…

Can Police Read Text Messages Without A Warrant?

April 12, 2013 in News

Liberty Crier | The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged the Washington State Supreme Court Monday to recognize that text messages are “the 21st Century phone call” and require that law enforcement officers obtain a warrant before reading texts…