Privacy, Please

You can decide whether to use Facebook or let private sites install cookies to track your info. Johansson didn’t give that hacker permission to steal her photos. And I didn’t give the NSA — not to mention the IRS, FBI, etc. — permission to access my information.

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Edward Snowden: Traitor by What Definition?

It’s now an undisputed fact, in the minds of our esteemed government officials: Edward Snowden, the man who exposed the U.S. government for spying on private, law-abiding citizens, is a traitor. Exactly how did this label get smuggled in to the whole controversy about Mr. Snowden? And why is nobody talking about it? I looked […]

Edward Snowden vs. Fascism

Truth is the recognition of reality; reason, man’s only means of knowledge, is his only standard of truth.” — Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old ex-CIA technician who has come forward to self-identify as the source for news reports about massive government monitoring of U.S. communications under the Bush administration’s Patriot Act, warns […]


NSA, Obama and The Loss of Trust

Amid all the heated cross-currents of debate about the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance program, there is a growing distrust of the Obama administration that makes weighing the costs and benefits of the NSA program itself hard to assess. The belated recognition of this administration’s contempt for the truth, for the American people and for […]

Obama Exploits a Compliant America

“You can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.” So says Barack Obama, in defense of his administration’s policy of monitoring the phone records of private citizens, just because he can. This is like saying: “You can […]

Alan Dershowitz vs. Ben Franklin

The collection of millions of Americans’ phone records by the National Security Agency is a necessary compromise on privacy —but should be monitored to keep it from being abused, renowned civil rights attorney Alan Dershowitz says. “Even Benjamin Franklin was wrong when he said those who would give up any privacy or rights in the […]

The Stinking Badges of Our Federales

“Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!” – Alfonso Bedoya as Gold Hat, the Mexican bandit, to Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)   We are fast approaching the day when men with badges can regularly spy on […]

Spying and Privacy Rights: Is Spying Absolutely Always Wrong?

When recently asked how he responds to Americans worried about violations of their privacy, due to government spying, President Bush replied, “If somebody from al-Qaida is calling you, we’d like to know why.” He went on to comment, “It’s seems logical to me that if we know there’s a phone number associated with al-Qaida or […]

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