The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Making the NSA Jealous
Ernest Istook kindly mentions my book in his Washington Times column today:
Truth is stranger than fiction in Washington D.C. Every satire about government has a real-life counterpart. Much like the runaway bureaucracy in a great recent novel, President …
From the Los Angeles Times this morning:
If U.S. spying on key foreign leaders was news to the White House, current and former officials said, then White House officials have not been reading their briefing books.
Some U.S. …
Dear NSA: If You're Not So Bad, Why Do Your Bosses Keep Lying to Us?
Big Morning Jolt today, with tough questions about what to do if the worst suspicions about Syria’s alleged chemical-weapons attack are true, another look at “the Separation of Celebrity and State” (Tabitha’s great headline), what NR has had to say …
Washington Post: Official Line on NSA Programs 'Erroneous or False'
The front page of the Washington Post declares: “the exposure of hundreds of pages of previously classified NSA documents indicate that public assertions about these programs by senior U.S. officials have also often been misleading, erroneous or simply false.”
Obama Took Three Years to Find Nominees for Civil Liberties Board
Obama to Charlie Rose, yesterday:
I’ve stood up a privacy and civil liberties oversight board made up of independent citizens, including some fierce civil libertarians. I’ll be meeting with them and what I want to do is to …
The 2003–08 Liberal Foreign-Policy Vision Lies in Ruins
The front page of today’s Washington Post previews President Obama’s trip to the EU summit in Northern Ireland, observing that Europeans are deeply disappointed, and feeling betrayed, by Obama’s policies on long-delayed assistance to Syrian rebels, widespread …
Okay, Fine, No Privacy for Anyone, Including the Elites!
The final Morning Jolt of the week examines whether pundits ought to be evaluated by their appearance, further discussion of what, if anything, the U.S. should do in response to a five-figure, soon to be six-figure, death toll in …
Hillary Clinton, Acquiescent to Domestic Spying
Tim Miller of America Rising PAC examined Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign rhetoric and finds, “Secretary Clinton served as a senior member of a national security team that was implementing surveillance programs she once vocally opposed.”
He cites several examples, but perhaps …
Three Lies to the Public That Must Have Consequences
From the first Morning Jolt of the week . . . A National Security Agency leak tells me many of you are already subscribers, but some of you aren’t. If you’re not already a subscriber, click on the link or look for the …
The NSA Sees All, Collects All, Keeps All, and Can Use All
I’m scheduled to appear on Real News on The Blaze network this afternoon.
From today’s Morning Jolt:
Quick Summary: The NSA Is Collecting Everything You Write, Short of Your Handwritten Grocery List
If you typed it or spoke it …
Is Rand Paul 'Part of that Hate-America Crowd'?
Allahpundit predicts that if Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) and Representative Peter King (R., N.Y.) both run for president, they’ll end up shedding blood on a debate stage.
This weekend King decreed that Rand Paul doesn’t deserve to be …
Remember When Obama Assured Germans the NSA Was 'Focused on Threats to Our Security'?
President Obama, speaking to Chancellor Merkel and the German people at a ceremony at Brandenberg Gate back in June:
James Madison is right — which is why, even as we remain vigilant about the threat of terrorism, we must move …
'Privacy and Liberty' Debate Coming to Heritage
Coming soon, to a Heritage Foundation stage near you#…#
Expect us to hit all the topics: Edward Snowden, the NSA, the era of social networks, campaign data-mining#…#
Europeans Wake Up With Severe 'Hope and Change' Hangover.
I return from vacation with an epic Morning Jolt, if I may say. There’s a look at the massive protesting crowds in Egypt, a dissection of the Paula Deen controversy, three key paragraphs from a particular book you’ve heard a …
Obama's Sleight of Hand in His NSA Explanation
From the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt:
Obama: 1,500–1,700 FISA Court Applications Per Year Is a ‘Surprisingly Small’ Number of Requests
Obama to Charlie Rose:
The whole point of my concern, before I was president — because some people say, “Well, …
Rasmussen: 57 Percent Believe NSA Data Will Be Used Against Political Opponents
Pollster Scott Rasmussen just dropped some eye-opening survey results:
57% Fear Government Will Use NSA Data to Harass Political Opponents
There is little public support for the sweeping and unaccountable nature of the NSA surveillance program along with concerns about how …
All of This NSA Stuff Sounds Rather Familiar . . .
From the Thursday edition of the Morning Jolt:
Tony Scott and Jerry Bruckheimer Analyzed All of These Domestic Surveillance Issues 15 Years Ago
Imagine you’re a bad person up to no good.
Maybe you’re a terrorist who wants to …
NSA: Now Selecting Anybody (to Work Here)
Today’s Morning Jolt features a quick look at U.S. diplomats behaving badly, a GOP name considering a comeback, the “Twelve Visions Party” of Massachusetts, and then#…#
Don’t Come Crying to Us, NSA; You Guys Are the Ones Who …
Trust Us, It's Just 'Further Scrutiny of Individuals and Organizations,' Nothing Big.
Politico: “The data cadged in the Verizon case can be used as a menu — giving agents an idea of which individuals or organizations warrant further scrutiny.”
Because there hasn’t been any controversy over government agents giving individuals or organizations further …