CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: We have these cycles where we have a period of quiet, a period of safety and all of the sudden we get all upset about the methods that we have used in the past, as in the interrogation report, or about NSA intrusion into our lives, you know, this is the government spying on us. We have to understand that in the grown-up world there's a trade-off between security and liberty. You can you pretend, as Obama does, that there's no trade-off. There always is, it has been since the beginning of time. We are now seeing the results of these kind of attacks.
Prosecutors in the case against alleged Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht want the court to prohibit Ulbricht from saying almost anything political at all, according to a motion filed last week by the government.
They’re worried that the jury might end up sympathizing with Ulbricht’s politics.
A short time ago while addressing a CEO roundtable and Business Forum in Tanzania, President Barack H. Obama, told reporters and attendees that today’s Tea Party members in the United States very closely fit the U.S. government’s profile for domestic terrorists. The President’s response came after a Tanzania businessman asked if civil unrest in the U.S. is likely to affect doing business with American companies.
One of the highest-level whistleblowers to emerge from the National Security Agency, William Binney, spoke out recently about the NSA’s “totalitarian mentality,” and the fact that the agency’s intelligence controls the entire cyber network across the globe, making their global reach omnipresent.
As a former crypto-mathematician for the NSA, Binney was a leading code-breaker against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. He resigned from the NSA after September 11, when he noticed, and was repulsed by the country’s move towards mass surveillance.
Human experimentation was a core feature of the CIA’s torture program. The experimental nature of the interrogation and detention techniques is clearly evident in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s executive summary of its investigative report, despite redactions (insisted upon by the CIA) to obfuscate the locations of these laboratories of cruel science and the identities of perpetrators.
A judge has ruled that Tucson, Ariz., doesn’t have to release records about how it tracks cellphones, which the city argues would aid criminals.
Beau Hodai, a freelance reporter, requested records from the Tucson Police Department in 2013 about the Stingray and Stingray II, cell phone tracking equipment, according to court documents. The equipment acts like a cell tower, and can measure signal strength to determine the location of a phone.
Hodai requested all records created using the equipment, any e-mails about it, and any records about its purchase and maintenance.
SIOUX CITY — A judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit brought by a woman shown on camera being forcefully arrested by a Sioux City police officer in 2011. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Bennett ruled Thursday that DaCosta Daniels did not present enough evidence that Officer Joshua Tyler used unreasonable force during an arrest in the 1400 block of McDonald Street on Aug. 8, 2011. The incident was captured on a police car dashboard camera. In the video, Daniels is told not to use her cellphone. She refuses, sparking a struggle with the police officer.
The general news media met the recent release of 42,000 pages of government documents, withheld for more than two years under President Obama’s one and only invocation of executive privilege, with a predictable-yet-inexcusable yawn.
The documents relate to the Justice Department case “Fast and Furious” in which federal agents secretly facilitated delivery of thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartels.
The story was so significant that independent judges awarded it top investigative reporting honors two years straight.
If you live in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia or Switzerland, the answer is yes. If you live in Zimbabwe, Cuba or North Korea, then no. And if you live in the United States, your economic freedom is slipping away—with dire consequences.
The commissioners of a small Tennessee town have just voted to ban negative comments about it from social media. This stupid move was prompted by "criticism and lies" being posted online, which supposedly "hampered" the town's government from performing its duties.
Baltimore prosecutors withdrew key evidence in a robbery case Monday rather than reveal details of the cellphone tracking technology police used to gather it.
The surprise turn in Baltimore Circuit Court came after a defense attorney pressed a city police detective to reveal how officers had tracked his client.
City police Det. John L. Haley, a member of a specialized phone tracking unit, said officers did not use the controversial device known as a stingray. But when pressed on how phones are tracked, he cited what he called a "nondisclosure agreement" with the FBI.