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Tag Archives: DOJ

“Recovering computer science major” Congressman says to DHS, NSA, on encryption, “Just follow the damn Constitution.”

I don’t know Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA), but on this subject at least he sounds like a pretty sharp guy.

We have locks on the doors of our houses to keep people – including on occasion the police (depending on the neighborhood I suppose) – out. We as free people have every right to encrypt our “papers and effects.” If the police want at the information they should have to at the very least get a warrant. They certainly shouldn’t have a skeleton key to every digital device which they can use whenever they want.

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More Operation Choke Point: FDIC Unfairly Targeted Legal Businesses

This is the sort of thing which happens when the country has an Attorney General with an ax to grind. (Lord, don’t they all? But the current one is worse than usual.) Holder had a whole list of businesses he (and presumably the president) didn’t like. He and the Justice Department (sic) therefore decided to target these legal companies through “Operation Chokepoint.” The DOJ found ways to put the squeeze on gun dealers, ammo dealers, porn, tobacco dealers, etc. These are LEGAL companies, but Holder wanted to kill them anyway.

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Obama asked if a future president could just issue an executive order absolving citizens of tax burdens: “Absolutely not!” (Video)

I have no love for George Stephanopoulos but his stock went up about tenfold in my book with the below question.

George makes a great point. If the president doesn’t have to faithfully execute the law on immigration (He does, the Constitution expressly says that he does.) why should a future president have to execute the law faithfully in all sorts of other areas including taxes? Boy, Obamacare would fall apart pretty much overnight.

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EX-CBS reporter: Government-related entity bugged my computer

More fallout from the Sharyl Attkinson book. She says she was illegally tracked on her computer and that according to a source at least one “government entity” had access to her Skype account, financial records, and pretty much everything else.

She also said that someone planted classified documents in her hard drive.

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