Congressman: “Nothing would surprise me about what the NSA does. Unfortunately, they cannot be trusted,”

Remember The Patriot Act, Republicans (and Dems)? Remeber the small group of us jumping up and down urging caution? Remember that?

OK Freedom Caucus, it looks like a good number of you are ready to do the right thing here. Join with as many liberals as can be found on this issue and present a powerful coalition. This is supposed to be a free country.

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Big (Data) Brother Cometh: Beijing tracks the elderly as they take buses, go shopping

This might look like a mess to you and me. But for the right algorithm the data is clear as day.

It’s not just the elderly and it’s not just the Chinese.

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How The Senate Just Took “A Hatchet To American Liberty”

We don’t agree with all of Senator Wyden’s positions but he is pretty darn good on most things privacy. We appreciate his protest.

The only way this sort of thing will stop is if everyday people get angry enough to make it stop. It’s death by a thousand privacy cuts. A little bit of our dignity and sovereignty taken every day.

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The IRS wants your Social Security number recorded if you give $250 or more to a nonprofit (Better donate to the right causes.)

This is an attempt at intimidation. The IRS has no business knowing your political affiliations. Especially in the wake of the Lois Lerner debacle at the IRS this move is just insulting. The IRS has been politicized, openly politicized by this administration, and now it is grabbing for even more power.

Seriously, whose country is this anyway?

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L.A. wants to send you an automated letter if its license plate scanners scan you in the “wrong” neighborhood

Apparently a city councilwoman sees nothing wrong with the idea and she’s convinced some of her colleagues.  She, she explains, is out to stamp out prostitution. So what if constitutional rights are violated and people’s lives are screwed up (pun intended) by such letters. Gol darnit we must use tax dollars and other resources to stamp out sex between consenting adults! This is absolutely vital to Los Angeles which with the exception of street prostitution is a deeply moral and upstanding place.

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European officials want access to nearly ALL world financial transfers in the name of fighting “terrorism.”

As we stated before, Rahm Emanuel isn’t the only one who believes that a good crisis shouldn’t be wasted. The attacks in Paris have galvanized much of Europe and as such politicians across the Continent (and here too) are trying to grab power while the climate is right. Case in point? That the EU now wants access to pretty much every bit of financial information flowing through the SWIFT system. Basically they want ultimate control over electronic transfers.

They need this information of course to “combat terrorism.”

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