The most under-discussed aspect of the NSA story has long been its international scope. That all changed this week as both Germany and France exploded with anger over new revelations about pervasive NSA surveillance on their population and democratically elected leaders.
The way to stop media reporting of NSA is simple: Shut down the agency entirely. It is too big, too bloated, and too useless. It spies on friends and foes alike. And when you tap the phones of 35 heads of state, including Angela Merkel, it's pretty damn had to make the case this that spying is about terrorism.
WASHINGTON — Hobby Lobby, a chain of crafts stores, closes on Sundays, costing its owners millions but honoring their Christian faith.
Jeffrey Rosen is bullish on the Constitution: “I have some optimism that Constitutional discussions can lessen the political polarization we see today,” the recently appointed president and CEO of the National Constitution Center said in an interview with The Hill.
Strictly speaking, privacy is not a “First Amendment” issue. It’s not one of the five freedoms protected by the amendment’s 45 words, and in some cases it even works in opposition to the practical application of those freedoms.
Forty Republican members of Congress have filed an amicus brief in a federal appeals court that will hear a constitutional challenge to Obamacare, Roll Call reported Tuesday.
Ted Cruz, a constitutional scholar as well as U.S. senator from Texas, thinks he has figured out what the administration is up to. “Find any nation in the world,” he says, “negotiate a treaty agreeing to do what you couldn’t do otherwise, and if the Senate ratifies it — and by the way that means you can cut the House of Representatives out of everything — then suddenly the federal government has authority it didn’t have before.” Essentially, the case could turn the whole of the founding document into a dead letter.
A US district court has ruled that anyone calling themselves a "hacker" loses their Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and property seizures. The court in Idaho decided that a software developer’s computer could be seized without him being notified primarily because his website stated: “We like hacking things and don’t want to stop.”
The Supreme Court was asked to decide last week in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, whether the government may limit how many candidates an individual can contribute to by means of an aggregate limit on how much he or she may contribute. Federal law imposes “base limits” on the amount an individual may give to any single candidate, party, or PAC, but also imposes “aggregate limits” — the ones at issue in this case — on the total that may be given to all recipients combined.
(VIDEO) The ATF agent who blew the whistle on Fast and Furious is being barred from writing a book about the agency's failed "gun-walking" operation.
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — An appeals court has ruled a federal district court went too far last year when it shut down an entire website critical of the Lafayette Police Department and its chief, and sent the case back to U.S. District Court in Lafayette.
The Founders could not have anticipated Facebook. In another way, though, they totally anticipated Facebook. Simple clicks of a button are now enshrined as constitutionally protected conduits of self-expression.