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The Long Twilight Struggle of the 21st Century: We Can Give in, We Can Hide, We Can Fight, or We Can Leave

Jun 24, 2013 2:54 PM PT

In the previous installment, we observed that Americans are going to find themselves in a “two-front war--a scary one at home, and a scarier one abroad.” That is, in an ongoing struggle against an intrusive and abusive government at home, and an equally ongoing struggle, covert and overt, against foreign foes, from Al Qaeda to Iran, from Cuba to China, from Russia to North Korea.  

These are, indeed, “forever wars,” in the sense that we can never expect a final victory against domestic governments that inevitably seek to overreach, and against international powers, some of which inevitably wish to do us harm.  Oh, and by the way, we also have to deal with the occasional nogoodnik in our own population; it’s possible that Edward Snowden, for example, started out as a naive self-appointed whistleblower, and yet it’s clear by now, as he travels to Russia or Venezuela or wherever, that he’s become someone’s espionage asset.  

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Former Facebook Security Chief Works for NSA

Jun 23, 2013 3:59 PM PT

Facebook’s former security chief Max Kelly now works for the National Security Agency (NSA), reports the New York Times.

Kelly, whom the Center for Responsive Politics lists as having donated $1,150 to the Obama campaign in 2008, also previously worked at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He left Facebook for the NSA in 2010, one year after the social media giant reportedly joined the NSA's top-secret PRISM program. Kelly's position at the NSA is presently unknown.

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Liberty Worth Defending in Two-Front War

Jun 23, 2013 12:14 PM PT

As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience, and of the press, it will be worth defending.

-Andrew Jackson’s First Inaugural Address in 1829

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Hong Kong Lets Snowden Slip Away to Russia--En Route to Cuba? Update: Ecuador

Jun 23, 2013 4:54 AM PT

News agencies report that Edward Snowden, the former contractor who exposed National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs, left Hong Kong early Sunday, en route to Russia. His final destination, according to Russian sources cited by the Wall Street Journal, is the communist dictatorship of Cuba, though activists from Wikileaks asserted that Snowden is traveling via Russia with Wikileaks legal advisors to a "democratic" country.

Hong Kong, which has an extradition treaty with the United States, declined to comply with a request by the U.S. government that it detain Snowden, who was formally charged with espionage and theft in federal court in Virginia on Friday. Authorities in Hong Kong indicated that the request failed to meet legal requirements, according to the Journal. Earlier, Russia had indicated that it was considering granting Snowden asylum.

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Bush Official Defends Obama on NSA Scandal

Jun 23, 2013 2:47 AM PT

When it comes to criticizing President Obama, Marc Thiessen can't be considered shy. The title of his best-selling book is Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama is Courting the Next Attack and sports a blurb from former Vice President Dick Cheney. Thiessen was a member of George W. Bush's senior staff and a speechwriter for both President Bush and the Secretary of Defense.

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NSA Claims Not to Collect Cellphone Location Records

Jun 21, 2013 8:38 PM PT

National Security Agency officials have stated that the agency does not collect "pinpoint" locations of cell phone callers even though it has authorization to do so.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the agency is authorized to collect "geolocational" information to identify the exact location of callers. Former officials said other major phone companies, including AT&T and Sprint Nextel, "also operate under similar orders."  

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Rand Paul: DNI Clapper 'Just Decided to Lie'

Jun 20, 2013 12:57 PM PT

Appearing on The Mike Church Show on Sirius XM Patriot 125, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had lost all credibility on the National Security Agency’s snooping on American citizens. “You know, in March of this year, the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper came to the Senate and he was asked directly by Senator Wyden, are you collecting data on American citizens, and he said no,” Paul related. “And interestingly, he’d been prepped for the questions. Senator Wyden’s office called him in advance and said, ‘We’re going to ask you are you collecting data on Americans.’ So it’s not like he fumbled around and gave a wrong answer, he just decided to lie.”

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Abortion vs. IRS: Parties Race to Ignite the 2014 Base

Jun 20, 2013 5:56 AM PT

On Wednesday, as Tea Party activists rallied against the IRS and the Senate immigration bill on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama's campaign-turned-lobbying arm, Organizing for Action (OfA), emailed a warning about "threats on women's health" in Congress. It urged its members to sign a petition against a "terrifying" decision the GOP "to stand between a woman and her doctor when it comes to her health care decisions."

Meanwhile, for the past several weeks, Republicans have sent fundraising pitches to their donors expressing indignation over the IRS scandal, in which the agency targeted conservative groups on the basis of their names and views for additional, and excessive, scrutiny. They are seeking to capitalize on grass-roots outrage--outrage that is often equally directed at Republican leadership--as they ramp up campaign efforts for 2014.

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NSA Director Claims Surveillance Programs Foiled 50 Plots

Jun 18, 2013 10:09 AM PT

General Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency, claimed before the House Intelligence Committee that the government’s much-criticized surveillance of Americans have stopped almost 50 terrorist plots worldwide, including one which targeted the New York Stock Exchange.

Sean Joyce, deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, testified that the NSA identified an individual in Kansas City, Missouri, who was communicating with someone in Yemen about attacking the stock exchange. 

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Obama: False Choice Between Privacy and Security

Jun 18, 2013 8:46 AM PT

Speaking about NSA surveillance programs he called "transparent," President Barack Obama said it was a “false choice” to think that privacy must be sacrificed in order to achieve security. 

In an interview with Charlie Rose on Monday, Obama claimed just because there is a "tradeoff doesn’t mean somehow that we’ve abandoned freedom."

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