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Secession: Armed vs. Peaceful

Written by Gary North on July 4, 2015

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Lots of people celebrate July 4. I do not. The Declaration of Independence justified armed secession. It was signed by a handful of lawyers on July 4, 1776. Secession was a way of transferring a great deal of power to colonial legislatures, where most of these lawyers were members. It was a way of replacing […]

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Bullies, Principals, and Parents

Written by Gary North on June 27, 2015

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This is the most important question for every institution: “Who’s in charge here?” The second question is this: “To whom do I report?” Then there is this question: “What are the rules?” Then this: What happens if I either obey or disobey?” Finally, this: “Does this outfit have a future?” To understand how these questions […]

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Neocon Outrage: Rand “Hangs Up” on NSA

Written by Gary North on June 2, 2015

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Neocons in the Senate are furious. Rand Paul last week filibustered the NSA’s eavesdropping program into at least temporary oblivion. It sank into the sunset on Sunday night. It had to be renewed before midnight. It wasn’t. The NSA saw it coming. On Sunday afternoon, it pulled the order from America’s phone companies to supply […]

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The NSA and Your License Plate

Posted on May 2, 2015

A year after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) scuttled plans to build its own nationwide database of vehicle license plate data, the agency is seeking bids from private contractors to provide the agency access to the same information. DHS canceled last year’s plan in the wake of TSA domestic spying revelations and subsequent outrage […]

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Reagan’s Law Lets the Feds Search Your Old Emails

Written by Gary North on February 12, 2015

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If an email you sent is over 180 days old, the federal government has legal access to it. No warrant is required. This has been true since 1986. If they are any server, anywhere, they are fair game. You say no one told you? Of course no one told you. Privacy? What a quaint concept. […]

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State Kidnaps Homeschooled Children

Posted on January 23, 2015

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What began as an investigation ignited by an anonymous report turned into a nightmare for an Arkansas homeschooling couple and seven of their children last week – and it’s not over yet. Arkansas sheriff’s deputies in Garland County have “stolen” seven homeschoolers from their parents in a home raid spurred by an anonymous caller who […]

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How the Drug Enforcement Administration Monitored Our Phone Calls

Posted on January 19, 2015

A new document reveals that the U.S. Department of Justice secretly kept track of Americans’ calls to foreign countries for more than a decade to track drug trafficking and other criminal activities. The new database of stored calls was described in a filing Thursday in the case of a man accused of conspiring to unlawfully […]

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NSA’s Parisian Deliverance

Posted on January 13, 2015

The push to reform the National Security Agency isn’t getting any easier. After a reform bill was narrowly blocked on the Senate floor late last year, civil libertarians hoped that an upcoming deadline to reauthorize some of the spy agency’s controversial powers would give them another opportunity to force changes. But the attacks in Paris […]

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“Drop Your Weapon! You have 3/10ths of a Second!” Bang.

Written by Gary North on December 17, 2014

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This man refused to obey in the allotted time, so he was shot dead by a cop. According to a “database of useful biological numbers” maintained by Harvard University, it takes us human beings between 0.10 and 0.40 seconds to blink our eyes. According to a lawsuit filed by John Crawford, the 22-year-old black man […]

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Senate Report on CIA’s Torture Techniques: They Failed

Posted on December 8, 2014

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Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Senator Dianne Feinstein to “consider” the timing of the expected release of a long-awaited report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques. Kerry called Feinstein to discuss the broader implications of the timing of publicly releasing a declassified summary of her committee’s report “because a lot is going on […]

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