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NSA’s spying machine: Too big, too complex to understand

NSA’s spying machine:  Too big, too complex to understand

The surveillance machine grew too big for anyone to understand. The National Security Agency set it in motion in 2006 and the vast network of supercomputers, switches and wiretaps began gathering Americans’ phone and Internet records by the millions, looking for signs of terrorism. But every day, NSA analysts snooped on more American phone records […]

Defeated foes of NSA spying program vow to continue fight

Defeated foes of NSA spying program vow to continue fight

Opponents of the National Security Agency’s collection of hundreds of millions of Americans’ phone records insist they will press ahead with their challenge to the massive surveillance program after a narrow defeat in the House. Furious lobbying and last-minute pleas to lawmakers ensured victory for the Obama administration as the House voted 217-205 Wednesday to […]

Anger remains in Congress over government spying on Americans

Anger remains in Congress over government spying on Americans

Six weeks after a leaked document exposed the scope of the government’s surveillance of Americans’ phone records, many Democrats and some Republicans are still angry about it. On Wednesday, key administration figures from the intelligence world will appear before the House Judiciary Committee to answer another round of questions. The questioners include Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, […]

The American government: It is, therefore it spies on everyone

The American government:  It is, therefore it spies on everyone

For many Americans, probably most, it came as no shock that Uncle Sam spys on his citizens 24/7. We’ve been writing about the constant surveillance for a long time here at Capitol Hill Blue.  Intrusion into the lives of ordinary citizens became the order of the day under the despotic leadership of the Federal Bureau […]

The Gestapo is alive and well in the American government

The Gestapo is alive and well in the American government

It’s official:  America today is no better than Nazi Germany.  It’s no different than Soviet Russia was during the height of communism.  The so-called land of the free and home of the brave is now the nation of spied upon where the government collects private data on any an all Americans under the guise of […]

Abuses of power and threats against freedom increased under Obama and GOP-controlled Congress

Abuses of power and threats against freedom increased under Obama and GOP-controlled Congress

Constitutional abuses and threats against freedom for Americans have increased dramatically during Barack Obama’s Presidency and since Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives, an investigation by Capitol Hill Blue reveals. Warrantless wiretaps are on the rise and the Obama justice department not only continued the aggressive, freedom-robbing policies of the George W. Bush […]

Ron Paul’s delegate strategy could pay off at GOP convention

Ron Paul’s delegate strategy could pay off at GOP convention

Texas Congressman Ron Paul may have suspended “active campaigning” for his third and last run for President but he continues to look for ways to add delegates to his current count of 104 and wants enough of a collection to press parts of his agenda on the Republican Party at the nominating convention in Tampa […]

Santorum announces a war on obscenity. Unfortunately, it’s the wrong one

Santorum announces a war on obscenity.  Unfortunately, it’s the wrong one

Right-wing GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum upped the ante Sunday on his pledge to launch a war on obscenity if elected to the nation’s top political job. No, not a war against the obscenity that is American politics and government but an all-out assault on pornography — the kind where people have sex in books, […]

The Latest Attack on our Nation

David Hume once wrote, “It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.” Few words ring ever so true and appropriate today. It isn’t so much the point that our rights and liberties are at risk, but that so many people are so willing to give up those rights and liberties, without the least bit of struggle.

FBI snooping worries privacy advocates

FBI snooping worries privacy advocates

Invasion of privacy in the Internet age. Expanding the reach of law enforcement to snoop on e-mail traffic or on Web surfing. Those are among the criticisms being aimed at the FBI as it tries to update a key surveillance law. With its proposed amendment, is the Obama administration merely clarifying a statute or expanding […]