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Sen. Rand Paul Promises To “Oppose And Filibuster” Renewal Of Controversial Spying Provision

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the Senate’s leading opponent of the status quo regarding federal spying. Although the issue has fallen by the wayside to a certain extent since Edward Snowden’s leaks in 2013, Paul continues to fight for the privacy rights of Americans. He has announced his intent to filibuster the extension of illegal spying. “I will actively oppose and filibuster any long term extension of warrantless searches of American citizens,” Paul said in a tweet earlier this week. The program that Paul is referring to in his tweet was authorized by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance… Keep Reading

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Senate Will Attach Controversial Surveillance Power Renewal To Must-Pass Legislation

Congress has had a difficult year with a great deal of infighting, both across parties lines and within party lines. Democrats have failed to come together as a party while Republicans have failed to accomplish much of anything with their majorities. December promises to be a critical month with a number of critical issues upcoming, including tax reform and keeping the government funded. Another issue that will be a battle is the renewal of the controversial Section 702 surveillance powers, which are set to expire at the end of the year. Speaking recently, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr stated… Keep Reading

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Is Cellphone Location Data Protected By The Fourth Amendment?

When the Bill of Rights was drafted and ratified, the United States of America was a different time. It was undoubtedly a simpler time. When privacy protections were passed, it was very clear at the time. The government would need a warrant to enter your personal property or search you personally. Any search could not occur without authorization from a judge. Technology poses a new challenge for the courts. Given how close the world has become due to it, security has new concerns. But do these security concerns trump the Fourth Amendment? The Supreme Court is now considering a case… Keep Reading

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Is The Right To Privacy A Right At All?

Arguably the most esteemed right of libertarians is the right to privacy. This is perhaps the very crux of what libertarianism is–the right to have a life free of intrusion. This is the one right libertarians have used as a means to argue against the Patriot Act, mass surveillance, and big government overall. It is often cited as unconstitutional when a government program oversteps this cherished right that libertarians claim the Founders alluded to in the Ninth Amendment. But lately I’ve been struck with the question as to whether or not “privacy” is a right. This came when I inspected… Keep Reading

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