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What’s next after Rand Paul’s mega-filibuster over NSA spying?

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Nobody wants or expects the government to downplay any effort to protect the country from terrorism, cyber warfare and other potential threats, but as Sen. Rand Paul so protractedly pointed out, there is no balance right now between security and privacy By Jon E. Dougherty Not everyone, including members of his own Republican Party, is a fan of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. But one thing you cannot accuse him of being is anti-liberty. Probably more than any other GOP presidential contender – or prospective GOP contender (Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker comes to mind) – Sen. Paul spends a lot of ...

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Bill To Limit NSA Surveillance Likely To Get Senate Vote

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will give in to pressure and bring legislation to the floor that would limit the National Security Agency’s surveillance on Americans, as allowed under the Patriot Act. “I certainly think we ought to allow a vote on the House-passed bill. If there are not enough votes to pass that, then we need to look at an alternative,” the Kentucky Republican told reporters Tuesday after meeting with the GOP caucus. “So we’ll see where the Senate is. We’ll find out where the votes are,” he continued, not indicating when the vote would ...

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The GOP should take a stand for liberty in Patriot Act vote

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Protecting the country and following the Constitution should not be an ‘either/or’ proposition In 2011, Congress passed and President Obama signed another four-year extension of the USA Patriot Act, the ubiquitous piece of 9/11-era legislation that has been the bane of privacy advocates since it was leaked in December 2005 that the National Security Agency was spying on Americans. You may recall at the time that, according to The New York Times, in the months following Sept. 11, President Bush issued a secret order to the NSA authorizing the agency to conduct warrantless electronic surveillance on thousands of Americans. The ...

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Obama’s new cyber security proposals are privacy killers

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The president is rightfully concerned about protecting the country from cyber attacks and large-scale hacking, but his ‘fix’ may be worse than the problem, at least where constitutional protections are concerned President Obama will sign a new executive order setting in motion greater cooperation between government and businesses in the sharing of cyber-threat information, as part of a broader effort that includes White House-proposed legislation essentially giving companies immunity for sharing potentially private information with federal agencies. At the center of the effort is legislation that permits any information shared by companies to be passed along to federal spy agencies ...

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The U.S. is Not Prepared for CYBER WARFARE

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The potential to destroy an enemy nation’s functional infrastructure has become greater. Think of cyber warfare as the modern day equivalent of carpet-bombing cities during World War II, the aim of which was to reduce the enemy’s ability to make war by attacking population bases and destroying the commerce necessary to wage war. By Jon E. Dougherty In 2010, the nation’s first cyber warfare czar, Richard Clarke, wrote the apropos-titled tome, Cyber War, in which he laid out details of what a sophisticated cyber attack on the United States could look like. Hackers from a great power could quickly take ...

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Liberty alert: Cyber Crime (Infographic)

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One of the biggest emerging threats to liberty in the 21st century is cyber crime. Privacy in the Technology Age is difficult enough, but the issue is being compounded as more of our daily lives are taking place online. Even if you don’t shop via the Internet, information about you is gathered (and therefore liable to be stolen) every time you swipe your debit card at the grocery store or retailer; Obamacare incentives doctors to utilize electronic medical records; bank transfers are done electronically; and so on. Even as our data is already being stolen all too frequently, experts all say the problem ...

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Spy Harder

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If you’re like me, you are drawn to the fictionalized world of spies, espionage and international intrigue. When scrolling through your TV channels, you’ll stop and watch one of the Bourne movies even though you’ve seen it before. You stop whatever you’re doing for the day when you see there’s a James Bond marathon running through the weekend, or for those of us who still read, are always dusting off your old, yellowed copies of John Le Carré.  Many of us were raised in the spy culture of the Cold War. Those of us who are older remember it as ...

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