Below is my column today in USA Today on the criminal complaint against Edward Snowden. I have been criticizing the charge under the Espionage Act as abusive and a mistake by the Administration. President Barack Obama has been criticized for years for his use of the controversial 1917 Act. He is responsible for six of the nine total indictments ever brought under the Act. More than all presidents before him and putting Richard Nixon to shame. He has used the act against sources for journalists and only recently was criticized for the attacks on the free press under his Administration. I do not question the basis for prosecution of Snowden for the disclosure of classified information or any theft of such documents. However, the effort to put him away for life does raise an interesting contrast with prior cases, which is the subject of today’s column (slightly expanded from the print version). Read The Full Story
How does the government finance the surveillance that has been in the news lately? Privacy violation is such a tiny symptom. Governments seek to exert power and control over their citizens. This is made possible only by the collection of taxes and the coercive monopolization of public services, such as courts, army and police. There is no such thing as private property in a government society, despite our government's attempt to make us think there is. Surveillance and data-gathering has been going on as long as there have been governments, and will continue as long as there are governments. It is part and parcel of government's modus operandi to keep tabs on what we create and what we are doing. Read The Full Story .
The trial of a U.S. soldier accused of providing classified materials to WikiLeaks is unique for the size of the leak and also faces the unresolved cyber-age issue of whether Tweets and Web pages can be admitted as evidence.
Protesters showed up to a gun-rights rally in Erie, Pa., with their firearms out in the open—purposely defying a local ordinance that prohibits guns at city parks.
“We are American patriots, and we are a force to be reckoned with!” yelled Pastor George Cook of North Bangor, Pa. (350 miles away) at the Perry Square park gazebo Saturday, WSEE-TV reports. Read The Full Story
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