PEN America: “The Harm Caused by Surveillance…is Unmistakable”

PEN Amer­i­ca pub­lished a report this week sum­ma­riz­ing the find­ings from a recent sur­vey of 772 writ­ers around the world on ques­tions of sur­veil­lance and self-cen­­sor­­ship. The report, enti­tled “Glob­al Chill­ing: The Impact of Mass Sur­veil­lance on Inter­na­tion­al Writ­ers,” builds upon a late 2013 sur­vey of more than 500 US-based writ­ers con­duct­ed by the organization. […]

EPA’s Wood-Burning Stove Ban Has Chilling Consequences For Many Rural People

It seems that even wood isn’t green or renew­able enough any­more. The EPA has recent­ly banned the pro­duc­tion and sale of 80 per­cent of America’s cur­rent wood-burn­ing stoves, the old­est heat­ing method known to mankind and main­stay of rur­al homes and many of our nation’s poor­est res­i­dents. The agency’s strin­gent one-size-fits-all rules apply equal­ly to […]

The Islamization of American Public School Children

Many his­to­ri­ans have com­pared our cur­rent plight to that of the Roman Empire in its fall-apart days. Like the Romans, we are falling because we became com­pla­cent and stopped doing the things that build a pow­er­ful civ­i­liza­tion. We, as Amer­i­cans, are fail­ing to see where we are at in our own his­to­ry. Our gov­ern­ment has […]

Update on the Lawsuit to Stop the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) from Taking Away Local Control

Judge Grillo’s ten­ta­tive rul­ing is against local auton­o­my, how­ev­er, the Judge is in pos­ses­sion of the infor­ma­tion he request­ed at the hear­ing and has not yet made a final rul­ing. Antic­i­pa­tion builds as to what the Supe­ri­or Court will do…

Parental Rights in Public School: Quickly Disappearing.

Parental Rights in Pub­lic School: Quick­ly Dis­ap­pear­ing. Par­ents are increas­ing­ly con­cerned that pub­lic school admin­is­tra­tors are super­sed­ing the legal author­i­ty par­ents have in their child’s life. Mis­souri par­ents were sur­prised to learn that their direc­tives for their chil­dren not to use com­put­ers at school or no parental per­mis­sion allow­ing stu­dent com­put­er use were ignored by […]

Police/DHS can spy on your medical & financial records

The Health Insur­ance Porta­bil­i­ty & Account­abil­i­ty Act (HIPPA) is the pri­ma­ry fed­er­al law that address­es health records. The HIPAA pri­va­cy rules have spe­cial excep­tions for law enforce­ment and nation­al secu­ri­ty inves­ti­ga­tions. The law enforce­ment pro­vi­sion is very broad. It cov­ers all the usu­al police pro­ce­dures, includ­ing sub­poe­nas. Those don’t require a judge’s advance per­mis­sion, and […]

Congress authorizes federal government to collect and use all private communications by U.S. citizens

A House Repub­li­can is crit­i­ciz­ing a piece of leg­is­la­tion just passed by Con­gress as gross­ly uncon­sti­tu­tion­al because it essen­tial­ly gives the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment and local law enforce­ment “unlim­it­ed access to the com­mu­ni­ca­tions of every Amer­i­can.” As report­ed by, Rep. Justin Amash of Wis­con­sin said he found a pas­sage in the Intel­li­gence Autho­riza­tion Act for […]

It Doesn’t Matter Who Does the Lobbying: Trade Agreements Aren’t the Place for Internet Regulations

The Asso­ci­at­ed Whistle­blow­ing Press released por­tions of draft text pro­posed by the Unit­ed States for the Trade in Ser­vices Agree­ment (TISA) this week, reveal­ing some alarm­ing pro­vi­sions that indi­cate how tech com­pa­nies have been involved in influ­enc­ing a secret inter­na­tion­al deal. The lan­guage of the leaked treaty shows pro­vi­sions that could impact pri­va­cy online, and […]