• Edward Snowden Revealed What the NSA Can Do With Your Phone… Even if It’s Turned Off

    In a wide-ranging interview on NBC News with Brian Williams, Former National Security Agency contractor-turned-fugitive Edward Snowden says the U.S. Government has the capability to remotely turn on a targeted cellphone. Then, allegedly that same cell phone could be secretly activated to broadcast from the device’s camera and microphone.

    Snowden, who worked as a systems analyst on behalf of the the NSA, downloaded intelligence documents and leaked them to journalists. The documents revealed, among other things, that the U.S. Government was collecting bulk phone and email data on American citizens. Snowden maintains he took action because he felt the American people had the right to know about the surveillance programs. READ MORE...

  • America is not a Dumping Ground

    Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on issues related to immigration and border security. There is probably no department through which Obama has pushed his lawlessness more than Homeland Security, as he has completed shredded our immigration laws and erased our borders.

    Republican members of the Judiciary Committee should make this hearing the beginning of a sustained effort to shame and embarrass the administration into enforcing the laws, preserving our sovereignty, and protecting our national security. As we head into the appropriations season, they must use the power of the purse as a weapon to batter these law-breakers into submission. If they do not receive satisfactory answers from Johnson and DHS officials, they should cut the salaries of top officials in the DHS appropriations bill. READ MORE...

  • VA Supporters Should Stop Citing Dubious VA Wait Time Data

    It wouldn’t make much sense to cite Enron’s annual reports after word broke that the books were being cooked. Similarly, it doesn’t make much sense to cite VA wait times when the veracity of that data is (and has been) highly suspect.

    A few days ago, Timothy Noah writing for MSNBC argued that, despite the ongoing VA scandal, VA wait times aren’t much worse than those in the private sector:

    News stories about the Phoenix VA and some other bad actors indicate the wait can be many months, but an internal VA estimate—one based on “hard” time stamps and therefore less vulnerable to manipulation than the records allegedly falsified — puts the average wait at about 21 days. READ MORE...

  • CA Congressman Dana Rohrabacher: Why Doesn’t Obama have a Valid Social Security Number and Valid IDs?

    Attorney Orly Taitz has been advancing the issue of Barack Obama’s fraudulent documents, including his birth certificate, selective service form and his use of a bogus Social Security number for several years now. She has also thrown her hat into the ring in the primaries for California Attorney General. On Monday, Taitz said that she had three United States Congressmen, including her own Representative, along with voters who specifically asked questions about Obama’s bogus IDs. In that meeting, it was Taitz’s own Congressman, according to her, who asked the valid question, “Why doesn’t Obama have a valid Social Security number and valid IDs?” READ MORE...

  • Obama: Accountability for Thee but Not for Me

    When it comes to business and the private sector, President Obama and top Democrats are all about accountability.

    Banks: “When we learn that a major bank has serious problems, we will hold accountable those responsible,” President Obama says.

    Oil companies: “The person who makes the mistake ought to be responsible,” according to Florida senator Ben Nelson.

    Auto makers: “Manufacturers [are] on notice that they will be held accountable if they fail to quickly report and address safety-related defects,” said transportation secretary Anthony Foxx. READ MORE...

  • Crony Capitalism and the Tyranny of Small Decisions

    The word “cronyism” is everywhere you turn. Conservatives are rallying around the argument that government power and corporate power are not enemies, but allies. An opaque and sprawling state makes possible the special carve-outs and tailored regulations that benefit those who have power already. Industry leaders and the politicians they bankroll link arms and cash out together. And consumers and entrepreneurs, who need competition and churn, lose out.

    This might seem an unlikely tune from the typically business-friendly Republican Party. Yet these notes ring louder and louder in the symphony of the modern right. Libertarian-leaning pundits such as The Federalist’s own Ben Domenech and Tim Carney, my colleague at the American Enterprise Institute, have seen to that. They and others have spent the nineteen months since Mitt Romney’s defeat calling for the GOP to abandon its country club comfort zone and start denouncing what they see as a public-private orgy of mutual backscratching that always hurts the little guy. READ MORE...

  • (VIDEO) Edward Snowden’s Interview Decoded by Washington Post’s Barton Gellman

    The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman, who interviewed Edward Snowden in December in Moscow, decodes the NBC News exclusive interview with the former NSA contractor. “That’s the first time I’ve heard him say, or come close to saying, that what he did was against the law,” Gellman says. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the leaked NSA documents.

  • Systemic fraud at the VA ‘crime syndicate’

    Remember that Inspector General report President Obama said he was waiting for, before he weighed in on the mushroom cloud of scandal hanging over the Department of Veterans Affairs? The report he needed to read before making any decisions, because the previous eighteen reports issued over the past decade just weren’t good enough for him?

    Well, Report Number Nineteen is out, and Barack Obama will once again be astonished to learn what the Obama Administration (which he has absolutely no connection to, or responsibility for) has been up to. The IG speaks of a “systemic problem with clinics lying about treatment records,” according to Fox News. In fact, it’s so systemic that hardly anyone in the VA bureaucracy can be trusted – the Inspector General’s teams are hitting clinics with surprise inspections, to head off efforts at shredding and/or fabricating more paperwork to throw investigators off the trail. READ MORE...

  • Obama’s Speech at West Point: Lies, Deceptions and Delusions

    Today Barack Obama gave the commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point. While the address was billed as his “foreign policy vision” it was vintage Obama: banal, deceptive, self-serving, and partisan to the very core. Sort of a metaphor for them man himself.

    He led off by proclaiming success. He trotted out Osama bin Laden’s putrescent corpse for effect. He claims, rightfully, that al Qaeda’s leadership in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region has been “decimated.” He failed to acknowledge that the policies undertaken by his administration have given al Qaeda two new safe havens, Libya and Syria, and enabled al Qaeda to become resurgent in Iraq. READ MORE...

  • Crony Capitalism: How Enron, Papa John’s and the Ritz Got Taxpayer Subsidies

    What do Enron, the Soros Economic Development Fund, Papa John’s Pizza, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, MTV, the Bank of Palestine, and Deutsche Bank have in common? They’ve all benefited from millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies through the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

    OPIC provides loans and loan guarantees for investments in developing and emerging markets, offers “political risk insurance” (covering losses resulting from things like coups, terrorism, and expropriation), and supports funds that invest in companies doing business in emerging markets. READ MORE...