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NSA’s Assault on Liberty

Congress came close to cutting off funding for the NSA as the evidence mounts of the agency’s massive spying operations — conducted seemingly with few checks and balances, and little regard for preserving citizens’ rights to privacy. Pundit Dick Morris is encouraged that Congress is finally waking up and possibly mobilizing to reign in the rogue agency.

Newspaper Censorship

In May 2013, John Rosemond—America’s longest running newspaper columnist—received an astonishing order from the Kentucky attorney general: Stop publishing your advice column in the Bluegrass State or face fines and jail. The attorney general and Kentucky’s psychologist licensing board believe that John’s column, which is syndicated in more than 200 papers nationwide, constitutes the “unlicensed practice of psychology” in Kentucky when it appears in a Kentucky newspaper. Kentucky’s crackdown is part of a national surge in the abuse of occupational licensing laws to censor advice.

Libertarians: Build Bridges

Dr. Walter E. Williams suggests libertarians need to build coalitions and deploy a better strategy to promote the notions of liberty.

Stand for the Fourth

On July 4th, hundreds of protesters gathered on Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles as part of a nationwide rally organized by Restore the Fourth, a self-described non-partisan movement demanding an end to the “unconstitutional surveillance methods employed by the US government.”

“We’ve talked to libertarian groups, we’ve talked to Republican and Tea Party groups, we’ve talked to Democratic groups,” explained rally organizer Xander Snyder. “If you are an American and you believe in the backbone of America – which is The Constitution – then you believe in what the Fourth Amendment has to stand for.”

ReasonTV was on the scene to cover the rally and talk with participants about their concerns.

Dependence Day

Bill Whittle thinks that the Freedom of Speech is in peril, and so is the Freedom of Religion. Hear why on this Afterburner as Whittle reminds you of the importance of our most important civil liberties, and how each is threatened by the expanding welfare state. H/T PJTV

Gay Marriage Debate

Bill Whittle as the Virtual President discusses the recent Supreme Court ruling on Gay Marriage and proposes a simple solution that ensures our Constitutional protections and may leave both sides offended, but free and un-coerced.

 

Absolute Power

“Our biggest enemy is our government,” says Joe Dan Gorman, ripping into new taxes, new regulations and new indications that the Feds are so busy spying they’ll never get around to protecting our rights and our well-being. Join Gorman as he hops onto the lily pad for the first episode of season two of his Vblog, Intellectual Froglegs.

 

Middle East Just as Treacherous

The dramatic Arab Spring protests raised hopes of a freer and safer society across the Middle East, but according to a recent survey, government restrictions on religious freedoms throughout the region have continued to rise. In other words, the region is just as insecure and just as monolithic, if not more so, than before.

Government Bullies At It Again

Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission, which works to shut down political debate, is now seeking to drastically restrict free civil rights advocacy—advocacy that has guided our nation to live up to its ideals of freedom and justice. A first-of-its-kind legal battle over the agency’s actions is now raging in Washington state and will answer important questions about the limits of government power, the right of free speech and political participation, and the ability of civil rights advocates to represent their clients against a government agency when that agency is violating constitutionally enshrined rights.

Dems MIA on Civil Liberties

“Where are all these serious Democrats who believe in civil liberties?” asks Jeremy Scahill, author of Dirty Wars, the provocative book that is now an award-winning documentary. “They’re nowhere.” Scahill talked with Reason’s Matt Welch about how congressional Democrats have abdicated their moral standing when it comes the domestic and foreign aspects of the war on terror. And how unexpected champions such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have stepped up in their absence.

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