Pentagon Spy Balloons Watching State

Similar to counterparts in Afghanistan, the craft will deploy from rural South Dakota and reach a maximum altitude of 65,000 feet. From there, they will drift across unspecified regions of Minnesota, Iowa, Central Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. The balloons program, first reported by The Guardian, will likely outfit surveillance balloons with high-powered radar systems.


At least with our homes we have some reasonable ways to know whether or not a government agent has entered it. With our technology, however, they could enter our computers, phones, tablets, etc., take whatever they want, and we would never know unless they decided to tell us. And there have been too many instances of that happening for the American people to feel comfortable giving the government even more tools to access our technology.

Perhaps if the government had behaved more responsibly with our civil liberties to date, this wouldn’t be much of an issue.

Via Obama Makes Case for Government Access to Private Property @ Boots & Sabers.

John Kerry talks tough

The Secretary of State did not hold back. Snowden is a traitor and a bum. He was probably a mean and nasty bully as a child. Anything else Mr. Secretary? While most people have mixed feelings about Snowden’decision to unmask the outrageous conduct of NSA and CIA,there is no hesitation in the White House–Obama should…


….Frankly, it’s time for the president to face the music on this issue. Dancing around it is awkward, it is insulting, and it is even dangerous. Here’s footage of that walk. Apparently any footage of people confronting him will not be seen by you and I. If I had my chance to say something face…

The NSA gets what it wants

….Justin Amash, who had originally co-sponsored the act, voted against it.  Why? “This morning’s bill maintains and codifies a large-scale, unconstitutional domestic spying program,” Amash wrote on his Facebook page. “It claims to end ‘bulk collection’ of Americans’ data only in a very technical sense: The bill prohibits the government from, for example, ordering a…

Sensenbrenner joins the ACLU…at least for a lawsuit

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) has filed a friend of the court brief in support of an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against the Obama administration. The brief argues that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records violates the Patriot Act. Via Sensenbrenner joins with ACLU on NSA phone lawsuit @ JS All…