Members of Congress took turns criticizing and defending the N.S.A. programs they could not have mentioned in public at all before the illegal leaks of Mr. Snowden.
All three branches of the U.S. government are now largely under the control of forces with stunning contempt for basic legal processes required by the Bill of Rights.
The NSA turns its giant machine brains to the task of sifting through unimaginably large troves of data. But ask the NSA, as part of a freedom of information request, to do a simple search of its own employees' email? The agency says it doesn’t have the technology.
I could go on and on about how misguided that whole 1776 thing was, and how we’ve now given up almost everything it was originally about. The empire, as you’ll one day understand, always comes first.
Why should you be concerned about the inhumane conditions of prolonged solitary confinement with all the social, emotional and mental deterioration that it entails? Well, every year men from supermax prisons are released directly from the vacuum of their cells into free society.
When the government has access to your communications records, it creates a chilling effect on your willingness to participate in political discourse and join political groups.
The Trinity atomic bomb test was a hallmark of the age that would follow: a new government obsession with secrecy.
Wall Street's army of lobbyists are unlikely to let this stand without an epic fight. Let them march; Warren loves being a conversation starter, and she'll repeat this one over and over again.