Tag Archives: privacy

Matt Evans: It's 2014, And No-Knock Raids Are Still Here

Matt Evans: It's 2014, And No-Knock Raids Are Still Here

“As long as the police carries out the will of the leadership, it is acting legally.” — Werner Best, director of Legal Affairs, German Secret Police, ca. 1936 A No-Knock raid is when a police force breaks into a home or business without first announcing themselves.  They simply break down the door and enter the

North Dakotans Get Mixed Messages About Privacy From Drones

Late last month I wrote an article for WatchDog.org about the development of the drone industry in North Dakota and the privacy concerns surrounding it. For that article I interviewed Rep. Rick Becker, a Bismarck Republican, who saw legislation he proposed last year get steamrolled by concerns that it might hinder North Dakota’s bid to

"If everyone is supposedly under surveillance, then no one is"

Over the weekend Fox News commentator Brit Hume offered a unique defense of the NSA’s spying efforts, arguing that the mass collection of our private data really doesn’t violate our privacy because any one person’s information gets lost in the blizzard of data being collected. “This program really threatens no one unless it’s abused,” Hume

University System Looking At President's Emails Is "Chilling" Says Legislator Who Works For Said President

Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks In a Valley News Live report about the controversy over NDSU President Dean Bresciani’s deleted emails, state Senator Tim Flakoll suggests that the real controversy is the fact that the North Dakota University System office was accessing those emails. Bresciani states in the letter several times that

What's The Worst That Could Happen: Obamacare Data Hub Will Centralize Your Financial, Health Care Information

With the NSA scandal in the headlines, Americans are becoming a little more sensitive about what data the government collects on us. But it’s not just the NSA that’s collecting our emails, and documenting our phone calls. Thanks to Obamacare, the federal government will soon have a massive central database containing our financial and health

President Obama Is Asking For Trust In A Government That Hasn't Earned It

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about government, it’s that the power it has tends to get abused. We can talk about recent scandals (the IRS targeting conservatives) or old ones (the IRS targeting Nixon’s enemies, the spying on the civil rights movement, etc., etc.), but we know it happens. So it’s cold comfort when

Are Conservatives About To Do A Hypocritical Turn-About In Trust In Government?

The NSA domestic spying programs don’t violate the privacy of American citizens, says the Obama administration. And you know who agrees? Dick Cheney, the bête noire of the American left for more than a decade now. “What information [was collected]?” asked Cheney on Fox News Sunday. “And the answer is phone numbers and who contacted

On NSA Scandal, Bush Has Obama's Back

Civil liberties advocates have been saying for some time now that there’s not a lot of daylight between George W. Bush’s spying tactics, reviled by the left and even Obama himself just a few years ago, and President Obama’s anti-terror efforts. But that’s not just an opinion now. With George W. Bush riding to Obama’s

Democrats Deftly Shift NSA Scandal Into A War On Private Contractors

In a political maneuver that’s hard not to admire, Democrats are trying to pivot the NSA scandal into an attack on privatization and government contractors. Senator Dick Durbin is promising a review of “all civilian contractors” in a move that will no doubt please the Democrats’ friends in Big Labor given that government employees are