YAL in Action

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Tag: Edward Snowden
  • Liberty University challenges Congressman on the FISA Court System

    Liberty University held an event on September 20th, 2017, where Congressman Bob Goodlatte gave a speech on Article 3 of the Constitution.  The members of the Liberty University Young Americans for Liberty group were shocked the Congressman was even given a platform to speak on Article 3, while he is a huge supporter of the …

  • The Paradigm Shift and the NSA’s Prism Program

    The recent practice of the NSA of gathering metadata on individuals is a paradigm shift in the history of information gathering by the government. On June 10, 2014, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a congressional meeting with Michael J. Morrel, the former acting director of the CIA and a member of the President’s Review Group …

  • Obama’s Hollow NSA Promises

    In a speech on Friday, President Obama outlined his plans to reform the National Security Agency’s data collection programs, citing particular sections of the PATRIOT Act that garnered renewed scrutiny after Edward Snowden leaked information about the intelligence agency’s activities.  Many voices on the left and right have criticized the speech for its vacuousness, particularly …

  • Obama can’t point to a single time the NSA call records program prevented a terrorist attack.

    Much like the TSA, which has never caught a single terrorist, it turns out the NSA can’t claim a single concrete instance of foiling a terrorist attack. The Washington Post (not exactly an obscure outlet with a civil liberties agenda) reports: National Security Agency defenders, including President Obama, continue to cite the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001 when defending the program that scoops up domestic call …

  • Throwback: Ron Paul Warns of Computer Surveillance in the 80s

    “Computer surveillance: A disgusting procedure for a professed free society.”

  • 2001’s spin doesn’t work in 2013

    “The NSA actually does a very good job about not engaging in domestic surveillance, not reading people’s emails, not listening to the contents of their phone calls. Outside of our borders, the NSA’s more aggressive. It’s not constrained by laws.” — Barack Obama, December 5, 2013 It’s hard to believe, after more than six months since …

  • NSA Love Letter

    I like being watched.It’s a comforting feeling to know that my government cares. I enjoy that guilty pause of second-guessing my Google searches.It’s a thrill to know that an agency can knock on my door at any moment just because of what I search.It’s like having an overly-concerned friend who just wants to take care of you, however …

  • NSA Needs Real Transparency, Not a Tumblr

    In the wake of public outrage over the NSA’s domestic spying program, the agency has released a new Tumblr blog called IC (Intelligence Community) on the Record. The blog, which features statements from IC directors and articles on how the NSA operates, is being sold as a “hub of transparency.”  It will, the agency claims, …

  • Students to NSA: ‘We’d Rather Die than Lose our Liberty’

    The College Fix has identified college students from across the nation who agreed that if the U.S. government were to end its unconstitutional surveillance state and warrantless spy programs tomorrow — and the students were to die a month later in some sort of terrorist bombing — they would count their death as the justifiable price for …

  • In National Security, Obama Minimizes Role of Courts

    In matters of national security, the Obama administration’s disrespect for the courts can be seen in three examples.  In 2012, the relatives of two United States citizens killed by drones filed a lawsuit charging that the deaths were unconstitutional. Defending the government in court, deputy assistant attorney general Brian Hauck argued that the courts have …