While Obama makes jokes about granting pardons to animals, thousands of people’s lives are depending on him for clemency. Of all the wasteful things toward which the the president has devoted gross amounts of resources, his pathetic effort towards righting the countless injustices in the federal injustice system is very telling.
The scope of the National Security Agency’s spying abilities has increased dramatically in the last few of years. Rumors have been circulated for years about the agencies clandestine abilities. Many of those rumors have been confirmed, thanks to leaked documents and whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.
We know we aren’t imagining a problem when a leading intellectual think tank holds a conference specifically devoted to the topic of the American police state. Former Congressman Ron Paul was invited to speak at the Ludwig Von Mises Institute’s event in Houston, titled “The U.S. Police State.”
While some “journalists” would have you believe the biggest stories of 2013 were about twerking celebrities and over-hyped real-life courtroom sagas, much bigger events were happening with far more lasting national significance. The foundation of an American police state is already laid and making its existence known, while most of the country remains blissfully focused on sports, reality shows, establishment pseudo-news, and other distractions.
Over the past few months there have been numerous leaks of information about the National Security Agency (NSA) and the massive surveillance programs the government has been running. Most people realize that whistleblower Edward Snowden helped expose these leaks, but who else spoke out and what exactly did Snowden risk his livelihood to reveal? With so many media sources and government representatives all saying different things, it’s hard to grasp what’s real and what’s an excuse. That’s why we put together this list full of what you really need to know; in other words, what is the NSA doing, and to whom?