Whether you think whistleblower Edward Snowden is a traitor or a hero, he makes some good points about just how EASY government surveillance is now in the age of the smartphone. [Read more…]
The federal government dropped its lawsuit to force Apple to break into its iPhone security system, so as to investigate the San Bernadino terrorists. The FBI was able to hack into the phone without Apple’s help. Which was arguably the way it should be! [Read more…]
ISIS and other jihadist groups are using the internet to spread their message and recruit new members. To combat this, Eric Posner, a prominent law professor from the University of Chicago, says that we need to put limits on freedom of speech. Specifically, he proposes in Slate that we make it illegal for anyone to visit or link to or point other people to jihadist websites.
Again, note the syndrome: Our security is at risk, so eliminate civil liberties! Fear as the pretext for doing away with freedom. [Read more…]
Donald Trump has called for banning all Muslims from entering the United States, not only as immigrants but as tourists. He defends this religious discrimination by invoking Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s internment of Japanese-Americans!
Francis Schaeffer predicted that there would come a time when Americans would be so fixated on their personal peace and affluence that they would trade away their civil liberties to someone who promised them greater security. Today one faction of the public is so afraid of terrorism that it wants to eliminate Second Amendment rights. Another faction is so afraid of terrorism that it wants to suspend religious freedom. * Aren’t both of these extreme reactions fulfillments of Schaeffer’s prediction? [Read more…]