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5,000 Covert ‘Boots on Ground’ in Syria by Year’s End

Former CIA Director, Gen. Michael Hayden Hat/Tip to Greg Richter at Newsmax. Even though we’re not going to put boots on the ground in Syria, we’re, uh, well – we’re gonna have boots on the ground in Syria. Yeah, the most transparent administration on earth strikes again… Despite pledges from the White House that no American ground troops will be sent to fight the Islamic State (ISIS), Gen. Michael Hayden, former head of the CIA and NSA, thinks that up to 5,000 Americans will be on the ground by the end of the year. “It might be through covert action […]

Obama’s Folly: Iran replicates American drone

Hat/Tip to The Christian Science Monitor. Remember back in the early part of 2013 when Iran announced that they had captured one of our military drones? Earlier this month, Iran said that it had decoded and released footage from a U.S. drone that it downed more than a year ago. The black and white aerial footage, which Iran claims was from a RQ-170 spy plane, was aired by Iranian news agencies and placed on YouTube. Iran said it downed the drone on December 4, 2011, near Kashmar in the country’s northeast, some 225 kilometers (140 miles) from the border with […]

Once Upon A Time, Americans Had A Reasonable Expectation Of Privacy

The right to privacy is not addressed directly by the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. However. … The U. S. Constitution contains no express right to privacy.  The Bill of Rights, however, reflects the concern of James Madison and other framers for protecting specific aspects of privacy, such as the privacy of beliefs (1st Amendment), privacy of the home against demands that it be used to house soldiers (3rd Amendment), privacy of the person and possessions as against unreasonable searches (4th Amendment), and the 5th Amendment’s privilege against self-incrimination, which provides protection for the privacy of personal information.  In […]

Battle Lines Drawn

Mr. Paul’s filibuster was a big deal for reasons other than the obvious.  Sure, it’s great that he forced the Attorney General to admit that what they had previously condoned was actually illegal.  It’s excellent that he got some face time for a very important issue that otherwise wouldn’t have been talked about.  I’m happy that it has garnered support from the left and the right (that’s the first bit of bipartisanship I’ve seen in ages).  Still, that’s not what is most important to me. What has me excited is that two GOP senators, who were eating with the President at the […]

Benghazi Update: Drone Overhead During Attack

It seems that the more that comes out about Benghazi, the worse it looks for the Obama Administration.  Yesterday, we learned that while the attack was ongoing, there was drone coverage overhead.  It was being watched, and there was obviously real-time information in the hands of the administration.  CDN Has more…    On the eve of the final Presidential debate, CBS reported the US had drones overhead watching the attack at Benghazi.  ”Watched” is the key word here, “watched” for seven hours.   This attack was not over in minutes.  So what if anything, did the “powers that be” do during these seven hours?  The answer seems to be […]

Drone and Cyber Technology : Moral, Leagal and Privacy Issues- Part I

Technological advancements often bring with them moral and ethical issues. Two such technologies that are often in the news today have to do with drones and the cyber world of the internet. Part I will deal with drone technology and Part II will deal with cyber technology. Drones and  the War on Terrorism: Abroad and at Home The inspiration for today’s subject came from a recent thought-provoking  post at Freedom By The Way where she discusses what has become known as Obama’s personal hit list and asks the question: “Is murder by drone constitutional?” This is an excellent article and includes a short video […]