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Policy Debate Game, Set, Match

By Noam Biale at 1:31pm
It may not quite be the French Open, but James Carafano of the Heritage Foundation and I have been discussing the pros and cons of the virtual fence in a series of recent blogs. At least I thought that was what we were discussing. In his most recent post, Carafano doesn’t mention the virtual fence once. Instead he takes a potshot at me for “condemning the United States.”

Intelligence on Steroids

By Noam Biale at 12:01pm
If the mantra of post-9/11 intelligence gathering is “to find a needle in a haystack, just make the haystack bigger,” we now present the Barry Bonds of haystacks. Today, we released a report on Fusion Centers - state, local, and regional…

Deja Vu, Plus 20,000 New Records

By Noam Biale at 7:07pm
Hanging around Capitol Hill tends to induce a feeling of déjà vu. The House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing today on the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) Watch List - a rerun of last month's hearing in the Senate on the same…

We Must Try Every Stupid Idea at Least Twice!

By Noam Biale at 1:38pm
The Indianapolis Star reports today that next week, the Indiana state Bureau of Motor Vehicles will begin sending out "No Match" letters to Hoosiers with discrepancies in their records. The letters will go out to anyone whose license information…

Eliot Spitzer: From Steamroller to Steamrolled

By Noam Biale at 11:21am
When Eliot Spitzer was inaugurated as Governor of New York in January, he vowed to transform the culture of Albany where, notoriously, state policy decisions are made by "three men in a room." Two men in a room.The former Attorney General, who had…

Who Loves Real ID? AOL, Microsoft and Yahoo Do.

By Noam Biale at 9:45am
The federal Real ID Act doesn't have many friends these days. Eighteen states have passed legislation rejecting the law, Congress has refused to put any money into implementing it, and just this week New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer announced he, not the…

Fawlty Powers

By Noam Biale at 1:46pm

Reports last summer indicated that the Brits were considering plans to store information on every phone call, email and text message sent in the UK. The proposed legislation, part of a package of amendments to the already-seriously-terrifying Regulation…

Privacy is Not Partisan

By Noam Biale at 5:06pm

The recent hacking of Gov. Sarah Palin’s email accounts is the latest in a series of events that show how urgently we need better privacy protections in this country – and that privacy is an issue that transcends partisan politics.

Surveillance Society: Stepping Back from the Precipice

By Noam Biale at 4:58pm

If you’re like me, you measure the passage of time by your annual celebration of Constitution Day. Personally, I look forward all year to decorating the Tree of Liberty and lighting the Nation of Laws, Not Menorah.

Still, it’s hard not to look upon this year’s Constitution Day — our last under the presidency of George W. Bush — and not get a little wistful. As some popular musicians once said, “What a long, strange trip it’s been.” For those of us who care about the Constitution, that pretty well sums up the last eight years. The trip has certainly been long.

What's on Jim Carafano's Laptop?

By Noam Biale at 3:47pm

He doesn't mind you knowing. In fact, he thinks it would be totally reasonable for you to seize and copy the contents, provided you're a government official and he's crossing the border.

In recent testimony, and in an article in yesterday's…

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