By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
The news that the Supreme Court will hear appeals of lower court decisions overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and California's referendum banning homosexual "marriage" has inspired cautious optimism among the practice's advocates.
EL PASO, Texas — When Jose Rodriguez, a 30-year veteran undercover CIA officer, stepped into the spotlight this week — an experience he found uncomfortable — it was for a purpose: He's the CIA's poster boy in its drive to recruit more minorities.
President Bush's top intelligence adviser defended the recently updated Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in a letter to congressional leaders released yesterday, saying the law sets strict guidelines to guard against civil liberties abuses by the government.
Al Qaeda terrorists are rebuilding their capabilities and continuing to plan mass-casualty attacks inside the United States, according to an intelligence assessment made public yesterday.
China's military is engaged in a major buildup of submarines that includes five new strategic nuclear-missile boats and several advanced nuclear-powered attack submarines, according to the Office of Naval Intelligence.
"These procedures have worked well for decades and eliminate from intelligence reports incidentally acquired information concerning U.S. persons that does not constitute foreign intelligence," said Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell, in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican.
"There will be intense oversight of activities conducted under the act. There are extensive training, compliance and other procedures in place at agencies to ensure our activities are conducted according to law. The relevant agencies have inspectors general staffs with the appropriate clearances, training and technical background to ensure that activities are reviewed and audited," Mr. McConnell wrote.