The New York Times reported August 8 that the National Security Agency has been searching through the e-mail messages of the American people on a massive scale, even in some instances where the messages are not to or from foreigners residing abroad.

Despite the controversy surrounding the intrusiveness of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), its duties continue to expand.

The most important question that Americans need to be asking themselves is, Does the national-security state have any role in a free society? The Founding Fathers certainly didn’t think so.

Rajeh Badi, press advisor to Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa, announced on August 7 that government security forces have thwarted a plot by al Qaeda to seize oil and gas export facilities and a provincial capital in eastern Yemen.

William K. Lietzau, retiring U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Policy, called for the closure of Guantanamo Bay.

The mainstream media in the United States have increasingly come to the conclusion that the Benghazi attacks were related to a secret gun-running operation managed by the U.S. government to ferry weapons that had been used by Libyan rebels to Syria. 

Nidal Malik Hasan is representing himself at his trial for the Fort Hood shooting which occurred on November 5, 2009.

Although  Michele Catalano's concerns about the surveillance state are legitimate, the people seeing her Internet searches for backpacks and pressure cookers were a lot closer to home.

U.S. embassies and consulates in 19 Muslim nations will remain closed at least until the end of this week according to State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly news video update for Aug. 5 - 11, 2013.

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