Ripley: Pelosi Played Major Role in Defeat of Amash Amendment

If you think the dynamic duo of the White House and Republican House leadership are to blame for the defeat of the Amash amendment, you could be mistaken. Foreign Policy Magazine recently published a story with confirmation from insiders, that Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) played a major role in stopping the Amash amendment from passing on Wednesday […]

All Eyes on Amash: Taking on the NSA

This piece is part of a weekly series in which WAL Contributor Ryan Ripley follows the moves of libertarian Republican Justin Amash. Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) just had the biggest week of his political career. He took on the White House, the Intelligence Community, and establishment Republicans and almost won. By a narrow vote, the […]

The Shill Report Page 2: Episode 4 Additional Content

Episode 4 of The Shill Report focused on the a terrorist making the cover of Rolling Stone, George Zimmerman’s attorney – Mark O’Mara – lashing out at the media, the possible long-term consequence of the Bradley Manning trial, and Jay Carney’s “intern-gate” fiasco. You can find the latest episode of The Shill Report on iTunes, […]

Ripley: All Eyes on Amash

This piece is the first of a weekly series in which WAL Contributor Ryan Ripley will follow the moves of libertarian Republican Justin Amash. After Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) retired it was unclear who would take up the mantle of liberty and assume the role of the defender of the Constitution in the House of […]

Ripley: Open Letter to Senator Dan Coats

Senator Coats, In your June 18th op-ed in the Wall Street Journal you urged your fellow congressmen to stop politicizing the NSA surveillance leaks – at least until they have all of the facts. You also spoke of the “trust deficit” that is growing and sought to correct the narrative surrounding the intelligence scandal. “For […]

Ripley: Senator Coats & The Trust Deficit

Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal urging his fellow congressmen to stop politicizing the NSA surveillance leaks – at least until they have all of the facts. Coats, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, emphasized the strict oversight that the programs are subject to and the overall […]

Ripley: Secret Government Programs Are NEVER Transparent

“Transparent” is the word President Obama used to defend the NSA surveillance programs that allow the federal government to spy on American citizens. The President insists that the massive data collection is being done with “checks and balances” and that Congress has been briefed every step of the way. “It is transparent,” President Obama told […]