Archive | March, 2015

Maharrey Testifies Before Alaska Senate Committee on Bill to Take On NSA Spying

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Following is my testimony before the Alaska Senate Community and Regional Affairs Committee in support of SB13, a bill that would would ban “material support or resources” to the NSA. Last year, the Alaska Senate passed a powerful resolution condemning NSA spying and proclaiming that the Alaska State Legislature “will not assist the federal government […]

Beware of J.D. Impairment – Lawyers Don’t Necessarily Know the Constitution

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When it comes to constitutional issues, most lawyers in America suffer from what I call J.D. impairment.  I don’t mean to disparage lawyers. But by and large, they don’t have a clue about the actual meaning of the Constitution. Of course, most Americans don’t have a clue either. What makes this particularly problematic when it […]

Podcast: Why You Should Care About the Surveillance State

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In episode #3 of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the intrusiveness of the NSA and why you should care. The NSA collects our e-mail, phone records, location information, Internet browsing history and other electronic data all without a warrant and with very little oversight. And yet, many Americans seem unconcerned about this gross […]

Podcast: The Constitutional Ramifications of Net Neutrality

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In episode 2 of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I consider the constitutional ramifications of “net neutrality” regulations. Last week, the FCC unilaterally voted to regulate Internet service providers under a scheme known as “net neutrality.” This raises a number of constitutional questions. Does the FCC have the constitutional authority to impose such regulations? Can Congress […]