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In recent days, it has come to light that the NSA conducted a secret experimental program during 2010 and 2011 that collected bulk data concerning the location of Americans’ cellphones. The agency claims it never moved ahead with the program and the data was never available for intelligence analysis purposes.
It has also been revealed that the NSA has used its data to create graphs of Americans’ social connections. These graphs are able to identify Americans’ associates, locations, traveling companions and other personal information. However, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, NSA chief, denied the NSA was creating these dossiers on Americans.
From July through October 2011 in Florida, all recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families were required to undergo drug testing to receive benefits. Applicants were required to pay upfront for the test, which cost an average of $30.
“I recently read an editorial in The Baylor Lariat supporting my recent actions against the Transportation Security Authority. I am glad to see editorial support in defense of the individual against the overreaching state. I also enjoyed the cartoon that accompanied this editorial.”