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US government mining social media to track 'health behavior' of Americans

US government mining social media to track 'health behavior' of Americans | Gov & Law Haylie |
US government mining social media to track 'health behavior' of Americans (RT @BlissTabitha: US government mining social media to track 'health behavior' of Americans

Via Emmanuel Capitaine
Haylie Harveland's insight:

this is ridiculous. A "Taxpayer project". Using money from the people to spy on online social media to track medical health-related information. This is wrong and again the government is going against the 4th amendment. Should the people speak up about how our government believes they have the power to spy to get information for themselves?

MsHaeussinger's comment, February 16, 2014 9:59 AM
When you sign up for social media sites, you have to agree to their "terms of use/agreement". If you read carefully, often times they will include a clause about sharing information with authorities. Therefore, in most cases, the data is public and or your rights have not been violated because you willingly agreed.
Alex Salazar's curator insight, February 19, 2014 2:18 PM

This is about how the us graver mento is violating our rights and is spying on what we do online.

Luke French's comment, February 22, 2014 6:15 PM
I found this article to be more sad than disturbing, although I have a somewhat biased point of view due to my lack of social media-ing. I feel that it's sad and a violation of rights for the government to store information found on social media sites.
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The Department of Justice's Marijuana Memo Is a Disappointment for Federalism

The Department of Justice's Marijuana Memo Is a Disappointment for Federalism | Gov & Law Haylie |

The Department of Justice had a historic opportunity to say that since the people of these states had spoken, as long as what happens in Colorado stays in Colorado, they wouldn't make a federal case out of it.

Haylie Harveland's insight:

This article is not just about pot use. It has a strong opinion about rules and regulations. The federal government has power over state laws. Since Colorado legalized the use of Marijuana the federal government could come in and take away the rights to use pot. The point of the federal government taking the rights way would be because they find many other states with Colorado marijuana. I agree that states should have a certain power to control what they decide would suit their state and its people.

Austin Robertson's comment, April 20, 2014 7:49 PM
I don't know in the first place why in the world marijuana was made legal in the first place. If something was ILLEGAL it was illegal for a reason. By legalizing this they are basically promoting the distribution of drugs and that can lead to many other problems. It can lead to cartels that result in deaths because most do, it can lead to driving under the influence and guess who's shoulders that's going to fall back on, the governments. What if teens died in a car accident in Colorado because of weed, how do you think the government would feel after that? It's just stupid a pond careless.
pdowds30's comment, April 29, 2014 6:04 PM
I personally don't think that marijuana is an issue in the United States. It has never killed anyone. Alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana and has done quite the damage to our population. The federal government is right in saying that as long as it stays in Colorado, there is no issue. Legalizing marijuana nation-wide would decrease the crime rate significantly and allow many people to return to a good state of health. Just like same-sex marriage, if you don't like it, don't do it.
Becca Zieman's comment, May 3, 2014 12:01 AM
The topic of legalizing marijuana has been a huge topic in our country yet there are bigger things going on that people completely ignore. But I do think that states should have the right to decide for themselves whether to legalize something that they are in closer quarters with then the federal government is.
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Should the US Constitution be scrapped? It 'guarantees gridlock' and is full of holes, writer says - ABA Journal

Should the US Constitution be scrapped? It 'guarantees gridlock' and is full of holes, writer says - ABA Journal | Gov & Law Haylie |
It may be time to replace or at least amend the U.S. Constitution, despite its “224 years of commendable, often glorious service,” according to an online essay. National Journal reporter Alex Seitz-Wald writes at the Atlantic that the recent government shutdown and “permanent-crisis governance” highlight the need to consider change. “The Constitution simply isn't cut out for 21st-century governance,” Seitz-Wald writes. “It's full of holes, only some of which have been patched; it guarantees gridlock; and it's virtually impossible to change.” Law professors such as Sanford Levinson of the University of Texas and Lawrence Lessig of Harvard have called for a constitutional convention, though they disagree over its reach, the story says. Lessig, for example, likes the idea of using the convention to draft a constitutional amendment promoting campaign reform. Levinson envisons a two-year effort to reform the Constitution, overseen by delegates…

Via Mackenzie Horn
Haylie Harveland's insight:

I don't think they should redo the Constitution. The constitution is what we live our lives around. Its like a big rule book that tells us what we can do and what we cant do. If they don't like it they should work around it. Do you agree?


Mackenzie Horn's curator insight, February 4, 2014 9:15 PM

In my opinion, I think that the United States Constitution should not be replaced.  At the time the Constitution was written,  it was the best thing to ever happen to this country. It provided structure and order, and still does today. Without it, our country would be complete chaos. I think that our society and government need to rethink the choices they are making for this country. A lot of the views of our leaders have changed for the worse. They should focus more on the good of the people instead of their own personal gains. 

Haylie Harveland's comment, February 5, 2014 11:39 PM
I also agree with Mackenzie. I think the constitution shouldn't be changed and that it does in fact provide structure and support and holds the country united so everyone has a say in things besides the people trying to control our day to day lives.
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Revealed: US Government Has Cracked Most Worldw... - Politix

Revealed: US Government Has Cracked Most Worldw... - Politix | Gov & Law Haylie |
Revealed: US Government Has Cracked Most Worldw...
Haylie Harveland's insight:

This article just shows how much power the government has. They are looking at customer's information and they are not being punished. Should they get away with this or do they have the right as part of government security.

Alex Salazar's curator insight, February 19, 2014 2:21 PM

This I about how the NSA, a United States agency, has cracked most if not all secured messages and the such online, and how this is dangerous.

Luke French's comment, February 22, 2014 6:04 PM
I found this article disturbing in the extreme. This goes beyond what the NSA should be able to do. I especially agreed with the comment about how the NSA isn't adhering to the checks and balances it's supposed to.
Joseph Mortensen's curator insight, April 28, 2014 11:19 PM

The NSA, using the program "Bullrun," has been compromising all online communication. Bullrun is aimed at decoding online security protocols allowing a "backdoor" for the government to have access to consumer data. Security experts are horrified and a few have even gone so far as to call it immoral. Experts warn that if encryption systems are weakened for the NSA, then they might also be weakened for hackers.

The government has always been in the consumers business, so this is no surprise to me. I feel that this is being blown somewhat out of proportion because if one has nothing to hide, then they have nothing to fear. Besides, the NSA has too much information to actually look through so they use key words to find that which may be suspicious. Should the NSA be doing this? Quite frankly, I believe that is what my tax dollars are paying for.

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Civil Rights and Resisting Arrest

Civil Rights and Resisting Arrest | Gov & Law Haylie |
The case of a white New York City police officer charged with violating the civil rights of a black man provides good reason to investigate the police force.

Via Tara Lister
Haylie Harveland's insight:

Officer arrests an African-American man for doing absolutely nothing. This could have happened to many people and no one even saw it coming. The fact that he is doing this to people of the other race, he should have to serve time or be fined or even loose his rights to be a police officer. Do you agree?

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Rand Paul: Obama Administration Needs 'Remedial Education' on the Constitution - NewsBusters

Rand Paul: Obama Administration Needs 'Remedial Education' on the Constitution
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had some harsh words Thursday for the Obama administration collecting phone records of millions of Americans.
Haylie Harveland's insight:

This is a great article about reality and looking at our constitutional rights and things we cant do. Obama believes that tapping the phone lines and listening to random peoples phone calls is acceptable. But the fourth amendment says we have privacy rights!!

Mackenzie Horn's comment, February 6, 2014 1:03 PM
I think it is unacceptable for the government to tap into average American's phone lines. I think that the government should only have that right if they suspect foul play. The constitution protects these rights.
Isaac Marolt's comment, February 7, 2014 3:38 PM
I found the constitutional rights insightful. I agree that tapping into phone calls is unacceptable too. We are slowly losing our privacy.
Micah David Nichols's comment, February 10, 2014 2:00 PM
This article does a great job of talking about this prevalent issue. I disagree with wiretapping all of americas calls. However, I am not going to go into depth about my opinions here because i don't think we are up for writing or reading a 2 or 3 page paper today :) I have posted some more thoughts on Mackenzies wall if you are interested. Good thoughts everyone, keep up the good work!