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The Age of Federal Government Racial Profiling

July 12th, 2010 5:26 pm  |  by  |  Published in Civil Liberties, Commentary, Court Cases, crime, Liberty  |  Comments Off

The Associated Press is reporting that our Justice Department is going to be watching Arizona for any hints of racial profiling so that they can jump in with another lawsuit against the state.

Interestingly, on Election Day November 2008, the members of the New Black Panthers raised cane with voters at a polling place in Philadelphia wearing uniforms and brandishing billy clubs. The same Justice Department, after looking into the matter, dropped prosecution of the people involved, leading federal prosecutor J. Christian Adams to resign from the Justice Department in protest.

If it had been white supremacists intimidating voters by waving Bibles in the air they would have prosecuted them; if it had been Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragons (the late Robert Byrd excluded) intimidating voters with burning crosses they would have prosecuted them; if it had been Aryan Nation members toting guns they would have prosecuted them. But it wasn’t, it was an angry horde of black supremacists intimidating voters and trying to distract poll workers so that A.C.O.R.N. members could vote illegally, and that was okay.

By practicing federal intimidation of states, our Justice Department, led by Eric Holder, is using its own form of racial profiling – or should I say racist profiling – to decide who and who not to prosecute.

Welcome to Obama’s America 2010.

The Guantanamo Problem – Part 1

January 19th, 2010 10:04 pm  |  by  |  Published in Civil Liberties, Commentary, crime, Foreign Policy, Liberty, Philosophy, Politics, rule of law, terrorism, War  |  Comments Off

Originally published January 19, 2010 at http://towneforcongress.com/economy/the-guantanamo-problem-part-1-1

This short series will address the War on Terror. While my stances on both the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars are very clear, I have not yet formally written on Guantanamo Bay and its prisoners, offered practical solutions to improve our border and airline safety, and commented in depth on our foreign policy and terrorism abroad. In this part, I will explain the history of ‘Gitmo’ for knowing its history is key to understanding what should be done with this military base. Next I will dissect a recent editorial published in the local newspaper by the incumbent Congressman and then propose my solutions on how to handle Guantanamo Bay prisoners. Following this, no current discussion on terror would be complete without discussing the controversial body scanning and I will add my comments and solutions on airline safety. The last part will summarize just how dangerous the war on terror is – not only to our soldiers who risk their lives everyday and avoiding financial ruin as a country, but also to our liberties as a free society.

Readers should be aware that the incumbent in my congressional race sits on Homeland Security and is a rabid supporter of the Bush and Obama administrations’ War on Terror. While I do not question his motives to protect the American people, I do very much oppose his actions and ineffective solutions. Our country’s leaders have not only plunged our nation into expensive, preemptive, and unjust wars for the past decade, but have embarked on a vast extension of a modern-day police state. It is the duty of every citizen to question whether these new restraints over our lives are, in fact, beneficial. I view the infringement of civil liberties that are protected by our Constitution as not only illegal but unnecessary and immoral.

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DownsizeDC.org: We want to speak truth to the Supreme Court

November 6th, 2009 11:19 am  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, crime, History, Liberty, Politics, rule of law  |  Comments Off

D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h


We need your help to join an amicus brief to the Supreme Court arguing that the right to keep and bear arms is not only a right to self-defense against criminals, but also against tyrannical government.

If you want the Supreme Court to hear this argument please make a tax-deductible contribution for this purpose to the Downsize DC Foundation.

Why this is important

Statism is the belief that politicians and bureaucrats should have broad powers to use force against citizens. In its most virulent forms Statism killed more people in the 20th Century alone than all of the individual non-governmental murderers in the history of the world, COMBINED!

Professor R.J. Rummel estimates the total murderous death-toll of Statism at about 170 million people!

Not even the Black Death of the Middle Ages, or the Flu epidemic of 1918, can approach these numbers, even if you combine the totals from those two epidemics and reduce the estimate for the total number of murders committed by governments.

But the terrible statistics for Statist murder still only tell part of the story. We must add to them the statistics for the mass theft, imprisonment, and torture committed by governments against innocent people. These measurements of State criminality are even more vast, so much so that they are literally incalculable.

The State, and the belief-system that fosters its criminality — Statism — are the great scourges of human existence, against which no other source of death and destruction can remotely compare.

Of course, in reaction to all of these blood-curdling facts the fool argues that such things could never happen in this country. The same foolish belief was held by people in Russia, Germany, China, Cambodia, and a hundred other places, before such things DID happen in those countries. But such naivety is also exposed by one other crucial fact . . .

Murderous and violent crimes by the State have already been committed by our government, on a massive scale. A partial list would include . . .
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To Serve and Protect or To Harass and Abuse?

July 13th, 2009 8:15 am  |  by  |  Published in Activism, Civil Liberties, Commentary, crime, Liberty, privacy, rule of law  |  1

Here is yet another story about those who are supposed to serve and protect, harassing and abusing instead. One wonders how often these events occur but never rise to “Rodney King” proportions.

At least Ryan McCain’s story (included below) ends well. My Brother-in-law was in a similar situation recently. His pickup truck broke down, he fixed it on the side of the road, and to test it out drove a bit and turned down a gravel road. When he turned around 3 police cars screeched into view, cops jumped out, guns drawn yelling. Apparently they thought he had stolen his own car. Of course, checking the registration didn’t stop them from taking him to the station before releasing him. This story, the Steve Beirfeldt/TSA story, the one included below, and countless others make me believe that these are not just isolated incidents. They are a disturbing trend.

Ryan McCain shared the following “isolated incident”:

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Prosecuting Rogue Bankers

June 25th, 2009 10:20 am  |  by  |  Published in Andrew Napolitano, Banking, Commentary, Constitution, Court Cases, crime, Investing, law, Liberty, rule of law  |  1

By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
FOX News Senior Judicial Analyst

The Secretary of the Treasury and the Chair of the Federal Reserve have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution and the federal laws. Among those laws is the obligation of management of publicly traded corporations to inform shareholders in a meaningful way of the risks attendant upon all extraordinary corporate activity, including major acquisitions.

The acquisition of Merrill Lynch by the Bank of America was surely a major acquisition and an extraordinary corporate act. The president of B of A now tells us that the Secretary and the Chair told him not to inform his shareholders that Merrill Lynch was truly a risky investment. As it turns out, when Ken Lewis learned that Merrill Lynch was worth about $17 billion less than the $50 billion agreed upon amount, he attempted to invoke the material adverse change (MAC) clause in the contract of acquisition, which would have given him the option of getting Merrill Lynch for $33 billion or walking away from the deal.

“Ken Lewis, Henry Paulson, John Thain, Ben Bernanke, and Jeffrey Lacker, the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, should all be prosecuted for extortion, conspiracy to extort, criminal fraud, and theft of honest services; and they should be imprisoned if convicted.”

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SCANDALS – The Jane Harman, Nancy Pelosi, AIPAC, Alberto Gonzales, Power Ranger Spy Plot and the Biden Boys

May 2nd, 2009 11:47 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Commentary, crime, government spending, law, Politics, rule of law  |  4 Responses

“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, imprisoned Soviet dissident and Nobel Prize winner

by Jake, the Champion of the Constitution
Originally published Friday, May 1, 2009 at http://www.nolanchart.com/article6368.html

WASHINGTON, DC – In January, I wrote an Austrian economic proof that the Obama stimulus plan would fail, I noted that one of the many symptoms would be inevitable, unstoppable corruption. Well, I suppose it’s no surprise to any American that corruption in our government is already widespread. And it’s pretty sad to see the mainstream media freak out over a case of the flu. As fellow columnist Jonathan Cymberknopf writes in “Swine flu make for great ratings“, 36,000 died due to influenza in 2008, so there is no need for a mass freak out. (And yes, there is a possibility that it could become serious. A small possibility.)

harAfter returning to the USA last month, I found that, perhaps paradoxically, the best news is being reported on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, a comedy show. Check out the “Your Government NOT at Work” excerpt from the April 28 episode 07:45 to 12:00. Stewart outlines a scandal involving my former Congresswoman, Jane Harman, of California. My residence used to lie in Harman’s district, she failed to reply to a single one of my attempts to write or be heard.  I contacted her over one hundred times over two years without reply, but perhaps she was busy covering up.  In Harman’s defense, she would like to release all of her wiretapped conversations to the public.

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Ron Paul Takes Down A Baldwin On Legalizing Drugs on Larry King

March 13th, 2009 9:48 pm  |  by  |  Published in Civil Liberties, Constitution, crime, Drugs, Individual Responsibility, Liberty, Ron Paul, rule of law  |  8 Responses

Ron Paul completely annihilated Stephen Baldwin over legalizing drugs tonight on CNN’s Larry King with Joy Behar filling in for Larry. Baldwin’s feeble attempt at supporting keeping drugs illegal were the same old trite things we’ve been hearing for years that have been refuted time and time again.

Not surprisingly, Ron Paul truly schooled him and the audience on why the drug war is horrid, marijuana should be legal, and he did it with a smile.

I loved the fact that Behar allowed Ron Paul to speak. In fact she allowed him to speak much more than Baldwin. Perhaps it was because Baldwin had nothing new to say.

Ron Paul’s appearance and words on this show should be played in court in any federal non-violent drug case, and there’s no way anyone would side with the prosecution. That is unless that person was lying to himself (or herself).

Watch Ron Paul break it down for the defense below.

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Highway Robbery

February 18th, 2009 10:06 am  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Civil Liberties, crime, DownsizeDC.org, law, Liberty, Politics, terrorism  |  Comments Off

D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h

Quote of the Day: “The idea that people lose their property but are never charged and never get it back, that’s theft as far as I’m concerned.” — Texas State Senator John Whitmire

Subject: Highway Robbery

If you happen to travel through east Texas, avoid Tenaha, especially if you’re African American. The Tenaha police may stop you and rob you, without even charging you with a crime. They even took $4,000 from a great-grandmother.

Tenaha, a town of 1,000, has used its robbery proceeds to build a new police station, and buy a second police car to extend its legal crime wave. But perhaps it’s unfair to single out Tenaha. Police departments all over America are doing the same thing, committing not only robbery, but also acts of terrorism.

Apparently, no one is safe. Just ask Cheye Calvo, the Mayor of Berwyn Heights, Maryland . . .

County police mistakenly targeted the Calvo home as a marijuana drop-off point. Police invaded the home, bound the mayor’s mother-in-law, and shot the family’s dogs. The Calvo’s were cleared of all wrongdoing, but the police won’t admit it made any mistakes.

Radley Balko reports that the use of SWAT teams and no-knock raids has soared, even when there’s no evidence that a targeted home poses any threat. These aggressive raids allow police to surprise the suspect and find as much valuable property to seize as quickly as possible.

Law enforcement agencies then auction off this property and spend the money on themselves, even when the victims they robbed are never convicted of any crime. Instead, the victims must prove that they are NOT guilty of a crime.

Proving a negative is almost impossible. That’s why innocence is presumed in free societies, and the state bears the burden of proving guilt. Civil asset forfeiture turn this principle on its head. It even forces victims to prove that their property was never used in a crime.

This means that most seized property is never returned, even to people who are completely innocent.

The asset forfeiture laws give police a huge incentive to steal as much as possible. They also create a conflict-of-interest. Police make more money seizing the proceeds of drug sales than by preventing drug sales. This contradicts the supposed purpose of drug prohibition.

But it gets worse . . .

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Pirates!

January 28th, 2009 2:16 pm  |  by  |  Published in Commentary, Constitution, crime, Foreign Policy, Liberty  |  Comments Off

Acts of piracy whether committed by Somalian nationals in desperation or by nation-states like the United States are still acts of piracy!

by Jake, the Champion of the Constitution
Originally published Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at http://www.nolanchart.com/article5898.html

jollyWell, technically I suppose if committed by the US it could be called privateering.  (photo)

I am sure that most are familiar with the Somalian pirates, who have taken over quite a few merchant vessels in the Gulf of Aden over the past few years with the aid of a few assault rifles and motorboats.  These criminals are mostly concerned with obtaining a ransom, and have kept ship crews and cargo hostage for fairly lengthy periods of time.  I am under the general impression that these pirates are more concerned with their ransom booty and do not really intend to take their hostages’ lives.

What some may not know is that Blackwater, an American private mercenary and security firm is preparing to start a new “business” in protecting Gulf of Aden ships from these rascals.  That should bloody the waters a bit, but probably few would claim that these pirates are anything but armed robbers.

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Mexican Civil War could spill over into U.S.

January 21st, 2009 11:36 am  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Blowback, Constitution, crime, DownsizeDC.org, Drugs, foreign aid, Liberty, Politics, War  |  1

D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h

Quote of the Day: “All great truths began as blasphemies.” — George Bernard Shaw, Annajanska, 1919

Subject: Mexican Civil War could spill over into U.S.

You’re not hearing about it yet, but a civil war is raging in Mexico — between drug lords and the government. The Mexican government deployed 36,000 troops to fight this war in 2006, but the problem is getting worse. Here are the disconcerting results . . .

* There have been more kidnappings in Mexico than Iraq! 1,000 have been officially reported, but human rights groups estimate the real number at 3,000.

* Despite high-profile arrests but the bloodshed has doubled from 2007 to 2008, with between 5,300 and 5,700 dead in the past year from attacks related to the drug trade.

* The city of Ciudad Juárez ended the year with 1,600 of those deaths

Now this violence is threatening to spill across our border!

* The violence is so bad in Ciudad Juárez that the mayor and other elected officials have moved to El Paso, Texas, and commute to work from there.

* In October, Hidalgo County, Texas officials issued fully automatic weapons to deputies patrolling the river in the Rio Grande Valley. Sheriff Lupe Trevino has authorized his deputies to return fire across the border if smugglers or other criminals take aim at them.

* According to the Dallas Morning News, “A U.S. intelligence official based along the Texas border (has) warned that U.S. officials, American businessmen and journalists will ‘become targets.’”

* Mexican gangs have begun to expand their operations into several states, including some in the northern tier, such as Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota.

* Outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has ordered plans for a “surge” of civilian and perhaps even military law enforcement. Even Chertoff concedes that his plan could cause the bloodshed to spill over into our country.

Why is this happening, and how can we stop it?

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