We all know that our nation is based upon the principle that “All Men Are Created Equal,” however there exists a loophole that is often used by reigning presidents to skirt the laws that govern the rest of us: “Executive Privilege.” President Obama recently invoked this privilege to protect one of his underlings, Attorney General Eric Holder, from being held in contempt of Congress for withholding documents pertaining to the “Fast and Furious” gunwalking scheme that has so catastrophically backfired.
“What we need is real privatization of security, but not phony privatization with the same TSA screeners in private security firm uniforms still operating under the ‘guidance’ of the federal government. Real security will be achieved when the airlines are once again in charge of protecting their property and their passengers.” – Ron Paul, “Texas Straight Talk”, July 5, 2011 Rand Paul has been coming out with a slew of bills as of late, perhaps a mea culpa to his
In the alphabet soup of tyranny, the letters “N.D.A.A” have become infamous as one of the disturbing pieces of legislation passed in recent times. We’ve covered this bill, the provisions of which allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens without charge for the mere suspicion of “supporting terrorists”, and the attempts to combat it quite extensively here. While several states have attempted to nullify the NDAA at the local level, today a major development occurred in the battle against
Yes, I know, we keep harping on this darn NDAA thing. It’s easy to forget about a law that allows Americans to be snatched off the streets without being charged with any crime and held indefinitely by the military. It’s a law the effects of which are not easily visible to us. We don’t see people being snatched away by men in black off the street. Most people probably still haven’t heard of the NDAA and it’s indefinite detention provisions,
A new bill was just introduced into Congress by D-NY Eliot L. Engel, which will seek to protect the privacy of college students and jobseekers/employees during the enrollment process and throughout the duration of their education or employment. The Social Networking Online Protection Act prohibits educational institutions and employers from demanding social media passwords so that their information could be accessed, and “does not permit employers to demand such access to discipline, discriminate or deny employment to individuals, nor punish
As hopefully many of you are aware, the latest attempt by the Federal Government to intrude on your personal privacy and liberty, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), was just passed through the House and now resides in the Senate, where, with any luck, it will be struck down. In a truncated synopsis, CISPA (under the guise of ‘security’ as these liberty-stripping bills always are – our earlier article on it here) provides the government the ability to
Every once in a while I’m pleasantly surprised by an act of government, with recent examples including Virginia’s attempt to nullify the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA and the federal government allowing airports to opt out of using TSA security. Last week brought another one of these rare surprises, as Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed a bill allowing citizens to use deadly force against police officers they believe are entering their home illegally. Much of the response to the
The stage is being set for the Supreme Court to hear the case on the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s healthcare reform bill, commonly known as Obamacare. With lower circuits mostly split, a US Court of Appeals today upheld Congress’s power to require citizens to buy insurance or pay a penalty that they euphemistically call a “tax.” Under what clause in the constitution they found such defense of this congressional authority, I am not certain. Probably the commerce clause-which these