Category Archives: Civil Liberties
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) expanded his investigation into the IRS targeting scandal by demanding the FEC turn over five years of communications with the IRS to his committee. Issa took the step after FEC vice chairman Don McGahn told CNN he’d seen an email from FEC attorney William Powers of the FEC’s Office of the General Counsel to embattled IRS official Lois Lerner. Lerner, a former FEC official, was asked by Powers for information over the status of the American Future Fund, even though FEC commissioners had not extended permission for Powers or any other FEC investigators to reach out to the IRS over American Future Fund’s tax exempt status.
After Powers reached out to Lerner, the American Future Fund received an IRS questionnaire. FEC Chairman Ellen Weintraub said she was unaware of any emails between Powers and Lerner:
“If there was any evidence or targeting based on ideology, that would be extremely serious, but I have not seen any evidence of that. I am not aware of requesting or receiving any confidential taxpayer information. I am not aware of any requests for anything that wasn’t publicly available.”
What happens if you’re a celebrity, liberal stalwart, and have a propensity for using homophobic language in online diatribes? You get an MSNBC deal. That’s what’s ahead for Alec Baldwin, according to the Huffington Post, which managed to take some time off of reporting on Justin Bieber’s micturition habits in order to cover Baldwin’s impending deal.
Where’s Angelo Carusone when you need him? The leader of Stop Beck, and Chief Toxic Little Queen, Carusone was last heard from when he hired on at Media Matters to lead their storm troopers in an effort to quash Fox News, because free speech only counts when liberals agree with the speech in question. It’s been three years, and while Carusone and friends continue their quixotic quest to take out Fox News, MSNBC went and hired Alec Baldwin. It’s okay for Alec Baldwin to use gay-bashing pejoratives, because he’s on the side of good and right and seeks to advance the liberal agenda.
Yes,the Constitution is toilet paper, and you have only to look at the way government behaves to understand why this is the case. Today’s edition highlights a growing practice of state and local governments, civil asset forfeiture. Civil asset forfeiture enables the government to seize your property without charging or convicting you of any crime. That’s because you aren’t on trial; instead, your property is on trial.
In the United States, your property has no presumption of innocence, right to counsel, or any of the other myriad individual rights you have as an actual person. Civil asset forfeiture is a way of holding your property liable for the crime you are suspected of committing. Even though the police cannot convict you of any crime, they can still hold your property accountable for the crime they think you committed.
The New York Times is doing some actual reporting of late, and its wordsmiths are striving mightily to construct sentences that are in dire need of an editor’s tender attentions:
“Timothy Edgar, a former intelligence official in the Bush and Obama administrations, said that the rule concerning collection “about” a person targeted for surveillance rather than directed at that person had provoked significant internal discussion.”
Perhaps the following would be in order, given that the rule is discussed at length in preceding paragraphs:
“Timothy Edgar, a former intelligence official in the Bush and Obama administrations, said that the rule had provoked significant internal discussion.”
Welcome to a new featured series here on Liberty Pulse, The Constitution is Toilet Paper. Each week, we’ll be reviewing all of the ways in which our government uses the United States Constitution as toilet tissue, as opposed to the blueprint for limited government it’s supposed to be. Make no mistake about, the United States government at all levels doesn’t respect limitations on its power. Be it local, state, or federal government agencies or bureaucracies, the U.S. government spends most of its time and energy evolving new ways to disrespect the Constitution and trample your liberties. You can replace the 535 men and women who make up Congress, or the two elected officials who hold power at the White House, but you will not be able to touch the entrenched bureaucracy in Washington D.C., various statehouses, and City Halls around the country.
And what a bureaucracy it is! It spawns ever greater amounts of regulation; it thinks up new and ever more creative ways to tax everything, and it never has enough money or power. This week’s edition deals with one of the most corrupt agencies to ever exist at the federal level: the Drug Enforcement Administration, or the DEA. The DEA is tasked with prosecuting the War on Drugs, but its agents have a curious tendency to turn up working in the drug trade. With 87 offices in 63 countries, the DEA has made itself useful to various regimes across the globe, and those regimes have in turn infiltrated the DEA’s operations, so much so that Venezuelan intelligence managed to intercept U.S. embassy emails due to compromised security at the DEA’s office.
Operation Xenios Zeus is underway in Greece, and the Greek government has taken a nasty turn for the worst. In the midst of an economic crisis that has reduced Greeks to bartering for the necessities of life, Greek society is looking for a scapegoat. At first, Operation Zeus focused on rounding up illegal immigrants, and imprisoning them in internment camps.
The problem was that illegal immigrants aren’t readily obvious; the Greek police were fanning out to target individuals who appeared to be foreigners. One of those individuals was South Korean tourist Hyun Young Jung, who found himself stopped by a man speaking Greek on the street. Jung thought the man was a swindler, so he waved the man off and continued walking.
Seconds later, he was approached by a man in a uniform requesting his documents. When Jung requested to see his police I.D., the man punched him the face. The original man who had accosted him joined in, and the two men began kicking Jung while he was on the ground. They then dragged him to the nearest police station, and continued beating him a second time. When that beating stopped, they dragged him to a stairwell and began hitting him a third time while he was handcuffed.
Just like Johnny Mac and Rudy G leading up to 2008 and His Mittness in 2012, the Republican Party establishment seems to have found their “next” man. Sure, they’d love to go with someone like Jeb Bush. An old Patrician Republican with a name they know…unfortunately for them, all of America knows his last name too. It looks like the “sane” wing (you know, the one that has lost the last 2 Presidential elections) of the GOP is rallying around Chris Christie.
Like many Conservative activists, when Christie ran for Governor in 2009, I supported Conservative Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan in the Primary. Lonegan warned that Christie was a squish who would sell Conservatives out at the first opportunity. He was right.
— Jared Kaltwasser (@jaredkalt) June 17, 2013
At first, I liked the bombastic Christie. The Unions hated him, and that was a good sign. Then, Chris Christie realized he could be President if he played ball with the Establishment.
TAMPA, August 2, 2013 – The U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a worldwide “travel alert” on Friday to warn U.S. citizens of “the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula.” DOS also announced plans to temporarily close its embassies in 14 countries in the Middle East and Africa.
While the move is presumably the result of intelligence gathering, the government has not provided any details as to what prompted the precautions. Perhaps it was a tip from its network of informers. It could be information gleaned from its myriad surveillance programs.
What we do know is that the government’s reaction to the intelligence shows just how little it can really do to protect Americans against a terrorist attack. The government’s only answer is to pull its employees out of 14 countries and tell everyone else to “take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling.”
Protect yourselves. That’s what Americans have done during every terrorist attack, after government efforts to protect them failed.
Charlie Dent is MY Congressman. It’s pretty well-known that I’m not his biggest fan. Personally he’s a nice guy but politically, he’s about as Conservative as, well, Chris Christie.
He is taking a firm stand for the Second Amendment and the anti-gun crowd is raking him over the coals for it. This particular piece of propaganda showed up on Facebook.
In response, Conservatives and Libertarians should give his office a call and congratulate him on a job well done on the 2nd Amendment issue.
His office number is (610) 770-3490
If you prefer, just use the contact form on his website.
I’m glad to see that even moderate GOP Congressmen (Dent’s Heritage Action scorecard grade is a dismal 37%) aren’t caving to the Soros funded left’s attempted gun grab.
Being suspected of a crime is not a reason to give up your Constitutionally guaranteed right to own a firearm. Heck, the Obama White House considers Tea Party members to be suspected terrorists.
“The Alliance said they were gonna waltz through Serenity Valley. And we choked ‘em with those words. We’ve done the impossible, and that makes us mighty! Just a little while longer. Our angels are gonna be soaring overhead, raining fire on those arrogant Khags. So you hold.”- Sergeant Malcolm Reynolds ”Firefly”
So went one of the opening lines of the pilot to the short-run TV show, Firefly. Of course, the rebel “brown coat” Independents’ leadership never sent in the “angels” (starships) because the fight was “too hot” and their foot soldiers were ordered to “lay down arms”.
Shortly thereafter, the Independents’ revolt against the dictatorial “Alliance” was defeated.