Tag Archives: Civil Liberties
Chicago April 18, 2013 – The story to come out of Boston is still in flux, and we are only now putting together the pieces of what happened in the aftermath of that terrible event. It will take much longer to piece together what preceded it. But we now know that within several hours of the attack, law enforcement had named a “person of interest” (an amorphous word that allows media and law enforcement alike to get around calling someone a “suspect” when there is a dearth of evidence against him): a 20-year-old Saudi Arabian student who was here on a student visa. Lest anyone think he was merely profiled for being Saudi Arabian, he was behaving suspiciously, according to witnesses: when the bomb went off, he ran away from it. It did not take long to clear him of any wrongdoing. But first, law enforcement had to ransack his apartment in Revere, Mass., and interrogate his roommate for several hours.
Within 48 hours of the Boston Marathon bombing, two other communities of laymen were conducting their own investigations. The first, Reddit.com, produced 14 threads (each with thousands of comments) over the course of two days. Many of those threads were dedicated to disseminating information about the bombing, and about relief efforts. But some of the comments were directed towards aggregating information, any information, that would become useful in identifying the perpetrator. Soon, the site was inundated with videos and photographs of the scene in the lead-up to the bombing, and in the moments thereafter. When law enforcement revealed that the bomb was likely transported in a black backpack, with silver reflective strips, the pictures were combed for information, in a project dubbed “Where’s Waldo?” by reddit moderators.
“Some argue with evidence that our drug laws are biased-that they are the new Jim Crow.
But to simply be against them for that reason misses a larger point. They are unfair to EVERYONE, largely because of the one size fits all federal mandatory sentences. Our federal mandatory minimum sentences are simply heavy-handed and arbitrary. They can affect anyone at any time, though they disproportionately affect those without the means to fight them. We should stand and loudly proclaim enough is enough. We should not have laws that ruin the lives of young men and women who have committed no violence. That’s why I have introduced a bill to repeal federal mandatory minimum sentences. We should not have drug laws or a court system that disproportionately punishes the black community.” Senator Rand Paul
Senator Rand Paul spoke at the predominantly black Howard University. This is not exactly like Marco Polo discovering China yet in terms of naked symbolism it was significant. Senator Paul’s actions in going to Howard are most significant considering that Senator Paul is a Republican, but less so given the Senator’s brand of libertarian inspired conservatism. In point of fact, there is more in common between liberals, civil libertarians and libertarians than between either of these groups and some elements in the current GOP. The liberty movement can and should embrace civil libertarianism and parts of liberalism because if it does so, it has a much broader demographic appeal than it may yet realize. It is possible to have libertarian tendencies and embrace the civil rights acts because they are an important arena in which the federal government protects the civil liberties of all Americans.
A 30-second call using Skype in Ethiopia can land you a 15-year prison sentence, thanks to new legislation passed by the country’s government.
The new legislation will criminalize the use of all Voice Over IP (VoIP) services, such as Skype or Google Voice, from within the country, according to an Al Jazeera report. The legislation, which was voted into law last month with little notice from international media, seems to close a loophole that was allowing some of its citizens to communicate without being monitored by authorities.
The country’s sole communication infrastructure is operated by government-run telecomEthio Teleco. The new legislation empowers the state-owned telecom to prohibit the use not only of VoIP services, but also of video chatting, social media, e-mail, and any other data transfer service capable of communicating information. So that encompass pretty much all communication except for speaking aloud and talking within your own mind.
If you are still listening to those in the political class who are falling over each other to condemn leaks from the government to the media, you’d think the leaks had revealed private information in which the public has no legitimate interest, or perhaps a planned secret government mission to rescue innocents. Neither is the case.
Republicans and Democrats in Congress, most of them from the House and Senate intelligence committees, have blasted the White House for leaking to The New York Times and others the existence of President Obama’s secret kill list and his cyber-warfare against Iran. According to those doing the blasting, the leaks were made in order to bolster the president’s War on Terror credentials with voters in anticipation of an onslaught against those credentials by Gov. Mitt Romney in the coming fall presidential campaign.
So, who has violated the Constitution and federal law, who has caused more harm and who has performed more of a disservice to the nation: those who leaked the truth to the media, or the president, who caused death and destruction among those he hates and fears?
Both Political Parties in Washington, D.C. are completely out of touch with the people. The Republicans and the Democrats are discussing and passing legislation that should never have even be a talking point on the floor of the Congress, let alone law. They took an oath of office to uphold the Constitution and look at what they have done! Are they trying to “protect us” or is something more sinister going on? Conspiracy is certainly on the minds of Americans these days as both parties support and pass unconstitutional and yes, treasonous legislation against the American people. What is happening?
WE MUST stop them! I am talking about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Anyone who reads this assault on us is asking “WHY do we need this type of law”? How is it that they think we need this? What are they not telling us? We all like to call our elected officials ‘stupid’ at times but I am certain they are not stupid enough to not have a plan and understand what is going on here. Why does this have so little opposition from either party? Why is it not talked about in our “main-stream” news media?
Enough! Every state, county, and city must draft legislation to nullify this unconstitutional declaration of war against Americans. They can’t even call it a war against terror anymore because they just declared “us” the American people terrorists, extremists, committing “belligerent acts”. They clearly have drawn the line, it is our elected officials against the American people. How is this possible? Why would they do this? Check out the actual verbiage (Title X, Subtitle D, Sections 1021 and 1022 – Page 81 of 371) and you decide. It is now WAR – they provoked and declared it…
After celebrating my 30th birthday I trucked myself down to renew my drivers’ license, and much to my surprise, at the empty “take a ticket” dispenser was this sign, which was going to present a problem in renewing my license.
So, what if you don’t have a residential address? Can you drive without a house or apartment? What if you are living in your car? What if you do not have bills that come to your household? What if you lost your home and are trying to find a job, and your car is all you have? Isn’t this unjust? Isn’t this unfair? Isn’t this unconstitutional?!?!?!
I decided to avoid the confrontation last week at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and thought that I would go online to try and see if I could circumvent the harassment and embarrassment that I technically don’t have a residential address. The website to apply online asks about my credit rating, my marital status, my occupation, and my education. To be honest, why does any of this matter?
Instead of hitting the “SUBMIT” button, I have decided that I will not renew it. After all, it is unconstitutional to require a license to drive. I am a free being with the right to travel around. And, I am not hurting anyone else by doing such. I am not a criminal. Why am I being treated like a criminal?
I am so sick and tired of living in this fear and feeling that I am doing something wrong. I am not doing anything wrong. And, many people who are going to be stopped by this sign pictured above do not deserve to feel like THEY are doing anything wrong. Just because you have hit hard times and have nothing to your name does not make you a criminal. I am not a criminal. And I will not live in fear.
Now, please understand that I understand that it’s not a ‘right’ to drive a car but a ‘privilege’ which is what we are taught when getting our drivers’ licenses. Driver training and knowledge is IMPORTANT and something that our state government should enforce initially in an effort to keep our roadways safe. The real point of this is, that after that, there should be no other restrictions unless you hurt someone else. Things like the DWI check points don’t stop drunks from driving, they are mainly setup as revenue generators to harass lawful drivers while the drunks drive on. Task forces to monitor the general public should stop and the needless information gathering is really about imprisoning law abiding citizens rather than public safety.
We really need to challenge the “law-makers” and enforcers of law more often because we are supposed to have the right to do that. Oh wait, no we don’t! The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) says that if I don’t conform or cooperate I may be detained without a day in court for a possible indefinite amount of time. It’s amazing that we make it so easy for law enforcement to come pick us up because they think I could be doing something wrong. Why are they able to make the call without due process.
America, its time to step up and vote to stop people who are oppressing us. Just in case you have forgotten, they are PUBLIC SERVANTS and WORK FOR US! So, you will get to work with me in the process of educating my law enforcement and community about the constitutionality of a drivers’ license.
And if I get thrown in jail, we will have available for you “FREE TISHA” t-shirts.
A poll released Tuesday found that in head-to-head election match-ups between President Barack Obama and various Republican presidential candidates, Texas Rep. Ron Paul fared best among non-white voters.
In a hypothetical contest against the president, the CNN/Opinion Research poll found Paul with 25 percent of the non-white vote. …….