President Obama has been a disaster for civil liberties – latimes.com, by Jonathan Turley.
“… However, President Obama not only retained the controversial Bush policies, he expanded on them. The earliest, and most startling, move came quickly. Soon after his election, various military and political figures reported that Obama reportedly promised Bush officials in private that no one would be investigated or prosecuted for torture. In his first year, Obama made good on that promise, announcing that no CIA employee would be prosecuted for torture. Later, his administration refused to prosecute any of the Bush officials responsible for ordering or justifying the program and embraced the “just following orders” defense for other officials, the very defense rejected by the United States at the Nuremberg trials after World War II.
Obama failed to close Guantanamo Bay as promised. He continued warrantless surveillance and military tribunals that denied defendants basic rights. He asserted the right to kill U.S. citizens he views as terrorists. His administration has fought to block dozens of public-interest lawsuits challenging privacy violations and presidential abuses.
But perhaps the biggest blow to civil liberties is what he has done to the movement itself. It has quieted to a whisper, muted by the power of Obama’s personality and his symbolic importance as the first black president as well as the liberal who replaced Bush. Indeed, only a few days after he took office, the Nobel committee awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize without his having a single accomplishment to his credit beyond being elected. Many Democrats were, and remain, enraptured…”
The Bill of Rights is a literal and absolute document. The First Amendment doesn’t say you have a right to speak out unless the government has a ‘compelling interest’ in censoring the Internet. The Second Amendment doesn’t say you have the right to keep and bear arms until some madman plants a bomb. The Fourth Amendment doesn’t say you have the right to be secure from search and seizure unless some FBI agent thinks you fit the profile of a terrorist. The government has no right to interfere with any of these freedoms under any circumstances. Harry Browne.
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“…The important point is that the Constitution doesn’t apply to Americans, it doesn’t apply to citizens, it doesn’t even apply to “people.” It applies to the federal government. The body of the Constitution tells the federal government what it is allowed to do, and in some places it explains how to do it (election procedures and such). The Bill of Rights tells the federal government what it is not allowed to do . . .
- Make no law abridging freedom of speech, press, religion, or assembly,
- Do not infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.
- Don’t quarter soldiers in peacetime.
- Don’t conduct unreasonable searches and seizures.
- Don’t commit double jeopardy or force people to testify against themselves.
- Don’t deny an accused a speedy trial.
- Don’t deny an accused a trial by jury.
- Do not impose excessive bail.
- Just because certain rights of the people aren’t mentioned in this Constitution doesn’t mean you’re allowed to usurp them.
- Don’t exercise any power not authorized in this Constitution.
Where exceptions were meant to apply, they are specifically stated. And there are no exceptions stated for any type of guns, for any type of speech, for any specific crimes, or for crimes where non-citizens are involved…” See here.
Pop quiz: Name one accessory that grandmothers, moms, girls, wealthy socialites, middle-class females and low-income women might be likely to own — and cherish — all across America. If you answered “a gun,” you’d be correct. See here.
Victimless Crime Constitutes 86% of The American Prison Population | Libertarian News. September 29, 2011, By michaelsuede.
Some shocking prison statistics brought to you by Drug War Facts.org
The 2009 prison population consisted of:
Drugs 50.7%, Public-order 35.0%, Violent 7.9%, Property 5.8%, Other .7%
Drug offenses are self-explanatory, but the public-order offenses also fall under the victimless crimes category. Public order offenses include such things as immigration, weapons charges, public drunkenness, selling lemonade without a license, etc..
The United States has the highest prison population rate in the world, 756 per 100,000 of the national population. The world population in 2008 is estimated at 6,750 million (United Nations); set against a world prison population of 9.8 million this produces a world prison population rate of 145 per 100,000 (158 per 100,000 if set against a world prison population of 10.65 million).
In 2008, according to the Department of Justice, there were 7,308,200 persons in the US corrections system, of whom 4,270,917 were on probation, 828,169 were on parole, 785,556 were in jails, and 1,518,559 were in state and federal prisons.
In other words, 1 in 42 Americans is under correctional supervision. This constitutes over 2% of the entire US population. That percentage jumps up drastically if we limit the comparison to working aged adult males, of which there are around 100 million. Over 5% of the adult male population is under some form of correctional supervision, alternatively stated, 1 in 20 adult males is under correctional supervision in the US. One in 36 adult Hispanic men is behind bars, based on Justice Department figures for 2006. One in 15 adult black men is, too, as is one in nine black men ages 20 to 34.
Keep in mind that 86% of those men behind bars are there for victimless crimes. They have not stolen any property, damaged any property, or harmed anyone directly by their actions. Of course, if you are reading this and live in the US, you are paying for all those people to subsist on a daily basis.
In California in 2009 it cost an average of $47,102 a year to incarcerate an inmate in state prison. In 2005 it cost an average of $23,876 dollars per state prisoner nationally…. Click it and weep.
Mexican Cartel Snuffs Social Media Star as Violence Nears ‘Civil War’ Proportions | Danger Room | Wired.com
Mexican Cartel Snuffs Social Media Star as Violence Nears ‘Civil War’ Proportions | Danger Room | Wired.com. By Robert Beckhusen – September 28, 2011
The execution of Marisol Macias Castaneda — known online as “The Laredo Girl” and as “Nena de Laredo” — is the latest in a series of attacks against Mexicans who go online to discuss drug violence. It’s an epidemic which a new report describes as “so horrific as to approach a civil war.” … The report, released Monday by the Texas Department of Agriculture and authored by retired Major General Robert Scales and retired General Barry McCaffrey, describes a conflict in which drug cartels have forced the “capitulation” of Mexican border cities, killed more than 40,000 people and have fueled “an internal war in Mexico that has stripped that country of its internal security to the extent that a virtual state of siege now exists adjacent to our own southwestern states.” … go here.
Half of Americans now believe that the federal gov’t poses an immediate threat to our rights and freedoms | Gallup
This is what we are supposed to buy into as a justification for our police-state? A 26 year old entrapped loan wolf with some model airplanes and blocks of FBI-supplied silly putty?! Groan….We are being played.
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Why Did Silver Drop So Much? – WyattResearch.com. -Kevin McElroy | Resource Prospector | September 27, 2011 1:28pm EDT
In case you didn’t notice, silver dropped WAY more than gold recently. While gold is currently about 15% off its highs of $1,900 – silver fell about 30% from peak to trough – in less than a month… see here.
“Average household income before taxes fell to $62,481 in 2010, according to the report. That’s down from $62,857 in 2009 and $63,563 in 2008.” see here.
Summary: The five largest banks in the U.S. (JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and HSBC) are carrying $238 TRILLION dollars in derivative exposure. JP Morgan alone is carrying $78 TRILLION in derivative exposure BY ITSELF… see here.
Legal Protection Erodes in U.S. as Federal Criminal Code Expands – WSJ.com. By GARY FIELDS And JOHN R. EMSHWILLER
For centuries, a bedrock principle of criminal law has held that people must know they are doing something wrong before they can be found guilty. The concept is known as mens rea, Latin for a “guilty mind.”
This legal protection is now being eroded as the U.S. federal criminal code dramatically swells. In recent decades, Congress has repeatedly crafted laws that weaken or disregard the notion of criminal intent. Today not only are there thousands more criminal laws than before, but it is easier to fall afoul of them …
In our everyday lives we are dependent on fuel to maintain our comfortable lifestyles. During a disaster however, we are even more dependent on fuel to maintain our basic survival needs. Having an emergency supply of fuel can help create warmth in your home to assist in regulating your body temperature, assist in cooking food, and also helps in powering essential emergency tools such as generators, household appliances. …
BBC Speechless As Trader Tells Truth: “The Collapse Is Coming…And Goldman Rules The World” | ZeroHedge
ZeroHedge | Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/26/2011.
In an interview on BBC News this morning that left the hosts gob-smacked (google it… it is the BBC after all), Alessio Rastani outlines in a mere three-and-a-half-minutes what we all know and most ignore. While the whole interview is worth watching, the money shot for us was “This economic crisis is like a cancer, if you just wait and wait hoping it is going to go away, just like a cancer it is going to grow and it will be too late!”. While he dreams of recessions, sees Goldman ruling the world, and urges people to prepare, it is hard to disagree with much (or actually anything) of what he says and obviously interventions and machinations means we will have days like this (in Silver for instance), there is only one endgame here and we hope there is less hopeful euphoria (and more preparedness) as we pull back the curtain further and further…go here
And if so, what do we do about it?
For many of us, prepping has been our mission and our passion for one year, two years, or perhaps even longer. It started with storing some extra water. Next was food and first aid supplies. Ultimately we set up defense systems and evacuation routes to ensure our safety in the event of a disaster — be it a natural, man-made or even a politically motivated apocalypse…
The Federal Reserve Plans To Identify “Key Bloggers” And Monitor Billions Of Conversations About The Fed On Facebook, Twitter, Forums And Blogs | Collapse Blog
The Federal Reserve wants to know what you are saying about it. In fact, the Federal Reserve has announced plans to identify “key bloggers” and to monitor “billions of conversations” about the Fed on Facebook, Twitter, forums and blogs. This is yet another sign that the alternative media is having a dramatic impact. As first reported on Zero Hedge, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has issued a “Request for Proposal” to suppliers who may be interested in participating in the development of a “Sentiment Analysis And Social Media Monitoring Solution”.
When al Qaeda is defeated, can we have our liberties back? | Washington Examiner – By: | 07/18/11 8:05 PM
“Last week brought the unsurprising news that the Transportation Security Administration had terrorized yet another 6-year-old with a humiliating pat-down. Dog bites man, federal agent gropes child — we’re getting all too accustomed to this sort of thing in post-9/11 America…”
Occupy Wall Street | NYC Protest for American Revolution. – Published 2011-09-25 09:09:31 UTC by OccupyWallSt
“On September 24th, 2011, the lie revealed itself. We live in a world where only 1 percent of us are protected and served. The following is graphic…”
4 Personal Finance Principles That Would Make Your Grandfather Proud | The Art of Manliness. – September 20, 2011.
Our grandfather’s generation wasn’t perfect. They had their own set of flaws and weaknesses. But they got a lot of things right. And one of those things is how to handle your finances.
Grandpa learned his financial lessons from the school of hard knocks. He lived through the Great Depression, which taught him to live leanly, to save, and to be grateful for what he had. And he lived in a time where staying out of debt was a matter of independence, pride, and self-reliance, something he believed reflected on a man’s most precious resource–his character…
Obama’s ineligibility: Prepare to defend America – Political insurgency. | Canada Free Press by Lawrence Sellin Sunday, September 18, 2011
It is no longer a question if Obama will fall, but when. The question remaining, however, is which members of theestablishment will fall with him.
Republicans and Democrats are now beginning to scramble to identify scapegoats or formulating excuses, not only for Obama’s abysmal policy failures, but for allowing a usurper and criminal to occupy. …
“… The bottom line remains, however, that taxpayer-funded scientists provided false information—to a federal court, no less—to make a case for a bogus preservation plan. We’ve seen this repeatedly in the Obama Administration’s global warming hype. Government scientists have made all sorts of wacky assertions about the ills of climate change, even as esteemed scientists—including Nobel laureates—dispute the findings…”
Tenured Ignorance | academiczoology – September 23, 2011 · 2:55 pm
Lots of people are taking this Elizabeth Warren person out behind the woodshed. I thought I’d add my two cents.
Let us note first off that none of what she said is particularly surprising. It’s painfully obvious that she’s a perfesser, and that’s just what perfessers do. Trust me: I’ve observed the species in their native habitat a long time now (there’s a reason I call this blog Academic Zoology), and I can recognize them on sight…
Is the US Monetary System on the Verge of Collapse? – David Galland, Casey Research – September 20, 2011 8:57pm GMT
Tune into CNBC or click onto any of the dozens of mainstream financial news sites, and you’ll find an endless array of opinions on the latest wiggle in equity, bond and commodities markets. As often as not, you’ll find those opinions nestled side by side with authoritative analysis on the outlook for the economy, complete with the author’s carefully studied judgment on the best way forward…
Watch and listen this powerful Ron Paul’s speech (where we’re at): Slavery sold as liberty. Socialism to save capitalism. A psychotic nation. Exuberant taxation. Epidemic of cronyism. 700 military basis all over the world. Tortures of 21st century. We have forgotten what made America great. Revolutionary changes are needed and foreseen. Is Ron Paul the ONLY honest man in American’s politics?