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More on upcoming Utah bill to ban unconstitutional TSA pat-downs

Utah Rep. Carl Wimmer is set to introduce a bill (sometime next year?) that would restrict TSA agents to Constitutional searches only at airport checkpoints.

Utah lawmaker seeks to limit TSA pat-downs , KSL.com, May 27th, 2011

…Wimmer told KSL News it is the role of the state Legislature to protect Utah residents from illegal searches and seizures, and he said the TSA is violating people’s rights every day in the airports.

Wimmer also said people all over the country should be outraged that the federal government threatened Texas after a bill there to regulate the TSA pat downs started moving through their house of representatives.

A somewhat misleading headline but an informative article:

Wimmer wants to stop TSA searches , Daily Herald, May 27th 2011

…”The absolute overbearing audacity of the federal government in threatening Texas while Texas is trying to protect their citizens should really offend any red-blooded American,” he said.

See also:

TSA telling children “pat-down is a game” sends a wrong message

Fight For Restoration of 4th Amendment Intensifies, Still Patriot Act Gets Extension

We’re being told that there’s not time for debate, no time for dissent, no time for freedom. Is this the America you want for you and your kids? Is there anyone in the Senate besides Rand Paul that hasn’t sold us out?

Breakdown of House Roll Call Vote to Concur to Extend Patriot Act, May 26, 2001.

Several of Paul’s Amendments appear to have failed, with 2 still up for vote. Details at Opencongress.org: Paul gets two amendment votes, but the PATRIOT Act spy powers will remain largely unaffected

More details on Rand Paul’s website and at Daily Paul: SENATE FLOOR: Paul Amendments Tabled.

Essentially it appears that Harry Reid’s fearmongering and anti 4th Amendment rhetoric has all but won over Congress. See video of Rand Paul’s response to Reid’s childish remarks below:

Senator Rand Paul on Patriot Act Amendments

In related news, Alex Jones calls for Protest at Texas Capitol over TSA bill:

TSA “enhanced pat-down” horror stories

This is disgusting and is getting worse. People need to speak out and oppose these extreme violations of privacy rights and human dignity. Notice the terminology “enhanced” pat down, just like “enhanced” interrogation. They try and make the oppression sound reasonable and progressive.

Allied Pilots Association to BOYCOTT Full Body Scanners!!!

Video: TSA Discriminates against and humiliates disabled people

Video: TSA agent arrested “I am God…I’m in charge!”

Also read this story of a man who was arrested after getting angry when a TSA agent made his pregnant wife cry after touching her chest and forcing her to lift up her shirt.

Lieberman’s bill would give the President sweeping powers over the internet

Joe Leiberman’s bill, S.3480 the ‘Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010′, would give the president power to shut down the internet. Not a new idea but as always, they shuffle the bills around, changing name and bide their time in order to push them through. It’s all under the guise of security

From antiwar.com, Senate Bill Would Give Obama Internet ‘Kill Switch’:

But easily the most controversial aspect of the nearly 200 page bill is what is being called a “kill switch,” granting the president the power to shut down the entire Internet across the planet for national security reasons. Sen. Collins (R – ME), a supporter of the bill, claimed it was necessary to prevent a “cyber 9/11.”

The bill amounts to a remarkable claim of presidential power, claiming a large portion of the global economy as a specific asset of the United States and further claiming the right to nationalize or destroy it in whole or part on a whim. The news may be disquieting enough for Americans faced with this sort of power grab from their own government, but for foreigners the idea that another nation can commandeer the Internet, cut them off from it, or render it unusable is totally shocking, and not surprisingly, a source of no small consternation.

More details here:

New Bill Would Create Office of Cyber Policy in White House to Protect Nation from Cyber Terrorism, Before Its News.com

Read the bill here:

Text of S.3480 – Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010.

Rand Paul Clarifies Stance After Media Attacks

After the Rand Paul Rachel Maddow interview and the media assault that followed against Rand Paul, Paul absolutely deserved a chance to clarify his position on the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which the media repeatedly misrepresented. It should be noted that Rand never said he would have voted against the Civil Rights Act had he been a Senator at the time, nor did he say anything to indicate that he favored segregation, whether it be in public or private sector, as the media claimed and ran with. In fact he said the opposite. Also, Paul isn’t off base to question how and what the government should be able to dictate with regard to a private entity’s property rights and 1st Amendment rights.  These are all important civil rights questions that relate to all aspects of our society, for example with socialized healthcare— Do people have a right to someone else’s service or labor? Do people have a right to someone’s business? Or in general, do people or businesses have a right to speak or write racist, offensive, or unpopular things?

As Rand said, calling him “racist” for his position on property rights is dishonest, he was clear in his position of being firmly against racial discrimination. This interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN gave Rand a chance to clarify how he might have voted on the Civil Rights Act, had he been a Senator in 1964:

Also worth a listen is the Rand Interview on the Laura Ingraham Show from 5/20/2010:

It’s all part of a regular exercise that the MSM undergoes with popular non-establishment political candidates— seeking to twist their words and demonize them, most often using the “racist” label as their tool. It seems that if they can even suggest the idea that the candidate might maybe, possibly have said or suggested something close to being racist then maybe some non-informed voters will be afraid of him and never investigate or find the truth. The truth being that Rand Paul will likely be much more of a protector of the rights of individuals’ from all races than probably 99.9% of all other senatorial candidates or sitting Senators. It’s an effective distraction as the country faces a massive currency and economic crisis, and as they work on passing the “finance reform” bill.

The end of government is preserving private property

An important reminder, keep in mind that the author is referring to a man, as in an individual or family man:

“…the supreme power cannot take from any man any part of his property without his own consent. For the preservation of property being the end of government, and that for which men enter into society, it necessarily supposes and requires that the people should have property, without which they must be supposed to lose that by entering into society which was the end for which they entered into it; too gross an absurdity for any man to own. Men, therefore, in society having property, they have such a right to the goods, which by the law of the community are theirs, that nobody hath a right to take them, or any part of them, from them without their own consent; without this they have no property at all.”

-John Locke

Healthcare Takeover Bill Passage: A Thief In the Night

The fact that a bill like this is passed in the House late on a Saturday (with greatly decreased news coverage and less people watching news) shows how little regard Congress has for the American people and that they know most Americans on the whole wouldn’t approve of the bill if they fully understood its details.

Details such as felony penalties for noncompliance, including massive fines and prison time. And details such as an individual mandate tax for anyone that does not obtain qualifying coverage. It looks like there’s the possibility of obtaining a religious exemption for this, although it would probably be hard to obtain (there should be religious exemptions for all income taxes). So much for Obama’s promise of no new taxes for the middle class.

The taxes certainly don’t end there and it seems that small business owners have the most to lose with this bill, during a time of deep recession and the highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression. But probably worst of all is the loss of individual choice and health freedom–another dagger to the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

On Opencongress.org 80% of users are opposed to the House bill 3962 — which one would expect to be a more informed group. A Gallup poll a few weeks ago showed that only 1 in 4 people supported the bill, and another poll showed that half of Americans expect their healthcare costs to get worse with the passage of this bill.

Read the full text of the bill at OpenCongress.org.

More:

[The End of America happens in the middle of the night, Freeman Institute ]
While normal everyday oblivious Americans were preparing their beds to sleep Saturday night their elected officials quietly passed H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Indeed, the passage of this act deals one of the final death blows to the Constitution and with it our liberties.

…It is the everyday middle class American that will suffer the consequences of this travesty. Indeed, while the economy is reeling and unemployment pushes depression-era levels the arrogant Congress has decided to pass the biggest expansion of government in the history of the United States. It will create a new tax that will primarily be felt by the middle class, the ones most likely affected by the current depression. This is because as Americans are forced to purchase health insurance, the wealthy will have no problem paying for escalating costs. Nor will the poor feel the burden as they will receive government health insurance subsidies. Yet, the forgotten man will be the middle class working American who now already struggling against the burden of economic ruin will be forced to pay fines or even face possible jail time for not complying with our government’s take over of his/her health care. As this tax sinks in, the middle class will be forced downward into the ranks of the working poor and therefore into the ranks of government rationed medical care. Inevitably, government healthcare will swallow the whole of the medical insurance world and there will be no escape.

This dystopian vision will consist of patients waiting in long lines and when they are finally permitted to see their doctor there will be much fruitless begging and pleading for the treatment that they desperately need. But no mercy will be given because the doctor will have become nothing more than a desk-clerk, simply following the government treatment protocols.”

Healthcare Reform Assumes Millions Will Pay Fines

Though the bill is estimated to expand coverage from the current 83 percent to 96 percent of legal U.S. residents, the windfall of projected penalty payments also exposes a potential contradiction in reform. A significant part of the plan to expand coverage relies financially on fines from the uninsured.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated in its study last week that the House bill would bring in $167 billion over 10 years — $33 billion from fines paid by individuals who decline to buy insurance, and the rest from employers who don’t offer insurance to workers or contribute enough toward premiums.

Ernest Istook, a former Republican congressman from Oklahoma who is now a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, calculated that anywhere between 8 million and 14 million people would end up paying the fines.

This raises a few problems, he said. First, if those millions somehow get covered and don’t pay the fine, then the health program is faced with a budget hole.

Second, he said, it speaks to a flaw with the insurance packages that are being offered. “If you say people would rather pay $167 billion in penalties rather than buy insurance under your new plan, what’s wrong with your new plan?” he asked.

The answer, Istook said: “It’s expensive.”

11/9/09 Ron Paul: Healthcare “Reform” Will Make a Flawed System Immeasurably Worse

Ron Paul on the Government Healthcare Takeover

Student Bystanders Trapped & Pepper Sprayed By Riot Police During G20 Protests

Update: Protesters blast police response, Oakland arrests

Tough guy riot cops trap, tear-gas and pepper spray college student bystanders on the University of Pittsburgh campus during the G20 protests. Pretty sickening, likely won’t find it on the evening news.

Here’s an excerpt from a reddit article today written by a student in the middle of the storm trooper invasion:

…Here is the part where I felt most violated — The riot cops then ENTERED our dormitory and shouted that students needed to return to their rooms immediately. Anyone arrested, they said, would be expelled from the University of Pittsburgh, no questions asked.

Reddit, is that legal? Would police be able to force someone on the sidewalk back in their home and make them barricade themselves in their basement?

Here’s another part that got me — I saw students try to get in the doors closest to their dorm building (there are 3 towers), and the door was LOCKED. These students did not have time to run around the building. And they were grabbed.

We don’t know what to do. We’re shocked. BECAUSE THE DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF RELEASED A STATEMENT CLAIMING THEY WERE SECURING THE AREA FROM ANARCHISTS AND THAT “SOME” STUDENTS “PROBABLY GOT CAUGHT UP” IN WHAT HAPPENED.

So, in the news, you’ll hear that police secured the campus from anarchists. Not that students were attacked by security forces supposedly there to protect them. PLEASE, help me get the word out. I’ll be around all day tomorrow for questions.

[Read full article "Armored Police Seize University of Pittsburgh Campus, Attack Students, Then Claim They Were Stopping Anarchists @ G20"]

Sickening account of a woman attacked for helping students escape brutality

The lone AP article of course starts out with info about “anarchists”. From the other video footage I saw there were definitely some idiotic “anarchists”/provocateurs there but the majority of people and students there were peacefully assembling and had their rights violated by the Pittsburg police:

G-20 opponents, police clash on Pittsburgh streets

*****Riot Police Trample Over American’s Rights and The Voice of Reason During Pittsburgh G20*****

Provocateur Cops Caught Disguised As Anarchists At G20

Police say Californian did most of damage at G-20 So the justification for downtown Pittsburgh basically being placed under martial law and terrorized by 4,000 Darth Vader-like storm trooopers comes mostly from the actions of one guy?

Video: Activists rail against the “military-style occupation” that resulted in the gassing and arrest of dozens of bystanders, including students and journalists.
http://www.post-gazette.com/multimedia/?videoID=102382

Police actions in Oakland dominate Pittsburgh’s G20 discussion

Many of the 110 people arrested that night were trying to follow a dispersal order, but they were encircled by police near the Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh campus, many activists said.

“It was not a failure to disperse that I was charged with. It was a failure to escape,” said Keith DeVries, 23, a Pitt student who was among those arrested.

I just wanted to say that my daughter Martha, a 19 year old sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh, on Thursday night was rousted by police from the school library where she was studying, ordered to leave her belongings behind and herded into the street where she was tear-gassed, sound cannoned and hit by a plexiglass shield for exercising her right to be a young person outdoors on her campus on a pleasant fall night. I suppose I should be grateful because other kids were roughed up much worse by the police that night. This is just one aspect of the G20 that will never receive the attention it deserves. You have no idea how bad it was here.

Also, you might be interested in the linked article in which Pitt’s police chief pats himselfs on the back for his handling of the situation and cynically refers to the victims as “innocents” who chose to put themselves in harm’s way. Note the Chief’s presumption that the police have the right to break up any assembly. Very disturbing.

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Who Controlled the Black Bloc Anarchists during Britain’s G20 protest in April of this Year

This November: Continental Congress 2009

Sam Adams would be proud…

For two weeks in November, delegates representing The People of the fifty states will join together in the tradition of the Founding Fathers and their Continental Congress of 1774. Continental Congress 2009 will convene as a national assembly of We The People and attest to the increasing abuses of our Governing Documents. Together, we will decide what peaceful, legal steps can be taken to bring about compliance with our Freedom documents.

http://www.givemeliberty.org/

ContinentalCongress09

Is This the Death of Posse Comitatus?

The Pentagon is pushing for the authority to post 400,000 troops on the streets of America for active patrol in the event of an “emergency”. (The President will arbitrarily get to decide what qualifies as an “emergency”).

This would violate the Posse Comitatus Act. Many state governors rightfully oppose the idea as the latest assault on states rights. The ACLU is on the correct side of this one:

Mike German, the ACLU’s national security policy counsel, expressed amazement “that the military would propose such a broad set of authorities and potentially undermine a 100-year-old prohibition against the military in domestic law enforcement with no public debate and seemingly little understanding of the threat to democracy.”

There is a dangerous trend here with the recent pushes for martial law. Notice that the push for martial law is always coming from those in power, not those who would be subject to it.

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SEE ALSO:

Is Martial Law Coming to a Town Near You?

The Swine Flu Hoax: Governments Scare People to Justify Power Grabbing

New York Town Considers Martial Law; Troops Patrol in Alabama

Lou Dobbs Report on Martial Law in the U.S.

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The JBS Was Right All Along

Check out Robert Welch, founder of the John Birch Society, speaking back in the early 1970′s:

You Can Help Detect and Prevent “Terrorism”

The odds of someone winning big in the lottery and being struck dead by lightning in the same day are about as high as the odds of being killed by a terrorist.

But no one is allowed to doubt that the streets are just crawling with “terrorists”, so we get more laughable absurdity from the state that brought you the MIAC report:

New York Town Considers Martial Law; Troops Patrol in Alabama

It seems that the public is increasingly being acclimated to the idea of martial law–military troops domestically deployed on the streets of the U.S. (in violation of posse comitatus) acting as enforcers of the law. Recently Brian Stratton, the mayor of Schenectady, New York, announced that he may declare martial law in the wake of numerous police suspensions and terminations that have left the local department shorthanded:

Updated: 03/19/2009 06:07 AM
By: Steve Ference

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Schenectady Police Chief Mark Chaires said, “This is unprecedented – all these officers getting in trouble at the same time for all these different reasons.

Five Schenectady police officers recently accused of everything from driving drunk to beating up a man are leading city officials to look at taking drastic action to fix a department tainted by the few who may have acted illegally, like Darren Lawrence and Michael Brown who are accused of driving while intoxicated…

Currently, officials are reviewing the legal options and planning to present a full report in early April – options like a consolidated county-wide police force or bringing in the State Police.

The mayor said there is another option – and that would be declaring martial law. The governor would have to declare it and then the National Guard would come in. The mayor said it’s more for a transition to a new police force if that were to happen.

He said, “It may be that as a stopgap measure, that you would need military forces – State Police, National Guard.”

The Houston Chronicle (along with CNS and others) is reporting that an inquiry is underway into the possible (probable) violation of federal laws when military personnel assisted during the aftermath of a tragic mass shooting in Samson, Alabama. While the intentions of the military personnel involved were probably good, this sets a dangerous precedent and erodes the barrier posse comitatus is meant to provide against the improper and potentially tyrannical use of military forces.

Also, on the heels of the absurd and slanderous MIAC report, a document has surfaced that outlines the U.S. Army Reserve’s monitoring of recent “End the Fed” rallies accross the country.

Most people in the military are good (they contributed more money to Ron Paul during the elections than any other candidate!). Most police officers are good too. But the events outlined above only contribute to the erosion of trust, privacy, and liberty in this nation that began gradually years ago and now is only accelerating. Let’s hope it doesn’t continue.

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SEE ALSO: Is Martial Law Coming to a Town Near You? for more information on the threat of martial law in America.

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United Nations Wants to Regulate Global Free Speech

Take Action In The State Sovereignty Movement!

It’s time to act. We have a chance to take a significant step in reclaiming the liberties we are supposed to have in this country.

MRStep has some good info on taking action in the state sovereignty issue, so I’m copying from them, hope they don’t mind. Please visit the link for MRStep, as well as the links below. Contact these people and tell them you support reestablishing state sovereignty, states rights, and following the Constitution:

Don’t just sit back and be an arm-chair critic of the (humanly) powers that be!  Utilize the information below to share your concerns and information with your local / state / federal government representatives!

Email the President:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Write the President:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

White House Switchboard:
202-456-1414

Contact Your Senator:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Contact Your Representative:
http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.shtml
http://www.house.gov/house/MemStateSearch.shtml
http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml

House and Senate Switchboard:
202-224-3121

Central Government Agencies:
http://www.usa.gov

“Complete” List of Email Addresses / Fax Numbers:
http://www.conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm

State Legislatures Internet Links:
- http://www.ncsl.org/public/leglinks.cfm

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State of Texas Website:
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/

State of Texas Governer:
Rick Perry’s Phone: 512-463-2000
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurt’s Phone: 512-463-0001

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