Archive for the ‘ Constitution ’ Category

America Becoming a Dictatorship?

America’s Devolution into Dictatorship

Excellent Primer on the Constitution

Judge Andrew Napolitano is a great teacher when it comes to the Constitution. Last week he did a series on the Constitution and Freedom. It’s definitely a must see.


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Fear: The Enemy of Liberty

The saddest part of this whole attempted bombing  is the simple fact that people are scared out of their mind. We are so scared that we want to give more liberty for our safety. Franklin said it best. “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Is there a guarantee that body scanners will stop future attacks like this? It is a fact that tactics and technology evolves rapidly. What if technology evolves so that body scanners don’t stop future attacks. What then? What about any health risks? (If you think the government’s intelligence agencies are impeccable, you should read Legacy of Ashes.)

No one really seems to see the major invasion of privacy. I don’t want anyone to look at me naked, even if it is a 3-D picture with a “blurred face.” What’s next strip searching everyone if body scanners don’t work.

A great article entitled The degrading effects of terrorism fears explains the foolishness of the listening to the media conjuring up an atmosphere of fear.

Fear is always the enabling force of authoritarianism: the desire to vest unlimited power in political authority in exchange for promises of protection.

Before 9/11 “terrorism” was treated as a criminal act. Why is everyone crying for torture?

Obama gives international police more Power than any domestic agency

President Obama, in an Executive Order on Wednesday, December 17, 2009, gave INTERPOL, an international police force immunity beyond any other government agency including the FBI and CIA.

From the Washington Examiner:

No presidential statement or White House press briefing was held on it. In fact, all that can be found about it on the official White House Web site is the Dec. 17 announcement and one-paragraph text of President Obama’s Executive Order 12425, with this innocuous headline: “Amending Executive Order 12425 Designating Interpol as a public international organization entitled to enjoy certain privileges, exemptions, and immunities.”In fact, this new directive from Obama may be the most destructive blow ever struck against American constitutional civil liberties. No wonder the White House said as little as possible about it. Read more…

The piece goes on:

There are multiple reasons why this Obama decision is so deeply disturbing. First, the Obama order reverses a 1983 Reagan administration decision in order to grant Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization, two key privileges. First, Obama has granted Interpol the ability to operate within the territorial limits of the United States without being subject to the same constitutional restraints that apply to all domestic law enforcement agencies such as the FBI. Second, Obama has exempted Interpol’s domestic facilities — including its office within the U.S. Department of Justice — from search and seizure by U.S. authorities and from disclosure of archived documents in response to Freedom of Information Act requests filed by U.S. citizens.

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Think very carefully about what you just read: Obama has given an international law enforcement organization that is accountable to no other national authority the ability to operate as it pleases within our own borders, and he has freed it from the most basic measure of official transparency and accountability, the FOIA.

…and the New York Times simply sweeps it under the rug.

Imagine what could happen in the future.

Losing the Bill of Rights

With the trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in New York and Guantanamo moving to Illinois, the Bill of Rights are being locked away again. It’s a shame how many people don’t see the Pandora’s box being opened when we allow our government to disregard the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. With many (mainly Conservatives) blasting the decision to try Mohammed on American soil and close down the unConstitutional Guantanamo Bay detention facility, one has to wonder what we are thinking. “Terrorism” is still a federal crime in the U.S. code.

Given that federal officials now wield the power to treat one federal criminal offense—terrorism—as either a crime or an act of war, there is no inherent reason why such power cannot be expanded to encompass other federal crimes, such as drug offenses. In fact, given the interrelationship between drug dealing and terrorism, one can easily imagine that federal officials will eventually expand their war on terrorism powers to the war on drugs. All that’s needed is the right crisis. It’s a matter of time before the president and Defense Department find ever more uses for this alternate system of justice that conveniently sidesteps the Bill of Rights.

Read an excellent article here, Losing the Bill of Rights.