An important citizen protection against government is the rule that in criminal prosecutions, criminal statutes are interpreted strictly. In other words, if the government wants to punish someone for violating a statute, it has to show that the defendant’s behavior was illegal beyond a reasonable doubt under the clear wording of the statute. Citizens are not held criminally responsible for guessing “wrong” about the meaning of an ambiguous law.Details
SACRAMENTO – California Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown, Jr. vetoed a bill to stop warrantless surveillance by drones on Sunday, saying the bill would prove “too restrictive to law enforcement.”Details
The Fourth Amendment prohibits government agencies like the NSA from invading your privacy without a warrant.
This seems pretty straight forward and unambiguous, doesn’t it?
Not when government wordsmiths get involved.Details
A viral video featuring adorable toddlers arguing about the weather perfectly illustrated politics in America.Details
What if the American invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction? What if whatever weapons of mass destruction Saddam Hussein once had were sold to him in the 1980s by American arms dealers with the express permission of the U.S. government? What if he no longer had them when the U.S. invaded? What if the principal reason for invading Iraq was to depose Hussein because he tried to kill President George H.W. Bush, whose son ordered the invasion?Details
once ago, the notion of a “great leader” was a considered suspect. In fact, quite the contrary existed; people looked at the Executive branch as being a limited and rather negligible role.Details
How did local police all over America become hostile military forces?
Because the federal government had been spending billions of dollars making them that way!
This video by Brave New Films makes the case in a simple and compelling way.Details
“If George W. Bush were launching wars with Congress out of town, the White House lawn would be flooded with protesters.”
-Longtime progressive activist, David Swanson
This speaks volumes of two things:
1. The anti-war left was overwhelmingly filled with hypocrites, only opposed to a politician and not war.
2. For all the vitriol the pro-constitution right throws at Obama for unilateral actions (or lack thereof) they are just as hypocritical when it comes to war.
The NSA peeks and pries into our lives in countless ways, violating our privacy and ignoring the Fourth Amendment. But a former NSA chief says one agency activity endangers Americans more than the rest: the routine sharing of warrantless data with state and local law enforcement.Details