Ruling Shows Federal Courts Can’t be Trusted to Stop the Surveillance State

WASHINGTON (Aug. 30, 2015) – On Friday, a federal court overturned a lower court decision and quashed a lawsuit brought against an NSA bulk surveillance program by a conservative activist and civil-liberties groups.

The ruling demonstrates the near impossibility of stopping the NSA through legal action.

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California Assembly Committee Passes Bill to Curb ‘Policing for Profit’ via Asset Forfeiture

SACRAMENTO, Ca. (Aug. 27, 2015) – Today, a power California Assembly Committee passed a bill that not only bolsters restrictions on state officials from seizing property without due process, but throws a wrench into federal efforts to do the same. Previously passed by the Senate, it moves one step closer to the Governor’s desk.

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Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”—Martin Luther King Jr. There’s an ill will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people are directionless, and politics provides no answer. And like former regimes, the militarized police have stepped up to provide a façade of law…

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Does the 14th Amendment Grant Citizenship to Children of Foreigners?

Today, most people believe that children of illegal aliens who are born in the United States are automatically conferred citizenship by virtue of the 14th Amendment. American politicians regularly pontificate on this topic, basing their positions on constitutional and humanitarian grounds. The issue is considered settled by the federal courts, which have announced continually that this passage was meant to grant citizenship to the children of all foreigners and aliens.

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Democrats generally first try to tell me that each of their various government programs are constitutional. If I’m able to convince them that they’re not, they generally respond by telling me that it doesn’t matter – and that “times change.” They’ll sometimes call me backwards, or racist, but not really often.

Republicans generally first try to tell me that each of their various government programs are constitutional. It’s far less often that I’m able to convince them that they’re not. And generally, instead of researching or discussing, they just call me names, like “Libturd” or “Commie.”

Sometimes they’ll even suggest they hope that some terrorist from ISIS will come and kill me.

It’s not scientific, but that’s my general experience.

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The Constitution and Birthright Citizenship

The short version is this: The first sentence of the Fourteenth Amendment conveys U.S. citizenship on all persons “born … in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” Obviously we are talking here about persons “born … in the United States.” Thus the children of illegal aliens are not U.S. citizens only if they are not “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States.

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