CISPA is the New SOPA

by Ron Paul

Earlier this year, strong public opposition led by several prominent websites forced Congressional leaders to cancel votes on two bills known in Washington as “SOPA” and “PIPA.” Both of these bills threatened search engines and websites with possible shutdowns if the Justice Department deemed them insufficiently cooperative with our phony “war on terror,” or if they were merely accused of copyright infringement. Fortunately the American public flooded Capitol Hill with phone calls and Congressional leaders dropped both bills.

But we should never underestimate the federal government’s insatiable desire to control the internet. Statists of all parties, persuasions, and nationalities hate the free, unbridled flow of information, ideas, and goods via the internet. They resent the notion that ordinary people can communicate and trade across the world without government filters or approvals. So they continually seek to impose controls, always under the guise of fighting terrorism or protecting “intellectual property” rights.

The latest assault on internet freedom is called the “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act,” or “CISPA,” which may be considered by Congress this week. CISPA is essentially an internet monitoring bill that permits both the federal government and private companies to view your private online communications with no judicial oversight–provided, of course, that they do so in the name of “cybersecurity.” The bill is very broadly written, and allows the Department of Homeland Security to obtain large swaths of personal information contained in your emails or other online communication. It also allows emails and private information found online to be used for purposes far beyond any reasonable definition of fighting cyberterrorism.

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Arizona officially condemns federal kidnapping under NDAA

PHOENIX (April 25, 2012) – A resolution condemning indefinite detention without due process provisions written into the National Defense Authorization Act completed its journey through the Arizona legislature, garnering strong support in the House last week.

The House passed SCR1011 on April 18 by a 38-18 margin.

By passing the resolution, the Arizona legislature takes an emphatic stand against unconstitutional provisions in the NDAA.

That the Members of the Legislature condemn sections 1021 and 1022 of the 2012 NDAA as they purport to repeal posse comitatus and authorize the President of the United States to use the armed forces of the United States to police American citizens, to indefinitely detain persons captured within the United States without charge until the end of hostilities as purportedly authorized by the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, to subject persons captured within the United States to military tribunals, and to transfer persons captured within the United States to a foreign country or foreign entity.

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Are we doing all we can?

An Open Letter to Missouri Legislators:

Obamacare is the greatest threat to America in our lifetime.  We must each ask, “Are we doing all we can to fight it?”

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April 24, 2012

The Missouri Constitution makes it clear — the “principal office” government is to protect the liberty of the people.  (Article I, Sec. 2)

That means they should make defeating the greatest threat to liberty the TOP PRIORITY!

This new short video from explains some of the most onnerous aspects of this huge federal power grab called “Obamacare”.

Watch it:

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Religious Nullification – Part I – HHS Mandate

For the better part of a year, I have personally wanted to start a series on the religious history of Nullification, both in America and worldwide, even before the beginning of America and in some cases before the existence of Christianity. The recent showdown over the US Bishops and the Obama administration over the HHS mandate regarding abortion and contraceptive funding in health insurance plans has opened up that door with a modern day example.

While the Catholic Church has been the most visible player on this issue, Orthodox Christian, Protestant and Jewish leaders have voiced their solidarity with the Catholic Bishops in their opposition to the HHS mandate.  There were also examples in my research of Muslim leaders joining in interfaith protests against the mandate, and brief mentions in the media of Muslim organizations joining in, but I personally found little on Muslims generally supporting or opposing the mandate.

While perhaps not every Tenther is opposed to abortion and contraception, to force religious employers, or even non-religious employers whose personal convictions forbid one from paying for things that conflict with their conscience, is a clear violation of the First Amendment, and unjust in general.

One’s religion is much more than what one does for an hour or two on Sunday, Saturday or any other day of the week. Most religions have rules governing not just how their adherents worship, but also how they carry themselves in day to day life. And in some cases, the violation of some of those rules results in de facto and/or public excommunication from that religion.

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Ohio Considering Tenth Amendment Resolution

There is a growing understanding that the federal government has become too big, to demanding and exceeds the enumerated powers listed in the Constitution, and to that end, more and more states are reaffirming their sovereignty through resolutions based on the Tenth Amendment.

The main thrust of SCR 24 is “To reassert the principles of federalism found throughout the Constitution of the United States of America and embodied in the Tenth Amendment, to notify Congress to limit and end certain mandates, and to insist that federal legislation contravening the Tenth Amendment be prohibited or repealed.”

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Two and Counting? NDAA Nullification Passes in Arizona

PHOENIX (April 24, 2012) – Just a week after the Virginia legislature approved a law to refuse compliance with NDAA “indefinite detentions,” an Arizona law committing the Grand Canyon State to noncompliance with any attempted federal kidnapping under the NDAA now stands just a signature away from implementation.

After months of political wrangling, the Arizona Senate concurred with the House on an amended version of SB1182 today, sending the legislation to Governor Jan Brewer’s desk for a signature.

The Senate passed the bill 20-8 with two senators not voting.

SB1182 asserts:

This state and any agency of this state shall not provide material support or participate in any way with the implementation of sections 1021 and 1022 of the national defense authorization act of 2012, Public Law 112‑81, against any citizen of the United States.

The law would also make it a criminal offense for any public officer, employee or agent of the state to make any attempt to assist in federal kidnapping.

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The Poop and Plunge: Brought to You by Uncle Sam

I am pissed off.  Or more accurately pooped off.  But that just doesn’t sound right.

You see, I have a serious problem.  Whenever I poop, I inevitably have to plunge to get my toilet to flush.

About a year ago I decided to listen to a guy named Robert Scott Bell and nullify the FDA approved pharmaceutical monopoly on healing in my personal life by using silver hydrosol, aloe juice, and a daily dose of chia seeds among a host of other things to improve my health – none of which are FDA approved for medicinal use.  It’s all worked beautifully except for this one pesky problem.  My poor government-approved toilet just cannot cope with a colon that functions like greased lightning (pun fully intended).

In 1992, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act was passed that banned 3.5 gallon toilets in favor of toilets using only 1.6 gallons.

Maybe it was all a plot to force Americans to get into shape.  As a result, I now get my daily workout by spending up to 5 minutes at a time, plunging vigorously with all my might trying to get my infernal government-approved toilet to flush.  Who knew plunging was such great cardio?

Perhaps it’s a government initiative to subsidize the plunger industry.  Or maybe it was bought and paid in political contributions from the pressure washer industry, because to be honest I’m beginning to think that’s what it’s going to take to get the blasted thing to flush properly.

It’s driving me bonkers.

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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Spending Cuts

House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) are pushing backagainst criticism from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over the GOP’s proposed cuts to domestic spending programs. They should.

The USCCB’s criticism comes at a time when it’s appropriately fighting the Obama administration’s mandate that Church-affiliated employers must provide health insurance that covers birth control. As a Catholic, it pains me that the bishops apparently do not recognize that a central government that is big and powerful enough to spend billions of other people’s dollars on housing, food, and health care programs, which the bishops support, is inevitably going to shove its tentacles into areas where they’re not wanted. In other words, if you play with fire, there’s a good chance you’re going to get burnt.

The bishops have now sent four letters to Congress that call on policymakers to “create a ‘circle of protection’ around poor and vulnerable people and programs that meet their basic needs and protect their lives and dignity.” Oh please. Even if it were the proper role of the federal government to fund such programs, the government’s efforts have been inefficient and often counterproductive. If anything, the massive federal welfare state that has sprung up over the past five decades has stripped countless Americans of their dignity by making them reliant on the cold hand of the bureaucrat.

Note this paragraph from a USCCB letter that argues against cuts to housing programs:

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Maryland residents and activists speak out against the NDAA

by , People’s Blog for the Constitution

Residents and activists of Takoma Park, MD, petitioned the city council to adopt a resolution which would affirm constitutional freedoms and reject the indefinite military detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“Human rights know no national or jurisdictional boundaries,” said Jim Kuhn, a local resident and member of the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition(MCCRC), a coalition that BORDC helped bring together. [It's] the special responsibility of local officials to protect our human rights, and our rights of due process, when they are being ignored or abused by federal or state authorities.”

Signed by President Obama on the last day of 2011, the NDAA codifies into law military detention without charge or trial for any person suspected of a “belligerent act.” Under the auspices of mere suspicion, any person—citizens and non-citizens alike—can now legally have their constitutional freedoms revoked without any due process or proof of wrongdoing, thanks to the executive powers granted by the NDAA.

Priya Murthy, policy director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT),explained at the city council meeting why this causes particular worry among racial and religious minorities:

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Federal Funds for Cleaning Up Abandoned Mines

An article in the Wall Street Journal offers another example of the problem with the federal government tackling issues that should be left to the states to resolve. Congress passed a law in 1977 requiring coal companies to pay a fee that was to be used to help the states clean up abandoned mines. As is often the case, the distribution of funds to the states has been distorted by politics:

Wyoming officials figured they would get large payouts every year because their state was producing so much coal. But the money had to be “appropriated” by Congress, meaning lawmakers had to vote each year on who would receive it. That often didn’t happen, so a lot of the money sat unused, including hundreds of millions of dollars that Wyoming officials believed belonged in their state.

In 2006, as parts of the law were set to expire, Sen. Mike Enzi (R., Wyo.) won passage of a measure that allowed the money to flow as “mandatory” spending, meaning it didn’t have to be voted on by Congress each year. In addition, it allowed Wyoming, three other states and three Native American tribes to use their money, including funds not distributed in prior years, with virtually no strings attached. Those four states and three tribes were certified as having taken care of their most severe abandoned coal mine problems. Other states had to use the money more narrowly for mine problems.

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