California: Act Now to Nullify Warrantless Drone Spying

AB 1327, a bill to nullify unwarranted drone spying in the State of California, has passed out of committee and will soon be up for a full Assembly vote.

Among other safeguards, the bill  would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant based on probable cause before using a drone to collect evidence. Exceptions would include emergencies such as a hostage crisis, fire, hot pursuit of a suspected criminal or search-and-rescue operation over land or water. It would allow cities and counties to enact even more restrictive policies if they choose to do so.

AB1327 would also “require that public agencies permanently destroy all data and images collected by an unmanned aerial device within 10 days unless required as evidence of a crime or as part of a court order. A person who is subject to surveillance without consent may seek and obtain an injunction prohibiting the use of images, footage, or data related to the person that was obtained through the surveillance, and would provide for the awarding of liquidated damages of five thousand dollars ($5,000) for each day of surveillance and any actual damages in excess of that amount.”

The bill now advances to the Assembly Floor, and it needs your help for passage.

ACTION ITEMS

1. Contact your Assembly member.  Firmly but respectfully ask them to vote YES on AB1327.  PHONE CALLS will have much more impact than an email.

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Louisiana Action Alert: Phone Calls Needed to Help Nullify Federal Gun Control

Louisiana House Bill 5, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, passed out of the House with a vote of 67-25. This bill is in the Senate and waiting for a vote in committee.

HB5 will prohibit the enforcement of any federal law in the state of Louisiana which attempts to either ban the ownership or possession of semi-auto firearms (including magazines and accessories), or impose registration requirements for such firearms.

This bill is in the Senate Judiciary committee where it will need to be passed before moving to the full senate for debate and a vote.

ACTION ITEMS for HB5

1. Contact the Committee Chairman. Politely request that he schedule a hearing for HB5 – and encourage him to vote YES on the bill.

Bob Kestelka (318) 362-3474 kostelka@legis.la.gov

2. Contact all the other members of the Committee. Strongly, but respectfully, let each of them know you want them to vote YES on HB5!

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Missouri: Act Now to Nullify Federal Gun Control

Missouri House Bill 436, the 2nd amendment preservation act, is going up for a final vote on the Senate Floor as early as Monday. The already passed the House by a strong-veto proof majority and moved out of the Senate General Laws Committee last week

HB436 would nullify virtually every federal gun control measure on the books – past, present and future.  Please read on to learn more and take action right now to support the Constitution and your right to keep and bear arms!

We need your help to keep this bill moving. Call your Senators and ask them for their support for HB436. We need a veto proof majority.

Action Items

1. Contact your State Senator. Strongly, but respectfully, let him or her know that you want nothing less than a YES on HB436.

Contact info here
http://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Leg_Lookup.aspx 

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Act Now to Help Stop Drone Spying in New York

New York Assembly Bill 06244, Protection Against Unwarranted Surveillance, is a bill to nullify warrantless drone spying.  AB06244 has passed the Committee on Codes. This bill will soon be going to the floor, and AB06244 needs your help to move forward.

AB06244 is expected to be up for a vote on on the Assembly Floor very soon. Contact your legislator in the state Assembly, and let them know you support this important bill to preserve the privacy rights of the residents of New York.

ACTION ITEMS

1. Contact your State Assemblymember.  Strongly, but respectfully, tell them to vote YES for AB06244. Contact info here:

http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/

2.  Encourage your local community to take action as well. Using model legislation

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The Path to National Identification

by Jim Harper, CATO Institute

In my 2008 paper, “Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification: Franz Kafka’s Solution to Illegal Immigration,” I wrote about where “internal enforcement” of immigration law leads: “to a national, cradle-to-grave, biometric tracking system.” More recently, I wrote “Internal Enforcement, E-Verify, and the Road to a National ID” in the Cato Journal. The “Gang of Eight” immigration proposal includes a large step on that path to national identification.

National ID provisions in the 2007 immigration bill were arguably its downfall. Scrapping the national ID provisions in the current bill would improve it, allowing our country to adopt more sensible immigration policies without suffering a costly attack on American citizens’ liberties.

Title III of the “Gang of Eight” bill is entitled “Interior Enforcement.” It begins by reiterating the current prohibition on hiring unauthorized aliens. (What seems to many a natural duty of employers was an invention that dates back only as far as 1986, when Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Prior to that time, employers were free to hire workers based on the skills and willingness they presented, and not their documents. But since that time, Congress has treated the nation’s employers as deputy immigration agents.)

The bill details the circumstances under which employers may be both civilly and criminally liable under the law and provides for a “good faith defense” and “good faith compliance” that employers may hope to use as shelter. The bill restates (with modifications) the existing requirements for checking workers’ papers, saying that employers must “attest, under penalty of perjury” that they have “verified the identity and employment authorization status” of the people they employ, using prescribed documents or combination of documents. Cards that meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act are specifically cited as proof of identity and authorization to work.

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The Rightful Remedy and Our Last Hope

via Dr. Dan’s Freedom Forum

After the American Revolutionary War, our founders, having just thrown off the yoke of British oppression, understood that the citizens of our new nation must always retain the right and the means to prevent the rise of any future tyranny. The Constitution and Bill of Rights strictly limit the power of the central government while reserving for the states and the people of the states the authority to restrain and punish the federal government when it oversteps its constitutional limits.

The ratifiers of the Constitution gave us mechanisms to enforce this restriction on federal authority.  The powers granted to the central government were specifically limited to those enumerated in Article I, Section 8, and, by the Tenth Amendment, the states or their citizens retained whatever powers were not listed.

In their writings and speeches, those who ratified the Constitution made it clear and obvious that the federal government is the creation of the states, not their equal partner in constitutional authority.  As with any contract between equal partners, the parties may refuse to comply with any edict that falls outside the parameters outlined in the original agreement.  In addition, any entity created by those equal parties cannot blatantly disregard the restrictions imposed on it by those that created the entity in the first place.

This concept was clearly reaffirmed by the states in their ratifying documents as well as by the men who wrote the Constitution and championed its ratification by the colonies.

Where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, anullification of the act is the rightful remedy: that every State has a natural right in cases not within the compact, (casus non fœderis) to nullify of their own authority all assumptions of power by others within their limits: that without this right, they would be under the dominion, absolute and unlimited, of whosoever might exercise this right of judgment for them

~Thomas Jefferson

The last refuge for those who deny the legality and constitutionality of the nullification process is the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, which states:

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Understanding The 10th Amendment

The “winners” write the history, and always in favor of their side of the “argument”.

Government’s job is to “control” the people. Control takes power and power comes at a price: the people’s liberty. In a nutshell, government power  stands as the enemy of liberty. And when it comes to the war between power and liberty, power generally triumphs.

Government wins.

And government writes our history.

Most people allow the government to educate their children and that means they learn the approved government version of history. Sadly, it is totally corrupt. Few Americans realize it and can’t, or wont, correct the mistake.

I will try to help correct a piece of the disinformation surrounding the 10th Amendment and put it all into the correct perspective for you.

We’ve  watched government trample on the  Constitution throughout most of our recent history. We do not have to look very far to see examples. President Bush’s Administration created the The Patriot Act, anything but patriotic. Throughout his terms in office, Bush completely disregarded what the Constitution said and wielded the arms of war with wanton disregard.

President Obama continues in the same vein with more anti-constitutional measures. When Congress does not do what Obama wants he creates Executive Orders with the force of law. Effectively legislating from the White House and overstepping his constitutional boundaries without any regard to the laws our country.

Our Constitution is a document designed to LIMIT the power of the federal government. It enumerates the exact duties, responsibilities and powers of each branch of the federal government. In other words, the federal government ONLY has the powers over things that are specifically spelled out in the Constitution. ALL OTHER POWERS are reserved for the states and people. This is succinctly spelled out in the 10th Amendment.

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

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Florida Governor Signs Anti-Drone Bill into Law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 25, 2013) – A bill nullifying warrantless drone spying was signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott today. The bill passed the House 117-0 and the Senate 39-0.

SB92 prohibits any law enforcement agency from using unmanned drones to gather evidence or other information without a warrant.  It reads, in part:  ”A law enforcement agency may not use a drone to gather evidence or other information.”

The bill opens the door for any person whose privacy is violated by a drone to take civil action and would also make any evidence gathered in violation of the act inadmissible in court.

Asked what he liked about the bill Thursday, Scott had a simple response. “I like privacy,” he said.

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South Carolina House Gives Approval to Obamacare Nullification Bill

A bill that would nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in South Carolina through noncompliance passed a 2nd reading in the state house today. The Republican controlled House approved H3101 by a 65-34 vote along partisan lines.  The bill reads, in part:

(3) It is the stated policy of the South Carolina general assembly that provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 grossly exceeds the powers delegated to the federal government in the Constitution.

(4) The provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 which exceed the limited powers granted to Congress pursuant to the Constitution, cannot and should not be considered the supreme law of the land.

(5,) The General Assembly of South Carolina has the absolute and sovereign authority to interpose and refuse to enforce the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 that exceed the authority of the Congress.

The bill also prohibits state cooperation with implementation  of the unconstitutional federal act within the state.

(A) No agency of the State, officer or employee of this State, acting on behalf of the state, may engage in an activity that aids any agency in the enforcement of those provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and any subsequent federal act that amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 that exceed the authority of the United States Constitution.

(B) The General Assembly…is empowered to take all necessary actions to ensure that the provisions of subsection (A) of this code section are adhered to by all agencies, departments and political subdivisions of the State.

Passage of H3101 into law would require the state to refuse the creation of an exchange, medicaid expansion, would empower them to strip licenses from insurance companies that accept monies from the Feds on Obamacare and much more.  This covers a big portion of the steps needed to fully nullify Obamacare.  No such bill – nothing even close – has been passed by any state in modern American history AFTER the Supreme Court gave their opinion on the constitutionality of a federal act.

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