“That’s what the whole issue is here. It’s the federal government, the size of the federal government, and whether or not we stand up to the federal government,”Details
After nearly a decade of war by drones on the tribal regions of Pakistan, an ally of the US government, that country has now had enough.
This week Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Washington, D.C. calling the drone bombings a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty. At nearly the same time, reports from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are showing the federal government is lying about who exactly is dying in drone wars.
These attacks began with President Bush but have, as many national security policies, swelled under President Obama. An interactive display (which can be viewed here) of recorded drone strikes that has been passed around for months illustrates the evolution of this undeclared war on Pakistan’s innocent men, women, and children. Cries of war crimes and violations of international law are mounting, yet still there is that familiar silence regarding Constitutionality.Details
Former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura has a list of demands, and over 10,000 people have signed his petition at Change.org.
Ventura and his supporters had better be careful what they wish for and how they go about trying to make it happen, though. They may just end up destroying whatever “Democracy” they’ve set out to “regain.”
The federal elected officials, to whom the petition is addressed, must face the threat of some grand electoral overthrow if they don’t vote and act correctly this time! And how must they vote and act exactly? No, not in accordance to the US Constitution! But instead directed by the whims and wishes of the body and the mind of Jesse Ventura.
Ventura opens the letter withDetails
Nullification is a funny thing.
We can’t always tell where or when the next domino will fall, but trends matter.
When it comes hemp cultivation, the federal government isn’t having an effect on the states; rather it’s the states having an effect on each other, and in turn influencing the federal government!
Last year’s legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington is the gift that keeps on giving.
Last August, Eric Holder’s Department of Justice essentially backed down in the face of marijuana legalization by popular vote in both states, saying it would not challenge the new state laws. It’s nearly impossible to enforce these types of prohibitions without local and state support, so in an effort to prevent further embarrassment, the feds issued a stand down order for prosecutors in Colorado and Washington. Now it’s not just Coloradans and Washingtonians taking advantage of this turn in events since the feds abandoned ship. Advocates of industrial hemp see the DOJ announcement as an open door for state production of the crop.Details
Critical California Action Alert: Call Governor Brown, Pass AB 351 to Help Stop “Indefinite Detention”
California’s Liberty Preservation Act, Assembly Bill 351, sets out a statewide policy of non-compliance with any “indefinite detention” efforts by the federal government, regardless of what “law” codifies such authority.
AB 351 passed the Assembly 71-1 and then the State Senate approved the measure unanimously.
Now it’s time Californians call Gov. Jerry Brown and demand he protect civil rights, due process and Habeas Corpus by signing off on AB 351, making it the law of the land in the Golden State. It is imperative that the grassroots not give up their role yet, since it is highly likely Governor Brown is receiving advice to exercise his veto power.
ACTION STEPS for California Residents:
1. Call Governor Jerry Brown. California residents are strongly encouraged to call Governor Jerry Brown immediately to request final passage of AB 351.
***Call Jerry Brown’s office: (916) 445-2841
Secondary means of contacting the Governor:
Fax (916) 558-3160
Email him via his website.
Tweet @JerryBrownGov using hashtag #AB351
For far too long, Americans blindly obeyed the “national security” experts at the cost of personal liberty.
Fortunately a healthy trend of defiance has been eclipsing that mindset and the Fourth Amendment is making a comeback.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Never before has the Fourth Amendment been under such assault as by the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA has a secret spying program that’s not so secret now thanks to whistleblower Edward Snowden. Once Americans learned their online, phone, and texting communications were being watched and stored without probable cause or a warrant, they demanded accountability. Polls from Quinnipiac, Pew, Rassmussen, and others all show Americans don’t trust their liberty under this so-called anti-terrorism policy.
Division of power makes America great, and protects the liberty our founders dreamed of and fought for. The role of states isn’t to simply salute and follow federal orders. The Fourth Amendment Protection Act instructs the people’s state officials on how to deal with federal officials enforcing unconstitutional surveillance.
Learn about it and start working to get it passed, here:
In an effort to keep inhabitants of Nebraska and Iowa from taking any queue from their Missourian neighbors, the World-Herald editorial team has published the latest and greatest compilation of mainstream attacks on nullification. Nick Hankoff takes them to taskDetails
President Obama has brought neither change nor hope when it comes to federal marijuana prohibition and its constitutional ramifications.
But you’d think the Evolver in Chief would have second thoughts after his own former favorite for US Surgeon General, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, recently changed his mind on the issue.
Following the CNN documentary “Weed,” hosted by Gupta, in which he presents a case to lift marijuana from the Schedule 1 federal classification, White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest stuck to the script.
“The administration’s position on this has been clear and consistent for some time now. While the prosecution of drug traffickers remains an important priority, the president and the administration believe that the targeting of individual marijuana users, especially those with serious illnesses and their caregivers, is not the best allocation of federal law enforcement resources.”
Where is the hope in continuing policies that have doubled marijuana-related incarceration, contributing to the largest imprisoned population in the world? There’s certainly no hope for the young African-American male, who is arrested 3-4 more times more on average than his white counterparts. In Obama’s own home state of Illinois, 58 percent of those arrested for possession are African-Americans, who make up just 15 percent of the population.
Judging by Obama’s record on marijuana prosecutions, his definition of “drug traffickers” is about as clear as his definition of “terrorist” or “transparency.” Federal agents have stepped up aggressive enforcement, targeting medical marijuana dispensaries in several states. But statistics are proving that no matter how much they increase enforcement, the federal government is failing in its effort to stop the state nullification efforts against their national prohibition scheme.Details
On Friday, June 7, the Wood County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a resolution to Protect the Second Amendment.
The measure affirms the right to keep and bear arms and calls on the state legislature to take steps protecting the Second Amendment. It also urges noncompliance with federal efforts to violate the Constitution.
Resolved that all agencies of the County of Wood County, Texas are instructed to refuse requests or directives by federal agencies acting under unconstitutional powers enumerated in Section 2 above that would infringe upon our residents’ second, ninth, and tenth amendment rights, or other inalienable rights not here explicitly enumerated.
The resolution even addresses the supremacy clause issue.
Section 2. All federal acts, laws, executive orders, agency orders, and rules or regulations of all kinds with the purpose, intent, or effect of confiscating any firearm, banning any firearm, limiting the size of a magazine for any firearm, imposing any limit on the ammunition that may be purchased for any firearm, taxing any firearm or ammunition therefore, or requiring the registration of any firearm or ammunition therefore, infringes upon Texans’ right to bear arms in direct violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and therefore, any such law is not made in pursuance of the Constitution, is not authorized by the Constitution, and thus, is not the supreme law of the land, and consequently, is invalid in the State of Texas and shall be further considered null and void and of no effect in this County.
When AB-351, the California Liberty Preservation Act, was introduced by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, there was virtually zero support from his own Republican colleagues. Now, State Senator Bob Huff, the Republican Leader, has written a letter of support in reply to an activist’s letter.
Amy Alspaugh wrote to Sen. Huff a few days before AB-351 saw victory on the Assembly floor by a 71-1 vote.
The Honorable Bob Huff, 29th State Senate District
Dear Senator Huff: