Throughout American history, presidents have abused and used a power not delegated to them to create and pass “laws” through executive orders. Historically speaking, executive orders were meant only tell departments, under the president, how to execute or enforce laws. Now executive orders are used as a way to bypass Congress.Details
In thinking about the phrase “natural born Citizen” in the Constitution’s eligibility clause, I have assumed (1) that it follows from the English law phrase “natural born subject” and (2) that “natural born subject” at minimum meant anyone born within sovereign territory (apart from children of invaders and diplomats). The latter point seems clear from Blackstone, who says as much, quite clearly.Details
The on-going implosion of Obamacare continues, as a U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision against IRS subsidies for federal health care exchanges. In a 2-1 opinion, the court found Obamacare’s tax credit scheme to be unlawful.Details
In a referendum that could ultimately have national implications, Missouri voters will go to the polls Aug. 5 with the opportunity to add protection for electronic communications to their state constitutionDetails
Did you know the NSA enters into partnerships with colleges and universities?
Schools that partner with the NSA earn the Orwellian sounding designation of “Centers for Academic Excellence.” Depending on the nature of the partnership, these universities serve as either training and recruiting ground for future spies. Or they take on NSA funded research projects to further the agency’s mission – spying on the world. Or both.Details
CONCORD, N.H., July 24, 2014 – New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a bill that not only bans state and local law enforcement from searching an electronic device without a warrant, but also prohibits a small but important category of what the NSA has been doing with the warrantless data it collects.Details
Oregon residents will once again have the opportunity to nullify the federal drug war as the Secretary of State officially authorized a measure that would fully legalize marijuana for adults aged 21 or older to be voted upon this fall.Details
Is the OffNow strategy too extreme?
Does shutting off water and electricity to spy agency facilities go too far?Details
DRONES, a film available on demand from iTunes and Amazon, follows two drone operators on a remote location as they face moral dilemmas while tasked with killing suspected terrorist operatives. And while it focuses on the use of drones on the foreign battlefield, the film addresses issues that will soon face us right here at home.Details