It is not enough to enumerate the individual rights or liberties of all Americans in the US Constitution; we must actively seek to limit the size, power, and modalities of American government, from the federal to the local.Details
State law enforcement officials like Sheriff Gary Raney of Ada County are in drastic need of a reeducation lesson on anti-commandeering, the Constitution, and the Second Amendment.Details
Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution states that “The Congress shall have the power… to establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization.” It does not give exclusive control over migration to the National Government. It is only entrusted with establishing a uniform rule of naturalization.Details
SACRAMENTO – California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday originally intended to deny resources to federal agencies engaging in unwarranted and illegal spying. The final version was much narrower in scope, but privacy and civil liberties advocates call the new law something to build on in 2015.Details
SACRAMENTO – California Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown, Jr. vetoed a bill to stop warrantless surveillance by drones on Sunday, saying the bill would prove “too restrictive to law enforcement.”Details
The Fourth Amendment prohibits government agencies like the NSA from invading your privacy without a warrant.
This seems pretty straight forward and unambiguous, doesn’t it?
Not when government wordsmiths get involved.Details
How did local police all over America become hostile military forces?
Because the federal government had been spending billions of dollars making them that way!
This video by Brave New Films makes the case in a simple and compelling way.Details
“If George W. Bush were launching wars with Congress out of town, the White House lawn would be flooded with protesters.”
-Longtime progressive activist, David Swanson
This speaks volumes of two things:
1. The anti-war left was overwhelmingly filled with hypocrites, only opposed to a politician and not war.
2. For all the vitriol the pro-constitution right throws at Obama for unilateral actions (or lack thereof) they are just as hypocritical when it comes to war.
The NSA peeks and pries into our lives in countless ways, violating our privacy and ignoring the Fourth Amendment. But a former NSA technical chief says one agency activity endangers Americans more than the rest: the routine sharing of warrantless data with state and local law enforcement.Details
The surveillance state doesn’t operate in a vacuum.
In fact, the NSA and other federal spy agencies depend on support from a wide array of both public and private entities in order to engage in world-wide snooping.
American colleges and universities count among the institutions supporting dragnet spying. Through more the 170 schools, the NSA recruits and trains future spies and gains valuable research.Details