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  • Freeing Us From the Islamic State Group and Sharia

    06/29/2017 7:32:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2017 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Do I detect a note of desperation in some of my fellow Americans' discussions on how to treat terrorism, specifically the terrorist group the Islamic State? IS has grown from a small group of brutes committing various heinous crimes back in President Barack Obama's time into a small army consisting of a few thousand, perhaps tens of thousands, committing heinous crimes. IS and its solitary agents in Europe and America driving vehicles onto sidewalks and engaging in wanton mayhem have killed many innocent people. There seems to be no way to deal with them -- at least to some Americans....
  • Alan Dershowitz: Civil Liberties Threatened With Kushner Probe

    05/26/2017 6:00:38 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 17 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 25 May 2017
    Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Thursday that reports that White House senior adviser Jared Kushner was under FBI scrutiny on Russia pointed to an inquiry that was "being done backwards" and "raises great concerns about civil liberties." "Usually, you can point to a statute and say, 'We're investigating crime under this statute,'" Dershowitz told Anderson Cooper on CNN before referencing special prosecutor Robert Mueller. "What Mueller seems to be doing is saying: 'We don't like what happened. Maybe there was some collaboration. But I can't figure out what statute was being violated.' "When Hillary Clinton was being...
  • Free speech in a Democracy (Noam Chomsky, 1985)

    02/11/2016 5:55:05 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 16 replies
    Chomsky.info ^ | September 1985 | Noam Chomsky
    ...The relevant facts are as follows. Faurisson was a professor of French literature at the University of Lyon. After he published some items in which he denied the existence of gas chambers, he was suspended from teaching on the grounds that the university could not protect him from violence. He was then brought to trial for "falsification of history," and condemned -- the first time in the West, to my knowledge, that the courts have affirmed the familiar Stalinist-fascist doctrine that the State has the right to determine historical truth and to punish deviation from it. I was one of...
  • No confidence: Disapproval of Obama's handling of terrorism soars to 57%,

    12/16/2015 7:33:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 16, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Man alive. You don’t see trend lines like this every day.I guess the spin for O fans is obvious. The sudden spike isn’t a “real” downturn in his counterterror approval, it’s just a reflex after the jihadi massacre in San Bernardino. Support for gun control bounced upward after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012 but it came back down to earth in time. So will this, provided there isn’t another attack in the U.S. soon. Could be, but Obama’s been trending poorly on this subject for two years, ever since ISIS started creeping onto American voters’ radar. It was probably...
  • John Doe reform bill starts to move again

    08/14/2015 7:44:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 8-14-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. A bill that would reform Wisconsins controversial John Doe law cleared a major hurdle this week. State Rep. Jim Ott, R-Mequon, chairman of the Assemblys Judiciary Committee, has placed Assembly Bill 68 on the agenda for the committees executive committee. The reform proposal could soon be added to the Legislatures fall floor session for debate. I am pleased Chairman Ott has made passing our important John Doe reforms out of his committee a priority before the legislature reconvenes this fall, state Rep. David Craig, R-Big Bend, the bills author, said in a statement. Legislation protecting civil liberties...
  • Investigation: Undercover agents snuck fake explosives, banned weapons past TSA

    06/01/2015 1:21:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 1, 2015
    Undercover agents were able to sneak fake explosives and banned weapons through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, in an investigation that revealed a massive, system-wide security failure at America's airports. The findings were part of a DHS inspector general probe. The report is still classified, but Fox News has confirmed the investigation found security failures at dozens of airports. Homeland Security officials confirmed to Fox News that TSA screeners failed 67 out of 70 tests -- or 96 percent -- carried out by special investigators known as "red teams." In one case, an undercover agent with a fake bomb strapped to...
  • Paul Greenberg: Fear Is Big Again

    04/14/2015 1:52:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself . . . ." --Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933 Both here in Arkansas and in Indiana, additional laws have just been passed to assure that people of conscience are not obliged to violate it. Both statutes, like those in effect in many another state, were carefully phrased, then refined, to make sure they were in accordance with federal law designed to both protect freedom of religion and assure that the state must have a compelling...
  • Growing Use of Civil Forfeiture Creates Nightmares for Small Business Owners

    11/18/2013 5:50:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2013 | Matthew Needham
    Imagine that you run a grocery store with your daughter, a store you have owned for thirty years. Imagine that just last year the IRS found no violations in an audit of your store. Now imagine that, despite continuing your sound business practices, you awake one day to find the IRS has seized your entire bank account. The IRS has used a technique called civil forfeiture against you and you find your Constitutional guarantee of innocence until proven guilty has been completely reversed. That is the nightmare that Terry Dehko and his daughter Sandy Thomas found themselves in on January...
  • When the people have become the enemy

    09/21/2013 8:02:47 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | September 21st, 2013 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Lost Trust The revelation that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting data on Americans in the name of national security has eliminated any trust the Department of Defense intelligence agency might have been awarded by the populace. Not only was the NSAs reputation damaged, so were the reputations of the Tech companies that were coerced to help in the war on terror. Edward Snowdens leak of the PRISM program exposed the Agencys effort to install backdoors into commercial products and compromise encryption programs. American technology companies are losing the trust of their customers. Insanity The National Security Agencys...
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • Founding Principles Worth Guiding America Then and Now

    08/12/2013 9:15:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2013 | Terry Paulson
    Whether it was finding the solid ground in writing the Declaration of Independence that would justify and drive a revolution or defining the core rights that would guide the crafting for our Constitution, our Founding Fathers held firmly to core principles that would help them navigate through unchartered waters. Every improvement is the result of change, but not every change is an improvement. Our Founding Fathers had to find a compass to give them a true north as they sorted through the choices and changes our emerging country faced. After more than two centuries, it is understandable that our citizens...
  • Colorado city proposes drone hunting permits; FAA threatens prosecution

    07/21/2013 7:00:39 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | July 21, 2013 | Leslie Eastman
    As Professor Jacobsons recent pictorial essay noted, there is something for both the left and right to hate about the Obama Administrations use of drones. As the co-founder of San Diegos first Tea Party group, I love the grassroots initiative displayed by the citizens of one Colorado town to address the concerns Americans have over the use of these aerial vehicles over their skies. They propose a new type of hunting license that combines free market savvy while targeting statist government tactics. The small town of Deer Trail, Colo. is considering a bold move. The town board will be voting...
  • NSA Foiled NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) Terrorist Plot, We Now Learn

    06/18/2013 9:58:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 76 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | June 18, 2013
    To think it only took the world's most (in)famous whistleblower to get the NSA to disclose that it had heroically managed to prevent terrorist attacks involving the New York Stock Exchange (we supposed they refer to the Manhattan-based TV studio and not the actual exchange where the servers are now housed in Mahwah, NJ) and the NY Subway. Because whereas there was a time in the past when the various US secret services would scurry at the opportunity to disclose their expertise to the general public, now it is a false negative that is supposed to disprove a positive (pervasive...
  • Keeping Us Safe From Obama

    06/11/2013 2:48:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2013 | Mona Charen
    It would be nice to write a column in praise of President Obama for his vigorous conduct of the war on terror -- to praise his willingness to look for "dots" to connect amid all the electronic noise of the communications web. It would be pleasantly nonpartisan to observe that some conservatives are being hypocritical -- denouncing Obama for surveillance of millions of Americans while they were content to permit President Bush to do similar things without protest, just as many liberals are doing the reverse. Three glaring obstacles stand in the way: One is the memory of the casual...
  • Main Core: A List Of Millions Of Americans That Will Be Subject To Detention During Martial Law

    06/11/2013 11:30:49 AM PDT · by Abiotic · 5 replies
    End The American Dream ^ | June 10th, 2013 | Michael Snyder
    Are you on the list? Are you one of the millions of Americans that have been designated a threat to national security by the U.S. government? Will you be subject to detention when martial law is imposed during a major national emergency? As you will see below, there is actually a list that contains the names of at least 8 million Americans known as Main Core that the U.S. intelligence community has been compiling since the 1980s. A recent article on Washingtons Blog Link quoted a couple of old magazine articles that mentioned this program, and I was intrigued because...
  • All phone calls in the US are recorded and accessible to the government, claims former FBI agent

    05/06/2013 10:46:41 AM PDT · by kiryandil · 78 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 5, 2013 | DAILY MAIL reporter
    A former FBI counterterrorism agent has hinted at a vast and intrusive surveillance network used by the U.S. government to monitor its own citizens. Tim Clemente admitted as much when he appeared on CNN Wednesday night. Discussing the Boston Marathon attack and past telephone conversations of Katherine Russell and her now deceased husband, suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Clemente said that those conversations would be available to investigators. Clemente discussed the issue in this exchange with host Erin Burnett, as recorded by the CNN transcript...
  • Noam Chomsky: Obamas Inexplicable Attack On Civil Liberties Goes Well Beyond Anything Imagined

    04/28/2013 2:25:52 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    MEDIAite ^ | 4/28/2013 | Andrew Kirell
    In an interview with AlterNet this past week, Americas most well-known left-wing intellectual slammed President Obama for his inexplicable attacks on civil liberties in the forms of various laws expanding upon the executive powers set forth by President George W. Bush. Speaking with the liberal blogs Mike Stivers, Chomsky expressed dissatisfaction with the current presidents record on civil liberties: I personally never expected anything of Obama, and wrote about it before the 2008 primaries. I thought it was smoke and mirrors. The one thing that did surprise me is his attack on civil liberties. They go well beyond anything I...
  • How Nixon Won Watergate

    03/26/2013 12:47:35 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 27 replies
    Res ipsa loquitur ("The thing itself speaks") blog ^ | March 26, 2013 | JONATHAN TURLEY
    This month, I spoke at an event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal with some of its survivors at the National Press Club. While much of the discussion looked back at the historic clash with President Nixon, I was struck by a different question: Who actually won? From unilateral military actions to warrantless surveillance that were key parts of the basis for Nixons impending impeachment, the painful fact is that Barack Obama is the president that Nixon always wanted to be. Four decades ago, Nixon was halted in his determined effort to create an imperial presidency with unilateral...
  • North Jersey towns acquiring high-tech surveillance gear

    11/25/2012 5:12:56 PM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies
    North Jersey.com ^ | Friday November 23, 2012 | ZACH PATBERG
    A federal anti-terrorism program has drawn North Jersey deeper into the practice of hidden surveillance, equipping police departments with high-tech cameras, infrared technology and automatic license plate readers to keep tabs on people as they travel to local reservoirs, financial hubs and malls. The stepped-up security around potential terrorist targets links the region into a network of clandestine monitoring. Some of the departments are already putting to use the equipment provided by Homeland Security; others are gearing up. Oradell, Emerson, Closter and Harrington Park police have car-mounted night-vision technology and video and recording equipment that can watch over the Oradell...
  • Why I Refuse to Vote for Obama: The case against casting a ballot for the president...

    09/26/2012 10:06:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 26, 2012 | Conor Friedersdorf
    Tell certain liberals and progressives that you can't bring yourself to vote for a candidate who opposes gay rights, or who doesn't believe in Darwinian evolution, and they'll nod along. Say that you'd never vote for a politician caught using the 'n'-word, even if you agreed with him on more policy issues than his opponent, and the vast majority of left-leaning Americans would understand. But these same people cannot conceive of how anyone can discern Mitt Romney's flaws, which I've chronicled in the course of the campaign, and still not vote for Obama. Don't they see that Obama's transgressions are...