Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rand Paul Introduces Bill To Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture

by Radley Balko.       This is a pretty big deal, especially if Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) can round up enough co-sponsors to build some momentum. Sen. Rand Paul yesterday introduced S. 2644, the FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) Act, which would protect the rights of citizens and restore the Fifth Amendment’s role in seizing property       ... MORE

NSA Spying Threatens Press Freedom and Right to Counsel

by Dan Froomkin.     Top journalists and lawyers agree. To do their jobs properly, journalists and lawyers sometimes need to be able to keep information private from the government. And because what journalists and lawyers do is so integral to safeguarding democracy and basic rights, the United States has traditionally recognized their need for   ... MORE

VIDEO: RetroReport, The End Of The Story

Thomas Sowell: Cease The Cease-Fire

Just get the job done.    Many years ago, on my first trip around the world, I was struck by how the children in the Middle East -- Arab and Israeli alike -- were among the nicest looking little children I had seen anywhere. It was painful to think that they were going to grow up killing each other. But that is exactly what happened. It is         ... MORE

Katie Kieffer: A Bullet A Day Keeps The Doctor Alive

You and I avoid visiting the doctor by eating well.     Doctors like Lee Silverman carry concealed in order to care for us when we do need them. Doctors and medical professionals should be allowed to carry concealed. Last week, a psychiatrist named Dr. Lee Silverman technically broke the letter of the law by carrying concealed at work.     ... MORE

VIDEO: Drug Warriors In New Mexico Go Too Far

Your public servants at work.

Walter E Williams: Please Stop Helping Us

Misplaced loyalty.     While reading the first chapter of Jason Riley’s new book, “Please Stop Helping Us,” I thought about Will Rogers’ Prohibition-era observation that “Oklahomans vote dry as long as they can stagger to the polls.” Demonstrative of similar dedication, one member of Congress told Vanderbilt University political scientist Carol Swain  ... MORE

Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

by Jeremy Scahill, Ryan Devereaux.    The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained  ... MORE

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DC’s Gun Restrictions Takes One Between The Eyes

by Ross Kaminsky. Concealed weapons legal in DC until further notice. The ruling of Washington, DC district court judge Fredrick Scullin in the most important current challenge to that city's unconstitutional restrictions on Second Amendment rights takes judicial action against intentionally law-breaking jurisdictions to a most welcome new  ... MORE

David Bauder: NSA Surveillance Is Hampering Journalists

A chilling effect on truth-seeking.    Revelations over the past few years about how U.S. security officials have the ability to track people through phone, email and other electronic records are making it harder for journalists to report on what the government is doing, two human rights groups say. Human Rights Watch and the American Civil   ... MORE

VIDEO: ObamaCare Deception - Subsides

Frank Parlato: Jurors Have A Right to Judge the Law

Learn an important principle of freedom.        It has long been assumed that juries judge the facts and the courts judge the law. But Georgia v. Brailsford (1794) is the precedent that explains why that is a hasty assumption. It sets a precedent that the jury can also judge, and if it wishes, veto any law. Take a moment to understand what      ... MORE

Jacob Sullum: Where Pot Might Be Legal Soon

Alaska, Oregon, and the nation's capital.    Last week a marijuana legalization initiative officially qualified for the ballot in Oregon. Voters will also consider legalization measures in Alaska and (probably) the District of Columbia this fall, so by the end of the year three more jurisdictions could join Colorado and Washington in allowing     ... MORE

VIDEO: Rand Paul Explains How Republicans Can Win

Peter Van Buren: Drone-Killing The Fifth Amendment

Murder is murder.       You can't get more serious about protecting the people from their government than the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, specifically in its most critical clause: "No person shall be... deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." In 2011, the White House ordered the drone-killing of American citizen   ... MORE

Paul Hsieh: Gun Violence Is Not A 'Public Health' Issue

Which of these things is not like the other?        1 Measles, 2 influenza, 3 tuberculosis, 4 murder. If you picked #4, “murder,” you’re right. The first three are medical diseases. In contrast “murder” is not a medical problem, although it is a tragic cause of death. But in recent years, anti-gun organizations (and some physicians) are seeking   ... MORE

Monday, July 28, 2014

David Firestone: Let States Decide On Marijuana

from NY Times editorial series.       In 1970, at the height of his white-hot war on crime, President Richard Nixon demanded that Congress pass the Controlled Substances Act to crack down on drug abuse. During the debate, Senator Thomas Dodd of Connecticut held up a package wrapped in light-green paper that he said contained $3,000    .... MORE

Your Drug Warriors At Work: Florida SWAT Team Shoots Teen Girl & Kills Dog During Pot Raid On The Wrong House

from InformationLiberation:     Orange County, Florida sheriff's deputies waging an armed raid for a suspected pot dealer entered a family's home guns blazing and shot a teen girl and her dog, only to find out the suspect they were looking for hadn't lived in the home for weeks -- despite their claim to have "surveilled" the home extensively   ... MORE

VIDEO: Connor Boyack - Teaching Liberty To Kids