Posts Tagged ‘Government’

U.S. govt now given power to seize anyone’s laptops upon entering the country

August 3, 2008

U.S. citizens and foreign travelers can have their laptops seized without warrant “or without suspicion of wrongdoing” for an unspecified amount of time.  Wasn’t there something in the news lately about China censoring foreign journalists’ access to the internet while at the Beijing Olympics?  Ask your local patriot about how these policies differ……

Agents are empowered to share the contents of seized computers with other agencies and private entities for data decryption and other reasons, the newspaper said.

DHS officials said the policies applied to anyone entering the country, including U.S. citizens, and were needed to prevent terrorism.

Read the rest of this bullshit very necessary security policy. We thank you government for keeping us safe!

More here.

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The Petty Police State in Dallas, Texas

June 23, 2008

From Common Sense with Paul Jacob

Petty Police State

June 19, 2008

Could the most important thing one does for one’s community be to send a pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution to local politicians and police?

Some officers in the Dallas Police Department are doing things against the letter and the spirit of our laws. After writing a traffic ticket up, and getting the signature, too many on the force then add on infractions.

Gretchen West was stopped for a burned-out tail light. She took away her ticket for $220. And paid. Then she got a letter in the mail, saying she owed an extra $378 for failing to wear a seatbelt and driving without her headlights on.

But, but . . . the officer had not mentioned those alleged violations!

The Dallas Morning News informs us that an assistant city attorney documented about a dozen cases like this in recent months.

This weird twist on ex post facto law is Kafkaesque, actually, the kind of thing you’d expect from a police state.

Now, I know: Dallas, Texas, today, is a better place to live in than was Moscow, USSR, circa 1950. The Soviets set in place a totalitarian police state.

Here in America, when our rulers and enforcers forget the importance of the rule of law, and the primacy of citizen liberties, they tend to set up not totalitarian police states but petty ones.

Sure, the pettiness is a bit of a relief. But it’s just not the American way.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

And, according to Pegasus News, you can now pay your tickets, legitimate and (allegedly) fabricated online. How convenient!

Paying traffic citations is now a lot more convenient, thanks to the City of Dallas Court Services new e-Payment System.

“We want to give customers every possible opportunity to pay their tickets,” said Director of Court and Detention Services Gloria Carter. “We’re pleased to be able to offer this online option, which we believe will make paying traffic citations simpler and more convenient.”

To pay citations online, visit www.dallascityhall.com and click on “other tickets” in the left hand margin. After reading the “Terms and Conditions” page, click on “Make Payment” at the bottom of the page and enter the information on the citation. The system will provide a total due and accept payment by credit card or personal/business check.

This 24 hour convenience is in addition to the 24 hour, seven days a week window operation for handling Class C Misdemeanors at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center Lobby , 111 W. Commerce.

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, clueless douchebag, gets booed at Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup celebration

June 7, 2008

Sure he’s facing felony perjury charges and his own City Council wants him removed from office, but fear not, he’s still as oblivious as ever. Most people with any sense of respect would’ve resigned a long time ago, but this is Detroit we’re talking about. 313! 313! 313!

R.I.P. Rachel Hoffman-another victim of marijuana prohibition

June 6, 2008

Yet another victim of the failed War on Drugs(users). A very sad story. Another life snuffed out in the failed attempt to control a substance that not one person has ever overdosed on and that one of the DEA’s own judges ruled has clear medical benefits. I’ve often wondered why the war on drugs continues, depsite the overwhelming failure and exorbitant costs, and I keep coming back to the expression from the Watergate scandal: Follow the money.

Oddly enough, one of the best, and most accessible explanations for the continued drug war can be found in the movie “American Gangster” with Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington. There’s a boatload of money to be made by keeping drugs illegal.

Det. Richie Roberts, played by Russell Crowe
They don’t want this to stop. It
employs too many people. Cops, lawyers,
judges, probation officers, prison guards.
The day dope stops coming into
this country, a hundred thousand people lose their jobs.

Please watch this clip to see what drug prohibition continues to do…..

Homeland tyranny continues

May 25, 2008

“What you assert is the power of the military to seize a person in the United States, including an American citizen, on suspicion of being an enemy combatant?” Judge William B. Traxler asked.

“Yes, your honor,” Justice Department lawyer Gregory Garre replied.

Yes, your govt is vigorously defending a policy that allows the military to swoop you up, hold you indefinitely, deny you access to an attorney or even a trial on the SUSPICION you might be a terrorist.  I know, I know….if you’re not guilty, what do you have to worry about right?  Because we know the federal government and military intelligence has never erred.  Somewhere along the line, we seemed to have forgotten that giving the governement nearly unchecked police powers is very, very dangerous.   Somewhere the Constitution is weeping.  More here

 “Failure of government programs prompts more determined efforts, while the loss of liberty is ignored or rationalized away. Whether it’s the war against poverty, drugs, terrorism, or the current Hitler of the day, an appeal to patriotism is used to convince the people that a little sacrifice of liberty, here and there, is a small price to pay. The results, though, are frightening and will soon become even more so.”

Congressman Ron Paul