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Can the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) pull you out of line without any rational reason, quiz you on where you are going and why? And if you choose not to answer, does that make you “hostile?” One newspaper writer from the Midwest found out the answers to those questions on Monday when he experienced the TSA’s new “chat-down” while waiting in line at airport security.
June 8, 2012 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Family values, patriotism, Politics, socialism, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: drones, Illegal search and seizure, Invasion of Privacy, military tribunals, surveillance, Thomas Jefferson, US Constitution | 1 comment
OpEd from FoxNews contributor Judge Andrew Napolitano:
For the past few weeks, I have been writing in this column about the government’s use of drones and challenging their constitutionality on Fox News Channel where I work. I once asked on air what Thomas Jefferson would have done if — had drones existed at the time — King George III had sent drones to peer inside the bedroom windows of Monticello. I suspect that Jefferson and his household would have trained their muskets on the drones and taken them down. I offer this historical anachronism as a hypothetical only, not as one who is urging the use of violence against the government.
Nevertheless, what Jeffersonians are among us today? When drones take pictures of us on our private property and in our homes, and the government uses the photos as it wishes, what will we do about it? Jefferson understood that when the government assaults our privacy and dignity, it is the moral equivalent of violence against us. The folks who hear about this, who either laugh or groan, cannot find it humorous or boring that their every move will be monitored and photographed by the government.
Don’t believe me that this is coming? The photos that the drones will take may be retained and used or even distributed to others in the government so long as the “recipient is reasonably perceived to have a specific, lawful governmental function” in requiring them. And for the first time since the Civil War, the federal government will deploy military personnel inside the United States and publicly acknowledge that it is deploying them “to collect information about U.S. persons.”
Did you consent to the American military spying on Americans in America? I don’t know a single person who has, but I know only a few who are complaining.
-It gets worse. If the military personnel see something of interest from a drone, they may apply to a military judge or “military commander” for permission to conduct a physical search of the private property that intrigues them. And, any “incidentally acquired information” can be retained or turned over to local law enforcement. What’s next? Prosecutions before military tribunals in the U.S.?
June 6, 2012 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Capitalism, climate change, Economy, Family values, Politics, socialism, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: Barack Obama, drones, EPA, Illegal search and seizure, US Constitution | Leave a comment
The Environmental Protection Agency declined to answer questions this week as the Omaha World-Herald sought to clarify whether the agency had the legal authority to conduct overflights of cattle operations to determine if cattle are pooping in streams in the Midwest.
I don’t know much about bovine latrine habits, but I’ve been around enough pastures to know that cattle really aren’t that particular.
It seems to me that they let go pretty much wherever they are, stream or no.
So I think I can say with some authority, that, yes, cattle all around the Midwest are indeed pooping in streams, legally or otherwise.
That’s the kind of rugged individualists that cow herds appear to be now in face of the bullying- pun intended-cowards in the Obama administration. It’s gotten so bad that not content to rough up people, the Obama administration has to go do some environmental cow-tipping.
What’s supposed to be sport for drunk people, is now official policy