President Obama is under fire after passing a so-called “Executive Order” threatening anyone, including American citizens, who interferes even “indirectly” with the transition to power of the new U.S. government-backed dictator of Yemen. Analysts expressed concern that the measure could be an attack on the First Amendment protection of free speech rights, suggesting that journalists and activists who oppose the Yemeni regime might find themselves targeted by the administration’s newly super-charged terror war.
The almost certainly unconstitutional dictate, signed on Wednesday following a string of controversial orders in recent months, declares a “national emergency” to justify the almost-unprecedented restrictions on political activity. The order purports to give Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner broad powers to, among other measures, freeze the assets of whoever the administration claims is attempting to undermine “the peace, security and stability” of Yemen or obstruct the new regime’s consolidation of power. No trial is required.
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg ruled against the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “ambush rule” that would greatly shorten the time an employer had to defend against an effort to unionize his business, from 42 days to 10 days.
With five board members, the NLRB needs a quorum of three to pass any “administrative” rules but when the “ambush rule” was promulgated by the union-friendly board, only two were present.
Americans who wish to reverse the growing power of the federal government only need to remember that any federal law that is unconstitutional has no legal effect and that the states can stop unconstitutional laws at their borders via nullification.
The demand that Congress give more power to the Justice Department to track citizens through their cellphones is meeting resistance.
In a letter published in Foreign Affairs, the official journal of the Council on Foreign Relations, Senator Carl Levin claims that the NDAA only reaffirms existing law and that America is safer since its enactment.
When most Americans think of surveillance drones, it conjures up an image of a Predator drone in a far-off land unleashing a missile against a terrorist suspect. The last thing they think of is a flying surveillance vehicle over their own city. But an increasing number of federal, state, county and municipal police departments are purchasing drone surveillance vehicles of one sort or another to watch Americans. And a few have even discussed arming the drones.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted qualified immunity to John Yoo, shielding him from liability for torture carried out using guidelines set by him while working in the George W. Bush Justice Department.
According to a lawsuit filed by the Goldwater Institute, the U.S. Forest Service is preventing the town of Tombstone, Arizona from repairing the pipelines that provide water to the town's residents.
The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that highway checkpoints of drivers who did not post city stickers in their windows is unconstitutional after one driver is found with marijuana during his vehicle search. The driver moved to have the evidence suppressed on the grounds it was not discovered during a legal stop, as there was no probable cause. The case went all the way to the Kentucky Supreme Court, where the roadblocks were unanimously found to be illegal.
As outrage and concern over the Federal Reserve and its embattled fiat currency continue to grow, lawmakers in Missouri are considering legislation to protect residents by making gold and silver legal tender within the state. If passed, Missouri would join the state of Utah — which adopted a similar sound-money law last year — in its efforts to expand the monetary choices available to citizens.
Known as the “Missouri Sound Money Act of 2012,” House Bill 1637 would define precious metals issued by the U.S. government as lawful money inside of the state. U.S. gold and silver coins would then essentially be valued in commerce at the true market-price of the metal instead of the largely irrelevant face value assigned by the federal government.