Constitution

On Wednesday, January 2, 2013, President Barack Obama did what constitutionalists and civil libertarians knew he would do: He signed into law the renewal of his power to apprehend and detain Americans indefinitely on no more authority than his own suspicion of their complicity with enemies in the “War on Terror.”

The tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14 has proven to be a reference point for opponents of the Second Amendment to once again propose anti-gun legislation. However, reports from the Federal Bureau of Investigation indicate that the focus on rifles is misguided. In fact, according to the FBI, more hammers, clubs, and blunt objects are involved in murders than rifles or shotguns.

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking documents on the federal government's targeted killing program while making an excellent case against it.

President Obama has placed a federal judge in an “inescapable, paradoxical situation” in a case challenging the federal government’s authority to hide warrantless wiretapping behind a “state secrets” shield, the judge said at a hearing on December 14.

On December 19, the Nevada chapters of People Against the National Defense Authorization Act (PANDA) announced the introduction of BDR 728, the Nevada Liberty Preservation Act. Sponsored by Nevada State Senator Don Gustavson, the bill will be presented to lawmakers in February, when the state legislature reconvenes.

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