As travelers and state governments across America fight back against invasive screening by the Transportation Security Administration at airports, the TSA is actually expanding its operations covering busses, trains, ships, ferries, subways, and even highways. But critics, who say the methods are unconstitutional and often constitute sexual assault, are up in arms.
In 1846, in the aftermath of the U.S. annexation of Texas, Mexican forces attacked Americans at Fort Brown, Texas, at the Rio Grande River — in part over a border dispute. Later, the city of Brownsville, named after Major Jacob Brown, grew around the fort and presided over much of Texas’ rich and colorful history. Contributing to that history is the beautiful Rio Grande River, which is also the international border between the United States and Mexico. Nowadays, the city finds itself in the uneasy position of, once again, defining that border. Parts of the city and the lush farmlands around it (known in Texas as “the Valley”) are now severed by an ugly 18-foot iron fence that has forever altered peaceful Valley life and stands as a harbinger of uncertainty and discord as border tensions escalate. The New American traveled to Brownsville to investigate the fence and its unintended consequences.
President Obama signed his 86th executive order (13575) on June 9, which established the White House Rural Council (WHRC). According to The Blaze, the Executive Order seems to be in line with the United Nations radical Agenda 21, as it is designed “to begin taking control over almost all aspects of the lives of 16 percent of the American people.”
Last Friday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (left) addressed the liberal American Constitution Society, where he announced plans to re-open the Justice Department's Civil Rights division.
He claimed the Obama administration has worked diligently through the DOJ to uphold civil rights in numerous areas:
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. (pictured), who served under the Obama administration as U.S. Ambassador to communist China, officially announced that he would be seeking the 2012 Republican nomination for President.
While Huntsman is not very well known outside of political circles, his GOP bid received a big boost over the weekend when he placed second in the Republican Leadership Conference straw poll. Though Texas Rep. Ron Paul won in a landslide, establishment-media talking heads attempted to frame the news as a big victory for Huntsman’s campaign.
The U.S. Supreme Court may have just opened the floodgates to individuals wishing to challenge various federal laws on the grounds that they violate the 10th Amendment. In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that individuals do have standing to make such legal challenges if they can demonstrate that they will suffer harm if the laws they are challenging are applied to them.
The problem of public-employee pensions is bringing an increasing number of state governments to the brink of fiscal disaster. In some states -- beginning with Wisconsin under Gov. Scott Walker -- Republican majorities elected last November are directly confronting the power of public-employee unions to negotiate any contract the members wish, especially in the area of benefits packages. Even big union states such as Ohio and Indiana have repeated what Wisconsin accomplished.
Texas Governor Rick Perry agreed on Monday to add the wildly popular anti-TSA groping bill to the special session of the Texas Legislature. His decision to call up the bill followed almost a month of intense and unrelenting pressure from his constituents.
American Catholic bishops, equating socialism with true Christian charity, have long been allies of the radical Left in its plans to socialize the American economy. Now they wish to alter the demographic landscape of the United States with unfettered immigration, and are encouraging Catholics to help undermine the effort to ensure that foreign workers are legally employed in the United States.
A University of New Mexico student was arrested after wearing saggy pants onboard a plane at San Francisco International Airport.
A video of the exchange between the student and members of the US Airways flight crew was captured by a passenger seated near the student and obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle. Deshon Marman (shown at left during football practice at UNM) can be heard telling the captain, who was accompanied by a San Francisco police officer, "My pants are up, sir. I'm not doing anything. I paid my fees, and I'm ready to go."