On February 17, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel, seated in Charleston, South Carolina, dismissed a lawsuit filed by Jose Padilla against Defense Secretary Robert Gates, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and other Bush administration officials for their participation in violating his constitutional rights.
“If you’re like me,” wrote Thomas Woods, tongue planted firmly in cheek, “you spend a lot of time concerned — weeping, even — that one of the great men ever to serve in American government, Donald Rumsfeld, continues to go unrecognized. At last this injustice is being rectified.”
The War on Drugs has been chipping away at the Bill of Rights for decades. If a January 3 California Supreme Court ruling is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, the drug war will thus have completely eviscerated the Fourth Amendment, which states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
On October 18, brothers Jesus and Jose Martinez were robbed of over $190,000 by an armed man. They know who the man is and who employs him, and both the thief and his employer have admitted stealing the money. They took his employer to court to retrieve their money. A judge ordered the money returned, but the employer has refused to return it, saying that he has since passed it on to his superiors, who in turn have no intention of returning it.
Pro-lifers expecting the newly elected Republican Congress to do great things might want to consider this: In its fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, received nearly $350 million in federal funding, according to a report from CNSNews.com. CNSNews obtained this figure from the organization’s annual report; the report for that fiscal year is the latest one that has been publicly released. That money, plus additional federal money for the following fiscal year, helped pay for a whopping 324,008 abortions performed by Planned Parenthood Affiliate Health Centers in 2008, according to a Planned Parenthood fact sheet.
The Tea Party clearly has the establishment in a panic. The latest evidence: "America's Holy Writ," a Newsweek article by Andrew Romano on the Tea Party’s supposedly confused approach to the Constitution.
“I don’t want people talking on phones, having them up to their ear or texting while they’re driving.” Thus spake Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in an October 5 interview with Bloomberg News. So let it be written; so let it be done.
On August 23, Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the U.S. government from funding research involving embryonic stem cells as ordered by President Barack Obama in 2009.
On September 14, 2001, President George W. Bush declared a national emergency with respect to the terrorist attacks of three days earlier. The National Emergencies Act of 1976 requires the President to renew this state of emergency on an annual basis if he wishes it to remain in effect. Bush renewed it every year he was in office, and now President Barack Obama has extended it for the second time during his term.