Reasons Trump Is Wrong to Oppose Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform
"Civil asset forfeiture reform is an idea that's time has come, in
Texas and elsewhere, whether Donald Trump is ready or not."
Total Dictatorship: America's Shadow Government and Its Silent
- "...as long as government officials—elected and unelected
alike—are allowed to operate beyond the reach of the Constitution, the
courts and the citizenry, the threat to our freedoms remains
world's top financial watchdog warns
- "The Bank for International Settlements warned in its quarterly
report that China’s "credit to GDP gap" has reached 30.1, the highest
to date and in a different league altogether from any other major
country tracked by the institution."
- "Don’t forget,
this is the same government telling you freedom isn’t free and the same
banks loaning/printing/conjuring/manifesting the government the money
to buy the weapons to make freedom expensive. “Free money! Ask about
our home loans!” A scam. “Terrorists are threatening our freedom!” A
scam. “We live in the greatest nation on Earth!” A scam. Always assume
it’s a scam and you can’t go wrong."
- "Momentum is growing around the country to stop filling jails with
non-violent drug offenders. One measure of progress would be more jails
becoming empty. What an inspiring trend it would be to turn these
places of state-sanctioned misery into grow centers for a miraculous
- “In many respects,” Wilkerson continued, “it is now private interests
that benefit most from our use of military force. Whether it’s private
security contractors, that are still all over Iraq or Afghanistan, or
it’s the bigger-known defense contractors, like the number one in the
world, Lockheed Martin.”
nothing to do with terrorism
- "It’s all another sobering reminder
that any powers we grant to the federal government for the purpose of
national security will inevitably be used just about everywhere else."
federal guidelines have just been introduced across the country, and
what they mandate is quite disturbing to civil libertarians. The FBI
has now instructed high schools across the nation to report students
who in any way criticize government policies and what the report
phrases as “western corruption.”
The Big Short
movie I highly recommend about the events leading up to the collapse of
the financial system in 2007-2008. Entertainining as well as
informative. "Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict
the credit and
housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big
banks for their greed and lack of foresight."
5 Minute Speech
that Got Judge Napolitano Fired from Fox News
[Youtube Video] -
Well worth a watch. I wish more people of his notoriety, prestige
and background had the guts to speak out like this.
- by Andrew Napolitano -
"Under the Constitution, fundamental liberties (speech, a free press,
worship, self-defense, travel and privacy, to name a few) are accorded
the highest protection from governmental intrusion. One can only lose a
fundamental right by intentionally giving it up or via due process (a
jury trial resulting in a conviction for criminal behavior)."
- "Researchers Martin
Gilens along with Benjamin I. Page concluded that over the past few
decades in particular, the U.S. political system has gradually changed
in a way that has warped the Democratic Republic into a nearly pure
oligarchy, where the elite 1% rule with almost total influence and
control over the government and even police state apparatus. "
- by Ron Paul - "The
interventionists will do anything to prevent Americans from seeing
that their foreign policies are perpetuating terrorism and inspiring
others to seek to harm us."
- "Anyone that believes that everything is “perfectly fine”
and that we are going to come out of this “stronger than ever” is just
- "In America we have the blessed freedom
to select our flavor of dictator. We can choose where we want the
coming totalitarianism to begin before spreading everywhere else: total
war, a total police state, or total economic planning. “I love
democracy! I love the Republic!”
- By Gerald Celente - "If the causes and effects of
foreign policy – doing to others as you would have them do to
you – are
not truthfully examined, the War on Terror will escalate into World War
- "Exactly 26
years ago last week, peace was breaking out in a manner that the world
had not experienced since June 1914. The Berlin Wall—-the symbol of a
century of state tyranny, grotesque mass warfare and the nuclear sword
of Damocles hanging over the planet—-had come tumbling down on November
- “It is a
hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies: the
Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of
Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Justice
Department. I also include the Department of the Treasury because of
its jurisdiction over financial flows, its enforcement of international
sanctions and its organic symbiosis with Wall Street.”
- "What comes next will be heavily
dependent upon whether the 5% to 10% of liberty minded believers in the
Constitution are able to gain the trust of the masses. The odds will be
long, but no longer than they were during that bitter winter at Valley
Forge in 1777-1778."
- By William Norman Grigg - "Under the legal regime
proposed by attorney and law professor William C. Bradford, who until
recently was an instructor at West Point, lawyers and legal scholars
who criticize or impede the Regime’s endless “war on terror” could be
designated “fifth columnists” and “enemy combatants” subject to
indefinite detention or summary execution."
- By Andrew P. Napolitano - "How
dangerous this is. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It
applies in good times and in bad, in war and in peace. It regulates the
governed and the governors. Yet if the government that it regulates can
change it by ordinary legislation, then it is not a constitution but a
- By Andrew P. Napolitano - "In their continuous
efforts to create the impression that the government is doing something
to keep Americans safe, politicians in Washington have misled and lied
to the public."
- (It's the only way to stop the violence) - "Legislation was recently introduced in Ecuador
which would make it the second country in the world and the first in
the western hemisphere to legalize all drugs, from marijuana to cocaine
and even heroin."
- "Professor William Greene is an
expert on constitutional tender and said
when people in multiple states actually start using gold and silver
instead of Federal Reserve Notes, it would effectively nullify the
Federal Reserve and end the federal government’s monopoly on money."
- "They found no drugs on him whatsoever. They never saw
him selling drugs or committing a crime of any sort. But the Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA) claims that they are “certain” that
22-year-old Joseph Rivers is a “drug dealer.” What makes them so
sure? When the young African American man set out to make a music
video in Hollywood, after scraping together the funds, the Michigan
native had the $16,000 for the shoot on him. That’s it. Nothing
else. Having the money for this video on him, as he traveled from
Michigan to Los Angeles was sufficient “evidence” that he was a drug
dealer, even though no drugs were found on him, and even though there
was no link made between him and any criminal element."
- By Andrew P. Napolitano - "Without the rule of law, we
are subject to the rule of whoever runs the government, and our rights
become licenses to be granted or denied by whoever runs the government.
In that world, who or what would restrain the government? An
unrestrained government is what we fought the American Revolution
- Ron Paul interview - Why are US
special forces holding a massive exercise in the US southwest this
summer? Is it something civil libertarians should be worried about?
- By Andrew P. Napolitano - Will FBI agents
who lie, cheat, break the law and testify falsely be brought to
justice? Will their superiors who condone this be made to answer? Does
the FBI work for us, or do we work for it?
- by Ron Paul - "The elites are
terrified that peace may finally break out, which will be bad for their
profits. That is why they are trying to scuttle the Iran deal, nix the
Cuba thaw, and drum up a new “Red Scare” coming from Moscow. We must
not be fooled into believing their lies."
- By Andrew P. Napolitano - "...nothing will destroy our
personal liberties more effectively than the government refusing to
honor them and Americans sheepishly accepting that."
"Torture isn’t just putting Americans in harm’s way abroad
It’s also going to come home
to haunt us."
on all workers. If corporate power
continues to disembowel the country, if it is not impeded by mass
protests and revolt, life outside prison will soon resemble life in
- Written by Ron Paul -
"The truth is, Americans should not accept one more extension of the
PATRIOT Act and should not endorse its continued dismemberment of our
- "This post explains
the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10
amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a scorecard
on the extent of the loss of each right."
"The American people are told that the emerging Big Brother police
state is for our safety, but the truth is that it isn’t there to
protect us. It is there to protect them. Our government has
become kind of like a crazy rich uncle that is constantly spying on
everyone else in the family because he believes that they are “out to
get him”. The following are 15 signs that we live during a time
of rampant government paranoia…"
- By Andrew P. Napolitano - "In 1949,
when he wrote “1984,” Orwell predicted all this, including the secret
torture, the perpetual warfare, the continuous spying and the fear of
the government. His predictions were right on the mark — he was only
mistaken by 30 years."
- by Ron Paul - ",,,Congress will not
restore constitutional government on its own; the American people must
demand that Congress stop facilitating the growth of an authoritarian
police state that threatens their liberty. "
the people are indoctrinated with nationalistic beliefs, and the
infrastructure to protect them from some constantly-changing and
ever-expanding definition of an enemy is in place, there is no ability
for the people to regain liberty."
- "As more and more people of
all varieties find themselves or someone they love terrorized or worse
by one of the 124
violent SWAT raids that now occur in America every day
would do well to remember that the SWAT team also
in 1967, established by Daryl Gates at the LAPD, and its first use was
against black political dissidents."
- By Sarah Stillman - “We have
people who have warrants because of traffic tickets and are effectively
imprisoned in their homes,” Malik Ahmed, the C.E.O. of an organization
called Better Family Life, told Cobb. “They can’t go outside because
they’ll be arrested. In some cases, people actually have jobs but
decide that the threat of arrest makes it not worth trying to commute
outside their neighborhood.”
- "Some of
the most lucrative and powerful industries in America oppose marijuana
decriminalization because it threatens their financial bottom-line or
jobs for their workers."
- "We’re operating in a topsy-turvy Sherwood Forest where
instead of Robin Hood and his merry band of thieves stealing from the
rich to feed the poor, you’ve got the government and its merry band of
corporate thieves stealing from the poor to fatten the wallets of the
don’t like being treated as if my only value to the government is as a
source of labor and funds. I don’t like being viewed as a consumer and
bits of data. I don’t like being spied on and treated as if I have no
right to privacy."
What Is social
justice? Economist Walter Williams has an answer.
- "I keep what I
earn, and you keep what you earn. If you believe that you deserve some
of what I earn, please explain why."
- "It might just be time for a re-watch of Terry
Gilliam's Brazil with an eye on reminding ourselves what a simple
clerical error can do to the Archibald Buttles of the world."
- A White House lawyer seems
determined to demolish our civil liberties.
— It's Worse - "The result
is a police practice that essentially keeps whole locales and minority
groups in everyday opposition to law enforcement. If predictive
policing were effective in ending crime, things would look differently."
- Covert tactics have become legally accepted and increasingly popular.
- "Using mind control methods for decades to
mesmerize, desensitize, brainwash and blind young Americans to the
savagery of war and violence by glorifying it through Hollywood
propaganda films, the US government has been effectively manipulating
multiple generations to do its dirty bloody bidding as sacrificial
lambs at the geopolitical Masonic altar where no one wins but the
bloodthirsty 1% war profiteering vampires who have been getting away
with bloody murder for centuries."
- "We, the people, must reject the false paradigms
offered as easy panaceas by our leaders. Gun Control, Ubiquitous
Surveillance, and free speech zones are snake oil, meant to poison and
distract the people all the while we are tied down by oppressive laws
and fatal memes that security only comes through slavery."
- "The Terror
War -- and the concomitant degradation of society and individual lives
-- shows in stark relief that the system is producing exactly what it
aims to produce: death, despair -- and record-breaking profits."
"Courage is contagious … and every single one of us has a huge reserve
of courage just waiting for us to tap. When we tap into our inner
strength, we beat the terrorists … whether they’re sitting in a cave on
the other side of the world or in Washington."
- "Progressive hero Noam Chomsky is terrified of the surveillance state
that has developed during the tenure of President Barack Obama"
- "The documents show monitoring in
2011 and 2012 by law enforcement agencies around the country, reporting
on religious meetings, Christmas caroling and other events."
- "Does it not seem strange that, with the Cold War long
over, the Paramount Enemies of the United States remain Russia and
“They can spy on me all they want. I am not doing anything wrong.”
They sang this song in Germany in 1933. And they sang it with
unprecedented gusto in the months following 9/11, all in the name
of “security” and “keeping us safe”.
- "Not only is war bad for
civilians, it is also bad for the economy and makes us poor. The
oligarchs are the only ones who benefit."
- "The findings verify
that over $16 trillion was allocated to corporations and banks
internationally, purportedly for “financial assistance” during and
after the 2008 fiscal crisis."
"...one Chinese company known as "Sino-Michigan Properties LLC"
actually had plans to buy 200 acres of land near the little town of
Milan, Michigan and turn it into a "China City" with artificial lakes,
a Chinese cultural center and hundreds of housing units for Chinese
Nobel Prize Winning Economists and Several World Leaders: End the War
- "It’s Become Obvious to Everyone that the War On Drugs
Is a Failure"
- "None of the long-term trends that are systematically destroying our
economy have been addressed, and none of our major economic problems
have been fixed."
- "In the end, the rest of the nation is going to suffer the same fate
as Detroit unless Americans are willing to stand up and fight for their
economy while they still can."
- By Andrew P. Napolitano
- The Media: The Illusion of Coverage -
by Fred Reed
- 64-year-old Pearl Pearson, a deaf man, was left with bloody
eyes after Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers repeatedly punched him in
- How long until
the Rock becomes too pretentious for mainstream audiences?
- Fifty three years ago
today, President Dwight Eisenhower gave his famous speech warning of
the military-industrial complex.
- By Ron Paul
- By the government against its victims.
Article by Andrew Napolitano.
- This ranks right up there with Walmart asking their employees to
contribute to a fund to help out other employees who can't afford
- "There is a war on compassion in America today."
- ACLU report chronicles thousands of lives ruined by life sentences
for crimes such as shoplifting or possession of a crack pipe
: Doug Casey on Ron Paul and the Price of Freedom
- The prison industry is more lucrative than you
appreciate it when people compliment me on sticking to my principles."
- By Andrew P. Napolitano - "By
altering the constitutionally mandated requirement of the existence of
a case or controversy before the jurisdiction of the federal courts may
be invoked, Congress has lessened the protection of the right to be
left alone that the Framers intentionally sought to enshrine."
Policies Don't Pass the Laugh Test
- by Ron Paul - "The hypocrisy
of the US administration on these events in Egypt is stunning."
If You Like
the Surveillance State, You’ll Love E-Verify
- by Ron Paul -
"Creation of a federal database with photos and possibly other
“biometric” information about American citizens is a great leap forward
for the surveillance state. All Americans who still care about limited
government and individual liberty should strongly oppose E-Verify. "
- "It is getting very tiring listening to Obama
supporters try to claim that Obama has improved the economy. That
is a false claim that is not even remotely close to reality. The
following are 33 shocking facts which show how badly the U.S. economy
has tanked since Obama became president..."
- by Jonathan
Turley - "While each new national-security power Washington has
embraced was controversial when enacted, they are often discussed in
isolation. But they don’t operate in isolation. They form a mosaic of
powers under which our country could be considered, at least in part,
- Disordered Ramblings on Martial Prowess
by Fred Reed - "The days when the US could afford high wages and fun
wars and a vast military all at once, them days is over. Oh. Ver."
- By Andrew P. Napolitano -
"What will the NSA spies seek next? Our passwords? We already know the
answer to that one. They asked for them last week."
- “Oh, Jacob,
don’t be silly. President Kennedy’s assassination couldn’t have been
orchestrated by the U.S. national-security state, notwithstanding the
overwhelming amount of evidence pointing in that direction, because
it’s just inconceivable that such a thing could happen here in our
country. That’s just a conspiracy theory."
cops sued over forced occupation of private homes
- "It’s been a
few hundred years since the Third Amendment was written to keep King
George from quartering British troops in American homes, but a lawsuit
just filed in Nevada suggests it’s as relevant as ever."
of Authoritarianism: Government of the Politicians, by the Military,
for the Corporations
- "President Obama’s declaration
that “America is at a
crossroads” in the fight against terror, a fight that is increasingly
turning inwards, setting its sights on homegrown extremists, should
give every American pause."
- "All of this
could have been avoided if Uncle Sam had never agreed to Fred's crazy
scheme. And once Uncle Sam made the decision to stop backing his
notes with gold, it was only a matter of time before the scheme was
going to collapse."
- by Andrew P. Napolitano - "The modern-day British
our federal agents – are not going from house to house; they are going
from phone to phone and from computer to computer, enabling them to
penetrate every aspect of our lives. If anything violates the lessons
of our history, the essence of our values and the letter of the
Constitution, it is this."
- "By making
a few subtle changes to a regulation in the U.S. Code titled “Defense
Support of Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies” the military has quietly
granted itself the ability to police the streets without obtaining
prior local or state consent, upending a precedent that has been in
place for more than two centuries."
The US Is a Police State
- article by Paul Craig Roberts
- There’s no excuse for
and misunderstanding the US Constitution. But public figures ranging
Nancy Pelosi to Rush Limbaugh do it all the time.
The Declaration, the
and Liberty in Our Time
- Ever since the dawn of recorded history,
minds have been inculcated with the notion that government is the
and the people are the servants.
and Taxmen: Pillars of 'Civilization'
- we'd better take
good look at our society
“Yes We Can” Kill the Bill of Rights
Thoughts on an
with General Stanley McChrystal
- Fred Reed on the insanity of the
What we've got here is failure to communicate.
Some men you just can't reach...
So, you get what we had here last week,
Which is the way he wants it !
Well, he gets it !
N' I don't like it any more than you men