New Mexico Just moved Toward Restoring Private Property Rights Crimping Seizure Laws

April 10, 2015 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Courts, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Freedom, Government Corruption, Law, Liberals, Liberty, New Mexico, Police, Police State, Regulation, Rights, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Decades ago when civil asset forfeiture laws were first proposed they seemed like a good idea. But at this point they’ve become a corrupting influence and just an excuse to steal from citizens. Now New Mexico has made a move to reverse the damage.

The corrupt law in question, here, is the civil asset forfeiture law, a rule that was created to give cops the ability to quickly seize property and assets so that drug dealers won’t have the cash on hand–or the ability to liquidate assets–to help them get away with drug dealing.

With this law cops can seize your property and assets even if they never charge you with a crime. Worse, they often never return the money and property even if you are eventually proven innocent in a court of law.

Unfortunately, once these laws spread across the country what ended up happening in practice is that cops simply started stealing the money and property of nearly everyone they came in contact with making a mockery of both the Constitution and the whole purpose the law was created for in the first place.

In essence, forfeiture laws ended up turning police into outright criminals.
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City Being Forced to ‘Negotiate’ With Union Despite That No Employees Belong

February 17, 2015 | Filed Under AFSCME, Anti-Americanism, Budget, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Jobs, Liberals, New Mexico, Police, Progressives, Public Employees Unions, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Here we have yet another example of why unions should never, ever be allowed for government workers. A union that claims to represent police officers in Moriarty, New Mexico, is attempting to force the city to negotiate raises for officers quite despite the fact that the union doesn’t count a single member of the force as a member.

You read that right. A union with no members is claiming that it has the power to force a city to give police officers raises courtesy of the taxpayer.

Back in 2010 the city’s officers did vote to invite a union to represent them but when all was said and done only two officers joined the union. The majority refused. And since 2010 the two officers that did belong to the union have since left the force leaving the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) without even a single member on the force.

Yet, AFSCME is insisting that they have the right to negotiate raises despite not having a single member for which to negotiate.
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Attny Gen Eric Holder Finally Did Something Right, Halts Local Cops from Using Asset Seizure Laws

January 19, 2015 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, DOJ, Eric Holder, Ethics, Government Corruption, Liberals, Money, Police, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, has been the single worst AG in American history. His every move has been about politics, not justice, he has abused his position of authority to punish Obama’s political enemies and has forcefully advanced an extremist left-wing agenda. But finally, as he has one foot out the door, Eric Holder has done something right. He’s put an end to local police using federal law to seize property.

The single biggest misdeed perpetrated by police forces across the nation has been the outright theft under color of law of the property of citizens cops claim are suspects in some crime, real or imaginary. This law is entirely un-American as it declares all suspects guilty before a trial is even scheduled.

The civil asset forfeiture program called Equitable Sharing was initially meant as a way to instantly seize the assets and property of drug dealers to prevent them from shifting or hiding drug income from investigators as any arrest wound its way slowly through the criminal justice system.

But, this sweeping power proved to be too much of a temptation for agencies that hungered for money in an era when politicians have been cutting budgets from coast to coast.
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Tulsa Police Capt. Suspended for Refusing to Attended Ordered Muslims Mosque Services

September 20, 2014 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, 9/11, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Courts, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Free Speech, Freedom, Government, Government Corruption, Islam, Islamofascism, Judges, Koran, Liberals, Liberty, Muslim Brotherhood, Oklahoma, Police, Progressives, Security/Safety, Sharia, Supreme Court, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A Tulsa police officer who was suspended and punished for refusing to attend Muslim religious services at a local mosque that has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood is suing his employer for ordering him to attend over his religious objections.

Even worse, the mosque the officer was order to attend is connected to an Imam who is an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and has been recorded proudly making numerous anti-American statements over the years.

In yet another example of the self-immolation marking the end of western culture, Captain Paul Fields of the Tulsa, Oklahoma police force was suspended and later punished further for refusing to attend the mosque as well as refusing to order any of the officers under him to do so against their religious beliefs.

Of course, we all know that if the Tulsa police had tried to force its officers to attend Christian indoctrination services, the media and the militant atheists who pretend to be against religion–but who are really only against Christianity–would have been all over this case. But because the department was forcing Islam down the throats of its officers, all those nice, liberal groups are silent as a graveyard.
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Note the Difference Between Bundy Ranch Protest and Ferguson Riots

August 19, 2014 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Conservatives, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Entitlements, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Liberals, Missouri, Nevada, Police, President, Progressives, Rights, Taxes, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A comparison between the Bundy ranch protests from April of this year to what is going on in Ferguson is telling. It is also very, very instructive on just how to stand up for your rights in the era of a thoroughly militarized government.

Early in 2014 a rancher in Nevada named Cliven Bundy became the focus of an anti-government protest when the Bureau of Land Management swooped in with a paramilitary attack on Bundy’s ranch killing his cattle and claiming he was going to be arrested for supposedly refusing to pay a grazing tax, a dispute over which rancher Bundy and the government had been embroiled since 1993.

As the government swooped in with a militarized retinue of shock troops featuring armored vehicles, fully automatic machine guns, body armor, and hundreds of officers, people around the country began to perk up and take notice. Within a matter of days hundreds of American citizens made their way to the Bundy ranch in Nevada to stand up to the overreaction of the federal government.
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Leftist Columnist Glenn Greenwald Somehow Blames Israel for Ferguson Riots

August 15, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Israel, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Missouri, Police, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-by Warner Todd Huston

Glenn Greenwald, the columnist famed for coming to the support of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, has chimed in on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, by hinting that Israel is to blame for influencing the police there.

This is nothing but anti-Semitic paranoia, plain and simple.

Greenwald cited an Iranian activist named Trita Parsi who claimed that “excessive police violence” in Ferguson can be blamed on the fact that the county police chief took a fact-finding trip to Israel in 2011.
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POLICE STATE: Feds Still Buying Tons of Ammunition

April 16, 2014 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Freedom, Government, Government Corruption, Gun Control, Guns, Liberals, Liberty, Military, Police, Police State, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

“Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.”–John Basil Barnhill, 1914

If liberals want to get rid of guns in society, apparently the first place they should start is the federal government. For some unexplainable reason, nearly every federal agency has its own armed, para-military police force. From the Post Office, to the Bureau of Land Management, to even the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration they are all armed to the teeth! Why do these agencies need their own police forces? They don’t… except for the fact that they want to force their will on the American people and it’s easier to do that when you can kill anyone in your way.

You read that right, above. The U.S. Post Office has it’s own armed police force (It has for decades, by the way). So does the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Seriously. NOAA has a SWAT team that claims it needs 46,000 rounds of ammunition! It is beyond insensible.

Last year the Post Office had announced that it was going to buy thousands of rounds of ammunition and not long ago the Social Security Administration ordered 174,000 rounds of “.357 Sig 125 grain bonded jacketed hollow-point” bullets.
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US Army Builds Fake American Town to Practice War on Americans

February 16, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Army, Budget, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Free Speech, Government, Government Corruption, Gun Control, Liberals, Liberty, Military, Police, Policy, President, Progressives, Taxes, Virginia, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In Virginia, the U.S. Army has built an American city, replete with a church, a mosque, an embassy building, a bank and a working subway system, in order to practice assaulting American cities. Welcome to Obama’s America, folks.

The town took six years to complete, is built on a 300-acre plot of government-owned land in Virginia and cost taxpayers $96 million. It is designed to, “replicate complex operational environments and develop solutions.”

The “training” facility was completed and opened in January of this year and is operated by the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group.

Unveiling the new facility, Colonel John P. Petkosek, the commander of the group, said:
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California Police Dept. Asks Postmen, Garbage Collectors to Help Spot Crime

June 13, 2013 | Filed Under Budget, California, Democrats/Leftists, Jobs, Liberals, Police, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The police department in Antioch, California is so short handed it has taken the unusual step of asking mail carriers and garbage men to help them fight crime by becoming their eyes and ears on the street.

In the small town, employees of the local garbage collection service, Republic Services Inc., and letter carriers of the U.S. Postal Service have been given special tips on how to spot crime on the streets. Police have dubbed the program, “We’re Looking Out For You,” and hope to add more eyes to their force to keep the town’s 105,000 residents safe

Workers in the two separate fields will be given training and laminated cards with a list of questions intended to sharpen their powers of observation. The cards also have the department’s non-emergency phone number on them so that garbage collectors and mailmen can report anything they might see as they go about their daily business.
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July 29, 2012 | Filed Under Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Missouri, Paleo-Skeptic, Police, The Law | Comments Off

-By Paleo-Skeptic

I am now an eyewitness in a police shooting death.

There are six police officers and a sheriff’s deputy who will stand trial for violation of civil rights under color of law and battery leading to wrongful death.

The plaintiff seeks $1 million apiece from each defendant.

Here is my testimony:

I am not allowed to speak or to give testimony in this matter.

The State of Missouri [under Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster] has determined that there is no manner of limitation to the extent of crimes of violence [pursuant to 18 USC 924(c)(3)] that persons acting under color of state law are permitted to enact on a witness in a federal matter for the sole purpose of influencing or preventing testimony in a pending federal judicial proceeding.

Actually, it goes even further than that.

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Indiana Law Gives Citizens Legal Right to Shoot Out-Of-Control Cops

June 13, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Civil Rights, Constitution, Crime, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Freedom, Guns, Judges, Law, Liberty, Police, Policy, Regulation, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Apparently the State of Indiana has passed a law allowing citizens to use deadly force against out of control officers of the state, including police officers, who unlawfully enter their home. This is a very touchy subject, especially for conservatives. Can we as law and order types agree that such a deadly force law is a good idea? Or should we defer to the police at every instance?

Well, I can’t speak for all conservatives, of course, but for me, I can’t agree with this law more.

Now, before you get all crazy about how I just don’t understand law “enforcement,” let me warn you that my father, a man I dearly love and respect, was in police work for most of his adult life. I am proud of his service. For the most part I respect and sympathize with our officers of the law. So,l et’s get beyond that.

So, while I most certainly sympathize with our law officials, I sympathize with our founders’ vision and the natural rights they invoked more than I do the expectation that officers of the law can act with impunity. That is why I put “enforcement” in quotes. Properly constituted our law officials don’t “enforce” anything. They really only investigate crime, they don’t and shouldn’t proactively try to “enforce” anything as that implies the power to stop something that has yet to occur.
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The Movie Script and My Testimony before Congress

June 2, 2012 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Computers, Crime, Law, Missouri, Paleo-Skeptic, Police, Rights, Society/Culture, Wisconsin | Comments Off

—by Paleo-Skeptic

I will be interviewed for Lawless America— The Movie, and give testimony to Congress as a part of that project coordinated by Government Reform & Integrity Now.

Here I would like to note that it was the Office of Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) that first got me to writing all of this stuff down. His Office has requested a full report with supporting documentation for the purpose of de-funding the illicit 501(c)(3) organization headed by an elected official. For many years, Sen. Blunt has been on the front lines of reducing wasteful spending, and restoring integrity in our government.

I had to come up with a three-minute script to submit to the producer. This is what I have, though it takes 324 seconds for me to read through it. They can edit it how they want for the movie, but my testimony before Congress will likely include all of the following (not blockquoted due to length):

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A Blogger at NATO 2012, What I Saw on Day One

May 21, 2012 | Filed Under Afghanistan, Animal Rights, Animals, Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Anti-War, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Green Energy, Health, Illinois, Iran, Islam, Israel, Journalism, Koran, Liberals, Media Bias, Military, NATO, News, Obamacare, Palestinians, Patriotism, PCism, Police, President, Race, Religion, Society/Culture, Solar, State Department, Taxes, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

I was awarded press credentials for NATO’s 2012 Summit in Chicago and, having no idea what to expect, what I found on day one was a study in contrasts. What occurred was sometimes amusing, often mundane, and sometimes even violent. But it was all democracy in action.

Early on the morning of day one, Sunday, May 20, I boarded a western Metra train under threat of having my equipment bags confiscated or at least me prevented from boarding the train with them. I was not ruffed up the “the man,” though and downtown I went riding high on the rails. Literally. I took a seat on the top tier of the train.

The Summit didn’t start well as the NATO advance video called Chicago the Illinois Capital (It isn’t) and the place where Obama grew up (Again, it isn’t).

Upon reaching the gathering point for the press in beautiful downtown Chicago I boarded the super, double, secret press shuttle bus that took us down the service streets, steering well clear of the surface roads, straight to Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center, site of the NATO Summit.

Of course, before I was allowed on the super, double, secret press bus, bomb-sniffing dogs were loosed to make sure I had no underwear-bomb on my person or in my equipment bags. After I was officially cleared, I boarded the bus with local Chicago TV newsreader Jay Levine.

Everywhere I went there were knots of security personnel. A LOT of security personnel. The last time I saw that many security people I was in Cancun, Mexico during the 2010 UN Climate Conference.

There were members of the FBI, Homeland Security, Chicago Police, the U.S. Marshals as well as U.S. Airmen and Army officers all there on duty to make sure our tender media people were safe and secure.

I was later to learn that out on the streets of Chicago the number of security of all sorts made the way to McCormick Place seem like it was lightly guarded!
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Hi, Guys!

May 10, 2012 | Filed Under Civil Rights, Government, Law, Missouri, Paleo-Skeptic, Police | Comments Off

-By Paleo-Skeptic

A letter, having been screened by the US Marshall’s Office, arrived at the Charles Evans Whittaker Federal Courthouse. This is the facility which houses the Central Division of the United States District Court of Western Missouri.

On Tuesday, May 8th of 2012, the contents of that letter, previously published right here at Publius’ Forum, were entered into the case docket of the Court by a court clerk on Wednesday the 9th.

You can download the Motion exactly as it was entered into the records of the US District Court by going through this free hosting service at this handy link.

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Occupy DC Protests in Support of Cop Killers

April 26, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Law, Liberals, Occupy Wall Street, Police, The Law, Warner Todd Huston, Washington D.C. | Comments Off

And the ignoramuses keep making fools of themselves…

Accuracy in Media’s Brigette Namata pays a visit to the Occupy DOJ rally to see how good a grip the protesters have on inconvenient things like facts. Tales only get taller after 31 years it seems.

Birmingham News Drops the Ball on Black-on-white Crime

April 25, 2012 | Filed Under Alabama, Democrats/Leftists, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Police, Race, Selwyn Duke | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

Recently I reported on the stabbing of white truck driver Nick Stokes by members of a black motorcycle gang called the Outcasts of Alabama. It’s not merely a scary story but also an unusual one, mostly because of the behavior of law enforcement. The Adamsville, AL police department not only failed to question or detain any of the gangsters, but, outrageously, also told Stokes that they “don’t mess” with the Outcasts.

What isn’t at all unusual about the story is the mainstream media’s reluctance to cover a case of black-on-white crime. In particular, I cited the Birmingham News (BN), whose crime-beat reporter, Carol Robinson, had brusquely dismissed the incident as not newsworthy. After my article was published in American Thinker, however, she finally treated it – no doubt as a result of pressure – but in a manner so incomplete that it reflects a grudging attitude. More on that in a moment.

The BN’s dereliction of duty didn’t escape its readers, some of whom savaged the paper in the comments section under Robinson’s piece. One wrote, “Wow. Birmingham News finally prints this story. Only after being shamed into it by the American Thinker….” Another quipped, “Hey Birmingham news, if you don’t watch out someone is gonna start a newspaper around here.” We can only hope.
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The Motion, text

April 23, 2012 | Filed Under Judges, Missouri, Paleo-Skeptic, Police, Society/Culture, The Law | Comments Off

-By Paleo Skeptic

As stated elsewhere, this is the text of the motion in the US District Court of Western Missouri from an advance copy. There are a few things that I want to note before we get to the text of the motion itself.

One of the big ones is the complicity of the Missouri Attorney General, Chris Koster (D-Cass). Koster is well-known for only taking on cases which are politically significant to him; most recently being the big tobacco settlement, whose funds went to shore up the failing state university system. This makes liberals happy when one of their primary indoctrination mechanisms remains intact. But it should be noted that selective enforcement of the law, and especially when a political opponent is an opposing party, is quite the norm for Koster’s office.

Secondly, it should be noted that the incidents described in this motion are by no means isolated. There are at least two occasions involving different persons that the prosecutor’s office of Platte County, under Eric Zahnd, has relied on the statements of mentally ill persons in a questionable fashion, not to mention the occasions disclosed by commenters at this site.

And third, let me state that I have seen the documentation in question, and studied it in depth. The claims made in this motion are true and verifiable.

Redacted text of the motion below the fold:

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Police to White Victim: We ‘Don’t Mess’ with Black Gang

April 20, 2012 | Filed Under Alabama, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Liberals, Police, Race, Selwyn Duke, The Law | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

Most of us have heard about how the media won’t report on black-on-white crime. We also may know that authorities sometimes sweep it under the rug due to political pressure, usually with a wink and a nod. But not so in rural Alabama, where the police actually told a white crime victim that they “don’t mess” with a local black motorcycle gang.

The tragic event that led to this shocking admission occurred on March 28, as truck driver Nick Stokes and neighbor Johnathan Cooper were heading out of Birmingham hauling a portable cabin. While rounding a curve, one of Stokes’ tires slipped and kicked up some gravel, which angered a black motorcycle-gang member who was in close proximity. The gangster – part of the notorious “Outcasts of Alabama” – gave chase and tried to force Stokes to pull over to the side of the road. Here’s what happened next, as reported by the Macon Beacon’s Scott Boyd, whose piece has been published online by J. Christian Adams:
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The Motion

April 19, 2012 | Filed Under Judges, Missouri, Paleo-Skeptic, Police, Society/Culture, The Law | Comments Off

-By Paleo-Skeptic

I’ve stated elsewhere that I would publish this here at the time that it is completed. The full text will be forthcoming later.

I’m still working on it, touching up a few things before it’s filed. This motion is to be ruled on by US District Judge David Gregory Kays.

Most of it is establishing that I am, in fact, an integral witness in this case. The rest just pretty much states that I am not at liberty to disclose to the Court the exact nature of the incredible amount of tampering with a federal witness under color of law which has already occurred, causing this federal witness to make numerous public statements as early as March of 2011 regarding having fled the State of Missouri in fear of his life.

Here is the first page of the motion:

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Berkeley Storm Troopers: Don’t Write What The Police Don’t Like or Else

March 14, 2012 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Anti-Americanism, California, Censorship, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Free Speech, Freedom, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Newspapers, Police, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

If police chiefs send armed officers to a journalist’s door because he didn’t like what was written abut him, would you feel just a tad uncomfortable as an American at the audacity? This is no academic discussion because it really happened. Not in what liberals may claim is the dangerous, intolerant south but instead in the heart of liberal land itself, Berkeley, California.

Worse, one of the reasons this whole situation arose is because police were too distracted by an Occupy Berkeley protest to respond to an incident that ended up in the murder of a 67-year-old resident.

But first, on Friday, Feb. 9, Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan sent an armed officer to the door of Bay Area News Group reporter Doug Oakley at nearly one in the morning to demand that he publish a correction about something the reporter had written about the Berkeley police department.
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Radical Islamic Nut Killed by Georgia Police

December 27, 2011 | Filed Under Crime, Georgia, Islamofascism, Jihad, Law, Police, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

In another case of sudden jihad syndrome one more nut has bitten the dust here in the good ol’ USA. But this one won’t be enjoying the traditional 72 virgins, well, unless she is a very uncommon Muslim, that is. Jameela Cecila Barnette was killed by a Cobb County, Georgia Police Officer on Christmas morning, no less, when she attacked him with a knife. Merry Christmas, indeed.

Barnette, 53, apparently a recent convert to Islam, was under indictment for threatening several lawmakers, one of whom is New York State Senator Greg Ball whom Barnette sent a rambling, threatening letter in a box with a stuffed monkey with Stars of David pinned to it.

The letter read in part:

it is apparent that you are the proud, dirty-white, goose-stepping, cross-bearing, flag-draped, Muslim-hating Christian ghoul marching to your own destruction,” agents said Barnette wrote in the letter. “I have included a gift for you, your own miniature Jew that you can worship in the privacy of your own home. I will be scanning the obituaries to read the end of your saga. Enjoy your brief and evil life of fairy tales and hokum your evil Jew masters created for you because the Hell-fire is your final destination and the final destination of all of your colleagues.

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NYPD Police Union: Another Example of Why Public Employee Unions Need to be Outlawed

November 11, 2011 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Liberals, New York, New York City, Police, Public Employees Unions, Regulation, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last week 16 dirty New York cops went on trial for all sorts of criminal behavior. From dealing drugs, to assault and grand larceny, and “unrelated corruption,” these cops are proving to be some very crooked characters. But fellow officers don’t care about that. They have ginned themselves up to act like the punks and scumbags they are supposed to be putting behind bars all due to their police union and its agitation over the trials.

Even The New York Times seemed shocked by the venomous treatment these union thugs cops were delivering to the District Attorneys handling the case. Certainly these crooked cops are innocent until the prosecution proves its case, but these union toughs don’t care to let the law take its course. They want to storm the gates like the barbarians they are.

These so-called police officers even began to accost the media as the defendants left the courtroom. Says the Times, “The assembled police officers blocked cameras from filming their colleagues, in one instance grabbing lenses and shoving television camera operators backward.”
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Don’t Film Me Bro: Getting Arrested for Filming People in Public Places

July 2, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Censorship, Computers, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Free Speech, Freedom, Government, Inernet, Liberals, Liberty, Media, New Media, Police, Privacy, Regulation, Society/Culture, Technology, The Law, Warner Todd Huston, YouTube | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

The law has not caught up with cell phone cameras, Flip Cameras, compact video cameras, and the electronic age. Two stories being reported last weekend prove out how the ubiquity of video capture devices are often a gray area in the law.

In one case a woman in Rochester, New York, pulled out her video camera to record the actions of a local policeman as he arrested a neighbor. As it happens, this woman was standing on her own front lawn, no where near the policeman who was going about his duties, yet this cop got incensed and arrested her anyway. He claimed she was guilty of obstruction of justice.

How this woman’s actions was interfering with the police officer is impossible to figure, but she was detained nonetheless.
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More Dept. Of Education Stormtroopers: They Are Armed With Shotguns! (Seriously!)

June 9, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Communism, Congress, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Ethics, Freedom, Government, Guns, Law, Liberals, Liberty, Nanny State, Police, President, Rights, Security/Safety, States Rights, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Yesterday I wrote a short post on the story out of California that was initially reported as a local SWAT raid instigated by the Department of Education on a guy that hadn’t paid his student loans. Naturally I was outraged that the Dept. of Education had the power to arrange stormtroopers to batter down doors of people guilty only of not paying a loan on time. Since then a few particulars have changed.

Whereas the initial story claimed that the reason for the SWAT raid on the man’s home was unpaid student loans, the Dept. of Education released a statement that said this was not the case. “The Inspector General’s Office does not execute search warrants for late loan payments,” they said.
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U.S. Dept. of Education Has Stormtroopers? Who Knew?

June 8, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Civil Rights Act, Communism, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Free Speech, Freedom, Government, Judges, Law, Liberals, Liberty, Nanny State, Police, Property Rights, Rights, Socialism, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

As Matt Welch says, this is woeful proof of the over militarization of our law “enforcement” community, but apparently a SWAT Team was called out to break down the door of a guy that was late on his student loans, all at the behest of the Department of Education!

Seriously! Who knew that the Dept. of Education could deploy stormtroopers?

Check out the dangerous police state we are creating…

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Warrantless Searches By Police of Your Cell Phone

April 25, 2011 | Filed Under 4th Amendment, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Detroit, Ethics, Government, Liberals, Michigan, Police, Rights, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

News during this past week a story made the rounds that police in Michigan may be using a device in random traffic stops that instantly copies all the data on your cell phone and stores it for later use by police. It was said that this data copying is going on without consent and without a warrant. Michigan police are denying this claim, but the ACLU posted a letter warning them against this policy regardless. The fear here is, of course, that copying cell phone data without a warrant is a violation of the Fourth Amendment’s proscription against illegal search and seizure.

This device copies everything that is on your phone. Your contacts, your emails, your texts, other instant messages, what aps you use, web bookmarks and usage, GPS location info… every bit of data stored on your phone is instantly copied into the device and into the data base maintained by police.

Famed blogger Glenn Reynolds, a lawyer by trade, seems to think that it is obviously a violation of the Fourth and that current law can even be used as precedent to assure that fact. Others are not so sure.
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Does Government Own Your Remotely Backed Up Computer Files, Your Emails, or Your Cell Phone GPS Info?

April 6, 2011 | Filed Under 4th Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Civil Rights, Congress, Conservatives, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Freedom, Government, Judges, Law, Liberals, Liberty, Police, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Did you know that there are no laws to prevent government agencies from raiding your computer’s remotely hosted back up files, your third party emails, your cloud computing files, or your cell phone GPS location records? Well, there aren’t. As the law stands today government can go into your private computer files or trace your cell phone location without a warrant.

As a result of this lapse in protection form unlawful search and seizure a new group of concerned parties intends to change the law with the Digital Fourth Amendment campaign. (

The problem is not necessarily that government is out to steal all our computing information, but that the laws have simply not caught up to today’s technology. The laws that cover how policing agencies and governments can access your emails, computer files, and cell phone GPS records are currently governed by rules that are decades out of date. These rules were written in the 1980s, long before the Internet came along, before cloud computing was invented, before email, and well before cell phones that could track your whereabouts became pervasive.
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A Political Cover Up: Gov. Quinn’s Racist Security Man

March 29, 2011 | Filed Under Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Hate Crimes, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Pat Quinn, Police, Race, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Several news sources have been working for days to get to the bottom of a story that might end up revealing that the head of one of Democrat Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s police security details was involved in a racist attack on several black students in downstate Carlinville. Worse, the story seems to be undergoing a political cover up as news agencies are being stymied in rooting out the details.

Several Illinois newspapers have already printed stories on the alleged incident, but to date no one seems to have been able to pin down all the details. But one thing is sure, Kenneth Snider, a trooper with the Illinois State Police, definitely and rather suddenly resigned from all his political jobs last week.

Until he resigned on March 23, Snider was the head of Democrat Governor Pat Quinn’s southern security force, a $132,000 a year state-paid job. Snider had other political jobs, too, until he resigned from all of them. Up to last week he was chairman of both the Carlinville school board and the Macoupin County Democratic organization. Macoupin County is just north east of St. Louis in Illinois’ south western corner.
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More of Rahm’s Union Troubles

February 9, 2011 | Filed Under AFL-CIO, Budget, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Government, Illinois, Liberals, Police, Public Employees Unions, SEIU, Taxes, Teachers Unions, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In the race for the Chicago Mayor’s office we have seen quite a lot of evidence that Chicago’s union bosses are not big Rahm Emanuelites. This week we got another hint in that direction as several more unions came out in support of Emanuel’s most serious opponent, Gery Chico.

The Chico campaign added a group of Chicago unions to its previous announcement of endorsements from the Chicago Firefighters and Police unions, a growing coalition that Chico says shows that he has “growing momentum with working families.”

Labor organizations that endorsed Chico today include the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 9, Sheet Metal Workers Local 73, Ironworkers Local 1, Laborers’ District Council of Chicago & Vicinity, Painters District Council #14 and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 11, together whose membership encompasses more than 60,000 hard working men and women in the Chicagoland area.

It is interesting to see the unions shy from the Emanuel campaign since Rahm is the presumed heir apparent to the Daley crown not to mention that Rahm has Barack Obama’s overt support. The air of a winner coupled with the favor of a Democrat president is usually more than enough to get unions to line up like good little lemmings. But this is clearly not the case with Rahm Emanuel.
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British Police Afraid of Local Kids, Soon to Come to the USA?

February 2, 2011 | Filed Under Britain, Children, Communism, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Europe, France, Islam, Liberals, PCism, Police, Regulation, Religion, Socialism, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

A British police chief has prohibited his own officers from patrolling a local park after dark because he and his fellows are afraid of the punks and trouble makers that infest the place at night. Thanks to a self-destructive and blind obeisance to PCism Britain has truly become an asylum run by the inmates. But this disease of PCism is one that left-wingers in America dearly want to emulate. Will the USA soon find police afraid of their own shadows, too?

Police Inspector Andy Sullivan told a meeting of the Wisbech, Cambridgeshire Town Council that he was not going to allow his officers to enter the park after 8PM because it is too dark. “The place has no lighting and it is still, in effect, a building site. I am not going to put my staff – police officers or PCSOs – into an area where they can’t see what is going on,” he said.
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