New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday that the country’s interpretation of the Constitution will “have to change” to allow for greater security to stave off future attacks. “The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry,” Mr. Bloomberg said during a press conference in Midtown. “But we live in a complex [...]Continue reading →
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What happened to the 1st amendment? NY TOWN REMOVES VETERANS’ GADSDEN FLAG FOR BEING AN OFFENSIVE TEA PARTY SYMBOL
The veterans group had flown the flag, used by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps since 1775, at the New Rochelle Armory, but the city council claimed it was an offensive Tea Party symbol and voted to have the flag removed.
The Examiner reports that the city council voted 5 to 2 Wednesday to keep the veterans from hoisting the Gadsden flag. Council members said that because Peter Parente, president of the veterans group, is a Tea Party member, he is simply trying to make a political statement.
Parente acknowledged that while he is a “proud Republican,” no one in his veterans’ group belongs to the Tea Party.
According to the website Talk of the Sound, one council member compared the Gadsden to the gay pride flag while another member likened it to Nazi and, more oddly, Mickey Mouse flags.
The Thomas More Law Center is now representing the veterans group, claiming that if one were to use the city council’s logic, even the Stars and Stripes would be removed from flagpoles around the country.
“Using the City Council’s reasoning, they would remove the Stars and Stripes from flagpoles because both Democrat and Republican Parties, as well as most political candidates, use the Stars and Stripes in their campaign messaging,” said Richard Thompson, president of the center.
On Friday, Representative Charles Gregory (R-Kennesaw) took to the Georgia State House Floor to introduce an amendment to SB 101 that would have repealed state prohibitions on carrying firearms in places of worship, college campuses, and bars. I’ll not that the first and last places mentioned are private property and as such, government should not [...]Continue reading →
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Sunday: Sometimes government does know best. And in those cases, Americans should just cede their rights.
“I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom,” Mr.Bloomberg said, during an appearance on NBC. He made the statement during discussion of his soda ban — just shot down by the courts — and insistence that his fight to control sugary drink portion sizes in the city would go forth.
“We think the judge was just clearly wrong on this,” he said, on NBC. “Our Department of Health has the legal ability to do this. … [They’re] not banning anything.”
Mr. Bloomberg’s remaining months in office have included a firestorm of regulations and policy pushes on wide range of issues. Aside from the soda size ban and a well-publicized call for tighter gun control, another contentious policy he pushed: Nudging hospitals to lock up baby formula to force mothers to breast-feed newborns.
Domestic drones will soon be soaring through the sky left and right, but a company in Oregon with ties to the US military is marketing a service that they say will make sure private property is safe from surveillance.
The team at one-month-old Domestic Drone Countermeasures doesn’t go into many specifics, but says they can offer services that will make sure Americans aren’t being spied on by hovering eyes in the sky.
“If there’s going to be private and commercial drones, there will be people who want to safeguard information,” DDC’s Tim Faucett told Portland’s KOIN 6 News last month. “Think about industrial espionage, or companies that don’t want drones around their facilities.”
Faucett is no stranger to working around factories — he also runs a company, Aplus Mobile, that has been recognized for providing “high quality computer and appliances” to defense contractorsthat deal with drones, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. As recently as November, in fact, Faucett said he was pleased his company’s “technology and workforce dedication continues to provide products that meet or exceed the expectations of our military.”
Now as the cousins of those military drones are being prepared for domestic use, Faucett is using his know-how to help make sure anti-drone advocates are safe and sheltered. He doesn’t say how DDC works exactly, but swears it’s a surefire solution.
“Drones will not fall from the sky, but they will be unable to complete their missions,” his new company claims.
By selling customers land-based boxes described as “non-offensive, non-combative and not destructive,” DCD says the super-sonic snooping powers of surveillance drones won’t be able to stand up.
“These countermeasures are highly effective and undefeatable by most current domestic drone technology,” the company claims.
Speaking to US News & World Report this week, Faucett says his team of engineers know the ins and outs of the drone business, and could be the only option for some people right now as the risk of drone
“We understand the nature of the equipment drone manufacturers are using and understand how to counter their sensors,” Faucett tells US News & World Report. “We’re not going to be countering Predator drones that are shooting cruise missiles, but we’re talking about local law enforcement drones and commercial ones that people might be using for spying.”
And although domestic drones are expected to be widespread for a few more years in America, Faucett says concerns are already coming up.
“I was personally concerned and I think there’s a lot of other people worried about this,” he tells US News. “We’ve already had many inquiries, a lot of people saying ‘Hey, I don’t want these drones looking at me.’”
The Federal Aviation Administration expects there to be roughly 30,000 drones in American airspace by the year 2020.
Draft legislation circulated by Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin would ban civilian possession of hollow point and frangible ammunition that, according to state Department of Natural Resources regulations, are required for hunting deer and bear,Media Trackers reported on Friday.
The proposal is being circulated by four freshman Democrats — Sen. Nikiya Harris (D), Rep. Mandela Barnes, (D), Rep. Evan Goyke (D), and Rep. Fred Kessler (D) — who come from urban districts in the city of Milwaukee, Brian Sikma wrote.
“The reasoning behind the legislation is a bit muddled,” Sikma wrote, but the impact is “quite clear.” http://goo.gl/DtZ0K
Attorney General Eric Holder can imagine a scenario in which it would be constitutional to carry out a drone strike against an American on American soil, he wrote in a letter to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
“It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States,” Holder replied in a letter yesterday to Paul’s question about whether Obama “has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial.”
Paul condemned the idea. “The U.S. Attorney General’s refusal to rule out the possibility of drone strikes on American citizens and on American soil is more than frightening – it is an affront the Constitutional due process rights of all Americans,” he said in a statement.
This was posted on the washingtonexaminer.com Internet site late yesterday afternoon Eastern time…and it’s courtesy of Marshall Angeles.
A Florida man deserved to be arrested inside the Supreme Court building last year for wearing a jacket painted with “Occupy Everything,” and is lucky he was only apprehended on unlawful entry charges, the Department of Justice says.
The President Barack Obama administration made that assertion in a legal filing in response to a lawsuit brought by Fitzgerald Scott, who is seeking $1 million in damages for his January 2012 arrest inside the Supreme Court building. He also wants his arrest record expunged.
What’s more, the authorities said the former Marine’s claim that he was protected by the First Amendmentbolsters the government’s position (.pdf) because the Supreme Court building’s public interior is a First Amendment-free zone.
Lawmakers in Washington State have accidentally written a bill permitting police to invade private homes for the purpose of confiscating “illegal” guns and accessories, such as magazines that hold over 10 rounds.
According to Senate Bill 5737, introduced on February 13th by Democrat State Senators Murray, Kohl-Welles, and Kline, no one may possess an “assault weapon” or the combination of a semi-automatic pistol or rifle capable of using a detachable magazine AND any magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammo.
Happily, however, you ARE allowed to possess an UNLOADED assault weapon “…for the purpose of permanently relinquishing it to a law enforcement agency of the state.” (Pg. 6)
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