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The federal government's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently dictated new airport security procedures that leave us travelers with the choice of a virtual strip search in a full body scanner or a very hands-on pat down that touches breasts and genitals.
This security theater makes us less safe. It is ineffective and dangerous. It tramples our basic human dignity and liberty. It presents a serious health risk. Flying is simply not worth the trouble anymore. We Won't Fly is a consumer advocate that speaks out in defense of air travelers.
Senate Bill 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, has been called "the most dangerous bill in the history of the United States of America." It would grant the U.S. government new authority over the public's right to grow, trade and transport any foods. This would give Big brother the power to regulate the tomato plants in your backyard. It would grant them the power to arrest and imprison people selling cucumbers at farmer's markets. It would criminalize the transporting of organic produce if you don't comply with the authoritarian rules of the federal government.
Vanderbilt Mansion NHS, in terms of architecture, interiors, mechanical systems, road systems and landscape, is a remarkably complete example of a gilded-age country place, illustrating the political, economic, social, cultural, and demographic changes that occurred as America industrialized in the years after the Civil War.
WASHINGTON, June 27 - The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the police did not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, even a woman who had obtained a court-issued protective order against a violent husband making an arrest mandatory for a violation.
DNA testing recently revealed that Texas wrongly executed Claude Jones in 2000. Mr. Jones had always maintained his innocence and requested DNA testing. Hair found at the crime scene was essentially the only link between Jones and the liquor store murder. The Innocence Project alleges a memo requesting DNA testing was never delivered to George W. Bush while he was governor (full story here). Mr. Jones’ case slipped through the cracks as a result, and he was executed as planned.
“The DNA results prove that testimony about the hair sample on which this entire case rests was just wrong,” said Barry Scheck, a co-founder of the Innocence Project. “This is yet another disturbing example of a miscarriage of justice in Texas capital murder prosecutions. Unreliable forensic science and a completely inadequate post-conviction review process cost Claude Jones his life.”
Now, for a moment, let us consider what would happen in this scenario if the people responsible for this situation were not government agents (police, prosecutors, judges, etc.) Let us pretend for just a second that they are regular people like you and me. We shouldn’t have to pretend, really, since the government is comprised of everyday people. I don’t think most people believe government employees are generally better human beings, or in a higher caste than the rest of us peons. But in case anyone out there is of that sentiment – let’s pretend for the time being that they are equal to the rest of us.
If an ordinary band of people had kidnapped an innocent man, thrown him in a cage, accused him of murder, set up some sham process to declare he had committed that murder, and then killed him, several consequences would surely ensue. Some of these actors would be charged with kidnapping, others for assault and/or battery, and some for murder. In addition, the victim’s family might be able to sue for intentional infliction of emotional distress or wrongful death, among other causes of action, depending on the circumstances.
Now let’s look at what the punitive possibilities are for these police, prosecutors, judges and executioners who were involved in Mr. Jones’ murder.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE - If you're in the market for a car, be prepared to prove you are not a terrorist.
The federal government's Red Flags Rule mandates that auto dealers, banks, credit unions and other "creditors" and "financial institutions" take additional steps to prevent identity theft and fraud, beginning Jan. 1. Included in the list of so-called creditors is your family doctor.
No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state. ~Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution
Two Kansas City police officers who thought they were being shot at from inside a van returned fire Thursday night.
Only later did police realize that the van was actually backfiring and the man inside was not armed. He was not injured by the shots fired by police.