No Fly List Equals No 2nd Amendment

In his most recent tirade, Chairman Obama of the not so free United States called for… wait for it… more gun control in the wake of San Bernardino shootings. Yes, this guy just keeps getting more creative, innovative, predictable by the day!

His most current idea is anyone that is on the “no fly list” should be stripped of their 2nd Amendment rights. The LA Times editorial board even thought this idea was terrible. Not exactly known for the libertarian centered views even these guys can spot a terrible idea when they see it.

However this is just the latest terrible idea relating to the never ending always expanding “war on terror”. Every time some lunatic anywhere in the world does a horrible act of terror politicians in America start talking about another Constitutional right that needs to be removed or watered down to “keep us safe”.

The (un)Patriot Act has almost completely gutted the 4th Amendment with secret courts that rubber stamp broad and sweeping open warrants that essentially allow the government to go on a fishing expedition whenever they want. This of course is secret from the person being investigated and has strict gag orders in place anywhere it is used, i.e. your bank, library, or anywhere else they wish to look.

The wonderful tool of Civil Asset Forfeiture allows the Federalies to swoop in and steal your property without ANY criminal conviction. The IRS can steal money from your home, business, bank accounts, etc. simply for suspecting you of a crime under this wonderful government boondoggle. Their favorite recent toy in the box is something called “structuring” where they say ANY series of deposits NOT $10,000 or above is an attempt by you to avoid reporting laws and hence you are doing something illegal.

Police can pull you over, search your vehicle and help themselves to your cash, jewelry and other valuables under the rule “it might have been used in a criminal endeavor” theory of law. Again, no criminal conviction or even charges required. In cases of Civil Asset Forfeiture you will almost never be charged with a crime and must hire expensive attorneys to get your property back. So even if you end up “winning” by getting your own property returned by the time you pay attorney and court fees you still lost.

Americans decided to fight back against some of this abuse and many people use strong data encryption for their phones, email to keep government snoops out of their business. Then along comes the FBI saying, wait for it… we need back doors in this software for, yes, you guessed it the never ending “war on terror”

The sad thing all of these have in common is an attempt to subvert your Constitutional rights at every turn. Once your Constitutional rights are gone don’t expect the government to just give them back. People need to be aware you are getting a bad deal if you think they will make you “safer” in exchange for just one more infringement.

Obama’s recent one on 2nd Amendment rights is just the latest and certainly not the last “discussions” we will have about this or that liberty all in the name of giving law enforcement the “tools” they need to protect us.

In case you haven’t noticed all the words and phrases they use in describing these infringements are poll tested, spin tested words to mislead you. Hopefully people are smarter than that, but given the amount of infringements to date and the never ending stream of new ideas for more I am not hopeful.

Wake up people, the hour grows very late for you to stop this abuse by government.

The King is Above the Law… Again

Well, here is another story of how the DOJ has ruled it is almost unacceptable for local police to NOT have body cameras now, but they [Federal Police Forces] will NOT use them OR work with any local agency that does wear them! So again, another situation of where the rules for the Federalies is different than the rest of us. Of course they have all kinds of professional sounding excuses for why this shouldn’t apply to them.

Of course nobody at the Federal level ever makes a mistake that should be caught on camera. Nobody at the Federal level could have any racist tendencies, which is why supposedly the local police need to use them. Nobody at the Federal level will ever use excessive force that should be caught on camera. Nobody at the Federal level will ever kick down the door of the wrong house in the middle of the night and kill the wrong person. No, that has never happened. Nobody at the Federal level should ever be held accountable for their actions, but the local police definitely should.

I don’t know about you, but I am getting really sick and tired of this two tiered system in the country of the Federal ruling class constantly exempting themselves from the rules and laws they inflict on the rest of us. As if they are untouchable.

I don’t trust the Federal thugs on ANYTHING and I want them on camera 24/7 raw and unedited so that we can see behind all of their closed doors and secret meetings. It is about time they get some sunlight shined up their asses so the rest of us can truly see what jack booted thugs they really are and quit doing stuff that offers up taxes and support for them to grow larger and more oppressive by the day.

All you people out there that constantly vote for candidates that support bigger and bigger government take note here. The bigger they get the less accountable they become as we can see here. If we truly had a Constitutional Republic and a SMALL Federal government bound by a Constitution this would not be happening, but too many people continually see government, mainly the Federal government as the cure for everything.

I trust my local police far more than I trust those thugs. I want them to have cameras period. We need to apply political force to hold ALL levels of government accountable, not just the local government and police. Enough of this it is good enough for you, but not us crap!

FBI Wants Requirements for Tech Firms to Create Weak Encryption

FBI Director, James Comey has requested that Congress create mandates on tech companies to essentially create a backdoor or weakened encryption of its products to make it easier for law enforcement to read our communications and data.

Here is an EXCELLENT video from the Cato Institute discussing what a terrible idea this is…

First, I encourage you to watch the video. It is only 7 minutes long and they make some excellent points on the issue. I will add some points from my perspective.

As a tech guy that does related activities daily the concept of creating a “back door” or “master key” that only the company can have access to and happily hand over to law enforcement or spy agencies upon request is really ill informed of exactly how encryption even works. ANY vulnerabilities, intentional or not can be exploited by others just as easily as it can be handed over by said companies to the FBI upon request.

Mr. Comey’s remarks about how he is not a tech person and thinks there are a lot of “smart people” in the tech sector that should be able to find a way to “work this out” is one of the most ignorant comments uttered in this debate.

It is ignorant comments like these that have created the millions of pages of regulations faced by American businesses today. Morons in Congress at the behest of special interest groups, like the FBI, in this case make some vague demand to make their job easier and Congress simply passes a mandate! Presto, just like that the problem is solved, yeah! Another problem solved by Congress, what’s next?

Only its not. First, what if encryption software is open source and someone from another country takes this and removes the vulnerabilities and then starts using it for terrorist communications? This would not be an American company or even an American citizen. They would not be subject to the mandate in our country and I guarantee wouldn’t follow it.

What keeps entrepreneurs in other countries from deciding to fill the gap in the market for “back door” free encryption and they sell it overseas from a non U.S. base of operations? The bad guys can still get their hands on it.

Creating deliberately weak encryption technology to make law enforcement’s job easier and simply mandating that this happen is one of the dumbest ideas ever uttered by a politician. Here is a basic truth, sometimes your job is hard.

We should not always be trying to find ways to make law enforcement’s job easier at the cost of our civil liberties and protection of our private communications.

Technologically there is no way to do this without creating vulnerabilities that skilled bad guys all over the world, i.e. China, Russia, etc can exploit to our disadvantage. Your mandate will be ignored by others around the world who will simply create the in demand software that you have barred U.S. companies from creating. Such a move might remove one of our key attributes as a innovative nation in the tech sector at risk.

The terrorist and other bad guys will simply know that there is a back door to the U.S. created stuff and will quickly adapt and go use stronger stuff created by someone else and will continue to do bad stuff. What are you going to do, mandate that all terrorists must use weakened U.S. software?

What you are seeing unfold here is morons that don’t know anything about technology telling those that do to build an inferior product and simply saying things like “there are a lot of smart people that should be able to figure this out” clearly shows you are not one of them. The FBI’s solution won’t solve the problem at hand, but will create many others.

Federal Government Robbery – Again!

It is probably a good thing that we have digital media available to discuss this since we would probably run out of paper and ink if we had to print the number of incidents where the Federal Government Cartel robs another innocent American of private property!

In this latest countless incident the DEA robs a nail salon owner of his savings of 20 years and “claims” it was gained through vague illegal activities. No charges were filed. No evidence produced. No explanation given outside of the vague claim by the DEA that stole the cash.

Sadly these incidents are happening with alarming frequency on our highways and airports across this once free land. The people our tax dollars employ to protect us from ACTUAL criminals are instead using the funds to BECOME criminals, thieves, highway robbers and legal government enforcers against the very citizens they swore to protect!

Under this completely unconstitutional law known as asset forfeiture the Federalies in conjunction with their local enforcers are pretty much allowed to rob you at will on highways and airports across our country. All they have to do is make a vague claim that the cash or property was derived from criminal activity, which they don’t have to prove (violation of due process from Constitution) and they just keep it.

If you want your property back YOU have to hire a lawyer, file a lawsuit, and fight for months and IF you are lucky the Federalies may give you back HALF of your money! Of course the other half was probably used in paying lawyers to get back the illegal confiscation in the first place. You basically have to prove your innocent instead of the other way around by our Constitution.

This wonderful law is used against small business owners by the IRS in incidents like this, this and this. As well as against citizens driving on our highways or traveling in our airports by thugs from the DEA, TSA, and a whole host of local thug enforcers that actually go to seminars to learn how to do this with more brutal efficiency!

Please tell me again what the difference is between criminal enterprises like the Mafia and our own Federal government because the lines are getting really blurry.

American Highway Robbery Under the Color of Law

Here is yet another case of “legal” highway robbery performed by police. These incidents are way too common. Asset forfeiture is one of the most abused “laws” in the U.S. and is used daily by cops everywhere that want to rob motorists.

Sadly these incidents are not only legal, based on crooked and abused laws, but the cops often times are shown in photos with the stolen loot, smiling, like they just won a lottery. I guess they did. The media supports them and the entire force of the U.S. government protects them. Highway robbers in the 1700s should have had it so good.

Originally these laws were created to stop drug lords and other criminal cartels from being able to keep mansions, yachts, sports cars, and millions in cash after getting busted for whatever criminal activity they were charged with. Unfortunately as the law of unintended consequences collided squarely with the greed of government what we have today is nothing short of state sanctioned highway robbery.

The various departments that conduct these robberies get to keep just about everything they steal so they are highly motivated to stop motorists and rob them blind under the pretense of law on a daily basis.

Here is the way this scenario typically plays out. A private citizen is driving along doing nothing wrong, but happens to be traveling with a large amount of cash. (sidebar – THERE IS NO LAW AGAINST TRAVELING WITH ANY AMOUNT OF CASH IN THE U.S.!) and they are pulled over for a minor, typically made up, traffic violation that “justifies” the stop.

Then the highway robber, err, I mean cop, prolongs the stop and verbally works over the citizen until they get consent to search the vehicle. If they don’t get consent they call in a drug dog who miraculously ALWAYS finds some indication of drugs, even when none are present, to give “probable cause” to search the entire vehicle without a warrant… We wonder why most people don’t believe we have a 4th Amendment any longer!

Upon searching they find the valuables and go on to say it is suspicious, related to drugs or some other illegal activity, etc. then promptly steal it! They do NOT need to charge the citizen with ANY crime to do this. The assets are considered a separate entity from the citizen and can be “guilty” of being from a criminal source without knowledge or involvement from their owner, or so goes the legal theory.

Sometimes these highway robbers will run the person into their criminal boss, err, I mean “prosecutor” so they can threaten the citizen with all kinds of trumped up charges, jail time, etc. unless the citizen signs a paper giving “permission” to the robbers to take their property.

Many times these poor people are minorities, don’t always have a solid grasp of their rights and like most people are intimidated by the brute force of government being applied to them. They don’t have the resources or connections to fight back so they simply lose their assets. Even if they choose to fight they often rack up thousands of dollars in legal bills, wait months or even years to get their OWN property back.

Like most legal entanglements, even if you “win” you still lose because of the money lost to legal fees, stress, time wasted, etc. Even if the state loses, so what, they have an entire police force out that is robbing the next private citizen(s) driving along with “too much” cash or assets ready to be plundered on a daily basis. The odds of coming out ahead are clearly in the governments favor. In the U.S. today, we call this “justice”.

I call it state sponsored highway robbery and the declare the cops, prosecutors, politicians and other individuals that perform it no better than criminals with a bigger gang to enforce their will on weaker people. This detestable and corrupt practice has NO place in a free society among a free people.

Dan Malloy, Governor of Connecticut, Violates Civil Rights!

In a recent news conference in Connecticut, Governor Dan Malloy remarked to people objecting to his draconian gun control bill rammed through in 2013 by saying “your side lost”. You can see the actual video below. the comment occurs around the 4:46 mark.

Dan Malloy is a tyrant and not fit to be a dog catcher much less a Governor or god forbid the President. He clearly has no respect for the civil rights of law abiding Americans. In fact, this law of his has turned tens of thousands of law abiding citizens into felons with a stroke of a pen! Before the law they were perfectly legal to own and NOT register their legally owned property after the law they are felons if they don’t comply.

His comment of “your side lost” clearly shows his contempt for human rights and civil liberties as well as his absolute ignorance of the Constitution.

A RIGHT IS NOT SUBJECT TO A VOTE!

A right is something we are born with and is not granted by government nor is it subject to a vote where majority rules and therefore can be stripped away. The ONLY function of government is to PROTECT rights! Not grant them. Not vote them away.

The fact that Malloy claims that the law is perfectly Constitutional because one of the courts packed with equally Constitutionally ignorant judges with no knowledge of history doesn’t somehow make this OK.

Liberals and socialists like Malloy have a long history of denying people their civil rights simply because they don’t like them or more likely because those rights interfere with their socialist plans for society. At the same time they fail to protect enumerated rights actually written down in the Constitution. On the flip side they seem to be able to invent or create new rights like Healthcare, housing and welfare rights out of thin air.

His actions have now endangered the lives of citizens and police officers as he has set up a veritable powder keg in Connecticut when he tries to enforce his unconstitutional laws. People are going to end up getting killed when police are ordered to start kicking in doors to enforce this heinous law. The blood of those people will sit squarely on the shoulders of Malloy. Hey, Malloy, I wonder how well this will work for your Presidential aspirations!

Tyrants always believe that as long as they somehow lend an air of legitimacy to their actions, like a vote, that it somehow makes their actions OK, but let’s see if that is true when people across the nation start seeing police officers being killed trying to enforce this law and families that lose fathers, mothers, sons and daughters to the same police and blood truly is running in the streets.

Well, Malloy when you decide to order your storm troopers to start kicking in doors and dragging people off to prison for exercising one of their enumerated civil liberties a quote comes to mind… “things are about to get interesting”.

MOLON LABE!

Modern Day American Statsi Incident

Well, here is yet another of the many police state violations against people who just want to be left alone.  The warrants state that the cops were looking for the old bad guy marijuana again.  That single drug has probably been used for more Constitutional violations than all the others put together.

Of course they didn’t find any as seems to be the case a lot.  This particular raid seems to be based on some “anonymous” source.  Don’t you love all that secrecy these guys get to operate under?

However these people are damn lucky the Stasi didn’t just plant some drugs at the scene and then “find” them for evidence.  Planting evidence is standard operating procedure for most modern day Stasi operations.

See the problem here is that the Stasi come in with their militarized, trigger happy, poorly trained SWAT teams and throw all the residents to the ground, shove guns in their face, handcuff them and once they have “secured” the scene, which is code for making sure none of the intended victims can see them plant err.., I mean, “find” evidence as they search the premises.

They didn’t seem to find any on these premises, which usually means some thug higher up the chain of command didn’t want these people bad enough to stoop to the old planting/tampering with evidence trick.

The Stasi did take a ton of stuff from the group and I doubt they will ever get any of it back, which is another thing the Stasi love doing… civil asset forfeiture, which is where they seize money, guns, computers, and other stuff of value and just keep it.  They don’t have to charge you with any crimes or anything.  They can just say they suspect you of doing something and keep your stuff.  Good luck fighting them to get it back.

The Stasi have of course not apologized and probably never will.  See they can just do these types of Constitutional violations in the name of “The War on Drugs” or “The War of Terror” or some other “war” of some type and violate every Constitutional protection under the sun.  They then cower behind their massive and unyielding bureaucracies and staff lawyers to make it impossible for freedom loving people to fight back.

I know I feel much safer knowing these guys are out there defending me… NOT!

Welcome to life in modern day Amerika.