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Category Archive: Liberty

Sep 21 2011

Drawing Lines on Religion-Based Discrimination

The Chicago Tribune reports that a gay couple is suing two bed and breakfasts for refusing to rent facilities to them for a civil union ceremony. The Beall Mansion in Alton told the Wathens via email that it “will just be doing traditional weddings.” The owner of the Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast in Paxton …

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Sep 17 2011

Agreeing With Vox Day

I’ve hammered the guy enough over the years, I ought to at least acknowledge when he’s gotten something right. And his recent column about the 10th anniversary of 9/11 has some good stuff in it. One of the many troubling aspects of the hijackings is the brutal demonstration that we, as a people, have received …

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Sep 09 2011

Farah’s Anti-Jihadist Nonsense

Worldnutdaily Grand Poobah Joseph Farah writes a typically hysterical column extolling the virtues of Pam Geller’s latest bit of crazy, which is a handbook for fighting the marauding hordes of Muslims set to take over America any minute now. I especially loved this line: Are you willing to lie down and accept the multicultural mumbo-jumbo …

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Sep 09 2011

Sneak and Peek Warrants Not Used for Terrorism

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We’ve been told over and over again by both political parties that the Patriot Act was vital to stopping terrorism, including such clearly unconstitutional measures as National Security Letters and sneak and peek warrants, which allow the police to break into someone’s home or business and collect evidence without even notifying the person or organization …

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Sep 08 2011

Whitehead on the Anniversary of 9/11

This is a perfect example of why I still have a good deal of respect for John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute despite some serious disagreements on a few issues (like his support for John Freshwater). He is one of the few conservatives who is serious about constitutional limits on executive power and on enforcing …

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Sep 06 2011

2% of Welfare Recipients Fail Drug Tests in Florida

You may remember that Gov. Rick Scott of Florida instituted drug testing for all welfare recipients in that state on the premise that it would save the state money by not having to pay benefits to those who were on drugs. And guess what they found out? Welfare recipients use drugs at a lower rate …

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Sep 05 2011

My New Hero

Gotta love this kid. Her Catholic school banned a bunch of books so she started keeping them in her locker and loaning them out to other students. Nekochan wrote about the recent book ban: “I was absolutely appalled, because a huge number of the books were classics and others that are my favorites. One of …

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Sep 03 2011

Another Reason to Love the First Amendment

Another absolutely creepy case of government overreach, this time in Russia: A court in the Kaluga Region of Russia has ruled that a painting of Jesus Christ with the head of Mickey Mouse is offensive and banned it from being exhibited. The courts called the work “extremist,” and ruled that it was “religiously offensive” under …

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Sep 01 2011

Judge Rips Government on Mistreatment of Drake

This is actually about a month old but I missed it when it came out. I’ve written before about the failed prosecution of Thomas Drake, the former NSA employee who blew the whistle on corruption and unconstitutional surveillance by that agency. The case collapsed and the government dropped all the espionage charges against Drake earlier …

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Aug 31 2011

CIA Censoring Soufan Book

If you don’t know who Ali Soufan is, you should. He is a former FBI interrogator who played a vital role in the war on terrorism before he became an even more vital opponent of the government’s torture regime. He’s trying to publish a book that reveals even more, but the CIA is preventing him …

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Aug 30 2011

Most Important Op-Ed You’ll Read This Year

Thomas Drake, the former NSA employee who blew the whistle on that agency’s unconstitutional surveillance programs, had an op-ed piece in the Washington Post last week that should be required reading in every high school government and civics class and should be read by every American. What he reveals here is enormously important, especially that …

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Aug 30 2011

1st Circuit Rules Recording Police Protected by First Amendment

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an enormously important ruling that says recording police officers during an arrest is not only constitutionally protected, but so clearly constitutionally protected that it overrides qualified immunity for an officer who arrests someone for doing it. You can read the full ruling here (PDF). As Balko notes, …

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Aug 29 2011

The Racial Injustice of the War on Drugs

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This report from the Washington City Paper could have been written about any large city in the country. But even with a high arrest rate, some people in D.C. can probably safely get high without worrying that the cops are coming. Those people are white people. In 2007, 91 percent of those arrested for marijuana …

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Aug 25 2011

Smoke a Joint, Lose Your Child

The New York Times had an article about the appalling practice of taking children away from parents if they are found to smoke pot — even if they’re not charged with the drug infraction. The police found about 10 grams of marijuana, or about a third of an ounce, when they searched Penelope Harris’s apartment …

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Aug 24 2011

No Drugs? We’ll Find Something to Charge You With

If this story doesn’t send chills down your spine, turn in your ACLU membership card: Residents in a Cedar Rapids home woke up to a SWAT team. Police in SWAT gear entered the home on 5th AVE SE, to search the home for narcotics. Police said that there were no drugs inside the house but …

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