Supreme Court takes a stand for limited government — again and again

By   /  July 7, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Issues, National, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
MINNEAPOLIS — The Supreme Court is the most libertarian branch of the federal government.
Yes, the Supreme Court. The same body that once ruled the federal government had the authority to regulate wheat grown for home consumption — under the odd rationale that wheat not being sold was subject to the constitutional provisions giving [...]

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Pamela Harris fought the law, and she won

By   /  July 1, 2014  /  Illinois, Judiciary, National, News, Power Abuse, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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Pamela Harris says she had one reason for going to battle with the powerful Service Employees International Union.

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Police say mine-resistant vehicles just like ‘soft body armor’

By   /  July 1, 2014  /  National, News, Power Abuse, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. — It’s just like soft body armor that police officers utilize daily.
That’s the analogy Madison Police Capt. Vic Wahl uses when discussing his department’s newly operational Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, a 30-ton armored truck used in Middle East war zones that is designed to survive attacks from improvised-explosive [...]

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The Police States of America: Five stories that prove we’ve lost the battle against police

By   /  June 25, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Censorship, First Amendment, Issues, Louisiana, Maryland, National, News, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

THESE ARE THE COPS: Illinois Gov. Quinn may send State Troopers to Chicago.

t’s the land of the not so free and the home of the heavily armed.

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Automatic license plate scanners ‘just like’ NSA surveillance, congressman says

By   /  June 18, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Issues, National, News, Power Abuse, transportation, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

KEEPING AN EYE OUT: More police departments are using automatic license plate scanners, but Congress is moving to cut off federal funding for those programs if they store license plate data for long periods of time.

John Fleming sees plenty of parallels between police departments’ use of automatic license plate scanning technology and widespread electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency.

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Six months after NM cavity search case, half the cops still on job

By   /  June 10, 2014  /  New Mexico, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

STILL ON THE JOB: Two members of the Deming, N.M., police department and one member of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office cited in a $1.6 million lawsuit are still on the job.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — Half the officers involved in an anal cavity search of a man wrongly suspected of carrying drugs are still on the job, a New Mexico Watchdog investigation shows.
Three officers for the Deming Police Department were never even disciplined.
Two of the three officers in Deming remain on the job, documents obtained [...]

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