GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Doyou have a right to be free of searches without a warrant?

Friday, November 30, 2018

https://theappeal.org/man-convicted-of-obstruction-for-refusing-to-open-his-door-for-police/

MAN CONVICTED OF OBSTRUCTION FOR REFUSING TO OPEN HIS DOOR FOR POLICE
Levi Pulkkinen   — Oct 17, 2018

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If his conviction stands, it could criminalize people who refuse to do things like unlock their phones or garages at police request.

Shouting voices coming from an apartment building broke the suburban quiet in the early hours of March 1, 2016.

A man walking past called officers to the Seattle-area apartment, reporting a loud argument. The yelling had stopped when police arrived outside Solomon McLemore’s Shoreline home, but was replaced by amplified demands from police that McLemore come out or let them in. As the incident stretched on, frustrations grew.

“Open the fucking door,” one officer demanded during the 15-minute exchange.

McLemore declined and stood by as police, having heard glass shatter inside the home, broke down the door. No one inside was hurt. But McLemore was arrested on suspicion of obstruction of a law enforcement officer for failing to open his home to police. He was convicted as charged on Sept. 29, 2016, following a three-day jury trial. Sentenced to 20 days under house arrest, McLemore began a series of appeals that landed his case in the Washington Supreme Court, which is expected to hear oral arguments Thursday.

If McLemore’s conviction stands, Washington would most likely be the only state to criminalize the refusal to assist police in a warrantless search.

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Iannotti and the ACLU contend the framework put forward by prosecutors could lay the groundwork for obstruction charges against people who refuse to do things like unlock their phones or garages at police request. It makes it dangerous for residents to stand up for their rights.

“You have a right to be free of searches without a warrant,” Iannotti said. “A person shouldn’t be penalized for exercising that right.”

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I wonder how this went.  If badly, I hope it gets appealed to the Supremes.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The Untold Story of Japan’s Secret Spy Agency

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

“Very few people know what the DFS is doing and can enter the building,” according to an active-duty official with knowledge of the directorate’s operations, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. The official agreed to share details about the directorate after The Intercept and NHK last year revealed that the spy agency had obtained a mass surveillance system called XKEYSCORE, which is used to sift through copies of people’s emails, online chats, internet browsing histories, and information about social media activity. The official said that they believed the directorate’s use of XKEYSCORE was “not permissible” under the Japanese Constitution, which protects people’s right to privacy.

Source: The Untold Story of Japan’s Secret Spy Agency

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Here’s an example of why no Gooferment’s Deep State can be trusted or contained by mere “constitution”.  Lysander Spooner had it right.

“Inasmuch as the Constitution was never signed, nor agreed to, by anybody, as a contract, and therefore never bound anybody, and is now binding upon nobody; and is, moreover, such an one as no people can ever hereafter be expected to consent to, except as they may be forced to do so at the point of the bayonet, it is perhaps of no importance what its true legal meaning, as a contract, is. Nevertheless, the writer thinks it proper to say that, in his opinion, the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be; but that by false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize. He has heretofore written much, and could write much more, to prove that such is the truth. But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.” Lysander Spooner (1808-1887), No Treason (1870) http://praxeology.net/LS-NT-6.htm#no.6

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LIBERTY: Rights are not Gifts from Government

Monday, June 19, 2017

https://youtu.be/xcC0FC5o5bQ

Rights are not Gifts from Government
Tenth Amendment Center
Published on Jun 8, 2017

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Did you know, your rights don’t come from the Constitution? Or even the Bill of Rights? Today, we’re talking about the source of your rights – and how you defend them.

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“We, The Sheeple” need to claim and exercise our rights weather the Gooferment wants us to or not!

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POLITICAL: Andrew P. Napolitano “don’t hold your breath”

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2014-Dec-11

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/12/andrew-p-napolitano/arrest-the-cia/

The CIA and Its Torturers
By Andrew P. Napolitano
December 11, 2014

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When the head of the CIA’s torture unit decided to destroy videotapes of his team’s horrific work, he unwittingly set in motion a series of events that led to the release this week of the most massive, detailed documentation of unlawful behavior by high-ranking government officials and intentional infliction of pain on noncombatants by the United States government since the Civil War era. Here is the backstory.

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What should we make of this report on government torture? In a free society in which the government works for us, we have a right to know what it is doing in our names, and we have a reasonable expectation that the laws the government enforces against us it will enforce against itself. But don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen.

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I like the Judge.

And, I respect his opinion.

I’d need more on the alleged “plots stopped” to make a value judgment.

On the face of it, and knowing the Gooferment’s willingness to create “false flags”, as well as lie, cheat, and steal.

I’m more to the Judge’s side of the argument than those who post 9/11 pictures on Facebook.

Not sure that this prevented anything.

If it did, I’d be more “understanding”. Slaps on the wrist rather than condemnation.

But, the USA is in everyone’s business and needs to pull back.

Argh!

Not that anyone listens to one fat old white guy injineer blogger!

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INTERESTING: WHo can morally kill who?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

http://formerspook.blogspot.com/2012/08/selective-prosecution.html

Friday, August 31, 2012
Selective Prosecution?

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Like many Americans, I’ll be watching 60 Minutes on Sunday night. Not that I’m a regular viewer of the program; from my perspective, the MSM is like bad medicine, best taken in small doses, and only when necessary. So why am I tuning in to CBS? Because the network’s venerable news magazine will have the first broadcast interview with Mark Owen, the Navy SEAL who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and has written about the mission.

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While the Constitution provides the Congress the power of marque and reprisal, the President just goes off and kills people.

Sorry, but I don’t believe anything those politicians and bureaucrats say.

Sounds like this EYEWITNESS has a different story to tell and the “establishment” would rather he did “spill the beans”.

Maybe I’ll watch. 

Always nice to get something first hand.

Maybe?

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LIBERTY: The abortion issue as it applies to real people issues

Sunday, February 5, 2012

http://lewrockwell.com/napolitano/napolitano38.1.html

A Few Words About Abortion
by Andrew P. Napolitano

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Roe vs. Wade also permits the states to prohibit or to allow abortions during the last three months of pregnancy. Most states prohibit all abortions during the final three months, as this is the period of viability; when the baby can live – assisted, of course – outside the mother’s womb. New Jersey, my home state, is the exception, as it permits abortions up to the moment of birth.

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Did you catch that? The Supreme Court declared that the baby in the womb is not a person. When it made that declaration, it rejected dozens of decisions of other courts, in America and in Great Britain, holding that the baby in the womb is a person. This is reminiscent of the Supreme Court’s infamous Dred Scott decision in 1857 in which it ruled that blacks were not persons. In both cases, it cited no precedent, it gave no rational basis, and in Roe vs. Wade, it merely said that because philosophers, physicians and lawyers could not agree on whether babies in wombs are persons, it would declare them not to be persons.

If the baby in the womb is a person, then all abortion is unlawful. That’s because of the constitutional protection for all persons. The Constitution unambiguously prohibits the government from impairing or permitting others to impair the life, liberty and property of persons without due process. Here’s my political beef with so-called pro-life politicians in both parties. In the years in which the pro-life Ronald Reagan and both Presidents Bush were in the White House, from time to time, both chambers of Congress had pro-life majorities. Did you see any legislation passed that declared a baby in the womb to be a person? No. This could have been done by a simple majority vote and presidential signature, and Roe vs. Wade, and all the killing it spawned, would have ended.

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So secret that I like Napolitano and how direct he is.

“Right to Life” is enshrined in the Constitution.

Now, I’m not for putting the Gooferment in charge of anything. But, one of its few legitimate duties is to protect rights.

If we say that if life begins at <insert conception, first trimester, viable on their own, birth, or some other point in time>, then we should have a national discussion.

To do less is a disgrace.

The interesting part is that like Dred Scott, the courts are not the proper venue for decisions like this.

Congress has abdicated so many of its powers and responsibility.

If the Gooferment can allow its citizens to be killed at the beginning of life, then how long before it starts killing at the end? Then, the middle. Then, for whatever reason it wants.

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