ataxiwardance: Very disappointed in J. Alito and the SCOTUS majority’s decision in Fernandez v. California. By allowing co-inhabitants (spouses, roommates, etc.) to waive your constitutional right to be free from warrant-less search and seizure EVEN AFTER you have explicitly told the police they may not enter, the majority has allowed another private citizen to effectively extinguish your constitutional right and drastically weakened our protections secured by the Fourth Amendment. 

Under the false aegis of protecting women from spousal abuse, the majority opinion both (1) ignores that other completely adeuqate and constitutional solutions exist under those horrid circumstances; and (2) lowers the consent threshold for police invasion of a residence to that of its weakest member. I agree with J. Ginsburg’s dissent that “[i]nstead of adhering to the warrant requirement, today’s decision tells the police they may dodge it."

As a final note, I would add that this decision most negatively effects those who live in multi-persons dwellings; i.e. the poor, colored, and young. For those keeping score at home, these populations - our friends and countrymen - already endure disproportionately overzealous police attention and persistent abuses of power. 

theatlantic:

War on Terror Hawks Cannot Fail, They Can Only Be Failed

Questioning the claim that Americans now are more vulnerable to terrorism, and probing its implications.

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ccindecision:

Thank goodness the Obama administration stopped Bush’s efforts to spy on American citizens OH WAIT.

For the unfamiliar:

letterstomycountry:

Welcome to the new world order.

via newsweek / cheatsheet

11 Years later. Perpetual emergency. Perpetual fear. Perpetual war.

Unfortunately, this tragic American exceptionalism is not new.

Wartime brings the ideal of the State out into very clear relief, and reveals attitudes and tendencies that were hidden. In times of peace the sense of the State flags in a republic that is not militarized. For war is essentially the health of the State. The ideal of the State is that within its territory its power and influence should be universal. As the Church is the medium for the spiritual salvation of man, so the State is thought of as the medium for his political salvation. Its idealism is a rich blood flowing to all the members of the body politic. And it is precisely in war that the urgency for union seems greatest, and the necessity for universality seems most unquestioned. The State is the organization of the herd to act offensively or defensively against another herd similarly organized. The more terrifying the occasion for defense, the closer will become the organization and the more coercive the influence upon each member of the herd. War sends the current of purpose and activity flowing down to the lowest level of the herd, and to its most remote branches. All the activities of society are linked together as fast as possible to this central purpose of making a military offensive or a military defense, and the State becomes what in peacetimes it has vainly struggled to become - the inexorable arbiter and determinant of men’s business and attitudes and opinions

War is the Health of the State by Randolph Bourne

In war, State power is pushed to its ultimate, and, under the slogans of “defense” and “emergency,” it can impose a tyranny upon the public such as might be openly resisted in time of peace. War thus provides many benefits to a State, and indeed every modern war has brought to the warring peoples a permanent legacy of increased State burdens upon society. War, moreover, provides to a State tempting opportunities for conquest of land areas over which it may exercise its monopoly of force. Randolph Bourne was certainly correct when he wrote that “war is the health of the State,” but to any particular State a war may spell either health or grave injury.

The Anatomy of the State by Murray Rothbard

Step by step the plutocracy advanced… .

And the American people stood for it. Emotionalized, dazed, stupefied, and blinded by the great madness that possessed their souls, nearly a hundred million people cast aside their most cherished principles, sacrificed their hard-won liberties, and began spreading brotherhood and democracy by the sword. The plutocracy had won everything for which it had been fighting - immunity, power, wealth. The people were war-mad, - at least, there was enough of the war madness in the country to enable the vested interests to put across anything that they wanted.

Three years of ceaseless effort on the part of the press, the pulpit, the school, the screen and the stage had sufficed to infuse millions of Americans with the mob fear and mob hate that are the warp and woof of war-madness. The carefully planned, brilliantly executed scheme of advertising preparedness, patriotism and war, had left a great section of the American people incapable of reasoning or understanding. 

The Great Madness by Scott Nearing

newshour:

Won’t you be my neighbor? Monday at the RNC, protestors and police convergedPhoto by Mallory Benedict.

Love that sign.

thepeoplesrecord:

An Obama-appointed judge rules its indefinite detention provisions likely violate the 1st and 5th Amendments

A federal district judge today, the newly-appointed Katherine Forrest of the Southern District of New York, issued an amazing ruling: one which preliminarily enjoins enforcement of the highly controversial indefinite provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act, enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Obama last December. This afternoon’s ruling came as part of a lawsuit brought by seven dissident plaintiffs — including Chris Hedges, Dan Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky, and Birgitta Jonsdottir — alleging that the NDAA violates ”both their free speech and associational rights guaranteed by the First Amendment as well as due process rights guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

Full article

A lone voice of sanity. Finally rising above the rumbling din of ignorance and fear-mongering. Very very very pleased with this.

Click above for the full article. Here is the opinion itself.

catmartini:

According to the Huffingtonpost:

With the May Day arrests of at least 116 people at Occupy protests around the country, there have now been a minimum of 7,106 Occupy arrests in 114 cities across the United States since the Occupy movement began in New York on September 17, 2011.

“The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, so it’s not surprising that so many people are being arrested for speaking up, but it is still quite disturbing” according to Marianne Huber, spokesperson for St. Pete for Peace.

OccupyArrests.com, a project of St. Pete for Peace, has been tracking these arrests and lists each chronologically, including number arrested, location, a brief description and links to source documentation.

The total number of arrests is conservatively derived, including only those instances in which at least two credible and consistent sources are found. Many additional arrests are often reported.

For more information, please visit http://occupyarrests.com.

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

“An Avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he a establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”
— Thomas Paine (via hipsterlibertarian)
“A 2011 FOIA request from the ACLU revealed that just in the 18-month period beginning October 1, 2008, more than 6,600 people — roughly half of whom were American citizens — were subjected to electronic device searches at the border by DHS, all without a search warrant. Typifying the target of these invasive searches is Pascal Abidor, a 26-year-old dual French-American citizen and an Islamic Studies Ph.D. student who was traveling from Montreal to New York on an Amtrak train in 2011 when he was stopped at the border, questioned by DHS agents, handcuffed, taken off the train and kept in a holding cell for several hours before being released without charges; those DHS agents seized his laptop and returned it 11 days later when, the ACLU explains, “there was evidence that many of his personal files, including research, photos and chats with his girlfriend, had been searched.” That’s just one case of thousands, all without any oversight, transparency, legal checks, or any demonstration of wrongdoing.”

occupyallstreets:

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ultralaser:

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collaterlysisters:

occupyallstreets:

Obama Indicts Sixth Whistleblower Under the Espionage Act

On April 3, 2012, the Obama administration indicted intelligence whistleblower John Kiriakou. Kiriakou is the sixth whistleblower that the Obama administration has charged under the Espionage Act for the alleged mishandling of classified information – more than all past administrations combined. In a rare move, the indictment was sealed until today.

Kiriakou is a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) veteran who headed counterterrorism operations in Pakistan after 9/11, organized the team operation that captured suspected al-Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah, and refused to be trained in torture interrogation tactics.

In December 2007, Kiriakou gave an on-camera interview to ABC News in which he disclosed that Zubaydah was “waterboarded” and that “waterboarding” was torture. Kiriakou was one of the first CIA officers to label waterboarding as torture, and his interview helped expose the CIA’s torture program as policy, rather than the actions of a few rogue agents. Kiriakou further exposed the CIA’s torture program and the CIA’s deception about torture even to its own employees in his 2009 book, The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror.

Government Accountability Project (GAP) National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack, a Department of Justice (DOJ) whistleblower herself, represented National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Thomas Drake, the first individual indicted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act for disclosing massive waste, fraud, abuse and illegality at the NSA through proper channels. The DOJ case against Drake fell apart days before the trial was set to begin last summer, in what was widely seen as a bellwether case for future prosecutions, like that of Kiriakou.

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(via anarcho-queer)