"No Refusal"? Our Forefathers Would have Drawn Blood Over This!

by Will

Liberty Minute June 30 2014

During the mid-1980s, a state radio broadcast in East Germany proudly announced a record-breaking national blood drive. In the audio equivalent of fine print could be found the critical, defining detail: “Most of the donors were volunteers.”


To celebrate what used to be called Independence Day, police and in Oregon have announced a “no refusal” initiative for the Fourth of July weekend. Motorists who refuse to take a Breathalyzer test will be subjected to an immediate involuntary blood test that will take place either at the side of the road, any nearby medical facility, or at a jail. Prosecutors and judges will be on call to rubber-stamp any police request for a blood draw warrant.


Under this totalitarian approach, “due process” consists of immediate ratification of a police demand for self-incriminating evidence. The Breathalyzer is a notoriously unreliable technology, and police will generally admit as much when it produces test results that exonerate a driver.


In a reasonably free society, “no refusal” traffic enforcement operations wouldn't exist. If America were to any extent a country worthy of the heritage we celebrate on Independence Day, such a proposal would provoke a righteous armed rebellion. Our colonial patriot forebears drew blood over impositions much less offensive than this.


Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Unless SWAT Teams Can Burn Babies, The Terrorists Will Get You!

by Will

Liberty Minute June 27 2014

As Iraq descends into sectarian civil war, familiar fright-peddlers from Dick Cheney to Lindsey Graham are depicting the Sunni insurgency, known as ISIS, as a potentially lethal threat to our sacred Homeland.

Not surprisingly, a similar view is being expressed by defenders of the militarized Homeland Security State, who pretend to believe that if ISIS can seize control of Mosul, it will soon threaten Manhattan.

In the Line of Duty, a company providing what it calls “reality-based training for law enforcement,” eagerly anticipates a terrorist strike by ISIS as a way of changing the subject from the routine atrocities committed by militarized police – such as the SWAT raid and flash-bang grenade attack that left 18-month-old Bou-Bou Phonesavankh fighting for his life in an intensive care unit.

“When this `militarization of [Law Enforcement Agencies] affects infants like Bou Bou, the public’s going to be righteously outraged. But, someday, when ISIS comes a calling, who will be complaining then?” sneered the company’s Facebook page, a statement growing out of the assumption that 3:00 a.m. Stormtrooper raids that leave infants with disfiguring injuries are simply the price we must pay to be protected from whatever “threats” our rulers can conjure.

 Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

Don't Expect Police to Protect You; That's Not Their Job

by Will

Liberty Minute June 25 2014

Kuna, Idaho resident Tricia Gillaspy and her husband awoke early on June 22 to find a naked stranger in their bedroom. Mr. Gillaspy grabbed a gun and ordered him from the home while his wife dialed 911. The uninvited visitor had flooded their kitchen and defecated on the living room carpet.

When the cops arrived, they gave the trespasser two citations and a ride home.

A sergeant from the Kuna PD called Mrs. Gillaspy shortly after the incident to say that in order for the officers to take the intruder into custody, it would have been necessary for the couple to make a citizen’s arrest.

A few days earlier, a resident of Coeur d’Alene was approached by a stranger who drew a knife and demanded money. The would-be robbery victim, who was with his 2-year-old daughter, drew a gun, prompting the assailant to flee in his van. The man pursued the suspect briefly before losing him in traffic. The police never found him.

Police exist primarily to enforce the will of the government employing them. They cannot deter crime, but can monetize it for the political class’s benefit. Any actual protection they provide is incidental to that mission, and usually unintentional.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

"Public Authority," Drone Murders, and the Death of the Rule of Law

by Will

Liberty Minute June 24 2014

In America, wrote Thomas Paine, “the law is king.” In a totalitarian state, Vladimir Lenin wrote more than a century later, rulers exercise “power without limit, resting directly on force, restrained by no laws.”

Lenin’s formula was a blunt expression of what is known as the “public authority justification” for government action. That doctrine, as explained by one legal scholar, holds that “Deeds which otherwise would be criminal, such as taking or destroying property, taking hold of a person by force and against his will … or even taking his life, are not crimes if done with proper public authority.”

In other words, government can give itself permission to break the law. This claim is central to the recently-released 2010 Justice Department memorandum defending the Obama administration’s claim that the president can order the summary execution of US citizens through drone strikes. All that is necessary is for the president to designate a targeted citizen as an unlawful combatant. Once this is done, the extra-judicial murder is sanitized by the miracle of “public authority,” thereby becoming a supposedly lawful exercise of war powers.

This is the doctrine the permitted Barack Obama to authorize the murder of a 16-year-old US citizen – an act, and a claim, demonstrating that the rule of law is dead.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

A Timid Sheriff Keeps his "Gang" on the Streets

by Will

Liberty Minute June 23 2014

Darrion Holiwell is a self-described gang leader who is accused of serious offenses. After learning that he was being investigated by the King County, Washington Sheriff’s Office, Holiwell concealed his substantial arsenal and sent a text message containing undisguised threats of violence.

Holiwell, it would seem, is the kind of hyper-violent criminal suspect for which SWAT teams were invented. As it happens, Holiwell is a SWAT team commander and the department’s chief firearms instructor. He is accused of using his estranged second wife as a prostitute, providing steroids to fellow police officers, and stealing a substantial amount of ammunition for re-sale to local gun dealers.

In a television interview several years ago, Holiwell described the King County SWAT team as a “gang”: “Bad guys, we’re a gang, too…. As soon as they unleash us, go hide; guaranteed, we’re coming to get you.”

The indictment describes Holiwell as a significant threat to the community. The same is true of any colleagues who abetted and collaborated with him. Sheriff John Urquhart admits that his SWAT team, which is deployed, on average, about twice a week -- is compromised. Yet the sheriff insists that Holiwell’s government-licensed gang will be “operating as normal” until the investigation is completed.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

Salutatorian Defies Soviet School Administrators

by Will

Liberty Minute June 20 2014

As salutatorian of his class at California’s Brawley Union High School, Brooks Hamby was invited to address the audience at the graduation ceremony. He was required to submit a draft of his speech prior to the event – and he went through three rejections before school district officials settled on a version they considered acceptable.

Hamby’s speech was regarded as controversial because of his insistence on crediting God for his success as a student. After two versions of his speech were turned down, Hamby and his parents received a notice that if he “interjects religious content, the sound will be cut off, and a disclaimer to the entire audience must be made explaining the district’s position.”

Hamby eventually delivered a speech in which he described how three drafts had been ruled out because of his determination to share his experience as a Christian believer. He also invoked God’s blessings on the audience, and shared a brief excerpt from the Sermon on the Mount – which was described as a passage from “the biggest-selling book of all time.”

Their bluff called, officials did not cut off his microphone.  The fact that they were prepared to so illustrates the extent to which the US education system has come to resemble that of the former Soviet Union.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

Murderers Jerad and Amanda Miller Were Police Informants

by Will

Liberty Minute June 19 2014

Jerad and Amanda Miller were among many hundreds of people who traveled to Bunkerville, Nevada to support rancher Cliven Bundy in his confrontation with the BLM. They may well have been the only volunteers who were asked to leave because of concerns regarding what was described as their “aggressive nature and volatility.”

During their brief visit, however, Jerad was interviewed by the local NBC affiliate, which meant that he was depicted as representative of the people who had rallied to the Bundy family’s cause.

A few weeks later, the couple murdered three people, including two Las Vegas police officers who were having lunch.  Critics of Cliven Bundy and his supporters insist that they share collective responsibility for that crime, even though they expelled the Millers from the protest area.

Significantly, the Millers worked as informants with Nevada law enforcement agencies prior to the June 8th shootings in Las Vegas. Jerad Miller, who was mired in the probation system because of narcotics convictions, was precisely the kind of person whose vulnerabilities make him valuable as an informant and provocateur.

Rather than being radicalized by so-called anti-government extremists, Jerad Miller could be seen as a living example of “blowback” in the government’s war on drugs.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

Police Seek to Suppress Social Media Criticism

by Will

Liberty Minute June 18 2014


Most establishment media outlets are reluctant to devote critical attention to abuse and corruption on the part of law enforcement agencies. Social media such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have offered activists the means to document and publicize police misconduct. 

Thus it’s not surprising that many law enforcement officers are seeking to ban Facebook pages that they characterize as anti-police. They have established Facebook pages of their own, such as Stop the Cop Haters, and Night of Blue Lights that encourage police and supporters to troll pages that are critical of police abuses. This is done to provoke comments that can be construed as “threats” or “incitement” and then used to demand that Facebook suspend or ban the targeted pages.

“FACEBOOK IS ON BOARD WITH US!” exulted a cop in a comment to a page entitled “Evolution of a Police State.” Another cop boasted that he had “trolled” Cop Block’s Facebook page and expressed the hope that “more people report them and they too get the Facebook ban hammer.”

“Let’s not delay,” urged yet another officer, “we need a new page to destroy.”

All of this underscores the fact that police too frequently see the public as an enemy to be subdued, rather than people whose rights should be protected.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

They Don't Even Pretend to Obey the Law

by Will

Liberty Minute June 17 2014


When summoned to testify before Congress regarding allegations that her agency had singled out conservative non-profits for special scrutiny, Lois Lerner – who headed the IRS's non-profit division – asserted her innocence and then invoked the Fifth Amendment.


Every citizen who files a tax return is expected to waive his protection against self-incrimination, and when the IRS accuses a taxpayer of fraud, those accusations are heard in a court the agency controls.


Congress issued a subpoena for official e-mails in which Lerner discussed agency policies dealing with conservative non-profit groups and other critics of the Obama administration. While being questioned by Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz several months ago, the IRS Commissioner claimed that all of the relevant emails were archived. Now the agency claims that they were lost in a hard drive crash.


Even if this were true, a reasonably competent IT professional could recover the lost emails very quickly. Then again, since the National Security Agency is keeping records of practically all emails and telephone communications, why couldn't that agency provide copies of the missing IRS emails?


Those ruling us don't offer any pretense that they're ruled by law. Why should we continue to pretend that they are, in some sense, public servants?


Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

Iraq Pays for Washington's Sins -- And We Will, Too

by Will

Liberty Minute June 16 2014


When Napoleon unwisely executed a political foe, his adviser Talleyrand said that it “worse than a crime – it was a blunder.”


The Iraq war was a world-historic crime. It was also one of the worst strategic blunders in recorded history. At least, that is the most charitable assessment that can honestly be made of the policy decisions that led to the unfolding regional catastrophe.


Prior to the US invasion in 2003, a handful of al-Qaeda cells found a haven in areas of Iraq not under Saddam's control. After Saddam was removed from power, and the Iraqi Army was disbanded, an authoritarian Shiite regime was installed – with predictable results: Its abuse of the Sunni minority inflamed sectarian conflicts, creating a breeding ground for al-Qaeda.


Over the past several years, Washington has been actively supporting al-Qaeda elements in Libya and Syria, while simultaneously funding and arming the Shiite regime in Baghdad. Now al-Qaeda-aligned radicals have seized control of major Iraqi cities, the Iraqi army has disintegrated, and Iran is poised to intervene to prop up the government Washington installed.


John Adams warned: “Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.” Iraqis are once again paying for Washington's sins, and we eventually will, as well.


Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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