Support Your Local Stasi December 14, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

December 14, 2010

Mesa County, Colorado has a population of roughly 146,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Thus it?s remarkable that a security breach in the County Sheriff?s Office has released confidential information that may affect 200,000 people.

Between April and November, thousands of pages were archived on what was mistakenly believed to be a secure server. However, the website was accessible to the public, and the confidential material was downloaded dozens of times.

The database was created two decades ago to compile intelligence collected in narcotics investigations. It contains the names of confidential informants used by the local narcotics task force and extensive files about people who were under official scrutiny, most of whom have never been charged with a crime.

Mesa County is a small, unexceptional community in the rural West ? yet local law enforcement, working with the Feds, was running a surveillance operation worthy of the East German Stasi. This is yet another blessing we?ve been given by the demented enterprise called the War on Drugs.

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

"Roid Rage" with a Badge December 13, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

December 13, 2010

The news of Jersey City resident Joseph Colao?s fatal heart attack three years ago prompted an unsual outpouring of concern on the part of local law enforcement officers Dozens of cops called headquarters to confirm that the 45-year-old physician had died. He wasn?t just their friend and confidant, notes the Newark Star-Ledger: he was their drug connection.

For years, Colao had grown wealthy providing illegal anabolic steroids to police, prison guards, and firefighters.

The Star-Ledger reports that at least 248 officers and firefighters from 53 agencies availed themselves of Colao?s help to obtain fraudulent steroid prescriptions. Several have been sued for excessive force or civil rights violations.

"Steroid abuse by police is quite common Three years ago, a steroid and cocaine ring was discovered in a motorcycle police unit in Boston. Similar illicit operations have been uncovered in nine other states.

To the myriad reasons for ending the government?s war on drugs we should add the fact that it is often being fought by steroid-enhanced, bullying hypocrites.

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

Get a Rope, Find a Tree.... December 10, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

December 10, 2010

David Updyke, the first sheriff of Idaho?s Ada County, was also the head of Boise?s largest criminal gang Updyke organized a syndicate of ?road agents? ? armed thugs who carried out stagecoach robberies.

Sheriff Updyke was inspired by the example of Sheriff Henry Plummer, who had organized a similar racket in Bannack, Montana.

Frontier-era "road agents" were the direct ancestors of the paramilitary "forfeiture gangs" employed by police agencies today, who plunder motorists and property owners under the color of law.

Police in Aurora, Illinois recently confiscated $190,000 from local residents Jose and Jesus Martinez There is no evidence that the brothers had committed a crime of any kind. Rather than complying with a court order to return the stolen money, the police turned it over to the Department of Homeland Security in anticipation of a lucrative kick-back.

Those engaged in such undisguised highway robbery should be reminded that both Updyke and Plummer were taken prisoner by outraged citizens and ended their days swinging from the end of a rope.

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

Job Security for Tax-Fattened Parasites December 9, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

December 9, 2010

Here is something to ponder as the unemployment rate among America?s productive class continues to climb: Between 2008 and 2010, Arizona state government agencies accumulated more than 88,000 hours of paid administrative leave.

Each time a corrupt, incompetent, or criminally misbehaving government employee is put on administrative leave he enjoys a paid vacation. As Arizona?s Goldwater Institute in a recent report, 88,000 hours is ?the equivalent of state workers spending more than 42 years? on paid vacation.

Misbehaving government employees at all levels are difficult to discipline and very rarely terminated. Several cases examined by the Institute involve employees who were kept on the payroll despite numerous instances of professional misconduct (such as falsifying records or sleeping on the job) and violations of drug laws.

While corrupt and inefficient members of Arizona?s tax-devouring class enjoyed paid vacations, hundreds of thousands of actual workers lost their jobs and struggled to survive. There?s little reason to doubt that the same dichotomy exists in every other state.

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

Kill the TSA, Save the Fourth Amendment December 3, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

December 3, 2010

The Transportation Security Administration isn?t content merely to conduct illegal searches of innocent passengers at airport checkpoints, or expanding them to include busses, trains, and other modes of commercial travel. It has actually carried out at least one highway checkpoint operation in which automobiles and their drivers were subjected to a general warrantless search.

The TSA highway checkpoint operation took place last September in Douglas County, Georgia TSA spokescommissar Nelson Minerly claimed that the operation was supposedly ?intent on deterring would-be terrorists or criminal activity.? It wasn?t staged in response to any specific threat, and Minerly emphasized that ?We don?t advertise where they?re going to happen or when they?re going to be.?

This means that the TSA claims the supposed authority to search any vehicle using the interstate highway system at any time of its choosing.

The survival of the Fourth Amendment, or what?s left of it, requires the immediate destruction of the Transportation Security Administration.

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

The Everyday Crimes of a Global Empire December 2, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

December 2, 2010

Shortly before Germany?s 2009 general election, U.S. diplomats criticized the country?s Free Democratic Party for espousing a ?limited government viewpoint.? According to a secret diplomatic cable published by the whistleblower organization WikiLeaks, Washington did what it could to discourage inclusion of the FDP in a German coalition government.

The documents disclosed by WikiLeaks also describe Bush administration efforts to pressure German officials not to pursue legal action against the Americans who kidnapped and abused German resident Khalid al-Masri The Lebanese-born man was kidnapped by CIA operatives and held for more than a year, during which time he was beaten, sodomized, and otherwise abused before being released without explanation or apology.

Yet another key WikiLeaks revelation is an an April 2009 cable describing bipartisan efforts to pressure the Spanish government into dropping an official investigation of torture and other war crimes committed by the Bush administration

These are just a few examples of the Soviet-style imperialism that is the routine business of the government ruling us.

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

Idaho's Prison Profiteers December 1, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

December 1, 2010

Hanni Elabed was convicted of robbery and sentenced to a term inside the Idaho Correctional Center, a quasi-private prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (or CCA).

A video recently released by the Associated Press shows Elabed being beaten into a coma by another inmate. Elabed can be seen pleading with guards on the other side of a locked door. The guards refuse to intervene even when the assailant sits down for a break.

A lawsuit filed against the prison claims the staff runs what has been called a ?gladiator school? in which some inmates are permitted to beat and abuse others who refuse to become snitches. Medical treatment is allegedly withheld from victims as a way of covering up the crimes.

The CCA?s response to the video that corroborates at least some of those charges was to condemn the AP for supposedly creating a ?security risk? to prison staff. The only risk posed by the disclosure was to the job security of the corrupt officials who profit from such crimes.

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

Building an American Prison Society November 30, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

November 30, 2010

Mike Rogers, an American expatriate living in Japan, recently learned that it is impermissible for Americans to receive packages from abroad that weigh more than one pound unless the sender provides the Social Security number of the recipient. He made this discovery when his young son attempted to send a small package containing toys and a book to a friend in Arizona.

This is a small but significant example of the way the Homeland Security State is beginning to emulate its totalitarian predecessors. As Rogers observes, totalitarian states such as contemporary North Korea or wartime Imperial Japan ?try to support failing systems by cutting their people off from ? foreign influence.?

?In North Korea, if they catch you trying to escape, they execute you,? Rogers continues. ?Imperial Japan did the same thing. How much longer until the USA tries this??

The increasingly invasive and dictatorial means used to restrict our freedom of movement suggest that we?ll have the answer to that ominous question quite soon.

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

"Thank You, Sir -- May I Have Another?" November 29, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

November 29, 2010

According to former Bush administration speechwriter Marc Thiessen, the patriotic response to sexual molestation at an airport security checkpoint is: ?Thank you, sir ? may I have another??

?As we go through the airport screening line, let's stop and say `thanks? to the men and women of the TSA who give up time with their families during the holidays to keep us safe from terror,? urged Thiessen. The federal fondling brigade has endured ?the same kinds of public indignities the Left has heaped on the men and women of the CIA? who have carried out torture of terrorist suspects, laments Thiessen.

Thiessen, an unabashed defender of torture, has claimed that attorneys who represent accused terrorists in court are supporting terrorism. By way of analogy, claims that attorneys who represent accused pedophiles support child molestation.

More than a few sexual deviants and criminals have been found among the ?patriots? the TSA has employed. By his own logic, wouldn?t this make Thiessen a supporter of serial sexual molestation?

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

"Thank You, Sir -- May I Have Another?" November 29, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

November 29, 2010

According to former Bush administration speechwriter Marc Thiessen, the patriotic response to sexual molestation at an airport security checkpoint is: ?Thank you, sir ? may I have another??

?As we go through the airport screening line, let's stop and say `thanks? to the men and women of the TSA who give up time with their families during the holidays to keep us safe from terror,? urged Thiessen. The federal fondling brigade has endured ?the same kinds of public indignities the Left has heaped on the men and women of the CIA? who have carried out torture of terrorist suspects, laments Thiessen.

Thiessen, an unabashed defender of torture, has claimed that attorneys who represent accused terrorists in court are supporting terrorism. By way of analogy, claims that attorneys who represent accused pedophiles support child molestation.

More than a few sexual deviants and criminals have been found among the ?patriots? the TSA has employed. By his own logic, wouldn?t this make Thiessen a supporter of serial sexual molestation?

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

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