The TSA Must Die November 24, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

November 24, 2010

It?s doubtful that there is a more mild-mannered public figure than Ron Paul, the Republican congressman from Texas. Dr. Paul?s disposition is as mild as buttermilk, and his patience is all but inexhaustible. But being publicly groped and humiliated at an airport checkpointwas enough to leave the Congressman fuming and calling for a boycott of the government-managed airline industry.

As a TSA official shoved his hands down the Congressman?s pants, Paul exclaimed in disgust: ?How can you live with yourself, feeling up strange men all day long?? To which the tax-fed drone sneeringly replied: ?I love my job.?

Unless they?re willing to endure public molestation, or be arrested for withdrawing consent, Americans should avoid airports. But John Pistole, the empire-building bureaucrat in charge of the agency, is planning to expand his realm to include trains and subways. Homeland Security Commissarina Janet Napolitano wants to inflict the same measures on every available mode of transportation.

There is no alternative: The TSA must die.

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

The Robber State, Revisited

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

November 23, 2010

During a visit to 19th century feudal Iran, British historian Arthur Arnold observed that government agents were ?free to extort all that [they] can get, upon condition of making a certain annual payment to [the central government in] Tehran. [The people are] kept in perpetual disorder by the demands of armed men, who plunder under the pretense of [law], and who ? are scarcely preferred to robbers.?

The same can be said of police agencies that seize money and property through the contemporary process of civil asset forfeiture. The victims of those confiscations are people who are never formally accused of crimes.

Ten years ago, attempts were made by Congress and various states to reform the practice by forbidding police to profit from asset forfeiture. The Justice Department, however, nullified those laws by permitting police to keep eighty percent of whatever they confiscate in joint operations with the Feds.

Officially sanctioned robbery of this kind grows increasingly common as the productive economy dies.

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

KGB-provided "Evidence" in an American Courtroom?

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

November 22, 2010

Pete Seda, an Iranian-born U.S. citizen, was convicted earlier this year of tax fraud charges. He was accused of sending money to Muslim rebels in Chechnya, who are fighting for independence from Russian rule.

Seda, who ran a charitable foundation, insists that he was misled by an accountant regarding the $150,000 donation allegedly sent to Chechen rebels.

Despite the fact that Seda was not convicted of a terrorism-related offense, federal prosecutors are seeking a terrorism enhancement to his sentence. They claim that newly declassified evidence demonstrates Seda?s guilty knowledge that the money was funding terrorism. The evidence is provided by the Russian Federal Security Service ? that is, the successor organization to the Soviet KGB.

The KGB?s evidence -- along with material collected through illegal wiretaps -- was deemed inadmissible during the trial phase, but will be allowed during the sentencing hearing, during which the star witness will be colonel in the Russian Security Service. That development is far more ominous than anything Seda is accused of doing.

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

Arrest the Molesters! November 18, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

November 18, 2010

Boise resident Kristina B. Ross appears to have enjoyed a very peculiar hobby. In early November Ross was arrested after several people complained that she had approached women in local night clubs and touched their breasts under the guise of conducting a medical exam.

Ross claimed to be a plastic surgeon named Berlyn Aussieahshowna, and she allegedly told victims that she could provide various cosmetic enhancements. Ross is accused of practicing medicine without a license, which is a felony.

Were this charge to be applied even-handedly, the police would conduct wholesale arrests at Boise Airport, TSA employees are physically molesting innocent people in exactly the same fashion. None of these federal employees is a licensed physician, and the law specifically forbids sexual battery of this kind.

Six years ago, an Appleton woman named Phyllis Dintenfass was found guilty of assault. Offended after being groped by a female TSA employee, Dintenfass retaliated in kind.


Sexual battery
is a crime, irrespective of the identity of the perpetrator.

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

NEVER Cooperate With The Police November 16, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

November 16, 2010

New Jersey resident Sue Aitken was concerned that her 27-year-old son Brian was suicidal. She dialed 911, but hung up before receiving an answer. The police arrived anyway. By this time Brian was driving to his house. When the police asked him to return, he did.

Despite acknowledging that Brian wasn?t a threat to anyone, the police asked to search his car; Brian consented. They found his handguns ? which he had legally purchased in another state ?locked, unloaded, and stored in the trunk of his car.

Brian was arrested for unlawful gun possession. The trial judge and prosecutor colluded to withhold evidence that Aitken?s actions were covered under a ?moving exception? in state law. Brian was convicted and may spend seven years in prison.

This infuriating story underscores the fact that citizens should never cooperate in any way with police, judges, or prosecutors. They are not our allies, friends, or protectors. Your innocence doesn?t matter to them, and they will not respect your rights.

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

Lying Cops? Perish the Thought! November 12, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

November 12, 2010

It took him a year and cost him roughly three hundred dollars, but Bob Braun of West Allis, Wisconsin was able to clear his name. Braun was arrested on a false and vindictive disorderly conduct citation by Milwaukee police as punishment for embarrassing their boss, Police Chief Ed Flynn.

Braun and a friend picketed Milwaukee Police headquarters carrying signs describing Chief Flynn, who admitted to an extra-marital affair with a sycophantic reporter, as an adulterer. Citing the relevant section of Wisconsin law, Braun demanded that Flynn be prosecuted ? a sentiment shared by many Milwaukee residents. Instead, Braun was arrested by Sgt. Mark Wagner and charged with disorderly conduct. The citation claimed that Braun repeatedly told Sgt. Wagner to perform an anatomically impossible sexual act.

When the case was heard before a jury, the only witnesses the prosecution could produce were Wagner and two fellow police officers. The jury quite sensibly concluded that the officers were perjuring themselves in the service of the adulterer who commands them.

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

Memorializing the Murder-Suicide of Christendom November 11, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

November 11, 2010

Armistice Day, as Veteran?s Day was originally known, commemorated the end of World War I. That war was the murder-suicide of Christendom.

In August 1914, Europe went to war almost giddy with anticipation. By late Autumn all sides were bogged down in what would prove to be a lengthy and gruesome stalemate along a static front stretching through France and Belgium. That stalemate would be broken when the United States entered the war in April 1917.

Shortly after America?s stupid and pointless intervention in Europe, Pope Benedict XV called for the antagonists to seek ?a peace of mutual forgiveness and forbearance.? Instead, the war ground on for another year and a half, slaughtering hundreds of thousands and unleashing militant strains of nationalism and totalitarianism that continue to torment the world.

Yes, we should remember veterans ? but we should also abhor the distilled evil that is the interventionist foreign policy that creates so many of them.

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

The Bush Legacy: "Religious Cleansing" of Christians from Iraq

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

November 9, 2010

Two weeks before the October 31 massacre in Baghdad?s Our Lady of Salvation Church, Archbishop Matti Shaba Matoka of the Assyrian Catholic Church warned that Christians are being purged from Iraq and the region, largely as a result of the U.S. invasion.

Iraq is convulsed by ?a situation of instability and trials and wars? [t]he last being the American occupation?. Since the year 2003, Christians are the victims of a killing situation, which has provoked a great emigration from Iraq?. Seven years have passed and Christianity is still bleeding. Where is the world conscience??

Archbishop Matoka and many others have come to suspect that ?there is a plan to empty the Middle East of Christians and that Iraq is one of the victims?.?

The scores of worshippers slaughtered by Islamic militants on October 31 are joined by hundreds of thousands who have been killed or driven from their homes in what amounts to a U.S.-abetted religious cleansing of Christians from Iraq.

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

Voters Rebel Against Revenue Robots November 8, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

November 8, 2010

On November 2, voters in five cities ? including Houston, Texas and Anaheim, California -- approved measures banning the use of red light cameras.

American Traffic Solutions, the leading contractor in the hugely profitable and deeply corrupt traffic enforcement racket, spent millions of dollars in a futile effort to defeat the citizen-driven initiatives. In Houston, which was ATS?s biggest account, the corporation filed a federal lawsuittrying to stop citizens from voting on the measure.

Houston?s mayor and City Council, citing the possibility of another lawsuit, have refused to cancel its contract, and are continuing to operate the cameras in defiance of the election results. Houston has harvested $44 million in red light camera citations since the surveillance cameras were installed in 2006. A movement has sprung up urging Houston residents not to pay any citations issued through the use of red light cameras.

Although robotic revenue collection programs are understandably popular with the tax-devouring class, not a single one has ever survived a public vote.

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

A Corrupt Sheriff is Thrown Out November 5, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

November 5, 2010

For the most part, voting is little more than an exercise in participatory larceny. Occasionally, however, the franchise is used to enforce accountability. This was the case last Tuesday when voters in Minnesota?s Ramsey County rejected the re-election bid of . Sheriff Bob Fletcher

During the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Fletcher earned headlines by conducting pre-emptive raids on people he claimed were planning acts of terrorism. In fact, the subjects of that crack-down were law-abiding local activists who were planning peaceful demonstrations to coincide with the event.

Although Fletcher?s department collaborated with the FBI?s Joint Terrorism Task Force during the convention, its gang enforcement unit was under investigation for stealing millions of dollars? worth of cash and property. Just days before the RNC arrests, two of Fletcher?s close associates were convicted of theft and corruption charges.

After a decade and a half as a corrupt sheriff, Bob Fletcher is an unemployed one, hopefully the first of many more to come.

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

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