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Via Brock Townsend:

How Government Stifled Reason’s Free Speech

Via The Last Refuge

For the past two weeks, Reason, a magazine dedicated to “Free Minds and Free Markets,” has been barred by an order from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York from speaking publicly about a grand jury subpoena that court sent to Reason.com.The subpoena demanded the records of six people who left hyperbolic comments at the website about the federal judge who oversaw the controversial conviction of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht.Shortly after the subpoena was issued, the government issued a gag order prohibiting Reason not only from discussing the matter but even acknowledging the existence of the subpoena or the gag order itself. As a wide variety of media outlets have noted, such actions on the part of the government are not only fundamentally misguided and misdirected, they have a tangible chilling effect on free expression by commenters and publications alike.

Yesterday, after preparing an extensive legal brief, Reason asked the US Attorney’s Office to join with it in asking that the gag order – now moot and clearly an unconstitutional prior restraint – be lifted. This morning, the US Attorney’s Office asked the Court to vacate the order, which it did. We are free to tell the story for the first time.

More @ Reason

Camo For Thought (?)

Brock Townsend (of Free North Carolina) reports and comments…

The Army’s new camouflage uniforms are set to hit store shelves July 1 for beta-testing before being launched in solidarity Jan 2016.

Interestingly enough the new uniform appears to be printed in a woodland-type pattern and almost looks as if it would work perfectly domestically.

Additionally a few new features have been added for functionality.

Soldiers will be able to use the older Operation Enduring Freedom pattern until 2019, according to the Army although the new pattern is preferred.

It’s interesting to note that this new ‘domestic looking pattern’ will be available just before JADE HELM 15 kicks off mid-July.

Seriously, Brock?

‘Almost looks’.  That may be true, but I’m curious as to whose original opinion this is.

The Texas governor has reportedly mobilized the National Guard to keep the JADE HELM folks under surveillance.

Are some folks over-reacting and fanning the flames, or…?

Attention Veterans! Your Rights Are On Sale!

At a cost!

Vets told they can ‘buy back’ 2nd Amendment rights

‘This is illegal and is called extortion’

Join The New National Police Force!

That is, if Al Sharpton can convince the President!

Word has it he is considering it!

ARE THESE PEOPLE F’NG SERIOUS?

IF I could be convinced that all such law enforcement officers would properly enforce the law and take their oaths to the Constitution seriously – just as The President and Congress does!

(AND, don’t we already have the FBI, DOJ, ICC, FTC, FCC, TSA, Homeland Security, and about twenty other federal alphabet-soup agencies charged with domestic security, surveillance and law enforcement.  Hell, even the Department of Agriculture agents have firearms!)

NOPE.  Not on MY Watch!

Wouldn’t be prudent at this juncture.  or legal, constitutional or cost-effective.

‘Course, when has THAT ever stopped anyone!

h/t Instapundit, Firehand

Whither Jade Helm 15?

Military watchers – from both the Left and Right – have been watching, warning, and expressing (how do I state this with delicacy?):

DOOM!

It has been reported that regular military folks will be conducting a ‘training operation’ in Texas, beginning July 15.  The Texas governor has even ordered the National Guard to observe the ops, just in case things get hinky.

Following the ease with which martial law was imposed on Boston (post the terrorist bombing), some folks are suggesting this might be the next step.

Practicing to handle civilian populus in a hostile environment (Texas versus Massachusetts) should martial law be imposed THERE!

And obvious comparisons have been made comparing The President to some Austrian-born Reichschancellor who engaged in similar behavior!

Operation Jade Helm 15

Much ado about nothing?  Or should we be concerned?

What do YOU think?tin foil hat

h/t Theo Spark, The Political Commentator, Now The End Begins

Brady Working With The Government? Naw.

A Brady Campaign ‘Gun Owner Data Base’?

It’s been noted that the individual involved in suing various online retailers over the Colorado movie theatre shooting and who now owes $220K is a Brady employee (6 months after the event). Something interesting was noted on his Linkedin Profile:

Experience

Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Manager Organizing Department Brady Campaign

Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence

January 2013 – Present (2 years 4 months)San Antonio, Texas Area

* worked in the organizing department doing outreach to victim/survivors of gun violence* Led the department in adding names of gun owners to data base
* Worked closely with communications department to connect with national media to do television
interviews related to gun violence.
* Lobbied national and state congressional legislators to pass reasonable restrictions on gun
ownership.
*Designed and implemented training programs on gun basics and how to engage gun owners for
Brady chapters.
*Did inspirational talks to grass roots volunteers in Washington state in their efforts to pass
legislation for background checks on all gun sales.
*Spoke at fund raising events.

Led the department in adding names of gun owners to data base?  What?  So what exactly is this Brady ‘Data Base’ that they’re adding names to?  Why are they creating it? What is its purpose?

Inquiring minds want to know.

They aren’t the only ones.  Could The Brady Bunch (and their fellow travelers) be conspiring to circumvent federal law by obtaining data which they then share with the federal government?
NAW.  Not possible.

h/t Days of our Trailers

Nixon Redux

It’s been said The Libertarian Party (big L) was started by a number of folks in Colorado in 1971, who were having a political discussion regarding the downfall of The Republic.

Because President Nixon had instituted wage and price controls!  (And took us off the gold standard, furthered the Vietnam War, the draft, and started the EPA?- Guffaw)

Fast-forward to today, wherein Rand Paul is waging a largely one man battle against The Fed™, and now this…

(courtesy of Irish)

It’s Not Your Money – Feds Put Currency Control In Place

This story has been floating around for a few days, now, but I don’t see much coverage of it.  According to The Sovereign Man blog by Simon Black, the DOJ has instituted cash controls that require banks to notify them if anyone withdraws as little as $5000 cash in one transaction.

Assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell gave a speech in which he urged banks to “alert law enforcement authorities about the problem” so that police can “seize the funds” or at least “initiate an investigation”.
As Black highlights, according to the handbook for the Federal Financial Institution Examination Council, such suspicious activity includes, “Transactions conducted or attempted by, at, or through the bank (or an affiliate) and aggregating $5,000 or more…”

Imagine going to your local bank to get some cash; for a specific purchase or just because you want to have some cash on hand.  You tell the teller that you’d like to withdraw $5,000 from your account. She hesitates nervously and wants to know why.

You try to politely let her know that that’s none of the bank’s business as it’s your money.

The teller disappears for a few minutes, leaving you waiting.

When she returns she tells you that you can collect your money in a few days as they don’t have it on hand at the moment.

Slightly irritated because of the inconvenience, you head home.

But as you pull into your driveway later there’s an unexpected surprise waiting for you: two police officers would like to have a word with you about your intended withdrawal earlier…

How do you know you live in a police state?  That’s a pretty good working definition right there. 

 MORE AT SILICONGRAYBEARD

for more information here are some additional links provided by blog buddy Leigh
 
http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2014/11/16/the-money-in-your-bank-account-was-stolen-this-morning/
http://www.examiner.com/article/bank-deposits-will-soon-no-longer-be-considered-money-but-paper-investments
http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2014/11/warning-bank-deposits-will-soon-no.html
http://investmentwatchblog.com/nov-16-2014-g20-to-implement-a-new-policy-that-makes-bank-deposits-on-par-with-paper-investments/

In the interest of fairness, one of my jobs during my 21+ year tenure at TMCCC was to research and complete SARs (Suspicious Activity Reports) as part of financial institution law.

These are the reports regarding ‘suspicious’ financial transactions taking place at federally-licensed/insured financial institutions.  At the time, based on a floor of $10K.

Aggregate.

This meant if you did a number of financial transactions involving moving funds around, or large credit card purchases totaling 10K, you would probably appear on the institution’s radar.  And some functionary (like me) would review your accounts, and prepare a report, if warranted.

Of course, 10K (or more) meant a report would be prepared, regardless.  (We did catch some bad guys this way!)

And you and your transactions were duly reported to The United States Treasury Department for further investigation.

Wouldn’t want any money-laundering or tax evasion amongst our citizens, would we?

And now the floor is 5K.  In this economy.

Can’t have the citizenry moving their money around all willy-nilly, now can we?  Because, whose money IS it, anyway?

Bureaucratizilla On Your Doorstep

Or on your physician’s computer…

The Weekly Standard shared with us the following, in part:

This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020, which details the efforts of some 35 departments and agencies of the federal government and their roles in the plan to ‘advance the collection, sharing, and use of electronic health information to improve health care, individual and community health, and research.’” [emphasis added]

What departments and agencies?

Check out this list:

  • Administration for Children & Families
  • Administration for Community Living
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Justice and Bureau of Prisons
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Federal Health Architecture
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • HHS Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources
  • HHS (Health and Human Services) Assistant Secretary for Health
  • HHS Assistant Secretary for Legislation
  • HHS Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
  • HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
  • HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
  • HHS Office for Civil Rights
  • HHS Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • HHS Office of the Chief Technology Officer
  • HHS Office of the General Counsel
  • HHS Office of Minority Health
  • HHS Office of the Secretary
  • Indian Health Services
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Science Foundation
  • Networking and Information Technology Research and Development
  • Office of Personnel Management
  • Social Security Administration
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

(from Rob Douglas)  As an information security expert, I can tell you that there is no way – NO WAY – that the feds will be able to keep your health records secure with that many federal agencies having some type of access.

HIPAA be damned (apparently)!  And what do 90% of these agencies have to do with my (or your) personal health!?  Not to mention them sharing information with the FBI and BATFE (through the DOJ).

Don’t fear the government – fear the power of unfettered bureaucracy.  –  Guffaw

The Judiciary Is All ‘In The Tank’ For The State!

Well, not ALL…

From Say Uncle:

ATF making up crimes

Nothing new. They’ve done it quite a lot. But a judge is bringing the heat:

“Society does not win when the government stoops to the same level as the defendants it seeks to prosecute,” he wrote. “Especially when the government has acted solely to achieve a conviction for a made-up crime.”

Also, I liked this:

But for the undercover agent’s imagination in this case there would be no crime.

Can we get an AMEN!? – Guffaw

“Pick An Amendment – ANY Amendment!”

rocky“Nothing up my sleeve – PRESTO!” – Bullwinkle

“Wrong hat!” – Rocky

“I wear a seven and a half.” – Bullwinkle

FBI Director James B. Comey made some kind of pronouncement a couple of weeks ago, regarding your rights and mine.  Something of a positive, pro-rights nature.  I took notice, and thought to myself “Gee, I should post this on the blog, it’s unusual for this, or any federal administration!”

Then, last week he flushed it all away when he announced:

If Apple and Google Won’t Decrypt Phones, We’ll Force Them To

Nice upholding your oath there, Mr. Director!

Thank the heavens above that the position of FBI Director is now federally-limited to ten years.  Of course, with whom will he be replaced?  Another nazi or soviet…?

SIGH

h/t Motherboard, Joel

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