The one thing we need and do not have is a taxpayer-funded propaganda machine that can disseminate government-sponsored disinformation here and abroad in real time. We don’t have one of those because of a 1948 law that our Congress now wants to nullify.
Just when you thought the National Defense Authorization Act couldn’t get any worse, it does. For now, the NDAA is on hold thanks to a Judge Katherine Forrest who is actually concerned about the First Amendment. That doesn’t seem to stop the amendments to NDAA however.
Texas Republican William Thornberry introduced HR 5736 – the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 and the next day Adam Smith (Democrat) of Washington co-sponsored it. It amends the NDAA. It is a bipartisan bill which should enjoy strong bipartisan opposition. It is yet another bill that the ACLU and the Tea Party should both hate.
I don’t think the bill will go anywhere, but the way things are going, who knows. The fact that they would even come up with this is rather alarming. If the other members of Congress have their wits about them, they won’t touch this one.
ACLU records show 64 percent growth in electronic spying since president took office
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s use of electronic devices to intercept phone
numbers, email addresses and online information has climbed by 64 percent since 2009, according to a study of records released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Government data shows that from 2009 to 2011, the combined number of court orders for so-called pen registers and trap and trace devices on phones rose from 23,535 in 2009 to 37,616 in 2011, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
On Oct. 14, a federal judge blocked key portions of Alabama’s new immigration law after several groups, including the Obama Justice Department and the ACLU, asked for an injunction.
The Justice Department claims that states that assist in enforcing federal immigration laws are violating the Constitutional separation of powers.
Really? If that’s so, I wonder if state police in Alabama are barred from arresting someone trying to pass counterfeit $100 bills, since it’s federal currency. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the power “to provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States.” It doesn’t say anything about state troopers.
Likewise, Article I, Sec. 8 of the Constitution authorizes Congress “to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.” State police arresting illegal aliens has nothing to do with deciding who can be naturalized.
“Does it really cause harm to the United States when a state informs the federal government of persons who are in violation of federal law, and then leaves it to the federal government to decide whether to initiate deportation proceedings?” Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange wrote in the state’s response.
Babeu told CNSNews.com that rather than help law enforcement in Arizona stop the hundreds of thousands of people who come into the United States illegally, the federal government is targeting the state and its law enforcement personnel.“What’s very troubling is the fact that at a time when we in law enforcement and our state need help from the federal government, instead of sending help they put up billboard-size signs warning our citizens to stay out of the desert in my county because of dangerous drug and human smuggling and weapons and bandits and all these other things and then, behind that, they drag us into court with the ACLU,” Babeu said.