TAC Daily Digest http://feed.informer.com/digests/WYPPR38WMR/feeder TAC Daily Digest Respective post owners and feed distributors Fri, 13 Sep 2019 22:13:53 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Incorporation Doctrine Strikes Again: SCOTUS Upholds Nevada Church Regulations https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/incorporation-doctrine-strikes-again-scotus-upholds-nevada-church-regulations/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:2608e9c2-9d1f-8e43-8a54-505d255976c0 Sat, 08 Aug 2020 15:23:17 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/incorporation-doctrine-strikes-again-scotus-upholds-nevada-church-regulations/" title="Incorporation Doctrine Strikes Again: SCOTUS Upholds Nevada Church Regulations" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/03/court-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/03/court-1280.jpg 1280w, https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-279x157.jpg 279w, https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-768x432.jpg 768w, https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-1080x608.jpg 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />A recent Supreme Court decision upholding Nevada church regulations underscores the danger of turning everything into a federal case and depending on federal judges to protect your rights. Thanks to the incorporation doctrine, every state government now has more latitude to &#8220;constitutionally&#8221; regulate churches. A Nevada church sued in federal court to overturn a state [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/incorporation-doctrine-strikes-again-scotus-upholds-nevada-church-regulations/" title="Incorporation Doctrine Strikes Again: SCOTUS Upholds Nevada Church Regulations" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/03/court-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/03/court-1280.jpg 1280w, https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-279x157.jpg 279w, https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-768x432.jpg 768w, https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-1080x608.jpg 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>A recent Supreme Court decision upholding Nevada church regulations underscores the danger of turning everything into a federal case and depending on federal judges to protect your rights. Thanks to the incorporation doctrine, every state government now has more latitude to &#8220;constitutionally&#8221; regulate churches.<span id="more-35072"></span></p> <p>A Nevada church sued in federal court to overturn a state policy limiting in-person church attendance to 50 people or less, arguing that it violated the First Amendment. Coronavirus rules in Nevada allow restaurants and casinos to operate at 50 percent capacity as long as social distancing guidelines are observed. Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley argued that the hard cap on religious gatherings treated churches differently than other places.</p> <p>The High Court disagreed, refusing to issue an injunction by a 5-4 vote.</p> <p>If you believe this was a bad decision, it&#8217;s even worse than you imagine. Because this case was federalized and brought before the U.S. Supreme Court, it creates a precedent that will apply across the country &#8212; state governments can regulate church attendance in a pandemic.</p> <p>Under the original Constitution, this case would have never gone before a federal court. It would have been decided in the state courts under the <a href="https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Const/NVConst.html#Art1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Nevada state constitution</a>. That constitution&#8217;s declaration of rights also protects freedom of religion. Section 4 reads, &#8220;The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship without discrimination or preference shall forever be allowed in this State.&#8221;</p> <p>Nevada state courts may well have rendered the same opinion as the SCOTUS, but it would not have applied across the entire United States. The church&#8217;s insistence on making a federal case out of the state&#8217;s actions just created a precedent that applies to more than 320 million people in all 50 states.</p> <p>This is the danger of centralizing power. You are always taking a big gamble. If you win, great. But when you lose, everybody loses. And in the casino system that is big government, you almost always lose. Federal judges almost always side with expanding federal power, not individual liberty.</p> <p>The <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/05/30/the-incorporation-doctrine-broke-the-constitutional-system/">incorporation doctrine</a> made it possible for a Nevada state regulation to become a federal case.</p> <p>The application of the Bill of Rights to state and local governments was not a feature of the original constitution. This is especially clear in the language of the First Amendment &#8211; &#8220;Congress shall make no law&#8230;&#8221; Application of the Bill of Rights to the states came about through a series of federal court cases based on the 14th Amendment that created a legal framework known as the <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/05/23/the-incorporation-doctrine-and-the-bill-of-rights/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">incorporation doctrine</a>.</p> <p>In a nutshell, the Supreme Court invented the incorporation doctrine through the 14th Amendment. It relies on a dubious legal principle called “substantive due process,” invented out of thin air by the court more than 50 years after the ratification of the amendment.</p> <p>A lot of people believe the incorporation doctrine is a great tool for liberty. They argue that it provides a tool to keep states from trampling on our rights. And sometimes it does. But more often than not, it allows federal courts to impose anti-liberty interpretations of the Constitution across the entire U.S.</p> <p>Ultimately, it centralizes power and that is an enemy of liberty.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Court Cases Incorporation Doctrine Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak First Amendment Supreme court Mike Maharrey P Is for Predator State: The Building Blocks of Tyranny from A to Z https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/07/p-is-for-predator-state-the-building-blocks-of-tyranny-from-a-to-z/ Tenth Amendment Center urn:uuid:b2969939-009c-a40f-baba-d9b773cd0892 Fri, 07 Aug 2020 19:07:29 +0000 <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/07/p-is-for-predator-state-the-building-blocks-of-tyranny-from-a-to-z/" title="P Is for Predator State: The Building Blocks of Tyranny from A to Z" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/kings-speech-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/kings-speech-1280.jpg 1280w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/kings-speech-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/kings-speech-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/kings-speech-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />While America continues to fixate on the drama-filled reality show scripted by the powers-that-be, directed from the nation’s capital, and played out in high definition across the country, the American Police State has moved steadily forward. Nothing has changed. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a convenient, traumatic, devastating distraction. The American people, the permanent underclass [&#8230;] <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/07/p-is-for-predator-state-the-building-blocks-of-tyranny-from-a-to-z/" title="P Is for Predator State: The Building Blocks of Tyranny from A to Z" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/kings-speech-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/kings-speech-1280.jpg 1280w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/kings-speech-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/kings-speech-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/kings-speech-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>While America continues to fixate on the drama-filled reality show scripted by the powers-that-be, directed from the nation’s capital, and played out in high definition across the country, the American Police State has moved steadily forward.</p> <p>Nothing has changed.</p> <p>The COVID-19 pandemic has been a convenient, traumatic, devastating distraction.</p> <p>The American people, the permanent underclass in America, have allowed themselves to be so distracted and divided that they have failed to notice the building blocks of tyranny being laid down right under their noses by the architects of the Deep State.</p> <p>Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton: they have all been complicit in carrying out the Deep State’s agenda. Unless something changes to restore the balance of power, the next president—the new boss—will be the same as the old boss.</p> <p>Frankly, it really doesn’t matter what you call the old/new boss—the Deep State, the Controllers, the masterminds, the shadow government, the corporate elite, the police state, the surveillance state, the military industrial complex—so long as you understand that no matter who occupies the White House, it is a profit-driven, an unelected bureaucracy that is actually calling the shots.</p> <p>If our losses are mounting with every passing day—and they are—it is a calculated siege intended to ensure our defeat at the hands of a totalitarian regime.</p> <p>Free speech, the right to protest, the right to challenge government wrongdoing, due process, a presumption of innocence, the right to self-defense, accountability and transparency in government, privacy, media, sovereignty, assembly, bodily integrity, representative government: all of these and more are casualties in the government’s war on the American people.</p> <p>Set against a backdrop of government surveillance, militarized federal police, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, overcriminalization, armed surveillance drones, whole body scanners, stop and frisk searches, and the like—all of which have been sanctioned by Congress, the White House and the courts—our constitutional freedoms are being steadily chipped away at, undermined, eroded, whittled down, and generally discarded.</p> <p>As a result, the American people have been treated like enemy combatants, to be spied on, tracked, scanned, frisked, searched, subjected to all manner of intrusions, intimidated, invaded, raided, manhandled, censored, silenced, shot at, locked up, and denied due process.</p> <p>None of these dangers have dissipated in any way.</p> <p>They have merely disappeared from our televised news streams.</p> <p>It’s time to get educated on what’s really going on. Thus, in the interest of liberty and truth, here’s an A-to-Z primer that spells out the grim realities of life in the American Police State that no one seems to be talking about anymore.</p> <p><strong>A is for the AMERICAN POLICE STATE.</strong> A police state “is characterized by bureaucracy, secrecy, perpetual wars, a nation of suspects, militarization, surveillance, widespread police presence, and a citizenry with little recourse against police actions.”</p> <p><strong>B is for our battered BILL OF RIGHTS.</strong> In the militarized police culture that is America today, where you can be kicked, punched, tasered, shot, intimidated, harassed, stripped, searched, brutalized, terrorized, wrongfully arrested, and even killed by a police officer, and that officer is rarely held accountable for violating your rights, the Bill of Rights doesn’t amount to much.</p> <p><strong>C is for CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE.</strong> This governmental scheme to deprive Americans of their liberties—namely, the right to property—is being carried out under the guise of civil asset forfeiture, a government practice wherein <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/asset-forfeiture-laws-raise-concerns-1435868428">government agents (usually the police and now TSA agents) seize private property they “suspect” may be connected to criminal activity</a>. Then, whether or not any crime is actually proven to have taken place, the government keeps the citizen’s property and it’s virtually impossible to get it back.</p> <p><strong>D is for DRONES.</strong> It was estimated that at least 30,000 drones would be airborne in American airspace by 2020, part of an <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/drones-will-soon-automatically-follow-you-2015-7">$80 billion industry</a>. Although some drones will be used for benevolent purposes, many will also be equipped with lasers, tasers and scanning devices, among other weapons—all aimed at “we the people.”</p> <p><strong>E is for EMERGENCY STATE.</strong> From 9/11 to COVID-19, we have been the subjected to an “emergency state” that justifies all manner of government tyranny and power grabs in the so-called name of national security. The government’s ongoing attempts to declare so-called national emergencies in order to circumvent the Constitution’s system of checks and balances constitutes yet another expansion of presidential power that exposes the nation to further constitutional peril.</p> <p><strong>F is for FASCISM.</strong> A study conducted by Princeton and Northwestern University concluded that the <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10769041/The-US-is-an-oligarchy-study-concludes.html">U.S. government does not represent the majority of American citizens</a>. Instead, the study found that the government is ruled by the rich and powerful, or the so-called “economic elite.” Moreover, the researchers concluded that policies enacted by this governmental elite nearly always favor special interests and lobbying groups. In other words, we are being <a href="https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/30/jimmy-carter-u-s-oligarchy-unlimited-political-bribery/">ruled by an oligarchy</a> disguised as a democracy, and arguably on our way towards fascism—a form of government where private corporate interests rule, money calls the shots, and the people are seen as mere economic units or databits.</p> <p><strong>G is for GRENADE LAUNCHERS and GLOBAL POLICE.</strong> The federal government has <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/how-americas-police-became-army-1033-program-264537">distributed more than $18 billion worth of battlefield-appropriate military weapons, vehicles and equipment</a> such as drones, tanks, and grenade launchers to domestic police departments across the country. As a result, most small-town police forces now have enough firepower to render any citizen resistance futile. Now take those small-town police forces, train them to look and act like the military, and then enlist them to be part of the United Nations’ <a href="http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/strong_cities_network_will_foster_collaboration_to_fight_violent_extremism">Strong Cities Network program</a>, and you not only have a standing army that operates beyond the reach of the Constitution but one that is part of a global police force.</p> <p><strong>H is for HOLLOW-POINT BULLETS.</strong> The government’s efforts to militarize and weaponize its agencies and employees is reaching epic proportions, with federal agencies as varied as the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration stockpiling millions of lethal hollow-point bullets, which violate international law. Ironically, while the government continues to push for stricter gun laws for the general populace, the U.S. military’s arsenal of weapons makes the average American’s handgun look like a Tinker Toy.</p> <p><strong>I is for the INTERNET OF THINGS,</strong> in which internet-connected “things” monitor your home, your health and your habits in order to keep your pantry stocked, your utilities regulated and your life under control and relatively worry-free. The key word here, however, is control. This <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/12/enterprises-billions-of-devices-internet/">“connected” industry</a> propels us closer to a future where police agencies apprehend virtually anyone if the government “thinks” they may commit a crime, driverless cars populate the highways, and a person’s biometrics are constantly scanned and used to track their movements, target them for advertising, and keep them under perpetual surveillance.</p> <p><strong>J is for JAILING FOR PROFIT.</strong> Having outsourced their inmate population to private prisons run by private corporations, this <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/09/private-prisons-occupancy-quota-cca-crime">profit-driven form of mass punishment</a> has given rise to a $70 billion private prison industry that relies on the complicity of state governments to keep their privately run prisons full by jailing large numbers of Americans for petty crimes.</p> <p><strong>K is for KENTUCKY V. KING.</strong> In an 8-1 ruling, the Supreme Court <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2011/may/17/nation/la-na-court-search-20110517">ruled that police officers can break into homes, without a warrant, even if it’s the wrong home</a> as long as they think they may have a reason to do so. Despite the fact that the police in question ended up pursuing the wrong suspect, invaded the wrong apartment and violated just about every tenet that stands between the citizenry and a police state, the Court sanctioned the warrantless raid, leaving Americans with little real protection in the face of all manner of abuses by law enforcement officials.</p> <p><strong>L is for LICENSE PLATE READERS</strong>, which enable law enforcement and private agencies to track the whereabouts of vehicles, and their occupants, all across the country. This data collected on tens of thousands of innocent people is also being <a href="http://www.wired.com/2015/05/even-fbi-privacy-concerns-license-plate-readers/">shared between police agencies, as well as with government fusion centers and private companies</a>. This puts Big Brother in the driver’s seat.</p> <p><strong>M is for MAIN CORE.</strong> Since the 1980s, the U.S. government has acquired and maintained, without warrant or court order, a database of names and information on Americans considered to be threats to the nation. As Salon reports, this database, <a href="http://www.salon.com/2008/07/23/new_churchcomm/">reportedly dubbed “Main Core,”</a> is to be used by the Army and FEMA in times of national emergency or under martial law to locate and round up Americans seen as threats to national security. There are at least 8 million Americans in the Main Core database.</p> <p><strong>N is for NO-KNOCK RAIDS.</strong> Owing to the militarization of the nation’s police forces, SWAT teams are now increasingly being deployed for routine police matters. In fact, more than <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/02/17/shedding-light-on-the-use-of-swat-teams/">80,000 of these paramilitary raids are carried out every year</a>. That translates to more than 200 SWAT team raids every day in which police crash through doors, damage private property, terrorize adults and children alike, kill family pets, assault or shoot anyone that is perceived as threatening—and all in the pursuit of someone merely suspected of a crime, usually possession of some small amount of drugs.</p> <p><strong>O is for OVERCRIMINALIZATION and OVERREGULATION.</strong> Thanks to an overabundance of 4500-plus federal crimes and 400,000 plus rules and regulations, it’s estimated that the average American actually commits three felonies a day without knowing it. As a result of this <a href="http://dailysignal.com/2015/02/26/supreme-court-justices-agree-overcriminalization-problem-america/">overcriminalization</a>, we’re seeing an uptick in Americans being arrested and jailed for such absurd “violations” as letting their kids play at a park unsupervised, collecting rainwater and snow runoff on their own property, growing vegetables in their yard, and holding Bible studies in their living room.</p> <p><strong>P is for PATHOCRACY and PRECRIME.</strong> When our own government treats us as things to be manipulated, maneuvered, mined for data, manhandled by police and other government agents, mistreated, and then jailed in <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/09/private-prisons-occupancy-quota-cca-crime">profit-driven private prisons</a> if we dare step out of line, we are no longer operating under a constitutional republic. Instead, what we are experiencing is a <a href="http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/08/the_road_to_pathocracy.html">pathocracy</a>: tyranny at the hands of a psychopathic government, which “operates against the interests of its own people except for favoring certain groups.” Couple that with the government’s burgeoning precrime programs, which will use <a href="http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/New-Partnership-to-Help-Fusion-Centers-Streamline-Intelligence-Gathering-Dissemination.html">fusion centers</a>, data collection agencies, behavioral scientists, corporations, social media, and community organizers and by relying on cutting-edge technology for surveillance, facial recognition, <a href="http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/u-s-predictive-policing-program-uses-computer-analytics-to-pinpoint-those-most-likely-to-commit-crimes-before-they-happen">predictive policing</a>, biometrics, and behavioral <a href="http://discovermagazine.com/2013/may/13-grandmas-experiences-leave-epigenetic-mark-on-your-genes">epigenetics</a> in order to identify and deter so-called potential “extremists,” dissidents or rabble-rousers. Bear in mind that anyone seen as opposing the government—whether they’re Left, Right or somewhere in between—is now viewed as an extremist.</p> <p><strong>Q is for QUALIFIED IMMUNITY.</strong> <a href="http://reason.com/archives/2014/02/12/supreme-court-weighs-qualified-immunity">Qualified immunity</a> allows police officers to walk away without paying a dime for their wrongdoing. Conveniently, those deciding whether a cop should be immune from having to personally pay for misbehavior on the job all belong to the same system, all cronies with a vested interest in protecting the police and their infamous code of silence: city and county attorneys, police commissioners, city councils and judges.</p> <p><strong>R is for ROADSIDE STRIP SEARCHES and BLOOD DRAWS.</strong> The courts have increasingly erred on the side of giving government officials—especially the police—<a href="http://www.americanbar.org/publications/human_rights_magazine_home/2013_vol_39/may_2013_n2_privacy/upending_human_dignity_fourth_amendment.html">vast discretion in carrying out strip searches, blood draws and even anal and vaginal probes for a broad range of violations</a>, no matter how minor the offense. In the past, strip searches were resorted to only in exceptional circumstances where police were confident that a serious crime was in progress. In recent years, however, strip searches have become routine operating procedures in which everyone is rendered a suspect and, as such, is subjected to treatment once reserved for only the most serious of criminals.</p> <p><strong>S is for the SURVEILLANCE STATE.</strong> On any given day, the average American going about his daily business will be monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways, by both government and corporate eyes and ears. A byproduct of the electronic concentration camp in which we live, whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that <a href="http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21651817-america-argues-anew-over-how-much-snooping-nsa-can-do-reviewing-surveillance-state">some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, is listening in and tracking your behavior</a>. This doesn’t even begin to touch on the corporate trackers that monitor your purchases, web browsing, Facebook posts and other activities taking place in the cyber sphere.</p> <p><strong>T is for TASERS.</strong> Nonlethal weapons such as tasers, stun guns, rubber pellets and the like have been used by police as weapons of compliance more often and with less restraint—even against women and children—and in some instances, even causing death. These <a href="http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2014/08/how-militarizing-police-can-increase-violence.html">“nonlethal” weapons also enable police to aggress with the push of a button</a>, making the potential for overblown confrontations over minor incidents that much more likely. A Taser Shockwave, for instance, can electrocute a crowd of people at the touch of a button</p> <p><strong>U is for UNARMED CITIZENS SHOT BY POLICE.</strong> No longer is it unusual to hear about incidents in which police shoot unarmed individuals first and ask questions later, often attributed to a fear for their safety. Yet the <a href="http://qz.com/410585/garbage-collectors-are-more-likely-to-die-on-the-job-than-police-patrol-officers/">fatality rate of on-duty patrol officers is reportedly far lower than many other professions</a>, including construction, logging, fishing, truck driving, and even trash collection.</p> <p><strong>V is for VIRUSES AND FORCED VACCINATIONS.</strong> What started out as an apparent effort to prevent a novel coronavirus from sickening the nation (and the world) has become yet another means by which world governments (including the U.S.) can expand their powers, abuse their authority, and further oppress their constituents. With millions of dollars in stimulus funds being directed towards policing agencies across the country, the <a href="https://theintercept.com/2020/05/17/veterans-affairs-coronavirus-security-police/">federal government plans to fight this COVID-19 virus with riot gear, gas masks, ballistic helmets, drones, and hi-tech surveillance</a> technology. The road we are traveling is paved with lockdowns, SWAT team raids, mass surveillance and forced vaccinations. Now there’s talk of <a href="https://www.mintpressnews.com/trump-plan-big-pharma-massive-profits-covid-19-vaccine/267617/">mobilizing the military to deliver forced vaccinations</a>, mass surveillance in order to carry out contact tracing, and heavy fines and jail time for those who dare to venture out without a mask, congregate in worship without the government’s blessing, or re-open their  businesses without the government’s say-so.</p> <p><strong>W is for WHOLE-BODY SCANNERS.</strong> Using either x-ray radiation or radio waves, scanning devices and government mobile units are being used not only to “see” through your clothes but to spy on you within the privacy of your home. While these <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2010/08/24/full-body-scan-technology-deployed-in-street-roving-vans/">mobile scanners</a> are being sold to the American public as necessary security and safety measures, we can ill afford to forget that such systems are rife with the potential for abuse, not only by government bureaucrats but by the technicians employed to operate them.</p> <p><strong>X is for X-KEYSCORE</strong>, one of the many spying programs carried out by the National Security Agency that targets every person in the United States who uses a computer or phone. This top-secret program “<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/31/nsa-top-secret-program-online-data">allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals</a>.”</p> <p><strong>Y is for YOU-NESS.</strong> Using your face, mannerisms, social media and “you-ness” against you, you are now be tracked based on what you buy, where you go, what you do in public, and how you do what you do. Facial recognition software promises to create a society in which every individual who steps out into public is tracked and recorded as they go about their daily business. The goal is for government agents to be able to scan a crowd of people and instantaneously identify all of the individuals present. <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2014/09/16/technology/security/fbi-facial-recognition/">Facial recognition programs are being rolled out in states all across the country</a>.</p> <p><strong>Z is for ZERO TOLERANCE</strong>. We have moved into a new paradigm in which young people are increasingly viewed as suspects and treated as criminals by school officials and law enforcement alike, <a href="http://reason.com/blog/2014/12/29/the-top-10-zero-tolerance-follies-of-201">often for engaging in little more than childish behavior</a> or for saying the “wrong” word. In some jurisdictions, studen Current Events Police State John Whitehead Tools for Liberty: Top 3 Reasons I’m on Board with Bitcoin and Crypto https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/tools-for-liberty-top-3-reasons-im-on-board-with-bitcoin-and-crypto/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:9178340e-d158-2b28-b927-5c8fe1180e5f Fri, 07 Aug 2020 18:18:17 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/tools-for-liberty-top-3-reasons-im-on-board-with-bitcoin-and-crypto/" title="Tools for Liberty: Top 3 Reasons I&#8217;m on Board with Bitcoin and Crypto" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/path-080720.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/path-080720.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/path-080720-980x551.png 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/path-080720-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/path-080720-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />Working to advance liberty means coming up with practical solutions to protect yourself from government power. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency projects are showing a lot of promise in increasingly important areas. More than just a fiat currency competitor &#8211; which could be huge &#8211; but also potentially powerful tools to fight confiscation and censorship. Path [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/tools-for-liberty-top-3-reasons-im-on-board-with-bitcoin-and-crypto/" title="Tools for Liberty: Top 3 Reasons I&#8217;m on Board with Bitcoin and Crypto" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/path-080720.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/path-080720.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/path-080720-980x551.png 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/path-080720-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/path-080720-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>Working to advance liberty means coming up with practical solutions to protect yourself from government power. 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Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency projects are showing a lot of promise in increasingly important areas. Working to advance liberty means coming up with practical solutions to protect yourself from government power. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency projects are showing a lot of promise in increasingly important areas. More than just a fiat currency competitor – which could be huge – but also potentially powerful tools to fight confiscation and censorship. Path […] Fusion Centers Support National Citizen Spying Program https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/fusion-centers-support-national-citizen-spying-program/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:86690159-83f8-5b7b-2cb3-473626d58d81 Fri, 07 Aug 2020 15:38:25 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/fusion-centers-support-national-citizen-spying-program/" title="Fusion Centers Support National Citizen Spying Program" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/spying-social-media-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/spying-social-media-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/spying-social-media-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/spying-social-media-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/spying-social-media-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />The Feds have done a great job of keeping the public from finding out what Department of Homeland Security Fusion/Intelligence Centers are really doing. In a country founded on freedom, we find federal and local law enforcement scrambling to keep the true function of Fusion Centers hidden from the public, Bur by piecing together news [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/fusion-centers-support-national-citizen-spying-program/" title="Fusion Centers Support National Citizen Spying Program" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/spying-social-media-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/spying-social-media-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/spying-social-media-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/spying-social-media-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/spying-social-media-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>The Feds have done a great job of keeping the public from finding out what Department of <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/12/28/how-data-collected-in-warrantless-surveillance-ends-up-everywhere/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Homeland Security Fusion/Intelligence Centers</a> are really doing. In a country founded on freedom, we find federal and local law enforcement scrambling to keep the true function of Fusion Centers hidden from the public, Bur by piecing together news articles from Maine and Texas papers, a disturbing picture begins to unfold of warrantless surveillance of Americans.<span id="more-35074"></span></p> <p>The first proof that Fusion Centers were being used to spy on everyday citizens and activists can be found in a <i>Maine Press Herald</i> <a href="https://www.pressherald.com/2020/07/12/stolen-documents-show-maine-police-unit-shifted-focus-from-terrorism-to-routine-crimes/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">article</a> from mid-July.</p> <blockquote><p><i>&#8220;A cache of internal police documents stolen from a secretive Maine State Police intelligence unit has provided the first substantial glimpse into how it collects and shares information about crime suspects and political activists and, in rare cases, keep tabs on domestic extremists, gang members and anti-government groups.&#8221;</i></p></blockquote> <p>The article goes into greater detail describing how local police use Fusion Centers to track down low-level offenders and ID people from social media or video footage.</p> <blockquote><p><i>&#8220;Police agencies commonly contact the Maine center with requests for help identifying a person depicted in a photo, sometimes captured from a surveillance camera. Other pictures are taken directly by law enforcement, or appear to be pulled from Facebook or other social media sites.&#8221;</i></p></blockquote> <p>Maine police even went so far as to ask the Fusion Center to identify a passenger in a car who refused to identify himself and did not consent to have his photograph taken or his fingerprints scanned.</p> <p>Another <a href="https://www.pressherald.com/2020/02/09/maine-state-police-may-be-spying-on-you/?rel=related&amp;rel=related" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">article</a> in the <i>Maine Press Herald</i> which predated BlueLeaks revealed that Fusion Centers refuse to acknowledge that they are secretly scanning everyone&#8217;s faces and spying on their cellphones.</p> <blockquote><p><i>&#8220;Despite evidence that the Maine State Police has worked for years with federal agencies to develop its use of digital surveillance technology, the agency now uses that law to refuse to answer any questions about such efforts, or even acknowledge that they exist.&#8221; </i></p></blockquote> <p>A third <i>Maine Press Herald</i> <a href="https://www.pressherald.com/2020/05/14/maine-trooper-says-he-was-retaliated-against-for-reporting-illegal-police-surveillance-of-citizens/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">article</a> revealed that Fusion Centers are secretly collecting a massive database of license plate numbers, the names and addresses of legal gun owners, and monitoring political activist groups and collecting members&#8217; names and addresses.</p> <p><b>Fusion Centers created a national citizen spy program</b></p> <p><i>The Austin Chronicle </i><a href="https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2020-07-24/apds-secret-informants-eyeing-neighbors-for-suspicious-activity-leaked-documents-reveal/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">revealed</a> that Fusion Centers have used secret informants to create a national &#8220;Suspicious Activity&#8221; network.</p> <blockquote><p><i>&#8220;In early June, an intelligence center operated by the Austin Police Department was hacked, along with many others like it across the country. Known as BlueLeaks, the collection of leaked documents from the hack contains over 10 gigs of material taken from the Austin center. They reveal a secret citizen spying program that&#8217;s active in the Austin area and across the country.&#8221;</i></p></blockquote> <p>The article reveals how Fusion Centers have created a vast network of secret &#8220;Threat Liaison Officers&#8221; (TLOs).</p> <blockquote><p><i>&#8220;Documents examined by the Chronicle show that each TLO must sign a nondisclosure agreement with ARIC, including those not working in law enforcement, essentially creating secret citizen officers.&#8221;</i></p></blockquote> <p>Secret citizen spies or TLOs could be someone you least expect. TLOs could be anyone: &#8220;private security officers with local hotels, malls, large venues, and local semiconductor companies. Government employees in &#8220;education,&#8221; &#8220;code enforcement,&#8221; and &#8220;public works&#8221; also contribute to ARIC as FOUO TLOs.</p> <p>According to the article, TLOs could be teachers, trash collectors, ministers, priests, rabbis, or even counselors.</p> <p>Basically, DHS has succeeded in creating a network of secret government spies masquerading as everyday people.</p> <p>A TLOs job is to report people for doing mundane things like asking questions, taking pictures, or being observant of one&#8217;s surroundings. TLOs are also reporting people for &#8220;suspicious&#8221; social media posts, whatever that means.</p> <blockquote><p><i>&#8220;According to one FOUO TLO&#8217;s report, an individual was seen taking photos of Zach Scott&#8217;s Topfer Theatre on Sept. 22, 2016. The report includes five different pictures of a young person using a camera on a tripod to photograph the theatre from across the street.&#8221;</i></p></blockquote> <p>To make it easier to report Americans for doing mundane things, Fusion Centers have provided TLOs with a checklist.</p> <blockquote><p><i>&#8220;The leaked documents include submission forms TLOs use to make their reports. At the top of the forms are boxes to check indicating the type of activity being reported. These include the aforementioned &#8216;School Threat,&#8217; but also Eliciting Infor­ma­tion, Observation/Surveillance, and Suspicious/Odd Facebook Post. The TLO report spreadsheet contains 128 reports of school threats. But the category most reported by far was Expressed or Implied Threat, with more than a thousand entries.&#8221;</i></p></blockquote> <p>To say that this is reminiscent of China, the USSR or East Germany is an understatement. As the <i>Chronicle</i> warned, &#8216;worrisome examples of suspicious activity have led to increased scrutiny&#8217; which means the Feds and local police could be secretly monitoring innocent Americans without any public scrutiny.</p> <p>If you thought DHS&#8217;s &#8220;If You See Something, Say Something&#8221; was a failure guess again. DHS has managed to justify creating 78 Fusion Centers whose sole purpose it seems, is to spy on innocent Americans and track their daily movements.</p> <p><em>This article was <a href="https://massprivatei.blogspot.com/2020/08/newspapers-fusion-centers-have-secretly.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">originally published at MassPrivatel</a>.</em></p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Surveillance fusion centers Privacy surveillance jprivate “Defund the Police” Has Created Great Strategic Opportunity https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/defund-the-police-has-created-great-strategic-opportunity/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:f63df336-3618-bb5d-94b4-054428c7cde9 Fri, 07 Aug 2020 15:29:57 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/defund-the-police-has-created-great-strategic-opportunity/" title="&#8220;Defund the Police&#8221; Has Created Great Strategic Opportunity" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/defund-police-say-their-names-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/defund-police-say-their-names-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/defund-police-say-their-names-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/defund-police-say-their-names-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/defund-police-say-their-names-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />A lot of people are skeptical of the &#8220;defund the police&#8221; movement that has sprung up on the left. But it has created a great strategic opportunity for liberty. We&#8217;re already seeing significant practical steps being taken to limit the police state. Practical wins for liberty in the last 2 months: 3 cities banned #facialrecognition, [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/defund-the-police-has-created-great-strategic-opportunity/" title="&#8220;Defund the Police&#8221; Has Created Great Strategic Opportunity" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/defund-police-say-their-names-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/defund-police-say-their-names-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/defund-police-say-their-names-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/defund-police-say-their-names-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/defund-police-say-their-names-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>A lot of people are skeptical of the &#8220;defund the police&#8221; movement that has sprung up on the left. But it has created a great strategic opportunity for liberty.</p> <p>We&#8217;re already seeing significant practical steps being taken to limit the police state.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Practical wins for liberty in the last 2 months: 3 cities banned <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/facialrecognition?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#facialrecognition</a>, 2 limited police <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/militarization?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#militarization</a>, and 1 state created a path to end <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/qualifiedimmunity?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#qualifiedimmunity</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/mmaharrey10th?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mmaharrey10th</a> <a href="https://t.co/B5n8l0RGQJ">pic.twitter.com/B5n8l0RGQJ</a></p> <p>&mdash; TenthAmendmentCenter (@TenthAmendment) <a href="https://twitter.com/TenthAmendment/status/1291461179328483329?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 6, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><strong>For Further Reading</strong></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/portland-maine-bans-facial-recognition-technology/">Portland Maine Bans Facial Recognition Technology</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/santa-cruz-california-bans-facial-recognition-and-predictive-policing-technology/">Santa Cruz California Bans Facial Recognition and Predictive Policing Technology</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/easthampton-massachusetts-bans-facial-recognition/">Easthampton Massachusetts Bans Facial Recognition</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/to-the-governor-new-york-bill-would-put-moratorium-on-facial-recognition-in-schools/">To the Governor: New York Bill Would Put Moratorium on Facial Recognition in Schools</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/st-louis-committee-passes-ordinance-to-create-oversight-and-transparency-for-surveillance-programs/">St. Louis Committee Passes Ordinance to Create Oversight and Transparency for Surveillance Programs</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/signed-as-law-new-york-city-ordinance-takes-first-step-toward-limiting-surveillance-state/">Signed as Law: New York City Ordinance Takes First Step Toward Limiting Surveillance State</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/boston-ordinance-bans-government-facial-recognition-technology/">Boston Ordinance Bans Government Facial Recognition Technology</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/charlottesville-virginia-passes-resolution-opposing-police-militarization/">Charlottesville Virginia Passes Resolution Opposing Police Militarization</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/washington-d-c-ordinance-limits-federal-militarization-of-local-police/">Washington D.C. Ordinance Limits Federal Militarization of Local Police</a></p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Audio/Video Maharrey Minute Police facial recognition Police Militarization Police-State surveillance Mike Maharrey Status Report: End the Fed from the Bottom Up https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/status-report-end-the-fed-from-the-bottom-up/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:fdd1b146-39cf-e2d8-09d3-0953970bc668 Wed, 05 Aug 2020 18:13:05 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/status-report-end-the-fed-from-the-bottom-up/" title="Status Report: End the Fed from the Bottom Up" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/path-080520.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/path-080520.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/path-080520-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/path-080520-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/path-080520-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />For the first time ever, data from the Treasury Department’s forfeiture database has been put through a detailed study regarding airport seizures, thanks for a multi-year legal battle by the Institute for Justice. Covering 2000 through 2016, the study quantifies just how often DHS agencies have seized currency at airports—and just how much currency has [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/status-report-end-the-fed-from-the-bottom-up/" title="Status Report: End the Fed from the Bottom Up" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/path-080520.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/path-080520.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/path-080520-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/path-080520-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/path-080520-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>For the first time ever, data from the Treasury Department’s forfeiture database has been put through a detailed study regarding airport seizures, thanks for a multi-year legal battle by the Institute for Justice. 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from the Treasury Department’s forfeiture database has been put through a detailed study regarding airport seizures, thanks for a multi-year legal battle by the Institute for Justice. Covering 2000 through 2016, For the first time ever, data from the Treasury Department’s forfeiture database has been put through a detailed study regarding airport seizures, thanks for a multi-year legal battle by the Institute for Justice. Covering 2000 through 2016, the study quantifies just how often DHS agencies have seized currency at airports—and just how much currency has […] Before Defunding Local Cops, Start With the Feds https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/before-defunding-local-cops-start-with-the-feds/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:a631dc3d-87c0-9ebf-84ed-bcd0d44f0bc7 Wed, 05 Aug 2020 14:00:22 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/before-defunding-local-cops-start-with-the-feds/" title="Before Defunding Local Cops, Start With the Feds" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/police-riot-team-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/police-riot-team-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/police-riot-team-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/police-riot-team-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/police-riot-team-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />The defund the police movement has the cart before the horse. In recent months, there have been calls throughout the country to “defund the police” at the local level. What “defund” actually means depends on whom you ask. Proposals range from merely shifting resources to other public programs to eliminating the police force entirely. Regardless, [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/before-defunding-local-cops-start-with-the-feds/" title="Before Defunding Local Cops, Start With the Feds" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/police-riot-team-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/police-riot-team-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/police-riot-team-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/police-riot-team-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/police-riot-team-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>The defund the police movement has the cart before the horse.<span id="more-35039"></span></p> <p>In recent months, there have been calls throughout the country to “defund the police” at the local level. What “defund” actually means depends on whom you ask. Proposals range from merely shifting resources to other public programs to eliminating the police force entirely.</p> <p>Regardless, it is unsettling that so much political pressure has mounted on local police when hardly a word has been said about federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, CIA, NSA, and others that have for decades trampled civil liberties both here and abroad.</p> <p>Also left out of the discussion is the fact that every federal agency, <a href="https://www.heritage.org/crime-and-justice/commentary/beware-the-us-education-department-swat-team">including the Department of Education</a>, has its own SWAT team or an armed division to enforce its will. And it was federal officers that Trump used in recent weeks after making hyperbolic remarks about deploying the military. The presence of federal officers on the streets of Portland and Seattle has drawn protests from the “defund the police” crowd, but they either ignore or fail to grasp the irony.</p> <p>When you defund local police and keep the central government’s unconstitutional powers intact, laws will continue to be enforced from the top down, either through federal officers as in the U.S. or the military, as is done in other countries. What we’re witnessing today in Portland and Seattle is what “defund the police” looks like when you fail to defund the feds who are an even greater problem.</p> <p>Many on the right have defended the use of federal agents in Portland. This is politically myopic. They can’t see beyond the current administration and the precedent being set. Those federal officers could just as easily be deployed in rural states – as was done at Ruby Ridge in northern Idaho – just as surely as they can be deployed in progressive cities. And those who oppose federal officers in their cities don&#8217;t seem to take the concept to its logical conclusion. Where is the call to eliminate or reduce the 100-mile border zone range that allows Border Patrol the ability to enforce their powers deep within many states?</p> <p>The idea ostensibly behind defunding the police is to curb the excessive powers they wield and to direct money toward more appropriate programs that address the root causes of crime. Regardless of the intent, the actual result would be to leave the feds as the sole law enforcers. Not only would the feds have no local resistance to their will, but ordinary citizens would be at the mercy of the feds if they want legitimate laws enforced.</p> <p>Financially and legally hamstringing local law enforcement alone is putting the cart before the horse. State-level efforts instead should focus on delinking local cops from federal funding and at the same time make it harder for the feds to operate in their jurisdiction, <em>regardless of who holds the White House. </em>Federal agencies should also have their legal wings clipped.</p> <p>Federalism is about having strong local control and a less powerful central authority. Intentional or not, the defunding of the police crowd has its priorities backward, reflecting the &#8220;context-sensitive&#8221; approach Americans have taken to constitutionalism.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Current Events Police defund the police federal law enforcement TJ Martinell It’s Gotta Be on the List! https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/its-gotta-be-on-the-list/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:f1fac4c7-e387-6fcd-5a91-9c8f545b4b67 Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:00:19 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/its-gotta-be-on-the-list/" title="It&#8217;s Gotta Be on the List!" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/02/bigstock-Constitution-Of-The-United-Sta-980350-small-e1487896717681-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/bigstock-Constitution-Of-The-United-Sta-980350-small-e1487896717681-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/bigstock-Constitution-Of-The-United-Sta-980350-small-e1487896717681-1280-279x157.jpg 279w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/bigstock-Constitution-Of-The-United-Sta-980350-small-e1487896717681-1280-768x432.jpg 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/bigstock-Constitution-Of-The-United-Sta-980350-small-e1487896717681-1280-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/bigstock-Constitution-Of-The-United-Sta-980350-small-e1487896717681-1280-1080x608.jpg 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/02/bigstock-Constitution-Of-The-United-Sta-980350-small-e1487896717681-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />You&#8217;ll often hear me say the federal government can only exercise its enumerated powers. So, what does this mean in practice. If you make a list of powers, it automatically excludes all others. If it&#39;s not on the list, the feds cannot do it. @mmaharrey10th#constitution #10thAmendment pic.twitter.com/YLZHs2h03L &#8212; TenthAmendmentCenter (@TenthAmendment) August 4, 2020 Simply put, [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/its-gotta-be-on-the-list/" title="It&#8217;s Gotta Be on the List!" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/02/bigstock-Constitution-Of-The-United-Sta-980350-small-e1487896717681-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/bigstock-Constitution-Of-The-United-Sta-980350-small-e1487896717681-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/bigstock-Constitution-Of-The-United-Sta-980350-small-e1487896717681-1280-279x157.jpg 279w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/bigstock-Constitution-Of-The-United-Sta-980350-small-e1487896717681-1280-768x432.jpg 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/bigstock-Constitution-Of-The-United-Sta-980350-small-e1487896717681-1280-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/bigstock-Constitution-Of-The-United-Sta-980350-small-e1487896717681-1280-1080x608.jpg 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/02/bigstock-Constitution-Of-The-United-Sta-980350-small-e1487896717681-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>You&#8217;ll often hear me say the federal government can only exercise its enumerated powers. So, what does this mean in practice.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">If you make a list of powers, it automatically excludes all others. If it&#39;s not on the list, the feds cannot do it. <a href="https://twitter.com/mmaharrey10th?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mmaharrey10th</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/constitution?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#constitution</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/10thAmendment?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#10thAmendment</a> <a href="https://t.co/YLZHs2h03L">pic.twitter.com/YLZHs2h03L</a></p> <p>&mdash; TenthAmendmentCenter (@TenthAmendment) <a href="https://twitter.com/TenthAmendment/status/1290668383986266114?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 4, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Simply put, if a power isn&#8217;t on the list, the federal government can&#8217;t do it.</p> <p><strong>For Further Reading</strong></p> <p><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/historical-documents/united-states-constitution/thirty-enumerated-powers/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Thirty Enumerated Powers</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/06/10th-amendment-the-enumerated-powers-of-states/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10th Amendment: The Enumerated Powers of States</a></p> <p><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2015/07/19/constitution-101-living-and-breathing-is-the-same-as-dead/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Constitution 101: Living and Breathing Is the Same as Dead</a></p> <p><a class="_blank cvplbd" href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/05/24/early-americans-would-have-rejected-the-u-s-government-of-today/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Early Americans Would Have Rejected the U.S. Government of Today</a></p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Audio/Video Founding Principles Maharrey Minute Constitution Enumerated Powers limited government Mike Maharrey Status Report: Sound Money in the States https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/05/status-report-sound-money-in-the-states/ Tenth Amendment Center urn:uuid:28aa234a-1350-09b1-8549-3c3727048aec Wed, 05 Aug 2020 10:31:17 +0000 <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/05/status-report-sound-money-in-the-states/" title="Status Report: Sound Money in the States" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/end-the-fed-1280.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/end-the-fed-1280.png 1280w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/end-the-fed-1280-300x169.png 300w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/end-the-fed-1280-768x432.png 768w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/end-the-fed-1280-1024x576.png 1024w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/end-the-fed-1280-1080x608.png 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/end-the-fed-1280-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />If you want to end unconstitutional, overreaching federal power – end the Fed. It&#8217;s the engine that drives the most powerful government in this history of the world. But Congress will never abolish the central bank. It can&#8217;t even come up with the will to audit the Fed. So what can we do? Even though [&#8230;] <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/05/status-report-sound-money-in-the-states/" title="Status Report: Sound Money in the States" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/end-the-fed-1280.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/end-the-fed-1280.png 1280w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/end-the-fed-1280-300x169.png 300w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/end-the-fed-1280-768x432.png 768w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/end-the-fed-1280-1024x576.png 1024w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/end-the-fed-1280-1080x608.png 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/end-the-fed-1280-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>If you want to end unconstitutional, overreaching federal power – end the Fed. <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/06/17/the-federal-reserve-the-engine-that-powers-the-most-powerful-government-in-history/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">It&#8217;s the engine that drives the most powerful government in this history of the world</a>.<span id="more-29409"></span></p> <p>But Congress will never abolish the central bank. It can&#8217;t even come up with the will to audit the Fed.</p> <p>So what can we do?</p> <p>Even though state action can&#8217;t end the Fed, there are steps states can take that will undermine the Federal Reserve&#8217;s monopoly on money. By passing laws that encourage and incentivize the use of gold, silver and cryptocurrency in daily transactions by the general public, state action has the potential to create a wide-reaching impact and set the foundation to nullify the Fed’s monopoly power over the monetary system.</p> <p>Over the last two years, a number of states took concrete steps in this direction.</p> <p><strong>REPEAL TAXES ON SOUND MONEY</strong></p> <p>The first step is to repeal taxes on gold and silver.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Imagine if you asked a grocery clerk to break a $5 bill and you were charged a 35 cent tax. Silly, right? After all, you were only exchanging one form of money for another. But that’s essentially what a sales tax on gold and silver does.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sales tax and capital gains taxes treat gold and silver as a commodity instead of money. They also create a barrier to using gold and silver in everyday transactions. Repealing taxes is a crucial first step toward the use of specie as money.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Last year, </span><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/07/now-in-effect-kansas-law-removes-barrier-to-the-use-of-gold-and-silver-as-money/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kansas</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/07/now-in-effect-west-virginia-law-to-start-treating-gold-and-silver-as-money/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">West Virginia</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> both repealed their sales tax on the sale of gold, silver and other precious metal bullion. This is an important first step toward creating currency competition and breaking the Fed’s monopoly on money. They joined at least 37 states that have already done the same.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While repealing state sales taxes on precious metals may seem like a relatively small step, it removes one barrier to owning gold and silver and eliminates a penalty on the use of sound money.</span></p> <p><strong>GOLD BULLION DEPOSITORIES</strong></p> <p>Establishing gold bullion depositories that facilitate the use of sound money is another step states can take to undermine the Fed&#8217;s monopoly on money.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gov. Greg Abbott </span><a href="http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2015/06/signed-by-the-governor-texas-law-establishes-bullion-depository-helps-facilitate-transactions-in-gold-and-silver/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">signed legislation</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> creating the state bullion and precious metal depository in June of 2015. The facility began accepting deposits on June 6, 2018. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The depository provides a secure place for individuals, businesses, cities, counties, government agencies, and even other countries to store gold and other precious metals.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You don’t have to be a Texas resident to use the depository. Any U.S. citizen can </span><a href="https://www.texasbulliondepository.gov/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">set up an account online</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and then ship or personally deliver metal to the facility. The Texas Bullion Depository accepts gold, silver, platinum, rhodium and palladium.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The law also creates a mechanism to facilitate the everyday use of gold and silver in business transactions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While the depository does not currently have a system in place to facilitate everyday transactions with gold and silver, it remains part of the long-term plan. According to </span><a href="http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article92664182.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">an article in the </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">Star-Telegram</span></i></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, state officials want a facility “with an e-commerce component that also provides for secure physical storage for Bullion.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ultimately, depositors will be able to use a bullion-funded debit card that seamlessly converts gold and silver to fiat currency in the background. This will enable them to make instant purchases wherever credit and debit cards are accepted.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">By making gold and silver available for regular, daily transactions by the general public, the new depository has the potential for a wide-reaching effect. In practice, the Texas Bullion Depository will operate much like the privately-owned <a href="https://upma.org" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">UPMA</a> already established in Utah.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 2019, Texas </span><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/01/now-in-effect-texas-law-to-facilitate-use-of-bullion-depository/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">passed a constitutional amendment and enabling legislation</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that exempts precious metals stored in the Texas Bullion Depository from certain taxes. Enactment of this law ensures there won’t be any barriers to using gold and silver stored in the depository for everyday financial transactions.</span></p> <p><strong>THE CRYPTO ALTERNATIVE</strong></p> <p>Gold and silver aren&#8217;t the only currency alternative. Cryptocurrency could also crowd out federal reserve notes.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 2018, Wyoming enacted several laws to facilitate and encourage the use of cryptocurrency, positioning itself to become the national leader in cryptocurrency and blockchain sectors.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 2019, the state </span><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/03/signed-by-the-governor-three-wyoming-laws-support-cryptocurrency/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">followed up with three more laws</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to support and encourage the use of cryptocurrencies in the state.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The first law created a legal framework for chartering “special purpose depository banks” tailored to serve cryptocurrency and blockchain businesses. The second law specifies that digital assets are property within the Uniform Commercial Code and authorizes security interests in digital assets. The law also clears the way for banks to serve as crypto custodians. A third bill signed by the governor enables securities to be issued in a tokenized form in Wyoming. “Normally, a stock certificate is a piece of paper. … If you want to use a blockchain token to represent a stock certificate, [that would be] legal in Wyoming. [It would be] a legally issued security,” the sponsor of the bill said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In combination, these laws have not only set Wyoming on the path toward becoming the cryptocurrency capital; they also take an important first step toward generating currency competition. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If other forms of money, whether it be cryptocurrencies or gold and silver, gain a foothold in the marketplace against Federal Reserve notes, people will be able to choose them over the central bank’s rapidly-depreciating paper currency. The freedom of choice expanded by these laws helps allow Wyoming residents to secure the purchasing power of their money.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All of these state efforts open the door for a serious push-back against the Fed and its monopoly on money. But state action alone won’t accomplish the goal. Ultimately, it will be up to everyday people to take advantage of these state laws and actually start using gold, silver and cryptocurrency as money.</span></p> <p>For more details on state efforts to undermine the Federal Reserve&#8217;s monopoly on money, make sure you read our latest State of the Nullification Movement report. You can download it for free <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/report/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">HERE</a>.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Federal Reserve Constitutional Tender cryptocurrency gold silver sound money Mike Maharrey Portland Maine Bans Facial Recognition Technology https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/portland-maine-bans-facial-recognition-technology/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:0f3ee8f8-0e5c-d294-bd68-36bae8e1b538 Tue, 04 Aug 2020 22:04:37 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/portland-maine-bans-facial-recognition-technology/" title="Portland Maine Bans Facial Recognition Technology" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/facial-recognition-aug-2020.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/facial-recognition-aug-2020.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/facial-recognition-aug-2020-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/facial-recognition-aug-2020-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/facial-recognition-aug-2020-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />PORTLAND, Maine (Aug. 4, 2020) &#8211; Yesterday, the Portland City Council unanimously voted to ban government use of facial recognition technology in the city. The growing movement to prohibit the use of facial recognition at the state and local levels could hinder the operation of a growing national facial recognition network. City Councilor Pious Ali [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/portland-maine-bans-facial-recognition-technology/" title="Portland Maine Bans Facial Recognition Technology" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/facial-recognition-aug-2020.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/facial-recognition-aug-2020.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/facial-recognition-aug-2020-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/facial-recognition-aug-2020-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/facial-recognition-aug-2020-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p><strong>PORTLAND</strong>, Maine (Aug. 4, 2020) &#8211; Yesterday, the Portland City Council unanimously voted to ban government use of facial recognition technology in the city. The growing movement to prohibit the use of facial recognition at the state and local levels could hinder the operation of a growing national facial recognition network.<span id="more-35060"></span></p> <p>City Councilor Pious Ali introduced <a href="https://portlandme.civicclerk.com/Web/GenFile.aspx?ad=5993" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the ordinance</a> last November. Under the new law, &#8220;No city official or employee shall obtain, retain, access, or use any facial recognition technology or information provided by any facial recognition technology.&#8221;</p> <p>The proposal was delayed numerous times after its introduction but was brought up and passed 9-0 with little fanfare on Monday.</p> <p>Before passing the ordinance, the council amendment it to remove language that would have imposed criminal penalties on city officials violating the law. According to <em><a href="https://www.pressherald.com/2020/08/03/portland-councilors-approve-ban-on-facial-recognition-technology/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Portland Press Herald</a></em>, there were concerns the criminal penalties would violate collective bargaining agreements.</p> <p>A referendum with similar language will go before Portland voters in November. If it passes, it will replace the ordinance and could not be repealed or altered for five years.</p> <p>Portland follows the lead of seven Massachusetts cities that have banned facial recognition. <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/easthampton-massachusetts-bans-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Easthampton recently joined</a> six other Massachusetts cities in banning facial recognition technology – <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/06/second-in-the-nation-somerville-city-council-passes-facial-recognition-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Somerville</a>, <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/12/three-and-counting-northampton-massachusetts-passes-facial-recognition-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Northampton</a>, <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/12/brookline-massachusetts-passes-facial-recognition-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Brookline</a>, <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/01/seven-and-counting-cambridge-massachusetts-passes-facial-recognition-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Cambridge</a>, <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/10/springfield-massachusetts-considering-facial-recognition-technology-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Springfield</a>, and <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/boston-ordinance-bans-government-facial-recognition-technology/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Boston</a>.</p> <p>The wave of facial recognition bans in Massachusetts makes up part of a broader nationwide movement to limit this invasive surveillance technology at the local and state level. <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/05/first-in-the-nation-san-francisco-passes-ordinance-to-ban-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">San Francisco</a>, <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/07/oakland-city-council-unanimously-approves-ordinance-to-ban-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Oakland</a>, and <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/10/four-and-counting-berkeley-passes-facial-recognition-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Berkeley</a><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/06/second-in-the-nation-somerville-city-council-passes-facial-recognition-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">.</a> have all prohibited government use of facial recognition technology.  <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/09/portland-oregon-considering-facial-recognition-technology-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Portland, Oregon</a> is considering a similar ban. The California governor <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/10/signed-as-law-california-bans-facial-recognition-on-police-body-cameras/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">signed a bill</a> that imposes a 3-year ban on the use of the tech in conjunction with police body-worn cameras, leading to <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/12/san-diego-shuts-down-massive-facial-recognition-system-to-comply-with-new-california-law/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the shutdown of one of the biggest facial recognition programs in the country</a>. And New York is considering <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/06/new-york-assembly-passes-bill-to-ban-facial-recognition-schools/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a bill to ban facial recognition in schools</a> and <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/10/new-york-bill-would-ban-facial-recognition-on-police-body-cameras/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">on police body cameras</a>.</p> <p><strong>IMPACT ON FEDERAL PROGRAMS</strong></p> <p>A <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/07/12/dont-rely-on-congress-to-stop-facial-recognition-surveillance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">recent report revealed</a> that the federal government has turned state drivers’ license photos into a giant facial recognition database, putting virtually every driver in America in a perpetual electronic police lineup. The revelations generated widespread outrage, but this story isn’t new. The federal government has been developing <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/10/31/local-state-and-federal-law-enforcement-partnering-to-create-massive-facial-recognition-system/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a massive, nationwide facial recognition system</a> for years.</p> <p>The FBI <a href="https://money.cnn.com/2014/09/16/technology/security/fbi-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">rolled out a nationwide facial-recognition program</a> in the fall of 2014, with the goal of building a giant biometric database with pictures provided by the states and corporate friends.</p> <p>In 2016, the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law released “The Perpetual Lineup,” a massive report on law enforcement use of facial recognition technology in the U.S. You can read the complete report at <a href="https://www.perpetuallineup.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">perpetuallineup.org</a>. The organization conducted a year-long investigation and collected more than 15,000 pages of documents through more than 100 public records requests. The report paints a disturbing picture of intense cooperation between the federal government, and state and local law enforcement to develop a massive facial recognition database.</p> <blockquote><p>“Face recognition is a powerful technology that requires strict oversight. But those controls, by and large, don’t exist today,” report co-author <a href="https://theintercept.com/2016/10/18/study-lack-of-face-recognition-oversight-threatens-privacy-of-millions/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Clare Garvie said</a>. “With only a few exceptions, there are no laws governing police use of the technology, no standards ensuring its accuracy, and no systems checking for bias. It’s a wild west.”</p></blockquote> <p>There are <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/10/whats-the-big-problem-with-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">many technical and legal problems</a> with facial recognition, including significant concerns about the accuracy of the technology, particularly when reading the facial features of minority populations. During a test run by the ACLU of Northern California, <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ne8wa8/amazons-facial-recognition-misidentified-1-in-5-california-lawmakers-as-criminals" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">facial recognition misidentified 26 members of the California legislature</a> as people in a database of arrest photos.</p> <p>With facial recognition technology, police and other government officials have the capability to track individuals in real-time. These systems allow law enforcement agents to use video cameras and continually scan everybody who walks by. According to the report, several major police departments have expressed an interest in this type of real-time tracking. Documents revealed agencies in at least five major cities, including Los Angeles, either claimed to run real-time face recognition off of street cameras, bought technology with the capability, or expressed written interest in buying it.</p> <p>In all likelihood, the federal government heavily involves itself in helping state and local agencies obtain this technology. The feds provide grant money to local law enforcement agencies for a vast array of surveillance gear, including ALPRs, stingray devices and drones. The federal government essentially encourages and funds a giant nationwide surveillance net and then taps into the information via fusion centers and the Information Sharing Environment (ISE).</p> <p>Fusion centers were sold as a tool to combat terrorism, but that is not how they are being used. The ACLU pointed to a <a href="https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/investigations/media/investigative-report-criticizes-counterterrorism-reporting-waste-at-state-and-local-intelligence-fusion-centers" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bipartisan congressional report</a> to demonstrate the true nature of government fusion centers: “They haven’t contributed anything meaningful to counterterrorism efforts. Instead, they have largely served as police surveillance and information sharing nodes for law enforcement efforts targeting the frequent subjects of police attention: Black and brown people, immigrants, dissidents, and the poor.”</p> <p>Fusion centers operate within the broader ISE. According to <a href="http://www.dni.gov/index.php/about/organization/information-sharing-environment-what-we-do" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">its website</a>, the ISE “provides analysts, operators, and investigators with information needed to enhance national security. These analysts, operators, and investigators…have mission needs to collaborate and share information with each other and with private sector partners and our foreign allies.” In other words, ISE serves as a conduit for the sharing of information gathered without a warrant. Known ISE partners include the Office of Director of National Intelligence which oversees 17 federal agencies and organizations, including the NSA. ISE utilizes these partnerships to collect and share data on the millions of unwitting people they track.</p> <p><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/09/30/smoking-gun-feds-partner-with-local-police-to-facilitate-warrantless-surveillance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Reports that the Berkeley Police Department in cooperation with a federal fusion center deployed cameras</a> equipped to surveil a “free speech” rally and Antifa counterprotests provided the first solid link between the federal government and local authorities in facial recognition surveillance.</p> <p>In a nutshell, without state and local cooperation, the feds have a much more difficult time gathering information. Passage of state laws and local ordinances banning and limiting facial recognition eliminates one avenue for gathering facial recognition data. Simply put, data that doesn’t exist cannot be entered into federal databases.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Facial Recognition Local #TakeCTRL facial recognition Maine Portland Privacy surveillance Mike Maharrey Airport Robbery: Feds Take Over $2 Billion from Travelers through Asset Forfeiture https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/airport-robbery-feds-take-over-2-billion-from-travelers-through-asset-forfeiture/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:7811e111-2822-c448-9669-023f2bb97cf1 Mon, 03 Aug 2020 17:34:49 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/airport-robbery-feds-take-over-2-billion-from-travelers-through-asset-forfeiture/" title="Airport Robbery: Feds Take Over $2 Billion from Travelers through Asset Forfeiture" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/path-080320.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/path-080320.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/path-080320-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/path-080320-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/path-080320-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />For the first time ever, data from the Treasury Department’s forfeiture database has been put through a detailed study regarding airport seizures, thanks for a multi-year legal battle by the Institute for Justice. Covering 2000 through 2016, the study quantifies just how often DHS agencies have seized currency at airports—and just how much currency has [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/airport-robbery-feds-take-over-2-billion-from-travelers-through-asset-forfeiture/" title="Airport Robbery: Feds Take Over $2 Billion from Travelers through Asset Forfeiture" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/path-080320.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/path-080320.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/path-080320-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/08/path-080320-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/08/path-080320-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>For the first time ever, data from the Treasury Department’s forfeiture database has been put through a detailed study regarding airport seizures, thanks for a multi-year legal battle by the Institute for Justice. 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Covering 2000 through 2016, For the first time ever, data from the Treasury Department’s forfeiture database has been put through a detailed study regarding airport seizures, thanks for a multi-year legal battle by the Institute for Justice. Covering 2000 through 2016, the study quantifies just how often DHS agencies have seized currency at airports—and just how much currency has […] Why Mercy Otis Warren Belongs in the Pantheon of America’s Founders https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/03/why-mercy-otis-warren-belongs-in-the-pantheon-of-americas-founders/ Tenth Amendment Center urn:uuid:8c8681dc-c950-367b-8315-ea52aaf4c5a9 Mon, 03 Aug 2020 15:27:05 +0000 <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/03/why-mercy-otis-warren-belongs-in-the-pantheon-of-americas-founders/" title="Why Mercy Otis Warren Belongs in the Pantheon of America’s Founders" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Mercy_Otis_Warren_bronze_statue_at_Barnstable_County_Courthouse-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Mercy_Otis_Warren_bronze_statue_at_Barnstable_County_Courthouse-1280.jpg 1280w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Mercy_Otis_Warren_bronze_statue_at_Barnstable_County_Courthouse-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Mercy_Otis_Warren_bronze_statue_at_Barnstable_County_Courthouse-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Mercy_Otis_Warren_bronze_statue_at_Barnstable_County_Courthouse-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />by Gary M. Galles, FEE March is National Women’s History Month. But despite the heightened attention it brings to women’s influence in American history, one continues to get far too little attention &#8211; Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814). After all, she has been called “The Conscience of the American Revolution,” both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams called [&#8230;] <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/03/why-mercy-otis-warren-belongs-in-the-pantheon-of-americas-founders/" title="Why Mercy Otis Warren Belongs in the Pantheon of America’s Founders" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Mercy_Otis_Warren_bronze_statue_at_Barnstable_County_Courthouse-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Mercy_Otis_Warren_bronze_statue_at_Barnstable_County_Courthouse-1280.jpg 1280w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Mercy_Otis_Warren_bronze_statue_at_Barnstable_County_Courthouse-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Mercy_Otis_Warren_bronze_statue_at_Barnstable_County_Courthouse-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Mercy_Otis_Warren_bronze_statue_at_Barnstable_County_Courthouse-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p><em>by Gary M. Galles, <a href="https://fee.org/articles/why-mercy-otis-warren-belongs-in-the-pantheon-of-america-s-founders/">FEE</a></em></p> <p>March is National Women’s History Month. But despite the heightened attention it brings to women’s influence in American history, one continues to get far too little attention &#8211; <a href="https://www.britannica.com/biography/Mercy-Otis-Warren" rel="nofollow">Mercy Otis Warren </a>(1728-1814).</p> <p>After all, she has been called “The Conscience of the American Revolution,” both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams called her a genius, and Elizabeth Ellet described her as “the most remarkable woman who lived in the days of the American Revolution.”</p> <p>Mercy Warren was the sister of James Otis and the wife of James Warren, both intense revolutionaries, and hosted groups including the Sons of Liberty and Committees of Correspondence in her home. However, it was primarily her writing that made her “perhaps the most important of Revolutionary War women.”</p> <p>Warren wrote plays, poetry, and more (anonymously, until her 1790 <em>Poems, Dramatic and Miscellaneous</em>), as well as corresponding with many of America’s leading figures. But she is best known for a series of pro-independence plays that attacked British policies and officials, including <em>The Adulateur</em> (1772), <em>The Defeat</em> (1773), <em>The Group</em> (1775), and <em>The Blockheads</em> (1776).</p> <p>She wrote the anti-federalist <em>Observations on the New Constitution By a Columbian Patriot</em> (initially attributed to Elbridge Gerry) in 1788, objecting to the US Constitution for failing to include a bill of rights and safeguarding against a standing army, and other issues, as well as the three-volume <em>The Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution</em> (1805), her eyewitness account of the revolution.</p> <p>Consider some of her most memorable insights.</p> <blockquote><p>We have seen in all ages the many become the slaves of the few…once aroused to a consciousness of the native freedom and equal rights of man, everyone revolts at the idea of servitude.</p> <p>The game of deception is played over and over&#8230;that mankind in general are incapable of the enjoyment of that liberty which nature seems to prescribe.</p> <p>Mankind may amuse themselves with theoretic systems of liberty&#8230;but we can only discern its true value by the practical and wretched effects of slavery.</p> <p>The perfectibility of man&#8230;may be left to the dreaming socialist…while that rational liberty, to which all have a right, [must] be exhibited and defended by men of principle and heroism who better understand the laws of social order.</p> <p>Government is instituted for the protection, safety and happiness of the people…[who] have an incontestable right to check the creatures of their own creation…to guard the life, liberty and property of the community.</p> <p>The rights of individuals ought to be the primary object of all government and cannot be too securely guarded by the most explicit declarations in their favor.</p> <p>Every domestic enjoyment depends on&#8230;the right of personal liberty, which everyone justly claims.</p> <p>When the first rudiments of society have been established, the right of private property has been held sacred.</p> <p>A sacred regard to personal liberty and the protection of private property were…embraced by all who had any just ideas of government, law, equity, or morals. These were the rights of men.</p> <p>America&#8230;stepped forth in vindication of the rights of human nature.</p> <p>America has fought for the boon of liberty…guard it on every side that it might not be sported away by the folly of the people or the intrigue or deception of their rulers.</p> <p>It is necessary to guard at every point against the intrigues of artful or ambitious men who may subvert the [constitutional] system…most conducive to the general happiness of society.</p> <p>The independence of the United States must be secured by an undeviating adherence to the principles that produced the Revolution…grounded in the natural equality of man…and that sovereignty which cannot be ceded either to representatives or to kings.</p> <p>Resist the first approaches of tyranny, which…threaten to sweep away the rights for which the brave Sons of America have fought.</p> <p>Any attempt [to]&#8230;subvert the Constitution or undermine the just principles which wrought out the American Revolution cannot be too severely censured.</p> <p>It is necessary for every American…to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled&#8230;to rescue and save their civil and religious rights from the outstretched arm of tyranny.</p> <p>There are still many among us who revere [Liberty’s] name too much to relinquish the rights of man.</p> <p>[America’s] principles&#8230;may finally&#8230;spread universal liberty and peace as far…as is compatible with the present state of human nature.</p></blockquote> <p>Mercy Otis Warren was a highly influential writer backing American independence and government based in liberty, in an era when women didn’t write for the public. As someone who has been termed “the real daughter of the American Revolution,” she deserves to be included with our founders, rather than excluded by focusing attention only on our founding fathers, as an articulate voice for our founding principle of liberty, America’s role in making it into reality and what it takes to preserve the liberty hard-won in the American Revolution.</p> <p>Her stirring commitment to liberty is no less important to maintain today, because</p> <blockquote><p>Public opinion, when grounded on false principles…sometimes creates a tyranny, felt by the minority more severely than that usually inflicted by [a] monarch.</p></blockquote> <div><strong>Gary M. Galles</strong> is a professor of economics at Pepperdine University. His recent books include <em>Faulty Premises, Faulty Policies</em> (2014) and <em>Apostle of Peace</em> (2013). He is a member of the FEE <a href="https://fee.org/about/faculty/">Faculty Network</a>.</div> <p style="font-style: italic;">This article was originally published on FEE.org. Read the <a href="https://fee.org/articles/why-mercy-otis-warren-belongs-in-the-pantheon-of-america-s-founders/">original article</a>.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Mercy Otis Warren founders Tenth Amendment Now in Effect: Three Louisiana Laws Expand Medical Marijuana Despite Federal Prohibition https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/now-in-effect-three-louisiana-laws-expand-medical-marijuana-despite-federal-prohibition/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:b1e34746-42ed-341d-5410-40fe1d5eab58 Sat, 01 Aug 2020 10:31:34 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/now-in-effect-three-louisiana-laws-expand-medical-marijuana-despite-federal-prohibition/" title="Now in Effect: Three Louisiana Laws Expand Medical Marijuana Despite Federal Prohibition" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/05/louisiana-capitol-169138_1280-pixabay-e1596224897360.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/louisiana-capitol-169138_1280-pixabay-e1596224897360.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/louisiana-capitol-169138_1280-pixabay-e1596224897360-279x157.jpg 279w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/louisiana-capitol-169138_1280-pixabay-e1596224897360-768x432.jpg 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/louisiana-capitol-169138_1280-pixabay-e1596224897360-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/louisiana-capitol-169138_1280-pixabay-e1596224897360-1080x608.jpg 1080w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/louisiana-capitol-169138_1280-pixabay-e1596224897360-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/louisiana-capitol-169138_1280-pixabay-e1596224897360-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/05/louisiana-capitol-169138_1280-pixabay-e1596224897360-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />BATON ROUGE, La. (Aug 1, 2020) – Today, three Louisiana laws went into effect that expand the state’s medical-marijuana program despite federal prohibition. Rep. Larry Bagley (R-Stonewall) introduced House Bill 819 (HB819) in March. The new law gives physicians complete discretion in recommending medical marijuana to their patients. As introduced, the legislation added traumatic brain [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/08/now-in-effect-three-louisiana-laws-expand-medical-marijuana-despite-federal-prohibition/" title="Now in Effect: Three Louisiana Laws Expand Medical Marijuana Despite Federal Prohibition" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/05/louisiana-capitol-169138_1280-pixabay-e1596224897360.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/louisiana-capitol-169138_1280-pixabay-e1596224897360.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/louisiana-capitol-169138_1280-pixabay-e1596224897360-279x157.jpg 279w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/louisiana-capitol-169138_1280-pixabay-e1596224897360-768x432.jpg 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/louisiana-capitol-169138_1280-pixabay-e1596224897360-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/louisiana-capitol-169138_1280-pixabay-e1596224897360-1080x608.jpg 1080w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/louisiana-capitol-169138_1280-pixabay-e1596224897360-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/louisiana-capitol-169138_1280-pixabay-e1596224897360-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/05/louisiana-capitol-169138_1280-pixabay-e1596224897360-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p><strong>BATON ROUGE</strong>, La. (Aug 1, 2020) – Today, three Louisiana laws went into effect that expand the state’s medical-marijuana program despite federal prohibition.<span id="more-35040"></span></p> <p>Rep. Larry Bagley (R-Stonewall) introduced House Bill 819 (<a href="https://legiscan.com/LA/bill/HB819/2020" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">HB819</a>) in March. The new law gives physicians complete discretion in recommending medical marijuana to their patients. As introduced, the legislation added traumatic brain injuries and concussions to the list of conditions that qualify a patient for medical marijuana. A House committee expanded the bill to allow doctors to recommend medicinal cannabis to patients for <em>any</em> debilitating condition that they deem fit. A Senate amendment requires dispensaries to record medical marijuana purchases in the state prescription monitoring program database.</p> <p>On May 15, the House passed HB819 by <a href="https://legiscan.com/LA/rollcall/HB819/id/959022" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a 77-15 vote</a>. The Senate approved the measure on May 27 by a <a href="https://legiscan.com/LA/rollcall/HB819/id/960746" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">28-6 vote</a>. With Gov. John Bel Edwards’ signature, the law goes went into effect Aug. 1.</p> <p>Louisiana joins California, Maine, and Virginia in giving doctors full discretion to recommend cannabis.</p> <p>Rep. Jeremy LaCombe (D-Livonia) introduced House Bill 418 (<a href="https://legiscan.com/LA/bill/HB418/2020" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">HB418</a>) back in February. Under the law, any physician who recommends medical marijuana to a patient and any facility that is licensed by the Louisiana Department of Health that has patients in its care using medical marijuana under state law are exempt from prosecution under the state’s marijuana laws. In effect, the law ensures physicians recommending medical marijuana will be shielded from state prosecution.</p> <p>On May 22, the House passed HB418 by <a href="https://legiscan.com/LA/rollcall/HB418/id/960052" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a 75-18 vote</a>. The Senate approved the measure on Friday <a href="https://legiscan.com/LA/rollcall/HB418/id/961633" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">34-2</a>. The House concurred with a technical amendment and with Edwards’ signature, the law went into effect Aug. 1.</p> <p>Rep. Edmond Jordan (D-Baton Rouge) introduced House Bill 211 (<a href="https://legiscan.com/LA/bill/HB211/2020" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">HB211</a>) in February. The law protects banks and credit unions that service cannabis businesses from being penalized by state regulators. The new statute prohibits regulators from taking any action to discourage financial institutions in the state from servicing legitimate medical marijuana businesses, or from levying any penalties against banks or credit unions serving medical marijuana businesses.</p> <p>The House passed HB211 <a href="https://legiscan.com/LA/rollcall/HB211/id/959723" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">by a 73-20 vote</a> and the Senate <a href="https://legiscan.com/LA/rollcall/HB211/id/961537" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">approved the measure 29-0</a>. With Edwards’ signature, the law went into effect Aug. 1</p> <p>West Virginia <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/04/signed-as-law-west-virginia-bill-to-facilitate-banking-for-medical-marijuana-program/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">enacted a similar law last year</a>. This legislation intended to allay fears that <a href="https://publicpolicy.wharton.upenn.edu/issue-brief/v6n2.php">banks will be prosecuted</a> or penalized for taking in marijuana-related accounts. The Federal government has <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2015/08/the-federal-reserves-war-on-drugs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">used banking laws as a weapon</a> in its unconstitutional war on cannabis by making it impossible for marijuana businesses to access the banking system – even in states where marijuana has been legalized. The feds can prosecute bankers for knowingly engaging with cannabis businesses under the Bank Secrecy Act, the USA Patriot Act, and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.</p> <p>While the enactment of HB211 cannot stop federal prosecution of a Louisiana financial institution engaging in the medical marijuana business, it will provide some assurance that the state will shield it from financial loss and could create an environment where banks in the state are willing to handle medical marijuana funds.</p> <p><b>EFFECT ON FEDERAL PROHIBITION</b></p> <p>Under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) passed in 1970, the federal government maintains complete prohibition of marijuana. Of course, the federal government lacks any constitutional authority to ban or regulate cannabis within the borders of a state, despite the opinion of the politically connected lawyers on the Supreme Court. If you doubt this, ask yourself why it took a constitutional amendment to institute federal alcohol prohibition.</p> <p>Despite federal prohibition, Louisiana legalized medical marijuana in 2015, but there wasn’t any viable program in the state until <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/08/now-in-effect-louisiana-medical-marijuana-law-shields-patients-and-caregivers-from-prosecution/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the passage of two laws the following year</a>.  The state <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/08/now-in-effect-louisiana-laws-expand-medical-marijuana-program-despite-federal-prohibition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">expanded the program in 2018</a>. Further expansion would remove yet another layer of laws punishing the possession and use of marijuana in the state, but federal prohibition would remain in effect. This is significant because FBI statistics show that law enforcement makes approximately 99 of 100 marijuana arrests under state, not federal law. When states stop enforcing marijuana laws, they sweep away most of the basis for 99 percent of marijuana arrests.</p> <p>Furthermore, figures indicate it would take 40 percent of the DEA’s yearly-budget just to investigate and raid all of the dispensaries in Los Angeles – a single city in a single state. That doesn’t include the cost of prosecution. The lesson? The feds lack the resources to enforce marijuana prohibition without state assistance.</p> <p><b>A GROWING MOVEMENT</b></p> <p>Louisiana joins a growing number of states increasingly ignoring federal prohibition, and nullifying it in practice.</p> <p>Colorado, Washington state, Oregon and Alaska were the first states to legalize recreational cannabis, and California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts joined them after ballot initiatives in favor of legalization passed in November 2016. Michigan followed suit when <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/11/michigan-votes-to-legalize-marijuana-nullify-federal-prohibition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">voters legalized cannabis for general use</a> in 2018. Vermont <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/01/signed-as-law-vermont-legalizes-recreational-marijuana-foundation-to-nullify-federal-prohibition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">became the first state</a> to legalize marijuana through a legislative act in 2018. <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/06/signed-by-the-governor-illinois-legalizes-marijuana-despite-federal-prohibition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Illinois followed suit in 2019</a>.</p> <p>With 33 states including allowing cannabis for medical use, the feds find themselves in a position where they <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/01/nullification-works-and-they-know-it-good-morning-liberty-01-30-19/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">simply can’t enforce prohibition anymore</a>.</p> <p>The lesson here is pretty straightforward. When enough people say, ‘No!’ to the federal government, and enough states pass laws backing those people up, there’s not much the feds can do to shove their so-called laws, regulations or mandates down our throats.</p> <p>Efforts to expand medical marijuana laws in Louisiana underscore another important strategic reality. Once a state legalizes marijuana – even if only in a very limited way – it tends to eventually expand. As the state tears down some barriers, markets develop and demand expands. That creates pressure to further relax state law. These new laws represent a further erosion of unconstitutional federal marijuana prohibition.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Drug War State Bills cannabis HB211 HB418 HB819 Louisiana Marijuana Mike Maharrey DHS Worried Widespread Mask Use Will Thwart Government Facial Recognition https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/31/dhs-worried-widespread-mask-use-will-thwart-government-facial-recognition/ Tenth Amendment Center urn:uuid:ddf4cab2-f754-8264-ef6a-2fb7cc656fbc Fri, 31 Jul 2020 19:36:04 +0000 <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/31/dhs-worried-widespread-mask-use-will-thwart-government-facial-recognition/" title="DHS Worried Widespread Mask Use Will Thwart Government Facial Recognition" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_140368690-facial-recognition-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_140368690-facial-recognition-1280.jpg 1280w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_140368690-facial-recognition-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_140368690-facial-recognition-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_140368690-facial-recognition-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />There has been a lot of controversy over masks, but no matter what you think about the efficacy of face coverings in preventing the spread of COVID-19, there is one advantage to masking up. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expressed concern that widespread use of masks will thwart facial recognition. A DHS [&#8230;] <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/31/dhs-worried-widespread-mask-use-will-thwart-government-facial-recognition/" title="DHS Worried Widespread Mask Use Will Thwart Government Facial Recognition" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_140368690-facial-recognition-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_140368690-facial-recognition-1280.jpg 1280w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_140368690-facial-recognition-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_140368690-facial-recognition-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/shutterstock_140368690-facial-recognition-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>There has been a lot of controversy over masks, but no matter what you think about the efficacy of face coverings in preventing the spread of COVID-19, there is one advantage to masking up. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expressed concern that widespread use of masks will thwart facial recognition.</p> <p>A DHS &#8220;<a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6989376-U-FOUO-in-Violent-Adversaries-Likely-to-Use.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">intelligence note</a>&#8221; dated May 22 came to light in the <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/leaked-documents-reveal-extent-of-law-enforcement-data-sharing/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">BlueLeaks trove of law enforcement documents</a>. The DHS Intelligence Enterprise Counterterrorism Mission Center in conjunction with a variety of other agencies, including Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement drafted the note. It &#8220;examines the potential impacts that widespread use of protective masks could have on security operations that incorporate face recognition systems — such as video cameras, image processing hardware and software, and image recognition algorithms — to monitor public spaces during the ongoing Covid-19 public health emergency and in the months after the pandemic subsides.”</p> <p>According to <em><a href="https://theintercept.com/2020/07/16/face-masks-facial-recognition-dhs-blueleaks/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Intercept</a></em>, the Minnesota Fusion Center distributed the notice on May 26, as protests over the killing of George Floyd were ramping up. &#8220;Email logs included in the BlueLeaks archive show that the note was also sent to city and state government officials and private security officers in Colorado and, inexplicably, to a hospital and a community college.&#8221;</p> <p>The note warned, &#8220;We assess violent extremists and other criminals who have historically maintained an interest in avoiding face recognition are likely to opportunistically seize upon public safety measures recommending the wearing of face masks to hinder the effectiveness of face recognition systems in public spaces by security partners.”</p> <p>The note also expresses more general concern about mask-wearing. One header reads, “Face Recognition Systems Likely to be Less Effective as Widespread Wear of Face Coverings for Public Safety Purposes Continue,”</p> <blockquote><p>“We assess face recognition systems used to support security operations in public spaces will be less effective while widespread public use of facemasks, including partial and full face covering, is practiced by the public to limit the spread of Covid-19.”</p></blockquote> <p>The debate on masking aside, thwarting facial recognition is a good thing because the federal government is aggressively pushing the expansion of its vast and increasingly intrusive facial recognition network.</p> <p><strong>THE GROWING FEDERAL PROGRAM</strong></p> <p>A <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/07/12/dont-rely-on-congress-to-stop-facial-recognition-surveillance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">recent report revealed</a> that the federal government has turned state drivers’ license photos into a giant facial recognition database, putting virtually every driver in America in a perpetual electronic police lineup. The revelations generated widespread outrage, but this story isn’t new. The federal government has been developing <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/10/31/local-state-and-federal-law-enforcement-partnering-to-create-massive-facial-recognition-system/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a massive, nationwide facial recognition system</a> for years.</p> <p>The FBI <a href="https://money.cnn.com/2014/09/16/technology/security/fbi-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">rolled out a nationwide facial-recognition program</a> in the fall of 2014, with the goal of building a giant biometric database with pictures provided by the states and corporate friends.</p> <p>In 2016, the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law released “The Perpetual Lineup,” a massive report on law enforcement use of facial recognition technology in the U.S. You can read the complete report at <a href="https://www.perpetuallineup.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">perpetuallineup.org</a>. The organization conducted a year-long investigation and collected more than 15,000 pages of documents through more than 100 public records requests. The report paints a disturbing picture of intense cooperation between the federal government, and state and local law enforcement to develop a massive facial recognition database.</p> <blockquote><p>“Face recognition is a powerful technology that requires strict oversight. But those controls, by and large, don’t exist today,” report co-author <a href="https://theintercept.com/2016/10/18/study-lack-of-face-recognition-oversight-threatens-privacy-of-millions/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Clare Garvie said</a>. “With only a few exceptions, there are no laws governing police use of the technology, no standards ensuring its accuracy, and no systems checking for bias. It’s a wild west.”</p></blockquote> <p>There are <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/10/whats-the-big-problem-with-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">many technical and legal problems</a> with facial recognition, including significant concerns about the accuracy of the technology, particularly when reading the facial features of minority populations. During a test run by the ACLU of Northern California, <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ne8wa8/amazons-facial-recognition-misidentified-1-in-5-california-lawmakers-as-criminals" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">facial recognition misidentified 26 members of the California legislature</a> as people in a database of arrest photos.</p> <p>With facial recognition technology, police and other government officials have the capability to track individuals in real-time. These systems allow law enforcement agents to use video cameras and continually scan everybody who walks by. According to the report, several major police departments have expressed an interest in this type of real-time tracking. Documents revealed agencies in at least five major cities, including Los Angeles, either claimed to run real-time face recognition off of street cameras, bought technology with the capability, or expressed written interest in buying it.</p> <p>In all likelihood, the federal government heavily involves itself in helping state and local agencies obtain this technology. The feds provide grant money to local law enforcement agencies for a vast array of surveillance gear, including ALPRs, stingray devices and drones. The federal government essentially encourages and funds a giant nationwide surveillance net and then taps into the information via fusion centers and the Information Sharing Environment (ISE).</p> <p>Fusion centers were sold as a tool to combat terrorism, but that is not how they are being used. The ACLU pointed to a <a href="https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/investigations/media/investigative-report-criticizes-counterterrorism-reporting-waste-at-state-and-local-intelligence-fusion-centers" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bipartisan congressional report</a> to demonstrate the true nature of government fusion centers: “They haven’t contributed anything meaningful to counterterrorism efforts. Instead, they have largely served as police surveillance and information sharing nodes for law enforcement efforts targeting the frequent subjects of police attention: Black and brown people, immigrants, dissidents, and the poor.”</p> <p>Fusion centers operate within the broader ISE. According to <a href="http://www.dni.gov/index.php/about/organization/information-sharing-environment-what-we-do" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">its website</a>, the ISE “provides analysts, operators, and investigators with information needed to enhance national security. These analysts, operators, and investigators…have mission needs to collaborate and share information with each other and with private sector partners and our foreign allies.” In other words, ISE serves as a conduit for the sharing of information gathered without a warrant. Known ISE partners include the Office of Director of National Intelligence which oversees 17 federal agencies and organizations, including the NSA. ISE utilizes these partnerships to collect and share data on the millions of unwitting people they track.</p> <p><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/09/30/smoking-gun-feds-partner-with-local-police-to-facilitate-warrantless-surveillance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Reports that the Berkeley Police Department in cooperation with a federal fusion center deployed cameras</a> equipped to surveil a “free speech” rally and Antifa counterprotests provided the first solid link between the federal government and local authorities in facial recognition surveillance.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Current Events Surveillance Coronavirus dhs facial recognition Mike Maharrey One Good Reason to Wear a Mask https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/one-good-reason-to-wear-a-mask/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:cc84c06c-ed40-3324-b489-2d3285c755df Fri, 31 Jul 2020 19:33:47 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/one-good-reason-to-wear-a-mask/" title="One Good Reason to Wear a Mask" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/09/facial-recognition-local-oakland-sept-2019-b.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/09/facial-recognition-local-oakland-sept-2019-b.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/09/facial-recognition-local-oakland-sept-2019-b-279x157.png 279w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/09/facial-recognition-local-oakland-sept-2019-b-768x432.png 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/09/facial-recognition-local-oakland-sept-2019-b-1024x576.png 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/09/facial-recognition-local-oakland-sept-2019-b-1080x608.png 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/09/facial-recognition-local-oakland-sept-2019-b-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />I&#8217;ve got one really good reason to wear a mask. I&#39;ve got a really good reason to wear a mask. @DHSgov is worried that widespread masking will thwart #facialrecognition #surveillance. @mmaharrey10th pic.twitter.com/CpldYJqYXK &#8212; TenthAmendmentCenter (@TenthAmendment) July 29, 2020 The biggest, most powerful government in the world wants to know where you are and what you&#8217;re [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/one-good-reason-to-wear-a-mask/" title="One Good Reason to Wear a Mask" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/09/facial-recognition-local-oakland-sept-2019-b.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/09/facial-recognition-local-oakland-sept-2019-b.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/09/facial-recognition-local-oakland-sept-2019-b-279x157.png 279w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/09/facial-recognition-local-oakland-sept-2019-b-768x432.png 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/09/facial-recognition-local-oakland-sept-2019-b-1024x576.png 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/09/facial-recognition-local-oakland-sept-2019-b-1080x608.png 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/09/facial-recognition-local-oakland-sept-2019-b-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>I&#8217;ve got one really good reason to wear a mask.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">I&#39;ve got a really good reason to wear a mask. <a href="https://twitter.com/DHSgov?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DHSgov</a> is worried that widespread masking will thwart <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/facialrecognition?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#facialrecognition</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/surveillance?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#surveillance</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/mmaharrey10th?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mmaharrey10th</a> <a href="https://t.co/CpldYJqYXK">pic.twitter.com/CpldYJqYXK</a></p> <p>&mdash; TenthAmendmentCenter (@TenthAmendment) <a href="https://twitter.com/TenthAmendment/status/1288564957248798720?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 29, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The biggest, most powerful government in the world wants to know where you are and what you&#8217;re doing at all times. I can get behind anything that will hinder that.</p> <p><strong>For Further Reading</strong></p> <p><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/31/dhs-worried-widespread-mask-use-will-thwart-government-facial-recognition/">DHS Worried Widespread Mask Use Will Thwart Government Facial Recognition</a></p> <p class="entry-title dce-post-title"><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/10/31/local-state-and-federal-law-enforcement-partnering-to-create-massive-facial-recognition-system/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement Partnering to Create Massive Facial Recognition System</a></p> <p class="entry-title dce-post-title"><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/07/12/dont-rely-on-congress-to-stop-facial-recognition-surveillance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Don’t Rely on Congress to Stop Facial Recognition Surveillance</a></p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Audio/Video Facial Recognition Maharrey Minute facial recognition masks Privacy surveillance Mike Maharrey Samuel Adams: American Independence https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/samuel-adams-american-independence/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:73079b5a-5061-4ddc-617a-1b09ee42c293 Fri, 31 Jul 2020 17:08:12 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/samuel-adams-american-independence/" title="Samuel Adams: American Independence" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/path-073120.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-073120.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-073120-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-073120-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/path-073120-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />On Aug 1, 1776 &#8211; Samuel Adams, the &#8220;Father of the American Revolution,&#8221; gave a famous speech on the steps of the State House in Philadelphia in support of the Declaration of Independence, which was signed the following day. Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: July 31, 2020 Subscribe: iTunes &#124; Spotify &#124; Podbean &#124; [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/samuel-adams-american-independence/" title="Samuel Adams: American Independence" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/path-073120.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-073120.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-073120-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-073120-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/path-073120-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>On Aug 1, 1776 &#8211; Samuel Adams, the &#8220;Father of the American Revolution,&#8221; gave a famous speech on the steps of the State House in Philadelphia in support of the Declaration of Independence, which was signed the following day.</p> <p>Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: July 31, 2020<span id="more-35044"></span></p> <p>Subscribe: <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/path-to-liberty/id1440549211?app=podcast&amp;mt=2" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">iTunes</a> | <a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/7iRUIPjKQLyfKbunOuYIBq" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Spotify</a> | <a href="https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/b4yrd-92c48/Path-to-Liberty-Podcast" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Podbean</a> | <a href="https://playmusic.app.goo.gl/?ibi=com.google.PlayMusic&amp;isi=691797987&amp;ius=googleplaymusic&amp;apn=com.google.android.music&amp;link=https://play.google.com/music/m/Ic7vaa26zzqtt2zmxovxwkxktem?t%3DPath_to_Liberty%26pcampaignid%3DMKT-na-all-co-pr-mu-pod-16" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Google Play</a> | <a href="https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=340324&amp;refid=stpr" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Stitcher</a> | <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/category/video/good-morning-liberty/feed/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">RSS</a></p> <p><iframe width="1280" height="720" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/PApA57kdO0Q" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; 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Path to Liberty, On Aug 1, 1776 – Samuel Adams, the “Father of the American Revolution,” gave a famous speech on the steps of the State House in Philadelphia in support of the Declaration of Independence, which was signed the following day. Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: July 31, 2020 Subscribe: iTunes | Spotify | Podbean | […] Palladium of Liberty: The Right of Trial by Jury https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/31/palladium-of-liberty-the-right-of-trial-by-jury/ Tenth Amendment Center urn:uuid:5c14905e-af63-9497-0141-1add95e13dde Fri, 31 Jul 2020 12:45:31 +0000 <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/31/palladium-of-liberty-the-right-of-trial-by-jury/" title="Palladium of Liberty: The Right of Trial by Jury" rel="nofollow"><img width="1200" height="628" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/jury-nullification-general-081417.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/jury-nullification-general-081417.png 1200w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/jury-nullification-general-081417-980x513.png 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/jury-nullification-general-081417-480x251.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1200px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/jury-nullification-general-081417-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />One of the best things that our American ancestors did was to include the right of trial by jury in the Bill of Rights. The Fifth Amendment states in part: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial an impartial jury of the state and district wherein [&#8230;] <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/31/palladium-of-liberty-the-right-of-trial-by-jury/" title="Palladium of Liberty: The Right of Trial by Jury" rel="nofollow"><img width="1200" height="628" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/jury-nullification-general-081417.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/jury-nullification-general-081417.png 1200w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/jury-nullification-general-081417-980x513.png 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/jury-nullification-general-081417-480x251.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1200px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/jury-nullification-general-081417-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>One of the best things that our American ancestors did was to include the right of trial by jury in the Bill of Rights. The Fifth Amendment states in part: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed.”<span id="more-29408"></span></p> <p>Notice something important about this particular provision: It reflects that 0ur American ancestors were convinced that the federal government would deprive them of this right if they didn’t expressly protect it in the Bill of Rights. In other words, in the absence of an express provision guaranteeing this important procedural right, the federal government would run criminal trials like it does in Cuba—by kangaroo military tribunal—or where federal judges, many of whom today are former federal prosecutors, would be determining the guilt of the accused.</p> <p>Thus, it is clear that while our American ancestors approved the Constitution, which brought the federal government into existence, they still did not trust the U.S. government. They obviously viewed federal officials with extreme suspicion and concern, which is reflected by their demand that people who would be targeted by federal officials with criminal prosecution would be guaranteed the right to have their guilt or innocence determined by fellow citizens in the community rather than by some jaded and cynical pro-prosecution judge or by some kangaroo military tribunal.</p> <p>In a federal criminal trial that is being tried by jury, the federal judge instructs the jury that its job is to determine the facts in assessing whether to find the defendant guilty. He also instructs them that they do not have the authority to judge the law that the defendant is being charged with violating. They do not have the authority, he tells them, to judge the law itself.</p> <p>It’s a lie. In fact, the jury has the authority to judge both the facts and the law in determining the guilt or innocence of the accused. The jury has the authority to acquit a defendant for any reason it wants, including a determination that the law that the accused is charged with violating is a bad law.</p> <p>In 1973, in my hometown of Laredo, Texas, there was a jury trial in federal court involving a Laredo man who was charged with possession of marijuana. The defendant took the witness stand and confessed his guilt. He said that he did it because he needed the money to support his wife and children.</p> <p>The federal judge, who was from Houston, was a hard-nosed law-and-order judge who had a reputation for meting out high jail sentences in drug cases. Thus, the jury knew that if they convicted the guy, he would end up serving a long term in a federal penitentiary.</p> <p>Even though the man had openly confessed his guilt, the judge was prohibited from simply issuing an instructed verdict, as judges are authorized to do in civil cases. Under the Constitution, the case had to be given to the jury, notwithstanding the fact that the facts were not in dispute. That is how powerful the right of trial by jury is.</p> <p>The jury returned to the courtroom and announced its verdict: Not guilty. The federal judge was angry and outraged. He berated the jury, telling them “You have destroyed the effect of the law and the result that the law is designed to achieve.” He instructed the court clerk to remove their names from the jury pool list and told them that they would never serve as jurors in his court again.</p> <p>But notice something important: There was nothing the judge could do to alter the verdict, notwithstanding the fact that the defendant has openly confessed his crime. Once the jury returned with its verdict of acquittal, that was the end of the case. No matter how angry and outraged the judge was, he had to let the defendant walk out of the courtroom a free man. Moreover, he could not punish the jury with a fine or imprisonment. They were free to go home too.</p> <p>Our American ancestors understood the importance of giving a jury in a criminal case full and complete authority to determine the guilt or innocence of the accused. They viewed the jury box as one of the bastions against tyranny.</p> <p>Suppose, for example, the government began rounding up Muslims or Jews and made it a criminal offense to hide them. A person is caught violating the law. When the case comes to trial, the jury, which can reflect the conscience of the community, concludes that the law itself is tyrannical and returns with a not guilty verdict. The verdict cannot be used a precedent in other criminal prosecutions but it sends a powerful message to the government: Get rid of this tyrannical law.</p> <p>Some people say that the Constitution has failed to constrain the federal government. They are right with respect to the welfare-warfare state under which Americans now live. They are also right with respect to the Pentagon’s and CIA’s prison, torture, and “judicial” center in Cuba. But when it comes to protecting the right of trial by jury here within the United States, the Constitution has worked remarkably well.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> 5th Amendment Jury Nullification trial-by-jury Jacob Hornberger Trump Is No Friend of the Second Amendment https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/trump-is-no-friend-of-the-second-amendment/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:6b69bb4c-d482-6d67-088e-8b765fd7a8c0 Thu, 30 Jul 2020 17:47:57 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/trump-is-no-friend-of-the-second-amendment/" title="Trump Is No Friend of the Second Amendment" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />During the 2016 election cycle, I was told over and over again I needed to vote for Donald Trump to &#8220;protect the Second Amendment.&#8221; It hasn&#8217;t quite turned out that way. Objectively speaking, Trump has been worse on the Second Amendment than Barack Obama. #Neverforget: All federal gun control is unconstitutional. @mmaharrey10th pic.twitter.com/mHG61hyXWM &#8212; TenthAmendmentCenter [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/trump-is-no-friend-of-the-second-amendment/" title="Trump Is No Friend of the Second Amendment" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>During the 2016 election cycle, I was told over and over again I needed to vote for Donald Trump to &#8220;protect the Second Amendment.&#8221; It hasn&#8217;t quite turned out that way.</p> <p>Objectively speaking, Trump has been worse on the Second Amendment than Barack Obama.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="ca" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Neverforget?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Neverforget</a>: All federal gun control is unconstitutional. <a href="https://twitter.com/mmaharrey10th?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mmaharrey10th</a> <a href="https://t.co/mHG61hyXWM">pic.twitter.com/mHG61hyXWM</a></p> <p>&mdash; TenthAmendmentCenter (@TenthAmendment) <a href="https://twitter.com/TenthAmendment/status/1286758554355949568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 24, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><strong>For Further Reading</strong></p> <p class="entry-title dce-post-title"><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/09/05/the-2nd-is-not-in-force-an-overview-of-federal-gun-control-already-on-the-books/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The 2nd is not in Force: An Overview of Federal Gun Control Already on the Books</a></p> <p class="entry-title dce-post-title"><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/03/supreme-court-lets-trumps-bump-stock-ban-stand/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Supreme Court Lets Trump’s Bump Stock Ban Stand</a></p> <p class="entry-title dce-post-title"><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/08/there-is-no-but-in-shall-not-be-infringed/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">There is No “But” in “Shall Not Be Infringed”</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/08/19/financial-writer-gets-f-as-second-amendment-expert/">Financial Writer Gets F as Second Amendment Expert</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/08/26/what-does-the-militia-act-of-1792-tell-us-about-the-second-amendment/">What Does the Militia Act of 1792 Tell Us About the Second Amendment?</a></p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Audio/Video Maharrey Minute Right to Keep and Bear Arms ATF Donald Trump Gun Control second amendment Mike Maharrey Obama the Immigrant Deporter vs. Trump the Gun-Grabber https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/obama-the-immigrant-deporter-vs-trump-the-gun-grabber/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:83e8fac3-e477-5758-d96c-3a15e4c97203 Thu, 30 Jul 2020 11:57:30 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/obama-the-immigrant-deporter-vs-trump-the-gun-grabber/" title="Obama the Immigrant Deporter vs. Trump the Gun-Grabber" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/Barack_Obama_and_Donald_Trump-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/Barack_Obama_and_Donald_Trump-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/Barack_Obama_and_Donald_Trump-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/Barack_Obama_and_Donald_Trump-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/Barack_Obama_and_Donald_Trump-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />One of the strangest aspects of the increasing imperialism of the U.S. executive branch is the profound disconnect between rhetoric and actual public policy. If asked, the average American would associate Trump with deporting illegal immigrants and Obama with federal gun enforcement efforts. Yet statistics show the precise opposite. Tenth Amendment Center Communications Director Mike [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/obama-the-immigrant-deporter-vs-trump-the-gun-grabber/" title="Obama the Immigrant Deporter vs. Trump the Gun-Grabber" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/Barack_Obama_and_Donald_Trump-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/Barack_Obama_and_Donald_Trump-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/Barack_Obama_and_Donald_Trump-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/Barack_Obama_and_Donald_Trump-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/Barack_Obama_and_Donald_Trump-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>One of the strangest aspects of the increasing imperialism of the U.S. executive branch is the profound disconnect between rhetoric and actual public policy. If asked, the average American would associate Trump with deporting illegal immigrants and Obama with federal gun enforcement efforts. Yet statistics show the precise opposite.<span id="more-35006"></span></p> <p>Tenth Amendment Center Communications Director Mike Maharrey <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/24/report-trump-ramps-up-enforcement-of-federal-gun-control-for-third-straight-year/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">recently reported</a> that since Trump’s election in 2016, ATF has increased the numbers of federal gun control cases it has pursued for three straight years. Last year, it recommended 11,319 cases for prosecution compared to just 7,577 in 2014. The number of indictments for federal gun control violations and subsequent convictions has also increased since the Obama years. Last year also represented the <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/worst-in-history-smashing-federal-gun-control-records/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">greatest level of federal gun control enforcement</a> in history.</p> <p>It is important to remember that Trump was backed by the NRA and draws his support from gun owners, so there was no political pressure from his supporters to ramp up investigations. Those laws are all also in violation of the Second Amendment and shouldn’t be enforced on constitutional grounds. On top of that, Trump actually expanded gun control via a bump stock ban that was created through the ATF rather than Congress.</p> <p>Then he <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-mass-shootings-texas-ohio/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bragged about it</a>.</p> <p><em>“At my direction, the DOJ banned bump stocks. Last year we prosecuted <strong>a record number of firearms offenses</strong>.”</em></p> <p>Despite Trump&#8217;s reputation as the Second Amendment president, he was worse than Obama.</p> <p>On the other hand, most people view Trump as the &#8220;great deporter&#8221; and Obama as the protector of immigrants. This rhetoric doesn&#8217;t match up with reality either.</p> <blockquote><p>Again, this is a powerful image but <a href="https://www.ice.gov/statistics" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">in reality an illusion</a>. While Trump has indeed increased the number of deportations and arrests compared to 2016, <a href="https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/03/02/how-border-apprehensions-ice-arrests-and-deportations-have-changed-under-trump/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">those numbers pale in comparison</a> to much of Obama’s eight-year presidency.</p></blockquote> <p>In 2009, there were almost 300,000 arrests by ICE compared to just 143,000 last year. Deportations in 2013 were 432,281 compared to 337,287 in 2019. While deportations had been increasing steadily since 2002 before tapering off in 2014, southwest border apprehensions had also remained steady until 2019 when they more than doubled.</p> <p>Today&#8217;s political debates are often reduced to mere rhetoric. But at the end of the day, the facts matter more, because they tell you what is actually going on. It&#8217;s unclear why there is such as a disconnect between the last two presidents&#8217; talk and their action regarding two hot-button issues their supporters care about, but it&#8217;s all the more reason to watch what politicians do rather than what they or anyone else says they do.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Immigration Right to Keep and Bear Arms The Opposition ATF Barack Obama deportations Donald Trump Gun Control ICE second amendment TJ Martinell Law Professors Miss the Constitutional Forest for the Legal Trees https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/law-professors-miss-the-constitutional-forest-for-the-legal-trees/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:6c94f48c-e5f5-d17d-dfa7-9b9abee9789d Wed, 29 Jul 2020 19:56:39 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/law-professors-miss-the-constitutional-forest-for-the-legal-trees/" title="Law Professors Miss the Constitutional Forest for the Legal Trees" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/05/shutterstock_105918521-blindfolded.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/shutterstock_105918521-blindfolded.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/shutterstock_105918521-blindfolded-980x551.png 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/shutterstock_105918521-blindfolded-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/05/shutterstock_105918521-blindfolded-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />I ran across an article by three law professors published by The Atlantic that serves as another reminder that we should never listen to law professors talking about the Constitution. The article is headlined, The Separation of Church and State Is Breaking Down Under Trump. The chief complaint brought by our trio of intrepid law professors [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/law-professors-miss-the-constitutional-forest-for-the-legal-trees/" title="Law Professors Miss the Constitutional Forest for the Legal Trees" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/05/shutterstock_105918521-blindfolded.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/shutterstock_105918521-blindfolded.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/shutterstock_105918521-blindfolded-980x551.png 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/05/shutterstock_105918521-blindfolded-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/05/shutterstock_105918521-blindfolded-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>I ran across an article by three law professors published by <em>The Atlantic</em> that serves as another reminder that we should never listen to law professors talking about the Constitution.<span id="more-34897"></span></p> <p>The article is headlined, <em><a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/breakdown-church-and-state/613498/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Separation of Church and State Is Breaking Down Under Trump</a>. </em>The chief complaint brought by our trio of intrepid law professors is that &#8220;religious groups are getting special treatment from the government’s pandemic-relief efforts.&#8221;</p> <p>In a nutshell, churches and religious organizations received a special exemption from the Small Business Administration that allowed them to tap into federal funds through the CARES Act Payment Protection Program that similar-sized non-religious organizations didn&#8217;t qualify for. As the article summed it up, &#8220;The SBA’s implementation of the program thus privileges nationally affiliated religious organizations over their nonreligious counterparts.&#8221;</p> <p>According to our legal scholars, the SBA rules treated Planned Parenthood particularly egregiously. But this isn&#8217;t just about abortion politics.</p> <blockquote><p>There is, however, a more fundamental problem with these recent attacks on Planned Parenthood—a constitutional defect that even critics of the organization should recognize. By privileging religious organizations over secular nonprofits, the SBA and GOP senators are advancing a position that contravenes the establishment clause, which forbids the government from giving special subsidies to religious organizations.</p></blockquote> <p>Our three legal amigos go prattle on using over 1,500 words to parse out this argument. They cite plenty of Supreme Court cases, but never once mention the original meaning of the Constitution itself. They make a fine legal argument and completely miss the more basic constitutional issue: the federal government doesn&#8217;t have any constitutional authority to hand out funds to <em>any</em> of these organizations or businesses.</p> <p>The Constitution does not delegate Congress the authority to issue stimulus checks to chosen businesses. The problem isn&#8217;t with the way the Payment Protection Program is being run. The problem is that it exists in the first place.</p> <p>In a nutshell, supposedly our brightest and best in the field of American law are arguing about the constitutionality of a process to distribute unconstitutional funds.</p> <p>Talk about missing the forest while starring at the trees.</p> <p>Most likely, our legal-eagles would appeal to the general welfare clause as justification for the economic stimulus package. <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/03/29/the-general-welfare-clause-is-not-a-blank-check/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">This rational falls flat</a>. Or perhaps they would channel the &#8220;commerce clause.&#8221; <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2014/09/07/the-commerce-clause-not-a-micromanaging-tool/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">This falls flat as well</a>.</p> <p>Herein lies the problem with law professors. The know constitutional law. They don&#8217;t know anything about the Constitution.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> The Opposition Mike Maharrey Easthampton Massachusetts Bans Facial Recognition https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/easthampton-massachusetts-bans-facial-recognition/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:bf9e7605-e903-362d-db02-10249fa26160 Wed, 29 Jul 2020 19:53:24 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/easthampton-massachusetts-bans-facial-recognition/" title="Easthampton Massachusetts Bans Facial Recognition" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/01/facial-recognition-jan-2020-1280.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/01/facial-recognition-jan-2020-1280.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/01/facial-recognition-jan-2020-1280-980x551.png 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/01/facial-recognition-jan-2020-1280-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/01/facial-recognition-jan-2020-1280-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (July 29, 2020) &#8211; Earlier this month, Easthampton became the seventh Massachusetts city to ban facial recognition technology. The growing movement to prohibit the use of facial recognition at the state and local levels could hinder the operation of a growing national facial recognition network. District 2 Councilor Homar Gomez sponsored the ordinance. [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/easthampton-massachusetts-bans-facial-recognition/" title="Easthampton Massachusetts Bans Facial Recognition" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/01/facial-recognition-jan-2020-1280.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/01/facial-recognition-jan-2020-1280.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/01/facial-recognition-jan-2020-1280-980x551.png 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/01/facial-recognition-jan-2020-1280-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/01/facial-recognition-jan-2020-1280-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p><strong>EASTHAMPTON</strong>, Mass. (July 29, 2020) &#8211; Earlier this month, Easthampton became the seventh Massachusetts city to ban facial recognition technology. The growing movement to prohibit the use of facial recognition at the state and local levels could hinder the operation of a growing national facial recognition network.<span id="more-35000"></span></p> <p>District 2 Councilor Homar Gomez sponsored the ordinance. The new law prohibits the city, or any city official, from obtaining, retaining, accessing or using any facial surveillance system or any information gathered from such systems, The ordinance does allow “using evidence from a law enforcement agency outside Easthampton that may have been generated from a face surveillance system for the purposes of the investigation of a specific crime.”</p> <p>On July 1, the city council unanimously passed the ordinance.</p> <p>With the new ordinance, Easthampton joined six other Massachusetts cities in banning facial recognition technology &#8211; <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/06/second-in-the-nation-somerville-city-council-passes-facial-recognition-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Somerville</a>, <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/12/three-and-counting-northampton-massachusetts-passes-facial-recognition-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Northampton</a>, <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/12/brookline-massachusetts-passes-facial-recognition-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Brookline</a>, <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/01/seven-and-counting-cambridge-massachusetts-passes-facial-recognition-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Cambridge</a>, <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/10/springfield-massachusetts-considering-facial-recognition-technology-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Springfield</a>, and <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/boston-ordinance-bans-government-facial-recognition-technology/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Boston</a>.</p> <p>The wave of facial recognition bans in Massachusetts makes up part of a broader nationwide movement to limit this invasive surveillance technology at the local and state level. <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/05/first-in-the-nation-san-francisco-passes-ordinance-to-ban-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">San Francisco</a>, <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/07/oakland-city-council-unanimously-approves-ordinance-to-ban-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Oakland</a>, and <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/10/four-and-counting-berkeley-passes-facial-recognition-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Berkeley</a><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/06/second-in-the-nation-somerville-city-council-passes-facial-recognition-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">.</a> have all prohibited government use of facial recognition technology.  <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/09/portland-oregon-considering-facial-recognition-technology-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Portland, Oregon</a> is considering a similar ban. The California governor <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/10/signed-as-law-california-bans-facial-recognition-on-police-body-cameras/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">signed a bill</a> that imposes a 3-year ban on the use of the tech in conjunction with police body-worn cameras, leading to <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/12/san-diego-shuts-down-massive-facial-recognition-system-to-comply-with-new-california-law/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the shutdown of one of the biggest facial recognition programs in the country</a>. And New York is considering <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/06/new-york-assembly-passes-bill-to-ban-facial-recognition-schools/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a bill to ban facial recognition in schools</a> and <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/10/new-york-bill-would-ban-facial-recognition-on-police-body-cameras/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">on police body cameras</a>.</p> <p><strong>IMPACT ON FEDERAL PROGRAMS</strong></p> <p>A <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/07/12/dont-rely-on-congress-to-stop-facial-recognition-surveillance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">recent report revealed</a> that the federal government has turned state drivers’ license photos into a giant facial recognition database, putting virtually every driver in America in a perpetual electronic police lineup. The revelations generated widespread outrage, but this story isn’t new. The federal government has been developing <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/10/31/local-state-and-federal-law-enforcement-partnering-to-create-massive-facial-recognition-system/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a massive, nationwide facial recognition system</a> for years.</p> <p>The FBI <a href="https://money.cnn.com/2014/09/16/technology/security/fbi-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">rolled out a nationwide facial-recognition program</a> in the fall of 2014, with the goal of building a giant biometric database with pictures provided by the states and corporate friends.</p> <p>In 2016, the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law released “The Perpetual Lineup,” a massive report on law enforcement use of facial recognition technology in the U.S. You can read the complete report at <a href="https://www.perpetuallineup.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">perpetuallineup.org</a>. The organization conducted a year-long investigation and collected more than 15,000 pages of documents through more than 100 public records requests. The report paints a disturbing picture of intense cooperation between the federal government, and state and local law enforcement to develop a massive facial recognition database.</p> <blockquote><p>“Face recognition is a powerful technology that requires strict oversight. But those controls, by and large, don’t exist today,” report co-author <a href="https://theintercept.com/2016/10/18/study-lack-of-face-recognition-oversight-threatens-privacy-of-millions/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Clare Garvie said</a>. “With only a few exceptions, there are no laws governing police use of the technology, no standards ensuring its accuracy, and no systems checking for bias. It’s a wild west.”</p></blockquote> <p>There are <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/10/whats-the-big-problem-with-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">many technical and legal problems</a> with facial recognition, including significant concerns about the accuracy of the technology, particularly when reading the facial features of minority populations. During a test run by the ACLU of Northern California, <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ne8wa8/amazons-facial-recognition-misidentified-1-in-5-california-lawmakers-as-criminals" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">facial recognition misidentified 26 members of the California legislature</a> as people in a database of arrest photos.</p> <p>With facial recognition technology, police and other government officials have the capability to track individuals in real-time. These systems allow law enforcement agents to use video cameras and continually scan everybody who walks by. According to the report, several major police departments have expressed an interest in this type of real-time tracking. Documents revealed agencies in at least five major cities, including Los Angeles, either claimed to run real-time face recognition off of street cameras, bought technology with the capability, or expressed written interest in buying it.</p> <p>In all likelihood, the federal government heavily involves itself in helping state and local agencies obtain this technology. The feds provide grant money to local law enforcement agencies for a vast array of surveillance gear, including ALPRs, stingray devices and drones. The federal government essentially encourages and funds a giant nationwide surveillance net and then taps into the information via fusion centers and the Information Sharing Environment (ISE).</p> <p>Fusion centers were sold as a tool to combat terrorism, but that is not how they are being used. The ACLU pointed to a <a href="https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/investigations/media/investigative-report-criticizes-counterterrorism-reporting-waste-at-state-and-local-intelligence-fusion-centers" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bipartisan congressional report</a> to demonstrate the true nature of government fusion centers: “They haven’t contributed anything meaningful to counterterrorism efforts. Instead, they have largely served as police surveillance and information sharing nodes for law enforcement efforts targeting the frequent subjects of police attention: Black and brown people, immigrants, dissidents, and the poor.”</p> <p>Fusion centers operate within the broader ISE. According to <a href="http://www.dni.gov/index.php/about/organization/information-sharing-environment-what-we-do" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">its website</a>, the ISE “provides analysts, operators, and investigators with information needed to enhance national security. These analysts, operators, and investigators…have mission needs to collaborate and share information with each other and with private sector partners and our foreign allies.” In other words, ISE serves as a conduit for the sharing of information gathered without a warrant. Known ISE partners include the Office of Director of National Intelligence which oversees 17 federal agencies and organizations, including the NSA. ISE utilizes these partnerships to collect and share data on the millions of unwitting people they track.</p> <p><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/09/30/smoking-gun-feds-partner-with-local-police-to-facilitate-warrantless-surveillance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Reports that the Berkeley Police Department in cooperation with a federal fusion center deployed cameras</a> equipped to surveil a “free speech” rally and Antifa counterprotests provided the first solid link between the federal government and local authorities in facial recognition surveillance.</p> <p>In a nutshell, without state and local cooperation, the feds have a much more difficult time gathering information. Passage of state laws and local ordinances banning and limiting facial recognition eliminates one avenue for gathering facial recognition data. Simply put, data that doesn’t exist cannot be entered into federal databases.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Facial Recognition Local #TakeCTRL Easthampton facial recognition Massachusetts Privacy surveillance Mike Maharrey My Lawsuit Is Over; Here’s the Surveillance Tech the Lexington Police Department Is Hiding https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/29/my-lawsuit-is-over-heres-the-surveillance-tech-the-lexington-police-department-is-hiding/ Tenth Amendment Center urn:uuid:d7308de1-e35d-df14-cf97-4a2d27d83ab7 Wed, 29 Jul 2020 19:09:41 +0000 <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/29/my-lawsuit-is-over-heres-the-surveillance-tech-the-lexington-police-department-is-hiding/" title="My Lawsuit Is Over; Here’s the Surveillance Tech the Lexington Police Department Is Hiding" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/surveillance-stencil-1280-b.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/surveillance-stencil-1280-b.png 1280w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/surveillance-stencil-1280-b-980x551.png 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/surveillance-stencil-1280-b-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/surveillance-stencil-1280-b-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />After over two-and-a-half years of legal wrangling, the lawsuit filed against me by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government is over and I am going to reveal what I know about the Lexington Police Department’s super-secret cameras. After several months of consideration, I have decided not to continue fighting LFUCG in court. This experience has reiterated what I&#8217;ve [&#8230;] <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/29/my-lawsuit-is-over-heres-the-surveillance-tech-the-lexington-police-department-is-hiding/" title="My Lawsuit Is Over; Here’s the Surveillance Tech the Lexington Police Department Is Hiding" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/surveillance-stencil-1280-b.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/surveillance-stencil-1280-b.png 1280w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/surveillance-stencil-1280-b-980x551.png 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/surveillance-stencil-1280-b-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/surveillance-stencil-1280-b-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>After over two-and-a-half years of legal wrangling, <a href="https://weseeyouwatchinglexington.com/2017/10/04/sued/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the lawsuit filed against me</a> by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government is over and I am going to reveal what I know about the Lexington Police Department’s super-secret cameras.<span id="more-29389"></span><span id="more-473"></span></p> <p>After several months of consideration, I have decided not to continue fighting LFUCG in court.</p> <p>This experience has reiterated what I&#8217;ve been saying for years &#8211; we can&#8217;t trust government agencies to acquire and operate invasive surveillance technology without oversight and transparency. They hide it for a reason. They lie about it for a reason. As Patrick Henry warned:</p> <blockquote><p>“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them. The most iniquitous plots may be carried on against their liberty and happiness.”</p></blockquote> <p>In April, Fayette Circuit Court Judge Lucy VanMeter <a href="https://weseeyouwatchinglexington.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/2020.03.11-opinion-and-order.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ruled</a> that the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government could withhold documents relating to “mobile surveillance cameras” from public scrutiny. In a nutshell, she bought the city’s argument that revealing information about the cameras would create an undue burden on the city and could jeopardize officer safety.</p> <p>Quite frankly, I think VanMeter’s reasoning was sloppy, and I’m pretty confident we could get her ruling overturned on appeal. But I think now is the time to end the legal fight. It’s no longer necessary.</p> <p>The case has proved the point I was trying to make all along — Lexington desperately needs <a href="https://weseeyouwatchinglexington.com/2017/08/14/lexington-park-surveillance-raises-issues-of-transparency-and-oversight/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">transparency and oversight</a> for its surveillance programs.</p> <p>Thanks to the LPD’s poor redacting skills, I have known the nature of three of the super-secret cameras since the beginning. The police department gave me a number of heavily redacted documents in response to my initial open records request. They redacted several of these using a magic marker, and I was able to read through the redactions.</p> <p>According to one set of documents, the Lexington Police Department purchased a “covert utility box camera” in 2014. It’s exactly what it sounds like – a hidden camera disguised to look like a standard utility box.</p> <p>An email about the new camera referenced two “street light cameras” already owned by the LPD. The email, written by then Lt. Scott Blakely of the Special Investigations Section, said that the utility box application “will provide us with a different application where street lights are not installed.”</p> <p>I find the fact that the police department secretly installs cameras in street lights extremely troubling. We have no idea when or how they use this technology. We have no idea what privacy protections they have in place. We don’t know how they handle the data they gather, how long they retain it, and how they handle incidentally collected footage unrelated to the investigation. We don’t even know if they require warrants. In fact, some of the testimony during my court case indicates they do not.</p> <p>The police department also purchased <a href="https://security.panasonic.com/products_technology/products/wv-sc385/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">high-resolution Panasonic dome cameras</a> in 2013. They appear to be mounted cameras, and not mobile,  but it’s unclear where they were deployed or how they are used.</p> <p>Documents released by the Lexington Police Department during legal proceedings reveal lax surveillance policies that could be interpreted to allow surveillance virtually anyplace at any time.</p> <p>An LPD document titled GO 1975-04 D establishes guidelines for police department technical surveillance. According to the document, Lexington police can conduct surveillance “when a legitimate and reasonable suspicion exists to believe an individual or organization is engaged in, is about to engage in or has the propensity to engage in illegal activity, or to believe an event may provoke community disorder, or for special event security concerns.”</p> <p>These are extremely subjective criteria, particularly the ability to spy on people with a “propensity” to engage in illegal activities. What exactly does this mean? Minorities? People with particular political views? People who live in a “bad neighborhood?” This criterion could justify surveillance in virtually any situation.</p> <p>Additionally, the policy for event surveillance is ripe for abuse and opens the door to target political activities or other events in a discriminatory way. This lends credence to unconfirmed rumors we’ve heard about the LPD surveilling the Lexington Roots and Heritage Festival.</p> <p>The document also allows for surveillance to, “Determine whether there is reasonable suspicion to believe a crime will, has, or may occur,” and, “Obtain probable cause for obtaining search warrants.”</p> <p>This indicates that the LPD is not obtaining warrants to deploy surveillance. In fact, the department apparently uses warrantless surveillance to gather evidence in order to obtain warrants.</p> <p>Despite the information I was able to glean from redacted documents, the extent of the LPD’s surveillance programs remains unclear. We know nothing about the other cameras the department owns or operates, or if the city has purchased other surveillance technology since I made my initial records request three years ago.</p> <p>All of this underscores the need for policies establishing oversight and transparency for all Lexington Police Department surveillance technologies.</p> <p>Government agencies should have a written plan in place directing and limiting the use of surveillance technology <strong><em>before</em></strong> they acquire or use it. These plans should outline the costs and benefits of the technology, and should include specific policies directing when and under what circumstances it can be deployed, policies on the sharing and retention of data, policies outlining how information incidentally collected on innocent third parties will be handled, and policies to ensure surveillance isn’t directed at people with certain political views or minority communities in a discriminatory way.  Furthermore, the plan should be subject to public scrutiny and council approval at a public meeting – again –  <strong><em>before</em></strong> the agency acquires or begins using this technology.</p> <p>To this end, a local coalition I formed called <em><a href="https://weseeyouwatchinglexington.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">We See You Watching Lexington</a></em> proposes a local ordinance that would establish this kind of oversight and transparency. The language was drafted by lawyers at the ACLU with input from other organizations concerned about privacy in this era of rapidly advancing technology. You can download the model language <a href="https://weseeyouwatchinglexington.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/surveillance-local-ordinance.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">HERE</a>.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Activism Surveillance Kentucky Lexington Police privcay Mike Maharrey Federal Gun Control: 3 of the Worst Excuses for the Most in History https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/federal-gun-control-3-of-the-worst-excuses-for-the-most-in-history/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:2f752c43-6733-14e6-689a-1a852a2d9320 Wed, 29 Jul 2020 17:42:34 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/federal-gun-control-3-of-the-worst-excuses-for-the-most-in-history/" title="Federal Gun Control: 3 of the Worst Excuses for the Most in History" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/path-072920.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-072920.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-072920-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-072920-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/path-072920-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />In response to hearing that records are being smashed for the most federal gun control enforcement in history, partisan hacks make excuses to justify it. 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Learn about some of the worst of the worst. Path to Liberty: July 29, In response to hearing that records are being smashed for the most federal gun control enforcement in history, partisan hacks make excuses to justify it. Learn about some of the worst of the worst. Path to Liberty: July 29, 2020 Subscribe: iTunes | Spotify | Podbean | Google Play | Stitcher | RSS SHOW LINKS: […] You Don’t Mean What You’re Saying About Surveillance https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/you-dont-mean-what-youre-saying-about-surveillance/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:a3184e55-2c77-4832-c6b6-d4ff09ef30e1 Tue, 28 Jul 2020 15:47:54 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/you-dont-mean-what-youre-saying-about-surveillance/" title="You Don&#8217;t Mean What You&#8217;re Saying About Surveillance" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Man-And-Woman-Shaking-Hands-pirate-42007138-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Man-And-Woman-Shaking-Hands-pirate-42007138-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Man-And-Woman-Shaking-Hands-pirate-42007138-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Man-And-Woman-Shaking-Hands-pirate-42007138-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Man-And-Woman-Shaking-Hands-pirate-42007138-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />I think a lot of times people simply parrot things they don&#8217;t actually mean because they haven&#8217;t really thought it through. This is especially true when it comes to mass, warrantless government surveillance. When government has power, it&#39;s eventually going to be turned against you. @mmaharrey10th#surveillance #truth #liberty pic.twitter.com/Uvs0Ip0vH2 &#8212; TenthAmendmentCenter (@TenthAmendment) July 22, 2020 [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/you-dont-mean-what-youre-saying-about-surveillance/" title="You Don&#8217;t Mean What You&#8217;re Saying About Surveillance" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Man-And-Woman-Shaking-Hands-pirate-42007138-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Man-And-Woman-Shaking-Hands-pirate-42007138-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Man-And-Woman-Shaking-Hands-pirate-42007138-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Man-And-Woman-Shaking-Hands-pirate-42007138-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Man-And-Woman-Shaking-Hands-pirate-42007138-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>I think a lot of times people simply parrot things they don&#8217;t actually mean because they haven&#8217;t really thought it through. This is especially true when it comes to mass, warrantless government surveillance.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">When government has power, it&#39;s eventually going to be turned against you. <a href="https://twitter.com/mmaharrey10th?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mmaharrey10th</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/surveillance?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#surveillance</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/truth?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#truth</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/liberty?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#liberty</a> <a href="https://t.co/Uvs0Ip0vH2">pic.twitter.com/Uvs0Ip0vH2</a></p> <p>&mdash; TenthAmendmentCenter (@TenthAmendment) <a href="https://twitter.com/TenthAmendment/status/1286040822559805441?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 22, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>People don&#8217;t really mean, &#8220;I have no expectation of privacy.&#8221; They really mean, &#8220;I don&#8217;t think the government will ever spy on me.&#8221; This is naive at best.</p> <p><strong>For Further Reading</strong></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/08/ice-facial-recognition-reveals-interplay-between-federal-state-local-and-private-surveillance/">ICE Facial Recognition Reveals Interplay Between Federal, State, Local and Private Surveillance</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/05/13/coronavirus-is-just-the-latest-excuse-to-expand-the-surveillance-state/">Coronavirus is Just the Latest Excuse to Expand the Surveillance State</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/04/03/surveillance-is-the-tool-of-tyrants/">Surveillance Is the Tool of Tyrants</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/04/10/task-force-floats-health-surveillance-system/">Task Force Floats Health Surveillance System</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/05/stalker-state-patriot-act-trace-act-and-more-surveillance/">Stalker State: Patriot Act, Trace Act, and More Surveillance</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Audio/Video Maharrey Minute Surveillance Fourth Amendment Privacy surveillance Mike Maharrey Washington D.C. Ordinance Limits Federal Militarization of Local Police https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/washington-d-c-ordinance-limits-federal-militarization-of-local-police/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:1543607a-2f55-1a43-2e16-a6a16e6e6d39 Tue, 28 Jul 2020 15:42:38 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/washington-d-c-ordinance-limits-federal-militarization-of-local-police/" title="Washington D.C. Ordinance Limits Federal Militarization of Local Police" rel="nofollow"><img width="1200" height="628" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/04/militarization-police-can-be-ended-2.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/militarization-police-can-be-ended-2.png 1200w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/militarization-police-can-be-ended-2-300x157.png 300w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/militarization-police-can-be-ended-2-768x402.png 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/militarization-police-can-be-ended-2-1024x536.png 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/militarization-police-can-be-ended-2-191x100.png 191w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/militarization-police-can-be-ended-2-50x26.png 50w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/militarization-police-can-be-ended-2-75x39.png 75w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/04/militarization-police-can-be-ended-2-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />The ordinance applies both to the well-known 1033 program, along with any other military surplus program operated by the federal government. <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/washington-d-c-ordinance-limits-federal-militarization-of-local-police/" title="Washington D.C. Ordinance Limits Federal Militarization of Local Police" rel="nofollow"><img width="1200" height="628" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/04/militarization-police-can-be-ended-2.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/militarization-police-can-be-ended-2.png 1200w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/militarization-police-can-be-ended-2-300x157.png 300w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/militarization-police-can-be-ended-2-768x402.png 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/militarization-police-can-be-ended-2-1024x536.png 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/militarization-police-can-be-ended-2-191x100.png 191w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/militarization-police-can-be-ended-2-50x26.png 50w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/militarization-police-can-be-ended-2-75x39.png 75w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/04/militarization-police-can-be-ended-2-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p><strong>WASHINGTON</strong> (July 28, 2020) &#8211; Last week, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an ordinance that bans the D.C. police department from acquiring certain military-grade equipment from the federal government.<span id="more-34994"></span></p> <p>Titled the &#8220;Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Second Emergency Amendment Act of 2020&#8221; the ordinance makes multiple reforms and changes to Washington D.C. Police Department policy. Among the reforms, the new law bans the D.C.P.D. from acquiring any of the following equipment from &#8220;any program operated by the federal government.&#8221;</p> <p>(1) Ammunition of .50 caliber or higher;<br /> (2) Armed or armored aircraft or vehicles;<br /> (3) Bayonets;<br /> (4) Explosives or pyrotechnics, including grenades;<br /> (5) Firearm mufflers or silencers;<br /> (6) Firearms of .50 caliber or higher;<br /> (7) Firearms, firearm accessories, or other objects, designed or capable of<br /> launching explosives or pyrotechnics, including grenade launchers; and<br /> (8) Remotely piloted, powered aircraft without a crew aboard, including drones.</p> <p>The new law also includes provisions that will increase transparency. D.C. police are now required to publish a public notice within 14 days of requesting any allowable military equipment from a federal program.</p> <p>The D.C. City Council approved the ordinance unanimously.</p> <p>This is a temporary measure that will remain in effect for 90 days. The council plans to continue refining the law and to pass a permanent ordinance in the next three months.</p> <p>The ordinance applies both to the well-known 1033 program, along with any other military surplus program operated by the federal government.</p> <p>While passage the ordinance won&#8217;t end the militarization of local cops in D.C., it will keep some dangerous weapons out of the hands of police officers and set the stage for further limits in the future.</p> <p>Police departments often obtain military and surveillance equipment from the federal government in complete secrecy. Requiring public disclosure of all requests for military gear brings the process into the open and provides an opportunity for concerned residents to stop the acquisition through their local representatives.</p> <p><strong>FEDERAL SURPLUS AND GRANT MONEY</strong></p> <p>Through the federal 1033 Program, local police departments procure military-grade weapons. Police can also get military equipment through the Department of Homeland Security via the (DHS) “Homeland Security Grant Program.” The DHS <a href="https://www.dhs.gov/news/2019/04/12/dhs-announces-funding-opportunity-fiscal-year-2019-preparedness-grants#:~:text=Homeland%20Security%20Grant%20Program%20(HSGP,of%20terrorism%20and%20other%20threats." data-et-has-event-already="true">doles out over $1 billion in counterterrorism funds</a> to state and local police each year. According to a 2012 Senate report, this money has been used to purchase tactical vehicles, drones, and even tanks with little obvious benefit to public safety. And, according to ProPublica, “In 1994, the Justice Department and the Pentagon-funded a five-year program to adapt military security and surveillance technology for local police departments that they would otherwise not be able to afford.”</p> <p>In August 2017, President Trump issued an executive order that <a href="http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/08/28/executive-order-takes-window-dressing-off-police-militarization-program/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">gave a push to local police militarization</a>. Trump’s action rescinded an <a href="https://www.bja.gov/publications/LEEWG_Report_Final.pdf">Obama-era policy </a>meant to provide greater transparency and oversight around the Department of Defense 1033 program and other federal resources that provide military weapons to local police.</p> <p>The D.C. ordinance limits participation in federal police militarization programs and creates a framework of transparency. It also creates a foundation for the public to stop their local police from obtaining this type of gear.</p> <p><strong>COMMAND AND CONTROL</strong></p> <p>Arming ‘peace officers’ like they’re ready to occupy an enemy city is totally contrary to the society envisioned by the founders. They’ve turned ‘protect and serve’ into ‘command and control.’</p> <p>In the 1980s, the federal government began arming, funding and training local police forces, turning peace officers into soldiers to fight in its unconstitutional “War on Drugs.” The militarization went into hyper-drive after 9/11 when a second front opened up – the “War on Terror.”</p> <p>By making it more difficult for local police to get this military-grade gear and surveillance technology, and ensuring they can’t do it in secret, it makes them less likely to cooperate with the feds and removes incentives for partnerships. Enactment of the D.C. ordinance takes a first step toward limiting police militarization in Ohio.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Local Police 1033 Program Militarization Police Militarization Washington D.C. Mike Maharrey The Federal Gun Laws Trump Is Proud to Enforce https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/the-federal-gun-laws-trump-is-proud-to-enforce/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:b597a4d1-7607-331f-f57d-e4fdab758b73 Tue, 28 Jul 2020 15:35:22 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/the-federal-gun-laws-trump-is-proud-to-enforce/" title="The Federal Gun Laws Trump Is Proud to Enforce" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/trump-record-gun-control-1280-1.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/trump-record-gun-control-1280-1.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/trump-record-gun-control-1280-1-980x551.png 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/trump-record-gun-control-1280-1-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/trump-record-gun-control-1280-1-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />The NRA-endorsed President Donald Trump, in other words, has put more non-violent people in prison for gun charges than the anti-gun Barack Obama. <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/the-federal-gun-laws-trump-is-proud-to-enforce/" title="The Federal Gun Laws Trump Is Proud to Enforce" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/trump-record-gun-control-1280-1.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/trump-record-gun-control-1280-1.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/trump-record-gun-control-1280-1-980x551.png 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/trump-record-gun-control-1280-1-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/trump-record-gun-control-1280-1-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a recent </span><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/24/report-trump-ramps-up-enforcement-of-federal-gun-control-for-third-straight-year/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">report</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Mike Maharrey demonstrated the anti-gun inclination of President Donald Trump, even revealing that Trump himself has bragged about a more than 20 percent increase in federal gun control enforcement on his watch. </span><span id="more-35013"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But what exactly has Trump put people in prison for? If all of these prosecutions were gun homicides, what issue would many have with this, after all? To no surprise at all, that is not the grounds on which Trump’s ATF prosecuted people. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From the ATF itself, in 2019, </span><a href="https://www.atf.gov/resource-center/fact-sheet/fact-sheet-facts-and-figures-fiscal-year-2019" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Trump’s ATF</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> prosecuted people for the following most frequent “violations”:</span></p> <ol> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Failure to obtain a completed ATF F 4473</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Failure to maintain an accurate/complete/timely Acquisition and Disposition (A&amp;D) record</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Failure to complete forms as indicated in instructions</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Failure to record NICS contact information on ATF F 4473</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Failure by transfer to sign and/or date ATF F 4473</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Failure to verify or record purchaser’s identification document on ATF F 4473</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Failure to report multiple sales or other dispositions of pistols and revolvers</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Failure to properly record firearms information on ATF F 4473</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Failure to complete a NICS/POC background check</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Failure to maintain an accurate/complete/timely manufacture or acquisition record</span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What all of these so-called violations have in common is that there was absolutely no victim.</span></p> <p><strong>The NRA-endorsed President Donald Trump, in other words, has put more non-violent people in prison for gun charges than the anti-gun Barack Obama.</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Trump’s ATF has put thousands of people behind bars due to paperwork errors. Many of these errors, mind you, are so simple that a person could have made it on accident. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The most common violations are in regard to ATF F 4473, a form you fill out when you buy a gun. This form asks you if you’re a felon and if you’re mentally fit and all the other things the government wants to know before it </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">allows you to own a gun</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A simple mistake you may not know you are making could send both you and the person selling you a firearm to a federal penitentiary. This is evil and indefensible, especially when it is happening under a president who claims to support the Second Amendment. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Under Trump, nevertheless,  people are in federal prison with terrorists because they made a mistake when they sold or purchased a gun. This is not a “Second Amendment President.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Second Amendment president would disband the unconstitutional ATF and refuse to enforce any federal gun laws. A Second Amendment President would brag about his total gun law prosecution numbers being ZERO and nothing more. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All gun laws are infringements on our Second Amendment, but Trump is enforcing perhaps the most malicious elements of federal gun control.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why would Trump and his ATF be so inclined to enforce all of these paperwork laws? Why would Trump care so much about gun dealers keeping a detailed record of who has purchased what firearm? </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What Trump is doing is enforcing a de facto gun registry within America. History shows us that gun registration is an </span><a href="https://fee.org/articles/national-gun-registration-the-road-to-tyranny/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">essential step</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to gun confiscation. Once the government knows who has what guns, then it’s only a matter of time until a tyrant decides to take your guns.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The federal government isn’t coming to save you, quite the opposite. The federal government is coming to infringe upon your rights. If a Republican President and a Republican Senate will not stop the ATF from infringing on the Second Amendment, then we must stop the tyranny at the local level.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nullification of NICS is a step states that have passed Constitutional Carry should consider. NICS, as it currently exists, creates a permanent database of who has purchased a firearm. It goes even further into detail outlining what firearm they purchased, how many firearms they have purchased, and when they purchased said firearms. This is dangerous information for the federal government to possess.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is unfortunate that Trump and the establishment gun lobby claims to love gun rights while thousands of people have been caged for violating unconstitutional gun laws under this current administration. It seems that guns truly has become nothing more than a fundraising tactic for the establishment. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don’t fall for it. </span></p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Right to Keep and Bear Arms ATF Donald Trump Federal Gun Control Gun Control second amendment TJ Roberts Fedcoin: A New Scheme for Tyranny and Poverty https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/27/fedcoin-a-new-scheme-for-tyranny-and-poverty/ Tenth Amendment Center urn:uuid:20d320f3-67b0-fcc4-d6ae-7dab8ba30389 Mon, 27 Jul 2020 21:13:40 +0000 <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/27/fedcoin-a-new-scheme-for-tyranny-and-poverty/" title="Fedcoin: A New Scheme for Tyranny and Poverty" rel="nofollow"><img width="1200" height="628" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/federal-reserve-1200.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/federal-reserve-1200.png 1200w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/federal-reserve-1200-980x513.png 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/federal-reserve-1200-480x251.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1200px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/federal-reserve-1200-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />It would not magically increase the number of available goods and services. What it would do is drive up prices. <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/27/fedcoin-a-new-scheme-for-tyranny-and-poverty/" title="Fedcoin: A New Scheme for Tyranny and Poverty" rel="nofollow"><img width="1200" height="628" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/federal-reserve-1200.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/federal-reserve-1200.png 1200w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/federal-reserve-1200-980x513.png 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/federal-reserve-1200-480x251.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1200px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/federal-reserve-1200-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>If some Congress members get their way, the Federal Reserve may soon be able to track many of your purchases in real time and share that information with government agencies. This is just one of the problems with the proposed “digital dollar” or “fedcoin.”<span id="more-29401"></span><br /> Fedcoin was initially included in the first coronavirus spending bill. While the proposal was dropped from the final version of the bill, there is still great interest in fedcoin on Capitol Hill. Some progressives have embraced fedcoin as a way to provide Americans with a “universal basic income.”</p> <p>Both the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee held hearings on fedcoin in June. This is the first step toward making fedcoin a reality.</p> <p>Fedcoin would not be an actual coin. Instead, it would be a special account created and maintained for each American by the Federal Reserve. Each month, Fed employees could tap a few keys on a computer and — bingo — each American would have dollars added to his Federal Reserve account. This is the 21st century equivalent of throwing money from helicopters.</p> <p>Fedcoin could affect private cryptocurrencies. Also, it would limit the ability of private citizens to protect themselves from the Federal Reserve-caused decline in the dollar’s value.</p> <p>Fedcoin would not magically increase the number of available goods and services. What it would do is drive up prices. The damage this would do to middle- and lower-income Americans would dwarf any benefit they receive from their monthly “gift” from the Fed. The rise in prices could lead to Congress regularly increasing fedcoin payments to Americans. These increases would cause prices to keep rising even more until we face hyperinflation and a dollar crisis. Of course, we are already on the path to an economic crisis thanks to the Fed. Fedcoin will hasten and worsen the crisis.</p> <p>Fedcoin poses a great threat to privacy. The Federal Reserve could know when fedcoin is used, who is using it, and what they use it for. This information could be shared with government agencies, such as the FBI or IRS.</p> <p>The government could use the ability to know how Americans are spending fedcoin to limit our ability to purchase goods and services disfavored by politicians and bureaucrats. Anyone who doubts this should recall the Obama administration’s Operation Choke Point. Operation Choke Point involved financial regulators “alerting” banks that dealing with certain businesses, such as gun stores, would put the banks at “reputational risk” and could subject them to greater regulation.</p> <p>Is it so hard to believe that the ability to track purchases would be used in the future to “discourage” individuals from buying guns, fatty foods, or tobacco, or from being customers of corporations whose CEOs are not considered “woke” by the thought police? Fedcoin could also be used to “encourage” individuals to patronize “green” business, thus fulfilling Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s goal of involving the Fed in the fight against climate change.</p> <p>Fedcoin could threaten private cryptocurrencies, increase inflation, and give government new powers over our financial transactions. Fedcoin will also speed up destruction of the fiat money system. Whatever gain fedcoin may bring to average Americans will come at terrible cost to liberty and prosperity.</p> <p><em>Copyright © 2020 by <a href="http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2020/july/27/fedcoin-a-new-scheme-for-tyranny-and-poverty/">RonPaul Institute</a>. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit and a live link are given.</em></p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Current Events Federal Reserve Ron Paul Trump’s Violation of the Constitution https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/trumps-violation-of-the-constitution/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:da7fbee4-cd3a-e643-e197-f938b20d8ff9 Mon, 27 Jul 2020 19:32:12 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/trumps-violation-of-the-constitution/" title="Trump&#8217;s Violation of the Constitution" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />If you listened to Episode 328 of The Brion McClanahan show, you know I am very critical of the unconstitutional moves by the Trump administration to put boots on the ground in Portland, Oregon. This wouldn&#8217;t end with Portland. You know what? It took Trump one day to prove me correct. On July 22, Trump [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/trumps-violation-of-the-constitution/" title="Trump&#8217;s Violation of the Constitution" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>If you listened to <a href="https://brionmcclanahan.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2b15bd6bbcb269d0f89d9c259&amp;id=39dd8e28dc&amp;e=8691a76b34" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Episode 328</a> of The Brion McClanahan show, you know I am very critical of the unconstitutional moves by the Trump administration to put boots on the ground in Portland, Oregon.</p> <p>This wouldn&#8217;t end with Portland.<span id="more-34999"></span></p> <p>You know what? It took Trump one day to prove me correct. </p> <p>On July 22, Trump announced that, according to &#8220;Operation Legend,&#8221; hundreds of federal &#8220;law enforcement officers&#8221; would be sent into other American cities to clean up crime.</p> <p>Of course, this is done with an eye toward the election. The left is showing who they really are, and Trump wants to be the law and order hero like Richard Nixon in 1968 and 1972.</p> <p>But it must be done constitutionally, i.e. legally. It doesn&#8217;t matter what the <a href="https://brionmcclanahan.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2b15bd6bbcb269d0f89d9c259&amp;id=d923fe1545&amp;e=8691a76b34" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">talking head at the press briefing</a> has to say on the matter &#8212; federal law doesn&#8217;t equal the Constitution.</p> <p>Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge said <a href="https://brionmcclanahan.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2b15bd6bbcb269d0f89d9c259&amp;id=06092f65df&amp;e=8691a76b34" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">he would&#8217;ve resigned</a> before sending federal &#8220;LEOs&#8221; into American cities without their consent. He&#8217;s a &#8220;Never Trumper&#8221; and a warm mongering neoconservative who headed one of the most unconstitutional departments in American history. But at least on this point, he&#8217;s correct.</p> <p>Undoubtedly, Trump has precedents to cite: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln to name three, which is why I said all three helped screw up America.</p> <p>I know this is a hard topic for those on the right, but we must be consistent. If Obama did this, would anyone on the right approve of the move? No.</p> <p>The solution: secession, nullification, decentralization. In other words, real federalism.</p> <p>I discuss the topic in Episode 330 of The Brion McClanahan Show.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/gpHq4TRooiY" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Audio/Video Other Voices Constitution Oregon Police Portland Brion McClanahan Santa Cruz California Bans Facial Recognition and Predictive Policing Technology https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/santa-cruz-california-bans-facial-recognition-and-predictive-policing-technology/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:b3ea814d-c42d-add8-ba61-2ab3dd49d92e Mon, 27 Jul 2020 19:24:27 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/santa-cruz-california-bans-facial-recognition-and-predictive-policing-technology/" title="Santa Cruz California Bans Facial Recognition and Predictive Policing Technology" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/07/facial-recognition-general-july-2019-1280.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/facial-recognition-general-july-2019-1280.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/facial-recognition-general-july-2019-1280-279x157.png 279w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/facial-recognition-general-july-2019-1280-768x432.png 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/facial-recognition-general-july-2019-1280-1024x576.png 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/facial-recognition-general-july-2019-1280-1080x608.png 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/07/facial-recognition-general-july-2019-1280-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (July 27, 2020) &#8211; Last month, the Santa Cruz City Council banned facial recognition and predictive policing technology in the city. The growing movement to prohibit the use of facial recognition at the state and local levels could hinder the operation of a growing national facial recognition network. Mayor Justin Cummings introduced [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/santa-cruz-california-bans-facial-recognition-and-predictive-policing-technology/" title="Santa Cruz California Bans Facial Recognition and Predictive Policing Technology" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/07/facial-recognition-general-july-2019-1280.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/facial-recognition-general-july-2019-1280.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/facial-recognition-general-july-2019-1280-279x157.png 279w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/facial-recognition-general-july-2019-1280-768x432.png 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/facial-recognition-general-july-2019-1280-1024x576.png 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/facial-recognition-general-july-2019-1280-1080x608.png 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/07/facial-recognition-general-july-2019-1280-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p><strong>SANTA CRUZ</strong>, Calif. (July 27, 2020) &#8211; Last month, the Santa Cruz City Council banned facial recognition and predictive policing technology in the city. The growing movement to prohibit the use of facial recognition at the state and local levels could hinder the operation of a growing national facial recognition network.<span id="more-35005"></span></p> <p>Mayor Justin Cummings introduced the ordinance. The law prohibits government use of facial recognition and predictive policing technology. The law allows for the future use of the technology, but only with explicit approval from the City Council via a resolution based on “findings that the technology and the data that informs the technology meets scientifically validated and peer-reviewed research, protects and safeguards the civil rights and liberties of all people, and will not perpetuate bias.”</p> <p>On June 25, the city council approved the measure by a unanimous vote.</p> <p>The city is the first in the country to ban predictive policing technology. The software uses algorithms to project where crime is more likely to occur, allowing police to focus more recourses into those areas. Critics say it reinforces discriminatory policing. Matt Cagle serves as a technology and civil liberties attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.</p> <p>&#8220;It replicates and supercharges bias in policing by sending police to places that they’ve policed before — that is often going to be Black and brown communities,” he said.</p> <p>The Santa Cruz facial recognition ban makes up part of a broader nationwide movement to limit this invasive surveillance technology at the local and state level. <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/05/first-in-the-nation-san-francisco-passes-ordinance-to-ban-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">San Francisco</a>, <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/07/oakland-city-council-unanimously-approves-ordinance-to-ban-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Oakland</a>, and <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/10/four-and-counting-berkeley-passes-facial-recognition-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Berkeley</a><a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/06/second-in-the-nation-somerville-city-council-passes-facial-recognition-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">.</a> have all prohibited government use of facial recognition technology, along with seven cities in Massachusetts &#8211; <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/06/second-in-the-nation-somerville-city-council-passes-facial-recognition-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Somerville</a>, <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/12/three-and-counting-northampton-massachusetts-passes-facial-recognition-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Northampton</a>, <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/12/brookline-massachusetts-passes-facial-recognition-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Brookline</a>, <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/01/seven-and-counting-cambridge-massachusetts-passes-facial-recognition-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Cambridge</a>, <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/10/springfield-massachusetts-considering-facial-recognition-technology-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Springfield</a>, <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/?p=35000&amp;preview=true" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Easthampton</a>, and <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/boston-ordinance-bans-government-facial-recognition-technology/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Boston</a>.  <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/09/portland-oregon-considering-facial-recognition-technology-ban/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Portland, Oregon</a> is considering similar bans, The California governor recently <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/10/signed-as-law-california-bans-facial-recognition-on-police-body-cameras/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">signed a bill</a> that imposes a 3-year ban on the use of the tech in conjunction with police body-worn cameras, leading to <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/12/san-diego-shuts-down-massive-facial-recognition-system-to-comply-with-new-california-law/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the shutdown of one of the biggest facial recognition programs in the country</a>. The New York Assembly is considering <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/06/new-york-assembly-passes-bill-to-ban-facial-recognition-schools/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a bill to ban facial recognition in schools</a> and <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/10/new-york-bill-would-ban-facial-recognition-on-police-body-cameras/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">on police body cameras</a>.</p> <p><strong>IMPACT ON FEDERAL PROGRAMS</strong></p> <p>A <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/07/12/dont-rely-on-congress-to-stop-facial-recognition-surveillance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">recent report revealed</a> that the federal government has turned state drivers’ license photos into a giant facial recognition database, putting virtually every driver in America in a perpetual electronic police lineup. The revelations generated widespread outrage, but this story isn’t new. The federal government has been developing <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/10/31/local-state-and-federal-law-enforcement-partnering-to-create-massive-facial-recognition-system/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a massive, nationwide facial recognition system</a> for years.</p> <p>The FBI <a href="https://money.cnn.com/2014/09/16/technology/security/fbi-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">rolled out a nationwide facial-recognition program</a> in the fall of 2014, with the goal of building a giant biometric database with pictures provided by the states and corporate friends.</p> <p>In 2016, the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law released “The Perpetual Lineup,” a massive report on law enforcement use of facial recognition technology in the U.S. You can read the complete report at <a href="https://www.perpetuallineup.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">perpetuallineup.org</a>. The organization conducted a year-long investigation and collected more than 15,000 pages of documents through more than 100 public records requests. The report paints a disturbing picture of intense cooperation between the federal government, and state and local law enforcement to develop a massive facial recognition database.</p> <blockquote><p>“Face recognition is a powerful technology that requires strict oversight. But those controls, by and large, don’t exist today,” report co-author <a href="https://theintercept.com/2016/10/18/study-lack-of-face-recognition-oversight-threatens-privacy-of-millions/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Clare Garvie said</a>. “With only a few exceptions, there are no laws governing police use of the technology, no standards ensuring its accuracy, and no systems checking for bias. It’s a wild west.”</p></blockquote> <p>There are <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/10/whats-the-big-problem-with-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">many technical and legal problems</a> with facial recognition, including significant concerns about the accuracy of the technology, particularly when reading the facial features of minority populations. During a test run by the ACLU of Northern California, <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ne8wa8/amazons-facial-recognition-misidentified-1-in-5-california-lawmakers-as-criminals" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">facial recognition misidentified 26 members of the California legislature</a> as people in a database of arrest photos.</p> <p>With facial recognition technology, police and other government officials have the capability to track individuals in real-time. These systems allow law enforcement agents to use video cameras and continually scan everybody who walks by. According to the report, several major police departments have expressed an interest in this type of real-time tracking. Documents revealed agencies in at least five major cities, including Los Angeles, either claimed to run real-time face recognition off of street cameras, bought technology with the capability, or expressed written interest in buying it.</p> <p>In all likelihood, the federal government heavily involves itself in helping state and local agencies obtain this technology. The feds provide grant money to local law enforcement agencies for a vast array of surveillance gear, including ALPRs, stingray devices and drones. The federal government essentially encourages and funds a giant nationwide surveillance net and then taps into the information via fusion centers and the Information Sharing Environment (ISE).</p> <p>Fusion centers were sold as a tool to combat terrorism, but that is not how they are being used. The ACLU pointed to a <a href="https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/investigations/media/investigative-report-criticizes-counterterrorism-reporting-waste-at-state-and-local-intelligence-fusion-centers" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bipartisan congressional report</a> to demonstrate the true nature of government fusion centers: “They haven’t contributed anything meaningful to counterterrorism efforts. Instead, they have largely served as police surveillance and information sharing nodes for law enforcement efforts targeting the frequent subjects of police attention: Black and brown people, immigrants, dissidents, and the poor.”</p> <p>Fusion centers operate within the broader ISE. According to <a href="http://www.dni.gov/index.php/about/organization/information-sharing-environment-what-we-do" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">its website</a>, the ISE “provides analysts, operators, and investigators with information needed to enhance national security. These analysts, operators, and investigators…have mission needs to collaborate and share information with each other and with private sector partners and our foreign allies.” In other words, ISE serves as a conduit for the sharing of information gathered without a warrant. Known ISE partners include the Office of Director of National Intelligence which oversees 17 federal agencies and organizations, including the NSA. ISE utilizes these partnerships to collect and share data on the millions of unwitting people they track.</p> <p><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/09/30/smoking-gun-feds-partner-with-local-police-to-facilitate-warrantless-surveillance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Reports that the Berkeley Police Department in cooperation with a federal fusion center deployed cameras</a> equipped to surveil a “free speech” rally and Antifa counterprotests provided the first solid link between the federal government and local authorities in facial recognition surveillance.</p> <p>In a nutshell, without state and local cooperation, the feds have a much more difficult time gathering information. Passage of state laws and local ordinances banning and limiting facial recognition eliminates one avenue for gathering facial recognition data. Simply put, data that doesn’t exist cannot be entered into federal databases.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Facial Recognition Local California facial recognition Privacy Santa Cruz surveillance Mike Maharrey What Is Gold’s Record Price Really Telling Us? https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/what-is-golds-record-price-really-telling-us/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:94409b16-bad7-ba31-b434-d2e0a2103ef9 Mon, 27 Jul 2020 19:23:23 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/what-is-golds-record-price-really-telling-us/" title="What Is Gold&#8217;s Record Price Really Telling Us?" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/07/money-burn-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/money-burn-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/money-burn-1280-279x157.jpg 279w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/money-burn-1280-768x432.jpg 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/money-burn-1280-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/money-burn-1280-1080x608.jpg 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/07/money-burn-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />Gold has broken its all-time price record. But what does this really mean? It means the dollar is getting weaker and you are getting poorer thanks to the actions of the government and its central bank. The dollar just hit its all-time low when compared to #gold. This is a function of what the government [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/what-is-golds-record-price-really-telling-us/" title="What Is Gold&#8217;s Record Price Really Telling Us?" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/07/money-burn-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/money-burn-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/money-burn-1280-279x157.jpg 279w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/money-burn-1280-768x432.jpg 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/money-burn-1280-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/07/money-burn-1280-1080x608.jpg 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/07/money-burn-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>Gold has broken its all-time price record. But what does this really mean?</p> <p>It means the dollar is getting weaker and you are getting poorer thanks to the actions of the government and its central bank.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">The dollar just hit its all-time low when compared to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gold?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#gold</a>. This is a function of what the government is doing TO your money &#8211; and it&#39;s why we need to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EndTheFed?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EndTheFed</a>&#39;s monopoly on money. <a href="https://twitter.com/mmaharrey10th?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mmaharrey10th</a> <a href="https://t.co/jAYfeJZCVG">pic.twitter.com/jAYfeJZCVG</a></p> <p>&mdash; TenthAmendmentCenter (@TenthAmendment) <a href="https://twitter.com/TenthAmendment/status/1287771301071818753?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 27, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><strong>For Further Reading</strong></p> <p class="pt-cv-title"><a class="_blank cvplbd" href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/18/the-federal-reserve-the-engine-that-drives-the-powerful-government-in-history/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Federal Reserve: The Engine that Drives the Powerful Government in History</a></p> <p class="entry-title dce-post-title"><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/06/11/national-debt-pushes-above-26-trillion/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">National Debt Pushes Above $26 Trillion</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/13/the-federal-reserve-will-likely-cause-the-next-crisis/">The Federal Reserve Will Likely Cause the Next Crisis</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/11/18/u-s-federal-reserve-notes-money-backed-by-nothing/">U.S. Federal Reserve Notes: “Money” Backed By Nothing</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/08/12/status-report-states-chipping-away-at-the-federal-reserve/">Status Report: States Chipping Away at the Federal Reserve</a></p> <p class="teaser-title"><a href="https://mises.org/wire/feds-endless-boom-bust-cycle">The Fed&#8217;s Endless Boom-Bust Cycle</a></p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Audio/Video Federal Reserve Maharrey Minute dollar Gold Mike Maharrey George Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/george-washington-and-the-whiskey-rebellion/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:5d5e38c4-5414-3f9c-1d6c-139771c96a14 Mon, 27 Jul 2020 18:58:19 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/george-washington-and-the-whiskey-rebellion/" title="George Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/path-072720.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-072720.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-072720-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-072720-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/path-072720-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />The real history behind an often-cited justification for more federal power is much more than the comic-book version most people have heard. Path to Liberty: July 27, 2020 Subscribe: iTunes &#124; Spotify &#124; Podbean &#124; Google Play &#124; Stitcher &#124; RSS SHOW LINKS: JOIN TAC Show Archives Subscribe and Review on iTunes State of the [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/george-washington-and-the-whiskey-rebellion/" title="George Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/path-072720.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-072720.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-072720-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-072720-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, 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Path to Liberty: July 27, 2020 Subscribe: iTunes | Spotify | Podbean | Google Play | Stitcher | RSS SHOW LINKS:... The real history behind an often-cited justification for more federal power is much more than the comic-book version most people have heard. Path to Liberty: July 27, 2020 Subscribe: iTunes | Spotify | Podbean | Google Play | Stitcher | RSS SHOW LINKS: JOIN TAC Show Archives Subscribe and Review on iTunes State of the […] Worst in History: Smashing Federal Gun Control Records https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/worst-in-history-smashing-federal-gun-control-records/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:ae1d0b09-c202-30f4-a423-24b53b58a8a8 Fri, 24 Jul 2020 17:22:06 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/worst-in-history-smashing-federal-gun-control-records/" title="Worst in History: Smashing Federal Gun Control Records" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/fast-friday-072420.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/fast-friday-072420.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/fast-friday-072420-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/fast-friday-072420-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/fast-friday-072420-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />As with last year, and the year before &#8211; the latest ATF data has been released, and the numbers are bad &#8211; really bad. In fact, for 2019, the federal government absolutely crushed its previous record for the most federal gun control enforcement in history. Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: July 24, 2020 Subscribe: [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/worst-in-history-smashing-federal-gun-control-records/" title="Worst in History: Smashing Federal Gun Control Records" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/fast-friday-072420.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/fast-friday-072420.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/fast-friday-072420-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/fast-friday-072420-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/fast-friday-072420-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>As with last year, and the year before &#8211; the latest ATF data has been released, and the numbers are bad &#8211; really bad. In fact, for 2019, the federal government absolutely crushed its previous record for the most federal gun control enforcement in history.</p> <p>Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: July 24, 2020<span id="more-35002"></span></p> <p>Subscribe: <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/path-to-liberty/id1440549211?app=podcast&amp;mt=2" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">iTunes</a> | <a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/7iRUIPjKQLyfKbunOuYIBq" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Spotify</a> | <a href="https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/b4yrd-92c48/Path-to-Liberty-Podcast" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Podbean</a> | <a href="https://playmusic.app.goo.gl/?ibi=com.google.PlayMusic&amp;isi=691797987&amp;ius=googleplaymusic&amp;apn=com.google.android.music&amp;link=https://play.google.com/music/m/Ic7vaa26zzqtt2zmxovxwkxktem?t%3DPath_to_Liberty%26pcampaignid%3DMKT-na-all-co-pr-mu-pod-16" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Google Play</a> | <a href="https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=340324&amp;refid=stpr" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Stitcher</a> | <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/category/video/good-morning-liberty/feed/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">RSS</a></p> <p><iframe width="1280" height="720" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/CBKFbG5CTU0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; 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In fact, for 2019, the federal government absolutely crushed its previous record for the most federal gun control enforcement in histo... As with last year, and the year before – the latest ATF data has been released, and the numbers are bad – really bad. In fact, for 2019, the federal government absolutely crushed its previous record for the most federal gun control enforcement in history. Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: July 24, 2020 Subscribe: […] Report: Trump Ramps Up Enforcement of Federal Gun Control for Third Straight Year https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/24/report-trump-ramps-up-enforcement-of-federal-gun-control-for-third-straight-year/ Tenth Amendment Center urn:uuid:d4757e70-a7d1-0a50-15b7-1d0f601e74f5 Fri, 24 Jul 2020 14:23:10 +0000 <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/24/report-trump-ramps-up-enforcement-of-federal-gun-control-for-third-straight-year/" title="Report: Trump Ramps Up Enforcement of Federal Gun Control for Third Straight Year" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/bigstock-Right-To-Keep-And-Bear-Arms-3629436-1280.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/bigstock-Right-To-Keep-And-Bear-Arms-3629436-1280.png 1280w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/bigstock-Right-To-Keep-And-Bear-Arms-3629436-1280-980x551.png 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/bigstock-Right-To-Keep-And-Bear-Arms-3629436-1280-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/bigstock-Right-To-Keep-And-Bear-Arms-3629436-1280-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />&#8220;At my direction, the DOJ banned bump stocks. Last year we prosecuted a record number of firearms offenses.&#8221; During a public appearance in 2019, President Donald Trump proudly reminded us about his gun control credentials, bragging that his administration implemented new gun control and has conducted more enforcement actions than anyone in history.  The president [&#8230;] <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/24/report-trump-ramps-up-enforcement-of-federal-gun-control-for-third-straight-year/" title="Report: Trump Ramps Up Enforcement of Federal Gun Control for Third Straight Year" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/bigstock-Right-To-Keep-And-Bear-Arms-3629436-1280.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/bigstock-Right-To-Keep-And-Bear-Arms-3629436-1280.png 1280w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/bigstock-Right-To-Keep-And-Bear-Arms-3629436-1280-980x551.png 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/bigstock-Right-To-Keep-And-Bear-Arms-3629436-1280-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/bigstock-Right-To-Keep-And-Bear-Arms-3629436-1280-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p><em>&#8220;At my direction, the DOJ banned bump stocks. Last year we prosecuted <strong>a record number of firearms offenses</strong>.&#8221;</em></p> <p>During <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-mass-shootings-texas-ohio/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a public appearance in 2019</a>, President Donald Trump proudly reminded us about his gun control credentials, bragging that his administration implemented new gun control and has conducted more enforcement actions than anyone in history.<em> </em></p> <p>The president didn&#8217;t back off his commitment to enforcing gun laws in 2019. For the third straight year, the Trump administration has ramped up enforcement of unconstitutional federal gun control, according to the latest data released by the ATF.</p> <p>Last year, the ATF investigated 35,790 firearms cases. That was on par with the 35,839 firearms cases the agency investigated in 2018. This after the ATF significantly increased the number of cases it pursued during Trump’s first year in office.</p> <p>In 2016, the final year of the Obama administration, the ATF investigated 31,853 firearms cases. During Trump’s first year, the agency investigated 35,302. That was 3,349 more firearms cases than under Obama, a 10.81 percent increase. (See Footnote 1)</p> <p><strong>Cases Recommended for Prosecution</strong></p> <p>The big jump we saw in 2019 was in the number of cases recommended for prosecution.</p> <p>Last year, the ATF  recommended 11,319 cased for prosecution. That compares with 10,691 cases recommended for prosecution in 2018, a 5.9 percent increase year-on-year. This continues an upward trend in prosecutions we&#8217;ve seen going back to the Obama years.</p> <ul> <li>2019 &#8211; 11,319</li> <li>2018 – 10,691</li> <li>2017 – 9,591</li> <li>2016 – 8,805</li> <li>2015 – 7,516</li> <li>2014 – 7,577</li> </ul> <p>Since Trump has been in the White House, the number of cases recommended for prosecution has increased by 28.6 percent.</p> <p><strong>Indicted cases</strong></p> <p>The number of cases leading to indictment also went up significantly last year. The ATF got indictments in 8,360 cases last year compared to 7,630 in 2018. In all, the feds indicted 12,441 defendants last year.</p> <ul> <li>2019 &#8211; 8,360</li> <li>2018 – 7,630</li> <li>2017 – 7,137</li> <li>2016 – 6,357</li> <li>2015 – 5,503</li> <li>2014 – 5,310</li> </ul> <p><strong>Convicted cases</strong></p> <p>The number of cases leading to a conviction was up 20.4 percent year on year. In 2019, the ATF tallied 6,887 convicted cases compared with 5,485 the year before. In total, the federal government convicted 9,773 defendants in cases brought by the ATF.</p> <ul> <li>2019 &#8211; 6,887</li> <li>2018 – 5,485</li> <li>2017 – 6,068</li> <li>2016 – 5,517</li> <li>2015 – 4,031</li> <li>2014 – 4,482</li> </ul> <p>The ATF also investigates arson, cases involving explosives, and alcohol and tobacco cases, but these make up a small percentage of the total. Under Trump, 92 percent of the cases investigated by the ATF have involved firearms. It was slightly less under Obama – 90 percent.</p> <p>ATF enforcement of federal gun laws under Trump in year one increased at roughly the same trajectory as it did during the last three years of Obama’s second term and it has continued at roughly the same pace since. In other words, the NRA-backed, GOP protector of the Second Amendment has been no better than the Democratic Party gun-grabber.</p> <p>And Trump did something even Obama didn’t do. He instituted new federal gun control with the <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/03/supreme-court-lets-trumps-bump-stock-ban-stand/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">implementation of a “bump-stock” ban</a>. He has also suggested he might impose a similar ban on firearm “silencers.”</p> <p>Some might argue it would have been worse if Hillary Clinton had won. Perhaps. But if you support the Second Amendment, don&#8217;t you find it problematic that the president who’s supposed to be the good guy continues to ratchet up enforcement of existing unconstitutional federal laws?</p> <p>A true supporter of the right to keep and bear arms would do better.</p> <p>And make no mistake; all federal gun control laws are unconstitutional.</p> <p>Even among the strongest supporters of “gun rights,” most hold the view that the Second Amendment allows for “reasonable” federal regulation of firearms. But as originally understood, the Second Amendment includes no such exceptions. Constitutionally speaking, the federal government should not regulate the manufacture or private ownership of firearms.</p> <p>At all.</p> <p>There wasn’t an asterisk after “shall not be infringed.” No terms and conditions apply.</p> <p>The bottom line is we can’t trust Republicans in Washington D.C. to uphold the Second Amendment. Unfortunately, it appears we have the same problem with Republicans in state legislatures as well.</p> <p>When Barack Obama was president, Republicans in state legislatures introduced dozens of bills to nullify federal gun control by refusing to help with federal enforcement. After Trump won the White House, those efforts virtually stopped, even though not one single federal gun control law has been repealed.</p> <p>During the last two years of the Obama administration, there were more than 50 bills directly pushing back against federal gun control introduced in 22 states. During the four state legislative sessions since the Trump administration took over, the number of bills dropped by more than half and the number of states nearly did too.</p> <p>Not only that, the bills that were filed after Trump took office didn’t go anywhere. Governors signed five bills into law directly taking on federal gun control during the last two Obama years. Since then – zero.</p> <p>If you didn’t know better, you’d think there weren’t any more threats the right to keep and bear arms. And yet the federal gun control acts of 1934, 1968 and 1986, along with other various laws violating the Second Amendment, <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/09/05/the-2nd-is-not-in-force-an-overview-of-federal-gun-control-already-on-the-books/">remain on the books</a>. And they’re still being enforced by the feds just as aggressively as they were when Obama was president.</p> <p>By and large, Republicans use the Second Amendment as a campaign prop, but they do very little to actually stop the federal government from infringing on your right to keep and bear arms. They barely hold the line on new gun control and they don’t do anything to challenge the unconstitutional laws already on the books.</p> <p><strong><em>Footnote 1</em></strong></p> <p>All enforcement statistics were taken from the following ATF Fact Sheets</p> <p><a href="https://www.atf.gov/file/10991/download" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2014</a></p> <p><a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20161210091925/https://www.atf.gov/resource-center/fact-sheet/fact-sheet-facts-and-figures-fiscal-year-2015" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2015</a></p> <p><a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20170427134926/https://www.atf.gov/resource-center/fact-sheet/fact-sheet-facts-and-figures-fiscal-year-2016" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2016</a></p> <p><a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20180604004902/https://www.atf.gov/resource-center/fact-sheet/fact-sheet-facts-and-figures-fiscal-year-2017" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2017</a></p> <p><a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20190702214834/https://www.atf.gov/resource-center/fact-sheet/fact-sheet-facts-and-figures-fiscal-year-2018" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2018</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.atf.gov/resource-center/fact-sheet/fact-sheet-facts-and-figures-fiscal-year-2019" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2019</a></p> <p><em><strong>Footnote 2</strong></em></p> <p>These numbers include all cases investigated by the ATF, including arson, explosives, and alcohol and tobacco. In 2017, 2018, and 2019, approximately 92 percent of the ATF cases investigated involved firearms. In 2016, 90 percent of the cases were firearms-related.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Right to Keep and Bear Arms ATF Donald Trump Firearms Gun Control Second Amendment Mike Maharrey The Federal Coup to Overthrow the States and Nix the 10th Amendment Is Underway https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/the-federal-coup-to-overthrow-the-states-and-nix-the-10th-amendment-is-underway/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:eacce3cc-bbbb-f973-58e1-9a432bf1a376 Thu, 23 Jul 2020 18:02:30 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/the-federal-coup-to-overthrow-the-states-and-nix-the-10th-amendment-is-underway/" title="The Federal Coup to Overthrow the States and Nix the 10th Amendment Is Underway" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/power-hammer-to-egg-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/power-hammer-to-egg-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/power-hammer-to-egg-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/power-hammer-to-egg-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/power-hammer-to-egg-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />This is a wake-up call. What is unfolding before our very eyes—with police agencies defying local governments in order to tap into the power of federal militarized troops in order to put down domestic unrest—could very quickly snowball into an act of aggression against the states, a coup by armed, militarized agents of the federal [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/the-federal-coup-to-overthrow-the-states-and-nix-the-10th-amendment-is-underway/" title="The Federal Coup to Overthrow the States and Nix the 10th Amendment Is Underway" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/power-hammer-to-egg-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/power-hammer-to-egg-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/power-hammer-to-egg-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/power-hammer-to-egg-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/power-hammer-to-egg-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>This is a wake-up call.</p> <p>What is unfolding before our very eyes—<a href="https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/lightfoot-has-great-concerns-about-possibility-trump-could-send-feds-to-chicago/2307935/">with police agencies defying local governments in order to tap into the power of federal militarized troops in order to put down domestic unrest</a>—could very quickly snowball into an act of aggression against the states, a coup by armed, militarized agents of the federal government.</p> <p>At a minimum, this is an attack on the <a href="https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/tenth_amendment">Tenth Amendment</a>, which affirms the sovereignty of the states and the citizenry, and the right of the states to stand as a bulwark against <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/04/14/trump-claim-total-authority-claim-10th-amendment/2988013001/">overreach and power grabs by the federal government</a>.</p> <p>If you’re still deluding yourself into believing that this thinly-veiled exercise in martial law is anything other than an attempt to bulldoze what remains of the Constitution and reinforce the iron-fisted rule of the police state, you need to stop drinking the Kool-Aid.</p> <p>This is no longer about partisan politics or civil unrest or even authoritarian impulses.</p> <p>This is a turning point.</p> <p>Unless we take back the reins—and soon—looking back on this time years from now, historians may well point to the events of 2020 as the death blow to America’s short-lived experiment in self-government.</p> <p>The government’s recent actions in Portland, Oregon—when unidentified federal agents (believed to be border police, ICE and DHS agents), wearing military fatigues with patches that just say “Police” and sporting all kinds of weapons, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/20/opinion/portland-protests-trump.html">descended uninvited on the city in unmarked vehicles, snatching protesters off the streets</a> and detaining them without formally arresting them or offering any explanation of why they’re being held—is just a foretaste of what’s to come.</p> <p>One of those detainees was a 53-year-old disabled Navy veteran who was in downtown Portland during the protests but not a participant. Concerned about the tactics being used by government agents who had taken an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution, Christopher David tried to speak the “secret” police. Almost immediately, he was <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/portland-protests-trump-veteran-christopher-david-federal-officers-oregon-a9627466.html">assaulted by federal agents, beaten with batons and pepper sprayed</a></p> <p>Another peaceful protester was <a href="https://www.alternet.org/2020/07/donald-trumps-secret-police-portland-protesters-fear-an-unmarked-occupying-army-clamping-down-on-basic-rights/">reportedly shot in the head with an impact weapon</a> by this federal goon squad.</p> <p>The Trump Administration has already announced its plans to <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/20/opinion/portland-protests-trump.html">deploy these border patrol agents to other cities across the country</a> (Chicago is supposedly next) in an apparent bid to put down civil unrest. Yet the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/19/portland-police-federal-agents-protest">overriding concerns by state and local government officials</a> to Trump’s plans suggest that weaponizing the DHS as an occupying army will only provoke more violence and unrest.</p> <p>We’ve been set up.</p> <p>Under the guise of protecting federal properties against civil unrest, the Trump Administration has formed a <a href="https://www.thenation.com/article/society/border-patrol-portland-arrest/">task force of secret agents who look, dress and act like military stormtroopers on a raid and have been empowered to roam cities in unmarked vehicles</a>, snatching citizens off the streets, whether or not they’ve been engaged in illegal activities.</p> <p>As the <em>Guardian</em> reports, “<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/18/portland-oregon-federal-officers-trump-department-homeland-security">The incidents being described sound eerily reminiscent of the CIA’s post-9/11 rendition program under George W Bush</a>, where intelligence agents would roll up in unmarked vans in foreign countries, blindfold terrorism suspects (many of whom turned to be innocent) and kidnap them without explanation. Only instead of occurring on the streets of Italy or the Middle East, it’s happening in downtown Portland.”</p> <p>The so-called racial justice activists who have made looting, violence, vandalism and intimidation tactics the hallmarks of their protests have played right into the government’s hands</p> <p>They have delivered all of us into the police state’s hands.</p> <p>There’s a reason Trump has tapped the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for this dirty business: these agencies are notorious for their lawlessness, routinely sidestepping the Constitution and trampling on the rights of anyone who gets in their way, including legal citizens.</p> <p>Indeed, it was only a matter of time before these <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">roving bands of border patrol agents began flexing their muscles far beyond the nation’s borders and exercising their right to disregard the Constitution at every turn</a>.</p> <p>Except these border patrol cops aren’t just disregarding the Constitution.</p> <p>They’re <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">trampling all over the Constitution</a>, especially the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits the government from carrying out egregious warrantless searches and seizures without probable cause.</p> <p>As part of the government’s so-called crackdown on illegal immigration, drugs and trafficking, its border patrol cops have been expanding their reach, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/21/us/politics/trump-border-patrol-searches.html">roaming further afield</a> and subjecting greater numbers of Americans to warrantless searches, ID checkpoints, transportation checks, and even surveillance on private property far beyond the boundaries of the borderlands.</p> <p>That so-called border, once a thin borderline, has become an ever-thickening band spreading deeper and deeper inside the country.</p> <p>Now, with this latest salvo by the Trump administration in its so-called crackdown on rioting and civil unrest, America itself is about to become a Constitution-free zone where freedom is off-limits and government agents have all the power and “we the people” have none.</p> <p>The Customs and Border Protection (CBP), with its more than <a href="https://www.cbp.gov/about">60,000 employees</a>, supplemented by the National Guard and the U.S. military, is an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, a national police force imbued with all the brutality, ineptitude and corruption such a role implies.</p> <p>As journalist Todd Miller explains:</p> <blockquote><p>In these vast domains, Homeland Security authorities can institute <a href="https://www.thenation.com/article/66-percent-americans-now-live-constitution-free-zone/">roving patrols with broad, extra-constitutional powers backed by national security, immigration enforcement and drug interdiction mandates</a>. There, the Border Patrol can set up traffic checkpoints and fly surveillance drones overhead with high-powered cameras and radar that can track your movements. Within twenty-five miles of the international boundary, CBP agents can enter a person’s private property without a warrant.</p></blockquote> <p>Just about every nefarious deed, tactic or thuggish policy advanced by the government today can be traced back to the DHS, its police state mindset, and the <a href="http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/state-gets-millions-in-homeland-security-grants-but-where-does/article_1be9acf1-b8e6-5bdb-a01d-5d2e4e2362ca.html">billions of dollars it distributes</a> to local police agencies in the form of grants to transform them into extensions of the military.</p> <p>As Miller points out, the government has turned the nation’s expanding border regions into “<a href="https://www.thenation.com/article/66-percent-americans-now-live-constitution-free-zone/">a ripe place to experiment with tearing apart the Constitution</a>, a place where not just undocumented border-crossers, but millions of borderland residents have become the targets of continual surveillance.”</p> <p>In much the same way that police across the country have been schooled in the art of sidestepping the Constitution, border cops have also been drilled in the art of “anything goes” in the name of national security.</p> <p>In fact, according to FOIA documents shared with <em>The Intercept</em>, <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">border cops even have a checklist of “possible behaviors” that warrant overriding the Constitution</a> and subjecting individuals—including American citizens—to stops, searches, seizures, interrogations and even arrests.</p> <p>For instance, if you’re <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">driving a vehicle that to a border cop looks unusual</a> in some way, you can be stopped. If your <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">passengers look dirty</a> or unusual, you can be stopped. If you or your <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">passengers avoid looking at a cop</a>, you can be stopped. If you or your <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">passengers look too long at a cop</a>, you can be stopped.</p> <p>If you’re <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">anywhere near a border</a> (near being within 100 miles of a border, or in a city, or on a bus, or at an airport), you can be stopped and asked to prove you’re legally allowed to be in the country. If you’re <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">traveling on a public road</a> that smugglers and other criminals may have traveled, you can be stopped.</p> <p>If you’re <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">not driving in the same direction as other cars</a>, you can be stopped. If you <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">appear to be avoiding a police checkpoint</a>, you can be stopped. If your <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">car appears to be weighed down</a>, you can be stopped. If your <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">vehicle is from out of town</a>, wherever that might be, you can be stopped. If you’re <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">driving a make of car that criminal-types have also driven</a>, you can be stopped.</p> <p>If your <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">car appears to have been altered or modified</a>, you can be stopped. If the <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">cargo area in your vehicle is covered</a>, you can be stopped.</p> <p>If you’re <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">driving during a time of day or night that border cops find suspicious</a>, you can be stopped. If you’re <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">driving when border cops are changing shifts</a>, you can be stopped. If you’re <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">driving in a motorcade</a> or with another vehicle, you can be stopped. If your <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">car appears dusty</a>, you can be stopped.</p> <p>If <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">people with you are trying to avoid being seen</a>, or exhibiting “unusual” behavior, you can be stopped. If you <a href="https://theintercept.com/2019/01/07/cbp-border-patrol-enforcement-law-course/">slow down after seeing a cop</a>, you can be stopped.</p> <p>In Portland, which is 400 miles from the border, protesters didn’t even have to be near federal buildings to be targeted. Some claimed to be targeted <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/18/portland-oregon-federal-officers-trump-department-homeland-security">for simply wearing black clothing</a> in the area of the demonstration.</p> <p>Are you starting to get the picture yet?</p> <p>This was never about illegal aliens and border crossings at all. It’s been a test to see how far “we the people” will allow the government to push the limits of the Constitution.</p> <p>We’ve been failing this particular test <a href="https://foreignpolicy.com/2013/06/11/america-choosing-security-over-liberty-since-1798/">for a long time</a> now.</p> <p>It was 1798 when Americans, their fears stoked by rumblings of a Quasi-War with France, failed to protest the <a href="https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/sedition-act-becomes-federal-law">Alien and Sedition Acts</a>, which criminalized anti-government speech, empowered the government to deport “dangerous” non-citizens and made it harder for immigrants to vote.</p> <p>During the Civil War, Americans went along when Abraham Lincoln <a href="https://foreignpolicy.com/2013/06/11/america-choosing-security-over-liberty-since-1798/">suspended the writ of habeas corpus</a> (the right to a speedy trial) and authorized government officials to spy on Americans’ mail.</p> <p>During World War I, Americans took it in stride when  President Woodrow Wilson and Congress adopted the Espionage and Sedition Acts, which made it a crime to interfere with the war effort and <a href="https://foreignpolicy.com/2013/06/11/america-choosing-security-over-liberty-since-1798/">criminalized any speech critical of war</a>.</p> <p>By World War II, Americans were marching in lockstep with the government’s expanding war powers to imprison Japanese-American citizens in detainment camps, censor mail, and <a href="https://foreignpolicy.com/2013/06/11/america-choosing-security-over-liberty-since-1798/">lay the groundwork for the future surveillance state</a>.</p> <p>Fast-forward to the <a href="https://foreignpolicy.com/2013/06/11/america-choosing-security-over-liberty-since-1798/">Cold War’s Red Scares, the McCarthy era’s hearings on un-American activities, and the government’s surveillance of Civil Rights activists</a> such as Martin Luther King Jr.—all done in the name of national security.</p> <p>By the time 9/11 rolled around, all George W. Bush had to do was claim the country was being invaded by terrorists, and the government was given <a href="https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/terrorism-july-dec01-bush_terrorismbill">greater powers to spy, search, detain and arrest</a> American citizens <em>in order to keep America safe</em>.</p> <p>The terrorist invasion never really happened, but the government kept its newly acquired police powers made possible by the nefarious USA Patriot Act.</p> <p>Barack Obama continued Bush’s trend of undermining the Constitution, going so far as to give <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/01/02/president-obama-signed-the-national-defense-authorization-act-now-what/">the military the power to strip Americans of their constitutional rights, label them extremists, and detain them indefinitely without trial</a>, <em>all in the name of</em> <em>keeping America safe</em>.</p> <p>Despite the fact that the breadth of the military’s power to detain American citizens violates not only U.S. law and the Constitution but also international laws, the government has refused to relinquish its detention powers made possible by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).</p> <p>Then Donald Trump took office, claiming the country was being invaded by dangerous immigrants and insisting that the only way to keep America safe was to build an expensive border wall, expand the reach of border patrol, and <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/04/trump-administration-sends-national-guard-troops-to-border.html">empower the military to “assist” with border control</a>.</p> <p>That so-called immigration crisis has now morphed into multiple crises (domestic extremism, the COVID-19 pandemic, race wars, civil unrest, etc.) that the government is eager to use in order to expand its powers.</p> <p>Yet as we’ve learned the hard way, once the government acquires—and uses—additional powers (to spy on its citizens, to carry out surveillance, to transform its police forces into extensions of the police, to seize taxpayer funds, to wage endless wars, to censor and silence dissidents, to identify potential troublemakers, to detain citizens without due process), it does not voluntarily relinquish them</p> <p>This is the slippery slope on which we’ve been traveling for far too long.</p> <p>As Yale historian Timothy Snyder explains, “This is a classic way that violence happens in authoritarian regimes, whether it’s Franco’s Spain or whether it’s the Russian Empire. <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/20/opinion/portland-protests-trump.html">The people who are getting used to committing violence on the border are then brought in to commit violence against people in the interior.</a>”</p> <p>Sure, it’s the Trump Administration calling the shots <em>right now</em>, but it’s <em>government agents</em> armed with totalitarian powers and beholden to the bureaucratic Deep State who are carrying out these orders in defiance of the U.S. Constitution and all it represents.</p> <p>Whether it’s Trump or Biden or someone else altogether, this year or a dozen years from now, the damage has been done: as I make clear in my book <em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-America-War-American-People/dp/1590793099">Battlefield America: The War on the American People</a></em>, we have allowed the president to acquire dictatorial powers that can be unleashed at any moment.</p> <p>There’s a reason the Trump Administration is <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/20/trump-john-yoo-lawyer-torture-waterboarding">consulting with John Yoo</a>, the Bush-era attorney notorious for justifying waterboarding torture tactics against detainees. They’re not looking to understand how to follow the law and abide by the Constitution. Rather, they’re desperately seeking ways to thwart the Constitution.</p> <p>As Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe recognizes, “<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/20/trump-john-yoo-lawyer-torture-waterboarding">The dictatorial hunger for power is insatiable.</a></p> <p>This is how it begins.</p> <p>This is how it always begins.</p> <p>Don’t be fooled into thinking any of this will change when the next election rolls around.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Current Events Federal Power DHS Donald Trump John Yoo Portland John Whitehead To the Governor: New York Bill Would Put Moratorium on Facial Recognition in Schools https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/to-the-governor-new-york-bill-would-put-moratorium-on-facial-recognition-in-schools/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:86d95b22-ec1f-8660-64a2-63e8c713dc01 Thu, 23 Jul 2020 16:28:20 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/to-the-governor-new-york-bill-would-put-moratorium-on-facial-recognition-in-schools/" title="To the Governor: New York Bill Would Put Moratorium on Facial Recognition in Schools" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/01/shutterstock_152009789-new-york-albany-1280.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/01/shutterstock_152009789-new-york-albany-1280.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/01/shutterstock_152009789-new-york-albany-1280-980x551.png 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/01/shutterstock_152009789-new-york-albany-1280-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/01/shutterstock_152009789-new-york-albany-1280-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />ALBANY, N.Y. (June 23, 2020) – Today, the New York Senate gave final approval to a bill that would place a temporary moratorium on facial recognition technology in the state’s schools. The proposed law would not only help protect privacy in New York, but it would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state. [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/to-the-governor-new-york-bill-would-put-moratorium-on-facial-recognition-in-schools/" title="To the Governor: New York Bill Would Put Moratorium on Facial Recognition in Schools" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/01/shutterstock_152009789-new-york-albany-1280.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/01/shutterstock_152009789-new-york-albany-1280.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/01/shutterstock_152009789-new-york-albany-1280-980x551.png 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/01/shutterstock_152009789-new-york-albany-1280-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/01/shutterstock_152009789-new-york-albany-1280-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p><strong>ALBANY</strong>, N.Y. (June 23, 2020) – Today, the New York Senate gave final approval to a bill that would place a temporary moratorium on facial recognition technology in the state’s schools. The proposed law would not only help protect privacy in New York, but it would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.<span id="more-34990"></span></p> <p>Assm. Monica Wallace (D-Lancaster)  introduced Assembly Bill 6787 (<a href="https://legiscan.com/NY/bill/A06787/2019" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">A6787</a>) in March. Sen. Brian Kavanagh (D-NYC) sponsored the Senate companion bill (<a href="https://legiscan.com/NY/bill/S05140/2019" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">S5140</a>). The legislation would ban the purchase and use of biometric identifying technology, including facial recognition technology, by New York public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools until July 1, 2022, or upon the completion of a full review on biometric surveillance in schools.</p> <p>The bill would establish a commission to study whether biometric technology is appropriate for use in New York schools, and if so, what kind of restrictions should be placed on their use. This creates an opportunity to implement a permanent ban or at least substantial limits on facial recognition in New York schools.</p> <p>On Tuesday, the Assembly passed A6787 <a href="https://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&amp;bn=A06787&amp;term=2019&amp;Summary=Y&amp;Actions=Y&amp;Text=Y&amp;Committee%26nbspVotes=Y&amp;Floor%26nbspVotes=Y#jump_to_Floor&amp;nbspVotes" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">by a 118-21 vote</a>. The following day, the Senate substituted the Assembly bill for the Senate bill and gave final approval.</p> <p>The New York ACLU praised the passage of the bill.</p> <blockquote><p>“We’ve said for years that facial recognition and other biometric surveillance technologies have no place in schools, and this is a monumental leap forward to protect students from this kind of invasive surveillance. Schools should be an environment where children can learn and grow, and the presence of a flawed and racially-biased system constantly monitoring students makes that impossible.&#8221;</p></blockquote> <p>The Tenth Amendment Center is part of <a href="https://www.nyclu.org/sites/default/files/biometric_sign_on_letter_final_6.18.19.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a coalition of more than 40 organizations</a> pushing for passage of this bill. In a statement, the coalition answered the question: what is wrong with biometric surveillance in schools?</p> <blockquote><p>“A person’s biometric identifying information (e.g., facial characteristics, fingerprints, voice) is highly sensitive and cannot be changed if there is a security breach. Collecting this data from children, parents, and teachers raises the risk that personally identifiable information may be hacked, shared, or sold. School districts are ill-equipped to safeguard this data. The lack of transparency and regulation around collection, storage, and use of this data—and the invasive, dragnet nature of biometric surveillance— puts our children in danger.”</p></blockquote> <p>Enactment of A6787 would take the first step toward limiting biometric surveillance and facial recognition in New York by temporarily halting its use and creating a process for further limits in the future.</p> <p>It would also hinder a federal program to create a nationwide facial recognition surveillance database.</p> <p><strong>IMPACT ON FEDERAL PROGRAMS</strong></p> <p>A <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/07/12/dont-rely-on-congress-to-stop-facial-recognition-surveillance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">recent report revealed</a> that the federal government has turned state drivers’ license photos into a giant facial recognition database, putting virtually every driver in America in a perpetual electronic police lineup. The revelations generated widespread outrage, but this story isn’t new. The federal government has been developing <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/10/31/local-state-and-federal-law-enforcement-partnering-to-create-massive-facial-recognition-system/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a massive, nationwide facial recognition system</a> for years.</p> <p>The FBI <a href="https://money.cnn.com/2014/09/16/technology/security/fbi-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">rolled out a nationwide facial-recognition program</a> in the fall of 2014, with the goal of building a giant biometric database with pictures provided by the states and corporate friends.</p> <p>In 2016, the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law released “The Perpetual Lineup,” a massive report on law enforcement use of facial recognition technology in the U.S. You can read the complete report at <a href="https://www.perpetuallineup.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">perpetuallineup.org</a>. The organization conducted a year-long investigation and collected more than 15,000 pages of documents through more than 100 public records requests. The report paints a disturbing picture of intense cooperation between the federal government, and state and local law enforcement to develop a massive facial recognition database.</p> <blockquote><p>“Face recognition is a powerful technology that requires strict oversight. But those controls, by and large, don’t exist today,” report co-author <a href="https://theintercept.com/2016/10/18/study-lack-of-face-recognition-oversight-threatens-privacy-of-millions/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Clare Garvie said</a>. “With only a few exceptions, there are no laws governing police use of the technology, no standards ensuring its accuracy, and no systems checking for bias. It’s a wild west.”</p></blockquote> <p>There are <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/10/whats-the-big-problem-with-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">many technical and legal problems</a> with facial recognition, including significant concerns about the accuracy of the technology, particularly when reading the facial features of minority populations. During a test run by the ACLU of Northern California, <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ne8wa8/amazons-facial-recognition-misidentified-1-in-5-california-lawmakers-as-criminals" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">facial recognition misidentified 26 members of the California legislature</a> as people in a database of arrest photos.</p> <p>With facial recognition technology, police and other government officials have the capability to track individuals in real-time. These systems allow law enforcement agents to use video cameras and continually scan everybody who walks by. According to the report, several major police departments have expressed an interest in this type of real-time tracking. Documents revealed agencies in at least five major cities, including Los Angeles, either claimed to run real-time face recognition off of street cameras, bought technology with the capability, or expressed written interest in buying it.</p> <p>In all likelihood, the federal government heavily involves itself in helping state and local agencies obtain this technology. The feds provide grant money to local law enforcement agencies for a vast array of surveillance gear, including ALPRs, stingray devices and drones. The federal government essentially encourages and funds a giant nationwide surveillance net and then taps into the information via fusion centers and the Information Sharing Environment (ISE).</p> <p>Fusion centers were sold as a tool to combat terrorism, but that is not how they are being used. The ACLU pointed to a <a href="https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/investigations/media/investigative-report-criticizes-counterterrorism-reporting-waste-at-state-and-local-intelligence-fusion-centers" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bipartisan congressional report</a> to demonstrate the true nature of government fusion centers: “They haven’t contributed anything meaningful to counterterrorism efforts. Instead, they have largely served as police surveillance and information sharing nodes for law enforcement efforts targeting the frequent subjects of police attention: Black and brown people, immigrants, dissidents, and the poor.”</p> <p>Fusion centers operate within the broader ISE. According to <a href="http://www.dni.gov/index.php/about/organization/information-sharing-environment-what-we-do" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">its website</a>, the ISE “provides analysts, operators, and investigators with information needed to enhance national security. These analysts, operators, and investigators…have mission needs to collaborate and share information with each other and with private sector partners and our foreign allies.” In other words, ISE serves as a conduit for the sharing of information gathered without a warrant. Known ISE partners include the Office of Director of National Intelligence which oversees 17 federal agencies and organizations, including the NSA. ISE utilizes these partnerships to collect and share data on the millions of unwitting people they track.</p> <p><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/09/30/smoking-gun-feds-partner-with-local-police-to-facilitate-warrantless-surveillance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Reports that the Berkeley Police Department in cooperation with a federal fusion center deployed cameras</a> equipped to surveil a “free speech” rally and Antifa counterprotests provided the first solid link between the federal government and local authorities in facial recognition surveillance.</p> <p>In a nutshell, without state and local cooperation, the feds have a much more difficult time gathering information. Passage of state laws and local ordinances banning and limiting facial recognition eliminates one avenue for gathering facial recognition data. Simply put, data that doesn’t exist cannot be entered into federal databases.</p> <p><strong>WHAT&#8217;S NEXT</strong></p> <p>Gov. Mario Cuomo will have 10 days from the date A6787 is transmitted to his office to sign or veto the bill. If he takes no action, it will become law without his signature.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Facial Recognition State Bills A6787 biometric surveillance facial recognition New York Mike Maharrey Detroit Police Chief Admits Facial Recognition Rarely Provides an Accurate Match https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/23/detroit-police-chief-admits-facial-recognition-rarely-provides-an-accurate-match/ Tenth Amendment Center urn:uuid:1bfc873f-0beb-5883-80d6-cac54778af6e Thu, 23 Jul 2020 12:18:55 +0000 <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/23/detroit-police-chief-admits-facial-recognition-rarely-provides-an-accurate-match/" title="Detroit Police Chief Admits Facial Recognition Rarely Provides an Accurate Match" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/detroit-1280.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/detroit-1280.png 1280w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/detroit-1280-980x551.png 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/detroit-1280-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/detroit-1280-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />DETROIT, Mich. (July 22, 2020) &#8211; During a public meeting last month, Detroit Police Chief James Craig admitted that the city&#8217;s facial recognition technology rarely provides a direct match and misidentifies people the vast majority of the time. Detroit paid $1 million for the facial recognition software developed by DataWorks Plus back in 2017. Craig [&#8230;] <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/23/detroit-police-chief-admits-facial-recognition-rarely-provides-an-accurate-match/" title="Detroit Police Chief Admits Facial Recognition Rarely Provides an Accurate Match" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/detroit-1280.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/detroit-1280.png 1280w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/detroit-1280-980x551.png 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/detroit-1280-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/detroit-1280-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p><strong>DETROIT</strong>, Mich. (July 22, 2020) &#8211; During a public meeting last month, Detroit Police Chief James Craig admitted that the city&#8217;s facial recognition technology rarely provides a direct match and misidentifies people the vast majority of the time.<span id="more-29372"></span></p> <p>Detroit paid $1 million for the facial recognition software developed by DataWorks Plus back in 2017. Craig admitted that the system is appallingly inaccurate.</p> <blockquote><p>“If we would use the software only [to identify subjects], we would not solve the case 95-97 percent of the time. That’s if we relied totally on the software, which would be against our current policy … If we were just to use the technology by itself, to identify someone, I would say 96 percent of the time it would misidentify.&#8221;</p></blockquote> <p>This dovetails with other evidence revealing the inaccuracy of facial recognition technology, especially when it comes to identifying non-whites. During a test run by the ACLU of Northern California, <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ne8wa8/amazons-facial-recognition-misidentified-1-in-5-california-lawmakers-as-criminals" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">facial recognition misidentified 26 members of the California legislature</a> as people in a database of arrest photos.</p> <p>DataWorks GM Todd Pastorini compared the system to automated fingerprint ID systems that pull up dozens or even hundreds of potential matches. <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/dyzykz/detroit-police-chief-facial-recognition-software-misidentifies-96-of-the-time" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">He told <em>Motherboard</em></a> the system &#8220;doesn&#8217;t bring back a single candidate.&#8221;</p> <blockquote><p>&#8220;It&#8217;s hundreds. They are weighted just like a fingerprint system based on the probe [and what&#8217;s in the database].&#8221;</p></blockquote> <p>As <em>Motherboard</em> pointed out, this means cops are ultimately making the decision to question and investigate people based on what the software returns and a detective&#8217;s judgment.</p> <blockquote><p>&#8220;This means that people who may have had nothing to do with a crime are ultimately questioned and investigated by police. In Detroit, this means, almost exclusively, Black people.&#8221;</p></blockquote> <p>According to data released by the Detroit Police Department, officers used the facial recognition system 70 times through the first six months of the year. Of the 70 photos fed into the system, 68 were of black people. The race of the individuals in the other two photos were classified as &#8220;unidentified&#8221;</p> <p>Of the 70 photos, 31 were pulled from social media accounts and 18 were captured by security cameras.</p> <p>Detroit&#8217;s facial recognition system works with the vast network of cameras known as Project Green Light. The surveillance network utilizes thousands of government and private cameras throughout the city. The cameras are installed at schools, parks, apartment buildings, immigration centers, gas stations, churches, hotels, fast-food restaurants, and even in places such as addiction treatment centers and abortion clinics.</p> <p>The program was implemented in 2016 and was generally popular due to the promise that it would deter and help solve crime. As <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/08/us/detroit-facial-recognition-cameras.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the <em>New York Times</em> pointed out</a>, the system is anything but covert. A flashing green light marks the location of every camera linked into a network that feeds directly into the Detroit Police Department’s downtown headquarters.</p> <p><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/08/13/detroit-mayor-misleads-public-about-facial-recognition-as-debate-over-spy-program-rages/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Detroit&#8217;s facial recognition system came under fire last year</a> when Mayor Mike Duggan implied that the Detroit Police Department wasn&#8217;t using the technology in order to muddy the waters as information about the controversial program became public. As it turns out, he was using clever wordplay. After all, why would the city spend $1 million for a system it had no intention of using?</p> <p>In fact, Duggan never claimed the police department wasn’t using facial recognition at all. He just said it wasn’t using it on “live stream video.”</p> <p>In other words, police aren’t running facial recognition in real-time. But they are using the technology on still images plucked from reams of footage collected by cameras all around the city. As Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center senior policy analyst Daniel Lawrence told the <em>Detriot Free Press</em>, this is a difference without any real distinction.</p> <blockquote><p>“In all my experience with facial recognition, the way the process and programming works is that it takes a still image from the video. I’m not knowledgeable of any facial recognition software that’s taking real video. It’s taking a still from a video.”</p></blockquote> <p>The issues with facial recognition technology go far beyond their inaccuracy. Even if the technology improves, it still poses a significant privacy threat.</p> <p><strong>A NATIONAL FACIAL RECOGNITION SYSTEM</strong></p> <p>A <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/07/12/dont-rely-on-congress-to-stop-facial-recognition-surveillance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">recent report revealed</a> that the federal government has turned state drivers’ license photos into a giant facial recognition database, putting virtually every driver in America in a perpetual electronic police lineup. The revelations generated widespread outrage, but this story isn’t new. The federal government has been developing <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/10/31/local-state-and-federal-law-enforcement-partnering-to-create-massive-facial-recognition-system/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a massive, nationwide facial recognition system</a> for years.</p> <p>The FBI <a href="https://money.cnn.com/2014/09/16/technology/security/fbi-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">rolled out a nationwide facial-recognition program</a> in the fall of 2014, with the goal of building a giant biometric database with pictures provided by the states and corporate friends.</p> <p>In 2016, the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law released “The Perpetual Lineup,” a massive report on law enforcement use of facial recognition technology in the U.S. You can read the complete report at <a href="https://www.perpetuallineup.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">perpetuallineup.org</a>. The organization conducted a year-long investigation and collected more than 15,000 pages of documents through more than 100 public records requests. The report paints a disturbing picture of intense cooperation between the federal government, and state and local law enforcement to develop a massive facial recognition database.</p> <blockquote><p>“Face recognition is a powerful technology that requires strict oversight. But those controls, by and large, don’t exist today,” report co-author <a href="https://theintercept.com/2016/10/18/study-lack-of-face-recognition-oversight-threatens-privacy-of-millions/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Clare Garvie said</a>. “With only a few exceptions, there are no laws governing police use of the technology, no standards ensuring its accuracy, and no systems checking for bias. It’s a wild west.”</p></blockquote> <p>With facial recognition technology, police and other government officials have the capability to track individuals in real-time. These systems allow law enforcement agents to use video cameras and continually scan everybody who walks by. According to the report, several major police departments have expressed an interest in this type of real-time tracking. Documents revealed agencies in at least five major cities, including Los Angeles, either claimed to run real-time face recognition off of street cameras, bought technology with the capability, or expressed written interest in buying it.</p> <p>In all likelihood, the federal government heavily involves itself in helping state and local agencies obtain this technology. The feds provide grant money to local law enforcement agencies for a vast array of surveillance gear, including ALPRs, stingray devices and drones. The federal government essentially encourages and funds a giant nationwide surveillance net and then taps into the information via fusion centers and the Information Sharing Environment (ISE).</p> <p>Fusion centers were sold as a tool to combat terrorism, but that is not how they are being used. The ACLU pointed to a <a href="https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/investigations/media/investigative-report-criticizes-counterterrorism-reporting-waste-at-state-and-local-intelligence-fusion-centers" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bipartisan congressional report</a> to demonstrate the true nature of government fusion centers: “They haven’t contributed anything meaningful to counterterrorism efforts. Instead, they have largely served as police surveillance and information sharing nodes for law enforcement efforts targeting the frequent subjects of police attention: Black and brown people, immigrants, dissidents, and the poor.”</p> <p>Fusion centers operate within the broader ISE. According to <a href="http://www.dni.gov/index.php/about/organization/information-sharing-environment-what-we-do" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">its website</a>, the ISE “provides analysts, operators, and investigators with information needed to enhance national security. These analysts, operators, and investigators…have mission needs to collaborate and share information with each other and with private sector partners and our foreign allies.” In other words, ISE serves as a conduit for the sharing of information gathered without a warrant. Known ISE partners include the Office of Director of National Intelligence which oversees 17 federal agencies and organizations, including the NSA. ISE utilizes these partnerships to collect and share data on the millions of unwitting people they track.</p> <p><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/09/30/smoking-gun-feds-partner-with-local-police-to-facilitate-warrantless-surveillance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Reports that the Berkeley Police Department in cooperation with a federal fusion center deployed cameras</a> equipped to surveil a “free speech” rally and Antifa counterprotests provided the first solid link between the federal government and local authorities in facial recognition surveillance.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Surveillance Detroit facial recognition fourth-amendment Privacy Mike Maharrey Can States Arrest Federal Agents? https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/can-states-arrest-federal-agents/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:d04cbe5a-22b0-1bc5-4e06-e4943a69f196 Wed, 22 Jul 2020 18:52:00 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/can-states-arrest-federal-agents/" title="Can States Arrest Federal Agents?" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/path-072220.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-072220.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-072220-980x551.png 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-072220-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/path-072220-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />With federal agents descending on Portland &#8211; and promises of the same in more cities &#8211; there seems to be increasing calls for locals to interpose against the feds. And a Philadelphia DA even promised criminal charges against federal agents for kidnapping. Is this just talk? Can it even be done? Path to Liberty: July [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/can-states-arrest-federal-agents/" title="Can States Arrest Federal Agents?" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/path-072220.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-072220.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-072220-980x551.png 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-072220-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/path-072220-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>With federal agents descending on Portland &#8211; and promises of the same in more cities &#8211; there seems to be increasing calls for locals to interpose against the feds. 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class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Audio/Video Federal Power Path to Liberty Strategy Arresting Federal Agents History Personal Liberty Laws Portland Supreme court Michael Boldin Tenth Amendment Center Blog 47:55 With federal agents descending on Portland – and promises of the same in more cities – there seems to be increasing calls for locals to interpose against the feds. And a Philadelphia DA even promised criminal charges against federal agents for kidnappi... With federal agents descending on Portland – and promises of the same in more cities – there seems to be increasing calls for locals to interpose against the feds. And a Philadelphia DA even promised criminal charges against federal agents for kidnapping. Is this just talk? Can it even be done? Path to Liberty: July […] Charlottesville Virginia Passes Resolution Opposing Police Militarization https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/charlottesville-virginia-passes-resolution-opposing-police-militarization/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:5cb9b941-44f8-f998-10e2-3984d30e3820 Wed, 22 Jul 2020 17:12:06 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/charlottesville-virginia-passes-resolution-opposing-police-militarization/" title="Charlottesville Virginia Passes Resolution Opposing Police Militarization" rel="nofollow"><img width="1200" height="629" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/08/police-militarization-1200.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/08/police-militarization-1200.jpg 1200w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/08/police-militarization-1200-300x157.jpg 300w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/08/police-militarization-1200-768x403.jpg 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/08/police-militarization-1200-1024x537.jpg 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/08/police-militarization-1200-1080x566.jpg 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/08/police-militarization-1200-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (July 22, 2020) &#8211; On Monday, the Charlottesville City Council passed a non-binding resolution opposing the militarization of the city&#8217;s police department, setting the stage to ban city participation in federal programs that supply military surplus equipment to local police. Wording for the resolution (see pg. 75 of the council package) came directly [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/charlottesville-virginia-passes-resolution-opposing-police-militarization/" title="Charlottesville Virginia Passes Resolution Opposing Police Militarization" rel="nofollow"><img width="1200" height="629" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/08/police-militarization-1200.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/08/police-militarization-1200.jpg 1200w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/08/police-militarization-1200-300x157.jpg 300w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/08/police-militarization-1200-768x403.jpg 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/08/police-militarization-1200-1024x537.jpg 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/08/police-militarization-1200-1080x566.jpg 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/08/police-militarization-1200-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p><strong>CHARLOTTESVILLE</strong>, Va. (July 22, 2020) &#8211; On Monday, the Charlottesville City Council passed a non-binding resolution opposing the militarization of the city&#8217;s police department, setting the stage to ban city participation in federal programs that supply military surplus equipment to local police.<span id="more-34975"></span></p> <p>Wording for the resolution (<a href="https://charlottesvilleva.civicclerk.com/web/UserControls/DocPreview.aspx?p=1&amp;aoid=193" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">see pg. 75 of the council package</a>) came directly from a petition written by <a href="https://worldbeyondwar.org/charlottesville-va-bans-militarized-policing-your-city-can-too/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">local activist David Swanson</a>. That petition garnered over 1,000 signatures.</p> <p>The resolution asserts that the Charlottesville Police Department &#8220;does not acquire weaponry from the United States armed forces,&#8221; and that it does not currently receive &#8220;military-style or &#8216;warrior&#8217; training by the United States armed forces, a foreign military or police, or any private company.&#8221;  It then resolves that &#8220;that the Charlottesville Police Department shall not acquire weaponry from the United States armed forces,&#8221; and further resolves the Charlottesville Police Department shall not receive military-style or &#8216;warrior&#8217; training by the United States armed forces, a foreign military or police, or any private company.&#8221;</p> <p>On July 20, the council unanimously passed the resolution.</p> <p>This is a solid first step and puts every councilmember on record as opposing police militarization. Now activists in Charlottesville need to push for a legally-binding ordinance prohibiting the police department from acquiring military equipment from any federal program.</p> <p>In Virginia, as in most other states, resolutions are generally passed to express the political opinion or will of a local governing body and are not legally binding. An ordinance has the effect of local law. That means even with the passage of the resolution, nothing legally prohibits the Charlottesville Police Department from acquiring military equipment from a federal program.</p> <p>The Charlottesville City Council can give the resolution teeth with the passage of an ordinance prohibiting the acquisition of military equipment.</p> <p><strong>FEDERAL SURPLUS AND GRANT MONEY</strong></p> <p>Through the federal 1033 Program, local police departments procure military-grade weapons. Police can also get military equipment through the Department of Homeland Security via the (DHS) “Homeland Security Grant Program.” The DHS <a href="https://www.dhs.gov/news/2019/04/12/dhs-announces-funding-opportunity-fiscal-year-2019-preparedness-grants#:~:text=Homeland%20Security%20Grant%20Program%20(HSGP,of%20terrorism%20and%20other%20threats." data-et-has-event-already="true">doles out over $1 billion in counterterrorism funds</a> to state and local police each year. According to a 2012 Senate report, this money has been used to purchase tactical vehicles, drones, and even tanks with little obvious benefit to public safety. And, according to ProPublica, “In 1994, the Justice Department and the Pentagon-funded a five-year program to adapt military security and surveillance technology for local police departments that they would otherwise not be able to afford.”</p> <p>In August 2017, President Trump issued an executive order that <a href="http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/08/28/executive-order-takes-window-dressing-off-police-militarization-program/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">gave a push to local police militarization</a>. Trump’s action rescinded an <a href="https://www.bja.gov/publications/LEEWG_Report_Final.pdf">Obama-era policy </a>meant to provide greater transparency and oversight around the Department of Defense 1033 program and other federal resources that provide military weapons to local police.</p> <p>Passage of an ordinance could legally end Charlottesville&#8217;s participation in the 1033 program and bar the use of federal grant money to purchase military equipment.</p> <p><strong>COMMAND AND CONTROL</strong></p> <p>Arming ‘peace officers’ like they’re ready to occupy an enemy city is totally contrary to the society envisioned by the founders. They’ve turned ‘protect and serve’ into ‘command and control.’</p> <p>In the 1980s, the federal government began arming, funding and training local police forces, turning peace officers into soldiers to fight in its unconstitutional “War on Drugs.” The militarization went into hyper-drive after 9/11 when a second front opened up – the “War on Terror.”</p> <p>By making it more difficult for local police to get this military-grade gear and surveillance technology, and ensuring they can’t do it in secret, it makes them less likely to cooperate with the feds and removes incentives for partnerships.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Local Police 1033 Program Charlottesville Police Militarization Virginia Mike Maharrey I Tried to Warn You about Federal Kidnapping! https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/i-tried-to-warn-you-about-federal-kidnapping/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:b683c2a1-a17a-6ac6-5dcc-09bb7033fbc8 Wed, 22 Jul 2020 15:22:53 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/i-tried-to-warn-you-about-federal-kidnapping/" title="I Tried to Warn You about Federal Kidnapping!" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/guantanamo-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/guantanamo-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/guantanamo-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/guantanamo-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/guantanamo-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />When Congress inserted provisions into the 2012 NDAA authorizing indefinite detention without due process, I called them federal kidnapping provisions. And I warned that they would eventually be used. When Barack Obama signed the 2012 NDAA into law, I called the &#34;indefinite detention&#34; provisions federal kidnapping powers. @mmaharrey10th pic.twitter.com/wNMnClc3nu &#8212; TenthAmendmentCenter (@TenthAmendment) July 22, 2020 [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/i-tried-to-warn-you-about-federal-kidnapping/" title="I Tried to Warn You about Federal Kidnapping!" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/guantanamo-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/guantanamo-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/guantanamo-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/guantanamo-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/guantanamo-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>When Congress inserted provisions into the 2012 NDAA authorizing indefinite detention without due process, I called them federal kidnapping provisions. And I warned that they would eventually be used.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">When Barack Obama signed the 2012 NDAA into law, I called the &quot;indefinite detention&quot; provisions federal kidnapping powers. <a href="https://twitter.com/mmaharrey10th?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mmaharrey10th</a> <a href="https://t.co/wNMnClc3nu">pic.twitter.com/wNMnClc3nu</a></p> <p>&mdash; TenthAmendmentCenter (@TenthAmendment) <a href="https://twitter.com/TenthAmendment/status/1285727865409949696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 22, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Today, we&#8217;re witnessing federal agents black-bagging people on American city streets. When you give government power, it will eventually us it.</p> <p><strong>For Further Reading</strong></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2012/08/10/ndaa-detention-who-do-you-trust/">NDAA Detention: Who do YOU Trust?</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2012/09/21/ndaa-and-its-nullification/">NDAA and its Nullification</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2012/10/04/judicial-juggling-ndaa-vs-fundamental-rights/">Judicial Juggling: NDAA vs. Fundamental Rights</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2012/09/18/ndaa-detention-powers-the-battle-continues/">NDAA Detention Powers: The Battle Continues</a></p> <p class="entry-title"><a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2012/04/29/ndaa-resistance-only-the-beginning/">NDAA Resistance: Only the Beginning</a></p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Audio/Video Maharrey Minute NDAA Indefinite Detention Mike Maharrey What did the US Supreme Court actually say in its Majority Opinion in McGirt v. Oklahoma? https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/what-did-the-us-supreme-court-actually-say-in-its-majority-opinion-in-mcgirt-v-oklahoma/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:b2f55ee0-ff54-aabe-fbb7-397a8614e0c3 Wed, 22 Jul 2020 11:22:25 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/what-did-the-us-supreme-court-actually-say-in-its-majority-opinion-in-mcgirt-v-oklahoma/" title="What did the US Supreme Court actually say in its Majority Opinion in McGirt v. Oklahoma?" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Supreme-Court-Building-Washin-65075716-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Supreme-Court-Building-Washin-65075716-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Supreme-Court-Building-Washin-65075716-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Supreme-Court-Building-Washin-65075716-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Supreme-Court-Building-Washin-65075716-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />Here is the majority opinion in McGirt v. Oklahoma [link]. The issue on appeal was whether the State of Oklahoma has criminal jurisdiction over the Creek Indians for crimes committed by them on Creek land. The Supreme Court said, “NO!” The majority opinion lays out a shameful tale of Congress’ practice of breaking treaties with Indian nations; [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/what-did-the-us-supreme-court-actually-say-in-its-majority-opinion-in-mcgirt-v-oklahoma/" title="What did the US Supreme Court actually say in its Majority Opinion in McGirt v. Oklahoma?" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Supreme-Court-Building-Washin-65075716-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Supreme-Court-Building-Washin-65075716-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Supreme-Court-Building-Washin-65075716-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Supreme-Court-Building-Washin-65075716-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Supreme-Court-Building-Washin-65075716-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>Here is the majority opinion in <em>McGirt v. Oklahoma </em>[<strong><a href="https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/18-9526_9okb.pdf">link</a></strong>].</p> <p>The issue on appeal was whether the State of Oklahoma has criminal jurisdiction over the Creek Indians for crimes committed by them on Creek land. The Supreme Court said, “NO!”</p> <p>The majority opinion lays out a shameful tale of Congress’ practice of breaking treaties with Indian nations; but points out that it [the Supreme Court] has previously held <em>that Congress has the RIGHT to break Treaties with Indians</em>!</p> <p>The majority opinion recounts how to get the Creek Nation to give up their ancestral lands in Georgia and Alabama, the federal government promised them (in the Treaty of 1832) that they would have a permanent land in Oklahoma which would be theirs for as long as the Creek nation existed and over which they would have complete self-government.</p> <p>But in the Major Crimes Act of 1885, Congress decided that they would exercise criminal jurisdiction over the Creeks for major crimes committed by them on Creek Land. And since the Supreme Court has said that Congress isn’t bound by the treaties it makes, <i>we are all just fine with Congress’ unilateral change of mind on this point</i>. <b><sup>1</sup></b></p> <p>So the bottom line of the opinion is that while the federal government has criminal jurisdiction over the Creeks for “major crimes” committed on Creek land; the Oklahoma State government has no criminal jurisdiction over them. <b><sup>2</sup></b></p> <p><b>Endnotes</b>:</p> <p><b><sup>1</sup></b> As to Congress’ shameful practice of breaking Treaties with Indian Nations (and the Supreme Court’s approval of that disgraceful practice), consider how God punished the Israelites by sending a 3-year famine because King Saul broke the Treaty Joshua had previously made with the Gibeonites. [See the excellent exposition of this event at gotquestions.org [<a href="https://www.gotquestions.org/Gibeonites.html"><b>link</b></a>]]. So when the leaders of a nation commit public sins and the People go along with it, <i>God punishes the People</i>. See, “The Biblical Foundation of Our Constitution” [<a href="https://publiushuldah.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/the-biblical-foundation-of-our-constitution/"><b>link</b></a>].</p> <p><b><sup>2</sup></b> Why should the federal government limit their wrongdoing to the Indians? Why not do it to all of us? <i>And they did</i>! E.g., when they passed the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, they promised that Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs) would be redeemable in gold. Then, the federal government changed their mind and for some 90 years, Americans haven’t been able to redeem FRN’s with gold. See more about the shenanigans respecting the Federal Reserve in “So you think Trump wants to get rid of the fed?” [<a href="https://publiushuldah.wordpress.com/2019/10/06/so-you-think-trump-wants-to-get-rid-of-the-fed/"><b>link</b></a>].</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Court Cases Major Crimes Act of 1885 McGirt v. Oklahoma Supreme court Treaties Publius Huldah Minnesota Bill Would Reform Asset Forfeiture Process, Opt Out of Federal Program https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/minnesota-bill-would-reform-asset-forfeiture-process-opt-out-of-federal-program/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:ac38409f-638c-e679-987b-b2396d515a6a Wed, 22 Jul 2020 00:15:21 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/minnesota-bill-would-reform-asset-forfeiture-process-opt-out-of-federal-program/" title="Minnesota Bill Would Reform Asset Forfeiture Process, Opt Out of Federal Program" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/02/forfeiture-state-general-1280-021419.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/forfeiture-state-general-1280-021419.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/forfeiture-state-general-1280-021419-279x157.jpg 279w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/forfeiture-state-general-1280-021419-768x432.jpg 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/forfeiture-state-general-1280-021419-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/forfeiture-state-general-1280-021419-1080x608.jpg 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/02/forfeiture-state-general-1280-021419-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (July 21, 2020) &#8211; A bill introduced in the Minnesota House would make some reforms to the state&#8217;s asset forfeiture process and close a federal loophole that allows police to bypass strict state asset forfeiture laws. Rep. John Lesch (D-St. Paul) introduced House Bill 18 (HF18) on July 13. The legislation would establish [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/minnesota-bill-would-reform-asset-forfeiture-process-opt-out-of-federal-program/" title="Minnesota Bill Would Reform Asset Forfeiture Process, Opt Out of Federal Program" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/02/forfeiture-state-general-1280-021419.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/forfeiture-state-general-1280-021419.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/forfeiture-state-general-1280-021419-279x157.jpg 279w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/forfeiture-state-general-1280-021419-768x432.jpg 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/forfeiture-state-general-1280-021419-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/02/forfeiture-state-general-1280-021419-1080x608.jpg 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/02/forfeiture-state-general-1280-021419-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p><strong>MINNEAPOLIS</strong>, Minn. (July 21, 2020) &#8211; A bill introduced in the Minnesota House would make some reforms to the state&#8217;s asset forfeiture process and close a federal loophole that allows police to bypass strict state asset forfeiture laws.<span id="more-34974"></span></p> <p>Rep. John Lesch (D-St. Paul) introduced House Bill 18 (<a href="https://legiscan.com/MN/bill/HF18/2020/X2" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">HF18</a>) on July 13. The legislation would establish a process to protect innocent owners from having property seized if somebody else used it in a crime. It would also place some limits vehicles and other property subject to forfeiture.</p> <p>In addition to the reforms, HF18 would establish robust reporting requirements for each forfeiture conducted in the state. By increasing transparency, the legislation would allow Minnesotans to see the reality of asset forfeiture. As the saying goes, sunlight is the best antiseptic. Transparency often creates the momentum needed to drive future change.</p> <p>HF18 would also opt Minnesota out of a federal asset forfeiture program. This is particularly important in light of a  <a href="http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/07/30/states-can-thwart-new-doj-asset-forfeiture-policy/">policy directive issued in July 2017 by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions</a> for the Department of Justice (DOJ).</p> <p><strong>FEDERAL LOOPHOLE</strong></p> <p>“<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH6vYLXTfGI">Equitable Sharing</a>” allows prosecutors to bypass more stringent state asset forfeiture laws by passing cases off to the federal government through a process known as adoption. The new DOJ directive reiterates full support for the equitable sharing program, directs federal law enforcement agencies to aggressively utilize it, and sets the stage to expand it in the future.</p> <p>Law enforcement agencies often bypass more strict state forfeiture laws by claiming cases are federal in nature. Under these arrangements, state officials simply hand cases over to a federal agency, participate in the case, and then receive up to 80 percent of the proceeds. However, when states merely withdraw from participation, the federal directive loses its impact.</p> <p>Until recently, California faced this situation. The state has some of the strongest state-level restrictions on civil asset forfeiture in the country, but state and local police were circumventing the state process by passing cases to the feds. According to a report by the Institute for Justice, <em>Policing for Profit</em>, California ranked as the worst offender of all states in the country between 2000 and 2013. In other words, California law enforcement was passing off a lot of cases to the feds and collecting the loot. The <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/09/signed-as-law-california-reins-in-asset-forfeiture-takes-on-federal-equitable-sharing-program/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">state closed the loophole</a> in 2016.</p> <p>HF18 would opt Minnesota out of the federal equitable sharing program with the following language.</p> <blockquote><p>&#8220;The appropriate agency shall not directly or indirectly transfer property subject to forfeiture under sections 18 609.531 to 609.5318 to a federal agency if the transfer would circumvent state law.&#8221;</p></blockquote> <p>As the Tenth Amendment Center <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2015/09/feds-meddling-in-attempt-to-undermine-state-asset-forfeiture-reform/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">previously reported</a> the federal government inserted itself into the asset forfeiture debate in California. The feds clearly want the policy to continue.</p> <p>Why?</p> <p>We can only guess. But perhaps the feds recognize paying state and local police agencies directly in cash for handling their enforcement would reveal their weakness. After all, the federal government would find it nearly impossible to prosecute its unconstitutional “War on Drugs” without state and local assistance. Asset forfeiture “equitable sharing” provides a pipeline the feds use to incentivize state and local police to serve as de facto arms of the federal government by funneling billions of dollars into their budgets.</p> <p><strong>NECESSARY</strong></p> <p>While some people believe the Supreme Court “ended asset forfeiture, its opinion in <i>Timbs v. Indiana</i> <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/02/asset-forfeiture-was-not-ended-by-the-supreme-court-good-morning-liberty-02-25-19/">ended nothing</a>. Without further action, civil asset forfeiture remains. Additionally, as law professor <a href="https://reason.com/volokh/2019/02/20/supreme-court-rules-that-excessive-fines">Ilya Somin noted</a>, the Court left an important issue unresolved. What exactly counts as an “excessive” in the civil forfeiture context?</p> <blockquote><p>“That is likely to be a hotly contested issue in the lower federal courts over the next few years. The ultimate effect of today’s decision depends in large part on how that question is resolved. If courts rule that only a few unusually extreme cases qualify as excessive, the impact of Timbs might be relatively marginal.”</p></blockquote> <p>Going forward, opponents of civil asset forfeiture could wait and see how lower federal courts will address this “over the next few years,” or they can do what a number of states have already taken steps to do, end the practice on a state level, and opt out of the federal equitable sharing program as well.</p> <p><strong>WHAT&#8217;S NEXT</strong></p> <p>HF18 was referred to the <a href="http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/comm/committee.asp?comm=91028" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Committee on Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Division</a> where it must pass by a majority vote before moving forward in the legislative process.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Asset Forfeiture State Bills Equitable Sharing HF18 Minnesota Policing for Profit Mike Maharrey U.S. Border Patrol Set to Significantly Expand License Plate Surveillance With Third-Party Vendor https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/u-s-border-patrol-set-to-significantly-expand-license-plate-surveillance-with-third-party-vendor/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:10a8eb9a-50c7-b264-c92c-cbc4add13c19 Wed, 22 Jul 2020 00:13:11 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/u-s-border-patrol-set-to-significantly-expand-license-plate-surveillance-with-third-party-vendor/" title="U.S. Border Patrol Set to Significantly Expand License Plate Surveillance With Third-Party Vendor" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/01/alpr-1280-2020.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/01/alpr-1280-2020.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/01/alpr-1280-2020-980x551.png 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/01/alpr-1280-2020-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/01/alpr-1280-2020-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />A privacy impact assessment (PIA) released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security last week revealed that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin accessing commercially available license plate images and vehicle locations as part of its rapidly expanding surveillance program. According to the statement, &#8220;CBP plans to use an Automated Targeting System (ATS) [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/u-s-border-patrol-set-to-significantly-expand-license-plate-surveillance-with-third-party-vendor/" title="U.S. Border Patrol Set to Significantly Expand License Plate Surveillance With Third-Party Vendor" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/01/alpr-1280-2020.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/01/alpr-1280-2020.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/01/alpr-1280-2020-980x551.png 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/01/alpr-1280-2020-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/01/alpr-1280-2020-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>A privacy impact assessment (PIA) released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security last week revealed that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin accessing commercially available license plate images and vehicle locations as part of its rapidly expanding surveillance program.<span id="more-34939"></span></p> <p>According to <a href="https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/privacy-pia-cbp049a-cbplprtechnology-july2020.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the statement</a>, &#8220;CBP plans to use an Automated Targeting System (ATS) to access commercially available automatic license plate reader (<a href="https://www.eff.org/pages/automated-license-plate-readers-alpr" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ALPR</a>) information from a vendor service in order to provide CBP law enforcement personnel with a broader ability to search license plates of interest nationwide.&#8221;</p> <p>The PIA does not identify the third-party vendor.</p> <p>This represents a significant expansion of CBP&#8217;s use of ALPRs. Prior to the release of the privacy assessment statement, CBP only tracked information collected with its own ALPR technology. According to the PIA, the third-party databases that the CBP will have access to contain license plate information collected by “private businesses (e.g., parking garages), local governments (e.g., toll booth cameras), law enforcement agencies, and financial institutions via their contracted repossession companies.&#8221;</p> <p>This will give CBP a powerful tool to track vehicles across the country without a warrant.</p> <p>According to the PIA, CPB agents will be able to enter a license plate number, a vehicle make or model, or the location of the license plate reader and get back “any responsive records” from the database, “with a primary focus on reads occurring within the last 30 days.&#8221;</p> <p>ALPRs can scan, capture and record thousands of license plates every minute and store them in massive databases, along with date, time and location information.</p> <p>Records <a href="https://www.eff.org/pages/automated-license-plate-reader-dataset" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation</a> (EFF) through open records requests encompassed information compiled by 200 law enforcement agencies that utilize ALPRs. The data revealed more than <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/11/2-5-billion-surveillance-state-goes-wild-good-morning-liberty-11-16-18/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2.5 billion license plate scans</a> in just two years (2016 and 2017).</p> <p>Perhaps more concerning, this gigantic sample of license plate scans reveals that 99.5 percent of this data was collected regardless of whether the vehicle or its owner was suspected of being involved in criminal activity. On average, agencies share this data with a minimum of <b>160 other agencies</b>. In some cases, agencies share this data with as many as <b>800 other agencies</b>.</p> <p>The proliferation of private vendors selling ALPR data to government agencies means even more information accessible to law enforcement. It is rapidly becoming possible to track your movements everywhere you go.</p> <p>Police generally configure ALPRs to store the photograph, the license plate number, and the date, time, and location of a vehicle’s license plate, which is bad enough. But according to <a href="https://www.aclu.org/files/assets/071613-aclu-alprreport-opt-v05.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">records obtained by the ACLU</a> via a Freedom of Information Act request, these systems also capture photographs of drivers and their passengers.</p> <p>With the FBI <a href="https://money.cnn.com/2014/09/16/technology/security/fbi-facial-recognition/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">rolling out a nationwide facial-recognition program</a> in the fall of 2014, and the federal government building <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/07/12/dont-rely-on-congress-to-stop-facial-recognition-surveillance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a giant biometric database</a> with pictures provided by the states and corporate friends, the feds can potentially access stored photographs of drivers and passengers, along with detailed data revealing their location and activities. With this kind of information, government agents can easily find individuals without warrants or oversight, for any reason whatsoever.</p> <p>The DEA has been tracking license plates for years. As reported in the <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-spies-on-millions-of-cars-1422314779?autologin=y" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><i>Wall Street Journal</i></a>, the agency tracks the location of millions of vehicles through data provided by ALPRs operated on a state and local level. They’ve engaged in this for nearly a decade, all without a warrant, or even public notice of the policy. State and local law enforcement agencies operate most of these tracking systems, paid for by federal grant money. The DEA then taps into the local database to track the whereabouts of millions of people – for the “crime” of driving – without having to operate a huge network itself.</p> <p>The expansion of CBP license plate tracking provides another example of how various federal, state, and local government agencies, along with private entities, are creating an integrated surveillance state.</p> <p>Last month, we reported that <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/06/border-patrol-drone-used-to-spy-on-minneapolis-protests/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CBP flew an unarmed Predator drone over the streets of Minneapolis</a> to surveil protesters in the wake George Floyd’s death.</p> <p>This proves warnings about surveillance mission-creep should be heeded. If we allow the government to operate invasive surveillance technology without limits, there will literally be no limits to the level of spying the government will subject us to.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> License Plate Tracking ALPR CBP Fourth Amendment Homeland Security license plate reader surveillance Mike Maharrey A Quick Take on What’s Happening in Portland https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/a-quick-take-on-whats-happening-in-portland/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:8ab628eb-c071-5e96-b6c6-41c88b02a693 Wed, 22 Jul 2020 00:11:20 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/a-quick-take-on-whats-happening-in-portland/" title="A Quick Take on What&#8217;s Happening in Portland" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />Reminder: The US “federal” government spends almost twice what the communist regime does in China (with 1/4 the population). It endlessly wages war, spies on everyone all the time, regulates the market into oblivion, has a laundry list of gun control measures on the books, manipulates the economy with its central bank &#8211; causing the [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/a-quick-take-on-whats-happening-in-portland/" title="A Quick Take on What&#8217;s Happening in Portland" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/portland-protest-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>Reminder: The US “federal” government spends almost twice what the communist regime does in China (with 1/4 the population).</p> <p>It endlessly wages war, spies on everyone all the time, regulates the market into oblivion, has a laundry list of gun control measures on the books, manipulates the economy with its central bank &#8211; causing the boom-bust cycle that has hurt millions, it rips people off through massive tax schemes &#8211; and asset forfeiture, funds a propaganda machine called &#8220;public education,&#8221; claims the power of &#8220;indefinite detention,&#8221; forces the doctrine of qualified immunity on all 50 states, has a military budget larger than the next 10 countries combined, runs up debts that can&#8217;t be repaid and will cause economic misery for generations&#8230;</p> <p>&#8230;and plenty more. I could spend all day pointing out the crimes of the imperial government in Washington D.C.</p> <p>To me, it is the greatest threat to liberty on earth. There is no reason to defend this organization, ever.</p> <p>They certainly don&#8217;t need it. Or deserve it.</p> <p>And here&#8217;s <a href="https://mises.org/power-market/about-those-spooky-federal-cops-portland">Jeff Deist from Mises</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>Constitutionally, there are only three federal crimes: treason, piracy, and counterfeiting. No standing federal police agencies or apparatus are required to enforce these; in fact the latter appears to be the express policy of our central bank. There should not be federal agents, overt or covert, in Portland. The riots taking place there are criminal matters for local authorities and local authorities alone. If residents and local politicians prefer to give the mob freedom to run amok over both public (taxpayer) and private property, while also threatening the physical safety of ordinary citizens, Uncle Sam has nothing to say about it. But the same people who demanded endless growth in the federal police and regulatory state ought to be more circumspect today. A cynic might call them hypocrites.</p></blockquote> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Big Government Current Events Federal Government Portland Michael Boldin REAL ID Ravages Our Liberty https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/21/real-id-ravages-our-liberty/ Tenth Amendment Center urn:uuid:85bca8e8-4468-1fe0-f42d-83e4cdb747d5 Tue, 21 Jul 2020 22:23:21 +0000 <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/21/real-id-ravages-our-liberty/" title="REAL ID Ravages Our Liberty" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/shutterstock_213777280-us-license-real-id-1280.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/shutterstock_213777280-us-license-real-id-1280.png 1280w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/shutterstock_213777280-us-license-real-id-1280-980x551.png 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/shutterstock_213777280-us-license-real-id-1280-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/shutterstock_213777280-us-license-real-id-1280-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />National ID cards have been atop the command-and-control political wish list for decades. In the 1990s, Republican Congresses shot down efforts to move toward national identification cards. However, after 9/11, “everything changed” and politicians seized the chance to unleash far more snooping and create potentially hundreds of millions of dossiers on American citizens. Congress passed [&#8230;] <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/21/real-id-ravages-our-liberty/" title="REAL ID Ravages Our Liberty" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/shutterstock_213777280-us-license-real-id-1280.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/shutterstock_213777280-us-license-real-id-1280.png 1280w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/shutterstock_213777280-us-license-real-id-1280-980x551.png 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/shutterstock_213777280-us-license-real-id-1280-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/shutterstock_213777280-us-license-real-id-1280-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>National ID cards have been atop the command-and-control political wish list for decades. In the 1990s, Republican Congresses shot down efforts to move toward national identification cards. However, after 9/11, “everything changed” and politicians seized the chance to unleash far more snooping and create potentially hundreds of millions of dossiers on American citizens.<span id="more-29390"></span></p> <p>Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 as part of an enormous piece of legislation dealing with military appropriations and tsunami relief. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), one of the few opponents, warned that the REAL ID Act granted “open-ended authority to the Secretary of Homeland Security to require biometric information on IDs in the future. This means your harmless-looking driver’s license could contain a retina scan, fingerprints, DNA information, or radiofrequency technology.”</p> <p>While Ron Paul was often derided by the media as paranoid while he was in Congress, the bandwagon against REAL ID was quickly boarded by both liberals and conservatives. Twenty-five states passed resolutions objecting to the law or signaling that they would not comply. The Electronic Frontier Foundation declared in 2007, “A federal law that aims to conscript the states into creating a national ID system … is precisely the kind of scheme that the framers expected that federalism would guard against.” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff fanned fears after he wrote an op-ed that boasted that “by embracing REAL ID, we can indeed cash a check, hire a baby-sitter, board a plane, or engage in countless other activities with confidence.” But why should federal bureaucrats have any role in certifying babysitters?</p> <p>The DHS eventually compelled submission by state governments by announcing that the TSA would prohibit Americans from flying unless they have either a REAL ID Act–approved driver’s license or a passport. The Supreme Court ruled in 1999 that the “‘constitutional right to travel from one State to another’ is firmly embedded in our jurisprudence.” However, after 9/11 politicians, bureaucrats, and judges discovered another exemption to the Fourth Amendment. But REAL ID Act policies routinely scorned both the Bill of Rights and Supreme Court rulings.</p> <p>Most Americans do not possess passports, so federally approved state driver’s licenses are the new de facto internal passports. Almost a hundred million Americans do not have REAL ID–compliant identification as of late 2019, according to the U.S. Travel Association. In Minnesota, fewer than 12 percent of drivers have licenses that will not be rejected at TSA checkpoints starting on October 1. States and individuals are chaotically scrambling to meet the law’s shifting demands. Twitter is echoing with howls of people who spend hours at motor vehicle administration offices only to have their paperwork rejected because of picayune quibbles.</p> <p><strong>Driver’s licenses</strong></p> <p>But the REAL ID law poses perils far beyond the airport entrance. Maryland began issuing REAL ID driver’s licenses in 2009. In 2017, the Department of Homeland Security notified the state that its REAL ID licenses were invalid unless Maryland snared more documents for each driver. More than half a million drivers remain at risk of losing their licenses. Maryland is revoking thousands — if not tens of thousands — of driver’s licenses of people who failed to obey the MVA’s latest document demands.</p> <p>By August 2019, 8,000 Maryland driver’s licenses had been suspended and almost 60,000 others were at risk of being revoked. MVA spokesmen failed to respond to repeated press inquiries seeking the latest number of suspended licenses. Maryland police began seizing the license of any driver whom they stopped whose only offense was failure to hustle to show Maryland bureaucrats his birth certificate, passport, utility bills, Social Security card, or other proof of his identity.</p> <p>I was one of the Marylanders who received a summons to show up at MVA offices to prove my identity to comply with the REAL ID Act. I would have ignored the summons except that I didn’t want the state to again suspend my license or vehicle registration on frivolous pretexts. The state of Maryland claimed to be unsure who I was though they never hesitate to cash my property tax payments. Nor did my local government doubt my authenticity when they sent me a ticket from a red light camera at an intersection where the yellow light was quicker than a cat’s somersault.</p> <p>Even though I was aware of REAL ID perils, I showed up at a local MVA at the appointed time. The MVA clerk sifted through my stash of documentation and quickly found a problem.  While my driver’s license and passport identify me as “James,” the IRS Form 1099s I provided her identified me as “Jim” — a well-known ploy by terrorist groups. Luckily, I had brought extra documents and found a few 1099s with “James.” Otherwise, I might still be in Identity Oblivion.</p> <p>Since the 2005 enactment of the REAL ID Act, the federal government has helped bankroll the license-plate scanner networks that permit tracking any driver on the roads in many parts of the nation. If Maryland decides to target people who received cancellation notices, there are almost 500 license-plate scanners deployed in police cars and elsewhere in the state that compile almost half a billion scans of drivers per year. If the order is given to use the scanners, a thousand people a day could be stripped of their licenses and arrested. MVA spokesmen also failed to respond to inquiries about whether license-plate scanners may be used for enforcing REAL ID compliance demands. The same type of hammer could fall on citizens in other states who are snared by federally funded covert license-plate surveillance.</p> <p><strong>Keeping us safe</strong></p> <p>The REAL ID Act specifies a “mandatory facial image capture” for every applicant for a driver’s license, which must be “retained in electronic storage in a transferable format.” As Techdirt recently reported, “Federal investigators have turned state Department of Motor Vehicles databases into the bedrock of an unprecedented surveillance infrastructure.” The FBI is regularly tapping into databases with more than 600 million facial photos. But citizens have nothing to fear because, as the FBI’s Kimberly Del Greco recently testified to Congress, facial recognition technology is critical ‘‘to preserve our nation’s freedoms, ensure our liberties are protected, and preserve our security.’’ Del Greco did not seek to ease apprehensions on potential abuses of facial recognition regimes by invoking the example of China, where the communist regime uses such spying to round out its totalitarian surveillance.</p> <p>National ID cards will do far more to control than to protect Americans. The REAL ID Act could enable the feds to demand far more information in the future. If Maryland or other states have the prerogative to cancel driver’s licenses because of federal demands for people to show up with their passports or birth certificates, there is nothing to prevent future cancellations of licenses for people who balk at providing DNA samples or submitting to retina scans. The Justice Department proposed in January 2020 to begin collecting DNA from anyone (including U.S. citizens) detained at the U.S. border — an estimated 740,000 people a year. If another major terrorist attack occurs within the United States, politicians will very likely again stampede to grant any biometric-identity demands made by the FBI, DHS, or other federal agencies. And the same people who tell us we have no reason to fear such an abuse previously told us that we had nothing to fear from TSA screeners who were doing routine checks to ensure aviation safety.</p> <p>The biggest folly would be to presume that data roundups spurred by REAL ID and other federal policies will somehow keep Americans safe. REAL ID “harms national security by creating yet another ‘trusted’ credential for criminals to exploit,” warns the Electronic Privacy Information Center. The New Jersey Civil Liberties Union warned in 2016, “The collection, storage, and sharing of all New Jerseyans’ private identification information will create a treasure trove for cybercriminals and identity thieves. This amassment of sensitive information could easily be abused or misused by government officials as we have seen happen at federal agencies in the past.”</p> <p>There is no reason to presume that the REAL ID regime will not produce the same type of identity thefts that have long afflicted other federal personal data systems. REAL ID–compliance debacles later this year will be followed by security breaches that bureaucrats and politicians will claim they could never have anticipated. Centralizing personal data in vast databases increases the profits and risks of identity thefts, including thefts committed by state officials entrusted to keep the secrets. More than a dozen Maryland MVA employees have been convicted since 2005 for issuing fraudulent driver’s licenses, in some cases exploiting the names and data of real people to create phony identification. There were so many cases in recent years that the U.S. attorney for Maryland should have considered setting up branch offices at MVA offices to speed the arrest of MVA clerks.</p> <p>In July 2019, two California Division of Motor Vehicle employees were convicted of bribery and identity fraud for fraudulently issuing licenses to unqualified drivers. In New York, two Department of Motor Vehicle employees were arrested and charged with selling hundreds of “official driver’s licenses with other people’s names to customers, which included convicted sex offenders, a drunk driver, and even someone who said they were on the no-fly list,” NBC News reported.</p> <p>REAL ID could also be used to undermine Second Amendment rights. The 2020 presidential campaign has spurred repeated promises to seize all privately owned AR-15s and to impose other sweeping prohibitions on peaceful Americans. If an overtly anti-gun candidate becomes president, the federal government might seek to require showing REAL ID papers to purchase firearms. The resulting database could provide a roadmap for future confiscations. California is already restricting purchases of ammunition; the REAL ID Act could make it easy to stretch that nitwit mandate nationwide.</p> <p>Massive databases of personal data will do nothing to boost the candor of the FBI or the competence of the TSA (which misses up to 80 percent of the weapons and mock bombs testers take through checkpoints). TSA agents are so lunkheaded that they routinely hassle people with driver’s licenses from the District of Columbia — as if that was a foreign country.</p> <p>The biggest REAL ID fraud is the claim that Americans will be more secure after the feds further overrun their privacy. At the same time that the government is demanding ever more personal information from Americans, it is keeping more secrets than ever before — trillions of pages per year. There is no reason for citizens to trust REAL ID more than Washington trusts American citizens.</p> <p><em>This article was originally published in the May 2020 edition of</em> <a href="https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/journal/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Future of Freedom</a> and on the <a href="https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-real-id-act-ravages-our-liberty/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">FFF website</a>.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Real ID Act Surveillance dhs drivers-license Police State Real ID James Bovard Blindness on Iraq War “Patriotism” https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/blindness-on-iraq-war-patriotism/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:eb2dc217-eafa-5ac1-8f53-a6621e0edb29 Mon, 20 Jul 2020 19:18:50 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/blindness-on-iraq-war-patriotism/" title="Blindness on Iraq War &#8220;Patriotism&#8221;" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />A recent op-ed in the New York Times by Democrat Tammy Duckworth demonstrates that when it comes to “patriotism,” liberals are as morally blind as conservatives. Duckworth’s op-ed goes after conservative Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson, who recently questioned Duckworth’s patriotism by suggesting that she didn’t love her country. Naturally, Duckworth, who lost her legs [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/blindness-on-iraq-war-patriotism/" title="Blindness on Iraq War &#8220;Patriotism&#8221;" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/bigstock-Political-Donkey-and-Elephant-85503878-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p class="p1"><span class="s1">A recent <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/09/opinion/tammy-duckworth-tucker-carlson.html?action=click&amp;module=Opinion&amp;pgtype=Homepage"><span class="s2">op-ed</span></a> in the <i>New York Times</i> by Democrat Tammy Duckworth demonstrates that when it comes to “patriotism,” liberals are as morally blind as conservatives.</span><span id="more-34969"></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Duckworth’s op-ed goes after conservative Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson, who recently questioned Duckworth’s patriotism by suggesting that she didn’t love her country. Naturally, Duckworth, who lost her legs while serving as a soldier in the U.S. military in Iraq, took umbrage over Carlson’s attack and responded quite vociferously in her op-ed.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Much of the controversy involves meaningless exchanges that regularly take place between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives. That’s mostly because both leftists and rightists believe in the welfare-warfare state way of life.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">But there is one aspect of Duckworth’s op-ed that deserves addressing because it so clearly shows that when it comes to war, the left-wing is as morally obtuse as the right wing.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Duckworth writes:</span></p> <blockquote> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Even knowing how my tour in Iraq would turn out, even knowing that I’d lose both my legs in a battlefield just north of Baghdad in late 2004, I would do it all over again. Because if there’s anything that my ancestors’ service taught me, it’s the importance of protecting our founding values, including every American’s right to speak out.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">So while I would put on my old uniform and go to war all over again to protect the right of Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump to say offensive things on TV and Twitter….</span></p> </blockquote> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">What Duckworth obviously still hasn’t come to the terms with is that her military service in Iraq had absolute nothing to do with protecting the right of freedom of speech of the American people. That’s because neither the Iraqi regime nor the Iraqi people were threatening the freedom of speech of the American people.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">What Duckworth obviously still doesn’t recognize is that it was the U.S. government that was the aggressor in the Iraq War. She was part of a military force — the most powerful in history — that attacked and then occupied an impoverished Third World country that had never attacked and then occupied the United States or even threatened to do so.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Yes, I know, U.S. officials called the operation “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” But that was just propaganda. The operation had nothing to do with bringing freedom to Iraq, any more than it did with protecting the right to Americans to exercise freedom of speech. The purpose of the operation was to replace Iraqi dictator (and former U.S. partner and ally) Saddam Hussein with another U.S. stooge.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Moreover, let’s not forget that every U.S. soldier who served in Iraq, including Duckworth, was serving in an illegal war. It was illegal given that there was no congressional declaration of war against Iraq, as the Constitution requires. It was also illegal under international law because it violated the principle against wars of aggression established by the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Let’s also not forget about the countless Iraqis who were killed in the process. By being deprived of their lives, they were also deprived of their right of freedom of speech.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Leftists and rightists can engage in their meaningless debates on “patriotism” all they want. Just leave out the part that holds that invading and occupying a country that has never attacked the United States protects the right of Americans to exercise freedom of speech because that just isn’t true. </span></p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Current Events The Opposition Hypocrisy Iraq War Tammy Duckworth Tucker Carlson Jacob Hornberger St. Louis Committee Passes Ordinance to Create Oversight and Transparency for Surveillance Programs https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/st-louis-committee-passes-ordinance-to-create-oversight-and-transparency-for-surveillance-programs/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:6bf11119-d77d-1115-7011-88055fb75540 Mon, 20 Jul 2020 19:07:27 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/st-louis-committee-passes-ordinance-to-create-oversight-and-transparency-for-surveillance-programs/" title="St. Louis Committee Passes Ordinance to Create Oversight and Transparency for Surveillance Programs" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/st-louis-arch-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/st-louis-arch-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/st-louis-arch-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/st-louis-arch-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/st-louis-arch-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />ST. LOUIS, Mo. (July 20, 2020) &#8211;  Last week, a St. Louis City Board of Alderman committee passed an ordinance that would set the stage to limit the acquisition and use of surveillance technology by law enforcement and other city agencies. The proposed law would also help limit the impact of the federal surveillance state. Alderwoman [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/st-louis-committee-passes-ordinance-to-create-oversight-and-transparency-for-surveillance-programs/" title="St. Louis Committee Passes Ordinance to Create Oversight and Transparency for Surveillance Programs" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/st-louis-arch-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/st-louis-arch-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/st-louis-arch-1280-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/st-louis-arch-1280-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/st-louis-arch-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p><strong>ST. LOUIS</strong>, Mo. (July 20, 2020) &#8211;  Last week, a St. Louis City Board of Alderman committee passed an ordinance that would set the stage to limit the acquisition and use of surveillance technology by law enforcement and other city agencies. The proposed law would also help limit the impact of the federal surveillance state.<span id="more-34964"></span></p> <p>Alderwoman Annie Rice (D-Ward 8) introduced Board Bill Number 95 (<a href="https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/internal-apps/legislative/upload/boardbill/BB%2095%20Combined%20Updated%202.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">BB95</a>) along with 10 other board members. Under the proposed ordinance, city entities would have to submit a detailed surveillance technology use plan and receive Board of Alderman approval before &#8220;acquiring, using, expanding the use or capacity of, or expending funds for the use of a surveillance technology; and before acquiring, borrowing, or using surveillance technology or surveillance data from another person or entity, or providing or sharing city-owned or possessed surveillance technology, or the use of any surveillance technology or data therefrom.&#8221; The ordinance would also require at least one public hearing before a vote on the surveillance technology plan.</p> <p>“What we’re asking is for there to be, in the City of St. Louis, civilian oversight of any of our surveillance technology that is out there right now and that could be coming in the future,” Rice said during the July 13 meeting.</p> <p>The aldermanic Public Safety Committee passed the ordinance 4-1. It will now move to the full board for consideration.</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.stlamerican.com/news/local_news/surveillance-privacy-bill-advances-on-heels-of-spy-plane-resolution/article_82172078-c6de-11ea-9572-bf592da26c17.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the <em>St. Louis American</em></a>, a city audit found that the Board of Public Service spent about $4 million on the deployment of cameras and license plate readers (LPRs) using ward capital funds and other funding sources some of which include federal and private funding sources.</p> <p>According to a 2018 report <a href="https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2018/05/07/as-surveillance-cameras-spread-through-st-louis-aldermen-call-for-regulation" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">in the <em>Riverfront Times</em></a>, police already operate more than 500 surveillance cameras throughout the city.</p> <blockquote><p>“The city launched the Real Time Crime Center in May 2015, allowing for police to monitor activity throughout the city in, yes, real time via surveillance cameras, including license plate recognition systems, which scan traffic for stolen cars. Police say the privately funded center has increased safety for both citizens and police officers.”</p></blockquote> <p>Passage of the proposed ordinance would take the first step toward ensuring surveillance technology is operated with transparency and oversight in St. Louis. It would also give residents a say in the process and provide an avenue to limit the proliferation of surveillance technology.</p> <p><a href="https://offnow.org/local-cops-have-access-to-mind-boggling-array-of-spy-gear/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Local police have access to a mind-boggling array of surveillance equipment</a>. As it now stands, many law enforcement agencies can obtain this high-tech, extremely intrusive technology without any approval or oversight. The federal government often provides grants and other funding sources for this spy-gear, meaning local governments can keep their purchase “off the books.” Members of the community, and even elected officials, often don’t know their police departments possess technology capable of sweeping up electronic data, phone calls and location information.</p> <p>In some cases, the feds even require law enforcement agencies to sign non-disclosure agreements, wrapping surveillance programs in an even darker shroud of secrecy. We know for a fact the FBI required the Baltimore Police Department to sign such an agreement when it obtained stingray technology. This policy of nondisclosure even extends to the courtroom, with the feds actually instructing prosecutors to withdraw evidence if judges or legislators press for information. As the <a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-stingray-case-20150408-story.html#page=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-et-has-event-already="true">Baltimore Sun reported</a>, a Baltimore detective refused to answer questions about the department’s use of stingray devices on the stand during a trial, citing a federal nondisclosure agreement.</p> <p>As <a href="https://privacysos.org/node/1715" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">privacysos.org</a> put it, “The FBI would rather police officers and prosecutors let ‘criminals’ go than face a possible scenario where a defendant brings a Fourth Amendment challenge to warrantless stingray spying.”</p> <p><strong>Impact on Federal Programs</strong></p> <p>Information collected by local law enforcement undoubtedly ends up in federal databases. The feds can share and tap into vast amounts of information gathered at the state and local level through fusion centers and a system known as the “information sharing environment” or ISE.</p> <p>Fusion centers were sold as a tool to combat terrorism, but that is not how they are being used. The ACLU pointed to a <a href="https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/investigations/media/investigative-report-criticizes-counterterrorism-reporting-waste-at-state-and-local-intelligence-fusion-centers" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bipartisan congressional report</a> to demonstrate the true nature of government fusion centers: “They haven’t contributed anything meaningful to counterterrorism efforts. Instead, they have largely served as police surveillance and information sharing nodes for law enforcement efforts targeting the frequent subjects of police attention: Black and brown people, immigrants, dissidents, and the poor.”</p> <p>Fusion centers operate within the broader ISE. According to <a href="http://www.dni.gov/index.php/about/organization/information-sharing-environment-what-we-do" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">its website</a>, the ISE “provides analysts, operators, and investigators with information needed to enhance national security. These analysts, operators, and investigators…have mission needs to collaborate and share information with each other and with private sector partners and our foreign allies.” In other words, ISE serves as a conduit for the sharing of information gathered without a warrant. Known ISE partners include the Office of Director of National Intelligence which oversees 17 federal agencies and organizations, including the NSA. ISE utilizes these partnerships to collect and share data on the millions of unwitting people they track.</p> <p>The federal government encourages and funds surveillance technology including ALPRs, drones and stingrays at the state and local level across the U.S. In return, it undoubtedly gains access to a massive data pool on Americans without having to expend the resources to collect the information itself. By requiring approval and placing the acquisition of spy gear in the public spotlight, local governments can take the first step toward limiting the surveillance state at both the local and national level.</p> <p>In a nutshell, without state and local cooperation, the feds have a much more difficult time gathering information. This represents a major blow to the surveillance state and a win for privacy.</p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Local Surveillance #TaleCTRL BB95 Fourth Amendment Missouri Privacy St. Louis surveillance Mike Maharrey Big Spenders to the Right and the Left: Mind-Numbing Deficit Numbers Keep Growing https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/big-spenders-to-the-right-and-the-left-mind-numbing-deficit-numbers-keep-growing/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:ab0dd489-9f48-7c3d-a345-852c41eda888 Mon, 20 Jul 2020 17:40:58 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/big-spenders-to-the-right-and-the-left-mind-numbing-deficit-numbers-keep-growing/" title="Big Spenders to the Right and the Left: Mind-Numbing Deficit Numbers Keep Growing" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/path-072020.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-072020.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-072020-980x551.jpg 980w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2020/07/path-072020-480x270.jpg 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2020/07/path-072020-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />The federal reserve is the engine that drives the most powerful government in history. 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And big spenders on both sides in D.C. are more than happy to push for more, and more…and more. Path to Liberty: July 20, The federal reserve is the engine that drives the most powerful government in history. And big spenders on both sides in D.C. are more than happy to push for more, and more…and more. Path to Liberty: July 20, 2020 PODCAST VERSION Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | Spotify | RSS SHOW LINKS: JOIN […] The Federal Reserve: The Engine that Drives the Powerful Government in History https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/18/the-federal-reserve-the-engine-that-drives-the-powerful-government-in-history/ Tenth Amendment Center urn:uuid:1853bdd4-d5ea-7f1d-ef9a-ef29ba7359f7 Sat, 18 Jul 2020 18:56:43 +0000 <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/18/the-federal-reserve-the-engine-that-drives-the-powerful-government-in-history/" title="The Federal Reserve: The Engine that Drives the Powerful Government in History" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/end-the-fed-1280-feb-2020.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/end-the-fed-1280-feb-2020.png 1280w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/end-the-fed-1280-feb-2020-980x551.png 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/end-the-fed-1280-feb-2020-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/end-the-fed-1280-feb-2020-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />Over the last few years, the sound money has become one of the Tenth Amendment Center&#8217;s primary policy areas. The objective; create an environment for currency competition that can potentially undermine the Federal Reserve&#8217;s monopoly on money. Why? Because the Fed is the engine that drives the most powerful government in this history of the [&#8230;] <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/18/the-federal-reserve-the-engine-that-drives-the-powerful-government-in-history/" title="The Federal Reserve: The Engine that Drives the Powerful Government in History" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/end-the-fed-1280-feb-2020.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/end-the-fed-1280-feb-2020.png 1280w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/end-the-fed-1280-feb-2020-980x551.png 980w, https://tenthamendment-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/end-the-fed-1280-feb-2020-480x270.png 480w" sizes="(min-width: 0px) and (max-width: 480px) 480px, (min-width: 481px) and (max-width: 980px) 980px, (min-width: 981px) 1280px, 100vw" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/end-the-fed-1280-feb-2020-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>Over the last few years, the sound money has become one of the Tenth Amendment Center&#8217;s primary policy areas. The objective; create an environment for currency competition that can potentially undermine the Federal Reserve&#8217;s monopoly on money.</p> <p>Why?</p> <p>Because <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/06/17/the-federal-reserve-the-engine-that-powers-the-most-powerful-government-in-history/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the Fed is the engine that drives the most powerful government in this history of the world</a>.</p> <p>Money is power, and the Federal Reserve serves as an unlimited spigot pumping dollars the economy. It monetizes the federal debt and enables a level of borrowing that wouldn&#8217;t be possible otherwise. Without the Fed, there would be no foreign wars. There would be no massive, unsustainable social programs. There would be no police state. There would be no corporate welfare programs. The federal government would truly be limited.</p> <p>If you want to end unconstitutional, overreaching federal power — end the Fed.</p> <p>All of this money printing and intervention also distorts the economy.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before the crash in the first quarter of 2020, the stock market soared to record highs in 2019. The surging markets were a favorite subject of President Trump’s Twitter feed. It was proof, according to him, that we experienced “the greatest economy in American history.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To hear the president tell it, the world had never seen this kind of economic growth. But the truth is the world did see it &#8211; during the Obama administration. Economic growth during the Trump administration looked an awful lot like economic growth during the Obama era. In 2019, GDP grew by 2.3 percent. That wasn’t even as high as Obama’s best year. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In historical terms, U.S. economic growth in 2019 was tepid.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The crash in early 2020 revealed the rot in the economy’s foundation. While most people blame the coronavirus for the market crash, the pandemic was merely the pin that popped the bubble. In fact, we saw trouble in the stock markets in the fall of 2018, long before the coronavirus reared its ugly head. The Fed had to rush in a save the day by cutting interest rates.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So, if the economy wasn’t really booming, why was the stock market setting records? And how did it revive so quickly after the coronavirus crash in March 2020?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Look no further than the Federal Reserve.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You simply cannot grasp the economic big-picture without understanding how Federal Reserve monetary policy drives the boom-bust cycle. The effects of all other government policies work within the Fed’s monetary framework. Money-printing and interest rate manipulations fuel booms and the inevitable attempt to return to “normalcy” precipitates busts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In simplest terms, easy money blows up bubbles. Bubbles pop and set off a crisis. Rinse. Wash. Repeat.</span></p> <p>The Fed wields enormous power through its ability to maintain a monopoly on money. It also creates a weakness because there are steps we can take to undermine and break down that monopoly power.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">By passing laws that encourage and incentivize the use of gold, silver and cryptocurrency in daily transactions by the general public, state action has the potential to create a wide-reaching impact and set the foundation to nullify the Fed’s monopoly power over the monetary system.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are a number of concrete steps states can take to expand the market for gold, silver and crypto as money.</span></p> <ul> <li>Recognize Gold and Silver as Legal Tender</li> <li>Eliminate Sales Taxes and Capital Gains Taxes on the Exchange of Money (Gold, Silver, Platinum)</li> <li>Establish State Gold Depositories</li> <li>Incentivize the use of cryptocurrency and eliminate all state taxes</li> </ul> <p>As <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/report/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">highlighted in the 2019-2020 State of the Nullification Movement report</a>, three states passed laws to encourage currency competition and <a href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/06/07/texas-bullion-depository-open-for-business/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Texas continued to ramp up operations at its gold depository</a>.</p> <p><b>The Big Picture</b><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The United States Constitution states in Article I, Section 10 that, “No State shall…make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Currently, all debts and taxes in states around the country are either paid with Federal Reserve notes (dollars), authorized as legal tender by Congress, or with coins issued by the U.S. Treasury &#8211; almost none of which contain gold or silver.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In </span><a href="https://mises.org/library/ending-federal-reserve-bottom-re-introducing-competitive-currency-state-adherence-article-i" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">a paper for the Mises Institute</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, constitutional tender expert Professor William Greene said that when people in multiple states actually start using gold and silver instead of Federal Reserve Notes, it would effectively nullify the Federal Reserve and end the federal government’s monopoly on money.</span></p> <blockquote><p><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Over time, as residents of the state use both Federal Reserve notes and silver and gold coins, the fact that the coins hold their value more than Federal Reserve notes do will lead to a ‘reverse Gresham’s Law’ effect, where good money (gold and silver coins) will drive out bad money (Federal Reserve notes).</span></i></p> <p><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As this happens, a cascade of events can begin to occur, including the flow of real wealth toward the state’s treasury, an influx of banking business from outside of the state – as people in other states carry out their desire to bank with sound money – and an eventual outcry against the use of Federal Reserve notes for any transactions.”</span></i></p></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once things get to that point, Federal Reserve notes would become largely unwanted and irrelevant for ordinary people.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All of these state efforts open the door for a serious push-back against the Fed and its monopoly on money. But state action alone won’t accomplish the goal. Ultimately, it will be up to everyday people to take advantage of these state laws and actually start using gold, silver and cryptocurrency as money. </span></p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Federal Reserve Constitutional Tender gold sound money Mike Maharrey Qualified Immunity: Created Out of Thin Air By Federal Judges https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/qualified-immunity-created-out-of-thin-air-by-federal-judges/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:37fca1ad-0f00-bf0f-35f3-ef13e71b8fa6 Sat, 18 Jul 2020 15:57:51 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/qualified-immunity-created-out-of-thin-air-by-federal-judges/" title="Qualified Immunity: Created Out of Thin Air By Federal Judges" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/03/court-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/03/court-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-279x157.jpg 279w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-768x432.jpg 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-1080x608.jpg 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />The Supreme Court recently passed on hearing several cases that could have ended or at least restricted qualified immunity. This is the legal doctrine that effectively shields police officers from being legally held accountable for misconduct such as using excessive force or violating rights. It shouldn&#8217;t come as any surprise that the Supreme Court decided [&#8230;] <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/qualified-immunity-created-out-of-thin-air-by-federal-judges/" title="Qualified Immunity: Created Out of Thin Air By Federal Judges" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/03/court-1280.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/03/court-1280.jpg 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-279x157.jpg 279w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-768x432.jpg 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-1080x608.jpg 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2019/03/court-1280-150x150.jpg" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>The Supreme Court recently passed on hearing several cases that could have ended or at least restricted qualified immunity. This is the legal doctrine that effectively shields police officers from being legally held accountable for misconduct such as using excessive force or violating rights. It shouldn&#8217;t come as any surprise that the Supreme Court decided not to take an opportunity to scale back qualified immunity. It created the concept in the first place. And thanks to the incorporation doctrine, it applies to every cop in the entire United States.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QualifiedImmunity?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QualifiedImmunity</a> was created out of thin air by the Supreme Court and applied to all the states by the incorporation doctrine. Centralization of power is bad for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/liberty?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#liberty</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/mmaharrey10th?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mmaharrey10th</a> <a href="https://t.co/Z53Yf0HqBh">pic.twitter.com/Z53Yf0HqBh</a></p> <p>&mdash; TenthAmendmentCenter (@TenthAmendment) <a href="https://twitter.com/TenthAmendment/status/1272551037035925505?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 15, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><strong>For Further Reading</strong></p> <p class="pt-cv-title"><a class="_blank cvplbd" href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/06/13/how-federal-courts-gave-us-qualified-immunity/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How Federal Courts Gave Us Qualified Immunity</a></p> <p class="pt-cv-title"><a class="_blank cvplbd" href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/05/30/the-incorporation-doctrine-broke-the-constitutional-system/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Incorporation Doctrine Broke the Constitutional System</a></p> <p class="pt-cv-title"><a class="_blank cvplbd" href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/05/23/the-incorporation-doctrine-and-the-bill-of-rights/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Incorporation Doctrine and the Bill of Rights</a></p> <p class="pt-cv-title"><a class="_blank cvplbd" href="https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/04/23/breaking-the-tenth-amendment/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Breaking the Tenth Amendment</a></p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Audio/Video Incorporation Doctrine Maharrey Minute federal courts Qualified Immunity Mike Maharrey How to Confront the Most Powerful Government in History https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/how-to-confront-the-most-powerful-government-in-history/ Tenth Amendment Center Blog urn:uuid:98f142c0-0364-bcf7-9374-b56afc83cdd1 Fri, 17 Jul 2020 21:57:18 +0000 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/how-to-confront-the-most-powerful-government-in-history/" title="How to Confront the Most Powerful Government in History" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/04/video-thumbnail-madison-refuse-to-cooperate.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/video-thumbnail-madison-refuse-to-cooperate.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/video-thumbnail-madison-refuse-to-cooperate-300x169.png 300w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/video-thumbnail-madison-refuse-to-cooperate-768x432.png 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/video-thumbnail-madison-refuse-to-cooperate-1024x576.png 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/video-thumbnail-madison-refuse-to-cooperate-178x100.png 178w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/video-thumbnail-madison-refuse-to-cooperate-50x28.png 50w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/video-thumbnail-madison-refuse-to-cooperate-75x42.png 75w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/04/video-thumbnail-madison-refuse-to-cooperate-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" />&#8220;Refuse to cooperate with officers of the Union.&#8221; That was a big part of James Madison&#8217;s advice for defeating federal programs. &#34;Refuse to cooperate with officers of the Union.&#34; That&#39;s James Madison&#39;s advice for defeating federal programs. @mmaharrey10th pic.twitter.com/ot0pKFp0ZD &#8212; TenthAmendmentCenter (@TenthAmendment) July 16, 2020 <a href="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2020/07/how-to-confront-the-most-powerful-government-in-history/" title="How to Confront the Most Powerful Government in History" rel="nofollow"><img width="1280" height="720" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/04/video-thumbnail-madison-refuse-to-cooperate.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="display: block; margin: auto; margin-bottom: 5px;max-width: 100%;" link_thumbnail="1" srcset="https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/video-thumbnail-madison-refuse-to-cooperate.png 1280w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/video-thumbnail-madison-refuse-to-cooperate-300x169.png 300w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/video-thumbnail-madison-refuse-to-cooperate-768x432.png 768w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/video-thumbnail-madison-refuse-to-cooperate-1024x576.png 1024w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/video-thumbnail-madison-refuse-to-cooperate-178x100.png 178w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/video-thumbnail-madison-refuse-to-cooperate-50x28.png 50w, https://3jc9u229pdq31afjhhp0b1lf-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/files/2018/04/video-thumbnail-madison-refuse-to-cooperate-75x42.png 75w" sizes="(max-width: 1280px) 100vw, 1280px" /></a><img width="150" height="150" src="https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/files/2018/04/video-thumbnail-madison-refuse-to-cooperate-150x150.png" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="" /><p>&#8220;Refuse to cooperate with officers of the Union.&#8221; That was a big part of James Madison&#8217;s advice for defeating federal programs.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">&quot;Refuse to cooperate with officers of the Union.&quot; That&#39;s James Madison&#39;s advice for defeating federal programs. <a href="https://twitter.com/mmaharrey10th?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mmaharrey10th</a> <a href="https://t.co/ot0pKFp0ZD">pic.twitter.com/ot0pKFp0ZD</a></p> <p>&mdash; TenthAmendmentCenter (@TenthAmendment) <a href="https://twitter.com/TenthAmendment/status/1283896591661756417?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 16, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <div class='ctx-subscribe-container ctx-personalization-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-social-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><div class='ctx-module-container ctx_default_placement ctx-clearfix'></div><span class="ctx-article-root"><!-- --></span> Audio/Video Maharrey Minute Strategy Federalist 46 James Madison Mike Maharrey