Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

November 22, 2010

Strip and Grope: Offensively Ineffective

By now, readers of this blog are well aware of the new search regime being enacted by the TSA: digital strip searches coupled with “enhanced” pat downs that include fondling of the genitalia. This has prompted more public outcry about the TSA than I have ever witnessed, everything from “If you touch my junk, I’ll [...]

Posted By: Quincy @ 6:30 am || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Individual Rights,Privacy
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November 20, 2010

Airport Activism Anyone?

With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up (and busiest travel day of the year), a group of concerned citizens is calling November 24th “National Opt-Out Day.” Wednesday, November 24, 2010 is NATIONAL OPT-OUT DAY! It’s the day ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government’s desire to virtually [...]

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November 18, 2010

Quote of the Day: 4th Amendment Be Damned Edition

“Nobody likes the 4th amendment being violated when going through the security line, but the truth of the matter is we are going to have to do it.”-Former. Asst. TSA administrator Mo McGowan So when the friendly TSA agents pull you out of the line for a groping or full body nudie scan as you [...]

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November 12, 2010

Sarah Palin E-Mail Hacker Goes To Prison For Doing Something Uncle Sam Does Every Day

To paraphrase the sign on Ron Paul’s desk, don’t break into someone’s email account that’s the government’s job: A former University of Tennessee student who was convicted of hacking into Sarah Palin’s e-mail during the 2008 presidential election has been sentenced to a year and a day in custody. A federal judge recommended Friday that [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:22 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Civil Liberties,Constitution,Individual Rights,Privacy,The Surveillance State
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October 1, 2010

Quote of the Day: No, Cops Do Not Have Any Expectation of Privacy Edition

Anthony Graber, the man who was charged for violating Maryland’s wiretapping law for recording on his motorcycle helmet cam and posting a video to YouTube of an undercover cop who pulled a gun on him during a traffic stop will not spend the next 16 years of his life in prison. Hartford County Circuit Judge [...]

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September 14, 2010

Cato Presents: Cops on Camera

As cameras have become more available to individuals and government alike, viral videos of cops behaving badly have become quite pervasive on the internet. This short video by The Cato Institute provides a few recent examples of this relatively new phenomenon and explains why recording the actions of police and government officials for all the [...]

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July 19, 2010

Tweet Of The Day

@ezraklein Downside of #topsecretamerica: It’s watching everything you do. Upside: It doesn’t know what it’s seeing. I believe that’s intended to be reassuring. What I’m not sure Ezra understands is that this is probably WORSE, because it’s less likely to be indiscriminately applied. Rather, it’s far more likely to be abused for political or personal [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:05 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Ethics,Privacy,The Surveillance State,Tweet Of The Day
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May 22, 2010

Comment of the Day: The ‘Why Politics Sucks’ Edition

Re: Rand Paul Under Attack from the Left for his ‘Lunch Counter Libertarianism’ This is why politics sucks. When you actually consider what the significance of Paul’s very nuanced view on this is and then juxtapose over what his potential duties as Senator would be, you quickly come to the correct conclusion that this matter [...]

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May 20, 2010

Rand Paul Under Attack from the Left for his ‘Lunch Counter Libertarianism’

Now that Dr. Rand Paul easily dispatched the big government establishment Republican candidate Trey Grayson in the Kentucky senate primary, the Left is already on the attack. Rachel Maddow had Dr. Paul on her show regarding some comments he made concerning the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The issue: the notion that the federal government should [...]

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April 15, 2010

Abortion Is Not Libertarian — Or Conservative Or Liberal

In libertarian circles, the abortion issue is a thorny one, for the same reason as in the general political spectrum: it depends on a priori beliefs outside those of a political philosophy. It comes down to two different potential mutually exclusive beliefs: The intrinsic “human-ness” of a fetus begins at conception, or viability, or wherever [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:41 pm || Permalink || Comments (31) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Abortion,Human Rights,Individual Rights,Privacy,Reproductive Rights
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April 14, 2010

Flex Your Rights Presents: 10 Rules for Dealing with Police

The Bill of Rights provides citizens basic protections against unlawful searches and seizures via the Fourth Amendment, protections against self incrimination via the Fifth Amendment, and the right to an attorney via the Sixth Amendment. On a theoretical level, most people probably know this but what does this mean on a practical level? If the [...]

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March 21, 2010

A Victory for the Democrats

Tonight’s Obamacare vote was a victory for the Democratic Party. That much cannot be questioned. Was it just a victory over heathen Republicans who have yet to see the light? No. It was so much more… It was a victory over ethics: “When the deal goes down… All this talk about rules… we make ‘em [...]

Posted By: Quincy @ 9:38 pm || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Individual Rights,Privacy
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March 8, 2010

Time To Buy Prostheses For My Junk

I have to think that’s the only acceptable reaction to this: The Transportation Security Administration is spreading airport body-scanner technology across the country. A TSA official said Friday that units will be fielded next week in Chicago, and in the coming months at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; San Jose, Calif.; Columbus, Ohio; San Diego; Charlotte, N.C.; [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:36 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Privacy,Security,The Surveillance State
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February 18, 2010

Crystal Mangum Strikes Again

From The Associated Press: Crystal Mangum, 31, was arrested late Wednesday on charges including assaulting her boyfriend, Durham police said in a press release. Durham County jail records indicate she also was charged with identity theft, communicating threats, damage to property, resisting an officer and misdemeanor child abuse. A judge ordered that she remain in [...]

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January 7, 2010

Your Government – Doing What They Do Best Better Than Anyone

This has been making the rounds, and I’d be remiss not to post it here considering how much time I spend in the air.

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:45 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Civil Liberties,Privacy,The Surveillance State
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January 4, 2010

Quote Of The Day

From Jonah Goldberg, re: airline security: Anyone who flies regularly will tell you, the hellishness of airline travel is not primarily derived from the outrage of lost privacy, it’s derived from the outrage of inefficient, time-consuming idiocy. I would gladly trade the privacy invasion that would come with those body scanners in Total Recall in [...]

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October 28, 2009

The Institute for Justice Challenges Unjust Law Banning Compensation for Bone Marrow

In January 2008 I wrote a post calling for the repeal of the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984. As I mentioned in the post, many thousands of lives are being sacrificed because of the moral hang-ups of certain individuals who think its icky to sell organs to people who need them. How dare they. [...]

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October 21, 2009

Government Reasonability Quiz

On Monday morning around 5:30 a.m. in Springfield, Virginia, Eric Williamson was making coffee (in the privacy of his own home) in the buff. Unbeknownst to Williamson, a woman and her 7 year old son could see him in all his glory as they took a shortcut through his front yard. The woman, horrified that [...]

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September 17, 2009

Happy Constitution Day

Two Hundred Twenty Two years ago in Philadelphia, the Constitution Convention in Philadelphia completed it’s work. At the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 18, 1787, a Mrs. Powel anxiously awaited the results, and as Benjamin Franklin emerged from the long task now finished, asked him directly: “Well Doctor, what have we [...]

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September 16, 2009

Hope And Change Update: Obama Backs Extension Of PATRIOT Act

The more things change, the more they stay the same: WASHINGTON — The Obama administration supports extending three key provisions of the Patriot Act that are due to expire at the end of the year, the Justice Department told Congress in a letter made public Tuesday. Lawmakers and civil rights groups had been pressing the [...]

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