25 votes

Event Video: Alex Jones Storms The Capitol!

Alex Jones Storms The Capitol DAY ONE of the CONTINUED WINNING FIGHT for FREEDOM


And here is the local news coverage....
Alex Jones Calls Texas Senators Cowards At Texas Capitol For Caving To Fed TSA Threats




21 votes

There’s a Secret Patriot Act, Senator Says

You may think you understand how the Patriot Act allows the government to spy on its citizens. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) says it’s worse than you’ve heard.

But Wyden says that what Congress will renew is a mere fig leaf for a far broader legal interpretation of the Patriot Act that the government keeps to itself — entirely in secret. Worse, there are hints that the government uses this secret interpretation to gather what one Patriot-watcher calls a “dragnet” for massive amounts of information on private citizens; the government portrays its data-collection efforts much differently.

“We’re getting to a gap between what the public thinks the law says and what the American government secretly thinks the law says,” Wyden tells Danger Room in an interview in his Senate office. “When you’ve got that kind of a gap, you’re going to have a problem on your hands.”


135 votes

For the past seven hours, Senator Paul has been holding the Senate floor!

UPDATE: Rand Paul's Statement on the Patriot Act Extension

"For the past seven hours, Senator Paul has been holding the Senate floor, keeping Reid and his allies from rushing this bill through the Senate without debate or amendments."

Please give Senator Paul's office a call at 202-224-4343 to thank him for standing up for the American people and the Constitution!

Afterward, please give both of your senators another call through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Ask them to stand with Rand Paul, the Constitution, and the fundamental liberties that made America great by opposing the rushed extension of these three provisions without debate - and unamended.

Together, we have a great opportunity to make a difference, but I need you all to remain as steadfast and committed to this fight as Senator Paul.

I hope you will stand with Senator Paul and C4L by again contacting both of your senators to oppose the extension of the so-called "Patriot" Act.

In Liberty,

John Tate
Campaign for Liberty

21 votes

Texas: Anti TSA bill pulled after letter from DOJ

Correspondence from U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy warned of the potential consequences -- including the cancelation of flights to and from Texas -- if the anti-TSA-groping bill passes.

"I voted for it [HB 1937], and I know people have concerns ... but I get concerned when I see a letter from the Department of Justice" warning of the consequences, said Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (D-McAllen) this evening as Senators debated the bill.

LSR reviewed a copy of that letter, adressed to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Speaker Joe Straus, the House Clerk, and the Senate Secretary.

"If HR [sic] 1937 were enacted, the federal government would likely seek an emergency stay of the statute," the letter read, on U.S. Department of Justice, Western District of Texas, stationery. "Unless or until such a stay were granted, TSA would likely be required to cancel any flight or series of flights for which it could not ensure the safety of passengers and crew.

"We urge that you consider the ramifications of this bill before casting your vote," the letter concluded.

Bill author Rep. David Simpson's (R-Longview) staff said this amounts to the Department of Justice having "thrown down the gauntlet."

"Either Texas backs off and continues to let government employees fondle innocent women, children and men as a condition of travel," the staff wrote, "or the TSA [Transportation Safety Administration] has the authority tocancel flights or series of flights.

"... 97 percent of people who go though the nation's airports do not go through these offensive searches. And yet, a United States Attorney warns that flights to Texas could be shut down because TSA would not be able to ensure the safety of passengers and crew if agents could not touch genitals. Someone must make a stand against the atrocities of our government agents ..."

22 votes

Rand's Parliamentary Maneuver Explained

Resistance is NOT (yet) futile, thanks to Rand Paul
a letter on salon.com

This letter explains how Rand was able use parliamentary procedure to commandeer the senate floor for an extended period without filibuster. Basically Harry Reid was hoisted on his own petard! Rand must be a quick study.

Here are some other stories on what Rand is doing:


13 votes

The Hill: Patriot Act Powers May Lapse at End of Week

From the Hill:

A combination of the Senate’s arcane rules and Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) insistence on voting on several controversial amendments may cause the Patriot Act to lapse at the end of the week.

The expiration of the law before the passage of an extension would create an upheaval in the law enforcement community which relies on its authority to track suspected terrorists.


Even if Paul waives the 30 hours of post-cloture debate, lawmakers will have to scramble to get the extension signed into law by Thursday because President Obama is in Europe.

Officials will have to fly a copy of the Patriot Act extension overseas if they are to prevent it a range of law-enforcement powers from expiring.


16 votes

From Grassroots to Corn Stalks: Be an Independent Organizer

I notice that a lot of people on here have a lot of great ideas.

Iowa Straw Poll Phone Bank | County Committee[wo]men | iphone App | Facebook Page | PaulTube, etc.

I was at the SF meetup and saw the same thing, a lot of people with great ideas, but just like here, they were coming from people looking for consent to act.

I said something to the group about just doing the little things they get in the head, instead of waiting to come to the group or asking the group to do it (things like fliers, websites, facebook pages, videos, etc.). Basically, taking the idea of Grassroots to heart and being an Independent actor.

To that, John Dennis (ran against Pelosi for congress last year) said something to the effect of, "Instead of Grassroots I'm going to develop Ron Paul Corn stalks."

Be a Corn stalk. Be strong and independent. Do your thing and join with others who are doing their thing.

I'll put something together this weekend (have a couple RP related articles to write) with a resource list, etc. for the Corn stalk (Grassroots) Movement.

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