30 votes

CISPA 2013: Will Senate Vote to Violate Freedom To Contract & Privacy Rights?

“This is a total contradiction of what a free society is all about. The purpose of government is to protect the secrecy and the privacy of all individuals, not the secrecy of government” -Ron Paul

In a few hours, April 19th, 2013, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act / Cyber Protection Act-more clearly-a government internet takeover, will take to the Senate floor for a vote & a fight after the vote to bring it to the floor passed in house rules and passed the house floor vote, despite massive American outcry against the legislation and its useless amendments.

According to the legislative text and sponsors of the legislation, CISPA serves the purpose of protecting the cybersecurity of Americans and the companies that operate within the market Americans create.
Who could be against that? Who could turn down SECURITY? Who could turn down security on the internet, a revolutionary,rewarding, and risky network that connects individuals and businesses with each other, and with unique and innovative ideas, causes, news, and knowledge? Who could turn it down considering that participating in the internet and all of the glorious opportunities mentioned above eventually leads you to create an online “you”?

But what the planners behind CISPA 2013 do not make transparent to the American people is that the government’s goal with this cyber protection act is to make your internet “you”, your online communications and actions…transparent to government.

“Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds” -John Perry Barlow

That’s right,men like Senator Mike Rogers, the sponsor of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013, believe that protecting your internet SECURITY starts with legislating law that encourages and can even demand the sharing of your information from internet companies, even when illegally and in violation of Privacy Rights and Freedom to Contract, with government “and other entities”. This legislation endangers any information created, shared, and stored by you on the internet, including information protected by privacy agreements and contracts.

32 votes

Gitmo Is Killing Me - A First Hand Account

By SAMIR NAJI al HASAN MOQBEL | April 14, 2013 | New York Times

ONE man here weighs just 77 pounds. Another, 98. Last thing I knew, I weighed 132, but that was a month ago.

I’ve been on a hunger strike since Feb. 10 and have lost well over 30 pounds. I will not eat until they restore my dignity.

I’ve been detained at Guantánamo for 11 years and three months. I have never been charged with any crime. I have never received a trial.

20 votes

Bush - Era Torture Use "INDISPUTABLE.' Gitmo Must Close, Task Forces Finds - Video

Reuters | By Matt Spetalnick and Jane Sutton

An independent task force issued a damning review of Bush-era interrogation practices on Tuesday, saying the highest U.S. officials bore ultimate responsibility for the "indisputable" use of torture, and it urged President Barack Obama to close the Guantanamo detention camp by the end of 2014.

Read more: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/16/17781845-bush-era...

119 votes

Senate Rejects Gun Control Background Check Amendment 54-46

Vote count - 60 Yeas were need for passage, 6 votes short:
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_c...

The vote effectively kills any hope for a comprehensive law, and makes a mockery of Obama's recent aggressive anti-gun initiative.

Background Check Amendment Fails To Pass Senate, Gun Control In Tatters - 04/17/2013 17:11

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-17/background-check-am...

Following a full court press by the Obama administration, and specifically gun tzar Joe Biden, to legislate "stronger" gun law in the last several months ever since the Sandy Hook massacre, the initiative may have just suffered a terminal defeat following a failure to even pass a bipartisan background check amendment in the democrat-controlled Senate.

30 votes

Hagel deploys troops to Jordan

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered 200 troops to Jordan.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/17/world/us-jordan-troops-order/

It has been suggested that an action like this could be related to the release of a bi-partisan report Tuesday, concluding that both Presidents Bush, Jr. and Obama are guilty of war crimes. Would they do this to keep themselves out of jail?

U.S. Practiced Torture After 9/11, Nonpartisan Review Concludes
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/16/world/us-practiced-torture...

32 votes

North Carolina: Bill Introduced To Decriminalize Marijuana And Expunge Previous Convictions

House Bill 637, which lowers penalties for minor marijuana possession offenses, has been introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly. The measure has been referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee B, but has yet to be scheduled for a hearing.

HB 637 reduces penalties regarding the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana to a fine-only civil infraction. Those found guilty of possessing between one ounce and one and a half ounce of marijuana would face a Class 3 Misdemeanor.

40 votes

Ron Paul Launches Peace and Prosperity Institute

Press conference just wrapped up. Here is the website, check out the 'programs' (summer programs etc) and the 'About Us' for who is involved: www.ronpaulinstitute.org

Here are a bunch more pictures I got off twitter: http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?411613-Ron-Paul-...

26 votes

As America Is Distracted on Boston Bombing: US Senate Says They Will Back Israel Attack on Iran

Foreign Relations Committee of the US Senate votes in favor of resolution stipulating that US will support Israel in case it was forced to take military action against Iran

Yitzhak Benhorin | Published 04.17.13 | Israel News

WASHINGTON — Members of the US Senate's Foreign Relations Committee have adopted "Senate Resolution 65," according to which the US will support Israel in case it is compelled to take military action and actualize its right to self defense in the face of an Iranian threat.

30 votes

'Trotskyite' Ted Cruz adds amendment to Gun Bill

I'm on Cruz's newsletter no more. Comrade Cruz has revealed his true intentions as a full fledged statist. His amendment calls for funds to install surveillance equipment in schools, bribe states to submit data to Federal NICS database, and a load of other outrageous expenditures that won't solve a damn thing while expanding Federal power.

Cruz/Grasserly press release:
http://www.cruz.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=341424

PDF of amendments and bill:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/136484906/Grassley-Cruz-Substitute...

10 votes

Political Ponerology - Psychopaths: Almost Human

This is an amazing website with lots of information on this topic.

Psychopaths: Almost Human

www.ponerology.com

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