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Judge Brett Kavanaugh Rubber-Stamps the Surveillance State

This CATO article highlights Kavanaugh’s deference to the apparatchiks of the national security state and his contempt for the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,” regarding the bulk collection of telephony metadata.

The CATO article quotes Kavanaugh’s opinion from 2015:

The Fourth Amendment allows governmental searches and seizures without individualized suspicion when the Government demonstrates a sufficient “special need” – that is, a need beyond the normal need for law enforcement – that outweighs the intrusion on individual liberty

Now, I have read the Fourth Amendment, and I haven’t seen anything in there about “special need” of government law enforcement that “outweighs” the right to be secure.

The Fourth Amendment states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Does the Fourth Amendment say, “except for a special need of law enforcement”? Nope.

Kavanaugh writes (with my comments inserted):

In my view, that critical national security need outweighs the impact on privacy occasioned by this program. The Government’s program does not capture the content of communications [Yes it does, with phone calls and emails as well!], but rather the time and duration of calls, and the numbers called.

Besides being ignorant of the feds’ ongoing criminal intrusions against innocent people, Kavanaugh also cites “drug testing of students, roadblocks to detect drunk drivers, border checkpoints, and security screening at airports” as examples of allowable violations of the Fourth Amendment.

So I guess this Kavanaugh person is just not a freedom guy, not a presumption of innocence guy. He doesn’t get America as was intended to be by the Revolutionaries, and certainly doesn’t get the Fourth Amendment. Kavanaugh is really just another authoritarian who believes that the sheeple do not have “unalienable rights” to life and liberty, we are just serfs under the rulers’ control, and must obediently allow the government goons to stop us without a reason to suspect us of anything, search our cars, search our phone calls and emails, and go on fishing expeditions.

I don’t know if Kavanaugh has studied or learned anything from the Soviet Union or similar societies. But when you allow government rulers the kind of access into the people’s private lives, their persons, property, homes, cars, papers, and effects, especially without any actual reason to suspect someone of something criminal against others, you will get more than just intrusions. You will get the kind of abuses that we have seen from the U.S. government goons in their going after the Trump campaign and Trump as president, and in their and other federal and local agencies’ infiltration and/or persecution of activist groups such as Occupy Wall Street, Tea Party groups, antiwar activists, critics of the police state, gamers, Microsoft users, high school students, innocent homeowners, shoppers, school kids, minorities, airline travelers, journalists, videographers, Twitter users, and the spies, illegal searchers and infiltrators’ own fellow government bureaucrats as well. The list of government’s victims is endless!

Say “No!” to Judge Kavanaugh, and all the other apparatchiks of the police state. Trump would do much better by nominating Judge Andrew Napolitano or anyone else who understands the dangers we are in with the Soviet-like police state that MUST be dismantled ASAP!

Was the Massachusetts Alleged Cop Killer on Psychiatric Drugs?

In Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker is responding to the killing of a police officer and an elderly lady by a young troubled thug. Baker wants to bring on the death penalty for those convicted of killing police officers, but not for those convicted of killing other people. In my view, Baker is obviously joining the hysteria that follows when our “men in blue” are threatened, or when there is a mass shooting like in a school, and so on. It appears to me that Baker’s call for the death penalty is part of his pandering like most politicians. He is running for reelection, has a primary challenger, and is appealing for the endorsement of the police unions.

However, when we have something known as “equal protection under the law,” then those convicted of killing anyone should get the same sentence as anyone convicted of killing any other victim, regardless of the victim’s occupation.

“Oh, but police have dangerous jobs. They need to be protected more than the rest of us,” and so on. However, police officers aren’t even on the list of the top ten deadliest professions, quite frankly. They are behind fishermen, roofers, and trash haulers, among others.

And the death penalty is immoral, anyway. The State should not be empowered to intentionally kill anyone. In the case of convicted murderers, there have been cases of not only those falsely convicted and exonerated by witness retraction of testimony or DNA evidence, but those who were falsely prosecuted by corrupt, incompetent and immoral prosecutors who knowingly convicted or attempted to convict an innocent person.

But in the specific case that Gov. Charlie Baker is responding to, the 20-year-old suspected cop-killer and old-lady-killer, that suspect is known to have been a troubled youth for many years. He had past drug use, had been in fights in school, had attempted suicide during high school, and was involuntarily committed to a treatment center last year. He was “receiving ‘clinical stabilization services’ as an inpatient at the High Point Treatment Center,” according to the Boston Globe.

“Clinical stabilization services”? So what I want to know is, has this alleged killer been taking any of those terrible, powerful psychiatric drugs, like Zoloft or Xanax? Those SSRI antidepressants? We know that many of the mass killers in recent times had been taking those drugs, and on some occasions “cocktails” of combinations of drugs. And it very likely that Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, two celebrities who committed suicide most recently, probably were taking those psychiatric drugs.

Those psychiatric drugs, particularly the SSRI antidepressants, are known to cause or exacerbate depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviors, as well as extremely aggressive and violent actions and outbursts.

Will the news media outlets, some of whose sponsors are the pharma companies, ever drop their loyalty to the poison-dealers and report on the psychiatric drugs aspect of these violent killers?

NSA Whistleblower William Binney Explains the Non-Hack

Former NSA technical director William Binney explains to Tomi Collins of “America Restored” how the leaked emails from the DNC computers could not have been a result of a hack or from someone with remote access, but rather were accessed locally with someone using perhaps a USB flash drive at the actual computer(s). i.e. probably a DNC insider, not Russians or other foreigners. Additionally, Binney explains that the actual data the Mueller team is using is fabricated data.

I know, many people don’t want to consider the possibility that their own government would behave in an unethical, dishonest or criminal manner, such as making up “collusions” or what-have-you in order to frame an innocent person.

But the FBI, CIA and NSA all have a record of shenanigans that goes back to the beginnings of those bureaucracies.

Here is a refresher on the NSA’s abuse of powers, a 2013 interview that Judy Woodruff did with Binney and another former NSA whistleblower, Russell Tice, on the extent of NSA’s criminal intrusions into the lives of innocent Americans.

But a lot of people nevertheless have this blind faith in their national government, despite the history of its acting criminally against its own people.

Are you a True Believer?

The True Believers are the ones who want to have Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning jailed (or executed) for “treason,” even though it is the exposed criminal government bureaucrats who were the real violators of their Constitutional oaths, and who should be jailed. So, the True Believers have it backwards. Today’s ultra-nationalists are authoritarians who have no understanding of why the early Americans rebelled from the British and why they seceded.

And lot of True Believers believe the Warren Commission’s report on the JFK assassination, as well. Many people don’t want to believe that the national security state assassinated President John F. Kennedy. And that is probably because believing that Kennedy was assassinated by a “lone nut” is safer for some people to believe, regardless of how far-fetched that is.

For the sake of its own parasitic preservation, the national security state had reasons to get rid of Kennedy. He questioned and challenged the legitimacy of their bureaucratic agencies. But unlike the easily manipulable Donald Trump, Kennedy became much less influenced by his national security officers and more influenced by reason and a genuine understanding of what brings about peace. Unlike Trump, Kennedy wanted to get rid of those agencies, such as his wanting to “splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.”

Is what we have now not only an out of control FBI, CIA, NSA so terrified of Donald Trump becoming President and his acting on his criticisms of the national security state and of the wars that U.S. bureaucrats started, but also an FBI, CIA, NSA so careless in their attempting to stop Trump from becoming President and then carelessly trying to cover it all up?

What Is the Real Libertarian View on Immigration?

LewRockwell.com reran a 2014 article by Hans-Hermann Hoppe on immigration and libertarianism.

I have responded to Hoppe several times, in this article on immigration and private vs. public property, this one on immigration and Western culture, and on the right to remove “bad neighbors.” And I also responded recently to Jim Cox on the immigration/culture issue, and to Walter Williams and his extremely collectivist views on immigration.

Capitalism vs. Socialism, and the State’s Power Grabs

Daniel Mitchell asks, Is Norway a role model for “democratic socialism”? He points out that Norway is more market-oriented than the United States, and all in all, if the U.S. is “capitalism run wild,” as some people suggest, then so is Norway. And if Norway is socialist, then so is the U.S.

Ryan McMaken says, you now can’t leave the U.S. unless the IRS lets you. (Yes, that fascist IRS.)

And the Mises Institute ran an older 1973 article by Henry Hazlitt, who asked, Can the State reduce poverty? (Nope.)

Further Analysis of the Mueller Kangaroo Investigation’s Most Recent Indictments

Journalist Joe Lauria has this analysis of the recent indictments of Russian military officers (GRU) by the Mueller kangaroo special counsel team. Lauria explains why evidence will probably never be produced.

Lauria quotes former CIA analyst Larry Johnson as wondering how the indictment could possibly name specific Russian GRU officers, and that the U.S. intelligence experts on GRU are the Defense Intelligence Agency, which were “not allowed” to take part in the Intelligence (sic) Community Assessment from January of 2017. Johnson said the information for the indictments was probably obtained by the NSA.

The Democrat National Committee didn’t let the FBI have access to their computers to investigate the “hacking,” but they did hire a private company to look into it, CrowdStrike, which was referred to in the indictments as Company 1.

Lauria writes:

The indictment doesn’t mention it, but within a day, CrowdStrike claimed to find Russian “fingerprints” in the metadata of a DNC opposition research document, which had been revealed by DCLeaks, showing Cyrillic letters and the name of the first Soviet intelligence chief. That supposedly implicated Russia in the hack.

CrowdStrike claimed the alleged Russian intelligence operation was extremely sophisticated and skilled in concealing its external penetration of the server. But CrowdStrike’s conclusion about Russian “fingerprints” resulted from clues that would have been left behind by extremely sloppy or amateur hackers—or inserted intentionally to implicate the Russians.

One of CrowdStrike’s founders has ties to the anti-Russian Atlantic Council raising questions of political bias. And the software it used to determine Russia’s alleged involvement in the DNC hack, was later proved to be faulty in a high-profile case in Ukraine, reported by the Voice of America.

The indictment then is based at least partially on evidence produced by an interested private company, rather than the FBI.

Lauria says that a trial of the Russian suspects is unlikely, and therefore the indictment is a political one, not a legal one. And he compares the indictment to the one earlier this year of the Russian click bait ad company, in which its workers were charged with “conspiracy to defraud the United States” and “conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud,” even though all what they were doing was engaging in a marketing scheme, which wasn’t even shown to influence the election in any way.

Julian Assange, of WikiLeaks which received the leaked emails copied from the DNC servers, continues to state that the emails did not come from the Russian government but were leaked by a DNC insider, and Lauria mentions that Assange has implied the leaker was the murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich.

One of the commenters on the Lauria article posted a link to this True Pundit article, suggesting that the Mueller team plagiarized a YouTube journalist’s lawsuit against John Podesta. Like they just threw something together on the fly, to try to overshadow FBI agent Peter Strzok’s grilling by Congress the day before, and because they wanted to throw ice on the Trump-Putin meeting this week? Who knows?

In my view, I think there really was conniving and scheming going on with Strzok, Comey, McCabe, Rosenstein, Lynch, and John Brennan the former CIA director. That’s my conclusion on all this made-up stuff. The “deep state” saw Trump as a threat to their little power fiefdoms, so they had to make stuff up, get their media groupies to repeat their propaganda about Russia “hacking the election” and “Russia-Trump collusions,” and entrap some of Trump’s associates.

I think this Zero Hedge article from March 2017 gives some good information about various shenanigans that were then blamed on the Russians.

Mueller And Rosenstein Indict More Russians for Things That Didn’t Happen

Now, I’m not a Trump supporter, as readers already know. But I think the truth is important. The truth is that the Establishment and its media mouthpieces hated Donald Trump because he dared to express criticism of the incompetence and corruption in Washington. Trump was also “uncouth,” to put it mildly, and our betters inside the beltway didn’t like that.

So here’s the latest edition in this long attempt by the Establishment to take down one of their loudest critics. Jeff Sessions’s sidekick at the DOJ, Rod Rosenstein, has announced indictments of 12 Russian military intelligence officers in “hacking” the DNC and the Hillary 2016 campaign. Obviously the timing of special counsel Robert Mueller’s handing out these indictments, just days before Donald Trump is to meet with Vladimir Putin, tells me that the Mueller team might just be making it all up. There is no evidence presented against the Russian military intelligence officers.

And there is no evidence that the DNC was “hacked.”

Former CIA officer Ray McGovern and former NSA agent William Binney wrote that the DNC was not “hacked” but that emails were leaked by an insider, and they wrote further on the holes in the “Russia hacking DNC” narrative.

In this congressional testimony by former FBI director James Comey and former NSA director Mike Rogers, the two both stated that they were not aware of any evidence to show the 2016 election was hacked:

REP. DEVIN NUNES: Thank you, Director Comey.

Admiral Rogers, first I wanna go to you. On January 6th, 2017, the intelligence community assessment assessing Russian activities and intentions in recent U.S. elections, stated that the types of systems Russian actors targeted or compromised were not involved in vote tallying.

So my question as of today, Admiral Rogers, do you have any evidence that Russia cyber actors changed vote tallies in the state of Michigan?

ROGERS: No I do not, but I would highlight we are a foreign intelligence organization, not a domestic intelligence organization. So it would be fair to say, we are probably not the best organization to provide a more complete answer.

NUNES: How about the state of Pennsylvania?

ROGERS: No, sir.

NUNES: The state of Wisconsin?

ROGERS: No, sir.

NUNES: State of Florida?

ROGERS: No, sir.

NUNES: The state of North Carolina?

ROGERS: No, sir.

NUNES: The state of Ohio?

ROGERS: No, sir.

NUNES: So — so you have no intelligence that suggests, or evidence that suggests, any votes were changed?

ROGERS: I have nothing generated by the national security industry, sir.

NUNES: Director Comey, do you have any evidence at the FBI that any votes were changed in the states that I mentioned to Admiral Rogers?

COMEY: No.

And on Meet the Press former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the one that all the other national security agency heads report to, stated that there was no evidence of Trump-Russia collusions.

Clapper told Chuck Todd: “We did not include any evidence in our report, and I say, ‘our,’ that’s N.S.A., F.B.I. and C.I.A., with my office, the Director of National Intelligence, that had anything, that had any reflection of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians. There was no evidence of that included in our report.”

And Todd asked if the evidence actually exists, and Clapper answered, “Not to my knowledge,” and “we had no evidence of such collusion.”

There has been a lot of testimony in the House and Senate over the past two years of all this. Senators have been repeatedly asked if they have seen any evidence at all to confirm what the media people have been alleging. Senator Chris Coons stated, “I have not seen specific evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.”

And Sen. Dianne Feinstein, when asked by Wolf Blitzer: “But, I just want to be precise, Senator. In all of the — you have had access from the Intelligence Committee, from the Judiciary Committee, all of the access you have had to very sensitive information, so far you have not seen any evidence of collusion, is that right?” And Feinstein answered, “There are all kinds of rumors around, there are newspaper stories, but that’s not necessarily evidence.” Blitzer asked her, “Do you have evidence that there was in fact collusion between Trump associates and Russia during the campaign?” And Feinstein answered, “Not at this time.”

So anyway, with the timing of all this now, it appears that Rosenstein knew that Republicans in Congress have been considering charging him with contempt of Congress and preparing articles of impeachment against him for refusing to hand over documents which give weight to accusations that the FBI’s Hillary email investigation was a farce and the whole investigation of “Trump-Russia collusions” is made-up by the Establishment parasites in Washington who just wanted to get rid of Donald Trump. Rep. Mark Meadows stated that, “when we get these documents, we believe that it will do away with this whole fiasco of what they call the Russian Trump collusion because there wasn’t any.”

Continued Societal Sickness In USSA Amerika

Jacob Hornberger writes about the deep state’s absorption of Donald Trump, especially on NATO. The U.S. government is under the control of the national security establishment, not Donald Trump.

In my view, Trump has a central planning-obsessed fetish with NATO, because he is a collectivist. Trump is a confused “America First” nationalist, but at the same time he accepts NATO regardless of how illegitimate a collectivist group NATO is. Not only that, but Trump seems to want NATO strengthened. He seems to be on board with a large collective military apparatus, because he loves all things military. But the truth is, NATO is long due for dismantling and being shut down.

And on trade Trump wants to shoot his own fellow Americans in the foot, as Walter Williams pointed out. Trump does not believe in peace and prosperity, in peaceful, free exchange between traders, between buyers and sellers. He instead worships governmental control and authority, governmental interventionism, and sadly he seems to get off on militarism.

And with all that we have Trump supporters who pick on someone with a “Puerto Rico” shirt, etc., and we have Trump haters who pick on someone with a “MAGA” hat, etc. This is happening a lot lately. What’s wrong with these people? What psychiatric drugs are they on? As Martin Hill wrote on Target Liberty, “I can’t imagine encountering any of these people. I’ve seen a lot of stuff but have never seen anything like this where literal complete strangers feel the liberty to menace, threaten and demean others for simply racial or political reasons. Political differences of opinion are one thing, but what has happened to civility, charity, dignity, kindness, human respect, and love for one’s neighbor? We live in an extremely sick society.”

For some examples of how sick our society is, just read William Anderson’s article about PC and the bureaucratization of the economy. Instead of actual managers who try to make a good profit providing for the consumers what they want, we have “diversity officers,” more accurately “political officers,” as William Anderson points out.

“Supreme” Authoritarian Dictocrats Should Not Exist in a Free Society

Can you believe how hysterical the people on the Left are with Donald Trump’s pick of Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court? They’re screaming and howling because the Supremes will take away their “reproductive rights,” which is absurd.

But the conservatives are hysterical, too, in their own ways. Their own worship of the “Supreme” decision-makers like gods is pathetic. The sheeple have been bamboozled to believe in the State apparatus like a god, and it is no such thing. It is a criminal racket.

At the Mises Institute Ryan McMaken says that the Supreme Court is much too powerful, calling it the “American version of the Soviet politburo.” It is really just another federal legislature. And while there are legal and constitutional ways to change the structure of the Court, those are just not likely to happen, for political reasons.

McMaken says the solution is to mock the court and undermine it. I thoroughly agree.

You know, like “Hey Ruth, WAKE UP!!” (as Sister Mary Elephant would say) Or, “Hey Roberts, senile much? Blackmailed much?”

I know, that’s probably not exactly what Ryan McMaken had in mind.

But I’ve been trying to do my part, such as in my frequently referring to the Supremes as the “Supreme Bureaucrats,” which is what they are.

I’ve referred to them as the “Supreme Sheeple,” and the “brilliant Supreme Intruders,” as I wrote in this 2010 blog post. Or “lettered imbeciles,” as I wrote in this 2012 article, and this 2016 blog post, in which I wrote, “When the society is dependent on 9 lettered imbeciles to decide whether or not the people may have their freedom, that society is probably doomed.”

When Justice (sic) Antonin Scalia died, I wrote,

Well, another bureaucrat bites the dust. And yes, U.S. Supreme Court “Justice” (sic) Antonin Scalia was just another bureaucrat. He claimed to be an “originalist,” basing his opinions on the “original intent” of the writers of the U.S. Constitution. Apparently that does not include the writers of the Bill of Rights (which he seemed to have long forgotten was also a part of the Constitution).

Scalia did NOT take the Framers’ passion for liberty and private property rights seriously. Thomas Jefferson would NOT agree with such police state tactics. Especially when the purpose of such State criminality is because someone has some damn DRUGS! Jefferson, Patrick Henry, et al. would even oppose your police state laws prohibiting drugs in the first place if they were around today.

No, Scalia was not an “originalist.”

He was like the typical government bureaucrat: preserve the power of the government, restrict the people’s liberty. (We’re all going to be taken to the FEMA camps anyway, as Scalia believed. Oh, well.)

And in this article I wrote,

So, according to the “originalists” of the high court, the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution contain exceptions for “drugs” and “terrorism”!

And the overly privileged Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the approval of the Affordable Care Act, after changing his mind (Hmmm. I wonder what could have done that?), incoherently opining that the government has the constitutional authority to order us to buy health insurance.

But now we have a Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, who would dismiss as “foolish” the possibility of the Supreme Court even considering the constitutionality of NSA warrantless wiretapping, while the high court’s refusal to even hear the appeal of NDAA due process-free indefinite detention of innocents shows what fascists or total fools (or both) these people really are.

And I wrote similar critiques recently when Anthony Kennedy retired from the “High” Court: “For some reason, Anthony Kennedy doesn’t understand that the Fourth Amendment doesn’t mention “exigent circumstances.”

No, the Supreme Bureaucrats should NOT be held in high esteem. They are protectors of the State and its always expanding powers over the people. The Jolly Junk-Jurists are the official rubber-stampers of the rulers’ crimes against innocent people!

In this 2013 blog post I referred to the “USSA Supreme Court.” What, is that incorrect? Nope, it is actually the most accurate description for them.

And in this 2013 article I wrote, “Perhaps the overpaid highly-paid Justices have more important things on their minds, such as what temperature at which to set their bubble baths later on, and so forth.”

And I concluded that article with this:

I really thought that the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2005 Kelo eminent domain ruling was the straw that broke the camel’s back as far as the Court’s legitimacy as Ultimate Decider was concerned.

Then, last year the Supremes decided in favor of the ObamaCare mandate, with Chief Bureaucrat John Roberts declaring that the mandate was a “tax,” even though its proponents weren’t even arguing that it was a tax.

The Court’s self-delegitimizing was at that point a matter of settled law, in my book.