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The NSA now freely admits that it listens to every phone call made on every telephone land line or cell and reads every email and every text made in or passing through or originating from the United States [and beyond that keeps it for a period of time] yes, yes, they keep it for over six years.
—  Judge Andrew Napolitano on TGBP 9-11-13, 30 mins in-ish

First they came for the ████,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a ████.

Then they came for the ████ ████,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a ████ ████.

Then they came for the ████,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a ████.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

—  Judge Andrew Napolitano
At the dawn on the twentieth century, Wall Street was losing power in the banking industry. Powerhouses like J. P. Morgan and the Rockefellers were losing significant market share to the new banks arising in the West…Wall Street needed the government to help it to devise a way to capture the market once more and put an end to these smaller banks. To answer their quandaries, they devised the Federal Reserve. It is a rights-violating, property-stealing, unconstitutional cartel that is sponsored by the government, which is the only thing which makes it legal.
—  Judge Andrew Napolitano
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The Declaration IS LAW, & The 16th & 17th Amendments

Numbers don’t lie. From 1790 to 1913, when the federal government existed without a Federal Reserve to print money and lend to the government whatever it wanted, the value of the dollar rose by 8 %. From 1913 to 2011, in the 98 years we have had a Federal Reserve, the value of the dollar has decreased by 93%.
—  Judge Andrew Napolitano
Numbers don’t lie. From 1790 to 1913, when the federal government existed without a Federal Reserve to print money and lend to the government whatever it wanted, the value of the dollar rose by 8 %. From 1913 to 2011, in the 98 years we have had a Federal Reserve, the value of the dollar has decreased by 93%.
—  Judge Andrew Napolitano

OPINION:The President’s private war

By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

Did you know that the United States government is using drones to kill innocent people in Pakistan? Did you know that the Pakistani government has asked President Obama to stop it and he won’t? Did you know that Pakistan is a sovereign country that has nuclear weapons and is an American ally?

Last week, the Obama administration not only acknowledged the use of the drones; it also revealed that it has plans to increase the frequency and ferocity of the attacks. White House counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan argued that these attacks are “in full accordance with the law” and are not likely to be stopped anytime soon. 

Brennan declined to say how many people were killed or just where the killings took place or who is doing it. But we know that Obama has a morbid fascination with his plastic killing machines, and we know that these machines are among the favored tools of the CIA. We also know that if the president had been using the military to do this, he’d be legally compelled to reveal it to Congress and eventually to seek permission.

We know about the need to tell Congress and ask for permission because of the War Powers Act. This law, enacted in 1973 over President Nixon’s veto, permits the president to use the military for 90 days before telling Congress and for 180 days before he needs congressional authorization. Obama must believe that he can bypass this law by using civilian CIA agents, rather than uniformed military, to do his killing.

The Constitution limits the presidential use of war powers to those necessary for an immediate defense of the United States or those exercised pursuant to a valid congressional declaration of war. In this case of Pakistan, the president has neither. And international law prohibits entering a sovereign country without its consent. But Brennan argued that the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which Congress enacted in 2001 in the aftermath of 9/11 to enable President Bush to pursue the perpetrators of 9/11, is essentially carte blanche for any president to kill whomever he wants, and that the use of drones, rather than the military or rather than arresting those the government believes have conspired to harm us, is a “surgical” technique that safeguards the innocent.

Attorney General Eric Holder made a similar unconstitutional argument a few months ago when he stated in defense of the president’s using drones to kill Americans in Yemen that the AUMF, plus the careful consideration that the White House gives to the dimensions of each killing and the culpability of each person killed, somehow satisfied the Constitution’s requirements for due process.

What monstrous nonsense all this is.

These killings 10,000 miles from here hardly constitute self-defense and are not in pursuit of a declaration of war. So, what has Congress done about this? Nothing. And what have the courts done about this? Nothing. 

Prior to the president’s ordering the killing of the New Mexico-born and unindicted and uncharged Anwar al-Awlaki, al-Awlaki’s American father sued the president in federal district court and asked a judge to prevent the president from murdering his son in Yemen. After the judge dismissed the case, a CIA-fired drone killed al-Awlaki and his American companion and his 16-year-old American son.

In his three-plus years in office, Obama has launched 254 drones toward persons in Pakistan, and they collectively have killed 1,277 persons there. The New America Foundation, a Washington think tank that monitors the presidential use of drones in Pakistan, estimates that between 11 and 17 percent of the drone victims are innocent Pakistani civilians. So much for Brennan’s surgical strikes. So much for Holder’s due process.

The president is waging a private war against private persons — even Americans — whose deaths he obviously believes will keep America safe. But he is doing so without congressional authorization, in violation of the Constitution, and in a manner that jeopardizes our freedom. 

Who will keep us safe from a president who wants to use drones here? How long will it be before local American governments — 313 of which already possess drones — use them to kill here because they are surgical and a substitute for due process? Can you imagine the outcry if Cuba or China launched drones at their dissidents in Florida or California and used Obama’s behavior in Pakistan as a justification?

How long will it be before even the semblance of our Constitution is gone?

*The views in this article are neither condemned or endorsed by FNN. Any writer at FNN is entitled to their own opinion, but none of these views represent a hidden agenda by this news blog.*

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Drug War Update with Judge Andrew Napolitano

We all have the natural right to put into our bodies whatever we want!

Cannabis is found in the home of the director of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, a grandmother is arrested for purchasing Sudafed, and the Judge catches up with Ethan Nadelmann (of the Drug Policy Alliance) on the status of the cannabis legalization movement.

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6 B.S. Myths You Probably Believe About America's Enemies

It’s easy to see why people are afraid of Iran. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has threatened to wipe Israel off the map and claimed the United States was behind 9/11. You wouldn’t trust anyone who says things like that to be in charge of a country!

Read more: 6 B.S. Myths You Probably Believe About America’s ‘Enemies’ | Cracked.com http://www.cracked.com/article_19461_6-b.s.-myths-you-probably-believe-about-americas-enemies.html#ixzz1aRCzPBUx

That’s why Ahmadinejad isn’t in charge – Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is. Despite a title that sounds like an overcompensating member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Khamenei has been running the show for years. See, unlike our president, Ahmadinejad doesn’t control Iran’s nuclear strategy, armed forces or even foreign policy.

Read more: 6 B.S. Myths You Probably Believe About America’s 'Enemies’ | Cracked.com http://www.cracked.com/article_19461_6-b.s.-myths-you-probably-believe-about-americas-enemies.html#ixzz1aRD5Vceq

The problem is that the West pays such an unreasonable amount of attention to Ahmadinejad that according to political experts, it’s one of the only things keeping him relevant in Iran. Despite a failed economic policy, and the fact that he’s pissed of the Ayatollah so much that experts don’t expect him to finish his second term, the Iranian people feel like they have to pay attention to him because America is paying attention to him. And America is paying attention to him because his job title sounds impressive to us.

Read more: 6 B.S. Myths You Probably Believe About America’s 'Enemies’ | Cracked.com http://www.cracked.com/article_19461_6-b.s.-myths-you-probably-believe-about-americas-enemies.html#ixzz1aRDCmLxg

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