Repeal the Patriot Act – LewRockwell

This article by Judge Napolitano is eye-opening and well worth the read.

I have been writing for years about the dangers to human freedom that come from government mass surveillance. The United States was born in a defiant reaction to government surveillance. In the decade preceding the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the villains were the Stamp Act and the Writs of Assistance Act. Today, the villain is the Patriot Act. Here is the backstory. In 1765, when the British government was looking for creative ways to tax the colonists, Parliament enacted the Stamp Act. That law required all persons in the colonies to purchase stamps from a British government vendor and to affix them to all documents in one’s possession. These were not stamps as we use today, rather they bore the seal of the British government. The vendor would apply ink to the seal and for a fee — a tax — impress an image of the seal onto documents. All documents in one’s possession — financial, legal, letters, books, newspapers, pamphlets, even posters destined to be nailed to trees — required the government stamps. How did the British government, 3,000 miles away, know if one had its stamps on one’s documents? Answer: The Writs of Assistance Act. A writ of assistance was a general warrant issued by a secret court in London. A general warrant does not specifically describe the place to be searched or the person or thing to be seized. It merely authorized the bearer — a civilian or military government official — to search where he wished and seize whatever he found.

Repeal the Patriot Act – LewRockwell

Alarming Christian persecution in Europe – 3000 attacks in 2019. | Times of Sweden | Your home for #RealNews

Christian persecution has increased worldwide in recent years. Now a new report by the Gatestone Institute shows that the number of anti-Christian attacks in Europe have reached alarming, record high levels in 2019. Anti-Christian hate crimes which has previously been happening mostly only in Middle Eastern and Communist countries, have now started to increase more …

Source: Alarming Christian persecution in Europe – 3000 attacks in 2019. | Times of Sweden | Your home for #RealNews

To Deprive a Free People of Their Rights Part III

When the Nazis came to power in Germany in the 1930s, they had numerous ways to suppress any dissent. One was to assign Blockleiters to spy on their neighbors. They were to report anything ant-Nazi at all to the local Gestapo office. People who were denounced in this way more often than not wound up in prison or concentration camps. No due process, no defense, no chance. It was remarkably effective in controlling the population because you never had any idea who you could trust, so it was better to keep any “unpopular” opinions to one’s self. It didn’t eliminate resistance to the Reich, but it did make such defiance much more isolated and dangerous.

Red Flag laws such as those proposed in Virginia are a step in this direction. I can hear you now, “You’re Crazy,” “You’re an alarmist,” “You’re a Conspiracy Nut,” and all kinds of other things that will help you convince yourself not to listen to unpleasant ideas. I know, because I don’t want to think about these things either. I prefer to believe we are living in a free society where everyone has a right to express themselves in a frank and open exchange of ideas. But the Blockleiters are already among us, and most of us do not even know it. Or worse, we willingly participate in this growing and festering cancer eating away at our right to free speech.

What am I talking about? Look at social media. When anyone can post on the internet, anyone does. But this brought about areas of speech not protected by the First Amendment. Threatening, stalking, defamation, bullying, and a whole lot of other things were becoming a problem. So mechanisms were set up to try to prevent some of this activity. The catchword that became popular was hate speech. But the criteria for judging what “hate speech” entailed was so vague that it rapidly became an instrument to remove from social media those with firmly held and powerfully expressed opinions offended some group or other. There have been numerous instances of people being removed from the major social media platforms of Twitter and Facebook because they were too passionate in making their case. James Woods is a case in point. There have been many others.

Indeed, today’s Cyber Blockleiters do not report to a government Gestapo and no one being dragged away to a concentration or re-education camp. Yet. But repression in a free society begins as a mustard seed. It is up to us to determine whether that seed germinates and strangles the freedoms we hold so dear.