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John Bush here with your liberty beat for March 6th, 2013.
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President Barack Obama has the legal authority to unleash deadly force—such as drone strikes—against Americans on U.S. soil without first putting them on trial, Attorney General Eric Holder wrote in a letter released Tuesday.
Holder, writing to Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, underlined that Obama “has no intention” of targeting his fellow citizens with unmanned aerial vehicles and would do so only if facing “an extraordinary circumstance.”
Holder wrote, “it is possible, I suppose to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States,”
Paul had asked the Obama administration on Feb. 20 whether the president “has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil and without trial.” On Tuesday, he denounced Holder’s response as “frightening” and “an affront to the Constitutional due process rights of all Americans.”
A United Nations-based drug agency urged the United States government on Tuesday to challenge the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado and Washington, saying the state laws violate international drug treaties.
The International Narcotics Control Board made its appeal in an annual drug report. It called on Washington, D.C., to act to “ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties on its entire territory.”
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said last week that he was in the last stages of reviewing the Colorado and Washington state laws. Holder said he was examining policy options and international implications of the issue. Marijuana is illegal under federal law.
The federal government could sue the states over legalization or decide not to mount a court challenge. Washington and Colorado became the first states to pass laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in last fall’s elections.
Today is day two in the grand jury hearing of the State of Texas vs. Antonio Buehler. Buehler is facing felony charges for allegedly spitting in the face of Officer Patrick Orborski during a new years 2011 traffic stop involving two young women, one of whom was physically assaulted by Austin Police. We caught up with Antonio and asked him how he was feeling about the process..
Supporters are gathering today from 8AM to 2PM outside of the Blackwell Thurman Justice Center to show their support for Antonio.
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A victim of a New York City “stop and frisk” won a $14,000 settlement against New York City recently. Security cameras captured the entire incident. The complaint claimed that the procedure, conducted by the New York Police Department, was illegal.
The “stop, question and frisk” program allows NYPD officers to stop, question, and detain people that are deemed “suspicious.” Opponents say that this is a direct violation of constitutional rights that protect citizens from illegal search and seizure.
Jurard St. Hillaire, age 21, was reportedly filming the NYPD as they conducted a traffic stop. The officers, apparently annoyed that they were being filmed, detained and frisked the man.
CopBlock.org, along with CheckpointUSA.com and LRN.FM, has announced a contest calling on participants to submit video or written content educating the public about checkpoints and how to flex your rights when encountering them. The winner could win a Veho Muvi Gumball 3000 HD automobile surveillance system. The deadline for the Contest is Sunday April 28th. More information at CopBlock.org/checkpointcontest
A bill in the Oklahoma House that would nullify United Nations Agenda 21 was passed by the State’s Rights Committee, yet another step in that state’s attempts to resist implementation of the international agreement. The committee vote was 9-4 (see how representatives voted here)
The bill, HB1412 now has to pass through the House Calendar Committee before it can be brought up for a full vote on the House floor.