Why are “lists” so bad?

People ask me why I object so abhorrently about the no-fly list, and why I am dead set against a list of people restricted from owning firearms.  Today I found the shining example of why it’s so horrible from the UK.

An immigration officer put his own wife on a terrorist watch list – ­so she could not get home from a trip to Pakistan.”

The officer worked with a unit that puts terror and criminal suspects on the watch list of people “not conducive to the public good”. He simply had to log on to a computer database to add his wife as a ­potential suspect.”

This women was deprived of her right and liberty to return home without due process of law.  Someone was allowed to discriminate against her and prevent her from free travel.  As for a list of people restricted from owning firearms, it already exists as the NICS system.  The NICS system is severely flawed and prevents those who can lawfully obtain firearms from getting them.  All it takes is being charged and you’re forever black balled.  Lists are just a way to discriminate without due process while looking like those running it are protecting us.

Prosecutors, where would the world be without thee?

A 13-year-old Jefferson County boy says he knows what he did was wrong, but says it was an accident and he never intended to hurt anyone when he shot his toy airsoft gun at a friend, who was hit in the eye.

The kid made an absolutely dumb mistake.  However this is not something that the government, most especially a prosecutor needs to be involved in.  I had a run in with a dick prosecutor, it’s not fun.  He and the other boy are still friends, from the description is was rough housing that went a little too far.

Mr. Prosecutor sees a way to make a name for himself and this is the result!  Someone once said, “It takes a good prosecutor to convict a guilty man, it takes a GREAT prosecutor to convict an innocent one.”  Even with records sealed, it will seriously screw with this kids life. 

Why does the ATF still exist?

The ATFs gun smuggling program has finally gotten the attention of our elected representatives

“These extremely serious allegations were accompanied by detailed documentation which appears to lend credibility to the claims and partially corroborates them,” Grassley wrote.

This whole sequence of events reads like the plot out of Enemies Foreign and Domestic.  No spoilers here so go read it, suffice it to say, I’ve heard this play before hopefully this one ends better.  Especially since the ATFs budget is up to get slashed

The proposed ATF cutbacks, which would amount to nearly $160 million out of a $1.25 billion budget request – a 12.8 percent reduction that would also be 3.6 percent below the current budget – are outlined in a preliminary budget document obtained by The Washington Post. ATF spokesman Scot Thomasson declined to comment, because the budget process was not complete.

This agency continually harasses law abiding citizens who are doing no harm to anyone but merely minding their own business.  Doing that though gets them more press time and funding that nailing someone with a pack of camels from across state lines. On the upside it appears that their plan to use smuggling as the justification to increase their budget may have royally backfired now that it had congressional attention that they were moving material across the border.

H/T to Alan.

Quote of the Day–Alan Andrews

The President who lost Egypt

The President that ruined the economy.

The President that pushed the unconstitutional Obamacare.

Nice legacy.

You’re gonna have to do a lot more than build houses in your retirement to make up for this shit sandwich you’re making us eat.” – Alan Andrews, Obama Fail

[It’s amazing the number of people who look at everything and continue to try and rationalize what’s happened.  -B]

Quote of the Day–John Adams (02/01/2011)

“Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people.”  -John Adams

[The government keeps giving itself more and more power.  Not only are they giving themselves power, but doing it in such a way that it can forever expand.  The TSA might as well be relabeled the tyrannical pink bunny, because it just keeps growing and growing.  We must find a way to stop this and other advances by the government.  Power once gained is rarely relinquished. –B]

We Are The Law!

Evidently according the the EFF, the FBI isn’t much for obeying the law regarding intelligence gathering.

EFF has uncovered widespread violations stemming from FBI intelligence investigations from 2001 – 2008. In a report released today, EFF documents alarming trends in the Bureau’s intelligence investigation practices, suggesting that FBI intelligence investigations have compromised the civil liberties of American citizens far more frequently, and to a greater extent, than was previously assumed.

Given the previous track regard with the the ATF, consider me completely unsurprised.  The law is for the citizenry to follow, government employees, especially law enforcement, are exempt.  As it is 2500 pages I don’t have the time to wonder through all of it currently, however, one of the bullet points was down right impressive:

Indications that the FBI may have committed upwards of 40,000 possible intelligence violations in the 9 years since 9/11

Over 9 years that’s an average of 12 violations a day.  12 separate instances a day where the law doesn’t apply to them.  Remember, they are the law and thusly exempt.

Idiocy continues

Even with the recent events in Egypt the discussion regarding an internet kill switch is returning to the floor of Congress.

The legislation, which would grant US President Barack Obama powers to seize control of and even shut down the internet, would soon be reintroduced to a senate committee, Wired.com reported.

Why would the government need the power to shutdown the ability to openly exchange information world wide?    The only reason to shutdown the internet is to stifle dissenters, prohibit assembly, and stop communications regarding unlawful acts by the government.  The claims of this necessity because of a possible cyber-emergency are total bull crap.

By far the best line of the article though was this:

Senator Susan Collins, a co-sponsor of the bill, said that unlike in Egypt, where the government was using its powers to quell dissent by shutting down the internet, it would not.

Let me translate that for everyone,  “Sure, some might use it for bad, but come on, you can trust us, we’re cool.”  This from the same government who confiscated weapons from civilians after Katrina.  This from the same government that promised Social Security numbers would not be used as a universal identifier.  It can be very succinctly put, “Sure you can trust the government, just ask an Indian.” Any government will do whatever it can get away with.  When the free exchange of information is prevented, they can get away with most anything.

Governments and leaders that gain power, rarely ever relinquish it or let it go.  This power would have serious detrimental effects, especially since more and more of our information flow is over the internet.  Many get their news from the internet, watch TV over the net, and even run their phone service over the net.  It would shove people into the dark, at which point the government can also control what information people are allowed to see.  Egypt is the shining example of why the government absolutely should NEVER be allowed this power.

I always knew he was an idiot…

I always knew Senator Chuck Shumer was a moron. Now we have another piece of evidence to add to the pile

Remember, this is the same man who supports every gun-control bill he can.

Mr Shumer, for future reference the three branches of government are:

  • Legislative.
  • Executive.
  • Judicial.