Guest Column: The Feds vs. the Fourth

Future of Freedom perspective
by Jacob Hornburger

Bill of Rights RedactedThe 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. Continue reading

Guest Column: The US Military Occupation… of US

Regarding the US-militarized cop-gang phenomenon
by Mike Adams

An excerpt from the recent column by Mike Adams on the problem of a militarized, federalized police force taking over the streets of America: shooting pet dogs, terrorizing young women for buying cookie dough, destroying property, thugs in uniform gone wild. Actually this column from Adams isn’t so much about countering the threat as it is patiently documenting the threat. But he does end with the obvious question and the obvious counter: When do Americans march on their state capitols and say enough!? Continue reading

Movie Review: The Visitor (2007)

Low-key, anti-Prison-Planet film will shake you

The VisitorProfessor Walter Vale: [Upon learning Tarek has been deported… from the facility in Queens]
: He is no longer with us.
Walter: Was he moved to another facility, to another state?
Guard: All I know.
Walter: Would you please find someone who does know?
Guard: Hold on.
Walter: Appreciate it. Thank you, thank you very much.
Guard: He’s been removed.
Walter: Removed to where?
Guard: Deported.
Walter: Deported when?
Guard: Deported this morning.
Walter: No, how can that be? Is there uh, um, any way that I can contact him?
Guard: I don’t think so.
Walter: You don’t think so. What kind of an answer is that?
Guard: I’m sorry, sir, that’s all the information I have. Now, please step away from the window. You can contact IC if you want to, number’s on the wall.  Now, step away from the window. Sir, for the last time, step away from the window.
Walter: [Walking away, then slowly coming back, tremor in his voice, tears of anger and pain in his eyes] You can’t just take people away like that, do you hear me? He was a good man. A good person. It’s not fair. We are not just helpless children. He had a life. Do you hear me? I mean, do you hear me? What’s the matter with you? Continue reading

Guest Column: April 1 Cyberwarnings

“Be vewy vewy afwaid,” sayeth Uncle Elmer
by Electronic Frontier Foundation

FBI Issues Reflection Warnings

EFF_April_1Starting this week, department stores will begin affixing “FBI Anti-Piracy” stickers to mirrors, warning consumers that placing a reflective object in the same room as a television could constitute a violation of U.S. copyright law. In a related lawsuit, EFF is representing Dana Auerbach, a ballet instructor who was caught watching The Black Swan in her dance studio while on lunch break. She faces a $750 to $150,000 penalty for each of her infinite charges of infringement. Continue reading

Brian’s Column: The National Boycott

“Who’s in charge here?”
by Brian Wright

National BoycottBoycott: the act of voluntarily abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with a person, organization, or country [government] to further an economic or humanitarian objective, usually in a social or political context.

My column today is a first sketch of a US national movement I am founding to withhold personal moral, political, and/or economic sanction from the US federal government (USG) until it ends a modest number of its most blatant and extreme acts of aggression—all unconstitutional—in three broad categories, to wit: Continue reading

Guest Column: Free Don Siegelman

… then the rest of us
Support the effort to free former governor
Don Siegelman from the Federal Prosecutocracy
by Various

Free Don SiegelmanSo why would the Coffee Coaster care about a public official who was subjected to blatantly malicious federal prosecution then convicted in a federal kangaroo court and imprisoned in the federal Gulag. Because if it can happen to Don Siegelman (governor of Alabama 1999-2003) it can happen to you, to me, or to your grandmother munching on marijuana brownies… and IS! Continue reading

Guest Column: ‘Expose and Expunge’ Illegal Records on Citizens

Take action now to erase the DHS spy files
by Partnership for Civil Justice

Partnership Civil JusticeMost people are not aware that silently, but constantly, the government is now watching, recording your everyday travels and storing years of your activities in massive data warehouses that can be quickly “mined” to find out when and where you have been, whom you’ve visited, meetings you’ve attended, and activities you’ve taken part in…. This column comes from a mailing of Partnership for Civil Justice that fights the Grid, specifically the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its vast indiscriminate ‘spy files’ on American citizens. Continue reading