Detainees are not persons

The Libertarian Enterprise
by Jim Davidson

12/28/09

The Obama administration coerced the Supreme Court to make the following ruling: anyone the president declares to be an ‘enemy combatant’ who is detained by the USA military government is not a person. Therefore, such unpersons have no rights, no protections under the constitution. You are all slaves. Stop working, and you are the enemy. Stop paying taxes, you are the enemy. Stop obeying mindlessly, you are the enemy...

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Terrorism is a cost of empire

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger

12/28/09

To justify the federal government’s massive post-9/11 infringements on civil liberties, the proponents of Big Government have sometimes said, ‘There hasn’t been another major terrorist attack on the United States since 9/11.’ I have responded with the following: ‘But if there had been another major terrorist attack, you Big Government advocates would be using that as a justification for even more severe infringements on civil liberties. So, either way you go, doesn’t Big Government win?’

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The criminalization of protest

Reason
by Radley Balko

I’ve lived in the Washington, D.C., area for the better part of the last 10 years. So I’ve seen my share of demonstrations, although more often than not I just try to avoid the traffic nightmares they cause. Among the various classes of protests — pro-life, anti-war, environmental, and now tea parties — the most destructive are the anti-globalization marches. So when cops clashed with anti-globalization demonstrators at the Pittsburgh G-20 summit in September, it was easy to assume that most of the altercations represented justified police responses to overzealous protesters. But a number of disturbing photographs, videos, and witness accounts told a different story. Along with similar evidence from other recent high-stakes political events, they reveal an increasing, disquieting willingness to smother even peaceful dissent... (for publication 01/10)

//reason.com/archives/2009/12/30/the-criminalization-of-protest


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