Archive for December, 2014

More on Law Enforcement Accountability

Here is a recent example of police misconduct that hits quite a bit closer to home, literally. In this case, a Sierra Vista police officer buried his patrol car into two other vehicles at around 7 AM Friday morning (19 December), as he was driving drunk while on-duty. This is the same intersection that I […]

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Congress Legislates Collection of Virtually All Americans’ Communications Under Guise of “Regulation”

The Congress last week passed HR 4681, also known as the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, and has now sent this bill to the president for signature into law. Section 309 contains the following highlights: Sec. 309, (b), (3), (A): The procedures required by paragraph (1) shall apply to any intelligence collection activity […]

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Is Privacy Overrated?

According to Seventh Circuit federal appellate Judge Richard Posner, it is. He writes that privacy in the 21st century, at least in the specific context of public spaces and constantly recording surveillance cameras, is essentially an archaic and indeed dangerous notion. He even broadens this concept by agreeing with former New York City Mayor Michael […]

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Same Tactics, Different Party?

Some Republicans in the so-called “lame duck” Congress are voicing complaints that present party leadership is attempting to “squeeze” through an omnibus spending bill, to the inexcusably ridiculous tune of $1+ trillion (!), by revealing it mere days before current funding resolutions expire. The reported intent is to limit reading (and criticism/amending) of the bill […]

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Police Misconduct Is Not (Usually) About Race

Much and more has been discussed in recent months regarding the alleged racist nature of police incidences that result in the abuse or deaths of civilians, notably exemplified of late by the case of Eric Garner in New York City. This assumed premise of racial prejudice on the part of police, however, is a fundamentally […]

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The Austrian School on Income Inequality

There exists no income/wealth distribution in a market, only production and willing exchange. The government distributes wealth but does not produce any. (Source: Misesmedia)

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An Absence of Justice Is Injustice

This is another anecdotal example of why a growing perception of unaccountability exists for government actors generally, and particularly for law enforcement officials. A Staten Island grand jury today opted not to indict New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, a man who was confronted by city police for […]

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