Freedom Becomes Freed'm

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 07 Jan 2006 13:00:00 GMT
# Edgar Tolmie at The Albany (NY) Times Union - Media attention uneven on civil liberty threats - good letter. Good punch line (not revealed below).
When the President claimed to possess "inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches for foreign intelligence purposes," the media paid little attention.

When the administration requested greater FBI authority to conduct "moving wiretaps" without a court order, the media paid little attention.

When the President supported the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, which called for telephone companies to retrofit their systems and equipment to facilitate police surveillance, the media paid little attention.

When the administration used the IRS to harass and intimidate its "enemies," the media paid little attention.

# John Pilger at - The Quiet Death of Freedom - protesting the gummint is banned in Britain within a kilometer of Parliament, for everyone but one guy who has been doing it every day and so was grandfathered in by The High Court. And we all know about the Busheviks torture and detention without trial. Freedom is dying in the name of freed'm. [lew]

# Kurt Nimmo at Prison Planet - Patriot Act Empowers Ministry of Homeland Security Gestapo - Says that H.R. 3199, the "USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005", would create a federal police force, reporting to Michael Chertoff, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Sekurity. I couldn't find this section of H.R. 3199, so I searched for "United States Secret Service Uniformed Division" on Thomas, and found S. 1967, the "Secret Service Authorization and Technical Modification Act of 2005", introduced by Arlen Specter on November 7, 2005. This is in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and has no cosponsors. I doubt it will ever get out of committee. [root]

# Massad Ayoob at Backwoods Home Magazine - Answering some well asked questions about personal defense - some practical answers to practical questions. [backwoodshome]

Jeff Yago, Backwoods Home's energy writer, recently completed a couple of concealed carry handgun courses. The classes apparently left some questions hanging in the air, and Jeff passed along a request through Dave Duffy for those questions to be addressed in this space. Here goes.


When a man perceives a firearm aimed at his private parts, a tremendous psychological effect is also engendered. A lot of bad guys have been shot or stabbed before, and have a lot of ego invested in having survived it. More of them have role models they met on the street or in prison who showed off the bullet scars on their torsos. This can reduce their fear of being shot in the trunk of the body. But NOTHING reduces a man's fear of being shot in the genitals. This point of aim seems to definitely get their attention, in my experience.

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