President Barack Obama must surely rue the day he appointed Katherine Forrest to the federal bench. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest issued a preliminary injunction against Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the section that gives the President “the absolute power to arrest and detain citizens of the United States [and of other countries] without their being informed of any criminal charges, without a trial on the merits of those charges, and without a scintilla of the due process safeguards protected by the Constitution of the United States,” in the words of The New American’s Joe Wolverton, II. Wolverton should know: He was a member of the legal team representing the plaintiffs.
After billionaire Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin drew global attention to the growing number of Americans giving up their U.S. citizenship to preserve their wealth and escape burdensome IRS regulations, two Democrat Senators outraged by the accelerating trend introduced the “Ex-PATRIOT” Act to get revenge — and, of course, to confiscate more wealth for the government to squander.
Last the week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) aimed at discovering the content of all electronic correspondence between Google and the National Security Agency (NSA).
Davis High School in Kaysville, Utah, was fined $15,000 by the federal government for inadvertently leaving a soda pop vending machine running during its lunch period, demonstrating that letting Washington unconstitutionally subsidize education, including school lunches, virtually guarantees that the feds will unconstitutionally micromanage local schools.
Clashes between supporters of Ron Paul and Mitt Romney brought chaos to the state Republican Conventions in Oklahoma and Arizona.
President Obama is under fire after passing a so-called “Executive Order” threatening anyone, including American citizens, who interferes even “indirectly” with the transition to power of the new U.S. government-backed dictator of Yemen. Analysts expressed concern that the measure could be an attack on the First Amendment protection of free speech rights, suggesting that journalists and activists who oppose the Yemeni regime might find themselves targeted by the administration’s newly super-charged terror war.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is huddling with Senate Democrats to launch a joint effort to enact campaign finance reform. McCain told The Hill that he had "been having discussions with Sen. [Sheldon] Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and a couple others on the issue,” noting, “I want it to be balanced and address the issue of union contributions as well as other outside contributions.”
Judge Katherine Forrest of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a preliminary injunction on Wednesday preventing the Obama administration from exercising the indefinite detention authority ostensibly granted the President by Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2011.
As the Ron Paul strategy marches on, some wonder whether his thousands of supporters will accept the inevitability of a Romney nomination and throw their weight behind the former Massachusetts governor. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Texan's campaign has repeatedly affirmed that Ron Paul isn’t going away and that he has neither ended nor suspended his campaign for the presidency. In fact, Rep. Paul’s drive to accumulate delegates at the state Republican conventions seems to be gaining momentum.
Despite Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's assurances to the contrary, U.S. troops will be sent back to Yemen to help the Yemeni government track and kill militants associated with al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP).