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11 Powers and Duties of the President Under the Constitution

September 13, 2019

While debates get more and more intense over who should preside over the most powerful government in the history of the world – maybe it’s more important to first determine what the job duties of the president are. As described by the Constitution, of course.

Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: September 11, 2019

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View of the Constitution of the United States
https://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/693#Tucker_0023_642

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Trial by Jury: Defense Against Tyranny

September 9, 2019

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An ancient right, the Founders considered the jury trial to be not just essential for liberty, but possibly the most important check on government power. As Thomas Jefferson put it: “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.”

John Adams, John Dickinson, Patrick Henry – and many others – agreed.

Path to Liberty: September 9, 2019

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Lysander Spooner, An Essay on the Trial by Jury [1852]
https://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/spooner-an-essay-on-the-trial-by-jury-1852

Trial By Jury: A Jewel of Freedom
https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/09/09/trial-by-jury-a-jewel-of-freedom/

The Constitutional Right to Trial by Jury
https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/03/12/the-constitutional-right-to-trial-by-jury/

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A Parchment Barrier: The Constitution Doesn’t Enforce Itself

September 6, 2019

Have you ever heard people say that the “Constitution is a failure” because it hasn’t been able to “stop government” from growing or violating rights? If you’re like us, you’ve heard that a lot. And many people cite an important 19th century writer and thinker, Lysander Spooner, in support of this view. But blaming the document for what we face today is really nothing more than a case of unrealistic expectations.

Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: September 6, 2019

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A Parchment Barrier Needs Enforcement
https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/06/20/a-parchment-barrier-needs-enforcement/

Parchment Barriers: Not Enough to Stop Tyranny
https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/04/24/parchment-barriers-not-enough-to-stop-tyranny/

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The Huge Cost and Myth of “National Defense” Spending

September 4, 2019

The US federal government spends more on military than the next 7 largest spenders combined. And it spends more than the next 144 countries combined as well. Most of this has nothing to do with national defense either.

Path to Liberty: September 3, 2019

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Natural Rights: Not Gifts from Government

August 30, 2019

A lot of people refer to their rights by amendment number. Doing so is not only a constitutional error, it’s dangerous. Thomas Paine basically said getting this wrong or neglecting natural rights is what leads to “corruption in government.”

Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: August 30, 2019

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Rights aren’t Based on Statistics and Liberty Doesn’t Need to “work”

August 28, 2019

You’ve probably seen a lot of articles, videos, posts making the case that one government program or another doesn’t work – and because of that, it should be shut down or stopped. But is that a good approach?

Path to Liberty: August 28, 2019

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Facial recognition is accurate – if you’re a white guy
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/09/technology/facial-recognition-race-artificial-intelligence.html

Overcoming Inertia: Why It’s Time to End the War in Afghanistan
https://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/overcoming-inertia-why-its-time-end-war-afghanistan

‘Red Flag’ Laws Are the Wrong Solution
https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/08/red-flag-laws-are-the-wrong-solution-to-mass-shootings/

Rights Don’t Depend on Statistics

Facial recognition software mistook 1 in 5 California lawmakers for criminals, says ACLU
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-08-12/facial-recognition-software-mistook-1-in-5-california-lawmakers-for-criminals-says-aclu

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The TAPS Act, Predictive Policing, and a PreCrime Dystopian Nightmare?

August 23, 2019

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If you’ve seen the film minority report – or read the Philip K Dick short story it’s based on, you’re familiar with the idea of “precrime.” It’s a dystopian vision of a predictive policing system where government detains people before they commit a given crime.

Is that what the TAPS Act is going to do in Congress? Plus predictive policing with Palantir and LASER in Los Angeles.

Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: August 23, 2019

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Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) press release
https://babin.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=2376

HR838 full text
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/838/text?format=txt

How Liberty Dies
http://www.campaignforliberty.org/how-liberty-dies

Complete Analysis
https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/the-federal-threat-assessment-prevention-and-safety-taps-act-a-complete-analysis/

LAPD Palantir Predictive Policing
https://theintercept.com/2018/05/11/predictive-policing-surveillance-los-angeles/

The LAPD Has A New Surveillance Formula, Powered By Palantir
https://theappeal.org/the-lapd-has-a-new-surveillance-formula-powered-by-palantir-1e277a95762a/

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“Common Sense” Gun Laws are a Trojan Horse

August 22, 2019

Common sense gun control is a trojan horse for ushering in the complete disarmament of the general population. So, says José Niño, a long-time gun-rights activist and political thinker from Venezuela. He discusses it with Mike Maharrey on this episode of Tenther Talk.

José worked as a gun rights lobbyist in Washington D.C. and believes in a “no compromise” right to keep and bear arms. His experience and as a lobbyist and the fact that he’s from Venezuela gives him a unique perspective on the gun control debate. Ultimately, he thinks disarmament is the end-game for the gun control movement  – no matter what they tell you about “common-sense measures.”

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Facial Recognition: Law Enforcement Misleads as Public Debate Rages On

August 21, 2019

A growing public debate about the use of facial recognition surveillance in Detroit, New York, and California gives some insight on what to expect everywhere this technology is launched.

Path to Liberty: August 21, 2019

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Detroit Mayor Misleads Public About Facial Recognition as Debate Over Spy-Program Rages
https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/08/13/detroit-mayor-misleads-public-about-facial-recognition-as-debate-over-spy-program-rages/

Facial-recognition technology flagged 26 California lawmakers as criminals. This bill to ban the tech is headed to the Senate
https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/13/tech/facial-recognition-body-cameras-bill-california-trnd/index.html

Is This The Guy?
https://theappeal.org/is-this-the-guy/

‘It’s techno-racism’: Detroit is quietly using facial recognition to make arrests
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/16/its-techno-racism-detroit-is-quietly-using-facial-recognition-to-make-arrests

Detroit chief defends facial recognition technology after Tlaib criticism
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2019/08/20/detroit-chief-defends-facial-recognition-technology-after-tlaib-criticism/2059414001/

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NSA Spying: They’re Trying to Make Warrantless Surveillance Permanent

August 19, 2019

Earlier this year, it was reported that a massive call records program was no longer being used and was probably going to be scrapped. But in yet another flip-fop, the administration is pushing congress for a permanent renewal of the mass surveillance programs started under the Patriot Act and then amended under the USA Freedom Act.

Path to Liberty: August 19, 2019

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Trump Administration Asks Congress to Reauthorize N.S.A.’s Deactivated Call Records Program
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/15/us/politics/trump-nsa-call-records-program.html

Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/04/us/politics/nsa-phone-records-program-shut-down.html

Trevor Timm on Twitter
https://twitter.com/trevortimm/status/1162375764890869765

NSA reportedly recommends retiring phone surveillance program
https://www.cnet.com/news/nsa-reportedly-recommends-retiring-phone-surveillance-program/

Ending the NSA’s Massive Phone Spying Program Would Be a Good Start — But There’s a Lot More to Do
https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/privacy-and-surveillance/ending-nsas-massive-phone-spying-program-would-be

NSA asks Congress to permanently reauthorize spying program that was so shambolic, the snoops had shut it down
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/08/16/spying_reauthorization_coats/

Full Letter to Congress
https://regmedia.co.uk/2019/08/16/coats-congress-215-spying.pdf

Don’t Believe Reports Claiming NSA Surveillance Shut Down
https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/03/dont-believe-reports-claiming-nsa-surveillance-shut-down-good-morning-liberty-03-06-19/

Trump signs bill renewing NSA’s internet surveillance program
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-cyber-surveillance/trump-signs-bill-renewing-nsas-internet-surveillance-program-idUSKBN1F82MK

Congress Fails to Rein in Warrantless Surveillance. Again
https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/06/congress-fails-to-rein-in-warrantless-surveillance-again/

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