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Constitution can’t restrain all overreach

By William R. Toler As we make our way through Constitution Week, we will undoubtedly hear the parchment’s praises, how it is the document that gives us in the U.S. of A. our freedom. First off, the Constitution doesn’t give … Continue reading

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Boston police attempt to intimidate blogger

By William R. Toler To paraphrase Carlos Miller, the Glik decision doesn’t seem to be worth the paper it’s written on…or the $170,000 settlement that resulted from it. In the 2011 case brought up in the First Circuit Court of … Continue reading

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Two Rosaries confiscated from one student in three weeks

By William R. Toler Another American student has been deprived of religious liberty in a public school under the guise of safety. Manuel Vigil has had Rosary beads confiscated not once, but twice  in the past three weeks by Thompson … Continue reading

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Reporter told not to record

By William R. Toler While covering a fatal fire near Aurora, NC, a television reporter was approached by a Beaufort County deputy who tried to prevent him from shooting. NewsChannel 12′s Mike Valerio said the deputy told him before he … Continue reading

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Court confirms strip-search

By William R. Toler While the mainstream media is focused on the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the debacle that is ObamaCare, a case with dire consequences has slipped through the cracks. Earlier this week, the 9 robed ones ruled that … Continue reading

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Congressman bans cameras, cops commit armed robbery

By William R. Toler In a shocking display of police state tactics, an Ohio Congressman banned and had cameras confiscated from individuals attending his town hall meeting. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) allegedly had signs placed in front of the venue … Continue reading

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Texas anti-grope bill fails

By William R. Toler Texas legislators failed to pass a bill Wednesday that would criminalize invasive pat downs by the Transportation Security Adminstration. The bill would have held TSA screeners responsible if “if they touched the buttocks, genitalia or breasts … Continue reading

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Fourth Amendment flushed in court decisions

By William R. Toler “I’d like to get some sleep before I travel. But if you’ve got a warrant, I guess you’re gonna come in.” The late Jerry Garcia would be disappointed–as are many civil libertarians–that his line from “Truckin’” … Continue reading

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Surveillance Society

By William R. Toler As technology increases, both in the government and private sector, it seems that our right to privacy continues to decrease. Recently, Popular Mechanics reported that the Michigan State Police may have been using forensic analyzers on … Continue reading

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NC DNA Bill: Collection before conviction

By William R. Toler With a few strokes of a pen, Gov. Bev Perdue signed away the Fourth Amendment rights of anyone charged with a violent crime. Not convicted, mind you, but charged. So much for presumption of innocence. At … Continue reading

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Wrong place, wrong time

By William R. Toler I wouldn’t classify myself as a cop-hater…but several run-ins with law enforcement officials have left me with a less-than-favorable opinion. Two of those occasions happened to be with Jerry’s Brownshirts*. It may be due to my knack … Continue reading

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Fourth Amendment victory for open carriers

By Richard C. Evey Libertarian/ Patriot A federal judge has made a ruling that could change the way that law enforcement treats “We the people.” The judge granted that the plaintiff has liability under the Fourth Amendment and that law … Continue reading

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Upside down flag flap prompts ACLU action

By William R. Toler Police in Wisconsin went against two constitutional amendments on our nation’s birthday, taking down and seizing an American Flag which was displayed upside down. Vito Congine Jr. says police trespassed and stole his property before a Fourth … Continue reading

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Supreme Court: School violated rights

By William R. Toler In an assertion of the Fourth Amendment, the high court ruled 8-1 Thursday that school officials violated the privacy rights of Savana Redding when she was strip searched for ibuprofen. The search took place in 2003 after a fellow student … Continue reading

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School strip-search in Supreme Court

By William R. Toler The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday for a case involving a strip-search of a student. In 2003, Savana Redding was forced to take off all her clothes by school officials at Safford Middle School. The reason…400 mg … Continue reading

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