Category: interpreting the constitution

Voter Suppression as American Black Comedy

Voter Suppression as American Black Comedy

by Patrick Devlin As we careen toward another day of the national expression of our citizens’ desire to effect policy and choose our leaders in this the world’s oldest constitutional democracy – political electees (as usual) are scrambling to thwart the ability of Americans to cast votes in their effort to maintain their cushy power positions and create impediments to our citizens who believe they can use democracy to dismantle old boy battlements that elevate and defend entrenched oligarchy enabling policies. Voter suppression actions are as old as democracy itself, having the effect of instilling apathy in electorates – we […]

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A Holder of Political Ideology, not Justice

A Holder of Political Ideology, not Justice

by Patrick Devlin If you ask an attorney if torture is OK, if broad based warrantless wiretapping is allowed, if wealthy private corporations can be absolved of felonies just because they are wealthy corporations, if American citizens can be executed with a no charges leveled against them or trial – it really doesn’t matter what political party they are affiliated with – a member of the bar will generally agree that none of the above statements make sense, and in fact, these statements actually contravene our laws, our treaties and our constitution. But, if you are asking these questions of […]

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Vodaphone drops a dime on massive warrantless spying operation

Vodaphone drops a dime on massive warrantless spying operation

by Patrick Devlin The British telecom company Vodaphone, the world’s second largest telecommunications company, which owns and operates networks in 21 countries and partners with telecommunications companies in over 40 additional countries, has released its first and the world’s first self-described “Law Enforcement Disclosure Report” that confirms allegations that have been made by many who are concerned about the warrantless spying carried out by the US government on its own citizens and the citizens of nations around the world; that the US government has been and is currently engaging in massive worldwide surveillance and data collection of the complete content […]

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Supreme Court agrees that Uncle Sam can kick those damn kids off property granted to him by the public

Supreme Court agrees that Uncle Sam can kick those damn kids off property granted to him by the public

by Patrick Devlin The US Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in a case involving Americans’ freedom to petition the government on a public highway that is “controlled” by the US military, deciding that a citizen could be permanently barred from protesting at a US military base. In the case before the court, John Apel was appealing his arrest for protesting the US Military’s use of nuclear weapons on a public highway that traverses Vandenberg Airforce Base, a nuclear weapons facility in California. Apel’s contention was that he was immune from prosecution because he was protesting on a public byway and […]

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Supremely disturbing constitutional analysis changes bill of rights

Supremely disturbing constitutional analysis changes bill of rights

by Patrick Devlin The US Supreme Court has handed American law enforcement agencies an unqualified victory that arguably restricts the Constitutional prohibition against unwarranted searches and seizures. In a split decision the court ruled that even when a person who is the subject of a law enforcement investigation has refused to have his home searched by police, the Supreme Court determined that, if law enforcement officers simply ask another person who happens to live at the same address while the investigatory target is not present (a type of third party consent referencing another’s constitutional rights) the law enforcement agents can […]

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federal judge legalizes illegal surveillance, criminalizes free association

federal judge legalizes illegal surveillance, criminalizes free association

by Patrick Devlin Mirroring, or perhaps parroting, the neo-fascistic theories underpinning the televised comments of President Barack Obama this past summer where he acknowledged that his government, with the full cooperation and unflinching assistance of the world’s largest data service and communications businesses, has continued with and expanded upon the warrantless spying on innocent Americans and citizens from every country on earth that had begun under his predecessors George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, a federal judge (appointed by Democratic president Bill Clinton), has established as federal case law that citizens cannot have privacy in their associations and communications under […]

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Unclear on the concept cavalcade continues to corrupt citizens’ consciousness

Unclear on the concept cavalcade continues to corrupt citizens’ consciousness

by Patrick Devlin Ripped from the headlines, the news seems to suggest that rank and file democrats are following their standard bearer’s ‘style’ when it comes to solving some of the more pressing and complex problems that we face togehter as a nation. Its good to know that these followers have appreciated the efforts made by the Obama administration to “set the tone” as we sally forth together to solve these troubling and significant criminal and cultural problems. Democratic leadership acts as anti-equal justice vigilante, taking personal initiative to smash the concept of equal protection under the law with of […]

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DEA fakebook : parallel construction

DEA fakebook : parallel construction

by Patrick Devlin Reuters has reported that the National Security Administration has been sharing information gleaned through its extensive secret systems of surveillance with the Drug Enforcement Administration for more than a decade. The information sharing, which has resulted in convictions of criminals in drug cases, has brought the law enforcement practice known as “parallel construction” to the awareness of US citizens who have reacted with astonishment, given the popular conceptions that Americans have about due process as it is articulated in the US Constitution. The NSA, which has been revealed in recent months to be utilizing sophisticated techniques and […]

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survey shows NYPD coppers are fake crime stoppers

A survey performed by a group of public defenders in the Bronx revealed that in more than 40 percent of marijuana arrests that were reviewed, New York Police violated the rights of arrestees by forcing them to empty their pockets for no justifiable reason. The arrestees were subjected to constitutionally prohibited searches even after the Commissioner of the New York Police Department had issued a department wide memo prohibiting the widely utilized, but unlawful, practice known as “stop and frisk.” The “Bronx Defenders” working with the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, found that 44 percent of […]

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