Illinois’ House just passed a bill that criminalizes recording private conversations with citizens, and it also imposes harsher penalties for recording private conversations with police. The bill is rife with vague language, the last thing we need right now as the country riots over the lack of police accountability. The Resident discusses.
Congress has just passed the Intelligence Authorization Act for 2015, which grants the executive branch not only the ability to spy on American citizens private communications, but also the legal authority to turn that information over to local law enforcement.
All of this can be done without any court order being granted, all in the name of ‘fighting terror’, of course. . . . Read Complete Report
There is another battle between the Institute for Justice and a government agency over milk – something that is becoming more common.
Government (state and federal) is heavily involved in the milk industry and I have written about the government’s war against raw milk before. But this latest story doesn’t involve raw milk. It is pasteurized milk. This is a government war over words. . . . Read Complete Report
Officer cleared after going to wrong address, shooting innocent grandpa in his garage
“FORT WORTH, TX — An elderly man was slain in his own garage because police “inadvertently began searching” the wrong address while investigating a burglary call. Spotting a man who appeared “standoffish” in his own garage, police opened fire, killing a 72-year-old grandfather. After months of investigation, the officer has been cleared and is back on the streets.”
This type of incident is why the Indiana law makes sense and will save innocent lives. It forces officers, on fear of death, to identify themselves both audibly and visibly to avoid being shot justifiably. And it just might save the lives of every day citizens, although that doesn’t seem to be a concern of nearly enough cops.
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