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Barack Obama Guiltily Signs Off On Eternal Imprisonment Without Trial

How did you celebrate your New Year, dear readers?! Barack Obama celebrated by signing the National Defense Authorization Act — the exciting “detain all the fishy Americans the government feels like without trial, forever” bill — into law. Obama decided to wait until New Year’s Eve, when America was already halfway through its second six-pack, to sign this shameful piece of legislation and then pray no one besides the ACLU and a couple handfuls of weary reporters trudging through the holiday weekend shift would bother to notice. To demonstrate that he, a former Constitutional law professor, still felt at least a little bad about signing an unconstitutional bill into law, he also added a contrite signing statement promising not to use his powers for Evil. This would only really be helpful to FREEDUMB, however, if Barack Obama were always going to be President, forever. Does he know something that we don’t? Read more on Barack Obama Guiltily Signs Off On Eternal Imprisonment Without Trial…
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Boston Judge Rules Free Speech Doesn’t Count If Cops Need To Beat You

Judge Frances McIntyre lifted the restraining order preventing Boston Mayor Thomas Menino from gleefully sending in his minions to tear down the Occupy Boston encampment in Dewey Square, although the camp hasn’t yet been raided. Here’s the creepy stand-out line from the judge’s ruling: “Little in the way of expression is outlawed in the United States Constitution, but an act which incites forceful response is unlikely to pass as express speech.” Uhhh. So new memo to everyone! You can “express” yourself all you want, up until the cops/nervous mayors/freaked out bank executives decide your face would look a little more friendly to them with pepper spray in it. Thanks for clarifying! Read more on Boston Judge Rules Free Speech Doesn’t Count If Cops Need To Beat You…
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Running Low On New Wars, Senate Declares U.S. Soil Latest ‘Battlefield’

Good news, everyone! Ever since launching major foreign invasions got a little too expensive and pointless (mostly expensive) even for Congress, and Times Are Tough, our nations’ lawmakers have decided to start “focusing on the domestic issues” like everyone keeps asking them to do, ad nauseum. But since it is impossible for Congress to agree any piece of legislation relating to actual domestic issues like, say, rising poverty, they’ve defaulted back to their only known area of total agreement, “permanent war.” So here’s an idea, what if there were a way to just combine the two? Oooh, the Senate likey: yesterday they passed a bill effectively declaring the United States its own shiny new warzone that would codify the military’s power to hunt on its own soil for anyone — foreign national or American citizen — that they determine meets the vaguely-worded criteria of being “a participant in the course of planning or carrying out an attack or attempted attack against the United States” and ship them off to an internment camp to rot away without trial, forever. Will Bradley Manning finally get some company from his fellow citizens? Read more on Running Low On New Wars, Senate Declares U.S. Soil Latest ‘Battlefield’…
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Arizona Now Taxing People For Crime of Being Related To Criminals

America’s favorite existential vacuum the state of Arizona is back in the news this week, just like every week, with some acutely awful new first-of-its-kind state law requiring state prison visitors to pay a $25 “background check fee” in order to be allowed admission to see their loved ones in jail. Oh, hey, we notice that “background check fee” is in scare quotes? Yes, it is! Because that is only this dumb law’s stripper name, to go on the receipt. The money is not actually for background checks; instead it’s “to repair and maintain the prisons” ever since the Arizona state government lost interest in funding them (but not filling them!). Nice of those families to pick up Arizona’s crime-fighting bills? Read more on Arizona Now Taxing People For Crime of Being Related To Criminals…