Property Rights

R3publicans/Snowden Validated: European Court Says the Mass Surveillance He Exposed Violates Privacy Rights: Reason.com

Since his whistle-blowing, the United Kingdom has granted itself even more power to snoop on citizens.

Scott Shackford|Sep. 13, 2018

When Edward Snowden revealed that the government was secretly collecting and storing mass amounts of our private communications data, he wasn’t just talking about the United States government. He also exposed the United Kingdom’s intelligence agency (Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ) as doing the same overseas.

Today the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the U.K.’s mass collection of everybody’s internet communications data violated privacy and failed to provide sufficient safeguards. The Guardianexplains that after Snowden exposed the British government’s role in citizen surveillance, tapping into communication networks to suck on that massive firehose of data, 14 human rights and privacy groups filed suit against the U.K.

Source: Snowden Validated: European Court Says the Mass Surveillance He Exposed Violates Privacy Rights – Hit & Run : Reason.com

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R3publicans:  Why the Public Must Revolt Over Eminent Domain

Only democratic pressure can fight government abuse, as a recent case in Idaho demonstrates.

By PHIL HAUNSCHILDSeptember 14, 2018

Most of the time, Boise State University’s claim to fame is its blue turf football field.

But now BSU is garnering attention for something very different: its attempt to seize private land through eminent domain. The reason? It wants to build a baseball stadium for a team that does not yet exist. This has sparked outrage from the public, which sees it as not only exacerbating the community’s housing affordability crisis, but showing just how unimportant private property is in Boise.

read more at https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-the-public-must-revolt-over-eminent-domain/

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R3publicans:  Keeping Cops’ Hands Out of Your Pockets

Finally, a case that might put a real crimp into civil asset forfeiture abuse.

By BRIAN SAADYJuly 16, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to rule on a case that have a major impact on civil liberties and whether civil asset forfeiture can continue to serve as low hanging fruit for bureaucratic interests run amok.

read more at http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/keeping-cops-hands-out-of-your-pockets/

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R3publicans:  How Scott Pruitt Helped Arkansas Poultry Giants Pollute One of Oklahoma’s Prettiest Rivers

Scott Pruitt, the embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency, took the side of poultry companies and other businesses in Arkansas in a dispute over the pollution of an ecologically sensitive and economically vital watershed, environmental groups say. While he was representing Oklahoma as its attorney general, Pruitt helped to slow the implementation of a plan, forged years ago by both states, to clean a river in his home state.

read more at https://theintercept.com/2018/05/04/epa-scott-pruitt-oklahoma-illinois-river/

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R3publicans:  Finicums, Bundys File Lawsuits

Lawsuits have been filed by Jeanette Finicum, widow of Arizona rancher Robert LaVoy Finicum who was assassinated in cold blood by the Oregon State Police and FBI on Jan. 26, 2016 while apparently surrendering, and Cliven Bundy, who is disputing the Obama administration’s designation of public land in Utah as a national monument. The suits follow on the heels of dismissal of the last trial of the Bundy proceedings when the judge declared a mistrial due to “flagrant prosecutorial misconduct.”

By Mark Anderson

read more at http://americanfreepress.net/finicums-bundys-file-lawsuits/

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R3publicans:  Bundy Case looks a lot like Waco Standoff

By David Keene – The Washington Times – Tuesday, January 2, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Twenty-five years ago this year, federal agents stormed the compound of a religious group in Waco, Texas, with armored vehicles, machine guns and tear gas. Claiming the Branch Davidians were a dangerous religious cult, they killed David Koresh, the group’s leader, along with and some 70 men, women and children who were with him when the assault took place.

read more at https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/2/cliven-bundy-and-branch-davidian-waco-cases-simila/

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