|Both parties are attacking the Bill of Rights.|
The Bill of Rights Under Assault - House Republicans attack 1st Amendment and Freedom of the Press
- GOP attacks the press for daring to print stories that the all-powerful State does not approve of.
Republicans on a House Judiciary subcommittee tore up the Bill of Rights and pressed legal experts Wednesday on whether it was possible to prosecute reporters for daring to use their First Amendment rights and publish so-called classified information.
The scumbag lawyers response was a qualified yes.
"Under certain circumstances, you can see that if someone acting with impunity and knowledge of the consequences, goes ahead and publishes it, that is something that I think would be worthy of prosecution and punishment," said Kenneth Wainstein, a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, who specializes in national security.
|An Illiterate Rep. Trey Gowdy|
He has never read the Bill of Rights.
The hearing of the Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security subcommittee follows publication in recent weeks in The New York Times and other outlets of detailed accounts about cyber warfare, the slaying of Osama bin Laden, and alleged "Kill Lists" maintained for targeting foreign terrorists.
An obviously illiterate Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) who cannot even spell "Bill of Rights" suggested that the U.S. attorneys subpoena journalists to determine the names of sources who provide classified information.
Dumb-Ass of the Year Quote:
"Put them (reporters) in front of the grand jury," an ignorant Congressman Gowdy said. "You either answer the question or you're going to be held in contempt and go to jail, which is what I thought all reporters aspire to do anyway. I thought that was the crown jewel of the reporter's résumé to actually go to jail protecting a source."
I know making fun of the illiterate is not politically correct, but how does someone this fucking stupid get elected to office?
Prosecutors have subpoenaed journalists in recent years and even held them in contempt of court for refusing to give up their sources. In 2005, New York Times reporter Judith Miller was jailed for 85 days for refusing to disclose conversations with confidential sources connected to the leaked identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.
No journalist has been prosecuted for publishing leaked information under the Espionage Act.
The distinction between punishing and prosecuting the newspaper reporter, that's a very different issue from prosecuting and punishing the leaker. (Arizona Daily Star)
The Bill of Rights Under Assault - Democrats attack 10th Amendment and the rights of states to govern themselves
- Democrat prosecutors seek to confiscate private property if you do not obey your Puppetmasters in Washington.
Comrade Obama's Federal prosecutors have filed civil forfeiture actions against an Oakland medical marijuana dispensary that bills itself as the world's largest, as part of an un-Constitutional crackdown by U.S. authorities on California's legal cannabis trade.
The lawsuits, filed on Monday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, seek forfeiture of two properties where Harborside Health Center operates, said Melinda Haag, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California.
The action against Harborside is the latest in a crackdown on what federal prosecutors say is a flourishing network of cannabis suppliers operating across California under the cover of the state's legal medical marijuana law.
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Harborside says it is the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the world, serving more than 100,000 patients in a "beautiful waterfront location," and is subject of the Discovery Channel reality TV show "Weed Wars."
In a statement on its website, the clinic said, "Harborside has nothing to be ashamed of, and will contest the Federal actions openly and publicly, with every legal means at our disposal."
"We look forward to our day in court, and are confident that justice is on our side. Come what may, we shall continue to care for our patients unless we are physically prevented from doing so," the statement said. (usnews.msnbc.com)