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Saturday, May 2, 2009

March for Freedom: July 12, A National Day of Mourning, Chief Organizer, John Hanson joins me today, on 1460 AM KION and CRNtalk.com at 11 AM PT

John Hanson
Published 03/31/2009 - 6:32 p.m. CST

Zap the IRS declared on March 15th a national day of mourning to mark the centennial of one of the saddest days in American history! On July 12th, 1909, the 61st Congress passed and submitted for ratification to the then 48 States an amendment that would empower the government to directly tax income from any source without apportionment by population. A day that will live in infamy!

What a paradigm shift the 16th Amendment initiated. It began (as our forefathers predicted it would) the demise of our American way of life. The earth must have shook as they spun around in their graves at this change to the Constitution they had so carefully and wisely crafted. They had designed it to reward hard work, saving, and investment and protect the fruits of a free market republic from a self-serving Government. Now the government of the people, by the people, and for the people they had risked their lives and fortunes to establish would shift to being one of the Congress, by the Congress, and for the Congress. Congress has come a long way, Baby! And a wrong way. The way to socialism.
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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