Standing-up for Your Civil Liberties is Ongoing


Two posts on the forum noted that the Supreme Court ruled that a search warrant was required to place a GPS device on a person's car.

Recently, there also was public outrage over two proposed laws, SOPA/PIPA. Some of the supporters did a quick politically opportunistic expedient retreat. One of them Obama. However, in his State of the Union Speech is it is clear that these onerous laws are still in play; simply waiting for the public outrage to simmer down before being resurrected. Obama stated: "It’s not right when another country lets our movies, music, and software be pirated." So expect SOPA/PIPA II.

Rand Paul, had a run-in with the TSA. Washington Post headline: "Sen. Rand Paul declines TSA pat-down, is escorted from security checkpoint".

What is an interesting aside concerning Rand is that Judge Napolitano noted that the TSA claimed that Rand consented to being searched by buying an airline ticket. This immediately struck me as being applicable to the ridiculous EULAs. That by simply buying a product, you are giving implicit authorization to have your civil liberties extinguished.

Concerning SOPA/PIPA and Obama's State of the Union address, there is another onerous action that is being proposed, under the guise of a "trade agreement", that is Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Unfortunately, this one has not yet risen to become a public concern.

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