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    Today, 08:13 PM
    Because in your heart of hearts you know that you too are suspicious.
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    Today, 08:04 PM
    Anyone who would make that claim about themselves is suspicious.
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    Today, 07:57 PM
    Has any human ever lived who wasn't suspicious?
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    Today, 07:43 PM
    In a major victory for privacy rights at the border, a federal court in Boston ruled today that suspicionless searches of travelers’ electronic devices by federal agents at airports and other U.S. ports of entry are unconstitutional. The ruling came in a lawsuit, Alasaad v. McAleenan, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and ACLU of Massachusetts, on behalf of 11 travelers whose smartphones and laptops were searched without individualized suspicion at U.S. ports of entry. “This ruling significantly advances Fourth Amendment protections for millions of international travelers who enter the United States every year,” said Esha Bhandari, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. “By putting an end to the government’s ability to conduct suspicionless fishing expeditions, the court reaffirms that the border is not a lawless place and that we don’t lose our privacy rights when we travel.” “This is a great day for travelers who now can cross the international border without fear that the government will, in the absence of any suspicion, ransack the extraordinarily sensitive information we all carry in our electronic devices,” said Sophia Cope, EFF Senior Staff Attorney. The district court order puts an end to Customs and Border Control (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) asserted authority to search and seize travelers’ devices for purposes far afield from the enforcement of immigration and customs laws. Border officers must now demonstrate individualized suspicion of illegal contraband before they can search a traveler’s device. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/political/federal-court-rules-suspicionless-searches-travelers-phones-and-laptops-unconstitutional
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    Today, 07:15 PM
    Personally I think of it as a game of verbal UNO.
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    Today, 07:11 PM
    President Donald Trump has relieved over 8,000 Veterans Affairs employees for failing their duty since becoming the president, according to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “The standard is if you don’t live up to your oath if you don’t live up to the standards that our veterans expect, that you will be asked to leave,” Wilkie told reporters in a press conference on Friday. “This is a transformational moment in our history.” Wilkie said accountability was a signature promise from President Trump, particularly after the Veterans Affairs scandals in Phoenix in 2014 and 2015. Under Trump, he said, VA employees as high as network directors down to the lowest employees were removed for not performing their job to the proper standards. “This is, I think, one of the strongest statements that we can make: That it is a new day at VA,” Wilkie said. Trump spoke about the importance of Veterans Affairs accountability in October, during a speech on health care at The Villages in Florida. “Do you remember all of the bad stories that used to be about the VA?” he asked. “Now you don’t see that because they have accountability. We can fire bad people. We fired a tremendous number of really bad people that should’ve been fired years ago. I don’t like firing people, but I like firing people that don’t treat our vets great, that aren’t doing their job.” More at: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/11/11/donald-trump-has-fired-demoted-or-suspended-over-8000-veterans-affairs-employees-since-taking-office/
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    Today, 07:05 PM
    Change I just go with whatever occurs to me.
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    EPSTEIN MEDICAL EXAMINER DROPS AUTOPSY BOMBSHELL; No DNA Test Conducted to Confirm Epstein’s Identity
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    Today, 06:41 PM
    Eric Ciaramella, the so-called whistleblower at the center of the Ukraine debacle, hosted a White House meeting in January 2016 with Ukrainian officials demanding that the prosecutor looking into Hunter Biden be fired in exchange for an IMF loan. The revelation is corroborated by White House visitor logs and reporting by The Hill’s John Solomon, who first reported last spring that a meeting took place between Obama officials and Ukrainian investigators to discuss Joe Biden and Burisma Holdings, the energy company whose board his son Hunter presided over. According to Solomon, Andrii Telizhenko, then a political officer in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, said that U.S. officials told the Ukrainians to drop the Burisma probe and allow the FBI to take it over. The other case raised at the January 2016 meeting, Telizhenko said, involved Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company under investigation in Ukraine for improper foreign transfers of money. At the time, Burisma allegedly was paying then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter as both a board member and a consultant. More than $3 million flowed from Ukraine to an American firm tied to Hunter Biden in 2014-15, bank records show. According to Telizhenko, U.S. officials told the Ukrainians they would prefer that Kiev drop the Burisma probe and allow the FBI to take it over. The Ukrainians did not agree. But then Joe Biden pressured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to fire Ukraine’s chief prosecutor in March 2016, as I previously reported. The Burisma case was transferred to NABU, then shut down. According to White House visitor logs, the only meeting mentioning Telizhenko in January 2016 was hosted by none other than Eric Ciaramella, who was found in the logs visiting the White House over 200 times that year. As attorney Robert Barnes noted, this is precisely the reason why the Democrats don’t want the whistleblower to testify — he was directly involved in the plot to fire the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden.
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    Today, 05:47 PM
    Corporate personhood would be more like what you are pushing by saying the group is anything but the sum of the individuals that compose it.
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    Today, 05:39 PM
    We aren't talking about corporate personhood. We are talking about the restrictions on the speech rights of the members of the groups by restricting the groups. Ron opposes the restrictions and you support them.
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    Today, 05:21 PM
    Either one is toast as soon as Trump goes to his A game after they get the nomination.
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    Today, 05:19 PM
    He says the groups (composed of individuals) have speech rights and the restrictions are wrong, you support the restrictions by trying to pretend that the groups are distinct from the individuals that compose them. He says money to buy political speech is speech and protected by the 1stA, you say money isn't speech and isn't protected by the 1stA. I only brought it up because you denied supporting restrictions on speech and disagreeing with Ron. Having proven both I am happy to return this thread to a discussion of how Amash will lose because he endorsed a treasonous coup.
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    Today, 05:07 PM
    :sleeping: The charges are self evidently bogus in both cases and it has been proven by people other than me. And you are just making things up about me now.
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