CAMPAIGN FOR LIBERTY

It’s deja-vu all over again, as baseball legend Yogi Berra might have said. The politicians and media are telling us the world is coming to an end because a “compromise” could not be made at the 11th hour to keep the Federal government in business. Republicans blame Democrats for the shutdown over their insistence on legislation to benefit about 700,000 “Dreamers” -- immigrants who were brought illegally in to the country as children. Democrats make the shutdown all about Donald Trump, hoping to gain political points from his unpopular status. The media headlines are recycled from the last phony “shutdown.” It’s all about “partisanship” in Washington, mainstream media tells us. The same pundits are on television demanding that the parties put aside differences and work together for the American people. Don’t let the politicians and the media fool you. Despite the appearance of ferocious partisan warfare, the truth is that both political parties agree on all the important issues. Both parties support perpetual, undeclared war. Both parties voted last week to continue suspending the Fourth Amendment, granting President Trump and his Administration the “authority” to continue spying on all of us without a warrant for another six years. So much for Democrat talk that [...]
Mon, Jan 22, 2018
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Since Monday was Martin Luther King day and since the Senate is on the verge of renewing Section 702 of the FISA Act, this is a good week to read Dan Thompson's article on how J Edgar Hoover used his leverage on President John Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy to abuse his office to carry out his vendetta against Dr King. This is a cautionary tale of the dangers of granting government officials the power to collect information on American citizens without first having to get a warrant and show probable cause. Read the full article here and excerpts below: “…the FBI was able to get permission from Attorney General Robert Kennedy to begin electronic surveillance of King at all levels, including bugging his hotel rooms, offices, etc. What was discovered was not any affiliation with communism but sexual incidents that were taped by listening agents – one of these was explicit and Hoover played that tape around town to press and others of influence to prove King’s indiscretions. Why would the Kennedys – Robert and John – agree to permit this intrusion into the life of a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize at a time John was facing a tough re-election? [...]
Fri, Jan 19, 2018
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Today the House will vote on a stop-gap funding bill keeping the government open until February 16. As mentioned yesterday, the CR contains a two year suspension of Obamacare’s medical device and “Cadillac” tax, and a one year suspension of Obamacare’s excise tax on health insurance plans. Campaign for Liberty has co-signed the following letter in support of delaying the Obamacare taxes: January 17, 2018 The Honorable Paul D. Ryan Speaker, United States House of Representatives H-232, The Capitol Washington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader, United States Senate S-230, The Capitol Washington, D.C. 20510  Dear Speaker Ryan & Leader McConnell: We write in support of efforts to offer tax relief to American families through delay of Obamacare taxes. Recent media reports suggest that Congress is considering passing one or two year relief of the health insurance tax, five years of relief from the medical device tax, and one additional year of relief from the Cadillac Tax, as part of a continuing resolution to fund the federal government. If lawmakers fail to act, these taxes will lead to higher premiums and higher costs for middle class families, seniors, and small businesses. Over the long-term, lawmakers must continue working to repeal all one trillion in Obamacare taxes as part of reforms that increase access to care, lower [...]
Thu, Jan 18, 2018
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Here is the roll-call vote on the motion to proceed with Section 702 of the FISA Act. The vote means that Senator Rand Paul will be forced to end his filibuster and will not be able to offer the USA Rights Act as an amendment to the bill. Campaign for Liberty will continue to fight to roll-back the surveillance state and restore our Constitutional rights. While it is disappointing to lose this vote, we are making progress in this fight. The Senate cloture vote took over an hour and the fact that they barely passed the bill is a sign of our progress. Congress is also working on funding the government. At this point it looks like the plan is to pass another short-term funding bill. There is talk that the bill will include an extension of the Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and a delay of Obamacare’s “Cadillac” tax on “generous” employer-provided health Insurance plans, the health insurance tax, and the medical device tax. See here for more details. When Congress finally passes their long-term spending bill the GOP’s defense hawks will finally get their dearest wish as the Republican leadership is willing to break the spending caps. This story from Congressional Quarterly [...]
Wed, Jan 17, 2018
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The big event of the week is the Senate vote on S.140, the legation extending Section 702 of the FISA Act. Senator Rand Paul is filibustering the act and Campaign for Liberty urges all members to call their Senators and tell them to Stand with Rand and oppose extending Section  702. Here is the roll-call for last week’s vote on the USA Rights Act and here is the roll-call for passage of S.139. Here is a good piece on the bill by Sharon Bradford Franklin, the former Executive Director of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (2013-2017). The House and Senate are also working on a budget deal and must pass something by Friday or the government will shut down (YEA). However they are likely to just kick the can down the road till March. The House will also consider H.R. 4712, which makes it a federal crime to fail to take all the necessary steps to keep a child alive who survives an abortion. The House will also consider H.R. 3326 which withholds federal funds from the World Bank unless they address corruption and inefficacy in their operations. A better idea is just stop funding the world bank. The House will also consider a [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
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I am writing to you today about an issue of grave concern to me . . . an issue that could set the liberty movement and our country back decades or worse. Campaign for Liberty emailed you recently about dangerous bills applying for an Article V Convention (a.k.a. Con Con), where all of your rights would be open to revision -- or worse. I’ve been told these bills could all sail through your state legislature -- unless you and I take swift action to stop them. In the ten years since our r3VOLution was sparked, you and I have fought together to beat back Big Government forces and to advance liberty at all levels of government. And while there is still much work to do, we’ve won some very important victories. But now, this convention idea has taken root, and it has the potential to destroy all we’ve worked for. I am personally asking for your help to stop it before it’s too late. Will you take a stand by signing your petition opposing a Con Con today? Many individuals supporting an Article V Convention mean well -- they are rightly fed up with the federal government, and they have become convinced that amending the U.S. Constitution at [...]
Thu, Jan 11, 2018
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I am writing to you today about an issue of grave concern to me . . . an issue that could set the liberty movement and our country back decades or worse. Campaign for Liberty emailed you recently about dangerous bills applying for an Article V Convention (a.k.a. Con Con), where all of your rights would be open to revision -- or worse. I’ve been told these bills could all sail through your state legislature -- unless you and I take swift action to stop them. In the ten years since our r3VOLution was sparked, you and I have fought together to beat back Big Government forces and to advance liberty at all levels of government. And while there is still much work to do, we’ve won some very important victories. But now, this convention idea has taken root, and it has the potential to destroy all we’ve worked for. I am personally asking for your help to stop it before it’s too late. Will you take a stand by signing your petition opposing a Con Con today? Many individuals supporting an Article V Convention mean well -- they are rightly fed up with the federal government, and they have become convinced that amending the U.S. Constitution at [...]
Thu, Jan 11, 2018
Source: CAMPAIGN FOR LIBERTY
I am writing to you today about an issue of grave concern to me . . . an issue that could set the liberty movement and our country back decades or worse. Campaign for Liberty emailed you recently about dangerous bills applying for an Article V Convention (a.k.a. Con Con), where all of your rights would be open to revision -- or worse. I’ve been told these bills could all sail through your state legislature -- unless you and I take swift action to stop them. In the ten years since our r3VOLution was sparked, you and I have fought together to beat back Big Government forces and to advance liberty at all levels of government. And while there is still much work to do, we’ve won some very important victories. But now, this convention idea has taken root, and it has the potential to destroy all we’ve worked for. I am personally asking for your help to stop it before it’s too late. Will you take a stand by signing your petition opposing a Con Con today? Many individuals supporting an Article V Convention mean well -- they are rightly fed up with the federal government, and they have become convinced that amending the U.S. Constitution at [...]
Thu, Jan 11, 2018
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It’s the “craziest thing in the world.” That’s what Bill Clinton said about ObamaCare mere weeks before the 2016 general election. It’s not often I find myself agreeing with Bill Clinton, but on this point, I do. Repealing ObamaCare should have been a no-brainer for the Republicans in Congress. After all, insurance premiums on the ObamaCare exchanges have continued to skyrocket, and many insurers have abandoned the exchanges altogether. . . In many counties across the nation, only one insurer remains! Not only that, but middle-income families are struggling mightily to pay their inflated premiums, and many have been forced to drop their insurance as a result. But despite that, congressional Republicans failed to repeal the disastrous law . . . and I’m afraid the news for Virginia gets even worse. You see, the Virginia General Assembly resisted expanding ObamaCare for years -- mostly because of the efforts of Campaign for Liberty supporters like you. But since Congress failed to act and Republicans lost so many seats in last year’s state election, ObamaCare expansion is now a serious threat in Virginia. In fact, Governor-elect Ralph Northam has made expansion a priority issue, and he only needs a couple of Big Government Republicans to force a bill into law! It’s urgent you [...]
Thu, Jan 11, 2018
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Today the House votes on legislation reauthorizing Section 702 of the FISA Act, so please call your Representative and tell them to oppose reauthorizing this unconstitutional program. Before the final vote, the House will vote on the amendment offered by Michigan Representative Justin Amash. Representative Amash’s amendment is the same as the USA Rights Act. I have heard that surveillance state champions are nervous about the amendment passing, and are ramping up the fear mongering campaign against the bill, including claiming that passage of the bill will allow terrorists to sue the U.S. Government. Campaign for Liberty has co-signed a collation letter in favor of the Amash amendment: January 10, 2018 Dear Representative: We, the undersigned 44 civil liberties, civil rights, and transparency organizations, urge you to vote “YES” on the USA RIGHTS amendment and “NO” on the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act if the USA RIGHTS amendment does not pass. Many of our organizations have long opposed Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act because it has been used by the government to unconstitutionally collect Americans’ communications without a warrant or individualized approval from a judge. Our concerns regarding this collection are compounded by the government’s routine searches of Section 702 data for the information [...]
Thu, Jan 11, 2018
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