Civil Liberties

Would you want to live in a world where everyone knew everything about everyone?

And in case you’re wondering, that’s not where we’re headed. Instead, we’re blindly marching towards a dark future where the government knows everything about you but you know nothing about the government.

Remember the media’s hysterical outcry when Obama’s passport details were illegally accessed during the Democratic primaries in 2008? The fact that the privacy of regular citizens is routinely subjected to much more serious abuse was conveniently ignored.

The “Patriot” Act, which was supposed to fight terrorism, allows the government to snoop on average citizens, obtain nationwide search warrants without local judicial oversight, monitor private Internet usage (that includes our emails and surfing habits), search our homes and offices without our knowledge, and force libraries and bookstores to turn over our reading records.

There is no financial privacy left in this country. Banks have become a one stop shop for overzealous government snoops and other privacy violators, and we’ve been working overtime to impose our paranoid “Know Your Customer” standards on the rest of the world.

Medical privacy has deteriorated in a similar manner. Our medical records are being transcribed in India and insurance companies and other entities have the right to access our medical history any time they choose.

Ron Paul is one of the nation’s foremost defenders of our privacy. He keeps fighting against misguided Know Your Customer rules and the misnamed “Patriot” Act.

Join the Ron Paul Revolution and help us rebuild a nation where our right to be left alone has priority over the government’s desire to know everything.

  • Josh

    It’s funny that you mention the mind-reading scanners. I heard some comedian talking about airport security and how they can’t get it right, but casinos can bust people counting cards in their heads. If it was that important to people, we would have private security companies just like the casinos. I’ve heard Dr. Paul speak on the virtues of private security instead of the FAA, I feel that the TSA could also be outperformed if there were competitive firms out there gunning for the job.

  • longshotlouie

    TSA Funding Airport Mind-Reading Scanners

    • Lindsey

      Longshot: I’ll have to look into this! Hopefully the average American will finally see that enough is enough when they become familiar with WeCU; THAT IS if this article is indeed factual.

    • Janice

      Immigration and how our country defers from other countries! I am totally against Amnesty as you might have guessed. Our country has even given the Spanish speaking people their own Phone line ! press one for Spanish or Two for English!










      a.. A JOB,
      d.. WELFARE,
      e.. FOOD STAMPS,
      f.. CREDIT CARDS,


      P.S. And soon with the North American Union ….Mexicans and Canadians will have their own Super Highway built with USA taxpayers money! Something ain’t right here for us Americans!


      • Rich


        While I understand your frustration, we need to remember that we Americans put ourselves in this situation cause we all wanted Hollywood lifestyles and didn’t want to do the work the “illegals” will do for a fraction of what “Americans” would charge. Having lived in seven countries, I can tell you that we have the lowest cost of living I have ever experienced. But it is because our government subsidizes the farmers, the auto industry and everyone else. But we have come to expect that so when there is an industry that is not subsidized we get upset about the high prices. Gasoline should be $6.00 per gallon so we could wean ourselves off foreign oil, but, hey we all want SUVs, right?

        I fear we are all hypocrites expecting too much from others and not enough from ourselves. I love my country, but we have grown fat and lazy. We need to get back to supporting a manufacturing economy, but that means you won’t be able to afford all those nice little toys we all like, because they will cost more in order to pay a livable wage to the US worker thad made them.

        Simpe economics.

        • Janice

          Your crazy too Rich!
          I was born here as generations of my relatives were…..generations of my family helped build this country! I mowed our own lawn , we didn’t hire it done by a Illegal
          We washed our own cars, we didn’t hire it done by Illegal.
          I shoveled the walks for free ……and the driveway……..we didn’t hire it done…..I would go around the neighborhood and shovel the elderly peoples walks……we helped one another. My mom cooked and cleaned for the neighbor who was sick , and helped her and her family until she could back on her feet.
          It isn’t the middleclass who hires illegals to do their landscaping! Its the Rich in this country who started that mess.
          My neighbor worked in the “slaughter houses” , and he was a white german with a trade, who took pride in his work until the place started doing everything wrong to the animals ……..and wrong for human consumption…….and now get illegals to do the job…….because yes , we Americans will not cow down to Corporations who are without a conscious for humanity and are harming our enviroment for profit………they had to leave the country they had dumped so much pollution into our air and water and soil and consequently our bodies ……..causing nearly a genocide of the people of this United States that , yah they had to move out and pollute the rest of the world……..

          We the people do not need them……we can build our own towns and help each other by investing in citizen owned businesses……..we can build what we consume ourselves………we can grow our own towns food products…….if we can get the government out of our business………..
          We do not want Monsanto harmful seeds and meats.
          We do not want high property taxes………We want to live like the Amish people .
          It s the rich who want the big SUV’s, not the middleclass……Its the rich who drive the gas guzzlers……..GM said right before congress …..that they built the Cadillac SUV and the Hummer for the rich ……they were making so much money on those they didn’t want to stop and make a hybrid…….
          My wages stayed the same for 25 yrs while cars and houses went up 1000%
          We the working class were purposely put under Corporate oppression so we could never catch up and then with Credit Cards and that debt…….they knew we would consume our way right into poverty ………..
          We the People did not do this to our selves……
          And we the people are finally waking up to how government and corporations are Big Buddies……..and policies that the government makes has never been for the people but for them for taxes and the corporations to make a profit…..
          Bottomline……..we have been scammed , duped, and dumped………..
          Now they are both going overseas to dump on some more innocent people…..

          • longshotlouie

            You both take good points …

            except this one:
            ” Gasoline should be $6.00 per gallon so we could wean ourselves off foreign oil, but, hey we all want SUVs, right??

            We should be refining our own crude, and gasoline should be about $1.60 a gallon after a few years of paying for the refinery construction.

            Why should we crush the middle-class to wean ourselves from foreign oil? Haven’t we asked them to carry enough of this burden?

  • A Watchman

    “Beware those who would preach to you concerning how you should obey them as authorities over you, if they refuse to obey the authority over them. Beware those who talk about the law if they themselves are law-breakers. Beware those who would speak to you of “duty,” if they themselves have broken their oaths and violated the trusts of their offices. Contrary to the propaganda you’re likely to hear in the event of a martial law situation, neither Romans 13, nor any other passage of scripture, can be twisted to the effect of forcing Christians to buckle under to, participate in, or otherwise sanction, illegal actions or outright atrocities committed by the state.”

    “The state that employs only force to achieve its aims will rule only as long as it can subdue the people; but if it can successfully use propaganda, it can rule indefinitely because the people will subdue themselves. Propaganda deludes the slave into seeing his servitude as sacrifice, even as an honor. It transforms political prisoners into the enemies of the people, turns massacres into purgings, makes partisanism look like saintly perseverance, sells torture as retribution, portrays dissent as sabotage, and masks aggression in the guise of crusading. As Adolf Hitler observed in Mein Kampf, “By an able and persistent use of propaganda heaven itself can be presented to the people as if it were hell and, vice versa, the most miserable kind of life can be presented as if it were paradise.”

    “You who are members of the clergy: could you go door-to-door telling people that God wants them to turn in their guns (or fuel, or food, or gold) and to leave themselves bereft and helpless because the state says so? You who are members of the military or law enforcement agencies: could you force yourselves on, or actually fire on, otherwise law-abiding American citizens who might only be trying to defend themselves, their property and their families against those who have decided to toss the law out like yesterday’s garbage? Could you justly take part in unjust actions? How many of history’s wars and other atrocities could have taken place had those ordered to carry them out simply said “No.”? Could Rome have enslaved and tortured millions of people without the consent of its soldiers? Could any of the tyrants of the past have plundered their citizens had they been forced to wield the sword by themselves? Could a single Southern farm have been burned had Northerners not consented to Lincoln’s rampage? Could Stalin or Mao have murdered tens of millions of their own countrymen without the assistance of their “Peoples’” armies? Make no mistake, if the United States government ever decides to oppress its own people, for whatever reason, it will not be the President or members of Congress, or the Joint Chiefs who go around intimidating people, kicking in doors, muzzling protest, dividing families, jailing and/or torturing dissenters or carrying off property. It will be you. They will expect you to do these things for them. The question is: can you live with it? And even more importantly: can you answer to God for it?”

  • Stehenallein

    Say Cheese

    The majority of digital imaging devices (camera, scanner, printer, copier, video camera, etc) manufactured since the early 1990’s (and that number has drastically increased) embeds a unique series of coded dots into every image they produce. These embeded dots, or slight alteration of the color of pixels-not visible to the naked eye and invisible to most digital photo editing software is referred to as Steganography and has been used to conceal information in images since the middle 1400’s. .

    This code, with the right software (used almost exclusively by the UNITED STATES government for whom the digital steganography technology was developed) reveals the digital imaging device manufacture (HP, Xerox, Epson, etc), the serial number of that device, and in most instances a time stamp. In 2005 the independent civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation cracked the codes for DocuColor printers, publishing the results on their website.

    Being that we are balls deep in a war on terror, and that it has been the federal governments continued practice to treat everyone like a terrorist to catch a few, and with Sony’s attribution of GPS in their latest series of high end personal use video cameras it is more a matter of time than it is question as to when a GPS cordinate will also be embedded into these digital images-without the users prior knowledge, consent, or constitutional rights.

    On a side note, few Americans are aware that BY LAW, all cell phones manufactured and sold within the UNITED STATES after 2005 are REQUIRED to have GPS technology. Fewer still that as a result of the “PATRIOT” Act the UNITED STATES government can without warrant wiretap and monitor any and all cell phone activity. And not just what one is conversing or texting, both the phones internal microphone and camera are accessible for real time monitoring-even if user has “turned their phone off.”

    Since 9/11 the UNITED STATES government has done exactly that. Monitoring the calls of over 200 million Americans, in what the CIA referred to as ‘data mining.’ But this monitoring began long before 9/11. (see program: ECHELON). Just how many “terrorists” has our federal government nabbed using this technique? There lips are sealed. Apparently the only people entitled to any privacy in this country anymore are those who supposidly derive their power from the “voters.”

    A pacified, uneducated lot of people who think they are actually voting for someone who is going to run the country based on campaign promises… show me a president that’s tried doing that since JFK-republican or otherwise. It amazes me, just how little people seem to either care or how powerless they’ve been made to feel.

    “There’s nothing I can do about it.” “They won’t listen to me.” And they’re right. But us on the otherhand: we, we have always had the power. Whether we will have the power when the publics pacivity and ignorance forces awarness of just how corrupt, and backwards our government has become I don’t know. Power is only maintained by those who excercise it. Power cannot be delegated to poltiicians living in the District of Columbia. A parcel of federated land not governed by the same laws and statues they pass down onto the blinded American public.

    How foolish of us to think any notion of individual sovereignty remains when our so called “elected candidates” campaign orginatizations are funded in the majority by the same private banking institutions which own our Federal Reserve (see JP Morgan) which as we should all know and don’t, is not Federal, a Reserve, or a Bank. If you or I were to practice Fractional Reserve Banking we’d be thrown in jail. Just ask Bernie Madoff.

    It seems Steganography would be a more appropriate description of attempting to figure out just what in the hell is goining on in Washington. But what can can it tell us about a digital image? Well for starters it can tell us what kind of device created the image, the manufacturer of that device, and the serial number of that device, and a time stamp telling us when that image was created. In the future it is hardly inconceivable that the code will also tell us where the image was taken-if it can’t already.

    So we now know when, where, and with what technology a digital image was created.

    With the consolidation of this technology and several others, such as Point of Sale (a.k.a. Point of Purchase,) the rest comes into play. With the advent of Check 21, another wonderful law signed into existence by our federal government made payment by check electronic. It’s estimated within the decade that all fiat currency will be made electronic, by means of RFID technology or something similar-bringing the most important piece of the puzzle into frame: who bought the digital imaging device.

    So that now every picture you take with a digital camera has your signature on it, and you didn’t even know it. And you can’t turn it off.

    Those XXXXXXX terrorists and their digital cameras.

  • longshotlouie

    How Terahertz Waves Tear Apart DNA

    The latest from MIT

  • christine

    America Rising: An Open Letter to Democrat Politicians

    • Lindsey

      Christine: I like this video!

      • christine

        It gave me goosebumps. Powerful message. I hope the creator of this video will do more.

    • To Christine:

      The video “America Rising” has been removed.

  • longshotlouie
  • larry

    Comments Please concerning:
    Have you searched Income tax law for “Excluded income”?

    31 Questions and Answers about the Internal Revenue Service Paul Andrew Mitchell, B.A., M.S.


  • longshotlouie

    Guilt by association? 1 in 3 fear punishment

    • Lindsey

      Longshot: Merry Christmas to you! If it’s bad now wait until the Brownshirts!

      • longshotlouie

        Have a great 2010, Lindsey

        I think their shirts will be red.

  • I think that (Ron Paul and Alan Keys)would make a good pair as a running candidacy if they could work together as they share the common ingredients in the recipie of understanding true constitutionally based liberty [freedom].

  • Cindy Mc

    There is a characteristic which I believe most of those who are in charge of the World’s Economy and Political Power share. It’s good to be aware of what you’re dealing with.

    The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fourth edition, DSM IV-TR, a widely used manual for diagnosing mental disorders, defines narcissistic personality disorder (in Axis II Cluster B) as:[6]

    1) A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:
    2) Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements).
    3) Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.
    4) Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions).
    5) Requires excessive admiration.
    6) Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations.
    7) Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.
    8 )Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.
    9) Is often envious of others or believes others are envious of him or her.

    • christine

      Psychopaths. We ordinarily remove these people and put them in prison to undergo psychiatric treatment after diagnosis because they are a threat to society. We call them leaders today. ha!

      Good series of explanation —

      The Corporation ( part 1 of 15 ) – otherwise known as Psychopathic, Inc.

      These corporations, including governments are guilty of creating poverty and destroying the earth.

      We are all one –

      Talks of how both corporations and governments (sometimes governemtns are corporations like THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, a federal corporation) run the world’s economy and how we have to deal with looking at the world as a market for profit.

  • I am a talk show host at News Talk WWBA 820 Am on the SOS Computer Talk Radio Show.

    My Concern is for my children and my grandchildren…We talk about Heath Reform & Gun Control (Obama’s Ammunition Control of Bullets for Rifles) the Patriot Act that Bush Violated our constitutional rights.
    Now the Federalized Real ID act of 2005 (National ID) President Bush Slammed through congress (another bill with 1200 pages never read thoroughly)voilating the 10th amendment
    Real ID as seen at is a real nightmare…this is considered a intra state passport carrying all of your personal information (some states will require more then suggested by HLS)
    Before you can obtain this Real must prove you’re an American Born…going through background checks (FBI-CIA NSA)
    Some States will require Banking Info, Credit Card Info…
    all Americans are required to carry this Real ID by 2010 or you will not be allowed to board any Airlines, Train, Cruise Ship, Board a Grey Hound.
    Bush even went as far as implimenting this using the War Fund Act and empowering any Law Enforcement in the USA…to stop you with out provable cause and ask for your ID.
    We are becoming a socialistic country (All Sharing the Same Farmers Tracker) this is NEO Nazism…Papers Papers Please…
    This Real ID Will not Stop Terrorism or ID theft in particular…
    The Real ID License will have a new technology readable digital strip “RFID” (Radio Frequency Identification) as is in all digital products and in your VIN Number on newer Trucks and Cars…
    Any Hacker with a remote pocket scanner can pick up on the broadcast of the RFID Radio Frequency and scan your personal info…forget the 256 K encryption protection since it was written by a programmer (Hackers are Programmers) and it can be decrypted by a black hat programmer, therefore you become an ID Theft Victim in the worse way.
    Plus the rules for using your credit cards are being debated and considered by the credit card company’s…they will rule on how you can use your credit card along with your Federalized ID (Real ID)
    You will not be able to purchase anything, from food, gas, Airline Tickets, Cruise Ships, Seeing a Doctor i.e. without sliding your Real ID through a new technological credit card machine device along with your credit card.
    The best part is where this info is going to be stored…
    Guess who…Ready!
    Homeland Security is going to keep tabs on everything you do with your purchasing and using your credit cards…this is to track terrorist using their credit cards…OH you say that is Illegal…
    Just take a closer look at the Patriot Act…and see what privacy you do not have anymore…

    I do not want my information stored on any Government Data Base…
    By the way…Our Governments High Security Data Base Server was hacked, the new F117 Top Secret Super Fighter Jets Plans were stolen…The White Houses Email was Hacked….
    My point the less information I have, the less chance of my ID being stolen…
    Plus…Big Brother Needs to stop spying on law bidding US Citizens…
    Reform the Patriot Act and Real ID…Now Known as PASS ID…
    Read about it at

  • christine

    How to save America

    It may not be too late to correct this situation. Article 2, Section 2 of the Constitution says:

    “He [the President] shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur….”

    Consider this simple amendment:

    “He [the President] shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present [three-fourths of the state legislatures] concur….”

    • christine

      Think of this in relation to the Copenhagen Treaty

    • This does not mean that the Real ID Act of 2005 (Or Pass ID) can not be reformed…just by writing your congressmen.
      17 States have rejected the Real ID Act…saying it is un constitutional.
      The Health Reform will be challenged in supreme court, due to the fact no where in our constitution state we as American’s have to carry health insurance or be penalized by our government…
      More and more we are loosing our constitutional rights…as Obama was quoted to say on Rush Linbaugh…”The Constitution was written 200 years ago by fat, white christian men…He Obama was not even on Diapers or a sparkle in his mothers eyes…
      Seems to me Mr. Obama wants to be a ruler or King and throw out out Constitution.
      Once we become a socialistic nation…you will have to wait for gas, food, seeing a doctor and be hassled regularly for your ID.

  • christine

    The Distracted Driver Bill, by Jay Rockefeller.

    Last night I watch Jay Rockefeller conduct the first congressional hearing on cell phone usage in the car. He doesn’t really want it to go through congress and the usual procedure for creating a law. Even he is asserting himself like a dictator, disregard for the constitution. He wants a bill to pass in a hurry (why?), saying we don’t have time to wait (why?) to stop the deaths that occur by distracted drivers (really?).

    This is how it begins, with an appeal that sounds somewhat acceptable and reasonable. But what he is really after is moving towards the police state so cops will have the legal right to and be focused on overly surveiling and monitoring the public, charging them like a drunk driver. Who DOESN’T have a cell phone?!!

    There is a law on the books now that Obama signed. You can actually be accused for crimes you have not yet committed. That means they can make up stuff. (We should use this one on him and the rest of them now, for devastating the economy of America) All these laws are going to add up to one big police state.

    Rockefeller is one of the elite. They are not concerned about our welfare. Their concerns are control over others, money.

    Another option he suggested and he really liked this one… is to have technology developed to interfere with the cell phone transmission so your cell phone would be virtually useless while inside your car. No one would be able to dial 911 if they needed to. No one would be able to call anyone for any emergency reason, or if it was unsafe for them to get out of their car for some reason. Women would especially not like access to their phones in case of an emergecy or threat. I got my cell phoneprimarily for emergency reasons!

    I’m thinking that if they did have a round up, and we were driving out and about, stopped at a check point…we would not be able to let family members know what was happening.

    They only lightly talked about the distraction of GPS systems, TVs in cars, putting on makeup, eating a hamburger. How about CDs, changing the radio station, a pretty girl on the street? We might end up wearing burkas! Are we going to make all those distractions illegal too?

    This guy Rockefeller is obsessed with controlling other people. Some states have already moved on making cell phone usage in cars illegal. Rockefeller said he doesn’t care about overstepping State rights.

  • Mike Forster

    Fellow Patriots,
    I’m an American citizen living in the United Kingdom, and if you think that the warnings about a ‘big brother’ state are exaggerated, think again. In the last couple of years (all in the interests of catching terrorists, of course), the UK government has authorised extending the use of covert surveillance to all public servants. This means that the local councillor who lives 9 doors down from me is allowed to wiretap my telephone, the BBC can place tracking devices on my vehicle, the local ambulance service can inspect my trash, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society read my emails, etc. I just read a statistic that said that 1 in 78 individuals in this country has been subjected to surveillance. We have about 60 million people here and 2 million CCTV cameras. We have license plate recognition software so our movements around the country can be tracked by computers. I live in a Big Brother state already – please, PLEASE, don’t let this happen to the United States of America. I beg you all to write your senators and demand the repeal of the Patriot Act! Thank you,
    Regards, Mike Forster

  • christine
  • christine

    Once Again, The Will of the Voters Is Denied

    October 9, 2009

    Yesterday afternoon, Justice Edward Lehner of the State Supreme Court rubberstamped Referee Louis Crespo’s recommendation that the decision to establish a local commission to investigate the events of September 11th not be put before the voters on November 3rd.

    …some day…the guilty will pay.

  • christine

    The End of America – Naomi Wolf sums up the state of the union and urges us to act – (47:47 min)

    10 Steps all would-be Dictators do during a fascist shift, to close down an open society, crush a democracy, that are underway in America right now.

  • Norwegian

    Dear sirs

    I’d like to alert you to a new challenge to your constitution. This time it’s the fifth amendment, as the USA and Egypt are joining forces to ban critisism of religions (read islam)!!!

    Note: The European Union is against the proposal.

  • David

    On this topic, i would like to sincerely thank Dr. Paul for his efforts in support of our individual liberties and the freedoms established in our constitution. He has come out on the right side of freedom each and every time, and if our freedom is to be preserved, and hopefully at some point increased, he will have been instrumental in accomplishing this as well.

    Thank you Dr. Paul, our dear friend of liberty.