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Old 04-19-2014, 10:48 PM   #1
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April 18, 2014
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In the Land of the Free, people grow up hearing a lot of things about their freedom.

You’re told that you live in the freest country on the planet. You’re told that other nations ‘hate you’ for your freedom.

And you’re told that you have the most open and fair justice system in the world.

This justice system is supposedly founded on bedrock principles– things like a defendant being presumed innocent until proven guilty. The right to due process and an impartial hearing. The right to counsel and attorney-client privilege.

Yet each of these core pillars has been systematically dismantled over the years:

1. So that it can operate with impunity outside of the law, the federal government has set up its own secret FISA courts to rubber stamp NSA surveillance.

According to data obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, of the nearly 34,000 surveillance requests made to FISA courts in the last 35-years, only ELEVEN have been rejected.

Unsurprising given that FISA courts only hear the case from the government’s perspective. It is literally a one-sided argument in FISA courts. Hardly an impartial hearing, no?

2. The concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ may officially exist in courts, but administratively it was thrown out long ago.

These days there are hundreds of local, state, and federal agencies that can confiscate your assets, levy your bank account, and freeze you out of your life’s savings. None of this requires a court order.

By the time a case goes to court, you have been deprived of the resources you need to defend yourself. You might technically be presumed innocent, but you have been treated and punished like a criminal from day one.

3. Attorney-Client privilege is a long-standing legal concept which ensures that communication between an attorney and his/her client is completely private.

In Upjohn vs. the United States, the Supreme Court itself upheld attorney-client privilege as necessary “to encourage full and frank communication between attorneys and their clients and thereby promote broader public interests in the observance of law. . .”

It doesn’t matter what you’re accused of– theft. treason. triple homicide. With very limited exceptions, an attorney cannot be compelled to testify against a client, nor can their communications be subpoenaed for evidence.

Yet in a United States Tax Court decision announced on Wednesday, the court dismissed attorney client privilege, stating that:

“When a person puts into issue his subjective intent in deciding how to comply with the law, he may forfeit the privilege afforded attorney-client communications.”

In other words, if a person works with legal counsel within the confines of the tax code to legitimately minimize the amount of taxes owed, that communication is no longer protected by attorney-client privilege.

Furthermore, the ruling states that if the individuals do not submit attorney-client documentation as required, then the court would prohibit them from introducing any evidence to demonstrate their innocence.

Unbelievable.

While it’s true that attorney-client privilege has long been assailed in numerous court cases (especially with regards to tax matters), this decision sets the most dangerous precedent yet.

With this ruling, government now has carte blanche to set aside long-standing legal protections and even deny a human being even the chance to defend himself.

Naturally, you won’t hear a word about this in the mainstream media.

But it certainly begs the question, what’s the point of even having a trial? Or a constitution?

When every right and protection you have can be disregarded in their sole discretion, one really has to wonder how anyone can call it a ‘free country’ any more.
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I assure you that the vast majority will not care. They don't have to worry about paying federal income taxes, so it doesn't affect them in the least. The same people have zero problems with being a presumed bomb-toting terrorist at the airport until proven innocent by an approved TSA sexual battery exam or naked body imaging. The same people have zero problems with the head of the IRS pleading the 5th amendment to any and all questions regarding the persecution of political enemies of the Benevolent Barack. The same people have zero problems with 1st amendment cages and a military cattle ranch raid over tortoise fees. They want a government that provides from cradle to grave. They want a government that expands infinitely, even though they acknowledge the corruption of power. They are more than willing to exchange their dwindling freedom for perceived security.
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I assure you that the vast majority will not care. They don't have to worry about paying federal income taxes, so it doesn't affect them in the least. The same people have zero problems with being a presumed bomb-toting terrorist at the airport until proven innocent by an approved TSA sexual battery exam or naked body imaging. The same people have zero problems with the head of the IRS pleading the 5th amendment to any and all questions regarding the persecution of political enemies of the Benevolent Barack. The same people have zero problems with 1st amendment cages and a military cattle ranch raid over tortoise fees. They want a government that provides from cradle to grave. They want a government that expands infinitely, even though they acknowledge the corruption of power. They are more than willing to exchange their dwindling freedom for perceived security.
Very true. They are dependent on an entity, government, that in reality, couldn't care less about them other than keeping them in their place and their votes. This is their idea of "democracy." They are like mindless zombies and it's gotten worse since Obama became president. They somehow find the need to question government when a republican is in the WH. But so many of our privacy now being violated and they used to be the ones who were so public with their dismay and outrage over such issues, but now cower in the corner because you just can't question or criticize Obama other than he isn't taking more rights away. It's pathetic really.
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The question all citizens should be asking themselves is if left unchecked where is this all headed.
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The question all citizens should be asking themselves is if left unchecked where is this all headed.
Progressive utopia where the military police state is the provider of housing, food, health, education, transportation, clothing, and parental surrogate.
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You used to care about this stuff wags
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Pretty much and all of this is proving the liberals are fascists. I remember them calling Bush a fascist with the Patriot Act, but now that Obama is in the WH, the Patriot Act is "cool" now. They only care about unchecked government out of control when they don't have the power. Heck, all one has to do is go back and look at all the threads they started around here before Obama became the president, not to mention various liberal websites that used to worry about that. Now, not a peep because they really want this type of government, just with their "side" doing it of course. People need to remember this the next time these ignorant bozos spout "fascist" to others. It's called projecting.

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Pretty much and all of this is proving the liberals are fascists. I remember them calling Bush a fascist with the Patriot Act, but now that Obama is in the WH, the Patriot Act is "cool" now. They only care about unchecked government out of control when they don't have the power. Heck, all one has to do is go back and look at all the threads they started around here before Obama became the president, not to mention various liberal websites that used to worry about that. Now, not a peep because they really want this type of government, just with their "side" doing it of course. People need to remember this the next time these ignorant bozos spout "fascist" to others. It's called projecting.
The day is fast approaching you will have to do this from the free speech pens.
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