Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tell the Senate Banking Committee to back Audit The Fed

From Campaign For Liberty:

This Tuesday, the Senate Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled "Federal Reserve Reform."

Unfortunately, Audit the Fed (S. 264), despite its massive popularity among the American people, isn't on the agenda.

But that doesn't mean Audit the Fed won't be discussed at Tuesday's hearing.

Janet Yellen's cronies – such as Democrat Elizabeth Warren and Republican Bob Corker – are sure to use this hearing as a platform to bash Audit the Fed.

And because S. 264 isn’t officially on the agenda, there won’t be an advocate specifically for Audit the Fed on the witness panel.

You see, right after Senator Rand Paul reintroduced Audit the Fed, the Fed launched an unprecedented PR campaign against the bill ...

And the Fed’s allies on Wall Street and K Street, among politicians (who think the needs of the Fed outweigh the needs of the American people), and in the establishment press are aiding it.

You can be sure the press will be quick to report if any of the witnesses aren’t prepared to fend off hostile questions.

The Senate Banking Committee has heard from the Fed and its allies . . .

Now they need to hear from you!

That's why C4L is launching a "Bring it to the Floor" Blitz designed to FLOOD the Senate offices of Chairman Richard Shelby and other members of the Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs Committee with over 50,000 petitions URGING them to pass Audit the Fed through Committee and bring it to the floor for an up or down vote.

As you'll see, there's a special counter on our "Bring it to the Floor" Audit the Fed page showing the progress we're making toward our goal.

Can I count on you to help push the petition counter to 50,000 by signing your "Bring it to the Floor" Audit the Fed petitions IMMEDIATELY?

Weak-kneed Members of Congress are looking for watered-down compromise legislation that leaves much of the Federal Reserve’s core operations off limits to the American people.

And Fed Chair Janet Yellen is living up to her promise to “forcefully” oppose passage of Audit the Fed - predicting Chicken Little horrors if the Federal Reserve’s actions are ever exposed!

In fact, while delivering her semi-annual report on monetary policy this week on Capitol Hill, Janet Yellen made national headlines when she boldly declared that she "strongly OPPOSES Audit the Fed."

And so-called “conservative” Senator Bob Corker aided her in her efforts by tossing Yellen a series of softballs and parroting Federal Reserve propaganda.

You and I can’t take this situation lightly - especially considering the massive stranglehold Federal Reserve officials have on the entire U.S. economy.

With your help today, you and I can break that stranglehold.

I can't even begin to tell you how much of an impact your signed petitions will make in forcing the Senate to vote on Audit the Fed.

Remember, it was just this past Congress when the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing on monetary policy in honor of the Fed's 100th Anniversary.

That hearing also didn't include Audit the Fed on the agenda.

But C4L members and supporters stepped up and answered the call - generating tens of thousands of petitions to House Leadership DEMANDING a vote on Audit the Fed.

Your efforts paid off, and in September, Audit the Fed passed the U.S. House with 331 out of 435 votes!

Unfortunately, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to allow so much as a vote on Audit the Fed.

But the American people FIRED Harry Reid as U.S. Senate Majority Leader last November, removing a MAJOR roadblock to auditing the Federal Reserve.

Today if you and I can generate the same kind of pressure on the Senate that led to passage of Audit the Fed in the House, I'm confident we can succeed in getting a Senate vote on Audit the Fed and even passing it.

You see, our nation is now over $18 TRILLION in debt. Fed banksters continue to create money like there’s no tomorrow, and warnings are mounting about yet another massive economic stock market bubble that’s about to burst!

Average, hardworking Americans are feeling the pinch from soaring food prices.

Most workers’ real wages haven’t budged in a decade or more when adjusted for inflation - even using the federal government’s rosy statistics.

Yet Wall Street fat cats are living high on the hog as the Dow Jones reaches new highs on Federal Reserve-created phony prosperity.

News reports have revealed that Federal Reserve leakers gave Wall Street insiders with the right “connections” a sneak-peek on the Fed’s internal deliberations - giving them a front-row seat at the money trough.

Not only that, but secret audio recordings released last fall seem to prove that the Federal Reserve’s so-called “bank examiners” helped sweep evidence of questionable big bank behavior under the rug — behavior that could help lead to another taxpayer-financed big bank bailout.

Truthfully, I don’t know how much more of this madness our country can take.

If we don’t rein in the Federal Reserve now, every last shred of American prosperity could be wiped out!

That’s why I believe it’s absolutely critical you and I FORCE Congress to Audit the Fed and show the American people the Federal Reserve System leads to:

*** Ever-expanding Big Government boondoggles like “ObamaCare.”

Now that politicians have figured out the Fed will just print money out of thin air to pay the bills if taxing and borrowing can’t make ends meet, the floodgates are wide open for even more of the statists’ utopian plans;

*** Constant economic crises.

The recent housing crisis and the resulting chaos is just one example of an economic bubble created by centrally planned interest rates and money manipulation;

*** The destruction of the middle class.

As food, housing, medical care, and education costs soar, everyone who is NOT on the government dole is forced to make do with less as the value of their money sinks;

*** Currency destruction.

History shows us that riots, violence, and full-scale police states can result when people finally realize their money isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on and REFUSE to accept it.

Yet those who leech off the Federal Reserve System don’t care.

They don’t care that they’re sinking our nation into economic ruin - so long as they keep raking in the dough from the Fed’s corruption and cronyism.

That’s why your action today in signing your "Bring it to the Floor" petitions to Chairman Richard Shelby and the other Senate Banking Committee members is so critical!

Of course this fight won't be easy - nor cheap.

After all, the Federal Reserve - backed by the nation's printing presses - has virtually unlimited funds at their disposal.

And believe me, they're doing everything in their power to KILL Audit the Fed.

Right now, Federal Reserve apologists are swarming Capitol Hill and hitting full force in the media, saying you and I just don’t know what’s good for us.

And the banksters’ fat-cat lobbyists aren't far behind - surely promising loads of goodies to members of Congress who vote to KILL Audit the Fed.

That's why you and I must TURN UP THE HEAT on the Senate like never before to FORCE Audit the Fed to the floor for an up or down vote.

I can’t explain what a travesty it would be to watch the Fed wriggle off the hook after how far we’ve come!

But I also have to face facts regarding what it will take to achieve victory.

You see, money is tight. Too tight.

That’s why, in addition to your signed petitions, I must be able to count on your generosity today.

So please chip in $10 or more to help make sure C4L has the resources to generate over 50,000 petitions into the offices of Senate Banking Committee members and mobilize millions of Americans to demand the Senate pass Audit the Fed.

Only our members’ generous support will allow us to do what's needed to win this battle.

So please sign your "Bring it to the Floor" Audit the Fed petitions and agree to chip in $10 or more IMMEDIATELY.

For Liberty,

Ron Paul
Chairman

The FCC sided with us but this goes to Congress now

From Fight For The Future:

This is absolutely wonderful.

The FCC just… voted... to pass… strong... net neutrality rules. The rules Comcast tried *everything* to stop. Reflect on this, for a moment:

President Obama had dragged his feet for years. We still won.

He appointed a former cable lobbyist to run the FCC. We still won.

We went up against the most powerful lobby in America. We still won.

They bought broad support from both parties in Congress. We still won.

The list continues below, for posterity, but you get the idea: We had to clear every hurdle. All the cable lobby had to do was stop us once. And yet… we still won.

But this victory is *not* safe yet. One word: Congress.

We are about to enter the fight of our lives in Congress. We *need* individual donations right now, to hold this win at the FCC. Can you donate?

Comcast’s last hope is to turn this victory for the Internet into a partisan fight. And half of Congress is running with it, pushing fake net-neutrality laws with intentional loopholes. If one of these bills passes, that destroys today’s win.

This movement has ever had a win this big, so we have never before stood in the crosshairs of such a formidable opponent. We need whatever support you can give us. $5, $10, $50, $500 – give what you can.

Lastly, Fight for the Future didn’t “do” this. People like you did. The millions of Americans who commented to the FCC, who called them at their desks, who spread the word to their friends, who even, sometimes, came out in the streets with a cold winter on the way– *they* did this.

We just worked like crazy to make sure that all that amazing energy, dedication and outrage went to the right places–at just the right moments–to force people in power to do the right thing. Organizing: online, and off. That’s what we do.

Being able to focus on organizing massive campaigns (like Battle for the Net and the Internet Slowdown) day in and day out means we can do things nobody else can, and bring the Internet to victories that were never before possible. That’s why we’re here, and we’re good at it, but man have we got a tough road ahead.

You should be *immensely* proud of the win we just accomplished, together. If you can, give us the resources we need to defend it.

And thanks, sincerely, for everything *all of you* have done so far. It’s crazy what we can get done together, isn’t it?

Sincerely,

Holmes, Tiffiniy, Evan, Laila, Vasjen, Jeff, Chris, Jessica, Charlie – the whole FFTF team + extended family.

P.S. If you can’t donate, or if you already have, spend some time sending battleforthenet.com to friends with emails, texts, and direct FB messages. We made some special changes to mark the occasion – and gear up for battle!

P.P.S. The list of hurdles continues, as promised...

Two of the 5 votes at the FCC (O’Rielly and Pai) were completely in Comcast’s hands. We still won.

Comcast owns NBC, CNBC and MSNBC and was shameless about using their networks for propaganda. We still won.

At Comcast CEO David Cohen’s house President Obama once joked – "I have been here so much the only thing I haven’t done in this house is have Seder dinner.” We still won.

To build Democrat opposition to net neutrality, the cable lobby used strategic donations to get the Boys & Girls Club and even the NAACP on their side. We still won.

The cable lobby spent millions on cleverly misleading emails to *paid* email lists to get a deluge of anti-net neutrality comments from regular people who thought they were opposing a “government takeover". We still won.

They even got to Glenn Beck. (Glenn Beck! How could you betray us?!?! Just kidding). We still won.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Police brutality at Homan Square


Secret Police Facility “Black Site” Discovered Inside America, Detaining & Torturing Americans
By Jay Syrmopoulos on February 24, 2015

Chicago, Ill. – In a startling report from the Guardian, details have been revealed about Chicago police detaining American citizens at “black sites.” These sites are similar to those used by the CIA around the world to interrogate/torture alleged terrorists.

The stunning revelation of the Chicago Police Department operating what amounts to an off-the-books interrogation facility is threatening, to say the least. The facility apparently operates outside the bounds of the U.S. Constitution, and its discovery exposes the very real and present danger of the threat posed by the police state to American freedom and liberty.

Housed in a warehouse on Chicago’s west side, Homan Square has long been the home to secretive police work. Attorneys as well as protesters, tell a tale of being systematically being denied their constitutional rights.

According to the Guardian,

Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke out to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:

• Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
• Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
• Shackling for prolonged periods.
• Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
• Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.
At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square “interview room” and later pronounced dead.


In addition, no one is booked into Homan Square. Thus, there is no way of allowing anyone to account for their whereabouts as would typically happen at a precinct. When attorneys attempt to gain access due to a client being inside, they are summarily turned away from the “secure facility.”

“It’s sort of an open secret among attorneys that regularly make police station visits, this place – if you can’t find a client in the system, odds are they’re there,” said Chicago lawyer Julia Bartmes.

According to Chicago civil-rights attorney Flint Taylor the practices entrenched in the operation of Homan Square violate both the Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

“This Homan Square revelation seems to me to be an institutionalization of the practice that dates back more than 40 years,” Taylor said, “of violating a suspect or witness’ rights to a lawyer and not to be physically or otherwise coerced into giving a statement.”

According to Eliza Solowiej of Chicago’s First Defense Legal Aid, one man had his booking information changed in the central booking database. He was then taken to Homan Square with no record of the transfer. After his stint at Homan Square, he was taken to the hospital with a head injury, and she was finally able to find him.

“He said that the officers caused his head injuries in an interrogation room at Homan Square. I had been looking for him for six to eight hours, and every department member I talked to said they had never heard of him,” Solowiej said. “He sent me a phone pic of his head injuries because I had seen him in a police station right before he was transferred to Homan Square without any.”

Then, in a case that highlights the extremely ominous nature of Homan Square, 44-year-old John Hubbard was pronounced dead on February 2, 2013 after being found “unresponsive inside an interview room.”

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office “could not locate any record for the Guardian indicating a cause of Hubbard’s death. It remains unclear why Hubbard was ever in police custody,” the Guardian reports.

We are clearly teetering on the brink of total despotism and violations of the Constitution. This egregious practice must be investigated and prosecuted by the Department of Justice if they hope to keep the social fabric from unraveling.

James Trainum, a retired Washington DC homicide detective, who now studies national policing issues for the Innocence Project and the Constitution Project said,

“I’ve never known any kind of organized, secret place where they go and just hold somebody before booking for hours and hours and hours. That scares the hell out of me that that even exists or might exist.”

The egregious nature of this clear and present danger to American liberty cannot be overstated. According to Tracy Siska, a criminologist and civil-rights activist with the Chicago Justice Project,

“The real danger in allowing practices like Guantánamo or Abu Ghraib is the fact that they always creep into other aspects,” Siska said.
“They creep into domestic law enforcement, either with weaponry like with the militarization of police, or interrogation practices. That’s how we ended up with a black site in Chicago.”


Revelations like this case show how easy it is for constitutional protections to be completely disregarded and how quickly the slide into tyranny can occur.

Let’s get the word out and wake people up, by sharing this article wide and far. The time has come to unite and demand the systemic changes necessary to create a more just society and sustaining liberty.


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One more push for Title II Net Neutrality



From Fight For The Future:

The first thing I read this morning gave me chills.

The New York Times ran a front page story about how enemies of net neutrality are on the retreat, and that tomorrow, we could see the biggest open Internet victory of our lives. [1]

Bottom line: together, we are on the cusp of an absolutely unbelievably epic victory for net neutrality. Do you want to savor it? Watch this video we made!

We whipped up this fun little video to mark the “final” moments of the Internet Countdown, and to look back on how we got here, together. It’s so mind blowing to think how all these online protests, real life camp-outs, calls, emails and epic stunts snowballed into what could be the biggest win of our lives. It could be even bigger than defeating SOPA. [2][3]

Keep an eye on the news tomorrow, and remember: activism works. When tons of people come together with a clear vision, nothing’s impossible. Really! Getting to where we are right now was supposed to be impossible!!

Can’t watch a video right now? Would you rather be scolding some politicians on the phone? Then click here to start making phone calls!

The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee just had a hearing today whose sole purpose was to kill net neutrality with partisan confusion. That’s what we’re up against now, and we need to smack it down hard if we want to defend any victory. Click here to call these committee members, and stay on the line for as long as you like; we’ll keep connecting you with more of them… until you hang up or your phone runs out of batteries :)

Thanks for everything you do,

Holmes Wilson, Tiffiniy Cheng, Evan Greer, Vasjen Katro, Jeff Lyons, Laila Murad, and the whole Fight for the Future team.

1. New York Times

2. Forbes

3. Wetmachine

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Rainbow mafia bullies Christians

From Public Advocate:

The Radical Left is waging an all-out war on Christianity in America.

They're purging any and all public expressions of the Christian faith and morals from our country.

Christian businessmen, sermons, monuments to the Ten Commandments, and even the Cross itself are in their crosshairs.

And anyone unwilling to surrender their values to their Liberal Agenda should be criminalized.

Do you agree? What do you say?

Your American Morality Survey is coded and specially registered in your name.

I've included a link below so you can fill it out and return it to me right away.

You see, the Radical Left is sneaking through Washington demanding passage of their agenda.

They are tempting Republican leadership in Congress to turn their backs on the Obama Administration's war on Christianity.

And they insist YOU actually support them.

To make matters worse, more and more Republicans in Congress are abandoning the pro-Family values they were elected to defend.

Recently, Speaker of the House John Boehner signaled Republicans in Congress would not fight to restore Real Marriage if the Supreme Court mandates acceptance of homosexual "marriage" nationwide.

I can only begin to imagine how much more damage the Radical Left will do if they co-opt the majority of the opposition party.

As the President of Public Advocate of the United States, I’ve devoted more than thirty years to battling the anti-Christian Left in Washington.

Backed by Hollywood celebrities, the media and millions of your tax dollars, the Radical Left has many Congressmen quivering with fear -- because they wield tremendous influence in BOTH parties.

That’s why pro-Family Senators and Congressmen are counting on me to find out if you really support the radical Left's war on Christianity.

Frankly, if you really do support Left's war on Christianity -- or if you just no longer care enough to stand up for Religious Liberty -- insiders in Congress say the foundations of Traditional Values could be destroyed in a matter of months.

The Left's war on Christianity has undermined Christians' Religious Liberties at home, in the church, and on the job:

*** A Phoenix, Arizona man was arrested for hosting a Bible study on his own property.

The Radical Left's efforts to destroy the Christian culture of America has gone beyond the public square and into our own homes.

*** The IRS cut a secret deal agreeing to monitor churches' sermons, a clear step towards muzzling all speech they disagree with.

After being sued by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the IRS committed to closely monitor church sermons for speech that could be taken as "political" in nature.

*** Christian-owned businesses are being slammed with expensive lawsuits and backbreaking fines.

The Radical Left is bombarding the economic liberty of Christian entrepreneurs through government overregulation and the threat of heavy fines for refusing to submit to the redefinition of marriage.

And to add insult to injury, lobbyists for the Radical Left are paid off with your tax dollars!

That’s right, anti-Christian groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Human Rights Campaign receive millions from the government.

Hundreds of millions of tax dollars flow to anti-Christian activists through funding for so-called "civil rights" programs and research grants -- and I've read in the paper that cash even went to build a strip club!

Do you think that's acceptable?

My friends in Congress tell me there’s virtually nothing on Capitol Hill from the tens of millions of Americans like you who oppose the Radical Left's war on Religious Liberty.

They say that the Radical Left is closer than ever to criminalizing every aspect of our Christian faith.

When I heard that, I made up my mind to write to you and as many other patriotic Americans as possible.

To stop the Left's attacks on Christianity and protect our Religious Liberties, there must be an immediate outpouring of support from folks like you.

Will you help by clicking here to complete your American Morality Survey right away?

Leftist activists mock me in the halls of Congress.

They say it’s too late because Americans like you don’t care enough to help, especially with the court rulings redefining marriage and President Obama's dangerous lame duck years.

They say you support them. I tell them they are lying. They just laugh and tell me to give up.

Are they right? Should I just give up and let the Radical Left win?

Will you fight?

If, as I hope and pray, you still oppose the war on our Christianity and want to defend Religious Liberty, then please click here immediately to fill out your American Morality Survey and chip in $10 or $20 to Public Advocate right away.

I must tell you, your financial contribution is critical.

You see, while the Radical Left get tens of millions of tax dollars, Public Advocate gets no government funds.

Public Advocate relies on the generosity of Americans like you who give $10. A few special friends of Public Advocate chip in $20.

For many Public Advocate supporters, a contribution of $10 is a sacrificial gift.

I only ask you to prayerfully consider what you can afford.

You see, I’ve stretched Public Advocate’s resources to contact you and other select Americans who I believe are most likely to take a stand in these difficult times.

If you won’t help, I’m afraid there is little more I can do.

But the fact is, even if every person responds, it won’t be enough to counter all the Leftist activists are doing.

And not everyone will respond. Some are cowed by how pro-Family Americans are portrayed on TV. Others will count on someone else to fight the fight and carry the load. I don’t believe you are like that.

I’ve identified nearly 10 million families I believe would join our struggle for morality if only I can reach them.

That’s more than enough to flex our pro-Family muscle in Congress.

And most of these families represent two or three voters each.

But without your financial help, I’ll never be able to reach them.

My hope is you care enough to contribute sacrificially so I can reach these families.

A generous gift of $25 will let Public Advocate reach 45 more families. $50 will help us rally more than 97 homes. And a special gift of $100 will generate over 215 contacts.

Only you know whether chipping in $10, $20, or more is best suited to your budget.

I ask you to do what you can.

The anti-Christian Radical Left boasts you support same-sex marriage, special employment rights for homosexuals, and bans on Christian speech.

Please let Congress know the anti-Christian Left is lying.

For the Family,

HON. EUGENE DELGAUDIO
President, Public Advocate of the United States

P.S. The Radical Left is waging an all-out war on Christianity in America and purging all public expressions of the Christian faith from our country.

They say Christian opposition to their agenda should be criminalized -- and they think they can bully the new Republican majorities in Congress to promote their agenda.

Is it true? I pray it is not.

Please click here to fill out your American Morality Survey right away so I can prove to Congress and the media the Radical Left are lying about you.

And please chip in $10 or $20 to help Public Advocate defeat the war on Christianity and defend Religious Liberty.

Your contribution is critical to reaching the millions of families I know still care for the future.

Rein in Obama's overreach

From RandPAC:

A crucial deadline is fast approaching, and I need your action right away.

You see, funding for the Department of Homeland Security runs out on February 27th.

And Senate Democrats are demanding full funding for the President's illegal Executive Amnesty.

Will you join me in fighting to defund unconstitutional Executive Amnesty by completing your emergency "Defund Executive Amnesty" fax petition right away?

Republicans in the Senate are facing intense pressure from D.C. insiders and the liberal media to "just pass something" and move on.

With newly-won majorities and a court decision ruling against President Obama's immigration executive orders that back up conservatives, it's vital Republicans exert their leverage by holding firm.

Republicans were elected across the country in November on the promise to STOP President Obama's lawlessness.

That's why last year I introduced legislation to block President Obama's illegal Executive Amnesty.

And I won't vote for any legislation that funds this unconstitutional power grab.

The framers wrote checks and balances into the Constitution to safeguard against an out-of-control executive carrying on like a king.

So it's crucial Senate Republicans hold strong and commit to exercising the power of the purse.

I'm willing to lead the fight in the Senate to stand up to President Obama's lawless conduct.

But the establishment in Washington is leaning on Republicans to cave in this fight.

RANDPAC needs your help to send a message to my colleagues to hold the line on funding President Obama's illegal Executive Amnesty.

Add your name to this fight by signing your emergency "Defund Executive Amnesty" fax petition right away.

After you sign your petition, please chip in a contribution so RANDPAC can mobilize grassroots conservatives to fight back against President Obama's lawless conduct.

In Liberty,

Senator Rand Paul

Monday, February 23, 2015

Harry Reid is taking up for re-election we have to stop him

From Stop Reid PAC:

It's official. Harry Reid's announced he'll seek a 6th term in the U.S. Senate.

However much we might think so, 30 years in the Senate isn't enough for Reid — he wants six more.

And he has his sights set on more than just getting re-elected. With only ten Democrats up for election in 2016 and 24 Republicans facing challengers, Harry Reid is planning to retake his coveted spot as Senate Majority Leader once more!

Harry's assembling his team, and his bagmen have already organized 4 fundraisers in January and February. In 2010, the Reid campaign spent over $25 million to ensure his 5th victory — you can bet he'll raise and spend even more in 2016.

That's why there's no time to lose. America simply can't afford any more of Harry Reid's disastrous career in Washington — but to have any chance of defeating him in 2016, we've got to prepare now!

That's why I hope you'll make an immediate contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 to support Stop REID PAC's efforts to do just that — finally — and send Harry Reid off into the Nevada sunset for good!

We've got to recruit the right person to run and win, lay the grassroots groundwork to counter Reid's entrenched campaign machine, and build a war chest to provide direct financial support and heavy GOTV support to our eventual candidate — but we can't do it without you.

Even if America elects a Republican president to succeed Barack Obama, nothing will change if Harry Reid regains control of the Senate — so no political priority is greater than defeating him in 2016.

Help us make sure our goal becomes reality — support our fight to see Harry Reid finally turned out to pasture — make an investment in his defeat today by chipping in $10, $25, or whatever you can today!

It's time for Harry Reid to say goodbye to Washington for good!