Steve G.

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TIME: Do Americans care about Big Brother?

In Big Brother, Civil Liberties, Congress, Constitutional Rights, Corruption, Courts and Justice System, Law, Libertarian, Media, Police State, Politics, US Government on March 23, 2008 at 10:15 pm

Big BrotherTIME Magazine has published an article regarding the erosion of civil liberties, and the reaction of Americans to the news that the government is warehousing vast amounts of information on innocent citizens. Here is an excerpt:

A quick tally of the record of civil liberties erosion in the United States since 9/11 suggests that the majority of Americans are ready to trade diminished privacy, and protection from search and seizure, in exchange for the promise of increased protection of their physical security. Polling consistently supports that conclusion, and Congress has largely behaved accordingly, granting increased leeway to law enforcement and the intelligence community to spy and collect data on Americans. Even when the White House, the FBI or the intelligence agencies have acted outside of laws protecting those rights — such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act — the public has by and large shrugged and, through their elected representatives, suggested changing the laws to accommodate activities that may be in breach of them.

Civil libertarians are in a state of despair. “People don’t realize how damaging it is to a democratic society to allow the government to warehouse information about innocent Americans,” says Mike German, national security counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union.

You can read the entire TIME Magazine article here.

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Candidate Endorsement: Jake Porter for LNC At-Large

In Activism, Candidate Endorsement, George Phillies, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Libertarian Politics 2008, Politics on March 16, 2008 at 2:51 am

Jake PorterThe Libertarian Party will soon be holding elections for seats on the Libertarian National Committee (LNC). After a great deal of thought and research, I have decided to endorse Jake Porter, a challenger for At-Large Representative on the LNC.

Though young, Jake already has more political experience than most people will have in a lifetime. He currently serves as Chief of Staff for the George Phillies presidential campaign. Prior to his current position, Jake served as both National Mobilization Facilitator and Associate Chief of Staff for the Phillies campaign. He has also worked on the Brett Blanchfield campaign for Iowa State Representative District 66, and was Web Content Editor for the Rock Howard for Texas State Senate campaign, among other campaigns. He is also the At-Large Representative for the Libertarian Party of Iowa.

Jake has some great ideas which he would like to see implemented during his tenure on the LNC. He believes in strict accountability of the party to its members, and to that end he strongly supports an honest annual report, containing financial information as well as a comparison of LP candidacies from year to year, to be provided to all party members. He also believes in accountability for LNC members, and believes that LNC members have a strict duty to act in the best interest of the LP, rather than acting in their own interest or in accordance with their own personal preferences.

Jake would like to bring back the Advertising and Publication Review Committee, and also strongly supports creating and maintaining college Libertarian groups. He supports the use of technology to save money for the party, and help its candidates become more competitive with mainstream candidates. He is also interested in bringing back and expanding the online resources designed to help libertarians volunteer, recruit candidates and new party members, engage in activism, and otherwise spread the message of libertarianism.

I find Jake to be honest and trustworthy, personable but not a pushover, highly intelligent, and intensely interested in improving the Libertarian Party so it can better compete in today’s political environment; and as such I feel that he would be an excellent addition to the LNC. For that reason as well as the reasons given above, I hereby offer Jake Porter my unqualified endorsement for the position of At-Large Representative on the Libertarian National Committee.