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Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison

by : Bill Piper, Alternet
Sunday May 22, 2005 - 21:36
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Proposed legislation would compel people to spy on their family members and neighbors, forcing all Americans to become foot soldiers in the war on drugs.

Neighbors spying on neighbors? Mothers forced to turn in their sons or daughters? These are images straight out of George Orwell’s 1984, or a remote totalitarian state. We don’t associate them with the land of the free and the home of the brave, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t happen here. A senior congressman, James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), is working quietly but efficiently to turn the entire United States population into informants—by force.

Sensenbrenner, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman, has introduced legislation that would essentially draft every American into the war on drugs. H.R. 1528, cynically named "Safe Access to Drug Treatment and Child Protection Act," would compel people to spy on their family members and neighbors, and even go undercover and wear a wire if needed. If a person resisted, he or she would face mandatory incarceration.

Here’s how the "spy" section of the legislation works: If you "witness" certain drug offenses taking place or "learn" about them, you must report the offenses to law enforcement within 24 hours and provide "full assistance in the investigation, apprehension and prosecution" of the people involved. Failure to do so would be a crime punishable by a mandatory minimum two-year prison sentence, and a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Here are some examples of offenses you would have to report to police within 24 hours:

 You find out that your brother, who has children, recently bought a small amount of marijuana to share with his wife;
 You discover that your son gave his college roommate a marijuana joint;
 You learn that your daughter asked her boyfriend to find her some drugs, even though they’re both in treatment.

In each of these cases you would have to report the relative to the police within 24 hours. Taking time to talk to your relative about treatment instead of calling the police immediately could land you in jail.

In addition to turning family member against family member, the legislation could also put many Americans in danger by forcing them to go undercover to gain evidence against strangers.

Even if the language that forces every American to become a de facto law enforcement agent is taken out, the bill would still impose draconian sentences on college students, mothers, people in drug treatment and others with substance abuse problems. If enacted, this bill will destroy lives, break up families, and waste millions of taxpayer dollars.

Despite growing opposition to mandatory minimum sentences from civil rights groups to U.S. Supreme Court Justices, the bill eliminates federal judges’ ability to give sentences below the minimum recommended by federal sentencing guidelines. This creates a mandatory minimum sentence for all federal offenses, drug-related or not.

H.R. 1528 also establishes new draconian penalties for a variety of non-violent drug offenses, including:

 Five years for anyone who passes a marijuana joint at a party to someone who, at some point in his or her life, has been in drug treatment;
 Ten years for mothers with substance abuse problems who commit certain drug offenses at home (even if their children are not at home at the time);
 Five years for any person with substance abuse problems who begs a friend in drug treatment to find them some drugs.

These sentences would put non-violent drug offenders behind bars for as long as rapists, and they include none of the drug treatment touted in the bill’s name.

At a time when everyone from the conservative American Enterprise Institute to the liberal Sentencing Project is slamming the war on drugs as an abject failure, Sensenbrenner is trying to escalate it, and to force all Americans to become its foot soldiers. Instead of enacting new mandatory minimums, federal policymakers should look toward the states. A growing number have reformed their drug sentencing laws, including Arizona, California, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, New Mexico, New York and Texas, and they have proved it is possible to both save money and improve public safety.

Simply put, there is no way H.R. 1528 can be fixed. The only policy proposal in recent years that comes close to being as totalitarian as this bill is Operations TIPS, the Ashcroft initiative that would have encouraged — but not required — citizens to spy on one another. Congress rightfully rejected that initiative and they should do the same with H.R. 1528. Big Brother has no business here in America.

Bill Piper is director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance.

www.alternet.org/story/22048



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> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Monday May 23 - 10:31 - Posted by 6719107fb27b4d2e...

This is just another attempt to turn America in Big Brother State.

I don’t use drugs, but this is another reason you won’t see me going anywhere near the USA in the near future. I prefer countries where the word "Democracy" has a meaning, and is not just something spewed out by mealy-mouthed politicians whose only god is the power to crush the people under their heels.




> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Monday May 23 - 12:54 - Posted by efe459254851e01e...

The capacity of people to enthusiastically support official snooping is immense. Here in the UK my local school , in a prosperous Manchster suburb, organises a "Fun Run" for families every Spring. This year 137 turned out (from 5-65yrs )and completed the course. They raised £400 ($700) - what are they going to spend the money on - CCTV cameras !



> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Tuesday May 24 - 00:57 - Posted by 4f6246fe15a6f9d1...

Thank god I dont live in the states. I always wanted to live there but yous just aint what yous used to be. The govt actually has nothing to do with what the people are..I’m sure of that. I pity you poor souls who are there in the midst of this insanity. The biggest hypocritical country in the world. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH A JOINT ONCE IN A WHILE AND I DONT EVEN SMOKE,IT IS JUST A NATURAL GROWING PLANT OF THIS GREAT PLANET EARTH BUT LIKE EVERYTHING BUSH IS AND WANTS TO DO, IT IS TO DESTROY ALL COOLNESS AND THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE PLANET AND ITS PEOPLE. YOU WONT BE INVITED TO OUR PARTIES BUSH. YOU JUST AINT COOL. ACTUALLY YOU’RE AN ARSE..GET WITH IT DUDE. LIKE EVERYTHING THEIRS CRONIC AND THERE’S HEALTHY BUT THE MAIN THING HERE IS TO TRUST PEOPLE’S JUDGEMENT AND IF THEY GET INTO HARD DRUGS WELL THAT’S A PROBLEM. HOW CAN A GOVT HAVE THE RIGHT TO IMPOSE SUCH CONTROL ON PEOPLES WAYS. THEY ARE JUST TO PRESENT WITH ALL AFFAIRS. LEGAL,ILLEGAL HOW DARE YOU TELL US WHAT IS AND WHAT SHOULD NOT..ESPECIALLY THAT YOU’LL DO MAJOR TIME FOR SUCH A PATHETIC ILLEGALITY. MAN YOUR SO DUMB FOR A GUY WHO DID DRUGS YOURSELF..HYPOCRITE.



> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Tuesday May 24 - 23:38 - Posted by d411caca42c0a06c...

Wow, I am amazed at the stupidity and the knee jerk impulse to Bush bash by whoever wrote this. I consider myself a liberal, and I admittedly smoke pot every now and then, but my friend, you’re barking up the wrong tree. Did you even read the article you’re bitching about? Because if you did, you would realize that BUSH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS. READ THE ARTICLE. This is just some crazy old republican congressman trying to keep the War on Drugs alive by attempting to get a longshot legislation passed. Why you attacked Bush about this I’m not sure, as he probably has no idea about this legislation be cause it is nowhere near big enough for him to look at. If you wanna Bush-bash, thats fine, but do it with good reason. You should probably make sure that Bush has something to do with the article before you start ranting next time. Just a friendly word of advice from one Bush hater to the next.



> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Saturday June 4 - 05:33 - Posted by 512a2ebc2bac6b61...

Don’t be too sure that Bush has nothing to do with this. Have you watched how he and his klingons work? He rewards those handomely who push and propose his own ideas in their own name and agenda. I believe very little goes on in this ’new’ republican party that is not known by Bush and CO. Just something to chew on.



> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Thursday June 9 - 17:22 - Posted by c5f3a57cbb852948...

You call yourself a bush hater and complain the article writer may not have even read proposed legislation because he is bashing bush, who has nothing to do with this. In fact bush was never mentioned in the article. maybe "you’ should actually read the entire article before you make a feeble attempt to defend the man you suppossedly hate.



> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Saturday June 11 - 21:10 - Posted by c4c70cc96860ef9e...

You wanna bet that this is just the kind of thing Bush agrees with. Maybe it aint him direct but I am sure he is all for it dummies.



> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Tuesday May 24 - 15:46 - Posted by 8593b7c5fb5c969c...

We as a Country was founded as a Constitutional Republic "not a Democracy. we Americans need to go back to Grade School and learn what the Constitution and Bill of rights mean for you as Americans. please please refrain from looking at our country as a Demoracy,Democraies have never stood the test of time.Mob rule was not what the founders had in mind for our country.rule of law is what makes our country free.



> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Friday May 27 - 17:40 - Posted by 396d110bfb7707b8...

Neither have republics stood the test of time, look at Rome. Inevitably republics slip torwards imperial. Do you want your kids living under an emperor in 50 years?



> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Tuesday May 24 - 11:19 - Posted by 0055a984eec18e8a...

For people to claim there is no consiracy its insane, conspiracy has existed from the time man 1st walked on this planet. I have some interseting quotes that show you this is much older than you think, if you search you’ll find a volume full. The people that have tried to warn Americans, have been exterminated, we are now at the point of no return. There is a very good reason false history and such are taught in our schools and backed up by the media.

David Rockefeller, At the Bilderbergers meeting 1991:
"We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years."

Richard Salant, Former President of CBS news said:
"Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have."

"If newsmen do not tell the truth as they see it because it might make waves, or if their bosses decide something should or should not be broadcast because of Washington or Main Street consequences, we have dishonored ourselves and we have lost the First Amendment by default."

John Swinton, Chief of Staff, New York Times, New York Press Club in 1953
"There is no such thing at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you that dares to write his honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of journalists is to destroy truth; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are tools and vassals for rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."

Dr. Carroll Quigley, Professor of International Relations, Georgetown University, and Bill Clinton mentor -
"The CFR is the American Branch of a society which originated in England and believes national directives should be obliterated and one-world rule established. I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for twenty years, and was permitted in the early 1960’s to examine its papers and secret records...".

James Paul Warburg, Chairman of the CFR, 1921 - 1932, before the U.S. Senate, February 17, 1950 -
"We shall have world government whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World government will be achieved by conquest or consent".

Brock Chisolm, former Director of the World Health Organization -
"To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men, their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism and religious dogmas".

Rowan Gaither, former president of the Ford Foundation, in a 1954 statement in Congressional investigations - "We operate here under directives from the White House.. [to] use our grant making power to alter life in the US. so that we can comfortably be merged with the Soviet Union".

Senator George Malone of Nevada, speaking before Congress in 1957 -
"I believe that if the people of this nation fully understood what Congress has done to them over past forty-nine years, they would move on Washington. It adds up to a preconceived plan to destroy the economic and social independence of the United States".

John Danforth, Republican Senator from Missouri, on April 22, 1992 -
"I have never seen more Senators express discontent with their jobs ... we have been accomplices to doing something terrible and unforgivable to this wonderful country... we have given our children a legacy of bankruptcy. We have defrauded our country to get ourselves elected."

Mikhial Gorbachev -
"Gentlemen, Comrades, do not be concerned about all you hear about glasnost and perestroika and democracy in the coming years. These are primarily for outward consumption. There will be no significant internal change within the Soviet Union, other than for cosmetic purposes. Our purpose is to disarm the Americans and let them fall asleep".

Joseph Stalin, former dictator of the Soviet Union -
"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within".




> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Wednesday May 25 - 23:44 - Posted by a2175122bbafc37a...

I just saw the footage of Trade Center Building 7 coming down this week (yeah, I know a bit late), and I went through a couple of days of mourning because I realized that what you are saying about a conspiracy is not only true but much wider and deeper than my worst nightmares could have imagined. If anyone is not to be able to see that the building was expertly blown up by trained engineers, it is because they have no concept at all of physics or gravitational force. The entire building was practically untouched, and then it turned to a neat pile of powder in less than 8 seconds. Folks, modern buildings just don’t do that. For this not to be widely covered in the mainstream news was understandable to me, because I have long believed that the media is firmly imbedded in the corporatocracy. But for Democrat politicians and even people like Michael Moore not to harp on it took me much further down the path of despair. In essence, anyone who didn’t speak out about this is potentially part of the conspiracy. Think about it. Michael Moore is fat, not handsome, and almost always looks grubby. He’s like the guy in the "professional" wrestling match who wears the black mask and gets booed when he steps into the ring. The conspirators want him to point out things that are true so people won’t believe him. I know you think I’m crazy, but look at that building and try to imagine how many people had to be involved to blow it up and then make the public believe it was due to the terrorist attack. The terrorists had to have been only a very, very small part of the plan (i.e. conspiracy). The US is under martial law already and simply has not found out yet.



> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Saturday June 11 - 21:47 - Posted by f03a19103ee6a5ae...

These quotes are awesome — they really mean a lot in my book. I mean, trying to prove conspiracies by looking at the evidences is one thing, but to actually hear testimonies such as ^ these strait from the horse’s mouth? It is shocking. I’m going to have to memorize some of these quotes but in the meantime I’ll settle for simply printing them out and showing them to everyone I know...



> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Tuesday May 24 - 21:23 - Posted by 42a984b3864c5cf9...

Only a died-in-the-wool, big government communist could love this legislation. Traitors to this country can most easily show their true colors by supporting and voting for this bill. It’s about as American as Joe Stalin’s jock strap.




> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Tuesday May 24 - 23:47 - Posted by 382995759060c8cd...

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH A JOINT ONCE IN A WHILE AND I DONT EVEN SMOKE,IT IS JUST A NATURAL GROWING PLANT OF THIS GREAT PLANET EARTH BUT LIKE EVERYTHING BUSH IS AND WANTS TO DO, IT IS TO DESTROY ALL COOLNESS AND THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE PLANET AND ITS PEOPLE. YOU WONT BE INVITED TO OUR PARTIES BUSH. YOU JUST AINT COOL. ACTUALLY YOU’RE AN ARSE..GET WITH IT DUDE. LIKE EVERYTHING THEIRS CRONIC AND THERE’S HEALTHY BUT THE MAIN THING HERE IS TO TRUST PEOPLE’S JUDGEMENT AND IF THEY GET INTO HARD DRUGS WELL THAT’S A PROBLEM. HOW CAN A GOVT HAVE THE RIGHT TO IMPOSE SUCH CONTROL ON PEOPLES WAYS. THEY ARE JUST TO PRESENT WITH ALL AFFAIRS. LEGAL,ILLEGAL HOW DARE YOU TELL US WHAT IS AND WHAT SHOULD NOT..ESPECIALLY THAT YOU’LL DO MAJOR TIME FOR SUCH A PATHETIC ILLEGALITY. MAN YOUR SO DUMB FOR A GUY WHO DID DRUGS YOURSELF..HYPOCRITE.

Why are you bringing Bush into this? He has ablsolutely nothing to do with this legislation. You obviously need a crash course in American politics 101. This legislation is such a longshot, I can guarantee you that there is no way this will ever pass. If you wanna bitch about the current state of drug legalization in America, you need to examine each state individually, as most drug laws are state and not federal. If anything, you should be kissing the ground Bush walks on for taking one more step toward making drugs a little less taboo. By admitting that he had used cocaine and smoked marijuana, Bush made a much greater percentage of the country step back and look at drugs and realize that a little bit of youthful indiscretion never hurt anybody. Next time you wanna Bush bash, check your facts and know what you’re saying before you write it down. jackass.




> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Wednesday May 25 - 17:12 - Posted by 6719107fb27b4d2e...

If you are wrong, I hope you are the first one they arrest!



> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Wednesday May 25 - 17:13 - Posted by 6719107fb27b4d2e...

If you are wrong, I hope you are the first one they arrest!



> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Thursday May 26 - 10:57 - Posted by 1ebd73fbe1f545ca...

Firstly, that TAXABLE drug, alcohol, kills more people than Heroin, crack and cocaine combined.

Secondly, the easiest way to control people is via Divide and Rule tactics. Sunni v Shia, Iraq v Iran, Democrat v Republican, Red v Blue -the oldest trick in the book and yet the corporates and their controlled lackeys in government get away with it time after time.

Incidentally if someone is being obnoxious at a sporting event, trying to create a fight, have they been smoking pot or drinking alcohol ?



> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Saturday June 11 - 21:26 - Posted by c4c70cc96860ef9e...

YEEAHH OKK, YOUR RIGHT I SUPPOSE. BUT THE THING WITH BUSH IS THAT WELL, HE’S GONNA DESTROY US ALL. HE ISNT A FANATIC? HE IS SUCH A KIND PERSON FOR ALL EH? ..WHAT A JOKE. ANYBODY WHO DEFENDS ANYTHING OF BUSH DIRECT OR INDIRECT OF HIS DOING IS WELL OUT TO LUNCH. WE ARE IN SUCH SH!T WITH THESE(IS THAT BETTER?) PEOPLE. KEEP WATCHING FOX FOR ALL THE FULL DETAILS OF WHAT’S GOING ON TRULY..REALLY..BRING IT ON BRO



> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Wednesday May 25 - 22:39 - Posted by f88d17a65ee5e17e...

Look back at McCarthyism and the reaction some people STILL have to the concept of communism. This isn’t something unusual in America, nor is it only found in books. But, one person’s excessive outrage won’t prevent such laws if enough voters feel it makes them safer. In fact, that outrage seems more dangerous than the placid lives they otherwise lead. Time to find ways to be "working quietly but efficiently" against stupid laws - not to be rabidly attacking a few individuals for trying to solve real problems in a less than intelligent manner.




> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Friday May 27 - 17:34 - Posted by 3be099787b380c6f...

The Spanish, the Portuguese, the Dutch, the British, the Belgians, the Canadians, folks, even the Ever nationalistic Russians, they have all de-criminalised small amounts of drugs for personal use.

America is the still stuck in 16th century puritan mode and a collective paternalistically anal retentive psyche at government level. Lighten up, and let the people light up as they see fit.




> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Friday May 27 - 18:51 - Posted by 1ae4798bf4ae1313...

So, their plans is to empty the jails of murderers and other violent criminals to make room for the pot smokers. Great, that will really help society, won’t it! Just another moral entrepeneur...




Pigs Will Grow Wings & Fly Before This Becomes Law
Tuesday June 7 - 09:33 - Posted by 503a0cce5dcc0c3f...

I never read such a bunch of hyped up fear based piffle. First of all - BUSH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS PROPOSED LEGISLATION. If this was made into law - then Bush would go to jail because he was a cocaine addict until he was 40 years old. Bush was arrested for substance abuse and drunk driving in his 20’s but Papa Bush had all charges dropped. Why are we wasting our time on this foolish old crackpot legislator when the REAL scandal is genocide in Iraq. The guy that posted this probably has mush for brains due to watching too much Jerry Springer and trash reality TV. Get a grip!




> Pigs Will Grow Wings & Fly Before This Becomes Law
Thursday June 9 - 07:49 - Posted by 7d4c5977d4c1edbb...

Yo, Dude, dumber stuff than this gets hidden away in bills with lofty sounding names that our reps. don’t even read! We can’t allow these scummers to get away with anything. They are like a cancer that when foiled in an attack on one part of the body they attack another somewhere else.



> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Saturday June 18 - 20:10 - Posted by 9447bf19add97e97...

just try to bring hr1528 on!!!!!!!




> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Saturday June 18 - 20:15 - Posted by 9447bf19add97e97...

just, what about the bush twins?




> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Sunday June 19 - 02:54 - Posted by cecf2abe158f937c...

In all these comments i keep coming to a (Bush has nothing to do with this blah blah blah)

I think all of you need a reality check. I guess you all believe Bush had nothing to do with 9/11 and the trade center collapse either.

Just because he is not fronting it does not mean he knows nothing of it. Besides even if he is nothing to do with it the real power behind the scenes that props up the US government sure does know about and support this.

Wake the hell up all of you.

Danny from england




> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Tuesday June 21 - 15:13 - Posted by 8ac2bf7aa7367ced...

No wonder with so many ’pricks’ in power that the rest of the world is so scared of US "freedom"
For years under the guise of the war on drugs the US policies have encouraged draconian sentences for so called trafficking in drugs throughout the world.
What better example than the current 20yr sentence handed to Australian girl Shapelle Corby by an Indonesian court for having 10 pounds of marijuana in her luggage on arrival at Bali airport.
She apparantly only just escaped firing squad!
We need a rebellion of some sort by the thinking people of your great country - turn this hypocritical situation around where we have the biggest sociual problem -alcohol and its dealers praised and yet any other adult recreational choice derided to the point of imprisonment!




> Totalitarian USA: Report your family members or go to prison
Sunday June 26 - 22:10 - Posted by 038e03ff8dbb1ac2...

Let the impeachment Begin!

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U.S. Supreme Court
Court session to end in drama + CIA officer’s identity Case
Sun Jun 26, 2005 15:03

Court session to end in drama
Rehnquist departure focus of speculation.

http://www.columbiatribune.com/2005...

Published Sunday, June 26, 2005

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court ends its work tomorrow with the highest of drama: an anticipated retirement, a ruling on the constitutionality of government Ten Commandments displays and decisions in other major cases.

Traditionally, there is an air of suspense as the justices meet for the final time before breaking for three months. Justices usually wait until then to resolve blockbuster cases.

Added to that is the expectation that Chief Justice William Rehnquist is presiding over the court for the last time. Rehnquist has thyroid cancer, and many court experts believe his retirement is imminent.

"There’s enormous drama and anticipation. Is he going to announce his resignation? Are we going to spend this summer in a confirmation fight?" said Erwin Chemerinsky, a Duke law professor.

Long lines have formed several hours before the court’s recent sessions so people could get a seat in the packed courtroom. Tomorrow, the crowd will include supporters and opponents of Ten Commandments monuments. Supporters usually gather outside the court praying and singing hymns. "It’s a big day. History being made, that’s a lot of what it’s about," said Maureen Mahoney, a Washington lawyer and former Rehnquist law clerk.

Also expected are nine women in judicial robes who call themselves "Roe Rangers" to bring attention to uncertainty about the court’s makeup and abortion rights.

Justices have a few cases left to resolve, including two of the most-watched of the term: the Ten Commandments appeals from Texas and Kentucky and a case that will determine the liability of Internet file-sharing services for clients’ illegal swapping of songs and movies.

Also tomorrow, justices are expected to announce whether they will hear appeals from two journalists who might face jail time for refusing to reveal sources in the leak of an undercover CIA officer’s identity.

Lawyers for Time magazine’s Matthew Cooper and The New York Times’ Judith Miller have asked the court to clarify protections reporters have in keeping sources confidential. The cases might not be heard until December.

The Supreme Court term already has covered cases involving the execution of teenage killers, state bans on Internet orders from out-of-state wineries and federal sentencing rules.

Overshadowing it all, however, has been Rehnquist’s health and questions about the future of the court, which has not had a vacancy for 11 years, a modern record. "More people are paying attention to the court than they have in years, even though the docket has not been earth-shaking," said Vikram Amar, a law professor at the University of California-Hastings and former Supreme Court clerk. "It changes the importance of this year in Supreme Court history."

In addition to Rehnquist, 80, older members of the court include Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, 75, and Justice John Paul Stevens, 85.

Rehnquist was absent from the bench for five months after disclosing in October that he had cancer. He has refused to say whether he has the most serious type of thyroid cancer. He speaks with difficulty because of a trachea tube inserted to help him breathe.

"One or two justices may announce their retirement" tomorrow. "Or none may," said Suzanna Sherry, a law professor at Vanderbilt University who specializes in the Supreme Court. "In the past, there has not been this kind of anticipation."

Rehnquist could announce his decision at tomorrow’s morning session. He could wait until later in the day after justices hold their last private meeting of the term. He could wait until later in the week, after the crowds have left the court.

The final rulings of the term often come down to 5-4 votes. Sometimes, justices who dissent read objections from the bench.

"It’s a zoo," veteran Supreme Court lawyer Carter Phillips said of final ruling days.

The Ten Commandments issue has gotten the most attention, in part because it has been 25 years since the court last dealt with it.

Justices ruled then that the Ten Commandments could not be displayed in public schools. Now they will decide whether a granite monument on the grounds of the Texas Capitol and framed copies of commandments in two Kentucky courthouses are allowed.

Rulings are also awaited in a Tennessee death penalty case, an appeal that will decide police departments’ liability for not enforcing restraining orders, and a challenge to the tight control cable companies hold over high-speed Internet service.

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Top court urged to rule on CIA leak
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Catalonia referendum: ’Spanish authorities are the criminals’ (video)
Monday 2 - 09:47
If I was truly evil
Tuesday 12 - 14:22
Yves Bouvier Faces Swiss Tax Investigation
Saturday 9 - 03:27
by lishk
The Polisario front suspected of double-play around humanitarian aid hijacking
Friday 8 - 21:44
by NathanT
The Polisario front suspected of double-play around humanitarian aid hijacking
Friday 8 - 21:37
by Nathan Taylor
AMERICA’S JUDASES
Sunday 27 - 20:02
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
What happend to Soraya and Hussein Khashoggi?
Friday 25 - 20:38
by Perseus
The falling Max Ehrich
Thursday 17 - 19:40
by celbbetty
DAMN THE NFL
Wednesday 16 - 01:44
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
Overplaying your hand
Thursday 10 - 12:36
Gujarat Flood 2017 Devastation- Inevitable or Orchestrated in Dhanera ?
Thursday 3 - 06:19
by Dwarika Nath Rath
Multiple citizenship & Zionist subversion of America, Australia, India, Humanity
Wednesday 2 - 03:10
by Dr Gideon Polya
I’M AN IDIOT AND I VOTE
Thursday 27 - 23:23
by David R. Hoffman
The Top Ten Art Scandals That Have Rocked the World
Tuesday 18 - 15:48
by Curtis Judge
John Pilger slams Mainstream silence re Apartheid Israel crimes: Free Palestine
Thursday 13 - 02:43
by Dr Gideon Polya
RUSSIAN MAFIA – NOW IN DUBAI?
Monday 3 - 14:52
by James Dolay
THE NFL IS RACIST
Saturday 1 - 00:31
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
Australian Finkel Review has dirty energy for 50 years & ignores 25 key issues
Monday 19 - 03:37
by Dr Gideon Polya
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: JUSTICE FOR PHILANDO CASTILE
Sunday 18 - 01:03
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
Find out what is true and false about climate change - Kenneth Pouchet
Friday 16 - 17:43
by Kenneth Pouchet
Freedom For Me, But Not You
Wednesday 31 - 02:17
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
Post-Apartheid, non-racist, One State, democratic Palestine can happen tomorrow
Tuesday 30 - 08:21
by Dr Gideon Polya
A Review of Gilad Atzmon’s new book, “Being In Time: The Post-Political Manifes
Wednesday 17 - 21:23
by June Terpstra
Avoiding Another War in North Korea
Sunday 14 - 18:27
by William John Cox
Judah Ben Hur for President 2020
Saturday 13 - 16:15
by William Morgan
ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT FOR DONALD J. TRUMP
Saturday 13 - 02:33
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
As War Party shadow boxes, its agenda surges unopposed
Friday 12 - 14:28
by Daniel Patrick Welch
Yves Bouvier caught in a real estate bankruptcy
Thursday 11 - 20:19
by Pierre Gove
Book: This Is How The State Fucks Your Mind
Tuesday 9 - 19:16
by OAF
ISRAEL’S 1967 ATTACK ON INTELLIGENCE SHIP U.S.S. LIBERTY - THE ONLY MYSTERY
Thursday 20 - 20:06
by JOHN CHUCKMAN
Denmark eaten down to the bone, what’s next?
Wednesday 19 - 16:22
by Henrik Petersen
A Financial Toll Tax: Transform, Not Reform, the U.S. Tax System
Monday 17 - 22:55
by William John Cox
COMPLETE DEGRADATION OF A SELF-STYLED GREAT NATION
Saturday 8 - 16:35
by JOHN CHUCKMAN
ATTACKING PEOPLE WITH FLEETS OF MISSILES BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY FACTS
Friday 7 - 20:34
by JOHN CHUCKMAN
Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad’s regime: U.N. official
Thursday 6 - 23:09
by Shaun Waterman
TRUMP’S FRIGHTENING TURNAROUND ON SYRIA – A STRONG SIGNAL ABOUT WHO REALLY RUNS
Thursday 6 - 17:22
by JOHN CHUCKMAN
AMERICA’S POLITICS WITHOUT MEANING - THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COUNTRY
Thursday 30 - 17:37
by JOHN CHUCKMAN

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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
4 comments
LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
2 comments
A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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