Libertarian State Leadership Alliance
Freedom! In a Downward Spiral!The downward spiral in our civil liberties began many years ago, and has only become worse since. Here we have a report from the turn of the century.
Author Claire Wolfe documents a whole variety of recent anti-liberty laws from the Federal government, including
- Establishment of de facto National Identity Cards [Ed.: National Identity Cards recently (July 1998) got a lot of attention. If you've been reading our pages, you learned about them almost a year ago.]
A law requiring all states to issue drivers licenses carrying Social Security numbers and "security features" (such as magnetically coded fingerprints and personal records) by October 1, 2000 and requiring that by October 1, 2006 no Federal, State, or local government agency may accept as an ID any document not carrying Social Security number and other security features. They are still trying to put that law into effect. Now Stealth Legislation snuck through Congress vastly widens the scope of these laws. Congressman Ron Paul, the sole opponent in the House, has submitted legislation forbidding misuse of Social Security Numbers and other controlling uses of identification papers.
- Secret Trials -- A law authorizing secret trials with secret evidence for certain classes of people.
- Confiscation of assets of any American who establishes foreign citizenship.
- Big brother is watching -- A national database of employed people. Read here how this database totally destroys your privacy.
- Health care crimes -- 100 pages of them, for which the penalty is (among other things) seizure of assets from both doctors and patients.
- The largest gun confiscation act in U.S. history, and the first law to remove constitutional rights on the basis of misdemeanor convictions.
- Gun bans in undefined "school zones"; warrantless searches via random roadblocks for enforcement.
- Suppressing Freedom of Assembly and Association -- A law enabling the executive branch to declare various groups "Terrorists" - without stating any reason and without appeal.
- Big Brother and his stethoscope -- Preparations for a national database holding all medical records, with no privacy safeguards.
How will they enforce this melange of new laws? Read about 60,000 armed Federal Bureaucrats, some with machineguns and access to tanks and aircraft, a force larger than the armies of most of the world's countries. Congressman Ron Paul says that this accumulation of force is unconstitutional.
Under a new state law , residents of Massachusetts can't even get a dog license without providing their Social Security number.
Few responsibilities are more fundamental than the responsibility of each parent to assure that his or her children are properly raised and educated. The duty and privilege of performing that responsibility is under threat from the Federal government.
- National Testing , nominally voluntary at first, is a foot in the door for those who want Federal control over all schools across America. This press release was the tool of one organization energizing activists across America to block National Testing.
- A unique threat to home schooling and to the Bill of Rights, according to published reports, comes from the BATF, whose Director has reportedly proposed to Congressmen that it is illegal for home schooling families to keep guns in their homes. He then said that it was legal. Does home schooling make the home a school, subject to Federal regulation?
The FBI wants to sneak new laws through Congress, laws permitting them to snoop without legal restriction through your private life. This Libertarian Party information release gives extensive details.
We are accustomed to believe that we are secure in our persons and effects from warrantless searches. What about our electronic communications? If you want security, you can encrypt your messages (use code). The Federal government has long said that their standard -- DES -- is entirely adequate, and has used treaties on munitions export to ban the export of stronger encryptation software. It now turns out that the DES standard is almost worthless, in that a quarter-million-dollar machine and a few days effort suffice to read DES-coded messages. If your company's secrets are worth encoding, it's worth your competitor's money to decode them. And if you used 256-bit DES, they can.