Bill and Hillary would be proud if this could have happened during the Clintons' Administration. It's as though they didn't try.
Anticipating a possible raid, the company filed a temporary restraining order against the ATF in an effort to prevent them stopping them from confiscating their property, Karras told the station.
Is this the way our laws are meant to be enforced?
The ATF could not wait 5 days for the hearing?
What has happened to the Constitution and Bill of Rights?
This was an obvious case of unlawful search and seizure in my opinion.
VigilantSpectre Operations sums it up better than I could with this YouTube video:
Yes America, it's true. They are trying to take your guns and they will stop at nothing to do so. If you have an AR-15 which you assembled with an Ares Armor lower, I would suggest that you prepare for a letter or visit.
Editor's Note: I told you about the situation involving Ares Armor at the end of February. Now, it seems that the ATF has tyrannically stepped in and raided our friends at Ares Armor, potentially exposing thousands of customers to possible raids by the rogue federal agency.
This is one of those stories that leaves one with that sick and sinking feeling. If it has not already been made clear, the federal government just sent another message to gun owners. They will get our information, and eventually confiscate our guns, by whatever means necessary. If that means ignoring a restraining order or violating 4th amendment rights, they are not above doing that.
On Saturday, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided Ares Armor in an effort to obtain customer lists that were protected by a restraining order. Ares Armor manufactures components such as the lowers that people use to build their own AR-15. It has always been perfectly legal to do so and through an ongoing struggle Ares actually obtained a restraining order to protect the privacy of their customer database. They did however agree to turn over components to the ATF. That was not enough. On Saturday it ceased to matter.
When Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents expressed interest in a Southern California gun part and accessory store, it sought the protection of a federal district court. But on Saturday, agents raided the store anyway.
Ares Armor sells what are called "80% lower receivers" to allow a buyer to make his own AR-15 rifle. According to federal law,"The term 'firearm'" includes "the frame or receiver of" a weapon, but one that is only 80 percent complete does not fall under that category.
The number of firearms manufactured in the U.S. for sale to American customers hit an all-time high in 2012, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (BATFE) new Firearms Manufacturers and Export Report. American firearm manufacturers produced roughly 8.3 million firearms for sale in the U.S., a new record, up 33 percent from the 6.2 million produced for American customers in 2011.
The report shows not only that Americans valued firearms in 2012 more than ever before, but also that they particularly valued the kinds of firearms that gun control supporters have tried the hardest to get banned--handguns and semi-automatic rifles.
Production of handguns rose 32 percent to four million in 2012, as compared to 2011, including a 36 percent increase in pistols and an 18 percent increase in revolvers. Production of the AR-15, the most popular rifle in America, more than doubled in 2012, to over 825,000, not counting the large numbers made by Remington, Bushmaster and Sturm, Ruger. Total rifle production rose 38 percent, to three million, while shotguns rose 18 percent to 900,000.
We’ve been hearing for some time from those who want to ban guns that Americans aren’t interested in them anymore; that firearm ownership is on the decline. Like their fanciful notions that gun crime is somehow “exploding” or that concealed carry licensees are ticking time bombs, the numbers simply don’t back up their claims.
The anti-gunners are going to need all the “new math” they can muster, because the 2012 report contains figures for only two months of the surge in firearm purchases that began with President Obama’s reelection. Meanwhile, the FBI’s NICS figures indicate that Americans bought even more firearms in 2013 than they did in 2012.
For those who support the Second Amendment and American manufacturing, these figures provide cause for celebration. For those still seeking to ban private possession of firearms, they may want to skip the champagne and head straight for the aspirin.
n the past, a President would have been impeached and removed from office for only committing one or two illegal acts, but Obama has so many illegal actions and DC Republicans sit their silently and do nothing to stop him.
Are the people behind Obama that powerful that they have successfully threatened so many politicians to keep quiet? In April 2012 I reported that there were claims that in 2008, Bill Clinton had been threatened to shut up about the questions surrounding Obama’s birth certificate. When he didn’t, someone behind Obama’s campaign threatened the life of Clinton’s daughter Chelsea. It was then that Bill Clinton suddenly stopped speaking about Obama’s birther issues.
If they are that powerful and bold, then yes, America is becoming just like Hitler’s #$%$ Germany and a horrible schism is dividing our nation to the point of certain destruction.
For the past year, Dr. Ben Carson has been sounding more and more like a man about to run for President of the United States even though he says he’s not interested in the job. It all started with his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast last year and now he is a highly sought after speaker by many conservative groups.
Carson made history as a neurosurgeon when he became the first doctor in history to successfully separate a set of twins that were joined at the head. In the 1980s, Carson refined hemispherectomy, the separation of hemispheres of the brain, to help control severe forms of pediatric epilepsy.
Standing at the top of his profession, last March Carson announced his retirement from the medical field. A number of people instantly started pushing him to enter politics with his conservative views, but he said he would leave that decision to God. No one knows what direction God is leading him, but He certainly has given Carson a gift for speaking the truth about what’s going on in America today.
In one of his latest speeches, Carson told the New York Meeting that our government is using all of their tools to intimidate the population into being afraid to speak out against the government. Then he compared it to #$%$ Germany and how Hitler used the same tactics to silence those who disagreed with him. As in Germany then, the threat of retribution for speaking the truth is harming this country.
Carson told the New York Meeting:
"The reason that is so horrible is because the only way you have harmony and reach consensus is by talking. But if, in fact, people are afraid to talk, you never reach consensus. And instead you grow further and further apart. And that’s exactly what’s happening — creating a horrible schism that will destroy our nation."
I can’t help but wonder if this is why so many Republicans in Washington remain silent about all of Obama’s illegal actions. In the past, a President would have been impeached and removed from office.
Cummings continued to read his statement into a closed microphone after Issa gaveled the hearing to a close. As the hearing room emptied and Cummings continued to speak, Lerner sat at the witness table listening.
WND reported back on January 12 that the IRS proposed new rules that would effectively limit conservative 501(c)4 conservative groups from participating in the mid-term elections as they did in 2010. At that time Republicans took majority control of the House.
WND reported that at the CPAC annual conference of conservatives last week leading Washington-based attorney Cleta Mitchell said that Lerner was questioned by the Department of Justice at some point during the previous six months. However, under the leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder, the department has declined to launch criminal prosecutions against Lerner and other IRS officials who have been implicated in the IRS targeting scandal. Mitchell represents multiple grass-roots organizations who claim they were subjected to IRS targeting.
“Even without her full testimony, and despite the fact that the IRS has still not turned over many of her e-mails, a political agenda to crack down on tax-exempt organizations comes into focus,” the report concluded. “Lerner believed the political participation of tax-exempt organizations harmed Democratic candidates, she believed something needed to be done, and she directed action from her unit at the IRS.”
Lerner has been given the opportunity by the committee to continue to testify the report said although unless she is given immunity the committee is not optimistic it will happen.
“Many questions remain, including the identities of others at the IRS and elsewhere who may have known about key events and decisions she undertook,” the report noted in the final paragraph. “Americans, and particularly those Americans who faced mistreatment at the hands of the IRS, deserve the full documented truth that both Lois Lerner and the IRS have withheld with them.”
‘I am tired of this’
WND reported that at last week’s committee hearing Issa adjourned the meeting after asking only seven questions. Lerner, for the second time, asserted her Fifth Amendment privilege not to incriminate herself.
On June 28, 2013, the House Oversight Committee voted that Lerner had waived her Fifth Amendment privilege when she made a voluntary opening statement that asserted her self-proclaimed innocence at a May 22 hearing.
Before the committee hearing last week, Lerner said the only way she would testify was in exchange for immunity. She agreed to testify openly at the latest hearing in a number of emails that were exchanged between Lerner’s attorneys and committee staff but she requested a one-week delay for the March 5 hearing.
At the hearing adjournment last week Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., objected with an angry tirade at which point Issa cut his mic off. Angrily Cummings pressed, “I am a member of the House of Representatives and I am tired of this.”
“And they don’t have to say who exactly the Americans for Prosperity are. You don’t know if it’s a foreign-controlled corporation. You don’t know if it’s a big oil company, or a big bank. You don’t know if it’s a insurance [sic] company that wants to see some of the provisions in health reform repealed because it’s good for their bottom line, even if it’s not good for the American people.”
Obama’s tirade continued into September 2010 at yet another campaign event where the president stated: “Right now, all across this country, special interests are running millions of dollars of attack ads against Democratic candidates. And the reason for this is last year’s Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, which basically says that special interests can gather up millions of dollars – they are now allowed to spend as much as they want without limit, and they don’t have to ever reveal who’s paying for these ads.”
Lerner: the IRS officials ‘need to have a plan’
According to the House committee report, Lerner wrote emails following Obama’s 2010 speeches where she argued that IRS officials “need to have a plan” to handle the applications from certain tax-exempt groups.”
However, Lerner carefully crafted her words with language suggesting she wanted to cover her partisan goals. Lerner wrote, “We need to be cautious so it isn’t a per se political project.”
Furthermore the report noted that Lerner spoke at an event sponsored by Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on October 19, 2010. In her speech at that event Lerner referenced the political pressure the IRS faced to “fix the problem” of 501(c)(4) groups engaging in political activity.
It was less than a week later when the president publicly criticized the decision. The criticism came during his State of the Union address. In that address Obama said:
“With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations – to spend without limit in our elections,” he said. “I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people.”
According to the report over the next few months Obama continued his public tirade against the Supreme Court decision. He also continued on his rant citing so-called “secret money” in politics and the emerging of grassroots groups in the conservative sector.
Then in a White House Rose Garden speech in July 2010, President Obama proclaimed: “Because of the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year in the Citizens United case, big corporations … can buy millions of dollars worth of TV ads – and worst of all, they don’t even have to reveal who’s actually paying for the ads.
He continued, saying “these shadow groups are already forming and building war chests of tens of millions of dollars to influence the fall elections.”
A similar statement was made again at an August 2010 campaign event.
“Right now all around this country there are groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity, who are running millions of dollars of ads against Democratic candidates all across the country,” said Obama.
Evidence produced that Lois Lerner followed White House lead
(Tea Party) – A link between President Obama’s criticism of the United Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case and subsequent steps taken by IRS official Lois Lerner to discriminate against conservative groups has been found by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigating the IRS scandal WND reported.
A 141-page report released last Tuesday by the Republican-majority staff of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee stated that in the wake of the 2012 Supreme Court case Lerner was responding to political pressure when she cracked down on conservative organizations.
Twice Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment, refusing to answer questions when she came before the committee.
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In the report questions were raised whether or not the political pressure came from the White House.
The report said, “It’s not the job of the IRS to overrule the Supreme Court, and it’s not the job of the IRS to crush political movements its leaders dislike,” the report said. “Her deep involvement in this scheme raises even more questions about who else was involved – including at the White House.”
It also said that Lerner “led efforts to scrutinize conservative groups while working to maintain a veneer of objective enforcement.”
Lerner following Obama’s lead?
The House report states that statements made by President Obama during his 2010 mid-term election speeches attacked the Citizens United Supreme Court decision are linked with emails and speeches Lerner subsequently wrote where she stated her intent to administer the IRS tax-exempt division in a partisan manner.
On Jan. 23, 2010, President Obama declared the Citizens United “ruling strikes at our democracy itself” and “opens the floodgates for an unlimited amount of special interest money into our democracy.”
“The fact that 20 years before he had a drug conviction enabled the FBI to carry out a raid they would have never even considered if it wasn’t for the fact that they knew that the man was preparing and was distrustful of the government,” said the Intel Hub. “To say the raid was simply for illegal possession of firearms is to ignore all the facts of this horrific story.”
Porter’s neighbors were angry that the government wasted their time with this raid, calling it “a big waste of taxpayer money.” Some claimed that they “would feel safe leaving his kids with the man.” Porter had not broken any laws in the 20 years since the drug conviction and some think the response was due only to Porter being a Doomsday Prepper.
“It was ridiculous for (the man), who would not hurt another person for anything,” said 35-year-old Heather Hamilton who lived around the corner from Porter. “Unless you would attack him, he’s not going to go after anyone.”
Even as Doomsday Preppers become more accepted by the general public following Hurricane Sandy, many other Doomsday Preppers have apparently been under extra scrutiny by the Obama administration. The FBI has reportedly characterized bulk food buying as a “potential terrorist activity.” One prepper featured in National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers show was declared “mentally defective” and put on an FBI list that stripped him of his second amendment rights just because he went in for a doctor’s visit for chest pains.
What do you think about this Doomsday Prepper being raided by the FBI? Did they simply overreact to a criticism of President Obama or do you think this an orchestrated effort by the Federal government to crack down on organized dissenters?
Recent surveys show that more than two thirds of Americans believe the federal government is “out of control” and a “threat” to their basic liberties. It is not hard to see why. Is it time to panic? Probably not. Still, with Washington, D.C., becoming increasingly lawless with each passing year, Americans would be wise to pay very close attention to Scalia’s remarks.
Search "Sharpsburg raid" for a good example of what this is all about.
More than a few recent training exercises have added fuel to the fire. Among the most alarming: Black military helicopters filled with terror warriors swarming around U.S. cities firing fake ammo, Chinese and Russian troops training on U.S. soil with American forces in recent years, Homeland Security “relocation” drills in Colorado, FEMA signing an “exchange” deal with Vladimir Putin’s government, and more. The Obama administration’s wild stockpiling and distribution to local law enforcement of “weapons of war” for domestic use has also raised serious concerns.
Analyst Justin King, writing in the Digital Journal, said Scalia’s remarks should “terrify” Americans. “First, the longest-serving Justice on the Supreme Court has openly stated that the court does not adhere to the Constitution of the United States, but rather allows laws to wither in times of war,” he wrote. “The highest court in the land will gladly send you to a prison camp out of fear, knowing that it is wrong.” He also pointed out that with the vague “terror” war still raging, virtually anybody could be caught in a government dragnet merely by virtue of their beliefs.
In fact, the U.S. government has already made clear in numerous official documents that its terror war is increasingly focused on its own domestic political foes. From the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department to the Pentagon, numerous tentacles of the lawless executive branch have openly identified everyday Americans as potential terrorists and extremists. Among others: pro-life activists, Christians, gun-rights supporters, states’ rights advocates, veterans, conservatives, libertarians, Ron Paul supporters, liberty lovers, and more.
Stories and fears about “FEMA camps” are often dismissed by the establishment and even some credible researchers who have investigated. The centers, however, along with countless videos claiming to show camps across the United States, have fueled strong suspicion all across the political spectrum. Meanwhile, even a cursory review of the so-called “executive orders” issued over the last century shows that the executive branch believes it can seize virtually total control of the nation in the event of an “emergency” declared by the president.
Even in recent years, Americans have been herded by federal officials into camps against their will. After hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, for example, authorities declared martial law, forcibly disarmed residents, and forced massive numbers of people into FEMA-run camps. During the recent swine flu hysteria, officials were also openly discussing and preparing for the forcible quarantine of Americans. More recently still, homeless people in some areas have also been coerced into camps under penalty of arrest.
Obviously it makes sense for government to prepare for contingencies. As with all official programs, however, innocent-seeming schemes can be abused, and often are. With the U.S. government becoming infamous for brazenly lying to the public — WMDs in Iraq, for example, or you can keep your health insurance — it is hardly surprising that public suspicion of Washington, D.C., and its intentions continues to grow.
The dean of the law school, Avi Soifer, tried to downplay Scalia’s explosive remarks, telling the AP he thought the Supreme Court justice was merely suggesting that people should always be vigilant and that the law alone cannot be relied on to provide protection. “We do need a court that sometimes will say there are individual or group rights that are not being adequately protected by the democratic process,” Soifer was quoted as saying, though it was not clear what “group rights” was supposed to refer to. The dean also noted that Scalia was among those who reined in the power of “military commissions.”
However, despite efforts to downplay the clear statements made by Scalia, countless Americans believe there is good cause to be concerned — and not just because history conclusively proves that the U.S. government is capable of lawlessly interning citizens. In 2012, for example, a leaked military document dubbed “Army Field Manual 3-39.40: Internment and Resettlement Operations” provides guidance on interning Americans on U.S. soil. It even teaches how to identify “malcontents, trained agitators, and political leaders” and how “to reduce or remove antagonistic attitudes.”
Of course, there have been countless reports about internment facilities all across the United States set up under the aegis of the Federal Emergency Management Agency — so-called “FEMA camps.” In 2006, a Halliburton subsidiary was even handed a $385-million contract to build a vast network of “detention centers” for the Department of Homeland Security. Officials downplayed the news, saying the camps were simply meant to prepare for a potential massive influx of immigrants.
“That's what happens,” Scalia continued. “It was wrong, but I would not be surprised to see it happen again, in time of war. It's no justification, but it is the reality.” In other words, one of the nation’s top judicial officials believes that during a “time of war,” Americans run the risk of being unconstitutionally rounded up by the federal government and detained in camps like over 110,000 almost certainly innocent Japanese-descent individuals during World War II.
Keep in mind that the U.S. government is currently engaged in multiple unconstitutional wars, including many that could potentially go on indefinitely — especially the “terror” war, which now spans across the “Homeland” and the entire planet. Incredibly, buried inside the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congress and the president have even approved a statute pretending to legalize the indefinite detention of Americans without charges, trial, due process, or any other constitutionally guaranteed rights.
The Obama administration even claims to have the power to secretly murder Americans with no trial — and, in fact, it has done so in at least several cases that are now known publicly. A Justice Department memo leaked in 2013 outlined the outlandish legal rationale purporting to authorize Obama serving as judge, jury, and executioner. When asked by the Huffington Post whether the administration should tell the public when it secretly murders an American, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said “it depends.”
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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (shown) made headlines nationwide this week after bluntly telling law students at the University of Hawaii that internment camps to detain Americans would eventually return. Acknowledging that the infamous Supreme Court-approved internment of Japanese-Americans in wretched camps during World War II was wrong, the conservative-leaning justice followed up by adding that “you are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again.” In “times of war,” Scalia said, citing a Latin expression attributed to Cicero, “the laws fall silent.”
According to the Associated Press, which first reported the explosive February 3 statements, Scalia was responding to a question about one of the Supreme Court’s most widely criticized decisions. Amid national hysteria following the Japanese regime’s attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an “executive order” in 1942 purporting to justify the mass detention of people of Japanese ancestry — the vast majority of whom were U.S. citizens. In 1944, the high court upheld the convictions of two men for failing to report to an internment camp in Korematsu v. United States.
“Well of course Korematsu was wrong. And I think we have repudiated in a later case,” Scalia was quoted as telling students and faculty during a lunchtime question and answer session. “But you are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again.” Pointing to the Latin expression about laws falling silent during war-time, the longest-serving justice said, “That's what was going on — the panic about the war and the invasion of the Pacific and whatnot.”
Is Obama deflecting attention away from what should be more alarming to the USA, these real threats from our enemies upon our homeland who Obama has been arming and supporting in the Syrian revolution, by starting a cold war with Russia? Will there be a Jihadist uprising in the USA, armed by Obama? Is this how he will move to declare marshal law and attempt to disarm U. S. citizens?