Melancton Smith Archive

What Would Obama Have Done with the Leaks in the Pentagon Papers?



“I’m sure that President Obama would have sought a life sentence in my case.” That is what Daniel Ellsberg says would have happened had Obama been in power in the 1970s. His interview is available at Wonkblog. As readers might recall, Ellsberg gave a reporter a copy of United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945–1967:...
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Verizon Surveillance: Do We Feel Safer?



Senator Rand Paul has a provoking essay over at the Guardian. He takes a look at some of Senator Obama’s stances on civil liberties and then examines what he has done as president. The focus is on the hub-bub surrounding Verizon phone records. Of course, the matter is bigger than just one company. The...
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SCOTUS Upholds Taking of DNA from Arrestee



Today the Court decided Maryland v. King, and held that if the police have probable cause to make an arrest for a “serious offense” they may also as a matter of course use a cotton swab to take the arrestee’s DNA. The Court said that this was a legitimate police booking procedure akin to taking a suspect’s...
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SCOTUS Hears Arguments on the Voting Rights Act



SCOTUS heard arguments today regarding the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which permits the federal government to block even minor election changes made by certain jurisdictions covered under the law, if those changes are deemed to reduce minority voting power. The covered jurisdictions, mostly in the South, are those with a...
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What Does DOJ Really Think About Gun Control?



According to a DOJ memo obtained by the NRA, Washington really knows that assault weapons are infrequently used in crimes and that banning high capacity magazines really will not change anything. These are just drums beat by the administration to get the public in a frenzy over the “epidemic” of gun violence. So what...
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Gun Companies Cease Sales to Government in States Where Second Amendment Is Not Respected



Over at The Blaze, there is a growing list of companies that have stopped selling firearms and ammunition to law enforcement agencies in states that are restricting the Second Amendment. Here is the statement from Barrett that explains its reasons for stopping sales to certain governments: Barrett opposes those who are illegally disarming the...
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Drone Strikes on Americans



If you have a few minutes, take a look at a government white paper obtained by NBC news on the lawfulness of lethal attacks on U.S. citizens with attachments to terrorists. NBC has this summary of the test for ordering a killing: the confidential memo lays out a three-part test that would make targeted...
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NLRB: A Rogue Agency?



Earlier this week, I posted about the recent Court of Appeals decision finding that Obama violated the Constitution when making “recess appointments” when the Senate was not in recess. Well, over at Breitbart, there is an article on the response from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). At base, the NLRB has decided to...
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Can a Christian School Terminate a Teacher Who Refuses to Provide a Pastoral Reference?



Today, the AP has an interesting article up about a lawsuit brewing in California. It seems that a private, Christian school asked all its teachers to supply a letter of reference from the teachers’ pastors and to also provide the school with a written statement of their faith. Two teachers have refused to do...
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Court of Appeals Holds Obama Exceeded Authority on Recess Appointments



The Constitution allows presidents to fill certain vacancies temporarily when the Senate is out of session–a recess appointment. ”The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.” While in office, Obama has made about...
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