Fed Govt Takes Over Tennessee Festival

NASHVILLE-   The American public has become increasingly cautious towards the Department of Homeland Security. The federal agency has come under increased scrutiny for purchasing 1.6b rounds of high-powered ammunition and stockpiling heavily armored vehicles to be used in the streets of America. US Congressman Huelscamp (R-KS) has asked the DHS multiple times why they needed to purchase these bullets and tanks. The DHS refuses to answer him, and other members of Congress who are demanding answers. Proponents of big government say it is for our protection, but it is important to recall that our militia and army protect us from any foreign invasion according to the Constitution. This is not the job of non-elected federal bureaucrats armed with weapons, which are outlawed to all American people except themselves. The DHS has had its eye on Tennessee recently. A federal grant was given to the state to purchase drones. The grant spurred legislative action in the state of Tennessee to block drone activity as it was delivered during the same time of the Obama Administration’s drone controversy.

Armored DHS Vehicle

Armored DHS Vehicle

In a developing story the DHS and FBI are said to be taking over Nashville, Tennessee’s CMA Festival, which is the largest country music event in the world. Downtown hospitality industry management have warned their staff to be careful when entering and leaving the city for work, not to bring backpacks, or look suspicious in any way because DHS and FBI agents will be conducting searches and seizures. As the city prepares for the festival DHS and FBI agents have already been seen around the downtown area blocking off bridges and bringing in equipment. A phone call to the Metro Police Department produced an uneasy conversation when the officer would not allow himself to be quoted, but did verify the FBI and DHS would be present. State legislators have placed calls to state leaders to get to the bottom of the situation, which have gone unanswered so far. Being a Southern state, Tennessee residents tend to hold a certain disdain for the federal government while holding the principle of state sovereignty in high regard. This is especially the case when they take over their capital city without regards to their Fourth Amendment rights, and push their elected Sheriffs out of the way to set up shop.

A Woman Challenger Rises to Primary Lindsey Graham

Insiders and grassroots activists are starting to zero in on a primary challenger to face off against embattled incumbent US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Graham has become extremely unpopular due to his votes on taxes, the NDAA, gun rights and his position on drones. He recently came out against Rand Paul’s filibuster, which created National backlash against him and is refusing to support Paul’s efforts to filibuster Obama’s attempt at Second Amendment restrictions.

Nancy Mace Vs. Lindsey Graham?

Nancy Mace Ready to Challenge Lindsey Graham? 

The Challenger? Nancy Mace, daughter of Brigadier General Emory Mace (US Army Retired), and first ever female graduate of The Citadel Military College of South Carolina. Holding a Master’s of Mass Communication and Journalism, and a Bachelor’s of Business, she is also the author of In the Company of Men: A Woman at The Citadel . In addition, Mace owns a successful small business called The Mace Group LLC, which is a public relations and marketing firm out of Charleston where she is married with two children. Mace is a contributor to multiple national media outlets such as The Hill and The Daily Caller. Having these ties makes her dangerous to Graham as many primary candidates struggle to get National media attention.

State Senator Lee Bright’s name has been thrown around to run. However, many in the state do not want Bright (R) to run and feel he cannot win against Graham. State Senator Tom Davis (R) who was elevated to grassroots fame during the 2012 GOP Presidential primaries for endorsing Ron Paul was also eyed to run against Graham. Many were hoping he would. However, Davis tells us that he is focused on South Carolina legislation right now. Davis is actually now endorsing Mace’s efforts and pushing her to run. With Davis’ blessing, Mace seems placed to take on the challenge. Mace told

I believe we need a credible candidate who can challenge Graham. Someone who can bring together the liberty movement, the tea party, those who covet our second Amendment rights and the right to life, those who want to see greater economic freedom and prosperity brought to our nation through individual liberty and the free market. We need someone who believes in constitutional principles. We need someone who will not believe increasing taxes are suitable while ignoring out of control spending. What we are doing in Washington today is clearly not working. I am flattered by all of the attention. This is David vs. Goliath and it will take conservatives from across the movement to be successful.

Mace is popular in the Liberty movement and the Tea Party in South Carolina. Mace has confirmed that advisers are now helping guide her decisions and Super PACs are starting to eye her intentions ready to throw in their support for her.

Liberals Find a Conservative Savior: Rand Paul

It is no secret that the GOP establishment has been distancing itself further and further from the majority of America. The last two elections were lost by the party not because the candidate wasn’t “moderate enough”, but because the GOP establishment has hand picked the candidates, and champions of small government know that when the establishment becomes too big and powerful it is referred to as tyrannical government. Champions of the liberty minded type of conservatism believe that their political views  can win over a majority. Conservatives, liberals and independents alike can all be won over in the view of these select few Republicans. Many identify as Libertarians,  but whatever you call them they may have just proven themselves to be right. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) filibustered John Brennan’s CIA confirmation vote for almost 13 hours. Brennan, Attorney General Holder and the President Obama have been accused of believing they have the ability to kill American citizens on US soil without their constitutional rights by means of drone strikes. When the Obama administration and Brennan were asked to answer questions by Paul they refused to respond. Holder did provide a response, but it wasn’t the one Paul wanted to hear. Holder released a statement saying he believes there are circumstances, which would make the strikes legal. Throughout the whole event Paul continued to ask for answers, which were never provided. Paul said, “I will speak until I can no longer speak, I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our constitution is important, that your right to trial by jury is precious, that no American should be killed on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.” It looks as if the Libertarian minded, Republican succeeded in getting his message heard from coast to coast.

The Top 3 hashtags trending on twitter all night were:

  • #StandWithRand

    Rand Paul (R-KY) Filibusters Brennan Nomination

    Rand Paul (R-KY) Filibusters Brennan Nomination

  • #Filibuster
  • #SenRandPaul

Talk of Rand Paul dominated Facebook, Google searches, talk radio, late night television and even the mainstream media. His picture was front page on every media website. The remarkable events came when democrats started to drool over Rand. Many have questioned why a Republican senator from Kentucky is having to question a Nobel peace prize winner on why he believes as the President of the United States he can kill Americans without their Constitutional rights. Democratic leadership have remained silent throughout this process with Brennan and the Obama administration. Democratic voters had no one to turn to, but there stood Paul. Therefore, they stood with Paul.

The ACLU took it one step further by endorsing Rand’s efforts. Christopher Anders, Senior Legislative Council at the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington DC pointed out that,

“The information Paul seeks is easy for the administration to hand over – it ought to be a no-brainer. It ought to be upsetting for everyone, all Americans of both parties, to not be able to get a straight answer to what is a very straightforward question from Senator Paul. The American people have a right to know. Senator Paul is right to push for that information and I think he’s doing a very good job of exercising his constitutional duty as a member of Congress in our system of checks and balances to help serve as a check on the executive branch, on the president.”

Anders called the administration’s stonewalling “inexcusable.” “The standards apparently applied by the administration”, he continued, “are not standards recognized by any court in the land, any court anywhere in the world.” Demand Progress, a progressive think-tank, tweeted: “We lefties at DP are proud to #StandWithRand tonight as he filibusters the nomination of drone and torture supporter #JohnBrennan”. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) also joined in support of Rand Paul. The GOP establishment also got on board. Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee,  tweeted: “Attention all Republican US Senators… Please go to the floor and help out @SenRandPaul #StandWithRand”. Reince has been under attack form the grassroots for years now.

However, not all in the establishment were happy. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) tried to stop Rand Paul, but was unsuccessful. Instead of supporting Rand Paul on the Senate floor, Senator Graham was having dinner with President Obama. Senators Graham and McCain both took to the Senate floor today in sharp criticism of Rand Paul and those who stood at his side. One wonders what conversation Obama and Graham had at dinner that led to Graham’s remarks against Paul. “I was going to vote against Brennan, until the filibuster,” Graham, of South Carolina, said. “I thought Brennan was arrogant, a bit shifty. I am going to vote for Brennan now because it’s become a referendum on the drone program.” McCain said, “If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms. He needs to know what he’s talking about.” The grassroots is in an uproar over the GOP establishment remarks.

Holder released a statement to Paul today, which show his positions have changed. He now states the president cannot legally do this. Many wonder why it took Paul standing in the national spotlight for 13 hours just to get the administration to make such a declaration. Afterwards, Brennan was confirmed by the Senate (63:34) as the new CIA director. Establishment Republicans such as Corker (TN), Alexander (TN), McCain (AZ), Graham (SC), and Rubio (FL- who is losing popularity with the grassroots, liberty movement) all voted in favor of Brennan. Rand Paul and many of his new allies voted against the Brennan confirmation.
 It seems the message is clear. Rand was not asking his audience to stand at his side, but to take a stand against the tyranny he believes big government manifests itself into. Dozens of petitions that received tens of thousands of signatures such as this one began to circulate. Democrats and Republicans alike signed these petitions to send a message directly to Obama that they wanted answers. The event was not just popular here in America. People around the world watched and took a stand with the freshman Kentucky Senator. Is this proof positive that the establishment has been shaken to the core? For lovers of liberty one thing was clear. Paul’s filibuster was a shift in the balance of power even if for only 13 hours. Many Senators showed up to support Rand who had not supported him in the past, but this time they were riding his coattail for once. The coattail of liberty was rode by the entire world, and this is what makes Rand Paul so appealing to all. It seems as though Rand Paul was able to accomplish more in his 13 hour filibuster than his father, Ron Paul, was able to accomplish in his entire congressional career. Paul’s actions will not be looked back on in the future as a simple filibuster, but a historic speech that will be quoted for decades to come. Last night democrats and republicans came together in a way which hasn’t been seen since Reagan made his successful presidential bid decades ago and establishment leadership from both parties are not happy about it. Rand Paul has been pushed as a strong contender for the GOP Presidential ticket in 2016. Super PACs are already lining up behind him, and many believe this move just put him over the top. 

More than 80 American Entities Have Applied for Domestic Drone Authorization

As Reported by EFF: The Federal Aviation Administration has finally released a new drone authorization list. This list, released in response to EFF’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, includes law enforcement agencies and universities across the country, and—for the first time—an Indian tribal agency. In all, the list includes more than 20 new entities over the FAA’s original list, bringing to 81 the total number of public entities that have applied for FAA drone authorizations through October 2012.

Some of these new drone license applicants include:

  • The State Department
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Barona Band of Mission Indians Risk Management Office (near San Diego, California)

    Map of Drone Authorization in USA Source: EFF

    Map of Drone Authorization in USA
    Source: EFF

  • Canyon County Sheriff’s Office (Idaho)
  • Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (Northwest Oregon)
  • Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department (North Dakota)
  • King County Sheriff’s Office (covering Seattle, Washington)

There are multiple new entities in Ohio alone, including:

  • Medina County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Sinclair Community College
  • Lorain County Community College

The list comes amid extensive controversy over a newly-released memo documenting the CIA’s policy on the targeted killing of American citizens and on the heels of news that Charlottesville, Virginia has just become one of the first cities in the country to ban drones. This new list should contribute to the debate over whether using domestic drones for surveillance is consistent with the Constitution and with American values. However, Brennan, the newly Obama proposed director of the CIA, will not answer as to whether or not drones will be used on American citizens.