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F.B.I. Agents Get Leeway to Push Privacy Bounds

• NY Times
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention.

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"The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of its enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted. Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it.... A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the land, it is superseded thereby. No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it."   


- US Supreme Court: Sixteenth American Jurisprudence Second Edition, Section 177



“How about if a few million of us (Americans) send one message -- and only one message -- to those pretending to be our "representatives," those who claim to have the right to rule us. That message should be this: ‘Legislate whatever you want; I will not obey. And when you send your thugs to punish me, I will resist.’ THAT is the message of the Declaration of Independence.”


-- Larken Rose  6/30/2009



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