“President Barack Obama: Bill Clinton never looked so good. Well, that’s a little much, but many of us predicted that Mr. Obama would pursue an agenda that would make Hugo Chavez jealous, but I’m not sure anyone thought he would roll out his grand left-wing program so quickly.”—Checking in with Washington’s major players by David Sanders
“Our Colonial ancestors petitioned and pleaded with King George III to get his boot off their necks. He ignored their pleas, and in 1776, they rightfully declared unilateral independence and went to war. Today it’s the same story except Congress is the one usurping the rights of the people and the states, making King George’s actions look mild in comparison.”—Walter E. Williams : States Rebellion Pending - Townhall.com
“When you do not receive my check April 15, just know that it is an honest mistake. Please treat me the same way you treated Congressmen Charles Rangle, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and ex-Congressman Tom Daschle, Ron Kirk, and, of course, your boss Timothy Geithner. No penalties and no interest.”—Frick’s World: Dear IRS #TCOT
The real views of many in Obama administration were laid bare by a State Department official involved in planning the Brown visit, who reacted with fury when questioned by The Sunday Telegraph about why the event was so low-key.
The official dismissed any notion of the special relationship, saying: “There’s nothing special about Britain. You’re just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn’t expect special treatment.” The apparent lack of attention to detail by the Obama administration is indicative of what many believe to be Mr Obama’s determination to do too much too quickly.
The government can force you to decrypt files so long as it knows that you know how to decrypt them. The “logic” here is that the act of decrypting the files doesn’t, in and of itself, teach the government something that they didn’t already know. The content of those files might teach the government something new, but that content didn’t come out of your head, and so it doesn’t fall under the scope of what is protected by the 5th amendment - only the decryption key.
Bottom line: Through the magic of technology and legal sophistry people can now be compelled to provide reams of self incriminating evidence to the government while our Constitution simultaneously maintains that people will never be forced to testify against themselves.