Law enforcement plays an essential role in our society by protecting the rights of individuals. There are many, many law enforcement officials out there making sure that we are safe and that those who wrongly use force against us are brought to justice.
But the fact is: Police also abuse the positions of power the state has granted them. They try to trick or intimidate people who do not know their basic rights to give up those rights. This is especially true in poor, urban minority neighborhoods because in those areas cops are under increased pressure from budding politicians to reduce drug and gang-related crime. The Washington Post writes: "According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, minorities are more likely to be searched when arrested. The bureau's stats show that 'stop and frisks' are occurring at record rates...particularly where minorities and low-income people live."
Enter Flex Your Rights, a nonprofit seeking to "educate the public about how basic Bill of Rights protections apply during encounters with law enforcement." Together with filmmakers Rubin Whitmore II and Roger Sorkin, they have produced a documentary about the 10 Rules for Dealing with Police. It's best to write these rules down and carry them with you, so that you can consult them during an encounter with the police:
"When a president wants to signal that an issue really matters, there is nothing like a czar. President-elect Barack Obama is making clear that many issues matter to him.
The idea is to have someone in the White House with the president's ear to coordinate policy and give the topic the weight it deserves. Such a post gives an issue prominence, allows for coordination among agencies and...
"A liberal senator on Wednesday questioned President Barack Obama's policy 'czars' after the senior advisers have taken heat mostly from Republican lawmakers.
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) sent a letter to the president requesting the White House release information regarding the 'roles and responsibilities' of the 'czars.' The Senate Judiciary Committee member also requested that the...
As a part of the continuing resolutions to keep the federal government running, Republicans successfully added an amendment defunding President Obama's senior advisors on top policy issues like heath care and energy.
"A pattern of governance has emerged in Washington that departs substantially from that envisaged in our Constitution. Under our basic concept of governance: (1) a president and vice president are elected; and (2) the departments of government are staffed by constitutional officers including secretaries, undersecretaries, assistant secretaries and others who are nominated by the president and...
We discuss what exactly a czar is, why presidents have turned to them with increasing frequency in recent decades, and the relationship between the ascendancy of czars and the constitutional underpinnings of separation of powers and checks and balances.
Increased doctrinal room for a president to realize his political program by using the agency form will decrease his incentives to find politically and legally opaque ways to work such influence from the White House.
After examining White House domination of policy making in the Obama presidency, the chapter will analyze the friction with the cabinet and Congress caused by Obama’s appointment of many White House 'czars.'
This news clip expresses Representative Darrell Issa's concern over the fact that many of the President's czars are not accountable to Congress. Issa also raises questions about the lack of transparency concerning the payroll of the President's czars.
Press Secretary Gibbs avoids directly responding to concerns over Senator Feingold's letter to President Obama. Feingold's letter voiced unease at the growing number of "Czars" in the Obama Administration.
In this video segment Spalding details how the rise of Czars in American government--unelected bureaucrats with great regulatory power--pose a grave threat to the liberty of all Americans and fly in the face of the nature of the Constitution.
This paper features an extensive list of President Obama's czars. The document creates an individual profile for each czar detailing their job description, past experience, and in some instances, their individual salary.
Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt established the "Office of Censorship." This document describes the establishment of the office and also appoints "Byron Price" as the "Director of Censorship," (or Czar) over this agency.
The Counsel of the President responds to Senator Feingold's concerns over Administrative "Czars". Mr. Craig claims that such criticisms of executive positions are misinformed, since all positions are accountable and transparent.
Following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, President Bush created the Department of Homeland Security. This document provides his remarks at the swearing-in ceremony of the Department's first czar, Tom Ridge.
Following an intense budget battle in early 2011, President Obama signed H.R. 1473. This statement was released in conjunction with the signing and declares the President's rejection of the budget cuts which defunded several of his czars (Section 2262).
The Constitution of the United States established the federal governmental system currently in place with three branches of government. The premise of executive privilege developed from the separation of powers clause.
Spalding's enlightening and engaging tour through America’s founding not only recalls the deep roots of our 'first principles' in Western civilization but also reveals their enduring lessons for today.
"When it comes to our prosperity, our freedom tradition, and our constitutional government, President Barack Obama has been the great destroyer—knocking down the free-market economy and principles of limited government that have made America the envy of the world.
As New York Times bestselling author David Limbaugh documents in chilling detail in his new book, The Great...
Unprecedented in scope, methodological diversity, scholarly viewpoint, and substantive integration, this volume is invaluable for assessing where the study of American bureaucracy stands at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, and where leading scholars think it should go in the future.