Aurora cinema shooting: Judge approves ‘truth serum’ interrogation
May 13, 2013
James Holmes, the student accused of the ‘Batman’ movie massacre in a Colorado cinema, could be given a truth serum as part of a narcoanalytic interview to determine whether he is insane, as a judge enters a not guilty plea on his behalf.
James Holmes, 25, a former neuroscience PhD student, is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others during a shooting rampage during a ‘Batman’ movie premiere at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, last July.
Holmes faces a total of 166 different counts relating to the shootings.
His defense team had initially said he was not ready to enter a plea, so the judge entered a not guilty plea on is behalf. Judge William Blair Sylvester said Holmes could change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity later, if he chooses to.
His defense lawyers had indicated that he may plead not guilty by reason of insanity. If he does enter an insanity plea, the judge has ruled that he may have to undergo an interview under the influence of drugs –dubbed a ‘truth serum’ – in order to evaluate his mental state.
The process is designed to lower a patient’s inhibition, and is decades old. Judge Sylvester has also ruled that he may be given a lie detector test.
Prosecutors have said they will announce whether they will seek the death sentence on April 1. If they do seek the death penalty following a not guilty by reasons of insanity plea, then legal complications are likely to develop, as the defense will have to submit incriminating evidence to prove Holmes’s insanity.
This evidence may then be later used against him by the prosecution, which under US law would breach his constitutional right not to incriminate himself.
“Was he suffering from a mental disease or defect that rendered him incapable from distinguishing right from wrong? If the defense had to prove that, that would be one thing, but here in Colorado the prosecution has to disprove it. To prove sanity beyond a reasonable doubt with James Holmes could be tough,” Craig Silverman, deputy district attorney for Denver, told Sky News.
Colorado is unusual in putting the burden of proof on the prosecution when a plea of insanity has been entered.
Silverman added that he was expecting the case to be beset by delays: “Delay is the natural ally of any death penalty defendant. The longer the case drags out the longer the client is assured to stay alive.”
The case is one of the worst in US history in terms of the number of people killed. Like similar mass shootings that have occurred in America in recent years, it has prompted a debate about US gun laws. Politicians in Colorado have introduced new restrictions on gun ownership, while national efforts at gun control appear to have stalled.
On Monday, a package put together by Colorado Democrats went through the state senate. They include a limit on the kind of high-capacity magazine Holmes is accused of using in the shooting, expanded background checks, and a new ban on owning a gun for people facing charges of domestic violence.
While the measures have not yet been enacted, the house is under Democratic control and will likely approve the proposals.
Obama: “I Am Constrained by the System Our Founders Put in Place”
President lambasts Americans who cite Second Amendment as a defense against government tyranny
Paul Joseph Watson
April 5, 2013
During a speech in Denver, Colorado, President Obama remarked that his gun control agenda was “constrained by the system our founders put in place,” as he lambasted Second Amendment advocates who argue that gun ownership is a means of protection against government tyranny.
“Opponents of some of these common-sense laws have ginned up fears among responsible gun owners that have nothing to do with what’s being proposed and nothing to do with the facts, but feeds into this suspicion about government,” said Obama.
“You hear some of these quotes: “I need a gun to protect myself from the government.” “We can’t do background checks because the government is going to come take my guns away.”
“Well, the government is us. These officials are elected by you. They are elected by you. I am elected by you. I am constrained, as they are constrained, by a system that our Founders put in place. It’s a government of and by and for the people.”
At first glance, Obama’s admission that his actions are constrained by the authors of the Constitution is a seemingly glib nod to safeguards ensured by the bill of rights and the Second Amendment. However, when placed in a more sinister context, the quote could also be interpreted as a complaint that a President who in January introduced 23 executive orders to address “gun violence reduction” should be given an even greater free reign to take a bite out of gun rights.
Recall that back in July 2011 during a speech on immigration, Obama lamented that, “doing things on my own” (becoming a dictator) was “very tempting”.
Obama also remarked, “I am not a dictator” during the sequester debate in early March.
As Infowars has documented, Obama has flagrantly violated the Constitution in all manner of different ways, from undermining the power of Congress (an act of high treason according to Congressman Walter Jones) by insisting his authority came from the United Nations Security Council prior to the attack on Libya and that Congressional approval was not necessary, to accepting rotating status as chairman of the United Nations Security Council, which is a direct violation of article 1, section 9, clause 8 of the Constitution.
During his speech yesterday, Obama also stated, “There doesn’t have to be a conflict between protecting our citizens and protecting our Second Amendment rights.”
Obama’s insistence that his gun control agenda does not infringe on the Second Amendment is not a view shared by over a dozen Colorado Sheriffs who held a press conference to coincide with the President’s visit to the state earlier this week.
One of those Sheriffs, Elbert County’s Shayne Heap, subsequently released a YouTube video in which he slammed Obama for using “fear” to exploit recent tragedies in pursuit of curtailing the right to bear arms.
Heap accused Obama of working to, “legislatively carpet bomb law-abiding citizens with excessive restrictions,” by introducing gun control regulations that punish lawful citizens while failing to address the wider issue of violence in American society.
Newly passed laws in Colorado prohibit the sale of magazines which hold more than 15 bullets, in addition to mandating background checks for all private gun sales.
Colorado Gun Bill Could Ban Standard Shotguns
March 2, 2013
A popular hunting shotgun could be banned under one of the bills moving through the state Capitol.
A pump or semi-automatic shotgun is the gun most hunters in Colorado use. It’s a gun state Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, says could be banned under a bill that’s already passed the House and Gov. John Hickenlooper says he’ll sign.
“They’re coming after the standard shotgun,” Brophy told CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd.
Magpul May Flood Colorado Market Before Leaving
February 28, 2013
A few weeks ago, the Magpul Industries Corporation, based out of Erie, Colorado, announced it was ready to make a huge gesture in favor of the Second Amendment by relocating their company headquarters if the state goes ahead with proposed gun control legislation.
Now the company is going one step further by offering Colorado residents the opportunity to purchase “up to ten (10) standard capacity AR/M4 magazines directly from Magpul” before a ban goes into effect. The orders will be shipped at a flat-rate fee of $5.
The following appeared on the company’s Facebook page Tuesday:
We are proud to announce that within a matter of days we will be going live with a new program. Due to a bill currently moving through the Colorado legislature, there is the possibility that Colorado residents’ ability to purchase standard capacity magazines will soon be infringed. Before that happens, and Magpul is forced to leave the state in order to keep to our principles, we will be doing our best to get standard capacity PMAGs into the hands of any Colorado resident that wants them.
Verified Colorado residents will be able to purchase up to ten (10) standard capacity AR/M4 magazines directly from Magpul, and will be given immediate flat-rate $5 shipping, bypassing our current order queue.
Our customers outside of Colorado, please know that our PMAG production will continue at an ever-increasing rate until we do relocate, shipments to our distributors in other states will continue, and that we do not expect relocation to significantly impact PMAG production. We are also aware that Colorado is not the only state with existing or pending magazine capacity restrictions; we are working on programs for other affected states as well.
Full details and instructions will be announced when we are able to go live; please watch here for the coming announcement.
The Casper, Wyoming Star Tribune reports that Magpul is making good on its threat and has been conducting talks with Wyoming lawmakers to move to the Cowboy State if magazine legislation is passed.
Magpul’s departure would have a somewhat devastating effect on jobs and state revenue as it employs more than 600 employees and subcontractors and says it planned to spend more than $85 million in the state over the next year.
Another Colorado manufacturer, Alfred Manufacturing Co. based in North Denver, has mirrored Magpul’s threat to leave Colorado should the laws pass, saying the manufacturing companies are “in this together.”
“If House Bill 1224 passes, we will relocate part or all of our operations out of state,” Alfred Manufacturing chief executive Greg Alfred told the Governor and members of the state legislature.
The Colorado House has passed four gun control bills now slated for a Senate vote. The bills would:
• Limit gun magazines to 15 rounds.
• Require background checks for all gun transactions.
• Ban concealed weapons on college campuses.
• Impose a fee for gun buyers to cover the cost of their background checks.
One of the bills, House Bill 1224, has been amended in an attempt to convince manufacturers to stay put by letting them still make high-capacity magazines for out-of-state buyers, however both companies seem little swayed by this.
“If we’re able to stay in Colorado and manufacture a product, but law-abiding citizens of the state were unable to purchase the product, customers around the state and the nation would boycott us for remaining here,” Doug Smith, Magpul’s chief operating officer told the Denver Post. “Staying here would hurt our business.”
It’s also encouraging to see that several other companies throughout the country have come out in defense of the Second Amendment.
Firearm manufacturer Beretta USA recently announced its intent to leave Maryland if the state enacts a gun control measure known as the Firearm Safety Act. “Enact such measures at your own risk,” the company told lawmakers, according to Bizpac Review.
“In a letter to lawmakers, Beretta’s Jeff Reh said legislation proposed by Gov. Martin O’Malley will ‘treat as dangerous millions of people who lawfully and safely own semi-automatic rifles and the tens of millions of people who lawfully and safely own magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. It tells those people that you can protect your life, your family or your business, even against multiple assailants, as long as you can get do so in 10 rounds or less. It tells all of these people that in Maryland there is a limit on the extent to which you can exercise your 2nd Amendment rights, a limit that does not apply, by the way, to police officers who buy these products for the same protective reasons that are desired by the general public,’” Kurt Nimmo wrote earlier in the week.
Last week, we also wrote about a Virginia Pizza shop that is offering a 15% discount for customers who carry openly or present their concealed weapons permit. Pizza shop owner Jay Laze, speaking of the success of his deal, told The Virginian-Pilot that about 80 percent of his clientele had been taking advantage of the deal and that “it’s been awesome.”
FUN FACT: Five worst American mass shootings were all Democrats
The five worst mass killings, where a firearm was used, have a common thread. Hint #1: They didn’t belong to the NRA. They don’t fit the stereotype of the “red-neck” gun owner.
Check it out …
Columbine: Too young to vote; both families were registered Democrats and progressive liberals.
Connecticut School Shooter: Registered Democrat; hated Christians.
Common thread is that all of these shooters were progressive liberal Democrats.
Colorado Legislature Clamps Down on Campaign Finance Laws
The Colorado House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 12-014, mandating biweekly campaign finance disclosures leading up to Colorado’s primary election in June, with bipartisan support on Monday. After being signed late Monday, by Governor John Hickenlooper, it became the first signed bill of the new legislative session.
The new law addresses loopholes created in Colorado’s biweekly reporting requirement, as well as attempts to remove the requirement entirely, after the state moved its primary election up from August to May last year. Previously, candidates in Colorado had to begin filing biweekly campaign disclosures during the July previous to the primary. However, with primaries now scheduled earlier in the year(May 2011, June 2012), the law would have required campaigns to begin biweekly reports nearly a year in advance of the primaries.
After claiming that the new rules created an unnecessary burden on campaigns, Secretary of State Scott Gessler implemented a new rule which completely removed the biweekly reporting requirement. A rule which the Colorado legislature clearly did not agree with.
from The Colorado Independent:
Since quarterly reports had been required in the off-years, the SOS office said under current law, candidates would have to file both quarterly and biweekly reports, which the office said was absurd.
At a hearing last summer then-Deputy Secretary of State William Hobbs agreed that it is up to the Legislature to change or clarify the requirements for this year. In the meantime, though, he said the SOS wanted the new rule be adopted on an emergency basis.
That rule, which was adopted by the Secretary of State’s office, eliminated biweekly filing altogether, with quarterly reports filed in the year prior to the election, and then monthly reports being filed during election years.
Attorney Mark Grueskin, representing Citizens for Integrity, said at the time that that would mean a candidate could receive huge amounts of money in the month prior to the primary without having to report it until after the election.
This is not Gessler’s first, or second or third, run in with another branch of the government or government watchdog group. Colorado’s secretary of state has made a name for himself, both locally and nationally, for his continued attempts at dismantling Colorado’s longstanding campaign finance laws. While his office has yet to comment on the new bill, it’s hard to imagine that Secretary of State Gessler isn’t already thinking of ways to challenge or eradicate the new law.
Read More at The Colorado Independent
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Collecting Rainwater now Illegal in many States: Government owns our Water
Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I’m about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level. You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else.
As bizarre as it sounds, laws restricting property owners from “diverting” water that falls on their own homes and land have been on the books for quite some time in many Western states. Only recently, as droughts and renewed interest in water conservation methods have become more common, have individuals and business owners started butting heads with law enforcement over the practice of collecting rainwater for personal use.
Check out this YouTube video of a news report out of Salt Lake City, Utah, about the issue. It’s illegal in Utah to divert rainwater without a valid water right, and Mark Miller of Mark Miller Toyota, found this out the hard way.
After constructing a large rainwater collection system at his new dealership to use for washing new cars, Miller found out that the project was actually an “unlawful diversion of rainwater.” Even though it makes logical conservation sense to collect rainwater for this type of use since rain is scarce in Utah, it’s still considered a violation of water rights which apparently belong exclusively to Utah’s various government bodies.
“Utah’s the second driest state in the nation. Our laws probably ought to catch up with that,” explained Miller in response to the state’s ridiculous rainwater collection ban.
Salt Lake City officials worked out a compromise with Miller and are now permitting him to use “their” rainwater, but the fact that individuals like Miller don’t actually own the rainwater that falls on their property is a true indicator of what little freedom we actually have here in the U.S. (Access to the rainwater that falls on your own property seems to be a basic right, wouldn’t you agree?)
Families & Homes The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy…
Andrew, a manager in a large food business in the Midwest, told me about the moral dilemma of employing people who can’t take care of their families even though they are working hard. This was something that he couldn’t pretend was okay. He came to the decision to “do what [he] can” even at the risk of being accused of stealing. “I pad their paychecks because you can’t live on what they make. I punch them out after they have left for a doctor’s appointment or to take care of someone … And I give them food to take home….” He described how it changed his job, tainted it, to be supervising people who couldn’t get by on what he paid them….
Today, one in four U.S. workers earns less than $9 an hour—about $19,000 per year. Thirty-nine percent of the nation’s children live in low-income households. And African-American and Latino families are much more likely to be poor or low-income and are less likely to have assets or home equity to offset low wages.
… when I spoke with Jonathan, a middle-aged “top manager” in a chain of grocery stores in the Midwest. I was asking him about the stresses of running a business that employed lots of low-wage parents. He acknowledged there were plenty. I was getting toward the end of the interview and he seemed to sense that, so he stopped me and asked, “Don’t you want to know what this is doing to me, too?” …
He spoke of parents whom he got to know pretty well, who headed home each week with less than they needed to feed their families. Yes, he said, it is the “going wage”—America’s “market wage”—that doesn’t cover the market cost of basic human needs. Still, it didn’t seem right to Jonathan. He described how it changed his job, tainted it, to be supervising people who couldn’t get by on what he paid them.
Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.
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