Thomas Jefferson’s involvement in a crime reform bill in Virginia included castration as a punishment.
The CIA reveals how the deployment of the revolutionary U-2 aircraft practically single-handedly fueled the hysteria over UFOs during the Cold War.
HAWAII — Islanders suffered under nearly three years of martial law from 1941-1944; so oppressive that it was later described by a federal judge as a “military dictatorship.” All manner of civilian liberties were replaced by oppressive military orders enforced by American soldiers.
MUNCIE, IN — In 1893, an outbreak of smallpox caused public health officials to take drastic, draconian measures to prevent the spread of disease. The unpopular, violent quarantine that followed provides a memorable case study of the failings of forcible mandatory quarantine of a city.
On July 31st, 2014, President Obama expanded the list of communicable diseases for which the federal government is prepared to institute a forcible quarantine; suspending civil rights, restricting movement, and involuntarily detaining individuals — perhaps indefinitely.
In 1979, a Miami schoolteacher and his family suffered a brutal beating when police raided the wrong address looking for ‘dope’ suspects.
WASHINGTON, DC — This archive photograph shows a police officer with a tape measure forcibly ensuring that women comply with a local government-imposed dress code. Rules of the day required that bathing suits have a mandated length; no further than six inches from the knee. Fashion cops trolled the beaches and boardwalks, prepared to use their badges to administer public modesty.
ELDORADO, TX — An anonymous hoax phone call alleging child abuse prompted a massive show of force upon a small religious community. Armed with automatic weapons, SWAT teams, helicopters, and an armored personnel carrier, a paramilitary police force descended upon the the peaceful, cooperative community, prepared to treat everyone as guilty until proven innocent. What happened next was the largest child custody action in Texas state history, resulting in the forceful separation of over 400 children from their families.
History is rife with examples of gun confiscations. This article will analyze America’s history of mass gun grabs and examine how they are likely to occur in the future.
A distinguished member of the U.S. Supreme Court gave a sobering reminder of how history can and likely will repeat itself when the conditions are right. Justice Antonin Scalia said that he would not be surprised if Americans were once again imprisoned in concentration camps by the federal government.
Aside from the ignorance and apathy of American voters, the biggest enabler of the American police state is the central bank, which provides limitless cash supplies to the government. December 23rd marks the 100th anniversary of this bank, called the Federal Reserve (or “the Fed”). This historic anniversary is no reason to celebrate; rather it is time we reflect on the practically invisible, yet unimaginably devious system which has been robbing Americans for the last century.
America’s War on Alcohol infamously gave rise to organized crime, widespread violence, and rampant corruption — and that’s just speaking of the government. One forgotten aspect of the prohibition era was the government’s disturbing and deliberate efforts to poison people who broke the law.
Health care costs have spiraled out of control for over a century. The common American can no longer afford to purchase even the most basic of care, out-of-pocket. Each and every legislative attempt to correct it has accomplished the opposite. An examination of the history of American health care helps to diagnose the real disease: Too much government.
Our government is nearly 17 trillion dollars in debt (put another way, 1 trillion is a million million or a thousand billion) and yet Obama and other representatives of the military industrial complex (that Eisenhower warned us about) want to get involved in yet another war with a foreign country that never attacked us or threatened our freedom in any way. Our government’s obsession of meddling in the affairs of other nations rarely ends well, and though the arms industry may profit from unnecessary wars, these foreign conflicts do not benefit our country as a whole — especially not the taxpayers. Quick to assume the moral high ground, the U.S. government depends on citizens’ foreign policy amnesia regarding its own use of chemical weapons. The only thing more maddening than America’s insistence to go to war, is its hypocrisy in doing so.