Category Archives: Constitution

Rule of Law vs Rule of Whim, Continued

Rule of Law vs Rule of Whim?

Harkening back to previous comments about the difference between the Rule of Law and the Rule of a Whim ( http://rights.com/2000/11/20/the-rule-of-law-or-the-rule-of-whim/ ) Federal district judge James Robart of Seattle’s recent ruling embodies the difference between the rule of law and the rule of whim.

Federal immigration law, Section 1182(f), could not be clearer:

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

When the judiciary ignores the law, the meaning of the “law” is lost. We are then no longer a country of laws, not men, we are a country of men’s whims, not law.

COOK: No one should have to decide between privacy or security. We should be smart enough to do both

APPLE’s Tim Cook: “Do we want our nation to be secure? Of course. No one should have to decide between privacy or security. We should be smart enough to do both. Both of these things are essentially part of the Constitution.”

None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information. This is a basic human right.

“I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.” “None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information. This is a basic human right. We all have a right to privacy. We shouldn’t give it up. We shouldn’t give in to scare-mongering.”

Tim Cook, Apple CEO, September 2014 and 2015

Caldwell Idaho Police don’t like being videotaped harass cyclists

Caldwell Idaho Police don’t like being videotaped and then state “You don’t have any legal rights now because right now you just broke the law,” the officer replies. The department is now investigating.

This recording is a little over two minutes, the full 20 minute recording has not been released in order to prevent the police from falsifying their reports around the video.

Robert F Kennedy Jr takes the hypocritic oath at Climate Rally

Robert F Kennedy Jr takes the hypocritic oath at Climate Rally. His motto seems to be, it all starts with someone else.

Michelle Fields interviews Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at the ‘People’s Climate March’ in New York City and asked him a few questions about his own carbon footprint and whether he would be willing to change it before forcing everyone else to it through the power of government. His answer, that he wouldn’t do so, is quite illustrative:

The hypocritic oath seems to be: first claim what you are doing is harmful, then expect someone else fix it so you can keep doing what you want.

 

Clemson required students to submit sexual history or face disciplinary action. HIPAA Violation?

Clemson University required students to submit sexual history or face disciplinary action. One questions the HIPAA compliance for the survey when student names are linked to sexual history. What protections are in place to comply with HIPAA? How long have those protections been in place?

Requests for comments from Clemson about the HIPAA compliance for this program have not been answered.

You can read more about the potential penalties for HIPAA violations here.