Speech: "Habeas Corpus:
A Double-Edged Sword?"
by Anthony Gregory
Saturday, May 17, 2014
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Peace Rescource Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside
MC: Tom Lee
Free to the public
The writ of Habeas Corpus is a judicial procedure that in theory supposed to require a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court. However, in practice this requirement is not always imposed. Habeas corpus is a summons with the force of a court order that guarantees against any detention that is forbidden by law. This judicial principle is considered the cornerstone of individual liberty and a free society.
But ordinary citizens are not the only ones who have used this principle. Historically, amoral leaders and unethical governments have used habeas corpus for their own nefarious ends. Why and how this has happened is the subject of Anthony Gregory’s speech.
BIO: Anthony Gregory is the Gilbert I. Collins Fellow at the Independent Institute and the author of the book The Power of Habeas Corpus in America: From the King's Prerogative to the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He appears in the Institute's Independent Watch videos and blogs regularly at The Beacon.
He has written articles for The Atlantic, Washington Times, Bloomberg Business Week, Christian Science Monitor, San Diego Union Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Huffington Post, American Conservative, Human Events, Counterpunch, Antiwar.com, LewRockwell.com, Mises.org, The Freeman, Liberty, Reason.com, Future of Freedom Foundation, The Independent Review, and Journal of Libertarian Studies. He earned his B.A. in American history at the University of California at Berkeley.
This speech is sponsored by Libertarians for Peace of Monterey County, a member of the Peace Coalition of Monterey County. Other sponsors: Sam Adams Forum, Libertarian Party of Monterey County. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.montereycountyLP.org
The Libertarian Part of Monterey County executive committee has voted to oppose Measure O, which proposes a government takeover by eminent domain of Cal Am’s water business. Not only is the state a coercive monopoly, it is also an extremely inefficient one. And that is because government has no reason to succeed since it cannot legally fail. Worse, state endeavors are often rewarded with more money and power if they perform poorly. In fact, I coined an aphorism to describe this phenomenon: “Government succeeds by failing.”
And that is what will happen if the government takes control of Cal Am. It is bad enough that Cal Am is a state-sanctioned monopoly, but a complete government monopoly is the epitome of a non-competitive process. If people want lower water rates, they need more competition, not less. That could be accomplished by allowing easy access to Cal Am water pipe infrastructure by smaller water companies.
One good example to cite is the city of Lubbock, Texas, where citizens have the choice of electric utility providers, resulting in some of the lowest electricity costs in the state of Texas. Competition always works; monopolies do not, especially those owned and operated by a government entity.
Measure O will allow the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) to use eminent domain to seize the local water company. This is the type of tactic that Mussolini used in Italy in the 1930s, nationalized fully three-fourths of Italian businesses by 1935. We don’t need more government monopolies. We don’t need Italian Fascism. Vote NO on Measure O on June 3, 2014.
Sat., March 29, 2014
From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Marina Branch Library:
190 Seaside Cir., Marina, CA 93933
Discussion afterwards led by Mark Carbonaro, Manager of KION-1460 AM Radio Station. Free to the public. You can bring food.
This Oscar-winning thriller (Best Foreign Language Film, 2006) tells the erotic story of an East German couple whose every intimate moment is being monitored by the Secret Police hoping to learn information that could destroy their lives.
This first-rate thriller, like Bertolucci's The Conformist and Coppola's The Conversation, opts for character development over car chases. The place is East Berlin, the year is 1984, and it all begins with a simple surveillance assignment: Capt. Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe in a restrained, yet deeply felt performance), a Stasi officer and a specialist in this kind of thing, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch, Black Book), a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck, Mostly Martha). Though Dreyman is known to associate with the occasional dissident, like blacklisted director Albert Jerska (Volkmar Kleinert), his record is spotless. Everything changes when Wiesler discovers that Minister Hempf (Thomas Thieme) has an ulterior motive in spying on this seemingly upright citizen. In other words, it's personal, and Wiesler's sympathies shift from the government to its people--or at least to this one particular person…, The Lives of Others is always elegant, never confusing. It's class with feeling. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Liberty Movie Night is sponsored by the Libertarian Party of Monterey County and co-sponsored by Libertarians for Peace.
L.K. Samuels, author of In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics and Human Action.
Sat., April 19, 2014
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
MC: Prof. David Henderson
Location: Peace Resource Center,
1364 Fremont Blvd, Seaside.
Free to the public
Since the end of World War II, the conventional view held by most historians concerning Mussolini’s political and social creed was that he exhibited features that would place him on the right side of the political spectrum. But this view has come under closer scrutiny in recent years. A number of historians argue that fascism is a doctrine which mixes the philosophies of the left and right into a confusing maze. The question becomes: what was Italian Fascism, where did it originate, and what did Benito Mussolini say and do that might clear up this controversy.
BIO: L.K. Samuels is author of the newly published book In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics Economics and Human Action. He is editor and a contributing author of Facets of Liberty, an anthology of political and economic writings from 1969 to 2009. His historical novel about 17th Century Ireland – Ferret: The Reluctant King -- won "Honorable Mention" at the East of Eden Writers Conference held in Salinas in 2002. He is co-chair with David Henderson of Libertarians for Peace of Monterey County, which is a member of the local Peace Coalition. Winner of the 2007 Karl Bray Memorial Award, he was elected chair of the Project Area Committee (PAC) in 2008, a citizens committee to advise the Seaside Redevelopment Agency and the city of Seaside on eminent domain issues. Visit his website at www.lksamuels.com. His Wikipedia page is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.K._Samuels.
And how to take it back!
Dan Johnson, Founder of People Against the NDAA (PANDA)
Thur., March 20, 2014
6:00 PM Dinner/Social Hr., 7:00 PM Speech
LOCATION: Travelodge Monterey Bay
Oh! Sushi Japanese Restaurant -- Conference room,
2030 North Fremont St., Monterey.
- Speech Free to the public
Dan Johnson is 20 years old, founder of People Against the NDAA (PANDA), and a nationally renowned writer and speaker. He founded PANDA in January 2012, and it has since become the largest Anti-NDAA organization in America, introducing or pushing over 18 pieces of state and numerous pieces of local anti-NDAA legislation. A grassroots, nonpartisan, nonviolent organization, PANDA assists groups across the political spectrum united to prevent the laws of war from being used here in the United States, or on American citizens anywhere in the world.
Dan has written for several publications, including the Huffington Post, Policy Mic, Occupy.com, and Western Journalism. He has spoken at PAUL Fest, Libertopia, the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Convention, and at dozens of peace organizations and tea parties.
About the 2012 NDAA: Signed into law on December 31st, 2011 by President Barack Obama, the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act allows the President, at his discretion, to order any person, including an American citizen, to be indefinitely detained without a charge or trial. PANDA’s website is http://pandaunite.org/
Sponsored by: Libertarians for Peace of Monterey County, a member of the Peace Coalition of Monterey County, Sam Adams Forum, FED-UP of Monterey County and the Libertarian Party of Monterey County. For more information email to email@example.com or 831-238-5058
Statement from Geoffrey J. Neale, chair, Libertarian National Committee, in response to President Barack Obama's announced plan for minor reforms of NSA mass surveillance:
"Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of the rights of its citizens, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it. And, make no mistake, our governments — federal, state, and local — have all become injurious to the rights of citizens.
"Barack Obama today delivered a speech that promised next to nothing. He promised that 'greater safeguards for civil liberties' will be enacted, and that steps will be taken to rein in the worst of the NSA surveillance abuses.
"But government cannot be reined in. Once it has power, it seeks more. Once it has information, it keeps it — and often tells us that it didn't keep it (such as the records of gun purchases run through the NICS system) even though it really did — and then it wants more. It is the nature of the beast; everything it thinks it can use, it stuffs into its gaping, insatiable maw.
"There is already a list of 'safeguards,' and they are mentioned specifically in the Constitution. If the supreme law of the land is 'just a piece of paper,' what other 'safeguards' will keep millions of bureaucrats from breaking the law further?
"The only way to limit government intrusion into our lives is to eliminate the functions that have little to do with defending individual rights within our borders. If government were restricted only to acting on its one legitimate function — protecting individual rights — 95 percent of government operations would cease to exist. And Edward Snowden would have had little incentive to break the news on the government's rampant criminality.
"Edward Snowden should be granted a full pardon and complete immunity from prosecution. The government's ire should instead be turned toward prosecuting the millions of bureaucrats who have violated both their oaths of office, statute law, and even the Constitution itself.
"A non-interventionist nation at peace with the world doesn't need a worldwide security apparatus. A nation that doesn't meddle in conflicts around the world doesn't need a two-ocean Navy, or thousands of nuclear weapons, or gargantuan stockpiles of chemical and biological agents. A nation that stays out of foreign conflicts is less likely to be a target of terrorists. And a nation like that doesn't need to spy constantly on its own citizens."
Libertarian Party of Monterey County
-- Free Pizza -- (Wed., Feb. 12, 2014)
Our annual meeting will be Wednesday February 12 at Roundtable Pizza in Seaside (1717 Fremont). At about 5:30 we will be served pizza and beer (salads and other things are available for individual purchase). After eating and socializing, there will be a short business meeting with elections and discussion of our 2014 activities. Vice President John Guido will report on our new website and the $17,991 we spent in 2013.
Be prepared to support the county party by renewing your annual dues. You might also consider running for office in our small-but-mighty group! The Libertarian Party of California Convention will be in Visalia March 28-30 (http://ca.lp.org/2014-convention). The National LP will hold its bi-annual convention in Ohio June 26-29. Our 2/12 meeting will get you on track to attend both of those exciting events.
The meeting will be followed by fellowship and free debate for as long as the beer holds out. I hope to see you there Wednesday!
Sincerely, Jane Heider
Secretary, LP of Monterey County
President Barack Obama and the Democrats and Republicans in Congress, reeling from low voter-approval ratings, are anxious to cut a budget deal that takes the heat off of both parties yet keeps their special interest masters content.
"While people are busy preparing for the holidays, now's a great time, they figure, to jam more government overspending and tax increases on the American people, just as they did earlier this year," said Geoffrey J. Neale, chair of the Libertarian Party.
Last January — while Americans were watching New Year's Day parades, cheering for football teams, and recovering from hangovers — Congress passed a bill to hike the Social Security payroll tax, costing the average American taxpayer $800 every year. In addition, they hiked taxes on estates, incomes, health care, and businesses.
Now leading Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. House, with nods from Senate leaders and the president, have cut a tentative deal to:
- continue to add nearly $1 trillion yearly to the $17.2 trillion national debt;
- lock in funding for job-killing, life-threatening Obamacare;
- add another $60 billion in new federal spending for special interests, including defense contractors and federal government retirees;
- eliminate much of their celebrated "sequester," a pathetically small reduction in future government overspending;
- and raise taxes, including an increase in TSA fees that they will tack onto the cost of airline tickets.
"Why not grab every tax dollar they can, they figure, and nail down a budget during the holidays that will avoid the backlash of a possible government ‘shutdown' in January?" Neale asked.
"Why not pass a two-year — rather than a one-year — budget deal, Democrats and Republicans figure, so they don't have to deal with prickly budget negotiations next fall, right before many of them are up for reelection?" he continued.
High government overspending is killing the economy, killing jobs, and devaluing the dollar — along with the savings and earnings of every American.
High taxes, including the hidden tax of inflation that results from Democrats' and Republicans' deficit spending, is depleting Americans' wealth and is sending more American jobs overseas.
Republicans who pretend to oppose Obamacare are letting it fly, refusing to defund it. If left unchecked, Obamacare will force more small businesses to close; bar Americans from needed health care, leaving diseases untreated; raise health insurance premiums; and raise out-of-pocket costs. The unaffordable burdens of Obamacare may well deal the final, fatal blow to America's status as the world's leading economy.
"An outrage" does not begin to describe the level of wanton, self-serving, fiscally irresponsible, and heartless behavior of today's Democratic and Republican politicians in Congress," Neale said. "There is only one way to stop them from destroying the economy: Vote Libertarian."
The Libertarian Party of Monterey County has taken the following positions on local ballot measures:
No on Measure M
Yes on Measure K
Please read the following articles for additional information and reasoning.
By Lawrence Samuels
Letter to the Editor-- Monterey Herald
Posted: 10/6/13 Monterey Herlad
The “To the heart of Fort Ord measures” article by the Herald was interesting but failed to mention that the supporters of Measure M have broken the intent of the Monterey County's General Plan agreement. Environmentalists, developers and other groups came together and decided that any new development would be limited to Fort Ord and in and around cities. The rest of Monterey County's unincorporated land was severely restricted, making it nearly impossible to subdivide, and therefore unavailable to development.
With the opening of the Fort Ord National Monument, around 70 to 75 percent of the former military base is now permanent open space. For an area that was supposed to accommodate most of the new construction in the county, very little of the Fort Ord land remains available to provide job growth and new housing. This was not the plan agreed upon by all parties not long ago.
The question now becomes this: since Measure M leaders have broken this agreement, does this mean that all of Monterey County should be reopened to all kinds of development?
By MARY ANN LEFFEL and PHYLLIS MEURER
Guest commentary-- Monterey Herald
Common sense. Balance. Rationality. Sadly, these have all been in short supply from one side of the discussion about the future of Fort Ord.
Measure M is neither rational, logical nor balanced and should be rejected by voters.
• Some 21,000 acres of Fort Ord's total of 28,000 acres are permanent open space. Is that really not enough for hiking and biking? Should another 540 acres in the middle of an area always planned for economic redevelopment be put off limits?
• The Fort Ord Base Reuse Plan, adopted in 1997 and reassessed in 2012, was put into place following years of open public meetings and hearings and full environmental review. The Sierra Club supported the adoption of the plan and signed a legal agreement saying so.
• The Fort Ord Reuse Plan is balanced. About 21,000 acres are permanently preserved open space. About 2,300 acres are for educational institutions. About 3,340 acres are for economic revitalization and job creation.
• Without the planned reuse of the 3,340 acres for economic redevelopment and the development fees to be paid by that development, there will not be adequate funds to clean up the remaining blight at Fort Ord. Measure M throws the entire base reuse plan out of balance.
• The language of Measure M is vague and there is wide agreement that years of expensive wrangling and litigation will likely follow if Measure M is approved.
• Full access from the beach to the new Fort Ord National Monument is guaranteed by the base reuse plan. Any development on the 540 acres covered by M — or anywhere else — is required to provide this access.
• Most of the Fort Ord area that has old concrete paving or old Army buildings — the "blight" — is under the control of CSU Monterey Bay and is not part of the 3,340 acres identified for economic revitalization.
• The successful completion of the veterans cemetery and Monterey Peninsula College's public safety training facility of about 200 acres are thrown into question by Measure M's vague language regarding legal land uses and roads.
• Backers of Measure M have filed numerous lawsuits against implementation of the adopted base reuse plan and have made numerous public statements and postings objecting to the location of the veterans cemetery and the MPC public safety facility. Now they want voters to believe they have changed their minds. Have they?
The bottom line:
About 21,000 acres of permanently protected open space are there now. Monterey County needs jobs. The recent Applied Development Economics study said Measure M would cause a loss of 20,000 jobs. Everyone has agreed that 3,300 acres of Fort Ord should be available for job creation. Measure M would change all that.
Measure M's vague language and its backing by no-growth organizations should cause voters great concern. It is bad public policy.
This piece was written by two local citizens who agree that balance and common sense lead to the best decisions. One of us is a Republican, one a Democrat; one is a former elected city council member, one is a private sector and business professional; one is a 45-year member of the Sierra Club, one is president of the Monterey County Business Council; one lives in Salinas, one in Monterey. If we can agree on this, we believe voters will too.
We agree that Measure M is a threat to healthy economic revitalization. It is an overzealous attempt to stop long-planned economic redevelopment and job creation on the 12 percent of Fort Ord set aside for that purpose. Environmental protection is important.
Twenty-one thousand acres of open space is real environmental protection.
Vote no on Measure M and preserve rational and balanced reuse of Fort Ord.
Mary Ann Leffel lives in Monterey and is president of the Monterey County Business Council. Phyllis Meurer is a former Salinas City Council member and Sierra Club member.