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Archive for April 14th, 2010

Video: Police Beat Innocent Man, Manufacture False Charges. More proof that authorities conspire to violate citizen’s rights

Posted by iusbvision on April 14, 2010

We have reported several cases of police brutality with many officers and almost always the stories have one thing in common: a group of officers swear a statement on a report that is a manufactured series of lies.

Let me ask you a question, if you can see how this group of five or six officers all lied on their report to frame the victim; is it so hard to believe that a group of college administrators would manufacture bogus charges and violate students free speech and due process rights?

On campus these conspiracies happen so often that FIRE, the ADF, the ACLU and other groups are threatening legal action or taking legal action against a university in this country almost every week.

Hat Tip CATO Institute.

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Doctor: I feel like when I see a Medicare patient I have the Sword of Damocles hanging over my head.

Posted by iusbvision on April 14, 2010

By the way, did you hear about the lady with cancer that medicare cut off in the middle of treatment because she found  way to get a small amount of extra income?

Smith had gone through six months of radiation and chemotherapy — one week out of every month. She is in remission and had a donor for a transplant; being in remission is a prerequisite for the transplant.

But her hopes of receiving the transplant were dashed in March, when she says, the Social Security Administration contacted her –without her soliciting it — and told her that her three year-old son was entitled to receive Social Security disability payments. Even though she didn’t ask for it, she signed the form and received her son’s first check.

In April, Medicaid canceled her universal health care policy because her income level had risen with her son’s payments – making her ineligible for the insurance program.

The problem is Jackson Memorial Hospital could not provide the procedure because the risk is too high. The universal policy from Medicaid helps shield the hospital from liability in this kind of case. Without it, they are subject to liability issues.

Even though Smith offered to cancel her son’s disability benefits, she was told it’s too late.

Fortunately for Ms. Smith Rush Limbaugh himself interviened to get politicians to reverse the ruling. Can you imagine being a doctor put in this position. Would you want a government you can’t sue and can’t fight controlling your health care? If not for Rush Limbaugh and a few politicians, this woman very well may have died. Is anyone as cold and heartless and a government bureaucrat?


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Temple Student Group Placed on Probation for Inviting FIRE President to Speak

Posted by iusbvision on April 14, 2010

This story is truly incredible. The administration at Temple truly behaves as if they are above the law.

Going out of their way to pick a fight with FIRE is foolish, unless of course the administrators don’t mind being named, publicized and outed as law breakers and rights violators and taxpayer money wasters. Temple likes to push their luck and then pull back at the last second, but it is just a matter of time before they once again find themselves in front of a federal judge.

Read this, it is an incredible story.

By Greg Lukianoff , the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE):

A Temple University student group was notified this morning that it was on probation because of me. Apparently Temple just decided I am either so dangerous or so important that I need security for a lecture on campus tonight (I promise I am neither), but since the group sponsoring me did not request security, it is on probation effective immediately.

Never mind that I’ve given perhaps hundreds of lectures and never needed security except once–when I was on a panel at NYU about the Danish Mohammed cartoons (and frankly, it was the other panelists who needed protection). Never mind that my speech is pretty much just a longer version of the argument I made that I introduced on The Huffington Post, inciting no real controversy. Never mind that I’ve given a very similar lecture on “unlearning liberty” at Stanford and Berkeley to very receptive, calm, and engaged crowds. Given that the speech itself is about how students learn bad lessons about free speech from the bad examples of bureaucrats who over-regulate and too often punish speech they dislike, the irony here passes over into the realm of the surreal.

The administration is arguing that because Temple University Purpose (TUP) checked a box on a form stating that I’m a “VIP,” but did not also make arrangements for security, this is some kind of serious policy violation that deserves probation. And Temple only noticed this today, despite the fact it knew about this event since, at least, February 15th. Another such infraction and the group could lose privileges to host future events, including tomorrow’s event, when Amir Abbas Fakhravar, president of the Confederation of Iranian Students, and Saghar Kasraie, lecture on the Iranian Green Movement.

The TUP leadership has had a lot of trouble finding the actual policy that it supposedly violated. So have we. Since I don’t need security, there was no reason to request it, and the whole matter could have been resolved in an e-mail or phone call rather than the jump to probation (without a hearing or charges, I might add).

What this is really about is not me, but Temple’s unhappiness with TUP bringing other controversial people to campus, particularly Dutch politician Geert Wilders. Temple has continued its arbitrary handling of such events, as we have pointed out as recently as Monday:

Temple unconstitutionally charged the group for extra security after the [Wilders] event, but after FIRE intervened, Temple claimed that it could have charged the group thousands of dollars more. Temple arbitrarily offered to withdraw the extra fee, then unilaterally withdrew it. In its latest letter, Temple merely states that the matter is closed and makes no promise to ensure that controversial but protected speech is not silenced on campus. These actions chill speech at Temple because groups will not want to risk being charged thousands of dollars in fees for similar events.

At any rate, TUP has asked that this crazy probation be lifted. TUP wrote to the administrators in charge today noting that after TUP notified Student Activities about tomorrow’s event with the Confederation of Iranian Students, “there was no notification from anyone in student activities informing me that there needed to be a planning meeting. What would have happened had I not taken the initiative to request [one]?” It seems that the most irresponsible and inconsistent people in this mess are Temple administrators.

And now, with Temple’s treatment of my event, Jason Levy, Temple’s Director of Student Center Operations, has chilled expression even further. I am willing to bet that no other group has been subject to such a strict interpretation of speaker requirements (assuming that these requirements even exist) and has been treated as poorly as TUP, but what student group would want to speak up and risk such pitifully bad treatment?

Or maybe it is me? FIRE put together a broad coalition including the the ACLU of Pennsylvania, Christian Legal Society, Feminists for Free Expression, Student Press Law Center, and David Horowitz’s Students for Academic Freedom to help defeat Temple’s speech code back in 2008. Maybe that is why they think I am bigger deal than I am. Maybe they just don’t like me. Either way, a huge loss to an appeals court on free speech issues should have been a warning to stop these kinds of shenanigans. Temple administrators, please drop the probation against TUP now, and feel free to come to my speech tonight, too, if you like. You might learn something.

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