When I first heard about the Boston Marathon bombing, I assumed it was likely a case of domestic terrorism.
For the first time since it began quizzing Americans nearly two decades ago, Pew Research Center has found that a majority of Americans feel the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedom.
By Heather Retberg
Imagine leaving the military after a long career, enthusiastically launching a new business, and then, after much business trauma, concluding that the system you spent years defending with your life is corrupt.
“Take peanuts. To be safe, I want them tested as they leave the fields. I want them processed at temperatures high enough to kill salmonella. I want to store them covered so birds can’t contaminate them with their droppings. I want them tested before they are released to stores. These sorts of things will now be law.”
A year ago I summarized the key themes for 2011 as "rising shock events" and "rising stress levels," thanks to highly public raids on food clubs and farms.
First, the Wisconsin prosecutors pursuing raw milk farmer Vernon Hershberger went after jury nullification, and convinced a judge to instruct jurors in his upcoming trial they can't side with the accused farmer if they disagree with the laws he is accused of violating.
The legal situation confronting Michael Schmidt could hardly look more ominous.