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September 10, 2011

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Today's Third Rail Topics:

Obama Whitehouse Co-opts the Petitioning Right

Hmmmm, who else has submitted Petitions for Redress of Grievances?

And, the We The People Foundation and Bob Schulz were told by the US Court of Appeals that:

We need not resolve this debate, however, because we must follow the binding Supreme Court precedent. See Tenet v. Doe, 544 U.S. 1, 10-11 (2005). And under that precedent, Executive and Legislative responses to and consideration of petitions are entrusted to the discretion of those Branches.

The judgment of the District Court is affirmed.
So ordered.

ROGERS, Circuit Judge, concurring: The text of the Petition Clause of the First Amendment does not explicitly indicate whether the right to petition includes a right to a response.

Here is the WTP Foundation update about this 2007 ruling by the US Court of Appeals:

And the actual ruling that denied the plaintiffs to go to the Supreme Court to have this first impression case heard, once and for all is found here:

Jacksonville Florida Sheriff's Office Bans Police Scanners from Media

Advice Columnist Threatened with $500K Lawsuit for Blogging That She Claimed TSA Raped Her at an Airport Checkpoint

Amy Alkon, a romance and relationship advice columnist wrote, back in March 2011, about her experience at a TSA checkpoint in Los Angelos.

Since then, she has been accused of libel by the TSA agent whose name she published at her blog.

Letter from the TSA agent's attorney found here:

Ron Paul's American Traveler Dignity Act

Open Congress's web page for Ron Paul's proposed bill HR 6416

The actual PDF of the bill, two pages, courtesy Lew Rockwell's blog ( ):

Amy Alkon Interview with Alex Jones

Open Letter to Scott County Grand Jury

Constitutional Sheriff and Peace Officer Association