Liberty NewsWire Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

A new program in Houston will place undercover TSA agents and police officers on buses whose job it will be to perform bag searches, watch for “suspicious activity” and interrogate passengers in order to ‘curb crime and terrorism’.

Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee unveiled the program, labeled Bus Safe, during a press conference on Friday. According to a Metropolitan Transit Authority of Houston (METRO) press release, agencies involved in the scheme will, “ride buses, perform random bag checks, and conduct K-9 sweeps, as well as place uniformed and plainclothes officers at Transit Centers and rail platforms to detect, prevent and address latent criminal activity or behavior." - Paul Joseph Watson for InfoWars.com.  See full article immediately below.

Individual Liberty

TSA & Travel Freedom:

Infowars.com - Big Sis Launches Undercover TSA Spies To Ride Houston Buses

CNN - Police: Man Strips Naked at Oregon Airport in TSA Protest

War on Drugs:

The Daily Caller – Fort Worth to Ban the Hiring of Smokers?

The Guardian – Did Cartagena Mark the Beginning of the End of the War on Drugs?

Reason - Obama's New Drug Control Report Calls for More Workplace Drug Testing, Nationwide Zero Tolerance Laws, Prescription-Only Ephedrine Products, and the Return of the "Above the Influence" Campaign

Internet Freedom:

The Guardian - Tim Berners-Lee Urges Government to Stop the Snooping Bill

Reason - From Hackers to Slackers: How a Federal Law Can be Used to Prosecute Almost Anyone Who Uses a Computer

Patriot Act/NDAA:

Huffington Post - NDAA Indefinite Detention Provision Sparks Debate In Utah Senate Race


Reason - The Unsavory Alliance of Big Government and Big Pig

Police State:

Reason - Justice for Cisco: A Wrong Door Puppycide in Austin

ABC News - Ex-Reporter Sues After Alleged Police Brutality Deleted Off Camera

Foreign Policy


Washington Post - US, NATO Ready 2013 Plan to Step Back From Frontline Afghanistan Combat, Hand Off to Kabul


The Atlantic - The Iran Hawks' Latest Misleading Meme

Washington Post - The Stage is Set For a Deal with Iran


Foreign Policy - Who Broke Syria? Bashar al-Assad Did.  But the International Community and the Media Made Things Worse

Economic Freedom


Reuters – More U.S. Cities Set to Enter Default Danger Zone


The Daily Caller – Houston Charities Complain: New Law Bans Feeding the Homeless Without Government Permission

WIVB Buffalo News – 15 Day Jail Sentence Over Lockport Sign

CBS Tampa – Florida City Bans Nightlife


Washington Post – District Fires Workers in Unemployment Benefits Probe

Free Trade:

Business Insider – NAFTA and Free Trade Do Not Belong in the Same Sentence

IRS and Taxes:

American Spectator - Marching Toward Taxmageddon



Forbes – Barney Frank: Obamacare Was a ‘Mistake’

Reason - RomneyCare: More Price Controls On the Way?

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