Tag Archives: Jeff Sessions

The police state is in Sessions

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatens to make himself one of the biggest threats to your liberty. President Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General just promised to encourage police departments to seize the personal property (cars, houses, cash) of criminal suspects. The practice is called asset forfeiture.” (07/18/17)


Sessions to law enforcement: Steal everything that isn’t nailed down

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican

“The Justice Department will soon make it easier for local law enforcement to seize cash and property from crime suspects and reap the proceeds, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday. Sessions said a shift will be announced this week that will increase the use of asset forfeiture, especially for drug suspects. The practice has been criticized because it allows law enforcement to take possessions — such as cars and money — without indictments or evidence a crime has been committed.” (07/17/17)


US DoJ defies court deadline to release Sessions’s contacts with Russians

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“In defiance of a court order, the Justice Department is refusing to release part of a security form dealing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ contacts with the Russian government. On June 12, a judge had ordered the agency to provide the information within 30 days, a deadline which passed on Wednesday.” [editor’s note: So throw Sessions in the clink for contempt until it gets done, just like most judges would do with any mere mortal – TLK] (07/13/17)


Sessions wants to revive “DARE” propaganda program

Source: Rolling Stone

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions is advocating to reinstate the D.A.R.E. program, an anti-drug curriculum launched in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department, which has been criticized for being ineffective. … The program is already making a comeback in several communities, according to D.A.R.E.’s website, with Weymouth, MA, and Lake County, FL, among the areas to recently revive the program. Sessions added that the Department of Justice would work together with state and local authorities, along with its enlisting D.A.R.E., to stop drug dealers.” [editor’s note: Whether or not DARE is “effective” is a question of what it’s goals are. Those goals seem to boil down to raising tens of millions of dollars to pay cops to lie to kids. It’s been pretty effective at that; at scaring them into believing the lies, not so much – TLK] (07/12/17)


Sessions’s crusade against marijuana hurts the most vulnerable

Source: Students For Liberty
by Garett Roush

“If Attorney General Jeff Sessions had his way, I would once again be at risk of constant seizures. The former U.S. Senator from Alabama and now the nation’s top cop has started a crusade against states that have allowed access to cannabis for both medicinal and recreational use. As an epileptic, medicinal marijuana has allowed me to stave off seizures after more than 10 months. No longer do I fear an episode and the pain that comes with it. Mr. Sessions must not ignore the medicinal benefits of marijuana in the free market.” (06/28/17)


How drug prohibition fuels American carnage

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“During President Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address, he declared that ‘in this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.’ The populist right would do well to apply that formulation to the street violence associated with the drug trade. The War on Drugs is a decades-old federal effort that has failed as consistently and completely as any government initiative in American history. A generation has passed since National Review declared it irrevocably lost. Yet Attorney General Jeff Sessions, America’s highest-ranking law enforcement official, doesn’t even grasp the most obvious tradeoff that prohibitions are making.” (06/21/17)


Jeff Sessions’s reefer madness

Source: Cato Institute
by Trevor Burrus

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reefer madness. It was revealed this week that Sessions personally asked Congress for the authority to prosecute medical marijuana providers in the 25 states and three additional jurisdictions (D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico) where some form of medical marijuana is legal. Sessions wanted Congress to repeal the broadly supported Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which prohibits the Justice Department from using federal funds to go after medical marijuana providers and users in those states where it has been made legal. Oddly enough, this week is also the 80th anniversary of the House floor vote on the first major piece of federal marijuana legislation, the Marihuana [sic] Tax Act of 1937. That was when the whole country officially caught reefer madness. In the following decades, a series of misguided government policies made the problem worse, and prejudice toward marijuana and myths about the drug still abound.” (06/16/17)


Full text: Sessions Senate testimony transcript

Source: Politico

[editor’s note: As with the similar testimony of former FBI director James Comey, it seems to me that just linking to the transcript makes more sense than trying to find an unbiased account of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s appearance – TLK] (06/13/17)


Sessions agrees to testify about Russia in public hearing

Source: NBC News

“Bowing to pressure from Democrats, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to testify in public Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has scheduled a hearing for 2:30 p.m. … Committee members were taken by surprise by Sessions'[s] letter over the weekend offering to appear before the panel investigating Russian hacking, in lieu of what was to be an open appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee. Subsequent reports suggested the intelligence hearing would happen behind closed doors. … Democrats didn’t want Sessions to use a secret Intelligence Committee hearing to get out of public testimony over the question of his participating in firing FBI Director James Comey, and over whether he had an undisclosed meeting with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S.” (06/12/17)


Sessions to testify before US Senate panel

Source: CNN

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday that he plans to testify before the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday, but it was not immediately clear if he would testify in public or private. The move is a prominent switch from his previous plans to testify publicly on the Justice Department’s budget and puts him more directly in the firing line over questions about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States and a federal investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election. Sessions had been scheduled to testify Tuesday before the House and Senate subcommittees that oversee his department’s budget, but Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will go before them instead, he said Saturday in letters to the chairmen of those subcommittees.” (06/10/17)