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Newsmonger: SA man sues feds, state to get God out of court (and off the bills), Real ID wrasslin' continues in D.C., New documents show where DPS wanted drones in South Texas

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Documents from the Federal Aviation Administration, released under a recent Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the feds, provide more insight into the secretive and now-shuttered attempt by the Texas Department of Public Safety to launch small drones, called WASPs, to "support critical law enforcement operations in South Texas."


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“Heavy reliance upon the military to quell lawlessness and directly confront the narcotics syndicates appears to have been largely ineffective — and in some instances to have exacerbated the violence suffered by civilians. … [M]ilitary deployments to combat organized crime have achieved limited success and, in some cases, have led to human rights violations.” — U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations report released last week on Mexico's drug wars

SA man sues feds, state to get God out of court (and off the bills)

David Dornak wants to kick God out of court. Hell, he’d deport Him from the country if he could, for all Judeo-Christian religious belief has done for the county (not to mention the poor and starving of the world, kept poor and starving in part by “well-meaning” self-professed Christians in Congress denying aid for family planning, but don’t get him started). Rather: Do get him started. “I don’t care what you believe, as long as you keep it out of our government, you keep it out of our courts, you keep it off our money,” he said minutes before heading to U.S. District Court to file his lawsuit against the United States of America, the state of Texas, and Bexar County seeking nothing less than an admission that God does not exist.

“Specifically, David Dornak avers that on five separate occasions in both Federal and State Courts his rights have been violated as a direct result of his knowledge that God does not exist,” the suit reads, sure to provide some of the more interesting reading material to cross U.S. District Judge Orlando L. Garcia’s desk this week. “Without this litigation imminent harm will come to other citizens in the United States by the agencies of the Defendants.”

God is adult fiction, akin to Mickey Mouse, but much more dangerous, he says. “As long we allow government to run based on this adult imaginary cartoon, it’s not your government; it’s been stolen.” Evidence of that theft exists in the very existence of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security, he said, in violation of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures. “They use god as a moral precept based on the idea that ‘we’re doing this for the moral good of everyone else.’ Then they create all these agencies that, in fact, the Founding Fathers specifically warned about the idea of federal police.” His suit for declaratory judgement, filed June 11, would require admission that:

  • References to God in a “public context,” ie. on currency or public buildings or in swearing in, is a violation of the First Amendment.
  • That the FBI, Homeland Security, and a number of other federal police agencies are unconstitutional.
  • Property taxes as applied in Texas and Bexar County are unconstitutional.

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