In an important judicial ruling that pertains to Americans, but will likely interest readers in other nations, a US Federal Judge ordered the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to obey the US Constitution in its enforcement actions. The first link on this topic is from the USA Today, and the second link is from a report at the website of the American Bar Association (ABA).
US District Judge Otis Wright called a particular ATF practice (which sounds a lot like what used to be called entrapment), “outrageous” for fighting “made-up crime.” In his stinging rebuke of the ATF, Judge Wright wrote: “The time has come to remind the Executive Branch that the Constitution charges it with law enforcement–not crime creation… [this ATF practice] makes the Government the oppressor of its people.” Wow! That is strong language!
In a time when there are growing concerns about the USA’s Executive Branch overstepping its Constitutional authority (i.e. the NSA’s massive “spying on innocent people” program and the ATF’s previous “Fast and Furious” fiasco where the ATF became a gun supplier for Mexican drug gangs), many Americans will cheer the ruling by this Judge that reminds the US Executive agencies that they must obey the US Constitution in their actions. I hope many other Federal Judges read Judge Wright’s decision and apply the same Constitutional standards to all Federal Agency actions. The ATF has long been regarded by many gun-owners in the US as wanting to restrict the 2nd Amendment rights of US citizens to own and use firearms for self-defense purposes as well as hunting. Many US gun-owners will surely cheer this ruling as well to prevent this unconstitutional practice being used against American gun-owners.
Revelation 13 prophesies that an evil global system of government called the “beast” will eventually come into being during the latter days of our age and that it will have the power to control global financial transactions (verses 16-17). The NSA’s global spying program, whatever its original intentions, will likely be used by the beast system to not just monitor, but control the financial activities people of the earth’s nations. It is good to see that there are still some Federal Judges who are acting as “brake pedals” to the steady trend toward Federal Executive Branch over-reach. Any preservation of Constitutional liberties by the Federal Judicial Branch slows the development of the authoritarian beast system and could even limit its ultimate powers.