Category Archives: 10th Amendment/States Rights

President Trump signs law restoring states’ right to defund Planned Parenthood

On his first full day of work in the White House on January 23, 2017, a day after the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Trump fulfilled a campaign promise by signing an executive order to defund overseas abortion agencies. {See “Trump fulfills 3 promises in first day of work as POTUS, including defund International Planned Parenthood”)

On April 3, 2017, President Trump put an end to the U.S.’s $75 million funding  of a United Nations abortion agency — the UN Population Fund.

Ten days later on April 13, 2017, President Trump signed into law a joint Congressional resolution, H.J.Res. 43, enabling states to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion mills.

H.J.Res. 43 repeals one of Obama’s last malevolent acts as POTUS.

In December 2016, Obama had bestowed his parting gift to the abortion industry with a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule banning states from withholding Title X federal “family planning” grants to abortion clinics. At the time, HHS explained that the rule was created in reaction to states that tried to stop funding abortion providers.

H.J.Res. 43, that President Trump signed into law, reads:

Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients (81 Fed. Reg. 91852; December 19, 2016), and such rule shall have no force or effect.

On April 14, 2017, speaking for all pro-lifers, Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, said:

“Today we thank President Donald Trump for restoring states’ freedom to direct taxpayer dollars away from abortion providers in favor of supporting community health centers that deliver comprehensive women’s care, and already outnumber abortion providers 20 to 1.”

Applauding H.J.Res. 43, Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser urges Congress to take up more legislation to strip Planned Parenthood and abortion providers of other federal funds like Medicaid reimbursements, and redirect those federal funds to health providers that do not perform abortions.

Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) introduced H.J. Res. 43 to the U.S. House of Representatives, which nullified the HHS rule. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) sponsored H.J. Res. 43 in the Senate. The measure passed the House easily and then narrowly passed the Senate, with Vice President Mike Pence as the tie-breaking vote.

If the Trump administration never does anything else, H.J. Res. 43 alone is a confirmation of the rightness of our votes last November 8 for Trump-Pence.

And don’t let anyone tell you that Republicans are no different from the party of  Demonrats.

~Eowyn

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Tennessee sues federal government over forced refugee ‘resettlement’

The 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

The Obama administration’s dumping of overwhelmingly Muslim “refugees” on states and in so doing, forcing the states to incur financial costs to support the “refugees,” is a contravention of the 10th Amendment. Now, the State of Tennessee is finally doing something about it.

Joel Ebert reports for The Tennessean that yesterday morning, March 13, 2017, Tennessee became the first state in the nation to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement on the grounds of the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Other states have sued the federal government over refugee resettlement but on different legal grounds.

The defendants named in the lawsuit include the U.S. Department of State, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

The 15-page lawsuit:

  • Contends that the federal government has unduly forced states to pay for the refugee resettlement program, and is not complying with the Refugee Act of 1980, which was designed to create a permanent procedure for the admission of refugees into the United States.
  • Maintains that the federal government’s forced resettlement of refugees in Tennessee has led the plaintiffs to “suffer significant and irreparable harm unless this Court intervenes”.
  • Asks the court to force the federal government to stop resettling refugees in Tennessee until all costs associated with the settlement are incurred by the federal government.

The lawsuit also points out that although Tennessee has opted out of the federal refugee resettlement program, the federal government continues to send refugees to Tennessee, and appointed Catholic Charities of Tennessee to administer the program. The refugees forced upon Tennessee requires the state to fund the resettlement with $7 billion from Medicaid, “amounting to 20 percent of its overall state budget — money that is needed to fund services that are critical to the health and welfare of countless Tennesseans.”

The lawsuit was filed by the valiant Thomas More Law Center, a Catholic legal group that has taken on several conservative legal causes in recent years, on behalf of two state lawmakers in the western district of Tennessee: Sen. John Stevens, R-Huntingdon, and Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, R-Lancaster.

State Sen. John Stevens said in a news release:

“The Constitution does not allow the Federal Government to force me as the elected representative of the 24th Senate District to implement federal programs while they sit in Washington insulated from the consequences.”

The state lawmakers filed the lawsuit after Tennessee’s House of Representatives, in April 2016, by a vote of 69-25 approved a resolution directing Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery to sue the feds. In July, however, Slatery indicated he would not follow the Tennessee legislature’s directive to sue the federal government, but he will not stand in the way of hiring an outside firm to initiate the lawsuit.

The usual groups — American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition — have attacked the lawsuit, saying it will negatively affect the state’s refugee community and perpetuate a culture of fear.

Holly Johnson, refugee coordinator for Catholic Charities in Tennessee, disputes the lawsuit’s claim that the state incurs special costs to resettle refugees “because they’re refugees.” Claiming that refugees aren’t “eligible for anything that you and I aren’t eligible for,” Johnson disingenuously argues that:

  • Only if a refugee meets the already existing eligibility requirements for TennCare, then the state may pay that benefit.
  • Or if refugee children need to go to school, the state pays the same for the child’s attendance as anyone else at the school.
  • Any benefits related to employment are paid for by the federal government.

Johnson has a snake tongue. Of course, refugees don’t get benefits BECAUSE they’re refugees. But the fact of the matter is that refugees who require welfare and schooling cost Tennessee additional expenses of at least $7 billion in Medicaid — $7 billion that Tennessee would not spend if the federal government had not unilaterally dumped the refugees into the state.

Johnson also managed to omit the fact that Catholic Charities is paid handsomely by the federal government, i.e., taxpayers, to “resettle” refugees. During the 2016 fiscal year, Catholic Charities “resettled” more than 2,000 refugees in Tennessee, the majority of whom came from countries not included on President Trump’s new travel ban.

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~Eowyn

Betrayal: Inaugural singer Jackie Evancho speaks out against Trump’s repeal of Obama’s tranny bathroom decree

Before she sang the National Anthem at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, 16-year-old “America’s Got Talent” singer Jackie Evancho was a virtual unknown.

Evancho’s career and bank account mightily benefited from her inaugural gig:

  • Her weekly album sales immediately quadrupled for both digital downloads and with retailers.
  • Her album “Someday at Christmas” reportedly had to be restocked twice in local stores.
  • Evancho’s Billboard spot jumped significantly: her “Dream With Me” album and her “O Holy Night” EP shot up to No. 2 on the Billboard charts — the highest spot they’ve ever held.
  • Evancho is the youngest solo artist to ever go platinum.

See “Jackie Evancho’s album sales quadruple after it’s announced she will perform at Trump’s inauguration“.

But now Evancho is speaking out against President Trump’s revoke of Obama’s decree in May 2016 ordering public schools to allow so-called transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their imagined gender.

In so doing, Trump is honoring the Constitution’s 1oth Amendment on states’ rights by returning the matter of access to public bathrooms back to the jurisdiction of the states.

Target's new transgender-friendly bathroom sign

Oli Coleman reports for Page Six that yesterday, Feb. 22, 2017, Evancho — who has a transgender “sister,” Juliet — tweeted her opposition:

“I am obviously disappointed in the @POTUS decision to send the #transgender bathroom issue to the states to decide. #sisterlove.”

“@realDonaldTrump u gave me the honor to sing at your inauguration. Pls give me & my sis the honor 2 meet with u to talk transgender rghts❤.”

Reportedly, Evancho was criticized by trans activists when she signed up for the inaugural gig.

Juliet, Jackie Evancho’s 18-year-old M-to-F “transgender” “sister” whose original name is Jacob, is currently suing “her” Pittsburgh school district over its decision to stop students from using the bathroom that corresponds to their imagined gender.

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~Eowyn

Schools offer how-to guide on embracing transgender students

You WILL accept and conform.

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From NY Post: From locker rooms and sex education classes to dress codes and overnight field trips, many U.S. public schools already are balancing the civil rights of transgender students with any concerns that classmates, parents and community members might have.

The U.S. Department of Education is drawing on those practices to guide other schools as they work to comply with the Obama administration’s directive that transitioning children be treated consistent with their gender identity.

That has been the policy since 2013 of the Arcadia Unified School District in Southern California. As part of a settlement with the federal departments of Justice and Education that became the foundation for the national mandate issued Friday, students may use the bathroom, locker room or wilderness cabin that corresponds with their recognized gender outside school, Superintendent David Vannasdall said.

It does exist: The bi-gender boy who decided everyday which gender he wants to be.

Memo to Mr. Vannasdall: It does exist – the bi-gender boy who decides everyday which gender he wants to be.

“This is absolutely not about a student on a day-to-day basis saying, ‘Today I’m a boy, tomorrow I’m a girl.’ That has never happened,” Vannasdall said. (David apparently hasn’t heard of this bi-gender boy who decides what gender he’ll be when he wakes up for the day.) “By the time these students are at a point where they are asking for our help, they are presenting in all areas of their life as that gender.”

The administration had warned schools before Friday that denying transgender students access to the correct facilities and activities was illegal under its interpretation of federal sex discrimination laws. But the new guidance, for the first time, offers advice for accommodating the privacy needs of nontransgender youngsters.

Citing guidelines adopted by Washington, New York, the District of Columbia and Atherton High School in Louisville, Kentucky, President Barack Obama’s Education Department said schools could erect privacy curtains in changing areas, permit all students to make use of single-stall restrooms or work out other case-by-case arrangements as long as the burden doesn’t rest exclusively on transgender students.

“The concerns for right to privacy and safety of children applies to every single child, including the transgender child,” said Atherton’s principal, Thomas Aberli, who faced community opposition when he first allowed a transgender freshman to use the girls’ restrooms two years ago. Since that first student, about a half-dozen more have come out as transgender, Aberli said.

Asaf Orr, a lawyer who directs the Transgender Youth Project Staff at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said the guidance could help temper the transgender rights backlash that the restroom issue has engendered in states such as North Carolina by showing that minority rights and privacy rights can co-exist if schools respect all students’ need to be comfortable.

At least 13 states and the District of Columbia prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity in schools. Hundreds of school districts, from Anchorage, Alaska, and Tucson, Arizona, to Fairfax County, Virginia and Chicago, have adopted similar protections.

Nearly two dozen state high school sports federations have adopted rules governing the participation of transgender athletes on competitive teams, including the ones in South Dakota, Maryland and Nevada.

In Portland, Oregon, Lincoln High Principal Peyton Chapman recalls the “challenging times” about seven years when a transgender student who identified as female transferred there after being bullied at her previous school. The student made the cheerleading squad and “bathroom and locker rooms became an immediate issue with the cheerleading parents,” she said.

An anti-bullying campaign that focused on the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity diffused the situation, Chapman said. “Some students may be uncomfortable with it, but we can’t let some people’s discomfort violate other people’s civil rights,” she said.

But there was a high level of discomfort as soon as the directive came out, with officials in several states saying they would defy the administration. The rallying cry was against what Mississippi’s Republican governor said was the federal government’s “forcing a liberal agenda on states that roundly reject it.”

While the guidance is not legally binding and the Supreme Court may ultimately decide whether federal civil rights law protects transgender people, schools refusing to comply could face lawsuits from the government and a cutoff of federal aid to education.

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Even in areas of the country where such policies enjoy broad support, putting them into practice can be complicated. The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference allows transgender students to play on teams that match their gender identities. Since the policy took effect in 2013, a few transgender boys have played on boys’ high school teams, said Karissa Niehoff, the group’s executive director.

Niehoff said that since the state has a policy prohibiting boys from playing on girls’ teams, a transgender girl would be allowed to play on a girls’ team, but not a boys’ team. She said students are allowed to establish eligibility to compete under a different gender once during their school careers to prevent players from bouncing between teams.

So far, there have been no complaints, she said. “But had somebody said to us, ‘Hey, you have a transgender playing on the team and we think there is a physical disadvantage, well we support that student,” she said.

Boston’s public schools require staff members to use the names and pronouns requested by students, change school records to reflect them and acknowledge they’ve read the district’s policy regarding transgender students, according to Steven Chen, the senior equity manager.

But sometimes there are mistakes. “If you’ve known a student for the first three years as one name and one pronoun, and then in year four the student has a different name and a different pronoun, I think just naturally you might make a mistake,” he said. “Honest mistakes are much different than affirmatively saying, ‘I’m not going to support my students on this.’”

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Police shot Oregon protester Lavoy Finicum 3 times in back

Last December, Ammon Bundy and armed militia members gathered in Burns, Oregon (about 280 miles southeast of Portland), to protest the jailing of local ranchers, father and son Dwight and Steven Hammond, for lighting fires on federal properties in 2001 and 2006 in order to scale back invasive plants and to protect their private lands from wildfires. (Ammon is the son of Nevada rancher Clive Bundy who had an armed standoff with federal authorities in 2014 over grazing rights. That matter was settled peacefully, after the Bureau of Land Management backed off and left the scene.)

After a peaceful rally in Burns, Ammon Bundy and the militia protesters took over a facility at the Mahleur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns.

On January 27, 2016, the feds put an end to the standoff by shooting dead Robert “LaVoy” Finicum multiple times at close range, and arresting other protesters, including:

  • Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox and Ryan Waylen Payne, who were arrested at a traffic stop on their way from Burns, Oregon, to a community meeting with ranchers in John Day, Oregon.
  • Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy (Captain O.) and Peter Santilli, who were arrested in Burns.
  • Jon Ritzheimer reportedly turned himself into police in Peoria, Arizona.

(See “Oregon Standoff: Militia man killed; others asked to sign talent releases” and “FBI arrests Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, ending Oregon standoff“.)

Yesterday, March 9, 2016, county prosecutors ruled the killing of Finicum “justified and necessary” despite the fact he had been shot three times in the back.

Below is a tweet, by RT anchor/correspondent Simone del Rosario, of an autopsy report’s sketch showing three gun wounds on Finicum’s back:

autopsy report of Lavoy Finicum showing 3 gun wounds on back

Here are excerpts from Les Zeitz’s report for The Oregonian/Oregon Live of the dramatic events that led to Finicum’s death:

As Robert “Lavoy” Finicum powered his Dodge pickup over Devine Summit on the state highway north of Burns, he spotted the police van idling on a U.S. Forest Service road.

Finicum glanced over at the state trooper in the driver’s seat as he went past.

He pointed a finger at him, as if to say “I see you” and kept going.

That likely was the moment Finicum realized he and his group wouldn’t make the community meeting planned that evening in John Day.

Less than 30 minutes later, Finicum was dead and four other leaders of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover were in handcuffs.

Police knew the leaders planned to travel to John Day in Grant County to the north on the only direct highway there – U.S. 395.

They devised a traffic stop by state troopers to allow FBI agents to arrest the group on federal conspiracy charges. By midday, some members of the arresting team positioned themselves on Forest Service Road 2820, which branches east off the state highway toward a snow park near the summit of Devine Ridge. Another team set up roughly two miles north on the highway, prepared to act as a roadblock.

“The sheriff is waiting for us,” Finicum yelled out the driver’s window to the officers and agents staged behind his truck.

He puts his hands out the window and invited police to shoot.

“Back down or you kill me now,” he said.

He repeated twice more that he was going to meet the sheriff.

Ryan Bundy, 43, of Mesquite, Nevada, seated behind Finicum with a .38-caliber pistol and two rifles within reach, yelled out the window: “Who are you?”

Finicum echoed him. “Yeah, who are you?”

“Oregon State Police” came the reply.

“I’m going over to meet the sheriff in Grant County,” Finicum said.

Police continued demanding Finicum turn off the truck and surrender, according to officer statements to investigators. But they didn’t move against those in the truck as they waited for a trooper posted at McConnell’s Jeep to bring a launcher with multiple pepper spray rounds.

Those in the truck talked about what to do next.

“If we duck and you drive, what are they going to do?” [Shannon] Cox asked Finicum. “Try to knock us out?”

He noted they still had “50 ass miles” to go to reach John Day. He turned up the volume on country music that had been playing on the radio.

“Who can we call?” Bundy asked.

“Sheriff Palmer,” Finicum responded.

As Bundy and Cox tried to get a cell signal, Finicum continued yelling at police.

“You want a blood bath?” he asked. “I’m going to be laying down here on the ground with my blood on the street or I’m going to see the sheriff.

[…] Finicum instantly stepped out of the truck, his hands out to his sides at about shoulder height. Investigators concluded that an FBI agent on the highway clipped off two shots, one that went wild and one that pierced the truck roof and shattered the left rear passenger window. A shell fragment struck Bundy in the shoulder.

The trooper who had made it to the tree line had drawn his revolver and now commanded Finicum to get on the ground.

“Go ahead and shoot me,” Finicum said.

“Get on the ground,” the trooper yelled back.

Finicum continued yelling “Shoot me” and “You’re going to have to shoot me.”

He turned his attention from the trooper in the woods to two troopers coming up behind him, including the one who had fired at the truck. As Finicum shifted direction, the trooper in the woods holstered his gun and drew out his Taser X2, which can be effective from 25 feet but works best at about 15 feet.

Finicum at least twice reached with his right hand toward the inside of his left jacket, where he had a loaded Ruger SR9 semi-automatic pistol that had been a gift from his stepson.

He then turned back toward the trooper approaching with the Taser. He again reached for his jacket.

“It was consistent with drawing a handgun,” the trooper with the Taser told investigators. “He’s going for a gun and I can tell you right now, uh, I was very uncomfortable.”

He continued ordering Finicum to stop.

“He had the drop on me at this point,” the trooper said.

One of the troopers who had been coming up behind Finicum saw the same motion – “consistent with grabbing a firearm” is how he described it to investigators.

“I need to take action to stop him from being a threat” to the trooper with the Taser, he later told investigators.

He fired two rounds, both striking Finicum in the back. At the same instant, another trooper nearby fired a single round into Finicum’s back.

[…] Fifty seconds after Finicum left his truck, the shooting was over.”

You can hear and see Finicum yelling to the police in the video below of cell phone footage from inside Finicum’s truck (lower left corner) synced with aerial footage taken by the FBI. Finicum was in the driver’s seat, while Ryan Bundy, Victoria Sharp and Shauna Cox were in the back seat.

Do you think Finicum had goaded police to shoot him? Was shooting him in the back justified? How could the police have de-escalated the situation?

H/t ZeroHedge

~Eowyn

FBI arrests Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, ending Oregon standoff

Wills Robinson reports for the Daily Mail, Feb. 10, 2016, that the 41-day Oregon standoff is over.

Cliven Bundy

Cliven Bundy

On January 26, 2016, the FBI had arrested Ammon Bundy who had led the standoff.

On Wednesday evening, Feb. 10, the FBI arrested Ammon’s father, 74-year-old Cliven Bundy, after he landed in Portland International Airport, on his way to join the militia.

Cliven Bundy was booked into jail, but the FBI would not officially confirm why. The Nevada rancher is set to face charges stemming from another confrontation with federal officials in 2014 over grazing rights, which ended with federal agents backing down in the face of about 1,000 armed militiamen.

Bundy militia vs. the federal government's BLM

Bundy militia vs. the federal government’s BLM

The next morning, on February 11, 2016, the last four armed occupiers who have been at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon since January 2, turned themselves in after a tense stand-off that was live-streamed. Nevada legislator Michele Fiore had intervened, praying with and urging the remaining protesters to come out alive. At 8 a.m., the holdouts agreed to give themselves up to the FBI, while insisting “we’re not surrendering.”

David Fry

David Fry, 27, was the last holdout after three of his counterparts had abandoned the compound. On the live streaming, Fry sounded increasingly unraveled as he yelled, at times hysterically, at what he said was an FBI negotiator.

Fry said, “You’re going to hell. Kill me. Get it over with. The only way we’re leaving here is dead or without charges.”

He contemplated suicide, then demanded pizza before giving himself up.

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~Eowyn

Oregon Standoff: Militia man killed; others asked to sign talent releases

Last December, Ammon Bundy and armed militia members gathered in Burns, Oregon (about 280 miles southeast of Portland), to protest the jailing of local ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond. (Ammon is the son of Nevada rancher Clive Bundy who had an armed standoff with federal authorities in 2014 over grazing rights. That matter was settled peacefully, after the Bureau of Land Management backed off and left the scene.)

Dwight Hammond, 73, and his son, Steven, 46, are due to go to jail for 5 years for lighting fires on federal properties in 2001 and 2006 in order to scale back invasive plants and to protect their private lands from wildfires.

After a peaceful rally in Burns, Ammon Bundy and the militia took over a facility at the Mahleur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns.

Yesterday, matters between the militia and the feds took an ugly turn.

As reported by Vicky Davis for TVOI (The Voice of Idaho) News, Jan. 27, 2016, five militia men were arrested at a traffic stop, on their way from Burns, Oregon, to a community meeting with ranchers in John Day, Oregon. The five are Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox and Ryan Waylen Payne. Additionally, two others were arrested in Burns: Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy (Captain O.) and Peter Santilli. Another man, Jon Ritzheimer, reportedly turned himself into police in Peoria, Arizona.

But a militia man named Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was “murdered in cold blood,” shot multiple times at close range. A source told TVOI that “LaVoy was not resisting but was dragged out of a vehicle.”

Here’s a video of Finicum:

And here’s the complete video footage of a joint FBI and Oregon State Police traffic stop and OSP officer-involved shooting of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The footage has been edited only to blur out aircraft information. It was taken by the FBI on 01/26/2016 and released by the FBI on 01/28/2016. Note regarding date/time stamp in the left corner of video: Pilots use Zulu Time, also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), when they fly. Zulu time is eight hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST). Therefore, although this footage was taken on January 26, 2016 in Oregon, the date/time stamp on the video shows just after midnight January 27, 2016. (H/t FOTM reader gamegetterII):

To add to the confusion in Oregon, a fascinating exchange was captured by the live video feed of the standoff.

Beginning at the 1:20 mark of the video below, you’ll hear the following exchange:

Voice of Man #1: “Hey guys. Can I get you guys to sign talent releases?”

Voice of Man #2 (member of militia): “Say what?”

Man #1: “Talent releases. I must get you guys to sign off.”

Man #2: “What is that?”

At which point, a man rushed up to the camera to turn off the live feed.

Talent release forms are an essential tool for movie and music makers.

Caleb Ward of PremiumBeat, “a curated royalty free music website,” explains:

“a talent release form gives you the right to distribute a film with an actor’s likeness. Without a talent release form your production could be at a legal risk and you could potentially get sued!”

As explained by maggie of Still Motion, a website of and for filmmakers, talent release forms are contractual agreements with actors — “pieces of paper that serve to legally cover your butt” because “If you don’t have them sign a release, you have no right to use the footage should they want to have it removed for whatever reason.”

By signing a talent release form, the signer:

  • “Waives their right to approve or disapprove of the finished product.
  • Acknowledges that the production/company is conducted professionally.
  • Acknowledges that they’re over 18.
  • Confirms that they’re not breaching another contract by participating in your film.”

Here’s an example of a standard talent release form:

Talent release form

The militia in Oregon are not professional actors, so why are they asked to sign talent releases?

Is there an innocent explanation for this? Is a documentary team filming the standoff?

H/t MHB commenter Michael K.

UPDATE (Jan. 30, 2016):

Writing for HenryMakow.com, someone named James Farganne offers an explanation for the talent release. He claims that crisis actors, including a 27-year-old named David, are posing as militia members and are live-streaming “a parallel ‘militia encampment’ in Burns, run by the FBI. However, it must be said that is Farganne’s speculation. (H/t FOTM‘s Lana)

~Eowyn