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Title: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on July 12, 2012, 10:10:06 am
Brutal Gestapo Tactics Are Being Used Against Homeowners All Over America

Property rights are being absolutely shredded all over America.  Buying a piece of land and enjoying it with your family has always been a big part of the American Dream.  Unfortunately, in the United States today you don't actually own your own home.  If you don't pay your rent (property taxes) your home will be taken away from you, and you are only allowed to use your property in very narrowly defined ways.  The control freaks that run things tell us what we can build on our own property, what we can grow on our own property, what types of gatherings we can have on our own property, how many visitors we can have on our own property and they have imposed very strict rules about how our property must be maintained.  If we get "out of line", they will use "zoning ordinances" and "code violations" to make our lives a living hell.  All over America today, brutal Gestapo tactics are being used against homeowners that just want to be left alone.  Anyone that has ever dealt with a "compliance officer" or a "nuisance abatement team" knows what I am talking about.  But if we have so very little "freedom" on our own properties, then how in the world can we continue to call this country "the land of the free"?

Thug Wakes Woman Up And Yells At Her In Bed For Letting Her Grass Grow Too Long

Down in Georgia recently, a huge male "compliance officer" let himself into a woman's home, marched into her bedroom and started yelling at her for letting her grass grow too long while she was still in bed....

A woman got the shock of her life when she woke up to find a stranger in her bedroom, yelling at her to wake up because her grass was too long.

Erica Masters was asleep when Columbia County Code Compliance Officer Jimmy Vowell entered her Martinez, Georgia, home without permission to serve a violation notice for her overgrown lawn.

After knocking on the woman's door a few times, Vowell let himself and made his way into her bedroom, which was captured on surveillance video.
How would you respond if a strange man barged into your bedroom and started berating you about the length of your grass?

Elderly Americans Being Evicted For Not Paying Property Taxes

All over America, homeowners are being evicted from their family homes because of unpaid property taxes.  In some cases, the amount that is owed is only a few hundred dollars.

Big banks such as Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase have been buying up tax liens all over the country because they are extremely profitable....

Tax liens can yield an incredible rate of return, as high as up to 50%. Many state laws permit tax lien purchasers to charge homeowners extremely high interest rates and fees to redeem their property in order avoid foreclosure. (For example, redemption penalties in Georgia, Iowa, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Texas all exceed 20%.) For these reasons, tax lien sales are often marketed as "get-rich quick" schemes on websites. Investors take advantage of the fact that the tax sale process is arcane and rarely understood by homeowners. And states do little to inform homeowners about steps they can take to avoid foreclosure. Very few states have enacted procedures to protect owners' equity interests or to avoid windfalls to purchasers, and almost no states have updated tax lien laws to reflect current economic conditions or to ensure that proper safeguards exist to avoid unnecessary loss of homeownership.
In many cases, elderly Americans that don't even understand what is happening are being forced from their homes just so that the "investors" can make some quick money.  Just check out what one recent report said happened to an 81 year old woman living in Rhode Island....

The report cited a case of an 81-year-old Rhode Island woman who fell behind on a $474 sewer bill. A corporation bought the home in a tax sale for $836.39. The woman was evicted from the home she had lived in for more than 40 years and the corporation resold the place for $85,000, the report said.

Most investors, however, buy tax liens for the interest. That's because many states allow investors to charge rates of 18% or more on the outstanding debts. And, in some cases, as much as 20% to 50%, the report said.
Here is another example of an elderly woman being evicted from her home over unpaid taxes....

One elderly Montana woman, who lived alone and had no close family to help her, fell more than $5,000 behind on taxes, the report said. After she failed to respond to letters from the company that bought her home in a tax sale, she was evicted from her Missoula home. As a result, she lost about $150,000 in equity in the property, according to the report.
Could you do that to an elderly woman?

Shame on those that are pulling these scams, and shame on the states for not changing their laws to prevent this from happening.

40 Years Of Home Improvements Gone

All over the country, control freak bureaucrats are using "code violations" to force homeowners to tear down beautiful home improvements.

This is especially true for homeowners that have gone "off the grid".

For example, a 67 year old man in California has spent 40 years transforming his property into an amazing "off the grid" self-sustaining habitat....

Four decades ago, Hoffman started some home improvements on his house in the wooded hills of the Marin County town of Lagunitas. He harbored ideas and theories of how people could live more sustainably. He started building.

He dug a massive valley near the slope of his home and installed a pond. In the middle of it he built a concrete boat to house a 15-foot well. The groundwater would refill the pond, through a sun-powered pump.

As the owner of a tea distribution business, Hoffman also built a tea-house with ornate metal carvings of dragons and a sloped tile roof.

He carved elaborate caves to dry his rare tea leaves. He constructed a tower bearing a solar shower that hovers over a moat carrying recycled water from the house.

“Most people come here, they see the visual, they see the structures,” said Hoffman. “For me what’s important is the systems behind it.”
But now authorities are making him tear everything down because of "code violations".  Hoffman has been charged fines that total over $200,000, and he is being forced to tear down "all 30 of his illegal structures" by the beginning of August.

Survival Garden Ripped Out By Government Thugs

I have used the following story before, but it is another perfect example of the kind of Gestapo tactics that are being used against homeowners all over the United States.

Just recently, one unemployed woman down in Tulsa, Oklahoma had her survival garden brutally ripped out and carted away by government thugs...

A Tulsa woman is suing the city's code enforcement officers after she said they cut down her garden with no cause.

Denise Morrison said she has more than 100 plant varieties in her front and back yards and all of them are edible and have a purpose.

She knows which ones will treat arthritis, which will make your food spicy, which ones keep mosquitoes away and treat bug bites, but she said none of that matter to city inspectors.

Last August, Morrison's front and back yards were filled with flowers in bloom, lemon, stevia, garlic chives, grapes, strawberries, apple mint, spearmint, peppermint, an apple tree, walnut tree, pecan trees and much more.
And for this woman, it really was a "survival garden".  She relied on those plants and trees for her food and for her medicine.

But the government thugs left her with nothing.

Now she will have to do the best that she can to survive on government handouts.

Other Examples

Sadly, there are so many other examples that could be discussed of brutal Gestapo tactics being used against homeowners all over America.

The other day, I wrote about how one man down in Arizona has been sentenced to 60 days in prison and has been fined $12,180 for hosting a Bible study in his own home.

Most of the time the gatherings were only of about 15 or 20 people.  They were not unruly and did not make an unreasonable amount of noise.

If we can't invite a few friends over to our own homes, then how much "freedom" do we really have left?

In the state of California, armed "nuisance abatement teams" roam around looking for someone to hit with a "code violation".  Preppers and those that prefer an "off the grid" lifestyle appear to be some of their favorite targets.

You can view a video about these "nuisance abatement teams" in California right here.  But please be warned that the video is likely to make you quite angry.

Is This Still America?

We don't get to do what we want with our own properties, but the government feels that it can do just about anything it wants to us in the name of "national security".

In a previous article I detailed 14 cutting edge technologies that the government will be using to watch, monitor and control us.

The following are a few more ways that the "Big Brother control grid" is expanding....

-A new laser scanner that the Department of Homeland Security will soon be using at U.S. airports can search you from 160 feet away....

Within the next year or two, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will instantly know everything about your body, clothes, and luggage with a new laser-based molecular scanner fired from 164 feet (50 meters) away. From traces of drugs or gun powder on your clothes to what you had for breakfast to the adrenaline level in your body—agents will be able to get any information they want without even touching you.
-Barack Obama has just signed a new executive order which many believe essentially gives him an "on/off switch" to the Internet.

-One TSA insider is actually claiming that the TSA is hiring criminals that have just been released from prison to do security checks on travelers at U.S. airports.  Perhaps this explains why one TSA agent recently sifted her finger through the ashes of someone's dead grandfather and then laughed about it after she spilled some of the ashes on the floor of the airport.  Another TSA agent recently referred to a deaf man as "deafie" and stole his candy.

But how many of these stories do you hear about on the evening news?

Perhaps this is why a recent Gallup poll found that faith in television news is at an all-time low in the United States.

Instead of reporting on the destruction of our liberties and freedoms, the mainstream news is obsessed with Justin Bieber, Tom Cruise and the Kardashians.

It is truly disgusting.

The ability to own a piece of land and establish a home on it is absolutely foundational to the functioning of a free society.  Even the most ancient societies understood this.

Sadly, our most basic freedoms are being steadily eroded with each passing day.

Once our freedoms are gone, they will be incredibly difficult to get back.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/brutal-gestapo-tactics-are-being-used-against-homeowners-all-over-america


Title: Re: Brutal Gestapo Tactics Are Being Used Against Homeowners All Over America
Post by: Kilika on July 12, 2012, 03:15:08 pm
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Shame on those that are pulling these scams, and shame on the states for not changing their laws to prevent this from happening.

Scams? Buying homes that the owners didn't pay their tax bills? Hows that a scam? It's not a scam to hold homeowners accountable for their taxes. What's tragic is that some take advantage of the situation for profit, as the ones mentioned, rather than give the previous owner the chance to get back the home. They should be require to at least address that with the homeowner that lost it before they move on and sell it on the open market. I suspect they had no idea what kind of equity they had in the properties. Grab a home for under $900, and make over $80,000? And the leave the homeowner evicted? THAT borders on criminal.


Title: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on July 29, 2012, 01:06:06 pm
19 Examples Of How Control Freaks Are Killing America With Their Completely Ridiculous Regulations

The control freaks are winning, and they are absolutely killing America.  Our founding fathers intended to establish a nation where Americans would be free to pursue "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" in an environment where freedom was maximized and government interference was minimized.  Unfortunately, our nation has turned away from those principles and is now running 180 degrees in the other direction.  For some reason, our political system tends to attract psychotic control freaks that want to micromanage our lives and make most of our decisions for us.  These control freaks are actually convinced that freedom and liberty are "dangerous" and that there should be a rule or a regulation for just about everything.  This is not just happening on the federal level either.  The truth is that the control freaks are often the worst on the local level.  When you add up the red tape on all levels of government, we literally have millions of laws, rules and regulations in America today.  All of this red tape is suffocating our businesses, destroying our liberties and our freedoms, and slowly sucking the life out of all of us.  If we ever want to have any hope of restoring America to what it once was, then we have to start doing something about this horrific mountain of red tape.

In America today, there is very little that you can actually do without getting some sort of a "license" or a "permit" first.

Do you want to leave your home?

You better get a license to drive first or find someone that does.

Do you want to get married?

You won't be able to do that without a license from the government.

Do you want to build a house?

Get ready for miles of red tape.

Do you want to start a business?

You better get ready for a very long relationship with licenses and permits.

At the rate we are going, pretty soon we will need permission from the government just to use the bathroom.

Our liberties and our freedoms have been turned into "limited privileges" that the government can revoke at any time.  With each passing day the grid of rules and regulations that we all live our lives inside is getting tighter and tighter.

How much tighter can this prison of red tape become before we all start going insane?

The following are 10 examples of how control freaks are killing America with their completely ridiculous regulations....

#1 An industrious 13 year old boy up in Michigan has had his hot dog stand shut down because of a zoning violation.  The funny thing is that Nathan Duszynski and his parents actually thought that they had jumped through all of the proper licensing and permitting hoops....

    On Tuesday, as the young entrepreneur was downtown setting up a hot dog cart he helped buy with $1,200 saved from mowing lawns and shoveling snow, he got an unpleasant surprise courtesy of Holland City Hall.

    Duszynski was told by city officials that his cart was in violation of a Holland zoning law that protects existing food businesses downtown against competition from mobile food vendors, and he would have to cease operation immediately.

    It was a shocker for Duszynski, who, along with his parents, thought he had jumped properly through all the licensing and permitting hoops with the city and county.

#2 Could you imagine being sent to prison for collecting the rain that falls from the sky on your own property?

Well, that is exactly what happened to one man in Oregon recently.  The following comes from CNS News....

    A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater.

What are they going to arrest us for next?  Breathing the air?

#3 Santa Monica, California has decided to make it illegal to smoke inside your own home.

The following is from a recent report by NBC Los Angeles....

    Smoking is already banned at beaches, parks, restaurants and near buildings in Santa Monica, but Tuesday night the city council sought to expand that prohibition and voted 4-2 to ban smoking for all new tenants of apartments and condos inside their residences – with one exception.

    “It also requires existing residents to designate their units as smoking or non smoking and from then on it will be prohibited to smoke in a non smoking unit,” said Adam Radinksy, head of the Consumer Protection Unit in Santa Monica.

#4 Apparently you are now considered to be "a terrorist" if you even dare to film what is going on at a TSA checkpoint.  But the TSA has no problem strip-searching elderly women and fiddling with their feeding tubes.

#5 In New Jersey, if you are driving around with an "unrestrained" cat or dog in your vehicle you can be fined up to $1000 for each offense.

#6 Do you believe in being generous with your neighbors?

If so, you might want to be very careful what you share with them.

For example, it is illegal to milk your cow and sell the milk to your neighbors in America today.

If you share raw milk with your neighbors, there is a very good chance that federal agents will be raiding your home at the crack of dawn with their guns drawn.

#7 Down in Miami Beach, Florida it will soon be absolutely mandatory to properly recycle your trash....

    City commissioners passed a recycling ordinance on Wednesday.

    Once the ordinance goes in effect in July 2013, people who don't recycle would be fined $350 for their first violation, $500 for their second violation and $1,000 for the third violation.

If you live in Miami Beach and you don't like to recycle hopefully you have a really, really big bank account.

#8 In Hazelwood, Missouri it is actually illegal for little girls to sell girl scout cookies in the front yards of their own homes.

#9 In one Denver neighborhood, children have been banned from drawing on the sidewalk with colored chalk.

#10 All over the United States, lemonade stands run by small children are being shut down by police because they do not have the "proper permits".

#11 In the United States it is absolutely illegal to sell natural cures for cancer - even if they have been proven to work.

#12 Recently I wrote about a man that was arrested for hosting a Bible study in his own home.  Well, it turns out that he is still in prison serving his 60 day prison sentence.

#13 Are you growing a garden?

If so, you might want to be very careful that it is not violating any regulations.

In a previous article, I discussed how one unemployed woman in Tulsa, Oklahoma had her survival garden brutally ripped out and carted away by government thugs...

    A Tulsa woman is suing the city's code enforcement officers after she said they cut down her garden with no cause.

    Denise Morrison said she has more than 100 plant varieties in her front and back yards and all of them are edible and have a purpose.

    She knows which ones will treat arthritis, which will make your food spicy, which ones keep mosquitoes away and treat bug bites, but she said none of that matter to city inspectors.

    Last August, Morrison's front and back yards were filled with flowers in bloom, lemon, stevia, garlic chives, grapes, strawberries, apple mint, spearmint, peppermint, an apple tree, walnut tree, pecan trees and much more.

That unemployed woman was relying on that garden to provide the things that she needed.

But the government control freaks savagely ripped it all out and left her with nothing.

Now she will have to be dependent on the government because she has no other way to take care of herself.

#14 Does your child ever throw temper tantrums?

If so, your child may get arrested and sent to a mental institution if he or she throws a tantrum in front of the police.

For example, a 6-year-old girl down in Florida was "throwing objects, hitting administration personnel and screaming uncontrollably" so police handcuffed the 40 pound little girl and shipped her off to a mental institution for evaluation.

#15 Did you ever take plastic utensils with you to school when you were a kid?

Well, these days if you live in Florida you better not do that.

An 11-year-old kid down in Florida was actually arrested by police, thrown in jail and charged with a third-degree felony simply for bringing a plastic butter knife to school.

#16 In the state of Massachusetts, all children in daycare centers are mandated by state law to brush their teeth after lunch.  In fact, the state even provides the fluoride toothpaste for the children.

Isn't that just so nice of them?

#17 In the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania it is illegal to make even a single dollar from a blog unless you buy a $300 business license. The city government even went after one poor woman who had earned only $11 from her blog over the past two years.

#18 If you saw someone that was thirsty, would you give that person a cup of cold water to drink?

Be careful before you answer that question - you might be breaking the law by giving someone water.

For example, down in Louisiana one church was recently ordered to stop giving out water because it did not have the "proper permit" to do so.

#19 This last example might be the saddest one of all.  If you can believe it, all over the United States cities are actually banning feeding the homeless.  The following comes from a recent USA Today article....

    Philadelphia recently banned outdoor feeding of people in city parks. Denver has begun enforcing a ban on eating and sleeping on property without permission. And this month, lawmakers in Ashland, Ore., will consider strengthening the town's ban on camping and making noise in public.

    And the list goes on: Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City and more than 50 other cities have previously adopted some kind of anti-camping or anti-food-sharing laws, according to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

Are you angry yet?

You should be.

All of these completely ridiculous regulations are absolutely sucking the life out of us.

That is probably why a recent speech by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly received thunderous applause on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.  If you have not seen his speech about how regulations are killing America yet, please take a few minutes out to watch it.  You will be glad that you did....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1YQDjpuY_U

Please share this video and this article with as many people as you can.

These control freaks are absolutely killing America.

I don't want to see this country suffocated to death by red tape.

Instead, I want to see this country move back in the direction of maximizing liberty and freedom.

What about you?

What do you want for the future of this country?

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/19-examples-of-how-control-freaks-are-killing-america-with-their-completely-ridiculous-regulations


Title: Re: 19 Examples Of How Control Freaks Are Killing America
Post by: Mark on August 13, 2012, 06:44:35 am
Teenager not allowed to sell hot dogs now homeless

Nathan Duszynski, a 13-year-old whose hot dog cart was shut down by city officials in Holland, Mich., is now homeless, along with his disabled parents.

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy first reported the story.

Nathan had saved up money for a hot dog cart to help his parents pay their bills. His mother suffers from epilepsy and his father suffers from multiple sclerosis, limiting their ability to work. 

The family survives on $1,300 a month in disability assistance, food stamps and medicaid, but has struggled to stay afloat.

“Nate and I are now in a shelter,” Nathan’s mother Lynette Johnson said.

“[Nathan’s father] can’t stay with us because he takes prescription narcotics to deal with his pain and the shelter does not allow him with those kinds of drugs,” she said.

The 13-year-old had worked out an arrangement to sell hot dogs in the parking lot of a local sporting goods store. His mom felt the location was great since it was on private property, so his age wouldn’t be an impediment.

rest: http://news.yahoo.com/teenager-not-allowed-sell-hot-dogs-now-homeless-180604654.html


Title: Re: 19 Examples Of How Control Freaks Are Killing America
Post by: Mark on September 01, 2012, 10:29:25 am
DOJ Targeted Public Library for Lending E-Books 'Inaccessible' to the Blind

The U.S. Justice Department says it has reached a settlement with the Sacramento (California) Public Library over a trial program the library was conducting that let patrons borrow Barnes and Noble NOOK e-book readers.

DOJ and the National Federation of the Blind objected to the program on grounds that blind people could not use the NOOK e-readers for technological reasons.

The Justice Department said the settlement is aimed at stopping discrimination: “Emerging technologies like e-readers are changing the way we interact with the world around us and we need to ensure that people with disabilities are not excluded from the programs where these devices are used,” said Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez in a news release.

A DOJ official told CNSNews.com it interviewed a woman who could not participate in the library's e-reader program due to her disability and concluded that the program had violated the ADA.

REST: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/doj-targeted-public-library-lending-e-books-inaccessible-blind

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Title: Re: 19 Examples Of How Control Freaks Are Killing America
Post by: Mark on November 05, 2012, 08:09:20 pm
Business fined $4,000 over missing trashcan lid...

According to conventional progressive wisdom, regulation is the means by which a compassionate government protects the weak and innocent from the strong and malevolent.

Try telling that to Brad Jones.

Jones is one of the owners of Buckingham Slate, a Virginia business a little over an hour's drive west of Richmond. The company is distinguished by the quality of the highly valued Arvonia slate it produces. And by the fact that its roots trace back almost to the Civil War. And by the fact that federal regulators smacked it with a $4,000 fine.

Over a trash can.

The offending can — or "waste receptacle," in the words of the Mine Safety and Health Administration's official citation — was "not covered." What's more, "the receptacle was full." It "could be smelled." There were — brace yourself — "flies fl[y]ing in and around the receptacle." And to crown all, "management engaged in aggravated conduct constituting more than ordinary negligence" by allowing this "condition to exist." The horror.

Buckingham Slate has racked up other fines, too — such as a $70,000 fine imposed because one of its trucks had an inoperable horn. Perhaps regulators were following the approach advocated by Al Armendariz, the former EPA official who said enforcers should "crucify" offenders to "make an example" of them, which would then make others "easy to manage."

According to President Obama's campaign rhetoric, Republicans have nothing to offer but "the same prescription they've had for the last 30 years. . . : 'Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!' "

Funny stuff. But Martha Boneta isn't laughing.

Boneta, a Fauquier County farmer, hosted a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls — an occasion for which she lacked the proper "events permit." For this, the county slammed her with a $5,000 fine. She also got in hot water for selling items, such as yarn and birdhouses, that she had not made herself.

Outraged over how the county was treating her, local farmers showed up at a zoning-board meeting a couple of months ago with pitchforks in hand. But the demonstration was only so useful. She ended up closing her shop anyway.

Americans should place more trust in "the guiding hand of government," according to the president and his supporters.

But try telling that to Nathan Hammock and his family. The Hammocks own a dairy farm in Museville. Because of drought, they wanted to put an irrigation pond on their property. They eventually managed to — after three years trying to get permission from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers. "I think we've spent close to $30,000" in the process, Hammock says.

Hammock made the comment in a video you can find on the website of Rep. Robert Hurt (go to http://hurt.house.gov/ and click on "Videos"). Hurt, who represents Virginia's Fifth District, has introduced legislation to let farmers farm without having to navigate a "tremendous bureaucratic maze." It is moving through Congress — slowly.

The plural of anecdote, of course, is not data. So here are some data: In its first three years the Obama administration imposed more than 100 economically significant regulations — those costing $100 million or more. That's roughly four times as many as the Bush administration did during a similar period, according to the conservative Heritage Foundation.

Liberal outfits insist Heritage is wrong. But even by their Obama-friendly accounting, the current president has been issuing major rules at a rate 24 percent faster than Bush. Despite the lip service he often pays to the free market, the president has overseen massive regulatory expansions. See, e.g., the banking industry; vehicle mileage standards; Obamacare's seemingly endless new rules; carbon emission limits on coal-fired power plants; energy-efficiency standards for home appliances; and dozens more.

According to a report by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, "The published regulatory burden for 2012 [alone] could exceed $105 billion. . . . Since January 1, the federal government has imposed $56.6 billion in compliance costs and more than 114 million annual paperwork burden hours."

Ask Jones about paperwork. Buckingham Slate is overseen by an alphabet soup of federal and state agencies, and "each one of them wants something from us all the time that is costing us money" — spill-prevention plans that require hiring an engineer; pre-shift inspections; dust monitoring; and more. Jones estimates that five of his 45 employees spend 20 percent of their time simply filling out paperwork.

Of course we need regulation. It helps keep our food safe to eat and our air safe to breathe. Companies shouldn't be able to shift the costs of production onto the public by dumping pollutants into the environment. Everybody agrees with that. The real question is: At what point does regulation go too far?

"If you're a small operator, they're just putting you out of business," says Jones. "It doesn't matter that we can compete globally. . . . Sooner or later, that kind of regulation is going to shut you down."

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/rtd-opinion/2012/nov/04/tdopin02-we-need-regulation-but-not-this-much-ar-2333362/


Title: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on January 09, 2013, 03:55:34 am
America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society

If someone were to ask you for an example of a “totalitarian society”, how would you respond?  Most Americans would probably think of horribly repressive regimes such as the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Communist China, East Germany or North Korea, but the truth is that there is one society that has far more rules and regulations than any of those societies ever dreamed of having.  In the United States today, our lives are governed by literally millions of laws, rules and regulations that govern even the smallest details of our lives, and more laws, rules and regulations are constantly being added.  On January 1st, thousands of restrictive new laws went into effect all over America, but most Americans have become so accustomed to the matrix of control that has been constructed all around them that it does not even bother them when even more rules and regulations are put into place.  In fact, a growing number of Americans have become totally convinced that “freedom” and “liberty” must be tightly restricted for the good of society and that “the free market” is inherently dangerous.  On the national, state and local levels, Americans continue to elect elitist control freaks that are very eager to tell all the rest of us how to run virtually every aspect of our lives. According to Merriam-Webster, the following is one of the ways that the word “totalitarian” is defined: “of or relating to a political regime based on subordination of the individual to the state and strict control of all aspects of the life and productive capacity of the nation especially by coercive measures”.  And that is exactly what we are witnessing in America today – nearly all aspects of our lives and of the economy are very tightly controlled by a bunch of control freaks that just keep tightening that control with each passing year.  We still like to call ourselves “the land of the free”, but the truth is that we are being transformed into a totalitarian society unlike anything the world has ever seen before.  Where will we end up eventually if we keep going down this road?

If you still believe that America is “free”, just consider some of the things that are illegal in America today…

-Starting on January 1st, it is now illegal to make or import 75 watt incandescent light bulbs anywhere in the United States.

-In Oregon, it is illegal to collect rainwater that falls on your own property.

-In New Jersey, it is illegal to have an “unrestrained” cat or dog in your vehicle while you are driving.

-If you milk your cow and sell some of the milk to your neighbor, you could end up having your home raided by federal agents.

-In Miami Beach, Florida you must recycle your trash properly or face huge fines.

-All over the United States, cops are shutting down lemonade stands run by children because they don’t have the proper “permits”.

-Down in Tulsa, Oklahoma one unemployed woman had her survival garden brutally ripped out and carted away by government thugs because it did not conform to regulations.

-Over in Massachusetts, all children in daycare centers are mandated by state law to brush their teeth after lunch.  In fact, the state even provides the fluoride toothpaste for the children.

-At one public school down in Texas, a 12-year-old girl named Sarah Bustamantes was arrested for spraying herself with perfume.

-A 13-year-old student at a school in Albuquerque, New Mexico was arrested by police for burping in class.

-All over the United States cities have passed laws that actually make it illegal to feed the homeless.

With each passing year, the number of decisions that we are allowed to make for ourselves gets smaller and smaller.

This includes some really fundamental things such as basic health decisions.

For example, the CDC will soon be recommending that nearly every single American be vaccinated for the flu every single year.  The following is from a recent Natural News article…

    An advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that every person be vaccinated for the seasonal flu yearly, except in a few cases where the vaccine is known to be unsafe.

    “Now no one should say ‘Should I or shouldn’t I?’” said CDC flu specialist Anthony Fiore.

    The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted 11-0 with one abstention to recommend yearly flu vaccination for everyone except for children under the age of six months, whose immune systems have not yet developed enough for vaccination to be safe, and people with egg allergies or other health conditions that are known to make flu vaccines hazardous.

These “recommendations” are often made into mandatory requirements by school districts and employers all over the country.  Will employers all over the nation soon require all of their employees to take these vaccines each year based on these CDC “recommendations”?  This is already happening in the healthcare field.  Hundreds of healthcare professionals all over the nation are being fired for refusing to take certain vaccines.  It doesn’t matter that there is a tremendous amount of evidence that many of these vaccines are dangerous.  Many health professionals today are being faced with the choice of either submitting to the “recommendations” of the “experts” or losing their jobs.

We see this kind of “creeping totalitarianism” in the business world as well.  As I have written about previously, small businesses all over the country are being absolutely suffocated by mountains of laws, rules and regulations.

One of the biggest changes that small businesses will be dealing with in the next couple of years is Obamacare.  Many small businesses have been cutting back hours in an attempt to get around the new requirements contained in Obamacare.  The following is one example from a news story that was published earlier this week…

    Around 100 local Wendy’s workers have learned their hours are being cut. A spokesperson says a new health care law is to blame.

    “Thirty-six to 37 hours a week.” That’s how many hours T.J. Growbeck works at the 84th and Giles Wendy’s restaurant. The money he earns helps him pay for the basics, but that’s not the case for all his co-workers. “There are some people doing it trying to get by.”

    The company has announced that all non-management positions will have their hours reduced to 28 a week. Gary Burdette, Vice President of Operations for the local franchise, says the cuts are coming because the new Affordable Health Care Act requires employers to offer health insurance to employees working 32-38 hours a week. Under the current law they are not considered full time and that as a small business owner, he can’t afford to stay in operation and pay for everyone’s health insurance.

But the IRS has announced that it is going to make it very hard for employers to avoid these new Obamacare regulations.  According to new IRS rules, all firms that “have at least 50 full-time employees or an equivalent combination of full-time and part-time employees” will be required to provide healthcare for their employees and their dependents.  The following is from a recent New York Times article…

    Under the rules, employers must offer coverage to employees in 2014 and must offer coverage to dependents as well, starting in 2015.

    The new rules apply to employers that have at least 50 full-time employees or an equivalent combination of full-time and part-time employees. A full-time employee is a person employed on average at least 30 hours a week. And 100 half-time employees are considered equivalent to 50 full-time employees.

    Thus, the government said, an employer will be subject to the new requirement if it has 40 full-time employees working 30 hours a week and 20 half-time employees working 15 hours a week.

So conceivably an employer could have only part-time employees and still be required to provide healthcare coverage under Obamacare.

Of course many small businesses will not be able to afford to do this, so expect to see a significant number of them shut down or to try to survive with skeleton crews in 2014 and 2015.

As the number of laws, rules and regulations that govern our lives continues to multiply, the control freaks that run things will continue to try to use technology to watch us all and make sure that we are obeying their rules.

One way that they are doing this is with automated traffic cameras.  Of course much of the time the performance of these cameras is terribly flawed.  Just consider the following example which recently appeared in the Baltimore Sun…

    The Baltimore City speed camera ticket alleged that the four-door Mazda wagon was going 38 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone — and that owner Daniel Doty owed $40 for the infraction.

    But the Mazda wasn’t speeding.

    It wasn’t even moving.

    The two photos printed on the citation as evidence of speeding show the car was idling at a red light with its brake lights illuminated. A three-second video clip also offered as evidence shows the car motionless, as traffic flows by on a cross street.

But even though technology sometimes fails, the control freaks that run things seem absolutely obsessed with using it to monitor us.  After all, there are so many of us and watching all of us is a very big job.

For example, did you know that listening devices are being installed on public buses all over the United States?  The following is from a recent Wired article…

    Transit authorities in cities across the country are quietly installing microphone-enabled surveillance systems on public buses that would give them the ability to record and store private conversations, according to documents obtained by a news outlet.

    The systems are being installed in San Francisco, Baltimore, and other cities with funding from the Department of Homeland Security in some cases, according to the Daily, which obtained copies of contracts, procurement requests, specs and other documents.

According to the article, some of these systems are incredibly advanced and pair the audio that is being recorded with video that is being taken at the same time…

    In Eugene, Oregon, the Daily found, transit officials requested microphones that would be capable of “distilling clear conversations from the background noise of other voices, wind, traffic, windshields wipers and engines” and also wanted at least five audio channels spread across each bus that would be “paired with one or more camera images and recorded synchronously with the video for simultaneous playback.”

But that is just one example of how the surveillance of the American people is rapidly growing.  For many more examples, please see my previous article entitled “29 Signs That The Elite Are Transforming Society Into A Total Domination Control Grid“.

If America continues down the path that it is on right now, the United States will eventually be transformed into a “Big Brother society” that is far more restrictive than anything George Orwell ever dreamed of.

We need a fundamental cultural revolution in this nation.  We need a revival of the principals of liberty and freedom that were so important during the founding days of this country.  We need to teach people that even though liberty and freedom may be unpredictable at times, such an environment is greatly preferable to a society where all of our decisions are made for us by a tiny elite.

Please share this article with as many people as you can.  Time is running out, and we need to wake up as many as we can while there is still time.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/america-is-being-systematically-transformed-into-a-totalitarian-society


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on January 09, 2013, 04:55:15 am
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For example, did you know that listening devices are being installed on public buses all over the United States?  The following is from a recent Wired article…

    Transit authorities in cities across the country are quietly installing microphone-enabled surveillance systems on public buses that would give them the ability to record and store private conversations, according to documents obtained by a news outlet.

Yet in many states it's illegal to record the conversation of another without their consent. I guess "authorities" don't have to abide by that law. ::)


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on March 05, 2013, 05:34:17 am
**** victim to be expelled for blasting college?
http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/****-victim-to-be-expelled-for-blasting-college/?cat_orig=education

Student punished for publicizing vandal names
http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/student-punished-for-publicizing-vandal-names/?cat_orig=education

Teacher on leave for guns-on-chalkboard threat
http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/teacher-on-leave-for-guns-on-chalkboard-threat/?cat_orig=education

Student suspended for shaping Pop-Tart into gun...
http://www.ktnv.com/news/watercooler/194673111.html




Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 08, 2013, 09:10:25 am
THE GROWING MILITARIZATION OF U.S. POLICE

As politicians exploit the Newtown tragedy to promote new laws to restrict firearms and implement universal background checks that could lead to gun registration and confiscation, another parallel trend– namely, the increasing militarization of law enforcement, most visibly demonstrated by the growing use of massive, SWAT-type raids on businesses and individuals, sometimes with federal involvement or authorization – is heightening concerns that America is moving toward a police state.

really big article
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/04/the-growing-militarization-of-u-s-police/#l16uPbFOS236UezX.99



Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on April 19, 2013, 04:47:56 pm
Well, after the Senate defeated their gun bill, Obama has announced he will take "executive action" to force his gun grabbing into law.

I would expect no less from a Socialist.

http://news.yahoo.com/obama-taking-action-gun-background-check-system-100127550--politics.html (http://news.yahoo.com/obama-taking-action-gun-background-check-system-100127550--politics.html)

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Obama taking action on gun background check system

By NEDRA PICKLER | Associated Press – 11 hrs ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blocked by Congress from expanding gun sale background checks, President Barack Obama is turning to actions within his own power to keep people from buying a gun who are prohibited for mental health reasons.

Federal law bans certain mentally ill people from purchasing firearms, but not all states are providing data to stop the prohibited sales to the FBI's background check system. A federal review last year found 17 states contributed fewer than 10 mental health records to the database, meaning many deemed by a judge to be a danger still could have access to guns.

The Obama administration was starting a process Friday aimed at removing barriers in health privacy laws that prevent some states from reporting information to the background check system. The action comes two days after the Senate rejected a measure that would have required buyers of firearms online and at gun shows to pass a background check. That's already required for shoppers at licensed gun dealers.

Stung by the defeat, Obama vowed to keep up the fight for the background check expansion but also to do what he could through executive action.

"Even without Congress, my administration will keep doing everything it can to protect more of our communities," Obama said from the Rose Garden shortly after the Senate voted. "We're going to address the barriers that prevent states from participating in the existing background check system."

Obama also mentioned giving law enforcement more information about lost and stolen guns and establishing emergency plans for schools. Those measures were among the 23 executive actions the president signed in January when he announced his broader push for tighter gun laws in response to a mass shooting of first-graders and staff at Newtown, Conn.'s Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The Health and Human Services Department on Friday was beginning to ask for public comment on how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, passed by Congress in 1996 and known as HIPAA, is preventing some states from reporting to the background check system and how to address the problem. Under HIPAA, health care providers such as hospitals may release limited information to police, but only in certain circumstances such as when a court is involved. (cont.)


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 19, 2013, 05:07:27 pm
^^ For the most part, the growing number of the population in the country(and the world for that matter too) have softened their stances against Roe V Wade and gay marriage as time has gone on, especially in recent years. But when it has come to the 2nd amendment issue, the same masses of people have stood firm - and this despite the fact that there's been many years of indoctrination in our institutions and entertainment media, this despite the fact even the NRA is opposition controlled(and there's RINOs in Congress), the list goes on.

Ultimately, this has stood the test of time. With that being said, IMHO, I don't think gun control will be made the law of the land until the AC/FP make their appearances to kick of Daniel's 70th week(at the signing of the covenant). The world will buy into the "strong delusion", that they'll give up anything to worship the AC.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 19, 2013, 05:23:26 pm
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-19/christie-seeks-expanded-gun-checks-video-game-crackdown.html?cmpid=yhoo
4/19/13
Christie Seeks Expanded Gun Checks, Video Game Crackdown

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is seeking expanded background checks for gun purchases and parental consent for minors to buy violent video games as part of his response to the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Christie, a first-term Republican seeking re-election, also wants to ban purchases of the .50-caliber Barrett rifle, and to make it easier for doctors and courts to commit “potentially dangerous” people to mental-health treatment against their will. His proposals come a week after a task force he created in January released 50 recommendations to reduce violence.

The governor, a former U.S. prosecutor, has said since the Dec. 14 slaying of 20 children and six educators in Newtown that he’d be willing to discuss stricter controls as part of a more comprehensive package that also deals with mental health, substance abuse and violent video games.

“Ensuring there are common-sense safety measures when purchasing guns is not enough,” Christie said today at a press conference in Trenton. “We must address the many different contributing factors.”

New York, Connecticut, Colorado and Maryland have tightened gun laws following the Newtown killings. This week, the U.S. Senate fell six votes short of enacting a stripped-down version of gun controls that President Barack Obama had proposed in response to the shootings.

Second-Toughest
Several post-Newtown gun-control measures have already been proposed in New Jersey by Democrats who control the legislature. Christie has said he wanted to wait for his task force to finish studying the issue before taking action.

Christie said New Jersey’s gun-control laws are already considered the second-toughest in the nation by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. He cited the state’s assault- weapons ban, a seven-day waiting period prior to any firearm purchase, the third-strictest capacity laws on magazine capacity in the country and a one-gun-a-month law.

He is seeking to toughen laws by mandating that mental- health records are included in the instant background-check process at the time of a firearm purchase. He also is proposing bills to impose or strengthen criminal penalties for selling firearms to convicted felons, possessing a gun with the intent to unlawfully transfer, unlawfully possessing ammunition and engaging in firearms trafficking.

The governor said the bombings at the Boston Marathon this week are “another painful reminder” that “violent things will happen” no matter how many laws are passed.

“Some things, no matter how hard we try, are out of human control,” he said. “Bad people are going to do bad things.”

Christie said the violence has shown the need to make mental health a part of the proposals.

“You’ve had people who were deeply disturbed and for whatever reason were not getting treatment,” he said.



Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on April 19, 2013, 05:27:32 pm
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The governor said the bombings at the Boston Marathon this week are “another painful reminder” that “violent things will happen” no matter how many laws are passed.

So then why is he proposing yet more laws?  ::)


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 19, 2013, 05:31:39 pm
So then why is he proposing yet more laws?  ::)

Yeah, I found that an odd statement when he wants to ferociously push more gun control laws there.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 19, 2013, 05:38:29 pm
Well, after the Senate defeated their gun bill, Obama has announced he will take "executive action" to force his gun grabbing into law.

I would expect no less from a Socialist.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/biden-president-already-lining-some-additional-executive-actions-guns_718027.html
Biden: 'The President Is Already Lining Up Some Additional Executive Actions' for Guns
2:44 PM, Apr 18, 2013

Joe Biden says the president of the United States is preparing to take "executive actions" to deal with guns.

BuzzFeed reports:

Vice President Biden told White House allies in the gun control fight Thursday that President Obama will be announcing new executive actions on gun violence in the days after the Senate voted down a gun violence bill.

On a conference call with "stakeholders," Biden told gun control advocates that the fight is not over and that eventual action on gun control will come. Press were not invited to the conference call; a participant provided BuzzFeed with access.

"Look I know you're going to say that I'm just being an optimist and I'm trying to put a good face on this. But you know I've been around here a long time and we've already done, because of you, some really good things," Biden said. "Number one, the president is already lining up some additional executive actions he's going to be taking later this week."

After the Newtown shootings, Obama took a number of executive actions to expand research into gun violence and other areas favored by the gun control community. He took the actions without Congressional approval, leading to outrage by some conservatives.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 22, 2013, 08:56:41 am
Mourn For America: Whenever A Tragedy Happens They Take Even More Freedom From Us

What in the world is happening to America?  Over the past couple of decades, the federal government has used just about every major national tragedy as an excuse to take even more liberty and freedom away from us.  And without a doubt, the Boston Marathon bombing was a great national tragedy.  I don't think that any of us will forget the images that we have seen over the past week.  All of those responsible for this attack should be exposed, hunted down, tried and punished.  Unfortunately, what always seems to happen is that it is the American people that seem to get punished the most for these tragedies.  Over the past couple of decades we have been told again and again that if we will just give up a little bit more freedom that the authorities will be able to keep us safe.  But you know what?  It is IMPOSSIBLE for them to keep us safe.  There is no way in the world that the federal government can protect us from all of the bad guys in the world.  We are a country that is absolutely teeming with "soft targets" - malls, churches, schools, concerts, sporting events, etc.  No matter how much money we spend, there is no way that the federal government will ever be able to provide enough security for all of those soft targets.  Even if our society morphed into something that resembled George Orwell's "1984", the government would still never be able to guarantee our safety.  Unfortunately, in the aftermath of this attack there will inevitably be calls for "increased security" and "more anti-terror legislation".  The answer always seems to be to expand the emerging police state.  But it is getting to the point where all of this "security" is becoming absolutely suffocating, and yet it doesn't seem to be keeping us any safer.  So where does all of this end?  Are we going to completely throw out the entire U.S. Constitution in a desperate attempt to feel a little bit safer?  Or are we going to choose to live our lives without fear no matter what others may try to do to us?
 
Benjamin Franklin once made the following statement...
 

"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
 
Sadly, the way that the American people have responded to national tragedies over the past couple of decades would have made our founding fathers greatly ashamed.  The American people have been way too willing to give up liberty in exchange for the promise of safety.
 
We have been told that the terrorists hate us because of our liberties and freedoms.  But we have also been told that in order to be "safe" from those terrorists we have got to give up those liberties and freedoms.
 
So who is really winning?
 
We seem to have forgotten some of the most basic lessons in life.
 
If you cower in fear when a bully comes after you, what is the bully going to do?
 
The bully is just going to keep coming after you because his actions are being rewarded.
 
Those that are trying to create fear love it when you become fearful.  It is exactly what they want.
 
The appropriate response to a great national tragedy is to reject fear and to continue to boldly live our lives as if nobody could ever shake us.
 
But instead, the atmosphere of fear in America continues to grow.
 
And yes, there are common sense things that our government should be doing to keep bad guys away from us.
 
For example, the number one thing that the federal government should be doing is to secure the border.  Every single day, thousands upon thousands of people that we don't know anything about pour into this country.  And yet the federal government has absolutely refused to secure our borders for decades.
 
Until the federal government secures our borders, they should not ask any of us to sacrifice a single ounce of liberty or freedom in the name of "national security".
 
But even as the Obama administration treats our border security like a joke and continues to import huge numbers of people from radical areas of the Middle East, they continue to tell us that "domestic terror" is the next great threat that we are facing.
 
Many of our other politicians are buying into this philosophy as well.  Senator Lindsey Graham says that the attack in Boston is a perfect example of "why the homeland is the battlefield".
 
So if "the homeland is the battlefield", then who is the enemy?
 
Well, a U.S. Army Reserve training presentation recently identified evangelical Christians as "religious extremists", and since Barack Obama entered the White House there have been numerous government reports that have identified Christians, "constitutionalists", patriots, anti-abortion activists, conspiracy theorists and gun owners as "potential terrorists".
 
So where does all of this end?
 
Are the American people rapidly becoming the enemy?
 
Will we be constantly scared to death of one another?
 
Will the entire nation exist in a never ending environment of fear?
 
Will we eventually have the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security patrolling every mall, every church, every school, every concert and every sporting event?
 
Unfortunately, the bad guys will always be able to find a soft target, and there will be more terror attacks in the future no matter how much security we pour on.  Once upon a time this nation was greatly blessed with peace and security, but now that hedge of protection is gone.  The federal government could give the Department of Homeland Security trillions of dollars a year and it would not make much of a difference.  We live in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable, and bad guys are going to do bad things.
 
Yes, there are some common sense things that we can do to make our nation more secure.  At this point, the federal government is not doing most of those things.
 
But no matter how hard we try, bad things are going to happen.  When those bad things happen, what we can control is how we respond to them.
 
That is why what just happened in Boston is so alarming.  The entire city was put into a complete lockdown for nearly two days.  It was a preview of what could happen nationwide if martial law was declared.  It was an over the top display of force that clearly demonstrated to the rest of the world how incredibly frightened we are.
 
Some of the things we saw in Boston were absolutely disgraceful.  For example, you can see video of an innocent Watertown family being ripped out of their home at gunpoint right here.
 
Do you know what this tells the rest of the world?
 
It tells them that terrorism works.
 
It tells them that one small incident is enough to send the entire nation into a full-blown panic attack.
 
You can see some more photos of martial law in Boston right here.  Instead of making things better, this is just going to make the atmosphere of fear in this nation even worse.
 
And you know what?  None of those heavily armed men even found the second suspect.  He was actually found by a neighbor that had gone out to take a smoke.
 
Like most Americans, I absolutely hate terrorism in all the forms that it takes.
 
But we are not going to prevent future terrorism by treating the U.S. Constitution like a piece of trash.  We have now shown the world that we are willing to throw out our most important constitutional rights the moment that a "threat" arises, and this is just going to encourage even more terrorism.
 
You see, those that engage in terrorism want attention and they want to create fear.  When we give them attention and we allow them to create fear we give them exactly what they want.
 
Is there anyone out there that can defend what we just saw in Boston?  I can't imagine any American that still loves the Constitution being proud of what just happened.  I think that Karl Denninger put it quite eloquently the other day...
 

By effectively occupying a part of the Boston metro area they made an utter mockery of the 4th Amendment. There was no “hot pursuit” and thus no argument available to them allowing searches of private property without consent or a warrant. Not only did they search without a warrant there were multiple reports through the day of seizure of firearms, among other things.
 
Sadly, most Americans seem to be more than willing to disregard the U.S. Constitution these days.  Most of them are incredibly scared and they just want someone in a position of authority to assure them that they will be safe.
 
So I am sure that in the months ahead we will see "security" get even tighter in this country.  With each subsequent tragedy, it will just get tighter and tighter until we can barely even breathe.
 
This is not the answer to any of our problems.  In fact, it is just going to make many of the problems that we are facing as a nation far worse.

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/mourn-for-america-whenever-a-tragedy-happens-they-take-even-more-freedom-from-us


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 22, 2013, 10:32:40 am
By effectively occupying a part of the Boston metro area they made an utter mockery of the 4th Amendment. There was no “hot pursuit” and thus no argument available to them allowing searches of private property without consent or a warrant. Not only did they search without a warrant there were multiple reports through the day of seizure of firearms, among other things.

Happened in New Orleans shortly right after Katrina - going door to door seizing firearms.

Also, apparently, Capitol Hill is using this engineered crisis to push immigration reform.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on April 22, 2013, 01:09:09 pm
Yep, finally somebody wrote about the opportunity the feds took by conducting a city-wide search without a warrant, while under something other than Martial Law. The government is handling this as a federal issue under terrorism, which they have turned into an act of war, rather than a civil act of crime.

The government chose of it's own free will to make this a "terror" issue, and not a crime, for a reason. There is no way they want this in civilian courts where the government has to actually abide by the law. They can't hide stuff, and need a warrant, etc if this were a criminal civil case.

They would also have to respect the suspects rights as a US citizen, but they already laid the groundwork for that recently by getting the courts to rule the US CAN use drones to kill US citizens without trial, which I think applies to overseas, but not domestically? Have to look that up, not sure about domestically.

But here's the thing, they had allegedly already looked in that yard with the boat. So when they found him in an area already searched (the boat), that threw out the window every single search they had done because it obviously didn't work because they didn't find him the first time. It just proves how ineffective a house-to-house search really is in a city of any size at all. A small village, sure, it works well.

Tactically speaking, it was useless because the suspects had WAY too much lead time, and secondly, they couldn't shut down the "perimeter" fast enough to guarantee they hadn't escaped outside the city.

It just doesn't make sense. Did those two, if they are guilty, actually think they could go back to what they were doing and get away with it? Some witnesses claim the younger was on campus afterwards acting normal. They blow up a place, and right back to normal? Then later walk up and kill a cop while he's sitting in his car, then get in a chase and shootout? Who wrote this movie script anyway, Michael Bay?

Talking about script, this mornings local news, CBS5 Phoenix, of course was talking about it, and their report, which is handed down from the network, said the neck wound was "self-inflicted".

I have not read or heard that anywhere. No mention of any self-inflicted anywhere by anybody. They said it twice that I heard, as they repeat about every 45 minutes to the hour their main stories.

Who shoots themselves in the neck, intentionally? Physiologically, You have to be accurate because there is only two (2) places on the neck area where a bullet would kill you; right side for the carotid, and the left for the juggler veins. You take a hit anywhere else, even the spine, it's highly likely you live, as there is no serious vital organs, or anything other than soft tissue and some muscles, and cartilage in the trachea area. Sure, you'd damage the ability to talk possibly, and do some bleeding, but odds are good you live. So why self-inflicted to the neck, by somebody who has shown has smarts. If he wanted to kill himself, I have no doubt at all he's choose the head, not the neck.

WAY too many questions.


Title: FBI, local police conducting massive sweep in Oakland
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 26, 2013, 02:36:17 pm
Note: Prison Planet/Inforwars says gun confiscation, while this local news article doesn't mention anything about guns. But either way, we're seeing the ultimately Police State starting to get into full swing...

(http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/lt/lt_cache/thumbnail/400/img/photos/2013/04/24/51/56/OaklandSweep1.jpg)

FBI, local police conducting massive sweep in Oakland
4/24/13
http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/crime-law/fbi-local-police-conducting-massive-sweep-oakland/nXXKw/

A massive law enforcement sweep was underway in Oakland Wednesday, with nine people having reportedly been detained an hour after it was first reported. FBI agents, local police SWAT and the California Highway Patrol were targeting multiple locations. Several streets were closed down in West Oakland during the sweeps. Portions of Seventh and Eighth streets were shut down in the area for at least 90 minutes and while helicopters circled overhead. The police barricades were reportedly lifted just before 10:20 p.m. It appeared to be an extensive operation with many officers involved. There were agents carrying out actions in numerous parts of the city Wednesday night. As of 9 p.m., KTVU learned that nine people had been detained. An hour later, a separate sweep involving San Leandro Police reportedly resulted in a standoff near the intersection of E. 22 Street and 14th Avenue. Oakland Police and other agencies involved told KTVU that the participating departments were not at liberty to discuss what the action concerned. However, those agencies would be able to release details when the sweep was over.

Follow this story for more updates.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 28, 2013, 05:25:48 am
Am I Free To Go?

An increasing number of Americans are not buying into the “you must give up your liberties so we can protect you” message from the authorities.

The nation looked on with horror as the authorities locked down an entire region in search of one gunman following the Boston Marathon.

If only King George III had commanded SWAT teams, the Boston Tea Party would have been suppressed, and our kids would be singing “God Save the Queen” in our government schools!

The New American Democracy
 
This is American Democracy at work plain and simple in which the government  places an entire city under house arrest to catch one 19 year old kid who was probably acting on the advice of an FBI provocateur. As we have come to learn, the Modus Operandi of the FBI has been to set gullible people up for terrorism charges and then claim there is a terrorist danger, rack up a patsy and subsequently keep the hysteria of the war on terror going.

In Watertown, MA., we see the SS tactics carried out against an average American neighborhood. And before you tell me this was a martial law situation. How many police incidents involving a gun take place in every major city, every day in America and entire metropolitan areas are not locked down. Look on with horror at the new America as this martial law beta test takes place.

big article lots of stuff: http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2013/04/27/am-i-free-to-go/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 28, 2013, 05:28:35 am
American Gestapo: Boston Bombing Reveals Washington’s True Colors

The Gestapo-like tactics that were implemented in Boston last week by the military-style police forces are just a small sign of things to come in America… including a large spike in military-style drones flying over — and spying on — American cities as well as a new influx of high definition security cameras in major U.S. cities.

As we expected, the power hungry elites in Washington are using the Boston bombings to force a false choice on the American “sheeple”.

And they are using the corporate-controlled media to spread their delusional attempts at a massive power grab.
 
The talking heads on TV will put forth reasoning that will sound something like this…
 
Which would you prefer if a “terrorist” is loose in your town?

1) Armed policemen enacting martial law in your city, imposing curfews, and conducting door-to-door searches while holding your family at gunpoint?
 
or

2) Heat-seeking military drones flying over your city peering into your homes in a search for the “terrorist” in order to “keep you safe?”
 
Apparently these are the only two options that Washington is prepared to consider.

This choice is entirely fabricated. Americans can say “no” to both choices. Unfortunately, with the recent passage of the unpatriotic Patriot Act and the outrageous National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, American citizens can now be detained indefinitely strictly based on suspicion. No evidence is needed and the decision cannot be questioned by the American public.

Below is an intense video of police performing house-to-house raids in Watertown, MA, a suburb of Boston. Watch how they rough up the innocent families and kick them out of their own homes.

big article lots of stuff: http://ftmdaily.com/global-issues/big-brother-government-global-issues/american-gestapo-boston-bombing-reveals-true-colors/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on May 02, 2013, 12:25:52 pm
Poll: 29% of Registered Voters Believe Armed Revolution Might Be Necessary in Next Few Years

Twenty-nine percent of registered voters think that an armed revolution might be necessary in the next few years in order to protect liberties, according to a Public Mind poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University.
 
The poll, which surveyed 863 registered voters and had a margin of error of +/-3.4, focused on both gun control and the possibility of a need for an armed revolution in the United States to protect liberty.
 
The survey asked whether respondents agreed, disagreed, neither agreed nor disagreed or did not know or refused to respond to the statement: "In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties"
 
Twenty-nine percent said they agreed, 47 percent said they disagreed, 18 percent said they neither agreed nor disagreed, 5 percent said they were unsure, and 1 percent refused to respond.
 
Results of the poll show that those who believe a revolution might be necessary differ greatly along party lines:
 • 18 percent of Democrats
 • 27 percent of Independents
 • 44 percent of Republicans
 
The poll found that 38 percent of Americans who believe a revolution might be necessary support additional gun control legislation compared to 62 percent of those who don't think an armed revolt will be needed.
 
Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson and analyst for the poll, says:
 
"The differences in views of gun legislation are really a function of differences in what people believe guns are for.  If you truly believe an armed revolution is possible in the near future, you need weapons and you're going to be wary about government efforts to take them away."
 
The poll was conducted nationally between April 22 and April 28, 2013

http://cnsnews.com/blog/gregory-gwyn-williams-jr/poll-29-registered-voters-believe-armed-revolution-might-be-necessary


Title: Florida Gets $1MILLION For Program To Turn In Your Anti Gov Neighbor
Post by: Christian40 on May 04, 2013, 05:45:13 am
"Florida House and Senate budget leaders have awarded Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw $1 million for a new violence prevention unit aimed at preventing tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., from occurring on his turf.

Bradshaw plans to use the extra $1 million to launch “prevention intervention” units featuring specially trained deputies, mental health professionals and caseworkers. The teams will respond to citizen phone calls to a 24-hour hotline with a knock on the door and a referral to services, if needed.

The goal will be avoiding crime — and making sure law enforcement knows about potential powder kegs before tragedies occur, Bradshaw said. But the earmark, which is a one-time-only funding provision, provoked a debate Monday among mental health advocates and providers about the balance between civil liberties, privacy and protecting the public.

Bradshaw said his proposal is a first-of-its-kind in the nation, and he hopes it will become a model for the rest of the state like his gang prevention and pill-mill units.

“Every single incident, whether it’s Newtown, that movie theater, or the guy who spouts off at work and then goes home and kills his wife and two kids — in every single case, there were people who said they knew ahead of time that there was a problem,” Bradshaw said. “If the neighbor of the mom in Newtown had called somebody, this might have saved 25 kids’ lives.”

Bradshaw is readying a hotline and is planning public service announcements to encourage local citizens to report their neighbors, friends or family members if they fear they could harm themselves or others.

The goal won’t be to arrest troubled people but to get them help before there’s violence, Bradshaw said. As a side benefit, law enforcement will have needed information to keep a close eye on things.

“We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government, hates the mayor and he’s gonna shoot him,” Bradshaw said. “What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, ‘Hey, is everything OK?’ ”

That’s enough for Senate budget chief Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who helped push through the funding last weekend.

He said he met with Bradshaw about the program and “got assurances from the sheriff that this is going to be done in a way that respects people’s autonomy and privacy, and that he makes sure to protect against people making false claims.”

Mental health advocates, however, worry about a potential new source of stigma, and the potential for erosion of the civil rights of people with mental illnesses.

“How are they possibly going to watch everybody who makes a comment like that? It’s subjective,” said Liz Downey, executive director of the Palm Beach County branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “We don’t want to take away people’s civil liberties just because people aren’t behaving the way we think they should be.”

Bradshaw acknowledged the risk that anyone in a messy divorce or in a dispute with a neighbor could abuse the hotline. But, he said, he’s confident that his trained professionals will know how to sort out fact from fiction.

“We know how to sift through frivolous complaints,” he said.

The proposal still needs the blessing of Gov. Rick Scott, who has line-item veto authority.

But if it goes forward, Palm Beach County’s already stretched mental health and substance abuse providers could find themselves even busier. There is no ready source of funds once the $1 million runs its course, as there hasn’t been an increase to community mental health funding in many years.

“Our community agencies throughout the state don’t have the funds to meet the needs they have currently,” said Bob Sharpe, CEO of the Florida Council for Community Mental Health. “It sounds like it could work, but with no new funding we’d have to find it within existing resources.”

If Bradshaw’s teams can keep people out of crisis units and promote early intervention, that has the potential to save money, said Ann Berner, CEO of the Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network, which manages mental health care payments for the state.

To be successful, however, there will have to be close coordination with the mental health providers, she said. For example, the county already pays for mobile crisis response teams at two nonprofit mental health providers, a service that includes a 24-hour crisis call center. They, too, are trained to de-escalate conflicts and refer troubled people to care. Which ones will respond when there’s a call from a school or a home? That will have to be clarified.

Also, after troubled people are identified by Bradshaw’s teams, then what? Who will pay for their care? The state? Medicaid? The county? The Palm Beach County Public Defender has a good program to ensure qualified people apply for the Social Security and Medicaid benefits they may need, she said. Some high-level conversations have started, but more are needed, Berner added.

“I think that would be an area we really need to collaborate on, and soon,” she said.

The $1 million Bradshaw won represents a third of what he had sought from the Legislature, but it’s a 10-fold bump from what was originally earmarked before House and Senate budget leaders finalized the state’s $74 billion budget over the weekend."

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=13884


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on May 07, 2013, 02:55:39 pm
D.C. police: Armed protesters face arrest

The District of Columbia’s police chief said Tuesday officers would arrest marchers who plan to openly carry rifles into the city in violation of District law.
 
“Passing into the District of Columbia with loaded firearms is a violation of the law and we’ll have to treat it as such,” Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier said on NewsChannel 8.

Libertarian activist and radio host Adam Kokesh is organizing a July 4 march into D.C., which he hopes to feature 1,000 gun-toting Americans marching from Arlington National Cemetery into the city and passing the White House, the Capitol and the Supreme Court.
 
“We will march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny,” Kokesh wrote on the Facebook page for the event. “We are marching to mark the high water mark of government & to turn the tide. This will be a non-violent event, unless the government chooses to make it violent.”
 
D.C. has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. While an old law banning handgun ownership was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2008’s District of Columbia vs. Heller, the D.C. Council quickly passed a new law allowing residents to purchase handguns, but requiring them to keep the guns in their homes. Carrying a loaded weapon of any type is against D.C. law.
 
“It’s pretty exciting to see how it’s developing,” Kokesh told WAMU, D.C.’s NPR affiliate. “It’s certainly taking off and going viral, and we’re really excited to be able to provide something meaningful for people to do on Independence Day, when everyone else is going to be the least patriotic thing possible, which is sitting on their butts and not doing anything to improve the country.”
 
Over 2,000 people have said the plan to attend the event on Facebook, but Kokesh wrote he is aiming for 10,000 planned attendees to ensure there are actually 1,000 marchers on Independence Day.
 
Lanier said Kokesh hasn’t contacted police, although Kokesh wrote on Facebook he planned to do so.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/armed-protesters-face-arrest-91022.html#ixzz2SdeZW22h


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 08, 2013, 09:29:08 pm
The FBI's reported new plan to read your emails
5/8/13
http://news.yahoo.com/fbis-reported-plan-read-emails-174800308.html

A proposed change to surveillance laws would empower the government to wiretap electronic communications

The White House is "on the verge" of approving a drastic overhaul of the nation's wiretapping laws that would give the government more power to obtain personal Internet communications, according to the New York Times' Charlie Savage.

Citing officials close to the discussions, Savage reports the plan, a brainchild of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, would allow courts to impose stiff fines on Internet communications providers who refuse to comply with federal search orders. The FBI, which has sought similar changes for at least the past three years, says it must update the nation's surveillance laws to keep pace with the rapidly evolving world of digital communications.

Back in 2010, the FBI considered a plan that would have forced companies with Internet messaging capabilities, like Skype and Facebook, to revamp their services so they could easily turn over users' communications histories — including encrypted messages — to the government. While telecommunications companies, like AT&T, are already required by law to have such systems in place, the proposed change was intended to bring that decades-old law into the digital age.

But now, the FBI is pursuing a different strategy.

From the Times:

While the F.B.I.'s original proposal would have required Internet communications services to each build in a wiretapping capacity, the revised one, which must now be reviewed by the White House, focuses on fining companies that do not comply with wiretap orders. The difference, officials say, means that start-ups with a small number of users would have fewer worries about wiretapping issues unless the companies became popular enough to come to the Justice Department's attention. [New York Times]

The proposal would allow judges to impose escalating fines, starting at $25,000 per day, should companies refuse to comply with court-ordered wiretaps. Companies that receive wiretap orders will have 30 days to discuss any technical limitations with the government that would prevent them from being able to comply, according to the Times.

Critics worry that the change could endanger confidential communications. They say it could pressure Internet communications providers to install backdoor wiretapping capabilities before the government comes calling. Such backdoors, critics fear, could easily be exploited by hackers.

"The government should be doing everything in its power to increase the security of our communications networks, not riddling them with interception backdoors that will likely be exploited by criminals and foreign governments," Chris Soghoian the American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement. "History has shown time and time again that interception backdoors are fundamentally at odds with good cybersecurity."

The FBI insists that the proposed changes would not amount to an end run around the Constitution.

"This always requires a court order," Andrew Weissmann, the FBI's legal counsel, said in a statement to the Times. "None of the 'going dark' solutions would do anything except update the law given means of modern communications."

Yet as CNET's Declan McCullagh reported Wednesday, citing government documents obtained by the ACLU, the Justice Department and FBI have hinted that they may not seek search warrants to review such online correspondence.

"f we combine that kind of cavalier attitude toward our constitutionally mandated protections with vastly expanded technical surveillance capabilities, then we’ve got a real problem," says Salon's Andrew Leonard. "Civil libertarians have a right to be nervous. Expanded power implies expanded opportunities to abuse that power."


Title: Obama Signs Open Data Executive Order: U.S. Government Data To Be Made Freely Av
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 09, 2013, 05:33:29 pm
Obama Signs Open Data Executive Order: U.S. Government Data To Be Made Freely Available
http://www.forbes.com/sites/reuvencohen/2013/05/09/obama-signs-open-data-executive-order-all-u-s-government-data-to-be-made-freely-available/?partner=yahoofeed
5/9/13

Interesting news out of The White House this this morning announcing an Open Data Executive Order signed by President Obama. Along with the  order is an accompanying Open Data Policy released by the Office of Management and Budget and Office of Science and  Technology Policy. The order states that “going forward, newly generated  government data shall be made freely available in open, machine-readable formats, while  appropriately safeguarding privacy, confidentiality, and security. This requirement will help the  Federal government achieve the goal of making troves of previously inaccessible or unmanageable data easily available to entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers, and others who can use those data to generate new products and services, build businesses, and create jobs.”

“Today’s actions are the latest manifestation of the Obama Administration’s longstanding commitment to releasing and leveraging data in support of enhanced transparency and accountability, improved government services, and a stronger economy. They build on actions such as the Open Government Directive, the Digital Government Strategy, and, most recently, the Open Data Initiatives project, which is bringing the benefits of open data to a wide range of domains including health, energy, education, public safety, finance, and global development. Examples of data that are already being released in machine-readable form across government.”

Along with the Executive Order and Open Data Policy, the Administration announced a series of complementary actions:

• A new Data.Gov.  In the months ahead, Data.gov, the powerful central hub for open government data, will launch new services that include improved visualization, mapping tools, better context to help locate and understand these data, and robust Application Programming Interface TILE -0.52% (API) access for developers.

• New open source tools to make data more open and accessible.  The US Chief Information Officer and the US Chief Technology Officer are releasing free, open source tools on Github, a site that allows communities of developers to collaboratively develop solutions.  This effort, known as Project Open Data, can accelerate the adoption of open data practices by providing plug-and-play tools and best practices to help agencies improve the management and release of open data.  For example, one tool released today automatically converts simple spreadsheets and databases into APIs for easier consumption by developers.  Anyone, from government agencies to private citizens to local governments and for-profit companies, can freely use and adapt these tools starting immediately.

• Building a 21st century digital government.  As part of the Administration’s Digital Government Strategy andOpen Data Initiatives in health, energy, education, public safety, finance, and global development, agencies have been working to unlock data from the vaults of government, while continuing to protect privacy and national security.  Newly available or improved data sets from these initiatives will be released today and over the coming weeks as part of the one year anniversary of the Digital Government Strategy.

• Continued engagement with entrepreneurs and innovators to leverage government data.  The Administration has convened and will continue to bring together companies, organizations, and civil society for a variety of summits to highlight how these innovators use open data to positively impact the public and address important national challenges.  In June, Federal agencies will participate in the fourth annual Health Datapalooza, hosted by the nonprofit Health Data Consortium, which will bring together more than 1,800 entrepreneurs, innovators, clinicians, patient advocates, and policymakers for information sessions, presentations, and “code-a-thons” focused on how the power of data can be harnessed to help save lives and improve healthcare for all Americans.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on May 11, 2013, 06:59:51 am
Gun March Organizer Now Calling for Citywide Civil Disobedience

The July 4 armed march on Washington just got a little more interesting. A day after telling City Desk that he would still try to enter Washington with a loaded gun, rally organizer Adam Kokesh changed tactics. Now, he wants citywide civil disobedience over whatever law participants consider unconstitutional.
 
"This is now a call for mass civil disobedience on July 4th anywhere in Washington, DC," Kokesh writes on his march's Facebook event page. "Break whatever unconstitutional law you choose."
 
Kokesh declined to comment on the move, promising a full announcement next year. But the shift to a citywide strategy seems to be a response to D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier making it clear that marchers would be stopped at the bridge. Instead, Kokesh promises, "we will shut them down by overwhelming them."
 
Meanwhile, another group of libertarians has promised to march downtown the day before Kokesh's rally with toy guns.
 
Readers: What unconstitutional law will you choose to break for Washington's version of Devil's Night?

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2013/05/08/gun-march-organizer-now-calling-for-citywide-civil-disobedience/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on May 12, 2013, 05:42:19 am
America Is Already An Occupied Nation


Some readers have expressed displeasure with the notion of a military coup to purge the government of the bankers and their minions, who have violated their constitutional oaths, from either elected or appointed office.

Some readers have pointed out that history is filled with examples where military dictatorships have wreaked havoc upon their innocent civilians. On that point, the critics are correct.

Some readers have pointed out that history demonstrates that when a military coup takes place, the civilian controls over government, in many cases, are never restored. On that point, the critics are also correct.
 
To the people who have written to me with the aforementioned observations, I completely agree with your criticisms and expressed concerns. However, after you read the following paragraphs, please tell me what other options we Americans have other than walking off quietly into the night and passively submitting to a tyranny which wants most of us dead.
 
You Have Been Labeled As An Enemy of the State
 
Most Americans are already prisoners of the states by virtue of the fact that we are also enemies of the state.  In fact, some of the activists living on borrowed time as we are already sitting on death row. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has declared that the war against terror is still alive and well. However, we are no longer waging war on international terrorism, DHS has changed their targets. If you have been declared a terrorist, then you are an enemy of the state by default. 
 
According to DHS, you are a domestic terrorist if you possess any of the following attributes:
 

Christians in the Cross-hairs
 ■
If you are Christian who believes the Bible is the word of God, then you are a terrorist.

 ■If you are a returning veteran, the you are a terrorist.
 ■If you are a Libertarian, then you are a terrorist.
 ■If you are a supporter of the Constitution, then you are a terrorist.
 ■If you are a supporter of Ron Paul ideals of limited government, then you are a terrorist.
 ■If you store more than three days of food and water, then you are a  terrorist.
 ■If you grow your own food, then you are a terrorist.
 ■If you are a gun owner or support the Second Amendment, then you are a terrorist.
 ■If you question government authority and notice the conspiracies that they ferment, then you are a terrorist.
 ■If you protest against the government, then you are a terrorist.
 ■If you take photographs in public, then you are a terrorist.
 ■If you videotape the cops committing police brutality, then you are a terrorist.
 ■If you make a phone call, send a fax or text message, visit a pro-constitution website, email anyone, post or visit on Facebook, use Google, travel by plane, then you are a terrorist because every one of these actions are monitored under the guise of detecting terrorism.
 
Every man, woman and child in this country, unless they work for NWO interests, are  government declared terrorists.
 
You Have Been Targeted for Unwarranted Detention and Extermination
 
The Nazis, the KGB and the East German Stasi have nothing on DHS. What would have been unthinkable only a generation ago in the form tyrannical abuse of power by the government, has arrived inside our country and it has arrived with a vengeance. Below, is just a small cross-section of the tyranny which has been visited upon America.

 ■The NDAA allows for unwarranted, illegal and indefinite detention of American citizens without the due process of law. Every person reading these words fits into one of the above categories in which DHS declares you to be a terrorist. This violates the entire Bill of Rights. No lawyer, no bail, no arraignment, no show cause hearing, no restrictions on length of incarceration, no right to cross examine witnesses against you and no right to ever be heard from again. Attorney General Holder has declared that Obama can use this act to murder Americans, through the use of domestically deployed drones, and it is presently being done. This act alone negates any civil liberty protections from this criminal enterprise government.

 ■The Patriot Act gives the government the right to spy on your every communication in violation of the Fourth Amendment

 ■New gun legislation sweeping the country negates your right to self-protection against intruders or an unconstitutionally intrusive government.
 
The above is only small cross-section of what has been and what will be done to us on a legislative front.
 
Remedies to the Tyranny Being Perpetrated by the NWO Through the Power of Government
 
To those who wrote to me in protest of encouraging a military purge of certain criminal government leaders, both elected and appointed.

 ■We the people can assassinate key leaders of the enslavement movement. This is destined to fail and runs in the face of everything I believe, therefore, I reject this option wholeheartedly.

 ■We the people can submit to the authority of the NWO and accept unwarranted detention, unwarranted executions and being the victim of a planned depopulation Eugenics program.

 ■We the people can use the next election cycle to unelect all politicians who do not support the Constitution. This is beyond naive, it is just plain ignorant. The NWO controls both major political parties. Who do you think is behind the outlawing of the Constitutionalists and Libertarians by DHS in the MIAC Report? The banksters own and control the electronic voting machines. In short, our “right” to vote has been reduced to a ceremonial gesture by the Bilderbergers and the Trilateral Commission who determine the winners of major elected office.

 ■We the people can launch “The People’s Revolution.” Really? Do you seriously see yourself picking an RPG or a gun and taking on DHS and UN troops who are presently in our country? Only the delusional would believe such a solution is viable. Voting has been reduced to a form of symbolic protest.

 ■We the people can support the continuation of the Lexington and Concord movement started by General Hamm, the deposed commander of AFRICOM, as he tried in vain to rescue Ambassador Stevens from the first degree murder plot perpetrated by this government.  Obama is purging the military with a vengeance because he knows that he and his merry band of communists are most vulnerable to a military coup. A military coup is the only real threat to the administration.
 
I find a military coup to be as distasteful as do many of you. However, what choice do we have left? Below on the comment board and would like to hear some viable solutions to a military coup. Do you really see yourself doing this?
 
 
http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2013/05/11/america-is-already-an-occupied-nation/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on May 13, 2013, 04:53:06 am
Quote
Do you seriously see yourself picking an RPG or a gun and taking on DHS and UN troops who are presently in our country?

Proof? Not just visiting military for training, but proof troops are on US soil.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 14, 2013, 12:08:33 pm
FYI, about that recent witchhunt the IRS did on certain conservative activist groups for the current White House...the IRS commissioner at the time also happened to be a George W. Bush appointee...

Douglas Shulman
Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (since March 2008)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/douglas-shulman/gIQAjjnrAP_topic.html

And the IRS under Bush Jr. did similar witchhunt activities as well...
http://www.salon.com/2013/05/14/when_the_irs_targeted_liberals/

Just reading these articles, it's getting pretty obvious that almost all of these activist groups(whether conservative or liberal) are opposition-controlled. But the worst part about all this is that it's merely the MEMBERS that are being brought into mud, while the influential/heads(ie-Sarah Palin with the Tea Party) seem to be the ones working arm-in-arm with these draconian entities.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 14, 2013, 10:49:31 pm
OK, this is only a blog, but nonetheless it quotes what "conservative" radio show host Mark Levin said...

http://lamecherry.blogspot.com/2013/05/what-is-behind-real-irs-scandal.html
What is behind the real IRS Scandal
5/14/13

When Congresswoman Michele Bachmann revealed that Birther Obama released the IRS scandal as it had been on the burner for a long time, she has been ignorant of a reality which only this blog has covered in the methodical protocols unleashed in this jihad attack by the Obama regime, and now it is about to get a entire new twist on this in reality hitting the fan.

Obama is crook. Saying that for the three thousandths time solves nothing in IRS scandals or ANALGATE. It is WHY OBAMA CHOSE THE IRS SCANDAL WHICH THIS BLOG in matter and anti matter is about to blow the lid off things with.

I will utilize examples in this of real Congressional staff and Congressmen to explain exactly why Obama chose the IRS scandal. The reason Obama chose the IRS scandal is simple.....it was to blackmail the Republicans into silence over Benghazi, by silencing them with the IRS scandal.

Why is that?

It is because of some proof Mark Levin blurted out on his radio program on May 13th, in which he stated in his IRS investigations, that IT WAS CONGRESS previously who was sending the IRS to terrorize Americans who were "bothersome" to the members.

Has it been any secret that John Boehner or Eric Cantor have not only detested the Tea Party, but were in open war against it with Karl Rove and **** Army trying to engineer an overthrow of it?

You have no idea what it is like on Capitol Hill when the idea of REAL AMERICANS come up, unless you listen to the gay staff which operates behind the scenes, hired by all of the top GOP.

read more at the link


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on May 15, 2013, 03:59:49 am
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You have no idea what it is like on Capitol Hill when the idea of REAL AMERICANS come up

I can only imagine!


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on May 17, 2013, 06:34:53 am
IN CHARGE DURING 'TEA PARTY' TARGETING, NOW RUNS IRS OBAMACARE OFFICE
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/05/irs-official-in-charge-during-tea-party-targeting-now-runs-health-care-office/

IRS henchwoman got $103,390 in bonuses...
http://washingtonexaminer.com/irs-tax-exemptionobamacare-exec-got-100390-in-bonuses/article/2529899

Outgoing IRS chief faces hearing after 'stunning' revelation on another scandal ...

The outgoing commissioner of the IRS is in the hot seat Friday, scheduled to testify for the first time on his agency's scandalous practice of targeting conservative groups -- after it was revealed that another implicated official is now in charge of an ObamaCare ...

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/17/outgoing-irs-chief-faces-hearing-after-stunning-revelation-on-another-scandal/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 17, 2013, 08:32:40 am
Looks like Caesar coming back to collect his chips is right around the corner...

As for these so-called "scandals" with Obama - the deeper this goes, the more chaos it'll likely bring, the more the American public will beg for a "savior" like they did toward the end of Bush II's term.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on May 27, 2013, 07:12:01 am
Tyranny Around the Corner
by Andrew P. Napolitano, May 23, 2013

A few weeks ago, President Obama advised graduates at Ohio State University that they need not listen to voices warning about tyranny around the corner, because we have self-government in America. He argued that self-government is in and of itself an adequate safeguard against tyranny, because voters can be counted upon to elect democrats (lowercase “d”) not tyrants. His argument defies logic and 20th-century history. It reveals an ignorance of the tyranny of the majority, which believes it can write any law, regulate any behavior, alter any procedure and tax any event so long as it can get away with it.

History has shown that the majority will not permit any higher law or logic or value — like fidelity to the natural law, a belief in the primacy of the individual or an acceptance of the supremacy of the Constitution — that prevents it from doing as it wishes.

Under Obama’s watch, the majority has, by active vote or refusal to interfere, killed hundreds of innocents — including three Americans — by drone, permitted federal agents to write their own search warrants, bombed Libya into tribal lawlessness without a declaration of war so that a mob there killed our ambassador with impunity, attempted to force the Roman Catholic Church to purchase insurance policies that cover artificial birth control, euthanasia and abortion, ordered your doctor to ask you whether you own guns, used the IRS to intimidate outspoken conservatives, seized the telephone records of newspaper reporters without lawful authority and in violation of court rules, and obtained a search warrant against one of my Fox colleagues by misrepresenting his true status to a federal judge.

James Rosen, my colleague and friend, is a professional journalist. He covers the State Department for Fox News. In order to do his job, he has cultivated sources in the State Department — folks willing to speak from time to time off the record.

One of Rosen’s sources apparently was a former employee of a federal contractor who was on detail to the State Department, Stephen Jin-Woo Kim. Kim is an expert in arms control and national defense whose lawyers have stated that his job was to explain byzantine government behavior so we all can understand it. When he was indicted for communicating top secret and sensitive information, presumably to Rosen, his lawyers replied by stating that the information he discussed was already in the public domain, and thus it wasn’t secret.

Prior to securing Kim’s indictment, the Department of Justice obtained a search warrant for Google’s records of Rosen’s personal emails by telling a federal judge that Rosen had committed the crime of conspiracy by undue flattery of Kim and appealing to Kim’s vanity until Kim told Rosen what he wanted to hear. In a word, that is rubbish. And the FBI agent who claimed that asking a source for information and the federal judge who found that the flattering questions alone constituted criminal behavior were gravely in error.

Reporters are protected in their craft by the First Amendment, and the Supreme Court has ruled that they can ask whatever questions they wish without fear of prosecution. If Kim revealed classified information to Rosen — a charge Kim vigorously denies — that is Kim’s crime, not Rosen’s. The Supreme Court ruled in the Pentagon Papers case that it is not a crime for a journalist to seek secrets, to receive them, to possess them and to publish them so long as they affect a matter of material public interest.

The government’s behavior here is very troubling. Government lawyers and FBI agents are charged with knowing the law. They must have known that Rosen committed no crime, and they no doubt never intended to charge him, and they never have. They materially misled the judge, who saw the phrase “probable cause” of criminal activity (taken from the Fourth Amendment) in their affidavit in support of the search warrant they sought, and he signed. The judge should have seen this for the ruse it was. It is inconceivable that a person could conspire to commit a crime (release of classified information) that is impossible for that person to commit, particularly with a Supreme Court case directly on point.

This misuse of the search warrant mechanism by misrepresentation of the status of the target continues the radicalization of federal criminal procedure now typical of this Department of Justice. It has claimed that it can release military weapons to foreign criminal gangs just to see where the weapons end up, and that its agents cannot be prosecuted for harm caused by those who received the weapons. It has held that the serious consideration given in the White House by high-ranking government officials to the identity of persons the president wants to kill somehow is a constitutional substitute for due process and thus enables the president to use drones to kill people uncharged with federal crimes. It has extended the public safety exception to the Miranda rule from the few seconds at the scene of the crime spent securing the prisoner, where the Supreme Court has said it resides, to more than 72 hours.

And now this.

The reason we have the due process safeguards imposed upon the government by the Constitution is to keep tyranny from lurking anywhere here, much less around the corner. Due process is the intentionally created obstacle to government procedural shortcuts, which, if disregarded, will invite tyranny to knock at the front door and sneak in through the back. Justice Felix Frankfurter warned of this 70 years ago when he wrote, “The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards.” That was true then, and it is true now.

Do you expect the Department of Justice to cut constitutional corners against you?

http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2013/05/22/tyranny-around-the-corner/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on May 28, 2013, 03:38:37 am
Yes, that's exactly what I expect, and the US government is not letting me down in that regard.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on May 30, 2013, 09:15:29 am
The United States Is In Fact An Orwellian Tyranny-Obama Statements At The National Defense University

The United States is in fact an Orwellian Tyranny that merely chooses not to implement full tyrannical measures. It only makes this decision because it does not yet have sufficient power to completely control the masses, i.e. we have not been made sufficiently docile, nor sufficiently dumbed down, fattened, sickened, and disarmed. When the government does have that power, and it will soon enough, it may then be too late to effectively resist.
 
During a speech on May 23 at the National Defense University at Ft. McNair in Washington D.C. in which Barrack Hussein Obama was called to the carpet by Medea Benjamin, one of his employers, for his actions relating to men who are illegally imprisoned by the United States Government, he stated: “Now, even after we take these steps one issue will remain, just how to deal with those Gitmo detainees who we know have participated in dangerous plots or attacks but who cannot be prosecuted, for example, because the evidence against them has been compromised or is not admissible in a court of law. But once we commit to a process of closing Gitmo I am confident that this legacy problem can be resolved consistent with our commitment to the rule of law.”
 
Think about this, the man who claims to be the President of the United States has just admitted that he is refusing to order the immediate release of prisoners that the government admits it has no evidence against. Yet in the same breath Obama states that the government “knows” the men committed crimes! How can the government know that somebody has committed a crime yet simultaneously have no evidence against him?! And worse yet, how can it continue to unlawfully imprison that person?! How can Obama announce that these men are guilty when they have never been found guilty in a court of law?! Barrack Hussein Obama has just announced to the world that he has the authority to unilaterally declare that someone is or is not guilty of a crime. The executive branch of government has now officially partially assumed the proper and constitutionally delegated role of the judicial branch. Also notice the Orwellian Double Speak as he claims that it is possible to “deal” with this issue consistent with the rule of law, while simultaneously violating the rule of law! The two practices are mutually exclusive and completely incompatible, yet he states that they work together. This is a whole new level of new speak and double speak. Non-evidence is actually evidence, tainted evidence is reliable evidence, illegal evidence is legal evidence, violating the law is upholding the law, and usurping the Constitution is adhering to the rule of law! This is the definitive definition of new speak and tyranny!
 
Also, let us not gloss over the fact that Obama refers to this situation as a “legacy problem” in a clear attempt to insinuate that he holds no responsibility for and is in no way accountable for this unlawful practice. Indeed, George W. Bush implemented this unconstitutional practice, but Obama continued it despite his crystal clear campaign promises to the contrary. From the moment that Obama took office and failed to order the immediate civilian trial or the release of every prisoner, he not only proved himself to not be a man of his word, he also immediately assumed culpability and responsibility for the actions of his predecessor and for every day thereafter that those human beings are denied their inalienable and God-given rights. In legal parlance this is called conspiracy after the fact, and it is a criminal offense.
 
At this moment all doubts as to the Orwellian and tyrannical nature of this dictator and of the United States Federal Government have been evaporated! There is now no room for doubt on where we stand! Who among us will idly stand by as men, against whom there is no evidence, rot in prison? How many American Citizens does this include? How long until this new legal standard is incorporated into and utilized in domestic criminal courts at the local, state, and federal levels? Or has it already been introduced and continues to be so incrementally? A close examination of the criminal justice system clearly demonstrates that this is indeed the case at every level of government, from traffic courts, to tax courts, to criminal courts, and “adjudicated hearings” conducted by the likes of the EPA, the NLRB, et al.
 
The judicial tyrants on the Supreme Court and other federal courts have bent over backwards to allow every form of illegally, unlawfully, and unconstitutionally  obtained evidence by police and other government agents to be admissible in courts and used against the accused, essentially eviscerating the Fourth Amendment. They have also steadily chipped away at the right to a speedy trial, the right to confront you accuser, and the right to present evidence on your own behalf, while simultaneously increasing the so-called right of government law breakers to be immune from criminal and civil prosecution for their criminality, brutality, and lawlessness. No wonder so many people in government are afraid of an armed citizenry. An armed man is a citizen whereas an unarmed man is a subject. Or put another way, an armed citizenry will get to the point where they won’t take this abuse anymore and agents of the state will find that engaging in immoral and unconstitutional actions will more likely than not result in them being shot and killed by those whom they are oppressing, whereas an unarmed citizenry that finally gets to the point where they can’t take it anymore will have no choice but to roll over and take it-hard. History and the current world are replete with these kinds of societies.
 
All the while the one party system in Congress not only allows this to happen, but actively funds it with your money. Think about it. You spend on average 33% of every hour you work, every day you work, every week you work, every month you work, and every year you work, working to support these policies and practices. And when you are not working you are paying compound taxes that amount to an average of 33% of the costs for the goods and services that you consume and utilize every day. Essentially, the government says that it owns one-third of your life, whether you like it or not. At one time that figure was 0%, 1%, 5%, etc. One day it will be well over 50% and perhaps even 90%-100%. And there won’t be a damn thing you can do about it because by then you will have been fattened up, dumbed down, and disarmed. Perhaps we are getting what we deserve for allowing our government to do what it does to the sovereign peoples of foreign lands.
 
Keep in mind that the fact that most of these men are foreigners is not ok. The rights to habeas corpus, trial by jury, and due process are universal human rights that apply to all men. Remember that the Constitution does not grant these rights to Americans, it merely recognizes these preexisting rights which apply to all men by the nature of their very existence. As such, our government is obligated to apply these rights to all human beings with whom it interacts or comes into contact. If you have not yet attained a post-conventional stage of intellectual and moral development where just doing the right thing for the sake of doing what is right, is enough for you; then allow me to appeal to your selfish pre-conventional stage of intellectual and moral development and point out that it is also in your own best interest to oppose this tyranny because there is a direct inverse relationship between a government’s exertion of power over foreigners and foreign lands, and the amount of domestic freedom at home. As the exertion of foreign power increases, freedom at home decreases. This is because policies, procedures, practices, techniques, and technologies are invariably directed inward as opposed to exclusively outward. Proof of this is found throughout history but more recently is found in both of the Patriot Acts, both of the Military Commissions Acts, the NDAA, the de facto nullifications of the Posse Comitatus Act and of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, the actions of C.I.A. personnel within the United States, as well as the events at Ruby Ridge, Waco, and Boston, and the general militarization of local and civilian law enforcement.
 
And what will become of the prisoners that Obama has found guilty by public proclamation? My guess is a combination of the following: Secret Star Chamber type trials that invariably find everyone guilty, executive orders finding them guilty-this would merely formalize Obama’s public pronouncements of guilt,  life in prison, death, handing over to third parties that will agree to do what we tell them to do to the prisoners-including murdering them. People like me will soon follow.
 
“Freedom is not bestowed upon by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.” -Benjamin Franklin.
 
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” -Lord Acton.
 
“A Republic, if you can keep it.” -Benjamin Franklin.
 
What are you waiting for? How much more of a clarion call do you require before you wake up and before you take action? Must you literally find yourself, a loved one, or a friend, dead, nearly beaten to death, about to die, or unjustly imprisoned, before you are ready to take action, and then wishing that you had already done so because at that point it will be too late?

http://libertycrier.com/forum/the-united-states-is-in-fact-an-orwellian-tyranny-obama-statements-at-the-national-defense-university/?utm


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on May 30, 2013, 09:25:23 am
I, Big Government

Considering the current crop of scandals plaguing the Obama administration, the findings in a recent report from Gallup that fully half of Americans believe the government has too much power, comes as no surprise. However, if these findings signal a true awakening by the citizenry to the real danger of this Administration, it is good news.

The Obama Administration’s IRS has been caught targeting, harassing, and out-right blocking the lawful formation of conservative organizations -- during an election year. The Department of Justice, officially charged with protecting our constitutionally guaranteed rights, has been caught intimidating reporters and effectively silencing sources and whistleblowers in the federal government. On top of all this, the Justice Department has been running roughshod over fundamental First Amendment rights in pursuing the Associated Press, acquiring the press outlet's phone records as part of a fishing expedition to plug leaks in its own house.

These are dark times for the Obama Administration, but even darker for our country's liberty. Americans citizens are beginning to realize the full extent of the power now held by faceless officials in Washington, D.C.

The constant deceit and misinformation coming from the Administration makes even the most loyal Democrats question President Obama’s personal role in these scandals. Even if we were to take Obama at his word -- and assume these scandals are the work of Big Government gone “rogue” -- it hardly presents a more comforting scenario. If the IRS, for example, can institute its own program of viewpoint discrimination, and conduct a campaign of systematic persecution of conservative and Tea Party groups without oversight, accountability, or restraint, then it is as if Big Government has become a “sentient being” -- capable of operating without executive direction.

In the 2004 movie I, Robot, an army of robot drones -- once used as servants for public services -- are turned against humanity by a supercomputer named V.I.K.I., whose artificial intelligence matures until "she," on her own, decides humans are no longer worth protecting. In much the same way, Big Government in the real world is deciding American citizens -- particularly those who have grown suspicious of the awesome power and authority granted to this unaccountable behemoth -- are no longer worth serving.

For years the deck has been stacked against the American public as more and more power has flowed to federal agencies, and into the hands of unelected bureaucratic drones far from the watchful eye of Congress and the people themselves. And, in the shadowy corners of Washington, D.C., like a machine building itself, they have created a leviathan beyond the wildest nightmares of our Founding Fathers.

It would be easy -- and not without merit -- to blame the recklessness of Congress for entrusting so much power to the Executive Branch over the last few decades, rather than keeping it in the hands of the states its members represent. For their part, many in the Congress from both political parties have facilitated an unprecedented expansion of the Police State, justified by calls of protecting “national security.” At the same time, Democrats have overseen a grotesque expansion of the welfare state, evidenced by record-high spending on government programs as well as by regulations that limit consumer choice and economic opportunity. Adding insult to injury, neither side lifted a finger, in good faith, to slow their counterparts – until it became politically expedient. Both parties came to rely on the electoral benefits of Big Government, and neither exhibited any true will to slow the gravy train.

Ultimately, of course, blame also falls to citizens themselves, who watch with eyes-wide-open as Big Government creeps further into our day-to-day lives. Every national tragedy is followed by calls for “more government” and “more laws” to prevent what wasn’t prevented in the first place. This repetitive paranoia -- fueled by the Main Stream Media, which has its own political agenda riding the coattails of Big Government -- paved the way for greater abuse of constitutional rights.

For those patriots who have long-witnessed this malignant growth of bigger and bigger government, the current litany of scandals barely raises an eyebrow. They realize the scandals are not the byproduct of foolish knaves populating government agencies, but rather are the natural consequences of a federal government no longer encumbered by the restraints of the Constitution, congressional oversight, or a “watchdog” media. Where an obstacle appears, Big Government sidesteps it, claiming “national security,” “executive authority,” blind ignorance (a favorite of the Obama administration), or more recently -- and, ironically -- by invoking the Fifth Amendment.

We truly have reached a watershed moment with the current scandals that plague the Obama Administration. Should congressional investigators fail to hold the Administration accountable for its gross misconduct across multiple agencies and incidents, there is little else any administration -- Republican or Democrat -- will not in the future be able to get away with. If the government can kill U.S. citizens overseas without trial, refuse to aid its own diplomats in peril, crush the autonomy of the free press, and silence political opponents in the time where free speech is at its most critical importance -- what rights remain sacred?

It is worth pausing to reflect on the true implications of this moment. The outcome of the ongoing investigations will, without hyperbole, decide the future of America as a free nation, under a government that was once accountable for its actions. It will be at this point that the Constitution could become little more than a piece of lifeless parchment, without meaning or significance. Those who try to hijack the ongoing investigations of these scandals, for motives other than discovering the truth and then holding the perpetrators responsible, are doing liberty, and the nation, a grave disservice. We are not fighting for political points any more. We are fighting for the moral soul of our nation.


http://townhall.com/columnists/bobbarr/2013/05/29/i-big-government-n1608372



Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on May 30, 2013, 11:54:55 am
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Ultimately, of course, blame also falls to citizens themselves

The American form of government is designed such that if the citizenry do not manage their representatives, the representatives will take it upon themselves to run the country, and so they have.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 30, 2013, 12:11:51 pm
The American form of government is designed such that if the citizenry do not manage their representatives, the representatives will take it upon themselves to run the country, and so they have.

Yeah, we're in a day and age where it seems like people just don't want to think for themselves, nor for that matter read things for themselves. Not that I endorse the MSM or anything, but sitting down and reading news articles in a newspaper will at least help you read b/w the lines to get some truth over what is going on(ie-thinking logically). On the contrary, listening to a lot of these "shock jocks" like Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones will not only lead you into a lot of deceptions, but will end up manipulating your emotions as well, that you can't think logically.

For example, was talking about political history over the last 30-40 years with my dad the other day, and was talking about Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney - he was well aware of their liberalism agendas LONG before I asked him, and that's b/c he mostly reads.

No, I'm not speaking for everyone, but nonetheless it's come to a point now where the public is deceived into thinking they have to put all of their trust in a certain political party. "Curseth is the man that trusteth in man...".


Title: Wisconsin GOP pushing law to spy on and seize bank accounts of unemployed
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 01, 2013, 04:53:41 pm
Wisconsin GOP pushing law to spy on and seize bank accounts of unemployed
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/01/wisconsin-gop-pushing-law-to-spy-on-and-seize-bank-accounts-of-unemployed/
6/1/13

A law is advancing through the Wisconsin state legislature that would double the job-seeking requirements for people collecting unemployment and which would allow the government to peer into their bank accounts and freeze them if they believe the account holder has received overpayments in their benefits. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the co-authors of the bill, which was introduced in the state Assembly and Senate on Friday, insist that the changes would be for workers’ own good.

“This is to protect the workers and lessen the burden on employers who are paying all the bills,” said state Rep. Dan Knodl (R-Germantown).

The bill also addresses the concerns of businesses which say that the state has not done enough to train judges on how to rule in disputes between companies and employees.

Democratic state Rep. Christine Sinicki (Milwaukee) said that the law is another salvo by Republicans against working people and the middle class. She also worried that Republicans would make the bill even more intrusive and draconian during the legislative mark-up process.

Knodl said the aim of the legislation is to move the state’s unemployment fund to solvency. Wisconsin is one of 31 states that had to borrow from the federal government to pay out unemployment benefits. At its highest point, Wisconsin’s debt to the federal government was nearly $1.5 billion, although in April of 2013, the amount was significantly less than that, $476 million, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Among the changes included in the Republican-backed legislation would slightly increase the maximum allowable benefit by $7 to $370 per week, it would render anyone cut off from receiving benefits for not taking a job ineligible to ever receive benefits again until they find a job that pays at least six times his or her benefit rate at the time of termination of benefits. The current requirement is four times their benefit rate.

It would force job applicants to apply for twice as many jobs to remain eligible for benefits. Currently employment seekers must apply for two jobs per week to keep unemployment benefits flowing. The new law raises that number to four.

Currently, people receiving educational or vocational training in order to qualify for a job can continue to receive unemployment benefits past their original expiration date. The new law would stop those payments.

The bill mandates that banks and financial institutions must hand over the private account information of any people suspected by the government of receiving overpayments.

In the event of overpayments, even those caused by government error or computer malfunctions, the government would be able to freeze and collect from the accounts of people receiving unemployment.

Assembly Bill 219 and Senate Bill 200 will go before legislative committees for consideration on Wednesday, June 5.



Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on June 02, 2013, 07:07:56 am
Couple Cuffed For Engaging In Free Speech In Front Of Independence Hall

A video that runs approximately 13:00 minutes records an ironic incident that took place on Saturday May 18 documents the incident of Mark and Barb, a couple who were engaged in handing out flyers and talking about ending the Federal Reserve system in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were detained and hand-cuffed for passing out flyers and engaging in free speech.

vid + story: http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/05/irony-couple-cuffed-for-engaging-in-free-speech-in-front-of-independence-hall/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on June 03, 2013, 04:49:21 am
Interesting, that site won't allow copy of comments. Highlight/copy doesn't work. So much for freedom of speech!  ::)

What I was wanting to copy is a article comment that mentions the actual law about flyers. Apparently it applies to commercial bills only, and even says outright you can approach a person in public and hand them a flyer freely.

All these wannabe Rambos are so busy being the lawman they don't even know their own laws!

Governments have never liked protestors. It's bad for business!


Title: The Wi-Fi in your home can track your moves like Xbox Kinect
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 05, 2013, 12:07:37 pm
The Wi-Fi in your home can track your moves like Xbox Kinect
http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/wi-fi-your-home-can-track-your-moves-xbox-kinect-6C10194118
6/5/13

Want to switch off the living room lights from bed, change channels while washing dishes, or turn the heat up from the couch? A team at the University of Washington has rigged a standard Wi-Fi home network to detect your movements anywhere in the home and convert them into commands to control connected devices.

Gesture recognition is the latest fad in games and tech, but even the newest systems require high-tech depth-sensing cameras or other special hardware. Microsoft's new Kinect, for instance, uses a photon-measuring method called "time of flight" sensing that was, until the Kinect was announced, limited to high-tech laboratories. And Kinect isn't small, either.

UW computer science students, led by assistant professor Shyam Gollakota, looked at the gesture-detection puzzle another way — specifically, how people affect the environment they're already in.

Our bodies distort the Wi-Fi signals we use to beam information to and from our laptops and phones. By watching those signals very closely, the team could determine not just what room you're in, but where you're standing and how you're moving your body. They call the system WiSee.

"By analyzing the variations of these signals over time, we can enable full-body gestures that go beyond simple hand motions," said Qifan Pu, a visiting student and one of the team at UW, in a video outlining the work.

That's no easy task: the "doppler effect" that our bodies have on the wavelength and path of the Wi-Fi signals is miniscule, meaning reliable measurement with consumer-grade hardware is difficult. But the WiSee team's expertise worked it out.

Once the sensing process was rigged up, the group combined the gesture recognition with store-bought home automation devices that wirelessly control lights, media players, thermostats, etc. Soon, they were using WiSee to perform simple tasks like playing a song or changing channels.

The system is also capable of tracking people as they wander through rooms or out of the house, turning off lights or adjusting music volume depending on their location.

The team put together a prototype piece of hardware to demonstrate WiSee, but any modern Wi-Fi router should do the trick, too, with a bit of custom software. With no special devices to buy, this could be the cheapest gesture-recognition tech yet.

Don't worry about anyone installing it surreptitiously on your router, though: It takes a bit of expertise and some specific "training" of the software before it can recognize anything at all, much less specific gestures or locations.

PhD student Sidhant Gupta and assistant professor Shwetak Patel, also on the project, have worked with Microsoft Research on similar body-tracking systems, but using soundwaves or radiation from electrical wires as the medium.

WiSee is currently in the proof-of-concept stage, but the creators hope to present it at the International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking in Miami later this year.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on June 05, 2013, 03:16:50 pm
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Don't worry about anyone installing it surreptitiously on your router, though: It takes a bit of expertise and some specific "training" of the software before it can recognize anything at all, much less specific gestures or locations.

So basically, only the "experts" have it, and are using it.

The biggest hurdle to law enforcement in "keeping the peace", is not knowing what people are doing in the privacy of their homes. And they go to great lengths to get inside your home without a warrant, always looking for something they can deem legal that will allow access. But who says which person is following the law? They expect the public to "trust" them, that officials will follow the law and not abuse technology.

What a joke. It's the world! It's evil and corrupt, and they will ultimately try to do whatever they can to gain an advantage for the benefit of themselves, regardless of what affect it may have on the person targeted, like say the IRS!

I noticed the hard move to push WIFI back several years ago. Seems like it really got amped up back in maybe 2005 when it started to become obvious. In the last 2-3 years, especially the last year and a half or so, the push has been out of control. Now everybody is pitching it, and notice how it's being tied to the new vehicles as well.

Put together a list of things one might want if they were trying to get the masses "jacked in" to the global system. How do you sell it to people? In the so-called "free market", the buying public doesn't have to buy a game console, or a tablet, or a shiny new "smart tv that is internet-ready with WIFI, but the world caters to the lusts of the flesh, and people end up feeling they must have it to be a part of society, so they don't get "left behind".

How ironic they use that phrase to pressure people through guilt to get the public on the globalist bandwagon. The wicked are the ones that will be left behind!

Why? Because they simply cannot keep a simple commandment, "Thou shalt not covet...nor any thing that is thy neighbor's".


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 16, 2013, 10:10:05 am
http://news.yahoo.com/rare-interview-dick-cheney-champions-nsa-surveillance-100827532.html
In Rare Interview, Dick Cheney Champions NSA Surveillance
6/16/13

Sunday show obsessives got a bit of a Father's Day treat on Sunday: Dick Cheney on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to talk about, among other things, the NSA data collection program. In something of a Greatest Hits interview, the former vice president threw everything he has behind government surveillance. And, despite looking a bit rusty when his cell phone went off on air, he's still got it.

The interview kicked off with Cheney, who was introduced by Wallace as "the driving force behind increased government surveillance" in the Bush administration, calling leaker Edward Snowden a "traitor," and insinuating that he may have had help from within the NSA. Asked if Snowden was spying on behalf of China, the former vice president said he was "deeply suspicious," and that the U.S. will "need to be really aggressive" with China to extradite Snowden.

Cheney also pushed aside Sen. Rand Paul's reservations about the NSA program that he made on Fox News Sunday last week. When asked why the NSA has to "vacuum up" information on ordinary citizens, Cheney laughed off the suggestion, saying that "it's just a big bag of numbers that has been collected." And, getting right into the swing of being back defending government surveillance, Cheney slipped into the first-person plural: "The allegation is not that we get all this personal information on Aunt Fanny or Chris Wallace, that's not the way it works." Cheney also took some ownership—or at least authorship—of the data-collection, saying that he "worked with [former Director of National Intelligence] Mike Hayden when we set this program up."

And while the former vice-president had many nice things to say about the "fine" men leading the NSA, he had no kind words for the president. "I don't pay attention, frankly, to a lot of what Barack Obama says...I'm obviously not a fan." He also said that President Obama is "dead wrong" in suggesting that the War on Terror is winding down, and that "in terms of credibility, I don't think he has credibility."

And, just for good measure, Cheney threw in his two cents on the IRS scandal: "One of the worst abuses of power imaginable."

If Cheney wasn't enough for your Father's Day morning, you were in luck. As the former vice-president exited, Karl Rove entered the show's panel to talk Syria. Because what better way is there to spend Father's Day than to pretend it's still 2005.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on June 17, 2013, 03:02:11 am
That creature Cheney is still alive?  ::)

And he's calling Snowden a traitor? Speaking of traitors!

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When asked why the NSA has to "vacuum up" information on ordinary citizens, Cheney laughed off the suggestion, saying that "it's just a big bag of numbers that has been collected." And, getting right into the swing of being back defending government surveillance, Cheney slipped into the first-person plural: "The allegation is not that we get all this personal information on Aunt Fanny or Chris Wallace, that's not the way it works." Cheney also took some ownership—or at least authorship—of the data-collection, saying that he "worked with [former Director of National Intelligence] Mike Hayden when we set this program up."

Classic indifference Cheney! People are just "a big bag of numbers"? I expect no less from such a wicked person.

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Cheney threw in his two cents on the IRS scandal: "One of the worst abuses of power imaginable."

My translation: "One of the worst cases of government idiots getting caught. I thought we taught them better than that".


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on June 26, 2013, 06:40:30 am
Sweeping Obama Program Urges Federal Workers to Inform on Each Other

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GmSNkmeYJVE/TzPesqtlLfI/AAAAAAAADp8/rtTCW0ebvEw/s1600/Obama+Stalin+Hitler.jpg)

Even before former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the government's secret surveillance programs, the Obama administration had ordered government employees to keep tabs on their fellow workers and report those who might be a security threat.

President Barack Obama launched what is known as the Insider Threat Program in October 2011, after Army Pfc. Bradley Manning downloaded hundreds of thousands of documents from a classified computer network and sent them to WikiLeaks, according to McClatchy Newspapers, which reviewed government documents related to the initiative.

When White House spokesman Jan Carney was asked Monday about the program, detailed by McClatchy last week, he said, "I confess I didn't see the story, I'll have to take the question," reports Fox News.

According to McClatchy, the "unprecedented initiative" has not received much public attention "even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments."

"It emphasizes leaks of classified material, but catchall definitions of 'insider threat' give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range of other conduct," said the newspaper, adding that the documents "show how millions of federal employees and contractors must watch for 'high-risk persons or behaviors' among co-workers and could face penalties, including criminal charges, for failing to report them."

"Leaks to the media are equated with espionage," it continued, pointing to a June 1, 2012, Defense Department strategy for the program that read, “Hammer this fact home … leaking is tantamount to aiding the enemies of the United States."

McClatchy cites concerns by former and current officials that the program "could make it easier for the government to stifle the flow of unclassified and potentially vital information to the public, while creating toxic work environments poisoned by unfounded suspicions and spurious investigations of loyal Americans."

"Some non-intelligence agencies already are urging employees to watch their co-workers for ‘indicators’ that include stress, divorce and financial problems," McClatchy reported.
 
"It was just a matter of time before the Department of Agriculture or the FDA started implementing, 'Hey, let's get people to snitch on their friends.' The only thing they haven't done here is reward it," said Kel McClanahan, a Washington lawyer specializing in national security law.


 http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/surveillance-insider-threat-obama/2013/06/25/id/511760#ixzz2XJzpxPbn


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on June 26, 2013, 12:39:54 pm
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"Leaks to the media are equated with espionage," it continued, pointing to a June 1, 2012, Defense Department strategy for the program that read, “Hammer this fact home … leaking is tantamount to aiding the enemies of the United States."

That depends on what is leaked that the government considers classified. Something illegal going on is not something that retains the right to be classified. The only people who want to withhold disclosure of illegal programs are the people who are trying to undermine the US government.

Interesting how they call it treason, when the very acts they are trying to hide is treason itself!


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on July 05, 2013, 02:09:17 pm
Commit any felonies lately?


Elizabeth Daly went to jail over a case of bottled water.

According to the Charlottesville Daily Progress, shortly after 10 p.m. April 11, the University of Virginia student bought ice cream, cookie dough and a carton of LaCroix sparkling water from the Harris Teeter grocery store at the popular Barracks Road Shopping Center. In the parking lot, a half-dozen men and a woman approached her car, flashing some kind of badges. One jumped on the hood. Another drew a gun. Others started trying to break the windows.

Daly understandably panicked. With her roommate in the passenger seat yelling “Go, go, go!” Daly drove off, hoping to reach the nearest police station. The women dialed 911. Then a vehicle with lights and sirens pulled them over, and the situation clarified: The people who had swarmed Daly’s vehicle were plainclothes agents of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The agents had thought the sparkling water was a 12-pack of beer.

Did the ABC’s enforcers apologize? Not in the slightest. They charged Daly with three felonies: two for assaulting an officer (her vehicle had grazed two agents; neither was hurt) and one for eluding the police. Last week, the commonwealth’s attorney dropped the charges.

The agents’ excessive display of force is outrageously disproportionate to the offense they mistakenly thought they witnessed: an underage purchase of alcohol. But in a sense, Daly got off easy. A couple of weeks after her ordeal, a 61-year-old man in Tennessee was killed when the police executed a drug raid on the wrong house. A few weeks later, in another wrong-house raid, police officers killed a dog belonging to an Army veteran. These are not isolated incidents; for more information, visit the interactive map at www.cato.org/raidmap.

They are, however, part and parcel of two broader phenomena. One is the militarization of domestic law enforcement. In recent years, police departments have widely adopted military tactics, military equipment (armored personnel carriers, flash-bang grenades) — and, sometimes, the mindset of military conquerors rather than domestic peacekeepers.

The other phenomenon is the increasing degree to which civilians are subject to criminal prosecution for noncriminal acts, including exercising the constitutionally protected right to free speech.

Last week, A.J. Marin was arrested in Harrisburg, Pa., for writing in chalk on the sidewalk. Marin was participating in a health care demonstration outside Gov. Tom Corbett’s residence when he wrote, “Governor Corbett has health insurance, we should too.” Authorities charged Marin with writing “a derogatory remark about the governor on the sidewalk.” The horror.

This follows the case of Jeff Olson, who chalked messages such as “Stop big banks” outside branches of Bank of America last year. Law professor Jonathan Turley reports that prosecutors brought 13 vandalism charges against him. Moreover, the judge in the case recently prohibited Olson’s attorney from “mentioning the First Amendment, free speech,” or anything like them during the trial.

In May, a Texas woman was arrested for asking to see a warrant for the arrest of her 11-year-old son. “She spent the night in jail while her son was left at home,” reports Fox34 News. The son never was arrested. Also in Texas, Justin Carter has spent months in jail — and faces eight years more — for making an admittedly atrocious joke about shooting up a school in an online chat. Though he was plainly kidding, authorities charged him with making a terrorist threat.

Federal prosecutors also recently used an anti-terrorism measure to seize almost $70,000 from the owners of a Maryland dairy. Randy and Karen Sowers had made several bank deposits of just under $10,000 to avoid the headache of filing federal reports required for sums over that amount. The feds charged them with unlawful “structuring.” Last week, they settled the case. Authorities kept half their money to teach them a lesson.

“I broke the law yesterday,” writes George Mason economics professor Alex Tabarrok, “and I probably will break the law tomorrow. Don’t mistake me, I have done nothing wrong. I don’t even know what laws I have broken. … It’s hard for anyone to live today without breaking the law. Doubt me? Have you ever thrown out some junk mail that … was addressed to someone else? That’s a violation of federal law punishable by up to five years in prison.” Tabarrok notes that lawyer Harvey Silverglate thinks the typical American commits “Three Felonies a Day” — the title of Silverglate’s book on the subject.

As The Wall Street Journal has reported, lawmakers in Washington have greatly eroded the notion of mens rea — the principle that you need criminal intent in order to commit a crime. Thanks to a proliferating number of obscure offenses, Americans now resemble the condemned souls in Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” — spared from perdition only by the temporary forbearance of those who sit in judgment.

“What once might have been considered simply a mistake,” The Journal explains, is now “punishable by jail time.” And as 20-year-old Elizabeth Daly has now learned, you can go to jail even when the person making the mistake wasn’t you.

http://www.timesdispatch.com/opinion/our-opinion/columnists-blogs/bart-hinkle/hinkle-commit-any-felonies-lately/article_58344fc1-7d4f-584a-8d16-36a1b1f2cdc0.html


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 12, 2013, 04:52:29 am
Well, like everyone else, went through airport security going and coming from India over the last week. India was different b/c their focus is on the threats of Pakistan.

But aside from that, just couldn't tell you how much of a JOKE it is in the West. Since we left India, we all continued to remain WITHIN the confines of the airports(ie-never left outside beyond TSA et al). But we were STILL required to go through TSA at every place.

Went through it in Amsterdam even AFTER we spent the night in THEIR airport hotel, then when we got to Detroit and even AFTER going through customs baggage claims, we went through TSA *again*. Again, we REMAINED in the confines of the airports ALL THROUGHOUT.

Anyone that goes through this just HAS to be thinking..."What is the POINT of all this?". ::)


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on July 12, 2013, 04:57:44 am
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This follows the case of Jeff Olson, who chalked messages such as “Stop big banks” outside branches of Bank of America last year. Law professor Jonathan Turley reports that prosecutors brought 13 vandalism charges against him. Moreover, the judge in the case recently prohibited Olson’s attorney from “mentioning the First Amendment, free speech,” or anything like them during the trial.

You can't use the law as a defense? WOW! Though I know why, I still ask how it is that these judges are still on the bench! That clown should be brought up on charges and pulled from the court.

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Anyone that goes through this just HAS to be thinking..."What is the POINT of all this?". Roll Eyes

Tracking and monitoring of the public. Nothing else.


Title: Did you know John Roberts is also chief justice of the NSA’s surveillance state?
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 12, 2013, 10:12:44 pm
Did you know John Roberts is also chief justice of the NSA’s surveillance state?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/07/05/did-you-know-john-roberts-is-also-chief-justice-of-the-nsas-surveillance-state/
7/5/13

Chief justice of the United States is a pretty big job. You lead the Supreme Court conferences where cases are discussed and voted on. You preside over oral arguments. When in the majority, you decide who writes the opinion. You get a cool robe that you can decorate with awesome gold stripes.

Oh, and one more thing: You have exclusive, unaccountable, lifetime power to shape the surveillance state.

To use its surveillance powers — tapping phones or reading e-mails — the federal government must ask permission of the court set up by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. A FISA judge can deny the request or force the government to limit the scope of its investigation. It’s the only plausible check in the system. Whether it actually checks government surveillance power or acts as a rubber stamp is up to whichever FISA judge presides that day.

The 11 FISA judges, chosen from throughout the federal bench for seven-year terms, are all appointed by the chief justice. In fact, every FISA judge currently serving was appointed by Roberts, who will continue making such appointments until he retires or dies. FISA judges don’t need confirmation — by Congress or anyone else.

No other part of U.S. law works this way. The chief justice can’t choose the judges who rule on health law, or preside over labor cases, or decide software patents. But when it comes to surveillance, the composition of the bench is entirely in his hands, and, as a result, so is the extent to which the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation can spy on citizens.

“It really is up to these FISA judges to decide what the law means and what the NSA and FBI gets to do,” said Julian Sanchez, a privacy scholar at the Cato Institute. “So Roberts is single-handedly choosing the people who get to decide how much surveillance we’re subject to.”

There’s little evidence that this is a power Roberts particularly wants. Tom Clancy, a professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law, has analyzed Roberts’s record on surveillance issues and been impressed mostly by how little interest in them Roberts displays. The chief justice doesn’t push the Supreme Court to take cases related to surveillance powers, and when such cases do come up, he tends to let another justice write the opinion. “He does not have much of a record in this area at all,” Clancy said.

To the degree Roberts’s views can be divined, he leans toward giving the government the authority it says it needs. “He’s been very state-oriented,” Clancy said. “He’s done very little writing in the area, but to the extent he has, almost without exception, he’s come down in favor of the police.”

Roberts’s nominations to the FISA court are almost exclusively Republican. One of his first appointees, for instance, was Federal District Judge Roger Vinson of Florida, who not only struck down the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate but the rest of the law, too. (The Supreme Court disagreed.) Vinson’s term expired in May, but the partisan tilt on the court continues: Only one of the 11 members is a Democrat.

Critics contend the FISA court is too compromised to conduct genuine oversight. It meets in secret, and the presiding judge hears only the government’s argument before issuing a decision that can’t be appealed or even reviewed by the public. “Like any other group that meets in secret behind closed doors with only one constituency appearing before them, they’re subject to capture and bias,” said Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program.

A Reuters investigation found that from 2001 to 2012, FISA judges approved 20,909 surveillance and property search warrants while rejecting only 10. Almost 1,000 of the approved requests required modification, and 26 were withdrawn by the government before a ruling. That’s a startling win rate for the government.

Perhaps the federal government is simply very judicious in invoking its surveillance authority. But it’s also possible that empowering the chief justice — especially one with an expansive view of state police powers — to appoint every FISA judge has created a tilted court. That’s probable even if the chief justice has been conscientious in his selections.

Harvard Law School professor and Bloomberg View columnist Cass R. Sunstein has found that judges are more ideologically rigid when their fellow judges are from the same party, and more moderate when fellow judges are from the other party. “Federal judges (no less than the rest of us) are subject to group polarization,” he wrote.

The FISA court is composed of federal judges. All are appointed by the same man. All but one hail from the same political party. And unlike judges in normal courts, FISA judges don’t hear opposing testimony or feel pressure from colleagues or the public to moderate their rulings. Under these circumstances, group polarization is almost a certainty. “There’s the real possibility that these judges become more extreme over time, even when they had only a mild bias to begin with,” Cato’s Sanchez said.

Just as the likelihood of polarization in the FISA court is more pronounced than in normal courts, the stakes are also higher. If trial judges are unduly biased, their rulings can be overturned on appeal. But FISA judges decide the momentous questions of whom the government may spy on and how. Their power is awesome, and their word is final. As the great legal scholar Kanye West said, no one man should have all that power.

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And keep in mind that John Roberts is a Roman Catholic.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 15, 2013, 01:26:31 am
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/14/19471066-senior-gop-leader-says-us-must-step-up-efforts-to-get-snowden?lite
7/14/13
Senior GOP leader says U.S. must step up efforts to get Snowden

WASHINGTON — A key congressional Republican said on Sunday that the Obama administration must step up efforts and exert "any and all pressure" on Russia to get it to hand over Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor turned fugitive leaker.

"I'm sure Russia loves this," Representative Michael McCaul, chairman of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, said of the Snowden drama that has opened the United States to international criticism.

McCaul told "Fox News Sunday" that the Russians are "making a mockery" of U.S. foreign policy, and, "I'm sure every day, they're extracting more and more information from this man."

Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security Agency, released previously secret documents revealing details of U.S. telephone and internet surveillance programs as part of counterterrorism efforts.

He has been stranded at a Moscow airport since late last month. He broke three weeks of silence on Friday and said he wanted asylum in Russia until he can go to Latin America.

Washington has asked Moscow to return Snowden to the United States where he is wanted on espionage charges but has not been able to get him.

McCaul described the showdown as "a test of our foreign policy," and, he said, "I would give the administration low marks for what they've done so far."

"We should be putting any and all pressure we have - economic, trade," on Russia to get Snowden, McCaul said.

McCaul said that the administration has failed to develop an acceptable relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"It's not working," McCaul said. "They're thumbing their nose at the United States."


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on July 15, 2013, 06:45:40 am
Obama's Signs Executive Action: If a Child 'Confesses' to a Pediatrician that Mommy & Daddy Have a Gun in the House, Feds Can Disarm Parents…
June 25, 2013.

(By Michael Connelly, Constitutional Attorney) -- I have written extensively about the horrendous and ongoing efforts by the Veterans Administration to disarm American military veterans by declaring them incompetent to handle their financial affairs due to physical or mental disabilities. Once declared incompetent the veterans are arbitrarily stripped of their Second Amendment right to purchase, own, or possess a firearm.

This is all being done by broadening the definition of mental illness to the point of absurdity. Often with the VA there is no psychiatrist or psychologist involved in the determination of incompetence. Instead, some untrained bureaucrat reviews the file of the veteran and if they find any mention of PTSD or the use of the word depression they seize on that and make the declaration of incompetence. There is no legal adjudication process involved in this; the veterans have no right to due process as required by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. It is tyranny in its purest form.

Unfortunately, what the VA is doing is not new. The use of phony psychiatry has been a weapon of tyranny for decades. In dictatorships like Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Cuba, and China people who opposed the regime would be declared mentally ill and placed in psychiatric hospitals or internment camps. That way no charges had to be filed and no evidence offered that an individual had committed a crime.

For the Nazis it was initially a perfect way to deal with the Jews and other groups that they considered sub human. If you were Jewish you had to mentally defective and therefor you could be put in a hospital and experimented on. It was the beginning of the holocaust. In the Soviet Union anyone who was not a devout supporter of Communism was held in an institution and then often sent on to the Gulag where they could be worked and starved to death.

We have certainly not reached that point in the United States, but we have reached the point where the basic premise is the same. The VA is using declarations of mental illness to disarm veterans and there have been reports of states like California doing the same. If it happening to veterans now how long will it be before it starts happening to other American citizens?

Consider this; soon those stalwarts of integrity who run the IRS will have access to the medical records of every American. They will be able to review them to see if you have ever told a doctor that you were depressed, ever suffered from PTSD after the loss of a loved one or from being in an accident, or even suffered from some minor memory loss. Based on the criteria being used by the VA the IRS could declare you mentally defective and put you on the list of people that can’t legally purchase or own firearms.

You also have to consider the fact that one of the 23 so called executive actions on gun control Obama recently signed called for doctors to ask their patients if they owned a firearm. This is not just directed at psychiatrists, but at all physicians including pediatricians. In other words, if your child confesses that Mommy and Daddy have a gun in the house that could conceivably be considered the actions of mentally defective individuals and you could be disarmed. Once we are disarmed we cease to be citizens and become subjects.

http://www.redflagnews.com/headlines/psychiatry-as-a-weapon-of-tyranny-by-michael-connelly-constitutional-attorney


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on July 15, 2013, 04:33:25 pm
I get the guy's point, but he's being a bit sensational, and a bit dishonest.

The following statement is not true. What he doesn't mention is that veterans do in fact have a process to be considered no longer mentally incompetent. The problem with this whole deal is like he says, these people are labeled as such with no bonafide professional mental evaluation made. They shouldn't be forced to prove they are not mental after the fact. That's guilty till proven innocent.

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There is no legal adjudication process involved in this; the veterans have no right to due process as required by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. It is tyranny in its purest form.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on July 17, 2013, 10:17:24 am
Driving somewhere? There's a gov't record of that

Chances are, your local or state police departments have photographs of your car in their files, noting where you were driving on a particular day, even if you never did anything wrong.

Using automated scanners, law enforcement agencies across the country have amassed millions of digital records on the location and movement of every vehicle with a license plate, according to a study published Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. Affixed to police cars, bridges or buildings, the scanners capture images of passing or parked vehicles and note their location, uploading that information into police databases. Departments keep the records for weeks or years, sometimes indefinitely.

As the technology becomes cheaper and more ubiquitous, and federal grants focus on aiding local terrorist detection, even small police agencies are able to deploy more sophisticated surveillance systems. While the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that a judge's approval is needed to track a car with GPS, networks of plate scanners allow police effectively to track a driver's location, sometimes several times every day, with few legal restrictions. The ACLU says the scanners assemble what it calls a "single, high-resolution image of our lives."

"There's just a fundamental question of whether we're going to live in a society where these dragnet surveillance systems become routine," said Catherine Crump, a staff attorney with the ACLU. The civil rights group is proposing that police departments immediately delete any records of cars not linked to a crime.

Law enforcement officials said the scanners can be crucial to tracking suspicious cars, aiding drug busts and finding abducted children. License plate scanners also can be efficient. The state of Maryland told the ACLU that troopers could "maintain a normal patrol stance" while capturing up to 7,000 license plate images in a single eight hour shift.

"At a time of fiscal and budget constraints, we need better assistance for law enforcement," said Harvey Eisenberg, chief of the national security section and assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland.

Law enforcement officials also point out that the technology is legal in most cases, automating a practice that's been done for years. The ACLU found that only five states have laws governing license plate readers. New Hampshire, for example, bans the technology except in narrow circumstances, while Maine and Arkansas limit how long plate information can be stored.

"There's no expectation of privacy" for a vehicle driving on a public road or parked in a public place, said Lt. Bill Hedgpeth, a spokesman for the Mesquite Police Department in Texas, which has records stretching back to 2008, although the city plans next month to begin deleting files older than two years. "It's just a vehicle. It's just a license plate."

In Yonkers, N.Y., just north of the Bronx, police said retaining the information indefinitely helps detectives solve future crimes. In a statement, the department said it uses license plate readers as a "reactive investigative tool" that is only accessed if detectives are looking for a particular vehicle in connection to a crime.

"These plate readers are not intended nor used to follow the movements of members of the public," the department's statement said.

But even if law enforcement officials say they don't want a public location tracking system, the records add up quickly. In Jersey City, N.J., for example, the population is only 250,000 but the city collected more than 2 million plate images on file. Because the city keeps records for five years, the ACLU estimates that it has some 10 million on file, making it possible for police to plot the movements of most residents depending upon the number and location of the scanners, according to the ACLU.

The ACLU study, based on 26,000 pages of responses from 293 police departments and state agencies across the country, also found that license plate scanners produced a small fraction of "hits," or alerts to police that a suspicious vehicle has been found. In Maryland, for example, the state reported reading about 29 million plates between January and May of last year. Of that amount, about 60,000 — or roughly 1 in every 500 license plates — were suspicious. The No. 1 crime? A suspended or revoked registration, or a violation of the state's emissions inspection program accounted for 97 percent of all alerts.

Eisenberg, the assistant U.S. attorney, said the numbers "fail to show the real qualitative assistance to public safety and law enforcement." He points to the 132 wanted suspects the program helped track. They were a small fraction of the 29 million plates read, but he said tracking those suspects can be critical to keeping an area safe.

Also, he said, Maryland has rules in place restricting access for criminal investigations only. Most records are retained for one year in Maryland, and the state's privacy policies are reviewed by an independent board, Eisenberg noted.

At least in Maryland, "there are checks, and there are balances," he said.

http://news.yahoo.com/driving-somewhere-theres-govt-record-140052644.html


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on July 18, 2013, 05:37:09 am
10 Ways That The Iron Grip Of The Big Brother Prison Grid Is Tightening On All Of Our Lives

Do you ever feel trapped in an invisible control grid that is slowly but surely closing in all around you?  Do you ever feel like virtually everything that you do is being watched, tracked, monitored and recorded?  If so, unfortunately it is not just your imagination.  Our society is rapidly being transformed into a Big Brother prison grid by a government that is seemingly obsessed with knowing everything that we do.  They want a record of all of our phone calls, all of our Internet activity and all of our financial transactions.  They even want our DNA.  They put chips in our passports, they are starting to scan the eyes of our children in our schools, and they have declared our border areas to be “Constitution-free zones” where they can do just about anything to us that they want.  The Bill of Rights has already been eroded so badly that many would argue that it is already dead.  The assault against our most basic freedoms and liberties never seems to end.  The following are 10 ways that the iron grip of the Big Brother prison grid is tightening on all of our lives…

#1 Automated License Plate Scanners

All over the United States automated license plate scanners are being installed.  Sometimes they are mounted on police vehicles, and other times they are put on stationary locations like bridges and road signs.  These automated license plate scanners are collecting a staggering amount of information about the travel patterns of millions of innocent American citizens every single day…

    Police are recording and storing information on millions of license plates that aren’t related to suspected violation of the law or any known activity of interest to law enforcement, according to data collected by the American Civil Liberties Union through Freedom of Information requests in 38 states.

According to the Washington Post, automated license plate scanners recorded the locations of vehicle plates 85 million times in the state of Maryland in 2012.

And as more of these scanners get installed around the nation, the amount of information that the government collects about the movements of our vehicles will continue to increase.

#2 Government Workers Ordered To Spy On The “Lifestyles, Attitudes And Behaviors” Of Their Fellow Workers

Did you know that the Obama administration has ordered federal workers to spy on one another?…

    Federal employees and contractors are asked to pay particular attention to the lifestyles, attitudes and behaviors – like financial troubles, odd working hours or unexplained travel – of co-workers as a way to predict whether they might do “harm to the United States.” Managers of special insider threat offices will have “regular, timely, and, if possible, electronic, access” to employees’ personnel, payroll, disciplinary and “personal contact” files, as well as records of their use of classified and unclassified computer networks, polygraph results, travel reports and financial disclosure forms.

If you do not spy on your fellow workers and something goes wrong, you could lose your job or potentially even be prosecuted yourself.

#3 Eye Scanners In Our Schools

According to CNN, iris scanners are already going into schools all over the country, and soon they will be used in banks, at airports and at ATM machines…

    In the next year, industry insiders say the technology will be available all over– from banks to airports. That means instead of entering your pin number, you can gain access to an ATM in a blink. Used in an airport, the system will analyze your iris as you pass through security, identifying and welcoming you by name.

Will we soon live in a world where we no longer use passwords and instead use our eyeballs?…

    “Imagine a world where you’re no longer reliant on user names and passwords,” Eyelock CMO Anthony Antolino told CNNMoney. “If we’re going through a turnstile and you have authorization to go beyond that, it’ll open the turnstile for you, if you embed it into a tablet or PC, it will unlock your phone or your tablet or it will log you into your email account.”

#4 Biometric Chips In Our Passports

Did you know that all U.S. passports contain biometric identity chips?  The following is from a recent CNSNews.com article…

    According to the website, the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002 required foreigners participating in the Visa Waiver Program–which permits entry into the United States without a VISA for a limited period of time–to have these integrated circuits or chips on their passport.

    “As a security measure, Congress has legislated that all countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program with the United States must issue passports with integrated circuits (chips), to permit storage of at least a digital image of the passport photograph for use with face recognition technology,” the website states.

    The website also says that since 2007 the State Department has been issuing U.S. passports bearing the chips. The department did this on its own authority, and not in response to any statutory mandate enacted by Congress.

#5 All Your Financial Transactions Tracked By The Government?

Most Americans have never even heard of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but one U.S. Senator is warning that this agency wants to keep a record of all of your financial transactions…

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is looking to create a “Google Earth” of every financial transaction of every American, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) warned today in a Senate speech opposing confirmation of Richard Cordray as CFPB director.

    “This bill (creating the CFPB) was supposed to be about regulating Wall Street. Instead, it’s creating a Google Earth on every financial transaction. That’s right: the government will be able to see every detail of your finances. Your permission – not needed,” Sen. Enzi said.

#6 Complaining About The Tap Water Makes You A Terrorist?


Have you ever complained about the water?

If so, you might be a terrorist.

The following is a brief excerpt from a recent article by Anthony Gucciardi…

    Concerned about the high levels of arsenic in your water, or perhaps the known levels of radioactive contamination? Well you must be a terrorist, according to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and Homeland Security, who consider issuing such complaints to be classified under terrorist activity.

    It all started when Tennessee residents in Maury County recorded an exchange with the deputy director from the state’s environmental entity TDEC, who issued a warning that complaining about low quality tap water could put you in Guantanamo.

#7 DNA Databases


The United States already has a database that contains the DNA of approximately 11 million criminals…

    The biggest database is in the United States — the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, which holds information on more than 11 million people suspected of or convicted of crimes.

    It is set to grow following a May Supreme Court ruling that upheld the right of police forces to take DNA swabs without a warrant from people who are arrested, not just those who are convicted. (Policies on DNA collection vary by state; more than half of the states and the federal government currently take DNA swabs after arrests.)

But of course authorities will never be satisfied until they have all of our DNA.  And we are definitely moving in that direction.  The following comes from my recent article entitled “The Coming National DNA Database“…

    A national DNA database is coming.  Barack Obama has already said that he wants one.  A major Supreme Court decision last month paved the way for one.  The DNA of those that commit “serious crimes” is already being routinely collected all over the nation.  Some states (such as New Jersey) are now passing laws that will require DNA collection from those charged with committing “low level crimes”.  And a law that was passed under George W. Bush allows the federal government to screen the DNA of all newborn babies in the United States.  So how long will it be before we are all required to give DNA samples to the authorities?

#8 Copying Your Hard Drive At The Border

How would you feel if you went to cross the U.S. border and officials grabbed your computer and made a copy of the hard drive?

As incredible as that sounds, it is happening all the time.  As I wrote about recently, if they do take your computer, you might not get it back for an extended period of time…

    Two years ago The Constitution Project issued a report on the issue, “Suspicionless Border Searches of Electronic Devices: Legal and Privacy Concerns with the Department of Homeland Security’s Policy.”

    The group explained: Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement “officers may detain electronic devices for significant periods of time. For CBP, detentions can be extended well beyond the minimum five-day guideline with supervisory approval. If the device is detained by ICE, the detention can last for ‘a reasonable time,’ which according to its Directive can last 30 days or more.” Neither agency sets any firm time limit.

#9 NSA Snooping

Thanks to Edward Snowden, we now know much more about NSA snooping.  Sadly, the NSA seems to want to collect every piece of data about everyone in the world that they possibly can.

And right now the NSA is building a place to store all of that data.  It is being constructed out in Utah, and it will be the largest data center in the history of the world.  It is going to have approximately a million square feet of storage space, it is going to cost nearly 2 billion dollars to build, and it is going to take about 40 million dollars a year just to pay for the energy needed to run it.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “21 Facts About NSA Snooping That Every American Should Know“.

#10 Obama Now Has The Power To Seize Control Of The Internet?

Why does Barack Obama keep releasing very important executive orders very late on Friday afternoons?

Is he trying to sneak things through that nobody will notice?

For example, it is being reported that Barack Obama has just signed an executive order that will allow him to seize control of the Internet during a national emergency…

    Another late-Friday afternoon release from the White House — this one on how agencies should communicate with the public in emergencies — has Internet privacy advocates crying foul over a possible power grab.

    The executive order — “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions” — was released last Friday in the late afternoon.

This executive order is apparently worded so vaguely that it would allow Obama to do just about anything he wanted to as far as the Internet is concerned…

    Essentially, it says the government can take control of private telecommunications technology, presumably including those used for the Internet, for government communications in an emergency.

    “Under the Executive Order the White House has … granted the Department [of Homeland Security] the authority to seize private facilities when necessary, effectively shutting down or limiting civilian communications,” wrote the Electronic Privacy Information Center in a blog post.

Are you alarmed by all of this?

You should be.

Sadly, most Americans don’t even realize what is going on.  Most Americans are just working really hard to make it in this very difficult economic environment, and when they turn on their televisions the mainstream media doesn’t warn them that they are rapidly losing their freedoms and liberties.

Please share this article with as many people as you can.  We need people to get educated about what is happening.  What we are experiencing right now is kind of like “death by a thousand paper cuts”.  The Big Brother control grid is closing in on us in hundreds of different ways, but it is often happening so gradually that people don’t really feel it.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/10-ways-that-the-iron-grip-of-the-big-brother-prison-grid-is-tightening-on-all-of-our-lives


Title: License plate data not just for cops: Private companies are tracking your car
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 19, 2013, 10:46:35 am
License plate data not just for cops: Private companies are tracking your car
7/19/13
http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/19/19548772-license-plate-data-not-just-for-cops-private-companies-are-tracking-your-car?lite

License plate recognition technology developed for law enforcement and embraced by the auto repossession industry is being opened to wider use through a Florida company that lets its clients track the travels of millions of private vehicles – adding to privacy advocates’ concerns that such data could be used improperly.

TLO, an investigative technology company in Boca Raton, Fla., began offering the search service to its private industry clients in late June, saying it taps into a database of more than 1 billion records collected by automatic license plate readers.

A report earlier this week by the ACLU found that U.S. law enforcement agencies are scooping up droves of data using license plate readers, creating massive databases where more than 99 percent of the entries represent innocent people.

But private industry also has put the technology to work, most prominently in recovering vehicles from deadbeat borrowers. As the new TLO service demonstrates, private use of LPR data for other purposes is expanding rapidly.

It’s unclear who runs the database that TLO taps into, but the two leading companies in the field say that each month their databases collect tens of millions of pieces of geo-located information from thousands of license plate readers, mounted on tow trucks, mall security vehicles, police cars, at the entrances to store parking lots, on toll booths or along city streets and highways.

The data can include the location of the vehicle, the date and time it was spotted, and an image. Sometimes, drivers and passengers appear in the images.

“The prospect of a private company making such data public to all comers is scary,” said Catherine Crump, an attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. “This kind of information is particularly what stalkers would love to get their hands on.”

Crump, who wrote the ACLU report but said she had not been aware of TLO’s service, worried about privacy concerns with other possible uses, such as corporations tracking where their employees go after work, politicians scouting rivals or people keeping tabs on babysitters’ travels.

But those involved in amassing license plate databases say such fears are unfounded – and that data obtained via Facebook, Twitter or a person’s cellphone are far more intrusive.

“They can figure out who you date,” said Scott A. Jackson, founder and CEO of Illinois-based MVTRAC, which controls one of the two big private LPR databases in the U.S. “For us to figure out that information, it would take us billions and billions of license plates to get to that point. We’re at least 10 years away from that.”

Jackson also said companies that use MVTRAC’s camera systems and tap into its database go through rigorous background checks and vetting of computer security and personnel. He said that anyone who used MVTRAC’s database improperly could be violating three federal privacy laws.

Still, he said, the impetus is on companies like his to show that they use data properly.

“There’s no illegality whatsoever for me giving you data about a license plate. But as big data becomes exponential, society has a reasonable expectation that companies will handle themselves responsibly,” Jackson said. “I wouldn’t give this data to someone I don’t know – they might be a stalker.”

Similarly, Chris Metaxas, chief executive officer of Texas-based Digital Recognition Network, or DRN, which holds the other big private LPR database, said strict rules govern how such data is collected and used. He said that the ACLU’s concerns about how long LPR data is kept by law enforcement miss the point.

“The issue is really not about retention of data. The real issue is one of access control and effective policies” surrounding privacy and security, Metaxas said.

Metaxas said his company adheres to best practices laid out in federal driver’s privacy laws for access control, encryption and security of its data. DRN's data does not contain private information about individuals, he said.

“We do not retain any identifiable information related to owners of those license plates,” he said.

Jackson said that MVTRAC has expanded the use of its data beyond law enforcement and the repossession and insurance industries but that his company did not contract with TLO or have plans for a service like TLO’s.

When asked whether TLO used DRN’s database, Metaxas said he could not answer questions about possible clients.

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Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on July 19, 2013, 11:41:33 am
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the two leading companies in the field say that each month their databases collect tens of millions of pieces of geo-located information from thousands of license plate readers, mounted on tow trucks, mall security vehicles, police cars, at the entrances to store parking lots, on toll booths or along city streets and highways.

And they are getting info from police how? Let me guess, the state is selling that info to private companies.

Another question is how is it that private companies are allowed to use such devices? While government has it's own laws, they differ from what private companies have to follow. They don't need a warrant for starters, and that I think is the big hitch in the system. Hand it over to private companies, and no more warrant issues.


Title: House votes to continue NSA surveillance program
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 25, 2013, 08:47:31 am
House votes to continue NSA surveillance program
7/24/13
http://www.10news.com/news/u-s-world/house-votes-to-continue-nsa-surveillance-program-07242013

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to continue the collection of hundreds of millions of Americans' phone records in the fight against terrorism.

The chamber rejected a measure to end the program's authority. The vote was 217-205 on Wednesday.

Republican Rep. Justin Amash had challenged the program as an indiscriminate collection of phone records. His measure, if approved by the full House and Senate and signed by the president, would have ended the program's statutory authority.

The White House, national security experts in Congress and the Republican establishment had lobbied hard against Amash's effort.

Libertarian-leaning conservatives and some liberal Democrats had supported Amash's effort.

The vote was unlikely to settle the debate over privacy rights and government efforts to thwart terrorism.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on July 25, 2013, 02:22:44 pm
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Republican Rep. Justin Amash had challenged the program as an indiscriminate collection of phone records.

But it isn't "indiscriminate". They are doing a very specific task, following guidelines. They know exactly what they are doing, and have a very specific purpose. I see this junk as just Washington placating the public, so they can say "see, we tried!".


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 26, 2013, 03:46:02 pm
http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/07/feds-demand-user-passwords-as-congress-sells-us-out/
Feds Demand User Passwords As Congress Sells Us Out

It’s been a rough couple of days for any freedom loving American. Two big stories broke in relation to the NSA scandal and neither bodes well for the future of privacy in this country. Yesterday’s big story came from CNET. That is significant in and of itself because CNET is not exactly what you would call a site for political news junkies. CNET is more for the computer savvy techies.

They are reporting that the feds are applying intense pressure to gather passwords. CNET reports:

The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users’ stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed.

If the government is able to determine a person’s password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user. Obtaining it also would aid in deciphering encrypted devices in situations where passwords are reused.

“I’ve certainly seen them ask for passwords,” said one Internet industry source who spoke on condition of anonymity. “We push back.”

A second person who has worked at a large Silicon Valley company confirmed that it received legal requests from the federal government for stored passwords. Companies “really heavily scrutinize” these requests, the person said. “There’s a lot of ‘over my dead body.’”

Some of the government orders demand not only a user’s password but also the encryption algorithm and the so-called salt, according to a person familiar with the requests. A salt is a random string of letters or numbers used to make it more difficult to reverse the encryption process and determine the original password. Other orders demand the secret question codes often associated with user accounts.

A Microsoft spokesperson would not say whether the company has received such requests from the government. But when asked whether Microsoft would divulge passwords, salts, or algorithms, the spokesperson replied: “No, we don’t, and we can’t see a circumstance in which we would provide it.”

Of course no one is going to admit to providing such info. It’s bad for business. The CNET article is enough to raise serious questions. And even if some of the big providers are saying “no way,” you can bet that they aren’t all saying that. There is no such thing as internet privacy. Keep that in mind going forward.

This story was not shocking but it certainly shows how serious our government is about obtaining data when they want it. They can say what they want about Snowden but it appears he was onto something much bigger than what we already know.

As if this was not bad enough, on Wednesday the Republican House members sold us out.  As if you don’t already have enough proof that we no longer have two distinct political parties, try to make any conservative swallow this pill. As reported by Freedom Outpost:

On Wednesday, The House of Representatives voted down an amendment by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) that would have slashed funding for the National Security Agency’s counterterrorism efforts, which have recently come under attack due to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s exposing what the agency is doing in spying on American citizens’ records without a warrant. The amendment, which would have been useful to rein in NSA’s spying program on innocent Americans, was narrowly defeated 217-205.

It is not the fact that the amendment was defeated that was as alarming as to how it was defeated. Check out the final vote totals.
Democrats 111 for and 83 against.
Republicans 94 for and 134 against.

Translation… The Republicans squashed this, not the Democrats. The Democrats wanted it. I immediately checked my own group of All Stars to see how they voted. Gowdy and Stockman are still good in my book but Issa voted against it. What? Come on Darrell.

Yes, we all heard the passionate plea from Michele Bachman, who seemed to be the only one with the guts to explain a “Nay” vote, but do those arguments wash?

Do we need to defeat Al Qaeda and keep our citizens safe? Absolutely.

Do I think that this budget is being used for that? Not really.

A slash in the budget might keep them from worrying about who Weiner is sexting and keep them more focused on finding idiots like the Tsarnaev Brothers who want us all dead.  That is just my opinion but I think it is shared by many.

One thing is for certain. Americans have few allies on the other side and Big Brother is watching.

I don’t think it’s quite fair that the federal government should have my passwords when I can’t even remember some of them. Maybe I can send the NSA a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain my lost passwords.

I don’t think it’s consistent to vote against budget cuts for a government agency that has a strangle hold on our freedom. Certainly not when our country is in such dire economic straits. It doesn’t make sense. They found a place to curb government waste and they ignored it.

What do you think?



Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on July 26, 2013, 04:15:32 pm
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Do we need to defeat Al Qaeda and keep our citizens safe? Absolutely

Al Qaeda doesn't exist. It's a CIA creation.  ::)


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on July 29, 2013, 12:50:02 pm
Gun March Organizer Now Calling for Citywide Civil Disobedience

The July 4 armed march on Washington just got a little more interesting. A day after telling City Desk that he would still try to enter Washington with a loaded gun, rally organizer Adam Kokesh changed tactics. Now, he wants citywide civil disobedience over whatever law participants consider unconstitutional.
 
"This is now a call for mass civil disobedience on July 4th anywhere in Washington, DC," Kokesh writes on his march's Facebook event page. "Break whatever unconstitutional law you choose."
 
Kokesh declined to comment on the move, promising a full announcement next year. But the shift to a citywide strategy seems to be a response to D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier making it clear that marchers would be stopped at the bridge. Instead, Kokesh promises, "we will shut them down by overwhelming them."
 
Meanwhile, another group of libertarians has promised to march downtown the day before Kokesh's rally with toy guns.
 
Readers: What unconstitutional law will you choose to break for Washington's version of Devil's Night?

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2013/05/08/gun-march-organizer-now-calling-for-citywide-civil-disobedience/

Activist Adam Kokesh ordered held without bond in D.C.

A D.C. Superior Court judge has ordered a veteran and activist accused of openly carrying a shotgun in D.C.'s Freedom Plaza held without bond.
 
During a preliminary hearing Monday, an attorney representing Adam Kokesh argued that the stunt -- filmed and posted on YouTube -- was nothing more than political theater.
 
The judge disagreed, ordering that Kokesh be held until his next court appearance.
 
"I consider your client to be a very dangerous man," the judge said. "This is not a political statement."
 
Kokesh had been arrested and charged with drug-related offenses in Fairfax County, Va., earlier in July.
 
He is expected back in a D.C. courtroom Aug. 13.

http://wtop.com/109/3404250/Activist-Adam-Kokesh-ordered-held-without-bond-in-DC


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on July 29, 2013, 03:59:53 pm
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The judge disagreed, ordering that Kokesh be held until his next court appearance.
 
"I consider your client to be a very dangerous man," the judge said. "This is not a political statement."
 
Kokesh had been arrested and charged with drug-related offenses in Fairfax County, Va., earlier in July.

Talk about "political theater"!

Well, judge, of course it's a political statement, otherwise, what danger does he present to society? What is "very dangerous" about him? He was in possession of drugs? Since when do "drug-related offenses" warrant no bond?

It's VERY political judge and you know it.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 31, 2013, 11:23:10 am
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/31/19794519-tsa-employees-caught-sleeping-on-the-job-skipping-work-report?lite
7/31/13
TSA employees caught sleeping on the job, skipping work: report

The Transportation Security Administration investigated and closed 9,622 cases of employee misconduct between the years 2010 and 2012, according to a report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office.

The figure marked a 26 percent increase in misconduct cases in a three-year period.

Thirty-two percent of the cases involved problems with workers showing up for their jobs, according to the report, and 20 percent had to do with security and screening.

In one case mentioned in the GAO report, an employee left an assigned checkpoint to help a family member get a bag -- later found to contain "numerous prohibited items" -- past screening. The employee was suspended for seven days, according to the report.

In another case from January 2012, two former employees of the TSA were sentenced to six months in jail after they admitted to have stolen $40,000 from a bag at John F. Kennedy Airport, NBC New York reported.

The report was released ahead of a hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday morning that included representatives from the TSA and GAO.

Of the more than 9,000 misconduct cases closed by the TSA over the three-year period, nearly half resulted in a letter of reprimand, while employees were suspended in 31 percent of cases, according to the report. Only 17 percent of the employees found to have engaged in misconduct were removed from their jobs.

TSA Deputy Administrator John Halinski said that in cases where it can be immediately proved that an employee committed a form of misconduct, “I’m going to walk him out the door.” Most cases of alleged wrongdoing require an investigation, he said.

The agency is nearly 12 years old, and has 55,000 employees and a budget of more than $7.5 billion.

The need for strict guidelines on how to discipline employee infractions had led to inconsistencies, said Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.

“The bulk of employee misconduct cases are handled at the airport level, meaning that what happens at one airport may differ from what happens at another,” Thompson said in an opening statement.

The variety of workplaces involved “underscores the need to have clearly defined and consistently applied procedures” regarding employee discipline, Stephen Lord, GAO director of forensic audits and investigative services, said at the hearing on Wednesday.

The GAO report included four recommendations for executive action, all of which have been endorsed by the TSA, Lord said on Wednesday. The recommendations include developing guidelines to record and report misconduct for TSA officials at all airports and establish a review process for all allegations of misbehavior.

Some lawmakers had harsh words for the TSA ahead of Wednesday’s hearing.

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., the chairman of the subcommittee on oversight and management efficiency, said in a statement that he looked forward to “hearing from TSA on its plans to regain the confidence of the American people.”

“The report’s findings show that TSA plays fast and loose with its use of recommended penalties for misconduct. When it comes to sleeping on duty, TSA is more likely to give a slap on the wrist through a reprimand letter than the standard penalty of suspensions or termination,” Duncan said in the prepared statement.

“TSA has already been publicly scrutinized for its behavior and treatment of the American public, and when Americans hear about ethical misconduct from TSA employees, whether it be theft, neglect of duty, or even abusive language, it makes the problem even worse.”


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 31, 2013, 11:55:19 am
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/31/nsa-top-secret-program-online-data
7/31/13
XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'

• XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data
• NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches
• Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history
• NSA's XKeyscore program – read one of the presentations


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Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 31, 2013, 12:11:29 pm
http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/30/19781508-government-can-grab-cell-phone-location-records-without-warrant-appeals-court-says?lite
7/30/13
Government can grab cell phone location records without warrant, appeals court says

In a major victory for the Justice Department over privacy advocates, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that government agencies can collect records showing the location of an individual's cell phone without obtaining a warrant.

The 2-1 ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld the Justice Department's argument that "historical" records showing the location of cell phones, gleaned from cell site location towers, are not protected by the Fourth Amendment.

A key basis for the ruling: The use of cell phones is "entirely voluntarily" and therefore individuals who use them have forfeited the right to constitutional protection for records showing where they have been used, the court held.

"The Government does not require a member of the public to own or carry a phone," wrote U.S. Judge Edith Brown Clement in an opinion joined by U.S. Judge Dennis Reavley. The opinion continued: "Because a cell phone user makes a choice to get a phone, to select a particular service provider, and to make a call, and because he knows that call conveys cell site information ... he voluntarily conveys his cell site data each time he makes a call."

The issue of cell phone location data has become a major and increasingly contentious battleground in the privacy wars. Privacy advocates argue that the proliferation of cell phone towers in the U.S. – 285,561, according to the latest industry records, more than double the number 10 years ago – and new technologies, such as smartphones, permit law enforcement agents to track highly sensitive information about where individuals have been – their homes or trips to see doctors, friends or lovers – without making a showing to a judge that there is "probable cause" that a person has committed a crime.

Instead, police and law enforcement agents have been obtaining such records under a law called the Stored Communications Act by asserting that there are "specific and articulable facts" showing the records are needed for a criminal investigation – a lower standard.

The debate has even touched on the National Security Agency's surveillance program: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper last week wrote a letter to Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden stating that the agency has "no current plans" to collect cell phone location data as part of its bulk collection of phone records.

But Wyden, a Democrat, has repeatedly asserted that the agency has the legal authority to do so, noting in a recent speech that "most of us have a computer in our pocket that potentially can be used to track and monitor us 24/7."

Tuesday’s ruling involved three cases in which unknown federal agencies applied for 60 days of cell site location data in three criminal investigations. But it is hardly the last word on the subject. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has already ruled that federal judges may require warrants for such data, and the ACLU and other privacy groups this month filed a brief to the 4th Circuit urging that warrants be required for all such government requests.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on July 31, 2013, 02:44:24 pm
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A key basis for the ruling: The use of cell phones is "entirely voluntarily" and therefore individuals who use them have forfeited the right to constitutional protection for records showing where they have been used, the court held.

EXACTLY!

No one is being forced to use a cell phone, particularly a smart phone, that has GPS in it. But, in the end, they are being pushed that direction as the government has mandated that all cellphones have GPS, for the 911 and emergency alert system they recently digitized, which by the way the federal government can now access your phone and spam it with their "alerts" at their choosing.

The breakthrough though is the smart phone. That is the deal-changer, because of it's internet access, and really, the technological fact it's no longer a cell phone, but a mini pc that has cellular service. And it's wireless, which I admit has some handy advantages in normal use, but it's a feature that has serious downsides, because wireless means that anybody who can intercept that signal can potentially access your device. After all, it's just a pc with wireless internet connection. And now we are getting reports that sim cards have been hacked.

I suspect most people don't really know why their cell phones "apps" are called that, simply because it's computer geek slang for "application", which is another name for computer "code" that has been assembled into a computer program that has a specified use.

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But Wyden, a Democrat, has repeatedly asserted that the agency has the legal authority to do so, noting in a recent speech that "most of us have a computer in our pocket that potentially can be used to track and monitor us 24/7."

THEY know the deal. It's the public's own fault if the public doesn't know.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 01, 2013, 12:42:02 pm
John McCain Is Furious About Edward Snowden
http://news.yahoo.com/john-mccain-furious-edward-snowden-121643229.html
8/1/13

On Thursday, Edward Snowden was finally allowed to leave a Moscow airport and enter Russia after being granted a temporary, one-year asylum in the country. It was, presumably, a big relief for the National Security Agency leaker. But it's got Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., fuming.

In a statement released Thursday morning, the senator called Russia's actions "a disgrace and a deliberate effort to embarrass the United States." He continued:

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It is a slap in the face of all Americans. Now is the time to fundamentally rethink our relationship with [President Vladimir] Putin's Russia. We need to deal with the Russia that is, not the Russia we might wish for. We cannot allow today's action by Putin to stand without serious repercussions.

What would those repercussions be? McCain suggests "significantly" expanding the Magnitsky Act list, "to hold accountable the many human violators [sic] who are still enjoying a culture of impunity in Russia." He also suggests pushing U.S. missile-defense programs in Europe and challenging "political convictions and detentions of Russian dissidents," as well as other human-rights measures.

McCain is not alone in his anger. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., tweeted earlier Thursday that the reset in U.S.-Russia relations is more like the "U.S. being run over." In a statement, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said that "Edward Snowden is a fugitive who belongs in a United States courtroom, not a free man deserving of asylum in Russia." The senator also calls the asylum decision a "setback to U.S.-Russia relations."

All of this puts Putin in a tough spot. He had earlier said that Snowden would only be allowed to stay in his country if he stops "his work aimed at damaging our U.S. partners, no matter how strange this sounds coming from me." More recently, Putin has said he won't let Snowden harm U.S.-Russia relations. The statements from McCain and Menendez seem show that harm actually has been done--even if, particularly in the case of McCain, it may not've been toodifficultto push him over the edge.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on August 01, 2013, 02:51:44 pm
McCain was already over the edge, has been for years! That guy is a mentally questionable war hawk.

But you got to give the guy credit for towing the line to it's full length with this little brain dead statement...

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the senator called Russia's actions "a disgrace and a deliberate effort to embarrass the United States."

While he's saying that, down the hall there are hearings going on over the NSA spying on not just US citizens, but other countries. A now proven fact, and he's worried this will embarrass the US?

In the spirit of disclosing injustice and crimes in government and watching out for the well-being of US citizens, Snowden should be given a medal, and certain politicians should be in handcuffs answering to a judge.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on August 01, 2013, 04:03:21 pm
An interesting read from FOX News Judge Napolitano...

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/08/01/libertys-backlash-why-should-be-grateful-to-edward-snowden/ (http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/08/01/libertys-backlash-why-should-be-grateful-to-edward-snowden/)

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Liberty’s backlash -- why we should be grateful to Edward Snowden

By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
Published August 01, 2013
FoxNews.com

Last week, Justin Amash, the two-term libertarian Republican congressman from Michigan, joined with John Conyers, the 25-term liberal Democratic congressman from the same state, to offer an amendment to legislation funding the National Security Agency (NSA). If enacted, the Amash-Conyers amendment would have forced the government’s domestic spies when seeking search warrants to capture Americans’ phone calls, texts and emails first to identify their targets and produce evidence of their terror-related activities before a judge may issue a warrant. The support they garnered had a surprising result that stunned the Washington establishment.

It almost passed.

The final vote, in which the Amash-Conyers amendment was defeated by 205 to 217, was delayed for a few hours by the House Republican leadership, which opposed the measure. The Republican leadership team, in conjunction with President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, needed more time for arm-twisting so as to avoid a humiliating loss.

But the House rank-and-file did succeed in sending a message to the big-government types in both parties: Nearly half of the House of Representatives has had enough of government spying and then lying about it, and understands that spying on every American simply cannot withstand minimal legal scrutiny or basic constitutional analysis.

The president is deeply into this and no doubt wishes he wasn’t. He now says he welcomed the debate in the House on whether his spies can have all they want from us or whether they are subject to constitutional requirements for their warrants. Surely he knows that the Supreme Court has ruled consistently since the time of the Civil War that the government is always subject to the Constitution, wherever it goes and whatever it does.

As basic as that sounds, it is not a universally held belief among the power elites. Gen. James Clapper, the current boss of all domestic spies, obviously lied when he testified under oath to a Senate committee recently that the government was not accumulating massive amounts of data about tens or hundreds of millions of Americans.

Gen. Keith Alexander, the head of the NSA, materially misled a House committee when he was asked under oath whether the NSA has the “ability” to listen to phone calls and he stated it lacks the “authority” to do so. Right off the bat, we can see that these senior spies do not feel bound by the laws prohibiting perjury and the misleading of Congress.

Congress itself has legislatively attempted to amend the Constitution, knowing that the supreme law of the land can only be amended by three-quarters of the states. The Constitution requires probable cause of criminal activity to be presented to a judge as a precondition of the judge issuing a search warrant. It also requires that the warrant particularly describe the place to be searched or the person or thing to be seized.

Yet, Congress told the secret FISA court that it can avoid the Constitution and issue a warrant to any spy looking for the phone calls and electronic communications of anyone in America, without probable cause, without naming the persons whose records are sought and without describing the place to be searched. Secrecy-smitten judges, whose clerks are NSA agents and who are not permitted to keep copies of their own rulings, have gone along with this.

Obama, who did not want a national debate on all this before Edward Snowden blew the whistle on it, has backed off of his earlier claims that the feds are not reading emails or listening to phone calls.

He has done this, no doubt, in light of unrefuted statements by Snowden and other NSA whistleblowers to the effect that federal spies can, with the press of a computer key, read emails and hear phone calls.

Only after the Snowden revelations did Obama welcome the "debate" in the House. That debate, in which more than half of his own party rejected his spying, lasted precisely 24 minutes.

How can a deliberative body of 434 current members debate an issue as monumental as whether the government is bound by the Constitution when it seeks out terrorists in just 24 minutes?

Apparently, the House Republican leadership that established the absurd 24-minute rule feared a serious and meaningful public discussion in which its authoritarian impulses would need to confront the Constitution its members swore to uphold. In that 24-minute time span, millions -- millions -- of Americans’ phone calls and emails were swept into the NSA’s supercomputers in defiance of the Constitution.

There is a political wildfire burning in the land, and we should all be grateful to Snowden for igniting it. The fire eventually will consume the political derelictions of those who have abandoned their oaths to uphold the Constitution so they can sound tough back home.

The Amash-Conyers amendment would have required the feds to tell the court the name of the person whose communications they seek and the evidence they have against that person -- just as the Constitution requires. And it would have prohibited the NSA dragnets the Constitution obviously was written to prevent.

Instead we have the almost unimaginable prospect and the nearly unthinkable reality of the feds claiming that they can legally put every person in America under their privacy-invading scrutiny in order to catch a few dozen evil ones -- most of whom were entrapped by the FBI in the first place and never posed a serious danger to the public or the nation.

Would we all be safer if the feds could knock down any door they wished and arrest any person they chose? Who would want to live in such a society? What value is the Constitution if those in whose hands we have reposed it for safekeeping are afraid to do so?

I expect that the Amash-Conyers amendment will be back on the floor of the House soon. When it is, who will have the courage to preserve, protect and defend personal liberty in a free society?



Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 01, 2013, 05:33:16 pm
^^

Col 2:13  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Col 2:14  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Col 2:15  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.




Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on August 02, 2013, 05:52:22 am
White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

The federal government is hiring what it calls a "Behavioral Insights Team" that will look for ways to subtly influence people's behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by FoxNews.com. Critics warn there could be unintended consequences to such policies, while supporters say the team could make government and society more efficient.
 
While the program is still in its early stages, the document shows the White House is already working on such projects with almost a dozen federal departments and agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.
 
"Behavioral sciences can be used to help design public policies that work better, cost less, and help people to achieve their goals," reads the government document describing the program, which goes on to call for applicants to apply for positions on the team.
 
The document was emailed by Maya Shankar, a White House senior adviser on social and behavioral sciences, to a university professor with the request that it be distributed to people interested in joining the team. The idea is that the team would "experiment" with various techniques, with the goal of tweaking behavior so people do everything from saving more for retirement to saving more in energy costs.
 
The document praises subtle policies to change behavior that have already been implemented in England, which already has a "Behavioral Insights Team." One British policy concerns how to get late tax filers to pay up.
 
"Sending letters to late taxpayers that indicated a social norm -- i.e., that '9 out of 10 people in Britain paid their taxes on time' -- resulted in a 15 percent increase in response rates over a three-month period, rolling out to £30 million of extra annual revenue," the document reads.
 
Another policy aimed to convince people to install attic insulation to conserve energy. 
 
"Offering an attic-clearance service (at full cost) to people led to a five-fold increase in their subsequent adoption of attic-insulation."
 
[Read the full document here]
 
Such policies -- which encourage behavior subtly rather than outright require it -- have come to be known as "nudges," after an influential 2008 book titled "Nudge" by former Obama regulatory czar Cass Sunstein and Chicago Booth School of Business professor Richard Thaler popularized the term.
 
The term "nudge" has already been associated with the new program, as one professor who received Shankar's email forwarded it to others with the note: "Anyone interested in working for the White House in a 'nudge' squad? The UK has one and it's been extraordinarily successful."
 
Richard Thaler told FoxNews.com that the new program sounds good.
 
"I don't know who those people are who would not want such a program, but they must either be misinformed or misguided," he said.
 
"The goal is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government by using scientifically collected evidence to inform policy designs. What is the alternative? The only alternatives I know are hunches, tradition, and ideology (either left or right.)"
 
But some economists urge caution.
 
"I am very skeptical of a team promoting nudge policies," Michael Thomas, an economist at Utah State University, told FoxNews.com.
 
"Ultimately, nudging ... assumes a small group of people in government know better about choices than the individuals making them."
 
And sometimes, he added, government actually promotes the wrong thing.
 
"Trans-fats were considered better than saturated and unsaturated fats in the past. Now we know this is an error."
 
Every intervention would need to be tested to make sure it works well, said Harvard economics professor David Laibson, who studies behavioral economics and is in touch with the people in government setting up the program. He added that the exact way the team will function is currently unknown.
                                       
 "We have to see the details to be sure, but this could work out very well," he said.
 
Asked about details, Dan Cruz, spokesman for the U.S. General Services Administration (the department which the team will be a part of) told FoxNews.com: "As part of the Administration's ongoing efforts to promote efficiency and savings, GSA is considering adding some expertise from academia in the area of program efficiency and evaluation under its Performance Improvement Council."
 
Maya Shankar did not respond to questions.
 
Laibson added that he hoped the U.S. program would stay away from overly controversial subjects.
 
"Let's say we want people to engage in some healthy behavior like a weight loss program, and then start automatically enrolling overweight people in weight loss programs -- even though they could opt out, I'm guessing that would be viewed as offensive ... a lot of people would say, 'I didn't ask for this, this is judging who I am and who I should be."
 
But Laibson added that there are very real benefits to some "nudge" policies -- such as one that increases the number of people registered as organ donors by making people decide when they apply for a drivers' license.
 
Thaler, who is also an adviser to the British Behavioral Insights Team, said that his research also supports automatically enrolling people in retirement savings plans. 
               
 "Many people have struggled to save enough to provide for an adequate retirement. ... Two simple design changes can dramatically improve the situation ... automatic enrollment (default people into the plan with the option to easily opt out) and automatic escalation, where workers can sign up to have their contributions increased annually," he said.
 
Jerry Ellig, an economist at the Mercatus Center, said that some "nudges" are reasonable, but warned about a slippery slope.
 
"If you can keep it to a 'nudge' maybe it can be beneficial," he added, "but nudges can turn into shoves pretty quickly."


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/30/govt-knows-best-white-house-creates-nudge-squad-to-shape-behavior/#ixzz2ao9NvE6k


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 22, 2013, 10:53:10 am
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/22/20131077-secret-court-scolded-nsa-over-surveillance-in-2011-declassified-documents-reveal?lite
8/22/13
Secret court scolded NSA over surveillance in 2011, declassified documents reveal

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has given up more of its surveillance secrets, acknowledging that it was ordered to stop scooping up thousands of Internet communications from Americans with no connection to terrorism — a practice it says was an unintended consequence when it gathered bundles of Internet traffic connected to terror suspects.

One of the documents that intelligence officials released Wednesday came because a court ordered the National Security Agency to do so. But it's also part of the administration's response to the leaks by analyst-turned-fugitive Edward Snowden, who revealed that the NSA's spying programs went further and gathered millions more communications than most Americans realized.

The NSA declassified three secret court opinions showing how it revealed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that one of its surveillance programs may have collected and stored as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by ordinary Americans annually over three years. The court ruled the NSA actions unconstitutional and ordered the agency to fix the problem, which it did by creating new technology to filter out buckets of data most likely to contain U.S. emails, and then limit the access to that data.

The director of national intelligence, James Clapper, released the information Wednesday "in the interest of increased transparency," and as directed by President Barack Obama in June, according to a statement accompanying the online documents.

But it wasn't until the Electronic Freedom Foundation, an Internet civil liberties group that sued for the release of one of the documents, disclosed the court order that Obama administration officials also acknowledged that the release was prodded by the group's 2012 lawsuit.

The court opinions show that when the NSA reported its inadvertent gathering of American-based Internet traffic in September 2011, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ordered the agency to find ways to limit what it collects and how long it keeps the material.

In an 85-page declassified FISA court ruling from October 2011, U.S. District Judge James D. Bates rebuked government lawyers for repeatedly misrepresenting the operations of the NSA's surveillance programs.

Bates wrote that the NSA had advised the court that "the volume and nature of the information it had been collecting is fundamentally different than what the court had been led to believe," and went on to say the court must consider "whether targeting and minimization procedures comport with the Fourth Amendment" prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure.

"This court is troubled that the government's revelations regarding NSA's acquisition of Internet transactions mark the third instance in less than three years in which the government has disclosed a substantial misrepresentation regarding the scope of a major collection program," Bates added in a footnoted passage that had portions heavily blacked out.

Bates also complained that the government's submissions make clear that the NSA was gathering Internet data years before it was authorized by the USA Patriot Act's Section 702 in 2008.

The NSA had moved to revise its Internet surveillance in an effort to separate out domestic data from its foreign targeted metadata — which includes email addresses and subject lines. But in his October 2011 ruling, Bates said the government's "upstream" collection of data — taken from internal U.S. data sources — was unconstitutional.

Three senior U.S. intelligence officials said Wednesday that national security officials realized the extent of the NSA's inadvertent collection of Americans' data from fiber optic cables in September 2011. One of the officials said the problem became apparent during internal discussions between the NSA and Justice Department officials about the program's technical operation.

The problem, according to the officials, was that the top secret Internet-sweeping operation, which was targeting metadata contained in the emails of foreign users, was also amassing thousands of emails that were bundled up with the targeted materials. Because many Web mail services use such bundled transmissions, the official said, it was impossible to collect the targeted materials without also sweeping up data from innocent domestic U.S. users.

Officials said that when they realized they had an American communication, the communication was destroyed. But it was not clear how they determined to whom an email belonged and whether any NSA analyst had actually read the content of the email. The officials said the bulk of the information was never accessed or analyzed.

As soon as the extent of the problem became clear, the officials said, the Obama administration provided classified briefings to both Senate and House intelligence committees within days. At the same time, officials also informed the FISA court, which later issued the three 2011 rulings released Wednesday — with sections blacked out — as part of the government's latest disclosure of documents.

The officials briefed reporters on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to do so by name.

The documents were declassified to help the Obama administration explain some of the most recent disclosures made by The Washington Post after it published classified documents provided by Snowden, the former NSA systems analyst.

But the FISA court's classified rulings have also been at issue in a year-old lawsuit filed against the government by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The release Wednesday of the FISA opinion, two other 2011 rulings and a secret "white paper" on the NSA's surveillance came less than two weeks after a federal judge in Washington gave government lawyers a time extension in order to decide which materials to declassify. The EFF had been pressing for a summary judgment that would have compelled the government to release the secret FISA rulings, and the government's most recent extension expired Wednesday, the day it released the once-secret FISA court rulings.

"This was all released in response to the court's orders," said Mark Rumold, an EFF attorney involved in the litigation.

A senior administration official acknowledged Wednesday that some of the documents released were in response to the lawsuit, while others were released voluntarily. The official insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the release with a reporter by name.

The documents were posted later in the day on a new website that went live Wednesday afternoon. The front page of the site said it was "created at the direction of the president of the United States (and) provides immediate, ongoing and direct access to factual information related to the lawful foreign surveillance activities carried out by the U.S. intelligence community."

These interceptions of innocent Americans' communications were happening when the NSA accessed Internet information "upstream," meaning off fiber optic cables or other channels where Internet traffic traverses the U.S. telecommunications system.

The NSA disclosed that it gathers some 250 million Internet communications each year, with some 9 percent from these "upstream" channels, amounting to 20 million to 25 million emails a year. The agency used statistical analysis to estimate that of those, possibly as many as 56,000 Internet communications collected were sent by Americans or people in the U.S. with no connection to terrorism.

Under court order, the NSA resolved the problem by creating new ways to detect when emails by people within the U.S. were being intercepted and separated those batches of communications. It also developed new ways to limit how that data could be accessed or used. The agency also agreed to only keep these bundled communications for possible later analysis for a two-year period, instead of the usual five-year retention period.

The agency also, under court order, destroyed all the bundled data gathered between 2008, when the FISA court first authorized the collection under Section 702 of the Patriot Act, and 2011, when the new procedures were put in place.

The court signed off on the new procedures.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the program is specifically to gather foreign intelligence, not spy on Americans.

"The reason that we're talking about it right now is because there are very strict compliance standards in place at the NSA that monitor for compliance issues, that tabulate them, that document them and that put in place measures to correct them when they occur," Earnest said.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: McChristian on August 24, 2013, 11:00:05 am
U.S. Department of Defense education materials obtained by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, warn of “extremists” that will “talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.” Judicial Watch and other conservative media outlets claim the disclosure indicates the department is teaching that conservative views are “extremist” in nature.

The guide is reportedly authored by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, a Defense Department-funded diversity training center. Further, the documents cite the left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) when identifying “hate groups.”

Judicial Watch proves the “highlights” from the documents:

• The document defines extremists as “a person who advocates the use of force or violence; advocates supremacist causes based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or national origin; or otherwise engages to illegally deprive individuals or groups of their civil rights.”

• A statement that “Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publically espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.”

• “[W]hile not all extremist groups are hate groups, all hate groups are extremist groups.”

• Under a section labeled “Extremist Ideologies” the document states, “In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements.  The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.”

• In this same section, the document lists the 9/11 attack under a category of “Historical events.”

• “[A]ctive participation…with regard to extremist organizations is incompatible with military service and, is therefore prohibited.” [Emphasis in original]

• The document details the “seven stages of hate” and sixteen “extremists’ traits.”

• The SPLC is listed as a resource for information on hate groups and referenced several times throughout the guide.

• Of the five organizations besides the SPLC listed as resources, one is an SPLC project (Teaching Tolerance) and one considers any politically or socially conservative movement to be a potential hate group (Political Research Associates).

• Other than a mention of 9/11 and the Sudan, there is no discussion of Islamic extremism.

Judicial Watch obtained 133 pages of lesson plans and PowerPoint slides in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filed on April 8, 2013. The group asked for “any and all records concerning, regarding, or related to the preparation and presentation of training materials on hate groups or hate crimes distributed or used by the Air Force.”

However, the document says it is “for training purposes only” and “do not use on the job.” The document released was provided by the Air Force, but Judicial Watch claims it originated in a Defense Department office and is “thought likely to be used in other agency components.”

In coordination with the document release, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said the “Obama administration has a nasty habit of equating basic conservative values with terrorism.”

“And now, in a document full of claptrap, its Defense Department suggests that the Founding Fathers, and many conservative Americans, would not be welcome in today’s military,” he added. “And it is striking that some the language in this new document echoes the IRS targeting language of conservative and Tea Party investigations.  After reviewing this document, one can’t help but worry for the future and morale of our nation’s armed forces.”

Link to said document: http://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/2161-docs.pdf?V=1 (http://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/2161-docs.pdf?V=1)

Link to article itself: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/23/department-of-defense-education-materials-warn-of-extremists-that-speak-of-individual-liberties-states-rights-and-how-to-make-the-world-a-better-place/ (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/23/department-of-defense-education-materials-warn-of-extremists-that-speak-of-individual-liberties-states-rights-and-how-to-make-the-world-a-better-place/)


Title: Military teaches colonists were 'Extremists'
Post by: McChristian on August 24, 2013, 11:15:54 am
The colonists who came to the New World and built the foundations of what now is the United States were “extremists,” and discussions that include mention of “individual liberties” are a dangerous sign, according to the U.S. government.

The education materials that originate with the Department of Defense depict conservative organizations as “hate groups” and cite the Southern Poverty Law Center, which was named in a federal court case for having identified the Family Research Council as a “hate group” simply for adhering to a biblical perspective on homosexuality.

That identification, by his own account, led Floyd Lee Corkins II to arm himself and enter the FRC offices in Washington with the intention of killing as many people as he could.

The documents were obtained by Judicial Watch, the government corruption monitor.

JW said it obtained the records under a Freedom of Information Act request that was launched months ago. The request asked for records “concerning, regarding, or related to the preparation and presentation of training materials on hate groups or hate crimes distributed or used by the Air Force.”

The 133 pages make up a January “Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute” “student guide” called “extremism.”

For example, it warns: “Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publically (sic) espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.”

And it adds: “In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.”

The 9/11 attacks by Muslims who killed nearly 3,000 people are called a “historical event.”

Traits of extremists include attacking an opponent’s character, name-calling, sweeping generalizations, no proof of arguments, viewing the opposition as evil, arguing through intimidation, using slogans or buzzwords, assuming moral superiority and doomsday thinking.

“[A]ctive participation…with regard to extremist organizations is incompatible with military service and, is therefore prohibited,” the educational materials read.

According to Judicial Watch: “In April 2013, following a terrorist shooting at the Family Research Council (FRC) headquarters that occurred in August 2012, Judicial Watch filed multiple FOIA requests to determine what, if any, influence SPLC’s branding of hate groups had on government agencies. On its website, the SPLC has depicted FRC as a ‘hate group,’ along with other such mainstream conservative organizations as the American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, and Coral Ridge Ministries. At the time of the shooting, FRC president Tony Perkins accused the SPLC of sparking the shooting, saying the shooter ‘was given a license to shoot … by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center.’”

The report said the document was obtained from the Air Force, but it originated in a Department of Defense office and is “therefore thought likely to be used in other agency components.”

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said the Obama administration has a nasty habit of equating basic conservative values with terrorism.”

“And now, in a document full of claptrap, its Defense Department suggests that the Founding Fathers, and many conservative Americans, would not be welcome in today’s military,” he said. “And it is striking that some the language in this new document echoes the IRS targeting language of conservative and tea party investigations. After reviewing this document, one can’t help but worry for the future and morale of our nation’s armed forces.”

The lesson includes: “All nations have an ideology, something in which they believe. When a political ideology falls outside the norms of a society, it is known as extremism. When extremists take their ideology to the next level and believe that it is the only right ideology to follow, it becomes supremism.”

The report repeatedly quotes from the SPLC, including using its definitions verbatim.

WND reported earlier, however, that Corkins had used SPLC’s list of “hate groups,” including the Family Research Council, to identify those he wanted to kill.

Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, now an executive for FRC, said the problem continues.

“Nothing has been done regarding the dangerous and potentially deadly actions of SPLC,” he said recently as the anniversary of the shooting attack approached. “SPLC is now connected to terrorism in federal court. Yet no one in the mainstream media seems to care. When will the media hold groups like SPLC accountable?”

Corkins was subdued after shooting building manager Leo Johnson in the arm and injuring him. A video of the attack shows Corkins entering the building and approaching Johnson, then leaning over to place his backpack on the floor. When he straightens up, Corkins points a semi-automatic handgun directly at Johnson and fires.

Despite being wounded in the arm, Johnson was able to subdue Corkins after a brief struggle.

It was in an interview with FBI officers later when Corkins fingered SPLC as his inspiration.

Asked by the FBI how he picked FRC to attack, Corkins stated, “It was a, uh, Southern Poverty Law, lists, uh, anti-gay groups. I found them online. I did a little bit of research, went to the website, stuff like that.”

FRC said that when Corkins later pleaded guilty to a charge of domestic terrorism, SPLC “was connected in federal court in this first domestic terrorism conviction in Washington, D.C., under the post 9/11 law.”

“Floyd Corkins admitted his intention to ‘kill the people in the building and then smear a Chick-fil-A sandwich in their face,’” FRC explained. “The Southern Poverty Law Center has thus far refused to remove Family Research Council as a ‘hate group’ from its target map.”

Boykin has suggested he would like the U.S. government and its agencies to discontinue using, citing or working with the Southern Poverty Law Center. And he said the media should stop citing SPLC.

According to the government’s sentencing memorandum in the case against Corkins, the “mass killing of innocent civilians” was averted narrowly by “the heroic intervening actions of Leonardo Johnson, a building manager/security guard who was seriously injured as a result.”

See “Jihad in America: The Grand Deception,” which exposes the threat to Americans that is hidden in plain sight.

Among the counts to which Corkins has pleaded guilty is an Act of [Domestic] Terrorism while Armed.

In an FBI interview of Corkins after he was taken into custody, an agent asked Corkins, “What was your intention. … You’re … a political activist you said?”

Corkins responded: “Yeah, I wanted to kill the people in the building and then smear a Chicken-fil-A sandwich on their face.”

FBI: “And you, what was your intention when you went in there with the gun?”

Corkins: “Uh, it was to kill as many people as I could.”

Key to the case, according to the government’s document, was that, “He had identified the FRC as an anti-gay organization on the Southern Poverty Law Center website.”

FRC officials repeatedly have explained they adhere to a biblical perspective on homosexuality, but are not “anti-gay.”

WND also has reported that under Obama, the federal government repeatedly has portrayed conservatives and other critics of the progressive agenda coming from the White House as extremists.

WND previously reported DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano made terrorists portrayed in a public service announcement look Caucasian.

The PSA depicted a typical woman terrorist as Caucasian, in her late 20s or early 30s, with brunette hair, stylish clothing, high heels and a shoulder bag. A man? About the same age, short hair, wearing a shirt and slacks and familiar with technology, as he’s wearing an earpiece cellphone. And Caucasian.

The PSA asks that people watch out for those types of individuals and report them to authorities.

As WND reported, a West Point study released by the U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center linked those with “fundamental” positions, such as opposing abortion, to terror.

The study, “Challenges from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right,” says the major far-right threats are from “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.”

Author Arie Perliger cites “anti-abortionists” as an active threat for terrorist activity.

“The anti-abortionists have been extremely productive during the last two decades, amassing 227 attacks, many of them perpetrated without the responsible perpetrators identified or caught,” Perliger wrote. “And while, in both cases, the 1990s were more violent than the last decade, in the case of anti-abortion, the trend is much more extreme, as 90 percent of attacks were perpetrated before 2001.”

Herb Titus, a constitutional law professor, former dean of the Regent University School of Law and distinguished fellow with the Inter-American Institute for Philosophy, Government, and Social Thought, says it’s an attempt to link conservative thought with violence.

“Professor Perliger has adopted the strategy of many left-wing members of the professoriate, concentrating on the behavior of a few in order to discredit many who hold similar views but who do not engage in any form of violence,” Titus said.

“His theory is that of the iceberg, that which as seen may be small, but it hides what is a much larger threat just below the surface. Obviously, the professor disagrees with those who favor small government, cutting back of federal government encroachments upon the powers of the state and to discredit this movement focuses on a few gun-toting militia,” Titus said.

The federal government also has issued reports under Obama describing returning veterans, those who support third-party candidates for president and oppose abortion and support the Constitution as potential terrorists.


Read more at: http://www.wnd.com/2013/08/military-teaches-colonists-were-extremists/#FqlisrEey1rjhuKA.99  (http://www.wnd.com/2013/08/military-teaches-colonists-were-extremists/#FqlisrEey1rjhuKA.99)


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on August 27, 2013, 07:05:38 am
Church Group Members Threatened With Arrest for Handing Out Biscuits, Coffee to the Homeless

A North Carolina church group said they were prevented from handing out food to the homeless after police threatened them with arrest, according to their website.
 
For the past six years, volunteers from Love Wins Ministries frequented Moore Square in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturdays and Sundays to give out hot coffee and a breakfast sandwich to those in need, according to the church group's website.
 
But when volunteers went down to their usual weekend spot to dole out the 100 sausage biscuits and the gallons of coffee they had brought to feed the crowds who had gathered Saturday morning, they were also greeted by officers with the Raleigh Police Department, according to a statement on the church group's website.
 
"An officer said, quite bluntly, that if we attempted to distribute food, we would be arrested," the Rev. Hugh Hollowell wrote on the group's website. "We asked the officers for permission to disperse the biscuits to the over 70 people who had lined up, waiting to eat. They said no. I had to face those who were waiting and tell them that I could not feed them, or I would be arrested."
 
The Raleigh police were there to enforce a city ordinance that bans the distribution of food in any of the city's parks, ABC Raleigh, N.C., station WTVD-TV reported.
 
While the group said it was aware they could not use the park itself, they had set up on the sidewalk for the past six years without issue, their website said.
 
"No representative from the Raleigh Police Department was willing to tell us which ordinance we were breaking, or why, after six years and countless friendly and cooperative encounters with the Department, they are now preventing us from feeding hungry people," Hollowell wrote.
 
In addition, the group learned it would need to apply for a permit to use the park, which costs $800 a day, their website said.
 
No arrests were made in connection with the food distribution, Raleigh Police Department spokesman Jim Sughrue told WTVD-TV.
 
"People were simply informed the ordinance prohibits the kinds of actions some groups have been engaged in at the park," he said.
 
Despite the off-putting encounter, Hollowell wrote that the group plans to find a venue in downtown Raleigh to carry out their mission.
 
In the meantime, they are seeking out owners of private buildings or parking lots to allow them to continue to bring biscuits to the hungry, the website said.
 
Love Wins Ministries did not immediately return ABC News' requests for comment.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/nc-police-threaten-arrest-church-group-feeding-homeless/story?id=20062760&utm

The people MUST rely on Big Brother for their needs, there will be NO competition!!!!


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on August 27, 2013, 05:30:00 pm
This I think is a case of somebody got the idea that they'd basically force these people and others to get a permit, which is income to the city.

As for "feeding the homeless"? Cities are making it more and more tough because they don't want that image in their city. If you have groups that keep setting out food in public view, then you have people who show up JUST for the food and drink. You can't preach in a baited field!


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 27, 2013, 05:37:06 pm
This I think is a case of somebody got the idea that they'd basically force these people and others to get a permit, which is income to the city.

As for "feeding the homeless"? Cities are making it more and more tough because they don't want that image in their city. If you have groups that keep setting out food in public view, then you have people who show up JUST for the food and drink. You can't preach in a baited field!

I saw Love Wins Ministries web site(the ministry this article talked about) - there's NO gospel message on it, much less much mention of Jesus Christ on there. Pretty much a social justice organization, more or less.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 28, 2013, 11:17:00 am
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/virus-using-facebook-steal-passwords-173004256.html
A New Virus Is Using Facebook To Steal Passwords: It's Already Affected 800,000 People
8/27/13

Facebook has been the target of a malware attack that poses as a video from one of your Facebook friends.
The New York Times reports that this new threat hijacks your Facebook accounts and Web browsers, according to Italian security researchers who have been investigating the issue.

The virus appears as a link in an email or Facebook message that tells you someone has tagged you in a Facebook post. When you go to Facebook and click the link you're sent to a different website and told to download a browser extension or plug in, in order to watch the video.

After the plug-in is downloaded the attack can gain access to everything you have stored in your browser, including accounts with saved passwords.

This is a threat because many people store their passwords to various social networks within their browsers.

The researchers say that the virus has been spreading at a rate of about 40,000 attacks an hour and has infected more than 800,000 people via Google's Chrome browser.

Google is aware of the attack and has already disabled the extensions that allowed it. Facebook also detected the virus and is working to clear the links.

A Facebook spokesperson says it is currently blocking people from clicking through the links.



Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on August 29, 2013, 01:58:34 am
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The virus appears as a link in an email or Facebook message that tells you someone has tagged you in a Facebook post. When you go to Facebook and click the link you're sent to a different website and told to download a browser extension or plug in, in order to watch the video.

Same 'ole story. If you want to avoid this stuff, simply don't click it or download it. In almost all cases, the trap is that you must either click a link to some other site, or download something like an attachment. It's simple, just don't do it.

The other kicker is it's done via Google Chrome, which is basically required to use Facebook. Have I mentioned I have hated Chrome ever since it came out several years ago? Avoid Chrome if at all possible.

Bottom line though, regarding social media stuff AND anything in your emails, just assume a link leads to bad things and don't do it.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Christian40 on August 29, 2013, 03:47:10 am

The other kicker is it's done via Google Chrome, which is basically required to use Facebook. Have I mentioned I have hated Chrome ever since it came out several years ago? Avoid Chrome if at all possible.

Yeah the 666 design and the way Google controls everything with it means i'm not using it.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on September 05, 2013, 06:34:55 am
'Environmental Crimes': EPA sends SWAT team to Alaskan mine to check water quality...

'Wearing body armor and jackets emblazoned with POLICE'...


Gold miners near Chicken cry foul over 'heavy-handed' EPA raids

When agents with the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force surged out of the wilderness around the remote community of Chicken wearing body armor and jackets emblazoned with POLICE in big, bold letters, local placer miners didn’t quite know what to think.

Did it really take eight armed men and a squad-size display of paramilitary force to check for dirty water? Some of the miners, who run small businesses, say they felt intimidated.

Others wonder if the actions of the agents put everyone at risk. When your family business involves collecting gold far from nowhere, unusual behavior can be taken as a sign someone might be trying to stage a robbery. How is a remote placer miner to know the people in the jackets saying POLICE really are police?

Miners suggest it might have been better all around if officials had just shown up at the door -- as they used to do -- and said they wanted to check the water.

rest: http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130903/gold-miners-near-chicken-cry-foul-over-heavy-handed-epa-raids


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on September 05, 2013, 01:37:33 pm
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How is a remote placer miner to know the people in the jackets saying POLICE really are police?

Exactly!


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on September 28, 2013, 04:37:15 pm
Somers Man Fights Back After Pro-Gun Sign Removed From Lawn

A Somers man claims the town’s police department violated his right to free speech when they removed a pro-gun sign from his property.
 
Jon Gibson said he set up a hidden camera at his home after other signs had disappeared from his front lawn and caught an officer removing the placard.
 
“My client’s rights have been severely damaged, his federal civil rights have been violated,” attorney Richard Bombardo told 1010 WINS.
 
Town officials and police said the sign violated a zoning ordinance prohibiting signs within the town’s right of way and has nothing to do with free speech or gun rights.
 
Bombardo said the town is trying to cover their tracks.

“It is our position that the town is just trying to come up with an excuse to cover their deliberate action to take down the sign,” Bombardo said. “What they did was decided they didn’t like his sign for whatever reason, we believe because it was the content of the message which makes this a very troubling situation, and rather than give him a formal court citation they just ripped it down.”
 
Officials said Gibson had been warned to take down the signs before it was done for him.
 
A town supervisor told the Journal News that Gibson’s signs are in good condition and he can come pick them up.
 
Bombardo has yet to file a complaint with the police department, but said he is planning on filing a lawsuit “challenging this as serious misconduct and to try to get an order to prohibit this from happening in the future.”
 
The police department claims they have received numerous threats and vulgar comments from people all across the country after Gibson posted the video of the officer removing the sign on the Internet, the Journal News reported.
gee, i wonder why...  ::)

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/09/26/somers-man-fights-back-after-pro-gun-sign-removed-from-lawn/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on September 29, 2013, 04:47:44 am
Ya know, while the internet is clearly the basis for the beast system, it sure does seem to serve at times in revealing some of the truth out there. You cannot deny what a video shows, usually, and that can be a rather handy thing!


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Christian40 on October 09, 2013, 05:00:59 am
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Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 09, 2013, 03:53:53 pm
Good point!


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on October 25, 2013, 04:14:31 pm
Obama’s Military Purge Removes 197 Officers (AND COUNTING) AS DHS TAKES OVER STREETS (VIDEO)

http://beforeitsnews.com/christian-news/2013/10/obamas-military-purge-removes-197-officers-and-counting-as-dhs-takes-over-streets-video-2485130.html

■Gunboats Seen Patrolling in Eden Isles, Louisiana

http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/gunboats-seen-patrolling-in-eden-isles-louisiana/62694#comments


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on October 31, 2013, 08:11:37 am
Justice Department Argues Before Supremes: International Treaties Trump Constitution

Here’s one you’re not seeing covered by the establishment teleprompter readers.
 
The Justice Department is going before the Supreme Court and arguing that the Obama administration has the authority to trump the Constitution with international treaties.
 
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is stepping up to the plate to fight this globalist broadside.
 
“The Constitution created a limited federal government with only specific enumerated powers,” Cruz told the Washington Examiner. “The Supreme Court should not interpret the treaty power in a manner that undermines this bedrock protection of individual liberty.”
 
In a speech delivered to the Heritage Foundation, Cruz said the Justice Department’s arguments before the highest court represent “an absurd proposition” that “could be used as a backdoor way to undermine” Second Amendment and other constitutional rights the global elite are working overtime to eradicate.
 
The case at issue is Bond v. United States. It concerns a woman charged with violating an international ban on chemical weapons. She stands accused of harassing a onetime friend involved in an affair with her husband. The federal government is arguing that it may use the international law to prosecute the woman, thus violating basic structural guarantees that exceed Congress’ enumerated powers, according to Bond’s lawyers.
 
“If the administration is right, the treaty power could become a backdoor way for the federal government to do everything from abolishing the death penalty nationwide, to outlawing homeschooling, to dramatically curtailing the states’ rights to regulate abortion,” Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network told the Washington Examiner.

http://www.infowars.com/obamas-justice-department-argues-before-supremes-international-treaties-trump-constitution/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on October 31, 2013, 04:05:13 pm
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It concerns a woman charged with violating an international ban on chemical weapons. She stands accused of harassing a onetime friend involved in an affair with her husband. The federal government is arguing that it may use the international law to prosecute the woman,

The government can charge a citizen with some kind of violation of the terms of at least some treaties. That's the point of a treaty between parties, usually countries, so they each signing party is required to uphold those treaty terms on their respective citizens (it'st he primary reason the US hasn't change the drug laws because of a UN international treaty they signed back in the 1960's). But the Constitution makes it clear that a treaty cannot violate the Constitution, which is why it takes the Senate to approve a treaty, and not just an Executive Branch official or the President signing it.

http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Treaties.htm (http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Treaties.htm)

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The Constitution provides that the president "shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur" (Article II, section 2). The Constitution's framers gave the Senate a share of the treaty power in order to give the president the benefit of the Senate's advice and counsel, check presidential power, and safeguard the sovereignty of the states by giving each state an equal vote in the treatymaking process. As Alexander Hamilton explained in Federalist no. 75, “the operation of treaties as laws, plead strongly for the participation of the whole or a portion of the legislative body in the office of making them.” The constitutional requirement that the Senate approve a treaty with a two-thirds vote means that successful treaties must gain support that overcomes partisan division. The two-thirds requirement adds to the burdens of the Senate leadership, and may also encourage opponents of a treaty to engage in a variety of dilatory tactics in hopes of obtaining sufficient votes to ensure its defeat.

The Senate does not ratify treaties—the Senate approves or rejects a resolution of ratification. If the resolution passes, then ratification takes place when the instruments of ratification are formally exchanged between the United States and the foreign power(s). (cont.)


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on November 03, 2013, 05:50:29 am
Obama’s Military Purge Removes 197 Officers (AND COUNTING) AS DHS TAKES OVER STREETS (VIDEO)

http://beforeitsnews.com/christian-news/2013/10/obamas-military-purge-removes-197-officers-and-counting-as-dhs-takes-over-streets-video-2485130.html

■Gunboats Seen Patrolling in Eden Isles, Louisiana

http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/gunboats-seen-patrolling-in-eden-isles-louisiana/62694#comments


Obama Continues Purge Of US Military Officers Who Oppose His Agenda

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, explained right away it looks like a part of Obama’s strategy to reduce U.S. standing worldwide. “Obama is intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged,” he charged. Duty personnel seem to back up this concern, suggesting that the firings are meant to send a message to “young officers down through the ranks” not to criticize the president or White House politics. “They are purging everyone, and if you want to keep your job, just keep your mouth shut,” one source said.
http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/obama-aims-wrecking-operation-at-military/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 03, 2013, 05:23:55 pm
Looks like the One World Military is shaping up before our very eyes...


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on November 04, 2013, 02:31:40 am
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he charged. Duty personnel seem to back up this concern, suggesting that the firings are meant to send a message to “young officers down through the ranks” not to criticize the president or White House politics. “They are purging everyone, and if you want to keep your job, just keep your mouth shut,” one source said.

And there are lots of young officers that have blind aspirations of a shiny bird or star on their uniform collar and will do as they are told for the sake of advancement. Remember, generals are approved for the rank by the president!


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on November 05, 2013, 08:13:04 am
'Purge surge': Obama fires another commander
 
Naval commanding officer alarmed by 'relentless' attack on Armed Forces


After multiple top generals described to WND what they regard as a full-scale “purge” of the U.S. military by the Obama administration, the commander of U.S. Army Garrison Japan was summarily relieved of duty and his civilian deputy reassigned, pending a “misconduct” investigation.
 
Nine generals and flag officers have been relieved of duty under Obama just this year – widely viewed as an extraordinary number – and several sources put the total number of senior officers purged during the five years of the Obama administration as close to 200.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/purge-surge-obama-fires-another-commander/#Gueq62qtzQ9PLjyh.99


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 05, 2013, 10:20:16 am
And this is being done pretty quietly - if Bill Clinton tried to pull this off, he would really, really get exposed, big time!


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 18, 2013, 01:50:26 pm
Supreme Court Rejects Plea to Look at NSA Program
WASHINGTON November 18, 2013 (AP)
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/supreme-court-rejects-plea-nsa-program-20923530

The Supreme Court is refusing to intervene in the controversy surrounding the National Security Agency, rejecting a call from a privacy group to stop NSA from collecting the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers in the United States.

While the justices on Monday declined to get involved in this issue, other lawsuits on the topic are making their way through the lower courts around the country.

But in the case at hand, the Electronic Privacy Information Center bypassed lower courts and said that only the Supreme Court can overrule a decision by the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, whose order allowing NSA to get the records cannot be reviewed by other federal courts.

The case is In Re Electronic Privacy Information Center, 13-58.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on November 18, 2013, 04:48:35 pm
TSA Rolls Out ‘Detention Pods’ at Airport Terminal Exits

The TSA is funding the rollout of exit pods at major airport terminals across the country that temporarily detain passengers before they are allowed to leave, another example critics say of how the federal agency’s policies treat travelers as prisoners.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1nPcVfEaKdE

Travelers are forced to be bottlenecked through the pods as they leave the airport terminal. A robotic voice gives instructions to wait inside the pod until a green light is shown and the door opens.
 
The pods have already been installed at Syracuse International Airport as part of a $60 million dollar renovation and are likely to make their way into other major airports soon. Once travelers exit the pods, they are unable to re-enter the terminal.

Some of the passengers exiting through the pods at Syracuse thought the machines were performing x-ray body scans, according to CNY Central.
 
“It was odd, I was like – where did they come up with this?” asked Patricia Goodrich.
 
“We need to be vigilant and maintain high security protocol at all times. These portals were designed and approved by TSA which is important,” said Syracuse Airport Commissioner Christina Callahan.
 
The justification for installing the pods is that they replace police or security guards who would normally stand at the exit, therefore saving money, something which the TSA isn’t normally concerned about given how it is now selling abandoned naked body scanners to prisons for 10 per cent of their value.
 
According to Karen De Coster, the pods are a way “to remind you that you are a captive” and are “meant to make you feel like a prisoner who cannot leave.”
 
The prison inmate feel of the devices compliments numerous other TSA policies which critics have charged serve little other purpose than making travelers feel like they are under constant suspicion.
 
Last week, a Government Accountability Office investigation revealed that the TSA’s $1 billion dollar “chat down” program has been a complete failure in that it is “no better than chance” at identifying genuine security threats.
 
While threatening to arrest passengers who make jokes about airport security, the federal agency has also instituted a ludicrous “freeze” policy whereby travelers are ordered to stand in place like statues while TSA agents resolve some unexplained security threat.
 
Another policy that has provoked questions is the TSA’s random testing of passengers’ drinks for explosives after they have already passed through security and purchased beverages inside the secure area of the airport.

http://www.infowars.com/tsa-rolls-out-detention-pods-at-airport-terminal-exits/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on November 20, 2013, 03:22:40 pm
Florida city uproots couple’s 17-year-old garden, over new ordinance

Few things in life are as benign as a home vegetable garden.




But for the residents of Miami Shores, Fla., growing veggies can land you a fine — the type you eventually can’t afford.

That’s what happened to Hermine Ricketts and her husband, Tom Carroll. For the past 17 years they’ve grown a garden in the front yard of their modest South Florida home. The backyard, they say, doesn’t get enough sunlight.

But in May, the city put the couple’s garden, and any others like it, in their legal crosshairs.

A new zoning ordinance designed to “protect the distinctive character of the Miami Shores Village,” was enacted and specifically prohibited vegetables – not fruit, trees or even plastic flamingos – from appearing in front yards.

Shortly after, the couple received a visit from their local code enforcement officer. They were given two choices: Uproot the garden or pay a $50 per day fine to keep it.

After twice appearing before the Miami Shores Code Enforcement Board and being denied an exemption, the couple decided to dig up the garden rather than fork over $1,500 a month to the city.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/11/19/florida-city-uproots-couples-17-year-old-garden-over-new-ordinance/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on November 20, 2013, 03:29:40 pm
Pilot program: Speed sensors trigger red light on Philly road

The speed limit on Kelly Drive near Fountain Green Drive is 35 m.p.h., but the average speed of motorists is nearly 55.
 
In an attempt to slow everybody down, the city has installed sensors in the roadway that determine the speed of vehicles approaching Fountain Green, about a half-mile north of the Girard Avenue Bridge.
 
If a vehicle passes the sensor going above the speed limit, the light at Fountain Green turns red.
 
Previously, the light turned red only if a car was waiting to turn onto Kelly Drive or a pedestrian pushed the crosswalk button

On Friday, two electronic signs went up on Kelly Drive warning motorists that the light will turn red if they speed.
 
The $11,050 pilot project was activated at the beginning of October, and that's how the city found out that the average speed of the 25,000 vehicles passing over the sensors daily was 54.8 m.p.h.
 
"Speeding motorists on Kelly Drive have made that roadway unsafe," acting Streets Commissioner David J. Perri said Monday.
 
Daily commuters on Kelly Drive know well the frequent traffic jams caused by accidents and the occasional car veering into the Schuylkill.
 
Richard Montanez, chief traffic and lighting engineer for the Streets Department, said he learned about a similar system in Portugal from a friend who returned from a visit several years ago.
 
On Kelly Drive, three sensors spaced six feet apart have been embedded in each lane heading north and south near Fountain Green Drive, Montanez said.
 
Each sensor detects when a vehicle passes over and its speed, Montanez said. An average is determined from the three sensors to make the reading more accurate.
 
Montanez would not disclose their exact location, but said they are positioned to give drivers time to brake for the red light.
 
He said it was too early to tell if motorists were slowing down.
 
If they do, the pilot could be expanded to Lincoln Drive and possibly Roosevelt Boulevard, Perri said.
 
In another safety measure, the city will add a nonslip surface on Kelly Drive next year to help reduce accidents on rainy days, Perri said.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20131119_New_sensors_will_trigger_red_light_if_you_speed_on_Kelly_Drive.html#XYTC5JIASwYH5m62.99


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on November 23, 2013, 08:44:25 am
Preparing America’s Children for Slavery

Most would agree that the extreme policies of the TSA are preparing the traveling public for slavery. It is not normal for a public official to sexually assault a citizen who is not suspected of any wrong doing. Yet, this is exactly what happens every time someone attempts to board an airplane when a pot bellied, blue uniformed pervert can grope the genitals of the flying public with impunity. But what about when these invasive types of policies extend to our schools and our children are being trained to accept their lowly position of servitude (i.e. slavery)?

Slave Training, K-12 Style
 
In an increasing amount of schools, our children are being conditioned to be slaves by mindlessly submitting to authority. No reasonable person believes that children should be allowed to bring guns or drugs to school. No reasonable person believes that children should be able to threaten or bully other children. However, the state, through the public school system, is bullying our children and threatening our parents and complete compliance is the goal, regardless of the issue.

Bow Down To Your Master
 
Whether it be a colleague, a boss, a teacher or a police officer, bowing down to authority should never be deemed to be normal, appropriate or required inside of the territorial boundaries of the United States. However, this is precisely what school children in San Bernadino, CA. are being forced to do when a teacher blows their whistle, the children are to immediately kneel.
 
When challenged by the media, the spokespersons from the school district stated that the policy was “to  maintain order and to keep the children safe”.
 
This is just another policy being justified under the guise of protecting the children. School officials refer to this practice as “positive behavioral intervention“, I call it slave training.
 
School Teaches All Whites Are Racists If They Disagree with Obama

In Dupo, Illinois, fourth grade school children are required to read an Obama biography that tells the students that white citizens are racists. The stated objective of the reading and the subsequent teaching lessons is that if a white person disagrees with President Obama’s policies, said white people are racists and should be singled out for corrective action. Students will be required to pass a test on the material.
 
I am sure that Oprah Winfrey, in light of her  recent “racist comments”, in which she said that all people who disagree with Obama are racists. Winfrey went on to say that all racists must die. As an aside, who appointed Winfrey to speak on anything?
 
The school officials are calling this fourth grade program “sensitivity training”, I call this program slave training similar to the Hitler Youth Movement.

School Turns In 17 Year-Old for Fishing, Could Go To Prison
 
Cody Chitwood’s parents bear the financial responsibility for paying an attorney to fight the ridiculous charges that their son now faces for bringing his fishing equipment to school and keeping the tackle box in the trunk. If convicted, Cody Chitwood, age 17, could face anywhere from 2 to 10 years in prison as well as a $10,000 fine.
 

“WE Will Tell You What You Must Feed Your Child”
 
Children can face disciplinary action for packing unapproved food items in a child’s lunch.
 
In Richmond, VA., school officials have notified parents that they must turn in a doctor’s note if they want the right to send a brown bag lunch to school with their child.

Subsequently, if a parent does not want their child to eat the GMO’s that are all too frequently in the served lunches at school, they must pay to get the support of their doctor.
 
This insanity is even going on north of the border where a mother in Manitoba, Kristin Bartkiw, has been fined by her child’s school for failing to pack a Ritz cracker in her child’s lunch.

The failure to do so put Bartkiw in violation of the national food policy which states that grain must be in every child’s lunch.

Bartkiw has been ordered to pay a $10 fine and is subject to more fines if she does not completely comply with the program which controls the diet of school children.

Zero Tolerance Equals Zero Common Sense
 
Daniel McClaine Jr., whose goal is to enlist in the military upon graduation, was suspended for displaying a picture of a gun on his school laptop. McClaine, a freshman at Poston Butte High School located in suburban Phoenix, said he saved the picture as his desktop background on his school-issued computer. An alert teacher noticed the picture of a gun, turned McClaine in and bravely saved the school from further harm. The picture shows an AK-47 on top of a flag. McClaine said the school initially suspended him for three days Friday. After the media became involved, his suspension was reduced to “time served.”
 
Conclusion
 
Literally, I could have chosen any of thousands of negative examples of zero tolerance policies to criticize. Except for the instance of bringing a real weapon to school, or possessing illegal drugs on school property, zero tolerance policies and food control policies are ridiculous and unwarranted. And when we see a school district, as we did in San Bernadino, CA., actually force their students to bow down to the sound of a teacher’s whistle, this is the height soviet style slave training.
 
We have a choice and we do not have to submit to this tyranny. Not all schools are guilty of these types of offenses, but enough are that there are significant reasons for concern. And when these policies surface in your school, they need to be vigorously opposed and culminate in the removal of the school officials who are enforcing these insane policies upon our kids. Do not accept the “I am just following orders” excuse. Hold these school officials accountable for their actions. It may be time to educate the educators on appropriate civil disobedience true to the spirit of Thomas Paine.

http://thecommonsenseshow.com/2013/11/23/preparing-americas-children-for-slavery/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 23, 2013, 11:04:13 am
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Preparing America’s Children for Slavery

Most would agree that the extreme policies of the TSA are preparing the traveling public for slavery. It is not normal for a public official to sexually assault a citizen who is not suspected of any wrong doing. Yet, this is exactly what happens every time someone attempts to board an airplane when a pot bellied, blue uniformed pervert can grope the genitals of the flying public with impunity. But what about when these invasive types of policies extend to our schools and our children are being trained to accept their lowly position of servitude (i.e. slavery)?

Slave Training, K-12 Style
 
In an increasing amount of schools, our children are being conditioned to be slaves by mindlessly submitting to authority. No reasonable person believes that children should be allowed to bring guns or drugs to school. No reasonable person believes that children should be able to threaten or bully other children. However, the state, through the public school system, is bullying our children and threatening our parents and complete compliance is the goal, regardless of the issue.

Bow Down To Your Master
 
Whether it be a colleague, a boss, a teacher or a police officer, bowing down to authority should never be deemed to be normal, appropriate or required inside of the territorial boundaries of the United States. However, this is precisely what school children in San Bernadino, CA. are being forced to do when a teacher blows their whistle, the children are to immediately kneel.
 
When challenged by the media, the spokespersons from the school district stated that the policy was “to  maintain order and to keep the children safe”.
 
This is just another policy being justified under the guise of protecting the children. School officials refer to this practice as “positive behavioral intervention“, I call it slave training.

And we're seeing this in our nation's seminaries as well - whether students are commanded to give complete authority to their seminary professors.

I remember years ago some seminary professor was the interim pastor at some church we went to in the evening - he came off as just at, a bully. Pretty much he acted like he had all the answers(even though he was in error preaching Christians should obey each of the 10 commandments, including not saying "gee" or "golly", both of which he said is blaspheming the Lord). And pretty much all seminary employees come off as bullies.


Title: EPA preparing to unleash a deluge of new regulations
Post by: Mark on November 27, 2013, 03:06:15 pm
EPA preparing to unleash a deluge of new regulations

Happy holidays from the Obama administration. Federal agencies are currently working on rolling out hundreds of environmental regulations, including major regulations that would limit emissions from power plants and expand the agency’s authority to bodies of water on private property.
 
On Tuesday, the White Housereleased its regulatory agenda for the fall of 2013. It lists hundreds of pending energy and environmental regulations being crafting by executive branch agencies, including 134 regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency alone.
 
The EPA is currently crafting 134 major and minor regulations, according to the White House’s regulatory agenda. Seventy-six of the EPA’s pending regulations originate from the agency’s air and radiation office, including carbon-dioxide-emission limits on power plants.

Carbon-dioxide limits are a key part of President Barack Obama’s climate agenda. The EPA is set to set emissions limits that would effectively ban the construction of new coal-fired power plants unless they use carbon capture and sequestration technology. Next year, the agency will move to limit emissions from existing power plants — which could put more older coal plants out of commission.
 
“The proposed standards, if finalized, will establish achievable limits of carbon pollution per megawatt hour for all future units, moving the nation towards a cleaner and more efficient energy future,” the agency said in its agenda. “In 2014, EPA intends to propose standards of performance for greenhouse gas emissions from existing and modified power plant sources.”
 
Hundreds of coal plants that have been closed or slated for early retirement due to Environmental Protection Agency regulations, according to coal industry estimates.
 
“Already, EPA regulations have contributed to the closure of more than 300 coal units in 33 states,” said Laura Sheehan, spokeswoman for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.
 
However, the agency isn’t just working on limiting emissions from coal plants. The EPA is also working on a rule that would expand the definition of “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act to include water on private property.

Republicans have hammered the EPA’s draft water rule as the largest expansion of agency power in history.
 
“The EPA’s draft water rule is a massive power grab of private property across the U.S. This could be the largest expansion of EPA regulatory authority ever,” Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith. “If the draft rule is approved, it would allow the EPA to regulate virtually every body of water in the United States, including private and public lakes, ponds and streams.”
 
The EPA’s rule is heavily supported by environmentalists who argue that it’s necessary to protecting water quality. Smaller water sources, they argue, eventually affect larger water sources that people use for recreation or their livelihood.
 
“It’s taking the way the Clean Water Act works back, so that it works the way water works in the real world,” Bob Wendelgass, president and CEO of Clean Water Action, told Fox News.
 
The EPA says the rule is needed to clear up uncertainty left in the wake of U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the agency’s regulatory authority over bodies of water.
 
“The [Clean Water Act] does not distinguish among programs as to what constitutes ‘waters of the United States,’” the agency said. “As a result, these decisions affect the geographic scope of all [Clean Water Act] programs.”


Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/27/epa-preparing-to-unleash-a-deluge-of-new-regulations/#ixzz2lslsAY2B


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: tennis shoe on November 27, 2013, 08:20:07 pm
EPA.... Now there's an agency that's definitely overfunded. We should have just kept them in the "government shutdown" indefinitely. I see no justification for them to have a SWAT team in order to harass.....miners in Alaska for instance.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on November 28, 2013, 05:25:28 am
The thing shouldn't exist. And it definitely shouldnt be allowed to make LAW as it sees fit.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on December 04, 2013, 08:32:47 am
Felony Shrub-Trimming: San Diego Man Criminally Charged for Pruning Plants

The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office filed felony vandalism charges against 46-year-old Ocean Beach, California, resident Juvencio Adame for “defacement, damage and destruction” of public property in excess of $400. Felony charges can result in significant prison time.
 
His “crime”? Trimming shrubbery next to his home.
 
What would possess Adame to do such a thing? Adame told neighbors that the overgrown shrubbery, which is technically on public land, became a haven for homeless people who slept under it and littered the area. Thus, he engaged in self-help—clearly not a malicious act.
 
To be sure, citizens pay to maintain public property, so it’s appropriate to fine those who damage it. But charging someone with a felony under these circumstances?
 
The criminal law contains the harshest penalties that the state can impose upon citizens. Criminal sanctions should be reserved for those who do things that are morally blameworthy and that a reasonable person would recognize as a criminal act.
 
Adame’s conduct is not morally blameworthy, nor would a reasonable person in Adame’s position have realized that such a harmless act of beautification would subject him to criminal sanctions.
 
Sadly, it’s not unusual to see public-spirited citizens being threatened with criminal penalties. We wrote several months ago about Washington, D.C.’s “Phantom Planter,” who dared to make one of the city’s Metro stops more aesthetically pleasing. He, too, was threatened with fines and jail. Metro officials settled for destroying the flowers he had planted.
 
One of Adame’s neighbors, Glenn Goss, points out that Adame was, in effect, doing the city’s job: “Here’s somebody who’s going out of his way (to trim the trees). It’s not his job, it’s the city’s job. Then they do this ridiculous thing. It’s mind-boggling.”
 
Mind-boggling is right. Thankfully, officials eventually came to their senses, and the charges were dropped. But it’s important to emphasize that prosecuting people like Adame is not only a waste of taxpayers’ money—it’s an egregious misuse of the criminal law.
 
The felony charges never should have been brought in the first place. Let’s hope that other jurisdictions act with less haste and use more common sense.

http://blog.heritage.org/2013/12/03/felony-shrub-trimming-san-diego-man-criminally-charged-pruning-plants/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on December 04, 2013, 12:01:54 pm
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The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office filed felony vandalism charges

Yeah, that's the process, but somebody had to press charges against the citizen, THEN the DA examines the case to see of the charges are warranted. So that means the police had to be called first in order for there to be a criminal case started.

Somebody complained and pressed charges, but who? The DA didn't just walk by the shrubs and decided to file charges. Of course they don't mention who started the firestorm.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on December 05, 2013, 01:58:11 pm
Young Man in a Neighborhood Called Dinkytown Was Fined $115 for Walking Down the Street and Doing Something Most of Us Do Every Day

Pizza and hangout time with his pals were primary on Myles Thomas’ mind as the group trudged down a street earlier this week in Dinkytown, a Minneapolis neighborhood near the University of Minnesota.
 

Miles Thomas was fined $115 for spitting. (Image source: KARE-TV)
 
Thomas, 21, said he was getting over an illness and did something that more than a few people in his situation do (and, yes, even when they’re not sick):
 
He spit.
 
Police caught Thomas red-handed (and probably red-faced), cited him for the misdemeanor — and gave him the really bad news. According to a city ordinance, spitting on sidewalks, buses, or public areas carries a $115 fine, KARE-TV in Minneapolis reported.
 
The other twin city, St. Paul, has a similar law on the books, KARE noted, adding that another ordinance warns that spitting on the floor or furnishing of a boat, canoe, building or walkway also costs offenders $115.
 
“I actually was shocked,” Thomas told KARE. “I was just like ‘wow.’”
 
“It’s a little wacky,” he added. “I mean, what can you do though? It is a law. You’re supposed to obey the laws of the land.”
 
Thomas noted that he’ll pay the fine and next time will remember to “bring a bag or something and spit in a bag.”
 
Here’s a report from KARE:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/12/05/a-pizza-craving-a-fateful-walk-and-an-eye-opening-misdemeanor-and-it-all-happened-in-a-place-called-dinkytown/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on December 17, 2013, 01:18:45 pm
Pennsylvanians Coerced Into Giving Cheek Swab at “Voluntary” Checkpoint

Private firm backed by police to intimidate motorists into submission


A supposedly “voluntary” survey checkpoint run by a private firm in Reading, Pennsylvania on behalf of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy caused outrage when residents said they were forced off the road into a car park and coerced into giving cheek swabs as a result of an intimidating police presence.
 
The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation was hired by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to run the checkpoint, during which motorists were quizzed about their driving habits.
 
Reading resident Ricardo Nieves said that he had to repeatedly refuse to take part in the survey over a 5 minute period before the was allowed to leave. Nieves noted that the presence of city police and a police car with flashing lights was designed to “intimidate motorists” into submission and “gave the checkpoint an air of authority it would not otherwise have had,” according to the Reading Eagle.
 
Nieves told the City Council Monday that the company’s hiring of police officers to help run the checkpoint was “a gross abuse of power on many levels” and that the firm running it refused to divulge why they were demanding to take swabs of people’s cheeks, with Nieves asserting, “Clearly it was for DNA.”
 
City Police Chief William M. Heim later remarked that the cheek swabs were to test for the presence of prescription drugs, dismissing Nieves’ assertion that the police presence was coercive by claiming, “People are not pressured by police presence to do something they don’t want to.”
 
“Our rights are being violated more and more every day, it’s another way of government intrusion into our lives,” said Councilman Dennis M. Sterner, complaining that local police were unable to pick up local drug dealers after years of investigations, yet were perfectly happy to pull over motorists on a whim.
 
“A car driver or passenger cannot be required or pressured into providing a DNA sample and, in fact, can’t be stopped at all except on suspicion of a crime or for a properly conducted sobriety checkpoint,” Mary Catherine Roper, senior staff attorney for the ACLU of Pennsylvania, told the newspaper.
 
However, this hasn’t stopped police across the country running the supposedly “voluntary” checkpoints at the behest of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which in some cases involve the collection of not just saliva but blood too.
 
Motorists in Fort Worth who were subjected to the same program also complained that the checkpoint did not seem voluntary at all and that police forced them to pull over. It also emerged that even without consent, police were taking “passive alcohol sensor readings” from drivers.
 
“The NHTSA defended these non-stops by stating everything was “voluntary” and that law enforcement officers were only on hand for “safety” reasons. But the passive alcohol test wasn’t voluntary. And the officers never bothered to point out stopping was voluntary until after the test subjects had actually stopped,” reports TechDirt.
 
As we reported back in 2010, motorists who refuse to submit to a breath test at DUI checkpoints now face the prospect of police forcibly jabbing a needle in their arm and extracting blood.
 
Shocking video footage taken at the Gwinnett County jail in Georgia shows police strapping down citizens accused of drunk driving before using a needle forcibly draw blood as victims scream, “what country is this?”

http://www.infowars.com/pennsylvanians-coerced-into-giving-cheek-swab-at-voluntary-checkpoint/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on December 17, 2013, 02:08:04 pm
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the firm running it refused to divulge why they were demanding to take swabs of people’s cheeks, with Nieves asserting, “Clearly it was for DNA.”

Uh, unless the NHTSA tells the private contractor not to divulge certain things, they have to say what they are doing because they are doing work for the US public at the request of a government agency. Basic reason tells you that you cannot take something from somebody and not tell them why you are taking it!

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the presence of city police and a police car with flashing lights was designed to “intimidate motorists” into submission and “gave the checkpoint an air of authority it would not otherwise have had,” according to the Reading Eagle.

EXACTLY! They know what they were doing. And to make it all seem above board, it's true that with any traffic situations, traffic cops likely should be involved, technically, so it's easy to hire off duty cops for "security" details for private companies if it involves a public roadway. Some law enforcement agencies don't allow cops to "moonlight" in uniform using their vehicles. I personally don't think police should be allowed to moonlight in uniform as a law enforcement officer simply because they are working for somebody other than the state, so wear the private company's uniform, but take off the police outfit when not on the public's dime.



Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on December 18, 2013, 01:50:09 pm
‘Search Warrants May Now Be Based on Predictions of the Commission of Future Crimes’

Texas police can now obtain search warrants based on a “prediction of future crime,” a judge noted in his dissent to an opinion last week.
 
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Lawrence Meyers made the claim after the judicial body ruled that evidence authorities had first found during a search they had executed without a warrant was admissible in the court of law, according to the Dallas Observer.

In 2010, police officers in Parker County reportedly took Michael Fred Wehrenberg and a few others into custody after a month-long investigation.
 
Authorities say a confidential informant said Wehrenberg and some associates were “fixing to” cook meth, so they searched his home while detaining the group outside in handcuffs, the Observer reported.
 
Investigators reportedly found the materials necessary for producing meth — boxes of pseudoephedrine and stripped lithium batteries, among other things — and then asked a judge to grant them a warrant to search the house.
 
But the officers never noted in the warrant that they had already entered the home and instead based their request for a warrant on a tip from their confidential informant.
 
When police then reentered the home, they reportedly seized all the items they had already found.
 
Wehrenberg’s lawyers argued that the evidence had been taken illegally and should not be permitted in court as evidence. The motion was denied and the evidence was allowed to be introduced.
 
The Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth reportedly disagreed and overturned the ruling, setting the stage for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to make the final ruling.

According to the Dallas Observer, in a majority opinion Judge Elsa Alcala ruled that federal precedent allowed the evidence to be introduced if first confirmed by an independent source.
 
Meyers wrote a scathing dissenting opinion in response.
 
“Had the officers entered the home and found the occupants only baking cupcakes, the officers would not have bothered to then obtain the warrant at all,” he wrote. “It was only after unlawfully entering and finding suspicious activity that they felt the need to then secure the warrant in order to cover their tracks and collect the evidence without the taint of their entry.”
 
The judge added that authorities were only told that Wehrenberg was “fixing to” cook meth — an action that had yet to occur and something he views as only a prediction.
 
“Search warrants may now be based on predictions of the commission of future crimes,” Meyers wrote.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/12/18/search-warrants-may-now-be-based-on-predictions-of-the-commission-of-future-crimes/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on December 18, 2013, 02:30:00 pm
The question needs to be asked why is it that the police didn't try to obtain a warrant once the informant told them a crime was about to happen? I suspect that a judge wouldn't issue a warrant because an informant says a crime MIGHT be committed, but apparently, they didn't even try, and THAT is the problem. What they found in their search without a warrant I don't see how it can be considered legal evidence, even if a state level judge says there is "federal precedent".

It's true there is federal precedent. It's called the Constitution and the protections against unlawful search and seizure.

But that said, what is a state judge doing citing federal precedent in a state level case. The police officers were not acting in a federal capacity. The are state officials.

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But the officers never noted in the warrant that they had already entered the home and instead based their request for a warrant on a tip from their confidential informant.

But the real legal kicker for me is that the police later applied for a warrant under the guise they had not entered the property yet. THAT is fraud and deception. It's lying to the court by obtaining the warrant under false pretense, which is a crime itself. All evidence should be tossed, and the police officers tried for lying to the court, and violating the homeowners constitutional rights.



Title: U.S. judge upholds NSA phone surveillance program
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 27, 2013, 01:05:26 pm
U.S. judge upholds NSA phone surveillance program
12/27/13
http://news.yahoo.com/u-judge-says-nsa-phone-data-program-lawful-163733246.html

By Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled that a National Security Agency program that collects records of millions of Americans' phone calls is lawful, calling it a "counter-punch" to terrorism that does not violate Americans' privacy rights.

Friday's decision by U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan dismissed a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging the program, whose existence was first disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

It also diverges from a December 16 ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington, D.C., who said the "almost Orwellian" program was likely unconstitutional. He ordered the government to stop collecting call data on the two plaintiffs in that case.

The program also faces a legal challenge from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a data privacy group. Any split among federal judges about the program's constitutionally could ultimately be resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a 54-page decision, Pauley said the program "vacuums up information about virtually every telephone call to, from, or within the United States."

But he said the program's constitutionality "is ultimately a question of reasonableness," and that there was no evidence that the government had used "bulk telephony metadata" for any reason other than to investigate and disrupt terrorist attacks.

"This blunt tool only works because it collects everything," Pauley wrote. "Technology allowed al Qaeda to operate decentralized and plot international terrorist attacks remotely. The bulk telephony metadata collection program represents the government's counter-punch."

Pauley denied the ACLU's motion for a preliminary injunction. He said the public interest tilts "firmly" in the direction of the government, whose interest in combating terrorism "is an urgent objective of the highest order."

President Barack Obama has defended the surveillance program but has indicated a willingness to consider constraints, including whether to give control of metadata to phone companies or other third parties. Intelligence officials have said this could prove costly and slow investigations.

The ACLU had no immediate comment on the decision. White House Spokesman Josh Earnest declined to comment. A U.S. Department of Justice spokesman said the department is pleased with the decision.

RUBBER STAMP, OR VITAL WEAPON?

Leaks by Snowden have detailed the breadth of U.S. electronic surveillance and sparked a debate over how much leeway to give the government in protecting Americans from terrorism.

Snowden is now in Russia under temporary asylum.

Larry Klayman, a conservative legal activist who brought the case before Judge Leon, called Pauley's ruling "an outrageous decision that ignores the legitimate fears of the American people and in effect rubber stamps a police state."

Pauley was appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton. Leon was appointed by President George W. Bush.

Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterintelligence & Terrorism, in a statement said Pauley's decision "preserves a vital weapon for the United States in our war against international terrorism."

The case is American Civil Liberties Union et al v. Clapper et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 13-03994.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Additional reporting by Mark Hosenball, Ros Krasny and Nate Raymond; Editing by Leslie Gevirtz and Dan Grebler)


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on December 27, 2013, 03:31:00 pm
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A federal judge ruled that a National Security Agency program that collects records of millions of Americans' phone calls is lawful

 :D Why of course they did!

They are telling you America, right in your face in the news, and in the courts to back it up. It's right there and they just can't see it.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Christian40 on January 02, 2014, 04:55:43 am
Conn gun owners rush to register weapons and ammo

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut gun owners are rushing to register certain firearms and ammunition that will be considered illegal contraband in the new year.

Under a wide-ranging gun control law passed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, they have until Tuesday to submit the paperwork with the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

State police say they've had people lining up early in the morning to turn in applications to keep high-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and guns considered assault weapons under the new law.

While the Connecticut Citizens Defense League believes the law is unconstitutional, it has been reminding gun owners of the deadline to make sure they don't become felons on Jan. 1.

http://www.wtnh.com/news/connecticut/conn-gun-owners-rush-to-register-weapons-ammo_82666522


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on January 08, 2014, 09:38:15 am
Voluntary government checkpoints spark backlash

Checkpoints, which the government insists are voluntary, are creating a backlash because of the presence of uniformed police officers. Some police departments won't participate anymore.

A tactic used by the federal government to gather information for anti-drunken and drugged driving programs is coming under criticism in cities around the country, and some local police agencies say they will no longer take part.

The tactic involves a subcontractor for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that uses off-duty but uniformed police at voluntary roadside checkpoints where motorists are asked on their behavior behind the wheel. In some cases, workers at the checkpoints collect blood and saliva samples, in addition to breath samples. NHTSA has said previously that the surveys do not collect any DNA. Drivers are not charged at the checkpoints.

In an era of rampant distrust of the federal government and in the wake of the Obama administration's National Security Agency surveillance scandal in which the agency has collected telephone calling records from millions of unsuspecting Americans, the checkpoints have come under intense criticism in several cities this year.

"Five years ago it would have been a different story," says St. Charles County, Mo., Sheriff Tom Neer, who recently authorized deputies to participate in a checkpoint in his St. Louis suburb and saw a public backlash. "There're just such strong anti-government feelings among people. Under the circumstances, I would not allow them to do it again. It's just because of the perception."

The NHTSA has conducted the surveys for more than 40 years, in cities across the USA and usually at roughly 10-year intervals. In many cases, off-duty, uniformed police officers randomly wave motorists over; they are then asked by workers for subcontractor Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation if they will participate in the voluntary survey. Drivers who decline are allowed to leave.

However, the mere presence of uniformed officers gives the checkpoints an aura of authority, says Mary Catherine Roper, a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. She is studying the issue there after motorists complained about a survey checkpoint last month in Reading.

"We have a whole bunch of rules about when police can pull you over," she says. "It looks like an exercise of official authority when a cop pulls you over. People assume it's mandatory, and of course you're going to stop. That's a constitutional problem right there.

"Normally, police cannot pull you over unless they have a good reason for thinking you've done something wrong," Roper says. "There's no exemption to the Constitution for conducting a survey. They're pulling people off the road."

She suggests "there are lots of other places you can talk to drivers. You could hand out notes at a toll booth asking them to participate. You could do them at highway rest stops. There are a lot of ways to do this that do not involve … the government forcing you off the road."

This year's round of surveys is only the second time that data have been obtained on drug use by drivers.

In an e-mailed statement, NHTSA defended the surveys: "Each year, close to 10,000 people die in drunk driving crashes: 27 people a day, or one person every 53 minutes, according to data (from NHTSA)," the statement says.

"To better understand the issue, the agency has regularly conducted its National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drugged Driving in communities across the country for over 40 years," according to the statement. "The survey provides useful data about alcohol and drug use by drivers, and participation is completely voluntary and anonymous. More than 60 communities across the country will participate this year, many of which participated in the previous survey in 2007. NHTSA always works closely with state and local safety officials and local law enforcement to conduct these surveys as we work to better inform our efforts to reduce drunk and drugged driving."

Drivers have reportedly been offered $10 for cheek swabs and $50 for blood.

The checkpoints spurred complaints in November from drivers in the Fort Worth area. Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead apologized for his officers' participation on the department's Facebook page. He added: "Any future Federal survey of this nature, which jeopardizes the public's trust, will not be approved for the use of Fort Worth police."

And in June, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican, said the stops were "bad timing" after drivers complained about checkpoints in St. Clair County and Bibb County, both near Birmingham. State officials investigated and found that motorists didn't report "undue pressure" to participate, but suggested to Bentley that state police refrain from helping with future studies.

Neer said six of his off-duty, uniformed officers were "duped" into moonlighting at the checkpoints. "Our department coordinator got information from the subcontractor, and came to me," Neer says. "I approve all overtime compliance with private entities. They wanted to know if we'd provide a couple of deputies just for security."

At the Dec. 6 and 7 checkpoints, uniformed deputies in marked cruisers flagged down motorists and showed them to a marked area alongside the road where a NHTSA subcontractor asked if they wanted to participate in the survey. Those who declined were allowed to leave, Neer says.

He says he had not expected the deputies to actively participate, but only to provide security.

Pacific Research could not be reached for comment.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/06/government-checkpoints-driving/4265633/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 15, 2014, 08:22:46 pm
1 minute video: http://news.msn.com/videos/?ap=True&videoid=6ba00f63-4066-3a10-6a80-ca0b1ea9f6a7&from=en-us_msnhp
Massive Security for Super Bowl 48

Police officials say security for the Super Bowl will include about 4,000 government and private officers assigned to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on game day next month.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on January 17, 2014, 06:53:32 am
'Purge surge': Obama fires another commander
 
Naval commanding officer alarmed by 'relentless' attack on Armed Forces


After multiple top generals described to WND what they regard as a full-scale “purge” of the U.S. military by the Obama administration, the commander of U.S. Army Garrison Japan was summarily relieved of duty and his civilian deputy reassigned, pending a “misconduct” investigation.
 
Nine generals and flag officers have been relieved of duty under Obama just this year – widely viewed as an extraordinary number – and several sources put the total number of senior officers purged during the five years of the Obama administration as close to 200.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/purge-surge-obama-fires-another-commander/#Gueq62qtzQ9PLjyh.99

Why Are Dozens Of High Ranking Officers Being Purged From The U.S. Military?

Since Barack Obama has been in the White House, high ranking military officers have been removed from their positions at a rate that is absolutely unprecedented.  Things have gotten so bad that a number of retired generals are publicly speaking out about the “purge” of the U.S. military that they believe is taking place.  As you will see below, dozens of highly decorated military leaders have been dismissed from their positions over the past few years.  So why is this happening?  When I was growing up, my father was an officer in the U.S. Navy.  And what is going on right now is absolutely crazy – especially during a time of peace.  Is there a deliberate attempt to “reshape” the military and remove those that don’t adhere to the proper “viewpoints”?  Does someone out there feel a need to get officers that won’t “cooperate” out of the way?  Throughout world history, whatever comes next after a “military purge” is never good.  If this continues, what is the U.S. military going to look like in a few years?
 
Perhaps you are reading this and you think that “purge” is too strong a word for what is taking place.  Well, just consider the following quotes from some very highly decorated retired officers…
 
-Retired Army Major General Paul Vallely: “The White House protects their own. That’s why they stalled on the investigation into fast and furious, Benghazi and Obamacare. He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.”
 
-Retired Army Major General Patrick Brady: “There is no doubt he (Obama) is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him.”
 
-Retired Army Lt. General William G. “Jerry” Boykin: “Over the past three years, it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause.”
 
-Retired Navy Captain Joseph John: “I believe there are more than 137 officers who have been forced out or given bad evaluation reports so they will never make Flag (officer), because of their failure to comply to certain views.”
 
According to the Blaze, one anonymous Pentagon official has said that even young officers have been told “not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House”…
 

A Pentagon official who asked to remain nameless because they were not authorized to speak on the matter said even “young officers, down through the ranks have been told not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House. They are purging everyone and if you want to keep your job — just keep your mouth shut.”
 
Now this trend appears to be accelerating.  We have seen a whole bunch of news stories about military officers being dismissed lately.
 
Almost always, a “legitimate reason” is given for the dismissal.  And without a doubt, if a military officer is actually behaving unethically, that officer should be held accountable.
 
However, the reality is that everyone has “skeletons in the closet”, and if you really want to get rid of someone it is usually not too hard to find a way to justify your decision.
 
The following are excerpts from three news stories about military officers in trouble that have come out so far in 2014…
 
#1 The Air Force Times: A group of former Air Force majors, forced out this summer by a noncontinuation board, plans to file a lawsuit claiming the service had no right to separate them simply to meet end-strength numbers set by Congress.
 
More than 10 of the 157 dismissed majors are banding together to challenge the move in court, seeking either reinstatement or early retirement pay. All 157 had been twice passed over for promotion and were within six years of retirement.
 
#2 Defense News: Acting US Navy Undersecretary Robert Martinage, the department’s No. 2, has resigned under pressure, sources confirmed for Defense News.
 
The resignation, which Martinage announced to his staff Tuesday morning, came after allegations were made of inappropriate conduct with a subordinate woman, the sources confirmed.
 
#3 Huffington Post: The Air Force says 34 nuclear missile launch officers have been implicated in a cheating scandal and have been stripped of their certification in what is believed to be the largest such breach of integrity in the nuclear force.
 
Some of the officers apparently texted to each other the answers to a monthly test on their knowledge of how to operate the missiles. Others may have known about it but did not report it.
 
The cheating was discovered during a drug investigation that involves 11 Air Force officers across six bases in the U.S. and England.
 
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Taken alone, it would be easy to dismiss those stories as “coincidences”.  But when you put them together with the stories of dozens of other high ranking military officers that have been purged from the U.S. military in recent years, a very disturbing pattern emerges.
 
The following is a list of high ranking military officers that have been dismissed over the past few years that has been circulating all over the Internet.  I think that you will agree that this list is quite stunning…
 
Commanding Generals fired:
 •General John R. Allen-U.S. Marines Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] (Nov 2012)
 •Major General Ralph Baker (2 Star)-U.S. Army Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn in Africa (April 2013)
 •Major General Michael Carey (2 Star)-U.S. Air Force Commander of the 20th US Air Force in charge of 9,600 people and 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (Oct 2013)
 •Colonel James Christmas-U.S. Marines Commander 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit & Commander Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Unit (July 2013)
 •Major General Peter Fuller-U.S. Army Commander in Afghanistan (May 2011)
 •Major General Charles M.M. Gurganus-U.S. Marine Corps Regional Commander of SW and I Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan (Oct 2013)
 •General Carter F. Ham-U.S. Army African Command (Oct 2013)
 •Lieutenant General David H. Huntoon (3 Star), Jr.-U.S. Army 58th Superintendent of the US Military Academy at West Point, NY (2013)
 •Command Sergeant Major Don B Jordan-U.S. Army 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command (suspended Oct 2013)
 •General James Mattis-U.S. Marines Chief of CentCom (May 2013)
 •Colonel Daren Margolin-U.S. Marine in charge of Quantico’s Security Battalion (Oct 2013)
 •General Stanley McChrystal-U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (June 2010)
 •General David D. McKiernan-U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (2009)
 •General David Petraeus-Director of CIA from September 2011 to November 2012 & U.S. Army Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] and Commander U.S. Forces Afghanistan [USFOR-A] (Nov 2012)
 •Brigadier General Bryan Roberts-U.S. Army Commander 2nd Brigade (May 2013)
 •Major General Gregg A. Sturdevant-U.S. Marine Corps Director of Strategic Planning and Policy for the U.S. Pacific Command & Commander of Aviation Wing at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan (Sept 2013)
 •Colonel Eric Tilley-U.S. Army Commander of Garrison Japan (Nov 2013)
 •Brigadier General Bryan Wampler-U.S. Army Commanding General of 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command [TSC] (suspended Oct 2013)
 
Commanding Admirals fired:
 •Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette-U.S. Navy Commander John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Three (Oct 2012)
 •Vice Admiral Tim Giardina(3 Star, demoted to 2 Star)-U.S. Navy Deputy Commander of the US Strategic Command, Commander of the Submarine Group Trident, Submarine Group 9 and Submarine Group 10 (Oct 2013)
 
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2011)
 •Captain David Geisler-U.S. Navy Commander Task Force 53 in Bahrain (Oct 2011)
 •Commander Laredo Bell-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs, NY (Aug 2011)
 •Lieutenant Commander Kurt Boenisch-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011)
 •Commander Nathan Borchers-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Stout (Mar 2011)
 •Commander Robert Brown-U.S. Navy Commander Beachmaster Unit 2 Fort Story, VA (Aug 2011)
 •Commander Andrew Crowe-Executive Officer Navy Region Center Singapore (Apr 2011)
 •Captain Robert Gamberg-Executive Officer carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower (Jun 2011)
 •Captain Rex Guinn-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Legal Service office Japan (Feb 2011)
 •Commander Kevin Harms- U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 137 aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln (Mar 2011)
 •Lieutenant Commander Martin Holguin-U.S. Navy Commander mine countermeasures Fearless (Oct 2011)
 •Captain Owen Honors-U.S. Navy Commander aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (Jan 2011)
 •Captain Donald Hornbeck-U.S. Navy Commander Destroyer Squadron 1 San Diego (Apr 2011)
 •Rear Admiral Ron Horton-U.S. Navy Commander Logistics Group, Western Pacific (Mar 2011)
 •Commander Etta Jones-U.S. Navy Commander amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011)
 •Commander Ralph Jones-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Green Bay (Jul 2011)
 •Commander Jonathan Jackson-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 134, deployed aboard carrier Carl Vinson (Dec 2011)
 •Captain Eric Merrill-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Emory S. Land (Jul 2011)
 •Captain William Mosk-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Station Rota, U.S. Navy Commander Naval Activities Spain (Apr 2011)
 •Commander Timothy Murphy-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 129 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA (Apr 2011)
 •Commander Joseph Nosse-U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine Kentucky (Oct 2011)
 •Commander Mark Olson-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer The Sullivans FL (Sep 2011)
 •Commander John Pethel-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock New York (Dec 2011)
 •Commander Karl Pugh-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 141 Whidbey Island, WA (Jul 2011)
 •Commander Jason Strength-U.S. Navy Commander of Navy Recruiting District Nashville, TN (Jul 2011)
 •Captain Greg Thomas-U.S. Navy Commander Norfolk Naval Shipyard (May 2011)
 •Commander Mike Varney-U.S. Navy Commander attack submarine Connecticut (Jun 2011)
 •Commander Jay Wylie-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Momsen (Apr 2011)
 
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2012):
 •Commander Alan C. Aber-Executive Officer Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 (July 2012)
 •Commander Derick Armstrong- U.S. Navy Commander missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (May 2012)
 •Commander Martin Arriola- U.S. Navy Commander destroyer USS Porter (Aug 2012)
 •Captain Antonio Cardoso- U.S. Navy Commander Training Support Center San Diego (Sep 2012)
 •Captain James CoBell- U.S. Navy Commander Oceana Naval Air Station’s Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (Sep 2012)
 •Captain Joseph E. Darlak- U.S. Navy Commander frigate USS Vandegrift (Nov 2012)
 •Captain Daniel Dusek-U.S. Navy Commander USS Bonhomme
 •Commander David Faught-Executive Officer destroyer Chung-Hoon (Sep 2012)
 •Commander Franklin Fernandez- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24 (Aug 2012)
 •Commander Ray Hartman- U.S. Navy Commander Amphibious dock-landing ship Fort McHenry (Nov 2012)
 •Commander Shelly Hakspiel-Executive Officer Navy Drug Screening Lab San Diego (May 2012)
 •Commander Jon Haydel- U.S. Navy Commander USS San Diego (Mar 2012)
 •Commander Diego Hernandez- U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine USS Wyoming (Feb 2012)
 •Commander Lee Hoey- U.S. Navy Commander Drug Screening Laboratory, San Diego (May 2012)
 •Commander Ivan Jimenez-Executive Officer frigate Vandegrift (Nov 2012)
 •Commander Dennis Klein- U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Columbia (May 2012)
 •Captain Chuck Litchfield- U.S. Navy Commander assault ship USS Essex (Jun 2012)
 •Captain Marcia Kim Lyons- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic New England (Apr 2012)
 •Captain Robert Marin- U.S. Navy Commander cruiser USS Cowpens (Feb 2012)
 •Captain Sean McDonell- U.S. Navy Commander Seabee reserve unit Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 FL (Nov 2012)
 •Commander Corrine Parker- U.S. Navy Commander Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 1 (Apr 2012)
 •Captain Liza Raimondo- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, MD (Jun 2012)
 •Captain Jeffrey Riedel- Program manager, Littoral Combat Ship program (Jan 2012)
 •Commander Sara Santoski- U.S. Navy Commander Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 (Sep 2012)
 •Commander Kyle G. Strudthoff-Executive Officer Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (Sep 2012)
 •Commander Sheryl Tannahill- U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Nashville, TN (Sep 2012)
 •Commander Michael Ward- U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Pittsburgh (Aug 2012)
 •Captain Michael Wiegand- U.S. Navy Commander Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (Nov 2012)
 •Captain Ted Williams- U.S. Navy Commander amphibious command ship Mount Whitney (Nov 2012)
 •Commander Jeffrey Wissel- U.S. Navy Commander of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (Feb 2012)
 
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2013):
 •Lieutenant Commander Lauren Allen-Executive Officer submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013)
 •Reserve Captain Jay Bowman-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Fort Dix, NJ (Mar 2013)
 •Captain William Cogar-U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Mercy’s medical treatment facility (Sept 2013)
 •Commander Steve Fuller-Executive Officer frigate Kauffman (Mar 2013)
 •Captain Shawn Hendricks-Program Manager for naval enterprise IT networks (June 2013)
 •Captain David Hunter-U.S. Navy Commander of Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 12 & Coastal Riverine Group 2 (Feb 2013)
 •Captain Eric Johnson-U.S. Navy Chief of Military Entrance Processing Command at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL (2013)
 •Captain Devon Jones-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Air Facility El Centro, CA (July 2013)
 •Captain Kevin Knoop-U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Comfort’s medical treatment facility (Aug 2013)
 •Lieutenant Commander Jack O’Neill-U.S. Navy Commander Operational Support Center Rock Island, IL (Mar 2013)
 •Commander Allen Maestas-Executive Officer Beachmaster Unit 1 (May 2013)
 •Commander Luis Molina-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Pasadena (Jan 2013)
 •Commander James Pickens-Executive Officer frigate Gary (Feb 2013)
 •Lieutenant Commander Mark Rice-U.S. Navy Commander Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013)
 •Commander Michael Runkle-U.S. Navy Commander of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 (May 2013)
 •Commander Jason Stapleton-Executive Office Patrol Squadron 4 in Hawaii (Mar 2013)
 •Commander Nathan Sukols-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013)
 •Lieutenant Daniel Tyler-Executive Officer Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013)
 •Commander Edward White-U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (Aug 2013)
 •Captain Jeffrey Winter-U.S. Navy Commander of Carrier Air Wing 17 (Sept 2013)
 •Commander Thomas Winter-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Montpelier (Jan 2013)
 •Commander Corey Wofford- U.S. Navy Commander frigate Kauffman (Feb 2013)
 
So what do you think about all of this?

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/why-are-dozens-of-high-ranking-officers-being-purged-from-the-u-s-military


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Post by: Mark on January 23, 2014, 05:13:25 am
National DNA Checkpoints Under Fire In 2014

A tactic used by the federal government to gather information for anti-drunken and drugged driving programs is coming under criticism in cities around the country, and some local police agencies say they will no longer take part.

The tactic involves a subcontractor for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that uses off-duty but uniformed police at voluntary roadside checkpoints where motorists are asked on their behavior behind the wheel. In some cases, workers at the checkpoints collect blood and saliva samples, in addition to breath samples. NHTSA has said previously that the surveys do not collect any DNA. Drivers are not charged at the checkpoints.

In an era of rampant distrust of the federal government and in the wake of the Obama administration’s National Security Agency surveillance scandal in which the agency has collected telephone calling records from millions of unsuspecting Americans, the checkpoints have come under intense criticism in several cities this year.

“Five years ago it would have been a different story,” says St. Charles County, Mo., Sheriff Tom Neer, who recently authorized deputies to participate in a checkpoint in his St. Louis suburb and saw a public backlash. “There’re just such strong anti-government feelings among people. Under the circumstances, I would not allow them to do it again. It’s just because of the perception.”

The NHTSA has conducted the surveys for more than 40 years, in cities across the USA and usually at roughly 10-year intervals. In many cases, off-duty, uniformed police officers randomly wave motorists over; they are then asked by workers for subcontractor Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation if they will participate in the voluntary survey. Drivers who decline are allowed to leave.

However, the mere presence of uniformed officers gives the checkpoints an aura of authority, says Mary Catherine Roper, a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. She is studying the issue there after motorists complained about a survey checkpoint last month in Reading.

“We have a whole bunch of rules about when police can pull you over,” she says. “It looks like an exercise of official authority when a cop pulls you over. People assume it’s mandatory, and of course you’re going to stop. That’s a constitutional problem right there.

“Normally, police cannot pull you over unless they have a good reason for thinking you’ve done something wrong,” Roper says. “There’s no exemption to the Constitution for conducting a survey. They’re pulling people off the road.”

She suggests “there are lots of other places you can talk to drivers. You could hand out notes at a toll booth asking them to participate. You could do them at highway rest stops. There are a lot of ways to do this that do not involve … the government forcing you off the road.”

This year’s round of surveys is only the second time that data have been obtained on drug use by drivers.

In an e-mailed statement, NHTSA defended the surveys: “Each year, close to 10,000 people die in drunk driving crashes: 27 people a day, or one person every 53 minutes, according to data (from NHTSA),” the statement says.

“To better understand the issue, the agency has regularly conducted its National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drugged Driving in communities across the country for over 40 years,” according to the statement. “The survey provides useful data about alcohol and drug use by drivers, and participation is completely voluntary and anonymous. More than 60 communities across the country will participate this year, many of which participated in the previous survey in 2007. NHTSA always works closely with state and local safety officials and local law enforcement to conduct these surveys as we work to better inform our efforts to reduce drunk and drugged driving.”

Drivers have reportedly been offered $10 for cheek swabs and $50 for blood.

The checkpoints spurred complaints in November from drivers in the Fort Worth area. Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead apologized for his officers’ participation on the department’s Facebook page. He added: “Any future Federal survey of this nature, which jeopardizes the public’s trust, will not be approved for the use of Fort Worth police.”

And in June, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican, said the stops were “bad timing” after drivers complained about checkpoints in St. Clair County and Bibb County, both near Birmingham. State officials investigated and found that motorists didn’t report “undue pressure” to participate, but suggested to Bentley that state police refrain from helping with future studies.

Neer said six of his off-duty, uniformed officers were “duped” into moonlighting at the checkpoints. “Our department coordinator got information from the subcontractor, and came to me,” Neer says. “I approve all overtime compliance with private entities. They wanted to know if we’d provide a couple of deputies just for security.”

At the Dec. 6 and 7 checkpoints, uniformed deputies in marked cruisers flagged down motorists and showed them to a marked area alongside the road where a NHTSA subcontractor asked if they wanted to participate in the survey. Those who declined were allowed to leave, Neer says.

He says he had not expected the deputies to actively participate, but only to provide security. Pacific Research could not be reached for comment. source – USA Today

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=15979


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 25, 2014, 12:50:49 pm
http://www.infowars.com/mlb-prepares-new-dhs-screening-measures-at-all-ballparks/
MLB Prepares New DHS Screening Measures at All Ballparks
1/23/14

Boston bombing used as excuse for increased security roll out

Major League Baseball teams began announcing new metal detection screening measures Tuesday, a mandatory league-wide policy expecting full implementation by 2015.

Using the Boston Marathon bombing as justification, all venues have been required to subject fans to hand-held metal detection sweeps or walk-through magnetometers, a result of the Department of Homeland Security’s encroaching relationship with professional sports leagues.

“This procedure, which results from MLB’s continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that are now uniform throughout MLB,” baseball spokesman Michael Teevan told the Associated Press.

Following a preliminary test phase at several ballparks, teams such as the Seattle Mariners have announced the implementation of walk-through detectors for the upcoming season, a policy the MLB claims no fan opposes.

“We conducted testing of these measures at the All-Star game and at both World Series venues last year, and we were pleased that it was effective and received without issue from fans,” Teevan said.

Commenting on the new policy in an official press release, Seattle Mariners Security Director Sylvester Servance reassured fans that the screening process was in their best interests.

“The Mariners and Major League Baseball are keenly aware of the current security environment at public events,” Servance said. “We believe this step is necessary, poses minimal inconvenience, and ultimately will serve the best interests of all fans.”

Despite evidence indicating clear foreknowledge, the federal government has continued to use the Boston Marathon as justification for increased police state measures across the board.

Just last year, bags and purses were banned from all National Football League stadiums at the discretion of the DHS. Claiming bombs are likely to be smuggled through items such as seat cushions, fans are now required to carry their possessions in one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags.

Just this week, the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration announced that a low flying helicopter would be used to monitor radiation levels at the upcoming Super Bowl in New Jersey, an over-the-top measure to stop potential “dirty bombs.”

During the 2012 Super Bowl, thousands of stadium vendors were taught how to spot “potential terrorist activities” during a mandated TSA training program. Fans were also subject to full body pat downs, a policy ordered by the DHS in 2011.

While strangling the public’s Fourth Amendment in the name of alleged security, a recent Freedom of Information Act request uncovered documents that confirmed the State Department’s role in allowing members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a known terrorist group, to bypass airport security while traveling through the US in 2012.

Despite bee stings being statistically more dangerous to human life than terrorism, the federal government continues in its attempts to create a paranoid society, always keeping the public’s attention away from the proven historical danger, government itself.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 28, 2014, 11:05:39 am
http://news.yahoo.com/gov-39-t-internet-companies-reach-deal-disclosure-213529655--politics.html
Gov't, Internet companies reach deal on disclosure
1/28/14

WASHINGTON (AP) — Technology companies and privacy advocates are praising a new government compromise that will allow the Internet's leading companies to disclose more information about how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government in national security investigations.

The Justice Department on Monday reached agreements with Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc., Facebook Inc. and LinkedIn Corp. that would allow them to disclose data on national security orders the companies have received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. While the compromise doesn't allow companies to disclose everything they wished, and allows them to disclose more than the government originally wanted them to, both sides seemed relatively satisfied with the agreement filed with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has the final say.

The five companies welcomed the deal, but said more needs to be done. "We filed our lawsuits because we believe that the public has a right to know about the volume and types of national security requests we receive," the companies said in a joint statement. "While this is a very positive step, we'll continue to encourage Congress to take additional steps to address all of the reforms we believe are needed."

Apple said on its website, "We believe strongly that our customers have the right to understand how their personal information is being handled, and we are pleased the government has developed new rules that allow us to more accurately report law enforcement orders and national security orders in the U.S."

Federal officials also seemed pleased with the agreement, which follows discussions about government digital spying after leaks about National Security Agency surveillance by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden.

"Permitting disclosure of this aggregate data addresses an important area of concern to communications providers and the public," Attorney General Eric Holder and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a joint statement.

Some of those companies signing the agreement were among several U.S. Internet businesses identified as giving the NSA access to customer data under the program known as PRISM.

The companies had said they wanted to make the disclosures in order to correct inaccuracies in news reports and to calm public speculation about the scope of the companies' cooperation with the government. The providers wanted to show that only a tiny fraction of their customers' accounts have been subject to legal orders.

Following the Snowden leaks, the FBI allowed communications providers to report in a limited way the number of orders for data they received from the government and the number of accounts affected by such orders. However, the FBI only agreed to disclosure of a single, aggregate number of criminal and national security-related orders to the companies from all U.S. governmental entities, plus local and state entities.

Under the compromise announced Monday, Internet companies will be able to release more information, but still only in very general terms when it comes to national security investigations. They can report the number of criminal-related orders from the government. They also will be able to release, rounded to the nearest thousand, the number of secret national security-related orders from government investigators; the number of national security-related orders from the FISA court; and the number of customers affected by both. In the FISA orders, the companies will be able to say the number of requests for personal information about their customers versus their actual emails.

The companies can also choose a simplified reporting process that allows them to report the number of criminal-related orders; then, national security or intelligence orders in increments of 250; and the total number of customers targeted, also in groups of 250.

The companies will have to delay releasing the number of national security orders by six months. They also had to promise that if they come up with new technology or new forms of communication, they are not able to reveal that the government can tap into that new technology for two years.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called it a "positive first step." ''Though there is still a great deal of work to do, today's announcement is good for American companies and the Americans they employ and serve," he said.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a brief supporting the tech firms in their bid to disclose more information, said the deal "partially" lifted an information gag on the companies. But the group praised the agreement as "a victory for transparency."

Alex Abdo, a lawyer with the ACLU's National Security Project, said: "It is commendable that the companies pressed the government for more openness, but even more is needed. Congress should require the government to publish basic information about the full extent of its surveillance."


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on January 28, 2014, 01:11:18 pm
Yet again, government making backroom deals with corporations, no public input allowed.

And from their front man "counterpoint"...
Quote
The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a brief supporting the tech firms in their bid to disclose more information, said the deal "partially" lifted an information gag on the companies. But the group praised the agreement as "a victory for transparency."

It's no victory at all. It's just more government deals, regardless of what the public thinks, aside from the fact that the debate SHOULD be focusing on why the government is being allowed to snoop on the public in the first place! Talk about misdirection.  ::)


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 29, 2014, 01:17:53 pm
http://www.infowars.com/whistleblower-google-chrome-can-listen-to-your-conversations/
Whistleblower: Google Chrome Can Listen To Your Conversations

Programmer goes public four months after company failed to fix exploit


Paul Joseph Watson
 Infowars.com
 January 23, 2014

A whistleblower who privately informed Google four months ago that their Chrome browser had the ability to record conversations without the user’s knowledge has gone public after the tech giant failed to fix the issue.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5D578JmHdU

In the video above, the programmer explains how Google Chrome’s speech recognition function remains operational even after the user has left the website on which they gave permission for the browser to record their voice.

“When you click the button to start or stop the speech recognition on the site, what you won’t notice is that the site may have also opened another hidden pop under window. This window can wait until the main site is closed, and then start listening in without asking for permission. This can be done in a window that you never saw, never interacted with, and probably didn’t even know was there,” writes the whistleblower.

The video shows a pop-under browser window recording and typing the programmer’s words as she speaks. The window can be disguised as an advertising banner so the user has no indication that Chrome is listening to their voice, whether that be on the phone, talking to someone on Skype, or merely having a conversation with someone near the computer.

The exploit is a “serious security breach” that has compromised the privacy of millions of Google Chrome users, according to the programmer, who warns, “as long as Chrome is still running, nothing said next to your computer is private.”

The exploit turns Google Chrome into an “espionage tool,” adds the programmer, noting that the recording function can be activated by the use of sensitive keywords and be passed on “to your friends at the NSA.”

The programmer reported the exploit to Google on September 19 last year and was met with assurances that it would be quickly fixed. However, despite apparently fixing the bug within two weeks, the update was never released to Chrome users, with Google telling the programmer, “Nothing is decided yet.”

As far back as 2006, we warned that computers would use in-built microphones to spy on users. We also revealed how digital cable boxes had embedded microphones that had the capability of recording conversations since the late 1990′s.

As we have previously highlighted, terms of agreement for both Android and iPhone apps now require users to agree to allow their microphone to be activated at any time without confirmation before they can download the app.

Facebook’s term’s of agreement also allow the social network giant to record your phone calls, read your phone’s call log and “read data about contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you’ve called, emailed or communicated in other ways with specific individuals.”

We are now fully ensconced in a world that even George Orwell would have laughed off as inconceivable. Embedded microphones in everything from Xbox Kinect consoles to high-tech street lights that can record private conversations in real time represent the final nail in the coffin of privacy.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on January 31, 2014, 04:14:54 am
11-Year-Old Girl BANNED From Selling Cupcakes By Control Freak Government Bureaucrats

America is being suffocated to death by red tape.  You are about to read about an 11-year-old girl in Illinois that had her cupcake business brutally shut down by government bureaucrats.  Her name is Chloe Stirling and her crime was doing something that we used to applaud young people in America for doing.  Instead of sitting on her sofa and watching television all day, she actually started her own business.  And it turned out there her little business started thriving.  In fact, it started doing so well that a local newspaper took notice of it.  Well, that is when the control freaks swooped in and took her business away and banned her from selling any more cupcakes.  The really sad thing is that people are being paid to do this with our tax dollars.  All over America, little entrepreneurs are having their lemonade stands shut down and are being banned from selling Girl Scout cookies, and our tax dollars are paying the people that are doing it.  As I wrote about earlier this month, the level of economic freedom in the United States is at an all-time low, and it gets worse with each passing year.  The country that so many of us love is dying, and it is being replaced with something that I like to call "the USSA".

In the Union of Soviet Socialist Americans, you have to have a government "license" or "permit" to do just about anything.  If the government does not give you permission, you can get into a whole lot of trouble.

Little 11-year-old Chloe Stirling must have thought that this was still the nation that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson once founded, because she dared to actually start a business and sell cupcakes to the public.  Little did she know that she would soon make national news...

    An 11-year-old girl from Illinois got a dose of regulation American-style this week when local government officials shut down her cupcake business.

    Chloe Stirling, from Troy, got the front-page treatment from her local newspaper, which featured how well her business, Hey, Cupcake, was doing. By all accounts, it was a successful little enterprise. Chloe was getting $10 for a dozen cupcakes and $2 for each specialty cupcake. She even donated her cupcakes when a boy in her school fighting cancer held a fundraiser.

So why did they shut her down?

Well, it turns out that she didn't have a "permit" to sell cupcakes and her kitchen was not "licensed".

Like I said, you have to have permission from the government to do just about anything these days.

Another example of this phenomenon that is absolutely infuriating took place out in Fauquier County, Virginia.  When a mother held a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls and posted the photos on Facebook, she never imagined that she would soon be hit with $15,000 in fines...

    Martha Boneta owns a small farm in Fauquier County, Virginia, where she recently hosted a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls. They wore hats, picked veggies, and made goat's milk soap. The county says she should have obtain a license before hosting such an event and hit her with a $5,000 fine.

    Boneta also got slammed with two more fines for $5,000 each, one for advertising a pumpkin carving and another for violations in the small shop on her property. Boneta sells produce from her farm, as well as eggs, yarn, birdhouses, and local crafts. She sought and received a license for the shop in 2011, but the county now says she can't sell handiwork or produce from her neighbors under that license.

Stuff like this just makes me want to scream sometimes.

What is happening to this country?

A few years ago, my wife used to take old pieces of furniture, sand them down, repaint them and sell them to others.  It was something that she really enjoyed doing and she made some extra money along the way.

But if you try doing that in some areas of the country today, the EPA could potentially hit you with a fine of $30,000 for a single incident in which you do not follow the proper procedures.  The following is an excerpt from a discussion that some furniture painters were having on Facebook.  It is a little technical, but it is worth reading.  In this excerpt the identity of the business has been removed to protect the business from overzealous regulators...

    As a painter in PA, I am required by law to test everything that I disturb and I must charge the customer $60 for every test I perform which adds up. What the law states in my area is that if I disturb more than 6 square inches on anything made prior to Jan 1 1979 I must test it. Disturbing means, sanding, scraping, or even using a sponge/scuff pad (like you use on your pots) if I disturb more than 6 inches, I must take photographs, document in 4 different logs, I have local, county, state, and federal log books. If I find lead then I must suit up. Originally, the law stated that if there were no children around then you didn't have to do that however some lame brained legislator decided that if a child enters the premises for more than one hour a day, we must assume they will be in contact with the lead and therefore will contract lead poisoning. Then the legislators decided that if you were over the age of 60 then it didn't matter, you didn't have to test who cares if you get poisoned. Lo and behold OSHA stepped in and joined forces with the EPA, they decided that all were at risk including your pets and the leaves on your trees can hold the lead dust and .....well, that's a whole other issue.

    What is happening now is that so many painters decided they weren't going to follow the lead law, that OSHA and EPA send out secret shoppers. A lot of us don't even put our logo's on our vehicles because that invites these shoppers to investigate. If you come to the **** ********, you won't see signage on the building, you have to get to the actual door of the workroom to know we are there. We no longer have logo's on our vehicles either as the fines are too stiff. There isn't one of us that can afford a find of $30,000.00 A DAY, not a year, A DAY.

The government bureaucrats are running wild and the rest of us are just sitting back and letting it happen.

Things have gotten so bad in this country that the federal government even requires small-time magicians to submit "disaster plans" for the rabbits that they use in their acts.  The following is an excerpt from one of my previous articles...

    Central planning in this country is getting completely and totally out of control.  These days, you can hardly do anything without running into a suffocating web of red tape.  For example, a small-time magician from Missouri that does magic shows for kids was absolutely horrified when he learned that the Obama administration is requiring him to submit a 32 page “disaster plan” for the rabbit that he uses in his shows.  Yes, this is actually true.  His name is Marty Hahne, and he thought that it was bad enough when the U.S. Department of Agriculture busted him for not having a “license” for his rabbit.  He went out and acquired the proper “license” for his rabbit, but he never dreamed that eventually he would also have to submit a 32 page “disaster plan” for the same rabbit.

You can read the rest of that article right here.

Are you starting to get the picture?

These control freaks want to completely dominate every aspect of our lives.  The "nanny state" is entirely out of control and it is up to "we the people" to do something about it.

Barack Obama revealed the kind of mentality that is behind this "nanny state" when he recently made the following statement...

    "I would not let my son play pro football"

And without a doubt, the control freaks that run things will try to ban football (or at least "tone it down") the moment that they think that they can get away with it.

America was supposed to be a place where liberty and freedom were maximized and the interference of the federal government in our lives was supposed to be minimized.

Instead, what we have now is just the opposite.

No wonder Americans consider the government to be their biggest problem.

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/11-year-old-girl-banned-from-selling-cupcakes-by-control-freak-government-bureaucrats


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on February 05, 2014, 07:18:29 am
Hey, that anti-Obama t-shirt is a safety hazard!

A Wisconsin town is banning free speech in certain areas citing the potential for traffic accidents.

Campbell, Wisconsin passed an ordinance making it unlawful to express free speech on a pedestrian overpass sidewalk. A

Attorney Erin Mersino of the Thomas More Law Center has filed suit to block enforcement.

"One of our plaintiffs went with a group of people with t-shirts, where each individual had a different letter on their t-shirt and on the front of their t-shirt they spelled 'impeached' and on the back it said 'Obama,'" Mersino explains to OneNewsNow.

Mersino, Erin (TMLC)She alleges that "merely going up on the pedestrian overpass," wearing the t-shirts, was enough to be threatened with citations.

The town cites as a reason for the ordinance the possibility of traffic problems and accidents.

The Thomas More Law Center researched all of the 911 calls and accident reports during that period, finding "not one single accident" related to free speech, says the attorney.

"So I think that they will be very hard pressed to prove that this actually serves any sort of public safety purpose," she alleges.

The Law Center and La Crosse attorney Bernardo Cueto have filed a request for a temporary injunction blocking enforcement until the case can be heard.

- See more at: http://www.onenewsnow.com/legal-courts/2014/02/05/hey-that-anti-obama-t-shirt-is-a-safety-hazard#.UvI5zLSCVpI



Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 06, 2014, 04:19:27 pm
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/05/us-germany-usa-spying-idUSBREA140BL20140205
2/5/14
U.S. bugged Schroeder when he was German chancellor: paper

(Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) bugged the phone of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder from at least 2002, a German newspaper reported on Wednesday, compounding the most serious row between between the allies in a decade.

The reason for the snooping was Social Democrat (SPD) Schroeder's opposition to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq under then President George W. Bush, the Sueddeutsche daily said, citing U.S. government sources and NSA insiders.

"We had reason to believe that (Schroeder) was not contributing to the success of the alliance," the newspaper quoted one person with direct knowledge of the monitoring as saying.

Reports last year about mass surveillance in Germany, in particular of Merkel's mobile phone, shocked Germans and caused Berlin to push, so far in vain, for a 'no-spy' deal with Washington.

Since then, it has been widely suspected in Germany that the NSA had bugged governments preceding Merkel's but this is the first concrete report that offers evidence and it stems from information from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden
.

Schroeder, who headed a coalition with the Greens between 1998 and 2005, said he was no longer surprised.

"At that time I would not have entertained the idea of being monitored; now I am no longer surprised," Schroeder told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

Germans are especially sensitive about snooping due to their experiences in the Nazi era and in Communist East Germany during the Cold War when the Stasi secret police built up a massive network of surveillance.

Merkel said last week that Berlin and Washington were still "far apart" in their views on the NSA's surveillance of Germany but that they remained close allies.



Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on February 07, 2014, 12:10:08 am
While it is generally accepted that countries spy on each other, that's under a situation that countries never admitted to, till now. So, how can Obama look any of those leaders, like Merkel, in the eye with a straight face, with both knowing the US has in fact spied on Germany? And now they hesitate to agree to stop the spying?

If all this is really true, what kind of tension does that make for between those two? What kind of dialog would that be? I can't see how they could interact knowing about the spying, unless this is all a charade. I don't see how they could expect Germany to agree to anything with the US, with the Americans admitting to the spying and not openly saying they won't do it again.

Seems strange to me.



Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 09, 2014, 05:25:16 pm
U.S. Postal Service Announces Giant Ammo Purchase
http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=16423

On Jan. 31, the USPS Supplies and Services Purchasing Office posted a notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website asking contractors to register with USPS as potential ammunition suppliers for a variety of cartridges.

“The United States Postal Service intends to solicit proposals for assorted small arms ammunition,” the notice reads, which also mentioned a deadline of Feb. 10.

The Post Office published the notice just two days after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced his proposal to remove a federal gun ban that prevents lawful concealed carry holders from carrying handguns inside post offices across the country.

Ironically the Postal Service isn’t the first non-law enforcement agency seeking firearms and ammunition.

Since 2001, the U.S. Dept. of Education has been building a massive arsenal through purchases orchestrated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The Education Dept. has spent over $80,000 so far on Glock pistols and over $17,000 on Remington shotguns.

Back in July, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also purchased 72,000 rounds of .40 Smith & Wesson, following a 2012 purchase for 46,000 rounds of .40 S&W jacketed hollow point by the National Weather Service.

NOAA spokesperson Scott Smullen responded to concerns over the weather service purchase by stating that it was meant for the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement for its bi-annual “target qualifications and training.”

That seems excessive considering that JHP ammunition is typically several times more expensive than practice rounds, which can usually be found in equivalent power loadings and thus offer similar recoil characteristics as duty rounds.

Including mass purchases by the Dept. of Homeland Security, non-military federal agencies combined have purchased an estimated amount of over two billion rounds of ammunition in the past two years.

Additionally, the U.S. Army bought almost 600,000 Soviet AK-47 magazines last fall, enough to hold nearly 18,000,000 rounds of 7.62x39mm ammo which is not standard-issue for either the U.S. military or even NATO.

It would take a Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy, one of the largest cargo aircraft in the world, two trips to haul that many magazines.

A month prior, the army purchased nearly 3,000,000 rounds of 7.62x39mm ammo, a huge amount but still only 1/6th of what the magazines purchased can hold in total.

The Feds have also spent millions on riot control measures in addition to the ammo acquisitions.

Earlier this month, Homeland Security spent over $58 million on hiring security details for just two Social Security offices in Maryland.

DHS also spent $80 million on armed guards to protect government buildings in New York and sought even more guards for federal facilities in Wisconsin and Minnesota
.

While the government gears up for civil unrest and stockpiles ammo without limit, private gun owners on the other hand are finding ammunition shelves empty at gun stores across America,including shortages of once-common cartridges such as .22 Long Rifle. source – InfoWars


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on February 20, 2014, 08:40:19 am
Why Is The Obama Administration Putting Government Monitors In Newsrooms?

The Obama Administration’s Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is poised to place government monitors in newsrooms across the country in an absurdly draconian attempt to intimidate and control the media.

Before you dismiss this assertion as utterly preposterous (we all know how that turned out when the Tea Party complained that it was being targeted by the IRS), this bombshell of an accusation comes from an actual FCC Commissioner.

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai reveals a brand new Obama Administration program that he fears could be used in “pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.”

As Commissioner Pai explains in the Wall Street Journal:

    Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring.

    The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about “the process by which stories are selected” and how often stations cover “critical information needs,” along with “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”

In fact, the FCC is now expanding the bounds of regulatory powers to include newspapers, which it has absolutely no authority over, in its new government monitoring program.

The FCC has apparently already selected eight categories of “critical information” “that it believes local newscasters should cover.”

That’s right, the Obama Administration has developed a formula of what it believes the free press should cover, and it is going to send government monitors into newsrooms across America to stand over the shoulders of the press as they make editorial decisions.

This poses a monumental danger to constitutionally protected free speech and freedom of the press.

Every major repressive regime of the modern era has begun with an attempt to control and intimidate the press.

As Thomas Jefferson so eloquently said, “our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”

The federal government has absolutely no business determining what stories should and should not be run, what is critical for the American public and what is not, whether it perceives a bias, and whose interests are and are not being served by the free press.

It’s an unconscionable assault on our free society.

Imagine a government monitor telling Fox News it needed to cover stories in the same way as MSNBC or Al Jazeera.  Imagine an Obama Administration official walking in to the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and telling it that the American public would be better served if it is stopped reporting on the IRS scandal or maybe that reporting on ObamaCare “glitches” is driving down enrollment.

It’s hard to imaging anything more brazenly Orwellian than government monitors in newsrooms.

Is it any wonder that the U.S. now ranks 46th in the world for freedom of the press?  Reporters Without Boarders called America’s precipitous drop of 13 places in its recent global rankings “one of the most significant declines” in freedom of the press in the world.

Freedom of the press is proudly extolled in the First Amendment, yet our nation now barely makes the top fifty for media freedom.

We cannot allow the unfathomable encroachment on our free speech and freedom of the press to continue.

We’ve seen, and defeated, this kind of attempt to squelch free speech before in the likes of the Fairness Doctrine and the Grassroots Lobbying Bill(incidentally one of my first projects at the ACLJ).  Each one of these euphemistically named government programs is nothing more than an underhanded attempt to circumvent the Constitution and limit free speech – speech that the government finds inconvenient.  They’re equally unconstitutional, and they each must be defeated.

Join the ACLJ as we take a stand.  Sign the ACLJ’s Petition to Stop the Obama FCC’s Free Speech Monitors.

- See more at: http://newswatch.us/why-is-the-obama-administration-putting-government-monitors-in-newsrooms/#sthash.4L70laiS.dpuf


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on February 21, 2014, 02:56:02 am
Quote
Why Is The Obama Administration Putting Government Monitors In Newsrooms?

If it's true as presented, it's no surprise.

They are doing it in America because the US is now a country run by socialists.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on February 21, 2014, 05:24:00 am
UPDATE: FCC PLAN TO POLICE NEWSROOMS...
Top Dem's daughter will run review...
http://washingtonexaminer.com/new-obama-initiative-tramples-first-amendment-protections/article/2544363

Chicago police develop computer to predict crimes...
http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/19/chicago-police-develop-real-minority-report-computer-to-predict-crimes/#ixzz2tnqEJHEs

Seattle Prepares Facial Recognition Program...
http://www.infowars.com/seattle-police-prepare-dhs-funded-facial-recognition-program/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on February 24, 2014, 05:53:10 am
Scalia Warns Government Will Violate Civil Rights in War

At some point when America is at war, terrible violations of basic constitutional freedoms will occur. So says Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Speaking at the University of Hawaii’s law school on Feb. 3, Scalia talked about World War II, where American citizens who happened to be of Japanese descent were placed in internment camps in the 1940s. This government action was taken to court and ultimately was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in Korematsu v. U.S.

Korematsu is one of the most infamous cases in American history. It was an unmitigated betrayal of the Constitution’s guarantee that no one can be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. How could such a thing ever happen in America? The answer, according to Scalia, is found in an ancient Latin phrase, inter arma enim silent leges.

That translates as, “In times of war, the laws fall silent.” It expresses the reality that in times of desperate conflict, those who wield military power tend to do what they think necessary, even when the law is against them.

“You are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again,” Scalia explained. It’s what happens when people becomes very scared and very angry in a wartime situation. “That’s what happens,” Scalia continued. “It was wrong, but I would not be surprised to see it again, in time of war. It’s no justification but it is the reality.”

Scalia didn’t reference any particular upcoming event or predict this would happen. But he stated as a question of when, not if. Unfortunately, Scalia’s predictions often prove prophetic.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/20/Scalia-Warns-Government-Will-Violate-Civil-Rights-in-War?


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on February 24, 2014, 06:17:38 am
Quote
Scalia didn’t reference any particular upcoming event or predict this would happen. But he stated as a question of when, not if. Unfortunately, Scalia’s predictions often prove prophetic.

Strange article, to the point of elevating a court justice to the level of a prophet of some kind.

The absurdity of it is that man has always, to some degree, suspended law in time of war. That's why they call it war, and not a court case! They all know the deal, that the legal ramifications are always worked out after the bullets stop flying. Thus they hold war crimes trials. DUH! And this guy is a US Supreme Court judge? There is zero prophecy in that. It's been fact since man started fighting each other.

Socialists seem to have a strange way of driving a wedge between the very people they want to sway. Cause fear and chaos, all the while they offer "support" to "calm their fears". "They" say the boogeyman is those big bad government people who violate citizen's rights, all the while it's those same "they" that are the one's telling the public all that junk and causing the problems in the first place.

The very people that proclaim they are the fix to the problems are the ones causing the problems!


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on February 24, 2014, 01:33:19 pm
Americans rising up against government: Column

America's ruling class has been experiencing more pushback than usual lately. It just might be a harbinger of things to come.

First, in response to widespread protests last week, the Department of Homeland Security canceled plans to build a nationwide license plate database. Many local police departments already use license-plate readers that track every car as it passes traffic signals or pole-mounted cameras. Specially equipped police cars even track cars parked on the street or even in driveways.

The DHS put out a bid request for a system that would have gone national, letting the federal government track millions of people's comings and goings just as it tracks data about every phone call we make. But the proposal was suddenly withdrawn last week, with the unconvincing explanation that it was all a mistake. I'm inclined to agree with TechDirt's Tim Cushing, who wrote: "The most plausible explanation is that someone up top at the DHS or ICE suddenly realized that publicly calling for bids on a nationwide surveillance system while nationwide surveillance systems are being hotly debated was ... a horrible idea."

On Friday, after more public outrage, the Federal Communications Commission withdrew a plan to "monitor" news coverage at not only broadcast stations, but also at print publications that the FCC has no authority to regulate. The "Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs," or CIN (pronounced "sin") involved the FCC sending people to question reporters and editors about why they chose to run particular stories. Many folks in and out of the media found it Orwellian.

How this program appeared was, like the DHS program, a bit of a mystery: FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said: "This has never been put to an FCC vote; it was just announced." But the blowback was sufficient to stop it for now.

Meanwhile, in Connecticut a massive new gun-registration scheme is also facing civil disobedience. As J.D. Tuccille reports: "Three years ago, the Connecticut legislature estimated there were 372,000 rifles in the state of the sort that might be classified as 'assault weapons,' and 2 million plus high-capacity magazines. ... But by the close of registration at the end of 2013, state officials received around 50,000 applications for 'assault weapon' registrations, and 38,000 applications for magazines."

This is more "Irish Democracy," passive resistance to government overreach. The Hartford (Conn.) Courant is demanding that the state use background-check records to prosecute those who haven't registered, but the state doesn't have the resources and it's doubtful juries would convict ordinary, law-abiding people for failure to file some paperwork.

Though people have taken to the streets from Egypt, to Ukraine, to Venezuela to Thailand, many have wondered whether Americans would ever resist the increasing encroachments on their freedom. I think they've begun.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/02/23/license-plates-guns-news-federal-government-column/5759933/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on February 25, 2014, 11:19:48 am
Cops Secretly Tested Drivers for Drunk Driving at Those ‘Voluntary’ Checkpoints…Even Before They Consented

Officials running a voluntary federal survey secretly collected breath data on drivers at roadblocks even before the drivers could consent to participate.

The survey, which asked drivers to give breath, saliva or blood samples after they were stopped, gained attention last year with questions about its constitutionality. With more people taking notice, a provision in the methodology published online revealed that some tests were conducted even if a driver’s consent was not given.

Conducted in 60 cities around the nation, the National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drugged Driving yields the government’s best estimate of the prevalence of impaired driving. It works like this: Motorists are randomly selected — either by a uniformed police officer or a private contractor working for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — and waved into a parking lot, where they are questioned about their drinking and driving habits, asked to take a breath test, and offered money if they provide saliva and blood samples or agree to answer a more extensive written survey.

U.S. transportation officials call the survey, which has been conducted five times since 1973, a vital tool for monitoring the safety of America’s roadways.

Some motorists and civil liberties advocates contend the government’s methods are intrusive and unconstitutional. One reason is that “passive alcohol sensors” are used on drivers stopped at roadblocks even if they don’t consent to the survey.

“While the interviewer conducted the verbal informed consent process … for the interview, a PAS reading was taken on all subjects, prior to their consent or refusal of the survey. Because this measure was taken passively prior to informed consent, it was deemed to be acceptable under human subjects guidelines (analogous to observing or smelling). This provided the researchers with an indication of alcohol level for all drivers and helped identify the potential need for intervention even among those drivers who did not participate in the data collection,” the 2007 National Roadside Survey’s methodology stated.

In addition, “Passive sensor measures were attempted on all drivers reaching the bays, whether they agreed to the survey or not.”

To take a reading with a PAS, the researchers held it within six inches of a person’s face as they spoke. The researchers did try to hide the PAS by attaching it with Velcro to another device they were using take electronic notes, the document stated.

If the PAS reading registered that the river could be impaired, a survey manager was directed to administer a breathalyzer test, which if above .05 would require the driver to be taken home by alternative means.

NHTSA said the 2013-2014 survey is being conducted in the same manner as the 2007 version that includes this methodology referencing the use of PAS.

As the $7.9 million survey is now nearing completion, it has been met with lawsuits.

One is from Ricardo Nieves of Reading, Pa.

“The Fourth Amendment clearly states that I’m allowed to go about my business without government intrusion, that I’m allowed to go about freely where I need to go,” he said. “And on that day, no one here, in my city government or that police department, was protecting me.”

But Nieves “was in no way compelled to stop, and, indeed, hundreds of other vehicles completely ignored the civilian data collector and continued on their merry way,” the lawyer of the company contracted to conduct the survey stated.

The city of Reading likewise said that Nieves “suffered no injury or damages.” City officials declined to comment to the Associated Press, citing the pending lawsuit, but promised they won’t participate in future surveys, according to a legal memo filed by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation’s attorney.

The city of Reading isn’t the only one refusing to participate in future surveys. Some police departments have refused to partner wake of public outcry. In Tennessee, legislation that would ban law enforcement from helping out on the survey unanimously passed in the state Senate last month.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/25/cops-secretly-tested-drivers-for-drunk-driving-at-those-voluntary-checkpoints-even-before-they-consented/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on February 28, 2014, 06:35:34 am
Fed Court Rules OK for School to Ban US Flag Shirts for Safety
"The court said schools have wide latitude in curbing certain civil rights to ensure campus safety."


According to a news report from the Associated Press, a federal court decided Thursday that school officials can order students to remove or turn inside out t-shirts displaying the American Flag when safety concerns are present.

The controversial case came before the court after officials from Live Oak High School in San Jose, Ca ordered three students on Cinco de Mayo to turn their shirts inside out or go home. Officials said they wanted to avoid a flare up of racial tensions amongst Latino students. The school was worried about gang problems and perceived a threat to students safety over their patriotic display.

The AP report says:

    Administrators feared the American-flag shirts would enflame the passions of Latino students celebrating the Mexican holiday.

    The unanimous three-judge panel said past problems gave school officials sufficient and justifiable reasons for their actions.

    The court said schools have wide latitude in curbing certain civil rights to ensure campus safety.

http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/fed-court-rules-ok-school-ban-us-flag-shirts-safety


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on February 28, 2014, 12:20:34 pm
See, once you go down that path, it gets insane, and this just shows we've entered the Twilight Zone!  ::)

Cinco De Mayo isn't even a US holiday. It's a Mexican celebration over a battle with France in a certain region in Mexico.

Has NOTHING to do with the US. If you read Wikipedia, they try to make out as an American celebration, but in reality it apparently was started in California by Latinos in the late 1800's, and was turned into a general Latino heritage celebration in the US.

More importantly, why would any student in the US be offended by a US flag? If they revere another country's flag over the US flag, they need to leave the US and go to that country they feel is so special, seeing they want to elevate another country above the US.

The do-good pc socialists have turned it into a circus, where they claim everybody has rights, but in practice, nobody has rights because it might offend somebody! They are literally changing the meaning of treason into friend, and eliminating the word sovereignty altogether.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on March 21, 2014, 07:56:49 am
90 lieutenant colonels, 131 colonels selected for early retirement



Ninety lieutenant colonels and 131 colonels were selected for early retirement by the Selective Early Retirement Board that met Dec. 9, according to data provided to Air force Times on Wednesday by the Air Force Personnel Center.

The officers were notified of their selection Jan. 23 and are assigned a July 1 retirement date.

This SERB is one of several force management programs the cash-strapped Air Force is using this fiscal year to try to get down to authorized end-strength levels.

The selectees, by competitive category:

Line of the Air Force: 69 lieutenant colonels and 105 colonels.

Nurse Corps: Seven lieutenant colonels and seven colonels.

Biomedical Service Corps: Six lieutenant colonels and four colonels.

Judge Advocate General : Six lieutenant colonels and 11 colonels.

Medical Services Corps: Two lieutenant colonels and four colonels.

The board considered lieutenant colonels who had been passed over for promotion to colonel twice by Dec. 9. It also considered colonels with four years or more of active-duty time-in-grade by Dec. 9. But colonels who met the 2010 or 2012 boards were not considered.

No more than 30 percent of the officers in each grade and in each competitive category can be selected for retirement under a SERB.

The Air Force also has faced a promotion logjam in recent years that it hopes the SERB will help fix. Colonels are staying in the Air Force longer, which means there are fewer vacancies for lieutenant colonels to move into. This has a domino effect for majors and captains, who also can’t get promoted.

For example, the Air Force canceled the majors board that would have been held December 2013 due to record-high retention. In November, it pushed back the next board, which was originally expected to be held next summer, to December 2014, to minimize the time between when a captain is selected for promotion and when he pins on his new rank. The last time a majors board was held was in December 2012.

http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20140319/CAREERS03/303190052


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 22, 2014, 03:30:28 pm
Scalia Comes To Brooklyn, Drops Huge Hint About NSA Surveillance And The Supreme Court
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/scalia-hints-nsa-surveillance-going-110214589.html
3/22/14

Justice Antonin Scalia hinted that the Supreme Court will rule on National Security Agency domestic surveillance, while talking in a packed Brooklyn auditorium on Friday night.

The topic of the NSA's controversial surveillance of telephone metadata came up during a laughter-filled  Q&A between Scalia and Judge Andrew Napolitano, a faculty member at Brooklyn Law School and a close personal friend of the justice he accidentally called "Nino."

While suggesting that the high court will take up NSA surveillance, Scalia expressed his opinion that judges should not be deciding matters of national security.

"The Supreme Court doesn't know diddly about the nature and extent of the threat," Scalia said. Later on, he added, "It's truly stupid that my court is going to be the last word on it."

Still, he hinted he would rule that NSA surveillance does not violate the Constitution if and when the issue comes before the Supreme Court. Although one judge has ruled the spying violates the Fourth Amendment, Scalia may disagree based on his strict interpretation of the Constitution.

The text of the Fourth Amendment bars unwarranted searches of "persons, houses, papers, and effects." But, as Scalia told the audience, "conversations are quite different" from all four of those things.

One astute law student said something, however, that may make Scalia reconsider his initial thinking on the constitutionality of the NSA's domestic surveillance. That student asked if data in a computer were considered "effects" under the Fourth Amendment, in an apparent reference to the NSA capturing communications over the Internet.

Scalia, visibly impressed by the question, said, "I better not answer that. That is something that may well come up [before the Supreme Court]."


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on March 27, 2014, 06:01:40 am
John Cornyn Rips Chuck Schumer's Media 'Shield Law'

The number two Republican in the Senate is lambasting a media “shield law” proposed by New York Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer, potentially imperiling its shot at passage.

“This is a bad idea and one whose time has not come,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate minority whip, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview. “Believe me, we will not be rolled over.”

Schumer’s “Free Flow of Information Act” passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in September, and he recently said he already has the 60 votes needed to pass the bill on the floor. “We’ll get a few more Republicans, not many more, but we have the 60 votes,” Schumer told reporters in New York last week.

He's bluffing, Cornyn retorts.

“If he had the votes to pass it, it already would have been passed,” Cornyn says, adding, “This isn’t about passing legislation, this is about distracting the public’s attention and changing the subject from the failed policies of this administration. I think you could put this in that same category.”

Schumer's proposal would exempt a “covered journalist” from subpoenas and other legal requirements to expose their confidential sources in leak investigations and other areas. Other lawmakers have proposed similar ideas in the past, but the effort gained new momentum after a series of revelations about controversial tactics the Justice Department was using to target journalists.

For instance, the Department of Justice secretly monitored Fox News reporter James Rosen in the course of a leak investigation, even claiming in a court filing he was a subject of investigation himself. In another instance, the government had secretly monitored numerous phone lines used by the Associated Press, including one in the U.S. Capitol.

Cornyn says Schumer's proposal is fatally flawed and may be an unworkable idea altogether.

“They want to pick and choose which journalists are covered,” the Texan Republican told Breitbart News. “In other words, if you’re a blogger they might not cover you, but if you work for the New York Times they might. Given the changes in the way we get information and the way we consume news, that really smacks to me in essence of government licensing who’s an official ‘journalist’ for the purposes of a shield law and who’s not. If there is one thing I can glean from the First Amendment, it is that government should not be in the business of licensing the news media.”

In practice, defining who is considered a “journalist” and protected under the law from having to disclose confidential sources is a thorny legal problem. On the one hand, the law's drafters don't want to provide blanket immunity to everyone. But anointing a government-approved class of scribes cuts against the nature of journalism, which almost by definition is frequently critical of the government.

“It’s totally inconsistent with the notion of a free press and the First Amendment,” Cornyn said.

His “fundamental problem” with the bill, though, is that it would exempt journalists from being subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury if they witness a crime.

“For example, if you’ve witnessed a crime taking place, you or I would both have to respond to a grand jury subpoena and come to testify to what we’ve seen. This idea of saying you could have information about a crime and you are immunized to having to partake in a basic act of American citizenship strikes me as pretty odd to say the least,” he says.

Cornyn, who just breezed past a primary challenge from Rep. Steve Stockman, notes it's more than a bit ironic that Senate Democrats are championing the bill while their party's president wreaks havoc on press freedoms.

Cornyn believes the bill's timing – and the administration’s backing of it – appears to be aimed at alleviating criticism of the Justice Department’s secret attainment of Associated Press phone conversations and the administration’s similar actions against Fox News’s James Rosen, among other media targeting.

“You remember when this was recently resurrected?” Cornyn asks. “It was essentially an attempt to deflect... from the Department of Justice and this administration... the criticism they were taking [from] James Rosen and other traditional journalists. So, I really question the timing of all of this.”

Finally, Cornyn raises concerns about the proposal's champion – Schumer.

The mere fact that Schumer is the one pushing this bill is something that should send alarm bells off throughout the Congress, Cornyn says.

“My antennae are always very sensitive whenever he is on the march,” he says, noting the New York Democrat openly declared war on the Tea Party in a Center for American Progress speech earlier this year.

Cornyn says that the bill would very likely exclude bloggers and would definitely exclude citizen journalists and other new media practitioners, those who may practice journalism but not in the employ of a major newspaper or television network, from being government-defined “journalists.” As such, it could end up hurting conservatives because many of the most widely-read new media figures are on the right.

“Well, you remember, a few years ago there was a discussion about the Fairness Doctrine, and whether they would go after talk radio,” Cornyn says.

“Talk radio, I think, the left feels as a threat. Now, you know, you start to put the dots together and the FCC’s recent discussion about placing monitors in newsrooms, you begin to see that this administration wants to control the information that people get and particularly any information that might be critical of them – which is, as you pointed out in the first instance... the function of a free press: to give people unbiased and factual information they can use to make their own decisions, not to collaborate with government in squashing speech that people find unfavorable,” he adds.

Cornyn says he will “absolutely” be whipping against the bill and doubts the Republican-controlled House would pass it anyway.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/26/Exclusive-Cornyn-Rips-Schumer-s-Media-Shield-Law


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Post by: Kilika on March 28, 2014, 04:48:13 am
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Schumer’s “Free Flow of Information Act” passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in September, and he recently said he already has the 60 votes needed to pass the bill on the floor. “We’ll get a few more Republicans, not many more, but we have the 60 votes,” Schumer told reporters in New York last week.

He's bluffing, Cornyn retorts.

This is a near perfect example of how politicians are too busy doing their own thing in Washington amongst themselves, while the public sits back humbly and waits for their fearless leaders to tell them how things will be.

Politicians are too busy arguing amongst themselves to be bothered with explaining to the people they represent what they want to vote on.


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Post by: Mark on March 28, 2014, 05:49:49 am
9 Nuke Commanders Fired In Montana! More Signs A Nuclear False Flag Is In The Works?

Nine more mid-level nuclear commanders in the United States Air Force have been fired according to this newly released story from The Guardian. In moves that are said to be tied to a much wider exam-cheating scandal, is there much more to these moves than we are being told? With Barack Obama worrying about a nuclear device going off in Manhatten, is this more set up for a nuke false flag? Video reports also below.

The US air force fired nine mid-level nuclear commanders Thursday and will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base in response to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported.

Air force officials called the moves unprecedented in the history of the intercontinental ballistic missile force, which has been rocked by a string of security lapses over the past year, including a failed safety and security inspection last summer at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, where the cheating happened.

Air Force secretary Deborah Lee James, the service’s top civilian official, had promised to hold officers at Malmstrom accountable once the cheating investigation was completed and the scope of the scandal was clear. None of the nine fired commanders was directly involved in the cheating, but each was determined to have failed in his or her leadership responsibilities.

http://beforeitsnews.com/u-s-politics/2014/03/9-nuke-commanders-fired-in-montana-more-signs-a-nuclear-false-flag-is-in-the-works-2465800.html


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Post by: Mark on March 28, 2014, 07:26:51 am
New Executive Order: “Obama Has Just Given Himself the Authority to Seize Your Assets”

On Monday the U.S. government took steps to seize the US-based assets of Russian lawmakers and anyone else that the US government deemed complicit in supporting the Crimean secession movement.

We’ve seen the U.S. government do this in countless cases surrounding drug and financial crimes, and sometimes even against foreign leaders like Saddam Hussein and Manuel Noriega.

What makes this particular instance so unprecedented and terrifying is that President Obama went so far as to issue a new Executive Order to give himself the authorization to do so, because the laws of the United States are such that our government is not allowed to simply take someone’s bank assets, home or business without due process.

Here’s the kicker.

The new Executive Order doesn’t just apply to just Russians or foreigners. It gets blanket coverage, so even American citizens could now face asset forfeiture if their actions are deemed to be “contributing to the situation in the Ukraine.”

    Be careful what you say. Be careful what you write. President Obama has just given himself the authority to seize your assets.

    According to the president’s recent Executive Order, “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine” (first reported by WND’s Aaron Klein), the provisions for seizure of property extend to “any United States person.” That means “any United States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States.”

    Via: The Ron Paul Institute

Like most Executive Orders and government legalese, the definitions for why an individual would have their assets seized under this directive are extremely broad and they could, for all intents and purposes, be used against anyone who supports Russian interests, or simply argues against those of the United States.

You can read the full Executive Order at the White House web site. The key points are noted below:

    All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person (including any foreign branch) of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:

    (i) to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have engaged in, directly or indirectly, any of the following:

    (A) actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine;

    (B) actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; or

    (C) misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine or of an economically significant entity in Ukraine

This new Executive Order has crossed a very dangerous line. It’s one that turns the notions of property rights and due process upside down by effectively bypassing the U.S. Constitution.

While we’re sure the President and his staff would argue that such a law would never be used against Americans who are protected by free speech, the fact is that the Executive Branch now believes it has the self-manifested authority to target any individual who engages in activities that undermine US interests abroad or at home.

If a President of the United States believes he has the authority to make it illegal for you to provide support to Russia by way of political commentary, charitable donations or other methods, could he also use similar directives to push forward other agendas?

President Obama has already re-authorized an E.O. giving him the ability to seize farms, food, processing plants, energy resources, transportation, and skilled laborers during national emergency.

The next Executive Order could come in the form of restrictions on firearms advocacy or target those who speak out against policies like government mandated health care. All it would take is the declaration of a national emergency and they can essentially do as they please.

Is it prudent to give a single person the ability to force such actions down the throats of the American people without Congressional oversight or Judicial review?

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/03/new-executive-order-obama-has-just.html


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Post by: Kilika on March 29, 2014, 02:52:50 am
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Be careful what you say. Be careful what you write. President Obama has just given himself the authority to seize your assets.

Yet another article basically telling the reader they have no chance, just give up.

Contrary to this article, the American people STILL have the ability to bounce his socialist backside to the curb.


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Post by: Mark on March 29, 2014, 09:00:03 am
TSA aims to install armed guards at airport security checkpoints

The US Transportation Security Administration has asked for armed law enforcement officers to guard airport security checkpoints at busy times, a proposal that comes months after a shooter opened fire at a crowded California airport checkpoint.

The TSA released a 25-page report to Congress on Wednesday, making 14 recommendations on how to best prepare for and respond to an emergency, such as when a gunman killed a TSA officer and injured three others at Los Angeles International Airport in November.

The report, first obtained by the Associated Press, requests that armed police officers supervise passengers waiting at security lines and ticket counters at busy travel times. Currently, TSA officers do not carry firearms and rely on local authorities to make arrests if a traveler is caught trying to smuggle weapons or drugs, for example. Police officers are already present in airports, a small number patrol gates where fliers are waiting to board their planes.

TSA Administrator John Pistole told the Los Angeles Times the suggestions are a “measured response” to the November 1 attack. Since then, more TSA officers have reported that they fear for their safety at work.

“The bottom line of all this is…that we are doing everything we can to provide for the best possible safety and security,” he said.

Other recommendations include mandatory training for all TSA officers on how to respond to a shooter situation, bi-annual evacuation drills, the installation of panic buttons at airports currently without the alarm system, and more security cameras, among others.

The report specifically notes that local police officers, not TSA officers, should be the ones making the armed security details. Approximately 323 airports receive a federal stipend in exchange for paying the police officers assigned there, and their decision on whether to introduce the suggestions will likely depend on local priorities.

Texas Police Chief Yousry Zakhary, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, was consulted on the report and told USA Today that, ideally, local and federal agencies would be able to balance training and finances.

“I think in a perfect world if we had all the money and resources that would be great, but unfortunately these are going to have to be done on a calculated risk based on peak times and funding that is available,” he said. “I don’t think there’s an agency that can afford to put police at every checkpoint. You might see roving patrols.”

In part because of the budgetary concerns, the sources who spoke to the AP said the report likely boosts the TSA union’s longstanding request for teams of armed TSA officers. The National president of the American Federation of Government Employees, J. David Cox, said such a measure would help municipalities meet federal guidelines that are often neglected.

“The current patchwork of local law enforcement agencies across the country inevitability leaves gaps in security, as we saw at LAX,” he said. “Only an armed law enforcement unit within TSA can ensure the constant and consistent presence of sufficient law enforcement resources needed in the immediate area of the checkpoints and other key locations in order to prevent another tragedy like the one that occurred at LAX.”

The TSA does have 37 Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams. The heavily-armed teams have mostly inspected transportation hubs (other than airports), but since the November shooting 50-percent of the VIPR teams have patrolled airports.

Paul Ciancia, the alleged LAX gunman, previously pleaded not guilty to murder and a number of other federal charges related to the shooting last year. Gerardo Hernandez, a 39-year-old father of two, was the first NSA officer to be killed in the line of duty that day. US Attorney General Eric Holder is currently weighing whether to seek the death penalty for the 24-year-old.

http://rt.com/usa/tsa-install-guards-security-checkpoints-733/


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Post by: Kilika on March 30, 2014, 04:30:51 am
They have ONE shooting and after now 13 years after 9/11, they are debating armed guards? Idiots.  ::)

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Currently, TSA officers do not carry firearms and rely on local authorities to make arrests if a traveler is caught trying to smuggle weapons or drugs, for example. Police officers are already present in airports, a small number patrol gates where fliers are waiting to board their planes.

Uh, yeah! Local police are the ones who have jurisdiction. The feds have no authority in that scenario outside the FAA. There are currently armed police officers at the airports that the TSA calls on for any kind of crime. Both my mother and step dad were TSA agents for awhile, so I personally know the deal. The TSA is a bunch of clowns handed a job.

And par for the course, the TSA did everything they could, including the first Phoenix TSA director who eventually was fired, to keep my mother from filing workman's comp and suing the TSA after she fell at work at one of the checkpoints, which we later noticed that she did in fact suffer some kind of injury because ever since she's been much different, displaying all the signs of a frontal lobe injury. She tried the standard approach and the TSA blew her off, delaying and not getting back to her. So when she asked for a transfer, they jumped on it, no hesitation, and off she went! She and her husband wanted to go to Hawaii, so they got transferred there, to Maui. Once there, she realized eventually what the TSA actually did. They shuffled her off to an out of the way location where she wouldn't be heard. They were glad to send her to an out of the way airport with a small staff, who were not friendly, at all. My mother and step dad resigned less than a year later! TSA wins.

The TSA doesn't have the authority of law enforcement, and they shouldn't, and the feds in general shouldn't be armed at civilian facilities. Let the civilian police authority take care of the heavy lifting and the TSA to inspecting passenger's baggage.

What they need instead of more armed cops, is cops that can actually handle a shooting situation, but it's SO RARE, why bother? Because the feds are looking for any situation where they can gain the upper hand on the public.


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Post by: Mark on April 01, 2014, 05:57:51 am
USDA to Grandparents: Read Government Bedtime Stories to Encourage Healthy Eating

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is giving advice to grandparents on how they can get their grandkids to eat healthier, including instructions to give them “hugs” instead of treats, and read government bedtime stories.

“Take time to share and listen to your grandchild—the time you spend together offers wonderful opportunities to understand one another,” a USDA blog post entitled, “Grandparents Help Kids Develop Good Eating Habits,” said on Monday.

“Discuss likes and dislikes of different foods and talk about what they eat at school or at home,” the agency said. “Involve grandkids in selecting and preparing foods for meals, and offer the same foods to everyone. Avoid making different dishes to please young, fussy eaters.”

The USDA then tells grandma to serve her grandchildren baby carrots, applesauce, and string cheese to “meet their daily food group needs.”

“Reward them with your attention,” the USDA said. “Hugs are much better than sweet treats.”

The department also directed grandparents to read government bedtime stories to “show how much they love and care about their grandchildren.”

“Show your grandchild games, activity sheets, and other fun ways to learn about good nutrition at My Plate Kids’ Place,” the USDA said. “For a bedtime story, read The Two Bite Club.”

“The Two Bite Club,” which is available in English and Spanish, is a USDA “educational storybook” about a family of cats that uses government charts to determine its food intake. The story encourages children to try two bites of foods in the USDA’s “My Plate” food diagram. After trying broccoli, yellow apples, low-fat yogurt, and “hard-cooked” eggs, the children in the story get certificates of participation.

“I am so proud of myself. I tried some new foods and I learned about My Plate,” a cat says at the end of the story.

The book also includes activities in the back and tips for parents on “growing healthy eaters,” such as avoid “placing a television set in their child’s bedroom.”

Other tips include: “Family meals are important for everyone. Eat at a table. During mealtime, turn off the TV and your phone,” and “Skip the urge to offer a snack to quiet tears or reward behavior … These practices can lead to emotional overeating later on,” the USDA said.

The Monday blog post, which was written by Patricia Britten, a nutritionist at the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), also advised grandparents to take their grandchildren to farmer’s markets and “talk about the choices you are making.”

“Help them learn cooking skills, which will benefit them throughout their lives,” the blog said. “Encourage them to be active throughout the day.”

The CNPP had a proposed budget of $8.7 million in fiscal year 2013, which Rajen Anand, the executive director, said would allow the office to enhance “cutting-edge web-based systems designed to empower consumers” and “foster behavioral changes toward positive dietary practices and active lifestyle.”

http://freebeacon.com/issues/usda-to-grandparents-read-government-bedtime-stories-to-encourage-healthy-eating/


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Post by: Mark on April 07, 2014, 07:18:23 am
Under attack: Depth of federal arms race should surprise, shock citizenry

 In late February, four federal agents carrying side arms with a drug-sniffing dog descended on the Taos Ski Valley in what was called a “saturation patrol.”

Authorities were working on tips of possible drug selling and impaired driving in the ski resort’s parking lot and surrounding area.

But the agents weren’t from the FBI, ATF or even the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Rather, the agents represented the U.S. Forest Service.

“It’s one of the untold stories about government,” said former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who lives in Taos, is an avid skier and has been a leading critic of the operation that turned up only a few minor infractions. “People don’t grasp the size and the scope of these entities and their law enforcement arms.”

It may come as a surprise to many U.S. taxpayers, but a slew of federal agencies — some  whose responsibilities seem to have little to do with combating crime — carry active law enforcement operations.

Here’s a partial list:

    The U.S. Department of Education
    The Bureau of Land Management (200 uniformed law enforcement rangers and 70 special agents)
    The U.S. Department of the Interior
    The U.S. Postal Inspection Service (with an armed uniformed division of 1.000)
    The National Park Service (made up of NPS protection park rangers and U.S. Park Police officers that operate independently)
    The Environmental Protection Agency (200 special agents)
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (224 special agents)
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

That’s right, NOAA — the folks who forecast the weather, monitor the atmosphere and keep tabs on the oceans and waterways — has its own law enforcement division. It has a budget of $65 million and consists of 191 employees, including 96 special agents and 28 enforcement officers who carry weapons.

“There’s no question there’s been a proliferation of police units at the federal level,” said Tim Lynch, director of the Project On Criminal Justice for the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank based in Washington, D.C. “To me, it’s been a never-ending expansion, a natural progression, if you will, of these administrative agencies always asking for bigger budgets and a little bit more power.”

It’s been estimated the U.S. has some 25,000 sworn law enforcement officers in departments not traditionally associated with fighting crime. According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and in a tabulation compiled by the Wall Street Journal in 2011, 3,812 criminal investigators are working in areas other than the U.S. departments of Treasury, Justice, Defense and Homeland Security.

Lynch says it’s hard to tell how much money federal agencies spend on their respective law enforcement divisions.

“We need a fuller accounting of exactly how many police units have proliferated in the federal government and how much it’s costing taxpayers,” said Lynch, who said he would like to see members of Congress ask agency officials direct questions about budget and staffing.

The Wall Street Journal reported that, in 2008, agents armed with assault rifles from NOAA, along with officers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, raided a businesswoman’s offices in Miami looking into charges that she was violating the Endangered Species Act by trading in coral.

“I felt like I was being busted for drugs, instead of coral,” Morgan Mok said afterward. “It was crazy.”

Mok said she obtained the coral legally and eventually paid a $500 fine and served a year’s probation for failing to complete the proper paperwork.

Why is a law enforcement arm necessary at NOAA?

“NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement protects marine wildlife and habitat by enforcing domestic laws and international treaty requirements designed to ensure these global resources are available for future generations,” NOAA spokesman David Miller said in an email to New Mexico Watchdog, pointing out that the division has existed since 1970. “Our special agents and enforcement officers ensure compliance with the nation’s marine resource laws and take enforcement action when these laws are violated.”

As for the U.S. Forest Service, Special Agent Robin Poague defended the use of the agency’s law enforcement officers — called LEOs — in the Taos operation that resulted in harsh criticism from many residents.

“Rangers were armed when the Forest Service started 100 years ago,” Poague said. “We have a long history of law enforcement.”

Portions of the Taos Ski Valley sit on federal land. If there were suspicions of drug activity leading to the operation in February, why not use the DEA instead?

“U.S. Forest Service land is our primary responsibility, it’s not the DEA’s,” Poague told New Mexico Watchdog by telephone from his office in Albuquerque.

A Forest Service recruitment video says the agency employs about 700 law enforcement personnel. Poague said the service’s law enforcement division was created in 1994.

But many other federal agencies established their own after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

In the aftermath of the attacks, the FBI shifted its attention to tackling terrorism, and Congress gave permanent powers to inspectors general in more than two dozen agencies.

By last count, 25 agencies with law enforcement divisions fall under their respective offices of inspectors general.

With their growth has come criticism that officers are becoming overly militarized.

“The whole notion of police operations these days, that they’re dressed to kill, that they’re up against an enemy, is wrong,” Johnson said. “Citizens are not the enemy.”

In 2010, the Department of Education defended its purchase of 27 12-gauge shotguns to replace old firearms used by its Office of Inspector General, the law enforcement arm of the department. DoE said the guns were necessary to help combat “waste, fraud, abuse, and other criminal activity involving Federal education funds, programs and operations.”

A year later, DoE Office of Inspector General special agents raided a California home at 6 a.m. to apprehend a man the department said was involved in criminal activity. DoE officials did not say why the raid was conducted, releasing a statement that said, “the office conducts raids on issues such as bribery, fraud, and embezzlement of federal student aid funds.”

“In these cases, it causes you to think, is this agency really necessary, is this unit really necessary,” Lynch said.

In an email to New Mexico Watchdog, a spokeswoman for the DoE Office of Inspector General — the department’s law enforcement arm — reported it has a staff of 260 members, 90 of which are criminal investigators. Its budget is $57.7 million for fiscal 2014.

Defenders of the agencies say armed law enforcement provides a deterrent and that agents need to be armed to protect themselves against potentially dangerous criminals.

In fact, just last month a Forest Service ranger in North Carolina was shot and killed by a murder suspect, who also killed a police dog. On Jan. 1, 2012, a National Park ranger was shot and killed at Mount Rainier, in Washington state.

http://watchdog.org/136244/federal-law-enforcement/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 07, 2014, 11:02:22 am
The Bill of Rights has been Revoked!

While you were focused on the missing Airliner, there was a little case being heard in front of the Supreme Court called U.S. v. Castleman.  The case was a landmark win for the gun control left wing, but what no one realized, is that our Constitution no longer affords us “rights.”

No longer rights that are inviolate

The case was decided March 28, 2014.  The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Bill of Rights is no longer made up of “Declaratory and Restrictive Clauses.” They are judicially now perceived as “privileges.” A “privilege” can be revoked for the slightest of legislative causes, but a “Right” is “Forever Inviolate” … We the People no longer have that.

U.S. vs Castleman

The case was about domestic violence, a cause we can all get behind. But, in the end, the Supreme Court has taken away not just domestic violence abuser’s right to bear arms, but all of the people, and in turn has made all of the Bill of Rights void, and made it a Bill of Privileges that can be revoked.

The Preamble states:

    “The Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further Declaratory and Restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution.”

While the Constitutional Conventions desired further declaratory and restrictive clauses, the Supreme Court has now taken our rights without anyone noticing and replaced them with privileges. It’s time to wake up America, first this year the NDAA gives Obama the power to arrest anyone without reason and detain them indefinitely. Now we have our Constitution shredded, and still we just move on like nothing has happened.

There is a movement in the country  that is gaining momentum called the Constitutional Emergency. It may be our best hope at restoring the America we all loved. Patriots are needed and  sacrifices will be made — – if you loved the way things used to be and the way the founders intended, check them out and pray that we that make the journey succeed.

- See more at: http://misguidedchildren.com/politics/2014/03/the-bill-of-rights-has-been-revoked/17959#sthash.zlpWiE0S.dpuf



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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 07, 2014, 11:28:32 am
I remember that case from last month - yeah, what the USSC did was unconstitutional, but had no idea it had THIS much impact.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on April 09, 2014, 02:38:38 am
 :D Those places you find these articles Mark are something else! You been coming up with some real winners lately. Where do you find these odd websites? "misguidedchildren.com"? Really?

More like misguided website. That article is SO alarmist, it's not even funny. Did they even read the case? I suspect not. Instead that author screams "The sky is falling, oh no!"  ::)

The Bill of rights HAS NOT been revoked! That's completely absurd. It may not be followed all the time, but it still applies and exists, legally and in full. That's a scare tactic statement that comes across as fearmongering to get people to think they no longer have any rights, which is exactly what the government wants the public to think.

The guy admitted he physically assaulted his wife. That is not in dispute. All that case did was clarify whether it was a certain type assault, when considering the federal gun laws. Under domestic violence in relation to federal gun laws, a person can have gun possession rights taken away if convicted of certain crimes of violence. Duh, we know that, and that legal fact does not nullify the Bill of Rights like some clowns are trying to claim.

This constant political back and forth is getting REAL old.

Here's some details from the SCOTUS website...

http://www.scotusblog.com/2014/03/opinion-analysis-state-conviction-for-misdemeanor-domestic-assault-counts-as-misdemeanor-crime-of-domestic-violence-for-purposes-of-federal-gun-restrictions/ (http://www.scotusblog.com/2014/03/opinion-analysis-state-conviction-for-misdemeanor-domestic-assault-counts-as-misdemeanor-crime-of-domestic-violence-for-purposes-of-federal-gun-restrictions/)

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Amy Howe Editor/Reporter
Posted Thu, March 27th, 2014 9:54 am

Opinion analysis: State conviction for misdemeanor domestic assault counts as “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” for purposes of federal gun restrictions

One day after oral arguments in a high-stakes battle over whether a corporation must comply with laws and regulations that violate the religious beliefs of the family that owns the company, the Court’s nine Justices were back at work again yesterday morning.  They issued just one decision, in United States v. Castleman.  As I explained in my preview of the case, the question before the Justices was whether James Castleman’s state conviction for “misdemeanor domestic assault,” arising out of an incident involving the mother of his child, qualifies as a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” under federal law, thereby prohibiting him from having a gun.

In an opinion by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, yesterday the Court held that it does.   The Court began its decision by reiterating that domestic violence is pervasive; this pervasiveness, combined with the danger created when guns and domestic violence mix, was what prompted Congress to enact the gun prohibition in 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9).  In particular, the Court explained, Congress wanted to “close a dangerous loophole” in prior restrictions on gun possession that often resulted when perpetrators of domestic violence are convicted of misdemeanors, rather than felonies.

The case turned on the meaning of the phrase “use . . . of physical force” in Section 922(g)(9):  is it limited to “violent force,” or does it instead include crimes involving any physical force?  In holding that it is the latter, the Court relied heavily on its 2010 decision in Johnson v. United States, in which the question before the Court was whether a conviction for battery constituted a “violent felony” for purposes of the Armed Career Criminal Act.  In disposing of that case, the Court noted that, “at common law, the element of force in the crime of battery was ‘satisfied by even the slightest offensive touching.’”  That definition of force, the Court held today, “fits perfectly” in Castleman’s case:  not only is it consistent with what Congress might have intended in defining a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence,” but many forms of domestic violence would not, in other contexts, be regarded as especially “violent.”  That conclusion, the Court added, is bolstered by the status of state laws when Congress enacted Section 922(g)(9).  If offensive touching were not regarded as “force,” Section 922(g)(9) would not have applied in ten states, making up thirty percent of the nation’s population, at all.

The Court then turned to whether Castleman’s conviction under Tennessee law was a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence,” which would depend on whether his conviction “ha[d], as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force” – which, of course, the Court had just defined as including “offensive touching.”  Here, although the Tennessee law under which Castleman was convicted could theoretically apply to assaults that do not involve the use of force, the Court’s task was made easier by the parties’ agreement that the law was divisible – that is, that it could determine whether Castleman’s conviction involved the same elements as a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” simply by looking at Castleman’s indictment.  And “that analysis,” the Court observed, “is straightforward:  Castleman pleaded guilty to having ‘intentionally or knowingly cause[d] bodily injury’ to the mother of his child,” which “necessarily involves the use of physical force.”  As such, his crime does constitute a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” for purposes of Section 922(g)(9).

Although all of the Justices agreed with the result that the Court reached, two Justices wrote separate opinions.  Justice Scalia concurred in part and concurred in the judgment; he would have interpreted the phrase “physical force” more narrowly to “require[] force capable of causing physical pain or bodily injury.”  Justice Alito concurred in the judgment only, in a brief opinion joined by Justice Thomas.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 09, 2014, 05:30:58 am
I can see you missed the whole reason as to why i posted the story. While true the Bill of Rights hasnt been revoked, BUT the way it is interpreted has. The Right, is innate and cannot be taken away. A privilege can be taken away. By making that change it changes the way the court system can look at your rights, or privileges now.You have the privilege of free speech, not a right to it.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 09, 2014, 11:54:54 am
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The guy admitted he physically assaulted his wife. That is not in dispute. All that case did was clarify whether it was a certain type assault, when considering the federal gun laws. Under domestic violence in relation to federal gun laws, a person can have gun possession rights taken away if convicted of certain crimes of violence. Duh, we know that, and that legal fact does not nullify the Bill of Rights like some clowns are trying to claim.

I know what you're saying - but it's these LITTLE things like this that slowly but surely chip away at the 2nd amendment, and ultimately the Consitution.

I read about this particular case a couple of weeks ago - this guy did NOT commit a felony, NOR used a weapon in this domestic violence case. But somehow his guns rights deserve to be taken away?

And like saying - they've been chipping away at the 2nd amendment for years and years(it's not like it's Obama doing all of the damage) - for one, the corrupt court system has all but taken the reigns doing this(like they did here). And two, even Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, Richard Nixon, etc passed laws here and there that have existed to this present day. And not to mention too some of these "conservative" and "influential" 'evangelicals' like Franklin Graham are pushing for gun control.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Kilika on April 10, 2014, 01:26:49 am
I can see you missed the whole reason as to why i posted the story. While true the Bill of Rights hasnt been revoked, BUT the way it is interpreted has. The Right, is innate and cannot be taken away. A privilege can be taken away. By making that change it changes the way the court system can look at your rights, or privileges now.You have the privilege of free speech, not a right to it.

That is complete and utter bunk Mark!

You go ahead and continue to THINK your rights have been taken away and changed to a privilege, but it has not. They WANT you to think that way. It's the classic defeatist attitude, and you and others are falling for it.

The Constitution has been violated countless times, and even the President has violated the Constitution, as well as Congress, we know that for a fact. Has that nullified the Constitution? Why of course not. It and the Bill of Rights are STILL in full effect, regardless of what some people want you to think.

What we have is government acting in an un-Constitutional way, by violating the rights afforded citizens via the Bill of Rights. Just because a judge rules contrary, that doesn't mean anything but a judge that made a wrong ruling. It's up to the citizenry, always has been, to manage and correct their representatives.

It can be "interpreted" any way a person can think of, but that doesn't make it right, nor does that mean the legal authority has changed. Nothing has changed, nothing, but the attitudes of people, and people can be replaced, kicked out of office, recalled, whatever.

One of the biggest parts of the scam is that things have changed, when they haven't. "There is nothing new under the sun". This is all old school worldly misdirection.

A person keeps telling the people "You can't fight government...", and eventually people start believing it, bringing us to where we are today, with Americans having become some of the sorriest, worthless, and deluded humans on the planet.

May God have mercy on their souls!


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 10, 2014, 04:04:26 am
Your right, thats why this is the exact same country we had 100, 50 and just 25 years ago.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 10, 2014, 08:49:07 am
Well, this country DOES have a non-natural born citizen President(and another one, Ted Cruz, wants to run in 2016). Not that I embrace the earthly riches of this world, but the US Constitution is on its way to be burned, if not burned already.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnUiiO8UOs4

As for the 2nd amendment - like said, the destruction of it has slowly but surely been in the works for years now - that massive gun control bill that Obama pushed, and ultimately failed, was nothing but an outward dog and pony show(to make everyone think our "rights" were being protected, and we were taking this country back).



Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 11, 2014, 08:21:26 am
Soros funded scheme to neutralize 36 states’ votes dangerously close to success

The National Popular Vote effort, which could see the 14 states with the largest populations decide the presidency, is more than halfway to its goal of legally bypassing the Electoral College established in the Constitution.

Last week, the Maine state Senate voted in support of the plan one week after both houses of the New York legislature overwhelmingly supported it.

Now the governors of both states will need to decide whether to formally back the National Popular Vote, or NPV.

The plan is more than halfway to its goal of electing future presidents via the popular vote, after Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an independent, signed on last July.

The NPV campaign seeks to obtain the consent of the majority of the 538 votes in the Electoral College to award its electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote.

Now 10 jurisdictions possessing 136 electoral votes are part of the plan, just over half of the 270 electoral votes needed to bring the National Popular Vote interstate compact into effect.

The states will not be required to award their electoral votes to the national popular vote winner until the NPV has signed up enough states to garner 270 electoral votes.

The NVP effort is fully partnered with a George Soros-funded election group, as WND was first to report.

The group, the Center for Voting and Democracy, received original seed money in 1997 from the Joyce Foundation, a non-profit that boasted President Obama served on its board at the time of the grant. Obama was a board member from July 1994 until December 2002.

The NPV is run by individuals with a history of support for the Democratic Party, WND found.

The Founding Fathers firmly rejected a purely popular vote to elect the president, because they wanted to balance the power of the larger and smaller states.

The Electoral College was fashioned as a compromise between an election of the president by direct popular vote and election by Congress.

Now the NPV effort could change the way Americans elect the president without amending the U.S. Constitution. The plan simply requires that enough states join through votes in their legislatures along with gubernatorial approval.

It takes two-thirds of both the House and Senate to pass a constitutional amendment to repeal the Electoral College.

To bypass the constitutional amendment process, NPV minimizes the number of states that would need to agree. Instead, once enough states agree to allot their electoral votes to the national popular vote winner, the Electoral College becomes irrelevant.

With the addition of Rhode Island to the NPV effort, the pact now has nine states plus the District of Columbia for a total of 136 of the 270 electoral votes needed. The other states signed up are Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Washington, Vermont and California.

NPV is partnered with FairVote, a project of the Soros-funded Center for Voting and Democracy that advocates for a national popular vote for president.

FairVote’s website says the organization “has nurtured and supported the National Popular Vote plan to ensure that every vote for president is equally valued no matter where it is cast.”

FairVote’s executive director Rob Richie co-authored “Every Vote Equal: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote,” a book explaining how the National Popular Vote plan would work and why he thinks the U.S. “desperately needs it.”

Fairvote regularly works with advocacy leaders at the National Popular Vote organization to assist in getting legislation passed.

Richie, executive director of FairVote since he co-founded it in 1992, is also a member of the civil society committee of the Soros-led Bretton Woods Committee, which openly seeks to remake the world economy.

Richie’s book was co-authored with NPV’s founder, John R. Koza.

In a Dec. 15, 2008, Wall Street Journal opinion piece, Jonathan Soros, son of George Soros, wrote that it was time to junk the Electoral College.

Soros’s Open Society Institute funds the Center for Voting and Democracy, where FairVote is based.

The center’s website notes the group was kick-started in 1997 with two grants – one from the Open Society and another from the Joyce Foundation.

With Obama on its board, the Joyce Foundation also funded the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation; the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute; the National Council of La Raza and Physicians for Social Responsibility, among numerous radical groups.

Meanwhile, the NPV leadership is comprised of Democratic Party supporters.

The organization’s chairman and major funder is Koza. He was the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Scientific Games Inc., where he co-invented the rub-off instant ticket used by state lotteries.

Koza, who has reportedly pledged $12 million to NPV, previously gave tens of thousands of dollars to various Democratic Party committees and liberal candidates and was an Al Gore elector in 2000, the Weekly Standard reported.

Another pledged NPV leader is Tom Golisano, founder and chairman of Paychex, the nation’s second largest payroll and human resource company. He co-founded the Independence Party of New York in 1994 and ran as the party’s gubernatorial candidate.

Golisano is a registered Republican, even though he supported John Kerry for president and gave $1 million to the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

NPV’s secretary, Chris Pearson, served in the Vermont House of Representatives in 2006. In 2005, he was director of the Presidential Election Reform program at the Soros-funded FairVote.

http://osnetdaily.com/2014/04/soros-funded-scheme-to-neutralize-36-states-votes-dangerously-close-to-success/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 11, 2014, 09:20:35 am
The whole 2000 election fiasco was all by design to do just that - put out "solutions" to make rigging elections easier. First there were the electronic voting machines, and now this.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 20, 2014, 06:45:12 am
Western states hold summit on controlling federal land, say 'It's simply time'

Lawmakers from Western states said Friday that the time has come for them to take control of federal lands within their borders and suggested the standoff this month between a Nevada rancher and the federal government was a problem waiting to happen.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/19/western-lawmakers-strategize-on-taking-control-federal-lands/?intcmp=latestnews


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 20, 2014, 05:36:55 pm
Lawmakers from Western states said Friday that the time has come for them to take control of federal lands within their borders and suggested the standoff this month between a Nevada rancher and the federal government was a problem waiting to happen.

Then a Reaction. Solution. follows subsequently...all according to the Hegelian Dialectic model.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 30, 2014, 05:30:25 am
Free Speech Farce: Rise of American Fascism

America is facing a new fascism that does not tolerate any views it doesn't like -- where "wrong" speech is being hounded, demonized and shouted down.

The head of Mozilla, maker of Firefox web browser, was forced to step down because he gave money to a campaign several years ago that was against gay marriage.

Brandeis University recently withdrew an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an internationally acclaimed champion of women's rights and a victim of female genital mutilation and forced marriage, because her opposition to Islam was deemed offensive.

Across the Water

If you want a glimpse into how bad it could become in the future, Americans need not look any further than across the Atlantic to Western Europe.

Transplant American conservative values of 'God, country and traditional family' in Western Europe and, more likely than not, you'd be branded "extreme right," "anti-woman," "homophobic," and even "Nazi."

If you're against radical Islam or immigration, you can be labelled a racist. Wave your nation's flag too much and you're a fascist.

And should you be brave enough to demonstrate publicly for a conservative cause or run for office on conservative principles, you could be physically attacked or, in Sweden, your home might be wrecked.

Danish Journalist Lars Hedegaard publishes the Scandinavian online newspaper Dispatch International.

"You could get beaten up. We see that in Sweden. You have these so called 'anti-fascists' coming to known right-wingers' homes and wrecking their apartments," Hedegaard said. "They go destroy the furniture, tear up the books, and then they make a video of it and put it out on the web."

Under the banner of "fighting racism," left-wing radicals terrorize those who dare to speak out against the Left's experiment in multiculturalism.

"They call them 'anti-racists' or they fight for a 'better environment' and a 'more humane society,' but their goal is to smash democracy as we know it. They're revolutionary communists," Kim Møller, a leading expert on the extreme, violent left groups in Denmark, said.

"If you say you want revolution, people say you're crazy, but if you say you want to fight racism, people support that," Møller said.

Free Speech Farce

Throughout Western Europe, those who hold to American-style conservative values are the outsiders.

Freedom of speech -- the right to say things the majority doesn't like -- is gone in most of Europe, including Britain, George Igler, with Discourse Institute in London, says.

"No, Britain is not a country that has free speech. Britain is not a country that has the rule of law," Igler said.

"We have populations who believe they have free speech and then they do something, maybe they tweet something a politician doesn't like, and a knock comes on the door and they realize they don't live in the same kind of democracy they thought they lived in," he added.

Last week, Liberty Party candidate Paul Weston was arrested in Winchester for publicly repeating Winston Churchill's criticism of Islam, in which Churchill wrote about the "curses of Islam."

It's a similar situation in France, where Libertarian publisher Jean Robin described how the government and the media seem to work in tandem to control information and what viewpoints people will see.

"You can't really say it's a democracy with free media. It's an oligarchy. It's not a democracy anymore," Robin said.

Shut Up and Unlearn Liberty

Many conservative Europeans cope by simply not expressing their opinions publicly.

"Americans who look at Europe idealistically just don't have a clue," Christopher Doss, with the Leadership Institute near Washington, D.C., said.

Doss studied at the University of Oslo in Norway and still works in European politics. He said America risks going the way of Europe, especially because most of our universities are training young people to be intolerant.

"We're headed in the same direction as we unlearn liberty, as students go through four years or more of college indoctrination, they become inculcated with the notion that all speech shouldn't be allowed," Doss said.

If this new fascism is not turned back, life for conservatives in America could become very unpleasant, as it already is for conservatives in Europe.

**Editor's note: This article uses the American meaning of "conservative." In Europe, conservatives are called "liberals."

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2014/April/Free-Speech-Farce-Rise-of-American-Fascism/


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Post by: Mark on April 30, 2014, 06:27:38 am
White House opens door to tolls on interstate highways, removing long-standing prohibition

With pressure mounting to avert a transportation funding crisis this summer, the Obama administration Tuesday opened the door for states to collect tolls on interstate highways to raise revenue for roadway repairs.

The proposal, contained in a four-year, $302 billion White House transportation bill, would reverse a long-standing federal prohibition on most interstate tolling.

Though some older segments of the network — notably the Pennsylvania and New Jersey turnpikes and Interstate 95 in Maryland and Virginia — are toll roads, most of the 46,876-mile system has been toll-free.

“We believe that this is an area where the states have to make their own decisions,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We want to open the aperture, if you will, to allow more states to choose to make broader use of tolling, to have that option available.”

The question of how to pay to repair roadways and transit systems built in the heady era of post-World War II expansion is demanding center stage this spring, with projections that traditional funding can no longer meet the need.

That source, the Highway Trust Fund, relies on the 18.4-cent federal gas tax, which has eroded steadily as vehicles have become more energy efficient.

“The proposal comes at the crucial moment for transportation in the last several years,” Foxx said. “As soon as August, the Highway Trust Fund could run dry. States are already canceling or delaying projects because of the uncertainty.”

While providing tolling as an option to states, the White House proposal relies on funding from a series of corporate tax reforms, most of them one-time revenue streams that would provide a four-year bridge to close the trust-fund deficit and permit $150 billion more in spending than the gas tax will bring in.

The corporate tax reform proposal has gotten a lukewarm reception even from Democrats in Congress, and Foxx emphasized that the administration is open to any counterproposal that wins bipartisan support.

With the trust fund about to run into the red and the current federal highway bill set to expire Sept. 30, Congress cannot — as its members often note — keep “kicking the can down the road.”

Even a temporary extension of the current bill would require them to authorize a transfer of money from the general fund.

Details of the president’s proposal, which he first outlined almost two months ago, were welcomed as a sign of growing momentum toward a resolution, even by those who couldn’t fully embrace his plan.

“While we may not agree with all aspects of the administration’s proposal, we look forward to the continuing dialogue with Congress and the administration on charting America’s transportation future,” said Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Terry O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, said the bill helped “advance the discussion” but said a federal gas tax increase should be used to fund it.

“The gas tax remains the most tested and logical way of meeting our critical investment needs,” O’Sullivan said.

“For too long, Congress’s duct-tape approach has made our roads and bridges unsafe, destabilized the construction industry and slowed our economy.”

The federal tax last was raised in 1993 and has not been adjusted for inflation.

Another advocacy group, the nonprofit Transportation for America, spelled out its concerns Tuesday in a report, “The looming financial disaster for transportation.”

The report provided a state-by-state accounting of the percentage of transportation funding that came from Washington. In most cases, it amounted to about half, though some states were far more dependent on federal dollars. (Federal funds accounted for 52 percent of the District’s funding, 49 percent of Maryland’s and almost 59 percent of Virginia’s.)

It also broke down the funding that would be lost by each major metropolitan area without federal revenue, pegging the Washington region’s loss at $424 million.

“Congress has an opportunity to not only save the transportation program, but to recommit to investing in the repairs and improvements our communities and businesses need,” said James Corless, the group’s director.

Corless predicted that most Americans would accept tax increases to fund transportation.

“When people understand where the dollars are being spent, the direct impact to their lives, they support paying their fair share,” he said.

Foxx said the highway trust fund would face a $63 billion shortfall over the next four years.

“What our proposal would do is [use] pro-growth business tax reform to backfill in the highway trust fund,” Foxx said. “We would put that $63 billion back in place to stabilize the highway trust fund, and then the additional $90 billion would be spent on new programs.”

He said the $302 billion bottom line for the proposal would be reached “through a combination of existing taxes that go to the highway trust fund that would equate to $152 billion on their own, and then $150 billion in transitional revenues from pro-growth tax reform.”

The proposal emphasizes a fix-it-first approach that would give funding priority to existing roads, bridges and transit systems rather than expanding their network.

It would expand reforms intended to streamline environmental reviews and project delivery that were begun in the current federal highway bill.

It also would expand popular loan-guarantee programs that have been used by state and local governments to fund projects. The White House plan would almost double funding — from $12.3 billion to $22.3 billion — for transit systems and intercity passenger rail.

In addition, the plan would increase the fine an automaker could face for a safety violation from the current $35 million to $300 million.

Though that proposal is not new, it takes on greater significance amid the debate over General Motors’s delayed recall of 2 million cars with faulty ignition switches that are alleged to have led to at least 13 deaths.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/white-house-opens-door-to-tolls-on-interstate-highways-removing-long-standing-prohibition/2014/04/29/5d2b9f30-cfac-11e3-b812-0c92213941f4_story.html


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Post by: Mark on April 30, 2014, 07:20:16 am
Supreme Court green lights detention of Americans

A decision from the U.S. Supreme Court means the federal government now has an open door to “detain as a threat to national security anyone viewed as a troublemaker,” critics of the high court’s ruling said.

The high court by its own order this week refused to review an appellate-level decision that says the president and U.S. military can arrest and indefinitely detain individuals.

Officials with William J. Olson, P.C., a firm that filed an amicus brief asking the court to step in, noted that not a single justice dissented from the denial of certiorari.

“The court ducked, having no appetite to confront both political parties in order to protect the citizens from military detention,” the legal team told WND. “The government has won, creating a tragic moment for the people – and what will someday be viewed as an embarrassment for the court.”

WND reported earlier when the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act were adopted, then later challenged in court.

The controversial provision authorizes the military, under presidential authority, to arrest, kidnap, detain without trial and hold indefinitely American citizens thought to “represent an enduring security threat to the United States.”

Journalist Chris Hedges was among the plaintiffs charging the law could be used to target journalists who report on terror-related issues.

A friend-of-the-court brief submitted in the case stated: “The central question now before this court is whether the federal judiciary will stand idly by while Congress and the president establish the legal framework for the establishment of a police state and the subjugation of the American citizenry through the threat of indefinite military arrest and detention, without the right to counsel, the right to confront one’s accusers, or the right to trial.”

The brief was submitted to the Supreme Court by attorneys with the U.S. Justice Foundation of Ramona, California; Friedman Harfenist Kraut & Perlstein of Lake Success, New York; and William J. Olson, P.C. of Vienna, Virginia.

The attorneys are Michael Connelly, Steven J. Harfenist, William J. Olson, Herbert W. Titus, John S. Miles, Jeremiah L. Morgan and Robert J. Olson.

They were adding their voices to the chorus asking the Supreme Court to overturn the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the plaintiffs didn’t have standing to challenge the law adopted by Congress.

The brief was on behalf of U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall, Virginia Sen. Dick Black, the U.S. Justice Foundation, Gun Owners Foundation, Gun Owners of America, Center for Media & Democracy, Downsize DC Foundation, Downsize DC.org, Free Speech Defense & Education Fund, Free Speech Coalition, Western Journalism Center, The Lincoln Institute, Institute on the Constitution, Abraham Lincoln Foundation and Conservative Legal Defense & Education Fund.

Journalist Chris Hedges, who is suing the government over a controversial provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, is seen here addressing a crowd in New York's Zuccotti Park.

The 2014 NDAA was fast-tracked through the U.S. Senate, with no time for discussion or amendments, while most Americans were distracted by the scandal surrounding A&E’s troubles with “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson.

Eighty-five of 100 senators voted in favor of the new version of the NDAA, which had already been quietly passed by the House of Representatives.

Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and others filed a lawsuit in 2012 against the Obama administration to challenge the legality of an earlier version of the NDAA.

It is Section 1021 of the 2012 NDAA, and its successors, that drew a lawsuit by Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, Jennifer Bolen, Noam Chomsky, Alex O’Brien, Kai Warg All, Brigitta Jonsottir and the group U.S. Day of Rage. Many of the plaintiffs are authors or reporters who stated that the threat of indefinite detention by the U.S. military already had altered their activities.

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“It’s clearly unconstitutional,” Hedges said of the bill. “It is a huge and egregious assault against our democracy. It overturns over 200 years of law, which has kept the military out of domestic policing.”

Hedges is a former foreign correspondent for the New York Times and was part of a team of reporters awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism.

The friend-of-the-court brief warned the precedent “leaves American citizens vulnerable to arrest and detention, without the protection of the Bill of Rights, under either the plaintiff’s or the government’s theory of the case.

“The judiciary must not await subsequent litigation to resolve this issue, as the nature of military detention is that American citizens then would have no adequate legal remedy,” the brief explained.

“Once again, the U.S. Supreme Court has shown itself to be an advocate for the government, no matter how illegal its action, rather than a champion of the Constitution and, by extension, the American people,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute.

“No matter what the Obama administration may say to the contrary, actions speak louder than words, and history shows that the U.S. government is not averse to locking up its own citizens for its own purposes. What the NDAA does is open the door for the government to detain as a threat to national security anyone viewed as a troublemaker.

“According to government guidelines for identifying domestic extremists – a word used interchangeably with terrorists, that technically applies to anyone exercising their First Amendment rights in order to criticize the government,” he said.

It’s not like rounding up innocent U.S. citizens and stuffing them into prison camps hasn’t already happened.

In 1944, the government rounded up thousands of Japanese Americans and locked them up, under the approval of the high court in its Korematsu v. United States decision.

The newest authorizes the president to use “all necessary and appropriate force” to jail those “suspected” of helping terrorists.

The Obama administration had claimed in court that the NDAA does not apply to American citizens, but Rutherford attorneys said the language of the law “is so unconstitutionally broad and vague as to open the door to arrest and indefinite detentions for speech and political activity that might be critical of the government.”

The law specifically allows for the arrests of those who “associate” or “substantially support” terror groups.

“These terms, however, are not defined in the statute, and the government itself is unable to say who exactly is subject to indefinite detention based upon these terms, leaving them open to wide ranging interpretations which threaten those engaging in legitimate First Amendment activities,” Rutherford officials reported.

At the trial court level, on Sept. 12, 2012, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest of the Southern District Court of New York ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and placed a permanent injunction on the indefinite detention provision.

Obama then appealed, and his judges on the 2nd Circuit authorized the government detention program.

Since the fight started, multiple states have passed laws banning its enforcement inside those states. Herb Titus, a constitutional expert, previously told WND Forrest’s ruling underscored “the arrogance of the current regime, in that they will not answer questions that they ought to answer to a judge because they don’t think they have to.”

The judge explained that the plaintiffs alleged paragraph 1021 is “constitutionally infirm, violating both their free speech and associational rights guaranteed by the 1st Amendment as well due process rights guaranteed by the 5th Amendment.”

She noted the government “did not call any witnesses, submit any documentary evidence or file any declarations.”

“It must be said that it would have been a rather simple matter for the government to have stated that as to these plaintiffs and the conduct as to which they would testify, that [paragraph] 1021 did not and would not apply, if indeed it did or would not,” she wrote.

Instead, the administration only responded with, “I’m not authorized to make specific representations regarding specific people.”

“The court’s attempt to avoid having to deal with the constitutional aspects of the challenge was by providing the government with prompt notice in the form of declarations and depositions of the … conduct in which plaintiffs are involved and which they claim places them in fear of military detention,” she wrote. “To put it bluntly, to eliminate these plaintiffs’ standing simply by representing that their conduct does not fall within the scope of 1021 would have been simple. The government chose not to do so – thereby ensuring standing and requiring this court to reach the merits of the instant motion.

“Plaintiffs have stated a more than plausible claim that the statute inappropriately encroaches on their rights under the 1st Amendment,” she wrote.

http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/supreme-court-green-lights-detention-of-americans/print/


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Post by: Mark on May 01, 2014, 08:22:52 am
This is BIG, this should start a revolt, but the sheeple of Amerika wont get it. Too dumbed down

Supreme Court: Pennsylvania cops no longer need a warrant to search citizens’ vehicles



Pennsylvania police officers no longer need a warrant to search a citizen’s vehicle, according to a recent state Supreme Court opinion.

The high court’s opinion, released Tuesday, is being called a drastic change in citizens’ rights and police powers.

Previously, citizens could refuse an officer’s request to search a vehicle. In most cases, the officer would then need a warrant — signed by a judge — to conduct the search.

That’s no longer the case, according to the opinion written by Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery.

The ruling, passed on a 4-2 vote, was made in regard to an appeal from a 2010 vehicle stop in Philadelphia.

Local police and legal professionals are calling the opinion “big news.”

“This is a significant change in long-standing Pennsylvania criminal law, and it is a good one,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said Wednesday afternoon.

Under prior law, an officer who smells marijuana inside a car, for example, could only search the car with the driver’s consent — or if illegal substances were in plain view.

(Federal officers, like FBI or ATF agents, can search, regardless.)

Now, based on the opinion, it only takes reasonable probable cause for an officer to go ahead with a search without a warrant.

“The prerequisite for a warrantless search of a motor vehicle is probable cause to search,” McCaffery writes in the opinion. “We adopt the federal automobile exception... which allows police officers to search a motor vehicle when there is probable cause to do so...”

Previously, a warrantless search was only allowed if “exigent circumstances” existed, the opinion states.

“This case gives the police simpler guidelines to follow and (it) finally and clearly renders our law consistent with established federal law,” Stedman said.

“It is a ruling that helps law enforcement as they continue to find people in possession of illegal drugs,” New Holland police Lt. Jonathan Heisse said Wednesday.

While police rejoice over what’s been a lasting issue, citizens might not be as thrilled.

“It’s an expanding encroachment of government power,” defense attorney Jeffrey Conrad said Wednesday morning, while reviewing the 62-page opinion. “It’s a protection we had two days ago, that we don’t have today. It’s disappointing from a citizens’ rights perspective.”

Christopher Patterson, another veteran defense lawyer, said: “I am concerned that we are on a slippery slope that will eliminate personal privacy and freedom in the name of expediency for law enforcement.”

Shiem Gary filed the Philadelphia appeal, arguing that police didn’t have probable cause to search his vehicle on Jan. 15, 2010. Officers found two pounds of marijuana stashed under the vehicle’s hood.

Lancaster defense attorney Michael Winters noted that police still need good reasons to pull over a vehicle and conduct a search.

“This does not mean that they may search every vehicle they stop,” Winters said. “They must still develop probable cause before they are permitted to search your vehicle without a warrant.”

In the Gary case, probable cause for the vehicle stop was window tint the officers believed to be illegal. Officers smelled marijuana and asked about it; Shiem then told an officer there was “weed” in the vehicle. A search ensued.

“This case does not eliminate the need for the police to have probable cause to search,” Stedman said.

The district attorney said the ruling puts Pennsylvania in line with federal law and many other states.

Locals stressed that probable cause to stop a vehicle does not equate with probable cause to search it.

A driver can still refuse if an officer asks for consent to search a car. The officer can then only search if he/she has probable cause to do so, or a warrant. A driver refusing consent, alone, does not give a police officer probable cause to search.

Christopher Lyden, another local defense lawyer, believes if an officer wants to search a vehicle without consent, they should have to get approval from a judge — as they do in searches of homes.

“Judicial oversight of vehicle searches, just like residential searches,” he said, “helps maintain a free society.”

Chief Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Castille and Justices J. Michael Eakin and Thomas G. Saylor joined McCaffery in the majority.

Justices Debra McCloskey Todd and Max Baer opposed it.


http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/supreme-court-pennsylvania-cops-no-longer-need-a-warrant-to/article_6a407fc6-d077-11e3-8025-0017a43b2370.html


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on May 02, 2014, 03:51:58 am
Second-Grader Says School Put Him In Handcuffs For Misbehaving

 A second-grader said a school security guard put him in handcuffs because he was misbehaving.

“Some of the kids were messing with me,” Kalyb Primm Wiley told KSHB-TV.

Kalyb told the station that kids were teasing and taunting him but nothing got physical. A teacher was unable to calm him down and he was taken to the principal’s office by a school security guard.

“We were halfway down the hall, he put handcuffs on and twisted my wrists a little,” Kalyb added.

“I don’t think any 7-year-old should be put in handcuffs unless he was armed with a weapon, or violent,” Kalyb’s mother, Tomesha Primm, told KSHB.

Kalyb’s parents were called when he was misbehaving. Kalyb’s father said his son was in handcuffs when he showed up.

A school’s spokesperson said the security officer followed the proper protocol to ensure everyone’s safety.

Kalyb said handcuffs are for bad guys. “Criminals, robbers, bank robbers, stealers, because kids are not that bad,” the second-grader said.

His parents want the district to re-evaluate their policy. They plan on taking him out of the school and moving him into another district.

http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2014/05/01/second-grader-says-school-put-him-in-handcuffs-for-misbehaving/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on May 05, 2014, 01:13:59 pm
Here’s Proof That Wealthy Elites Control Washington

Dow down 45 points on Friday. Gold up over $1,300 an ounce. Nothing much happening.

Meanwhile, we had no proof. Just an observation. But it looks to us as though government always begins and ends as a tool for those who control it.

It is not the product of a “social contract.” It is not an expression of the “general will.” It is not the “price we pay for civilization.” It is not “captured by wealthy special interests.”

On the contrary, it is as blunt and stupid as a crowbar. It is used by the elite to pry wealth, status and power away from everyone else.

Few victims of the public school system believed us, but now cometh a study from Princeton and Northwestern universities proving we were right. From a report by United Press International:

    Oligarchy is a form of government in which power is vested in a dominant class and a small group exercises control over the general population.

     

    A new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities concluded that the US government represents not the interests of the majority of citizens but those of the rich and powerful.

     

    “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens” analyzed extensive data, comparing nearly 1,800 US policies enacted between 1981 and 2002 with the expressed preferences of average and affluent Americans as well as special interest groups.

     

    The resulting data empirically verifies that US policies are determined by the economic elite.

     

    The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence,” says the peer-reviewed study.

Win… Win… Win…

Yes, dear reader, the elite run things.

That’s why we have QE (quantitative easing), for example. The banking cartel is perhaps the most powerful group in America. Its oligarchs want to make a profit. How better to do so than to lend themselves money for practically zero interest… then use that money to lend to Washington at a higher rate?

Everybody wins, right?

Washington gets the cheap funding it needs to continue handing out billion-dollar contracts for things we don’t need… and banks earn a fat margin on the newly created money. Hey, and maybe the “wealth effect” will drip a few shekels onto the poor schmucks who still think their votes decide things.

Win…win…win…

One of the most special of special interests in America is what President Eisenhower (previously a five-star general in the US Army) called the military-industrial complex.

When the feds ran low on money they decided to cut the Pentagon back a bit. (Why not? We have no enemies worth mentioning… at least none that we didn’t create ourselves). That was the famous “sequester” worked out by the bunch of hacks and slacks who call themselves Congress. Rather than agree to cut spending, Congress decided to let the budget cut itself – automatically – in future.

The Old DC Trick

Well, the future is here. And here comes Representative Paul Ryan with a budget designed to put the military-industrial industry back in high cotton. Ron Paul describes it:

    The Republicans are using the old DC trick of spending less than originally planned and calling that reduced spending increase a $5.1 trillion cut in spending. Only in DC could a budget that increases spending by 3.5% per year instead of by 5.2% per year be attacked as a “slash-and-burn” plan.

      Last week’s budget debate showed how little difference there lies between the parties when it comes to preserving the warfare-welfare state. One side may prefer more warfare while the other prefers more welfare, but neither side actually wants to significantly reduce the size and scope of government.

Adds Jon Utley of the American Conservative magazine:

    The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, said “the greatest threat to our national security is our debt.” In the final analysis Ryan is not a leader, he’s just another puppet of the military-industrial complex. If he really cared about American defense he would take up some of the many ways to stop wasting money and make America truly stronger and more competent.

Now we know: There is nothing “wrong” in Washington. There is nothing we can fix. No one is making a mistake. This is just the way government operates: It rewards the people who control it… and punishes everyone else.

http://www.bonnerandpartners.com/heres-proof-that-wealthy-elites-control-washington/#.U2fUMVehFyI


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Post by: Mark on May 06, 2014, 07:03:46 am
10 Examples Of How “Big Brother” Is Steadily Creeping Into Our Daily Lives

Virtually everything that you do is being watched.  Do you drive a car?  Do you watch television?  Do you use a cell phone?  As you do any of those things, information about you is being recorded and tracked.  We live at a time when personal privacy is dying.  And it is not just governments that are doing this.  In fact, sometimes private companies are the biggest offenders.  It turns out that gathering information about all of us is very, very profitable.  And both government entities and private companies are going to continue to push the envelope when it comes to high tech surveillance until people start objecting to what they are trying to do.  If we continue down the path that we are currently on, it is inevitable that we will end up living in an extremely restrictive “Big Brother” police state where basically everything that we do is very closely watched, monitored, tracked and controlled.  And such a day may be much closer than you think.  The following are 10 examples of how “Big Brother” is steadily creeping into our daily lives…

#1 Our cars are rapidly being transformed into high tech “Big Brother” surveillance devices.  In fact, a push is being made to require all new vehicles to include very sophisticated black box recorders…

    As if the government wasn’t already able to track our movements on the nation’s highways and byways by way of satellites, GPS devices, and real-time traffic cameras, government officials are now pushing to require that all new vehicles come installed with black box recorders and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, ostensibly to help prevent crashes.

    Yet strip away the glib Orwellian doublespeak, and what you will find is that these black boxes and V2V transmitters, which will not only track a variety of data, including speed, direction, location, the number of miles traveled, and seatbelt use, but will also transmit this data to other drivers, including the police, are little more than Trojan Horses, stealth attacks on our last shreds of privacy, sold to us as safety measures for the sake of the greater good, all the while poised to wreak havoc on our lives.

    Black boxes and V2V transmitters are just the tip of the iceberg, though. The 2015 Corvette Stingray will be outfitted with a performance data recorder which “uses a camera mounted on the windshield and a global positioning receiver to record speed, gear selection and brake force,” but also provides a recording of the driver’s point of view as well as recording noises made inside the car. As journalist Jaclyn Trop reports for the New York Times, “Drivers can barely make a left turn, put on their seatbelts or push 80 miles an hour without their actions somehow, somewhere being tracked or recorded.” Indeed, as Jim Farley, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Ford Motor Company all but admitted, corporations and government officials already have a pretty good sense of where you are at all times: “We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you’re doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you’re doing.”

#2 A new Michigan law will ban thousands of preppers and small farmers from owning farm animals.  What are they going to do next?  Ban us from growing our own food?

#3 Have you ever collected anything?  If so, the FBI might swoop in and grab your collection someday even if you have not committed a crime.  If you think that this sounds crazy, you should consider what happened to a man named Don Miller recently…

    FBI agents Wednesday seized “thousands” of cultural artifacts, including American Indian items, from the private collection of a 91-year-old man who had acquired them over the past eight decades.

    An FBI command vehicle and several tents were spotted at the property in rural Waldron, about 35 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

The FBI did not have any evidence that a crime had been committed prior to seizing the collection, and Mr. Miller has not been arrested or charged with any crime.  The FBI says that it is going to catalog the collection “to determine whether some of the items might be illegal to possess privately”…

    The aim of the investigation is to determine what each artifact is, where it came from and how Miller obtained it, Jones said, to determine whether some of the items might be illegal to possess privately.

#4 A father of a 4-year-old girl has been told that he will no longer be allowed to send healthy homemade lunches with his daughter when she attends her pre-kindergarten program because they conflict with federal guidelines.

#5 Do you watch television?  Well, if you have a newer television there is a very good chance that your television is watching you as well…

    In November, the British tech blogger Doctorbeet discovered that his new LG Smart TV was snooping on him. Every time he changed the channel, his activity was logged and transmitted unencrypted to LG. Doctorbeet checked the TV’s option screen and found that the setting “collection of watching info” was turned on by default. Being a techie, he turned it off, but it didn’t matter. The information continued to flow to the company anyway.

#6 A plan that is being proposed in Fairfax County, Virginia would ban “frequent and large gatherings at neighborhood homes“.  This would include parties, scout gatherings and home Bible studies.

#7 At a public school in Florida, a 12-year-old boy has been banned from reading the Bible during “free reading time”…

    A Florida schoolteacher humiliated a 12-year-old boy in front of an entire class after she caught him reading the Bible during free reading time.

    The teacher at Park Lakes Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale ordered Giovanni Rubeo to pick up the telephone on her desk and call his parents.

    As the other students watched, the teacher left a terse message on the family’s answering machine.

    “I noticed that he has a book—a religious book—in the classroom,” she said on the recording. “He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom.”

#8 In the USSA, a young child cannot even build a tree fort with his friends without the threat of being confronted by the police state.  Just consider what happened to one little fifth-grade boy down in Georgia a few weeks ago…

    A fifth-grader says he was terrified when a police officer pointed a gun at him and his friends while they built a tree fort.

    Omari Grant, 11, said he and his friends often play in a wooded area behind his home and were building a fort when a neighbor in the next subdivision called police to complain about what the boys were doing.

    But no one anticipated what Omari and his mother say happened next.

    “I guess the release of tension was like, ‘Mom, he had a gun in my face, Mommy. Mommy, he had a gun in my face,’” said Janice Baptiste, Omari’s mother.

The officer reportedly used very filthy language as he pointed his gun at the boys, and he forced them to get out of the tree and lay down on the ground…

    “I was thinking that I don’t want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said,” Omari said.

    Omari said the officer holding his gun also used foul language and made him and his friends lay down on the ground.

    “I learned that they’re supposed to help you not make you feel scared to even come outside,” Omari said.

#9 People like to joke about “the eye in the sky”, but it is no joke.  Technology that was originally developed for “blanket surveillance” during the Iraq war is now returning home…

    Persistent Surveillance Systems has developed a surveillance camera on steroids. When attached to small aircraft, the 192-megapixel cameras record the patterns of the planetary life they fly over for hours at a time. According to the Washington Post, this will give the police and other customers a “time machine” they can simply rewind when they need it. Placed strategically at the highest points of any town or city, these cameras could provide the sort of blanket surveillance that’s hard to avoid. The inventor of the camera, a retired Air Force officer, helped create a similar system for the city of Fallujah, the site of two of the most violent battles of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. It’s just one example of how wartime surveillance technologies are returning home for “civilian use.”

#10 Have you ever purchased storable food?  If so, you should know that it is now considered to be “suspicious activity” in some areas of the country.  Just check out what is happening in New York state…

    1-866 SAFE NYS is part of Safeguard New York, an NY State counterterrorism program that uses promotional material to encourage citizens to report people for engaging in “suspicious activity….which makes them stand out from others”.

    An accompanying letter provided by the state trooper listed such “suspicious activity” as the purchase of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), flashlights, weather proof ammunition, night vision equipment, match containers, or gas masks.

For even more examples like this, please see my previous article entitled “19 Signs That America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Giant Surveillance Grid“.

Sadly, most Americans are totally oblivious to all of this.

Most Americans are so addicted to entertainment and to their electronic devices that they have no idea what is going on in the real world.

I came across the following video entitled “Look Up” on YouTube earlier today.  I think that it does a great job of showing what our obsession with our electronic devices is doing to us.  Watch it for yourself and see what you think…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Z7dLU6fk9QY

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/10-examples-of-how-big-brother-is-steadily-creeping-into-our-daily-lives


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on May 26, 2014, 01:00:35 pm
This country was started for way less. We used to storm cargo boats and dump ship loads of tea, and this lady is arrested for clapping? Really? there should have been a riot in that town and the whole council taken out and given jobs picking fruit or something. But this is what the country has become. 

Riverside Woman Sues Over Her Arrest For Clapping

A woman who was arrested after she repeatedly clapped at a Riverside City Council meeting has filed a federal lawsuit.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports that Letitia Pepper argues her constitutional rights were violated.

Pepper, a longtime critic of Riverside government, was taken away in handcuffs last June. Authorities say she disrupted the meeting by repeatedly applauding speakers even after being warned by the mayor.

However, she was never criminally charged.

Her suit names the city, Mayor William Bailey, the city attorney and police chief.

In a statement, Bailey says the city tries to respect free speech rights at council meeting. He also says meeting rules aim to ensure that city business can be carried out without unnecessary disruptions.

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/05/23/riverside-woman-sues-over-her-arrest-for-clapping/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on May 27, 2014, 07:38:38 am
Is America Starting To Target Thought Crime?

Last week, Michelle Obama made headlines when she exhorted graduating high schoolers in a commencement address to monitor their families for politically incorrect thoughts and behaviors.

To one journalist, this was more than an off-hand comment made by the first lady. In the opinion of Cheryl Chumley, a reporter for The Washington Times and the author of “Police State USA,” Michelle Obama’s remark reflects a growing trend in America to target and attack individuals for committing “thought crime.”

“Michelle Obama’s push for kids around the nation to monitor their family members for perceived racist comments is just another way the government seeks to inject itself into an area it doesn’t really belong — the American home,” Chumley told The Daily Caller Monday.

“Having the first lady wag her finger at us and send America’s youth on some sort of quest to scour the homes and backyards of our nation’s families for any mention of a racist joke, slur or slight is nanny-governance run amok — something that belongs in a George Orwell novel, not the White House, Chumley said.”

Chumley sees a troubling growth of America’s most powerful political figures now singling out private individuals for their beliefs, and using government agencies and public denunciations to intimidate opponents into silence.

“Harry Reid attacking the Koch brothers for the crime of giving money to conservative causes is just as bad. President Obama, Joe Biden and the entire cast of the White House, for slamming lawful gun owners for exercising their Second Amendment rights, and for trying to drum up emotional-fueled support to ram through gun control,” Chumley listed off. “The IRS targeting of tea party and patriotic non-profits and our nation’s highest law enforcement official, Eric Holder stonewalling on a special prosecutor appointment — does it get any more police state than that?”

The Washington Times reporter sees the creation of hate crime laws as one of the first steps in our country’s history in the direction of attacking unpopular and politically incorrect thoughts in America.

“What comes to mind when I think of the genesis for this growing trend of government to control Americans’ speech, and by extension, thoughts, is when the notion of hate crime was brought into our criminal prosecution system — as if acts of violence that are committed because of racial divides deserve a different category of ‘extra-special bad,’” Chumley stated.

“Political correctness and pandering politicians have fueled this narrative in recent years. Anybody who throws the race card on a regular basis — think Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, Harry Reid — is guilty to a certain degree of clamping down on free speech, and in turn, making Americans even wary of what they think.”

And it’s not just the government enforcing this new speech code, in Chumley’s opinion — private companies are just as complicit in regulating speech that’s deemed offensive by the government and media.

“Private companies, like A&E with the “Duck Dynasty” debacle, are getting just as bad as government when it comes to clamping down on free speech, especially when religious views are involved — or, of late, the gay rights movement,” Chumley stated. “I’m all for businesses reacting to free market pressures from their customer base — but really, they need to show a little more spine.”

In Chumley’s opinion, Americans growing a backbone and holding firm to their beliefs would be enough to resist this apparent infringement on individual rights.

“When Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, stood strong in the face of gay rights activists, you didn’t see his business crumble and fold. Rather, you saw those who believe in freedom of speech rise up and stand in Chick-fil-A lines across the nation to support him,” the “Police State USA” author stated. “The only answer is to refuse to be cowed. We’re a nation that’s founded on the belief that rights come from God, not government.”

http://news.yahoo.com/america-starting-target-thought-crime-015023317.html


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Post by: Mark on June 29, 2014, 09:09:48 am
Oregon Celebrates Independence Day… With ‘No Refusal’ Blood Checkpoints
Police rename Fourth of July weekend "No Refusal Weekend"


During Independence Day weekend, a time to celebrate US freedom and unalienable rights, Americans in Oregon will be subjected to a “blitz” of ‘no-refusal’ blood-draw checkpoints, as part of a disturbing trend that now extends nationwide.

Local news station KVAL reports that State police are re-naming Fourth of July weekend “No Refusal Weekend”, as part of a crack down on drunk driving.

Any driver who is stopped by police and refuses to take an alcohol breath test will be subjected to a mandatory blood test either at the scene, at a medical facility, or at the nearest jail.

Anyone who merely questions the breath test could also automatically lose their license for a year.

The police say they will liaise closely with prosecutors and judges to immediately obtain “blood draw warrants” in an effort to paint the process up as legal and Constitutional.

“No Refusal enforcement efforts aim to prevent people from avoiding full accountability,” said Officer Ryan Stone. The process is designed to force drivers into relenting to breath tests in order to avoid a potentially harsher penalty if they refuse to cooperate.

The ACLU, previously critical of the practice, lauded the initiative, saying that obtaining warrants for blood test was “the right way to go about it in our view,” and “a good thing.”

However, breathalyzer tests have previously been proven to be inaccurate in a high percentage of cases, with many factors rendering the results “little more than scientific guesswork”. Further research has shown that police officers often influence the results of breathalyzer tests, resulting in inaccurately high readings. Blood tests can also produce false high readings of alcohol levels if they are not conducted quickly and properly.

This information is important, many argue, because it means that mandatory tests could provide police with self-incriminating evidence.

In previous examples of police conducting the practice, horror stories have emerged of Americans being forcibly restrained and having their blood extracted.

The following footage filmed last year in Georgia shows cops strapping down citizens to gurneys, before using a needle to forcibly draw blood as the victim screams, “WHAT COUNTRY IS THIS?”

rest: http://www.infowars.com/oregon-celebrates-independence-day-with-no-refusal-blood-checkpoints/


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 06, 2014, 08:43:45 am
http://news.msn.com/us/us-terrorism-database-doubles-in-recent-years
US terrorism database doubles in recent years
8/6/14

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. government database of known or suspected terrorists doubled in size in recent years, according to newly released government figures. The growth is the result of intelligence agencies submitting names more often after a near-miss attack in 2009.

There were 1.1 million people in the database at the end of 2013, according to the National Counterterrorism Center, which maintains the information. About 550,000 people were listed in the database in March 2010.

The Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, or TIDE, is a huge, classified database of people who are known terrorists, are suspected of having ties to terrorism or in some cases are related to or are associates of known or suspected terrorists. It feeds to smaller lists that restrict people's abilities to travel on commercial airliners to or within the U.S.

The government does not need evidence linking someone to terrorism in order for the person to be included in the database. This is among the reasons the database and subsequent terror watch lists have been criticized by privacy advocates.

An online publication, The Intercept, on Tuesday reported that 40 percent of people on the terrorism watch list — which is a subset of names in the TIDE database — were not affiliated with any recognized terrorist organization.

The publication cited what it said were classified government documents from one year ago it obtained from a source in the intelligence community, raising the possibility that someone other than former NSA analyst Edward Snowden was improperly disclosing classified information. Snowden fled to Russia in June 2013, roughly two months before the date stamp on the newly disclosed documents. The Intercept was founded by journalists with whom Snowden shared classified materials last year.

The growth of the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment is a result of the government's response to a failed attempt to blow up a commercial airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009. The terror operative's name was included in the database before the attack but not on a list that would have prevented him from boarding a U.S.-bound flight. Since then, the government lowered the standards for placing someone on the no-fly list, and intelligence agencies have become more diligent about submitting names to the TIDE database.

Of the 1.1 million people in the TIDE database, 25,000 are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, the National Counterterrorism Center said.

The database was created after the September 2001 terror attacks after it became clear that the government's terror watch list was ineffective. The watch list was once maintained in a Rolodex and in paper notebooks, according to edited photographs provided by the National Counterterrorism Center.

Other terror watch lists derived from the TIDE database have also grown. As of November 2013, the Terrorist Screening Database consisted of 700,000 people, according to a government official. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive numbers.

Questions about the watch list surfaced in a recent civil lawsuit out of Virginia challenging the constitutionality of the no-fly list. The government disclosed that there were 1.5 million nominations to the watch list over the last five years. Weeks later, a government official explained that a "nomination" meant new names as well as changes or updates to existing names on the list, and the figure in the court document should not have been interpreted to mean that 1.5 million people had been added to the watch list in the last five years, as The Associated Press reported July 18.

In August 2013, there were more than 73,000 people affiliated with al-Qaida in Iraq on the terror watch list, according to a document marked "secret," obtained by The Intercept. That al-Qaida affiliate represented the largest group of people associated with a known terrorist group on the watch list at the time.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 14, 2014, 09:29:50 am
http://movies.msn.com/movies/article.aspx?news=882265
Twitter to improve policies after Robin Williams' daughter quits over cyberbullying
Aug. 14, 2014, 8:01 AM EST

Twitter has vowed to improve its policies in the wake of the very public decision by Robin Williams' daughter, Zelda Williams, to abandon Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram after vicious cyberbullying attacks.

The 25-year-old actress signed off of Twitter on Wednesday for "a good long time, maybe forever," after enduring an onslaught of what she called "cruel and unnecessary" messages from a few Twitter users.

In particular two Twitter handles, @PimpStory and @MrGoosebuster, were particularly offensive and heinous, leading to Williams' decision to abandon the social media platform altogether. She asked her followers to report the two handles, which were ultimately disabled by Twitter.

"I'm shaking," Williams wrote while asking for help from her followers after receiving messages blaming her for her father's death, and altered images purporting to be his corpse. The site currently has a one-click button to report abuse linked to each post in a user's feed.

"We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter," Del Harvey, Twitter's vice president of trust and safety, said in a statement. "We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one. This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users."

Facebook, which owns Instagram, said the photo violates its policy, according to the AP, and that it was "being actively flagged and removed across both platforms as it pops up."


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 14, 2014, 06:41:59 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/neil-stammer--juggling-star-and-suspected-child-molester--nabbed-by-fbi-201609142.html
How the FBI nabbed a 14-year fugitive and juggling star almost by accident
8/14/14

Even the best show-biz acts eventually come to an end.

Neil Stammer, a star in the juggling world and a suspected child molester, has been captured by the FBI in Nepal after 14 years on the run.

Authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, say Stammer, who owned Rob’s Magic and Juggling Shop, skipped town in 2000 after police charged him with the kidnap and **** of a 12-year-old boy.

The FBI tried to find Stammer, now 47, but feared that the fugitive — who had traveled extensively and spoke dozens of languages — had fled the country.

In his teens and 20s, Stammer, who was born Andrew J. Allen but later changed his name, performed at nightclubs and on cruises ships, juggling for money in more than 30 countries.

“Given his overseas travel experience and his language skills, the juggler could have been hiding anywhere in the world,” the FBI acknowledged this week in a press release.


Without many leads, the case went cold.

Fast-forward to 2014, and the FBI got their guy — pretty much by accident.

In January, Special Agent Russ Wilson, recently assigned to the Albuquerque FBI division, decided to crack open Stammer's case again, because he was intrigued by the unique suspect. A new "wanted" poster was issued and distributed.

Then, in June, a special agent with the State Department was testing new facial recognition software for passport fraud investigations. The agent needed samples and used photos from FBI "wanted" posters.

Voilà — Stammer’s face matched a person whose passport photo carried a different name.

The agent contacted the bureau, and the tip soon led investigators to Nepal, where Stammer was living under the name Kevin Hodges "and regularly visiting the U.S. Embassy there to renew his tourist visa," the FBI said.

“He was very comfortable in Nepal,” FBI special agent Russ Wilson said in the release. “My impression was that he never thought he would be discovered.” Stammer had been living in Nepal for years, teaching English and other languages to students hoping to gain entrance into U.S. universities."

The fugitive juggler — who once performed at the esteemed Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. — was extradited from Nepal to New Mexico.

In July, Stammer pleaded not guilty to charges of ****, kidnapping, witness intimidation, and criminal sexual contact of a minor stemming from an incident in which Stammer allegedly took the 12-year-old boy to his apartment and raped him. Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg told the Albuquerque Journal that at least "three alleged victims have come forward" with allegations against Stammer. He's being held without bail in Bernalillo County Jail.

“The Albuquerque Police Department is grateful for the hard work and perseverance of our federal law enforcement partners and the government of Nepal in locating this extremely dangerous fugitive,” Police Chief Gorden Eden Jr. said in announcing Stammer's capture last month. “We can only hope that during his time as a fugitive that he did not commit similar terrible crimes on others.”


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on September 02, 2014, 08:32:27 am
FBI Radio: Public Service or Self-Serving?

PLEASE READ!!!
http://www.planetebook.com/ebooks/1984.pdf

Listen to the radio and you might run across a segment that sounds something like a news report. A newsy music introduction plays as woman’s officious-sounding voice begins narrating a story. In a stilted delivery that appears to mimic that of a news anchor, the woman states, “In a move demonstrating the FBI’s valuable role of protecting national security, Director James Comey creates a separate Intelligence Branch…”

It turns out this isn’t a news report at all. And the “news anchor” is actually a public affairs specialist.

You might call the radio spot a faux news report brought to you by the FBI. It’s called “FBI This Week,” produced and distributed regularly on the radio, via podcasts and on the Internet along with three other FBI productions.

Is this a much-needed public service? Or self-serving propaganda? Are the segments masquerading as independent news reports? And just how many tax dollars are being spent on the FBI’s promotional efforts?

“[T]he programs that we produce are ultimately designed to aid and assist the public in protecting itself against crime,” says Susan McKee, the FBI’s chief of investigative publicity and public affairs.

In some cases, that may be true. But it’s unclear how the Aug. 15 edition of “FBI This Week” helps us protect ourselves against crime.

Instead, it promotes FBI Director James Comey’s creation of “a separate Intelligence Branch.” Again, mimicking a news story format, it includes “interview” excerpts with the executive assistant director of the new branch, Eric Velez-Villar. He tells listeners in a comment pre-approved by the FBI for air: “As the director says, we are a national security law enforcement organization that uses, collects, and shares intelligence in everything we do.”

Long History of Government Information Activities

The FBI is just one of many federal agencies using tax dollars to engage in this sort of information activity: a longstanding yet growing practice.

The FBI public affairs specialist who first returned my queries on this topic is Mollie Halpern: the voice on the radio spots. When I tell her that I’m looking into federal agencies using public resources to create their own facilities and staff to self-produce information segments, she remarks, “The FBI’s been doing it longer than anybody … decades and decades and decades!”

FBI radio began in 1965, according to the FBI. The first series was called “FBI Washington” and aired on ABC. In 1990, it was reformatted and renamed “FBI This Week.” Since then, more than 1,200 one-minute spots have aired.

Any hint of the government’s engaging in what some might consider domestic propaganda efforts can be a sensitive issue.

The Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 authorized the U.S. government to generate and disseminate programming in foreign nations to combat widespread misinformation about U.S. policies, but it specifically forbade creation of programming for U.S. audiences. Furthermore, it directed the U.S. government to “reduce” its “information activities” where there was adequate dissemination by non-governmental means, such as an independent news media.

The law didn’t contemplate today’s dynamic in which domestic government information efforts attempt to compete with, or sometimes replace, news coverage by independent organizations.

Increasingly, federal officials are end-running reporters and taking their unfiltered messages straight to the public using public resources.

Selective Information

The irony is that at the same time government public affairs departments flood the public with information they want to disseminate, they often withhold public information requested by the public or the news media.

I asked the FBI’s McKee about the cost of producing the FBI’s various radio segments. She told me the cost is “negligible” and “handled by a public affairs specialist in addition to her other public affairs related duties.”

What is the budget for the FBI’s Office of Public Affairs? That’s where I hit a roadblock.

I am not in a position to comment on the Office of Public Affairs’ personnel numbers or budget,” McKee told me via email.

“I don’t really need a comment on the budget,” I replied. “I just need the numbers. (Are you saying this is classified information? If not, how can I find them?)”

Three days passed with no answer, so I probed again.

McKee finally answered, “No, the number is not classified. You can find the budget numbers on-line.”

In other words, the FBI will tell you everything you didn’t want to know about Comey’s new Intelligence Branch, but it won’t cough up a basic, public budget number. I had already searched online and it wasn’t easy to find. I set off looking once again.

On my way, I found out a lot of other things about the FBI public affairs office:

    I found several postings for FBI public affairs jobs that pay salaries ranging from $56,000 to $136,000.
    I found the FBI was criticized for “wasting” tax dollars on a public affairs program that provides FBI consultants to Hollywood.
    But the best resource I found was a 2008 report from the inspector general. It says that, in 2007, the Justice Department, which oversees the FBI, employed 325 public affairs specialists at a cost of $33.1 million. (That doesn’t count expenses and personnel devoted to community outreach, responses to public solicitations of information or component museum and historian staff.) The biggest chunk of the total is attributed to the FBI which, at the time, racked up $11.9 million in public affairs expenses and employed 124 public affairs officials. That’s enough employees in the FBI’s public affairs department alone to staff the equivalent of what the government considers two “large businesses.”

Disclosure?

The Federal Trade Commission requires commercials that mimic news formats to carry conspicuous disclosures that they are, indeed, paid commercial advertising.

With public agencies in the quasi-news business, should their products also carry a disclosure to avoid the same confusion? Should they clearly tell listeners that the message is generated using their tax dollars?

“The only thing we’re promoting is public awareness so, no, I don’t think there is a need for a label,” the FBI’s McKee told me. “Within each program the narrator clearly identifies herself as an FBI employee and the programs are found on official FBI sites/pages.”

In fact, in the Aug. 15 story on “FBI This Week,” the narrator doesn’t clearly identify herself as an FBI employee. The segment follows a typical news format where the reporter signs off with the location of the assignment and the title of the feature. But to those who are listening closely, the positive message is the clue that there’s a government sponsor.

“The first class of intelligence analysts to graduate from the FBI Academy since sequestration reports to duty this month,” says Halpern in the report. “From FBI Headquarters, I’m Mollie Halpern with ‘FBI This Week.’”

“FBI This Week” airs on ABC Radio as a public service on a space-available basis. This program, along with “Wanted by the FBI,” “Gotcha,” and “Inside the FBI,” is posted to FBI.gov, the FBI’s Facebook page, Twitter account and uploaded to iTunes at no cost.

http://dailysignal.com/2014/09/02/fbi-radio-public-service-self-serving/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 10, 2014, 05:01:00 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/terror-isis-911-poll-134635258.html

Almost half of Americans feel less safe now than before 9/11 attacks, poll says
NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey finds Islamic State killings have left a mark

9/10/14

On the eve of the 13th anniversary of 9/11, almost half of Americans feel less safe than they did before the attacks, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds.

According to the poll conducted Sept. 3-7, 47 percent of 1,000 registered voters surveyed said the country is less safe than before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. That's more than twice the level of fear among Americans a year after the attacks, when 20 percent said the country was less safe, and an increase of 19 percentage points from last year.

And 26 percent of Americans now believe the nation is safer than before 9/11. (Twenty-six percent said they feel about as safe.)

The poll comes after the beheadings of a pair of American journalists at the hands of Islamic State militants, and ahead of President Barack Obama's prime-time address to the nation on Wednesday night, when he is expected to lay out the U.S. plan to combat extremists in Syria and Iraq.

According to the poll, 61 percent of American voters support the United States taking military action against IS, the terrorist group also known as ISIS and ISIL, which wants to establish an Islamic state in Syria and Iraq. Thirteen percent believe such action is not in the United States’ interest, while 24 percent said they don’t know enough to have an opinion. However, 40 percent of Americans said U.S. military action against IS should be limited to airstrikes, while 34 percent said they would support airstrikes and the use of combat troops.

A CNN poll released this week found 61 percent of Americans oppose placing U.S. soldiers on the ground in Iraq and Syria to combat IS, while 38 percent do not oppose that strategy.

That's a significant shift over a year ago, when a similar NBC/WSJ poll, conducted after widespread reporting that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people, found little support for U.S. military action in Syria. In that poll, 21 percent of Americans supported military action against Syria, while 33 percent did not.

Homeland Security officials testified on Wednesday that IS doesn't pose an immediate threat of an attack inside the United States, but it does "have the ability to attack American targets overseas with little or no warning."

But video of the beheadings, disseminated around the world through social media, appears to have had an effect. According to the recent NBC/WSJ poll, 94 percent of Americans said they had heard about the news of the beheaded journalists — a figure "higher than any other news event" the poll has measured over the past five years.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 12, 2014, 11:20:56 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/americans-back-air-strikes-islamic-state-wary-long-005333178.html
Americans back air strikes on Islamic State, wary of long haul: poll
9/12/14

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans support President Barack Obama's campaign of air strikes against Islamic State militants but have a low appetite for a long campaign against the group, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Friday.

Sixty-four percent of people in the online survey said they backed the campaign, which Obama said in a televised address this week is being escalated and spread beyond Iraq to Syria. Twenty-one percent were opposed and 16 percent said they did not know.

The poll result is good news for Obama as he tries to build support at home for attacking IS, as well as putting together a coalition of allies against the militant group which has taken a swath of territory in Iraq and Syria.

Weary after years of ground war in Iraq and Afghanistan, Americans look favorably on air strikes because they are less risky, said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark.

"People see air strikes as surgical. They think we are able to go in and do something that affects in a negative way this horrible group of people and we are able to extract ourselves with only a very low risk to American lives," she said.

But when asked if they supported the air campaign even if it lasts two or three years, the proportion of those in favor dropped to 53 percent. Twenty-eight percent were against a long air campaign and 19 percent said they did not know.

"There's absolutely no appetite for re-engagement in that region in any prolonged way so we see that support drop off," Clark said.

The poll was conducted almost entirely after Obama's speech about Islamic State on Wednesday night.

Obama's plan to fight Islamic State simultaneously in Iraq and Syria thrusts the United States directly into the midst of two different wars, in which nearly every country in the region has a stake, alliances have shifted and strategy is entangled with Islam's 1,300-year-old rift between Sunnis and Shi'ites.

Islamic State is made up of Sunni militants, who are fighting against a Shi'ite-led government in Iraq and a government in Syria led by members of a Shi'ite offshoot sect.

It also battles against rival Sunni Islamists and more moderate Sunni groups in Syria, and Kurds on both sides of the border.

In the last month, Islamic State outraged many Americans by beheading two U.S. journalists whom it had held captive.

When asked what is the best response to the threat posed by the Islamic State, 44 percent of people in the Reuters/Ipsos poll said air strikes while only 9 percent favored sending American troops to fight the militants.

Poll respondent Aggie Kuhn, a retired nurse from Ellis in western Kansas, said she strongly favored strikes in part because the United States was partially responsible for Iraq after invading the country in 2003.

"I think we do have a responsibility," she said. "We started things over there."

But she was more lukewarm to the idea of a drawn-out air campaign, especially if countries neighboring Iraq and Syria are not supportive of U.S. military action.

"We have to re-evaluate our position and re-evaluate where the people nearby are. Are we getting support from them? Where is the rest of the international community? It's not one of these things where you want to get into it for 10 years," Kuhn said.

A quarter of respondents said the United States should fund and support a multinational intervention against the group.

A total of 988 people answered the questions about whether Americans support or oppose air strikes from Sept. 10 to 12.

For the question on the best response to Islamic State, 522 people responded on Sept. 11 and 12.

The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In the questions about support from air strikes the credibility interval was 3.6 percentage points. It was 4.9 percentage points for the question about the best response.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 19, 2014, 09:06:44 am
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/09/17/law-enforcement-bulletin-warned-isis-urging-jihad-attacks-on-us-soil/
9/18/14
Law enforcement bulletin warned of ISIS urging jihad attacks on US soil

A law enforcement bulletin obtained by FoxNews.com warned that Islamic State fighters have increased calls for "lone wolves" to attack U.S. soldiers in America in recent months, citing one tweet that called for jihadists to find service members' addresses online and then "show up and slaughter them."

There will be “a continued call - by Western fighters in Syria and terrorist organizations - for lone offender attacks against U.S. military facilities and personnel,” warned a July law enforcement intelligence bulletin from the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange, a state-run agency that gathers, assesses and shares threat information and works with the Department of Homeland Security. “These threats will most likely increase should the U.S. or its allies attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) in Syria or Iraq.”

In one example cited in the bulletin, a British jihadist encouraged radicals still living in the West to use Facebook and LinkedIn to find and target soldiers.

"You could literally search for soldiers, find their town, photos of them, look for address in Yellowbook or something," the tweet read. "Then show up and slaughter them.”


On Thursday, Peter Boogaard, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, told FoxNews.com that "there is no credible intelligence at this time to suggest that there is an active plot by (ISIS) to carry out an attack in the United States."

"Public postings by people claiming to be (ISIS) supporters on social media threatening to carry out attacks against the United States and our allies have been made, and we are aware of them," Boogaard said in a statement. "The product referenced is based on such open source social media reports from earlier this summer and is not considered to reference specific, credible evidence of a plot against the homeland.”

The bulletin came out long before Tuesday's indictment of an upstate New York man on a raft of terror-related charges, including attempting to kill "officers and employees of the United States. Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to Islamic State. Elfgeeh was arrested in late May in a Walmart parking lot after a sting in which an FBI informant offered to sell him guns and silencers, which Elfgeeh allegedly wanted to use to kill returning American troops as well as Shiite Muslims living in the region.

Killing U.S. troops on American soil is an increasing focus of jihadists, according to the bulletin, titled “Continued Threat to Military Personnel from Al Qaeda Inspired Homegrown Violent Extremists.” It was sent out on July 8, 2014, “in response to recent social media messaging from Western fighters in Syria calling for attacks against “soldiers in the West.” Instead of luring radicalized Americans to the Middle East, Islamic State will likely encourage them to stay home and kill U.S. soldiers here, the bulletin warned.

“U.S.-based [Home-Grown Violent Extremists] could be inspired by this rhetoric to turn their attention towards carrying out attacks at home,” the bulletin states.

The radical rhetoric is delivered via social media, where Islamic State operatives have long exhorted westerners to get on a plane and come join the battle. But terrorists now believe they can have a powerful effect from afar just by inspiring attacks inside the U.S.

“In recent Twitter posts, foreign fighters in Syria have encouraged Muslims in the West to target soldiers with spontaneous attacks using small arms (i.e. knives and guns),” the bulletin said.

It listed several examples of tweets posted in late June that specifically mention interest in attacking Western military personnel. In one series of tweets a British fighter formerly with Jabhat al Nusra lamented the terrorist infighting between Islamic State and groups affiliated with Al Qaeda.

"I’m realizing bickering about internal politics is taking up our time too much, the enemies are working what’s stopping you from something like learning how to make explosives or learning shooting, or killing vulnerable soldiers right now? (To the bros in the West).”

The bulletin also cited an uptick in chatter on Internet forums calling for attacks on Western military targets, with many referring to Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hassan, who killed 13 service members at the Texas Army base in 2009 in a case the Obama administration still labels as an example of "workplace violence," and not terrorism. Hasan recently announced from prison, where he is awaiting execution, he wanted to join Islamic State.

A commenter on the Ansar Al-Mujahideen English Forum reposted a 2009 statement from radicalized American Adam Gadahn, now a senior Al Qaeda leader, praising  Hasan.

"The Mujahid brother Nidal Hasan, lightly armed but with a big heart, a strong will and a confident step, again brought into focus the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of America ... and most significantly, the Mujahid brother Nidal Hasan is a pioneer, a trailblazer and a role model who has opened the door, lit a path and shown the way forward for every Muslim among the unbelievers and yearns to discharge his duty to Allah and play a part in the defense of Islam and Muslims against the savage, heartless and bloody Zionist Crusader assault on our religion, sacred places and homelands,” read the statement.

The intelligence center assessed in July “ “that military personnel will likely be targeted individually in spontaneous ‘ambush’ style attacks similar to the May, 2013, machete attack against British soldier Drummer Lee Rigby in the U.K.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 23, 2014, 10:11:46 pm
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/fort-carson-locked-down-after-shooting
Fort Carson locked down after shooting incident
Army: No one hit or injured

9/23/14

FORT CARSON, Colo. - Initial reports of an "active shooter" at Fort Carson raised concern at the Army post Monday night.

"There were reports of shots fired near the northwest perimeter of the installation at approximately 7:50 p.m. Monday.  This is not an active shooter event. There are no reported injuries," Fort Carson said in a statement.

The post was on lockdown for two hours while the investigation progressed.

"Military police with the Directorate of Emergency Services are actively investigating the situation.  For the safety and security of the installation, there is an increased security presence," the statement said.

Traffic was backed up outside the post, because of the lockdown.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 21, 2014, 09:22:29 pm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/30/nsa-windows_n_4520514.html
12/30/13
NSA Uses Windows Error Messages To Spy On People

Usually an annoying popup brushed aside with a click, error messages on Microsoft's Windows operating system may also serve as a way for the National Security Agency to spy on you.

When a Windows program seizes up, someone using a PC can choose to send an error report to Microsoft for review. But Windows owners may inadvertently be sending those error reports to the NSA too, according to a report on Sunday by German magazine Der Spiegel detailing the work of the Tailored Access Operations division of the NSA, which is considered the agency's top hacking unit. The revelations come from the latest document leaks of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

An NSA presentation obtained by Der Spiegel noted that the crash reports are a "neat way" to gain "passive access" to a machine. The team can use the NSA's massively powerful sleuthing software to cherry-pick error reports from the global stream of Internet traffic. Only data sent from a computer can be collected this way, but it can give the NSA something crucial for further hacking: the vulnerabilities of a target's computer.

One internal graphic suggests NSA agents mocked how easy the Windows error messages made their jobs:

(http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1537995/thumbs/o-ASD-570.jpg)

Like other tech companies, Microsoft has been in a tough position since Snowden's leaks began. A report from The Guardian in July found that the company may have handed the NSA access to the customers' encrypted messages and data. In recent months, Microsoft has attempted to assuage fears of government surveillance by fighting against any attempt by U.S. intelligence agencies to seize its foreign customers' data under American surveillance laws.

"Microsoft does not provide any government with direct or unfettered access to our customer's data," a Microsoft representative said in response to the latest allegations. "We would have significant concerns if the allegations about government actions are true."


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 28, 2014, 06:31:51 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/homeland-security-secretary-johnson-announces-tighter-security-at-federal-buildings-220330339.html
Homeland Security Secretary Johnson announces tighter security at federal buildings
The news comes one week before the midterm elections, amid threats from Islamic State terrorists

10/28/14

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on Tuesday that the government is stepping up security at federal buildings in Washington, D.C., and nationwide, citing enhanced risks of “small-scale attacks by a lone offender.”

“The reasons for this action are self-evident: the continued public calls by terrorist organizations for attacks on the homeland and elsewhere, including against law enforcement and other government officials, and the acts of violence targeted at government personnel and installations in Canada and elsewhere recently,” Johnson said in a recent statement. The secretary appeared to be referring to the fatal shooting at the Canadian Parliament building.

Johnson also urged state and local governments “to be equally vigilant, particularly in guarding against potential small-scale attacks by a lone offender or a small group of individuals.”

The secretary did not spell out what form the increased security would take, and emphasized that it “will vary and shift from location to location.” He did not explicitly cite the rise of the so-called Islamic State. Law enforcement officials have regularly expressed concern that the extremist group could inspire “lone wolf” solo terrorist attacks in the United States, or that Americans who joined the extremist group could travel back to the United States and bring the war home.

The new security measures have no expiration date, a DHS official told Yahoo News. A congressional aide briefed on the measures said it was his understanding that they would last beyond the elections and that the Federal Protective Service would be stepping up its visible presence at key facilities nationwide.

“We are taking this action as a precautionary step, to safeguard U.S. government personnel and facilities, and the visitors to those facilities,” Johnson said in a written statement. “Given world events, prudence dictates a heightened vigilance.”


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on November 01, 2014, 04:35:06 am
Court Rules Police Can Force Users to Unlock iPhones With Fingerprints, But Not Passcodes

A Circuit Court judge in Virginia has ruled that fingerprints are not protected by the Fifth Amendment, a decision that has clear privacy implications for fingerprint-protected devices like newer iPhones and iPads.

According to Judge Steven C. Fucci, while a criminal defendant can't be compelled to hand over a passcode to police officers for the purpose of unlocking a cellular device, law enforcement officials can compel a defendant to give up a fingerprint.

The Fifth Amendment states that "no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself," which protects memorized information like passwords and passcodes, but it does not extend to fingerprints in the eyes of the law, as speculated by Wired last year.

    Judge Steven C. Frucci ruled this week that giving police a fingerprint is akin to providing a DNA or handwriting sample or an actual key, which the law permits. A pass code, though, requires the defendant to divulge knowledge, which the law protects against, according to Frucci's written opinion.

The ruling stemmed from a case involving David Baust, who was accused of strangling his girlfriend. Prosecutors believed Baust may have stored video of the attack on his phone, and requested that the judge force him to unlock it. If protected by a passcode, Baust will not be required to unlock his phone under the Fifth Amendment, but if protected with a fingerprint, he could potentially be forced to unlock the device.

If Baust's phone is an iPhone that's equipped with Touch ID, it's very likely that it will be passcode locked at this point and thus protected by law. Touch ID requires a passcode after 48 hours of disuse, a restart, or three failed fingerprint entry attempts, and the device has probably been in police custody for quite some time. It is unclear if the judge's ruling will have an impact on future cases involving cellular devices protected with fingerprint sensors, as it could be overturned by an appeal or a higher court.

http://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/31/fingerprints-not-protected-by-fifth-amendment/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on November 10, 2014, 08:06:22 am
Obama orders 'mental-health' testing for schoolkids
Quietly unleashes cache of federal dollars under auspices of 'gun violence'


Using “gun violence” as its cover, the Obama administration has quietly unleashed a cache of federal dollars that will be used for testing students for signs of mental health issues in K-12 schools.

Critics say personal information scooped up in the screenings will be logged into databases that will follow the child throughout his or her academic career and beyond.

Public schools, which have increasingly taken on aspects of psychiatric clinics in recent years, will get infused with more than $150 million in federal grants to further this agenda under the auspices of Obama’s 2013 executive action titled “Now is the Time to Do Something About Gun Violence.”

Obama took the action following the Sandy Hook, Connecticut, school shooting, putting Vice President Joe Biden in charge of a task force on “gun violence.”

These are the goals that came out of Biden’s task force:

    • Strengthen the background check system for gun sales
    • Require background checks for all gun sales
    • Pass a new, stronger ban on assault weapons
    • Limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds
    • Finish the job of getting armor-piercing bullets off the streets
    • Give law enforcement additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime
    • End the freeze on gun violence research
    • Make our schools safer with new resource officers and counselors, better emergency response plans and more nurturing school climates
    • Ensure quality coverage of mental health treatment, particularly for young people.

The last two measures are where the mental health screenings for students come into play.

On Sept. 22, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $99 million in new federal grants to school districts for mental health services. The money will be used “to train new mental health providers, help teachers and others recognize mental health issues in youth and connect them to help and increase access to mental health services for young people.”

On Sept. 23, the U.S. Department of Education announced another $70 million in “School Climate Transformation grants.” More than half of the money “will be used to develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for implementing evidence-based, multi-tiered behavioral frameworks for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions.”

The goals of such measures include “connecting[ing] children, youths, and families to appropriate services and supports,” and increasing “measures of and the ability to respond to mental health issues among school-aged youth.”

Both HHS and DOE cited Obama’s “Now is the Time” declaration as the basis for the new programs.

“The administration is committed to increasing access to mental health services to protect the health of children and communities,” Burwell said.

Of the DOE’s $70 million package, $13 million is allocated to aiding school districts in creating “high-quality school emergency plans.” Another $14 million goes toward “Project Prevent grants” for violence-plagued schools to “be used for school-based counseling services, or referrals to community-based counseling services for assistance in coping with trauma or anxiety.”

Such designs hint at broader motives and agendas, reports Professor James F. Tracy in an article for Global Research:

    1) the federal government’s continued aggressive transformation of the healthcare system; and 2) psychiatry and drug manufacturers’ shared mission to persuade an increasing segment of the national and global population that it has one or more undiagnosed mental or emotional “disorders” that require analysis and treatment.

    Introducing psychiatric explanations and methodologies into school environments guarantees a growing customer base for the psychiatric profession and pharmaceutical industry. Alongside government’s increasing control of healthcare, the technocratic surveillance and management of everyday thought and behavior is likewise emerging as part of what is deceptively termed ‘wellness.’

    In reality such efforts ensure an ever-expanding bureaucracy, handsomely line the pockets of a select few, and further normalize a culture of learned helplessness and control within an environment that already privileges conformity as a matter of routine.

A very dangerous trend

Jane Robbins, senior fellow at the American Principles Project in Washington, D.C., said the federal government’s interest in testing students, not only for academic knowledge but for psychological and behavioral traits, has been a problem for some time.

“Never let a good crisis (a school shooting) go to waste, right?” Robbins told WND via email. “This appears to be part of the broader goal of focusing education less on academic knowledge and more on students’ feelings, mindsets, attitudes, etc. — so-called social and emotional learning (SEL).”

She said Education Secretary Arne Duncan is a “huge proponent of having schools and teachers focus on these kinds of things, which they are not trained for and which are only tangentially related to academic achievement.”

“It’s a very dangerous trend,” Robbins said.

The problem is even more concerning in light of recent attempts to create state databases of student information, which will eventually be linked together as part of the DOE’s plans for a nationwide database.

Rhode Island is linking DNA collection on newborns to its education database, meaning each child will be tracked from birth to college graduation and beyond.

What’s more concerning to some privacy rights advocates is that the state is taking the DNA collections from babies without parental consent.

In most states, parents may request a screening exemption, but only for religious reasons. In Nebraska and West Virginia, parents may not refuse screening.

$50 million from feds for DNA grabs

So far, Rhode Island appears to be the only state connecting a child’s DNA to his state education record, Robbins said. But in return for federal funds, a number of states plan to link children’s health data with their student records, she noted.

In 2011, Rhode Island received a $50 million Race to the Top Early Learning grant from the U.S. departments of Education, and Health and Human Services.

In their grant application, the Rhode Island Department of Education said it would link the state’s newborn DNA database, KIDSNET, to the state’s K-12 school database.

Anita Hoge, an education consultant and expert on student assessments, says the move to incorporate federally funded mental health screening into local schools is disconcerting.

“This is much worse than most people believe,” Hoge said in an email. “First of all, schools will apply for partial hospitalization licenses so they can bill Medicaid for wrap-around mental health services. Then outside people have access to the students. But, it is going to start at birth with the DNA collection too. So, there are lists of what is considered an ‘at risk’ child. And it will conform to the subjective observations of both teachers and professional psychologists and psychiatrists.”

Hoge said similar measures were proposed during the Clinton administration when the merits of “Hillarycare” – Clinton’s version of national healthcare – were being debated.

George W. Bush named his mental health screening initiative The Freedom Initiative, which WND reported on in 2004.

Marti Oakley, a radio host and author of the blog the “PPJ Gazette,” took up the issue of school mental-health screenings in July when she issued this scathing report:

    The active attack on public education through the Common Core curriculum has now taken one giant step forward as Minnesota and other states passed aggressive mental health laws directed at our children. Several additional public schools in the state will now have [mental health] clinics on site as the programs become established; clinics that will be used to aggressively label the greatest number of children possible as having one or more mental disorders. Tied to these bills are massive government subsidies and other targeted funding.

    In other words, our children will be traded for dollars regardless of the lifelong damage that will be the result from the assessment of fictional mental disorders; an assessment which will follow them for the rest of their lives whether real or just imagined by a mental health provider. Many will become dependent on the highly addictive psychotropic drugs known as neuroleptics and will suffer from a myriad of adverse side effects.

Minnesota was one of the first states to jump headlong into the psychological training and testing of kids.

“Under five-year grant contracts with the department, 36 mental health organizations will provide school-linked mental health services to approximately 35,000 students in more than 800 schools across 257 school districts and 82 counties by 2018,” according to a release by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. “More than half of those students will receive mental health services for the first time.”

Oakley asks: “Why does that statement make me cringe? Maybe it’s the unfettered access to more than 35,000 students and the ensuing data mining that will also be relentlessly conducted and stored in permanent lifetime files for easy access by insurance companies, federal and state agencies and eventual employers.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/11/schools-to-mine-kids-for-mental-health-issues-with-feds-money/#hTtELJReFlCzbwlb.99


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 10, 2014, 06:36:14 pm
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2) psychiatry and drug manufacturers’ shared mission to persuade an increasing segment of the national and global population that it has one or more undiagnosed mental or emotional “disorders” that require analysis and treatment.

And Rick Warren is pushing the same agenda in the "church" - albeit doing so by smearing his son's name(who committed suicide last year).

This also is a United Nations agenda, FYI.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on November 15, 2014, 12:24:22 pm
More Federal Agencies Are Using Undercover Operations

The federal government has significantly expanded undercover operations in recent years, with officers from at least 40 agencies posing as business people, welfare recipients, political protesters and even doctors or ministers to ferret out wrongdoing, records and interviews show.

At the Supreme Court, small teams of undercover officers dress as students at large demonstrations outside the courthouse and join the protests to look for suspicious activity, according to officials familiar with the practice.

At the Internal Revenue Service, dozens of undercover agents chase suspected tax evaders worldwide, by posing as tax preparers or accountants or drug dealers or yacht buyers, court records show.

At the Agriculture Department, more than 100 undercover agents pose as food stamp recipients at thousands of neighborhood stores to spot suspicious vendors and fraud, officials said.

Undercover work, inherently invasive and sometimes dangerous, was once largely the domain of the F.B.I. and a few other law enforcement agencies at the federal level. But outside public view, changes in policies and tactics over the last decade have resulted in undercover teams run by agencies in virtually every corner of the federal government, according to officials, former agents and documents.

Some agency officials say such operations give them a powerful new tool to gather evidence in ways that standard law enforcement methods do not offer, leading to more prosecutions. But the broadened scope of undercover work, which can target specific individuals or categories of possible suspects, also raises concerns about civil liberties abuses and entrapment of unwitting targets. It has also resulted in hidden problems, with money gone missing, investigations compromised and agents sometimes left largely on their own for months or even years.

“Done right, undercover work can be a very effective law enforcement method, but it carries serious risks and should only be undertaken with proper training, supervision and oversight,” said Michael German, a former F.B.I. undercover agent who is a fellow at New York University’s law school. “Ultimately it is government deceitfulness and participation in criminal activity, which is only justifiable when it is used to resolve the most serious crimes.”

Some of the expanded undercover operations have resulted from heightened concern about domestic terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

But many operations are not linked to terrorism. Instead, they reflect a more aggressive approach to growing criminal activities like identity theft, online solicitation and human trafficking, or a push from Congress to crack down on more traditional crimes.

At convenience stores, for example, undercover agents, sometimes using actual minors as decoys, look for illegal alcohol and cigarette sales, records show. At the Education Department, undercover agents of the Office of Inspector General infiltrate federally funded education programs looking for financial fraud. Medicare investigators sometimes pose as patients to gather evidence against health care providers. Officers at the Small Business Administration, NASA and the Smithsonian do undercover work as well, records show.
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Part of the appeal of undercover operations, some officials say, is that they can be an efficient way to make a case.

“We’re getting the information directly from the bad guys — what more could you want?” said Thomas Hunker, a former police chief in Bal Harbour, Fla., whose department worked with federal customs and drug agents on hundreds of undercover money-laundering investigations in recent years.

Mr. Hunker said sending federal and local agents undercover to meet with suspected money launderers “is a more direct approach than getting a tip and going out and doing all the legwork and going into a court mode.”

“We don’t have to go back and interview witnesses and do search warrants and surveillance and all that,” he added.

But the undercover work also led federal auditors to criticize his department for loose record-keeping and financial lapses, and Mr. Hunker was fired last year amid concerns about the operations.

‘A Critical Tool’

Most undercover investigations never become public, but when they do, they can prove controversial. This month, James B. Comey, the director of the F.B.I., was forced to defend the bureau’s tactics after it was disclosed that an agent had posed as an Associated Press reporter in 2007 in trying to identify the source of bomb threats at a Lacey, Wash., high school. Responding to criticism from news media advocates, Mr. Comey wrote in a letter to The New York Times that “every undercover operation involves ‘deception,’ which has long been a critical tool in fighting crime.”

Just weeks before, the Drug Enforcement Administration stoked controversy after disclosures that an undercover agent had created a fake Facebook page from the photos of a young woman in Watertown, N.Y. — without her knowledge — to lure drug suspects.

And in what became a major political scandal for the Obama administration, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed guns to slip into Mexico in 2011 in an undercover operation known as Fast and Furious.

In response to that episode, the Justice Department issued new guidelines to prosecutors last year designed to tighten oversight of undercover operations and other “sensitive” investigative techniques, officials said. Before prosecutors approve such tactics, the previously undisclosed guidelines require that they consider whether an operation identifies a “clearly defined” objective, whether it is truly necessary, whether it targets “significant criminal actors or entities,” and other factors, the officials said.

Peter Carr, a department spokesman, said that undercover operations are necessary in investigating crime but that agents and prosecutors must follow safeguards. “We encourage these operations even though they may involve some degree of risk,” he said.

Those guidelines apply only to the law enforcement agencies overseen by the Justice Department. Within the Treasury Department, undercover agents at the I.R.S., for example, appear to have far more latitude than do those at many other agencies. I.R.S. rules say that, with prior approval, “an undercover employee or cooperating private individual may pose as an attorney, physician, clergyman or member of the news media.”
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An I.R.S. spokesman acknowledged that undercover investigators are allowed to pose in such roles with approval from senior officials. But the agency said in a statement that senior officials “are not aware of any investigations where special agents have ever posed as attorneys, physicians, members of the clergy or members of the press specifically to gain information from a privileged relationship.”

The agency declined to say whether I.R.S. undercover agents have posed in these roles in an effort to get information that was not considered “privileged,” meaning the type of confidential information someone shares with a lawyer or doctor.

José Marrero, a former I.R.S. supervisor in Miami, said he knew of situations in which tax investigators needed to assume the identity of doctors to gain the trust of a medical professional and develop evidence that is tightly held.

“It’s very rare that you do that, but it does happen,” Mr. Marrero, who has a consulting firm in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and continues to work with federal agents on undercover investigations, said in an interview. “These are very sensitive jobs, and they’re scrutinized more closely than others.”

Oversight, though, can be minimal. A special committee meant to oversee undercover investigations at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, for instance, did not meet in nearly seven years, according to the Justice Department’s inspector general. That inquiry found that more than $127 million worth of cigarettes purchased by the bureau disappeared in a series of undercover investigations that were aimed at tracing the black-market smuggling of cigarettes.

In one investigation, the bureau paid an undercover informant from the tobacco industry nearly $5 million in “business expenses” for his help in the case. (The agency gained new authority in 2004 allowing it to take money seized in undercover investigations and “churn” it back into future operations, a source of millions in revenue.)

Financial oversight was found lacking in the I.R.S.’s undercover operations as well. Detailed reviews of the money spent in some of its undercover operations took as long as four and a half years to complete, according to a 2012 review by the Treasury Department’s inspector general.

Wires Crossed

Across the federal government, undercover work has become common enough that undercover agents sometimes find themselves investigating a supposed criminal who turns out to be someone from a different agency, law enforcement officials said. In a few situations, agents have even drawn their weapons on each other before realizing that both worked for the federal government.

“There are all sorts of stories about undercover operations gone bad,” Jeff Silk, a longtime undercover agent and supervisor at the Drug Enforcement Administration, said in an interview. “People are always tripping and falling over each other’s cases.”

Mr. Silk, who retired this year, cited a case that he supervised in which the D.E.A. was wiretapping suspects in a drug ring in Atlanta, only to discover that undercover agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement were trying to infiltrate the same ring. The F.B.I. and the New York Police Department were involved in the case as well.
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To avoid such problems, officials said, they have tightened “deconfliction” policies, which are designed to alert agencies about one another’s undercover operations. But problems have persisted, the officials said.

It is impossible to tell how effective the government’s operations are or evaluate whether the benefits outweigh the costs, since little information about them is publicly disclosed. Most federal agencies declined to discuss the number of undercover agents they employed or the types of investigations they handled. The numbers are considered confidential and are not listed in public budget documents, and even Justice Department officials say they are uncertain how many agents work undercover.

But current and former law enforcement officials said the number of federal agents doing such work appeared to total well into the thousands, with many agencies beefing up their ranks in recent years, or starting new undercover units. An intelligence official at the Department of Homeland Security, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss classified matters, said the agency alone spent $100 million annually on its undercover operations. With large numbers of undercover agents at the F.B.I. and elsewhere, the costs could reach hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

In a sampling of such workers, an analysis of publicly available résumés showed that since 2001 more than 1,100 current or former federal employees across 40 agencies listed undercover work inside the United States as part of their duties. More than half of all the work they described is in pursuit of the illicit drug trade. Money laundering, gangs and organized crime investigations make up the second-largest group of operations.

Significant growth in undercover work involves online activity, with agents taking to the Internet, posing as teenage girls to catch predators or intercepting emails and other messages, the documents noted. The F.B.I., Department of Homeland Security and Pentagon all have training programs for online undercover operations.

Defendants who are prosecuted in undercover investigations often raise a defense of “entrapment,” asserting that agents essentially lured them into a criminal act, whether it is buying drugs from an undercover agent or providing fraudulent government services.

But the entrapment defense rarely succeeds in court.

In terrorism cases — the area in which the F.B.I. has used undercover stings most aggressively — prosecutors have a perfect record in defeating claims of entrapment. “I challenge you to find one of those cases in which the defendant has been acquitted asserting that defense,” Robert S. Mueller III, a former F.B.I. director, said at an appearance this year.

The Times analysis showed that the military and its investigative agencies have almost as many undercover agents working inside the United States as does the F.B.I. While most of them are involved in internal policing of service members and defense contractors, a growing number are focused, in part, on the general public as part of joint federal task forces that combine military, intelligence and law enforcement specialists.
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At the Supreme Court, all of the court’s more than 150 police officers are trained in undercover tactics, according to a federal law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity because it involved internal security measures. At large protests over issues like abortion, small teams of undercover officers mill about — usually behind the crowd — to look for potential disturbances.

The agents, often youthful looking, will typically “dress down” and wear backpacks to blend inconspicuously into the crowd, the official said.

At one recent protest, an undercover agent — rather than a uniformed officer — went into the center of a crowd of protesters to check out a report of a suspicious bag before determining there was no threat, the official said. The use of undercover officers is seen as a more effective way of monitoring large crowds.

A Supreme Court spokesman, citing a policy of not discussing security practices, declined to talk about the use of undercover officers. Mr. German, the former F.B.I. undercover agent, said he was troubled to learn that the Supreme Court routinely used undercover officers to pose as demonstrators and monitor large protests.

“There is a danger to democracy,” he said, “in having police infiltrate protests when there isn’t a reasonable basis to suspect criminality.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/16/us/more-federal-agencies-are-using-undercover-operations.html?_r=0


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on November 15, 2014, 01:19:44 pm
The U.S. is putting fake cell towers in planes to spy on people



The U.S. Department of Justice is putting devices that emulate cellphone towers in Cessna aircraft and flying them around the country to track the locations of cell phones, a practice that targets criminal suspects but may also affect thousands of U.S. citizens, according to a news report Thursday.

The program is run by the Department of Justice’s U.S. Marshals Service and has been in operation since at least 2007, according to the report in the Wall Street Journal, which cited two unnamed sources. The aircraft are flown out of at least five metropolitan-area airports and can cover most of the U.S. population, it said.

Cell phones are programmed to connect to whichever nearby cell tower has the strongest signal. The fake cell towers trick phones into thinking they have the strongest signal, then read the devices’ unique registration numbers when they connect, the Journal report says.

The goal is to locate cell phones linked to people under investigation for crimes like selling drugs, but in the process the program collects data about people not suspected of any crime, the report says. The fake cell towers determine which phones belong to criminal suspects and “let go” of those that aren’t.

The Journal quoted a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union who called it an inexcusable “dragnet surveillance program.”

A DOJ official wouldn’t confirm or deny the program but said Justice Department agencies “comply with federal law, including by seeking court approval,” the Journal said.

A side effect is that the towers can sometimes cause cell phone calls to be dropped. “Authorities have tried to minimize the potential for harm, including modifying the software to ensure the fake tower doesnt interrupt anyone calling 911 for emergency help,” one source told the Journal.

There have been several reports in the last few months about phony cell phone towers being detected around the U.S. It’s not clear whether the fake cell towers used by the DOJ, dubbed “dirtboxes” by law enforcement officials, are the ones that have been detected.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2848072/us-putting-fake-cell-towers-in-planes-to-spy-on-people-report-says.html#tk.nl_today


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 16, 2014, 08:30:28 pm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/16/dea-nfl-prescription-drugs-check_n_6168268.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592
11/16/14
DEA Agents Surprise NFL Teams With Drug Checks After Sunday Games

Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least three visiting NFL teams' medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players' claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs.

There were no arrests, Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Rusty Payne said Sunday. The San Francisco 49ers' staff was checked at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, after they played the New York Giants. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' staff was checked at Baltimore-Washington International airport after playing the Redskins. The Seattle Seahawks, who played at Kansas City, confirmed via the team's Twitter account that they were spot-checked as well.

The operation was still ongoing, and other teams may be checked later Sunday, Payne said.

"DEA agents are currently interviewing NFL team doctors in several locations as part of an ongoing investigation into potential violations of the (Controlled Substances Act)," Payne said.

The spot checks were done by investigators from the federal DEA. They did not target specific teams, but were done to measure whether visiting NFL clubs were generally in compliance with federal law. Agents requested documentation from visiting teams' medical staffs for any controlled substances in their possession, and for proof that doctors could practice medicine in the home team's state.

"Our teams cooperated with the DEA today and we have no information to indicate that irregularities were found," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email.

The nationwide probe is being directed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York — where the NFL is headquartered — but involves several U.S. attorney's offices.

The investigation was sparked by a lawsuit filed in May on behalf of former NFL players going back to 1968. The number of plaintiffs has grown to more than 1,200, including dozens who played as recently as 2012. Any violations of federal drug laws from 2009 forward could also become the subject of a criminal investigation because they would not be subject to the five-year statute of limitations.

"This is an unprecedented raid on a professional sports league," said Steve Silverman, one of the attorneys for the former players. "I trust the evidence reviewed and validated leading up to this action was substantial and compelling."

Federal prosecutors have conducted interviews in at least three cities over the past three weeks, spending two days in Los Angeles in late October meeting with a half-dozen former players — including at least two who were named plaintiffs in the painkillers lawsuit, according to multiple people with direct knowledge of the meetings who spoke on the condition of anonymity because prosecutors told them not to comment on the meetings.

The lawsuit alleges the NFL and its teams, physicians and trainers acted without regard for players' health, withholding information about injuries while at the same time handing out prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Percocet, and anti-inflammatories such as Toradol, to mask pain and minimize lost playing time. The players contend some teams filled out prescriptions in players' names without their knowledge or consent, then dispensed those drugs — according to one plaintiff's lawyer — "like candy at Halloween," along with combining them in "cocktails."

Several former players interviewed by The Associated Press described the line of teammates waiting to get injections on game day often spilling out from the training room. Others recounted flights home from games where trainers walked down the aisle and players held up a number of fingers to indicate how many pills they wanted.

The controlled substance act says only doctors and nurse practitioners can dispense prescription drugs, and only in states where they are licensed. The act also lays out stringent requirements for acquiring, labeling, storing and transporting drugs. Trainers who are not licensed would be in violation of the law simply by carrying a controlled substance.

The former players have reported a range of debilitating effects, from chronic muscle and bone ailments to permanent nerve and organ damage to addiction. They contend those health problems came from drug use, but many of the conditions haven't been definitively linked to painkillers.

The lawsuit is currently being heard in the northern district of California, where presiding judge William Alsup said he wants to hear the NFL Players Association's position on the case before deciding on the league's motion to dismiss. The NFL maintained that it's not responsible for the medical decisions of its 32 teams. League attorneys also argued the issue should be addressed by the union, which negotiated a collective bargaining agreement that covers player health.

The DEA investigation comes during a turbulent time for the NFL.

The league is still weathering criticism over its treatment of several players accused of domestic violence and just wrapped up an arbitration hearing involving Ravens running back Ray Rice, who is contesting the length of his suspension. The league has hired former FBI director Robert Mueller III to investigate its handling of the Rice case.

The NFL is also trying to finalize a $765 million class-action settlement reached in August 2013 over complaints by thousands of former players that the NFL concealed the risk of concussions.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 18, 2014, 08:50:54 pm
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/s/gop-senators-oppose-nsa-phone-211308259.html
11/18/14
Senate blocks NSA phone records measure

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance.

The 58-42 vote was two short of the 60 needed to proceed with debate. Voting was largely along party lines, with most Democrats supporting the bill and most Republicans voting against it. The Republican-controlled House had previously passed its own NSA bill.

**And they say this past midterm elections "fixed" things?

The legislation would have ended the NSA's collection of domestic calling records, instead requiring the agency to obtain a court order each time it wanted to analyze the records in terrorism cases, and query records held by the telephone companies. In many cases the companies store the records for 18 months.

The revelation that the spying agency had been collecting and storing domestic phone records since shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was among the most significant by Edward Snowden, a former agency network administrator who turned over secret NSA documents to journalists. The agency collects only so-called metadata — numbers called, not names — and not the content of conversations. But the specter of the intelligence agency holding domestic calling records was deeply disquieting to many Americans.

The bill had drawn support from technology companies and civil liberties activists. Its failure means there has been little in the way of policy changes as a result of Snowden's disclosures.

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Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on December 08, 2014, 07:50:41 am
Michigan House Approves Religious Freedom Restoration Act Despite Opposition

The Michigan House of Representatives has approved a state version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) despite opposition from those who claim that the bill will give license to people of faith to “discriminate.”

HB 5958 cleared the House Judiciary Committee 7-4 on Thursday, and then moved on to the full House, where it also passed 59-50. It now moves to the Senate for consideration, and if passed, will then be sent to the desk of Gov. Rick Snyder (R).

The bill essentially mirrors the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law in 1993 by then-President Bill Clinton, However, as the law only applies on a federal level, the U.S. Supreme Court has urged states to enact their own RFRA to protect citizens.

“The free exercise of religion is an inherent, fundamental, and unalienable right secured by Article 1 of the state Constitution of 1963 and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution,” the proposed statute reads.

It then uses federal legal standards to mandate that laws cannot be used to substantially burden the religious beliefs of inhabitants, unless the law serves a compelling government interest and is only uses the least restrictive means to further that specific interest. The proposal also allows those who believe that a law violates their religious liberty to bring a legal challenge against it, such as did companies like Hobby Lobby.

“I support individual liberty and I support religious freedom,” House Speaker Jase Bolger (R) declared Thursday to the Judiciary Committee. “I have been horrified as some have claimed that a person’s faith should only be practiced while hiding in their home or in their church.”

But Bolger has faced opposition from those who state that the bill promotes discrimination. Democratic members who spoke against the RFRA specifically cited their disagreement with allowing businesses to decline homosexuals should their request violate the conscience of the owner, or allowing pharmacies to refuse to dispense abortifacients due to their religious beliefs.

“This bill moves us in a new and uncharted direction. It requires me and others to practice the faith of our employers, grocers and pharmacists,” Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) told those gathered. “I should not be forced to follow the religion of my pharmacist.”

But Bolger said that the bill is not new at all, since it is only modeled after federal law to also ensure protections on a state level.

“Do you think that Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy were extremists?” he told MSNBC. “We modeled [this bill] directly after what they did. I’m baffled to hear that what we’re doing is out of line.”

“I am asking you today to give Michigan’s law abiding citizens the same protections as Michigan’s incarcerated felons have,” Bolger also declared prior to the vote Thursday.

A number of states have likewise passed RFRA bills in recent years, including in Mississippi and Ohio.

“[The Declaration of Independence] talks about how our right as human beings are not given to us by government, nor the Constitution, but by God,” declared Ohio Rep. Bill Patmon (D) earlier this year. “Protect what God has given you; that is the whole idea.”

http://christiannews.net/2014/12/07/michigan-house-approves-religious-freedom-restoration-act-despite-opposition/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on December 11, 2014, 06:43:32 pm
Congress Passes Bill Which Grants “Unlimited Access to Communications of Every American”
Amash labels legislation "most egregious I've encountered"


According to Congressman Justin Amash, Congress just passed a bill which grants the government and law enforcement “unlimited access to the communications of every American”.

When the Michigan lawmaker discovered that the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2015 had been amended with a provision that authorizes “the acquisition, retention, and dissemination” of all communications data from U.S. citizens, he desperately attempted to organize a roll call vote on the bill.

However, the legislation was passed yesterday 325-100 via a voice vote, a green light for what Amash describes as “one of the most egregious sections of law I’ve encountered during my time as a representative”.

The bill allows the private communications of Americans to be scooped up without a court order and then transferred to law enforcement for criminal investigations.

The legislation effectively codifies and legalizes mass warrantless NSA surveillance on the American people, with barely a whimper of debate.

Read the full text of Congressman Amash’s letter below, which was sent out before the bill was passed.

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Dear Colleague:

The intelligence reauthorization bill, which the House will vote on today, contains a troubling new provision that for the first time statutorily authorizes spying on U.S. citizens without legal process.

Last night, the Senate passed an amended version of the intelligence reauthorization bill with a new Sec. 309—one the House never has considered. Sec. 309 authorizes “the acquisition, retention, and dissemination” of nonpublic communications, including those to and from U.S. persons. The section contemplates that those private communications of Americans, obtained without a court order, may be transferred to domestic law enforcement for criminal investigations.

To be clear, Sec. 309 provides the first statutory authority for the acquisition, retention, and dissemination of U.S. persons’ private communications obtained without legal process such as a court order or a subpoena. The administration currently may conduct such surveillance under a claim of executive authority, such as E.O. 12333. However, Congress never has approved of using executive authority in that way to capture and use Americans’ private telephone records, electronic communications, or cloud data.

Supporters of Sec. 309 claim that the provision actually reins in the executive branch’s power to retain Americans’ private communications. It is true that Sec. 309 includes exceedingly weak limits on the executive’s retention of Americans’ communications. With many exceptions, the provision requires the executive to dispose of Americans’ communications within five years of acquiring them—although, as HPSCI admits, the executive branch already follows procedures along these lines.

In exchange for the data retention requirements that the executive already follows, Sec. 309 provides a novel statutory basis for the executive branch’s capture and use of Americans’ private communications. The Senate inserted the provision into the intelligence reauthorization bill late last night. That is no way for Congress to address the sensitive, private information of our constituents—especially when we are asked to expand our government’s surveillance powers.

I urge you to join me in voting “no” on H.R. 4681, the intelligence reauthorization bill, when it comes before the House today.

/s/

Justin Amash
Member of Congress

http://www.infowars.com/congress-passes-bill-which-grants-unlimited-access-to-communications-of-every-american/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on December 15, 2014, 10:44:24 am
Prof: ‘Elf on the Shelf’ conditions kids to accept surveillance state

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Could there be something more sinister behind the little elf sitting on the shelf who returns to the North Pole each night?

Yes, says Laura Pinto, a digital technology professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

She recently published a paper titled “Who’s the Boss” on the doll, saying the idea of it reporting back to Santa each night on the child’s behavior “sets up children for dangerous, uncritical acceptance of power structures,” according to insideHalton.com.

From her paper:

When children enter the play world of The Elf on the Shelf, they accept a series of practices and rules associated with the larger story. This, of course, is not unique to The Elf on the Shelf. Many children’s games, including board games and video games, require children to participate while following a prescribed set of rules. The difference, however, is that in other games, the child role-plays a character, or the child imagines herself within a play-world of the game, but the role play does not enter the child’s real world as part of the game. As well, in most games, the time of play is delineated (while the game goes on), and the play to which the rules apply typically does not overlap with the child’s real world.

“You’re teaching (kids) a bigger lesson, which is that it’s OK for other people to spy on you and you’re not entitled to privacy,” she tells the Toronto Star.

She calls the elf “an external form of non-familial surveillance,” and says it’s potentially conditioning children to accept the state acting that way, too.

“If you grow up thinking it’s cool for the elves to watch me and report back to Santa, well, then it’s cool for the NSA to watch me and report back to the government,” according to Pinto.

Others concur with Pinto’s theory.

“It’s a little creepy, this idea that this elf is watching you all the time,” Emma Waverman, a blogger with Today’s Parent, tells the paper. She also doesn’t like that the story uses a threat – “nice” and “naughty” lists – to produce good behavior.

“It makes the motivation to behave something that’s external,” she says. “If I’m not around or if the elf is not around, do they act crazy?”

“Children potentially cater to The Elf on the Shelf as the ‘other,’ rather than engaging in and honing understandings of social relationships with peers, parents, teachers and ‘real life’ others,” Pinto writes.

“It’s worth noting that Pinto doesn’t object to the Elf on the Shelf’s Jewish counterpart, the Mensch on a Bench, which she characterized as ‘benign.’ Unlike the elf, the mensch doesn’t report to anyone at night but stays put, watching over the Hanukkah menorah,” the paper reports.

 According to the paper, 6 million “Elf on the Shelf” dolls and books have been sold in the last 8 years.

http://eagnews.org/prof-elf-on-the-shelf-conditions-kids-to-accept-surveillance-state/


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Post by: Mark on January 02, 2015, 10:28:34 am
Supreme Court: Cops can pull you over even if you haven’t broken a law

In a ruling handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, the nation’s top court found that a police officer who mistakenly interprets a law and pulls someone over hasn’t violated their Fourth Amendment rights.

The case pertained to a traffic stop initiated on Nicholas Heien in North Carolina, on account of a broken tail light. The stop and search of the vehicle, conducted by the officer after the initial citation, yielded a good amount of ****. Heien was charged with drug trafficking.

The problem? According to North Carolina traffic law, only one tail light needs to be functional. That means the initial stop, justified on these grounds, would have been illegal — and so would the seizure of the **** found in Heien’s car.

Heien filed a lawsuit to suppress the evidence of **** possession based on this fact, according to the Supreme Court ruling, and was eventually vindicated by the state Court of Appeals. But that was overturned by the North Carolina State Supreme Court and brought to the nation’s highest court on appeal.

The final ruling examined whether the misunderstanding of the law would be considered “reasonable” for an officer to make.

The majority opinion issued Dec. 15 and written by Chief Justice John Roberts found that police officers only need to “reasonably believe” something is against the law to pull someone over. Effectively, this means cops can pull you over even if you haven’t broken a law.

“I understand the idea that when, you know, 99 people out of a hundred think you have to have two brake lights, like you do everywhere else in the country, that it’s reasonable for the police officer to think that,” said Roberts during oral arguments, siding with the police.

“The government’s basic argument is that it was reasonable to pull over the driver based on the law as it was believed to be at the time; the officers who made the stop weren’t acting culpably or wrongly based on the situation they confronted,” wrote Orin Kerr, professor of law at the George Washington University Law School.

Critics of the case point to a certain amount of double standard when it comes to knowing the law for citizens and police officers.

“The result is a system in which “ignorance of the law is no excuse” for citizens facing conviction, but police can use their own ignorance about the law to their advantage,” notes the legal brief on the case by a coalition of civil rights organizations, including American Civil Liberties Union and Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.

The brief filed with the Supreme Court argues the decision made by the North Carolina State Supreme Court was “inconsistent with the logic that applies to factual mistakes committed by law enforcement and erodes civil liberties, all while undermining police authority and safety.”

“Citizens are presumed to know and understand the laws in every jurisdiction in which they drive,” notes the brief. “Thus, the North Carolina Supreme Court’s rule exempts police officers from the ambit of the presumption exactly when it is most likely to vindicate constitutional protections.”

So while police officers are sworn to uphold, execute and enforce the law, that doesn’t mean they need to understand it completely to carry out traffic stops and eventual arrests on citizens.

http://watchdog.org/188650/cops/


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 20, 2015, 06:46:42 pm
http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2015/January20/205.html
1/20/15
Big Brother Moves Into The Passenger Seat

January 20, 2015 | WASHINGTON EXAMINER
     
In 2008, the Washington legislature passed a law mandating a 50 percent reduction in per capita driving by 2050. California and Oregon laws or regulations have similar but somewhat less draconian targets.

The Obama administration wants to mandate that all new cars come equipped with vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, so the car can send signals to and receive messages from street lights and other infrastructure.

Now the California Air Resources Board is considering regulations requiring that all cars monitor their owners’ driving habits, including but not limited to how many miles they drive, how much fuel they use, and how much pollution or greenhouse gases they emit.

Put these all together and you have a system in which the government will not only know where your vehicle is at all times, but can turn off your vehicle if it decides you are driving too much or driving in a way that emits too many grams of carbon dioxide or is otherwise offensive to some bureaucratic imperative.

I sometimes think privacy advocates are a paranoid bunch, seeing men in black around every corner and surveillance helicopters or drones in the air at all times. On the other hand, if a technology is available — such as the ability to record cell phone calls — the government has proven it will use it


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on February 11, 2015, 10:50:03 am
Obama to seek permission for World War on ISIS

Obama, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize only months after he was inaugurated but quickly became a war president, responsible for nearly 75 percent of U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan, now is preparing to formally ask Congress to take the fight against ISIS worldwide.   

http://www.wnd.com/2015/02/obama-seeks-permission-to-go-global-against-isis/


Obama: 'We have to twist arms when countries don't do what we need them to'

In a broad-ranging interview with Vox, which Obama himself described as a venue "for the brainiac-nerd types," the US president both denied the efficacy of a purely “realist” foreign policy but also arguing that at times the US, which has a defense budget that exceeds the next 10 countries combined, needed to rely on its military muscle and other levers of power.   

http://rt.com/news/231279-obama-foreign-policy-power/

Orwell 1984

“The war, therefore if we judge it by the standards of previous wars, is merely an imposture. It is like the battles between certain ruminant animals whose horns are incapable of hurting one another. But though it is unreal it is not meaningless. It eats up the surplus of consumable goods, and it helps to preserve the special mental atmosphere that the hierarchical society needs. War, it will be seen, is now a purely internal affair. In the past, the ruling groups of all countries, although they might recognize their common interest and therefore limit the destructiveness of war, did fight against one another, and the victor always plundered the vanquished. In our own day they are not fighting against one another at all. The war is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society intact. The very word "war," therefore, has become misleading. It would probably be accurate to say that by becoming continuous war has ceased to exist. The peculiar pressure that is exerted on human beings between the Neolithic Age and the early twentieth century has disappeared and has been replaced by something quite different. The effect would be much the same if the three superstates, instead of fighting one another, should agree to live in perpetual peace, each inviolate within its own boundaries. For in that case each would still be a self-contained universe, freed forever from the sobering influence of external danger. A peace that was truly permanent would be the same as a permanent war. This--although the vast majority of Party members understand it only in a shallower sense--is the inner meaning of the Party slogan: WAR IS PEACE.”


Time to end the authorization for endless war

even as the president and Congress consider authorizing force against Islamic State, they should also work to sunset the outdated — and open-ended — Authorization for the Use of Military Force passed in 2001. This dangerous law could be used by a future president to wage costly, unauthorized wars with little congressional oversight.   

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/02/10/time-to-end-the-authorization-for-endless-war/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on February 16, 2015, 08:40:58 am
Mom: Letting Kids Roam Now a Crime
"Not everyone is comfortable with the idea of young children being outside without adult supervision."




A Maryland mother and father who allowed their children to walk home one mile by themselves from a nearby park received a visit from Child Protective Services who threatened to take them away.

In an opinion piece at The Washington Post, Danielle Meitiv recalled the January event:

    One recent Saturday afternoon, six police officers and five patrol cars came to my home in Silver Spring. They demanded identification from my husband and entered our home despite not having a warrant to do so.

    A few hours later, a Montgomery County Child Protective Services (CPS) social worker coerced my husband into signing a “temporary safety plan” for our children by threatening to take the children “right now” — a threat she backed up with a call to the police. In the weeks that followed, another worker from the agency appeared at our door with the police and insisted that he did not need a warrant to enter our home. He also interviewed our children at school without our knowledge or permission.

"When did Americans decide that allowing our kids to be out of sight was a crime?" Meitiv asked. This mother of two, one 10 and one six, admits that she is not always comfortable with them being alone outside without adult supervision. However, they believe in giving their children "an opportunity to learn to make their way in the world independently" -- a life lesson in preparation for adulthood, they reasoned.

Meitiv said the entire event has shaken up their otherwise peaceful family. Now, her kids are more fearful and worried about something happening. Meitiv said when police officers questioned her son, they suggested he tell his parents he is afraid of bad guys grabbing him if he walks alone. Meitiv said, "This is how adults teach children to be afraid even when they are not in danger."

Like similar cases, Meitiv complained that the police officers went beyond a reasonable level of concern:

   
  • nce it was determined that involved parents had already judged their children to be safe, the authorities didn’t move along. Instead they turned to heavyhanded legal and bureaucratic remedies that did far more harm than good. 

Meitiv doesn't discount the necessity for an entity like CPS to protect children who truly need their service, but said "the pendulum has swung too far." She is calling for the streets and parks to be taken back for the children.

Meitiv writes:

    We need to refuse to allow ourselves to be ruled by fear or allow our government to overrule decisions that parents make about what is best for their children. Overpolicing parents in this way does not make children safer; it disrupts families and makes our kids fearful, anxious and unhealthy.

    And whether through the legislatures or the courts, neglect laws need to be redefined to safeguard parents’ discretion to make reasonable risk-management judgments for their children, including the decision to allow them the freedom and independence that was the norm a generation ago and is still essential to their development and well-being.


http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/mom-letting-kids-roam-now-crime


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 19, 2015, 04:22:13 pm
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/14/business/obama-urges-tech-companies-to-cooperate-on-internet-security.html?_r=1
2/13/15
Obama Calls for New Cooperation to Wrangle the ‘Wild West’ Internet

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Declaring that the Internet has become the “Wild Wild West” with consumers and industries as top targets, President Obama on Friday called for a new era of cooperation between the government and the private sector to defeat a range of fast-evolving online threats.

Mr. Obama signed an executive order urging companies to join information-sharing hubs to exchange data on online threats — and, in some cases, to receive classified information from the government. But the order stopped short of exempting the companies from liability if the data they collected and shared led to legal action.

Only legislation, which Mr. Obama has tried and failed to get through Congress for three years, can exempt the companies from such liability. Many companies outside the financial industry have been reluctant to share data without such a law in place.

Mr. Obama deliberately chose Stanford University as the site of the first summit meeting on online security and consumer protection, saying that it was where much of the Internet was born and is also where the innovations to secure it must be developed.

“The very technologies that can empower us to do great good can also be used to undermine us and do great harm,” Mr. Obama said.

Mr. Obama also made clear that his six years of presidency had given him new appreciation of how the government will be called upon to protect citizens against the most severe attacks, and once again accused North Korea of hacking into Sony Pictures. “The cyberworld is the Wild Wild West — to some degree we’re asked to be the sheriff,” he said. “When something like Sony happens, people want to know what the government can do about this.”

Mr. Obama arrived in the heart of Silicon Valley at a time of great tension with companies here, including Apple and Google, both represented at the event. Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, was seated to Mr. Obama’s left Friday afternoon at a closed-door lunch meeting with senior executives, only months after coming into direct conflict with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and intelligence agencies over the full encryption of its mobile devices.

Mr. Obama’s intelligence and law enforcement aides would like to preserve access to all digital communication with a court order. The companies say that would create a breach that China and Russia, among others, would exploit.

Mr. Cook, who was invited to the meeting to discuss Apple’s new payment system, Apple Pay, used the occasion to urge government and technology leaders to do everything they can to protect users’ rights to privacy and security.

“People have entrusted us with their most personal and precious information,” Mr. Cook said. “We owe them nothing less than the best protections that we can possibly provide.”

Failing to do so, Mr. Cook said, would “risk our way of life.”

The private sector has largely been reluctant to share information about threats with the government, arguing that it would create onerous regulations and potentially compromise proprietary and customer data.

Joseph M. Demarest Jr., assistant director of the F.B.I.’s cyberdivision, said in an interview that given the sophistication of the hackers American companies are up against, information-sharing had proved critical to tracing attacks back to hackers and ridding them from systems.

“We’re fighting Ph.D.s on the other side of the world,” Mr. Demarest said. “Not only the F.B.I., but our colleagues from the intelligence community, can enable and assist not only with attribution but with kicking actors out and keeping them out.”


After the Sony attacks late last year, Mr. Demarest said the F.B.I.’s presence at Sony’s headquarters was crucial in helping the government trace the attacks back to North Korea.

“Companies are realizing there is a benefit to keeping us involved,” he said.


But businesses reeling from the fallout of the revelations about online surveillance from the former government contractor Edward J. Snowden worry about the impression such sharing would create among customers. Foreign governments are worried that such arrangements will compromise their data.

Privacy activists say the approach is misguided. “Key to security is to minimize data collection and adopt robust security measures,” said Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. “If they can’t protect it, they shouldn’t collect it.”

But few of those tensions were on display on Friday, as Mr. Obama, government officials and a carefully curated list of executives from the technology, banking, energy and health care sectors took the stage to speak for the need for greater public-private partnership in combating online threats.

“This work cannot be adversarial; we have enough adversaries out there,” Anthony Earley Jr., the chairman and chief executive of Pacific Gas & Electric, said on stage Friday.

Many companies point out that they already share information with others in their industries through industry-specific instruments, notably the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, a group that shares threats with members of the banking industry.

And companies have been particularly reluctant, after the Snowden revelations, to do anything to aggravate concerns abroad that they are sharing data on foreigners with intelligence agencies.

To assuage those concerns, Bernard Tyson, the chairman of Kaiser Permanente, tried to distinguish the kinds of data his corporation would share with the government.

“I am not talking about sharing the actual content that I am here to protect,” Mr. Tyson said. “It is sharing what I am learning about people trying to get at that content. It’s important for me to say that because that is the sensitivity I hear every day.”

Not mentioned at the event was the issue that has most roiled companies in Silicon Valley. Disclosures by Mr. Snowden showed that intelligence agencies were surreptitiously siphoning off customer data from companies like Google and Yahoo as it flowed internally between their data centers.

That information created an atmosphere of distrust that executives say will make information-sharing much more difficult.

“The tricky thing with information-sharing is that it is about trust,” Eric Grosse, Google’s vice president of security, said in an interview earlier this week. “Information-sharing becomes pretty hard to do once trust is lost.”


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 24, 2015, 08:05:22 pm
https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/data-collection-at-schools-is-big-brother-111889795072.html
2/23/15
Data Collection at Schools: Is Big Brother Watching Your Kids?

Most people need at least a shred of privacy in their lives — and are even more fiercely protective of it when it comes to their kids. It’s why an increasing number of moms and dads are feeling betrayed by their children’s schools, who often collect and use sensitive data on students like a valuable form of currency.

"It’s crazy. It’s creepy. Why are they collecting all this data on our children, and what are they doing with it?" says Colorado mother of three Traci Burnett in speaking with the Gazette, a Colorado news outlet, for a story this week about kids and privacy in that state. But many parents across the country believe that schools gather too much personal information about their children and families — typically in the name of bettering student achievement — and now national legislators are considering various new laws on data privacy.

According to EPIC’s student privacy project director Khaliah Barnes, who wrote on the topic for the New York Times in December, “The collection of student data is out of control. No longer do schools simply record attendance and grades. Now every test score and every interaction with a digital learning tool is recorded. Data gathering includes health, fitness and sleeping habits, sexual activity, prescription drug use, alcohol use and disciplinary matters. Students’ attitudes, sociability and even ‘enthusiasm’ are quantified, analyzed, recorded and dropped into giant data systems.” The rampant data collection, she added, “is not only destroying student privacy, it also threatens students’ intellectual freedom. When schools record and analyze students’ every move and recorded thought, they chill expression and speech, stifling innovation and creativity.” Some cafeteria software, according to Marketplace, tracks eligibility for free and reduced-price lunches, including sensitive financial data about a student’s family such as weekly income and alimony payments.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a non-partisan research organization, reports that students’ personal information is often collected through in-school surveys, sometimes for commercial use. Congress most recently addressed such surveys in the No Child Left Behind Act, providing parents and students the right to be notified of, and consent to, the collection of student information, though it allows for many exceptions.

And while federal laws protect children’s privacy, most have loopholes. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), for example, doesn’t cover online educational data or third-party vendors, and is up for Congressional revision. A hearing in Washington earlier this month addressed how emerging technology affects student privacy, and what additional protections are needed. “Think George Orwell and take it to the nth degree,” explained Fordham University Professor Joel Reidenberg, when asked what information would be available in one findable place on any particular preschool through college student. 

The concerns have prompted President Obama to propose the Student Digital Privacy Act, to ensure that data collected in the educational context is used only for educational purposes. The bill would prevent companies from selling student data to third parties for purposes unrelated to the educational mission, and from engaging in targeted advertising to students based on data collected in school – though it would still allow for research initiatives to improve student learning outcomes, as well as efforts by companies to improve their learning technology products.

“The Education Department and the Federal Trade Commission could and should do more to protect student privacy,” wrote EPIC president Marc Rotenberg in a statement submitted to the recent Congressional hearing. “But because they have not, meaningful legislation will provide a private right of action for students and their parents against private companies that unlawfully disclose student information.” Recently, as just one example, the statement explained, EPIC filed an extensive complaint with the FTC concerning the business practices of Scholarships.com. “The company encouraged students to divulge sensitive medical, sexual, and religious information to obtain financial aid information,” Rotenberg explained. “The company claimed that it used this information to locate scholarships and financial aid. Scholarships.com, however, transferred the data to a business affiliate that in turn sold the data for general marketing purposes.”

Jules Polonetskys, the executive director of the Future of Privacy Forum, wrote in the New York Times that he believes transparency is key. Most important, to build trust in the new technology, parents need to be kept in the know. The paramount concern of schools and tech and data companies should be making sure parents and students understand why and how technology and data are being used to advance learning, how the information collected is protected in the process and what the schools are doing to safeguard protected information.”

It’s an idea that Colorado mom, Traci Burnett, can get behind. “I think people have forgotten these are my kids, not the school’s,” she told the Gazette. “When you start linking all this data — my kid’s biometrics, with an address, a juvenile record, voter registration, you get a profile, and there’s so much wrong with that. The danger is that the information doesn’t need to be in the hands of the state or federal government. It reminds me of China — we’re going to flow you to the correct job so you can be productive in our society.”


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 27, 2015, 09:52:44 am
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/fcc-adopts-net-neutrality-rules-to-ban-internet-discrimination-163703235.html
FCC adopts Net neutrality rules to ban Internet discrimination
2/27/15

Federal regulators moved forward on Thursday with a Net neutrality plan to protect openness on the Internet by treating the online world more like heavily regulated telecommunications markets.

New rules from the Federal Communications Commission adopted on a 3-2 vote will prohibit Internet service providers like Comcast (CMCSA) and Verizon Communications (VZ) from discriminating against any web site or online service. That means sites like Netflix (NFLX) or Google’s (GOOGL) YouTube won’t have to pay extra fees or face sluggish connections with their users. And new sites and services will be able to reach everyone on the Internet on the same terms as the big players.

Courts have struck down earlier Net neutrality efforts, saying the FCC lacked authority to impose such rules. So this time around, the FCC chose to categorize high-speed Internet service as a telecommunications service. Consumers have long been guaranteed the right to call any phone number they desire and phone companies have to treat all calls equally.

The agency heard from Chad Dickerson, CEO of the crafts sales web site Etsy, before the vote.

“Without strong rules to prevent discrimination online, the innovation economy would suffer,” Dickerson said. “We charge only 20 cents to list an item on Etsy, and take only 3.5% of every transaction. We couldn't afford to pay for priority access to consumers, yet we know delays of milliseconds have a direct and long term impact on revenue.”

Cable and telecom companies say congestion is due to the Internet companies sending more data. Higher fees are needed to cover the cost of building more capacity, they say.

Many companies that do business online had feared that Internet service providers would be able to squeeze them for increasingly higher fees to reach consumers. Netflix last year agreed to pay Comcast for faster access after its subscribers experienced slow downs. The problem arises because consumers can’t easily switch Internet service providers – most have only one choice – if they become dissatisfied.

The new rules, which will apply to both wired and wireless Internet connections, include several major restrictions on Internet service providers. They may not slow down or block access to legal content, applications or services. They also may not create "fast lanes," speeding up some traffic in return for additional fees.

"We are here to ensure that there is only one Internet, where applications, new products, ideas and points of view have an equal chance of being seen and heard," Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said. "We are here because we want to enable those with deep pockets as well as those with empty pockets the same opportunities to succeed."

The FCC would not regulate the price of Internet services under the new rules and would not impose any new taxes or government-mandated fees. Nonetheless, opponents said they feared price regulations and new taxes would come eventually, further discouraging investment.

Two Republican commissioners, along with cable and telephone companies, blasted the new rules, warning that they might curb their investment in expanding Internet service and lead to higher prices for consumers. Internet service shouldn’t be regulated under 1930s era telephone rules, they argued.

"The Internet has become a powerful force for freedom, here and around the world," Ajit Pai, one of the two dissenters, said. "So it is sad to witness this morning the FCC’s unprecedented attempts to replace that freedom with government control. It shouldn't be this way."

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had been pursuing a more modest Net neutrality plan last year until President Obama came out in favor of the broader, telephone-based approach. Millions of consumers buffeted the FCC with comments in favor of strong Net neutrality rules after comedian John Oliver offered a lengthy rant explaining the issue on his HBO television show.

Wheeler had telegraphed Thursday's vote weeks in advance and the impact on the share prices of cable and telecommunications stocks was minor. Shares of Comcast slipped 1.2%, Time Warner cable (TWC) dropped 1.9% and Charter Communications (CHTR) lost 1% in afternoon trading after the vote. Verizon gained 0.4% and AT&T (T) rose 0.9%.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on March 17, 2015, 08:27:30 am
EPA to Watch You in the Shower - at Hotels!
Big Brother wants in on intimate time


The Environmental Protection Agency wants to use wireless technology to monitor you in the shower when you travel.

The agency has awarded a $15,000 grant to three researchers at the University of Tulsa to "develop a novel low cost wireless device for monitoring water use from hotel guest room showers."

The researchers say that most hotel guests do not monitor their water usage and therefore "millions of gallons of potable water are wasted every year." So obviously the solution is an app.

"This device will be designed to fit most new and existing hotel shower fixtures and will wirelessly transmit hotel guest water usage data to a central hotel accounting system," reads the proposal.

"The proposed wireless device will have three main components: a flow meter, an embedded system and software, and a resource accounting system. This technology will provide hotel guests with the ability to monitor their daily water online or using a smartphone app, and will assist hotel guest in modifying their behavior to help conserve water."

Tyler W. Johannes, an associate professor at the University of Tulsa and one of the three partners trying to develop the app, told the Washington Free Beacon that the goal is to get all of us to cut our showers short by one minute.

    Johannes and his team assumed the average hotel shower lasts 8.2 minutes, using 17.2 gallons of water per guest per shower.

    “Initially our device/app seeks to get hotel guests to reduce their water use by 10 percent or to reduce their showers by about one minute,” he said.

The team hopes to see their device and app adopted by major hotel chains.


http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/epa-watch-you-shower-hotels


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Post by: Mark on April 04, 2015, 06:30:46 am
What Would Happen If Martial Law Was Declared In America?

In recent weeks, there has been a lot of concern that an upcoming eight week military exercise on U.S. soil known as “Jade Helm” is actually a dress rehearsal for the imposition of martial law in this country.  One of the reasons for the high level of concern is that we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of “urban warfare exercises” conducted by the U.S. military in major U.S. cities over the past decade – including exercises where “dissidents” are hunted down, arrested and hauled away.  As our world becomes increasingly unstable, and as our society rapidly decays from within, many believe that it is only a matter of time before the executive branch will have sufficient excuse to use the extensive martial law powers that it has been accumulating since 9/11.  When that day arrives, what will our nation look like?  What would actually happen if martial law was declared in America?

Well, the first thing that you need to know is that the U.S. Constitution would be “suspended”.

In other words, you would suddenly have no rights at all.

There would be no freedom of speech, no freedom of the press, no freedom of assembly and you could be arrested at any time for any reason whatsoever.

For the duration of the “emergency”, the military would be in control.  There would be troops in the streets, a curfew would almost certainly be imposed, and armed checkpoints would be set up.

If the “emergency” lasted long enough, we would probably see authorities go house to house confiscating firearms, ammunition and food supplies.

And perhaps most troubling of all, “dissidents” and “subversives” would likely be rounded up and imprisoned.

Perhaps you don’t think that this could ever happen in the United States in 2015.

Well, we do know that this is precisely what the FBI had a plan to do in the 1950s.  The following is an excerpt from a recent RT article…

    Documents show the FBI created a “Plan C” during the Cold War, which could have been triggered in the event the US underwent a nuclear attack. It included putting the nation under martial law, rounding up “subversives,” and interning enemy diplomats.

    The documents, acquired by transparency journalism organization MuckRock, detail the FBI plan created in 1956, which was shared with several top officials from every governmental department. The FBI also distributed papers regarding the plan to its field offices. The plan would have gone into effect “after a war has begun in which the US is involved or may become involved and prior to an actual attack on the US itself,” according to the documents.

    Under Plan C, martial law would be declared and the FBI would enact its ‘Emergency Detention Program,’ which entailed apprehending individuals whose affiliations with subversive organizations “are so pronounced that their continued liberty in the event of a national emergency would present a serious threat to the internal security of the country.” The document shows that as of April 1956, almost 13,000 people “were scheduled for apprehension in an emergency.”

Very sobering.

And we do know that the federal government had a list of at least 8 million names of people that were considered to be “threats to national security” back in the 1980s.  This list was known as Main Core, and it is not known whether this list still exists today.

I have a feeling that it does, and that it is probably much larger than it was back then.

We also know that government documents produced during the Obama administration openly discuss rounding up “dissidents” and taking them to internment camps.  Just consider the following example from Infowars…

    A leaked 2012 US Army Military Police training manual, entitled “Civil Disturbance Operations,” described how soldiers would be ordered to confiscate firearms and kill American “dissidents.” The manual also revealed that prisoners would be detained in temporary internment camps and “re-educated” to gain a new appreciation of “U.S. policies,” in accordance with U.S. Army FM 3-19.40 Internment/Resettlement Operations.

So who would those “dissidents” be exactly?

In “72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered ‘Potential Terrorists’ In Official Government Documents“, I detailed how official U.S. government documents specifically identify those that believe in “conspiracy theories” as possible threats.  Others that the government is concerned about include those opposed to abortion, globalism, communism, illegal immigration, the United Nations and “the New World Order”.

I wish that none of this was true.  Go check out the article for yourself.

Another very disturbing government document talks about the need for the U.S. Army to prepare to battle political dissidents in “megacities” and to neutralize groups “who can influence the lives of the population while undermining the authority of the state”.  Here is more from Infowars…

    The U.S. Army is preparing to fight political dissidents who challenge the power of the state as “megacities” become the battleground of the future, according to a new report in the Army Times.

    The article details how the Army’s Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) worked with US Army Special Operations Command, the chief of staff’s Strategic Studies Group and the UK’s Ministry of Defence earlier this year to wargame the future of armed combat, which will revolve around the neutralization of groups “who can influence the lives of the population while undermining the authority of the state,” a chillingly vague description which could easily be applied to political dissidents.

    The plan foresees an unprecedented realignment of U.S. military strategy focused around putting “boots on the ground” in megacities to deal with “politically dispossessed” populations while relying on “more lethal and more autonomous” methods.

Very alarming stuff.

And if we did see martial law declared nationwide, it is likely that all elections would be suspended indefinitely.

That could also potentially include the 2016 presidential election.

Is it possible that Barack Obama could use his emergency powers to stay in the White House beyond his second term?  There are some out there that believe that this could actually happen under the right circumstances.  For example, check out what Dr. Ben Carson said during an appearance on the Alan Colmes radio show…

    COLMES: What do you mean though when you say there may not be an election in 2016?

    DR. BEN CARSON: There may be so much anarchy going on.

    COLMES: Anarchy? So you really think we risk risking an anarchic America to the point where elections might be put on hold, or some kind of emergency is declared with such anarchy that there wouldn’t be a Presidential election in a couple of years?

    DR. BEN CARSON: I don’t want to find out. I really don’t want to find out, I don’t want to continue down this pathway that we’re going down.

And the groundwork has certainly been laid for such a scenario.

During his time in the White House, Barack Obama has signed a series of executive orders that give him and his minions an extraordinary amount of power in the event of a major national emergency.

For example, read the following excerpt from an executive order that Obama signed in March 2012…

    Sec. 201.  Priorities and Allocations Authorities.  (a)  The authority of the President conferred by section 101 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2071, to require acceptance and priority performance of contracts or orders (other than contracts of employment) to promote the national defense over performance of any other contracts or orders, and to allocate materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense, is delegated to the following agency heads:

    (1)  the Secretary of Agriculture with respect to food resources, food resource facilities, livestock resources, veterinary resources, plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment and commercial fertilizer;

    (2)  the Secretary of Energy with respect to all forms of energy;

    (3)  the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to health resources;

    (4)  the Secretary of Transportation with respect to all forms of civil transportation;

    (5)  the Secretary of Defense with respect to water resources; and

    (6)  the Secretary of Commerce with respect to all other materials, services, and facilities, including construction materials.

That sounds like it covers just about everything.

Basically, during a time of martial law all of the things that you take for granted today would be out the window.

You would have no rights, and the federal government would be able to do just about anything that it wanted to do.

If that sounds really bad to you, then maybe now you are starting to understand why so many people get upset when they see preparations being made for the eventual imposition of martial law in this country.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/what-would-happen-if-martial-law-was-declared-in-america


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 08, 2015, 03:16:07 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/u-tracked-phone-calls-two-decades-anti-drug-224814247.html
4/8/15
U.S. tracked phone calls for two decades in anti-drug program: USA Today

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government started keeping secret records of international phone calls made by Americans in 1992 in a program intended to combat drug trafficking, USA Today reported on Tuesday, citing current and former intelligence and law enforcement officials.

The program, run by the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration, was halted by Attorney General Eric Holder in 2013 amid the fallout from revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about NSA data collection, the paper reported.

The DEA program was the government's first known effort to gather data on Americans in bulk, sweeping up records of telephone calls made by millions of U.S. citizens regardless of whether they were suspected of a crime, USA Today said.

The program amassed logs of virtually all telephone calls made from the United States to as many as 116 countries linked to drug trafficking.

Federal investigators used the call records to track drug cartels' distribution networks in the United States, allowing agents to detect previously unknown trafficking rings and money handlers, the paper said.

The program did not intercept the content of calls but it did record the phone numbers and when they were dialed.

When the data collection began, agents sought to limit its use mainly to drug investigations and turned away requests for access from the FBI and the NSA, the paper reported.

Agents allowed searches of the data in terrorism cases, including the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people in 1995, helping to rule out theories linking the attack to foreign terrorists, the paper reported. They allowed even broader use after Sept. 11, 2001, it said.

Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush told USA Today the DEA "is no longer collecting bulk telephony metadata from U.S. service providers."

Instead, the DEA assembles a list of the telephone numbers it suspects may be tied to drug trafficking and sends electronic subpoenas to telephone companies seeking logs of international telephone calls linked to those numbers, the paper said.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 08, 2015, 03:43:24 pm
Al Sharpton Calls for Federal Police Laws After South Carolina Killing

Rev. Al Sharpton called for national policing legislation akin to the Civil Rights Act this morning at the kickoff his National Action Network’s annual convention, just after the arrest of a white South Carolina police officer for murder in the shooting of an unarmed black man.

“There must be national policy and national law on policing,” Mr. Sharpton said. “We can’t go from state to state, we’ve got to have national law to protect people against these continued questions.”

Mr. Sharpton’s comments, coming on the heels of multiple instances of police killings of unarmed men of color around the country, were met with applause from the crowd—and from the dais, which was packed with elected officials including Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congressman Charles Rangel, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, city Comptroller Scott Stringer and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

The convention kickoff, which featured a ribbon cutting with the lawmakers, came just hours after it was announced last night that North Charleston, S.C., police officer Michael T. Slager would be charged with murder in the death of Walter Scott—who can be seen in a widely publicized video running away from Mr. Slager, while the officer shoots into the man’s back repeatedly. The video offers a markedly different story than the one Mr. Slager first offered up: that Scott had stolen his taser and left him in fear for his life.

Mr. Sharpton praised the city’s mayor and police chief for bringing the charges, but said the nation couldn’t rely on the judgement of local officials.

“We commend them, but we cannot have a justice system that hopes we have a mayor in the right city or a police chief,” he said. “We have to have one policy that is national.”

Mr. Sharpton later noted that the comparatively small town’s officials had been braver than police leaders in bigger cities. He has been vocal about his belief that New York City police Daniel Pantaleo should have been charged with a crime in the death of an unarmed black Staten Island man, Eric Garner. A grand jury declined to indict Mr. Pantaleo, spurring protests throughout the city.

That death, too, was captured in a widely published video. And though the footage did not lead to any charges, Mr. Sharpton said today the national legislation should focus on “cameras” as well as “accountability.”

He compared the fight for police reform to the civil rights struggle, noting that activists did not try to fix discrimination in individual states or cities.

“They fought for a national Civil Rights Act, a national Voting Rights Act. It’s time for this country to have national policing,” Mr. Sharpton said.

After the ribbon cutting, Mr. de Blasio—whose first year in office was dominated by an effort to reform police-community relations after Garner’s death and a subsequent City Hall feud with police union leadership—said he agreed some kind of national standard should be set.

“It’s a broad point he’s making, and I think he way he made the analogy to the Voting Rights Act is the right one. We’ve got to figure out how to create the right relationship between police and community,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters. “The vast majority of police do their job well and want to work more closely with the community. Obviously community residents want to work more closely with the police. But we have to create more of a national standard that says we all have to be on the same page.”

The relationship between Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Sharpton was fodder for his woes with police unions last year: they took umbrage when Mr. Sharpton was seated next to the mayor and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton at a City Hall round table, and dismissed Mr. Sharpton as divisive. A poll later showed voters didn’t like the approaches of either Mr. Sharpton or the union leaders and rank-and-file officers who later turned their backs on Mr. de Blasio at the funeral for two slain officers.

Today, Mr. Sharpton offered a full-throated defense his relationship with the mayor, saying it was based not on political power but on a long history of working together, citing Mr. de Blasio’s support on issues like wage increases and the silent march against stop, question and frisk before his election.

“He marched with us when other candidates wouldn’t. So don’t begrudge us for knowing somebody that we always knew, and that was there in the trenches with us,” Mr. Sharpton said, saying he had never asked for favors or back room deals—only access and policy changes. “There’s nothing in the back room we want. We want everything out front.”

Read more at http://observer.com/2015/04/al-sharpton-calls-for-fedeal-police-laws-after-south-carolina-killing/#ixzz3Wkj2twEq



Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 08, 2015, 04:34:31 pm
Louisiana Makes It Illegal To Use Cash To Buy Used Goods

Louisiana businesses are suddenly discovering a new law that flew under the radar during the last legislative session:

    Cold hard cash. It’s good everywhere you go, right? You can use it to pay for anything.

    But that’s not the case here in Louisiana now. It’s a law that was passed during this year’s busy legislative session.

    House bill 195 basically says those who buy and sell second hand goods cannot use cash to make those transactions, and it flew so far under the radar most businesses don’t even know about it.

    “We’re gonna lose a lot of business,” says Danny Guidry, who owns the Pioneer Trading Post in Lafayette. He deals in buying and selling unique second hand items.

    “We don’t want this cash transaction to be taken away from us. It’s an everyday transaction,” Guidry explains.

    Guidry says, “I think everyone in this business once they find out about it. They’re will definitely be a lot of uproar.”

    The law states those who buy or sell second hand goods are prohibited from using cash. State representative Rickey Hardy co-authored the bill.

    Hardy says, “they give a check or a cashiers money order, or electronic one of those three mechanisms is used.”

    Hardy says the bill is targeted at criminals who steal anything from copper to televisions, and sell them for a quick buck. Having a paper trail will make it easier for law enforcement.

    “It’s a mechanism to be used so the police department has something to go on and have a lead,” explains Hardy.

    Guidry feels his store shouldn’t have to change it’s ways of doing business, because he may possibly buy or sell stolen goods. Something he says has happened once in his eight years.

    “We are being targeted for something we shouldn’t be.”

    Besides non-profit resellers like Goodwill, and garage sales, the language of the bill encompasses stores like the Pioneer Trading Post and flea markets.

    Lawyer Thad Ackel Jr. feels the passage of this bill begins a slippery slope for economic freedom in the state.

    “The government is placing a significant restriction on individuals transacting in their own private property,” says Ackel.

To say the least.

As Thad Ackel, who is quoted in the linked report, notes, this law goes far beyond even the extraordinary step of banning cash transactions:.

    The law goes further to require secondhand dealers to turn over a valuable business asset, namely, their business’ proprietary client information. For every transaction a secondhand dealer must obtain the seller’s personal information such as their name, address, driver’s license number and the license plate number of the vehicle in which the goods were delivered. They must also make a detailed description of the item(s) purchased and submit this with the personal identification information of every transaction to the local policing authorities through electronic daily reports. If a seller cannot or refuses to produce to the secondhand dealer any of the required forms of identification, the secondhand dealer is prohibited from completing the transaction.

    This legislation amounts to a public taking of private property without compensation. Regardless of whether or not the transaction information is connected with, or law enforcement is investigating a crime, individuals and businesses are forced to report routine business activity to the police. Can law enforcement not accomplish its goal of identifying potential thieves and locating stolen items in a far less intrusive manner? And of course, there are already laws that prohibit stealing, buying or selling stolen goods, laws that require businesses to account for transactions and laws that penalize individuals and businesses that transact in stolen property. Why does the Louisiana State Legislature need to enact more laws infringing on personal privacy, liberties and freedom?

The standard justification for a law such as this is easy to understand. Second hand stores and pawnbrokers if only because both have long been a source for people in possession of stolen good to fence their ill-gotten wares. However, the law itself actually exempts pawnbrokers from the no-cash part of the law even though it’s fairly clearly that pawn shops are notorious as the destination for stolen goods. If the law was really aimed at preventing stolen goods from being sold in this manner, why ban pawnbrokers? Even if you accepted the justifications on their face, though, his law goes way too far, especially in the banning of cash transactions. The purpose of the bill could be met simply be requiring some form of Identification be taken when a transaction is made, and that records of the same be maintained. Banning the use of legal tender completely is way over the top.

Additionally, while I haven’t researched the issue, I’m not even sure that the state has the authority to say that Federal Reserve Notes, which Congress has made legal tender for all transactions, cannot be used in a transaction.  I would think that there’s a case to be made here that Louisiana has violated the Supremacy Clause of the Constitutional by saying that U.S. currency cannot be used for a certain class of transactions. Certainly, if this is allowed to stand, then the effect would be that any state could say that cash cannot be used for any number of transaction in the name of “fighting crime,” “public safety,” or whatever other excuse an inventive legislator can come up with.

It’s easy to understand why Louisiana would want to ban cash transactions. Absent some other form of record keeping, cash brings a kind of anonymity that paying with credit cards, debit cards, or checks cannot offer. If I’ve got a hundred bucks in my wallet, I can spend it anywhere I want without any concern that someone, somewhere is tracking me. You can’t say the same thing with any other form of payment. There’s something to be said for the ability to conduct your business without worrying about whether or not what you buy and where you buy is being monitored, either by a private entity or the government. In Louisiana, though, you can’t do that anymore, at least not if you want to buy used goods.

http://govtslaves.info/louisiana-makes-it-illegal-to-use-cash-to-buy-used-goods/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 17, 2015, 05:24:58 am
Judge opens door for cops to storm your home
Rules 3rd Amendment doesn't apply to law enforcement


The Third Amendment, which guards against the quartering of soldiers in citizens’ homes – and which came into being because of the abuse of British troops against American patriots – has just been dinged by a judge who ruled the provision doesn’t apply to police.

In essence, that means police on official business could claim the legal right to bust into a private citizen’s home and occupy it.

The determination from federal district court Judge Andrew Gordon was rendered when he dismissed a Third Amendment claim from a Henderson, Nevada, family who suffered that very fate.

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Anthony Mitchell and his parents Michael and Linda Mitchell sued the City of Henderson and several police agents in federal court for a July 2011 incident they described in court papers.

Volokh reported: “On the morning of July 10, 2011, officers from the Henderson Police Department responded to a domestic violence call at a neighbor’s residence. … [Police] told [Mitchell] police needed to occupy his home in order to gain a ‘tactical advantage’ against the occupant of the neighboring house. Anthony Mitchell told the officer that he did not want to become involved and that he did not want police to enter his residence.”

Police went to the Mitchell family house anyway, and “banged forcefully on the door and loudly commanded Anthony Mitchell to open the door to his residence,” his complaint read.

Mitchell then reportedly contacted his mother to let her know what was going on – and police “smashed open” his door with a metal ram, court documents indicated.

From there, the situation grew even more chaotic. Mitchell wrote in court papers police pepperballed him and his dog, gave him conflicting orders and ultimately arrested him. He was released the next day from jail.

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But Mitchell and his parents turned around and sued, alleging their Third and Fourth Amendment rights had been violated – the Third, because the police were acting like members of the military. The case was closely watched by legal minds, given the unusual nature of the Third Amendment alleged violation.

But Gordon dismissed that claim in a court action that fell largely under the nation’s radar.

He wrote, the Washington Post reported: “Various officers … entered into and occupied Linda’s and Michael’s home for an unspecified amount of time (seemingly nine hours), but certainly for less than 24 hours. The relevant questions are thus whether municipal police should be considered soldiers, and whether the time they spent in the house could be considered quartering. To both questions, the answer must be no. I hold that a municipal police officer is not a soldier for purposes of the Third Amendment.”

As Ilya Somin, professor of law at George Mason University, opined, however: The judge’s dismissal should be regarded with wary eyes.

One “complicating factor,” he said, in the Washington Post, “is the increasing militarization of police forces in many parts of the country, which has resulted in cops using weapons and tactics normally associated with military forces. If a state or local government decides to quarter a SWAT team in a private home, it is not clear whether that is meaningfully different from placing a National Guard unit there.”

WND reported there are some 17,000 police departments nationwide equipped with $4.2 billion worth of equipment ranging from Blackhawk helicopters and battering rams to explosives, body armor and night vision.

Military assault rifles, grenade launchers and 14-ton Mine-Resistance Ambush-Protected vehicles built for taking down terrorist enclaves are becoming part of the toolbox of local police departments under the federal 1033 program that supplies “surplus” military weapons to local officers, departments and agencies on request and without charge.

WND recently reported the American Civil Liberties Union was critical of the 1033 program, and a growing number of cities and counties are now returning the war weapons.

“Whenever this kind of armament is brought into a community, it should only be done with the knowledge and consent of the citizenry,” John Whitehead, a constitutional attorney based in Charlottesville, Virginia, said in a statement released to WND.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/cops-can-storm-homes-court-suggests/#mGd7e7rmo6Be8AfO.99


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 18, 2015, 06:54:13 am
‘Intelligent’ Streetlights to ‘Watch’ Florida Residents
"Data-collecting" LED streetlights part of General Electric's "Intelligent City Initiative"


The Jacksonville, Florida, city government is preparing to install more than 50 “intelligent” streetlights under a new General Electric pilot program.

In accordance with the “GE Intelligent City Initiate,” the “data-collecting” LED streetlights will be placed throughout the city’s downtown and surrounding areas.

According to a Thursday morning presentation by GE, the lights will be “interconnected with one another and will collect real-time data,” as reported by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

“GE’s intelligent LEDs are a gateway to city-changing technology, with sensors, controls, wireless transmitters and microprocessors built within the LED system,” GE states.

Once collected, GE’s “Predix software” will analyze the data in real-time, providing the city with an array of information.

“Predix, GE’s software platform for the Industrial Internet, collects and analyzes data from these components, delivering optimized tools that respond to city challenges,” GE says.

Although the city will have access to the data, City Spokesman David DeCamp admits that GE will own all information collected.

“Data will be hosted on GE Lighting’s network, city and JEA may request data and use it internally,” Decamp told the Journal. “Data may be shared with third parties only with written consent of GE Lighting.”

GE on the other hand asserted that the city had final say on the specifics of data collection and sharing.

So far the city has mostly focused on the streetlights’ ability to give drivers “real time information on locations of available parking spaces,” making little note of the troubling surveillance capabilities of such technologies.

In 2013 the Las Vegas Public Works Department began testing a similar streetlight system which included audio and video recording applications. The manufacturer, “Illuminating Concepts,” stoked controversy in 2011 when it was discovered that their lights included “Homeland Security” features.

At the time, the company’s website highlighted its hi-tech features including “voice stress analyzers” that would “assist DHS in protecting its citizens and natural resources.”

“If the city installed street lights with surveillance abilities… you would never know,” a Homeland Security employee told reporters at the time.

According to GE, San Diego, California, will also participate in the pilot program.

http://www.infowars.com/intelligent-streetlights-to-watch-florida-residents/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 26, 2015, 05:50:23 am
US unveils 6-year-old report on NSA surveillance

With debate gearing up over the coming expiration of the Patriot Act surveillance law, the Obama administration on Saturday unveiled a 6-year-old report examining the once-secret program to collect information on Americans' calls and emails.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence publicly released the redacted report following a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the New York Times. The basics of the National Security Agency program had already been declassified, but the lengthy report includes some new details about the secrecy surrounding it.

President George W. Bush authorized the "President's Surveillance Program" in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The review was completed in July 2009 by inspectors general from the Justice Department, Pentagon, CIA, NSA and Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

They found that while many senior intelligence officials believe the program filled a gap by increasing access to international communications, others including FBI agents, CIA analysts and managers "had difficulty evaluating the precise contribution of the PSP to counterterrorism efforts because it was most often viewed as one source among many available analytic and intelligence-gathering tools in these efforts."

Critics of the phone records program, which allows the NSA to hunt for communications between terrorists abroad and U.S. residents, argue it has not proven to be an effective counterterrorism tool. They also say an intelligence agency has no business possessing the deeply personal records of Americans. Many favor a system under which the NSA can obtain court orders to query records held by the phone companies.

The Patriot Act expires on June 1, and Senate Republicans have introduced a bill that would allow continued collection of call records of nearly every American. The legislation would reauthorize sections of the Patriot Act, including the provision under which the NSA requires phone companies to turn over the "to and from" records of most domestic landline calls.

After the program was disclosed in 2013 by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, President Barack Obama and many lawmakers called for legislation to end that collection, but a bill to do so failed last year. Proponents had hoped that the expiration of the Patriot Act provisions on June 1 would force consideration of such a measure.

A bipartisan group of House members has been working on such legislation, dubbed the USA Freedom Act. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Friday that Obama is pleased the efforts are restarting in the House.

"Hopefully, the next place where Democrats and Republicans will turn their attention and try to work together is on this issue of putting in place important reforms to the Patriot Act," Earnest said.

If no legislation is passed, the Patriot Act provisions would expire. That would affect not only the NSA surveillance but other programs used by the FBI to investigate domestic crimes, which puts considerable pressure on lawmakers to pass some sort of extension.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_NSA_SURVEILLANCE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-04-25-13-38-12


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Post by: Mark on May 07, 2015, 11:55:04 am
Top federal court rules against NSA's phone records program

A federal court has decided that the National Security Agency’s bulk, warrantless collection of millions of Americans’ phone records is illegal.

The sweeping decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday represents a major court victory for opponents of the NSA and comes just as Congress begins a fight over whether to renew the underlying law used to justify the program. 

That program “exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized,” Judge Gerard Lynch wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel.

The law “cannot be interpreted in a way that defies any meaningful limit,” he added.

Additionally, the government’s rationale behind the program represents “a monumental shift in our approach to combating terrorism,” which was not grounded in a clear explanation of the law.

The Second Circuit’s decision provides the most significant legal blow to the NSA operations to date and comes more than a year after a lower court called the program “almost-Orwellian” and likely unconstitutional. The appeals court did not examine the constitutionality of the surveillance program in its ruling on Thursday.

The Second Circuit is just one of the three appeals courts examining challenges to the NSA’s phone records program, which may ultimately land at the Supreme Court.

Section 215 of the Patriot Act authorizes the government to collect “any tangible things” that the government proves are “relevant to” an investigation into suspected terrorists.

With the blessing of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — the secretive federal court overseeing government intelligence operations — the government has interpreted that mandate to allow it to collect massive amounts of records containing “metadata” about people’s phone calls, including the numbers involved in the call and when it occurred.

While seemingly benign, metadata can reveal “civil, political, or religious affiliations,” Lynch wrote, as well as personal behavior and “intimate relationships.”

But that reading, the court ruled, is far beyond what Congress ever intended.

“If the government is correct, it could use § 215 to collect and store in bulk any other existing metadata available anywhere in the private sector, including metadata associated with financial records, medical records, and electronic communications (including e‐mail and social media information) relating to all Americans,” Lynch wrote.

“Such expansive development of government repositories of formerly private records would be an unprecedented contraction of the privacy expectations of all Americans.”

Congress last reviewed the law in 2011, but even then, many lawmakers were not aware of the details of the NSA’s bulk collection practices.

Because most of the details were kept classified, “Congress cannot reasonably be said to have ratified a program of which many members of Congress – and all members of the public – were not aware,” Lynch wrote.

That all changed two years ago, however, following revelations from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that detailed the expansive nature of the NSA’s surveillance.

In the wake of those leaks, lawmakers, including Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), the original author of the Patriot Act, have made clear they never meant to authorize the NSA’s bulk phone collection program.

With President Obama's backing, they have attempted to rein in the agency by pushing legislation that would end its current collection practices and force it to request from private companies only a narrow set of phone records involved in a case. The debate is simmering in Congress, ahead of Section 215’s scheduled expiration at the end of the month.

National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said the White House is “in the process of evaluating the decision handed down this morning,” but urged Congress to move forward with reform.

“Without commenting on the ruling today, the President has been clear that he believes we should end the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata program as it currently exists by creating an alternative mechanism to preserve the program’s essential capabilities without the government holding the bulk data,” he said. “We continue to work closely with members of Congress from both parties to do just that, and we have been encouraged by good progress on bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would implement these important reforms.”

That debate might be more important than ever now, since the full details of the NSA phone program have been made public.

If Congress chooses to reauthorize the existing law without change — as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and others want to do — it would likely be seen as a blessing to the current NSA program, the appeals court indicated.

“If Congress chooses to authorize such a far‐reaching and unprecedented program, it has every opportunity to do so, and to do so unambiguously,” Lynch wrote. “Until such time as it does so, however, we decline to deviate from widely accepted interpretations of well‐established legal standards.”

Following the ruling, Attorney General Loretta Lynch told lawmakers on a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Thursday that the program has been a “vital tool in our national security arsenal.”

Loretta Lynch said she is “not aware” of any privacy violations that have occurred since President Obama instituted new reforms to the program.

Asked whether the Justice Department plans to appeal the ruling, the attorney general said, “We are reviewing that decision.”

At the same time, she explained that because of time issues surrounding the expiration of the program, the Justice Department is working with Congress to find a way to reauthorize it while protecting privacy and maintaining its efficacy.

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/241305-top-court-rules-against-nsa-program


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on May 11, 2015, 11:31:36 am
Federal Courts Green Light Police Access to Cellphone Tower Records without a Warrant

 A federal appeals court has ruled that law enforcement agencies may access tracking information on cell phones without a warrant.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled (pdf) Tuesday that police were justified in asking a mobile phone provider to hand over the records of Quartavious Davis, who was convicted of committing seven armed robberies in South Florida in 2010. As part of the evidence used against Davis, prosecutors presented data showing that Davis’ phone was using cell towers near sites of robberies.

In a 9-2 vote, the court said that mobile phone users should have no expectation of privacy. “Cell users know that they must transmit signals to cell towers within range, that the cell tower functions as the equipment that connects the calls, that users when making or receiving calls are necessarily conveying or exposing to their service provider their general location within that cell tower’s range, and that cell phone companies make records of cell-tower usage,” Judge Frank Hull wrote. The ruling closely followed the reasoning in a 2013 decision from the Fifth Circuit.

The ruling overturned a previous decision (pdf) last June by a three-judge panel of the court that said a warrant was necessary. Tuesday’s ruling was from the entire 11th Circuit.

Davis’ attorney, David O. Markus called the decision “breathtaking.” He said the ruling could open the door to law enforcement being able to access Facebook posts, online purchase information and data in “cloud” storage without a warrant, according to The Associated Press.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had filed a brief in support of requiring a warrant for such a search. “The majority opinion fails to appreciate the necessity of protecting our privacy in the digital age,” Nathan Freed Wessler, staff attorney at the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project of the ACLU, told the AP.

http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/federal-courts-green-light-police-access-to-cellphone-tower-records-without-a-warrant-150510?news=856446


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on May 13, 2015, 04:11:43 pm

Special Forces Train With Cops For House to House Raids
South Carolina residents warned they may encounter military vehicles


http://www.infowars.com/special-forces-train-with-cops-for-house-to-house-raids/

Go to link, lots if vids and pics...




Amendment III

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.


Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on May 15, 2015, 09:24:56 am
10 Pictures That Show How America Is Becoming A Lot Like Nazi Germany

The history books tell us about how evil and wicked the Nazis were, so why aren’t we more alarmed that the United States is becoming more like Nazi Germany with each passing day?  More than three years ago, I wrote an article entitled “25 Signs That America Is Rapidly Becoming More Like Nazi Germany” which got a ton of attention.  Unfortunately, nothing has gotten better since I first published that piece.  Government control freaks are still watching us, tracking us, recording our phone calls and monitoring our emails.  TSA thugs at our airports are still fondling the private parts of our women and children and laughing while they do it.  Our police and our military are still training for civil unrest and martial law in America.  And even though our politicians are socializing our economy and destroying our constitutional freedoms, the American people keep sending most of them back to Washington time after time.  It is an incredibly sad thing to watch the country that you love slowly die right in front of your eyes.

At the heart of Nazism was a desire to control everyone and everything, and that is exactly what we are seeing in America today.  Most of our “leaders” are psychotic control freaks that want to micromanage every aspect of our lives.  For example, a bill that was just introduced in Congress would force all children in public schools nationwide to be vaccinated with no exceptions whatsoever.  Other new legislation that was just introduced would ban all sales of ammunition over the Internet and require ammo dealers to report all bulk sales to individuals to the government.  Our founders intended for this nation to be a place where individual freedom and liberty were maximized, but today we literally have millions of laws, rules and regulations that wrap us so tightly in red tape that we can hardly breathe.

To say that we are becoming just like the Nazis is a very strong statement, but I think that after reviewing the evidence you will agree with me.  The following are 10 pictures that show how America is becoming just like Nazi Germany…

pics + stories : http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/10-pictures-that-show-how-america-is-becoming-just-like-nazi-germany


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Post by: Mark on May 26, 2015, 11:31:46 am
Police Militarization: Preparation for Economic Collapse, Food Shortages, Civil Unrest and Martial Law

The following is a study I've done proving that the active militarization of police dramatically increased after the financial crisis of 2008. The U.S. military's nationwide Civil Disturbance Operations, Jade Helm and ARSOF Operating Concept are all a cohesive preparation for a forthcoming nationwide economic collapse, civil unrest and martial law due to widespread food shortages and lack of emergency services. It's all connected, ladies and gentlemen, and I'll show you how.


too much to post follow link

http://americathebattlefield.blogspot.com/2015/05/police-militarization-for-economic-collapse-food-shortage-civil-unrest-martial-law.html


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on June 14, 2015, 02:50:56 pm
Clearing your browser history could land you in prison

Over the past couple of decades, our increasingly authoritarian government has become particularly adept at using "terrorist" events and threats both real and imagined as an excuse for curtailing ordinary citizens' freedom and criminalizing their actions.

An obvious example is the USA PATRIOT Act, which was created as a response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Under this act, many freedoms were taken away from Americans while simultaneously authorizing the government to begin spying on its own citizens and violating what were once considered precious and inviolable rights to privacy.

The PATRIOT Act was the excuse for the NSA's mass collection of phone call data, as revealed by Edward Snowden. This policy has just been extended, albeit with a few ineffectual and largely symbolic changes designed to whitewash the continued practice of spying on innocent citizens.

The latest move towards criminalizing what most would consider normal behavior follows in the wake of the Boston bombings and the subsequent prosecution of those involved, however marginally.

The Nation reports:

    Khairullozhon Matanov is a 24-year-old former cab driver from Quincy, Massachusetts. The night of the Boston Marathon bombings, he ate dinner with Tamerlan and Dhzokhar Tsarnaev at a kebob restaurant in Somerville. Four days later Matanov saw photographs of his friends listed as suspects in the bombings on the CNN and FBI websites. Later that day he went to the local police. He told them that he knew the Tsarnaev brothers and that they'd had dinner together that week, but he lied about whose idea it was to have dinner, lied about when exactly he had looked at the Tsarnaevs' photos on the Internet, lied about whether Tamerlan lived with his wife and daughter, and lied about when he and Tamerlan had last prayed together. Matanov likely lied to distance himself from the brothers or to cover up his own jihadist sympathies -- or maybe he was just confused.


What happened next is crucial: Matanov then went to his home and cleared his internet browser. That action led to him being charged with destruction of records under what is called the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a law that was passed after the Enron scandal and was ostensibly created to protect Americans from predatory practices by corrupt corporations.

Matanov is not the only person being subjected to the law; there are other cases where citizens are being charged and convicted of acts that amount to little more than clearing one's browser history, something many of us do innocently on a regular basis.

The problem is that the use of this law to charge and convict individuals has become more common, and its application is often questionable. The Nation gives a hypothetical example and an explanation of why the increasing use of this law is so dangerous:

Prosecutors are able to apply the law broadly because they do not have to show that the person deleting evidence knew there was an investigation underway. In other words, a person could theoretically be charged under Sarbanes-Oxley for deleting her dealer's number from her phone even if she were unaware that the feds were getting a search warrant to find her marijuana. The application of the law to digital data has been particularly far-reaching because this type of information is so easy to delete. Deleting digital data can inadvertently occur in normal computer use, and often does.

This is a clear example of how our government uses high-profile and emotionally-charged cases to convince us that it's excusable to strip us of our rights. It also shows how vaguely worded laws can be used in broad ways to control us and limit our freedoms.

Curtailing Second and First Amendment Rights
Another recent example concerns proposed regulations by the State Department that seek to limit "unregulated" discussions and videos on internet forums dealing with firearms.

The Washington Examiner states:

In updating regulations governing international arms sales, State is demanding that anyone who puts technical details about arms and ammo on the web first get the OK from the federal government -- or face a fine of up to $1 million and 20 years in jail.

Is anyone else beginning to see a pattern here?

Sources:

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/050044_browser_history_PATRIOT_Act_NSA.html#ixzz3d4H668uJ


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 03, 2015, 06:41:49 pm
http://www.thelastgreatstand.com/concentration-camps-disguised-as-shopping-malls-being-built-everywhere/
7/1/15
Concentration Camps Disguised As Shopping Malls Being Built Everywhere

In the video below, you’ll see there are a whole new strain of shopping malls opening up just in time for the Christmas Season… a time that is not expected for things to be good here in the United States. The most obvious notable changes to this new design of shopping malls, is the multiple “Guard Towers” built in, along with narrow ways of entry and exit, meaning that once they are closed off and the towers are manned… good luck!
 
Coming in October of 2015, all across the country, happy American shoppers will see a whole slew of new shopping malls opening, just in time for the Christmas shopping season. Interestingly enough, and possibly just by ‘coincidence’, EVERY one of these shopping malls that will be opening in October of 2015 has characteristics of FEMA concentration camps including guard towers overlooking the properties and several of them LOOKING just like fortresses!

https://youtu.be/vFPZamFs0sg



Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on July 25, 2015, 05:51:53 am
Florida Man Ordered by City to Keep BBQ Smell From Leaving His Property
"You’re allowed to have it smell on your property, so that doesn’t count, but when I’m on the street, that’s when it counts"


 ???

A Florida man was confronted by a county environmental specialist this week and absurdly ordered to keep the smell of his BBQ from leaving his property.

https://youtu.be/fu8bODcFfAQ

Video of the incident, originally posted to Facebook Wednesday by homeowner Scotty Jordan, shows Pinellas County Environmental Specialist Joe Graham discussing the alleged infraction with Jordan and friends after a nearby neighbor alerted the county.

“I’m only here because of the odor,” Graham says. “I’m only here because of the smoke.”

During the conversation, Graham asserts that the men are in violation of a local “rule” that bans the smell of BBQ from crossing over one’s property line.

“I can smell it again right now, but I’m on your property,” Graham tells the group. “You’re allowed to have it smell on your property, so that doesn’t count, but when I’m on the street, that’s when it counts.”

Astonished by the claim, the cameraman asks Graham how the group, or anyone for that matter, would be able to control where odor travels.

“So we’re supposed to control the smoke and the wind and where it’s blowing it?” he asks.

Graham goes on to suggest that the group move their BBQ on a regular basis in conjunction with wind patterns or purchase a specialized version designed to minimize smoke.

The local ordinance, similar to countless others across the country, falls in line with a longstanding effort from the Environmental Protection Agency that aims to limit everything from BBQs to wood stoves under the guise of reducing pollution.

http://www.infowars.com/florida-man-ordered-by-city-to-keep-bbq-smell-from-leaving-his-property/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on August 20, 2015, 06:19:08 am
United States Drops In Overall Freedom Ranking

A new report on the freedom of countries around the world ranks the United States 20th, putting countries like Chile and the United Kingdom ahead of the U.S.

Last year, the U.S. was ranked 17th, but a steady decline of economic freedom and “rule of law” has dropped the level of freedom, according to the Cato Institute, Fraser Institute and the Swiss Liberales Institut, which created the study together.

Co-author of the report Ian Vasquez told The Daily Caller News Foundation that the steady growth of government and increased regulations of business and labor contribute to the U.S. low rating.

“Since the year 2000, the U.S. has been on a decline in terms of economic freedom,” Vasquez told TheDCNF.

The other main reason for the United States’ low rank comes from the “rule of law” measure. Vasquez told TheDCNF that increased invasions of privacy through the war on drugs and war on terror have contributed to the decline in freedom.

Also, the increased use of eminent domain is factored in as a violation of property rights.

The other indicators used to make the list were security and safety, movement, religion, association, assembly and civil society, expression, relationships, size of government, legal system and property rights, access to sound money, freedom to trade internationally, regulation of credit, labor and business.

Based on those measures, here are the top 25 countries.

1. Hong Kong

2. Switzerland

3. Finland

4. Denmark

5. New Zealand

6. Canada

7. Australia

8. Ireland

9. United Kingdom

10. Sweden

11. Norway

12. Austria

12. Germany

14. Iceland

14. Netherlands

16. Malta

17. Luxembourg

18. Chile

19. Mauritius

And then finally..

20. United States

Just after the U.S.,

21. Czech Republic

22. Estonia

22. Belgium

24. Taiwan

25. Portugal

“The U.S. performance is worrisome and shows that the United States can no longer claim to be the leading bastion of liberty in the world,” Vasquez wrote.”In addition to the expansion of the regulatory state and drop in economic freedom, the war on terror, the war on drugs, and the erosion of property rights due to greater use of eminent domain all likely have contributed to the U.S. decline.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/08/18/united-states-drops-in-overall-freedom-ranking/#ixzz3jLxQ1joC


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on September 16, 2015, 05:13:55 am
Obama issues Orwellian executive order

Welcome to President Obama’s brave new world.

Federal agencies have been directed to hire psychologists to experiment and find ways to better manipulate the American people to the federal government’s will.

“A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights – research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them – can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people,” Obama wrote in an executive order released Tuesday on WhiteHouse.gov. The origin of the order can be traced back to a 2013 policy proposal entertained by the White House called “Strengthening Federal Capacity for Behavioral Insights.”

The president’s new order said streamlined applications for federal financial aid and automatic retirement payments are two examples where behavioral-science lessons applied to government programs have been effective.

“[T]o more fully realize the benefits of behavioral insights and deliver better results at a lower cost for the American people, the federal government should design its policies and programs to reflect our best understanding of how people engage with, participate in, use, and respond to those policies and programs,” Obama wrote, the Washington Examiner reported.

Obama has not hidden his interest in using federal resources to employ behavioral science techniques on the public. The White House launched a Social and Behavioral Sciences Team, or SBST, in February 2014 and then celebrated its one-year anniversary on the White House blog.

“SBST had a successful first year, launching a wide variety of evidence-based pilots with objectives ranging from connecting veterans with employment and educational counseling benefits to helping struggling student borrowers understand their loan repayment options,” the Obama administration wrote Feb. 9, 2015.

SBST will now move forward to identify programs that will “most effectively promote public welfare, as appropriate, giving particular consideration to the selection and setting of default options.” The team’s work is done under the purview of the National Science and Technology Council.

Two figures whose research played a key role in bringing the new initiative to fruition were Harvard Law School professor Cass Sunstein (once deemed Obama’s regulatory czar), and Richard Thaler, a University of Chicago economist, the Daily Beast reported Tuesday.

“The two behavioral scientists argued in their 2008 book ‘Nudge’ that government policies can be designed in a way that ‘nudges’ citizens toward certain behaviors and choices,” the Daily Beast reported.

Obama’s executive order requires SBST to issue guidance to federal agencies on how to implement his policy directive within the next 45 days.

SBST will also consider different ways of labeling “benefits, taxes, subsidies, and other incentives” to “more effectively and efficiently promote” the president’s policy goal.

http://www.wnd.com/2015/09/obama-issues-orwellian-executive-order/


In other news...

Over half of psychology studies fail reproducibility test

Largest replication study to date casts doubt on many published positive results.


Don’t trust everything you read in the psychology literature. In fact, two thirds of it should probably be distrusted.

STORY: http://www.nature.com/news/over-half-of-psychology-studies-fail-reproducibility-test-1.18248

In other words the Gov will use this to make any one look crazy or what ever they want.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on September 16, 2015, 08:37:35 am
Obama and Allies Seek to Nationalize Local Police

On December 18, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order creating the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. In May 2015, the task force came out with its Final Report, which is commonly given the title “21st Century Policing.”

One of the report’s recommendations, which the Obama-friendly media fixated on, concerns greater restrictions on transfers of military equipment to local police agencies. However, as we reported in a related article ("What's Happening to Our Police?"), the new “accountability” rules will not explicitly reduce the flow of war materials to law enforcement, but simply place more federal controls over local police. Moreover, the new Obama rules regarding military gear were just one component of a broader set of recommendations issued by Obama’s plan for “21st Century Policing” — the overarching theme of which was promoting increased federal control over law enforcement.

While speaking to a group of police at a carefully stage-managed event in Camden, New Jersey, the president also touted some of his other efforts to exert more control over police — officers who, in accordance with the Constitution, are supposed to serve and be accountable to local communities and the wishes of local citizens, not the mandates of the White House. Among other schemes, Obama boasted of his administration’s alleged efforts to “fight crime,” improve relations between police departments and the communities they serve, and promote “transparency.” He also touted a White House “data initiative” aimed at prodding police departments into following federal “guidelines” on data and body cameras.

Finally, Obama also celebrated federal “grants” created by the administration to promote and fund the implementation of dubious policies associated with “community policing strategies.” Those federal grants, of course, along with others, are at the heart of Obama’s efforts to nationalize everything from healthcare and education standards to law enforcement. Among the schemes to be promoted with the new grants are national standards for police departments receiving federal funds. Some critics have started describing the plot as “Common Core for police,” a reference to the Obama administration’s Department of Education efforts to bribe states into imposing the deeply controversial national K-12 school standards and the associated federal testing regime. The effort also comes just a few months after United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, citing Ferguson, demanded that American police submit to “international standards.”

According to a report by Obama’s task force released in March, two tentacles of the Department of Justice, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Office of Justice Programs, “should provide technical assistance and incentive funding to jurisdictions” that adhere to the White House plan, “in return for receiving federal funds.” The report also called for uniform federal standards for data collected by local police departments, and much more.

Even before citing militarization of police as an excuse to usurp more control over local police, Obama was celebrating the recommendations of his task force, and demanding rapid implementation. “I’m going to be asking Eric Holder and the Justice Department and his successor to go through all of these recommendations so that we can start implementing them,” he explained. “I know one area that’s going to be of great interest is whether we can expand the COPS program that in the past has been very effective, continues to be effective, but is largely underfunded.”

The recommendations offered a “great opportunity” to “really transform how we think about community law enforcement relations,” Obama said. “We need to seize that opportunity,” he continued, echoing the “never let a crisis go to waste” rhetoric of other statists. “This is something that I’m going to stay very focused on in the months to come.” He certainly was not kidding.

Just weeks after the report was released, the administration unveiled a list of six U.S. cities targeted to serve as “pilot sites” to develop and deploy federal guidance for local police — all of it supposedly to create “better procedures, reduce racial bias, and regain citizens’ trust.” The plan, officially dubbed the “National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice,” will use U.S. taxpayer dollars to deploy “experts” and “researchers” charged with training officers to act in a manner that the DOJ deems just — in essence doing the bidding of the Obama administration. Officially, the Justice Department will be helping local officials “fight crime” under the scheme, according to news reports.

Initially, the program, which will cost American taxpayers almost $5 million, will aim to “assess” the relationship between local police and the communities they serve. Then, the DOJ squads will work to develop plans supposedly aimed at enhancing “procedural justice,” reducing bias, and supporting “reconciliation in communities where trust has been eroded,” the Justice Department said in a statement announcing the plan. With more than two-thirds of Americans saying in a survey that the federal government is “out of control” and a “threat” to their liberties, it was not immediately clear how “trust” would be “restored” by deepening federal involvement.

The first six cities to be targeted as pilot sites will be Birmingham, Alabama; Fort Worth, Texas; Gary, Indiana; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Stockton, California. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price described the program as “a tool to strengthen our partnership with the justice system.” But other police departments are also in the cross hairs. According to the official announcement, an unspecified number of “police departments and communities that are not pilot sites” will also be targeted for more DOJ “training” and “technical assistance.”

It bears mentioning that the DOJ,  which supposedly will guide local law enforcement in proper procedures, has in recent years been exposed training state and local police to view citizens’ speech as potential indicators of terrorism — including among damning public expression mundane matters such as bumper stickers promoting the Bill of Rights or a U.S. withdrawal from the UN. Ironically, at the time of the announcements on pilot cities, the DOJ was being led by disgraced Attorney General Eric Holder, who was held in criminal contempt of Congress for trying to stonewall an investigation into the administration’s “Fast and Furious” scheme to arm Mexican drug cartels.

The efforts to further nationalize and federalize law enforcement are also in line with Obama’s campaign rhetoric about building a “civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the U.S. military. And critics say the agenda should be ringing alarm bells nationwide.

“Americans everywhere should be very concerned about oversight of local police agencies,” explained former detective Jim Fitzgerald, the national field director for The John Birch Society, the parent organization of this magazine. The constitutionalist group, which has chapters in all 50 states, has been running a campaign for decades called “Support Your Local Police and Keep Them Independent.” The effort is meant to, among other goals, protect local communities from having their police departments turned into tentacles of an all-powerful federal government.

“These steps to exercise and take control over police departments should raise a red flag among police officials and give deep concern to anyone who understands the history of national police forces,” continued Fitzgerald. “Have we so soon forgotten the Gestapo and the KGB, both national police agencies, that terrorized the citizens of Germany and Russia and led to the imprisonment and deaths of tens of thousands of innocent men and women? Has there ever been a national police force that benefited the citizens who live under it? Never!”

Of course, the nationalization of police did not begin with Obama, and it probably will not end with him. So-called fusion centers, pairing local and state officials with federal bureaucrats under the sprawling “Homeland Security” banner, have been in place since the George W. Bush administration. And a broad range of DOJ offices and programs has been quietly expanding federal control over police for decades. But the trends are accelerating, and the endgame is becoming more clear.

police under fire coverDecentralized government is one of the cornerstones of America’s freedom and its constitutional system of federalism. Even if Obama’s radical plans to nationalize police departments were not unconstitutional, though, history provides numerous examples showing why national policing is not just unwise, but extremely dangerous to liberty. Congress must rein in Obama, and in the meantime, state and local governments should refuse to surrender self-government to an out-of-control White House in exchange for unconstitutional federal bribes. The American people, if they hope to preserve liberty and self-government, should work to support their local police, and keep them independent;

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/21582-obama-and-allies-seek-to-nationalize-local-polic


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Post by: Mark on September 28, 2015, 12:29:04 pm
Feds returning to local crime fight

Mounting concern over recent violent crime surges in some U.S. cities has prompted the Justice Department to call a meeting next month of more than a dozen local law enforcement officials to deal with persistent public safety threats, ranging from criminal gangs to domestic violence, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told USA TODAY in an interview.

The Justice summit builds on an increasing federal re-engagement with local police whose forces in the past two years have been buffeted by questions over lethal force policies and flagging public trust.

Earlier this year, in the face of rising tensions between the police and the public in communities across the nation, a special White House policing task force issued a slate of recommendations aimed at restoring public confidence. The Justice Department also has opened inquiries into the operations of more than 20 police departments across the country since 2009, including earlier this year in Baltimore where days of civil unrest was sparked by the death of a local man in police custody.

Several big U.S. cities see homicide rates surge

Although violent crime has been in decline in much of the country for years, federal authorities are re-committing resources, some of which were directed to address anti-terror concerns in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, to battle troubling spikes in local crime.

Yates on Monday is set to identify five cities—Compton, Calif., Little Rock, Ark., West Memphis, Ark., Newark, N.J., and Flint, Mich.— which are poised to get an infusion of federal help to battle violence even as most of the country has enjoyed relative calm.

"Every community is different and every community has their own unique challenges,'' Yates said. "For us to be most effective, we really need to be digging in at the local level… to fashion our response. This is not a one-size-fits-all kind of solution.''

The five cities represent the first expansion of the so-called Violence Reduction Network, launched last year by the Justice Department to address similar violent crime problems in Chicago, Detroit, Wilmington, Del., Camden, N.J., and in the Oakland-Richmond, Calif., area.

Murders, shootings on the rise in Chicago

While no federal money is attached to inclusion in the network, Yates said the designation provides cities unique access to existing federal expertise in gang investigations, drug trafficking inquiries, the pursuit of violent fugitives, intelligence gathering and other strategies that may be lacking at local public safety agencies.

In some small departments, the deputy attorney general said, problems may be as fundamental as having no experience requesting federal grant money for use in hiring additional police officers or to purchase needed equipment.

Earlier this summer, while cities such as Chicago and Baltimore continued to battle worrisome rashes of violence, Attorney General Loretta Lynch directed the nation's 93 U.S. attorneys to begin gathering information about local crime trends in their jurisdictions to better measure the needs of state, county and municipal agencies.

In Chicago, homicides have been running at levels nearly 20% more than last year. And similar spikes have been recorded in Milwaukee and St. Louis.

Yates said there is "no indication'' that the surges signal a possible return to the waves of violence that plagued the 1980s and early 1990s.

"It's too early to know if this is a long-term shift or a short-term cyclical change,'' Yates said. "But it doesn't really matter from our perspective because our response is always going to be the same: that is to dig in to try to find out what the causes are.''

In Camden, Chief Scott Thomson credits federal help with contributing to a 50% reduction in shootings and homicides during the past two years.

Thomson said the federal violence reduction program has "reinvented the way cities, challenged with violent crime, work with federal law enforcement agencies.''

Camden authorities, Thomson said, specifically benefited from digital imaging training provided by the FBI, which allowed investigators to extract video from private security systems to quickly identify suspects in various local crimes.

Thomson said videos are being converted to "commercials'' for broadcast on traditional and social media to solicit public assistance.

"We are now alerting the public within hours, rather than days, which has facilitated the identification and apprehension of dozens of individuals suspected of crimes ranging from child luring to murder,'' he said.

Camden also was among a number of cities that benefited earlier this year from a broad U.S. Marshals Service operation, resulting in the arrest of 7,100 fugitives during a six-week sweep.

Among those arrested: 519 wanted on homicide charges and 583 for alleged sexual assault.

Yates cited the U.S. Marshals operation as the type of targeted assistance that the federal government can offer local agencies who lack resources.

The October meeting of law enforcement officials called by the Justice Department, Yates said, is another attempt to "try to find out what's working and what is not working.''

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/09/28/crime-spikes-federal-action-yates/72924738/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on October 02, 2015, 10:07:56 am
Ohio judge says defendant has no right to mention Constitution during trial, laughs at concept of free speech

An independent journalist and local newspaper editor from central Ohio was laughed out of a Greene County courtroom recently after suggesting that talking to people on a public sidewalk constitutes free speech. Retired Judge Catherine (Kathryn) Barber, who was filling in for Xenia Municipal Judge Michael Murray, literally laughed at Virgil Vaduva from the Greene County Herald when he attempted to defend his First Amendment right to talk to people in public.

The outrageous incident occurred after Vaduva decided to stand out in front of the Xenia City Hall to raise public awareness about the unconstitutionality of the city's anti-panhandling law, which prohibits people from asking other people for help within 20 feet of public sidewalks or local businesses. Vaduva recorded his various encounters with local residents, many of whom he persuaded that anti-panhandling laws are unconstitutional, resulting in some of them even making donations to a local charity as a result.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the city was none too pleased with Vaduva's exercise in free speech -- and in an ironic twist decided to falsely prosecute him for panhandling, based on the very law against which he was protesting! In a rational society, this blatant form of civil persecution by the state would have been immediately identified as such and thrown out as a false charge. But Vaduva was ordered to appear in court to defend his fourth degree misdemeanor charge, and it was in the courtroom where things got really interesting.

Greene County, Ohio, Judge Catherine Barber prohibits mention of Constitution or civil rights in courtroom, claims doing so would "confuse the jury"
An audio recording of Vaduva's pre-trial hearing tells the full story of this major case of injustice in Xenia, as Judge Barber is heard agreeing with a motion filed by Ronald C. Lewis that "there will be no mentioning of the Constitution" in the courtroom. Judge Barber can also be heard laughing at Vaduva as he attempts to defend his free speech activities on public sidewalks:
Bambuser.com.

This scandalous response, according to an account of the proceedings by the Liberty Crier, was preceded with a suggestion by the prosecutor that any mention of the constitution or civil rights would just "confuse the jury." And apparently Judge Barber agreed with this sentiment -- referencing the founding documents of our nation in an official courtroom was not to be allowed because it might expose the City of Xenia for violating the civil rights of its residents.

"By dictating the nature of speech in a public space, the City of Xenia has directly violated the first amendment of the United States Constitution," wrote Vaduva in a personal account of his experience published in the Greene County Herald.

Ironically, the prosecutor in the case, Ronald C. Lewis, had earlier been charged with committing tax fraud after it was discovered that he had avoided paying taxes on income earned off the books. Lewis was let off the hook by a municipal judge, and yet he is now attempting to convict another local resident of committing the non-crime of exercising free speech.

"You see how easy it is for those in power to get away with serious crimes?" notes Vaduva. "It is almost like magic. Those of us who do not wear black robes and blue uniforms are often looked at as property by those in power. Judges, politicians and police are in essence running this new plantation where the poor and the disenfranchised are barely allowed to exist."

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Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/051402_US_Constitution_free_speech_Judge_Catherine_Barber.html#ixzz3nQJe2AX9



Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on October 21, 2015, 10:26:34 pm
Secret Service allowed to use warrantless cellphone tracking

 A new policy allows the Secret Service to use intrusive cellphone-tracking technology without a warrant if there's believed to be a nonspecific threat to the president or another protected person.

Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Seth M. Stodder described to a House subcommittee Wednesday the department's policy on the use of cell-site simulators.

Civil libertarians and privacy advocates have long expressed concern about the suitcase-size devices, known as Stingrays, which mimic cell-towers to scoop up electronic data that can be used to locate nearby phones and identify their owners. The devices don't listen in to phone calls or capture text messages, Stodder said.

The policy the department unveiled this week is similar to the one announced in September by the Justice Department, which includes the FBI.

Federal law enforcement officers are required to get a warrant signed by a judge before using Stingrays, except under emergency "exigent circumstances" meeting the constitutional standard for probable cause under the Fourth Amendment, but when there is no time to get a warrant.

Stodder cited the example of kidnappings, such as a recent case where Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers used a Stingray to help locate and rescue a 6-year-old girl being held hostage by human smugglers in Arizona.

But Stodder said another allowed exception under the policy would let the Secret Service use Stingrays in "exceptional circumstances" without meeting the legal threshold for probable cause. In such cases, using the devices would require direct approval from "executive-level personnel" at Secret Service headquarters and the U.S. attorney for the relevant jurisdiction.
Asked whether that essentially granted a blanket exception for the Secret Service, Stodder said that the exemption would not be used in routine criminal probes, such as a counterfeiting investigation.

"The key exception that we envision is the Secret Service's protective mission," Stodder said. "In certain circumstances where you could have an immediate threat to the president and you have cryptic information, our conclusion in drawing the line between security and privacy here is to err on the side of protection."
Stodder added that such information could be "a cryptic email or something like that" indicating a security threat to the president where agents would lack the time or the information to determine probable cause, "but you need to locate that person."

Cell-site stimulators have been used for years by both state and federal law enforcement agencies, who tout them as a vital tool to catch fugitives and locate suspects. But privacy groups and some lawmakers have raised alarms about the secrecy surrounding its use and the collection of cellphone information of innocent bystanders who happen to be in a particular neighborhood or location.

Stodder could not immediately say how many times department law-enforcement officers had used Stingrays without warrants in recent years.

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said Wednesday the newly announced guidelines are a good first step, but added that the policy still lacks transparency and provides overly broad permission for Stingrays to be used without warrants. The new federal policies also don't apply to state and local law enforcement agencies that have purchased Stingrays, sometimes through the use of federal grants.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20151021/us-cell-site-technology-119affce57.html


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: RickStudy on October 21, 2015, 11:36:24 pm
In all of these things and more the country has morphed into the biblical Babylon the Great. Unfortunately, most Christians do not comprehend the predictions of Jeremiah and Isaiah regarding Great Babylon and remain unable to recognize what has happened.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on October 22, 2015, 06:21:04 pm
Things Are Getting Scary: Global Police, Precrime and the War on Domestic ‘Extremists’

Are you afraid that the government is plotting to confiscate your firearms?
Do you believe the economy is about to collapse and the government will soon declare martial law?
Do you display an unusual number of political and/or ideological bumper stickers on your car?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be an anti-government extremist (a.k.a. domestic terrorist) in the eyes of the police.

As such, you are now viewed as a greater threat to America than ISIS or al Qaeda.

Let that sink in a moment.

If you believe in and exercise your rights under the Constitution (namely, your right to speak freely, worship freely, associate with like-minded individuals who share your political views, criticize the government, own a weapon, demand a warrant before being questioned or searched, or any other activity viewed as potentially anti-government, racist, bigoted, anarchic or sovereign), you have just been promoted to the top of the government’s terrorism watch list.

I assure you I’m not making this stuff up.

Police agencies now believe the “main terrorist threat in the United States is not from violent Muslim extremists, but from right-wing extremists.”

A New York Times editorial backs up these findings:

Law enforcement agencies around the country are training their officers to recognize signs of anti-government extremism and to exercise caution during routine traffic stops, criminal investigations and other interactions with potential extremists. “The threat is real,” says the handout from one training program sponsored by the Department of Justice. Since 2000, the handout notes, 25 law enforcement officers have been killed by right-wing extremists, who share a “fear that government will confiscate firearms” and a “belief in the approaching collapse of government and the economy.”
So what is the government doing about these so-called terrorists?

The government is going to war.

Again.

Only this time, it has declared war against so-called American “extremists.”

After decades spent waging costly, deadly and ineffective military campaigns overseas in pursuit of elusive ISIS and al Qaeda operatives and terror cells (including the recent “accidental” bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan that left 22 patients and medical staff dead), the Obama administration has announced a campaign to focus its terror-fighting forces inwards.

Under the guise of fighting violent extremism “in all of its forms and manifestations” in cities and communities across the world, the Obama administration has agreed to partner with the United Nations to take part in its Strong Cities Network program. Funded by the State Department through 2016, after which “charities are expected to take over funding,” the cities included in the global network include New York City, Atlanta, Denver, Minneapolis, Paris, London, Montreal, Beirut and Oslo.

Working with the UN, the federal government will train local police agencies across America in how to identify, fight and prevent extremism, as well as address intolerance within their communities, using all of the resources at their disposal.

What this program is really all about, however, is community policing on a global scale.

Community policing, which relies on a “broken windows” theory of policing, calls for police to engage with the communityin order to prevent local crime by interrupting or preventing minor offenses before they could snowball into bigger, more serious and perhaps violent crime. The problem with the broken windows approach is that it has led to zero tolerance policing and stop-and-frisk practices among other harsh police tactics.

When applied to the Strong Cities Network program, the objective is ostensibly to prevent violent extremism by targeting its source: racism, bigotry, hatred, intolerance, etc.

In other words, police—acting ostensibly as extensions of the United Nations—will identify, monitor and deter individuals who exhibit, express or engage in anything that could be construed as extremist.

Consider how Attorney General Loretta Lynch describes the initiative:

As residents and experts in their communities, local leaders are often best positioned to pinpoint sources of unrest and discord; best equipped to identify signs of potential danger; and best able to recognize and accommodate community cultures, traditions, sensitivities, and customs.  By creating a series of partnerships that draws on the knowledge and expertise of our local officials, we can create a more effective response to this virulent threat.

Translation: U.S. police agencies are embarking on an effort to identify and manage potential extremist “threats,” violent or otherwise, before they can become actual threats. (If you want a foretaste of how “extreme” things could get in the U.S.: new anti-terrorism measures in the U.K. require that extremists be treated like pedophiles and banned from working with youngsters and vulnerable people.)

The government’s war on extremists, of which the Strong Cities program is a part, is being sold to Americans in much the same way that the USA Patriot Act was sold to Americans: as a means of combatting terrorists who seek to destroy America.

For instance, making the case for the government’s war on domestic extremism, the Obama administration has suggested that it may require greater legal powers to combat violent attacks by lone wolves (such as “people motivated by racial and religious hatred and anti-government views” who “communicate their hatred over the Internet and through social media”).

Enter the government’s newest employee: a domestic terrorism czar.

However, as we now know, the USA Patriot Act was used as a front to advance the surveillance state, allowing the government to establish a far-reaching domestic spying program that has turned every American citizen into a criminal suspect.

Similarly, the concern with the government’s anti-extremism program is that it will, in many cases, be utilized to render otherwise lawful, nonviolent activities as potentially extremist.

Keep in mind that the government agencies involved in ferreting out American “extremists” will carry out their objectives—to identify and deter potential extremists—in concert with fusion centers (of which there are 78 nationwide, with partners in the private sector and globally), data collection agencies, behavioral scientists, corporations, social media, and community organizers and by relying on cutting-edge technology for surveillance, facial recognition, predictive policing, biometrics, and behavioral epigenetics (in which life experiences alter one’s genetic makeup).

This is pre-crime on an ideological scale and it’s been a long time coming.

For example, in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released two reports, one on “Rightwing Extremism,” which broadly defines rightwing extremists as individuals and groups “that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely,” and one on “Leftwing Extremism,” which labeled environmental and animal rights activist groups as extremists.

Incredibly, both reports use the words terrorist and extremist interchangeably.

That same year, the DHS launched Operation Vigilant Eagle, which calls for surveillance of military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, characterizing them as extremists and potential domestic terrorist threats because they may be “disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war.”

These reports indicate that for the government, anyone seen as opposing the government—whether they’re Left, Right or somewhere in between—can be labeled an extremist.

Fast forward a few years, and you have the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which President Obama has continually re-upped, that allows the military to take you out of your home, lock you up with no access to friends, family or the courts if you’re seen as an extremist.

Now connect the dots, from the 2009 Extremism reports to the NDAA and the UN’s Strong Cities Network with its globalized police forces, the National Security Agency’s far-reaching surveillance networks, and fusion centers that collect and share surveillance data between local, state and federal police agencies.

Add in tens of thousands of armed, surveillance drones that will soon blanket American skies, facial recognition technology that will identify and track you wherever you go and whatever you do. And then to complete the circle, toss in the real-time crime centers being deployed in cities across the country, which will be attempting to “predict” crimes and identify criminals before they happen based on widespread surveillance, complex mathematical algorithms and prognostication programs.

Hopefully you’re getting the picture, which is how easy it is for the government to identify, label and target individuals as “extremist.”

We’re living in a scary world.

Unless we can put the brakes on this dramatic expansion and globalization of the government’s powers, we’re not going to recognize this country 20 years from now.

Frankly, as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the landscape has already shifted dramatically from what it was like 10 or 20 years ago. It’s taken less than a generation for our freedoms to be eroded and the police state structure to be erected, expanded and entrenched.

Rest assured that the government will not save us from the chains of the police state. The UN’s Strong Cities Network program will not save us. The next occupant of the White House will not save us. For that matter, anarchy and violent revolution will not save us.

If there is to be any hope of freeing ourselves, it rests—as it always has—at the local level, with you and your fellow citizens taking part in grassroots activism, which takes a trickle-up approach to governmental reform by implementing change at the local level.

Attend local city council meetings, speak up at town hall meetings, organize protests and letter-writing campaigns, employ “militant nonviolent resistance” and civil disobedience, which Martin Luther King Jr. used to great effect through the use of sit-ins, boycotts and marches.

And then, while you’re at it, urge your local governments to nullify everything the federal government does that is illegitimate, egregious or blatantly unconstitutional.

If this sounds anti-government or extremist, perhaps it is, in much the same way that King himself was considered anti-government and extremist. Recognizing that “freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed,” King’s tactics—while nonviolent—were extreme by the standards of his day.

As King noted in his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham City Jail”:

[A]s I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a bit of satisfaction from being considered an extremist. Was not Jesus an extremist in love—“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you.” Was not Abraham Lincoln an extremist—“This nation cannot survive half slave and half free.” Was not Thomas Jefferson an extremist—“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” So the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be. Will we be extremists for hate or will we be extremists for love?

So how do you not only push back against the police state’s bureaucracy, corruption and cruelty but also launch a counterrevolution aimed at reclaiming control over the government using nonviolent means?

Take a cue from King.

http://www.rightsidenews.com/editorial/us-opinion-and-editorial/things-are-getting-scary-global-police-precrime-and-the-war-on-domestic-extremists/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 23, 2015, 11:43:34 am
(http://www.graciousfaith.com/download/file.php?id=294&t=1)


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on November 09, 2015, 06:12:53 pm
University officials agree to rip up Constitution in undercover video

Conservatives have long accused academics of shredding the Constitution, figuratively speaking, but a Project Veritas sting operation recently caught them doing it literally.

Undercover video released last week showed administrators at Yale, Cornell, Syracuse, Vassar and Oberlin agreeing to rip up copies of the Constitution handed out off campus after an investigator posing as a student described the document as “triggering” and “oppressive.”

“Well, I think that the Constitution means things to different people; like you said it is a flawed document and the people who wrote it are certainly flawed individuals in my mind,” Cornell lead Title IX investigator Elizabeth McGrath says on the video.

Ms. McGrath agrees to rip up the hand-held copy of the Constitution and run it through a shredder after the female “student” asks, “Is there any way that maybe like we can get rid of it somehow or I can just see that like maybe it will be like therapy for me, like if you can like shred it or something?”

Project Veritas president James O’Keefe, known for his undercover video operations against ACORN and the National Public Radio, said the videos showed that the willingness to cut up the Constitution was “not an isolated incident.”

“Using a shredder, scissors, and bare hands to destroy the U.S. Constitution, makes you stop and think: where did we go wrong?,” said Mr. O’Keefe in a Thursday statement. “In this latest investigative series we have been to five schools so far and the results have been frightening at each one.”

Only Cornell reacted the videos with an official statement. Joel M. Malina, Cornell vice president for university relations, said that the administrator, “whatever her personal views,” was “appropriately focused on addressing the apparently urgent need of the person before her and not on any larger political context.”

“The Project Veritas video released today would have you believe an employee was helping a student make a political statement by denigrating the U.S. Constitution,” said Mr. Malina in a Thursday statement. “In fact, the video shows a ‘reporter’ misrepresent herself as a student with a mental health crisis. Under the guise of addressing her mental health issues, the ‘student’ asked the employee to help her shred the document she brought with her that was the apparent source of her anguish.”

At Oberlin, spokesman Scott Wargo called the episode “deplorable” in a comment to the Oberlin Review.

“Posing as a student in crisis, secretly recording a private conversation and then strategically editing the footage in order to support a specific, predetermined agenda is deplorable,” Mr. Wargo said.

College Fix editor Jennifer Kabbany agreed that the investigator had put up the administrators to destroying the Constitution copies, and that none volunteered to do so until it was suggested.

“So they are, on some level, trying to ease her ‘pain,’” said Ms. Kabbany in a Friday commentary. “And in fact that is part of their job descriptions.”

At the same time, she said the biggest surprise was that the administrators actually fell for the Project Veritas con, which she said reveals something about the “whiny” attitude of students on college campuses.

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Story Continues → http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/8/yale-cornell-syracuse-vassar-oberlin-administrator/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on January 15, 2016, 12:30:26 am
Oregon Fire Chief Resigns After He Says He Secretly Followed Men From Armory and Uncovered Shocking Truth About Their Identities

An Oregon fire chief resigned Wednesday after he claimed he discovered undercover FBI agents were at work in his community and then was told by a judge to not question their presence.

Chris Briels, fire chief in Harney County, was standing next to Ammon Bundy — leader of the armed group that’s taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns — when he announced that he had resigned, KATU-TV reported.

Briels told reporters that he followed two men from the local armory, questioned why the were there and didn’t get a straight answer. He then said he ran their vehicle’s license plate, which “came back undercover FBI agents.”

After explaining what he discovered to Judge Steve Grasty, Briels said Gratzy told him has “no right” to question anybody in regard to what he discovered.

“This is absolutely appalling to me,” Briels said, adding that “I will not stick my head in the sand.”

More from KATU:

Briels is a member of the Community Committee for Public Safety, which is a local group that’s expressed interest in taking over for the Bundy protesters to work to reclaim local rancher’s land rights when and if they leave.

“I’ve been told by Steve to distance myself from this committee of public safety. I’ve been told that we don’t know what we’re doing. I’ve been told that my life is in danger. I’ve been told all kinds of things. I will not be told what to do,” Briels said, according to KATU. “I have my own mind, and I will use my own mind, not somebody else’s.”

https://youtu.be/XAorRbx942I

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/01/14/oregon-fire-chief-resigns-after-he-says-he-secretly-followed-men-from-armory-and-uncovered-shocking-truth-about-their-identities/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 02, 2016, 10:10:26 pm
http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/clear-channel-outdoor-advertising-launches-minority-report-style-talking-billboards-nteb/

MINORITY REPORT: Clear Channel Outdoor Advertising Launches Billboards That Read You

Clear Channel and its partners — AT&T Data Patterns, a unit of AT&T that collects location data from its subscribers; PlaceIQ, which uses location data collected from other apps to help determine consumer behavior; and Placed, which pays consumers for the right to track their movements and is able to link exposure to ads to in-store visits — all insist that they protect the privacy of consumers. All data is anonymous and aggregated, they say, meaning individual consumers cannot be identified.


3/2/16

Pass a billboard while driving in the next few months, and there is a good chance the company that owns it will know you were there and what you did afterward.

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16,17 (KJV)

In 2002, Tom Cruise starred in a movie called ‘Minority Report‘ which featured the state of Mark of the Beast style technology in the year 2054. Some of the most amazing scenes in the movie where the ones where ‘talking technology’ followed Tom Cruise’s character wherever he went. In 2016, Clear Channel Outdoor has just rolled out that technology on a global scale, and it works through the device nearly every has in their pockets and purses – your mobile device.

Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, which has tens of thousands of billboards across the United States, will announce on Monday that it has partnered with several companies, including AT&T, to track people’s travel patterns and behaviors through their mobile phones.

Clear Channel Outdoor Mobile Connect:

Clear Channel Outdoor launches ‘Connect,’ the first global out-of-home mobile interactive advertising platform. Platform will initially reach 175 million consumers monthly across 23 countries on 5 continents — creating the largest network of its kind. 75,000 sites worldwide will be equipped with NFC, QR code and/or SMS capabilities. San Francisco and Washington, D.C. are first U.S. markets to be launched, with more to follow.

By aggregating the trove of data from these companies, Clear Channel Outdoor hopes to provide advertisers with detailed information about the people who pass its billboards to help them plan more effective, targeted campaigns. With the data and analytics, Clear Channel Outdoor could determine the average age and gender of the people who are seeing a particular billboard in, say, Boston at a certain time and whether they subsequently visit a store.

“In aggregate, that data can then tell you information about what the average viewer of that billboard looks like,” said Andy Stevens, senior vice president for research and insights at Clear Channel Outdoor. “Obviously that’s very valuable to an advertiser.”

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 08, 2016, 05:17:26 pm
http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/pre-crime-people-will-soon-be-arrested-for-thinking-about-committing-a-crime/

Pre-Crime: People Will Soon Be Arrested For Thinking About Committing A Crime

A pre-crime system called Beware, for example, is capable of rating citizens of Fresno, California, as posing a high, medium or low level of threat. Press accounts say the system amasses data not only on past crimes but on web searches, property records and social networking posts.

3/8/16

Being Arrested For The Crime You Have Not Yet Committed

Computers are getting pretty good at predicting the future. In many cases they do it better than people. That’s why Amazon uses them to figure out what you’re likely to buy, how Netflix knows what you might want to watch, the way meteorologists come up with accurate 10-day forecasts.

Now a team of scientists has demonstrated that a computer can outperform human judges in predicting who will commit a violent crime. In a paper published last month, they described how they built a system that started with people already arrested for domestic violence, then figured out which of them would be most likely to commit the same crime again.



The technology could potentially spare victims from being injured, or even killed. It could also keep the least dangerous offenders from going to jail unnecessarily. And yet, there’s something unnerving about using machines to decide what should happen to people. If targeted advertising misfires, nobody’s liberty is at stake.

For two decades, police departments have used computers to identify times and places where crimes are more likely to occur, guiding the deployment of officers and detectives. Now they’re going another step: using vast data sets to identify individuals who are criminally inclined. They’re doing this with varying levels of transparency and scientific testing. A pre-crime system called Beware, for example, is capable of rating citizens of Fresno, California, as posing a high, medium or low level of threat. Press accounts say the system amasses data not only on past crimes but on web searches, property records and social networking posts.

Critics are warning that the new technology had been rushed into use without enough public discussion. One question is precisely how the software works — it’s the manufacturer’s trade secret. Another is whether there’s scientific evidence that such technology works as advertised.

By contrast, the recent paper on the system that forecasts domestic violence lays out what it can do and how well it can do it.

One of the creators of that system, University of Pennsylvania statistician Richard Berk, said he only works with publicly available data on people who have already been arrested. The system isn’t scooping up and crunching data on ordinary citizens, he said, but is making the same forecasts that judges or police officers previously had to make when it came time to decide whether to detain or release a suspect.

The Technology Shown Us In Minority Report Has Already Come True:



He started working on crime forecasting more than a decade ago, and by 2008 had created a computerized system that beat the experts in picking which parolees were most likely to reoffend. He used a machine learning system – feeding a computer lots of different kinds of data until it discovered patterns that it could use to make predictions, which then can be tested against known data.

Machine learning doesn’t necessarily yield an algorithm that people can understand. Users know which parameters get considered but not how the machine uses them to get its answers.

In the domestic violence paper, published in February in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Berk and Penn psychologist Susan Sorenson looked at data from about 100,000 cases, all occurring between 2009 and 2013. Here, too, they used a machine learning system, feeding a computer data on age, sex, zip code, age at first arrest, and a long list of possible previous charges for such things as drunk driving, animal mistreatment, and firearms crimes. They did not use race, though Berk said the system isn’t completely race blind because some inferences about race can be drawn from a person’s zip code.

The researchers used about two-thirds of the data to “train” the system, giving the machine access to the input data as well as the outcome – whether or not these people were arrested a second time for domestic violence. The other third of the data they used to test the system, giving the computer only the information that a judge could know at arraignment, and seeing how well the system predicted who would be arrested for domestic violence again.

It would be easy to reduce the number of repeat offenses to zero by simply locking up everyone accused of domestic violence, but there’s a cost to jailing people who aren’t going to be dangerous, said Berk. Currently, about half of those arrested for domestic violence are released, he said. The challenge he and Sorenson faced was to continue to release half but pick a less dangerous half. The result: About 20 percent of those released by judges were later arrested for the same crime. Of the computer’s choices, it was only 10 percent.

Berk and Sorensen are currently working with the Philadelphia police, he said, to adapt the machine learning system to predict which households are most at risk of domestic violence. Those, he said, can be targeted with extra supervision.

The parole system has already been implemented in Philadelphia. Parolees in the city are assigned to high-, medium- and low-risk groups by a machine-learning system, allowing parole officers to focus most of their attention on the high-risk cases.

One downside might be a more one-dimensional decision-making process. Several years ago, when I wrote an article on the parole system for the Philadelphia Inquirer, I learned that some parole officers found the system constraining. They said that they could have a bigger impact by spending more time with low-risk offenders who were open to accepting help in getting their lives together – getting off drugs, applying for jobs, or getting a high school degree.

Their concern was that their bosses would put too much faith in the system and too little in them. This echoes the problem Berk says worries him: That people will put too much trust the technology. If a system hasn’t been through scientific testing, then skepticism is in order. And even those that have been shown to beat human judgment are far from perfect. Machine learning could give crime fighters a source of information in making decisions, but at this stage it would be a mistake for them to let it make the decisions for them. source


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 07, 2016, 04:45:13 am
Texas School Bans Parents From Walking Children Onto and From School Property — and Principal Is ‘Threatening to Arrest’ Those Who Try

One Texas elementary school is coming under fire after the principal banned parents from walking their children to and from school, and who is threatening parents with arrest.

The trouble began in September when the principal at  Bear Branch Elementary School in Magnolia, Texas, decided to implement a policy that not just discourages but prohibits parents from walking their children home from school or walking inside the school to retrieve their children after parents had parked their cars, according to KPRC-TV.

Parents began expressing their frustration because of the inconvenience they said they felt waiting for almost an hour in their cars. Parents were asked pick up their children only in the school’s winding pick-up lane after school.

“People start lining up here about 2:30 p.m. for a 3:25 p.m. dismissal,” parent Jeff Wendinger had told KPRC.

Parent Jackie McConnell say’s she’s frustrated, too: “It’s a ridiculous situation for everyone.”

But now some people are expressing outrage because the principal has threatened parents who persist in walking their children home from school with charges for trespassing or other criminal charges, according to KRIV-TV. Parents have also begun pulling their kids from school over the issue.

“She’s threatening to arrest people,” mother Wendy Jarman told KRIV about the school’s principal, Holly Ray, before adding that she has pulled her children out of the school. “This has happened to many parents. They have been cited. They have been threatened, if they step one foot on school property, they will be arrested and charged with who knows what.”

But Ray will not allow parents within walking distance of the school to escort them home, and she has gotten Montgomery County Constables aid in enforcing the policy. The Magnolia Independent School District also issued a statement declaring that the new policy was meant to ensure a “safe dismissal process.”

But many of the parents took issue with the fact that neither Ray nor the school district showed a willingness to negotiate with the hundreds of people who signed a petition to change the policy, calling it “bully tactics.” Parent Frank Young, who also received a warning for escorting his children home on foot, ultimately pulled his kids out of the school.

“Mrs. Ray’s policy is implying that a parent doesn’t have the ability or capability to decide what is safest for their children and that the school district does,” Young told KRIV. “I disagree.”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/04/06/texas-school-bans-parents-from-walking-children-to-and-from-school-and-principal-is-threatening-to-arrest-those-who-try/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 11, 2016, 06:58:52 pm
Things Are Getting Scary: Global Police, Precrime and the War on Domestic ‘Extremists’

Are you afraid that the government is plotting to confiscate your firearms?
Do you believe the economy is about to collapse and the government will soon declare martial law?
Do you display an unusual number of political and/or ideological bumper stickers on your car?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be an anti-government extremist (a.k.a. domestic terrorist) in the eyes of the police.

As such, you are now viewed as a greater threat to America than ISIS or al Qaeda.

Let that sink in a moment.

If you believe in and exercise your rights under the Constitution (namely, your right to speak freely, worship freely, associate with like-minded individuals who share your political views, criticize the government, own a weapon, demand a warrant before being questioned or searched, or any other activity viewed as potentially anti-government, racist, bigoted, anarchic or sovereign), you have just been promoted to the top of the government’s terrorism watch list.

I assure you I’m not making this stuff up.

Police agencies now believe the “main terrorist threat in the United States is not from violent Muslim extremists, but from right-wing extremists.”

A New York Times editorial backs up these findings:

Law enforcement agencies around the country are training their officers to recognize signs of anti-government extremism and to exercise caution during routine traffic stops, criminal investigations and other interactions with potential extremists. “The threat is real,” says the handout from one training program sponsored by the Department of Justice. Since 2000, the handout notes, 25 law enforcement officers have been killed by right-wing extremists, who share a “fear that government will confiscate firearms” and a “belief in the approaching collapse of government and the economy.”
So what is the government doing about these so-called terrorists?

The government is going to war.

Again.

Only this time, it has declared war against so-called American “extremists.”

After decades spent waging costly, deadly and ineffective military campaigns overseas in pursuit of elusive ISIS and al Qaeda operatives and terror cells (including the recent “accidental” bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan that left 22 patients and medical staff dead), the Obama administration has announced a campaign to focus its terror-fighting forces inwards.

Under the guise of fighting violent extremism “in all of its forms and manifestations” in cities and communities across the world, the Obama administration has agreed to partner with the United Nations to take part in its Strong Cities Network program. Funded by the State Department through 2016, after which “charities are expected to take over funding,” the cities included in the global network include New York City, Atlanta, Denver, Minneapolis, Paris, London, Montreal, Beirut and Oslo.

Working with the UN, the federal government will train local police agencies across America in how to identify, fight and prevent extremism, as well as address intolerance within their communities, using all of the resources at their disposal.

What this program is really all about, however, is community policing on a global scale.

Community policing, which relies on a “broken windows” theory of policing, calls for police to engage with the communityin order to prevent local crime by interrupting or preventing minor offenses before they could snowball into bigger, more serious and perhaps violent crime. The problem with the broken windows approach is that it has led to zero tolerance policing and stop-and-frisk practices among other harsh police tactics.

When applied to the Strong Cities Network program, the objective is ostensibly to prevent violent extremism by targeting its source: racism, bigotry, hatred, intolerance, etc.

In other words, police—acting ostensibly as extensions of the United Nations—will identify, monitor and deter individuals who exhibit, express or engage in anything that could be construed as extremist.

Consider how Attorney General Loretta Lynch describes the initiative:

As residents and experts in their communities, local leaders are often best positioned to pinpoint sources of unrest and discord; best equipped to identify signs of potential danger; and best able to recognize and accommodate community cultures, traditions, sensitivities, and customs.  By creating a series of partnerships that draws on the knowledge and expertise of our local officials, we can create a more effective response to this virulent threat.

Translation: U.S. police agencies are embarking on an effort to identify and manage potential extremist “threats,” violent or otherwise, before they can become actual threats. (If you want a foretaste of how “extreme” things could get in the U.S.: new anti-terrorism measures in the U.K. require that extremists be treated like pedophiles and banned from working with youngsters and vulnerable people.)

The government’s war on extremists, of which the Strong Cities program is a part, is being sold to Americans in much the same way that the USA Patriot Act was sold to Americans: as a means of combatting terrorists who seek to destroy America.

For instance, making the case for the government’s war on domestic extremism, the Obama administration has suggested that it may require greater legal powers to combat violent attacks by lone wolves (such as “people motivated by racial and religious hatred and anti-government views” who “communicate their hatred over the Internet and through social media”).

Enter the government’s newest employee: a domestic terrorism czar.

However, as we now know, the USA Patriot Act was used as a front to advance the surveillance state, allowing the government to establish a far-reaching domestic spying program that has turned every American citizen into a criminal suspect.

Similarly, the concern with the government’s anti-extremism program is that it will, in many cases, be utilized to render otherwise lawful, nonviolent activities as potentially extremist.

Keep in mind that the government agencies involved in ferreting out American “extremists” will carry out their objectives—to identify and deter potential extremists—in concert with fusion centers (of which there are 78 nationwide, with partners in the private sector and globally), data collection agencies, behavioral scientists, corporations, social media, and community organizers and by relying on cutting-edge technology for surveillance, facial recognition, predictive policing, biometrics, and behavioral epigenetics (in which life experiences alter one’s genetic makeup).

This is pre-crime on an ideological scale and it’s been a long time coming.

For example, in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released two reports, one on “Rightwing Extremism,” which broadly defines rightwing extremists as individuals and groups “that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely,” and one on “Leftwing Extremism,” which labeled environmental and animal rights activist groups as extremists.

Incredibly, both reports use the words terrorist and extremist interchangeably.

That same year, the DHS launched Operation Vigilant Eagle, which calls for surveillance of military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, characterizing them as extremists and potential domestic terrorist threats because they may be “disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war.”

These reports indicate that for the government, anyone seen as opposing the government—whether they’re Left, Right or somewhere in between—can be labeled an extremist.

Fast forward a few years, and you have the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which President Obama has continually re-upped, that allows the military to take you out of your home, lock you up with no access to friends, family or the courts if you’re seen as an extremist.

Now connect the dots, from the 2009 Extremism reports to the NDAA and the UN’s Strong Cities Network with its globalized police forces, the National Security Agency’s far-reaching surveillance networks, and fusion centers that collect and share surveillance data between local, state and federal police agencies.

Add in tens of thousands of armed, surveillance drones that will soon blanket American skies, facial recognition technology that will identify and track you wherever you go and whatever you do. And then to complete the circle, toss in the real-time crime centers being deployed in cities across the country, which will be attempting to “predict” crimes and identify criminals before they happen based on widespread surveillance, complex mathematical algorithms and prognostication programs.

Hopefully you’re getting the picture, which is how easy it is for the government to identify, label and target individuals as “extremist.”

We’re living in a scary world.

Unless we can put the brakes on this dramatic expansion and globalization of the government’s powers, we’re not going to recognize this country 20 years from now.

Frankly, as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the landscape has already shifted dramatically from what it was like 10 or 20 years ago. It’s taken less than a generation for our freedoms to be eroded and the police state structure to be erected, expanded and entrenched.

Rest assured that the government will not save us from the chains of the police state. The UN’s Strong Cities Network program will not save us. The next occupant of the White House will not save us. For that matter, anarchy and violent revolution will not save us.

If there is to be any hope of freeing ourselves, it rests—as it always has—at the local level, with you and your fellow citizens taking part in grassroots activism, which takes a trickle-up approach to governmental reform by implementing change at the local level.

Attend local city council meetings, speak up at town hall meetings, organize protests and letter-writing campaigns, employ “militant nonviolent resistance” and civil disobedience, which Martin Luther King Jr. used to great effect through the use of sit-ins, boycotts and marches.

And then, while you’re at it, urge your local governments to nullify everything the federal government does that is illegitimate, egregious or blatantly unconstitutional.

If this sounds anti-government or extremist, perhaps it is, in much the same way that King himself was considered anti-government and extremist. Recognizing that “freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed,” King’s tactics—while nonviolent—were extreme by the standards of his day.

As King noted in his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham City Jail”:

[A]s I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a bit of satisfaction from being considered an extremist. Was not Jesus an extremist in love—“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you.” Was not Abraham Lincoln an extremist—“This nation cannot survive half slave and half free.” Was not Thomas Jefferson an extremist—“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” So the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be. Will we be extremists for hate or will we be extremists for love?

So how do you not only push back against the police state’s bureaucracy, corruption and cruelty but also launch a counterrevolution aimed at reclaiming control over the government using nonviolent means?

Take a cue from King.

http://www.rightsidenews.com/editorial/us-opinion-and-editorial/things-are-getting-scary-global-police-precrime-and-the-war-on-domestic-extremists/

The UNITED NATIONS/ATF Are Installing Spy Boxes Above Your House-The Strong Cities Network

(http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/siteupload/2016/04/mystery-box.jpg)

What is in the box? If you see one of these on your property hovering on a utility pole, you are not alone. This is going on all across America. Soon, as part of the Safe Cities Network (SCN), these invasive surveillance devices will  be everywhere courtesy of America’s acquiescence to United Nations authority as carried out by the ATF.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch stated that:

“The Strong Cities Network will serve as a vital tool to strengthen capacity-building and improve collaboration,” Lynch proclaimed for the United Nations SCN launch. “As we continue to counter a range of domestic and global terror threats, this innovative platform will enable cities to learn from one another, to develop best practices and to build social cohesion and community resilience here at home and around the world.”
This quote by Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, is a thinly veiled announcement that Americans are going to be spied upon like never before because of the need to prevent the (artificially created) terror threat. It is an excuse for full frontal spying on the American people.

As of September 29, 2015, the Strong Cities Network was announced. It is described on the Strong Cities Network website as “a global network of local authorities united in building resilience to prevent violent extremism.” And, again, to prevent “violent extremism”, one must preemptively spy upon all the population to prevent “terrorism”.

The SCN is global but it is also local. Ask yourself, why is the ATF putting surveillance boxes on top of utility power lines on private property without a court order (see the news story below)? Amazingly, the ATF states that they can basically do whatever they want, whenever they want. Legally, they are correct. The US Constitution is dead. This treaty that we entered into (SCN) supersedes all other arrangements. AND THIS WAS ALL DONE WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE SENATE WHICH IS REQUIRED FOR ALL TREATIES.

The SCN and the Police State Surveillance Grid

The SCN fully admits to a program of dedicated spying on the population as part of the protocols related to the sharing of information, for the purposes of providing training to government officials, and a developing a platform for municipalities to make their communities “more secure”. There we go with that “trading liberty f0r security” nonsense! The SCN’s International Advisory Board is run by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), a London based think-tank with ties to the defense ministries of Britain, Germany, and France. This means that foreigners will be spying on you as well as your own government.

“The SCN is a part of a broader effort going under the name of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), developed by the Department of Homeland Security.”
The above paragraphs are a snap shot of the UN spying on Americans on a macro level. Below is what this program looks like on a micro level (i.e. you and your community).

Here Is What UN/ATF Spying Looks Like

From Phoenix ABC 15 NEWS

The bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives came forward Thursday, admitting that a box spotted and removed from an SRP power pole on 21st and Glendale avenues belonged to them and was part of an ongoing investigation.

ATF officials would not elaborate on the investigation and would not say if they were conducting surveillance in the area.

“I don’t feel safer,” said Brian Clegg, who called ABC15 about the box on the power pole behind his house.

Clegg was suspicious there could be cameras installed in the boxes but ATF would not confirm that.

“I feel that my privacy has been violated,” said Clegg. “It’s right behind my house.”

There are homes, a high school, an apartment complex and a strip mall in the area. The strip mall has a salon, pet grooming store, alterations business, ammunition store and a barber shop.

“It makes me feel like they’re up to something grimy,” said Kevin Moreno who is a manager at the barber shop.

SRP (utility company) tells ABC15 they had no idea the box was installed on their power pole. They said ATF has to notify them or work with them if they have an object on their property.

ATF tells ABC15 depending on the investigation and security they can put security measures in place without permission. [Ed. Please note the ATF is admitting that this is for security (i.e. spying)].

They (ATF) say in this case they “acted within their bounds” but would not elaborate. (Ed. the “bounds means the UN Strong Cities Program agreed to by Attorney General Lynch.
Here is the TV report from ABC 15 in Phoenix

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7Cwk-QyPLU

Conclusion

There is no question that the “power line incident” is about surveillance, but to what end? Please allow me the courtesy of some idle speculation. First, we know that the NSA is listening to every electronic communication. This program allow the criminal elite to listen to EVERY communication, electronic or otherwise.  There is another more ominous feature and consideration. One must consider what the criminal elite will do with all this data? Consider the fact that the depopulation agenda, which is well publicized, may depend on the creation of a naughty or nice list. So if you look up and see an ATF/UN surveillance box above your house, make certain that you say nice things about climate change , free trade agreements and the sovereignty of corporations of over governments. Your life may depend upon it!

 http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2016/04/10/the-un-and-atf-are-installing-spy-boxes-above-your-house-the-strong-cities-network/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 29, 2016, 06:42:14 pm
Why Is The Federal Government Installing Mysterious Boxes On Utility Poles? (Videos)

At the end of the first week in April, a mysterious box was spotted on a Phoenix utility pole that aroused the suspicions of a homeowner in the area who believed the box had surveillance cameras inside. After the homeowner involved the media, several days later The bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives came forward, admitting that the box reported belonged to them, and that it was part of an ongoing investigation. Apparently the box was part of what has come to be known as a typical “Top Secret Obama” investigation, because neither local law enforcement, nor the electric company that owned the pole knew anything about the box, or ever saw a warrant. That seems to be the way Obama likes his investigations: As illegal as can be, and with zero oversight.

In the following video by Dahboo77, he explains how the box in Phoenix was the exact same type of box that Lavoy Finicum spotted on a pole outside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon. To find out about that box, Finicum climbed the pole and actually looked inside the strange box. Sure enough it was filled with surveillance cameras, so he ripped them all out. For anyone who doesn’t know, Lavoy Finicum was later assassinated in cold blood by the FBI.

First, check out the video below giving you a brief background of the most recent case of Uncle Barry’s government gone wild, and then my intention for the rest of this post is to demonstrate other instances where the feds have been caught doing similar things. I suspect by the end of this post, some of you may not feel comfortable walking out of your home. Remember all this on election day, and whatever you do… DO NOT MISS THE FINAL EXAMPLE AT THE BOTTOM. Science fiction movies haven't even started using that kind of technology yet, but good old Uncle Sam is…

https://youtu.be/ev-suCTC7Oc

Before we get into the Phoenix story below, to REALLY understand how much you are being spied on, the earliest I could trace back easily obtainable information was back to 2008. When I first came across this back in 2012, there were three interviews with Dr. Katherine Albrecht linked below, but now only the second one is still active. I left the other two links so you could see their titles in the event someone wants to look for them.

For anyone who doesn't know, Dr. Katherine Albrecht is an internationally known privacy researcher, consumer advocate, bestselling author, and nationally syndicated radio host. Katherine holds a Doctorate in Human Development and Consumer Education from Harvard University, has studied at the MIT Media lab, and received a Masters from Harvard in Technology, Innovation, and Education.

Katherine has authored pro-privacy legislation, testified before the Federal Trade Commission and numerous state legislatures, and was appointed as a consumer technology expert by NH Governor John Lynch. She co-authored the bestseller Spychips, has granted over 2,000 media interviews with news outlets around the globe, including CBS, NBC, CNN, NPR, Fox News, Good Morning America, the BBC, Wired Magazine, The New York Times, and hundreds more. Katherine is currently serving as the Associate Editor of the IEEE Technology & Society Magazine, co-authors an online security blog for eHow, and she heads the 18,000 member consumer privacy organization, CASPIAN.

BOTTOM LINE: Dr. Katherine Albrecht is the real deal, and she was warning back in 2008 about how out of control government was!!! Remember, only the second one below works:

Radio Interview – February 27, 2009 (Select “Hour 1”)  <– Recent
http://www.katherinealbrecht.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3039:fri-february-27-2009&catid=20:show-archives&Itemid=44

WORKING ONE: Radio Interview – February 22, 2008 (Select “Hour 2”)  <– 2008
http://mp3.wtprn.com/Albrecht/0802/20080222_Fri_Albrecht.m3u

Also: See WorldNet Daily’s related article: “Radio Chip Coming Soon to your Driver’s License?” 2/28/09
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=90008

Even though the particular video below was uploaded in 2013, in the Interview with Dr. Katherine Albrecht, and in the article by Joseph Watson below, the equipment in the video below is the same as was being used in 2009 that they talk about.

https://youtu.be/QN8sM9P0PNc

Back in 2009, Paul Joseph Watson reported:

The Department of Homeland Security is set to activate a national license plate tracking system that will be shared with law enforcement, allowing DHS officers to take photos of any license plate using their smartphone and upload it to a database which will include a “hot list” of “target vehicles”.

The details are included in a PDF attachment uploaded yesterday to the Federal Business Opportunities website under a solicitation entitled “National License Plate Recognition Database.”

The system will “track vehicle license plate numbers that pass through cameras or are voluntarily entered into the system from a variety of sources (access control systems, asset recovery specialists, etc.) and uploaded to share with law enforcement” in order to help locate “criminal aliens and absconders.”

The technology shown above and being used by DHS is not “new” technology to many cities. For the sake of the sanity of the citizens, in many of the cities using this technology, the citizens probably don't even know they are victims, otherwise there would be protests without a doubt, and rightfully so. With the device shown above, in many areas DHS has taken it upon themselves to install RFID chips in every license plate, and then they have scanners virtually EVERYWHERE tracking those chips.

The scanners are on bridges, on roads, in tunnels… you name it, and most have a highly intrusive CAMERA capability, so when they spot your Car/Chip coming, they begin snapping pictures of you and the family. Isn’t that sweet? All this time you thought no one was watching when you're loading the groceries into the car. Don't you feel better now that you know you're not only being watched, there is a file with pictures of you in it. You're like a mini-celebrity or something! GREAT HUH?

Before getting to the incidents in Seattle in 2013 below, it’s worth mentioning in New York I also followed a case where‘Dangerous’ camera boxes mounted ‘without authorization’ along New York streets. That was another case where neither law enforcement nor the electric company knew who put the devices up, or where the information being collected was sent.

Now, working our way back to the box found in Phoenix…. Derrick Broze at Activist Post writes:

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives has claimed ownership of a mysterious box that was removed from a utility pole in Phoenix, Arizona.

Phoenix resident Brian Clegg was concerned about a box he witnessed being installed on a power pole. Clegg said the box was facing his house and he believed it may have had cameras inside. The pole was owned by Arizona’s largest power provider, SRP, who claimed no one had permission to put the box on their pole. Brian Clegg says shortly afterwards SRP sent a crew to remove the box.

Shortly after ABC15 investigated the matter, the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives(ATF), a branch of the U.S. Department of Justice, acknowledged installing the box as part of an ongoing investigation. Officials with the ATF would not provide details about their alleged investigation and would not confirm if they were conducting surveillance in the area.

“I don’t feel safer,” said Brian Clegg. “I feel that my privacy has been violated.”

SRP told ABC15 they were unaware the box had been installed and that the ATF has to notify them if they are going install something on their property. The ATF told ABC15 they can put security measures in place without asking for permission. Obviously the federal government feels comfortable doing whatever it wants to do, whenever it wants to, law be damned.

One other interesting aspect of Clegg’s story is the fact that he claims the crew who installed the box came in a truck marked “Field Pros.” The thought of undercover government agents installing surveillance equipment while masquerading as utility workers is highly disturbing and sounds like a scene right out of a Hollywood film. Unfortunately, Phoenix is not the only city to have surveillance equipment installed by an agency of the federal government.

In November 2013, Seattle residents pushed back against the installation of several mesh network nodes attached to utility poles around the downtown area. The nodes were purchased by the Seattle Police Department via a $2.7 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and privacy advocates were immediately concerned about the ability of the nodes to gather user information via the Wi-Fi connection.

The video below comes from a story I did about the incident mentioned above in Seattle in 2013. In the video, you’ll learn that the city of Seattle's police department along with DHS were installing 'WHITE BOXES' on utility poles, buildings, towers and lampposts all over the city (without permission or warrants) that did WAY more than just eavesdrop or take pictures. The secret spying contraptions gave warrantless government officials massive abilities to track EVERY CITIZEN in the city in real time, with voice recognition, GPS of their last 1000 locations, facial recognition software, and more.

https://youtu.be/GvKx5r_soJk

“How accurately can it geo-locate and track the movements of your phone, laptop, or any other wireless device by its MAC address? Can the network send that information to a database, allowing the SPD to reconstruct who was where at any given time, on any given day, without a warrant? Can the network see you now?” asked Seattle newspaper The Stranger.

Initially the Seattle PD was reluctant to speak about the network. However, the police ultimately yielded to public opinion and decided, “the wireless mesh network will be deactivated until city council approves a draft policy and until there’s an opportunity for vigorous public debate.”

Although the situation in Seattle played out in favor of the people, we must recognize that there is a growing partnership between the surveillance agencies of the federal government and the increasingly militarized local police forces in the United States. As Activist Post previously reported, a new policy from the Obama administration will make it easier for the NSA to share information between law enforcement agencies with very little oversight.

According to the New York Times:

The Obama administration is on the verge of permitting the National Security Agency to share more of the private communications it intercepts with other American intelligence agencies without first applying any privacy protections to them, according to officials familiar with the deliberations.

The new rule changes would allow federal agencies such as the FBI to access streams of information gathered by the spy agency, “including emails, phone calls and location data.” These federal agencies would then have the ability to pass the data to state and local law enforcement. As the Times points out, “all of this can happen without any congressional or judicial oversight under a Reagan era executive order known as EO 12333.”

 WHILE WERE ON THE TOPIC OF WITHOUT ANY OVERSIGHT…

In the video below, Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars reports on a set of 17 Mysterious 'Fake' Cell Phone Towers Found Across America back in 2014. Apparently while ISIS was just a JV team not worthy of Obama’s time or attention, spying on the American people was…

https://youtu.be/kngm-Kw6OSc

Obama knows all this is illegal, he just doesn’t care! He knows the Supreme Court has held a person does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy on a public road. However, the Supreme Court decided the use of devices to track a defendant’s “movements from one place to another,” and tracking the defendant’s every movement twenty-four hours a day violated a reasonable expectation of privacy, because no agency would have the resources for a team of agents to do that. United States v. Maynard, 615 F.3d 544, 558 (D.C. Cir. 2010). Since then, U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the issue of twenty-four hour GPS surveillance, and it ruled twenty-four hour surveillance with a device does constitute a search, and therefore without a warrant is unlawful.

United States v. Jones, 132 S.Ct. 945 (2012).

THIS IS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HERE…

LAWS? LAWS? OBAMA DON’T NEED NO STINKING LAWS…


Now that technology has advanced even further, there is almost no limit to the types of nefarious conduct His Highnesses Royal Ass Barack Obama will engage in… see the following:

Why Are Weaponized Cell Phone Towers Being Constructed Everywhere?

More on Why Weaponized Cell Phone Towers Are Popping Up Everywhere (Video)

Weaponized Cell Towers Are Directly Related to Why Chemtrails Are Sprayed (Video)

The rule change by the Obama administration is only one of several tools that both local police and federal agencies have at their disposal. From drones to stingrays, gunshot detectors and automatic license plate readers – the State has an arsenal of spy equipment. How can the free hearts and minds of the world live free, happy, and abundant lives with the ever-present eyes and ears of Big Brother? We must educate ourselves about the tools used for surveillance and oppression and begin working to redirect the technology at the tyrants. We must persevere, be courageous, and shine a light on the darkness.


Since the article at Activist Post brought up the drones, I’ll close with these fun links before sharing the NSA’s big toy!

DHS Secretary Nomination Approved Targeting U.S. Citizens With Drones

SHOCK!!!!!! DHS Built Domestic Surveillance Into Predator Drones

FBI Director Admits Drones Used For Surveillance of Americans

Homeland Security Drones Looking For Civilians Carrying Guns

64 Drone Bases on American Soil

Defense Department's DARPA Deploying New Autonomous Killer Drones (Video)

Shocking Revelation? Obama's Drones Are Now Targeting Non-Military (Video)

Finally, as if the government having all those toys doesn’t make you feel all warm and fuzzy… get a load of this: I’m not a scientist, so I don’t know how this is even possible, but the NSA’s spying technology is so advanced, they let’s say for example you had a computer sitting in the bottom of a closet, in a mountain cabin, a million miles from anywhere, and underneath a bunch of clothes or whatever, and you’ve never even plugged the computer into an AC socket or the Internet… Ever…

http://thelastgreatstand.com/2016/04/29/why-is-the-federal-government-installing-mysterious-boxes-on-utility-poles-videos/



Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on May 27, 2016, 10:59:32 pm
NYC gets OK to issue salt fines during appeal

New York City plans to start enforcing a first-of-its-kind requirement for chain restaurants to use icons to warn patrons of salty foods after getting an appeals court's go-ahead Thursday to start issuing fines. But it's not the final word on whether the regulation will stand.

The novel rule took effect in December, and some eateries already have added the requisite salt-shaker-like icons to menu items that contain more salt than doctors recommend ingesting in an entire day.

But penalties have been in limbo as the National Restaurant Association fights the measure in court. That clash is ongoing, but an appeals court Thursday lifted a temporary hold on issuing the fines while the case plays out. Fines can be up to $600.

The city will start enforcing the rule June 6.

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio applauded the appeals court's decision on what he called "a common-sense regulation that will help New Yorkers make better decisions and lead healthier lives." The city won the first round of the lawsuit in a trial court in February; the restaurant association appealed.

The group called on the city Thursday to delay enforcement voluntarily until the appeal is resolved.

"Today's decision ... will force the men and women that own New York City's restaurants to start complying with this unlawful and unprecedented sodium mandate before the court has the chance to rule on the merits of our appeal," the organization said in a statement.

The average American consumes about 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day, while the recommended limit is 2,300 mg, or about a teaspoon. Experts say eating too much salt, over time, can increase the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

Pointing to such restaurant fare as cheddar bacon burgers with nearly 4,300 milligrams of salt and boneless Buffalo chicken salads with more than 3,000milligrams, New York City officials say the warnings help make diners aware of how much sodium they're consuming.
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But the restaurant association argues the city should leave nutritional warnings up to federal regulators and that there's disagreement among scientists about how much salt is too much. The group also argues the city's requirement violates restaurateurs' free-speech rights.

The regulation applies to the New York City locations of restaurants and fast-food places with more than 15 outlets nationwide.

http://www.fox5ny.com/news/local-news/145569935-story


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 31, 2016, 03:07:56 pm
http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/big-chill-eu-tech-giants-team-banish-illegal-hate-speech-online/

FREE SPEECH BIG CHILL: EU And Tech Giants Team Up To Banish ‘Illegal Hate Speech’ Online

"The internet is a place for free speech, not hate speech," said Vera Jourova, the EU commissioner responsible for justice, consumers and gender equality. She added that the code of conduct, which will be regularly reviewed in terms of its scope and its impact, will ensure that public incitement to violence to hatred has "no place online."

5/31/16

The European Union reached an agreement Tuesday with some of the world’s biggest social media firms, including Facebook and Twitter, on ways to combat the spread of hate speech online.

EDITOR’S NOTE: While removing speech that directly calls for violence is a good thing, the definition of what ‘hate speech’ is remains a little murky. For example, will it be considered hate speech for the Bible believing Christian to say that homosexuality is wrong and that transgender men should not be in the ladies bathroom? Something tells me this is exactly where we are headed.

Under the terms of a code of conduct, the firms, which also include YouTube and Microsoft, have committed to “quickly and efficiently” tackle illegal hate speech directed against anyone over issues of race, color, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin. The sites have often been used by terrorist organizations to relay messages and entice hatred against certain individuals or groups.

Among the measures agreed with the EU’s executive arm, the firms have said they will establish internal procedures and staff training to guarantee that a majority of illegal content is assessed and, where necessary, removed within 24 hours. They have also agreed to strengthen their partnerships with civil society organizations who often flag content that promotes incitement to violence and hateful conduct. The European Commission and the firms have also agreed to support civil society organizations to deliver “anti-hate campaigns.”

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Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on June 29, 2016, 05:40:46 pm
Why police were called to a South Jersey third-grade class party

On June 16, police were called to an unlikely scene: an end-of-the-year class party at the William P. Tatem Elementary School in Collingswood.

A third grader had made a comment about the brownies being served to the class. After another student exclaimed that the remark was "racist," the school called the Collingswood Police Department, according to the mother of the boy who made the comment.

The police officer spoke to the student, who is 9, said the boy's mother, Stacy dos Santos, and local authorities.

Dos Santos said that the school overreacted and that her son made a comment about snacks, not skin color.

"He said they were talking about brownies. . . . Who exactly did he offend?" dos Santos said.

The boy's father was contacted by Collingswood police later in the day. Police said the incident had been referred to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency. The student stayed home for his last day of third grade.

Dos Santos said that her son was "traumatized," and that she hopes to send him to a different Collingswood public school in the fall.

And she wants an apology. She said she graduated from Collingswood High School and has two other children, a 21-year-old who also went through Collingswood schools, and a 3-year-old. Her husband, the third grader's father, is Brazilian, dos Santos said.

"I'm not comfortable with the administration [at Tatem]. I don't trust them and neither does my child," she said. "He was intimidated, obviously. There was a police officer with a gun in the holster talking to my son, saying, 'Tell me what you said.' He didn't have anybody on his side."

The incident, which has sparked outrage among some parents, was one of several in the last month when Collingswood police have been called to look into school incidents that parents think hardly merit criminal investigation.

Superintendent Scott Oswald estimated that on some occasions over the last month, officers may have been called to as many as five incidents per day in the district of 1,875 students.

This has created concern among parents in the 14,000-resident borough, who have phoned their elected officials, met with Mayor James Maley, blasted social-media message boards, and even launched a petition calling on the Camden County Prosecutor's Office to "stop mandated criminal investigation of elementary school students."

The increased police involvement follows a May 25 meeting among the Collingswood Police Department, school officials, and representatives from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, where school officials and police both said they were told to report to police any incidents that could be considered criminal, including what Police Chief Kevin Carey called anything "as minor as a simple name-calling incident that the school would typically handle internally."

The police and schools were also advised that they should report "just about every incident" to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency, Carey said.

Previously, the school district, following the state's Memorandum of Agreement Between Education and Law Enforcement Officials, had only reported incidents it deemed serious, like those involving weapons, drugs, or sexual misconduct. Both Carey and School Board President David Routzahn described the protocol set forth after that May meeting as a significant change in procedure.

"It was a pretty clear directive that we questioned vehemently," Oswald said.

But a month after the meeting, and after police investigations that parents consider fruitless had begun to gain attention, Maley wrote in a public letter that the May 25 meeting was intended to "reinforce the applicability" of the MOA, "not to expand its terms." Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo, in an accompanying statement, said she hoped Maley's message "clarifies" the responsibilities of school officials.

Maley said in an interview Tuesday that there had been a "misunderstanding" during the May 25 meeting. But Oswald said the Prosecutor's Office was shying away from its own instructions.

"At some point, it seems, they've realized that the intent of the MOA that they're leaning heavily upon is not what they directed us to do," Oswald said. "It went way above what that MOA says."

Another point of contention between the Prosecutor's Office and school officials is what prompted Maley's meeting in the first place.

In a public letter issued to parents Monday, Routzahn said he was "not aware of any single event" in the district that might have prompted the Prosecutor's Office to ask for a higher reporting standard.

But Maley said the Prosecutor's Office had been concerned about a "delay" in reporting an incident at Collingswood High School this spring. He would not comment further, noting that the incident was under investigation by the Prosecutor's Office.

Oswald said the high school incident had not been raised during the meeting May 25.

"I welcome discussion on that as well," he said.

Several parents said they consider the recent police involvement not only ridiculous but harmful.

Megan Irwin, who has two daughters who have attended Collingswood public schools and who teaches first grade in Pennsauken, said the police had been called to deal with behavior the schools could easily have handled.

"Some of it is just typical little-kid behavior," Irwin said. "Never in my years of teaching have I ever felt uncomfortable handling a situation or felt like I didn't know how to handle a situation."

And Pam Gessert, a Collingswood resident who works as a school counselor in Burlington County, said that because teachers have the best relationships with students, they are most qualified to determine what happened in a particular incident.

Most of all, parents said they were concerned that undue police involvement threatened their children's well-being.

"I don't want this to happen to another child," dos Santos said.

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20160629_Why_police_were_called_to_a_South_Jersey_third_grade_class_party.html


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on July 09, 2016, 04:50:23 pm
Obama Pushes More Federal Oversight of Cops After Dallas Attack on Cops

President Barack Obama is harnessing the increasing attacks on police in Dallas — and the periodic shootings of people by stressed cops — to push his agenda to federalize state and local police forces.
“I want to start moving on constructive actions that are actually going to make a difference,” he said during his evening press conference in Poland when he was asked about the Dallas attack.

Those actions, he said, would  be based on the recommendations of the panel that he picked after the 2014 street riots in Ferguson, Missouri. The panel offered “practical concrete solutions that can reduce — if not eliminate — the problems of racial bias,” Obama said.

The dramatic shootings are an opportunity to push that agenda, Obama said. “If my voice has been true and positive, my hope would be that… [the panel] surfaces problems, it frames them, it allows us to wrestle with these issue and try to come up with practical solutions,” he said.

Obama began touting the panel’s recommendations in March 2015. The report, titled “President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report,” was published in May 2015.

The report urges the federal government to federalize police training and practices, via the use of federal lawsuits, grants and threats to cut federal aid. So far, Obama’s deputies have cajoled and sued more than 30 police jurisdictions to adopt federal rules in a slow-motion creation of a national police system, similar to the slow-motion creation of a federal-run health-sector via Obamacare.

Obama also used the press conference to insulate his federalized police program — and his allies in the Black Live Matter movement — from popular rejection after the five police were murdered by the anti-cop African-American in Dallas.

“The danger is that we somehow think the act of a troubled person speaks to some larger political statement across the country — it doesn’t,” Obama insisted.

Obama shrugged off growing criticism that his own anti-cop statements helped trigger the shootings in Dallas and several other cities on Thursday and Friday. “It is very hard to untangle to motives of this [Dallas] shooter …  you have a troubled mind … what feeds it, what sets it off, I’ll leave that to psychologists and people who study these kids of incidents.”

Throughout his press conference, Obama tried to play the role of national healer. “As painful as this week has been, I firmly believe that America is not as divided as some have suggested. Americans of all races and all backgrounds are rightly outraged by the inexcusable attacks on police … that includes protestors, it includes family members who have grave concerns about police conduct, and they’ve said that this is unacceptable, there is no division there,” he said.

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/07/09/dallas-obama-federal-shootings/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 30, 2016, 11:19:33 am
http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/computers/item/24165-obama-un-internet-takeover-is-just-hours-away-congress-must-act
Thursday, 29 September 2016
Obama-UN Internet Takeover Is Just Hours Away

October 1 is D-Day for the start of the international takeover of the Internet, a scheme the Obama administration and the United Nations have been advancing for years. Why are GOP leaders AWOL as President Obama and the United Nations move to transfer critically important jurisdiction over the Internet to an unaccountable UN-aligned monopoly? Why are Ryan and McConnell doing nothing?

On October 1 — which is only hours away — U.S. oversight of the Internet’s domain name system is scheduled to be stripped from the U.S. and transferred to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) designed by global “multistakeholder” activists. Members of Congress, national security experts, military professionals, constitutional authorities, privacy advocates, and human rights activists are warning that this pending transition to “independent” oversight by “the international community” is fraught with danger.

However, as on so many other crucial issues, the Republican-controlled Congress is acting as a rubber stamp for Obama. Although few Americans are aware of the serious threat posed by this impending transition, the UN’s Internet takeover scheme is not something that has sprung upon us recently or ex nihilo; we have been reporting on this growing peril for the past several years (see here and the articles linked below, following this story).

Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government (ALG), yesterday blasted House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for failing even to attempt to block the Internet giveaway, while at the same time caving in to threats of a government shutdown by President Obama and the Democrats if the Republicans didn’t give them all the funding they demanded. One of the key issues was a deal to provide the city of Flint, Michigan, a liberal Democrat stronghold, with $170 million in federal funds for their municipal water supply.

“So, Democrats block the continuing resolution, demand money for the Flint, Mich. water supply,” noted Manning. “House Republicans led by House Speaker Paul Ryan relent and agree to add it to the House water bill after that proposal was defeated in the House Rules Committee, and got nothing in return.”

“Republicans have majorities in both houses of Congress, Democrats were actively demanding extra add-ons for these bills, and they couldn’t even get a rider stopping the irreversible transition of U.S. oversight of the Internet’s domain name system," ALG’s Manning charged. “That, even though the Department of Justice has repeatedly failed to respond to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on a number of outstanding legal concerns with the Internet transition of U.S. oversight of the domain name system,” he said, referring to the most recent letter from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

In their September 21 letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the chairmen raised serious national security concerns and important constitutional matters that the Department of Justice has failed to address, despite repeated requests. The DOJ has failed to address, the chairmen pointed out, “how the transfer will effect free speech and the openness of the Internet, if U.S. control of the .mil and .gov domains will be compromised, if the transfer will open the Internet to undue influence from foreign nations, if the transfer will lead to the improper conveyance of United States government property, or if the transfer affects any existing antitrust immunity and increases the likelihood of significant antitrust litigation.”

ALG’s Rick Manning charges that “these issues risk either creating an unaccountable global Internet monopoly or a potentially fractured domain name system if antitrust does come into play. The transition proposal contemplates neither scenario, and these issues cannot be addressed once the transition occurs on October 1.” (See here for a detailed legal analysis by ALG’s senior editor Robert Romano of the anti-trust issues involved in the transfer.)

The letter by chairmen Grassley and Goodlatte asked Attorney General Lynch to answer “whether or not the administration has the constitutional authority to conduct the IANA transition without the authorization of Congress because of the United States property interests in the root zone file — or other similar components of the Internet that were created and financed by the United States.” The chairmen pointed out that under Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution, Congress has the exclusive power “to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the United States.”

On September 26, a stellar coalition of 77 generals, admirals, intelligence experts, cybersecurity professionals, and industry leaders sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford, calling on them to intervene in opposition to President Obama’s radical plan to jeopardize the security of the Internet, which is vital to national (and global) security.

“As individuals with extensive, first-hand experience with protecting our national security, we write to urge you to intervene in opposition to an imminent action that would, in our judgment, cause profound and irreversible damage to the United States’ vital interests,” the letter states. Of immediate concern, say these national security professionals, “is the prospect that the United States might be transferring to future adversaries a capability that could facilitate, particularly in time of conflict, cyberwarfare against us.” The letter continued, “In the absence of NTIA’s stewardship, we would be unable to be certain about the legitimacy of all IP addresses or whether they have been, in some form or fashion, manipulated, or compromised. Given the reliance of the U.S. military and critical infrastructure on the Internet, we must not allow it to be put needlessly at risk.”

Among the signers of the letter are Adm. James A. “Ace” Lyons, USN (Ret.), former commander-in-chief U.S. Pacific Fleet; Lt. General William “Jerry” Boykin, USA (Ret.), former deputy under secretary of defense for intelligence; Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, USAF (Ret.), former deputy chief of staff, United States Air Force; Hon. Charles E. Allen, former under secretary of the Department of Homeland Security for intelligence and analysis; Lt. Gen. C. E. McKnight, Jr., USA (Ret.), former director, Command and Control Systems for Nuclear Forces, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Dr. Lani Kass, former firector, Air Force Chief of Staff’s Cyber Task Force; Rear Adm. Philip S. Anselmo, USN (Ret.), former director of Command Control Communications Computers and Intelligence (C4I); Rep. Brian Babin (R-Tex.), Chairman, House of Representatives’ Committee on Science Space and Technology Subcommittee; Jody R. Westby, CEO, Global Cyber Risk LLC and former chief administrative officer & counsel, In-Q-Tel.

Considering the Obama administration’s contempt for the Constitution’s system of checks and balances, its record for ignoring Congressional requests and concerns, and President Obama’s penchant for “legislating” by executive order, it is not surprising that the administration has completely ignored these appeals by Congress, as well as military and cybersecurity experts. Nor is it a surprise that the Republican leaders have failed, once again, to fight for America’s vital interests. As ALG’s Manning notes, their failure even to engage Obama on this issue is inexcusable.

“Did they even try?” Manning asks. “Ryan and McConnell have not issued any public statements on the matter, so we must assume they actively agree with surrendering U.S. oversight of the Internet. They didn’t even put up a fight. House and Senate Republicans are not what they say, they are what they do. And what they are doing is allowing President Obama to give away the Internet to the international community, threatening the American people’s vital Internet freedoms. And don’t let any Republican tell you different.”

Last-ditch effort: State Attorneys General sue to block transfer
The clock is ticking and October 1 is only hours away. Yesterday both houses of Congress adjourned for a six-week recess; they are not scheduled to return until November 14, after Election Day. In a last-ditch effort to stop the planned transfer, the attorneys general of four states -- Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, and Nevada -- filed a lawsuit yesterday in federal district court in Texas. The suit says the four states “seek declaratory and injunctive relief against the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA); the United States of America; the United States Department of Commerce; Penny Pritzker, in her official capacity as Secretary of Commerce; and Lawrence E. Strickling, in his official capacity as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator of NTIA.”

“The States each operate multiple websites, including those that use the .gov top-level domain name, to conduct their business and communicate with their citizens,” the complaint states. “Examples of these government websites include www.az.gov, www.Texas.gov, www.Oklahoma.gov, and www.nv.gov. State agencies also maintain .gov websites, such as www.azag.gov. These .gov websites are well-known, established sources of reliable and authoritative information for citizens, and private companies and persons are not allowed to use .gov addresses.”

“Substituting unchecked ICANN oversight in place of NTIA’s current role also exposes Plaintiffs to possible interference in its property interests from foreign governments,” the four-state complaint continues. “ICANN’s transition proposal outlines a distinct role for governments outside the United States as voting participants in a Government Advisory Committee that may send advice directly to ICANN’s Board. This mechanism could result in foreign governments pressuring ICANN over policy matters that will directly affect the property interests of the Plaintiffs.”

The complaint was submitted by Attorney General of Arizona Mark Brnovich, Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton, Attorney General State of Oklahoma Scott Pruitt, and Attorney General State of Nevada Adam Paul Laxalt. Barring an extraordinary outpouring of public pressure that forces Congress to convene an emergency session, the outcome of this pending court case may be the only thing standing in the way of the transfer.


Title: Clinton announces ‘National Service Reserve’ for millennials
Post by: christistruth on October 01, 2016, 11:11:06 pm
Clinton announces ‘National Service Reserve’ for millennials
https://www.yahoo.com/news/clinton-announces-national-service-reserve-for-millennials-153311173.html (https://www.yahoo.com/news/clinton-announces-national-service-reserve-for-millennials-153311173.html)
Hillary Clinton announced Friday that she wants to enlist 5 million new volunteers into a “National Service Reserve” aimed at 18- to 30-year-olds.

“What if we strengthen the culture of service in America so it wasn’t just something we did one day a year, but it became a regular part of our lives?” she asked at a Florida rally on the topic of national service on Friday.

The former secretary of state argued that her volunteer plan would help combat growing self-segregation in America, where people surround themselves with people who think, talk, look and read the same news as they do. “That comes with a cost. It magnifies our differences,” she said, adding that the election has drawn attention to that trend. “Then it makes it harder to put those differences aside when our country needs us.”

Reservists, under Clinton’s plan, would respond to natural disasters, help the homeless or tackle other local problems, the campaign said. Under the plan, they would be eligible for college credit, time off from work, or even a “modest stipend,” based on financial need, to participate in the Reserve. (Clinton will negotiate with higher education institutions and corporations to get those benefits.)

Clinton also wants to expand AmeriCorps, a paid-service organization, from 75,000 members to 250,000, and expand the Peace Corps for those who want to volunteer abroad. The “ultimate goal” is that anyone who wants to serve full time will be able to do so, Clinton said in her speech. Part of the plan is also aimed at adding volunteer opportunities for Americans over 55 by increasing slots for them in AmeriCorps and involving them in other volunteer organizations.

A Clinton campaign aide said the program offers a contrast to Trump’s “self-centered message” during a week in which he has feuded with a former beauty queen on Twitter and in interviews. “As we see Trump focused on making sexist and derogatory comments and dividing the country, we are going to continue to run a campaign that’s about bringing the country together,” the aide said of Clinton’s national service speech.

The plan also offers an opportunity for the candidate to emphasize her own record of service for children — which could help combat her high unfavorable ratings — while also reaching out to voters under 30.

Clinton has struggled to consolidate support among millennials, whose votes she needs to win crucial swing states like Florida and North Carolina. Earlier this month, she gave a speech aimed at the group, admitting that many of them have doubts about her but vowing to win their support. Her top surrogates, including Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders, have fanned out on college campuses in battleground states to urge young voters to back Clinton and to tout her plan to make college “debt free” for middle-class families.

The campaign noted that millennials are particularly interested in volunteerism and that five times as many people apply for AmeriCorps than get accepted.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on October 06, 2016, 05:56:37 pm
Dems reject call to protect Internet news, talk radio from regs

In the latest partisan escalation on the Federal Election Commission, a top Democratic commissioner has ripped a Republican commissioner's bid to protect books, radio and Internet media from regulation as "pitiful." Ann Ravel, a former FEC chairwoman, joined other Democrats...to block Republican Lee Goodman's proposal to explicitly expand the "press exemption" from regulations to books, satellite radio and Internet-based news media. 

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/fec-war-dems-reject-call-to-protect-internet-news-talk-radio-from-regs/article/2603712


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 21, 2016, 02:21:06 pm
http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/21/technology/ddos-attack-popular-sites/index.html
10/21/16
Popular sites like Reddit, Twitter and Netflix suffer outages

A number of popular websites like Twitter and Netflix were down for some users on Friday in what appears to be a massive cyber attack.

Dyn, which manages website domains and routes internet traffic, experienced two distributed denial of service attacks on its DNS servers. A DDoS attack is an attempt to flood a website with so much traffic that it impairs normal service.

Affected sites included Twitter (TWTR, Tech30), Etsy (ETSY), Github, Vox, Spotify, Airbnb, Netflix (NFLX, Tech30) and Reddit.

"If you take out one of these DNS service providers, you can disrupt a large number of popular online services, which is exactly what we're seeing today," said Jeremiah Grossman, chief of security strategy at cybersecurity startup SentinelOne.

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Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 26, 2016, 03:42:02 pm
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Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 02, 2016, 10:35:33 am
http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/24/opinions/social-media-false-narratives-hughes/index.html
10/24/16
Is social media turning you into a zealot?

(CNN)Have you heard? Hillary Clinton is dying of Parkinson's disease. Also, Donald Trump thinks the United States shouldn't have stopped the Bosnian genocide. Angry mobs of "Bernie bros" are hurling chairs at Democratic staffers. And President Obama, who smells like sulfur, is followed everywhere he goes by a swarm of flies.

These are fake statements, pulled from the bowels of the internet. Can you tell?

If you get your information from social media, the world is an almost supernaturally dark place these days. Our feeds and timelines are jammed with outrageous and incredible accounts that prove what we all already suspected: our political opponents are crazy. Maybe some of them are downright evil.

The good news is that much of what you read via social media isn't true. The bad news is that more and more people believe it is. Social media increasingly dominates our news-getting habits. But recent studies suggest the stories we share on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere are unreliable, polarizing, and even destructive to the social order.

A recent experiment published at Buzzfeed demonstrates that an average of 28.55% of articles shared on partisan social media are either mostly false, or a mixture of truth and fiction.

Another study, done by Gnip analytics and reported in the new issue of The Atlantic suggests that across-the-aisle dialogue could make up as little as 10% of social media interactions.

How much of that do you suppose is friendly crosstalk? Not much, according to yet another study by scholars from George Washington and American universities. According to their study of social media during the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the authors say the most politically active social media users were also the ones most prone to spreading stories promoting paranoia and violence.

Indeed, to those of us who have studied the role of social media in uprisings such as Iran's "Green Revolution" and the Arab Spring, this all comes as no surprise. Social media platforms like Twitter were instrumental in organizing the protests that led to the overthrow of despots throughout the Middle East. But when the smoke cleared, and the ousters had been accomplished, old dictatorships were replaced with new ones, and the few democratically elected governments were fast dominated by hardline Islamists.

Social media, while excellent at spreading unrest, proved incapable of supporting open, democratic reforms.

Like digital platforms in general, social media is great at disrupting institutions and industries. But when it comes to the hard work of reform and building sustainable systems, it is a dangerous hindrance. Stable government depends on a pause in revolutionary fervor. Open societies rely on people's faith in the good intentions of their fellow citizens. Democracy can't function without a well-informed electorate.

But as the previously-mentioned studies show, social media encourages exactly the opposite of all these virtues. Our personally-tailored social media feeds create what the legal scholar Cass Sunstein calls enclave extremism — groupthink and factionalism with a tendency to spiral into zealotry.

This happens in part because social media are biased in favor of duplication and repetition. It is easy to share a story, retweet it, reblog it, or affirmatively "like" it. But Silicon Valley designers have yet to invent an emoji that means "poorly argued, but reflecting valid concerns."

Add to that the fact that the most shareable stories are "click bait" designed to generate quick bursts of outrage and self-righteousness. What you get is a thousand niche realities, each spreading misinformation, mistrust, and rage.

Unfortunately, we in the United States are beginning to see the political consequences of social media's bias towards the outrageous and untruthful. Regardless of who is elected President in November, that person will face a crisis of legitimacy stemming from accounts of election fraud and suppression, or foreign or intra-party meddling. Some of these news items will contain kernels of truth, but many will not. And all of them will be spread on social media.

The very structure of social media — peer-to-peer and relatively free of oversight — means that this will not be an easy hurdle for the next President to clear. Meanwhile, social media use continues to spread worldwide. It may ultimately fall to users to de-escalate the war of words and pictures before it becomes a global digital war of all against all.

As the experience of the Arab Spring should remind us, virtual unrest can easily spill into the streets. We should ask if all the "likes" in the world are worth that outcome.


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 09, 2016, 10:23:46 am
https://gma.yahoo.com/trump-white-house-might-look-112812503--abc-news-topstories.html

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Choosing a Cabinet From Familiar Faces

Donald Trump was very public with his vice-presidential selection process, effectively auditioning several candidates, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, retired Gen. Michael Flynn and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

It's unknown whether he would take the same approach to his cabinet appointments.

Donald Trump’s transition team is being headed up by Christie, while Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has reportedly been deeply involved in that, along with many other parts of the presidential campaign.

ABC News reporting and analysis points to businessman Carl Icahn or the Trump campaign’s national finance chairman, Steve Mnuchin, as possible treasury secretary options.

Giuliani and Sheriff Joe Arpaio could be potential secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security, and Christie has long been seen as a contender for the attorney general spot.

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This isn't the first report I've heard about Guilliani being a potential cabinet appointee...

Arpaio? This guy, who played his role in Obama's Hegelian Dialectic birther movement, just never goes away!

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Lots of Action on the First Day

During the campaign, Trump has repeatedly said he will “repeal and replace Obamacare," "immediately suspend the admission of Syrian refugees," "order a review of every single regulation issued over the last eight years," "begin lifting all regulations that are hurting our workers and our businesses," "terminate every single unconstitutional executive order signed by President Obama," “restore the rule of law to our land," "begin implementing plans for construction of a wall along our southern border," and "get rid of [international gangs of thugs and drug cartels]," all on his first day.

**One payer system coming soon!


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 10, 2016, 09:32:41 am
Be yet not deceived, these protests are STAGED by the NWO!

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/thousands-of-anti-trump-protesters-take-to-streets-of-us-cities/ar-AAk74hs?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp
Thousands of anti-Trump protesters take to streets of U.S. cities

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Demonstrators marched in cities across the United States on Wednesday to protest against Republican Donald Trump's surprise presidential election win, blasting his campaign rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims and other groups.


In New York, thousands filled streets in midtown Manhattan as they made their way to Trump Tower, Trump's gilded home on Fifth Avenue. Hundreds of others gathered at a Manhattan park and shouted "Not my president."

In Los Angeles, protesters sat on the 110 and 101 highway interchange, blocking traffic on one of the city's main arteries as police in riot gear tried to clear them. Some 13 protesters were arrested, a local CBS affiliate reported.

An earlier rally and march in Los Angeles drew more than 5,000 people, many of them high school and college students, local media reported.

A demonstration of more than 6,000 people blocked traffic in Oakland, California, police said. Protesters threw objects at police in riot gear, burned trash in the middle of an intersection, set off fireworks and smashed store front windows.

Police responded by throwing chemical irritants at the protesters, according to a Reuters witness.

Two officers were injured in Oakland and two police squad cars were damaged, Johnna Watson, spokeswoman for the Oakland Police Department told CNN.

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Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 14, 2016, 12:47:12 pm
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/secret-facebook-groups-become-trump-era-activist-tools-this-is-a-wake-up-call/ar-AAkhjVZ?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp
Secret Facebook groups become Trump-era activist tools: 'This is a wake-up call'
11/14/16

Some say they now want to run for office. Others plan to write to their local mosques to express solidarity with American Muslims and refugees, or to start preparing for the midterm elections in Congress. They are organizing in secret Facebook groups they consider safe spaces with tongue-in-cheek titles like Pantsuit Nation and Bitches For Hillary – not just to mourn but to mobilize.

“This is a huge wake-up call,” said Meghan Myszkowski, 36, of Donald Trump’s win last week.

Myszkowski, a single mother and who runs a social media agency in Pasadena, California, is a member of several invitation-only Facebook groups where disappointed voters – particularly women – are pledging to ignite a novel liberal comeback in the US.


Related: Facebook's fake news: Mark Zuckerberg rejects 'crazy idea' that it swayed voters

Pantsuit Nation was started during the Democratic primary and now has three million members, all by invitation only. A new group, Still Stronger Together, was created last Wednesday, just 12 hours after the election result became clear, and already has more than 6,000 members.

It specifically urges members to suggest ideas for fighting back against what they fear could be a wild conservative agenda from president-elect Donald Trump.

“Liberals were in an echo chamber and not listening to people outside the bubble. I want to start organizing for people to donate to Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the National Organization for Women. A friend of mine has started designing shirts with the proceeds going to these groups and we are talking about it in the secret groups. It’s a start at least,” Myszkowski said.

In her concession speech, Hillary Clinton gave a nod to such groups and called for them to be part of a comeback, saying: “And to the millions of volunteers, community leaders, activists and union organizers who knocked on doors, talked to their neighbors, posted on Facebook – even in secret, private Facebook sites, I want everybody coming out from behind that [to] make sure your voices are heard going forward.”

Prior to the presidential election, Pantsuit Nation was a rallying place for support for Clinton. Since her defeat it has become a haven where devastated Clinton voters commiserate, but also seek advice about related problems and brainstorm about next steps.


One female member in Pennsylvania posted that she went jogging after the election and passed a group of workmen, one of whom yelled: “We own your **** now” – a reference to the audio tape that surfaced during the campaign of then-candidate Trump boasting about grabbing women, unbidden, by the genitals.

Many Pantsuit Nation posters called themselves “blue dots in a sea of red” after voting for Clinton in deeply Republican areas such as Wyoming, Kentucky, Tennessee or Mississippi. They have been sharing stories of Trump voters gloating aggressively at them in the workplace since his victory, or harassing them because they are Mexican. They then receive moral support and advice from other members.

As the Thanksgiving celebration approaches, many posts discuss how – or even whether – to face gathering around the dinner table with family members who voted for Trump.

“It’s been a way to touch base with people who are struggling with hate crimes and it’s a resource to get support because I feel like liberals are going off a cliff,” said Ivory Rieger, 46, a supermarket business analyst in Portland, Maine. She joined Pantsuit Nation about three months before the election and joined Still Stronger Together last week.

She said she was an enthusiastic voter but was now inspired to become a lot more vocal and active in protest against the Trump agenda.

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Post by: Mark on November 19, 2016, 02:47:34 pm
IT BEGINS: Far Left Leader Proposes "Truth Squads" to Disseminate Only Approved Propaganda to Global Community

Democrat operatives organized a coordinated attack against conservative websites following Hillary Clinton’s decisive defeat last week.

Far left leaders, including Barack Obama, blamed the inability of the left to convey “their message” as the reason why they were rejected by the American electorate.

The left pushed a hit list of targeted conservative websites earlier this week.

Now this…
Kenneth Roth, the creepy executive director of Human Rights Watch, a far left international “human rights” organization, wants “truth squads” set up to disseminate approved leftist propaganda to the global community.

Wow!

The left wants a ‘thought police squad’– Wow!

rest: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/11/begins-far-left-leader-proposes-truth-squads-disseminate-approved-propaganda-global-community/


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 03, 2017, 04:45:10 pm
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/01/03/Fugitive-Brazilian-inmates-post-selfies-on-Facebook-while-on-the-run/3521483445989/
1/3/17
Fugitive Brazilian inmates post 'selfies' on Facebook while on the run

MANAUS, Brazil, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A Brazilian man who broke out of prison in Manaus has posted photos of himself on Facebook, including one post-escape "selfie."

Brayan Bremer, sentenced on robbery charges, and another another fugitive posed for and posted on Bremer's "Mobile Uploads" Facebook folder a picture amid dense vegetation -- both giving thumbs up with the accompanying caption "On run of jail."

In the image, Bremer did not have shoes on. In one Facebook post, he advises "single ladies" to "take care."

Police said the unidentified man behind Bremer has been captured, while Bremer remains on the run, A Crítica reported. Bremer often used his Facebook account while imprisoned, though it is banned by prison officials.

Bremer was among about 72 people who broke out of the Antonio Trindade jail in Manaus on Sunday. Hours later, 112 inmates broke out of the Anisio Jobim prison amid a deadly riot. Dozens of inmates have been recaptured.

At least 60 people died, including several by decapitation, during Sunday's 17-hour Anisio Jobim prison riot. A total of 1,229 inmates were housed in the prison, which has an intended capacity of just 500.


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Post by: Mark on January 06, 2017, 07:01:54 pm
US DESIGNATES ELECTION INFRASTRUCTURE AS 'CRITICAL'

Citing increasingly sophisticated cyber bad actors and an election infrastructure that's "vital to our national interests," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Friday that he's designating U.S. election systems critical infrastructure, a move that provides more federal help for state and local governments to keep their election systems safe from tampering.

"Given the vital role elections play in this country, it is clear that certain systems and assets of election infrastructure meet the definition of critical infrastructure, in fact and in law," Johnson said in a statement. He added: "Particularly in these times, this designation is simply the right and obvious thing to do."

The determination came after months of review and despite opposition from many states worried that the designation would lead to increased federal regulation or oversight on the many decentralized and locally run voting systems across the country. It was announced on the same day a declassified U.S. intelligence report said Russian President Vladimir Putin "ordered" an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election.

The declassified report said that Russian intelligence services had "obtained and maintained access to elements of multiple U.S. state or local electoral boards." None of the systems targeted or compromised was involved in vote tallying, the report said.

A 2013 presidential directive identified 16 sectors as critical infrastructures, including energy, financial services, health care, transportation, food and agriculture and communications.

The designation announced Friday places responsibilities on the Homeland Security secretary to identify and prioritize those sectors, considering physical and cyber threats against them. The secretary is also required to conduct security checks and provide information about emerging and imminent threats.

Such a change does not require presidential action, and only requires the secretary to first consult with the assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism.

Discussions about whether to designate elections systems as critical infrastructure surfaced after hackers targeted the voter registration systems of more than 20 states in the months prior to the November election.

While the designation puts responsibilities on the Department of Homeland Security, it does not require entities that are determined "critical infrastructure" to participate. Much of the nation's critical infrastructure is in the private sector.

Johnson said election infrastructure included storage facilities, polling places and vote tabulation locations, plus technology involved in the process, including voter registration databases, voting machines and other systems used to manage the election process and report and display results.

The designation allows for information to be withheld from the public when state, local and private partners meet to discuss election infrastructure security - potentially injecting secrecy into an election process that's traditionally and expressly a transparent process. U.S. officials say such closed door conversations allow for frank discussion that would prevent bad actors from learning about vulnerabilities. DHS would also be able to grant security clearances when appropriate and provide more detailed threat information to states.

The Obama administration has proposed international cyber rules for peacetime that would expressly note that countries shouldn't conduct online activity targeting critical infrastructure, which will now also include election systems.

President Barack Obama used sanctions last week to retaliate against Russian efforts to interfere in the U.S. election process by expanding a prior executive order that allows for their use in the case of cyberattack on critical infrastructure to entities "interfering with or undermining election processes or institutions." With election infrastructure designated as critical, an attack that takes the system down would also qualify for a response of sanctions.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp, who is a member of the U.S. Election Infrastructure Cybersecurity Working Group run by DHS, is among those who have opposed the designation. Testifying in September to a House Oversight subcommittee, Kemp said more federal oversight could make systems more vulnerable and could make protected records more accessible.

When Johnson discussed the likelihood of the designation in a conference call with state officials on Thursday, Kemp called the action "a federal overreach into a sphere constitutionally reserved for the states." According to a copy of his comments released by his office, Kemp told Johnson on the phone that "this smacks of partisan politics" given the dwindling days left in the Obama administration.

Kemp has appealed to President-elect Donald Trump to investigate "failed cyberattacks" on the Georgia secretary of state's network that traced to the Department of Homeland Security, calling the department's technical explanations insufficient.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ELECTION_HACKING_HOMELAND_SECURITY?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-01-06-17-24-20


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on January 12, 2017, 05:42:02 pm
Republicans pass sweeping bill to reform 'abusive' U.S. regulation

Republicans on Wednesday passed a bill in the House of Representatives that touched on nearly every step U.S. agencies take in creating and applying new rules, continuing their blitz to radically reform "abusive" federal regulation of areas from the environment to the workplace. 

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-regulations-idUSKBN14W02N


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on February 08, 2017, 09:05:27 pm
Nuclear Option: '1984' Sales Soar: Could Liberals Be Great Again? - Breitbart
by Charles Hurt8 Feb 20170

In droves, the precious political “liberals” and “progressives” are gobbling up copies of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” about “the perils of a totalitarian police state,” according to The Washington Post.

The book reached No. 1 among fiction paperbacks in the Washington area, according to the paper. Just ahead of “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis, another throwback novel about “a populist president [who] becomes a dictator.”

Hmmm, I wonder what is going on here.

Are the kids finally waking up and after decades of blithe ignorance and deciding to finally educate themselves about social studies? Are they suddenly “woke” to the ancient questions such as “Who should govern?” and “Where do rights come from?

Are they finally concerned about the dangers of a crushingly powerful and all-knowing Leviathan government that reaches into every aspect of people’s lives? Or, perhaps they are reading up in preparation for a visit to Cuba.

Probably not. But Orwell was a pretty smart guy and wrote some brilliant books. Most of us, of course, did not need to rush out and buy a copy of “1984” after Obamacare was jammed through Congress because, well, because we all still have our copies from when we first read it as teenagers.

The only reason there isn’t an actual Obamacare in “1984” is that even Mr. Orwell’s considerable imagination could not conjure up something so diabolical and wrong.

A system that forces Little Sisters of the Poor to commit what they believe is murder. And then forces them to pay for it.

A system that gives the superstate access to all of your most personal medical information and forces you into medical situations whether you want them or not.

It is the same superstate that President Obama entrusted to spy on elderly people on Social Security who required help keeping their finances straight. If they are not able to balance their checkbooks on their own, they would be deemed mentally unfit and added to the federal list of criminals barred from purchasing weapons.

Seriously, Orwell was a piker compared with this crowd today.

Meanwhile, the federal government monitors Facebook and social media accounts of citizens to make sure they are paying taxes. Yet at the same time the feds have spectacularly failed to monitor social media of terrorists plotting to kill Americans and destroy the greatest force for freedom and individual liberty on the planet today.

The similarities between “1984” and the “utopian” dreams of self-proclaimed “liberals” and “progressives” today — gross misnomers both — are uncanny.

“1984” features Newspeak, the propaganda of Oceania. Individualism and thoughtcrimes were prosecuted by the Thought Police. Today, we have political correctness to shut down debate.

Orwell had his “Ministry of Truth,” which lies about everything. “Ministry of Love” to run the torture program. “Ministry of Plenty” to handle rationing. And, best of all, the “Ministry of Peace,” which kept Oceana in the constant state of war.

Today, we have a “Treasury” Department filled with $20 trillion worth of IOUs.

We have an “Energy” Department that mainly handles spent nuclear fuel.

Our Health and Human Services ministry launches predawn raids on peaceful family farms suspected of selling fresh milk that has not been cooked to specific federal guidelines.

We have a Department of “Education,” which apparently hasn’t been teaching social studies in 40 years.

Best of all, we have the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to arm Mexican thugs, terrorists and drug dealers with guns to be used against Americans.

Orwell had to make it up. We, literally, couldn’t.

But just maybe, “liberals” today will rediscover their roots and reignite a deep suspicion of a large, all-powerful government. Perhaps by reading “1984” they will discover that any government so big that it can give you everything is so big that it will take everything away from you.

Somebody should make up some hats that say: “Make Liberals Great Again.”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/02/08/nuclear-option-1984-sales-soar-liberals-great/


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Post by: Mark on February 19, 2017, 04:46:40 pm
Obama Appointed FEC Commissioner Pushing For Internet Censorship Forced To Resign

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FEC Commissioner Wanted To Shut Down The Drudge Report

On Sunday, Federal Election Commissioner Ann Ravel tweeted out that she is resigning her position effective March 1, 2017. In her resignation letter Ravel voiced her concerns to President Trump about campaign finance reform.

I respectfully urge you to prioritize campaign finance reform to remedy the significant problems identified during the last election cycle,” the letter says. “Disclosure laws need to be strengthened; the mistaken jurisprudence of Citizens United reexamined; public financing of candidates ought to be expanded to reduce reliance on the wealthy; and Commissioners who will carry out the mandates of the law should be appointed to expired terms at the FEC. Thank you very much.

Ann Ravel was appointed by former President Barack Obama back in 2013 to the FEC to fill a vacant spot according to the Washington Post.

Ravel’s resignation comes as she has become a no-show for public meetings since early December according to the Free Beacon.

From The Free Beacon:

“Ravel had become a frequent no-show at Commission meetings since late last year, phoning into 4 public meetings (one from a train) and completely skipping two executive sessions in January,” a source close to the Commission said in an emailed statement. “That did not stop her, however, from requesting a special meeting to obtain Commission approval to travel to Ecuador, at foreign expense, a request she later withdrew after the Free Beacon wrote about the matter.”

Previously Ravel had pushed hard for shutting down the Drudge Report which has been a political juggernaut ever since breaking the Monica Lewinsky scandal back in the late 90’s.

From The Washington Examiner:

[2014] In a surprise move late Friday, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report.

Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on Internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules. “A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long over due,” she said.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/02/fec-commissioner-pushing-internet-censorship-forced-resign/


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Post by: Mark on March 09, 2017, 07:39:59 pm
Momentum Building in Congress to End This Federal Department

Stating that the U.S. Department of Education has "become more interested in protecting the interests of unions, not the students it is supposed to serve," Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.) joined the list of co-sponsors to Rep. Thomas Massie's bill to eliminate the department.

Massie's bill is a single sentence, that states—if it is signed into law—that the DoE no longer exists as of a certain date. In addition to Abraham, it has the following co-sponsors:

    Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.),
    Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.),
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah),
    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.),
    Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.), and
    Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho).

"It's time for that to change," Abraham added. "The best way to initiate that change is to return education policy decision making to where it belongs, at the state and local levels."

http://www.charismanews.com/politics/issues/63538-momentum-building-in-congress-to-end-this-federal-department


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 14, 2017, 12:35:20 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hkGqCk66GI


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 21, 2017, 01:04:18 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaAOEuTPtLs&t=0s


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 27, 2017, 08:58:20 pm
Interesting listen...apparently Calvin's model pushed for very similar NWO Police State agendas we're seeing now.

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=326172348275
John Calvin's Geneva: A Church-State Nightmare
Series:  The Baptist Battle for Liberty  · 14 of 14
3/26/2017 (SUN)
Audio: http://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=326172348275


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 14, 2017, 11:20:33 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UsI9CXHm6o&t=1s


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 21, 2017, 04:21:28 pm
http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/united-states-government-simulate-nuclear-blast-manhattan-operation-gotham-shield/
United States Government To ‘Simulate Nuclear Blast Over Manhattan’ With Operation Gotham Shield 2017
On April 18th thru May 5th, 2017, state, local, and federal organizations alike are planning for Operation Gotham Shield 2017 — a major nuclear detonation drill in the New York-New Jersey area, along with the U.S.-Canadian border. During this exercise, 4 nuclear devices, 2 of which are rendered “safe” during the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Vital Archer Exercise, and one successful 10kt detonation in the NYC/NJ area, along with one smaller detonation on the U.S./Canadian border are to take place.

4/21/17

On April 18th thru May 5th, 2017, state, local, and federal organizations alike are planning for Operation Gotham Shield 2017, simulating a nuclear attack on the East coast

EDITOR’S NOTE: Before you simply roll your eyes and say ‘conspiracy theory nuts’, remember the following tidbits of information. On the morning of September 11, 2001, the United States government was running military exercises to simulate attacks on the World Trade Center using commercial planes. On July 7, 2005, the British government was running military preparedness exercises simulating terrorists setting off bombs in the London Metro. Amazing coincidences, aren’t they? Predictably Snopes has already issued their “nothing to see here” response and Google predictably has made sure it’s the first link you see when you do a search for ‘Operation Gotham Shield‘. After having had so much practice with deception, all the key players now operate as a very well-oiled machine. Please see link at the bottom of this article to read the official PDF from the DOE and the NNSA on the planned exercise.

A general alert is out for something major in the near or immediate future. Hopefully, it is just another false alarm, instead of another false flag. Either way, and danger is at hand. Given all that is going on in the world, it is downright eerie to discover that the federal government is once again staging mock disasters that draw disturbing parallels with current world events.
In just a few days, during April 24-26th, Operation Gotham Shield will commence:

It is a tabletop, joint agency exercise involving FEMA, Homeland Security and a myriad of law enforcement and military agencies. WMD, chemical and biological units will all be on hand as a response is tested for a “simulated” nuclear detonation over the United States’ foremost urban center, in the iconic and densely populated island of Manhattan and nearby shores of New Jersey.

The potential for a more explosive false flag to spin out of control, by hijacking and ‘converting’ the simulated actions, is all too real.

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Post by: Mark on June 18, 2017, 08:40:25 pm
Now U.S. government threatens to take all your cash

 In the name of fighting terrorism financing, a new U.S. Senate bill threatens to force private corporations to monitor your financial activity and empowers government to seize all your assets if you fail to comply with the new law.

Even failure to fill out one form is license for the federal government to take everything you have.

Sponsored by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Senate Bill 1241, “Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017,” was introduced last month and represents what some financial experts say is a new assault on cash and digital currencies.

Proponents say it’s needed to fight criminal and terrorist money laundering efforts, yet the banking institutions that will be given orders to look for evidence are themselves the primary architects of the schemes that make this activity profitable on a massive scale.

“If the bill becomes law, Americans would be subject to a whole host of government intrusions. One little slip-up would open a Pandora’s box of governmental inquiry into your financial life,” says Peter Reagan, a financial-market strategist at Birch Gold Group. “For example, failing to complete a single reporting form would result in the government being granted abilities to freeze and seize not just a portion, but the entirety, of your assets. The bill even goes so far as to include the contents of safety-deposit boxes.”

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As the bill stands today, precious-metals holdings are not covered under the required declarations. Most other ‘monetary instruments’ would be locked down tight.

“The war on cash and financial autonomy has been underway for some time,” says Reagan. “But this bill would solidify a serious loss of freedom we’ve been fearing for years.”

Because fighting “terrorism” is one of the purposes of the legislation, it allows any business with government ties to act as a de facto arm of the Department of Homeland Security to take your monetary assets, including Bitcoin and so-called “crypto-currencies.”

Claire Bernish, an independent investigative reporter, says the bill would impose “autocratic financial controls in an attempt to ensure none of your assets can escape one of the state’s most nefarious, despised powers: civil forfeiture.”

“Civil forfeiture grants the government robbery writ large: your cash, property, and assets can be stolen completely sans due process, your guilt – frequently pertaining to drug ‘crimes’ – matters not,” Bernish says. “A court verdict of not guilty doesn’t even guarantee the return of state-thefted property.”

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She says the bill also severely curtails the right to travel freely with more than $10,000 in cash. To do so, a citizen will need to file a report with the U.S. government. Other assets that would be at risk for violations of the law include bank accounts, prepaid cards, gift cars, prepaid phones and prepaid coupons. Violators face prison terms of 10 years.

“And if that weren’t enough, this bill also gives them with new authority to engage in surveillance and wiretapping (including phone, email, etc.) if they have even a hint of suspicion that you might be transporting excess ‘monetary instruments,'” reports Simon Black of SovereignMan.com. “Usually wiretapping authority is reserved for major crimes like kidnapping, human trafficking, felony fraud, etc. Now we can add cash to that list.”

http://mobile.wnd.com/2017/06/hide-your-cash-the-governments-after-it/


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 27, 2017, 05:58:21 pm
http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/massive-global-cyberattack-petya-virus-hits-computers-america-russia-across-europe/
Massive Global Cyberattack With Petya Virus Hits Computers From America To Russia And All Across Europe
Researchers at the computer security company Symantec said the new attack was using the same hacking tool created by the National Security Agency that was used in the WannaCry attacks. Called Eternal Blue, the tool was among dozens leaked online last April by a group known as the Shadow Brokers. The N.S.A. has not acknowledged its tools were used in WannaCry or other attacks.

6/27/17

Computer experts were calling it the Petya virus, and said that it was similar to the WannaCry attack, which spread quickly across much of Asia and Europe. Others cautioned, however, that it could be yet another type of ransomware.

EDITOR’S NOTE: These nasty, ugly and crippling ransomware viruses are transmitted largely via email attachments. When you click on them, it activates the virus lurking in the attachment. If you are not sure who is sending you the email do not click on any of the attachments inside it. Always look at the sender’s full email address before deciding to click on it. Oftentimes the emails will say it’s from a well-known company like Amazon, but the return email address will say something different.

“We are urgently responding to reports of another major ransomware attack on businesses in Europe,” Rob Wainwright, executive director of Europol, Europe’s police agency, said on Twitter.

At least nine European countries had been targeted in the latest attack, said Dan Smith, an information security researcher at Radware, a cybersecurity firm. “I first saw reports of this attack around 8 a.m. Eastern time coming from Ukraine, but it’s too early to tell who’s behind this,” Mr. Smith said.

Researchers at the computer security company Symantec said the new attack was using the same hacking tool created by the National Security Agency that was used in the WannaCry attacks. Called Eternal Blue, the tool was among dozens leaked online last April by a group known as the Shadow Brokers. The N.S.A. has not acknowledged its tools were used in WannaCry or other attacks.

The vulnerability used by Eternal Blue was patched by Microsoft last April, but as the WannaCry attacks demonstrated, hundreds of thousands of organizations around the world failed to properly install the patch. But researchers at F-Secure, the Finnish cybersecurity firm, also noted that the ransomware used at least two other vectors to spread, beyond Eternal Blue, which suggests even those who used the Microsoft patch could be vulnerable.
Nasty Petya virus ransomware spreading fast:

“Just because you roll out a patch doesn’t mean it’ll be put in place quickly,” said Carl Herberger, vice president of security at Radware. “The more bureaucratic an organization is, the higher chance it won’t have updated its software.”

Immediate reports that the computer virus was a variant of Petya suggest the attackers will be hard to trace. Petya was for sale on the so-called dark web, where its creators made the ransomware available as “ransomware as a service” — a play on Silicon Valley terminology for delivering software over the internet, according to the security firm Avast Threat Labs.

That means anyone can launch the ransomware with the click of a button, encrypt someone’s systems and demand a ransom to unlock it. If the victim pays, the authors of the Petya ransomware, who call themselves Janus Cybercrime Solutions, get a cut of the payment.

That distribution model means that pinning down the individuals responsible for Tuesday’s attack could be difficult, if nearly impossible.

The attack is actually “an improved and more lethal version of WannaCry,” according to Matthieu Suiche, a security researcher who helped contain the spread of the WannaCry ransomware last month when he created a so-called kill switch that stopped the attacks from spreading.
Over just the past seven days, Mr. Suiche noted that WannaCry had attempted to hit an additional 80,000 organizations, but was prevented from executing attack code because of the kill switch.

On Tuesday, Mr. Suiche said there was no kill switch for the Petya attacks. The Petya attacks could be worse than WannaCry, said Chris Hinkley, a researcher at Armor, the security firm, because these attacks encrypt and lock entire hard drives, while the earlier ransomware attacks locked only individual files.

But researchers at the security company Kaspersky Labs questioned whether the attack was something other than what has been described as the Petya attacks. The company’s data indicates around 2,000 users have been attacked so far.

In Ukraine, the Infrastructure Ministry, the postal service, the national railway company, and one of the country’s largest communications companies, Ukrtelecom, have been affected, Volodymyr Omelyan, the country’s infrastructure minister, said in a Facebook post.

Officials for the metro system in Kiev, the country’s capital, said card payments could not be accepted at the moment because of the attack. The national power grid company Kievenergo had to switch off all of its computers because of the attack, but the situation was under control, according to the Interfax-Ukraine news agency. Metro Group, a German company that runs wholesale food stores, said its operations in Ukraine had been affected, and that it was “analyzing the possible effects.”

Computer systems at the Chernobyl nuclear plant were also shut down. The computers collected data on radiation levels, and were not connected to industrial systems at the site, where, though all reactors have been decommissioned, huge volumes of radioactive waste remain. Operators said radiation monitoring was being done manually.
In Russia, Home Credit bank, one of the country’s top 50 lenders, was paralyzed, with all of its offices closed, according to the RBC news website.

“All offices can only offer consultations to clients, no banking operations are now possible,” said Artyom Moskvin, a bank teller at Home Credit’s central office in Moscow, though he denied the situation was connected to the hacking attack. “The bank is currently checking its security systems. Everything should go back to normal tomorrow.”

The attack also affected Evraz, a steel manufacturing and mining company that employs around 80,000 people, the RBC website reported.

A spokeswoman for Maersk confirmed that computer systems were down because of the attack. She said the company had been hit across different business units and sites, but declined to confirm Spanish media reports that Maersk’s operations at Spanish ports, including Algeciras and Valencia, were shut down by the attack.

Analysts have been warning that hackers are increasingly likely to use such ransomware attacks to gain access to people’s computers, both in a bid to cause major global disruption and for financial gain.

That was the case with the recent WannaCry computer virus, which attacked networks at hospitals in the United Kingdom, automakers’ production facilities and German train stations. The recent attacks appear to evade popular antivirus software. In a test of 61 antivirus solutions, only four successfully identified the ransomware. source


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 28, 2017, 07:43:32 am
redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=83817
6/27/17
Breaking! NC Teen just got life in prison for his ISIS plans - look what he was going to do!

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A North Carolina teen has been sentenced to life in prison after planning to kill hundreds of people, and taking video of his actions for ISIS.

fox10phoenix.com reports: A Morganton, NC teenager accused of supporting ISIS will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Justin Sullivan was sentenced to life imprisonment Tuesday in federal court for planning murderous attack in support of ISIS.During his sentencing, Sullivan told the court that he's "not a bad person," and that, "things just happened."

According to investigators, Sullivan, who was still a teenager at the time of his arrest, was planning to buy an assault rifle from a local gun show and slaughter at least 1,000 people during a concert in Charlotte. He pleaded guilty to attempting to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries on Nov. 29, 2016.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 03, 2017, 10:24:11 am
https://www.rt.com/viral/394947-robocop-to-combat-crime-dubai/
‘It will combat crime’: Robocop cars join Dubai’s futuristic police force (VIDEO)
Published time: 1 Jul, 2017 23:43

United Arab Emirates policing is entering an even more advanced futuristic phase, after the city of Dubai signed a deal that will see mini, self-driving cop cars deployed to fight street crime.

Dubai has already experimented with android policing, with the deployment of its first robotic officer of the law in May.

Now an agreement has been reached by UAE vice president Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and a Singapore firm over an autonomous security vehicle known as O-R3.

OTSAW in Dubai. We cannot thank @DubaiPoliceHQ enough for their hospitality! Watch highlights of the partnership signing below #SmartCitypic.twitter.com/UnnyHHscKy
— OTSAW Digital (@OTSAWDigital) June 30, 2017

The sleek robot by Otsaw Digital has four wheels and can navigate its surroundings using a series of sensors attached to its bodywork.

According to its makers, the O-R3 comes equipped with a range of cameras that will enable it to carry out “facial and license plate recognition.”

When faced with an obstacle that it cannot overcome, the O-R3 also has the ability to send out a surveillance drone in order to keep tabs on a fleeing suspect, footage of the vehicle reveals.

Meanwhile, human monitors have the ability to take over control of the robot from a centralized location.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 16, 2017, 04:42:38 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0BAr-ds4hg


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 11, 2017, 12:04:18 pm
http://redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=89405
BREAKING: Google Execs Exposed Breaking Code Of Conduct Used To Fire Conservative Employee!

Google executives have been exposed breaking the same code of conduct they used to fire James Damore for authoring a conservative in-company memo.

From Gotnews:

Did it violate Google’s Code of Conduct when Larry Page, Sergei Brin, and Eric Schmidt dated women who were their subordinates at the company?


Then Google-CEO Page dated Marissa Mayer during her early days at Google, as Business Insider reports:

…Down went Google.com.

Google went back online that day, but only after hours of work from Mayer, Silverstein, and her new colleagues. She went home at 3 a.m.

Perhaps because of long nights like that one, Mayer and Page eventually grew very close. At one point during Mayer’s early years at Google, she and Page started dating.

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8/10/17


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 24, 2017, 12:35:23 pm
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/4295350/did-you-know-google-has-been-secretly-recording-you-heres-how-to-find-the-creepy-audio-files-that-are-monitoring-your-conversations-every-day/
PARANOID ANDROIDHow Google is secretly recording YOU through your mobile, monitoring millions of conversations every day and storing the creepy audio files

You may have accidentally triggered the listening device - allowing it to record incriminating convos and steamy gossip

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By Margi Murphy
22nd August 2017, 2:00 pm
Updated: 23rd August 2017, 5:47 pm

DID you know that Google has been recording you without your knowledge?

The technology giant has effectively turned millions of its users' smartphones into listening devices that can capture intimate conversations - even when they aren't in the room.

If you own an Android phone, it's likely that you've used Google's Assistant, which is similar to Apple's Siri.

Google says it only turns on and begins recording when you utter the words "OK Google".

But a Sun investigation has found that the virtual assistant is a little hard of hearing.

In some cases, just saying "OK" in conversation prompted it to switch on your phone and record around 20 seconds of audio.

It regularly switches on the microphone as you go about your day-to-day activities, none the wiser.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 01, 2017, 09:47:34 am
http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/google-youtube-threatening-conservative-sites-demonetization-dont-remove-offensive-content/
Google And YouTube Threatening Conservative Sites With Demonetization If They Don’t Remove “Offensive” Content
Google and YouTube have decided to take their game to the next level - demonetizing websites by restricting AdSense code and demonetizing videos on YouTube that promote a Conservative and/or Christian worldview.


by Geoffrey Grider September 1, 2017
Barry Lynn, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation — a think tank funded by Google — says he lost his job this week as a result of his research critical of Google, which Lynn says should be considered a monopoly.

As everyone knows by now, Google and its video arm YouTube control search engine results around the globe. As you may also know, Google and its various alphabet subsidiaries are screaming Liberals who seek to drive the Alt-Left agenda. Eric Schmidt worked on Hillary’s doomed campaign, providing Google’s search engine dominance to suppress Conservative stories and push Liberal articles to the top.

Now, they have decided to take their game to the next level – demonetizing websites by restricting AdSense code and demonetizing videos on YouTube that promote a Conservative and/or Christian worldview.
PROOF: Youtube Restricting Conservative Videos

On Tuesday evening, Google sent a conservative website an ultimatum: remove one of your articles, or lose the ability to make ad revenue on your website. The website was strong-armed into removing the content, and then warned that the page was “just an example and that the same violations may exist on other pages of this website.”

    “Yesterday morning, we received a very bizarre letter from Google issuing us an ultimatum,” Shane Trejo, media relations director of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Michigan, wrote on The Liberty Conservative. “Either we were to remove a particular article or see all of our ad revenues choked off in an instant. This is the newest method that Big Brother is using to enforce thought control.”

The ultimatum came in the form of an email from Google’s ad placement service AdSense. The email specifically listed an article on The Liberty Conservative’s site, stating that the article violated AdSense’s policies.
Anti-corporate voices across the ideological spectrum are claiming that Google is attempting to silence them for their political positions.

Barry Lynn, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation — a think tank funded by Google — says he lost his job this week as a result of his research critical of Google, which Lynn says should be considered a monopoly.

“Every day I see people waking up to the power of Google, Facebook and Amazon. We have to do something as a people, we have to do something through our government and address the power of these companies,” Lynn told The Guardian. “The number of congressmen and others making statements on Capitol Hill about this is growing very rapidly. The number of businesses who are saying that something must be done about the power of these companies and the way they use their power.”

I think you can see where all this is going. Google plans in exerting its monopolistic dominance over search engine results and all those who don’t “play ball” will find their Internet traffic stream drying up to a standstill.

Remember when the professing Left used to be a champion of free speech for all? Those days are gone. Now it’s the Alt-Left who are in power, and they seek to impose their fascist ideology on everyone else.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 09, 2017, 08:21:14 pm
http://truthfeednews.com/new-a-i-can-correctly-tell-if-someone-is-gay-or-straight-based-on-a-facial-scan/

New A.I. Can Correctly Tell if Someone is Gay or Straight Based on a Facial Scan
Culture By truthfeednews September 9, 2017

For decades some humans have claimed to have a better “gaydar” than others.

However, now it’s become clear that just like machines have eclipsed humans in playing “Jeopardy,” they have also eclipsed them in determining based on looks alone, who is gay and who is straight.

From TheGuardian

Artificial intelligence can accurately guess whether people are gay or straight based on photos of their faces, according to new research that suggests machines can have significantly better “gaydar” than humans.

The study from Stanford University – which found that a computer algorithm could correctly distinguish between gay and straight men 81% of the time, and 74% for women – has raised questions about the biological origins of sexual orientation, the ethics of facial-detection technology, and the potential for this kind of software to violate people’s privacy or be abused for anti-LGBT purposes.

The machine intelligence tested in the research, which was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and first reported in the Economist, was based on a sample of more than 35,000 facial images that men and women publicly posted on a US dating website. The researchers, Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang, extracted features from the images using “deep neural networks”, meaning a sophisticated mathematical system that learns to analyze visuals based on a large dataset.

The research found that gay men and women tended to have “gender-atypical” features, expressions and “grooming styles”, essentially meaning gay men appeared more feminine and vice versa. The data also identified certain trends, including that gay men had narrower jaws, longer noses and larger foreheads than straight men, and that gay women had larger jaws and smaller foreheads compared to straight women.

Human judges performed much worse than the algorithm, accurately identifying orientation only 61% of the time for men and 54% for women. When the software reviewed five images per person, it was even more successful – 91% of the time with men and 83% with women. Broadly, that means “faces contain much more information about sexual orientation than can be perceived and interpreted by the human brain”, the authors wrote.

The paper suggested that the findings provide “strong support” for the theory that sexual orientation stems from exposure to certain hormones before birth, meaning people are born gay and being queer is not a choice. The machine’s lower success rate for women also could support the notion that female sexual orientation is more fluid.

While the findings have clear limits when it comes to gender and sexuality – people of color were not included in the study, and there was no consideration of transgender or bisexual people – the implications for artificial intelligence (AI) are vast and alarming. With billions of facial images of people stored on social media sites and in government databases, the researchers suggested that public data could be used to detect people’s sexual orientation without their consent.

It’s easy to imagine spouses using the technology on partners they suspect are closeted, or teenagers using the algorithm on themselves or their peers. More frighteningly, governments that continue to prosecute LGBT people could hypothetically use the technology to out and target populations. That means building this kind of software and publicizing it is itself controversial given concerns that it could encourage harmful applications.

But the authors argued that the technology already exists, and its capabilities are important to expose so that governments and companies can proactively consider privacy risks and the need for safeguards and regulations.

“It’s certainly unsettling. Like any new tool, if it gets into the wrong hands, it can be used for ill purposes,” said Nick Rule, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, who has published research on the science of gaydar. “If you can start profiling people based on their appearance, then identifying them and doing horrible things to them, that’s really bad.”


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 17, 2017, 09:19:16 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yuGaLqaplo


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 20, 2017, 08:28:37 pm
http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/digital-billboards-will-record-make-model-car-deliver-personalized-ads-drive-past/
Digital Billboards Will Record Make And Model Of Your Car To Deliver Personalized Ads As You Drive Past
A series of factors are reshaping the quintessential experience of the road trip or job commute. Smart billboards are already here, gracing the sides of bus shelters, urban interstates and pedestrian walkways. And as the digital billboards grow in size and number — rotating ads, customizing them to passing traffic and earning far more income — old-fashioned billboards face an existential moment.

9/20/17

Here is what’s around the corner: Smart digital billboards will detect the make, model and year of oncoming vehicles and project ads tailored to the motorist.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is like the third or fourth story we’ve done today showing the ultra-aggressive incursion of smart technology into our daily lives. Nest Home Climate Systems, smart TVs, coffeemakers with RFID chips, phones with facial recognition and the list goes on and on. Every moment of every part of our lives is being observed, recorded, digitized and analyzed. That One World System that everyone feared 20 years ago is now the same system being embraced by everyone.

Roadside cameras will read license plates, and powerful computers will make snap judgments based on likely home address, age, race and income level to pitch products or services through the billboards.

Once ads flash up on roadside digital screens, the sales pitch may not stop. Any mobile phones in a passing vehicle may light up with a reinforcing message linked to the ad.

A series of factors are reshaping the quintessential experience of the road trip or job commute. Smart billboards are already here, gracing the sides of bus shelters, urban interstates and pedestrian walkways. And as the digital billboards grow in size and number — rotating ads, customizing them to passing traffic and earning far more income — old-fashioned billboards face an existential moment.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 21, 2017, 10:16:57 am
http://redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=95773
Breaking: It's Happening!! They Just Branded The Electoral College A National Security Threat
9/20/17

Media Organization Politico has branded the American electoral college as threat to national security and are advocating for it to be abolished.

Dailycaller reported: The American electoral college system should be abolished because it provides foreign nations with the opportunity to influence the outcomes of U.S. presidential elections, according to Politico.

The authors used Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist No. 68 to explain the Founding Fathers’ theory that the U.S. electoral college would protect the nation from “the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.”

The story further argued that Hamilton and the other American forefathers could not have imagined, or prepared for, an election like 2016, thereby bolstering the claim that Russia “was able to manipulate America’s election process with stunning effectiveness.”

“But it’s clear the national security rationale for the Electoral College is outdated and therefore it should be retired. Simply put, it enables foreign powers to more easily pierce the very shield Hamilton imagined it would be,” authors Matthew Olsen and Benjamin Haas wrote.




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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 06, 2017, 06:29:17 pm
http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/man-created-facebook-like-button-now-warns-mind-can-hijacked-social-media/
Man Who Created The Facebook ‘Like’ Button Now Warns Your Mind Can Be ‘Hijacked’ Through Social Media
In 2007, Rosenstein was one of a small group of Facebook employees who decided to create a path of least resistance – a single click – to “send little bits of positivity” across the platform. Facebook’s “like” feature was, Rosenstein says, “wildly” successful: engagement soared as people enjoyed the short-term boost they got from giving or receiving social affirmation, while Facebook harvested valuable data about the preferences of users that could be sold to advertisers. The idea was soon copied by Twitter, with its heart-shaped “likes” (previously star-shaped “favourites”), Instagram, and countless other apps and websites.

10/6/17

Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which he compares to heroin, and imposed limits on his use of Facebook. But even that wasn’t enough.

“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Revelation 13:15 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s very interesting to understand that the very people who created the highly-addictive ‘like’ system have now installed extensions on their devices to block those same features from being active. What does that tell you about how enslaving social media can be? Just imagine how it will be in a few years when AI is fully rolled out, and the devices are doing our thinking for us. The “brave new world’ is a very scary place to be, and I honestly don’t think any of us really know what we’re playing with.

In August, the 34-year-old tech executive took a more radical step to restrict his use of social media and other addictive technologies. Rosenstein purchased a new iPhone and instructed his assistant to set up a parental-control feature to prevent him from downloading any apps.

He was particularly aware of the allure of Facebook “likes”, which he describes as “bright dings of pseudo-pleasure” that can be as hollow as they are seductive. And Rosenstein should know: he was the Facebook engineer who created the “like” button in the first place.

A decade after he stayed up all night coding a prototype of what was then called an “awesome” button, Rosenstein belongs to a small but growing band of Silicon Valley heretics who complain about the rise of the so-called “attention economy”: an internet shaped around the demands of an advertising economy.

These refuseniks are rarely founders or chief executives, who have little incentive to deviate from the mantra that their companies are making the world a better place. Instead, they tend to have worked a rung or two down the corporate ladder: designers, engineers and product managers who, like Rosenstein, several years ago put in place the building blocks of a digital world from which they are now trying to disentangle themselves. “It is very common,” Rosenstein says, “for humans to develop things with the best of intentions and for them to have unintended, negative consequences.”

Rosenstein, who also helped create Gchat during a stint at Google, and now leads a San Francisco-based company that improves office productivity, appears most concerned about the psychological effects on people who, research shows, touch, swipe or tap their phone 2,617 times a day.

There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attention”, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity – even when the device is turned off. “Everyone is distracted,” Rosenstein says. “All of the time.”
But those concerns are trivial compared with the devastating impact upon the political system that some of Rosenstein’s peers believe can be attributed to the rise of social media and the attention-based market that drives it.

Drawing a straight line between addiction to social media and political earthquakes like Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump, they contend that digital forces have completely upended the political system and, left unchecked, could even render democracy as we know it obsolete.

In 2007, Rosenstein was one of a small group of Facebook employees who decided to create a path of least resistance – a single click – to “send little bits of positivity” across the platform. Facebook’s “like” feature was, Rosenstein says, “wildly” successful: engagement soared as people enjoyed the short-term boost they got from giving or receiving social affirmation, while Facebook harvested valuable data about the preferences of users that could be sold to advertisers. The idea was soon copied by Twitter, with its heart-shaped “likes” (previously star-shaped “favourites”), Instagram, and countless other apps and websites.

It was Rosenstein’s colleague, Leah Pearlman, then a product manager at Facebook and on the team that created the Facebook “like”, who announced the feature in a 2009 blogpost. Now 35 and an illustrator, Pearlman confirmed via email that she, too, has grown disaffected with Facebook “likes” and other addictive feedback loops. She has installed a web browser plug-in to eradicate her Facebook news feed, and hired a social media manager to monitor her Facebook page so that she doesn’t have to.

“One reason I think it is particularly important for us to talk about this now is that we may be the last generation that can remember life before,” Rosenstein says. It may or may not be relevant that Rosenstein, Pearlman and most of the tech insiders questioning today’s attention economy are in their 30s, members of the last generation that can remember a world in which telephones were plugged into walls.

It is revealing that many of these younger technologists are weaning themselves off their own products, sending their children to elite Silicon Valley schools where iPhones, iPads and even laptops are banned. They appear to be abiding by a Biggie Smalls lyric from their own youth about the perils of dealing crack ****: never get high on your own supply.

One morning in April this year, designers, programmers and tech entrepreneurs from across the world gathered at a conference centre on the shore of the San Francisco Bay. They had each paid up to $1,700 to learn how to manipulate people into habitual use of their products, on a course curated by conference organiser Nir Eyal.

Eyal, 39, the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, has spent several years consulting for the tech industry, teaching techniques he developed by closely studying how the Silicon Valley giants operate.

“The technologies we use have turned into compulsions, if not full-fledged addictions,” Eyal writes. “It’s the impulse to check a message notification. It’s the pull to visit YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter for just a few minutes, only to find yourself still tapping and scrolling an hour later.” None of this is an accident, he writes. It is all “just as their designers intended”.

He explains the subtle psychological tricks that can be used to make people develop habits, such as varying the rewards people receive to create “a craving”, or exploiting negative emotions that can act as “triggers”. “Feelings of boredom, loneliness, frustration, confusion and indecisiveness often instigate a slight pain or irritation and prompt an almost instantaneous and often mindless action to quell the negative sensation,” Eyal writes.
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Less than 5 minutes after posting this story on social media, Facebook banned me for 6 days in retaliation for daring to expose them.

Attendees of the 2017 Habit Summit might have been surprised when Eyal walked on stage to announce that this year’s keynote speech was about “something a little different”. He wanted to address the growing concern that technological manipulation was somehow harmful or immoral. He told his audience that they should be careful not to abuse persuasive design, and wary of crossing a line into coercion.

But he was defensive of the techniques he teaches, and dismissive of those who compare tech addiction to drugs. “We’re not freebasing Facebook and injecting Instagram here,” he said. He flashed up a slide of a shelf filled with sugary baked goods. “Just as we shouldn’t blame the baker for making such delicious treats, we can’t blame tech makers for making their products so good we want to use them,” he said. “Of course that’s what tech companies will do. And frankly: do we want it any other way?”

Without irony, Eyal finished his talk with some personal tips for resisting the lure of technology. He told his audience he uses a Chrome extension, called DF YouTube, “which scrubs out a lot of those external triggers” he writes about in his book, and recommended an app called Pocket Points that “rewards you for staying off your phone when you need to focus”.

Finally, Eyal confided the lengths he goes to protect his own family. He has installed in his house an outlet timer connected to a router that cuts off access to the internet at a set time every day. “The idea is to remember that we are not powerless,” he said. “We are in control.”

But are we? If the people who built these technologies are taking such radical steps to wean themselves free, can the rest of us reasonably be expected to exercise our free will?

Not according to Tristan Harris, a 33-year-old former Google employee turned vocal critic of the tech industry. “All of us are jacked into this system,” he says. “All of our minds can be hijacked. Our choices are not as free as we think they are.” source


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Post by: Mark on March 09, 2018, 08:49:33 pm
Report: FBI Using Best Buy Employees to Search Computers Without Warrant

 Imagine that your house needs to be repaired. Say the plumbing needs work. You call a professional to come over and fix the problem.

While he’s under the sink doing his job, you step out of the house for a minute. When you get back, you find the plumber digging through your desk drawers and personal files — and when you protest, he says the government paid him to search your house, without a warrant and without suspecting you of a specific crime.

That scenario is essentially what Best Buy employees are accused of doing, only with your computer instead of your house.

A bombshell report by the Electronic Freedom Foundation claims that Geek Squad, the computer repair division of Best Buy, has been paid by the FBI to dig through customers’ computers without warrants.

The activity is ostensibly part of a project to cut down on child pornography, but the lack of any warrants and the use of informants to violate privacy on behalf of the federal government has the watchdog group raising the alarm.

“Records posted Tuesday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation following a freedom of information lawsuit filed last year reveal that federal agents would pay Geek Squad managers who pass on information about illegal materials on devices sent in by customers for repairs,” explained ZDNet.

“Because the FBI uses Geek Squad as informants, the EFF says that any search should be seen as a warrantless search carried out by proxy, and thus any evidence obtained as a result of the illegal searches should be thrown out of court,” continued the technology news site.

It’s one thing for a technician to call law enforcement if they stumble across something illegal during the normal course of their job. However, it may be something else entirely if they are paid by the government to actively go through the computers of customers, violating privacy just to see what they can find.

That kind of proactive searching appears to be exactly what Geek Squad technicians did, arguably “playing detective” on behalf of the FBI… without any pesky warrants or due process.

“Some evidence in the case appears to show Geek Squad employees did make an affirmative effort to identify illegal material,” the EFF confirmed.

“For example, the image found on (one suspect’s) hard drive was in an unallocated space, which typically requires forensic software to find,” explained the foundation. It would be next to impossible to detect something hidden in such a way unless a technician was looking for it.

“Other evidence showed that Geek Squad employees were financially rewarded for finding child pornography,” the EFF continued. “Such a bounty would likely encourage Geek Squad employees to actively sweep for suspicious content.”

Let’s be clear: Child pornography is both sickening and illegal, and every sane person wants the people involved in it to be found. With that said, we cannot simply tear up the Constitution any time it might be convenient to catch a few more criminals.

There’s a reason jack-booted police forces cannot ransack your house on a whim, even though this would undoubtedly put a few criminals out of business: That would no longer be a free country based on rights and laws, but a tyrannical dictatorship like one that countless Americans died to prevent.

We’ve already used the example of a repairman searching your house without a warrant. Here’s another analogy: If you took your car into the shop to have an alignment only to find out that mechanics tore all the body panels off looking for possible hidden drugs — again, with no warrant and being paid by the FBI — would you be OK with it?

“Sending your computer to Best Buy for repairs shouldn’t require you to surrender your Fourth Amendment rights. But that’s apparently what’s been happening when customers send their computers to a Geek Squad repair facility,” summarized the EFF.

“At no point did the FBI get warrants based on probable cause before Geek Squad informants conducted these searches,” the foundation continued. “Nor are these cases the result of Best Buy employees happening across potential illegal content on a device and alerting authorities.”

“Rather, the FBI was apparently directing Geek Squad workers to conduct fishing expeditions on people’s devices to find evidence of criminal activity,” the group continued.

That’s not how due process works. That isn’t how the Fourth Amendment works, and it’s not how America is supposed to work.

It’s time to ask some serious questions about the FBI, and whether its personnel care about their constitutional oaths or the principles of the United States. The scandals at the bureau are starting to pile up, and a once-respected agency has lost the trust of the American people.

https://www.teaparty.org/report-fbi-using-best-buy-employees-search-computers-without-warrant-294889/



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Post by: Mark on June 06, 2018, 05:44:07 pm
Governments And Social Media Companies Are Collaborating To Censor Anyone That Would Dare To Question Mainstream Media Narratives

The era of free and unfettered speech on the Internet is rapidly ending.  All over the world, national governments are working very closely with social media companies to take control of “Internet news”.  Up until recently, the Internet really was a wonderful marketplace of ideas, and ordinary people like you and I were empowered to share information with one another like never before in human history.  But now the elite have seen the power that this can have, and they are cracking down hard.  The term “fake news” has come to mean any source that would dare to question the official narratives that are being fed to us from the mainstream media, and in reality the push to censor “fake news” is really just an all-out effort to eliminate independent thought.  Before the Internet, it was much easier for the elite to control the flow of information, and now they are taking unprecedented measures to control the flow of information in the digital age.

Just check out what is happening in France.  A proposed law would give authorities the power “to immediately halt the publication of information deemed to be false”…

    Under the law, French authorities would be able to immediately halt the publication of information deemed to be false ahead of elections.

    Social networks would have to introduce measures allowing users to flag up false reports, pass their data on such articles to authorities, and make public their efforts against fake news.
    And the law would authorise the state to take foreign broadcasters off the air if they were attempting to destabilise France — a measure seemingly aimed at Russian state-backed outlet RT in particular.

New measures under consideration by the European Union as a whole are even more draconian.

According to a Breitbart report, all social media companies would be forced to use “content recognition technologies” to “monitor and control all uploads”…

    The European Union (EU) is less than a month away from voting to introduce aggressive new online copyright laws and “widespread censorship” measures, which critics say could strangle new media websites and stifle satire and online meme culture.

    Unelected European Commission bureaucrats have drafted legislation which detractors say could force online platforms to monitor and control all uploads to some platforms with “content recognition technologies”. They are also said to have proposed what has been termed a ‘link tax’, which could compel blogs and other websites to pay just to reference content.

To give you an idea of what that would look like in practice, all we have to do is to consider what is already happening over in China.

Internet censorship in China has already achieved legendary status, and the largest social media network in China has already blocked at least 500 million postings in the battle against “fake news”…

    WeChat, China’s biggest social media network with around one billion users, has so far blocked about 500 million postings in its fight against fake news, according to a report by a government body.

    Apart from blocking the posts directly, Tencent’s WeChat is working with hundreds of third-party organisations in an effort to block postings and quash “rumours” as part of its overall effort to “safeguard cybersecurity”, according to a report released on Friday by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, an institute run by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

    WeChat has built a mini-programme into its social messaging application dedicated to refuting “rumours”, including postings on topics such as the disappearance of Malaysia Airline Flight 370 in 2014 and various other topics, such as “cures” for cancer. By the end of 2017, the programme has quashed “rumours” for over 19.7 million users and around 37 million alerts were sent out.

Just think about that for a moment.

The Chinese are not just filtering out a few legitimately fake news stories.

The truth is that they are systematically censoring anything that does not fit the official narratives that they want the public to believe.

This is the greatest threat to freedom of speech that any of us have ever seen, and it has started in the United States too.

Late last year, YouTube made an announcement that it had decided to hire “10,000 new moderators” to “flag content”…

    “Of course, all of this comes after YouTube announced in December that it would hire some 10,000 new moderators to flag content,” Swann reported. “And those moderators have been flagging at a stunning rate.”

    He noted further that in several cases the moderators were pulling entire channels “without any advance warning” whatsoever, and that most of those channels were deemed “either pro-gun or conservative.”

Since that time, conservative videos and conservative accounts have been “disappearing” in massive numbers.

Twitter is cracking down hard too.  Multitudes of conservatives have been shadowbanned, and that happened to me too.

So I have started up a new Twitter account, and if you would like to follow it, you can find it right here.

On Facebook the censorship of conservatives has reached epic proportions, and now this week we learned that Facebook has decided to kill off the “trending topics” section and replace it with filtered news from “trustworthy and quality sources”.

In essence, what they want to do is to take more control over what we see and what we think.

So what should we do?

Do we keep banging our heads against the wall and continue to use these platforms that are systematically censoring us, or do we try to create new ones?  Kurt Schlichter seems to believe that the latter would be the better choice…

    Liberals want to win the victory they can’t achieve at the ballot box by using their cultural power to systematically marginalize and exclude Normal Americans from every aspect of society – and we can’t let them. From the business world to Hollywood, we are seeing them react to their utter repudiation in recent elections by trying to intimidate us into silent conformity as the price of us being allowed to participate in the non-governmental institutions of society. We must therefore have a two-part response to this act of cultural warfare – not only must we get right back in their smug little faces, but we must also build our own cultural institutions, ones that they can’t control.

    The militant Normals built this country; they can build their own institutions too.

But ultimately if governments are the ones mandating the censorship, there will be nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.  Just yesterday I wrote about how the Department of Homeland Security is now compiling a comprehensive list of journalists, editors, correspondents, bloggers and “social media influencers”, and I believe that is a very ominous sign.

The truth is that the battle to restore the U.S. Constitution is literally a battle to protect our most basic human rights.

If we do not have the freedom to think what we want and say what we want, it will only be a matter of time before all of our rights are gone.

And if the United States falls, there won’t be any guardians of liberty and freedom remaining on the entire planet.

We must wake the masses up while there is still time, because we really are extremely close to losing everything.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/governments-and-social-media-companies-are-collaborating-to-censor-anyone-that-would-dare-to-question-mainstream-media-narratives


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on April 07, 2019, 09:57:01 am
Michigan government to create "thought criminal" database to flag those who contradict all official lies

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel – who, for all intents and purposes, looks suspiciously like a transgender – has decided to launch a full-scale crusade against the First Amendment.

According to reports, Nessel is planning to create a “hate crime unit” as part of Michigan’s government, the purpose of which won’t necessarily be to prosecute “hate crimes” – which aren’t a real thing anyway, by the way – but to actually police the speech and thoughts of Michigan residents to make sure they align with official government ideology.

By creating a database of people who think for themselves, Nessel is on record as stating that she plans to keep an all-seeing-eye on people who commit “thought violations” – which aren’t real crimes, according to the United States Constitution.

“It is important to understand that these are not convicted criminals or people who[m] the state has reason to believe have committed or are planning to commit a crime,” writes Jay Lorenz for FashTheNation.com about the people Nessel is planning to target with her unconstitutional “hate crime unit.”

“The new database is specifically designed to target law-abiding Americans,” he adds.
Nessel plans to partner with the corrupt, anti-white Southern Poverty Law Center to boot-stamp all free speech and thought in Michigan

During a recent public announcement, Nessel admitted that she’s planning to partner with the shamed and disgraced Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an anti-white hate group posing as an “anti-hate” group, to compile her “thought criminal” database.

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It’s important to remember that most of the groups on the SPLC’s “hate group” list are merely associations of people who believe in things like traditional marriage between one man and one woman, for instance, as well as groups comprised of people with white skin who simply celebrate their ethnic heritage.

“The SPLC list is simply a list of people with whom the SPLC disagrees,” Lorenz further writes. “The government will investigate citizens based not on their actions, but what their political opinions are.”

For more related news about the anti-white “political correctness” that’s sweeping the nation via corrupt Leftist politics, be sure to check out PoliticalCorrectness.news.
Michigan’s “thought criminals” will almost certainly be all white, as targeting politically incorrect Muslims, Jews, and LGBTers would be considered “intolerant” and “hateful”

If you put the pieces of this deceptive puzzle together, it quickly becomes clear that Nessel’s goal isn’t to stamp out “hate,” but rather to perpetuate it – and specifically to perpetuate hate and intolerance against white people.

At the end of the day, targeting free speech and the First Amendment by couching it as “hate,” simply because it contradicts the politically-correct narratives of our day, is the epitome of authoritarianism. And because the types of free speech being targeted include that made by people on the SPLC’s anti-white “hate group” list, well, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see where all of this is headed.

Even mainstream politicians like Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren are indicating that they’re on-board with this anti-white agenda, having recently tweeted about what she describes as “the threat of white nationalism,” and how, under her presidency – God forbid – “my Justice Department would go after white nationalists with full prosecution.”

“The list consists of thousands of people, many of whom have views that are totally mainstream outside of the hyper-liberal echo chamber of government and (((elite society))),” Lorenz concludes in his assessment of the situation.

“In addition to that, the state reserves the right to add anyone it wishes to the list. Criticism of Israel, race realism, pro-White activism, and many other forms of expression could land you on the list. Any public political expression from a White person that is not explicitly globohomo in nature could land him on the list.”

Sources for this article include:

https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-04-06-michigan-government-to-create-thought-criminal-database.html


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on September 12, 2019, 06:30:59 am
Study: More than Half of Americans Trust Law Enforcement to Use Facial Recognition Responsibly
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Americans continue to warm to the idea of biometric scans and facial recognition technology, at least when it comes to U.S. law enforcement’s use of the tools. The latest evidence comes in the form of a Pew Research Center study released this week that found 56% of Americans trust U.S. law enforcement agencies to use facial recognition technology responsibly.

https://www.nextgov.com/analytics-data/2019/09/study-more-half-americans-trust-law-enforcement-use-facial-recognition-responsibly/159770/


Title: Re: America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Totalitarian Society
Post by: Mark on November 11, 2019, 08:10:20 am
The U.S. Government Created Internal Passports In The Middle of The Night


In complete secrecy, and without anyone really taking much notice, the United States government created internal passports. Pundits citing the inevitability of what amounts to a national ID card have, regrettably, been vindicated.

Beginning no later than October 1, 2020, citizens of all US states and territories will be required to have a Real ID-compliant card or US passport to board a commercial plane or enter a Federal government facility. Social security numbers have paved the way for ever-increasing identification, tracking, and monitoring of every human being in the U.S.

With nary a word from the mainstream media about this massive privacy violation and the abuses that will naturally come with it, the U.S. government has gotten away with a major human rights infraction. According to the American Institute for Economic Research, some states have resisted, but dependence upon Federal aid and other programs administered from Washington D.C. makes their ultimate surrender and compliance inevitable.

    The Real ID also represents the “last mile” in the ability of the state to track individuals in real-time. With various electronic, social media, and cellphone tracking measures, there is always a delay; and one can choose not to use social media, not to own a cellphone, and opt into other methods of extricating oneself from the prying eyes of the NSA or other government agencies. But the Real ID — in particular, coupled with biometrics — fulfills Orwellian conceptions of the total surveillance state.  –American Institute for Economic Research

Complete and total government domination is in our very near future and with the compliance of most of the population. Expect the Real ID system over time, to be leveraged against individuals with outstanding traffic tickets, tax disputes, child or spousal support arrears, or behind on loan payments. It could even be used against those who dissent and disagree with living their lives as a slave to the corporation of the U.S.A. Access to national parks and historic sites may be tied to it.

    Indeed: the worst US government infringements upon the life, liberty, and the much-referred to “pursuit of happiness” of American citizens over the last two centuries — and mostly within the last two decades — will be vastly easier and more efficient to accomplish with the imposition of a mandatory identification requirement.

    The answer to the question regarding what Americans will give up for a measure of security, and in this case a tremendously dubious measure of security, is now clear. Both the Federal requirement that citizens require a passport for domestic travel and the meek acceptance of it by citizens and state officials lead to an irrefutable conclusion: America is not, and hasn’t been for some time, the land of the free. Less is it the home of the brave. –American Institute for Economic Research

https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/the-u-s-government-created-internal-passports-in-the-middle-of-the-night_11102019