Is this what we want?

Not much details on info. But individual flying to Australia has all electronic devices seized without explanation.

Suspicions? He had just attend a conference on surveillance. Apparently, that is enough to confiscate your belongings. Why this is frightful?  It’s a clear statement that Australians have no right and privilege to thought, speech or expression.

It is why the 1st Amendment in America is sacred, and the 2nd equally so, because it is that which protects the first.  We need to be vigilant lest we find ourselves attending symposiums on the 2nd Amendment, and immediately find ourselves detained for our views.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11171475

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Published in: on December 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm  Comments (1)  
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Off-Topic: Is this truly the America you want to live in?

Read this man’s ordeal with the TSA and traveling.  Read and ask yourself, is this the AMERICA you want to live in?

Cause I sure as hell don’t…

http://varnull.adityamukerjee.net/post/59021412512/dont-fly-during-ramadan

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And for those unfamiliar as to how easy it is to set off one of those detectors. I took a trip to San Diego with my mother and she set one of the bomb detectors off. The trigger? 

Possible TNT.  The culprit? She set her bag on some bird guano at the beach. 

I do not want to live in an America that terrorizes it’s populace. That listens to all our phone calls, reads all our mail, tracks all of our movements. Sorry, I’d rather have the terrorists back than this.  It is clear to me Al Quaeda won the war, and that is so sad….but they got America to change, to deprive its citizens of liberty, and to harm itself in the name of fear.

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Interesting that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) finally got their freedom of information request which basically showed that the “secret court” even felt the NSA’s actions were unconstitutional. And even when they put implementations in to lessen those concerns. That the judge felt their was a repeated habit of mis-representing (lying) about their activities.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/22/us/2011-ruling-found-an-nsa-program-unconstitutional.html?_r=0

Published in: on August 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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300 -> 3,000 -> 50,000 – > ???

Even the Wall Street Journal is noticing the trend of militarization of our police. It is interesting to note that when the concept of a SWAT team was first put forth, it was questioned as to whether it was even legal and Constitutional.  Since that time, they have become common place.  But are they being abused?

The utilization of SWAT teams has sky-rocketed:

1970’s = a few hundred
1980’s = 3,000/year
2005 = 50,000
& I’d wager 2012 was significantly higher.

SWAT teams were originally envisioned for reacting to high level crises that required greater training and co-ordinated tactics. Now they’re used everyday for routine policing. And there tactics are used more and more by non-SWAT personnel. Furthermore, we’ve seen a lot of “plain clothes SWAT teams”.

How ubiquitous have SWAT teams become? In 1983, most small towns and cities did not have SWAT teams.  About 1/10th had such units. And I’d wager most of those were suburbs of large metros like Los Angeles. By 2005, 80% of towns had such units. And in 2012 after nearly $35 billion in grants for DHS, I wager that is now somewhere in the 90%+. 

Many feel that SWAT teams are justified because of the “War on Drugs”, and the fact that drug cartels and gangs are heavily armed. Interestingly enough, per the article a study done in 1991 (which was a fairly high crime peak period) found “one-eighth of 1% of homicides in the U.S. were committed with a military-grade weapon.”  Later studies essentially confirmed these conclusions.

These no knock, militarized SWAT raids often result in needless deaths of innocents.   Even many in law enforcement have started to express concern that something is very wrong today.

Personally, I put a lot of the blame on the prohibition. The failed War on Drugs, which has cost us more civil liberties than anything in recent times.  But is that really the fundamental reason for the increased build-up?  The past few years has seen the militarization of our police sky-rocket, every little podunk town is being giving a light armored tank (APCs), surplus M16/M4 assault rifles (that’s the fully automatic military model, not the news media pseudo fear assault weapon).

I’ve argued recently with friends that we’re headed toward a police state, but I think I’m changing my argument. We are IN a police state. If you disagree, than you are merely a fool who is afraid to deal honestly with the truth.  I think the issue is, that we have conjured up in our head an image of a police state being one which hauls away it’s citizens, imprisons them, and kills them. When one says police state, we think of Hitler and Stalin’s regimes.  But that is not the necessary definition of a police state. Nazi Germany was a deranged state, it had a madman who was on many levels insane. While it was a police state, it went beyond into deranged mass murder and genocide.  That is actually a separate aspect of Nazi Germany.  A police state, does not by necessity, have to kill its citizens….just control them.

So ask yourself, and ask honestly, how we are NOT a police state? 

  • Militarized police are equipped in every town with military weaponry, light tanks, and trained in military tactics.
  • All of our phone calls, emails and digital communications are monitored and recorded.
  • All of our travel is being recorded via traffic control cameras and mobile cameras mounted on law enforcement vehicles which scan millions of license plates.
  • Our bodies are subject to search, violation, and abuse when traveling.

 We absolutely are a police state, everything exists to define us as a police state. The sole reason many do not believe we are a police state is because nearly all Americans are good, decent law abiding sheep. In other words, we seldom ever rock the boat so as to bring that police state down upon ourselves. That does not negate the existence of a police state.  

 But I digress, there is actually in fact ONE SINGLE LONE ITEM that prevents America from being a true police state. A single counter-balance, and that is the “{Right to Keep and Bear Arms”. Without that one caveat, we are living in the most empowered police state in the history of humanity.

Published in: on July 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Why should you care if you’re not doing anything wrong (police state)

So you walk into a store, buy a case of water. Walk out and suddenly men with guns surround you and your car? What do you do…you try to flee, driving off, grazing two of the perpetrators.

Except, they’re not thugs, rapists, their you’re very own paid terrorists – plain clothed police officers.  Who thought they were busting an illegal underage purchaser of alcohol. Which totally requires 6 officers and the drawing of guns. Because “keeping our kids safe from alcohol, even if we have to blow their brains out, is worth it”.

Oh, and of course they arrested her and tried to charge her with two counts of assaulting law enforcement officers with up to a 5 year prison sentence.  The charges were dropped. But I believe each of these officers should be fired.

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Frankly, I am sick of plain clothed officers.  We are having way way too many incidents in which plain clothes officers appear like thugs. And then act like thugs.  It’s GOT TO STOP!!!

And what friggin moron thought it was okay to put a gun to a 20 year old girl’s head. Even if it was beer. Seriously?  The whole point of drinking laws are to keep our children safe. Not have guns pointed at their heads.

IF YOU’RE NOT IN UNIFORM, then don’t expect me to treat you like a uniformed officer. Especially, if you’re not acting like one.

Pleain clothed officers should be reserved for specific undercover work. And there should always be uniformed officers to approach first whenever possible.

Published in: on July 1, 2013 at 4:27 pm  Comments (2)  
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Dangers of a Paranoid Society

An elderly man is apprehended by a squad of police for a second time…his crime “kidnapping (babysitting) his grand-daughter of a different melanin count.

http://gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com/2012/02/me-apd-and-babysitting-while-white-part.html

The entire approach of this action was wrong. Having the first officer make a determination was reasonably acceptable if an actual call had been reported, but also very invasive. But if she felt there was a concern, a single cruiser should have joined her and the 2-3 officers could have inquired further. Then when he gave them the parents number, the very first thing they should have done was call the number to verify he was the grandfather – instead of using 9 police cruisers to surround him.

To quote the grandfather “”Seize first and ask questions later” is better than “shoot first,” I suppose, but it’s problematic for the same reasons.”

And this is the problem, we’re living in a society where gestapo police will cut through your door with a chainsaw, before they confirm they have the right address. How do you do a 2 year investigation and barge into the wrong house? (Furthermore, why use the chainsaw to cut a hole in the door. A sledgehammer is a better tool. But if you’re going to use a chainsaw, just cut the door around the lock. Are our FBI really that !@#$% stupid? Yes, sadly they are.

Dear police,

Mistakes happen. Please apologize when they do. It’s the difference between thinking you human vs inhuman.

Congratulations you idiots. You just made a 4 year old forever afraid of you.

Published in: on February 17, 2012 at 10:39 am  Leave a Comment  
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