Category: Civil Liberties


Illinois Says Rule-Breaking Students Must Give Teachers Their Facebook Passwords

 

 

 

 

 

” School districts in Illinois are telling parents that a new law may require school officials to demand the social media passwords of students if they are suspected in cyberbullying cases or are otherwise suspected of breaking school rules.

  The law, which went into effect on January 1, defines cyberbullying and makes harassment on Facebook, Twitter, or via other digital means a violation of the state’s school code, even if the bullying happens outside of school hours.

  A letter sent out to parents in the Triad Community Unit School District #2, a district located just over the Missouri-Illinois line near St. Louis, that was obtained by Motherboard says that school officials can demand students give them their passwords. The full letter is embedded below.

” If your child has an account on a social networking website, e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, ask.fm, etc., please be aware that State law requires school authorities to notify you that your child may be asked to provide his or her password for these accounts to school officials in certain circumstances,” the letter says.”

 

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Footage Of Cop Shooting Man With Raised Hands Stirs Anger In South Jersey

 

 

 

” A police officer shooting a man with raised hands is stirring anger in South Jersey.

  The video from a police dashboard camera shows Bridgeton officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley in a Dec. 30 stop that goes awry, with Days yelling at the passenger, Jerame Reid, “Show me your hands!”

“ If you reach for something, you’re going to be f—- dead!” he yells in the video, as reported by the New York Post. Reid then gets shot.”

 

 

    Decide for yourself , but what we see here in the above video is an “amped up” cop screaming and cursing who immediately shoots the alleged suspect as he steps out of the car with his hands in the air . Another man dead at the hands of the State over a failure to stop at a stop sign . 

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Cop Records Himself Shooting Man For Running Away

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Muskogee, Oklahoma Police Department just released the video from a fatal on-duty police shooting Friday. The whole thing was captured by an officer’s body camera, and what it shows is horrifying.

  Officer Chansey McMillin can be seen shooting and killing 21-year-old Terence D. Walker back on January 17th. The only observable reason why he as shot was for running from police who confronted him.

  The video documents what otherwise might have been in dispute, that Officer McMillin fired five shots at Walker when the suspect stopped to pick up an item he dropped while running away.”

 

    While the object that Walker dropped may or may not have been a gun , what we saw in the video was a fleeing suspect stop , bend down to retrieve something , and then continue running away . We did not see the suspect turn towards the officer or make any threatening moves .

 

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House And Senate Are Considering Bills To Allow Hemp Nationwide

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Republican Congressman Thomas Massie is a man on a mission, and that mission is to get farmers in his home state of Kentucky and across the nation growing hemp again. Massie is a staunch libertarian with a disdain for intrusive federal regulation, and his Industrial Hemp Farming Act would chip off a bit of federal power by allowing cultivation of industrial hemp in the United States.

  While Massie himself is something of an outsider in the Republican Party, having voted twice against John Boehner for Speaker of the House, this particular cause is moving further into the mainstream. His new bill boasts 47 co-sponsors*, forming a surprising coalition of lawmakers from both parties and suggesting there could be a groundswell of support for allowing marijuana’s strait-laced cousin back into American fields.

  Industrial hemp can be made into a variety of products, including paper, food, clothing, and cosmetics. It does not contain enough of marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, to get anyone high from smoking it. Rep. Massie has taken to tweeting about the bill with the hashtag #ThinkRopeNotDope. “

 

 

    If it was good enough for the Founding Fathers , it should be good enough for us , after all they were certainly wiser than our current crop of Congressional denizens ,

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01.21.15

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 21, 2015:

  • Moundsville, West Virginia: An officer was arrested for sex with a minor. He allegedly contacted the then-15-year-old girl on a social media site and met her at his residence. ow.ly/HGNy4
  • Stamford, Connecticut: An officer was arrested for breach of the peace after he allegedly put his wife in a headlock. Following his arrest, he checked-in to an alcohol abuse treatment facility. ow.ly/HGO0n
  • New York, New York: An officer was nabbed in a prostitution sting.ow.ly/HHtzc
  • Michigan State Police: A trooper was arrested on DUI and open container charges. The 15-year MSP veteran was placed on leave.  ow.ly/HHzsd
  • Update: Aledo, Illinois (First reported 12-17-14): A now-former officer pled not guilty to aggravated sexual assault with a weapon. He was forced to resign from the department earlier this month. His is alleged to have touched the breast of a minor who was between the ages of 13 and 17 at the time of the incident. ow.ly/HHEvG
  • Jefferson County, Ohio: A deputy was arrested for firing a gun in city limits. He is suspended without pay. ow.ly/HHQgG
  • Knox County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence and drugged driving. He allegedly got in an argument with his wife over his prescription drug use, broke her cell phone and the house phone when she tried to call 911, and pushed their 15-year-old son down some stairs.  ow.ly/HHSK7
  • Bibb County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for battery after altercation with his wife. He is suspended pending investigation into the incident.  ow.ly/HHUFY
  • Danbury, Connecticut: An officer was fired for violating professional standards after unnecessary force used during arrest. The deputy mayor wrote in the letter of termination, “I expect that all police officers act professionally, treat all persons with dignity and respect, (and) refrain from threatening persons with arrest or use of force simply because they appear to disrespect an officer.”  ow.ly/HI4NZ
 
 

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Journalism School Dean: The First Amendment Ends At Insulting Mohammed

 

 

 

” Unusual, not because it’s rare to see an American journalist bowing to Islamic sensibilities on depictions of Mohammed but because typically they don’t go so far as to demand legal limits on their own profession. When the New York Times refuses to run a cartoon goofing on Islam, they don’t want the reason to be government censorship. They prefer to be censored by more sympathetic agents, like violent Muslim radicals.

  To be precise here, though, DeWayne Hickham, the dean of Morgan State’s J-school, isn’t demanding a “Mohammed exception” to the First Amendment. He’s demanding an exception for all speech that would make the audience so angry that they might react violently — exactly the sort of slippery slope on censorship that people like you and me worry about when images of Mohammed are suppressed. Actual line from this op-ed, regarding the new cover of Charlie Hebdo: “The once little-known French satirical news weekly crossed the line that separates free speech from toxic talk.”

  The most current issue of Charlie Hebdo again has Mohammed on its cover. This time, he appears crying under a headline that reads: “All is forgiven.” Well, apparently not. Ten people have been killed during protests in Niger, a former French colony. Other anti-French riots have erupted from North Africa to Asia. In reaction to all of this, Pope Francis has said of the magazine, “You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”… “

 

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Man Tackles, Chokes Armed Walmart Shopper

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Investigators released video Wednesday of one Walmart shopper tackling another after he saw the man carrying a gun. But it turned out the man who was tackled had a concealed-weapons permit.

  Video released by the sheriff’s office shows Clarence Daniels walking into the entryway, with other shoppers and small children nearby. Then you see Michael Foster come up behind him, grab his neck and take him to the ground.

  As the two fall, there are three small children right around them, and they fall into one of them.

  Investigators believe it all started when Foster said he saw Daniels in the parking lot, holstering his gun.  He followed Daniels in and tackled him — without calling 911 or alerting store security, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said.

  Store security eventually showed up and detained both men until law enforcement arrived.

  When deputies confirmed that Daniels had a permit for the gun, they arrested Foster.

  One witness saw it all, and was outraged.”

 

 

CCW Carrier Attacked

 

” “ He doesn’t even know who the victim is,” said Manton Sameuls. “But he just goes and attacks the man and throws him to the ground, necklock him, for what? Why? What did the man do?”

  Foster is now charged with battery. “

 

 

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Supreme Court Backs Former Air Marshal In Whistleblower Case

 

 

 

 

” The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a former air marshal can seek whistleblower protections for disclosing sensitive information to the news media about the absence of security officers on certain flights.

  On a 7-2 vote, the court rejected arguments made by President Barack Obama’s administration, which was seeking to reverse an appeals court ruling favoring whistleblower Robert MacLean, who was fired for the 2003 leak.

” I believe the ruling will give other federal employees more confidence to expose wrongdoing,” MacLean, who was fired in 2006 and now works in residential construction management in California, said in an interview.

  The legal question was whether MacLean’s actions may be protected by the U.S. Whistleblower Protection Act, a law that protects employees if a disclosure exposes unlawful conduct, gross mismanagement or threats to public safety.

  In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court concluded that U.S. Transportation Security Administration regulations that prohibited MacLean’s disclosures did not have sufficient legal force to bar him from receiving protections under the Whistleblower Protection Act.”

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01.17.15 to 01.19.15

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, January 17 through Monday, January 19, 2015:

  • Columbia, South Carolina: An officer was suspended without pay after a use-of-force incident was caught on video and made public. He is shown in the video repeatedly striking a suspect who appears to be  subdued. The internal investigation is ongoing. http://ow.ly/HBrGp
  • Holly Springs, Georgia: A now-former officer was indicted on false statement and theft by deception charges. He is alleged to have lied about receiving the Purple Heart on several official documents which allowed him to receive tax benefits to which he was not entitled. http://ow.ly/HEpjM
  • Washington, Pennsylvania: An officer’s plea deal was rejected by a judge. He’s accused of tipping-off a prostitute to a police sting. He is alleged to have had an ongoing sexual relationship with the woman. ow.ly/HBodm
  • West Monroe, Louisiana: An officer was arrested and charged with negligent homicide in shooting of a homeless man.ow.ly/HBs9T
  • Prescott Valley, Arizona: A police commander has resigned after he was caught stealing prescription drugs that had been turned-in by the public to be destroyed. ow.ly/HDpBe
  • New York, New York: The city and police department settled a lawsuit for $75,000. The suit alleged two officers used a chokehold against a driver during a traffic stop. Chokeholds have been banned by the NYPD since 1993. ow.ly/HDtw8
  • Pine Beach, New Jersey: An officer was charged with DUI after accidentally shooting a friend in his car in an off-duty incident. The wound was not life-threatening.  ow.ly/HDB3m
  • North Miami Beach, Florida: An officer faces disciplinary action for ‘conduct unbecoming’ after his arrest at a protest. He allegedly refused to remove his mask or provide identification until he was found to be carrying a firearm.  ow.ly/HEhf2
  • UPDATE: Wichita Falls, Texas (First reported 03-24-12): A now-former officer was convicted on three manslaughter counts in fatal crash and was sentenced to eight years in prison. He was driving his patrol car at approximately 75 miles per hour while on prescription medication. He was not responding to an emergency call at the time of the accident that killed a 13-year-old girl and her pregnant 17-year-old cousin. Wichita Falls settled a lawsuit brought by the surviving family in 2012 for $500,000.  ow.ly/HEyAz
 
 

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Why Police Are Maiming, Killing With ‘Grenades’

 

 

 

 

” Following a drug tip, nearly 20 cops stormed a small apartment outside Atlanta in 2010. Invading officers found only a little weed, but managed to seriously injure resident Treneshia Dukes with a flashbang grenade—a police device that’s drawing increasing attention and controversy, Pro Publica reports. Cops often toss the flash-and-bang devices to disorient suspects during drug raids, but critics note that the grenades’ flash is more hot than lava.At least 50 Americans, including children and cops, have been killed, maimed, or injured by flashbangs that landed near them or went off too soon. Even Bill Nixon, an Arkansas man who used to make flashbangs for police (before an officer lost a hand demonstrating one to Boy Scouts) doesn’t get why cops use them regularly. “It boggles my mind,” he says.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Police in Little Rock, Ark., used them on 84% of raids from 2011 to 2013, although the raids usually just turned up minor drug paraphernalia. But a police rep defends flashbang use, saying that “what we see is a large service of warrants without gunfire.” Still, horror stories include a 19-month-old Georgia baby who suffered severe facial injuries during a drug raid when a flashbang landed in her crib, WOKV reports. A grand jury didn’t indict the officers involved but suggested two ideas that are going around: better police training (there are no national flashbang training standards) and fewer “no-knock” warrants that permit police raids. Meanwhile, Dukes—who suffered second-degree burns over her body—has filed a civil suit alleging excessive police force. “My skin is ugly, and I feel like I’m ugly,” she says. “When I talk about it, I just get angry.” “

 

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New Police Radars Can ‘See’ Inside Homes

 

 

 

 

” At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside, a practice raising new concerns about the extent of government surveillance.

  Those agencies, including the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service, began deploying the radar systems more than two years ago with little notice to the courts and no public disclosure of when or how they would be used. The technology raises legal and privacy issues because the U.S. Supreme Court has said officers generally cannot use high-tech sensors to tell them about the inside of a person’s house without first obtaining a search warrant.

  The radars work like finely tuned motion detectors, using radio waves to zero in on movements as slight as human breathing from a distance of more than 50 feet. They can detect whether anyone is inside of a house, where they are and whether they are moving.

  Current and former federal officials say the information is critical for keeping officers safe if they need to storm buildings or rescue hostages. But privacy advocates and judges have nonetheless expressed concern about the circumstances in which law enforcement agencies may be using the radars — and the fact that they have so far done so without public scrutiny.

” The idea that the government can send signals through the wall of your house to figure out what’s inside is problematic,” said Christopher Soghoian, the American Civil Liberties Union’s principal technologist. “Technologies that allow the police to look inside of a home are among the intrusive tools that police have.”

  Agents’ use of the radars was largely unknown until December, when a federal appeals court in Denver said officers had used one before they entered a house to arrest a man wanted for violating his parole. The judges expressed alarm that agents had used the new technology without a search warrant, warning that “the government’s warrantless use of such a powerful tool to search inside homes poses grave Fourth Amendment questions.”

By then, however, the technology was hardly new. Federal contract records show the Marshals Service began buying the radars in 2012, and has so far spent at least $180,000 on them.

  Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush said officials are reviewing the court’s decision. He said the Marshals Service “routinely pursues and arrests violent offenders based on pre-established probable cause in arrest warrants” for serious crimes.

  The device the Marshals Service and others are using, known as the Range-R, looks like a sophisticated stud-finder. Its display shows whether it has detected movement on the other side of a wall and, if so, how far away it is — but it does not show a picture of what’s happening inside. The Range-R’s maker, L-3 Communications, estimates it has sold about 200 devices to 50 law enforcement agencies at a cost of about $6,000 each.”

 

 

 

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California’s Secretive Policies

 

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” From the Sacramento Bee:

  California has one of the nation’s most restrictive laws for public access to information about police officer misconduct. State law bars disclosure of all police personnel records – a restriction that prevents the public from finding out which officers have engaged in serious misconduct. What’s more, courts and police agencies have interpreted that confidentiality broadly to cut off public access to nearly all information that might be used in personnel decisions, including internal affairs investigations and hearings on civilian complaints.

  Under California law, civilians who file complaints against officers find out little about what happens next. To avoid violating state law, departments often don’t disclose even whether the officer was found to have violated policy, much less exactly what policy the officer violated, what kind of discipline resulted, or any explanation of why the department reached the result it did.

 
 

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Federal Court Says It’s 100% Legal To Give Cops The Finger

 

 

 

 

” The 14-page opinion issued by the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the “ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity.”

  The ruling comes in response to a case where John Swartz and his wife Judy Mayton-Swartz were forced to bring suit against two police officers who arrested Swartz back in May of 2006. The arrest was made simply as a result of John Swartz flipping off the officer who was using a radar device at an intersection in St. Johnsville, New York.

  Swartz was charged with “disorderly conduct,” the common way that officers charge people when they have not committed any crime. “

 

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Newtown School Panel To Include Proposed Gun Ban In Report

 

 

 

” An advisory panel charged with looking at public safety in the wake of the deadly Newtown school shooting agreed Friday to include in its final report a recommendation to ban the sale and possession of any gun that can fire more than 10 rounds without reloading.

  The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, created by Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in the wake of the 2012 school shooting, plans to complete its work next month. The report will include dozens of recommendations in three categories: law enforcement and emergency response; safe school design and operation; and mental health and wellness.

  In its interim report last March, the commission included the proposed gun ban, which is opposed by the gun lobby and manufacturers. It would go much further than a 2013 Connecticut law which, among other things, expanded the state’s assault weapons ban and barred the possession and sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines.

” Whether or not this law would stand the test of constitutionality is not for this commission to decide,” said former Hartford Police Chief Bernard Sullivan, a member of the panel. “The commission has expressed very strongly that this is a statement that is needed regarding the lethality of weapons.” “

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-15-15

 

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” These are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 15, 2015:

  • Update: Buffalo, New York (First reported 08-12-14): A now-former police officer was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $300,000 for his role in a large marijuana grow operation. http://1.usa.gov/1C8RtOH
  • Titusville, Florida (First reported 03-07-14): A now-former officer was found guilty on drug conspiracy charges. He accepted $500 to guard what he believed to be a cocaine deal while he was in uniform. He also accessed police database in furtherance of his illicit activities. http://ow.ly/HkYe5
  • Los Angeles County, California: Three deputies have been suspended while they are investigated for bribery involving a towing scheme. No criminal charges have been filed yet so their names and other details have not been released. ow.ly/HnRnU 
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 06-18-14): One of the two officers charged with animal cruelty for slitting a dog’s throat had his case dismissed. Charges against the other officer are still pending. ow.ly/HnIDY 
  • Shelby County, Tennessee: A deputy has been suspended while he is investigated for assaulting his girlfriend’s two-year-old child. He allegedly disciplined the child for having a dirty diaper. ow.ly/HnB07 
  • Durham, North Carolina: An officer was suspended because he is being investigated for domestic assault against his wife. ow.ly/Hn5ya 
  • Update: Bridgeport, Connecticut (First reported 08-08-14): One of the three police officers caught on video “stomping” a suspect in a park was acquitted for civil rights violations after a three day federal trial. The other two now-former officers previously pled guilty and did not testify in this trial. http://ow.ly/Hn7tQ 
  • Update: Tuckerton, New Jersey (First reported 04-15-14): An officer was indicted on falsification charges stemming from an incident where he sicced a K9 on a 57-year-old woman in custody. The prosecutor alleged the officer lied on official documents to cover-up his conduct. ow.ly/HnDEn 
  • Coraopolis, Pennsylvania: The police chief was charged for his role in a vehicular accident that left a woman seriously injured. ly/HnOXX 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-14-15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 14, 2015:

  • Polk County, Florida: A deputy faces a domestic violence charge after an argument with his wife at their home. Both he and his wife were charged in the incident. http://ow.ly/Hh2uv
  • Update: Irwindale, California (First reported 03-18-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to nine years in prison for sexually assaulting woman during a traffic stop. He had pled no contest to charges of oral copulation under color of authority and sexual battery by restraint. http://ow.ly/Hh2Sf 
  • Chatham County, Georgia: Two deputies were put on leave for “inappropriate actions” after a mentally ill man died in custody. The man’s girlfriend had given the arresting officers his medication and requested that he be taken to the hospital because he was having a bi-polar episode, but he was instead taken to the jail. He was found non-responsive in a restraining chair in his cell after an altercation with deputies at the jail. The investigation into his death is on-going. http://ow.ly/Hh4pL 
  • Orlando, Florida: An officer was suspended for eight hours for inadequately searching the area after a car was reported to have been driven into a pond. The body of the driver was found in the car in the pond one month after the first report of the incident. The department announced it changed policies regarding searches in bodies of water.  http://ow.ly/Hh5F0 
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 07-13-12): A now-former officer was sentenced to 15.5-23.5 years in prison for fraud, counterfeiting, and conspiring to kill a witness. According to the news report, this sentence will run concurrently with the 12.5-14.5 years he is serving for robbery and drug charges. The officer’s actions were uncovered in an investigation originally opened to look into his ticket-fixing scheme. The investigation uncovered widespread misconduct and corruption in the NYPD, resulting in the indictments of 15 officers and administrative sanctions against “hundreds of others.” http://ow.ly/Hj8NK 
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for domestic violence and home invasion. According to the news report, the officer kicked down a door during a domestic argument in the middle of the night.http://ow.ly/Hjags 
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: A police officer was jailed for aggravated assault for shooting at a correctional officer in alleged road rage incident. The officer was off-duty when he allegedly shot out of the window of the vehicle he was in and hit the taillight of the corrections officer. http://ow.ly/HktZu 
  • Update: Jersey City, New Jersey (First reported 08-06-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing 600,000 cigarettes and extorting $20,000 from a suspected drug courier. The courier was actually an undercover FBI agent. http://ow.ly/Hkvri 
  • Update: Trumbull, Connecticut (First reported 02-26-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison and 10 years of probation for sexually assaulting a teenage girl in a police youth program. He took her to his home, ordered her into his bedroom, and sexually assaulted her there. He received half of the 5 year sentence agreed-to in a plea bargain because of his “years of good service with the police department,” according to news reports.  http://bit.ly/1ybgJEq

 

 

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Audio Tapes Reveal How Federal Regulators Shut Down Gun Store Owner’s Bank Accounts

 

 

 

 

” Conversations recorded by a Wisconsin gun store owner provide perhaps the clearest glimpse yet into how the federal government uses regulators to target legal firearm and ammunition sellers.

“ Our hands are tied by it,” a regional manager with Heritage Credit Union told Hawkins Guns owner Mike Schuetz of federal regulations which forced the institution to close Shuetz’s bank accounts in November.

  Recordings of Shuetz’s conversations with the manager and a bank teller, which were published online by the U.S. Consumer Coalition, make it clear that the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) examined the credit union’s books and forced it to close Shuetz’s account — a move he blames on a Department of Justice initiative called Operation Choke Point.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Schuetz’s saga began on Nov. 13, when he says Heritage Credit Union informed him that it would have to close his bank accounts.

“ I received a call from Heritage Credit Union in Hawkins, where I set up my business account for Hawkins Guns. They told me I had to close the account because they do not service companies that deal in guns,” wrote Shuetz on Facebook at the time.”

 

 

    Below is a screen shot from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s report from December 8, 2014 , “Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Involvement in “Operation Choke Point” detailing some of the legal businesses Obama’s Federal regulators have determined are not suitable for the American public to be exposed to . Warning: PDF

 

 

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Firearms Sellers Say They’re Being Choked Off From Payment Processors

 

 

TransNational Bank

 

 

” Go to a gun show, and you won’t find many merchants using PayPal.

  You’ll also find few vendors using popular payment processors such as Square, Stripe and Spark Pay.

  That’s because some payment processors explicitly prohibit the use of their systems for online — and some in-store — sales of firearms, ammunition and certain accessories.

  Retailers in the gun industry say they’re being discriminated against.

“ Being shut out from mainstream payment processors makes us feel like we are part of some type of shady business when, in fact, there is more regulation and documentation required for federally licensed firearms dealers than most businesses,” said Trevor Blandford of Terminal Performance Associates in Caroline, Va.

  Blandford, 21, has been working gun shows for his family’s business since he was 14 years old. Recently, his parents named him general manager of Terminal Performance, which is known for its custom-built pistols and rifles and originally finished wraps. He and his family sell their merchandise online and at local trade shows.”

 

     As the State continues to pursue it’s gun control agenda in the most deceitful and underhanded ways , it is refreshing to know that at least one financial institution is not allowing this blatantly unconstitutional move by our “employees” in the Federal government to shut down legal businesses …

 

” With few options, Terminal Performance then turned to Transnational, a payment processor located in Rosemont, Ill., that is not shy in boasting its support for the Second Amendment.

  Although it processes payments for a range of industries, Transnational has capitalized on the trend of payment processors choking firearms merchants from their customer lists.

“ Our decision to provide services within the firearms industry mostly is predicated by the fact that we believe through the obtaining of an [federal firearms license] it’s one of the more heavily regulated processes that has good governance and good oversight,” Jae Haas, President of Transnational told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.

  Having been in the payment processing business for 16 years, Haas said he’s observed a growing trend of banks and payment processors adding firearms dealers to their “prohibited” or “high-risk” lists.”

 

 

Lovers of liberty would do well to try and give Transnational as much of their business as possible .

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-13-15

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 13, 2015:

  • Pacific Grove, California: A now-former commander already convicted of extortion, fraud, and criminal threats pled guilty to fraudulently accepting dozens of firearms on behalf of the department. A police academy at which he had been an instructor closed its doors and its guns were to be liquidated. Instead, he consigned many of them to a dealer who sold them for profit. http://ow.ly/Hf4yf 
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (Salt Lake City, Utah): An agent was arrested for aggravated assault in a domestic incident involving his live-in girlfriend. According to the news report, the agent is accused of being belligerently drunk when he “grabbed her by her hair, threw her to the ground caus[ed] her head to hit the floor and “strangled her.”” http://ow.ly/Hf9M9 
  • Ocean County, New Jersey: A detective arrested a man for video recording car accident scene. According to the television news report, the citizen-journalist had been granted access to the crash site by other first responders and had promised to provide a copy of the evidence to investigators afterward. After about 45 minutes of filming, the detective approached the man and demanded he relinquish his device under penalty of arrest, saying “This is not a negotiation. Does it sound like I’m negotiating with you?” After the arrest, the prosecutor told the television station that the obstruction charges against the man would be dropped and that another detective from his office had been involved in the accident. http://ow.ly/Hfdoo
  • Homerville, Georgia: An officer arrested was for sexual assault of a female jail inmate. The officer is alleged to have taken the inmate to another location in the county where they had consensual sex. Afterward, he returned the inmate to jail. http://ow.ly/HfeRt 
  • Signal Mountain, Tennessee: An officer was charged with domestic assault. According to the news report, the inebriated officer got in an altercation with his girlfriend near a downtown Chattanooga hotel. http://ow.ly/Hfhwn 
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina: An officer was arrested for DWI. He is the sixth officer from the department that has been arrested in the last six months. A local attorney said, “It lends a lot of credibility to the …department that they have charged and arrested one of their own for a criminal offense.”  http://ow.ly/Hfj25 
  • Duluth, Georgia: An officer was fired after being arrested for sexual battery of an acquaintance. He allegedly touched her buttocks without permission.http://ow.ly/Hfktp 
  • Brooklet, Georgia: An officer was fired for improperly sharing personal information of the candidates applying to be the next chief. He shared résumés and other materials to one of the candidates who was also a member of his department. http://ow.ly/HfnOp 
  • Update: Placer County, California (First reported 06-17-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to 150 days in jail after he pled no contest to charge of sex with a minor. The minor was a 17-year-old sheriff’s department volunteer. http://ow.ly/HgGNx 
 

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Woman Papa Johns Pizza Deliverer Shoots Robber While Held At Gunpoint, And Now Might Lose Her Job

 

Papa John's Delivery Woman Shoots Robber

 

 

 

” On Sunday, a pizza deliverer for Papa Johns was held at gunpoint while making a delivery. The woman, not yet named by police, was forced to lay on the ground by two armed robbers. While on the ground, she was able to pull her gun out of her pocket and shot one of the robbers in the face.

  Donquaz Stephenson, 24, was the suspect that was shot. The other suspect fled, taking the delivery woman’s 2000 Honda Accord.

  One policeman interviewed by WSB-TV concluded, “She felt she had no other choice. She must have been in fear for her life and reacted.”

  The employee was not hurt, but she now fears that she will lose her job for carrying her weapon.”

 

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Christianity Is Exploding In China And The Communist Party Isn’t Happy

 

 

 

 

 

 

” There’s nothing secret about Chongyi Church, one of the largest in China. Its lighted steeple and giant cross penetrate the night sky of Hangzhou, the capital of coastal Zhejiang Province.

  Nearly everything at the church is conspicuously open: the front gate, the front door, the sanctuary, the people, the clergy. Chinese or not, you are welcome seven days a week. No layers of security guards or police exist. Walk right in. Join up. People are nice; they give you water, chat. Do you have spiritual needs? Visit their offices, 9 to 5.

  For China, it is a stunning feeling. Most of the society exists behind closed doors and is tough, driven, material, hierarchical. The country values wealth, power, and secrecy – not to mention that both government and schools officially, at least, promote atheism.

  Yet Chongyi looks and feels like any evangelical mega-church in Seattle or San Jose. There are big screens, speakers blaring upbeat music, coffee bars. The choir is a huge swaying wash of white and red robes. Chongyi seats 5,000 people and holds multiple services on Sunday.

  While Christianity is waning in many parts of the world, in China it is growing rapidly – despite state strictures. The rise in evangelical Protestantism in particular, driven both by people’s spiritual yearnings and individual human needs in a collective society, is taking place in nearly every part of the nation.

  Western visitors used to seeing empty sanctuaries in the United States or Europe can be dumbfounded by the Sunday gatherings held in convention center-size buildings where people line up for blocks to get in – one service after another. In Wenzhou, not far from Hangzhou, an estimated 1.2 million Protestants now exist in a city of 9 million people alone. (It is called “China’s Jerusalem.”) By one estimate, China will become the world’s largest Christian nation, at its current rate of growth, by 2030.”

 

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James Boyd Shooting: Two Albuquerque Cops Charged With Murder Of Homeless Man

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Two Albuquerque police officers have been charged with murder in the shooting death of James Boyd, a homeless man killed during a standoff in March. The Albuquerque District Attorney’s Office filed one count of murder each against SWAT team member Dominique Perez and former detective Keith Sandy on Monday.

  The Associated Press reported (via Yahoo News) Jan. 12 that Albuquerque D. A. Kari Brandenburg says she will take the case straight to a judge for preliminary hearing and by-pass the usual Grand Jury process. Brandenburg says she wants the hearing to be open to the public.

” Unlike Ferguson and unlike in New York City, we’re going to know. The public is going to have that information,” District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said. She was referring, of course, to the recent high-profile cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both cases where men were killed by police officers and where both officers were eventually left not indicted by grand juries in their particular cases.

  At the same time, neither of the two men accused of shooting and killing James Boyd, have been arrested. Sam Bregman, a lawyer representing Keith Sandy, said, “I’m looking forward … to the DA’s office presenting one single witness that says this is murder.”

  However, the most damning evidence against the Sandy and Perez may be a video taken of the incident — from a police officer’s helmet camera — which shows a knife-wielding man known by Albuquerque police to be mentally ill (due to several run-ins with the suspect in the past) in a stand-off with several policemen in the Sandia Mountains. James Boyd, the man holding the upper ground and the knife, is being approached by several law enforcement members, all with their handguns drawn and pointed at Boyd. Although a defense attorney would later characterize Boyd’s actions as dangerous to the approaching officers, most viewing the viral video saw it as use of excessive force and outright murder, because Boyd had verbally agreed to surrender and had even gathered a few things when stepped toward the police officers and was shot by bean bags, tasers, and six live rounds.”

 

 

    Let’s hope that there can be some small measure of justice served for Mr Boyd . For those unfamiliar with this senseless killing you can catch yourselves up with our previous posts here , here , here , here and here … and read more about the impending prosecution of Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez at the Examiner .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie Hebdo’s First Post-Terrorism Cover Earns Widespread Praise

 

Source: www.liberation.fr

 

 

 

” Undeterred after previous depictions of Muhammad garnered threats from Islamic extremists, French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo was the site of a terrorist attack last week that left 12 dead. Despite the violent incident and worldwide attention it received, the outlet’s surviving staff members proved this week that even such a calculated attack will not cause them to retreat from their mission.

  Attorney Richard Malka spoke on behalf of the magazine ahead of the release of its first edition after the deadly incident.

“ We will not give in,” he said, “otherwise all this won’t have meant anything.”

  Monday’s edition supported Malka’s assertion and included a cover image depicting Muhammad shedding a tear while holding a ‘Je Suis Charlie’ banner

  The phrase , meaning “I am Charlie” in English, has been the rallying cry of free speech supporters around the world. Venerable American cartoon series The Simpsons included a scene featuring Maggie Simpson holding such a sign in its latest episode.

 

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Contrary To Media Narrative, Gun Sales Are Steadily Increasing

 

 

 

” If you only follow news in the Left wing echo chamber, you might be tempted to think that Americans have begun turning their backs on gun ownership. Whenever there is one smidgen of data to suggest a decline in sales, the media will latch onto it as proof of a larger trend. The most recent example was when Virginia saw a slight decrease in background checks following three years of exponential growth. (Note the difference in terminology between actual sales and background checks which will become crucial a bit later.) Time Magazine, just last summer, went so far as to list guns as one of the ten things people just aren’t buying anymore. (Along with cereal, gum and … bread. Really?) But is there any truth to this? Are we falling out of love with our beloved tools of self-protection?

   The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action takes a look at the actual figures and finds the claims to be less than substantive.

  The media’s claims about gun purchase trends are based upon the annual numbers of firearm-related background checks conducted through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). NICS statistics are not a perfect measure of gun purchases, but to the extent they illustrate trends in purchases, they show that the rate at which Americans are acquiring firearms is actually increasing.”

 

 

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