“ Congressional aides involved in preparing the Senate Intelligence Committee’s unreleased study of the CIA’s secret interrogation and detention program walked out of the spy agency’s fortress-like headquarters with classified documents that the CIA contended they weren’t authorized to have, McClatchy has learned.
After the CIA confronted the panel in January about the removal of the material last fall, panel staff concluded that the agency had monitored computers they’d been given to use in a high-security research room at the CIA campus in Langley, Va., a McClatchy investigation found.”
Dishonesty at every turn . It seems the “Tree Of Liberty” is mighty parched ?
” It remained unclear Wednesday if the monitoring, the unauthorized removal of classified material or another matter were the subject of a recent CIA request to the Justice Department for an investigation into alleged malfeasance in connection with the committee’s top-secret study.
Some committee members regard the monitoring as a possible violation of the law and contend that their oversight powers give them the right to the documents that were removed. On the other hand, the CIA considers the removal as a massive security breach because the agency doesn’t believe that the committee had a right to those particular materials.”
You and your family fly this way , don’t you ?
The federal government spent millions of dollars on thousands of upgraded flights for employees in 2012 and 2013, paying many times more for business and first-class seats than the same flights would have cost in coach or the government-contracted rate.
Premium travel reports from 14 federal agencies documenting the flights show these agencies alone spent an estimated $8.7 million on 1,903 upgraded flights in those two years. That was about $6.4 million more than the same coach and government-rate flights would have cost.
The agencies spent $5.7 million in 2012, almost double the $3 million they paid for premium travel in 2013.
One flight from D.C. to Hanoi, Vietnam, for an informational meeting cost $15,529 instead of $1,649, according to the agency’s 2012 report.”
Read it all but swallow your coffee first and put down the mug .
” A mother and father attending a birthday party for their 1-year-old nephew were tased by Baytown, Texas officers for not leaving a parking lot that police cruisers had blocked in.
Jodie and Christopher White told KHOU that police were called to the party because of an altercation between some of the adults in attendance. They were trying to leave, but the parking lot had been barricaded by arriving police cruisers.
“There were police in the parking lot blocking it in so we couldn’t move,” Jodie White said.
Police allegedly repeated their request, and Jodie White responded in a manner that, she admitted, was insulting, “they just rushed my car and opened the door and tasers were just everywhere.”
A member of the family recorded the incident, and when police rushed the White’s car, multiple children can be heard in the background, screaming.”
“ Seeking the truth is the obligation of this committee,” Issa said before announcing that he had no expectation that Lerner would answer his questions and adjourning the hearing.
Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment on each question Issa asked about the agency’s targeting of conservative groups. The hearing lasted approximately fifteen minutes before Issa released Lerner.
Issa did not choose to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress on the floor of the hearing. It is unclear at this time if he will choose to pursue contempt charges.”
” A (Connecticut) state police trooper is facing drunken driving charges after crashing his police cruiser in Ashford last week, according to state police.
State police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance said 43-year-old David Lavoie crashed on Route 44 in Ashford shortly after midnight Wednesday. Lavoie’s police cruiser was heavily damaged and the trooper was injured.”
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” A Youtube style montage exposing the everyday horrors which innocent citizens are met with when dealing with law enforcement.”
The above video barely scratches the surface on the subject of State violence against the people who pay the bills . Some of those unfortunates died while some where permanently disabled and some just injured to some degree or another , while all of them , their loved ones and anyone with a conscience who has witnessed these brutal attacks have lost their respect for authority .
The filmmaker(s) are o be commended for taking the time to amass these horrific tactics in one place and the video deserves to be spread far and wide . To go along with these shocking scenes we thought it appropriate to include some links to the hard numbers of citizens of the US suffering and dying at the hands of those charged with the task to “protect and serve ” .
Below are some links to those killed by police in the past few years …
” The lists below are incomplete, as the annual average number of justifiable homicides alone is estimated to be near 400. Although Congress instructed the Attorney General in 1994 to compile and publish annual statistics on police use of excessive force, this was never carried out, and the FBI does not collect this data either.”
So we see that despite an order from Congress there is , to this day , no official record of the abuse and death heaped upon the citizenry by their “public servants” in law enforcement . It is left up to the more than 17,000 individual police departments throughout the US to police themselves and as the reader can predict most killings and brutalizations are found to be justified when investigated by the offending parties .
The use of SWAT teams on what has become a very commonplace , tyrannical tactic , reminiscent of the jack-booted thugs kicking in the door in the middle of the night in some totalitarian dictatorship is more appropriate behavior to be attributed to the Stasi or the KGB and far from something that should be acceptable in the “land of the free” .
The exponential growth of the no-knock raid has undoubtedly fueled the drastic climb in police killings over the past couple of decades . For those less well-informed Wiki offers these facts about paramilitary home invasions :
” In the United States, a no knock warrant is a warrant issued by a judge that allows law enforcement officers to enter a property without immediate prior notification of the residents, such as by knocking or ringing a doorbell. In most cases, law enforcement will identify themselves just before they forcefully enter the property. It is issued under the belief that any evidence they hope to find can be destroyed during the time that police identify themselves and the time they secure the area, or in the event where there is a large perceived threat to officer safety during the execution of the warrant.”
If the justification for the tactic of no-knock raids is to prevent the destruction of evidence then the authorities are already admitting that these raids are not about stopping an “imminent threat” to the innocent , but to prevent some pot leaves from being flushed down the toilet , for what other evidence can be destroyed in a matter of minutes ? Certainly not murder weapons . Wiki continues:
” The Department of Justice writes:
Federal judges and magistrates may lawfully and constitutionally issue “no-knock” warrants where circumstances justify a no-knock entry, and federal law enforcement officers may lawfully apply for such warrants under such circumstances. Although officers need not take affirmative steps to make an independent re-verification of the circumstances already recognized by a magistrate in issuing a no-knock warrant, such a warrant does not entitle officers to disregard reliable information clearly negating the existence of exigent circumstances when they actually receive such information before execution of the warrant.
The number of no-knock raids has increased from 3,000 in 1981 to more than 50,000 in 2005, according to Peter Kraska, a criminologist at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. Raids that lead to deaths of innocent people are increasingly common; since the early 1980s, 40 bystanders have been killed, according to the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.“
The Cato Institute has referred to botched paramilitary police raids as an “epidemic of isolated incidents” and offers an interactive map of these “isolated incidents” which you can access by clicking on the graphic below :
Just a brief perusal of the above map , even without benefit of the interactive feature , demonstrates that these nazi-like tactics are hardly “isolated incidents” . The number of no-knock raids , erroneous or not , now exceeds 40,000 PER YEAR . Think about that figure . It staggers the imagination that for every murder committed in the US the police are conducting over three SWAT style paramilitary raids .
That’s right , with an average of 16,000 murders annually the police can still find reason to conduct three times that many life threatening raids on private citizens . That figure averages out to a staggering 109.5 raids PER DAY , every day , year in , year out . In pursuit of what ? Murderers ? What crime could possibly justify the use of overwhelming “military” force on the citizens besides the danger of imminent threat ?
The numbers get even worse when one considers the fact that no insignificant number of the murderers are caught in the act while others commit suicide . That means that the ratio of SWAT raids to violent crime apprehensions is even more abhorrent than our initial calculations would indicate .
This behavior is unworthy of the country alleged to be a beacon of hope and liberty to the world and must be stopped before our liberties are gone forever , assuming it’s not already too late . It is too late for these poor souls . Have a look at some of the casualties of the war on drugs , which is in reality a war on us all , and see the faces of some of those that paid the ultimate price for our burgeoning Police State .
John Adams64 years old
Shot to death during a SWAT drug raid while watching TV. The house didn’t match the description on the warrant.
Rev. Jonathan Ayers28 years old
After meeting with a parishioner who was under surveillance by drug cops, the pastor went to a Convenience store ATM. Coming out, he was confronted by men waving guns. He didn’t know they were undercover cops, and was shot to death while driving off, fearing for his life.
Xavier Bennett8 years old
Xavier was accidentally shot to death by officers in a pre-dawn drug raid during a gunfight with one of Xavier’s relatives.
Read and learn about some of the others here . And hang your head in shame .
By newly proposed NJ law this is now an “assault” rifle … slippery slope ? Nah
” New Jersey has become ground zero this year for legislative battles over gun control.
The Brady Campaign ranked the state third in the nation for most restrictive firearms laws, yet anti-gun Democrats who control the legislature are determined to go all the way to gun bans and confiscation.
The New Jersey Assembly’s Law and Public Safety Committee was scheduled to hold a public hearing on Monday (postponed for snow) about a bill that reduces the maximum magazine capacity from 15 to 10.
Since the legislation covers both detachable and fixed magazines, it has the effect of to banning popular, low-caliber rifles.
They discovered that the bill would affect tube-fed, semi-automatic rifles because the magazine cannot be separated from the gun.
Just having one such gun would turn a law-abiding owner into a felon overnight.”
Emily Miller has more . From a state that banned certain pellet rifles this should come as little surprise . I guess the feeling among NJ pols is that their constituents are as corrupt as their leaders .
” A report it photo from a viewer is sending shock waves across social media and the state Tuesday. The photo was snapped at a local gun store and it shows a [sic]Bolt Action Rifle, resting on a baby’s lap.
That picture of the sixth-month-old baby girl with the rifle in front of her was taken by her father at Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post. He and the store owner say it’s just a picture, others say it’s just wrong.
The baby girl is becoming very popular on social media. The picture of the baby with a rifle resting on her lap was sent in to News 8 through our Report It feature and many are reacting.
“ She can’t even speak yet and she has a gun in her hand and it’s bizarre,” said Alexa Grose, Seymour.
Baby Genevieve without the gun, with her bottle and her dad, Christopher Duffy, met News 8′s Erin Logan at Woodbridge Firearms where Duffy bought the gun.”
The original hysterical story comes from WTNH while the Blaze offers a much more even-handed take on this manufactured “controversy” including some fabulous comments(see below) aimed at the busybodies whose lives must be perfect given they have so much time to worry about other people’s business . Read the comments and enjoy …
If the hand-wringers and do-gooders of the left really need something to raise their blood pressure they should have a look at these pics … These will raise the stroke rates among the mom jean set …
Oh my heavens … kids with guns !
Psst … don’t tell anyone but these young lady shooters went to school in DC … imagine that , guns in Washington DC children’s hands … Horrors … and under the auspices of the DC school system no less … Elizabeth I’m coming to join you !
Oh no … more school girls with guns … Have you called the EMT’s
Here we have the ultimate horror … children being taught to shoot those “evil assault” rifles … are you lefties still conscious ?
Here’s one more just in case cardiac arrest still eludes the nannies among us …
Believe it or not you busybody milksops there are millions of us parents who have been teaching our children gun safety and shooting for as long as the kids have been old enough to absorb the lessons , just as we were taught by our parents .
And you know what ? Our households aren’t the ones that suffer from accidental shootings or juvenile delinquency . Our children grow up with a healthy respect for the power of firearms instead of the irrational fear of inanimate instruments that you teach yours . Knowledge and respect prevent the disasters inherent with ignorant curiosity .
It is only a desire to maintain my son’s and my own privacy that prevents me from posting video of my 11 year old blazing away at the range with a full auto HK MP-5 . He’s an awesome shot with that , pistols and rifles . Soon to be better than his dad . That flick would surely require the paramedics .
Here is the speech that ruffled the leftist feathers . Sorry for the poor quality but there seems to be no other complete copy of the speech that is any better .
I knew I liked this guy … an island of character in a sea of feculence … Good on ya Matt
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"Wait, this guy's one of those weirdo Christians?"– every producer in Hollywood.—
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Actor Matthew McConaughey won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the Dallas Buyers Club. He rattled Hollywood by first thanking not his agent or famous celeb pals, but his friend…God.
” At 17 years of age, Addison Mikkelson is on a mission to keep police in Topeka, Kansas honest.
But the more he tries, the more he realizes he has his work cut out for him.
As you may remember, Mikkelson was arrested for jaywalking in December when he crossed the street to try and video record cops at a convenience station.
Then in January, he was confronted by police officer who used every line in the book to try to keep him from video recording a security checkpoint in the state’s capitol building.
His latest run-in involves him video recording a Topeka police officer who had been speeding ten miles over the speed limit, then didn’t use his turn signal and didn’t come to a complete stop at a stop sign.
When the cop, whose last name is Cartmill , noticed Mikkelson video recording from his car, he gave him two citations; one for “inattentive driving,” another for having a “TV screen in view of the driver.” “
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” Dana Holmes was arrested last May on a DUI charge to which she pleaded guilty. However, she never could have known what would be in store for her when she arrived at the LaSalle County Illinois jail.
Holmes is alleging that she was illegally strip searched, when officers reacted to her moving her leg during a pat down. The video shows her move her leg slightly, whereupon officers quickly react and restrain her. Then they throw her to the floor. After securing her they carry her into a padded cell, strip off her clothes and leave her lying there naked and alone.”
Cody Lee Williams - Wrongly Jailed For 35 Days
” A Clay County Sheriff’s Office detective has been suspended without pay for 10 days and reassigned to the agency’s patrol division following a disciplinary hearing held Tuesday. An internal investigation was launched earlier this month into how Det. Johnny Hawkins handled the arrest of a then 18-year-old Clay High student for sexual battery. The findings of that investigation culminated at a Feb. 25 internal hearing to determine how Cody Lee Williams, now 19, of Green Cove Springs was mistaken for Cody Raymond Williams, 18, of Jacksonville for an alleged 2012 sexual assault of a girl under age 12.
Despite the mix-up, Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said, to be fair, Hawkins has a good record with the CCSO, no prior disciplinary actions and has received many departmental commendations in his 26-year career with the department.
“In this case, however, he took shortcuts and didn’t do a thorough investigation,” Beseler said in a statement released Tuesday. “The result was an innocent man was accused of a terrible crime he didn’t commit.”
Following his Aug. 30, 2013 arrest, Cody Lee Williams spent what has been described as an unnecessary 35 days in the jail for the crime in which he was charged as an adult. A young girl told CCSO in 2013 that she had sex with Cody Williams “on or around” Halloween 2012. The girl then told police where he attended school without looking at a photo to verify the identity of the young man.”
10 days off for failure to do his job properly ? It’s not like his error resulted in the wrong change at the cash register , An innocent young man was forced to endure 35 days in prison because of the good detective’s “lapse” . We should be able to expect more from our “public servants” .
” A police chief is facing charges after an alleged confrontation with a man in a grocery store parking lot.
Cedar Grove Police Chief Aaron Roop, 31, has been charged with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor brandishing.
According to the criminal complaint, on February 16, Roop confronted a man and two women in the parking lot of a grocery store in Smithers and told the man, “(Name) the next time you threaten my wife and child with a firearm, I will slice your throat and kill you.” “
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” More than a million Rio Carnival revellers laid aside bitterness at Brazilian leaders to join wild festivities Saturday in what has been dubbed “the greatest show on Earth.”
” The Rio tourist board said 1.3 million people joined the fray to cavort as the Marvelous City’s oldest bloco or street party group Cordao da Bola Preta danced to a raucous samba beat. A total of four million are accepted during the entire five-day event.”
” But there was a reminder of some of Brazil’s social problems as festivities in the northern city of Salvador were tainted by the fatal shooting of a young man.”
” Rio’s flamboyantly dressed residents were adamant that, for now, they had spent enough time demonstrating — and wanted to let loose instead.”
“Carnival is carnival. Celebrate! Protests can wait — at least for now,” shouted Christophe Land, one of 50 men decked out in black “Spiderman” outfits.”
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” Veteran Dallas police homicide detective Dwayne Thompson is on desk duty pending an internal investigation.
The Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved a settlement of more than $1 million to Olivia Lord, who sued Thompson for violating her civil rights and maliciously prosecuting her.
The Dallas Police Department is taking steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
The case goes back to 2010, when police arrested Lord on suspicion that she killed her boyfriend, Michael Burnside, even though evidence pointed to suicide.
Lord sued, and a federal jury found Dwayne Thompson had been “reckless” and “malicious” with the arrest and his questioning.”
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” Testifying against legislation that would decriminalize marijuana in Maryland, the Annapolis police chief cited a satirical article that claimed 37 pot deaths occurred on the first day Colorado legalized its sale.
“ The first day of legalization, that’s when Colorado experienced 37 deaths that day from overdose on marijuana,” Chief Michael Pristoop said on Tuesday as part of testimony during a Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing. “I remember the first day it was decriminalized there were 37 deaths.”
Pristoop was quickly corrected by a sponsor of one of the bills, according to the Capital Gazette.
“ Unless you have some other source for this, I’m afraid I’ve got to spoil the party here,” said Sen. Jamie Raskin. “Your assertion that 37 people died of a marijuana overdose in Colorado was a hoax on the Daily Currant and the Comedy Central website.”
The Daily Currant posted the article – “Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado on First Day of Legalization” – on Jan. 2. It has since been shared over 24,000 times across various social media and other web platforms.”
Good Lord , we are led by idiots … this man and thousands like him are the ones we should trust to protect us ? A man of tremendous authority over the citizenry that cannot even distinguish fact from fiction ? God help us .
Read the rest … and groan
” A police officer in South Carolina shot a 70-year-old motorist who was reaching for a cane during a traffic stop because he thought the man was grabbing a rifle from the bed of his pickup truck, investigators said. The man was expected to survive.
The York County deputy, Terrence Knox, pulled over Bobby Canipe (kah-NYP’) of Lincolnton, N.C., for an expired license tag about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday north of Clover, S.C., York County sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris said.
After stopping, Canipe got out of his pickup truck and reached into the bed, pulling out what Knox thought was a long-barreled rifle, Faris said. It was Canipe’s walking cane. The officer fired several times, hitting Canipe once, Faris said.”
Exactly what kind of training are the police receiving these days that makes them shoot first and ask questions later ? In all of 2013 ,which had the lowest officer fatality count in 70 years , all of 29 officers were killed by gunfire . Twenty nine shot dead in the course of how many millions of traffic stops and arrest attempts ? On the other hand at least 309 civilians and most likely many more ,were killed by police last year alone . Who’s at risk here ?
Read more at the Wash/Post