Category: Police State


Second Family Says Petersburg Police Went Too Far

 

 

 

 

 

 


” Another family has come forward claiming Petersburg Police came on their front porch and tried to stop them from shooting video of arrests happening right in front of their home.

  The family reached out to the On Your Side Investigators and shared dramatic cell phone video. The incident led to a violent confrontation.

  Cell phone video shows JaQuan Fisher, 17, standing on his own front porch recording the arrests happening on Rome Street. In the video, an officer is heard saying, “Unless you want me to take your phone from you,” before there is a struggle and video goes to black.

” I was right here. I pulled out my phone,” JaQuan said, pointing to where he was standing. 

  Petersburg Police had just busted several people at a home next door. They were handcuffing the suspects in front of Fisher’s home. He walked out onto the porch and his cousin—who was one of the people being arrested–yelled, “Start recording.” “

 

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Staten Island Man Dies After NYPD Cop Puts Him In Chokehold

 

 

 

 

” A 400-pound asthmatic Staten Island dad died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows.

“ I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Eric Garner, 43, repeatedly screamed after at least five NYPD officers took him down in front of a Tompkinsville beauty supply store when he balked at being handcuffed.

 Within moments Garner, a married father of six children with two grandchildren, stopped struggling and appeared to be unconscious as police called paramedics to the scene. An angry crowd gathered, some recording with smartphones.

“ When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time,” Garner’s wife, Esaw, told the Daily News.”

 

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Excerpts Of Navy Yard Report: 160 Cameras And No One Watching; Facing Down Shooter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Cameras showed the Navy Yard gunman’s every move, but arriving police didn’t know the control room existed. Employees who had cellphones locked away to protect military secrets had no way to dial 911. Arriving police were stuck outside security gates as the base went on lockdown. Aaron Alexis came face-to-face with several Navy Yard employees who survived, including one who threw a megaphone at the gunman and ran as a shotgun blast sailed by. These are among the dozens of details in a new report obtained by The Washington Post under a Freedom of Information Act request. The report was written by D.C. police to better understand how the shooting unfolded and what lessons they could take away.

   A private security guard was in an office with monitors showing the feeds from 160 security cameras while the shootings occurred. Those cameras, police now know, covered almost every inch of Building 197 and were documenting in real time every move by gunman Aaron Alexis. But the guard locked the door, hid and notified no one that he was there with access to the information. “

 

   The report is a damning indictment of security at the Navy Yard as well as the performance of the Metro DC police and various Federal law enforcement agencies with allegations of many DC officers “self-dispatching” themselves to the scene and thus leaving large swathes of the city unprotected along with mentions of numerous “private photographers” on the scene representing different law enforcement entities .

    The whole episode calls to mind a free-for-all of law enforcement , more interested in covering themselves in glory , securing larger operating budgets and documenting it all for the media than in protecting public safety a la the Dorner affair , Ruby Ridge and Waco . 

Read the whole thing at the Washington Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal Agents Swarm Livingston, Ill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Homeland security, the US Customs and Border Patrol and other police agencies swarmed Livingston, Illinois.

  They all parked in the field of a grade school.The peacefulness of the town of 850 was broken by all the excitement.

  The law officers would not comment about their operation, even to the school superintendent and they were using the school district’s land.”

 

 

More here and see Alex Jones for much more on the latest demonstration of State power …

 

 

 

” Residents of Livingston, IL., population 850, were shocked to see agents from Homeland Security, the US Customs and Border Patrol and local police agencies swarm a field belonging to a grade school yesterday, with one local telling news channel KTVI, “When all the armored trucks started showing up and everything it made me kind of nervous.”

  One child said he thought the spectacle was “pretty cool” and that agents invited the local children to check out the choppers up close, despite the presence of weapons inside the helicopters.

  The school superintendent said he was not given any information about the operation beforehand, despite authorities using school land as a staging ground. The U.S. Attorney’s Office refused to release any information on the purpose behind the operation.

  KTVI labeled the presence of the feds a “mystery,” although it subsequently emerged that the school was being used as a staging ground for a raid on a house three miles away. Authorities refused to divulge the purpose behind the raid or if anyone was taken into custody. “

 

 

   Statism on the march , the conditioning of the people continues with the goal of making declarations of martial law commonplace and ordinary . Witness the testimony regarding the people thinking the massive display of State firepower as being “pretty cool” . 

    Yes folks , it’s all “pretty cool” … until it’s your door the kick in in the middle of the night … How cool is that ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking News – Gun Confiscation Has Begun In NY!!! Must Watch!!

 

 

 

 

Published on Jul 9, 2014

” Gun confiscation has started in NY. This video highlights two cases out of NY state where guns are being confiscated under the NY SAFE Act. Here is a link to a video where Delaware county Sheriff Mills talks about how he refused to do one of the confiscations- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niES0… I know this is long, but please watch it in it’s entirety and share this video anywhere you can and tell your friends and neighbors and co workers about this. Gun confiscation is underway! Thanks for watching. Like Share Comment Subscribe “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utah Man Arrested For Extinguishing A Brush Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A man was arrested for disorderly conduct and obstructing justice when he refused to stop spraying water on a brush fire that had ignited in a field behind his home.

  The incident happened on July 4th in a field located behind a row of houses. At approximately 9:30 p.m., some brush caught fire due to errant use of fireworks. Spectators quickly assisted and one woman called 9-1-1 for help.

“ An apparent spark lit a tree over there from an old orchard on fire,” said 36-year-old Santaquin resident, Jason Thornton. “Myself, my two nephews, and a few neighbors rushed to action, got our hoses out, contained the fire to one tree, waiting for the fire department to show up.”

  Mr. Thornton continued: “While fighting the fire, somebody said, ‘stop!’ I told them, ‘no’ in a very unpolite way. He told me again to stop. I said, ‘No, I’m manning this fire. I’m not stopping until the fire department gets here.’”

“ Then the man came over and put me in handcuffs and told me I was under arrest,” he said. “They gave me a citation for disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice.”

 

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Report: Ordinary Americans Caught Up In Data Sweep

 

 

 

 

 

” When the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted the online accounts of legally targeted foreigners over a four-year period it also collected the conversations of nine times as many ordinary Internet users, both Americans and non-Americans, according to a probe by The Washington Post.

  Nearly half of those surveillance files contained names, email addresses or other details that the NSA marked as belonging to U.S. citizens or residents, the Post reported in a story posted on its website Saturday night. While the federal agency tried to protect their privacy by masking more than 65,000 such references to individuals, the newspaper said it found nearly 900 additional email addresses that could be strongly linked to U.S. citizens or residents.”

The Snowden revelations continue to reveal the extent of State spying during the Age Of Obama …

” The material reviewed by the Post included roughly 160,000 intercepted e-mail and instant-message conversations, some of them hundreds of pages long, and 7,900 documents taken from more than 11,000 online accounts. It spanned President Barack Obama’s first term, 2009 to 2012, and was provided to the Post by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden.

  The daily lives of more than 10,000 account holders who were not targeted were catalogued and recorded, the Post reported. The newspaper described that material as telling “stories of love and heartbreak, illicit sexual liaisons, mental-health crises, political and religious conversions, financial anxieties and disappointed hopes.” The material collected included more than 5,000 private photos, the paper said.”

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From Storm Clouds Gathering

 

 

 

 

 The repression has only just begun . We are all “Enemies of the State” if the State says so .

Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They’re Private Corporations, Immune From Open Records Laws

 

 

 

 

 

 

” As part of the American Civil Liberties Union’s recent report on police militarization, the Massachusetts chapter of the organization sent open records requests to SWAT teams across that state. It received an interesting response.

  As it turns out, a number of SWAT teams in the Bay State are operated by what are called law enforcement councils, or LECs. These LECs are funded by several police agencies in a given geographic area and overseen by an executive board, which is usually made up of police chiefs from member police departments. In 2012, for example, the Tewksbury Police Department paid about $4,600 in annual membership dues to the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, or NEMLEC. (See page 36 of linked PDF.) That LEC has about 50 member agencies. In addition to operating a regional SWAT team, the LECs also facilitate technology and information sharing and oversee other specialized units, such as crime scene investigators and computer crime specialists.

  Some of these LECs have also apparently incorporated as 501(c)(3) organizations. And it’s here that we run into problems. According to the ACLU, the LECs are claiming that the 501(c)(3) status means that they’re private corporations, not government agencies. And therefore, they say they’re immune from open records requests. Let’s be clear. These agencies oversee police activities. They employ cops who carry guns, wear badges, collect paychecks provided by taxpayers and have the power to detain, arrest, injure and kill. They operate SWAT teams, which conduct raids on private residences. And yet they say that because they’ve incorporated, they’re immune to Massachusetts open records laws. The state’s residents aren’t permitted to know how often the SWAT teams are used, what they’re used for, what sort of training they get or who they’re primarily used against.”

 

 

    This is arrogance of the highest order . For any organizations funded by the taxpayers to claim to be private corporations is beyond the pale . 

 

 


” From the ACLU of Massachusetts’s report on police militarization in that state:

  Approximately 240 of the 351 police departments in Massachusetts belong to an LEC. While set up as “corporations,” LECs are funded by local and federal taxpayer money, are composed exclusively of public police officers and sheriffs, and carry out traditional law enforcement functions through specialized units such as SWAT teams . . .

  Due to the weakness of Massachusetts public records law and the culture of secrecy that has infected local police departments and Law Enforcement Councils, procuring empirical records from police departments and regional SWAT teams in Massachusetts about police militarization was universally difficult and, in most instances, impossible . . .

  Police departments and regional SWAT teams are public institutions, working with public money, meant to protect and serve the public’s interest. If these institutions do not maintain and make public comprehensive and comprehensible documents pertaining to their operations and tactics, the people cannot judge whether officials are acting appropriately or make needed policy changes when problems arise . . . “

 

 

 

    This situation cannot be allowed to stand . ALL public servants MUST be held accountable for their actions or are we to believe that these “mercenary” SWAT units are merely rogue privateers issued Letters of Marque ? If such is the case then they are no more than pirates and as such must be fought with all possible means  .

   Food for thought: If the SWAT teams are private corporations/private contractors , ala Blackwater ,  then they do not enjoy the legal immunities offered to employees of the State and thus should be subject to civil lawsuits and thus the discovery process … Let the flood gates open .

 

 

   Read the rest from Radley Balko at the Washington Post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Chart Paints A Startling Picture Of What 36 U.S. States Beat The World At

 

 

prison policy

 

 

 

” Approximately 2.2 million adults – that’s one out of every hundred people – in America are currently living behind bars. That’s far and away higher than the next highest country – Cuba – by both sheer number and per capita.

  The Prison Policy Initiative took a look at how individual states would line up if they were treated like actual countries. And the results were very disheartening – 36 states have a higher incarceration rate than every other country in the world.

  This is a startling image of where our country stands in the world, and it leads to several very important questions: Does the United States have a crime problem? A prison problem that costs too much money? No problem at all? “

 

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These 5 Censored Books Tell A History The Establishment Wants Hidden

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Jun 25, 2014

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Abby Martin speaks with NYU media studies professor, Mark Crispin Miller, about five historical books that have been actively suppressed and hidden from the American public.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supreme Court Bans Warrantless Cell Phone Searches, Updates Privacy Laws

 

 

 

 

” The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police must obtain warrants before snooping through people’s cellphones, delivering a unanimous decision that begins to update legal understanding of privacy rules to accommodate 21st-century technology.

  Police agencies argued that searching through data on cellphones was no different from asking someone to turn out his pockets, but the justices rejected that, saying a cellphone holds the most personal and intimate details of someone’s life and falls squarely within the Fourth Amendment’s privacy protections.

“ The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote in the unanimous opinion. “Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple — get a warrant.”

  The justices even said police cannot check a cellphone’s call log because it could contain more information than phone numbers, and perusing the call log is a violation of privacy that can be justified only with a court-issued warrant.

  Privacy advocates, meanwhile, said the ruling should ignite a broader rethinking of protections at a time when Americans are putting more personal information online.”

 

 

 

Washington Times continues the story of a small step on the road to victory in the war for privacy rights .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Town In Florida Obtains MRAP Armored Vehicle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin King | The Anti-Media

” The Walton County Sheriff’s Department, a department formerly known for community-oriented policing, has joined the ever growing list of departments across the country that have chosen to abandon common sense and deploy an IED resistant armored vehicle. 

  Walton County is a part of Florida that is so crime free you can leave your doors unlocked. When Hollywood location scouts were looking for a community so perfect that it appeared to be fake, they came to Walton County. The Truman Show, staring Jim Carey, was filmed on location in a small Walton County community. The twins in the movie, were both Walton County lawmen on set to direct traffic. They were so personable and friendly, they wound up in the movie. Yes, they are really named Ron and Don.

  It’s hard to imagine that community being policed by the 30,000lbs International MaxxPro MRAP. The weapon, just back from the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, was recently acquired by the department. Now that it is painted black and labeled as a SWAT vehicle it is ready to be used not against Iraqi insurgents in Fallujah, but against Americans on Main Street.

 

  Sheriff Michael Adkinson, Jr. made a statement on the department’s Facebook Page.The American Civil Liberties Union sees this as a problem, and has launched a nationwide investigation into the militarization of local law enforcement. The ACLU believes the mentality created by the presence of weapons of war causes an escalation in violence.

“It is important to realize that ANY rifle round will penetrate an officers body armor. This includes the common .22cal round. In the past 6 years the WCSO has come under fire from HUNDREDS of rounds during calls. We routinely take assault weapons of persons arrested. An example of this was an incident in which a man handcuffed an AK-47 assault rifle and confronted deputies. During another violent encounter over 100 rounds were exchanged during a shootout inside DeFuniak Springs. During the same time frame we have dealt with 9 barricaded subjects the majority of which had rifles at their disposal. The armored vehicle allows us to get close to the suspect without unnecessary danger. Again a rifle round can penetrate a vehicle and body armor. Certainly a $2,500 surplus vehicle is good insurance. We handle almost double the number of calls for service from a decade ago and unfortunately not all of those can be handled with customer service. This is not the federal government intruding on your civil liberties Would you really want them sent into harm’s way without the best protection available, simply because the military originally purchased this vehicle? The men and women who serve as deputy sheriff’s in this county are your friends and neighbors. This is your Sheriff trying to protect your deputies.”

 

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Ford Field The Site Of An FBI Emergency Training Exercise Wednesday

 

 

 

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” The Federal Bureau of Investigation says not to be alarmed by the increased presence of law enforcers near Ford Field Wednesday.

  It is an emergency exercise to test emergency preparedness.

  The event is a training exercise and is not being held in response to any current threat, and measures have been taken to minimize disruption to the surrounding communities,” the FBI said in a statement Tuesday. “At various times throughout the day, citizens may notice an increase in the presence of law enforcement personnel or vehicles at certain locations throughout the metropolitan area. Both air and ground assets will be used during the exercise.”

  The purpose is to “improve collective response capabilities and the coordination of investigative efforts,” FBI officials say.”

 

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    Distract , Deceive , Divide , Indoctrinate , Disarm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DHS Ransacks Florida Couple’s Home Without Explanation, Strips Woman Naked

 

 

 

 

” A Florida couple was traumatized after a dozen heavily armed SWAT agents crashed through their front door, flash-banged their cat, aimed rifles at them and searched their home without explanation.

  The raid took place in the pre-dawn hours of June 10th, 2014. At approximately 6:16 a.m., Kari Edwards and her live-in boyfriend were intruded upon by men dressed in full SWAT gear and wielding rifles. After smashing down the couple’s front door, agents tossed concussion grenades and proceeded into the home.

“ They busted in like I was a terrorist or something,” said Ms. Edwards.

“ [An officer] demanded that I drop the towel I was covering my naked body with,” Ms. Edwards said, “before snatching it off me physically and throwing me to the ground.”

“ While I lay naked, I was cuffed so tightly I could not feel my hands. For no reason, at gunpoint,” Edwards said. “[Agents] refused to cover me, no matter how many times I asked.”

  Ms. Edwards said her boyfriend told her that an agent holding an assault rifle to her back was gawking at her exposed body. “Eying me up and down like I was eye candy,” she said.

  The house was equipped with a surveillance system, which captured video of the agents from a couple different angles. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms Edwards describes the assault this way …

 

 

 

” At 6:16 am on Tuesday June 10, 2014 a team of over a dozen heavily armed men in full swat gear smashed my front door, threw flash bang grenades at my cat (a normally friendly cat who greets everyone is now fearful and hard of hearing), demanded that I drop the towel I was covering my naked body with before snatching it off of me physically and throwing me to the ground.

  According to my boyfriend, the agent with his assault rifle to my back kept eying me up & down like I was eye candy. I requested to see ID and the agent pointed at his uniform that read POLICE and said “Isn’t this ID enough for you?” When I told him I could buy that up in Miami he called me retarded and said I was fucking stupid. They spent bout 2 hours trashing my house, even smashing clear glass shower doors and a vintage statue.

  My boyfriend, who is asthmatic, started having trouble breathing due to the lingering smoke created by the flash bang grenade and asked for his inhaler. The agent said “do I need to call paramedics? My boyfriend said no, I just need my inhaler can someone get it for me?, Again he was answered with a paramedic offer. Finally another agent asked where it was and brought it out then helped him use it. The video is short because they ripped out my surveillance DVR stating they “can’t be recorded”.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” After about 2 hours of pure hell, a female agent asked if there were any laptops in the house. They left us thinking that they were here for child pornography but the more I thin about it, I don’t think they would have come in full force, shields, helicopter, etc for kiddie porn.

  I’m still scratching my head but have made complains to the ACLU, DHS OIG and the White House but I don’t want to just sit there waiting so decided to spread the word and increase awareness.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT EVEN ENCRYPTED WIFI IS NOT SAFE. SOMEONE CAN HACK IT, FORGET YOUR PERSONAL INFO, THEY CAN HAVE YOUR HOME RAIDED… I’M NOT THE FIRST OF THESE VICTIMS,”

 

 

   PoliceStateUSA has more original reporting including pictures of the trashed house provided by Ms Edwards here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

California: 39 Woman Prisoners Were Sterilized Without Consent

 

 

 

 

” Physicians in California prisons illegally sterilized at least 39 women during an eight-year period, with cases recorded as late as 2011, according to a report put out last week by the state’s own auditing office.

  Cynthia Chandler, co-founder of the Oakland-based group Justice Now, which has been raising concerns about prison sterilization processes for years, said that the report’s release “feels like an incredible step and vindication for people who work toward challenging human rights abuses.”

  The audit found problems in 39 cases, which account for more than a quarter of the 144 women who underwent the sterilization procedure between fiscal years 2005-6 and 2012-13. In 27 of the cases, inmates’ physicians had failed to sign the necessary consent form detailing that the patients were mentally competent, had understood the lasting effects of the procedure, and that the required 30-day waiting period after initial inmate consent was given had passed. Eighteen cases potentially violated that required waiting period, which is intended to give female prisoners time to think about their decisions before their surgeries take place. In some cases there is even evidence that doctors falsified records, claiming that the waiting period had elapsed when it actually had not.”

 

 

 

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New Sensors Will Scoop Up ‘Big Data’ On Chicago

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The curled metal fixtures set to go up on a handful of Michigan Avenue light poles later this summer may look like delicate pieces of sculpture, but researchers say they’ll provide a big step forward in the way Chicago understands itself by observing the city’s people and surroundings.

  The smooth, perforated sheaths of metal are decorative, but their job is to protect and conceal a system of data-collection sensors that will measure air quality, light intensity, sound volume, heat, precipitation and wind. The sensors will also count people by measuring wireless signals on mobile devices.”

 

 

 

 

” Some experts caution that efforts like the one launching here to collect data from people and their surroundings pose concerns of a Big Brother intrusion into personal privacy.

  In particular, sensors collecting cellphone data make privacy proponents nervous. But computer scientist Charlie Catlett said the planners have taken precautions to design their sensors to observe mobile devices and count contact with the signal rather than record the digital address of each device.”

 

 

Chicago Tribune has more on the latest intrusions into personal privacy 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feds Perform Guns-Drawn SWAT Raid While Investigating Campaign Finance Allegation

 

 

 

” A prominent figure in Utah says that his children had guns pointed at them during a violent police raid to investigate an alleged white-collar crime. “If they’ll do it to me, they’ll do it to anybody,” said former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

“ Law enforcement showed up in masks, 12 officers with bullet proof vests, assault rifles, burst through the door screaming and yelling at my kids,” Shurtleff said in an interview with Fox 13. He said that guns were pointed at his daughter and son, ages 16 and 20, in his suburban home while he was away.

“ They burst [in on] my little girl – my 17-year-old – going to the bathroom, screaming at her to get out of there,” recalled Shurtleff. “When she steps out there are four men in body armor with weapons pointed at her chest.”

“ These John Wayne-wannabe, freakin’ Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry tactics are absolutely unacceptable and unneeded,” said Shurtleff on KSL Radio.”

 

 

    How is it that a simple allegation of campaign finance fraud merits a full-blown military response ? Regardless of the guilt or innocence of Mr’s Shurtleff and Swallow , what possible justification could there be to endanger the men’s families over minor white-collar crimes ?

While the district attorney and the Dept of Public Safety bend over backwards in their assertions that proper procedure was followed , it is that very procedure that we find questionable in the first place . What ever happened to knocking on the door to serve your warrant ?

 

 

” Mr. Gill is the current District Attorney for Salt Lake County and head of the investigation against Shurtleff. He defended the tactics used, according to KSL: “There are certain things that you have to do when you go into an area that is unfamiliar to you… This is what every citizen out there is subjected to when it comes down.”

  The Utah Department of Public Safety issued a statement about the raids. They said their agents “followed proper procedure” and “acted in accordance to policy and utilized the minimum force necessary to execute the warrants.”

 

 

   If middle of the night no-knock SWAT raids are “proper procedure” for virtually any warrant service then it is well past time to change that procedure . How many more innocents must be endangered and have their views of the police irretrievably altered to ones of Nazi storm troopers before we bring this travesty of statism to a halt ?

Thanks to PoliceStateUSA

 

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Pentagon Funds ‘Cold War-Style’ Science Study To Track Mass Civil Unrest

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Pentagon along with the Minerva Research Initiative, appears to have resuscitated and partially reconstituted a 60′s Cold War-era social science program used to detect political protest… 

  The controversial program called Project Camelot had been operational nearly a decade into the Vietnam war, as the Special Operations Research Office (SORO) located at American University had received millions in funding from the US Army to conduct a six country study on civil unrest. The current social science program directed by Minerva and the Department of Defense (DoD), appears to have also partnered with some of the most well-known universities in the United States by studying the behavior of peaceful activism and how political ideology shapes protest movements in the world at large.

  The Minerva Research Initiative has been conducting its studies with the sponsorship of the Department of Defense and its university partners since 2010. This new program has prompted a rebirth of the militarization of social science and in the process has undoubtedly opened a floodgate of ethical concerns. The creation of this partnership was born out of a speech by former Secretary of Defense as well as past Director of the CIA, Robert Gates. In April of 2008, Gates delivered a speech at the Association of American Universities, there he provided a vague outline for research that worked in conjunction with academia and other Pentagon affiliated agencies such as the DoD :

What we are considering is based to some degree on the success we had in the Cold War. During that period, we built up the Department of Defense’s – and the nation’s – intellectual capital with new research centers such as RAND and new mechanisms like, as I mentioned, the National Defense Education Act. With the Minerva initiative, we envision a consortia of universities that will promote research in specific areas. These consortia could also be repositories of open-source documentary archives. The Department of Defense, perhaps in conjunction with other government agencies, could provide the funding for these projects.”

Read more at 21st Century Wire

Stuck in Traffic? Thanks, Obama!: Feds To Regulate Waze, Google Maps, And Other Navigation Apps

 

 

 

 

 

” The Obama administration wants to cripple the navigation and traffic reporting apps on your smartphone. In the name of safety, of course.

  Provisions in the proposed transportation bill—which Congress will look at in the next few months—would give the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the power to regulate apps like Google Maps and Waze, the crowdsourced traffic reporting tool. 

  They’re going to start with automobiles’ built-in navigation devices, since regulatory authority is clearer there. Possible “features” include limiting inputs when the car is in motion, or making people click a button saying that they are a passenger.

  But of course, if they make the onboard navigation systems in cars suck, people will just turn to their smartphones, right? So they had better regulate those too. 

  The impulse to regulate against distracted driving has a long, not terribly glorious pedigree, dating all the way back to efforts to go after people who were changing the radio station while driving. In more recent years, talking and texting bans have failed to show clear positive results and may even cause harm.”

 

 

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Marine Arrested and Institutionalized for Facebook Posts Critical of the Government

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Brandon Raub, a decorated Marine who was forcefully admitted to a mental health institution for posting Facebook posts that were at-odds with the Obama Administration’s political agenda, is now suing the federal government for the apparent civil rights violation.
 
  In 2012, Raub was arrested for posting “controversial song lyrics, conspiracy theories related to 9/11 and talk of upcoming revolution.” He was taken to a mental health institution and admitted for Oppositional Defiance Disorder, a term that the government uses to brand those who disagree with the way government is being run as being insane.
 
  Raub was released days later when a judge recognized that there was no reason for his institutionalization. Still, this episode has startling implications about freedom in America.
 
  This is not an isolated incident, however, as Raub was detained as part of a DHS directive called “Operation Vigilant Eagle,” a directive aimed at scrutinizing the behavior of veterans for anything nonconformist as a means of weeding out dissent. The program claims to be trying to help veterans who are “disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war.
 
  However, critics have noted that the criteria is overly-broad and seems to target rightwing thought as a dangerous behavior worthy of institutionalization where veterans can become re-educated.”
      Any right-thinking person these days had better have some “oppositional defiance” , which puts us in good company … Think Jefferson , Madison , Washington , Franklin , Henry , Lee … If they were with us today the State would surely be holding them under lock and key .

9 Unbelievably Absurd Acronyms the FBI Is Tracking On Twitter, Or 9UAATFBIITOT

 

 

FBI Twitterspeak

 

 

 

 

 

” In this week’s stranger news, an 83-page document was procured by self-proclaimed “FOI Geek” Jason Smathers under the Freedom of Information Act. The document, created by the FBI’s Directorate of Intelligence Research Support Unit, features an “extensive—but far from exhaustive—list of shorthand and acronyms used on Twitter and other social media venues.”

  The list contains more than 2,800 entries (you read that correctly) which the FBI asserts you “should find useful in your work or for keeping up with your children and/or grandchildren.” In case your child decides to tell you, “HGH”, during in the middle of a conversation, fret not, for now you can just pull out your handy dandy 83-page guide to internet slang and see that they’re obviously telling you “Haters Gonna Hate.” Duh.

  With over 2,800 abbreviations on the list, there are understandably some strange ones which, based on a quick internet search, have literally never even been used. Imagine employing any of these in daily conversation, not to mention trying to memorize them:

From Reason:

 

  • IOKIYAR, “It’s okay if you’re a Republican
  • ALOTBSOL, “Always look on the bright side of life”

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • BTDTGTTAWIO, “been there, done that, got the T-shirt and wore it out”
  • EOTWAWKI, “end of the world as we know it”

 

 

 

 

 

  • HCDAJFU, “He could do a job for us”
  • IITYWTMWYBMAD, “If I tell you what it means will you buy me a drink?”
  • LFBBEG, “Looking for big bad evil guy”
  • KTBSPA, “Keep the backstreet pride alive”
  • PMIGBOM, “Put mind in gear before opening mouth”

 

 

     Our tax dollars at work … Jeez . One would think that with all the threats to our way of life from those evil “right-wing extremists” , the need to change illegal’s diapers , arming terrorists and such that the Feds would have enough to do without spending a fortune studying social media acronyms … but one would be wrong , wouldn’t one ? 

   In Obama’s Amerika no job is to small for the hand of big government .

Read more  here and here:

 

FBI Releases 83-Page Guide to Social Media Slang, Acronyms

FBI’s Amusing ‘Twitter Speak’ Dictionary Revealed

WTF FBI? Agency Has Huge List of Twitter Slang (and Some of It’s Fake)

FBI discovers Twitter-speak, starts a dictionary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Cup 2014: 17 Pictures Of Shocking Violence As Police ‘Open Live Fire’ On Anti-Fifa Protesters

 

 

world cup 2014 violence

 

 

 

” A Brazilian police officer was filmed firing what appear to be live rounds at anti-World Cup protesters this weekend.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The incident was captured by the Associated Press close to Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium during the Argentina vs Bosnia-Herzegovina match on Sunday.

  The scenes also saw a man in plain clothes who identified himself as a police officer fire two shots into the air. He continued firing as he was driven away. The news agency was not able to confirm his identity.

  Some residents have turned to artistic protest – daubing walls with anti-Fifa graffiti.

  These powerful images show a nation discontent with corruption, greed and injustice. “

 

 

” One mural in particular, at a Sao Paulo school by renowned street artist Paulo Ito, has gone viral on social media, showing a weeping, starving Brazilian boy, knife and fork in hand, being served a football on a plate.”

 

Lots more here and at the link below:

 

 

RIO OFFICER SHOOTS LIVE ROUND DURING CUP PROTEST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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