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Today Marks The 22nd Anniversary Of The Waco Siege

 

 

Wiki :

” The Waco siege began on Sunday, February 28, 1993, and ended violently 50 days later on April 19.[4] The siege began when the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), accompanied by several members of the media, attempted to execute a search warrant at Mount Carmel Center ranch, a property of the religious group Branch Davidians located in the community of Elk, Texas,[5][6] nine miles (14 kilometers) east-northeast of Waco.

  On February 28, shortly after the attempt to serve the warrant, an intense gun battle erupted, lasting nearly two hours. In this armed exchange, four agents and six Branch Davidians were killed. Upon the ATF’s failure to execute the search warrant, a siege was initiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The siege ended 50 days later when a fire destroyed the compound after a second assault was launched. Seventy-six men, women and children,[7][8] including the sect leader, David Koresh, died in the fire that engulfed Mount Carmel Center. The Waco siege also has been described as the “Waco massacre.”[9]

 

 

Never Forget – Our Government Did This

 

1993 – 100 agents raid Branch Davidian compound at Waco Texas

 

PBS Frontline Provides This Government Approved Timeline Of Events

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” [Ed. Note: This chronology was published in 1995 with the initial broadcast of “Waco: the Inside Story.” In August, 1999, documents were uncovered which indicated that during the raid on the Branch Davidian compound, the FBI used a limited number of flammable tear gas canisters. This revelation contradicted assertions of the FBI and the Department of Justice that the government had done nothing that could have contributed to the start or spread of the fire. In response, Attorney General Janet Reno appointed a special counsel, former Republican senator John C. Danforth, to reexamine the assault to determine how the fire started and whether there was a cover-up of information implicating law enforcement officials or the Justice Department.

  On July 21, 2000, after a 10 month investigation, Danforth issued a preliminary report exonerating the government and its agents. His report concluded that federal agents did not start the fire, direct gunfire at the complex, or improperly employ US armed forces. Danforth assigned responsibility for the tragedy to the Branch Davidians and David Koresh. According to the report, they contributed to the tragedy by refusing to exit the compound during the 51 day standoff, directing gunfire at FBI agents, shooting members of the compound, and ultimately setting the fire that burned the compound down.

  Danforth did find, however, that an FBI agent fired three pyrotechnic tear gas rounds at a concrete pit 75 feet from the living quarters of the compound. Although these rounds did not start the fire, government officials did not admit their use until August 1999, more than six years later. Danforth found that this negligence was at best a mishandling of evidence, and at worst a criminal attempt to conceal the truth from investigators.

  The full text of Danforth’s preliminary report is available online from the Center for Studies on New Religions. A final report is expected in the fall of 2000.]

  FRONTLINE’s chronology of the siege, which starts below, is drawn from two reports (OCT. 8, 1993) issued by the Justice Department: “Report to the Deputy Attorney General on the Events at Waco, Texas, February 28 to April 19,1993,” (hereinafter designated as “Scruggs”), compiled by Richard Scruggs, who is an assistant to the Attorney General, and five other officials in the Justice Department; and “Evaluation of the Handling of the Branch Davidian Stand-off in Waco, Texas February 28 to April 19, 1993,” (hereinafter designated as “Dennis”) by Edward S. G. Dennis, Jr., a Philadelphia lawyer and former assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the Justice Department. Both reports were issued on October 3, 1993. (As of July 1994, Richard Scruggs is no longer an assistant to the Attorney General.) “

 

 February 28, 1993 through March 7, 1993

 March 8, 1993 through March 18, 1993

 March 19, 1993 through March 31, 1993

 April 1, 1993 through April 15, 1993

 April 16, 1993 through April 19, 1993

   Note That The Justice Department Handled The Investigation Of It’s Own Crimes , Albeit Through The Allegedly Independent Offices Of The “Honorable” John Danforth.

Waco Siege Films

WACO: A New Revelation (Full Version)

 

 

 

” Film released in 1999 – April 19, 1993 – The massacre of the Branch Davidians in Waco, TX by the U.S. government.  Remember Waco?  This video shows hard evidence that the media wouldn’t and still won’t show the American public.

  Waco: A New Revelation is the film that triggered a new Congressional investigation of the Waco tragedy, and caused the Justice Department and the FBI to reverse their long-held positions on Waco. It has generated a firestorm of events unprecedented in the history of documentary filmmaking. After six years of painstaking investigation, the complete story of the tragedy in Texas is finally coming to light. This compelling feature-length documentary presents new revelations about the events that led up to the deaths of 79 men, women and children at Mount Carmel on April 19, 1993.

  In the spring of 1998, under the Freedom of Information Act, investigators from MGA Studio’s film division became the first private citizens to gain access to the Waco investigation evidence lockers. What they found was shocking. Upon examination, the evidence gathered under the supervision of federal officials appeared to contradict the FBI’s congressional testimony, raising serious and disturbing questions about events surrounding the siege at Mt. Carmel and the deaths of the Davidians. Gene Cullen Since 1993, former members of the FBI, former Special Forces and CIA operatives have come forward with new evidence to suggest that the FBI’s claim is inaccurate.”

 

 

 

Waco Rules of Engagement

 

 

 ” A truly sobering testament to the tyrannical force of the US government. This documentary tells the story of the Waco siege. This documentary, from the ATF’s own footage, bears witness to the murder by the US government of citizens who choose to exercise their constitutional rights.

Truly a must see! Are we truly free when we fear our government?”

 

 

BRANCH DAVIDIAN VICTIMS

Died February 28, 1993

Winston Blake, 28, black, British 
Peter Gent, 24, white, Australian 
Peter Hipsman, 28, white, American 
Perry Jones, 64, white, American 
Michael Schroeder, 29, white, American 
Jaydean Wendell, 34, Hawaiian, American

Died April 19, 1993

Katherine Andrade, 24, white, American 
Chanel Andrade, 1, white, American 
Jennifer Andrade, 19, white, American 
George Bennett, 35, black, British 
Susan Benta, 31, black, British 
Mary Jean Borst, 49, white, American 
Pablo Cohen, 38, white, Israeli 
Abedowalo Davies, 30, black, British 
Shari Doyle, 18, white, American 
Beverly Elliot, 30, black, British 
Yvette Fagan, 32, black, British 
Doris Fagan, 51, black, British 
Lisa Marie Farris, 24, white, American 
Raymond Friesen, 76, white, Canadian 
Sandra Hardial, 27, black, British 
Zilla Henry, 55, black, British 
Vanessa Henry, 19, black, British 
Phillip Henry, 22, black, British 
Paulina Henry, 24, black, British 
Stephen Henry, 26, black, British 
Diana Henry, 28, black, British 
Novellette Hipsman, 36, black, Canadian 
Floyd Houtman, 61, black, American 
Sherri Jewell, 43, Asian, American 
David M. Jones, 38, white, American 
David Koresh, 33, white, American 
Rachel Koresh, 24, white, American 
Cyrus Koresh, 8, white, American 
Star Koresh, 6, white, American 
Bobbie Lane Koresh, 2, white, American 
Jeffery Little, 32, white, American 
Nicole Gent Little, 24, white, Australian 
  and unborn child 
Dayland Gent, 3, white, American 
Page Gent, 1, white, American 
Livingston Malcolm, 26, black, British 
Diane Martin, 41, black, British 
Wayne Martin, Sr., 42, black, American 
Lisa Martin, 13, black, American 
Sheila Martin, Jr., 15, black, American 
Anita Martin, 18, black, American 
Wayne Martin, Jr., 20, black, American 
Julliete Martinez, 30, Mexican American 
Crystal Martinez, 3, Mexican American 
Isaiah Martinez, 4, Mexican American 
Joseph Martinez, 8, Mexican American 
Abigail Martinez, 11, Mexican American 
Audrey Martinez, 13, Mexican American 
John-Mark McBean, 27, black, British 
Bernadette Monbelly, 31, black, British 
Rosemary Morrison, 29, black, British 
Melissa Morrison, 6, black, British 
Sonia Murray, 29, black, American 
Theresa Nobrega, 48, black, British 
James Riddle, 32, white, American 
Rebecca Saipaia, 24, Asian, Phillipino 
Steve Schneider, 43, white, American 
Judy Schneider, 41, white, American 
Mayanah Schneider, 2, white, American 
Clifford Sellors, 33, white, British 
Scott Kojiro Sonobe, 35, Asian, American 
Floracita Sonobe, 34, Asian, Phillipino 
Gregory Summers, 28, white, American 
Aisha Gyrfas Summers, 17, white, Australian 
   and unborn child 
Startle Summers, 1, white, American 
Lorraine Sylvia, 40, white, American 
Rachel Sylvia, 12, white, American 
Hollywood Sylvia, 1, white, American 
Michelle Jones Thibodeau, 18, white, American 
Serenity Jones, 4, white, American 
Chica Jones, 2, white, American 
Little One Jones, 2, white, American 
Neal Vaega, 38, Somoan, New Zealander 
Margarida Vaega, 47, Asian, New Zealander 
Mark H. Wendell, 40, Asian, American

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The Disappeared: Chicago Police Detain Americans At Abuse-Laden ‘Black Site’

 

 

 

 

” The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

  The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.

  Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke out to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:

  • Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
  • Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
  • Shackling for prolonged periods.
  • Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
  • Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.

  At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square “interview room” and later pronounced dead.

  Brian Jacob Church, a protester known as one of the “Nato Three”, was held and questioned at Homan Square in 2012 following a police raid. Officers restrained Church for the better part of a day, denying him access to an attorney, before sending him to a nearby police station to be booked and charged.”

 

 

   The Guardian , doing the job American media refuses to do , has much more on the state of the American Police State .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eleventh-Hour Drama For Net Neutrality

 

These three political appointees hold the key to the future of the internet … WTF ?

 

 

 

” A Democrat on the Federal Communications Commission wants to see changes that could narrow the scope of new net neutrality rules set for a vote on Thursday.

  Mignon Clyburn, one of three Democrats on the FCC, has asked Chairman Tom Wheeler to roll back some of his provisions before the full commission votes on them, FCC officials said.

  The request — which Wheeler has yet to respond to — puts the chairman in the awkward position of having to either roll back his proposals, or defend the tough rules and convince Clyburn to back down.

  It’s an ironic spot for Wheeler, who for months was considered to be favoring weaker rules than those pushed for by his fellow Democrats, before he reversed himself and backed tougher restrictions on Internet service providers.

  Clyburn’s objections complicate the highly anticipated vote and add an extra bit of drama to the already high tensions on the five-member commission.  

  Wheeler will need the votes of both Clyburn and Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to pass the rules, since the two Republicans on the commission are expected to vote against anything he proposes.  

  Clyburn’s changes would leave in place the central and most controversial component of Wheeler’s rules — the notion that broadband Internet service should be reclassified so that it can be treated as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act, similar to utilities like phone lines.

  The full text of the rules will not be revealed to the public until after the FCC’s vote on Thursday morning.”

 

The Hill has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FBI Digital Search-Warrant Plan A ‘Monumental’ Constitutional Threat, Says Google

 

 

 

 

” Tech giant Google submitted court documents this week charging that a new FBI plan for obtaining digital search warrants is a “monumental” constitutional threat.

  Richard Salgado, Google’s director for law enforcement and information security, wrote Tuesday that the Justice Department’s plans for remotely accessing computer files “raises a number of monumental and highly complex constitutional, legal, and geopolitical concerns that should be left to Congress to decide.”

  National Journal reported Wednesday that the federal government wants to make changes to a criminal procedure provision known as Rule 41, which would allow judges to approve warrants outside their jurisdictions.

“ The serious and complex constitutional concerns implicated by the proposed amendment are numerous and, because of the nature of Fourth Amendment case law development, are unlikely to be addressed by courts in a timely fashion,” Mr. Salgado wrote.

  Google fears the federal government is using vague language that would permit it to spy on millions of Americans simultaneously.”

More at Washington Times

DDoS Attacks Against Governments More Powerful And Popular Than Ever

 

 

 

” When the protesters hit the streets, expect DDoS attacks to hit the Web. 

  Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are being used against government targets more than ever before, according to new research from Internet infrastructure firm Verisign. The attacks are increasingly powerful, cheap, and easy to deploy.

  DDoS attacks work by flooding a target—a bank, for instance, or a popular website—with data in order to make it crash or unusable for users. It’s not only an easy-to-use, cheap, and effective weapon for hackers, it’s also a goldmine for security firms paid to defend against the attacks.

  DDoS attacks against public-sector targets grew to account for 15 percent of all attacks recorded by the company at the end of 2014. The average size of attacks grew in size by 245 percent, Verisign found.

  DDoS-for-hire services can cost as little as $2 per hour, delivering an easy-to-use but potentially powerful punch to any Internet-connected devices on earth. 

  The DDoS defense market—where Verisign is a major player—is projected to hit $1.6 billion within two years.”

 

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Russian Researchers Expose Breakthrough U.S. Spying Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.

  That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker that has exposed a series of Western cyber-espionage operations.

  Kaspersky said it found personal computers in 30 countries infected with one or more of the spying programs, with the most infections seen in Iran, followed by Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria. The targets included government and military institutions, telecommunication companies, banks, energy companies, nuclear researchers, media, and Islamic activists, Kaspersky said. (http://reut.rs/1L5knm0)

  The firm declined to publicly name the country behind the spying campaign, but said it was closely linked to Stuxnet, the NSA-led cyber-weapon that was used to attack Iran’s uranium enrichment facility. The NSA is the agency responsible for gathering electronic intelligence on behalf of the United States.”

 

Lots more on the latest State spying revelations at Yahoo News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Record 3,415 Americans Give Up Citizenship

 

 

 

 

” While politicians are focused on all the foreigners who want to become Americans, perhaps they should consider all the Americans who are becoming foreigners.

  According to the latest data from the Treasury Department, spotted by Andrew Mitchel at the International Tax Blog, a record 3,415 Americans renounced their citizenship in 2014. That was up from the 2,999 in 2013 and more than triple the number for 2012.

  You can read the list of individuals who renounced here. “

 

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Republican FCC Commissioner Slams ‘Obama’s 332-Page Plan To Regulate The Internet’

 

 

Net Neutrality Plan

Click the pic for Mr Pai’s Twitter post and read the comments

 

 

” Republican FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on Friday raised the first of many criticisms to come about FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s aggressive net neutrality plan distributed to commissioners Thursday, which Pai described as “President Obama’s 332-page plan to regulate the Internet.”

  In a statement released Friday, Pai lamented the fact that the 332-page plan, which he tweeted a picture of himself holding next to a picture of Obama, won’t be released to the public until after the commission votes on its implementation later this month.

President Obama’s plan marks a monumental shift toward government control of the Internet. It gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works,” Pai said. “The plan explicitly opens the door to billions of dollars in new taxes on broadband… These new taxes will mean higher prices for consumers and more hidden fees that they have to pay.

  In his initial cursory overview of the plan, the commissioner said it would hinder broadband investment, slow network speed and expansion, limit outgrowth to rural areas of the country and reduce Internet service provider (ISP) competition.

The plan saddles small, independent businesses and entrepreneurs with heavy-handed regulations that will push them out of the market,” Pai said. “As a result, Americans will have fewer broadband choices. This is no accident. Title II was designed to regulate a monopoly. If we impose that model on a vibrant broadband marketplace, a highly regulated monopoly is what we’ll get.” “

 

Daily Caller has more on the secret plans for State control of the internet 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawmakers Introduce Measure To Ban High-Capacity Magazines

 

 

 

 

” A group of lawmakers introduced a measure in Washington on Thursday that aims to end the sale of large-capacity ammunition, used by mass shooters in Newtown, Connecticut; Aurora, Colorado; Tucson, Arizona; and Fort Hood, Texas.

  Co-sponsors Rep. Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut and Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, both Democrats, unveiled the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act. The bill would ban the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

“ The only thing more senseless than the gun violence that has taken too many of our nation’s children and countless innocent Americans is the failure of Congress to pass common sense gun safety measures, like this one, that are supported by 90 percent of the American public,” Menendez said. “

 

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Why The US Government Is Terrified Of Hobbyist Drones

 

 

A Phantom 2 consumer drone is equipped with three pounds of mock explosive at a January 16 DHS conference.

Photo credit: Daniel Herbert

 

 

” If you want to understand why the government freaked out when a $400 remote-controlled quadcopter landed on the White House grounds last week, you need to look four miles away, to a small briefing room in Arlington, Virginia. There, just 10 days earlier, officials from the US military, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FAA gathered for a DHS “summit” on a danger that had been consuming them privately for years: the potential use of hobbyist drones as weapons of terror or assassination.

  The conference was open to civilians, but explicitly closed to the press. One attendee described it as an eye-opener. The officials played videos of low-cost drones firing semi-automatic weapons, revealed that Syrian rebels are importing consumer-grade drones to launch attacks, and flashed photos from an exercise that pitted $5,000 worth of drones against a convoy of armored vehicles. (The drones won.) But the most striking visual aid was on an exhibit table outside the auditorium, where a buffet of low-cost drones had been converted into simulated flying bombs. One quadcopter, strapped to 3 pounds of inert explosive, was a DJI Phantom 2, a newer version of the very drone that would land at the White House the next week.

  Attendee Daniel Herbert snapped a photo and posted it to his website along with detailed notes from the conference. The day after the White House incident, he says, DHS phoned him and politely asked him to remove the entire post. He complied. “I’m not going to be the one to challenge Homeland Security and cause more contention,” says Herbert, who runs a small drone shop in Delaware called Skygear Solutions. “

 

Wired has the whole scoop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Police No Longer Work For You

 

 

 

 

 

 

” To the casual observer it appears that Virginia is run by violent psychopaths. That’s the takeaway from the recent report of an anti-poker SWAT team raid in Fairfax County, in which eight assault rifle-sporting police officers moved against ten card-playing civilians. The police possibly seized more than $200,000 from the game, of which 40 percent they eventually kept.

  There was no indication that any of the players was armed. As a matter of fact, it appears that a gambler is more likely to be shot without provocation by the Fairfax Police than the other way around. The heavy firepower at the Fairfax raid was apparently motivated by the fact that “at times, illegal weapons are present” at such poker games, and that “Asian gangs” have allegedly targeted such events in the past. This is, then, a novel approach to law enforcement: as a matter of policy, Fairfax police now attempt to rob and steal from people before street gangs get around to doing it.

  It is a mystery why we put up with this obscene police behavior. Gambling itself is not illegal in Virginia; it is simply controlled by the state. So the Fairfax police department did not bust these hapless poker players with guns drawn for doing something truly immoral and fully outlawed, merely for doing something in a way not approved by the state legislature. Were gambling actually forbidden in Virginia, then a crackdown could at least be understood, if not condoned in so paramilitary a fashion. Yet Virginia’s stance on the matter is not to treat gambling as malum in se, but rather as an instrumentum regni: our government prefers to funnel gambling money into its own coffers for its own ends, outlaw the same thing when it’s done outside of the state’s jurisdiction, and then steal the money of the poor fellows who happen to get caught. “

 

 

    Civil asset forfeiture , or policing for profit , is one of the defining issues of our day and along with No-Knock raids have eroded our liberties in ways the Founders never dreamed possible .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01.31.15 To 02.02.15

 

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked between Saturday, January 31 and Monday, February 2, 2015:

  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 06-12-12): The City settled a wrongful death suit for $3.9 million. A police officer chased an unarmed 18-year-old man into his home and fatally shot him in 2012. The officer believed the victim, Ramarley Graham, had participated in a drug deal. The U.S. Department of Justice continues to investigate the possibility of civil rights charges against the officer and the department.  http://ow.ly/IgE0D
  • Seattle, Washington: An officer pepper-sprayed an activist walking by and talking on his cell phone at a Martin Luther King Day/Black Lives Matter rally. The man had previously spoken on stage at the rally and appeared to be leaving at the time of the incident. http://ow.ly/IgGUo
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 12-18-14): An officer that had been arrested for domestic violence has been arrested again on new charges of domestic violence as well as kidnapping and intimidation.  http://ow.ly/IhYwx
  • Update: Fairfax, Virginia: According to four police witnesses, John Geer had hands up when he was fatally shot by an officer in 2013. The Washington Post editorialized, “Everyone involved in this case has dropped the ball and dodged responsibility, enabling what now looks like a coverup in a case of police impunity.” http://ow.ly/Ii1zf
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 01-05-15): The police officer who allegedly choked an MTA (subway) conductor was charged with misdemeanor assault. Some critics have complained that assaulting an MTA employee is a felony, and thus the officer’s charge should reflect that.http://ow.ly/IibCA
  • Mission, Texas: A now-former officer and deputy U.S. Marshall pled guilty to fraud charges. He had an “accident only” insurance policy and forged a doctor’s signature on his false claim to the insurance company.  http://ow.ly/Ihawh
  • Update: Detroit, Michigan (First reported 09-27-13): A now-former officer was sentenced to 2-20 years in federal prison for racketeering, fraud, and bribery charges. For a fee, working in cooperation with a financial consultant, he filed false identity-fraud reports to a credit agency in order to raise the credit of the consultant’s clients. Additionally, he improved his own score by filing a report that he was a victim of identity fraud, but under the name of another police officer without that officer’s knowledge.http://ow.ly/ImCRK
  • Jefferson County, Idaho: The sheriff was indicted for misuse of public funds. He allegedly bought personal cell phones for himself and his wife, as well as a lifetime membership to the National Rifle Association.  http://ow.ly/ImIHh
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: An officer was charged with misdemeanor negligent homicide after he was involved in a car crash that resulted in the death of a 79-year-old woman. http://ow.ly/ImZnh
 
 

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Missoula Police Seek Homeland Security Grant, Cite Rainbow Family As Hazard

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Missoula Police Department got the nod Wednesday to have the mayor sign off on a Homeland Security grant proposal – one that names the Rainbow Family as an “extremist” hazard in western Montana.

  The $254,930 grant will purchase a mobile communications vehicle the Missoula police will share with other law enforcement and emergency responders in seven western Montana counties, according to Assistant Police Chief Scott Hoffman. The city’s contribution is $29,200.

  According to police, the Montana Department of Military Affairs’ Disaster and Emergency Services division already approved the city’s application.

  On Wednesday, the Missoula City Council’s Public Safety and Health Committee voted to recommend the full council sign off on the project and related spending.

” It’s a mobile command unit,” Hoffman said before the meeting. “It’s just like a motor home with communications and computers and radios and things like that. I don’t know what the hazards of the Rainbow people are.” “

 

 

To the State , anyone that doesn’t conform is a potential threat and thus must be marginalized …

The Missoulian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They’re Tracking You Everywhere You Drive

 

 

 

” Towing companies are a necessary evil when it comes to parking enforcement and property repossession. But in the Google Earth we now inhabit, tow trucks do more than just yank cars out of loading zones. They use license-plate readers (LPRs) to assemble a detailed profile of where your car will be and when. That’s an unnecessary evil.

  Plate readers have long been a tool of law enforcement, and police officers swear by them for tracking stolen cars and apprehending dangerous criminals. But private companies, such as repo crews, also photograph millions of plates a day, with scanners mounted on tow trucks and even on purpose-built camera cars whose sole mission is to drive around and collect plate scans. Each scan is GPS-tagged and stamped with the date and time, feeding a massive data trove to any law-enforcement agency—or government-approved private industry—willing to pay for it.

  You’ve probably been tagged at the office, at a mall, or even in your own driveway. And the companies that sell specialized monitoring software that assembles all these sightings into a reliable profile stand to profit hugely. Brian Hauss, a legal fellow for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), says: “The whole point is so you can figure out somebody’s long-term location. Unless there are limits on how those transactions can be processed, I think it’s just a matter of time until there are significant privacy violations, if they haven’t already occurred.”

  (How Is This Even Legal? License-plate-reader companies don’t have access to DMV registrations, so while they can track your car, they don’t know it’s yours. That information is guarded by the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act of 1994, which keeps your name, address, and driving history from public view. Mostly. There are plenty of exceptions, including for insurance companies and private investigators. LPR companies say only two groups can use its software to find the person behind the plate: law-enforcement agencies and repossession companies. In addition, the encrypted databases keep a log of each plate search and allow the ability to restrict access.)

  The companies that push plate readers enjoy unregulated autonomy in most states. Vigilant Solutions of California and its partner, Texas-based Digital Recognition Network, boast at least 2 billion license-plate scans since starting the country’s largest private license-plate database, the National Vehicle Location Service, in 2009.

  In total, there are at least 3 billion license-plate photos in private databases. Since many are duplicates and never deleted, analytics can paint a vivid picture of any motorist. Predicting where and when someone will drive is relatively easy; software can sort how many times a car is spotted in a certain area and, when fed enough data, can generate a person’s driving history over time.”

 

Read the rest at Popular Mechanics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Retreat, Dem Staffers Escort Reporters To Restroom

 

 

 

” Reporters covering the House Democrats’ retreat in Philadelphia this week are having a much different experience than when they’re on their home turf on Capitol Hill. 

  Reporters are being escorted to and from the restroom and lobby and are being barred from entering the hotel outside of scheduled events, even if they’ve been invited by a member of Congress. 

  During Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks at the retreat Friday, reporters were required to have a staff member, usually a junior member of the press team, escort them when going to the bathroom or to the lobby. The filing center for reporters was at a separate hotel from where the retreat was taking place, so access was limited to members of Congress specifically made available to the press.

It was a police state. It was absurd how heavy handed the capitol police and Democratic staff were in trying to control everywhere the press went,” New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters said in an interview.”

 

Read more about the media being shut out by their own home team here . The irony is delicious .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01.28.15

 

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

 

 

” These are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 28, 2015:

  • Nolensville, Tennessee: A now-former officer was sentenced to four years of probation and ordered to pay a $1000 fine for official misconduct and tampering with evidence. He solicited inappropriate texts from a minor. ow.ly/I5dpz
  • Miramar, Florida: A federal appeals court upheld a $7,000,000 judgment against two now-former officers. In 1983, the officers coerced a mentally challenged 15-year-old boy to confess to rape and murder and withheld exculpatory evidence in his case. He served 26 years before being exonerated by DNA evidence in 2009.  ow.ly/I5eRY
  • Assumption Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired after an arrest for domestic violence. He allegedly threw his wife to the ground repeatedly. When a female deputy responded to the home, he assaulted her and attempted to disarm her.  ow.ly/I63iQ
  • Ogden, Utah: A now-former police officer and Weber-Morgan drug task force agent was arrested for drug distribution. According to the news report, on two occasions, he approached a woman to buy prescription drugs from a third party in exchange for money. The officer, who was then assigned to the narcotics unit, never paid the woman and she subsequently reported him to authorities. One criminal case has already been dismissed and others may be threatened by the officer’s alleged misconduct.ow.ly/I5N7M
  • Stanislaus County, California: A detective was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. ow.ly/I6hlz
  • Chesapeake, Virginia: The City settled a lawsuit for $50,000 brought by a 70-year-old woman who claimed police wrongfully arrested her and slammed her onto the ground in her own home. The City did not accept responsibility in the incident. The officer and now-former officer involved in the incident disputes the plaintiff’s claims, but the body camera evidence submitted in the lawsuit has not been made public. ow.ly/I6iCw
  • Update: Tallahassee, Florida (First reported 10-02-14): The officer who shot a taser into a 61-year-old woman’s back has been suspended for one month without pay. Video of the incident showed the woman walking away and then falling to the ground face-first after the officer tasered her.  ow.ly/I6ubc
 
 

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Students Forced To Expose Underwear For Inspection

 

 

 

 

 

” In Gustine, population 457, what happens at the schoolhouse affects nearly everyone. And something happened Monday that is causing a big controversy in this small town.

“I felt uncomfortable, and I didn’t want to do it,” said 11-year-old Eliza Medina. “I felt like they violated my privacy.”

  She was one of about two dozen elementary students who were rounded up in the small town 90 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

  Eliza’s mother, Maria Medina, said boys were taken to one room, girls to another, and they were ordered “to pull down their pants to check them to see if they could find anything.” “

 

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Courtesy Of Sen Mike Lee

 

 

” In 2014, 3,291 pages of new laws were passed by Congress – the branch of government with the constitutional authority to make law – and signed by the president. During this same period, unelected bureaucrats at dozens of federal departments and agencies issued 79,066 pages of new and updated regulations.

  These rules – many that are are inefficient, ineffective, and excessive – continue to limit the ability of small businesses and workers to succeed, rig the system to benefit connected insiders, and hurt hardworking American families through higher costs and limited options in the marketplace. Yet, despite the very real negative effects on our economy, the American people are unable to hold the unelected bureaucrats who make these rules accountable.

Congress cedes far too much lawmaking authority to the executive branch. I look forward to turning this trend around in the 114th Congress to ensure that the ones making the laws are the ones who can be held accountable by the American people.

Visit www.lee.senate.gov to share your ideas for regulatory reform. “

A Detailed Guide

 

 

 

 

” I came across this article during the Veteran March on DC on October 13th. The grammar was pretty bad, so I did my best to clean it up.

  The guide in LONG, so it took me a while to get it in this good a shape. Whoever wrote it may not have been the best writer, but he or she certainly knows how to be prepared.

  If you find grammatical errors, I will probably spot them and have them fixed soon. I did as many as I could as fast as I could for the purposes of getting the article published ASAP.

  This article will start off assuming that the Reader is already subject to MARTIAL LAW; that is, the “suspension” of the Constitution.”

 

 

 

 

 

” Curfews, rationing of basic goods, enforced relocations, confiscation of firearms and supplies, and summary arrest/execution by soldiers, paramilitary police and other jack booted types wielding assault rifles.

  Basic survival tips will be followed with some detailed ideas on how this country should be run once we take over.

  IF you’re reading this before MARTIAL LAW is imposed by the current corrupt government, and IF you are reading this while you still nominally under Constitutional Law, it’s urgent you read from the beginning to end so as to appreciate the opportunities you currently have to not only protect yourself and yours, but to attempt to stop all of this from ever happening.

  Rule #1: NEVER TRUST THE GOVERNMENT UNLESS THEY SAY THEY ARE GOING TO KILL YOU … “

 

 

Read it all at Disclose.TV

 

   For those interested in the subject , this page on Bing provides many further links to “Martial Law Survival Guides”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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California’s Secretive Policies

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

” 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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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

 

 

Operation Choke Point %22High Risk%22 Businesses

 

 

 

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6 Reasons The Math On Obama’s College Plan Doesn’t Add Up

 

Obama Community College

 

” There are at least six reasons that community college won’t be free anytime soon, no matter what President Barack Obama says.

  Obama, who traveled Friday to Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., to tout the America’s College Promise plan, said he wanted to make higher education as accessible as a high school diploma for all Americans.

  But the plan has flaws that all but ensure it won’t be implemented and will serve only as a political proposal to make supporters happy.”

 

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Obama To Propose Two Free Years Of Community College For Students 

 

 

 

 

 

” President Barack Obama will need the approval of Congress to realize his proposal for making two years of community college free for students.

   So far, that plan doesn’t have an official price tag — other than “significant,” according to White House officials. If all 50 states participate, the proposal could benefit 9 million students each year and save students an average of $3,800 in tuition, the White House said.

  But administration officials insisted on a call with reporters Thursday evening that “this is a proposal with bipartisan appeal.”

  Case in point: Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, whose brainchild Tennessee Promise program strongly influenced Obama’s proposal. Beginning this year, any high school graduate in that state is eligible for two years of free community college tuition under the Tennessee Promise.”

 

 

    Regardless of the “bipartisan appeal” how the f**k is a government that is 18 trillion dollars in the hole supposed to pay for yet another feel-good , vote buying entitlement ? Simple mathematics puts a real figure ($34.2 Billion annually) to the White House’s estimate of a “significant” cost and as always with State spending we can be sure the estimate is a very lowball one . WTF ?

    And putting aside the cost , where in the Constitution is the “right” to a free education ?

   With that in mind , let us not forget what the Obama administration has already “accomplished” in the field of education:

 

 

Student Loan Debt

 

What could possibly go wrong ?

 

 

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