April 18, 2012
By James Smith
The Federal Government has a hunger for tax money, resources, and ammunition. We reported that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), led by Janet Napolitano, awarded munitions manufacturer a five year contract for 450 million rounds of .40 caliber ammunition, two years after awarding Winchester munitions a five year contract for 200 million rounds .40 caliber ammunition.
This last Friday, DHS officials have put a bid out for even more ammunition, this time for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).
The FLETC is headquartered at Glynco, Ga., near the port city of Brunswick, halfway between Savannah, Ga., and Jacksonville, Fla. and operates two other residential training sites in Artesia, N.M., and Charleston, S.C. However, The FLETC has oversight and program management responsibilities at the International Law Enforcement Academies (ILEA) in Gaborone, Botswana, and Bangkok, Thailand. The FLETC also supports training at other ILEAs in Hungary and El Salvador.
The ammunition requested will be sent to the Artesia site.
According to the Combined Synopsis/Solicitation, the following ammunition is to be delivered by the middle of May:
April 12, 2012
By Paul Joseph Watson
“Why is the DHS even getting involved with something like this? Isn’t there job supposedly to be about protecting the homeland? How does this have anything to do with their mission?” –KTRN
Audi’s 2010 ‘Green Police’ spoof commercial may not be far off becoming reality with the announcement that the Department of Homeland Security is creating new “environmental justice” units that will be empowered to oversee regulations in conjunction with local government.
In its Environmental Justice Strategy document, the DHS says the idea is to “include environmental justice practices in our larger mission efforts involving federal law enforcement and emergency response activities” and to incorporate environmental justice in “securing the homeland”.
The DHS sees its role in promoting “environmental justice” as not just limited to overseeing reviews of its own operations, but also “through regulatory permitting activities” in conjunction with state, local and tribal governments.
“It will take not one, but two DHS units to “ensure the success” of the environmental justice strategy,” reports Power Line. “But wait, there’s more! “Four other headquarters offices provide critical support for . . . successfully implementing this strategy.” But if you’re a lowly TSA agent not under one of those six offices, not to worry—you’re considered an eco-warrior, too: “Every Component of the Department has a role, some larger, some smaller, in ensuring that environmental justice has been considered in securing the homeland without placing disproportionate burdens on the health and environment of low income populations and minority populations.”
April 9, 2012
By Madison Ruppert, Contributor
Recently I reported on a study which showed that states who approve of institutionalized torture, also known as “enhanced interrogation” must accept that they are going to torture innocent people for telling the truth.
This was a disturbing revelation for some, although many of my readers clearly realized that this was the case and made comments to the effect that it was just stating the obvious.
Indeed, in my mind, no government which allows torture to be carried out is legitimate, and that includes the government of the United States of America in the modern day.
Philip Zelikow helped bring much of these disturbing practices to light as he was in an unusual position as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s policy representative to the National Security Council Deputies Committee on matters surrounding intelligence and terrorism.
It is my contention that since Zelikow’s tenure, our government has become increasingly tyrannical and expansive with the now almost unbelievably large Department of Homeland Security (DHS), increasing use of Big Brother technology, and the near-complete eradication of our First Amendment rights, not to mention our Fourth Amendment rights and our now non-existent guarantee of due process.
Now Zelikow’s memo which challenges the supposed legal justifications for these practices has been released, around seven years after it was originally written, and contains some damning statements, including designating the “enhanced interrogation” practices as war crimes.
Zelikow first gained access to the Office of Legal Council (OLC) memos which outlined the supposed justification for torture shortly after they were issued in May of 2005, at which point he also became aware of the details of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) program.
April 5, 2012
By James Smith
There are two stories that have come to light recently, the first is the awarding of a contract to a munitions manufacturer for 450,000,000 hollow point rounds for the .40 caliber.
The second story which I wrote is how the Department of Homeland Security had already ordered 200,000,000 rounds of .40 caliber, but also ordered 15,000 gun cleaning kits for the .40 caliber weapons, and has put a request out for a virtual shooting gallery for the .40 caliber handguns.
650,000,000 round of ammunition is quite a bit of lead and brass. It will sure to drive the price of copper and brass way up. But Homeland Security is not alone in their requests.
The other departments — the ones that handle mundane things like meat quality — believe they need to be armed to the teeth as well. It’s enough to make a non-paranoid person, well, paranoid.
The US Department of Agriculture put in a bid for a wide variety of ammunition. I guess raiding farms and raw milk dairies can be very dangerous work. The required rounds are listed below, and include shotgun slugs.
Frangible rounds – for those who don’t know, are rounds that are designed to break apart when they hit walls or other hard surfaces to prevent ricochets during close-quarters combat.
April 4, 2012
By Madison Ruppert
“For some reason, the powers that be are keen on watching their own citizens instead of letting them live in freedom.” –KTRN
The behemoth and corrosive Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeks to unleash a massive Raven Aerostar aerostat (essentially a blimp) on the U.S. border, which was designed for and used in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan.
It’s worth pointing out that if this blimp is used, it would not be the first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or drone, to be flown for surveillance purposes over the U.S. border.
Indeed, the Predator drone is being used quite often to conduct surveillance on the border in a supposed attempt to crack down on illegal immigration, as The Washington Post reported last year.
Furthermore, the use of drones domestically has increased a great deal as of late (which I personally find quite disturbing) and it will only continue to rise with the passage of legislation speeding up the integration of drones into American national airspace.
This project was similar in some ways to other so-called “spy blimp” projects, which have run into many problems, meaning countless additional wasted taxpayer dollars (similar to the “airborne laser” program).
This blimp has long distance surveillance capabilities, somewhat similar to the so-called panopticon drone which is set to be deployed to Afghanistan.
The DHS contends that placing cameras capable of capturing video of miles of the border in a single shot will be the future of border security and surveillance.
The system known as Kestrel is a wide-area surveillance camera system, originally used in the many endless wars in the Middle East.
March 30, 2012
By Madison Ruppert
“If you don’t think the TSA is out of control yet, read this article.” –KTRN
Through so-called VIPR teams, meaning Visual Intermodal Protection and Response, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a child agency of the behemoth Department of Homeland Security (DHS), continues to expand beyond the confines of airports.
In my view, the DHS is just about one of the least trustworthy government agencies we are subjected to. After all, they have been busted lying bald-faced to Congress about their activities, while the TSA has also helped cover up the danger of the so-called naked body scanners.
Indeed, recently in Alton, Illinois, yet another instance of TSA goons operating outside of their traditional jurisdiction presented itself.
This is being done under the guise of fighting terrorism, the same justification we are fed in an attempt to explain why our government can assassinate us without charge or trial, hold us in military detention indefinitely without any due process whatsoever, prevent us from exercising our right to free speech and so much more.
Of course, this is nothing new and the TSA is actually continuing to expand even further onto highways and other methods of transportation.
In this case, the TSA’s VIPR team worked with the Alton Police Department at the local Amtrak station.
As per usual, there was no actual threat, but instead this federal agency saw a chance to flex their muscles and further push the integration of federal and local law enforcement.
“We refer to these as VIPR operations; that stands for visual intermodal protection and response,” TSA spokesman Jim Fotenos told The Telegraph. “It was not in response to a specific threat.”
Fotenos added that this operation is one of thousands which is conducted by the TSA across the United States every year, making them look more like Hitler’s SA by the day.
March 27, 2012
By Paul Joseph Watson
Real news about the US is now looking more and more like comedy. Hair straighteners? What’s next – toothbrushes? –KTRN
The Department of Homeland Security, a federal agency created in the aftermath of 9/11 to fight terrorism, has continued its war on potentially deadly grooming appliances by raiding a home in the affluent Orange County city of Laguna Niguel to seize allegedly counterfeit hair straighteners.
“About 10 investigators with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and special ICE Homeland Security Investigations agents combed through the garage and the single-story house in the 29500 block of Pelican Way near Niguel Road and Alicia Parkway,” reports the Orange County Register.
According to the feds, the American people need to be protected from the threat of counterfeit hair straighteners because they could pose a safety hazard to consumers.
The owners of the business that sold the product, Brisk Deals, labeled the incident a “misunderstanding,” adding that the feds conducted the raid as if they were targeting armed terrorists, not dodgy hair irons.
“They attacked the house like they thought we had guns, like we’re a gang or gun-running or something,” said UCI electrical engineering graduate student Mohsen Rafizaden, accusing the DHS of causing his mother to have a panic attack for which she was taken to hospital.
The affidavit against the business claims that the hair straighteners violate trademarks held by Chi Curling Irons and GHD. The fact that the house was the target of a terrorist-hunting style siege over hair appliances illustrates how far the Department of Homeland Security has overstepped its jurisdiction.
Let’s not forget last month’s proud announcement on behalf of the DHS that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had stopped 13,000 potentially unsafe hair dryers from entering the country.
It’s just a shame that the agency doesn’t seem to pursue illegal aliens with the same zeal it uses to go after salon tools. Last year, the DHS announced that illegals who broke the law by sneaking into the country would be allowed to stay in the country and seek employment.
March 26, 2012
End the Lie
By Madison Ruppert
“For some reason, big brother wants to continue spying on its citizens. Why are they afraid of us?” –KTRN
A new system has emerged to process surveillance footage for facial recognition, and it makes much of the previous technology seem like it belongs in the Stone Age, further empowering the Big Brother surveillance state.
This is just another front in the rapidly growing surveillance industry which preys upon the fear and paranoia of the American people which has been instilled by the government through the Department of Homeland Security and their allied entities.
Perhaps the only system that can compete with this blazing fast technology is the facial recognition systems being developed for military drones, which incorporate three-dimensional models of the target’s face.
This method allows for even less of the target’s face to be visible while still being able to positively identify them.
The novel system developed by Hitachi Kokusai Electric of Japan is able to process video footage faster and more flexibly any previous technology could allow, thus enabling an even faster response to positive identification.
The system was displayed at the Security Show Expo in Japan and it is capable of processing a wide range of information including both still images and video footage.
It is capable of recognizing faces in real-time, or at least as close to real-time as possible, as it is able to compare a target’s face to a stunning 36 million different faces every second.
That’s right, in less than ten seconds it could compare your face to every single person in the United States.
Faces matched by the system can then be displayed as thumbnails, allowing the individual(s) analyzing the footage to tell exactly what the person was doing over time.
The raw speed of this new system is achieved through processing images for facial recognition as it is being recorded from the camera, whereas older systems would process the images after the fact.
Obviously this was seen as a problem because it caused significant delays, although I must question how accurate this new technology is, especially since facial recognition software is notoriously unreliable.
March 20, 2012
By Jim Hightower
“Why would a small peaceful town need an armored vehicle? Anyone else think this is overkill?” –KTRN
During a recent city council meeting, the mayor of Keene, New Hampshire leaned over to a council member and whispered excitedly: “We’re going to have our own tank.”
Yes, the tank (or, more specifically, the “armored personnel vehicle”) is the latest must-have toy for mayors and police departments. Even in this picture-perfect and tranquil New England town of about 23,000 residents, officials hurl common sense to the wind at the very thought of having such a cool ride parked in front of town hall. Maybe they’ll even get to drive it in the next 4th of July parade! Never mind that Keene has no crime that would warrant rolling out a tank.
Nonetheless, thanks to such richly funded boondoggles as the “war on drugs” and the “war on terrorism,” the federal government is throwing money at cities and states to militarize their various police forces. Thus, Keene was granted $285,000 by the Department of Homeland Security to buy its very own “Bearcat,” an eight-ton combat vehicle.
Of course, corporations that peddle such pricey hardware testily insist that Keene needs a tank. A sales executive for Lenco Industries, which makes the Bearcat, snapped to an inquiring reporter: “I don’t think there’s any place in the country where you can say, ‘That isn’t a likely terrorist target.’ Wouldn’t you rather be prepared?”
The sensible people of Keene, however, aren’t swallowing the fearmonger pill, and they’ve forced the town council to reconsider. Local businesswomen Dorrie O’Meara says she hasn’t met a single person who’s in favor of having “this militaristic thing in Keene.” She calls the tank “completely unnecessary. But it’s more than that,” she adds. “It’s just not who we are. It’s about what kind of town we want to be.”
March 13, 2012
By Ethan A. Huff
“Remember when universities where a place of free speech and expression – a place where you were allowed to voice your concerns over injustices? Not anymore.” –KTRN
The total government control and surveillance nightmare portrayed in the book 1984 has all but fully arrived in the United States as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now implementing its abhorrent spying and recruitment programs at American institutions of higher learning. Kurt Nimmo at PrisonPlanet.com explains how DHS ringleader Janet Napolitano recently established a new Homeland Security Advisory Council composed of 19 university and college presidents, all of whom will be tasked with helping to integrate education and the goals of “national security” into a single entity.
As originally reported in The Kaimin, the independent student newspaper of the University of Montana (UM), UM President Royce Engstrom, for instance, is among the 19 college and university heads who have been chosen by Napolitano to lead this new committee. And one of the specific goals of this committee is to “advise the department on a wide range of issues from how the DHS can better recruit from campuses to emergency preparedness” (http://www.montanakaimin.com).
Published in the Federal Register under Docket No. DHS-2011-0121, the official announcement about the new council goes into further detail about its purpose, explaining that the council will “provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary (Napolitano) and senior leadership on matters relating to student and recent graduate recruitment; international students; academic research; campus and community resiliency; security and preparedness; and faculty exchanges” (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-01/html/2012-4897.htm).
Though Napolitano denies that such measures are a federal government ploy to monitor and spy on students and faculty, this description of what the committee is all about appears to imply just that. Similar to its If You See Something, Say Something snitch network (http://www.infowars.com) and its Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams (http://www.naturalnews.com/033961_TSA_security_checkpoints.html), this new academic recruitment and spying effort represents just one more nail in the coffin of liberty.