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April 4, 2012
By Chris Martin
“Maybe the real reason we all have cell phones now is because the powers that be want us to be tracked. Perhaps that was their intention all along.” –KTRN
On January 23, 2012 the United States Supreme Court decided unanimously that Antoine Jones’ 4th Amendment right to be secure against unreasonable search was violated. The court ruled planting a Global-Positioning-Systems (GPS) on Mr. Jones wife’s Jeep Grand Cherokee, for the purpose of obtaining information constitutes a search. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia approved the warrant, allowing ten days for the placement of a tracking device on the vehicle. The Keystone cops responsible for placing the tracking device did so on the 11th day and in the State of Maryland. Opening the door for the appeals court to overturn the lower court and finally for the Supreme Court to uphold the appeals court’s decision.
This case brings us to the discussion of rampant police abuse of cell phone tracking. A survey released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) found that “the overwhelming majority of law enforcement agencies that responded engage in at least some cell phone tracking.” ACLU attorney Catherine Crump stated, “What we have learned is disturbing. The government should have to get a warrant before tracking cell phones. That is what is necessary to protect Americans’ privacy, and it is also what is required under the constitution…the fact that some law enforcement agencies do get warrants shows that a probable cause requirement is a completely reasonable and workable policy, allowing police to protect both public safety and privacy.”
April 4, 2012
By Info Wars
“Why are they so afraid of us that they would need to use nuclear drones to watch every move we make? Let’s hope they use these drones to catch real criminals like rapists and murderers. More than likely, they will be watching pot growers and cars speeding over the limit.” –KTRN
The next generation of surveillance drones will be nuclear powered. Instead of flying for hours, the new drones will be able to stay in the air for months. The development represents a bonanza for the national security state and its military-industrial complex ministries like the Department of Homeland Security.
The blueprints for the new drones, which have been developed by Sandia National Laboratories – the US government’s principal nuclear research and development agency – and defense contractor Northrop Grumman, were designed to increase flying time “from days to months” while making more power available for operating equipment, according to a project summary published by Sandia.
Using nuclear power would enable the Reaper [a Northrop Grumman drone] not only to remain airborne for far longer, but to carry more missiles or surveillance equipment, and to dispense with the need for ground crews based in remote and dangerous areas.
In February, the project was fast-tracked and the FAA gave the go-ahead to allow the unmanned surveillance aircraft to fly in U.S. air space.
“The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015,” washingtontimes.com reported.
“We don’t want to wonder, every time we step out our front door, whether some eye in the sky is watching our every move,” the ACLU wrote in a statement.
“The bottom line is: domestic drones are potentially extremely powerful surveillance tools, and that power — like all government power — needs to be subject to checks and balances We hope that Congress will carefully consider the privacy implications that this technology can lead to.”
April 3, 2012
The American Dream
By Michael Snyder
“If you think big brother is bad in the US, it’s actually far worse in other parts of the world.” –KTRN
Why would anyone want to live in the UK at this point? Well, if you enjoy having every little detail of your life dictated to you by elitist control freaks then you might like living there. But most of the rest of the world is absolutely horrified that the UK is being transformed into a hellish Big Brother surveillance society. The UK truly is on the “cutting edge” when it comes to implementing liberty-killing rules and regulations. Many have pointed out that the United States is becoming a Big Brother police state, but the truth is that the UK is even worse. The madness going on in the UK is where the rest of the world is headed. Right now, there are more surveillance cameras per capita in the UK than anywhere else in the world. If you accidentally drop a couple of potato chips in public or if you whisper a phrase that is not politically correct in a restaurant there is a good chance that you will be hauled into court. In the UK, the public has been sold the lie that society will be better off if everything and everyone is constantly monitored. But instead of improving society, what all of this surveillance is really doing is turning the entire nation into a very frightening version of George Orwell’s 1984.
Sadly, most of the rest of the globe is going down the exact same path that the UK has gone. The UK is several years ahead of most of the rest of us, but eventually almost every nation on earth will be just like them.
The following are 21 signs that the UK is being transformed into a hellish Big Brother surveillance society….
#1 A new UK law will allow the government “listening agency” to openly monitor all phone calls, all emails, all website visits, all Facebook status updates and all text messages.
The following is from a recent article in the Telegraph….
Under legislation expected in next month’s Queen’s Speech, internet companies will be instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ – the Government’s electronic “listening” agency – to examine “on demand” any phone call made, text message and email sent, and website accessed in “real time”, The Sunday Times reported.
#2 Police in the UK use advanced software that enables them to track the “digital footprints” of virtually anyone that they want to investigate. The following is how one news report in the UK described this software….
The Metropolitan Police has bought Geotime, a security programme used by the U.S. military which tracks suspects’ movements and communications and displays them on a three-dimensional graphic.
The software aggregates information gathered from social networking sites, GPS devices like the iPhone, mobile phones, financial transactions and IP network logs to build a detailed picture of an individual’s movements.
#3 In the UK there is a “three strikes” rule that allows your entire family to be cut off from the Internet if anyone who lives in your house is accused of copyright infringement three times.
#4 In the UK, free speech on the Internet is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. A recent UK government report calls for Internet service providers to remove as much “extremist material” from the Internet as possible. The following is an excerpt from that report….
April 3, 2012
By Madison Ruppert
“Here we go again. Another cop goes berserk over two guys filming shopping carts outside of a WalMart. They were doing nothing wrong and the cop almost tazes the men. Talk about a police state.” –KTRN
In the United States there is a marked and quite disturbing trend of law-abiding Americans being arrested, beaten or harassed by police simply for exercising their legal right to film a police officer in the course of their public duties.
Thankfully, as of late there has been some justice in the ruling of an Illinois judge who found their wiretapping legislation unconstitutional as well as a relatively small-scale victory in the case of Steve Horrigan.
Unfortunately, yet another example of this trend has emerged in a video posted on March 30, 2012, which you can see below (note: there is explicit language in the video).
February 17, 2012
By Joe Wright
“Here is just one more example that shows just how corrupt police are in the US. Wouldn’t it be great if they actually did their jobs to serve and protect? We would all love cops if they weren’t power hungry egomaniacs.” –KTRN
A growing body of (missing) evidence is suggesting that the concept of police dash cams as a valuable tool to record the facts of police and citizen interaction is being selectively used and enforced.
Several recent incidents highlight the aftermath of police forcefully subduing suspects while being recorded on their police cruiser dash cams. Yet, those involved, as well as witnesses, have reported that the treatment was far worse than what the cameras eventually revealed.
Seattle is at the center of this firestorm of controversy after not only tacitly permitting the selective dash cam recording of events, but of apparently hiding what actually has been recorded.
A recent incident involving the arrest of two men on Nov. 16th, 2010 was recorded on officer Brad Richardson’s dash cam, but clearly begins later in the arrest process. The officer can be seen in the video below picking up the suspects off of the ground and putting them in the police cruiser. This suggests that something must have happened previous to where the recording begins. In fact, both suspects insist that they were brutalized in the missing portion of the video. Additionally, the officer’s uniform microphone clearly recorded him telling the suspects that “Yeah, I’m going to make stuff up” with a clear suggestion that they would be framed for a robbery that had just taken place in the area. (Source)
As it turns out, neither man had a criminal record, and neither was charged following the incident, which began after a “felony stop” where the officer engaged the two men with his gun drawn. Despite this, the Office of Professional Accountability (run from the Seattle P.D.) ruled that officer Brad Richardson did nothing wrong, not even questioning why the videotape of the incident begins only in the aftermath where the suspects begin to question their treatment. Left with the officers word against those of “suspects” the police department’s conclusion seems to be an easy one.
To the credit of the media bringing this incident to light, ABC News affiliate KOMO is now suing the Seattle police department for violations of the Public Records Act, as they continue to refuse to allow independent investigators access to their video database. Even at the onset of this investigation it has been made clear that tens of thousands of hours from dash cams have gone missing. Clearly, the incident described above is among those “missing” hours. Despite there being 3 different dash cam videos of the aftermath, none show the critical moment when the alleged abuse took place.
February 15, 2012
By J.D. Heyes
The military spends tens of thousands of man hours annually and no small amounts of money training its personnel to seek help for any feelings of hopelessness or depression they may experience. The Army, especially, focuses on this issue because the suicide rate among its members has hit new highs in the wake of a decade of war in two separate theaters involving multiple deployments for millions of soldiers. That concern has also spilled over into the Guard and Reserve as well, since the Army has had to tap both of those branches in order to meet its personnel obligations for Iraq and Afghanistan.
With that in mind, when one D.C.- area Army reservist reached out for help recently, he was instead surrounded by dozens of police officers who searched and allegedly vandalized his home – all without a warrant, according to his lawsuit.
A Vet With a Gun!
Matthew Corrigan, who lives alone with his dog, says in his suit that he called what he thought was a military emotional support hotline in February 2010, but which actually turned out to be the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, after feeling unusually depressed for several days.
“When he stated that he was a veteran, he was asked if he had firearms, to which he said yes. He said nothing about being suicidal or using a firearm or threatening anyone. After a short conversation, Corrigan hung up, turned off the phone, took prescribed sleeping medication, and went to bed,” says the complaint.
About 4 a.m. the next morning, Corrigan awoke to a sea of police officers who had surrounded his home and were calling his name on a bullhorn. “There were floodlights outside his front and back doors and an estimated 8 police officers in the back yard and 20 in the front yard,” says the complaint.
Corrigan says he then “turned on his phone and discovered that Officer Fischer of the 5th District was calling him, asking him to come out,” says the complaint. He complied around 4:50 a.m., locking the door behind him, and was immediately handcuffed and placed in the back of a S.W.A.T. vehicle.
February 9, 2012
By Aaron Dykes
“If you still think cops are here to serve and protect, watch this video. It’s appalling.” –KTRN
Shocking video shows that a crazed member of the Houston Police Department pulled a shotgun on a peaceful but vocal crowd as it tried to shut down a free event with more than one hundred people in attendance at a private residence on the premise of a noise complaint. The officer drew the weapon and put a round in the chamber to intimidate the crowd just after forcibly pulling out one Micah Jackson from the crowd, who was later cuffed but released without charge during the January 27 incident caught on cell phone cameras.
The crowd denounced the police’s love of ‘authority’ over ‘freedom.’ An officer can even be heard in the video stating “your freedom ends tonight.” Excess force in policing is the kind of abuse that led to the 1776 revolution against tyranny.
Houston’s Police Chief Charles McClelland has issued a statement promising a thorough investigation of the officer’s conduct, as well as the detainment of Jackson.
Janury 27, 2012
By Catalina Camia
“Just one more example why Ron Paul is the only choice for president.” –KTRN
Ron Paul has exceeded his fundraising goal, collecting more than $261,000 as of this morning. The theme of the online fundraiser was aimed at ending the Transportation Security Administration.
Our original post begins here:
Ron Paul appears headed toward reaching his latest fundraising goal: $250,000 to help end the Transportation Security Administration.
The GOP presidential candidate began a “money bomb” shortly after his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, got stopped at the Nashville airport on Monday after setting off an alarm on a body-scanning machine. The younger Paul declined a pat-down search by the TSA but was allowed to board a later flight.
As of 11 a.m. ET today, Ron Paul had raised more than $226,000 toward his goal to “end the TSA now,” as he says on his campaign website.
Both Pauls are frequent critics of the TSA. After the Rand Paul incident, Ron Paul decried a “police state” in the country that “gropes and grabs our children.”
January 27, 2012
By Ethan A. Huff
“Before make plans to move to Hawaii for the sun, you should read this.” –KTRN
It is becoming increasingly obvious, and highly embarrassing, that many members of the US Congress have absolutely no idea what the Constitution says, or how the justice system works. Rep. John Mizuno (D-Hawaii) recently introduced a bill that intends to keep a log of every website visited by every person using the internet in Hawaii in order to target internet harassment, in direct defiance of the Fourth Amendment.
HB 2288 provisions that all internet service providers will be required to retain “subscriber’s information and internet destination history information” for all their customers. This includes personal internet protocol (IP) addresses of web surfers, domain names of the websites they visit, as well as all host names (http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2012/Bills/HB2288_.pdf).
The reason for the bill’s introduction appears to be a personal one involving Rep. Kymberly Pine (R-Hawaii), whose former web designer created a website against her called “KymPineIsACrook.com.” Rep. Pine allegedly ripped off Eric Ryan, the site’s creator, which prompted him to expose the “true story of corruption and sleaze at the state capitol and city hall in 2011″ (http://www.kympineisacrook.com/).
Making a website of this nature is perfectly legal, of course, but Rep. Pine says her email account was also hacked around the same time that KymPineIsACrook.com was launched. But rather than proceed to have the situation investigated normally within the justice system as it would be for anyone else, Rep. Pine apparently rallied her allies in Congress to construct unconstitutional legislation that targets all Hawaiians and renders them guilty until proven innocent.
This childish response to a personal attack that may or may not be valid demonstrates a severe lack of character among Rep. Pine and many members of Congress who, rather than abide by the same rules as everyone else, come up with reactionary “solutions” that serve their own self interests. In this case, HB 2288 appears to be nothing more than the product of Rep. Pine’s temper tantrum over having been exposed for potential misconduct.