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SWAT Teams Enforcing Copyright
techliberation ^ | 1/17/07 | Tim Lee

Posted on 01/23/2007 8:31:59 AM PST by traviskicks

Radley Balko, who has tirelessly publicized the problems created by the promiscuous use of SWAT teams, reports that federal police in Atlanta have used a SWAT team to help the recording industry enforce copyright law. Even worse, the target wasn't even a commercial piracy operation:

Last night, a federal SWAT team assisted the RIAA in a raid on the studio of Atlanta musician DJ Drama. This local news report says the locally famous mixtape DJ is under investigation for piracy. But Drama's supporters say the DJ is a mix artist, not a bootlegger. They say news footage of the raid shows RIAA officials boxing up only recordable CDs filled with mixes, not bootlegs of retail CDs (the local news reporter seems to conflate the two as well).

Assuming for a moment that RIAA and federal officials do indeed know the difference between a mash-up DJ and a bootleg operation, and that they did find evidence of actual piracy in the bust, there's still the problem of why RIAA officials were participating in a police action, and why a SWAT team was used to raid a professional studio under investigation for a nonviolent, white-collar crime.

Quite so. It's not like this is a fly-by-night operation selling CDs out of the back of a truck. This is clearly not the sort of problem that justifies dramatic police raids. If the RIAA thinks DJ Drama's activities violate copyright law, they have plenty of civil law remedies available that don't involve Gestapo tactics.

Also, check out the gratuitous smearing of the two as drug dealers and gangsters. A police officer comments that "In this case, we didn't find drugs and weapons, but it's not uncommon for us to find other sorts of contraband when we execute a search warrant."

If they didn't find drugs or weapons, why did this factoid merit a mention in the story?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: abuseofpower; atf; batfe; copyright; donutwatch; govwatch; intellectualproperty; jackbootedthugs; jackboots; jbt; leo; policestate; riaa; swat; swatteam
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A few days old..., but it hasn't made it to FR yet.
1 posted on 01/23/2007 8:32:02 AM PST by traviskicks
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To: traviskicks
<sarcasm>

Glad to see that our law enforcement resources are protecting us from such evil, dangerous criminal masterminds.

</sarcasm>
2 posted on 01/23/2007 8:34:06 AM PST by pnh102
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To: traviskicks

yeah boy! hang the DJ!


3 posted on 01/23/2007 8:35:13 AM PST by Huck (Soylent Green is People.)
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To: traviskicks
It must be nice working in Hollywood, with a War on Terror, War on Drugs, and 6,000 illegals invading over the border every night....

RIDICULOUS

4 posted on 01/23/2007 8:35:43 AM PST by gaijin
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To: pnh102

Anything to justify bloated budgets and shiny new toys of our militarized police.


5 posted on 01/23/2007 8:35:46 AM PST by Wormwood (Your Friendly Neighborhood Moderate)
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To: traviskicks

6 posted on 01/23/2007 8:36:57 AM PST by mysterio
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To: traviskicks

The RIAA needs to be broken up with an antitrust suit.


7 posted on 01/23/2007 8:38:00 AM PST by mysterio
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To: traviskicks; Abram; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; Allosaurs_r_us; Americanwolf; ...
Here's another (much older) story that has been sent my way:
Police admit they planted a gun at Huntington Beach crime scene
looks like 'training' is the new excuse for police abuses, the Las Vegas excerpt is especially scary (cops 'forgot' they were 'training' and charged the person with possession of drugs they planted)





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8 posted on 01/23/2007 8:38:28 AM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: Joe Brower; Wolfie

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9 posted on 01/23/2007 8:39:33 AM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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Rock and Roll PING! email Weegee to get on/off this list (or grab it yourself to PING the rest)

Your tax dollars at work.

Beware the military-entertainment complex.

10 posted on 01/23/2007 8:40:00 AM PST by weegee (No third term. Hillary Clinton's 2008 election run presents a Constitutional Crisis.)
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To: traviskicks
First DRM, now SWAT raids.

iTunes, on your iPod now come with an iCop.

11 posted on 01/23/2007 8:40:24 AM PST by AFreeBird (If American "cowboy diplomacy" did not exist, it would be necessary to invent it.)
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To: traviskicks

At least the RIAA isn't impersonating law officers in this instance. They've been known to wear black jackets with RIAA in big yellow letters on the back and seize the inventory of vendors at flea markets.


12 posted on 01/23/2007 8:41:18 AM PST by weegee (No third term. Hillary Clinton's 2008 election run presents a Constitutional Crisis.)
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To: mysterio

Antitrust? RIAA needs to be jailed for interstate racketeering.


13 posted on 01/23/2007 8:42:19 AM PST by weegee (No third term. Hillary Clinton's 2008 election run presents a Constitutional Crisis.)
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To: traviskicks

SWAT team lead by DJ Grandmaster Flashbang.


14 posted on 01/23/2007 8:42:52 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: traviskicks

Think I'll go watch Brazil again...


15 posted on 01/23/2007 8:46:15 AM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in 1938.)
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To: traviskicks
Police admit they planted a gun at Huntington Beach crime scene

I read this article... absolutely unbelievable...

16 posted on 01/23/2007 8:46:44 AM PST by LambSlave (If you have to ask permission, it is not a right.)
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To: traviskicks

Wow! What a story.


17 posted on 01/23/2007 8:46:59 AM PST by ansel12 (America, love it ,or at least give up your home citizenship before accepting ours too.)
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To: weegee

here's a story about the RIAA working with the secret service:
http://www.itworld.com/Man/2683/021211riaa/

lol


18 posted on 01/23/2007 8:47:42 AM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: traviskicks
I am sure it has more to do with the swat team was used because some rap artists and their entourage carry guns and drugs, even when they are in rap studios. Intelligence provided by the swat team or to it may have suggested the possibility of weapons and potential violence by some within the building. If that was the case, it is always safer to use a swat team to enter a dangerous environment.
19 posted on 01/23/2007 8:50:02 AM PST by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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To: traviskicks
Even Lars Ulrich Knows It's Wrong!
20 posted on 01/23/2007 8:51:37 AM PST by Hegemony Cricket (Alec Baldwin is not a real actor, but he plays one on TV.)
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To: traviskicks

I just read the thread on Ernest Borgnine coming up on his 90th birthday and noticed in there that he got paid $5,000 for his Oscar role in "Marty."

There was no mention of royalties.


21 posted on 01/23/2007 8:52:56 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: traviskicks
Radley Balko, who has tirelessly publicized the problems created by the promiscuous use of SWAT teams, reports that federal police in Atlanta have used a SWAT team to help the recording industry enforce copyright law. Even worse, the target wasn't even a commercial piracy operation:

This is absolute insanity.

22 posted on 01/23/2007 8:54:21 AM PST by Centurion2000 (If you're not being shot at, it's not a high stress job.)
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To: jrooney

You may actually be right here. There is always more to the story, especially when the story doesn't seem to make sense.

Any parent of teenagers knows this.


23 posted on 01/23/2007 8:55:30 AM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in 1938.)
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To: jrooney

SWAT teams are the modern jackbooted thugs and they love every minute of it.

They are an insult to civilization.


24 posted on 01/23/2007 8:55:33 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Old Professer

Sorry but in today's society, swat teams are needed and they save lives. There may be a time you or yours need their assistance in a crisis.


25 posted on 01/23/2007 8:59:19 AM PST by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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To: jrooney

yea, could be the case, maybe there is added information not contained in the aticle. Even so, I don't like the idea of 'federal swat teams' being involved in pretty much anything.


26 posted on 01/23/2007 8:59:52 AM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: traviskicks

Good thing I don't play in that Aerosmith Tribute Band anymore. I could get shot.


27 posted on 01/23/2007 9:02:47 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: jrooney
Sorry but in today's society, swat teams are needed and they save lives.

How many lives have they saved?
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28 posted on 01/23/2007 9:03:41 AM PST by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: jrooney
Quoting with some corrections:

I am sure it has more to do with the swat team was used because some rap artists and their entourage American Citizens carry guns and drugs, even when they are in rap studios the presumed safety of their own homes. Intelligence provided by the swat team or to it may have suggested the possibility of weapons and potential violence by some within the building house. If that was the case, it is always safer to use a swat team to enter a dangerous environment.

There - fixed it for ya'!
29 posted on 01/23/2007 9:04:38 AM PST by Hegemony Cricket (Alec Baldwin is not a real actor, but he plays one on TV.)
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To: mugs99

I have no idea if honest statistics are even tabulated for them. A swat teams mandate is to save lives, not take them. Swat teams only use deadly force as a last resort to protect life. That is universal across the country and 99.99% of swat teams are very professional.


30 posted on 01/23/2007 9:07:10 AM PST by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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To: Hegemony Cricket

:) Thank you, thank you very much.


31 posted on 01/23/2007 9:08:17 AM PST by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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To: jrooney
Sorry but in today's society, swat teams are needed and they save lives.

Yep, that SWAT team at Columbine really helped.

32 posted on 01/23/2007 9:08:34 AM PST by Centurion2000 (If you're not being shot at, it's not a high stress job.)
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To: Centurion2000
Without special weapons and tactic teams, our civilian equivalent of special forces, there would be anarchy. Unfortunately because man can do horrible things to man, we need individuals to intervene. It will not always work perfectly, but it works for the most part.
33 posted on 01/23/2007 9:13:35 AM PST by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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To: jrooney
Sorry but in today's society, swat teams are needed and they save lives.

I would rather have an army of crack whores directed to my general vicinity than a SWAT team.

34 posted on 01/23/2007 9:14:34 AM PST by elkfersupper
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To: Wormwood
Anything to justify bloated budgets and shiny new toys of our militarized police. jack booted thugs.
35 posted on 01/23/2007 9:20:16 AM PST by org.whodat (Never let the facts get in the way of a good assumption.)
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To: jrooney
That is universal across the country and 99.99% of swat teams are very professional.

And if we defunded 80% of them it would make no difference, in other words most of them are a wast of tax payers money.

36 posted on 01/23/2007 9:25:46 AM PST by org.whodat (Never let the facts get in the way of a good assumption.)
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To: traviskicks

Bump for later reading


37 posted on 01/23/2007 9:36:30 AM PST by Kevmo (Darn, if only I had signed up 4 days earlier, I'd have a 3-digit Freeper #)
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To: jrooney

Well, when they don't work out perfectly somebody usually dies and that somebody is usually innocent. I just cannot fathom in todays society they do not case out a house or even check the phone book to see who lives there before kicking down the door with guns blazing at 4:00 in the morning.
PS - and I am a big time supporter of law enforcement.


38 posted on 01/23/2007 10:08:12 AM PST by biff
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Unfortunately because man can do horrible things to man, we need individuals to intervene.

The guy was mixing a tape.

If we used this kind of force against street gangs, we would not have a street gang problem anymore.

39 posted on 01/23/2007 10:11:56 AM PST by pnh102
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To: jrooney
I have no idea if honest statistics are even tabulated for them.

Then you have no idea if they save lives.
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40 posted on 01/23/2007 10:31:52 AM PST by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: jrooney
Without special weapons and tactic teams, our civilian equivalent of special forces, there would be anarchy.

With all due respect, this is idiocy.

Unfortunately because man can do horrible things to man, we need individuals to intervene.

You are correct; they are called armed citizens.

Do I really need to mention all of the massacres and school shootings that would have been stopped had more people carried firearms and had the will to use them?

41 posted on 01/23/2007 10:54:59 AM PST by Centurion2000 (If you're not being shot at, it's not a high stress job.)
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To: jrooney
If that was the case, it is always safer to use a swat team to enter a dangerous environment.

Common sense says it less dangerous to wait for the person in question to leave said residence/building and then approach them with uniformed or plain clothes officers rather than kicking in a door when no person is in eminent danger. Unless there is proof that a)There is an individual being held against their will and harm is eminent or b)there is proof the perp will never leave the building, there is never a reason to kick in a door to make an arrest.
42 posted on 01/23/2007 11:04:03 AM PST by NorthFlaRebel
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To: Centurion2000

I am the biggest supporter of the right to bear arms and as big of a supporter of law enforcement. Anyone that fears police and the protection they provide to society has something to hide. Yes more citizens should be allowed to carry concealed firearms and use them when necessary. However, I think you are a about 150 years behind the times though.

We need laws and law enforcement and not just a bunch of armed citizens running around doing what they want. That is anarchy.


43 posted on 01/23/2007 11:05:27 AM PST by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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To: NorthFlaRebel

Everything you posted is spot on, except if you have to enter a building, it is always safer to use swat.


44 posted on 01/23/2007 11:06:38 AM PST by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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To: mugs99

Okay..................................wow, you are out there.


45 posted on 01/23/2007 11:07:26 AM PST by jrooney ( Hold your cards close.)
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To: traviskicks
Travis,

Thanks for posting the link to the OC case. It was absolutely astounding. I try really hard not to consider the police an occupying army, but it is really difficult. 

46 posted on 01/23/2007 11:19:48 AM PST by zeugma (If the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off.)
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wow, you are out there.

I just asked a simple question. The same question I've been asking since 1996 when a friend died of a heart attack during a no knock swat raid on his home.
His crime?
Tomatoes looked like marijuana to an idiot in a helicopter.

I still haven't received an answer to my question...How many lives have they saved?
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47 posted on 01/23/2007 11:22:06 AM PST by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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A swat teams mandate is to save lives, not take them.

You mean like Fedgov's HRT that for the first couple of decades of its existance had an almost perfect record of not having a single surviving hostage?

Yeah. 

"I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you." 

"Of course I'll respect you in the morning."

"The check is in the mail."

48 posted on 01/23/2007 11:24:18 AM PST by zeugma (If the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off.)
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Swat teams for a guy making mix tapes? Good lord.. I am sure glad RIAA wasnt around when I was DJing.. I sold a whole lot of mix tapes to friends. I guess it was ok because that was before the age of big brother and RIAA telling me that recording a record on tape is "Stealing"

They would have tossed me in jail after shooting me 20 or so times.

This is WAY Overkill..


49 posted on 01/23/2007 11:26:05 AM PST by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: traviskicks

There will be more to this story than meets the eye. It's typical of the media, to report only one side of the story and give it an extreme slant, then pass it thru the lunatic filter.

That's what sells copy, and as we can see, it works.


50 posted on 01/23/2007 11:28:54 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (I am the Chieftain of my Clan. I bow to nobody. Get out of my way.)
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