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  • Nashville Police Chief Drops Major Allegation About SS in Letter to House Oversight Committee

    10/18/2014 6:00:44 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 10 replies
    Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson is blowing the whistle on alleged misconduct by the U.S. Secret Service during a January 2013 incident involving a man who reportedly made fake death threats against President Barack Obama on Facebook. The resident refused to let officers enter his home or follow orders to come outside . He was heard shouting at officers, “show me your warrant.” In a letter to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Anderson claimed that a Secret Service agent asked a police sergeant to “wave a piece of paper” in order to “dupe” the suspect into thinking...
  • Should We Just Follow Orders? Rules of Engagement for Resisting the Police State

    10/07/2014 10:36:40 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/07/14 | John W. Whitehead
    Outright tyranny, the loss of our freedoms, and a totalitarian regime the likes of which the world has never seen before. “Let your motto be resistance! resistance! Resistance! No oppressed people have ever secured their liberty without resistance.”—Abolitionist Henry Highland Garnet The perils of resisting the police state grow more costly with each passing day, especially if you hope to escape with your life and property intact. The thing you must remember is that we’ve entered an age of militarized police in which we’re no longer viewed as civilians but as enemy combatants. Take, for example, Mary Elizabeth VandenBerg who...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Poconos cop killer taunts police as he's spotted AGAIN before fleeing into remote

    09/28/2014 7:13:09 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 147 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 28, 2014 | Martin Gould
    Fugitive gunman Eric Frein has again evaded the massive police dragnet that has now been hunting him for 16 days as he ran into woods after being spotted in the Pocono Mountains. Frein, 31, wanted for murdering one state trooper and critically injuring another, managed to flee, although MailOnline understands they have a jacket that he left behind. Frein, who is on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List, was seen just outside the perimeter of the five-square-mile search area that up to 1,000 cops are manning at any one time. The sighting led to a huge shift southwards as heavily...
  • Montville, N.J. Plan Would Allow Searches Without Warrants For Underage Drinking

    09/18/2014 3:32:12 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 14 replies
    CBS ^ | Sep 18, 2014
    A proposed ordinance in Montville, New Jersey could give police officers broad powers – including entering private property – if underage drinking is even suspected.
  • Feds to parents: No lunches from home without doctor’s note, school lunch only

    09/15/2014 2:07:31 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 81 replies
    RealFarmacy.com ^ | Daisy Luther
    It looks like the days of trading half of your peanut butter and jelly sandwich for half of your best friend’s ham sandwich may soon be over if the federal government has anything to do with it. A Richmond, Virginia mother received the following note, telling her not to pack a lunch for her pre-school age child. Dear Parents, I have received word from Federal Programs Preschool pertaining to lunches from home. Parents are to be informed that students can only bring lunches from home if there is a medical condition requiring a specific diet, along with a physicians note...
  • Frightened Turtles

    09/15/2014 11:54:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    capitalismmagazine.com ^ | 9/12/2014 | Ed Cline
    I would like to remind readers that we live in a country that is barely free. If we lived in ideal political conditions in which the only flaw might be a border closed to some or all immigration, the “open borders” argument might hold water. But we live in a growing authoritarian or police state. This is an issue which many intellectuals – including some I should logically regard as moral and intellectual allies – shy away from like frightened turtles. This country for too long has been the plaything of statists and “social engineers” of every stripe – Republicans,...
  • Parents' house seized after son's drug bust

    09/15/2014 8:48:59 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 78 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 9/8/14 | cnn
    Parents' House Seized Over Son's $40 In Drugs The rare moments Christos Sourovelis can take a break from running his own painting business, he can be found toiling away on his family's dream house in the suburbs of Philadelphia. "I'm a working guy. I work every day, six days a week, even seven if I have to," Sourovelis says. One day this past March, without warning, the government took his house away, even though he and his wife, Markella, have never been charged with a crime or accused of any wrongdoing...
  • San Diego Unified School District Gets Armored Vehicle (MRAP)

    09/10/2014 4:51:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | Setember 9, 2014 | Kristina Davis
    SD Unified gets armored vehicle City schools police have obtained their own military-grade Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle through a federal grant. Known as an MRAP, the armored mobile will be converted into a victim rescue vehicle that will be stocked with thousands of dollars in advanced medical supplies and be able to take heavy fire in case of an attack on campus, the San Diego Unified School District Police Department said Tuesday. The MRAP, valued at more than $700,000, was acquired at no cost to the district. The vehicle is expected to be operational in October. “We recognize the public...
  • Resistance is Futile: The Violent Cost of Challenging the American Police State

    09/09/2014 3:20:28 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/09/14 | John W. Whitehead
    This is a battlefield, a war zone—if you will—governed by martial law and disguised as a democracy “Police are specialists in violence. They are armed, trained, and authorized to use force. With varying degrees of subtlety, this colors their every action. Like the possibility of arrest, the threat of violence is implicit in every police encounter. Violence, as well as the law, is what they represent.”—Kristian Williams, activist and author If you don’t want to get probed, poked, pinched, tasered, tackled, searched, seized, stripped, manhandled, arrested, shot, or killed, don’t say, do or even suggest anything that even hints of...
  • In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment for a Novelist

    09/02/2014 8:35:52 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 32 replies
    A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Maryland, middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—"taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace's Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, according to news reports from Maryland's Eastern Shore. The novel, by the way, is set 900 years in the future. Sheriff Phillips told the newspaper that,...
  • Dangerous prank brings SWAT team down on gamer [SWATTING]

    08/28/2014 2:43:35 PM PDT · by HammerT · 42 replies
    Engadget ^ | 8/28/2014 | Steve Dent
    A Littleton, Colorado, man named Jordan Mathewson was raided by a heavily armed SWAT team thanks to a false shooting and hostage report, and all the chaos was captured on a Twitch game stream (see below). During a Counter-Strike session, Jordan "Kootra" Mathewson -- a founder of The Creatures -- suddenly noticed things around him were amiss. "Uh oh. This isn't good. They're clearing rooms. What in the world, I think we're getting swatted," he says in the video. Luckily, Mathewson stayed calm throughout the ordeal and was released a short time later. On top of invading his offices, police...
  • Philadelphia Earns Millions By Seizing Cash And Homes From People Never Charged With A Crime

    08/26/2014 10:41:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/26/2014 | Nick Sibilla
    Chris Sourovelis has never had any trouble with the law or been accused of any crime. But that hasn’t stopped the City of Philadelphia from trying to take his home. The Sourouvelis family, along with thousands of others in Philadelphia, is living a Kafkaesque nightmare: Their property is considered guilty; they must prove their innocence and the very prosecutors they’re fighting can profit from their misery. Now the Institute for Justice has filed a major class-action lawsuit to end these abuses of power. Back in March, Chris’s son was caught selling $40 worth of drugs outside of the home. With...
  • Court to Police: No Immunity Just Because You're Cops

    08/27/2014 6:24:08 AM PDT · by bamahead · 40 replies
    Reason ^ | August 27, 2014 | Jackson Kuhl
    On a Sunday afternoon in 2008, a tactical police team raided the Easton, Connecticut house of Ronald Terebesi searching for a small amount of personal drugs. While by day's end the police discovered drug paraphernalia and 0.02 ounces of a substance believed to be crack cocaine, an officer also killed Terebesi's unarmed guest, Gonzalo Guizan (pictured), by discharging his Glock sidearm six times until the weapon finally jammed. Guizan's estate and Terebesi filed civil suits against the officers in the raid, although the estate later settled out of court for $3.5 million. The tactical team—called SWERT for Southwest Regional Emergency...
  • The Literal War on Drugs

    08/27/2014 5:57:15 AM PDT · by bamahead · 10 replies
    Reason ^ | August 27, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    The promiscuous use of SWAT teams is a bigger menace than armored vehicles on our streets. Contrary to what you may have heard, the armored vehicles that appeared on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, during the unrest that followed the police shooting of Michael Brown did not come from the Pentagon. "Most of the stuff you are seeing in video coming out of Ferguson is not military," Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Defense Department's press secretary, told reporters last week. "The military is not the only source of tactical gear in this country." In other words: Don't blame the military...
  • Congressman Wants to Ban Body Armor

    08/24/2014 9:29:23 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 20 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Aug 2014 | John Semmens
    Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) has introduced legislation that would prohibit the sale, use, or possession of body armor by unauthorized persons. “Authorized persons” in Honda’s view include government law-enforcement personnel, troops, and others the government may deem worthy of such protection. “Those duly empowered to use deadly force should not have to fear that their efforts might be thwarted by the widespread availability of bullet-resistant vests or helmets,” Honda said. “The government’s capacity to suppress dangerous elements must not be diluted.” Honda dismissed the idea that law-abiding civilians could have a legitimate need for this type of personal protection—Bullet Blocker’s...
  • Michael Eric Dyson: Obama Needs to ‘Step Up’ on Ferguson

    08/17/2014 10:14:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 17, 2014 | Evan McMurry
    Michael Eric Dyson told Face the Nation Sunday morning that President Barack Obama needed to more forcefully address the underlying issues at play in the metastasizing situation in Ferguson, MO. Dyson criticized local law enforcement and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) as well. “I yearn for more response from the White House,” Dyson said. “This president knows better than most what happens in poor communities that have been antagonized historically by the hostile relationship between black people and the police department. It is not enough for him to come on national television and pretend there is a false moral equivalency...
  • Vanity: Florida cop tosses quadrapelgic on floor [Flashback: 2008]

    08/17/2014 6:53:55 PM PDT · by piytar · 43 replies
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  • Steyn: Cigars, But Not Close [Ferguson]

    08/16/2014 7:01:18 AM PDT · by lwd · 75 replies
    Steynonline.com ^ | 8/15/2014 | Mark Steyn
    The "narrative" of Ferguson, Missouri changed somewhat today. But, amid the confusion, the blundering stupidity of the city's police department remains consistent. This morning the Police Chief, Thomas Jackson, released security-camera shots of the late Michael Brown apparently stealing a five-dollar box of cigarillos from a convenience store. So the 18-year old shot dead by Chief Jackson's officer was no longer a "gentle giant" en route to college but just another crappy third-rate violent teen n'er-do-well. {SNIP} It's important, when something goes wrong, to be clear about what it is that's at issue. Talking up Michael Brown as this season's...
  • Mindless Drones

    08/13/2014 8:01:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | John Stossel
    Drones -- unmanned flying machines -- will soon fill our skies. They conjure up fears, especially among some of my fellow libertarians, of spying and death from above. These fears aren't groundless. President Bush approved the use of armed drones against suspected terrorists overseas, and President Obama vastly increased their use. Drones have killed thousands of people in places such as Pakistan and Yemen, countries against which we have not declared war. Drones keep getting more sophisticated. The Air Force is now developing what it calls MAVs, Micro Air Vehicles, tiny drones that can quietly search for an individual terrorist...
  • Video of Ferguson police gassing news crew and dismantling their equipment

    08/14/2014 11:33:38 AM PDT · by the_boy_who_got_lost · 125 replies
    ADVERTISE AT BOING BOING! SHARE TWEET STUMBLE COMMENTS A news crew, clearly no threat or impediment to the cops, films from a verge in Ferguson, Missouri. A pop and a cloud of white smoke marks the arrival of a tear gas canister at their feet, and the newscrew is forced to flee. Moments later, police pull up in an armored van and hurriedly try to break down the film equipment--until they notice that another crew is still filming them from across the street. Update: Kate O'Brian, president of Al Jazeera America, released a statement condemning the police. Last night at...
  • Video of Ferguson police gassing news crew and dismantling their equipment

    08/14/2014 8:21:51 AM PDT · by slumber1 · 19 replies
    boingboing ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Rob Beschizza
    A news crew, clearly no threat or impediment to the cops, films from a verge in Ferguson, Missouri. A pop and a cloud of white smoke marks the arrival of a tear gas canister at their feet, and the newscrew is forced to flee. Moments later, police pull up in an armored van and hurriedly try to break down the film equipment--until they notice that another crew is still filming them from across the street.
  • 'This Is Not Open For Discussion' — Massive SWAT Team Tells Peaceful Protesters In Ferguson To Leave

    08/13/2014 4:52:35 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 547 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/13/2014 | Paul Szoldra
    A large police SWAT team showed up to a peaceful demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri and the scene is getting increasingly tense, reports Huffington Post's Ryan J. Reilly, who is currently on the ground. Soon after the team of more than 70 officers came on the scene, they told protesters they needed to leave the area and that "this [was] not open for discussion," Reilly tweeted. MSNBC reporter Trymain Lee tweeted that police told the crowd, "Go home, return to your vehicles. The protesters responded, "Mike can't go home!" "Your right to assembly is not being denied," the police said later...
  • Tiny Georgia police department posts terrifying SWAT video

    08/13/2014 3:30:40 PM PDT · by bamahead · 120 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 13, 2014 | Radley Balko
    The continuing crisis in Ferguson, Mo., has everyone talking about police militarization again. So while we’re on the topic, have a look at the horrifying video above from Doraville, Ga. The video depicts a SWAT training operation for a downed officer. At least as of this writing, the video was posted on the front page of the Doraville Police Department Web site. The audio and effects were added by a YouTube user who goes by Patriotsix6. He uploaded the video in 2009. The images at the beginning and end are from The Punisher, the fictional character described by Wikipedia as...
  • From the Mouths of Thugs: 'Obama ... doesn't follow the Constitution (so) we don't have to.'

    08/07/2014 2:22:15 PM PDT · by bamahead · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | August 7, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    Role models are so important, don't you think? They model behavior for us so that we know how to conduct ourselves on our twisty, winding path through life. So when Special Police Officer Richard Recine of the Borough of Helmetta, New Jersey, see President Obama decimate the friggin' constitution, he knows it's time to do some decimating of his own. Writes Sergio Bichao of the Home News Tribune: A New Jersey police officer was caught on camera telling a resident that police don't have to follow the Constitution because President Obama doesn't, either. Special Police Officer Richard Recine, of the...
  • Meet a Town That's Had Enough of Militarized Policing

    08/05/2014 3:25:31 PM PDT · by bamahead · 56 replies
    Reason ^ | Aug. 5, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    <p>Barry Township, Michigan, with a population of about 4,000, has four full-time police officers, four part-time officers, two Humvees, two armored personnel carriers (free, courtesy of the Defense Department's 1033 program)—and, until recently, about three dozen unpaid but armed and empowered reserve police officers patrolling the streets. All those cops need to find something to do with themselves, and many of the people of Barry Township are more than a bit bent out of shape that they've been on the receiving end of that something.</p>
  • Gag Baby Gag: The Clinton Police State Cometh

    08/01/2014 3:20:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon's Editor's Blog ^ | July 31, 2014 | Andrew Stiles, digital managing editor
    Critics 'should neither be allowed nor enabled' to speak ill of Hillary. Political journalists are going to love the Hillary Clinton presidency. Judging by the way Team Clinton has responded to a series of books that are critical of the elderly homeowner and her philandering husband, it will be a real treat to cover them in the White House (again). According to Politico, for example, public relations representatives for the Clinton family have issued a joint statement condemning the recent publication of “trashy” books by Ed Klein, Daniel Halper, and Ronald Kessler, all of which reflect less than favorably...
  • Police Chokehold Killed Eric Garner, Medical Examiner Rules

    08/01/2014 9:43:30 PM PDT · by bamahead · 121 replies
    WABC-TV NYC ^ | August 01, 2014 | Josh Einiger
    TOTTENVILLE (WABC) -- The New York Medical Examiner has ruled Eric Garner died from a chokehold used by a police officer during his arrest for selling untaxed, loose cigarettes last month, calling it a homicide. The autopsy found that Garner, 43, died as a result of compression of neck, compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police. Mayor Bill de Blasio released the following statement. "On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Eric Garner ... My administration will continue to work with all involved authorities, including the Richmond County...
  • San Antonio police mistake photographer for fleeing drug suspect, beat him silly

    07/29/2014 3:29:41 PM PDT · by bamahead · 142 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 29, 2014 | Radley Balko
    Ah, another glorious moment in America’s drug war. Three San Antonio Police officers are being investigated for possibly using excessive force, after a May 20 incident in west San Antonio left a man with injuries to his face, skull and neck. Roger Carlos was in the 10600 block of Westover Hills Boulevard taking photos of a building that will soon be home to his wife’s medical practice, when he was approached by three officers around 2:30 p.m. The officers were identified as an undercover drug task force officer and two SAPD SWAT members. According to an SAPD incident report released...
  • Wisconsin Police Chief Pleads No Contest to Harassing Tea Party Leader

    07/26/2014 10:44:48 AM PDT · by ThE_RiPpEr. · 25 replies
    The La Crosse Tribune ^ | 7/26/2014 | Anne Jungen
    The embattled town of Campbell police chief pleaded no contest Friday to a misdemeanor that accused him of using a tea party activist’s information online during work hours to retaliate for a federal lawsuit brought against him. “I understand that there is a political context to this case, but my view of it is not political,” Monroe County Circuit Judge David Rice said. “I view it as a criminal case.” After months of conflict between the town, police and tea party activists, Chief Tim Kelemen in January and March used La Crosse tea party activist Greg Luce’s name, address, phone...
  • Matt Bracken being interviewed on WYAB.com Radio now - His Book, "Domestic Enemies"

    07/09/2014 2:12:48 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    WYAB FM Radio ^ | July 9, 2014 | Self
    On the radio now
  • Report: NSA compiling baby photos, medical records and resumes of citizens

    07/07/2014 11:52:20 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 39 replies
    FOX 31 ^ | 7/6/2014 | FOX 31
    NEW YORK — Heaps of baby photos, fitness selfies, medical records and resumes are among thousands of private communications scooped up and stored by NSA spy programs. That’s according to new disclosures based on documents Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, gave to The Washington Post — disclosures that show just how easy it is for Americans’ private conversations to be swept into the spy agency’s traps. Snowden provided the Post with what it said were 160,000 intercepted conversations, including e-mails, instant messages, photographs, social network posts and other documents. The trove included messages exchanged from 2009 through...
  • In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are

    07/05/2014 8:34:50 PM PDT · by Cato in PA · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 5, 2014 | Barton Gellman, Julie Tate and Ashkan Soltani
    Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post. Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else.
  • Obama's Department of Agriculture orders submachine guns with 30 round capacity

    07/03/2014 6:01:47 PM PDT · by grundle · 81 replies
    fbo.gov ^ | May 7, 2014
    https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=9fc3a01217d03b0354e1e18b69aa7bad&tab=core&_cview=0Firearms Solicitation Number: USDAOIGWEA-5-7-14 Agency: Department of Agriculture Office: Office of the Inspector General Location: Procurement Branch Original Synopsis May 07, 2014 2:03 pm Solicitation Number: USDAOIGWEA-5-7-14 Notice Type: Sources Sought Synopsis: Added: May 07, 2014 2:03 pm The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, located in Washington, DC, pursuant to the authority of FAR Part 13, has a requirement for the commerical acquisition of submachine guns, .40 Cal. S&W, ambidextrous safety, semi-automatic or 2 shot burts trigger group, Tritium night sights for front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore grip) and scope (top...
  • FBI, CIA Use Backdoor Searches To Warrentlessly Spy On Americans' Communications

    07/01/2014 5:58:28 PM PDT · by grandpa jones · 4 replies
    TechDirt ^ | 7/1/14 | but of course
    The other shoe just dropped when it comes to how the federal government illegally spies on Americans. Last summer, the details of the NSA's "backdoor searches" were revealed. This involved big collections of content and metadata (so, no, not "just metadata" as meaningless as that phrase is) that were collected under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA). This is part of the program that the infamous PRISM effort operates under, and which allows the NSA to collect all sorts of content, including communications to, from or about a "target" -- where a "target" can be incredibly loosely defined...
  • Raid Characterized as “Routine Training Exercise”

    07/01/2014 10:25:47 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 June 2014 | John Semmens
    A pre-dawn raid of a Florida home was characterized as “a routine training exercise” by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. The raid took place on June 10 when a dozen heavily armed Department of Homeland Security troops broke into Kari Edwards home and held her and her live-in boyfriend at gun point while they searched the premises. The invading DHS officers disabled the home’s security cameras as they thoroughly trashed the premises. “I realize that from Ms. Edwards’ perspective the incident may have been harrowing,” Johnson acknowledged. “But we mustn’t lose sight of the big picture. Inflicting momentary fear and...
  • Barney Fife Meets Delta Force: Hypermilitarized police departments are more dangerous than...

    06/28/2014 10:13:01 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 54 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 27, 2014 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    The Pentagon has donated hundreds of MRAP vehicles to police departments nationwide. Snip: Historians looking back at this period in America’s development will consider it to be profoundly odd that at the exact moment when violent crime hit a 50-year low, the nation’s police departments began to gear up as if the country were expecting invasion — and, on occasion, to behave as if one were underway. The ACLU reported recently that SWAT teams in the United States conduct around 45,000 raids each year, only 7 percent of which have anything whatsoever to do with the hostage situations with...
  • The Ascendence of Sociopaths in US Governance

    04/24/2012 1:40:58 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 21 replies
    Casey Research ^ | March 21, 2012 | Doug Casey
    There are seven characteristics I can think of that define a sociopath, although I'm sure the list could be extended. 1) Sociopaths completely lack a conscience or any capacity for real regret about hurting people. Although they pretend the opposite. 2) Sociopaths put their own desires and wants on a totally different level from those of other people. Their wants are incommensurate. They truly believe their ends justify their means. Although they pretend the opposite. 3) Sociopaths consider themselves superior to everyone else, because they aren't burdened by the emotions and ethics others have – they're above all that. They're...
  • A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son

    06/25/2014 3:23:38 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 240 replies
    Salon ^ | June 24, 2014 | Alecia Phonesavanh
    After our house burned down in Wisconsin a few months ago, my husband and I packed our four young kids and all our belongings into a gold minivan and drove to my sister-in-law’s place, just outside of Atlanta. On the back windshield, we pasted six stick figures: a dad, a mom, three young girls, and one baby boy. That minivan was sitting in the front driveway of my sister-in-law’s place the night a SWAT team broke in, looking for a small amount of drugs they thought my husband’s nephew had. Some of my kids’ toys were in the front yard,...
  • Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they’re private corporations, immune from open records laws

    06/26/2014 11:51:06 AM PDT · by maine yankee · 63 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 26 at 10:27 AM | RADLEY BALKO
    As it turns out, a number of SWAT teams in the Bay State are operated by what are called law enforcement councils, or LECs. These LECs are funded by several police agencies in a given geographic area and overseen by an executive board, which is usually made up of police chiefs from member police departments -------------- Some of these LECs have also apparently incorporated as 501(c)(3) organizations. And it’s here that we run into problems. According to the ACLU, the LECs are claiming that the 501(c)(3) status means that they’re private corporations, not government agencies.
  • DHS Ransacks couple's home without explanation, strips woman naked

    06/26/2014 9:43:47 AM PDT · by Altariel · 83 replies
    Police State UsA ^ | June 20, 2014 | Site Staff
    HOMESTEAD, FL — EXCLUSIVE — A Florida couple was traumatized after a dozen heavily armed SWAT agents crashed through their front door, flash-banged their cat, aimed rifles at them and searched their home without explanation. * * * * * The raid took place in the pre-dawn hours of June 10th, 2014. At approximately 6:16 a.m., Kari Edwards and her live-in boyfriend were intruded upon by men dressed in full SWAT gear and wielding rifles. After smashing down the couple’s front door, agents tossed concussion grenades and proceeded into the home. “They busted in like I was a terrorist or...
  • United Nations Seeks US-based Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Specialists

    06/24/2014 11:04:13 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 21 replies
    SHTFPlan.com ^ | Jun 24, 2014 | Mac Slavo
    United Nations Career Opportunities page: Posting Title: Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Officer, P4 Job Code Title: DISARMAMENT, DEMOBILIZATION AND REINTEGRATION OFFICER Department/ Office: Department of Peacekeeping Operations Duty Station: NEW YORK According to the United Nations information page on ‘DDR’ operations, the New York post will involve various aspects related to the process by which a governing organization would confiscate firearms, all of which target what the U.N. calls “small arms.”
  • New ACLU report takes a snapshot of police militarization in the United States

    06/24/2014 4:52:40 PM PDT · by lwd · 41 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 24 at 9:29 AM | Radley Balko
    The American Civil Liberties Union has released the results of its year-long study of police militarization. {SNIP}But we’ve already seen cases in which the mere factor that the resident of a home was a legal gun owner — in some cases by virtue of the fact that the owner had obtained some sort of state license — was used as an excuse to execute a full-on SWAT raid to serve a warrant for an otherwise nonviolent crime. Of the SWAT raids the ACLU studied in which police cited the possibility of finding a weapon in the home, they actually found...
  • As wars wind down, small-town cops inherit armored vehicles

    06/24/2014 6:04:03 AM PDT · by bamahead · 48 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | June 24, 2014 | Liz Goodwin
    Robert Shellmyer was relieved to see last week at his hometown’s 175th anniversary celebration that the local police department’s new prized possession was not driving alongside the tractors and floats in the parade. That’s because a 45,000 pound, explosion-resistant vehicle from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan might spoil the mood. Shellmyer, a 78-year-old city councilman for the small town of Washington, Iowa, was the sole local politician to vote against the department of 12 police officers getting the free MRAP—short for mine resistant ambush protected vehicle—from the Defense Department two months ago. Washington is one of hundreds of towns...
  • An Open Letter to the Legislatures of New Jersey and Rhode Island: Are you seriously proposing

    06/20/2014 6:57:33 PM PDT · by rockrr · 10 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | March 20, 2014 | Mike Vanderboegh
    To the legislators of the states of New Jersey and Rhode Island, upon the approach of your votes for firearm confiscation: The firearm owners of your respective states tell me that you are busy men and women with short attention spans so I will try to make this brief, beginning with an instructive story from the history of my adopted state, Alabama. Some still tell it with pride in the hills of north Alabama. Like all the best stories, it has the advantage of being true. In 1863, eight duly sworn and appointed law officers of the state government, acting...
  • Mother arrested after boy falls from scooter

    06/19/2014 5:23:23 PM PDT · by grayhog · 37 replies
    New Canaan Advertiser ^ | June 19, 2014 | Aaron Marsh
    A call for medical assistance on Tuesday evening, June 10, around 7, resulted in a New Canaan mother facing felony charges for risk of injury to a child, according to New Canaan Police Sgt. Carol Ogrinc. Police responded to a report of a young boy who’d fallen while riding a scooter on Putnam Road near White Oak Shade Road. Officers found the boy, 7, had not been wearing a helmet and had some scrapes and bruises, as well as a “pretty bad head injury, which was the most concerning,” Ogrinc said. The boy was about half a mile from home...
  • Has the Dept. of Homeland Security Become America’s Standing Army?

    06/16/2014 2:21:47 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 44 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | June 16, 2014 | John W. Whitehead
    “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison “Here [in New Mexico], we are moving more toward a national police force. Homeland Security is involved with a lot of little things around town. Somebody in Washington needs to call a timeout.”—Dan Klein, retired Albuquerque Police Department sergeant If the United States is a police state, then the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is its national police force, with all the brutality, ineptitude and corruption such a role implies. In fact, although the DHS’ governmental bureaucracy may at times appear to be...
  • The US government doesn't want you to know how the cops are tracking you

    06/15/2014 10:50:44 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 10 replies
    Guardian ^ | Saturday 14 June 2014 07.30 EDT
    Thought the NSA was bad? Local police and the Obama administration are hoovering cellphone location data from inside your house, All across America, from Florida to Colorado and back again, the country's increasingly militarized local police forces are using a secretive technology to vacuum up cellphone data from entire neighborhoods – including from people inside their own homes – almost always without a warrant. This week, numerous investigations by major news agencies revealed the US government is now taking unbelievable measures to make sure you never find out about it. But a landmark court ruling for privacy could soon force...
  • News media urged to leave Bergdahl’s hometown (News blackout, just like Obama's DREAMers?)

    06/14/2014 11:50:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    HAILEY, Idaho — An Idaho county commissioner held a press conference in the hometown of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl this week to tell reporters and outsiders to leave the town and the Bergdahl family alone. The Times-News reported that Blaine County Commissioner Larry Schoen said people should stop attacking Bergdahl, his family and the people of Hailey for standing by the former prisoner of war. Schoen said the town only wanted to see the local man reunited with his parents, Bob and Jani Bergdahl, after spending five years as a prisoner of the Taliban in Afghanistan....
  • Wisconsin Police Chief Allegedly Uses Tea Party Activist's Info for Porn, Dating Sites

    06/13/2014 5:25:11 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-12-14 | Anne Jungen
    Campbell Police Chief Tim Kelemen is on paid leave while authorities investigate whether he broke the law when he used a tea party activist's information online. Board members during a special meeting Thursday voted unanimously to take action against the embattled chief after public outcry that he lost credibility and trust from many in the small community. It's a routine move when an employee is under investigation and not an indication Kelemen is guilty of a crime, said his attorney Jim Birnbaum. "It's neither surprising nor something we don't understand," he said.
  • Aggressive police raids for thee, but not for me

    06/10/2014 7:20:56 PM PDT · by bamahead · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 10, 2014 | Radley Balko
    It’s amazing how quickly a politician can change his position when he becomes a victim of aggressive government policies he previously supported. Witness Mark Shurtleff. During Shurtleff’s 12 years as Utah attorney general, he set up a unit called the Statewide Enforcement of Crimes by Undocumented Residents Strike Force — or the SECURE Strike Force for short. Some of the unit’s targets have been legitimately dangerous people. Others, like suspected copyright violators, probably weren’t. In fact, Shurtleff sent his strike force on so many raids of suspected copyright violators that in 2012, the RIAA gave him an award. In 2000,...