Privatizing of security in American society with the development of private police forces are not bound by all of the regulations and civil liberties concerns imposed on the public police to protect both complainants and defendants. Yet by hiring off-duty city police, these companies gain access to the power of arrest and the mantle of official authority that other agencies lack.
FBI operating a “small air force” of planes equipped with video and cellphone surveillance technology (known as stingrays), according to a report released by The Associated Press, says it traced at least 50 aircraft to the bureau, more than 100 flights since April across at least 11 states, in rural and urban areas, including Houston, Phoenix, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, California.
Whether or not it’s disclosures of classified information, or whether it’s changes in the law and policies, they’re looking for the seams to operate within,” he added. “This is something that we can’t afford to deal with right now, if you look at the terrorist attacks and violence that’s being perpetrated around the globe, we need to keep our country safe.”
While some may be cheering the expiration of the Patriot Act – however temporary it may be – former presidential candidate Ron Paul notes: before Americans applaud a minor step toward transparency, they should recognize the corrosive nature of the CIA, a secret government operating far above the law. A covert army that doesn’t answer to Congress, the Supreme Court, or even the president. Secret budgets allowed CIA to carry out shady practices over the years; assassinations.
According to the Sentencing Project, roughly 50,000 inmates serving life-without-parole, many for non-violent offenses such as drug trafficking. Number of LWOP inmates grew by a quarter between 2008 and 2012. As more states back away from death penalty, that number will spike even higher.
Bob Schieffer:It is our job, I think, in mainstream journalism to try to cut through this mall of information and tell people what we think is relevant and what they need to know.
The ATM is equipped with a camera, which takes a photograph of the user and then compares it to ID photos. It will also be linked to the local police and banks. The technology guarantees people using other people’s bank cards to withdraw cash won’t be able to. Stops fraudulent use, also means you can’t withdraw money for a friend or relative, who may be ill or unable to go to the cash point.
A council has been accused of treating the homeless as a ‘nuisance’ after threatening rough sleepers with £1,000 fines. Hackney Council launched a Public Space Protection Order last month that bans sleeping in doorways – with offenders handed a £100 fixed penalty notice that can rise 10-fold in court.
Honolulu cracking down on homelessness in Waikiki, causing legal problems for some visitors. One in five citations issued for nighttime beach visits to tourists. Honolulu began closing beachfront parks at midnight to stop homeless people from settling. Toronto woman ended up with criminal warrant after missing court date. Some tourists so upset they vow never to return.
Depopulation, environmental laws, carbon taxes, global warming/global cooling/climate change, family planning, denying development to developing countries – it was all planned decades ago for global control by a handful of elites. See the agenda for yourself in the 1972 United Nations film “Survival of Spaceship Earth” featuring John D. Rockefeller 3rd, science czar John P. Holdren, agenda 21 chief Maurice Strong, and a slew of other propagandists asserting control “for the earth.”
An Orange County school district is using new software called SnapTrends, to spy on their students social media accounts, to “help prevent crime”. Students are calling the efforts an invasion of privacy.
House Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.) introduced a bill that would require gun owners to have liability insurance coverage before being allowed to purchase a weapon, fine of $10,000 if an owner is found not to have it. Service members and law enforcement officers, exempt from the requirement.
New policies enacted by the Housing Authority after officers pulled a gun on maintenance crew and a supervisor on roof of a housing project, fatally shot unarmed man in a stairwell. One Housing Authority supervisor allegedly told his crews new policy due to NYPD cops being “trigger-happy.”
Director of the National Security Agency - the US body spying on the whole world says he wants an “open, reliable, safe” Internet, suggested countries should embrace an online “Law of the Sea.”Many pointing out there was a free and open Internet before NSA began violating everyone’s rights.
Boulder artist Michael Grab: police threatened to ticket or jail him for creating stacked river rock sculptures. Police informed him there would be stiff penalties for continuing his art, decided that balancing rocks in Boulder, Colorado is illegal, referencing two city codes [5-4-8 and 5-4-2] about ‘destruction of public property.’
Presidents have always exercised emergency powers, but now thanks to dozens of new laws, regulations, court decisions and executive orders, Barack Obama is the most powerful president in all of U.S. history.
Fortune: Colorado cheese maker Haystack Mountain gets their milk from a goat farm run by Colorado Corrections Industries (CCI), common practice, as “nationwide 63,032 inmates produce more than $2 billion worth of products a year;” apple juice, raise tilapia, milk cows and goats, grow flowers, and manage vineyards.” CCI pays 60 cents per hour for the inmates’ labor.
Cleveland Police Department agreed Tuesday to adhere to new regulations on how and when officers can use force. New rules prohibit pistol whipping, firing warning shots, using force as punishment for talking back or running away.
Polaroid picture, believed to be taken between 1999 and 2003, turned over to the city by federal prosecutors after Jerome Finnigan, one of the officers in the photo, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for organizing robberies and home invasions with other cops.
Following a Memorial Day Weekend during which 12 people shot and killed and 43 more were wounded, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said a large part of the solution to the problem is more gun control. Gun control is failing and the solution is more gun control.
SWAT team threw a flashbang at the house, knocked Herman Crisp off his chair, threw Crisp to the ground, placed him in cuffs. During the assault, Crisp’s hip was broken, brought back inside placed on the floor, left immobilized and alone, found a day later by his sister lying in his own feces.
ACLU found that courts across the nation regularly deny Americans proper consideration of their financial position and throw them into jail over fines they could never hope to pay. As a result, local jails nationwide have transformed into modern-day “debtors’ prisons” overcrowded with indigent people whose only punishable offense is being poor. The effects are devastating.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Friday commuted the life sentence of a 61-year-old man who has been jailed two decades for marijuana offenses, action makes Jeff Mizanskey eligible for parole.
Scotland Yard commander Mak Chishty said that teenagers who unexpectedly stop drinking, socialising with friends or wearing western clothes could also be becoming extremists.
Police in Washington have detained a car owner after law enforces spotted a “suspicious” vehicle containing a pressure cooker near the US Capitol building; the object was detonated by a local bomb squad.
DEA mentioned in common theme; harassment of innocent people without probable cause, now is a regular feature of train travel in the United States of America. There has been a police state, a profit-driven one, rising in this country due to drugs prohibition. Another reader had cash taken:
I quit using Amtrak due to a 4 a.m. search and robbery of $300 in cash (thank god for travelers checks) by cops in Buffalo.
In the 1970s, IBM, Stanford and MIT were developing encryption to ensure digital data sent between businesses, academics and private citizens couldn’t be intercepted and understood by a third party. This concerned U.S. intelligence community who didn’t want to get locked out of potentially eavesdropping on anyone.
The naive belief that moral progress accompanies technical progress, is a form of collective self-delusion, lulls us into a false sense of security. The yearning for positivism that pervades our corporate culture ignores human nature and human history. Power elites need to manufacture national myths to hide the greed, violence and stupidity that characterize the march of human societies.
In an interview on May 21, 2015 with Turd Ferguson of TF Metals, Jim Willie says,”We are not just in the end time. We’re rounding the bend.
M. C. McGrath, creator of a searchable online database of intelligence workers, said he had received legal threats and even a death threat after unveiling his project. McGrath’s database, ICWATCH, includes 27,000 NSA contractors. The intelligence worker database can now be accessed through the WikiLeaks website.
Rule of Law completely abandoned by the Government and business elite. What remains is a dumbed-down citizenry and taught to ignore or deny the reality unfolding right before its eyes. What’s left is an elitist club of political and corporate “leaders” who are using every possible means to keep our system from collapsing, enabling them to steal or confiscate every last crumb of middle class wealth.
CIA trying to create a connection between so-called conspiracy theorists who are in fact critics of the US government and Bin Laden. The US government labels its critics as conspiracy theorists in order to dismiss them in the eyes of the public.
A Florida woman's battle to avoid having her 4-year-old son circumcised ended Friday when she agreed to the procedure in exchange for her release from jail, in a decision called unjust by anti-circumcision activists. judge said she would be jailed indefinitely if she didn’t sign consent form.
Police on Thursday used water cannons and tear gas to prevent protesters from storming the National Congress building in the port city of Valparaiso, where President Michelle Bachelet was addressing the parliament.
NYPD Commissioner: 1.2 Million residents with open warrants should not be picked up for low-level, victimless offenses, unpaid tickets, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Called for lessening penalties for smoking marijuana in public.
Facebook's Internet.org initiative violates net neutrality because it offers free, walled-garden access to only some Facebook approved content partners, instead of giving developing nations access to the entire Internet. Facebook: walled garden is better than no Internet at all.
Sleeping in a room about to be breached by a SWAT team constituted “criminal” conduct on the part of the infant. Infant was fully liable for near fatal injuries inflicted on him when Deputy heaved a flash-bang grenade, burns at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit into the crib.
(Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility received reports USDA scientists ordered to retract studies, water down findings, endure long indefinite delays approving publication of controversial papers, targeted by [big-Ag] industry complaints, subject to investigations, disciplinary actions over petty matters, intimidation from ] supervisors.
More than 250 tech companies and digital rights organizations on Wednesday sent a joint letter to Congress, blasting the corporate-backed trade deal they say “actively silences the voices of Internet users, start-ups, and small tech companies…while undermining the health of the entire Web.”
Last year, Associated Press reported the DEA “paid an Amtrak secretary $854,460 over 20 years to obtain confidential information about train passengers, which the DEA could have lawfully obtained for free through a law enforcement network.” Reportedly done so DEA could avoid sharing seized assets with Amtrak police.
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