False flag attack is ideological weapon to control populations with fear of a manufactured enemy; The Gulf of Tonkin incident, Operation Ajax, Operation Gladio. Warning Signs of a False Flag: immediate comprehensive narrative, including a convenient culprit, narrative behind attack serves to leverage fear, as well as patriotism, Military, police drills occur near or on day of attack, high percentage of major domestic or international terror attacks involved simultaneous “training drills.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced legislation that would seize passport of any US citizen with “seriously delinquent tax debts.” Other circumstances under which US authorities can revoke your passport or refuse to renew it: If federal or state court ordered you not to leave the United States, another country request your extradition, you owe more than $2,500 in child support payments.
The hypocrisy of American police is beginning to bother even law and order conservatives. The New York Police Department is rivaling the black community in Ferguson in keeping alive the murders of their community members. We are constantly reminded of how dangerous it is to be a police officer.
Lawsuit alleges Texas SWAT team raid involved 40 police cars, kept residents of an off-grid community in handcuffs for several hours while code enforcement officers confiscated and destroyed their organic crops, agent spotted tomato, pepper, okra and basil plants mistaken for marijuana, to justify search warrant. City officials objected to the eco-friendly lifestyle, started citing the Garden for code violations because it might lower property values.
GEO Group Inc private prison operators imprison illegal immigrants awaiting deportation, allegedly forced detainees in Colorado to work for $1 a day. Lawsuit filed by nine current and former detainees represent over 1,000 detainees forced to work for free since 2004. GEO claims it follows wage rates of federal government; plaintiffs’ attorney, Brandt Milstein argued actions violated Trafficking Victims Protection Act. GEO Group reported $1.52 billion in total revenue in 2013.
High-priority 911 calls, defined as life-threatening crimes, will be filtered through a database to assess any possible threats an officer may encounter while responding. Database goes through all public information for call’s location; arrest records to pizza deliveries gives address a rating. Green means minimal threat, yellow a possible threat, red a major threat.” Shows officers threat level, criminal history of anyone living at the home, list of known friends and family members.
Alarming recent report revealed prominent psychologists colluded with CIA to create a framework for torture, person heading that partnership was Stephen Behnke, Ethics Director of the American Psychological Association.
According to news reports and data collected by advocacy groups, over past five years at least 28 students have been seriously injured, and in one case shot to death, by school resource officers—sworn; uniformed police assigned to provide security on K-12 campuses. Tennessee only state offered training specifically for officers deployed to schools.
As cannabis bans are relaxed in more U.S. states, race is on to develop an instant roadside breathalyzer for police to test drivers. Washington and Montana have set a THC limit of 5 nanograms/milliliter(n/mL),Pennsylvania has a 1 ng/mL limit. Other states prohibit drivers from having any cannabis in their system.
Barclay's bank froze a Rossiya Segodnya news agency account without explaining its reasons. “To close the account of one of the world’s leading news agencies is censorship, the direct obstruction of journalists’ work,” “What kind of press freedom and democracy can Britain claim to have if it prevents one of world's largest news agencies from working in the country?”
Former CIA contractor Steven Kelley: The United States is using the science of psychology to control people, are using “ pseudo science of psychology and the mental institutions to control people and to stifle dissent.” Psychologists took actions that aided the CIA’s interrogation program
The principal of a Salem, Oregon, elementary school is apologizing for a letter sent to parents that said the school will call DHS if parents don’t pick up their children on time each day. In the letter it said: “Children must be picked up on time. If they are not picked up on time, we will call DHS and you will then have to pick them up at court the next day.”
On the night of June 28, McIntire was on his way home when a Florida detective was on his way to a call of about a robbery. On the way the officer struck Bill McIntyre decapitating him, and then sped off. He never stopped to help or report striking anything with his cruiser. 11 days after Tampa Bay police quietly called the family and told them that it was a police officer who killed McIntire.
July 1st, "gag" law went into effect, €30,000-€600,000 fine for "unauthorized protests," can be combined for maximum €600-€300,000 fine for "disrupting public events." Extends anti-protest punishments to social media. Failing to present ID when commanded is another fine. Showing "lack of respect" to those in uniform, failing to assist security forces in prevention of public disturbances could result in fine between €600 and €30,000.
New Mexico law House Bill 560 bars police from seizing people's property without first convicting them of a crime, cops omplaining; when seizures are allowed, the money will now go to the state's general fund instead of to the law enforcement agency that seized it. Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe:" we're still trying to figure out how bad it's going to hit us."
Jose Caballero and Elissa Alvarez were “caught” in broad daylight, making love on Bradenton Beach. In May, Caballero was convicted of having sex on the beach. Caballero given a sentence of 2 1/2 years in prison, a former cop admits to raping a toddler and avoids jail altogether.
An Argentinian programmer who was trying to do a good thing in exposing severe vulnerabilities in the country's e-voting system was rewarded for his actions with a police raid on his home. Joaquín Sorianello informed MSA, the company than makes the Vot.ar e-voting system, that the SSL certificates used by the system to encrypt transmissions between the voting stations and the central election office could be easily downloaded, allowing for potential voting fraud.
New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio plan to coerce developers and landlords to ban smoking inside of apartment buildings as part of his administration’s agenda to reduce smoking in New York City so neighboring tenants don’t have to inhale secondhand smoke. Smokers would be prohibited from smoking in one of few places a person can currently smoke in NYC; their own residence.
Federal Prison Industries, is a government-owned corporation that employs inmates for as little as 23 cents per hour, to provide a wide range of products and services under the guise of a “jobs training program.” Hard for any company to compete with companies that use dirt-cheap prison labor.
Supreme Court’s top justice, two associate justices repeatedly ruled in cases involving companies in which they owned stock. Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justices Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito created conflicts of interest participating in decisions that potentially affected their stock portfolio.
The FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Army have bought software that allows users to take remote control of suspects’ computers, recording their calls, emails, keystrokes, activating their cameras, according to internal documents hacked from the software’s Italian manufacturer.
Amnesty International has accused Turkey of using excessive force in handling street protests in support of Kurds fighting ISIL Takfiris in the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani, said Turkish security forces used excessive force in protests in Turkey’s southeast last year, leaving 40 people dead.
Michigan woman heads to court Tuesday after being arrested for failing to renew her dog's license, says she drove to the Kalamazoo County sheriff's office June 23 to prove she renewed the license for the family's 11-year-old dog; arrested, fingerprinted, held for three hours.
A group of Russian lawmakers has drafted a bill broadening police powers and giving them the “presumption of trust.” Among other things, this would allow them to break into cars and homes without warrants and open gunfire at mass gatherings of people.
Under the law, interior ministry must collect DNA samples from all 1.3 million citizens, 2.9 million foreign residents. People who refuse to provide DNA samples face one year in jail, $33,000 fine; those who provide false samples can be jailed for seven years, cost $400 million in emergency funding.
Colorado police officer Mark Magness broke an innocent man's arm during an illegal fireworks investigation. Now a video has been released that shows officer Magness torturing a handcuffed man who was also tied to a chair in December 2014.
Facebook’s algorithms can accurately identify an individual user from among 800 million pictures—in less than five seconds—98% of the time. “If you are walking down the street, a public street, should a company be able to identify you without your permission?”
St. Louis Police Department’s SWAT team raid wrong address, tore the home of Leon Walker apart, man they were looking for lived two doors down. Police Department sent out a building inspector, issued the Walker family a citation for a window the SWAT team broke during the raid.
A mother in Maine was arrested and charged with child endangerment, after letting her young daughter play in a park near her house. The playground was only a few hundred feet away, and could be seen from her front porch.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 277, requires almost all California schoolchildren to be fully vaccinated in order to attend public or private school, regardless of their parents' personal or religious beliefs.
State Department will lift its freeze on arms sales to repressive government of Bahrain despite the country’s human rights abuses in recent years, including arbitrary detention of children, torture, restrictions for journalists, brutal government crackdown on peaceful protestors in 2011. Three weeks ago, State Department condemned Bahrainian regime for convicting a leading opposition figure, Ali Salman. “We do not think that the human rights situation in Bahrain is adequate.
Citizenship automatically stripped from person convicted of entering area declared a no-go zone by the Australian government even if the person entered area for innocent purposes, such as to do business, same result for a person convicted of damaging Commonwealth property or possessing a 'thing', such as a book or downloaded file from the Internet, that is in some way connected with terrorism.
Police car appeared, chasing a red Challenger. According to eyewitnesses, the police car bumped the Challenger, the car “flew up in the air,” lost control and hit the two small children, killing them instantly. Police report driver of the car they were chasing was on parole, not been reporting to his parole officer.
A CIA secret weapon used for assassination, shoots a small poisonous dart to cause a heart attack, can penetrate clothing and leave nothing but a tiny red dot on the skin. On penetration individual targeted for assassination may feel as if bitten by a mosquito, or they may not feel anything at all, completely disintegrates upon entering target. poison enters the bloodstream causing a heart attack.
A little-known police tactic known as “sneak and peek” warrants allows cops to covertly enter private residences, perform searches, seize property, leaving wiretaps, cameras, leave without notifying the homeowner.
US President Barack Obama has reassured his French counterpart Francois Hollande that Washington is no longer spying on him following leaks that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on the last three French presidents WikiLeaks revealed Tuesday the NSA wiretapped former French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy, along with Hollande, from at least 2006.
U.S. Army tested a very different type of ordnance—a “non-lethal personal suppression projectile” called the XM1063—that rains a chemical agent over people in a 2 acre area. The agent can be a sedative drug, a malodorous substance, or something that makes everyone slip and fall.
Executive Order 13603, the President, or the head of any federal agency that he shall designate, can conscript “persons of outstanding experience and ability without compensation,” in both “peacetime and times of national emergency.”
Accused of sexual assault in 2007, Champaign Police Officer Jerad Gale given his department’s highest honor in March, named Champaign’s Officer of the Year. Three months later arrested for strangling and raping two more women.
Officer Jerad Gale arrested, charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and domestic battery.
"Prosecutors are investigating at least 3,000 of these cases, army troops under pressure to boost body counts in war against armed guerrilla groups killed civilians, reported them as combat fatalities," Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report.
Privacy advocates claim always listening component was involuntarily activated within Chromium, potentially exposing private conversations, the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations held in front of a computer.
Three prisoners—Melvin Ray, James Pleasant and Robert Earl Councill led work stoppages in Alabama prisons in January 2014; part of Free Alabama Movement; spent last 18 months in solitary confinement. Authorities, unnerved by protests that engulfed three prisons in state, say the men will remain in solitary confinement indefinitely. Growing resistance movement in American prisons. Work stoppages modeled on actions that shook the Georgia prison system in December 2010.
WikiLeaks documents: The US spy agency targeted communications of French presidents Francois Hollande (2012–present), Nicolas Sarkozy (2007–2012), Jacques Chirac (1995–2007), French cabinet ministers, French Ambassador to United States. One French communication intercepted by the NSA shows France planned to complain to the United States about NSA intercepting French communications.
European police agency Europol will target the estimated 40,000 to 50,000 accounts linked to the terrorist organisation. Working with unnamed social media companies, it aims to shut down the accounts within two hours of being discovered.
Churches will soon be using facial recognition software to identify you and your family. "Churchix is a face recognition event attendance desktop application, identifies event attending members in videos and photos. "Churchix is a division of Skakash LLC, a global face recognition vendor. Skakash suggests there are three classes of people churches, corporations and the government might want to track: Blacklisted Individuals, Employees and VIPs.
One of the largest areas of contention with the TPP lie within the provisions strengthening copyright rules. Here are some of the most dangerous provisions: the government can act without a formal complaint from the copyright owner, can take down internet content it doesn’t like, given it can be construed to have violated vast copyright restrictions.
The “Freedom of Panorama” is the right to take pictures in public spaces, even if you incidentally capture copyrighted works, from building facades to public sculptures to images on t-shirts and ads, July 9, the EU will vote whether to abolish it, wants people taking commercial photos to get prior permission from copyright creators for any incidental copyrighted works captured in their images.
According to U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, more than 36,000 were released from custody. 121 of the criminals that were released during Fiscal Year 2013 were subsequently charged with committing murder.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed into law a bill decriminalizing possession and private use of small amounts of marijuana, following the lead of nearly 20 states that have eased penalties for personal consumption. Will allow individuals in Delaware to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, use it privately without criminal sanctions.
As officer on his way to help an injured woman, a dog ran out from the residence. The police officer shot at the dog, missed; bullet hit a four-year-old girl in the leg. Earlier this year mother killed by Iowa police officer when he tried to shoot her dog and missed. Why can so many other professions come into contact with dogs without shooting at them?
A Washington state sheriff has apologized for a county jail inmate's death from dehydration and malnutrition in April, saying it resulted from a systematic breakdown of jail operations. Island County Sheriff Mark Brown released a report Thursday in the case of Keaton Farris, 25, of Lopez Island, who was found dead April 8 in his cell.
Laws governing use of force by police in every state in the US, and the federal government, do not comply with international human rights agreements, Amnesty International said Thursday. The human rights group’s report, entitled “Deadly Force: Police Use of Lethal Force In The United States” is a indictment of a government that uses defense of human rights as a pretense for invading, bombing and destabilizing countries throughout the world.
The most outrageous aspect of case is that 13 different law enforcement agencies in two states want a cut of his money, even though 11 of them weren’t involved. It’s part of a program called equitable sharing. Anybody carrying cash can become a target.
Bernard Noble, an individual serving 13 years for possessing two marijuana joints applied for clemency and was recently denied. The reason behind the denial was he had not yet served 10 years in prison. Gov. Jindal and his administration refuses to show compassion.
Vatican scheduled to release Pope Francis’ letter on climate change to the world. One of the speakers who will present the letter is Professor John Schnellnhuber, director of the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Has stated the world is overpopulated by 6 billion people. Put forth “Master Plan” for a world government; an earth constitution, a global council and a planetary court.
Named Person scheme, allow health workers to “monitor” youngsters; flagging parents who refuse vaccinations. Network will join with another NHS database containing medical records of everybody north of the Border, the Community Health Index (CHI). Target start date of August 2016, cost of £32million. Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie called for parliamentary debate on the plans, “fuel concerns” Scotland is moving closer to ID cards.
State officials seized six children because they were temporarily living in tents, for nine days. Family was near a state park, purchased a pass to shower there, also had a generator. Parents won a court ruling based on the mother and children eligible for enrollment in Tlingit Native American tribe. Federal Indian Child Welfare Act makes it more difficult for state officials to separate Native American families.
Applying military assets to defeat a failed drug policy to protect the public from a plant legalized in multiple states for medical and recreational use. U.S. has largest prison population in the world, 2.3 million behind bars. More than half a million incarcerated for a drug law violation.
Eric Wilson on his way home from his job at Lighthouse for the Blind, stopped by two Little Rock Police officers alleging he “fit the description” of a suspect. Wilson complied with the officers. One of the officers jumped on his back and slammed him to the ground, went to the hospital, diagnosed with a strained lumbar. According to police report, officers feared for their safety.
Massachusetts Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren introduced legislation; “Handgun Trigger Safety Act” demand “anyone selling a handgun must retrofit it with personalization technology before that sale can be completed.” Operate with fingerprint technology, password recognition, or being in range of an electronic bracelet or ring.
The virus used to hack the Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Labs is an improved version of the malicious software that was used in an attempt to monitor nuclear negotiations with Iran, according to Kaspersky. Israel is believed to be behind both hacks, as each strain of malware is also a variant of the Stuxnet virus deployed against Iran by the U.S. and Israel in 2010.
Iowa Supreme Court overturned a woman’s conviction for public intoxication, ruling she was intoxicated on front porch of her home which isn’t a public place according to law. Justices agreed if front stairs of a family home were considered a public place, it would create “absurd results,” make it a “crime to sit there calmly on a breezy summer day and sip a mojito” or grill with “bourbon-infused barbecue sauce.”
US Department of Justice served Reason — a popular libertarian magazine and web site — with a grand jury subpoena demanding that it provide “any and all identifying information” it possesses regarding certain commenters on reporter Nick Gillespie’s coverage of Ulbricht’s sentencing. US government is trying to track down people who say things it doesn’t like which no reasonable person could construe as “true threats” for possible prosecution.
North Carolina legislature has overridden a veto of a law that will allow businesses to sue employees who report illegal or unethical corporate behavior. Republican Governor Pat McCrory vetoed the bill that provided for businesses to pursue civil charges against employees who photograph, shoot video even if the intent is to expose wrongdoing.
The number of people killed by police so far this year topped 500 this week as the nationwide epidemic of police violence continued, with cops killing 20 people over the past seven days alone.
Florida couple arrested and charged with felony neglect after their 11-year-old son was left alone in the back yard playing basketball for 90 minutes. A busy body neighbor decided this was far too dangerous, and called the cops. The child was taken from the parents and placed in foster care.
Sean Toon, McKinney, Texas man who called the cops on bathing suit-clad teenagers at a pool party; According to the Guardian, when Toon was 18, he and some friends went to a rival high school to abuse and murder the animals housed in the school’s agricultural center. Cows and pigs were cut and bruised, beaten with wooden boards, baby turkeys limbs torn apart; plead guilty to the attack, fined $300, sentenced to 285 days in jail in 2000 Same year charged with “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.” plea deal sentence 75 days in jail.
Benjamin Farias pulled over by NYPD he thought it was suspicious, decided to turn his cell phone on and start recording. He couldn’t fathom any good reason for his sudden arrest. It turns out, the cops couldn’t think of a good reason either. They fractured his wrist
US senators plan to force all American law enforcement agencies to report killings by their officers. Senators Barbara Boxer of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey proposed legislation, demands all states submit reports to US Department of Justice, bring “transparency and accountability to law enforcement agencies nationwide”.
Police have not given any details about what happened when officers entered the garage, aside from the fact that the victim was shot in the face, none of the officers were injured. not indicated that the man hurt or threatened anyone in any way. Victim reportedly ran from police when they approached him, attempted to hide in a nearby garage.
YouTube reporter RedSilverJ covers the new Obama regulation that restricts speech about firearms; 20 years in jail and $1 million fines for gun speech resulted in the NRA saying gun blogs, videos, web forums threatened by speech laws.
Martial law include forced settlement of citizens of a foreign country that threatens to attack or conduct aggression against Ukraine, labor duty for the population, expropriation of property, prohibits meetings and gatherings, activities of certain political parties; introduces media regulation, curfew; limits freedom of movement for citizens and so on.
A full-scale revolt was the result when Ukrainian servicemen try to issue draft papers to passengers on a city bus. Army and police officers attempted to hand out draft papers on a commuter bus in Zaporizhia, Ukraine. The result was a bus full of furious people.
Robert Jonathan Seacat, suspected shoplifting allegedly picked Lech’s home at random when on the run from police. Lech: the home he recently purchased looked like it had been in a war zone. Nearly every room on second floor had holes blown into the walls.
Localities in nearly every state authorize "pay-to-stay" fees on prisoners for everything from medical costs, food, clothes, police transport, case filing, felony surcharges, electronic monitoring, drug testing. These fees are near impossible for some. Attempt to shift costs from the government to those accused.
Arrested for drug probation violation; strip searched, did not resist the corrections officers, police noticed a plastic baggie protruding from Tapia’s vagina. Instead of taking Tapia to a doctor to remove baggie officer Blanca Zapater sprayed a chemical agent directly on her genitals twice. Suffered “severe pain, burning, swollen genitals, painful urination,” for weeks according to court records. ACLU New Mexico: it stands out, never litigated a case like this before.
Police officers were in some sort of feeding frenzy as they were rounding up young teens, armed only with their swimsuits. Officer pulled his gun to ward off good Samaritans who attempted to stop his brutal attack on a young woman. Two of the crazed officer’s co-workers stopped him from shooting people.
The death of 21-year-old computer science student Matthew Ajibadein police custody ruled a homicide from blunt force trauma resulted in termination of nine deputies who strapped him to a restraining chair on New Year’s Day and allegedly beat him to death.
A recent report, responded to below by Steve Jolly of NOCCTV, indicates there have been 700,000 police requests to access private communications in the UK over a two-year period - which amounts to a request every 2 minutes. And these requests are almost never denied; they have a 96% approval rate. This surely can't purely be to "thwart terrorism."
Dillon Taylor murdered by Officer Bron Cruz outside Salt Lake City convenience store August 11, 2014; unarmed, wearing headphones and minding his own business. Officer Cruz acquitted of any wrongdoing. DA who cleared him:"Taylor's shooting was justified not because he posed an actual threat, but because (Officer) Cruz reasonably perceived a threat."
Police told Angela Zorich, she was investigated for failing to have natural gas or electric service; city code violations, admitted she did not have gas, did have electricity. Zorich asked for another inspection to prove she had utilities. The next day, St. Louis County Police Tactical Response Unit raided the home. Home trashed, citations issued for substandard siding, guard rail, screens, window glass, deck.
During the trial, a prosecutor showed jurors video from the patrol car, said it proved excessive force. “The verdict proves the criminal justice system works,” Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
Chinese Internet Police Units from 50 municipal governments began conducting “speech inspections” on social media platforms June 1. Ministry of Public Security statement: Internet Police will be patrolling major social media round the clock to prevent illegal information from spreading, detect “illegal and harmful information,” prevent improper words and deeds.
Police in US state of Wisconsin concluded white Officer Matt Kenny was justified in using deadly force in March shooting death of unarmed black teenager finding that Kenny did not violate its deadly force policies. Kenny also killed another unarmed person in 2007, cleared of criminal charges in that case as well.
Pagedale, Missouri, residents Valarie and Vincent Blount face $1,810 in fines for peeling paint, an overgrown tree, not recycling, residents have been fined for barbecue pits and toys in the front yard, not making their children wear bicycle helmets, missing shingle, walking in the street.
The strongest critics of the bill say its biggest fault is that it legitimizes and reauthorizes some of the mass surveillance tactics that Snowden revealed—tactics many charge are a fundamental assault on privacy rights and guaranteed legal protections.
Globalization of food production in recent decades supported by unfair trade agreements has led to corporate food monopolies. A small number of companies now dominate the supply of seeds, agricultural chemicals , processing, logistics and food production. In 2011 four retailers controlled 85% of the German national food market, three retailers controlled 90% of the food market in Portugal.
The US Senate voted to approve legislation that extends several key spying programs of the National Security Agency. President Obama declared his intention to sign the bill into law “as soon as I get it”to allow the NSA to resume collection of telephone metadata, other surveillance efforts suspended with the expiration of authorization under the Patriot Act.
Democratic governments around the world enacting laws that enable greater monitoring of people, curtail freedom of speech, undermine protections once enshrined in our legal systems. Removal of freedoms done under the guise of protecting those freedoms using a skewed human rights agenda that justifies anything in the name of "national security.
TSA, agency tasked with screening airline passengers, ensuring safety at US airports, failed 95% of internal tests conducted by Department of Homeland Security. Of 70 tests by undercover agents with DHS, TSA officers allowed 67 to smuggle fake weapons and explosives past airport checkpoints. White House: Presiden Obama confident in agency’s ability to protect nation’s transportation hubs.
Senate passes bill to privatize surveillance: Telcos to act as arm of law enforcement and collect, store data for US govt.
The Washington Post: police across the country fatally shot at least 385 people this year; two a day, twice the number counted by federal authorities. The newspaper says it used interviews, police reports, local news accounts, other sources to arrive at the number. Tracked a dozen details about each killing; victim’s race, whether person was armed, circumstances that led to the fatal encounter, many began as minor incidents, suddenly escalated into violence.” Half the victims white, half minority.
Congress approved sweeping changes Tuesday to surveillance laws enacted after Sept. 11 attacks, eliminating the National Security Agency's disputed bulk phone-records collection program and replacing it with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies' hands. Senate sent the legislation to President Barack Obama, said he would sign it promptly.
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.
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