‘Virtually Crime Free’ County in Florida Gets MRAP Armored Vehicle

Residents of a virtually crime free county in Florida are expressing outrage over a decision by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office to purchase an MRAP armored vehicle normally used to hunt insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan.

260614mrap“The Walton County Sheriff’s Office got the mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle for the cost of transporting it. The vehicle, for which the department paid $2,500, was a surplus military vehicle that was demilitarized for law enforcement use,” reports NWF Daily News.

Walton County Sheriff’s Officer Mike Adkinson denied that the purchase of the vehicle was an attempt to militarize the police department, adding that he wouldn’t let public opinion get in the way of the “safety” of his colleagues.

“This is not the federal government intruding on your civil liberties,” wrote Adkinson in a Facebook post. “Would you really want them sent into harm’s way without the best protection available, simply because the military originally purchased this vehicle?”

This didn’t stop residents expressing their anger at the decision to buy the vehicle, with one commenting that the purchase represented “an offensive intimidation method used to control [sic] and strike fear.”

Another respondent agreed, remarking, “This doesn’t make the officers safer. All studies show that the more militarized a department becomes, the more often officers get hurt. This is Walton County, Florida, not Iraq, not Afghanistan.”

As Justin King points out, despite Adkinson’s effort to justify the purchase by pointing to examples where cops have had to deal with suspect… (more)

WW~Notes: This is completely ridiculous – who is the government and law enforcement really afraid of?  They are preparing to defend themselves, not the American people.  One more step in the direction of martial law and most people still don’t get it.

Sandy Hoax – Mark Glenn exposes himself as a fraud

WW~Notes:  Excuse another late posting just forwarded from NTS.  This is from April 2013.

fraudmark-glennThe Sandy Hoax has exposed Mark Glenn for the fraud he is.

When the Sandy Hoax occurred, Glenn immediately (and foolishly) began referring to those (many) peoples who realized Sandy Hook was in fact a Sandy Hoax as: “conspiracy theorists” “nutjobs” and “truthers” as he was no doubt ordered to do, having most likely received his Sandy Hoax talking points directly from the ADL and DHS.

What a fraud, liar, and looser Mark Glenn is. His The Ugly Truth WordPress and Radio Network is now, thanks to Sandy Hoax, losing readers and listeners in droves.

Mark Glenn’s buddy Ken O’Keefe is a Sandy Hook truther….

VIDEO – Sandy Hook False Flag Psy-op – Ken O’Keefe – TJP – http://youtu.be/ZT-JES3AVj8

Mark Glenn’s buddy Victor Thorn is a Sandy Hook truther: http://youtu.be/AayPjLHkZiA

Why is Mark Glenn not?

Who still believes Mark Glenn IS NOT a fraud and a liar who is working for Israel, ADL, and DHS?

“Sadly, Sandy Hook will one day be remembered as one of those unfortunate events in this ‘movement’ where a sizable number of individuals used not a scintilla of common sense and instead allowed their addiction to conspiracy theories to do their thinking for them. In the process, they made the entire movement look like a gaggle of fools and as a result, our credibility as pertains other issues such as 9/11 and the disproportionate amount of Jewish influence over the American political system will go unheard and unheeded. The ONLY good thing that can be said about the entire SH experience is that most of those who went wild with the various theories have come to their senses and have moved on.” ~ Mark Glenn

Source: Cover-up of Adam Lanza link to psychotropic drugs -http://theuglytruth.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/cover-up-of-adam-lanza-link-to-psychotropic-drugs/#comments

“Since many individuals have unconsciously placed their genuine reasoning faculties in abeyance and often lack a valid knowledge of politics and history, their unspoken faith in government and the broader political economy to protect and further their interests is groundless. Against this milieu those genuinely capable of utilizing their reasoning capacities in the pursuit of truth are often held up as heretical for their failure to accept what is presented as reality, with the requisite “conspiracy theory” label wielded in Orwellian fashion to denote such abnormal intellectual activity.” ~ James Tracy

Source: False Flags, Fake Media Reporting, Deceiving the Public: Social Engineering and the 21st Century “Truth Emergency” –http://www.globalresearch.ca/false-flags-fake-media-reporting-deceiving-the-public-social-engineering-and-the-21st-century-truth-emergency/5325982

See: Israel, DoD, and the Sandy Hook School Shootings -http://wp.me/pPnn7-1MN

See: Jonestown, 9/11, Sandy Hook, and True Believers -http://wp.me/pPnn7-26c

Source: http://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/sandy-hoax-mark-glenn-exposes-himself-as-a-fraud/

From the Files of the Absurd and Bizarre: TV Networks Say You’re Breaking The Law When You Skip Commercials

Television networks are having a busy month trying to stamp out new TV-watching technology, including telling a court that skipping a commercial while watching a recorded show is illegal. Yesterday, Fox, NBC, and CBS all sued Dish Network over its digital video recorder with automatic commercial-skipping. The same networks, plus ABC, Univision, and PBS, are gearing up for a May 30 hearing in their cases against Aereo, a New York startup bringing local broadcast TV to the Internet.  EFF and Public Knowledge filed an amicus brief supporting Aereo this week.

The suits against Dish are a response to the “Hopper” DVR and its “Auto Hop” feature, which automatically skips over commercials. According to the networks’ complaints, the Hopper automatically records eight days’ worth of prime time programming on the four major networks that subscribers can play back on request. Beginning a few hours after the broadcast, viewers can choose to watch a program sans ads.

These suits are yet another in a long and ignominious series of lawsuits by content owners seeking to control the features of personal electronic devices, and to capture for themselves the value of new technologies no matter who invents them. We’ve seen this movie before. Most directly, the Dish suits look like a replay of the 2002 suit against DVR maker ReplayTV.  The networks sued ReplayTV for copyright infringement based on another automated commercial-skip feature.  They claimed that viewers were infringing copyright when they skipped ads during playback, that skipping “robs the advertisers,” and that ReplayTV should be responsible.  EFF argued then, and in a later suit on behalf of Replay’s customers, that choosing not to watch ads during playback is pretty far from being a violation of federal law. Unfortunately, the cost of the suit drove ReplayTV out of business before the court could rule on the networks’ wacky theory.

Fast forward ten years.  The networks are accusing Dish of “inducing” copyright infringement. That’s a legal theory first created in the record labels’ case against peer-to-peer software maker Grokster.  The problem for the networks is that a technology maker, service, or other middleman can’t be held liable for inducing copyright infringement unless their customers are actually infringing. And that means the networks will have to convince a judge that people who record a TV show, and later decide to skip over the commercials during playback, are violating federal law.

Dish is fighting back hard, filing its own lawsuit in New York to have its devices ruled legal. Hopefully, the courts won’t turn millions of American commercial-skippers into lawbreakers.

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Corrupt Middle Tennessee Police Profiting Off Drug Trade

By Phil Williams
Chief Investigative Reporter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A major NewsChannel 5 investigation has uncovered serious questions about Tennessee’s war on drugs. Among the questions: are some police agencies more concerned about making money off the drugs, than stopping them?

At the center of this months-long investigation are laws that let officers pull drivers over looking for cash.  Those officers do not even have to file criminal charges against a person to take his/her money.

It turns out, those kind of stops are now happening almost every day in Middle Tennessee.

Case in point: a 2009 stop where a tractor trailer was stopped for a traffic violation, leading to a search and the discovery of large blocks containing almost $200,000 cash — cash that officers keep on the suspicion that it’s drug money.

“What’s wrong with having a large amount of cash?” asked Karen Petrosyan, a California businessman who owned the truck.

Petrosyan refuses to admit there’s anything suspicious about the stash that police discovered. Officers later released his father, who was driving the truck, without filing a single charge — and authorities cut a deal that let Petrosyan come to Tennessee to get his big rig back.
Read officers’ narrative about why money seized

“If I am a criminal, if they allege me to be a criminal,” Petrosyan told NewsChannel 5 Investigates, “why would they settle? They do not just let criminals go.”

District Attorney General Kim Helper said that “in general, it was seized because — based upon our evidence and probable cause — it’s illegal drug proceeds.”

Still, Helper admitted that what makes the Petrosyan case a bit unusual is the location. The traffic stop occurred in Smith County, near the Carthage exit. But the officers work for Helper’s 21st Judicial District Drug Task Force out of Franklin — more than an hour away.

Her officers patrol that area under a deal where they give a third of any cash they seize to the agency that owns that stretch of road.
Read the agreement between the 21st and 15th judicial districts

“It’s a way to make money … for your task force?” NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked Helper.

The DA paused.

“Honestly?” we asked, prompting a smile from Helper.

“Well, you know, when you say ‘make money,’ I guess it is a way for us to continue to fund our operations so that we can put an end to drug trafficking and the drug trade within this district,” she responded.

In fact, Interstate 40 has become a major profit center for Tennessee law enforcement — with officers stopping and often searching out-of-state vehicles. It’s because of a state law that lets them seize money simply based on the suspicion that it’s linked to drug trafficking.

If an owner does not take legal action to get the money back, the agency gets to keep it all.

“This is really highway shakedowns coming to the U.S.,” said Scott Bullock, senior attorney with the Washington-based Institute for Justice.

Last year, the conservative-leaning group issued a report — “Policing for Profit” — that gave Tennessee a D-minus for civil forfeiture laws that make that it all possible.
Read the “Policing for Profit” report here

“Under civil forfeiture,” Bullock said, “you give law enforcement a direct and perverse incentive to go out and try to take as much property from citizens as possible.”

Dickson Police Chief Ricky Chandler said, “What we are doing, we’re taking advantage of how the laws are, to use the money to be able to put back to fight the drugs.”

Chandler heads the board for the 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Force, which has made millions off seizures in its counties — Humphreys, Dickson and Cheatham.  The town of Fairview also provides officers to the Task Force in exchange for a cut of the cash.

Then, three years ago, Chandler and the Dickson County sheriff helped create a second team — known as Dickson Interdiction Criminal Enforcement, or DICE — to work the exact same stretches of interstate.

Humphreys County and the town of Kingston Springs provide officers — and Cheatham County allows DICE to work in its jurisdiction — in exchange for a share of the money.
Read the agreement for the creation of DICE

“Everything’s paid through seizures and fines,” Chandler said.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, “So if these officers out on the interstate don’t come up with cash, then they might lose their jobs?”

“Well, it’s a possibility, yes,” Chandler answered.

Out on I-40, interdiction officers have a choice: Conventional wisdom is that the drugs come in from Mexico on the eastbound side. But the money goes back on the west.

While both agencies have made some big drug cases, we spotted both the 23rd and DICE staging time and time again with their backs to the drug side.

In fact, a review of daily activity sheets kept by the 23rd discovered that, when officers noted the location of their traffic stops, there were 10 times as many stops on the money side.
Review activity sheets for 23rd DTF, Oct-Dec 2010
Review summary of 23rd DTF cases, 2009-2010

“We want both sides of the road worked,” Chandler insisted.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates noted, “It looks like that they are not concerned about stopping the drugs, they just want the money.”

“That’s what it looks like,” the chief admitted.

Is that the case?

“That shouldn’t be the case, but that’s what it looks like.”

Scott Bullock with the Institute for Justice said that “it shows that the police are really focusing, not on trying to get the drugs, not on trying to enforce the drug laws and stop that flow throughout the country. They’re focused on getting the money.”

And it can lead to turf wars.

After DICE got a $1 million seizure last fall, police video shows that a DICE officer suddenly found himself being blocked by a unit from the 23rd while watching the westbound lanes. Within minutes, five units from the 23rd were lined up in a show of force.

As a result, the two agencies had to work out a “letter of agreement,” specifying who would have priority on the westbound lanes on which days.
Read the letter of agreement between the 23rd and DICE

Then, there’s a 2008 video where a unit from the 23rd cuts in front of a DICE unit on a stop, prompting this heated exchange:

23rd DTF Officer: “Leave me the f***k alone!”
DICE Officer: “Let me tell you something…”
23rd DTF Officer: “Punk!”
DICE Officer: “You ever come up [on] me and try to wreck me out again, it will be your last time. You understand?”

Chandler called those disputes “ridiculous.”

NewsChannel 5 Investigates noted, “You’ve got two agencies fighting to stop the same cars.”

“Competition can be a good thing,” the chief said, “as long as you don’t violate any person’s rights.”

But they’re competing for the money that they can take off of drivers.

“Well, they are competing to do their jobs is what they are competing for,” he insisted.

It’s a job that, Bullock said, has lost its way. “Law enforcement is supposed to be about getting the bad guys. It’s not supposed to be about making money.”

Law enforcement authorities say their goal is to hit the drug traffickers in the pocketbook.

But some people have hired lawyers after their cash was taken and, sometimes after months and months of litigation, judges have ruled that the money that was taken from them really had nothing to do with drug dealing at all.

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WW~Notes: Accompanying video at source link

TENNESSEE FORFEITURE LAW

Tennessee has broad civil forfeiture laws that fail to protect the rights of property owners. There, the government must establish by only a preponderance of the evidence that property is related to a crime and subject to forfeiture. Tennessee also effectively presumes owners are guilty, as the property owner bears the burden of proof for innocent owner claims. And, while it cannot be used to supplement salaries, local drug enforcement nonetheless keeps 100 percent of property forfeited, and there is no requirement to collect or report data on the use of forfeiture or its proceeds in Tennessee.

Average per year:  $4,900,146

14 Of The Most Ridiculous Things That Americans Are Being Arrested For

Doesn’t it seem like almost everything is becoming a crime in America now?  Americans are being arrested and charged with crimes for doing things like leaving dog poop on the ground, opening up Christmas presents early, not recycling properly, farting in class and having brown lawns.  But is it healthy for our society for the police to be involved in such silly things?  Every single day the United States inches closer to becoming a totalitarian society.  While there are some that would welcome this shift, the truth is that throughout history the societies that have experienced the greatest economic prosperity have all had at least a certain level of freedom.  Business thrives when people feel free to live and work.  When a government tightens the grip too much many people just start shutting down.  Just look at places like North Korea.  Even though the rest of the world is sending them huge amounts of food starvation is still quite common in that totalitarian regime.  That is why it is so disturbing that it seems like almost everything has become a crime in America now.  As we continue to criminalize relatively normal behavior our slide toward becoming a totalitarian state will only accelerate.

We are throwing anyone and everyone in prison these days.  It is getting absolutely ridiculous.  Today, the United States leads the world in the number of prisoners and in the percentage of the population in prison.  The United States has 5% of the world’s population, but approximately 25% of the world’s incarcerated population.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, as of the end of 2009 a total of 7,225,800 people were either on probation, in prison or on parole in America.

That is a sign of a very, very sick society.  Either we have a massive crime problem or the “control grid” that our leaders have erected for us is wildly out of control.

Or both.

But how in the world are we supposed to have a healthy economy if our entire nation is being turned into one gigantic prison?

Sadly, it is not just hardcore criminals that are being rounded up and abused by authorities these days.  The following are 14 of the most ridiculous things that Americans are being arrested for….

#1 A Michigan man has been charged with a felony and could face up to 5 years in prison for reading his wife’s email.

#2 A 49-year-old Queens woman had bruises all over her body after she was handcuffed, arrested and brutally beaten by NYPD officers.  So what was her offense?  The officers thought that her little dog had left some poop that she didn’t clean up.

#3 A 56-year-old woman who was once a rape victim refused to let airport security officials feel her breasts so she was thrown to the floor, put in handcuffs and arrested.

#4 In Milwaukee, one man was recently fined $500 for swearing on a public bus.

#5 Several years ago a 12-year-old boy in South Carolina was actually arrested by police for opening up a Christmas present early against his family’s wishes.

#6 In some areas of the country, it is now a crime to not recycle properly.  For example, the city of Cleveland has announced plans to sort through trash cansto ensure that people are actually recycling according to city guidelines.

#7 A 12-year-old girl from Queens was arrested earlier this year and taken out of her school in handcuffs for writing “Lex was here. 2/1/10″ and “I love my friends Abby and Faith” on her desk.

#8 Back in 2008, a 13-year-old boy in Florida was actually arrested by police for farting in class.

#9 The feds recently raided an Amish farmer at 5 AM in the morning because they claimed that he was was engaged in the interstate sale of raw milk in violation of federal law.

#10 A few years ago a 10-year-old girl was arrested and charged with a felony for bringing a small steak knife to school.  It turns out that all she wanted to do was to cut up her lunch so that she could eat it.

#11 On June 18th, two Christians decided that they would peacefully pass out copies of the gospel of John on a public sidewalk outside a public Islamic festival in Dearborn, Michigan and within three minutes 8 policemen surrounded them and placed them under arrest.

#12 A U.S. District Court judge slapped a 5oo dollar fine on Massachusetts fisherman Robert J. Eldridge for untangling a giant whale from his nets and setting it free.  So what was his crime?  Well, according to the court, Eldridge was supposed to call state authorities and wait for them do it.

#13 Once upon a time, a food fight in the cafeteria may have gotten you a detention.  Now it may get you locked up.  About a year ago, 25 students between the ages of 11 and 15 at a school in Chicago were taken into custody by police for being involved in a huge food fight in the school cafeteria.

#14 A few years ago a 70 year old grandmother was actually put in handcuffs and hauled off to jail for having a brown lawn.

Why in the world would anyone approve of the police arresting ordinary Americans for such things?

It seems like ever since 9/11 the whole country has gotten “security fever”.

Suddenly we need to “get tough” on everyone.

Yes, crime is making a comeback, but once upon a time the police in this country were able to handle crime quite well and be courteous and helpful to ordinary citizens at the same time.

But today it seems like nearly every single encounter with police ends up being negative.

It does not have to be that way.

The rest of the world sees what is going on in this country and many of them are deciding that they simply do not want to spend their tourist dollars here anymore.  That is not a good thing for our economy.

As the government continues to get even bigger and exerts even more control over our lives, many of our own people are getting sick of it and are moving abroad.

America used to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.

That is no longer true.

Now we get thrown to the floor, handcuffed, beaten and arrested for things that we did not even know were crimes.

If America continues to move in this direction it is going to ruin our economy, our reputation in the world and our national spirit.

Unfortunately, history has shown us that once a free nation starts to lose that freedom it is hard to reverse that slide.  Perhaps we will be different.  Perhaps the American people will stand up and demand that we restore the principles of liberty and freedom that this country was founded on.

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End of Free Internet: US Senate Committee Approves Internet “Blacklist” Bill

cyber void

It seems the lame duck Congressional session is becoming anything but unproductive. Yesterday, we saw the cloture of the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), and today the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act was unanimously approved by the US Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday with a 19-0 vote. The COICA has been overwhelmingly viewed by bloggers as a corporate hijacking of the internet by mega-media cartels.  Indeed, it’s eventual passage will be the end of the free internet as we now it.

The Associated Press reported on the COICA vote:

The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, which has the support of the entertainment industry but has been strongly criticized by digital rights and other groups, was approved by a vote of 19-0.

“Few things are more important to the future of the American economy and job creation than protecting our intellectual property,” said Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont who co-sponsored the bill.

“That is why the legislation is supported by both labor and industry, and Democrats and Republicans are standing together,” Leahy said.

The bill gives the Justice Department an expedited process for cracking down on websites engaged in piracy or the sale of counterfeit goods including having courts issue shutdown orders against domains based outside the United States.

“Rogue websites are essentially digital stores selling illegal and sometimes dangerous products,” Leahy said. “If they existed in the physical world, the store would be shuttered immediately and the proprietors would be arrested.”

“We cannot excuse the behavior because it happens online and the owners operate overseas,” he said. “The Internet needs to be free — not lawless.”

This legislation may be the most dangerous weapon against free speech in modern history.

The infringing activity that may land a website on the “Blacklist” is defined very broadly.  It appears that the blacklist can be enforced without a court order via ISPs.  This is total information tyranny and all independent voices need to stand up and protest or surely we’ll face the arbitrary blacklist.  David Segal reported on the blacklist regulations:

COICA creates two blacklists of Internet domain names. Courts could add sites to the first list; the Attorney General would have control over the second. Internet service providers and others (everyone from Comcast to PayPal to Google AdSense) would be required to block any domains on the first list. They would also receive immunity (and presumably the good favor of the government) if they block domains on the second list.

The lists are for sites “dedicated to infringing activity,” but that’s defined very broadly — any domain name where counterfeit goods or copyrighted material are “central to the activity of the Internet site” could be blocked.

Segal has also established a petition against this hijacking of the free internet which can be signed here. However, given that this bill passed out of committee unanimously proves that our corporate-owned public officials will surely jam this legislation down our throats.  It will likely change the internet as we know it, essentially redirecting the flow of free information to media conglomerates.  The bill is proposed as a piracy protection bill where according to AP:

The US Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill on Thursday that would give US law enforcement more tools to crack down on websites abroad engaged in piracy of movies, television shows and music.

Clearly this was funded by media cartels, but this has a lot more to do with internet censorship than it does about copyright infringement.

Further, this law gives the Department of Justice power to block access to websites located outside the United States.  This self-appointed global power grab is explained by activist Francis Anthony Govia:

The Justice Department will be granted power to serve court orders upon the registry where the domain name registrar is not located in the United States, and upon receipt of such an order, the domain registry must suspend operations of, and lock, the domain name of the infringing site.

During the action intended to “lock the domain name,” a court may determine, at a minimum threshold, that an Internet site is not conducting business to residents in the United States if the Internet site “states that it is not intended, and has measures to prevent, infringing materials from being accessed in or delivered to the United States,” including other provisions in subsection (d)(2)(B). The owner or operator of the “infringing site” shall also have recourse to petition the Justice Department to remove his domain name from an offending list, or petition the court to modify, suspend, or vacate the order in accordance with subsection (h)(1)(B).

This is very bad news for alternative voices and news aggregates.  Although it may be futile, we encourage everyone to call the Senate switchboard and voice their strong objection to this legislation, or we and many other “truth” sites may be essentially finished. The U.S. Capitol Hill Switchboard number is (202) 224-3121.

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Playing Chess – a CRIME?

Confused NYC Police

Instead of arresting real gropers…

NYC police , wearing bullet proof vests, swooped in on chess players:

NyPo explains:

A squad of cops in bulletproof vests swooped into an upper Manhattan park and charged seven men with the “crime” of playing chess in an area off-limits to adults unaccompanied by kids — even though no youngsters were there.

“Is chess really something that should be considered a threat to the neighborhood?” Inwood resident and mom Joanne Johnson wrote Mayor Bloomberg, the City Council and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly after the raid.

“This incident is an embarrassment to the officers from the 34th Precinct who felt that it was necessary to use their badge and authority to issue such a random summons.”

The knights in Kevlar armor gave all seven suspects desk-appearance tickets.

The chess tables where they were ticketed for “failure to comply with signs” are in a fenced-in area where posted notices read: “Adults allowed in playground areas only when accompanied by a child under the age of 12.”

Police said the rule protects kids from pedophiles or others who might want to harm them.

A police source added, “It’s the broken windows theory . . . small things can turn into bigger things. Some citizens may see it as police harassment, but God forbid something happens to a child, people would be complaining, Why didn’t the police enforce these rules? That’s what they would be griping about.”

Yacahuda “Y.A.” Harrison, 49, one of those chess aficionados, said he saw those signs months ago and “asked the [Parks] ranger if we had permission to be there.”

“The ranger said, ‘Oh no, that’s fine, that’s only written for pedophiles.’ “

Since then, he said, parents have welcomed him and the other players — and even had their kids take chess lessons from them.

“The day we got picked up, there were no kids” in the playground, he said. “They treated us like drug dealers. All we were doing was playing chess.” …

Another man ticketed that day, Inwood resident and artist Junior “Chiqui” Mendoza, 46, said that the police “should have given us a warning, and not a ticket.”

Margaret Blachly, a teacher who took her students to the park yesterday, said, “There are often a lot of rules in this park that get broken, and no summonses are issued.

“If the tables are there to play chess, that’s what they should be allowed to do.”

(TSAphotoViaDrudge)

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“Professional Courtesy” the new corruption

While watching the extended version of Alex Jones’ interview with Aaron Russo before he died, Jones produced this article to illustrate one of the central pillars of tyranny; that the establishment is always exempt from the laws they pass for the rest of us.  The article indicts individuals in the system from police officers and firefighters to museum security guards who have carte-blanche to violate any and all traffic laws with impunity, and not just two or three times but hundreds of times.  Even their family members are accorded the same privilege.  America feels more like a monarchy where the American version of British aristocracy such as public servants (who neither serve nor protect the public) are bestowed special favors all in the name of protection in order to abuse the system that is set in stone for all others.  It’s no wonder that police and fire fighters are so disgustingly cocky and self-righteous.  Absolute power corrupts, absolutely.  WW~

Special license plates shield officials from traffic tickets

From: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/dmv-police-confidential-2011354-program-records

It’s 1:45 p.m. on a Wednesday in February and a Toyota Camry is driving west on the 91 Express Lanes, for free, for the 470th time.

The electronic transponder on the dashboard – used to bill tollway users – is inactive. The Camry’s owners, airport traffic officer Rudolph Duplessis and his wife, Loretta, have never had a toll road account, officials say.

They’ve never received a violation notice in the mail, either. Their car is registered as part of a state program which hides their home address on Department of Motor Vehicles records. The agency that operates the tollway does not have legal access to their address.

Their Toyota is one of 996,716 vehicles registered to motorists who are affiliated with 1,800 state and local agencies and who are allowed to shield their addresses under the Confidential Records Program.

An Orange County Register investigation has found that the program, designed 30 years ago to protect police from criminals, has been expanded to cover hundreds of thousands of public employees – from police dispatchers to museum guards – who face little threat from the public. Their spouses and children can get the plates, too.

This has happened despite warnings from state officials that the safeguard is no longer needed because updated laws have made all DMV information confidential to the public.

The Register found that the confidential plate program shields these motorists in ways most of us can only dream about:

•Vehicles with protected license plates can run through dozens of intersections controlled by red light cameras and breeze along the 91 toll lanes with impunity.

•Parking citations issued to vehicles with protected plates are often dismissed because the process necessary to pierce the shield is too cumbersome.

•Some patrol officers let drivers with protected plates off with a warning because the plates signal that the drivers are “one of their own” or related to someone who is.

Exactly how many people are taking advantage of their protected plates is impossible to calculate. Like the Orange County Transportation Authority, which operates the tollway, many agencies have automated processes and have never focused on what happens to confidential plate holders. Sometimes police take note of the plate and don’t write a ticket at all.

The Register used public records laws to obtain OCTA computer logs for the 91 Express Lanes and found 14,535 unpaid trips by motorists with confidential plates in the past five years. A Register analysis showed that was 3,722 separate vehicles, some running the toll road hundreds of times.

That’s only about $29,500 in tolls, but under the penalty schedule set by state law, fines for chronic violators can reach $500 per toll, which would total more than $5 million for the confidential plate holders with multiple violations if they ignored warning notices. OCTA officials said that if they had been able to notify these people, they believe most would have paid before penalties ballooned.

Among the top violators on OCTA’s list were Dwight and Michell Storay (he’s a parole agent with the Department of Corrections), with 622 violations and Lenai and Arnold Carraway (she’s an Orange County social worker), with 239 violations.

Speaking through a corrections spokeswoman, Storay denied driving the toll roads without paying. He showed records indicating that he has a valid toll road account and said he had contacted the OCTA to settle the matter.

Lenai Carraway showed a reporter evidence that she had a toll road account, but had no evidence that she’d paid the tolls that OCTA listed as delinquent. Carraway said she planned to contact OCTA.

Another couple listed in the top three, Chino Police Department dispatcher Susie Stephen and her husband Mike, contacted OCTA and got the agency to admit it had made a mistake. According to a letter the couple received April 7, the agency failed to update the couple’s account when they purchased a new car, even though they had reported the new plate. The letter also confirms the couple has worked out a plan to repay $891 for their unpaid tolls.

It’s impossible to tell whether every motorist included on the list knowingly exploited their confidential plates—and many of those contacted by The Register insisted it was some kind of mistake.

But by the time a California Highway Patrol officer recognized Loretta Duplessis’ Camry from a “heavy hitter” list of toll evaders and pulled her over Feb. 27, the couple had racked up $34,805.95 in penalties from OCTA, according to a note the officer wrote on her citation. The couple did not respond to repeated requests for comment, including a note left on their front door in Riverside County.

An activist who lobbies for fair traffic laws said the entire program is out of control.

“They’ve exempted themselves from the rules they’re enforcing,” said Chad Dornsife, director of the Best Highway Safety Practices Institute. “They know it, is what’s really sick about this. This isn’t some surprise that when the camera comes out they don’t have to worry about it.”

Proponents of the program argue that confidential plates offer a necessary protection.

“I would highly doubt that anybody is registering their vehicles on a confidential basis to do anything but protect themselves,” Garden Grove Police Capt. Mike Handfield said. “I just don’t think people are thinking they’re getting away with anything….Is the value of having a confidential plate and protecting the law enforcement community from people who might hurt them, is that worth that risk? I believe it is.”

The Register asked the DMV for a list of the number of motorists participating in the program and the agencies they claim as an employer. But the DMV refused to provide those records unless The Register paid $8,442, which officials said was the cost of extracting the list from its database.

The Register felt that was an excessive cost to obtain public records; the DMV has refused to waive the fee.

CONFIDENTIAL HISTORY

The DMV first started withholding police officers’ addresses from the public in 1978, back when anyone could walk into a DMV office with a license plate number and walk out with the car owner’s home address. The purpose was to block criminals from finding out where police live, then using the information to harm the officers or their families.

Under the Confidential Records Program the name of the police agency appears in lieu of the officer’s address.

In the first seven years of the program, lawmakers added judges, district attorneys – and themselves.

Since then, the list of people afforded confidentiality has swelled to include jail guards, district attorney investigators and National Park Service rangers, as well as city council members and city attorneys, among others.

Officials can keep the secret plates when they retire. If they change to a civilian job, they can stay shielded for another three years.

In some cases the secret plates have been negotiated as part of a labor contract. For example, museum security officers were added as part of an employment agreement with the state’s public safety union in 2001.

Meanwhile, public access to DMV information was nearly eliminated in 1989 after the death of actress Rebecca Schaeffer. A private investigator found Schaeffer’s home address through the DMV on behalf of an obsessed fan, who gunned down the 21-year-old at her Los Angeles apartment. Lawmakers responded by making every motorist’s information confidential.

Today, addresses for every driver in the state are off limits to the public. Some businesses, such as insurance companies, financial institutions and businesses that contract with police to process citations, still maintain limited access through strict agreements with the DMV.

The level of protection granted to all motorists makes “it all but impossible for unauthorized individuals to receive residence address data from the DMV,” officials told the Legislature in 2004.

The DMV said private data now available on the Internet makes it easy to find home addresses. “Such ready access makes it unnecessary to use DMV as an access point.”

None of the lawmakers or agencies interviewed by The Register was able to point to a case where a person was harmed by information obtained through the DMV in the nearly 20 years since the Schaeffer case changed the law.

Still, police and lawmakers say that increasing access to information on the Internet makes it even more imperative that records are protected.

“The street has become a technological freeway that is being used by everybody, so the more layers of confidentiality you can add to those who need it the better,” said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Since 1980, lawmakers have passed 19 pieces of legislation adding more groups, revising the language or increasing the punishment against people who use the DMV to harm people with confidential plates.

In 2001 Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza, who is now a state senator, sponsored legislation that allowed police chiefs to give the plates to non-sworn employees in “sensitive” positions, such as those testifying against other law enforcement officers, records show.

“Law enforcement came to me and asked me to sponsor it,” said Oropeza, D-Carson.

This year, Assemblyman Sandré Swanson, D-Alameda, is sponsoring a bill that would add some zoo veterinarians, animal control agency workers and humane society shelter workers to the program. After introducing the bill, he added firefighters and code enforcement officers, as well. He said the union that represents those workers – the American Federation of County Municipal Employees – asked for the protection to stave off retribution from criminals, such as people who run criminal dog fighting rings.

DMV employees must process requests for confidential records manually at a cost of $220,000 a year. The workload expands every time lawmakers allow a new group to participate in the program.

‘COURTESY TO LAW ENFORCEMENT’

As the program has grown, so have the benefits.

Some police officers confess that when they pull over someone with a confidential license plate they’re more likely to let them off with a warning. In most cases, one said, if an officer realizes a motorist has a confidential plate, the car won’t be pulled over at all.

“It’s an unwritten rule that we would extend professional courtesy,” said Ron Smith, a retired Los Angeles Police Department officer who worked patrol for 23 years. “Nine out of 10 times I would.”

California Highway Patrol officer Jennifer Hink put it a little differently. “It’s officer discretion … (But) just because you have confidential plates doesn’t mean you’re going to get out of a citation.”

Many police departments that run red light camera programs systematically dismiss citations issued to confidential plates.

“It’s a courtesy, law enforcement to law enforcement,” San Francisco Police Sgt. Tom Lee said. “We let it go.”

Four Orange County cities with red light cameras told the Register earlier this year that they don’t have time to track down the addresses. The private companies that process the citations don’t have access to the shielded information. Police officers do have access, but not the time.

State law requires police to mail out red light camera citations within 15 days; Orange County allows only 11. “It takes eight to 13 business days to receive that information back from the DMV,” said Santa Ana Police officer Gary Fratus. “There are far too few to do it … The time frame is not conducive for us.”

Some departments, for example, the cities of Los Alamitos and Los Angeles, send the citations to the agency listed in place of the home address. But they have no way of knowing whether the person ticketed ever received the citation. In Orange County, inactive red light camera citations are dismissed after a year.

San Diego is the only department interviewed by the Register that does the necessary work to track down protected plate holders. Laguna Woods and Santa Ana began doing the same this year after the Register began asking questions.

The shielded plates can also be a free pass to park illegally.

“Many agencies, especially parking citation processing agencies, report that the process is so cumbersome and costly that they simply dismiss the parking citation as it is not worth the time and effort necessary to identify the vehicle owner,” the DMV told the legislature in 2004.

Sen. Oropeza said the problem isn’t the confidential records program, it’s that police are enforcing the law unevenly.

“Professional courtesy, that’s a total inappropriate response,” Oropeza said. “And to say they don’t have time is totally inappropriate …The law should be applied equally to everybody.”

DMV spokesman Mike Marando said the agency may be able to come up with a more streamlined method of accessing the shielded addresses.

“We’ll be happy to work with them,” Marando said.

TROUBLE WITH TOLLS

Toll road operators face an added barrier in collecting payment because they don’t have legal access to confidential addresses. The two agencies in Orange County handle the problem differently.

The Transportation Corridor Agencies, which operates the Foothill, San Joaquin Hills and Eastern toll roads, said it mails delinquent toll notices to the agency listed in lieu of the home address, and believes such tickets are getting paid.

“There is the potential that the violation may not be forwarded by the agency to the individual, but we have yet to experience that condition,” Frank Barbagallo, deputy director of toll operations wrote in an e-mail.

The OCTA, the agency that runs the 91 Express Lanes, sends the violations to a collections agency in New York, which attempts to find home addresses through its own means.

It’s an automated process OCTA inherited when it purchased the toll road in 2003. OCTA spokesman Joel Zlotnik said that is why the agency was unaware of the thousands of confidential plate violations that had gone unpaid. The violations make up a fraction of the 14.5 million trips on the toll road each year.

After obtaining the OCTA logs, the Register used media access rights at the DMV to attach names to the license plates, then attempted to contact the top violators through the agency that employed them. The Register also tried to find personal telephones and attempted to contact the violators that way. Most motorists did not respond to the calls.

“With so many violations I’m stunned that the toll road wouldn’t have at least reached out,” said Orange County Sheriff Capt. Dave Nighswonger, who was contacted by The Register about a jail guard, Edward Lutz, who had 171 toll violations over a two-year period. “We can encourage our employees to reach out to them and reconcile that.”

News of the violations caused officials in many of the agencies to launch internal investigations. The Los Angeles World Airport Police Organization, which employs Duplessis, said it was initiating a complete review of its confidentiality records.

Several agencies said their employees had toll accounts in good standing but had failed to add new vehicles to their accounts or had problems with their transponders. Some violators contacted OCTA after hearing from a reporter and paid the past-due tolls.

Unlike most motorists with toll account problems, many of these violators won’t have to pay delinquent fees. Because of the protected plates, OCTA did not find them within the 66 days required by law and can’t assess fines.

So Lutz, for example, the Orange County jail guard, simply paid the outstanding tolls, about $300, Nighswonger said.

Regular toll road customers caught in a similar situation are typically found through their DMV records, sent violation notices, and charged tens of thousands of dollars in fines if they ignore the bills.

As an example, the penalties on the account of an Orange County couple who accrued some 80 toll violations in 2003 because of an expired credit card ballooned from $580 in tolls to $53,550 in civil penalties, court records show.

After The Register found the toll road scofflaws, OCTA’s Zlotnik acknowledged that the agency may not have been doing all it could to track them down. “Since this issue has arisen, we’re looking at ways to address the situation to help prevent this from happening in the future,” he said.

The Register found few checks on the confidential plates program.

The DMV does not independently audit the system, relying on the responsible agencies to monitor their own participants. But that doesn’t always happen.

The San Bernardino Police Department could not identify a woman named Brenda Orantes, who ran up 411 violations on the 91 tollway under a confidential plate obtained through that department, the records show. Lt. Scott Paterson said Orantes is not an employee and is not listed as a relative.

A few agencies audit their program and were able to give a count of their participants. Fullerton Police, for example, said that 273 vehicles and 338 drivers have confidentiality through the department.

But most of those contacted, including the California Highway Patrol, the LAPD and the California Department of Corrections, were not able to tell a reporter how many people have obtained DMV confidentiality through their departments.

“We don’t have a system to go through,” LAPD Sgt. Leland Sands says. “That’s not something that we would check.”

By JENNIFER MUIR

Aaron Russo and Alex Jones on this topic –

 

Terrified Scottish Establishment Desperate To Suppress Exposure Of Their “Paedophile Ring”

A ring that connects into the ‘heart’ of the Scottish and British governments and the Westminster Parliament and involved Dunblane mass child killer, Thomas Hamilton

Reporter Robert Green was arrested in Aberdeen for the crime of exposing these sick and depraved people who get their ‘kicks’ from sexually abusing and raping children, including the Down’s Syndrome girl, Hollie Greig - but was released from court after a massive phone and email protest from all over the United Kingdon and indeed the world.

But we must not let this issue drop – it must be followed through to its conclusion. Please help.

THIS IS THE INFORMATION THAT THEY ARE DESPERATE TO SUPPRESS …

Here is Robert Green’s 5-part Speech on Hollie Greig’s story

Part 1

Part 2, Part 3,Part 4,Part 5


Thomas Hamilton, Dunblane killer, Freemasonic paedophile and procurer of children for the Scottish ‘elite’

Hey, Scottish ‘elite’. You can cancel the laxative order. It won’t be necessary.

I can tell you after 20 years of full-time research in now 50 countries that paedophilia and Satanism are the ‘cement’ that hold the establishment structure together in every country, not least Scotland – and the two are fundamentally connected.

Read More …


LORD ADVOCATE OF SCOTLAND ELISH ANGIOLINI YOU ARE A LIAR AND A BLOODY DISGRACE – YOU SHOULD BE IN JAIL TOO!

You may intimidate the pathetic media of Scotland, but you don’t intimidate me

Now issue a libel writ and let’s get all of this out into the public arena so everyone can see what lies under the stone. Come on, make my day.


Angiolini: Covering for Paedophilia?

‘For those of us following the Hollie Greig case, it is particularly shocking that when challenged about the lack of action from Scotland’s prosecutors and the police, instead of a statement from the Lord Advocate stating her position, a persistent stream of threatening letters from a Mr. Callum Anderson of Scottish law firm, Levy & McRae have been issued on her behalf.

The question that sprung to my mind when I saw these communications was, what is Ms. Angiolini, the Lord Advocate of Scotland, afraid of that she feels the need to hide behind solicitors letters?

And then, a kind member of the public pointed us to a previous incident reported on by the Telegraph, involving Ms. Angiolini in her role as Procurator Fiscal for Grampian, Highlands and Islands.’

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On Friday, February 12th reporter Robert Green was arrested by Scottish police in an effort to silence him:

Scottish ‘Justice’ Secretary linked to Lord Advocate’s lawyers after Police arrest journalist over reporting of Aberdeen Paedophile gang claims

‘Journalist & Broadcaster Robert Green was arrested by Grampian Police on Friday. Scotland’s Crown Office are said to be heavily involved in the arrest in Aberdeen on Friday of the well known England based journalist & broadcaster Robert Green, who traveled to the Grampian area late Thursday to attend a public protest against the lack of action by Scotland’s law enforcement agencies to prosecute identified individuals in an Aberdeen based paedophile gang, names which include key members of Scotland’s legal establishment and even a local Sheriff, who stand accused of serial abuse of disabled victims, including downs syndrome girl, Hollie Greig.

Grampian Police arrested the journalist on ‘breach of the peace’. Grampian Police apparently swooped on Mr. Green before he was even able to attend Friday’s planned protest, taking him into custody earlier in the morning on a charge of breach of the peace, which Mr. Green had been detained on, until his appearance tomorrow (Monday) at Aberdeen Sheriff court, where ironically, Mr. Green will be taken before a colleague of a Sheriff who was identified by one of the abuse victims as being an alleged member of the paedophile gang at the centre of the case, who are accused of abusing disabled victims & also passing vulnerable children around their ranks.’

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Lies, Damned Lies and Scottish Justice

Lawyers for the Lord Advocate of Scotland Elish Angiolini threaten UKColumn over Hollie Greig postings

‘Levy & McRae were abusive and threatening in their calls to the UKColumn and they have sent a number of communications alleging that they act on behalf of the Scottish Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini. Levy & McRae refuse to state whether they act for Mrs. Angiolini in her official position and capacity, or her capacity as a private individual.

Normally reliable sources close to the Scottish Government allege that Angiolini has been using Scottish taxpayers money to pay Levy & McRae – including legal threats to Google over their exposure of the Hollie Greig paedophile abuse. Levy & McRae’s actions are further compounded by their recent reference to Sheriff Buchanan. who was named by Robert Green in his public statement. It is not clear if Levy & McRae are also acting for Buchanan.’

Sheriff Graeme Buchanan – named by Hollie Greig and Robert Green

‘Deeper research reveals other strange facts in the Hollie Greig abuse scandal. Colin McKerracher, the Chief Constable of Grampian Police – the force which failed to investigate Hollie Greig’s abuse, but can arrest Robert Green for speaking out – is Chairman of the North East of Scotland Child Protection Committee NESCPC. He is the main signatory of NESCPC’s 2008 – 2009 business plan.’

Colin McKerracher, the Chief Constable of Grampian Police, the force which failed to investigate Hollie Greig’s abuse, but then arrested Robert Green for trying to do what the police should have done, is Chairman of the North East of Scotland Child Protection Committee??

Why would someone act like this in relation to the Hollie Greig case and Robert Green and be a top name in ‘child protection’? Maybe you can work it out. I have.

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Hollie Greig’s blog about her abusers and reporter, Robert Green, who has been arrested for exposing the Scottish establishment paedophile ring

My god the establishment is pathetic. The brave ‘men’ and ‘women’ who force a Down’s syndrome child and her mother to flee from Scotland to England to get away from their abuse and intimidation. You’ve got brains the size of a processed pea and balls the size of peanuts.

But it is comeuppance time, chaps. It’s just a matter of when and it is getting closer every day … tick, tick, tick …

(By the way, the peanut analogy also applies to the mainstream media who say the story is ‘too hot to handle’. No, no. It’s just that you are so fundamentally challenged in the testicle department that you have not got the guts to handle it. My god what are you men or mice? Never mind the children, eh? Your own back is all that matters.)

Click here to read Hollie’s blog (written with help from her mum) …

Please circulate Hollie’s blog address far and wide


ALEX SALMOND ‘LEADER’ OF THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT YOU ARE A BLOODY DISGRACE!

Ahhhh, there you are. Is that a ‘journalist’ behind you?

‘Your Scotland, Your Voice’ – unless you are a Down’s syndrome girl serially-abused by ‘pillars’ of the Scottish establishment. Then they chase you out of the country and arrest the man who is trying to win you justice, eh, Mr Salmond?

Please contact Alex Salmond, leader of the Scottish Parliament, and demand that action is taken in this case … email: firstminister@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Please also email Scottish Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini and demand that she stop the cover up of horrific child abuse by the Scottish ‘elite’ … email elish.angiolini@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Thousands have contacted these people to protest from all over the United Kingdom and indeed the world in the last few days. Please can we keep it up. Thank you.

PLEASE CIRCULATE FAR AND WIDE

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Updated 9/14/09: H1N1 Roadblocks Planned

Received September 1, 2009
H1N1 poison

H1N1 poison

After reading former Kansas State Trooper Greg Evenson’s article The Death of Liberty- The Final Scene Unfolds I called him to discuss what he is saying. He’s telling us that he’s been contacted by active duty State trooper friends from several states who are all telling him of plans to erect roadblocks at key places along interstate highways to force all cars to go single file up to barricades where you will be given a “choice”: be vaccinated on the spot and fitted with a stainless steel wrist bracelet containing an RFID chip with your medical history showing you’ve received the vaccine, or be put on a bus and taken to a FEMA Quarantine Camp.

If you don’t receive the vaccine and RFID bracelet, you will be blocked from entering your place of business, supermarkets, you’ll be blocked from flying, police are being set up to be the new SS, and many aren’t liking it at all. All should rebel against this.

GET THIS MESSAGE TO YOUR COUNTY SHERIFF, ALL LOCAL POLICE, EVERONE IN THE MILITARY THAT YOU KNOW- OUR REPUBLIC IS UNDER ATTACK BY THIS TROJAN HORSE- THIS BIOWEAPON CALLED THE “SWINE FLU VACCINE” NO ONE SHOULD TAKE IT

Sheriff’s should realize they have the legal right to block vaccine clinics from being set up inside their counties. They have the right to do whatever they think is necessary to uphold the Constitution inside their counties, but most don’t realize they have this right. They should read Sheriff Mack’s book The County Sheriff- America’s Last Hope www.sheriffmack.com

Sheriffs, police, and military should all be directed to this information as well as everything else in this alert. They must be encouraged to join the Oathkeepers. Please show your sheriff this You Tube which explains the mission of the Oathkeepers which is to encourage military, sheriffs and police to not obey any illegal orders including orders to set up roadblocks to force this vaccine on us, orders to force us into FEMA camps, orders to engage in warrantless searches of our homes, orders to surround our towns and cities turning them into concentration camps.

PLEASE JOIN ME AS A MEMBER OF THE OATHKEEPERS AND URGE YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF, POLICE, MILITARY PEOPLE TO JOIN BEFORE ITS TOO LATE- OUR REPUBLIC IS DANGLING BY A THREAD:

Costs nothing to join, join for free via your state chapter. You don’t have to use your real name or photo to join. You can remain annonymous and still network via this group and its essential that you do and get others to quickly because we’re running out of time to turn this around. The intention of the world’s ruling elite is to use this weaponized vaccine and weaponized flu to kill millions of us and they’ve got the coffins stockpiled for our corpses. If you don’t want to end up in one of these coffins, you need to roll up your sleeves and proactively make an effort to alert everyone around you to this threat.

I can’t do it by myself. Since I’ve been telling you all about Oathkeepers, a small number of you have joined me as members and are helping me network within the organization. I need a lot more of you to follow suit. It costs nothing, but its very important. Some of you seem to think I am joking when I tell you all of this, or that I am exaggerating. Some of you have your heads planted deeply in the sand. I need you to come out of denial and take proactive steps to defend your life and the lives of your family, friends, and neighbors. This is not a drill. In my last alert I documented that the Army National Guard has placed ads for guards to man the FEMA camps.

Please urge more people to join IAHF. It costs nothing, and there is safety in numbers. People can join via www.iahf.com In past alerts I’ve provided information on how to protect yourself from the weaponized flu and vaccine. See that in my archives.

If you value this effort to alert people and want to assist IAHF in doing this valuable work, please send us via paypal a donation or via check or M.O. at IAHF 556 Boundary Bay Rd., Point Roberts WA 98281 USA For a donation of $25. I will send you an e-book and Special Report on how to use Food Grade 35% Hydrogen Peroxide to protect against the weaponized flu and vaccine, and also other measures. The Report includes sources of the best supplements to use to protect yourself. The report has been updated with some new information.

For Health Freedom, John C. Hammell, President International Advocates for Health Freedom 556 Boundary Bay Road Point Roberts, WA 98281-8702 USA www.iahf.com jham@iahf.com 800-333-2553 N.America 360-945-0352 World

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Other blog update: Taser Nation

Check out one of my other blogs – Taser Nation – for several new articles on American law enforcement and their use of this lethal weapon. Whitewraithe~

Taser Nation


Constitution ‘Suspended’ on Mexican Border

Constitution Suspended

Constitution Suspended

Returning to his home in Tempe, Ariz., Pastor Steve Anderson refused to allow a search of his automobile by Border Patrol guards when he was stopped on April 14 at a routine check point on Interstate-8. Not willing to submit to the increased harassment of law-abiding Americans by so-called law enforcement, Anderson says he was merely standing up for his right to be protected against unreasonable search without a warrant.

After being held at the scene for an hour while awaiting the arrival of state police, Anderson saw his car windows cracked opened by officers who proceeded to smash his face into the broken glass before dragging him from the car. He was then tasered multiple times. According to Anderson, the cops ground his face into the asphalt with their boots. He was taken to jail for the night.Border Patrol officers later claimed that their drug-sniffing dog had detected either drugs or a person hiding in Anderson’s trunk and that this was sufficient “probable cause” for the search following the stop. No grounds for the initial stop were cited, and no contraband was discovered.

The incident highlights tension between constitutional rights, the issue of border security and a controversial Supreme Court ruling that grants an exceptional level of police authority near the Mexican border. Following his release the next morning, Pastor Anderson returned to Tempe and immediately taped a 5- minute video report telling his side of the story and posted it on the Internet.

“I was in the United States. I had crossed no international border.” said Anderson in his video commentary. “I didn’t have any drugs; I didn’t have any human beings in my car,” he said. “Why is this happening in the United
States of America?”

A Border Patrol spokesman, however, told newsmen that Anderson misunderstood his constitutional rights and that because a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to Anderson’s rental car, the pastor was wrong not to allow the agents to search his vehicle.

Ben Vik, a supervisory Border Patrol agent for the Yuma sector, further said that the Supreme Court and federal law permit the Border Patrol to establish checkpoints up to 100 miles inside the U.S. and that with probable cause the Fourth Amendment doesn’t apply to searches of automobiles. But Tempe is 120 miles from the Mexican border.

“The Supreme Court found that only minimal intrusion existed to motorists at reasonably located checkpoints,” said Vik. “The Supreme Court found that the very brief detention of motorists at a well-marked and identified immigration checkpoint did not constitute an unreasonable search and seizure.”

Vik’s statement, however, doesn’t apply to typical law enforcement agencies, but—thanks to a controversial ruling—only to “immigration” checkpoints established by the Border Patrol.

The courts have typically ruled against “suspicion-less” stops and searches of vehicles at police checkpoints, such as the one that detained Anderson. As recently as 2000, the Supreme Court ruled in Indianapolis vs. Edmond that police cannot establish roadblocks staffed by dogs to randomly search automobiles for drugs.

“We have never approved a checkpoint program whose primary purpose was to detect evidence of ordinary criminal wrongdoing,” the Supreme Court majority wrote. “The [Indianapolis] checkpoints violate the Fourth Amendment.”

The 1976 United States vs. Martinez-Fuerte decision, however, created an exception allowing the Border Patrol the unique power to establish checkpoints for seeking illegal immigrants, with the secondary purpose of finding drugs. So while Yuma-area police cannot operate a K-9 (drug-detecting dog) checkpoint without violating the Fourth Amendment, the Border Patrol can.

“Border Patrol immigration checkpoints don’t give Border Patrol agents carte blanche to automatically search persons or their vehicles,” Vik explained. “To conduct a legal search under the Fourth Amendment, agents must develop a probable cause to conduct a lawful search.”

However, in Anderson’s case, the pastor claims the K-9 dog made no bark or indication that his rental car was tainted with drugs, while Vik insisted later that the dog did alert agents to drugs, thus granting probable cause for the search. Anderson suggested in his video report that this probable cause was “developed” by officers’ fabrications, became a mere excuse by the agents to proceed and that they refused to return with the dog to prove their point.

As for the tasering and other alleged rough treatment by police, Vik gave a “don’t blame us” retort, saying Anderson was extracted from his car and arrested by Arizona Department of Public Safety officers, not the Border Patrol, a statement Anderson confirms. Graham Boyd, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Drug Law Reform Project in Santa Cruz, Calif., told the Phoenix New Times that an immigration checkpoint is thin justification for sniffing random cars for drugs without a warrant.

“Even if somebody has no sympathy for a marijuana user,” Boyd says, “you should still be concerned that the U.S. government is saying the border is an area where the U.S. Constitution is suspended.”

Senior Patrol Agent Vik said that even in the checkpoints, citizens do maintain certain rights limiting officers’ actions. Both Anderson and Vik confirm that no contraband was discovered on the vehicle. Arizona authorities told AFP that an investigation into the officers’ actions is ongoing and no comment can be made until it is complete.

Pat Shannan is the assistant editor of American Free Press. He is also the author of several videos and books including One in a Million: An IRS TravestyI Rode With Tupper, detailing Shannan’s experiences with Tupper Saussy when the American dissident was on the run in the 1960s. Both are available from FIRST AMENDMENT BOOKS for $25 each.

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Tennessee Lawmakers Make ‘Texting While Driving’ a Crime

Ban on texting while driving in Tennessee wins final passage

texting and driving

texting and driving

The ban on texting while driving in Tennessee is a governor’s signature away from becoming law.

The state Senate today concurred with a minor House amendment to the bill banning drivers from sending and receiving text messages while their vehicle is in motion. That final legislative action sends the bill to Gov. Phil Bredesen to either sign into law, veto or allow to become law without his signature. Bredesen, who usually notifies lawmakers when he opposes legislation, has signaled no opposition to the texting ban.

If he signs it into law as expected, it would go into affect July 1.

Drivers who violate the law would be fined a maximum $50 plus no more than $10 in court costs. A violation would not add points against the driver’s record under the state’s point system that could ultimately result in suspension of his or her driver’s license.

The bill first passed the Senate 23-6 last Thursday and the House 68-24 on Monday. The House added an amendment to clarify a provision that law enforcement officers and other emergency personnel are exempted from the texting ban only while discharging their official duties.

The National Safety Council is campaigning for similar laws nationwide. Eight states, including Arkansas, have already banned texting while driving and nine others have imposed such partial bans as prohibiting teen drivers from texting.

State Rep. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, the House sponsor, said law enforcement officers have told him that they can often tell the difference between a driver keying in a number on his cell phone to make a call and texting. “They tell me… (that) if I’m dialing my phone, I’ll pull that phone up to my ear but I’m never going to do that if I’m texting.”

The bill applies to cellphones and all hand-held personal communications devices and, Lundberg said, to reading e-mail, social networking sites and other Web sites while driving.

“I think most of our law enforcement officers are going to have the discretion of making right judgments. We’re just setting policy in the state,” he said.

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Note:  This is one of the most absurd pieces of legislation ever conceived, not to mention, a complete waste of civil servant time and an impractical use of tax dollars.  So, what’s next on this agenda?  Banning the consumption of non-alcoholic beverages, or, women rolling their hair and applying make-up, disciplining unruly children, reading magazines and newspapers, displays of affection and, of course, the real biggie – smoking in any form.  Obviously, common sense dictates that most of these actions should cease while driving, yet, I have witnessed these scenes from foolish drivers plus I’ve been guilty of engaging in a few of them myself, which nearly caused an accident at the less than experienced age of 18.  I am certain that everyone has at some point. Clearly, this issue should NOT be a concern for the courts, or, the police enforcement of another frivolous law, when “once upon a time” this was a personal matter of principle.  The passing of this idiotic law should not be perceived as the state making a benevolent gesture to protect its residents, instead recognize what is actually occurring: the state exercising and enforcing its ability to further interfere and excessively control the most personal areas of our lives, while further looting our pockets to provide a few more dollars in their corrupt coffers.

Whitewraithe~