Homeland Security to Establish TSA Checkpoints at Baseball Games

 

gloveOfficials are citing the Boston Bombing as a pretense to establish TSA checkpoints in sporting stadiums across the country.  It has been announced that a standardization process was recently enacted which will place checkpoints at every single major league baseball game by 2015.

The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday that fans entering Safeco Field will have to walk through metal detectors starting with this year’s opening game.

Boston, the New York Mets, Oakland, Pittsburgh and San Francisco were among the teams that experimented with screening at times last year.

“This procedure, which results from MLB’s continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that are now uniform throughout MLB,” baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said Tuesday.

“We conducted testing of these measures at the All-Star game and at both World Series venues last year, and we were pleased that it was effective and received without issue from fans,” Teevan said.

The word “standardization” has become a buzz word for people advocating the expansion of the TSA.

“Every local airport has its own security arrangement with local police to some type of contract security force,” said J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents the TSA. “There is no standardization throughout the country. Every airport operates differently. Obviously at L.A. there were a fair number of local police officers there.”

By telling us that this is a part of a standardization process, these representatives are letting us know that the TSA is not just for airports and now public events, but will eventually be implemented in many vital parts of American life.

Source: http://www.bobtuskin.com/2014/01/23/homeland-security-to-establish-tsa-checkpoints-at-baseball-games/

 

ALERT!!!!! – Diane Feinstein: First Amendment is a Special Privilege, Not A Right!

California Senator Dianne Feinstein has proposed an amendment to the Media Shield Law that would ignore the protection given by the First Amendment and would limit the law’s protection only to “real reporters,” not bloggers and other upstart alternative media types.

Shield laws in the United States

Life in the emerging American Police State: What’s in store for our freedoms in 2014?

policedhsIn Harold Ramis’ classic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, TV weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) is forced to live the same day over and over again until he not only gains some insight into his life but changes his priorities. Similarly, as I illustrate in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, we in the emerging American police state find ourselves reliving the same set of circumstances over and over again – egregious surveillance, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying, the criminalization of lawful activities, warmongering, etc. – although with far fewer moments of comic hilarity.

What remains to be seen is whether 2014 will bring more of the same or whether “we the people” will wake up from our somnambulist states. Indeed, when it comes to civil liberties and freedom, 2013 was far from a banner year. The following is just a sampling of what we can look forward to repeating if we don’t find some way to push back against the menace of an overreaching, aggressive, invasive, militarized government and restore our freedoms.

Government spying

It’s hard to understand how anyone could be surprised by the news that the National Security Agency has been systematically collecting information on all telephone calls placed in the United States, and yet the news media have treated it as a complete revelation. Nevertheless, such outlandish government spying been going on domestically since the 1970s, when Senator Frank Church (D-Ida.), who served as the chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence that investigated the NSA’s breaches, warned the public against allowing the government to overstep its authority in the name of national security. Church recognized that such surveillance powers “at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide.” Recent reports indicate that the NSA, in conjunction with the CIA and FBI, has actually gone so far as to intercept laptop computers ordered online in order to install spyware on them.

Militarized police

With almost 13,000 agencies in all 50 states and four U.S. territories participating in a military “recycling” program, community police forces across the country continue to be transformed into outposts of the military, with police agencies acquiring military-grade hardware – tanks, weaponry, and other equipment designed for the battlefield – in droves. Keep in mind that once acquired, this military equipment, which is beyond the budget and scope of most communities, finds itself put to all manner of uses by local law enforcement agencies under the rationale that “if we have it, we might as well use it” – the same rationale, by the way, used with deadly results to justify assigning SWAT teams to carry out routine law enforcement work such as delivering a warrant.

Police shootings of unarmed citizens

Owing in large part to the militarization of local law enforcement agencies, not a week goes by without more reports of hair-raising incidents by police imbued with a take-no-prisoners attitude and a battlefield approach to the communities in which they serve. Sadly, it is no longer unusual to hear about incidents in which police shoot unarmed individuals first and ask questions later, such as the 16-year-old teenager who skipped school only to be shot by police after they mistook him for a fleeing burglar. Then there was the unarmed black man in Texas “who was pursued and shot in the back of the neck by Austin Police… after failing to properly identify himself and leaving the scene of an unrelated incident.” And who could forget the 19-year-old Seattle woman who was accidentally shot in the leg by police after she refused to show her hands? The lesson to be learned: this is what happens when you take a young man (or woman), raise him on a diet of violence, hype him up on the power of the gun in his holster and the superiority of his uniform, render him woefully ignorant of how to handle a situation without resorting to violence, train him well in military tactics but allow him to be illiterate about the Constitution, and never stress to him that he is to be a peacemaker and a peacekeeper, respectful of and subservient to the taxpayers, who are in fact his masters and employers.

The erosion of private property

If the government can tell you what you can and cannot do within the privacy of your home, whether it relates to what you eat or what you smoke, you no longer have any rights whatsoever within your home. If government officials can fine and arrest you for growing vegetables in your front yard, praying with friends in your living room, installing solar panels on your roof, and raising chickens in your backyard, you’re no longer the owner of your property. If school officials can punish your children for what they do or say while at home or in your care, your children are not your own – they are the property of the state. If government agents can invade your home, break down your doors, kill your dog, damage your furnishings and terrorize your family, your property is no longer private and secure – it belongs to the government. Likewise, if police can forcefully draw your blood, strip search you, and probe you intimately, your body is no longer your own, either. This is what a world without the Fourth Amendment looks like, where the lines between private and public property have been so blurred that private property is reduced to little more than something the government can use to control, manipulate and harass you to suit its own purposes, and you the homeowner and citizen have been reduced to little more than a tenant or serf in bondage to an inflexible landlord.

Strip searches and the loss of bodily integrity

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was intended to protect the citizenry from being subjected to “unreasonable searches and seizures” by government agents. While the literal purpose of the amendment is to protect our property and our bodies from unwarranted government intrusion, the moral intention behind it is to protect our human dignity. Unfortunately, court rulings undermining the Fourth Amendment and justifying invasive strip searches have left us powerless against police empowered to forcefully draw our blood, strip search us, and probe us intimately. For example, during a routine traffic stop, Leila Tarantino was allegedly subjected to two roadside strip searches in plain view of passing traffic, while her two children – ages 1 and 4 – waited inside her car. During the second strip search, presumably in an effort to ferret out drugs, a female officer “forcibly removed” a tampon from Tarantino. No contraband or anything illegal was found.

Invasion of the drones

As corporations and government agencies alike prepare for their part in the coming drone invasion – it is expected that at least 30,000 drones will occupy U.S. airspace by 2020, ushering in a $30 billion per year industry – it won’t be long before Americans discover first-hand that drones – unmanned aerial vehicles – come in all shapes and sizes, from nano-sized drones as small as a grain of sand that can do everything from conducting surveillance to detonating explosive charges, to middle-sized copter drones that can deliver pizzas to massive “hunter/killer” Predator warships that unleash firepower from on high. Police in California have already begun using cube drones, which are capable of hovering for 40 minutes at heights of about 400 ft. to conduct surveillance on targets as far as 1 kilometer away. Michael Downing, the LAPD deputy chief for counter-terrorism and special operations, envisions drones being flown over large-scale media events such as the Oscars, using them to surveil political protests, and flying them through buildings to track criminal suspects.

Criminalizing childish behavior

It wouldn’t be a week in America without another slew of children being punished for childish behavior under the regime of zero tolerance which plagues our nation’s schools. Some of the most egregious: the 9-year-old boy suspended for allegedly pointing a toy at a classmate and saying “bang, bang”; two 6-year-old students in Maryland suspended for using their fingers as imaginary guns in a schoolyard game of cops and robbers; the ten-year-old Pennsylvania boy suspended for shooting an imaginary “arrow” at a fellow classmate, using nothing more than his hands and his imagination; the six-year-old Colorado boy suspended and accused of sexual harassment for kissing the hand of a girl in his class whom he had a crush on; and the two seventh graders in Virginia suspended for the rest of the school year for playing with air soft guns in their own yard before school.

Common Core

There are several methods for controlling a population. You can intimidate the citizenry into obedience through force, relying on military strength and weaponry such as SWAT team raids, militarized police, and a vast array of lethal and nonlethal weapons. You can manipulate them into marching in lockstep with your dictates through the use of propaganda and carefully timed fear tactics about threats to their safety, whether through the phantom menace of terrorist attacks or shooting sprees by solitary gunmen. Or you can indoctrinate them into compliance from an early age through the schools, discouraging them from thinking for themselves while rewarding them for regurgitating whatever the government, through its so-called educational standards, dictates they should be taught. When viewed in light of the government’s ongoing attempts to amass power at great cost to Americans – in terms of free speech rights, privacy, due process, etc. – the debate over Common Core State Standards, which would transform and nationalize school curriculum from kindergarten through 12th grade, becomes that much more critical. These standards, which were developed through a partnership between big government and corporations and are being rolled out in 45 states and the District of Columbia, will create a generation of test-takers capable of little else, molded and shaped by the federal government and its corporate allies into what it considers to be ideal citizens.

The corporate takeover of America

The corporate buyout of the American political bureaucracy is taking place at every level of government, from the White House all the way to the various governors’ mansions, and even local city councils. With Big Business and Big Government having fused into a corporate state, the president and his state counterparts – the governors, have become little more than CEOs of the Corporate State, which day by day is assuming more government control over our lives. The average American has no access to his or her representatives at any but the lowest level of government, and even then it’s questionable how much really gets through. Never before have average Americans had so little say in the workings of their government and even less access to their so-called representatives. Yet one of the key ingredients in maintaining democratic government is the right of citizens to freely speak their minds to those who represent them. In fact, it is one of the few effective tools we have left to combat government corruption and demand accountability. But now, even that right is being chipped away by laws and court rulings that weaken our ability to speak freely to the politicians who govern us.

James Madison, the father of the Constitution, put it best: “Take alarm,” he warned, “at the first experiment with liberties.” Anyone with even a casual knowledge about current events knows that the first experiment on our freedoms happened long ago. Worse, we have not heeded the warnings of Madison and those like him who understood that if you give the government an inch, they will take a mile. Unfortunately, the government has not only taken a mile, they have taken mile after mile after mile after mile with seemingly no end in sight for their power grabs.

If you’re in the business of making New Year’s resolutions, why not resolve that 2014 will be the year we break the cycle of tyranny and get back on the road to freedom. As I’ve said before, it’s time for a second American revolution.

Source: http://www.sott.net/article/271159-Life-in-the-emerging-American-Police-State-Whats-in-store-for-our-freedoms-in-2014

‘Why Care About the N.S.A.?’

Like many Americans and people around the world, I was deeply disturbed to hear the revelations of Edward Snowden about N.S.A. surveillance, which is an affront to the United States Bill of Rights. But as a filmmaker who has made a number of documentaries about technology and online activism, I can’t say that Snowden’s revelations came as a surprise. Some concerned citizens have long understood that powerful digital technologies can be abused to carve away at civil liberties.

I created this Op-Doc with excerpts from interviews that I filmed for an ongoing documentary about the programmer and online activist Aaron Swartz, who was concerned about surveillance issues long before Mr. Snowden’s disclosures. This short film addresses the most common arguments I’ve heard from people who are not concerned about online surveillance, such as: “I’m not doing anything wrong, so why should I care?” and “We need this to keep us safe.”

The Internet has placed all of us firmly in a new and insecure world. Simultaneously, a perpetual “war on terror” has infused within that world a culture of fear and anxiety, along with surveillance policies that will have long-lasting implications. Now is the moment for a course correction, where civil liberties are written not just into our laws but also into our computer code.

Edward Snowden has ignited a debate, and for that I am grateful. But now that he’s done his part, it’s time for all Americans to decide how to respond to his revelations. That is to say, it is no longer his story. It is ours.

Brian Knappenberger is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker whose documentaries include “We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists.”

 
 

Files of the Absurd & Bizarre: California town bans smoking in homes

smokerWhile restrictions on smoking in public are becoming stricter across the country, one California town has taken things a step further and banned smoking in all homes that share walls with other residences.

The new city ordinance in San Rafael, California prohibits smoking in any homes that share common walls, including apartments, condominiums, co-ops, and even multi-family residences that hold three units or more.

The ordinance was passed last month but didn’t take effect until November 14, and applies not only to renters, but also to owners. It effectively bans smoking in one’s own home, raising the eyebrows of those who feel the government has gone too far.

According to ABC News, the new measure was drafted after studies showed second-hand smoke leaked into other apartments through walls, cracks, and ventilation ducts.

“It depends on a building’s construction, but it does affect the unit next door, with the negative health impacts due to smoke,” Rebecca Woodbury, one of the analysts who helped San Rafael develop the rules, said to ABC.

Woodbury added that, in addition to the studies showing the negative impact of second-hand smoke on health, another report by UCLA revealed that when smokers move out of their homes, the cost of cleaning the apartments throughout California can run as high as $18 million a year.

Although other cities have also passed similar ordinances – the Boston Housing Authority in Massachusetts barred smoking in public housing in 2011 – Woodbury said San Rafael’s ban is the strongest in the country.

“We based it on a county ordinance, but we modified it, and ended up making it the strictest,” she said. “I’m not aware of any ordinance that’s stronger.”

Local opposition to the new rules seems to be muted – The Week reported that only two residents protested the changes before the city council voted on October 15 – but various groups across the country are concerned about what these provisions mean for individual privacy.

According to George Koodray of New Jersey’s Citizens Freedom Alliance and the Smoker’s Club, second-hand smoking laws started out trying to protect those who didn’t want to be exposed to smoke, but have now morphed into attempts to control smoking at all costs.

Steve Stanek, a researcher at the Heartland Institute in Chicago, and a non-smoker, said it was another example of the government restricting people’s actions. He noted that Illinois’ criminal code has ballooned from 65 pages to more than 1,300 today.

“My sympathies aren’t with smokers because I am one, it’s because of the huge growth in laws and punishments and government restricting people more and more,” Stanek told ABC. “The encroachment of government is astonishing.”

Source: http://therebel.org/news/russiatoday/california-town-bans-smoking-in-homes/

WW~Notes:  I agree with the writer’s last statement because now it’s no longer about smoking, but control.  I would not have a problem with this were it a genuine attempt to help the public attain the health freedom we all should have, but as long as they continue to fluoridate water supplies, microwave the atmosphere, spread toxic chemtrails and supply  grocery stores with GMO foods, not to mention, poisoning us and our children with forced vaccinations this feeble attempt to protect someone from second-hand smoke is a scam pure and simple, and one more excuse to take a private right away from any American citizen.  What’s next?  Prohibition – again.

HEADS UP!! – Martial Law in America might arrive Oct. 1, 2013

Something unconstitutional, unethical, and highly un-American has been brewing for sometime in Washington, D.C.

http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/the-russians-are-coming-yea-but-thats-not-all/19704I reported last year about Russian troops being on American soil, but only now, have I learned that the number exceeded 20,000 and that they are the elite Spetsnaz commandos, which is the equivalent to U.S. Special Forces – Delta Force.

For me, what makes the following report in all likelihood probable is that it’s being reported on every side, meaning religious and secular sources, plus Jewish and non-Jewish sources.  Everyone is apprehensive, but scared nonetheless.

The shadow government has taken a year to plan, stategize, organize, and strengthen their resources, like all the hollow-point bullets and other ammunition bought last year.  Just recently, millions of ‘MRE’s’ (meals ready to eat) were ordered along with millions of doses of antibiotics and vaccines.  And that isn’t even half of the preparations taking place.

Are they planning to raze America with chemical weapons?  I also recently learned from ‘Sherry Questioning All’ that Kentucky has huge stockpiles of this lethal munition adjacent to a FEMA camp.

Not to forget the “domestic troop movement” that Americans have been witnessing and reporting from Alaska to Florida for over a year, maybe two.  Even in my limited scope, I’ve seen military convoys of trucks, tanks and other equipment on I-40 from Memphis to Nashville, Tennessee, and on trains in rural areas.  The last time I saw movement like this was in the 1960′s during the Vietnam War and because I lived a few miles from a naval base where my father was stationed.

So, what the hell does all this information lead us to conclude?  Here’s my take – “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” – from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the author of Sherlock Holmes.

Maybe I’m over-reacting because I just realized it was Friday the 13th, and that’s never been a good day.  The only thought I want to place in anyone’s mind at this point is, even if you don’t believe what you’re reading, start gearing up – NOW!  I told my 80-year old mom this morning that if she ever thought about buying extra food and water, that she better do it before 10/1/13, and that is all I would say.

We may only have two weeks before America is under complete lockdown.

Whitewraithe~

Is US govt Prepping for Major Event Around Oct 1st?

regionsBefore It’s News

Following the bread crumb trail of FEMA orders, retired State Senator Sheldon R. Songstad of South Dakota State issued an “Emergency FEMA Region 3 Alert!!!,” on August 13th.

Region three is comprised of: Washington DC, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Songstad’s research turned up some very interesting facts. Each item on its own could go unnoticed, but the collective facts may be worthy of your attention and scrutiny.

The U.S. government appears to be preparing for a major event. It appears that this event is being staged for approximately Oct. 1st. Let’s look at the numbers and dates.

UN Peacekeepers began training the 4th week of July and will complete their nine week training by October 1st. They are learning English, as well as US weapon systems and Urban Warfare training.

How many troops are training? 386,000 troops!

The Center of Disease Control ordered $11 million worth of antibiotics. Where are they going? FEMA Region lll. When are they due? October 1st. This coupled with the fact that the World Health Organization held an emergency meeting, its second such meeting in its history, to discuss MERS Coronavirus. This is quite unsettling. The WHO determined that a vaccine MUST be in place by October 1st.

This is more than disconcerting if for no other reason than the fact that the American public is continually left out of all planning, classified or not, concerning their own safety – Prevention is better than cure, expecially when the cure is admistered by the perpetrators of the original trauma to the America psyche… Tom Dennen

Periodic testing of GPS and Communications satellites is normal, but coordinating their testing for the first time, with a testing date of September 29th, is noteworthy.

All DHS agents MUST now qualify with sidearm, shotgun and AR 15’s by September 28th. Less lethal qualifications are not mentioned.

Has one eye brow raised?

The DHS will receive 2800 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAP’s) that must be delivered by October 1st.

All National Guard units will complete their annual two week training in riot control and disaster assistance. All units MUST have their training complete by September 30th. However, the Eastern-based Coast Guard units will not be performing their usual training in the Gulf, this year they will be trained in Virginia and Delaware for 10 days beginning September 26th.

Coincidently, the Emergency Broadcast System will begin daily testing beginning on September 25th thru October 2nd. All of this kind of reminds me of the bomb sniffing dogs being trained at the Boston Marathon for the first time ever.

FEMA purchase orders deserve a little attention too. They ordered over $14.2 million for MREs and heater meals and 22 million pouches of emergency water, to be delivered to Region III by October 1st. An additional order of $13.6 million worth of MRE’s and heater meals will be delivered to Austin by October 1st.

Our U.S. military will not be permitted leave from September 28th thru November 5th. NORCOMM’s yearly training for civil unrest is suspended until September 27th. To be performed in northeast coastal areas. Date for release of QE3 report has been moved to October 16th.

Over 300 school systems will be issued a 3 day emergency kit for each student in September.

The retired Senator’s national preparedness research was sparked by a comment Donald Trump made during a recent appearance on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” Songstad included a video version of his findings with his notice.

How concerned should we be? Or perhaps the question is….How prepared should we be? Perhaps the answer is……This video is going viral. Better prepared than the government.

Reported by FROMTHETRENCHESWORLDREPORT.COM

See also: http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/the-russians-are-coming-yea-but-thats-not-all/19704

http://govtslaves.info/tennessee-state-guard-discovers-russians-in-dhs-armored-vehicles/

http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1943114/pg5

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spetsnaz

Plausible Scenario: The Real Reason They Want To Ban Cursive

Cursive1(Thomas Dishaw)  Cursive writing was once considered an anchor in the elementary school curriculum,  as flowing strokes of letters joined together to make words resemble handwriting.  

Over the years, we have seen an alarming trend as schools systems abandon this writing technique, leaving the burden on the parents to continue teaching this writing style if they choose to.

You may be asking what’s the big deal? Cursive writing is outdated and irrelevant, right? It’s 2013,  and in todays world you don’t need to learn cursive because we spend most of our time on a computer typing emails, sending tweets,  messaging friends on Facebook and using our phones to send text messages. As simple and innocent as these actions may be, it should alarm you to witness the regression our language has made in such a short time.

George Orwell said it best ““It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.” 

Everyday vocabulary as we know it is continually being assaulted by LOL, OMG, JK, and a whole bunch of other acronyms  I refuse to learn or become familiar with. It’s truly amazing to see the language jump from your smart phone straight  to the dictionary as gibberish like “SRSLY”, “TL;DR” “FIL” become cousins with real words in the Oxford English Dictionary.

As we have incrementally come to accept the deliberate dumbing down of the language through acronyms, let me address the importance of cursive and why the Government and public school prison system would love for your children to never learn this art form.

Wouldn’t it be great if you or your child could never read historic documents such as  the Declaration of Independence or the The Bill Of Rights? The global controllers are banking on that.  Imagine a future where you don’t even know your basic rights? Not because you don’t care, but because you can’t understand the basic form they are written in.  Most may laugh, but a  scenario like this is very possible. In 25 years cursive will be extinct by my estimation, and only small pockets of the population will know how to read or write in this form of communication.

Here is a list of a few important documents written in cursive:

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Are People Being Thrown In Psychiatric Wards For Their Political Views?

Mental Health Diagnoses Are Sometimes Politically-Motivated

Many psychologists and psychiatrists are good people, who are only trying to help their patients.

But the Nazi government substantially supported psychologists … many of whom, in turn, espoused extermination of the people they considered to be “racially and cognitively compromised”.

Soviet psychiatrists famously aided Stalin in applying fake insanity diagnoses to political dissenters.

American psychologists created the American program of torture which was specially-crafted to produce false confessions to justify U.S. military policy. And see this.

And authoritarian American psychologists are eager to label anyone “taking a cynical stance toward politics, mistrusting authority, endorsing democratic practices, … and displaying an inquisitive, imaginative outlook” as worthy of a trip to the insane asylum. (Those traits may also get one labeled as a potential terrorist.)

Even psychologists with good intentions can erroneously label people delusional simply because they themselves make bad assumptions.

There is even a label for this – the “Martha Mitchell Effect” – defined as:

The process by which a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health clinician mistakes the patient’s perception of real events as delusional and misdiagnoses accordingly.

The authors of a paper on this phenomenon (Bell, V., Halligan, P.W., Ellis, H.D. (2003) Beliefs About Delusions. The Psychologist, 6 (8), 418-422) conclude:

Sometimes, improbable reports are erroneously assumed to be symptoms of mental illness [due to a] failure or inability to verify whether the events have actually taken place, no matter how improbable intuitively they might appear to the busy clinician.

In other words, psychologists who haven’t taken the time to examine for themselves the claims of their patients will tend to label as delusional anything which they “intuitively” feel is improbable.  As such, psychologists and psychiatrists are just as prone to acting out their irrational prejudices as anyone else … unless they take the time to investigate and educate themselves.

Governments Indefinitely Detaining Citizens In Psychiatric Wards Without Due Process of Law

As such, detention in psych wards on mere “suspicion” of posing a danger – without due process of law – is troubling.

For example, former marine Brandon Raub was just carted off and locked in a psychiatric ward for his allegedly “anti-government” Facebook posts.

AP reports today:

Police – acting under a state law that allows emergency, temporary psychiatric commitments upon the recommendation of a mental health professional – took Raub to the John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell. He was not charged with any crime.

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Col. Thierry Dupuis, the county police chief, said Raub was taken into custody upon the recommendation of mental health crisis intervention workers. He said the action was taken under the state’s emergency custody statute, which allows a magistrate to order the civil detention and psychiatric evaluation of a person who is considered potentially dangerous.

Claire Swinney of New Zealand was also held in a psychiatric ward and called “delusional” for criticizing the government.  Susan Lindauer was held under the Patriot Act for a year at Carswell Air Force Base, where psychiatric drugs were pushed on her.

The Daily Mail notes:

The [British] Government has established a shadowy new national anti-terrorist unit to protect VIPs, with the power to detain suspects indefinitely using mental health laws.

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The team’s psychiatrists and psychologists then have the power to order treatment – including forcibly detaining suspects in secure psychiatric units.

Using these powers, the unit can legally detain people for an indefinite period without trial, criminal charges or even evidence of a crime being committed and with very limited rights of appeal.

Until now it has been the exclusive decision of doctors and mental health professionals to determine if someone should be forcibly detained.

But the new unit uses the police to identify suspects – increasing fears the line is being blurred between criminal investigation and doctors’ clinical decisions.

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Scotland Yard, which runs the shadowy unit, refuses to discuss how many suspects have been forcibly hospitalised by the team because of “patient confidentiality”.

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The purpose of the centre is “to evaluate and manage the risk posed to prominent people by…those who engage in inappropriate or threatening communications or behaviours in the context of abnormally intense preoccupations, many [Many? That means that some are not] of which arise from psychotic illness.”

Who gets to decide what “inappropriate” or “threatening” means?  What if a whistleblower has information that a member of parliament has engaged in bribes?  Would trying to reveal such information constitute “inappropriate or threatening communications or behaviours” in the context of “abnormally intense preoccupations” with that MP’s illegal actions?

The Mail continues:

So-called ‘sectioning’ allows a patient to be held for up to six months before a further psychological assessment. Patients are then reviewed every year to determine if they can be released.

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Human rights activists fear the team, whose existence has never been publicised, may be being used as a way to detain suspected terrorists without having to put evidence before the courts.

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Last night human rights group Liberty said the secret unit represented a new threat to civil liberties.

Policy director Gareth Crossman said: “There is a grave danger of this being used to deal with people where there is insufficient evidence for a criminal prosecution.

“This blurs the line between medical decisions and police actions. If you are going to allow doctors to take people’s liberty away, they have to be independent. That credibility is undermined when the doctors are part of the same team as the police.

“This raises serious concerns. First that you have a unit that allows police investigation to lead directly to people being sectioned without any kind of criminal proceedings.

“Secondly, it is being done under the umbrella of anti-terrorism at a time when the Government is looking at ways to detain terrorists without putting them on trial.”

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The team examined thousands of cases and liaised with the FBI, the US Secret Service, the Capitol Hill Police, which protects Congressmen and Senators, and the Swedish and Norwegian secret services.

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Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “The Government is trying to bring in a wider definition of mental disorder and is resisting exclusions which ensure that people cannot be treated as mentally disordered on the grounds of their cultural, political or religious beliefs.

“When you hear they are also setting up something like this police unit, it raises questions about quite what their intentions are.

“The use of mental health powers of detention should be confined to the purposes of treatment. But the Government wants to be able to detain someone who is mentally disordered even when the treatment would have no benefit.

“Combined with the idea that someone could be classed as mentally ill on the grounds of their religious beliefs, it is a very worrying scenario.”

Indeed, the whole “indefinite detention” process (which Americans living on American soil are subject to) can be based on circular reasoning:

The government’s indefinite detention policy – stripped of it’s spin – is literally insane, and based on circular reasoning. Stripped of p.r., this is the actual policy:

  • If you are an enemy combatant or a threat to national security, we will detain you indefinitely until the war is over
  • But trust us, we know you are an enemy combatant and a threat to national security

See how that works?

(This is an analogy.  We are not accusing psych wards of using torture.  However, they do often use powerful psychiatric drugs on patients … which can elicit false confessions.)

Are we going to slide into Soviet levels of psychiatric detention of political dissidents?

Unless the spread of psychiatric detention without due process of law is checked, the mere belief that the government is interfering with your liberty may become grounds for locking you away.

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A chilling “warning” from the past

President James Monroe was the fifth President of the United States (1817–1825). Monroe was the last president who was a Founding Father of the United States, and the last president from the Virginia dynasty and the Republican Generation.

During America’s early days patriotic politicians obviously knew what could happen to the nation if the people ever let down their guard.  And today we are seeing the crystal-clear evidence of our failure by refusing to remain vigilant citizens in a fragile republic. 

In 1817 newly elected President James Monroe had this to say in his inaugural address where he warned the people never to act as a bestial anti-government mob, manipulated by populist demagogues. Such degradation would lead to the loss of the republic:

 

 

 

“It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin. Let us, then, look to the great cause, and endeavor to preserve it in full force. Let us by all wise and constitutional measures promote intelligence among the people as the best means of preserving our liberties….”

 

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SILENT “MARTIAL LAW” IN PLACE: DHS and US Military Make Final Preparations Before Announcing Martial Law

Susanne Posel
Occupy Corporatism
August 8, 2012

Informants and military personnel are coming forth anonymously to confirm that martial law “is right around the corner.” However, right now we are under a silent martial law and citizens are reporting strange and unexplainable activity from the US armed forces and multiple federal agencies that point to a covert preparatory operation to completely lock down America in the very near future.

Sources from multiple locations across the nation have independently confirmed that the US military are repositioning soldiers in conjunction with allied foreign troops in the initial stages of martial law.

The US military are secretly moving massive amounts of “equipment” across the country consistently for more than a year. In Phoenix, Arizona, tractor-trailers transporting tanks on public highways have been spotted. One witness stated that he saw these flatbeds multiple times in the month of June. Eye witness reports are coming primarily from the northern and southern Border States.

Peter Santilli, an ex-marine informant who was a specialist in aviation deployed weapons, explains that a refrigerated truck, allocated by the administration department on base, was directed to the commissary, where the unsuspecting driver believed that he was transporting food. The weapon was placed at the head of the trailer, and covered up with either food stores (like cans of soup) or body bags. In the event that the truck is stopped en route, the weapon would be well hidden and go undetected by inspectors on the public highways.

Santilli, who was assigned to ride in the cab of the truck with the driver, says that his orders were to make sure the truck arrived at its destination. If there were problems concerning potential civil unrest, he was to radio into his superiors for aid by either air or ground support. Should the situation warrant serious attention; crowd control methods would be implemented.

One possible scenario was the use of cluster bomb units (CBUs) that will emit upon detonation, a “sleep and kill” chemical weapon that will not disturb infrastructure, but is lethal to all living things within the effected zone. Santilli describes these particular 3 unit CBUs as shaped like water-heaters with a coned top and plunger-like device. Once deployed in the air, a parachute assists these CBUs to the targeted area. And when detonated, a deadly chemical gas will kill every human and animal in the specified cordoned area.

The acquisition of armory by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and contracts for bullet-proof glass for check-point booths to be positioned strategically throughout the nation on public highways have heightened awareness that the US government is preparing for a well-planned domestic military action. DHS armored vehicles have been sighted on highways in Kentucky.

When citizens attempt to capture the activity on film, some have their cameras confiscated; sometimes after a physical altercation.

On Google Maps, where known military bases were once visible, some strategic areas are now blurred out.

John (a pseudonym) was contracted by DHS to “fill in caves, mines and block trails”. Now these measures are being stepped up, as independent contractors are being brought to mountainous regions and told to block all entrances into the mountains, by way of caves and other areas where people could possibly “hide out in the hills” during a riot situation under declaration of martial law.

Forested areas in states like Montana, Missouri and Arkansas are being closed to the public while military activity is being witnessed by locals. Those commercially contracted civilians working in these areas are allocated parallel shifts and compartmentalized projects to provide for an intelligence controlled operation.

One informant relayed an incident where he was detained on a forest road by unidentified “paramilitary” officials that seized his rifle from the rack on the back of his vehicle.

Another source said that while traveling in a national forest park, he and his party were met by what appeared to be a military police officer who demanded that they turn back.

Residents in Pine Mountain, Georgia and Spruce Mountain, Nevada have had confrontations with US armed forces. When travelling in public national forested areas, military police with “automatic weapons” say that locals cannot gather wood in surrounding forested spaces (as they have traditionally done for decades). One man in particular had his rifle forcibly confiscated by unidentified armed men.

On dirt roads leading to the Lassen National Forest reserve, paving is being laid over the gravel roads. The locals know that secret underground drilling or tunneling is being conducted. Whenever they enter the park, they are quickly escorted out by heavily armed and quite menacing persons. Even once abandoned logging roads are beginning to see activity again.

Information coming out of reserve units in Arizona is that they are being put on official alert. Military personnel are being told by superiors not to schedule vacations and prepare to be on-call and on-duty indefinitely. According to one informant, these new assignments are not providing for deployment overseas, but rather for domestic service with the intimation that these deployments may have relation to civil unrest expectations.

In Lake Havasu, Arizona, and Colorado Springs as well as Fort Collins, Colorado, locals are coming forth to report that local fires may have been lit by foreign troops; specifically Russian forces that have been spotted in the area. These Russian troops are believed to be stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Military drills, a.k.a. urban warfare, have been played out in many states by the Pentagon and other branches of the US armed forces.

In Plainville and Worchester, Massachusetts, surprised citizens witnessed last “Wednesday evening. . . military helicopters descended on the vacant Wood School [in] the late hours of the night in a scene that might have appeared to simulate the United States’ special forces attack on Osama bin Laden’s compound last year.” Many locals had their homes swooped down upon by black helicopters in an obvious display of military dominance over the general public.

Residents saw helicopters landing near Worcester Memorial Auditorium in Lincoln Square. Local newspapers were flooded with “telephone calls and e-mails . . . curious about what was happening.”
The local police claim they were unaware of the drills.

A US Army spokeswoman made a half-hearted apology for “any inconvenience or unforeseen disturbance.”

In Hollywood, Florida, DHS and the Hollywood Police Department have taken part in Master Rappelling training exercises (MPTE) with Blackhawk helicopters scheduled over various government-owned buildings. Details concerning the drills are being kept from the public for “security reasons”.

MPTE are special operations to teach law enforcement and military techniques in tactical rope and rappelling skills that can be used in helicopter deployment and advanced tactical training.

Just this month, foreign troops were caught at a Wal-Mart . They were travelling in what were described as “large government vans”.

Law-enforcement battalions have been created out of Camp Pendleton, California, consisting of specialized military police (SMPs) that would be deployed to assist in any event of civil disturbance, handling of detainees, use biometrics to identify suspects and conduct forensic work. Their assistance is not limited to conducting DUIs and writing speeding tickets in an effort to re-brand the Marine Corps as being more involved with average work now allocated to local law enforcement.

Moving around in white, unmarked vans, strange troops have been seen purchasing food and water at another Wal-Mart in Franklin, Indiana. Parading in military personnel fatigues where drone activity has been reported in Oklahoma City and black helicopters were spotted hovering over a construction site.

According to documents from the RAND Corporation, a planned event concerning a Police Stabilization Force within the US will be “a mix of military and police forces to deal with a range of threats.” The study explains:

• What the response should be
• The creation of a high-end police force
• Costs for this military/police collaborative force

Estimates are $637.3 million annually and including many federal agencies including: the US Marshals Service, the US Secret Service, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in the Department of State, and the US Army’s Military Police.

There is a media blackout concerning the “state of emergency” (code for martial law) that Anaheim, California residents have been under since the murder of a man by local police.

While protests have been conducted, residents say that “outsiders” are infiltrating peaceful demonstrations to stir up violence and ensure local and military police action against them.

While city officials are gearing up for “another large incident” and “another riot” protesters are coming forth to voice their distain at the “infiltrators” that attended a protest that ended with the fatal shooting of two Latino men.

During protest marches in Anaheim, the white, unmarked vans have resurfaced. This time unidentified “police” detained protesters and placed them into these vans.

Disclose.tvIs Anaheim Under Martial Law ?

The increased activity across the nation in conjunction with the mounting citizen reports of seeing military on their streets, conducting urban warfare drills, and spotting foreign troops have prompted public interest in the US government’s plans to enact a full-scale martial law in America – expected by the end of this year.

The more attention that is brought to these sightings and the more people come forward with information, the safer the American public will be. The US military have orders to shoot and kill all dissenters. They are being trained to confiscate guns and detain people in “internment” or FEMA camps. For the sake of continuity of government, they are being told to turn on their own fellow Americans.

Where Is The Line For Revolution?

The subject of revolution is a touchy one.  It’s not a word that should be thrown around lightly, and when it is uttered at all, it elicits a chaotic jumble of opinions and debates from know-it-alls the world over.  The “R” word has been persona non grata for quite some time in America, and until recently, was met with jeers and knee-jerk belligerence.  However, let’s face it; today, the idea is not so far fetched.  We have a global banking system that is feeding like a tapeworm in the stagnant guts of our economy.  We suffer an election system so fraudulent BOTH sides of the political spectrum now represent a hyper-rich minority while the rest of us are simply expected to play along and enjoy the illusion of choice.  We have a judicial body that has gone out of its way to whittle down our civil liberties and to marginalize our Constitution as some kind of “outdated relic”.  We have an executive branch that issues special orders like monarchical edicts every month, each new order even more invasive and oppressive than the last.  And, we have an establishment system that now believes it has the right to surveil the citizenry en masse and on the slightest whim without any consideration for 4th Amendment protections.

There are plenty of pessimists out there who would assert that Americans are totally oblivious to these developments.  I have not found that to be true at all.  Millions of people are awake to such issues, and millions more are, at the very least, angry at the state of things, though they may not fully understand the source of their distress.

Only a fool would deny that a fight is in the air…

Though the atmosphere of conflict is present, we are indeed experiencing a pause, a breath, a quiet moment before the breach, and this is a confusing time for many.

We human beings have a very odd tendency to view our own species as inherently and irrevocably violent, or at the very least terribly flawed.  However, for all the negative press mankind gets for being “warlike”, if we look back at history it is much more customary to find people desperately trying to avoid conflict, not provoke it, especially if there is an element of tangible risk.  Wars are usually not fought by the general citizenry, or the men who promote the pursuit of hostilities.  They pay other people to fight for them.  If they were ever expected to actually participate in the same battles they lust after, they would probably change their minds about the whole idea rather quickly.

Most often the only instances in which common people take up arms and charge towards combat based on principle have been revolutions.  Some revolutions are based on lies, and some are based on inspiration, but all of them require men to conquer their own apathy and fear of confrontation.  This is no easy task, and it sometimes takes years or decades of social adaptation and organization.

The elements of a revolution are synchronous.  They are like the ingredients of a boiling tropical storm.  Each vital aspect of the event must be in place, or there can be no energy or direction.  That said, if an environment is left sweltering and volatile, and this electric stew is maintained long enough, eventually, a tempest will rise.

The real question is; where is the tipping point?  What causes a population to tolerate or ignore certain crimes by governments, but not others?  Where is the line in the sand that if crossed, turns an apprehensively meek citizen into an “enemy of the state” ready to lay down his life against the very system he was born into?  The answer is an intuitive and psychological one, rather than mathematical.

Colonial Americans suffered through numerous and mounting indignities over the course of many years before taking up arms.  They attempted nearly every method imaginable to counter or reason with British oppression without turning to violent means.  They exhausted every avenue, legal, political, and social.  They held rousing protests.  They decentralized economically and countered British trade controls.  They constructed brilliant legal arguments appealing to the monarchy to embrace logic.  They attempted diplomatic redress after redress.  It was abundantly clear that they did not want a war.  When average Americans consider the revolution that gave birth to our free republic, they tend to forget the long struggle that was necessary to rally support for a declaration of liberties.  No society, no matter how right in their position, and no matter how heinous the tyranny, jumps directly behind the muzzle of a gun to solve the problem.  Revolution takes time…

As difficult as it is to rationally gauge the exact moment or circumstance that triggers revolt, the intensity or build up to conflict can certainly be felt.  That pressure is tactile in America today, and is becoming difficult to ignore.  The reasons are obvious.  In the past 10 years alone elements of our government have cemented into place the “legal” framework to:

1) Detain U.S. citizens indefinitely without trial under the guise of enemy combatant status.

2) Assassinate U.S. citizens without trial and without due process under the law, including the very clear requirements of the treason clause.

3) Confiscate resources, including your private property, in the name of national security and preparedness.

4) Take control of or eliminate all communications networks including phone, radio, television, cell, internet, etc. in the name of national security.

5) Unleash a swarm of unmanned Predator Drones over our homes and towns to make mass surveillance of the public easier.  All without probable cause or the protections of the 4th Amendment.

6) Capture, collate, and monitor the communications of millions of citizens without probable cause or a warrant under the FISA domestic spy bill.

7) Declare martial law without congressional oversight and embed active serving military amongst the populace in a law enforcement capacity.  This includes the institution of Northcom, which is a standing military presence in the U.S. whose primary mission is to quell domestic dissent.

Most of the laws and executive orders that qualify this behavior from our government have been tested, at least in a limited capacity.   These abuses of power have already galvanized a groundswell of activists across the country, and I believe that if implemented in a broader manner, will instigate revolution.  Where is the line?  I believe the line will be drawn with these trespasses:

1)
Any action that involves the standardization of indefinite detainment or rendition against American citizens will result in rebellion.  The second due process is thrown out the window and the right to a trial by jury is revoked, there is not much left for a population to do but fight back.  This includes pre-emptive assassination as well.  The more often enemy combatant status is applied to get around Constitutional protections, the more exponential public anger and fury will be.  Black bagging people will lead to war.

2) Economic mismanagement or deliberate derailment by banks has been accomplished with the aid and collusion of government.  This has been made abundantly clear by numerous instances of exposed fraud, including the Libor Scandal, in which the private Federal Reserve and agencies within our own system have openly admitted to hiding the precarious nature of our financial situation.  Any further implosion of the overall economy will be blamed on this fraud by a considerable portion of the public.  When people’s wallets and bellies become empty, it’s amazing how quickly they will get off their couches to solve a crisis.  If they can’t find justice within the system, history has shown that they will look for justice outside of it.

3) The institution of checkpoints, invasive technology like naked body scanners, and exaggerated law enforcement presence on a wide scale, will invariably lead to revolt.  Dealing with TSA thugs in an airport is one thing; people fly voluntarily, and when they do it often involves a particular level of fear and anxiety, which can be used as rationalization for extreme security measures.  Dealing with blue-shirts on the streets near your home, at the bus stop, or on the highway, on the other hand, is not going to go over too well.  These tactics have already been experimented with on a small scale.  I don’t care how sheepish the American people appear to be in this era; start invading their personal space on a regular basis and many will eventually respond with fists instead of shrugged shoulders.

4)
Predator drone fleets hovering over every square mile of the U.S. is not only completely unacceptable, it is going to escalate dissent into the realm of revolution.  Any society that harbors even the slightest morsel of individualism is going to think “expedient regime change” when flying surveillance cameras are buzzing over their shoulders 24 hours a day.  Set aside the fact that many of these drones will be launched weapons capable.  No government has the right to categorize the whole of a citizenry as potential criminals.  “When innocent until proven guilty” becomes “guilty until proven innocent”, revolutions become inevitable.

5) Martial Law is an impractical solution to any national crisis.  The Founding Fathers understood this well, which is why they specifically opposed the use of standing armies, especially in peace time.  Under the Constitution, the private citizenry was supposed to be the disaster reaction force, not government paid centurions.  There were multiple reasons behind this position.  First, military troops are not trained for and do not have the capacity to police a domestic population (especially their own) in a practical manner.  They are trained to do one thing; dominate an enemy.  Second, the citizens within a particular state or county would have a much better understanding of that region’s needs and complexities.  A military composed of mostly unfamiliar outsiders would not know or care about how a local system operates, and would instead try to impose its own one-size-fits-all methodology.  Finally, as apathetic as many people seem, they still do not like to feel bullied or subjugated.  Being surrounded by armed troops at every turn with the executive granted legal authority to detain or kill without verifiable cause would make any man a little perturbed.  I do not believe many in the U.S. will quietly accept a martial law scenario, regardless of the excuse given by government (terrorism, economic disaster, foreign war, etc.).  A move towards military administration of domestic affairs will lead to revolution.

The internal strife of a nation is not predicated on the transitory moods of its people but the attitude of its government.  Revolutions are not waged by happy men in an honorable land.  True revolutions are a product of generations of discontent stemming from dishonest and vicious bureaucracy.  An establishment government facing a wave of discord from the masses has, in most cases, done something to deserve it.  I, like many, do not relish the idea of a new American revolt, but if I am to be honest in the face of the facts, I have to acknowledge that the potential for one within my lifetime is significant.  I also can’t say that it is not necessary.  Unless tomorrow brings a miraculous shift in current totalitarian trends, revolution may be all we have left…

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Agenda 21 – Dense MegaCities of the Future Now Underway

WW~Notes: In 2009, a very important page was posted in “Static Knowledge” on the dangers of Agenda 21 being realized and implemented.  It’s time to re-visit that article so I’ve included it with this new article for my readers.  

America and the World’s ‘death knell’  

Susanne Posel, Contributor
Activist Post

The real “smart city” of the future will not resemble this beautiful watercolor painting. Think of a cross between Logan’s Run and Mad Max with Judge Dredd thrown in.

Just a few months ago, scientists were calling for the human population to move into more closely tight-knit cities.

Michail Fragkias, chief scientist for the UIN’s “ Planet Under Pressure” wants populations to be confined to mega-cities, locked up so they are easily controlled and mitigate further population growth.

Fragkias says: “If cities can develop in height rather than in width that would be much more preferable and environmentally not as harmful.”

According to the globalists at America2050, “metropolitan regions will be an interlocking economic system, shared natural resources and ecosystems, and common transportation systems link these population centers together.”

The megaregions are defined as:

  • Environmental systems and topography
  • Infrastructure systems
  • Economic linkages
  • Settlement patterns and land use
  • Shared culture and history

Under Agenda 21, policymakers, businesses and community leaders will be used to enact changes to city structures including:

  • Controlling public water allocation and distribution
  • Coordinating transportation of goods from one megaregion to another
  • Installing high-speed railing systems and approved eco-conscious transportation modes to mitigate CO2 emissions
  • Protection of biodiversity by restricting human effects to nature
  • Implementing tough economic and development strategies to make multi-use purposes in land distribution

Global Integration Zones will link regions to one another through specially designed transportation systems.

The planning of these denser cities is presenting an interesting challenge for the globalist Elite as they have to fit several millions of people into small areas designated for human use.

Dennis Frenchman, an architect and the professor of Urban Planning for MIT, asserts that city planners of the future must design cities that accommodate the large migration of people caused by population growth.

Cities must be efficient, as defined by the UN’s Millennium Development Goals decree and UN’s Agenda 21 policies.

Transportation networks need to be revamped with the purpose of facilitating more eco-friendly commutes and pollution control. Politicians and elected officials should offer corporations financial incentives to relocate manufacturing facilities to denser cities. Making food production and farming strictly local would dramatically reduce the need for long range transportation. Power use should be restricted to mitigate CO2emissions.

Frenchman explains that “single-purpose-use” buildings should be replaced with mixed-use city areas that stack homes, medical offices, retail stores, schools and general use offices together in mega-buildings. The stack ‘em and pack ‘em ideology would create the small town feeling within the “smart cities”.

These smart cities would contain:

The Flat Tower, a project concept of Paul-Eric Schirr-Bonnans will include offices, recreation areas and rail transit locations. The Flat Tower would house up to 400,000 people at one time. By using the conventional skyscraper model and surrounding the location with green areas, the sense of isolation within the multi-functional tower would “encourage” human interaction.

The prototype called CityCar, community-shared electric cars that designers from MIT’s Media Lab have created, will unclog the roadways and serve as communal vehicles. The CityCar can be used on point-to-point trips. It folds up and can be stacked in designated areas with other CityCars.

A micro-sized nuclear power plant will be installed in neighborhoods. General Electric (GE) has a prototype called PRISM . This small facility’s reactors can use recycled nuclear waste that generates 300 mega-watts of power. This wattage will power an estimated 240,000 homes.

Apartment size will have to be shrunk to an average of 300 square feet per unit to accommodate the growing population. Designers are looking to maximize space by installing furniture that folds into the walls. Windows would also have transparent OLEDs. This technology was unveiled by Samsung back in 2010. A television screen could be designed to be opaque on command. This would also serve as a temperature regulator to save on energy consumption.

Dickson Despommier, a public-health professor at Columbia University is suggesting the construct of vertical farms located within the dense cities that could provide all the necessary fruit and vegetables. Kent Larson, an architect at MIT’s Media Lab says that pre-seeded panels could be installed in apartment buildings to allow people to have a personal garden.

Designers Julien Combes and Gael Brule of LO2P Recycling Center , have conceptualized wind turbines to generate power for recycling facilities. Carbon dioxide released by plants reacts with the calcium inside the LO2P to produce lime in mineralization baths. Another use for lime is in the formation of concrete, claim the Calera Corporation, who designed the process.

By forcing local and state governments to adopt Agenda 21 mega-cities as the most efficient template, the globalist Elite claim that these “new mega-cities will not only be the beacons for the future but also that they will both cooperate and compete with one another.”

Susanne Posel is the Chief Editor of Occupy Corporatism. Our alternative news site is dedicated to reporting the news as it actually happens; not as it is spun by the corporately funded mainstream media. You can find us on our Facebook page.

OBAMACARE: 15 Reasons Why It’s A Mind-Blowing Disaster For America

Michael Snyder, Contributor
Activist Post

You can almost always count on the Supreme Court to do the wrong thing. In fact, just about every major decision by the U.S. Supreme Court over the last 40 years has been bad for America.

Many were hoping that the Supreme Court would strike down Obamacare, but the truth is that we all should have known better than to expect them to get something right.

So now America is headed for a complete and total disaster as Obamacare is fully implemented over the next several years.

Obamacare is going to absolutely shred the infrastructure of our medical system; it is going to send health insurance premiums soaring; it is going to dramatically expand the size and the scope of government; it is going to fundamentally alter the relationships between doctors and their patients, and it is one of the largest tax increases in U.S. history. Not only that, it is also going to add about a trillion dollars to our national debt over the next decade. So, no, the Obamacare decision is not good news. Obamacare was one of the worst pieces of legislation in American history, and now we are stuck with it.

It was a 5-4 decision to uphold Obamacare, and the swing vote was Chief Justice John Roberts who was appointed by George W. Bush.

After the vote, it is hard to have any faith in the U.S. Supreme Court. Many constitutional conservatives kept voting for Republicans in the hope that the direction of the Supreme Court would change, but it hasn’t.

Prior to the Obama administration, Republicans controlled the White House for 20 out of 28 years. If Republicans were going to fundamentally change the nature of the Supreme Court, that was their opportunity.

But it didn’t happen.

Instead, what we have is a Supreme Court that is dominated by judges that have very little respect for the U.S. Constitution. When I was in law school I got to study the Supreme Court pretty closely and I quickly realized that most of the time they simply do whatever they want to do and they make up whatever reasons they can to justify their decisions.

That sounds really bad, but that is the truth.

And thanks to the Supreme Court, we are stuck with Obamacare – at least for now.

The following are 15 reasons why the Obamacare decision is a mind blowing disaster for America….

#1 According to the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal government has the power to force you to buy private goods and services. Now that this door has been opened, what else will we be forced to buy in the future?

#2 Obamacare is another step away from individual liberty and another step toward a “nanny state” where the government dominates our lives from the cradle to the grave.

#3 The IRS is now going to be given the task of hunting down and penalizing millions of Americans that do not have any health insurance. In fact, the Obama administration has given the IRS 500 million extra dollars “outside the normal appropriations process” to help them enforce the provisions of Obamacare that they are in charge of overseeing.

#4 Obamacare imposes more than 20 new taxes on the American people. You can find a comprehensive list of Obamacare taxes right here. If you love paying higher taxes, then you are going to absolutely love Obamacare once it is fully implemented.

#5 In an attempt to “control costs” and “promote efficiency”, Obamacare limits the treatment options that doctors and patients can consider. This is likely to result in a decrease in life expectancy in the United States.

#6 Obamacare is going to impose nightmarish paperwork burdens on doctors, hospitals and the rest of the healthcare system. This is going to significantly increase our healthcare costs as a nation.

#7 Obamacare is going to send health insurance premiums soaring. This is especially true for younger Americans.

#8 Many small businesses are going to be absolutely crushed by the provisions in Obamacare that require them to provide expensive health insurance coverage for their employees. This is going to make them even less competitive with companies in other countries where businesses are not required to provide healthcare for their workers. This is also going to make it even less attractive for businesses to hire new employees.

#9 Obamacare is going to make the emerging doctor shortage in America a lot worse. Surveys have found that we could potentially see hundreds of thousands of doctors leave the medical profession because of Obamacare.

#10 Obamacare has already forced the cancellation of dozens of doctor-owned hospitals.

#11 Obamacare is going to result in a much bigger federal government. In order to fully implement all of the provisions of Obamacare, hordes of new government bureaucrats will be required.

#12 Thanks to Obamacare, you are going to have to wait much longer to see a doctor. Just look at what happened once Romneycare was implemented in Massachusetts….

In fact, we have already seen the start of this process in Massachusetts, where Mitt Romney’s health care reforms were nearly identical to President Obama’s. Romney’s reforms increased the demand for health care but did nothing to expand the supply of physicians. In fact, by cracking down on insurance premiums, Massachusetts pushed insurers to reduce their payments to providers, making it less worthwhile for doctors to expand their practices. As a result, the average wait to get an appointment with a doctor grew from 33 days to over 55 days.

#13 Obamacare contains all kinds of insidious little provisions that most people don’t even know about. The following is one example from the Alliance Defense Fund….

Did you know that with ObamaCare you will have to pay for life-saving drugs, but life-ending drugs are free. One hundred percent free. If this plan were really about health care wouldn’t it be the other way around?

#14 As if the U.S. government was not facing enough of a crisis with entitlement spending, it is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls. You and I will be paying for all of this.

#15 The Congressional Budget Office estimates that Obamacare will add more than a trillion dollars to government spending over the next decade. Considering the fact that the U.S. government is already drowning in debt, how in the world can we afford this?

So what do you think about the Obamacare decision?

This article first appeared here at the American Dream.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.

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Northerntruthseeker’s Memorial Day 2012 Rant

It is Memorial Day weekend in the United States, and I want to first pay tribute to those veterans of the many conflicts that the United States has been involved in the 236 years of its existence.

Now that I have that out of the way… I surely need to question WHY today’s soldiers, especially those in the United States, are not up in arms against the criminals in their own governments, who have had them involved in wars of aggression against peaceful nations today.   Many of these wars are NOT for the long stated American idealisms of freedom, but are instead for evil criminal goals and of course for the criminal state of Israel.   I surely doubt that the brainwashing of the average soldier is that intense that they cannot see that for themselves.

One question that I have for everyone on this Memorial Day…. Why the hell are we still in Afghanistan?  I have asked that very question for years, and I still don’t have an answer… It is bad enough that now over 3000 soldiers have lost their lives in that lost cause, but I guess spending well over a trillion dollars on a war for Rothschild control over Afghan Opium speaks for itself…

I see that the farce of the so called “P5+1″ meetings in Baghdad to discuss ending Iran’s non-existent nuclear weapons threat have ended round one.  I also see that the slave puppet nations of  Israel have again demanded that Iran stop its peaceful nuclear power program, without making any concessions to the Iranian state in return, including the removal of the criminal sanctions imposed on them at the beginning of this year.  What we have is a one sided affair, where Israel is calling all the shots in demanding Iran totally surrender, and Iran gets absolutely nothing in return.

Why cannot everyone see that these so called meetings in Baghdad are a fraud?  The meetings were called to fool the world into believing that Iran was given a chance to give up its non-existent nuclear weapons program.  There are no concessions offered to Iran in return, so these criminals know that Iran will obviously and rightfully reject their insane proposals.   With that, they will go and scream the lie to the public that Iran is a criminal nation that is bent on building nuclear weapons, and that will justify an immediate attack on that peaceful nation.  I surely hope that everyone will wake up and see this facade for themselves…

I have had many comments since the podcast on Monday with Mark Glenn and Whitewraithe on the Ugly Truth (www.theuglytruth.wordpress.com).    Both Mark and Whitewraithe said that I came off sounding like I have done radio interviews for years…. The truth is that I have only done one previous podcast before, and that was with Whitewraithe months ago.    I guess speaking from the heart and stating absolute fact helps alot….  I have also been asked why I do not consider hosting my own shows… I am flattered, but I do not have the time in my personal life to do that… Maybe in the future?   Anyways, Future podcasts are projects in the work, and I will try to inform everyone when they happen…

OK..I have received some comments asking WHY I have been attacking a great American Icon Family, the Kardashians, in my rants…  When I get those comments, I say:  Are You Kidding?… America is falling to pieces financially… The US now has over 100 million people out of work… The US government is absolutely corrupt and full of Israel firsters that give not a damn about the American public that actually elected them to office (To me, they are traitors..)… We have the American public dumbed down by chemicals and the droning effect of Talmud Vision….  And we cannot forget about the horrific life threatening situation at Fukushima Japan to boot that is not covered by any of our so called “media” outlets… As a result, we now have a nation that is a shadow of former glory, with no future other than one of destitution and possibly horrible enslavement, and all that some of its citizens care about is the BS lives of a group of “celebrity” women that have absolutely no purpose in life other than to be brain dead moronic imbeciles?   Gee… Am I missing something here?

And again… Why the HELL are not more people showing concern about a possible extinction level event that is happening right now at Fukushima Japan?   Reactor#4 is NOT going to fix itself, and all we have now is reports that TEPCO is going to do nothing to alleviate the problems with the crippled spent fuel pool at all.

Here it is in a nutshell for those who cannot see the problem if and when that spent fuel pool above reactor#4 at Fukushima collapses.   The rods in that pool are right now only protected by a thin layer of water.   If the containment pool collapses, and the water barrier is breached or drains, then the rods basically will heat up, melt, and spew a horrendous amount of deadly radiation into the environment.   Some researchers have claimed that the worse case scenario is around 100x worse than what happened at Chernobyl.   Even if the problem is not that bad, and maybe 1/2 that amount, we will see Japan doomed, and much of North America inundated by Cesium 137 fallout that will cause thousands, and if not millions, of people dying from radiation sickness including Cancer… And what do we have in terms of warnings to the public from our governments and media about this imminent danger?  Nothing but lies…

OK, Enough of the doom and gloom….. I see that the so called European Rothschild Slave Union have now demanded Greece accept its permanent enslavement by their criminal Austerity measures, or else… Or else what?  Is that not the decision of the Greek people if they are willing to surrender, and accept a life of permanent slavery?   Gee… If it was me, then I would be telling these criminals to take their austerity and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine.   I have stated before in previous rants and articles that the Greek people MUST go the way of Iceland and give up on the European Union, and the criminal Rothschild demands…  Nobody should ever accept enslavement!

I also see that the criminal state of Israel, and its compliant slaves in the US, are still trying to have the Syrian government in Damascus overthrown.   These criminals have even gone so far as to launch “terrorist” attacks on the Syrian civilians, and have it blamed on Syrian government forces.   Our controlled media is awash these days with reports of Syrian government forces “transgressions” against the Syrian people, but that is by design to make Assad look like a brutal dictator along the lines of what they did to Muhammar Gadaffi.  It is my hope that everyone can see through this facade, and realize that Israel wants Syria eliminated as a “threat” or to use Syria as the backdoor to get their nice little war with Iran off and running…

I have not touched on the happenings right here in Canada, especially in Quebec where we have riots in Montreal and other cities… I am right now getting up to speed on exactly what is happening and why, and may have some articles up soon in this blog…

Well, I guess that is enough for today.   In closing, I want to again put up my usual tidbits…. Iran has no nuclear weapons, period… Israel has at least 300 nuclear weapons which the world has been conveniently told to ignore… Global Warming is still a fraud, and people have to stop being played as suckers…Joseph Kony is still dead….CIA Agent Tim Osman has been dead for over 10 years now, no matter how that criminal US President fraudulently claims his forces killed him in Pakistan in May 2011… For those who still have not figured it out; Tim Osman was the name used by Osama bin Laden when he received his CIA training in America… Oh and by the way, Obama is still gay….. Romney is a complete douche bag, and how anyone could consider him as a Presidential candidate is beyond me (Thanks Diebold!)… Ron Paul is definitely not the answer either, and those Americans who are blindly looking at him as some kind of savior for America are in for a rude awakening again….The world will still not end on December 21st of this year unless the state of Israel gets its way… Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is still an Israeli puppet and Canada these days is again showing how it is a slave state to Israel…I just wrote an entire article without once saying the “J” word….And in closing, another episode of the Kardashians is on the Talmud Vision shortly to kill the few brain cells left in most Americans…

More to come

NTS

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WW~Notes:  My good friend NTS lives in Canada, but he knows more about what is happening in our country than do most Americans.  And he is correct on all points in this rant. 

DHS Considers Collecting DNA From Kids; DEA and US Marshals Already Do

Documents just released by US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) in response to one of EFF’s Freedom of Information Act requests show that DHS is considering collecting DNA from kids ages 14 and up—and is exploring expanding its regulations to allow collection from kids younger than that.

The proposal appears to be working its way through DHS in the wake of regulations from the Department of Justice that require all federal agencies—including DHS and its components such as ICE—to collect DNA from individuals arrested for federal crimes as well as “from non-United States persons who are detained under the authority of the United States,” whether or not they have been involved in criminal activity.  While the law specifically exempts a few classes of “aliens,” the documents we received show DHS may start DNA collection from anyone it fingerprints.  Currently, that’s any child over 14 who’s detained, but we also found records that show ICE could lower that age even more.

DHS estimates that as many as 1 million people who are subject to administrative detention or arrest annually could now be subject to DNA collection.  But it’s important to note that many of these people are not involved in criminal activity.  Collecting DNA from anyone detained by the government for any number of non-criminal reasons—especially juveniles—seems to be yet another step on the slippery slope to collecting DNA from everyone in the United States, no matter their status.

ICE is the first component within DHS to collect DNA under the new DOJ regulations. ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) offices in San Diego, St. Paul, and San Juan, Puerto Rico are part of a 6-month pilot program to test out the new procedures and were set to start collecting DNA around July 2010. After the pilot program, the rest of HSI’s offices (more than 200 throughout the US and abroad) will start collecting DNA and presumably all other DHS components will follow suit shortly thereafter.

When the DOJ expanded its DNA collection regulations in 2009, it specifically required agencies to collect DNA from all populations they fingerprint. DHS regulations allow the agency to collect biometrics from aliens coming into the US who are 14 and older, so DHS can currently collect DNA from kids this age as well. However, the agency may also be considering collecting biometrics from kids younger than 14. A slide presentation from March 2011, titled “Working Group on Expanding the Biometric Age Range” notes that some DHS programs are already collecting biometrics from kids younger than 14 and proposes expanding the age range for more DHS entities (including ICE). Because of the DOJ regulations, this would mean that DHS could collect DNA even from very young kids.

It turns out that DHS is not the first federal or even state agency to collect DNA from juveniles. The records ICE released show that the US Marshals are required to collect DNA from juveniles whenever the Marshals collect fingerprints. And the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) internal regulations make clear that “Both adults and juveniles who are fingerprinted are subject to DNA sample collection.” Its agents may also collect DNA from non-United States persons who are merely detained (not formally arrested). And according to the Council for Responsible Genetics, twenty-eight states already collect DNA from juvenile offenders, as well.

However, a DNA collection program run by DHS feels very different because it could affect so many people who have no involvement with the criminal justice system. EFF has strongly criticized warrantless DNA collection in criminal contexts, as we’ve discussed here, here and here. The DOJ argues that collecting DNA from all people arrested and non-US persons detained will allow it to find and identify more criminals, solve more crimes, and “prevent and deter subsequent criminal conduct.” but it is hard to see how that argument couldn’t be extended to apply with equal force to mandated DNA collection from everyone.

DNA reveals an extraordinary amount of private information about you, including family background, medical history, predisposition for disease, and possibly even behavioral tendencies and sexual orientation. Once the federal government collects a DNA sample—no matter which agency does the collection—the sample is sent to the FBI for storage, and the extracted profile is incorporated into the FBI’s massive CODIS database, which already contains over 10.5 million “offender” profiles. It is next to impossible to have your DNA expunged from the database once it’s already in there, and once it’s in CODIS it is subject to repeated warrantless searches from all levels of state and federal law enforcement.

For the short term, DHS’s DNA collection program may be quite limited. ICE has redacted most concrete information about the timetable for implementation, but it is not clear that DHS has begun collecting any DNA. The documents ICE released indicate some agency infighting between the DOJ (which requires the DNA collection) and DHS (which considers this requirement to be an expensive unfunded mandate), and it is not clear if the two agencies have yet worked this out.

DHS also appears to recognize the political costs of collecting DNA from people outside the criminal justice system. In a March 22, 2010 letter from DHS Secretary Napolitano to Attorney General Holder, Napolitano sought an exemption to DNA collection from juveniles under 18. Hidden text within one of the documents1 recognizes that collecting DNA from juveniles could increase “ICE’s exposure to criticism” and notes:

[t]here is a high likelihood that ICE would face litigation and other opposition from community and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) if ICE were to sample all juvenile detainees.

Further, it appears DHS is trying to avoid publicizing the roll out. Hidden text on another page of the documents notes that “OCR and OPA [ICE's Office of Congressional Relations and Office of Public Affairs] intend to respond to inquiries, rather than making announcements of the DNA sampling pilot program.”

DHS’s stalling is good for privacy in the short run. However, given the hard line the DOJ has taken in past court cases challenging DNA collection, the expansion of DNA collection from an ever-broader array of Americans and immigrants appears imminent.

Follow these links to view all the documents we received from ICE:

- ICE DNA Collection Documents – pages 1-92

- ICE DNA Collection Documents – pages 93-201

- ICE DNA Collection Documents – pages 202-297

- ICE DNA Collection Documents – pages 298-353

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Related: Homeland Security to Use Portable DNA Scanners

The Duty of the Military in a Militarized Empire

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Those who serve in the military are in a difficult position. The oath taken by enlistees states, “I, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” The internal conflict between supporting and defending the Constitution and obeying orders is at the heart of the dilemma of honor and duty. Those who accept that the Presidential chain of command is by nature constitutional; lack a proper understanding of history and professes an even greater ignorance of current affairs.

Ever since Congress abrogated their lawful war power authority to declare war, the military industrial complex has embarked on a path of global empire. The consequences of such un-American internationalist imperialism have turned the country into a hollow shell of a once great nation. NeoCons and their liberal cousin counterparts champion perpetual interventionism and continuous oversea deployment, deny this stark reality.

False flag operations used as incessant excuses to expand the permanent war machine, demean and ultimately will destroy the moral purpose of our country. Propaganda and disinformation used to spread the jingoism fever infects the body politics. Those who remember the disgusting treatment, upon the separation from service, of Viet Nam draftees welcome the positive homage of recent military personnel.

However, there is an attitude that challenges all the flag waving and medal awards. Gary D. Barnett presents a viewpoint that is not shared by most military brass. Mr. Barnett writes in Thank You for Your Service? No Thanks!

“What service is actually being praised by those conditioned to say these empty words? Why are they thanking and praising nearly every soldier they see?

Is it because hatred of the U.S. is increasing, and new enemies are being created in the Middle East and all around the rest of the world?

Is it because thousands and thousands of innocent people are being killed now in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and many more are being threatened?

Is it because 20,000,000 to 30,000,000 foreigners, mostly innocent civilians, have died just since World War II due to U.S. interference and war?

Is it because indefinite detention without due process, torture, assassination, and rendition are now common and accepted practices?

Is it because suicide rates among American soldiers have increased 80% since the Iraq War began?

Is it because mental problems now send more military personnel to the hospital than any other cause?

Is it because destruction and separation of military families is rampant?

Is it because civil liberties have all but disappeared due to so-called terrorism legislation? (terror legislation would be more accurate)

Is it because of the creation of the USA PATRIOT Act, Military Commissions Act, NDAA, TSA, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS)?

Is it because of the massive buildup of killer drones abroad and at home?

Is it because the huge deficit spending to support multiple aggressive wars is causing economic chaos?

Is it because of the surging number of double amputees of American soldiers?

Is it because of increasing energy costs due to the United States unwarranted presence in the Middle East region?

Is it because the domestic police have now become a brutal militarized force, bent on controlling the entire population?”

This perspective fundamentally challenges the underlying foreign policy that structures military expenditures to project superpower force at the expense of actual domestic defense. As long as the National Security Council and the State Department pursues the policeman of the world policy, the military will be asked to implement unnecessary austerities that perpetuates the corrupt “world community” dominated by a financial tyranny. No wonder, that the blowback against our real interests is the only sure response that comes from such foreign adventures.

Full Spectrum Dominance is no substitute for true national security.

“The war on terror is an excuse to divert attention from the accelerated loss of rights and freedoms. Each step may seem insignificance and subtle, but the direction is always undeniable. Fear from any foreign threat seldom extends to the measures instituted by the domestic authority. Willingness to forget that legitimacy for your government is based upon your consent is epidemic. People are eager to demonstrate their devotion to the State, as they surrender their birthright as if it meant nothing.”

The source of the scourge that underpins obeying unlawful orders stems from a false obedience. Criminal civilian commands are not legitimate authority. The unconstitutionality of the National Defense Authorization Act is clear. Brian J. Trautman, a military veteran writes on the NDAA,

“This year’s legislation contains highly controversial provisions that empower the Armed Forces to engage in civilian law enforcement and to selectively suspend due process and habeas corpus, as well as other rights guaranteed by the 5th and 6th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, for terror suspects apprehended on U.S. soil. The final version of the bill passed the House on December 14, the Senate the following day (ironically, the 220th birthday of the Bill of Rights). It was signed into law by President Obama on New Year’s Eve. With his signature, for the first time since the Internal Security Act of 1950 and the dark days of the McCarthy era that followed, our government has codified the power of indefinite detention into law.”

Nothing new about laws or executive orders that strip constitutional protections, so what can an honest American serving in the military services do in response to their duty? Stewart Rhodes, founder of OathKeepers talks about the NDAA and provides the answer in the video Organizing a Military Stand Down Against NDAA. PFC Bradley Manning comes to mind when an active service personnel reveals the sins and dictates of the foreign policy elites. Kim Zetter reports in Wired,

“Manning is charged with 22 violations of military law for allegedly stealing records and transmitting defense information in violation of the Espionage Act, among other charges, which could get him up to life in prison if he’s convicted. In chat logs, Manning said he leaked the cables because he felt that the world needed to be aware of military activities that he believed were potentially illegal.”

The Bradley Manning media coverage is an essential blackout of the extent that the foreign policy psychopaths, that provides the orders for the military establishment is the cause of the anguish and death that responsible soldiers endure.

The officer corps ultimately bears the heaviest burden for enforcing illegal orders. The basic principle that honorable duty resides in the protection of the nation, should be accepted. However, the practical application falls dramatically short, when the military substitute the office of the Presidency as the essence of the nation. Willingness to follow the commands of a dictator directly leads to the Gary D. Barnett assessment.

Where is the line that needs to be drawn that neutralizes the treason that routinely comes out of the corridors of power? The Pentagon is comprised of careerists that all too often are willing to sacrifice the safety of the American public for their own advancement. War games never take into account that the immediate enemies of our country hold office, administer imperium policies and work for the financial oligarchy.

The globalists are more than plutocrats they are the ultimate and true enemy. The critical duty that military resides in a commitment to a genuine America First foreign policy. The Commander and Chief, no matter who occupies the Oval Office, is a mere selected puppet that is on a short leash.

The military needs to refuse unlawful orders by standing down and stand up for a constitutional republic.

SARTRE – April 22, 2012

Persecution and Punishment of Smokers & Ex-Smokers

WW~Notes:  This article has been sitting in the draft file for a while now.  I wasn’t certain that this issue should even be addressed.  In light of the newest tyrannies being administered by the Executive Branch of the U.S. government, I think the topic is rather appropriate just to show how absurd and invasive American society is today.   

Live Call-in Show on Nicotine-Free Hiring Policies on WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR Station

Dr. Paul Terpuluk – medical director of the Cleveland Clinic – and I participated in a discussion of nicotine-free hiring policies on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane. You can listen to the show here.

For me, two interesting things came out of the discussion.

First, I hadn’t realized that the Cleveland Clinic policy denies employment even to ex-smokers who have quit successfully using nicotine replacement therapy. Any nicotine use is grounds for denial of employment, even using NRT or electronic cigarettes. Thus, the policy actually punishes exactly the people who it should be rewarding.

Second, Dr. Terpuluk repeatedly made the point that this is a policy based on principle: that patients shouldn’t have to smell a smoker. Without even getting to the appropriateness of that “principle,” it struck me that the Cleveland Clinic is not adhering to that principle at all, because it continues to allow smokers to take care of patients. The policy only applies to new hires. If the Cleveland Clinic really was interested in ensuring that its patients didn’t have to be taken care of by people who smell like smoke, it would certainly have gotten rid of all its existing smoking employees (or given them a six-month or one-year period to quit smoking).

By the end of the discussion, it was clear to me that this policy has nothing to do with public health and nothing to do with any principle. Instead, it is merely a political action that makes it look like the hospital system is taking a stand when it is doing nothing other than punishing smokers, even those who are trying to quit.

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WW~Notes:  When I first read this I could not believe it.  What in the hell is happening in America?  Well, apparently we have a new phobia in town: “Nicophobia,” the fear of smelling like nicotine or smelling it on another person.  Okay, I just made that up since I could not locate a real phobia.

In my opinion, this absurd idea is the equivalent of the Catholic Inquisition.  For instance, 500 years ago if a widow grew herbs in her garden and then healed people in the community with those same herbs she might have been accused of being a witch or sorceress since she did not use or maybe didn’t believe in the town physician practicing allopathic medicine, just as they do today.  If found guilty she could be hung or burned at the stake.  

It seems that we are not too far from returning to those horrific times with the institution of another ridiculous rule that might even become a law in the near future.  This is a perfect example to demonstrate how “overcriminalization” of a mundane issue is effecting the American populace.   

For those unaware, tobacco plantations built a significant portion of this county and provided it with extraordinary wealth.  Remember too that tobacco was given to the newly arrived Europeans as a gift from the Native Americans.  For hundreds of years Americans have smoked tobacco and now smokers are being treated as though they were lepers.  This is wrong and not just because it’s unwarranted persecution.

How many smokers have you known that killed another person in a vehicle like a drunk driver?  I know not one!  Smoking does not physically and psychologically impair a person like alcohol does.  Nor do you lose inhibitions, stumble around or vomit on someone.  Alcoholics are far worse off than a smoker and alcohol kills quicker too. 

Yet, the most obvious fact is that nicotine is not an ‘illegal substance’. 

However, there are several more reasons why we should reject this radical ideology.  Everything that we put in our bodies from the time we wake up until we close our eyes at night are toxic poisons slowly killing us depleting our bodies of vital nutrients and damage the immune system.  Most of the country’s water contains some form of fluoride.  Did you know Coca-Cola contains fluoride?  Even baby food contains the corrosive substance.  How much more evil can a society become when it’s willing to kill the youngest of us, then cover up the act?  To GMO’s and cloned meat; none of that so-called food and water for human consumption has any value for optimum health, yet, they are still running the cigarette scam that it will kill us before anything else does.  Not to mention, the 26 vaccinations our children will be forced to take before the age of 18.  Children are dying every day from mercury poisoning in the vaccines, or, developing autism.  Have you known anyone that developed autism from smoking?  I didn’t think so.

This kind of punishment and persecution has to stop before it goes viral.  Denying a job to someone because they smoked in the past is absolutely ludicrous and I hope that the courts will be of the same opinion.  How many more liberties and rights are Americans going to lose before they take a stand and say NO MORE, especially the right to “light up” if they so chose in the privacy of their home?

ILLEGAL EVERYTHING IN AMERICA?

I’m a Criminal, You’re a Criminal

by Katherine Mangu-Ward

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Harvey Silverglate, a Boston-based criminal defense and civil liberties attorney, is the co-founder of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which fights speech codes on college campuses. He is also the author, most recently, of Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent (Encounter Books), a book about “how the United States Department of Justice targets all segments of civil society by means of abusive prosecutions based upon unacceptably vague federal criminal statutes and regulations.”

Senior Editor Katherine Mangu-Ward spoke with Silverglate in November.

Q: When did you notice that people were committing crimes without knowing it?

A: Starting in the mid-1980s, I noticed in my federal criminal cases that people who were being indicted would ask, “What the hell did I do to get myself indicted?” We would read the indictment, and neither I nor my law partners could figure out why the feds considered what this person did to be a crime. We weren’t contesting that the client did what he was charged with, but we couldn’t figure out when what he did had become a federal crime.

This is the same period of time when I started keeping track of what I later realized was a related phenomenon. In universities in the mid-1980s, students were being charged under these incredibly vague speech and harassment codes on campuses when the student was engaging in what the student—and I—considered to be normal college-age behavior: saying things that were provocative, sometimes kind of sharp, sometimes insulting.

I can’t help but think that they’re related, that they have something to do with a decreasing emphasis on language with real meaning, that there is a kind of corruption of the English language that enables these kinds of codes and federal statutes to wreak havoc in the lives of people who would not normally be on notice that they’re doing something that can get them thrown out of school or into federal prison.

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Obama 2012 – May The Farce Be With You

by Allen L Roland

In four years, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama, the agent  of hope and change, has become the prince of darkness and his presidency has become a farce ~ an absurdly futile exercise in pretense and broken promises from a president who cloaks himself in armor and answers only to the global elite.

I am a former progressive Democrat, now a proud member of a vast army of Independents, who are fed up with a president who was obviously selected by the global elite, and elected to maintain the status quo ~ and most certainly does not deserve another four years to deliver on the false promises he made four years ago.

I’m tired of being lied to, I’m tired of watching our liberties rapidly erode under the tattered banner of the War on Terror and I’m tired of watching and experiencing our constitutional right of public dissent being marginalized and suppressed in order to maintain an out of control and still unregulated Wall Street ~ as well as a rapidly expanding Prison Industrial complex and a growing militarized police state.

A recent Human Rights Watch report has revealed critical issues facing Americans today including severe poverty, child labor, overcrowded prisons and a flawed judicial system. Here are my recent brief comments on Press TV regarding these points along with US government tactics of suppressing citizen rights amid on going movements aimed at exposing the unequal distribution of wealth and power in government and business. And what does the establishment really fear? The answer is an empowered people armed with the truth! 3 minute video   (go to link to watch video)

The axis of evil ~ the deal is made.

And here’s where it all started ~ When a carefully groomed President elect Obama renewed his allegiance to the establishment and status quo with not only the promise to not prosecute the numerous abuses of power by the Cheney/Bush administration but  to continue those very same unconstitutional abuses under the banner of hope and change you can believe in.

Want an excellent example of the continued arrogance of the Obama administration regarding preemptive regime change and American exceptionalism ~ then look no further than an obviously triumphant Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sharing a laugh with a television news reporter moments after hearing deposed Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi had been brutally killed and laughingly exclaiming “We Came, We Saw, He Died”   12 second video  (go to link to watch video)

So the farce of American exceptionalism continues but the moral fabric of America, along with its constitution, has been irreparably damaged. Frank Rich calls it the haunting ~ and writes that Obama’s original sin is failing to demand a reckoning for those who brought the economy down“What haunts the Obama administration is what still haunts the country: the stunning lack of accountability for the greed and misdeeds that brought America to its gravest financial crisis since the Great Depression. There has been no legal, moral, or financial reckoning for the most powerful wrongdoers. Nor have there been meaningful reforms that might prevent a repeat catastrophe. Time may heal most wounds, but not these. Chronic unemployment remains a constant, painful reminder of the havoc inflicted on the bust’s innocent victims. As the ghost of Hamlet’s father might have it, America will be stalked by its foul and unresolved crimes until they “are burnt and purged away.”  See article

So President Obama has cloaked himself in armor, much as Cheney and Bush did, but Obama’s weapon of choice is Drones ~ because they can be used secretively and they avoid direct confrontation or accountability, which Obama obviously abhors.

Obama’s weapon of choice ~ the predator

Armed Predator Drone at one of at least 60 U.S. Military and CIA bases around the world.

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV’s or drones) technology is advancing rapidly and they are now looking into making them autonomous, that is to say they will be able to choose targets and kill them without the use of a human operator thousands of miles away. It is estimated that close to 50 civilians are now killed per Drone strike ~ and the United States is the biggest perpetrator as with Internationally condemned cluster bombs and land mines.

Drones are Flying robots that kill… or Lethal Autonomy as revealed in (As The Drone Flies) by Ralph Nader.     6 minute Video:  (go to link to watch video)

And now it appears that Obama’s terror drones are targeting rescuers and funerals in Pakistan ~ according to Chris Woods and Christina Lamb in ICH; “Although the drone attacks were started under the Bush administration in 2004, they have been stepped up enormously under Obama. There have been 260 attacks by unmanned Predators or Reapers in Pakistan by Obama’s administration ~ averaging one every four days. Because the attacks are carried out by the CIA, no information is given on the numbers killed…. Speaking publicly for the first time on the controversial CIA drone strikes, Obama claimed last week they are used strictly to target terrorists, rejecting what he called ‘this perception we’re just sending in a whole bunch of strikes willy-nilly’.

‘Drones have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties’, Obama told a questioner at an on-line forum. ‘This is a targeted, focused effort at people who are on a list of active terrorists trying to go in and harm Americans’.

But recent research has found that since Obama took office three years ago, between 282 and 535 civilians have been credibly reported as killed including more than 60 children.  A three month investigation including eye witness reports has found evidence that at least 50 civilians were killed in follow-up strikes when they had gone to help victims. More than 20 civilians have also been attacked in deliberate strikes on funerals and mourners. The tactics have been condemned by leading legal experts.”   See article

So our Nobel Peace Prize winning President has become the prince of darkness exploring the same ways and methods of the dark side as his predecessors ~ Dick Cheney and George W Bush. 

And now get this ~ As were Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 ~ which despite Obama’s signing statement and other claims to the contrary do in fact codify the indefinite detention without charge or trial of American citizens on American soil ~ tucked neatly away in H.R.658 (and likely never read by most of our legislators) is Section 320, officially summarized as follows:

“Requires the FAA Administrator to: (1) develop plans to accelerate the integration of unmanned aerial systems [drones] into the National Airspace System, and (2) report to Congress on progress made in establishing special use airspace for the DOD to develop detection techniques for small unmanned aerial vehicles and to validate sensor integration and operation of unmanned aerial systems.  Directs the DOD Secretary to establish a process to develop certification and flight standards for military unmanned aerial systems at specified test sites.”

According to USA Today, “Drones, perhaps best known for their combat missions in Afghanistan, are increasingly looking to share room in U.S. skies with passenger planes…  Now, organizations from police forces searching for missing persons to academic researchers counting seals on the polar ice cap [are] eager to launch drones.”  In more specific and less candy-coated terms, once the Wide Area Aerial Surveillance System – or WAASS (think Skynet) – drone surveillance network enabled by H.R.658 is in place, privacy in real as well as virtual space will become a thing of the past as Big Brother will be able to spy on just about anyone doing just about anything just about anywhere in the United States or elsewhere.

As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated: The primary objective of WAASS is to provide persistent, long-term surveillance over urban and rural terrain at least the size of 16 km2. The surveillance system shall have an electro-optical capability for daylight missions but can have an infrared capability for day or night operations. The sensor shall integrate with an airborne platform for data gathering. The imagery data shall be displayed at a DHS operations center and have the capability for forensic analysis within 36 hours of the flight.”

The war drums beat on, for the God Of War is still being worshiped in America and is still blessed by the holy fire of false patriotism as well as the farce of the War on Terror. President Obama is the latest commander in chief to wear that shiny helmet of evil ~ and only Presidential candidate Ron Paul raises his voice in opposition.  11 minute Must Watch Video  (go to link to watch video)

 O Lord our God, … help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, – Mark Twain ( The War Prayer )


About the Author: Allen L Roland is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his web site at AllenRoland.com. He also guest hosts a Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations via email at allen@allenroland.com.

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