US Police Have Killed Over 5,000 Civilians Since 9/11

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Statistically speaking, Americans should be more fearful of the local cops than “terrorists.”

Members of a police anti-terrorism team exercise on Thursday, March 13, 2003. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Though Americans commonly believe law enforcement’s role in society is to protect them and ensure peace and stability within the community, the sad reality is that police departments are often more focused on enforcing laws, making arrests and issuing citations. As a result of this as well as an increase in militarized policing techniques, Americans are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist, estimates a Washington’s Blog report based on official statistical data.

Though the U.S. government does not have a database collecting information about the total number of police involved shootings each year, it’s estimated that between 500 and 1,000 Americans are killed by police officers each year. Since 9/11, about 5,000 Americans have been killed by U.S. police officers, which is almost equivalent to the number of U.S. soldiers who have been killed in the line of duty in Iraq.

Because individual police departments are not required to submit information regarding the use of deadly force by its officers, some bloggers have taken it upon themselves to aggregate that data. Wikipedia also has a list of “justifiable homicides” in the U.S., which was created by documenting publicized deaths.

Mike Prysner, one of the local directors of the Los Angeles chapter for ANSWER — an advocacy group that asks the public to Act Now to Stop War and End Racism — told Mint Press News earlier this year that the “epidemic” of police harassment and violence is a nationwide issue.

He said groups like ANSWER are trying to hold officers accountable for abuse of power. “[Police brutality] has been an issue for a very long time,” Prysner said, explaining that in May, 13 people were killed in Southern California by police.

As Mint Press News previously reported, each year there are thousands of claims of police misconduct. According to the CATO Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project, in 2010 there were 4,861 unique reports of police misconduct involving 6,613 sworn officers and 6,826 alleged victims.

Most of those allegations of police brutality involved officers who punched or hit victims with batons, but about one-quarter of the reported cases involved firearms or stun guns.

 Racist policing

A big element in the police killings, Prysner says, is racism. “A big majority of those killed are Latinos and Black people,” while the police officers are mostly White, he said. “It’s a badge of honor to shoot gang members so [the police] go out and shoot people who look like gang members,” Prysner argued, giving the example of 34-year-old Rigoberto Arceo, who was killed by police on May 11.

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, Arceo, who was a biomedical technician at St. Francis Medical Center, was shot and killed after getting out of his sister’s van. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Arceo “advanced on the deputy and attempted to take the deputy’s gun.” However, Arceo’s sister and 53-year-old Armando Garcia — who was barbecuing in his yard when the incident happened — say that Arceo had his hands above his head the entire time.

Prysner is not alone in his assertion that race is a major factor in officer-related violence. This past May, a study from the the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, an anti-racist activist organization, found that police officers, security guards or self-appointed vigilantes killed at least 313 Black people in 2012 — meaning one Black person was killed in the U.S. by law enforcement roughly every 28 hours.

Prysner said the relationship between police departments and community members needs to change and that when police shoot an unarmed person with their arms in the air over their head, the officer should be punished.

Culture of misconduct

“You cannot have a police force that is investigating and punishing itself,” Prysner said, adding that taxpayer money should be invested into the community instead of given to police to buy more guns, assault rifles and body armor.

Dissatisfied with police departments’ internal review policies, some citizens have formed volunteer police watch groups to prevent the so-called “Blue Code of Silence” effect and encourage police officers to speak out against misconduct occurring within their department.

As Mint Press News previously reported, a report released earlier this year found that of the 439 cases of police misconduct that then had been brought before the Minneapolis’s year-old misconduct review board, not one of the police officers involved has been disciplined.

Although the city of Minneapolis spent $14 million in payouts for alleged police misconduct between 2006 and 2012, despite the fact that the Minneapolis Police Department often concluded that the officers involved in those cases did nothing wrong.

Other departments have begun banning equipment such as Tasers, but those decisions were likely more about protecting the individual departments from lawsuits than ensuring that officers are not equipped with weapons that cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries when used.

To ensure officers are properly educated on how to use their weapons and are aware of police ethics, conflict resolution and varying cultures within a community, police departments have historically held training programs for all officers. But due to tighter budgets and a shift in priorities, many departments have not provided the proper continuing education training programs for their officers.

Charles Ramsey, president of both the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Police Executive Research Forum, called that a big mistake, explaining that it is essential officers are trained and prepared for high-stress situations:

“Not everybody is going to be able to make those kinds of good decisions under pressure, but I do think that the more reality-based training that we provide, the more we put people in stressful situations to make them respond and make them react.”

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In order to help local police officers protect themselves while fighting the largely unsuccessful War on Drugs, the federal government passed legislation in 1994 allowing the Pentagon to donate surplus military equipment from the Cold War to local police departments. Meaning that “weaponry designed for use on a foreign battlefield has been handed over for use on American streets … against American citizens.”

So while the U.S. military fights the War on Terror abroad, local police departments are fighting another war at home with some of the same equipment as U.S. troops, and protocol that largely favors officers in such tactics as no-knock raids.

Radley Balko, author of “Rise of the Warrior Cop,” wrote in the Wall Street Journal in August:

“Since the 1960s, in response to a range of perceived threats, law-enforcement agencies across the U.S., at every level of government, have been blurring the line between police officer and soldier.

“Driven by martial rhetoric and the availability of military-style equipment—from bayonets and M-16 rifles to armored personnel carriers—American police forces have often adopted a mind-set previously reserved for the battlefield. The war on drugs and, more recently, post-9/11 antiterrorism efforts have created a new figure on the U.S. scene: the warrior cop—armed to the teeth, ready to deal harshly with targeted wrongdoers, and a growing threat to familiar American liberties.”

As Mint Press News previously reported, statistics from an FBI report released in September reveal that a person is arrested on marijuana-related charges in the U.S. every 48 seconds, on average — most were for simple possession charges.

According to the FBI’s report, there were more arrests for marijuana possession than for the violent crimes of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault — 658,231 compared with 521,196 arrests.

While groups that advocate against police brutality recognize and believe that law enforcement officials should be protected while on duty, many say that local police officers do not need to wear body armor, Kevlar helmets and tactical equipment vests — all while carrying assault weapons.

“We want the police to keep up with the latest technology. That’s critical,” American Civil Liberties Union senior counsel Kara Dansky said. “But policing should be about protection, not combat.”

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, there are more than 900,000sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. In 2012, 120 officers were killed in the line of duty. The deadliest day in law enforcement history was reportedly Sept. 11, 2001, when 72 officers were killed.

Despite far fewer officers dying in the line of duty compared with American citizens, police departments are not only increasing their use of protective and highly volatile gear, but are increasingly setting aside a portion of their budget to invest in new technology such as drones, night vision goggles, remote robots, surveillance cameras, license plate readers and armored vehicles that amount to unarmed tanks.

Though some officers are on board with the increased militarization and attend conferences such as the annual Urban Shield event, others have expressed concern with the direction the profession is heading.

For example, former Arizona police officer Jon W. McBride said police concerns about being “outgunned” were likely a “self-fulfilling prophecy.” He added that “if not expressly prohibited, police managers will continually push the arms race,” because “their professional literature is predominately [sic] based on the acquiring and use of newer weapons and more aggressive techniques to physically overwhelm the public. In many cases, however, this is the opposite of smart policing.”

“Coupled with the paramilitary design of the police bureaucracy itself, the police give in to what is already a serious problem in the ranks: the belief that the increasing use of power against a citizen is always justified no matter the violation. The police don’t understand that in many instances they are the cause of the escalation and bear more responsibility during an adverse outcome.

“The suspects I encountered as a former police officer and federal agent in nearly all cases granted permission for me to search their property when asked, often despite unconcealed contraband. Now, instead of making a simple request of a violator, many in law enforcement seem to take a more difficult and confrontational path, fearing personal risk. In many circumstances they inflame the citizens they are engaging, thereby needlessly putting themselves in real and increased jeopardy.”

Another former police officer who wished to remain anonymous agreed with McBride and told Balko,

“American policing really needs to return to a more traditional role of cops keeping the peace; getting out of police cars, talking to people, and not being prone to overreaction with the use of firearms, tasers, or pepper spray. … Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been in more than my share tussles and certainly appreciate the dangers of police work, but as Joseph Wambaugh famously said, the real danger is psychological, not physical.”

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Senate panel approves beefed-up oversight of drone attacks including American citizens

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WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee has quietly approved a plan to step up both public and internal government oversight of the use of armed drones to kill suspected militants overseas, including American citizens.

The committee voted in closed session earlier this week to approve legislative language that would require U.S. spy agencies to make public statistics on how many people were killed or injured in missile strikes launched from U.S.-operated drones.

The committee also approved language intended to bolster scrutiny of secret spy agency deliberations over decisions about targeting U.S. citizens or residents for lethal drone strikes overseas.

The Obama administration has been under heavy pressure from foreign governments, the United Nations and human rights groups to be more transparent and rigorous in accounting for the civilian casualties caused by drone strikes.

Though the committee did not release full details of its deliberations on the measures, sources familiar with the discussions said that some committee Republicans were opposed to the drone-related clauses in the bill, which would authorize intelligence activities for the current government fiscal year which began on Oct. 1.

Ultimately, according to a press release issued by Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Democrat who chairs the intelligence panel, the committee approved the bill by a vote of 13-2. The two senators who voted against it were Republicans, a congressional source said.

The press release makes no mention of the language in the bill about drones. An official familiar with the matter said that this was because some Republicans argued that, since drone attacks are officially covert actions by the U.S. government, it would be inappropriate to set rules for such operations in a public law.

The Obama administration drastically increased the number of drone strikes after it took office in 2009 but attacks have dropped off in the last year.

Pakistan’s North Waziristan is the area of the most intensive U.S. drone campaign in the world. The United States has also attacked militants in Yemen, Afghanistan and Somalia with drones.

Last month, Pakistan told the United Nations that at least 400 civilians were among the approximately 2,200 people killed by drone strikes in the past decade.

 

ANNUAL REPORT

The bill approved by the committee now must go before the full Senate. The House of Representatives would also have to approve the bill, and the president sign it, for it to become law.

If the language approved by the committee becomes law, once a year the president would be obliged to issue a report setting out the total number of combatants killed or injured in U.S. drone strikes abroad, as well as the number of “non-combatant civilians.”

Exempted from the report would be any drone strikes that were launched in Afghanistan before the end of U.S. combat operations there, which are due to conclude at the end of next year, and any drone strikes conducted in a war explicitly authorized by Congress.

An official familiar with the matter said that Feinstein had been trying, unsuccessfully, to persuade the administration of President Barack Obama to release such information voluntarily.

Administration officials have maintained privately that the numbers of non-combatant civilians killed or injured in U.S. drone strikes against militants have been relatively minimal – in the low dozens. By contrast, respected human rights groups have produced much larger totals.

The bill also would require the director of national intelligence, when considering whether a U.S. citizen or resident should be targeted for a drone strike overseas, to empower a so-called red team to conduct an “independent alternative analysis” of the intelligence that officials have put forward to justify the drone attack.

A second official familiar with this issue said intelligence agencies already follow a secret procedure similar to this, but that the bill would give this procedure more weight.

As far as is publicly known, only one U.S. citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, a militant preacher who allegedly became involved in plotting attacks against U.S. targets while a leader of Al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based affiliate, was ever formally targeted by the United States for a lethal drone attack, though at least a handful of other Americans, including Awlaki’s teenage son, were also reportedly killed by drones.

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Police shot unarmed man, drove an armored truck through his door when he did not exit his property on command

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SPRINGFIELD, VA — A paramilitary force was dispatched to a townhouse after a woman reported a domestic dispute between her and her boyfriend.  When her boyfriend stubbornly chose to stay inside his home, police shot him and drove an armored truck through his front door.

SWAT surrounding the victim's home.  (Source: NBC4 Washington)

The situation began on August 29th around 2:40 p.m. when John Geer — a 46-year-old kitchen designer and installer — was told by his girlfriend that she had decided to leave him.  The couple had two daughters together, ages 13 and 17.  Emotionally distraught over the breakup, Geer exacerbated the situation by throwing her belongings onto the lawn of their townhouse.

This led to her calling the police.  She informed the dispatcher that he owned a firearm.  A SWAT team was sent to the quiet cul-du-sac.

Geer’s home was surrounded by armored vehicles and uniformed personnel.  A police sniper was photographed lying prone in a neighbor’s yard aiming toward Geer’s residence.  Men in helmets and military fatigues cordoned off the neighborhood.  Police began making their demands.  An armored truck a topside gun turret parked in his yard and prepared for a strike command.  As time went on, helicopters whirred overhead and K-9 units were seen by neighbors.

SWAT vehicle at home of John Geer (Source: wusa9.com)

“We’re just here to help you — come out with your hands up,” recounted neighbor Edith Eshleman, of the police negotiations.

Fairfax County police officers spent approximately 40 to 50 minutes communicating with Geer, insisting that he either let them in his home or that he exit into their custody.  He did neither.  Geer was “a very stubborn man,” according to one of his relatives.

Geer’s girlfriend and two teenage daughters had already left when the negotiations came to an abrupt conclusion.  An officer shot Geer through a screen door as he stood facing outward at them.  Geer closed the door and retreated into his house.

An officer aims his pistol toward homeowner John Geer.  (Source: NBC4 Washington)

Around 4:30 p.m., with Geer sill “barricaded” inside his home, police used their $250,000 armored Lenco Bearcat to drive a long battering ram through the front door.  SWAT team members made entry and ultimately found Geer deceased in his home.

A sniper aims at John Geer's home (Source: ABC7 WIJA)

Don Geer — the victim’s father — watched the scene unfold from the front lawn of the townhouse where officers positioned themselves with their guns trained on his son. He confirmed that his son’s hands remained empty and resting on top of a screen door throughout the confrontation with police. When John lowered his hands about six inches, according to Don Geer, one of the officers fired a shot and hit John, causing him to retreat.

Police did not immediately say whether John Geer was armed or why the officer decided to open fire, nor would they discuss the details of the conversation between the officers and Geer before the shooting. Geer’s father says that he was too far away to hear the conversation, but claims that a detective assigned to investigate the case told him that his son that his son was not holding a gun at the time of the shooting and that he did not have one on his person.

“It was very scary because I’ve never seen coming down the street a SWAT team — I mean, a SWAT team?!” exclaimed neighbor Valerie Findley.

The armored truck mounted with a long battering ram.  (Source: ABC7 WIJA)

Neither Geer’s father nor his good friend understand why the standoff ended in the death of a man with no prior convictions for violence. They do not believe that John was armed at the time, though both acknowledge that he owned a gun. Geer’s father said that the detective in charge of the investigation told him that a holstered handgun was found on the stairway landing a “couple of steps” from the front door where he was shot.

“If he doesn’t have a weapon in his immediate possession, the officer should not have fired,” Don Geersaid. “He would have to have turned around, bent over and then picked up the gun to present a threat. It’s pretty hard to say the shooting was justifiable.”

The officer involved was placed on routine administrative leave while the investigation continues, and police are remaining tight-lipped about the details of the incident.  Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler said that the shooting is still an active criminal investigation adding that he could not provide more information about what happened, or address neighborhood concerns just yet.  They have not yet revealed what justification, if any, their officer had for shooting Geer.  The police said in a written statement, “Precise movements, contents of the discussion between officer [and the] man, and all pertinent matters relating to the incident are under investigation.”

SWAT team enter through rammed entryway (Source: myfoxdc.com)

“It’s my goal when I can legally share that information with the community, I will,” Roessler told News4.  In September, investigators confirmed that Geer had been unarmed, according to WJLA.

The police response arguably escalated the situation instead of defusing it.  This is a recurring theme in a string of examples of how police suffer from a dearth of training in how to deal with unarmed, uncooperative citizens who had not been charged with committing any crime. What police lack in empathetic response, they more than compensate for with an excess of military toys and the use of force.

Their unsubstantiated concern for the safety of the public notwithstanding, the police are required to seek a warrant from an impartial magistrate before engaging in the search of private property and seizing of persons.  The allegation by an equally emotional girlfriend that John Geer was an owner of firearms does not constitute probable cause to violate his rights and ultimately end his life.  As John Geer had not yet committed any offense to warrant his arrest, and with his family already off-site, police should have defused the situation by themselves leaving the scene.

Refusing to be forced from your home or to allow agents of the state to enter without a warrant is not an offense punishable by execution. And though his mental state was, in the words of his friend Jeff Stewart, “emotionally wrecked that day,” the antagonistic response from the state cannot be touted as a positive outcome by any reasonable standard.

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Nazi America…America is going over the top

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When I saw the headlines today I thought to myself, what is going on in the U.S.A.? We have a Gestapo style government taking over who are all on power trips. We need people to wake up, there is a global awakening going on but the majority of the people are in a hypnotic zombie like trance. We have become a bunch of roll overs either from fear or from being in the zombie trance. This culture has become so petty, rotten and so viscous, just look at the comments on articles and YouTube videos and such, people are acting like animals. I don’t want to come down on the American people especially because it is not our fault, this is what the elites have been grooming us to be through every avenue and not to mention all the slow kill weapons they use on us like the fluoride in our water, the GMO food, the vaccines, the Chemtrails and microwave radiation exposure. The American people need to take what these imperialist authoritarians are doing to us personal. We need to stop being week and asleep, and be strong. We need to be more like the people that founded this nation. Don’t you love freedom? I’m not a professional journalist or writer at any level, I am just a man that sees what is going on, it’s like we are living in the Twilight Zone, and I am disgusted by it and I feel the need to wake up other people. This is why I have made this blog and others. If we keep going down this slippery slope we will be in deep, deep trouble.

Where do we even begin? The globalists are killing and walking all over us. As I mentioned above with the “soft kill”, the fluoride etc. Mind control, manipulation and the sewage in our entertainment industry, it is all designed to keep us dumb and week. We hardly have any rights left. They attack our First Amendment, you have no freedom of speech anymore, in small ways we still have a glimmer left but it’s deteriorating fast. There was a student who questioned Kerry about his affiliation with Bush in the secret society Skull and Bones and they came to arrest him and tazered him. Here’s the link to that video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJXzohdF-MA&feature=player_detailpage

Don’t speak against Islam either, it’s now hate speech, it’s unbelievable the way our government sticks up for Muslims but stomps all over Christianity. You can be court martialed for sharing the Christian faith in the military. The Second Amendment is on thin ice, this is why all these false flags or “frame ups” as others call them such as Rush Limbaugh. Rush called the Syrian Chemical attack a frame up which is a whole other subject. Obama was on the verge of attacking Syria without Congressional approval which he did do in Libya. That alone is grounds for impeachment. This current president is involved in numerous scandals, it’s sick. Want to see the scandal list?

1. IRS targets Obama’s enemies: The IRS targeted conservative and pro-Israel groups prior to the 2012 election. Questions are being raised about why this occurred, who ordered it, whether there was any White House involvement and whether there was an initial effort to hide who knew about the targeting and when.

2. Benghazi: This is actually three scandals in one:

  • The failure of administration to protect the Benghazi mission.
  • The changes made to the talking points in order to suggest the attack was motivated by an anti-Muslim video
  • The refusal of the White House to say what President Obama did the night of the attack

3. Watching the AP: The Justice Department performed a massive cull of Associated Press reporters’ phone records as part of a leak investigation.

4. Rosengate: The Justice Department suggested that Fox News reporter James Rosen is a criminal for reporting about classified information and subsequently monitored his phones and emails.

5. Potential Holder perjury I: Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress he had never been associated with “potential prosecution” of a journalist for perjury when in fact he signed the affidavit that termed Rosen a potential criminal.

6. The ATF “Fast and Furious” scheme: Allowed weapons from the U.S. to “walk” across the border into the hands of Mexican drug dealers. The ATF lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which were used in crimes, including the December 2010 killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

7. Potential Holder Perjury II: Holder told Congress in May 2011 that he had just recently heard about the Fast and Furious gun walking scheme when there is evidence he may have known much earlier.

8. Sebelius demands payment: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius solicited donations from companies HHS might regulate. The money would be used to help her sign up uninsured Americans for ObamaCare.

9. The Pigford scandal: An Agriculture Department effort that started as an attempt to compensate black farmers who had been discriminated against by the agency but evolved into a gravy train delivering several billion dollars in cash to thousands of additional minority and female farmers who probably didn’t face discrimination.

10. GSA gone wild: The General Services Administration in 2010 held an $823,000 training conference in Las Vegas, featuring a clown and a mind readers. Resulted in the resignation of the GSA administrator.

11. Veterans Affairs in Disney World: The agency wasted more than $6 million on two conferences in Orlando. An assistant secretary was fired.

12. Sebelius violates the Hatch Act: A U.S. special counsel determined that Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she made “extemporaneous partisan remarks” during a speech in her official capacity last year. During the remarks, Sebelius called for the election of the Democratic candidate for governor of North Carolina.

13. Solyndra: Republicans charged the Obama administration funded and promoted its poster boy for green energy despite warning signs the company was headed for bankruptcy. The administration also allegedly pressed Solyndra to delay layoff announcements until after the 2010 midterm elections.

14. AKA Lisa Jackson: Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used the name “Richard Windsor” when corresponding by email with other government officials, drawing charges she was trying to evade scrutiny.

15. The New Black Panthers: The Justice Department was accused of using a racial double standard in failing to pursue a voter intimidation case against Black Panthers who appeared to be menacing voters at a polling place in 2008 in Philadelphia.

16. Waging war all by myself: Obama may have violated the Constitution and both the letter and the spirit of the War Powers Resolution by attacking Libya without Congressional approval.

17. Biden bullies the press: Vice President Biden’s office has repeatedly interfered with coverage, including forcing a reporter to wait in a closet, making a reporter delete photos, and editing pool reports.

18. AKPD not A-OK: The administration paid millions to the former firm of then-White House adviser David Axelrod, AKPD Message and Media, to promote passage of Obamacare. Some questioned whether the firm was hired to help pay Axelrod $2 million AKPD owed him.

19. Sestak, we’ll take care of you: Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel used Bill Clinton as an intermediary to probe whether former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) would accept a prominent, unpaid White House advisory position in exchange for dropping out of the 2010 primary against former Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).

20. I’ll pass my own laws: Obama has repeatedly been accused of making end runs around Congress by deciding which laws to enforce, including the decision not to deport illegal immigrants who may have been allowed to stay in the United States had Congress passed the “Dream Act.”

21. The hacking of Sharyl Attkisson’s computer: It’s not clear who hacked the CBS reporter’s computer as she investigated the Benghazi scandal, but the Obama administration and its allies had both the motive and the means to do it.

22. An American Political Prisoner: The sudden decision to arrest Nakoula Basseley Nakoula on unrelated charges after protests in the Arab world over his anti-Muslim video is an extraordinarily suspicious coincidence. “We’re going to go out and we’re going to prosecute the person that made that video,” Hillary Clinton allegedly told the father of one of the ex-SEALs killed in Banghazi.

23. Get rid of inconvenient IGs: Corporation for National and Community Service Inspector General Gerald Walpin was fired in 2009 as he fought wasteful spending and investigated a friend of Obama’s, Sacramento Mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson. The White House says Walpin was incompetent.

24. Influence peddling: An investigation is underway of Alejandro Mayorkas, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, who has been nominated by Obama for the number two post at the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas may have used his position to unfairly obtain U.S. visas for foreign investors in company run by Hillary Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodman.

They are exercising power to break our will and degradate us to make us think they can do anything. If we think they can do these things and get away with it and just roll over, this is when they will throw us in the FEMA camps. Former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie said “This is the most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered.” The government is funding Al-Qaeda, running the drugs in this country, groping and harassing us at the airports, shipping children in C-130’s to Saudi Arabia, they get up on MSNBC and say your kids belong to the state, they’re giving 47 trillion to the foreign banks shredding our rights and treating us all that are not on team Obama like terrorists. Divide and conquer.

During this government shutdown you see police and forest rangers armed to the teeth at the memorials and national parks but they have soldiers disarmed at bases such as the Navy yard. Where were all the police with M-4’s jumping out at people at the shootings we have seen? Instead they are told to stand down like the SWAT team at the Navy yard. Insane!

park-rangersHere’s an article titled ‘Gestapo’ tactics meet senior citizens at Yellowstone. Feds used “gestapo tactics” to treat senior citizens like terrorists during the shutdown of Yellowstone National park, placing them under armed guard in a locked hotel as panicked tourists thought they had been arrested, vowing never to return to America.

Pat Vaillancourt was part of a tour group of senior citizen visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States who were in Yellowstone national park when the government shutdown was announced last week.

When the party briefly exited their tour bus to take photos of a herd of bison, they were aggressively ordered by armed National Park Service rangers to get back in the vehicle on the grounds that they were involved in “recreation,” and that this wasn’t permitted during the shutdown.

The group had booked to stay in a hotel within the park, which soon turned into a prison as the visitors were told to remain in the building until their stay expired, despite the fact that the tour guide had already paid the $300 fee to enter the park.

“We’ve become a country of fear, guns and control,” Vaillancourt told the Eagle-Tribune, adding “They looked like Hulk Hogans, armed. They told us you can’t go outside.”

The tourists were placed under armed guard and locked inside the hotel as NPS rangers stood outside the doors.

Asian tourists visiting from more authoritarian countries thought they had been placed under arrest.

“Some of the Asians who were on the tour said, ‘Oh my God, are we under arrest?’ They felt like they were criminals,” said Vaillancourt.

They are trying to destroy this nation and that is what Obamacare will do and it was designed to do just that. It was designed to do that so well that it will happen too fast.  Rhetoric over Obamacare and the government shutdown has reached a point of insanity. Mike Adams of Natural News said: Obama himself has begun using “gun to the head” rhetoric, invoking highly-inappropriate violent imagery and trying to cast it upon his political enemies. Furthermore, with Obama’s approval, White House spokespeople have also begun characterizing Republicans as “terrorists, kidnappers and arsonists” for their taking a stand against Obamacare. Even the more mild characterizations depict Republicans as “holding the nation ransom” while behaving like “suicide bombers” for daring the question the sanity of government gone insane.

I do not have the enough skills to try and tell you all about the totalitarian globalist take over of america in perfect terms and there is so much I don’t even know where to begin. That is how crazy this is, there is just so much corruption, so many scandals and so much madness going on while I am away at work I think of many things to write about when I get home but then when I sit down at the computer and think of all the things happening and going on I almost have a short circuit from the magnitude of the overwhelming amounts of madness. All I have to say is WAKE UP, and take what these globalists and authoritarians are doing to us PERSONAL. These are personal attacks on all of us, on our rights and freedom as individuals and citizens of the land of the free and home of the brave. Let us start acting like it.

URGENT WARNING: Pentagon Warns To Expect “Radical” Change In US Government Soon

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A highly troubling “urgent bulletin” issued earlier today by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) states that it has received information from the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) warning to expect a“radical change” in the government of the United States, possibly within the next fortnight, based on information they have received from “highly placed” sources within the Pentagon.

According to this MoFA bulletin, GRU intelligence assests were notified by their Pentagon counterparts this past week that President Barack Obama is preparing to invoke the powers given to him under 50 USC Chapter 13 to hold that various American States are now in a “state of insurrection” thus allowing him to invoke the National Emergencies Act under 50 USC § 1621 and invoke the highly controversial“continuity of government” plan for the United States allowing him, in essence, to rule with supreme powers.

Specifically, this bulletin says, Obama will invoke 50 USC § 212 that states: “ the President shall have declared by proclamation that the laws of the United States are opposed, and the execution thereof obstructed, by combinations too powerful to be suppressed by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings”

The specific laws being opposed by these “combinations too powerful to be suppressed by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings,” that Obama will outline in his reasoning’s for declaring a state of emergency, this bulletin continues, are the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), otherwise known as Obamacare.

The NDAA is opposed by many US States, this bulletin says, with California joining Alaska and Virginia this past week in passing a law making it illegal to be enforced in their territory, and with many other States, also, preparing to do the same.

The specific portions of the NDAA law being opposed by these US States allows for the indefinite detention without charges or trial of all American citizens and allows for their assassination should Obama order it.

The PPACA (Obamacare) law is, likewise, opposed by over half of the US States and has led to an American “shutdown” this past week that has closed 15% of their government, but has left fully 85% of it still open.

To the specific “combinations too powerful” Obama will cite in his declaration of National Emergency as being needed to be defeated by extraordinary measures, the MoFA says, is a faction of the US House of Representatives popularly known as the Republican Tea Party whom the President and his allies have likened to “hostage takers” and “political terrorists.”

Obama’s greatest fear, and reason(s) for declaring a National State of Emergency, this bulletin continues, was outlined yesterday by his US Treasury Department who released a report yesterday warning ofpotentially “catastrophic” damage should Congress fail to raise the debt ceiling and prevent the government from defaulting on its debt.

As the current US government shutdown crisis and debt ceiling fight have now merged, the MoFA warns in this bulletin, Obama further warned yesterday that an impasse on the debt ceiling beyond 17 October, when the US government will be essentially out of cash to pay its bills, could start a downward economic plunge worse than the recession of five years ago – with credit markets seizing up, the dollar’s value plummeting and US interest rates soaring and even coming close to the brink of such an unprecedented default that could roil both domestic and foreign financial markets.

Preparing to oppose Obama, should he, in fact, declare a National State of Emergency, the GRU grimly warns, is the US military who themselves are preparing to invoke 50 USC § 842 which allows them to protect America from “The Communist Party of the United States, or any successors of such party regardless of the assumed name, whose object or purpose is to overthrow the Government of the United States, or the government of any State, Territory, District, or possession thereof…”

Not known to many Americans is that the Progressive movement Obama belongs to, and whose media acolyte “presstitutes” swept into office, have long been associated with the Communist Party.

And, as the World Net Daily News Service reported this past August, John C. Drew, Ph.D., the award-winning political scientist, met Obama in 1980 and wrote in 2011: “[Obama] believed that the economic stresses of the Carter years meant revolution was still imminent. The election of Reagan was simply a minor set-back in terms of the coming revolution. … Obama was blindly sticking to the simple Marxist theory … ‘there’s going to be a revolution.’ Obama said, ‘we need to be organized and grow the movement.’ In Obama’s view, our role must be to educate others so that we might usher in more quickly this inevitable revolution.”

With Obama’s “revolution” now at hand, the GRU warns in this bulletin, it is critical to note that that United States, unlike other nations, have all of their elected officials and military personal swear allegiance to the US Constitution, and not to their government or its leaders.

The most recent example of this conflict between Obama and the US military, the GRU further states, was in Egypt when the Obama regime supported Muslim Brotherhood was overthrown by the Pentagon backed Egyptian military, and who, like the United States, makes its political and military leaders swear allegiance to their constitution, not to any of its leaders.

As many in America now know that these present times are not the normal activities of a government seeking peace and prosperity, and as dozens of undisclosed Obama Presidential directives that define US national security policy and task government agencies are still unknown either to the public or, as a rule, to the US Congress, this bulletin warns in its summation that with each passing day American can be more likened to a communist dictatorship than a functioning democracy.

So bad, in fact, has the United States become that one of its legendary reporters, Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh wrote this past week that the Obama administration lies systematically yet none of the leviathans of American media, the TV networks or big print titles, challenge him.

Even worse, and in a further Sovietization of American Life by the Obama regime, the US this past week refused to grant entry visas to internationally renowned authors Ilija Trojanov and Ernst Titovets who were invited to speak at conferences, and which Justin Raimondo of the highly respected Antiwar.com blog calls “part of a disturbing pattern of repression that all points to one ineluctable conclusion: the United States is the Soviet Union of the new millennium – an ideological state with global ambitions that holds itself up as the epitome of “freedom” and yet is the single most powerful enemy of liberty worldwide.”

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Massachusetts college student faces up to 10 years in prison for owning standard gun magazines

JadAliMokad-202x300METHUEN, MA — A student of the University of Massachusetts has been arrested and charged with bearing arms in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  For possessing some standard rifles and magazines in his home — and harming no one — this young man could face up to 10 years in prison.  Proud of their work, local enforcers bragged about their seizure on Facebook.

Last week government agents raided the home of Jad Ali Mokad, a 24-year-old senior at UMass, who is less than 3 months from graduating with a finance degree.  Mokad, who immigrated from Lebanon, made the mistake of settling in a police state like Massachusetts.

Local and federal agencies had been “tipped off” that Mokad’s father had phoned a gun store and asked some amateurish questions about gun ownership.  Evidently, this tip was enough to search his home.  According to the Eagle Tribune:

Authorities said they were tipped to the weapons cache when the student’s father called a gun store to ask how to modify an assault rilfe to fire a 30-round clip. They said the father also inquired about purchasing a silencer for the rifle.

These basic inquiries sound like they come from somebody new to gun ownership, and unfamiliar with onerous local laws.  Most gun owners become curious about these things at some point in their life, and it is not illegal to ask questions.  The answers are simple.  First, no mechanical modifications are necessary for a rifle to accept a longer magazine.  Secondly, silencers are legal in 40 states if you purchase a $200 permission slip from the federal government, called a NFA tax stamp.  However, Massachusetts is one of the few restrictive states that does not allow civilians the benefit of quieting their firearms with silencers. There was no harm in asking.  Nor is it a probable cause for a search.

The gun store that ratted on one of their customers was North Shore Firearms in Middleton, MA.  The store clerk informed the caller that “items he was inquiring about were illegal” and called the police.

Hearing of the customer’s questions, authorities assembled a task force from the Department of Homeland Security, the BATFE, the FBI, and the Methuen Police Department.  They evidently tracked the call back to the Mokad residence and performed a search of their home.

Jad Ali Mokad, who had complied with Massachusetts onerous gun licensing requirements, was still arrested.   Massachusetts has passed enough infringements on gun ownership that just anyone can become a felon.

Mokad's seized property.  (Source: Methuen Police Department / Facebook)

Police charged him with possessing two 30-round rifle magazines.  While the state has ignorantly dubbed them a “high-capacity” magazines, this is the standard-capacity for magazines for that rifle, around the country and around the world.

The law is so muddled in Massachusetts that some 30-round magazines are legal and some are considered a felony.  The defining difference is the date of manufacture.   “Pre-ban” mags made before 9/13/1994 are legal, and “post-ban” mags made after 9/13/1994 get you prison time.  It goes without saying that the government doesn’t make its agents obey these ridiculous restrictions that it imposes on the citizens.  According to Massachusetts law:

Section 131M. No person shall sell, offer for sale, transfer or possess an assault weapon or a large capacity feeding device that was not otherwise lawfully possessed on September 13, 1994. Whoever not being licensed under the provisions of section 122 violates the provisions of this section shall be punished, for a first offense, by a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000 or by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and for a second offense, by a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than $15,000 or by imprisonment for not less than five years nor more than 15 years, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

It is unclear how — or if — the Methuen police determined the manufacture date of Mokad’s magazines. Even if his magazines were made “post-ban”, the absurdity of locking people up for owning harmless pieces of metal should go without saying.

“He was licensed to carry the two rifles, but not the high-capacity magazines,” Chief Joseph Solomon said.

Methuen police also charged Mokad with keeping his gun(s) “unsecured.”  In Massachusetts, the government micromanages what goes on inside your own home, and if you are firearm owner, your guns are expected to be locked up at all times or else they lock you in prison.  Again, citing Massachusetts law:

Section 131L. (a) It shall be unlawful to store or keep any firearm, rifle or shotgun including, but not limited to, large capacity weapons, or machine gun in any place unless such weapon is secured in a locked container or equipped with a tamper-resistant mechanical lock or other safety device, properly engaged so as to render such weapon inoperable by any person other than the owner or other lawfully authorized user. For purposes of this section, such weapon shall not be deemed stored or kept if carried by or under the control of the owner or other lawfully authorized user.

The obnoxious nannyism of Massachusetts legislators in dictating how homeowners store their firearms is not just an inconvenience and a violation of their personal liberties.  In practice, it hinders citizens from defending themselves if they are ever facing a home invader, and is liable to get them killed.  If a homeowner hears a crash in the middle of the night, there will be no time for him to fumble with opening a safe or finding the key to open his trigger lock.   It should remain up to the owner to decide what method of storage is best and safest for his own family.

Mokad was captured and charged with two ridiculous and petty victimless crimes under oppressive Massachusetts law.  Let’s be clear, in the vast majority of the United States, these are not crimes at all. His property was seized, and his Massachusetts gun licenses were revoked.  A judge ordered him held on $15,000 bail and to surrender his passport.  If convicted, he faces up to ten years in prison.

Among the property seized was a legally-owned AK-47 WASR-10 rifle, a legally-owned M&P-15 rifle, alegally-owned Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum, three legally-owned low-capacity (<10-rd) magazines, and two standard-capacity (30-rd) magazines with unknown date of manufacturing (therefore with anunknown legal status).

The police will have to prove the magazines were manufactured after 9/13/1994 to prove that they were not “legal.”  It is puzzling how they might accomplish this, since the vast majority of magazines are not stamped with any kind of date.

The property was photographed by the Methuen Police Department and uploaded to Facebook:

Mokad's seized property.  (Source: Methen Police Department / Facebook)

Methuen police were quite proud of their efforts at ruining this young man’s life.

“This investigation was an excellent example of local and federal law enforcement officers working together to make our community safer,” Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon said on Facebook. He continued, “The agents, officers and detectives did an excellent job of following a tip and developing information through investigation to a rapid conclusion resulting in an arrest and seizure of weapons and high-capacity magazines.”

Following the department’s tacky self-aggrandizing Facebook post came an influx of outraged citizens to inform the department of their betrayal of the 2nd Amendment and the civil liberties they were supposed to be protecting.  Hundreds of comments — overwhelmingly negative — flooded the thread.  The department’s Facebook administrator assured the public that they do not view imprisoning people for owning magazines as a violation of the 2nd Amendment.

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Georgia cops hand out felonies to high schoolers for having pocket knives locked in cars

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MARIETTA, GA — A high school senior is facing felony charges after police searched his car in the parking lot of his school and found a tackle box with some fishing knives in it.   The young man could now be sent to prison for 10 years if convicted.

Cody Chitwood, age 17, was pulled out of class at Lassiter High School on September 17th, and told, “You’re going to be in a lot of trouble,” by police and school administrators.

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Outside the building, the Cobb County Sheriff’s Department had been combing the parking lot with dogs looking for reasons to arrest  students.  Performing random sniff-searches of the vehicles in the lot, one police K9 made a signal on Chitwood’s car.

The dog had smelled a firecracker that had been left over from “Independence” Day, two months earlier.  Regardless that it is not criminal  to have a firecracker laying under your seat, this sniff gave police the excuse they needed to perform an exhaustive search of his personal  vehicle.

As deputies rummaged through his property, they found some fishing gear and a tackle box.   In it they found — what else — basic tools  for fishing, including a fillet knife and a few other utility knives that serve all sorts of useful purposes to a country boy in Georgia.  A total  of 4 knives were taken from his car.

Police now had the chance to make the arrest they so desperately sought.  As they walked around on school property, armed to the  teeth and immune to the state’s asinine hoplophobic laws, they took the opportunity to ruin some kid’s life with a felony for keeping knives locked in his own personal vehicle.

“It’s pretty ridiculous,” Chitwood told The Marietta Daily Journal. “I have an attorney and I’m hoping to get the felony dropped so I can still  get in the Air Force.”

Chitwood was charged with Carrying a Weapon in a School Safety Zone, a Georgia law that criminalizes possessing a whole variety of inanimate objects near a school, even if they are locked in your own car.  If the district attorney goes forward with the felony charges, Chitwood could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

A pattern of punishment

Cobb County Sheriff’s Department performs the random K-9 searches of student parking lots at least once or twice a year at all high schools in the county.   Just two weeks before nabbing Cody Chitwood, Cobb County Sheriff’s deputies nailed another high school student in a nearly identical scenario.

On September 5th, an senior at another high school in the same county was subjected to a parking lot search.  This time it was not based on a dog sniff, it was based on an anonymous tip.  Andrew Williams of Allatoona High School was pulled from class because one of his fellow students anonymously reported that he blew smoke out his car window, and that student thought it smelled like marijuana.

The tip was all the reason that school authorities had to perform the search.  Williams did not give them permission and there was no warrant to perform the search.  School administrators cited the school handbook as their warrant.

But rather than finding the forbidden plants that he was looking for, Assistant Principal Sam Sanford found a pocket knife in the vehicle’s center console.  A pocket knife that could potentially ruin Williams’ life.  Sanford promptly called the Sheriff’s Department to have the student arrested.

Williams was charged the same as Chitwood: “Carrying weapons within a school safety zone” carrying a maximum of 10 years in prison.

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The teen’s parents knew and approved of his own owning the pocket knife.  It turned out that he had a good reason for owning it, not that he should have needed one.

“His grandparents have one exactly like it they keep in their glove box,” said Andy Williams, the student’s father. “It’s got a hooked edge so you can put that on the seatbelt and run it across the seatbelt to cut it off.  I look at it as a rescue tool. It just never crossed our minds that this could result in a felony weapons charge.”

That’s a perfectly legitimate reason to carry a knife; one of many.  It turns out that Andrew had a first hand reason to be prepared for the worst.  He had himself been involved in a terrible car accident in which he had to drag his friends from a wrecked vehicle out of fear for the gas tank exploding.  A knife like that could save precious moments if it were ever necessary to remove a seatbelt from a passenger.  And the knife would do no good sitting at home in compliance with a nonsensical state law.

“I’m just flabbergasted. It just blows me away,” Andy Williams said. “I know the state has a zero tolerance law as far as what they consider weapons and evidently that goes to kids’ cars in the parking lot.”

“I think the intent of the law, they don’t want people coming into the school carrying knives and I totally agree with that, but there’s got to be some kind of common sense to that. It’s just whether someone can admit they’re wrong.”

The common sense that should be applied to the law is an abandonment of prosecuting victimless crimes.  Possession of an arbitrary plant or item should never be made into a crime.  Petty prohibition laws are an injustice unto themselves.

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Fl Police Officer Assaults And Arrests Man For Walking Down The Wrong Side Of The Road

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Is it getting so bad that we cannot even walk down the street. Though there are great policemen, there is getting to be many brute bully police state style cops out there. They have militarized the police departments giving them armor and things our soldiers wear with assault riffles and armored vehicles that look like they could survive a nuclear blast. They have also been trained by the authoritarians that all of the general public, you and me are basically terrorists. We have been seeing so much disrespect from the department on people from killing that mentally handicapped man, kicking in the teeth of a woman handcuffed sitting down on the sidewalk, they are doing proctology exams on the side of the road without changing gloves which is very dangerous especially for women, the list goes on and on and if you don’t believe it do the research it’s mind blowing.

This man  Bobby Wingate, of Jacksonville, Florida, was on his way to an appointment in the neighborhood of Arlington when he was suddenly stopped by an officer of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department. The last time Wingate walked down the road, he said he called 9-1-1 to protect himself from the police. “He parked his car right up here near this curve,” he said as he pointed.  On a 9-1-1 recording of that night Wingate can be heard saying, “He said do I really want to fight him? I haven’t done anything wrong.”

According to court papers uncovered by First Coast News at the federal courthouse, Wingate was walking down the road in December when a JSO Police Officer stopped him and asked to talk. When he told the officer he was running late for an appointment, the officer cited him for walking on the wrong side of the road. According to court papers the officer then hit Wingate in the face and engaged his Taser. That’s when Wingate called 9-1-1. Wingate spent a night in jail, and the State Attorney’s Office took the case to trial. He was charged with resisting arrest without violence, and walking down the wrong side of the road. But in court, the officer testified he wasn’t sure what side of the road Wingate was on. Before the defense could even present its case, the judge ruled that there was not nearly enough evidence to proceed and dropped the charges and the case against Wingate.

Bonderud said his client was a target of racial discrimination.