Favorite Quotes

"Once you walk into a courtroom, you've already lost. The best way to win is to avoid it at all costs, because the justice system is anything but" Sydney Carton, Attorney. "There is no one in the criminal justice system who believes that system works well. Or if they are, they are for courts that are an embarrassment to the ideals of justice. The law of real people doesn't work" Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law Professor.



Monday, April 20, 2015

Police working with DHS & Motorola are using private surveillance cameras to create a massive spy network

image credit: motorolasolutions.com

When a 911 call comes in, St. Louis police now may be able to see the scene before responding officers have time to arrive.

It’s part of the Real Time Crime Center, opened Thursday to bring together an array of electronic resources — including a network of public and private surveillance cameras!

DHS puppet, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said:

Today is a great day for law enforcement and a bad day for criminals in the city of St. Louis.” That says it all right there, law enforcement considers it a great day, when private corporations work with law enforcement to spy on you. Dotson adds, “Cameras in public space are a part of everyday life. The case study is there, the examples are there, we’re just getting caught up.

Access to private cameras also means not having to wait for a business to open to examine its recorded images, Lt. Brent Feig said. “We’re really leveraging the public space,” he said.

This is just phase 1 out of 4. Dotson says three phases should be completed by the fall!

The center has access to 140 cameras now, but Dotson envisions a network encompassing the surveillance capabilities of many neighborhood associations and businesses. Chicago police have access to 10,000 cameras, about 3,000 of them publicly owned, the chief said.

John Chasnoff, longtime member of the activist organization Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression, called it “a spy hub for the whole city of St. Louis.”

“This is a big step toward mass surveillance of the city’s population,” Chasnoff complained. “People going about their business who have given no indication they have committed an offense are still being watched by their government and police.”

What police aren't telling you, is Motorola's 'Real Time Crime Center' is spying on you through numerous platforms:

"Real-Time Intelligence Client brings together streaming video with analytics, resource tracking, social media, voice, Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and records information onto a single, intuitive interface with geospatial mapping."

And it gets worse:

"The Real-Time Intelligence Client lets analysts prepare and distribute live tactical video, recorded video clips, documents, photos and key information to your officers in the field, and to other agencies for multi-jurisdictional response. Push-a-Link and Push-a Snapshot make it easy to distribute video and photos to dispatched units. Real-time analytics monitor video streams and detect user-defined events of interest – to improve response times by alerting RIC operators to crowd formations, dropped bags and other suspicious behavior as it occurs."

Like many police departments, the St. Louis police use PublicEngines, which ironically was acquired by Motorola Solutions. The combination of PublicEngines’ analytics technology and CommandCentral situational awareness tools give police an unmatched platform for spying on citizens

Let's not forget how Raytheon is working with DHS/police to spy on Americans social media and  license plates. Click here, here & here to read more.

Two weeks ago, I wrote an article describing how DHS is using the police to turn America into a giant surveillance state.

The IACP Center has been spying on social media since 2010. "In partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, the IACP launched its Center for Social Media in October 2010."

The Real-Time Intelligence Client brings together streaming video with analytics, resource tracking, social media, voice, Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and records information onto a single, intuitive interface with geospatial mapping.

Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri said: “Now they can follow you, keep data, store it and go back and search through it, so we’re going from what might seem like a benign observance of a public square to a Big Brother 24/7 surveillance society.

The surveillance system already connects with the St. Louis Port Authority, Locust Business District, South Grand Business Association and street department. Donations from the Police Foundation, asset forfeiture money, a DHS/FEMA port security grant in partnership with Motorola Solutions paid for the approximately $435,000 effort.

St. Louis police and Motorola Solutions announced  the integration of a real-time crime center utilizing Motorola Solutions’ Real-Time Intelligence Client, which helps aggregate and correlate data from multiple sources such as video, sensors, alarms, computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and records management systems. 

"It will be 24 hours a day. We'll have analysts here, triaging calls, listening to the police radio, listening to 911 calls, and being able to direct resources ultimately to catch the bad guys, ultimately keep our community safer" said St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson.

Lying police chief Dotson admits to having a close relationship with Motorola and then claims, citizens are demanding surveillance!

"Technology is part of police officers lives and Motorola Solutions technology is providing a platform that interfaces with existing systems and provides officers with more information than ever before," said St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson. “In today's technological world officers and citizens are demanding it. Ultimately we have a safer community and focused resources because of the technology."

Police are quoting from an approved DHS media handbook and use bold-faced lies to justify their actions. They claim it's being done in the name of public safety or to fight terror, it's all lies.

Police agencies across the country are using Motorola's Real Time Crime Center:

New York, Chicago, BostonHouston, New Mexico and Kansas City the list goes on and on but you get the picture. Private corporations and DHS are working together to spy on EVERYONE!

For more info. about Motorola's Real Time Crime Center you should read: "Stay A Step Ahead Of Crime With Instant, Integrated Information."

Friday, April 17, 2015

‘Bloggers’ are compared to ISIS during a congressional hearing

Story originally on infowars.com:

Bloggers, conspiracy theorists and people who challenge establishment narratives on the Internet were all likened to ISIS terrorists during a chilling Congressional hearing which took place yesterday.


The hearing, hosted by the House Foreign Relations Committee, was titled “Confronting Russia’s Weaponization of Information,” and accused Russian state broadcaster RT of weaponizing “conspiracy theories” to spread propaganda.
 
One of the speakers giving testimony was former RT host Liz Wahl, who made a public spectacle of quitting Russian state media last year in an incident stage-managed by neo-con James Kirchick, himself a former employee of Radio Free Europe – a state media outlet.
 
Remarking that the Internet provided a platform for “fringe voices and extremists,” Wahl characterized people who challenge establishment narratives as a “cult”.

“They mobilize and they feel they’re part of some enlightened fight against the establishment….they find a platform to voice their deranged views,” said Wahl.

Referring to comments made in January by US Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) chief Andrew Lack, who characterized RT as a threat on the same level as ISIS and Boko Haram, Wahl said the comparison was justified.

“By using the Internet to mobilize people that feel displaced, that feel like they’ve been on the outskirts of society, and give them a place where they can find a sense of belonging, and maybe make a difference in their own way, and it’s a problem,” she said.
 
Wahl went on to bemoan the fact that conspiracy theorists were “shaping the discussion online, on message boards, on Twitter, on social media,” before asserting that the web had become a beacon of “disinformation, false theories, people that are just trying to make a name for themselves, bloggers or whatever, that have absolutely no accountability for the truth, that are able to rile up a mass amount of people online.”

Bloggers have been under attack by our government for years. The U.S. wants to regulate what 'bloggers' can say. It wasn't until 2014 that 'bloggers' were considered journalists in America.

Click here, here and here to read more.

Every 'blogger' should know their rights, EFF has put together a nice collection of 'Blogger's Rights' on their website.

 

You're more likely to be killed by a cop than a terrorist


Politicians & the public are transfixed by the threat of terrorism. Mention the magic word 'TERROR' and watch the Bill of Rights disappear. Politicians, DHS/police our Dept. of Justice all use the threat of 'terror' to take away our rights. It's all being done for our safety as private companies make huge profits spying on Americans. Our justice system has become a joke. Our government depends on ticketing, fining or arresting Americans to balance budgets.

Article originally appeared in the Cato Institute blog:

"I picked up the statistic from a blog post called: “Fear of Terror Makes People Stupid,” which in turn cites the National Safety Council for this and lots of other numbers reflecting likelihoods of dying from various causes."

"If you live in the suburbs or a rural area, and especially if you’re wealthy, white, and well-spoken, your likelihood of death from these two sources probably converges somewhat (at very close to zero)."

"If one wants to be clinical about what things reduce death to Americans, one should ask why police officers are such a significant source of danger."

"Cato’s work on the War on Drugs shows how it produces danger to the public and law enforcement both, not to mention loss of privacy and civil liberties, disrespect for law enforcement, disregard of the rule of law, and so on. Is the sum total of mortality and morbidity reduced or increased by the War on Drugs? I don’t know to say. But the War on Drugs certainly increases the danger to innocent people (including law enforcement personnel), where drug legalization would allow harm to naturally concentrate on the people who choose unwisely to use drugs."

"The militarization of law enforcement probably contributes to the danger. Cato’s Botched Paramilitary Police Raids map illustrates the problem of over-aggressive policing. Cato alum Radley Balko now documents these issues at the Huffington Post. Try out his “Cop or Soldier?” quiz."
http://www.cato.org/blog/youre-eight-times-more-likely-be-killed-police-officer-terrorist

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NSA review committee's unanimous report: ‘No significant value’ in mass phone surveillance


University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone spoke Saturday to Drake University Law School students and metro area lawyers about his service on President Barack Obama's review committee of the National Security Agency.

For weeks Stone and the committee interviewed members of different government agencies involved in national security as they compiled a unanimous report regarding the use of phone records to track possible security threats.

Stone said the group found no significant value in the NSA's phone surveillance as it did not prevent any planned terrorist attack or other threats over its six years of existence.

A damning 2013 report about the NSA's phone/email surveillance program showed they have not prevented a single terror plot. The report recommended  "this program should be terminated as soon as reasonably practicable."
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2015/04/11/drake-privacy-symposium/25650493/

Edward Snowden "We've seen U.N. reports say mass surveillance is not permissible!"  


Former prosecutor: Police planting weapons on innocent suspects used to be "standard operating procedure"


Fox legal analyst Arhtur Aidala told the Fox & Friends troika Wednesday morning that planting a weapon on a victim, as Officer Michael Slager is apparently seen to do to Walter Scott in a video released last night, used to be par for the course.

“When I was in the DA’s office in the 80s and 90s, that was standard operating procedures,” Aidala said. “Police officers — I hate to say this — would keep a second gun that nobody knew about on their ankle, so if they ever killed someone they shouldn’t have they would take that gun out –”

“That was before the iPhone and that would not be allowed,” co-host Brian Kilmeade quickly interjected. (Several state legislatures are trying to make it illegal to film police officers, but hey.)

Slager shot Scott fatally during an altercation following a traffic stop Saturday morning. Slager initially said that Scott had tried to grab his taser, but subsequent video showed Scott was actually fleeing, and that Slager appeared to plant the taser next to his body after shooting him.

Aidala thought Slager was done for.

“There’s going to be no sympathy for this police officer, except for the fact that it’s a 33-year-old human being who is getting paid $40,000 to protect his own life and protect everyone else’s life,” Aidala said. “Nobody thinks this cop woke up that morning and said let me go kill somebody. He made split second decisions and they were wrong. Obviously he made wrong decisions. It’s going to be about, in my opinion, how much jail time does he serve.”

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Inaccurate police drug testing kits are a 'secret'


The following excerpts are taken from the NHTSA report "Field Test of On-Site Drug Detection Devices".

"We will be evaluating the accuracy of the devices against the most accurate laboratory standard available - GC/MS testing. However, perhaps the key distinguishing feature of this project is that it is a field test. NHTSA and the Center for Human Toxicology have already conducted a thorough laboratory test of the leading on-site drug screening devices. The goal of this project is to assess how well these devices perform when placed in the hands of trained law enforcement personnel as they conduct their routine duties. Techniques that perform well in the laboratory may falter when brought into the "real world" of law enforcement. The research will evaluate how law enforcement officers can use these screening devices as supporting evidence in the detection of drugs in the driving population."

Did you catch that? The NHTSA claims its a 'field test' so it's not really accurate and police officer 'techniques' may falter. What they're really saying is they aren't reliable!

The Southwestern School of Law say's they shouldn't even be allowed in our courts.

Below is an excerpt from the study:

"A preliminary test is not equivalent to an actual positive identification, and this important difference will be discussed in more detail later. In short, a preliminary test only actually tests for “possible presence or absence of a particular molecular grouping.” Thus, the tests are useful to determine if a substance is not present or if further identification tests are warranted."

The NHTSA goes on to claim:

"The field test will also allow us to assess how the on-site screening devices can provide additional information for the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) program. DEC officers in the participating sites will assist the project staff in the evaluation of the on-site devices. However, this project will not evaluate the performance of the DEC officers. At the sites, trained Drug Recognition Experts will conduct DEC assessments on DUI and DUID suspects and will also conduct some of the on-site drug testing devices."

Police officers who suspect, but may not be able to prove with certainty, a driver is under the influence of something other than alcohol have the option of calling a DRE. The evaluation process has similarities to a drunken driving test, but it “takes it a little further” according to Sgt. Mark Bliss of the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Department.

“There are not enough DREs. We could always use more,” said Becky Stinson, the coordinator of the DRE program for the Office of Highway Safety.

Police are NOT 'Drug Recognition Experts' it's a lie and it got its start by police officers from Calif. inventing ways to make more money by using unscientific methods to detect what drug a person is on by observing a person's pupil dilations. Click herehere, & here to read more.

"Two LAPD sergeants collaborated with various medical doctors, research psychologists, and other medical professionals to develop a simple, standardized procedure for recognizing drug influence and impairment. Their efforts culminated in the development of a multi-step protocol and the first DRE program."

There are currently more than 6,300 active DREs in the United States.  There are also more than 500 in Canada.  Other countries are also starting to train DREs, including China, Australia, Germany and the Virgin Islands.

If you guessed Homeland Security is behind DRE's give yourself a gold star. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is the regulating and certifying organization for the DRE program. The IACP works hand-in-hand with DHS.

Click here, here and here to read more.

NHTSA tells police to keep the results of the 'field test' a secret:

"The Research Analyst will have confidential information about the participant to which they would not normally have access. Your protection of all information about participants gained during the conduct of research is, therefore, essential. We have promised participants that we will not reveal the results of their tests (unless they provide their consent). Participants' data will be combined with those of others in the data collection and the results will be reported as group percentages and totals in such a way that no participants name could be associated with any results."
"IT IS YOUR DUTY TO KEEP THE PROMISE OF CONFIDENTIALITY. NEVER TELL FACTS ABOUT, OR REVEAL INFORMATION ABOUT ANY PARTICIPANT. Information or results collected during the study can be shared only with the research team, whose members are under the same ethical and moral duty to the people interviewed as you are."
Marijuana breathalyzers & drug testing field kits lead to many false positives. Click here, here & here to read more.

There is no marijuana breathalyzer, so how can police tell if a driver is high?

Inaccurate police field tests put two people in jail for a month.

In Minnesota a man spent months in jail on drug possession charges after police mistook a half-ounce bag of vitamin powder for drugs.

A search of his car turned up a small bag of powder that police believed were illegal drugs. They conducted a field test, which came back positive for amphetamine and Burrell was charged with two felony counts of drug possession.

“I told the judge I couldn’t plead guilty to something I knew wasn’t a drug,” Burrell said, according to the Mankato Free Press. The judge set his bail at $250,000.

The Washingtonpost posted a partial list of false positives that drug testing kits have claimed to be drugs:

  • Sage
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Motor oil
  • Spearmint
  • Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap
  • Tortilla dough
  • Deodorant
  • Billiards chalk
  • Patchouli
  • Flour
  • Eucalyptus
  • Breath mints
  • Loose-leaf tea
  • Jolly Ranchers

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Police State America: Florida police dress like the military & pull you over in tanks

     
    Story originally appeared in informationliberation:
     
     A 23-year-old Florida man was pulled over by camouflaged deputies in an armored car after he had flipped them off with his middle finger Saturday.

    Lucas Jewell said he was angry that Alachua County sheriff’s deputies were turning his town into a Baghdad-like military zone.

    After all, Gainesville is a college town mostly filled with University of Florida students.

    Here's Jewell's live interview:



    But deputies felt the need to dress up like soldiers because it was Orange & Blue, a three-day celebration of festivities highlighted by a scrimmage football game between Florida Gator teammates that was free and open to all ages.

    Police got pissed because a citizen dared to flip them off! Contempt of cop rarely goes unpunished, especially when police are empowered with federally funded military gear.

    Rather than respecting his First Amendment right to express himself, they pulled him over in the armored car on the basis that he made an “improper hand signal” when he flipped them off.

    After their “investigation” in which they threatened to handcuff, keeping him detained for almost 30 minutes, they released him with a warning for the improper hand signal. The statute he allegedly violated is posted below:


    Although it's legal to flip cops off, many courts & police work together to rob you of your rights.