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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Daily Show host: “I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa"

After introducing Noah as the show’s newest contributor at the time, Stewart noted: “And I know that you flew in, I guess, yesterday from South Africa.” Noah replied: “Yeah, I just flew in and boy are my arms tired….No, no, seriously, I’ve been holding my arms like this since I got here.” He made the completely discredited “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture with his hands and added: “I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa. It kind of makes me a little nostalgic for the old days back home.”

Later in the exchange, Stewart wondered: “But you’re not saying that things in Africa are better than they are in America, are you?”

Noah responded: “No, no, no, I’m not saying that – you guys are saying that.” A soundbite followed of left-wing New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof ranting on CNN:

The United States right now incarcerates more African-Americans, as a percentage, than Apartheid South Africa did. The race gap in wealth in the United States right now between the median white family and the median black family is eighteen-fold, that’s greater than the black-white wealth gap was in Apartheid South Africa.

Noah concluded: “Here’s the amazing part, for South Africa to achieve that kind of black-white wealth gap, we had to construct an entire Apartheid state, denying blacks the right to vote or own property. But you, you did it without even trying.”

World incarceration rates if every U.S. state were a country:

The U.S. incarcerates 716 people for every 100,000 residents, more than any other country. In fact, our rate of incarceration is more than five times higher than most of the countries in the world. Although our level of crime is comparable to those of other stable, internally secure, industrialized nations,5 the United States has an incarceration rate far higher than any other country.

If we compare the incarceration rates of individual U.S. states and territories with that of other nations, for example, we see that 36 states and the District of Columbia have incarceration rates higher than that of Cuba, which is the nation with the second highest incarceration rate in the world.

New Jersey and New York follow just after Cuba. Although New York has been actively working on reducing its prison population, it’s still tied with Rwanda, which has the third highest national incarceration rate. Rwanda incarcerates so many people (492 per 100,000) because thousands are sentenced or awaiting trial in connection with the 1994 genocide that killed an estimated 800,000 people.6

Next comes the state of Washington, which claims the same incarceration rate as the Russian Federation. (In the wake of collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia used to rival the United States for the highest incarceration rate in the world. An epidemic of tuberculosis in the overcrowded prisons, however, encouraged the Russian government to launch a major amnesty in 1999 that significantly lowered that country’s incarceration rate.)7

Utah, Nebraska and Iowa all lock up a greater portion of their populations than El Salvador, a country with a recent civil war and one of the highest homicide rates in the world.8 Five of the U.S. states with the lowest incarceration rates — Minnesota, Massachusetts, North Dakota, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island — have higher incarceration rates than countries that have experienced major 20th century social traumas, including several former Soviet republics and South Africa.

The two U.S. states that incarcerate the least are Maine and Vermont, but even those two states incarcerate far more than the United State’s closest allies. The other NATO nations, for example, are concentrated in the lower half of this list. These nations incarcerate their own citizens at a rate five to ten times lower than the United States does.
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The numerous ways DHS spies on Americans

Monday, March 30, 2015

Senator Chambers asks what are America's militarized police afraid of?

Nebraska Sen. Ernie Chambers talks about police abuse on our streets. See the video above.

Police in Minneapolis-St. Paul trained military-grade launchers and used flash bang and tear gas grenades on protesters at the 2008 Republican National Convention. The Richland County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Department got an armored personnel carrier to help fight drug and gambling crime. And Ohio State University police acquired a 19-ton armored truck that can withstand mine blasts.

These are just a few examples of the growing militarization of police in America.

“You get these pictures that just shock the conscience,” said Republican state Sen. Branden Petersen of Minnesota, referring to news footage of heavily armed police patrolling streets or carrying out sting operations. His bill would bar law enforcement in the state from accepting gear that’s “designed to primarily have a military purpose or offensive capability.”

But Petersen and those backing similar efforts in other states — they’ve come up in California, Connecticut, Indiana, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee and Vermont  — face an uphill climb, partly because of the way law enforcement acquires the gear.

Sponsors against the militarization of police admit they face tough opposition from law enforcement officials, shareholders and lawmakers who support them.

A Stateline analysis of 1033 Program data shows that the 50 states hold nearly $1.7 billion worth of equipment, an average of nearly $34 million per state. Per capita, equipment values held by states range from less than $1 for Alaska, Pennsylvania and Hawaii to more than $14 for Alabama, Florida, New Mexico and Tennessee.

The type of gear the states have also varies widely. Alaska law enforcement, for example, has 165 rifles and almost $170,000 in night vision equipment, among other items.

But law enforcement in Florida, has 47 mine-resistant vehicles, 36 grenade launchers and more than 7,540 rifles. In Texas, there are 73 mine-resistant vehicles and a $24.3 million aircraft. In Tennessee, there are 31 mine-resistant vehicles and seven grenade launchers. North Carolina has 16 helicopters and 22 grenade launchers.

The 1033 is a shadowy program that lacks oversight and lets police request anything they want, regardless of whether they need it. Some say it even tramples the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the U.S. military from operating on American soil.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The TSA/DHS police state expands to biometric iris and fingerprint scans at airports

New York-based CLEAR, has iris and fingerprint scanning kiosks at TWELVE airports with more to follow! They verify travelers’ identities through fingerprint and iris scans which are integrated into the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) existing Pre-Check system.

CLEAR iris scanner:

CLEAR fingerprint scanner:

Irony: Earlier this month I reported how the TSA/DHS thinks terrorists own & operate mall kiosks.
Why would the govt target mall kiosks you ask? Hint: they're a billion dollar business. Terrorists running kiosks you say? What does that make CLEAR?  It seems to me the real terrorists are corporations and govt profiting from the never-ending war on terror!

The TSA ‘Pre-Check’system recently let an ex-terrorist breezed through security.

"Convicted domestic terrorist Sara Jane Olson, 68, of St. Paul, was allowed to go through TSA's expedited security screening known as TSA Pre Check last year, despite her criminal background. And when a TSA Agent at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport recognized Olson, and alerted a supervisor, his concerns were ignored. "

"The Inspector General makes two recommendations in the report. The first is heavily redacted and reads: “We recommend that the TSA Chief Risk Officer: Discontinue _____ Secure Flight program _______________.” TSA disagreed with that recommendation. The Inspector General said in considered TSA's action “non-responsive to the intent of the recommendation which remains open and unresolved.” It appears from the exchange that TSA considered Olson a low risk, and therefore acceptable for TSA Pre Check."

Click here to read the heavily redacted report. Click here to read about what needs to be done to fix the 'Pre-Check' system.

Warnings about the TSA's 'Pre-Check' system go back to 2012.

A look at the 'Pre-Check' system claims over ONE MILLION people have registered! Allowing a private corporation and the TSA/DHS to scan your Iris & fingerprints is beyond imagination!

The company said it is certified as a "Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology" by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and has already been used 2 million times by travelers in airports across the country, from New York to Colorado and California.

Dulles is the nation's third most popular airport enrollment site, with 17,844 applications filed there as of March 22, the TSA said. Reagan has seen 9,214 applications.
BWI does not offer on-site enrollment, but an off-site location in Dundalk has received 9,404 applications and another in Linthicum has seen 1,931.

CLEAR proudly boasts:

We are thrilled to bring CLEAR to BWI, one of the nation’s fastest-growing airports and one our CLEAR members have requested be added to our network,” said CLEAR CEO Caryn Seidman Becker. “Increasing our east coast presence and joining the DC Metro Area is a 2015 priority for us and we are thrilled to be accomplishing this in partnership with BWI.

Of course they're thrilled! CLEAR & DHS's shareholders must be doing cartwheels and law enforcement must be throwing block parties at the prospect of having over One MILLION+ Americans hand over their biometrics freely.

Those interested in joining CLEAR’s membership program can apply online or at BWI’s A, B and D concourses for a fee of less than $15 a month, which also includes discounts to other services such as Hertz car rentals. The company also offers “preferred rates” for military personnel and corporations.

Giving discounts to corporations, is a no-brainer they're the ones behind our Police State!

Incredible! You have to pay a private company and the TSA $15.00 a month to let them use your biometric info. and as an added bonus they'll give you a discount on Hertz car rentals!

What do you not want for Valentines day or any other day? A GODDAMN CLEAR gift card for $49.00! It's come to this, biometric companies have the audacity to offer gift cards to your loved ones! Send them to everyone in congress, see if they'll scan their iris and fingerprints.

I say BOYCOTT Hertz now, and fight for our rights. Things have gone so incredibly off the reservation we have to stop this!

John McAfee: 'Stingrays' being used to spy on him and the public without a warrant

McAfee claims law enforcement in major cities have hundreds of 'Stingray' devices! Listen to the video above.

The map below tracks what we know, based on press reports and publicly available documents, about the use of stingray tracking devices by state and local police departments. Following the map is a list of the federal law enforcement agencies known to use the technology throughout the United States. The ACLU has identified 48 agencies in 20 states and the District of Columbia that own stingrays, but because many agencies continue to shroud their purchase and use of stingrays in secrecy, this map dramatically underrepresents the actual use of stingrays by law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Stingrays, also known as "cell site simulators" or "IMSI catchers," are invasive cell phone surveillance devices that mimic cell phone towers and send out signals to trick cell phones in the area into transmitting their locations and identifying information. When used to track a suspect's cell phone, they also gather information about the phones of countless bystanders who happen to be nearby. Click here for the latest ACLU news and analysis on stingrays.

Click on the link below to see how many law enforcement agencies are using 'Stingrays'.

EPIC Prevails in "Stingray" Case Against FBI:

EPIC's lawsuit produced the release of more than 4,000 pages of documents about a phony cell tower technique called "Stingray." The documents obtained by EPIC revealed that the FBI used the devices to monitor cell phones without a warrant, and provided Stingrays to other law enforcement agencies.

Below is a list of 'Stingray' detector apps:

SnoopSnitch Stingray Detector App:

Twitter Stingray Detector App:

Android IMSI-Catcher Detector :

Spidey App Stingray Detector:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

What's next in police state America? Why armed TSA police of course!

Are you ready for an armed TSA?

The NY Times reported the union that represents the TSA renewed its push for armed agents at checkpoints of the nation's airports. Using a violent attack by a machete-wielding taxi driver in New Orleans as an excuse. 

Another pilot allegedly crashed a plane on purpose with 150 people on board, why doesn't the TSA demand yearly psychological and polygraphs exams of pilots? Why don't they set up random DUI pre-flight checkpoints of pilots nationwide?  What about tired pilots that fall asleep in the cockpit? Police state America knows pilots would strike and air transportation would come to a halt.

There's NO WAY OF KNOWING if your pilot has a mental illness in America.

In the U.S., the Federal Aviation Administration requires that pilots receive a physical exam from a flight surgeon annually or every six months depending upon the pilot's age. The International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. agency that sets global aviation standards, also requires that pilots receive a periodic medical exam, including a mental assessment.
Technically, doctors are supposed to probe for mental problems, but pilots said that's usually not how it works.
"There really is no mental health vetting," said John Gadzinski, a captain with a major U.S. airline and former Navy pilot. In 29 years of physicals from flight surgeons he's never once been asked about his mental health, he said.

Doug Moss, a Boeing 777 pilot for a major airline, said: "It is a very cursory inspection. If a pilot can just hold a reasonable conversation with a flight surgeon then that generally fulfills his square."
There also is no confidential reporting, Gadzinski said. "If you had a mental health issue, you certainly wouldn't tell your flight surgeon about that because it goes right to the FAA," he said.

AFGE represents 45,000 TSA officers nationwide. But AFGE doesn't want all TSA agents armed, but rather a special law enforcement unit administered by the TSA. How many armed TSA agents do you think they want 10,000, 15,000 maybe 25,000?

We need more police in America don't we?

It's hard to put a precise number on America's private police but it would be fair to say that there's over 1.5 MILLION and growing.

America has almost ONE MILLION police officers, this doesn't include private police or security guards, which is larger than the 1.5 MILLION by most estimates. Private security guards have outnumbered police officers since the 1980s. The more than 1 million contract security officers, and guards work directly for U.S. corporations.

That means there's over 2.5 MILLION POLICE in the US with no signs of stopping!

"You can see the public police becoming like the public health system," said Thomas M. Seamon, a former deputy police commissioner for Philadelphia who is president of Hallcrest Systems Inc.

Public/private police becoming like America's public health system? In other words it will continue to grow unchecked and over-funded. All you have to do is mention the magic word 'TERROR' and taxpayer dollars flood in unabated.

Will TSA agents be given armored mine-resistant vehicles 'tanks' and automatic weapons? Of course they will.

J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said TSA officers are subjected to VERBAL and physical violence on a regular basis.

Soon Americans will be too intimated to berate or criticize TSA agents decked out in tactical gear.

"We are sickened by the mindlessness and ferocity of this attack on TSA officers," Cox said in a statement on the union website. "TSOs go to work every day to keep our nation safe from violent individuals who look to inflict harm on the flying public. All too often, TSOs become the targets of violence themselves, both VERBAL and physical."

"The security of TSOs and the flying public at checkpoints is a real concern," AFGE tweeted Monday. "We can't just keep repeating the same incident over & over."

We're sickened by the never-ending war on... wait for it... TERROR! It's just more B.S. our mass media is feeding the public. Arming TSA agents are you F***ing kidding me?

Ask yourselves who's more dangerous a 'terrorist' pilot or an armed TSA agent?

We're sickened by police killing Americans. In 2014, police in the United States killed 1,100 people.  During that same year, police in Canada killed 14 people, police in China killed 12 people and police in Germany didn’t kill anyone at all. On a side note China's population is nearly 1.4 billion, America's is 333 million.

The DHS run TSA doesn't skip a beat in their attempt to arm every federal employee. Below is a list of numerous armed govt agencies that DHS controls or has close ties to:

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Department of Justice (USDOJ)
Department of State (DOS)
Department of Commerce (DOC)
Department of Education
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Department of the Interior (USDI)
Other Major Federal Law Enforcement Agencies

You're being programmed into accepting a national driver's license known as 'Real ID'

Half a century ago people had to be reassured their social security card was not being used for identification. Now there are federally standardized and globally synchronized ID cards, government-sponsored online ID projects, DNA databases, and even secret databases of your newborn baby's genetic information.