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.

Friday, September 19, 2014

States being forced to accept DHS's 'Real ID' national drivers license program

If you rely on your Oklahoma Driver's license to get into a secure area like a federal building or an airplane, things will be changing. Oklahoma is one of a handful of states that hasn't complied with a federal mandate to make our driver's licenses more secure.
Beginning in 2015, you won't be able to use your Oklahoma Driver's license as an ID to get through security at federal buildings. And in 2016 you won't be able to use it at the airport either.
“You would be required to have a driver's license and a passport or some other federal ID to actually go through the TSA checkpoint or fly on a commercial aircraft,” explained Karen Carney, spokeswoman with the Will Rogers World Airport.
That's because back in 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act that would make it harder for terrorists to get fake ID's. But in 2007, Oklahoma passed a law forbidding compliance with the act.
What the above sentence should say is: Congress sold us out to DHS and biometric companies that are tracking us & profiting from a national biometric ID program!
This is 100% B.S.  we need to repeal this spying program now!
Didn't the 'greatest generation' (WWII) fight to preserve these FOUR American Freedoms: 
1.) Freedom Of Speech & Expression
2.) Freedom Of Worship
3.) Freedom From Want (economic freedom, living a healthy peacetime life)
4.) Freedom From Fear (NSA, CIA, DHS/Police, etc.)
On Tuesday the Department of Public Safety says because of that law it "is not taking steps to ensure compliance with the federal REAL ID Act, and has not implemented any policy or practice for the purpose of meeting any of the act's requirements."
Those opposed to REAL ID say they are concerned about privacy issues, a federal ID system and an unfunded federal mandate. DPS says many measures discussed in the REAL ID Act are industry best practices that the department may have implemented independent to the act.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Police want police activist groups to be considered 'Domestic Extremists'

Several documents were released recently by the Peaceful Streets Project detailing how the Austin Police Department, The Austin Police Association, and several figures of authority conspired against The Peaceful Streets project, Cop Block, Oath Keepers, and several other peaceful organizations in an attempt to slander American activists as a whole. Police tried to draw conclusions backed with zero evidence in an attempt to gain the power to incarcerate activists who have broken no laws. Thumbnail credit: freethoughtproject.com
PSP recently released emails obtained via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed during Antonio Buehler’s lawsuit against APD, for his New Years Day arrest for filming the police.

Justin Berry  wrote a confidential ‘brief synopsis’ for ‘law enforcement only’, slandering activists and attempting to set the grounds for incarceration of people for peacefully maintaining beliefs and promoting ideas.  Here is that synopsis; strangely and laughably, he misspelled the word ‘imminent’.

“A nationwide movement has begun against the United States Government and all government officials including those at the local level and the police officers employed by these agencies. (Anonymous, 2o12). Locally, numerous activists have combined their programs to work together towards the same agenda, which seems similarly in line with that of the national revolution movement. This document is just a short prelude into a much greater presentation to inform law enforcement agencies and city officials of a suspected and planned “citizen action” (citizens’ arrest) movement on November 5th, 2012.”
Why do police departments need 12,000 bayonets?
During recent hearings one U.S. senator pointed out that Texas police departments have 12 times the number of MRAPs than the state’s National Guard. In Florida, local law enforcement has received 45 MRAPs while the state’s National Guard has none, added the article in the Christian Science Monitor.
During the hearings, Sen. Rand Paul focused on the fact that the Pentagon had provided 12,000 bayonets to police departments.
He asked Alan Estevez, the Pentagon’s principal deputy undersecretary for acquisition, technology, and logistics, for an explanation about the bayonets.
“I cannot answer what use bayonets would be,” Estevez responded.
“I can answer it for you,” Senator Paul replied. “None.”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What you're not being told about the USA Freedom Act

The current “gutted” version of the U.S.A. Freedom Act (S. 2685) will only serve to legalize government’s currently illegal surveillance of innocent civilians. A coalition of whistleblowers & civil liberties organizations published a letter calling on members of Congress to reject the empty reform.
Please click here & add your name to the letter & please contact your local representative to voice your opposition to its passage.
“Governmental security agencies’ zeal for collecting Americans’ personal information without regard for cost, efficacy, legality, or public support necessitates that Congress act to protect the rights of residents across the United States and around the globe,” writes the group under the banner of the OffNow campaign. The letter is signed by a number of intelligence community whistleblowers, including Thomas Drake and Daniel Ellsburg, as well as over 15 publications and organizations, such as RootsAction.orgCREDO ActionFight for the FutureRestore the Fourth and the Sunlight Foundation.
The U.S.A. Freedom Act, they charge, “is not the substantive reform originally envisioned and supported by the public” after it was introduced to both houses by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) in October 2013. In late May, H.R 3361 passed the House of Representatives—after being heavily marked up by the House Judiciary subcommittee—and moved on to the Senate where it has languished in the Senate Judiciary subcommittee. 
In its current form, the group says that the legislation now threatens to embolden the same violations it alleges to deter and has numerous ambiguities which make it “ripe for abuse.”

The Act, they write, “legalizes currently illegal surveillance activities, grants immunity to corporations that collaborate to violate privacy rights, reauthorizes the PATRIOT Act for an additional 2.5 years, and fails to reform EO 12333 or Section 702, other authorities used to collect large amounts of information on Americans.”
I am an original cosponsor of the Freedom Act, and I was involved in its drafting. At its best, the Freedom Act would have reined in the government’s unconstitutional domestic spying programs, ended the indiscriminate collection of Americans’ private records, and made the secret FISA court function more like a real court—with real arguments and real adversaries. 
I was and am proud of the work our group, led by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, did to promote this legislation, as originally drafted.
However, the revised bill that makes its way to the House floor this morning doesn’t look much like the Freedom Act.
This morning’s bill maintains and codifies a large-scale, unconstitutional domestic spying program. 
It claims to end “bulk collection” of Americans’ data only in a very technical sense: The bill prohibits the government from, for example, ordering a telephone company to turn over all its call records every day.
But the bill was so weakened in behind-the-scenes negotiations over the last week that the government still can order—without probable cause—a telephone company to turn over all call records for “area code 616″ or for “phone calls made east of the Mississippi.” The bill green-lights the government’s massive data collection activities that sweep up Americans’ records in violation of the Fourth Amendment. – Honorable Justin Amash
Sean Vitka, federal policy manager for the Sunlight Foundation writes in a blog post that despite its meager reforms, the legislation has “extraordinary potential to create a misleading view of what is going on behind closed doors and in secret courts.”
“The Intelligence Community’s past approach to ambiguous and weak laws underscore that this one threatens to do more harm than good,” Vitka argues.
Edward Snowden reveals more govt spying in the U.S. &
New Zealand:


The recent disclosure by Edward Snowden of the US government’s wide net of surveillance has stimulated an emotional debate about security, privacy, and secrecy. We have learned from Snowden that the National Security Agency engages in virtually unchecked monitoring of all sorts of communications that were thought to be private but that we now know are maintained in secret government databases.
Three fundamental issues are raised by these disclosures: Was it proper for the government to conduct such massive surveillance and to maintain such extensive files? Was it proper for the government to keep its surveillance program secret from the public? If not, did this governmental impropriety justify the unlawful disclosure of so much classified information by Snowden?
Continue reading below
There are no simple or perfect answers to these questions. All governments, even those that respect the right to privacy, must engage in some surveillance. The nature and extent of permissible intrusion on privacy will always depend on the nature and extent of the threats posed and the value of the information sought in preventing these threats from materializing. A delicate balance must be always struck between security and privacy.
Consider, for example, video surveillance of public areas. Such surveillance helped authorities identify the alleged perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombings and probably also helps to deter street crime, store thefts, and other threats to the public. And it does so with some, but fairly minimal, intrusions on our privacy, since surveillance cameras capture only our external movements in public places, and not our words or deeds in the privacy of our homes. It is not surprising therefore that few citizens object to this limited sort of public monitoring of our movements.
Contrast such benign intrusions with the far more massive ones revealed by Snowden. We don’t know precisely what sorts of information the NSA has gathered and from whom. (This lack of knowledge in itself is part of the problem.) But we know enough to be concerned that our phone calls, e-mails, and even oral conversations may be subject to governmental monitoring and collecting.
The government denies that it is listening to or reading the content of private communications between ordinary citizens, claiming that the NSA collects only the “metadata,” specifically the identifying features of the persons who are communicating; the times, durations, and locations of such communications; and other “externalities.” The massiveness of such a collection process tells the government a great deal about the substance of terrorist plans. But it also tells the government a great deal about the substance of our private lives. That is why there is so much controversy about a program that gathers so much with so few checks and so little accountability.
Part 1.) How should a democracy decide when to compromise its ideals in pursuit of victory?
Part 2.) Snowden case reveals a program with few checks and little accountability
Part 3.) How can US keep terror suspects with no hope of trial, but espouse due process?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Biometic spying on school kids lunches begins in Massachusetts

Schools in North Adams, Massachusetts, will be deploying biometrics as a way to make the lunch line more efficient. Finger scanners courtesy of identiMetrics, working in tandem with the school’s POS solution called NutriKids will be replacing swipe cards.
What's the common denominator in this? Why its money of course, private companies track and spy on your kids then send their info. to DHS/FBI the NSA etc., while reaping huge profits!
It's Big Brother's wet dream come true, spying on kids from birth and having their biometrics, now there will be no escaping police from knowing where & who you are.
identiMetrics fingerprint scanners claim they don’t store full fingerprints, just the information that allows them to match certain characteristics to an account expressed as a number. Can anyone say NSA? Last year the head of the NSA James Clapper lied about spying on Americans, do you really believe this line of B.S.?
Richard Alcombright, mayor of North Adams and chairman of the School Committee told iBerkshires that the complaints are not enough reason to abandon the program and technology. The biometric lunch line program is optional and parents have been sent materials explaining how the technology works. The system is expected to go live by the middle of next week.
Corey Nicholas, food service director for the public schools, said the idea was to move students through the cafeteria line more efficiently and ensure parents could accurately track their children's lunch habits online.

The district's "point of sale" equipment, NutriKids, supports the new biometric readers from identiMetrics.

"It's definitely going to streamline the system and make the transactions more accurate," said Nicholas on Tuesday. "Those that participate are able to see all those little transactions ... we want to make sure those transactions are as transparent as possible."

The use of biometrics — from fingers to irises — has been proliferating across public schools and higher education institutions as a way to increase efficiency and security. It's even gaining traction on iPhones and automobiles.
Florida, banned the use of biometrics in schools in June, calling it an invasion of children's privacy and a civil rights issue.
Parent Cara Roberts, sent a letter to Alcombright and to iBerkshires, over security concerns.

"Let us not allow our children to allow privacy to become a thing of the past. Our duty is to educate and protect them, not to catalog them like merchandise," she wrote. "Our duty is to teach them to protect and care for their bodies. What message are we sending when we tell them their body is a means of identification, a tool for others to use to track them?"

 "No child should have to have a body part scanned to get a meal! There was no problems with those swipe cards that we were ever made aware of," wrote one parent on Facebook, who said she'd send her child with bag lunch before allowing a fingerprint scan.
FBI's biometric ID system goes national:
The FBI 's new biometric identification system called Next Generation Identification System includes facial recognition technology.
Click here to read more about the FBI's biometric ID system.
"This effort is a significant step forward for the criminal justice community in utilizing biometrics as an investigative enabler," the FBI said in a statement.
The system is designed to expand biometric identification capabilities across the country to police and will replace the FBI's current fingerprint system.
Isn't it convenient that government run public schools are collecting kids biometrics? Adults will fair no better as DHS is forcing states to adopt a national ID drivers license or 'enhanced drivers license' that stores all your biometrics for authorities.
Click here, here and here to read more about DHS's national drivers license program.
Civil-liberties groups say a national database will endanger the privacy of everyday citizens guilty of no wrongdoing.
The ACLU, EFF and others warned that the facial-recognition program has "undergone a radical transformation" since it was last vetted for privacy concerns six years ago. The lack of oversight, they said, "raises serious privacy and civil-liberties concerns."
"One of the risks here, without assessing the privacy considerations, is the prospect of mission creep with the use of biometric identifiers," Jeramie Scott, national security counsel with the Electronic Privacy Information Center, told National Journal in June. "It's been almost two years since the FBI said they were going to do an updated privacy assessment, and nothing has occurred." 
Its a sad state of affairs when Americans are left to wonder who isn't spying on us? Disturbingly even the U.S. Navy is spying on Americans without a warrant:
Navy investigators regularly run illegally broad online surveillance operations that breach the line against military enforcement of civilian law.
"To accept that position would mean that NCIS agents could, for example, routinely stop suspected drunk drivers in downtown Seattle on the off-chance that a driver is a member of the military, and then turn over all information collected about civilians to the Seattle Police Department for prosecution," wrote Judge Marsha Berzon for the majority.
"So far as we can tell from the record, it has become a routine practice for the Navy to conduct surveillance of all the civilian computers in an entire state to see whether any child pornography can be found on them, and then to turn over the information to civilian law enforcement when no military connection exists," the ruling states.

"We have here abundant evidence that the violation at issue has occurred repeatedly and frequently, and that the government believes that its conduct is permissible, despite prior cautions by our court and others that military personnel, including NCIS agents, may not enforce the civilian laws."
Just imagine what they and every government agency will do when they have your biometrics.
The FBI's biometric system includes two new databases.
One, called Rap Back, enables FBI authorized entities the ability to receive ongoing status notifications of any criminal history reported on specific individuals. The bureau says that it will help law enforcement agencies, probation and parole offices, to receive "ongoing status notifications" regarding the reported criminal history of people "in positions of trust, such as schoolteachers."
The second is called the Interstate Photo System. IPS facial recognition service will provide law enforcement agencies across the country an image-searching capability of photographs associated with criminal identities. The Feds say it is a significant step forward for the criminal justice community in utilizing biometrics as an investigative tool.
This latest phase ois only one portion of the FBI's NGI System. Since phase one was deployed in February 2011, the NGI system has introduced enhanced automated fingerprint and latent search capabilities, mobile fingerprint identification, and electronic image storage.
More than 18,000 law enforcement agencies and other authorized criminal justice partners across the country will have access to the system 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Judge Sonia Sotomayor: Americans should be alarmed by spread of drones

Americans should be more concerned about their privacy being invaded by the spread of drones, Justice Sonia Sotomayor told an Oklahoma City audience.
Speaking before a group of faculty members and students at Oklahoma City University’s law school on Sept. 11, Justice Sotomayor said “frightening” changes in surveillance technology should encourage citizens to take a more active role in the privacy debate. She said she’s particularly troubled by the potential for commercial and government drones to compromise personal privacy.
Said Justice Sotomayor:
There are drones flying over the air randomly that are recording everything that’s happening on what we consider our private property. That type of technology has to stimulate us to think about what is it that we cherish in privacy and how far we want to protect it and from whom. Because people think that it should be protected just against government intrusion, but I don’t like the fact that someone I don’t know…can pick up, if they’re a private citizen, one of these drones and fly it over my property.
Technological advances make it possible for devices to “listen to your conversations from miles away and through your walls,” Justice Sotomayor said. “We are in that brave new world, and we are capable of being in that Orwellian world, too.”
Justice Sotomayor, the first Hispanic justice, also talked about diversity on the high court bench, saying there was still room for improvement in areas beyond race, ethnicity and gender.
“We don’t have one criminal defense lawyer on our court,” she said, saying the high court also lacked justices with big law experience or who come from solo practices. “There’s something not good about that.”
“The president should be paying attention to that broader diversity question,” she said.
Justice Sotomayor, whose visit to the school coincided with 9/11 ceremonies, also spoke about lessons that Americans could draw from the 2001 terror attacks.
“I learned what being a united America was like,” the native New Yorker said, according to the Oklahoman. “I watched people see past their differences and find their commonality.”
Two former Supreme Court Justices – Souter and O’Connor – also warned of dictatorship.
A small handful of players control:
The loonies are in charge of the insane asylum … but people are so distracted and afraid we need to reclaim our freedom!
Drone pilots are over 40% more likely to be depressed, angry and hostile:
An Air Force drone personality report titled "Personality Test Scores that Distinguish U.S. Air Force Remotely Piloted Aircraft “Drone” Pilot Training Candidates" revealed some alarming personality traits in drone pilots.
"An extensive meta-analysis of the literature over the past 20 years regarding military pilot selection conducted by Paullin et al. reported personality traits relevant to performance include high levels of conscientiousness, achievement orientation, emotional stability, resilience, self-confidence, self-esteem, risk tolerance, assertiveness, self-discipline, and excitement seeking.
The emergence of RPAs (MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper RPAs) has presented new challenges to recruiting volunteers for the RPA pilot career field. In 2012, almost 1 out of 5 RPA pilot training slots went unfilled. The consistent shortfall in RPA pilot volunteers has been attributed to a variety of administrative and cultural issues. Although an exhaustive list is beyond the scope of this study, issues contributing to a lack of volunteers from among manned aircraft pilots within the USAF include lower perceived promotion rates, fewer professional development opportunities, a general lack of recognition in the form of awards and medals as compared to their manned aircraft counterparts, and a general lack of motivational interest in the RPA career field.
Discussions the authors of this study had with various personnel within the USAF aviation community (e.g., flight surgeons, manned aircraft pilots, and commanders in high-level leadership positions) revealed a wide range of opinions and perceptions regarding the characteristics of this new generation of pilot candidates. Some perceive such RPA pilot candidates to have a socially detached and isolative disposition. Others reported such candidates were more likely to be less tolerant to stress; less excitement seeking and action oriented; less assertive; more socially introverted and withdrawn; more socially compliant and straightforward; more modest and trusting; and less self-disciplined, achievement oriented, and deliberate.
It is difficult to identify the roots of these negative perceptions. Those who do report such differences tend to base their judgments on subjective impressions. However, many do not share the same perceptions or report observable differences between RPA and manned airframe pilot training candidates. As a result, the personality traits that distinguish this new generation of USAF RPA pilot training candidates are a controversial area, and objective studies are needed to substantiate or refute widely held beliefs and stereotypes"
More disturbing is the Table 1 graphic found on page 7 titled 'NEO-PI-R Domains and Facet T-Scores for USAF Pilot Training Candidates':
More than 40% exhibit signs of anxiety, anger/hostility, depression vulnerability to stress etc., are these the people we want behind the trigger or camera?
Judge Napolitano warns Americans: Our civil liberties are being destroyed by Obama:
“What has happened is the government has succeeded in terrifying Americans into believing that if they sacrificed their liberties, they would somehow be safer.” Napolitano told radio host Tim Constantine.
“Yet, some of the things that George W. Bush did on his own have been done by Barack Obama and he has used the fact that Bush did them and got away with them as a precedent. That troubles me.” the former New Jersey Superior Court Judge added.
Click here to watch the video.
Napolitano warned that the next president will be able to simply point to Obama’s actions as a way of justifying going even further, in a snowballing of authoritarianism.
“Fill-in-the-blank that will be elected in 2016 would not be above- unless it’s Rand Paul – would not be above or beneath making the same claim and using Barack Obama’s unconstitutional, unlawful, and quite candidly, murderous behavior as a precedent.” Napolitano added.
“Because when the president does something, and it becomes a precedent – meaning there is no blowback, Congress didn’t do anything about it, the courts didn’t interfere and prevent it from happening again – when the president gets away with that, it becomes a precedent for a future president.” Napolitano urged.
He opined that the actions of the President’s office and the Executive are inexplicably far removed from the Founding Fathers vision of government.
“Basically, in amending the Constitution by consent rather than by amendment, by agreeing to overlook the due process clause when the president wants to, this would turn Jefferson and Madison and even Hamilton and Adams in their graves!” Napolitano stated.
Asked how this sorry state of affairs has come about, Napolitano replied “I think the government is so afraid to admit its failures, thirteen years ago on 9/11, that in order to get our eyes off the failures, off what they did and failed to do prior to 9/11, they’ve created this universal surveillance state afterwards with the promise that it will never happen again.”
“They are fixated upon surveilling Americans and getting away with it. in my opinion Edward Snowden is a national hero for revealing the unlawful and unconstitutional behaviour of the government right under our noses.” the former judge stated.
In further interviews on Fox News, Napolitano reiterated his remarks, noting that “we are profoundly less free” as well as less safe than prior to 9/11. “Every single liberty guaranteed in the Bill of Rights has been violated with impunity by the Bush administration and by the Obama administration.” he said, adding “we now have come to the point to expect the government to spy on us.”
In an appearance with Neil Cavuto, Napolitano directly compared the NSA and DHS to the East German Stasi, in the wake of reports that DHS is coercing major retailers to monitor customer’s buying habits in an effort to uncover terrorists within the borders.
“Who wants to live in an America where the government behaves like the Stasi in East Germany or the KGB in the Soviet Union, against which we waged a Cold War because of what they did to their people.” he stated.
“What the government does doesn’t trouble us anymore, that we accept it and expect it, because we believe this nonsense that by giving up our liberties, we will somehow be kept safe.” the judge urged.
 “As a result, your children and your grandchildren will grow up in a society and never know the privacy that our parents and grandparents and we knew.”

Friday, September 12, 2014

DHS wants retail stores to spy & report on American consumers

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said his department will be issuing new guidance to retailers this week giving them pointers on how to spot potential terrorists among their customers by looking at what they’re buying.
While saying the government cannot prohibit sales of some everyday materials, Mr. Johnson said retailers should be trained to look for anyone who buys a lot from what he described as a “long list of materials that could be used as explosive precursors.”
He said it was an extension of the “If you see something, say something” campaign launched by his predecessor, former Secretary Janet Napolitano, which tries to enlist average Americans to be aware of their immediate environment.
“We can’t and we shouldn’t prohibit the sale of a pressure cooker. We can sensitize retail businesses to be on guard for suspicious behavior by those who buy this kind of stuff,” Mr. Johnson said during a question-and-answer session after a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations.
He said the government should be looking for patterns in someone’s travel or purchasing that raise questions — particularly if they are buying what he called “explosive precursors.”
Other than pressure cookers, Mr. Johnson did not say what other products might appear on the guidance that will be sent to retailers.
Mr. Johnson said he is aware of the tenuous balance between security and freedom, and does not want to upset it with his moves.
An FBI Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force handout being distributed to Colorado military surplus store owners lists the purchase of popular preparedness items and firearms accessories as “suspicious” and “potential indicators of terrorist activities,” instructing store owners to keep records on and report people who:
“Make bulk purchase of items to include:
Weatherproofed ammunition or match containers
Meals Ready to Eat (MRE's)
Night Vision Devices; night flashlights; gas masks
High capacity magazines
Bi-pods or tri-pods for rifles”
The FBI handout, entitled “Communities Against Terrorism: Potential Indicators of Terrorist Activities Related to Military Surplus Stores” also instructs surplus store owners to:
“Require valid ID from all new customers.
Keep records of purchases.
Talk to customers, ask questions, and listen to and observe their responses.
Watch for people and actions that are out of place.
Make note of suspicious statements, people, and /or vehicles.
If something seems wrong, notify law enforcement authorities.”
The handout also instructs surplus store owners to consider as “suspicious” anyone who “demands identity ‘privacy’” or anyone who expresses “extreme religious statements” and those who “make suspicious comments regarding anti-US, or radical theology.”
The “Communities Against Terrorism” flyer closes by stating:
Preventing terrorism is a community effort. By learning what to look for, you can make a positive contribution in the fight against terrorism. The partnership between the community and law enforcement is essential to the success of anti -terrorism efforts.
Some of the activities, taken individually, could be innocent and must be examined by law enforcement professionals in a larger context to  determine whether there is a basis to investigate. The activities outlined on this handout are by no means all-inclusive but have been compiled from a review of terrorist events over several years.
The handout encourages surplus store owners and employees to provide information on “suspicious” customers by calling the Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force or the Colorado Information Analysis Center.
Below are three examples of DHS's absurd false flag terror warnings: