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, May 22, 2015

The Police Chiefs Assoc. wants a national drone policy

CONFIRMED, there is a national police drone surveillance program:

Over a week ago, I reported on how DHS is using police departments to set up a national drone surveillance program. Then like 'magic' the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) announces a national drone policy! Was it a coincidence? For those who didn't already know it, they're part of Homeland Security, that's right every police chief is working with DHS. They proudly boast how their Board Of Directors works with DHS.

"The IACP Committee on Homeland Security entered its current, final incarnation in 2003, although the committee arose out of the IACP’s response to 9/11 and the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).'

Click here, here and here to read more.

What's not well known is the IACP's and DHS's close ties with private security across the country!

Everyone should assume that every security guard is working for DHS! Mall security guards are using facial recognition software to spy on everyone! Click here and here to read how security guards have become America's secret surveillance force .

 DHS is training security guards nationwide.

Did you know that a bill, HR 658, the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act, authorized the use of 30,000 spy drones in 2012?  Think about the enormity of this for just a second... 30-THOUSAND spy drones flying overhead spying on everyone. If you divide that by 50 states, that's 600 drones per state!

Yesterday the mass media reported on how surveillance drones are needed to IMPROVE public safety:

"Police agencies across the nation are increasingly using drones to improve public safety, but need clear operations policies and limits to win public trust, experts said at a law enforcement conference in San Diego."

This is utter B.S.! The public doesn't need limits put on their usage we don't want them and they should be BANNED!

A university professor who's also a deputy is working with DHS to promote a national drone surveillance program:

"Alan Frazier, a Grand Forks County part-time sheriff’s deputy and also an associate professor for the University of North Dakota’s Department of Aviation."

"Frazier said his sheriff’s agency has used its drones 18 times across the state in the past two years. He said they have helped search flood zones, photograph homicide scenes and track felony suspects."

Dozens of universities are working on profitable drone surveillance programs to be used to spy on Americans! Click here & here to read more.

In 2011 the ACLU warned drones would have high-powered zoom lenses, night vision, see-through walls imaging, video analytics to identify "suspicious" movement patterns, and distributed video drones that can look at an entire city and stay up in the air for two weeks at a time.

Drones can collect huge amounts of data that can "track people and vehicles from altitudes above 20,000 feet." Take a look at some "crowd captures" and zoom in for serious detail.  Other drones are equipped with "live-feed video cameras, infrared cameras, heat sensors, and radar."

The EFF warned drones can monitor our activities constantly, both in public and-through the use of heat sensors or other technology-inside our homes!

The use of drones creates a police state! It's an invasion of our personal privacy.

Here's the IACP's suggested policy on the use of surveillance drones – or UAV's:

  • Drone deployment must be authorized by an executive officer or supervisor.
  • Deployments would be to assess the scope of an incident, assist search and rescue, give aerial views for crowd control or temporary perimeter control, to document a crime or accident scene or assist tactical squads.
  • Drones would be used only by trained operators within line-of-sight of the device and other FAA rules.
  • Flights times, locations, missions and operators should be fully documented.
  • Drones should not be equipped with weapons.
  • Data should be downloaded securely and not erased or duplicated without written approval.
  • Agencies should consider notifying the public when the drone is being used.

  • The IACP also issued a drone policy in 2012.

    A couple of weeks ago the Illinois State Police announced that the FAA has authorized what it calls its 'Unmanned Aircraft System Program'.

    It's a F***ING surveillance drone program, for god's sake! DHS/Police are trying to mask what it really is, by calling it an 'Unmanned Aircraft System Program'.

    The State Police are avoiding the word 'drone' because 'it carries the perception of pre-programmed or automatic flight patterns, and random, indiscriminate collection of images and information.'

    The announcement says the program 'is not being implemented for surveillance purposes.'

    Does anyone really believe they'll be used sparingly? Wake up America, the American Police State is out of control!

    Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell: Drones Do Radicalize But “No Other Alternative”

    Thursday, May 21, 2015

    Homeland Security is paying police to set up DUI checkpoints

    Drunk driving has decreased by one-third since 2007 and three-quarters since 1973, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) 2013-2014 Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers.

    The NHTSA used FORCIBLY collected oral fluid or blood samples from 11,100 drivers at 60 locations across the country to make the determination that drunk driving is decreasing.

    Click here to read more.

    If drunk driving is down, why is there an increase in illegal no-refusal blood draw checkpoints across the country?

    Why would DHS pay police departments to set up DUI checkpoints? It's all about conditioning the public to accept illegal 4th. Amendment intrusions by DHS. The NHTSA/DHS are giving out MILLIONS in grant money, which is essentially paying police departments to set up checkpoints.

    Warning: If you drive within 100 miles of either border you WILL be interrogated at an illegal checkpoint.

    DHS has partnered with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA). Click here & here to read more.

    The NHTSA & DHS are providing police across the country with 'No Refusal DUI' toolkits! Click here & here to find out more.

    The Department of Transportation is also part of DHS. Click herehere and here to read more.

    Connecticut Police will hold a DUI checkpoint this Friday night at the intersection of Corbin Avenue South and West Main Street.

    The checkpoint is part of a grant the department received from the Connecticut Department of Transportation that provides 75% overtime reimbursement to support increased DUI detection and enforcement efforts, police said.

    Police said the grant will be used to "staff additional DUI patrols as well as roadside sobriety checkpoints."

    Police in Miami. Florida are setting up barricades and traffic loops, turning Miami Beach into a mini police state!

    image credit: nbcmiami.com

    "Miami Beach will once again turn itself into a mini police state during Memorial Day weekend. The traffic loops, barricades, and checkpoints will all return this year."

    Police in Philadelphia post the exact locations of their DUI checkpoints.

    Police in California proudly boast to “Avoid the 13 DUI Task Force” where they target innocent drivers:

  • DUI and driver’s license checkpoints;
  • Roving DUI saturation patrols;
  • Warrant and probation sweeps;
  • Sting operations targeting offenders who drive away from court.

  • The Calif. Office of Traffic Safety even posts an annual calendar of DUI checkpoints, giving everyone the dates but not the exact locations.

    The South Carolina Dept. Of Safety provides numerous links to 'Highway Safety Grants' provided by DHS.

    Even the Department of Defense is giving out grants to police departments! Click here to read more.

    DHS/Police want to put breathalyzers in EVERY bar!

    Last year Utah introduced a bill to have breathalyzers put in every bar and bill customers $2.00!

    The devices can cost as much as $1,000. To date, nightspots that have such meters generally affix them to walls and charge about $2 for a reading, and patrons often wander over for a laugh.

    "Utah DUI arrests have dipped in recent years, but lawmakers say the state should do more to prevent those numbers from climbing again."

    Does doing more include treating every bar patron like a criminal?

    Below is a list of recent examples of the war on drunk driving:

    MADD/DHS want to put breathalyzers in every vehicle.
    (MADD has a close relationship with DHS, click here & here to read more.)

    DHS wants automakers to equip every car with DUI interlock devices.

    DHS wants to have everyone wear portable alcohol biosensors.

    Where is all this heading? Why to a complete American Police State of course!

    Checkpoint refusal documentary

    DHS border patrol agents currently have the authority to stop and conduct searches on vessels, trains, aircraft, or other vehicles anywhere within “a reasonable distance from any external boundary of the United States.” This “reasonable distance” is defined as 100 miles from any border North or South.

    In this 100-mile zone, the Border Patrol has claimed certain extra-constitutional powers, such as, claiming the authority to operate inland immigration checkpoints.

    In practice, Border Patrol agents routinely ignore or misunderstand the limits of their legal authority, violating the constitutional rights of innocent people. Although the 100-mile border zone is not literally "Constitution-free," it is frequently treated as such by the Border Patrol.

    As a result, two-thirds of the U.S. population, or approximately 200 million people, are potentially subject to detention and warrantless searches by Border Patrol agents.

    This film documents the story of Pastor Steven Anderson being being beaten, Tasered, and jailed for refusing a warrant-less search of his vehicle. The film also covers his trial and subsequent border patrol encounters.

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    Obama/DHS want to 'officially' create a national police force

    Ironically DHS already controls our police departments and is using taxpayer dollars to create a national drone surveillance program. Last year a police expert revealed police departments have become Homeland Security Police.

    Here's a sample of what America has become under DHS:

    Three former NSA officials say America is a police state!

    DHS run police departments are using community outreach programs to spy on Americans.

    DHS run DEA has been spying on BILLIONS of our phone calls for decades. DHS is turning America into a giant surveillance state.

    The American Police state is out of control, the DEA is harassing Amtrak passengers looking for NERVOUS or CALM passengers that stare STRAIGHT AHEAD, etc.! In March of this year I wrote how DHS, I mean the DEA is letting police spy on passenger records without warrants.

    DHS is influencing our TV shows and movies.

    The 'Interim Report of The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing' reveals how DHS wants to 'officially' create a national police force.

    Remember this is the very same DHS Chief that claimed the 4th. Amendment is BEYOND HIS COMPETENCE!

    America's police have an 'occupational force mentality'.

    The President's Task Force report is approximately 109 pages long–including appendices and notes–and outlines ways in which law enforcement can be federalized!

    Below are some of the suggestions for creating an 'official' national police force:
    1.2.1 ACTION ITEM: The U.S. Department of Justice should develop and disseminate case studies that provide examples where past injustices were publicly acknowledged by law enforcement agencies in a manner to help build community trust.
    1.8.1 ACTION ITEM: The Federal Government should create a Law Enforcement Diversity Initiative designed to help communities diversify law enforcement departments to reflect the demographics of the community
    1.8.4 ACTION ITEM: Discretionary federal funding for law enforcement programs could be influenced by that department’s efforts to improve their diversity and cultural and linguistic responsiveness.
    2.2.4 ACTION ITEM: Policies on use of force should also require agencies to collect, maintain, and report data to the Federal Government on all officer-involved shootings, whether fatal or nonfatal, as well as any in-custody death.
    2.7.2 ACTION ITEM: The Federal Government should create a mechanism for investigating complaints and issuing sanctions regarding the inappropriate use of equipment and tactics during mass demonstrations
    2.8 RECOMMENDATION: Some form of civilian oversight of law enforcement is important in order to strengthen trust with the community. Every community should define the appropriate form and structure of civilian oversight to meet the needs of that community.
    2.8.1 ACTION ITEM: The U.S. Department of Justice, through its research arm, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), should expand its research agenda to include civilian oversight.
    3.1.1 ACTION ITEM: The Federal Government should support the development and delivery of training to help law enforcement agencies learn, acquire, and implement technology tools and tactics that are consistent with the best practices of 21st century policing.
    3.3.1 ACTION ITEM: As part of the process for developing best practices, the U.S. Department of Justice should consult with civil rights and civil liberties organizations, as well as law enforcement research groups and other experts, concerning the constitutional issues that can arise as a result of the use of new technologies.
    3.6 RECOMMENDATION: The Federal Government should support the development of new “less than lethal” technology to help control combative suspects.
    5.1 RECOMMENDATION: The Federal Government should support the development of partnerships with training facilities across the country to promote consistent standards for high quality training and establish training innovation hubs.
    5.3.1 ACTION ITEM: Recognizing that strong, capable leadership is required to create cultural transformation, the U.S. Department of Justice should invest in developing learning goals and model curricula/training for each level of leadership
    5.13 RECOMMENDATION: The U.S. Department of Justice should support the development and implementation of improved Field Training Officer programs.
    These are just a few of the many suggestions, but they provide a WARNING to everyone on how a national police force would look:

    Monday, May 18, 2015

    Court: DHS can use it's cellphone kill switch anytime, anywhere

    A D.C. appeals court ruled DHS can shutdown cellphone service anywhere for any reason and there's NOTHING we can do about it!

    In Feb. 2015 the appeals court agreed with the government's contention that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows DHS to withhold documents if their exposure could "endanger" public safety.

    This is freaking unbelievable! An appeals court claims the public could be 'ENDANGERED' if we knew the details of DHS's cellphone kill switch!

    After the decision, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) asked the court to revisit the issue in what is known as an en banc review. The appeals court declined the order.

    EFF demanded the document in 2011 after DHS shutdown cellphone service in a train station in advance of a peaceful protest! DHS refused to divulge the documents associated with Standard Operating Procedure 303, which the appeals court described as a "unified voluntary process for the orderly shut-down and restoration of wireless services during critical emergencies such as the threat of radio-activated improvised explosive devices."

    What is it going to take for the public to wake up? DHS controls our courts, police, justice system and much more. Now they control our cell phone service! Where does it end?

    EPIC sued and won the case in the lower courts. But power hungry DHS appealed and won!

    In its petition for a rehearing, EPIC argued that the appellate court's decision "created a catch-all provision that would allow federal agencies to routinely withhold records subject to disclosure where the agency merely asserts a speculative security risk."

    SOP 303 allows for the shutting down of wireless networks "within a localized area, such as a tunnel or bridge, and within an entire metropolitan area."

    This gives law enforcement carte blanche to shut down cell phone service anywhere in the country!

    Friday, May 15, 2015

    Warning: You WILL be interrogated for driving within 100 miles of the Canadian border

    Image credit: U-T San Diego News

    Random checkpoints are being set up by U.S. Customs [DHS] agents in the northeast within 100 miles of the Canadian border.

    The Border Patrol operates a national network of internal checkpoints, illegally stopping motorists up to 100 miles inside our border! These illegal checkpoints allow DHS to stop and search law-abiding American citizens without justification.

    It's about to get much WORSE, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved Bill S.750 which gives Border Patrol/DHS agents “immediate access to federal land within 100 miles” of both national borders and prohibit the “Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture” from impeding any CBP activities.

    “Border Patrol already has unfettered access to protected federal public lands along the border,” Dan Millis, borderlands program coordinator for the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club. “In fact, Border Patrol currently has more access to the border and surrounding lands than the public.”

    Imagine this: You and your family drive to Maine to visit Acadia National Park which receives over 2 MILLION tourists. Acadia is within 100 miles of the border and our govt sets up checkpoints to interrogate EVERY visitor! That's the future of Police State America if we allow this B.S. to continue.

    Christian Ramírez, director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition, criticized the legislation not only for what it sets out to do, but for what it doesn’t do. “What any border bill should include are reforms to Customs and Border Protection to ensure greater oversight and accountability, none of which are included in S.750.”

    “Imagine this: Border Patrol decides to construct a surveillance tower dozens of feet tall, armed with cameras and motion sensors, in Saguaro National Park — Tucson’s backyard gem — with no public consultation,” added Millis. “It demonstrates the overreach and overkill of waiving laws 100 miles inland. That’s what McCain’s bill does.”

    The ACLU has called for rejection of the 100-mile designation and wants CBP’s authority to be limited to “no more than 25 miles from the border and…incursions onto private property to no more than 10 miles.” “The ‘100-Mile Rule’ has never been subjected to meaningful debate or scrutiny in Congress. There is nothing in the record to indicate whether the Justice Department’s designation of 100 miles as a ‘reasonable distance’ was anything other than an arbitrary selection.”

    On May 11th., 2015 Pennsylvania State Police attempt to punish man at checkpoint by towing his truck:

    Scott Marshall who was holding a sign warning people of an upcoming checkpoint. That’s when he realized that Officer Shair, of the PA State police, was attempting to tow his car that was parked on the side of the road and recorded the following video.

    On May 12th., 2015 DHS visited a mans house after he was Tasered & tackled by Border Patrol Agents for refusing to answer questions at a roadside checkpoint.

    The Watertown Daily Times describes how the Border Patrol is interrogating motorists in the Northeast:

    Last week, Jessica A. Cooke, 21, Ogdensburg, was pulled over at a border checkpoint in Waddington by border patrol agents who wanted to search her car’s trunk. During an altercation that followed, Ms. Cooke was Tasered for recording them!

    While Cooke is rolling around on the ground, screaming in pain, the agent repeatedly orders her to "get on your stomach." Her response: "What the fuck is wrong with you?" Also this: "Are you fucking retarded?" And this: "You fucking Tased me, you asshole!" These rejoinders do not have quite the same emotional impact as "I can't breathe," especially since Cooke survived the incident. Still, she asks good questions.

    No charges have been filed and Ms. Cooke said she never was read her Miranda rights, adding she was told by agents they were trying to decide whether to file state or federal charges of assaulting an officer.

    “They are trying to say that I put my hands on him first,” Ms. Cooke said. “That’s stupid; I had both hands on my phone, recording.”

    Ms. Cooke, a SUNY Canton criminal justice major who graduated Saturday, claims she was wrongfully assaulted and has threatened to file a lawsuit.

    Several people said they believed both parties deserve some blame for the altercation: Ms. Cooke for provoking agents with an uncooperative attitude and the agents for using excessive force to restrain her.

    Local citizens and visitors: speak out:

    In Watertown, Antonio F. Gigliotti said he does not consider road checkpoints set up by the Border Patrol to be cause for concern. “They don’t bother me,” he said. Mr. Gigliotti said he has traveled through checkpoints before without an issue. He said since he does not have anything to hide, he never feels worried when he passes through one.

    William R. Wagstaff Jr., Massena, said he believes border patrol agents at times abuse their power by asking to inspect vehicles without having reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed.
    “This woman had every right to refuse to open her trunk,” Mr. Wagstaff said in an email. “I have refused several times to let them search me and put their K-9 in my vehicle.”

    Mr. Wagstaff said he filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., and received a letter of apology. He also filed a complaint with border patrol officials in Swanton, Vt. “Now I don’t get harassed anymore,” he said.

    A 26-year-old SUNY Canton student who asked that his name be withheld said he has personally experienced aggressive questioning by border patrol agents in Buffalo where he resides. He believes he was targeted because he is a black man who was traveling to Grand Island, a predominately white community. “Protection is definitely needed, but it’s wrong when that authority gets abused,” he said. “They (border patrol agents) have a role to play, but it must be contained in that role.”

    Referring to Ms. Cooke’s situation, he said, “Her tone was a little abrasive, but they shouldn’t have put their hands on her. She wasn’t a threat to them or anyone around her.”

    Edward B. Foote, 21, Canton, said he felt border patrol checkpoints were necessary to catch people with illegal drugs. “They (border patrol) probably push the limits sometimes, but I’ve never had that experience,” Mr. Foote said.

    John Woodard Jr., Massena, said he believed the patrol officer in question in Ms. Cooke’s case went overboard with his behavior. “I think it was a little too excessive, actually,” Mr. Woodard said. “I think they’ve got a lot of stipulations for you to get across the border. People that have just minor felonies can’t even go across the border.”

    Tim Drew, an Arizona resident who was interviewed in Massena, said while he has had limited experience dealing with border patrol on the U.S.-Canada line, he said he is familiar with border issues on the border with Mexico.

    “I mean it’s regrettable, but when you enforce procedures in light of the recent security situations, innocent people do sometimes get hurt and it’s unfortunate, but I don’t find it to be wrong.”

    Therein lies the problem, the public finds Border Patrol/DHS abuse "regrettable but don't find it to be WRONG"!

    There are too many SHEEPLE who don't care if our rights are destroyed by DHS run law enforcement.