BIG BROTHER is watching...

2010


All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.   And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:8, 16-17)


 

Mind Your Tweets: CIA And European Union Building Social Networking Surveillance System
Social networking sites and applications such as Facebook, Twitter and their competitors can facilitate communication and information sharing amongst diverse groups and individuals is by now a cliché. It should come as no surprise then, that the secret state and the capitalist grifters whom they serve, have zeroed-in on the explosive growth of these technologies. One can be certain however, securocrats aren't tweeting their restaurant preferences or finalizing plans for after work drinks. No, researchers on both sides of the Atlantic are busy as proverbial bees building a "total information" surveillance system, one that will, so they hope, provide police and security agencies with what they euphemistically call "actionable intelligence."
Posted 11/2/09

National Security, One Microbe At A Time
We’ve entered an era where security threats can be hidden in a microorganism and pandemics can be mitigated from a laboratory. Biotechnology means new dangers, whether to personal health, international relations or in combat - but the same technology can also offer new solutions. 
Posted 11/2/09

Steps Toward The American Police State Are Always Tried-Out In Britain First
The very phrase “domestic extremist” defines protesters in the eyes of the police as the problem, the enemy. Spying on entire groups and organisations, and targeting the innocent, undermines not only our rights but the law – frightfully silly of me to drag this into an argument about policing, I know. Protest is part of the democratic process. It wasn’t the goodwill of politicians that led them to cancel developing countries’ debt, but the protests and campaigning of millions of ordinary people around the world. The political leaders were merely the rubber stamp in the democratic process. Thus any targeting and treatment of demonstrators (at the G20 for example) that creates a “chilling effect” – deterring those who may wish to exercise their right to protest – is profoundly undemocratic. No police, secret or otherwise, should operate without proper accountability.
Posted 11/2/09

Network Leaked Memo: Obama Controls Your Television Set
On September 10th of this year the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) posted a press release informing the world that “from October 19-25, more than 60 network TV shows [will] spotlight the power and personal benefits of service,” and that this “unprecedented block of TV programming is the first wave of a multi-year ‘I Participate’ campaign.” On its face this all sounds rather benign in that silly, liberal do-gooder kind of way. The networks have launched these kinds of campaigns before and other than some clunky exposition awkwardly inserted into your favorite show to meet the mandate — no harm, no foul. But this year there are a couple new strangers in town: “Volunteerism” and “Service.” You’ve heard of them. Their names have been bandied everywhere since President Obama took office, and this internal memo from the EIF to network showrunners obtained by Big Hollywood shows that the entertainment industry is well acquainted and eager to introduce both to as vast an audience as possible...
Posted 10/21/09

Obama's Unrestrained FBI: Is This America?
In the last weeks of the Bush-Cheney administration, FBI Director Robert Mueller and then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey rushed into law such unbounded expansions of the FBI's domestic surveillance powers that I was stunned. Years ago, I had often and critically reported on J. Edgar Hoover's ravenous invasions of Americans' personal privacy rights, including mine; but these new FBI guidelines, taking effect last Dec. 1, are unsparingly un-American. As described by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an ever-watchful guardian of the Constitution, these Attorney General's Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations authorize the FBI — without going to a court — "to open investigative 'assessments' of any American without any factual predicate or suspicion. Such 'assessments' allow the use of intrusive techniques to surreptitiously collect information on people suspected of no wrongdoing and no connection with any foreign entity. These inquiries may include the collection of information from online sources and commercial databases." The press has largely been uninterested in this suspension of the Bill of Rights — but we know a lot about David Letterman. President Barack Obama has expressed no objections to these radical revisions of the Constitution, a founding document he used to educate students about at the University of Chicago.
Posted 10/21/09

Child Porn Threat To Airport’s ‘Virtual Strip Search’ Scanners
Manchester Airport has rejected claims its new body scanners will fall foul of child pornography laws, claiming that because they use X-rays “they do not make an image”. The machines use low doses of radiation to deliver a 3D black and white scan of volunteer passengers’ bodies to a human operator sat in front of a screen. The scans reveal objects concealed underneath their clothes – including genitals. The airport says the technology will improve and speed up security checks. During the 12-month trial children will be scanned if their parents give consent. The policy has prompted the children’s civil rights group Action on Rights for Children (ARCH) to write to bosses, insisting they will break the law.
Posted 10/16/09

FBI Doing Facial Recognition Scans On DMV Photo Records
In its search for fugitives, the FBI has begun using facial-recognition technology on millions of motorists, comparing driver's license photos with pictures of convicts in a high-tech analysis of chin widths and nose sizes. The project in North Carolina has already helped nab at least one suspect. Agents are eager to look for more criminals and possibly to expand the effort nationwide. But privacy advocates worry that the method allows authorities to track people who have done nothing wrong. "Everybody's participating, essentially, in a virtual lineup by getting a driver's license," said Christopher Calabrese, an attorney who focuses on privacy issues at the American Civil Liberties Union. Earlier this year, investigators learned that a double-homicide suspect named Rodolfo Corrales had moved to North Carolina. The FBI took a 1991 booking photo from California and compared it with 30 million photos stored by the motor vehicle agency in Raleigh.
Posted 10/15/09

POLICE STATE, USA
A bill has been approved by the Massachusetts House of Representatives to take the state closer to giving the governor nearly unlimited power to declare states of emergency and public health emergencies.
Posted 10/14/09

Waco Siege "Enforcer" To Rule Over Global Police Force
Posted 10/14/09

Indiana Court: No Warrant Needed To Force DNA Testing
An Indiana appeals court has ruled that police do not need to obtain a search warrant before forcing someone to submit to a DNA test, a move that raises important privacy questions. The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled on September 30 that no court order was necessary to force a suspect to allow the inside of his cheek to be scraped and a sample of cells to be collected and the DNA analyzed. The case arose out charges filed against Arturo Garcia-Torres, who was convicted of rape and attempted rape in two cases involving female Valparaiso University students. A police detective collected a DNA sample from Garcia-Torres's cheek without obtaining a warrant, and the defense subsequently argued that a court order was required under the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits "unreasonable" searches and seizures.
Posted 10/12/09

Who's In Big Brother's Database?
On a remote edge of Utah's dry and arid high desert, where temperatures often zoom past 100 degrees, hard-hatted construction workers with top-secret clearances are preparing to build what may become America's equivalent of Jorge Luis Borges's "Library of Babel," a place where the collection of information is both infinite and at the same time monstrous, where the entire world's knowledge is stored, but not a single word is understood. At a million square feet, the mammoth $2 billion structure will be one-third larger than the US Capitol and will use the same amount of energy as every house in Salt Lake City combined. Unlike Borges's "labyrinth of letters," this library expects few visitors. It's being built by the ultra-secret National Security Agency—which is primarily responsible for "signals intelligence," the collection and analysis of various forms of communication—to house trillions of phone calls, e-mail messages, and data trails: Web searches, parking receipts, bookstore visits, and other digital "pocket litter."
Posted 10/12/09

Is Martial Law Coming To A State Near You?
I have repeatedly written articles about the complete disregard for the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts's as well as the disregard for the United States Constitution by elected officials in this State. Today, however, Massachusetts goes above and beyond into what can only be viewed as a true case of Big Brother knocking down the doors of American citizens. Today, by a vote of 113-36, the Massachusetts's House voted to grant the State's Governor the ability to force residents into mandatory vaccination in the event the Governor feels so inclined. It also grants him the right to declare martial law, to allow law officials the right to force themselves into a home without a warrant and to "contain" people for refusal to receive vaccinations. The bill also allows the State government to limit supply and distribution of antitoxins, serums, vaccines and antibiotics if it feels it is necessary, quarantine large areas of people and it mandates pharmacists report increases in antibiotic prescriptions. Public health officials would be given full ability to obtain private medical records to investigate or monitor what the State views as an "outbreak."
Posted 10/12/09

Mystery 'Police' Force Has Montana City On Edge
When two brand new, shiny black Mercedes SUVs bearing a "Hardin Police Department" logo drove through the main thoroughfare of Hardin, Mont., last week, people took notice. “How many police forces have Mercedes?” said Charlene Warren, a local business owner who has lived in Hardin for more than half a century. “That threw up a red flag.” And speaking of flags, it did not go unnoticed that the emblem on the sides of the SUVs bore a strong resemblance to the Serbian national flag. Furthermore, those "police department" cars were rolling through Hardin, a small southeastern Montana town of 3,600 that just happens not to have a police department. The luxury vehicles that rolled through town belonged to the American Police Force (APF), a California-based security firm that is drafting a contract that will give it control over a $27 million medium-security prison that was built in Hardin more than two years ago, but has never held any prisoners.
Posted 10/12/09

US Lawmakers Extend Patriot Act Provisions
Key US lawmakers passed legislation Thursday extending three key provisions of the PATRIOT Act, the sweeping intelligence bill enacted after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Backing a White House request, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the measure 11 votes to 8 to extend until 2013 three clauses that would have expired by 31 December. The bill now heads to the full Senate for a vote. The provisions include the "roving wiretap" clause, used to monitor mobile communications of individuals using multiple telephone lines, and the "lone-wolf" provision, which enables spying on individuals suspected of terrorist activity but with no obvious connection to extremist groups. Lawmakers also extended the life of controversial section 215, known as the "library records provision" that allows government agencies to access individual's library history. The committee had earlier met in a closed-door meeting with members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the intelligence community on ensuring their actions would not impede investigations already underway.
Posted 10/12/09

Free Flying Cyborg Beetles
In the future, when a spy worries about a room being bugged, she might have to look for actual bugs. Back in March we told you about Michel Maharbiz attaching electrodes to beetles’ brains to get them to beat their wings. Well, Maharbiz and his colleagues at the University of California Berkeley have taken the next step and taken their cyborg beetles out for a wireless flight. The experiment is funded by DARPA in the hopes of eventually creating a fully remote controlled spy insect that could listen in to conversations or possibly find missing people after a disaster. Check out the brief video from New Scientist below. In the recent experiment shown in the video, the species Mecynorrhina torquata was big enough to handle the necessary electronic devices to allow it to fly wirelessly. Looking at it, you almost can’t tell the beetle is under someone else’s control. Researchers are hopeful that whether or not the insects could be cybernetically enhanced to become spies or rescuers, they will still reveal interesting knowledge about the way the neural systems of insects function.
Posted 10/9/09

Surveillance Will Expand To Midtown, Mayor Says
A network of private and public surveillance cameras, license plate readers and weapons sensors already established in Lower Manhattan as an electronic bulwark against terrorist attacks will soon expand to a large patch of Midtown Manhattan, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said Sunday as they announced the allocation of $24 million in Homeland Security grants toward the effort.
Posted 10/7/09

Big Brother Continues To Spy On American Public
We’d like to believe that with a new administration in charge, the USA PATRIOT Act in its current form would be headed for the scrap heap.Alas, we would be wrong. Despite campaign protestations about breach of civil liberties legalized by the 2001 law, the Obama clique seems pleased as punch to be the new puppetmasters behind unlawful government spying on the American public. That includes shifting through your library selections, your business records and listening in on your phone calls. So be better be careful what you say about Barack Obama, just like you had to watch your mouth about George W. Bush... Those provisions, along with roving wire taps and “lone wolf” monitoring, also give the government access to citizens’ library records, bringing howls of protests from librarians, civil libertarians and conservatives alike.
Posted 10/6/09

Big Brother Is Watching You
A surveillance state, with cameras on every street is commonplace but now Big Business is also turning to Big Brother. Face recognition, behaviour analysing surveillance cameras, biometric profiling and the monitoring and storing of our shopping patterns has made snooping into our habits, movements and private lives ever easier. Dismayed at its shrinking power to market to us via traditional media or even the internet, the private sector is now proposing to reach potential customers in ways that critics say should have us all concerned. "There is an enormous pent-up demand for personalised location advertising, whether it is on your cellphone or PDA, on your radio in your car, or on the billboards you walk by on the streets and inside stores," says Bruce Schneier, chief security technology officer of BT...
Posted 10/6/09

Big Police Departments Back Anti-Terror Citizen Watching
The nation's big city police chiefs are backing an anti-terrorism community watch program to educate people about what behavior is truly suspicious and ought to be reported to police. Police Chief William Bratton of Los Angeles, whose department developed the iWATCH program, calls it the 21st century version of Neighborhood Watch. Using brochures, public service announcements and meetings with community groups, iWATCH is designed to deliver concrete advice on how the public can follow the oft-repeated post-9/11 recommendation: "If you see something, say something." Program materials list nine types of suspicious behavior that should prompt people to call police and 12 kinds of places to look for it... But American Civil Liberties Union policy counsel Mike German, a former FBI agent who worked on terrorism cases, said the indicators are all relatively common behaviors. And he suspects people will fall back on personal biases and preconceived stereotypes of what a terrorist looks like when making the decision to report someone to the police. "That just plays into the negative elements of society and doesn't really help the situation," German said. After the Sept. 11 attacks, the Bush administration proposed enlisting postal carriers, gas and electric company workers, telephone repairmen and other workers with access to private homes in a program to report suspicious behavior to the FBI. Privacy advocates condemned this as too intrusive, and the plan was dropped
Posted 10/6/09

Disintegrating Set Of Morals Allowing American Cops To Become The Gestapo And Stormtroopers Of Yesterday
U.S. media outlets are writing about the new LRAD or “audio cannon” device used on demonstrators Thursday at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh in a way that only brain-dead sold out scoundrels can. LRAD stands for “Long Range Acoustic Device” and the name does not betray the weapon’s objective. It is a “hands off” tool that blasts out an extremely high pitched sound. I wouldn’t be surprised if it actually has the ability to drive people stark raving mad. It’s a futuristic fascism device if described accurately. Americans, especially journalists writing about this, should be horrified by this new form of police abuse. I predict that it will ultimately be the last straw in a society that has too high of a threshold for this type of torture. The device disburses crowds by emitting a high decibel sound so painful that it causes people to freeze and try to run. Apparently they can not always do this.
Posted 10/6/09

Glenn Beck Warns Next 9/11 Will Initiate Reichstag Event
Media phenomenon Glenn Beck recently sat down with Newsmax for an exclusive interview offering his take on everything from President Obama, to the threat to talk radio and even a worry that our Constitutional government may disappear after a "Reichstag" event takes place. Beck, who is also thriving on the radio, in bookstores and on the comedy circuit, sat down with Newsmax magazine's Editor in Chief Christopher Ruddy and voiced his concerns about a coming attack on talk radio. But his real worry is that many Washington elitists really don't like our form of government and want to see it abolished. "I fear a Reichstag moment," he said, referring to the 1933 burning of Germany's parliament building in Berlin that the Nazis blamed on communists and Hitler used as an excuse to suspend constitutional liberties and consolidate power. "God forbid, another 9/11. Something that will turn this machine on, and power will be seized and voices will be silenced." Beck has also been a fierce critic of President Obama. Still, he said he's open to a meeting with Obama. Beck doesn't believe the president "necessarily would" speak directly to him, adding: "I don't know very many politicians that speak directly."
Posted 10/6/09

Montana AG Probes Secretive "American Police Force"
We posted an item yesterday about a secretive California security company called American Police Force that was set to take over operation of a never-used jail in Hardin, Mont. APF raised eyebrows in town after Mercedes SUVs belonging to the company arrived bearing decals that read, "City of Hardin Police Department." The company, and the city's economic development arm that has negotiated a deal with APF, refused to give details about its plans, including where it expects to get prisoners to put in the jail. Today comes word from The Billings Gazette, which has been following the story closely, that Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock has launched an investigation into APF to find out what's going on.
Posted 10/6/09

One More Step Toward Mandatory Virtual Strip Searches
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has revealed plans to install 150 body scanning machines for primary security screenings at airports across the country. The American Civil Liberties Union strongly opposes the expanded use of this invasive technology, which amounts to a virtual strip search and reveals strikingly graphic images of passengers' bodies, including intimate medical details like colostomy bags or evidence of mastectomy. By expanding the use of body scanning technology, the TSA is backing away from numerous assertions that it would use these machines only for secondary screenings. There are no laws or regulations limiting how the TSA uses these virtual strip searches, only policies they choose to adopt, and nothing to prevent the TSA from making it mandatory for all passengers to submit to these invasive and embarrassing searches, having their privacy stripped away in order to board a plane.
Posted 10/6/09

Robocops Employ Scary Crowd-Stopping Technology at Pittsburgh Protests
No longer the stuff of disturbing futuristic fantasies, an arsenal of "crowd control munitions," including one that reportedly made its debut in the U.S., was deployed with a massive, overpowering police presence in Pittsburgh during last week's G-20 protests. Nearly 200 arrests were made and civil liberties groups charged the many thousands of police (most transported on Port Authority buses displaying "PITTSBURGH WELCOMES THE WORLD"), from as far away as Arizona and Florida with overreacting, and they had plenty of weaponry with which to do it. Bean bags fired from shotguns, CS (tear) gas, OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) spray, flash-bang grenades, batons and, according to local news reports, for the first time on the streets of America, the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD).   Mounted in the turret of an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), I saw the LRAD in action twice in the area of 25th, Penn and Liberty Streets of Lawrenceville, an old Pittsburgh neighborhood.  Blasting a shrill, piercing noise like a high-pitched police siren on steroids, it quickly swept streets and sidewalks of pedestrians, merchants and journalists and drove residents into their homes...
Posted 10/6/09

Test Of Laser From C-130H Melts Hood Of Car
New video released by the Air Force and Boeing Co. show what happens when a C-130H Hercules aims the Advanced Tactical Laser at the hood of car. In the video recorded Aug. 30 during a test flight at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., the laser melts the hood and sparks a fire. A press statement from Boeing said the laser “killed the vehicle.” The weapon uses a chemical laser that fills the cargo hold of C-130 to produce a laser beam fired from a turret mounted in the belly of a C-130. “The bottom line is that ATL works, and works very well,” Gary Fitzmire, program director of Boeing Missile Defense Systems' Directed Energy Systems unit, said in a release. “ATL's components — the high-energy chemical laser, beam control system and battle manager — are performing as one integrated weapon system, delivering effective laser beam energy to ground targets.” Working with Boeing on the $200 million project, which began in 2002, is the Air Force Research Lab’s Directed Energy Directorate.
Posted 10/6/09

American Police Force Official Has Extensive Criminal Record
Michael Hilton of American Police Force arrived in Hardin with promises of Mercedes police cars and expertise in operating prisons. He delivered the cars last week, but may have learned about prisons following a 1993 conviction for grand theft. Public records from police and state and federal courts in California show that Michael Anthony Hilton, using that name and more than a dozen aliases over several years, is cited in multiple criminal, civil and bankruptcy cases, and was sentenced in 1993 to two years in state prison in California. Hilton pleaded guilty in March 1993 to 14 felonies, including 10 counts of grand theft, one count of attempted grand theft and three counts of diversion of construction funds, according to Orange County court records. He was sentenced to two years in prison, but it is unclear how much time he served.
Posted 10/5/09

Homeland Security Equipping Police Departments With Psychotronic Weapons To Subdue You, Other Civilians
With the help of Homeland Security grants, police departments nationwide looking to subdue unruly crowds and political protesters are purchasing a high-tech device originally used by the military to repel battlefield insurgents and Somali pirates with piercing noise capable of damaging hearing. Police acknowledge that they deployed the so-called Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRADs) as a safeguard at recent political conventions, protest-plagued international summit meetings and this summer's volatile town hall meetings on health care. Officers were captured last week on video using the devices against protesters at the Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh, causing many to cover their ears or disperse to escape the shrieking sound. San Diego-based American Technology Corp. insists the devices it manufactures and sells are not intended to be used as sonic weapons but rather to "influence the behavior and gain compliance" from people.
Posted 10/5/09

Portable Pain Weapon To End Up In Police Hands
The Pentagon's efforts to develop a beam weapon that can deter an adversary by causing a burning sensation on their skin has taken a step forward with the development of a small, potentially hand-held, version. The weapon, which is claimed to cause no permanent harm, could also end up being used by police to control civilians. The idea of the weapon is to "create a heating sensation that repels individual adversaries", according to the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD) in Quantico, Virginia, which develops less-lethal weapons for the US military and coastguard. Tests with a rifle-mounted infrared laser, carried out at a US air force lab near Dayton, Ohio, have determined a combination of laser pulse power and wavelength that causes an alarming, hot sensation on the skin, but which stops short of causing a burn, says JNLWD project engineer Wesley Burgei.
Posted 10/5/09

Sonic Warfare: U.S. Police Admit They Trained A 'Spotlight Of Sound' Louder Than A Jet Engine On G20 Rioters 
Critics have slammed American police officers after they trained an ear-splitting 'spotlight of sound' on G20 protesters in Pittsburgh last week. The device can beam 'unbearable' alarm tones and voice commands to nearly two miles away. To a person standing three feet in front of it, it is louder than a jet engine. The device, called a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), concentrates sound in a 30- or 60-degree cone. It is about two feet square and mounted on a swivel such that one person can point it where it is needed. The volume measures 140-150 decibels three feet away - louder than a jet engine - but dissipates with distance. Robert Putnam, spokesman for the manufacturer, San Diego-based American Technology Corp., said it's 'like a big spotlight of sound that you can shine on people.' 'It's not a sonic cannon. It's not the death ray or anything like that,' Putnam insisted. 'It's about long-range communications being heard intelligibly.' During the Pittsburgh protests, police used the device to order demonstrators to disperse and to play a high-pitched 'deterrent tone' designed to drive people away.
Posted 10/5/09

Patriot Act Revs Up Again, May Expand Domestic Surveillance: Obama Mum On Civil Liberties Safeguards
Congress began hearings this week on the fate of the Patriot Act, which will officially expire Dec. 31. The subject of great controversy since its introduction in 2001, it might be renamed the Justice Act and lose a few of its less contentious provisions – but it appears likely to remain for a long time to come. When still a senator from Illinois, President Barack Obama had criticized the law, which the Bush administration extolled as one of its great counterterrorism measures. But now the Obama administration has asked the House and Senate to extend three of the act's provisions, calling them useful tools. Liberal congressional Democrats are not pleased. How the tussle is resolved has profound implications for how the US government, seeking to thwart threats from abroad, treats its citizens at home.
Posted 9/28/09

Artificial Intelligence To Monitor Public For Abnormal Behavior
A five-year research programme, called Project Indect, aims to develop computer programmes which act as "agents" to monitor and process information from web sites, discussion forums, file servers, peer-to-peer networks and even individual computers. Its main objectives include the "automatic detection of threats and abnormal behaviour or violence". Project Indect, which received nearly Ł10 million in funding from the European Union, involves the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and computer scientists at York University, in addition to colleagues in nine other European countries. Shami Chakrabarti, the director of human rights group Liberty, described the introduction of such mass surveillance techniques as a "sinister step" for any country, adding that it was "positively chilling" on a European scale. The Indect research, which began this year, comes as the EU is pressing ahead with an expansion of its role in fighting crime, terrorism and managing migration, increasing its budget in these areas by 13.5% to nearly Ł900 million.
Posted 9/22/09

Nanny state snatches kids for being too fat
A couple soon expecting their seventh child has had their fifth and sixth taken by social workers after warnings that the family needed to slim down their overweight kids or risk losing custody.
Posted 9/22/09

Non-Lethal Weapons: An Instrument Of Social Control
Although so-called non-lethal weapons (NLWs) have been around for decades and range from CS gas to pepper spray and from the low-tech water cannon to the Taser, their use by military and police agencies world-wide are designed to ensure compliance from hostile "natives." And with ever-more devilish torture tools being dreamed up by the likes of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program (JNLWP), it's a safe bet that migration from the military to civilian law enforcement agencies will continue at its current break-neck pace. In this context, San Diego's East County Magazine and progressive Liberty One Radio reported, ironically enough on September 11, that the San Diego Sheriff's Department stationed a Long-Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) during recent town hall forums. Manufactured by American Technology Corporation (ATC), the firm's LRAD 500-x is a dual-purpose device: a powerful hailer and a non-lethal weapon capable of producing ear-shattering sounds highly-damaging to their human targets.
Posted 9/22/09

White House Backs Controversial Domestic Surveillance
The Obama administration is urging lawmakers to extend three provisions of the controversial domestic surveillance law known as the USA Patriot Act. The U.S. Justice Department issued a letter Tuesday asking Congress to renew provisions of the law that allow authorities to conduct roving electronic eavesdropping, or wiretaps, access business records and track so-called "lone wolf" suspects with no known links to foreign powers or terrorist groups. The roving wiretaps would let agents track the communications of suspects who change their cell phones or other devices. The provisions are due to expire on December 31. Some lawmakers and civil libertarians have criticized the provisions, saying they infringe on Americans' right to privacy. The Justice Department says the administration is willing to consider stronger privacy protections as long as they do not "undermine the effectiveness" of the provisions.
Posted 9/18/09

New York Homes Raided In Terrorism Probe
New York City police and the FBI raided homes in the borough of Queens early on Monday as part of an investigation into suspected terrorism, focusing on one man who has been under surveillance, officials said. Authorities searched at least two apartments including one shared by five Afghan men, taking some of them in for questioning, said one man who was questioned. Members of U.S. Congress briefed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation said there was no imminent danger. "There was nothing imminent, and they are very good now at tracking potentially dangerous actions and this was preventive," said Charles Schumer, a U.S. Senator from New York who was among those briefed by FBI officials. A man who identified himself as Amanullah Akbar, a 30-year-old taxi driver, said the FBI raided the apartment he shares with four other Afghan men at 2:30 a.m. (1630 GMT) He was brought in for questioning and released and said he had no idea why his home was targeted, adding that he believed one of his roommates was arrested.
Posted 9/15/09

Congress Will Attempt To Usurp Constitution With Health Care
The old saying attributed to Mark Twain that "No man's life, liberty or property is safe when Congress is in session" could not ring truer today. The basic context of the quote means that your Constitutional rights as an American citizen are in jeopardy when Congress is in session. It shouldn't be this way, but it is.
Posted 9/14/09

Joe Wilson: 'I Will Not Be Muzzled'
South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson released a fiery fundraising appeal late Thursday, calling himself a target of the left and vowing to push forward in his battle against President Obama’s health care reform effort. “…I will not be muzzled. I will speak up loudly against this risky plan,” Wilson says in the video appeal on his campaign Web site.
Posted 9/14/09

Obama's Team 'Socialists With Communist Backgrounds'
Many of the people working with President Obama are Marxists or socialists with backgrounds in the Communist Party, according to a socialist Columbia University professor with strong ties to Obama's radical associates, including Weathermen terrorist Bill Ayers.
Posted 9/14/09

The Brainwashing Bunch
American news outlets (well at least those not in Barack Obama's lap) are filled with criticism on the Department of Education plans to bring Obama's agenda into our nation's classrooms. The ploy to reach and teach our children through a presidential speech and through instruction guides (little red books?) appears to be stalled for now as parents -- if nor educational unions -- resist the idea of brain-swaying our children into writing paeans to Obama and his agenda. However, few have wondered how such an idea ever emerged in the first place. We do have some clues and they are unsettling. I have previously reported that this idea of inculcating revolutionary goals in our children's minds stems from the philosophy of Bill Ayers, Obama's friend, collaborator, and campaign supporter. But Obama's ideological mentors appear to reach farther back to an influential radical Italian communist, Antonio Gramsci.
Posted 9/7/09

The Future Of Mind Control: Chemical Neurowarfare
Imagine a future where the Iranian regime didn’t need to spend weeks in the streets beating, killing, and jailing protesters to put down the reform movement. Imagine in this future that the beatings would be replaced with something gentler, but ultimately more sinister: non-lethal, weaponized drugs designed to decrease aggression and increase trust. That’s the future imagined and fretted over in an opinion piece in the current issue of Nature. Currently, the Chemical Weapons Convention does not ban nonlethal, domestic uses of chemical agents for uses such as riot control. Likewise, the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention states that biological agents may be used for “prophylactic, protective or other peaceful purposes.” At present, chemical weapons intended to change behavior — as opposed to simply incapacitate — are fairly crude. The Nature opinion piece begins with a discussion of the 2002 Russian theater hostage standoff, in which the Russian government used an “incapacitating agent” to knock out the Chechen terrorists — clumsily, as it happens, ultimately killing 124 of the hostages with the gas. However, a future is not too far away when much more sophisticated agents could be ready for...
Posted 9/7/09

Setting You Up? Obama Website Calls Opponents Of His Policies “Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists”
Bobby Eberle, writing for GOP USA, is alarmed by the latest Obama political tactic — characterizing all who would oppose Obamacare as rightwing extremists. Eberle points to a post dated the first of September on the Heritage Foundation website... Heritage’s Rory Cooper notes a page — since removed in now standard Obama memory hole fashion — on the Obama website that called opponents to Plan Obama “Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists who are subverting the American Democratic Process.” The post on BarackObama.com called for the faithful to stay home on “Patriot Day” (what the government now calls September 11) and make two phone calls, one to each senator, and demand congress critters far and wide get aboard the Obamacare bandwagon and “defeat anti-democratic forces of hate” exercising their right under the First Amendment. Mr. Eberle is rightly outraged by the brazen tactic and declares “the major blow is the comparison of conservatives opposed to Obama’s health scare plan to members of al Qaeda who flew planes into buildings and killed thousands of Americans.”
Posted 9/7/09

Secret US Spontaneous Human Combustion Beam Tested
American death-tech goliath Boeing has announced a long-delayed in-flight firing for the smaller of its two aeroplane raygun-cannon prototypes, the Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL). The ATL blaster, mounted in a Hercules transport aircraft, apparently "defeated" an unoccupied stationary vehicle. "This milestone demonstrates that directed energy weapon systems will transform the battlespace and save lives," said Boeing exec Greg Hyslop. "The ATL team has earned a distinguished place in the history of weapon system development." "The bottom line is that ATL works, and works very well," added corporate raygun honcho Gary Fitzmire. The ATL is much smaller than Boeing's headlining laser weapon, the jumbo-jet-mounted Airborne Laser (ABL), intended to blast enemy ICBMs as they soar upward from pad or silo. Rather the ATL is intended to pick off individual ground targets, somewhat in the fashion of existing Hercules-based side-firing AC-130 gunships. Indeed Boeing has referred to the ATL in the past as its "Laser Gunship".
Posted 9/4/09

Russian Warns Americans Against Communist Takeover: Obama And His Panoply Of “Czars” Have Only A Few Months In Which To Manufacture A "Crisis" As A Pretext To Transfer All Power To The White House
There is considerable irony involved when a Russian warns Americans against what is taking place before their eyes as President Obama seeks to transform and ultimately acquire dictatorial powers by a series of steps that are both bold and obvious. In April, Stanislav Mishin’s post on his blog, Mat Rodina, was published in Pravda. The title was “American capitalism gone with a whimper.” Having lived under Communist rule in the former Soviet Russia, Mishin and his fellow Russians were literally freed by the fall of that regime that began with the overthrow of the Czar in 1917 by the Bolsheviks. What followed was an experiment in Communism that killed millions of Russians as a succession of dictators, starting with Lenin, sought to impose an economic and politica system that simply does not work. Mishin enumerated the ways the path to the present effort to destroy capitalism and our political system has been laid in America.
Posted 9/2/09

Surveillance On A Gradual And Incessant Creep
The all-seeing eye was once seen as a divine force, surrounded by dazzling rays of light from on high. Its eyelid heavy but gaze unwavering, the eye was the protective stare of a supreme being watching over us from above. Now, though, it simply watches, often from the shadows. Peering down from security cameras as we walk the city streets, buy bread at the corner store, fill the car with petrol, or catch a taxi or tram. Tracking us through our mobile phone or when driving through a tollway to Melbourne Airport, which last year trialled “virtual strip search” security scanners. Someone’s watching while we’re surfing online, sending an email, or updating our Facebook profile to paranoid. Melbourne once held pretensions of being the city that never sleeps. Now, at least, it is the city that never shuts its eyes.
Posted 9/2/09

There Are So Many Reasons Not To Count On Government Salvation: Four Years After Katrina, Thousands Remain In Toxic Trailers While FEMA Offers Little Help, Deflects Inquiries
Hard times are hardly new in Pass Christian, Miss., but four years after Hurricane Katrina tore this area apart, Ritamarie Northrop still calls a FEMA travel trailer home. And she's one of about 2,100 Gulf Coast families suffering the very same fate, as CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports. "I gave up on FEMA," Northrop said. "You know, I could have appealed, appealed, appealed. I gave up." At the height of the recovery, 143,000 families in Louisiana and Mississippi found refuge from the storm in such trailers. Now two years after FEMA began moving people out of the trailers contaminated with the toxic chemical formaldehyde, case workers tell CBS News the thousands left in the trailers aren't trying to beat the system; they are victims of a system that's proved incapable of helping them get out. Just ask Kendall Deschamp. "Oh it's miserable," he said of living in the trailer. "Bottom line: it's miserable."
Posted 9/2/09

Ah-Oh. Obama To Get "Emergency Control Of Internet"
Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet. They're not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency. The new version would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" and seize control of "non-governmental" computer networks (yours and mine) and do what's necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for "cybersecurity professionals," and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license. RNN Note: Bottom line, this means if the government declares Martial Law, or "responds" to a pandemic, or a terrorist attack, or whatever, they will be able to instantly shut down independent internet news sites like RNN in order to assure that they are controlling the information you receive, as-in state run propaganda. This is right out of George Orwell's 1984. It's your country, America. Save it while you can.
Posted 9/1/09

Forced Vaccinations, Quarantine Camps, Health Care Interrogations, Mandatory "Decontaminations"...
The United States of America is devolving into medical fascism and Massachusetts is leading the way with the passage of a new bill, the “Pandemic Response Bill” 2028, reportedly just passed by the MA state Senate and now awaiting approval in the House. This bill suspends virtually all Constitutional rights of Massachusetts citizens and forces anyone “suspected” of being infected to submit to interrogations, “decontaminations” and vaccines. It’s also sets fines up to $1,000 per day for anyone who refuses to submit to quarantines, vaccinations, decontamination efforts or to follow any other verbal order by virtually any state-licensed law enforcement or medical personnel... Here’s some of the language contained in the bill: (Violation of 4th Amendment: Illegal search and seizure) During either type of declared emergency, a local public health authority… may exercise authority… to require the owner or occupier of premises to permit entry into and investigation of the premises; to close, direct, and compel the evacuation of, or to decontaminate or cause to be decontaminated any building or facility; to destroy any material; to restrict or prohibit assemblages of persons; (Violation of 14th Amendment; illegal arrest without a warrant) …an officer authorized to serve criminal process may arrest without a warrant any person whom the officer has probable cause to believe has violated an order given to effectuate the purposes of this subsection and shall use reasonable diligence to enforce such order. [Gunpoint]...
Posted 9/1/09

Have You Heard About The Company That Runs Britain?
It inspects schools, trains our armed forces, helps protect our borders, maintains our nuclear weapons, runs our trains and operates our prisons. Most of the public will never have heard of Serco, a FTSE 100 company that does all of the above and more. Led by South African Chris Hyman, Serco is also making money doing it and today underlined it is proving one of the recession winners. Profits in the first six months of the year - one of the toughest the UK economy has faced for decades - jumped 33pc to Ł83.4m. However, Serco's journey into the DNA of Britain's public infrastructure, like those of rival support services companies Capita and Interserve, began before the recession arrived. All have benefited from the growing culture of outsourcing services under Labour, and Serco expects this trend to continue as the gaping hole in the public finances forces the Government to cut back. Serco has secured a record number of contracts in 2009 so far, worth Ł4bn, as its revenues climbed 30pc to Ł1.95bn. The deals includes a contract to design, build and operate Boris Johnson's cycle hire scheme for London and to operate two new prisons at Belmarsh in London and Maghull in Liverpool.
Posted 9/1/09

Obamacare: A Pretext For Centralized Government Intrusion Into Personal Privacy
The more people read the House Bill–the prime Obamacare vehicle–the worse it gets. Now, in the name of health reform, all of our tax information will be made available to our health overseers. From the CBS story: "Section 431(a) of the bill says that the IRS must divulge taxpayer identity information, including the filing status, the modified adjusted gross income, the number of dependents, and “other information as is prescribed by” regulation. That information will be provided to the new Health Choices Commissioner and state health programs and used to determine who qualifies for “affordability credits.” Section 245(b)(2)(A) says the IRS must divulge tax return details — there’s no specified limit on what’s available or unavailable — to the Health Choices Commissioner. The purpose, again, is to verify “affordability credits.”  Section 1801(a) says that the Social Security Administration can obtain tax return data on anyone who may be eligible for a “low-income prescription drug subsidy” but has not applied for it..." Holy cow! This is unwarranted intrusion and the threat of Big Brotherism.  And remember, the real bad stuff will be inserted into the regulations outside the public spotlight.
Posted 9/1/09

Charleston Area Medical Center employees must get seasonal flu shots this year or risk losing their jobs.
Posted 8/28/09

Democracy Going Dark: The Electronic Police State
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's budget request for fiscal year 2010 reveals that America's political police intend to greatly expand their high-tech surveillance capabilities. According to ABC News, the FBI is seeking additional funds for the development of "a new 'Advanced Electronic Surveillance' program which is being funded at $233.9 million for 2010. The program has 133 employees, 15 of whom are agents." Known as "Going Dark," the program is designed to beef up the Bureau's already formidable electronic surveillance, intelligence collection and evidence gathering capabilities "as well as those of the greater Intelligence Community," ABC reports. An FBI spokesperson told the network: "The term 'Going Dark' does not refer to a specific capability, but is a program name for the part of the FBI, Operational Technology Division's (OTD) lawful interception program which is shared with other law enforcement agencies. The term applies to the research and development of new tools, technical support and training initiatives."
Posted 8/28/09

Students' take-home assignment: Census kits
Anyone tempted to ignore the 2010 Census will have a tough time doing it - especially if they have kids in school. The government has launched Census in Schools, an all-out campaign targeting superintendents, principals, teachers, students and, indirectly, parents, as schools open across the nation this month and next. The message: The Census is coming and here's why everyone should care. ...The materials will land in more than 118,000 schools and reach 56 million students.  
Posted 8/28/09

The Government Death Book: Bureaucrats Investigate Whose Life Is 'Not Worth Living' 
The Obama administration claims that a health care takeover by government won't restrict access to care. Everybody will get more care for less money, the president has said. Of course, something has to give. One likely target for rationing will be care in the later stages of life. Bureaucratic disregard for the value of all life is insinuated in a government manual known as "the Death Book." The Death Book is a nickname given to an advice manual published by the Department of Veterans Affairs that instructs veterans "how to prepare a personalized living will." Officially titled, "Your Life, Your Choices," the book fosters dark thoughts about a difficult life somehow being less of a life. On Page 21, the Death Book poses questions to veterans to which they are to answer whether life would be "difficult, but acceptable," "worth living, but just barely" or "not worth living." The scenarios include: "I can no longer walk but get around in a wheelchair," "I can no longer contribute to my family's well-being," "I live in a nursing home," "I can no longer control my bladder," "I am a severe financial burden on my family," "I cannot seem to 'shake the blues' " and "I rely on a kidney dialysis machine to keep me alive."
Posted 8/26/09

Marines Seek Crowd-Blasting ‘Venom’ Launcher
The Marine Corps has issued an urgent request for a powerful non-lethal weapon that can fires volleys of 40mm grenades. And in parallel, the service is launching a push for a more futuristic version of the same weapon. The Venom Non-Lethal Tube Launched Munition System (NL/TMS), made by Combined Systems Inc., is a modular system that can be loaded with three cassettes, each one with loaded with ten non-lethal grenades. Venom is essentially a modern version of the old multi-barrelled cannon used to fight off boarders in naval actions, but in non-lethal form. It’s designed for firing at crowds, and many of the munition options contain sub-projectiles to enhance the “shotgun” effect. These include a load of 24 .60 cal hard rubber stingballs, 160 smaller stingballs, foam batons, and “multi flash bang” projectiles. Venom can also fire CS gas projectiles, but these are strictly off-limits for military operations (unless you happen to work for Blackwater). It can also be used for smoke and marker rounds.
Posted 8/26/09

New Taser Gun That Can Fire Up To 100 Feet
The eXtended Range Electronic Projectile (XREP) delivers a 20-second, 500 volt shock to its victims after attaching itself to its target with a series of barbed electrodes, it was reported. Previous Tasers, a non-lethal weapon, only delivered a five-second shock, which could be retriggered and can fire darts up to 25 feet. The new model, which went on sale in the US last month, gives off a "reflex engagement electrode" if the subject tries to grab the device, the Guardian reported. It makers claim the weapon, which went on sale in the US last month, was a "revolutionary" step that will allow police to safely immobilise potentially dangerous suspects from a greater distance. But Amnesty International said it was "seriously concerned". "This is effectively a shotgun that fires electric-shock bullets," Amnesty International UK's arms programme director, Oliver Sprague, said.
Posted 8/26/09

UK Cops Eye Shotgun Cartridge Taser
Taser describes the XREP as "the most technologically advanced projectile ever deployed from a 12-gauge shotgun". The company elaborates: "It delivers a similar Neuro Muscular Incapacitation (NMI) bio-effect as our handheld TASER® X26™ ECD, but can be delivered to a maximum effective range of 100 feet (30.48 meters), combining blunt impact force. The battery supply is fully integrated into the chassis and provides the power to drive the XREP projectile engine." Taser co-founder Rick Smith told reporters last month at the US roll-out of the XREP: "It's a bigger projectile to reach out to extended ranges. It's moving faster; it's going to, potentially, cause a much bigger bruise, contusions. It's going to be a pretty bad thing."
Posted 8/26/09

Autonomous Scout Vehicles To Prowl The Mean Streets
The U.S. Army's decades long effort to develop a practical autonomous UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle) has succeeded. Earlier this month, two T2 vehicles equipped with sensors and control equipment, successfully passed realistic tests. One of the test subjects, controlled from a Stryker wheeled armored vehicle, successfully approached a village (equipped with mannequins set up as pedestrians along the streets), did a perimeter sweep at speeds of up to fifty kilometers an hour, then patrolled the streets, avoiding the pedestrians, and finally departed the area. The sensor systems uses a combination of ladar (laser radar), digital cameras and heat sensors, to provide the software with sufficient data to enable the onboard computers to identify and avoid obstacles. The key element here was the software, which, in turn, benefited from five years of competitive events that delivered software advances faster than expected.
Posted 8/20/09

Evolving Robots Become "Deceptive"
With the development of killer drones, it seems like everyone is worrying about killer robots. Now, as if that wasn't bad enough, we need to start worrying about lying, cheating robots as well. In an experiment run at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems in the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne, France, robots that were designed to cooperate in searching out a beneficial resource and avoiding a poisonous one learned to lie to each other in an attempt to hoard the resource. Picture a robo-Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The experiment involved 1,000 robots divided into 10 different groups. Each robot had a sensor, a blue light, and its own 264-bit binary code "genome" that governed how it reacted to different stimuli. The first generation robots were programmed to turn the light on when they found the good resource, helping the other robots in the group find it.
Posted 8/20/09

Give Police Military Weapons To Fight Terrorism On US Soil
An FBI official said Boston police officers should be armed with assault rifles to make the city more prepared for a terrorist attack. Warren Bamford, the special agent in charge of the FBI in Boston, said Tuesday that he is baffled by opposition to a proposal to give some neighborhood police officers the semiautomatic weapons. In May, Boston Mayor Tom Menino criticized a proposal to arm up to 200 officers with M-16s that the police department had ordered from the U.S. military. Menino said only specially trained units should have the guns. Bamford said he believes more officers should have access to the guns in the event Boston becomes the target of a terrorist attack like the one that killed 166 people in Mumbai, India in November.
Posted 8/20/09

Jersey City May Impose Nation’s First Curfew For Adults
Curfews might not be just for kids anymore in one northern New Jersey city. Seeking to curb violence after a spate of deadly summer shootings, Paterson officials are considering an unusual ordinance that would prevent people of all ages from gathering outside in public late at night. The measure could be the nation’s first citywide, non-emergency curfew to include adults, several experts said. “We’re trying to think outside the box,” said Mayor Jose Torres. “This was triggered predominantly by fear among city residents over the shootings that have been occurring this summer.” A 29-year-old Paterson man was gunned down in his car last week in the latest chapter of a tit-for-tat battle between rival groups, according to police who decline to describe them as gangs. The battle has generated community fear, even though overall shootings and violence remain low by historical standards.
Posted 8/20/09

New Army Camera Promises Super-Wide Surveillance
The ability to provide real-time surveillance of large areas may be getting closer, as the Army launches a quest for a 2.3 gigapixel camera that could be packaged aboard a drone or a manned aircraft. The new device would be smaller and lighter than previous systems – and it would work in the infrared range too. Airborne surveillance is moving fast. We’ve seen the 66-megapixel Angel Fire and 39-megapixel BuckEye sensors being used in operations, while the even more powerful Gorgon Stare is being flight tested next year. In February we reported on Darpa’s Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance - Imaging System (ARGUS-IS ), a 1.8 gigapixel flying eye which will be mounted in a 500-pound pod carried by a Predator or A160 Hummingbird robocopter. The ARGUS-IS makes for an impressive camera, with the resolution and processing power to track a large number of separate items including “dismounts” — people on foot — over a wide area, as well as “a real-time moving target indicator for vehicles throughout the entire field of view in real-time.”
Posted 8/20/09

No-Warrant Terrorism Raids Proposed
The Federal Government has unveiled plans to toughen its counter-terrorism laws, including a change to allow police to break into a suspect's home without getting approval from a judge. It also wants to make it easier to stop suspects getting out of jail on bail. But the Government is planning to put a cap on the amount of time suspects can be held without charge. Attorney-General Robert McClelland says the tougher laws would protect Australians. "The Government is committed to ensuring the focus of Australia's national security and counter-terrorism laws remains on preventing a terrorist attack from occurring in the first place," he said. But some argue toughening the laws would have the opposite effect. Nicola McGarrity from the Terrorism Law Project at the University of New South Wales says the laws could take away the protection of the judiciary. "It's fundamentally undermining the safeguards that exist," she said. "It's taking away the protection of having a judicial officer make a warrant." But new limits will be imposed on other controversial powers.
Posted 8/20/09

Airport To Test ‘Behaviour Detection’ Program
From the furrowed brow to the nervously tapping foot, security personnel will soon start studying air travellers' facial expressions and body movements to see if they could be criminals and terrorists. Beginning next year, some air travellers will be scrutinized by airport "behaviour detection officers" for physiological signs of hostile intent -- in other words: screening for dangerous people rather than just for dangerous objects. Planning for the training and deployment of the plainclothes security officers is to begin this fall, with a pilot project expected to roll out at a major airport in 2010, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority said yesterday. The project's budget is about $400,000. If successful, "behaviour pattern recognition" could land at major airports across the country.
Posted 8/18/09

Does ‘Excited Delirium’ Kill Taser Victims?
Even when supposedly “non-lethal” weapons are used to subdue a suspect, people can still die. Many blame the weapons used; Amnesty International report that at least 334 people have died in the USA after being Tasered. But a new study suggests that a condition known as Excited Delirium may be responsible in many cases. The University of Miami’s official website on the condition says that the condition, which are frequently associated with drug abuse, include “bizarre and/or aggressive behavior, shouting, paranoia, panic, violence towards other people, unexpected physical strength, and hyperthermia.”These symptoms are often noted in suspects who are subdued apparently without harm, either by physical force, pepper spray or Taser, but who die shortly afterwards.”
Posted 8/18/09

Robots Being Trained "To Fire On People"
Among the many calls for action by the panel of industry experts August 5 at NIWeek in Austin, TX, a few tidbits of info caught my attention and caused spastic Terminator-esque doomsday scenarios in my mind. I can’t be held responsible, the panel brought up the subject. Apparently, one question that Dr. David Barrett, director of the Senior Capstone Program in Engineering (SCOPE) at Olin College often fields, relates to human vs. droid futuristic scenarios that don’t stray far from the basic plot behind the Terminator franchise. The subject sprang up as a result of a question from the audience that boiled down to the ethical debate in innovation. How do we know if/when we’ve gone too far? Would we know or would it be too late? Essentially, the panelists stated that technology is a tool, and like any tool, it comes with great responsibility. Hearing the Yoda bubble to the top? Luckily, the panel brought it back down to earth by adding … but don’t be naďve. As long as we have innovators striving towards the utopian greater good, we cannot refute the fact that others are working just as hard – if not harder – to counteract any good we try and add to this planet in our 80-odd years on board.
Posted 8/18/09

State Deputizes Dentists, Others To Help With Vaccinations
Health authorities took the unprecedented step yesterday of deputizing dentists, paramedics, and pharmacists to help administer vaccines against both the seasonal flu and the novel swine strain expected to make a return visit in the fall. In another emergency measure, regulators directed hospitals and clinics to provide vaccine to all their workers and some volunteers. The actions illustrated the intensifying sense of urgency as health authorities, hospital administrators, and clinic executives across the nation confront the prospect of providing hundreds of millions of doses of vaccine against not one but two deadly types of flu in the same season. “It’s a huge burden of work; there’s no doubt about that,’’ said Dr. Jay Butler, director of the swine flu vaccine task force at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Massachusetts, disease specialists are expecting to provide up to 9 million flu inoculations within the next few months, three times as many as last flu season, because of the need to give two doses of swine flu vaccine.
Posted 8/18/09

CROWD CONTROL !!!!!!!! "Pain Ray" First Commercial Sale Looms
Posted 8/17/09

FEMA CONCENTRATION CAMPS: LOCATIONS AND EXECUTIVE ORDERS
Posted 8/17/09

China says 2.75 million security cameras installed
Posted 8/11/09

UK Government To Install Surveillance Cameras In Private Homes
Posted 8/11/09

Preparing for Martial Law: International Swine Flu Conference to Be Held in Washington
On July 25, the Los Angeles Times reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects the flu pandemic expected this autumn to kill hundreds of thousands. “The number of potential deaths is much higher than that usually seen in seasonal flu, which kills an estimated 36,000 Americans a year, and is even higher than the nation’s most recent pandemic.” The 1957 pandemic of Asian flu killed 70,000. The 1918 Spanish Flu claimed between 500,000 to 675,000 lives in the United States. The CDC has announced that it will no longer keep track of the number of people killed by the virus. “Health officials from the CDC said the virus was too widespread to continue counting,” the Digital Journal reported. “Health experts say millions have likely been infected worldwide.”
Posted 8/10/09

Congressman wants government GPS in cars
An Oregon congressman says he wants to test having a government GPS unit in every car so a tax could be imposed on the miles driven.
Posted 8/7/09

GOP Senator: White House Encroaching on First Amendment <- Ya THINK???
A Republican senator is calling for the White House to suspend a new project that asks members of the public to flag "fishy" claims about President Obama's health care plans, arguing that it raises privacy concerns and will serve to chill free speech. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is sending a letter to the White House today asking the president to "cease this program immediately" -- or to explain how Americans' privacy will be protected if e-mails are forwarded to the White House as requested.  
Posted 8/7/09

Obama's spies monitoring Jews house-to-house
The Obama administration has set up an apparatus to closely monitor Jewish construction in Jerusalem and the strategic West Bank to the point of watching Israeli moves house-to-house in certain key neighborhoods, WND has learned.
Posted 8/7/09

Sources: Obama Eyes U.S. Military-Civilian Terror Prison
The Obama administration is looking at creating a courtroom-within-a-prison complex in the U.S. to house suspected terrorists, combining military and civilian detention facilities at a single maximum-security prison. Several senior U.S. officials said the administration is eyeing a soon-to-be-shuttered state maximum security prison in Michigan and the 134-year-old military penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., as possible locations for a heavily guarded site to hold the 229 suspected Al Qaeda, Taliban and foreign fighters now jailed at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba.  
Posted 8/3/09

Worst families in Britain will be put in 'sin bins'
Under the Government scheme, members of "Shameless" families are given intensive 24-hour supervision to make sure children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals.
Posted 7/28/09

Pentagon orders soldier fired for challenging prez
Army warrior terminated from job after questioning Obama eligibility
Posted 7/16/09

Court: Conscientious pharmacists must sell 'Plan B'  <- Someone should get the ACLU to fight this!!! 
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against pharmacists exercising their conscience.
Posted 7/13/09

Homeland Security Revises Immigration Plan, Limits Officers' Power to Arrest Illegals
The Department of Homeland Security said it was revising a program that authorized local police to enforce federal immigration law - a controversial aspect of U.S. border policy. Opponents said the program, known as 287g, was intended to identify criminal aliens but instead has led to racial profiling; it allowed local police to identify and arrest illegal immigrants for such minor infractions as a broken tail light. Program supporters said it has been an effective tool for combating illegal immigration. The new guidelines sharply reduce the ability of local law enforcement to arrest and screen suspected illegal immigrants.
Posted 7/13/09

Attorney General to Classify Pro-Life, Pro-Gun Americans as Terrorists
An amendment to a bill swiftly moving through the US Congress will allow the Obama Administration's Attorney General to classify Americans as domestic terrorists if they are pro-life, pro-gun and anti-big government. Impeached Florida judge -- now a Democrat Party member of the House of Representatives -- Rep. Alcee Hastings introduced what some claim is a disturbing piece of legislation. Hasting's amendment calls for the Attorney General to have discretion over who is called a terrorist and what groups will be treated as terrorist groups.
Posted 7/8/09

U.S. Concentration Camps  <- FEATURE!!! 
Shortly after Bush orchestrated 9/11, he issued "Military Order Number One", which empowered him to detain any noncitizen as an international terrorist or enemy combatant. Today that order extends to U.S. citizens as well.
Posted 7/8/09

Controlling the Common Herd of Humanity! <- FEATURE!!! 
It is becoming obvious and evident that true Christians are being singled out by the antichrist conspiratorial powers.
Posted 7/6/09

60 years after Orwell wrote 1984 and was destroyed by the book... <- FEATURE!!! 
...a chilling reminder that his sinister vision is almost reality
Posted 7/3/09

TX governor loyal to parental rights <- Way to GO, Governor Perry!!!
After a public uproar, Texas Governor Rick Perry rejected a bill that would have given Children's Protective Services unusual power.
Posted 6/30/09

First trial without jury approved  <-FEATURE!!! 
Posted 6/22/09

Ohioans ticketed for parking in own driveways <- I think I've now heard it all... how ridiculous!!!
Mayor Carty Finkbeiner (FINK'-by-ner) says he stands by the citations handed out last week by the Division of Streets, Bridges and Harbor. He says the tickets were issued under a city law against parking on unpaved surfaces, including gravel driveways.
Posted 6/17/09

Assault on Humanity
It is not monsters from space that are planning this attack but human monsters who make rapists and your typical mass murderers look like choir boys. It takes a very special type of human consciousness, something beyond arrogance and hate to plan a simultaneous assault on billions of people. And it takes an extreme weakness of human spirit to bend over and let what is planned come into play. This attack is being financed and planned, not in secret but in full view and is almost guaranteed to be fully implemented next fall during the flu season in the northern hemisphere.
Posted 6/9/09

Grandmother Tasered at Traffic Stop
A 72-year-old woman is pulled over for speeding, then tasered and sent to jail....
Posted 6/9/09

NJ Cops beat man for no reason
Posted 6/9/09

Sotomayor Ruled That States Do Not Have to Obey Second Amendment
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor ruled in January 2009 that states do not have to obey the Second Amendment's commandment that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Posted 6/8/09

TX 'hate crimes' bill targets children
The bill targets children as young as ten years of age who are allegedly guilty of hate crimes. Saenz explains how the law might be applied.
Posted 5/29/09

I was called a terrorist and threatened (by Alyosha1981)
I listened but did not comment, until I heard 9/11 come up. I asked the gentleman who was speaking if he had ever heard of the 9/11 truth movement? He said no, I asked him if he wouldn't mind hearing some of my views on the subject, he agreed.
Posted 5/25/09

Town halls hire citizen snoopers as young as SEVEN to spy on neighbours and report wrongs
Posted 5/21/09

Guess how DHS defines who is a terrorist now?
Two weeks before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security penned its controversial report warning against "right-wing extremists" in the United States, it generated a memo defining dozens of additional groups – animal rights activists, black separatists, tax protesters, alternative media, even worshippers of the Norse god Odin – as potential "threats."
Posted 5/19/09

Boy Scouts Train to Become Homeland Gestapo
Posted 5/18/09

Police Encourage Citizens To Report People Who Drive Nice Cars
Posted 5/18/09

You Tube Free Speech Purge Accelerates, Infowarrior Channel Banned
Posted 5/18/09

Suspect detained over 'extremist' bumper sticker
A Louisiana driver has been stopped and detained for having a "Don't Tread on Me" bumper sticker on his vehicle and warned by a police officer about the "subversive" message it sent.
Posted 5/12/09

You're being watched in 'Electronic Police State'
In what may be the first assessment of its kind, a private company that offers a range of privacy products for computers and other technology is ranking the United States No. 6 in the world for having the most aggressive procedures for monitoring residents electronically.
Posted 5/12/09

Census GPS-tagging your home's front door  <-FEATURE!!! 
Coordinates being taken for every residence in nation
Posted 5/7/09

F.B.I. and States Vastly Expand DNA Databases
Law enforcement officials are vastly expanding their collection of DNA to include millions more people who have been arrested or detained but not yet convicted. The move, intended to help solve more crimes, is raising concerns about the privacy of petty offenders and people who are presumed innocent.
Posted 4/20/09

Now Pro-Life Advocates are potential terrorists
"It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration," the warning says...
Posted 4/17/09

Secret Homeland Security Threat Assessment Labels Gun Owners Potential Terrorists
A Department of Homeland Security intelligence assessment equates gun owners with violent terrorists and states that radical extremists are "stockpiling" weapons in fear of an Obama administration gun ban. This newly uncovered document is just the latest in a long sordid line of training manuals in which the federal government characterizes millions of American citizens as potentially violent terrorists...
Posted 4/17/09

President Obama may be gaining dictatorial authority over the Internet! (by David Bay)
As we have repeated over and over again since the attacks of 9/11, the threat of terrorism is nearly as effective in persuading people to accept a loss of freedoms as terrorism itself. For this reason, Jesus warned us that both "War" and "Rumors of War" would be strong signs that the End of the Age is near.
Posted 4/13/09

Cybersecurity Bill Gives Obama Dictatorial Power Over Internet  <-FEATURE!!! 
As we reported on March 22 when Jay Rockefeller was peddling nonsense about a pimple-faced kid in Latvia taking down the power grid in America with a laptop computer, the current wave of fear-mongering about cyber terrorism is just that — unsubstantiated fear-mongering. Critical networks are largely protected and “nightmarish tales of their vulnerability tend to be largely apocryphal,” according to Gabriel Weimann, author of Terror on the Internet. “Psychological, political, and economic forces have combined to promote the fear of cyberterrorism.”
Posted 4/9/09

Pentagon Spends $100M Fixing Cyber Attack Damage
The revelations come as the Obama administration is finalizing a broad government-wide review of the nation's cybersecurity. 
Posted 4/9/09

Phoenix police raid home of blogger whose writing is highly critical of them
In what should send a frightening chill down the spine of every blogger, writer, journalist and First... 
Posted 4/8/09

Senate Legislation Would Federalize Cybersecurity
The proposals, in Senate legislation that could be introduced as early as today, would broaden the focus of the government's cybersecurity efforts to include not only military networks but also private systems that control essentials such as electricity and water distribution. At the same time, the bill would add regulatory teeth to ensure industry compliance with the rules, congressional officials familiar with the plan said yesterday. 
Posted 4/2/09

Urgent Fema update with a timeline.. <- VIDEO
Posted 3/30/09

'Mandatory youth service' bill advances
Congress appears ready to pass an Obama administration plan that could create mandatory public service requirements for all American youth, fulfilling a campaign promise.
Posted 3/27/09

Judge orders homeschoolers into public district classrooms
Decides children need more 'focus' despite testing above grade levels
Posted 3/13/09

U.S. Troops In Black Helicopters Invade New Orleans, Drop Bombs
FROM 2/11/09 - The New Orleans Police Department, along with 150 active duty U.S. troops, are currently engaging in what they describe as "military training" as black helicopters whizz around the city dropping bombs in the latest example of Americans being incrementally conditioned to accept a state of de facto martial law. "I heard a bunch of explosions starting at about 10 p.m. They were about ten seconds apart, and then they'd stop, and we thought it was over, but then they started again...
Posted 3/11/09

Inside source reveals FEMA & DHS preparing for mass graves and martial law near Chicago
In late December 2008 municipal officials were invited to Indianapolis for a briefing on the state of Indiana. There were told if industry were to collapse for example GM going bankrupt resulting in mass unemployment a depression would soon follow and municipalities could expect to loose 40% of their funds.
Posted 2/16/09

Bill creates detention camps in U.S. for 'emergencies'
Sweeping, undefined purpose raises worries about military police state
Posted 2/4/09


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