Category: Free country?
REMEMBER “BLUE THUNDER”?
Yes, that is an old movie – Drone technology has put a new twist on both surveillance, and privacy issues, NDAA has made us a de-facto police state, and the Muslim in the whitehouse has allowed Islamists to infiltrate government and the military, like a bad case of termites. Now to find out that for two years, the FBI, U.S. Marshalls, and other law enforcement agencies have had a radar system that can see through the walls of your abode… the noose is tightening.
New police radars can ‘see’ inside homes
The judges expressed alarm that agents had used the new technology without a search warrant, warning that “the government’s warrantless use of such a powerful tool to search inside homes poses grave Fourth Amendment questions.”
At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside, a practice raising new concerns about the extent of government surveillance.
Those agencies, including the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service, began deploying the radar systems more than two years ago with little notice to the courts and no public disclosure of when or how they would be used. The technology raises legal and privacy issues because the U.S. Supreme Court has said officers generally cannot use high-tech sensors to tell them about the inside of a person’s house without first obtaining a search warrant.
The radars work like finely tuned motion detectors, using radio waves to zero in on movements as slight as human breathing from a distance of more than 50 feet. They can detect whether anyone is inside of a house, where they are and whether they are moving.
Current and former federal officials say the information is critical for keeping officers safe if they need to storm buildings or rescue hostages. But privacy advocates and judges have nonetheless expressed concern about the circumstances in which law enforcement agencies may be using the radars — and the fact that they have so far done so without public scrutiny.
Indifference, apathy, “I didn’t do anything wrong, why should I worry”…
Followers of my blog need only peruse the tabs “Big Brother” or “Free Country” to find other evidence as to why inaction makes you complicit in your own demise. Remember (in view of recent developments) that the Department of Homeland Security went on a bullet buying spree; and these were said to be for training. Hollow points are NOT used for training. Our supposed victories in the recent election proved how corrupt Boehner and others are by allowing another egregious bill to be passed, when it should have been shot down, despite the national debt being well over 18 Trillion dollars.
Courtesy of STORMCLOUDSGATHERING
Second of two video from above author.
Regardless of where on this planet you live, and no matter what your nationality, the fact that the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA are still on the books, should disturb you on a fundamental level. If not, give it three minutes.
The National Defense Authorization Act which was passed in 2012 and extended in 2013 and 2014, authorizes the U.S. military to arrest anyone, anywhere on the planet, to deny them access to a lawyer, and to detain them indefinitely without at trial. Furthermore the U.S. government claims the right to do all of this in secret.
The right to a fair trial, is gone, and without the right to a fair trial, you have no rights at all.
Of course some would argue that the NDAA only targets enemies of the United States, as if this somehow would make it ok, but that defense doesn’t hold water. (And by the way the NDAA does apply to U.S. citizens.)
It doesn’t matter who the law claims to target, and it doesn’t matter under what conditions the politicians claim it can be used. If you don’t have the right to a lawyer, and you don’t get your day in court, and if the government isn’t even obligated to disclose the fact that they dragged you from your house in the middle of the night, then who is going to make sure this isn’t abused? The soldiers? The politicians? Come on.
The power to make someone disappear without a trial is the power to make up any excuse that’s convenient. Evidence is only needed if you have to prove your case in court. That’s why we have courts.
The protections codified in the constitution were put there for a reason, but at this point it looks very much as if America is going to learn that lesson the hard way.
Land of the free right?
You can put your hand over your heart and celebrate something that no longer exists, or you can be honest with yourself.
That might be a bit painful. No one wants to believe that their kids are going to live under a military dictatorship. No one wants to see this coming. So most people put their head in the sand.
Those who don’t, always start with one question: What can we do?
The first thing you need to understand here is that our problem is psychological not material. You have the means to take your power. And you don’t need a set of specific instructions. You don’t need someone to hold your hand and explain your role. You don’t need someone to give you permission. What you need, is to turn off your tv, turn off your radio, put down the ipad, and ask yourself if you’re going to be able to look your grandchildren in the eyes and tell them honestly that you did everything in your power to turn this around.
Are you going to push this out of your mind because it’s uncomfortable, or are you going convert that discomfort into a driving force?
I’ll tell you this much: If that thought itches in the minds of enough people we’ll figure out a way to scratch it, and If that driven feeling is fully established in your heart, you’ll find a way to make it spread.
P.S. If you want a practical starting point to take action on the NDAA get in contact with the guys at People Against the NDAA. Dan Johnson (the founder) is one of those driven people who are making a difference.
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Written by Gary North on April 16, 2014
Let’s begin with a map.
Here are some explanations.
The United States government has direct ownership of almost 650 million acres of land (2.63 million square kilometers) — nearly 30% of its total territory. These federal lands are used as military bases or testing grounds, nature parks and reserves and Indian reservations, or are leased to the private sector for commercial exploitation (e.g. forestry, mining, agriculture). They are managed by different administrations, such as the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the US Department of Defense, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Bureau of Reclamation or the Tennessee Valley Authority.This map details the percentage of state territory owned by the federal government. The top 10 list of states with the highest percentage of federally owned land looks like this:
New Mexico 41.8%
You can find this here.
The Bundy family is grazing its cattle on federal lands for free. It refuses to pay. This is a property rights case on the surface.
We need to get beneath the surface. The real problem can be seen on the maps. The federal government exercises ownership over land that it should not own.
If the federal government auctioned off this land to the highest bidders, using the money exclusively for paying off the federal debt, the nation would be a lot better off. But the government refuses to do this.
My hope is that this showdown in Nevada will raise this question: “If a private owner controlled access to the land, would the Bundy family work out a deal?” I think it would.
The BLM has lost the first round: in the media. It thought it could steal Bundy’s cattle and get away with it. The plan has backfired. The BLM has backed off in the name of protecting the public from violence. But when has that ever stopped the Feds? The BLM has backed off because it has become the villain in a range war. It has received enormous coverage. The public is generally on Bundy’s side.
This is one of those situations where those of us who like small civil government can take control of this issue. The issue is best seen in the maps.
The BLM will want revenge. YouTube will make this more difficult for the BLM to achieve.
VIDEO AT THIS ADDRESS NOT ABLE TO EMBED.
Harry Reid says, “It’s not over.”
I hope he is right. It’s great PR for liberty.
Will the BLM raid Bundy’s home? It may. There are signs that it will. But the day of invisible raids is over. YouTube enables voters to impose counter-measures. The bureaucrats fear bad publicity, and a raid on Bundy’s home will produce overwhelmingly bad publicity for the BLM.
This is likely to escalate. If the ranchers avoid violence and use YouTube instead, they will win.
RELATED POST FROM GRASSFIRE:
The “Cattle Battle” in Nevada is still in the news, and Grassfire wants to make sure you get the full story. In case you didn’t get to read yesterday’s alert about what the mainstream media isn’t telling you, we’ve included it below. To take immediate action against Big Government oppression, overreach and tyranny, click here to sign the “America, Push Back!” petition now.
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April 16, 2014
On the surface, the “cattle battle” in Nevada might look like a simple, but volatile, dispute between a rancher and the federal government over land rights and grazing fees. That’s the “angle” a lot of mainstream media outlets are presenting to the American people. The “meat” of their reporting is simply that Cliven Bundy doesn’t want to pay his “fair share.”
But there’s much more to this story that you’re likely NOT being told.
In an article posted on Grassfire’s LibertyNEWS yesterday, Managing Director Eric Odom calls the media silence surrounding this story “stunning,” adding:
“We all know media, as a whole, generally ignores stories that eventually prove massive wrongdoing within the rank and file of federal government. That said, the blackout of the Nevada land showdown takes it to a completely different level.”
Odom found evidence that “America’s most powerful Senator may very well be right at the center of the Nevada land controversy” — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV):
“(T)he government’s part in this fight appears to be fueled by corruption and profit. … The most likely scenario involves Harry Reid’s family, a Chinese green-energy company, the federal government and profit from ‘public land.'”
Through his research and reporting, Odom “connects the dots” between Sen. Reid, Reid’s son, a former Reid staffer who now heads the Bureau of Land Management, and China’s ENN Energy Group. Last week’s aggressive and brazen display by federal law enforcement in Nevada appears to have its roots in Big Government profiteering and cronyism.
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Grassfire’s question is: When will the American people say “Enough!” to Big Governnment oppression, overreach and tyranny? If you’ve reached your limit, now is the time to push back and take action!
Join the national PUSH BACK movement by taking immediate action to condemn the escalating oppression, overreach and tyranny by our federal government. Go here now to sign the “America, Push Back!” petition:
I originally posted this in Oct 2013; the (guess which) circuit court has now upheld the school officials, instead of defending the students. How about banning Cinco de Mayo? “X”
Posted by Jimmy Z on February 28, 2014 at 8:00pm in General, Town Hall
In Northern California, just south of San Jose, a public school last year told students wearing US Flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo that they had to turn them inside out. They fears racial tension. The families sued and the godawful 9th Circuit Court upheld the school’s action. This of course prompted a great rant from yours truly, as you might expect. -Jz
Another Pan Admin, Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer Admin II, ran a similar post, containing this excerpt:
Court: School can ban US flag shirts for safety
— Feb. 27, 2014 7:21 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials at a Northern California high school acted appropriately when they ordered students wearing American flag T-shirts to turn the garments inside out during the Mexican heritage celebration Cinco de Mayo, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the officials’ concerns of racial violence outweighed students’ freedom of expression rights. Administrators feared the American-flag shirts would inflame the passions of Latino students celebrating the Mexican holiday. Live Oak High School, in the San Jose suburb of Morgan Hill, had a history of problems between white and Latino students on that day.
The unanimous three-judge panel said past problems gave school officials sufficient and justifiable reasons for their actions. The court said schools have wide latitude in curbing certain civil rights to ensure campus safety.
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I purchased one of these from Patriot Depot. If those school officials don’t like it, they can follow suit! “X”
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My last two posts, led to this posting. The Tea Party Economist – Secession and County Rights – (Gary North of Tea Party Economist) dealt with fledgling secession movements by counties. He suggested that they use a slogan called county rights. This is about freedom at the local level. The article led me to American Vision’s county rights project – I posted several items directly from that site, which glared out at me like a neon sign.
Most of us are quite aware of the many issues we face at the national and global level. That our basic freedoms are in dire jeopardy is old news. Just as the need to correct fraudulent voting -courtesy of the digitalization of the voting process- needs to be done at the local (precinct) level, many other personal rights are under attack.
I was stunned by the Federal Government’s intrusions of other rights concerning public lands, the resultant impact of local county economies, and the negative impact on people living in the areas affected. This video is one eye-opening revelation of why we need to mobilize at the local level, and how local sheriffs can be the vanguard to reverse government tyranny.
The Travel Management Plan (watch the video) is a four letter word as far as our freedom is concerned; it exists if you have U.S. Forest Service lands or federal lands that are in the hands and managed by the Federal Government.
Bear in mind that the Federal Government owns nearly 650 million acres of land – almost 30 percent of the land area of the United States.
This hour long video is worth every second. This a great start to recovering localism. The model should be emulated and expanded upon in every county.
When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. Thomas Jefferson