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More Bureaucrats Have Guns Than U.S. Marines

Hope-and-Change

BY: Elizabeth Harrington

There are now more non-military government employees who carry guns than there are U.S. Marines, according to a new report.

Open the Books, a taxpayer watchdog group, released a study Wednesday that finds domestic government agencies continue to grow their stockpiles of military-style weapons, as Democrats sat on the House floor calling for more restrictions on what guns American citizens can buy.

The “Militarization of America” report found civilian agencies spent $1.48 billion on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment between 2006 and 2014. Examples include IRS agents with AR-15s, and EPA bureaucrats wearing camouflage.

“Regulatory enforcement within administrative agencies now carries the might of military-style equipment and weapons,” Open the Books said. “For example, the Food and Drug Administration includes 183 armed ‘special agents,’ a 50 percent increase over the ten years from 1998-2008. At Health and Human Services (HHS), ‘Special Office of Inspector General Agents’ are now trained with sophisticated weaponry by the same contractors who train our military special forces troops.”

Open the Books found there are now over 200,000 non-military federal officers with arrest and firearm authority, surpassing the 182,100 personnel who are actively serving in the U.S. Marines Corps.

The IRS spent nearly $11 million on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment for its 2,316 special agents. The tax collecting agency has billed taxpayers for pump-action and semi-automatic shotguns, semi-automatic Smith & Wesson M&P15s, and Heckler & Koch H&K 416 rifles, which can be loaded with 30-round magazines.

The EPA spent $3.1 million on guns, ammo, and equipment, including drones, night vision, “camouflage and other deceptive equipment,” and body armor.

When asked about the spending, and EPA spokesman said the report “cherry picks information and falsely misrepresents the work of two administrations whose job is to protect public health.”

“Many purchases were mischaracterized or blown out of proportion in the report,” said spokesman Nick Conger. “EPA’s criminal enforcement program has not purchased unmanned aircraft, and the assertions that military-grade weapons are part of its work are false.”

“EPA’s criminal enforcement program investigates and prosecutes the most egregious violators of our nation’s environmental laws, and EPA criminal enforcement agents are law enforcement professionals who have undergone the same rigorous training as other federal agents,” Conger continued.

Other administration agencies that have purchased guns and ammo include the Small Business Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Education, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The report also highlighted that the Department of Health and Human Services has “special agents” with “sophisticated military-style weapons.” Open the Books also found $42 million in gun and ammunition purchases that were incorrectly coded.

“Some purchases were actually for ping-pong balls, gym equipment, bread, copiers, cotton balls, or cable television including a line item from the Coast Guard entered as ‘Cable Dude,’” the report said.

Open the Books appealed to both liberals like Bernie Sanders—who has called for demilitarizing local police departments—and conservatives in its report.

“Conservatives argue that it is hypocritical for political leaders to undermine the Second Amendment while simultaneously equipping non-military agencies with hollow-point bullets and military style equipment,” Open the Books said. “One could argue the federal government itself has become a gun show that never adjourns with dozens of agencies continually shopping for new firearms.”

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Update June 23, 10:15 a.m.: Following publication of this article, Adam Andrzejewski, the CEO of Open the Books who wrote the report, pushed back against the EPA’s statement, and provided contract data to back up his claims.

“How can the EPA spokesperson deny hard facts from their own checkbook?” he said. “Alongside our oversight report, OpenTheBooks.com also released a PDF of all raw data. This line-by-line transactional record from the EPA’s own checkbook on page 113 clearly shows that in 2013 and 2014 the EPA purchased tens of thousands of dollars of ‘Unmanned Aircraft’ from Bergen RC Helicopters Inc which on a net basis amounted to approximately $34,000.”

“All of the assertions in our oversight report are the quantification of actual spending records produced and reported to us by the federal agencies themselves,” Andrzejewski said.

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White vegan woman sues over Brooklyn stop-and-frisk

White vegan woman sues over Brooklyn stop-and-frisk

Eric Owens

A white, vegan, 22-year-old woman from Essex, N.J. is suing the New York Police Department after she was allegedly stopped, frisked and partially strip-searched for no good reason under the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

In a federal lawsuit filed this week in Brooklyn, Bard College graduate (and environmental rights major) Samantha Rosenbaum claims that NYPD officers threw her against an unmarked police car on July 17, 2012, reports the New York Post.

The alleged incident occurred in the middle of the day in the hipster haven of Williamsburg, a Brooklyn neighborhood just across the river from Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
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At the time, Rosenbaum was an intern at Vaute Couture, a vegan clothing store on Grand Street in Williamsburg dedicated to producing a line of clothing that is “flattering” and “cruelty free.”

She was on her way back to the store from the post office when, she claims in the suit, she took time to engage with a kitten behind a gate.

A plain-clothed man inside a gold vehicle allegedly bellowed, “Hey! Stop!”

When Rosenbaum kept walking, the man and a woman ran over and yelled at her for not stopping. They also asked her if she had any drugs.

“This whole time, I didn’t know who these people are,” she told the Post. “Finally, after a few minutes, they tell me they are police.”
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According to the suit, a female NYPD officer lifted up Rosenbaum’s tank top and looked inside her bra, apparently searching for drugs. The cops also looked in her underwear.

“My face and stomach were on the hood,” said Rosenbaum, who is 5-foot-1 and weighs 110 pounds.

“Multiple times, the defendant officers threatened to take plaintiff down to the police station and write her up for [a] felony,” the suit alleges.

At some point, the roughed-up Rosenbaum began to cry.

“I don’t think anyone, no matter what color you are, deserves to be treated like that,” the diminutive vegan told the Post.

“She thought she was getting kidnapped,” her attorney, Michael Goldstein, added.

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Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops

Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops

A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test.

“This kind of puts an official face on discrimination in America against people of a certain class,” Jordan said today from his Waterford home. “I maintain you have no more control over your basic intelligence than your eye color or your gender or anything else.”

He said he does not plan to take any further legal action.

Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took the exam in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.

Most Cops Just Above Normal The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.

Jordan alleged his rejection from the police force was discrimination. He sued the city, saying his civil rights were violated because he was denied equal protection under the law.

But the U.S. District Court found that New London had “shown a rational basis for the policy.” In a ruling dated Aug. 23, the 2nd Circuit agreed. The court said the policy might be unwise but was a rational way to reduce job turnover.

Jordan has worked as a prison guard since he took the test.

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Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government?

Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government?

A former FBI counterterrorism agent claims on CNN that this is the case

Glenn Greenwald

The real capabilities and behavior of the US surveillance state are almost entirely unknown to the American public because, like most things of significance done by the US government, it operates behind an impenetrable wall of secrecy. But a seemingly spontaneous admission this week by a former FBI counterterrorism agent provides a rather startling acknowledgment of just how vast and invasive these surveillance activities are.

Over the past couple days, cable news tabloid shows such as CNN’s Out Front with Erin Burnett have been excitingly focused on the possible involvement in the Boston Marathon attack of Katherine Russell, the 24-year-old American widow of the deceased suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. As part of their relentless stream of leaks uncritically disseminated by our Adversarial Press Corps, anonymous government officials are claiming that they are now focused on telephone calls between Russell and Tsarnaev that took place both before and after the attack to determine if she had prior knowledge of the plot or participated in any way.

On Wednesday night, Burnett interviewed Tim Clemente, a former FBI counterterrorism agent, about whether the FBI would be able to discover the contents of past telephone conversations between the two. He quite clearly insisted that they could:

BURNETT: Tim, is there any way, obviously, there is a voice mail they can try to get the phone companies to give that up at this point. It’s not a voice mail. It’s just a conversation. There’s no way they actually can find out what happened, right, unless she tells them?

CLEMENTE: “No, there is a way. We certainly have ways in national security investigations to find out exactly what was said in that conversation. It’s not necessarily something that the FBI is going to want to present in court, but it may help lead the investigation and/or lead to questioning of her. We certainly can find that out.

BURNETT: “So they can actually get that? People are saying, look, that is incredible.

CLEMENTE: “No, welcome to America. All of that stuff is being captured as we speak whether we know it or like it or not.”

“All of that stuff” – meaning every telephone conversation Americans have with one another on US soil, with or without a search warrant – “is being captured as we speak”.

On Thursday night, Clemente again appeared on CNN, this time with host Carol Costello, and she asked him about those remarks. He reiterated what he said the night before but added expressly that “all digital communications in the past” are recorded and stored:

Let’s repeat that last part: “no digital communication is secure”, by which he means not that any communication is susceptible to government interception as it happens (although that is true), but far beyond that: all digital communications – meaning telephone calls, emails, online chats and the like – are automatically recorded and stored and accessible to the government after the fact. To describe that is to define what a ubiquitous, limitless Surveillance State is.

There have been some previous indications that this is true. Former AT&T engineer Mark Klein revealed that AT&T and other telecoms had built a special network that allowed the National Security Agency full and unfettered access to data about the telephone calls and the content of email communications for all of their customers. Specifically, Klein explained “that the NSA set up a system that vacuumed up Internet and phone-call data from ordinary Americans with the cooperation of AT&T” and that “contrary to the government’s depiction of its surveillance program as aimed at overseas terrorists . . . much of the data sent through AT&T to the NSA was purely domestic.” But his amazing revelations were mostly ignored and, when Congress retroactively immunized the nation’s telecom giants for their participation in the illegal Bush spying programs, Klein’s claims (by design) were prevented from being adjudicated in court.

That every single telephone call is recorded and stored would also explain this extraordinary revelation by the Washington Post in 2010:

Every day, collection systems at the National Security Agency intercept and store 1.7 billion e-mails, phone calls and other types of communications.

It would also help explain the revelations of former NSA official William Binney, who resigned from the agency in protest over its systemic spying on the domestic communications of US citizens, that the US government has “assembled on the order of 20 trillion transactions about US citizens with other US citizens” (which counts only communications transactions and not financial and other transactions), and that “the data that’s being assembled is about everybody. And from that data, then they can target anyone they want.”

Despite the extreme secrecy behind which these surveillance programs operate, there have been periodic reports of serious abuse. Two Democratic Senators, Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, have been warning for years that Americans would be “stunned” to learn what the US government is doing in terms of secret surveillance.
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Strangely, back in 2002 – when hysteria over the 9/11 attacks (and thus acquiescence to government power) was at its peak – the Pentagon’s attempt to implement what it called the “Total Information Awareness” program (TIA) sparked so much public controversy that it had to be official scrapped. But it has been incrementally re-instituted – without the creepy (though honest) name and all-seeing-eye logo – with little controversy or even notice.

Back in 2010, worldwide controversy erupted when the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates banned the use of Blackberries because some communications were inaccessible to government intelligence agencies, and that could not be tolerated. The Obama administration condemned this move on the ground that it threatened core freedoms, only to turn around six weeks later and demand that all forms of digital communications allow the US government backdoor access to intercept them. Put another way, the US government embraced exactly the same rationale invoked by the UAE and Saudi agencies: that no communications can be off limits. Indeed, the UAE, when responding to condemnations from the Obama administration, noted that it was simply doing exactly that which the US government does:

“‘In fact, the UAE is exercising its sovereign right and is asking for exactly the same regulatory compliance – and with the same principles of judicial and regulatory oversight – that Blackberry grants the US and other governments and nothing more,’ [UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef Al] Otaiba said. ‘Importantly, the UAE requires the same compliance as the US for the very same reasons: to protect national security and to assist in law enforcement.'”

That no human communications can be allowed to take place without the scrutinizing eye of the US government is indeed the animating principle of the US Surveillance State. Still, this revelation, made in passing on CNN, that every single telephone call made by and among Americans is recorded and stored is something which most people undoubtedly do not know, even if the small group of people who focus on surveillance issues believed it to be true (clearly, both Burnett and Costello were shocked to hear this).

Some new polling suggests that Americans, even after the Boston attack, are growing increasingly concerned about erosions of civil liberties in the name of Terrorism. Even those people who claim it does not matter instinctively understand the value of personal privacy: they put locks on their bedroom doors and vigilantly safeguard their email passwords. That’s why the US government so desperately maintains a wall of secrecy around their surveillance capabilities: because they fear that people will find their behavior unacceptably intrusive and threatening, as they did even back in 2002 when John Poindexter’s TIA was unveiled.

Mass surveillance is the hallmark of a tyrannical political culture. But whatever one’s views on that, the more that is known about what the US government and its surveillance agencies are doing, the better. This admission by this former FBI agent on CNN gives a very good sense for just how limitless these activities are.
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Psyops: mind control marathon and Boston bombings

Psyops: mind control marathon and Boston bombings

By Yuram Abdullah Weiler

The Boston Marathon Bombing has all the signs of an OP: a psyop, a false-flag operation that is one more grizzly event in the marathon of mind control imposed by the US government on its own citizens to justify its ever-expanding security/police state, and divert attention from the ever-shrinking civil rights held by the people.”
“Mind control is being taken into a theater, shoved into a seat, and hearing the doors lock behind you. Then the play on the stage is all you’re allowed to see. That’s politics. The leaders are the leaders. The army is the army. The enemy is the enemy. The media that report all this are the media.” – Jack True, hypnotherapist, political analyst, and expert on mind control.

Three people were killed in dual bomb blasts that struck the popular “Boston Marathon” annual running event on Monday, 15 April 2013. Among the 144 treated for injuries were eight children; 25 were in serious condition and 17 were critical; 10 had amputated limbs. US Federal authorities were quick to classify the bombing as a terrorist attack but declared the explosive devices themselves were small, crude bombs, without high-grade explosive material. Two hotels in the vicinity were evacuated, subway service was halted, flights over the blast area were restricted by the FAA, and an area near the west wing of the White House was cleared.

Besides the two bombs that went off near the finish line of the race, three other explosive devices may have been involved: one was found at a nearby hotel, and the other two at undisclosed locations. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis stated that one bomb was in police custody while Massachusetts Democratic Representative Bill Keating claimed that two more were also found. A member of the US House Homeland Security Committee, Keating called the bombing a “sophisticated, coordinated, planned attack.”

Later reports, however, indicated that the two bombs that detonated were in fact unsophisticated devices improvised from six-liter pressure cookers, and were filled with nails and metal pellets. Bomb fragments and other debris has been sent to the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, in an attempt to find evidence pointing to a suspect but as of two days later, no one was in custody nor had anyone or any group claimed responsibility. Nevertheless, police were immediately put on alert for a “darker-skinned or black male,” possibly with a foreign accent, while a Saudi national with a leg injury was under guard at a hospital. As one media outlet put it, the attack had all the “Middle East terrorist hallmarks.” Three days later, the FBI was circulating photos of two rather ordinary looking alleged suspects who were considered “to be armed and extremely dangerous.”

So of course, al-Qaidais suspected of being behind the bombing, since detailed instructions and photos showing how to make a “pressurized cooker” bomb have appeared in the terrorist organization’s online magazine, “Inspire,” issue No. 1, summer 2010. Investigators even suggest that Al-Qaida of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has successfully planted a terrorist cell on US soil, and that possibly five bombers and up to 10 others were involved in the Boston Marathon operation. Based in Yemen, AQAP was allegedly behind the 25 December 2009 bombing attempt of a Northwest Airlines flight by Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Now, according to the US National Counterterrorism Center, AQAP has expanded its scope of operations well beyond US interests in and around the Yemeni capital Sana’a to include targets inside the American homeland. Strangely enough, the media wing of al-Qaida seems to be as much in the dark as the FBI as to which “jihadi” actually carried out the attack.

Examining different issues of “Inspire” sheds light on the extent of US psyops operations. For example, issue no. 7 entitled “The Greatest Operation of All Time,” which celebrates the “Expeditions of Washington and New York,” as the strikes are called in terrorist parlance, was published on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The magazine clearly explains the narrative of September 11, 2001 in perfect congruence with the version promulgated in the Western propaganda:

“The story of 9/11 is the story of jihad. It is the story of a small band of men who were guided by Allah, made the intentions to fight, trained on the battlefields and then culminated their struggle with martyrdom to end up their short, but eventful lives, in meeting their Lord.”

An example of the Western narrative can be found in the 9/11 Commission Report in the chapter entitled “What to do? A Global Strategy,” where the authors write:

“Our enemy is twofold: al Qaeda, a stateless network of terrorists that struck us on 9/11; and a radical ideological movement in the Islamic world, inspired in part by al Qaeda, which has spawned terrorist groups and violence across the globe.”

Elsewhere in Inspire issue no. 7 is an anti-Iranian article entitled “Iran and the Conspiracy Theories.” The article, in this the supposed official “house organ” of al-Qaida, is significant since it attempts to achieve two US propaganda objectives: First, denouncing as conspiracy theorists those who question the published reports of the World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist attacks; and second, vilifying Iran as the only government that dares to question the official US narrative. In it, the author writes:

“The Iranian government has professed on the tongue of its President Ahmadinejad that it does not believe that al Qaeda was behind 9/11 but rather, the US government. So we may ask the question: why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?”

The author goes on to answer his own question by accusing Iran of desiring to do to the US what al-Qaida claims to have done: namely, carry out the 9/11 attacks. And since al-Qaida beat Iran to the punch, so to speak, the author claims “it was necessary for the Iranians to discredit 9/11 and what better way to do so [than] conspiracy theories.” The author concludes, “Iran and the Shi’a in general do not want to give al Qaeda credit for the greatest and biggest operation ever committed against America.”

The convergence of US policy objectives and al-Qaida’s positions as stated in their “official” publication should now be clear: they are virtually one in the same as can be seen from the above excerpts. Both the US and al-Qaida are targeting Iran: with the US the pretext is Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program and with al-Qaida it is Iran’s Shi’a Islamic faith. So by maintaining the myth of an enduring al-Qaida threat, the US has an excuse for launching wars against “terrorism” to pursue its hegemonic goals in the Middle East, and an enemy to blame for its appropriately timed internal psyop “terrorist attacks,” which are designed to frighten its citizenry into submission, thus keeping them docile and obedient, and nullifying any spirit of resistance. As al-Qaida itself admits, the US “mainly depends on psychological warfare. That’s because it possesses vast propaganda tools,” and homespun terrorist attacks are but one of them.

Not wasting any time, US legislators are using the Boston bomb attack as an excuse to further undermine civil rights and privacy of Americans by arguing for passage of legislation to permit private companies to disclose cyber information to the US government. Representative Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), author of the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) claims the bill does not allow the government free rein to monitor the internet, but civil rights groups disagree.

The picture should now be coming into focus: Despite trillions of US dollars spent on spreading devastation in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia and elsewhere to neutralize al-Qaida and arch villain Osama Bin Laden, Americans are required to believe that they are still under constant threat of a terrorist attack, and to reinforce this, the alleged archetype of terror has struck close to home once again – this time with pressure cooker bombs instead of jet planes. Frankly, I find the al-Qaida threat concept extremely hard to accept; I believe the threat is fostered by the US government itself. As Jack True said many years ago, “They are looking for anything that will make people obedient…. It’s a puppet world they’re after.”

In short, I believe the Boston Marathon Bombing has all the signs of an OP: a psyop, a false-flag operation that is one more grizzly event in the marathon of mind control imposed by the US government on its own citizens to justify its ever-expanding security/police state, and divert attention from the ever-shrinking civil rights held by the people.

And that is the goal of false-flag terrorist “OPs” as investigative reporter Jon Rappoport explains:
“To put the eyes and minds and emotions of the people into the black hole of the disaster, and thereby decrease the resistance of the people to control from above…. This is called mind control.” SOURCE

During polygraphs, border agency applicants admit to rape, kidnapping

During polygraphs, border agency applicants admit to rape, kidnapping

Andrew Becker
Border and National Security Reporter

Jose Ramirez, 25, admitted during a pre-employment polygraph screening that he was the driver in a 2009 single-car crash in Arizona that killed a passenger. Ramirez now faces second-degree murder and other charges.

One admitted to kidnapping and ransoming hostages in the Ivory Coast. Others said they had molested children or committed rape. And one, as he prepared for survival in a post-apocalyptic world, contemplated assassinating President Barack Obama.

These are among the thousands of applicants who have sought sensitive law enforcement jobs in recent years with the U.S. Border Patrol and its parent agency, Customs and Border Protection.

In many cases, these people made it all the way through the hiring process until one of the last steps – a polygraph exam. Once sitting with a polygraph examiner, they admitted to a host of astonishing crimes, according to documents obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting.

The records – official summaries of more than 200 polygraph admissions – raise alarms about the thousands of employees Customs and Border Protection has hired over the past six years before it began mandatory polygraph tests for all applicants six months ago. The required polygraphs come at the tail end of a massive hiring surge that began in 2006 and eventually added 17,000 employees, helping to make the agency the largest law enforcement operation in the country.

Although thousands of applicants have undergone polygraphs, thousands more have been hired without the screening.

The admissions open a disturbing window into some of the people who apply for jobs in law enforcement and cast doubt on the bureau’s internal controls ahead of a possible immigration law overhaul that could call for more border officers.

And they spur the question: Why would anyone share their deepest, darkest secrets for a job?

“You ought to know up front that you’re not going to get the job if you’ve murdered someone. In fact, you might get prosecuted,” said Barry Cushman, president of the American Polygraph Association. “Good people do stupid things sometimes. Very bad things. And it eats away at them.”

The 200-plus “significant admissions” described in the summary reports paint a small yet troubling portrait of some of the kinds of people who have applied to be Border Patrol agents and customs officers since 2008. They also highlight potential weaknesses in the costly hiring process that failed to screen out questionable applicants earlier.

In one case from February, Jose Ramirez, 25, admitted during a polygraph exam that he was the driver in a 2009 single-car crash that killed someone. He previously told investigators in Yuma, Ariz., that the dead passenger was the driver, according to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office. Ramirez now faces second-degree murder and other charges.

One applicant admitted to smoking marijuana 20,000 times in a 10-year-period. Another was more bizarre: “Applicant had no independent recollection of the events that resulted in a blood doused kitchen and was uncertain if he committed any crime during his three hour black out,” according to the Customs and Border Protection summary.

In another example, a woman seeking a job with the bureau told an examiner that she smuggled marijuana into the country – typically by taping 10 pounds of the drug to her body – about 800 times. Scores more admitted that they had engaged in or had relatives involved in human smuggling or drug running. Some said they harbored immigrants not authorized to be in the U.S. or had family members living in the country illegally.

The summaries disclose dozens of attempts to infiltrate the agency, including 10 applicants believed to have links to organized crime who had received sophisticated training on how to defeat the polygraph exam, according to Customs and Border Protection.

The agency declined multiple interview requests about its polygraph program. In a written statement, spokesman Michael J. Friel said the bureau has a rigorous application process, which includes an initial screening, a background investigation of prospective employees and the polygraph exam.

“Our commitment to integrity begins at the time of application for employment with CBP and continues throughout the careers of our employees,” Friel said in a statement.

The agency said since it began administering polygraphs in 2008, more than 15,000 people have taken the test, and 60 percent were not cleared. It took almost five years, however, for Customs and Border Protection to require all applicants to take a polygraph. In that time, the agency continued to hire potentially flawed candidates.

The number of employees busted for corruption and misconduct is a fraction of the more than 60,000 employed by the bureau. But misconduct allegations have been on the rise, including a 62 percent jump from 2006 to 2011, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.

Surprising admissions

Whether a more robust background probe would have discovered the hidden menace on Joseph “Joey” Montross’ home computer will never be known. But a polygraph examiner learned about it just a few weeks after the bureau started the program.

A combat-tested Marine with a security clearance, Montross, then 28, seemed like an ideal candidate. He showed up for a “one-stop” hiring fair hosted by Customs and Border Protection in Dallas in February 2008.

The polygraph exam “was his last hurdle,” John Floyd, Montross’ attorney, said in an interview. “He had passed all the other phases.”

When asked whether he had ever viewed illegal pornography, Montross confessed that he possessed a large amount of child pornography, Floyd said. Montross consented to a search of the Houston home he shared with his parents and three younger half siblings, according to his plea agreement.

Investigators later found more than 9,000 images and videos of child pornography, the court record shows. He also admitted to producing child pornography. Montross was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release.

“He felt he needed to get this off his chest, and it came straight out,” Floyd said of Montross, who confessed again after his arrest. “There is a burning guilt and a compulsion to get it out.”

Montross wasn’t the only veteran who made shocking admissions. Several divulged that they possessed classified information. One said that while in the Army, he “shot and killed an injured Iraqi insurgent; beat an Iraqi during an interrogation and said he kidnapped a child to assist in locating insurgents,” according to the summary produced by Customs and Border Protection.

Other people admitted they had sought out a contract killer or took money to kill someone. Another applicant “affirmed that his infant son died … as a result of child abuse,” reads one heavily redacted example.

Christine Gaugler, who retired in 2011 as Customs and Border Protection’s assistant commissioner for human resources management, said a person could pass the polygraph but still admit things that would make him or her unsuitable for employment.

“I know it sounds crazy that people like that would apply for federal employment, but they’re out of work,” she said. “When you have 60,000 employees, you’re just like a city. Just like a city of that size, you have people who have problems, make mistakes and break laws.”

Social persuasion tools

Psychologists say interrogative techniques used by polygraph examiners are powerful social persuasion tools that can manipulate applicants to unveil their secrets, even if it goes against the person’s self-interest.

“The polygraph examiner is going to tell them that lying is worse than confessing. That’s not necessary true, but that’s what they say,” said Charles Honts, a Boise State University psychology professor and polygrapher. “They tell people: ‘We know people aren’t perfect. People make mistakes. But you won’t get the job if you lie.’ Minimization and justification – it’s standard interrogation technique.”

He added, “Get a nice soft-sell pitch at the beginning and it’s amazing what people will tell you.”

Polygraphers typically spend hours on the exam, building rapport with applicants. They ask a range of questions that start innocuous and become more threatening. After the exam, they often invite applicants to unload any mental burdens they might be carrying.

Cushman, the polygraph association president, said it’s easier for an applicant to lie when at home alone filling out an application than it is sitting before a trained interviewer.

“It is harder for someone to lie when the stakes are higher and with a piece of equipment five feet way. And the polygraphers raise the stakes by telling them, ‘I’m good, and I’m going to catch you,’ ” if the applicant lies.

Customs and Border Protection generally refers confessions to outside investigators when there’s ample evidence, including, if possible, a written confession. The polygraph exams are recorded, and applicants sign a consent form that allows admissions to be shared with other law enforcement agencies.

The customs agency has not made public how many cases have been forwarded for further investigation or prosecution or how many have led to convictions.

Confessions don’t always lead to prosecutions or convictions, however. Some applicants who confess to or admit they know about crimes might become informants, or a prosecutor ultimately might choose to not pursue a case.

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Cody Slaughter, 22, of Somerton, Ariz., told a Customs and Border Protection polygraph examiner during a pre-employment screening that he fondled his best friend’s then-2-year-old sister in 2004 and engaged in bestiality, according to a police report.

Credit: Yuma County Sheriff’s Office

That happened last year to Cody Slaughter, a 22-year-old applicant from Somerton, Ariz. In July, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office learned from Customs and Border Protection that Slaughter told a polygraph examiner he fondled his best friend’s then-2-year-old sister in 2004 and engaged in bestiality.

When interviewed by a detective, Slaughter admitted to the sexual assault, as well as sexual contact numerous times with his horse, a dog and once with a 4-H pig, according to a police report. Slaughter was arrested on suspicion of sexual contact with a minor and three counts of bestiality.

But the local prosecutor’s office filed a charge of making a false statement to police, then dropped the case in December because of “lack of evidence,” said Roger Nelson, the chief criminal deputy county attorney, who added that Slaughter agreed to counseling.

Slaughter could not be reached for comment.

Just because a person confesses to a crime doesn’t mean a prosecutor can charge him or her. In fact, for only a few offenses can a confession lead to prosecution, said Honts, the psychology professor.

“If a prosecutor can’t find anyone to corroborate the confessions, they can’t charge with conspiracy,” he said. “When there are no witnesses, what do you do with it?”

Regardless of whether a polygraph confession leads to a conviction, the task of hiring the right candidates to protect the nation’s borders has been challenging. And with the bureau on the hook to hire thousands more agents and officers in the coming years, it might not get easier – or more efficient.

“The political pressure to make the border safer does not allow it to be subject to dispassionate research and analysis,” said Judee Burgoon, a University of Arizona professor who researches risk detection. “There’s nothing that is going to be a silver bullet, and you’re never going to completely solve the problem of corruption and efforts to infiltrate the ranks.”

Tracking misconduct

How many unsuitable officers or infiltrators slipped through before the polygraph program was implemented or beat the test is anyone’s guess, though the bureau has tried to address the question.

One internal study on corruption, completed in December 2011, found that corrupt agents had been on the job an average of almost nine years before they were caught.

Since October 2004, more than 150 Customs and Border Protection employees have been charged with or convicted of corruption, such as taking bribes to allow illegal drugs into the country.

Before the hiring surge began in 2006, misconduct arrests for offenses like drunken driving fluctuated. Since then, it’s been steadily on the rise. A total of 2,170 reported incidents of employees arrested occurred between Oct. 1, 2004, and Sept. 30, 2012.

In another internal study, dubbed the “Cleared Shelf Initiative,” Customs and Border Protection’s internal affairs office in 2010 found that 56 percent of applicants considered suitable for hire were disqualified after they were given a polygraph. In most of the roughly 300 cases, the polygraph detected a response to a question that alarmed the polygrapher or the applicant made an unsuitable admission during the exam.

At that point in time, fewer than 20 percent of applicants were asked to take a polygraph exam, usually because of outstanding questions after the background investigation.

In the past decade, Customs and Border Protection has paid more than $350 million to private contractors to conduct background investigations for new and current employees, according to records analyzed by the Center for Investigative Reporting. The polygraph program costs about $3 million a year to implement.

Another internal study, “Test versus No Test,” found in 2010 that employees who had not taken the polygraph exam were more than twice as likely to engage in misconduct, such as stealing government property or drug abuse, than those who took the screening before they were hired.

Concerned that Customs and Border Protection was under siege from infiltrators attempting to take jobs, Congress in 2010 made polygraphs mandatory for all prospective hires seeking law enforcement posts. The bureau then hired and trained scores of polygraphers to meet the law’s mandate that all candidates take a polygraph by January 2013. Customs and Border Protection beat its deadline by a few months, reaching 100 percent of all applicants in October.

In June, the agency began administering the polygraph exam before a full background investigation to cut costs and more aggressively weed out applicants. A background investigation, at about $3,000, costs nearly four times that of an $800 polygraph exam.

Internal affairs officials have considered requiring polygraphs for current employees. But such a move, which would have to be approved by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, could face stiff resistance from unions that represent the bureau’s frontline employees and some high-ranking officials alike.

“If you were to survey the agents, you’d probably find out a good percentage failed a polygraph elsewhere and they’re doing a good job here,” said Chris Bauder, executive vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, the agents union. “Lots of corruption cases could have been caught if they had gone through a thorough background investigation.”

Tia Ghose contributed to this report. This story was edited by Robert Salladay and copy edited by Nikki Frick and Christine Lee.
SOURCE

SWAT Cop Attracts Ridicule After He’s Pictured with His Rifle Sight on Backwards

SWAT Cop Attracts Ridicule After He’s Pictured with His Rifle Sight on Backwards

SWAT COP WITH SITE ON BACKWARDS

(DAILY MAIL) A SWAT team in upstate New York is being mocked as an example of the difference between military and police training after an officer was captured peering through a backwards sight on his combat rifle.


As users on the military Reddit were quick to point out when the image was posted, the reverse sight makes it effectively useless.

Users mocked the SWAT officers training and some went so far as to question the motives of some of the men serving in local law enforcement.

The officer is using a ‘military style’ assault weapon with a close quarters combat sight that costs roughly $500.

‘It’s disturbing to think that 1) none of his buddies corrected it, and 2) he’s in a real-life situation with his optic on backwards, which means he’s never fired that rifle with the optic on it, which means it isn’t zeroed and he thought it was OK to show up to a gunfight with an unzeroed weapon,’ wrote one Reddit user.SOURCE

Big Sis Refuses To Answer Congress On Bullet Purchases

Big Sis Refuses To Answer Congress On Bullet Purchases

Steve Watson
Infowars.com

Speaking at CPAC with Infowars and We Are Change reporter, Luke Rudkowski, Congressman Timothy Huelscamp revealed this week that the Department of Homeland Security has refused to answer questions from “multiple” members of Congress regarding its recent purchase of huge amounts of weapons and ammunition.

“They have no answer for that question. They refuse to answer to answer that,” Huelscamp said.

“I’ve got a list of various questions of agencies about multiple things. Far from being the most transparent administration in the world, they are the most closed and opaque,” the Congressman added.

“They refuse to let us know what is going on, so I don’t really have an answer for that. Multiple members of Congress are asking those questions,” he added.

“It comes down to during the budget process, during the appropriations process, are we willing to hold DHS’s feet to the fire?”

“We’re going to find out… I say we don’t fund them ’til we get an answer. Those type of things really challenge Americans. They are worried about this administration,” Huelscamp urged.

Watch the clip below:

The Congressman’s comments come in the wake of a demand for answers from New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance on the same subject.

“I would like a full explanation as to why that has been done and I have every confidence that the oversight committee ….should ask those questions,” said Lance, adding that he shared a belief, “that Congress has a responsibility to ask Secretary Napolitano as to exactly why these purchases have occurred.”

The DHS has purchased over 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the past year – enough to wage a 20 year plus war. Earlier this month, Forbes Magazine called for a “national conversation” on the matter.

During the CPAC interview, Congressman Huelscamp also spoke briefly about why he voted twice against the National Defense Authorization Act, stating that it was because of the lack of detail regarding the provision in the bill to allow for incarceration of Americans without due process.

“I think it’s something that is so Constitutionally suspect,” Huelscamp said. “It’s one of those things, if you’re not absolutely crystal clear on a Constitutional issue like that, we shouldn’t take those chances.”

“I gather there are folks on the other side who think they covered that. I just don’t think we did a good enough job,” the Congressman added. “And based on how hard it was for Senator Paul to get an answer out of the administration, very clearly we need to make it absolutely clear that there are Constitutional protections in this country.”

The Congressman also spoke with regards to the recent and ongoing furor over the Obama administration’s intentions for using drones domestically and it’s withholding of information on it’s overseas drone program.

“One of the difficulties I have as a member of Congress is the failure of this administration to provide information on what is actually going on,” Huelscamp said.

“When we take office we sign an oath to office, but we also sign a little card that says we have access to classified military intelligence, and I’ll just tell you, this administration and prior administrations are not very clear or transparent with the folks that actually control their budget.”

“Every member of Congress should know the answers to those questions, and whether or not they can share them,” the Congressman concluded.SOURCE

The United States of Jail

The United States of Jail

by John Galt

MSNBC asked this key question on March 4, 2011 in the story linked below:
Why do America’s police need an armored tank?

That’s a damned good question as the vehicle demonstrated in the vehicle above is specified to resist a .50 caliber bullet and all other small arms fire that “average” civilians use inside the United States of America and overseas. So just why does the Department of Homeland Security feel that it is necessary to provide $300,000 grants to purchase these Light Armored Vehicles (LAV’s) for police dpeartments since the latter days of the Bush administration to provide what amounts to a civilian supplemental “Home Guard” to supplant the Federal Government’s new private un-Constitutional army. Especially since the number of successful organized terrorist attacks since 9/11/01 on American soil can be counted within ten fingers.

Thus begging the obvious question:

If the new American paramilitary is being created not to repel a massive invasion of Al Qaeda based terrorists unleashed on our homeland, then why are we militarizing our society to a point that surpasses the wildest dreams of former Iron Curtain leaders of the 1970?s?

Perhaps it is not to keep the masses protected but incarcerated; to hold their wealth and prevent it from leaving the country, to control their spending with strict illegal monitoring and currency manipulation, to tax without representation, and to modify behavior just like prison inmates are manipulated using controls beyond the scope of most inmates mental capacity. America is about to become a society built on the Stasi model, as Steven Kurlander unwittingly reported in his Huffington Post editorial titled “Domestic Surveillance: Spy vs. Spy, American vs. American.” In his piece from March 13, 2013 he observed:

We walk Main Streets and drive thoroughfares that are monitored by cameras and speed passes. We work at computer terminals that allow our bosses to monitor our behavior and work productivity, minute by minute-and we use social media and search engines that can track our usage and establish personality profiles to sell and share.

And we now also routinely spy on our families and one another too in our homes, businesses, and elsewhere, simply be clandestinely hiding spy cameras or affixing and monitoring GPS monitors to phones, computers, vehicles or possessions.

“It’s truly a case of spy vs. spy when parents keep tract of kids, neighbors can keep tabs on the goings on around their home and spouses can detect infidelity with a spy cam or GPS tracker,” says Dan Iacono, who owns DynaSpy Security, Inc., which sells an array of sophisticated spying equipment at two very busy stores in Long Island and Fort Lauderdale. He describes his business as “booming.”

Thus the idea of using fellow “inmates” to rat out troublemakers for rewards, to report to the “Party” for special dispensation is being established by training the youth of America to snitch on their parents and to “see something, say something” even though the observer has little if any formal training regarding the threat posed by a little old lady yelling at her dog versus an alleged terrorist carrying a backpack listening to his iPod. In April of 2011, I warned about the following:

The Largest Detention Camp in World History is Almost Complete

It is now completed and beginning the process of selective enforcement against all opposition to the goals of not just our Imperial President, but of the old guard in the so called Republican Party which was the preceding unit which created the foundation for the modern day police state which Obama is simply following through on by using it and maximizing its capacity. America has now evolved beyond the Patriot Act towards a perverse combination of the old Soviet Union, East Germany, Communist China, and quite possibly in the near future Pol Pot’s Cambodia of the 1970?s:

Yet nobody remembers the words of this long forgotten FBI informant or the fact that the individuals he discuss are close friends of not just the President of the United States, but radical globalists who have pined and planned for a quasi-Marxist alternative to the Rockefeller vision of a central bank controlled world. The new improved “democratic” America will make all of the tyrannies in history look like a Romper Room field trip by any comparison with the technology and firepower they have amassed.

If the United States is not building a massive national prison on the Soviet model, then why is Obama constructing a massive civilian military which is now in possession (estimates based on recent 2,717 LAV’s purchased by DHS plus other government department acquisitions) of more Light Armored Fighting Vehicles than North and South Korea, Israel, and Iran?

Top 15 Nations Total Light Armored/Fighting Vehicles (estimated as of 2012):

LAV_BYNATION_2013

This does not include armed and unarmed drones (classified), total heavy weapons purchased (classified), number of armed assault helicopter or fixed wing manned aircraft (classified) nor total number of domestic armed “Private Security Contractors” (aka, mercenaries) working within the borders of the U.S. or its territories under the control of non-Pentagon, non-military agencies. After all gang, one can not have a prison without a sufficient guard force to preserve the peace and avoid the conflicts which allows Federal authorities to use military style force without violating the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.

If one doubts the efficacy of the data and statements above, I simply remind everyone of the training exercise from the video in the article I published in April of 2008:

Much to this author’s consternation, the budgetary data regarding heavy arms purchases, armed fix wing and helicopter allocations, plus the authorizations for “private security contractors” to use military equipment purchased for or by the American military and various Cabinet level departments (DHS, EPA, DOE, Park Service Police, etc.) is CLASSIFIED. But why?

Why the secrecy?

Why the deception?

To dupe a mass media indoctrinated public into the perception of an iFreedom while denying God, Country, nor their family in order to reach the top of the prison population and earn “trustee” status in the eyes of the authorities. The segregation of the citizens is so thorough, so complete that outrages no longer stir the masses into action nor fire the public up to a point where they are in the streets demanding real justice as opposed to the Marxist created “social justice.”

The doubters, the advocates for a modernization of the American system claim that if the U.S. has indeed become a police state that there would be a systemic pattern of propaganda for discriminating against the old way of thinking (Los Angeles Times Op-Ed for example), illegal programs designed to bypass the 4th Amendment, and of course crazy East German like events like cavity searches for children, the elderly and crippled:


Amazingly enough the level of outrage barely registered with the American sheeple who rejects the idea of boycotting the airline industry until they go bankrupt as non Law Enforcement personnel engage in UNCONSTITUTIONAL violations of the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Thus, as in the Soviet Union, Communist China, and yes, that tired old cliche, Nazi Germany, the band marches on until the ovens are fired up and someone asks the question “What’s that awful burning smell?”

Welcome to prison my fellow citizens. Welcome to the 4th Reich. The construction of the camp is now complete.SOURCE

FBI snooping tactic ruled unconstitutional

FBI snooping tactic ruled unconstitutional

AFP – A US judge has ordered the FBI to stop its “pervasive” use of National Security letters to snoop on phone and email records, ruling that the widespread tactic was unconstitutional.

The order issued by US District Court Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco came as a blow to a measure heavily used by the administration of President Barack Obama in the name of battling terrorism.

The Patriot Act passed after the September 11 attacks gave the Federal Bureau of Investigation strong authority to order that people’s telecom records be handed over, without such requests having to be disclosed.

But in her ruling, Illston said evidence indicated that tens of thousands of NSLs are sent out every year, and that 97 percent of them are fettered with the provision that recipients never mention the requests.

“This pervasive use of nondisclosure orders, coupled with the government’s failure to demonstrate that a blanket prohibition on recipients’ ability to disclose the mere fact of receipt of an NSL is necessary to serve the compelling need of national security, creates too large a danger that speech is being unnecessarily restricted,” Illston said in her written decision.

Illston set her ban on NSLs to take effect in 90 days to allow US lawyers to appeal the decision given “the significant constitutional and national security issues at stake.”

The judge’s ruling came in a lawsuit filed in 2011 by Internet rights law group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on behalf of an unnamed telecom company.

“We are very pleased that the court recognized the fatal constitutional shortcomings of the NSL statute,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Matt Zimmerman.

“The government’s gags have truncated the public debate on these controversial surveillance tools.”

It was the potential for gag orders accompanying NSLs to violate the First Amendment right of free speech that prompted the ruling, according to Zimmerman.

NSLs are used to get companies to secretly turn over private information such as websites visited, phone records, email addresses, and financial data.

Google early this month made the unusual move of adding NSLs to its tranparency report about requests by governments for data about users of the Internet giant’s various online products and services.

But Google said it was only allowed to provide broad ranges of numbers: in the years from 2009 to 2012, for example, it received between zero and 999 requests.

The requests affected between 1,000 and 1,999 accounts, except in 2010, when the range was 2,000 to 2,999 accounts.

“You’ll notice that we’re reporting numerical ranges rather than exact numbers,” said a blog post from Google law enforcement and information security director Richard Salgado.

“This is to address concerns raised by the FBI, Justice Department and other agencies that releasing exact numbers might reveal information about investigations.”

The numbers, while inexact, were believed to be the first data from a private company about the requests, criticized by civil liberties groups for giving the government too much power to conduct surveillance without a warrant.

The EFF calls the letters “dangerous” and has challenged the authority, along with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Google’s actions are “an unprecedented win for transparency,” EFF’s Dan Auerbach and Eva Galperin said at the time.

Despite a lack of exact data, “Google has helped to at least shed some limited light on the ways in which the US government uses these secretive demands for data about users,” they added in a blog post.

“While we continue to be in the dark about the full extent of how the law is being applied, this new data allays fears that NSLs are being used for sweeping access to large numbers of user accounts — at Google, at least.”

The EFF said public records have documented the FBI’s “systemic abuse” of the power.SOURCE

1.6 Billion Rounds Of Ammo For Homeland Security? It’s Time For A National Conversation


1.6 Billion Rounds Of Ammo For Homeland Security? It’s Time For A National Conversation

The Denver Post, on February 15th, ran an Associated Press article entitled Homeland Security aims to buy 1.6b rounds of ammo, to far too little notice. It confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security has issued an open purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. As elsewhere reported, much of this purchase order is for rounds forbidden by international law for use in war plus a frightening amount specialized for snipers. Also reported elsewhere, at the height of the Iraq War the Army was expending fewer than 6 million rounds a month. 1.6 billion rounds, therefore, would be enough to sustain a hot war for 20+ years. In America.

Add to this perplexingly outré purchase of ammo, DHS now is showing off its acquisition of heavily armored personnel carriers, repatriated from the Iraqi and Afghani theaters of operation. As observed by “paramilblogger” Ken Jorgustin last September:
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“[T]he Department of Homeland Security is apparently taking delivery (apparently through the Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico VA, via the manufacturer – Navistar Defense LLC) of an undetermined number of the recently retrofitted 2,717 ‘Mine Resistant Protected’ MaxxPro MRAP vehicles for service on the streets of the United States.” …

“These MRAP’s ARE BEING SEEN ON U.S. STREETS all across America by verified observers with photos, videos, and descriptions.

“Regardless of the exact number of MRAP’s being delivered to DHS (and evidently some to POLICE via DHS, as has been observed), why would they need such over-the-top vehicles on U.S. streets to withstand IEDs, mine blasts, and 50 caliber hits to bullet-proof glass? In a war zone… yes, definitely. Let’s protect our men and women. On the streets of America… ?

“They all have gun ports… Gun Ports? In the theater of war, yes. On the streets of America…?

“Seriously, why would DHS need such a vehicle on our streets?”

Why indeed? It is utterly inconceivable that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is planning a coup d’etat against President Obama, and the Congress, to install herself as Supreme Ruler of the United States of America. There, however, are real signs that the Department bureaucrats are running amok. About 20 years ago this columnist worked, for two years, in the U.S. Department of Energy’s general counsel’s office in its procurement and finance division. And is wise to the ways. The answer to “why would DHS need such a vehicle?” almost certainly is this: it’s a cool toy and these (reportedly) million dollar toys are being recycled, without much of a impact on the DHS budget. So… why not?

Why, indeed, should the federal government not be deploying armored personnel carriers and stockpiling enough ammo for a 20-year war in the homeland? Because it’s wrong in every way. President Obama has an opportunity, now, to live up to some of his rhetoric by helping the federal government set a noble example in a matter very close to his heart (and that of his Progressive base), one not inimical to the Bill of Rights: gun control. The federal government can (for a nice change) begin practicing what it preaches by controlling itself.

And … remember the … Sequester? The president is claiming its budget cuts will inconvenience travelers by squeezing essential services provided by the (opulently armed and stylishly uniformed) DHS. Quality ammunition is not cheap. (Of course, news reports that DHS is about to spend $50 million on new uniforms suggests a certain cavalier attitude toward government frugality.)

Spending money this way is beyond absurd well into perverse. According to the AP story a DHS spokesperson justifies this acquisition to “help the government get a low price for a big purchase.” Peggy Dixon, spokeswoman for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center: “The training center and others like it run by the Homeland Security Department use as many as 15 million rounds every year, mostly on shooting ranges and in training exercises.”

At 15 million rounds (which, in itself, is pretty extraordinary and sounds more like fun target-shooting-at-taxpayer-expense than a sensible training exercise) … that’s a stockpile that would last DHS over a century. To claim that it’s to “get a low price” for a ridiculously wasteful amount is an argument that could only fool a career civil servant.

Meanwhile, Senator Diane Feinstein, with the support of President Obama, is attempting to ban 100 capacity magazine clips. Doing a little apples-to-oranges comparison, here, 1.6 billion rounds is … 16 million times more objectionable.

Mr. Obama has a long history of disdain toward gun ownership. According to Prof. John Lott, in Debacle, a book he co-authored with iconic conservative strategist Grover Norquist,

“When I was first introduced to Obama (when both worked at the University of Chicago Law School, where Lott was famous for his analysis of firearms possession), he said, ‘Oh, you’re the gun guy.’

“I responded: ‘Yes, I guess so.’

“’I don’t believe that people should own guns,’ Obama replied.

“I then replied that it might be fun to have lunch and talk about that statement some time.

“He simply grimaced and turned away. …

“Unlike other liberal academics who usually enjoyed discussing opposing ideas, Obama showed disdain.”

Mr. Obama? Where’s the disdain now? Cancelling, or at minimum, drastically scaling back — by 90% or even 99%, the DHS order for ammo, and its receipt and deployment of armored personnel carriers, would be a “fourfer.”

The federal government would set an example of restraint in the matter of weaponry.
It would reduce the deficit without squeezing essential services.
It would do both in a way that was palatable to liberals and conservatives, slightly depolarizing America.
It would somewhat defuse, by the government making itself less armed-to-the-teeth, the anxiety of those who mistrust the benevolence of the federales.

If Obama doesn’t show any leadership on this matter it’s an opportunity for. Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, to summon Secretary Napolitano over for a little … national conversation. Madame Secretary? Buying 1.6 billion rounds of ammo and deploying armored personnel carriers runs contrary, in every way, to what “homeland security” really means. Discuss.
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Obama Would Call on Military to Disarm Americans During National Emergency

Obama Would Call on Military to Disarm Americans During National Emergency

Army manual provides blueprint for confiscating guns of rioters and dissidents

Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com

The blueprint for how Americans would be disarmed during a declared civil emergency is contained in an Army manual that outlines a plan to confiscate firearms to prevent them falling into the hands of rioters or dissidents.

Given the imminent introduction of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s draconian gun control legislation, which would instantly criminalize millions of gun owners in the United States if passed, concerns that the Obama administration could launch a massive gun confiscation effort have never been greater.

In July 2012, the process by which this could take place was made clear in a leaked US Army Military Police training manual for “Civil Disturbance Operations” (PDF) dating from 2006. Similar plans were also outlined in an updated manual released in 2010 entitled FM 3-39.40 Internment and Resettlement Operations.

The document outlines how military assets will be used to “help local and state authorities to restore and maintain law and order” in the event of mass riots, civil unrest or a declaration of martial law.

On page 20 of the manual, rules regarding the use of “deadly force” in confronting “dissidents” are made disturbingly clear with the directive that a, “Warning shot will not be fired.”

“Restrictions on the sale, transfer, and possession of sensitive material such as gasoline, firearms, ammunition, and explosives will help control forces in minimizing certain forms of violence,” states the document on page 40.

The issue of gun confiscation is also covered in the manual, which makes clear that every effort will be made to prevent “rioters” and “dissidents” from having access to weapons.

“A main consideration in the conduct of civil disturbance operations is to prevent liquor, drugs, weapons, and ammunition from falling into the hands of rioters. Therefore, liquor stores, drug stores, sporting good shops, pawn shops, and hardware stores are main targets for looters and must be kept under close observation by means of foot and motorized patrols. Normally, businesses of this type must be identified in advance and included in emergency plans,” states the manual. (Emphasis added.)

The document also instructs soldiers to protect “control force personnel and civilian dignitaries in the disturbed area” from the violent behavior of “radical or extremist elements” by denying access to “armories, arsenals, hardware, and sporting good stores, pawnshops, and gunsmith establishments, or other places where weapons or ammunition are stored. To conserve manpower, consideration may be given to evacuating sensitive items, such as weapons from stores and storing them in a central facility.”

Urban warfare training drills focused on invading American towns and going door to door in gun confiscation exercises have been taking place for years. In 2009, a planned mock invasion of Arcadia, Iowa was scaled back by the Iowa National Guard after listeners to the Alex Jones Show threatened to protest the event.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Police, National Guard troops, and U.S. Marshals confiscated firearms. “Guns will be taken. Only law enforcement will be allowed to have guns,” New Orleans PoliceSuperintendent Eddie Compass declared as he prepared to violate the Second Amendment. The National Guard conducted warrantless house-to-house searches, targeting not just Hurricane-hit areas under the pretext of stopping violent looters, but also high and dry homes that were not even affected by the storm.

Watch the clip below in which Infowars’ Rob Dew discusses the Army manual.

SOURCE

Could You Survive Being Sent To A FEMA Camp

Could You Survive Being Sent To A FEMA Camp?

by Dave Hodges – thecommonsenseshow.com

Our banker hijacked government has eviscerated the Constitution through tyrannical legislative acts such as
The Military Commissions Act,
The Patriot Acts I and II,
The John Warner Defense Act,
The NDAA,

Quantitative Easing I, II and to infinity. In the first three parts of this series, I have carefully laid out why a genocide is a likely event in the future of America.

The NDAA should scare the hell out of every American Citizen. This allows the government the authority to secretly arrest Americans, without due process, torture and even murder American citizens without so much as a trial. The National Defense Resources Preparedness allows the president, without going through the U.S. Congress, the ability to seize control of all corporate assets, manufacturing operations, and conscript American civilians into work brigades (i.e. slave labor), seize all food, impose restrictions and rations on all vital resources and to hand these resources to the Department of Homeland Security. Section 201 of this Executive Order allows the president to seize control of all corporate infrastructure, manufacturing operations, control of food, control of farm equipment, control of fuel, control electricity, control of water resources, and control of all civilian transportation.

It is also been documented, ad nauseam, that the existence and operational activation of FEMA camps is now a provable fact as reported by CBS News. Let’s not kid ourselves, FEMA camps are the future concentration camps.

There are many other examples of impending government tyranny that could easily be pointed out here. However, the abovementioned governmental policies are all the proof that America needs to come to the realization that we are all in a great deal of danger and that you, the American middle class, are going to be the targets of this tyrannical oppression.

If elements of your government were not planning to commit genocide against the American people, then why would these policies be enacted? Should we just think that the government doesn’t really mean it when they say they can secretly arrest and murder Americans without following the due process of law under the NDAA? Should we think is just a silly conspiracy theory when we state that Obama has given himself the authority to seize every meaningful asset in this country based solely on his own personal say-so? Is America so dumbed-down to not be able recognize the danger when it’s staring us in the face, The danger is in print, click on the hypertext links and read for yourself that the elite are telling you what they are planning to do to you.

I find it laughable how the country has been conditioned to laugh at any kind of the conspiracy theory, as if two evil man would never get together and conspire to do anything. The refusal of Americans to recognize these dangers, and dismiss them as merely wild-eyed conspiracy theories, speaks to how dumbed down our people have become due to a substandard education system and through the controlled corporate media in which only five corporations own over 95% of the entire media industrial complex.
The Trigger Event

Every act of civil disobedience, every act of revolution and every act of tyrannical genocide committed by government, requires a trigger event. For the Nazis, this trigger event included burning down the Reichstag building and blaming the Communists as an excuse to declare martial law. What will be the trigger event for the coming genocidal holocaust committed against American citizens? No one can say for sure. However, history has proven that government gun confiscation from private citizens are the chest pains prior to the heart attack. In the 20th century, there were 17 major genocides committed against civilian populations resulting in a death toll of around 60 million people. Everyone of these genocides was preceded by gun confiscation which rendered the intended victims defenseless against the slaughter that awaited them.

It is widely known, that Obama is feverishly attempting to usher in the UN Gun Ban Treaty. If he is unable to ram it through Congress, as he is tried before, he is very likely codify gun control through executive order. When gun confiscation comes, it’s time for people like you and I to run for the hills because if you are caught and sent to a FEMA “re-education” camp, you are probably not coming out alive.

Control of communications is also a necessary prerequisite to carry out tyranny against a civilian population. We know that the globalists corporations control 95% of the establishment media. So, that goal has already been accomplished. However the one medium of communication exchange not under the control of the New World Order, is the Internet. In the same proximity of time that we will see gun control introduced into American society on a widespread basis, one can expect the Internet to be taken down and tightly censored as it is in China. The New American Magazine has reported that Obama has given the codes to the DNS servers, for the Internet, to the United Nations. If this is correct, we are not going to have to wait long for this insanity to unfold. And of course, should all else fail, I don’t doubt for a second that this administration will not hesitate to roll out a false flag attack as a prelude to the declaration of martial law and seize American guns under this pretext.
Are You Ready?

Are you ready for the coming tyrannical crackdown and the complete evisceration of our constitutional liberties? Have you taken the proper precautions that will ensure the safety of you and your family? It is not likely that very many of us have taken the any meaningful steps to maximize our chances for survival in what will prove to be humanity’s darkest days. Do you have what it takes to survive in a FEMA camp?

When the FEMA bus rolls into your neighborhood, are you prepared to deal with what lies ahead? Let’s assume for a second that martial law is declared and you were not able to find a safe sanctuary and that you are arrested by the powers that be. Your family will subsequently be separated by the authorities as a prelude to sending you to a FEMA camp, and that means that men will go to one facility, and women will go to another. Children will have their own facility awaiting them. In all likelihood, this will mark the last time you will ever see your family. How do I know this? Read the Rex 84 documents.

Imagine how a man who is deprived of everyone he has ever cared about, and at the same time this man has lost his house and all of his possessions, how will he survive? There are two primary dangers facing detainees. The first is bad luck. The second danger is the loss of hope. Victor Frankl, the renowned psychiatrist, who spent four years in Auschwitz, thought that the loss of hope was the number one factor associated with prisoner mortality in a concentration camp detention situation. How will you find meaning in your life when you’re separated from everything you’ve ever known and loved?

In the previous days as a history instructor, I used to have survivors of the Holocaust come and speak to my students. Subsequently, I asked all of these former death camp prisoners, what was the number one factor in their survival? Almost to a person, they stated the number one factor in their survival was luck. I was told that the Nazis would herd people to the showers which they knew was a death trap, and they were the next in line, but were turned away, because the quota had been met. It just wasn’t their day to die.

If you are sent to a FEMA camp, there are things you can do to exercise control over the things of which you have influence. The Jews were a very resilient people and were able to manufacture their own subculture. There were those, however, they did resist as they ran from the relocation trains, and/or attacked their captors. In almost every instance, resisting authorities at the time of arrest was almost 100% fatal.

For those who arrived at the death camps, a vibrant subculture appeared as the people played cards and actors, musicians, comics, singers, and dancers all entertained small groups who came together for a few hours to forget their daily terror and despair. Singers and poets also perform their craft as well. And of course, people continue to pray even though it was against the rules. People formed bonds with each other, developed a level of affection and respect. In short, they replaced the loss of primary family associations with people facing imminent death every day. The lesson is clear, if you’re ever forced into a FEMA camp, pray for good luck and foster relationships among your fellow detainees and find pleasure in the small things over which you will have some measure of control.
Organized Resistance Within the Camp

What about organizing a resistance in the FEMA camps, would that work? The history lesson which can be derived, from this question, is not promising. In Treblinka, seven hundred Jews were successful in blowing up the camp on August 2, 1943. All but 150 of the inmates perished in retaliation for their efforts. Only 12 Treblinka inmates survived the war. In Sobibor, Jewish and Russian inmates mounted an escape on October 14, 1943. One in ten successfully successfully escaped, about 60 out of 600. The prisoners involved in the escape survived to join the Soviet underground. In Auschwitz, on October 7, 1944, one of the four crematoria was blown up by Jewish workers, whose job it was to clear away the bodies of gas chamber victims. The workers were all caught and killed.

The lesson seems clear, if you allow yourself to be transported to a FEMA camp, you’re probably not coming out alive. Therefore, since resistance within the camp is futile, you have three options. One, do not get caught. Two, you can choose to acquiesce and hope your compliance and your search meaning is successful. Three, you can try to escape. To survive by going along to get along, requires a fair amount of luck to survive. From my perspective, I believe history teaches that mounting an organized escape effort may be the best chance for survival that an inmate has put coming out of the death camp experience, alive.
Will You and Your Community
Resist the Tyranny?

Despite the stereotype which betrays all Jews as willing and meekly going to their slaughter, is not totally accurate. There are plenty of examples where the Jews met force with force and refused to be subjugated. For example, on September 3, 1942, seven hundred Jewish families escaped from the Tuchin Ghetto, located in the Ukraine. However, the Nazis hunted them down, and only 15 survived.

By 1943, the ghetto residents, in the famous Warsaw Ghetto, had organized an army of about 1,000 men, mostly unarmed and without military equipment. In January 1943, German soldiers entered the ghetto to round up more Jews for shipment to the death camps. They were met by a volley of bombs, Molotov cocktails, and a few bullets from the sparse number of firearms which had been smuggled into the ghettos. Twenty German soldiers were killed. The action encouraged a few members of the Polish resistance to support the uprising, and a few machine guns, some hand grenades, and about a hundred rifles and revolvers were smuggled in.

The Germans returned with almost 3,000 crack German troops and eventually overcame the resistance and about 300 Germans were killed. Jewish losses were estimated at 15,000. Some Jews survived and some actually did escape, but not many.
Conclusion

According to the lessons of history, there can be no question that being sent to a concentration camp (i.e. FEMA camp) is an almost certain death sentence. We have seen that resistance at the point of arrest is futile. Armed and organized resistance which includes community involvement, produces long odds for survival, but some do survive. Resisting captors inside of the concentration camp, by an means necessary, is nearly fatal in every case. Acquiescing to authority, while one carves out a life under very dire circumstances, provides the best chance for survival. However, under these conditions, one’s survival is highly dependent on being lucky.

The best chance for survival if you are ever transported to a FEMA camp, is to avoid being caught in the first place. The next part in this series explores how one can best evade capture for both themselves and their family members.
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Indiana State Police unveil new weapon to..ummmm.. reduce crashes?

Indiana State Police unveil new weapon to reduce crashes

John J. Watkins | The Times

GARY | Looking down on traffic on the Borman Expressway from the closed Chase Street overpass, Indiana State Police on Monday demonstrated a new weapon to help reduce crashes caused by drivers who speed, follow other vehicles too closely and change lanes unsafely.

What looks like a traditional hand-held speed monitor, the LTI 20/20 Lidar has new Distance Between Cars software that measures and records both how fast the vehicle is traveling and exactly how close it is to the vehicle it’s following.

“Even in a group of vehicles, this device clocks a specific vehicle. The laser beam bounces off the car, semi or motorcycle and returns to the device,” said Master Trooper Russell Hayes, of the Indiana State Police Lowell District 13.

As the information processes instantly in the Lidar device, a still photo of the vehicle is taken along with a video that records exact time and distance. The image of both the still photo and video are so sharp that the face of the driver is readily identifiable, Hayes said.

The information on the vehicle is immediately forwarded to another ISP unit to make the traffic stop. Although it’s not required, the state trooper can show the still photos and video to the driver on a computer. The images are downloaded within seconds to the troopers’ onboard computer.

“It’s hard to contest,” Hayes said. “It’s quite impressive in court. People can’t say, ‘That was my car, but I wasn’t driving it’ or ‘Someone took my car.’”

The units cost $5,500 each and are part of the SWIFT (Speed With Intent Following Too Close) Patrol that District 13 will implement in about two weeks, said Sgt. Wanda Clay, of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.

Statistics gathered from statewide crash reports indicated that there’s some type of commercial vehicle/semi truck crash every 1.2 days for following too close and every other day for speeding, Sgt. Ann Wojas said.

“These crashes are mainly occurring on the interstates, U.S. highways and state roads with the Lowell District,” Wojas said.

In response to that information, the Lowell District has set up a joint enforcement effort with the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division and District 13.

“I’ve been frustrated with the commercial vehicle statistics coming out of this district,” Clay said.

“We’re not out here to write a bunch of tickets. Our primary objective is to reduce all types of crashes involving trucks and cars by taking aggressive enforcement action for the top three crash causation violations – speed, following too closely and unsafe lane movement,” she said.

SWIFT will use a combination of marked and traditional unmarked patrol cars, as well as nontraditional stealth patrol vehicles, aircraft patrols and state police vehicles that look like INDOT work trucks.

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Violent crime jumps 18 percent in 2011, first rise in nearly 20 years


Violent crime jumps 18 percent in 2011, first rise in nearly 20 years

WASHINGTON – Violent crimes unexpectedly jumped 18 percent last year, the first rise in nearly 20 years, and property crimes rose for first time in a decade. But academic experts said the new government data fall short of signaling a reversal of the long decline in crime.

The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reported Wednesday that the increase in the number of violent crimes was the result of an upward swing in simple assaults, which rose 22 percent, from 4 million in 2010 to 5 million last year. The incidence of rape, sexual assault and robbery remained largely unchanged, as did serious violent crime involving weapons or injury.

Property crimes were up 11 percent in 2011, from 15.4 million in 2010 to 17 million, according to the bureau’s annual national crime victimization survey. Household burglaries rose 14 percent, from 3.2 million to 3.6 million. The number of thefts jumped by 10 percent, from 11.6 million to 12.8 million.

The statistics bureau said the percentage increases last year were so large primarily because the 2011 crime totals were compared to historically low levels of crime in 2010. Violent crime has fallen by 65 percent since 1993, from 16.8 million to 5.8 million last year.

“2011 may be worse than 2010, but it was also the second-best in recent history,” said Northeastern University criminology professor James Alan Fox.

“These simple assaults are so low-level in severity that they are not even included in the FBI counts of serious crime,” Fox said. FBI crime data only counts aggravated assaults.

The growth in violent crime experienced by whites, Hispanics, younger people and men accounted for the majority of the increase.

Chris Melde, an assistant professor at Michigan State University’s school of criminal justice, said: “you can have percentage changes that seem quite large but unless you put them in a longer-term perspective you can sometimes misinterpret the overall seriousness of the problem. I would caution against forecasting future crime trends based on a one-year fluctuation.”

A retired police chief says the growing number of assaults last year may reflect a need by law enforcement to spend more time and attention on what’s happening in the nation’s schools.

“My experience was that almost always, disputes started on campus and the young people took care of them off-campus with fists,” said Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation, the country’s oldest, non-partisan, nonprofit police research organization. Bueermann was the police chief in Redlands, Calif., for 13 years.

Bueermann said the bureau’s crime victimization reports can be a useful tool for police because “you get a different snapshot that’s just as valuable” as looking at crimes which are formally reported to police.

The victimization figures are based on surveys by the Census Bureau of a large sample of Americans in order to gather data from those who are victims of crime. The results are considered the government’s most comprehensive crime statistics because they count both crimes that never are reported to the police as well as those reported.

Historically, less than half of all crimes, including violent crimes, are reported to police.

Last May, the FBI’s preliminary crime report for 2011, which counts only crimes reported to police, concluded that while crime dropped again last year, the declines slowed in the last half of the year. In the FBI report, violent crime fell 6.4 percent in the first six months of last year. But for the entire year, the decline was much less, just 4 percent. The number of reported property crimes fell 3.7 percent in the first half of last year, but for all of 2011, went down just 0.8 percent.

The slowing of declines in the second half of last year was seen by some academic experts as a sign that the years of falling crime levels might be nearing an end.

“It will be fascinating to see” the next FBI report, which comes out at the end of October, said professor Alfred Blumstein of the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University.

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