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Cops Beat Man & 7-Month Pregnant Wife Then Deleted The Video, But It Survived On The Cloud posted 11/26/2014, 11:44 AM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]

Denver, CO — The Denver police department has been accused of using excessive force after a video, which they allegedly deleted, survived on the cloud and was turned into FOX 31. 

The incident started as two officers approached David Nelson Flores, who was in his vehicle with his seven-and-a-half-months pregnant wife and their child, to shake him down after suspecting him of being in possession of a substance deemed illegal by the state.

Upon their approach, officers said they saw Flores put a white sweat sock in his mouth. Because the US is involved in an immoral war on drugs, this ‘sock in mouth’ move apparently gave the officers the right to yank Flores out of his car and proceed to pummel the man on the asphalt.

According to the police report however, a pair of plain clothes officers "assisted" suspect David Nelson Flores out of his car and they all "fell to the ground."

The pummeling was for Flores’ own good, according to the police report. They bashed in his face and head so he wouldn’t “choke.”

At the moment the officers began struggling with Flores on the ground, Levi Frasier was driving by and pulled over his van to get a better look at the situation. At first, Frasier says, the undercover cops asked for his assistance in subduing Flores.

But Frasier said before he could react, backup arrived and they told him to get back.

That’s when Frasier turned on the camera. Amazingly enough, as officers were involved in this *life threatening* situation, one of them had the wherewithal to warn his fellow officers about them being filmed. The word “camera!” can be heard shortly after officer Charles "Chris" Jones IV began beating in the face of David F
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WTF ATF: The ATF's Fake Retail Stores, Bad Behavior... And Why It Only Came Out Because They Failed To Pay Rent posted 11/26/2014, 11:44 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
This past week, on This American Life, the first 20 minutes or so are the incredible story of just how screwed up the ATF continues to be (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms). Much of this has been reported on over the past year and a half by reporters in Milwaukee (and investigated by Congress), but it's absolutely worth listening to the details -- which you can do over on the This A... (more)

Exonerated Man Says Cops Forced Confession posted 11/26/2014, 11:44 AM (Courthouse News Service)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
CHICAGO (CN) - A black man spent 15 years in prison for a double murder he did not commit because Chicago police officers coerced him and five other teens into false confessions, the exonerated man claims in court.

Paul Phillips filed the federal complaint Friday against the city of Chicago, nine police officers, and unidentified city employees.

Blaming "fabrication and coercion of inculpatory evidence, and the hiding of exculpatory evidence," Phillips sa
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Iowa: Cops May Not Snoop On DUI Consultations With Lawyers posted 11/26/2014, 11:44 AM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
A motorist suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) has the right in Iowa to consult privately with an attorney to decide whether to take a breathalyzer test, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. The unanimous decision threw out the evidence against David Joseph Hellstern because a police officer eavesdropped on Hellstern's phone call. Though Hellstern asked for privacy, the officer failed to disclose that private in-person attorney consultations are permitted under state law.<... (more)

Taxpayers Near Ferguson Must Turn to Private Security posted 11/26/2014, 11:43 AM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
Those who own private property in suburbs near Ferguson must hire private security for protection. Malls, shopping centers, and other valuables will be protected with private money. A story linked on Drudge today noted that the wealthy suburb of Clayton includes many private firms turning to private security, but apparently, private firms are being called in throughout t... (more)
PAPA JOHN'S Manager Defends Store From Looters -- With Bare Hands...

Did They Want More Violence In Ferguson? 10 'Coincidences' Too Glaring To Ignore posted 11/26/2014, 11:43 AM (The Economic Collapse)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Was it a conspiracy or was it incompetence?  Those appear to be the only two alternatives that we are left with after the horrific violence that we witnessed in Ferguson on Monday night.  The first round of Ferguson rioting back in August took everyone by surprise, but this time authorities had more than three months to prepare.  They had the ability to control precisely when the grand jury decision would be announced and how many cops and National Guard troops would be deployed on the streets. ... (more)
Independent Media Stands in Face of Ferguson Gunfire While Mainstream Media Flees

Virginia Is for Lovers of Liquor Monopolies posted 11/26/2014, 11:43 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
A Virginia court recently sentenced 26-year-old Daries Lamont Coles to five years in jail for violating Virginia's drug laws. He joins a long line of other people who have met a similar fate in the decades-long war on drugs.

Meanwhile, the State of Virginia is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (VABC), a monopoly agency that has the exclusive privilege of selling liquor to people in Virginia.

The Virginia judge
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A Golden Opportunity for Switzerland posted 11/26/2014, 11:43 AM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Economy]
The referendum on the Swiss Gold Initiative will take place on November 30.1 The Initiative demands the following: (1) The Swiss National Bank (SNB) shall be prohibited from selling any of its gold reserves; (2) the SNB’s gold reserves must be stored in Switzerland; and (3) the SNB must keep at least 20 percent of its assets in gold (i.e., the “20-percent rule”).... (more)

Tuesday November 25th, 2014

Good Samaritan Hands Lost Purse To Cop, Cop Steals Cash Before Returning posted 11/25/2014, 10:27 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
When a Good Samaritan stumbled upon a purse left at a café in Buffalo, New York, they chose to do the right thing and try to get the purse returned to its rightful owner. In this case, that was done by handing the purse over to 42-year-old Northwest District Officer Michael R. Missana.

The police did manage to successfully return the purse to its rightful owner, but it was missing something -- $130 in cash which was taken out of the owner's wallet. Police, evidently suspiciou
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Cop Keeps Job After First DUI, Now He's Being Charged With A Second posted 11/25/2014, 10:26 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
There's no limit to the mercy shown by police to fellow law-breakers in uniform.

In this case out Idaho, Garden City Police Lt. Heath Jay Compton, 44, a 19-year-veteran with the Garden City police department, was charged and convicted for driving under the influence back in 2005, yet he somehow managed to keep his job with the police.

Now, all these years later he's been charged a second time. While responding to an unrelated incident at the officer's home
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It's "An Extortion Racket:" Police Chief Moved to Tears After Exposing Corruption in His Department posted 11/25/2014, 10:26 AM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]

Calexico, CA — A border town east of San Diego fired their own police chief last month “in the interest of their own citizens,” and on Oct. 13 Former Police Chief Pompeyo Tabarez was replaced with Mike Bostic.

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We Are the Enemy: Is This the Lesson of Ferguson? posted 11/25/2014, 10:26 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
If you dress police officers up as soldiers and you put them in military vehicles and you give them military weapons, they adopt a warrior mentality. We fight wars against enemies, and the enemies are the people who live in our cities—particularly in communities of color.—Thomas Nolan, criminology professor and former police officer

Should police officer Darren Wilson be held accountable for the shooting death of unarmed citizen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Augu
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Albuquerque Cop Who Killed Homeless Man Will Retire With Full Benefits posted 11/25/2014, 10:26 AM (The Daily Sheeple)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Last March, the killing of James Boyd by the Albuquerque Police Department shocked the nation. The public got to see with their very own eyes, how callous and vicious some police officers can be. Boyd, who was widely known as a schizophrenic, had been camping out in the foothills of Albuquerque, New Mexico (doing nothing and bothering nobody) when he was approached by several heavily armed members of the local police department.

What ensued was one of the most despicable di
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This Minnesota Mom is Facing 2 Years in Jail for Saving Her Son's Life posted 11/25/2014, 10:26 AM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]

Madison, MN — A mother of two is facing jail time for seeking out life saving cannabis oil to treat her son’s horrifying seizures.

This nightmare for the Brown family started 3 years ago, when their son Trey, then 12, was hit in the head with a baseball causing a traumatic brain injury.

The brain injury has caused severe tremors and episodes in which he causes hims
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Darren Wilson and the Protocols of Official Exoneration posted 11/25/2014, 10:26 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
The most important details in Darren Wilson’s grand jury testimony come on pages 77-78 of the transcript. Asked if he had filled out an incident report on the shooting, Wilson explained that the “protocol” in such cases is to “contact your FOP [Fraternal Order of Police] representative and he will advise you of what to do step by step.”

When asked if he had committed his recollections t
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Here's The Evidence The Grand Jury Saw Before Deciding Not To Indict Darren Wilson posted 11/25/2014, 10:26 AM (Vox)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
On Monday night, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced that a grand jury had decided not to charge Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson with a crime for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.

County officials distributed documents from the grand jury deliberations to the press. St. Louis Public Radio has been uploading and posting the documents, which you can sift through here.

But if you're looking for the major documents, here a
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Why It's Impossible to Indict a Cop posted 11/25/2014, 10:26 AM (The Nation)
[Category: Commentary]
How to police the police is a question as old as civilization, now given special urgency by a St. Louis County grand jury’s return of a “no bill” of indictment for Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in his fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown. The result is shocking to many, depressingly predictable to more than a few.

Can the cops be controlled? It’s never been easy: according to one old sociological chestnut, the monopoly on the legitimate use of vi
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The Internet Memory Hole posted 11/25/2014, 10:26 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Imagine you are considering a candidate as a caregiver for your child. Or maybe you are vetting an applicant for a sensitive position in your company. Perhaps you’re researching a public figure for class or endorsing him in some manner. Whatever the situation, you open your browser and assess the linked information that pops up from a search. Nothing criminal or otherwise objectionable is present, so you proceed with confidence. But what if the information required for you to make a reasoned as... (more)

Pop Art and Intellectual Property posted 11/25/2014, 10:25 AM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
One of the most iconic painters of the 20th century was Roy Lichtenstein, a New York based artist who, alongside Andy Warhol, came to fame as one of the defining voices in the American Pop Art movement. Pop Art was based around the idea of taking popular and lowbrow images, such as those found in advertising, and transforming them into high art. Warhol famously did this by painting large scale representations of Campbell's soup cans and hanging them in galleries. It was a concept that had never ... (more)

IRS Finally Examines Backup Tapes, Recovers 30,000 'Missing' Lois Lerner Emails posted 11/25/2014, 10:25 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Whether or not the IRS is subjecting certain politically-affiliated groups to an unfair amount of attention remains to be seen. What is indisputable is that the agency's document retention policies are an unenforced joke. As citizens, we're required to hold onto pertinent financial records for 2-7 years... (more)

Monday November 24th, 2014

Why Does The Media Ignore Straightforward Police Executions? posted 11/24/2014, 9:43 PM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Commentary]
The news is in, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

There's so much to say about this case.

First and foremost, the media loves focusing on marginal cases like this, as opposed to straightforward police executions such as the murder of 20-year-old Jonathan Cuevas, a young man wh
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No Indictment In Ferguson Case posted 11/24/2014, 8:53 PM (USA Today)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
FERGUSON, Mo. -- A white police officer will not face charges for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in a case that set off violent protests and racial unrest throughout the nation, an attorney close to the case said Monday night.

A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson, 28, for firing six shots in an August confrontation that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, said Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family. The decision had been long awaited
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Headlines via Drudge:

'Duty of grand jury to separate fact from fiction'...
Eyewitness told police Brown charged cop 'like football player head down'...
Prosecutor: Democrat...
Michael Brown's mother collapses outside station...
Firefighters battle 25 structure fires...
Turned back by gun shots...
Cars vandalized, overturned...
St. Louis airport closed by gunfire...
Suburb Enlists Private Security Contractors...
Store Robbed by Brown Looted...
FOXNEWS Reporter In Ferguson Attacked...
MSNBC Anchor Chased Off Air By Gunfire...
CNN Reporter Hit In Head With Rock During Live Shot...

Tamir Rice: 12-Year-Old Boy Playing With Fake Gun Dies After Being Shot By Police In Ohio Park posted 11/24/2014, 8:28 AM (The Independent)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
A 12-year-old boy has been shot dead by police in the US as he played with a fake gun in a park.

Tamir Rice, who was black, died of his wounds yesterday in hospital after being shot twice in Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday.

A member of the public had phoned police saying people in the playground were scared by someone brandishing what looked like a gun.

In a recording released by officials, the caller can be heard saying: "There's a guy with a pistol...
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Police union: Officer-involved shooting of 12-year-old caught on surveillance video

Killings By Police in Utah Outpacing Gang, Drug, Child-Abuse, and Spousal Homicides posted 11/24/2014, 8:28 AM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Data from a five-year period is painting a disturbing picture of a deadly trend among Utah police officers.

Up until this year, killings by police officers ranked second only to homicide of intimate partners. However, this year, including a Saturday shooting in South Jordan, deadly force by police surpassed even violence between spouses and dating partners.

As police killings rise, more people are becoming aware and police watchdog groups are saying that it’s time w
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Cops Are Cowards posted 11/24/2014, 8:28 AM (Larken Rose)
[Category: Commentary]

It would be nice if the mythology about "the brave men and women of law enforcement," and the image of police that you see on TV and in movies, in some way resembled reality. But it doesn't.

Prior to Being Exposed, Deputies Were Strip Searching Children in Philly Family Court posted 11/24/2014, 8:28 AM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – A new family court building in Philadelphia is being accused of indiscriminately strip searching children who entered the premises. Children involved in both criminal and non-criminal cases were searched, including children who were wrapped up in the court system simply because they were victims of sexual abuse. For them, their encounter at the court inflicted deeper trauma on an allready painfull situation.

The inappropriate strip searches were the re
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Home-school Parents Tasered, Pepper-Sprayed, Handcuffed, for "Messy House" As Kids Watched posted 11/24/2014, 8:28 AM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Nodaway County, Missouri – Last week, Jason and Laura Hagan, of New Hampton, Missouri filed a lawsuit against the Nodaway County Police for a SWAT team raid against their family, where tasers and pepper spray were used by the invading officers. The lawsuit is the newest fight in the family’s lengthy legal battle with the county over the raid, which took place in 2011.

The case began years ago when Child Protection Services (CPS) agents were sent to the home because they were homes
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Thank the Troops for Their Service to Islam posted 11/24/2014, 8:28 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Americans are often exhorted to thank the troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan for defending our rights and freedoms. Yet, I have never heard anyone thanking the troops for fighting and dying for Islam.

Why not?

Yeah, I know what interventionists are already saying: "Jacob, are you crazy? Our troops don't fight and die for Islam. They're Christian warriors! They're over there defending our rights and freedoms by killing Muslims before they come over here a
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Cop Tells Kid "What Are You Going To Do If I Violate His Rights?" - Then He Sees Cop Watchers. posted 11/24/2014, 8:28 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]

We walked up on officers harassing high school kids. Right when we go there everything changed. You can clearly hear a officer say "What are you going to do if I violate his rights?" talking about his friend they had detained. Once he seen us he got back in the car.

Employee Fired After Posting Pictures Of DHS Vehicles Parked In Hotel Parking Lot posted 11/24/2014, 8:28 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: General]
What happens in public isn't afforded an expectation of privacy -- unless you're the Department of Homeland Security. The DHS is all about shutting down people taking photos in, around or of public structures. According to the many piles of useless paperwork compiled by the many useless Fusion Cen... (more)

Baltimore Residents Demand Tougher Laws On Police Officers At Hearing posted 11/24/2014, 8:28 AM (The Baltimore Sun)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
With the next General Assembly starting in January, more than 100 community members demanded Saturday that state lawmakers toughen laws holding police officers more accountable for misconduct.

During a public hearing on Saturday at the University of Baltimore, residents urged members of Baltimore City's House delegation to revise Maryland's law enforcement Bill of Rights, which some say is too protective of officers, and to give more power to the city's police civilian review boar
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There is No Right to be Forgotten posted 11/24/2014, 8:28 AM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
The freedom of information offered by the internet has had drastic implications for liberty. To the benefit of individuals, it reduces information asymmetries with business and increases transparency in government. It allows us to make more informed decisions, where ignorance has long been the justification for all manner of government intervention programs.

On the other hand, the internet has created a whole slew of privacy worries, with vast accumulations of data that can easily
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Police And Steroids: Hard To Control, Hard To Prove posted 11/24/2014, 8:28 AM (The Augusta Chronicle)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
An investigation into possible steroid use by police officers is new territory for both the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and local GBI agents, but the problem is a national one, reported many times a year.

The Augusta inquiry began when Brandon Paquette, 32, was arrested on charges of steroid possession. He provided the names of possible steroid users in law enforcement. Although the list has not been made public, it has caused an atmosphere of unease at the sheriff’s office.
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Friday November 21st, 2014

No Charges For Cop Filmed Breaking Man's Face For Failure To ID, "Shoulder Thrust" Made Cop Fear For His Safety posted 11/21/2014, 10:04 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]

Clovis, New Mexico police officer Brent
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This is What a High School Football Game Looks Like In a Police State posted 11/21/2014, 10:02 AM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Prattville, AL — A 17-year-old high school student was having fun and talking to a girl at a football game Friday when all of the sudden a ski-masked Phenix City Police Officer comes from behind and assaults him.

Police officers were near the students because they were trying to move them back from the railing. Cameron Rader, the boy who was assaulted in the video says he was no where near the railing, and we can clearly see in the video that he was not near the railing before the
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Very Large Cop Waylays High School Girl, Chaos Ensues After Students Become Angry at the Deputy posted 11/21/2014, 10:02 AM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Santa Maria, CA — A couple of lunchtime fights at Righetti High School Wednesday ended with police swarming the campus and 6 students arrested.

According to Kenny Klein, spokesperson for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, the trouble began when two female students got into a physical altercation which subsequently led to two boys fighting.

The fight apparently got messy as students began throwing food.

Two videos were taken showing a ve
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Man Imprisoned For Decades On False Child Molestation Charge Freed After Claim Recanted posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (Associated Press)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
SEATTLE (AP) - A man who had been in prison for nearly two decades was released from custody Thursday, two years after his supposed victim recanted allegations that he molested her.

Jerry Lee Brock, 55, had been in prison since his conviction for first-degree molestation in 1995. In 2012, the alleged victim, Regina Rush, came forward to say she made the whole thing up, partly as a way to get more attention from her mother.

Last week, Thurston County Superior Court J
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Note the state still insists he be denied his right to own a gun and travel freely for three months while they sit around and do absolutely nothing to fully exonerate the man they wrongly imprisoned. Keep in mind this is not solely the fault of the faux victim, but the justice system which sentenced the innocent man to prison without hard evidence. The old adage of "better 100 innocent men go free than one guilty be imprisoned" was upended years ago to "better 100 innocent men be imprisoned than one guilty man go free." - Chris, InfoLib

Perpetual Lies About Freedom and Democracy posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (Michael S. Rozeff)
[Category: Commentary]
When U.S. governments take Americans into war, we hear them justify it as a fight for freedom. Often they rationalize it as an anti-tyranny fight, a pro-peace fight and a pro-democracy fight.

Freedom appeals to Americans. It is a core American value, even if it's not honored in practice here at home.

When politicians use freedom to justify war, they are making an emotional, not a reasoned, appeal. Why? It's because freedom, while a good thing, is never alone a suffi
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Washington Cop Attempts to Incite Photographer by Invading Personal Space posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (PINAC)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]

One tactic we occasionally see is when a cop stands directly in your personal space, close enough where he can kiss you, claiming he has the right to stand where he pleases -- when you know if you would do the same to him, he would fear for his life and kill you.

What they’re really doing is hoping the citizen pushes the cop off or punches him in the face, which you will see is v
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Bill Aimed At Shutting Off NSA's Water Starts Moving Forward Again posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The attempt to nerf the NSA's new data center in Utah continues. As we covered here at the beginning of this year, legislators and activists began pushing a bill that would cut off the NSA's water supply if it continued to gather data on American citizens. It's an interesting move, one that leverages the states' abilities to combat o... (more)

Baltimore Prosecutors Withdraw Evidence Rather Than Talk About Police Department's Stingray Usage posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
They justify the use of Stingray devices (IMSI catchers/cell tower spoofers) by pointing out how great they are at catching criminals. They justify the secrecy surrounding them by claiming the release of any details will compromise investigations. And then they pull something like this. ... (more)

On Media Outlets That Continue to Describe Unknown Drone Victims As "Militants" posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
It has been more than two years since The New York Times revealed that “Mr. Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties” of his drone strikes which “in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants…unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.” The paper noted that “this counting method may ... (more)

Md. County To Churches: Preach Environmentalism, Get Tax Break posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (The Daily Caller)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Prince George’s Country is offering a way for churches to avoid paying the state's unpopular rain tax — preach “green” to their parishioners. ... (more)

Detekt: A New Malware Detection Tool That Can Expose Illegitimate State Surveillance posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Recent years have seen a boom in the adoption of surveillance technology by governments around the world, including spyware that provides its purchasers the unchecked ability to target remote Internet users' computers, to read their personal emails, listen in on private audio calls, record keystrokes and passwords, and remotely activate their computer's camera or microphone. EFF, together with Amnesty International, Digitale Gesellschaft, and Privacy International have all had experience assisti... (more)

Thursday November 20th, 2014

Casino Can Steal NJ Man's Home Through Eminent Domain For No Specific Reason, Judge Rules posted 11/20/2014, 9:31 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez has ruled a casino can steal a man's home through eminent domain because the state has the "authority" to do whatever it pleases.

ATLANTIC CITY — A Hammonton man's fight to keep the Atlantic City home that h... (more)

Texas Cop Indicted For Stealing Cash Out Of People's Wallets After Asking For ID posted 11/20/2014, 9:31 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
A Texas police officer has been indicted for allegedly stealing cash out of people's wallets after asking for their ID's.

From DentonRC:
A former Denton County Sheriff’s Office deputy was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on a felony theft charge.

Joshua Garland Laningham, 29, was indicted on a charge of theft of more than $1,50
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Deputy Tries Using Civil Asset Forfeiture On DVD From Convenience Store, Loses Job posted 11/20/2014, 9:31 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Deputy Ernesto McCloud has found out the hard way he can't use "civil asset forfeiture" in his private life to steal from people with impunity.

After responding to an alarm call at a convenience store, the officer was videotaped stealing a $10 DVD from the store for his personal use.

Unfortunately for him, this act of theft was not committed within his sphere of authority, therefor he was charged with petty theft and fired.

Sheriff Grady Jud
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No Charges For Speeding Cop Not Responding To Emergency Who Killed 5-Year-Old In Crash posted 11/20/2014, 9:27 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Speeding into a intersection, smashing into a car and killing a 5-year-old is not a crime in Canada, at least so long as you're wearing a government-issued costume, prosecutors for "The Crown" have ruled.

From the CBC:
A Sûreté du Québec officer will not be charged after a crash that killed a five-year-old... (more)

Free-Market Company Works To Actually Fight Crime With High-Tech Security Guard Robots posted 11/20/2014, 9:20 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Science/Technology]
Capitalists in the semi-free-market have developed a security guard robot to patrol businesses and prevent crime from occurring, at a cost that's less than that of a human security guard.

From KPIX:
MOUNTAIN VIEW (KPIX 5) – A new kind of security guard is on patrol in Silicon Va... (more)

2-Year-Old Hospitalized After Police Raid Wrong Home, Threw Grenade into His Bedroom posted 11/20/2014, 9:20 AM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Ventura, CA — A 2-year-old boy was burned and hospitalized after police threw an explosive device directly into his room during a “no-knock” raid on the wrong home, despite being told by the parents that there was an infant in the room, according to a lawsuit.

Jose and Paulina Salinas are suing the City of Oxnard and its police department, seeking damages for assault, battery, trespass, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress.

According to Courthouse
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When the Rustlers Wear Badges posted 11/20/2014, 9:19 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Sweeney Gillette, a very successful cattle trader from Ontario, Oregon, had barely finished a pleasant chat with his ex-wife when his phone rang. In an agitated voice, Gillette's attorney reported that he had just been contacted by a Malheur County deputy District Attorney who accused the rancher of “unlawfully interfering with a witness” – namely, his ex-wife.

Since the attorney called literally seconds after Gillette had hung up, the call from the deputy DA must have come in the
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Tennessee Drug Interdiction Officers Stomp All Over Traveling Couples' Rights En Route To Seizing Nothing At All posted 11/20/2014, 9:18 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
More asset forfeiture to report on, albeit of the rarely-reported "attempted robbery forfeiture" variety. (via Overlawyered)

A couple (Lisa and Ronnie Hankins) traveling through Tennessee on their way home (to California) from a funeral was stopped by Tennessee drug interdic
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American Ranking Plummets in Global Index of 'Personal Freedoms' posted 11/20/2014, 9:18 AM (Common Dreams)
[Category: Economy]
In an age of expanding national security powers, increasing surveillance state, and rolled-back civil liberties protections, Americans' perception of their own personal freedoms is plummeting, according to the annual ranking by the Legatum Institute in London.

In Washington D.C. this week to promote their findings, researchers with the Legatum Institute measure a nation's prosperity on a number of factors including health, safety, education, economy, opportunity, social capital, g
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SWAT Team Collapses House With Explosives During Standoff posted 11/20/2014, 9:18 AM (Police State USA)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — A police standoff reached a dramatic conclusion when over thirty homes were evacuated and a SWAT team used explosives to blow through the structure of the home they were surrounding, inadvertently causing the floor to collapse.

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A lawsuit has been filed over the botched raid, which took place in May 2012.  An arrest warrant was issued for Mr. Ronald Brown, 54, after he had allegedly fired a gun into the ground during a disagreement on
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Ten Year Old Suspended For Pointing Imaginary Ray Gun posted 11/20/2014, 9:18 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
In a now all too familiar scenario, a 5th grader has been suspended in Massachusetts after pointing an imaginary gun and saying “pow”.

Ten year old Nickolas Taylor was suspended for two days by officials at Stacy Middle School in Milford, following the incident which took place in the school cafeteria.

Nickolas, who has no history of bad behaviour, is said to have cut in li
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Middle School Principal Suspended Over Unannounced School Shooter Drill posted 11/20/2014, 9:16 AM (The Ledger)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
The Polk County School District suspended a principal Tuesday and changed rules for lockdown drills following a controversial drill held at Jewett Middle Academy Magnet on Thursday.

The incident drew national attention and public criticism after weapon-carrying officers checked darkened, locked-down classrooms, frightening students and parents who hadn't been told it was only a drill.
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Oklahoma Cop Faces 35 Felonies For Alleged Sex Assaults On 13 Women posted 11/20/2014, 9:16 AM (Raw Story)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
An Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting 13 women while on duty will face trial for 35 felony counts including rape and sexual assault, court officials said on Wednesday.... (more)

Court: $30,000 for Sharing a Pirated Movie is Excessive Punishment posted 11/20/2014, 9:16 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A federal court in Washington has rejected a $30,000 damages award against several Internet subscribers accused of downloading a pirated movie via BitTorrent. Judge Thomas Rice doubted that filmmakers were hurt much by the pirates and said the requested amount would be "excessive punishment."... (more)

Congress Is Irrelevant on Mass Surveillance. Here's What Matters Instead. posted 11/20/2014, 9:16 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
The “USA Freedom Act”--which its proponents were heralding as “NSA reform” despite its suffocatingly narrow scope--died in the august U.S. Senate last night when it attracted only 58 of the 60 votes needed to close debate and move on to an up-or-down vote. All Democratic and independent senators except one (Bill Nelson of Florida) voted in favor of the bill, as did three tea-party GOP Senators (Ted C... (more)

The Biggest Threat to Democracy and Freedom posted 11/20/2014, 9:15 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
By all objective standards, Egypt’s government is a military dictatorship and a brutal one at that. Having ousted the democratically elected president of the country, Egypt’s national-security establishment has not only taken control over the reins of government, it is the government. In order to fortify its grip on power over the Egyptian people, it has done what dictatorships do: intimidate, incarcerate, torture, and kill those who dare to question or criticize the existence of the dictatorshi... (more)

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