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Female Cop Escapes Punishment After Casually Beating & Bloodying Woman Who Called 911 For Help posted 03/03/2015, 10:01 PM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
A female police officer seen casually beating and bloodying a woman who called 911 for help after a fight with her boyfriend faced no punishment for her use of excessive force, rather she was only reprimanded for failing to "maintain certification on the use of police nunchucks," which she used during her arrest to constrain the woman.

From 7 News Denver:
Denver City Council has approved another significant payout to settle a civil lawsuit over excessive force by Denver Police.

On Monday night, city council approved a $50,000 settlement for Patricia Lucero. She filed a civil lawsuit in 2014 for a December 2012 incident involving Denver Police Officers Marika Putnam and Kenneth Starbuck.

Lucero had called 911 and hung up during an argument with her boyfriend. Police responded to the hang up call and found Lucero locked out of her apartment. Eventually, he answers and both are questioned.

Surveillance video from the apartment showed Lucero and her boyfriend sitting in the hallway while two police officers stand near and in the doorway to the apartment. According to the internal affairs report, Lucero was shouting obscenities to Putnam, when the officer walked into the apartment, with both occupants in the hall.

The video showed Putnam walk out of the apartment, and with the help of Starbuck, lift Putnam off the ground to try to place her in handcuffs. Putnam uses a leg sweep to get Lucero on the ground. As she gets her in cuffs, Putnam lifts Lucero up and swings her into a wall twice. Putnam also uses nunchakus to maintain control of Lucero's arms.

The lawsuit states that Lucero was in pain as a result of the use of the nunchakus.

Video from the elevator hallway showed Putnam slam Lucero into t
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Jury Acquits Hollywood Man Who Said He Grew Pot Because He Medically Needed It posted 03/03/2015, 9:59 PM (Sun Sentinel)
[Category: Resistance]
It worked.

For the first time in Florida history, a Broward jury acquitted a marijuana grower after finding he has a medical need for the illegal drug.

Jesse Teplicki hid nothing from the detectives who showed up at his Hollywood home two years ago acting on a tip that he was growing pot on the premises. And he hid nothing from the jury on Thursday when he took the stand at his criminal trial, even admitting that he smoked a marijuana cigarette earlier in the day to
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Federal Appeals Court Endorses Suspicionless Detention Of Air Force Officer posted 03/03/2015, 9:59 PM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
An Air Force major detained at a suspicionless roadblock five years ago will not be able to sue for damages. A sharply divided Fifth Circuit US Court of Appeals panel concluded on Thursday that Border Patrol agents could hold Major Richard Rynearson indefinitely simply because they did not care for his attitude.

Rynearson was driving to work on March 18, 2010 along Highway 90 in Uvalde, Texas, when he was stopped at an immigration roadblock set up 67 miles from the border with Mex
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Report: Cops Tased Man Repeatedly "Until His Heart Blew Out" posted 03/03/2015, 9:59 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Cops in Oklahoma City pepper sprayed and tased a 47 year old man to death after being called out to help by his girlfriend, according to reports.

Darrell Gatewood was killed Sunday during the incident, which has led to three police officers being suspended pending an investigation.
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Teen Avoids Jail While he Watches Friends Get Sentenced for Same Crime, Because His Dad's a Cop posted 03/03/2015, 9:59 PM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Westminster, CO — In Westminster, Colorado, if you spray-paint an underground tunnel, you will face jail time — unless you’re the son of a Westminster cop.

For Alex Gonzalez and his two friends, this ridiculously harsh sentence is now a reality. However, their fourth friend, Paul Damian Perez, has received a much lighter sentence of unsupervised probation.

Perez has some “pull” on the inside, his dad is Westminster police officer.

“I do know that his
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Autopsy Contradicts Denver Police in Killing of Teenage Girl posted 03/03/2015, 9:59 PM (PINAC)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Denver police claimed they killed 17-year-old Jessica Hernandez because they were in fear for their lives as she drove a stolen car towards them in a narrow alleyway, striking one of the officers and leaving him injured.

But an autopsy report released last week states that police shot at her from the left side, meaning they were not in any danger of being run over.
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Cop Arrested After Taking Photos Of His Wife Kissing Police Chief: Divorce Complaint posted 03/03/2015, 9:59 PM (Times Free Press)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
From the Times Free Press:
Cleveland Police Chief Dennis Maddux has returned to his job as captain of the police department's support services division.

"He has been reassigned," said Evie West, information officer for the city police department.

Maddux only served in the position for one day before being
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Why Is This Man Still in Jail? posted 03/03/2015, 9:59 PM (Rolling Stone)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Half a lifetime ago, Philadelphia cops put Tony Wright away for a brutal crime he didn't commit. DNA tests have exonerated him. But he's still not free.... (more)

Denver Policeman Accused Repeatedly Of Excessive Force Taken Off Streets posted 03/03/2015, 9:59 PM (Reuters)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
A Denver police officer who has cost the city more than $1 million to settle excessive force cases for which he was never disciplined has been pulled from street patrol, a department spokesman said on Friday.

Shawn Miller has been placed on "non-line assignment" duty pending a review of his conduct and a plan to improve his performance, Denver Police Commander Matthew Murray told Reuters.

According to internal affairs files released this week, 40 complaints have bee
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No-Knock Warrant Bill Draws Debate In Georgia posted 03/03/2015, 9:58 PM (11 Alive)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Georgia legislators are currently debating bills that would restrict police use of no-knock warrants. But some believe those bills would actually have the opposite effect.

Police reform has been a hot topic nationwide since the deaths, by police hands, of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York. Those pursuing reform are passionate about ending no-knock warrants, which allow police to enter the home of suspected criminals unannounced.
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In Unsealed Document, FBI Admits Stingray Devices Will Disrupt Phone Service posted 03/03/2015, 9:58 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
A small crack in the FBI's Stingray secrecy has appeared. A 2012 pen register application obtained by the ACLU was previously sealed, but a motion to dismiss the evidence obtained by the device forced it out into the open. Kim Zetter at Wired notes that the application contains a rare admission that Stingray use disrupts cell... (more)

7 Creepy Robots for Cops posted 03/03/2015, 9:58 PM (Reason)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]

Cops use robots to defuse bombs, confront barricaded suspects and rescue victims during disasters. But they also use robots that can see, record and track what you are doing all day long. If you aren't paranoid by the thought of cops knowing your business, watch as Reason TV counts down 7 Creepy Robots for Cops.

8th Grader Suspended for Informing Classmates of Standardized Test 'Opt-Out' posted 03/03/2015, 9:58 PM (Fox News)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A New Mexico eighth-grader said on "Fox and Friends" she was suspended from school for letting her classmates know that they could opt out of the state's new online standardized test.

12-year-old Adelina Silva printed out the forms from her own school's website and was rewarded with a trip to the principal's office.
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Little-Known Laws That Cripple American Trade posted 03/03/2015, 9:58 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Economy]
The harm that Britain’s protectionist Navigation Acts imposed on the colonies was a major impetus for the American Revolution. But the United States did not abandon those unjustifiable restrictions. Even before the Bill of Rights was adopted, Congress in 1789 enacted similar protectionist restrictions on coastal shipping. It is centuries past time to eliminate such harmful restrictions and the Jones Act that is their modern progeny.... (more)

Monday March 2nd, 2015

'Officer Awareness' Memo: Police Accountability Recording App Could Lead To Dangerous 'Flash Mobs' posted 03/02/2015, 7:11 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Your law enforcement panic of the day: an app that automatically uploads recorded footage and forwards it to the ACLU.

New Jersey's ACLU branch put together "Police Tape" back in 2012, an app which allowed anyone to record cops with a press of a button. The app then hid itself while the recording continued. If the recording was interrupted, the app would automatically s
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Nevada Cops Pull Women From Car After Driver Refuses to Roll Window Fully Down posted 03/02/2015, 7:11 PM (PINAC)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]

A Nevada cop who pulled a woman over for speeding ended up dragging her out of the car after she refused to roll her window down all the way, even though she had already rolled it down halfway and had already handed the cop her driver license.

But the Carson City police officer insisted she roll the window al the way down because he was finding it impossible to “interact” with he
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Texas Town Experiences 61% Drop in Crime After Firing Their Police Department posted 03/02/2015, 7:11 PM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Sharpstown, TX — Sharpstown is a Texas community, located just southwest of Houston, and the way they maintain security in this community has gotten our attention.

In 2012, they fired their cops.

The Sharpstown Civic Association then hired S.E.A.L. Security Solutions, a private firm, to patrol their streets.

The statist fearmongers will have you believe that “privatizing” anything would result in mass chaos a
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Cop Admits He Shot His Own Police Car, Wasn't "Shot At" While On Patrol posted 03/02/2015, 7:11 PM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
A Gloucester County man employed by the Winslow Township Police Department as a part-time Class II Special Law Enforcement Officer admitted Wednesday to shooting his vehicle while on patrol in October, the Camden County Prosecutor announced.

Da'Shaun Carr, 23, of Clayton, pleaded guilty Feb. 25 in Superior Court to charges of false report
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Video: Obama Supporters Endorse Karl Marx As Next POTUS posted 03/02/2015, 7:11 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Economy]

Cultural commentator Mark Dice returns with another video highlighting how the combination of the cult of personality and general ignorance can lead Americans to agree with any ridiculous statement one can think of.

This time Dice, donning his Obama t-shirt once more, has passers by agreeing with him that it is a good idea for the German Communist economist Karl Marx, who died in
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DC Police Chief: Marijuana Arrests "Make People Hate Us," Users Just Want To Relax posted 03/02/2015, 7:11 PM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Washington, DC -Speaking at a recent meeting of the American News Women’s Club, Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier embraced the city’s new marijuana legalization policy. She then made some surprisingly genuine comments about the new law.

In her speech, she said that most marijuana users are non-violent people who just want to relax, and that marijuana prohibition has worked to deepen the divide between the community and the police.
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DEA Warns Of Stoned Rabbits If Utah Passes Medical Marijuana posted 03/02/2015, 7:11 PM (Washington Post)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Utah is considering a bill that would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to be treated with edible forms of marijuana. If the bill passes, the state's wildlife may "cultivate a taste" for the plant, lose their fear of humans, and basically be high all the time. That's according to testimony presented to a Utah Senate panel (time stamp 58:00) last week by an age... (more)

How Money Production Can Worsen Income Inequality posted 03/02/2015, 7:11 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Economy]
The starting point for any serious reflection on our subject is the fact that money production does not bring about uniform and simultaneous changes. An increasing money supply tends to entail a higher money price level, but the individual prices change at different points of time and each to a different extent (i.e., Cantillon effects).... (more)

The Absurdity of "Reform" in DC posted 03/02/2015, 7:11 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
In the 1930s, peasants who were starving because of the Soviet regime’s brutal farm collectivization policy lamented, “If only Stalin knew!” Nowadays, American social scientists look at floundering federal programs and lament: “If only Congress knew!” And the solution is the “evidence-based” reform movement which will magically beget a new era of good governance.

Show Me the Evidence: Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Results in Social Policy is the title of a new book written by Ron Ha
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Maraschino Cherry Mogul Kills Self As Cops Discover Huge Marijuana Grow posted 03/02/2015, 7:11 PM (
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
The owner of historic maraschino cherry company in Brooklyn, New York, committed suicide at his plant Thursday morning moments after officers discovered a massive marijuana grow-up behind a false wall in the factory basement. Arthur Mondella, 48, becomes the 9th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

Dell's Maraschino Cherries factory in Red Hook has been around since 1948 and was fo
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Judge Declares Mistrial In Case Of LAPD Officer Charged For Kicking Woman In Groin During Arrest That Ended In Woman's Death posted 03/02/2015, 7:10 PM (LA Times)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
A judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the case of an LAPD officer accused of kicking a woman in the groin during an arrest in 2012 that ended in the woman’s death.

Mary O’Callaghan’s trial took an unexpected twist Thursday after an official in the Los Angeles Police Department's internal affairs division gave a prosecutor new information about a sergeant who witnessed the 2012 incident, said Robert Rico, O’Callaghan’s attorney.
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Are Your Devices Hardwired For Betrayal? posted 03/02/2015, 7:10 PM (
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
It's an interesting time to be a computer security researcher. Last week, Kaspersky Lab released a report about a new family of malware from an entity they called "The Equation Group". The report demonstrated for the first time that firmware-based attacks, previously only demonstrated in lab settings, have been used in the wild by malware authors. This should serve... (more)

How the NSA's Firmware Hacking Works and Why It's So Unsettling posted 03/02/2015, 7:10 PM (WIRED)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
One of the most shocking parts of the recently discovered spying network Equation Group is its mysterious module designed to reprogram or reflash a computer hard drive’s firmware with malicious code. The Kaspersky researchers who uncovered this said its ability to subvert hard drive firmware—the guts of any computer—“surpasses anything else” they had ever seen.

The hacking tool, believed to be a product
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US Court Rules That Kim Dotcom Is A 'Fugitive' And Thus DOJ Can Take His Money posted 03/02/2015, 7:10 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
In the long, convoluted and complex legal battles facing Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, there was some bizarre stuff that happened late last year. As you may recall, early on, the US government seized basically all of his stuff and money. Dotcom has made efforts to get some of it returned, as it's tough to fight the most powerful government in the world when it's holding onto all of your money. Keep in mind from our previous discussions on asset seizure and forfeiture, the government can basical... (more)

Missouri Boy Put Into Foster Care After Parents Sought Second Opinion On Medical Diagnosis posted 03/02/2015, 7:10 PM (Police State USA)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
KANSAS CITY, MO — A sickly eight-year-old boy was taken from his family and foisted into foster care after his parents sought a second medical opinion and recourse for alleged medical malpractice against their son.

This is what happened to Jaxon Adams, now 8, who had suffered chronic illness since his youth. Over the years he was diagnosed with high-functioning autism, ADHD, severe food allergies, and eventually, epilepsy. He began having seizures. In June of 2013, his appetite su
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Cop Arrests Subway Musician Just To Give Him "Something To Fight For" posted 03/02/2015, 7:10 PM (Gothamist)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Erik Meier estimates that in six years of singing and playing guitar in the subway, police have written him a summons around ten times, and each time his ticket has been dismissed. When two NYPD officers approached him on the 2nd Avenue station platform last Thursday night and told him to pack his gear, they also asked him if he'd been in trouble before. "I told her that all my tickets had been thrown out, and she said, 'Oh you like to fight your tickets, huh? We'll give you something to fight f... (more)

Tsarnaev Attorney: Video of Accused Placing Bomb Down "Does Not Exist" posted 03/02/2015, 7:10 PM (Privacy SOS)
[Category: Cover-Up/Deceptions]
Defense attorney David Bruck today told a federal court that what authorities have described as a central piece of the prosecution's evidence against his client "does not exist."... (more)

Shock Video Emerges Of LAPD Shooting Homeless Man posted 03/02/2015, 4:02 AM (The Daily Caller)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]

A graphic video posted online Sunday shows Los Angeles Police Department officers shooting a homeless man during a dramatic struggle.

The video begins with a cluster of officers, seven in total, fighting with the man on the sidewalk in the Skid Row area of the city.

Tarps line the street and other people are milling around in the background of the scene.
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LA Times: More videos to come, cops wore cameras....
Man went for gun during 'brutal, brutal' skid row struggle, LAPD chief says...
ABC News: Why Cops Say Skid Row Suspect Grabbed for Gun...

Cop Tases an Innocent, Non-Violent, and Unarmed Senior Citizen in a Wheelchair posted 03/02/2015, 4:01 AM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Pickens, SC — A Pickens County deputy has been fired after he deployed his taser into the stomach of a 65-year-old wheelchair-bound man.

Deputy Steven Ticknor claimed he needed to deploy the taser to prevent the man from interfering with the arrest of his son.

Sheriff Rick Clark told FOX Carolina that deputies responded with Pickens police to arr
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Life in Prison for Selling $20 of Weed posted 03/02/2015, 4:01 AM (The Daily Beast)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Homeless and hungry, Fate Vincent Winslow wanted something to eat, so he agreed to sell pot to a stranger—an undercover cop.... (more)

Cleveland: 12-Year-Old's Police Shooting Death His Own Fault posted 03/02/2015, 4:01 AM (CNN)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Pleading innocence, immunity and ignorance, the city of Cleveland responded to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Tamir Rice's family by saying the 12-year-old's death was his own fault.

In November, Cleveland Officer Timothy Loehmann fired the fatal shots at Tamir within two seconds of arriving outside a recreation center where the sixth-grader was playing with a pellet gun.
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Chicagoans Detail Abusive Confinement Inside Homan Square Police 'Black Site' posted 03/02/2015, 4:01 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
A Chicago man says he was confined for three days – shackled, interrogated and fed only twice, his whereabouts unknown – inside the police “black site” at the epicentre of public outcry over allegations of abuse said to focus on minority citizens.

Four black Chicagoans have now come forward to the Guardian detailing off-the-books ordeals at the facility, including another who describes being detained in “a big cage” with his wrists cuffed to a bench so he couldn’t move.
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How A Vaccine Plunged My Life Into Madness posted 03/02/2015, 4:01 AM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Brave New World]
BBC newsman Malcolm Brabant says yellow-fever vaccination led him to believe he was the Devil.... (more)

Americans Favor Legalizing Pot and Criminalizing Congress [Satire] posted 03/02/2015, 4:01 AM (The New Yorker)
[Category: General]
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—By a huge majority, Americans support laws legalizing marijuana and criminalizing Congress, according to a poll released on Thursday.... (more)

Friday February 27th, 2015

Net Neutrality: Triumph of the Ruling Class posted 02/27/2015, 3:56 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
A triumph of "free expression and democratic principles"? How stupid do they think we are?

It's been painful to watch the gradual tightening of government control in the name of net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission's decision to rewrite the rules and declare the Internet as a public utility seals the deal. It cartelizes the industry and turns a "Wild West" into a planned system of public management — or at least intends to.

All the rest is a veneer
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Man Falls Asleep On Bus, Cop Pummels And Pepper Sprays Him posted 02/27/2015, 3:56 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
A homeless man in San Francisco was savagely beaten and pepper sprayed by a cop after falling asleep on a bus.

Video footage shows a clearly intoxicated Bernard Warren being woken by Officer Raymond Chu of SFPD. Struggling to get Warren to move, the cop becomes impatient and starts pushing Warren.

Warren, clearly not in any state to act as a threat, then tells Chu "Don't touch me. I could beat your ass," which immediately sets the officer into thug cop mode.
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Minnesota Legislators, Law Enforcement Trying To Strip The 'Public Accountability' Out Of State's Body Camera Program posted 02/27/2015, 3:56 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
More cities and states are getting behind the idea that outfitting their law enforcement officers with body cameras will result in better policing and more accountability. Unfortunately, many of them then follow this moment of clarity by gutting the "accountability" part of the programs.

Los Angeles law
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Feds Raid Texas Political Meeting; Fingerprint And Photograph All Attendees, Seize Phones posted 02/27/2015, 3:56 PM (Police State USA)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
BRYAN, TX — Federal and local police forces raided a political meeting, taking unusual measures to document every attendee by taking fingerprints and photographs, and seizing every cell phone and all recording equipment in the meeting hall.

The raid took place on February 14, 2015, at VFW Post 4892 in Bryan, Texas. At 10:10 a.m., an “army of policing agencies with flashing emergency lights” showed up, shut down the meeting of “congenial and unimposing” Texans and forced them to h
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Wrong Man Jailed For Child Porn; Real Suspect Can't Be Charged posted 02/27/2015, 3:53 PM (WWLP)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
ALBION, Mich. (WOOD) — Billy Dean Rowe, who lives near Albion, Michigan is a meat cutter by trade and a married father of four who spent three nights in jail for child porn — a crime he didn’t commit.

“I was in the cell,” Rowe, 50, told Target 8. “I just laid in the bed all the time. I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do nothing. I just did a lot of praying.”

Billy Joe Rowe, 41, of Clio, who police say confessed to the child porn, never was charged and — because of mist
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Felony Murder: Why A Teenager Who Didn't Kill Anyone Faces 55 Years In Jail posted 02/27/2015, 3:53 PM (The Guardian)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Blake Layman made one very bad decision. He was 16, an unexceptional teenager growing up in a small Indiana town. He’d never been in trouble with the law, had a clean criminal record, had never owned or even held a gun.

That decision sparked a chain of events that would culminate with his arrest and trial for “felony murder”. The boy was unarmed, had pulled no trigger, killed no one. He was himself shot and injured in the incident while his friend standing beside him was also shot
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NY Police Officer's Complaint About Quota Was Free Speech: Court posted 02/27/2015, 3:53 PM (Reuters)
[Category: Resistance]
A U.S. appeals court has ruled that a New York City police officer who criticized an arrest quota at his precinct was protected by the First Amendment.

The Manhattan court on Thursday revived Officer Craig Matthews' 2012 lawsuit claiming he was retaliated against for telling superiors at his Bronx precinct the quota had led to unjustified stops and arrests by officers.

The court said Matthews' comments were protected by the U.S. Constitution because he was acting as
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Why Does the FBI Have to Manufacture its Own Plots if Terrorism and ISIS Are Such Grave Threats? posted 02/27/2015, 3:52 PM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
The FBI and major media outlets yesterday trumpeted the agency’s latest counterterrorism triumph: the arrest of three Brooklyn men, ages 19 to 30,... (more)

Police Officer Accepts Plea Deal On Charges He Abused His Authority posted 02/27/2015, 3:52 PM (WLKY)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
LOUISVILLE, Ky. —A Louisville police officer accepted a plea deal on charges that he abused his authority.

[...]In 2012, Burden convinced a woman to pull down her pants after falsely telling her there was a warrant out for her.

Burden was later arrested after police arranged for the woman to meet with him again and he fondled her.
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'No You're Not!' Former NSA Chief Heckled for Calling Himself a ‘Libertarian’ at CPAC posted 02/27/2015, 3:52 PM (Mediaite)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
During remarks at today’s 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, former NSA chief Gen. Michael Hayden had the audacity to claim he is a “libertarian,” prompting boos and jeers from the audience.... (more)

Under U.S. Pressure, PayPal Nukes Mega For Encrypting Files posted 02/27/2015, 3:52 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
After coming under intense pressure PayPal has closed the account of cloud-storage service Mega. According to the company, SOPA proponent Senator Patrick Leahy personally pressured Visa and Mastercard who in turn called on PayPal to terminate the account. Bizarrely, Mega's encryption is being cited as a key problem.... (more)

Thursday February 26th, 2015

If You're Not "Sovereign," You're Servile posted 02/26/2015, 7:02 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Like most epithets of its kind, the expression “sovereign citizen” is more frequently used than defined. One of the many luxuries the Regime provides for itself is the option of defining criminal categories so vaguely that no organizational alignments are necessary. In this way, one... (more)

Domestic Fear Is the Price of Empire posted 02/26/2015, 7:02 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
If you find no other argument against American intervention abroad persuasive, how about this one? When the U.S. government invades and occupies other countries, or when it underwrites other governments’ invasions or oppression, the people in the victimized societies become angry enough to want and even to exact revenge — against Americans.

Is the American empire worth that price?

We should ask ourselves this question in the wake of the weekend news that al-Shabaab,
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Video of Man's Police Interaction Exposes Vast Conspiracy -- This is Why You Always Film Police posted 02/26/2015, 4:51 PM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Washington Parish, LA — A man’s 30-second cell phone video has helped to expose an ominously plotted conspiracy within the Louisiana “justice” system.

Two years ago, Douglas Dendinger, 47, accepted an offer of $50 to act as a process server. All he would have to do is hand an envelope containing a lawsuit alleging police brutality to Chad Cassard, a former Bogalusa police officer.

Everything went smoothly. Dendinger handed the envelope off to the former cop in front
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The Net Neutrality Scam posted 02/26/2015, 1:39 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Yet again, the government wants to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. According to the Obama administration and the FCC, it is necessary to regulate internet service providers so that they don’t interfere with people’s access to the web. The claim immediately prompts one to ask: Who is being denied access to the web?

In the past twenty years, access to the internet has only beco... (more)

Regulators OK 'net neutrality' rules for Internet providers...

The National-Security State's ISIS Racket posted 02/26/2015, 1:40 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The official enemy de jour that has everyone all riled up and scared is ISIS. If U.S. forces don't bomb ISIS, the argument goes, ISIS will take over Iraq, and Syria, and Lebanon, and Europe, and Asia, and Latin America, and then the United States. If the bombs don't fall on ISIS, before long Americans will be speaking Arabic and their children will be studying the Koran in America's government schools.

It's all just one great big racket -- a racket based on "national security," a
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"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." - H. L. Mencken

Cop Assaults Man for Filming Brutality, Stomps Phone to Destroy Evidence — Video Survived posted 02/26/2015, 1:39 PM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Amherst, MA–  University of Massachusetts Amherst student, Thomas Donovan, who is majoring in legal studies and had planned to become a Massachusetts State Trooper, has filed a lawsuit alleging his civil rights were violated after he was pepper sprayed, assaulted, and arrested for filming police brutality.

The officer also repeatedly stomped on his cellphone in an attempt to destroy the evidence and cover up the crime- but the video survived.

The incident took pla
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Cop Confronts Open Carry Activist for Engaging in Constitutional 'Crap,' 'Bullsh*t' posted 02/26/2015, 1:39 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
A Houston police officer is coming under fire for his actions captured on camera during an encounter with an open-carry activist.

The video, uploaded to Youtube Monday by gun rights group Open Carry Texas, depicts a Houston police officer approaching, then harassing a man who is openly displaying an AR 15 rifle, which is perfectly legal in Texas.
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Masked Cop Follows Guardian Reporter At Chicago Black Site posted 02/26/2015, 1:39 PM (The Guardian)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
This man circled around a reporter and photographer for the Guardian twice while waiting for a local politician. ... (more)

DC Legalizes Pot In Capital, Despite Threats From Congress posted 02/26/2015, 1:39 PM (Associated Press)
[Category: Resistance]
WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia defied threats from Congress and moved forward Thursday with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative.

Despite last-minute maneuvers by Republican leaders in Congress and threats that city leaders could face prison time, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city was implementing marijuana legalization as approved by voters. The new law took effect at 12:01 a.m.

Bowser, a Democrat, said the city's p
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Cops Promoted Despite Video of Them Severely Beating Peaceful Mentally Ill Man with Hands Up posted 02/26/2015, 1:39 PM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Sacramento, CA — When Joanna Jurgens’ schizophrenic son came to her after being severely beaten, including a broken arm, and told her “cops did it,” she didn’t believe him.

Jeffrey Jurgens has a schizoaffective disorder, a condition that can cause delusions and symptoms associated with mood disorders. He would often end up missing or homeless for extended periods of time.

“He told me he took a car, and he ran from the police,” Joanna Jurgens said. “I questioned it.
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Senior Citizen Held at Gunpoint, Forced to Remove Clothes in Public, Jailed, for Driving Classic Car posted 02/26/2015, 1:39 PM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Las Vegas, NV — Because of the negligent actions of the Nevada Highway Patrol, a couple was humiliated, and their lives threatened, for stealing a car they actually owned.

Robin and Beverly Bruins were out for a drive in their classic car, when incompetent cops confused their license information and pulled them over.

"Driver! Remove your keys from the ignition and put them on the roof now!" screams the trooper over his loud speaker.

At first Robin Br
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