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calendar   Monday - February 11, 2013

Walking a fine line, or leaping across it?

h/t to Doc Jeff, who spotted this and wonders ... is posse comitatus dead? WTH, it’s just another bit of the Constitution gone, and at this point who would notice another missing shred?

[from Wikipedia] The Posse Comitatus Act is the United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385, original at 20 Stat. 152) that was passed on June 18, 1878, after the end of Reconstruction and was updated in 1981. Its intent (in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807) was to limit the powers of Federal government in using federal military personnel to enforce the State laws. Contrary to popular belief, the Act does not prohibit members of the United States Armed Forces from exercising Law enforcement agency powers within a State, police, or peace officer powers that maintain “law and order”; it requires that any authority to do so must exist within the United States Constitution or Act of Congress (which it currently does not except under the Insurrection Act).{Federalist 29 (Hamilton, 1788)} Any use of the Armed Forces under either Title 10/Active Duty or Title 10/Reserves at the direction of the President will offend the Constitutional Law also known as Public Law prohibiting such action unless declared by the President of the United States and approved by Congress. Any infringement will be problematic for political and legal reasons.

The Bill/Act as modified in 1981 refers to the Armed Forces of the United States. It does not apply to the National Guard under state authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within its home state or in an adjacent state if invited by that state’s governor. The U.S. Coast Guard, which operates under the Department of Homeland Security, is also not covered by the Posse Comitatus Act, primarily because the Coast Guard has both a maritime law enforcement mission and a federal regulatory agency mission.

So military forces can be used for law enforcement duty, but only at the request of the President and with Congressional approval. So, was that asked for and given last week in Alabama, for that Jimmy Lee Dykes guy who was holding a 5yo boy hostage? I had not heard either way. Not that this would be the first time Posse Comitatus was violated in Alabama under Obama’s watch.


Hostage negotiations, especially those involving children, are always tricky, and trained government negotiators already have a secret bag of tricks that are not shared. In this case, news reporters aided the effort, as well, with many agreeing not to publicize movements of equipment and people in the Midland City, Ala., area so as not to spook Dykes.

But while more will surely be told about the ordeal in Alabama, which ended Monday with a late afternoon raid that saved Ethan but ended in the death of Dykes, it’s also clear that parts of the operation will remain shrouded in secrecy, given that it involved America’s most expert paramilitary counter-terrorism units collaborating with US special operations forces, under the direct authority of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

“This all rings of a unique covert operation,” says Randall Rogan, a crisis communications expert at Wake Forest University who has been following the story closely, adding the multiagency involvement is “atypical, quite honestly, for … what, after all, is not a significant terrorist event.”


Well, there ya go. While Posse Comitatus does have a number of exceptions ...

There are a number of situations in which the Act does not apply. These include:

* National Guard units and state defense forces while under the authority of the governor of a state;
* Troops used under the order of the President of the United States pursuant to the Insurrection Act, as was the case during the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.
* Under 18 U.S.C. § 831, the Attorney General may request that the Secretary of Defense provide emergency assistance if civilian law enforcement is inadequate to address certain types of threats involving the release of nuclear materials, such as potential use of a nuclear or radiological weapon. Such assistance may be by any personnel under the authority of the Department of Defense, provided such assistance does not adversely affect U.S. military preparedness. The only exemption is nuclear materials.
* Support roles under the Joint Special Operations Command

Although it is a military force, the U.S. Coast Guard, which operates under the Department of Homeland Security, is not restricted by the Posse Comitatus Act. The Coast Guard enforces U.S. laws, even when operating as a service for the U.S. Navy.

… having Special Forces troops take out a kidnapper does not seem to be one of them. Even “under the direct authority of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta” ... who has NO AUTHORITY in this situation at all. Was kidnapper Jimmy Lee Dykes made out of plutonium? I think not.

Ok, a deranged kidnapper is dead, and a little kid is safe ... but the local cops could have, should have done the job. Or maybe with the help of the FBI, who I am sure has a whole bag of tricks and a warehouse full of neato high tech gear ... so why bring in soldiers? Of any kind??  Just one more instance of Libs going with the “pragmatic” solution, laws be damned.

This is no way to run a railway. Or a nation.

As usual, I’m late to the party. Freepers were all over this days ago, as was this site, which followed the story as it unfolded. Dykes is said to have had explosives, but nobody is saying he had nukes. Duh.

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Oh look, FBI AGENTS in action at that bunker.

So let me toss out an OTOH - if the police have been fairly militarized and equipped, and the FBI has crews that are so militarized that you can’t tell them from soldiers even when they stand right in front of you, what’s the point? The lines are so blurred these days; Posse Comitatus may exist on paper, but it can have a nice end run done on it by groups like these. Or, as Hillary says, “What difference does it make?”

SOFREP covered this too, and seems to think it’s all hunky-dory. I think it’s time we tore up the Patriot Act, shut down the DHS, and put back up a couple of Jamie Gorlick’s walls. Take away Barney Fife’s machine gun and armored half-tank, and give him back his revolver and his one bullet. Put suits on the Feebs, not soldier’s uniforms. And keep the Army, Navy, and Air Force out of law enforcement. And that includes drones too. Ok, except maybe along the borders, the defense of which is arguably their job anyway.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/11/2013 at 03:00 PM   
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calendar   Friday - January 25, 2013

Let No Crisis Go To Waste

Marion Iowa Cops Buying Assault Weapons



Police in one Iowa city could soon be buying their own assault rifles to carry in squad cars to ensure they aren’t outgunned by criminals in the wake of several high-profile shootings involving semi-automatic AR-15s, FoxNews.com has learned.

Half of the 50-member force in Marion, Iowa, will take part in the upgrade, paying for the $2,000 guns in installments deducted from their paychecks, according to Police Chief Harry Daugherty. He said the proposal, expected to be approved by the city’s seven-member City Council late Thursday, will mean initial responders will have enough firepower to deal with heavily armed suspects. Currently, only members of Marion’s 12-member SWAT team carry AR-15s.

“We can’t wait for SWAT to get there,” Daugherty told FoxNews.com. “We have to do something and, at this point, the chances of the assailant having more firepower [than responding officers] is greater than vice versa. I want them to at least be on the same playing field when we’re going into these types of situations.”

Marion, a city in eastern Iowa with roughly 38,000 residents, had zero recorded homicides in 2012, Daugherty said. The proposal to equip half of the department’s officers with high-powered assault rifles is not in response to any threat, he said, though he noted semi-automatic weapons were used in several recent shootings, including last summer’s massacre at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, the December shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut and an ambush of two firefighters in upstate New York.

“They’re not going to be pulling out this weapon unless they absolutely need it,” Daugherty said. “But if something comes up, it’s nice to know that you’re on the same plane as what you’re dealing with.”

So, let’s militarize the local po-po because we can. Not that there’s the slightest need, or even the smallest threat. Hey, why not get them grenade launchers and armored mini-tanks while you’re at it? You know, just in case!

On the other hand, where have these guys been since 9/11? I didn’t think there was a cop car left in America without a Bushmaster in the front seat. Every other police department between here and Anchorage Alaska went “up armor” more than a decade ago. So this Johnny Come Lately bunch makes the same decision, finally, and now it’s news? Huh???

Marion officers are currently equipped with shotguns and either a 9-mm. handgun or a 40-caliber Glock. City officials provide everything but the officer’s sidearm, Daugherty said, and are now considering changing that policy as well to include the roughly $500 cost.

Gak. Have none of these people ever even seen the word “logistics”? You do NOT outfit your troops with two different weapons systems. Just in case they should ever have to share ammunition. It’s a minor point given a police force of 50 or 62 cops, but still. Use your brains, m’kay?

Not everyone welcomed the news, however, of potentially seeing much more firepower on the streets of Marion.

Jennifer Rockwell told KWWL.com the proposal was a bit too much.

“The protection that we have now is significant, bringing in more guns is just asking for more trouble,” Rockwell told the website.

Daugherty disagreed with that sentiment, saying he “needs to sleep at night,” too.

“What we’re proposing here, this makes sense,” he told FoxNews.com. “The situations that are out there nowadays, this is what they’re dealing with. I hope they never have to pull it, but they will be trained and qualified to do so if they do. If something happens at one of our schools, I just don’t want to send my officers into a situation where they’re set up to fail.”

“It’s for the children!” Double gak, dragging out that old trope. It’s an excuse for a power grab, that’s all. Just like post-9/11 was, and now our cities are filled with Robo-Cop officers in head to foot armor carrying machine guns. That’s the new normal we “needed” then. And like TSA and all the BS travelers have to go through at the airports, it hasn’t done a damn bit of good.

So now the corn belt cops need assault weapons so they can sleep at night, but you should have no right to them yourself, and probably be forced to turn yours in. Let no crisis go to waste, and seize power wherever you can. The little people can’t and won’t do anything to stop it.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/25/2013 at 10:10 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - January 01, 2013

islamist killers murder 5 women to discourage teachers.

I’m really trying to find the words and as always, I can’t find the right ones.  Sure, I can curse the scum and swear a lot but my computer has heard all that since forever.
But there is something so damn horrible about the way these vermin view and treat woman.  I think part of it is if women get much education, the islamist lice might lose some control.  And to them, that what women are all about. An object to be controlled.  They see nothing at all wrong with that stone age thinking, and us being over there for another year or two is not going to change anything.  Not a bit.
But this is what women who want to get an education have to face.
It isn’t a new year for them.
It’s just an extension of the same old, same old.

Islamic militants massacre five women teachers travelling to primary school in protest at female education in Pakistan

Two health workers also murdered in the ambush on a van taking them home from work today

By Martin Robinson

Five female teachers in Pakistan have been slaughtered by Islamic militants bent on keeping women and girls away from education.
They were murdered in a New Year’s Day ambush on the van carrying them home from their jobs at a community centre and primary school in the north-west of the country.
The teachers and two health workers - one man and one woman - were killed this afternoon in the conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.
It was in this region that a Taliban gunman shot 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai in the head last October for criticizing the militants and promoting girls’ education. She is currently recovering in Britain.

The attack was a reminder of the risks faced by educators and aid workers, especially women, in an area where Islamic militants often target women and girls trying to get an education.
Many militants in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province oppose female education and have blown up schools and killed female educators as a way to discourage girls from getting an education.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/01/2013 at 10:55 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 22, 2012

anyone not an american citizen will understand. come to that, many yanks might too.

The cartoon by brilliant Brit cartoonist Matt, originally just said welcome to UK.
I altered it to be less a joke and make it American.

Trust me, for all the fun and jokes poked at, and all the criticism directed at Brit immigration officials at London’s airports, they’ve nothing on the KGB, the unfriendly and unhelpful people who work for Uncle Sam at LAX. 

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/22/2012 at 06:00 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - September 30, 2012

‘I have struck a city — a real city — and they call it Chicago, It is inhabited by

Last year sometime, I posted an angry rant with regard to the treatment given my wife by agents of the KGB, working for customs and immigration at LAX.
Stone faced, unhelpful, arrogant and petty in the extreme.  Most regulars of BMEWS know the story so I won’t go into all of it again.  For those who don’t know, perhaps with some help from Drew we can find a link to my original post and include a link here to that old post.  If that’s possible.  ??
I tried and failed to find it. ??  I am hopeless at this sometimes.

Well anyway, I came across an article in the Daily Mail a few days ago and didn’t get a chance to post it and so I am doing it now.
I guess Chicago immigration can be a bit of a challenge too.

Next year we have to return to the states for a short time and do something about a few items in storage, and see to legal matters.
Neither of us are looking forward to it, and the wife especially is really tired of being treated as though she’s a potential threat or trying to sneak into the USA illegally.  Good grief, she collects SS after having been gainfully employed for 39 or 40 years.  So I really well understand the writer’s frustration with what he faced in Chicago.  After what we went thru 2wice bmews, as in twice, I am not even upset in the least by his comments and the desire at first, to just say the hell with it and turn around and go home.  Oh how I wanted to do that, but couldn’t.  I was already home. It was my wife who discovered that her home of some 40 years wasn’t home anymore.  And before anyone suggests dual citizenship, HA!  Check out the rules on that baby.  They make it impossible.
If you don’t feel like surfing through a lot of print, then simply pick up a phone and call immigration and ask about that and how to qualify. Listen to what they tell ya. 

So then .... here’s the article that started me off on another rant.

Why has friendly, beautiful Chicago got the second city blues?

By Martin Samuel

Chicago is feeling a little left out. America’s second city wonders why it attracts a fraction of the millions who visit New York, Los Angeles, Miami or Las Vegas.

It has a memorable skyline, great architecture and one of the world’s finest art galleries. It has a musical heritage second to none and superb restaurants. The lake is gorgeous.

Yet in 2010, while New York received 9.7 million visitors from abroad, Chicago entertained just 1.1 million, scraping into America’s top ten tourist destinations in last place. So where are all the people? Here’s a clue: maybe they’re at the airport.

Those arriving in Chicago on Monday this week took two hours to be processed at O’Hare. Regular visitors in the queue acknowledged this as standard. They reckon the country has no money for Homeland Security.

So we waited, in a soulless, low-ceilinged hall, with no mobile telephone signal to contact the outside world, until the single customs official on duty could be bothered to let us through. At one stage she went away and we were left staring at empty booths.

It was almost like a social experiment. How long could they humiliate people this way before there was a riot? Three hours, four hours? Maybe six? And this line was only for visitors. Passengers in transit and United States nationals had their own territory. They weren’t moving too fast, either.

It wasn’t as if ten planes had arrived simultaneously. This was a lone flight from London plus the residue of another from the east. And by the end of this voyage into tedium, most had decided that (a) America was skint and its politics bankrupt; (b) America was rude, inhospitable and had no respect for humanity; (c) they weren’t coming back, if they could help it.

Which is a pity, because Chicago is a fantastic city, one of the greatest in the world. The people are friendly, the urban landscape quite beautiful. I want to implore you to go.

But would I return? I’m not sure. I certainly wouldn’t change planes there because I don’t enjoy being treated like dirt.

And there is the irony. How can a city that wants to promote itself to the world, and a country that wants to promote its ideas and culture around the globe, allow this to be the first experience of any visitor?

How can it greet you, not with a smile, but the brusque suspicion that you are here to blow the place up? There is no courtesy on entry, none of the eagerness to please that is found beyond.

It is the same at the embassy. Those who have obtained an American visa will know the drill by now. The appointment, the wait, the inconvenience — no electronic devices, even electronic key fobs, allowed on the premises, and nowhere to store them — and then the incredible rudeness of the staff. It is a horrid, dehumanising experience.

Nobody who has been through it would think fondly of Chicago, of any American city, or American democracy. It smacks of what outsiders see as the worst of America: bullying arrogance and a refusal to engage in a civilised manner. Nobody smiles, nobody treats you nicely.

And then you get here and it couldn’t be more different.

Went to the White Sox game on Monday. Fantastic. The following night the local tourist board had invited a friend to dinner at a restaurant called Q. I tagged along.

The hospitality was insane. Tours of the kitchen, stuff on the house, try this, try that. We had the ‘competition ribs’, so called because they had won prizes.

They looked like something out of The Flintstones. The competition seemed to be who could get near finishing them without keeling over.

And all the time I was thinking that, if I’d had the option, I would have turned around and flown home without setting foot in the place.

It should be the easiest sell in the world, Chicago. They should be watching tumbleweed blow past at the tourist board, left with nothing to do, as visitors stampede to the Art Institute (260,000 works including Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, considered the most recognisable painting by an American artist) or absorb Chicago’s history on the architectural tour.

‘I have struck a city — a real city — and they call it Chicago,’ wrote Rudyard Kipling. ‘Having seen it, I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages.’

He was wrong. Chicago isn’t inhabited by savages.

For some reason, though, its government is happy to let you think that way.

MARTIN SAMUEL

(c) they weren’t coming back if they could help it.
My wife’s thoughts exactly and I don’t fault her.  Twice she was taken on her own to an interrogation room where she was questioned at length and the fact that she was married all these years to an American meant squat. That she has a bank account in Ca., meant squat.  Why should she want to return once we get our other things in order?


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/30/2012 at 12:04 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - September 09, 2012

ATF Avoids The Law

Latest Gun Grab From ATF: Due Process? What’s That??



The Obama administration is making it easier for bureaucrats to take away guns without offering the accused any realistic due process. In a final rule published last week, the Justice Department granted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) authority to “seize and administratively forfeit property involved in controlled-substance abuses.” That means government can grab firearms and other property from someone who has never been convicted or even charged with any crime.

It’s a dangerous extension of the civil-forfeiture doctrine, a surreal legal fiction in which the seized property — not a person — is put on trial. This allows prosecutors to dispense with pesky constitutional rights, which conveniently don’t apply to inanimate objects. In this looking-glass world, the owner is effectively guilty until proved innocent and has the burden of proving otherwise. Anyone falsely accused will never see his property again unless he succeeds in an expensive uphill legal battle.

Such seizures are common in drug cases, which sometimes can ensnare people who have done nothing wrong.

Law enforcement agencies love civil forfeiture because it’s extremely lucrative. The Department of Justice’s Assets Forfeiture Fund had $2.8 billion in booty in 2011, according to a January audit. Seizing guns from purported criminals is nothing new; Justice destroyed or kept 11,355 guns last year, returning just 396 to innocent owners. The new ATF rule undoubtedly is designed to ramp up the gun-grabbing because, as the rule justification claims, “The nexus between drug trafficking and firearm violence is well established.”

The main problem is that civil forfeiture creates a perverse profit motive, leaving bureaucrats with strong incentives to abuse a process that doesn’t sufficiently protect those who may be wrongly accused. Criminal forfeiture is more appropriate because it’s tied to a conviction in a court with the option of a jury trial and evidence beyond a reasonable doubt.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/09/2012 at 10:06 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - September 01, 2012

to hell with free speech!  oh, okay. no problem.

An arrest made over unpopular speech. Only politically correct sentiments are allowed to be expressed in our brave new world.

The guy’s thinking may be askew, but it’s what he feels and so he expressed himself on Facebook.
I think he’s being stitched up due to his very unpopular opinion. Not because he incited racial hatred.  These days where muzzies are concerned, nobody can incite anyone else to hatred because the hate already exists.  People read papers and blogs and communicate over the net and are aware of how things are.  How many times over the last few years have we read about folks or heard them express deep concern that they are losing their country?  And it isn’t all hate at all, although there is that as well of course. 

This guy approved of what the mass killer in Norway did.  Well, that’s quite a stretch really.  He thinks that killing those young people was right, because they were future liberal leftists, who he sees as responsible for the mass immigration of an alien people and culture and religion that will sink the west.  Well now, he’s correct about that and no argument there. They will eventually sink the west, because the west doesn’t have the will to protect itself in a manner necessary to insure it’s survival.  It’s much, much too busy being politically correct, as the arrest for a race crime of this man shows.  But I’ll have to hand it to the authorities.  When someone expresses an unkind and unpopular opinion, shut him down quickly.
We can not afford any of that there free speech nonsense. No sir.  The only speech that should be free is that speech approved by the police.

“To Hell With Free Speech”

Does that look familiar?

Father-of-three arrested after praising Anders Breivik for trying to stop ‘invasion by the Muslim population’ on Facebook

Philip Horn says he ‘takes his hat off to mass murderer
Horn is thought to have links with the English Defence League

By Daily Mail Reporter

A British dad has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after praising mass murderer Anders Breivik on Facebook, it emerged today.

Philip Horn, 44, allegedly said on the social networking site that he ‘takes his hat off’ to the infamous gunman.

The Norwegian slaughtered 77 adults and teenagers when he bombed government buildings in Oslo and carried out a mass shooting on the island of Utoya in July last year.

Horn, a father-of-three, from Gillingham, was arrested by Kent Police on Thursday afternoon and is currently being held in custody.

Horn, who is reported to have links with the English Defence League, is also alleged to have publicly supported Breivik’s crusade to ‘protect his country from Muslims’.

The unemployed builder from Gillingham, Kent, is said to have posted a message saying: ‘Well done Anders Breivik. I take my hat off to you sir.

‘You proved you were not insane and that you are just one of many like myself who wish their country to return to the way it was before it was invaded by the Muslim population. Respect to you.’

He was also filmed by a national newspaper saying: ‘If someone came to my door in a uniform and said they were going to bang me up for six months then fine. I’m not going to retract any remarks I made.

‘To a certain extent I do defend what he’s [Breivik] done. Go back 40-50 years ago to Norway, would you have seen people walking around in burkas and all that?

‘I am a racist to a certain extent. Of course it’s wrong to kill children, but if he had to do it that way to get his point across, so be it.’

A Kent Police spokesman said: ‘During the afternoon of Thursday, August 30 a 45-year-old man from Gillingham was arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.

‘He is currently in police custody.’

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/01/2012 at 11:12 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - June 26, 2012

ashes,ashes all fall down while tsa agent laughs

This has to be a new low for the TSA.  I think she should be fired or at least demoted to nothing more then coffee and tea runs.

The only excuse I can think of for opening that container, would be if she was suspicious of something inside. 

Have just had afternoon stomach meds 3 hours late.  Stories on the supreme court and the tsa do not help matters.

Take a look at this.


TSA agent opens jar of man’s ashes, spills them on the floor, then ‘stands and laughs’ as grandson scrambles to gather them up

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

A man suffered humiliation and distress at the hands of an airport security agent when she insisted on opening a jar containing his grandfather’s remains and then dropped them on the floor.

John Gross, of Indianapolis, was trying to bring Mario Mark Marcaletti’s ashes home from Florida and had them in his bag in a tightly sealed jar clearly marked ‘Human Remains’.

The 91-year-old’s remains had been divided up among family members after he died in 2002 and Gross had been given a share by his uncle during his trip.

He was confronted by the TSA officer and explained what was in the container.

‘They opened up my bag, and I told them, “Please, be careful. These are my grandpa’s ashes,”’ he told theindychannel.com.

‘She picked up the jar. She opened it up.

‘She used her finger and was sifting through it. And then she accidentally spilled it.’

As a third of the jar’s contents fell out onto the floor Gross frantically tried to gather it back up, a line of passengers waiting behind him.

‘She didn’t apologize. She started laughing. I was on my hands and knees picking up bone fragments.

‘I couldn’t pick up all, everything that was lost. I mean, there was a long line behind me.’

Gross later found out that TSA rules state that staff should not tamper with human remain containers under any circumstance.

Instead they are supposed to put them through an X-ray machine.

Nothing can be done to regain the ashes. But Gross said he wants an apology from the TSA and from the individual agent ‘who opened the jar and laughed at me’.

‘I want them to help me understand where they get off treating people like this,’ he said.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/26/2012 at 10:40 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - May 22, 2012

New Jersey Cops Doing What They Do Best

Douche




A New Jersey dad got the scare of his life when his 5-year-old son almost ran off a steep embankment, and though the man saved the boy from falling, he couldn’t stop his Jeep from going over the precipice and into a river below.

The reward for his ordeal? Two traffic tickets from local police.

Frank Roder, a construction worker from the town of Winfield Park, had taken his son, Aidan, down to the Rahway River to feed ducks Thursday. But when he stopped briefly before settling on a parking space, the impatient boy jumped out and took off—straight toward a ledge 35 feet above the river, Roder recalled.

“He hopped out, and I thought that was OK, I was just going to park,” Roder, 38, said, but “he just took off, made a beeline for the edge.”

The panic-stricken father jumped out of the cab of his 2006 Jeep Commander and raced after the errant boy, catching him just feet from the edge.

That’s when Aidan, eyes as big as saucers, looked behind Roder and said, “Um, Daddy ...”

Roder turned in time to see the Jeep nosedive down the embankment and land in the muddy water.

Roder hugged the boy and waited as Union County police converged on the scene over the next few hours. A crane pulled the Jeep out, and amazingly, it started right up, though Roder is pretty sure his insurance company will count it as totaled.

He was counting his blessings when a young cop approached him and handed him two tickets. One was for failure to produce the insurance card, which was somewhere in the waterlogged cab. The other was for failing to use his emergency brake.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Roder said. “He said, ‘If you would have taken the five seconds to apply the brake, this never would have happened!’

“I say, ‘Really? And if I did and my boy stepped over the edge and fell instead of the Jeep, then were would I be?’ He says, ‘Jail, for child endangerment.’”


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/22/2012 at 11:33 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - April 25, 2012

RCOB: Sucker Punch

Long past time to repeal the Patriot Act and disband Homeland Security. Especially now that the “war” is over, at least according the White House. So why are the jackbooted scum at TSA expanding their role? Welcome to the police state. Say goodbye to even the smallest remaining concept of Liberty.



The War On Terror Is Over!

In the wake of the Arab Spring, the Obama administration is grappling with how to handle Islamists, radical adherents to Islam. Particularly, the issue has come to the fore in regards to Egypt, which, as Reuel Marc Gerecht notes, “is now certain” to elect “an Islamist” as its leaders the next time the Egyptian people go to the polls.

But some in the Obama administration are now seeing things differently.

“The war on terror is over,” a senior official in the State Department official tells the National Journal. “Now that we have killed most of al Qaida, now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaida see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.”

So assisting the creation of the Caliphate, which could be seen as the ultimate act of dhimmi submission, was the key to victory this whole time? Who knew? We could have avoided 2 wars and numberless secret support missions with just a couple dozen bullets. Take out all the oppressive dictators and let the pizzlamic rabble set up their “Sharia Democracies” and they’ll be happy. And with gains like that coming in all across the world in so short a time, they’ll be happy and content and never try to push their agenda on any other nation, right? Awesome. Glad that’s sorted out. Too bad it took 11 years and 5500 military lives to figure out. And tens of trillions of dollars, but WTF, it’s only China’s money anyway. At 15% interest.

But if it’s over, and all the big bad threat is gone, then why is the TSA becoming the New Gestapo? Why not just reset the worldview clock to 1999 so we can party down with our new “legitimate Islam” buddies? Surely you can’t be trying to tell me that a handful of kooks in the mountains of Idaho are the new national threat? Really?

TSA goon squads at the bus station: police state, here we come

Paul Joseph Watson writes for Prison Planet that Big Sis has started a program with the TSA and police officers to search and interrogate passengers on Houston buses. This practice isn’t new. As we’ve written several times at TSA News, this program of warrantless searches on buses, trains, boats, and highways, is part of VIPR, and has been going on all over the country. Houston is just the latest stop. Watson writes:

Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee unveiled the program, labeled Bus Safe, at a Friday press conference. According to a Metropolitan Transit Authority of Houston(METRO) press release, agencies involved in the scheme will, “ride buses, perform random bag checks, and conduct K-9 sweeps, as well as place uniformed and plainclothes officers at Transit Centers and rail platforms to detect, prevent, and address latent criminal activity or behavior.”

“While local law enforcement agencies focus on overall safety measures noted above, representatives with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will also be on hand, lending their counter-terrorism expertise and support during the exercise,” states the press release.

TSA expands beyond airport screening

The TSA has its hands all over the country’s transportation systems, from trains to buses to subways to ferries to trucks. Its VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) program has been in operation since 2005.

VIPR teams periodically descend on transportation hubs to conduct “random” searches, as they did in Tennessee; in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky; in Des Moines, Iowa; in Tampa, Florida; in Sacramento, California; and perhaps most notoriously, in Savannah, Georgia, where train passengers were separated from their luggage and body-searched after they got off the train.
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VIPR teams also operate in the New York City subway and in other cities, where, according to the TSA, they “surge into a transit agency.”

They can also show up at “special events,” such as football games. TSA head John Pistole recently testified before Congress that the TSA “conducted more than 8,000 VIPR operations in the past 12 months, including more than 3,700 operations in mass-transit and passenger-railroad venues.”

And where the goons aren’t, their drones already are, or soon will be. With or without junior versions of Hellfire missiles aboard; you’ll never know one way or the other.

Rise of spy planes exposed after FAA is forced to reveal 63 launch sites across U.S.

There are at least 63 active drone sites around the U.S, federal authorities have been forced to reveal following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit.

The unmanned planes – some of which may have been designed to kill terror suspects – are being launched from locations in 20 states.

Most of the active drones are deployed from military installations, enforcement agencies and border patrol teams, according to the Federal Aviation Authority.

And if the drones aren’t flying, the security cameras are. They’re everywhere, and getting denser by the hour. Every store you shop in, every ATM machine, every parking lot, many urban and suburban streets. Hell, we’ve got 2 of them down here at the intersection. Oh, that’s just to run the stop lights. Uh huh. Sure it is. And every cop car in the state - in the country? - has a Wifi PC on the front seat connected to the national databases, and the up-armored patrolman with the fully automatic weapons in the trunk can run your picture or your plates whenever the F he wants to. And they do. Not to mention the Easy Pass transponder or your car’s built in OnStar, both of which report your whereabouts to the government. As does your cellphone, which the FBI can turn on remotely and listen in to everything it can pick up. That is, until they finish building their massive new data mining storage facility to hold a copy of every email and telephone conversation across the country. Across the world. And probably all your bank accounts and spending habits too. But don’t worry, it’s for your own good. As long as you’re a good citizen. Right, Winston Smith? Nothing to fear at all. It’s not that you have nothing to hide. It’s that you have nothing that you CAN hide. But good citizens don’t, so why worry?

Freedom? Liberty? Constitution? Like “limited government” and “sound currency” these are now meaningless terms. “No search without a warrant” & “probable cause” - soon to be Leno’s favorite punchlines.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/25/2012 at 08:25 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - February 26, 2012

detained at airport for veil comment at security gate for possible offense to the usual creeps

It’s now come to this. What a sorry freekin thing to happen. It’s getting so that every little comment or joke no matter how mild, can be twisted into whatever the listener decides it is.
This is petty beyond belief, but it’s what happens every day when you live in a pc dictatorship.  I do not see it getting better in my lifetime. Unfortunately.

It has been argued for years that a confession under torture or any kind of duress should not be accepted, because a person might say whatever was expected to make the discomfort go away.
Then why do pin heads in authority demand apologies under threats. Surely they must have enough brains, even tho it doesn’t take much, to know that a forced apology is meaningless. 

It just plain pisses me off no end. 

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Detained and branded racist for innocent burqa joke at airport security

By Jason Lewis, Investigations Editor

As David Jones arrived at the security gates at Gatwick airport, he was looking forward to getting through swiftly so he could enjoy lunch with his daughters before their flight.

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Placing his belongings, including a scarf, into a tray to pass through the X-ray scanner he spotted a Muslim woman in hijab pass through the area without showing her face.

In a light-hearted aside to a security official who had been assisting him, he said: “If I was wearing this scarf over my face, I wonder what would happen.”
The quip proved to be a mistake. After passing through the gates, he was confronted by staff and accused of racism.
As his daughters, who had passed through security, waited in the departure lounge wondering where he was, he was subjected to a one hour stand-off as officials tried to force him to apologise.

Mr Jones, 67, who is the creator of the popular children’s character Fireman Sam, said: “Something like George Orwell’s 1984 now seems to have arrived in Gatwick airport.
“I feel that my rights as an individual have been violated. What I underwent amounts to intimidation and detention. I was humiliated and degraded in full public view.

YOU AREN’T ALLOWED TO SAY THAT

“I am a 67-year-old pensioner and have lived my life within the law. I do not have even one point on my driving licence.”
He said that when he made his initial remark the security guard had appeared to agree with him, saying: “I know what you mean, but we have our rules, and you aren’t allowed to say that.”

As he went through the metal detecting arch, his artificial hip set off the alarm, prompting a full search from a guard. It was after this, and as he prepared to rejoin his two grown-up daughters, that he was confronted by another guard who said he was being detained because he had made an offensive remark.

“I repeated to her what I had said and told her that I had said nothing racist,” he said. “She took my passport and boarding pass and I was then escorted back through the security zone into the outer area. Here the female security guard proceeded to question me further, inferring many things that I had not said.

“It was impossible to get her to listen to reason. We were then joined by a second female security guard who stated that she was Muslim and was deeply distressed by my comment.

“I again stated that I had not made a racist remark but purely an observation that we were in a maximum security situation being searched thoroughly whilst a woman with her face covered walked through. I made no reference to race or religion. I did not swear or raise my voice.”
According to Mr Jones, who was due to board a British Airways flight to Portugal, where he now lives and runs a restaurant on the Algarve, the British Airways duty manager was then called in and sided with the security staff.

He continued: “I had now been detained for some time and my daughters were worried, calling me on my phone asking what was happening. We were going around in circles. I maintained that I had said nothing offensive and the security guard was continuing to accuse me. This had taken about 15-20 minutes and looked as though it was not going to be resolved.

“I asked the security guard if she was going to charge me to which she said no but I could not leave until I had apologised to the Muslim guard.
“At this point I asked for the attendance of a police officer. After some time he arrived but it was also plainly evident that he was keeping to the politically correct code. I told him that if there was a case then he should arrest me.

“I was told that we now live in a different time and some things are not to be said. They decided again that I would only be allowed to continue on my journey if I were to apologise to the Muslim guard. My reply was that as I had not made a racist remark it would be impossible for me to apologise.”

Mr Jones, a former member of the Household Cavalry and retired fireman, added: “I felt that I made a logical observation. That while everyone was being subjected to an invasive search it was illogical that someone should be let through with their face covered. I am not opposed to having this level of security but it must be equal for all.”

Eventually, Mr Jones said, the BA manager suggested that he should agree that what he had said “could” be considered offensive by a Muslim guard.
With his flight departure time now fast approaching Mr Jones agreed to the compromise. Escorted by the police officer, he was taken through security where he was again subjected to a full search after his hip replacement set off the metal detector alarms.

Mr Jones said he intended to complain formally to the Gatwick airport authorities and British Airways about the incident last Sunday.
Department for Transport rules do not prevent people covering their faces at UK airports for religious reasons.

However, all passengers must show their faces to UK Borders officials when they pass through passport control. Muslim women who wear hijabs can request that their identity is checked by a female immigration officer and they can also ask that they be taken to a private room before they remove their head wear.

A spokesman for Gatwick airport said: “The security team are examining the incident to ensure that the issue was managed in the right way.
“They are talking to the people involved to understand what the issue was and how it came to have the police involved.”

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/26/2012 at 09:08 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - February 09, 2012

Nuckin Futs In La La Land

A Grand Day At The Beach

In the interest of public safety, LA beach goers will now be fined $1000 for tossing a Frisbee



Los Angeles - The Board of Supervisors this week agreed to raise fines to up to $1,000 for anyone who throws a football or a Frisbee on any beach in Los Angeles County.

In passing the 37-page ordinance on Tuesday, officials sought to outline responsibilities for law enforcement and other public agencies while also providing clarification on beach-goer activities that could potentially disrupt or even injure the public.

The updated rules now prohibit “any person to cast, toss, throw, kick or roll” any object other than a beach ball or volleyball “upon or over any beach” between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Exceptions allow for ball-throwing in predesignated areas, when a person obtains a permit, or playing water polo “in or over the Pacific Ocean”.

That’s one way to balance the budget: make just about anything illegal and then fine the daylights out of the citizens left and right. But it’s for the chiiiiiildren! And for your own good!!!  Sure, because little kids are being maimed for life all the time by Frisbees. Sure. Riiight.

A permit ($$$) for throwing a football only in a predesignated area of public land. Uh huh. What’s next, Free Speech Zones on college campuses? Oh wait. Nevermind.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/09/2012 at 08:35 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - May 26, 2011

Jose Guerena: not much for me to add

Murder and a Cover Up




There is not much left for me to add to the story you’ve probably already read a dozen articles on. I’ve been reading and researching for over a week now, and it stinks. This is at least my third attempt to write this post, but I don’t know where to begin. Absolutely wrong 8-1 decision by the Supreme Court seems to gut the 4th Amendment. Even Scalia signed on. Lunatic liberal as Sheriff. Militarization of the police. Disinterested media. Jack booted thugs. Racism? Just another damned Mexicano, so who cares? The whole damn country should be screaming from the rooftops demanding a fully transparent investigation from the highest levels of state government. Yet 3 weeks after the event, pretty much all we have is “nothing to see here, move along.” There should be major media pieces, with graphics, time lines, coroner’s report diagrams, photographs and interviews ... and there haven’t really been. Oh, there’s been some. But they haven’t dug down deep enough.

On May 5, Tuscon citizen and USMC veteran Jose Guerena was killed in his own home by a multi-departmental SWAT team under the jurisdiction of infamous Sheriff Dupnik. In an absolutely stellar display of police marksmanship he was hit 60 times from 71 shots fired in about 7 seconds by 5 officers, who panic reacted when one of their own shot first. While his wife and small son hid in a closet and called 911, who dicked about and wasted at least 15 minutes before sending an ambulance. Which the police refused access to Guerena for an hour and 15 minutes. And that’s about the only real facts that we have, because the bullshit and the CYA began almost immediately thereafter.

Please, if you haven’t read about this story, go here to the Huffington Post and spend a few minutes reading Radley Balko’s essay. It’s long, but this iteration covers almost all the details.

Almost all. One point it misses which I’ve seen elsewhere, is that the police refused to allow the EMS crew into the house because they felt that they had a barricade situation. This is a crock. You’re going to have to do some of your own Googling, because I’ve lost track of most of the dozens and dozens of articles I’ve read on this. There are thousands of them. Find the ones written by Ghost32, the ones at Reason, and the original May 6 article and it’s follow ups. Sorry, but I’m just overwhelmed by all of it. The barricade story is just one more of the lies put out by Dupnik’s goons.

Guerena was shot 60 times. He didn’t crawl off anywhere with his gun. He died on the spot. I’m sorry. I know the meme is that the amped up cops cruelly left him to die, but lets get real. The weapons of choice of any SWAT team are the H&K MP5 machine pistol and the M16 (or any of it’s variants, full auto or semi). High velocity 9mm pistol bullets, or 5.56mm military rifle bullets. His body was torn to shreds, obviously. As his wife said in the 911 call, his intestines were all over the floor. So there was no reason at all to deny the EMS crew, but there was nothing for them to do. Even if they’d got there within 3 minutes of the shooting, there would have been nothing for them to do. People just don’t survive 60 bullets. Worst case they bleed out in a couple minutes. Possibly in a handful of seconds.

One article I found said how a reporter had been in the house afterwards and saw the enormous blood puddle in the hallway, sans drag marks. Where’s the picture please? Or the statement that they weren’t allowed to take any. Several others have said how interviews with the neighbors belied the story that the cops showed up with sirens wailing and lights flashing. One mentions how a neighbor was on the phone with his father, when suddenly gunshots rang out ‘pop pop pop’.

Some of the posts I’ve read have conjectured that some of the police fired at him right through the walls of his house. Given thermal imaging this is entirely possible; the typical home construction in America will hardly slow bullets down, much less stop them. But with thermal imaging (which we do not know if the SWAT cops had) it would be very easy to know that there were other people in the house, including a child. And having such gear would really put the lie to the “barricade situation” story. But that “some cops shot through the walls from the side of the house” idea does provide an answer to another unanswered question: how can you fit 5 big burly cops in body armor in the hallway of a small house, or at the doorway, so that they all have a clear line to the target, and NOT have this as a premeditated assassination? You can’t. The SWAT team had to be arrayed in some kind of battle square formation with prone, kneeling, and standing shooters BEFORE they kicked in the door. Lined up like a three tiered firing squad.

About the only thing I can add is that there is a good chance that the SWAT cops never needed to fire a shot, even if they had been shot at. Why? Read the article: they had shields. Now, I don’t know what kind of shields. Obviously not Viking targes, or Roman Scutums, but something modern. Possibly something like the plexiglass affairs the Bobbies used against that machete guy in the UK video Peiper put up the other day, but hey. This is a SWAT team. So my guess is that they had SWAT shields. And those things are bulletproof. Seriously so; they are designed to stop full power military rifle fire. And they’re big enough to hide behind.

So every day it looks more and more like this is the dirtiest cover up ever, engineered by a foaming lefty in charge. The story changes every day. The warrant was sealed 4 days after the event transpired. There is no evidence of any narco trafficking by Guerena, and even the later claim that he was involved in a home invasion ring seems to be little more than slander. I have not heard of any independent investigation being started up from Phoenix.

I would have thought that Sheriff Dupnik would have been canned after his idiotic remarks started a partisan nationwide shitstorm of baseless accusations after the shooting by Jared Loughner back in January. Or placed on leave of absence pending investigation over his own non-action prior to that, since he was well aware of Loughner’s crazy and had ignored it multiple times. And now we’ve got one of the lamest CYAs ever, and that still isn’t enough for the Arizona government to act?

It’s over folks. We live in a police state. At least one state’s high court supports them.  And to some extent, so does the Supreme Court. More than 50,000 No Knock Warrants issued every year. No right to defend yourself against illegal entry or home invasion if, afterwards, one they take off their masks, take off their armor, take off their ninja outfits, and turn out to be police. With a sealed warrant you have no right to see. But it’s Ok for them to shoot you on the spot in your own home, even if you haven’t fired a shot in your own defense. 60 times.

Looks like somebody’s “fundamental change” to America is nearly complete.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/26/2011 at 01:25 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - March 31, 2011

an example of police abuse …. take a look.

This is part of a column by Richard Littlejohn, in the aftermath of the London riots last Sat.

I’ve already said whatever I was gonna say, I posted my letter to one Daily Mail columnist and btw Macker, nope. No reply to that letter. Not that I ever expected one.

One little surprise though in this Littlejohn piece.  He suggested the use of flame throwers on the thugs you see below.
Of course, he is nowhere as serious as I am in the use of that very efficient weapon. When he says it I suspect it’s tongue in cheek. Not so your truly.

Take a look at what the cops here have to put up with.  And btw, the thugs came with those sticks you see. They came prepared to hurt and assault and vandalize.

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By Richard Littlejohn
excerpt from the Daily Mail

Saturday morning’s papers carried accounts of the Left-wing hooligans’ plans to smash up central London under the cover of the TUC march.
On the internet, you could find every one of the assembly points, north, south and east. From the Tufnell Park Spartists to Southwark SWP, all advertised their intentions.

If Fleet Street’s finest could work all this out, so could Scotland Yard. So why were these maniacs allowed out of Cable Street in one direction and across the river in the other?

Never mind kettling them, this was a case for dropping a giant tea urn on their heads. We should have been talking flame-throwers and attack dogs as a basis for negotiation.

So what did the Old Bill do? Under the command of some high-flying WPC tipped as the first female Commissioner they stood back and let them get on with smashing up Fortnum & Mason.

I’m told the chaps on the front-line were absolutely livid. Meanwhile, Juliet Bravo invited ‘human rights observers’ to monitor the touchy-feely policing operation on CCTV at headquarters.

Presumably, these days they’re using it as a training video at the Yard.

LITTLEJOHN

there’s a shot somewhere of one of these punks with an arm around a cop’s neck. I’d love to see the bastards try that on one of ours. cops here really are tied and mostly unarmed. hell, they didn’t even use spray that I’m aware of.


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