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No Expectation of Privacy

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Homeland Security money rolling into the coffers of local police buys a lot of toys and the expectation of loyalty when the feds may need a favor.

Although not new, they are being used in other states and in foreign countries,  it is just now being reported that law enforcement departments across middle Tennessee are using high-tech cameras to create a detailed picture of the whereabouts of thousands of cars, regardless of whether they are suspected of any link to criminal activity.” “Police say that this ability to capture license plates is among the most powerful new crime-fighting tools at their disposal.”

This surveillance is not only being done on public streets but in parking lots of apartments and condos and even on cars parked in one’s own driveway. Police cruisers mounted with the cameras are just the beginning. Fixed locations are being added and unlike red light cameras, these record every vehicle going by.  It’s all in the name of catching the bad guys and of course protecting the children but if a few parking ticket offenders and yes, even tax dodgers are caught, so much the better. The locals and the feds need a return on investment.

The information goes into a database of time, date and place and sits there until someone takes action on it. The potential for hackers to use or manipulate data is real and mistakes are going to occur. A stolen license plate at a crime scene could result in a SWAT team knocking an innocent person’s door down. It happens.

There are so many of these ‘toys’ in the pipeline that we can only guess what will come next. The effect is cumulative. Each technology builds on another and soon we will see drones added to the mix. I don’t think I read in the constitution that “you are a suspect until you prove yourself innocent” but not everyone cares about an old piece of paper.

For the time being, in most places we still have the right to turn the other camera so to speak. A local man was likely saved from going to jail because of a recording of his close encounter with a bad lying cop. The cop was even charged with a crime in this case. Sometimes it happens.

“A totalitarian state is in effect a theocracy, and its ruling caste, in order to keep its position, has to be thought of as infallible.”

“The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable’…. Since you don’t know what Fascism is, how can you struggle against Fascism?”

“In our age there is no such thing as “keeping out of politics.” All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.”

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”

“We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of
intelligent men.”

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”  
                                                                                                Orwell

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Police State Bill Proposed for Tennessee

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Day by day our rights are eroded. We are criminals unless we can prove otherwise. What would be next…DNA samples? Oops, don’t want to give our law makers any ideas.
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Tennessee speeders could get fingerprinted

By Nicole Young • THE TENNESSEAN • May 16, 2009

Motorists stopped for traffic violations in Tennessee could be fingerprinted if state lawmakers approve a bill pending in the legislature

Currently, when drivers are cited during traffic stops, police officers ask for the driver’s signature on the ticket, but the proposed bill would allow police departments to eliminate signatures and collect fingerprints.Supporters say collecting fingerprints would save money and help police determine whether the driver is wanted for a criminal offense, but opponents worry that it allows the government to tread on individual privacy rights.

State Sen. Joe Haynes and State Rep. Mike Stewart co-sponsored the bill, which gives police departments the choice of collecting a signature or a fingerprint, or collecting a signature and a fingerprint. The bill has been approved by the state House of Representatives, and senators will vote on the measure Wednesday.

If the bill is approved, the Metro Nashville Police Department plans to start requiring fingerprints by the end of the year. Police reports would be filed electronically, as would traffic and misdemeanor citations.“This police department intends to use the fingerprint the same way as a signature is currently used,” Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said. “If a person who has stolen someone’s identity gives a wrong name, an officer will be able to catch that immediately. And, if they have an outstanding warrant, be it for a misdemeanor or a serious felony, an officer will be able to see that as well.”

Instead of purchasing electronic signature pads to allow motorists to sign for traffic tickets, Metro wants to use electronic fingerprint readers because they cost about $500,000 less than signature pads.

In Metro, 151,587 traffic citations were issued in 2007. On average, Metro police say, between 12,000 and 13,000 moving violations are issued per month.

Chris Stanley, 19, a student at Nashville Auto Diesel College, has received two tickets since moving to Nashville a year ago. “I wouldn’t give them my fingerprint,” he said. “They would have to arrest me.”

According to Aaron, someone who refuses to provide a fingerprint will be arrested.

“It would be the same thing as a person not signing for a citation if they were stopped today,” he said. “This department has no plans to create a database for all these fingerprints. They won’t be captured and kept forever.”

Rep. Stacey Campfield, a Knoxville Republican, is skeptical and takes issue with the legislation. “If someone said this 15 to 20 years ago, people would be rioting about it. Now it just seems like a lot of people are giving up and giving away their freedoms,” Campfield said. “It’s scary. I really think that these fingerprints will be used to create a database eventually, if not right away. If you don’t think it is, then you’re just kidding yourself.”

If the bill passes, Tennessee would join other states and cities that have adopted fingerprinting for traffic citations.

The police department in Green Bay, Wis., has been fingerprinting traffic offenders for two years, said Lt. Mark Hellman. Some citizens were concerned at first, he said.

“I think they saw that it wasn’t that big of deal, and that the ones who were most worried about it were likely the ones who were doing something wrong,” Hellmann said. “What they didn’t understand was that a routine traffic stop on the street is an arrest, technically, even if you aren’t taken into physical custody, and during an arrest, you are fingerprinted.” {more}

Surprise! Census Comes Early, With A GPS To Map Your FRONT DOOR

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The 2010 census has started in 2009.

I have already confronted two census workers this year.

The first, in February, was an older lady who came to the door and asked if she could get some information. I let her and her laptop in and answered some questions, refused on others and she said OK, it was not mandatory and left.

The second was just last week . A man parked out front for a while and then drove next door to an unoccupied house that I also own and stopped, got out and went to the front door. I walked over and asked if I could help him. He explained he was from the census and wanted to know if anyone lived in the house. I told him no but he still wanted to know the street address number of the house. I said I didn’t know as I have never had to use it and he thanked me and left.

Both appeared to be just average people, hired hands for the government doing a job they were paid for. I didn’t see if they had a GPS unit.

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From: Right Soup

I know, you thought the census (now well in control of Rahm Emanuel) didn’t start until 2010! Well, seems that workers have begun already, coming door-to-door with handheld GPS units and questions about every garage and storage barn on your property. Robert LaMacchia, head of the Census Bureau’s geography division, says they’ll capture the latitude and longitude of the front door of every house, apartment and improvised shelter they find.”We will actually knock on doors and look for hidden housing units,” he says. “We will find converted garages; from the outside, it may not look like anybody lives there.” This is so the census will end up with the geographic coordinates — accurate to within 10 feet — for about 110 million residences.

The US Census Bureau is currently going door-to-door, nationwide, to place YOUR front door “coordinates” into a Global Positioning System (GPS) for marking/mapping purposes; without your consent – and if you are not home – without your knowledge. Now, why does anyone need GPS Coordinates on every front door in America? Who is really doing this? What good reason can they possibly have for such an expensive project? Listen to this interview with citizen Jane Lesko on the Power Hour and find out more. (The interview starts about 7/8 of an inch in on the podcast slider)

From Channeling Reality:

The U.S. Census Bureau is doing an Address Canvassing Operation using GPS- equipped handheld computers to GPS every front door of homes, apartments, converted garages, homeless shelters, and anything they believe that someone might live in, in America, so that the Bureau can send every household a Census Questionnaire in March of 2010. (There are other people we have spoken to who believe that the GPS front doors of America may be used for MILITARY purposes and that this is a violation of privacy. They want the exact location of your front door.)

The U.S. Census Bureau awarded Shreveport, La.-based Michael Baker Jr. Inc. an estimated $10 million contract for data collection services that involve Global Positioning System (GPS) technology.

From the Baker Website:

The company, an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corp., won the multi-year award to support the bureau’s Geography Division in updating a key geographic data system. Baker has been a partner to the United States military since the 1940’s, supporting Department of Defense (DoD) operations spanning the globe. We understand the culture and know the demands and responsibilities facing installation commanders.

We’ve mastered support processes by focusing top architectural, planning, engineering, and geospatial and mapping talent to supply cost-effective, timely and innovative solutions that are aligned with the diverse missions of each military organization. While force structures, weaponry and missions change, Baker helps keep America’s military installations fully mission capable. Baker is putting life cycle planning concepts for a multitude of federal, state, and local clients. Since 1972, our all-risk, all-hazards approach has helped clients plan and prepare for natural disasters, technological emergencies, internal/external risks, and terrorist threats. Our diverse staff of emergency planning and response specialists, planners, engineers, and architects supports a broad range of multi-discipline projects.

Baker (NYSE Amex: BKR), founded in 1940, provides professional engineering and consulting expertise for public and private sector clients worldwide. The Company’s markets of focus include Aviation, Defense, Environmental, Facilities, Geospatial Information Technologies, Homeland Security, Municipal & Civil, Pipelines & Utilities, Transportation, and Water. Services span the complete life cycle of infrastructure and managed asset projects, including planning, design, construction services, asset management, and asset renewal.

The Census, in it’s own words, has been “re-engineered”, including the mandate to “Collect and tabulate long-form data every year throughout the decade through a large household survey (The American Community Survey).”

ACORN signed on as a national partner with the U.S. Census Bureau in February 2009 to assist with the recruitment of the 1.4 million temporary workers needed to go door-to-door to count every person in the United States — currently believed to be more than 306 million people.

The 2010 census will be the “short form”, however, there is the clever subterfuge of the “American Community Survey” which is purposely not called a census and is sent to a “sampling” of US homes such that each home receives one not more than once every five years. Its what they used to call the long form as the 2010 census will only contain the short form. Here is a link to the questions on the survey.

Why does the government (and ACORN) need to have the GPS coordinates of your FRONT DOOR? Your house is probably on Google Maps already. But the front door? Sounds like a jackboot convenience to me. This is a developing story, and several reports of those who have already been visited by the GPS squad can be found in this forum thread.

Source: Right Soup

Thanks to Saladin for the link.

Obama’s service nation set to begin

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Congress Prepares to Expand Service Program

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Without much fanfare, Congress is set to move ahead this week with one of the largest expansions of national and community service in years.

The House is scheduled to vote on a measure that would enlarge the AmeriCorps program to 250,000 slots from 75,000 and create new volunteer opportunities and programs. The Senate could approve its own version of the plan as early as this week as well.

“National and community service can help make Americans a part of the solution to get our country through this economic crisis,” Representative George Miller, the California Democrat who chairs the Education and Labor Committee, said.

President Obama, who was a community organizer early in his career, has strongly promoted the idea of more national service, giving momentum to legislation that has bipartisan support though some Republicans have expressed concern about an estimated cost of up to $5 billion.

Under the House bill, the education stipend for someone who completes service in Americorps would be increased to $5,350 – equal to a Pell grant. The legislation would establish a new national campaign to promote public service and encourage Americans to observe Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. New incentives for middle school and high school school students to volunteer would also be created. more

Also see: The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act

This is the Army, Mrs. Jones!

By Judi McLeod Monday, March 16, 2009

imageThe biting winds of change are blowing through ObamaNation. The same “volunteerism” that kept America running since the days of its founding, wiped out with the stroke of a pen, will no longer be volunteerism. It becomes forced labor and like the practice of another era, presses American citizens of all ages and creeds, unknowingly into military service.

On paper, H.R. 1388 is the “Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act”; the more innocuous sounding “The Give Act”, for short. But “The Give Act” is not part of Obama’s distant future for unsuspecting American citizens, because it hits the House floor tomorrow.{March 17, 2009}

Democrat Rep. Carolyn McCarthy is sponsoring the bill with 25 co-sponsors, Democrats down to the last one. Yeas and Nays 34-3.

The Give Act puts the finishing touches to Public Allies New Leadership for New Times, modeled after Saul Alinsky’s “Peoples Organizations” and operating under Michelle Obama with an alleged operating budget of more than $75-million a year. According to a Fact Sheet About Public Allies, “President Obama was a member of the founding advisory board of the non-profit organization. Michelle Obama was the founding Executive Director of Public Allies Chicago from Spring, 1993 until Fall 1996 (italics CFP’s). She served on Public Allies national board of directors from 1997 until 2002. Obama was no longer on the board when Michelle was hired.

Michelle was also a pioneer in the social entrepreneur movement–leaders who create new approaches and organize to provide new solutions to social problems.

Like most things Saul Alinsky, H.R. 1388 sounds noble in stating why wide-sweeping change is necessary. “The Give Act” aims to “leverage investments to increase State, local, business and philanthropic resources to address national and local challenges.”

Comprehensive in its power, H.R. 1388 goes straight to the heart of volunteerism in America, impacting everything from the lemonade stands of neighborhood children, to the residents of senior citizens homes.

“The Give Act” puts tow-headed school children and silver-haired seniors in the official uniform of the new State, and encompasses every walk of life in main-street America.

It could be argued that ladies as sweet as their 4-H cherry pies or school children fed the pablum of being global citizens in American public schools are hardly in a position to know they will be part of Obama’s dream for a radically changed America. But no longer are the vanguards in place to teach them the difference.

The Act in entrenching will will leave no student, or senior behind and no one in between.

American ‘volunteers’ from across the spectrum, once pressed into service of the Civilian Community Corps, in the fullness of time, shall be called the “National Civilian Community Corps.”
With students and seniors corralled into the same pasture, there will be no detractors left to call then “Obamabots”.

You might want to run, but you can’t hide from H.R. 1388.

Whether you are young or old, or firmly believe that volunteering means you are offering your time to the good of community work, you will be pressed into Obama’s National Civilian Community Corps.

Just in case you don’t want to wear the uniform and think the Corps means everybody but you, these are the citizen group H.R. 1388 proposes to cover:

“Increasing service opportunities for our Nation’s retiring professionals.
“Encourage members of the Baby Boom generation to partake in service opportunities.”

The National Civilian Community Corps is year-round and will impose itself on children away at summer camp. Even private schools will not be immune from its membership.
Down through the generations, wearing a uniform has always appealed to the sincere at heart.

According to H.R. 1388, “the Director determines appropriate “Uniforms”.

Membership is mandatory!

While you were busy worrying about coming up with the rent or mortgage money and the safety of your job, on March 9, committees knowing full well the chill that comes with the word “camp” changed all of their documents to read “campus”.

“This is the equivalent of brown shirts and the “Arbeit macht frei”,” writes www.resistnet.com. “The Government has the right to require individuals to give 3 years under the guise of “volunteer” service.”

Above the gates of Auschiwitz were the words: “Arbeit Macht Frei”, (“work will set you free”).

“Man is capable of such wrong doing in the name of a cause, again and again throughout history, a charismatic man promises Utopia at the cost of abhorrent acts as a means to it.”

In Obama’s bold new America, a reversal of the innocence of good works in volunteerism is the first radical change of tomorrow. source

Is World Government a Zionist bid for power?

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

News From the West

What does “World Government” mean?

A bonanza? One language? One economy? One sex? Same clothes, same culture, same thoughts? Everyone marching to the beat of the same drum?

But isn’t variety the source of life? Isn’t uniformity contrary to nature?

So what is it really about?

It’s about money, about greed, and about power.

The idea is not new. Throughout recorded history conquerors have flashed across the scene sword in hand and held dominion over the known world of their time. Sometimes the empires they created died with them. Sometimes they lingered on.

The aim is still the same, but the means of attaining it has changed. If there ever has been a moment to question what is happening in the world, and to the world, it is at this moment.

The freedom of the Press, once a guarantee of a healthy society, no longer exists. Nor does its honesty.

The control of the media and economy world-wide has slipped into the hands of a few conglomerates, who dictate policy, advocate inroads into the central structure of society, the family unit, and attack any belief that holds a people, a race, together in a unity of culture and tradition. Like some parasitical growth they work from within.

America is now virtually a one-party state, controlled by a small group that stands in the shadows pulling the strings, manoeuvring Presidents as the occasion demands, A group driven by one thing only, the desire for money and power.

For two hundred years warnings have been issued that such a situation could come about.

To quote Thomas Jefferson:

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks …will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered…”

To quote Abraham Lincoln:

“The Government should create, issue and circulate all the currency and credits… By the adoption of these principles, the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity.”

These words and his monetary policies after the civil war probably cost him his life.

Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations” and advocacy of Free Trade is supposed to be the blue print for the control by the conglomerates, yet it is exactly opposite to what he maintained. He, in fact, opposed any form of economic concentration on the grounds that it distorted the market’s natural ability to establish a price that provided a fair return.

Despite these warnings, how has the trend to World Government come about?

There are various possible explanations. The inventions of the Industrial Revolution played their part. The change from cottage industry to mechanisation boosted trade and trade meant money. Capitalism, the use of paper money, the introduction of credit brought bankers into their own. Note these were not the men whose intelligence and effort perfected the inventions that made the Industrial Revolution possible. These were others, who waited in the wings to draw out profit.

For the West, the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were a time of revolution, of violent upheavals against the old order. Starting with the execution of King Charles I in England, then a hundred years later the secession of the American colonies, followed in quick succession by the French Revolution, the Napoleonic wars, the collapse of the Ottoman and Hapsburg Empires, the First World War, the Russian Revolution and World War 2.

Revolution and war are meat and drink for those who finance them.

There began a determined assault on nationality. The word “Racism” reared its head. Most monarchies and aristocracies had disappeared leaving the nations they had ruled without leaders. All strong religions, except one, were undermined, either directly or by innuendo. The “Rights of Women” eroded the family unit and words like “honour” and “justice” fell into disuse.

The banks and corporations wallowed and grew fat on the proceeds, spreading their net, destroying as they went, unconcerned of the result their inroads made on the environment.

Benjamin Disraeli, later British Prime Minister, said in the House of Commons in 1852:

“…the world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes…”

Who are they?

These men who are pulling the strings behind the scenes?

In America:

The banks:

  1. Rothschild
  2. Lehman Brothers
  3. August Belmont
  4. Goldman Sachs & Co.
  5. J. & W. Seligman
  6. James Speyer & Co.
  7. Kuhn Loeb & Co. (Warburg)
  8. Lazard Freres

The Media:

  • AOL-Time Warner : Gerald Levin
  • CNN : Walter Isaacson
  • Polygram : Edgar Bronfman Jr.
  • Walt Disney : Joseph E. Roth
  • Miramax Films : B. & H. Weinstein
  • ABC : Michael Eisner
  • Viacom : Murray Redstone
  • CBS : Murray Redstone
  • Dreamworks : Katzenberg/Geffen/Spielberg
  • Vivendi : Edgar Bronfman Jr.
  • News Corporation : Rupert Murdoch
  • Associated Press : Michael Silverman
  • Advance Publications : Samuel Newhouse

The Newspapers:

  • New York Times : Arthur Sulzberger
  • Washington Post : K. M. Graham
  • Wall Street Journal : Peter Kahn
  • New York Daily News : M. Zuckerman
  • New York Post : Peter Chernin

Bush Government Members:

  • Douglas Feith – Under Secretary of Defense
  • Richard Perle – Pentagon adviser
  • Paul Wolfowitz – Deputy Defense Secretary (upgraded to Director of the World Bank 1/6/05)
  • David Wormser – adviser to the Vice President
  • Harold Rhode – Iran specialist

Clinton Government Members:

  • Margaret Albright – Secretary of State
  • G. Tenet – Chief of F. B. I.
  • W. Cohen – Secretary of Defense
  • Robert Rubin – Secretary of Treasury

The United Kingdom:

Television/Radio:

  • BBC TV : Greg Dyke
  • Carlton Communications : Michael Green
  • Granada : S. Morrison
  • BSky : R. Murdoch
  • ITV : Michael Green
  • ITN : Michael Green
  • BBC Radio : Jenny Abramsky

The Newspapers:

  • Daily Express : R. Desmond
  • Sunday Express: R. Desmond
  • Daily Star : R. Desmond
  • The Sun : R. Murdoch
  • The Times : R. Murdoch
  • News of the World : R. Murdoch
  • Daily Telegraph : Israel Asper
  • Weekly Telegraph : Israel Asper
  • Daily Mail : Guy Zitter

Ukraine and Eastern Europe:

Central European Media: R Lauder/V.Rabonovich

Russia:

ORT : Roman Abramovich

Czech Republic:

TV Nova: Roman Abramovich

Every one of the individuals listed above has one thing in common. They are all Jewish.

Such a concentration of power in the hands of one group, a minority group, should occasion surprise, if not concern.

See the entire article: http://newsfromthewest.blogspot.com/2008/10/is-world-government-zionist-bid-for.html

Big Bro Data Base Called ‘a Step Too Far’

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Len Hart

When London is already the world’s most surveilled city, there are plans afoot to implement a ‘Big Brother’ society that even Orwell could not have imagined. In a global economy, the consequences will not be confined to the British Isles. The good news is that a proposal to create a huge database of phone call details, e-mails and internet use has kicked up a firestorm of controversy. The name George Orwell comes up repeatedly. In London, the Information Commissioner Lord West warns that such a database could be a “step too far for the British way of life”.

The most ‘Orwellian’ aspect of this threat to person hood itself it that even Orwell might not have imagined its implications. The technology exists right now to enslave the entire world. Every movement by every single individual could be monitored 24-7 with implanted chips implanted at birth. Your every movement, perhaps your feelings now and, later, your very thoughts, could be monitored via satellites and a world wide network of super computers. If Google can spider every web site on the world wide web, a network could monitor the implanted, dynamic profiles of every person on earth. There is no place you could go and nothing you could do that could not be traced and documented. You could even be executed remotely upon a decision by a super computer.

Proposals for a central database of all mobile phone and internet traffic have been condemned as “Orwellian”.Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said the police and security services needed new powers to keep up with technology.And she promised that the content of conversations would not be stored, just times and dates of messages and calls.But the Lib Dems slammed the idea as “incompatible with a free country”, while the Tories called on the government to justify its plans.Details of the times, dates, duration and locations of mobile phone calls, numbers called, website visited and addresses e-mailed are already stored by telecoms companies for 12 months under a voluntary agreement.The data can be accessed by the police and security services on request – but the government plans to take control of the process in order to comply with an EU directive and make it easier for investigators to do their job. –BBC, Giant database plan ‘Orwellian’

As the British government debates how and whether it should monitor every aspect of a citizens life until death, other interests, primarily corporate, are sudying the creation of a computerized ‘Big Bro’ against which to measure your resume.

There is evidence of a growing concern regarding the authenticity of qualifications presented at interviews. Today’s computer software makes it simple to edit documents, thereby allowing falsification of information by the unscrupulous. The use of sophisticated document scanners, printers and copiers further complicates the issue. The research revolved around an investigation of the need for authentication of education qualifications and the establishment of the feasibility of doing this by using information technology to allow for efficient and effective verification that an education qualification was attained that the results were accurately reflected. The research concluded that there is a growing incidence of and concern regarding qualification fraud, that there was a need for authentication of qualifications by Human Resource practitioners as part of the recruitment process and presented a model that met all the research objectives – an innovative model deemed to offer an efficient, effective and feasible technology solution to the problem of qualification fraud in South Africa–The feasibility of using the world wide web to authenticate higher education qualifications issued by universities and technikons

Some people do make inflated claims on resumes, some tell bald-faced lies. So what? Corporations tell much bigger and more harmful lies to the entire world every minute of every day of every year. In fact, most corporations –perhaps the very concepts themselves –are deliberate frauds. The recent financial melt down, for example, was the result of numerous frauds by both government and corporations. The resulting bailout is –itself –a hoax! Government and corporations apparently believe that they have a right to hoax you, lie to you and cheat you! Neither ‘computers’ NOR ‘organizations/corporations’ are people. Yet, it is proposed that machines and souless corporations be given priority over living, breathing human beings because a small percentage of them may be incipient ‘terrorists’ or might have fibbed about a degree they almost got but didn’t.

This is absurd!

Government thinks it has a right to ‘shakedown’ a portion of your income every year to finance the campaign of lies and hoaxes that it perpetrates upon you. You pay for the privilege of being lied to and hoaxed. Government is a shakedown.

Therefore, I allege that government, itself, is illegitimate and all corporations operate only at the collective will of the people. Perhaps the time has come to abolish and bury the idiotic idea that corporations have rights, that corporation are –somehow –people!

Unless human beings re-assert their sovereignty over both the machines and the ‘souless organizations’ of their creation, we will have been enslaved by them in the end.

Addendum:How You Can Help Prosecute Bush in Two Minutes

Source: http://existentialistcowboy.blogspot.com/2008/10/big-bro-data-base-called-step-too-far.html

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

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Hooned

Still in transition – I could tell stories of the criminal activity of large corporations – but I couldn’t resist a Hoon quote:

“Transport secretary Geoff Hoon said last night that if the government is not able to harvest details of all internet communications, society will have granted terrorists a licence to kill.

Appearing on BBC One’s Question Time, the journeyman minister was asked by Liberal Democrat MP and fellow panellist Julia Goldsworthy how far the government is willing to go undermine civil liberties to monitor extremists. An irritated Hoon snapped: ‘To stop terrorists killing people in our society quite a long way, actually.'”

Bibi’s thank-you card is no doubt in the mail.

The End of the Rule of Law in America

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Len Hart

US troops are back home in America to wage war upon the people of the US. New laws make public dissent of any kind –however peaceful –an act of ‘terrorism’. Congress was threatened with martial law, literally blackmailed, into passing the infamous and ineffective bailout! The threat of martial law, therefore, is not only in the official record, it is made clear with the arrival of US troops withdrawn from Iraq to patrol US streets, control crowds, deal with ‘civil unrest’. Bluntly –they are here to wage war on you unless you happen to be among the one percent who owns more than 90 percent of the nation’s total wealth.It was in 1999 that the government contracted to Kellogg, Brown and Root [KBR], a subsidiary of Dick Cheney’s Halliburton, huge contracts to build a FEMA archipelago of 800 camps in secret locations across the US. They have ovens. They have –at their disposal –the government’s recent acquisition of about 500,000 plastic coffins. What is the ‘innocent’ explanation for this secret that is no secret?

There is no innocent explanation! The new laws seem designed to fill up the camps. Peaceful activists may be arrested, detained and denied ‘Due Process of Law’ if anyone in authority but ‘deems’ one to be a ‘terrorist’. Any public dissent of any type –however peaceful –is defined to be an act of ‘terrorism’. Free speech is dead. You may no longer express a contrarian opinion where it can be heard and thus ‘deemed’ to be an act of terrorism. This has been true in airports for some time now.

According to diplomat and author Peter Dale Scott, the KBR contract is part of a Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of “all removable aliens” and “potential terrorists.”–SF Gate, San Francisco Chronicle, Rule by fear or rule by law?

The Army Times –hardly a ‘conspiracy site’ –issued a complete story about a combat brigade that has been withdrawn from Iraq to civilian duty in the US –duty that will include shooting at American citizens with ‘rubber bullets’, tasering folk, stopping vehicular traffic, using shields’ and ‘batons’!

They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack….The package includes equipment to stand up a hasty road block; spike strips for slowing, stopping or controlling traffic; shields and batons; and, beanbag bullets.“I was the first guy in the brigade to get Tasered,” said Cloutier, describing the experience as “your worst muscle cramp ever — times 10 throughout your whole body.“I’m not a small guy, I weigh 230 pounds … it put me on my knees in seconds.”–Army Times, Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1

What does the the government fear from citizens who would otherwise be happy with their governments if they were not daily threatened and blackmailed with martial law?

The Congress was literally blackmailed and threatened. There were warnings of drastic drops in the stock markets. The bailout was passed –under duress –but the stock market collapsed anyway!

Fraud-busters such as Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, have complained about these contracts, saying that more taxpayer dollars should not go to taxpayer-gouging Halliburton. But the real question is: What kind of “new programs” require the construction and refurbishment of detention facilities in nearly every state of the union with the capacity to house perhaps millions of people?
Sect. 1042 of the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), “Use of the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies,” gives the executive the power to invoke martial law. For the first time in more than a century, the president is now authorized to use the military in response to “a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, a terrorist attack or any other condition in which the President determines that domestic violence has occurred to the extent that state officials cannot maintain public order.”The Military Commissions Act of 2006, rammed through Congress just before the 2006 midterm elections, allows for the indefinite imprisonment of anyone who donates money to a charity that turns up on a list of “terrorist” organizations, or who speaks out against the government’s policies. The law calls for secret trials for citizens and noncitizens alike.Also in 2007, the White House quietly issued National Security Presidential Directive 51 (NSPD-51), to ensure “continuity of government” in the event of what the document vaguely calls a “catastrophic emergency.” Should the president determine that such an emergency has occurred, he and he alone is empowered to do whatever he deems necessary to ensure “continuity of government.” This could include everything from canceling elections to suspending the Constitution to launching a nuclear attack. Congress has yet to hold a single hearing on NSPD-51.U.S. Rep. Jane Harman, D-Venice (Los Angeles County) has come up with a new way to expand the domestic “war on terror.” Her Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (HR1955), which passed the House by the lopsided vote of 404-6, would set up a commission to “examine and report upon the facts and causes” of so-called violent radicalism and extremist ideology, then make legislative recommendations on combatting it.According to commentary in the Baltimore Sun, Rep. Harman and her colleagues from both sides of the aisle believe the country faces a native brand of terrorism, and needs a commission with sweeping investigative power to combat it. —-SF Gate, San Francisco Chronicle, Rule by fear or rule by law?

Perhaps the ‘new programs’ referred to are the sweeping laws which, in fact, create a police state. A new program is most certainly the use of the US military for ‘crowd control’ and ‘civil unrest’. I would have expected this criminal affront to the Constitution from a gopper –but from a Democrat, it is the unkindest cut of all! Et tu, Brute!

Earlier this week, Congressman Michael C. Burgess from the 26th District of Texas, went public on Monday stating live on Infowars nationwide radio broadcast, that House speaker Nancy Pelosi had declared House Rule 136A, effectively putting the House under “Martial Law” rules, a dictatorial measure only activated during times of national emergency. Analysts and Congressmen alike have equated these threats;to “fearmongering” and described as a form of “economic terrorism” carried out powerful banking interests in order to secure the record $850 billion payout to the banks by the American people. Physical Martial law may be invoked by the President of the United States in case of any deemed “state of emergency”. Martial Law has not been put into practice since Lincoln, where several Congressmen were arrested or put under house arrest. In 1878, Congress passed the Posse Comitatus Act, which forbids military involvement in domestic law enforcement without congressional approval. However, both the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and USNORTHCOM has increased its direct involvement with US civilian administration. Additionally, the John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007, and President Bush’s recent PD51 may possibly rescind previous limits by suspending Government as well as other Constitutional guarantees such as habeas corpus.

Representatives Were Threatened with “Martial Law” if Bailout Bill Did Not Pass

That US troops are deployed in order to wage war upon the people of the US is evidence that the Police State has already been declared. It’s a Bush fait accompli. US Troops have no legitimate business patrolling US streets in the absence of a ‘real’ emergency. A Bush pretext will provide one!If the high court had not been packed with the likes of Scalia, Alito, Roberts, and Thomas one might might have believed that such draconian, totalitarian measures would be struck down. One is no longer confident. The measure will stand because our once free nation is no longer. It will stand because what previous courts had declared to be protected rights under the First Amendment have been trashed by Bush and his co-conspirators in the judiciary. The use of US troops against US citizens is, in fact, against federal law and the Constitution. Everything that the Army Times says the Brigade is trained for violates the original prohibition against the use of the military as a Posse Comitatus. Has this nation already acted in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act? The horrifying use of tanks, armored personnel carriers and other weapons of war in the military-style assault on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco was but a preview, a harbinger of things to come.

The allegations of child molestation were investigated in the intervening two years, twice, by Texas welfare department authorities and found to be baseless. The Sheriff’s department investigated the allegations of illegal guns and these claims were found to be baseless. The investigations were peaceful. There were no problems.Mark Breault, however, continued to make his baseless and slanderous allegations against the Branch Davidians. The Cult Awareness Network turned up the pressure.The newspapers called Breault a “private investigator who has tracked the Davidians for two and a half years.” “Tracked”? They had lived at the Mt. Carmel Center since 1935. How much “tracking” did it take? “Investigator”? Ha. He’s a self-proclaimed “prophet” with a vendetta against the Branch Davidians. And who paid him so handsomely that he could afford to “track” them for 2-1/2 years, anyway? Did the media bother to check any of this out? Never.

…Calling a religion a “cult” and putting out false information across the media about “child molesting” and “weapons caches” is exactly the same technique that was used by the Nazis to portray the Jews as filthy, disgusting people, so they could be killed. It is the same technique used by every tyrannical government, to kill an unpopular and potentially vocal adversarial group. But in this country, we are supposed to have freedom of religion. It would seem that is a pipe dream.

So, America, we have cold-blooded killers running our country. Isn’t it about time you put down your beer, got up off the sofa, and did something about it?

–Linda Thompson, What Hapened at Waco

The ATF attack on Mt. Carmel should have been a wake up call. If anyone in the Clinton administration deserved impeachment, it should have resulted from what happened in Waco. But –no! There was no GOP outrage because the GOP might have ordered worse themselves and did not wish to establish a precedent that they didn’t want to live with later. I can’t recall a single word uttered by the GOP in defense of the Constitution. I cannot recall a single GOP voice raised in defense of the guaranteed right of religion or free speech!

I cannot recall a single GOP voice raised to protest the violations of Due Process of Law! I cannot recall a single GOP voice in opposition to the jack-booted thugs who brought to an end a rule of law in America! The GOP would, instead, try to impeach the president for a blow job –an act that is not even a crime!
The GOP coveted Clinton his position because, as the record has proven, they intended to make of the White House a platform from which they would establish their own dictatorship. Under Bush, it is a fait accompli.
In the meantime, some 800 FEMA camps are readied –with ovens and Nazi-like barracks –to receive dissenters. Here’s an excerpt from one person’s report of a visit to a KBR FEMA camp:

“The first one we observed was in Palmdale, California. It is not operating as a prison at the moment but is masquerading as part of a water facility. Now why would there be a facility of this nature out in the middle of nowhere with absolutely no prisoners? The fences that run for miles around this large facility all point inward, and there are large mounds of dirt and dry moat surrounding the central area so the inside area is not visible from the road. There are 3 large loading docks facing the entrance that can be observed from the road. What are these massive docks going to be loading? We observed white vans patrolling the area and one came out and greeted us with a friendly wave and followed us until we had driven safely beyond the area. What would have happened had we decided to enter the open gate or ask questions? This facility is across the street from the Palmdale Water Department. The area around the Water Department has fences pointing outward, to keep people out of this dangerous area so as not to drown. Yet, across the street, the fences all point inward. Why? To keep people in? What people? Who are going to be it’s occupants? There are also signs posted every 50 feet stating: State of California Trespassing Loitering Forbidden By Law Section 555 California Penal Code.”

I believe that the ‘goddamned piece of paper’ –otherwise known as the Constitution of the United States –makes the use of armed forces against American citizens on American soil a matter of ‘high treason’ i.,e the government waging ‘war’ upon the people, a matter that is expressly forbidden by the “Goddamn Piece of Paper”, Article III:

Section 3. Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted. —US Constitution, Article III

Under the ‘goddamned piece of paper’ (know to us as the US Constitution) the people of the US are the ‘sovereign’. We ARE the United States –by law! By waging war upon us –the people of the United States –Bush has already committed mass murder and high treason. [See: Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution]

Additionally —

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law. —US Constitution, Amendment III

There is also the matter of the abusive use of military personnel to violate the Constitutional rights of US citizens:

Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both. US Codes, § 1385. Use of Army and Air Force as posse comitatus

Of course, none of this means anything to George W. Bush, a would be dictator for whom the rule of law means nothing, the Constitution is ‘just a goddamned piece of paper”. Bush is the price we pay for our failure as a nation to value the gift of intelligence. We might have done better had we paid attention to the great philosopher who wrote of the ‘moral imperative to be intelligent’.

Bush is an incompetent boob who has, in fact, bankrupted the nation, violated the Constitutional rights of US citizens and has waged war upon them with acts of high treason and mass murder –capital crimes for which he should stand trial for his life. The charges to include thousands of violations of US Codes, Title 18, Section 2441.

(a) Offense.— Whoever, whether inside or outside the United States, commits a war crime, in any of the circumstances described in subsection (b), shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for life or any term of years, or both, and if death results to the victim, shall also be subject to the penalty of death.

TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 118 > § 2441. War crimes

Winston Churchill wrote:

“”The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.”– Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943″

Bush repeatedly asserts a power to imprison anyone without charges –no phone call, no lawyer, no hearing, no trial! The Army Times stated that the troops –formerly in Iraq –will be used domestically for ‘crowd control’ in cases of civil unrest. And within days of the Army Times ‘story’, it was revealed that the Bush administration had threatened ‘Martial Law’ if the bailout bill was not passed. Therefore, we are already living in a police state. And there is likewise a warning.

People must see clearly the futility of maintaining the fight for social goals within the framework of civil debate. When the forces of oppression come to maintain themselves in power against established law; peace is considered already broken.–Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Guerilla Warfare

It was stated recently that the troops will be on ‘our side’. Well –our troops will be taking their orders from the government. And the government is NO LONGER on our side.

And –on our side against whom? More phony terrorists?

The ‘terrorists’ ARE the government and, as Che would have put it: the peace is already broken.

Government is legitimate ONLY to the extent that it lives up to its SOCIAL CONTRACT with the people. The government of the US has broken that contract! Repeatedly and with impunity. This ‘government’ is illegitimate!

Scott Ritter: “Pick Your City”

The war waged upon the people of the US will get worse and the people will push back. The people –as a body — must declare now that no decree now issued is valid, no unjust law enforceable! The revolution has begun and the illegitimate government in DC has won the first several rounds. With US troops in the streets, it is naive to believe that upon a landslide win by Obama, the entrenched militarists will simply fold up their tents and ride willingly into that dimming sunset.
Source: http://existentialistcowboy.blogspot.com/2008/10/end-of-rule-of-law-in-america.html

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Monsters from the GOP ‘Id’

In the late 90s, a sleep study done at Stanford University indicated that Republicans have more ‘nightmares and night terrors’ than do Democrats or, for that matter, members of any other party. The study could not have imagined one of the GOPs worst nightmares ever: a landslide loss of the White House to a black liberal who has proven himself as tough as he is intelligent, as formidable in debate as John F. Kennedy. Faced with a similar catastrophe, a good Nazi could have been relied upon to shoot himself. With the cowardly GOP, the rest of us won’t be nearly so lucky.

The victory would send Barack Obama to the White House and give him larger Democratic majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate — and perhaps a filibuster-proof margin there.

That could mark a historic realignment of the country’s politics on a scale with 1932 or 1980, when the out party was given power it held for a generation, and used it to transform government’s role in American society. —Daring to utter the ‘L’ word: Obama on track to a landslide

The GOPs worst nightmare? Certainly — Stanford psychologists could not have imagined that in Bush’s occupation of eight years, a panoply of GOP nightmares –literally, monsters from the id –would manifest themselves to terrify the nation and the world. The monster summoned up: world terrorism which FBI stats prove is always worse under GOP regimes.

While the specter of ‘terrorism’, the monster from the GOP id, born of its irrational fears and twisted neuroses, deflected US attention, Bush waged a less publicized but much more effective war on the US Constitution. He presumed to rule by decree: ‘signing statements’ that rewrote laws passed by Congress. Bush trashed Constitutional protections of Due Process of Law, the presumption of innocence, and habeas corpus. Merely ‘deeming’ one to be a terrorist was enough to get a target incarcerated, perhaps for life. Anyone ‘deemed’ a ‘terrorist’ did not get a phone call, did not get a lawyer, did not get a pre-trial hearing or a trial, did not get his day in court. There is no way of knowing whether any of Bush’s victims were really terrorists. As an instrument of oppression, tyranny and political suppression, the specter of terrorism was a demagogue’s dream! His dream! Our nightmare!

It remains to seen how much of this arbitrary and dictatorial seizure of illegitimate, unconstitutional power will be undone. Getting an idiot out of the White House while preventing its takeover by yet another idiot is a good first step toward returning the nation to normalcy.

‘Terrorism’ is not a crime but, rather, a meaningless, political abstraction. Anyone who blows up a truck is not a terrorist; he/she is a criminal. The ‘blowing up of a truck’ is not an act of ‘terrorism’, it’s a crime. One is not born a terrorist! ‘Terrorism’ is just the name attached by fearful neurotics to meaningless abstractions. It was for this reason, Bush refused to allow trials for those ‘deemed’ to be ‘terrorists’. To allow trials would require that charges relevant to a specific person and a specific act be proven in court, thus robbing the GOP of its insistence of persecuting imagined enemies for a state of being rather than prosecuting criminals against which there may be real evidence of the actual commission of a real and specific crime.

Bush never insisted upon but obstructed a real investigation of the crime called ‘911’. A real investigation of this very real crime would surely have resulted in real culprits charged with real crimes in a real court returning real convictions. What did Bush fear from such an investigation? Did he fear his own conviction upon the probable cause, indeed, the evidence that 911 had been ordered, planned and carried out from within his own administration? Did Bush fear the loss of the ‘terrorism’ issue so delftly exploited and demagogued? Did Bush ever, really believe that there were ‘evil doers’ who had anything other than legitimate ‘beefs’ with his imperial amibtions, his programs of war crimes, conquest and oil exploitation?

It is generous to say that Bush never understood the nature of terrorism. More objective observers, however, will find the the most telling clue among terrorism statistics collected by the FBI, compiled by Brookings and published in a chart. I managed to download that chart before it was ‘pulled’. The chart proves that terrorism is worse under GOP regimes. For example, terrorist incidents against US interests were three times more numerous during the Reagan administration than that of Bill Clinton.

It is more accurate to conclude that not only Bush but the GOP as a party exploited the term ‘terrorism’ as it earlier exploited the perfectly good word ‘liberal’ to rally a base of bigots, fear mongers, and, in general, right wingers fearful it seems of anything. It is this ‘base’ who fears to sleep at night. It is this ‘base’ that is so definitively identified by the Stanford study.

Terrorism is an abstraction! One cannot be indicted, incarcerated or wage war upon upon a mere abstraction. Only real crimes are indictable and real wars are fought between nations –not by nations upon political motivated abstractions. Terrorism, therefore, is the monster from the fearful GOP nightmare world. The GOP is –as a class –utterly terrified by monsters of its own creation.

In 1936, Jung was trying to figure out what was happening in Germany —just as many are trying to understand what is happening in America today. Jung wrote an essay called “Wotan” and in it, he tried to understand developments under Hitler, in terms of the mythology of the god Odin, a.k.a. the Germanic god Wotan. Jung wrote: “We have seen him come to life in the German Youth Movement.” I am not sure what “gods” have come to life in America —but I am more inclined to characterize them as fallen demigods, if not demons. Gods or Demons, they are but manifestations of the human personality. There may be a “Wotan” in all of us.

A “mask” is but the smiley face we show the world; it’s origin is always the lie that we tell ourselves. A PBS documentary dealt with a Japanese sergeant who “supervised” British and Australian POW’s in Southeast Asia during WWII. Though he had been convicted of war crimes in connection with the treatment of the POW’s, the man —some 55 years after the fact —still denied that thousands of POWs had been literally worked and starved to death under his supervision. He denied that he had beaten many of them himself with wire whips.

There is an old saying that the truth will set you free. Here was a man who by his denial had made himself prisoner to the lie —his own lie. In Jungian terms, his life –premised as it was upon the falsehood that he told himself –was “inauthentic”.

Dr. Gustav Gilbert, the American psychologist at Nuremberg, came to some conclusions based on his experiences keeping Nazi war criminals alive until final sentencing could be carried out. He said that he had come to understand the nature of “evil”. Evil, he said, was an utter lack of empathy. I might add: that empathy with another is only possible if one has come to terms with one’s own “shadow”, one’s own “source of creativity”, one’s own humanity. One who cannot see humanity in him/herself or in another is a Nazi in spirit; and “Nazism” typifies what Jung would have called the “inauthentic” life, a life lived upon lies and denial. A life lived behind a false mask.