13 YEARS POST 9/11: THE PATRIOT ACT AND LESSONS LEARNED


 

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By Stephanie Sledge | 11Sept2014

13 years have come to pass since the 9/11/01 attacks on the World Trade Center towers. Americans have been left with an ‘official report’ and unanswered questions. Post 9/11legislation has had enormous consequences for this country.

One of the biggest post 9/11 deceptions awaiting Americans following the tragedy of the attacks on the World Trade Centers was the PATRIOT ACT (an act of Congress) signed into law in 2001 by President George W. Bush. The act expands and gave to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other federal agencies the power to search business and homes and to obtain any records without any knowledge or consent. Recently, the act has come under fire when Edward Snowden, former CIA employee and NSA contractor, exposed secret documents of how the NSA collects telephone records of virtually all Americans under the power of the Patriot Act.

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Stephanie Sledge is a contributing writer at The Government Rag | An Educational Alternative News Source

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09JUN2014: Now thought crime is terror in U.S.?


(WND) – The Justice Department is resurrecting a program designed to thwart domestic threats to the United States, and Attorney General Eric Holder says those threats include individuals the government deems anti-government or racially prejudiced.

The Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee was created in the wake of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing but was scrapped soon after the 2001 terrorist attacks as intelligence and law enforcement officials shifted their focus to threats from outside the country. The committee will be comprised of figures from the FBI, the National Security Division of the Justice Department and the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.

In his statement announcing the return of the committee, Holder said he remains concerned about the specter of attacks prompted by Islamic extremists, but he said this committee will be tasked with identifying other threats.

“We must also concern ourselves with the continued danger we face from individuals within our own borders who may be motivated by a variety of other causes from anti-government animus to racial prejudice,” Holder said.

According to reporting from Reuters, the American Civil Liberties Union is pushing back against the DOJ plan, fearing “it could be a sweeping mandate to monitor and collect controversial speech.”

Conservative groups are alarmed on multiple levels. First, they see themselves once again the target of an administration that disagrees with them philosophically.

“It appears there’s an attempt to marginalize people who hold views that are sharply different from those of the administration and much of the establishment, said Horace Cooper, co-chairman of the Project 21 National Advisory Board. Project 21 is a network of black conservatives.

Cooper said plenty of presidents dealt with critical speech, particularly in opposition to the Vietnam War and even the Iraq War. He said no president ever responded like this.

“We didn’t arrest them (due to their speech). We didn’t try to prevent them from being able to express themselves on campuses, and we didn’t try to prevent them from trying to enter into the public square,” he said. “This administration appears not to appreciate that lesson and says that the groups of people that are not within their particular perspective ought to be considered the very threat … that the real terrorist threat that comes internationally [presents].”

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Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/now-thought-crime-is-terror-in-u-s/#4udt0pypMld7gFwL.99

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08JUN2014: DEESCALATE THE POLICE


 DEESCALATING THE POLICE

(Jack Mullen) – Americans face a new crisis; police violence against citizens is escalating, blurring the line between criminal and public servant.

Escalating violence against American citizens by police has reached a bifurcation point, Americans are feeling the heat and are beginning to realize something must be done to deescalate police or soon America will join the ranks of hell holes of police crime and violence like Mexico, Haiti, Russia, Uzbekistan and elsewhere where police are independent gangs; violent and undisciplined and devolving into something closer to pirates – stealing property directly from their victims.

Horror stories of police murdering, beating, raping and plundering citizens are daily news in a cities large and small. One city, Albuquerque, NM is now murdering more people per capita than NYPD during arrests, yet NYC is 14 times more populated.

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02Jun2014: CA STUDENTS IN LOCKDOWN, FORCED TO URINATE IN CLASSROOMS OVER IMAGINARY WEAPONS THREAT


(Stephanie Sledge) – We are currently living in a state of paranoia where a rise of hostility is within our own neighborhoods and schools. The SWAT weapons search that took place in California at the Dana Point High School is yet another example of how tyranny is taking over the public school systems, incorporating the para-military police, and leaving questions in the minds of Americans as to the real justification for this pathetic and distressing behavior displayed by the Sheriff’s department and school administrators.

The security disturbance by the Orange County Weapons SWAT took place on Thursday, May 29th at the Dana Hills High School after someone found a carrying case for a firearm in the parking lot. Around 11:45 am, the Sheriff’s Department was summoned by panicked and paranoid school administrators.

Within minutes, according to Police State USA,  “Dozens of officers arrived and brought their $250,000 armored Lenco Bearcat vehicle.  Deputies could be seen suiting up for battle before entering the school.” Immediately the students were placed on lock-down, barricaded, and detained in their classrooms.

Guard dogs were brought on-site and the students were held in captivity in a prison-like environment for over four long hours. However, will there be an outrage from the parents who sent their children to school on this day or will the parents submit, like so many, and continue to buy the propaganda these SWATS are justified?

Is your child in more danger of being assassinated by the SWAT teams under a predictive programming mentality and the current teachings of the flawed ’cause and effect’ situations where everyone is considered a threat? The mentality of these SWAT raids upon our children, treating them like hardened criminals, detaining them inside a locked school, and making them urinate in the classrooms is downright outrageous, foolish, and disheartening.

The idea that ‘if’ a particular object is found, then, violence must follow. It is broken thinking in the minds of the script writers in government pursuing a vision of this nation that includes incorporating SWAT teams to be deployed upon our communities to keep us safe from imaginary threats using ‘weapons’ as a way to justify the deployment. We have clearly become a paranoid nation after the alleged Sandy Hook school shooting. School administrators carry forth this flawed thinking when no real threat was ever identified.

The policy writers are intertwined through the educational systems, the police and Sheriff’s departments, and the mental health industry. It appears they have successfully transformed the minds of blind parents. Most will now just foolishly fall to their knees and praise the system for their heroism and contributions to the community believing that their child was protected from a real threat that day. Additionally, parents quickly forget the threat was all made up… not real… an act of trickery to justify more police state in a newly reformatted educational system. The schools have become a new test pilot for the lovers of tyranny and resembles characteristics of re-education camps for the youth (of course, during the hours of…).

It would seem more appropriate to allow the teachers and administers to be armed in all schools to handle any threats which may arise and/or considered life-threatening to the students and/or faculty. Of course, the gun-grabbers do not agree and continue to lobby for more secretive gun control, which, is creating more para-military SWAT justifications within our communities – a type of hostile-takeover from within.  Missouri lawmakers seem to understand this concept when they recently passed SB656, which allows for teachers to carry guns on campus. Armed faculty is naturally more appropriate than waiting on a weapons SWAT that holds everyone hostage to search the entire premises. Again, there was no real threat here in this situation. It was only a carrying case identified and reported.

Dramatic measures were taken when no crime had been committed and there were no acts of violence. The school was searched for hours and the SWAT enforcers rummaged through students cars, lockers, backpacks, and classrooms looking for weapons. As you can see in the photos below, the SWAT showed up with their own weapons to defuse a situation that never existed. A paranoid and disturbing trend manifesting within the educational system.

(Source: CBS Los Angeles)
(Source: CBS Los Angeles)

(Source: Nick Argo, Orange County Register) (Source: CBS Los Angeles)It is also reported by the Laguna Niguel-Dana Point Patch, “desks were being converted into urinals to accommodate students who were not allowed to leave the classroom to use the bathroom.”

 

No weapons were found at the scene. By reviewing and analyzing the photos and information released to the public, it clearly shows this act of so-called heroism, is really a ploy to have total control over our children, public schools, and our communities. Just look for yourself, it is really a war zone against the American Citizens.

At approximately 4:00 pm, the lock-down and detainment of the students was lifted and the children exited the schools exhausted and confused about the SWAT search. No suspect was ever arrested and no crime had been committed. All for the children’s safety of an imaginary threat. The student’s rights appear to have been violated during the weapons search. One could even argue that their safety was jeopardized when the school summoned the SWAT to the premises to defuse a situation that was not really a threat. Owning a firearm case is not a crime and this is a clear example of how predictive programming in the gun confiscation movement and creation of the weapons paramilitary SWAT are seriously flawed.

Is it even safe to send your child to school these days?

(Source: CBS Los Angeles) (Source: LagunaNiguel-DanaPoint Patch)

http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/dana-point-high-school-swat-lockdown/

http://lagunaniguel-danapoint.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/dana-hills-high-school-on-lock-down-after-empty-gun-case-found-in-parking-lot

http://www.thegovernmentrag.com/elite-swat-teams-from-within.html

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/05/17/Missouri-Lawmakers-Pass-Bill-To-Arm-Teachers-Lowers-Carry-Age-From-21-to-19

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EXCLUSIVE: ELITE SWAT TEAMS AND THE DISCOVERY OF A HOSTILE TAKE-OVER FROM WITHIN


Time to wake up...
Time to wake up…

What is happening to our police-departments?  

by Stephanie Sledge

Over the past few decades, America has seen a steady increase of police departments across the nation subscribe and incorporate ‘Elite’ crime fighting teams called Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)…

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26Mar2014: Homeland Security Exercise Targets “Free Americans Against Socialist Tyranny”


photo retrieved: gulagbound
photo retrieved: gulagbound

(Paul Joseph Watson) – Leaked Homeland Security documents obtained by Infowars reveal details of a joint DHS/FEMA national exercise set to take place this week, one of the components of which revolves around an effort to counter online dissent by a group called “Free Americans Against Socialist Tyranny,” which is disgruntled at the imposition of martial law after an earthquake in Alaska.

Image: DHS (Wiki Commons).

The document again underscores the federal government’s obsession with characterizing libertarians and conservatives as some kind of extremist radical threat.

The document (PDF) was leaked by an individual affiliated with Stewart Rhodes’ Oathkeepers organization and passed on to Infowars. It is entitled National Exercise Program – Capstone Exercise 2014 – Scenario Ground Truth.

The document is intended for “U.S. Department of Homeland Security Trusted Agents Only” and is “disseminated only on a
need-to-know basis.” Even the role players involved in the exercise itself are prohibited from seeing the files.

The exercise is designed to evaluate readiness in preparation for a catastrophic incident, natural disaster or major act of terrorism. Some of the scenarios which will be in play during the exercise include a series of earthquakes, tsunamis and a nuclear weapons accident.

On page 125 of the document, a scenario is outlined whereby a group calling itself “Free Americans against Socialist Tyranny” responds to “The U.S. Northern Command mission of Defense Support to Civil Authorities” (or the imposition of martial law) by launching a protest campaign on social media and potentially engaging in cyber attacks.

According to the scenario, the campaign is driven by suspicion that “the government is responsible for the Alaska earthquake and a “hacktivist” manifesto.”

“The U.S. Northern Command mission of Defense Support to Civil Authorities has led to increased activity by some anti-government organizations,” states the document. “Currently, the most vocal organization is Free Americans against Socialist Tyranny; using social media, they advertise anti-U.S. rhetoric focusing on the Department of Defense as well as to recruit like-minded individuals to join their “cause”.

“While some Free Americans against Socialist Tyranny members are capable of conducting adverse cyber operations, the greatest threat is current government employees sympathetic to their cause,” the document adds. “It is believed that there are employees within US Northern Command, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, National Guard, and Defense Information Systems Agency that may support Free Americans against Socialist Tyranny doctrine based on individual comments on social media sites. Free Americans against Socialist Tyranny sympathizers may include both former and current members of the military with training on satellite communications, computer network defense, network operations, as well as military command and control.”

The scenario also suggests that Northern Command members sympathetic to Free Americans Against Socialist Tyranny may attempt to hack the North American Aerospace Defense Command as a form of retaliation.

This is by no means the first time that the Department of Homeland Security has characterized anti-big government Americans as domestic extremists.

A study funded by the Department of Homeland Security, details of which emerged in 2012, characterized Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.

As we have exhaustively documented on numerous occasions, federal authorities and particularly the Department of Homeland Security have been involved in producing a deluge of literature which portrays liberty lovers and small government advocates as extremist radicals.

The document also mentions the threat posed by “disgruntled military and Department of Defense civilians,” which ties into the talking point, repeatedly promoted by the DHS and other federal agencies, that returning veterans pose a major domestic terror threat.

The Capstone Exercise 2014 document makes it clear that a key part of the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s preparation for the aftermath of major catastrophic incidents in the United States is centered around combating online dissent which will be sparked as a result of federal authorities and military assets instituting martial law, or what the document refers to as “Defense Support to Civil Authorities”.

This is particularly chilling given reports that emerged in 2006 concerning a nationwide FEMA program under which Pastors and other religious representatives were trained to become secret police enforcers who teach their congregations to “obey the government” in preparation for a declaration of martial law, property and firearm seizures, and forced relocation.

The fact that the DHS is focusing its cyber security efforts during a major national exercise not on targeting foreign state actors or terrorists but on combating online dissent by conservatives is sure to increase concerns that the federal agency once again has libertarians, patriots and small government activists in the crosshairs.

Read Original: http://www.infowars.com/homeland-security-exercise-targets-free-americans-against-socialist-tyranny/

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14FEB2014: Oregon Police Give Nightclubs ID Scanners to Datamine Customers


Police in Multnomah County quietly suspended a new data mining program this week after a local newspaper began questioning its legality.

Image: ID Scanner (YouTube)

Image: ID Scanner (YouTube)

(Storyleak) – For the last several weeks, police have issued ID-scanning devices to clubs and bars all throughout Portland’s Old Town neighborhood. The scanners not only captured customers’ personal data, including names and photos, but uploaded all the information to a police database.

After receiving a three-year alcohol abuse reduction grant in 2011, Multnomah County awarded the nonprofit “Lines for Life” $60,000 to obtain the police-run scanners for multiple drinking establishments.

Despite Oregon law placing strict limits on storing and sharing information from ID scanners specifically, police were persistent in getting local bars to comply with the program.

“We tried to say ‘no’ at the very beginning, and police strongly encouraged that we should do it,” club manager Mike Reed told the Willamette Week. “We don’t want to track people’s every move. We considered that a possible issue.”

According to Reed, police not only encouraged the program, but continually reassured club owners that the practice was completely legal.

“To our understanding, we’re doing everything within the law,” Reed said. “Police were definitely the big promoter of the scanners.”

The city of Portland denied any knowledge of the ID scanner law when confronted by the Willamette Week, but assured the incident was the result of a simple mistake.

“We‘re glad when someone brings this up. We want to do what’s best to protect public safety and protect people’s rights,” Multnomah County spokesman David Austin said.

Incredibly, police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson denied any possibility of wrongdoing by Portland officers, even going as far as claiming bar owners, not police, would be to blame for any broken laws.

“It’s an issue between the bars and the company,” Simpson said. “We recommend a lot of things to people, but it’s up to the individual to make sure it’s compliant.”

While many bar employees praised the scanners, most notably their ability to keep the Oregon Liquor Control Commission off their back, others worried they were helping erode their customers’ privacy.

“I like having the scanner, but what does that data do?” an anonymous bouncer said. “ People don’t know; we haven’t given them the choice.”

According to Portland police, law enforcement from across the state will meet next week to review the program’s legality, which is currently being implemented at around a dozen bars.

2010 report out of Texas found that some scanners were even able to collect a person’s eye color, height and Social Security Number.

Unfortunately, ID scanners are just one of countless technologies currently being used to track and database millions of innocent Americans while out in public.

Read more: http://www.storyleak.com/oregon-police-give-nightclubs-id-scanners-datamine-customers/#ixzz2tJcG4fX

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