14AUG2014: The Military Occupation Of Ferguson, Missouri Is Just A Preview Of What Is Coming To America


(The American Dream) – Let’s be honest – Ferguson, Missouri is under military occupation right now, and the entire world is watching in horror as militarized police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at unarmed protesters.  Yes, the rioting and looting in Ferguson needed to be stopped.  If order had not been restored, more stores and businesses would have been destroyed.  However, there is no excuse for the brutal tactics now being employed.  At one point, police snipers were even using laser scopes to target protesters that were obviously unarmed.  Sadly, this is just a preview of what is coming to America in the years ahead.  As the economy falls apart and people become even more angry and even more frustrated, there will be a lot more incidents of civil unrest like we have just witnessed in Ferguson.  And in response, the federal government and our overly militarized police will seek to crush those uprisings with overwhelming force.  How is it possible that our once very peaceful nation has fallen apart so dramatically?

What we just watched happen in Ferguson was truly bizarre.  If you didn’t know any better, you might have thought that you were looking at images from a really bad post-apocalyptic disaster movie.

The following is how the New Yorker described the scene…

Last night, as the images and stories from Ferguson, Missouri, joined the news churn, many who registered their thoughts via social media noted that what they were seeing—policemen with dogs and AR-15 assault rifles standing in a Stygian, blue-lit cloud of tear gas; crowds of protesters with their hands in the air, screaming “Hands up, don’t shoot”; members of the press being removed from the scene—did not look like America.

And I will certainly agree with that.

It did not look like America.  At least not the America that I grew up in.

In a WND article, one woman was quoted as saying that it looked “like something right off the streets of Iraq”…

Cheryl Chumley has been watching developments in Missouri, where Michael Brown was shot over the weekend, and just overnight two more people were shot, including one by police.

Armored vehicles on patrol, Kevlar-wearing, camouflage dressed officials carting high-powered rifles, tear gas wafting through the air – sounds like something right off the streets of Iraq. But it’s not. It’s actually the scene that’s playing out in Ferguson right now, with SWAT-type police taking to the residential streets for crowd control duties,” she said.

Was all of this really necessary?

The rioting and the looting had already ended.  Was there really a need to fire tear gas at unarmed people?

In the YouTube video posted below, you can see footage of some of the craziness that took place…

And in this next YouTube video, there is footage of one protester holding his head after being hit directly in the face with a rubber bullet by the police…

In this day and age, images like this spread like wildfire.  Thanks to social media, people all over the country and all over the planet will get a first-hand look at how brutal our militarized police have become.

And the more attention this gets, the more likely that it is that violence will spread to more cities.  Already, a major protest is being planned for Sunday directly in front of police headquarters in Los Angeles.  A man was shot and killed on Monday by the LAPD and people are upset about it.  They have seen what has been happening in Ferguson and now they want to take action.

But wherever civil unrest does erupt, our militarized police will certainly be there to quickly stamp it out.  As a recent Slate article detailed, the militarization of our police has reached unprecedented heights in recent years…

Since 2006, according to an analysis by the New York Times, police departments have acquired 435 armored vehicles, 533 planes, 93,763 machine guns, and 432 mine-resistant armored trucks. Overall, since Congress established its program to transfer military hardware, local and state police departments have received $4.3 billion worth of equipment. Accordingly, the value of military equipment used by these police agencies has increased from $1 million in 1990 to $324 million in 1995 (shortly after the program was established), to nearly $450 million in 2013.

And when police get all of this equipment, it is inevitable that they are going to use it.  One result of this has been the astounding increase in the number of SWAT team raids in America.  The following numbers come from my previous article entitled “10 Facts About The SWATification Of America That Everyone Should Know“…

#1 In 1980, there were approximately 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States.  Now, there are more than 80,000 SWAT raids per year in this country.

#2 79 percent of the time, SWAT teams are deployed to private homes.

#3 50 percent of the victims of SWAT raids are either black or Latino.

#4 In 65 percent of SWAT deployments, “a battering ram, boot, or some sort of explosive device” is used to gain forced entry to a home.

#5 62 percent of all SWAT raids involve a search for drugs.

#6 In at least 36 percent of all SWAT raids, “no contraband of any kind” is found by the police.

#7 In cases where it is suspected that there is a weapon in the home, police only find a weapon 35 percent of the time.

#8 More than 100 American families have their homes raided by SWAT teamsevery single day.

#9 Only 7 percent of all SWAT deployments are for “hostage, barricade or active-shooter scenarios”.

#10 Even small towns are getting SWAT teams now.  30 years ago, only 25.6 percent of communities with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 people had a SWAT team.  Now, that number has increased to 80 percent.

And of course African-American communities receive a greatly disproportionate amount of attention from our militarized police.  Just imagine how you would feel if every time you saw a police officer you cringed in fear because you might be about to get searched again.  The following is how author Michelle Alexander put it in her book “The New Jim Crow“…

Ultimately, these stop-and-frisk operations amount to much more than humiliating, demeaning rituals for young men of color, who must raise their arms and spread their legs, always careful not to make a sudden move or gesture that could provide an excuse for brutal — even lethal — force.

Like the days when black men were expected to step off the sidewalk and cast their eyes downward when a white woman passed, young black men know the drill when they see the police crossing the street toward them; it is a ritual of dominance and submission played out hundreds of thousands of times each year.

So what can we do about this?

How can we change the system?

How can we reverse this alarming militarization of our police?

Unfortunately, our system has become so corrupt that there is very little that we can do.  In fact, one newly released study discovered that average Americans have a “near-zero” statistical impact on public policy…

A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”

The startling study, titled “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens,” is slated to appear in an upcoming issue of Perspectives on Politics and was authored by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin Page. An early draft can be found here.

Noted American University Historian Allan J. Lichtman, who highlighted the piece in a Tuesday article published in The Hill, calls Gilens and Page’s research “shattering” and says their scholarship “should be a loud wake-up call to the vast majority of Americans who are bypassed by their government.”

 

Read original here: http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/the-military-occupation-of-ferguson-missouri-is-just-a-preview-of-what-is-coming-to-america

ALSO READ: DEESCALATING THE POLICE

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MOVIE REVIEW: “DIVERGENT” | The Government Rag


MOVIE REVIEW: “DIVERGENT”

Jack Mullen – Divergent is another in our face explanation for what is about to happen in America and why people have to be awakened and those awake naturally must be the first to take action against the tyranny rising in America. 

Read the review here: http://www.thegovernmentrag.com/movie-review-divergent.html

14FEB2014: Tracking Cell Phone SIM Cards Is Key to NSA Role in U.S. Drone Strikes


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( Noel Brinkerhoff – ALLGOV) – Before the United States launches a drone strike on a terrorist threat, it turns to the National Security Agency (NSA) to locate the person, which often entails tracking the terrorist’s cell phone and its memory (SIM) card. But this approach to identifying targets has proven fallible because it can be deadly for innocent bystanders and others not on the U.S. kill list.

When it comes to finding foreign threats, the government has two primary means of intelligence: human and electronic. The latter is demonstrated by the use of SIM cards to find targets for drone strikes.

Human-based intelligence gathering has often been employed to more accurately find and confirm a target’s location before carrying out a deadly attack.

But the U.S. drone program often foregoes waiting for on-the-ground confirmation from human sources before giving the order to take out a threat.

Instead, it relies solely on the NSA to tell drone operators where someone is located based on data intercepted from their cell phone. This strategy fails to take into account that pinpointing the exact longitude and latitude of a SIM card doesn’t mean the person holding it is the al Qaeda or Taliban member wanted dead by the U.S.

“Some top Taliban leaders, knowing of the NSA’s targeting method, have purposely and randomly distributed SIM cards among their units in order to elude their trackers,” Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald wrote at The Intercept, a new investigative journalism website.
“They would do things like go to meetings, take all their SIM cards out, put them in a bag, mix them up, and everybody gets a different SIM card when they leave,” a former drone operator who wished to remain anonymous told The Intercept. “That’s how they confuse us.”

The drone operator added: “Once the bomb lands or a night raid happens, you know that phone is there. But we don’t know who’s behind it, who’s holding it. It’s of course assumed that the phone belongs to a human being who is nefarious and considered an ‘unlawful enemy combatant.’ This is where it gets very shady.”

Read Original: http://www.allgov.com/news/us-and-the-world/tracking-cell-phone-sim-cards-is-key-to-nsa-role-in-us-drone-strikes-140213?news=852422

also

Jeremy Scahill: NSA Targets Cell SIM Cards of Obama’s Kill List for Drone Strikes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_ojdb_WqdU

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SLICING INTO CONSCIOUSNESS: GUILLOTINES


“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” revelation 20:4

SLICING INTO CONSCIOUSNESS: GUILLOTINES

by Jack Mullen

Over the past several years a growing number of stories refer to guillotines being seen at military bases and prisons and stories of guillotines replacing the electric chair in Georgia for use in corporal punishment. These stories are bubbling into the consciousness of Americans coincident with the transformation of the United States from a nation of Law to a nation of men and lawlessness.

Concern about guillotines is not a new topic on the Internet; articles concerning the subject go back to at least the mid nineties.  One of the earlier concerns about guillotines was raised back in 1995 when Georgia State representative Doug Teper introduced a bill into the 1995-96 Georgia Legislative session under the heading of HB 1274.

The purpose of the bill was to: “To amend Article 2 of Chapter 10 of Title 17 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the death penalty generally, so as to provide a statement of legislative policy; to provide for death by guillotine; to provide for applicability; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.” [1]

Recently this bill has been mentioned in the context of continuing reports of guillotines being seen on military bases, in railroad cars, and even outside of newly created secret prisons.  The Georgia bill, however, was not passed in the form written above and according to the site deathpenaltyinfo.org, the only method of execution in Georgia is lethal injection. [2]  As of now, I can find no information showing Georgia reconsidering the guillotine as a replacement for the current system of execution.

The resurfacing of this 1995 Georgia Legislative Bill is misinformation at time when real information is desperately needed.

Further interest in guillotines was ignited when the Southern Poverty Law Center apparently created a story stating whistleblower, and retired FBI agent, Ted Gunderson made a speech in 2009 to militia groups in Florida saying the Federal Government had 30,000 guillotines in stock and ready for deployment in Georgia.

A Tale of Two Gundersons

An alarming report was purportedly made by retired FBI agent Ted Gunderson in 2009 regarding the stockpiling of guillotines for use after civil unrest results in large numbers of arrests funneled to newly created FEMA camps. This report is one of the primary supporting pillars of information about guillotines in the alternative news cloud.  The problem with this report is it appears to be made up….

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Today’s News and Headlines:

~Families of slaughtered children to sue the CIA — RT

~Spy Comedy: CIA/Israeli Funded Group Creates Phony Terror Website – Germans Bust Them As Al Qaeda

~Un-Cheating Justice: Two Years Left to Prosecute Bush?

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~NATO’s New Libya: Rebels cage black Africans in zoo, force feed them flags?

~Putin claims victory in Russia’s presidential election, backed by exit polls, early vote count

~Japan invents speech-jamming gun that silences people mid-sentence

~Say it ain’t so, Joe: President Boehner?

~Republican Presidential Washington Primary Results

~Oklahoma Delegates for Ron Paul Fight To Be Counted And Win

~Obama to AIPAC – No War, No Way, Just Promises

~Obama administration to offer legal justification for targeted killings of Americans

~Obama Likens Himself To Gandhi And Nelson Mandela

~Anonymous – #OpBlackMarch Begins?

~”Will Randall Terry be “the man who causes Obama’s defeat?

~Andrew Breitbart: Coroner wants to ‘cover all the bases’

~Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Possibility of Andrew Breitbart Assassination

~Larry Flynt offers $1 million for sex dirt on U.S. officials

~Society Paralyzed By Fear: Disney Lockdown Caused by Paper

~Grassley: Where’s report on ‘Fast and Furious’?

~6.1 magnitude earthquake — Argentina South America + Global Earthquake Swarm

~Marchers honor historic Alabama trek to protest voter ID law

~Virginia Says No to Lawless Imprisonment

~Iowa passes outrageous law demanding total secrecy over factory meat filth and cruelty practices

~Holder Wants Race Preferences and Benefits . . . Forever

~The FBI Can’t Find Many of Its GPS Trackers Now That They’re Turned Off

~Pennsylvania Ballot Challenge Dismissed: Obama Didn’t Sign Candidate Affidavit Affirming NBC

~Minnesota Republican Says People Who Use Food Stamps Are Wild Animals

~City Mayor Gives Endorsement to Soviet-style Checkpoints in South Carolina

~ TSA forces woman to prove breast pump real

~Judge Issues Lifetime Driving Ban on 17-Year-Old to ‘Send Message About Reckless Driving’

~Asteroid to impact Earth in 11 months?! February 2013 

~Mark Zuckerberg Seen Not Rich Enough for Global Daily Billionaires Ranking

~Search engines pressured to doctor results to favor copyright industries