“I’m tickled to death,” giggled Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Officer in Texas. The source of McDaniel’s childish glee was his department’s latest lethal toy, a $300,000 ShadowHawk UAV weapons platform purchased by way of a Homeland Security grant. “It’s so simple in its design and the objectives, you just wonder why anyone would choose not to have it,” McDaniel continues — and since the Feds are literally giving them away, why would any “local” police department turn one down?
According to Michael Buscher, chief executive officer of manufacturer Vanguard Defense Industries, the MCSO is the first local law enforcement agency to buy one of the ShadowHawk drones.
“The aircraft has the capability to have a number of different systems on board,” he points out. “Mostly, for law enforcement, we focus on what we call less lethal systems” — including tasers and a “stun baton” that fires high-impact beanbag rounds. “You have a stun baton where you can actually engage somebody at altitude with the aircraft,” Buscher explains. “A stun baton would essentially disable a suspect.” The vehicle is also equipped with forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensors, that can be used to detect “heat from a gun or a suspect’s body.”
“To be in on the ground floor of this is pretty exciting for us here in Montgomery County,” Sheriff Tommy Gage exulted. He also promised that his department would use this power only for good: “No matter what we do in law enforcement, somebody’s going to question it, but we’re going to do the right thing, and I can assure you of that.” After all, it’s not as if police have ever abused new surveillance and “pain compliance” technologies….
The ShadowHawk can be upgraded into a fully operational killing machine of the kind increasingly used by the Regime overseas. As civil liberties activist Scott Henson points out, the Texas legislature — which can’t let a single session go by without devising a net set of felony offenses — is likely to capitalize on the new technology to create more work for prosecutors:
“How much you wanna bet this new technology spawns a new felony of some sort next session for shooting a paintball or throwing a rock at a police drone flying over your backyard? Do you remember the brilliant shot from the intro to The Wire where the kid hurls a rock at the surveillance camera, cracking the lens? Run this drone flying low in urban areas and you’re going to get a little of that. Also, the headlines won’t be so cheerful the first time the remote pilot crashes the thing or flies into a building or through the electrical wires.”
Dr. P.W. Singer of the Brookings Institution coined the expression “predator porn” to describe footage of drone-fired missile attacks carried out by the Pentagon and the CIA overseas. Within a few years, snuff films of that kind will probably be a regular feature of “reality TV” programs extolling the supposed heroism of the Regime’s domestic enforcement apparatus.
Morpheus heads to down town Phoenix at the Cesar Chavez plaza to join with other individuals to DEMONSTRATE for the right to exist! The demonstrators get some protection from JT Ready and http://usbordergurad.com
We have seen JT and these guys before:
The leader of the National Socialist Movement’s CA Chapter Jeff Hall offers some views before turning the stage over to Arizona chapter head J.T. Ready. He discusses his views at a Riverside, CA rally on immigration, his approval of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s policies, the Holocaust, and his of Adolph Hitler as a “great white Civil Rights” leader with the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism. His organization is planning on holding a rally in Phoenix, AZ on Nov. 7.
JT Ready, a former Mesa politician and founder of the United States Border Guard, a Civilian volunteer Search and Rescue and counter-smuggling group, discusses a few beliefs with Fox News in this interview
WASHINGTON — Congress appropriated a whopping $54.6 billion for classified intelligence operations in 2011, an increase over the previous two years.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — whose office was created after the 9/11 attacks to oversee the government’s 16 intelligence agencies — made the disclosure in a dry news release Friday. The top line number represents the aggregate amount of money lawmakers doled out for the National Intelligence Program’s black budget last year.
“Any and all subsidiary information concerning the NIP budget, whether the information concerns particular intelligence agencies or particular intelligence programs, will not be disclosed,” Clapper said, adding, “such disclosures could harm national security.”
Congress appropriated $53.1 billion in 2010 to secret intelligence operations. That was a steep increase from 2009, when the intelligence community got $49.8 billion.
The Obama administration has requested $55 billion for civilian intelligence in the 2012 budget.
But that doesn’t encompass all the spying carried out by the federal government. The Pentagon also spends billions on intelligence.
In fiscal year 2010 — the first year the government released spending numbers — civilian and military intelligence cost a record $80.1 billion.
Demonstrators were left drenched with rain and then snow as the storm moved through the region.
Those camping out in the park have been stockpiling donated blankets, scarves, coats and have been trying to get more tents, cots and tarps.
According to their website, OWS is looking for a number of other donations, including waterproof boots, gloves, hats, hand and foot warmers and disposable foot covers among other things.
Reportedly, some have been even getting winter weather survival tips from the homeless.
They say they’re also looking for thermal heaters after fire officials removed the protesters’ gas-powered generators from Zuccotti Park on Friday, saying it was “safety” issue. (in cold with no means of heat? for your safety?)
Brand New Presentation by Fritz Springmeier, Portland Oregon, September 10th, 2011
‘I fear erosion of our liberties, economy more than any foreign adversary’
DES MOINES, Iowa – Ron Paul told a group of conservative Republicans today that he fears the terror tactics of America’s own government more than Islamist threats from overseas.
“Our government, instead of protecting our privacy and protecting our Fourth Amendment rights,” Paul said, “they protect the secrecy of government and they invade on your privacy.”
Paul criticized “50,000 SWAT break-ins without proper search warrants” in the federal government’s war on drugs, Obama’s decision to assassinate American citizens, including Anwar al-Alwaki, and the Patriot Act of 2001.
“We way overreacted – over my objection – right after 9/11,” Paul said. “I see no benefit and no purpose – it undermines liberty – the fact that Congress passed and placed on us the Patriot Act. It should be repealed.”
After blasting the federal government’s lack of transparency and violation of the U.S. Constitution in both foreign and domestic policy, Paul concluded, “I fear the erosion of our liberties and our economy here at home more than I do any foreign adversary.”
The NFRA describes itself as a grassroots movement to “take back the Republican Party for the vast and disenfranchised majority of its members: Reagan conservatives, who believe in small government, lower taxes, free market capitalism, a strong defense, the right to life and a decent America.”
The NFRA was holding its Presidential Preference Convention, which brought in delegates from around the country with hopes of endorsing a candidate they believe best represents an alternative to the RINOs (Republicans in name only) currently holding or running for office.
“We endorse candidates in contested primaries, so rank-and-file Republicans can know who the true conservative candidates really are,” the NFRA website explains. “We shuck the corn, with highly competitive grassroots endorsing conventions at which candidates must secure two-thirds of our delegates’ support to win. And when we’re done, there’s no question who is who.”
Paul joined Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich (by video) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s wife, Anita, in addressing the convention.
In addition to scathing criticism of the Federal Reserve, deficit spending and the Solyndra and “Fast and Furious” scandals, Paul made several comments about U.S. foreign policy.
For example, he bashed the Korean War, arguing the U.S. “went because of United Nations resolution,” and received a standing ovation when he declared, “We should only go to war when the people of our country declare we should go to war.”
Paul also condemned the killing of Anwar al-Alwaki’s teenaged son, arguing, “How intimidated to we have to be to assassinate a 16-year-old?”
On a related theme, he criticized the U.S. military’s attack drones at use in Yemen and Pakistan, suggesting that the killing of innocents in drone strikes “annoy” the native people of the Middle East and make enemies overseas.
Paul has previously argued that America’s foreign policy is partly responsible for the threat of terrorist attacks.
Ealier this year in Winterset, Iowa, Paul told a man on the campaign trail, “I don’t see Islam as our enemy,” blaming U.S. occupation of other countries and the killing of “a lot of innocent people” for creating enemies.
“Osama bin Laden wins by ‘proving’ that America is an enemy of Islam and has an occupation agenda in the Middle East,” Paul wrote in a statement last year. “And we continue to walk into his trap and hand him up his best recruitment tool in his efforts to provoke hatred and terrorism against the United States.
“If we don’t want to incite radical Islamists,” he continued, “we need to stop these un-needed wars. It is high time we came to our senses, brought our troops home to defend our country and pursued a Constitutional, Pro-American foreign policy.”
At the NFRA convention Paul pledged, if elected president, to cut a trillion dollars from the U.S. budget and to drastically scale back U.S. military presence overseas.
“We are falling in the footsteps of what the Soviets were doing, spreading our sails too thin,” Paul declared. “It’s time for us to come home and mind our own business.”
Bush had Reagan Shot just days into his Presidency. The Presidency was hijacked! What followed was Iran Contra, Massive deficits, Higher Taxes, a Wicked Police State, a bigger foothold for the Federal reserve, and the Military Industrial Complex…. The men Reagan despised at the CFR and Trilateral commission took over. Here is Reagan backing Goldwater (the Ron Paul of his day)
X 20 all cash numbers mentioned in this video… Inflation!
Attempted Murder Of ‘Lee and Me’ Author In Toronto
In Revenge And Physics, Time Does Not Exist
By Sydney White
On the 18th of October, the crowd in the book store was overflowing to the doors. The enormous cake for the 72nd birthday of Lee Harvey Oswald was in the centre and Judith Vary Baker stood over it, ready to cut the first piece. She had kept her promise to Lee, that she would clear his name and let his children know that he was not the killer of President Kennedy but a young man who had tried to stop it. Her book, “Lee and Me” was selling like the proverbial hotcakes, and the line-up for autographed copies lasted two hours.
I bought a copy and read it before my interview with her on Friday, October 21st.
Over the next two days, I was drawn so completely into the book that I cancelled two events and several chores. It was not written like a textbook or an affidavit, but was more a diary of what happened to a naive school girl caught up in a conspiracy that was beyond her experience. She was a student with an aptitude for science who wanted to find a cure for cancer. She was twenty and Lee was twenty-three, when they met, fell in love and were both used and abused by those determined to kill Kennedy and/or Castro.
I arrived at the hotel around 4 on the 21st and was invited by Judith to her “celebration” family dinner where she said we could talk in an informal atmosphere. Little did I know our conversation would be cut short. She asked that I sit next to her at the head of the table where she related conversations with Lee, as if they were yesterday… “Lee said that you could never own your own house, because they could take if from you for taxes.” She loved the health care system in Sweden. She would love to get another dog but “would not outlive another dog”. I replied that of course she would. She replied “No, I would not.”
I looked away, at the dozen people enjoying the dinner, laughing, toasting, family that Judith had not seen in years. It was not safe for her to bring them into her life. Some of her relatives did not want to have her in their lives, she explained, understanding their fear. Suddenly she said, “I think my gum is bleeding”. As I stared, she put her finger in her mouth and brought out a pointed piece of glass. I took it from her as she reached in again and removed another small piece of glass. She said “There’s something in my throat”. I called the waitress over and told her to get the manager; I showed her the pieces of glass on the table.
The celebration was still going on; they could not see or hear what had transpired at the head of the table. They only realized what had happened when they heard me ask the manager to call an ambulance. There was obviously glass in Judith’s throat and possibly in her stomach. In fact, there were smaller sand sized pieces of glass throughout the meat on her plate. I explained to the manager that this lady was not a Canadian and had no health insurance here. After a slight hesitation he said that the hotel would pay for her emergency care.
Judith anxiously asked that I come in the ambulance with her; the family were told where she was going so they could meet her at the hospital. Her reunion celebration ended as daughters, sons, grandchildren and her stepfather, shocked, went to their cars . In the ambulance, she had some difficulty swallowing as there seemed to be glass stuck in her throat. At the hospital, she was immediately taken to the triage room where her daughter was the only one allowed to sit beside her. The room was full. In spite of this frightening end to the reunion she had looked forward to for so long, Judith was determined to get to her book signing in Montreal the next day. I wondered, as her son drove me home, how this night would end.
I heard from her agent on the weekend, that indeed, this determined lady was in Montreal the next day. I salute you Judith for your honesty and your true grit.
Studies in Propaganda
The Free University of Toronto
Speechmaking Call and Response at Alabama Straw Poll
By TRIP GABRIEL
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Maybe you’ve heard: there was another obscure straw poll held in America, and a legion of well-organized Ron Paul supporters turned out.
They placed their literature on the seats of the convention center named for a legendary University of Alabama football coach, and they set out the coolest T-shirts and stickers for sale.
The straw poll was organized by the West Alabama Republican Assembly, part of a national grassroots movement that calls itself “the Republican wing of the Republican party.’’ If you guessed there was no table with Mitt Romney buttons, you were correct.
Herman Cain was the sole candidate to address the several hundred activists, during a campaign swing through the state, but it still seemed as if he were daring to stick his hand into the lion’s teeth of the Ron Paul movement. “Our economy is on life support,’’ Mr. Cain said during his standard speech, “and the reason this economy is on life support …’’
“Federal Reserve!’’ a woman shouted. There was a burst of applause and a sea of “Ron Paul” blue signs were waved in the air.
“With all due respect,” Mr. Cain told the Fed-loathing supporters of Mr. Paul, “I’m going to give the speech today.’’
The crowd burst into surprised laughter over his delivery; he stretched out the words and lowered his already deep voice. “Our biggest domestic issue is not the Federal Reserve,” lectured Mr. Cain, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve branch in Kansas City. “It’s this economy that’s on life support.’’
He continued: “Since you brought up the Federal Reserve, I’m going to say this real quick. I do not believe we need to end the Fed but to fix the Fed. That’s all I’m going to say about it.’’
Mr. Paul’s supporters waved their blue signs furiously as scattered boos echoed.
“Are you going to let me give my speech or not?’’ Mr. Cain said. It was the voice of your grandfather telling you to take your elbows off the table and respect your grandmother.
The crowd applauded. Mr. Cain had won them over. “Thank you very much,’’ he said, and began again: “This economy’s on life support …’’
It will be noted that in one obscure straw poll on Saturday, in a Southern state with no traditional role in the choosing of a presidential nominee, Herman Cain won 50.7 percent of the 347 votes cast. Ron Paul came in second with 45 percent.