Update: TSA Harasses Police Chief – Placed On Administrative Leave – Told To Disband Entire Police Department (UPDATED)
We covered this on today’s broadcast – THE JACK BLOOD SHOW (Jan 31 2014) Exclusive interview with Chief Harger
UPDATE: Apparently Harger knew about a cop killing his (not Harger’s) wife and was not about to hold the THIN BLUE LINE pat story – The Levi Chavez Case: From the Beginning
(Official Story) Police chief name change leads to TSA confrontation
UPDATE: We have results from the CC meeting – will announce today. We also now know the name of the TSA agent whom started all of this: Gil Guaderrama
Seems he had trouble in the past too: FIRED BY BORDER PATROL IN 2000 – High-ranking border official fired for unspecified reasons
Shane Harger, Police Chief, Jemez Springs, NM – Ordered To Disband Village Police Department – Because He Attended the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) Convention
28 January 2014, 23:21 CST
Updated 29 January 2014 at 221:54 CST
By Vincent Finelli
Police Chief Shane Harger of the Jemez Springs, NM Police Department was placed on administrative leave and ordered to disband his police department today.
Harger returned from the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Convention on Monday, January 27, 2014 with a sense of knowing that, he as well as 38 other peace officers, shared the commitment to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America from enemies both foreign and domestic. He and the other 38 men and women signed the Resolution of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (see below).
The following morning, Harger was informed by Sheriff Douglas C. Wood of Sandoval County, New Mexico, that Harger was to dismantle the Jamez Springs Police Department.
Jemez Springs, NM is a tourist destination. With a population of 252, the police department enjoys ten part-time officers and volunteers with many working about 8 hours per month.
The story unfolds: Traveling by commercial airlines from Albuquerque, NM to LasVegas,NV, Harger was asked by TSA to show his credentials. Minutes later a man flashed a badge claiming to be a federal agent (agency unknown) also demanding to see Harger’s credentials.
Harger was told that he was a person of interest, and the federal agent wanted to know where he was going and why. Bear in mind, no one is required to provide this information under these circumstances.
Harger said that the federal agent told him that the he, the federal agent, was paid to be suspicious of everyone.
Harger informed the federal agent that he was traveling to attend the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Convention in LasVegas.
Harger was detained for thirty-five minutes – his detention was video recorded but not made available to Harger.
Link to Vincent Finelli’s radio broadcast of January 29, 2014 describing the event: http://archives2014.gcnlive.com/Archives2014/jan14/USAPrepares/0129141.mp3
Link to Sam Bushman’s radio broadcast of January 29, 2014 describing the event:
Harger was eventually released from detention and was allowed to board the airplane.
No charges were filed against Harger.
I met Chief Harger at the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Convention and was interested in the events of his travel. He agreed to be on the air with me on www.USAPrepares.com to tell the story of his detention as a person of interest who was attending a Constitutional Sheriffs convention. But before going live on global radio, Harger was fired as well as the rest of the police department.
Despite having received a meritorious commendation from the Mayor of Jemez Springs on January 22, 2014, it seems that no one in the village government is willing to come to the assistance of Harger. It appears that Harger’s stance to defend and uphold the Constitution has put him and his entire department of ten part-time and volunteers out of business.
Harger has received no reprimands, no correspondence of wrong doing, and nothing indicating that any of his actions were not in accordance with the law.
Harger stated to me that his department was ordered by Sandoval County, NM, Sheriff Douglas C. Wood to disband because of Harger’s political affiliations, specifically the CSPOA headed by founder Sheriff Richard Mack. I called the Sheriff’s Office to discuss this with Sheriff Wood, but was directed to his secretary’s voice mail. Here is the public number that I called – 505-867-7526.
I was at the convention and I never saw nor heard anyone say nor do anything that was a violation of any law. The CSPOA convention was an assembly of peace-loving Americans who just wanted to uphold their oath of office, that being to support and defend the US Constitution and Bill of Rights for all of us, We The People.
Chief of Police, Shane Harger is standing up to defend We The People, I trust that you will stand up to defend and support him. Anything less is unacceptable.
Shane Harger, Chief of Police, Jemez Springs, NM
January 28, 2014 |
For Immediate Release – Resolution Of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association January 24, 2014
Of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association
January 24, 2014
Please print this document and present it to your sheriff for signature and then mail the original:
CSPOA – Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association | PO Box 567 | Higley | AZ | 85236
ST. LOUIS (AP) – With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.
Vera Scroggins, an outspoken opponent of fracking, is legally barred from the new county hospital. Also off-limits, unless Scroggins wants to risk fines and arrest, are the Chinese restaurant where she takes her grandchildren, the supermarkets and drug stores where she shops, the animal shelter where she adopted her Yorkshire terrier, bowling alley, recycling centre, golf club, and lake shore.
In total, 312.5 sq miles are no-go areas for Scroggins under a sweeping court order granted by a local judge that bars her from any properties owned or leased by one of the biggest drillers in the Pennsylvania natural gas rush, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation.
“They might as well have put an ankle bracelet on me with a GPS on it and be able to track me wherever I go,” Scroggins said. “I feel like I am some kind of a prisoner, that my rights have been curtailed, have been restricted.”
A few weeks ago In Pinal County, Arizona a man was shot and killed after leading police on a high speed chase and then seemingly resisting arrest. At the time of the shooting the county Sheriff’s office said, “Officers and deputies attempted to use less lethal means to take him into custody including firing several bean bag rounds and Taser deployments. The suspect refused to obey the commands and suddenly reached back into the vehicle. A deputy felt the suspect was reaching for the gun he reportedly had, so he then fired two rounds.”
Sadly, it seems that the police lied. They apparently did not realize that a nearby bystander was filing the whole thing with his camera phone.
Here’s the video, along with the local news report showing the police seemingly murdering the man on the street.
He was shot after being tased and hit with bean bags, and upon watching the video it seems that he was attempting to surrender.
To make matters worse, the Sheriff made a rather disturbing comment when confronted with the truth about what happened. “I believe even looking at it in those circumstances, if I was a patrol officer and I was forced in that same situation, I would likely have shot him before that deputy shot him,” said Sheriff Paul Babeu. (see below for more info on this Scandalous Sheriff!) “I would likely have shot him before that deputy shot him?” There were several officers there and the only one who felt the need to shoot was the officer who finally fired, but the Sheriff would have killed the guy sooner? It’s an alarming defense of the lie they originally published in their official statement on what happened.
A former police officer who the local news interviewed disagree with the sheriff’s assessment.
“You have multiple police officers on the scene and only one person makes the shot. That tells me that other officers at the scene did not feel there was justification to use deadly physical force,” said Torrez.
Torrez said despite Longoria’s behavior during the chase and initial part of the standoff, the only actions that were central to a decision to shoot, occurred right before the deputy opened fire.
“Officers are taught to look at the hands first and foremost. So if his hands are up in the air, he doesn’t have anything in them. How do they justify using deadly force?” asked Torrez.
It’s a disturbing situation made even more disturbing not only because the fact that the police initially lied about what happened, but also because the officer who shot the suspect was cleared of wrong-doing and back on the job in less than a week.
Our police should be kept to a higher standard than this.
Read more HERE
Agents Are 'Our Neighbors and Friends'...
WHITE HOUSE: Obama didn't know extent of surveillance...
PANEL: Program Hasn't Prevented Any Terrorist Attacks...
'We Are Now a Police State'...
Spies Want Edward Snowden Dead...
President Obama will outline a plan Friday to limit the National Security Agency program that collects records on virtually all phone calls within the United States.
A senior administration official told National Journal that Obama will announce an end to the program “as it currently exists.”
The NSA’s bulk collection of phone records is the most controversial revelation from the leaks by Edward Snowden, and ending the program is the top goal of privacy advocates.
Obama will require the NSA to obtain a court order every time it wants to search through the phone record database, according to the administration official.
Previously, NSA analysts were supposed to have “reasonable, articulable suspicion” that a phone number was associated with terrorism before accessing its call history, but the analysts could perform the search without any court approval.
The administration official said Obama has asked Attorney General Eric Holder and top intelligence officials to come up with a proposal to “preserve the necessary capabilities of the program” without the government holding the phone records.
Privacy advocates have urged the government to give up control over the vast phone database. The president’s review panel also recommended that a private group hold the records.
But privacy advocates would fiercely oppose any mandate requiring telecom companies to maintain the records. And the companies themselves have no interest in new regulatory requirements to oversee the massive database.
The database includes “metadata” such as phone numbers, call times, and call durations—but not the contents of any conversations.
Intelligence officials argue that the program, which they say was authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, is critical for “connecting the dots” and combatting terrorism.
But the president’s own review panel concluded that the program has not been responsible for preventing any terrorist attacks.
“The president believes that the 215 program addresses important capabilities that allow us to counter terrorism, but that we can and should be able to preserve those capabilities while addressing the privacy and civil liberties concerns that are raised by the government holding this metadata,” the administration official said.
Privacy advocates expressed cautious optimism about Obama’s proposal, but noted that the biggest question is whether the government will impose a data retention mandate on the phone companies.
“This is an important first step,” Michelle Richardson, a lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union, said. “We will work to convince them that current corporate data retention practices are sufficient and that new retention regimes are not necessary.”
Greg Nojeim, an attorney for the Center for Democracy and Technology, said the program “needs to be ended, not merely modified.”
“If the President’s endgame is to require telecoms to maintain the data themselves so the NSA can query it, that plan is going nowhere, fast,” he said.
16 Jan 2014 The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents. The untargeted collection and storage of SMS messages — including their contacts — is revealed in a joint investigation between the Guardian and the UK’s Channel 4 News based on material provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The documents also reveal the UK spy agency GCHQ has made use of the NSA database to search the metadata of “untargeted and unwarranted” communications belonging to people in the UK.
title=”http://www.theguardian.com/world/interactive/2014/jan/16/nsa-dishfire-text-messages-documents CTRL + Click to follow link”>NSA Dishfire presentation on text message collection – key extracts
Reminiscent of 1984?
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Protecting Baltimore from a nuclear attack. Homeland Security officials will conduct tests this week that could save lives and they’ll be done from a helicopter flying extremely low over the city.
Meghan McCorkell has more on the testing.
Officials will test for radiation so they can respond more quickly in case of a nuclear or dirty bomb attack.
Eyes to the sky will notice an unusual sight over Baltimore: a massive helicopter flying low overhead.
The chopper—a tool from the National Nuclear Security Administration—has sensors that test for naturally occurring radiation.
“If sometime in the future you have a reason to be looking for something radiological, it’s very necessary to have the original background,” said Joseph Krol, National Nuclear Security Administration.
The chopper will take readings from the air to measure radiation levels on the ground. So if there’s ever a dirty bomb threat in Baltimore, Homeland Security will be able to take to the sky and pinpoint exact communities where radiation levels are abnormal. Then officials on foot may be able to find the bomb more quickly.
Similar testing has already been done in Washington DC and on the west coast with that helicopter flying as low as 150 feet from the ground.
“That is low. That’s like ten stories on a normal building so that’s not very high at all,” said Captain Jeff Long.
Long says the helicopter is much larger and louder than Sky Eye Chopper 13 but the ability to scan the city so quickly in an emergency is vital.
“There’s no faster way to do it. If you’re flying over the city and you don’t have to stop for traffic, you’ve got a clear shot,” Long said.
A clear shot could protect lives in a terror attack.
The tests will take place Wednesday and Thursday. The helicopter will fly over the city periodically for the next few years to continue testing.
On July 5, 2011, tax-mainlining thugs in Fullerton, California, beat, Kelly Thomas, an unarmed, mentally-ill, homeless man to death. The entire murder is documented on the following video. Watch the video and decide for yourself what happened. The struggle starts at about the 15:00 mark.
Today, they were acquitted.
John Barnett, the attorney for one of the killers, had this to say: “These peace officers were doing their job. They had no malice in their heart.”
Be very, very careful when googling “Kelly Thomas”. The pictures you will see will make your stomach do 360s. I have had to block several posts on my Facebook feed this evening. It reminds me of when George Orwell said “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.”
This is not an “isolated incident”. It happens all the time in America. If you don’t believe me, look at this page and this page and this page and this page and this page and many more. Look how the Denver PD beat my good friend James Moore to the point of flat lining in 2008. Google “police brutality”. Go to YouTube and type in “police brutality.” You will never have time to get to all the related articles and videos.
How did this happen? Just like any other aspect of tyranny, it metastasized with the blessing of the American people. Every bad thing that is happening in America has been happening for decades. When you place implicit trust in any governmental entity it inevitably grows out of control. The police are no exception. Those on the political Right, who insist they believe in liberty, had no problem with the police state until the current president took office. They told us again and again that we had to give up some liberty if we wanted to remain safe from drugs, terrorism, etc.
The Bill of Rights is dying because of the failure of the American people to insist that each of these rights be enforced vigorously. (That includes the Third Amendment, which is currently being invoked in this case near Las Vegas.) They remain for the most part ignorant about what these rights mean at the street level. They will moan and groan all day long about what the president is doing but will they ever meet the president? Meanwhile, they remain more ignorant than dog crap about their rights at a traffic stop, let alone their rights and powers should they be called to serve on a jury.
Watch the above video again and tell me what you see. Cops are doing this all over America and getting away with it. We need to be just as outraged by this as we are about the IRS, Obamacare, etc.
“But he must have been doing something wrong.” Fine, then. TELL ME WHAT!
And if the cops can just haul off and kill Kelly Thomas because “he must have been doing something wrong” they can do likewise to you.
Just because one rocks a blue uni and mainlines tax money and donuts does not elevate one above the rest of society. Murder is murder, no matter who does it. And until more people realize this, there is little hope for liberty in America.
We now return to our regularly scheduled twerking.
READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
When a group of anti-war activists broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, on 8 March 1971 they hoped that they would be hitting the bureau’s overweening director, J Edgar Hoover, where it hurt most. They would grab whatever documents they could find and in that way expose the culture of Big Brother illegality that Hoover had created.
The plan went better than they could ever have dreamed. Among a huge stash of confidential documents the group retrieved were secrets about the FBI’s blanket surveillance of the peace and civil rights movement, the tactics of disinformation and deception the bureau used to silence protesters and even an attempt by agents to have Martin Luther King commit suicide.
Yet despite a massive police hunt, into which Hoover threw 200 agents, the perpetrators of that audacious break-in have never been identified. They had carried out the perfect political crime, and got away scot-free.
(CNN) — Seventy seconds: That’s how long a North Carolina family says it took for things to go horribly wrong as they sought police help dealing with their mentally ill son.
Keith Vidal, 18, died Sunday. According to CNN affiliate WECT, he was just shot 1 minute and 10 seconds after a third law enforcement officer showed up at his Brunswick County home.
The three officers all were from different jurisdictions, and family members say that the third officer — who came from a nearby city — turned what had been an improving situation into an unnecessarily aggressive encounter that ended in their son’s death.
“There was no reason to shoot this kid,” the teen’s stepfather, Mark Wilsey, told WECT on Monday. “They killed my son in cold blood. We called for help, and they killed my son.”
OK Yeah – this gives us a good amount of satisfaction! KARMA!
Recent misconduct investigations of deputies of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department included rape, smuggling heroin into jail, stealing money from a narcotics arrest and misuse of a department helicopter, an oversight report details.
The Office of Independent Review’s new report on misconduct investigations pertaining to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) outlined administrative discipline cases resolved through Sept. 30, 2013. The Office of Independent Review (OIR) is a civilian oversight body charged with monitoring LASD’s internal investigations.
Privacy laws do not allow the identities of deputies involved in the summarized misconduct, nor does it include dates of any infractions.
Recently enacted LASD reforms have not made much of a difference on the amount of misconduct, except for excessive use of force in jails, said OIR head Mike Gennaco.
“Unfortunately, the cases are probably the same as far as level of egregiousness,” he said Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
“With regard to jail cases, I know that force is going down, at least in the downtown jails,” Gennaco added. “The fact that there are cameras make it easier to decide whether the conduct was in or out of policy.”
Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers responded with concern over the results of the report, saying the LASD does what it can to avoid such behavior while patrolling the entirety of Los Angeles County.
“When these matters are brought to our attention, we make every effort to investigate them as promptly as possible and take the most appropriate correction action,” he told the Los Angeles Daily News. “This can include retraining, written reprimands, suspensions, demotions, and even discharge.”
Among the major cases detailed by the OIR report:
- A deputy accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a traffic stop in exchange for not arresting her for a suspended license. The District Attorney filed 11 felony counts, from bribery to rape, against the deputy.
- A deputy was arrested by Border Patrol for attempting to smuggle an undocumented person over national lines.
- A LASD employee who pleaded guilty to felony spousal assault and cruelty to a child after assaulting his girlfriend and her children.
- A deputy attempted to smuggle heroin into a court lockup area and deliver it to an inmate via a burrito.
- A deputy left her gun in a backpack in the backseat of her private vehicle. She then offered two youths a ride to their bus stop. One of them mistakenly took her backpack to school instead of his own.
- An LASD employee was suspended after alleged unauthorized use of a department helicopter for non-LASD business and for falsifying time records.
- A sergeant and a station clerk pleaded no contest to grand theft for stealing money from a narcotics investigation.
- A deputy was arrested and convicted of kidnapping, falsely imprisoning and assaulting his ex-girlfriend with a firearm.
- A nursing assistant failed to provide medication to an entire module.
- A group of about half dozen deputies in a kind of gang, known as the “Jump Out Boys,” were discharged for violating “standards expected of members of the Sheriff’s Department and directly contradict our core values,” the OIR said.
- A deputy who was accused of having sexual relationships with inmates and prostitutes resigned in lieu of being discharged.
- A deputy left a male inmate and a female inmate unsecured in a courtroom lockup area. They had sex, with the female inmate becoming pregnant.
“All of us have an absolute obligation to conduct ourselves in a manner that is above reproach and demand the same of those who work within our chains of command,” Assistant Sheriff Rogers said in response to the report. “As supervisors, we must do everything in our power to ensure that our personnel do not engage in conduct that violates the public trust, damages the reputation of the department, or causes irreparable harm to their careers.”
Contributed by RT.com