(Yeah, I pretty much assumed so. Because I SO trust government. – Guffaw)
The Supreme Court was asked in a petition to force the government to disclose the US clandestine plan to disable cell service during emergencies.
The case concerns Standard Operating Procedure 303. A federal appeals court in May said the government did not have to release its full contents because the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows the authorities to withhold records if they would “endanger” public safety.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center told the high court’s justices Tuesday that the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s decision created a new “catchall provision that can be used in any case involving records related to domestic and national security programs.” (PDF)
The privacy group had demanded the documents from the Department of Homeland Security in 2011 following the shuttering of cell service in the San Francisco Bay Area subway system to quell a protest. The Department of Homeland Security refused to divulge the documents associated with SOP 303, which the appeals court described as a “unified voluntary process for the orderly shut-down and restoration of wireless services during critical emergencies such as the threat of radio-activated improvised explosive devices.”
Under the direction of the so-called National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, SOP 303 allows for the shuttering of wireless networks “within a localized area, such as a tunnel or bridge, and within an entire metropolitan area.”
The telecoms have agreed to shutter service when SOP 303 is invoked, but there are no publicly disclosed instances of the measure ever being invoked.
I’m guessing the Internet is included, as well. Guess it’s back to smoke signals for us!
(Is it only me, but did ‘Rule 303’ pop into your head when you read this?)
h/t Ars Technica
(copied in full from my friend Old NFO)
The rest of the story… On how badly BO’s executive orders on gun changes are…
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is moving forward with more gun restrictions under President Obama’s new executive action. The ATF’s latest regulations would affect trusts and legal entities seeking to make or transfer a firearm.
The new rules would define who is the “responsible person” at these organizations that must comply with background check requirements. The current regulations target individuals who apply for guns. But the new rules would expand these regulations to an estimated 231,658 “responsible persons” at these trusts and legal entities. The ATF estimates the rule could cost industry as much as $29 million each year to comply with.
Such trusts have typically been used by collectors, to reduce NFA processing time. This rule change does replace the requirement for prior endorsement by a jurisdiction’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer for transfers to individuals with one for the CLEO to be notified of all NFA transfers.)
The FEDREG link is HERE. The official title is: Machineguns, Destructive Devices and Certain Other Firearms; Background Checks for Responsible Persons of a Trust or Legal Entity With Respect To Making or Transferring a Firearm.
It’s read it and weep time… Pretty much obviates most of the existing trusts. I’m having mine re-written to bring it more in line (if possible) with the new rules.
So, there we have it. Further obfuscation by the Administration with regard to EVERY CITIZEN’S CIVIL RIGHTS.
Can you imagine the outrage if such restrictions had been placed by government fiat on Freedom of the Press or Speech?
I’ve posted numerous times in this blog regarding governmental malfeasance, lying, fraud and other misconduct.
Usually titled ‘I’m Shocked’, coupled with a photo of Claude Raines (as Captain Renault in the film Casablanca). Youngsters, ask your parents – or watch a classic movie once-in-a-while!
Now, we come to THIS report (from Jeffrey in The Feral Irishman):
So the IRS funneled a kickback to a law firm that backed democratic candidates. Microsoft and Congress demanded an investigation and the courts told the IRS to preserve all relevant information. The IRS turns around and deliberately erases a hard drive central to the court ordered data protection. Will anyone see jail time? Will anyone be fired? Will anyone be fined? What’s the penalty for government bureaucrats when they break the law?Another fine example of “one law for THEE and another law for ME”. Read the story HERE.A big Hat/Tip to Alan in Cullman!
As copied (stolen) from Joel:
Oh, good. I was really worried about that.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday that Hillary Clinton would not be indicted over her private email scandal “based on what we know from the Department of Justice.”
And since what we know is that she violated every known or even conceivable law and regulation on the subject of Classified Documents, Handling Of, I guess that’s that.
I’m so shocked that it even went so far. She’s such a sweet little old lady, why can’t those bad men leave her alone?
Also, the obligatory note that if you or I had done a tiny fraction of the bad things this sweet little old lady has done, we’d be in a supermax a long time ago and for a long time to come.
And, reportedly, she ‘apologized’, too!
Seems to me there was some General who did 1/100th of her security violations who is now serving time and paid a huge fine. And many others. But I guess I’m mistaken.
Well, I guess THAT’S over…
And continue to screw with history.
I continue to read about radical Islamists destroying history in the Middle East. And revisionists here at home toppling over (or digging up) and destroying history of the Confederacy.
A Pennsylvania building believed to be the birthplace of the Bill of Rights was partially demolished earlier this month because developers didn’t know the origin of the site.
The building, originally known as the James Bell Tavern, hosted a meeting in 1788 of anti-Federalists opposed to the ratification of the new nation’s Constitution. The group began calling for changes to the document, and their plea was eventually heard when the Bill of Rights was adopted in 1791.
But while several documents from the original 1788 meeting are preserved, and the tavern was initially deemed qualified for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, a formal designation wasn’t sought.
“Whether intentional or by error in 1995, the Bell Tavern was not listed as an historic, protected building on the Township’s Cultural Features Map and Historic Buildings List referred to in our zoning ordinance,” a news release from Silver Spring Township officials said.
That decision proved costly.
So, government stupidity, ineptitude, incompetence, confusion, lack of respect for history, bad judgment, etc., led to the demolishing of the birthplace of the Bill of Rights.
That sounds about right.
Yeah, I’m certain it was just an innocent mistake.
Refresh my memory, which of the First Ten Amendments are still being enforced?
First – no, Second – definitely no, Fourth – no, Fifth – no, Sixth – no, Seventh – no, Eighth – no, Ninth – no, Tenth – no
Third – maybe. The jury is still out on a couple incidents.
(From Brock Townsend)
As Texas officials spar with Obama administration lawyers over refugee resettlement, Amarillo is building Muslim “ghettos.”
Under federal refugee programs, the North Texas town has become home to more than 1,000 Mideast migrants – giving Amarillo the highest refugee ratio in the country.
“Our education system is overloaded with kids who can’t speak English. We have something like 22 languages spoken in our schools,” said William Sumerford, a local taxpayer activist.
City Commissioner Randy Burkett is considering a plan to halt further refugee settlements. But Mayor Paul Harpole isn’t optimistic about the city’s authority to push back.
“We’ve been a giving community, and it’s a huge disservice to bring in refugees in numbers that we’re not able to handle. We create small ghettos,” Harpole told Watchdog.org.More @ Liberty Unyielding
In planning some changes to my blog, I inadvertently hit a wrong button, and it changed!
Of course, now I need to research where I made the error, and make corrections.
And, I’ve an appointment this morning (!) so, off I go!
YES, WE ARE ALMOST DONE.
JUST ONE ELECTION DECIDES OUR FATE….
There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to
create a socialist/communist State. The first is the most important.
5 OF THE 8 ARE DONE – THE LAST 3 ARE ALMOST THERE???
1. Healthcare: “Control Healthcare and you control the People.” DONE!!!
2. Poverty: “Increase the Poverty level as high as possible.” Poor
People are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing
everything for them to live. DONE!!!
3. Debt: “Increase the National Debt to an unsustainable level.” That
way you are able to increase Taxes, and this will produce more Poverty.
4. Gun Control: “Remove the ability to defend themselves from the
Government.” That way you are able to create a Police State – total local
control. ALMOST THERE!!!
5. Welfare: “Take control of every aspect of their lives” (Food, Livestock, Housing, and Income). DONE!!!
6. Education: “Take control of what People read & listen to take control of what Children learn in School.” ALMOST THERE!!!
7. Religion “Remove faith in God from the Government and School.” ALMOST THERE!!!
8. Class Warfare: “Divide the People into the Wealthy against the Poor.
Racially divide.” This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to Tax the Wealthy with full support of the voting Poor. DONE!!!
The bases are all covered! We are ripe for the New World Order.
I’ve no idea where this list originated. I’ve seen similar lists for many years, even before the existence of the Internet. Some purporting to be born of the Communist Party of the United States after WWI (?!)
Regardless, it does appear to be a suitable group of steps necessary for fundamental change from this Constitutional Republic to something progressing past it.
Fundamental change – where have I heard that before?
h/t Boyd & Donna
and good things will happen!
(as posted in full by Peter…)
If you’re a registered voter in the USA, it looks like your personal information has been compromised.
A whitehat hacker has uncovered a database sitting on the Web containing various pieces of personal information related to 191 million American citizens registered to vote. On top of the concomitant problems of disclosing such a significant leak to that many people, no one knows who is actually responsible for the misconfiguration that left the data open to anyone.
Researcher Chris Vickery … has his hands on all 300GB of voter data, which includes names, home addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, party affiliations, and logs of whether or not they had voted in primary or general elections. The data appears to date back to 2000. It does not contain financial data or social security numbers.
. . .
Right now, thanks to someone’s carelessness, it’s free to anyone who can find what Vickery did. That means anyone in the world can find out where a person in the US lives and what political beliefs they may have. If they can find the database, scammers and marketing folk alike will likely benefit most.
There’s more at the link.
I fear that in the age of the Internet, personal privacy has become nothing more than a contradiction in terms . . .