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DHS Has A Secret Plan To Disable Cell Phones During “Emergencies”

(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

It’s A Trust Issue

(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?

Sickening.

I Am No Longer Shocked

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):

Great Tips For Your Next Infernal Revulsion Service Audit!

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!
Between the ongoing crimes of Mrs. Clinton, the Administration and the above, I am no longer shocked.
Just disgusted.
P.S. – How do these people sleep at night?  If I make a mistake (and believe me, I make a bunch!) I’m usually quick to own up to it because the guilt and shame overtake me, otherwise.  Are they just shameless, or downright evil?

 

 

This Is My Shocked Face

eyeroll

As copied (stolen) from Joel:

Oh, good. I was really worried about that.

White House: Clinton Will Not Be Indicted Over Emails ‘Based on What We Know’

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…

Pave Paradise, And Put Up A Parking Lot

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.

Now this:

A building where the Bill of Rights is believed to have been born was partially demolished. 

 Fox- 

A building where the Bill of Rights is believed to have been born was partially demolished.

It was a historic mistake.

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.

more

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.

Read more at http://iotwreport.com/the-symbolism-is-not-lost-on-me/#ppLZSfPFDJfkyVMB.99

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.

h/t Wirecutter

How Does One Say “Amarillo” In Arabic?

“Dearborn”?

(From Brock Townsend)

Texas city overrun with warring tribes (and we’re not just talking Crips and Bloods)

Via Michael

The YMCA in Amarillo (credit: AP)

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.

Attention government – Do you yet have a CLUE?

Apologies…

In planning some changes to my blog, I inadvertently hit a wrong button, and it changed!

Sigh.

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!

Later.

New World Order?

YES, WE ARE ALMOST DONE.
JUST ONE ELECTION DECIDES OUR FATE….
ALMOST THERE


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.
DONE!!!
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

Warts And All…

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY TO THINK ABOUT…….December 29, 2015 marks the 125th Anniversary of the murder of 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. These 297 people, in their winter camp, were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection”. The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms. The Calvary began shooting, and managed to wipe out the entire camp. 200 of the 297 victims were women and children. About 40 members of the 7th Cavalry were killed, but over half of them were victims of fratricide from the Hotchkiss guns of their overzealous comrades-in-arms.

TWENTY members of the 7th Cavalry’s death squad, were deemed “National Heroes” and were awarded the Medal of Honor for their acts of [cowardice] heroism.

We hear very little of Wounded Knee today. It is usually not mentioned in our history classes or books. What little that does exist about Wounded Knee is normally a sanitized “Official Government Explanation”. And there are several historically inaccurate depictions of the events leading up to the massacre, which appear in movie scripts and are not the least bit representative of the actual events that took place that day.

Wounded Knee was among the first federally backed gun confiscation attempts in United States history. It ended in the senseless murder of 297 people.

Before you jump on the emotionally charged bandwagon for gun-control, take a moment to reflect on the real purpose of the Second Amendment, the right of the people to take up arms in defense of themselves, their families, and property in the face of invading armies or an oppressive government. The argument that the Second Amendment only applies to hunting and target shooting is asinine. When the United States Constitution was drafted, “hunting” was an everyday chore carried out by men and women to put meat on the table each night, and “target shooting” was an unheard of concept. Musket balls were a precious commodity and were certainly not wasted on “target shooting”. The Second Amendment was written by people who fled oppressive and tyrannical regimes in Europe, and it refers to the right of American citizens to be armed for defensive purposes, should such tyranny arise in the United States.

As time goes forward, the average citizen in the United States continually loses little chunks of personal freedom or “liberty”. Far too many times, unjust gun control bills were passed and signed into law under the guise of “for your safety” or “for protection”. The Patriot Act signed into law by G.W. Bush, was expanded and continues under Barack Obama. It is just one of many examples of American citizens being stripped of their rights and privacy for “safety”. Now, the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is on the table, and will, most likely be attacked to facilitate the path for the removal of our firearms, all in the name of “our safety”.

Before any American citizen blindly accepts whatever new firearms legislation that is about to be doled out, they should stop and think about something for just one minute-
Evil does exist in our world. It always has and always will. Throughout history evil people have committed evil acts. In the Bible one of the first stories is that of Cain killing Abel. We can not legislate “evil” into extinction. Good people will abide by the law, and the criminal element will always find a way around it.

Evil exists all around us, but looking back at the historical record of the past 200 years, across the globe, where is “evil” and “malevolence” most often found? In the hands of those with the power, the governments. That greatest human tragedies on record and the largest loss of innocent human life can be attributed to governments. Who do the governments always target? “Scapegoats” and “enemies” within their own borders…but only after they have been disarmed to the point where they are no longer a threat. Ask any Native American, and they will tell you it was inferior technology and lack of arms that contributed to their demise. Ask any Armenian why it was so easy for the Turks to exterminate millions of them, and they will answer “We were disarmed before it happened”. Ask any Jew what Hitler’s first step prior to the mass murders of the Holocaust was- confiscation of firearms from the people.

Wounded Knee is the prime example of why the Second Amendment exists, and why we should vehemently resist any attempts to infringe on our Rights to Bear Arms. Without the Second Amendment we will be totally stripped of any ability to defend ourselves and our families.

As horrific as this, and other injustices were (are?), I still believe in The Constitutional Republic of The United States.
Warts and all.
The people who keep bring up past injustices to inflame the populus to change it to a more perfect Union are clueless.
We have the means to enable such change – through the voting box, or perhaps more extreme?
God Save The United States of America!
h/t Boyd & Donna

Register To Vote!

and good things will happen!

(as posted in full by Peter…)

So much for privacy . . .

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 . . .

Peter

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…

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