Just in case you missed coverage of this on the news…
(As posted by David Hardy in his blog, with attached commentary, in full…)
Plea in murder of BP Agent Terry, with Fast & Furious gun
POSTED BY DAVID HARDY · 11 AUGUST 2015 07:05 PM
Another perp involved has taken a plea to 30 years’ imprisonment. Another perp also got 30 years, and the guy who bought the guns got under five years.
These are all quite lenient. The gunmen faced the death penalty, and the gun buyer could probably have, too (aiding and abetting the murder makes him guilty of murder). If prosecuted under Arizona law (and they still could be, since the offense broke both State and Federal law), they’d be very likely to get death, and at the very least to get life without parole (“natural life”). I’ve seen killers get the latter for a single murder and one not committed in the course of a plan for violent criminal acts.
We all remember that Aesop Fable.
Fast-forward to today, wherein people are lampooned for worrying about the Jade Helm military exercise.
I wonder why they came to the conclusion there was something malicious about it?
Could it be governmental actions have been less-than-benign now for over 40 years?
- unwarranted airport searches
- unwarranted sobriety checkpoints
- unwarranted vehicle searches for contraband at the borders
- unwarranted personal questioning with regard to citizenship or legal residence
- local police abuse of constitutional rights
- federal agency abuse of constitutional rights
- intelligence agencies spying on American citizens’ cellular telephones, Internet communications, snail mail, conversations and all manner of communication
- intelligence secret ‘courts’ forcing citizens into black ‘prisons’ for interrogation without benefit of counsel or constitutional protections
- military-sanctioned assassinations via drone strikes of U.S. Citizens overseas
- The U.S. Attorney General not ruling out similar actions on U.S. soil
Ad infinitum, ad nauseum
I believe in the Constitutional Republic of The United States of America. Whatever we have been perverted into is not the same nation, however.
It is no wonder that people reflexively want to believe the worst about their government. FEMA concentration camps, contrail poisoning, and Jade Helm are just the tip of the conspiracy theory iceberg.
We need to support a presidential candidate in this next election who proposes dialing back the abuses of the past 40 years.
Of course, if we truly believe in conspiracies, they will be discredited or assassinated before that happens.
Once upon a time…
A friend with breathing and heart issues (mentioned before in these pages) was recommended by their pulmonologist to wear an apparatus whilst sleeping.
To measure whether or not they were getting enough oxygen while they were asleep.
A small device – a wrist watch apparatus connected to a finger tip thingee – much as they use at doctor’s offices and hospitals to measure oxygen absorption. To be worn during a minimum of five hours of sleep.
The machine was delivered, and it was asked it be left outside the door for collection the next day.
A one-night procedure.
And so it came to pass.
A poor night’s sleep ensued.
Including a number of visits to the loo.
Upon awakening, the patient stretched, and a voice was heard emanating from the wrist watch device, “Good morning, XXXXXX!”
This scared the living hell out of the patient, as they thought this was a data collection device and not a surveillance-two way communication device!
Good thing they watched PG-rated television at bedtime, instead of something less of a more adult nature…
Medical surveillance, indeed!
Regular readers may recall I love the TV show Person of Interest. In it, a supercomputer is built, gleaning data about people from all exterior sources, including traffic and surveillance cameras, and calculates if the person so surveilled is either in danger or a danger.
Of course, there is a battle royal between various elements in the government (and, by extension private contractors), as to who is going to have access (in the government) to this data, and what they will do with it.
There is a second computer in the mix, and, of course the computer’s creator and his allies.
I am anxiously awaiting the next season.
Now comes real life (courtesy of Wirecutter)…
From Boston to Beijing, municipalities and governments across the world are pledging billions to create “smart cities”—urban areas covered with Internet-connected devices that control citywide systems, such as transit, and collect data. Although the details can vary, the basic goal is to create super-efficient infrastructure, aid urban planning and improve the well-being of the populace. (yeah, right! – Guffaw)
A byproduct of a tech utopia will be a prodigious amount of data collected on the inhabitants. For instance, at the company I head, we recently undertook an experiment in which some staff volunteered to wear devices around the clock for 10 days. We monitored more than 170 metrics reflecting their daily habits and preferences—including how they slept, where they traveled and how they felt (a fast heart rate and no movement can indicate excitement or stress).
DATA MINING EXTREME!
And you thought the NSA reading your email wherein you mentioned you purchased a pressure-cooker, or watching you do whatever you do while surfing porn was a problem!
Old-Timers will completely get this.
(Youngsters, not as much!) :-)
I remember a time (voice fades out, looking wistfully skyward…)
When a random thought regarding some subject entered my mind, And I wanted to know more about it. So, I checked my bookshelf for dictionaries, encyclopedias and reference books.
If THAT failed…
It was a trip to the public or college library, next chance I got, searching for similar materials and more specific ones about the subject. Later-in-life, as a private investigator, city directories and telephone directories sometimes offered help.
And failing all that, the reference desk librarians.
But, all this took time, legwork and shoe leather. It was what we had.
Since the early 90’s, most of us have had access to The Internet. And now many of the same reference materials are available on line.
More quickly and with less walking.
I wonder what we old-timers will be wistfully thinking about The Internet in 10 or 20 years?
Ain’t technology grand?
Or have we been sucked in to a vortex of uber-surveillance, wherein ‘they’ can watch and record our every movement and action. And what were look for on the ‘net, and where we shop, what we buy, how and where we travel and work? With whom we communicate and associate? What ideas we share?
Of course, the same data was available 25 years ago. But took much more in-person research and surveillance. And time.
And much as we cannot go back to dial-up, we can’t stop this ever-encroaching technology. But we can petition the government to stop abusive information gathering, and limit our exposure – somewhat.
(Puts tin-foil chapeau back on and skulks back into the shadows…)
Brock Townsend (of Free North Carolina) reports and comments…
The Army’s new camouflage uniforms are set to hit store shelves July 1 for beta-testing before being launched in solidarity Jan 2016.
Interestingly enough the new uniform appears to be printed in a woodland-type pattern and almost looks as if it would work perfectly domestically.
Additionally a few new features have been added for functionality.
Soldiers will be able to use the older Operation Enduring Freedom pattern until 2019, according to the Army although the new pattern is preferred.
It’s interesting to note that this new ‘domestic looking pattern’ will be available just before JADE HELM 15 kicks off mid-July.
‘Almost looks’. That may be true, but I’m curious as to whose original opinion this is.
The Texas governor has reportedly mobilized the National Guard to keep the JADE HELM folks under surveillance.
Are some folks over-reacting and fanning the flames, or…?
I really hope none of you thought that total surveillance of everyday Americans was going to stop, or bein any way curtailed.
Earlier this week, we noted that Senator Mitch McConnell, hot off of his huge flop in trying to preserve the NSA’s surveillance powers, had promised to insert the dangerous “cybersecurity” bill CISA directly into the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act). As we discussed, while many have long suspected that CISA (and CISPA before it) were surveillance bills draped in “cybersecurity” clothing, the recent Snowden revelations that the NSA is using Section 702 “upstream” collection for “cybersecurity” issues revealed how CISA would massively expandthe NSA’s ability to warrantlessly wiretap Americans’ communications.
Thankfully, like his PATRIOT Act games from a few weeks ago, this latest McConnell movehas fallen flat. The Senate rejected the attempt by a 40 to 56 vote. So, for now, it looks like the Senate isn’t going to be able to ram CISA through either which is good news.
Still, expect Congress to keep trying. But, each time, it’s important to ask some basic questions: what attacks would this bill actually stop (answer: none). And what laws are currently preventing the supposedly necessary “information sharing” from happening today?
(and here, my friends, is the line…)
Also none. At least as a practical matter, anyway. As with the rest of the permanent bureaucracy that really runs things, they’re going to do whatever they like, and there’s not one damned thing you, I, or anyone else can do about it.
(and how sad is THAT!?)
(Having said that, however, I’m gonna keep trying, however Sisyphean doing do may be!)
CUBA. That bastion of Freedom in the Western Hemisphere, has been removed from the ‘official’ list of those nations known to sponsor terrorism.
And travel restrictions have been lessened.
I wonder what has changed?
And I wonder about all those folks who suffered torture and death under the Fidel/Raul Castro regime? Who are still imprisoned.
And their families, both in Cuba and in The United States.
Of course, we still do mega-business with The People’s Republic of China, and Vietnam.
Perhaps we are just playing catch-up?
This story came across my radar yesterday. Having had and raised a child (until age 12, when she passed) any report of possible child abuse, or unwanted children just makes me sick.
So does government abuse of power.
On May 6th, 2015, Breckinridge Co. Sheriff’s officers came to their home, acting on an anonymous tip, and entered their property and home without a warrant and without probable cause. Nicole was at home with the two oldest children, while Joe was away with the others. When the officers left the home, they attempted to block the access road to the family property. Nicole and the two boys got in their car to leave the family property. The got only a short way down the road before the officers pulled Nicole over.
During this stop, sheriffs deputies took their two oldest boys from Nicole’s custody, providing her no justification or documentation to support their action. Nicole was able to contact Joe briefly by telephone, but only for a short period of time, because she needed to use her phone to record the events.
At that point, Nicole had been taken into custody for disorderly conduct (for not passively allowing the Sheriff to take her boys) and resisting arrest. Even though she is 5 months pregnant, she was slammed belly first into the cop car and bruised and scraped on both arms.
Obviously these people loved their children. But THE STATE decided it knew better how to raise them.
Hitlerjungen comes to mind…
h/t Zerohedge, Freedom Writer’s Publishing