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Feb 16, 2013

infowarsandprisonplanet:

California Cop: A Gun is Not a Defensive Weapon

Infowars.com
February 15, 2013

Earlier this month, California police boss Ken James said as part of the concerted effort to wreck the Second Amendment that guns are not used for self-defense.

“One issue that always boggles my mind is that the idea that a gun is a defensive weapon,” James said. “That is a myth. A gun is not a defensive weapon.”

He then went on to describe how police use guns. “A gun is an offensive weapon used to intimidate and show power. Police officers don’t carry a gun as a defensive weapon to defend themselves or their other officers. They carry a gun to be able to do their job in a safe and effective manner and face any oppositions we may come upon.”

[VIDEO] California police boss Ken James: “Guns are not used for self-defense. That is a myth”

(Source: infowars.com, via occultagendas)

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Feb 09, 2013

disobey:

Top Photo: San Diego, CA — Federal roadblocks and checkpoints are springing up in the zealous search for an ex-LAPD officer suspected of murder. Not only are vehicles being searched without probable cause or a warrant, but 600 homes were searched in Big Bear, CA.

Bottom Photo: Big Bear Lake, CA — California Highway Patrol forcibly search vehicles on the road at gunpoint, as they aggressively search for the ex-LAPD officer accused of murder.

One man, one excuse is all that is needed to suspend innocent people’s rights and impose police state tactics.

(Source: anarcho-queer)

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Dec 25, 2012
Ñ A Very Dark, Sad Poem… “Christmas Now Past” By Meldon Brown

A Very Dark, Sad Poem… “Christmas Now Past”
By Meldon Brown

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hallucihoop:

Electric Sun :: Harmless Prankster

hallucihoop:

Electric Sun :: Harmless Prankster

(via spiritmolecule)

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Nov 04, 2012
Fascism For All ~ Obama followers proudly show their allegiance  [IMAGE]

Fascism For All ~ Obama followers proudly show their allegiance [IMAGE]

(Source: conservativesforboobs)

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Nov 04, 2012
Typical Obama supporter… [IMAGE]

Typical Obama supporter… [IMAGE]

(Source: conservativesforboobs)

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Nov 04, 2012
Nobody’s a Boob with the People’s Cube!

Approved by the Teachers Union!

A model for progressive education reform - No More Failing Grades!

Operating manual included. 

Re-educate your friends, family, and co-workers!

Nobody’s a Boob with the People’s Cube!

Approved by the Teachers Union!

A model for progressive education reform - No More Failing Grades!

Operating manual included.

Re-educate your friends, family, and co-workers!

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Nov 03, 2012

“Ample ink is spilled over debating whether the US media is biased in favor of Republicans or Democrats. It is neither. The overwhelming, driving bias of the US media is subservience to power, whoever happens to be wielding it.”

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Glenn Greenwald

Why I refer to it as the statist media.

(via laliberty)

(Source: laliberty)

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Sep 26, 2012

Florida Court Approves Detaining Motorists at Toll Booth (For Using Cash)

iambinarymind:

9/24/2012 | TheNewspaper.com

US Court of Appeals upholds right of toll road operators to detain drivers for using large denomination currency.

Toll Booth
Motorists can be held indefinitely at toll booths if they pay with large denomination bills, according to a federal appeals court ruling handed down Wednesday. A family of drivers — Joel, Deborah and Robert Chandler — filed suit last year arguing they were effectively being held hostage by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the private contractor in charge of the state’s toll road, Faneuil, Inc.

Under FDOT policies in place at the time, motorists who paid with $50 bills, and occasionally even $5 bills, were not given permission to proceed until the toll collector filled out a “Bill Detection Report” with data about the motorist’s vehicle and details from his driver’s license. Many of those who chose to pay cash did so to avoid the privacy implications of installing a SunPass transponder that recorded their driving habits. They were likewise unwilling to provide personal information to the toll collector, but they had no alternative because the toll barrier would not be raised without compliance. FDOT policy does not allow passengers to exit their vehicle, and backing up is illegal and usually impossible while other cars wait behind. FDOT dropped the Bill Detection Reports in 2010.

A three-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit US Court of Appeals did not buy the argument that these motorist detentions rose to the level of a constitutional violation.

“The fact that a person is not free to leave on his own terms at a given moment, however, does not, by itself, mean that the person has been ‘seized’ within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment,” the court wrote in its unsigned decision. “In Florida, a person’s right and liberty to use a highway is not absolute; it may be regulated in the public interest through reasonable and reasonably executed regulations.”

The judges found it was reasonable for Fanueil to set regulations for use of the road — including the types of acceptable payment. The court decided that drivers implicitly agreed to those conditions by choosing to use the toll road.

“The Chandlers have not alleged that they were forced to pay their tolls with large-denomination bills, thereby subjecting themselves to whatever delay was caused by completion of the Bill Detection Report,” the court ruled. “They chose to pay their toll with large-denomination bills. Nor have they alleged that they asked to withdraw the large report-triggering bill in favor of a smaller delay-free bill and were denied that opportunity.”

The court dismissed the lawsuit in its entirety. A copy of the decision is available in a 100k PDF file at the source link below.

Source: PDF FileChandler v. FDOT (US Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 9/19/2012)

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Sep 11, 2012

50 Reasons to Question the Truth of 9/11

thevocalibertarian:

“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.” – Frank Zappa.


One of the best places to start investigating 9/11 is Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth, where over 1,700 certified architects and engineers prove beyond all doubt that the Twin Towers and Building 7 (not hit by a plane) were destroyed by controlled demolition. Make sure you see there documentaries such as Solving the Mystery of World Trade Center 7, 9/11 Blue Print for Truth and 9/11 Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out.


1) The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST/government) claims that WTC 7 collapsed due to office fires. However, Richard Gage, architect and founder of AE 911 Truth, points out that no steel skyscraper in history has ever collapsed due to such fires. Gage and structural engineers then prove that WTC 7 collapsed into its own foot print symmetrically at free-fall speed, which even NIST admits. For such a collapse to occur, every steel column would need to be cut at the exact same time. “The symmetry [of the collapse] is the smoking gun,” says another engineer.

2) Despite the fact that office fires cannot melt steel, there was plenty of molten steel at WTC 7. How did the steel melt? Numerous professors including Steven Jones and Niels Harrit found evidence of active thermetic material (nano-thermite) in the dust of WTC 7, that is high-tech explosives used to destroy steel structures. Nano-thermite would explain why 9/11 firefighters gave interviews stating that they saw molten metal “like lava, like being in a foundry.” NIST admits that despite nearly 3,000 people being killed in the 9/11 attacks and explosions (squibs) being clearly visible, they “did not test for the presence of explosive residue.” Most of the 9/11 debris were quickly destroyed by the government before they could be properly tested.

3) “Lucky” Larry Silverstein, the leaseholder of the World Trade Center on 9/11, admitted on television that Building 7 was “pulled,” a term associated with controlled demolition. Silverstein obtained insurance policies in July 2001 for his World Trade Center buildings with a face amount of $3.55 billion (less than two months before 9/11). After 9/11, Silverstein sued the insurance companies arguing that two planes were two separate attacks. He eventual won and was awarded up to $4.57 billion, depending on an appraisal that followed. Lucky Larry, who’ office was in the World Trade Center buildings where he admits he was everyday, claimed he wasn’t there on 9/11 because his wife scheduled him a dermatologist appointment that dayand demanded he go. Four of Larry’s employees on the 88th floor weren’t so lucky, nor were their families.

4) Additionally, the BBC and other news outlets reported that Building 7 had collapsed 23 minutes before it actually did. This indicates that the news script had been written with foreknowledge of the demolition.

5)Top US government insider Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik said that Osama Bin Laden died in 2001 of Marfan syndrome and that he was prepared to testify in front of a grand jury that a top general told him directly that 9/11 was a false flag inside job. Pieczenik cannot be dismissed as a “conspiracy theorist”. He served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under three different administrations, Nixon, Ford and Carter, while also working under Reagan and Bush senior, and still works as a consultant for the Department of Defense. A former US Navy Captain, Pieczenik achieved two prestigious Harry C. Solomon Awards at the Harvard Medical School as he simultaneously completed a PhD at MIT.

He is quoted:

“They ran the attacks,” said Pieczenik, specifically naming members of the Bush administration …“I taught stand down and false flag operations at the national war college, I’ve taught it with all my operatives so I knew exactly what was done to the American public,” he added.

6) Pieczenik is not alone as hundreds of senior government officials challenge the official 9/11 story.

7) According to former FBI Special Agent in Charge, Ted Gunderson, 9/11 was an obvious inside job. Witnesses like Jeffrey Smith agree.

8) The authors of the Project for the New American Century’s (PNAC) report entitle Rebuilding America’s Defenses remain unaccountable. In the Report, written one year before 9/11, they state that Americans will not support the military conquest of the Middle East “absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor.”

That Pearl Harbor was 9/11, which served as the pretext for the invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq, and predator drone bombings in Pakistan. PNAC members and/or report signatories include Dick Cheney (Council on Foreign Relations), Elliott Abrams (CFR), Richard Armitage (CFR), Donald Rumsfeld (CFR), Paul Wolfowitz (CFR), Robert Zoellick (CFR), Lewis (Scooter) Libby, William Kristol (CFR), Steve Forbes , John Bolton (CFR), Richard Perle (Bilderberg), and many more.

9) Three months before 9/11, Vice President Dick Cheney usurped control of NORAD, and therefore he alone had the power to call for military aircraft on the hijacked airliners on 9/11. He did not exercise that power until after the World Trade Center and Pentagon were destroyed, when he had Flight 93 shot down. On the contrary, the Secretary of Transportation on 9/11, Norman Mineta, testified that Dick Cheney gave a stand-down order to U.S. air defense on 9/11. Three months after 9/11, Cheney relinquished command of NORAD and returned it to military operation.

10) Dr. Robert Bowman, Lt. Col., USAF, ret., the former head of the Star Wars missile defense program under Presidents Ford and Carter, has gone public to say that the official version of 9/11 is a conspiracy theory and his main suspect for the architect of the attack is Vice President Dick Cheney.

11) Donald Rumsfeld announced that the Pentagon could not account for $2.3 trillion dollars on September 10, 2001. The next day, the story was conveniently lost in the news of the 9/11 attacks.

12) A number of top pentagon officials and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown were warned not to fly into New York on the morning of 9/11. Why didn’t the people on the targeted planes get the same warnings?

The FBI had foreknowledge of the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing and refused to stop it. Their informant wanted to replace the live bomb with a fake but the FBI then removed him from the case. The informant felt he was being set-up by the FBI and taped his conversations with the agents. The bombing killed six people and injured over 1,000.
13) A special backup network that allows communications between government and military agencies to continue during emergencies was “miraculously” switched on the day before 9/11, and so was already operational when the terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon took place. The Special Routing Arrangement Service (SRAS) was, for reasons unknown, turned on for “exercise mode” on September 10, 2001, and was therefore ready to be utilized the following day, when there was a national emergency like that for which it was intended.

14) Governments, including the U.S. government, admit they engage in false flag terror like Operation Northwoods, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, Operation Glaudio, Pearl Harbor, 1993 World Trade Center, Oklahoma City, USS Liberty, Christmas Day event, 7/7, and the list includes every major event leading to war.

15) Al-Qaeda is nothing more than a database of mercenary fighters trained and funded by the Pentagon and CIA. In 1979, al Qaeda, in the form of the Mujahedeen / Taliban, was America’s secret weapon in Operation Cyclone. While rallying the public behind a war in Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11, the Bush Administration clandestinely let members of the bin Laden family quietly fly out of the United States, even while all other flights were grounded. It would be revealed in articles about the “Airlift of Evil,” that U.S. forces also covertly exported Taliban forces from Afghanistan to Pakistan to protect them from defeat after 9/11.

16) Even Globalist Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, admits that Al Qaeda was created and funded by the U.S.

17) Al Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki was claimed to be the first American on the CIA’s kill or capture list, but he was also a lunch guest of military brass at the Pentagon within months after 9/11. According to Army Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer, Al-Awlaki was a triple-agent and FBI asset prior to 9/11.

18) Additionally, many of the alleged 9/11 hijackers are “alive and well.” “The reason why 9/11 was not mentioned on Osama Bin Laden’s most wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11,” said Rex Tomb, Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI.

19) Al Qaeda is still funded and supported by the U.S. and NATO for the purpose of destabilizing Libya and Syria with help from British SAS troopers.

20) Even the BBC admits that Al Qaeda does not really exist as we have been told it does.

21) The alleged 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, only confessed after being waterboarding (tortured) 183 times during March of 2003. Mohammed’s was also told that his children would be harmed and even confessed to murdering journalist Daniel Peale, despite the fact that he clearly did not commit that murder.

22)The story of the Navy Seal Team 6 raid that allegedly killed Bin Laden is also an obvious fraud. Maybe that’s why Seal Team 6 soldiers allegedly died in a helicopter crash weeks after the fabled raid.

23) Abundant evidence links Israeli intelligence agencies to 9/11. Of the 90 or so detained Israelis after 9/11, there was a group of five Israelis, now widely known as the “dancing Israelis“, who were spotted in multiple locations filming, and celebrating the attacks. The men were detained by NYPD. The police and FBI field agents became very suspicious when they found maps of the city with certain places highlighted, box cutters (the same items that the hijackers supposedly used), $4,700 cash stuffed in a sock, and foreign passports. The dancing Israelis later appeared on an Israeli talk show and claimed to be “documenting the event”. Witnesses reported they were set up PRIOR to the first plane strike, and were seen congratulating one another afterward. The five jubilant Israelis were also seen photographing one another.

24) FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, was dismissed and gagged by the D.O.J. after she revealed that the government had foreknowledge of plans to attack American cities using planes as bombs as early as April 2001. In July of ’09, Edmonds broke the Federal gag order and went public to reveal that Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda and the Taliban were all working for and with the C.I.A. up until the day of 9/11.

25) Former CIA officials admitted to faking a Bin Laden video.

26) The 9/11 Commission Report is a 571 Page Lie that omits WTC Building 7. Documents reveal that the government warned the 9/11 Commission against getting to the bottom of the September 11 terror attacks in a letter signed by Attorney General John Ashcroft, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and CIA Director George J. Tenet. Additionally, Bush and Cheney refused to appear before the Commission separately and both refused to testify under oath, instead meeting with panel members informally and in private, with no recordings of the meeting allowed.

27) The senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission, John Farmer, said that the government agreed not to tell the truth about 9/11. Senator Max Cleland, resigned from the 9/11 Commission after calling it a “national scandal.” Cleland also said, “One of these days we will have to get the full story because the 9-11 issue is so important to America. But this White House wants to cover it up.”

28) 9/11 Commissioner Bob Kerry said, “There are ample reasons to suspect that there may be some alternative to what we outlined in our version,” Kerry said. The commission had limited time and limited resources to pursue its investigation, and its access to key documents and witnesses was fettered by the administration.” 9/11 Commissioner Tim Roemer, stated that Commission members were considering a criminal probe of false statements. As quoted, “We were extremely frustrated with the false statements we were getting.”

29) Drills such as “Vigilant Guardian” were being run during the 9/11 attacks which confused U.S. NORAD (air defense) personnel and pilots. London underground bombing ‘exercises’ also took place at the same time of the 7/7 terror attacks. Police sources confirmed that hours before Anders Behring Breivik launched his deadly attack at a political summer camp on Utøya island on July 22, police had conducted a drill for a “practically identical scenario.” The chance that drills would be going at the same time and in the same locations as the actual attacks is statistically impossible for one event, let alone all three of them.

30) 9/11 served as the justification for the invasion of Afghanistan, where U.S. troops guard and support the opium trade. As of 2010, estimates state that 19,629 Afghans were killed and 48,644 injured due to the invasion. Ninety-two percent of Afghans have never even heard of 9/11.

31) 9/11 served as the justification for the invasion of Iraq, where British Petroleum and Halliburton increased their profits. Despite having no connection to 9/11, as of 2010, estimates state that 900,338 Iraqis have been killed, 1,690,903 injured and millions displaced.

32) Many people were deceived into joining the military to avenge 9/11 by invading Afghanistan and Iraq. As of August 20, 2011, there have been 2,689 coalition troop deaths in Afghanistan and 4,792 in Iraq. It is estimated that over 100,000 coalition troops have been wounded, with many loosing limbs. One American soldier commits suicide every day.

33) Pat Tillmanwanted to tell you truth but “friendly fire” shot him in the three times from just thirty feet away.

As far back as March 2003, immediately after the invasion, Tillman famously told his comrade Spc. Russell Baer, “You know, this war is so fucking illegal,” and urged his entire platoon to vote against Bush in the 2004 election. Far from the gung-ho gruff stereotype attributed to him, Tillman was actually a fiercely intellectual man with the courage of his convictions firmly in place.

34) Dozens of documentaries have obliterated the official 9/11 story.

35) On the morning of 9/11, George W. Bush, Sr. attended a Carlyle Group meeting that Bin Laden’s Brother, Shafig bin Laden, also attended. The Bush and Bin Laden families both invested in the Carlyle Group, which is one of the world’s largest defense contractors and profited greatly from 9/11 and the War on Terror. In October 1997 Carlyle acquired United Defense Industries.

36)Solicitor General Ted Olson’s claim that his wife Barbara Olsen called him twice from Flight 77, describing hijackers with box cutters, was a central plank of the official 9/11 story. However, the technology to enable cell phone calls from high-altitude airline flights was not created until 2004. American Airlines confirmed that Flight 77 was a Boeing 757 and that this plane did not have airplane phones on board. According to the FBI, Barbara Olsen attempted to call her husband only once and the call failed to connect.

37) On October 22, 2008, Yukihisa Fujita, Congressman for the Democratic Party of Japan made a 20-minute speech on the floor of the Japanese Diet or House of Representatives. For the third time that year he directly questioned the official version of 9/11.

38) On September 11, 2001 at around 10am, a giant white plane was seen and filmed over restricted airspace near the White House. The aircraft, later identified as an E-4B modified Boeing 747-200, has never been officially explained and was completely left out of the now infamous 9/11 Commission Report like Building 7.

39) Five days after the 9/11 attack, Christie Todd Whitman, then head of the Environmental Protection Agency, stated that the ground zero air was safe to breathe. However, the EPA’s own Office of the Inspector General later revealed that this was an outright lie as Asbestos levels were known to be three times higher than national standards.

40) The following individuals have written books and stand to profit from their tales of 9/11: George W. Bush (CFR), Tony Blair (Bilderberg), Dick Cheney (CFR), John Yoo (CFR), Donald Rumsfeld (CFR), John Ashcroft (CFR), Tom Ridge (CFR), Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell (who provided the United Nations with false information to justify the invasion of Iraq after 9/11), and John Bolton (CFR – W. Bush’s Ambassador to the United Nations), Karl Rove, former U.S. Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff (CFR – who invests in defense contractors and airport naked body scanner manufacturer Rapiscan), and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (CFR).

41) The following individuals have been convicted of war crimes: President George W. Bush and his associates namely Richard Cheney, former U.S. Vice President, Donald Rumsfeld, former Defence Secretary, Alberto Gonzales, then Counsel to President Bush, David Addington, then General Counsel to the Vice-President, William Haynes II, then General Counsel to Secretary of Defence, Jay Bybee, then Assistant Attorney General, and John Choon Yoo, former Deputy Assistant Attorney-General.

42) Cass Sunstein, the administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, considers individual who doubt government propaganda national security threats. He has outlined plans for the government to infiltrate “conspiracy groups”, including the 9/11 Truth Movement, in order to undermine them via postings on chat rooms and social networks, as well as real meetings. On page 14 of Sunstein’s January 2008 white paper entitled “Conspiracy Theories,” he proposed that “under imaginable conditions” the government “might ban conspiracy theorizing” and could “impose some kind of tax, financial or otherwise, on those who disseminate such theories.” In effect, Obama’s information czar wants to tax or ban outright, as in make illegal, opinions and ideas that the government doesn’t approve of. COINTELPRO was used against Martin Luther King Jr. and “almost all groups protesting the Vietnam War.”


43) The threat of real terrorism (not government sponsored) is a total fraud. More Americans civilians die from intestinal illness than from terrorism. Figures collected in a study clearly show that Americans are just as likely, or more likely, to be killed by accident-causing deer or severe allergic reactions to peanuts than they are in terrorist attacks.

44) The homeland security apparatus that was created after 9/11 to allegedly monitor foreign terrorists has now been turned inward, with Homeland Security focused on “domestic terror threats.” Such threats include returning U.S. war veterans, libertarians, opposition to the private Federal Reserve banking cartel, and constitutionalists.

45)Despite the contents of this article, the mainstream corporate media continues to state that there is “no evidence” casting doubt on the government’s 9/11 story. Skewed or outright fake polls are often cited while polls showing that the majority doubts the official 9/11 story are ignored. By refusing to report powerful evidence clearly demonstrating that 9/11 was a false flag event using controlled demolition, it can be argued that the corporate media is aiding and abetting terrorists, thereby becoming accessories to 9/11 and the subsequent wars and deaths.

46) 9/11 First Responders – including police, fire fighters, EMTs and others– were barred from attending the ceremony commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Instead, warmongering politicians including Obama and George W. Bush will grandstand at Ground Zero.

47) 9/11 served as the justification for the Constitution-shredding Patriot Act, warrantless-wiretaps of U.S. citizens, indefinite detention under the NDAA, FEMA Camps and other devastating attacks on unalienable rights. It was also used to justify torture of those that allegedly fought against U.S. invasions of their countries and possibly even their children.

48)After 9/11, Homeland Security imposed unpopular TSA naked body scanners and groping pat-downs on travelers and their children. In addition to conditioning the public to accept warrantless searches at airports, the DHS has rolled out checkpoints, mobile x-ray vans on public streets & highways, on trains, buses and boats, as well as at sport stadiums, hotels and shopping malls and beyond. Whistle blower Russell Tice revealed that the NSA is spying on Americans without warrants and building a database of everyone. Likewise, Mark Klein revealed that AT&T is working with the government to monitor all internet activity and emails.

49) For at least 15 years, the police, military and foreign troops have been practicing rounding up Americans and placing them in concentration camps with drills such as Urban Warrior. Relocating children under the guise of an emergency has also been practiced. The FEMA camps have been activated.

50) The criminals that planned and executed 9/11 have ordered approximately 1.4 billon rounds of hollow-point ammunition year-to-date (hollow-points not for target practice but for maximum damage) for Homeland Security (for domestic use, not the military). What is this ammo for? The criminals have their martial law plans in place. They are even developing robots to hunt down political dissidents. When they pull their next false flag, will you be fooled again or can you handle Rex 84 and 9/11 truth?


“A time comes when silence is betrayal.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

(Source: thefreelioness, via enemyofthestatist)

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A Film to End All Wars! (2008) by Richard Grove - Tragedy and Hope on Blip

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The Iron Fist in Tampa - All Dissent Must Be Crushed

As the Republican convention-goers gather in Tampa, Florida, the Republican party Establishment is eager to crush any public expressions of dissent — both inside and outside the convention hall.

Inside, efforts are underway to make it impossible for delegates pledged to antiwar libertarian Ron Paul to place their candidate in nomination — an effort the Huffington Post deems a “defense” against Paulian “shenanigans.” Party rules say officially-recognized candidates must have pluralities of delegates in at least five states: however, at a recent Republican National Committee meeting, Texas committeeman John Ryder moved to increase the number of states to ten — just to make sure Paul doesn’t make the grade. Disdaining convention floor fights as “the residue of the 19thcentury,” Ryder averred it is time to “streamline” the process by which the GOP nominates its standard-bearer. Ryder claimed that he wanted to eliminate “distractions” at the Republican convention:

“Unless you’ve got a real contest, where you have two candidates or three candidates who actually have a mathematical chance of winning, then why do we want to go through the exercise?”

I have a better idea: since polls are showing Mitt Romney being soundly beaten by our incumbent President, why don’t’ we just dispense with these pesky elections — which are, after all, just part of the residue from the 18th century — and declare Barack Obama the winner? That way, we can save time, energy, and taxpayers’ money — because, after all, the taxpayers are footing the bill for Mitt’s coronation, just as they are for the Democrats. Think of it as a Republican budget-cutting plan — the Ryder plan.

To the Republican party Establishment — and much of the rank-and-file activists — political debate is a “distraction” from what really matters in politics, which is seizing power. As for the rules governing the political process — they can be changed at a moment’s notice, and bent any which way, in order to facilitate this seizure. Ron Paul’s supporters in the GOP learned that the hard way, as the Romneyites used their control of the party bureaucracy at the state and national levels to retroactively change the rules in order to unseat duly elected Paul delegates. In Maine, Massachusetts,Louisiana, Oregon, Oklahoma, and elsewhere, the party bosses have disenfranchised Paul voters — closing down party caucuses, rejecting as delegates anyone under 50, and calling the cops when all else failed. And while Ryder’s rule change failed — thanks to RNC’er Morton Blackwell — the Romney people did sneak in an amendment that would require delegates to state in writing who they intend to vote for on the convention floor at least one hour before the vote.

This is something not even the Communist Party of the Soviet Union required, and is unheard of even in Red China. The reason for the new rule is obvious: to alert the Romneyites to impending displays of public dissent. This will give them time to isolate the dissenters, strip them of their delegate credentials, and unceremoniously haul them out of the convention, preferably in handcuffs, while the cameras roll.

On the outside, it looks even more grim: aside from the fact that a major hurricane is reportedly headed straight for Tampa — in which case the whole thing is apt to be cancelled — preparations are underway for mass arrests: they’re emptying out the local jail to make room for all the protesters, who have been duly warned, in a letter posted by the local top cop on the county web site:

“To the agitators and anarchists who want only to bring a dark cloud to this event, let me be clear: criminal activity and civil disturbances will not be tolerated and enforcement actions will be swift.”

What political convention would be complete without an Anarchist Scare? The feds are warning us about “anarchist extremists” plotting to use “acid-filled eggs” and other infernal devices to disrupt the smooth flow of the expected in Tampa. And Fox News “reports”:

“On Tuesday, Tampa police confiscated bricks and pipes found on a rooftop several blocks away from the site of the Republican convention. Graffiti associated with the anarchist movement was also found. Castor called the discovery “disconcerting but … not surprising.”

Bricks, old pipes, and graffiti — on an urban rooftop? Why, it’s unheard of! Surely this is evidence of a criminal conspiracy of unprecedented proportions. I’m surprised the Governor hasn’t called out the National Guard. Although I’m not at all sure how those “acid-filled eggs” are supposed to work: wouldn’t the acid eat away the egg before it’s thrown? Perhaps I’d better look up the recipe in my autographed copy of The Anarchists’ Cookbook.

The idea that this convention is part of the “democratic” process is a joke: it is no more free and open than an old-style Soviet party convention. What’s going on in Tampa is the culmination of a process that has nothing to do with democracy, and everything to do with legitimizing the control of party bosses, corporate interests, and, most important of all, the War Party over the nominating process and the two-party duopoly. 

The extraordinary hostility of the GOP hierarchy to Ron Paul and his supporters hardly comes as a shock: Paul is, after all, the single most trenchant critic of our interventionist foreign policy since William Jennings Bryan, and he is the War Party’s deadly enemy. To the servitors of the military-industrial complex, the foreign lobbyists, and would-be Napoleons of the neocon persuasion who hold the reins of power in the GOP, he is the Devil Incarnate. So unwelcome is Paul’s presence that I doubt they’ll even allow him on the convention floor, even given that his more pliable son is one of the speakers. And you can bet Rand Paul’s speech will be vetted under a magnifying glass well in advance: these are people who hate surprises.

by Justin Raimondo, August 24, 2012 —Antiwar.com — Read More

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Ñ It’s Legal: Cops Seize iPhone, Impersonate Owner - Court Rules:  Sending Texts Using Seized Phone Doesn’t Violate Privacy Rights.

It’s Legal: Cops Seize iPhone, Impersonate Owner - Court Rules: Sending Texts Using Seized Phone Doesn’t Violate Privacy Rights.

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