Thank You

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Hey folks! DEO here! Greater Cleveland Cop Block.

I just want to say thank you to our supporters. As you may or may not know, Pete Eyre was recently in Cleveland to spend some time with me to get to know what  I am working with around here. There is video up of our adventures in Parma, and soon there will be some of our time in Cleveland.

We had our second annual Cleveland meet up which Doug Brown of Cleveland scene magazine was invited to attend. If you do not know, what he wrote isn’t exactly flattering. To be fair to Scene magazine, there is an accompanying podcast that says a lot more about the situation than the article represents – although it’s easy to misconstrue the article if you do not have the podcast to back it up. I will post links to everything here, as transparency is our motto. Fuck with that, it’s our peril. The first thing I saw was the pictures. and man can that boy take pictures! He has the most beautiful camera! I am certainly jealous of it!!

Pictures of Cop Block in downtown Cleveland

Now I hadn’t seen the article yet, but I had noticed the line, “The obnoxious antics of the activists of Cop Block.” I thought, “Obnoxious antics? That don’t sound too good!” Then, I saw the high quality pictures and was kind of blown away. The cake looks beautiful, doesn’t it? But then I read the article!

I was shocked to say the least. I thought this man was out there to further the cause, not to do a hatchet job on us!

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Freedom trolls? What does that mean? Then I thought about it a minute and a good friend of mine said, “FREEDOM TROLLS UNITE!” I thought, “HELL YEAH! WHERE MY FREEDOM TROLLS AT!?” It wasn’t until later in the day that I found and listened to the podcast where Doug Brown goes into the fact that SOME of us may be obnoxious, but it’s worse if we are not allowed to be out there at all, which I have to give credit for!

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After hearing that, I thought maybe it’s not so bad. Pete certainly cheered me up by posting his video of us in Parma! Thanks for that buddy! Then, the capper! I awoke to see this journalistic tongue lashing from one magazine to another!

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THANK YOU, REASON MAGAZINE! After reading this, I became a very content Greater Cleveland Cop Block madman admin! I can’t help but smile as I watch Greater Cleveland Cop Block grow by the hour as the steady stream of likes for our page, and views of our videos, ding in my head.

DING! 515 likes! DING! 516! DING! 517! 518! 519! 520! DING, DING, DING!

So, I’d like to thank Scene and Reason for the press! I’d like to thank personally and publicly Johnny Gold Attorney at law for the camera. Greater Cleveland Cop Block videos are about to get really good, really soon! And, as always, Cop Block, without whom I’d still cowering from bully police men.
Note: In response to Scene’s article, I’d like to point out that some of the facts are a little mixed up.

#1: Jacob went limp in response to a cop who was growing visibly frustrated with being filmed by 9 cameras at once! The cop grabbed at Jacob’s camera and he went limp. The cop then tried to grab for Aaron and he told him not to touch him. Jacob did not go limp as a response to being blinded by a light.

#2: I was not filming initially when the woman was hit or whatever. I saw nothing except a woman on the ground injured. I was directing traffic so the Cleveland idiots did not hit her, because they didn’t care there was someone in the street, all they knew is they wanted to make a left!

#3: The hose and buggy man knew EXACTLY why we were there and offered us free rides because of what we do, not because he thought we were out there to help the cops catch bad guys! He knew we were there to watch the cops. He said to me, “I appreciate you guys being down here. No one wants to come downtown to be beat by the cops!” Or words to that effect. I am looking for video of the horse and buggy guy to see if that exchange is on video. I wasn’t filming that at the time so I personally don’t have it on video but others were filming.

#4: I was not just arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. I had a pocket knife on me and this story is well documented here on Cop Block. I was arrested for making people aware of a checkpoint. It was my first Cop Block and I was alone! If I had a camera worth a shit on at the time, the outcome would have been VERY different. They wanted me out of their way and Officer Ogrady of the Parma Police Department used my pocket knife as an excuse to get me out of the way. My attitude stems from the fact that, that is NOT going to fucking happen again! I WILL NOT BE CAUGHT WITHOUT A CAMERA EVER AGAIN!

I will be putting together video of that night that will show some of these things for what they are!

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Ford Capitalizes on Police State

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

When a product used by the few to oppress the many is openly marketed it speaks to the level of control the few believe they have in the conversation. In this case – vehicles made by Ford only for use by police employees.

Currently a parasitic group of people claim the right to steal from another group of people who did nothing wrong, under the guise of “justice.” That same band of thieves also claims the ability to assign special rights to their friends, who associate under a fictitious entity called a corporation.

That perverse relationship – between those who rely on what Albert J. Nock called the political means and those who curry favor – are the rotten ingredients in the supply of what, only in an Orwellian world, can be deemed “protection.”

How do you feel when traveling and you see in your rearview mirror a road pirate? Thankful? Or apprehensive?

How do you refer to someone who shakes you down, despite the fact that your actions harmed no one else? Is that person an “authority”? What have they done to earn your authority? Might it be more accurate to use plain language – (i.e. a thief, or an aggressor) to describe such a person?

Consider the question posed in a Storm Clouds Gathering video: How would folks in Times Square react were Napolean Bonaparte to show up today and order them around? Clearly, no one is obligated to obey Bonaparte, just as none of us are obligated to obey any self-proclaimed ruler today. Fancy titles are just that – pomp.

It’s the ideas – the divisiveness and fear that these individuals and the statist quo draws its sustenance – that must be uprooted. If not, the paradigm that has Lenco Bearcats and MRAPs in small towns “just in case,” will become even more entrenched, and will set the stage for more institutionalized inequality.

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I’ve heard people vilify IBM for involvement with another criminal outfit in the 1940s. But I’ve not heard those same people decry Ford, for pandering to the police state apparatus by creating and marketing the Police Interceptor, though admittedly some do lambast companies like Navistar, BAE, International, General Dyanmics, and Oshkosh Corp., who together, made over 27,000 MRAPs.

Do you work at one of those places? Do you know someone who does? If “just doing my job” isn’t acceptable for someone wearing a police employee costume, it seems to me that’s just as true for anyone else.

The solution is simple. Withdraw your consent from that which you find distasteful. Stop calling 911, stop pledging allegiance, stop acting as a cog in the machine and allow its own friction to take course. Become more self-sustainable. Acquire goods and services needed and wanted via consensual interactions. Trust in yourself.

We’re getting there, one mind at a time. As Henry David Thoreau put-forth in 1849:

I heartily accept the motto, ‘That government is best which governs least’; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe- ‘That government is best which governs not at all’; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.

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Accountability Through Transparency Video Contest

Monday, April 21st, 2014

60-second overview:

The police do not police themselves. People are still being wronged despite the introduction of dash-mounted cameras, and the adoption of police-worn body cams is no different. To ensure a record of the truth of police interactions exists, and is accessible, we each need to film.

That’s why we’re happy to announce the Accountability Through Transparency Video Contest – the winner of which will receive a pair of Pivothead Sunglasses!

By documenting and publishing police encounters – both good and bad – transparency and common sense have a better chance of prevailing while empowering others to exercise their rights and hold public servants accountable for their actions.

It is important to stand against injustice at every iteration, no matter how slight (a police employee parking in a “no parking” zone). Failure to do that establishes a new norm, and the rights-violations become more frequent and severe (the brutal killing of someone for not obeying an arbitrary command).

Who watches the self-proclaimed watchers involved with the coercive monopoly called policing? We each do, and together, we are the network that is bringing positive change and a better reality.

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CONTEST DETAILS

  1. Document (with a camera) a police employee exhibiting double standards or the standards we expect them to live up to. This could be done while on foot, during a vehicle stop, while submitting an Open Records request, etc.
  2. Upload your video to your Youtube channel
  3. Fill out the form below by the deadline of midnight EST May 23, 2014
  4. The winner, chosen by contest sponsors, will be notified by email and the Pivothead sunglasses will be shipped once a mailing address is received.
  5. Video content received may be shared to any of the sponsor sites. Your email – just to be explicit – will not be publicly shared.

Questions emailed or left as a comment that you may too be wondering about:

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A. Yes.

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200 lb Men Only Grab 100 lb Girls Like That Because They Like It

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

This post was shared via CopBlock.org’s submit page by a woman who prefers to remain anonymous.

Date of Interaction: March 13, 2o14
Police Employees Involved: Kevin Corbett, Jose Aljandro
Police Employee Information: Loveland Ohio Police Department

Apparently cops don’t give tickets for possession on the spot anymore. My warrant was issued a week after being caught, and five minutes later the local cop was ripping me out of my house in my socks with no coat and no explanation. I’ve been bullied by this entitled, power hungry cop before in normal routine traffic stops – traffic stops including sitting in my friends/co-workers driveway.

I am a mother, a business owner – not a crack head or junkie. I happen to smoke medicinal marijuana. The police force is making as much money as they can with task forces before it goes legal.

The officer explains to me that I can’t possibly be working because my normal work-from-home attire is not something he considers appropriate.

Okay, possession is possession. I will take my punishment. What I won’t take is a 200 lb man giving me bruises and making me look like a battered woman. This man has no business ever being in a position of power. He is no different than any other abusive man I’ve come in contact with – entitled and controlling! It oozes out of him and it’s disgusting.

Please get this man off the street! I have respect for the police department. I even have family in the biz. No, I was not resisting! How could I? Two 200 lb men vs. one 100 lb girl. I’m scared to death of retaliation. He drives past my house ten times a day, and follows me into parking lots. I’m a single mom of three. He knows that.

Please find every girl this guy has raped, and get him off the street!

Waukesha SWAT Sgt. Accused of Murder Threats

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Photo Waukesha WI Police Sgt. Gregg Satula (Credit Waukesha PD)

By Tim @wkshacopblock – MilwaukeeCitizenPress

In the latest incident to come to light in what would generously be called an incompetent police department, Waukesha PD’s SWAT Sgt. Gregg Satula is accused of showing up at the home of his wife’s lover, armed and holding his holstered gun, threatening to kill the man and his own wife. The PD’s cover-up machine apparently took effect within minutes of a 911 hang up call and continues to this day.

According to an anonymous source familiar with the incident:

Gregg Satula showed up off duty at Todd Kraine’s (name changed) house to confront him about an affair with his (now ex) wife Waukesha PD officer Jessica Satula-Trucksa. Satula pulled his green Prius down the street from Todd’s house and Todd called 911.  He was startled by Satula approaching his house and hung up the 911 call. Satula then approached Todd’s front door while holding a holstered silver .38 special with approximately a 2″ barrel and a laser sight while yelling and demanding entry into the home. Todd grabbed his own 9mm for protection. Satula was yelling and stated something along the lines of, “I’m on the Tactical Team and I can put a bullet in your and my wife’s head.”

The 911 hang up call was plotted by cell tower to Todd’s address and WPD officer Michelle Enderle was dispatched. She saw (her current direct supervisor) Satula standing at the door and was told it was taken care of and not to include his name on the report. Enderle falsely entered info into the WI State CAD system stating she made no contact. Satula filed for divorce the next day.

Months later, Todd contacted Deputy Chief Dennis Angle to file a complaint about the incident by phone and requested documentation. Dennis Angle refused to document this incident as noted below.

Here’s the email exchange from 8 months after the incident after Todd tried to file a verbal complaint.

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4/15/13 Todd wrote to Deputy Chief Dennis Angle:

Dear Mr. Angle: I spoke with you about a month ago with my concerns over Sgt. Satula and officer Trucksa. I would like to get a copy of that report for my court case. Is this something I can procure via email or pick up in person at the station? Please advise.

4/16/13 Dennis Angle responds:

Mr. Kraines, I did not leave a report based on our conversation.

4/16/13 Todd writes:

Mr. Angle, I thought I stated that I wanted those incidents documented? Perhaps there was a misunderstanding?

4/16/13 Deputy Chief Angle writes:

There was no misunderstanding when I spoke to you. We spoke about the computer aided dispatch call (CAD) that documented your call to the police department. That document is attached to this e-mail. However I did not, nor plan to, draft any report documenting our conversation.

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Now let’s just look at the individuals involved. I’ve personally had experience with Satula while I was trying to file a complaint against Officer Katrina Frey who illegally detained me for filming which was unsubstantiated. He is also apparently was a member of what I refer to as the “Beat and Delete” club which is a group of Waukesha cops involved in the deliberate destruction of a critical dash cam video showing excessive force. The group was admonished by Judge Stilling for deleting Officer Ryan Lafavor et al’s dash cam video of Mark Schroeder being beaten. She stated it was deleted in “Bad Faith.”  Obviously Satula’s in deep and under the assumption anything will fly.

Deputy Chief Dennis Angle is personally named in the above described “Beat and Delete” Federal Lawsuit pertaining to La Favor‘s beating. Angle once described to me how sometimes officers have to make up their best guess as to what happen then write it as fact on the report. As seen in the emails, he’s shameless and deliberate about his aversion to even document Todd’s complaint. Perhaps he’ll do a better job if he wins the lawsuit he and “eyes wide shut” Police Chief Russel Jack have filed against Waukesha. They claim they should both be paid more than their current rate of $14,000 per month.

Or perhaps Angle will get his act together now that Waukesha PD squads are equipped ALPR systems which, along with several area departments, boasts a database of over 7 million “stored plate reads” saving the GPS location, time of day, and photo of car/driver etcetera for at least 1 year. It’s likely also shared with the Milwaukee Federal “Fusion Center.”  The cited database covers around 250,000 drivers while only 6 million people live in WI. ALPR has been outlawed in NH and similar laws are working their way through other states’ legislatures.

Then there’s Officer Michelle Enderle. Her CAD (computer aided dispatch) entry was made about 2 minutes after arriving on scene at the 911 hang up call and her entry stated the party had left. She likely wanted to get out of the situation ASAP then lie on this state database which could probably land her in a jail cell. Enderle was also present for a not yet released conversation between her, Officer Darin Wittnebel, and Officer Jeremy Bousman in which Bousman is heard laughing, almost hysterically, about dumping evidence in the Kevin J. Noe case (marijuana plants) on Owens Drive which is a small road behind the PD in Waukesha. She’s also facing some other very serious allegations from another incident which I’ll go into detail about this summer.

Prior to publishing this story, I requested comment from Waukesha PD’s Public Information Officer Captain Ron Oremus regarding the allegations (as well as Satula and Angle.)

Here is his response: Your email has given us information that is contradictory to the information we received a year and a half ago about the situation involving Sergeant Satula and Todd Kraines. We will be investigating this new information.

I’m sure they’ll just ask Deputy Chief Dennis Angle to come up with a lie to support the existing lies.

But Waukesha Police Department’s  SWAT Sgt. Gregg Satula placed a little American flag on top of his mountain of damning evidence.

On 8/13/12 (the day after the incident and the day he filed for divorce from Jessica Trucksa) Sgt. Satula sent this to Todd from his personal email which is gregg.satula@redacted.com:

I guess in some strange way I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me and explain your side. I don’t have any reason to believe you lied to me. You don’t have to fear me any more. I’m never going to stop by or call you again. I’m not going to check if she’s there. If for some reason you have a question for me, I’ll answer.Take whatever you want from this mess. I hope you don’t believe her lies anymore. And if you ever go after a married woman, pray that they have the self control that I do.

Apparently Gregg Satula feels that going to a man’s house with a gun (and invoking his official capacity as a SWAT Sergeant) and threatening a man’s life is self control. I tend to disagree.

Town of Brookfield WI Police Department sits just to the East of Waukesha and shares a jurisdictional border. TOB is 99.999% white and houses the upper middle class (along with hundreds of 1 million plus dollar homes) in suburban Milwaukee. TOB includes a 1/2  mile section of Moreland Boulevard  just west of the eastbound I-94 on ramp to the Brew City. It’s a great place for all cops near and far to tax “out of town-ers.” I refer to where my friend was stopped as “The Gauntlet, where black people come to learn about racial profiling.”

In February around quarter to 5, a personal friend of mine we’ll call J got off the bus on his way to work a 12 hour shift as an assistant manager at a local restaurant. It was still broad daylight and he was walking the half block from the bus stop when he was stopped by Field Training officer Steven G. Thompson and his apparent trainee (hired in Feb. of 14) Antonio Dominguez. Thompson demanded ID which was given under duress by my friend (and fellow cop-watcher) while he adamantly asserted that his rights were being violated. Thompson proceeded to unconstitutionally pat J down for weapons (drugs.) Nothing was located but of course Thompson had to make it look good on paper.

He fabricated an incident report which included the “you’re violating my rights” quote but stated he was given consent for both searches. He also reported that the area has a lot of vehicle break ins. The corner in question is overrun with cops from Town of Brookfield, Waukesha PD, and the Wisconsin State Patrol Milwaukee Outpost which is located 200 yards from the field interrogation. I asked police chief Chris Perket to provide some area crime stats to back  up the high crime area claim 5 days ago. He didn’t.

Thompson decided to toss one more lie on the official (probably sworn) incident report. He claimed J has prior convictions for burglary and trespass. This is false. You’d think he’d at least lie about stuff that couldn’t be dis-proven but perhaps his lies have gotten him through the past decade with such little resistance he no longer considers them.

Town of Brookfield Police Chief Chris Perket declined multiple requests for comment on these allegations.

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Mental Cages Precipitate Those Physical

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

 Let him who would move the world, first move himself.
- Socrates

If someone was kidnapped from your community and went missing for years you’d be concerned.

Say you lived in Manchester, NH, Murfreesboro, TN, Berkeley, CA, or Columbia, MO – what if the entire population of your town was snatched-up? That’s what happened in the early 1940s based on the orders of one person, the blind allegiance thousands of others granted based on that person’s title, and the unquestioning acceptance by millions more due to years of programming.

Though claims of a “fervered time of world war” were given as justification, no person has carte blanche ability to violate the rights of even one individual, much less the 110,000 caged in America’s concentration camps.

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For more on Gila River check out “Years of Infamy” by Michi Nishiura Weglyn, who was held captive at the facility.

What happened at Gila River, in countless other iterations, and what may occur in the future can happen only after the mind has been made complacent, force-fed Statist Quo drivel, that a certain group of people have the right to control others. Fortunately, bad ideas can be replaced by those recognized to be better, and more aligned with ones consciousness.

It is paramount for each of us to not accept the dogma of another as our own but to decide for ourselves what makes sense. Don’t buy into the divisive propaganda and ‘us vs. them’ paradigm upon which your would-be masters depend. Trust yourself. [related: http://copblock.org/library]

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Police Brutality by NYPD When I Was Thirteen

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Steven shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page. The photograph above depicts Steven at age thirteen, several days after his interaction with the NYPD.

Date of Interaction: 2002
Police Employees Involved: Unknown officers, 122nd Precinct, Staten Island, NY
Police Employee Contact Information: (718) 667-2211 - 2320 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10306

Here’s the story of what happened to me and ruined my life. I wrote a story about my anxiety and panic disorder and shared it with people, and this is just a portion of it with edits to make the brutality part more of the aspect than the anxiety aspect. I thought you’d like a good read. Okay, here we go…

I was thirteen years old, doing what any normal thirteen year old would do. I was just hanging around and keeping company with friends. We would always meet up at a shopping plaza near my house since it was sort of like the “middle area” in location to where we all lived. One of these days though, the plaza was crowded by a gang from a neighboring town and they were causing trouble. They were harassing store owners and messing with drivers. I’m assuming some of the store clerks called 911, and you’ll find out why later. Anyway, I took it upon myself to get them out of the area. They knew me from school and respected me, out of fear, mostly because I’m a big, mean dude, even for a thirteen year old (you don’t see many thirteen year old kids with a full beard, so I kind of give credit to my intimidating look too).

Anyway, they all left. I got them out of there simply by talking with them. I told them how they were disrespecting people I know in my town and wanted them to calm down or leave. So, an hour passed and the whole mess cleared. A bunch of my friends and I decided to walk down the block to another friend’s house across the street from the shopping plaza we always hung out at. My one friend, Rob, is disabled. He has some sort of condition with his hip and cannot walk properly. He was in a little pain at the moment and needed a rest, so we sat on a patch of grass down the block from my friend’s house, still only just across the street from the shopping plaza. I was the only one that stayed behind and waited for him, and told my friends we will meet up with them in a bit once Rob rested and felt okay to go. He was sitting on this giant rock and we were just talking.

Suddenly, three grown men came down the grassy hill from the opposite side and started walking toward me and Rob. They were dressed in regular clothing, and looked like typical New York assholes, so I stood in front of Rob in case these guys were looking for trouble. These three men came up to us and started asking me questions about what I was doing there and why, and as they were asking I was not responding and instead asking them the question, “Who are you? What do you care?” They said they were cops, but I didn’t believe it. Fake cops are also a big thing here, and these guys didn’t even appear from a police car or anything. They didn’t have a badge to show either. They ignored me and just repeatedly told me to take my hands out of my pockets, which they weren’t even in. They were on my side. I told them to get out of here because they were starting to piss me off, and one of the guys in front of me slapped my wrist while the other two circled me like thugs about to jump me. Next thing I knew, I spent fifteen minutes in sight of the public against a busy road getting beaten down by three grown men. I didn’t even fight back at first. I let them do their thing until they were done, but they kept kicking me, punching me, and they even grabbed me by my hair and started beating my face into a pile of rocks. I was gushing blood everywhere. I still didn’t fight back. Then one cop told another to go get my friend Rob. I told them to leave him alone because he is disabled, but the one cop started approaching him with handcuffs out, so I got pissed and started fighting back. I clinched and kneed one guy in the face and sliced his forehead open, then broke another’s nose and threw the third officer on top of them. I’m a big, powerful dude, and not to mention trained to fight, so I took control of the three of them the best I could and told them that they could handcuff me and do what they want if they leave him alone. So after fifteen minutes of this mess, they finally got me in cuffs and walked me to a black car.

Now, at this point, I thought I was being kidnapped. I still did not believe these were cops. They sure as hell did not act like cops. I got thrown in the car and they repeatedly made threats and insulted while I was in the backseat. We had a little war on words and I gave them some speech about the way they’re living their lives. Eventually, we got to the police precinct. I was placed in jail while handcuffed to a chair. Can you imagine my anxiety? I was just a thirteen year old kid helping his friend. Honestly, I thought they were going to kill me, but like I said, after a little drive we arrived at a police precinct. My father picked me up after the cops charged me with resisting arrest, public intoxication, loitering, and a bunch of other stuff, none of which was true.

I went home, and since that day, even to today, I carry that memory in my mind because it stole my pride and self-respect. I felt worthless, and the people who respected me and believed in me most saw and heard about it. I was their protector, someone to look after them. I cared a lot about my friends, and I never wanted them to see me like that. Those cops stripped me of all I was and mentally I just never recovered. I tried, but I just wasn’t me anymore. Eventually, I turned fourteen and was afraid to leave my house. I still did, but I was just afraid. The anxiety grew and got worse and worse. I ended up afraid to walk down the block, and I only went out in my backyard, so instead of the shopping plaza we would all gather at, my friends would come in my yard. We did this for like three months. Eventually my body couldn’t take all the anxiety and I collapsed in panic. I didn’t want to fight it anymore. I ended up dropping out of school illegally. I was only six months into the ninth grade. Needless to say, I eventually became severely agoraphobic, having up to sixteen panic attacks a day.

I never left my house again. For four straight years, I never touched my front door… I never smelled the air of the outside. I rarely saw the sun for weeks at a time because I’d like being awake at night when the world was calm and quiet. I never touched a human being for four years, never continued my education in high school, I became afraid of everything, even shaving, showering, or moving in a certain way. I was so afraid. I was mentally scarred and no one helped me.

Now, before my collapse and agoraphobic behavior, I had many court appearances in front of a judge. There were a lot because the arresting officer that night of the beating never made an appearance in court, so the judge threw the case out. My family and I tried to find a lawyer to sue the NYPD, but all the lawyers wanted interviews, and when we discussed the circumstances of the story, all the lawyers would decline to work for us. It’s so hard to find someone who would stand against the police.

Eventually, we gave up, and then that’s when my aforementioned issues started. I lost my life as a teenager. I never went to school. I stayed locked in my bedroom with a computer for the next several years, alone. My parents didn’t take the mental issues seriously and generally thought I was just lazy, and they’d get mad at me, especially my father, so they basically let me rot. It usually comes with the territory that older generations don’t understand what a mental disorder is. They assume you can just get over it, but in many cases it is in fact a medical condition that only stems from something impacting your life or genetics. I may have never gone to jail, but those police still locked me up emotionally in my own home. For what? Why? What reasoning did they have to escalate this situation on a child? Is it because I did their job for them while they showed up over an hour later?

I eventually found a girl online who was very sweet to me and tried getting me out of my house. We ended up together for close to six years, but my panic and anxiety issues eventually pushed her away. I’ve worked several jobs since at homeless shelters and for UPS, but I’d eventually quit or get laid off due to anxiety or physical problems that I developed from four years of horrible living treatment, such as my stomach hernia which can not be repaired, my horrible arthritis, and my dizzy spells.

I still fight everyday, but right now I’m broken, unemployed, and hurting. I’m broke, twenty-seven years old, and still living with my parents who I take care of in the house since my father is a heart attack survivor and my mother has Multiple Sclerosis. I do all the heavy lifting of things around the house, or help my mother with opening a bottle or jar, but I’m in pain myself so often I can barely do much more, so I’m really not as big of a help as I want to be or wish to be. I also cannot get SSI because they keep denying me. I am doing better with anxiety and can control it, and rarely ever panic, but it’s like I am trapped in my home again against my will, and this all stems from that one night.

That’s my story.
Steven

An Open Letter to Oath Keepers

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

This post was originally published at ChristopherCantwell.com.

Let me see if I’ve got this right. At some point in your life, you decided to join the military, or law enforcement. At the time, you had an idea in your head that this was a noble goal, that you would be helping your fellow man. After all, you took an oath to do just that, right? Well, not exactly; you took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States, but, at least in your own mind, the two concepts were synonymous.

Oath Keepers

It’s easy enough to believe that. The worst abuses that we see, appear to be violations of that oath. Checkpoints, gun control, PRISM, certain interpretations of the tax code, summary execution on the streets, presidential warmaking, this list could go on for a while. So you, unlike your colleagues, are going to take that oath seriously. You are not going to blindly obey orders. You are the defenders of the republic. You will protect the citizenry from these evildoers that are your colleagues, and keep your oath.

Now, even as an anarchist who doesn’t have all that much use for constitutions, I have to admit, this sounds pretty good. I mean, I don’t think government should (or does) exist at all, but I would have a hard time arguing that we wouldn’t all be better off without the unconstitutional authorities being exercised.  So, to this extent, kudos to you.

On the other hand, your oath to defend the constitution, combined with your career choice of initiatory force, sort of puts us at odds for a number of reasons that I’ll outline here, with a sincere request that you analyze them honestly. We both know that what’s happening now is completely unacceptable, and whatever public statements you or your organization may make, we both know that this may well come down to force of arms. This means that good men, perhaps even you or I, will die, and none of us want that sacrifice to be in vain.

It is extraordinarily important then, for us to determine what we want to come out of that conflict. If we are to risk death and imprisonment for “freedom”, then we had best have a pretty clear definition of what exactly “freedom” is. We are not the first people to say that we would kill and die for freedom after all. The Nazis, Mao Tse Tung, North Korea, the USSR, Pol Pot, and a long list of power hungry authoritarians and dictators have all said exactly this. What a terrible tragedy it would be if you and I went down in history as part of that list…

If you’re not already familiar with me and my work, I subscribe to a theory known as anarcho-capitalism. Don’t panic, it’s really not quite as scary as it sounds. I abide by a concept known as the non-aggression principle, which means initiatory force and fraud are forbidden by my moral code and may be responded to with defensive force; all else is permissible. I believe in free markets, just like you. I believe in the market so much that I think it could do a superior job of providing for transportation, dispute resolutions, defense, and other responsibilities that you would likely leave in the hands of the State. (When I say State with a capital S, I am referring to the institution of government as a whole, not the political subdivisions of the United States Federal Government). You likely have all sorts of questions about this, how the market would do X, Y, and Z, and these are common inquiries, which are beyond the scope of this document. I’ve written quite extensively on the subject and will continue to do so on a daily basis. I invite you to subscribe via email so you can keep up with my work.

What I would like to talk about today is the US Constitution and your oath to defend it. My fear is that despite your best intentions, dedication to purpose, and outstanding capabilities, your mission is predetermined to result in tyranny and oppression. I know that sounds a little crazy, since this is exactly what you seek to prevent, but hear me out.

The way the constitution was originally pitched to society sounded, and still does sound, like a pretty good idea to folks like us who value freedom. It would (in theory) forbid the government, or at least, the federal government, from doing pretty much all of the things it does today. It would keep us safe from foreign invasion, maintain order, and assure a certain degree of fairness in dispute resolutions, all while avoiding unnecessary wars, and being minimally invasive in our day to day lives.

It is beyond dispute that this has not been the case. That which the constitution promised would keep small and minimally invasive, has actually become the largest and most powerful government in the history of mankind. It monitors nearly all electronic communications both here and abroad. It wages, as we speak, literally more wars than I can personally keep track of. It has weapons that could eradicate all life on this planet. It interferes in all aspects of not only our lives, but the lives of people all over the planet. It places in the hands of a single man (POTUS) the power to initiate wars of aggression. It takes upwards of half the income of many people. It prints limitless amounts of money. The list goes on and you are all too well aware of the problems we face today.

Your response to this would likely be that it is not the constitution that has failed, but the people. Your point has merit, but what would your solution to this be? A government is either elected by popular vote, or it is an unelected government. If you propose to uphold the constitution, you will necessarily have to allow the officials of that institution to be elected. If most of the people want a massive overreaching government, then democracy assures us that this is what they will have, constitutions or none. After all, if we are to force a government into compliance with a constitution, regardless of the will of its constituency, then we can expect to have a revolution on our hands in rather short order, that may more closely resemble that of the French than that of our own ancestors.

This would necessarily turn us to education and propaganda. That we would have to first enlighten the members of our society, so that they might choose their rulers more wisely than they have done in the past. Even ignoring the lack of historical precedent for this ever having worked, we have quite the task on our hands if this is our goal. My goals too, require a certain amount of education, and so in this we may work together. If people understand the virtues and benefits of freedom, then they are terribly unlikely to part from it willingly.

But what of the curriculum? I imagine if you fancy yourself as an Oath Keeper, that you would claim to have a good working knowledge of the constitution and its history. I also have this knowledge, and while I believe it to be very valuable, I think it will be quite difficult to educate the masses on it. Especially while we compete with the public school system, established academia, and a plethora of leftist fringe elements for the minds of the young. Today, few have even read the plain text of the constitution, much less the federalist and anti-federalist papers, they surely haven’t read the transcripts of the Virginia ratification convention, and scouring through the many letters and memoirs of the founding fathers has proven to be a time consuming and difficult task even for you and I, who have an innate desire to learn these things. Surely, getting an apathetic society quite satisfied with the tranquility of servitude to pay close attention to all of this information would be nigh impossible.

Then of course there’s economics, which you and I may find to be a fascinating course of study, but really does not appeal to many outside of our circles. Additionally, those who do study economics have been inundated with Marxist and Keynesian propaganda for a century. Like history, it too is so engrained in the public school system and established academia, that it would easily take another century or more to reverse it. That kind of timeline means we, and all of our children, die with the boot of the State on our necks.

It would then seem to me that the educational effort must be simpler, more widely appealing, and be of a nature that did not require acceptance by the majority. This is one of the many reasons I have settled on the non aggression principle as my focus. Rather than teaching tens of millions of voters about hundreds of pages of history and economics which they may still reject, I appeal to their natural aversion to violence and compassion for their neighbors with a simple message they learned in kindergarten, put simply, “Don’t Hit.”

As stated earlier, the non aggression principle forbids the initiation of force and fraud. It accomplishes this by permitting the use of defensive force. Most of us already tend to abide by this in our regular lives, insomuch as that we understand it is generally unacceptable to steal or to assault people, and that the only legitimate use of violence is to defend against such predations. The only variation the non aggression principle makes from present day society’s moral code is that it does not make exception for government agents. This is to say, for example, that police officers have no right to force people to do things like pull their cars over on the highway, and that tax collectors have no right to take money from people who do not want their “services”. This also necessarily implies that if they continue to do such things, that the people they do them to have a right to use violence to defend themselves, and this is where I fear for the well being of you fine folks.

If one of us sets out on a path to convince a small minority that the nature of government is violence and that violence is only legitimate in the form of defense, while the other sets out on a path to convince a majority that their particular set of centuries old documents are more correct than someone else’s, it doesn’t require a degree in advanced political science to figure out who will reach their goal first. While you may have the best intentions in your pursuit of liberty through force of the State, at least so far as it pertains to those of you actively employed thereby, your showing up for work is evidence that you initiate force against your fellow man.

Even ignoring the fact that you are paid through taxation which threatens my life for non payment, I highly doubt that a single law enforcement agent out there, whether he considers himself an Oath Keeper or not, is simply ignoring unjust laws in the course of his duties. He simply would not be able to keep his job if he did. How many gun owners, pot smokers, and unlicensed drivers have you threatened with your gun, before kidnapping and caging them? How much money have you extorted from innocent motorists? How many lives have you ruined for the simple act of driving home from a bar? I imagine quite a few, and if you are sincere in your desire to fight for liberty, I would submit that these paths are mutually exclusive. You cannot fight for freedom while your paycheck relies on your willingness to oppress.

To those of you who are in the military, how much horrific carnage do you believe you can be party to while claiming to be an advocate of liberty? If you have already deployed to a foreign land to murder and threaten strangers whom you’d otherwise never have met, then you certainly were not a friend of liberty during that time. If you have not so deployed, then either you are engaged in activities which lend support to those marauders, or you will be deploying some time in the future. In either case, you are actively engaged in the fight against liberty, and cannot pursue that path while continuing to call yourself a friend to the same.

I fear this puts us at odds, so much so that we could find ourselves in mortal combat. But it sincerely is not my goal to threaten you or create tension, because I really do believe that you have the most noble of intentions. I’m begging and pleading with you to drop the charade is all. There simply is not any record of a good government in the history of mankind. They have only engaged in varying levels of evil, which over time have an unignorable tendency to result in mass murder.

The government you are claiming you want to fix, started off as the smallest, most limited government in the history of the world. It became the most dangerous thing the world has ever seen, and you are still party to it. Even if you accomplished your goal of limiting it once again, the result could only be an even more unimaginable evil later on down the road. There is a very real reason that this government is now so powerful, and it actually starts with the same constitution you claim to support.

Our study of economics teaches us that a free market, or even the illusion thereof creates staggering amounts of wealth. When the United States was originally formed, it created exactly that sort of environment. This is how the industrial revolution was able to come about, and how America became the economic powerhouse that it is today, or at least, that it was until recently. The government sat quietly in the background while all of this happened, and allowed all that wealth to be created without intervention. It wasn’t until after the wealth was created, that the government stepped in and began taxing and taking control of everything, because if it had taken said control earlier on, it would never have had access to all those resources. I mean, if you tax a man at 50% when he makes $10k/year he will revolt, wait until he makes $100k/year and he doesn’t mind as much. Once the resources became available, the government used them to grow itself, like all governments do.

Following this economic reality, imagine what would happen if you managed to reduce this government back down to constitutional size. The threat would still be there, just as it was in 1789. The cycle would repeat. A freer market would get to work creating wealth, creating resources, we would all be feeling really good about that, and then the State would again step in to seize upon the opportunity to expand. Look at what a monster this thing is today, it owes in excess of $17 trillion, and has its fingers in everything. Imagine it had the resources to pay off that debt and borrow double that much, with all the advantages of modern and future technology at its disposal. It boggles the mind what power could be obtained under those conditions. Humanity might never recover. They could have robotic armies and police forces, completely bypassing the human factor you all hope to exploit today. There would be no limit to the evils it could commit, do you really wish to be party to this?

I certainly don’t, and luckily I believe there’s not a snowball’s chance of this happening. Governments do not shrink. They expand until they collapse, they murder a bunch of people and then they simply struggle to maintain control over whatever little resources are left over. That’s the cycle of government, and if we hope to alter that pattern one bit, then the way we do that, is abolition.

Christopher Cantwell is an activist, writer, and satirist originally from New York.

From an anarcho-capitalist perspective, he covers news and current events, addresses philosophical questions, and even cracks a joke or two at ChristopherCantwell.com, and is a regular contributor to CopBlock.org and AVoiceForMen.com.

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Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Most of the regular readers to this site are probably aware to Cliven Bundy and the situation his family is currently facing in Nevada. For those unaware read this submission to CopBlock.org posted earlier today or this piece written by Christoper Cantwell titled, “5 Things the Bundy Ranch Teaches Us.” If that doesn’t work, use Google to get caught up on the this insane situation.

My blog post today is NOT a background story to help you understand the standoff. My post here won’t be a call on action (though I believe as many people who can, should get to the Bundy’s Ranch) or a solution to the problem, I believe even if I had those, it’s not my place. How this interaction between government agents and the Bundy’s ends, is up to them.

What I want to do, is ask you a simple question. As the world watches another perfect government storm unfold, with all the similarities of Ruby Ridge and Waco, have you ever thought about what you would do of (but more like, when) the government pushes you to your breaking point? In the words of William Wallace (played by Mel Gibson in Braveheart), “Will you stand up and fight? Or will you run?”

Now I can already predict the responses from my friends, the CB trolls and most any statists. Yet, I urge you to really think about this. Sadly we live in a world where government agents regularly (whether as a mailman, censuses worker or full on swat team) come to your door (most the time under the pretense of helping you) and end up either taking everything you have and if you don’t give it to them, they’ll back you into a corner. Afterwards, they’ll blame you for fighting your way out and justify the overwhelming slaughter that will follow. Regardless of the outcome you should seriously consider your options if the man decides to take certain actions toward you. Don’t leave yourself with only two options, fight or run, when men with American flag patches and AR-15′s show up at your door. Being caught off guard and without a plan of action is a recipe for certain slaughter.

I wish the Bundy family the best. I hope the men in costumes who go out there to enforce these BS laws quit their jobs or prepare to risk their life for a paycheck. I’m sure the Bundy’s have more to fight for than just (worthless paper) money.

Consider joining the “Support Cliven Bundy” Facebook page.