Former Federal Agent Expounds on Illegal Means Used to Frame Targets

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The content below was shared by an individual who wished to remain anonymous, but who recognized the need to inform others of the tactics used by some unsavory characters working in concert.

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I am a former federal agent who worked for one of the big three letter agencies for several years I was also a state investigator for 2 years prior to joining the feds. I am avid follower and supporter of Copblock for several reasons, much of reason being because of the things I saw and then personally experienced while working as a federal agent who was then “turned on” by own former agency and colleagues. However, the story of what was done to me is a very long, complex story that could easy fill its own book.

I wanted to write this email to clarify some things that are already out there in the media and on the net and to further expand on how they are used to violate people’s rights and in fact throw many people in jail essentially using illegal means to “frame them”.

To start, if one was to do an internet search on “SOD” or “SOD NSA” they would probably get back a small story from a few years ago about how SOD (Special Operations Division) is a secret DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) program designed to essentially lauder intelligence gained from warrantless wiretaps to be used for purposes of Parallel Construction in DEA drug cases. The reporter who originally reported this only displayed a small part of the truth, probably because they did not have knowledge or documentation really showing what SOD actually is and what it does.

RELATED: from EFF.org – DEA and NSA Team Up to Share Intelligence, Leading to Secret Use of Surveillance in Ordinary Investigations

First explaining exactly what SOD is, because up until previously it was only ousted as being a sub-unit within the DEA. Special Operations Division is actually known by a few other names, most likely for reasons of plausible deniability, when someone asks someone in the NSA if they are spying on American’s without warrants they can “truthfully” say no because SOD an essentially separate agency is doing it. I have also heard it referred to as SOU (Special Operations Unit) and SAU (Special Activities Unit), it is much more than a single part of the DEA. In actuality it is a “mixed” agency made up of mainly of intelligence agents of the NSA but also from the CIA, FBI, DIA, DEA, ATF, ICE, USSS and pretty much every federal intelligence and federal law enforcement agency. Thus their “scope” is far, far greater then drug related activities. This is that “big brother” arm of the NSA that specializes in the all warrantless wiretapping Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake and William Binney have been talking about.

Let me provide a simple example of how Parallel Construction might work for the federal agencies (or local police). Say I am a federal narcotics agent working along the US/Mexico border. One day I get a duty call from the checkpoint at the border crossing that a vehicle coming into the United States was found to have narcotics in it after a drug sniffing dog “hit” on the vehicle. So the vehicle and the driver are both detained. Regardless of what happens with that suspect who was originally with the vehicle, I have all his property, and usually there is a cell phone (or 10) that, the person had on them at the time of detention. Well even if we don’t for some reason actually arrest this person, like the amount of narcotics was too low for federal prosecution or say there was a mistake and he/she didn’t even have narcotics. At a border checkpoint federal agents can still search everything in your possession at the time of crossing, including your electronics. I then use a “Cellbrite” machine to extract ALL of the data off his phone (assuming it isn’t encrypted) photo’s, texts, call logs, video, browsing history… everything. So now I have all of the contacts and all the information on this person’s life that was in their phone.

Now even if there isn’t anything in there that I find to be incriminating, even if I really don’t have any real reason to think this person or their associates are up to criminal activity, I can now take their phone number and any or all of the phone numbers of their contacts and forward them up to SOD so that SOD will put warrantless wiretaps on all of them. This could be any or all the numbers that were in that person’s phone book; their grandmother, their aunts and uncles, their cousin’s ex-wife’s sister… anyone.

Now say that one of these people is a small time marijuana dealer, not something the feds are typically interested in, but SOD may still get in contact with me and provide me (in a classified document envelope) the transcripts from those conversations. Perhaps one of the conversations talks about someone buying some marijuana at some specific location at some specific time, well now I can call up the local police (because I know the local prosecutors will take any drug case no matter how small) and we can just “happen to have” a marked police car pull over the person at said location after the deal goes down. Assuming I had the phone numbers of the people involved it might have involved a little bit of work but I probably could have identified not only their names but also their vehicles by this point (and probably a lot more).

Now, if the case goes to court and trial if the defense attorney asks the officer who pulled over the person why they did it. The officer usually will just make up something simply to justify reasonable suspicion to pull the person over (they crossed the line in the road, they didn’t signal, they were going a few miles above the speed limit, or they had complaints of drug activity in the area, or they could just say they were in the area and witnessed what they thought was illegal activity) either way it’s just to legally cover the tracks of how these officers “knew” to pull this particular person over. Fact is they still pulled him over and we assume they were able to find the drugs.

This is a very, very simple example of how a parallel construction case might look. It gets a lot more complex than that depending on the scale and scope of what the government is trying to do.

Of course originally this was sold as to be used for purposes related to international terrorism, but it has become something far more sinister. It is used for every imaginable purpose ranging from the political to the most “hushed up” “pre-criminal enforcements”. They justify much of this under the guise of terrorism, simply and easily because you can ask what exactly is terrorism? Much of what some federal agencies consider terrorism might at the absolute most be considered potentially violent acts. I stress potentially, since much of what SOD does it roam people’s phone calls listening in for “angry, violent speech” trying to decide if a person is a threat based upon essentially how they express themselves.

Information from SOD can also be fed in directly to the national “Fusion Centers” (if you are not familiar with what these are they are worthy of an entire article themselves) whereby local law enforcement agencies can now have access to whatever federal agencies might scoop up regarding some of your personal information, details or concerns they have about you.

Now apart from how wrong it is legally but also morally that these programs are being used as mechanisms of political control and vengeance is the fact that people who go on angry tirades on their private phone calls may now be subject to arrest and prosecution for FELONY charges. Because what SOD does to someone who they deem as a threat is they use any and all information from that persons calls, texts and emails to manipulate and twist whatever they might be doing (even normal everyday activities) and turn them into felony charges. And they are not at all hesitant to go as far as blackmailing someone the target might know into filing a false charge against the person just so they can hold them on something. Since they have access to the phone calls, texts and emails of everyone the targeted person might associate with its not hard to see that some person might have something they really don’t want known publicly.

Now you say, still if they have no solid proof even if they do frame me, and blackmail someone into filing a false charge, they still have to prove it in front of a jury so I can beat it in court yes? Well, the answer is maybe you can. But it’s not a sure thing by a long-shot. What they like to do, and it’s something they use quite commonly, is they will force a plea. They do this by having the judge set your bond super, duper high… even if the charge is completely non-violent, and you have no history of violence. All it takes is a phone call by the district attorney/prosecutor at your arraignment to turn a low level felony that usually
has a $5,000 bond into no-bond or a $1,000,000 bond. Then assuming they don’t think they have a real case to charge you federally with terrorism (like say you just made an angry comment, and you don’t have any plans on your computer detailing a plot or bomb making materials laying around) and they know they can’t prove terrorism, or even really prove the bogus charge they arrested you on, now they hold you for a few months and offer a low plea deal; a few years of probation maybe. If you decline to accept the offer because you’re a righteous person and believe in the law and justice well guess what? The prosecution will just delay the case for more time, in essence punishing you into accepting the plea, all the while your bond stays really high because by this time the judge who sets your bond is “in on it”, fixed so to speak. (federal intelligence agencies have a way of scaring even judges) Time to trial has quadrupled in the past 50 years in this country.

So you can sit in jail or plea out (confess to something you didn’t do) and go free, sounds a lot like authoritarian/totalitarian eh? Now for arguments sake and I know this is very rare, but say you are ultra-tough minded and don’t have anything better to do then sit in jail. All this time (possibly a year or two) the feds have been digging through your life with a fine toothed comb looking at anything they can use or twist into a being a crime, now they don’t care if they won’t charge you with it, they’ll just use the local police who usually operate a lot more “loosely” and usually have no problem using garbage evidence or false charges on someone, after-all the original bogus charge was probably a state charge to begin with.

For example, say you get framed for something bogus, because you said “I really want to kill such and such person” on your private phone and a search warrant is done on your house/apartment and all your property. While their searching they are obviously looking for weapons of any sort but their also looking for any other contraband and also anything they can use to make you look like a mean horrible person.

Like angry texts, emails or documents on your computer. Because yes of course their going to seize all of that and do computer forensics on it. As I mentioned previously they will also intimidate people into estifying against you, any person they can find who might have a grudge against you (and yes they will talk to everyone who you might have called or texted going back several years), just to make you look like you’re a dangerous, evil, insane person. Even if the person doesn’t really want to get involved… some encouragement with prosecutorial threats almost always does the trick. Then it’s up to the prosecutor if it goes to trial to convince the jury that you’re a threat to the natural world even if the facts of the case don’t really add up 100 percent. Somewhat of a roll of the dice, if the prosecution has a parade of people coming into court to defame you and talk bad about you… they’re also going to attack your “psychological state” traditionally an easy and favorite tactic of the government. All in an effort to deny you of your freedom with probation and take away your 2nd amendment right to bear arms, because at the end of the day that’s what this is really all about, controlling people and denying people the NSA thinks might be a threat, of legal access to firearms by using felony charges. Forget the reasons you said what you said, perhaps someone screwed you out of a job, money, business deal went horribly wrong or a love interest conflict. Nope, in their eyes if you say things they don’t like you might as well be the next public enemy number one.

Nowhere in the Constitution does it say the government can’t “warn” (threaten) people with criminal prosecution, so since we already know their doing things like warrantless wiretaps which is in fact strictly prohibited by the law, of course their going to be doing things that are not legally prohibited by law no matter if they may violate legal ethics.

The saving grace for the general public is that, yes most of you can still say whatever you want on your phone calls because there just simply isn’t the man-power to put an actual person behind a desk to listen to everyone’s phone calls day in and day out. It’s not feasible. You should however be mindful, because as it is already widely know everything (calls, texts, emails, all electronic transactions connected to any networked system) is being recorded going back several years and sitting in digital storage out in the Utah Data Center. Also they are working on digital keyword analysis software along with software designed to “gauge” a person’s “state of mind” based on how they are speaking. So if for some reason you draw their attention or ire (if someone in the federal government has an issue with you *Eliot Spitzer*) they can open up their digital treasure chest on you and see what’s going on. And if they don’t like it… even if it’s not illegal, well… you’ll find out just how free we really all are.

Editors Note: The author was asked if s/he was aware of apps or online programs that folks could use for more privacy, and this response was shared:

I recommend encryption just as Snowden has. Using the Tor Browser, and encrypting your hard drives and physical devices like your cells phones, tablets, computers and thumb drives. There are some back doors available to the high end intelligence agencies, but even in my agency we couldn’t crack basic cell phone encryption and any method an intelligence agency used to crack encryption would be legally controversial so it probably wouldn’t stand-up in court (at least not yet). Also many of the SIM cards we got out of even encrypted cell phones were not encrypted themselves so be wary of this.

There are several apps I have heard of including Redphone for encrypting voice calls but it can be difficult to use for some users not because its technical but more so call connectivity and no end-to-end encryption unless both parties are using it. For texts you have essentially the same thing. Phone number spoofers help because those even trick the phone companies records into recording a false called-from number but it won’t mask your conversation. But for legal reasons could be helpful.

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Puppycide: A Symptom of the Police State

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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About half of households in the USSA have a dog. For many of us, our four-legged friends are part of the family. When they pass, it can be a tough adjustment. That is especially true when their lives are cut short through acts of violence.

The killing of other peoples’ dogs by police employees happens so regularly that a word – puppycide – has been coined to describe it.

Maps, databases, Facebook pages, and media content provide a voice for those wronged and give us some idea of the scale.

A duo of documentarians focusing on this issue has raised tens of thousands via their Kickstarter campaign. They state that every 98 minutes a dog is shot by a police employee, which equates to over 5,000 dogs annually.

Almost without exception, police employees who shoot unarmed people claim “I felt threatened” – that same mantra is put-forth by those who shoot dogs under dubious circumstances.

In the injustice system, the phrase “I felt threatened” acts as a get out of jail free card for police. They must get home safely, after all.

Yet if its believed that police take a paycheck to protect others, wouldn’t they put their own safety second to those they serve? And never shoot a person or a dog unless it was to protect someone else?

But that’s not how the injustice system is structured. It is set up not to foster justice or accountability, but to protect its own actors and its perceived legitimacy.

So what’s to be done?

Some suggest that more lawsuits are needed, as it would act as a deterrent. Yet how could that be if the individual responsible never personally faces any consequences? Even if someone “wins” in legaland, it’s not the offending police employee on the hook for the settlement, but hardworking people in the community. Remember—“settlements” are paid by tax money, not police employee salaries. If anything, this solidifies that police employee and their colleagues can shoot and kill with impunity.

Others recommend that new policies and training be implemented, to give police employees more options in their toolbox instead of their firearm, to go to during encounters with dogs.

Yet just like the lawsuit tactic, the training avenue neglects to start the conversation where it begins.

Puppycide is rampant because police lack the proper incentives.

Police departments, sheriff’s offices, and federal agencies are built on double standards. They claim “legal” rights to do things considered wrong for you or me.

If I went to your property, jumped your fence, broke into your house, put you and your family in handcuffs, shot your dog in front of you, then trashed your house, would my actions be justified if I claimed that I were looking for marijuana?

Of course not. Yet that same scenario is happening time and time again.

Consider the fact that while dogs owned by non police employees are killed without recourse, legalese exists that proscribes five-figure fines and years in a cage for anyone who even harms a dog owned by a police employee.

While it is impossible to be made whole when the loss of life happens, trying to remedy a coercive monopoly is fruitless and serves only to reinforce their claimed legitimacy.

If you really want to end puppycide, strike the root. If someone kills your dog, or the dog of another family in your community, treat the situation the same whether they wear a badge or not.

Make the incident known to others. Share a recount online in text or video form. Link to it from your area Craigslist, Topix or other online community board. Connect with your local police accountability groups and collaborate to focus attention on the aggressor. And, inform the neighbors of the shooter about the incident – after all, wouldn’t you want to know if you lived next to someone who engaged in such predatory actions? Ostracism is a powerful and peaceful tactic.

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Jay Nixon’s Executive Order Likened to Martial Law

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Craig Bergman shared the text below, which was signed by Jay Nixon – a man in Missouri who, under the guise of protecting the rights of others, called for the centralization of armed criminals (men and women who subsist solely via coercion) and his henchmen to introduce to the scene more who are similarly motivated.

Date of Incident: 11/17/2014
Individual Responsible: Governor of Missouri

http://governor.mo.gov/news/executive-orders/executive-order-14-14

WHEREAS, the City of Ferguson and the St. Louis region have experienced periods of unrest over the past three months; and

WHEREAS, the United States Department of Justice and St. Louis County authorities are conducting separate criminal investigations into the facts surrounding the death of Michael Brown; and

WHEREAS, the United States Department of Justice and St. Louis County authorities could soon announce the findings of their independent criminal investigations; and

WHEREAS, regardless of the outcomes of the federal and state criminal investigations, there is the possibility of expanded unrest; and

WHEREAS, the State of Missouri will be prepared to appropriately respond to any reaction to these announcements; and

WHEREAS, our citizens have the right to peacefully assemble and protest and the State of Missouri is committed to protecting those rights; and

WHEREAS, our citizens and businesses must be protected from violence and damage; and

WHEREAS, an invocation of the provisions of Sections 44.010 through 44.130, RSMo, is appropriate to ensure the safety and welfare of our citizens.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of the State of Missouri, including Sections 44.010 through 44.130, RSMo, do hereby declare a State of Emergency exists in the State of Missouri.

I further direct the Missouri State Highway Patrol together with the St. Louis County Police Department and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to operate as a Unified Command to protect civil rights and ensure public safety in the City of Ferguson and the St. Louis region.

I further order that the St. Louis County Police Department shall have command and operational control over security in the City of Ferguson relating to areas of protests, acts of civil disobedience and conduct otherwise arising from such activities.

I further order that the Unified Command may exercise operational authority in such other jurisdictions it deems necessary to protect civil rights and ensure public safety and that other law enforcement agencies shall assist the Unified Command when so requested and shall cooperate with operational directives of the Unified Command.

I further order, pursuant to Section 41.480, RSMo, the Adjutant General of the State of Missouri, or his designee, to forthwith call and order into active service such portions of the organized militia as he deems necessary to protect life and property and assist civilian authorities and it is further directed that the Adjutant General or his designee, and through him, the commanding officer of any unit or other organization of such organized militia so called into active service take such action and employ such equipment as may be necessary to carry out requests processed through the Missouri State Highway Patrol and ordered by the Governor of the state to protect life and property and support civilian authorities.

This Order shall expire in thirty days unless extended in whole or in part by subsequent Executive Order.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 17th day of November, 2014.

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Editors Note: There is no shortage of content from Ferguson that shows that those who have escalated situations, like Darren Wilson, the killer of Michael Brown, wear badges and claim to “protect and serve.” It seems clear who they, and Nixon are trying to protect – the statist quo. Fortunately, many are realizing just who are the aggressors and choosing not to grant them legitimacy. Some are training others on how to effectively film the police and are setting up streaming networks to ensure the truth of what unfolds gets out.

Police Accountability Groups in Missouri

Those in or near Ferguson are bolded

  • Lake of the Ozarks Cop Block – Facebook
  • MO/KS Cop Block – Bambuser / Facebook / YouTube / mokscopblock@gmail.com
  • North Missouri Cop Block – Facebook
  • Southeast Missouri Copblock – Facebook / southeastmissouricopblock@gmail.com
  • Southwest Missouri Cop Block – Facebook / Twitter / SouthwestMissouriCopBlock@Gmail.com
  • Southwest Missouri Copwatchers – Facebook
  • St. Louis Cop Block – Facebook
  • The Canfield Watchmen – Facebook

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Police: Would-Be Masters Who Masquerade as Servants

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Are those who subsist on coercion deserving of your support?

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Police employees claim to stand for justice, to protect those most vulnerable, and to be public servants.

But is that true?

What is a servant?

According to Dictionary.com: a person employed by another, or, a person in the service of another.

What is a master?

Again, looking to Dictionary.com: a person with the ability or power to use, control, or dispose of something, or, an owner of a slave

With these definitions in mind, would you say that police employees act more like “servants” or “masters”?

It’s no mystery why police employees behave like masters and not servants. Unlike butchers and bakers and candlestick makers, police employees don’t earn your money by serving you. They simply take it through taxation, fines, and asset forfeiture.

Consider how this perverse incentive manifests.

Say that a friend of yours is shot. For the most part, police treat it as just another day at the office – reports are written, paperwork is shuffled, sometimes a half-hearted search is done, but that’s about the extent of it.

But if a police employee is shot, entire towns are locked down, all points bulletins are transmitted to corporate media, property rights of those is the area are violated, innocent bystanders shot by police are brushed away, and taxpayer money is used to offer a bounty.

In George Orwell’s classic novel “Animal Farm,” the pigs are able to rule over all other animals with the phrase, “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”

And just like the pigs in “Animal Farm”, when one group claims the sole right to make, and interpret the rules, we see that today those who purport to serve us, place a higher value on themselves.

For example, proscribing that the same action done toward a police employee is deserving of more punishment than if done to a non-police employee.

So, are police employees MORE equal than you or me?

An outsider looking in could only conclude “yes.” But such double standards are not conducive to a free society.

Pull back the curtain on the coercive monopoly that is the injustice system. Realize that the entire corrupt apparatus relies on perceived legitimacy, and choose not to grant it any.

What kind of society do you want to live in? One, where everyone is treated as an equal, or one in which some are slaves and others are masters?

If you truly believe that badges don’t grant extra rights, act like it.

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Large Settlements for False Arrest

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Submitted by Arkady Bukh

7 Largest Settlements for False Arrest

The shooting of an unarmed teenager in a St. Louis suburb recently turned the national spotlight on the militarization of police and the often co-occurring abuse of authority. American psychologist, Abraham Maslow said in 1966, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, then you see all problems as nails.”

The hammer/nail mentality has cost police jurisdictions across the country significant amounts of money. Money which could be used to replace infrastructure, fund social programs or house the homeless has instead gone to address police brutality.

The National Police Accountability (NPAP) was started with the intention of ending law enforcement’s abuse of authority and gives guidance and support to groups fighting police misconduct.

Made up of plaintiff’s attorneys, the NPAP uses a variety of methods to communicate with members. The organization also hosts continuing legal education seminars nationally and tracks lawsuits alleging police brutality.

A few of the more noteworthy cases the NPAP has reported recently include some with millions of dollars as a settlement and one where just a middle finger raised the anger of the police.

Robert Graham

Robert Graham was caught in stalled traffic in New York City. A couple of NYPD cops worked to maneuver their way out of the jam, without lights or siren, to answer a 911 call. The cops had a difficult time maneuvering around Graham who told the police officers he couldn’t move either. The cops finally got out, answered the call and came back to arrest Graham for disorderly conduct. Graham’s payoff for being pulled from the car by his neck and arrested? $150,000.

Robert Bryant

The Madison County, Alabama, Sheriff’s Department provided Mr. Bryant with a settlement of settlement of over a half-million dollars. What did Mr. Bryant have to do for the payday?

In August, 2012, Bryant was in a pool hall and had a dispute with an off-duty deputy who was also in the bar. When Bryant left the pool hall later, he was followed by the deputy and was pulled out of his car. Several other deputies arrived and stomped on Bryant, knocked some teeth out and left him on the side of the road unconscious. Then they charged Bryant with assaulting an officer. Mr. Bryant was awarded $625,000.

Four RNC Protesters

A New York jury agreed that four protesters at the 2004 Republican National Convention had been wrongly arrested. To help set things right, the jury awarded the four $185,000. Attorney Arkady Bukh worked with other attorneys in representing over 1600 total protesters arrested during the convention. The total amount paid by the city for the wrongful arrests? $18 million making it the largest protest-related settlement in history.

Unnamed Suspect

Penns Grove, New Jersey, had to pay out $2 million for the death of a man killed from being placed in a choke hold. The lawsuit said that police responded to a call at an apartment complex in March, 2010. When they got there, the police reported that a suspect was acting “bizarrely.” The suspect walked away when he was approached by the officers and ignored their commands to halt. Despite not giving any resistance, the man was maced and tackled to the ground. While one officer applied the choke hold, other officers kicked the suspect. By the time the ambulance arrived, the suspect was unconscious. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. The settlement was sealed and the victim’s name has not been released.

“Central Park 5”

Five men who had been convicted and sent to prison for a sensationalized crime which they didn’t commit, were awarded $40 million by New York City to settle a long-unresolved civil rights court case.  The original lawsuit accused NYPD, and city prosecutors, of false arrest, malicious prosecution, and driving a racially-motivated conspiracy. The mayor at the time had fought any settlement for over ten years, taking the fight all the way to federal court.

Occupy Wall Street

The largest Occupy Wall Street settlement, over $580,000, was awarded to 14 protesters who had been wrongfully arrested in January 2012.

Robert Bell

While hardly noticeable in the city’s annual budget, a judge approved a settlement between the NYPD and Robert Bell. Arrested for giving three NYPD officer the middle finger, Bell filed a First Amendment suit and False Arrest claim against the city. When offered the money to drop his lawsuit, Bell agreed and walked away with the money.

Arkady Bukh is a founding member of Bukh Law Firm P.C. (14 Wall St, New York NY 10005, (212) 729-1632) and a published author. Arkady concentrates on high-profile criminal defense cases, as well as police brutality cases. You can view his website here

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An Institution Based on Coercion Can Never Supply Justice

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Incentives matter.

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The Transfer of Military Surplus to Domestic Police [Infographic]

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Mike from CriminalJusticeDegreeHub.com created and shared the infographic below, which does an excellent job at making visible the growth of paramilitary policing in the USSA.

“The means of defense against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”
– James Madison, the Federalist Papers

from mayberry to martial law

 

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The Transfer of Military Surplus to Domestic Police [Infographic]

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Mike from CriminalJusticeDegreeHub.com created and shared the infographic below, which does an excellent job at making visible the growth of paramilitary policing in the USSA.

“The means of defense against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”
– James Madison, the Federalist Papers

from mayberry to martial law

 

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Police Unnecessarily Escalate Violence at Pumpkin Fest 2014 Riots

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Ian Freeman, host of FreeTalkLive.com,  shared the content below.

Date of Incident: 2014-10-18
Individuals Responsible: Countless

Matthew Bomberg and Gang Tackles, Kidnaps Man for Walking Down Sidewalk

Matthew Bomberg and Gang Tackles, Kidnaps Man for Walking Down Sidewalk

Alex Moushey’s report from the streets during the Pumpkin Fest 2014 riots reveal why the situation did not improve with the police’s unnecessarily violent tactics.

Rather than only arresting people who were causing violence and destruction, the police were targeting people crossing arbitrary lines and partying on private property.

For ongoing Pumpkin Fest riot coverage, please visit Free Keene.

In this excellent ten-minute video, Alex is right there when cops create all kinds of unnecessary mayhem:  (click links below to jump to that part if you are short on time)

  • They shoot pepperballs at party houses on Winchester St – completely unnecessary – those people were on private property and not in the road.  It’s arguable that pepperballs are useful to clear a crowd who won’t leave a street and indeed, blocking streets is one of the reasons the “disorderly conduct” statute exists, but the people at these houses were just enjoying themselves.  The use of pepperballs in this situation is just aggressive.
  • Guy walking down sidewalk is violently arrested by a throng of cops – This guy is literally just walking down the sidewalk.  He’s hasn’t threatened anyone and is not blocking the street.  The reason he can’t walk down the sidewalk is, well, because the men with guns say so.  The reason the cops decide to jump him like he’s strapped with a bomb is, because they can.

It’s behavior like this from police that alienates them from average people.  This is why Cop Block is so popular on campus.  Here are the students’ sensible responses to the violence that was visited upon them by the police:

“We’re not terrorists.  We love America.  We just like to drink!  Don’t shoot us!”

There’s a reason why the young ladies in the video think that the police are “pieces of shit” because they hurt their peaceful friends – every weekend, not just Pumpkin Fest.  If all the police did was arrest people who hurt others or destroy property, it wouldn’t be as big a deal if they cleared some streets with pepperballs, but the adrenaline-hyped cops seem to have a penchant for escalating a situation.  There’s more footage showing police attacking people for walking peacefully long after the riots had subsided – I’ll upload that soon enough.

Stay tuned to Free Keene for the latest on the Pumpkin Fest Riots of 2014.

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Police are acting like an occupying army in northeast Pennsylvania. It isn’t working

Monday, October 20th, 2014

The content below was written by Scott McPherson and originally posted to Patch.com.

Eric Frein Slips Through Police Fingers: Police are acting like an occupying army in northeast Pennsylvania. It isn’t working

by Scott McPherson

According to Pennsylvania State Police, six weeks ago Eric Frein ambushed two state troopers outside a Pike County police barracks, killing one officer and severely wounding another. Frein is then said to have fled into the surrounding woods, putting to use his self-taught “survivalist” training to escape capture.

State Police responded immediately, massing hundreds of officers into a 5-square mile radius, employing armored vehicles, night vision equipment, and even local hunters in an attempt to capture the alleged gunman, believed to be hiding in the dense woodlands of the Poconos Mountains.

No expense has been spared in this search. The manhunt has become so expensive – now running into the “millions of dollars” – that lawmakers in the state are becoming a little uneasy.

Nor have area residents been spared. Those at home when the manhunt began were put on “lock down,” while others have been blocked from returning to their homes. Many have expressed understandable frustration over the way they’ve been treated.

“They walk through the house, they walk through the property, checked out the basement,” said Kent Van Horn.

Schools have been closed, police officers line the roads and man numerous roadblocks, and generally act as an occupying army in the area. Even Halloween events have been put on hold.

“We will find you,” was the message from Lt. Col. George Bivens, on September 26.

But six weeks into the search, police still don’t have their man.

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A report on the case Saturday from Fox News has revealed an interesting new development. A woman claims to have spotted Frein “with his face caked in mud and carrying a rifle” near his old high school in the town of Swiftwater. Police say it is a credible sighting. “Based on the sighting, Bivens said it appears Frein has moved about six miles south. He said the search area is being expanded…”

Which means that despite all police efforts, Frein slipped through their cordon.

The search for Eric Frein – and the behavior of law enforcement officials – is reminiscent of events in Boston last year, when two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring over 260 others. After that incident, the entire city was put under virtual martial law, with thousands of police officers and numerous armored vehicles roaming the streets in a massive search for the suspects, pointing assault weapons at city residents, ordering them into their homes, closing businesses, and shutting down the public transportation system.

Only after the lock down was rescinded – and police left the area — was suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spotted by a private citizen, who immediately alerted authorities to his whereabouts.

There may be a lesson in this for Pennsylvania authorities. Massing a small army to search for one man, even a dangerous criminal, may not be as effective a measure as backing off and letting the public’s eyes and ears do your work for you.

While acting like thugs and treating the local population like pawns, to be ordered about and cower in compliance, must be somewhat gratifying to people who make their living lording it over others, and who are no doubt frustrated and afraid that a member of the civilian population has targeted them for attack, it doesn’t appear to be the most efficacious approach.

This would certainly never be the reaction to the murder of a mere mundane, which happens far, far more often in this country than attacks on police.

The vast majority of crimes are solved not by the police response, but by tips from the public.

Millions of dollars, hundreds of officers, roadblocks, lock downs, and police-state tactics turned up nothing for six weeks. Eric Frein has made a mockery of law enforcement efforts to apprehend him. But just as in Boston, one alert citizen changed the game.

Maybe the police should stop behaving like soldiers in a war zone. People are growing increasingly tired of that.

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