Panhandle Cop Block Start-Up Campaign

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The content below was shared via CopBlock.org/Submit by Dirk, who’s involved with Panhandle Cop Block, which was earlier this month added to the page CopBlock.org/Groups.

Hello from the team over at Panhandle Cop Block!

We’ve created a GoFundMe account to help launch Panhandle Cop Block. We want to raise money so we can print and distribute Cop Block material to the community and the local law enforcement agencies to let them know what we are about and what to expect.

Help Panhandle Cop Block kick off its campaign of police accountability by donating today:

http://www.gofundme.com/CopBlock850

Your donations will go towards the printing and distribution of Cop Block materials and citizen’s right pamphlets to raise awareness in the community and educate the public how to stand up for their rights in Police State America. Every donation no matter the size helps and is greatly appreciated by our team here at Panhandle Cop Block. Be share to share this with friends, family, and other concerned citizens.

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REPORT: Cops Steal Hundreds Of Millions During Traffic Stops From People Not Charged With Crimes

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

This content below, shared by G.G. Allin via CopBlock.org/Submit, touches on a Washington Post that thorough details the rampant theft of property from peaceful travelers from those who operate under the guise of “protecting and serving.”

You are encouraged to read that entire write-up, Stop and seize: Aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes by Alice Crites, Alexia Campbell, Cathaleen Chen, Hoai-Tran Bui, Nagwa Abdallah and Justin Warren.

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We have all seen the videos and read the stories of law enforcement illegally seizing cash and other personal property from innocent American citizens that are simply & legally traveling from one part of our country to another. Unsuspecting drivers are typically profiled, illegally pulled over and coerced into a vehicle search. Cash and personal property are being seized, often without a warrant and often without a crime being committed. Drivers that have had money and property seized without cause are rarely able to get their cash and or property back from law enforcement because legal fees often out way their loss in cash & or property.

The Washington Post reported today that over 25,000 LEOs are utilizing chat rooms and networking system called Black Asphalt Electronic Network to brag about their highway robbery conquests & share tactics on how to better steal from innocent citizens.Within the Black Asphalt system, officers are encouraged to brag about particularly big hauls, and the members with the highest seizure total at the end of the year are dubbed a “Royal Knight.”

Editors note: Especially since the security theater of 9/11, police employees have systematically engaged in the outright stealing of small-to-large quantities of Federal Reserve Notes in the possession of people suspected of no crime. Those people are told, “prove that it was not obtained via illicit channels or else we keep it.”

Police employees across the USSA have been trained by individuals working at companies funding from their friends at the DC-based gang, the “Department of Justice” (a misnomer if ever there were one) on how best to arrive at situations that leave them richer, at the expense of those they pretend are their customers. One common tactic is to use a dog (that can be trained to trigger on command by the handler) when the person stopped does not give consent to a search.

The fact that this practice is so widespread is not surprising. This type of situation will exist, and it will get even more oppressive, unless the legitimacy granted to these roving bands of highwaymen wearing badges is withdrawn. Clearly, when the main motivation is to grow the size and scope of their outfits, and to further centralize and solidify their monopolistic control, it comes at the cost of our individual rights. Will you sit by and let this occur?

If this “legal” theft concerns you, check out Americans for Forfeiture Reform, which advocates for the reformation of America’s asset forfeiture laws to protect individual rights to property, due process, and equal protection.

But even more important, is to take your views to their logical conclusions. If it would not be just for me to stop you and shake you down, it cannot be just for another individual simply because they wear a badge. Then, base your actions on that fact.

 

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Funny or Die Ferguson COPS

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

This video was shared anonymously via the form at CopBlock.org/Submit. It was created by those active with the site FunnyOrDie.com and effectively uses comedy to showcase the problems that accompany paramilitary policing.

Laughter can be very disempowering to those who thrive on fear. Plus, the medium is one many folks are attracted to – thus the fact that the situation in Ferguson is being broached will mean the ramifications of police statism will be on the radar of more people. And the more who are aware, mean the more who will actively work to change things for the better – for themselves and their next of kin.

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Police State Monday: Cops Shoot A Cat, Children Get Felony For Peeling Bark From Tree, Man Detained For 8 Days For Posting Lyrics On Facebook, AND MUCH MORE!

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Every Monday, the Angel Clark Show is dedicated to highlighting police abuses.

Today Angel discussed:

 

 

Think You Just Have To Worry About Cops Shooting Dogs? A Cop Just Shot A Cat

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Its not just dogs and the unarmed who make officers “fear for their lives,” another innocent victim has been shot by police; this time it was a cat.

 

POLICE STATE: Man Arrested For Filming SWAT Raid (VIDEO)

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Footage recently posted to YouTube shows an Oregon man being arrested for filming, or “interfering” with, a militarized police raid across the street from his apartment.

The man has now set up a funding campaign to help pay for his attorney costs. Donate here:

http://gogetfunding.com/project/gresham-police-abuse

 

Two Children Charged With Felonies For Peeling Bark From a Tree

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Police in Mason City, Iowa recently arrested two children and charged them with felony criminal mischief for stripping bark from a tree in front of their school.  A neighbor with nothing better to do with their time witnessed the children peeling the bark from the tree and felt the need to call the police.

 

 

WATCH: NYPD Officers Take Turns Beating Bronx Man After Search Turns Up Nothing

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A Bronx man has accused a half-dozen NYPD officers of taking turns beating and kicking him after he asked an officer why he had been searched when she was responding to a noise complaint.

 

The Angel Clark Show talked with Lyn Ulbricht, mother of the alleged founder of the Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht. Ross is accused of being Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR), and is currently sitting in a cage, awaiting trial. Hear what his mother had to say about the Government’s charges here:

 

Cops Beat an Innocent Man on His Way to Work For No Reason, All 3 Dashcams “Broke”

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“This morning at 5:15 am, my boyfriend’s son was walking to his job as a baker. Suddenly, three EPD officers came out of nowhere and tackled him to the ground, handcuffing him, mashed up his face, twisted his hand, and injured his foot. He was completely taken off guard.”

 

PR FAIL: Police Try to Boost Community Relations by Fingerprinting Ferguson Children

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In an effort to improve public relations in Ferguson, the St Louis Police Department set up finger printing stations in the area and offered to fingerprint children. The police announced that they would be doing this as a service to the community, in order to help parents keep better track of their kids.

 

Police Sued In Shooting Death Of 107-Year-Old Man During SWAT Standoff

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Two Arkansas police officers have been accused of violating the civil rights of a 107-year-old man shot to death last year during a SWAT standoff.

 

Hackers Used Police Spy Tool To Steal Nude Celebrity Pictures

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The major leak of nude celebrity photos last weekend was made possible by software designed to let law enforcement lift data from iPhones with ease. The software is used in tandem with a tool made public recently that can crack Apple iCloud passwords.

 

New Yorker Arrested For Flying Drone Over US Open

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Police in New York City arrested a man this week accused of piloting a hobbyist drone in the sky above a US Open tennis match.

 

School Districts Militarize Campus Cops With Free Surplus Weapons, Armored Vehicles

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Taking advantage of U.S. Defense Department offers of free or low-cost military hardware, Texas school districts have been helping themselves to high-powered weaponry, bullet-proof vests, and armored vehicles to militarize their campus police officers.

 

Army Refuses To Open Up On Capabilities Of Surveillance Blimps Over Maryland

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The military surveillance aircraft set for release this year over suburban Baltimore will not be equipped with powerful video cameras capable of distinguishing humans or vehicles from over three miles away, the US Army said.

 

Cops Detain Man For 8 Days For Posting Band’s Lyrics About School Shooting On Facebook

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A 31-year-old man in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky was arrested last week after he posted lyrics from the band Exodus on his Facebook wall last week.

 

Cop Resigns After He’s Caught Texting Desire To ‘Pull A Ferguson’ On ‘Bunch Of Monkeys,”’

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A police officer in Baton Rouge resigned Thursday after a local news channel revealed that he sent text messages in which he wished that fellow officers “would pull a Ferguson” on a “bunch of monkeys.”

 

The NYPD Is Going To Start Putting Body Cameras On Police Officers

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New York City Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton announced a pilot program on Thursday that will equip 60 police officers with body cameras. In a joint statement Mayor Bill de Blasio and Public Advocate Letitia James issued a statement that said the body camera program would “provide transparency, accountability, and protection for both the police officers and those they serve, while reducing financial losses for the city.”

 

VIDEO: Man Refuses To Let Cops Search House Without Warrant, Films Police Despite Protests

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A video recently uploaded to Facebook shows a man demanding a search warrant of police officers at his door who claimed the man could be harboring a criminal. Police in the US are generally required to have a search warrant to enter a home.

 

Mom: White School Guard’s Racist ‘Joke’ Was To Frisk Black Down Syndrome Child For Photo

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A white school guard in Syracuse was suspended this week after parents of an African-American child with Down syndrome accused him of using their son for a racist joke.

 

 

Cops Arrest Human Rights Lawyer Waiting Outside Restaurant While Her Kids Used Restroom

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A human rights lawyer was arrested outside a Ruby Tuesday’s in New York City as she waited for her children, who were inside using the restroom.

 

Justice Department To Investigate Entire Ferguson Police Force

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The U.S. Justice Department is launching a civil rights probe into the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, several weeks after a white officer shot an unarmed black teenager, sparking racial unrest.

 

Cops Shoot Mentally Ill Man Armed With Pellet Gun Until ‘He Had No Face’

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Police in Texas shot and killed a mentally ill man armed with a pellet gun. Officers fired more than 80 shots at 30-year-old Jose Walter Garza during a confrontation early Saturday at a truck stop in Laredo. Surveillance video does not show Garza threatening the officers, but it does show police shoot and then handcuff him.

 

Man Accused Of Impersonating Cop For Decorating Car Like Transformers Character

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A Braintree resident found himself facing a court hearing for allegedly “impersonating a police officer” last month after he decorated his Maserati to look like Barricade, a character from the Transformers franchise.

 

Cop Admits To Raping Woman During Labor Day Drunken Driving Arrest

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A northeast Indiana police officer admitted to raping a woman he arrested for drunken driving.

 

Ohio’s Attorney General Fights Release Of Video From Walmart Shooting: ‘Trust The System’

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Ohio’s attorney general is fighting the release of surveillance video recorded during the fatal police shooting of a 21-year-old black man last month at a Walmart store.

 

Police Chief Takes Boy’s Pet Chicken, Beats It To Death With Shovel, Then Decapitates It

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A mother has filed a formal complaint against a Minnesota police department after her 5-year-old son’s pet chicken was decapitated by the chief. Though Ashley Turnbull admits she had received warnings at least a week in advance about the ordinance, she said there was no reason to beat her son’s chicken to death with a shovel before decapitating it and leaving the head in the yard.

 

Family Wants Answers After Cops Kill Son During Routine Traffic Stop

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The family of a 31-year-old gay man from Carpentersville, Illinois are frustrated with the complete lack of information they have been able to get about his death after what should have been a routine traffic stop by police.

 

How Does A Police Department Lose A Humvee?

Yahoo News found that local police departments like Palestine’s have been suspended from the Pentagon 1033 program for misplacing at least 14 M16 assault rifles, 11 M14 assault rifles, 21 pistols and 10 shotguns. These figures don’t come close to representing the total number of weapons that have been stolen or lost over the life of the program, however — a figure the Defense Department has not released.

(Yahoo News/Gordon Donovan/AP)

 

 

Police Are Seizing The Homes Of Thousands Of People With No Criminal Charges

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Monday on CNN’s “The Lead With Jake Tapper,” CNN justice correspondent Pamela Brown reported on Philadelphia police and prosecutors seizing the homes of people with no criminal charges. The report highlighted a family who’s 22-year-old son was arrested for a $40 drug charge but the parents, who were unaware of their adult sons criminal activity, were never charged with any crime are currently fighting city prosecutors to stay in the family home.

 

Police Officers Blow Whistle On Their Chief — Admit To Ticket Quotas

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Four officers in the Waldo Police Department revealed to the city council last Tuesday that the department’s chief was assigning required quotas for writing tickets. The information was brought forth while discussing other complaints about activities in the department.

 

‘Poor Judgment’: Cops Caught Misusing Emergency Lights For Breakfast Trips

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A local media outlet in Florida says it caught at least five police cars from three different agencies using their emergency lights to get to a bakery for a breakfast snack.

 

Cops ‘Swarm’ School, Police Call For ‘Prayer’ Over Miscarriage In Bathroom

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Parents in Texas are upset after police reportedly “swarmed” a Texas high school because a girl may have had a miscarriage in one of the bathrooms.

 

 

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Deputy Steven Lyles “Feared for his life”

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

By Tim @wkshacopblock

On June 2, 2014 a call was made to the Waukesha County dispatch center about a man with who had been “missing” approximately 2 hours. The family member we’ll call Jane  stated the man drinks a lot and was drinking that day. She stated he may be at his favorite bar or out at his 10 acre property in a rural area near Milwaukee. Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department showed up and shot the unarmed, sleeping or passed out man, in the arm. The Waukesha Police Department was called upon to clear this Deputy at all costs. They obliged.

Earlier that day, a man we’ll call Jon Doe had fallen at home. He went to the hospital and after approximately 3 hours of waiting he walked out apparently out of frustration over the long wait. He returned home and had been drinking according to Jane. At some point that afternoon he left the house in his vehicle for an unknown destination. She stated she was concerned, and after significant prodding by dispatch, stated in the past Jon had said “If he wants to drink himself to death, let him.” Time to ramp things up.

After speaking with several people who knew the area police found Jon about 50′ off the road in his parked vehicle at his tree farm. It was around 8:30pm and was still light out. Deputy Steven Lyles showed up with two other enforcers, one armed with an assault rifle. Bringing the assault rifle to the “welfare check” indicates  the mentality of the cops on scene.

I listened to the interview of Doe conducted by Detective Benitez of Waukesha PD. Doe was a credible blue collar guy who clearly wanted to get away from the nagging about him drinking and have some piece and quiet in the woods. He had a small bottle of vodka in the car with him and some masonry tools on the floor of his vehicle for his job. He had no guns and stated he was napping at the time of the shooting. He stated he heard nobody and didn’t hear the apparent 1 command by Lyles. All the car windows were closed at the time.

But the police have a different way of explaining what happened. Waukesha PD was chosen as the “investigators” of this shooting. Here’s their version:

Deputy Pawlak was on scene with Lyles toting the assault rifle which is likely 1 of the 120 plus a grenade launcher Waukesha County obtained through the military’s 1033 program. He stated immediately after Lyles first ordered the man out of the car he heard a “pop.” He stated he wasn’t sure if it was Lyles or the sleeping man who fired the shot. He stated he could only see Jon’s head from the right rear of Jon’s vehicle. Deputy Robakowski also did not know who fired the shot and also stated the shot was fired immediately after the command to get out of the car was given. Immediately after shooting Jon, Lyles is quoted as saying “What do you got, what do you got!”

Deputy Chief Dennis Angle, arguably the most dangerous cop in the county based on his de facto “Beat and Delete” dash cam policies, wraps up the package nicely for the DA to rubber stamp the shooting as “justified.” Angle refers to the time the man was sleeping as “conspicuously ignoring commands.” He also says Lyles claims Jon was “tracking his movements in the rear view and side mirrors of the car.” For good measure the term “1000 yard stare” was tossed in as icing on the cake. Of course the other 2 cops on scene saw non of this because it didn’t happen. Angle goes on and on about how since the cop thought he saw a gun he was okay to shoot. But there was no gun. So…since there was a masonry trowl on the passenger floor the vehicle, Angle goes on about it’s deadly possibilities as if it was the “weapon” Lyles claims to have seen.

I’m not going to go into how destructive this incident has likely been for the shooting victim or the caller (or us taxpayers.) Incidentally the caller refused to speak to cops for an interview and is on record telling them to stop calling her for a statement. The idea that simply on his word, a man who goes and checks on another man’s welfare and shoots him gets a pass is absurd. The guy shot an innocent person on his own land doing absolutely nothing illegal.

I don’t believe Deputy Steven Lyles deserves to be in jail. I don’t think a criminal prosecution would serve anyone. I do believe this is the wrong job for Lyles. I understand that he’s been trained, through his 9 years “on the force,” to view every single person and thing as a threat to his life. I’m sure that has something of a brainwashing effect and he was likely putting his own desire to “get home safe” above the reality that this was just a guy taking a nap. That shouldn’t be the standard. This could have easily have become a case of contagious fire set off by a skiddish cop who has proven he has no business in this line of work.

Here’s Local Fox 6 initial coverage of the incident.

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Tucson, AZ 9/11 March Against Drones

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

The information below was shared by Dylan, one of the folks active with Tucson Cop Block, via CopBlock.org/Submit

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Tucson 9/11 March Against Drones is a protest to show disapproval for drone use, NSA spy programs and much more.

From the Facebook page, March Against Drones Tucson:

MAD people protesting against war, civilians being murdered, and domestic surveillance.

…No permits or collecting of money. Rally and March 5:30pm on Sept 11th, 2014 at Estevan Park, 1001 N Main (2 blocks S of Speedway). March will proceed to De Anza Park. Around 6pm an 8 foot long drone on poles will appear and fire a missile (really a big plastic crayon) at the marchers who will die-in. Youtube video will capture the street theater…

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Already, police outfits in Seattle, San Diego and elsewhere, have drones. Earlier this year a North Dakota man was the first in the USSA to be arrested with the help of drone surveillance. This is such big business – just an extension of the military-industrial complex – that colleges now offer courses on drone operation and maintenance.

Those who operate the drones have attempted to placate concerns about their use by stating that the drones are not weaponized, but I would add the word “yet” in that sentence. In true Fabian fashion, that is what will occur unless questions are asked and legitimacy is withdrawn – not just related to  drones, but to the entire apparatus that is built upon double standards, which uses fear and force to usurp liberty.

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The Solution to the Police State

Monday, September 1st, 2014

The post below was shared by Jeremy via CopBlock.org/Submit

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The problem with police brutality and overreaction is appalling and ever growing.

What if I told you that there was a place where martial law was declared, a whole city was shut down, and the police detained anyone on the street and broke into countless peoples houses on the premise of protecting them? Thinking it must be China or Russia or Nazi Germany? No this tale happened here. In Boston after the marathon bombing.

Our rights as Americans are slowly being taken away under the guise of public safety. Did shutting down the city save anyone? No, but it set an extremely dangerous precedent for police trampling on the rights of the American people.

These brutal incidents are exactly the reason why the United States of America were formed in the first place. The revolutionary war was the American people standing up and saying we will no longer tolerate the oppression of the those appointed to protect us. It starts at the bottom with the individual police force and will rapidly grow from there.

How do we make a difference? Here are five things that we the people can do to cause change.

1. Require that all officers of the law wear cameras at all times they are performing their duties. This alone in forces that adopt them have had a enormous impact in the number of incidents of police brutality. And as they are public servants, the public has a right to know what they are doing.

2. Immediately stop all transfers of military equipment to police forces and confiscate or destroy all equipment previously transferred. Why? Because they are the police, not the military. The job of the military is to protect us from foreign threats and they are equipped to do so. The job of the police is to enforce the law not protect the nation. Why exactly do they need tanks and machine guns to enforce the law?

3. Immediately enact strict physical fitness standards. Did you know that over 80% of cops are overweight? Did you ever think that if the officer involved in the Ferguson shooting was not overweight he may have been capable of arresting the young man without resorting to killing him? Too many police have only the resort of deadly force to use against a suspect because they are incapable of holding their own due to their obesity.

4. In any incident where police brutality is suspected, make it a requirement that an independent authority review the incident and recommend charges. A company who defrauds consumers doesnt get to investigate itself to find if it did anything wrong, so why do the police get to?

5. Prosecute. My mind goes back to a particular incident where a officer shot a man laying on the ground handcuffed in cold blood and was videotaped doing it, and received a year in jail. If you or I did that we would either be jailed for life or given the death penalty for murder.

This is just the beginning. Will this fix everything? No, but it will serve to stop the march of the United States to a police state.

If we do not act now, we will wake up one day to find that we have no rights left, and the only way to right the ship at that point will be armed revolution.

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The Question Only You Can Answer (An Excerpt from “Unintended Consequences”)

Monday, September 1st, 2014

An excerpt from the book “Unintended Consequences” by John Ross, which poses a thought-provoking question that only you can answer.

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From the forward from John Ross:

unintended-consequences-john-ross-copblockA friend in law enforcement told me that because of this book’s content, I should not let it be published under my own name. Violent events happen in this story, and our country’s current situation is such that these events could indeed come to pass. My friend’s fear was that this book might precipitate such violence. He told me to expect to have drugs planted in my car during routine traffic stops, or have other similar miseries befall me and my family.

He advised that if I did have this work published, I should use a pseudonym, employ an intermediary for all publisher contact, and in general prevent myself from being linked to the finished work, to avoid reprisals.

I didn’t do that, not only because of free speech considerations, but because I disagree with my friend’s hypothesis. I believe that if the instigators glimpse what may lie ahead, they will alter their behavior before wholesale violence becomes unavoidable. It is my hope that this book will reduce the likelihood of armed conflict in this country…

From pages 337-338:

“And so, Hobbes said that our lives are ‘nasty, brutish, and short’, and he used that as justification for the dictatorial powers of the monarch. Only by granting the State total power will we ever overcome our natural condition, which is to be perpetually at war with one another.” The Political Science course the professor was teaching was listed in the course catalog with a dry-sounding title that no one remembered. Throughout the Amherst campus it was referred to as ‘Right and Wrong’. Henry Bowman liked the class, mainly because the professor who taught it had a very sharp mind.

“Hobbes is just talking about our old friend, the…” and with this, the lecturer gestured with his arm t o show the class he wanted someone to finish the sentence for him.

“Benevolent dictatorship,” a Senior in the second row said quickly.

“Exactly, Mr. Hagner. Hobbes’ Leviathian is just one more scholarly justification for forfeiting your rights and allowing yourself to be subjected by the State. Learned, reasoned, articulate, and wrong. Thomas Hobbes has merely – Mr. Bowman,” the professor said suddenly, “you are shaking your head. That usually means you disagree with something that’s been said. What is it?”

“Professor Arkes, I don’t disagree with the basic principle, but it’s not enough just to say, ‘Totalitarian regimes are wrong, so don’t let the State enslave you’. That’s like saying, ‘Don’t get sick’. The important question is, when do you know it’s going to become enslavement? When is the proper time to resist with force?”

“Please elaborate, Mr. Bowman.” Henry took a deep breath.

“The end result, which we want to avoid, is the concentration camp. The gulag. The gas chamber. The Spanish Inquisition. All of those things. I you are in a death camp, no one would fault you for resisting. But when you’re being herded towards the gas champer, naked and seventy pounds below your healthy weight, it’s too late. You have no chance. On the other hand, no one would support you if you started an armed rebellion because  the government posts speed limits on open roads and arrests people for speeding. So when was it not too late, but also not too early?”

“Tell us, Mr. Bowman.”

“Professor Arkes, I teach a Personal Protection class off campus, where most of the students who sign up are women. I’m seeing some strong parallels here, so please indulge me in an analogy.”

“Go ahead.”

“A woman’s confronted by a big, strong, stranger. She doesn’t know what he’s planning, and she’s cautious. Getting away from him’s not possible. They’re in a room and he’s standing in front of the only way out, or she’s in a wheelchair – whatever. Leaving the area’s not an option.

“So now he starts to do things she doesn’t like. He asks her for money. She can try to talk him out of it, just like we argue for lower taxes, and maybe it will work. If it doesn’t and she gets outvoted, she’ll probably choose to give it to him instead of getting into a fight to the death over ten dollars. You would probably choose to pay your taxes rather than have police arrive to throw you in jail.

“Maybe this big man demands some other things, other minor assaults on this woman’s dignity. When should she claw at his eyes or shove her ballpoint pen in his throat? When he tries to force her to kiss him? Tries to force her to let him touch her? Tries to force her to have sex with him?” Henry took a deep breath and shrugged.

“Those are questions that each woman has to answer for herself. There is one situation, though, where I tell the women to fight to the death. That’s when the man pulls out a pair of handcuffs and says, ‘Come on, I promise I won’t hurt you, this is just so you won’t flail around and hurt either of us by accident. Come on, I just want to talk, get in the van and let me handcuff you to this eyebolt here, and I promise I won’t touch you. I’m not asking you to put on a gag or anything, and since you can still scream for help, you know you’ll be safe. Come on, I got a full bar in here, and color TV, and air conditioning, great stereo, come on, just put on the cuffs.’

“I tell women that if that every happens, maybe the man is telling the truth, and maybe after talking to her for a while he’ll let her go and she will have had a good time drinking champagne and listening to music. But if she gets in the van and puts her wrists in the handcuffs, she has just given up her future ability to fight, and now it is too late.” Henry realized he had been making eye contact with all the other people in the lecture hall, just as he did when he taught a course. Now he looked directly at the professor.

“How do you spot the precise point where a society is standing at the back of the van and the State has the handcuffs out?”

 

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Military Hardware Not Welcomed in Lewis County, Washington

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

The content below was shared via CopBlock.org/Submit by those active with Peaceful Streets Lewis County.

Though the video encourages area residents to vote for a specific person, please do not consider it being posted here as an endorsement (either voting for the person mentioned or voting in general, as that merely grants legitimacy to the bad idea that says some are rulers and others ruled). That said, the content is shared as it shows that not all eager to becoming involved in the existing police apparatus are as keen on the militarization of police outfits.

Anyone prospective or current police employees are encouraged to check out the content at CopBlock.org/WelcomeLEOs and CopBlock.org/Library.

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This video was compiled by a local sheriff’s candidate in opposition of the rampant militarization of police departments. While it focuses on local issues, the content is applicable nationwide.

Peaceful Streets Lewis County

Peaceful Streets Lewis County is part of a grass roots organization seeking to bring greater awareness to police accountability and educating the public.

Centralia Police Outfit

Lewis County Sheriff’s Outfit

This Tuesday, September 2nd, at 7:30 PM Brian Green and some involved with Peaceful Streets Lewis County will be meeting at Jeremy’s Restaurant, 576 West Main St. in Chehalis, to discuss civil rights, asset forfeiture, dealing with the court system, your constitutional rights, and more.

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To see just one of the more visible facets of police militarization, consider the distribution of MRAPs to local police outfits, which includes one in Lewis County, WA.

MRAP Distribution within USSA by CopBlock

Military Hardware Not Welcomed in Lewis County, Washington is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights

Police Continue Escalating Ferguson Situation

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The photos below were taken by Jacob Crawford on Monday, August 18th in Ferguson, Missouri. The pictures were originally uploaded to IndyBay.org, along with this text from Jacob:

The curfew has been lifted but the “State of Emergency” is still in place allowing a flow of mutual aide money and support, and of course the right to detain and arrest people for next to nothing.

Jacob, a longtime Copwatcher and founder of WeCopwatch.org, has been on the ground in that town of about 21,000 since August 14th. If you have the means to support his efforts to capture and disseminate the truth of the situation contribute to his GoFundMe campaign.

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