Mar 28

Secret Trials In Britian

- Erol Incedal: The trial we couldn’t report (BBC News, March 26, 2015):

On 13 October 2013, armed police blew out the tyres of a car near the Tower of London. That much we know for sure about the arrest and prosecution of Erol Incedal for preparing for acts of terrorism.

Since then, he has faced two trials for preparing for acts of terrorism. But what was his alleged plan?

Well, we simply do not know – and the jury at his retrial has decided it did not buy whatever it was being told he was supposed to have done.

This has been the most secret prosecution since World War Two – and it has ended with the only defendant being cleared. Continue reading »

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Mar 27

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- Turkey Devolves Into A Full Police State: Law Grants Unlimited Powers To Weaponized Police Force (ZeroHedge, March 27, 2015):

While a source of much schadenfreude by its neighbors and casual onlookers, Turkey has become a glaring example of what happens to a formerly respectable nation as it devolves entirely into a banana republic with not only authoritarian overtones but a police state to boot. And earlier today, Turkey’s conversion to a full blown police state was complete when, after weeks of heated debates and brawls in parliament, Turkey’s government passed a security package expanding police powers, along with an online surveillance law and a discretionary fund for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to fund covert operations.

In other words, president Erdogan has just voted himself quasi-dictatorial powers with a private police force to defend him. Continue reading »

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Mar 26

A Bipartisan Bill to Fully Repeal the Patriot Act

- Meet the “Surveillance State Repeal Act” – A Bipartisan Bill to Fully Repeal the Patriot Act (Liberty Blitzkrieg, March 25, 2015):

Revelations about the NSA’s programs reveal the extraordinary extent to which the program has invaded Americans’ privacy. I reject the notion that we must sacrifice liberty for security — we can live in a secure nation which also upholds a strong commitment to civil liberties. This legislation ends the NSA’s dragnet surveillance practices, while putting provisions in place to protect the privacy of American citizens through real and lasting change.

– Rep. Mark Pocan on the Surveillance State Repeal Act

Whenever I hear “bipartisan bill,” the first thing that pops into my mind is that classic George Carlin quote:

The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.

Nevertheless, when I looked at the sponsors and some of the language being used with regard to the Surveillance State Repeal Act, it became pretty clear to me that this bill might actually do what it says. While I’m unfamiliar with Mark Pocan, I’m familiar with Thomas Massie as a result of his close relationship with one of the few members of Congress I respect, Justin Amash. Continue reading »

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Mar 22

- Monsanto and DuPont Lose Initial Appeals over Mexico GM Maize Ban (Sustainable Pulse, March 20, 2015):

The legal battles over the existing ban on the planting of GM maize in Mexico continue to unfold with a string of four important court victories by the Acción Colectiva del Maíz.

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By Devon Peña Source: Environmental and Food Justice

On February 28, 2015, the collective of organizations known as Acción Colectiva del Maíz announced that they had secured four more favorable court decisions involving amparo (shelter) corporate challenges seeking to end the GMO corn ban in Mexico. These are pivotal victories but the group explains that more administrative and judicial reviews remain to be adjudicated, including five by Monsanto and Syngenta against the use of precautionary measures to manage the bio-safety risks posed by GM corn. Continue reading »

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Mar 19

1984 George Orwell

- 1984: France Will Counter Terrorist Attacks on Free Speech by… Attacking Free Speech? (The Daily Sheeple, March 18, 2015):

George Orwell wasn’t psychic; he was a time traveler, and we’re permanently falling down the rabbit hole of 1984.

If you live in France, your right to visit certain websites has just been terminated by the almighty government.

Why? Because terrorism.

According to a report by Glenn Greenwald, “What’s Scarier: Terrorism, or Governments Blocking Websites in Its Name?,” the French Interior Ministry has now ordered that five websites be blocked by the government because they have officially been accused of promoting terrorism.

And this is just the beginning.

Greenwald explains: Continue reading »

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Mar 18

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- Meet Jason Villalba – The Texas State Representative Who Introduced a Bill that Criminalizes Citizens Filming Police (Liberty Blitzkrieg, March 16, 2015):

Something I hope to encourage readers of Liberty Blitzkrieg to become aware of is their civil rights. Although the situation seems to have improved in recent years, many citizens remain woefully ignorant of their individual rights. Rights that were intentionally enshrined in the U.S. Constitution specifically to prevent the emergence of tyranny.

In our ever-changing modern technological world, the application of the Bill of Rights from time to time has needed a bit of clarification from the court system. One example of such was the 2011 case of Glik v. Cunniffe, in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit noted that: “videotaping of public officials is an exercise of First Amendment liberties.” Continue reading »

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Mar 17

The Lies End Now: “Most Transparent Administration Ever” Is No More: White House To Delete Its FOIA Regulations (ZeroHedge, March 16, 2015):

Back on October 28, 2009, then White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the following:

… understanding what this President has done is institute the very toughest ethics and transparency rules of any administration in history…  I think the President has returned to a stance of transparency and ethics that hasn’t been matched by any other White House.

… the President believes strongly in transparency… that transparency in that way in the best policy

… understand that what the President campaigned on – toughening our ethics rules, making more transparent our transparency policy – was something that he was passionate about and is proud of the progress that we’ve made in ensuring that.

And here is the president himself: “We have put in place the toughest ethics and transparency laws of any administration in history.”

Lies, lies, and nothing but lies. The lies end now.

As reported moments ago, the White House is voiding a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA  (incidentally the same act that discovered none of Hillary Clinton’s “personal” government-business emails since they were not even stored on government property!) which as USA Today explains, makes “official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office.” Continue reading »

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Mar 02

- All Texans to be tracked like dogs under ominous Big Brother vaccine database legislation – TAKE ACTION NOW TO OPPOSE (Natural News, March 2, 2015):

The National Vaccine Information Center has issued an alert for Texans to help stop forced vaccination and government coercion in their home state. A total of nine bills are currently pending in the Texas state legislature that threaten medical choice and fundamental human rights.

These laws are the extension of the current wave of vaccine hysteria sweeping America thanks to an aggressive new push toward medical fascism by the mainstream media.

These bills blatantly violate the American Medical Association’s published Code of Ethics which require informed consent for all medical interventions. But medical extremism in America today is not bound by anything resembling medical ethics, and if these Texas lawmakers get their way, every person living in Texas will be tracked like dogs with a government-run vaccine status database that will almost certainly be used to conduct house-to-house SWAT raids and arrests of those who refuse to be vaccinated.
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Mar 01

… it would have been easier to ask how many we have still left!


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Painting by Anthony Freda: www.AnthonyFreda.com

- Pop Quiz: How Many Constitutional Rights Have We Lost? (Washington’s Blog, 27, 2015):

How Many Constitutional Freedoms Have We Lost?

This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a scorecard on the extent of the loss of each right. Continue reading »

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Feb 19

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- Outrage: Border Patrol Ordered To Release All Illegal Alien Drunk Drivers: “Allow Them to Go On Their Way” (SHFTplan, Feb 16, 2015):

If  you are caught driving while intoxicated and happen to be an American citizen then you’re going to be arrested, fined, and potentially jailed – and rightfully so, as by driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs you are putting the lives of others in danger when you drive on public roads.

But, as we’ve come to learn in recent years, if you are an undocumented alien who has entered this country illegally, the laws don’t really apply to you. You not only get to break the law by entering the United States without authorization, but you also get free health care, housing, food and tax refunds even if you falsified your employment paperwork. Continue reading »

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Feb 12

- Ghanaian Government Sued over “Illegal” GM Crops Policy (Sustainable Pulse, Feb 10, 2015):

Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG) has filed a writ of summons against the Ghanaian National Biosafety Committee (NBC) and the Ghanaian Ministry of Food and Agriculture MoFA, with an application for an interim injunction to stop any release or commercialization of genetically modified cowpeas and rice, until the provisions of Ghana’s Biosafety Act are expressly and fully obeyed.

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FSG are not only calling for an injunction on the commercialization of GM rice and Bt cowpeas, but on all GM crops until the National Biosafety Authority is in place. Continue reading »

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Feb 03

- WTF Headline Of The Day: Greek Judges Judge Judges’ Pensions Cuts Unconstitutional (ZeroHedge, Feb 2, 2015):

As the new Greek government begins ‘reforming’ the previous administration’s austerity reforms and travels the length and breadth of Europe pitching its “we don’t want more loans, we want debt reduction” ultimatum, Greek judges back at home have had their own moment of clarity in the new normal. The Greek Court of Auditors ruled on Monday that a decision by the previous government to cut the pensions of judges retroactively from August 2012 was unconstitutional and in violation of the European Convention of Human Rights… Well played judges.

 

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Jan 24

Liberty - I Can't Breathe

From the article:

“This past month, one Congressman finally said that enough was enough and proposed a new bill to bring back our First Amendment rights.

Then they killed it.

Just two weeks after the bill was submitted, it was squashed.”


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- Congress Proposes Bill To Restore First Amendment Rights… Then Kills It (Sovereign Man, Jan 23, 2015):

To this day, many governments around the world maintain a tight grip on dissent.

Students in Thailand have been arrested for using a three-fingered salute they saw in the movie Hunger Games.

In Turkey, Twitter, Youtube, and other social media sites have been blocked. And in Russia the word “crisis” has been banned from use in public.

You can see the backlash of insecure governments against the free expression of their citizens everywhere. Continue reading »

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Jan 22

- Costa Rica Court Labels Approval Process for GMOs ‘Unconstitutional’ (Sustainable Pulse, Jan 16, 2015):

In a ruling Thursday lauded by Costa Rica’s anti-GMO activists, the country’s Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, struck down the government’s regulatory framework on genetically modified organisms, declaring the process of approval for GMO projects unconstitutional.

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Source: The Tico Times

In the court’s opinion, Chief Justice Gilbert Armijo Sancho wrote that the regulations violate the Costa Rican Constitution because the secrecy allowed to GMO companies in terms of the genetic information of their products violates the constitutional right to freedom of information. Continue reading »

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Jan 19

- Eric Holder Orders End to DOJ Program that Shares Seized Assets with Police (Reason, Jan 16, 2015):

UPDATED: Read Holder’s memo here. The order also excludes joint task forces, which limits some of the potential impact.

Big, huge news on the civil asset forfeiture front: Eric Holder is ordering an end to most of the Department of Justice’s Equitable Sharing Program. This is the program where the DOJ works with local law enforcement agencies for busts, and then the law enforcement agencies are permitted to keep 80 percent of the assets seized. It has been an incubator of the worst police abuses, as some agencies looked for any possible reason to take people’s property without ever actually accusing them with a crime.

The Washington Post has the scoop: Continue reading »

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Jan 18

Somebody tell them to start a debate about the effects of Fukushima…


- Native Hawaiians debate best for path to sovereignty (AP, Jan 16, 2015):

WAIMANOLO, Hawaii (AP) – Native Hawaiians could be in line for federal recognition similar to many American Indian tribes. But the issue is inflaming distrust between moderates who support the idea and others who want to see the Hawaiian Kingdom restored.

Before Hawaii became a tourist mecca, the islands were ruled by royal families. The kingdom was overthrown by a group of American businessmen in 1893. Continue reading »

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Jan 18

The Truth Behind The Cherlie Hebdo Solidarity Photo-Op

- Now We Know The Plan: More Surveillance and a Patriot Act For Europe (SHFTplan, Jan 15, 2015):

The irony is almost worse than 9/11.

Then, President Bush responded by stating, with bravado, that they attacked us because they hate our freedoms.

This time, the attack against the publication of satirical Mohammed cartoon, was not only an act of terrorism, but an attack on the spirit of free speech.

And the government response this time? After staging a photo op of world leaders, various heads of state have proposed new waves of surveillance and repressive attempts to ban encryption and violate the freedom of speech in communication devices through new spy policies and laws.

On Sunday, as more than 3 million people flooded the streets of Paris in support of the free speech principles that Charlie Hebdo embodied, a group of 12 European ministers issued a joint statement calling for internet service providers to more swiftly report and remove online material “that aims to incite hatred and terror.”

Establishing a framework to enhance police work and intelligence sharing concerning the actions of alleged terrorists and extremists, the joint statement from 12 European ministers and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder declares the intent to: “counter violent extremism” and “fight against radicalization, notably on the Internet,” in part through the “swift reporting [and removal] of material that aims to incite hatred and terror.” Meanwhile, it aims to beef European border control, “step up the detection and screening of travel movements” and enhance law enforcement, particularly in “working to reduce the supply of illegal firearms throughout Europe.” Continue reading »

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Jan 17

- EU Parliament Votes ‘Yes’ on GMO Opt-Out for Member States (Sustainable Pulse, Jan 13, 2015):

New legislation to allow EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their own territory, even if this is allowed at EU level, was passed by MEPs on Tuesday. The legislation, informally agreed by Parliament and Council in December, was originally tabled in 2010 but was then deadlocked for four years due to disagreement between pro- and anti-GMO member states.

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Source: www.europarl.europa.eu

“This agreement will ensure more flexibility for member states who wish to restrict the cultivation of the GMOs in their territory. It will, moreover, signpost a debate which is far from over between pro- and anti-GMO positions” said Frédérique Ries (ALDE, BE), who is steering the legislation through Parliament. Continue reading »

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Jan 15

Never mind that …

- It Wasn’t North Korea Or Russia: Sony Hack ‘Perpetrator’ Said To Be Laid-Off, Disgruntled Employee

… just use the momentum and attack your enemies …

- Obama Sanctions North Korea For Sony Hack Which Was Perpetrated By Disgruntled Former Employee

Flashback:

- Senator Jay Rockefeller: Internet Is The ‘No.1 National Hazard’ (Video):

‘It really almost makes you ask the question would it have been better if we had never invented the internet.’


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- Obama proposes cyber law update in wake of Sony hack (RT, Jan 13, 2015):

The White House has unveiled a proposal aimed at strengthening cybersecurity within the US by encouraging sharing between sectors and installing new penalties after a series of high-profile attacks targeted government and private sector networks.

The initiative, announced by US President Barack Obama during a planned visit on Tuesday to the US Department of Homeland Security in Virginia, calls for new legislation to be adopted by Congress in order to enhance the sharing of electronic threat information between the private sector and the government, while also revamping the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or CFAA – the 1984 federal law that outlines when and what hacking charges can be brought against suspected cyber criminals. Continue reading »

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Jan 14

- Prosecutor says he regrets seeking arrest warrant for 9-year-old that stole chewing gum. (12160):

POST FALLS — Prosecutors in Post Falls, Idaho had police arrest a 9-year-old-boy who failed to appear in court to answer charges he stole a pack of gum.

Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh said he now regrets that his office sought the arrest warrant. The boy was arrested and released Jan. 9.

“After reviewing the file today, I have concluded that my office’s request to have an arrest warrant issued was a mistake under the circumstances,” McHugh said, referring to a statement his office issued Monday. “I regret this having taken place and will do everything in my power to avoid this type of mistake in the future.”
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