(FilmingCops) - It is hard to imagine that this surreal story does not originate in a nation run by a violent warlord (or maybe it does), but it actually comes from Florida, where Lucas Jewell, a resident of Gainesville noticed local members of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department were riding through town in a tank-like armored vehicle that appears to be a Lanco BearCat, an armored personnel carrier intended for military use. Read the rest of this entry »
(SMH) – Former intelligence whistleblower turned federal MP Andrew Wilkie has accused the federal government of exploiting fears about terrorism to rush through new national security laws that push Australia towards a “police state”.
The government’s first tranche of national security changes passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday with the support of the Labor opposition, although one Labor backbencher broke ranks to speak out against the laws.
Tasmanian independent Mr Wilkie, Victorian independent Cathy McGowan and Greens MP Adam Bandt all voted against the laws, which passed on the voices. Read More Here
(NaturalNews) - The states of New York and New Jersey have leapfrogged federal guidelines and set up their own mandatory 21-day quarantine requirements for arriving passengers who had direct contact with Ebola patients in West Africa.
“The patients with the highest level of possible exposure will be automatically quarantined for 21 days at a government-regulated facility,” reports CBS News.  Government-run quarantine camps, in other words, are now a present-day reality in America. Read the rest of this entry »
GALLUP: LESS THAN 50% SUPPORT FOR STRICTER GUN LAWS IN AMERICA
(SteveWatson) - A new Gallup poll finds that support for stricter gun laws has fallen below 50%, a significant drop since December 2012, following the Newtown school shooting.
Less than half, 47%, in the US said they they favor stricter laws covering the sale of firearms, down from 58% who expressed support for more stringent gun control laws nearly two years ago. Read the rest of this entry »
(NicholasWest) - Predictive technology is exploding, in stealth, across the virtual landscape. The arrival of Big Data initiatives by government, as well as a massive industry of data brokersis not only putting privacy at risk, but is offering those with access to the information unprecedented ways to manage the lives of everyday citizens.
The viral story of Facebook using their algorithms to go beyond surveillance and actually manipulate the emotions of usersas a type of psychology experiment has caused consternation among anyone who might have had illusions of social media privacy, or beneficent intentions of offering free peer-to-peer communication.
Twitter is the latest to seek new ways to utilize its massive database of public information. It has granted MIT’s Media Lab $10 million to analyze all communications beginning with the very first post in 2006. Read the rest of this entry »
(BreakingTheSet) – Abby Martin speaks with RT Correspondent Marina Portnaya, about a new UN resolution that is being compared to the US Patriot Act, going over how the text could allow countries to increase surveillance under the name of counter terrorism, as well as giving states new tools to crack down on dissent by simply labeling activists ‘terrorists’. Read the rest of this entry »
(JohnOliver) – Did you know police can just take your stuff if they suspect it’s involved in a crime? They can!
It’s a shady process called “civil asset forfeiture,” and it would make for a weird episode of Law and Order. Read the rest of this entry »
(BATR) - The ongoing failures of the Secret Service to provide proper protection for the President have political careerists in a tizzy. Scares that harm could come to the commander-in-chief, also worries the press. Ordinary citizens on principle, accept that the White House should be secure grounds. Rotating blame usually means that the buck does not stop on the Oval Office desk.
Indeed, who could expect any President to be responsible for their own safety? Surely, policy decisions made as a government could not possibly have any bearing on the lunatics that harbor ill will towards our fearless leaders. Read the rest of this entry »
(ElectronicFrontierFoundation) - It is a tried-and-tested technique: fomenting a culture of fear of ceaseless war or terrorism, in order to justify arbitrary and authoritarian incursions on civil liberties back at home. We’ve read about it in George Orwell’s 1984, we’ve heard about it being practiced by oppressive regimes such as North Korea, and now we’re witnessing it first-hand, in our own supposed liberal democracies including the United States, the United Kingdomand now Australia.
The latest shadow over the civil liberties of Australians is a yet-unnamed mandatory data retentionbill that will be introduced into the federal parliament during the week of 27 October. Under the flimsy pretext that this measure is urgently needed to fight terrorism (though actually its scope will be far broader), the bill, if passed, will require Australian Internet providers to scoop up highly personal information about their customers as they use the Internet, and to store it for two years for law enforcement agencies to access. Read the rest of this entry »
(RussiaToday) – German journalist Dr. Udo Ulfkotte admits writing articles about Libya and Gaddafi for the CIA. He explains how if reporters refused to cooperate they were fired. Also, since he blew the whistle on this “Operation Mockingbird” style control of the global press, his house has been searched six times looking for state secrets, and he’s had three heart attacks. Read the rest of this entry »
“Let your motto be resistance! resistance! Resistance! No oppressed people have ever secured their liberty without resistance. ”—Abolitionist Henry Highland Garnet
(JohnWWhitehead) - The perils of resisting the police state grow more costly with each passing day, especially if you hope to escape with your life and property intact. The thing you must remember is that we’ve entered an age of militarized police in which we’re no longer viewed as civilians but as enemy combatants.
Take, for example, Mary Elizabeth VandenBerg who was charged with disturbing the peace, a crime punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine, for daring to vocalize her frustrations over a traffic ticket by reading a prepared statement to the court clerk and paying her $145 traffic ticket with 145 one-dollar bills. VandenBerg was also handcuffed, tasered and pepper sprayed for “passively” resisting police by repeatedly stopping and talking to them and stiffening her arms. The incident, filmed by VandenBerg’s brother, is now the subject of a lawsuit. Read the rest of this entry »
Sites highlight how opponents of mass surveillance around the world lead by example, featuring counter-surveillance success stories.
(EFF) - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today launched IFightSurveillance.org, a new site showcasing digital privacy advocates from around the world who are leading the fight against mass surveillance. The site includes figures from the organization’s growing list of Counter-Surveillance Success Stories, a set of guides showing how individuals and organizations have taken on state and corporate spying in their own countries—and won. Read the rest of this entry »
(ElectronicFrontierFoundation) - Recently Apple has announced that it is providing basic encryption on mobile devices that they cannot bypass, even in response to a request from law enforcement. Google has promised to take similar steps in the near future. Predictably, law enforcement has responded with howls of alarm.
We’ve seen this movie before. Below is a slightly adapted blog post from one we posted in 2010, the last time the FBI was seriously hinting that it was going to try to mandate that all communications systems be easily wiretappable by mandating “back doors” into any encryption systems. We marshaled eight “epic failures” of regulating crypto at that time, all of which are still salient today. And in honor of the current debate, we’ve added a ninth. Read the rest of this entry »
(KurtNimmo) - Glenn Greenwald has posted a story showing how the NSA and government agents work to “manipulate, deceive, and destroy” the reputations of journalists.
“Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about ‘dirty trick’ tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group),” Greenwald wrote on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »
(ActivistPost) - David Cameron told the U.N. that “non-violent extremism” is just as dangerous as terrorism and must be eradicated using all means at the government’s disposal. He references 9/11 and 7/7 Truthers as examples of the type of extremism that must be dealt in a similar fashion to ISIS.
(ElectronicFrontierFoundation) - This week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott used recent terrorist threats as the backdrop of a dire warningto Australians that “for some time to come, the delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift. There may be more restrictions on some, so that there can be more protection for others.”
This pronouncement came as two of a series of three bills effecting that erosion of freedoms made their way through Australia’s Federal Parliament. These were the second reading of a National Security Amendment Bill which grants new surveillance powers to Australia’s spy agency, ASIO, and the first reading of a Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill that outlaws speech seen as “advocating terrorism”. A third bill on mandatory data retentionis expected to be be introduced by the end of the year. Read the rest of this entry »
Judge’s dissenting opinion crucial, says man who proved scanners were useless
(PaulWatson) - The constitutional legality of TSA body scanners could be heading to the U.S. Supreme Court after U.S. Circuit Judge Beverly B. Martin issued a dissenting opinion in a case brought by activist Jonathan Corbett, a Florida man who proved that the machines could easily be fooled.
In 2012, Corbett demonstrated how the body scanners could be tricked into missing a concealed weapon if the item was sown into a side pocket on a traveler’s clothing. Read the rest of this entry »
“Very often we find unfortunately that young people have evil intentions”
(SteveWatson) - Schools in Huntsville, Alabama have admitted to spying on students by monitoring their social media accounts for the last 18 months, claiming that the NSA called and warned officials of a potential “violent threat”.
The Huntsville TImes reports that Huntsville school officials began a secret spying program, specifically monitoring Facebook accounts, looking for images of students making “gang signs”, holding guns, or anything else they deemed to be potentially violent. Read the rest of this entry »
(ElectronicFrontierFoundation) - The Canadian government’s surveillance of innocent Canadians is secretive, expensive, and out-of-control—that’s the message of a new video launched this morning by Canadian digital rights organization, OpenMedia.ca. The group is leading a large, non-partisan, Canadian coalitionof organizations calling for effective legal measures to safeguard Canadians from government spying. Read the rest of this entry »
(NoMoreFakeNews) -Let me start with this general statement: there are scientists and politicians who are trained like dogs to believe that corrections to the deepest crimes of government can be achieved through an orderly structure and process.
This belief is a form of mind control. It’s engraved in a place where so-called rational people still entertain a fairy tale about rescue and “everything working out properly, through channels.” Read the rest of this entry »
(OathKeepers) - Stewart Rhodes, President of Oath Keepers, recently spoke at the Lamp of Liberty National Press Club to address why he and others participated in the Bundy Ranch stand off, citing federal snipers breaking their oath by pointing their weapons at peaceful American ranchers and ridiculous free speech zones.
Rhodes went on to issue a stern and powerful warning to Feds and other law enforcement officials who continue to violate the rights of citizens: stand down or face civil war. Read the rest of this entry »
(GayeLevy) – It has been over two years since I wrote about the “Perfect Storm of Civil Unrest”. Looking back, it would be easy to think that perhaps the article was a bit reactionary given current events at the time. On the other hand, not a whole lot has changed since then.
These are still uneasy times. The names and faces of the powers-that-be may be different, but the actions are the same. Normal, ordinary middle class families are still struggling and corporate corruption, hidden agendas, and cover-ups are still commonplace. Read the rest of this entry »
“People are very good about ‘If you see something, say something’”
(MikaelThalen) - School officials in Huntsville, Alabama, say a phone call from the National Security Agency led them to create a secret surveillance program to monitor their students’ social media accounts. Read the rest of this entry »
Company blamed threats on 4chan users before admitting stunt
(PaulWatson) – A PR firm has admitted to carrying out an online false flag against the 4chan forum in which it blamed the website for a threat to release naked pictures of actress Emma Watson as part of an appeal to President Barack Obama to censor the Internet. Read the rest of this entry »
(RyanTaylor) - This cop loses his temper when man exercises his Constitutional Rights. This incident ironically occurred on “Thank A Police Officer Day”. You can see the original Facebook thread here.Read the rest of this entry »
(AmandaWarren) - So perhaps you think that warrantless checkpoints, random DNA sampling, no-knock SWAT raids to smoke out some criminals, and an array of high-tech weapons and drones were the only gifts bestowed upon society by a rightly outfitted militarized U.S. police force. Freedom isn’t free after all!
Since Christmas advertising celebration begins earlier every year, September 22nd seems a day as appropriate as any to remember how the Police State gives back. Read the rest of this entry »
(EricBlair) - There are very few news stories about government overreach that shock me these days, but this week there were two — both in California. Each came and went with barely a whisper in the media, even from the “liberty” news.
(NaturalNews) - EBOLA ALERT: Medical martial law has now been declared in Sierra Leone while the government conducts a house-to-house hunt for Ebola victims who are being treated like “medical fugitives.”
“Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting Friday,” declared the Associated Press today. 
The outlandish cover story for this medical quarantine operation that will invade the homes of private citizens in an Ebola victim fugitive hunt is that volunteers will be handing out bars of soap. As the AP reports:
…volunteers will try to identify sick people reluctant or unable to seek treatment. They will also hand out 1.5 million bars of soap… Read the rest of this entry »
(Dahboo77) - A child pornography case in Washington has shockingly escalated as an appeals court determined the U.S. Navy has been engaged in a “routine” and “widespread” program of “hacking” into private citizens’ computers and turning over information to law enforcement agencies. Read the rest of this entry »
(EconomicCollapseBlog) - What is our society going to look like when our faces are being tracked literally everywhere that we go? As part of the FBI’s new Next Generation Identification System, a facial recognition database known as the Interstate Photo System will have collected 52 million of our faces by the end of 2015. But that is only a small part of the story. According to Edward Snowden, the NSA has been using advanced facial recognition technology for years.
In addition, as you will see below, advertising companies are starting to use Minority Report-style face scanners in their billboards and many large corporations see facial recognition technology as a tool that they can use to serve their customers better. Someday soon it may become virtually impossible to go out in public in a major U.S. city without having your face recorded. Is that the kind of society that we want? Read the rest of this entry »
(SHTFPlan) - Hodges’ detailed research gives us some frightening insights into what a martial law scenario for Ebola or other communicable disease might looks like. Granted, Ebola has not yet achieved the official status of a “national security emergency,” but government procedures for such a scenario already exist. In fact, as noted by Hodges, this summer President Obama amended an existing Executive Order to include respiratory illnesses as potential health conditions under which martial law could be declared. And, like clockwork, we now have the EV-D68 respiratory virus making its way across the country. Coincidence? Maybe. Read the rest of this entry »