MSM: New Logan searches blasted

(BostonHerald) – Logan airport security just got more up close and personal as federal screeners launched a more aggressive palms-first, slide-down body search technique that has renewed the debate over privacy vs. safety.

The new procedure – already being questioned by the ACLU – replaces the Transportation Security Administration’s former back-of-the-hand patdown.

Boston is one of only two cities in which the new touchy-feely frisking is being implemented as a test before a planned national rollout. The other is Las Vegas.

“We’re all for good effective security measures,” American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts spokesman Christopher Ott said. “But, in general, we’re concerned about this seemingly constant erosion of privacy, and we wonder whether or not it’s really going to be effective. Full article here

Arizona Sheriff: ‘Our Own Government Has Become Our Enemy’

(CNSNews) – Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff Paul Babeu is hopping mad at the federal government.

Babeu told CNSNews.com that rather than help law enforcement in Arizona stop the hundreds of thousands of people who come into the United States illegally, the federal government is targeting the state and its law enforcement personnel.

“What’s very troubling is the fact that at a time when we in law enforcement and our state need help from the federal government, instead of sending help they put up billboard-size signs warning our citizens to stay out of the desert in my county because of dangerous drug and human smuggling and weapons and bandits and all these other things and then, behind that, they drag us into court with the ACLU,” Babeu said. Continue reading

Spy tech that ‘monitors conversations’ being launched in Europe: report

(RawStory) – Privacy rights advocates and civil liberties campaigners in Europe are raising the alarm about a new surveillance system that monitors conversations in public.

The surveillance system, dubbed Sigard, has been installed in Dutch city centers, government offices and prisons, and a recent test-run of the technology in Coventry, England, has British civil rights experts worried that the right to privacy will disappear in efforts to fight street crime.

The system’s manufacturer, Sound Intelligence, says it works by detecting aggression in speech patterns.

“Ninety percent of all incidents involving physical aggression are preceded by verbal aggression,” the Sound Intelligence Web site says. “The ability to spot verbal aggression before it turns into a violent outbreak delivers valuable time to security personnel and enables speedy intervention.” Continue reading

Americans Have No Rights

(Uruknet) – Under Barack Obama, the former professor of constitutional law, Americans’ civil liberties have shrunken drastically – to the point that his administration claims the right to execute its citizens without charge or due process of any recognizable kind. And citizens that leave the country cannot be sure they will be allowed back in. But where is the outrage among Democrats, when Obama out-Bushes Bush? “It seems that Democrats did not in fact feel any affront to Bush policies, only to his party affiliation.”

The administration admits to targeting “dozens” of other Americans for death.”

Americans no longer have any rights which their government need respect. The onslaught against civil liberties and human rights may have begun under the Bush administration, but it has been perfected under the Obama regime with the complete and unqualified support of the congressional Democratic majority. Any outrage about the ever-tightening grip of executive authority is reserved for presidents with the letter R after their names. Continue reading

Napolitano Advocates Government Surveillance of Internet to Fight Homegrown Terrorism

(KurtNimmo) – The underwear and propane and firecracker would-be bombers and a string of dim-witted patsies set-up by the FBI were cited by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as an excuse to increase government surveillance of the internet. “Fighting homegrown terrorism by monitoring Internet communications is a civil liberties trade-off the U.S. government must make to beef up national security,” the Associated Press reported on Friday. Continue reading

The Fourth and Stealth “Branch” of Governance: Presidential Executive Orders

“This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.”

Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father and Declaration of Independence Signatory

(VacTruth) – If Ben Franklin were around today, he probably would publish a diatribe about what’s been happening within the form of government that he and his cronies fought so desperately hard to establish: a REPUBLIC. There’s very little today to remind one of a true republic, particularly in the United States of America where neo-patriots are springing up all over the country in opposition to what they perceive is an infringement of their constitutional rights. Ben is often quoted as having answered when asked what kind of country you gave us, with “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

Before we proceed, let’s define some forms of government so that we’re all on the same page. Continue reading

Police State

(Independent) – Coalition reneges on pledge to scrap central NHS database

To the anger of civil liberties campaigners, ministers have announced that the coalition will push ahead with the controversial Summary Care Record (SCR) database introduced by the Labour government, despite fears that it will expose private medical data to insurance firms and intrude on patients’ privacy. Read More Here

(Telegraph) – Only a totalitarian state disarms law-abiding citizens: we want no more oppressive gun laws

You could not look for a better encapsulation of the mentality of the state-worshipping ruling elite than the claim by Sir Ian Blair, former disastrous Metropolitan Police Commissioner and newly-appointed peer (nothing succeeds like failure), writing in The Guardian on the topic of gun control: “The possession of a firearm is a privilege, not, except in a few cases, a necessity.” Read More Here

(LondonTelegraph) – Brain scans ‘could be used to snoop on thoughts’

The use of brain scanners must be regulated in order to prevent them being used to invade privacy and threaten civil liberties, a legal expert has warned.

Researchers have concerns that brain scans – already used in some death row trials in the US – could be used by British police to determine whether a suspect is lying, or has planned a crime they have yet to commit. Read More Here

(DailyStar) – Green Police To Search Trash, Fine Offenders

BIN police are planning to fine people £1,000 if they fail to ­recycle their ­rubbish. Read More Here

(UKDailyMail) – Every Google search to be logged and saved for two years under new Euro MP plan

‘Written Declaration 29′ is intended to be used as an early warning system to stop paedophiles by logging what they look for using search engines.

But civil liberty groups have hit out at the proposal which they say is a ‘completely unjustifiable’ intrusion into citizens’ privacy. Read More Here

The Continuing Erosion of the Bill of Rights

(NowPublic) – I keep seeing people go absolutely mad over Arizona’s immigration reform bill. But nobody seems to care about the ever growing erosion of our civil liberties by the federal government! Why is this?

Why do people get so worked up about a bill in a state that they don’t even live in, but completely ignore the fact that the federal government keeps chipping away at thier rights with a sledgehammer? Continue reading

Video: Sen. Lieberman – Deny Citizenship to Suspected Terrorists

(KurtNimmo) – In addition to providing an excuse to expand New York’s electronic panopticon, last weekend’s fizzle bomb event has prompted the usual neocon suspects in Congress to call for severely rolling back the civil liberties of Americans accused of terrorism. Continue reading

Video: Southern Avenger – Liberty, Limits and Illegal Immigration

Why the federal government’s policy of open borders is perhaps the greatest threat to our civil liberties. Continue reading

Video: Right-wing radio host calls tea parties ‘the Sarah Palin movement’

(RawStory) – The tea parties are all about expressing American freedom and coming together to celebrate and protect God-given liberties. This, of course, is why anyone who disagrees must be screamed at until silenced.

As right-wing radio host Matt Walsh learned recently, if you challenge mob mentality, you get the mob itself. In this case, if you trash Sarah Palin in front of her biggest fans, you might just get called an “infiltrator” and booed off stage. Continue reading

MSM: CIA chief approved destruction of terrorist waterboarding tapes

(Telegraph) – The former CIA chief, Porter Goss, approved a 2005 decision to destroy 92 tapes showing US agents waterboarding two terrorism suspects, according to newly released internal emails. Continue reading

The McCain-Lieberman Police State Act

(OpEdNews) – If enacted, it will advance what this writer addressed in a December 2007 article titled, “Police State America – A Look Back and Ahead,” covering numerous Bush administration laws, Executive Orders (EOs), National and Homeland Security Presidential Directives, edicts, and various illegal acts targeting designated domestic and foreign adversaries, dissent, civil liberties, human rights, and other democratic freedoms. Continue reading

National Worker ID Proposed in Comprehensive Immigration Bill

(MigrationExpert) – President Obama is scheduled to meet with Senators Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C. later this week to discuss a Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) bill. At controversy is a proposed national worker ID which would be at the center of the Senators’ proposed immigration bill currently being worked on in the U.S. Senate. Continue reading

Video: 9/11 Truthers Locked Up For Life Under New US Law

(RussiaToday) – A new bill QUIETLY INTRODUCED by congress last week is causing quite a stir among civil liberties groups. The brainchild of senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman, the bill would give the United States government the power to indefinitely detain terror suspects without charge or trial. It would also allow the government to interrogate them for the intelligence value and it doesnt make a distinction between US citizens and non-citizens. Continue reading

ACLU to Obama: ‘Change or more of the same?’

(RawStory) – The American Civil Liberties Union has never treated the Obama administration with kid gloves, but with their latest ad buy it’s become increasingly clear that their patience for the continuance of some Bush-era policies has run quite thin. Continue reading

Economy

(FinancialSense) – Recession, Depression, or Systematic Breakdown

As crooked politicians, Federal Reserve hacks, and cheerleading media pundits inform you the recession is over, you probably have a sneaking suspicion they are lying. Read More Here

(LewRockwell) – Gold Money: Power to the People

Before I explain the title of this report, I want to prove to you that Americans are losing their liberties, day by relentless day. I also want to prove to you why it is that, unless there is an economic breakdown so severe that Washington D.C. goes broke, we will not get back these surrendered liberties. My demonstration will take approximately three minutes. For skeptics, it may take five minutes. Read More Here

(SilverBearCafe) – Silver is the best investment in the world

One cannot pick tops and bottoms and short term forecasting is for fools. Nevertheless, one has to do their best to see overall bottoms and tops. We feel silver has bottomed at the $16 level and it’s time to back up the truck. Read More Here

(EconomicPolicyJournal) – Condition Red: More Hidden Greek Debt Exposure Discovered

According to a report out last week, there is huge off-balance-sheet debt guaranteed by Greece and the other PIIGS, Portugal, Italy, Ireland and Spain. In addition to similar debt guarantees issued by other governments. Read More Here

(AFP) – Icesave referendum casts cloud of uncertainty over Iceland

Iceland’s economic and political future hangs in the balance as it heads towards a referendum on how to compensate Britain and the Netherlands for money lost in the collapse of an Icelandic bank. Read More Here

(SeekingAlpha) – How Have U.S. Stocks Defied Gravity for So Long?

This Tuesday will mark the anniversary of last year’s US stock market low. Since then the market has rallied by 70 percent in a recovery only slightly less suspicious than a Madoff hedge fund. Read More Here

Video: St. Petersburg’s Self-destructing Economy Part 4

In this video I show multiple vacant prime location commercial properties located throughout the greater St. Petersburg area. – Video Link Here

Video: Walmart Wants You Dead – How Walmart Screws it’s Employees

Walmart takes out Life insurance policies on its own employees called “Dead Peasant Policies” but then refuses to pay one of it’s own employee’s health benefits when she needed it the most. – View Video Here

(NYPost) – Frank retreats on debt

Powerful lawmaker Barney Frank had to pull his foot out of his mouth yesterday.

The Massachusetts Congressman rattled investors when he said the US Treasury won’t be responsible for bailing out investors holding the more than $5 trillion of mortgage-linked securities issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — the ailing mortgage companies at the center of the junk mortgage crisis. Read More Here

(AuctionBytes) – IRS to Track Online Sellers’ Payment Transactions

Internet sellers who don’t report their sales will no longer be under the radar. Starting next year, any bank or other payment settlement company that processes credit cards, debit cards, and electronic payments such as PayPal will have to issue information returns telling the IRS what merchants receive. The new returns are Form 1099-K, Merchant Card and Third-Party Payments. Read More Here

(C4L) – The Dominos of Default

The bad news for Greece is that despite some help from abroad, and some attempts at internal reform, investors are still leery of the troubled state. The good news, if you can call it that, is that they will soon have company in the penalty box. Read More Here

(BusinessInsider) – Goldman Says Matt Taibbi, Zero Hedge, Louise Story, And Janet Tavakoli Have Become Risks To Its Business – Read More Here

Obama is a Liar: Illegal Wars, Fraudulent Bailouts, Egregious Assault on Civil Liberties

(Truthdig) – We owe Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney an apology. They were right about Barack Obama. They were right about the corporate state. They had the courage of their convictions and they stood fast despite wholesale defections and ridicule by liberals and progressives. Continue reading

MSM: How mobile phones let spies see our every move

(Guardian) – Government’s secret Celldar project will allow surveillance of anyone, at any time and anywhere there is a phone signal Continue reading

Video: Judge Napolitano – Recognition of States Rights and the 2nd Amendment

(Fox) – Judge Napolitano has Damon Root on as his guest as they discuss the upcoming Supreme Court ruling that will effect the States abilities to recognize individually there own liberties and in particular the 2nd Amendment. Continue reading

Obama and the Global Police: More Friendly Fascism?

“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.”– James Madison
Over the course of his first year in office, Barack Obama has shown himself to be a skillful and savvy politician, saying the things Americans want to hear while stealthily and inexorably moving forward the government’s agenda of centralized power. For example, in one breath, Obama pays lip service to the need for greater transparency in government, while in another, he issues an executive order that will result in even more government secrecy. Continue reading

Poll: Most Americans would trim liberties to be safer

(McClatchy) – After a recent attempted terrorist attack set off a debate about full-body X-rays at airports, a new McClatchy-Ipsos poll finds that Americans lean more toward giving up some of their liberty in exchange for more safety. Continue reading

Audio: The Boiling Frogs Presents Mark Klein

Mark Klein provides us with his personal account of the illegal spying apparatus installed at AT&T by the National Security Agency and his battle as a whistleblower to bring it to light. He talks about the difficulties in getting a reluctant media to report the story, the incredible betrayal by the L.A. Times, his role as a witness in a lawsuit brought against AT&T by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the alarming state of our civil liberties today, the need for vigilant activism, and more.

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Source: Boiling Frogs – Sibel Edmonds

The Decade Of Tyranny – Alex Jones, Steve Watson and Paul Watson

During the first nine years of the new millennium we have been witness to a rapid erosion of freedom. Our basic liberties have been systematically denigrated and diluted by a vast expansion of coordinated global tyranny. Continue reading

Video: Attack Yemen? – Ron Paul

(C4L) – Congressman Ron Paul gives his thoughts on Yemen, the attempted airline bombing, the motivations of Al Qaeda, the radicalization of the Middle East, and the negation of our liberties to government provided “security.” Continue reading

America Under Barack Obama: An Interview with Nat Hentoff

“I try to avoid hyperbole, but I think Obama is possibly the most dangerous and destructive president we have ever had.”—Nat Hentoff
Nat Hentoff has had a life well spent, one chock full of controversy fueled by his passion for the protection of civil liberties and human rights. Hentoff is known as a civil libertarian, free speech activist, anti-death penalty advocate, pro-lifer and not uncommon critic of the ideological left. Continue reading

Robocops Come to Pittsburgh …and bring the latest weaponry with them

No longer the stuff of disturbing futuristic fantasies, an arsenal of “crowd control munitions,” including one that reportedly made its debut in the U.S., was deployed with a massive, overpowering police presence in Pittsburgh during last week’s G-20 protests. Continue reading

Big Brother FBI – Data-Mining Programs Resurrect “Total Information Awareness”

Like a vampire rising from it’s grave each night to feed on the privacy rights of Americans, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is moving forward with programs that drain the life blood from our constitutional liberties. Continue reading

MSM: What next for the Patriot Act?

(Aljazeera) – The Patriot Act is one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in US history [GALLO/GETTY]
Just 45 days after the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Bush administration passed the US Patriot Act, a raft of legislation that gave the federal government far-reaching powers to gather information about their citizens. Continue reading

Big Brother continues to spy on American public

We’d like to believe that with a new administration in charge, the USA PATRIOT Act in its current form would be headed for the scrap heap.
Alas, we would be wrong. Continue reading

Robocops Come to Pittsburgh …and bring the latest weaponry with them

No longer the stuff of disturbing futuristic fantasies, an arsenal of “crowd control munitions,” including one that reportedly made its debut in the U.S., was deployed with a massive, overpowering police presence in Pittsburgh during last week’s G-20 protests. Continue reading

It’s Time for a Real Discussion on REAL ID

(C4L) – Today the DHS extended the deadline for states to ask for an extension in order to comply with the Real ID Act 2005. Prior to today the states had until 11 October 2009 to ask for an extension. States now have until 1 December 2009. Continue reading

Europe’s Complicity in Evil – Paul Craig Roberts

Address to Mut zur Ethik Conference, “Sovereignty or Imperialism,” Feldkirch, Austria, September 5, 2009 Continue reading

Video: Camp Fema – Evidence of Internment Camps in America (Trailer)

AVAILABLE ON DVD SEPTEMBER 18

Recent legislation attempting to legitimize the use of internment camps to detain U.S. citizens in the event of an uprising or civil unrest has many people asking what nation they live in. Continue reading

A Primer on Martial Law

It is difficult these days not to come upon some pessimistic patriotic commentator expressing the fear that something called “martial law” may soon be imposed on this country, as the General Government’s response to a new “terrorist attack”, or to the economic and social chaos arising out of a collapse of the monetary and banking systems, or to some other dire event that frightens hapless Americans into trading a sure and certain loss of their liberties for a dollop of conjectural safety. Continue reading

“Emergency Control” of the Internet

You have to hand it to congressional Democrats. Mendacious grifters whose national security agenda is virtually indistinguishable from Bushist Republicans, when it comes to rearranging proverbial deck chairs on the Titanic, the party of “change” is second to none in the “all terrorism all the time” department. Continue reading

H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic: Obama Revives Bush-Era Militarized Quarantine Regulations

While the American far-right rants against alleged “Obama death panels” and other Freddy Krueger-like scarecrows to frighten–and divert–the kiddies, our capitalist masters, as they are wont to do, gaze at the spectacle, laugh, and then tighten the screws.

Health care for all derailed? Mission accomplished! Continue reading

What is a “Three Percenter”?

During the American Revolution, the active forces in the field against the King’s tyranny never amounted to more than 3% of the colonists. They were in turn actively supported by perhaps 10% of the population. In addition to these revolutionaries were perhaps another 20% who favored their cause but did little or nothing to support it. Another one-third of the population sided with the King (by the end of the war there were actually more Americans fighting FOR the King than there were in the field against him) and the final third took no side, blew with the wind and took what came. Continue reading