Archive | September 17, 2012

Photography Now an Act of Crime in the U.S

Photography Now an Act of Crime in the U.S

 

Some Americans have been witnessing an ugly upturn in domestic policy and law enforcement on the streets. With increased police brutality the last week of August brought into law photography classified under the Potential Criminal or Non-Criminal Activity Requiring Additional Fact Information During an Investigation. Under the LAPD Department Manual Volume IV Revised by Special Order ? 2012 it states:

Photography. Taking pictures or videos of facilities/buildings. infrastructures, or protected sites in a manner that would arouse suspicion in a reasonable person. Examples include taking pictures or videos of ingress/egree, delivery locations, personnel performing security functions (e.g. patrol, badge/vehicle checking), security-related equipment (e.g. perimeter fencing, security cameras), etc

Fair enough one might say, but how far reaching is this policy outside of LAPD jurisdiction and stated policy? A point in case is Jefferson Parish in Louisianna, when Sean Warren was beaten and tasered for recording the maltreatment of his brother, Casy Warren on September 09. He was then handcuffed and his cell phone destroyed, and then the polic turned on Casey himself and did the same!

Counter-terrorism!

This street performance has been meted out across the country in one form or another and occasionally resulting in death, and more to do with hiding evidence than national security.

When Sean Warren’s fiancee witnessed the incident, she called 911 in the hope the New Orleans police would come and rescue Casey. When they did arrive, both brothers were informed that they were not being arrested, and one officer helped Sean to find his phone.

Aware of civil and human rights, Warren managed to recover the video after taking his phone to a repair shop.

It did not stop there… 12 hours later police from the same Parish arrested Casey for wreckless driving and for fleeing from an officer. This was the third incident the Warren brothers experienced with the first noticeable incident was when they were being followed in their car. All documented with their attorney, in this incident, they stopped driving in an attempt to lose the unknown assailant. Instead of the assailant driving on, a man jumped out with a drawn gun, and identified himself as a detective with Jefferson Parish. No identity was given, no evidence of being from the polic department, no sirens, so Casey legged it down the bridge towards home. However, the same detective in Parish sheriff deputy uniform turned up on his doorstep. Casey was in his boxer shorts on answering the door, and was dragged out of the house and threatened by two deputies.

Casey was tasered in the head for asking for the presence of New Orlean police being out of jurisdiction, and Casey’s attorney noted that they were not reported leaving their post in Jefferson Parish. Casey was then handcuffed beaten in his kidneys, his back, and tasered again before being placed in a police car.

The Warren brothers have of course been hospitalized, and the FBI are running an investigation, but it should not reach this point, a point which will avail the Warrens nothing!

The case of Sam Bacile, the man behind the incendiary home-made film, Innocent Muslims has served many purposes including a national security one. Brought in for questioning by the FBI on September 15, a point he proves helsp to substantiate the following promotion by Deputy Chief Michael Downing, commanding officer of the LAPD’s counterterrorism unit:

“In this region we have active terrorist plots, in this region, right now,” he told KNX 1070 Newsradio

 The Department is currently tracking “government of Iran operatives, Hezbollah, sovereign citizen, homegrown violent extremists, animal rights groups” and others, Downing said.

He added that Iranian or Hezbollah agents may initiate attacks locally if war erupts between the U.S. and Iran.

Well from Hezbollah to animal rights groups should keep them busy, and the U.S. population under the firm eye of Big Brother!

 

Sources:

Romero, D. “Photographers Can be Detained as Potential Terrorists Under Official LAPD Policy.” http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2012/08/photography_suspicious_activity_terror_lapd.php

Ruppert, M. “Cops punch, tase, handcuff man then smash his cell phone for recording brother’s arrest.”  http://endthelie.com/2012/09/15/cops-punch-tase-handcuff-man-then-smash-his-cell-phone-for-recording-brothers-arrest/#axzz26YRhqoNI

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Are You Using the Gift of Choice, or is It Being Done for You!

 

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Why Protests are Sweeping the Middle East

Why Protests are Sweeping the Middle East

From A.N.S.W.E.R

U.S. Marines have been sent to Libya and Yemen. U.S. drones dominate the air space of Libya.

Until NATO bombers destroyed its government last year, Libya was a truly sovereign country. No one can make that claim now. It will be the Pentagon and CIA who will determine what should be done in Libya in pursuit of those whose demonstration at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi led to the death of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

The Libyan revolution led by Colonel Qaddafi evicted the Pentagon’s important Wheelus Air Force Base from the country in 1970.

But the Pentagon is back now. Some things seem not to change. The U.S. Marine’s first foreign expedition was in 1806 and the battleground was Tripoli.

“From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land, and sea.” This begins the official hymn of the U.S. Marines Corps, enshrining the history of U.S. expansionism. The U.S. Marine Corps is staying true to that hymn today, as Marines set sail yet again for the coast of Libya, as well as Yemen—putting elite special operations units of U.S. troops in two new countries in a matter of two days.

The Marines don’t actually fight for “our country” as the hymn exalts. This is just patriotic propaganda. It is endlessly repeated, but that doesn’t make it true. They are being sent to the Middle East to shore up the position of the Empire as rebellions sweep the region.

As Marine General Smedley Butler, who won two Congressional Medals of Honor, famously put it when he retired and became an anti-war proponent:

I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.

What is the real role of the U.S. military in the Middle East?

U.S. troops and aircraft are dispatched again in the Middle East today. For the past half century, this pattern has been repeated time again.

When the Iraqi people carried out a truly revolutionary overturn in 1958 against the British-backed monarchy in Baghdad, President Eisenhower rushed 10,000 troops to Lebanon and the British sent troops into Kuwait. The troops were to secure the position of the colonial powers against indigenous revolutions from the people of this oil-rich region. For the British, of course, its stakes in Kuwait were similar to its stakes in Hong Kong. Both were artificially carved, colonial-administered port areas taken from their mainland for the benefit of the colonizers at the expense of Iraq and China, respectively.

Is it any wonder that there is smoldering anger today at the United States and the former colonizing powers?

Angry protests targeting U.S. and other western embassies and businesses swept across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia on Sept. 14. The widespread demonstrations followed attacks on U.S. embassies in recent days in Egypt, Yemen and Libya, where the U.S. ambassador and three other U.S. personnel were killed on Sept. 12. The Sept. 14 protests, took place in many countries, including Egypt, Nigeria, Mali, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Pakistan, with embassies breached in Libya, Yemen, Tunisia and Sudan.

The trigger for the demonstrations was the internet circulation of a deliberately offensive and insulting film produced in California about Mohammed regarded by Muslims as prophet and founder of the Islamic faith. As insulting and inflammatory as the film is, the widespread and militant response it can only be understood by taking into account the historic role of imperialism, which has left a deep reservoir of anger toward the United States, Britain, France and the other colonizers.

Among the actions of the United States are: the invasion of Iraq, support for brutal military dictatorships and royal monarchies, arming and funding for Israel in its non-stop war against the Palestinian people, the overthrow of the democratic government in Iran in 1953, the installing of client police states, notorious illegal torture, the genocide in Iraq over 20 years, military occupations, and now skies buzzing with robotic killers who blow up civilians—and then their funerals—on a regular basis. This backdrop of colonial violence gives some insight as to why small sparks can create region-wide upsurges against the perpetrators of those crimes.

The shock and surprise of the U.S. government at the embassy protests shows its imperial arrogance, believing it can act as a wrecking ball in the region, bombing and occupying countries, without triggering a response from the victims.

The ANSWER Coalition has been organizing for over a decade against the military operations of the Empire in the Middle East.

The people of the United States want this endless war against the people of the Middle East to end.

14 September 2012

“It is with dismay that some Americans observe the blood lust of follow Americans who cheer and rally at the news that the 9th illegally held inmate of Guantanamo Bay was found dead after being tortured.

Since when do Americans condone and cheer the constitution trampling practice of illegal kidnappings being conducted by the secret police without evidence, trial or due process?

Since when have forced disappearances to secret overseas CIA torture prisons become cornerstones of the American ideals of freedom and liberty?

How can my fellow Americans cheer when those illegally detained without due process end up dead in the hands of their torturers?

Adnan Latif was one of the first individuals to be brought to the prison after he was caught on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan nearly a decade ago.

The Yemen native claimed to be seeking medical aid at the time, but the US military accused him of being an al-Qaeda recruit.

This clearly is moment reminiscent of the German population under the indoctrinated control of Hitler’s Nazi propaganda machine.

Nothing else explains news of the death of an illegally detained CIA torture victim drawing cheers from Constitution loving Americans who value above freedom and liberty above all else.” – Alexander  Higgins

Others are just dismayed at the illusions of a people who do not realize themselves that they are living in a policed state, by a state that does not care whether the common American sinks or swims:

“America is a nation desperate to believe they remain a just and moral people even as they carry out unjust and immoral wars upon other nations. Those (far too many) Americans who lack the courage to stand up to a government gone wrong are grasping at any symbol that allows them to pretend they remain decent human beings. They won’t oppose the violence in Iraq, so they scream about violence on TV. They cannot face up to the reality of torture of innocent victims so they complain about”decency”in movies. They bash gays. They demand evolution mythology replace science on the schools. They scream for the Ten Commandments to be displayed in the offices of government while blind to that government’s violation of those same commandments. And, of course, they scream for Terri Schiavo to prove to the world (and themselves) that they really do care about every single human life, despite having sat in silence while hundreds of thousands of people were killed and the survivors showered with radioactive waste in wars started with lies and deceptions. If hypocrisy were an Olympic event, America would take home the gold, silver, AND bronze!”   Michael Rivero

What American reaction points to is that all the mind control experiments on the population since WWII have paid off! They responded as desired to the killing of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, and two others whose names are never mentioned! However what the whole American population thinks/believes is not what is hitting the news right now!

Americans are now ready for the next stage of the game plan, reminiscent of ancient Rome’s amphitheaters, “Kill the Muslims”

Whatever the Council for Foreign Relations run Obama Administration does next, Americans will accept it! The pseudo-Christian ire has been raised, with another example of the German fulfilling Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s request to not supply Egypt with submarines according to the German daily Der Spiegel. But wasn’t Stevesn killed at the Libyan U.S. Embassy! It only lends support to the common belief that the Innocent Muslims that led to the false flag at the Libyan U.S. Embassy is an Israeli backed operation!

Meanwhile, reason is absent…

As the U.S. deploys two Aegis class destroyers off the coast of Libya, and dispatch marines to throughout Libya, the Yemeni protest against the defamation of Prophet Muhammed (SAW) has resulted in the storming of the Yemeni U.S. Embassy, 4 dead, 8 seriously injured, and 34 injured from Yemeni security forces. How ironic that this protest should draw attention globally, and not the U.S. led civil war in Yemen, and the thousands killed!

Why has the U.S. responded so drastically to the killing of three Embassy staff, with the guided missile warship USS Laboon ready and waiting on the Mediterranean Sea near Libya while USS McFaul heads to the same destination from the Strait of Gibraltar according to PressTV. Is it a part of their presidential election game plan?

As it is, the situation has gone too far. The Arab Spring brought respect to the region, but the Winds of Change might be casting its spell!

Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, personally vowed to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to void a submarines deal its country signed with Egypt, and said that her government will not approve this deal with the Egyptian Army, the German “Der Spiegel” reported.

15 September 2012

Now that the polarization of West and the East has been set in motion, whatever counter measures through trade and aid was employed to ensure that in the first instance, the Middle East capitulates and remain subjects of global governance has also been compromised. Protestors in Tunisia were able to enter their U.S. Embassy, and replace the American flag with the black flag of al-Qaeda – how ironic, the world has still yet to learn that al-Qaeda is a U.S. psyops operation, and has very little to do with Islam, or Muslims, but are mercenaries acting on behalf of the U.S., providing the U.S. with the opportunity to enter any country in the name of war-on-terror. Sudan did the same, but to a German Embassy, in response to a rightwing protest in August 2012, whereby caricatures of Prophet Muhammed (SAW) were employed, and also because German Chancellor Angela Merkel awarded a Danish cartoonist in 2012.

This in fact is good for business warprofiteering – global governance business, as the likelihood of the West’s recovery from the global economic crisis look very slim in the immediate future. With the man the Republicans tried to silence, Ron Paul drawing massive crowds, the global elite’s presidential elections in favor of Mitt Romney is also seriously compromised, as Israel’s position looks a little stronger than before.  It has also given the U.S. State Department the excuse to police the world more closely, as it organized a round-the-clock vigil on all U.S. Embassies in the Middle East and North Africa, which provides great cover to take on not only Syria, but any other country they choose.

16 September 2012

On one of those rare moments when the Sudanese government stands up for rights, justifiably, Sudan forbids U.S. request to send marines into Sudan under the pretext of beefing up security of the U.S. Embassy on Sudanese soil. Meanwhile, Libya acts in typical fashion by shooting down U.S. drones.

As Middle Eastern state media readily reports American reports that ‘Sam Bacile’ is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Coptic-Egyptian living in California. The interesting thing about Nakoula though is:

In March 27 1997, police had reason to stop Nakoula on the road outside Los Angeles as part of a ‘drugs investigation,’ but apparently he had U.S$45,000 in 100s and 20s in a paper lunch bag on the seat beside him! Under watch, the police followed him as he drove a U-Haul rental truck to a storage facility (owned by Mansour Barsoum) in Downey to a Super 7 liquor store, where Nakoula picked up Khaled Ibrahim, an employee there where they unloaded 30 boxes of pseudoephedrine, a prime ingredient of methamphetamine. Another 99 cases were found at the storage facility. The police when they approached Nakoula was told by him that he was only working for Barsoum, owner of ABC Trading, but in tracing ‘Barsoum’ there was no one by such name at ABC Trading let alone an ABC Trading.

Police found receipts from a Santa Monica firm called M&A for U.S$150,000 of pseudoephedrine pills, but found no M&A Trading, but a federal DEA agent found receipts to pills recovered at an illegal meth lab.

The twist on the above scenario is Nakoula only spent two days in jail with three years’ probation! So who was/is Bacile-cum-Nakoula working for!

In 2009 Bacile-cum-Nakoula pleaded guilty to identity theft and bank fraud, and  restitution of U.S$794,700.57 was demanded of him. He was sentenced to a relatively lenient 21 months in prison, followed by five years’ probation, which among other things prohibits him from using computers or in any other way accessing the Internet without explicit permission (The Daily Beast).

Identity theft is a big problem in the U.S. and Canada. What Bacile-cum-Nakoula was found guilty of was “synthetic identify theft.” He used real Social Security numbers, with fake names to open numerous bank accounts, and many alias,’ but then there are ATM cameras!

The question remains however, who is Bacile-cum-Nakoula working for and who is he really! If Obama wants to get to the bottom of this, he should find the answer to these questions, and then he might find the answer behind the murder of the three U.S. Embassy staff! However, this looks like unlikely, as Bacile-cum-Nakoula has served his purpose, and as 25 nations in the form of battleships, aircraft, and submarines, converge on the Iran’s Strait of Hormuz, ready for war!

The most recent statement from a harassed Victorian Nuland spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department was as follows:

“I’m going to frustrate all of you, infinitely, by telling you that now that we have an open FBI investigation on the death of these four Americans, we are not going to be in a position to talk at all about what the U.S. government may or may not be learning about how any of this this happened — not who they were, not how it happened, not what happened to Ambassador Stevens, not any of it — until the Justice Department is ready to talk about the investigation that’s its got,” told reporters late Friday afternoon.

“So I’m going to send to the FBI for those kinds of questions and they’re probably not going to talk to you about it”

17 September 2012

France Bans Further Demonstrations Against Anti-Islam Film

France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls has ordered a ban on any further demonstrations against an anti-Islam film made in the United States.

Valls said on Sunday that he would prevent more anti-US demonstration in the country against the insulting film produced by an Israeli-American that disrespects Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

“I have issued instructions so that this does not happen again. These protests are forbidden,” Valls said in an interview with France 2 television.

The minister went on saying that the government would fight more anti-US protests with “the greatest firmness.”

His warning comes only a day after Muslim demonstrators staged a protest outside the US Embassy in Paris… French police made 100 arrests in the capital for attending in anti-US protest. Read on >>>

Stevens was Found Alive Inside the Consulate!

Libyans tried to rescue Ambassador Chris Stevens, cheering “God is great” and rushing him to a hospital after they discovered him still clinging to life inside the U.S. Consulate, according to witnesses and a new video that emerged Monday from last week’s attack in the city of Benghazi.

The group of Libyans had stumbled across Stevens’ seemingly lifeless form inside a dark room and didn’t know who he was, only that he was a foreigner, the man who shot the video and two other

The account underlines the confusion that reigned during the assault by protesters and heavily armed gunmen that overwhelmed the consulate in Benghazi last Tuesday night, killing four Americans, including Stevens, who died from smoke inhalation soon after he was found. U.S. officials are still trying to piece together how the top American diplomat in Libya got separated from others as staffers were evacuated, suffocating in what is believed to be a consulate safe-room.

The Libyans who found him expressed frustration that there was no ambulance and no first aid on hand, leaving him to be slung over a man’s shoulder to be carried to a car.

“There was not a single ambulance to carry him. Maybe he was handled the wrong way,” said Fahd al-Bakoush, a freelance videographer who shot the footage. “They took him to a private car.” Read on >>>

18 September 2012

Will the growing global protests affect the decision to invade Syria, and war on Iran!

Anti-U.S. demonstrations have been taking place on home-soil in California against Washington

–        In Lebanon, Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah addressed 500,000 people in southern Beirut

–        In Kabul, Afghanistan: “ Death to America!” and “Death to those people who have made a film and insulted our Prophet (PBUH).”

–        In Pakistan’s financial capital, Karachi and Lahore police fired tear gad to disperse protestors marching towards the U.S. consulate

–        Petrol bombs were hurled at the compound of the U.S. Embassy as police fired teargas at protestors in Indonesia

But these mass protests are not about Innocence of Muslims, yet Saudi Arabia is one of the 35 countries performing ‘war exercises’ in Iran’s Strait of Hormuz!

Talk about the Boomerang effect!

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By Becky Bohrer

Alaska is known for pioneering, self-reliant residents who are accustomed to remote locations and harsh weather. Despite that, Gov. Sean Parnell worries a major earthquake or volcanic eruption could leave the state’s 720,000 residents stranded and cut off from food and supply lines. His answer: Build giant warehouses full of emergency food and supplies, just in case.

For some in the lower 48, it may seem like an extreme step. But Parnell says this is just Alaska.

In many ways, the state is no different than the rest of America. Most people buy their groceries at stores, and rely on a central grid for power and heat. But, unlike the rest of the lower 48, help isn’t a few miles away. When a fall storm cut off Nome from its final fuel supply last winter, a Russian tanker spent weeks breaking through thick ice to reach the remote town.

Weather isn’t the only thing that can wreak havoc in Alaska, where small planes are a preferred mode of transportation and the drive from Seattle to Juneau requires a ferry ride and 38 hours in a car. The state’s worst natural disaster was in 1964, when a magnitude-9.2 earthquake and resulting tsunami killed 131 people and disrupted electrical systems, water mains and communication lines in Anchorage and other cities.

“We have a different motivation to do this, because help is a long ways away,” said John Madden, Alaska’s emergency management director.

The state plans two food stockpiles in or near Fairbanks and Anchorage, two cities that also have military bases. Construction on the two storage facilities will begin this fall, and the first food deliveries are targeted for December. The goal is to have enough food to feed 40,000 people for up to a week, including three days of ready-to-eat meals and four days of bulk food that can be prepared and cooked for large groups. To put that number into perspective, Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, has about 295,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and Juneau, its third largest, about 31,000.

It’s not unusual for states that routinely experience hurricanes or other large-scale disasters to have supplies like water, ready-to-eat meals, cots and blankets. But Alaska is interested in stocking food with at least a five-year shelf life that meets the nutrition, health and cultural requirements of the state’s unique demographics. That means, as part of the effort, trying to incorporate cultural foods like salmon for Alaska Natives as well as foods that would be more common in urban areas, state emergency management spokesman Jeremy Zidek said.

An estimated 90% of commodities entering Alaska are delivered through the Port of Anchorage. Air service is also a critical link to the outside world and generally the only way to reach many rural communities. A volcanic blast emitting a large amount of smoke and ash could disrupt supply lines by air and water for an extended period, Madden said, and an earthquake could knock out airport runways or ports. Those are just some of the disasters that might require emergency supplies.

Parnell has made disaster readiness a priority of his administration. His spokeswoman said he has experienced firsthand the devastation of natural disasters, including heavy flooding that knocked some buildings off foundations in Eagle in 2009, when he was lieutenant governor, and the Joplin, Mo., tornado last year. Parnell and his wife visited Joplin with members of the relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.

Madden said Alaska’s readiness is better than it once was and it continues to improve.

State officials have been working to encourage individual responsibility, with talks at schools and public gatherings. Emergency management officials plan to have a booth at the Alaska State Fair. A statewide disaster drill is planned for October.

Over the past year, the state has acquired or purchased water purification units and generators designed to work in cold climates, including units that could power facilities like hospitals, Madden said. Officials also are determining what the state needs in terms of emergency medical supplies and shelter, he said.

Delivery of the food stockpiles would be staggered over three years. It would be replaced after it’s used or expired, and it’s entirely possible that much of the food will never be needed. It is not clear what the state will do with the expired, unused food.

The project has a budget of around $4 million and hasn’t generated any real controversy.

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