Archive for the ‘4th Amendment’ Category

Remy updates the Alanis Morissette hit for a certain senior senator from California. Written by Remy. Video and animation by Meredith Bragg. Music performed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Ben Karlstrom.Approximately 2 minutes.

Lyrics:

A Senator lady

Got the news one day

The country’s being spied onby the NSA

So she went out defendingon each TV set

but when she found out she’d been snooped on

she got all upset

And isn’t it ironic?

I mean, don’t you think?It’s like you’re at Chris Brown’s

and there’s punch in the fridge

or if The Bachelor passed a geography quiz

Learning Ted Kennedy happened to be good at bridge.

And who would have thought? It figures. Senator, this may surprise youa nd the irony bites but Congresspeople ain’t the only ones

with 4th Amendment rights

It’s like a minimalist

who does their laundry with All

or if Woody Allen liked to watch Kids in the Hall

it’s like FDR got locked in a Honda Accord

a cheap healthcare plan that you just can’t afford

If Oscar Pistorius really hated The Doors

and who would have thought?

It figures. I heard the government is sneaking up on you.

Life has a funny, funny wayof calling you out, calling you out.

via Isn't it Ironic: Government Surveillance Version with Remy – YouTube.

Authorities destroy cameras to prevent account of raid…

When critics warn about the dangers of police militarization, this is what we\’re talking about. You’ll see the raid team, dressed in battle-dress uniforms, helmets and face-covering balaclava hoods take down the family’s door with a battering ram. You’ll see them storm the home with ballistics shields, guns at the ready. More troubling still, you’ll see not one but two officers attempt to prevent the family from having an independent record of the raid, one by destroying a surveillance camera, another by blocking another camera’s lens.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/op…

RAID FILMED: Ankeny Police ‘Traumatize’ Family in IowaANKENY,

IOWA WHOTV: New information regarding the story reported Monday night regarding a search warrant that was executed at a Des Moines home, looking for about $1000 worth of items purchased with a stolen credit card. Ankeny police spokeswoman Captain Makai Echer says officers consider several factors when deciding whether to send officers similar to a SWAT team to a house to serve a warrant, or simply knock on the door.In this case, Echer says, officers looked at suspect’s criminal histories and whether there could be firearms in the home. Of the three suspects that were present in the home, one has a violent arrest record for two assaults about 13-years ago and a domestic assault.Another suspect did have a permit to carry a weapon. Echer would not comment on whether that played a role in the decision. She would also not comment on whether it was appropriate for a police officer to rip a security camera from the front of the house after officers had already entered.

http://whotv.com/2014/02/04/new-detai…

via Scenes from Militarized America: Iowa family 'terrorized' – YouTube.

Where I see it going is toward a totalitarian state,\” says William Binney. \”You\’ve got the NSA doing all this collecting of material on all of its citizens – that\’s what the SS, the Gestapo, the Stasi, the KGB, and the NKVD did.\”

Binney is talking about the collection of various forms of personal data on American citizens by the National Security Agency (NSA), where he worked for 30 years before quitting in 2001 from his high-placed post as technical leader for intelligence. A registered Republican for most of his life, Binney volunteered for military service during the Vietnam War, which led to his being hired by the NSA in the early \’70s.

In 2002 – long before the revelations of Edward Snowden rocked the world – Binney and several former colleagues went to Congress and the Department of Defense, asking that the NSA be investigated. Not only was the super-secretive agency wasting taxpayer dollars on ineffective programs, they argued, it was broadly violating constitutional guarantees to privacy and due process.

The government didn\’t just turn a blind eye to the agency\’s activities; it later accused the whistleblowers of leaking state secrets. A federal investigation of Binney – including an FBI search and seizure of his home and office computers that destroyed his consulting business – exonerated him on all charges.

\”We are a clear example that [going through] the proper channels doesn\’t work,\” says Binney, who approves of Edward Snowden\’s strategy of going straight to the media. At the same time, Binney criticizes Snowden\’s leaking of documents not directly related to the NSA\’s surveillance of American citizens and violation of constitutional rights. Binney believes that the NSA is vital to national security but has been become unmoored due to technological advances that vastly extend its capabilities and leadership that has no use for limits on government power. \”They took that program designed [to prevent terrorist attacks] and used it to spy on American citizens and everyone else in the world,\” flatly declares Binney (33:30).

Binney sat down with Reason TV\’s Nick Gillespie to discuss \”Trailblazer\”, a data-collection program which was used on American citizens (1:00), why he thinks the NSA had the capability to stop the 9/11 attacks (7:00), his experience being raided by the FBI in 2007 (12:50), and why former President Gerald Ford, usually regarded as a hapless time-server, is one of his personal villians (41:25).

Approx. 50 minutes.

via Edward Snowden, v 1.0: NSA Whistleblower William Binney Tells All – YouTube.

The full statement is as follows:

The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.

Since the jury decided that the tragedy was a result of justifiable self defense, the “future tragedies” will not be the attacker but the attacked. Does that sound better to anyone other than attackers, muggers, rapists, thieves and/or wannabe tyrannical government?

Yeah I know adding government was redundant to the prior description of what government has become, but, I’m going to leave it there.

A video of Rutherford County deputies stopping a Middle Tennessee State University student at a DUI checkpoint, then asking him to pull over and searching his car after he wouldn’t roll the window all the way down, is nearing 2 million hits on YouTube.

Libertarians nationwide have been recording interactions with police in a campaign to demonstrate what they call violations of constitutional rights. A party representative said Chris Kalbaugh, 21, checked in and got the go-ahead for such a demonstration before he stopped at the checkpoint and encountered Rutherford County Sheriff’s Deputy A.J. Ross.

Kalbaugh’s video camera was recording from the passenger seat, aimed toward the driver’s side window.

In the video, Ross asks Kalbaugh to roll down his window farther, and Kalbaugh refuses, saying it’s fine where it is. When Kalbaugh continues to challenge Ross’ demands, Ross orders him to pull his car over and step out. Later, a drug dog…

Read the rest @ “The Tennessean”

It appears that the K-9 officer has trained his dog to alert on command. This practice has become so ubiquitous that it has become a standard way of getting around the legal process of getting a warrant. Until dogs start passing the bar and elected to judgeships, it is time to end giving dogs such authority.

 

As a veteran and long time (since 1978) Libertarian whose brand of libertarianism was relabeled as Neolibertarian (a description I heartedly embraced) by the crew at QandO back in 2004, I believe that Sarah-Cuda just laid out why we need a strong revolt from the self-privileged, self-entitled, thieves, poltroons and con-men of the political class.

On America’s News HQ, Sarah Palin criticized both Republicans and Democrats who “caved” in to President Obama’s “wishes to legalize illegal aliens.”

Palin slammed the bill and its supporters, saying “it’s a matter of a lack of principle and respect the law.” She even called it a “betrayal” to law-abiding Americans and legal immigrants. “It doesn’t solve any of the problems that we may have with immigration.”

When it comes to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Palin said he needs to face the consequences of his actions if he did indeed violate the law. “We are still a nation that respects the rule of law, right, even though amnesty bill just sort of thwarted all that.”

via Sarah Palin: Immigration Bill Supporters 'Betrayed' Americans – YouTube.

Why who’s in charge, of course!!!

When the story broke that the NSA has spent the past several years collecting the phone records of millions of U.S. mobile customers, the Obama administration and other lawmakers were quick to dismiss the immense privacy implications posed by such information.

We disagree, and believe then-Senator and now-Vice President Joe Biden got it right in 2006 while commenting on the Bush-era NSA’s similar mass collection of calling records.

If you agree and want to see reforms to rein in NSA spying, visit our coalition site at https://optin.stopwatching.us to make your voice heard.

For full video, see http://cbsn.ws/11xfnOy

via Biden in 2006: NSA Collection of Phone Records Violates Privacy – YouTube.

We have the elements of a Police State here — Mark Levin

via A fired up Mark Levin talks to Neil Cavuto 6-6-2013 – YouTube.

WATERTOWN, MA — On Friday, April 19, 2013, during a manhunt for a bombing suspect, police and federal agents spent the day storming people’s homes and performing illegal searches. While it was unclear initially if the home searches were voluntary, it is now crystal clear that they were absolutely NOT voluntary. Police were filmed ripping people from their homes at gunpoint, marching the residents out with their hands raised in submission, and then storming the homes to perform their illegal searches.

via Police perform house-to-house raids in Watertown MA ripping innocent families from their homes – YouTube.

Wait! Aren’t we told that “New World Order” is conspiracy theorist” claptrap?

Vice President Joe Biden calls for the creation of a “new world order” at the Export Import Bank conference in Washington on April 5, 2013. He also said the U.S. jobs figures for March are “disappointing.”

via Biden: The 'affirmative task' before us is to 'create a new world order' – YouTube.