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Category Archives: Bad Cops
Checkpoints Near the Border
Be aware that DHS agents have recently set up constitutionally-questionable “security checkpoints” up to 100 miles inside U.S. territory. If you should drive into one of these roadblocks, you are not required to answer the agent’s questions (usually starting with “Are you a United States citizen?”). Nor are you required to consent to any searches.
Visit www.checkpointusa.org/blog to learn more about this program and check out the video below. By actively “flexing” their rights, these brave citizens expose the techniques DHS agents (and police in general) use to trick and intimidate citizens into compliance. Also take note of the practical necessity of flexing your rights repeatedly.
Aside from exposing the legal farce of these internal DHS “security” checkpoints, the phrase “Am I free to go” has taken on a life of its own. (We prominently pushed it in both of our feature films.) We knew that this works to withdraw oneself from unwanted police encounters. Now we have more video proof!
To learn more about how to flex your rights at DHS checkpoints, check out our new article on the topic. It also includes tips for flexing your rights at DUI checkpoints, drug checkpoints, and TSA checkpoints.
As you can see from the video, one must literally exercise one’s rights to see success. The act of legal noncompliance is a skill that requires repeated, disciplined effort. (The more you do it, the easier it gets!)
When done correctly, the act creates shame and discomfort among officers tasked with detaining and interrogating innocent people. More importantly, it sends a message to law enforcement that we the people do not support unconstitutional intrusions of our privacy and liberty. That’s what flexing your rights is all about!
- Do You Know Your Rights If You’re Stopped By Police? (youviewed.com)
- OWNED! Guy Drives out of California CheckPoint Mid-Argument, Refuses Questioning [Video] (freepatriot.org)
- Civil Disobedience on Display at Unconstitutional Checkpoint (activistpost.com)
- Man Refuses to Answer Questions at CA Checkpoint, Drives Away (informationliberation.com)
NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say – The Washington Post
The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials.
By tapping those links, the agency has positioned itself to collect at will from among hundreds of millions of user accounts, many of them belonging to Americans. The NSA does not keep everything it collects, but it keeps a lot.
According to a top secret accounting dated Jan. 9, 2013, NSA’s acquisitions directorate sends millions of records every day from Yahoo and Google internal networks to data warehouses at the agency’s Fort Meade headquarters. In the preceding 30 days, the report said, field collectors had processed and sent back 181,280,466 new records — ranging from “metadata,” which would indicate who sent or received e-mails and when, to content such as text, audio and video.
- NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say (aconservativeedge.wordpress.com)
- NSA Hacked Into Google, Yahoo Networks (valuewalk.com)
- Report: NSA Broke Into Yahoo, Google Data Centers (abcnews.go.com)
- Report: NSA broke into Yahoo, Google data centers (stltoday.com)
- Report: NSA broke into Yahoo, Google data centers (miamiherald.com)
- Snowden suspected of covering electronic tracks (bigstory.ap.org)
- Report: NSA cracked most online encryption (bigstory.ap.org)
- NSA Broke Into Yahoo, Google Data Centers: Report (huffingtonpost.com)
- NSA Infiltrates Google And Yahoo Networks, Report Says (jeremiahtillman.wordpress.com)
- NSA Infiltrates Google And Yahoo Networks, Report Says (techcrunch.com)
Watch video below. NYPD lets Muslims break laws ordinary citizens would ordinarily face extensive punitive damages for, simply because they are Muslims.
This description via LiveLeak.com – NYC parking cop- “we do not ticket if wurshepin” (source of original video):
I came out to find my legally parked van blocked in by illegally parked cabs. I asked a wandering traffic cop to give the cab a ticket since he was making me late for my next appointment. I was told, we are not allowed to ticket the taxis because they were worshiping in the mosque around the corner. There was no way for me to leave and I had my worker on the click as well. This is particularly infuriating because if I let my meter expire 1 minute for ANY reason, I am guaranteed a $130 ticket from these cocksucker. If I said I was praying in a church they would also laugh out loud as they wrote me a non dismissable ticket. Sorry for my somewhat racist and incorrect outburst about it being a day before the anniversary of 9/11. I was pretty twisted with these pricks
- NYPD Enforcing Sharia Law: Special Rights for Muslims (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- NYPD strip hijabs from Muslim sisters in Bronx park (syndicatednewsservices.com)
- NYPD Officers Allegedly Violently Attacked Muslim Teenage Girls, Ripping Off Their Hijabs (thinkprogress.org)
- Report: NYPD Secretly Labels Mosques Terrorism Enterprises (newsy.com)
- ‘New NYPD low’: Muslims outraged by ‘terror enterprise’ mosque probes – New York Daily News (nydailynews.com)
- NYPD Designates Mosques as Terrorism Organizations (conservativebyte.com)
- NYPD: Man Brain-Dead Following Random Rampage In Union Square (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Target Bay Ridge: The NYPD has burrowed deep into the heart of Brooklyn’s Muslim community (mondoweiss.net)
- NYPD secretly categorizing mosques as “terrorist organizations” (voicerussia.com)
- Lawyers urge judge not to delay NYPD stop-frisk reforms (newsday.com)
The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents.
The agency has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, or digital scrambling, that guards global commerce and banking systems, protects sensitive data like trade secrets and medical records, and automatically secures the e-mails, Web searches, Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the world, the documents show.
Many users assume — or have been assured by Internet companies — that their data is safe from prying eyes, including those of the government, and the N.S.A. wants to keep it that way. The agency treats its recent successes in deciphering protected information as among its most closely guarded secrets, restricted to those cleared for a highly classified program code-named Bullrun, according to the documents, provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor.
Beginning in 2000, as encryption tools were gradually blanketing the Web, the N.S.A. invested billions of dollars in a clandestine campaign to preserve its ability to eavesdrop. Having lost a public battle in the 1990s to insert its own “back door” in all encryption, it set out to accomplish the same goal by stealth.
The agency, according to the documents and interviews with industry officials, deployed custom-built, superfast computers to break codes, and began collaborating with technology companies in the United States and abroad to build entry points into their products. The documents do not identify which companies have participated.
- N.S.A. Hacks Internet Encryption, as tech companies allowed to insert secret vulnerabilities in encryption software (aconservativeedge.wordpress.com)
- NSA Is FOILING YOUR ATTEMPTS To ENCRYPT YOUR INTERNET ACTIVITY (secretsofthefed.com)
- N.S.A. foils much Internet encryption (techi.com)
- N.S.A. Foils Much Internet Encryption – NYTimes.com (tech4classrooms.org)
- Snowden: Internet encryption useless against eyes in NSA, GCHQ (motls.blogspot.com)
- Bullrun: The NSA Backdoor Anti-Encryption Bug Program That Breaks Most Encryption on the Internet (siliconangle.com)
Update: Now We Know Why Googling ‘Pressure Cookers’ Gets a Visit from Cops – Philip Bump – The Atlantic Wire
I no longer say “God Bless America,” i now say “God Help America.”
Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which prompts the question: How’d the government know what they were Googling?
Update, 7:05 p.m.: Because the Googling happened at work.
The Suffolk County Police Department released a statement this evening that answers the great mystery of the day.
Suffolk County Criminal Intelligence Detectives received a tip from a Bay Shore based computer company regarding suspicious computer searches conducted by a recently released employee. The former employee’s computer searches took place on this employee’s workplace computer. On that computer, the employee searched the terms “pressure cooker bombs” and “backpacks.”
After interviewing the company representatives, Suffolk County Police Detectives visited the subject’s home to ask about the suspicious internet searches. The incident was investigated by Suffolk County Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Detectives and was determined to be non-criminal in nature.
[T]hey were peppering my husband with questions. Where is he from? Where are his parents from? They asked about me, where was I, where do I work, where do my parents live. Do you have any bombs, they asked. Do you own a pressure cooker? My husband said no, but we have a rice cooker. Can you make a bomb with that? My husband said no, my wife uses it to make quinoa. What the hell is quinoa, they asked. …
Have you ever looked up how to make a pressure cooker bomb? My husband, ever the oppositional kind, asked them if they themselves weren’t curious as to how a pressure cooker bomb works, if they ever looked it up. Two of them admitted they did.
The men identified themselves as members of the “joint terrorism task force.” The composition of such task forces depend on the region of the country, but, as we outlined after the Boston bombings, include a variety of federal agencies. (The photo above is from the door-to-door sweep in Watertown at that time.) Among those agencies: the FBI and Homeland Security.
As of this afternoon, it was still not clear which agency knocked on Catalano’s door. The Guardian reported that an FBI spokesperson said that Catalano “was visited by Nassau County police department … working in conjunction with Suffolk County police department.” (Catalano apparently lives on Long Island, most likely in Nassau County.)
Detective Garcia of the Nassau County Police, however, told The Atlantic Wire by phone that his department was “not involved in any way.”
- Writer reportedly gets a visit from police over Google searches for backpacks and pressure cookers (EndtheLie.com)
- Google ‘pressure cooker,’ get a police visit? Maybe not. (washingtonpost.com)
- Another Wild Story About Government Spying Circulates the Internet, Only to Be Debunked Later (thedailybanter.com)
The February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martion might never have happened if school officials in Miami-Dade County had not instituted an unofficial policy of treating crimes as school disciplinary infractions. Revelations that emerged from an internal affairs investigation explain why Martin was not arrested when caught at school with stolen jewelry in October 2011 or with marijuana in February 2012. Instead, the teenager was suspended from school, the last time just days before he was shot dead by George Zimmerman.
Trayvon Martin was not from Sanford, the town north of Orlando where he was shot in 2012 and where a jury acquitted Zimmerman of murder charges Saturday. Martin was from Miami Gardens, more than 200 miles away, and had come to Sanford to stay with his father’s girlfriend Brandy Green at her home in the townhouse community where Zimmerman was in charge of the neighborhood watch. Trayvon was staying with Green after he had been suspended for the second time in six months from Krop High School in Miami-Dade County, where both his father, Tracy Martin, and mother, Sybrina Fulton, lived.
Both of Trayvon’s suspensions during his junior year at Krop High involved crimes that could have led to his prosecution as a juvenile offender. However, Chief Charles Hurley of the Miami-Dade School Police Department (MDSPD) in 2010 had implemented a policy that reduced the number of criiminal reports, manipulating statistics to create the appearance of a reduction in crime within the school system. Less than two weeks before Martin’s death, the school system commended Chief Hurley for “decreasing school-related juvenile delinquency by an impressive 60 percent for the last six months of 2011.” What was actually happening was that crimes were not being reported as crimes, but instead treated as disciplinary infractions.
In October 2011, after a video surveillance camera caught Martin writing graffiti on a door, MDSPD Office Darryl Dunn searched Martin’s backpack, looking for the marker he had used. Officer Dunn found 12 pieces of women’s jewelry and a man’s watch, along with a flathead screwdriver the officer described as a “burglary tool.” The jewelry and watch, which Martin claimed he had gotten from a friend he refused to name, matched a description of items stolen during the October 2011 burglary of a house on 204th Terrace, about a half-mile from the school. However, because of Chief Hurley’s policy “to lower the arrest rates,” as one MDSPD sergeant said in an internal investigation, the stolen jewerly was instead listed as “found property” and was never reported to Miami-Dade Police who were investigating the burglary. Similarly, in February 2012 when an MDSPD officer caught Martin with a small plastic bag containing marijuana residue, as well as a marijuana pipe, this was not treated as a crime, and instead Martin was suspended from school.
Either of those incidents could have put Trayvon Martin into the custody of the juvenile justice system. However, because of Chief Hurley’s attempt to reduce the school crime statistics — according to sworn testimony, officers were “basically told to lie and falsify” reports — Martin was never arrested. And if he had been arrested, he might never have been in Sanford the night of his fatal encounter with Zimmerman.
In fact, the reason Zimmerman was patrolling the townhouse community the night of the February 2012 shooting was that there had been a rash of burglaries in the neighborhood, although there was no indication that Trayvon Martin was involved in any of those crimes.
As for Chief Hurley’s policy, it was the controversy over Martin’s death that accidentally exposed it. In March 2012, the Miami Herald reported on Martin’s troubled history of disciplinary incidents at Krop High. Chief Hurley then launched the internal affairs investigation in an attempt to find out who had provided information to the reporter. During the course of that investigation, MDSPD officers and supervisors described Chief Hurley’s policy of not reporting crimes by students. Chief Hurley was subsequently accused of sexually harassing two female subordinates. He resigned in February, about a year after Trayvon Martin’s death.
via The American Spectator
- How a Miami School Crime Cover-up Policy Led to Trayvon Martin’s Death (educationviews.org)
- Another story the media will never tell. Why Miami-Dade schools could have saved Trayvon Martin (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: How a Miami School Crime Cover-Up Policy Led to Trayvon Martin’s Death. “… (pjmedia.com)
A Philadelphia couple and an activist lawyer have filed the first class action lawsuit against Verizon Communications and the federal government over the National Security Agency’s collection of millions of Verizon customers’ phone records.
The class action lawsuit, filed in federal court in D.C., names President Obama, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the director of the NSA and the CEO of Verizon as defendants. Also being sued is the NSA, the U.S. Department of Justice, and Judge Roger Vinson of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court – who signed the secret order directing Verizon to turn over all phone records “on an ongoing daily basis.”
The plaintiffs are calling the domestic spy operation an “outrageous breach of privacy” and a violation of Verizon users’ “reasonable expectation of privacy, free speech and association, right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures, and due process rights,” according to the complaint.
The class action lawsuit was originally spearheaded solely by Larry Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch and a vocal critic of the Obama Administration. Philadelphia couple Charles and Mary Anne Strange joined the case on Sunday.
Their son Michael, a U.S. Navy SEAL, was killed along with other 21 other SEAL Team 6 members and 6 National Guardsmen when their helicopter was shot down by terrorist Taliban jihadists in Afghanistan in 2011. They claim in the class action lawsuit that their phone records were accessed and their phones tapped after they became vocal in their criticism of President Obama and the U.S. military regarding the circumstances of their son’s death.
“Somebody has to be held accountable for my son’s death. Thirty brave Americans, the biggest loss in the Afghan war. And that’s when I started asking questions, that’s when my phone got tapped,” Mr. Strange said in an interview.
Strange claims he heard tapping noises on his phone and started receiving odd texts shortly after his son’s death. When he called Verizon to inquire “who’s this?” he claims he was told “it’s somebody listening in from the United States, and someone from Afghanistan.”
The class action lawsuit challenges the legality of the NSA’s “secret and illegal government scheme to intercept and analyze vast quantities of domestic telephone communications.”
“They weren’t going after individual terrorists, they were going after the entire American public,” Klayman told reporters.
Klayman and the Stranges are seeking to represent a nationwide class of all American citizens in the United States and overseas who are current subscribers or customers of Verizon at any time, including but not limited to April 25, 2013 to July 19, 2013.
They are seeking a cease-and-desist order to prohibit the collection of Verizon customers’ phone records and more than $3 billion in damages and attorney fees.
- Philadelphia Couple Join Class-Action Lawsuit Against NSA’s Verizon Spying (philadelphia.cbslocal.com)
- Obama, 9 PRISM Partners Targeted by Class-Action Lawsuit… Developing… (usnews.com)
- Nine Companies Tied to PRISM, Obama Will Be Smacked With Class-Action Lawsuit Wednesday (usnews.com)
- Former DOJ Prosecutor Files $3 Billion Suit Against Obama, Holder, NSA, Verizon Over PRISMGate (silverdoctors.com)
- Nine Companies Tied to PRISM, Obama Will Be Smacked With Class-Action Lawsuit Wednesday (thedestructionist.wordpress.com)
- 17. Nine Companies Tied to PRISM, Obama Will Be Smacked With Class-Action Lawsuit Wednesday (12160.info)
- Idaho Woman Sues Obama, Holder, Hagel And NSA Over Surveillance (secretsofthefed.com)
- Lawsuit filed over NSA phone spying program (networkworld.com)
- Nine Companies Tied to PRISM, Obama Will Be Smacked With Class-Action Lawsuit Wednesday (12160.info)
- Geneva Co. BP Class Action Lawsuit (wtvy.com)