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Monday, December 14, 2009

Set the tasers on Kill!

Searching the headlines in recent days, it seems like each new day provides another victim of Law Enforcement and its over-reliance on the Taser. O'er the land of the cowards, and the home of the slaves (America-btw), the portable electroshock device has proven itself a cop's best friend. “You can gain compliance just by having it,” said Jeff Petty, a Loves Park (IL) police Taser instructor. “The value of that is priceless. A lot of times people will say, ‘Don’t tase me! Don’t tase me! Sometimes just the presence of a Taser can calm a situation down.” Unless, of course, YOU TASE HIM! Police cheerleaders and other neocon-bootlicker-types, who bow in reverence to the festooned badgery, cheered and snickered at Andrew Meyer (you know, the "Don't tase me, bro" guy from the University of Florida). Four police, who were each pinning down a limb, found it necessary to shock the young man in front of a public audience. Tasers were supposedly originally deployed as an alternative to the use of deadly force, but in this case (like many, many others) UF officers used it as a form of punishment. As the Taser instructor stated above, their goal is to gain compliance.
Below are the names of the thirty-four men killed by American law enforcement tasers in the last six months. Now, I would not sit here and try to defend all of these individuals: some attacked officers with weapons, but some were mentally ill, and others were just trying to run away. We must let our local law enforcement agencies know that we are against cruel and unusual punishment, and tasers are exactly that. Moreover, until it is made clear that tasers cannot be used to dish out punishment (ie. torture), they should be off our streets. People can accept using a taser to thwart an attack against a suspect with a weapon-- and if the taser kills him, it was the perpetrators own fault. But we must no longer accept casualties to irresponsible LEOs who use the device to teach a lesson to a restrained suspect, or to subdue someone because they're too lazy to do the physical part of the job.

*God Bless the families and friends of those who have been killed at the hands of Taser,
International. May they one day inherit what is rightfully theirs.

Douglas Boucher (Mason, OH) 12/13
Paul Martin Martinez Jr. (Roseville, CA) 12/11
Hatchel Pate Adams III (Hampton, Va) 12/11
Andrew Grande (Panama City, FL) 12/11
Edward Buckner (Chattanooga, TN) 11/27
Jesus Gillard (Bloomfield Township, MI) 11/19
Ronald Petruney (Washington, PA) 11/17
Matthew Bolick (East Grand Rapids, MI) 11/16
Darryl Bain (Long Island, NY) 11/14
Herman George Knabe (Corpus Christi, TX) 11/13
Jeffrey C. Woodward (Gallatin, TN) 10/27
Frank Cleo Sutphin (San Bernardino, CA) 10/17
Christopher John Belknap (Ukiah, CA) 10/12
Derrick Humbert (Bradenton, FL) 9/28
Richard Battistata (Laredo, TX) 9/21
Robert Lee Thompson (Anderson, SC) 9/20
Yuceff W. Young II (Brooklyn, OH) 9/19
Alton Warren Ham (Modesto, CA) 9/16
Shane Ledbetter (Aurora, CO) 9/7
Manuel Dante Dent (Modesto, CA) 8/27
Miguel Molina (Los Angeles, CA) 8/26
Mark Anthony Barmore (Rockford, IL) 8/24
T.J. Nance (Arizona City, AZ) 8/22
Francisco P. Sesate (Mesa, AZ) 8/20
Ronald Eugene Cobbs (Greensboro, NC) 8/18
Hakim Jackson (Philadelphia, PA) 8/14
Ernest Owen Ridlehuber III (Greenwood, SC) 8/12
Terrace Clifton Smith (Moreno Valley, CA) 8/9
Jonathan Michael Nelson (Riverside County, CA) 7/30
Rory McKenzie (Bakersfield, CA) 7/2
Shawn Iinuma (Fontana, CA) 6/29
Derek Kairney (South Windsor, CT) 6/20
Dwight Jerome Madison (Baltimore, MD) 6/13
Brian Cardall (Hurricane, UT) 6/9

Thanks to Truth-not-Tasers for the names of older taser death victims, who are no longer in the headlines.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

In Gratitude to Those Who Justly Serve

In light of the recent string of attacks against law enforcement in the US, I think it necessary to mourn the lives of the fallen officers and to thank the average cop on the beat who is willing to put his life on the line to secure the safety of others. In my 28 years on this earth, I have had plenty of encounters with law enforcement. Like in all walks of life, we are stuck with the bad along with the good. I believe that, as I have stated previously, our government has become like a cancer to our once prosperous and free society. Offshore banks and multinational corporations have essentially bought off both parties in our political system. As throughout history, many peace officers have answered the call to serve and protect their communities with the same dignity, honor, and respect for the law-abiding citizen as in generations past. But when government becomes self-serving and corrupt, it ever increasingly spends more resources protecting its own power and authority. On this foundation forms a culture of arrogance and suspicion, and make no mistake-- the Feds are largely to blame. At least in suburban and rural America, local police forces are the most professional as they are directly responsive to their communities. It is the Homeland Security sponsored "events," such as at the G20 or at the many federally granted police checkpoints, that police abuse is most rampant. For some reason, when you get State, County, and local police together, people end up dead. And now the military is becoming increasingly involved in civilian policing, in violation of the century and a half old Posse Comitatus Act that has served us well.
We need police reform. More law enforcement agencies involved means less accountability and more plausible deniability. We, the people, are neighbors and co-stakeholders with the police. This relationship worked for a couple hundred years in our country, and it can still work today. This article is particularly troubling for those of us who seek to lessen the tension with our local police. Indeed, some horrible acts have been committed against officers in recent months, and our hearts go out to the families, friends, and coworkers of the fallen. Let us work to keep law enforcement local when at all possible.

The Canadian Police State

The unprecedented buildup of law enforcement and paramilitary forces in preparation for the Olympic Winter Games sheds light onto the burgeoning police state north of the border. The Vancouver police have already announced their purchase of the medium-range acoustic device (MRAD), the somewhat smaller cousin of the LRAD used against protesters in Pittsburgh in September during the G20 summit. The VPD has assured Canadians that the sonic weapon will ostensibly serve as an extremely overpriced public address system. But evidence has already surfaced that the Canadian authorities are seeking to deny entrance to individuals likely to engage in speech critical of the government. Indeed, the Olympic Games have become little more than an opportunity for the politicians to have a grand gala (while enriching their cronies) at the expense of the lives of average citizens. Rumors persist that the homeless will be rounded up and moved to some out of the way place for the length of the games. After all, you can't have street people walking around the city. Nor can you have dissent in the streets while the whole world is watching!
If I didn't know better, one could conclude that Canada is in the midst of an internal military lock-down, complete with victim disarmament! The Toronto Chief of Police has instituted Project Safe City, which sought to round-up nominally illegal firearms that had expired registrations and the like. At the same time, the Defence Department has rolled out the new Canadian Urban Environment Pattern for its soldiers deployed to major urban centers like Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto. The governments of the US, Canada, Britain, and Australia are clearly all reading from the same script. Long established separations between the military and civilian law enforcement are being blurred, and unfortunately, the enemy is: YOU.
Out of love for the free men and women of Canada, Police State Watch will continue to monitor developments north of the 49th parallel. We must lend each other support in our fight against the tyranny of the New World Order. We must reject the corporate push for a North American Union, and continue to exercise out rights as free people- lest we lose them all together!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wanted: A Compliant Public (Or Else!)

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget ye were our countrymen."

Samuel Adams

Why have Americans become sow cowed, so willing to go along to get along? Will we stand up for anything? Is there any level of corruption and inhumanity that will ignite the righteous indignation of a docile citizenry? Searching the headlines for cases of excessive force and brutality perpetrated by our so-called public servants reveals that police forces around our country expect, above all else, unquestioning compliance. It is clear that the federalization of law enforcement has ingrained officers with the us against them mentality. Although we are forced to pay their salaries and pensions (which are now well above that of the general public), many police strut around suburban and small town USA wearing their body armor, as if they are patrolling Baghdad or the fictional Farmington neighborhood from the popular FX series "The Shield." Although even the freest society requires a mechanism for enforcing the rule of law, the law (like government more generally) has become too omnipotent in society today. We must demand a change in posture from those in positions of law enforcement.
The media and popular culture have glorified the badge, teaching a highly suggestible public that the police are above reproach. Moreover, society tells its youth that rather than achieving wealth and earning influence in life, a badge is a quick way to gain authority over others. It is not a stretch to assume that this draws some of the darker elements of society into law enforcement. Despite an attempt to weed out the bad seeds through the process of psychological testing, they are clearly on the streets. The culture must change if we are to have police who do not join the force for the sheer power that the badge provides. We need peace officers who are students of natural rights and the constitution, not an army of shock troops stopping people and demanding compliance!
Rather than an alternative to the use of deadly force, the taser has become an oppressor's method of obtaining pain compliance. In total disregard for the 8th Amendment, law enforcement agencies across the land carry this portable electroshock weapon. The taser has killed hundreds in the US alone, often because of multiple or repeated shocks from trigger happy police. Indeed, many are subjected to shocks for simply questioning or disagreeing with an officer. It will probably take many hundred more outrageous deaths before authorities realize that power mad cops cannot be trusted to exhibit the discernment and restraint required to use such a device. As shown on the PSW map, the Cedar Falls (Iowa) police department is now equipped with a taser shotgun that they're likely itching to try out. These supposedly less-lethal munitions are likely to continue seeing widespread deployment in our communities unless we speak out now! In creating the Police State map, I have sought to publicize particularly aggregious cases of taser misuse: most recently the cases of Rolando Ruiz in Minneapolis and Glen Wilcox in Alaska. I do not call out police for using tasers against those fighting or resisting arrest, but we are seeing too many cases of an officer being too lazy to chase a suspect or simply punishing a citizen for "talking back".
Using pain (ie. tasers) to obtain compliance = T O R T U R E ! ! !

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Language of Subjugation: "with tyranny and injustice for all"

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government." Patrick Henry

We are taught that police officers are at all times to be respected, as keepers of the peace and upholders of the rule of law. Indeed, the political talking heads and pop culture generally portray law enforcement as heroic and beyond reproach. In discussing the actions of police at the G-20 in Pittsburgh last September, most commentators will freely admit their biased willingness to side with the cops, while downplaying video evidence of the thuggish treatment of demonstrators (you know, "we don't see the context of why the officer struck the young lady in the face"). A free people are not required to submit to the demands of any person wearing a badge. We the people are not medieval serfs who must bow down to the crown. Your badge represents the job that you chose- it does not convey any absolute authority over law-abiding citizens in a constitutional republic.
Our beloved US Constitution, together with a historically moral citizenry, has been responsible for creating the most universally free and prosperous society in the history of mankind. Nevertheless, over the course of many decades, the statist has managed to circumvent the firewalls that once protected the people from the strong hand of government.

"Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety."
Benjamin Franklin

Would anyone argue that the framers of our constitution had intended for law-enforcement to have extra-constitutional powers such as, the adorably named, sneak and peek. Does anyone think that Patrick Henry could have foreseen the day when the American people would capitulate to a knock-and-talk, at the hands of their own countrymen. Would Benjamin Franklin have submitted to a stop and frisk of his person? These practices, among many others, run contrary to the spirit in which our Constitution was written. Their implementation, generally upheld by the Supreme Court (no less!), is more fitting of King George's kangaroo court.

Particularly in the aftermath of 9/11, We all let our guard down and as a result, the US government is a virtually sovereign institution unto itself. The politicians, bureaucrats, and the globe's most monied interests preserve their own wealth and power, at taxpayer expense. Manipulated by the media fear mongering, the American people have submitted their freedom for a little perceived security. Today, the system (owned by a small corporate banking elite) has turned it guns inward, with Homeland Security naming any opponent of its policies as potentially violent extremists. Even nonviolent protest is viewed as 'low level terrorism' by the DoD. I guess it is true: if the government is run by criminals, then I guess good patriotic Americans are their number one threat.

"Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." John Adams

The truth is, We have become a cowardly people, unfit to govern ourselves. If the government claims it must infringe on our rights, or keep secrets from us, we willingly shrug our shoulders and accept the encroaching tyranny? HELL NO! We must re-discover the good Lord and the spirit of liberty. We must reject the establishment's justifications for this police state that has been created. Finally, we must see our bondage for what it is. The so called sneak and peek is breaking and entering, whether the aggressor has a badge on or not.

sneak and peak- search warrant authorizing the law enforcement officers executing it to
effect physical entry into private premises without the owner’s or the occupant’s permission
knowledge and to clandestinely search the premises
knock and talk- a noncustodial procedure where the officer identifies himself and asks to
talk to the home occupant and then eventually, requests permission to search the residence
stop and frisk- The situation in which a police officer who is suspicious of an individual
detains the person and runs his hands lightly over the suspect's outer garments to determine
if the person is carrying a concealed weapon.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Civil Unrest Looms; Police Abuse More College Students

The latest assault on non-violent protesters comes from the Rochester, New York police department, as several dozen anti-war demonstrators were met by another aggressive response from police seemingly itching for a fight. We are beginning to see a schism between American youth, who are watching the generation in power destroy their formerly wealthy and free nation, and the guardians of the status-quo. One brief note for those who aren't in the know: America's problems have nothing to do with the color of the president's skin. Unfortunately, young Americans will not soon agree on the size and breadth of the government they would like to see. But, we do know one thing: what we have seen in recent weeks in Pittsburgh and Rochester are not it!

I would suggest three steps in the right direction that most all of us could agree.

1.) DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT WHEN EXERCISING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. We must stand together in numbers, armed with cameras to capture crimes committed against us. We must denounce those who speak of violence, and watch vigilantly for agent provocateurs. We must revive sit-ins, where our cameras can prove that protesters were subdued, and therefore could not be the initiators of violence. Any aggression against us in this way cannot be justified by the media.

2.) Support measures to audit, and then end the fed! Our debt based economy has benefited too few for too long. The private and run-for-profit Federal Reserve has been the ultimate good old boy's network since 1913. The dollar has lost 95 percent of its value since the Fed's inception, and the globalists have used it to finance their world empire and the military-industrial-complex. The Wall St. banksters have leveraged our very lives and labor in order to continue to consolidate control over every facet of society.

3.) Begin the conversation with representatives about permanently disbanding the Department of Homeland Security. They have quickly gone from securing the nation against Muslim sleeper cells, to calling peaceful protests "low level terrorism" (Google that one if you don't believe me). Basically, if you strongly believe in any cause, or if you are against any US Government policy, you may be a domestic extremist according to Homeland Security. The DHS is setting up military liaisons within your local police department. They are providing law enforcement with armored vehicles, the Orwellian LRAD devices from the G-20, and soon we may see the Active Denial microwave guns deployed in our cities.

As one lone voice in the wilderness, I thank anyone who faced down the state-sanctioned oppression and persecution in Pittsburgh and Rochester. It seems likely that this is only the beginning, as we know the New World Order has prescribed austerity and tyranny for the American people. Forget about Democrats versus Republicans. Third party candidates should be considered, but mainly we must focus on an individual's record. And if they have no clear record, FORGET THEM! We need pro-liberty candidates for local, state, and federal office. A nation without the Federal Reserve and without the Department of Homeland Security could once again reclaim the title: the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Darwinism vs. Constitutional Government

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence -- it is force. -George Washington

We, the People, have rejected a constitutionally mandated rule of law, and have instead capitulated to a system of the survival of the fittest. America's founders, most of whom were steeped in Judeo-Christian teachings and those of classical liberalism, understood that every life has value, and each citizen has a right to equal protection under the law. Sadly, our immoral citizenry has acquiesced to a system that judges a person's value solely on their ability to make money. As a result, our institutions of government, higher education, and civil society itself accept the domination of a tiny monied elite. Our fiat, debt-based monetary system is operated at their behest. Our government works to fulfill their bleak vision of the future, regulating the people to their benefit.

Whether this Illuminati amount to a dozen families, four thousand oligarchs, or a class of a few million planetary bureaucrats- they are vastly outnumbered and could be brought to justice for their crimes against humanity. We do not have to live in perpetual debt and servitude! The problem, it seems, is that most any person of even modest influence (ie. any prominent voice or salary) perceives themselves to be part of the power structure; a member of the establishment. This, of course, is absurd! It is a symptom of a godless society, where personal and professional success lead to an ignorant love of self above all else. If we accept the Darwinian concepts of evolution and the "survival of the fittest", rejecting God as the creator, then we will have no compassion for the less fortunate. After all, if the most powerful among us have an absolute and scientific right to dominate, then we have no need for any rule of law because might equals right.

Sadly, there seems to be no place for biblical Christianity in today's society. Disinformation is rampant, and the mainstream media promotes globalist propaganda and a culture of mindless entertainment rather than actual investigative journalism. Conservative talk radio hosts like Limbaugh, Levin, Savage, etc. speak the truth about the ills of big government, but they support the establishment in other ways: exhibiting a general disdain for the poor and downtrodden, and practice hero-worship of the police and military. The recent G20 police riots in Pittsburgh exemplify the drummed up fear of 'anti-conformists.' What is more threatening?: A dozen skinny teenagers dressed in black and wearing bandannas, or thousands of stomping storm troopers, secret police, and camouflaged paramilitaries exercising for war against the American people. This is completely irrational! And for what?, to protect a system that has already stolen our standard of living, and in our names created a debt that can never be repaid!

They use our own tax money to oppress us, bringing law enforcement from around the country as a show of force against individualism. Their tactics of intimidation provoke outrage in sovereign individuals, who can still think for themselves. Unfortunately, the majority believes that the robocops are protecting their interests. Meanwhile, their fate will ultimately be the same as the brave dissenters who faced down the wicked henchmen of the state: with their sonic weapons and chemical agents. You fools, it's like standing guard at your bedroom door while the burglar has his way with your wives or daughters!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Push Back the Tyrants; Restore Our Liberty!

When you step out of your home today, take a look at the world around you. We the people are guilty until proven innocent. Slaves in the land that our forefathers fought to free. The government takes our money, and leaves a fraction for us to live on. We spend our lives working to pay for a piece of property of our own, that the government can steal should we fall behind on our tax tribute. Now we are all succumbing to debt, and the state is becoming desperate for more funds to feed its fix. The public is being squeezed by an ever expanding police state that has been set loose by a small minority of sick elites.

Para-military secret police and SWAT teams dressed in black uniforms are not a sign of a free andb healthy society secure in its liberty. Millions of CCTV cameras, speed and red-light cameras, and other remote law enforcement devices have become as recognizable on the American landscape as the fruited plains.

The DHS and the Patriot Act were not created in a few weeks as a response to 9/11. Now, as the government anti-terror apparatus is turned in on us: the Christian, the conservative, the defender of the Constitution, the police are being trained that We are the enemy. No longer are they fighting TERRORISM (which brings to mind suicide bombers and frightening turban-wearing men in caves), they fight EXTREMISM, namely, those who are "bitter clingers" to guns and religion who are resistance to the inevitable CHANGE.

Note that their brand of change is neither democratic, nor is it particularly humane. Their programs of transformational change have been very gradual over the last 100 to 150 years, but their agenda is speeding up rapidly as our quality of life declines dramatically. I am willing to take on all comers in debate, but not to debate if it is really happening here, rather YOU should argue for the New World Order's agenda rather than ignoring its existence!