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“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves”, said once Edward R. Murrow. Today, France resembles that nation.
(The Real Agenda) While the French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, labors strenuously to instigate fear among the French people, his president, François Hollande, goes out of his way to beg for more power for the State.
The fearmongering achieved its goal. The French National Assembly reached an agreement, almost unanimously, to extend the state of emergency until February 26 and expand police powers.
Six votes against and 551 in favor reflected the absence of debate in a society that has lost freedoms and whose people reject radical Islam, but accept radical government.
The feeling of insecurity drives extraordinary measures and that is why both Hollande and Valls have been playing the fear card all along since last Friday’s bomb attacks.
“It was an emergency procedure,” say those who are in favor of government radicalism.
The main opposition party, the Republicans of Nicolas Sarkozy, did not make too much of an opposition to the growing Police State. They actually wanted to go even further with more restrictive measures but accepted the socialist proposal.
“We will vote in favor. We need to move fast,” said the conservative MP Eric Ciotti.
Some of the support for the law came with a little suspicion from the Environmentalist party, whose members said “We will be vigilant”.
“These must be exceptional, transitional measures. We will vote in favor although there will be three votes against our group,” said the environmentalist François de Rugy.
One of those three environmental opposition members was Noël Mamère, one of the very few critical voices in the session on Thursday, where he said the speed with which they have taken security measures are part of a “drift” in French politics with too many laws promoted through “emotion” that are quickly approved before being properly vetted.
The other three votes against the new measures came from the left Socialist group of deputies who were also critical of the economic policy of Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
The massive vote in favor, which today is likely to be sanctioned by the Senate, allows the government to extend the state of emergency for three months; until 26 February 2016.
The most important measure of the new legislation is called assignment of residence. It seeks to legalize the confinement of a terror suspect in a house in a neighborhood.
Confined suspects may be held incommunicado.
During the debate, however, the government itself introduced important coercive measures: if the suspect has a previous conviction for terrorism he may be fitted with an electronic bracelet.
An alarm will alert the police if the subject leaves the geographical perimeter that has been imposed by the Interior Minister.
At the request of the government, MPs approved the possibility of copying computer data in the course of an investigation without a judicial warrant and to dissolve groups advocating terrorism, which applies particularly to managing radical mosques.
The Assembly has added a small legislative change which will immediately block websites that promote terrorism. However, it is unknown what the criteria will be to designate a website as a promoter of terrorism or what content will be deemed as an instigator of terrorism.
A country of Sheep
France is today another France; more fearful and more willing to surrender its freedoms.
“We face an enemy willing to use any failure of the state,” warned the centrist deputy Jean-Christophe Lagarde.
Before the full winding, Valls was able to report the death of Abdelhamid Abaaoud and congratulate the police.
The climate was right to approve new legislation overwhelmingly.
In parallel to the parliamentary debate, the Directorate General of the National Police decided to authorize police officers to carry weapons even while off duty.
President Francois Hollande wants even the municipal police to be armed when on duty.
Until now the national police could only carry weapons within the constituency in which they work.
“We want to be able to carry during their daily trips from home to work,” explained Christophe Dumont, the Syndicated Picture of Homeland Security.
With the new guidelines, officers are allowed to carry their weapons anywhere in the country even if they are off work or on holiday.
The director of the DGSI will meet with unions to set new measures, perhaps permanent ones regarding this new condition.
Moreover, the prefecture expanded until Sunday the ban on organizing demonstrations.
The Government has also decided to indefinitely deprive the Climate Summit that begins in Paris on 30 November of its lighter side and to void all associated activities.
The great march planned by the city center on Sunday 29th has also been canceled.
The Unlimited Power of the Fear Card
Citing no conclusive evidence, the French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, warned yesterday about the possibility that the country becomes a victim of a chemical or bacteriological attack.
“We can not exclude anything. I say this with precaution, but we are at risk of chemical and biological attacks,” Valls said at the start of a parliamentary debate which approved the new anti-terrorism measures.
Valls disturbing words are not a novelty.
The Government shuffled this possibility ahead of the Climate Summit and on Saturday, a day after attacks, the Health Department published a decree to authorize the purchase of a massive amount of pharmaceutical drugs that work as an antidote to some poisoning, especially against sarin gas.
In just one week, after the Paris attacks, France has imposed strong limitations to freedom of speech, freedom of movement and has exponentially strengthened the power of the State.
Government officials have also demonstrated their disdain for the rule of law and by their actions have stated that they do not trust the French people to take care of their own security. Meanwhile, the French people have accepted the new limitations imposed by their leaders.
The new French nation governed by neocolonialist wolves has risen.
Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.
The City of Light (La Ville Luniere) went dark repressively. A separate article discussed draconian measures imposed, explaining police state actions. The fading remnants of “liberte, egalite, (and) fraternite” disappeared in plain sight.
One of the world’s great tourist destinations no longer is safe to visit – not because of possible terrorist attacks, because police state authority replaced constitutional protections.
Expect more incidents like pre-dawn Wednesday morning. Heavily armed soldiers and police stormed Saint-Denis, a northern Paris suburb, hunting for alleged Friday attackers police chief Michael Cadot said were all killed.
Heavy gunfire and explosions followed. Five summary arrests were made. Claims about an alleged female suicide bomber blowing herself up are unverified.
A resident told Le Monde “I was awakened by explosions that lasted about 15-20 minutes. From our window, we could see lights (looking) like gunfire…Then helicopters landed on the roofs.”
Police spokesman Jean-Alphonse Richard claimed authorities raided an apartment allegedly used as a base by Friday’s attackers, looking for accomplices, including Abdelhamid Abaaoud, called the mastermind of what happened – true or false.
Previous articles called Friday’s incident carefully planned and orchestrated state-sponsored terrorism, Washington, France and perhaps Israel likely complicit in what happened – a classic false flag like 9/11 for intended horrors to follow, already evident in police state measures instituted and/or being considered.
France declared war on Syria, joining with US air strikes on infrastructure and government targets, not ISIS as claimed.
Dozens of other community raids were launched nationwide, numerous arrests made. Another Saint-Denis resident reported security forces “shooting from the rooftops. (We were) told to lie on the floor and not go to the windows.”
The toll from Wednesday’s incident is unclear. French TV channel iTele cited an unnamed police source saying three terrorists were killed. Maybe they were innocent victims in harm’s way.
Are Parisians and tourists now at risk of being gunned down by soldiers or police if they’re in the wrong place at the wrong time?
On Wednesday, Saint-Denis became a war zone. Area schools and universities closed. Public transport shut down.
On Monday, Belgian authorities stormed Molenbeek, a Brussels suburb, a mainly Muslim community irresponsibly called a jihadist hotspot. Streets were cordoned off, at least one arrest made, following seven others last weekend. Five were released.
Belgium’s justice minister Koen Geens claims his country has “a foreign fighters problem,” saying enhanced measures are needed to combat it.
Will other communities across Europe and America experience similar police state actions?
9/11 changed everything. Expect greater than ever draconian horrors to follow Friday’s Paris incident – across Europe and America, including enhanced state-sponsored repression and escalated imperial wars.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com
Killer cops throughout America operate unaccountably – agents of wealth, power and privilege exclusively, rampaging against ordinary people ruthlessly.
Fatalities at their hands are on track to exceed 1,000 this year – more than double phony FBI reported numbers.
Official “justifiable homicides” are cold-blood murder in the vast majority of cases. Victims tell no tales, only witnesses when available.
Evidence is overwhelming. US streets are battlegrounds. State-sponsored criminality rages at home and abroad. Corpses piling up attest to America’s ruthlessness.
Not according to Obama. On Tuesday, he addressed the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in Chicago – representing 16,000 members in 94 countries, saying:
“…I want to start by saying on behalf of the American people – thank you. This country is safer because of your efforts.”
“…I want to be as clear as I can be. I reject any narrative that seeks to divide police and communities that they serve. I reject a storyline that says when it comes to public safety there’s an ‘us’ and a ‘them…’ “
“Because your work and your service really has helped make America safer than it’s been in decades, and that’s something for which every American should be proud.”
Hard facts disprove his litany of Big Lies. US police are oppressors, not public servants. They protect the rights of powerful monied interests at the expense of society’s most vulnerable.
They’re militarized from Pentagon-supplied weapons and equipment – more brutal than ever, waging daily war on persecuted communities.
Gitmo in Chicago is Exhibit A. A few miles west of where I live is ground zero for some of the most disturbing police practices – occurring in an off-the-books, unidentified, nondescript warehouse.
Lawlessly arrested and detained, mostly Black victims are isolated, denied access to lawyers for a day or more, and tortured during secret interrogations. Innocence in no defense.
The facility is a few miles from where Obama spoke, mindless of the horrors inside, committed by Chicago’s “finest.” Killer cops nationwide “make America safer,” he said.
“Each fallen police officer is one too many,” he blustered, ignoring their thousands of victims – non-people denied justice, casualties of US barbarism, killer cops operating solely as agents of power and privilege.
Obama promised them more federal aid and support, saying “in my federal budget proposal, I’ve asked Congress to increase funding for the COPS program (a Justice Department community policing initiative) so we can hire even more police officers and make sure you have the training and equipment you need.”
He failed to explain it’s to terrorize vulnerable communities more than ever, mostly Black and Latino ones. Instead he concluded, saying “good police work (reflects) America at its best…May God protect our cops.”
Who serves their victims? Why is nothing done about justice denied them? Who’ll hold police state ruthlessness accountable?
Governments oppressing their citizens are tyrannical. America mocks the principles it claims to support.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.
Another Casualty in America’s Growing Police State.
South Florida media have been abuzz over the past week concerning the shooting death of 31-year old Corey Jones by a plainclothes police officer who reportedly did not show his badge during their encounter.
Yet there’s an especially disturbing wrinkle for major news media, who have expressed reluctance to cover the story because Jones was a licensed gun owner who had a handgun on his person at the time of the shooting.
“The tenor of the coverage has been wait and see,” the Palm Beach Post observed on October 22.
One national producer … who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the network had not authorized her to discuss the story, said her network lost some of its appetite after Jones was found to have been carrying a weapon.
As of last week Al Sharpton was headed to town, and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office has summoned the FBI for a more “objective” evaluation of the crime scene. “Reverend Al’s” plane has yet to touch down in Palm Beach, even though vigils and peaceful protests have been held, and Jones’ family attracted the legal services of Benjamin Crump, the attorney who gained significant notoriety for his representation of the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown families.
A professional drummer, Jones’ SUV broke down on a highway exit ramp in the early morning hours of Sunday October 18 while he was returning from a performance. He was reluctant to leave the vehicle given the expensive musical instruments in his possession. At 3:15AM, as Jones waited for a tow truck, Palm Beach Gardens police officer Norman Raja, who was reportedly working a robbery surveillance beat, drove up in an unmarked white van, and exited his vehicle dressed in jeans, t-shirt and a baseball cap.
According to Crump, who was briefed by a state attorney, Raja never showed his badge to Jones. “It’s unclear what Raja said to Jones,” the Post reports,
but he said he saw a gun and fired six times. Jones, 31, who had a legal concealed carry permit, never got off a shot. He ran from the scene before collapsing 80 to 100 feet away. His gun was found somewhere between his body and the SUV.
Crump asserts that Jones likely died without every knowing that Raja was a police officer and experts agree that this is a possibility.
Crump carried a gun because he often played late night gigs and had to transport expensive equipment to and from performance spots. Yet he also encouraged family members to legally obtain a firearm for protection if they felt it necessary.
There’s indeed the strong probability that Jones’ race was a factor in the slaying. (Incidentally, Officer Raja is of Pakistani descent.) Yet there’s an argument to be made that Jones’ choice of self protection has likewise disqualified him as an ideal victim for the nation’s corporate news media and the “Black Lives Matter” movement to rally around. In fact, Jones brother, a professional football player, more than subtly chastised Black Lives Matter in the wake of the tragedy by declaring that “all lives matter.”
Along these lines, what is almost entirely beyond the realm of mainstream discussion is the fact that police throughout the country are being trained with military-style weaponry and tactics. There is thus a predisposition to assume the mindset that accompanies such training, making law enforcement increasingly poised to recognize the citizenry at large as an enemy–particularly if such a citizenry chooses to exercise its Second Amendment right.
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America’s founders believed education was insurance against loss of liberty.
Jefferson said “(e)very government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render them safe, their minds must be improved…”
Public education is vital because it serves the public interest – giving meaning to “we the people.” Father of American education Horace Mann called “(t)he common school…the greatest discovery ever made by man.” He meant public, not privatized, prioritizing profits over teaching. He believed all students should be educated equally and responsibly.
In America today, they’re intimidated, persecuted and controlled, not taught the way young people were when I grew up in inner city Boston from kindergarten in 1939 to my 1952 high school graduation.
Then college and graduate school when both were extremely affordable, extraordinarily cheap by today’s standards. America’s student loan racket didn’t exist – debt-entrapping millions of students repressively, some facing a lifetime of debt bondage.
Standards in those days stressed teaching. Children learned basics to advance to higher education – important preparatory steps for life. Kids today across America have none of the advantages I had. Things today are deplorable by any standard.
Bush’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Obama’s Race to the Top (RTTT) are Exhibits A and B. The former leaves behind most kids. The latter is a race to the bottom. Both reflect schemes to destroy a nearly four century tradition.
Public schools in America don’t teach. They’re institutions of intimidation and totalitarian control. They produce uneducated youths unprepared for the adult world they’re about to enter – most facing a working lifetime of rotten jobs with poverty wages along with few or no benefits.
No wonder many end up in prison, mostly people of color, ruthlessly abused throughout America’s sordid history.
John Taylor Gatto is an author and former New York City and State Teacher of the Year. “We live in a time of great school crisis,” he stresses.
US children “rank at the bottom of nineteen industrial nations in reading, writing and arithmetic.” Schools “don’t teach anything except how to obey orders.” Institutionalized education in America “is psychopathic – (with) no conscience.”
US society is “disintegrating.” It’s decadent. Kids during school hours “are under constant surveillance, (with) no private time or space…disciplined if they try to assert individuality.”
Wealthy parents send their children to private schools where they’re educated the way all kids in America were decades earlier. No longer.
Hofstra University’s Alan Singer says many inner city US schools function like prisons. He’s a former guest instructor at Rikers Island, calling it “the last stop on the New York City school-to-prison pipeline.”
Schools “reflect and reinforce society,” he explains. They don’t “transform it.” Industrial America no longer exists. Schools evolved accordingly, notably in inner city minority neighbors.
They’re “organized on the prison model where (children and youths) are treated (like) criminals,” Singer explained.
“Students enter buildings through metal detectors. If the device goes off they are bodily searched. Armed police stand guard.” They conduct random locker searches, a Fourth Amendment violation. Use of drug-sniffing dogs is commonplace.
“Uniformed security crews that report to the police sweep the halls. Students are forced to sit in overcrowded uncomfortable classrooms doing rote assignments geared to high-stakes Common Core assessments,” said Singer.
“Stressed out teachers, fearful that they will be judged by poor student performance on these tests, use boredom and humiliation to maintain control of the classroom.”
“When young people react to these conditions they are disciplined. The ultimate goal of school policy is to sort them out with a few destined for success, some to menial jobs, and others for imprisonment.”
Public education in America reflects its racist, punitive, disturbingly ugly dark side – institutions of police state control, not learning, schools run like prisons.
Brown v. Board of Education is dead. Segregation afflicts America’s people of color, harmed by the school-to-prison pipeline – US policy at the federal, state and local levels, kids treated like criminals.
They’re pushed out school doors into prisons – ultimate institutions of intimidation, tyrannical control and abuse, Blacks and Latinos mostly affected, a shocking indictment of a ruthless, dystopian society, unfit and unsafe to live in.
Rutherford Institute is a civil liberties organization. Its founder and president John W. Whitehead calls US public school students “the new inmates in the American police state.”
“(Y)ou’re either a prisoner…or a prison bureaucrat (police officer, judge, jailer, spy, profiteer, etc.),” he explains.
Anyone today can run afoul of the system unwittingly and end up in prison, he says. For kids, it’s much worse, he stresses.
“Microcosms of the police state, America’s public schools contain almost every aspect of the militarized, intolerant, senseless, overcriminalized, legalistic, surveillance-riddled, totalitarian landscape that plagues those of us on the ‘outside.’ “
America is a rigorously controlled police state, ruthlessly threatening and harming most of its people, reflecting tyranny, not democracy.
From the time US kids enter public schools through graduation or sooner if they drop out, they’re “exposed to a steady diet of draconian zero tolerance policies that criminalize childish behavior, overreaching anti-bullying statutes that criminalize speech, school resource officers (police) tasked with disciplining and/or arresting so-called ‘disorderly’ students, standardized testing that emphasizes rote answers over critical thinking (and real learning), politically correct mindsets that teach young people to censor themselves and those around them, and extensive biometric and surveillance systems that, coupled with the rest, acclimate young people to a world in which they have no freedom of thought, speech or movement,” Whitehead explained.
Nearly one in three youths are arrested after leaving school. Millions of kids are suspended or expelled for so-called “disruptive behavior” or “insubordination” – minor things too insignificant to matter.
“Black students are three times more likely than white students to” be targeted, says Whitehead. “Acts of kindness, concern or basic manners can (bring) suspensions.”
A child was punished for sharing his lunch with a hungry friend, another suspended for saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed.
Shocking things happen unheard of when I was growing up. “(H)and-drawn pictures of guns, pencils twirled in a ‘threatening’ manner, imaginary bows and arrows, even fingers positioned like guns) can also land a student in detention,” said Whitehead.
“(V)isits to the principal’s office are transformed into punishments such as misdemeanor tickets, juvenile court, handcuffs, tasers and even prison terms.”
“(A)rmed police officers…patrol school hallways…de facto wardens…doling out their brand of justice…(using) tasers, pepper spray, batons and brute force. The horror stories are legion.”
Irving, Texas 14-year-old Muslim student Ahmed Mohamed was suspended, handcuffed, arrested and detained by police for bringing a homemade alarm clock to class. Racist school officials accused him of making a fake bomb.
US public schools today are dangerous places for children and youths. They’re more prison-like than educational institutions. They reflect ruthless state-sponsored policies – serving the privileged few at the expense of everyone else.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.
It would be nice if the mythology about “the brave men and women of law enforcement,” and the image of police that you see on TV and in movies, in some way resembled reality. But it doesn’t.
Cops showing their “courage” at Columbine:
Cops routinely shoot the wrong person:
A police officer from a Tampa suburb has been fired after footage from a bodycam emerged showing him using a Taser on a shoplifting suspect who had his hands up.
The officer, 36-year-old Tim Claussen, went to the house of Lester Brown, on September 9 to investigate a theft that had occurred at a local retailer earlier that day. The officer asked Brown, to leave his house, but Brown didn’t comply.
“Come outside now,”Claussen said, “or you’re about to get tased. This is the last time.”
The video then shows Brown being suddenly Tasered. He falls to the ground and the officer tells him that he had just “made it a lot worse”for himself.
“Why,”Brown asked, lying on his stomach, “‘cause I’m in my house?”
Police authorities in Zephyrhills, Florida announced the firing of 10-year veteran Claussen on Friday. An internal investigation determined that “the deployment of the Taser was unjustified,”city attorney Joseph Poblick said at a news conference.
Brown, 42, was later arrested on shoplifting charges, but they were later dropped by prosecutors at the request of the police department.
This firing comes at a time of increased scrutiny of police conduct, particularly against unarmed black men and women. But Captain Derek Brewer of the Zephyrhills Police Department told the Tampa Bay Times that there was no evidence the incident had been “racially motivated.”
“We recognized that there was an issue and that’s why we acted quickly,”Brewer said. “Given the circumstances of this incident, I feel like it was the right decision.”
A majority of our society essentially walks around without knowing or actively exercising their rights. In fact, some do not even know what their rights are or why they are so important. Moreover, they would rather wave their freedoms afforded in this country at the first signs of a problem. One example of this is during a manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, police and federal agents spent the day storming people’s homes and performing illegal searches.
In the Constitution, the word “inalienable” means unable to be taken away from or given away by a possessor. That means these are natural rights are not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs of any particular culture or government, and therefore ours for life. Many of us know this, but still our rights as citizens of the United States are violated by the police. For instance, we all want to cooperate and accommodate police officers when they ask us questions. However, some of those questions are not meant to be friendly, but to gain knowledge on you. While you are cooperating with the police officer and putting forth all of this information about yourself, you are providing evidence against yourself that they can use if need be. Remember? Everything you say and do, can be used against you. In this case, it’s best to remain silent.
In Voices of Liberty, reporter Britt Hysen talks to Nina Hodjat, an attorney for DUI Partners. The two discuss how to speak to officers and exercise your rights respectfully at police checkpoints. Nina states that it is best to stay calm and be respectful when exercising your rights. She states that “human element factors come into play in situations such as this. If you are respectful to the police officers, the situation should not escalate. If you are being aggressive, chances are, they will respond to that and become aggressive back. Just stay calm.”
Know Your Rights
Know that you can invoke your rights. This downloadable card lists your rights and can be used when talking with police officers. When you are going through checkpoints, always be respectful use these tips when exercising your rights:
- Stay calm. Don’t run. Don’t argue, resist or obstruct the police, even if you are innocent or police are violating your rights.
- Ask if you are free to leave. If the officer says yes, calmly and silently walk away. If you are under arrest, you have a right to know why.
- You have the right to remain silent and cannot be punished for refusing to answer questions. If you wish to remain silent, tell the officer out loud. In some states, you must give your name if asked to identify yourself.
- You do not have to consent to a search of yourself or your belongings, but police may “pat down” your clothing if they suspect a weapon. You should not physically resist, but you have the right to refuse consent for any further search. If you do consent, it can affect you later in court.
- Be smart and know your rights.
Know Your Rights: Police Checkpoints
In an effort to further inform the public, feel free to post this on your social media pages to get the word out on how vital it is for all of us to know our rights. The more we exercise our rights, the more aware we will be when they are being abused.
What advice can you give about protecting your freedoms?
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A bystander was shot in the leg then arrested during a SWAT standoff with a man firing an automatic weapon. Police feared the witness was holding a gun, but it turned out to be a cell phone. He was shot while police were arresting the suspect.
Daniel Sanchez was standing with his phone outside his garage when police shot at him several times.
“He was yelling, ‘Dad I’m shot, I’m shot,’ so I grabbed him inside and closed the garage door. I put a tourniquet around his leg and a clean towel,” his father, John Sanchez, told KCRA.
The elder Sanchez pointed out four bullet holes in his garage and several more in his car: “You can see how many shots they did: one, two three, four ‒ shooting at my son with a cell phone. C’mon that’s ridiculous,” he said.
“He went right there over to that corner and stood there with his phone, trying to get some pictures,”the father told KOVR.
Police swarmed into the Sanchez’s neighborhood after they received a phone call around 2:15 p.m. local time that a man was terrorizing a California neighborhood with what may have been an AK-47 rifle. The man fired round after round at a neighbor’s home, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said.
“The initial call states that a guy was outside just shooting a machine gun off,” Sergeant Jason Ramos told KOVR. “Not at any particular person, but just shooting a machine gun off outside of a house.”
“He was shooting at the house across the street, and he let off about 100 rounds before the cops got there,” witness Kevin Norris told the local CBS affiliate.
When police arrived, the man ‒ later identified as 62-year-old Ben Ledford ‒ was still shooting, leading to a standoff. Ledford then capitulated to the SWAT team and was taken into custody.
“He came out threw an automatic weapon on the ground and surrendered to us,” Ramos told KTXL.
It was then that two officers noticed Danny Sanchez go out to the edge of the garage of a neighboring home. Sanchez extended his arm with an object in it that they believed was a handgun, Ramos said. When they asked Sanchez to drop his weapon, he refused. Officers fired several shots at him.
“He was right here,” John Sanchez told KOVR, gesturing to his garage, “and I think he stepped out to look, and that’s when he got shot. They got [the bullet holes] marked off; they went right through the paneling and hit my car and they kept going and went out the other side of the wall.”
His son was hit in the leg.
Ramos said that officers arrived to a chaotic scene.
“It took us some time to figure out exactly who had what role in this incident,” Ramos told KOVR. “[Sanchez] found himself in the midst of things and some of his actions were perceived to be threatening to law-enforcement officers.”
Police arrested Danny Sanchez and another neighbor. They also searched the Sanchez home.
No charges were filed against the injured man, who had surgery on Friday to remove bullet fragments from his leg, John Sanchez told KCRA.
The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave.
“They told [Danny] they were sorry that he got shot and everything, that they made a mistake,”Sanchez told KOVR.
Along with the automatic weapon he used, police recovered 45 other guns from Ledford’s home, the sheriff’s department told RT.
Officers also found a deceased dog inside a residence across the street, which Ramos said appears to have been the suspect’s primary target, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Neighbor Maria Selgado told KTXL that Ledford has had issues with a number of residents: “Moved in a couple years ago since then it’s not been the most comfortable situation.”
Multiple area schools were placed on lockdown during the standoff, KTXL reported.
Ledford is being held with bail set at $1 million. He was charged with assault with a machine gun, discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, stalking and cruelty to animals, police said.
By: John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute |
“Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that have increasingly come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning. From metal detectors to drug tests, from increased policing to all-seeing electronic surveillance, the public schools of the twenty-first century reflect a society that has become fixated on crime, security and violence.”—Investigative journalist Annette Fuentes
In the American police state, you’re either a prisoner (shackled, controlled, monitored, ordered about, limited in what you can do and say, your life not your own) or a prison bureaucrat (police officer, judge, jailer, spy, profiteer, etc.).
Indeed, at a time when we are all viewed as suspects, there are so many ways in which a person can be branded a criminal for violating any number of laws, regulations or policies. Even if you haven’t knowingly violated any laws, there is still a myriad of ways in which you can run afoul of the police state and end up on the wrong side of a jail cell.
Unfortunately, when you’re a child in the American police state, life is that much worse.
Microcosms of the police state, America’s public schools contain almost every aspect of the militarized, intolerant, senseless, overcriminalized, legalistic, surveillance-riddled, totalitarian landscape that plagues those of us on the “outside.”
From the moment a child enters one of the nation’s 98,000 public schools to the moment she graduates, she will be exposed to a steady diet of draconian zero tolerance policies that criminalize childish behavior, overreaching anti-bullying statutes that criminalize speech, school resource officers (police) tasked with disciplining and/or arresting so-called “disorderly” students, standardized testing that emphasizes rote answers over critical thinking, politically correct mindsets that teach young people to censor themselves and those around them, and extensive biometric and surveillance systems that, coupled with the rest, acclimate young people to a world in which they have no freedom of thought, speech or movement.
If your child is fortunate enough to survive his encounter with the public schools, you should count yourself fortunate.
Most students are not so lucky.
By the time the average young person in America finishes their public school education, nearly one out of every three of them will have been arrested.
More than 3 million students are suspended or expelled from schools every year, often for minor misbehavior, such as “disruptive behavior” or “insubordination.” Black students are three times more likely than white students to face suspension and expulsion.
For instance, a Virginia sixth grader, the son of two school teachers and a member of the school’s gifted program, was suspended for a year after school officials found a leaf (likely a maple leaf) in his backpack that they suspected was marijuana. Despite the fact that the leaf in question was not marijuana (a fact that officials knew almost immediately), the 11-year-old was still kicked out of school, charged with marijuana possession in juvenile court, enrolled in an alternative school away from his friends, subjected to twice-daily searches for drugs, and forced to be evaluated for substance abuse problems.
As the Washington Post warns: “It doesn’t matter if your son or daughter brings a real pot leaf to school, or if he brings something that looks like a pot leaf—okra, tomato, maple, buckeye, etc. If your kid calls it marijuana as a joke, or if another kid thinks it might be marijuana, that’s grounds for expulsion.”
Many state laws require that schools notify law enforcement whenever a student is found with an “imitation controlled substance,” basically anything that look likes a drug but isn’t actually illegal. As a result, students have been suspended for bringing to school household spices such as oregano, breath mints, birth control pills and powdered sugar.
It’s not just look-alike drugs that can get a student in trouble under school zero tolerance policies. Look-alike weapons (toy guns—even Lego-sized ones, hand-drawn pictures of guns, pencils twirled in a “threatening” manner, imaginary bows and arrows, even fingers positioned like guns) can also land a student in detention.
Acts of kindness, concern or basic manners can also result in suspensions. One 13-year-old was given detention for exposing the school to “liability” by sharing his lunch with a hungry friend. A third grader was suspended for shaving her head in sympathy for a friend who had lost her hair to chemotherapy. And then there was the high school senior who was suspended for saying “bless you” after a fellow classmate sneezed.
Unfortunately, while these may appear to be isolated incidents, they are indicative of a nationwide phenomenon in which children are treated like suspects and criminals, especially within the public schools.
The schools have become a microcosm of the American police state, right down to the host of surveillance technologies, including video cameras, finger and palm scanners, iris scanners, as well as RFID and GPS tracking devices, employed to keep constant watch over their student bodies.
Making matters worse are the police.
Students accused of being disorderly or noncompliant have a difficult enough time navigating the bureaucracy of school boards, but when you bring the police into the picture, after-school detention and visits to the principal’s office are transformed into punishments such as misdemeanor tickets, juvenile court, handcuffs, tasers and even prison terms.
In the absence of school-appropriate guidelines, police are more and more “stepping in to deal with minor rulebreaking—sagging pants, disrespectful comments, brief physical skirmishes. What previously might have resulted in a detention or a visit to the principal’s office was replaced with excruciating pain and temporary blindness, often followed by a trip to the courthouse.”
Thanks to a combination of media hype, political pandering and financial incentives, the use of armed police officers to patrol school hallways has risen dramatically in the years since the Columbine school shooting (nearly 20,000 by 2003). Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, these school resource officers (SROs) have become de facto wardens in the elementary, middle and high schools, doling out their own brand of justice to the so-called “criminals” in their midst with the help of tasers, pepperspray, batons and brute force.
The horror stories are legion.
One SRO is accused of punching a 13-year-old student in the face for cutting the cafeteria line. That same cop put another student in a chokehold a week later, allegedly knocking the student unconscious and causing a brain injury. In Pennsylvania, a student was tased after ignoring an order to put his cell phone away.
Defending the use of handcuffs and pepper spray to subdue students, one Alabama police department reasoned that if they can employ such tactics on young people away from school, they should also be permitted to do so on campus.
Now advocates for such harsh police tactics and weaponry will tell you that school safety should be our first priority lest we find ourselves with another Sandy Hook. What they will not tell you is that such shootings are rare. As one congressional report found, the schools are, generally speaking, safe places for children.
In their zeal to crack down on guns and lock down the schools, these cheerleaders for police state tactics in the schools might also fail to mention the lucrative, multi-million dollar deals being cut with military contractors such as Taser International to equip these school cops with tasers, tanks, rifles and $100,000 shooting detection systems.
Indeed, the transformation of hometown police departments into extensions of the military has been mirrored in the public schools, where school police have been gifted with high-powered M16 rifles, MRAP armored vehicles, grenade launchers, and other military gear. One Texas school district even boasts its own 12-member SWAT team.
According to one law review article on the school-to-prison pipeline, “Many school districts have formed their own police departments, some so large they rival the forces of major United States cities in size. For example, the safety division in New York City’s public schools is so large that if it were a local police department, it would be the fifth-largest police force in the country.”
The ramifications are far-reaching.
The term “school-to-prison pipeline” refers to a phenomenon in which children who are suspended or expelled from school have a greater likelihood of ending up in jail. One study found that “being suspended or expelled made a student nearly three times more likely to come into contact with the juvenile justice system within the next year.”
Not content to add police to their employee rosters, the schools have also come to resemble prisons, complete with surveillance cameras, metal detectors, drug-sniffing dogs, random locker searches and active shooter drills. The Detroit public schools boast a “‘$5.6 million 23,000-sq ft. state of the art Command Center’ and ‘$41.7 million district-wide security initiative’ including metal detectors and ID system where visitors’ names are checked against the sex offender registry.”
As if it weren’t bad enough that the nation’s schools have come to resemble prisons, the government is also contracting with private prisons to lock up our young people for behavior that once would have merited a stern lecture. Nearly 40 percent of those young people who are arrested will serve time in a private prison, where the emphasis is on making profits for large megacorporations above all else.
Private prisons, the largest among them being GEO and the Corrections Corporation of America, profit by taking over a state’s prison population for a fee. Many states, under contract with these private prisons, agree to keep the prisons full, which in turn results in more Americans being arrested, found guilty and jailed for nonviolent “crimes” such as holding Bible studies in their back yard. As the Washington Post points out, “With the growing influence of the prison lobby, the nation is, in effect, commoditizing human bodies for an industry in militant pursuit of profit… The influence of private prisons creates a system that trades money for human freedom, often at the expense of the nation’s most vulnerable populations: children, immigrants and the poor.”
This profit-driven system of incarceration has also given rise to a growth in juvenile prisons and financial incentives for jailing young people. Indeed, young people have become easy targets for the private prison industry, which profits from criminalizing childish behavior and jailing young people. For instance, two Pennsylvania judges made headlines when it was revealed that they had been conspiring with two businessmen in a $2.6 million “kids for cash” scandal that resulted in more than 2500 children being found guilty and jailed in for-profit private prisons.
It has been said that America’s schools are the training ground for future generations. Instead of raising up a generation of freedom fighters, however, we seem to be busy churning out newly minted citizens of the American police state who are being taught the hard way what it means to comply, fear and march in lockstep with the government’s dictates.
As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, with every school police raid and overzealous punishment that is carried out in the name of school safety, the lesson being imparted is that Americans—especially young people—have no rights at all against the state or the police.
I’ll conclude with one hopeful anecdote about a Philadelphia school dubbed the “Jones Jail” because of its bad reputation for violence among the student body. Situated in a desperately poor and dangerous part of the city, the John Paul Jones Middle School’s student body had grown up among drug users, drug peddlers, prostitutes and gun violence. “By middle school,” reports The Atlantic, most of these students “have witnessed more violence than most Americans who didn’t serve in a war ever will.”
According to investigative reporters Jeff Deeney, “School police officers patrolled the building at John Paul Jones, and children were routinely submitted to scans with metal detecting wands. All the windows were covered in metal grating and one room that held computers even had thick iron prison bars on its exterior… Every day… [police] would set up a perimeter of police officers on the blocks around the school, and those police were there to protect neighbors from the children, not to protect the children from the neighborhood.”
In other words, John Paul Jones, one of the city’s most dangerous schools, was a perfect example of the school-to-prison, police state apparatus at work among the nation’s youngest and most impressionable citizens.
When management of John Paul Jones was taken over by a charter school that opted to de-escalate the police state presence, stripping away the metal detectors and barred windows, local police protested. In fact, they showed up wearing Kevlar vests. Nevertheless, school officials remained determined to do away with institutional control and surveillance, as well as aggressive security guards, and focus on noncoercive, nonviolent conflict resolution with an emphasis on student empowerment, relationship building and anger management.
The result: a 90% drop in serious incidents—drug sales, weapons, assaults, rapes—in one year alone. As one fifth-grader remarked on the changes, “There are no more fights. There are no more police. That’s better for the community.”
The lesson for the rest of us is this: you not only get what you pay for, but you reap what you sow.
If you want a nation of criminals, treat the citizenry like criminals.
If you want young people who grow up seeing themselves as prisoners, run the schools like prisons.
But if you want to raise up a generation of freedom fighters, who will actually operate with justice, fairness, accountability and equality towards each other and their government, then run the schools like freedom forums. Remove the metal detectors and surveillance cameras, re-assign the cops elsewhere, and start treating our nation’s young people like citizens of a republic and not inmates in a police state.
Contributed by John W. Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute.
By: Joe Wright |
Anyone who was called crazy for shouting from the rooftops back in 2005 when the first sign of drone testing in the United States was uncovered appears to have been vindicated. Small comfort as we are finally coming face to face with the consequences of our apathy.
North Dakota made international news recently as the first state to legalize weaponized drones for use upon its own citizens. But this still isn’t enough evidence for those whose heads remain buried in the sands of (they hope) blissful ignorance.
Several stunning revelations come from a mainstream media article that seems to accurately identify the problem: “Drone Policing in US Seen as ‘Wild West’.” AFP cites the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s discovery that “60 police forces across the country — from Houston, Texas, to Mobile, Alabama, North Little Rock, Arkansas, and Miami-Dade County — have asked for drone certification” and that, “Up to two dozen police forces are currently fully equipped with drones and trained to use them, including pioneers Grand Forks in North Dakota; Arlington, Texas; Mesa County, Colorado and the Utah Highway Patrol.”
Naturally, these police departments are attempting to justify drones as far cheaper alternatives to helicopters and other conventional aircraft. But that actually exacerbates the real problem, which is that it becoming cheaper and cheaper to institute pervasive surveillance and tracking … and now weaponization.
There have been some positive signs of semi-awakening to this reality, however. The actual sponsor of North Dakota’s drone legislation is having second thoughts and is aiming to change the law within two years, claiming that the police union imposed an amendment that directly reversed his original intent. Some of the more educated and active areas of the country have also pushed back hard against their department’s drone initiatives forcing police to abandon their fast-track plans.
However, a disturbing comment appears in the AFP article from a Director at the Teal Group Corporation, an aerospace defense contractor that obviously would love to see a drone swarm in every town. Philip Finnegan acknowledges that there is some “political risk” at the moment, but is betting on the short-term memory of the American population, as well as their tendency to become acclimatized to all of the trappings of a full-blown police state.
He predicted that the commercial market will take off within five years as the public grows increasingly comfortable with drones and law enforcement uses them more.
So there you have the mentality of those who would profit from the further eradication of liberty inside the United States … just wait it out, you’ll give up and take it eventually.
Don’t become comfortable; spread the word and resist now, because if we think we currently have problems with a brutal police force imagine that force empowered by the same joystick surveillance and weapons that have taken over in “enemy territory.”
Where does your local police force stand on the use of drones? Please leave your comments below.
Joe Wright’s articles can be found at ActivistPost.com
By: Kristen Anderson, Activist Post |
Don’t feel like your privacy is invaded enough? Hoping that the government will begin collecting more of your personal data? Good news! Garbage trucks may soon hit the streets fitted with license plate readers in the San Francisco Bay Area. These handy scanners will sweep the streets at least once a week and provide law enforcement with vehicle location in real time.
The City Counsel voted 4-1 in August to continue planning how to use the technology to provide efficient and effective intelligence to local law enforcement. The scanners cost $15,000 each, and the city could have a constant stream of data coming in.
While law enforcement touts this as an efficient way to deter vehicle theft and locate vehicles that have already been stolen, many are expressing alarm. The plan raises significant concerns due to the fact that it would turn private waste collection companies into agents of law enforcement. The ramifications of this kind of data storage is causing outrage among civil liberties activists because it is not clear what the limits of this data are. Will the data really only be used to help locate stolen vehicles? Or will it be used if law enforcement want to find a criminal suspect? Will it be used if the government wants to monitor the movements of certain citizens? How long before this plan comes to a city near you?
Kristen Anderson writes for ActivistPost.com
By: Melissa Dykes | Truthstream Media –
As reported by SHTF Plan, three men have been arrested on federal conspiracy charges for buying guns, stocking up on ammunition, and attempting to build explosives. We will get to the actual details of those arrests in a moment.
Look at the headline of this story. Feds charging people for prepping for martial law? This is how these arrests have been portrayed in the mainstream media.
That’s what the headline says over at Associated Press, the outlet which supplies much of the mainstream media with its news/talking points:
This headline obviously makes it sound as if prepping for martial law is now a federal crime.
Some outlets, like this one from Officer.com, took it a bit further:
Since when did prepping for martial law become something the FBI can arrest you for?
These men were reportedly stockpiling food and weapons, at least in part in response to Jade Helm, as many people across the country have been.
Here are the details of what actually went down straight from the Justice Department news release:
Beginning on or about June 18, 2015, law enforcement received information that Litteral and Barker were attempting manufacture explosive or destructive devices. On or about July 22, 2015, law enforcement received information that Campbell was reconstructing live grenades from “dummy grenades” sold legally as military artifacts. Litteral, Campbell and others believed that the United States government intended to use the armed forces to impose martial law, which they planned to resist with violent force. Litterral had been purchasing numerous military equipment in preparation for the alleged attack, including ammunition for a .338 caliber rifle, handheld radios with throat microphones for communication, military issue Kevlar helmets, body armor vests and balaclavas (a form of cloth headgear designed to expose only parts of the face).
The FBI became aware that Litteral and Campbell wanted to manufacture destructive devices such as pipe bombs and grenades and possessed some of the needed components. According to the investigation, Barker provided Litteral with pipe fittings, which are needed to manufacture pipe bombs. Litteral also discussed testing the destructive devices in Shelby, N.C., with Barker present for the testing. Making reference to the explosion, court records indicate that Litteral said, “it is going to be great.”
In addition to purchasing the military supplies, Litteral also tried to purchase a firearm and ammunition for Barker. According to court records, Litteral filled out the required form with his own information, even though the gun was intended for Barker. Using his own debit card, Barker purchased ammunition and a large capacity magazine for the gun. Barker’s prior criminal felony convictions prohibit him from purchasing or possessing a firearm or ammunition.
Agree or disagree with the government’s case here or that these men should or should not be charged with conspiracy to violate federal laws governing firearms and explosive devices, it’s still just a bit different from three men being charged with federal crimes for “prepping for martial law,” isn’t it?
What the Associated Press spin on this story did was further push the government agenda to paint anyone who would prepare for martial law in times like those we are living in as not just crazy conspiracy theorists, but as federal criminals or terrorists, further stoking fear in the public that it is preppers the public at large should really be afraid of.
The saddest part is that so many people still watch and read the mainstream news and believe what they are told in headlines or a couple of minutes of a reporter’s teleprompter reading without one iota of critical thought on the matter.
Melissa Dykes is a writer, researcher, and analyst for The Daily Sheeple and a co-creator of Truthstream Media with Aaron Dykes, a site that offers teleprompter-free, unscripted analysis of The Matrix we find ourselves living in. Melissa also co-founded Nutritional Anarchy with Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper, a site focused on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Wake the flock up!
US streets in minority communities are battlegrounds. The good news is more police killings make headlines though nowhere near as many warranted. Justifiable public anger is noticeably more visible.
The bad news is cops in America kill innocent victims hundreds of times annually with impunity.
Activist police brutality critic Sandra Bland was lawlessly arrested after being stopped for a dubious traffic violation. Waller County, TX police lied claiming she assaulted arresting state trooper Brian Encinia. Video evidence showed him harassing, threatening and abusing her.
He opened her car door, aggressively demanded she “(s)tep out of the car.” She justifiably hesitated saying “(y)ou do not have the right to do that. Don’t touch me. I’m not under arrest.”
Encinia threatened her with his taser, saying “(g)et out of the car. I will light you up. Get out. Now. Get out of the car.” Bland was pinned to the ground, assaulted, handcuffed, arrested and jailed. She was found hanged to death in her cell.
A murder investigation is underway. Waller County criminal investigation head Captain Brian Cantrell unjustifiably calls what happened “a tragic incident, not one of criminal intent or a criminal act.”
Systematic police brutality against Blacks in America suggests otherwise. Why would an activist young Black woman commit suicide for any reason – let alone after likely short-term jailing following an abusive traffic stop, a misdemeanor at most if proved she was at fault? Videotape evidence showed otherwise.
Bland participated in rallies against police violence. Prophetically she posted a Facebook comment saying “(i)n the news that we’ve seen as of late, you could stand there, surrender to the cops, and still be killed.”
Was she targeted for her activism? Did State Trooper Encinia stop her for that reason – perhaps knowing he’d assault and arrest her? Was she set up for death? Was Bland assassinated to silence her?
The Texas Department of Public Safety said her arrest “violated the department’s procedures regarding traffic stops and the department’s courtesy policy.”
Encinio was transferred to desk duty. Expect whoever was responsible for Bland’s death to get off scot-free – like virtually always in these type cases.
Independent journalists could write multiple daily articles on horrific police abuse in America – in urban and rural communities, big cities and small, nearly always against disadvantaged people, largely ones of color.
Last Sunday, 43-year-old Black Cincinnati motorist Samuel Dubose was fatally shot in the head by a white officer – inside his car after being stopped for an alleged traffic violation.
On July 19, Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph Deters said “(w)e are investigating what occurred between University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing and Samuel Dubose and we expect to have our assessment complete before the end of next week.”
Dubose was allegedly stopped for missing his front license plate. Authorities notoriously lie. Prosecutor Deters claimed the incident resulted from him struggling with University of Cincinnati officer Tensing.
Unexplained is how (let alone why) with him seated in his car and Tensing outside – unless the officer opened his door and forcibly tried removing him, an act violating police procedure virtually everywhere except perhaps under extraordinary circumstances.
The police account sounded implausible at best. Instead of showing his driver’s license and registration when asked, he allegedly “produced a bottle of alcohol from inside the car, handing it to officer Tensing,” according to university police chief Jason Goodrich.
After an alleged brief struggle, the car rolled forward, knocking Tensing to the ground, he added. He killed Dubose in response.
Whether any of this happened as claimed is dubious at best. Goodrich didn’t say Dubose was drunk – a possible explanation for acting foolishly.
If not, why would he or anyone stopped for an alleged traffic violation hand a police officer a bottle of alcohol instead of his or her license and registration as asked?
Tensing was placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation virtually assured to exonerate him.
Another Black man died because killer cops in America have license to kill – including university ones operating by the same anything goes standard as city, state and federal authorities.
Friends and relatives explained Dubose wasn’t a violent man. He was the father of 13, engaged to be remarried. Neighbor Hadassah Thomas said “(e)verybody in the community loved Sam…He didn’t carry a gun, so why did he get shot” for a routine traffic stop?
Police records show Dubose had prior arrests -whether legitimate or not isn’t clear. Black males in America are ruthlessly harassed, falsely arrested, irresponsibly charged and unjustly imprisoned when innocent of any crimes – or very often minor offenses too insignificant to warrant incarceration, like illicit drug possession.
America’s criminal justice system is maliciously unfair. Three convictions for possessing a few grams of cocaine or a single marijuana joint for personal use in three-strikes-and-out states like Texas, California, Florida, Pennsylvania and many others means life imprisonment.
Loot national treasuries and/or steal billions of dollars from duped investors and get off scot-free – or at most receive minor wrist slap fines compared enormous amounts of money stolen not required to give back.
Unknown numbers of mostly people of color wrongfully fester in America’s gulag longterm for capital or other crimes they didn’t commit. Justice is usually available only for those able to afford it.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.
By: Amanda Warren | Activist Post –
In an incident of disturbing irony, a man has tragically died in custody after leaving a Widespread Panic concert on Saturday evening. Troy Goode was a 30-year-old chemical engineer and a father to a 15-month-old child. Let’s be clear: the actual cause of death is not officially known at this time.
Witnesses were disturbed to see that Mississippi police and paramedics hogtied an intoxicated and apparently rowdy Goode and strangely placed him face down on a stretcher. Still, neither Goode’s wife nor the witnesses expected he would be dead later that evening.
The family attorney says that Goode screamed that he couldn’t breathe. It was a few hours later that authorities called Goode’s mother to say that he was at the hospital, and another phone call later to announce his death. Not much is known about what took place in the interim and the police have not yet commented on the cause of death.
He started acting rowdy during the ride, jumped out of the car and ran around outside a shopping center about 7:45 p.m.
Police were called, and Goode’s wife said the officers aggressively confronted him.
A witness said Goode opened the door to a K-9 patrol car, letting the dog out.
The officers subdued Goode, who was asthmatic, and hogtied him and placed him face-down on a stretcher, the attorney said.
The attorney said witnesses heard Goode, the father of a 15-month-old child, screaming that he could not breathe.
His wife thought he was going to jail, but he was taken to the hospital where he was announced dead three hours later. After one hour in the hospital, authorities reported that he was in stable condition, but not for long. What happened?
Witnesses who recorded the event were disturbed to see Goode not only hogtied, but placed on a stretcher face down. An officer yelled at the person filming. From Photography Is Not a Crime (PINAC), where the video was found:
The video below shows the last moments Troy Goode is seen in public, dead or alive. The witnesses recorded this video and made commentary indicative of a less than serious moment, until seeing that the 30-year-old engineer was hogtied, which their video confirms visually.
According to PINAC, recent headlines suggesting that Goode died of LSD are coming from a biased source – maybe to deflect responsibility? We do not know, but these headlines, which seem to be pulling info from a previous concert incident, appear disrespectful considering that there is no proof of substance use this time outside of alcohol. A toxicology report isn’t expected for another two months.
The real questions should actually be a demand, regardless of the results or potential previous health conditions: if one is taken into custody and his/her life is in custodial hands, then the goal should be to protect that person’s life until the time of release or trial.
One headline quoted a Lieutenant who said:
It’s nothing that’s illegal. It’s called restraining. We’re just basically keeping him from kicking and hurting someone.
Restraining it might be, but there is a reason it makes people cringe. And if it is in any way implicated in injury or death, than the procedure needs to be revisited with your city pronto.
One wonders what paramedics think while transporting a suspect face down on stretcher, helplessly hogtied.
Photo collage: Troy Goode, Facebook and YouTube footage by David A. McLaughlin, Esq.
Operation Jade Helm 15 is coming to a state near you!
People all over America are wondering what the true purpose of Jade Helm is, whether it is linked to coming emergencies or catastrophes, and whether it is being used to condition the public to accept military intrusion in their lives (or a possible marital law scenario). The US military and mainstream media are downplaying its significance, yet a closer examination reveals there is valid cause for concern.
Jade Helm 15 is a military exercise slated to occur from July 15, 2015 until September 15, 2015. It was initially scheduled for 7 states (California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Texas), but now includes 3 more states (Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida). For the first time ever, it will feature American soldiers actively practicing on American soil and American streets – especially on streets, since this operation focuses on urban warfare. These won’t be just any old American soldiers, but the cream of the crop, composed of Green Beret, Navy Seal and other elite forces. According to the US Military, their mission will be to operate undetected amongst the American civilian population, wearing civilian clothes and driving civilian vehicles, and practice UW (Unconventional Warfare) techniques in terrain resembling the Middle East so as to better fight enemies over there. At least, that is the cover story.
Here is a list of 10 deeper implications and causes for concern with Operation Jade Helm 15:
Jade Helm Implication #1: Violation of Principle of Posse Comitatus
The Posse Comitatus Act was passed in 1878, and it forbade the US military from being deployed domestically on American soil. The purpose of Posse Comitatus was to prevent a tyrant from seizing power and directing the nation’s standing armies against its own people. This kind of thing has happened throughout history; military generals like Julius Caesar and Pompey overtook the Roman Republic by marching upon the city of Rome with their armies. Posse Comitatus is a very important plank in a free society, because it is another way to prevent centralization of power and keep the different functions and powers of Government as separate as possible.
Jade Helm appears to be a serious violation of the principle of Posse Comitatus. Not only are the military planning to actively exercise on American soil, but also they are planning to do it among the civilian population, within populated areas. However before Jade Helm arose we already had the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act, passed in 2006, which in many ways gutted Posse Comitatus. As Eric Alterman and George Zornick write:
“Before John Warner passed, the president could deploy troops inside the United States only if he invoked the Insurrection Act of 1807, which allows for deployment only “to suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy.” The new law expands the list to include “natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition”—and such a “condition” is not defined or limited.”
Jade Helm looks like another step in the direction of domestic military deployment – a nail in the coffin for a free republic.
Jade Helm Implication #2: Declaring Certain States Hostile
The supposed basis of Jade Helm is that the US military needs to practice in the same kind of terrain as its Middle Eastern enemies. Since the Middle East is full of different countries whose attitudes towards the US range from hostile to neutral to friendly, the US military has designated certain US states as hostile, to mimic these Middle Eastern countries. When you overlay a Middle Eastern map over the southwest USA, Texas is roughly comparable to Iran, Utah is roughly comparable to Syria and the “insurgent pocket” of California is roughly comparable to Palestine. Thus these 3 areas have been declared hostile for the purposes of Jade Helm.
From a civilian perspective, declaring certain states hostile is a real cause for concern. Texas has a culture of fierce independence and resistance to federal control. Is it just a coincidence that Texas is 1 of the 2 states fully designated as “hostile” in Jade Helm? Is it just a coincidence that Texas just passed legislation to build its own gold bullion depository in order to repatriate $1 billion worth of gold currently stored by the Federal Reserve in New York? Is it just a coincidence that Texas is the state labeled as “hostile” when it’s home to a massive number of gun owners, patriots, secessionists and liberty lovers who would fight the Federal Government to the death?
Jade Helm Implication #3: More War
Even if you take everything the US Military is saying at face value – a big jump I know – and even if you believe that the declaration of certain states as “hostile” is completely innocuous, standard and has no deeper meaning, what are the implications for war? The US has already raised the ire of almost the entire world by its constant invasions, bombings, incursions, drone attacks and assassinations in the Middle East. It has made countless enemies since 9/11 by attempting to conquer that entire region. It has murdered millions of Middle Easteners and has stolen tons of oil and other natural resources from the land. But apparently this is not enough. Now, the NWO elite want to continue using the US military, which is essentially their private army of killers and assassins, to further obliterate Syria and Iran to dominate the entire region – with an eye to encircling Russia and China. Do we really want to ignore or condone the US military training to accomplish its mission of unbridled aggression?
Jade Helm Implication #4: Martial Law or Military Conditioning
The widespread exposure of Jade Helm has led many to predict that it will lead to martial law. Whether this is an accurate prediction or fear-based prophesizing remains to be seen, however one thing is for sure: even if the exercise does not produce martial law, it is definitely conditioning the American public to accept and become accustomed to an increased police/military presence in their lives. Jade Helm is the elite sending a message to the general US population: get used to living in fear. Get used to living in a world where it is normal for the military to patrol among your ranks, disguised or out in the open. Get used to being watched closely. Get used to the sight and sound of military being deployed in your town. Welcome to New World Order America.
Jade Helm Implication #5: The Merging of Military and Police
Jade Helm is another example of a disturbing trend: the merging of the military and police into a single force that can be deployed anywhere, abroad or domestically, against anyone. This force then becomes, essentially, the private army of the elite that can be use against any group that threatens their power structure. For some time now, both in the US and other nations, we have witnessed the growing militarization of the police; in the US this has been aided by programs like 1033, where surplus military equipment is deliberately being funneled to local police forces. The merging of military and police is a big danger to any democracy, due to the gross centralization of power it entails.
Jade Helm Implication #6: US Military Targeting US Citizens
Whenever you dream about, talk about or practice an activity, your brain is learning how do it by making neuron patterns. The US military practicing to target its own citizens is anything but benign and harmless. This literally means that US soldiers are getting accustomed to seeing their own countrymen as the enemy. Jade Helm is not only about conditioning the public to accept an increasingly militarized society, but it’s also about conditioning the future enforcers of the New World Order – soldiers from the US and other countries – to view anyone they’re told to view as the enemy, to shoot upon command without asking questions or challenging orders. Jade Helm is literally and unabashedly an exercise where US soldiers are practicing how to blend in with normal Americans and operate undetected among them. Can you see how inherently dangerous this is? Can you see how such an ability could so easily be used against the American people?
Jade Helm Implication #7: There’s Always an Enemy
From a global perspective, the US military is completely and utterly out of control. Sorry to burst your bubble if you’re an active member or a veteran, but the US military has never been about respect or honor. There’s nothing respectable about mass murder and there’s nothing honorable about constantly invading other sovereign nations because your corporate masters don’t like their leaders – as has been happening in South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and all over the world for over a century. When has the US military ever being used for legitimate defense? Never. It’s always been attack, attack, attack – including both World Wars and the false flag incidents (Lusitania and Pearl Harbor) engineered to get America into those bloody wars.
The problem here is the military mindset – the mindset that divides the world up into friendly and hostile, and that is always training to defend itself and attack “the enemy”, even though that enemy is frequently imaginary. Just look at how many enemies our leaders have given us, from the Nazis to the Commies to the Islamic terrorists, when in all cases those enemies were created and funded by the US military-industrial complex and the NWO elite. Jade Helm is a continuation of the demented and delusional mindset that seeks to find an enemy to fight in any situation.
Jade Helm Implication #8: Unbridled Movement of Military Vehicles
Citizen journalists have caught copious video footage of military vehicle movements around America in the last few months. Is it just a coincidence that some of this is happening in Jade Helm states, such as California, Nevada and Texas?
Jade Helm Implication #9: Connection to Closed Walmarts
The mystery of the abrupt closings of 5 Walmarts in Jade Helm states has not been solved, but many have theorized that it is connected to Jade Helm. Is Walmart, which is already enmeshed with the Federal Government and DHS, linking itself to underground tunnels? Is Walmart setting itself up to become a military command center? If not, then why is military equipment being parked in Walmart parking lots all over America?
Jade Helm Implication #10: Background and Context
No doubt, some of the speculation surrounding Jade Helm is over-the-top “fear porn”. However, even though some people love to jump to conjuring up doomsday scenarios, there is an undeniably valid cause for concern about the existence of an operation like Jade Helm. Think of the background and context in which it is occurring – including but not limited to such events as:
– incidences in the last 3-4 years on American streets of martial law (Boston Marathon) or heavy-handed military-police response (Ferguson, Baltimore);
– Obama signing the NDAA into law, which allows the US Government to indefinitely detain US citizens without charge or trial, in gross violation of the 4th Amendment;
– Obama announcing that “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded”;
– the invention of terrorism as the abstract bogeyman after 9/11, and the wholesale destruction of rights, liberties and privacy that has ensued in many nations across the globe since then;
– the expansion of the definition of terrorism to domestic terrorism, and the subsequent branding of ordinary Americans as extremists or domestic terrorists (e.g. the Ohio National Guard portraying gun rights supporters as domestic terrorists during a drill, the police chief in Concord, New Hampshire wanting to use a tank against occupiers and libertarians, marines in Arizona practicing to subdue citizens inside an internment camp, and American protesters being referred to as “enemy forces” and “adversaries” in National Guard documents);
– the rumors of Obama firing generals and other top military officials based on whether they would fire on American citizens (e.g. testimony of former Navy Seal Ben Smith, who claimed top brass in the military were being asked if they would be comfortable disarming US citizens);
– the US military’s own documents showing it is preparing to intervene and deploy domestically against its own citizens, whom it swore to serve and protect (e.g. the military document entitled Internment and Resettlement Operations);
– the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) purchase of 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition when the agency does not fight any wars abroad, meaning the ammunition must be used domestically;
– the testimony of various military officers, active and retired, who have revealed that the DHS is attempting to build a domestic army (e.g. this Marine Colonel).
Use Jade Helm as a Wake-Up Call
Hopefully a critical mass of awakened Americans can use Jade Helm as a wake-up call. The deeper implications reveal a great cause for concern. As always, the people have the power. If enough people take interest and oppose this operation, it may have to cancelled, or its effect will at least be nullified.
Makia Freeman is the editor of The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at ToolsForFreedom.com, writing on many aspects of the global conspiracy, from vaccines to Zionism to false flag operations and more, and also including info on natural health, sovereignty and higher consciousness.