California’s Proposition 24, aimed at improving the California Consumer Privacy Act, passed this week. Analyses are very mixed. I was very mixed on the proposition, but on the whole I supported it. The proposition has some serious flaws, and was watered down by industry, but voting for privacy feels like it’s generally a good thing.
This article was originally published by John W. Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute.
“The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of the people.”—Justice William O. Douglas
The U.S. Supreme Court will not save us.
It doesn’t matter which party gets to pick the replacement to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. The battle that is gearing up right now is yet more distraction and spin to keep us oblivious to the steady encroachment on our rights by the architects of the American Police State.
Americans can no longer rely on the courts to mete out justice.
Although the courts were established to serve as Courts of Justice, what we have been saddled with, instead, are Courts of Order. This is true at all levels of the judiciary, but especially so in the highest court of the land, the U.S. Supreme Court, which is seemingly more concerned with establishing order and protecting government interests than with upholding the rights of the people enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.
As a result, the police and other government agents have been generally empowered to probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip, and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance, all with the general blessing of the courts.
Rarely do the concerns of the populace prevail.
When presented with an opportunity to loosen the government’s noose that keeps getting cinched tighter and tighter around the necks of the American people, what does our current Supreme Court usually do?
It ducks. Prevaricates. Remains silent. Speaks to the narrowest possible concern.
More often than not, it gives the government and its corporate sponsors the benefit of the doubt, which leaves “we the people” hanging by a thread.
Rarely do the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court— preoccupied with their personal politics, cocooned in a world of privilege, partial to those with power, money, and influence, and narrowly focused on a shrinking docket (the court accepts on average 80 cases out of 8,000 each year)—venture beyond their rarefied comfort zones.
Every so often, the justices toss a bone to those who fear they have abdicated their allegiance to the Constitution. Too often, however, the Supreme Court tends to march in lockstep with the police state.
In recent years, for example, the Court has ruled that police officers can use lethal force in car chases without fear of lawsuits; police officers can stop cars based only on “anonymous” tips; Secret Service agents are not accountable for their actions, as long as they’re done in the name of “security”; citizens only have a right to remain silent if they assert it; police have free reign to use drug-sniffing dogs as “search warrants on leashes,” justifying any and all police searches of vehicles stopped on the roadside; police can forcibly take your DNA, whether or not you’ve been convicted of a crime; police can stop, search, question and profile citizens and non-citizens alike; police can subject Americans to virtual strip searches, no matter the “offense”; police can break into homes without a warrant, even if it’s the wrong home; and it’s a crime to not identify yourself when a policeman asks your name.
The cases the Supreme Court refuses to hear, allowing lower court judgments to stand, are almost as critical as the ones they rule on. Some of these cases have delivered devastating blows to the lives and rights enshrined in the Constitution. By remaining silent, the Court has affirmed that: legally owning a firearm is enough to justify a no-knock raid by police; the military can arrest and detain American citizens; students can be subjected to random lockdowns and mass searches at school; and police officers who don’t know their actions violate the law aren’t guilty of breaking the law.
You think you’ve got rights? Think again.
All of those freedoms we cherish—the ones enshrined in the Constitution, the ones that affirm our right to free speech and assembly, due process, privacy, bodily integrity, the right to not have police seize our property without a warrant, or search and detain us without probable cause—amount to nothing when the government and its agents are allowed to disregard those prohibitions on government overreach at will.
This is the grim reality of life in the American police state.
In fact, our so-called rights have been reduced to technicalities in the face of the government’s ongoing power grabs.
In the police state being erected around us, the police can probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip, and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance, all with the general blessing of the courts.
This is what one would call a slow death by a thousand cuts, only it’s the Fourth Amendment being inexorably bled to death by the very institution that is supposed to be protecting it (and us) from government abuse.
Remember, it was a unanimous Supreme Court which determined that police officers may use drug-sniffing dogs to conduct warrantless searches of cars during routine traffic stops. That same Court gave police the green light to taser defenseless motorists, strip search non-violent suspects arrested for minor incidents, and break down people’s front doors without evidence that they have done anything wrong.
Make no mistake about it: this is what constitutes “law and order” in the American police state.
These are the hallmarks of the emerging American police state, where police officers, no longer mere servants of the people entrusted with keeping the peace, are part of an elite ruling class dependent on keeping the masses corralled, under control, and treated like suspects and enemies rather than citizens.
Whether it’s police officers breaking through people’s front doors and shooting them dead in their homes or strip-searching motorists on the side of the road, in a police state such as ours, these instances of abuse are not condemned by the government. Rather, they are continually validated by a judicial system that kowtows to every police demand, no matter how unjust, no matter how in opposition to the Constitution.
The system is rigged.
Because the system is rigged and the U.S. Supreme Court—the so-called “people’s court”—has exchanged its appointed role as a gatekeeper of justice for its new role as maintainer of the status quo, the police state will keep winning and “we the people” will keep losing.
By refusing to accept any of the eight or so qualified immunity cases before it this past term that strove to hold police accountable for official misconduct, the Supreme Court delivered a chilling reminder that in the American police state, ‘we the people’ are at the mercy of law enforcement officers who have almost absolute discretion to decide who is a threat, what constitutes resistance, and how harshly they can deal with the citizens they were appointed to ‘serve and protect.”
This is how qualified immunity keeps the police state in power.
Lawyers tend to offer a lot of complicated, convoluted explanations for the doctrine of qualified immunity, which was intended to insulate government officials from frivolous lawsuits, but the real purpose of qualified immunity is to rig the system, ensuring that abusive agents of the government almost always win and the victims of government abuse almost always lose.
How else do you explain a doctrine that requires victims of police violence to prove that their abusers knew their behavior was illegal because it had been deemed so in a nearly identical case at some prior time?
It’s a setup for failure.
A review of critical court rulings over the past several decades, including rulings affirming qualified immunity protections for government agents by the U.S. Supreme Court, reveals a startling and steady trend towards pro-police state rulings by an institution concerned more with establishing order, protecting the ruling class, and insulating government agents from charges of wrongdoing than with upholding the rights enshrined in the Constitution.
Indeed, as Reuters reports, qualified immunity “has become a nearly failsafe tool to let police brutality go unpunished and deny victims their constitutional rights.”
Worse, as Reuters concluded, “the Supreme Court has built qualified immunity into an often insurmountable police defense by intervening in cases mostly to favor the police.”
For those in need of a reminder of all the ways in which the Supreme Court has made us sitting ducks at the mercy of the American police state, let me offer the following.
As a result of court rulings in recent years, police can claim qualified immunity for warrantless searches. Police can claim qualified immunity for warrantless arrests based on mere suspicion. Police can claim qualified immunity for using excessive force against protesters. Police can claim qualified immunity for shooting a fleeing suspect in the back. Police can claim qualified immunity for shooting a mentally impaired person. Police officers can use lethal force in car chases without fear of lawsuits. Police can stop, arrest, and search citizens without reasonable suspicion or probable cause. Police officers can stop cars based on “anonymous” tips or for “suspicious” behavior such as having a reclined car seat or driving too carefully. Police can forcibly take your DNA, whether or not you’ve been convicted of a crime. Police can use the “fear for my life” rationale as an excuse for shooting unarmed individuals. Police have free reign to use drug-sniffing dogs as “search warrants on leashes.” Not only are police largely protected by qualified immunity, but police dogs are also off the hook for wrongdoing.
Police can subject Americans to strip searches, no matter the “offense.” Police can break into homes without a warrant, even if it’s the wrong home. Police can use knock-and-talk tactics as a means of sidestepping the Fourth Amendment. Police can carry out no-knock raids if they believe announcing themselves would be dangerous. Police can recklessly open fire on anyone that might be “armed.” Police can destroy a home during a SWAT raid, even if the owner gives their consent to enter and search it. Police can suffocate someone, deliberately or inadvertently, in the process of subduing them.
To sum it up, we are dealing with a nationwide epidemic of court-sanctioned police violence carried out with impunity against individuals posing little or no real threat. In this way, the justices of the United States Supreme Court—through their deference to police power, preference for security over freedom, and evisceration of our most basic rights for the sake of order and expediency—have become the architects of the American police state.
So where does that leave us?
For those deluded enough to believe that they’re living the American dream—where the government represents the people, where the people are equal in the eyes of the law, where the courts are arbiters of justice, where the police are keepers of the peace, and where the law is applied equally as a means of protecting the rights of the people—it’s time to wake up.
We no longer have a representative government, a rule of law, or justice.
Liberty has fallen to legalism. Freedom has fallen to fascism.
Justice has become jaded, jaundiced, and just plain unjust.
And for too many, the American dream of freedom and opportunity has turned into a living nightmare.
Given the turbulence of our age, with its police overreach, military training drills on American soil, domestic surveillance, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, wrongful convictions, profit-driven prisons, and corporate corruption, the need for a guardian of the people’s rights has never been greater.
Yet as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, neither the president, nor the legislatures, nor the courts will save us from the police state that holds us in its clutches.
So we can waste our strength over the next few weeks and months raging over the makeup of the Supreme Court or we can stand united against the tyrant in our midst.
After all, the president, the legislatures, and the courts are all on the government’s payroll.
They are the police state.
Only a single-digit percentage of adults in the United States, 9 percent to be exact, said they have a “great deal of confidence” in President Donald Trump’s ability to confirm the effectiveness of a COVID-19 vaccine. Sixty-nine percent of Americans in the poll released Sunday said they don’t have ANY confidence in Trump’s endorsement of the vaccine.
Trump announced Friday that a vaccine will be ready “sometime in October,” but the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it would likely not be widely available until mid-2021. Regardless, the vaccine is not popular with anyone.
Both parties are apprehensive about this vaccine and the epic rushing of it. Not to mention and the mainstream media’s propagandized demands to take it. According to Newsweek, Americans’ trust they could receive a “safe and effective coronavirus vaccine” has actually decreased since May, along with the number of people who say they would volunteer to receive an inoculation.
Republican respondents in the ABC News/Ipsos poll were one group where there was a sharp drop in people willing to receive a vaccination. In May, 75 percent of GOP voters said they were likely to get a vaccine if and when it became available, but that has now fallen a full one-quarter to 50 percent in this week’s poll. Conversely, 50 percent of Republican voters say they are unlikely to get the COVID-19 vaccine. –Newsweek
There are plans o force a vaccine on everyone. If you believe it “won’t be mandatory” because a liar in a suit said so, you haven’t figured it out yet. It probably will not be mandated by law, but that doesn’t mean it will be “voluntary.” You will be coerced to get this vaccine. If you don’t get it, you won’t be able to buy groceries or pay your mortgage. In order to “participate” in society you will have to be vaccinated. If you choose to not take the vaccine, which Trump has already promised to use the military to roll out in a “powerful way“, your life is going to change dramatically. You won’t be able to work or o to school. You won’t be able to buy anything or even be in public. I don’t think there’s anything voluntary about that. That’s a roundabout way to use force and coercion and you can sugar coat it all you want, but it won’t change the facts.
It’s beyond time to stop being naive. Wake up. The gravity of this situation is continuing to worsen and all people can focus on is the disingenuous words of politicians (liars in suits.)
The elitists cannot allow anyone to live freely without dependence on their system in order for their New World Order to get done. Because of this, and the predictive programming from the mainstream media, we know there will be a second lockdown.
The government and their puppets in the MSM want you to believe the cases of COVID-19 are spiking due to anything but the rioting and protests of course. This will not end until we end it.
If the protests had absolutely nothing to do with this, then I guess we should just encourage everyone to continue mass gathering willy-nilly, while screaming directly into one another's faces. Seems like a great strategy to curtail the spread of an airborne respiratory disease https://t.co/0Qnro8LZ7s
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) June 25, 2020
Even though the evidence has shown that this was a scam and hoax from the beginning, massive amounts of slaves in the United States are still falling for it. This is been a testament to just how well Operation Mockingbird has worked on people who believe they are free.
According to RT, Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, California and Missouri also each broke their own daily case records on Wednesday, the project’s data showed, and join 13 other states to have done the same over the last five days. This country will be lucky to get to the middle of next week before politicians start trying to lock people down again.
California Governor Gavin Newsom reported an especially alarming figure during a press event on Wednesday, noting the state had seen a 69 percent jump in cases in the span of just two days, warning he may “revert back” to tougher containment measures. The governor of Texas has similarly reversed course, authorizing local officials to impose new restrictions on outdoor gatherings and to mandate face masks in public, after an attempt to reopen last month. –RT
The fear-mongering will not end. They know they need you in a state of fear to keep your vibrations low enough that they can bark orders and you’ll obey. Once you realize this is what they are doing, and reclaim your freedom (free people don’t ask permission anyway) from government, you’ve taken a big step in defeating the New World Order.
How do you leave the system? Use gold, silver, and “lead” and know how to improve your self-reliance. Grow your own food, learn to hunt and forage for wild food, and live freely.
The murder of George Floyd in broad daylight by police was disturbing to watch. I don’t know how anyone can watch that and not feel the weight of the boot of police state we are in. Nonetheless, the mainstream media quickly went to race-baiting while other tyrant cops backed up the murderer by protecting his house from protestors.
We live under the boot of tyranny. The cops have chosen their side. They are siding with the ruling class elitists, the cabal, the politicians. They do not protect and serve us, they never will. They are getting paid with money stolen from us against our will to make sure the demands of the rulers are obeyed. That means they will commit any level of violence to keep us in line, as evidenced by the killing of George Floyd.
Fifty or more police officers stood guard at the murders house as protestors, who were demanding justice, descended on the sub-human abomination that snuffed out Floyd’s life. They have chosen their side, and it isn’t’ the side of liberty, or freedom, or peace, or justice. Imagine what kind of a world we would live in if the police actually stood up like for freedom, not murder. Imagine what kind of world this would be if the police stood up to the tyrants in Washington D.C. and didn’t side with the sociopaths anymore.
The mainstream media made sure they did their due diligence when “reporting” on the murder too. They made sure to make it a point that a white cop killed a black man. While true, they intentionally are seeking to divide us by race. When will we realize that we are all the same race? The human race. That doesn’t give any cop, who is just a human, the right to kill with impunity. I don’t care what color the cop was or what color Floyd was. A man was murdered by an agent of the state who was “just following orders.” Now, are people starting to understand why it’s beyond time to disobey the government?
And to those who think Floyd committed a crime, he ALLEGEDLY used a fake $20 bill. Anyone who thinks death is justified over that had better do some research into the Federal Reserve and where their stimulus payment came from. The central banks of the world print money out of thin air all the damn time and no one is upset about that.
Then, of course, were the looting and riots, which were also disturbing. The places being looted and destroyed had no part in Floyd’s murder. They played no role. They are innocent. Destruction of innocence, which is exactly what happened to Floyd cannot be fixed by more destruction of innocence. Are the police to blame? 100 percent. But the stores that were ruined were innocent. You cannot snuff out evil by destroying the property of the innocent.
We need to unite as one race, the human race, against these monsters in costumes that go out and do the bidding of tyrants. The mainstream media needs us to see race in this incident because it’s yet one more thing they can divide us on. Instead, we should see the truth: an agent of the state murdered an innocent man. That should be enough. Color shouldn’t matter.
Don’t let the media divide us. Right and wrong have no color.
I hope those who are rioting can stop destroying and stealing the property of those not responsible for Floyd’s death. I hope those who still think we aren’t living in a police state will open their eyes. I hope the cops around the world will see this, and understand the huge role they are playing in the New World Order totalitarian takeover. I hope this is a turning point when we can all come together and say “enough is enough,” and finally be able to see that the problem is now, and has been, “authority” or the ruling class.
We don’t need them. They need us. Withdraw your consent to be ruled and governed. Stand against murder and tyranny. We are the power, and what truly scares the establishment is not some politician, it’s us, all of us, united together against them.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”?
The best thing any of us can do is break the indoctrination and the mental chains we’ve been put in. It’s tough enough because we’ve all be taught to be good order following slaves. But something that can make it just a little easier, is reading Larken Rose’s Most Dangerous Superstition. This book changed my life and it was a wake-up call.
The primary threat to freedom and justice is not greed, or hatred, or any of the other emotions or human flaws usually blamed for such things. Instead, it is one ubiquitous superstition that infects the minds of people of all races, religions, and nationalities, which deceives decent, well-intentioned people into supporting and advocating violence and oppression. Even without making human beings one bit more wise or virtuous, removing that one superstition would remove the vast majority of injustice and suffering from the world.
The one good thing to come out of the COVID-19 panic is the increasing awareness of the general public. The scamdemic has exposed the futility of most rules, laws, and regulations, as people have found out they don’t have to obey any ruler or politician because they were born free.
Regulations that needlessly restrict liberty, reduce innovation, and reduce Americans’ access to care are being suspended all over the country, and not because politicians woke up and decided to cede some power. Instead, Americans have decided to disobey the laws into nonexistence. People are finally figuring out that ink on paper cannot control them useless they allow it to. Since March, Isabelle Morales of Townhall has compiled over500 such examples of regulations that are nothing more than commands to the people the government wants to enslave. These regulations are being suspended in order to provide relief for care providers, hospitals, businesses, and citizens during the coronavirus plandemic.
Governors and other politicians recognize that the mere enforcement of these rules and laws places a heavy burden on some of the most important markets in the United States. Hence, their suspension is deemed necessary in these times of hardship. Ultimately, none of these regulations should have been created in the first place. Under other circumstances, the effects of these regulations go unnoticed because the strength of the market covers the government’s tracks. –Isabelle Morales of Townhall
Often, the markets will survive in spite of regulations, however, people are beginning to realize these rules were not created in their best interest, but in the interest of the state. Once people disobey in larger numbers, they will fully awaken to the fact that they’ve been controlled for their entire lives. The fact that these regulations should have never been created in the first place, is a moot point. What’s important is that people are finally realizing that the government isn’t there to help them and protect them. It’s there to control and manipulate them, with the help of the mainstream media, of course.
The only way out of this has always been, and will always be civil disobedience. It doesn’t matter how many rules, laws, or regulations, the government creates or eliminates because free people operate solely on their own morality. Free people already know they have no obligation to obey a command, especially ones that violate their individual God-given human rights.
This article was originally published by B.N. Frank at Activist Post.
People worldwide – including elected officials – are opposed to 5G being installed in their communities because of risks to biological health, cybersecurity (see 1, 2, 3), environmental health (see 1, 2, 3, 4), privacy (see 1, 2), safety, and more. Many cities and countries have taken action including banning it, filing lawsuits, issuing moratoriums, passing ordinances and resolutions, etc. (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). This now includes Farragut, TN.
The Farragut Tennessee Resolution on 5G
Farragut Tennessee has approved a resolution calling on state and federal governments to halt 5G until health risks are evaluated by “sound science.” The resolution details how FCC limits are outdated and considered inadequate to protect human health by many scientists. (EHT maintains research on 5G, 4G and wireless radiation HERE.)
“The measure asks governments to halt 5G infrastructure until the FCC conducts an independent study into any possible health risks posed by the technology.”- WBIR Farragut leaders call on state, federal governments for a halt to 5G towers
Excerpts from the 5G Resolution
WHEREAS, as the result of the concerns of numerous local governmental entities from around the country and their citizens that the FCC has failed to study and reevaluate the health effects of its current standards in light of the inherent changes characterized by the 5G technology, litigation is pending against the FCC that seeks to stop the rapid deployment of the 5G infrastructure until the FCC has completed its study of the health effects of the deployment of 5G technology and, if necessary, has updated its regulations accordingly.
NOW, THEREFORE, by the adoption of this Resolution the Board of Mayor and Alderman of the Town of Farragut, Tennessee petitions and encourages the governments of the United States of America and the State of Tennessee to take actions within their power to halt the deployment of the 5G wireless facilities within the rights-of-way of our local communities belonging to the public until such time as the only agency with the authority to do so, the FCC, reevaluates by an independent study the adequacy of its radio frequency emissions standards and concludes on the basis of sound science that those standards, or standards adopted as a result of said further study, are adequate to ensure that the health of the public at large will not be adversely affected by long-term exposure to radiofrequency emissions from the placement and operation of 5G wireless facilities throughout our communities
Farragut Tennessee is one of several US cities taking action on the issue of 5G
In April 2020 Sandy Springs Orders Stop Work Order for 5G Poles. “Upon hearing that subcontractors were approaching homeowners during this time of a national pandemic crisis, the city has issued a Stop Work Order on all installation in [residential] neighborhoods until the end of [the] pandemic crisis,” city spokesperson Sharon Kraun said. The installation of poles had already been controversial, with the city and residents critiquing them, but the city has failed to be able to block the installation locally due to state law.”
- More details at Sandy Springs orders installation of Verizon 5G poles to halt indefinitely, citing pandemic
In March 2020, Keene New Hampshire halted 5G. “The council unanimously approved a separate motion, instructing staff to proceed with drafting an ordinance that would create location and design standards for small wireless facilities installed in public rights-of-way. Also known as small cells, these facilities can be used to roll out 5G, the next generation of mobile networks that boasts faster download and upload speeds, as well as previous generations.”
- More details at “New Hampshire City Council of Keene approves temporary 5G ban”
March 2020: Santa Barbara California Paused 5G. “Facing a gathering storm of opposition from anti-radiation activists worried about the health effects of the new 5G cellular technology, the Santa Barbara City Council voted to delay authorizing a licensing agreement with Verizon that would have allowed the cell phone service giant to install up to 60 new 5G cell phone antennas on light fixtures downtown.”
- Read more at “Council Hits ‘Big Fat Pause Button’ on 5G Antennas” Santa Barbara City Council Reverses Course, Delays Vote on Verizon Licensing Agreement
Actions by US Cities to Restrict “Small Cells” and/or 5G with ordinances include:
- Los Altos California: installation of small cells on public utility easements in residential neighborhoods is prohibited.
- Petaluma, California, no Small Cell shall be within 500 feet of any residence.
- Fairfax and Mill Valley California, small cells prohibited in residential zones
- San Diego County, no small cells located within 1,000 feet of schools, child care centers, hospitals, or churches.
- Mason, Ohio, No small cells in residential areas or within 100 feet of residential property
- Burlington, Massachusetts, annual recertification fees for small cells.
- Baton Rouge, Small cell deployment halted.
See a full compilation of the US Cities issuing ordinances to slow the densification of 4/5G Antennas at this link – USA Cities on 5G Small Cells Action.
Since 2018, there have been reports of people and animals becoming sick after 5G was turned on (see 1. 2, 3, 4). Thanks to these organizations for providing updated resources for Americans fighting 5G deployment:
- 5G Free California transcript and summary for “Ask the Lawyers – How to Stop 5G”
- Americans for Responsible Technology sample 5G installation municipal code ordinance and petition.
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is supposed to protect Americans by regulating the telecom history. Despite opposition and warnings, they are using the pandemic as an excuse to speed up 5G installation (see 1, 2, 3. 4, 5, 6). This includes launching tens of thousands of satellites with millions of antennas to blast 5G and WiFi at us from space (see 1, 2, 3). Lawsuits have been filed against them for NOT protecting Americans from unsafe levels of radiation (see 1, 2) and 5G (see 1, 2, 3).
Activist Post reports regularly about 5G and other unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives.
Judge Andrew Napolitano recently wrote an article for the Washington Times titled, “Why Americans Must Stop Actin Like Sheep, and Tell The Government To Take A Hike!” So many of us have been saying this from the beginning. They don’t care about us, and it’s up to us to disobey them out of existence.
There are no orders if there are no order followers. But like sheep going to slaughter, Americans line up to obey the very people responsible for mass murder (called war), the theft of the fruits of their labor, and the dumbing down and enslavement of their children. In a matter of months, Americans have fallen into line like good sheep to obey those we know use the mainstream media as enslavement propaganda.
If anyone had suggested that the governors of all 50 states, in varying degrees of severity, would be using police to interfere with personal choices — choices that we and our forebearers have all made without giving a second thought to the preferences of the government — no one would have believed it.
Think for a moment of how you would have reacted to any pre-COVID-19 idea that the police in America — using not the force of opinion but the force of arms — would prevent you from going out of your home, operating your business, jogging in a park, patronizing a restaurant or clothing store, buying a garden hose, going to Mass or church or temple or mosque or even joining a small public gathering of folks who want to protest these prohibitions. –Judge Napolitano, The Washinton Times
The good news is that some people have gotten off their knees and stood up to the tyrants. The bad news, is there still aren’t enough of us.
We have fought wars against tyrants who wanted to tell us how to live. Today, we have elected our masters who are doing just that.
Americans seem to accept the restrictions on our rights to speech, religion, travel, and commercial activities simply because the origin of those restrictions is a popularly elected person. But even an elected government can be tyrannical. –Judge Napolitano, The Washinton Times
As Napolitano says, too many Americans are now afraid of the government. They fear repercussions if they actually live freely as the sovereign beings they were born to be. It’s time to take some responsibility. If any of us want to be free, we must stop complying with tyranny or line up for the slaughterhouse like good little sheep. It has come to the point that there are no other options.
”When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.” – Attributed to Thomas Jefferson
The government now has a new secret watchlist that allows his administration to track Americans without a warrant. In case you haven’t noticed, your rights are being suspended and removed in quick succession.
This is an expansive list that includes Americans with no connections to terrorism. According to a report by Newsweek, the new watchlist, authorized through a classified Attorney General order and launched in 2017, is expected to grow to well over one million names. It also allows the government to track and monitor Americans without a warrant, even when there is no evidence they’re breaking the law.
While two separate laws require the government to announce new systems of data collection of Americans, there has been no acknowledgment of the expanded watchlist. If you’ve been paying attention, especially lately, you should know that laws don’t protect us. They protect the ruling class from us.
The criteria to be placed on the new watchlist demands that an individual be associated with “transnational” criminal organizations, including front organizations that are actually foreign government entities. Transnational criminal organizations include not just drug cartels, crime syndicates, and gangs, but also political groups such as nationalist parties and information activists. Individuals can be watchlisted when they are suspected of corruption, money laundering, computer hacking, stock market manipulation, health care fraud, even wildlife trafficking. –Newsweek
The new Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) watchlist is modeled after the Terrorist Screening Database, which was created in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks as a single repository of terrorist suspects. Over the years, that watchlist has grown to include 1.2 million people, among whom are roughly 6,000 Americans that the FBI associates with domestic terrorism. In other words, domestic terrorists are Americans who question the government and disagree with the official narrative.
The new TOC watchlist authorizes agencies to collect information even when there is no evidence of a crime or intent to commit a crime. This authority circumvents criminal justice requirements for due process, equal protection under the law, and freedom of association under the Constitution.
“When we put Americans on that list, there damn well better be a good reason investigatively that they committed a criminal act. Otherwise, I think that’s unconstitutional,” says Frank Taylor, a retired Air Force Brig. General and career law enforcement professional. Taylor held senior leadership positions under both the Bush and Obama administrations, most recently as head of intelligence for the Department of Homeland Security. –Newsweek
All of our freedoms and basic human rights have been eliminated. The only thing we have left is our own free will.
They are gearing up for a battle. The Federal government has just purchased riot gear and increased its spending citing a “pandemic.” Last I checked, riot gear is to protect them from the public when we’ve finally had enough of their control, and has nothing to do with keeping us safe from a virus.
The purchase orders include requests for disposable cuffs, gas masks, ballistic helmets, and riot gloves, along with law enforcement protective equipment for federal police assigned to protect Veterans Affairs facilities. The orders were expedited under a special authorization “in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.”
The Inspector General report noted that there is “additional strain caused by the need for additional police presence for COVID-19-related screenings” of veterans at all VA health facilities and recommended the hiring of contract security services. Riot gear? For COVID-19 screenings? It sure sounds like they know they are enforcing tyranny and want to be protected when the majority of the public finally figures it out.
President Donald Trump signed off on this when he signed the CARES Act into law.
The CARES Act, the $2.2 trillion stimulus legislation passed in late March, also authorized $850 million for the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program, a federal grant program to prepare law enforcement, correctional officers, and police for the crisis. The funds have been dispensed to local governments to pay for overtime costs, purchase protective supplies, and defray expenses related to emergency policing. –The Intercept
Last month, the federal government secured a contract to purchase 100,000 body bags to dispose of “COVID-19 deaths.” However, since we know based on their own numbers that not many are dying from the virus, those bags are likely for what’s coming next, and I don’t mean the fake “second wave” they already have planned. I mean the uprising from the fake second wave.
As we have said from the beginning, the virus is not the problem here. The problem is the tyrannical response by the government, and this IG report proves that they know they are pushing people to a point of rebellion.
Keep your eyes and ears open. Hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.
“When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.” -Attributed to Thomas Jefferson
The California Consumer Privacy Act is a lesson in missed opportunities. It was passed in haste, to stop a ballot initiative that would have been even more restrictive:
In September 2017, Alastair Mactaggart and Mary Ross proposed a statewide ballot initiative entitled the “California Consumer Privacy Act.” Ballot initiatives are a process under California law in which private citizens can propose legislation directly to voters, and pursuant to which such legislation can be enacted through voter approval without any action by the state legislature or the governor. While the proposed privacy initiative was initially met with significant opposition, particularly from large technology companies, some of that opposition faded in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Mark Zuckerberg’s April 2018 testimony before Congress. By May 2018, the initiative appeared to have garnered sufficient support to appear on the November 2018 ballot. On June 21, 2018, the sponsors of the ballot initiative and state legislators then struck a deal: in exchange for withdrawing the initiative, the state legislature would pass an agreed version of the California Consumer Privacy Act. The initiative was withdrawn, and the state legislature passed (and the Governor signed) the CCPA on June 28, 2018.
Since then, it was substantially amended — that is, watered down — at the request of various surveillance capitalism companies. Enforcement was supposed to start this year, but we haven’t seen much yet.
And we could have had that ballot initiative.
It looks like Alastair Mactaggart and others are back.
Advocacy group Californians for Consumer Privacy, which started the push for a state-wide data privacy law, announced this week that it has the signatures it needs to get version 2.0 of its privacy rules on the US state’s ballot in November, and submitted its proposal to Sacramento.
This time the goal is to tighten up the rules that its previously ballot measure managed to get into law, despite the determined efforts of internet giants like Google and Facebook to kill it. In return for the legislation being passed, that ballot measure was dropped. Now, it looks like the campaigners are taking their fight to a people’s vote after all.
The new proposal would add more rights, including the use and sale of sensitive personal information, such as health and financial information, racial or ethnic origin, and precise geolocation. It would also triples existing fines for companies caught breaking the rules surrounding data on children (under 16s) and would require an opt-in to even collect such data.
The proposal would also give Californians the right to know when their information is used to make fundamental decisions about them, such as getting credit or employment offers. And it would require political organizations to divulge when they use similar data for campaigns.
And just to push the tech giants from fury into full-blown meltdown the new ballot measure would require any amendments to the law to require a majority vote in the legislature, effectively stripping their vast lobbying powers and cutting off the multitude of different ways the measures and its enforcement can be watered down within the political process.
I don’t know why they accepted the compromise in the first place. It was obvious that the legislative process would be hijacked by the powerful tech companies. I support getting this onto the ballot this year.
Robert Chesney teaches cybersecurity at the University of Texas School of Law. He recently published a fantastic casebook, which is a good source for anyone studying this.
This law journal article discusses the role of class-action litigation to secure the Internet of Things.
Basically, the article postulates that (1) market realities will produce insecure IoT devices, and (2) political failures will leave that industry unregulated. Result: insecure IoT. It proposes proactive class action litigation against manufacturers of unsafe and unsecured IoT devices before those devices cause unnecessary injury or death. It’s a lot to read, but it’s an interesting take on how to secure this otherwise disastrously insecure world.
And it was inspired by my book, Click Here to Kill Everybody.
Most Americans correctly believe that the United States economy is rigged and manipulated. While most don’t understand how (The Federal Reserve, lobbying, and taxation) it’s done, businesses and government regularly collude to create an economy most favorable to their own wealth and power goals.
Establishment elitists in both business and government collude regularly to run the American economy to their own advantages and have increasingly done so for decades. It isn’t really a secret. Although while some media sites claim Americans have rebelled, that number is few. Most are more than content to be used as tax cattle and cannot be bothered to put down their phone long enough to realize it.
The solution to this problem cannot be found then, in more government since they are the ones colluding to rig the economy in their favor. Laws are not written to control the elites, the elites write them to control everyone else. When politicians, corporate executives, pundits, journalists, academics, and activists alike propose ways to make society more just or efficient or globally competitive, they invariably call for some kind of government-corporate cooperation, as written by National Interest. But the cooperation, once initiated, seems always to lead to collusion and an economy that will benefit those already at the top at the expense of those who are not.
This isn’t new. But it is finally becoming common knowledge. Will humanity wake up to the disaster that government (yes, even democracy) has done to everyone?
HOWEVER INNOCENTLY and naturally these collusive, corporatist arrangements have developed in the United States, there can be no mistake about their origins. The approach was pioneered in the 1920s and 1930s, first under Benito Mussolini in Italy and later in Germany under Adolf Hitler. Popular imagination immediately and understandably links fascism to government-sponsored violence and worse. America is free from such horrors, but the economic impulse nonetheless looks remarkably similar.
The fascists wanted control of their economies. Having rejected government ownership of industry—the means by which the communists and socialists achieved centralized control—Mussolini, and after him, Hitler settled on something subtler. They allowed private ownership and acquired control by offering huge benefits to firms that cooperated with their agenda—government contracts, protections from foreign and domestic competition, freedom from certain regulations (even from the law), and help in calming labor disputes—effectively all the advantages of monopolies. It was a prize hard for managers and stockholders to resist. Fascist agendas were, of course, very different and far uglier from those of the United States, but that is a different matter from the means used to serve them. –National Interest
Americans are free from the abundance of violence seen in most fascist states, however, that won’t last. If they do ever figure out that they are nothing more than slaves to be abused and stolen from as the government sees fit, a real rebellion could occur. And if history has taught us anything, they won’t give up power willingly.
“Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.” It may be just this association that prompted President Dwight Eisenhower to warn publicly on January 17, 1961, of what he called a “military-industrial complex.”
On top of all of that, we have a police state that is all too happy to get paid with stolen money to make sure the elites stay firmly in power: whether corporate or government.
One of the best and most comprehensive books on the advancement of the police state was written by constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead. Battlefield America: The War On The American People is the harrowing tale of how we have gotten to a place of totalitarian control without most even realizing it. It has been done to ensure those in power remain in power and the rest of us serve them as they see fit.
Police forces across the United States have been transformed into extensions of the military. Our towns and cities have become battlefields, and we the American people are now the enemy combatants to be spied on tracked, frisked, and searched. For those who resist, the consequences can be a one-way trip to jail or even death. Battlefield America: The War on the American People is constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead’s terrifying portrait of a nation at war with itself. In exchange for safe schools and lower crime rates, we have opened the doors to militarized police, zero-tolerance policies in schools, and SWAT team raids. The insidious shift was so subtle that most of us had no idea it was happening. This follow-up to Whitehead’s award-winning A Government of Wolves is a brutal critique of an America on the verge of destroying the very freedoms that define it. Hands up!?the police state has arrived.
The House of Representatives in the state of Virginia is quickly ramming liberal legislation down the throats of innocent people. They have passed an “assault weapons” ban, which would criminalize thousands of people who haven’t committed a crime.
The 51-48 vote in the House of Delegates moves H.B. 961 (the assault weapons ban) to the state Senate. Passage among senators could be in jeopardy, however, as Democrats only have a two-seat majority, meaning they can only afford to lose one vote should all the Republicans oppose the bill. But don’t assume it’s passage won’t happen. Taking away guns is essential for tyranny. But the propaganda is all about safety:
“This legislation, just like other bills passed by the House this year, is intended to make Virginians safer every day,” House Democrats said in a statement after the vote. –Fox News
This is to make tyrants safer against those they want control over. This is obvious to anyone who has even the slightest knowledge of history.
Virginia has become ground zero in the national gun debate as Democrats have made gun control the cornerstone of this year’s legislative session after capturing a full majority for the first time in two decades.
— scott jackson (@sjbr549) February 11, 2020
Fully prepping for tyranny is difficult because it takes relying on history for evidence of just how far humans will go to enforce laws on those who haven’t done anything wrong. But if the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany are any gauges, Virginians could be in big trouble.
Understanding that the police state is here, and there will be humans willing to enforce these laws is the first step. Constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead has written a powerful book about the police state we are living in in the United States. Battlefield America: The War On The American People details how our towns and cities have become battlefields, and we the American people are now the enemy combatants of the government; to be spied on, tracked, frisked, and searched. For those who resist, the consequences can be a one-way trip to jail or even death. Battlefield America: The War on the American People is a terrifying portrait of a nation at war with itself. In exchange for safe schools and lower crime rates, we have opened the doors to militarized police, zero-tolerance policies in schools, and SWAT team raids. The insidious shift was so subtle that most of us had no idea it was happening. This follow-up to Whitehead’s award-winning A Government of Wolves is a brutal critique of an America on the verge of destroying the very freedoms that define it. Hands up!?the police state has arrived.