Political double talk – secret and not secret

Two stories listed on Memorandum dot com that demonstrate that America is in the hands of an Authoritarian and dogmatic controllers. If Obama isn’t in charge of the government march toward Authoritarian rule – then what or who is? Obama’s promises made while he was candidate Obama – was the trick all politicians pull on voters. Tell the voters what they want to hear and ignore the masses once in office. [Frankly I now believe that whoever won the White House would be following the paranoid keep everything secret path.]

Story number one — The Federal government under Obama has become more secretive, making reporter’s jobs harder. To get information that by law should merely require a freedom of information request requires a law suit. Information requests by the media is very often forwarded to political appointees. This detail tells me that the secrecy obsession goes right to the top. Some people believe that Obama is a C.I.A. groomed and owned asset.

” 1) As the United States ramps up its fight against Islamic militants, the public can’t see any of it.”
” 2) . . . Think about the message that sends other nations about how the world’s leading democracy deals with the media: Keep them out and let them use handout photos.”
” 3) Guantanamo: The big important 9/11 trial is finally coming up. But we aren’t allowed to see most court filings in real time — even of nonclassified material. . .”
” 4) Information about Guantanamo that was routinely released under President George W. Bush is now kept secret.” Oops Obama is worst than the Bush gang was. Imagine what the liberals would have written if Bush had been this secretive?
” 5) Day-to-day intimidation of sources is chilling. AP’s transportation reporter’s sources say that if they are caught talking to her, they will be fired.” Whistleblowers are hounded and in some cases jailed.
” 6) One of the media — and public’s — most important legal tools, the Freedom of Information Act, is under siege.” Requests are ignored or the press is forced to bring a lawsuit to make the government obey the law.
” 7) The administration uses FOIAs as a tip service to uncover what news organizations are pursuing. Requests are now routinely forwarded to political appointees.” This is where the evidence is hidden by the author of this article about the ultimate source of the new secrecy rules.
” 8) The administration is trying to control the information that state and local officials can give out. The FBI has directed local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology the police departments use to sweep up cellphone data.” And in Washington State in Tacoma where a Fusion Center is located plus majority military installations is where one of the phony cell towers that intercepts cell phone traffic.

Story number two — A conviction for a collection of child pornography was tossed because of the method used to break into the computer where the files were found. The U.S. Navy went on a fishing exposition through a massive number of civilian computers in Washington State. No warrant but apparently once the Navy discovered that they had full access they went digging through private and secret files of civilians. The military was attaching civilians. One guy was caught with dirty secrets. At this point we need to ask how many ordinary, everyday secrets were stolen from computers in Washington State?

Navy criminal investigators repeatedly and routinely peeked into the computers of private citizens in Washington state and elsewhere, a violation of the law so “massive” and egregious that an appeals court says it has no choice but to throw out the evidence against an Algona, Wash., man sentenced to 18 years in prison for distribution of child pornography.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a decision handed down last week, said the 2012 prosecution of Michael Allan Dreyer by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle demonstrated Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agents “routinely carry out broad surveillance activities that violate” the Posse Comitatus Act, a Reconstruction-era law that prohibits the military from enforcing civilian laws.

The court called the violations “extraordinary” and said evidence presented in Dreyer’s prosecution appears to show that “it has become a routine practice for the Navy to conduct surveillance of all the civilian computers in an entire state to see whether any child pornography can be found on them, and then to turn over that information to civilian law enforcement when no military connection exists.”

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/09/18/6716827/child-porn-conviction-is-tossed.html#storylink=cpy

Of course Obama and Bush are not personally responsible for the actions of military computer hackers. But the guy at the top is responsible for creating a climate where military spying on civilians can and does happen. The Coast Guard in Washington State is being used for spying on civilians as well. Since Washington State has a huge military presence it would not be surprising that more branches of the military is/was spying on Washington State civilians. Remember that the U.S. Government considers all civilians enemies. We paid taxes so we can be spied on. We pay the bills for government spying. Either civilians in Washington State are the most spied upon civilians or we are just an example of what is happening all over America “land of the free”.

Government motto – whatever the Federal Government does is secret. Whatever citizens do, say or communicate using any electronic media is owned by the Federal Government.

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Read the full article about the porn hoarding case that was tossed due to the Navy hacking computers in Washington State because of all the military bases in Washington State. Certainly porn of preteens is bad, wrong and vile. That is not the point – the U.S. military became the police and hacked civilian computers.

The last line of the article shows us exactly why this conviction was tossed.

The opinion comes as the reach of government and law enforcement has come under fire after a series of disclosures of domestic surveillance by former National Security Administration systems analyst Edward Snowden.

Levin, who now practices law in Berkeley, Calif., also noted the controversy over the so-called “militarization of police” in the aftermath of the riots in Ferguson, Mo., following the shooting death by police of a black teenager. Exceptions to the Posse Comitatus Act allow the military to provide some equipment to police.

This,” Levin said, “is the real militarization of police_when the military becomes the police.”

NYC Cops stealing bikes

When I think that NYC cops have sunk to the lowest level in their sewers – along comes another scheme. Bike owers lock their bikes to immovable object. Lots of people ride their bikes to work. Now police are stealing bikes because they claim the bike is GOING to be stolen. So how are bike owners supposed to know if the bike is stolen by a bike thief or bike stealing cops? How much money are cops making of unclaimed bikes stolen by cops? Recovery of the bikes stolen cops is an involved process involving absolute proof that you own your own bicycle.

Another thing cops do is make up laws. The cop shop stealing the bikes claim that there is a law against chaining and locking bikes to city property. LIAR.

Not to be all negative I have read hero cop stories – these good cops saved dogs from drowning. Two different stories, two different cops. There were several stories about bad cop today, but anyone can find these stories with very little effort. These stories make me sad. When I was in the first grade I and a small group of classmates were rescued by a police officer who was out looking for missing children. Our ride home bailed on us so we tried to walk home – fifteen miles. The police officer delivered us to our homes. When he got to my home he lectured my mother for not alerting the police to the fact that I was hours late. That was back in the dark ages.

Update on Robbing hoods of the highways

Apparently Canada has taken notice of the multiple billion dollar addiction of US police. Canadians are being warranted not to travel with a lot of cash. Cops can pull Canadians over and seize cash.

This behavior is so shameful. Third world country are we. Need more proof that third world are we. Got cash? Cops need their doughnuts.

When I was a kid cops were the good guys. That was back in the dark ages.

Taliban dress code for female students

Update – I reread my own article and found the problem and solution.

The symptom of the problem is the girls trying to cool down enough to concentrate on school. HOT HOT the damned schools are an inhumane place because of the heat. Fire most of the over paid school administration and bring in air conditioners. Problem solved.

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So far the Superintendent at a high school in New York, hasn’t demanded that high school girls wear the full body covering black shrouds, that school girls wear in Saudi Arabia and other patriarchal misogynistic countries. But the male Superintendent and his female enforcers, are busy shaming young women and interfering with female student’s education. Read the Guardian’s article here.

It is hot HOT in New York. I’ve lived on the East coast during a heat wave. That was years ago and it is now hotter and the heat waves last longer.

Haven’t we learned – didn’t my generation inform you ass holes running schools that discrimination against female humans is wrong and probably illegal? Shaming girls for showing skin when it is miserably hot is stupid. It appears that girls will be fighting and re-fighting this battle. The problem is in the mind (and pants) of the balled male who should NOT be in that position in the first place. You want a dress code then let the girls write a dress code that they can live with. Bear in mind that when the temperatures are steaming hot each girl will write her own dress code. The problem with that dress code is that 90% affected by the code are female. Air condition the damned schools – how about that idea? Portable air conditioning units. Fire some of the dress code enforcers and that superintendent – that would free up money for air conditioning.

What is it with some males? Give them power over females and the first thing they want to do is shame females for having nasty little bits that his mind can’t deal with because he never learned control. Where did this idiot male go to school? I’m betting he graduated from a Christaliban college or goes to one of those misogynist churches. This is about the administration NOT the girls. How about a real background check on the school administration. Did these folks pass a psych evaluation?

Full disclosure – back in the dark ages when I was in high school I was send home for wearing culottes*.

Another latter-day use of the word culottes describes a split or divided skirt or any garment which “hangs like a skirt, but is actually pants.”  culotte a divided skirt; also, a garment having a divided skirt [Often used in plural].

Perhaps American educators need a history course in clothing styles through the ages and a women’s studies course about teenage girls.

Meanwhile in the MIddle East

There is war fever in the air. ” Nothing like the smell of Napalm in the morning”. Says the crazy General in that old movie about the Vietnam war.

I do like the new – old story that Bill Clinton does not like nor trust Netanyahu. If anyone knows the truth about sleaze bag Netanyahu that would be former President Clinton who had face to face dealing with the genocidal loving nutjob.

Cannonfire blog is looking into the source of the ISIS beheading video from a Mossad linked website. How is it that this website manages to acquire terroristic video which just somehow reinforces the bloodlust in Israel’s personal attack dogs – the U.S. military? There is a whole lot of psychological manipulation going on and the source almost always goes back to Israel.

Granted the Jews were murdered in vast numbers in the LAST century. What happened to the European Jews under the Hitler/Nazi reign was grotesquely terrible. Unfortunately genocide is as old as humans have formed tribes and did battle with each other over resources and mythology or religion. What happened in the concentration camps and the ghettos of Europe should never be permitted to happen again.

But unfortunately genocidal mass murders have continued – sometimes with the help of the U.S. Government and U.S. politicians. Central America has a genocidal history as does South America – Chile and Argentina are examples.

Then there are the most recent genocidal murders, by the very ethnic group that I would have voted least likely to resort to genocide. Over 2,000 Palestinians are exterminate in Gaza using the latest war technology by the Israeli Army. After many of us were raised to admire and respect Israel – the Israeli people and their politicians have betrayed the world. Religious wars are theorist brutal and terrible. People are worked up into a killing frenzy. The videos of peace demonstrators being mocked and brutalized in Israel are lasting reminders that former victims can become monsters.

My question asked days ago was what Nation or group benefits from the release of ISIS members beheading U.S. citizens? Shock value. Come get me if you dare – value. Cannonfire has asked the questions that the corporate media should be asking – where did the beheading videos come from? How is it that these specific videos manage to end up on a Mossad linked website? What is in it for the Israeli if the U.S. again fights another war for Israel?  If it turns out that the Mossad was somehow involved in the casual disregard of human life, like they were when the U.S. Navy ship Liberty, was deliberately bombed by the Israeli air force, would American politicians even care?

Bill Clinton, in his latest discussion with his fans about Israel, said something like this: Israel thinks they are the world’s superpower and that America is supposed to do their bidding. Seems like we need Bill Clinton back in office to put a leash on Netanyahu’s over inflated ego.

Those beheading videos were awful, as they were meant to be. And mind you I haven’t even watched the videos. My rule of thumb is when my reaction to a staged event is overly emotional, then there is a high probability that the staged event, was deliberate propaganda to trigger a mob reaction.

Cannonfire is correct – Israel needs to be invaded and put under the rule of a neutral country. Palestine needs to be recognized and also put under the rule of a neutral country. The current Israeli politicians need to be removed and tried for war crimes. Neither side is pure or innocent. If Palestine has the upper hand their actions would be similar to Israel’s. Both sides must be forced to negotiate a treaty fair to both – this will not happen until they are forced to get along. The U.S. is largely at fault for the current mess. If Israel is forced to stay out of messing with other countries in the region and the people of each country are allowed to form a government of the people and for the people then most of the violence and religious and ethnic bloodshed would stop (in theory). Juan Cole sees a lot of positive changes happening in the middle east.

My take on the middle east is that women must be part of the political and peace process. Human Rights are Women’s Rights. Juan Cole has a chapter on the Tunisian millennial’s peaceful efforts to modernize their country – and women are deeply involved in this process. In the countries where women’s input is ignored or the are marginalized then the change process is more violent – Egypt for example or Sudan.

The Middle East (M.E.) is a complex place, many countries in a small geographical area. That doesn’t mean that Americans should ignore the M.E. and let the politicians do their general job of making things worse. Our tax dollars are being spent without our input. This ISIS mess is  perfect example of propaganda and the tail wagging the dog. We Americans are being conned – by the chief liar in the White House. I don’t have the answers I need more information about what is really happening and what sort of future the millennial want.

Noam Chomsky has made an observation about Americans knowledge of the finer details of sports. But yet when it comes to International Politics there is a general lack of knowledge. This ignorance of what is happening overseas in a “foreign land” allows the politicians to lie and use propaganda to manipulate our opinions. Which is how Bush/Cheney managed to lie us into the last Iraq war, which was a cake walk, NOT.

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QUESTION: You have said that most intellectuals end up obfuscating reality. Do they understand the reality they are obfuscating? Do they understand the social processes they mystify?

CHOMSKY: Most people are not liars. They can’t tolerate too much cognitive dissidence. I don’t want to deny that there are outright liars, just brazen propagandists. You can find them in journalism and in the academic professions as well. But I don’t think that’s the norm. The norm is obedience, adoption of uncritical attitudes, taking the easy path of self-deception. I think there’s also a selective process in the academic professions and journalism. That is, people who are independent minded and cannot be trusted to be obedient don’t make it, by and large. They’re often filtered out along the way.

More cop violence against teenagers

There is a pattern emerging of police brutality against teenagers – from the execution of Michael Brown for the crime of walking while Black and being young to the brutal take down of a 17 year old kid because the window on his car was stuck. Same state – Missouri, Independence Missouri and the kid was white. The kid is also the son of a police officer. Which is why this story is getting wide news coverage. Body cameras NOW for all cops. No exceptions. Body camera not working then put that cop in jail.

So far I’ve read two reason given for why the cop pulled the teenager over – first reason a tail light or something wasn’t working. Second reason the teen was supposedly driving a car associated with a female felon. Was the teen’s car flagged by one of those computer license plate readers which are known to be faulty?

The 17 year old teenager is pulled over by a cop – trained to kill and not much else it seems, a cop who is a professional liar. Now a days we have to accept the reality that cops and politicians are professional liars. We have two stories from the cops (according to two news sources) about why a 17 year old kid is now in the hospital in critical condition. A simple traffic stop – kid refuses to open window so cop opens car door and is fearful for his life so he Tasers the 17 year old and pulls the teenager out if the car.

This traffic stop was witnessed and caught on video. When the cop pulled the teenager from the car the victim’s head hit the pavement – it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that tossing a victim of electrical shock on the pavement could cause a brain injury. Then the cop puts his foot on the teenager’s back in  brutal manner according to witnesses, while the victim was having convulsions. When the EMTs arrived they had to revive the teenager. Sounds like he died and was brought back by the EMTs. The teen is now in critical condition and is in a medically induced coma.

Of course the cop’s bosses are claiming that their cop acted lawfully. Blah blah blah the usual cop shop B.S.

The F.B.I is looking into this case. That sounds encouraging -NOT. Not with the history of the F.B.I. that has found that all agent involved shootings are justified. No unjustified shootings ever. How do cops get away with so many cases of violence and brutality? The corrupt justice system and corrupt F.B.I.

The witnesses tell us that the driver’s side window was stuck. In the Gawker comment section below the article about this 17 year old kid many comments were about how their car also had a faulty window and it wouldn’t roll down. They commentators hoped that they wouldn’t be stopped. Electric car window can get stuck without any warning. Sometimes these cars have a hidden “safety” feature which is a hidden button to lock the window. Then there are mechanical failures. The inability to be submissive and roll down a window for the cop brings a real conflict and is apparently all the reason a cop needs to use his or her weapons.

Fact is that too many cops are shooting first. What I’m seeing as someone who was trained, in personality assessment for job qualifications for employment, is that either the psychological evaluations are not being done or the test used are not appropriate for the job of police officer. There are too many cops out there who are dangerous to the citizens. Most of the victims of police brutality are black but not all. Many of the victim’s are female – so this isn’t just young males as the only victims. Individual with medical emergencies have also been targeted by out of control cops. Diabetics have been targeted as well as those with neurodegenerative diseases.

Will any improvements happen? Not with the current Supremes on the court. The good news that I found while researching the efforts to collect data on police brutality is that there are law firms organized to help victims of police brutality sue cop shops for the actions of their cops. Which means this wave of police violence is costing tax payers – but this seems the only way to change the system.

Cops protect their own and they are all professional liars. (Proof of the cover ups and lying by Ferguson, MO, cop shop). The lone cop that might be truthful will be judged as dishonest because of the acceptance that cops are uniformly dishonest. (For instance the rash of suicides of people while in police custody. The suicide happened while the guys hands were handcuffed behind his back, after the guy was searched, in  locked cop car.)

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Man shot in the back while running away not lunging at cops as cops claim. More professional liars at work.

Here’s a case from 2008. A teenager falls from overpass, breaks his back and passersby calls for help. Cops arrive and Taser injured boy 19 times and then make up stories as to why they tapered an already severely injured human being. More information about injured boy tasered by cops. Unbelievable. Pigs with zero empathy.

New York Daily news coverage of 17 year old tapered by cops and now is in coma.

NBC covers story of 17 year old being tasered by cops. The cops shop claims that cops was within guidelines. Seems like the damned guidelines need changing.

Women are not exempt from police brutality. A woman sitting in her car, gets sideswiped by another car. The victim end up getting tasered several time. Cops get involved in a minor fender bender and escalated it into beating up on the victim.

A Florida case that I read about when it happened. An artist with a bright future murder by cops.

Cops shoot first and then make up stories. The teen years are hard enough without out of control cops showing up to make a family dispute worse.

Police brutality in New Jersey. 99 % of police brutality cases never see the light of day.

Tons of links about the epidemic of police brutality.

These links are merely the tip of the iceberg.

America we have a problem – the cops are out of control. NOT all the cops – but the rest of the cops are protecting the bad cops. One rotten Apple can spoil the whole bag of apples.

*Noam Chomsky has remarked on liars in high office — which applies to the cops shops of America as well as politicians.

The right to lie in the service of power is guarded with considerable
vigor and passion. This becomes evident whenever anyone takes the
trouble to demonstrate that charges against some official enemy are
inaccurate or, sometimes, pure invention. The immediate reaction among
the commissars is that the person is an apologist for the real crimes
of official enemies.

QUESTION: You have said that most intellectuals end up obfuscating reality. Do they understand the reality they are obfuscating? Do they understand the social processes they mystify?

CHOMSKY: Most people are not liars. They can’t tolerate too much cognitive dissidence. I don’t want to deny that there are outright liars, just brazen propagandists. You can find them in journalism and in the academic professions as well. But I don’t think that’s the norm. The norm is obedience, adoption of uncritical attitudes, taking the easy path of self-deception. I think there’s also a selective process in the academic professions and journalism. That is, people who are independent minded and cannot be trusted to be obedient don’t make it, by and large. They’re often filtered out along the way.

Vehicle recalls over airbags

The ongoing recall over explosive airbags involves several car manufacturers – cars involved have been made and sold in America and in Europe. The link explains the recall and the history of this recall. To me it reads like callous disregard for consumer safety and lives by the manufacturer and by the U.S. Government. This is a story we have seen before.

Takata air bags have malfunctioned (including a few deaths). Hondas with the Takata airbags are one of the brands of cars that have been recalled. We did own a Honda and that car was on a “safety” recall list. The airbags were replaced. So I am aware of the recalls. I was not aware of the deaths due to shrapnel when the airbags exploded. Why wasn’t this information released. No doubt some car owners are unaware or ignore recall notices. The news that an airbag which is supposed to save lives or at least reduce injuries has the potential to kill should be broadcast by the entertainment news media. You would think?

The other safety recall story is Toyota with the unintended acceleration defect. Which Toyota blamed on human driver error, and then the floor mat. We know now that the cause of the run away cars was a software glitch and that there was no over ride control that gave priority to the BREAK over the accelerator. I happened to have driven one of the detective Toyotas in 2006 – a rental. The acceleration glitch happened to me twice on a cross country trip. I assumed that this was an isolated incident and reported the problem to a Hertz employee when I returned the car. This was before there was any news media coverage of dramatic deaths – one of a police officer and his recovered call to 911.

What we all discovered as the story of Toyota cars with this glitch became a pattern, that could not be denied by the U.S. Department of Transportation, was that there was no central database, to collect information on car malfunctions. The easy way out was to claim driver error and to ignore the terrible truth that the software was fatally flawed with a intermittent error that was difficult to replicate in the lab.

The Takata airbag defect is different but similar. People have been killed by these malfunctioning airbag. But no big deal – let the auto manufacturers have low level quiet safety recalls.

Note that when we replaced our Honda we did not buy a Toyota nor a Honda. We bought one of the few cars still being made with a manual transmission. Modern cars use computers so there is no avoiding the mini computers built into modern cars. And actually done correctly computer assisted driving is probably safer and smoother. I just don’t want to give computers complete control over the car’s transmission.

My frightening encounter with what could have been a runaway Toyota impacted my purchasing decision on this new car. Of course I researched the subject of manual transmission to the point of obsession. There are not many choices – very few manual transmission models are being made. Since we want to pull a small travel trailer that limited our choices even further.

We have been using an old Toyota truck with manual transmission to pull the trailer but that truck is almost a classic. We also wanted four wheel drive to get to the ancient ruines and prehistoric sites in the Southwest. Having the four wheel option also comes in handy, when stuck behind a truck carrying and pulling huge loads of gravel. In the low creeper gears our old antique truck (rebuilt engine) never over heated. On that long pull in western Colorado (the backside of the Rockies) we passed dozens of overheated much newer trucks and SUVs.

How do we consumers force the government to create, maintain, and collect data on defective products? If this is being done – are the records a national security secret?

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