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  • IRS is monitoring comment threads on conservative blogs

    11/20/2014 7:47:17 AM PST · by PROCON · 115 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Nov. 20, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The Internal Revenue Service, which claims to be so understaffed that it can’t bother to collect unpaid taxes, or search backup tapes for Lois Lerner’s “missing” emails, apparently has plenty of time to read the comment threads on conservative blogs that have been critical of the agency (Hi there, IRS agents!). William Jacobson, one of the best-informed and most effective critics of the agency, writes on Legal Insurrection: Hey, remember the Reader Poll we did about whether it was okay to follow and try to interview Lois Lerner in her neighborhood? Do you approve of media confronting Lois Lerner in...
  • Venezuela's Ruling Socialists Set Up Hotline to Nab 'Infiltrators'

    11/14/2014 5:07:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 13, 2014 | Staff
    Venezuela's ruling socialists have set up a telephone hotline to denounce "infiltrators" they say are jeopardizing the legacy of beloved late leader Hugo Chavez by seeking to destroy the government. "The enemy who most harms us is the enemy within our ranks. It's the one who calls himself 'Chavista' but is not 'Chavista,' " said Francisco Ameliach, governor of the state of Carabobo and a high-ranking member of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, or PSUV.
  • Drone army seeks to redefine 'neighborhood watch'

    11/07/2014 9:41:50 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 15 replies
    WMC Action News 5 Desoto County, MS ^ | November 5, 2014 | Unattributed
    DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC) - You might expect to find an army in DeSoto County ... an army of drones, that is. A Southaven man has an army of hand-crafted drones, all controlled from inside of his customized command center. Estes built drones that provide infrared thermal imaging; they also detect human movement inside of a home or car. And what he is doing is legal. "You can do good things with this, or you can do bad things with this," Estes acknowledged. Estes wrote letters to the Federal Aviation Administration about his drone capabilities. Right now, the FAA requires...
  • IRS notches legal victory in tea party cases

    10/23/2014 4:07:51 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | October 23, 2014 | Rachael Bade
    The IRS may have inadvertently figured out how to win its legal battles against aggrieved tea party groups: Give them what they wanted in the first place — tax-exempt status. That was a major reason a Republican-appointed federal judge on Thursday threw out two lawsuits brought by more than 40 conservative groups seeking remedies for being singled out in the tea party targeting scandal, a victory for the IRS.
  • Land Of The Free? 1 In 3 Americans Are On File With The FBI In The US Police State

    10/21/2014 3:52:52 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/21/14 | Tyler Durden
    The sickening transformation of these United States into an authoritarian police state with an incarceration rate that would make Joseph Stalin blush, has been a key theme of my writing since well before the launch of Liberty Blitzkrieg. American Police Make an Arrest Every 2 Seconds in 2012. In the event you never read it, I suggest taking a look before tackling the rest of this piece. Fast forward to fall 2014, and the Wall Street Journal has a powerful article about how children in schools systems across the U.S. are being arrested or turned over to police custody for...
  • Annise Parker Doubles Down on Subpoena of Sermons

    10/16/2014 11:00:23 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 49 replies
    Twitter ^ | 10/14/2014 | Annise Parker
    If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game. Were instructions given on filling out anti-HERO petition?-A— Annise Parker (@AnniseParker) October 15, 2014
  • Brown Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants for Drone Surveillance

    09/30/2014 6:30:56 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    WSJ ^ | 09/29/14 | Zusha Elinson
    Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have required police to obtain warrants for surveillance by drone, making California the latest state to weigh on an issue that is dividing lawmakers across the country. Mr. Brown's decision comes as the nation grapples with how to balance concerns over privacy and civil liberties with a technology that police departments say can serve as a powerful law-enforcement tool.
  • Spying Together: Germany's Deep Cooperation with the NSA

    09/26/2014 11:12:58 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    SPIEGEL ^ | June 18, 2014 – 04:20 PM | SPIEGEL Staff
    Cooperation between Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND, and America's NSA is deeper than previously believed. German agents appear to have crossed into constitutionally questionable territory.
  • Press Helps Obama Censor The News

    09/25/2014 7:00:47 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/24/2014 | IBD Staff
    It's not often that the press exposes its own bias. But a Washington Post story this week reveals both the Obama administration's attempts to censor the news and the media's complicity in that effort.
  • Senate Dems seek to rewrite First Amendment

    09/08/2014 7:26:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/8/2014 | Rick Moran
    The Democrat's attack on political speech will come to a point this week when the Senate votes on a measure that would overturn the Citizens United decision and give federal authorities the power to regulate all manner of political speech including books and pamphlets.
  • Justice Dept. announces Ferguson police probe

    09/04/2014 1:01:58 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 42 replies
    AP ^ | Sep 4, 2014 2:46 PM (ET) | ERIC TUCKER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is launching a broad investigation into the practices of the Ferguson, Missouri, police department. That's according to Attorney General Eric Holder. He announced the investigation following the shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb.
  • Super: Federal grant funds plan to detect “misinformation,” “hate speech” on social media

    08/26/2014 6:25:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 25, 2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Well, this sounds interesting and probably sinister and open to manipulation: The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter. The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online. The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.” The university has received $919,917 so far for the project. “The project stands...
  • Government to track political speech on internet [Is FreeRepublic next?]

    08/26/2014 9:40:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/27/2014 | Rick Moran
    This is a real headshaker that should send chills down your spine.Washington Free Beacon: The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter. The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online. The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.” The university has received $919,917 so far for the project....
  • ‘Retaliation’: Docs show state prosecutors’ launched mini-NSA probe of state conservatives

    08/24/2014 7:53:54 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 5 replies
    MADISON, Wis. – Conservative targets of a Democrat-launched John Doe investigation have described the secret probe as a witch hunt. That might not be a big enough descriptor, based on records released Friday by a federal appeals court as part of a massive document dump. Attorneys for conservative activist Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth point to subpoenas requested by John Doe prosecutors that sought records from “at least eight phone companies” believed to serve the targets of the investigation. O’Keefe and the club have filed a civil rights lawsuit against John Doe prosecutors, alleging they violated conservatives’...
  • Sarah Palin's new site is being blocked by Microsoft

    07/29/2014 7:51:19 AM PDT · by EternalHope · 67 replies
    Me | July 29, 2014 | EternalHope
    Microsoft's "SmartScreen Filter" is blocking Sarah Palin's new website (sarahpalinchannel.com). When I went to the site anyway (it's hard to do), the videos would not play. Whatever is wrong may have been caused by a deliberately orchestrated group of people reporting the site as unsafe to Microsoft, or it may simply be that Microsoft simply does not like Sarah Palin. Regardless of the cause, it may help if people go to the site and click on the "Report this site does not contain threats" choice.
  • Old technology in NSA age: Typewriter sales surge in Germany

    07/23/2014 7:09:30 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 48 replies
    RT.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Unknown
    Earlier in July, German politicians said they were considering going back to old-fashioned manual typewriters for confidential documents, in order to protect national secrets from American NSA spooks. Patrick Sensburg, chair of the German parliament’s inquiry into alleged NSA spying, said committee members are considering new security measures and are seriously thinking about abandoning email and returning to old school typewriters.
  • Glitch or Censorship? Connecticut school blames software for selective blocking conservative sites.

    07/18/2014 7:01:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | July 17, 2014 6:12 PM | Spencer Case
    Weeks after an apparent case of politically motivated Internet censorship at a Connecticut high school, officials are still blaming the incident on technical malfunctions — even though evidence suggests human culpability. On May 27, shortly before his graduation, Andrew Lampart, an 18-year-old senior at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, Conn., set out to research gun control on a school computer in order to fulfill an assignment for a basic law course. He found that the website for the National Rifle Association was blocked, while websites supporting gun control remained accessible. Over the next five days, Lampart spent more time on...
  • Obama Advisor John Podesta: ‘Every Country Has a History of Going Over the Line’

    07/01/2014 4:28:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 30, 2014 – 02:30 PM | Susanne Koelbl and Marcel Rosenbach
    Instead of a no-spy deal, the US has begun a Cyber Dialogue with Germany. In a Spiegel interview, John Podesta, a special advisor to President Barack Obama, speaks of the balance between alliances and security and says that changes are being made to NSA espionage practices. […] “(W)ith respect to what German citizens think, the United States has a pretty good track record of standing up for values of global democracy, of free expression, of protecting the rights of individuals, of trying to ensure that people are not discriminated against, of not suppressing free speech. Every country has a history...
  • German spies step up social network checks

    06/27/2014 3:18:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Jun 2014 09:03 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Germany’s domestic intelligence service wants to increase surveillance on users of social networks such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, but stressed it would only target terrorists and extremists. […] But the Süddeutsche Zeitung had reported that the BfV’s chief, Hans-Georg Maaßen, wanted to develop a system which collected “large amounts of online data”. …
  • The Merger of the Party and the State

    06/25/2014 5:40:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | June 24, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Here at SteynOnline every cutting-edge pop culture reference has to be at least three-quarters of a century old. So, watching the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, I found him a dead ringer for Guy Kibbee, the beaming befuddled sugar daddy who was a mainstay at Warner Brothers in the early Thirties. Mr Koskinen is a Democrat sugar daddy who has given generously to his party since the Seventies: He's not the kind of sober civil servant you'd appoint if you were looking to signal to America that King Barack's revenue collectors are cleaning house and returning, chastened, to their previous role...
  • Police to perform warrantless beverage inspections on ‘anybody’ visiting Fla. beaches

    06/06/2014 4:28:22 PM PDT · by Altariel · 50 replies
    PoliceStateUSA ^ | June 6. 2014 | SiteStaff
    HOLMES BEACH, FL — With the help of new technology and federal grant money, police are preparing to warrantlessly search people’s refreshments as they visit the beaches of Florida. New passive alcohol detectors can simply be hovered above a person’s beverage to detect whether it contains alcohol. Similar devices can detect alcohol on someone’s breath. “We can go up to anybody we want, OK? If we see something that looks like alcohol.” On Holmes Beach, even the mere possession of sealed alcohol containers is illegal. Police are using that as an excuse to inspect anyone’s beverage they choose. “We can...
  • Michelle Obama Wants Students to Monitor Family Members for Racial Insensitivity

    06/06/2014 4:03:41 PM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 70 replies
    Top Right News ^ | May 19, 2014 | by Jason DeWitt | Top Right News
    First lady Michelle Obama wants students to police their families for any “racially insensitive comments” they might make, and to challenge those comments whenever they’re made, asking them to “drag” their presumably racist relatives into the “fight against racism.” Huh? You heard right. The lady whose husband has taken every opportunity to fan the flames of racism, from the Cambridge police, to Arizona’s immigration law, to the Trayvon Martin case, and on and on, wants everyone else to stop being so racist.
  • Holder announces task force on 'homegrown' terrorists

    06/04/2014 11:40:47 AM PDT · by mojito · 49 replies
    LA Times ^ | 6/2/2014 | Timothy M. Phelps
    Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder, Jr. on Monday announced the creation of a task force within the Justice Department to combat an “escalating danger” from “homegrown” terrorists within the United States.. The Justice Department, in a news release accompanying Holder’s weekly video address, cited a Congressional Research Service report last year that said domestic terrorists were responsible for more than two dozen incidents in the U.S. since 9/11. [....] The task force will chiefly comprise leaders from the FBI, the Justice Department’s National Security Division and U.S. Attorneys. Called the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee, it is a recreation of a...
  • Legislation Would Allow Family, Friends To Notify Authorities Of Potential Gunman [to confiscate]

    05/28/2014 11:53:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | May 28, 2014 8:17 AM
    SANTA BARBARA (CBSLA.com) — State lawmakers are pushing for new legislation that would give family or friends of a potential gunman the ability to ask law enforcement to prevent them from owning or buying a firearm. The proposed bill from California State Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) would create a gun violence restraining order, which would grant authority to “concerned family members, friends and intimate partners” to “intervene and potentially prohibit the purchase of firearms and/or remove the firearms already in possession.” Williams told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO law enforcement would in turn have the ability to...
  • Is America Starting To Target Thought Crime?

    05/27/2014 11:42:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 58 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/26/14 | Scott Greer
    Last week, Michelle Obama made headlines when she exhorted graduating high schoolers in a commencement address to monitor their families for politically incorrect thoughts and behaviors. To one journalist, this was more than an off-hand comment made by the first lady. In the opinion of Cheryl Chumley, a reporter for The Washington Times and the author of “Police State USA,” Michelle Obama’s remark reflects a growing trend in America to target and attack individuals for committing “thought crime.”
  • 7th Circuit upholds warrantless entry, seizure of gun rights activist

    05/14/2014 9:55:15 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 40 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | 05/13/2014 | Bruce Vielmetti
    Milwaukee police who forced their way into a gun rights advocate's home without a warrant, took her for an emergency mental evaluation and seized her gun were justified under the circumstances and protected from her civil rights claims, a federal appeals court has ruled. "The intrusions upon Sutterfield's privacy were profound," Judge Ilana Rovner wrote for three-judge panel. "At the core of the privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment is the right to be let alone in one's home." But the court also found, that on the other hand, "There is no suggestion that (police) acted for any reason other...
  • Lightning-Rod W. German Cop Unmasked as Stasi Spy.

    04/29/2014 1:48:29 PM PDT · by PetroniusMaximus · 12 replies
    www.newser.com ^ | May 27, 2009 8:17 AM CDT | Rob Quinn,
    Lightning-Rod W. German Cop Unmasked as Stasi Spy Revelation likened to discovering Kent State shooters were KGB agents (Newser) – The West German cop whose shooting of an unarmed protester in 1967 changed the country forever has been unmasked as an East German spy by historians going through Stasi files, the New York Times reports. The shooting sparked a wide, sometimes violent left-wing protest movement many believe spawned Germany's current liberal disposition. The revelation that the "fascist cop" was a socialist spy has rocked the country. Many now ask whether the policeman was ordered to shoot a protester by Stasi...
  • Sarah Palin tells us just who Sylvia Burwell (The replacement for Sebilius) really is.

    04/12/2014 12:16:17 PM PDT · by palin45potus · 60 replies
    Sarah Palin Facebook Page ^ | 4-12-2012 | Sarah Palin
    You just can't make this stuff up.
  • Vulnerable Dems want IRS to step up

    02/13/2014 12:06:54 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 13Feb 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats facing tough elections this year want the Internal Revenue Service to play a more aggressive role in regulating outside groups expected to spend millions of dollars on their races. In the wake of the IRS targeting scandal, the Democrats are publicly prodding the agency instead of lobbying them directly. They are also careful to say the IRS should treat conservative and liberal groups equally, but they’re concerned about an impending tidal wave of attack ads funded by GOP-allied organizations. Much of the funding for those groups is secret, in contrast to the donations lawmakers collect, which must be...
  • Congressman Tried to Shut Down a Tea Party Leader at Thursday’s Hearing

    02/07/2014 7:50:55 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    the Blaze ^ | 2-6-14 | Becket Adams
    “After nearly 20 years of being in business,” Engelbrecht, said during the hearing, “and no agency coming to visit with us, the succession of agencies that have now come to us — for all manner of things — begs the question.” “Ms. Engelbrecht,” Jordan said, “in the first 20 years of business, did OSHA ever visit your place of business?” “No sir,” she responded. “Never once?” “No sir.” “After you filed the [tax-exempt application for King Street Patriots], OSHA visited then, right?” “Yes sir.” “In the first 20 years of business did the [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives]...
  • The IRS Secret Police?

    02/06/2014 3:01:48 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    National review ^ | 2-6-2014 | By L. Brent Bozell III - Commentary
    FEBRUARY 6, 2014 3:00 PM The IRS Secret Police? Proposed rules seek to curb the free speech of Obama’s political opponents. By L. Brent Bozell III The Internal Revenue Service was already an organization rightly looked on with scorn and fear by most Americans, heightened by the recent arrival of our W-2 forms. Since the early years of our country, when Chief Justice John Marshall in the Supreme Court’s landmark case McCulloch v. Maryland wrote that “the power to tax involves the power to destroy,” countless Americans have felt the heavy hand of the IRS.Then came Barack Obama. Today, the...
  • EMAIL: IRS planned secret new rules to justify targeting tea party groups two years ago

    02/05/2014 1:55:22 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 5, 2014 | By David Martosko
    Republicans clashed with the Internal Revenue Service's new commissioner Wednesday in a Capitol Hill hearing that featured the unveiling a document indicating that the agency planned as early as 2012 to change its rules in a way that justified singling out tea party groups for special scrutiny. The document, an email from Treasury Department tax policy attorney Ruth Madrigal to a group of IRS officials including the disgraced Lois Lerner. 'Don’t know who in your organizations is keeping tabs on c4s,' Madrigal wrote, quoting an election law blog and referring to the 501(c)(4) tax-exempt groups that were the subject of...
  • New York federal judge rules NSA phone surveillance is legal

    12/27/2013 9:25:40 AM PST · by John W · 110 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | December 27, 2013 | Hasani Gittens
    A federal judge in New York has ruled that the National Security Agency's massive collection of American citizens' telephone records is both legal and useful. U.S. District Judge William Pauley wrote in his opinion issued Friday that the program "represents the government's counter-punch" to eliminate al-Qaeda's terror network. Pauley raised the specter of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and how the phone data-collection system could have helped investigators connect the dots before the attacks occurred. Pauley's decision appears to conflict with a ruling earlier this month by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon, who granted a preliminary injunction against the...
  • Why is President Obama Trying to Politicize the Holidays?

    11/29/2013 6:18:31 AM PST · by kristinn · 48 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Thursday, November 28, 2013 | Byron York
    During a recent stay in Berlin, I visited the old headquarters of the East German Ministry of State Security, better known as the Stasi. The building, in a suitably bleak part of what used to be East Berlin, is now a museum devoted to the communist surveillance state. The upper floors display some of the tools of that surveillance -- miniature cameras, listening devices, files on everything -- that the German Democratic Republic used to control every aspect of its citizens' lives. But the first floor of the Stasi Museum is not about spying. Instead, it is devoted to the...
  • North Texas Drivers Stopped at Roadblock Asked for Saliva, Blood

    11/19/2013 2:31:36 PM PST · by Ken H · 234 replies
    NBCDFW ^ | November 19, 2013 | Scott Gordon
    Some drivers along a busy Fort Worth street on Friday were stopped at police roadblock and directed into a parking lot, where they were asked by federal contractors for samples of their breath, saliva and even blood. It was part of a government research study aimed at determining the number of drunken or drug-impaired drivers. "It just doesn't seem right that you can be forced off the road when you're not doing anything wrong," said Kim Cope, who said she was on her lunch break when she was forced to pull over at the roadblock on Beach Street in North...
  • NSA loophole allows warrantless search for US citizens' emails and phone calls

    08/09/2013 9:48:59 AM PDT · by don-o · 81 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | August 9, 2013 | James Ball and Spencer Ackerman
    <p>The National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens' email and phone calls without a warrant, according to a top-secret document passed to the Guardian by Edward Snowden.</p>
  • Feds Investigate Couple for Online Searches (pressure cookers, backpacks and quinoa, oh my!)

    08/01/2013 9:40:07 AM PDT · by kristinn · 119 replies
    Medium.com ^ | Monday, August 1, 2013 | Michell Catalano
    It was a confluence of magnificent proportions that led six agents from the joint terrorism task force to knock on my door Wednesday morning. Little did we know our seemingly innocent, if curious to a fault, Googling of certain things was creating a perfect storm of terrorism profiling. Because somewhere out there, someone was watching. Someone whose job it is to piece together the things people do on the internet raised the red flag when they saw our search history. Most of it was innocent enough. I had researched pressure cookers. My husband was looking for a backpack. And maybe...
  • DOJ Asks Civil Rights Groups, General Public for 'Tips' on Zimmerman

    07/16/2013 2:57:00 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 176 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 16, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday afternoon, the US Department of Justice appealed to civil rights groups and the general public across the country for “tips” on George Zimmerman in their pursuit of potential federal civil rights charges against the just-acquitted defendant in the Trayvon Martin killing. The DOJ actually went so far as to set up an e-mail address to allow such tips: Sanford.florida@usdoj.gov. The email address is slated to go operational by the end of the week.
  • Obama’s crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of U.S.

    06/28/2013 11:25:46 AM PDT · by OregonRancher · 11 replies
    McClatchy Washington Bureau ^ | 6/20/2013 | Daniel Doughterty
    WASHINGTON — Even before a former U.S. intelligence contractor exposed the secret collection of Americans’ phone records, the Obama administration was pressing a government-wide crackdown on security threats that requires federal employees to keep closer tabs on their co-workers and exhorts managers to punish those who fail to report their suspicions. President Barack Obama’s unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program, is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the...
  • The New American Enemies List ... Victor Davis Hanson

    06/17/2013 6:31:01 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 17 June 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The vast majority of the annual shooting homicides are committed by inner-city and minority youths below the age of 30. Handguns are involved in 80% of all murders. Rifles and shotguns account for less than 10% of homicides. No matter; the National Rifle Association is now blamed for generic gun violence, especially the mass shootings at schools, even though usually no one knows of any proposed gun law — barring outright confiscation of previously purchased firearms, bullets, and clips — that would have prevented the shooters at Sandy Hook and Columbine. Gun merchants are blamed by the president while in...
  • Obamacare will share personal health info with federal, state agencies

    06/17/2013 7:17:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | JUNE 17, 2013 | PAUL BEDARD
    A new rule issued late Friday requires state, federal and local agencies as well as health insurers to swap the protected personal health information of anybody seeking to join the new health care program that will be enforced by the Internal Revenue Service. Personal health information, or PHI, is highly protected under federal law, but the latest ruling from the Department of Health and Human Services allows agencies to trade the information to verify that Obamacare applicants are getting the minimum amount of health insurance coverage they need from the health "exchanges." The ruling, explained on pages 72-73 of the...
  • The Oath Keepers on Edward Snowden

    06/14/2013 12:26:58 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 71 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 06/14/2013 | Jesse Walker
    Stewart Rhodes, the group's founder, has emailed me a statement about Snowden: He is an example of what needs to be done by anyone who has knowledge of such gross violations of our rights. We need more to stand up, because this is surely the mere tip of the iceberg of the infrastructure for a police state that is being built over us. This is about far more than supposed attempts to ferry out al Qaeda operatives. This is part of a growing Stasi and Checka style surveillance police state which tags, tracks, and prepares plans to detain dissidents with...
  • German government outraged by US snooping scandal

    06/12/2013 9:48:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12.06.13 @ 09:29 (June 12) | Valentina Pop
    The German government is demanding explanations from the US after it emerged that its secret spying program PRISM collected more information from Germany than any other EU country. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to raise the issue when she receives US President Barack Obama in Berlin next week, her spokesman said on Monday (10 June). Data privacy is a very sensitive topic in Germany and the cluelessness of Merkel’s government about the affair may become an issue in September’s elections. … Germany’s hawkish interior minister—a Bavarian Christian-Social politician whose party is standing for re-election both on regional and national...
  • Germans accuse U.S. of Stasi tactics before Obama visit

    06/11/2013 5:00:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | Noah Barkin
    German outrage over a U.S. Internet spying program has broken out ahead of a visit by Barack Obama, with ministers demanding the president provide a full explanation when he lands in Berlin next week and one official likening the tactics to those of the East German Stasi. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman has said she will raise the issue with Obama in talks next Wednesday, potentially casting a cloud over a visit that was designed to celebrate U.S.-German ties on the 50th anniversary John F. Kennedy's famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech... In a guest editorial for Spiegel Online on...
  • Military told not to read Obama-scandal news

    06/09/2013 9:34:14 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 40 replies
    WND ^ | 6/9/2013 | Gina Loudon
    President Obama has said the outrage over the federal government’s decision to monitor citizens’ phone activity is all “hype.” He might want to share his opinion with the Air Force, which is ordering members of the service not to look at news stories about it. WND has received an unclassified NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) that warns airmen not to look at news stories related to the data-mining scandal. The notice applies to users of the Air Force NIPRNET (Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network), which is the only way that many troops stationed overseas and on bases in the U.S. are...
  • The NSA—America’s new Secret Police

    06/08/2013 8:00:54 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 32 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | June 8th, 2013 | Jim Emerson
    They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin Last February Maxine Waters in an interview stated “The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life,” She continued to reveal “That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it’s never been done before”. This week Americans were surprised to learn that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting phone call information of American Verizon customers. Like all of the...
  • "The Lives of Others" Movie recommendation (in light of the 0bama scandals)

    05/21/2013 4:26:04 PM PDT · by FrdmLvr · 37 replies
    I immediately though of this movie about the E. German Stasi when these scandals broke a week or so ago, The Lives of Others. Has anyone seen it? Do you agree? http://youtu.be/KOdn9Yelxwo
  • East Germany's STASI Sold Citizens to Western Pharmaceutical Companies as Human Guinea Pigs

    12/04/2012 12:21:03 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 December 2012 | Allan Hall
    East Germany's secret police sold citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials • Tens of thousands tested with experimental drugs not approved in the West • One study of a drug for heart conditions saw six out of 17 patients die • Sinister practice exposed in disturbing new Germany documentary Former Communist East Germany secretly sold its citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials. Tens of thousands of sick people in the former German Democratic Republic were treated with medicines not approved in the West to...
  • East German Stasi Considered Ratzinger a Fierce Foe (How Secret Police Spied on Future Pope)

    09/17/2011 5:20:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Zenit ^ | 9/15/11 | Edward Pentin
    In 1974, a Trabant -- an old East German car -- was chugging through the Thuringian countryside, a province in the communist German Democratic Republic.In its passenger seat sat Professor Joseph Ratzinger and at the wheel was Father Joachim Wanke, then an assistant at a local seminary -- the only one in the GDR.The two priests, writes Rainer Erice, a journalist for the German radio station Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk Thüringen (MDR), were on a harmless sightseeing tour, taking in the historic cities of Jena and Weimar. It was a moment of relaxation during Father Ratzinger's short visit to East Germany, the...
  • Fashion Secrets of the Stasi

    08/04/2011 10:13:54 AM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 13 replies
    For a profession as covert as theirs, you might have thought the Stasi would kit out their spies with an inconspicuous wardrobe to aid them in their secretive work. However far from blending in, a new exhibition has revealed that operatives from the secret police of former East Germany looked astonishingly like, well, spies. Dodgy fashion secrets of the Stasi show how they seem to have taken a leaf out of the book of many a Hollywood screen spy.