Archive for ‘Police State’

August 7, 2012

An Imperial Official and His Entourage Comes to Town

by Eric T. Phillips

John Boehner had dinner at a local restaurant last night. I am told that 17 Secret Service agents watched every corner of the building while he dined. Meanwhile, 8 Suburbans waited in the parking lot along with the local police. And he was wearing a bullet proof vest.

I have a suggestion. Let’s abolish the Secret Service and let the Speaker of the House and all the rest of our overlords pay for their own protection. Then we’d see if Boehner would pay for 17 plus bodyguards out of his own pocket. Somehow I doubt it. It’s a lot easier to spend other people’s money.

August 5, 2012

Liberals Discover Their Inner Cheney

by Eric T. Phillips

Writing in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, A. Barton Hinkle describes how attacking the rights of all American gun owners in response to the actions of a criminal minority is no different from attacking the rights of all American Muslims in response to radical Islamic terrorism.

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June 23, 2012

Jonathan Corbett on the Inept and Criminal TSA

by Eric T. Phillips

The TSA is trying to hide the ineffectiveness of its naked body scanners by threatening the media, says Corbett:

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May 30, 2012

Wikileaks Update

by Eric T. Phillips

Julian Assange has lost his extradition appeal, meaning he’s closer than ever to being sent to Sweden to face trumped up charges of sexual assault. He’s not giving up, however. See this video discussion of his legal strategy:

Also, this week marks the end of the second year Bradley Manning has spent in military prison. Kevin Zeese discusses Manning’s struggle for a fair trial here:

May 21, 2012

Quotes of the Day

by Eric T. Phillips

Justin Raimondo:

The House recently passed a bill that would legalize the production and distribution of pro-government propaganda by covert agencies as well as the State Department and the Pentagon. So here we have all the elements of a classic police state falling into place: universal surveillance, the infiltration and disruption of dissident movements, and a 24/7 government propaganda machine aimed at the citizenry.

Anthony Gregory:

Democracy, like no other system, dupes the masses into believing that the state really is on their side. It creates the perfect storm for a deep if somewhat temperate oppression, as the state becomes increasingly active and meddlesome, and instead of cowering in fear or resenting the state for ripping them off, subjects become complacent or even celebratory at the sight of their rights and responsibilities co-opted in the name of the good of all. After all, if we are the state, who can complain? To badmouth a state’s treatment of prisoners, taxpayers, or foreign victims of war too vociferously becomes taboo, because “in a democracy, the government is us!” The Divine Right of Kings has nothing on this rationalization for oppression, this masquerading of institutional evil as the greatest public good.

Professor Jack D. Douglas:

The CIA, Seals, and other special ops carried out a systematic plan of mass slaughter of boys and men in Iraq and Afghanistan before and during the invasions and annihilations  of those nations. The secret snipers were the spearhead of the slaughters. They were ordered off-book to shoot all boys and men who even looked like they might be al-Queda or Taliban, which they obviously interpreted to mean any boy or man who might be able to wield a weapon and fight.

May 17, 2012

Jack Cafferty On Military Drones Spying On Americans

by Eric T. Phillips

The police state continues to expand:

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May 9, 2012

The TSA Strikes Again

by Eric T. Phillips

Actually it strikes tens of thousands of times a day, as every air traveler in the country is hoarded through its totalitarian checkpoints. But the agency’s incompetent thugs have committed another particularly egregious outrage–breaking a diabetic teen’s $10,000 insulin pump after ignoring her doctor’s note that requested she not be sent through a full body scanner. And then they felt her up anyway with one of their “enhanced pat-downs.” Mary Theroux reports.

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April 30, 2012

Marco Rubio on the NDAA Indefinite Detention Bill

by Eric T. Phillips

Marco Rubio explains his position on the NDAA to a Ron Paul supporter at CPAC. Can you guess his position?

April 26, 2012

More TSA Outrages

by Eric T. Phillips

While passing through security at a Kansas airport recently, a grandmother and her 4-year-old granddaughter were accosted by TSA agents. The little girl committed the crime of running over to hug her grandmother while she was in line for a pat-down. Mary Theroux explains what happened next:

TSA agents, as is their wont, couldn’t handle normal human behavior and instead interpreted the contact as sinister, declaring that the grandmother had passed a gun to the little girl during the exchange. One officer repeatedly said she had “seen a gun in a teddy bear” in the past…

Not surprisingly, the agents’ antics drove the little girl to hysterics, which the agents dealt with, again brilliantly, by ordering her to stop crying. Yes, TSA, ordering a 4-year old to stop crying works every time: great training there! Unable to execute a full-body assault on the terrorized little girl, two big strong agents called for backup saying, “The suspect is not cooperating.” The “suspect,” of course, being a 4-year old girl who likes to dress up as a princess.

Confronted with thuggish strangers, the little girl burst into tears and  fled. A TSA agent then shouted at her grandmother, “We are going to shut down the airport if you don’t grab her.”

NewsOK reports:

The incident went on for maybe 10 minutes, until a manager came in and allowed agents to pat the girl down while she was screaming but being held by her mother. The family was then allowed to go to their next gate with a TSA agent following them.

Naturally, the TSA investigated the incident itself and, shockingly, found itself free of any wrongdoing. The agency released the following statement: “TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child.”

The agency released the exact same statement concerning an incident with a 7-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. The girl is easily frightened by her frequent encounters with the TSA (she must always get patted down because of her metal leg braces), and her parents asked the agents on duty to introduce themselves and be gentle. The thugs ignored the parents’ request, however, and traumatized the girl with an aggressive pat-down.

To top it all off, the LA Times has just broken another story of TSA corruption: four screeners have just been charged with accepting bribes from drug dealers in exchange for turning a blind eye to large quantities of meth in their luggage. This is hardly a surprising coming from an agency known for its rampant thievery.

There can be no compromise with this criminal agency. It should be completely abolished and the airlines themselves should be responsible for the security of their passengers and planes.

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April 21, 2012

Former NSA Official: U.S. Government Has Copies of All of Your Emails

by Eric T. Phillips

National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney estimates that his former agency has amassed a collection of 20 trillion phone calls and emails sent and received between people living in the United States. The lying NSA, of course, denies this.

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