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Why Can’t We Sue the TSA For Assault?

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When I was in Congress and had to regularly fly between DC and Texas, I was routinely subjected to invasive “pat-downs” (physical assaults) by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). One time, exasperated with the constant insults to my privacy and dignity, I asked a TSA agent if he was proud to assault innocent Americans for a living.I thought of this incident after learning that the TSA has been compiling a “troublesome passengers” list. The list includes those who have engaged in conduct judged to be “offensive and without legal justification” or disruptive of the “safe and effective completion of screening.” Libertarian journalist James Bovard recently pointed out that any woman who pushed a screener’s hands away from her breasts could be accused of disrupting the “safe and effective completion of screening.” Passengers like me who have expressed offense at TSA screeners are likely on the troublesome passengers list.Perhaps airline passengers should start keeping a list of troublesome TSA agents. The list could include those who forced nursing mothers to drink their own breast milk, those who forced sick passengers to dispose of cough medicine, and those who forced women they found attractive to go through a body scanner multiple times. The list would certainly include the agents who confiscated a wheelchair-bound three-year-old’s beloved stuffed lamb at an airport and threatened to subject her to a pat-down. The girl, who was at the airport with her family to take a trip to Disney World, was filmed crying that she no longer wanted to go to Disney World.

The TSA is effective at violating our liberty, but it is ineffective at protecting our security. Last year, the TSA’s parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), conducted undercover tests of the TSA’s ability or detect security threats at airports across the country. The results showed the TSA staff and equipment failed to uncover threats 80 percent of the time. This is not the first time the TSA has been revealed to be incompetent. An earlier DHS study fund TSA screenings and even the invasive pat-downs were utterly ineffective at finding hidden weapons.

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17 Steps: A Federal Employee’s Guide For Tackling Workplace Discrimination by Tanya Ward Johnson

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17 Steps: A Federal Employee’s Guide For Tackling Workplace Discrimination

An absolute “must have” guide for navigating the rampant discrimination of all kinds taking place in federal agencies.  How do you protect yourself? This book explains it all!
Available on Amazon here!

TS Radio: Hospice Survivors & Victims w/Carly Walden

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Join us Tuesday evening June 19,2018 at 7:00 pm CST

5:00 pm PST6:00 pm MST...7:00 pm CST8:00 pm EST

Listen Live HERE!

Call in #917-388-4520

Hosted by Carly Walden

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Please tune in tonight to Hospice Survivors and Victims premiering at 8:00 EST call into 917-388-4520 or click the link and listen as we have Mrs. Barbara Latham on to tell the world how her mother was murdered in a hospice under a guardianship. We will also hear from Barbara’s attorney Candace Schwager. This case was so terrifying we need to all learn and protect our loved ones! We are giving Mrs. Barbara’s mother a voice today as she was unable to escape the guardianship.

If you would like to share a story about Hospice with us, please send an email to this address:

victimsandwhistleblowers@outlook.com

Also, you must have adequate documentation to be a guest.

The Israeli Military Occupation of Palestine: No Way To Treat A Child

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Dear Marti,

Next Monday, June 25, I’ll be in Washington on Capitol Hill with colleagues and

partners to hold a congressional briefing highlighting H.R. 4391 and the situation

for Palestinian children after the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem.

We need you to help make sure your members of Congress attend.

Please take action now to tell your lawmaker to attend this briefing!

Click here to tell your lawmaker to attend this important briefing!

Our latest congressional briefing will examine how persistent grave human rights

violations, systemic impunity, discrimination, and recent U.S. policy decisions, like

relocating the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, impact the lives of Palestinian children

growing up under military occupation.

Here are the details:

Title: H.R. 4391 and the situation for Palestinian children after the U.S. embassy

move to Jerusalem

When: June 25, 2018 at 12:30 pm (light lunch served)

Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2044, 45 Independence Ave SW,

Washington, DC 20515

Last fall, lawmakers introduced the first-ever bill on Palestinian human rights

in Congress,  something the #nowaytotreatachild team spearheaded in 2017.

It now has 27 co-sponsors and we are working to add more every day.

The bill, H.R. 4391, is titled the Promoting Human Rights by

Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act and was introduced

by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN)  with nine co-sponsors.

It prohibits U.S. tax dollars from supporting human rights violations against

Palestinian children during the course of Israeli military detention.

Send a message to your lawmaker now to tell them to attend the June 25 briefing!

Thank you for all that you do and for helping ensure that your elected officials know

about this briefing.

Best regards,

Brad Parker

Co-leader of #nowaytotreatachild campaign

Attorney and International Advocacy Officer

Defense for Children International – Palestine

The Battle to Protect Nebraska Land form Big OIL

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Make sure your voice is heard. Sign-on to stop Keystone XL.

Marti —

While we are continuing to challenge the Trump administration’s rubber-stamp approval of the federal permit for Keystone XL in the courts, Trump’s State Department recently opened a public comments docket for an “Environmental Assessment” of the new Mainline Alternative route for KXL in Nebraska.

This new route includes land in Nebraska counties that has never before undergone environmental review, and where landowners never knew until now — after all the years of public hearings and submitting comments — that KXL might be plowing through their farms, and had no due process and chance to make their voices heard.

Basically, there’s a huge list of problems with this illegal review. It’s an attempt to shoe-horn a review of private property in Nebraska by a federal agency with no authority over that land, into an illegally outdated environmental review of KXL from 2014, in clear violation of the bedrock National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

But we still need to make our voices heard. Despite this illegal sham review process that’s been set in motion — which we will continue to fight in the courts — it’s critical that Nebraskans especially, but all Pipeline Fighters sign on and tell the Trump administration they are opposed to Keystone XL.

Action: Sign-on to Bold’s #NoKXL comment to Trump’s State Department.

We’ve composed a sample comment you can sign-on to, that covers all the bases on protesting this illegal process with the same arguments our attorneys are using in court, and includes key issues of concern for Nebraska’s land, water and property rights, and sovereign rights of Indigenous nations. You may also edit the language, or add your own personal statement to the comment.

*Important: If you are a landowner on the new “Mainline Alternative” route, please contact mark@boldnebraska.org for assistance with submitting your comment. For instance, if you have water crossings, or known endangered species or wildlife habitat on your land, be sure to include exact locations and detailed information about them in your comments. 

The deadline to submit a public comment is June 25th. 

Act now: Sign on to Bold’s #NoKXL comment.

Thanks for standing with us. 

Mark and the Bold team

P.S. Chip in to support Bold’s work to stop Keystone XL.

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Hastings, NE 68901 US

 

Former Central Banker: Oil Pipeline Protesters Will Be Killed. So Be It.

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(CD) — As Canada’s controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project faces ongoing opposition, the former governor of the Bank of Canada said that protesters may die but that the government should push the project through anyway.

Speaking at an event Wednesday, David Dodge said, “We’re going to have some very unpleasant circumstances,” the Edmonton Journal reported. “There are some people that are going to die in protesting construction of this pipeline. We have to understand that.”

“Nevertheless, we have to be willing to enforce the law once it’s there,” Dodge said. “It’s going to take some fortitude to stand up.”

In an interview with the Journal, he elaborated by saying, “We have seen it other places, that equivalent of religious zeal leading to flouting of the law in a way that could lead to death.”

Dodge’s comments prompted outrage from climate activists.

Author and 350-org co-founder Bill McKibben warned, “North American governments have shown the ‘fortitude’ necessary to kill indigenous people often enough that this is no idle threat,” while Canandian author Naomi Klein called the threat a “disgrace.” She added, “If the worst happens, we now know they went into this with their eyes wide open.”

Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner Mike Hudema, meanwhile, wondered if Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would weigh in on Dodge’s remarks.

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Government Eyes Are Watching You: We Are All Prisoners of the Surveillance State

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The Rutherford Institute

 

By John W. Whitehead
June 18, 2018

 

 

 

“We’re run by the Pentagon, we’re run by Madison Avenue, we’re run by television, and as long as we accept those things and don’t revolt we’ll have to go along with the stream to the eventual avalanche…. As long as we go out and buy stuff, we’re at their mercy… We all live in a little Village. Your Village may be different from other people’s Villages, but we are all prisoners.”— Patrick McGoohan

First broadcast in America 50 years ago, The Prisoner—a dystopian television series described as “James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafka”—confronted societal themes that are still relevant today: the rise of a police state, the freedom of the individual, round-the-clock surveillance, the corruption of government, totalitarianism, weaponization, group think, mass marketing, and the tendency of humankind to meekly accept their lot in life as a prisoner in a prison of their own making.

Perhaps the best visual debate ever on individuality and freedom, The Prisoner (17 episodes in all) centers around a British secret agent who abruptly resigns only to find himself imprisoned and interrogated in a mysterious, self-contained, cosmopolitan, seemingly tranquil retirement community known only as the Village. The Village is an idyllic setting with parks and green fields, recreational activities and even a butler. More

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