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Twilight of the Courts: The Elusive Search for Justice in the American Police State

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By John W. Whitehead
June 5, 2017

“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”—Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas We have entered a new regime and it’s called the American police state. More

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All Our Children Are Now FBI Terrorism Suspects

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Maybe we should report the FBI for domestic terrorism activities.

Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011′ HR. 347: “Our corruption has made us grossly paranoid”

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I believe it is highly indicative of the level of corruption in our government when bills such as this piece of crap are passed with virtually every congressman/woman voting to pass it.  This is another of those bills for which their was no need.  Our government, now with the complicity and collusion of our local law enforcement domestic military units, routinely violates our rights and commit acts of aggression and violence against the public, without penalty or punishment.

In addition to making it illegal (not unlawful) to supposedly trespass the hallowed grounds of the White House lawn, it also means protesting such events such as the 2012 G8 and NATO summits could be a federal offense.

National Special Security Events

In what has clearly morphed into a full frontal assault on the First Amendment and the right to assemble, National Special Security Events (NSSA’s)created under Clinton,  are now the signature for squashing first amendment rights.  Anything can be deemed an NSSA.  Funerals, weddings, visits from the current dictators of foreign countries that we haven’t decided to blow off the global map yet.  This crap even applies to Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum because they have secret service protection (although I have no idea why we should be footing the bill for this).  I have no idea why they even need such protection when there are only a handful of people at their big fancy public meetings which is why the cameras are kept close in.  That way you won’t know there are only ten people there instead of the huge crowds you are led to believe are in attendance. More

Congress: We are insane to let these people even assemble

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Marti Oakley

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The attempts to take over the net, regardless of what reasons they give are indicative of a government that has removed itself so far from the people it claims to represent that I believe we are insane to even let these people assemble. Its too much like watching an invading army that is fully determined to destroy us at any cost.

Just today, another of those staged “committee hearings” was taking place in the efforts to revive the federal governments intention to launch a full frontal attack on the first amendment and free speech.  Of course no one of any consequence appeared as a witness opposing this intent to take over the net, but we did have the usual line-up of the Permanent Political Class sitting front and center ready to deliver what could be nothing less than their own personal version of the dooms-day scenario they envision for us if we do not comply with their desire to throttle the net for political purposes.

Among these political hacks who are cheering on the assault on freedom of speech was Diane Feinstein, Jay Rockefeller, Susan Collins and of course our all-time despised political puppet, good ol’ Joe Lieberman.  These characters were accompanied by Tom Ridge, Janet Napolitano and whomever else Lieberman could drag in to this stage show, willing to do their part in attempting to terrify the nation into viewing an open and free internet as not only a threat to national security, but to economic security as well.  More

Minnesota Republicans join Iowa and other states colluding to protect Big AG donors

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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Republicans in every state should just hang a big “FOR SALE” sign on the door to their offices.  Maybe they already did. “

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  Minnesota Republicans join Iowa, Florida and a few other states colluding to protect big Ag producers from having the abuses and instances of animal cruelty, neglect, mistreatment and fetid conditions documented, especially in the media.

The Minnesota bills, S 1118 and H 1369 are almost a verbatim reproduction of the bills Republican’s introduced in Iowa just last week specifically criminalizing the photographing or video-taping of animal cruelty and abuse by industrialized corporate producers or anyone else for that matter.  But the intent of all these bills is to protect the top donors to election campaigns from negative exposure of the rampant abuse, unsanitary conditions and abject misery animals and poultry are subjected to under the corporate model. 

These new laws would be codified in Minnesota statutes Chapter 17. 

As these laws are a clear violation of the First Amendment and free speech, and would serve no other purpose than to protect corporations whose focus is on profits above anything else, I have to wonder where all that righteous, moral, “our values” crap went?  More

IOWA: Video cameras now lethal weapons: Republican’s launch another attack on your rights

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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This works out really well……this way, you are prevented from gathering the evidence, producing the evidence and forcing them to acknowledge the evidence. Perfect scenario: Plausible deniability.

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Iowa!

Iowa is following in Florida’s footsteps and working on passing a bill making it a criminal offense to film or photograph the abuse of animals on farms or in commercial CAFO operations. Apparently it is ok to abuse your animals, to leave them in fetid conditions, or to treat them inhumanely…..Iowa just doesn’t want you documenting that abuse.

Nine House Democrats joined all of the Republicans present to pass the bill in a 66 to 27 vote on Iowa bill H.R. 589.

Turns out your video camera or camera are now considered lethal weapons…the stuff of terrorism!

In an effort to protect industrialized CAFO operations, and unscrupulous corporate growers, Iowa is standing up to those activist citizens who document the abhorrent conditions on industrialized farms and ranches and also in some privately owned operations, claiming this somehow interferes with, or tampers with the property of another.

11A. “Record” means any printed, inscribed,
visual, or audio information that is placed or stored on a
tangible medium, and that may be accessed in a perceivable
form, including but not limited to any paper or electronic
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BLM Clobbered with Law Suit to Cease ALL Helicopter Stampedes

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 September 25, 2010 (The News as We See It) by R.T. Fitch

 GrassRootsHorse Sends BLM into Legal Tailspin

Photojournalist and videographer Laura Leigh, supported by GrassRootsHorse, filed a motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) at 0500hrs PT, September 24th 2010.

Horseback Magazine Reporters R.T. Fitch and Laura Leigh at Twin Peaks Stampede ~ Photo by Terry Fitch

The motion names as defendants Ken Salazar, Bob Abbey, Ron Wenker and the BLM as it asks for an immediate cessation of all helicopter roundups and related activities regarding any and all aspects of actions related to wild horse movement, gathering or roundup as well as any actions involving all the horses in both short and long term holding.  The case has been assigned to the Honorable Judge Hicks who, likewise, is considering Ms. Leigh’s contempt complaint regarding the Tuscarora stampede.

This motion is all about accountability, access, transparency and the First Amendment rights granted to all U.S. citizens under the Constitution.

“This is about the horses, each and every horse. Every individual life that leaves the range matters and is important to the American public. This is not about some bulk inventory and it is about time that the government recognizes that fact. We are not going away. The wild horses and burros are living beings mandated to be managed humanely.” said Maureen VanDerStad of Grass Roots Horse, a nonprofit group based in grass roots activism.  More

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