20111222

22DEC11 Creepier and Creepier...


Things continue to get creepier and creepier in the United States since September 11, 2001. Honestly, I'd love to go back to the days where we only had metal detectors and fully armed men (and I must say, National Guard soldiers are professionals compared to the run of the mill screener) at the airports instead of these rent-a-cop wannabes in the TSA uniform working for an $80 billion waste of tax payer money known as the Dept. of Homeland Security (multiple redundant bureaucracy that has FAILED to communicate across to other agencies like the Dept. of Justice... http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/10/26/napolitano-cross-examined-over-fast-and-furious/ Which is one of the justifications for DHS in the first place...). For Airline travel we now get two choices, regardless of the fact that they have failed to prove that there is probable cause for searching every single American who flies, we either can have our nude picture taken at a scanner equipped airport or submit to an intimate pat down. While they claim that because they only partner you up with a person of like sex, with the current tolerance of homosexuals (indeed, actual deliberate recruitment in some cases) in the Federal Government it still begs to question if someone doing the pat down isn't some perverted freak getting his or her kicks on your taxpayer dollar. Then there is whom they choose... They can't profile, oh heavens no. So, Grandma, six year old girls, and Alaska State Representatives http://www.newsminer.com/pages/full_story/push?blog-entry-State+lawmakers+warn+Alaskans+about+TSA+body+scanners+&id=16859474&instance=blogs_editors_desk ) who have had breast cancer get flagged instead of Islamic males between the ages of 16 and 30 who have attended Madrassas in Pakistan or Afghanistan (notice that I didn't put race in there as there are plenty of white and black Muslim converts in our country that have gone off the deep end...). Of course, perhaps the Airport Police Officer and former co-worker with a violent ex-boyfriend are not to be believed when they express concern over the employment of near criminals by the TSA... Namely, the Airport PD Officer pointing out which screeners couldn't join a real police force due to criminal records as well as lack of competency identifying suspicious persons needing apprehending during TSA audits of local TSA checkpoints. Don't even get me started on the violent man who purchased ammo whom I almost took down because his ex-girlfriend worked where I did (we sell ammo) in spite of being told to keep away... He very nearly skirted a restraining order that would have cost him his job (and really, she should have still filed IMO... buying ammo where your ex works? When other places sell ammo in town? Creepy... But then, this is the TSA's finest!).

DHS and the TSA is just the tip of the iceburg these days. Since the election of President Barack Obama things have only gotten worse faster. I can't blame him completely as the TSA and DHS were indeed creations of the previous Bush Administration with body scanners in the R&D phase during Bush's second term. However, former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano was placed in charge of DHS by Obama. Whats her experience with 'homeland security'? Well, she was Governor of a border state and supported Obama's rather ludicrous immigration policy and Southern Border plan (which is sit and do about nothing). So, while Americans must be scanned, swiped, and groped; Mexicans pass north virtually without so much as being asked why... Not that I mind the actual workers coming, so long as they pass through the gate and get a card and pay our payroll taxes in order to assist in funding the benefits those taxes pay for that they receive... Its just the massive amount of drugs, and yes even now terrorists, that get smuggled in with the workers. Its the human trafficking that bothers me more than the pot and the cocaine (but that gets my goat too...). Of course, with this kind of problem, who is targeted by DHS as a potential threat? The guys trying to blow themselves up (all of whom, or most of whom, if I recall correctly originated in European airports by the way...) in the name of Allah? The shady Mexican with the gang tattoos? One of the thousands of OTM's that actually gets snagged by the few Border Patrol catches? Nope, the Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, white, Conservative, GWOT Veteran, who has a Gadsden Culpeper Flag that says “Don't Tread on Me”. Twice in 2009 we had reports from the DHS, FBI, and other LEA's working closely with the Federal Government brand people like myself who have crazy notions of Liberty as terrorists (http://trendnemesis.blogspot.com/2009/04/14apr09-we-are-being-profiled-again.html)... Despite the damage control that had to be exercised from these two FUBARs, DHS still continues to follow this line of thought (which is the agenda of the Southern Poverty Law Center by the way, while they have some great information they are slaves to a Left Wing agenda that slams anything they deem as 'Right Wing'; for example I would probably be labeled as a potential hate threat due to my stances on immigration and homosexuality, and believe it or not my affiliation with the American Legion) without question.

To top this all off, we have seen a new trend in the manner in which the FBI operates. Dangerously close to, or actual, Entrapment. FBI informants finding people of a specific profile that is vulnerable and easily manipulated, and then pushing them into plotting acts of violence. Its a convoluted trail to follow, and not all cases run the risk of Entrapment honestly speaking (locally the domestic threat presented by Schaffer Cox is an example where FBI informants were pushing violence, but we also have Cox and his disciples stating in no uncertain terms to police officers and State Troopers that they knew where they lived and that they could kill them; all while standing in a COURT HOUSE, regardless, its interesting to connect this to other FBI cases with the same tactic: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/schaeffer_cox_fbi_informants_basically_kidnapped_m.php ). While there are 20 plots the FBI brags about, we find out 17 were FBI produced, bank rolled, and supplied to individuals targeted by informants with some bad records (not too dissimilar to Olson in the above article). Not only do we have Muslims being entrapped and pushed over the edge to violence (makes you wonder if someone working for the FBI didn't push Maj. Hassan over the edge at Ft. Hood and everyone is keeping quiet about it...) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/16/fbi-entrapment-fake-terror-plots but also it seems like its happening to Americans that fall under the new definitions of domestic terrorists (albeit Cox certainly was leaning heavy that way without the FBI when I look back at whom he chose to surround himself about the time I did some art for him in early 2009...). Of course, whats also interesting is how they treated a Material Witness in the case against Schaeffer Cox: http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/16673344/article-Anderson-brought-in-under-material-witness-warrant-in-Schaeffer-Cox-case?instance=home_news_window_left_top_2 and http://patriotslament.blogspot.com/2011/12/it-wont-happen-in-america-yeah-well-it.html. With this kind of treatment of a material witness, one wonders why agents have shown up to cuff Eric Holder with his refusal to cooperate in the Fast and Furious investigation (the gun smuggling by the BATFE which resulted in the death of a Border Patrol Agent... Killed by a gun provided to a cartel by courtesy of the agency responsible for busting illegal firearm transfers and smuggling...).

So there you go folks. Creepier and creepier. Try to enjoy the Holidays, maybe someone in Washington will wake up and pull their head out of their ass finally and pull the plug on this travesty of a Department known as Homeland Security and end the multiple redundant security apparatus that is only making matters worse in the US by trampling our Bill of Rights (particularly that Fourth Amendment) every time we go to the airport... Makes me wonder if my fellow Veterans and I aren't going to have to bear a Scarlet Letter at some point in time and submit to a bit more extensive procedures to be allowed to travel around the country if we also happen to hold certain political view points based on some of the reports flying out of DHS, DOJ, and other Federal agencies.

20111213

13DEC11 Skepticism pays off... Sometimes...


Why I'm a skeptic about Conspiracy Theories...

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/did-federal-agents-really-raid-a-mormon-food-storage-facility/

...and yet keep a wary eye on government intrusion regardless.

'As of late Monday, Oath Keepers had pulled the food storage raid story from their website, and gave an explanation that stated:

“We have pulled this story about the Mormon cannery being visited by federal agents because the source of the information at the cannery is now denying that he ever told us that event occurred.” '

However, the poking around does lead to some questions, though indeed if its the county asking 'are you prepared' its completely different from the Federal government knocking on the door demanding an inventory and searching without a warrant like the alarmists are screaming (A certain local 'tactical' store owner comes to mind...).

"But the full context to the story does not seem to end there. It turns out authorities have been poking around and asking Tennesseans about their emergency preparations, even going door-to-door with questionnaires.

Local Nashville news broadcasters at WTVF-TV reported on house-by-house Metro Public Health department efforts to check on citizens’ emergency preparedness, including the off-putting line that ”The county still wants to know exactly what you are doing to start thinking ahead:”

As it stands, the Surplus Store alert from BJA still has yet to be debunked...



"The Blaze called one of the phone numbers listed on the flyer, and it is in fact a direct line to a joint terrorism analysis fusion center in Colorado. When asked for an official comment on the distribution of the flyer, a fusion center officer declined to comment and stated that any request would have to be made in writing."

Nor do I think it will be.  In light of MIAC and the 2009 DHS 'Right Wing' Extremism report targeting GWOT veterans as potential domestic terrorist threats...  Of course, my excessive skepticism about all things coming from the Prison Planet crowd back in '08 did bite me when I stated here on this blog that I thought the MIAC report was joke.

That taken in context with Senate Bill 1867 still leaves that lovely creepy feeling in the back of my mind....

The Blaze Article:
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/can-the-indefinite-detention-bill-send-americans-to-military-prison-without-trial/

Lets not forget the 10DEC11 use of an RQ-9B Predator by the Air Force in support of a local police agency...  Yes, it gets creepier and creepier, and people wonder why stories like the one from Oath Keepers grab hold and never let themselves go from the national conscience...  Never mind the kernels of truth to these sensationalized stories that are in fact very real oversteps by our Federal Government these days.

20111212

12DEC11 UAVs and local Sheriffs...

Since this is eating my afternoon, I figure its a worthy blog posting.  Heck, its been too long since I took the time to blog...

I just finished reading an article about the Air Force using an RQ-9B in support of a North Dakota Sheriffs Department...  And found it disturbing.  Well, not the use of a UAV so much (as its just like police helicopters which I'm not against either), but because WHAT THE HELL IS AN ACTIVE DUTY AIR FORCE UAV DOING IN SUPPORT OF POLICING THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES ON PRIVATE PROPERTY?

So I wrote my Alaska Senators and Representative in the Swamp:

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Dear (Insert Senator and Reps name here),


I am deeply disturbed by a 10DEC11 LA Times article about the use of an RQ-9B Predator UAV (or RPV as the Air Force now calls them, but since I'm of the 'older' crowd and got out in '07 I still refer to them as UAV...) in the state of North Dakota. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-drone-arrest-20111211,0,324348.story

I'm not at all shocked about the vehicle used. An RQ-9 is an incredible tool, and is a worthy successor to the manned helicopters that do the same mission in many places, its sensors are more acute than the old FLIR systems on many police department helicopters. It makes perfect sense to use them in this capacity. Since RQ-9s can be equipped with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, they should however be utilized rather sparingly as this causes no end of speculation about what who is controlling them desires in the United States.

What disturbs me most however has nothing to do with the airframe involved, but who is controlling the airframe and the mission. I don't have a completely accurate picture of who called for what when or who was in charge of the mission, but I do understand Title 10 and Title 32 rather well; and I do understand that the US Military (in this case Active Duty Air Force) have no authority to police within the United States under Title 10 and the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. There are exceptions for EXTREME circumstances, and on Federal land. However, it seems that none of the conditions were properly met.

There is a very simple solution to this matter, to prevent further breaches of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 and potential violations of Title 10, Title 32, and Title 18. First off, it starts with the State (North Dakota in this case) having RQ-9s under its Air National Guard. This way, under Title 32 orders from the Governor, they can use the RQ-9 in their state when needed. Second, encourage North Dakota to equip its Army National Guard with the RQ-7 Shadow UAV, again under Title 32 orders it would be very simple for the Army National Guard to act under the Governors orders. Third, perhaps the state of North Dakota should seek to hire UAV contractors like ISR Group or Insitu if they desire UAV support for these incidents instead of immediately asking DHS or the Federal government for such assistance.

Its apparent to me that these solutions must be implemented at a state level, but weren't. So the US Air Force was called in... This is a very slippery slope to move down, and its up to you our Federal policy makers to prevent this from happening and establishing a precedent that could indeed endanger Civil Liberties. When they called the Air Force for a UAV, the answer should have been a distinct “NO, we aren't authorized to do that.” Instead, since the UAVs have supported the FBI during drug raids (which on Federal land such as National Parks and BLM land ISN'T an issue...), and along the border (which again, being a Homeland Security mission and a Constitutional mandate to protect that International Border isn't an issue), the complacency resulted in the US Air Force giving support to LOCAL police, thereby policing, within the United States. I'm sorry, but that sticks out to me as a blatant violation of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, as well as a violation of several other US Codes. Perhaps I could be wrong, but since I just knocked out the FEMA EMI IS 800 b. course that stated quite clearly that US military is LIMITED as to what they can perform (but Title 32 forces are not) within the United States...
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Should be interesting to see what kind of response I get back...  One thing I can say for my Alaska delegation, every single one of them is pretty good about getting back with constituents even if they disagree with my ranting!