Archive for the ‘Police State’ Category
We should ban the police in the US from owning and possessing guns. They are 51x more likely to kill someone. German police killed 8 people in the same time frame. Japanese and British police killed ZERO.
Isn’t it time to have sensible gun laws against these “public servants”?
Supreme Court rules in favor of national DNA database, allowing police to forcibly seize DNA without a warrant
Posted August 2, 2013on:
(NaturalNews) The supreme law of the United States has just voted 5-4 in favor of a National DNA database. In Maryland v. King, the court upheld the right of police to arrest and forcibly take DNA samples from individuals, without even issuing a search warrant.
Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy stated, “Taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee’s DNA is, like fingerprinting and photographing, a legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment.”
Speaking on the behalf of the four dissenting judges, Justice Scalia objected, “Make no mistake about it: As an entirely predictable consequence of today’s decision, your DNA can be taken and entered into a national DNA database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason.”
Scalia continued, “The Fourth Amendment forbids searching a person for evidence of a crime when there is no basis for believing the person is guilty of the crime or is in possession of incriminating evidence,” Scalia wrote. “That prohibition is categorical and without exception; it lies at the very heart of the Fourth Amendment.
What some liberty-minded congressmen are saying
In his floor speech responding to the ruling, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) expressed strong opposition, and was loud and clear, voicing his continued support for individual liberties and upholding the Fourth Amendment.
Senator Ted Cruz denounced the Supreme Court ruling and stated, “Today’s unfortunate U.S. Supreme Court ruling expands government power, invades our liberty, and undermines our constitutional rights.”
DNA intrusion and database “for our safety”
The case, Maryland v. King, No. 12-207, originated in 2009 when police collected DNA from Alonzo Jay King Jr. after he was arrested on assault charges in Maryland. After swabbing his cheek, police used the evidence to match DNA of an unsolved rape case.
As the Supreme Court majority goes on to believe that their judgment will help law enforcement solve more crimes like this in the future, it is important to be skeptical, questioning the future implications that will come, as Fourth Amendment rights are forfeited.
• Will airports begin employing this “security routine?” The TSA would love to use this new ruling to their advantage. Body scans, pat downs, and …routine DNA swabs!
• In order to get a driver’s license, will everyone need to be DNA swabbed, as their biometric footprint is recorded and stored?
• Will school children need their irises scanned and their DNA collected to ensure future “safety?” This is already happening in places in the country.
• Will a National ID card be mandated for all US workers, requiring a mass DNA collection from all? A proposed law just like this has been discussed in Congress this year.
The Supreme Court must have amnesia. Remember what the Constitution says?
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
These Justices need held accountable for turning their back on the Fourth Amendment: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr, Anthony M. Kennedy, Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen G. Breyer and Samuel A. Alito Jr.
Learn more: Natural News
New Jersey State Police Ticketing:
Here’s the latest NJ State Police Initiative (Radio Station NJ 101.5 confirmed this info).
Starting July 28, New Jersey will launch a 30-day speeding ticket frenzy.
The state estimates that 9 million dollars will generated in speeding tickets.
One million dollars will go to pay state troopers over-time.
The will be 50 state troopers on duty at all times patrolling the 9 main intersections and highways as follows:
I-295 North and South,
I-95 Jersey Turnpike North and South,
I-80 East and West,
I-287 North and South,
I-78 East and West,
I-195 East and West,
I-280 East and West,
Route 130 – North and South,
Garden State Parkway – North and South.
5 MPH above the limit can justify a ticket and every state trooper is supposed to pull a car over and write a ticket every to 20 minutes.
They have issued 30 brand new unmarked Crown Victoria cruisers and are bringing in all of their part-timers on full time you work in NJ, NY, DE or CT, you will probably be on one of this highways.
So, please be on guard and drive safely!
Starting August 15, the price of a violation to show your driver’s license, registration or insurance card at the time you are stopped, increased from $44.00 to $173.00 (Keep these documents in your car). And the fine for not having all three documents is $519.00!
The fine for hand-held cell phone use while driving will be going up to $180.00.
By mid morning on Monday, September 17, as Occupy Wall Street protesters marched around the perimeter of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, all signs that an FRPD (Federal Reserve Police Department) existed had disappeared. The FRPD patrol cars and law enforcement officers had been replaced by NYPD patrol cars and officers. That decision may have been made to keep from drawing attention to a mushrooming new domestic police force that most Americans do not know exists.
Quietly, without fanfare or Congressional hearings, the USA Patriot Act in 2001 bestowed on the 12 privately owned Federal Reserve Banks, domestic policing powers.
Section 364 of the Act, “Uniform Protection Authority for Federal Reserve,” reads: “Law enforcement officers designated or authorized by the Board or a reserve bank under paragraph (1) or (2) are authorized while on duty to carry firearms and make arrests without warrants for any offense against the United States committed in their presence…Such officers shall have access to law enforcement information that may be necessary for the protection of the property or personnel of the Board or a reserve bank.”
Sarah Longwell, managing director of the American Beverage Institute, a trade group representing about 8,000 restaurants, maintains that lowering the BAC targets the wrong people. “It targets moderate social drinkers and makes no progress in solving the actual problem — hardcore drunk drivers,” she said. “Over 70 percent of alcohol related fatalities are caused by high BAC levels and repeat offenders.”
The National Restaurant Association says much the same thing. “As responsible members of the community, our industry is very concerned about drunk driving,” said Scott DeFife, executive vice president, Policy & Government Affairs for the NRA.”However, we feel measures addressing it should be focused on repeat, chronic offenders who drink excessively, then drive — and not the millions of Americans that enjoy an adult beverage in a responsible manner with their meal.”
Although individuals metabolize alcohol differently, experts generally say that it would take only two average-sized drinks — whether beer, wine or liquor — imbibed over a period of an hour and on an empty stomach, to raise a 160-pound person’s blood alcohol content to 0.05. Longwell said a 120-pound person could reach that level with one drink.
“It would be a huge blow to the restaurant industry if the states start to adopt 0.05,” Longwell said.
The NTSB is also advocating the universal use of steering locks on automobiles of convicted drunk drivers, which require that a driver blow into a Breathalyzer to start a car. In addition, the board also is calling for a more extensive use of roadblocks and the creation of special courts to deal with drunken-driving cases.
The battle over BAC has been going on since the 1980s. In 1968 the Department of Transportation reported that more than 25,000 Americans died each year because of drunk driving. In the 1980s, activist groups like Mother’s Against Drunk Driving succeeded in convincing lawmakers to take a stand against drunk driving and lower the BAC limit, which had been as high as 0.15 in some states.
By 2004, all of the 50 states had decreased the BAC to 0.08. In 2011, the number of “alcohol-impaired-driver-related crashes” was less than 10,000.
“Our goal is to get to zero deaths, because each alcohol-impaired death is preventable,” said Deborah Hersman, NTSB chairman. “Alcohol-impaired deaths are not accidents; they are crimes.”
While the NTSB recommendations do not carry the force of law, the board remains influential at all levels of government when it comes to public safety.
“The states listen to the NTSB,” Longwell said. “The industry needs to brace itself. A new fight is standing in front of us.”
“On March 16, 2013, my son and I were hiking along country roads among pastures and fields with my 15-year old son to help him earn his hiking merit badge. I always enjoy these father/son hikes because it gives me time alone with my son. As I always do when we go on these hikes and walks, I took my trusty rifle with me as there are coyotes, wild hogs, and cougars in our area. In Texas, it is legal to openly carry a rifle or shotgun as long as you do so in a manner that isn’t calculated to cause alarm. In other words, you can’t walk around waving your rifle atpeople. I always carry my rifle slung across my chest dangling, not holding it in my hands. At about the 5 mile mark of our hike, avoice behind us asked us to stop and the officer motioned for us to approach him. He got out of his car and met us a few feet later. He asked us what we were doing and I explained that we were hiking for my son’s merit badge. He then asked me what I’m doing with the rifle, to which I responded in a calm manner, “Does it matter, officer? Am I breaking the law?” At that point, the officer grabbed my rifle without warning or indication. He didn’t ask for my rifle and he didn’tsuggest he would take it from me. He simply grabbed it. This startledme and I instantly pulled back – the rifle was attached to me – and I asked what he thought he was doing because he’s not taking my rifle. Hethen pulled his service pistol on me and told me to take my hands off the weapon and move to his car, which I complied with. He then slammed me into the hood of his car and I remembered I had a camera on me (one of the requirements of the hiking merit badge is to document your hikes). This video is the rest of that encounter. Up to this point, I am not told why I am being stopped, why he tried to disarm me, or even that I’m under arrest.We did not set out that Saturday morning to “make a point” or cause problems. Our goal was to complete a 10-milehike and return home without incident. My son chose a route that away from populated areas but near our home. The arresting officer is Officer Steve Ermis and the supervisor is Sergeant Minnicks of the Temple Police Department.
This is why you should record all police encounters…Utah trooper accused of making bogus DUI arrests
Posted March 2, 2013on:
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — During her 10 years as a Utah state trooper, Lisa Steed built a reputation as an officer with a knack for nabbing drunken motorists in a state with a long tradition of tee totaling and some of the nation’s strictest liquor laws.
Steed used the uncanny talent — as one supervisor once described it — to garner hundreds of arrests, setting records, earning praise as a rising star and becoming the first woman to become trooper of the year.
Today, however, Steed is out of work, fired from the Utah Highway Patrol, and she — and her former superiors — are facing a lawsuit in which some of those she arrested allege she filed bogus DUI reports.
“If we don’t stand up to Lisa Steed or law enforcement, they just pull people over for whatever reason they want,” said attorney Michael Studebaker.
Steed declined to comment, but her attorney Greg Skordas said she denies the allegations. She is trying to get her job back.
The people snared by Steed say the arrests disrupted their lives and were costly to resolve.
Michael Choate, a now-retired aircraft logistics specialist at Hill Air Force Base, said he nearly lost his security clearance and job.
Steed stopped him because he was wearing a Halloween costume and booked him even though three breathalyzers tests showed no alcohol in his system. Choate said he spent $3,800 and had to take four days off of work to get his DUI charged dismissed.
The 49-page lawsuit includes two defendants, but Studebaker said dozens of others are lined up and willing to tell their stories. He said they are requesting the lawsuit be broadened into a class action lawsuit.
Every one of her DUI stops back to at least 2006 should be under suspicion, he said, adding that could be as many as 1,500 people.
Read more: San Francisco Chronicle