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News Round-Up: American Police State at Home and Imperialism Abroad

AT HOME

UN report cites US Human Rights abuses

Whistleblower: Coast Guard Implementing Martial Law

VIDEO: Martial Law: U.S. Army Prepares to Invade the U.S.

Why Is Indiana Putting Armed Security Guards Into 36 Unemployment Offices Across The State?

Private Security Continues to Invade American Towns

Government Trains Troops To Run American Cities

Towards Martial Law in America: Authority to Deploy Troops Domestically during ‘National Emergencies’

Earlier this month, the United States Coast Guard upheld its self-declared status as a ‘special’ branch of the military with the ability to prosecute civilians in military tribunals. This startling declaration, unreported in the media, came in a Decision on Appeal related to the case of Lieutenant Eric Shine, a commissioned Naval officer in the Merchant Marines and a graduate of Kings Point Military Service Academy, and was penned by the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard.

Police State Update: Random Searches of Clothing, Pockets, Bags and Vehicles

Police Abuse is the Rule, Not the Exception

Torture Inc.: America’s Brutal Prisons

Secret Tape Has Police Pressing Ticket Quotas

Random Pat-Downs Turn PATCO Into Police State

96 Taser-Related Deaths in the United States

Cutbacks Forcing Police Stations Around The Country To Curtail Calls For Some Crimes

Federal court: 4th Amendment standard does not always apply to mobile phone location data

Dead Souls: The Pentagon Plan to Create Remorseless ‘Warfighters’

Video: The Chipping of America: Secret RFID Implants

‘About 90% of Americans are walking around with a portable tracking device all the time, and they have no idea’

Google CEO: “We Know Where You Are. We Know Where You’ve Been. We Can More Or Less Know What You’re Thinking About.”

Secretive Executive Order Establishes ‘Big Brother’ Health Bureaucracy

Executive Order 13544, Establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council is a short document outlining the goals and scope of the order. The title gives the appearance that it only creates a Council, but buried within are detailed plans to carry out the “goals” of the Executive Order.  Let’s take a closer look at the order.

Worth reposting: Inside Top Secret America

A major investigation reveals the extent of America’s vast and heavily privatized military-corporate-intelligence establishment.

Georgia Man Fined $5000 for Growing Vegetables

Police Harassing Citizens Who Film Them

Homeland Security works for the oil companies

The US Department of Homeland Security has been spying on people who don’t like gas drilling and handing on the data to the oil companies.

FBI Forwards Letters to Political Prisoners to Local Law Enforcement Agencies

LAPD Creates “Pre-Crime” Database for “Predictive Policing”

Marshals: Innocent People Placed On ‘Watch List’ To Meet Quota

The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they’re required to submit at least one report a month. If they don’t, there’s no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments.

Veterans sue CIA, Army for Involuntary Mind Control Experiments

The Green Police

Is someone out behind your house digging through your trash? Don’t worry, it is probably just the government. When Audi ran their now famous “Green Police” commercial during the Super Bowl last year, most Americans laughed it off and thought that nothing like that could ever happen in America…In 2009, the city of Cleveland has issued 2,900 tickets for trash violations,  which was almost five times more tickets than in 2008. In 2010, the city of Cleveland is on track to issue over 4,000 tickets for trash violations.

US Courts Legalize CIA Abduction, Overseas Detention, Torture Of Innocent American Citizens

It has also ruled that innocent civilians tortured and detained, even after release, have no rights for recourse against the CIA or corporations involved because litigation would jeopardize state secrets and top secret classified information critical to National Security.

Executive Order on “Controlled Unclassified Information”

President Obama’s new Executive Order on “Controlled Unclassified Information” {four page pdf} issued today builds on recommendations from open government groups and the findings of the National Security Archive’s 2006 audit of “Pseudo-Secrets” that uncovered 28 different and uncoordinated policies on marking and restricting official unclassified information.

 

ABROAD

Ongoing Iran War Preparations? Arabian Sea: Center Of West’s 21st Century War

A quarter of the world’s nuclear aircraft carriers will soon be in the Arabian Sea.

NPR Confirms 3,000 Man CIA Army Conducts Operations In Pakistan

Weaponizing The World: From 2006-2009, the United States made $68.7 billion in conventional arms transfers to developing nations

140,000 U.S. soldiers diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iraq, Afghan tours

77,000 Iraqis killed from 2004 to August 2008, U.S. military says

Obama ramping up CIA infiltration of Pakistan: report

Hellfire from the Sky: Targeting of Innocent Civilians by Unmanned Drones

CIA lawyer: U.S. law does not forbid rendition

Norway Probing Reports of Mass US Surveillance in Oslo

Labor Rights in Occupied Lands: US Busting Labor Unions in Iraq

Poisonous US weapons in Iraq kill thousands and mar generations

‘Child cancer skyrocketing in Iraqi city’

US DEPT. OF DEFENCE DIRECTIVE ALLOWS EXPERIMENTATION ON PRISONERS AT GUANTANAMO

9 million Afghans live in extreme poverty

“Underground” Group of Cadets Say Air Force Academy Controlled by Evangelicals



Police State America Update: US Troops Training Cops on US Soil, Paramilitary Policing, ACLU & China on US Human Rights, and more

Is the U.S. a Fascist Police-State?

A police-state uses the law as a mechanism to control any challenges to its power by the citizenry, rather than as a mechanism to insure a civil society among the individuals.

A Plague Upon The World: The USA is a “Failed State”

Interview with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary US Treasury, Associate Editor Wall Street Journal, Professor of Political Economy Center for Strategic and International Studies Georgetown University Washington DC.

Concise and correct.

“We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.”

In late July the American Civil Liberties Union releasedEstablishing a New Normal” (pdf), an 18 month review of national security, civil liberties and human rights under the Obama Administration.

How China Views America: The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2009

How the Military Destroys the Lives of Soldiers Who Try to Tell the Truth

“Top Secret America”: The Rest Of The Story

The secrets next door – Washington Posts’ explosive ‘Top Secret America’ series

H.R. 5741 Slave bill now in Committee

H.R. 5741 will give the president the authority “To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.”

US Constitution May Be Suspended: War, National Emergency and “Continuity of Government”

Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water

48% See Government Today As A Threat to Individual Rights

The President’s Nullification Power

Among the most extraordinary powers claimed by both President Bush and President Obama as part of the post-9/11 “war on terrorism” is the power to nullify — or ignore — jury verdicts of acquittal in federal criminal cases involving terrorism.

Supreme Court upholds ban on ‘material support’ to foreign terrorist groups

The First Amendment does not protect humanitarian groups or others who advise foreign terrorist organizations, even if the support is aimed at legal activities or peaceful settlement of disputes, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

When the Army Uses “Enhanced Interrogation” on an American Soldier

In gruesome detail, Luther described what happened to him at Camp Taji’s aid station. He thought he would receive medical care. Instead he was confined to an isolation chamber and held there for over a month, under enforced sleep deprivation, until he agreed to sign papers saying that he was ill before coming to Iraq and thus not eligible for disability and medical benefits. “They wanted me to say I had a ‘personality disorder,’” Luther told me.

SWAT Raids Gone Wrong — Paramilitary Policing Is Out of Control

Militarized SWAT Drug Raids on the Rise

Police Raids On Organic Food Stores

Video: Police violently smash mothers head onto the road nearly killing her’

Land Of The Free: Never In The Civilized World Have So Many Been Locked Up For So Little

Freedom of photography: Police, security often clamp down despite public right

Gang members are coming home with military training

NY National Guard Involved In Mass Arrests Of U.S. Citizens – Includes list of dozens of deployments of National Guard and military on American soil, in American cities.

Will Thousands Of Police Layoffs Unleash Chaos And Anarchy Across America?

Cops & Marines Patrol LA Streets Together

Foreign Troops Training To Confiscate Guns of Americans

USNORTHCOM Gears Up For Potential Attack On U.S. Soil

U.S. Army Trains To Confront Tea Party ‘Terrorists’

Homeland chief: Domestic extremism is top concern

‘Operation Exodus’: Louisiana Sheriff Taps Locals For Emergency Security Plan

Preparing for Civil Unrest in America

U.S. Army Trains To Confront Tea Party ‘Terrorists’

Special army unit ready to be deployed on American soil just before Nov. elections

In October of this year, one month prior to the November midterm elections, a special army unit known as ‘Consequence Management Response Force’ will be ready for deployment on American soil if so ordered by the President.

Army Report Says Christians Threaten U.S. Foreign Policy

Obama Just Got His Private Army

Chicago Officials Call for Military Intervention, Martial Law

New Video Shows Militarized Police at Obama Event in Illinois

Huge Number of Disaster Drills Held Throughout America

From terrorist attacks and hurricane evacuations to submarine base and nuclear power plant mishaps; bomb blasts, plane crashes, dirty bombs, hazmat spills, earthquakes, medical disasters and train derailments, America is on high alert. Over the past several weeks to the present, more than 35 major disaster drills are taking place throughout America. It makes one wonder what’s prompting all of these emergency exercises and planning venues. Was it confusion over Gov. Palin’s oft-quoted “drill, baby, drill?” No, it’s recognition that the Feds are leaving ordinary citizens to fend for themselves. States aren’t happy about this.

National Guard Training For Riot Control, Mass Detentions

Private Corporation Building Detention Camps Across America

The shadowy design firm that was behind the infamous Hardin Montana jail is pushing to build detention camps across America, with the latest proposal centering around a fifty acre, five hundred bed facility in Italy, Texas, part of a program that many Americans fear is based around a plan to intern political dissidents in the event of a national emergency.

Homegrown terrorist threat to be part of National Security Strategy

When the Obama administration unveils its National Security Strategy Thursday, it will be the first time a president explicitly recognizes the threat posed to the country by radicalized individuals at home.

“For the first time since 9/11, the NSS integrates homeland security and national security,” according to highlights of the plan given to CNN by a senior administration official said.

Maryland Citizens Face Felony Charges for Recording Cops

Sixteen years in jail…for videotaping a police officer in Maryland

U.S. Postal Service Expands Construction Of Secret Rooms

We have received documents from a military source indicating that U.S. Postal Service facilities across the country are expanding the construction of secretive criminal investigation rooms, which some fear will be used to detain American citizens in the event of a national emergency, bioterror attack or pandemic.

Ohio: You’re Speeding if The Cop Thinks You Are

The Ultimate Betrayal: Police and Military Working Together to Oppress Americans

FBI Continues Attack on Civil Rights, Demands Increased Powers

US and Polish Troops In Chicago

Disturbing Footage; The US Army Doesn’t Want You To See This

Moving video on the perversion of the US armed forces, and those brave men and women who strive to keep to their true duty – protecting the citizens of this land from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Threatening World Order: US and Israel Quietly Announce Plans to Reconstitute Their Nuclear Stockpiles

U.S. Navy Conceals Nuclear Weapons Production in California

The CLEAR ACT: They are stealing it all: Land, water, minerals and the air we breathe

HR.3534, Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2010 (Reported in House – RH) will effectively render a greater amount of land as owned and/or controlled for profit, by the federal government along with minerals and water rights to now be controlled by the federal government and enforced through the BLM.

The Clear Act claims control of the oceans, Great Lakes and by extension many other waterways and freshwater resources, mineral mining, solar, geo-thermal, and gas and oil conducted on land or in the oceans, in, on or near the continental United States. This bill passed the House on August 4, 2010.   All of this as a result of the BP Oil gusher; like we didn’t already have thousands of unused laws on the books to deal with this.

Feds to Protect Drug-Dispensing Postal Workers From “Violent Crowds”

The federal government is training postal workers in six U.S. cities to dispense “anti-terror drugs” in the event of a biological attack, with the promise that they will be accompanied by law enforcement officers to protect them from “potentially violent crowds”.

Fed to Buy More of Its Own Debt

Via: Bloomberg: Federal Reserve officials decided to reinvest principal payments on mortgage holdings into long-term Treasury securities, making their first attempt to bolster growth since March 2009 to keep the slowing U.S. economy from relapsing into recession.

Goldman reveals where bailout cash went

Goldman Sachs sent $4.3 billion in federal tax money to 32 entities, including many overseas banks, hedge funds and pensions, according to information made public 7/23.

USA Gun Owners Buy 14 Million Plus Guns In 2009 – More Than 21 of the Worlds Standing Armies Combined

Some Oklahomans want a state militia to resist Washington

Health Bill Broadens Unconstitutional Policing Power of IRS

NYPD Police Officer Admits to Arrest Quotas

New Mexico State Police have Quota System



US War Of Terror Update: Iraq & Afghanistan

US Announces Second Fake End to Iraq War

“Days after the U.S. officially ended combat operations and touted Iraq’s ability to defend itself, American troops found themselves battling heavily armed militants assaulting an Iraqi military headquarters in the center of Baghdad on Sunday. The fighting killed 12 people and wounded dozens.”

Deconstructing the Official Narrative on the U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq

More Troops Head to Iraq as Obama Declares Mission Accomplished

Privatizing the Occupation: The Mercenaries and the NGOs

Iraq War Continues under a New Name: “Operation New Dawn.” U.S. Troops Still Fighting and Dying in Iraq

Karzai: Private contractors ‘looting and stealing,’ working with terrorists

Iraq War Vet Camilo Mejía: US Withdrawal Plan Marks “Privatization of Military Occupation”

The World From Berlin: ‘The Invasion of Iraq Was Wrong, Unjust and Damaging’

U.S. to Double Mercenary Forces in Iraq After 2011 Military Pullout

Five myths about the Iraq troop withdrawal

Germany gave assassination list to secret US unit

The US isn’t leaving Iraq, it’s just rebranding the occupation

Obama says withdrawal is on schedule, but renaming or outsourcing combat troops won’t give Iraqis back their country

Alarms sound over trash fires in war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq

Former U.S. Soldiers Describe Indiscriminate Military Violence in Iraq

Iraqi army chief: We need US military until 2020

US Military Brass Urge Soldiers To Kill Indiscriminately

July is deadliest month of Afghan war for US

Afghan Blogger Films Survivors of Massacre, Contradicts NATO Denial

In an experiment in citizen journalism, Greenwald, of RethinkAfghanistan, has trained dozens of intrepid local Afghan interns in film reporting and armed them with simple camcorders. One of these brave souls entered the area and and has released footage of interviews with the survivors.

Hans Blix Offers Harsh View of Iraq Invasion

Document Reveals Military Was Concerned About Gulf War Vets’ Exposure to Depleted Uranium

For years, the government has denied that depleted uranium (DU), a radioactive toxic waste left over from nuclear fission and added to munitions used in the Persian Gulf and Iraq wars, poisoned Iraqi civilians and veterans.

But a little-known 1993 Defense Department document written by then-Brigadier Gen. Eric Shinseki, now the secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), shows that the Pentagon was concerned about DU contamination and the agency had ordered medical testing on all personnel that were exposed to the toxic substance.

The VA, however, never conducted the medical tests, which may have deprived hundreds of thousands of veterans from receiving medical care to treat cancer and other diseases that result from exposure to DU.

The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center recently reported that ten years of data confirm that service members tend to have higher rates of certain cancers compared to civilians, according to the Army Times. While researchers suspected that service members are diagnosed with cancer more often and at a younger age because they have guaranteed access to health care and mandatory exams, the data does not explain the disparities in diagnosis among branches of the military. For example, the rate of lung cancer among sailors is twice that of other branches, while Marines have much lower cancer rates across the board.

State Dept. faces skyrocketing costs as it prepares to expand role in Iraq

Broken Laws, Broken Lives–Proof of American War Crimes

In PHR’s new report, Broken Laws, Broken Lives, we have for the first time medical evidence to confirm first-hand accounts of men who endured torture by US personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo Bay. These men were never charged with any crime.




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