Police State News

Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by Andy Downs, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. laughingsock Member

    WTF! That's bullshit, I guess activists should dust off those old camras and camcorders.
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    Very scary

    I hate that the UK is going the same way! Not quite as fast and deep as yet but ....

    . “We’re not going to go out there as Officer Friendly with no body armor and just a handgun and say ‘Good enough.’ ”

    We used to have just Officer Friendly, with no body armour and NO guns!
    Now body armour is getting more standard
    Guns less so but still significantly UP (even tho gun ownership both legal and illegal, and usage is still low level. Low enough that gun involvement, even if not fired, still makes headlines).
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    From May 13, 2014:

    How a mayor’s quest to unmask a foul-mouthed Twitter user blew up in his face | Ars Technica

    When news broke that the mayor of Peoria, Illinois, had called upon his town's police force to shut down a fake Twitter account opened in his name; that local police had responded with search warrants against Twitter, Comcast, and Google; that they had at last raided a local home and seized four iPhones, four computers, two Xbox game consoles, an iPad, and a "large gold gift bag with five sandwich bags containing a green leafy substance;" that the homeowner hadn't created the account but was ultimately suspended from his job as a result of that "green leafy substance;" that Peoria's next city council meeting descended into outright acrimony over the heavy-handedness of the entire episode; and that the entire episode turned out to be a colossal waste of time and resources in which no one but the pot owner was ever charged with a crime — well, that's the moment at which a curious reporter files a public records act request to get a glimpse of how such a trainwreck got underway.

    So I filed one — and the backstory I found was fascinating.

    And a follow-up, from June 17, 2014:

    How your inbox looks after becoming Internet Enemy #1 | Ars Technica

    In late April, the "contact us" form on the Peoria, Illinois, website experienced a sudden deluge of traffic. People from across the country wanted to let Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis know — in as profane a manner as possible — what they thought of his decision to get local police involved in a dispute over a Twitter account that used his name.

    Thanks to a public records request filed with the city of Peoria, Ars Technica has obtained hundreds of pages of such comments.

    As a result of all this, look at all the fake Jim Ardis Twitter accounts there are now: Ardis&mode=users
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  11. anonysamvines Member

    I am not an amerfag obviously

    But it does seem to me that there may be cases for suing here
    Abuse of power by the mayor (or whatever the legal phrase is),
    False arrest and imprisonment
    Etc etc etc
    Etc etc etc

    Plus this being highlighted by Google, bing, twitter, et al in their publicly stated stance against chilling effects, warrants and laws and for the freedom of the net.

    Just seems funny to me as a eurofag, given how indoctrinated we are about how litigatious amerifags are?
    (Not that I am sayin we euro fags are superior - just that we don't have the same litigation rep)

    Streisand effect FTW!
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  13. Andy Downs Member

    The solution for the litigation "Problem" in America is simple.
    Allow all wronged parties a free pass to go to the offenders party's house and beat the shit out of them with a baseball bat..
    so long as death is not the result
    No court, no liability, and no badged immunity

    Or we accept that court is exactly why the civil cases in America exist
    That being said, considering the American justice system and how easily it can be bought (provided you have the money)
    Perhaps the 'ole Louisville Slugger isn;t a bad way to least the playing field would be level
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    Cops Hide Use Of Phone Tracking Toys
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    Legal experts: Cops lying about cell tracking “is a stupid thing to do”

    Deception in legal filings could lead to bad consequences for police, attorneys.
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  16. anonysamvines Member

    ^^^^^ I liked the above post

    Hate the subject matter, but I like that people are speaking out and bringing to the attention of those who can hear/see
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  18. You mean, like ...

    Don't go to work for eight weeks
    Don't pay UTILITIE bills OR TAXES for eight weeks
    BOYCOTT all public transit. Trains/ Buses/ Taxis/ Air travel
    Don't drive your vehicle ANYWHERE

    ALL Supermarkets
    Don't by Gas from any of the major players - BP - Mobil - Exxon .. Etc

    Toss the Cellphone, Don't use a landline.Turn off the "TV IS GOD"

    Try living off the grid for eight weeks.

    Hang a big FUCK OFF sign on your front door.

    In that 8 weeks .. Learn how to grow your own vegitables .. Learn to live with what you don't really need.
    Find and read this book.

  19. laughingsock Member

    Or, get involved in local and state government. Elect like minded people, hold those who violate their office accountable. Make mainstream media irrelevant through the internets and spread the word as much as possible. 1403692228875.jpg
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    Okay, almost a win. But a step in the right direction.
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    SWAT Teams Claim 'Corporate' Exemption From Public Scrutiny | Common Dreams

    ACLU hits brick wall after issuing public records requests for information about deadly force, incident reports, and more.

    Operators of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams comprised of tax payer-funded police and sheriffs in Massachusetts claim they are immune to public records requests about deadly force, incident reports, and more because they are private "corporations."

    In addition to SWAT teams run by individual towns, many of these military-style domestic policing units are operated by regional "law enforcement councils," which are bankrolled by tax-payer money and comprised of publicly-funded police and sheriffs. According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, approximately 240 of the 351 police departments in Massachusetts belong to these LECs.

    Some of these LECs have become incorporated with 501(c)(3) status — a classification they say makes them exempt from public records requests.

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  25. laughingsock Member

    Umm, wtf! So we now have the Blackwater type of mentality in our local police. This sets a dangerous tone. They are their own personal army paid for by our tax dollars. Jesus man every freaking day more and more of our rights are slipping away. 1403952123446.jpg
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    A National Consensus: Cell Phone Location Records Are Private | Electronic Frontier Foundation

    The Fourth Amendment protects us from “unreasonable” government searches of our persons, houses, papers and effects. How courts should determine what is and isn’t reasonable in our increasingly digital world is the subject of a new amicus brief we filed today in San Francisco federal court.

    At issue is historical cell site data — the records of the cell towers a customer’s cell phone connects to. The government has long maintained that it’s unreasonable for customers to expect those records to remain private. As a result, the government argues it does not need a search warrant to obtain historical cell site records from cell phone providers.
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    The Toronto Police Videotaped Strip-Search Chambers During the G20 | VICE

    The past couple of weeks have been chock-full of bad press for the Toronto Police (TPS). First there was the independent report conducted by former Supreme Court judge Frank Iacobucci that suggested, in the wake of Sammy Yatim’s killing, that Toronto cops start wearing cameras and beefing up their TASER supply in an effort to curb the officers' temptation to fire their guns at “people in crisis.”

    Then, shortly after, news broke that police chief Bill Blair's contract would not be renewed by the police services board. Many believe that the board refused to renew Blair's contract due to two major scandals: his inconclusive surveillance of the city’s crack smoking mayor, and TPS’s handling of the G20 protests in Toronto. Blair spun the G20 as best as he could, given that he was personally open to discussing it in public (after, of course, refusing to provide an apology) and willing to pursue disciplinary action against his most aggressive officers. But the scars of the TPS’s illegal, mass arrests have not fully healed.

    As revealed by a new, independent documentary called What World Do You Live In? — and as first reported by sometime-VICE Canada contributor Rachel Browne for Maclean’s in late July — surveillance footage of the temporary detention centre erected by the Toronto Police to house the G20 detainees “confirms security cameras were filming the rooms where people were strip-searched.”

    An exclusive clip given to VICE by the director of What World Do You Live In?, Rebecca Garrett, and its producer, Doug Johnson Hatlem (a well-known street preacher and homeless advocate), provides a quick glimpse of what it was like in the detention center. This footage was obtained by a Freedom of Information request, and because of the particulars of the request, the filmmakers only have surveillance footage that shows Gabriel Jacobs — the paraplegic man who crosses the frame in an electric wheelchair.

    Jacobs settled a human-rights-abuse claim with the Toronto Police in late 2012, after he was left unattended on the floor of the detention center for so long that he defecated on himself.

    As Jacobs crosses through the video footage, no strip searches are being conducted.

    If you watch the footage closely, however, on the right, in a cage full of detainees (which has been partially censored to protect the prisoners’ identities), you can see a peace sign forged out of Styrofoam juice cups and shoved into the holes of the chain-link fence. Closer to the center, you can see large plywood cells without roofs. The camera is clearly peering into them. That is where, according to several G20 detainees, the strip searches were conducted.

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    May 25 and 26 of 2013, Boston police tested an advanced facial recognition system to monitor concert-goers at the Boston Calling Festival. Recently, independent investigators with Dig uncovered documents on the Dark Web, showing how IBM was contracted by the city’s government to provide technology that would keep track of all 20,000 attendees at last year’s festival.

    The documents showed that IBM allowed the city’s government to use its “Face Capture” software with the intent of tracking the face of every person who came through the door.

    This program is a combination of the company’s Smart Surveillance System (SSS) and Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) software, which were both used for the first time just two months prior for the 2013 Boston Marathon.

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    Documents: Tacoma police using surveillance device to sweep up cellphone data

    The Tacoma Police Department apparently has bought — and quietly used for six years — controversial surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of every cellphone call, text message and data transfer up to a half a mile away.

    You don’t have to be a criminal to be caught in this law enforcement snare. You just have to be near one and use a cellphone.

    Known as Stingray, the device — small enough to be carried in a car — tricks cellphones into thinking it’s a cell tower and draws in their information.

    News that the city was using the surveillance equipment surprised City Council members, who approved an update for a device last year, and prosecutors, defense attorneys and even judges, who in court deal with evidence gathered using the surveillance equipment.

    “If they use it wisely and within limits, that’s one thing,” said Ronald Culpepper, the presiding judge of Pierce County Superior Court, when informed of the device Tuesday. “I would certainly personally have some concerns about just sweeping up information from non-involved and innocent parties — and to do it with a whole neighborhood? That’s concerning.”

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  38. laughingsock Member

    wait....what?? how the fuck do you lose a humvee? ummmm, someone needs to explain this shit. inside job was inside. fuck man.
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