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      by Published on 07-23-2014 04:39 PM

      Police in Enfield, Connecticut, were ready to arrest one of their own, Matthew Worden, for punching a suspect when it was "neither necessary nor needed." They prepared a 7-page arrest warrant where it sounded like the cop's excuse was that his victim got in the way of his punches, but the state's attorney in Hartford rejected the application because, well, the incident was too complicated to follow.

      Read more... http://reason.com/blog/2014/07/23/co...ent-tries-to-a
      by Published on 07-22-2014 06:32 PM

      By John W. Whitehead
      July 21, 2014

      “What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It’s not good at much else.” —Author Tom Clancy

      Call it what you will—taxes, penalties, fees, fines, regulations, tariffs, tickets, permits, surcharges, tolls, asset forfeitures, foreclosures, etc.—but the only word that truly describes the constant bilking of the American taxpayer by the government and its corporate partners is theft.

      We’re operating in a topsy-turvy Sherwood Forest where instead of Robin Hood and his merry band of thieves stealing from the rich to feed the poor, you’ve got the government and its merry band of corporate thieves stealing from the poor to fatten the wallets of the rich. In this way, the poor get poorer and the rich get richer. All the while, the American Dream of peace, prosperity, and liberty has turned into a nightmare of endless wars, debilitating debt, and outright tyranny.

      What Americans don’t seem to comprehend is that if the government can arbitrarily take away your property, without your having much say about it, you have no true rights. You’re nothing more than a serf or a slave.

      by Published on 07-15-2014 04:51 PM

      Hope the budget cuts go through....

      In the wake of proposed budget cuts that would slash the number of law enforcement officers, the head of the Police Benevolent Association for Miami-Dade County said that the public may have to start taking matters into their own hands.

      “If the mayor’s not going to provide security, then my recommendation, as an experienced law enforcement officer for nearly 40 years, is either buy yourself an attack dog, put bars on your windows and doors and get yourself some firearms because you’re going to have to protect yourselves. We won’t be able to,” John Rivera, president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, told WSVN.

      According to the Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who proposed the cuts, the county needs
      by Published on 07-13-2014 11:25 AM

      Theye will not allow even peaceful resistance...

      Grandmother of Three was Convicted of Violating Strange ‘Order of Protection’ for Colonel of the Drone Base

      On July 10, grandmother of three, Mary Anne Grady Flores was sentenced to one year in prison after being found guilty of violating an Order of Protection. A packed courtroom of over 100 supporters was stunned as she was led away, and vowed to continue the resistance.

      These Orders of Protection, typically used in domestic violence situations or to protect a victim or witness to a crime, have been issued to people participating in nonviolent resistance actions at Hancock Air Base since late 2012. The base, near Syracuse NY, pilots unmanned Reaper drones over Afghanistan, and trains drone pilots, sensor operators and maintenance technicians. The orders had been issued to “protect” Colonel Earl Evans, Hancock’s mission support commander, who wanted to keep protesters “out of his driveway.”
      Continued: http://www.popularresistance.org/non...ear-in-prison/
      by Published on 07-06-2014 03:44 PM

      I don't care about the case, but look at this:

      "Among the details police have released is that Harris and his wife, Leanna, told them they conducted Internet searches on how hot a car needed to be to kill a child. Stoddard testified Thursday that Ross Harris had visited a Reddit page called "child-free" and read four articles. He also did an Internet search on how to survive in prison, Stoddard said.

      "Also, five days before Cooper died, Ross Harris twice viewed a sort of homemade public service announcement in which a veterinarian demonstrates on video the dangers of leaving someone or something inside a hot car."

      Stoddard is a police detective. It seems that they know about his web browsing because they seized and searched his computer:

      ...investigators confiscated Harris' work computer at Home Depot following his arrest and discovered an Internet search about how long it would take for an animal to die in a hot car.

      Stoddard also testified that Harris was "sexting" -- is this a word we use in court now? -- with several women on the day of his son's death, and sent explicit pictures to one of them. I assume he knows that by looking at Harris's message history.

      A bunch of this would not be admissible in trial, but this was a probable-cause hearing, and the rules are different for those. CNN writes: "a prosecutor insisted that the testimony helped portray the defendant's state of mind and spoke to the negligence angle and helped establish motive."

      This case aside, is there anyone reading this whose e-mails, text messages, and web searches couldn't be cherry-picked to portray any state of mind a prosecutor might want to portray?
      by Published on 07-04-2014 03:17 PM

      As marijuana legalization laws go into effect, the general population is beginning to realize that the more things change the more they stay the same. The average small time marijuana user might not get thrown in a cage for minor possession anymore in states like Washington or Colorado, but prohibition is alive and well in many ways, just as it is for alcohol and other “controlled substances”.
      Heavy taxes and regulations have been placed onto licensed sellers of marijuana, and unlicensed sellers are still forced to operate under risk of incarceration, just as unlicensed moonshiners do nearly a century after the supposed end of alcohol prohibition.

      As with alcohol, the government still wants to continue to use marijuana as an excuse to violate people’s rights and fleece them of their hard earned money. In Washington and Colorado, now that marijuana is legal the police have been creating a new database system that will allow them to get warrants to collect blood from DUI suspects in just 30 minutes, a radical change from the current four hours that it usually takes to obtain a warrant.
      Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/dat...u1p3WrWqt07.99
      by Published on 06-28-2014 05:02 PM
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      In his private life, Justin Klitch of Payette, Idaho may be kind, personable, generous, and compulsively honest. While on the clock, however, he's a professional thug – in the original sense of the expression.

      The Thugs of India were a nomadic, secretive order of highway robbers notorious for gaining the confidence of travelers before ambushing, plundering, and sometimes killing them. Klitch plays a similar role as a patrol officer with the Idaho State Police, conducting pretext stops of drivers in order to search their vehicles for drugs or large amounts of cash. He does this in the tacit but provable hope of justifying the “forfeiture” – that is, the theft – of their vehicles and anything else of value he and his comrades can find.

      A third-generation ISP officer, ...
      by Published on 04-19-2014 03:18 PM

      Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover
      ‘It’s time’ » Lawmakers from 9 states gather in Utah, discuss ways to take control of federal lands.
      By Kristen Moulton | The Salt Lake Tribune

      It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday.

      More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.

      "It’s simply time," said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. "The urgency is now."

      Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen participants, including her counterparts from Idaho and Montana, during a press conference after the daylong closed-door summit. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee addressed the group over lunch, Ivory said. New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington also were represented.

      The summit was in the works before this month’s tense standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over cattle grazing, Lockhart said.

      "What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem," Lockhart said.

      Fielder, who described herself as "just a person who lives in the woods," said federal land management is hamstrung by bad policies, politicized science and severe federal budget cuts.

      "Those of us who live in the rural areas know how to take care of lands," Fielder said, who lives in the northwestern Montana town of Thompson Falls.

      Full story: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politic...deral.html.csp
      by Published on 04-04-2014 01:52 PM

      SHORTOFF MOUNTAIN — An experienced rock climber said he was the first person to reach the man who fell 20-40 feet off a cliff in Linville Gorge.

      Officials also cited him because emergency crews said he got in the way of their operation.

      The civilian rock climber said he spent hours with the victim, but Tuesday, he's being fined with interfering with the rescue.

      It's the latest twist in a dramatic rescue you watched unfold live on Channel 9.

      The 23-year-old who fell is in good condition at an Asheville hospital.

      Jackson Depew severely injured his pelvis in the fall when he landed on a ledge just a few feet wide when his climbing anchors gave way.
      Full story: http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/stat...itation/nd9rc/
      by Published on 03-27-2014 11:14 AM

      Up until the time police put her in handcuffs and loaded her into a cruiser, Ann Musser was not expecting to be arrested.

      “I just wished that at least for my first time getting arrested, I had something interesting to say about what I had done wrong,” said Musser, a Holyoke resident.

      Musser was arrested at her home Friday night on an outstanding arrest warrant issued by Holyoke District Court for failing to appear in court. The court appearance was scheduled last September because Musser had failed to comply with repeated requests from the city of Holyoke in June for her to renew the license for Pumpkin, her 14-year-old family dog.

      Musser, 41, admits failing to pay the $5 renewal fee was an oversight on her part, but she had a lot on her mind at the time. The main thing was the diagnosis for advanced ovarian cancer and having to undergo major surgery.

      “Your priorities are a little different when you are fighting death,” said her husband, Ozzie Ercan. “It’s easy to lose track of how important those little pieces of paper are.”

      Full story: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.s...th_cancer.html
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