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    The Tyranny Of TAPS - Hunting Down 'Future Threats'

    I didn't see this posted so....

    Authored by Mark Angelides via LibertyNation.com,

    Every once in a while, there comes a piece of legislation that is so abhorrent to the very concept of liberty that it seems almost doomed to failure from the outset. Sadly, the same prognosis cannot be made for the Threat Assessment Prevention, And Safety (TAPS) Act of 2019, which, due to broad bipartisan support, may actually make it into law.

    The act is set to create mini-task forces of threat assessment personnel for deployment in schools, places of work, NGOs, tribal communities, and pretty much anywhere they can perceive a future threat. These officials will be operating in all communities and serve under the guidance of an as-yet-undecided “National Strategy.” The bill seeks to identify those individuals who may, at some point in the future, be a danger to themselves or others.

    TAPS is being presented as a “bipartisan, bicameral solution to prevent targeted violence and make local communities safer.” Removing the sugar-coating for a moment, in plain language it means to create a register of people who may commit crimes at an unspecified time in the future, such as potential school shooters.
    The Tyranny Of TAPS

    In the House, there are presently 84 representatives signed up to co-sponsor TAPS, split evenly between Republicans and Democrats. It was also introduced to the Senate, by Marco Rubio (R-FL), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Thom Tillis (R-NC). Representative Brian Babin (R-TX), who brought the bill to the House, stated at a May 15 press conference:

    “We do this first to honor the sacrifice of these men and women in blue, who put their life on the line every single day to protect us in the vital role that law enforcement plays in the safety and well-being of our communities and our districts … And secondly to highlight a bipartisan solution — that we all are working on — to protect our communities and schools from the terrible acts of violence that we have seen and are getting to be almost routine.”

    Babin finished up his opening statement with an almost perfectly-crafted sound bite: “We know that once the first shot is fired, it is too late. We failed.” But what result would be measured as a success? If the individual has committed no crime, why should they have their privacy invaded and their life chances hindered with a government record deeming them to be “threat”? If the individual in question has committed a crime, then there are already laws in place to deal with them.
    Hunting Down “Threats”

    The legislative guide released by Rep. Babin’s office, which presents guidance on how to support this act, helpfully offers a “frequently asked questions” section to allay the concerns of citizens who are not yet convinced. When answering the question as to whether threat assessment teams are an invasion of privacy, the document points out that, “[T]hese requests arise because the individual in question has made public statements verbally, in writing, or on social media, that cause concern, with no expectation of privacy.” This should give some indication as to who will be targeted if the legislation passes.

    It will be aimed at hunting down those on the internet who post “concerning” ideas, profiling them, putting them on a “threat register,” and beginning an investigation into their lives. However, those who pose a genuine danger may simply stop using the internet for such activities, making it more difficult to track people involved in actual criminal behavior.

    Both the Senate version (S. 265) and the House version (H.R. 838) of the bill contain an even more worrying provision. They ask to create:

    “… a grant program for states, local governments, tribal organizations, educational entities, and nongovernmental organizations to help establish community-based behavioral threat assessment and management units.”

    Which clearly suggests that the threat assessment units will be involved in every aspect of Americans’ lives, from schools to the workplace, to the very streets on which they live. Monitoring, judging, creating files that can and will be shared with other agencies. And all it costs you is your privacy, your dignity, and your tax dollars.


    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-...future-threats
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    You won the internet today, this is the sickest $#@!. I can' even. This is more disgusting than the "do something AF" posts.
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    As is regularly pointed out on this forum, Trump is an idiot, a liar, and regularly uses bloated exaggeration so why would anyone put much stock into what he says? I think it's easy to figure Trump out. Sorry you are still confused.
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    The man did not think clearly. It was almost as if he had brain cancer of something.
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    Voting does not justify being robbed by criminals using government.
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    Yup,,as inconsistent as he is prolific..

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikcers View Post
    You won the internet today, this is the sickest $#@!. I can' even. This is more disgusting than the "do something AF" posts.
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    If this is winning I don't want to win.

    Agreed.

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    The voters demanded Worse Than Hillary, so...


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    Quote Originally Posted by RonZeplin View Post
    The voters demanded Worse Than Hillary, so...


    Evidence Trump supports this?
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    Big Brother goonage

    Radical Trotskyite neocon DHS/PD/CIA progressive Nanny Police State goons, pushing to expand the surveillance grid.



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    Quote Originally Posted by RonZeplin View Post
    Radical Trotskyite neocon DHS/PD/CIA progressive Nanny Police State goons, pushing to expand the surveillance grid.



    "I think that President Trump will sign this bill" @15:00
    That's not evidence, that's opinion.
    Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Robert Heinlein

    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

    I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

    A Zero Hedge comment

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    Disgusting.
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    I'm guessing this bill doesn't apply to illegal trespassers?



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