Thursday, August 27, 2015

Police In North Dakota Can Now Use Drones Armed With Tasers

The 5th Estate has never been a news bureau that has said "We told you so..." but here it is    

THE VERGE
By Ariha Setalvad
08/26/2015

Police in North Dakota are now authorized to use drones armed with tasers, tear gas, rubber bullets, and other "non-lethal" weapons, following the passage of Bill 1328.


Weaponised drones now in U.S. skies
Sponsored by Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck), the bill was originally intended to limit the police’s surveillance powers, and banned all weapons on law enforcement drones. 

Then a policy lobby group was allowed to amend the bill, though, at which point it only banned lethal weapons, writes The Daily Beast.

Putting aside the fact that these weapons are not non-lethal, making it so these weapons can be controlled remotely likely isn’t going to help curb police abuse. 


North Dakota is also one of the six test sites in the US where researchers are trying to figure out how to integrate uncrwed aircraft into civilian airspace. 

Of all the test sites, North Dakota is also the only one where the FAA allows drones to be flown up to 1,200 feet above the entire state and permits flights at night.


SHOOT THEM DOWN: If the cops get away with this, the next step is DEAD AMERICANS

COUNTY SHERIFF "DOESN’T THINK HE SHOULD NEED A WARRANT TO GO SNOOPING."


Becker: THIS is the TRAITOR
that put these murder machines
in U.S. skies
Becker, the original bill’s Republican sponsor, seemed resigned. "This is one I’m not in full agreement with," he said at a hearing in March, according to The Daily Beast. "In my opinion there should be a nice, red line: drones should not be weaponized. Period."

And it's not just police forces considering the notion of weaponized drones: a video of a civilian arming a homemade drone with his own handgun recently went viral. The FAA and local authorities have so far concluded that he broke no laws, although a federal investigation is ongoing.





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The Raping of America : Mile Markers On The Road To Fascism

American patriots are experiencing an awakening that is unprecedented and spells doom for the kleptocracy  

WASHINGTON'S BLOG
By John Whitehead
08/25/2015

There’s an ill will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people are directionless, and politics provides no answer. And like former regimes, the militarized police have stepped up to provide a fa├žade of law and order manifested by an overt violence against the citizenry.


Coward, feral pigs soon to get a taste of their own
tasers and terror tactics
Despite the revelations of the past several years, nothing has changed to push back against the American police state. Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—continue to be choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation. Despite the recent outrage and protests, nothing has changed to restore us to our rightful role as having dominion over our bodies, our lives and our property, especially when it comes to interactions with the government.


Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases—these are just a few ways in which Americans continue to be reminded that we have no control over what happens to our bodies during an encounter with government officials. Thus far, the courts have done little to preserve our Fourth Amendment rights, let alone what shreds of bodily integrity remain to us.

Indeed, on a daily basis, Americans are being forced to relinquish the most intimate details of who we are—our biological makeup, our genetic blueprints, and our biometrics (facial characteristics and structure, fingerprints, iris scans, etc.)—in order to clear the nearly insurmountable hurdle that increasingly defines life in the United States.

In other words, we are all guilty until proven innocent.

Worst of all, it seems as if nothing will change as long as the American people remain distracted by politics, divided by their own prejudices, and brainwashed into believing that the Constitution still reigns supreme as the law of the land, when in fact, we have almost completed the shift into fascism.




In other words, despite our occasional bursts of outrage over abusive police practices, sporadic calls for government reform, and periodic bouts of awareness that all is not what it seems, the police state continues to march steadily onward.

Such is life in America today that individuals are being threatened with arrest and carted off to jail for the least hint of noncompliance, homes are being raided by police under the slightest pretext, and roadside police stops have devolved into government-sanctioned exercises in humiliation and degradation with a complete disregard for privacy and human dignity.

Consider, for example, what happened to Charnesia Corley after allegedly being pulled over by Texas police for “rolling” through a stop sign. Claiming they smelled marijuana, police handcuffed Corley, placed her in the back of the police cruiser, and then searched her car for almost an hour. They found nothing in the car.

As the Houston Chronicle reported:

Returning to his car where Corley was held, the deputy again said he smelled marijuana and called in a female deputy to conduct a cavity search. When the female deputy arrived, she told Corley to pull her pants down, but Corley protested because she was cuffed and had no underwear on. The deputy ordered Corley to bend over, pulled down her pants and began to search her. Then…Corley stood up and protested, so the deputy threw her to the ground and restrained her while another female was called in to assist. When backup arrived, each deputy held one of Corley’s legs apart to conduct the probe.


As shocking and disturbing as it seems, Corley’s roadside cavity search is becoming par for the course in an age in which police are taught to have no respect for the citizenry’s bodily integrity.

For instance, 38-year-old Angel Dobbs and her 24-year-old niece, Ashley, were pulled over by a Texas state trooper on July 13, 2012, allegedly for flicking cigarette butts out of the car window. Insisting that he smelled marijuana, he proceeded to interrogate them and search the car. 


Despite the fact that both women denied smoking or possessing any marijuana, the police officer then called in a female trooper, who carried out a roadside cavity search, sticking her fingers into the older woman’s anus and vagina, then performing the same procedure on the younger woman, wearing the same pair of gloves. No marijuana was found.

David Eckert was forced to undergo an anal cavity search, three enemas, and a colonoscopy after allegedly failing to yield to a stop sign at a Wal-Mart parking lot. Cops justified the searches on the grounds that they suspected Eckert was carrying drugs because his “posture [was] erect” and “he kept his legs together.” No drugs were found.

Leila Tarantino was subjected to two roadside strip searches in plain view of passing traffic during a routine traffic stop, while her two children—ages 1 and 4—waited inside her car. During the second strip search, presumably in an effort to ferret out drugs, a female officer “forcibly removed” a tampon from Tarantino. Nothing illegal was found. Nevertheless, such searches have been sanctioned by the courts, especially if accompanied by a search warrant (which is easily procured), as justified in the government’s pursuit of drugs and weapons.




Meanwhile, four Milwaukee police officers were charged with carrying out rectal searches of suspects on the street and in police district stations over the course of several years. One of the officers was accused of conducting searches of men’s anal and scrotal areas, often inserting his fingers into their rectums and leaving some of his victims with bleeding rectums. Halfway across the country, the city of Oakland, California, agreed to pay $4.6 million to 39 men who had their pants pulled down by police on city streets between 2002 and 2009.

It’s gotten so bad that you don’t even have to be suspected of possessing drugs to be subjected to a strip search.

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Florence v. Burlison, any person who is arrested and processed at a jail house, regardless of the severity of his or her offense (i.e., they can be guilty of nothing more than a minor traffic offense), can be subjected to a strip search by police or jail officials without reasonable suspicion that the arrestee is carrying a weapon or contraband.


Examples of minor infractions which have resulted in strip searches include: individuals arrested for driving with a noisy muffler, driving with an inoperable headlight, failing to use a turn signal, riding a bicycle without an audible bell, making an improper left turn, engaging in an antiwar demonstration (the individual searched was a nun, a Sister of Divine Providence for 50 years). 



Police have also carried out strip searches for passing a bad check, dog leash violations, filing a false police report, failing to produce a driver’s license after making an illegal left turn, having outstanding parking tickets, and public intoxication. A failure to pay child support can also result in a strip search.

It must be remembered that the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was intended to prevent government agents from searching an individual’s person or property without a warrant and probable cause (evidence that some kind of criminal activity was afoot). While the literal purpose of the amendment is to protect our property and our bodies from unwarranted government intrusion, the moral intention behind it is to protect our human dignity.

Unfortunately, the indignities being heaped upon us by the architects and agents of the American police state—whether or not we’ve done anything wrong—don’t end with roadside strip searches. They’re just a foretaste of what is to come.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the government doesn’t need to strip you naked by the side of the road in order to render you helpless. It has other methods, less subtle perhaps but equally humiliating, devastating and mind-altering, of stripping you of your independence, robbing you of your dignity, and undermining your rights.




With every court ruling that allows the government to operate above the rule of law, every piece of legislation that limits our freedoms, and every act of government wrongdoing that goes unpunished, we’re slowly being conditioned to a society in which we have little real control over our lives. As Rod Serling, creator of the Twilight Zone and an insightful commentator on human nature, once observed, “We’re developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.”

Indeed, not only are we developing a new citizenry incapable of thinking for themselves, we’re also instilling in them a complete and utter reliance on the government and its corporate partners to do everything for them—tell them what to eat, what to wear, how to think, what to believe, how long to sleep, who to vote for, whom to associate with, and on and on.

In this way, we have created a welfare state, a nanny state, a police state, a surveillance state, an electronic concentration camp—call it what you will, the meaning is the same: in our quest for less personal responsibility, a greater sense of security, and no burdensome obligations to each other or to future generations, we have created a society in which we have no true freedom.




Government surveillance, police abuse, SWAT team raids, economic instability, asset forfeiture schemes, pork barrel legislation, militarized police, drones, endless wars, private prisons, involuntary detentions, biometrics databases, free speech zones, etc.: these are mile markers on the road to a fascist state where citizens are treated like cattle, to be branded and eventually led to the slaughterhouse.

If there is any hope to be found it will be found in local, grassroots activism. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., it’s time for “militant nonviolent resistance.”


The ties that bind all American patriots together

First, however, Americans must break free of the apathy-inducing turpor of politics, entertainment spectacles and manufactured news.

Only once we are free of the chains that bind us—or to be more exact, the chains that “blind” us—can we become actively aware of the injustices taking place around us and demand freedom of our oppressors.





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White House Presses Congress To Act On Gun Control After TV Shooting

Obama criminals go for another transparent gun grab

AFP
08/27/2015

WASHINGTON - 

The White House on Wednesday issued a rapid call for Congress to pass gun control laws, after two journalists were shot to death during a live television broadcast.


"This is another example of gun violence that is becoming all too common in communities large and small all across the United States," said spokesman Josh Earnest.

"There are some common sense things that only Congress can do that we know would have a tangible impact on reducing gun violence in this country," he said.

"Congress could take those steps in a way that would not infringe on the constitutional rights of law abiding Americans."



President Barack Obama has said that a failure to tighten gun legislation was the greatest source of frustration during his time in office.

He described the United States as the "one advanced nation on Earth in which we do not have sufficient common-sense, gun-safety laws."




But a significant number of Americans, backed by a large and well-funded gun lobby, resists any suggestion the government would impinge on the constitutional right the bear arms.



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The Global Stock Market Crash

Grasping, unbridled greed; chickens of the Bush era criminals come home to roost - investors flee to gold, dollar as markets brace for another dive  

VOX
By Timothy B. Lee
08/26/2015

Stock markets around the world plunged on Monday. 


The carnage began with an 8.5 percent drop in China's benchmark Shanghai Composite index. Markets in Japan, South Korea, and Australia followed suit. That sparked selloffs in European markets and then the United States. The Standard and Poor's index of 500 large US stocks fell by nearly 4 percent on Monday, adding to losses last week.

The media did not take the news calmly.

There were some real reasons for investors to worry about the future of the global economy.


In the United States, six years of gains have produced prices that some experts believe are unsustainable. China's economy is slowing down, which could produce not only economic hardship but also political challenges for the Chinese government. And much of Europe is still struggling to emerge from the last economic downturn; more market turbulence is the last thing it needs.

In other words, several of the world's major drivers of economic demand face problems ahead. And if they all crack up simultaneously, that would be a bad thing.




But it's also possible that this week's stock market turbulence won't have much broader significance. Sometimes traders panic over what looks like bad economic news, but then world economies wind up doing fine.

The American stock market has been booming for six years.

The US stock market is down about 10 percent from its highs earlier this summer. That's a significant drop, but it looks less significant when you consider the larger picture. That's because the US stock market has enjoyed a huge boom over the past six years. Even after Monday's fall, the Standard and Poor's 500 index is 170 percent above the low point of the 2009 stock market crash, and 20 percent above the previous stock market peak in 2007.




Has the market gone too high? One way to judge this is to compare companies' stock prices with their profits. This ratio, known as the price-to-earnings ratio, has historically been a pretty good indicator of whether the market is over- or undervalued. And right now, it's significantly higher than the historical average.

At the start of 2015, the P/E ratio was around 26. That's almost as high as the peak of the 1929 stock market bubble, and higher than at any point between 1930 and 1990. 




The counterargument, however, is that P/E ratios are affected by interest rates. When interest rates are low, people are willing to pay more for stocks in order to boost their returns. When interest rates are high — as in the late 1970s and early 1980s — stock prices tend to fall, since people can get high returns without taking the risk of owning volatile stocks.

So whether you believe stocks are overvalued depends a lot on what you think will happen to interest rates. If interest rates rise quickly in the next few years, stock prices could fall a lot further. On the other hand, if interest rates stay low, stocks could stay high for a long time.

China's Economic Model Is Running Out Of Steam

For the past 25 years, the Chinese economy has delivered impressive economic growth. Where the US economy has grown by 2 or 3 percent per year, China has grown by 7 to 10 percent annually. That growth was facilitated by an export-oriented development strategy that put Chinese people to work making products for international companies.




The strategy has been successful so far, but it also has inherent limits. There's only so much global demand for this kind of work, and as China's living standards rise, it will become harder to compete with other low-wage countries.

So to continue growing, China needs to diversify its economy. Chinese companies need to produce more goods and services for domestic consumption rather than for export. And they need to become better at designing and marketing new products, rather than just manufacturing them.


Fox "News" corporate whore Megyn Kelly attempts to throw cold water on crash

But the Chinese economy isn't set up for this kind of internally driven growth. A big share of China's economy is controlled by bureaucratic and perpetually money-losing state-owned enterprises. These companies are insulated from market forces, and as a result they often make production decisions based on political rather than commercial considerations.


"Whew! Got out just in time!"
Over the last year, there have been growing signs that the Chinese economy is slowing. The official growth rate is 7 percent over the past year, but it's widely suspected that this figure is inflated. Even some Chinese officials have privately admitted that Chinese economic growth figures are unreliable.

In mid-2014, China's stock market began to boom despite the country's increasingly gloomy economic outlook. One reason was that the government relaxed regulations designed to prevent ordinary investors from buying stocks with borrowed money. 


By early 2015, they became concerned that stocks had become overvalued and began tapping the brakes, which triggered the stock market decline that began in June 2015.

In July, China took a number of drastic measures to try to stop the market's fall. In the process, the government tied its own prestige more tightly to the stock market. That made it particularly embarrassing when stocks began to fall again last week.


"Now is a great time to get those budget stocks for your portfolio!" - Richard Quest

The real danger for the government isn't just that China will fall into a recession. It's that a plunging stock market and economic downturn will shake public confidence in China's political institutions more generally. The Chinese government has made rapid economic growth a central part of its bargain with the Chinese people. If that growth falters, it could do real damage to the government's legitimacy.

Western Economies — Especially In Europe — Are Still Fragile

The Chinese economy is big, but it's not so big that a faltering Chinese economy necessarily spells doom for developed economies in the West. For example, exports to China accounted for less than 1 percent of US economic output in 2012.




But there are two reasons that a declining Chinese economy would be bad news for publicly traded companies in the United States and Europe.

One is that many Western countries are still suffering an economic hangover from the 2008 financial crisis. Ordinarily, central banks fight recessions by cutting interest rates. But in both the United States and the Eurozone, short-term interest rates have already fallen to zero, making these techniques ineffective.


"Just taking a short nap… nothing to be concerned with!"

Central banks' other option, known as "quantitative easing," was controversial, and so the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank used it sparingly. The result: a sluggish recovery in the United States, and even worse results in some parts of Europe, where unemployment is still in the double digits. And that economic sluggishness — and central banks' reluctance to use unconventional techniques to boost the economy — makes them particularly susceptible to declining exports.

Second, the companies listed in American and European stock markets are disproportionately multinational firms that do a significant amount of business in China. For example, about a quarter of Apple's revenue comes from China, so an economic downturn in China is a big deal for the largest American stock.




When the stock market crashes, pundits have a natural inclination to paint it as a sign of broader economic trends. And it's possible that Monday's stock market turmoil will — like stock market declines in 2000 and 2007 — turn out to be the first tremors of a bigger economic earthquake.

But sometimes traders panic for no good reason. For example, the stock market fell by more than 20 percent on October 19, 1987. And after that, the American economy was totally fine. The economy kept growing. The stock market recovered its losses in less than two years, and went on to produce the bull market of the 1990s.




This week's stock market turbulence could turn out to be a lot like that — a source of stress for traders in the world's stock markets, but not necessarily a sign that larger economic problems are looming.




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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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UPDATED 01/07/2015 : New Analysis Challenges Tamiflu Efficacy; Hong Kong Corona Virus Outbreak

UPDATED 01/07/2015 : FOX NEWS CORPORATE PHARMA SHILL MEGAN KELLY AND FOX NEWS QUACK DOCTOR NOW PUSHING TAMIFLU FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN;

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THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

Obama criminals now resulting to biowarfare in quest to destroy Chinese and ASEAN economy; "novel virus substrain" points directly to a Kawaoka / Fouchier / Ernala-Ginting Kobe lab virus weaponized and genetically altered to specifically target and infect the Asian population: Ribavirin...

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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