Category Archives: Government Tyranny
There used to be a time when the local officials would come knock on your door when they thought you were doing something wrong. Blow up, say a toilet, and maybe the local deputy would come out and ask what the hell was going on. Not today. Blow up a toilet and you will find yourself with a whole alphabet soup of hell raiding your property waiting for you to twitch.
It sure is a different time fearing the FBI, ATF and local SWAT parading their military hardware to intimidate the serfs. It’s scary when your government wields this much power. They are not bound by the constitution any longer. The Bill of Rights mean nothing to these asshats. Wither thee America.
Last week 23-year-old Celia Savage of Georgia felt the entire fury of a small army of alphabet coup…for using a homemade pipe bomb to blow up a toilet. She also likes to quote anarchists. All done from her own damn land I might add. The Blaze has the story:
A college student in Georgia is sitting in jail following a raid on her family home by the FBI, ATF and officers from several local law enforcement agencies.
23-year-old Celia Savage has been charged with illegally possessing a destructive device, as well as possession of a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance. Her father says she is not guilty.
The multi-agency raid was conducted at the family’s home in Cornelia, Ga. on May 30. Ms. Savage was arrested and charged, due to arraigned Friday in federal court. The hearing was postponed to next week. Until then, she remains in jail, held without bond.
The FBI alleges that Ms. Savage admitted to making as many as seven pipe bombs and exploding them as a “hobby.” Until late Friday, there was a YouTube video purporting to show Savage lighting a fuse on a bomb that would explode a commode in the woods.
Today Georgia toilets are safe. I guess the alphabet soup jackboots needed some training or something.
Mayor Bloomberg has decided what is good for the the residents of New York City. No longer will you get to quench your thirst with a gallon of sugary liquid. Instead he has outlawed the “Big Gulp”. Seems the honorable nanny believes it is his job to decide how much of a liquid you can consume when you go to a movie or stop in for a drink at a restaurant. So the question is who owns your body? If you want to get fat drinking gallons of sugary delight, shouldn’t you have that right? Shouldn’t the vendor be allowed to sell whatever quantity they want?
Your size might not be getting bigger as a result but damn sure the government’s size is.
From Gateway Pundit via Drudge:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to enact a new law to ban large soda drinks from restaurants, theaters and from food carts.
The New York Times reported:
New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.
The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.
The measure would not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages; it would not extend to beverages sold in grocery or convenience stores.
Not surprisingly The Department of Homeland Security is monitoring the social networks for various keywords that might be used by terrorists. If you don’t want your posts monitored it might not be a good idea to use a word like PORK. You might not want to use a word like MEXICO. Or terrorist. Thinking about using a phrase like I “ran out of gas over the bridge as I was leaving San Diego under rain clouds” and you might find yourself getting more scrutiny than you bargained for by the leviathan.
It took a freedom of information request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center to discover what we already knew. That the government is spying on you. Oddly it took a London newspaper to report it. I guess the government didn’t give the department of propaganda, commonly known as the media clearance to report it.
Daily Mail UK has the words you might want to avoid if you would prefer not to have big brother getting interested in your online activities:
The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.
The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as ‘attack’, ‘Al Qaeda’, ‘terrorism’ and ‘dirty bomb’ alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like ‘pork’, ‘cloud’, ‘team’ and ‘Mexico’.
Released under a freedom of information request, the information sheds new light on how government analysts are instructed to patrol the internet searching for domestic and external threats.
The words are included in the department’s 2011 ‘Analyst’s Desktop Binder‘ used by workers at their National Operations Center which instructs workers to identify ‘media reports that reflect adversely on DHS and response activities’.
Department chiefs were forced to release the manual following a House hearing over documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit which revealed how analysts monitor social networks and media organisations for comments that ‘reflect adversely’ on the government.
However they insisted the practice was aimed not at policing the internet for disparaging remarks about the government and signs of general dissent, but to provide awareness of any potential threats.
As the oft quoted Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
“To protect and serve”. Supposedly that is, or was, the motto for police departments. Seems more likely the motto is “to collect and annoy”. The latest dipshit police action comes to you from Cleveland, Ohio where a man was cited for littering for dropping a dollar bill out of his car window to a homeless panhandler.
Last Monday, John Davis was reportedly exiting the I-90 in Cleveland, Ohio when he saw a pale, thin man in a wheelchair holding a sign that said something along the lines of, “Love Jesus, Please Help.”
Davis, who has a brother that is paralyzed, says he enjoys helping people, particularly since he knows how much his brother struggles.
“Not only that, but he‘s needing some money or he wouldn’t be out there,” Davis remarked of the man in the wheelchair.
So, Davis recalled, he grabbed a couple of dollars and folded them, extending his arm out his window to give the bills to the man.
“He touched it. It hit the ground. At that point, he bent over and he picked it up,” Davis explained.
John Davis May Pay $500 For Littering After Giving a Homeless Man Money and Briefly Dropping One of the Bills
It was only a few seconds before police cruiser lights began flashing, and an officer reportedly told Davis he was being cited for littering.
“Are you serious?” Davis asked.
“I’m darn serious,” the officer allegedly responded, writing “Throw paper out window,” on the ticket, and in parenthesis, “money to panhandler.”
Now, Fox 8 notes that Ohio does have a law that prohibits panhandling and giving money to panhandlers near a highway or street (including a berm, shoulder, treelawn or sidewalk), but that is not what the man was seemingly ticketed for.
When Davis protested, the officer reportedly told him to “take it up with the courts,” where he may have to pay $500, including associated court fees.
“I don’t mean any disrespect toward the police department at all, we need ‘em, but I just wish I didn’t have to pay this ticket,” Davis said.
Not only that, but he said this will undeniably curtail his future charitable givings towards the homeless.
“I’d like to do it again but I’m petrified I’m going to get a ticket.”
I am so proud to live in a country where we have busy body asshole cops patrol our streets as leviathan revenue collectors and jackboot thugs. At least with the sheriff department you can cast a vote for your protection. This is freaking ridiculous.
I found this open letter from Constitutional Attorney Krisanne Hall to our “leaders” most agreeable. I am re-posting it with permission from Agenda21today.com
Dear Mr. Boehner, Mr. McConnell, et. al;
Our federal government is out of control. It is not the role of the federal government to regulate the daily lives of the citizens. It is not the role of the federal government to regulate domestic commerce. It is not the role of the federal government to tell farmers what to grow, nor tell people what to eat. It is not the role of the federal government to dictate the education of our children. It is not the job of the federal government to trespass into state criminal investigations.
It is not the role of the federal government to control our rural or municipal affairs; yet, the President has now established federal councils for both rural affairs (Executive Order 13575—Establishment of the White House Rural Council June 9, 2011)and municipal affairs (Executive Order– Establishing a White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities May 1, 2012). Russia called these councils the “sovyet” and they are the final building blocks to communism. It is not the role of the Federal government to be the people’s nanny.
It’s not the role of the Federal government to spend this nation into oblivion. Pardon me if I do not get excited about your current budget debate. That drama has outlived itself, and I say let the government shut down for a while; we might buy a few more days of life for our Constitution. I am also not impressed by your resolution on foreign affairs, encouraging “democracies” in foreign nations, while our republic is being actively destroyed by its own government.
It is your role, Congress, to stop the Executive encroachment into the Legislature and it is your duty to stop the Federal encroachment upon individual Liberty. Our founders took great care when creating a federal government that would be limited and always in submission to the states and the people. WHEN is Congress going to take a real stand against the destruction of the rights and privileges of this people? Will you wait until it’s too late? Mere “outrage” doesn’t get the job done. This Congress is pushing the nation to a point of turmoil it has not seen for 150 years. And make no mistake; each and every one of you will be personally responsible for what will occur. Are you prepared to live with that responsibility and those consequences? It will not fall on the shoulders of the President alone and the blame game will not alleviate the suffering of our children when they are so grievously affected. Yet, we can avoid repeating the mistakes of our history. But we must act now. We must act decisively. If not, we will regret our neglect. We have the opportunity now, but have no guarantee it will be available much longer.
Does Congress truly understand WHY people fled communist nations to come to the greatest nation in the world? Do you truly know the cost of such sacrifice and what you are supposed to be defending? You are fooling yourselves if you think one more election is going to fix it. You don’t have that kind of time. The blocks are in place, and you have provided the mortar. Take a stand now. Not a political stand, but a stand that involves integrity, courage, and resolve. No more petitions asking the president to stop stealing legislative power. No more demands that Eric Holder resign. YOU must do your job and YOU must defend this nation and it’s Constitution from these enemies, both foreign and domestic. You must:
1. Put an end to the executive order madness. Exercise your constitutionally given power, as provided through the checks and balances and separation of powers. Show this nation that you understand that Legislative power is not to be shared and it is definitely NOT to be taken.
2. We are not subjects of the United Nations and never intend to be. Get them out of our business.
3. If you are unwilling to impeach, defund any person appointed by the executive branch outside Congressional and Constitutional authority. (i.e. all the Christmas appointments and Czars)
4. Pick up your Congressional oversight responsibility and shut down these executive regulatory agencies whose only purpose is to “harass our people, and eat out their substance.”
5. Get control of the immigration in this nation. We don’t want to see GAO reports telling us that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the State Department cannot agree on the degree of terrorist association a visa applicant must have to render the applicant ineligible.
6. It is time to indict Eric Holder for the criminal that he is. No more whining, no more demanding for resignations, INDICT him and then FIRE him.
7. Impeach Elena Kagan. She is obviously incapable of using the appropriate professional ethic and judgment needed to be a Supreme Court Justice. Learn from this mistake and actually involve yourselves in the confirmation process. Your employers are sick to death of political games.
8. Repeal The Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act. Now. You are supposed to be protecting the rights of the people, not violating them.
9. End the 4thamendment violations permitted in the Patriot Act. Now.
10. Repeal sections 1021 & 1022 of NDAA 2012. It’s not only about habeas corpus, it’s about
a. unilateral power given to the president by congress to determine who is a terrorist and then detain them in secret with no probable cause;
b. unilateral power given to the president by congress to invoke the laws of war during a “hostility”;
c. unilateral power given to the president by congress to transfer the power under the laws of war to “domestic agencies fighting terrorists”
11. Get the IRS out of the passport business.
12. Don’t just read the Constitution, study it. Not how you studied it in law school, that wasn’t the Constitution, that was Constitutional Law, there is a huge difference. Those of you who went to Harvard, we understand if you don’t know what the Constitution is, it hasn’t been studied there in years. May I suggest a course that I know will teach you the truth and is so simple a Congressman can understand it. I happen to know the teacher personally and I am sure that she would come teach it at her own expense and sacrifice. Interested? Click Here.
These are some of the demands of your employers; we demand you do your job. These are the requirements of our founders; they have entrusted us with the Liberty purchased with their lives. These are the duties imposed upon you by the Constitution of the United States, and your obligations consistent with the oaths you took. And, these are the times that try men’s souls. How will history remember us? The generation that participated in death of Liberty or the generation that gave our last breath to prosper it? I have made my choice. How will you choose?
Take this letter and post to your own websites. Send it to your Congressmen. Do something if you value freedom in this country. If you don’t care for liberty and freedom maybe you should look at opportunities abroad in the great socialist countries of Europe. But in the U.S., we will stop the big government agenda of our totalitarian in chief.
It becomes a sad time to be an American when you cannot trust those who are sworn to protect and serve. I’m sure there are those who would argue that the majority of cops are simply doing their job, that they abide by the constitution and willfully serve the citizens of their communities. Well, assholes like this piece of shit here in Tennessee certainly makes the case for not trusting cops. Apparently George Reby from New Jersey was traveling I-40 to pick up a car he purchased on eBay. His first mistake was speeding and getting stopped by Officer Larry Bates. SHTF.com has the report from NewsChannel 5 Investigates:
George Reby was driving down Interstate 40, heading west through Putnam County, when he was stopped for speeding.
A Monterey police officer wanted to know if he was carrying any large amounts of cash.
“I said, ‘Around $20,000,’” he recalled. “Then, at the point, he said, ‘Do you mind if I search your vehicle?’ I said, ‘No, I don’t mind.’ I certainly didn’t feel I was doing anything wrong. It was my money.”
That’s when Officer Larry Bates confiscated the cash based on his suspicion that it was drug money.
Bates said the amount of money and the way it was packed gave him reason to be suspicious.
“The safest place to put your money if it’s legitimate is in a bank account,” he explained. “He stated he had two. I would put it in a bank account. It draws interest and it’s safer.”
“But it’s not illegal to carry cash,” we noted.
“No, it’s not illegal to carry cash,” Bates said. “Again, it’s what the cash is being used for to facilitate or what it is being utilized for.”
NewsChannel 5 Investigates noted, “But you had no proof that money was being used for drug trafficking, correct? No proof?”
“And he couldn’t prove it was legitimate,” Bates insisted.
In fact, Reby had proof on his computer. [The ebay evidence he showed the officer was not sufficient]
“On the street, a thousand-dollar bundle could approximately buy two ounces of cocaine,” Bates told NewsChannel 5 Investigates.
“Or the money could have been used to buy a car,” we observed.
“It’s possible,” he admitted.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked Bates if Reby had told him that he was trying to buy a car?
“He did,” the officer acknowledged.
“But you did not include that in your report,” we noted.
“If it’s not in there, I didn’t put it in there.”
So why did he leave that out?
“I don’t know,” the officer said.
If this NJ guy can’t get a lawyer to help him out of this jam then that money is going to be stolen by the State of TN. As SHTF indicates the TN law legitimizes this theft. Imagine if the man had done like most people and refused to give up HIS money. Tons of legal hell from the jackboots would rain down on him.
…the protections laid out by the Constitution of the United States of America mean absolutely nothing to the sycophants and thieves who we have entrusted with preserving our most dearly held principles.
The lesson here: Never, never, consent to a search. Protect your 4th amendment right. The police state is tightening it’s grip. Somehow, someway we have to start taking a stand.
Seems the Democrats are seething with anger that one of their serfs, Eduardo Saverin, had the gall to relinquish his citizenship in September thereby skirting some hefty monetary theft by the federal government.
Socialist Democrat Sens. Charles Schumer and Bob Casey have proposed the “Ex-PATRIOT” – “Expatriation Prevention by Abolishing Tax-Related Incentives for Offshore Tenancy” – Act.
This is retaliation for Saverin taking the money and running.
Leviathan is angry. The empire is broke. To keep the party going just a little bit longer they will seek funds wherever they can beg, borrow or steal it. The Western economic decline is going to be long and painful.
How much longer before currency controls are in place in “the land of liberty”?
At a news conference this morning, Sens. Schumer and Bob Casey, D-Pa., will unveil the “Ex-PATRIOT” – “Expatriation Prevention by Abolishing Tax-Related Incentives for Offshore Tenancy” – Act to respond directly to Saverin’s move, which they dub a “scheme” that would “help him duck up to $67 million in taxes.”
The senators will call Saverin’s move an “outrage” and will outline their plan to re-impose taxes on expatriates like Saverin even after they flee the United States and take up residence in a foreign country. Their proposal would also impose a mandatory 30 percent tax on the capital gains of anybody who renounces their U.S. citizenship.
The plan would bar individuals like Saverin from ever reentering the United States again.
“Eduardo recently found it more practical to become a resident of Singapore since he plans to live there for an indefinite period of time,” Tom Goodman, Saverin’s spokesman, told Bloomberg News in an email.
Last year 1,700 people renounced their U.S. citizenship.
Pathetic class warfare by political hacks seeking votes from their zombie serfs. The outrage are these Socialists that have infected the U.S. government. They are destroying freedom. You may not like that this guy made billions and left this country for better opportunities, but he should have the freedom to do whatever he wants. This is -was- America.
Maybe this country should make it so that people like Saverin would want to keep their money here. Instead of an “outrage” press conference maybe these two twits should instead unveil new tax policies that encourage investments and keeping money in the U.S.
But no, our leaders here in Dumfukistan will continue to drive out the brightest and richest.
I don’t recall seeing anything in the Constitution about Yemen. Seems the feds will freeze your bank account if you threaten the ascension to power of the U.S. approved President Hadi. Who knows what that means. Can you blog your discontent of the choice? Does that only include aid of the monetary or military type to get you on the Empire’s radar? Who knows. What is clear is that leviathan wants tight lips in regard to the change in power in Yemen. Seems the youth in the country aren’t too happy with the U.S. and its meddling so they are again growing a bit edgy.
Nearly half the population is under 16. Nearly half is in poverty. There’s almost no arable land. “Oil, which accounts for 75% of government revenue, will likely run dry by 2020,” he noted.
Sure enough, the place blew up during the Arab Spring last year. The longtime U.S.-backed dictator Saleh was chased from office, agreeing to a U.S.-brokered “transition.”
As part of that “transition” a Saleh stooge named Hadi won an election in which he was the only candidate.
Having pronounced the election “successful,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ensures that Hadi, like Saleh before him, collects beaucoup bucks and weapons to do Washington’s bidding.
Yemenis, realizing they were had, are restive.
So the president issued an executive order this morning — authorizing the Treasury Department to freeze the U.S.-based assets of anyone the feds believe “engaged in acts that directly or indirectly threaten the peace, security or stability of Yemen.”
Included are “acts that obstruct the implementation” of the “transition” agreement.
“In other words,” writes Salon’s civil liberties blogger Glenn Greenwald, “the U.S. government will now punish anyone who is determined — in the sole discretion of the U.S. government — even to ‘indirectly’ obstruct the full transition of power to President Hadi.”
As part of this transition, the U.S. military has carried out more drone strikes in Yemen this month than in the preceding 10 years combined. Yemen is also the place where last fall, a U.S. drone summarily executed a U.S. citizen — with no trial or other vestige of due process, merely the president’s say-so.
Would criticism of these policies constitute an act that “directly or indirectly threaten[s] the peace, security or stability of Yemen”? Probably not.
Not yet, anyway. But if you’re the sort of person who doesn’t like the government freezing his assets, we pass this along as a public service.
How you going to feel when you get a glimpse of a drone circling high above your neighborhood? Ready for an all out war on your privacy? Seems the feds would like nothing more than to approve drone use for local cops. The FAA is working on rules and regulations to allow public agencies to fly them bad boys over America’s skies. Yea, the same ones that fly over the Middle East are going to be in the hands of law enforcement. Seems the cops want the toys. I say hell no.
…the government is taking a tool that has become synonymous with U.S. counterterror warfare in countries like Pakistan and Yemen — and putting it in the hands of U.S. law enforcement.
Unlike some of the drones used overseas, these will not be equipped with missiles. They are to be used purely for surveillance. But that alone has raised serious privacy concerns on Capitol Hill and beyond.
“Our Founding Fathers had no idea that there would be remote-control drones with television monitors that can feed back live data instantaneously — but if they had, they would have made darn sure … that these things were subject to the Fourth Amendment (protecting individual privacy),” Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, told Fox News.
Proponents argue that they will not be used for constant surveillance. That they can only stay aloft for 30 minutes. Yea. Sure. And you believe anything the government says?
Drones will be flying in the American skies. They already have been. The question is how intrusive into our privacy are we going to allow them to get.
Lawmakers like Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, say there are “legitimate uses” for drones on U.S. soil, but that strict privacy standards will be needed.
“It would be okay for a drone to be used in order to make sure that all the cattle on a ranch are identified on an ongoing basis. It’s okay … to survey a forest to make sure there are no forest fires. But it would not be okay if that individual who purchased the drone then decided ‘I think I’ll go and check and see what’s going on over in my neighbor’s backyard’,” Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said. “That would be wrong and that has to be protected against.”
Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union, agreed.
“We don’t want a situation where every time we walk out of our front door we have to look up and wonder whether some invisible eye in the sky is monitoring us, you know, constantly,” he said. “There are good uses for drones that everybody agrees with, but what we don’t’ want to see are drones used for constant, persistent, suspicion-less surveillance where we are all being watched for no particular reason.”
Leviathan must be fed.
If you are an American with means you might think it prudent to diversify some of your wealth into other countries. With a dollar in decline and uncertain economics in the U.S. citizens of this country have used their freedom to open offshore bank accounts, buy real estate, invest in businesses.
Unfortunately the tyrants of the IRS have seen to it that at least one of your options for overseas diversification, opening an offshore bank account, is pretty much dead for any American.
Offshore banking was for years used by the rich to shelter funds from taxation. The IRS didn’t much like not being able to access that money so they began tightening the noose and creating draconian restrictions with regard to offshore banking.
The end result is that it is extremely difficult to get your money out of this country and into a safer place. Even if you are tax paying, law abiding citizen, simply wanting international diversification. Canadians have no trouble opening up a bank account in Switzerland. Brits can easily open an account in Singapore. Not you American.
Daily Reckoning explains via Bloomberg:
US Millionaires Told Go Away as Tax Evasion Rule Looms
That’s what some of the world’s largest wealth-management firms are saying ahead of Washington’s implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, known as Fatca, which seeks to prevent tax evasion by Americans with offshore accounts. HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA), Deutsche Bank AG, Bank of Singapore Ltd. and DBS Group Holdings Ltd. (DBS) all say they have turned away business.
Renato de Guzman, chief executive officer of Bank of Singapore Ltd., said in industry meetings of private bankers he attends in Singapore, not accepting US clients is “quite a prevailing sentiment”.
“I don’t open US accounts, period,” said Su Shan Tan, head of private banking at Singapore-based DBS, Southeast Asia’s largest lender, who described regulatory attitudes toward US clients as “Draconian.”
The 2010 law, to be phased in starting Jan. 1, 2013, requires financial institutions based outside the US to obtain and report information about income and interest payments accrued to the accounts of American clients. It means additional compliance costs for banks and fewer investment options and advisers for all US citizens living abroad, which could affect their ability to generate returns.
It’s class warfare. It’s an empire in decline looking for every scrap of money they can collect. It’s a tyrannical government seeking to control every aspect of a U.S. citizens life.
Most offshore hedge funds will no longer take US clients. Overseas banks don’t want their money either.
Why? Because there are over 400 pages of new regulations in the FATCA legislation. Way too much for a sane person.
Everybody wants to tax the rich, investigate them, crucify them…
The end result is that people with means are simply using their wealth to purchase citizenship in another country and surrendering their U.S. passport.