Q:I'm a patriot who served in the Marines, our government equals freedom
The dumbest fucking thing I’ve ever seen land in someone’s Ask box.
War is peace
Freedom is slavery
Ignorance is strength
The child laughing, on the right, is Abdulrahman al-Awlaki. Big name, I know.
He was born in Denver, Colorado, in September 13, 1995. He was brutally murdered October 14, 2011, when he was just 16 years old by someone he never met. The murderer, a man who spent the majority of his adult years in Illinois and is married with two children of his own, was a stranger to al-Awlaki. The killer also murdered al-Awlaki’s father, Anwar, and Abdulrahman’s 17 year old cousin. As a side note, the father was killed while sitting in a cafe, minding his business.
When the murderer and his accomplices were questioned, one of the responses were, “the boy should have had a more responsible father”. Outrageous, isn’t it? What’s more outrageous is that Anwar & his son’s killer still walks free today, never having faced a single charge of murder, assault, or manslaughter. None were ever brought against him.
The murderer of the child and his father was Barack Obama, when he ordered a drone strike against alleged al-Qaeda members in Yemen. None of the victims listed here ever had any terrorist associations, or were ever part of al-Qaeda. They were on no one’s watch list. They were American citizens, who were in Yemen, minding their own business. Barack Obama killed them. Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is the one who stated that the strikes (the murdered happened over a couple of drone strikes) were justified, and that Abdulrahman “should have had a more responsible father”. Barry obama will never face murder charges for killing an American citizen, and the al-Awlaki family will never see their family members again.
This explains everything, in just under three minutes.
It’s all about perspective, and when citizens of the United States and Britain fail to see the perspective of people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc - then the war
for oil and Imperialism against terror will never end.
Mr. Karzai had lashed out at his American allies after the Thursday attack, which came at a delicate moment when talks between Mr. Karzai and the United States over a long-term security agreement havereached an impasse. The Americans have told Mr. Karzai that unless he signs the agreement promptly, they will begin planning for a total withdrawal of American and NATO forces after the end of next year.
Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the American and NATO commander in Afghanistan, made a late-night phone call to President Karzai on Thursday after the president’s criticism became public. “He talked to President Karzai directly, expressed deep regrets for the incident and any civilian casualties, and promised to convene an immediate joint investigation to determine all the facts of what happened,” a coalition spokesman said, speaking on the condition of anonymity in line with official policy.
Mr. Karzai vowed this week, at the conclusion of a loya jirga, or grand council, that he would cancel the security agreement completely if there was even one more raid that killed civilians.
On Thursday, he said that in effect that moment had come. “For as long as such arbitrary acts and oppression of foreign forces continue, the security agreement with the United States will not be signed,” he said.
The loya jirga overwhelmingly approved the security agreement last week and called on Mr. Karzai to sign it quickly. The Americans have said that would be necessary to allow time to prepare for a longer-term mission.
Mr. Karzai said he was adding a series of new conditions beyond what he had already negotiated and would not sign until those were satisfied. One of those new conditions was an immediate ban on any raids on Afghan homes. While the raids he was speaking of were primarily those carried out by Special Operations forces on the ground, his statement on Thursday made it clear that he now included drone strikes in his prohibition.
The coalition spokesman confirmed that two drone incidents had taken place in Helmand Province on Thursday. The first, in the Garmsir district, targeted an insurgent commander traveling on a motorcycle, but missed him and apparently hit civilians. One child was reported killed, and two women were severely wounded. The targeted man fled on foot and was killed by a later drone strike. In the second, in the Nawa Barak Sai district nearby, another drone strike killed a single insurgent target and caused no civilian casualties, the spokesman said.
“Neither of the strikes were directed at a house or hit a house,” he said. The civilian victims were apparently nearby on the road where the first attack took place. The drones were military, but in keeping with its standard practice, the coalition did not identify which country they belonged to. Both the United States and Britain are believed to have drones operating in Helmand Province.
Mr. Karzai, in a statement posted on the president’s website on Thursday night, said that a NATO drone strike on a house in Faqiran, a village in the Garmsir district, had killed at least one child and wounded two women on Thursday morning.
“This attack shows that American forces do not respect the lives and security of the people of Afghanistan and the loya jirga decision,” Mr. Karzai said. “For years, our people are being killed and their houses are being destroyed under the pretext of the war on terror.”
In a text message Friday morning, Aimal Faizi, the president’s spokesman, said, “It makes very difficult for the president to authorize the signing of B.S.A.,” referring to the bilateral security agreement.
After Mr. Karzai announced that he wanted to reopen negotiations on the agreement, President Obama’s national security adviser, Susan E. Rice, told him in a meeting here Monday that the United States had concluded negotiations and that, unless he changed his mind, Washington would begin planning for a total withdrawal.
The bilateral security agreement provides for a 10-year American military presence in Afghanistan, beginning in 2015. Ms. Rice also said that financial aid to Afghanistan’s security forces would be imperiled without an agreement.
Both sides have continued to hammer home their positions in public statements. Mr. Karzai told Radio Free Europe, in an interview on Tuesday, “If America wants to conclude a security agreement with us, America needs to respect the security of Afghan homes.”
In a public meeting in the city of Herat on Wednesday, the American ambassador, James B. Cunningham, reminded listeners that even Mr. Karzai’s handpicked loya jirga, composed of about 2,500 leaders from around the country, had urged him to sign the agreement quickly.
“Zero is not an option for us,” Mr. Cunningham said. “It could be a consequence of decisions that your government takes or doesn’t take.”
The person who exposed the Stuebenville rape case is facing more jail time than the rapists themselves.
And you think the justice system works, or that the law is a good thing? You’re a fool.
Father Arrested for Trying to Pick Up his Special Needs Children from School | The Free Thought Project
Surely, this is an isolated inci…..oh fuck, no one believes that anymore. Police are scum.
A Tennessee man was arrested yesterday for trying to pick his special needs kids up from school. The school wanted the parents to sign a form to allow their children to walk home “unsupervised.”
Naturally these parents questioned the safety of this new policy. They went to school and called the Sheriff’s department to voice their concern over the new policy, when one of the officers begins his power trip.
At one point the father cites the law that allows for him to pick up his children when school is out. The officer then has the audacity to tell the father, “Yes, school is out you can pick up your child, but it doesn’t say when, now, does it?” I’ll be damned if some bureaucrat on a power trip is going to tell me when I can and cannot have access to my children.
Soon after the cop is made to look like the tyrant fool that he is, he does what all cops do when backed into a legal corner, arrests someone.
By John W. Whitehead
I will be the first to acknowledge that there is much to be thankful for about life in America, especially when compared to those beyond our borders whose daily lives are marked by war, hunger and disease. Despite our kvetching, grumbling and complaining, most Americans have it pretty good compared to less fortunates the world over.
Still, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that all of our so-called blessings will amount to little more than gilding on a cage if we don’t safeguard the freedoms on which this nation was founded. And if there is one freedom in particular need of protecting right now, it is the Fourth Amendment, which has been on life support for quite some time.
It used to be that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was considered the most critical of the amendments in the Bill of Rights. Since writing my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, however, I have come to believe that the Fourth Amendment, which demands that we be “secure” in our persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government and, consequently, stands as a bulwark against the police state, is, in fact, the most critical.
In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, then, here is a list of things about this emerging police state that I am not thankful for and will never remain silent about as long as the government remains the greatest threat to our freedoms.
Police shootings of unarmed citizens. No longer is it unusual to hear about incidents in which police shoot unarmed individuals first and ask questions later. This trend originates from a police preoccupation with ensuring their own safety at all costs, with tragic consequences for the innocent civilians unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
SWAT team raids. On an average day in America, at least 100 Americans have their homes raided by SWAT teams (although I’ve seen estimates as high as 300 a day), which are increasingly used to deal with routine police matters: angry dogs, domestic disputes, search warrants, etc. Unfortunately, general incompetence (officers misread the address on the warrant), collateral damage (fatalities, property damage, etc.) and botched raids (officers barge into the wrong house or even the wrong building) tend to go hand in hand with this overuse of SWAT teams, with tragic consequences for the homeowner who mistakes a SWAT raid for a home invasion.
Arresting Americans for altogether legal activities such as picking their kids up from school, holding Bible studies at home, and selling goat cheese. Unfortunately, our government’s tendency towards militarization and overcriminalization, in which routine, everyday behaviors become targets of regulation and prohibition, have resulted in Americans getting arrested for making and selling unpasteurized goat cheese, cultivating certain types of orchids, feeding a whale, holding Bible studies in their homes, and picking their kids up from school.
Jailing Americans for profit. At one time, the American penal system operated under the idea that dangerous criminals needed to be put under lock and key in order to protect society. Today, as states attempt to save money by outsourcing prisons to private corporations, imprisoning Americans in private prisons run by mega-corporations has turned into a cash cow for big business. And how do you keep the prisons full? By passing laws aimed at increasing the prison population, including the imposition of life sentences on people who commit minor or nonviolent crimes such as siphoning gasoline.
Transforming the schools into quasi-prisons and teaching young people that they have no rights. Zero tolerance policies which criminalize childish behavior continue to destroy the lives of young people such as the 14-year-old arrested for texting in class and the 6-year-olds suspended for using their fingers as imaginary guns in a schoolyard game of cops and robbers.
Surveillance drones taking to the skies domestically. With at least 30,000 drones expected to occupy U.S. airspace by 2020, ushering in a $30 billion per year industry, police departments are already queuing up for their drones. Indeed, the drones coming to a neighborhood near you will be small, capable of flying through city streets and buildings almost undetected, while hovering over cityscapes and public events for long periods of time, providing a means of 24/7 surveillance.
TSA searches that accustom citizens to life in a police state. Under the direction of the Transportation Security Administration, American travelers have been subjected to all manner of searches ranging from whole-body scanners and enhanced patdowns at airports to bag searches in train stations and sports arenas. Mind you, this is the same agency that is now installing detention pods in airports, requiring passengers to submit to searches and screenings before they can exit the airport.
Illegal, invasive spying on Americans. There is no form of digital communication that the government cannot and does not monitor—phone calls, emails, text messages, tweets, Facebook posts, internet video chats, etc., are all accessible, trackable and downloadable by federal agents. In other words, there is nothing private from the government, which has used a variety of covert, unconstitutional tactics to gain access to Americans’ personal data, online purchases and banking, medical records, and online communications.
Thus, while there’s much to be thankful for—the blessings of family, security, food, opportunity, etc.—it’s the things I’mnot thankful for that have me greatly concerned about the emerging American police state. So do me a favor. Before you get distracted by the gathering of family and friends and the feasting and the football and the fleeting sense of goodwill and the traditional counting of blessings, take a moment to remind yourself and those around you of the things we should NOT be thankful for this year—the things that no American should tolerate from its government—the things that don’t belong in the “city on a hill” envisioned by John F. Kennedy as the standard for a government “constructed and inhabited by men aware of their grave trust and their great responsibilities.”
Mind you, if we do not push back against the growing menace of the police state now, future Thanksgivings may find us giving thanks for creature comforts that serve only to lessen the pain of having lost our most basic freedoms.
Eugene Gruber was drunk, hostile and uncooperative when he walked into the Lake County Jail, but a day later, he was paralyzed, had a broken neck and barely registered a pulse after an encounter with guards, records show.
Gruber died Saturday at a Chicago rehabilitation hospital where doctors had been trying to wean him off a ventilator, four months after the jail incident, family members said Monday.
How Gruber, 51, was treated over the 24 hours following his arrest on disorderly conduct and trespassing charges Oct. 31 led to a criminal investigation by the Lake County state’s attorney and the firing of at least one jail nurse, according to documents released to the Tribune in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
The state’s attorney’s office has declined to press charges after finding no evidence of criminal intent, officials said. But documents and video from the investigation raise questions about jail procedures and the physical handling of Gruber, who complained for hours that he couldn’t move his legs before paramedics were called the next morning.
Gruber’s case marks the second unusual incident reported at the jail since last fall. Inmate Lyvita Gomes, an India native who had shown signs of mental illness in jail, died Jan. 3 after launching a 15-day hunger strike. Her family has questioned her treatment in jail and events leading to her incarceration, which began when she missed jury duty — something she was ineligible to serve, anyway, as a noncitizen — and was charged with resisting arrest.
Gruber’s injury appeared to have resulted from a neck-twisting “take-down” maneuver made as guards struggled to change his clothes, records show. Officers did not document the physical altercation in their required daily reports, noting only that they pepper-sprayed him because he was combative and threatened violence against guards, according to records.
A nurse told jail guards that if Gruber were really paralyzed, he would “urinate on himself” — a test that a physician later told investigators was not an appropriate measure for paralysis.
Autopsy results from Gruber’s death Saturday are “pending further studies,” which could take up to eight weeks, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.
"We think he was murdered in the Lake County Jail," said Gruber’s cousin, Charles Gruber, formerly a police chief in Elgin and South Barrington. "I think it’s definitely related to the injuries he received."
During Gruber’s incarceration, security videos show, deputies hoisted him by the armpits and carried him, legs dragging, through the jail. Other images appear to show an officer holding a slumping Gruber up for his mug shot. No cameras were present in the cells where the pepper-spraying and take-down maneuver occurred, so investigators had to rely on witness reports, some of which contained conflicting statements, according to records.
When Gruber was taken to the hospital almost 24 hours later, jail officials apparently failed to relay to doctors there that Gruber was complaining of paralysis or might have suffered a spinal injury, and a back stabilizer was not used when he was brought in.
Sheriff Mark Curran, who requested that the state’s attorney’s office investigate Gruber’s case, is reviewing the agency’s findings, which were turned over in January.
He issued a statement that reads in part: “The Sheriff’s administration is currently reviewing the comprehensive report to determine if any policies or procedures were violated during Mr. Gruber’s incarceration.”
Gruber had spent the past month at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital in Chicago, said Mark Smolens, an attorney representing Gruber’s family.
"It shouldn’t have happened," Smolens said. "He walked into the jail. Then a couple of hours later … he’s obviously paralyzed — notwithstanding the fact they dragged him around the jail like a sack of potatoes for almost 24 hours until the following the day."
The paralysis apparently was from the mid-chest down, affecting Gruber’s diaphragm, Smolens said. Gruber could talk when off the ventilator for short periods of time, but could not swallow and was on an all-liquid protein diet, Smolens said.
Before he was moved to Schwab, records show, Gruber was in the intensive care unit. Investigators tried to interview him there on Dec. 10 but “due to Gruber’s condition, he was unable to speak but he could communicate by pointing at letters on a board,” a report states. At that time, Gruber communicated that an officer had twisted his head and neck in a violent manner, according to the report.
A doctor at Waukegan’s Vista Medical Center East, where Gruber was first taken, said Gruber told her that while in jail, “the police put his head between his legs like a wheel or windmill. Gruber continued saying the police drug him around on the floor and left him to die as a dead noodle,” according to an interview with investigators.
Someone. PLEASE tell me again how this is “an isolated incident”. Then let me punch you in your throat.
Douglas Zerby was finishing up watering his lawn when neighbors, completely brainwashed by the police state, called the cops because they saw Zerby holding what they thought was a gun. It was actually a water hose nozzle.
Officers approached the position of Doug Zerby and without any warning whatsoever, fired upon Zerby, fatally wounding him with 12 rounds that entered his chest arms and lower legs.
Zerby’s family sued the Long Beach Police department for this horrid event and won. According to KTLA 5 News,
SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) — The family of a man fatally shot by Long Beach police in 2010 was awarded $6.5 million in damages by a federal jury on Thursday.
“The money doesn’t bring my son back, which is all I really want,” Douglas Zerby’s mother, Pam Amici, said after the verdict, chocking back tears.
“I would just rather have Doug standing here next to me right now. But this is all we can hope for, and I’m very happy with the result.”
This type of violent escalation by police is now commonplace in today’s society. Only by challenging them will we win. However, the monetary award in this case is not enough, these cops should be behind bars. Punishing tax-payers for the negligence and aggressiveness of cops is NOT a solution.
What in gay fuck is wrong with people?!?! Read the whole story - it gets worse.
MONROE, N.C. — Union County sheriff’s investigators and animal control officers returned to the home Sunday where an 11-year-old boy had been found shivering and handcuffed to a porch rail with a dead chicken around his neck Friday morning.
They spent several hours working on the property, including feeding and caring for the many animals left there, and even disposing of the chicken that had been left on a barrel once it was removed from the child’s neck.
Dozens of chickens, turkeys, geese, and even a peahen roamed the property among junked cars, bicycles, and appliances. Deputies fed two llamas and a horse that shared a pen behind the house.
Sheriff Eddie Cathey said two dogs had already been removed.
Wanda Sue Larson, a DSS supervisor, and Dorian Lee Harper, an emergency room nurse at CMC-Union, lived at the house with their four adopted children and the foster child the animal control officer found on the porch.
Both Larson and Harper are charged with child abuse, false imprisonment, and animal cruelty. They’re in the Union County jail under more than a million dollars combined bond.
"As bad as you think that house was on the outside, that’s probably the cleanest part of that place," said Sheriff Eddie Cathey Sunday.
He said the smell inside the house took his breath away, where five children lived among dogs and feces.
The smell still lingered in the yard Sunday.
"There’s no reason, no thinking of a common sense person would think anyone living in those condition could adopt — not only a child —we wouldn’t let them adopt an animal out of our animal shelter," said Cathey.
Sheriff Cathey said all five children in the home slept on the floor in a single bedroom, where the foster child was regularly handcuffed to a piece of railroad to keep him from running away.
Neighbors couldn’t hide their disgust as more details of the children’s conditions were revealed Sunday.
"Ugh,” said Jenny Wallace, who lives across the street. “I was devastated, that this type of thing is going on in this neighborhood."
Wallace said the family was reclusive, and she rarely saw the children. But Friday morning, she met one.
"I saw a little boy come up to my house and knock on my door and ask me did I see his pig," said Wallace. “He didn’t look like he’d been abused or mistreated in any way."
That missing pig is what led another neighbor to call animal control, bringing out the officer who found the handcuffed child.
"Certainly our deputy was shocked,” said Cathey. “And when we talked to him and realized what had happened, we were very proud that he went the extra step in just a small animal case that he was investigating and discovered this child sitting there on the porch — just pitiful."
Larson and Harper have first appearances scheduled in Union County court on Monday.
You are a historic figure, Mr. President. You are not only the first African-American president; you are the first who has made use of your power to target and kill individuals identified as a threat to the United States throughout your entire term. You are the first president to make the killing of targeted individuals the focus of our military operations, of our intelligence, of our national-security strategy, and, some argue, of our foreign policy. You have authorized kill teams comprised of both soldiers from Special Forces and civilians from the CIA, and you have coordinated their efforts through the Departments of Justice and State. You have gradually withdrawn from the nation building required by “counterinsurgency” and poured resources into the covert operations that form the basis of “counter-terrorism.”
More than any other president you have made the killing rather than the capture of individuals the option of first resort, and have killed them both from the sky, with drones, and on the ground, with “nighttime” raids not dissimilar to the one that killed Osama bin Laden. You have killed individuals in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya, and are making provisions to expand the presence of American Special Forces in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In Pakistan and other places where the United States has not committed troops, you are estimated to have killed at least two thousand by drone. You have formalized what is known as “the program,” and at the height of its activity it was reported to be launching drone strikes in Pakistan every three days. Your lethality is expansive in both practice and principle; you are fighting terrorism with a policy of preemptive execution, and claiming not just the legal right to do so but the legal right to do so in secret. The American people, for the most part, have no idea who has been killed, and why; the American people — and for that matter, most of their representatives in Congress — have no idea what crimes those killed in their name are supposed to have committed, and have been told that they are not entitled to know.
One would ask what rights the innocent men, women, and children are defending when they try to push unwanted military forces out of their countries, whether it’s Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, or elsewhere.
Rights are inherent to one’s existence, not a piece of paper. Rights can’t be written down or taken away. If they are to be written down, then they’re privileges, and privileges can be taken away.
It doesn’t take some blood thirsty, mindless, military clone to tell me I’m free, or to fight for my freedom. What order are they establishing, exactly?
I am free because I exist. Period. Kinda like the Indians were free before the English invaded, raped, and murdered them to take over their land and establish a gover…..oops.
BECAUSE HE’S A MURDERER! I wonder how many democrats and minorities are going to ignore this piece of bloody evidence, as well in favor of praising the almighty Brotha Messiah?
President Obama was overheard bragging to administration aides about his ability to kill people with drones, a new book about the 2012 campaign season that’s due for release on Tuesday claimed.
The president’s specific words: I’m “really good at killing people,” authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann write in “Double Down: Game Change 2012,” The Daily Mail reported. They get their claim from a Washington Post report that buries the statement as a brief anecdote in an article, in which the president is described as speaking to aides about the drone program and then making the claim.
The White House hasn’t responded to the book — but a spokesman did indicated on Sunday talk shows that the president hates information leaks.
Mr. Obama’s reported statement comes at a time of increasing criticism for his use of drones in Pakistan and Yemen. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London reports that Mr. Obama has given approval for 326 drone strikes. And since 2004, drones have killed between 2,500 and 3,600 — 950 of whom are considered civilians, the organization claims, The Daily Mail reported.
The White House says those figures are incorrect, but has not released their own statistics.
The book’s claims are even more interesting when it’s remembered that Mr. Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for his “extraordinary efforts” to bolster democracy around the world, The Daily Mail said.