Furious About Ferguson? Work to Free Shaneen Allen

“When law and morality contradict each other,” wrote Frederic Bastiat, “the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.”

by William N. Grigg via Pro Libertate

Whatever we eventually learn about what happened in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, Michael Brown is beyond mortal help. The same is not true of Shaneen Allen, a 27-year-old working mother of two and robbery victim who faces an eleven-year prison term for the supposed offense of carrying a legally licensed firearm.

Like the late Mr. Brown, Allen – a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — is an African-American. She has no criminal record, and her case is untainted by allegations that she had committed a violent crime.

In planning to take the case to trial this October, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain is committing what could be construed as a race-specific violation of due process by seeking prison time: As we will shortly see, a white Pennsylvania resident who committed the same “offense” was given a pre-indictment plea deal involving two years of non-supervised probation. McClain’s proposed “deal” for Allen would have included a mandatory three and a half year prison sentence.

Allen, a medical professional who works two jobs, was victimized by a series of robberies. A concerned relative advised Allen to get a gun to protect herself and her two young children. She purchased a gun, completed a firearms  safety course, and obtained official permission from the State of Pennsylvania to exercise her innate right to self-defense. However, she made the mistake of crossing the Delaware River into a different tax jurisdiction called New Jersey, where the ruling political clique is stingier in granting that supposed privilege, and refuses to recognize firearms licenses that are issued by their counterparts elsewhere in the country.

After being stopped by a revenue farmer for violating one of New Jersey’s myriad official restrictions on the right to travel, Allen made the tragic mistake of being entirely candid when asked if she had any weapons in her possession. Rather than being handed an extortion note (more commonly called a “traffic ticket”), she was abducted and charged the second-degree felony of “unlawful possession” of the means of self-defense.

The officer who carried out that abduction told the victim that she was being punished for her honesty. The same admission was made by the judge at her arraignment. Despite the fact that she clearly displayed no criminal intent, DA McClain refused to offer her entry into a diversionary program that would allow her to avoid prison.

McClain, it should be noted, is no stranger to clemency: He found it in what passes for his heart to allow NFL star Ray Rice, who was also accused of a felony, to enter the diversion program, thereby avoiding prison or even significant professional inconvenience.

Granted, Rice’s alleged offense was nothing as serious as carrying a licensed firearm: He committed the relatively venial infraction of beating a woman into unconsciousness in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino.

Mercy is a gift reserved for the wealthy and powerful, which means that prison is for single black working mothers trying to protect their families, rather than millionaire celebrity entertainers who beat black women to a bloody pulp.

This guy qualified for “diversion.” Shaneen didn’t.

McClain, and his allies in the civilian disarmament lobby, might try to pretend that violating New Jersey’s incomparably wise and inspired firearms laws is an offense of such transcendent magnitude that the guilty simply must spend time in prison, even when those violations are committed by otherwise innocent people from out of state.

Assuming that this is the case, why is Shaneen Allen headed for prison, while her fellow Pennsylvania residentTodd Doering was allowed to go home on probation?

During a visit to New Jersey’s Logan Township in July 2010, Todd and his brother had the misfortune of attracting the attention of a group of plainclothes officers involved in a “Cops in Shops” sting operation at a convenience store.

The purpose of that operation – other than to give the largely idle police force in that tiny town something to do — was to harvest revenue by cracking down on underage drinking and violations of the city’s open container ordinance. One of the officers spotted Todd’s brother, who was sitting in the passenger seat, crack open a can of Twisted Tea.

“Without telling us what was happening, one of these guys reached into my car and grabbed my brother,” Todd related to Pro Libertate. “Within a few seconds there were police on both sides of my car. It was like they thought I had murdered somebody.”

As Shaneen Allen would do later, when the intruders demanded identification from Todd he informed them that he was carrying a licensed handgun – in his case, a Glock model 22.
“The weapon was immediately secured for officer safety,” relates the police report. “Todd Doering was then removed from the vehicle and secure with handcuffs” – that is, he was kidnaped and shackled. His abductors “did note that when securing Todd Doering’s drivers [sic] license from his wallet … a Pennsylvania license to carry firearms.”

While in handcuffs and awaiting transport to jail, Todd “spontaneously uttered that the magazine for the weapon was in the glove box and that he believed that as long as the weapon and the ammunition were kept separate he could legally carry the gun.”

By volunteering that information, Todd merely allowed his captors to multiply their excuses for imprisoning him: He was charged with both “possession of a handgun without a permit” and “possession of hollow nose bullets” in the separate magazine.

Todd’s brother was cited for having an “open container of alcohol” and released. A short time later, Todd related to me, the charge against his brother was dismissed “because of a lack of probable cause.” This should have meant the collateral dismissal of Todd’s felony firearms charges. However, by that time he had been blackmailed into accepting a plea agreement – albeit for a deal much better than the one that would later be extended to Shaneen Allen.

In October 2010, the Gloucester County DA offered Todd two years of non-reporting probation and relatively modest fines, including a $25 monthly fee he paid for the privilege of reporting to a probation officer.

It bears repeating that DA McClain wouldn’t so much as entertain the possibility of granting probation to Shaneen Allen.

“For most of 2011, the probation officer would visit me here, and he made it clear it was just a formality,” Todd recounted to me from his home in Landsdale, Pennsylvania. “He finally said, `Look, you don’t belong on probation; this shouldn’t have been done to you.’” In March 2012 Todd was granted early discharge from probation. But he remains unjustly tainted as a convicted felon.

“My attorney and I have filled out all the paperwork to request a pardon, which includes ten letters of endorsement and recommendation,” he explains. “It’s been sitting on Governor Christie’s desk.”

Currently working as a welder and recently married, Todd’s employment circumstances are stable. This is fortunate, given that his felony conviction – although patently unjust – would make it exceptionally difficult to find another good job, even if the ravaged economy were producing them. Until and unless he receives a pardon, Todd cannot legally own firearms, either for recreation or self-defense.

“My family spent a lot of time outdoors when I was growing up, and now I can’t even own a shotgun,” he laments. “I’m not permitted to buy any kind of firearm, or be in possession of one – despite the fact that I followed all of the rules and never did anything to harm anybody else.”

Todd is commendably outraged over the treatment inflicted on Shaneen Allen, and concerned about the prospect of her going to prison – leaving her kids without their mother.

“I’ve been trying to contact her attorney, and tell him about my case, which has to be considered a precedent,” Todd explained to me. “My attorney advised me not to go to the media, but what is being done to that poor lady is unconscionable. I’m trying to undo the damage that was done to me, but at least I’m not spending years in prison. They want to take this woman away from her children for doing something that no reasonable person would consider a crime.”

“When law and morality contradict each other,” wrote Frederic Bastiat, “the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.” Shaneen Allen has never broken the law in any sense; the edict that she ignorantly violated has no moral validity. Her case offers infuriating, albeit redundant, proof of the maxim that the only thing governments “make” are criminals out of innocent people, and corpses out of living human beings.

Since the eruption of Ferguson, Missouri, it has become commonplace for people to say that the revelation of the contemporary police state in all its malignant glory has wrought a measure of redemption out of the violent death of Michael Brown. While not minimizing in any way the necessity of learning why Brown was killed, those who are consumed with a laudable zeal for justice should direct at least some of their energy into the effort to prevent the unwarranted imprisonment of Shaneen Allen.

A legal defense fund has been established on behalf of Shaneen Allen. 

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Did Ferguson Police Use “Kill Switch” on Livestream Signal The Moment They Created Chaos?

Would this surprise anybody? — jtl, 419

“It keep saying ‘no network error’. We had a foreign reporter on the roof with us and she wasn’t able to get a signal on her cell phone. And people on the ground were saying ‘I can’t tweet out.'” -Livestreamer Argus Radio.by Eric Blair via Activist Post

It seems like the police state is using protests in Ferguson as a testing ground for all of their crowd-control weapons. Many are obvious like the curfew enforced by platoons of soldiers, armored tanks mounted by snipers, stun, tear and smoke grenades, no-fly zone, sound cannons, and designated free speech zones and media zones (apparently they’re different now).

However, some weapons are less obvious like technology to kill livestream feeds during questionable police activity. And that’s precisely what happened last night according to Ferguson’s most prolific livestreamer Argus Radio.

The GIF above, taken from the final seconds of Argus Radio feed from last night, shows the moment the police bum rush the crowd and create mass panic in an attempt to catch someone. Moments later the livestream feed was cut and registered a network error, according to Argus Radio.

The Argus livestream has been filming the protests non-stop for the last week manned by volunteer University of Missouri post-grad student Mustafa Hussein.

A week ago, Hussein reported live “We’ve just been told by the St. Louis Police Department to turn off our cameras. We will not be turning off our cameras. We will continue to broadcast, even if it is at our own peril.” So the cameras continued to film.

Flash forward a week and on early Wednesday morning just after midnight, Argus had no choice in the matter as their feed was cut off.  Hussein reported afterward:

As soon as the conflict happened there was an over-running of the media station by the protesters who were fleeing from the police. We don’t know what the agitation was, but we do know that we lost signal.

We reset the broadcast three times and it keep saying “no network error”. We had a foreign reporter on the roof with us and she wasn’t able to get a signal on her cell phone. And people on the ground were saying “I can’t tweet out, I can’t tweet out.”

Use of a government “kill switch” during protests is precisely what civil liberties groups warned makes this technology so dangerous. It’s important to note that this kill switch appears to have jammed the cell signal rather than shutting down the entire Internet or specific digital equipment. A recent California bill requires smartphones to have kill switches to prevent theft, but critics worry the government can use them to remotely shut off phone cameras and 4G access.

Regardless, last night the digital surveillance state seemed to merge with the militarized police state in a spectacular show of power.

Interestingly, the evening before authorities tried another bizarre tactic. The police created what appeared to be a two-tiered “free speech” zone; one area for protesters and another for the press. Protesters marched in circles on the street and journalists took pictures from the sidewalk. The journalists far outnumbered the protesters and it all seemed very staged.

The police eventually got tired and claimed that everyone must disperse, except for the “credentialed media,” who were allowed to stay. It was eerily similar to journalists who’re embedded with the troops. As the militarized police assault began in the “free speech” zone, many protesters hid with media to use them as human shields. Surreal. Later, State Police Captain Ron Johnsonsaid that they identified credentialed press as those with $50,000 cameras. Apparently violating the rights of elite journalists is forbidden, but crushing peaceful assembly and citizen journalists is just fine. Maybe they just can’t hack the satellite signal on expensive cameras?

The very root of the uproar in Ferguson is the lack of accountability for a police officers’ actions, and that outrage is being met with new and improved ways to hide unethical police actions, now including information kill switches. The ultimate police state weapon is one that hides its brutalityfrom the public, at least until they come to a town near you.

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While we coronated St. Mike of Ferguson, black mob violence continued in the rest of the country.

Face it. Forced integration blew up in the “do gooders’ faces. Ignore the problem at your own peril. — jtl, 419

by Colin Flaherty via White Girl Bleed a Lot

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While all eyes were on Ferguson, and all ears were hearing about the relentless white on black violence that is hurting so many black people around the country, black mob violence and black on white crime proceeded apace.

In Ferguson, the most hyper-racial place on earth right now, a man of unidentified race was attacked and sent to the hospital by a mob of unidentified race.Man beaten while walking dog near demonstrations in Ferguson | KMOV.com St. Louis

At first anyway. Then we learned the victim was white. And the perpetrators were black.

Please do not confuse this with the four black people in Ferguson who beat a Home Depot vendor with a hammer last summer. This is a different case.

In Miami, a group of black people stalk a white person then beat him, on video. Much to the delight of the accomplices. LiveLeak.com – Individuals participate in a nasty surprise NYC sidewalk attack and then post it on Facebook

In Detroit, a crowd of black people attacked police after police shot a man who tried to run them over after they saw him trying to buy a gun.Detroit police urging calm after cops shoot suspect, unruly crowd gathers | The Detroit News

In Philadelphia, a group of black people attacked and knockout out a white man who intervened when the black people were saying rude things to a group of women.Man Knocked Unconscious After Defending Group of Women From Catcallers: Police | NBC 10 Philadelphia

Teen claims to have knocked out more than 300 people in ‘game’ | KMOV.com St. Louis

In Chicago, a group of black people rampaged, beat, and destroyed their way through an upscale neighborhood. A reporter said the violence wasn’t much.Uptown Mayhem Could Spur Park District Ban on Parties For Teens: Cappleman – Uptown – DNAinfo.com Chicago

See more here: http://whitegirlbleedalot.com/coronated-st-mike-ferguson-black-mob-violence-continued-rest-country/#sthash.Y2yhIWUR.dpuf

Also in Chicago, repeated large fights caused several black night clubs downtown to close.Nightclubs Feeling Pressure Following Shootings « CBS Chicago

In Minneapolis, an NFL player was one of nine wounded when they were caught in the cross fire at a large fight at a black club.Vikings player among 9 hurt in Minneapolis nightclub shooting | Star Tribune

Of course, there was black mob violence at at least one mall in St. Louis, outside of Ferguson. ‘Loot … and rob them, not your own’; Twitter users advise black people to loot white neighborhoods | Twitchy

In Washington, a TV news crew was robbed when they were doing a story on a “racist” app that showed people how to avoid high crime areas. Like the one they were in.D.C. news crew robbed while reporting on “sketchy” neighborhoods – CBS News

In Kansas City, a large group of black people fought and destroyed property and defied police at Lake Jacomo.Teen brawl, stabbing reported at Lake Jacomo – + KSHB.com

In the Bedford-Stuyvestant neighborhood of Brooklyn, at least one black person played the Knockout Game with a pregnant woman.Pregnant woman sucker-punched in unprovoked attack | New York Post

In Manhattan, the grainy video shows a black man with his arms folded waiting as a 72-year old man walks toward him. He then turns and delivers a Knockout Game punch to the head of the old man, Man, 72, Punched in West Village Attack: Not Angry or Scared | NBC New York

And Dave Lemon at CNN and others say they understand the rage and anger that created the violence in Ferguson. But nothing on the other black on white violence that happened during the same period.

2 police officers shot; suspect in jail | CharlotteObserver.com

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Turning America Into a War Zone, Where ‘We the People’ Are the Enemy

So if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, by all means, stand down. Cower in the face of the police, turn your eyes away from injustice, find any excuse to suggest that the so-called victims of the police state deserved what they got…But remember, when that rifle finally gets pointed in your direction—and it will—when there’s no one left to stand up for you or speak up for you, remember that you were warned.

By John W. Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute

“If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?”—Sunil Dutta, an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 17 years

Life in the American police state is an endless series of don’ts delivered at the end of a loaded gun: don’t talk back to police officers, don’t even think about defending yourself against a SWAT team raid (of which there are 80,000 every year), don’t run when a cop is nearby lest you be mistaken for a fleeing criminal, don’t carry a cane lest it be mistaken for a gun, don’t expect privacy in public, don’t let your kids walk to the playground alone, don’t engage in nonviolent protest near where a government official might pass, don’t try to grow vegetables in your front yard, don’t play music for tips in a metro station, don’t feed whales, and on and on.

For those who resist, who dare to act independently, think for themselves, march to the beat of a different drummer, the consequences are invariably a one-way trip to the local jail or death.

What Americans must understand, what we have chosen to ignore, what we have fearfully turned a blind eye to lest the reality prove too jarring is the fact that we no longer live in the “city on the hill,” a beacon of freedom for all the world.

Far from being a shining example of democracy at work, we have become a lesson for the world in how quickly freedom turns to tyranny, how slippery the slope by which a once-freedom-loving people can be branded, shackled and fooled into believing that their prisons walls are, in fact, for their own protection.

Having spent more than half a century exporting war to foreign lands, profiting from war, and creating a national economy seemingly dependent on the spoils of war, we failed to protest when the war hawks turned their profit-driven appetites on us, bringing home the spoils of war—the military tanks, grenade launchers, Kevlar helmets, assault rifles, gas masks, ammunition, battering rams, night vision binoculars, etc.—to be distributed for free to local police agencies and used to secure the homeland against “we the people.”

It’s not just the Defense Department that is passing out free military equipment to local police. Since the early 1990s, the Justice Department has worked with the Pentagon to fund military technology for police departments. And then there are the billions of dollars’ worth of federal grants distributed by the Department of Homeland Security, enabling police departments to go on a veritable buying spree for highly questionable military-grade supplies better suited to the battlefield.

Is it any wonder that we now find ourselves in the midst of a war zone?

We live in a state of undeclared martial law. We have become the enemy.

In a war zone, there are no police—only soldiers. Thus, there is no more Posse Comitatus prohibiting the government from using the military in a law enforcement capacity. Not when the local police have, for all intents and purposes, already become the military.

In a war zone, the soldiers shoot to kill, as American police have now been trained to do. Whether the perceived “threat” is armed or unarmed no longer matters when police are authorized to shoot first and ask questions later.

In a war zone, even the youngest members of the community learn at an early age to accept and fear the soldier in their midst. Thanks to funding from the Obama administration, more schools are hiring armed police officers—some equipped with semi-automatic AR-15 rifles—to “secure” their campuses.

In a war zone, you have no rights. When you are staring down the end of a police rifle, there can be no free speech. When you’re being held at bay by a militarized, weaponized mine-resistant tank, there can be no freedom of assembly. When you’re being surveilled with thermal imaging devices, facial recognition software and full-body scanners and the like, there can be no privacy. When you’re charged with disorderly conduct simply for daring to question or photograph or document the injustices you see, with the blessing of the courts no less, there can be no freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

And when you’re a prisoner in your own town, unable to move freely, kept off the streets, issued a curfew at night, there can be no mistaking the prison walls closing in.

This is not just happening in Ferguson, Missouri. As I show in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, it’s happening and will happen anywhere and everywhere else in this country where law enforcement officials are given carte blanche to do what they like, when they like, how they like, with immunity from their superiors, the legislatures, and the courts.

You see, what Americans have failed to comprehend, living as they do in a TV-induced, drug-like haze of fabricated realities, narcissistic denial, and partisan politics, is that we’ve not only brought the military equipment used in Iraq and Afghanistan home to be used against the American people. We’ve also brought the very spirit of the war home.

This is what it feels like to be a conquered people. This is what it feels like to be an occupied nation. This is what it feels like to live in fear of armed men crashing through your door in the middle of the night, or to be accused of doing something you never even knew was a crime, or to be watched all the time, your movements tracked, your motives questioned.

This is what it’s like to be a citizen of the American police state. This is what it’s like to be an enemy combatant in your own country.

So if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, by all means, stand down. Cower in the face of the police, turn your eyes away from injustice, find any excuse to suggest that the so-called victims of the police state deserved what they got.

But remember, when that rifle finally gets pointed in your direction—and it will—when there’s no one left to stand up for you or speak up for you, remember that you were warned.

It works the same in every age. Martin Niemoller understood this. A German pastor who openly opposed Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in a concentration camp, Niemoller warned:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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THE VIGILANTE’S VIEW ON FERGUSON AND THE US POLICE STATE

The only solution to ending this state-created chaos and insanity is to spread information like this as widely as possible so that people can see the real problem isn’t black versus white or republican versus democrat.  It is people versus the government.  And only one of those is an unneccesary evil.

Long time Dollar Vigilante (TDV) readers have probably noticed that TDV is rarely the first to report on non-financial current events.  While many including those in the alternative media often jump right on a story and add their views to it we tend to watch, analyze and do more research before putting our view on things out into the ether.  This isn’t to say that those who jump immediately on a story aren’t doing good work or add a lot of value but you will always find a more tempered and more analytical view of things here… often days or weeks after an event has begun so as we can take in more of a bigger picture.  Now, after a week of watching the events transpire in Ferguson we are prepared to give our vigilante view on what we have seen so far.

Most know the general backstory so we won’t rehash that too much but from our perspective what has happened is that there was a particular event in which a lighter skinned armed individual wearing police gang colors got into an altercation and shot six times and killed a local man who had dark skin.  Really, the color of the people’s skin is irrelevant for reasons I will explain below.

The evidence to date seems to indicate that the lighter skinned individual may have been legitimately protecting himself… however, what isn’t discussed very much is that the police, in and by itself, is illegitimate and that they nearly always cause more trouble than they repress.  In any case, this set off a wave of events which now have a life of their own as the community in and around Ferguson, much like many other parts of the US, have nearly reached their limit with the amount of abuse, extortion and death caused by the police in the US.

To somebody who might not pay that much attention to world events, the gist of the situation goes something like this – the police killed a person in the US (who just so happened to be black), people got angry, and so the government jailed many of them, shot them with rubber bullets, tear gassed them and imposed a curfew taking away more rights of the people. That’s par for the course in “The Land Of The Free.”

The teleprompter reader for the world’s largest and most dangerous terrorist organization, Barack Obama said, “While I understand the passions and the anger that arise over the death of Michael Brown, giving in to that anger by looting or carrying guns, and even attacking the police, only serves to raise tensions and stir chaos.”

Notice the clever use of words.  In his speech Obama lumps stealing (looting), attacking people maliciously and carrying an inanimate object (carrying guns) in the same category.  In fact, it was because of many in the area owning guns that quelled most of the looting.

Many in the US think the only reason they are “allowed” to own self-protection aids is because of the 2nd Amendment. That is an obfuscation.  Humans have an inherent natural right to life and the right to defend that life. The US constitution is a piece of paper. If the US constitution didn’t exist, the rights expounded therein would still exist… although those natural rights are now actively suppressed by the US federal government itself!

What is most interesting about the events in Ferguson are the amount of true journalists bringing truth to the internet with live stream broadcasts. This is world changing. We have access to much more truth today than is normally available through mainstream television. In fact, there are so many independent journalists recording what is going on that one journalist pointed out in a live stream, “Most of the people here are journalists.  Last night, for example, when the police began to get aggressive the number of actual protesters was down to perhaps 15 to 20 people while there were more than 50 journalists.”

Just some of the live, streaming feeds you can watch each night include Vice News, Infowars and Activist News.

The media, both independent and mainstream, has been flagrantly attacked by US authorities including Al Jazeera, Info Wars, Huffington Post, Washington Post and others.

In one example, Al Jazeera was reporting when they were shot with rubber bullets, tear gassed and their equipment was torn down by the police.  So much for the 1st amendment and “freedom of the press”… another long lost artifact of the US constitution.

In the following video, the police make it clear they have no problem beating you up and taking any evidence of it.

The media is not just getting caught up in the crosshairs, they are being systematically targeted. Free speech is dead in the US. If reporters don’t comply with “turn your cameras off” requests, they get fired upon with tear gas and rubber bullets.

The military police state has become so acknowledged now that the NY Times recently provided an infographic showing which counties in the US have received what military gear (hint: nearly every county has… but click here to see what military equipment your local cops have received).

Even CNN is covering the militarized police state that we’ve been talking about for years at The Dollar Vigilante Blog (TDV Blog).

They’re quite shocked in some cases at the degree to which the police have been militarized. In this video Jake Tapper was totally floored by the scene.

I want to show you this, okay? To give you an idea of what’s going on. The protesters have moved all the way down there… they’re all the way down there. Nobody is threatening anything. Nobody is doing anything. None of the stores here that I can see are being looted. There is no violence.

Now I want you to look at what is going on in Ferguson, Missouri, in downtown America, okay? These are armed police, with — not machine guns — semi-automatic rifles, with batons, with shields, many of them dressed for combat. Now why they’re doing this? I don’t know. Because there is no threat going on here. None that merits this. There is none, okay? Absolutely there have been looters, absolutely over the last nine days there’s been violence, but there is nothing going on on this street right now that merits this scene out of Bagram. Nothing.

So if people wonder why the people of Ferguson, Missouri are so upset, this is part of the reason. What is this? This doesn’t make any sense.

The situation has grown so dire in the US that Amnesty International has sent human rights teams in the US for the first time ever and China and Iran have stated their concerns about human rights violations.

The statists who constantly say we need police or there will be chaos and disorder are seeing that this particular chaos and disorder was caused initially by the actions of the police (shooting of the man and a long period of anger about their actions) then there were peaceful protests met by very aggressive police which escalated the situation… there was some looting but in this case the police never responded (this is where you would think they would respond if they really were there to protect life and property)… then the police escalated even further on peaceful protesters trying to draw them into an all out battle.

There is no reason to have high expectations of the police. After all, you can actually be too smart to be a cop. That’s right, departments all across the US refuse to hire people who are too smart, presumably because they would question orders and think before shooting unarmed individuals. In other words, there is a maximum IQ to become a police officer.  War gear has long been flowing to local police departments and the US has long been paramilitary and not public servants.

Ultimately it doesn’t matter that Mike Brown was a person of color. It’s likely that the police officer is racist. But, ultimately, the truth of the matter is that police are killing people of all creed, colors and sexes in the US. They’re even burning faces off of babies. The police will kill your grandpa (in his bed), your wife, your mom, your grandma, your dog – it doesn’t matter what color. And they’re doing it with the weapons of war all the while trying to make sure your law abiding neighbors have less access to guns.

Rob Hustle, who will be the headline music act at the Anarchapulco freedom festival this coming February in Acapulco distilled the current US police state into one excellent and eye-opening music video.

Sadly, many of the people in Ferguson don’t realize that government and the police are the problem.  Countless interviews have been had with local activists who say that the way to fix the problem is to “register to vote”!  All of this while being attacked by the police and government while locals in the community help to quell violence and rioting on their own.

We’ve been warning for a long time about police militarization and we’ve been called tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorists the whole time. When we said the government was watching and recording your every move, we were laughed at, but now that’s common sense.  When we warned that police were turning into a Nazi style Gestapo force, we were laughed at. Today the government takes little issue with mainstream media showing such images and discussing these things semi-openly because it is likely to further divide the police from so-called “civilians” (everyday people) and continue the cycle of violence.

The only solution to ending this state-created chaos and insanity is to spread information like this as widely as possible so that people can see the real problem isn’t black versus white or republican versus democrat.  It is people versus the government.  And only one of those is an unneccesary evil.

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When ‘Anti-Government’ Violence Erupts, Who Is Really At Fault?

Americans can take back the power they have neglected by taking responsibility for themselves and their communities. The government can only do two things in reaction: accept that we are in charge of our own lives and walk away, or try to stop us with force and assert its dominance. If it chooses the latter, then all violence that follows after will be on its hands, not ours. Anti-government activities arise only because of destructive government attitudes. If the establishment really fears a wave of violence against it, then it should do exactly as it did in Bunkerville, Nevada — walk away and leave people in peace.

Those that believe we can “vote our way out” of this mess do not understand the problem. Brandon Smith understands. — jtl, 419

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When ‘Anti-Government’ Violence Erupts, Who Is Really At Fault?
Protestors retreat from tear gas after marching toward the police command post on West Florissant Avenue on Sunday in Ferguson, Missouri.

This past week, I have been examining arecently leaked document from the Department Of Homeland Security entitled “Domestic Violent Extremists Pose A Threat To Government Officials And Law Enforcement.” (It’s true; the title leaves nothing to the imagination.)

Generally, such documents are not classified. But it is internally accepted that they should not be shared with the public. Similar documents like the Missouri Information Analysis Center report titled “The Modern Militia Movement” and the Virginia Fusion Center’s Terrorism Threat Assessment are not designed to import in-depth knowledge to law enforcement. In fact, if you actually investigate these white papers thoroughly, you will find they read like a mentally challenged middle-school student’s last-minute book report on liberty groups in America.

Rather than convey the complexity of the conflict between federal bureaucracy and constitutionalists, the papers linked above are meant to indoctrinate law enforcement officials against even considering what we have to say or why we take the actions we take.

Often, the Southern Poverty Law Center, a shameless propaganda outlet known for its Saul Alinsky tactics, is tapped as the primary source of “data” for these reports. At no time have I ever seen a government report on “domestic extremism” that actually allows a subset of the liberty movement to personally describe our position.

Often, the DHS will claim to LEOs (legally entitled to oppress) that there is a “disparity in our beliefs that makes us unpredictable” or that they do not have a full understanding of our motivations during a particular event. The confrontation at Cliven Bundy’s ranch was the latest shock, after which federal officials acted as though the standoff attitude of armed liberty activists was incomprehensible.

The reality is that establishment cronies know all too well why activists are angered to the point of taking up arms.

In any piece of propaganda, including the leaked DHS report, the goal is to paint opposition to state power in the darkest manner possible, so that the useful idiots (unconstitutional LEOs and federal agents) can maintain the false sense that they hold the moral high ground. It is the information that such propaganda fails to mention that holds the key to unraveling the government position. For instance, the paper overtly mentions armed patriots at Bundy ranch as a brand of escalation, but does not mention the heavily armed Bureau of Land Management agents and contracted snipers that came first, seeking to terrify the Bundy family into compliance.

Nor does the paper mention the trampling of protester 1st amendment rights with the BLM’s absurdly inadequate, fenced-off “First Amendment Area.” In light of this, I ask: Who triggered the confrontation at Bundy ranch?

Is the federal government really all that surprised that liberty activists from all across the country came armed and ready to fight or even die? Some people believe the establishment is so ignorant or blinded by hubris that they can’t see the typhoon at their door, but I don’t think they are as dumb as they pretend.

Tragedies like Waco and Ruby Ridge do not have a shelf life. They accumulate in the minds of the people over time, and generations can pass without the anger ever fading. At Bundy ranch, the liberty movement resolved that we would not allow another such event to occur again without direct consequences – meaning nonsensical false-flag terrorism like the Oklahoma City bombing will never be our method, though the Feds would like you to assume as much. No, our method is to stand in between the aggressors, whoever they may be, and the victims, whoever they may be, and stop the tragedy before it happens.

At Bundy ranch, the BLM and its military contractors ran away, returning Bundy property as they went. Thus, the liberty movement removed the immediate threat and prevented another possible Waco. This is called “escalation” of violent extremism by the establishment. I call it de-escalation of violent government abuse by liberty activists.

The federal government would have you believe that the rise of “militias” and violent opposition is somehow taking place in a vacuum; that government officials can’t understand why such escalation is occurring now; that it must be a product of “racism” due to a black president; and that it’s all a chaotic, self-mutating mess of extremist insanity. This is ridiculous.

Why are people gearing up for revolution? I’ll break it down simply: If you try to take our freedom, our chance at prosperity or our lives, we are going to fight you until one side or both sides dies. Period.

I’m not sure how this could be difficult to comprehend, and I do not think the feds haven’t grasped it. I think if they are surprised at all, it is because they have been steamrolling over Americans for so long that they are not used to the idea of regular people stopping them cold. Powder kegs are revealing themselves all across the U.S., from Bundy ranch to Ferguson, Missouri, and all caused by authoritarian overreach by federal and state officials.

What is the solution? To stop the rise of anti-government violence, we must remove government intrusion into people’s lives, and the public must take community security into its own hands. In Ferguson, anger has developed into street activism, but also random looting. Michael Brown himself is not an endearing character, but that is not a rationalization for the outright execution of suspects by the police. If the citizens of Ferguson really want to erase this conundrum from their lives, they are going to have to establish neighborhood watches and even community “militias” (there’s the dreaded “M” word again) to bring peace to their town.

By refusing to take responsibility for their own security, Ferguson residents have invited city and state LEOs to do the job for them, and this has resulted in the possibility of unwarranted death-by-cop. Ferguson residents can and should remove LEO presence by establishing their own security. But this means they would have to stop the looting by petty thugs using protests as cover, and it also means they would have to prevent or intervene in criminal activities by men like Brown.

The Founding Fathers answered the question of “who watches the watchmen” by creating a system by which the people are the watchmen. This was the militia system, a system that the federal government now labels “domestic extremism” and violent escalation.

I have been saying it for years, and I’ll keep saying right up until the shooting starts: Americans must take responsibility for their own futures and their own defense. Whether or not the people of Ferguson accept this, I have no idea, but the crisis will never stop until they do. And this problem applies to all other communities across the nation as well.

Dupes and statists will argue that the only way to change the system is to play by the rules, build a majority, elect the politicians you want and fight unconstitutional laws in the courts. But what should the people do when our political structure is rigged by special interests representing only a handful of elites? What should the people do when independent parties are muscled out of the mainstream and the leaders of the major parties sabotage any internal movements to change the status quo? What do the people do when their protests and redress of grievances are bashed by the media, violently attacked by the authorities or outright denied by government-enforced curfew? What do the people do when the courts stall justice and drown dissent with legal red tape? What do people do when playing by the rules only makes the situation worse for us all?

Americans must realize an important fact: There is no power over us but that which we give away.

The original intent of our republic is that the people are the government — not a select few elitists handpicked by corporate bankers. Politicians are supposed to be our employees, not a ruling class that sits above the populace. The current growing conflict between the citizenry and the government is igniting exactly because our government does not represent the common man anymore. The government is not “by the people, for the people.” It is a separate entity, representing corrupt and hostile parties. It cannot be changed from within. The federal government is now foreign to us, a guarded enemy with malicious motives.

Americans can take back the power they have neglected by taking responsibility for themselves and their communities. The government can only do two things in reaction: accept that we are in charge of our own lives and walk away, or try to stop us with force and assert its dominance. If it chooses the latter, then all violence that follows after will be on its hands, not ours. Anti-government activities arise only because of destructive government attitudes. If the establishment really fears a wave of violence against it, then it should do exactly as it did in Bunkerville, Nevada — walk away and leave people in peace.

–Brandon Smith

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By the Numbers: How Dangerous Is It to Be a Cop?

More people have been murdered by cops than have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. You are 8 times more likely to be killed by a cop than you are by a terrorist. — jtl, 419

by DANIEL J. BIER via The Freeman

Defenders of police militarization such as that on display in Ferguson, Missouri, often claim that it’s necessary to provide military gear to cops, given how dangerous law enforcement has become.

Indeed, in the name of the War on Terror and theWar on Drugs, the federal government has provided thousands of pieces of military-grade body armor, mine-resistant armored personnel carriers, assault rifles, grenade launchers, helicopters, and night-vision goggles to local police and sheriffs. Almost every county in America has received equipment from these programs.

But has policing really become so dangerous that we need to arm peace officers like an invading army? The answer is no. It’s never been safer to be a cop.

To start with, few police officers die in the line of duty. Since 1900, only 18,781 police officers have died from any work-related injury. That’s an average of 164 a year. In absolute terms, officer fatalities peaked in 1930 (during alcohol prohibition) at 297, spiking again in the 1970s before steadily declining since.

If you look at police fatalities adjusted for the U.S. population, the decline is even starker. 2013 was the safest year for American policing since 1875.

In 2013, out of 900,000 sworn officersjust 100 died from a job-related injury. That’s about 11.1 per 100,000, or a rate of 0.001%.

Policing doesn’t even make it into the top 10 most dangerous American professions. Logging has a fatality rate 11 times higher, at 127.8 per 100,000. Fishing: 117 per 100,000. Pilot/flight engineer: 53.4 per 100,000. It’s twice as dangerous to be a truck driver as a cop—at 22.1 per 100,000.

Another point to bear in mind is that not all officer fatalities are homicides. Out of the 100 deaths in 2013, 31 were shot, 11 were struck by a vehicle, 2 were stabbed, and 1 died in a “bomb-related incident.” Other causes of death were: aircraft accident (1), automobile accident (28), motorcycle accident (4), falling (6), drowning (2), electrocution (1), and job-related illness (13).

Even assuming that half these deaths were homicides, policing would have a murder rate of 5.55 per 100,000, comparable to the average murder rate of U.S. cities: 5.6 per 100,000. It’s more dangerous to live in Baltimore (35.01 murders per 100,000 residents) than to be a cop in 2014.

This is not to say that police officers do not have a difficult job. They certainly do. They’re required to have daily contact with drunks, the mentally disabled, and criminal suspects. Arrests can often lead to physical confrontation, assault, and sometimes injury. Police are constantly dragged into families’ and neighbors’ petty squabbles. It can be a stressful and sometimes thankless task.

But it just isn’t unusually deadly or dangerous—and it’s safer today than ever before. The data do not justify the kinds of armor, weapons, insecurity, and paranoia being displayed by police across the country. Short of an outbreak of land-mine-related crimes in America’s heartland, there’s no reason to deploy mine-resistant vehicles and .50 caliber machine guns to rural sheriffs departments.

Instead of hiding behind gas masks, how about putting cops back on the beat and talking to the community? Instead of M16s and grenade launchers, how about dashboard and body cameras, which have been shown to reduce excessive force and improve officer safety? I bet Mike Brown’s family wishes St. Louis County had considered that, rather than being dazzled by shiny new toys from the Pentagon.

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EVERYONE IS GOING TO JAIL!

[Editor's Note: The following post is by TDV Editor-in-Chief, Jeff Berwick]

As we watch the military-style police roll out in Missouri this week I have some bad news – we are all at risk for being kidnapped and thrown in a cage. We know we usually harp on how bad it is getting in the US, but all over the western world people are being thrown in jail for what would be laughable reasons if this were not real life.

Let’s be straightforward –  the US incarcerates staggering numbers of individuals.

And the trend shows this is only going to get worse:

Even companies are at risk, like FedEx. The Justice Department filed charges against FedEx Corp accusing it of conspiracy to launder money in connection with its prescription-drug case against the package-delivery concern. Basically, FedEx is in trouble for not acting as an arm of law enforcement. So, by extension, if any of us don’t act as agents of the state, we could be going to jail. If FedEx can, anyone can!

Want to get an idea of just how out of hand it is getting? Here are some straightforward examples.

1. Woman jailed for not returning 2005 video rental

A South Carolina woman, Kayla Michelle Finley, spent a night in jail this year for failing to return a VHS tape she rented in 2005 of a Jennifer Lopez movie.

“I’m no criminal, but Pickens County Sheriff’s office sure made me feel like I was,” she wrote. “Some of you need to quit (judging) like you are. This is a bogus charge and everyone knows it.”

Luckily she had rewound the tape…

2. Woman Serves Overnight For Overdue Library Books

When New Mexico resident Lori Teel checked out a Twilight book and DVD from her local library in 2010, she forgot about them for two years. $36 in fines were placed on her tab, but that wasn’t all. In true fashion for the Land of the Free, she was handcuffed and booked into jail in front of her five kids who ranged in the age from 1 to 10.

The children are probably all currently seeing psychiatrists. Over a library book.

3. Man Serves 30 Days For Collecting Rainwater

Apparently the US government is God and owns the rainwater or else collecting it on your own property wouldn’t be considered stealing. And you wouldn’t go to jail for this ancient practice. But, alas, Gary Harrington was sentenced to 30 days for doing just that. Gary had tried to apply for permits but he was repeatedly denied because he is a slave and not a creature of the state (which is what “corporations” are anyway.)

4. Woman Serves Two Days For Not Deleting Facebook Account

Paula Asher made a Facebook status update: “My dumb ass got a DUI and I hit a car … LOL!”

The judge caught wind of her public self-shaming he ordered Paula delete her Facebook account. When she did not? The judge ordered she serve two days behind bars…

So by posting stupid comments on Facebook (in the eyes of a man who wears a black dress and throws people in cages) you might be thrown in jail. Sooo…That definitely includes me. How about you?

5. 18-Month Sentence For Soldier Having A Gun

Ok, so this one did not take place in the US but it certainly doesn’t hurt my point…

Danny Nightingale, a respected and decorated soldier in the SAS, an elite branch of the British Air Force, received a Glock 9MM pistol in Afghanistan by the Iraqi government, as a “trophy” for assisting in the training of Iraqi soldiers.

In 2012 Nightingale was sentenced to 18 months in a military prison for possessing the gun since soldiers cannot have guns in their homes under British Law. He served three weeks.

6. Four Months Served On Baseless Suspicion Of Being An Illegal Immigrant

In Arizona “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act” is a license to throw you in jail. This is so well-known that the act is referred to colloquially as the “Show Me Your Papers” act. When Briseira Torres didn’t have them handy when asked she went on to served four months on suspicion of being an undocumented immigrant.

She had a birth certificates and the charges were dropped “without prejudice.”

7. Six Italian Scientists Serve Six Years For Failing To Predict An Earthquake

Six Italian scientists were sentenced to six years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. They failed to accurately predict the location and scale of the L’Aquila earthquake.

Lucky for Italians, their government REALLY cares about keeping them safe. Too bad, if you’re in Italy, you’re considered a money launderer.

8. Send Kids To Wrong School District Serve Ten Days

When Ohio mother Kelley Williams-Bolar sent her kids to the wrong school district, she was committing a massive crime. Who was she to think she had control over who brainwashed her children? By this point in the article surely you see what governments do with such uppity people…

She wanted her kids to go to Copley, a nice school. What’s more, half the time she lived within Copley’s boundaries. But for this fib she was thrown into jail for ten days after a lengthy trial.

The judge “felt that some punishment or deterrent was needed for other individuals who might think to defraud the various school districts.”

9. Student Serves 56 Days For Tweeting Too Stupidly

21-year-old Liam Stacey tweeted some crude stuff after a footballer at his school suffered a heart attack during a game. Liam made fun of him on Twitter. Twitter banned him; University suspended him; and the state sent him to jail for 56 days.

He was jailed for “inciting racial hatred.” His Tweet?

“Haha, that black guy had a heart attack.”

10. Mathew McConaughey Drum Circle Goes Awry

Not even celebrities are immune.

In 1999, Matthew McConaughey’s neighbor called the cops on him to report loud music booming from the famous actor’s home. According to The Smoking Gun, when the police arrived, they found McConaughey naked, stoned, and playing his bongo drums. The actor was arrested on charges of marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia.

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[Editor's Note: Why get locked up for no reason? In the TDV Newsletter we go over the numerous ways to safeguard yourself against the police state.]

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Why Were The Police In Ferguson Told Not To Stop The Rampant Looting On Friday Night?

As I have written about previously, I believe that what is going on in Ferguson is a perfect example of how rapidly the streets of America can descend into chaos…And I also believe that what we are watching is just a preview of what is coming to America in the years ahead…Watch what is happening very carefully, because there is a lesson in all of this…When chaos reigns, the police are not going to be there to rescue you.

Not only will they not be there to rescue you, they will be the enemy. — jtl, 419

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Ferguson Looting - Posted by Michael Calhoun On TwitterOn Friday night, the city of Ferguson, Missouri was absolutely packed with militarized police.  But when the looting started, they did nothing about it.  In fact, news reports indicate that the police were lined up just blocks from where the looting was happening but did not make any attempt to stop it.  When I first read the news reports that I am about to share with you, I could hardly believe them.  I had to read them more than once just to be sure that I was understanding what I was reading.  According to eyewitnesses, police vehicles were seen driving by some of the stores while they were being looted and they did not respond.  If the police are not even going to lift a finger to stop rampant theft, then what in the world are they there for?  Why don’t they just pack up and leave the streets completely?  If they are just there to confront protesters and arrest journalists, all they are accomplishing is inflaming the situation.  And is this what we can expect when civil unrest spreads to more cities throughout America?  Will we not be able to depend on the police to protect our homes and our businesses?

What I am about to share with you are excerpts from mainstream news reports about how the police did nothing to stop the looting.  To me, this stand down by the police is one of the most disturbing aspects of the Ferguson riots so far.

This first excerpt is from USA Today

During the night, buildings burned, windows shattered, and chaos ensued as protesters stood in the street criticizing police. Officers threatened to arrest protesters who came near their trucks. Yet authorities did not attempt to stop any looting as citizens moved to protect local businesses from sporadic thefts.

This next excerpt is from the local Fox affiliate in St. Louis

Police presence is in question after St. Louis County and Missouri State Highway Patrol officers left the scene in Ferguson once looters began attacking businesses overnight.

Protesters believe the media has started to confuse the difference between themselves and the looters. Fights have begun on the streets as well as social media with some believing this has become similar to a game of chess.

And this last excerpt is from Fox News

A reporter from the station tweeted that police cars were seen driving past some of the stores being looted and did not respond. It rained in Ferguson Friday night and protesters could be seen outside until 6 a.m.

Two store owners, standing outside their business holding guns, told Fox2Now.com that when they called 911, they were sent from one police agency to another, and got no response.

One of the owners, with a large black gun resting on his shoulder, told the station that police were lined up blocks from the looting, and did not engage looters making off with large boxes from these stores.

There’s no police,” he said. “We trusted the police to keep it peaceful; they didn’t do their job.”

Why did the police in Ferguson refuse to do their jobs?

Who told them to stand down?

Someone in the mainstream media needs to start asking some of these hard questions.

As the streets of Ferguson have descended into anarchy, business owners have been forced to take matters into their own hands.

The following are two photos of a Wal-Mart in Ferguson that were posted by the Economic Policy Journal.  In this first photo, you can see that Wal-Mart employees have stacked rows of shopping carts across the front entrance in order to keep looters from getting in…

Wal-Mart in Ferguson 1 - Photo from Alex Wroblewski on Twitter

This next photo shows that dozens of cases of bottled water have been stacked just inside the front entrance in an attempt to deter looters…

Wal-Mart in Ferguson 2 - Photo from Alex Wroblewski on Twitter

Other business owners are taking even stronger measures to protect their property.

Every night now, business owners can be seen all around Ferguson standing out in front of their businesses holding guns.  You can see some examples of this in this article.

And unsurprisingly, gun sales are going through the roof in Ferguson at the moment…

Guns and ammo are selling at a feverish pace in and around St. Louis as violent clashes continue between protesters and police in nearby Ferguson, Missouri.

People are coming in with fear in their eyes and they’re saying they need something to protect their house,” said Steven King, owner of Metro Shooting Supplies, a gun shop in the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton. “They’re scared to death.”

As I have written about previously, I believe that what is going on in Ferguson is a perfect example of how rapidly the streets of America can descend into chaos.

And I also believe that what we are watching is just a preview of what is coming to America in the years ahead.

Watch what is happening very carefully, because there is a lesson in all of this.

When chaos reigns, the police are not going to be there to rescue you.

In a crisis situation, you and your family are not going to be a priority for the authorities.  So you are going to need to come up with your own plan to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones.

If you think that I am being overly dramatic, you must not have been paying attention to what has been going on in America in recent years.

Today, our society is becoming increasingly divided.  A whole host of opinion polls and surveys show that anger and frustration in this country have reached all-time highs.  The civil unrest in Ferguson didn’t just come out of a vacuum.  The truth is that pressure has been building under the surface in the U.S. for years.  And it isn’t going to take much for more Fergusons to erupt all around the nation.

So what do you think?

Why were the police in Ferguson told not to stop the rampant looting on Friday night?

And what do you think is coming next for America?

Please share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

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