This blog will be about whatever suits my fancy. Chances are, it will concentrate on media misrepresentations of the American "Black community", Black politics, politics in general, and whatever else I want to mentally masturbate about.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has claimed that agents do not need warrants to read people's emails, text messages and other private electronic communications, according to internal agency documents.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request, released the information on Wednesday.
In a 2009 handbook, the IRS said the Fourth Amendment does not protect emails because Internet users "do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications." A 2010 presentation by the IRS Office of General Counsel reiterated the policy.
What part of unreasonable search and seizure do they not understand? Suppose the people send encrypted email, as I have done, to their tax preparer?
HARLEM — The NYPD has created a "wanted" poster for a Harlem couple who film cops conducting stop-and-frisks and post the videos on YouTube — branding them "professional agitators" who portray cops in a bad light and listing their home address, DNAinfo.com New York has learned.
The flyer featured side-by-side mugshots of Matthew Swaye, 35, and his partner Christina Gonzalez, 25, and warned officers to be on guard against them. It was spotted by multiple people, including the couple, when it was taped to a podium outside a public hearing room in the 30th Precinct house last Thursday, where residents met for precinct council meeting.
"Be aware that above subjects are known professional agitators," read the flyer, which bears the NYPD shield and a seal of the NYPD's Intelligence Division. It also gave the home address of the couple.
"Above subjects MO is that they video tape officers performing routine stops and post on YouTube," the sign said. "Subjects purpose is to portray officers in a negative way and too deter officers from conducting there [sic] responsibilities."
The flyer also listed the name and cellphone number of a Sgt. Nicholson in the 30th Precinct, and implored cops to "not feed into above subjects propaganda."
Nicholson did not respond to a request for comment. The NYPD also did not respond to repeated requests.
If Brown Shirt is too strong of a term to use, what would YOU call it?
A House-Senate conference report this week called on the Administration to accelerate the use of civilian unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or “drones,” in U.S. airspace.
The pending authorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration directs the Secretary of Transporation to develop within nine months “a comprehensive plan to safely accelerate the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system.”
“The plan… shall provide for the safe integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system as soon as practicable, but not later than September 30, 2015.”
People are complaining about the Obama administration destroying the United States, meanwhile, congress is quietly stomping all over the Constitution and few people who are going after the Obama administration, say anything about this mess.
If the military or the border patrol flies a drone over the U.S. border for the purpose of border enforcement, I think that is the proper use of a drone. I have SERIOUS reservations at the loss of civil liberties when local law enforcement agencies use drones for the purpose of fighting crime.
But I have to ask, what is the difference between the use of a drone vs. the use of a helicopter?
Two stories, actually, three but the third is a different post, have me DEEPLY troubled.
The first, not because of order of importance, is this story about an over weight boy being removed from his home and placed in foster care for the "safety" of the kid. http://bit.ly/vrTck9
Authorities in Ohio, last week, determined that an overweight (unnamed) 8-year-old boy was too fat, so they took him away from his parents in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Officials told the parents that they were not controlling his weight well enough.
The boy was reportedly over 200 pounds, well into the severely obese category, according to Cleveland Plain Dealer. That extra weight puts people at risk for diabetes, hypertension and other weight-related disorders, doctors say.
The state’s Department of Children and Family Services insisted that the third grader was being neglected, and that his mother was not following doctors’ orders to control his weight.
The family’s lawyer disagrees, claiming that the state is overstepped its role in taking the boy, and that his health risk factors do not pose an imminent threat.
For an 8 year old boy, 200 pounds is in a dangerous zone. And from what I hear on the radio, now, the government worked with the mother for a year to do something about the boy's weight. My general concern is, what is considered to be "too fat" and, given how government starts at something "reasonable" and then quickly goes into the unreasonable area, doesn't this set a dangerous precedent?
Suppose a child doesn't have access to the Internet at home? Will the government then take kids from their parents because someone deems the Internet to be "essential" to "healthy living"?
The second is something that is at least as frightening. Senate bill, S. 1253, the National Defense Authorization Act, drafted by Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and John McCain, R-Ariz., that would allow the arrest, detainment, and lack of a trial, for a U.S. citizen, on U.S. soil, if they are suspected of having "a relationship" with a terrorist organization.
A U.S. citizen, being stripped of trial rights? And, as equally important, the military being given authority to perform military actions on U.S. soil without emergency action by Congress and the President?
Mr. Nutter, a strong ally of President Obama and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, took to the pulpit of his Baptist church Sunday to deliver a 30-minute sermon about black families taking responsibility for the behavior.
“The Immaculate Conception of our Lord Jesus Christ took place a long time ago, and it didn’t happen here in Philadelphia,” Mr. Nutter said. “So every one of these kids has two parents who were around and participating at the time. They need to be around now.”
The mayor told parents, “If you’re just hanging out out there, maybe you’re sending them a check or bringing some cash by. That’s not being a father. You’re just a human ATM. … And if you’re not providing the guidance and you’re not sending any money, you’re just a sperm donor.”
At City Hall on Monday, the mayor said gangs will be confronted.
“If you want to be aggressive, we’re going to be aggressive,” Mr. Nutter said, before sending a warning.
“Let me just share this with you. We’ve got the biggest, baddest gang in town - a committed group of citizens and a committed government - and we’re working together and we’re not going to have this nonsense anymore.”
In the latest controversy surrounding Transportation Security Administration policies over intrusive body pat-downs, the agency sought to defend its actions in the case of a 95-year-old cancer patient who was forced to remove her adult diaper during a search.
Jean Weber of Destin, Fla., said she was escorting her mother, who suffers from leukemia, to Michigan on June 18 to live with family members before moving into an assisted living facility, according to published reports.
Weber told CNN that a TSA officer at Northwest Florida Regional Airport near Pensacola, Fla., felt something "suspicious" on her mother's leg during a patdown. Weber said her mother was taken to a private room. The officer then told Weber that her mother's Depend undergarment was wet and was getting in the way of a complete search. The officer asked for it to be removed, which Weber did in a restroom.
"It's something I couldn't imagine happening on American soil," Weber told the Panama City News-Herald Friday. "Here is my mother, 95 years old, 105 pounds, barely able to stand, and then this."
I swear these folks, who have questionable IQ, do it for sick kicks. Seriously, are the people hired forced to undergo psychological evaluations? HOw many have control issues or are socio-paths?
WASHINGTON—The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force.
For nearly a year, a middle-aged woman from suburban Philadelphia used her computer to fashion a new, frightening identity, federal court documents say.
The stream of Internet messages in which she sought assistance to wage violent jihad in Asia and Europe literally transformed her, the documents allege, from 46-year-old Colleen LaRose to "Jihad Jane."
By March 2009, federal prosecutors say she was communicating with at least three unidentified co-conspirators, including one who directed LaRose to "go to Sweden… and kill" a Swedish citizen, identified by two federal law enforcement officials as cartoonist Lars Vilks.
I don't agree with all of Obama's policies, including his global policy approach. But saying that, I, and I think all Americans should, give Obama credit for recent high profile anti-terrorism victories.
So, can we give the President a little love for that?
Personal friends of employees at Google, Adobe and other companies were targeted by hackers in a string of recently disclosed cyberattacks, raising privacy concerns and pointing to a highly sophisticated operation, security experts said.
Cybersecurity experts analysing the attacks said the hackers spied on individuals and used other sophisticated techniques, making them extremely difficult to stop. The disclosures come amid renewed alarm over cybersecurity after Google said it had been the target of a series of cyberattacks from China.
Computer hackers this week said they had cracked and published the
secret code that protects 80 per cent of the world’s mobile phones. The
move will leave more than 3bn people vulnerable to having their calls
intercepted, and could force mobile phone operators into a costly
upgrade of their networks.
Karsten Nohl, a German encryption expert, said he had organised the
hack to demonstrate the weaknesses of the security measures protecting
the global system for mobile communication (GSM) and to push mobile
operators to improve their systems.
“This shows that existing GSM security is inadequate,” Mr Nohl told an audience of about 600 people at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin, a four-day conference of computer hackers.
On orders from President Barack Obama, the U.S. military launched cruise missiles early Thursday against two suspected al-Qaeda sites in Yemen, administration officials told ABC News in a report broadcast on ABC World News with Charles Gibson.
One of the targeted sites was a suspected al Qaeda training camp north
of the capitol, Sanaa, and the second target was a location where
officials said "an imminent attack against a U.S. asset was being
The Yemen attacks by the U.S. military represent a major escalation of the Obama administration's campaign against al Qaeda.
He struck a country that is a safe haven to terrorists and their planning activities. Shouldn't that be praised?
But right now, his status is an enemy combatant, which is not a legal definition. It seems to me to be a loop hole created by the Bush administration because congress, which it has been doing for decades, has abdicated it's Constitutional authority.*
If a war cannot be fought against an entity other than a government, then congress should have added terrorist groups to the definition and then declared war against terrorist groups. Or, congress should have created another definition for the military action and the "legalize" that is involved. One glaring definition would define if "enemy combatants" are to be tried in military court, U.S. federal court, or something else.
But, I'm not a lawyer so what do I know?
* I'm one of those people who thinks congress sometimes writes laws poorly, with intent, so that people will challenge some laws and leave it up to the courts to figure out.
I seem to remember when some Black men in Philadelphia wanted other Black men to form neighborhood patrols to help cut down criminal behavior in the neighborhoods, that some people said it was a bad idea because that was the job of the police.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Residents of Ohio's capital city are complaining
that police officers are telling them to move out if they're fed up
with neighborhood crime.
At least two Columbus city council members have heard the complaint.
An aide to Councilwoman Charleta Tavares says she has received more
than 20 calls. Councilman Andrew Ginther says if police are making the
comments, they're neither acceptable nor appropriate, though he says he
believes most officers want to be helpful.
What was that they were saying again? It appears, to me, that the police are now saying they are collecting a pay check.
I'm not entirely comfortable with how Obama is handling world affairs although I realize there are only two real choices on Iran: talk smack and sanctions, which do nothing, or military action, with an already strained military.
I don't like that he seems to be hesitating on Afghanistan, just go in full bore and see what happens, call it Surge II.
But I think the domestic terrorism case coming to light is being handled well, so far.
There was A LOT of commentary put out about Muslims, who are Black, in the United States. This included comments about Black churches having "failed" because there are Blacks who have embraced Islam, Black Muslims being racist and hating America, etc.
People are supporting the Black police officers who are supporting Sgt. Crowley. I really don't have a problem with that though I note the inconsistancies in reports and sense "The Blue Wall" is in action. What I wonder those is this.
A controversial suit brought by a U.S.
Army reservist has been joined by a retired Army two-star general and
an active reserve Air Force lieutenant colonel.
Frederick Cook filed the suit July 8 in federal court here asking for
conscientious objector status and a preliminary injunction based upon
his belief that President Barack Obama is not a natural-born citizen of
the United States and is therefore ineligible to serve as president of
the United States and commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces.
before the issue got to court, Cook’s orders to deploy to Afghanistan
were revoked. Lt. Col. Maria Quon, a public affairs officer with the
U.S. Army Human Resources Command-St. Louis, said Tuesday that Cook was
no longer expected to report Wednesday to MacDill Air Force Base in
Florida for mobilization to active duty. Cook, who claims he is now the
victim of retaliation due to his suit, received his mobilization orders
to report for active duty at MacDill on Wednesday. From there, he was
to go to Fort Benning on Saturday for deployment to Afghanistan.