Murrieta Mutiny: Border Patrol “Will Not Obey Unlawful Orders” From Homeland Security And White House

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This article was written by Mac Slavo and originally published at SHTFplan.com

Also posted at oathkeeper.org

As the Department of Homeland Security and The Department of Health and Human Services scrambled to find food, medical care and shelter for up to 60,000 illegal immigrants making their way into the United States over the last several months, they came up with the idea of shipping thousands of undocumented migrants to detention centers in Murrieta, California.

Americans showed up in droves to protest the proposed drop-offs. So much so that the gatherings made national news. Swarms of Americans, many of whom hailed from foreign countries themselves, stood in the middle of the road blocking scores of buses as they attempted to reach their destinations at makeshift refugee camps set up by DHS and HHS.

Given the recent history of such brazen actions by American citizens exercising their First Amendment rights, it was believed that the federal government would step in and begin detaining protesters in free speech zones or temporary holding facilities so that the buses could get through.

But that never happened.

Now, a highly credible insider speaking with GMN in a recorded interview has shed some light on what happened, and according to him things could have gone a whole different direction.

According to the whistleblower, who has thus far remained anonymous for fear of reprisal, the Department of Homeland Security on orders from the White House was preparing to disperse the protesters with physical force if necessary. Federal riot police were being mobilized, complete with riot gear, body armor and armored personnel carriers.

When local law enforcement and border patrol agents, many of whom live in Murrieta, got wind of the plot they reportedly pushed back against the Federal government and themselves protested behind closed doors.

In an exclusive expose regarding the immigration standoff in Murrieta, California, it was revealed by a confidential informant inside the Murrieta U.S. Border Patrol facility that the real reason busses stopped delivering illegal immigrants was due to a virtual mutiny within the U.S. Border Patrol ranks.

A recorded telephone interview with a highly credible and prominent Murrieta community leader on Sunday July 14, 2014 when it was revealed that frontline U.S. Border Patrol agents threatened to stand down if the Department of Homeland Security executed a plan to use force upon protestors [sic] if they impeded buses transporting undocumented immigrants into the Murrieta processing facility.

“Most of the Border Patrol agents here at this facility are residents of Murrieta, and when they found out that the DHS was going to come in with riot gear, the agents declared that they would not obey any unlawful orders which violate the Constitutional rights of peaceful protestors.” said the informant.

“Our contact inside the U.S. Border Patrol told us that we do not even realize how impactful the protest was….it was a shot heard around the world….all the way back to Guatemala; Mexico, and not just the U.S. Government….the influx of immigrants coming over the border has decreased from 1500 per day down to 800 per day…cut almost in half as a direct result of what we’ve done.”

The front line U.S. Border Patrol agents are essentially refusing to perform any unconstitutional act upon the protesters, and they let their intentions be known to their superiors.  As a result, the Department of Homeland Security could not proceed with delivery of another busload of illegal immigrants to Murrieta due to the lack of support by Murrieta Police Officers, as well as Border Patrol Agents who are stedfast in upholding their oath to defend and support the Constitution of the United States.

GMN via SGT Report

The reports have yet to be verified because numerous reports indicate that anyone who discusses what’s happening inside of detention facilities or with the immigration process is being threatened with arrest.

However, the federal government backed down surprisingly fast when protesters started blocking roadways, which adds credence to this report because without local law enforcement or border patrol support, it would have been a difficult undertaking for the White House.

In recent years the government has been working to hybridize local policing agencies and personnel by placing their command and control infrastructure under the directive of federal agencies like Department of Homeland Security. If this report is accurate, and all signs indicate that it is, then we have just witnessed how easy it is to take the bite out of federal authorities attempting to overstep their Constitutional bounds.

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“Cluster Of Central Banks” Have Secretly Invested $29 Trillion In The Market

This article was originally published at Zero Hedge

Also posted at oathkeepers.org

Another conspiracy “theory” becomes conspiracy “fact” as The FT reports a cluster of central banking investors has become major players on world equity markets.” The report, to be published this week by the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), confirms $29.1tn in market investments, held by 400 public sector institutions in 162 countries, which “could potentially contribute to overheated asset prices.” China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange has become “the world’s largest public sector holder of equities”, according to officials, and we suspect the Fed is close behind (courtesy of more levered positions at Citadel), as the world’s banks try to diversify themselves and “counters the monopoly power of the dollar.” Which leaves us wondering where are the central bank 13Fs?

While most have assumed that this is likely, the recent exuberance in stocks has largely been laid at the foot of another irrational un-economic actor – the corporate buyback machine. However, as The FT reports, what we have speculated as fact for many years now (given the death cross of irrationality, plunging volumes, lack of engagement, and of course dwindling credibility of central planners)… is now fact…

Central banks around the world, including China’s, have shifted decisively into investing in equities as low interest rates have hit their revenues, according to a global study of 400 public sector institutions.

“A cluster of central banking investors has become major players on world equity markets,” says a report to be published this week by the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (Omfif), a central bank research and advisory group. The trend “could potentially contribute to overheated asset prices”, it warns.

The report, seen by the Financial Times, identifies $29.1tn in market investments, including gold, held by 400 public sector institutions in 162 countries.

China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange has become “the world’s largest public sector holder of equities”, as the report argues is “partly strategic” because it “counters the monopoly power of the dollar” and reflects Beijing’s global financial ambitions.

In Europe, the Swiss and Danish central banks are among those investing in equities. The Swiss National Bank has an equity quota of about 15 per cent. Omfif quotes Thomas Jordan, SNB’s chairman, as saying: “We are now invested in large, mid- and small-cap stocks in developed markets worldwide.” The Danish central bank’s equity portfolio was worth about $500m at the end of last year.
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So there it is… conspiracy fact – Central Banks around the world are buying stocks in increasing size.

To summarize, the global equity market is now one massive Ponzi scheme in which the dumb money are central banks themselves, the same banks who inject the liquidity to begin with.

That would explain this.

That said, good luck with “exiting” the unconventional monetary policy. You’ll need it.

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Has The Dept. Of Homeland Security Become America’s Standing Army?

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This article was written by John Whitehead and originally published at The Rutherford Institute

Also posted at oathkeepers.org

“A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison

“Here [in New Mexico], we are moving more toward a national police force. Homeland Security is involved with a lot of little things around town. Somebody in Washington needs to call a timeout.”—Dan Klein, retired Albuquerque Police Department sergeant

If the United States is a police state, then the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is its national police force, with all the brutality, ineptitude and corruption such a role implies. In fact, although the DHS’ governmental bureaucracy may at times appear to be inept and bungling, it is ruthlessly efficient when it comes to building what the Founders feared most—a standing army on American soil.

The third largest federal agency behind the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, the DHS—with its 240,000 full-time workers, $61 billion budget and sub-agencies that include the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—has been aptly dubbed a “runaway train.”

In the 12 years since it was established to “prevent terrorist attacks within the United States,” the DHS has grown from a post-9/11 knee-jerk reaction to a leviathan with tentacles in every aspect of American life. With good reason, a bipartisan bill to provide greater oversight and accountability into the DHS’ purchasing process has been making its way through Congress.

A better plan would be to abolish the DHS altogether. In making the case for shutting down the de facto national police agency, analyst Charles Kenny offers the following six reasons: one, the agency lacks leadership; two, terrorism is far less of a threat than it is made out to be; three, the FBI has actually stopped more alleged terrorist attacks than DHS; four, the agency wastes exorbitant amounts of money with little to show for it; five, “An overweight DHS gets a free pass to infringe civil liberties without a shred of economic justification”; and six, the agency is just plain bloated.

To Kenny’s list, I will add the following: The menace of a national police force, a.k.a. a standing army, vested with so much power cannot be overstated, nor can its danger be ignored. Indeed, as the following list shows, just about every nefarious deed, tactic or thuggish policy advanced by the government today can be traced back to the DHS, its police state mindset, and the billions of dollars it distributes to police agencies in the form of grants.

Militarizing police and SWAT teams. The DHS routinely hands out six-figure grants to enable local municipalities to purchase military-style vehicles, as well as a veritable war chest of weaponry, ranging from tactical vests, bomb-disarming robots, assault weapons and combat uniforms. This rise in military equipment purchases funded by the DHS has, according to analysts Andrew Becker and G.W. Schulz, “paralleled an apparent increase in local SWAT teams.” The end result? An explosive growth in the use of SWAT teams for otherwise routine police matters, an increased tendency on the part of police to shoot first and ask questions later, and an overall mindset within police forces that they are at war—and the citizenry are the enemy combatants.

Spying on activists, dissidents and veterans. In 2009, DHS released three infamous reports on Rightwing and Leftwing “Extremism,” and another entitled Operation Vigilant Eagle, outlining a surveillance program targeting veterans. The reports collectively and broadly define extremists as individuals and groups “that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.” In 2013, it was revealed that DHS, the FBI, state and local law enforcement agencies, and the private sector were working together to conduct nationwide surveillance on protesters’ First Amendment activities.

Stockpiling ammunition. DHS, along with other government agencies, has been stockpiling an alarming amount of ammunition in recent years, which only adds to the discomfort of those already leery of the government. As of 2013, DHS had 260 million rounds of ammo in stock, which averages out to between 1,300 to 1,600 rounds per officer. The US Army, in contrast, has roughly 350 rounds per soldier. DHS has since requisitioned more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammo, “enough,” concludes Forbes magazine, “to sustain a hot war for 20+ years.”

Distributing license plate readers. DHS has already distributed more than $50 million in grants to enable local police agencies to acquire license plate readers, which rely on mobile cameras to photograph and identify cars, match them against a national database, and track their movements. Relying on private contractors to maintain a license plate database allows the DHS and its affiliates to access millions of records without much in the way of oversight.

Contracting to build detention camps. In 2006, DHS awarded a $385 million contract to a Halliburton subsidiary to build detention centers on American soil. Although the government and Halliburton were not forthcoming about where or when these domestic detention centers would be built, they rationalized the need for them in case of “an emergency influx of immigrants, or to support the rapid development of new programs” in the event of other emergencies such as “natural disasters.” Viewed in conjunction with the NDAA provision allowing the military to arrest and indefinitely detain anyone, including American citizens, it would seem the building blocks are already in place for such an eventuality.

Tracking cell-phones with Stingray devices. Distributed to local police agencies as a result of grants from the DHS, these Stingray devices enable police to track individuals’ cell phones—and their owners—without a court warrant or court order. The amount of information conveyed by these devices about one’s activities, whereabouts and interactions is considerable. As one attorney explained: “Because we carry our cellphones with us virtually everywhere we go, stingrays can paint a precise picture of where we are and who we spend time with, including our location in a lover’s house, in a psychologist’s office or at a political protest.”

Carrying out military drills and lockdowns in American cities. Each year, DHS funds military-style training drills in cities across the country. These Urban Shield exercises, elaborately staged with their own set of professionally trained Crisis Actors playing the parts of shooters, bystanders and victims, fool law enforcement officials, students, teachers, bystanders and the media into thinking it’s a real crisis.

Using the TSA as an advance guard. The TSA now searches a variety of government and private databases, including things like car registrations and employment information, in order to track travelers’ before they ever get near an airport. Other information collected includes “tax identification number, past travel itineraries, property records, physical characteristics, and law enforcement or intelligence information.”

Conducting virtual strip searches with full-body scanners. Under the direction of the TSA, 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. In response to public outrage over what amounted to a virtual strip search, the TSA has begun replacing the scanners with equally costly yet less detailed models. The old scanners will be used by prisons for now.

Carrying out soft target checkpoints. VIPR task forces, comprised of federal air marshals, surface transportation security inspectors, transportation security officers, behavior detection officers and explosive detection canine teams have laid the groundwork for the government’s effort to secure so-called “soft” targets such as malls, stadiums, bridges, etc. Some security experts predict that checkpoints and screening stations will eventually be established at all soft targets, such as department stores, restaurants, and schools. DHS’ Operation Shield, a program which seeks to check up on security protocols around the country with unannounced visits, conducted a surprise security exercise at the Social Security Administration building in Leesburg, Fla., when they subjected people who went to pick up their checks to random ID checks by federal agents armed with semi-automatic weapons.

Directing government workers to spy on Americans. Terrorism Liaison Officers are firefighters, police officers, and even corporate employees who have received training to spy on and report back to government entities on the day-to-day activities of their fellow citizens. These individuals are authorized to report “suspicious activity” which can include such innocuous activities as taking pictures with no apparent aesthetic value, making measurements and drawings, taking notes, conversing in code, espousing radical beliefs, and buying items in bulk.

Conducting widespread spying networks using fusion centers. Data collecting agencies spread throughout the country, aided by the National Security Agency, fusions centers—of which there are at least 78 scattered around the U.S.— constantly monitor our communications, collecting and cataloguing everything from our internet activity and web searches to text messages, phone calls and emails. This data is then fed to government agencies, which are now interconnected: the CIA to the FBI, the FBI to local police. Despite a budget estimated to be somewhere between $289 million and $1.4 billion, these fusion centers have proven to be exercises in incompetence, often producing irrelevant, useless or inappropriate intelligence, while spending millions of dollars on “flat-screen televisions, sport utility vehicles, hidden cameras and other gadgets.”

Carrying out Constitution-free border control searches. On orders from the DHS, the government’s efforts along the border have become little more than an exercise in police state power, ranging from aggressive checkpoints to the widespread use of drone technology, often used against American citizens traveling within the country. Border patrol operations occur within 100 miles of an international crossing, putting some 200 million Americans within the bounds of aggressive border patrol searches and seizures, as well as increasingly expansive drone surveillance. With 71 checkpoints found along the southwest border of the United States alone, suspicionless search and seizures on the border are rampant. Border patrol agents also search the personal electronic devices of people crossing the border without a warrant.

Funding city-wide surveillance cameras. As Charlie Savage reports for the Boston Globe, the DHS has funneled “millions of dollars to local governments nationwide for purchasing high-tech video camera networks, accelerating the rise of a ‘surveillance society’ in which the sense of freedom that stems from being anonymous in public will be lost.” These camera systems, installed on city streets, in parks and transit systems, operating in conjunction with sophisticated computer systems that boast intelligent video analytics, digital biometric identification, military-pedigree software for analyzing and predicting crime and facial recognition software, create a vast surveillance network that can target millions of innocent individuals.

Utilizing drones and other spybots. The DHS has been at the forefront of funding and deploying surveillance robots and drones for land, sea and air, including robots that resemble fish and tunnel-bots that can travel underground. Despite repeated concerns over the danger surveillance drones used domestically pose to Americans’ privacy rights, the DHS has continued to expand its fleet of Predator drones, which come equipped with video cameras, infrared cameras, heat sensors, and radar. DHS also loans its drones out to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies for a variety of tasks, although the agency refuses to divulge any details as to how, why and in what capacity these drones are being used by police. Incredibly, the DHS has also been handing out millions of dollars in grants to local police agencies to “accelerate the adoption” of drones in their localities.

It’s not difficult to see why the DHS has been described as a “wasteful, growing, fear-mongering beast.” If it is a beast, however, it is a beast that is accelerating our nation’s transformation into a police state through its establishment of a standing army, a.k.a. national police force.

This, too, is nothing new. Historically, as I show in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, the establishment of a national police force has served as a fundamental and final building block for every totalitarian regime that has ever wreaked havoc on humanity, from Hitler’s all-too-real Nazi Germany to George Orwell’s fictional Oceania. Whether fictional or historical, however, the calling cards of these national police agencies remain the same: brutality, inhumanity, corruption, intolerance, rigidity, and bureaucracy—in other words, evil.

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The War On America’s Military Veterans, Waged With SWAT Teams, Surveillance, And Neglect

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This post comes from westernjournalism.com

Also posted on oathkeepers.org

Opinion

America has done a deplorable job of caring for her veterans.

by John W. Whitehead

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”—John F. Kennedy

Just in time for Memorial Day, we’re once again being treated to a generous serving of praise and grandstanding by politicians and corporations eager to go on record as being supportive of our veterans. Patriotic platitudes aside, however, America has done a deplorable job of caring for her veterans. We erect monuments for those who die while serving in the military; yet for those who return home, there’s little honor to be found.

Despite the fact that the U.S. boasts more than 23 million veterans who have served in World War II through Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan, the plight of veterans today is deplorable, with large numbers of them impoverished; unemployed; traumatized mentally and physically; struggling with depression, thoughts of suicide, and marital stress; homeless (a third of all homeless Americans are veterans); subjected to sub-par treatment at clinics and hospitals; and left to molder while their paperwork piles up within Veterans Administration (VA) offices.

According to the National Veterans Foundation, the VA has had a backlog of as many as 1.2 million unprocessed claims in recent years, in addition to the fraud and mismanagement within the VA and its network of offices across the country–and secret lists containing thousands of names of veterans who were forced to wait months just to see a doctor.

While President Obama has now declared that he “will not stand” for the mistreatment of veterans under his watch, the time for words is long past. As Slate political correspondent John Dickerson observed, these inexcusable delays represent “a failure of one of the most basic transactions government is supposed to perform: keeping a promise to those who were asked to protect our very form of government.”

Then again, as I detail in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, the government has been breaking its promises to the American people for a long time now, starting with its most sacred covenant to uphold and defend the Constitution. Yet if the government won’t abide by its commitment to respect our constitutional rights to be free from government surveillance and censorship, if it completely tramples on our right to due process and fair hearings, and if it routinely denies us protection from roadside strip searches and militarized police, why should anyone expect the government to treat our nation’s veterans with respect and dignity?

Indeed, in recent years, military servicemen and women—many of whom are decorated—have found themselves increasingly targeted for surveillance and censorship, threatened with incarceration or involuntary commitment, labeled as extremists and/or mentally ill, and stripped of their Second Amendment rights, all for daring to voice their concerns about the alarming state of our union and the erosion of our freedoms.

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Barclays Fined For Manipulating Price Of Gold For A Decade; Sending “Bursts” Of Sell Orders

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If you haven’t yet realized that ALL financial markets are rigged, it is time you opened your eyes. – Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor of oathkeepers.org

This article comes from ZeroHedge.com

by Tyler Durden

It was almost inevitable: a week after we wrote “From Rothschild To Koch Industries: Meet The People Who “Fix” The Price Of Gold” and days after “Barclays’ Head Of Gold Trading, And Gold “Fixer”, Is Leaving The Bank“, earlier today the UK Financial Conduct Authority finally formalized what most in the “tin-foil” hat community had known for years, when it announced that it fined Barclays £26 million for manipulating “the setting of the price of gold in order to avoid paying out on a client order.” Furthermore, the FCA confirmed that those inexplicable gold raids which come as if out of nowhere, and slam gold with a vicious force so strong sometime they halt the entire market, had a very specific source: Barclays, whose trader Daniel James Plunkett, born 1976, “sent out a burst of orders aimed at moving the price of the yellow metal.”

This took place for a decade. As the FT reports:

The FCA said Barclays had failed to “adequately manage conflicts of interest between itself and its customers as well as systems and controls failings, in relation to the gold fixing” between 2004 and 2013.

Some further details on Plunkett’s preferred means of manipulating the gold price.

The FCA said Mr Plunkett had manipulated the market by placing, withdrawing and re-placing a large sell order for between 40,000 oz and 60,000 oz of gold bars.

He did this in an attempt to pull off a “mini puke”, which the FCA took to mean a sharp fall in the price of gold. As a result, the bank was not obliged to make a $3.9m payment to the customer under an option contract.

Which is precisely what we have shown many times here for example in “Vicious Gold Slamdown Breaks Gold Market For 20 Seconds“, when a sell order so aggressive comes in it not only takes out the entire bid stack with an intent not for “best execution” but solely to reprice the market lower. Recall from September:

“There was a time when, if selling a sizable amount of a security, one tried to get the best execution price and not alert the buyers comprising the bid stack that there is (substantial) volume for sale. Of course, there was and always has been a time when one tried to manipulate prices by slamming the bid until it was fully taken out, usually just before close of trading, an illegal practice known as “banging the close.” It appears that when it comes to gold, the former is long gone history, and the latter is perfectly legal. As the two charts below from Nanex demonstrate, overnight just before 3 am Eastern, a block of just 2000 GC gold futures contracts slammed the price of gold, on no news as usual, sending it lower by $10/oz. However, that is not new: such slamdowns happen every day in the gold market, and the CFTC constantly turns a blind eye. What was different about last night’s slam however, is that this time whoever was doing the forced, manipulation selling, just happened to also break the market. Indeed: following the hit, the entire gold market was NASDARKed for 20 seconds after a circuit breaker halted trading!
“To summarize: a humble block of 2000 gold futs (GC) taking out the bid stack, and slamming the price of gold, managed to halt the gold market: one of the largest “asset” markets in the world in terms of total notional, for 20 seconds.”

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U.S.D.A. Gears Up For War Against Farmers, Solicits Sub-Machine Guns And Body Armor

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This article comes from Intellihub.com.

Also posted at oathkeepers.org

After putting out solicitations for sub-machine guns and Level IIIA body armor, one must wonder what the U.S.D.A. is truly getting ready for.

By Shepard Ambellas

(INTELLIHUB) — After the recent armed standoff over cattle grazing rights, which took place at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada between common supporters of the U.S. Constitution and the Bureau of Land Management, the American public got a taste of what their beloved government is really willing to do and just how far they will actually go. Now some are questioning why the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has put out active solicitations for sub-machine guns capable of firing 2-round-bursts and Level IIIA body armor, fearing a war against farmers.

According to the May 7 solicitation on FedBizOps.gov:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, located in Washington, DC, pursuant to the authority of FAR Part 13, has a requirement for the commercial acquisition of submachine guns, .40 Cal. S&W, ambidextrous safety, semi-automatic or 2 shot burts trigger group, Tritium night sights for front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore grip) and scope (top rear), stock-collapsilbe or folding, magazine – 30 rd. capacity, sling, light weight, and oversized trigger guard for gloved operation.  NO SOLICITATION DOCUMENT EXISTS.  All responsible and/or interested sources may submit their company name, point of contact, and telephone.  If received timely, shall be considered by the agency for contact to determine weapon suitability.

Moreover on May 7, the U.S.D.A. put out a second solicitation requesting Level IIIA body armor in conduction with the sub-machine guns.

The solicitation posted on FedBizOps.gov reads:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, located in Washington, DC and Regional Offices, pursuant to the authority of FAR Part 13, has a requirement for the commerical acquisition of ballist vests, compliant with NIJ 0101.06 for Level IIIA Ballistic Resistance of body armor.  Body armor is gender specific, lightweight, trauma plate/pad (hard or soft), concealable carrier, tactical vest, undergarment (white), identification patches, accessories (6 pouches), body armor carry bag, and professional measurements.  NO SOLICITATION DOCUMENT EXISITS.  All responsible and/or interested sources may submit their company name, point of contact, and telephone number.  If received timely, shall be considered by the agency for contact.

Shockingly, the U.S.D.A. has been terrorizing farmers for years as the documentary film Farmageddon points out. A review of the film written by Gar Smith dated Sept. 25, 2011 reads:

The first-person stories related in Kristin Canty’s new documentary, Farmageddon, may sound like people recounting the post-trauma shock of a drug-raid but these “perps” are not pot-growers or drug-smugglers, they are family farmers and members of organic produce buying clubs.

“I was at the top of the stairs and I saw a man with a gun pointed up at me. All I could see was a black hat and a black jacket. I stood there thinking this was a serial killer.”

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10 Examples Of How “Big Brother” Is Steadily Creeping Into Our Daily Lives

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This article was written by Michael Snyder and originally published at End Of The American Dream

Also posted on oathkeepers.org

Virtually everything that you do is being watched.  Do you drive a car?  Do you watch television?  Do you use a cell phone?  As you do any of those things, information about you is being recorded and tracked.  We live at a time when personal privacy is dying.  And it is not just governments that are doing this.  In fact, sometimes private companies are the biggest offenders.  It turns out that gathering information about all of us is very, very profitable.  And both government entities and private companies are going to continue to push the envelope when it comes to high tech surveillance until people start objecting to what they are trying to do.  If we continue down the path that we are currently on, it is inevitable that we will end up living in an extremely restrictive “Big Brother” police state where basically everything that we do is very closely watched, monitored, tracked and controlled.  And such a day may be much closer than you think.  The following are 10 examples of how “Big Brother” is steadily creeping into our daily lives…

#1 Our cars are rapidly being transformed into high tech “Big Brother” surveillance devices.  In fact, a push is being made to require all new vehicles to include very sophisticated black box recorders

As if the government wasn’t already able to track our movements on the nation’s highways and byways by way of satellites, GPS devices, and real-time traffic cameras, government officials are now pushing to require that all new vehicles come installed with black box recorders and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, ostensibly to help prevent crashes.

Yet strip away the glib Orwellian doublespeak, and what you will find is that these black boxes and V2V transmitters, which will not only track a variety of data, including speed, direction, location, the number of miles traveled, and seat belt use, but will also transmit this data to other drivers, including the police, are little more than Trojan Horses, stealth attacks on our last shreds of privacy, sold to us as safety measures for the sake of the greater good, all the while poised to wreak havoc on our lives.

Black boxes and V2V transmitters are just the tip of the iceberg, though. The 2015 Corvette Stingray will be outfitted with a performance data recorder which “uses a camera mounted on the windshield and a global positioning receiver to record speed, gear selection and brake force,” but also provides a recording of the driver’s point of view as well as recording noises made inside the car. As journalist Jaclyn Trop reports for the New York Times, “Drivers can barely make a left turn, put on their seatbelts or push 80 miles an hour without their actions somehow, somewhere being tracked or recorded.” Indeed, as Jim Farley, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Ford Motor Company all but admitted, corporations and government officials already have a pretty good sense of where you are at all times: “We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you’re doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you’re doing.”

#2 A new Michigan law will ban thousands of preppers and small farmers from owning farm animals.  What are they going to do next?  Ban us from growing our own food?

#3 Have you ever collected anything?  If so, the FBI might swoop in and grab your collection someday even if you have not committed a crime.  If you think that this sounds crazy, you should consider what happened to a man named Don Miller recently

FBI agents Wednesday seized “thousands” of cultural artifacts, including American Indian items, from the private collection of a 91-year-old man who had acquired them over the past eight decades.

An FBI command vehicle and several tents were spotted at the property in rural Waldron, about 35 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

The FBI did not have any evidence that a crime had been committed prior to seizing the collection, and Mr. Miller has not been arrested or charged with any crime.  The FBI says that it is going to catalog the collection “to determine whether some of the items might be illegal to possess privately”…

The aim of the investigation is to determine what each artifact is, where it came from and how Miller obtained it, Jones said, to determine whether some of the items might be illegal to possess privately.

#4 A father of a 4-year-old girl has been told that he will no longer be allowed to send healthy homemade lunches with his daughter when she attends her pre-kindergarten program because they conflict with federal guidelines.

#5 Do you watch television?  Well, if you have a newer television there is a very good chance that your television is watching you as well

In November, the British tech blogger Doctorbeet discovered that his new LG Smart TV was snooping on him. Every time he changed the channel, his activity was logged and transmitted unencrypted to LG. Doctorbeet checked the TV’s option screen and found that the setting “collection of watching info” was turned on by default. Being a techie, he turned it off, but it didn’t matter. The information continued to flow to the company anyway.

#6 A plan that is being proposed in Fairfax County, Virginia would ban “frequent and large gatherings at neighborhood homes“.  This would include parties, scout gatherings and home Bible studies.

#7 At a public school in Florida, a 12-year-old boy has been banned from reading the Bible during “free reading time”…

A Florida schoolteacher humiliated a 12-year-old boy in front of an entire class after she caught him reading the Bible during free reading time.

The teacher at Park Lakes Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale ordered Giovanni Rubeo to pick up the telephone on her desk and call his parents.

As the other students watched, the teacher left a terse message on the family’s answering machine.

“I noticed that he has a book—a religious book—in the classroom,” she said on the recording. “He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom.”

#8 In the USSA, a young child cannot even build a tree fort with his friends without the threat of being confronted by the police state.  Just consider what happened to one little fifth-grade boy down in Georgia a few weeks ago

A fifth-grader says he was terrified when a police officer pointed a gun at him and his friends while they built a tree fort.

Omari Grant, 11, said he and his friends often play in a wooded area behind his home and were building a fort when a neighbor in the next subdivision called police to complain about what the boys were doing.

But no one anticipated what Omari and his mother say happened next.

“I guess the release of tension was like, ‘Mom, he had a gun in my face, Mommy. Mommy, he had a gun in my face,’” said Janice Baptiste, Omari’s mother.

The officer reportedly used very filthy language as he pointed his gun at the boys, and he forced them to get out of the tree and lay down on the ground

“I was thinking that I don’t want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said,” Omari said.

Omari said the officer holding his gun also used foul language and made him and his friends lay down on the ground.

“I learned that they’re supposed to help you not make you feel scared to even come outside,” Omari said.

#9 People like to joke about “the eye in the sky”, but it is no joke.  Technology that was originally developed for “blanket surveillance” during the Iraq war is now returning home

Persistent Surveillance Systems has developed a surveillance camera on steroids. When attached to small aircraft, the 192-megapixel cameras record the patterns of the planetary life they fly over for hours at a time. According to the Washington Post, this will give the police and other customers a “time machine” they can simply rewind when they need it. Placed strategically at the highest points of any town or city, these cameras could provide the sort of blanket surveillance that’s hard to avoid. The inventor of the camera, a retired Air Force officer, helped create a similar system for the city of Fallujah, the site of two of the most violent battles of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. It’s just one example of how wartime surveillance technologies are returning home for “civilian use.”

#10 Have you ever purchased storable food?  If so, you should know that it is now considered to be “suspicious activity” in some areas of the country.  Just check out what is happening in New York state

1-866 SAFE NYS is part of Safeguard New York, an NY State counterterrorism program that uses promotional material to encourage citizens to report people for engaging in “suspicious activity….which makes them stand out from others”.

An accompanying letter provided by the state trooper listed such “suspicious activity” as the purchase of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), flashlights, weather proof ammunition, night vision equipment, match containers, or gas masks.

For even more examples like this, please see my previous article entitled “19 Signs That America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Giant Surveillance Grid“.

Sadly, most Americans are totally oblivious to all of this.

Most Americans are so addicted to entertainment and to their electronic devices that they have no idea what is going on in the real world.

I came across the following video entitled “Look Up” on YouTube earlier today.  I think that it does a great job of showing what our obsession with our electronic devices is doing to us.  Watch it for yourself and see what you think…

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Three Percenters Founder Mike Vanderboegh Supports Oath Keepers At Bundy Ranch

This is to point our readers to Mike Vanderboegh’s website, known widely as “Sipsey Street Irregulars“. I will place just a bit of his article below to urge readers to go ahead and read what Mike has to say about the Oath Keepers and the Bundy Ranch situation.

Mike and I chanced to be at the Bundy Ranch at the same time, and we both spoke on that stage in the shade on the afternoon of April 19, 2014. Mike gave his “Badger” speech to mark the anniversary of his “Smuggle” speech back on April 19/20, 2013, at West Springfield, Massachusetts, and Hartford, Connecticut, respectively. As I did on April 19, 2014, in Lexington, Massachusetts with Mike present, I gave an Oath ceremony this recent April 19 2014 at the Bundy Ranch, while celebrating Oath Keepers’ fifth anniversary.

I mention that because I need to give some of the more concerned true Red White And Blue patriots who have fretted grandly and with fanfare of emphasis over the alleged rumor that in light of a possible drone strike at the Bundy Ranch over this past weekend (April 25-27, 2014) the Oath Keepers may have with cold-hearted intent abandoned their posts to save their own hides.  The righteous indignation with which so many ardent defenders of liberty have belched forth their heaped criticisms of Oath Keepers leadership for daring depart before a missile could be inserted up their collective wazzoo, has inspired me to dash to the assistance of every laboring soul who struggles now with the full effect and revelation of such rumor and its impact on the whole wide world. What I have for you is a new diversion, something to overshadow and render impotent the previous rumors which were graciously offered you for unquestioning assumption by the very people who could not stand for the Bundy family to actually achieve popular support for their States’ Rights issue with the BLM. What the heck, eh? Let the proletariat swelter and swarm and sweat in the horrific damnations which surround Oath Keepers demise in cowardly shame over that rumor that Oath Keepers deserted their posts over a mere threat of some silly little missile which any good militia leader could snatch right out of the air with his bare teeth, spitting it all the way to Peking where it could be safely de-activated, any time those danged fedgov forces might send in a drone or three – we have a new puzzle in all of this, something to get one’s teeth into, and you may be able to help us solve our dilemma. Just remember: you found it first right here at Oath Keepers.

Here is the Intel: Mike Vanderboegh mysteriously showed up at the Bundy Ranch at about the same time Elias Alias did. It is rumored that Elias arrived by automobile with two cats, Opie and Black Alias.

Opie and Black AliasWe are told that Mike Vanderboegh arrived by airplane and was transported to the Ranch by Stewart Rhodes himself. Note: Stewart cannot cop a plea of ignorance on that, for Mike himself has already verified it. By Friday April 19, 2014, both Mike Vanderboegh, founder of the Three Percenter Movement, and Elias Alias, founder of The Mental Militia, were seen cavorting about recklessly with Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers.

The first part of our question has to do with whether all three, Stewart, Mike, and Elias, can wear the same hat. Mike has testified that he is not an Oath Keeper, and Elias has testified that he is not a Three Percenter, and not one “leader” on the ground at the Ranch has brought up any suspicions relative to both of them spying their way about the grounds of the Virgin River bridge and back-stage at for-public-consumption events down by the bridge on the road where public participation mixes with media and militia. Although that has little to do with who can wear the same hat, here in raw pictures taken clandestinely by an unidentified infiltrator posing as an Oath Keeper is a shot of Mike Vanderboegh with his hat.

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But, my goodness! Here is a secret pic of Elias Alias with the same hat! Inquiring minds want to know: What’s with the hat?

Magic Hat PsyOp _ Elias Alias-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Why have Mike Vanderboegh and Elias Alias both been pictured at the same event at the Bundy Ranch with the same hat on the same day? How can that be? What happened to the security on the grounds, eh? This is blatant evidence that both of them were playing magic hat tricks right out there in front of God and everybody, including the alleged “militia leaders”.

But while that is a burning question, the grand-daddy of all conspiracy theories screams for an answer to this unhinged question – Is Elias wearing Mike’s hat, or is Mike wearing Elias’ hat? That is the question! This is what we should be focusing on in sorting out the cloudlike obfuscations adrift all around the Bundy Ranch success story, which is being veiled even now by rumor and accusation and name-calling and in-fighting – all the things which Agents Provocateur are trained to induce when the “enemy” (which is we the people lately) is becoming too successful in their fight for liberty; and which is, we remind readers once again, that the Cowboys rode into the face of the BLM’s soldiers who had been brought out to oppress the Ranchers, and they forced the commanders of the government’s theft mechanism called BLM to withdraw their troops before all hell could break through.  My my my. Looky who is doing all that. Notice that the leaders who are doing that wickedness, the liars who are tossing slings and arrows at Oath Keepers, are not saying one word about whether Mike is wearing Elias’ hat, or whether Elias is wearing Mike’s hat. So that is the question, and the petty lies and accusations of desertion etc etc may now be retired to the small print behind the sports page in next month’s newspapers.

We may never know whose hat it was, or even if it was Stewart Rhodes’ had and he had possibly put each of them up to wearing a magic hat for some nefarious but classified reason of his own. When asked by this journalist, each culprit simply grinned and sluffed-off the question, changing the subject to a new paradigm scenario – they each questioned the journalist right back, asking what the journalist would tell his readership about a couple thousand libertarian Mental Militia people joining forces with over forty thousand Constitutionalist Oath Keepers members and over three million “No More Free Wacos!” Threepers!  Is that a tip-of-the-iceberg hint from Fate, or is it a bit of mis-info found in a beer-wrapped vision from south of the border where mushrooms grow in magic? What a concept! People everywhere are going to now focus on solving these mysteries, so we would like to see your comments, clues, and chuckles.

Mike has the critical eye of experience and the wisdom of one who has learned well from his experience. And Mike knows the history of our nation’s founding culture pretty doggone well also. Mike is an unabashed  observer and commentator on current events in the patriot movement, the liberty movement, the Constitution movement. As founder of the III%ers, he has established himself with solid aim and sure-fingered accuracy as a staunch defender of the Constitution. That has much to do with his patience during Oath Keepers’ early years, and it also shows much about the man’s character, about his vision of successful strategy in talking down an arrogant government which routinely sends its provocateurs into all sorts of social situations for wicked purposes. Oath Keepers notices at rallies and events across the nation that Mike’s Three Percenter flags are flying above crowds of patriots, and we particularly enjoy it when we see those Three Percenter flags flying alongside the gold and black Oath Keepers flag.

But enough of that. Mike has written quite a bit about the Bundy ranch situation. Yesterday we sent him our video in which Stewart and company debriefed on camera for all viewers and readers. That video is now embedded in Mike’s newest article, fresh off the presses this morning, and I’m sure every Oath Keeper on the map will want to read Mike’s article today. When watching the video itself, and when following that viewing by reading Mike’s article, one finally begins to see the complexities and sensitive nuances which came into play over the weekend of April 25-27, 2014 as Stewart Rhodes and the Oath Keepers fought to stay atop a multi-pronged assault inserted first by a piece of bogus “info” regarding an alleged possible drone strike by the US Federal government on the ranch of Cliven and Carol Bundy. Using that as the catalyst, some very suspiciously-acting alleged “militia leaders” delivered the second round of explosions by making wild accusations about Oath Keepers and pushing those accusations all over the Internet, knowing that they were lies.Oath Keepers will have much more to say about that in coming times.

(Allow me please to make this very clear – Oath Keepers is proud of the many militiamen and militiawomen who have volunteered and sacrificed their time and energy and expenses to stand guard for the Bundy family against a damned-by-God government that has already pointed sniper rifles at the Bundy family’s children and has threatened to fire on cowboys who live in the area and have joined the Bundy family in defying the BLM’s non-existent authority.  You are the militia, and you are the People. But we now must ask you to take a second look at several of your alleged “leaders” and re-evaluate your allegiance to a few of them. We say that because some of your so-called “leaders” are acting totally out of character for the American militia, and we suspect foul play by those few. Be advised, eh? To learn more about this, please view the video at Mike Vanderboegh’s website, linked -  here. )

Teasers from Mike’s new article at Sipsey Street Irregulars, home of the Three Percenters:

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(Quoting Mike Vanderboegh)
Further, it is important to remember that I am not a member of Oath Keepers, although I have always believed that their work reminding folks of the ramifications of the oath they took to be among the most important of tasks. There are Three Percenters who belong to Oath Keepers and Oath Keepers who are Three Percenters. That is a given. But I decided from the first that it was inappropriate of me to join the organization, having staked out a different area of operations as it were in the fight to defend the Founders’ Republic.

It is also important to recall that Stewart Rhodes, the Oath Keepers board and I have not always seen eye to eye on some things. You may recall that OK at first committed to support, and then pulled out of, the armed march in Northern Virginia back in 2010. At the time there were those who wanted me to — no, URGED me to — loudly denounce Oath Keepers in general and Stewart Rhodes in particular for that decision. I did not not do so. I have long had a policy, dating from my work with the constitutional militia in the 90s, that I do not shoot my own side’s wounded. I’m glad I had that policy, for Stewart Rhodes has come a long way since those days as a leader and the Oath Keepers are a valuable force in the fight for liberty. Those who accused Stewart then of being a coward did not see him later risk arrest last year at the hands of the Lexington, MA, police force when he refused their order to stay off the green and told them they would have to arrest him to stop him from administering the oath ceremony there. The Lexington PD, gritted their teeth and blinked, allowing the ceremony to go forward. That was entirely Stewart’s doing. No, in my experience, Stewart Rhodes is no coward.
(End quote)

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Please enjoy reading the whole thing here:

http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/2014/05/there-is-no-teacher-but-enemy-bundy.html

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Oath Keepers Debrief On Bundy Ranch: What Happened And How

bund1Here is more info from Stewart Rhodes and company on the rift between the alleged “leaders” of the militia down at the Bundy Ranch. This debriefing focuses on just a few men who would sabotage Oath Keepers’ mission at the Bundy Ranch. It explains some sequences and some activities which you’ve not heard about before.

Please understand that Oath Keepers has great faith in the majority of good men and women in the militias represented at the Ranch. We just have problems with people who want to stir up trouble, for such people are most often what we call “Agents Provocateur”. We are not accusing anyone of being an agent provocateur, but we are definitely identifying certain actions and statements by questionable men as being exactly the sort of activity an agent provocateur would display.  It is just a few, and we think that the greater majority of militiamen and militiawomen serving there are tops, and you have our support and our gratitude for your sacrifice for the Bundy Ranch mission. Well done.  Oath Keepers suggests that you do question your leadership to be sure they are who and what they claim to be. We would especially encourage people to look into any claims about any specialty service in the military that any of the current leaders might claim.

But note please – this debriefing session with five Oath Keepers is important, but this only covers one aspect of our work at the Bundy Ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada. Oath Keepers marches on, and our reports will continue to dispel the psy-op rumors about our work at the ranch.  View this video to find many answers to questions currently flying about the Internet. Try to help people learn the truth by sending this to your lists. Thanks!

Salute!

Elias Alias, editor

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American Freedom Alliance presents: California’s Land and Water Wars – Lecture Series

CA-Land-and-water-warsBe sure to attend and learn about the Federal Land & Resource Grabs. Sheriff Mack, CSPOA, and Oath Keepers of So Cal will be represented and speaking.

California Land and Water Wars: The Green Agenda to Destroy Your Property Rights

Sunday, May 4 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd #204, West Los Angeles, CA 90064

Admission: Pre-registration: $40.00 (includes lunch and all materials) Genearl Addmission: $50.00 (includes lunch and all materials)

Parking: In parking structure

Directions: The Olympic Collection Banquet & Conference Center, located in west Los Angeles at the junction of the 405 and 10 Freeways.

About the Topic:
California Central Valley farmers are under siege. After years of drought, not only has their water allocation, guaranteed to them under Government contract, fallen to 40%, but much needed water, vital to the sustenance of crops, is currently being siphoned off to protect certain fish species believed to be endangered. The emphasis on saving wildlife at the expense of human need is of a piece with the environmental campaign against agricultural activity across this country. Over the next ten years thousands of dams are slated to be closed, affecting farmers in dozens of states. Water authorities have also vowed to make their control and regulation of urban water supplies far more centralized and coercive. Join AFA at this important half day forum to learn from farmers, journalists, activists and water utilization experts how far reaching is this pernicious environmental campaign and what you can do to stop it.

http://www.americanfreedomalliance.org/lectureseries-californialandandwaterwars.jsp
American Freedom Alliance – Lecture Series – California Land and Water Wars

www.americanfreedomalliance.org

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