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Okla. Heads UP! Drone Surveillance Bill In Committee Tuesday 26th

Eye in the Sky Must Have a Warrant!

Eye in the Sky Must Have a Warrant!

Kaye Beach

Feb. 25, 2013

HB1556 will be heard in the House Aerospace and Energy Committee at 1:30 Tuesday Feb. 26th  Calls, emails needed today!

House Bill 1556-the Oklahoma Unmanned Aerial Surveillance Act

HB 1556 by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft requires law officers, absent an emergency, to obtain a warrant first before using drones for surveillance purposes and prohibits the state from outfitting drones with weapons.

The FAA estimates as many as 30,000 drones could be flying in US skies by 2020 and Oklahoma is poised to become a state leader in the drone industry.  In fact, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security launched one of its first test flights for civil use of drones over the skies of Oklahoma in December 2012.

FORT SILL — The small, winged drone quietly soared overhead as SWAT team members closed in on a building at Fort Sill.

When a suspect sprinted from the structure, the drone banked through a cloudless afternoon sky in an effort to track the person.

A few miles away, two Lockheed Martin technicians sat in a converted bedroom of a ranch-style house using a laptop computer to control the drone’s movements. They followed the action on a video relay.  NewsOK, Dec. 31, 2012 Read more

Drones are capable highly advanced surveillance. Law enforcement drones can carry various types of equipment including live-feed video cameras, facial recognition, automatic license plate readers, infrared cameras and more.  Drone manufacturers admit some are designed to carry “less lethal” weapons such as Tasers or rubber bullets and law enforcement has openly expressed interest in utilizing these weapons.

HB1556 will be heard in the House Aerospace and Energy Committee.(contact info below)  Call and tell them that you want them to support HB 1556 for these reasons:

  • Drones should be deployed by law enforcement only with a warrant, in an emergency, or when there are specific and articulable grounds to believe that the drone will collect evidence relating to a specific criminal act.
  • Images should be retained only when there is reasonable suspicion that they contain evidence of a crime or are relevant to an ongoing investigation or trial.
  • Usage policy on domestic drones should be decided by the public’s representatives, not by police departments, and the policies should be clear, written, and open to the public.
  • Use of domestic drones should be subject to open audits and proper oversight to prevent misuse.
  • Domestic drones should not be equipped with lethal or non-lethal weapons.

Aerial, warrantless surveillance is a violation of our Fourth Amendment rights and our right to privacy!

Oklahoma House Aerospace and Energy Committee Members

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johntrebilcock@okhouse.gov,weldon.watson@okhouse.gov, donarmes@okhouse.gov, mikebrown@okhouse.gov, david.brumbaugh@okhouse.gov, mariancooksey@okhouse.gov,  scott.inman@okhouse.gov, steve.kouplen@okhouse.gov, randy.mcdaniel@okhouse.gov, rcpruett@okhouse.gov, mike.sanders@okhouse.gov, bensherrer@okhouse.gov, garybanz@okhouse.gov, david.brumbaugh@okhouse.gov,leedenney@okhouse.gov, charlie.joyner@okhouse.gov stevemartin@okhouse.gov jerrymcpeak@okhouse.gov, mikereynolds@okhouse.gov,  colby.schwartz@okhouse.gov, aaron.stiles@okhouse.gov, lisajbilly@okhouse.gov, josh.cockroft@okhouse.govjwhickman@okhouse.gov,  dan.kirby@okhouse.gov, mark.mcbride@okhouse.gov, eric.proctor@okhouse.gov, sean.roberts@okhouse.gov, seneca.scott@okhouse.gov

Chair Rep. John Trebilcock johntrebilcock@okhouse.gov

(405) 557-7362

Rep. Weldon Watson  weldon.watson@okhouse.gov

(405) 557-7330

Rep. Don Armes donarmes@okhouse.gov (405) 557-7307

Rep. Mike Brown mikebrown@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7408

Rep. David Brumbaugh david.brumbaugh@okhouse.gov

(405) 557-7347

Rep. Marian Cooksey  mariancooksey@okhouse.gov

(405) 557-7342

Rep. Scott Inman scott.inman@okhouse.gov   (405) 557-7370

Rep. Steve Kouplen steve.kouplen@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7306

Rep. Randy McDaniel  randy.mcdaniel@okhouse.gov

(405) 557-7409

Rep. R.C. Pruett  rcpruett@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7382

Rep. Mike Sanders mike.sanders @okhouse.gov (405) 557-7407

Rep. Ben Sherrer bensherrer@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7364

Rep. Gary W. Banz  garybanz@okhouse.gov (405) 557-7395

Rep. David Brumbaugh david.brumbaugh@okhouse.gov

(405) 557-7347

Rep. Lee Denney leedenney@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7304

Rep. Charlie Joyner charlie.joyner@okhouse.gov

(405) 557-7314

Rep. Steve Martin  stevemartin@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7402

Rep. Jerry McPeak  jerrymcpeak@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7302

Rep. Mike Reynolds mikereynolds@okhouse.gov

(405) 557-7337

Rep. Colby Schwartz colby.schwartz@okhouse.gov

(405) 557-7352

Rep. Aaron Stiles aaron.stiles@okhouse.gov (405) 557-7386

Rep. Lisa J. Billy  lisajbilly@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7365

Rep. Josh Cockroft  josh.cockroft@okhouse.gov

(405) 557-7349

Rep. Jeffrey W. Hickman  jwhickman@okhouse.gov

(405) 557-7339

Rep. Dan Kirby  dan.kirby@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7356

Rep. Mark McBride  mark.mcbride@okhouse.gov

(405) 557-7346

Rep. Eric Proctor  eric.proctor@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7410

Rep. Sean Roberts  sean.roberts@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7322

Rep. Seneca Scott  seneca.scott@okhouse.gov  (405) 557-7391

AxXiom For Liberty Aug 12 6-8pm CST ‘Your Money AND Your Life’

Friday August 12, 2011 6-8pm CST on AxXiom For Liberty radio with Kaye Beach and Howard Houchen;

Listening Info

We have an incredible line up of guests to help us make sense of the insensible tonight!

I will admit economics isn’t my strong point however some of that may be due to the fact that “economics” has been divorced from fiscal realities for a long time.  Tonight Howard has lined up an array of guests that will help shed some light on the fiscal realities we are facing on the municipal level, in regards to energy and on the personal level due to increasing constrictions on our freedom imposed by our government struggling to maintain control.

Guests;

Tulsa County Assessor, Ken Yazel-

Ken Yazel was elected Tulsa County Assessor in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006 and again in 2010.

Assessor Yazel says; “Various public officials promised the taxpayers that taxes would not go up if they voted for the bonds.”
At the same time, I was advising those officials and the public that if they project an overly ambitious valuation growth rate, property tax levies go up in subsequent years to meet their obligations.

Guess What?
“Now that values are not rising as fast as projected, property tax rates must increase. The Excise Board will soon approve tax levies based on an increased demand for property taxes and a leaner tax base. The result can only be higher taxes for the citizens of Tulsa County.”

Read more

 

ECONOMY, Energy and the Environment

Next up-Chief Technology Officer of Merica International, Robert Rapier – Economy and Energy

Mr. Rapier career has been devoted to energy issues. He has worked on cellulosic ethanol, butanol production, oil refining, natural gas production, and gas-to-liquids (GTL). Robert Rapier grew up in Oklahoma, and received his Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M.

The mission of R-Squared is to foster open discussions of Energy and the Environment.  http://www.consumerenergyreport.com/blogs/rsquared/

Articles by Robert Rapier

“The Long Recession” http://www.consumerenergyreport.com/2009/06/09/the-long-recession/

“The Need for a Real Domestic  Alternative Energy Policy in the USA”   http://www.consumerenergyreport.com/2011/08/04/the-need-for-a-real-domestic-alternative-energy-policy-in-the-usa/

Robert Rapier on Peak Oil

 

 

Economic Uncertainty and Freedom

Then we welcome Houston Nations, a Finance and Market Analyst who is currently in the process of concluding 2 years of independent research into the causes of the current economic crisis

And last but certainly not least,  Mark Lerner co-founder of the Constitutional Alliance

Mark has testified before many state legislative committees and is in Washington D.C. on a regular basis supporting the rights of citizens.

We will get his  insight into current events (including economic uncertainty) and what all of this means for the future of freedom in America.

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Show Notes:

Oklahoma Townhalls

The U.S. Military’s Plan for London-Like Riots

TC Indymedia Exclusive: Secret ‘Trigger’ & blueprint for emergency domestic military crackdown plan revealed

Submitted by TCIMC on Fri, 11/19/2010 – 16:31

Dan Feidt debriefed us on the CONPLAN 3502 documents he unearthed last Nov. Find the documents and listen to the audio archive here-

Operation Garden Plot, Insurrection and CONPLAN 3502 – Hayden’s Note on Katrina Attached

“It is my belief that Operation Garden Plot and Noble Eagle-like activation was witnessed in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.  I was a police officer there at the time and it fulfilled the plan to a T.  Joint patrols with civil authorities, checkpoints for major arteries in and out of the city, soldiers and Humvees stationed at major intersections and bridges, assistance in imposing an unlawful curfew against all citizens, gun confiscation, and even business checks.  These “patrols” involved the use of thermal image cameras mounted on the Humvees, looking for warm bodies moving through the darkness and debris, riding with various SWAT teams and responding to gun fights, looting and even conducting traffic stops and simple drug enforcement. ” read more 

Corporate Media Puzzled by U.S. Martial Law Plans in Wake of Brit Riots

Britain considers restrictions on social media to stop rioting

DHS Proposes Secret Watchlist Database, Privacy Groups Protest

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Heads Up!  HB 1981 The “Protect Children From Online Pornographers Act” that has nothing to do with online pornographers or children!

From Downsize DC;

A dangerous bill has been approved by the Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee that would ELIMINATE  your online privacy. That’s why I sent a letter to Congress using DownsizeDC.org’s Hands Off the Internet Campaign.

I urge you to send a letter. You may borrow from or copy this…

I insist that you oppose HR 1981, the so-called “Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act.”

The very name of the bill is dishonest and offensive. It misleads the public into thinking the bill gives law enforcement expanded tools to protect children from pedophiles.

But actually, it gives law enforcement broad powers to examine ANYONE’s Internet activities, for ANY reason. According to CNET (http://cnet.co/oU5t35):

* It would require commercial Internet providers “to store… customers’ names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses.”
* Rep. Zoe Lofgren says this would create “a data bank of every digital act by every American” that would “let us find out where every single American visited Web sites.”
* If the law passed, criminals would simply go to libraries or coffeehouses and use the Web anonymously, while law-abiding Americans would have their activities recorded.

In addition…

* ISP’s will have to reconfigure their systems to accommodate the data retention requirements — an expense they will surely pass on to their customers (to you)
* Combing through mostly irrelevant records of innocent Americans is a highly INEFFICIENT form of catching criminals

As Kevin Bankston of the Electronic Frontier Foundation puts it, HR 1981, “would treat every Internet user like a criminal and threaten the online privacy and free speech rights of every American… Such a scheme would be as objectionable to our Founders as the requiring of licenses for printing presses or the banning of anonymous pamphlets.” (http://bit.ly/rffep9)

The First and Fourth Amendments guarantee my right to anonymity and to privacy. Both disappear if the government tracks my online activities.

Uphold your oath of office to support and defend the Constitution. Oppose HR 1981!

END LETTER

You can send your letter using DownsizeDC.org’s Educate the Powerful System.

DownsizeDC.org is one of 30 organizations that had sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee concerning HR 1981. You can read that letter here.

Rural Council: It’s about control

There is no justification for the federal government to impose itself into the life and lifestyles of rural America. Nothing in the Constitution can be construed to authorize the federal government to require a farm boy to obtain a federal Commercial Driver’s License before he can drive the family tractor.  It’s about control, and nothing but control, over every facet of life.  See what else the feds are doing to control rural life in… This week’s newsletter!

America is open for business! US-China Conferences in Utah

Kaye Beach

July 20, 2011

“In welcoming China, Europe is swimming with the tide of history; America is struggling against it.”

That is the most coherent quote from this tail-chasing article from the Economist on Chinese direct investments abroad.  The article mostly seems to argue that Americans ought to get over it like the Europeans have and welcome our communist friends in with open arms.  Of course, the article then goes on to admit the English (that is the people of England!) find getting into bed with China almost as distasteful as their American counterparts.You can read that article, Welcome, bienvenue, willkommen, here

Should we welcome China with open arms?  I remain unconvinced.

After reading this report written by Amanda Teegarden, Executive Director of OK-SAFE (Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise) who was our eyes and ears at  the recent US-China Conferences held last week in Utah, I am even less enthusiastic.

Exclusive reporting by OK-SAFE;

Imagine “The Best Little Whorehouses in…uh, Utah?” U.S.-China 2011 Conferences

“On behalf of the people of Utah, I beg you for your continued partnership with Utah” Utah Governor Gary Herbert to the Chinese officials and business interests present at the U.S.-China 2011 Trade, Education & Culture Conference, 7-14-11

Read the report

Sustainable Development: Best Use of Land or Social Justice?

by Donna Holt

original posting 4/11/11

I think we can envision what sustainable development might mean based on the meaning of the words and a little common sense. Probably the first thought that comes to mind is the continued prosperity of something such as a business. Other things that come to mind is common sense development to keep taxes down, a clean environment, good schools, free enterprise. All of these things are the essence of sustainable development to the average citizen.

What sustainable development isn’t, is the abolishment of private property rights, a bloated over-reaching government, government sanctioned monopolies, erosion of individual freedom, and the redistribution of wealth which is the essence of Chesterfield County’s “new comprehensive plan”.

This form of “Sustainable Development” (capital letters) is a recipe for the destruction of capitalism. If you think I’m kidding, look at what is happening in California. Over the past two decades, regulations incrementally imposed to implement Sustainable Development polices have choked free enterprise out of existence. Businesses are leaving the state in droves. Housing costs have risen to eleven times the annual income of its residents. Even though energy and water consumption is down, the cost to each household is higher and in the absence of any expansion of infrastructure to deliver resources. Unemployment and foreclosure rates are the highest in the nation. The state is essentially bankrupt.

This hardly sounds like what we envision as sustainable development.

The county government is not completely to blame. After all, they are only following the directives of our federal government. The county is rewarded with generous funding for the implementation of the egregious programs that consequently resolve some of the problems of local government, many of which were created by the federal government in the first place.

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“Your best defense against hard times is a well-fed neighbor”

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Sept. 9 2010
Kaye Beach
Anyone that is interested in eating needs to check this organization out!  They are doing remarkable things in MO to help human beings remain “sustainable”
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The Well Fed Neighbor on FaceBook

The Truth WILL set us free…

by Ruell on September 9, 2010

Imagine a USA without the distraction, the spin, the disclaimers, the misleading and the legal definitions of politics. Imagine a home where we KNOW the truth…. about our food, our fuel, our economy, our jobs, our future and our motivations. If we learn to grow local, buy local and eat local….. we can do just that. If we tell the truth, if we compete with the truth, things get very simple quick. Don’t just say it…. do it. Don’t just demand it…. be it. It starts with each and every one of us. The sun comes up and goes down and we need local food, water, fuel, economy, jobs and our health to build a future for our children. The truth WILL, most assuredly, set us free.www.wellfedneighbor.com
www.news.wellfedneighbor.com

  • Well Fed Neighbor Alliance Vision and Mission

    WFNA Vision:
    Ozarks communities enjoy sustainable prosperity through regional self-reliance.

    WFNA Mission:
    To cultivate citizen-based networks promoting food security, energy self-sufficiency and a sustainable regional economy with jobs.