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Friday on AxXiom For Liberty Live! Miles Kinard, Author, American Stasi: Fusion Centers and Domestic Spying.

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March, 21, 2013

This Friday on AxXiom For Liberty with Kaye Beach and Howard Houchen 6-8pm Central – Miles Kinard author of the magazine exposé, American Stasi: Fusion Centers and Domestic Spying.

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“This is no longer just a ‘surveillance state.’  We are on the fast track to a police state.” -Miles Kinard, interview with the Spingola Files, Dec. 2012

We are very excited to introduce you to Miles Kinard, researcher and author of the magazine exposé, American Stasi: Fusion Centers and Domestic Spying.

What is a Fusion Center?

The principal role of the fusion center is to compile, analyze, and disseminate criminal/terrorist information and intelligence and other information (including, but not limited to, threat, public safety, law enforcement, public health, social services, and public works) to support efforts to anticipate, identify, prevent, and/or monitor criminal/terrorist activity.   http://www.scribd.com/doc/19251638/Fusion-Center-Guidelines-Law-Enforcement

I jumped on Mr. Kinard’s work on fusion centers last year when it was released and found his writing on the subject to be extremely lucid and his research, impeccable.  You can get it for a song and instant download at Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/American-Stasi-Centers-Domesitc-ebook/dp/B006YZQFL8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327104356&sr=8-1

Miles Kinard’s work explores these secretive 9/11 domestic intelligence units that are considered key by the Department of Homeland Security in its quest to know everything about everybody all the time.

There is at least one of these relatively new intelligence centers located in every state (74 78 total) and precious little attention has been given to them by the mainstream media.

Secrecy, the waste of taxpayer dollars and especially the potential civil liberties violations were highlighted by Kinard’s work.  All of this and more was subsequently confirmed by a two-year bipartisan investigation by the U. S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations which released a 107 page report last October.

Tonight we will get a chance to talk to Miles about the state fusion centers as part of what he refers to as the “Surveillance Industrial Complex” in general and discuss the implications of these state-based (but federally controlled) spy centers that he identified in his exposé .

Join us – Your questions or comments are always welcome!

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Events:

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Restore Oklahoma Public Education (R.O.P.E.)

Common Core is NOT OK!” Events

  • Wed., March 27th:   Common Core is NOT OK! Rally State Capitol, 2nd floor rotunda (Supreme Court hallway), Noon  Click here for rally info.
  • Thurs., March 28th:  State Board of Education meeting Oliver Hodge Educ. Bldg., room I-20, 9:30 a.m., Meeting instructions.

“The Common Core State Standards present a takeover of public education by a small group of individuals. This takeover will change the way that teachers teach, parents interact with their schools due to loss of local control, and present students with a narrow range of studies and increased standardized testing. Oklahomans must maintain local control over public education, therefore, we reject the Common Core State Standards.”  Read More from ROPE

FERPA, Amendemnts

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April 5 & 6, 2013, Tulsa 9.12 will host a symposium on “Understanding Agenda 21.” Rosa Koire, author of “Behind the Green Mask” and founding member of Democrats Against Agenda 21, will be one of our many speakers. If you would like to learn more about Agenda 21 and how it affects you, please plan on joining us.

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Referenced:

Testimony of Jennifer Lynch,  Electronic Frontier Foundation(EFF), Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, July 18, 2012

What Facial Recognition Technology Means for Privacy and Civil Liberties 

The Militarization of U.S. Domestic Policing

 Abigail R. Hall and Christopher J. Coyne
Abstract
This paper develops the political economy of the militarization of domestic policing.
We analyze the mechanisms through which the “protective state”—where the government utilizes its monopoly on force to protect citizens’ rights—devolves into a “predatory state” which undermines the rights of the populace. We apply our theory to the U.S.,where we trace the(failed) historical attempts to establish constraints nto separate the military functions and policing functions of government.
In doing so we emphasize the role of crises in the form of perpetual wars—the “War on Drugs” and the “War on Terror”—in the accelerated militarization of domestic policing.

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Oklahoma Insurance Department spends $180K on guns, police vehicles

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Nov. 30 2012

 

Reported today by Sean Murphy, AP;

 

The Oklahoma Insurance Department spent more than $180,000 on high-tech shotguns, bulletproof vests and seven police-package vehicles that agency officials say were needed as part of its expanded focus on criminal insurance fraud.

But the purchases have raised eyebrows among some lawmakers who question why the agency’s nine-member anti-fraud unit — which primarily investigates white-collar crimes — needs equipment typically used by police officers and SWAT teams.

“I don’t think Oklahomans as a whole are going to relish the day when their neighborhood is full of official police-package insurance department police cars as they’re executing an arrest on a guy who did a fraudulent insurance claim,” said Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie . . . “For the life of me, I never could come to grasp with why the Insurance Department couldn’t take a local sheriff’s deputy, or someone responsible to the local community, with them when they do these arrests,” he said.

According to Insurance Department records, the agency this year purchased five 2012 Dodge Chargers for $23,590 each and two 2013 Chevrolet Tahoes for $26,505 apiece, each outfitted with police packages that include stiffer suspensions and wiring for additional communications equipment.

The agency also purchased seven Remington pump-action shotguns for $699 each, along with seven mountable shotgun lights that cost $203 apiece and seven bulletproof vests that cost $625 each.

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Police State – The Militarization of the Police Force in USA

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

Great post from the “Some Have Hats” blog

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

FYI…

Political Elite Fund Draconian Programs to “Handle” Opponents

Official Washington has quietly responded to last summer’s “Town Hall” phenomenon with some disturbing new policies.
I’m not talking about Service Employees International Union thugs (“Purple Shirts”) being used for “crowd control.” Or liberal activists packing Town Halls with friendly audiences only. Or their switching Town Halls to one-way-only communication electronic formats.
Today’s Executive Bulletin spells out very disturbing military preparations authorities are making to quash massive demonstrations — which those running the show in Washington are apparently now anticipating on a regular basis.
A wise intelligence expert told me a long time ago: “Never accept government intentions at face value; pay attention to the capabilities it is developing to anticipate future events.” Please read this bulletin carefully, because that’s exactly what I am going to do right now.
Federal Government Responds To Town Hallers
As Security Threat
You may remember last summer that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other top Democrats branded Town Hall protesters as Nazis and raised concerns that violence could be imminent. Since then the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has responded in kind.
As an October Washington Times story notes DHS is now sending grants to local police forces all over the country to buy military-style sonic “cannons” to “subdue unruly crowds and political protestors…”
Here’s an overview of the situation:
  • A new series of DHS grants are being made to local police departments nationwide to purchase military-style “LRADS” short for Long Range Acoustical Devices which the San Diego-based LRAD maker, American Technology Corp., says are not intended to be used as “sonic weapons” but rather to “influence the behavior and gain compliance” from large crowds. In a nutshell, these devices deafen people (even if their ears are plugged) and compels them to flee in order to escape the pain.
  • These LRAD sonic devices are aimed at malcontents and have been used by the military in Iraq to disperse crowds. The Times reports that LRADs were actually carried in the early fall for possible use against “unruly behavior” at least two congressional town hall meetings — including Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) town hall meeting in Spring Valley, California.
What You Need to Know About the
National Ammunition Shortage
You probably know about the emerging national ammunition shortage since Barack Obama was elected president. The most commonly-offered explanation by the mainstream is that the bullet supply crunch is a consequence of the Iraqi and Afghan wars. But here’s the real story:
  • The Pentagon has a complex of major ammunition-making contractors that cater only to the military. Recent Congressional documents have established these ammo-makers are not working at anywhere near full capacity.
  • The private-sector shortage of ammo to some degree reflects increased demand consistent with any Democrat in the White House. But the larger cause of the bullet shortage are millions of dollars in DHS grants to militarize local police departments across the country. Military-style SWAT units, once a rare fixture in major metropolitan areas, have become common to even small and medium-level police departments. And these departments are stocking up on bullets.

The Day the SWAT Team Came Crashing Through My Door

Great Op Ed by Mr. Calvo!

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Cheye Calvo at his home before an August 2008 news conference. The dogs in the photo with Calvo and his wife were shot and killed by police. (By Marvin Joseph — The Washington Post)

In the words of Prince George’s County Sheriff Michael Jackson, whose deputies carried out the assault, “the guys did what they were supposed to do” — acknowledging, almost as an afterthought, that terrorizing innocent citizens in Prince George’s is standard fare. The only difference this time seems to be that the victim was a clean-cut white mayor with community support, resources and a story to tell the media

I remember thinking, as I kneeled at gunpoint with my hands bound on my living room floor, that there had been a terrible, terrible mistake.

An errant Prince George’s County SWAT team had just forced its way into our home, shot dead our two black Labradors, Payton and Chase, and started ransacking our belongings as part of what would become a four-hour ordeal.

The police found nothing, of course, to connect my family and me to a box of drugs that they had been tracking and had delivered to our front door. The community — of which I am mayor — rallied to our side. A FedEx driver and accomplice were arrested in a drug trafficking scheme. Ultimately, we were cleared of any wrongdoing, but not before the incident drew international outrage.

This was 14 months ago. We have since filed suit, and I am confident that we will find justice more quickly than most.

Yet, I remain captured by the broader implications of the incident. Namely, that my initial take was wrong: It was no accident but rather business as usual that brought the police to — and through — our front door.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/17/AR2009091701680.html

Wikileaks-US Army Concept of Operations for Police Intel Ops

Spying on anti-war protestors: US Army Concept of Operations for Police Intelligence Operations,

Download leaked DOC. http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Spying_on_anti-war_protestors:_US_Army_Concept_of_Operations_for_Police_Intelligence_Operations%2C_4_Mar_2009

4 Mar 2009 May5, 2009
Summary

The document presents a 60 page For Official Use Only intelligence manual from the US Army’s Military Police School. Among other matters, the document reveals that the US Army is using structuring tricks to work around intelligence oversight rules that would normally prevent domestic spying and hoarding of data on anti-war protesters (bolding by WikiLeaks):

A CONUS [CONtinental UNited States] based PIO [military Police Intelligence Operations] network that is integrated with local, county, regional, state and federal, law enforcement entities will ensure a federated approach to enable a unified effort for defense support to civil authorities…[including] data exchange…[and the] production of [travel] blacklists…
An [intelligence] fusion cell located within the garrison staff provides a unique service that can address the complexities of the threat to a military community and installation and be an asset to the garrison and local civilian community. It has the ability to work closely with multiple local, federal, and DoD agencies. It does not have constraints that are emplaced on MI [Military Intelligence] activities within the US, because it operates under the auspice and oversight of the police discipline and standards. At the garrison level, the fusion cell is static (non‐deploying) which provides a level of continuity that allows for in‐depth institutional knowledge of threat, physical and social environs, as well as long‐term relationships with local and federal law enforcement agencies. A garrison fusion cell can also be a flexible analytical cell that can grow to form focused, ad hoc, threat‐specific cells to address, prevent or react to a specific hazard.
Vignette: A Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) was preparing to move equipment to a port of embarkation (POE) for deployment. The shipment required the movement of 300 vehicles across eight law enforcement jurisdictions. Based on previous threat fusion expertise, the garrison’s force protection (FP) fusion cell was uniquely qualified to be the lead intelligence producer to support the movement. The fusion cell coordinated police information, intelligence and civilian security with over 22 local, federal, and DoD agencies. The fusion cell produced in‐depth analysis of the threat to the SBCT equipment and advised the SBCT and garrison commanders on protection. The coordinated effort gave law enforcement agencies the knowledge to identify and prevent disruptive actions by violent protesters. The operation was considered by Corps leadership to be a watershed event for in‐depth involvement of a garrison‐based FP fusion cell in support of unit deployments. Moreover, the Corps headquarters integrated the fusion cell into other operations where the G2 is constrained by intelligence oversight rules, or there is a need for police information / intelligence assessments and analysis. A fusion cell is valuable when separate data streams, information sources, or other disparate information from multiple organizations must be combined and analyzed in a coherent process to present a common operational picture for a decision maker.

Milwaukee’s Criminal Police Chief and Civilian Disarmament

April 24, 2009

Milwaukee’s Criminal Police Chief and Civilian Disarmament

Posted by William Grigg at April 24, 2009 02:02 PM
In August of last year, Brad Krause of West Allis, Wisconsin was planting a tree in his own backyard when he was ambushed by police.

Krause’s next-door neighbor, the type of timorous busy-body upon whom the Homeland Security State’s snitching apparatus depends, had called the police to complain that Krause was wearing a sidearm. Krause is a law-abiding and inoffensive person, but the mere sight of a private citizen carrying a gun made his neighbor suspicious.

So the cops arrived, Krause was disarmed, and — there being no law in Wisconsin against the open carrying of a handgun — Krauss was charged with “disorderly conduct.” That spurious charge was eventually dismissed. But the police, who didn’t provide Krause with a receipt for his gun, refused to return it to him.

On April 20, Wisconsin state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a memorandum intended to clarify whether “a person has the right to openly carry a firearm” without being subject to a charge of disorderly conduct.

While Wisconsin state law forbids citizens to exercise their right to carry concealed weapons, there is no statute banning them from carrying them openly, a fact grudgingly admitted in Van Hollen’s memorandum: “The Department believes that mere open carry of a firearm, absent additional facts and circumstances, should not result in a disorderly conduct charge.”

That ruling prompted a remarkably arrogant response from Milwaukee police Chief Edward Flynn: “My message to my troops is if you see anybody carrying a gun on the streets of Milwaukee, we’ll put them on the ground, take the gun away and then decide whether you have a right to carry it.” (Emphasis added.)

Note well how Flynn referred to his police personnel as “my troops,” an ironically appropriate designation in light of the fact that he clearly considers himself to be the dictator of a military occupation force, rather than the director of a civilian police agency.

Flynn invokes the fact that Milwaukee has witnessed nearly 200 homicides over the past two years as justification for the defiant orders given to “his troops.”

That fact underscores the need for citizens to retain the ability to defend themselves against lawless assaults immediately, rather than waiting for the police to arrive — by which time they have little left to do other than draw chalk outlines and string up crime scene tape.

Chief Flynn, it should be noted, has mingled with the elite. Before being tapped to head the scandal-plagued Milwaukee PD in January 2008, he had been police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts and served stints as Chief of Police in Braintree and Chelsea, as well as Arlington, Virginia. He also served as Mitt Romney’s Homeland Security adviser.

Flynn is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, the National Executive Institute, and a former fellow at the Harvard School of Government. He sits on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Board of Directors of the Council of State Governments Justice Center.

Clearly, Flynn is no marginal figure, a fact that makes his perspective on civilian disarmament and militarization of law enforcement a matter of national concern.