The Justice System Fails Again

28 May

As some people may know, I am retired Police Officer.  The recent months of anti-police activity and “meism” crying about supposed racism, has been really getting under my skin.  For the last several years, I have seen the activities of liberal, chaotic extremists leading the news more often than not.  I have also been saying that law enforcement as a whole is going to become a thing of the past and it is going to be a service to those who cry the loudest.  It has always been a dangerous job and every Officer out there knows that someday could be their last, where they put their life on the line for the last time.  This doesn’t change their belief in protecting their communities and putting the bad guys away.

This week, we lost another Officer for no good reason (like dieing for your job has a good reason at any time).  The Justice system failed again. It failed our citizens, it failed Officer Brenner and it failed his family.  Officer Brenner of the Rio Rancho Police Department in New Mexico, of which I am a former Officer, made a traffic stop on a vehicle that, unknown to him, had a convicted killer as a passenger.  That passenger was Andrew Romero, a convicted killer, drug dealer, robber and burglar.  Romero was was sentenced on manslaughter charges in 2006 to 3 1/2 years but was paroled only after 2 years. During his first month of parole, he violated his conditions of parole.  In 2010 he was caught shoplifting and using his girlfriend’s kids to facilitate the crime.  During his escape from security, a guard had a heart attack and died.  He was never charged with the death but was charged with child abuse.  In 2012, he was caught in a buy/bust narcotics deal and charged with trafficking.  2013, he was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, after brandishing a gun at a gas station attendant, while stealing gas.  Why he wasn’t charged with robbery, we don’t know.  Two months later, he was caught trying to steal a wheel off of a vehicle.  Recently, he went on a robbery spree of several gas stations and drug stores.  I think you get the idea, this piece of shit was a menace to society and it’s citizens safety.

Yet, he was free to continue his criminal activity.  It was only a matter of time, before he killed another.  He has shown his complete disregard for the law and any respect for life.  Why was this ( I am at a loss for words what to call this individual) person out on the street?  Where was our D.A.’s/Prosecutors, Judges and Parole/Probation Boards, that are responsible for keeping these people away from our citizens and keeping our communities safe?  The have failed us, they failed Officer Brenner and his family.  This is only one example of how our “Justice” system has failed us.  There are many across the nation, to many to mention.  Time and time again, our families are threatened by these thugs that the system has failed to recognize as a threat.  The Liberal Judges and Lawyers that think that these maniacs are capable of being rehabilitated, continue to be lenient against these men and women and they continue to be allowed to run free.  The excuses of over crowding, no previous convictions, etc., need to stop and they need to be locked up.

As a result, another one of our selfless Police Officers have lost his life.  5 children have lost their father.  A wife, who supported him and was proud he served his country (Air Force service member) and his community, has lost her husband.  The City of Rio Rancho and it’s citizens has lost one of it’s heroes.  This was unnecessary, had the “Justice” system done their job it would not and should not have happened.

We need to put a stop to this and vote out our Judges that are not tough on crime, that fail to follow the laws and invoke what they believe is justice.  Get rid of prosecutors that do not stand strong on prosecuting these people to the fullest extent of the law but believe their case record of win and loss is more important than the lives of our citizens and first responders.  Police Officers arrest and incarcerate people everyday, they do their job.  Now let’s make the Lawyers do theirs.

Cheaters Will Be Cheaters

24 Feb

I wasn’t sure what to title this post.  I have a lot of interests and not near enough energy or time to be able to do all of them.  I am a fan of video games and have been since I was a kid.  For those of you that don’t like video games, this isn’t going to be just about that so please keep reading.  I have been a player and fan of the Battlefield series since Battlefield 1942 and in the last two years have been playing Battlefield 3 and now 4 multiplayer on a regular basis.  Since video games were developed there have been people who have tried to hack the game.  There are also those that modify the games to improve or change the field of play to make it more interesting or to give you more options.  I very much despise hackers, as all they are doing is trying to break the program and cheat other players.  They break the program so that they have an advantage over other players and can say, “See how good I am?”.  In reality, it isn’t their skill of player against player but the hack or program that is doing the work.

Over the first 2 years or so that Battlefield 3 was released, we would see hackers/cheaters, from time to time.  Many times it was obvious and there were certain things we could do to get rid of the player.  Other times, it was subtle but many of them eventually were banned from the game.  Battlefield 4 was released last October, after an Alpha and Beta testing.  Before the Alpha test was released, there were already hacks available on the net and during the Alpha and Beta versions, they were readily visible.  Many of us thought that most of these hackers would be dealt with after the release of the full version.  4 months later and we are still dealing with obvious hackers/cheaters.  They are being reported by players and banned by administrators of servers but there are still many that are able to use their cheats and create havoc for honest players.  EA (Electronic Arts), the publisher of the game (I believe that is the correct title) continues to fail to follow through with banning these players or developing their software, to discourage and make it more difficult for their games to be hacked.  My point to all this is, when did it become alright to cheat, lie and steal?

We have become a society where it is alright to cheat and lie.  Our politicians do it on a regular basis, companies do it to their customers and share holders and now kids think that it is ok to cheat at games.  It has become so ingrained in our society, that even our children’s behavior has been modified to except it.  Children now believe that it’s ok to cheat at games so that they are number one, they cheat at testing in school, so that they get a better grade.  As adults, they cheat on their taxes, at their work, on their spouses.  The list goes on and on.  It’s ok to cheat so that you can get ahead.  Well, I’m old school, raised by parents that were believers in God, honesty, integrity.  They believed that your name and reputation stood for something.  If you couldn’t stand on your merit, then you couldn’t stand.  People in today’s society have lost that.  Integrity, honesty, morals and principles have become nothing more than words to describe someone that is out of place.  It is a sad state of affairs and it is not something that can be repaired easily.  It took several generations to get where we are and even if we started today, it will take several generations to return to that state.

Now, that I have said that, I’m going to get on my soap box about big business and it’s dishonesty, specifically, EA. Back to the gaming industry.  After playing Battlefield 3, I was very happy and impressed with the graphics, the game engine and had a lot of fun playing.  When it was announced that EA was going to be releasing Battlefield 4, I was excited and even pre-ordered the game.  I was able to play the Alpha and Beta tests and thought as many people, that it was going to be an awesome advance in gaming.  There were problems with the testing releases but that’s what the purpose of Alpha and Beta releases were for, to work out the bugs.  When the full game was released in October, it turned out that many of the same problems that were in the Beta test release, were still there and had not been fixed.  Being hopeful, I thought, they were in the process of making fixes and they would release a patch soon that would fix the bugs.  Here we are 4 months later and multiple patches and there are still major problems with the game.  Consumers have complained over and over again to EA but they still haven’t been able to correct the simplest of errors.

EA has continued to make promises that they are working on fixes but we don’t see improvements.  As I stated, I pre-ordered the game and when the game was released, I was charged twice for the game.  The original offer for the pre-order, was that you would be purchasing a premium edition, the upgraded version, for $70.  There was a press release, outlining what you would receive by purchasing the premium version.  6 months later, they changed the pre-order version to the deluxe version and to obtain all the perks for the premium version, which I had already purchased, you had to spend another $50.  Now, I have spent $120 for a game that originally was supposed to cost me $70 and was supposed to work but I also was charged twice for and still doesn’t work.  In addition, 2 days after purchasing the premium version, they put both versions on sale for 50% off.  When I contacted EA they would not give me a discount or a credit for the sale price.

Big business holds all the cards.  This is just a video game but the same problems/dishonesty, apply in almost any consumer fed business.  The end consumer is the customer, that’s us, you and me.  They should be kissing our asses not ignoring and providing an inferior product that doesn’t work.  I know I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.  I’m venting putting this out there so that maybe it will help someone else or just maybe, someone out there has a solution that I haven’t tried.  We as consumers are getting screwed everyday, by the government, big business and yes, by each other.  Our children and much of our society, believe that it is alright to screw each other.  Inferior, unsafe and over priced products.  Companies continue to produce and monopolize markets so that we have no choice but to use them and their product.

Companies used to brag about having good customer service, good, reliable products.  Now, they are allowed to provide services/products that are cheap and inferior and charge us the full price because we have to use them.  Cable companies, telephone services, automotive products.  Appliances are only designed to last about 5 years and they fail and you have to purchase a new one.  The prices aren’t any cheaper, they products have become short lived so that we have to buy a new one and thus big business makes more money.  We as consumers, need to stop excepting this as the norm and fight these companies and force them to produce a better product for less money or at least a price that is reasonable.

Big business today has forgotten about reliability, quality, dependability, efficiency.  The bottom line for them is the bottom line, how much money can they make off the user.  If have read this far, then I ask that you stand up for your rights as a consumer and make these businesses stand by their products and provide proper customer service and reliable, user friendly products, for a fair price.  This is America.  We had a reputation at one time that was world renowned that we were the best of the best.  Now, we are nothing more than “made in China” or “made in Taiwan”.  Let’s make America whole again and bring it back to being the moral, principled and honest nation we once were.

Lawman

Federal Law Says You Don’t Have to Opt In to Obamacare

10 Jan

Federal Law, 42 USC 18115:  Freedom Not to Participate in Federal Health Insurance Programs, says that we do not have to opt into Obamacare and we cannot be penalized for not doing so.  According to the Cornell University Law School, the law reads like this:

No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made by this Act) or in any Federal health insurance program expanded by this Act (or any such amendments) and there shall be no penalty or fine imposed upon any such issuer for choosing not to participate in such programs.

So what does this mean for us?  Well we will have to wait and see when this is brought to the attention of the IRS and they are challenged for penalizing us for not opting in.  On it’s face, we do not have to participate in and cannot be penalized for opting out of Obamacare.

As being reported by the website, DC Clothesline, Florica Democratic Congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, she confirmed this at a town hall meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, April 5, 2010.  After being asked by an attendee, “Congresswoman, who gave you the right or the authority to determine whether or not I have to purchase health care?”, she replied:

We actually have not required in this law that you carry health insurance. Let me explain what we did: What we did is that, just like when you’re treated, that we categorize you differently in terms of your tax return when you’re married versus single, just like we categorize you differently when you are a homeowner versus someone who doesn’t own a home, just like we categorize you differently when you have children versus not having children — what we are doing is you will be in a different tax status if you carry insurance versus not carrying health insurance. So you can feel free to choose not to carry health insurance. That’s just going to be reflected in the tax category that you’re in on your tax return. But there is no requirement in this law that you must carry health insurance.

Wasserman says that you will placed into a different tax status if you don’t have insurance than those that do.  You are free to choose not to carry health insurance but that will reflect on your tax return.  A slimy, slippery way of saying that you will be penalized when you file your taxes if you choose to opt out of Obamacare.  This statement refers to an IRS code (IRS code 26 USC 5000A:  Requirement to Maintain Minimum Essential Coverage) that states that every individual after 2013, and any dependent, has to carry minimal coverage.

An applicable individual shall for each month beginning after 2013 ensure that the individual,
and any dependent of the individual who is an applicable individual, is covered under minimum
essential coverage for such month.

 

The next section then continues, that any applicable individual, fails to meet the requirement to carry the minimum requirement, that they will be penalized.

If a taxpayer who is an applicable individual, or an applicable individual for whom the taxpayer is liable under paragraph (3), fails to meet the requirement of subsection (a) for 1 or more months, then, except as provided in subsection (e), there is hereby imposed on the taxpayer a penalty with respect to such failures in the amount determined under subsection (c)

 

As usual, the lawmakers have no idea what they are passing.  These two laws are in direct contradiction with each other.  How can they enforce one without the other canceling it out?  We all know that the law is illegal and cannot be enforced but fighting “city hall” isn’t going to be easy.  We as Patriots are going to have to stand up for ourselves, as we know that Congress does not have our interest at heart. Take this information and contact your representatives and force them to repeal the “Affordable Care Act”.

Lawman

 

Parents Have No Rights

18 Dec

I was looking through stories to post and forward for my Facebook followers and found an article out of California where the parents of a girl are being told that she is legally dead, still on life support and the parents did not want her removed. The state has stepped in and said that she is legally dead and that she is going to be removed from the life support machines. When did parents lose their rights to make decisions for their children? Isn’t that what we are supposed to do?

Now, I am not talking about whether she is dead and whether she should be removed from life support. I am strictly talking about parental rights. When does the government have the right to declare someone dead and by order remove someone from life support? Recently, there have been several stories of parents having their right taken away by government/hospital agencies. This specific story, I saw being reported by The Blaze.

The girl, Jahi McMath, is a black 13 year old teenager who had what is considered to be a routine simple procedure to have her tonsils removed to attempt to cure her of her sleep apnea. As we all know, any surgery has risks and this one was no different. She suffered from severe bleeding and also went into cardiac arrest in the days following the operation. It was after this that they declared her brain dead.

Under California law, Jahi met the requirements for being declared dead and would be removed from life support, the family was told by the head of the pediatric department. The parents did not want her removed from life support. Whether they were not ready to accept the reality of the situation or because they thought there was a chance that she would recover, the hospital was following the law. Apparently, once declared brain dead by two physicians performing different tests on the patient, the hospital has the right to remove them from life support, not the family.

When did we lose the right to make decisions over our body and make decisions for the safety and well being of our children? We, as parents are responsible for our children and their actions. We alone are responsible for raising them and protecting them. How is it that the government can forgo this and remove our parental rights? Shouldn’t it be our decision and responsibility to do what is best for our child? We see stories everyday about parents who do not take responsibility for their children and as result of neglect or abuse, the parents are jailed and the children are removed from the dangerous situation, as it should be. But these parents are, most likely, trying to make sure that they are doing what is best for Jahi. Most likely they do not have a medical background and are just trying to understand that there may not be any other answer for her but to remove her from life support.

Is bed space so important that the hospital is trying to push them out? Is it the insurance companies pushing them out? Or is this the beginning of the “death panels” for Obamacare and is this what we can expect in the very near future for any of us? If it is any of these, I fear what we as a Nation and society have become.

Lawman

Arkansas Nuclear Plant in Shutdown After Explosion

18 Dec

I just saw an article relating an accident at a nuclear power plant in Arkansas on Facebook and had not heard anything about it in the media. I wasn’t sure if this was a legitimate story or another red flag posting. I did some research and found that it is an actual event from December 9, 2013 near Russellville, Arkansas, at the Arkansas Nuclear One’s Unit 2. The plant is owned and run by Entergy Corp. I have found all kinds of articles on the incident but only a couple from sources that are more than just blogs.

According to the Courier News, a local paper, there was an explosion on the morning of the 9th apparently involving a transformer in an electrical switch yard. As a result of the explosion, a fire occurred and caused the safety systems to kick in and shut the Unit 2 reactor down. The investigation is ongoing and I have not been able to find a determination for the explosion yet.

The NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) in Arlington, Texas, was notified and their incident response center was activated. According the NRC press release there were no injuries and no radioactive release. In the event report issued by the NRC, there was a small release of oil into Lake Dardanelle that was determined to mineral oil and did not pass the oil boom placed at the discharge from the plant.

I was surprised (not really) that the MSM had not produced any kind of story related to this. This was a potentially serious incident that could have become a deadly health hazard, had the backup generator and supplement sources of power been routed to power the reactor. According to the reports, the transformer caused the power to Unit 2 to completely be lost, which would mean, if I understand correctly, that there was no power to control the cooling system or the ability to move the rods in or out of the reactor.

Is this a MSM not wanting to disparage the nuclear industry or is it just that it wasn’t important enough to report. The NRC did make a press release and the event report is available so why is it the media decides that something like this isn’t reported? They report on Obama vacationing, Cops having a snow ball fight why wouldn’t they report on a potentially deadly incident and show that the safety systems worked? The MSM has been missing the point for a long time now and things need to be changed and be a fact telling resource and not a money, politically influenced pawn of big business and government.

Lawman

White students fed up with black professor’s racial screeds, lawsuits fly

5 Dec

This article is from The Daily Caller and was written by Robby Soave a reporter for The Daily Caller

 

The politics of faux victimization are spiraling out of control at a community college in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where several white students, their black professor and irritated administrators have one-upped each other with complaints, reprimands and now a lawsuit.

The trouble began in English professor Shannon Gibney’s Introduction to Mass Communications class at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Though the class ostensibly has little to do with race, Gibney considers herself an activist on racial issues, and frequently invokes white privilege and oppression during class time, according to her students. (She has previously taught classes on race and gender.)

Recently, several white students announced that they had had enough with Gibney’s incessant racial screed. They interrupted her during a lecture, and said, “Why do we have to talk about this in every class? Why do we have to talk about this?” according to Gibney’s account of the incident, which was recorded by the City College News.

Gibney felt put on the spot, but told the students not to take matters personally.

“We are not talking about all white people, or you white people in general,” she told them. “We are talking about whiteness as a system of oppression.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this failed to provide comfort to the white students. Next, Gibney invited them to file a racial harassment complaint with the college if they were so offended.

So they did.

Last week, the college reprimanded Gibney and accused of her creating a hostile work environment for white students.

According to Gibney, she received the following reprimand from Lois Bollman, vice president of academic affairs:

“Shannon, I find it troubling that the manner in which you led a discussion on the very important topic of structural racism alienated two students who may have been most in need of learning about the subject… Your actions in targeting select students based on their race and gender caused them embarrassment and created a hostile learning environment.”

This is not the first time that Gibney’s penchant for stirring the racial pot has raised eyebrows. She was investigated by the college on two previous occasions. On one of those occasions, she suggested to the student newspaper that circulation was slipping because it did not have enough minority staff members. On another, she was accused of discriminating in favor of minority candidates for a job at the college,according to Inside Higher Ed.

The college said that it did not reprimand Gibney in the manner she claimed but declined to comment on the matter in general.

Gibney called MCTC’s investigations into her behavior “attacks on me by white males.”

“As a vocal black female younger looking… faculty member here, unfortunately this is no the first time,” she said. “I’ve actually had multiple verbal and institutional attacks on me by white males, whether they were students, faculty, administration or staff.”

Gibney and six other MCTC faculty members have filed a class action lawsuit against MCTC that alleges the college is a discriminatory workplace for people of color.

She did not respond to a request for comment.

Gibney received mostly positive reviews on ratemyprofessor.com, although many students — even those who enjoyed her class — said she brings up race way too much.

“I thought I was taking english, not racism 101,” wrote one student.

Law Enforcement Gearing up for Civil Unrest?

23 Nov

For several years now, people have been posting pictures and articles representing the build up of military equipment with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. As I was a Police Officer for over 20 years, I have seen my share of strange and unusual things. This is not one of them. Albeit only my opinion/speculation, it is my belief that many of these vehicles and equipment items, are the government/military liquidating items that they are not using or need to replace. In several instances over the years, the agencies that I have worked for and other agencies that I have had friends working in, have been given the opportunity to acquire military style/grade equipment at auction or grants, at no cost or very low cost. Some for a $1 that would provide 2 or 3 helicopters that would still be operational or used for parts.

The military is currently liquidating equipment in Iraq, selling the equipment and vehicles for scrap metal because they claim that it is cheaper to sell it off then to transport it back to the U.S. The government provides many of these types of vehicles and related equipment that are going to be retired or scrapped, to local, county and state government agencies for their use instead of completely scrapping them and melting them down.

When I worked for Denver PD, they were given the opportunity to make a purchase of 3 Bell helicopters, one completely flight worthy, one that only needed some basic maintenance and another for parts. The only thing that the Department would have to do was provide storage, equip them with the radios and lights that they would want for operation and they were theirs. They decided against it and bought a new Bell for over a million dollars but that’s another story.

Many of these armored vehicles that local and state agencies are obtaining, are most likely used vehicles that the government is retiring. They provide an excellent protection for Officers involved in SWAT type of missions, being armored, very durable and able to operate for long duration without breakdown and capable of carrying multiple team members and their equipment.

Now I am not advocating that these are necessary items for these agencies. It is my belief that in many cases, especially small agencies, that is along the lines of, “the one with the most toys wins” philosophy or my truck is bigger than yours. There also is an intimidation factor that when you see these vehicles rolling up to a scene or driving down the street, people think twice about what they are doing. It also creates a conspiracy theorists dream, being able to create these questions and put it into the minds of the unknowing public to question the authority and what they are doing. It has worked.

Now, this does not explain every one of these situations but it does explain some. Why the feds are purchasing these vehicles that are IED resistant, armored to withstand heavy small arms fire and explosives, i cannot fully explain. I believe that much of it is government waste. They have to spend their budget by a specific date or have their budget reduced the next fiscal cycle. It is my opinion that many of these purchases are unnecessary and the funds could be spent on better equipment, training for their agents/officers.

We have seen in recent years, a rise in incidents that seem to show a force by the federal law enforcement agencies that has never been seen before. With the current administration and their willful disregard for the 2nd Amendment, they make it appear that they are building for civil unrest with an armed public. I don’t disagree with this thinking but I do not fully support it either. I do believe that if things continue as they are, we will have no choice but to fight back against the government and military. We have a Constitutional right to bear arms, be safe in our homes from the government’s intrusion and a God given right to live free. I hope that our citizens that are supporters of the Constitution, are smart enough to realize this and fight back in an intelligent and safe fashion, using force as an incredibly last resort.

Stay safe my brothers and sisters and be smart, don’t fall into the conspiracy theorists trap. We will have to adapt and change to the attacks the administration comes up with.

The World We Live In

19 Nov

The holidays are quickly coming upon us. With that, we start thinking about what has happened in the last year and where we are as to where we would like to be. I have been doing the same. This year, I decided that I was sick and tired of the government beuracacy and wanted to try and do something to help change things. I created my own website and blog to try and educate the public on what was actually happening to our Country. Shortly after starting my own site, I had the chance to write for a well known group on Facebook that was campaigning for change in our government. It wasn’t long before I realized that this group wasn’t all it said it was and putting on false fronts to sell t-shirts and pocket the money for themselves and I wasn’t getting paid in return as I was promised. I left that group along with numerous others when we found out the lies and that the whole scam being run by a group of scam artists, including an armed robber and drug dealer with multiple arrests on his record. 

I was villified along with others and lies were spread about all of us. Claims were made that I was never a Police Officer and then I was a washed up cop who couldn’t cut it anymore. Although on the surface, the purported goal of this group was an honorable one, they were cheaters and liars. I left them and joined a group that was started by several of those who left and tried my best to continue my goal of educating the American public. I was not able to manage the egos and being told what I had to write about and how my writers articles were going to presented. I again found out that I had been duped into believing people that I never knew except contact through the web. It turned out to be a load of lies again. I left and had a very disgusted taste in my mouth. Since then I didn’t give a shit about anything but myself and my family. The Country can shove it and so could the people that aren’t willing to wake up. I was expecting to see the authorities knocking at my door any day now but so far I have been fortunate that hasn’t happened.

After a couple of months of gaming and sitting on my ass and thinking about all the ridiculous lies that are being told by the government, both local and federal, I have decided to try again but only on my terms! I have nothing to lose anymore. I can’t work anymore because of physical and PTSD related problems. My wife is unable to work and has filed for disability because of fibromyalgia and we are almost 3 years into that fight with no end in sight. If she was an alcoholic or drug addict, she would probably already have her disability but since it is something that Dr’s can’t test for they don’t believe that it exists.

This Country has become a citizenship of victims and sheeple. People have lost their will to fight, the need to be informed and educated and are willing to rely on what the government says as gospel. Well, I am here to tell you that the government is not looking out for you, me or anyone but themselves. After being a government employee for over 25 years, I have first hand knowledge. It’s all about the politicians and their pocket books and how they can line them with the almighty dollar.

We have been duped by them over and over again. Obama, Bush, Clinton the list goes on. Some have been better than others but in the end, we still are short changed. We keep getting poorer, the dollar continues to fall and the rich continue to benefit from it. What is it going to take to get Americans to wake up?

We need change, change that will bring back the morals, principles and justice for us, the working class that made this Country great. I don’t know who is going to do it but it has to happen or we are going to fall into a cavern so deep that we aren’t going to be able to climb out.

Please stand strong and help build us back to the way we used to be.

NSA Oversteps it’s Authority, Thousands of Times a Year

16 Aug

The Washington Post is reporting that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been violating privacy rules and overstepping it’s legal authority for years. After an internal audit and information from top secret documents, it was found that since Congress broadened the powers of the NSA in 2008, that the agency has been involved in thousands of unauthorized surveillance of Americans and foreign targets inside the U.S.

Washington Post Graphic

Documents that were obtained by the Post, provided by the former contractor, Edward Snowden, provided information and data that shows the NSA has been illegally monitoring emails and phone calls. Some through intentional acts and others as a result of typographical errors.

The Obama administration has provided little information about the NSA’s record on compliance within the law. Even though it has been said that there will be a transparency on the administrations part, especially relating to the NSA, it has yet to do so. In June, after making a promise to explain the NSA’s record, Deputy Attorney General, James Cole said in his congressional testimony, they would explain the NSA’s record in “as transparent a way as we possibly can. Every now and then, there may be a mistake.”

One of these “mistakes”, took months to uncover. A new collection method was put in place but the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which is the authority over the NSA, didn’t find out about it for months. When they found out, they ruled it was unconstitutional.

In an audit obtained by the Post, from May 2012, they found that there were 2,776 incidents in the previous 12 months, of unauthorized collection of data. Most of these were unintentional, many involved the violation of standard operating procedures and others were as a result of failure of due diligence. One of the more serious incidents, was the violation of a court order and unauthorized use of data on more than 3,000 Americans and green card holders.

The Post said “there is no reliable way to calculate from the number of recorded compliance issues, how many Americans had their communications improperly collected, store or distributed by the NSA.” 1 in 10 incidents are attributed to typographical errors, which an analyst has entered an incorrect query.

The more serious events, include unauthorized access to intercepted communications, distribution of protected content and the use of automated systems without built-in safeguards to prevent the unauthorized surveillance. The May audit only included the Ft. Meade headquarters and surrounding facilities in the D.C. area. If it included all of the NSA’s facilities, the numbers would be much higher, according to officials speaking condition of anonymity.

In 2009 there were significant violations uncovered and the NSA’s oversight staff was quadrupled. The infractions have continued to rise through 2011 and early into 2012. The NSA refused to comment on whether the trend has continued presently.

The NSA Director, James Clapper Jr., acknowledged that the Surveillance court had found that the Agency had breached the 4th Amendment. The Obama administration has continued to fight a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, seeking the opinion. The Agency, usually reveals nothing on public record relating to it’s errors and infractions. The semi-annual reports provided to Congress are unclassified and contain redacted pages under “Statistical Data Relating to Compliance Incidents.”

The Agency uses the term “incidental” when it sweeps up records of an American while targeting a foreigner or a U.S. person who is believed to be involved in terrorism. Official guidelines for Agency personnel say, that kind of incident, “does not constitute a…violation and does not have to be reported.”

Obamacare Army Forces Home ‘Visits’

16 Aug

The Affordable Health Care Act or Obamacare, has been continuously in the headlines for a couple of years, now. In a section that grants money to states wanting to “enhance” their home visit programs, it will grant millions of dollars and powers to force home visits. Under this section, government officials, will be able to create an almost unlimited source of reasons for forcing home visits/inspections. Everything from homes with parents under 21 years old to tobacco users to military service members, especially those who have served overseas.

Under the “Affordable Care Act-Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program” section, it sets the requirements for being able to receive the grant money. The idea behind this section, is supposedly to help parents and children but will impact many more. Under this section, government agents, will pay special attention to those households that have “high risk” persons. Households that have a mother under 21, tobacco users, children with low student achievement, developmental delays or disabilities. Another category, will itself effect millions of people. Those families with individuals who are serving or formerly served in the armed forces, including families that have members of the armed forces who had multiple deployments outside the U.S.

In a report by The Examiner, constitutional attorney, Kent Masterson Brown, said that “The eligible entity receiving the grant for performing the home visits is to identify the individuals to be visited and intervene so as to meet the improvement benchmarks. A homeschooling family, for instance, my be subject to ‘intervention’ in school readiness’ and ‘social-emotional developmental indicators.’ A farm family may be subject to ‘intervention’ in order to ‘prevent child injuries.’ The sky is the limit.”

Although the Obama administration makes the claim that this only effects families on medicaid, the law by it’s definition does not make that specification.

Brown added, “Intervention may be with any family for any reason. It may also result in the child or children being required to go to certain schools or taking certain medications and vaccines and even having more limited, or no, interaction with parents. The federal government will now set the standards for raising children and will enforce them by home visits.”

These home visits, will require documentation of all kinds of personal information and tracking of these visits. Income, to home condition, firearms, history of contact with child welfare agencies will be placed in a database.

Staring in fiscal year 2012, $12 million will be awarded and an additional $125 million will be available for additional awards. According to the law, only government entities at the state level, are eligible for the grant money.

According to Joshua Cook, political journalist in South Carolina, said that State Rep. Bill Chumley introduced a measure to make the home visits illegal in South Carolina, but the measure died in the House.

This measure has a potential for providing money to child welfare agencies to improve their overseeing of child safety. The problem is, it has overstepped it’s authority and lumping people into a high risk group that may not and most likely, do not need to be there. Not to mention, they have nothing to do with child welfare. There is a lot of room for abuse of authority in this law. As stated earlier, the law can be interpreted in so many different ways and will affect millions of people and this is just one very small part of the complete act. Imagine what is written in the other thousands of pages in the law.

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