Wed, 16 Jan 2019

Articles Posted in the " Domestic Militarization " Category


  • Fourth of July & the Beginnings of the United States

    Today is the Fourth of July, a day marked with celebrations featuring fireworks, barbecues and beer. The day commemorates the signing of a document that informed Britain that the American colonies no longer recognized the rule of the Crown and were declaring their sovereignty. What lead the Founding Fathers to declare independence needs to be understood by modern Americans.

  • National Guard Spy-planes Operating in Violation of Federal Code

    Credit: Jake Melampy

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    Updated June 2nd to separate the article from it’s parent (which was published March 3rd) and to include new documents & graphics.

    Aerial surveillance is not only being conducted by law enforcement, DHS, DEA, FBI (and others) but also the military. The National Guard is operating a fleet of highly capable C-26 surveillance aircraft. “Air Cerberus Inc” is a non-existent company used solely for the purposes of registering seven aircraft. The company quite clearly traces back to the National Guard Bureau headquarters. A spy-plane belonging to the National Guard was active recently circling


  • ICYMI #17: Mike Katz-Lacabe – The Center for Human Rights & Privacy

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    Sam interviews Mike Katz-Lacabe who has been requesting documentation from law enforcement agencies across the United States to determine which possess surveillance gear. Mike and his wife established The Center for Human Rights and Privacy, the website of which includes a regularly updated blog covering their work.

    These significant contributions made towards transparency and public awareness of government surveillance – specifically cell-site simulators and license plate readers – has informed journalists and activists around the nation. The documents provided by Mike’s efforts have lead to numerous


  • Report Details Dangers of “Non-Lethal” Weapons Used Against Protesters

    A protester flees from tear gas fired a protesters in Hong Kong in 2014. Photo by Pasu Au Yeung via Flickr

    A report by Physicians for Human Rights and the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations detailed the health risks associated with crowd control weapons (CCWs) used by police around the world and issued recommendations for their proper use.

    The report, titled “Lethal in Disguise,” discusses the use of kinetic projectiles, chemical irritants, water cannons, disorientation devices, acoustic weapons and directed energy weapons with information obtained from medical reports and news reports on injuries sustained by these weapons at protests


  • Examining the Power of Aerial Surveillance – Part I

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    This is Part I of a series covering aerial surveillance in America.

    MINNEAPOLIS (NSP) – Americans by now are now familiar with concepts of domestic militarization and the growth of the surveillance state at least in a general sense. What is often lacking is specific, detailed information (sometimes by design) that helps the country visualize and deeply understand the issues at hand.

    Without precise knowledge of how these systems and programs are being used, We the People are not able to have a proper, informed and accurate debate on the use of advancements such as aerial


  • ICYMI #10 – Freddy Martinez: Chicago Police Surveillance

    Sam and Jason fill in for Jerod to interview Freddy Martinez of the non-profit Lucy Parsons Labs in Chicago. Martinez won a major public records case against the Chicago Police Department specifically over their use of surveillance technology. In doing so, he’s uncovered proof that the CPD uses seized money from drug busts to fund their acquisition of surveillance gear. The three talk about his case, the wider surveillance state, the War on Drugs, the counter-surveillance movement and more!

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  • ICYMI #5 – Kirk Wiebe: NSA, Whistle Blowing & ThinThread / Trailblazer

    Jerod and Sam speak with NSA whistle blower J. Kirk Wiebe. He helped create a program along with other NSA whistle-blowers that could have prevented 9/11 but was dropped in favor of mass surveillance. Mr. Wiebe’s decision to push for an investigation into fraud, waste and abuse at the NSA through the Office of the Inspector General of the DoD lead to a 7 hour raid by the FBI.

    This riveting conversation includes optimistic solutions, critical analysis of the mainstream media and so much more!

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  • Declassified Review Sheds Light on Start of Electronic Surveillance in United States

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    WASHTINGTON — A recently declassified report from June 29, 2009 details the rise, short comings and more of the United States mass electronic surveillance programs created by the Bush administration in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

    The report states that the Presidential Surveillance Program was signed into existence on October 4, 2001. The over 700 page report contains information on the PSP which led to the NSA’s collection of telephony and metadata which became part of a national dialogue after the Edward Snowden leaks.

    The PSP required President George W. Bush and the Attorney General to