Mon, 17 Dec 2018

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  • Op-Ed: Shadow Army of Informants

    Op-Ed: Shadow Army of Informants

    North Star Post published this opinion piece by George Webb Sweigert due to the importance of the issues raised by the author.

    The American public just doesn’t believe we have 100,000 paid informants spread out in every one of our major cities. This is the same nation that dumped over 550,000 young men to Vietnam, a nation much smaller than California. We do indeed have a standing army of at least 100,000 paid informants in the shadows of America, and they are entrapping middle class Americans in a host of schemes to get paid.

    By the FBI ‘ s own



  • U.S. to Continue Arming Syrian Rebels as Russia Conducts Operations Against Those Same Rebels

    Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaking with British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon before a NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels. Photo courtesy NATO.

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    WASHINGTON — Leaders within the Department of Defense have continued to condone Russia’s action in the region and stated they will continue to arm rebel groups in Syria while pursuing a “political transition” to end the now four year civil war.

    In a statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook, the DoD said it will continue to work with coalition partners as part of the ongoing Operation Inherent Resolve in addition to arming


  • Op-Ed: Socialism – Who thought it would be a good idea?

    Op-Ed: Socialism – Who thought it would be a good idea?

    Randy May | rmayof1@gmail.com

    One thing I’ve grown extremely upset with over the years is how socialism has been given some sort of negative connotation. In everyday conversations with friends and family it’s used almost as a weapon. This weapon’s payload being that you’re anti-American if you believe in more social systems when it comes to the operations of the United States. I remember originally studying political systems in high school and learning about socialism and thinking that it seemed like the best option. Were my friends and family sick during those lectures or has too much time elapsed since


  • City of Bloomington Fails to Comply with “Unambiguous” Open Government Law Alleges Civil Suit

    Courtesy minnesota-visitor.com

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    The City of Bloomington has violated multiple state laws in regards to transparency and openness of government alleges a suit by public records investigator Tony Webster. Most severe of the allegations against the City, which was responsible for policing the recent Black Lives Matter protests at the Mall of America, includes that staff intentionally deleted data responsive to legitimate public records requests as well as other illegal obstructionism and has failed to uphold Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA) obligations.

    The matter will appear in court before Judge Laurie Miller for oral arguments on


  • 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



  • Police Lobbying for Opaque Body Camera Program in Minnesota

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    In the underbelly of discussion with body cameras in Minnesota is the “it costs too much money” argument. The bemoaning and griping of many law enforcement and local government officials can be heard before the Legislature, city councils, and other venues. Andy Skoogman, executive director of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, has said to the Star Tribune protecting “departments from costly and time-consuming editing” from public data requests, is one reason why they support in the Legislature, HF430/SF498. The bill makes basically all videos collected by body cameras private or


  • Sheriff Stanek Blames Racial Diversification for Increase in Suburban Crime

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    Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, in a report by the Star Tribune from early September, claimed that the recent 27% increase in violent crime in the County’s suburbs was due to racial diversification of the nations population.

    That comment was not scrutinized through records request by the Star Tribune, and that’s where the North Star Post began inquiries.

    The Post submitted a government data practices act request, similar to a Freedom of Information Act request but within the realm of state and local government. The request simply asked for the criminal data that the Sheriff used


  • The Quarterback Controversy in Minnesota

    The Quarterback Controversy in Minnesota

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    After barely squeaking out non-conference wins against Colorado State and Kent State in consecutive weeks, it looks as thought the Minnesota Gophers football team could be preparing to go a different direction at the quarterback position.

    True freshman quarterback Demry Croft has been splitting first team reps with Mitch Leidner this week and has been the more polished of the two players, according to a source with knowledge of team activity. The flashes Croft has been showing in practice, coupled with the excruciating incompetence of the offense thus far, makes pulling his redshirt a likely move