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TSA Agents Can Now Grope Travelers Without Fear Of Pesky Lawsuits

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners have gained the upper glove when it comes to being sued by travelers subjected to assaults, false arrests or other abuses, thanks to a Wednesday ruling by a federal appeals court.

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In a 2-1 decision, the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that TSA screeners are not “investigative or law enforcement officers,” which shields them from liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). 

While the judges said they were “sympathetic” to concerns that their decision would leave victims of TSA gropings with “very limited legal redress,” the panel ultimately concluded that screeners and security personnel are not covered by the law.

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For most people, TSA screenings are an unavoidable feature of flying, and they may involve thorough searches of not only the belongings of passengers but also their physical persons — searches that are even more rigorous and intimate for individuals who happen to be selected for physical pat-downs,” wrote Circuit Judge Cheryl Ann Krause in her decision.

The Wednesday ruling came as a major defeat for Nadine Pellegrino – a Boca Raton business consultant who sued the TSA for false arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution over a July 2006 incident at the Philadelphia International Airport. 

According to court papers, Pellegrino had been randomly selected for additional screening at the Philadelphia airport before boarding a US Airways flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Pellegrino, then 57, objected to the invasiveness of the screening, but conditions deteriorated and she was eventually jailed for about 18 hours and criminally charged, the papers show. She was acquitted at a March 2008 trial.Reuters

Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro was the lone dissenter on the panel, who faulted the majority judges for preventing victims of TSA abuses from recoveries “by analogizing TSA searches to routine administrative inspections.”

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The court did note, however, that the head of the TSA – the Under Secretary of Transportation for Security does have the authority to designate TSA employees as “law enforcement officer[s] under 49 U.S.C. 114(p)(1).

The same court threw out a First Amendment claim against the TSA last August, after Roger Vanderklok said he was arrested in retaliation for a request to file a complaint against a surly TSA supervisor.

Come fly the friendly skies!

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Here you go, monkeys:

We identified several such factors: (a) TSA agents are part of the country’s national-security apparatus; (b) Congress is in a better position than the Court to recognize a new species of liability; and (c) TSA agents are not typically law enforcement officers.

What the Court is saying here is that they have no remedy to give to the Plaintiff.  Congress, in drafting the post-9/11 transportation security laws, left some vagueness as to just what a TSA (Transportation Security Agent) is in the eyes of the law.  As they then go on to say, a TSA agent is not typically a law enforcement officer. They explain earlier that some TSA’s are designated as LEO’s by virtue of their position (“An employee so designated may carry a firearm, make arrests, and seek and execute warrants for arrest or seizure of evidence.”)  The point here being that the Court determined that the sued parties were not liable under the law; in other words the lady’s lawsuit was flawed, according to the court. This will likely be appealed, but whether the SCOTUS will take it is another question.  I’m guessing they will: what the Court described in this ruling is a fustercluck of a law that needs serious amending.

In discussing point (c), we referred  back to our discussion of the FTCA claim and emphasized the highly circumscribed and administrative nature of the TSO role: TSA employees typically are not law enforcement officers and do not act as such. As  previously discussed, only those TSA employees specifically designated by the Under Secretary with the responsibilities of an officer, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. § 44903(a), operate like police officers. As a result, line TSA employees are not trained on issues of probable cause, reasonable suspicion, and other constitutional doctrines that govern law enforcement officers. Instead, they are instructed to carry out administrative searches and contact local law enforcement if they encounter situations requiring action  beyond their limited though important responsibilities.

In other words, Shaniqua at the porno-scanner with the magic wand is not an officer of any kind, just Shaniqua who be working for the gubmint.

The question is, how do you go about suing her when she chimps out with her authorita or steals your new Adidas?

Source: ZeroHedge

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Statism: The Most Dangerous Religion

Transcript:

Quite simply, a statist is somebody who believes in having a state.
Basically, anybody who wants government.
Government is the exercise of authority over a people or place…
…and that is basically the “right to rule”.
It’s not just the ability to control other people, because most people have that in one way or another.
It’s the “right”; it’s the idea that certain people—it’s legitimate for them to forcibly control others.
Belief in government is a purely faith based, indoctrinated belief.
It doesn’t actually make any sense, in practical terms, or in evidence, or in logic.
For years I thought it was a really good analogy to compare government to religion…
…and only a few years ago did I realize it’s not an analogy.
It IS a religion, in every way.
It has a superhuman deity—government, that has rights that mortals don’t.
It isn’t restricted by the rules that apply to mortals.
It issues commands…
…and if you disobey you’re a “sinner”, and you deserve to be punished.
The faithful, the true believers; they have great faith in these bizarre rituals…
Elections, and legislation, and appointments…
…and they dress up and then they say:
“Ta-da! Now I represent ‘government’. I know I just look like a person, but I don’t just have the rights of a person because I represent…
…the magical deity called ‘government’, and so I’m allowed to demand your money, and boss you around, and hurt you if you disobey me.
I’m acting on behalf of ‘government’, and it has commandments—called ‘laws’—and these ‘laws’ aren’t just the threats of humans…
…they are decrees from something superhuman.
And so all you good people out there should bow to this deity, and if you want the world fixed, this is what you pray to…
…and we give you certain rituals of how to pray to it, and when you’re supposed to pray to it.
Pray to the god to make the world what you wish it was, and to save you from all the uncertainties of reality.”
The doctrine people are taught is just patently absurd, and a bunch of examples of that are like: “consent of the governed”.
There isn’t such thing. If it’s consent, it’s voluntary. If it’s being governed, it’s not.
The actual given excuse is:
“We have the right to rule you because you decided we did, even if you didn’t vote for us, and even if you oppose everything we do to you.”
And: “Well, they represent us.”
Okay, they “represent us” by doing a lot of things that we don’t have the right to do?
And they “represent us” by bossing us around and taking our money?
I bet if I went to my neighbor and bossed him around, and took his money, and said: “I’m representing you”…
…he would say: “What?! What a stupid thing to say!”
To me, the most insane is: “We are the government”, which you hear everywhere, and I asked somebody:
“Do you really not notice that there’s a group of people over there…
…they issue threats, and they call them “laws”, and they issue demands for money, and they call it “taxes”…
…and if you disobey, they send men with guns to hurt you.
Are you really incapable of distinguishing between yourself and them?”
One of the biggest give aways that the belief in government is a complete blind faith religious belief, is the way people respond.
One very easy line of questioning is: “Can you give somebody else a right that you don’t have?”, and everybody says: “Well no, of course not.”
“Well how about you and your buddy? Can the two of you give someone else a right that neither of you have?”
“Well, no.”
And it only takes a couple more questions to get to: “Well, how did Congress get rights that you don’t have?”
They get emotional and they get angry, or they get defensive, or they run away.
They didn’t come to this belief through reasoning and evidence, and logic.
They came there by having a blind faith belief smashed into their heads starting before they could even talk.
It’s just something they were taught to believe; that there’s this thing called “authority”…
…and that it’s allowed to do things human beings aren’t, and that people have an obligation to obey it.
To the point where some people—they weren’t gods or anything—some people wrote down a thing on paper…
…and then they called it “legislation”, and they did certain rituals, and then people go around saying “well, this is law.”
Most people literally feel physical discomfort and fear at the thought of disobeying anyone in “authority”.
Most people can’t say “No, I’m not going to do that”, because it goes against their years and years of…
…programming and indoctrination that trains them to think: “If you do as you’re told, you’re good. If you don’t, you’re bad.”
And that’s the message of school, and that message gets pounded into people’s heads.
Students are taught over and over and over and over again, every day they’re in school…
…that the measure of your virtue is how well you obey authority.
The whole ‘approval-disapproval’ thing…
The one thing you learn in school is: if you do as you’re told you get approval and reward…
…and if you don’t do as you’re told, you get disdain and condemnation.
They’ll make sure everybody knows you’re a bad person because you didn’t do as you were told.
The belief in authority leads everybody—good people, bad people, everything in between…
…to advocate and do things they wouldn’t otherwise do—bad things they wouldn’t otherwise do.
Including cops, because the cops really and truly believe that they have the right to do things that I don’t have the right to do…
…and you don’t have the right to do.
The only reason most of them do what they do is because they believe in authority, and they really believe that legislation…
…gives them an exemption from morality.
So that when they do something and someone says: “Hey, what you’re doing is bad.”
“Hey, I don’t make the law, I just enforce it. I’m not responsible for my actions…
I’m just a tool of some weird thing somewhere else called “government.”
You can’t blame me for what I am personally doing because I’m not really doing it.”
As loony as that is, that’s what most of them will say whenever somebody says:
“Hey, what you’re doing is wrong. It’s not okay to lock people up for smoking marijuana. It’s not okay…”
All the ways in which “law enforcement” initiates violence against non-violent people.
And if you bring that up to them, they literally talk as if they didn’t do it.
The only reason they do that is because they were taught the lie of authority and government and law, along with everyone else…
…and then they were told: “You’re just a tool of the thing called ‘law’, and that makes it so you have rights that other people don’t have…
…so you don’t have to feel bad about physically assaulting non-violent people, because ‘the law’ says it’s okay.”
It really is just permission to ignore your conscience, by saying: “You have rights that other people don’t.
You don’t have the right to tell other people what habit to have on your own.
You don’t have the right to extort people on your own…
…but once you’re ‘law enforcement’, then—not only is it okay—it’s noble and great to go around robbing people and bossing them around.”
That is the biggest danger of the belief in authority. It tricks good people into condoning or doing really nasty, horrible, violent things…
…because they think: “Well, this is okay if government and authority does it.”
They are raised by their parents, by the school, by the government, by the culture, by all the authoritarian messages built into everything…
…to think that obedience is a virtue.
And when you raise a culture to think that, and you get one nasty psycho at the top who says: “Hey, go do bad stuff”, people say:
“Well, I have to follow orders. I have to obey the law. I have to do as I’m told because that’s a virtue.”
And then good people march off and do evil stuff.
I’m not scared of the Maos and the Stalins and the Hitlers, I’m scared of the thousands or millions of people that hallucinate them to be “authority”…
…and so do their bidding, and pay for their empires, and carry out their orders.
I don’t care if there’s one looney with a stupid moustache. He’s not a threat if the people do not believe in authority.
Some people assume that: “Well, you must trust everybody if you don’t want government.”
That’s not at all true. I don’t nearly trust everybody, but if I don’t trust people to run their own lives…
…why on earth would I trust them to be in a position of power where they can forcibly run other people’s lives?
Really what it boils down to is saying: “I don’t trust people. People are untrustworthy and unpredictable…
…so my solution is to take some of those people—some of the most untrustworthy around…
…give them permission to violently control us all, and that will protect us from the untrustworthiness of mankind.”
Okay, you’re so scared of the average man out there, and so thankful for government…
Let me ask you, who has taken more of your money under threat of force?
Private people threatening you?
Or agents of authority threatening you?
How many murders are committed by private people compared to how many are committed by people acting on behalf of authority?
It’s not even close. The number of murders committed in the name of law enforcement, and government, and authority…
…completely dwarfs private murder.
Even governments killing the people of other countries is small compared to them killing their own people.
In the last 100 years, over 270 million human beings were killed by their own governments, not counting war.
That first step is always the hardest; to get someone to dare to set aside his blind faith long enough to think about things.
To back up enough to say: “Maybe government isn’t even legitimate at all?”
It takes a lot for people indoctrinated into the faith to dare to think of those literally blasphemous ideas…
…that no, those people in Washington don’t have the right to rule.
Their threats aren’t “laws”, they’re just threats.
Their demands aren’t “taxes”, it’s just extortion.
And that really feels like heresy…
…because it is!
It is heresy against the god called “government”.
I now have a huge amount of hope, because I see an acceleration of the number of people who dare to think about these things…
…and now the number of people able to have this conversation is just hugely exploding…
…and they’re still a minority, but that exponential curve—I don’t think it’s stopping.
I really think the cult of statism is as good as dead.
Ultimately, I think the belief in government is doomed for the exact same reasons that the belief in a flat Earth was doomed.
There’s too many people pointing out the utter, inherent insanity in the belief…
…and that’s just not going to go away.
Nobody who understands self-ownership, and understands why authority is inherently bogus, wakes up the next day and says:
“Suddenly, I think I should do whatever the politicians say.”
I think, really, humanity is just beginning to wake up to what it’s supposed to be.
Humanity wasn’t meant to be a domesticated species, owned by a ruling class.
Every human being owns himself; is in charge of his own life.
I’d like to see actual rational, moral civilization in my lifetime…
…but, we are going to get there.
Sooner or later, we are totally going to get there.
The lie will never outlive the truth forever.

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A Mexican Town Overthrew Their Local Government And Things Are Going Great

The town of Cherán was once plagued by people claiming the right to rule over them and now they live peaceful lives free of violence. After the town of 20,000 people in Mexico decided to take matters into their own hands by kicking out politicians, cops, and criminals, the now completely voluntary society is running great and the people finally have freedom and peace.

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Cherán is now run by autonomous groups of armed individuals acting on a voluntary basis, with no one making laws, but no one harming each other either.  Choosing to work together instead of submitting to the authoritarian regime previously claiming ownership over the town and those who reside in it, the people couldn’t be doing better now that they’ve grabbed a firm hold of their freedom.

It sure sounds scary to those unable to imagine a life of true freedom, but the town has been liberated since 2011 and no politician is allowed to come in and begin to control the people. According to Vice, armed men and women — not police, but members of an autonomous militia — guard every entrance to the town, looking for strangers with contraband. “Contraband” would be considered political propaganda posters of those who claim the right to rule other human beings. Since the town has been free since 2011, there’s no use for politicians or those who want power over others.

For years, the town had been terrorized for years by an organized crime syndicate devoted to illegally logging the surrounding forests. So after mobs drove out the criminals, they disarmed and drove out the corrupt cops who had protected them. Then they banned the politicians. -Vice

Cherán has achieved something unthinkable in Michoacán: a dramatic drop in murder rates, with rates for other serious crimes hovering at nearly zero. For those in Mexico, especially in an election year marred by wanton political murders, Cherán stands as proof that, in the country’s entrenched cycle of violence, the key ingredient to that violence is the state. Remove that ingredient, and it’s possible to start from scratch.  It bears reasoning that when those who claim the right to rule over others are removed from society, and people are left in freedom, they are much better human beings.

When you remove the myth of authority, that some have the right to own others, people freely and cooperatively work together for their best interests. Cherán is evidence that freedom works better than the bold and obvious socialist slavery in Venezuela. As soon as people begin to realize that their freedom is not at the whims of any other human being, real change and a society based on non-violence and cooperation can thrive. But it’ll take considering the idea of a truly free society rather than putting one’s life into the hands of a master “politician.”

Source: ZeroHedge | Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

Proof Senator McCain Urged IRS To Target Tea Party Groups

Stunning Confirmation: Judicial Watch Obtains IRS Documents Showing McCain Staff Urging IRS To Target Tea Party Groups…

It has long been suspected; the footprints and fingerprints were always present; McCain repeatedly denied it…. now the evidence surfaces.

For those who remember the issues when the IRS, White House and DOJ organized the post 2010 election “shellacking” targeting of Tea Party groups, the latest discovery from Judicial watch is confirmation of a long-held opinion.  John McCain was instrumental in supporting the weaponization of the IRS to target tea party groups.

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WASHINGTON DC – […]  In the full notes of an April 30, 2013, meeting, McCain’s high-ranking staffer [Henry] Kerner recommends harassing non-profit groups until they are unable to continue operating. Kerner tells Lerner, Steve Miller, then chief of staff to IRS commissioner, Nikole Flax, and other IRS officials, “Maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous.” In response, Lerner responded that “it is her job to oversee it all:”

Henry Kerner asked how to get to the abuse of organizations claiming section 501 (c)(4) but designed to be primarily political. Lois Lerner said the system works, but not in real time. Henry Kerner noted that these organizations don’t disclose donors. Lois Lerner said that if they don’t meet the requirements, we can come in and revoke, but it doesn’t happen timely. Nan Marks said if the concern is that organizations engaging in this activity don’t disclose donors, then the system doesn’t work. Henry Kerner said that maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous. Nikole noted that we have budget constraints. Elise Bean suggested using the list of organizations that made independent expenditures. Lois Lerner said that it is her job to oversee it all, not just political campaign activity.

Judicial Watch previously reported on the 2013 meeting.  Senator McCain then issued a statement decrying “false reports claiming that his office was somehow involved in IRS targeting of conservative groups.”   The IRS previously blacked out the notes of the meeting but Judicial Watch found the notes among subsequent documents released by the agency.  (Read Full Article)

The motives were simple.  The GOPe leadership were being challenged by Tea Party primary candidates.  Power was being confronted.  The professional republican party was in full alignment with the Obama administration in removing the existential threat represented by the challenge to their political power and incumbency.  McConnell, Hatch, Burr, Graham, McCain, Cornyn, Corker et al, were willing to do anything and everything to get rid of the challenges to their political power.   Hence, the term “Decepticons” was born.

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In October 2015 the DOJ announced it was dropping the investigation into the IRS, Lois Lerner, and the unlawful sharing of taxpayer data in the IRS targeting investigation surrounding True The Vote et al.

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As a direct consequence of the DOJ decision, congressional inquiry into the IRS targeting matter seemingly dropped from the radar.

However, if you draw a line from the original intent of the entire enterprise, the post-2010 mid-term “shellacking”/” secret research project, forward to the 2016 election cycle an interested observer might still be left asking:

“why did the IRS, through Lois Lerner, deliver the 1+ million pages of tax filings, to include the entire donor list of Tea Party and patriot groups, through 21 CD-ROMs and not by electronic data transfer.  Information that was specifically sent to Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice”?

This is an obvious question which, despite the numerous congressional hearings on the matter, was never asked – nor answered.

The entire scheme is riddled with complexity; almost too complex for the average person to understand, and seriously difficult to summarize.  However, when you boil it down here’s the essential components that are no longer suspicion or supposition, but factually provable:

As a result of a trillion dollar stimulus filled with scheme and graft; and as a result of Obamacare being similarly schemed in backroom deals and late night votes;  President Obama was “shellacked” in the November 2010 election.

The White House didn’t see the defeat a flawed policy issue; rather as the entrenched ideologues they are, they saw the SCOTUS case “citizens united” as the principle tool used by the White House opponents to organize and fund political movements, ie. the tea party.

The Obama Team response to the 2010 Shellacking was to use the Dept. of Justice (AG Eric Holder) to weaponize the IRS and go after groups -like Tea Party Groups- organized under the financial umbrella of 501(c)(4) donation structuring.

Years later, when the scheme was discovered – the White House denied knowledge (“not even a smidgen of corruption”), the DOJ feigned ignorance, and the IRS began working overtime trying to hide the construct of the prior communication, planning and strategy.

  • The head of IRS tax exempt division, Louis Lerner, pled the Fifth.
  • Obama’s Chief of Staff Jack Lew was made Treasury Secretary (IRS is sub division of Treasury Dept.) where he was/is able to continue hiding information.
  • And Eric Holder constructed a team of DOJ lawyers to isolate, hide and manipulate the trail of evidence within the DOJ.

Just before the IRS targeting scheme was fully discovered/comprehended, and seemingly overlooked by any curious media enterprise, in February 2013 representative Maxine Waters said:

“The President (Obama) has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life. That’s going to be very, very powerful. That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it’s never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. They’re going to go down with that database and the concerns of those people because they can’t get  around it. And he’s been very smart. It’s very powerful what he’s leaving in place.” (link)

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Loose Lips Sink UniParty Scheme Ships

Against, the backdrop of new information which proves the UniParty, both dems and republicans, benefited from the targeting of the Tea Party and oppositional forces; and with the full comprehension that Mitch McConnell and the republican leadership organized a post Citizens United strategy to work around their financial dependency on the electorate via Super-PACs; aren’t you just a little bit curious what the purpose was to assemble a data-base or Secret Research Project“?

Lois Lerner’s and other IRS officials’ concerns about how to handle these donor lists came on the heels of an advisory from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) to her and other IRS officials in late March 2012 of “an audit we plan to conduct of the IRS’s process for reviewing applications for tax exemption by potential section 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and 501(c)(6) organizations.”

March 2012 “audit we plan to conduct” was the IG notification for a pending investigation of IRS.  Specifically of their handling of Conservative Groups filing applications and status.

We all know the result of that investigation was a finding the IRS was indeed targeting conservative groups – hence the IRS scandal erupted in the headlines.

However, far more troubling were later discoveries into the internal communications which suggested much more nefarious activity regarding the assembly of secret lists, the “Secret Research Project”.

An undertaking by both the Obama Administration and the DOJ together with the IRS began to surface.

The American Center for Law and Justice put it thusly:   We know the IRS unconstitutionally targeted conservative groups.  We know they illegally demanded, obtained, and held the donor lists of these conservative organizations.  Now we learn that in 2012, the height of the targeting, the IRS was involved in a “secret research project” with this confidential, illegally obtained donor information.

That’s more than a big deal.  It’s potentially criminal.

The very fact that the IRS was using the phrase “secret research project” should give every American pause.  But the fact that this project was conducted as part of a well-orchestrated effort to target and silence conservative Americans is utterly disturbing.

Now, again, ask yourself:  Why would Lois Lerner be delivering 21 CD-ROMs of data, lists of every American who joined arms with the Tea Party, to Eric Holder in the DOJ instead of just transferring that data over their internal computer systems?

WASHINGTON […] “After the Justice Department turned over the database to the Oversight Committee this month in response to a subpoena, the Justice Department says it was informed by IRS officials that it contains legally protected taxpayer information that should not have ever been sent to the FBI and it now plans to return the full database to the IRS,” a statement from the oversight committee said.

According to material obtained by the committee, the IRS sent the FBI “21 disks constituting a 1.1 million page database of information from 501(c)(4) tax exempt organizations, to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

The transaction occurred in October 2010.  (link)

Overlay this Machiavellian web of deceit and power against the latest understandings of how John McCain dispatched another member of his staff, David Kramer, to act as a go-between and facilitator for the Christopher Steele dossier use against candidate Trump; and factor in how the entire intelligence apparatus was weaponized; and consider that both Democrat and Republican leadership were willfully blind in this effort; and a very clear picture emerges.

If you wonder why the entire corrupt DC political class is openly in opposition to President Donald J Trump…. well,…

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Once you see the strings on the marionettes, you can never go back to a time when you did not notice them…

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Australia’s First Thought Crime Convict: Blair Cottrell’s Story

Orwell’s 1984 has officially arrived in Australia. Blair Cottrell was not convicted for offending anyone; he was convicted for having negative thoughts with intent towards Muslims.

Here is his story.

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The Death Of Free Speech In UK

The once great nation, which created the Magna Carta and once commanded an empire is now the land of tyranny, a land silenced by intimidation and fear.

Tommy Robinson, UK anti-islamist activist and convicted thought crime criminal.

 

 

China Uses Facial Recognition to Fence People In

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China’s state surveillance apparatus is trying out a new tool in one of its favorite test beds, the restive region of Xinjiang.

The Muslim-dominated villages on China’s western frontier are testing facial-recognition systems that alert authorities when targeted people venture more than 300 meters (1,000 feet) beyond designated “safe areas,” according to a person familiar with the project. The areas comprise individuals’ homes and workplaces, said the person, who requested anonymity to speak to the media without authorization.

“A system like this is obviously well-suited to controlling people,” said Jim Harper, executive vice president of the libertarian-leaning Competitive Enterprise Institute and a founding member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. “‘Papers, please’ was the symbol of living under tyranny in the past. Now, government officials don’t need to ask.”

The alert project is another example of how Xinjiang — a region boarding Pakistan and Afghanistan that’s home to about 10 million Muslim ethnic Uighurs — has become a laboratory for technologies that track large groups simultaneously. Spurred on by President Xi Jinping’s orders to “strike first against Islamist extremism after deadly attacks involving Uighurs in 2013 and 2014, as well as reports of some fighting in Syria, the region has become one of the world’s most heavily policed places.

Land of Checkpoints

The Alaska-sized Xinjiang is a land of checkpoints, police stations and security cameras. Local governments have been ordering residents to install satellite-tracking systems in their cars. People must submit to facial scans to enter markets, buy fuel or visit places such as the capital Urumqi’s main bus terminal.

Xinjing’s regional publicity department didn’t respond to faxed requests for comment this week. The Ministry of Public Security in Beijing also didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Facial recognition is a big part of China’s two-year-old domestic surveillance upgrade campaign called Xue Liang, a reference to a Chinese idiom about the public’s collective observation power. While other countries are experimenting with the technology — the Federal Bureau of Investigation is, for instance, developing a database of Americans’ photographs — China is at the vanguard.

Surveillance Technology

The country is on track to represent 46 percent of the $17.3 billion global video surveillance market by year-end, and three-quarters of all deep learning-enabled servers for analyzing the data, according to Jon Cropley, a senior principal analyst at IHS Markit. All told, China earmarked 938 billion yuan ($146 billion) for domestic security in 2015 — the last time such figures were released — more than its military budget at the time.

The Xinjiang alert project is being led by China Electronics Technology Group, a state-run defense contractor that has parlayed its experience building radar and space systems into domestic security initiatives, the person said. It’s part of the Beijing-based company’s effort to develop software to collate data on jobs, hobbies, consumption habits, and other behavior of ordinary citizens to predict terrorist acts before they occur.

China Electronics Technology Group didn’t respond to an emailed request for comment.

‘Separatist’ Forces

Establishing control over Xinjiang — located closer to Baghdad than Beijing — has vexed China since an emperor sat in the capital. The current Communist Party-led government blames “separatist” forces that reject Chinese rule for fomenting unrest.

China accelerated efforts to upgrade security technology after Uighurs were blamed for deadly attacks far from Xinjiang in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and train stations in Guangzhou and Kunming. Last year, Xi called on law enforcement officials to “actively use modern scientific and technological measures” and “safeguard national security and social stability,” the official People’s Daily newspaper reported.

The Xinjiang alert system, which began testing early last year, is focused on the southern half of the region, the person familiar with the project said. That includes Kashgar, an ancient Silk Road junction that Xi envisions playing a key role in his updated version of the Asia-Europe trade route, the “Belt and Road Initiative.”

Tracking Movements

While it’s unclear exactly which communities are covered by the alerts, almost four-fifths of southern Xinjiang’s population is of Uighur descent. China’s treatment of the ethnic minority, includingrestrictionson religious observances and the free movement of citizens, has been the subject of frequent criticism by the U.S. and European countries.

The alert project links security cameras to a database of people who have attracted the attention of authorities and tracks their movements within a particular area, the person said. Police can follow up by intercepting individuals or visiting their homes and questioning their friends and families.

Harper from the Competitive Enterprise Institute has been researching the potential adoption of facial recognition systems in America. He said such systems could make controlling large groups far less expensive.

“People will believe that they are being watched all the time,” Harper said. “And this will cause them to curtail their own freedom.”

Source: Stop White Genocide

Policing For Profit Goes To Federal Court

Lawyers have brought a lawsuit against towns in Georgia for using tickets as the major revenue source to fund their pensions and budgets. The City of Doraville, Georgia is facing a federal lawsuit that alleges the city is illegally making millions of dollars preying on residents and visitors in a deliberate scheme to write tickets and collect fines. The tickets are not to enforce any valid law for public safety, but simply to raise money. Most towns have come to rely on extorting fines from people and the scheme typically involves writing tickets that will make your insurance go up with driver’s points. The deal is usually you pay more for a ticket that will not involve points. This is just another layer of major corruption in government.

Doraville has gone beyond traffic tickets. They are fining people for everything and anything they possibly can. They fined a woman and threatened her with jail if she did not pay the fine to redo her driveway. She has brought the suit to end policing for profit.

Source: Armstrong Economics