Saturday, February 23, 2019

Man Files Complaint Against Border Patrol for Trespassing, So They Put a Spy Camera On His Property

by Rachel Blevins, via Activist Post:

Encinal, Texas – A landowner has filed a lawsuit after he discovered that Border Patrol agents had illegally placed a camera on his property that gave them access to 24/7 surveillance of his land, and they then threatened to arrest him if he did not comply.

Ricardo Palacios, 74, told Ars Technica that he was walking around his property when he noticed a small camera in green plastic attached to a mesquite tree, about eight feet from the ground. In addition to being located near his son’s house, Palacios said the camera had a transmitting signal.

Given the fact that Palacios did not know where the camera came from, he took it down as soon as he saw it. He said that he then began to receive calls from both Customs and Border Protection officials and the Texas Rangers, demanding that he return the camera.

Now, the fact that the agents knew right away that the camera had been moved and was inside Palacios’ residence serves as a reminder that the agencies were actively monitoring the camera and its location.

While the ongoing intimidation and threats of arrests from Border Patrol and the Texas Rangers may have caused some landowners to turn over the mysterious camera without asking questions, Palacios refused to comply with their orders. Instead, he filed a lawsuit against both agencies.

“My client is 74 years old, he’s a lawyer, been practicing for almost 50 years, he has no criminal history whatsoever, law-abiding citizen, respected lawyer and senior citizen. To have put him in jail would have been—forget the indecency of it—what a way to end a career,” Attorney Raul Casso told Ars Technica.

The land owned by Palacios is 35 miles from the nearest U.S. borderline, and in his civil complaint, he alleged that he has been having problems with CBP trespassing on his land ever since their agents interrogated and physically assaulted his son in April 2010.

Over the last several years, after an ugly, physical confrontation that Plaintiff, Ricardo D. Palacios’ son, had with CBP agents at the IH-35 Checkpoint 29 miles north of Laredo, Plaintiffs’ have encountered agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) going onto their land, at will, without any warrant or legal authority, without landowner consent, over landowners’ objection, and without any warrant or exigent circumstances that would permit such intrusions upon Plaintiffs’ private property. On each such occasion, Plaintiffs confronted the CBP agents they encountered and warned them that they, the agents, were trespassing onto private property.

The lawsuit claimed that when Palacios and his sons ordered CBP agents off of their land, the agents often responded by claiming that they were within “25 miles” of the border, which would give them jurisdiction. Even when Palacios’ son filed an official complaint with Border Patrol, they claimed that “No results were forthcoming, none were ever had, and the trespassing continued.”

According to federal law, “within a distance of 25 miles from any such external boundary to have access to private lands, but not dwellings, for the purpose of patrolling the border to prevent the illegal entry of aliens into the United States.”

However, Palacios has maintained that his ranch is 35 miles from the border. He claimed that the discovery of the camera was the “final straw,” and that when he was contacted by the Texas Rangers, they threatened “to file criminal charges for theft upon [his] persistent refusal to surrender the camera.”

“Our lawsuit is that we want a federal judge to tell the border patrol and the feds to not go on [Palacios’] property without permission or probable cause,” Attorney David Almaraz told Ars Technica. “And if you all are going to keep doing that, you’re going to have to pay for it. It’s called the right to be left alone. That’s what the Fourth Amendment is all about.”

Read More @ ActivistPost.com

WATCH: Tyrant Cop Knocks Handcuffed Woman Unconscious for No Reason & Lies About It

by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

Horrifying video shows a woman beating cop slam his victim to into the ground so hard she’s knocked unconscious and left to lay in a pool of her own blood.

Coldwater, MI — Last July, Tiffany McNeil would walk into the Branch County Jail in handcuffs only to leave in a stretcher moments later after being brutally assaulted by a police officer and knocked unconscious.

What happened while McNeil, 31, was being processed into jail that fateful day is now the subject of a federal lawsuit alleging that police used excessive force and then lied about what happened. The incident—in which a half dozen cops stood by and watched their brother in blue smash a handcuffed woman’s face into the pavement—was also captured on video.

“It was absolutely egregious, disgusting, thug-like conduct,” McNeil’s attorney, Solomon Radner, said. “You don’t expect that from police officers, and it shouldn’t be tolerated.”

On July 24, police were called to McNeil’s home by her husband during an argument. According to the lawsuit, McNeil had been drinking which sparked the argument.

McNeil was arrested and brought to the Branch County Jail to be processed for the incident. As police bring her into the secured entrance, we can see this disturbing scenario unfold.

The woman-beating cop, identified in the lawsuit as Lewis Eastmead, is seen shoving McNeil’s face into the concrete wall for several minutes. The entire time, McNeil is non-combative and not resisting in the least—not to mention, she’s in handcuffs.

All of the sudden, the officer begins pressing her face into the wall with both hands before pulling her backward and slamming her face-first into the concrete floor. McNeil was knocked out immediately.

During the attack on the restrained woman, five other cops watched as their brother in blue degraded the young woman by shoving her face into the wall and not a single one of them intervened as he slammed her to the floor.

In a most disturbing image, once Eastmead realizes McNeil is knocked unconscious, he rolls his victim over to reveal a puddle of blood on the floor coming from the massive gash in her head.

“I told you to relax,” the officer yells, with his knee now on McNeil’s back as she lay motionless on the ground.

For nearly 15 minutes, police prodded the unconscious woman as she lay entirely unresponsive on the concrete. Finally, EMTs arrive and bring her to the hospital where, according to Radner, McNeil received 17 stitches and was treated for a concussion.

After being treated in the hospital, police charged McNeil with felony resisting a police officer. To justify this charge, police then lied on their report, claiming McNeil was being “combative” and “actively resisting arrest,” according to the lawsuit.

Obviously, McNeil was not being combative as we can clearly see that fact in the video. She was doing nothing wrong when Eastmead attacked her.

Radner explained that police brought the felony charge against her to force her into taking a plea deal for the domestic misdemeanor charge to which she pleaded no contest. The felony resisting charge was then dropped.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Eastmead and about a dozen other officers and police department supervisors, including the officers who witnessed the incident, are listed among the defendants, with some identified by name and others listed as John Doe. McNeil is also suing the city of Coldwater.

Along with the excessive force claim, the lawsuit alleges unreasonable seizure; abuse of process and malicious prosecution; that the other police officers failed to intervene “to prevent the violation of Ms. McNeil’s constitutional rights,” and that city failed to properly screen, train and supervise its police officers. It seeks at least $75,000 in damages.

As for Eastmead, he is still a cop on the Coldwater force.

Below is a video of what a woman abusing predator does when given unchecked authority and is accountable to no one.

Read More @ TheFreeThoughtProject.com

Jeff Bezos Protests the Invasion of His Privacy, as Amazon Builds a Sprawling Surveillance State for Everyone Else

by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept:

THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER HAS engaged in behavior so lowly and unscrupulous that it created a seemingly impossible storyline: the world’s richest billionaire and a notorious labor abuser, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, as a sympathetic victim.

On Thursday, Bezos published emails in which the Enquirer’s parent company explicitly threatened to publish intimate photographs of Bezos and his mistress, which were apparently exchanged between the two through their iPhones, unless Bezos agreed to a series of demands involving silence about the company’s conduct.

French People Truly Rising Up Against Macron… Must See

by Rory Hall, The Daily Coin:

This is amazing. These people are unafraid, unyielding and, literally, pursuing one of the enemies of darkness. Please share this. This is how a real resistance / uprising is born. It seems the French people have not claimed victory yet and they are merely retooling their efforts.

Let’s not forget that not all the fire and police force side with the people, some of the jack-boots are still doing their masters bidding.

China’s “Social Credit System” Sounds Pretty Dystopian, But Are We Far Behind?

by Jon Miltimore, Activist Post:

The ACLU declared China’s system “nightmarish,” and it’s not difficult to see why.

In its third season, the British science fiction TV series Black Mirror featured an episode called “Nosedive.”

The episode, which was co-written by The Office actress Rashida Jones and starred Bryce Howard, depicted a society of smiling people who walked around with holographic bubbles that contained their “rating.” These ratings were based on how people were scored by others. A positive interaction with someone was likely to earn a good score. Upload a picture people don’t like, and one could find his rating downgraded.

As far as television goes, “Nosedive” was an insightful bit of art, cleverly panning the fishbowl nature of social media and the timeless human obsession with status. It struck a chord with both viewers and critics, earning an 8.3 rating on IMDB as well as Emmy, BAFTA, and SAG award nominations.

Hero Security Guard Stops Mass Shooting and is Killed by Cops Who Showed Up After it Was Over

by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

Robbins, IL — Early Sunday morning, a tragedy took place in Illinois after a hero security guard stopped what was quickly becoming a deadly mass shooting, only to be shot by police moments later. Jemel Roberson, 26, was working security at Manny’s Blue Room Sunday morning when his heroism got him killed.

The incident began after multiple individuals were asked to leave the bar for being unruly. Witnesses say all the men left and then returned and one came back in with a gun opening fire into the bar. As everyone else ran for cover, Roberson according to witnesses, engaged the shooter with his own gun.

EMERGENCY REPORT: THE CENSORSHIP MASTER PLAN DECODED

by Mike Adams, InfoWars:

An emergency report to Congress and to the president concerning Big Tech, the Democrats and the Deep State’s plan to kill the First Amendment in America

This key report, prepared for lawmakers and for President Trump, serves as a roadmap on how tech giants covertly silence online speech – and how America can fight back against these monopolists working in sync with corporate media and left-leaning “fact checking” sites.

NewsGuard and Microsoft Team Up To Destroy Independent Media Ahead Of 2020 Elections; Linked To Several Think Tanks, Government Officials

by Aaron Kesel, Activist Post:

The service NewsGuard, an establishment attempt to silence alternative media and independent media sites, has teamed up with Microsoft to help its effort to destroy free press. Meanwhile, the mysterious firm connected to intelligence agencies and former government officials on their advisory board has also just been linked to Saudi Arabia through Publicis Groupe, an investor in NewsGuard.

NewsGuard is now automatically included in Microsoft’s Edge browser on iOS, Android and Microsoft phones. Microsoft’s press release regarding the partnership states that NewsGuard “will empower voters by providing them with high-quality information about the integrity and transparency of online news sites.” Just one problem, who is providing transparency about the news rating agency?

Look Around! Common Law Works. Government Statute Doesn’t.

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from Daily Bell:

How can something be considered a crime if there is no victim?

This is a problem. You can go through life making sure you don’t hurt anyone, and still break the law. Wouldn’t that be great if you could simply base your actions on common sense and respect for the standards of a community?

Instead, people must also make sure they don’t do anything labeled wrong by the government. Of course, it is impossible to know all the laws which the government has created. And what they call wrong is not always intuitive, nor offensive.

Government statute law goes beyond the resolution of disputes between individuals and groups. In contrast, the whole point of common law was to settle disputes in non-violent ways.

Now, there are third-party enforcers trolling around looking for a statute that has been broken. There doesn’t have to be a victim. No one has to have been wronged by the legal breach. They actually create conflict instead of resolving it. Their actions often lead to violent altercations, rather than deescalating disputes.

In an essay called “The Obviousness of Anarchy,” John Hasnas discusses the origins of common law, and how it was born out of anarchy. He says that clearly, no society can exist without governance. Part of the definition of a society is that it is somewhat organized and held together by common traditions. But that does not necessarily mean government, as the term has come to be understood.

In arguing for anarchy, I am arguing that a society without a central political authority is not only possible but desirable. That is all I am doing, however. I am not arguing for a society without coercion. I am not arguing for a society that abides by the libertarian non-aggression principle or any other principle of justice. I am not arguing for the morally ideal organisation of society. I am not arguing for utopia. What constitutes ideal justice and the perfectly just society is a fascinating philosophical question, but it is one that is irrelevant to the current pursuit. I am arguing only that human beings can live together successfully and prosper in the absence of a centralised coercive authority. To make the case for anarchy, that is all that is required.

Read More @ http://www.thedailybell.com

Google Staff Discussed Search “Tweak” To Bias Trump Travel Ban Results

from ZeroHedge:

The notion that Google’s search algorithm is biased (explicitly or implicitly) against conservative voices and media outlets is nothing new. President Trump slammed Google for this tendency over the summer when he tweeted a screen shot of the results from a search using the terms “Trump news”…

Well-Informed Citizen Owns Rookie Cops, Proves He Knows the Law Better Than Them

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by Jack Burns, The Free Thought Project:

When a man was harassed by police, he demanded to speak to a sergeant who admitted that he was targeted because he was sitting in his car in a parking lot.

San Diego, CA — “Mexican standoff! Develop a sense of humor,” Nodier Taveres told a pair of San Diego police officers who attempted to trample his rights as he quietly parked at a bayside park. Tavares, a Mexican national, found himself face to face with two of San Diego’s finest, standing outside of his car and demanding to see his drivers license—a demand which he refused.

“Kolender vs. Lawson…the Supreme Court ruled that you have to articulate a reasonable suspicion of me breaking the law which gives you probable cause to ask me to identify myself,” Taveres told the officers.

“Well it’s illegal to live out of your car on public property…says the city of San Diego,” the officer responded.

“Is that right?” Taveres asked, presenting the invalidated code in which the city attorney told the city of San Diego you cannot ticket someone for living in their car.

“I’m having fun, I tell you that right now…I got two rookie cops,” he stated while demanding a supervisor be present. The cops then turned their attention to the contents inside of Taveres’ custom van. First, he stated there were open containers of alcohol, then he said he smelled marijuana—all false claims, according to Taveres.

“You guys lie…don’t bullshit me,” Taveres said as he called the officers out for attempting to say they saw alcohol and smelled marijuana. He also criticized them for hiding their body cameras behind the side view mirrors to keep from showing the entire interaction.

“Thank you for not cussing. You are beautiful. You’re doing a great job,” a female’s voice can be heard in the background. While cool and composed during the entire incident, the man eventually got his wish and spoke with a sergeant.

READ MORE:  Hooded, Handcuffed, ‘Violated’: Cops Force Catheterize 3yo Boy, Man for Drug Urinalysis

Again, Taveres presented case law to the law enforcement official, who also appeared to be unaware of the landmark Supreme Court decision. After a few moments of discussing the details of the unjustified police contact and demand for the presentation of identification, the sergeant invalidated the officers’ claims that living out of one’s car is illegal.

The sergeant wanted to focus his attention on “criminal activity,” which takes place in the parking lot and that the officers have probable cause to make contact with citizens in the parking lot.

“The most common thing is probably drug use…so that’s why we’re here,” he said. “But you’re in the parking lot that has that problem. So, therefore, you’re part of the parking lot.”

“So here’s the deal..they’re just out doing their job…and the other big problem we have is people living out of their cars…which is not a crime,” he said. Taveres interjected, “Can you let them know that?”

The sergeant asked Taveres why he had a problem with identifying himself and he simply responded, “Cause that’s my right!” 

The sergeant’s request does raise the question of why Taveres should be required to identify himself simply because a law enforcement officer feels compelled to interrupt his peaceful day at the park to force his will upon the citizen?

For those who are unaware, the City of San Diego is embroiled in a controversial push to rid the city of individuals who live in their cars, on the streets, and are homeless. The hastily erected structures which homeless have made to protect themselves from the elements have been demolished, pets stolen, and belongings destroyed, as TFTP has documented.

Read More @ TheFreeThoughtProject.com

Man Calls 911 for Help, So Police Show Up and Steal His Car

from The Free Thought Project:

Civil asset forfeiture is prevalent across the nation but very rarely talked about.

The presumption of innocence is a fundamental principle of our legal system that ensures that “the burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies.”

However, this principle has been under threat in recent years by police departments across the United States and the widely practiced policy of civil asset forfeiture. When a property is determined, by the police, to be involved in a crime, it is seized and held by the police department.

Often times, the property is held indefinitely only to be auctioned or released at a very high cost. As a recent article in The Detroit News points out: