Feds Continue to Assert Authority Over Police

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One by one the Black v Blue Crisis is being used to upsource policing to the feds in contravention of the Tenth Amendment. As per my recent post on Baltimore, this time it’s hitting Chicago and, in my opinion, it won’t stop until every state has the same rules just like it was for drinking ages, abortion, regulation of marriage, etc.
Justice Department Finds Chicago Police Use Excessive Force in Violation of Constitution
City officials have agreed to negotiate a consent decree aimed at reform

CHICAGO—Justice Department officials announced Friday that they found the Chicago Police Department engages in an unconstitutional use of excessive force, including deadly force, following a 13-month investigation.
The probe was launched in December 2015, in the wake of the release of a video in which a police officer killed Laquan McDonald , firing 16 shots as the 17-year-old African-American veered away from the officer.
The Justice Department found that the pattern of “unconstitutional force” came as a result of deficiencies within the police department and city government, including inadequate training, said Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, in a news conference in Chicago Friday morning.
“We found that Chicago’s accountability system is broken,” she said, adding that officers were too infrequently held responsible for excessive use of force.
The city and the Justice Department have agreed in principle to negotiate a consent decree with a court-appointed monitor who will oversee the process of reform, officials said.
The Obama administration has repeatedly used investigations like the one in Chicago, known as a patterns and practices investigation, to enforce change in law enforcement agencies. It has opened 25 such investigations since the start of the administration and has issued 15 consent decrees, including in Ferguson, Mo., and this week in Baltimore….
The Justice Department investigation into Chicago has been the largest conducted in the agency’s history. After reviewing hundreds of cases and thousands of documents, the Justice Department found that officers routinely engaged in a number of faulty practices, including engaging in unnecessary foot pursuits that often led to shootings of suspects, shooting indiscriminately at vehicles and using police vehicles in an unsafe manner.

The article expresses skepticism as to whether the Trump administration will continue this method, but I am sadly confident that whatever path they choose, power over policing will continue to rise to the top.

Trump Double Dog Dares the EU to Double Down

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Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump in typical depictions.

Binkley and I have speculated that nationalism and populism might be a psyop to scare the snowflake generation in the US and Europe into crying out for globalism and this article seems to support the possibility of such a crisis-reaction dialectic.
The European Union, as one of the regional columns of what is likely to be a global government, has been propped up over the past few years in several other ways: the EU’s sovereign debt crisis resulted paradoxically in calls for political union in light of the failure of monetary union alone as well as in a violation of the EU’s law not to monetize member debt by engaging in quantitative easing,* and Italy saw it’s democratically elected president replaced by an EU banker-technocrat. In addition, as George Soros highlighted, tension with Russia will bring the EU together.
Now, as Trump criticizes and even mocks the EU, we have the predicted reaction, at least from those at the top:
Trump’s Dismissal of EU Brings Call for Unity
Europe has ‘destiny in our own hands,’ says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

European politicians called for unity on Monday after President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of the European Union and the trans-Atlantic alliance jarred the U.S. allies.
In Mr. Trump’s weekend interview with a German and a British newspaper, he said other countries would follow the U.K. in exiting the EU, and added that he was indifferent to the fate of the bloc, which he described as a vehicle for German interests.…
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Mr. Trump’s comments were an invitation to the bloc to stand united.
“As is the case with Brexit, the best way of defending Europe, which is rather what Mr. Trump has invited us to do, is to remain united, to remain as a bloc, not to forget that the strength of the Europeans lies in their unity,” he said.

#WTWOF

A picture of Nigel Farage in the article and a reference to Boris Johnson being on Trump’s side in all this is a reminder to watch out for those names in the future. They’re the operatives on the British side during the Brexit transition, and given their reckless public personae, they may be used to scare people straight when it comes to “turning inward.”
*this practice was ruled legal but the ruling itself seems self-serving

How To Get Around the Tenth Amendment & Effectively Nationalize the Police

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I have long predicted that the nationalization of our police force (a stated goal of one of Obama’s top cops) would more likely come as a “normalization” of process, regulations, procedures, etc., through model codes or through quid pro quos just as highway funds were used to strong arm states into raising the drinking age to 21 even though health and safety have both been clearly adjudicated as falling under the purview of the states as per the Tenth Amendment. (Since then, Congress passed a law setting a national drinking age, which on the face of it sounds unconstitutional to me.)
I believe the Baltimore’s police department’s recent compromise with the federal government is a step down this path…
Justice Department and Baltimore Agree on Plan to Reform Policing
The deal follows findings of unconstitutional practices concerning African-Americans by the city’s police department  

With a week left in President Barack Obama’s tenure, the U.S. Department of Justice struck an agreement with Baltimore aimed at rooting out endemic unconstitutional practices in the city’s Police Department.
The 227-page proposed consent decree requires the Police Department to put in place a raft of new policies and training programs, to take steps to ensure that all stops, searches and arrests are constitutional, and to use de-escalation techniques to resolve incidents without force. It spells out in detail when officers can use force and how such actions are to be reported to supervisors.

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Feds Continue to Assert Authority Over Police

First Amendment Fading Fast

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

While I’m not sure Congress could get away with making laws explicitly in violation of the First Amendment, I believe the First Amendment will be increasingly neutralized item by item nonetheless. Specifically…
prohibiting the free exercise of religion – By “criminal profiling” social media posts for evidence of religious “radicalization” without any indication of planning to act in a criminal manner and using that determination to curtail the rights of citizens by putting them on a no fly or no buy or no post list, a specific religion and perhaps ultimately religion in general can be targeted to be silenced. (That is, Radical Islam isn’t the only “radical religion” that might eventually come in the crosshairs. Is Opus Dei or the Kabbalah radical religion? Is extreme environmentalism or pro- or anti-abortion activism considered radical religiosity? Maybe not now, but let’s not forget the St Louis Fusion Center’s definition of threats to national security…don’t remember? Click here.)
abridging the freedom of speech or the press – Similar to the attack on religion, monitoring social media for hate speech or radical views, domestic terrorism, etc. will have the same affect – chilling speech or worse, punishing it; fake news and calls for censorship, curation and prioritization are all attacks on the free press that are obviously imminent.
the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances – There have already been several attacks on this as laws are passed to cordon off the press or protests from the vicinity of government action (Waco, the Bundy Ranch, etc.), but I also think police body cameras will be used to identify and catalogue through facial recognition which individuals are politically active, for what causes and in what ways. In addition, Operation Black v Blue (ie, Black Lives Matter v Blue Lives Matter) is helping get cops out of sympathy with the people, making them more likely to take the government’s side in the case of even justifiable civil unrest, specifically, as unruly protests occur with cops on edge, even shot as in Dallas, violence and suppression of citizen gatherings will more and more be used to deter people from coming out to petition the government or assemble for political purposes, or worse, punish them for doing so.

Leaked John Kerry Conversation with Syrian Opposition

syrian-free-hold-rifles-siInteresting article from Voltaire.net presenting this conversation between John Kerry & the Syrian Opposition. One of the many things I found particularly interesting was how rudely these people spoke to Kerry.
Here’s the article:
Audio Evidence: John Kerry privately confirms supporting and arming Daesh
Here’s the leaked tape:

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Body Armor in the Crosshairs

Another object of the various psyops that are unfolding these days is body armor. The three-pronged approach to gun control seems to be restricting actual firearm ownership without due process (pre-criminals labeled mentally ill, vets with psych issues, domestic terrorists, religious radicals, etc.), limiting ammunition access, and interfering with the ability for the citizenry to defend itself against attack with body armor. This last item is particularly disturbing because, like laws against encryption, it is the sign of a true pathocracy – a government doing the opposite of what it’s supposed to do. Instead of helping you exercise your right to self-defense which is the only justification for government to exist much less to use the force of law against a citizen, the government is actually using force to prevent you from passively exercising your right to self-defense!
The article below is, in my opinion, contributing to what will eventually become loud calls for limitations on body armor–“If you’re not planning to commit a crime, why would you want body armor?” That will be the cry from the mocking academic-media-government continuum who ridicule the very notion that the government itself is the danger that must be prepared for and perhaps defended against. Henry County’s David Powell would have done well to don some body armor before investigating the noise on his property in the middle of the night made by a wrong-address police check that ended up killing him.
Police: Suspect in officer’s killing was wearing body armor

Investigators found clothing belonging to 41-year-old Markeith Loyd that suggests Master Sgt. Debra Clayton returned fire after she was shot, but that a bulletproof vest protected the suspect, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said.

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Russia Is the New Russia

Radical Islamic Terror!!!” might not have the kind of legs the Cold War did to keep the trillion-dollar-a-year war machine going: (Re-)Enter Russia.

Several different propaganda memes are being used to demonize Russia from “annexing Crimea” to “hacking the election.” (Note well, however, I’m no Putinphile–he’s an eager participant in all this in my opinion-it makes him look strong and justifies his actions.) The demon this propaganda is creating will be used to justify various Constitution-busting measures here in the US from more of the endless undeclared war to neutralizing the Bill of Rights amendment-by-amendment.

7419349-orig_origThis is the big picture of the puzzle, but the pieces are interesting too, and we’ll examine them as they unfold during the Trump administration. For example, when Obama came out with “sanctions” against Russia (not particularly toothy ones, FYI) in his final days, it seemed to me he was setting Trump up for a crisis that dare not go to waste. I speculated that Trump would acknowledge hacking but instead of doubling down on sanctions, he would pursue a broader cybersecurity approach so that he would appear to be soberly avoiding antagonizing Russia while protecting us, not only from Russia but from all potential cyberattackers, especially those other devils, China, Iran and North Korea. (This might be a good time to coin a term or two. How ’bout CRINK–China Russia Iran North Korea? Or, simply The New Axis of Evil, or maybe The Evil Asian Crescent?)

Globalism Is Good, Nationalism Is a Russian Plot

Another important element of the Russia-As-Global-Threat was revealed in the recent goldengate fake news leak which stated

A senior Russian official said the TRUMP operation should be seen in terms of PUTIN’s desire to return to Nineteenth Century “Great Power” politics anchored upon countries’ interests rather than the ideals-based international order established after World War II. S/he overheard PUTIN talking in this way to close associates on several occasions.

In other words, globalism is good and nationalism is a Russian plot. Whether labeled as fake or not, this very telling meme was released into the world and will be an important part of the historical narrative.

Cybersecurity Omnibus Bill

I see the Cybersecurity Omnibus Bill psyop rolling out already as I read this article in today’s WSJ:

Donald Trump Said Russia Likely Behind Cyberattacks in First Post-Election News Conference
President-elect denies contents of alleged compromising material held by Russia

“I think it was Russia, but we also get hacked by other countries,” Mr. Trump said in New York. Mr. Putin “won’t be doing it” in the future, he said.

Sounds to me like Trump is setting up a “compromise” with Congress that sanctions should take a back seat to a broader approach that will protect us not only against Russia but against other countries as well, or worse, take a “hard-line approach” that both sanctions and cybersecurity should be thrown at the problem, the more the better.
Unfortunately, “cybersecurity” is code for censoring information, preventing Americans from having total privacy in electronic records or communications and keeping us from securing our own data, devices and websites by denying us our right to total encryption. There is also likely to be elements of “criminal profiling” in which social media or other outlets of expression will be monitored for “radicalism” (that is religious or political views that are a threat to the status quo) or even strong emotions (cyberbullying must be stopped!) Tripping a flag with your language, associations, viewpoints or religious beliefs without committing any crimes or even discussing any actual action will result in depriving some individuals of their rights without due process of law (a la watchlists, no fly/no buy lists, etc.) and in this way both the 5th and 1st Amendments will be attacked and encroached upon.

Fighting Nazis with the Stasi?

I have also speculated that the Russian Hacking Psyop will be used to tighten up the intelligence agencies. In classic totalitarian style which reached its height with East Germany’s Stasi, the executive or at least the small cabal that surrounds him would want total control over all intelligence operations. This would mean putting in place a tight knit group or even just one individual in charge of intelligence with the apparatus itself having no transparency and a high degree of compartmentalization with only those at the top knowing the full picture of what’s going on and why.

Mr. Trump’s harshest remarks of the day were aimed at U.S. intelligence officials. While he called their work “vital” to American interests, he accused them of leaking the fact that his classified briefing last week on Russian activities during the U.S. election included information on unsubstantiated allegations that the Kremlin might have compromising material on him…
“That’s something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do,” he said, accusing intelligence officials of leaks. “I think it’s a disgrace that information that was false and fake and never happened got released to the public….
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper spoke Wednesday evening with Mr. Trump, saying in a statement that he expressed his “profound dismay” over leaks about the intelligence provided to Mr. Trump last week….
He added that he and Mr. Trump agreed that leaks “are extremely corrosive and damaging to our national security.”

This promises to be an interesting couple of years! 😬

Keep Your Googly Eyes on Eric Schmidt 👀

After Hillary vanished into thin air, I put my expectations for Google’s Eric Schmidt in the “What do I do with this now?” file, but when I happened upon a recent video talking about Trump’s meeting with tech giants, including Schmidt, I refiled my views on Schmidt under “same stuff, different day,” and put my article on the subject back under “What to Watch Out For” (#WTWOF)…
Here it is again in case you missed it the first time….

The Censorship Agenda: What To Watch Out For

November 6, 2016
In preparing for The Propaganda Report, I go through my newspapers since the last episode and see what I highlighted. This week, I saw an article I had flagged about Alphabet Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt. It seemed an innocuous enough article, though it did make the Googlaire seem both altruistic, citing his work with Timshel (more on that later), and ethical–according to “leaked emails” he recommended a competitor over his own company for a project. (Funny how the “leaked emails” can reveal how above-board and well-meaning some people are!)
Here are a few excerpts from the article:
Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt Gave Advice to Clinton Campaign, Leaked Emails Show
The executive backed a startup that helped develop some of the technology behind Mrs. Clinton’s website

Mr. Schmidt in April 2014 backed a startup dubbed Timshel that helped develop some of the technology behind Mrs. Clinton’s campaign website, including functions to sign up supporters and accept donations, according to the emails….
A Timshel spokeswoman said in an email that it develops technology “to help nonprofits, foundations, social entrepreneurs and social-impact organizations build and activate communities.”…
Mr. Schmidt suggested using Amazon Web Services as a cloud provider. Amazon.com Inc.’s cloud service is the chief rival of Google’s cloud product.

I flagged the article because I recalled having investigated Schmidt’s Deep State ties in the past. In reviewing my old research on him, I saw that he was a member of the Trilateral Commission (as was Jeffrey Epstein, the main character in this week’s episode of the Propaganda Report), and a Bilderberger, like Vernon Jordan, the subject of an article I posted this week on Jordan’s positively Orwellian pleading for Big Tech to save us from “unfiltered information.” The weird thing is

Read moreKeep Your Googly Eyes on Eric Schmidt 👀

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Books Referenced
Crystallizing Public Opinion, By Edward Bernays
How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World, by Harry Browne
Plato’s Republic
Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras and the Crack Cockaine Explosion, by Gary Webb (with a book like this, I prefer reading a first edition–later editions might be subtly censored; rumor has it that Gary Webb’s suicide wasn’t a suicide–unless you can shoot yourself in the head twice.)
NYT: Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QynchCojTzM
IBTimes: ‘Jihadi John’ Mohammed Emwazi Not Radicalized By UK Security Forces: Ex-Chief Of MI6
truth porn
global research article describing journalism porn: The History of the CIA
WSJ: German Interior Minister Calls for Security Overhaul After Berlin Christmas Market Attack
Proposals to give federal authorities more powers would face big legal and political hurdles
WSJ: When the Government Can’t Protect Your Firm From a Cyberattack
WSJ: Cyberattack Exposes Law Firms’ Weak Spots
Firms have made strides but still need to do more to shore up cybersecurity, experts say
NYT: Former F.B.I. Agent to Plead Guilty in Press Leak (underwear bomber 2 whistleblower)
Africa Unchained, by G. Ayittey (Editor)
PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE
TOWARDS REFORMING THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL AND MONETARY SYSTEMS IN THE CONTEXT OF GLOBAL PUBLIC AUTHORITY
Harry Browne’s How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World
Project MKUltra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBTr7DRLabw
Daily Beast: Al Qaeda’s Top Recruiting Tool: The CIA
After being tortured by American interrogators, a Libyan freedom fighter became a top terror leader. Jamie Dettmer reports from Tripoli. (maybe his joining Al Qaeda wasn’t blowback but a deal he made with the CIA to be an operative)
SERIOUSLY?
Pentagon Paid for Fake ‘Al Qaeda’ Videos
A controversial foreign PR firm known for representing unsavory characters was paid millions by the Pentagon to create fake terrorist videos.
The Gerasimov Doctrine
Einstein: His Life and Universe, by Walter Isaacson – This is the book I read about Einstein, his immutable political philosophy that he changed when he came to his own interests. Isaacson is a propagandist extraordinaire, but he does write a good bio!
Upsource
Vern Jordan telegraphed the coming Censorship Phase of Total Information Control
The Ultimate History Lesson with John Taylor Gatto
Uber Alles and The Ubermorphosis is Nigh