OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Hidden microphones that are part of a clandestine government FBI surveillance program that has been operating around the Bay Area has been exposed.
Imagine standing at a bus stop, talking to your friend and having your conversation recorded without you knowing. It happens all the time, and the FBI doesn’t even need a warrant to do it.
Federal agents are planting microphones to secretly record conversations.
Jeff Harp, a KPIX 5 security analyst and former FBI special agent said, “They put microphones under rocks, they put microphones in trees, they plant microphones in equipment. I mean, there’s microphones that are planted in places that people don’t think about, because that’s the intent!”
FBI agents hid microphones inside light fixtures and at a bus stop outside the Oakland Courthouse without a warrant to record conversations, between March 2010 and January 2011.
Federal authorities are trying to prove real estate investors in San Mateo and Alameda counties are guilty of bid rigging and fraud and used these recordings as evidence.
Harp said, “An agent can’t just go out and grab a recording device and plant it somewhere without authorization from a supervisor or special agent in charge.”
The lawyer for one of the accused real estate investors who will ask the judge to throw out the recordings, told KPIX 5 News that, “Speaking in a public place does not mean that the individual has no reasonable expectation of privacy…private communication in a public place qualifies as a protected ‘oral communication’… and therefore may not be intercepted without judicial authorization.”
Harp says that if you’re going to conduct criminal activity, do it in the privacy of your own home. He says that was the original intention of the Fourth Amendment, but it’s up to the judge to interpret it.
[US] –Mexico border fence is too tall according to popular Arizona newspaper. A catchy headline reads:
Arizona Newspaper: Border Fence is Too High, Illegals Can’t Cross Safely
A recent conservative response from an article in the Arizona Daily Star, titled Border fence jumpers breaking bones published on the website Tucson.comback in Aug. of 2015. Over the last few years immigrant shelters and Mexican officials have seen a spike in the number of migrants, especially women, who were getting hurt trying to jump the border fence. Stories ranging from drownings to kidnappings to alligator attacks have been attributed to the treacherous trek from the south into America.
The Juan Bosco shelter is averaging about 20 to 30 injured men and woman a month, most of them with foot and spine fractures.
These stories, according to Ricardo Pineda the Mexican Consulate in Tucson, AZ. and the Juan Bosco migrant shelter in Nogales, Sonora, are a reflection of an increase in the number of serious injuries along the border fence especially in the state of Arizona. Exact numbers on such an obscure statistic are hard to find, injured illegal migrants cannot simply call the Emergency medial technicians, the Nogales Fire Department did say that they often receive calls to the fence. In 2014 56 cases of border crossing injuries were reported, [not all were from falling] however, by the beginning of July 2015, more then 200 people had been injured and were dropped off at the shelter; in June alone there were more than 30, most of them were women with fractures to their feet, ankles or legs. The Arizona Public Media article quotes the shelter’s director, Gilda Felix: who says that “They [ immigrants] think it’s easier than walking for days in the desert but it’s not. […] It’s the same crossing through the wall or through the desert, both difficult and dangerous.” This year the Mexican Consulate in Tucson has seen more people needing medical attention from falling off the border fence than from attempting to cross the desert.
Map of the Tucson Arizona region.
“Border Patrol agents bring in about 50 crossers a year with fall injuries”said Katie Riley, a spokeswoman for Tuscon’s Banner-University Medical Center. In 2014, the center provided $13.6 million in uncompensated care costs. Until a few years ago, the federal government reimbursed hospitals at least a fraction of those expenses, but that program no longer exists. In 2011 a new fence replaced an earlier version, one which promised to make it more difficult from immigrants to climb over, and would thus act as a deterrent, but people kept trying to get across anyway, and continue to get injured attempting; only the mechanism of injury changed: the earlier barrier, made landing mats with materials left over from Vietnam with sharp edges which often caused finger amputations, and lacerations when falling or jumping from the present bollard-style fence, which currently stands over 20 feet above the ground. Those who take the leap very often end up fracturing their ankles, fibula and tibia, femurs, injuries to their spine.
“What surprises us is that people continue to jump from heights that can be the equivalent of a two- or even three-story house,” he said. “But we hear they feel pressured to do it because they are holding the line or they start insulting them, telling them to jump.”
Harry Alexander for the Southern Arizona News-Examiner in a counter piece said that ‘Those of us who live in Tucson, Ariz. and the surrounding areas and can get thru reading the local newspaper have pretty much known all along that the Daily Star news paper is extremely sympathetic to the to all Leftist causes. In this case the AZ star newspaper has gone out of its way, using the plight of the illegal alien movement to promote immigration.” In his article Mr. Alexander claims that the Daily Star went overboard in reporting sympathies of the illegals, saying that “Arizonans are not against immigration. We just think it should be done legally.” However unlike the Donald Trump rhetoric of immigrants being majority rapists and thieves, the reality is that most migrants are just looking for a better life, most are willing to risk broken bones and permanent spinal injury to find it. We today being born in the most powerful nation in history of the world, in a time when technology allows us to produce more then ever before, we cannot let ourselves be manipulated by fear and apathy, perpetrated by politicians who benefit from our division, we cannot allow the mainstream media to continually sway public opinion, its high time we put aside our differences, and settle our miniature Geo-political conflicts and build a better future world for our children and grandchildren.
In this video Luke Rudkowski goes to the premier of Vaxxed in NYC and interviews the main producer of the film Del Bigtree. The controversial film was pulled from the Tribeca film festival by Robert De Niro after a media backlash, but was able to premier at another theater.
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During an interview with fellow Wu-Tang member Method Man, ODB blames the Government for brainwashing corny music to people. “It’s the government. The government brainwash our people with the mind control theory. That’s what they do. So they make sure people like it, they keep playing that same song. The same song keeps playing, you start to like it, you start to get programmed with it, you start to get cloned with it. So then for the clone to exist, then it just takes over, it takes over the human body, it takes over the spirit, it takes over the soul.” R.I.P. Russell Tyrone Jones “Ol’ Dirty Bastard”.
The government currently places marijuana in the same category as heroin and LSD.
The Drug Enforcement Administration says it will make a decision in the coming months that could prove to be a watershed moment for the burgeoning legal marijuana industry.
In a memo to lawmakers this week, the DEA announced plans to decide “in the first half of 2016” whether or not it will reschedule marijuana, according to The Washington Post. Cannabis is now listed under the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule 1 drug, a categorization it shares with other drugs, such as heroin and LSD, which the U.S. government defines as “the most dangerous drugs” that have “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”
Advocates for marijuana legalization have long argued that the drug should be rescheduled, considering marijuana’s relative safety when compared to a drug like heroin, which caused roughly 11,000 overdose deaths in 2014, according to the National Institutes of Health. The argument for rescheduling marijuana also revolves largely around the drug’s potential for medical use, as 23 states have already legalized medical pot to treat a variety of maladies—from cancer to chronic pain—and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy even admitted last year that “marijuana can be helpful” for certain medical conditions.
Should the DEA decide to reschedule marijuana, bumping it down with supposedly less dangerous drugs such as cocaine (Schedule 2) or ketamine (Schedule 3), the move would likely open the door for expanded research of cannabis’ potential for medical applications. As it stands, the government has an exclusive contract with a University of Mississippi research lab to grow marijuana for the purpose of medical research, and the DEA notes in its letter that the government supplied an average of just nine researchers with marijuana for research purposes per year between 2010 and 2015.
ARACAS VENEZUELA – In recent weeks, two independent journalists traveled undercover to document their experience in the socialist “paradise” of Caracas, the murder capitol of the world, and lived to share an incredible video showing the ultimate conclusion of a state run economy.
Venezuela is in the midst of a complete economic collapse, with all the typical symptoms, including hyperinflation, government price controls, rampant criminal activity and worst of all, a murder problem. Luckily, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange, and Jeff Berwick, The Dollar Vigilante, were willing to risk their own well being to lift the veil of socialism and expose the fraud for what is it.
Berwick explains in the video below how they landed at the airport just hours after someone was killed in the terminal where they would later convert a small amount of foreign currency for a back pack full of hyper inflated Bolívar, enough to buy dinner. The Bolivar has experienced a massive devaluation in the last few years which appears to only be accelerating.
“This is a true country in collapse,” Berwick explains. This is hyperinflation and socialism reaching it’s ultimate end”
The Venezuelan government has mandated that all businesses display gun free, smoke free and “racist free” signage as a backwards attempt to curb the gun violence problem that has erupted in the country. But, it should come as no surprise that criminals thrive when their victims are powerless to defend themselves.
The video goes on to show an abandoned sky scraper known as El Torre de David, which has earned the nickname, “World’s Tallest Slum.” The 45-story building in the center of Caracas is home to an estimated 750 squatters and criminals alike. You may remember this building being depicted in the TV series Homeland.
When governments devalue their currencies, prices naturally rise in order to provide an equal exchange between labor and currency, which is known as inflation. When governments print money at a rate that is unsustainable, prices will inevitably rise at a faster rate.
One restaurant resorted to taping an updated price list on their menus every week in order to keep up with rapidly rising prices to avoid having to print all new menus. Obviously rising prices are never popular with governments and they often blame businesses for being greedy at the expense of the poor. Predictably, the Venezuelan government has implemented an array of price controls on different consumer products to somehow protect their citizens from their own self inflicted inflation problem. When in reality, they are simply making certain products unprofitable to produce. When products are not profitable to produce, businesses stop making them, leading to the next predictable outcome of a manipulated market, shortages.
One of the most widely reported shortages is toilette paper. Fusion reports that shortages of essential hygiene products has led the hotel industry into a state of desperation.
Venezuela’s product shortages have become so severe that some hotels in that country are asking guests to bring their own toilet paper and soap, a local tourism industry spokesman said on Wednesday.
In Merida, a state in western Venezuelan that’s known for its stunning mountain landscapes, small hotels are struggling to stock their rooms with basic supplies, especially as the busy Semana Santa or Holy Week holiday gets underway.
“It’s an extreme situation,” says Xinia Camacho, owner of a 20-room boutique hotel in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada national park. “For over a year we haven’t had toilet paper, soap, any kind of milk, coffee or sugar. So we have to tell our guests to come prepared.”
One of the most telling themes of the video is fear. The Venezuelan people are living in fear of criminals and government officials and it’s likely hard to tell the two gangs apart. Businesses are becoming more of an extension of the state, having to display entire cork boards of licenses and permission slips just to trade goods or services. The streets are a ghost town when the sun sets in fear of being kidnapped, robbed, or killed. No one is friendly, everyone is a potential threat to ones survival. The hunger games have come to Venezuela in the form of socialism.
Throughout history, hyperinflation usually sparks a movement towards a financial safe haven. People seek durable goods, hard assets, or alternative currencies in hopes they can preserve their labor. Traditionally gold and silver have filled that role as a hedge against inflation, but its often hard to cross borders with metal. But thanks to Bitcoin, large or small sums of money can be transferred anywhere in the world via any internet enabled device without government involvement or fear of inflation.
It comes as no surprise that the Venezuelan government has been releasing a steady stream of anti-Bitcoin propaganda in hopes the people won’t lose all faith in the state based currency. The state operated Venezuelan TV released an article claiming that Bitcoin should not be used since it is “being promoted” by criminals and terrorists as if criminals don’t use government currency to finance their operations. The article even blames the popularity of Bitcoin as having a role in the economic collapse…
For Venezuelans it is no secret the damage it has caused to the economy the boost and promotion through pages as Dollar Today has been given an illegal and criminal exchange rate system has caused great harm to the national economy, caused induced inflation levels, which do not correspond to the normal parameters of economic development.
It was recently reported that many people have begun using the BitCoin, as an alternative to evade policies on foreign exchange is driving the Bolivarian Government to ensure proper development of the economy.
They also claim that Bitcoin is not backed by anything and is only used to pay “illegal transactions.” While true, Bitcoin is not backed by anything, it is a precious commodity, similar to precious metals. But Bitcoin doesn’t have a monopoly on criminal activity. Many criminals still deal in government cash. Regardless, Bitcoin is mined into existence just like any other precious metal, except it’s virtual and can be transferred to anyone, anywhere at anytime, at extremely low costs. High profile companies like Overstock.com even accept bitcoin as a payment method and last time I checked, they only sell legal products. Ironically, the Bolivar and every other fiat currency around the globe is backed by the institution of government, which is nothing more than a Ponzi Scheme kept alive by the threat of violence.
With an incredible amount of evidence at our fingertips, it’s sad to see a “democratic socialist” have such popularity in the United States. This socialist phenomenon is so easy to refute, yet people believe only what they want to hear. But for those who bother to lift the veil of socialism they will ultimately find a horrific, disastrous society where individuals risk their lives to escape it. It’s safe to say that Venezuela is feeling the Bern.