Yawning, complaining, whistling, arrogance, throat clearing or looking disheveled are all things that could cause an unsuspecting air traveler to be pegged as a potential terrorist by Transportation Security Administration agents, according to confidential documents made public Friday.
The Intercept, which obtained the TSA documents, reported that TSA employees use a checklist and scoring system to identify potential terrorists through a process called Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT.
The TSA employs specially trained Behavior Detection Officers to screen crowds in the nation’s airports in search of individuals acting in ways that indicate “stress or deception.”
The agents check their observations against a 92-point checklist divided into categories that assign different point values to different behaviors or characteristics.
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Police in Topeka, Kansas, have decided to treat each routine encounter with motorists like a standoff with a dangerous criminal by implementing a new policy requiring drivers to reach for the sky during traffic stops.
As part of a new policy dubbed “hand compliance,” the Topeka Police Department is directing motorists to put their hands up in the air or on top of their steering wheel during encounters with police on the road.
“As we all know, we’ve lost three officers in less than two years. And as a result of that, we’ve had to take a hard look at the way we’re conducting business, particularly as it relates to car stops,” Officer Matt McClimans told the local KSNT of the policy.
“Before we even approach a car, is to see the hands of the driver and occupants, it doesn’t matter what the infraction is, it doesn’t matter if it’s a soccer mom, it’s just gaining that hand compliance,” he added.
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A reform measure introduced in the North Carolina Legislature could, if passed, establish civilian review boards to oversee complaint cases against municipal police officers, granting the boards subpoena power and the authority to discipline and even to fire.
House Bill 193, sponsored by Democratic State Rep. Rodney Moore, attempts to address issues of profiling and excessive use of force, as well as provide a citizen-guided recourse for alleged abuses. It currently has the support only of Democratic legislators, and it has a long way to go before having a shot at becoming law.
A number of Durham, North Carolina, residents are reportedly unhappy with police oversight in the wake of several police shootings over the past year. Establishment efforts to investigate those incidents left them frustrated, spurring a state-level solution in the form of HB 193.
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If it’s true that she’s about as tethered by baggage as a potential presidential candidate can possibly be, then Hillary Clinton’s biggest clunker — her hoary, barnacled steamer trunk, so to speak — is her political life partner and husband, Bill.
It’s unknown how she feels about having all that extra weight to carry around, but some of her supporters ahead of a possible 2016 presidential run reportedly view the nation’s 42nd president as a fixture in Hillary’s political constellation that, at least for now, should be neither seen nor heard — especially on the day of her anticipated announcement.
The degree of husband Bill’s visibility is a topic of strategic debate among Hillary’s backers, a “source of disagreement,” according to Politico.
“Everyone knows who her family is, she doesn’t have to introduce them to the public,” a Democratic Party operative told the news outlet. “It should just be her. It should be her moment and Bill could overshadow her announcement and remind people of unnecessary baggage.”
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Saudi Arabia and Egypt stand poised to conduct a massive ground invasion of Yemen, and the western media will be full of tales about how “Operation Decisive Storm” is liberating that country from the evil Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. And without a doubt, the Houthis are bad guys and so are their Iranian benefactors. But don’t be fooled into thinking that the war in Yemen is a battle of good vs. evil. The truth is that the conflict in Yemen is actually a proxy war between two sets of bad guys that both ultimately plan for Islam to take over the entire planet. On one side, the Iranians are very honest about the fact that they view us as an enemy, and they plan to impose their version of radical Shia Islam worldwide as soon as they can. On the other side, the Saudis pretend to be our friends, but they don’t hide the fact that they believe that their version of Sunni Islam will eventually rule the world. And their version of Sunni Islam includes constant beheadings, the destruction of all churches and the death penalty for anyone caught smuggling a Bible into Saudi territory. At the end of the day, there is very little difference between the Saudis and ISIS. In fact, ISIS gets a lot of funding from Saudi sources, and there is more support for ISIS on Twitter from Saudi Arabia than from anywhere else. Saudi Arabia is a horribly repressive regime where women are treated like dirt, where the secret police conduct a never ending reign of terror and where even a minor deviation from sharia law can mean the loss of a limb. But because our politicians and the mainstream media constantly tell us that they are “our friends”, we cheer them on.
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spent $600,000 in taxpayer money on six surveillance drones that the agency never used, according to a government watchdog report out this week.
The Justice Department inspector general reported that the ATF’s Special Operations Division began buying the drones for aerial surveillance missions in 2011 “but never flew them” because of technical problems.
The OIG called it troubling that ATF supervisors would authorize such significant spending on drones with issues “significant enough to render them unsuitable for deployment.”
According to the report, agents complained that one $90,000 drone had a battery life of less than 20 minutes, making it unsuitable for surveillance. An ATF official told the OIG that another similarly expensive drone turned out to be too difficult for agents “to use reliably in operations.”
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In recent years, Drug Enforcement Agency agents have taken breaks from wasting billions of taxpayer dollars perpetuating the nation’s failed war on drugs to mingle at “sex parties” with prostitutes paid for by Colombian drug cartels.
That’s according to a new inspector general report out from the Justice Department Thursday.
According to the IG report, DEA agents held “loud” parties on government-leased property in the country between 2005 and 2008 where they had sex with prostitutes paid for by the very narco-criminals they were tasked with investigating.
The report also details allegations that foreign police officers were enlisted by the U.S. federal agents to protect “DEA agents’ weapons and property during the parties.”
From the IG report (emphasis added in bold):
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On Wednesday, a female journalist for The New York Times used her Twitter account to share an exchange she’d had with members of “HRC Super Volunteers,” a group of Hillary Clinton supporters seeking to take down members of the press who besmirch the former first lady for being, well, a lady.
NYT reporter Amy Chozick revealed to denizens of Twitter that, in order to placate the Hillary backers’ suspicions that she and other member of the media aren’t abject sexists, reporters were being warned not to use sexist language when describing Clinton in their reports.
The HRC Super Volunteers were helpfully specific in this respect, offering “sexist” descriptive words that would place reporters on their hit list.
What are they?
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- Will do anything to win
- Represents the past
A pair of senators is leading a bipartisan plan that aims to give a voice — albeit a small one — to property owners, small-business operators and anyone else who’s come up against federal regulations that appear to exist only to hamper economic growth and individual freedom.
Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) have introduced the #CutRedTape Initiative, anchored by a website that solicits feedback from Americans frustrated by regulations that inhibit their businesses and their liberties.
Heitkamp and Lankford, both members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, came up with the initiative after realizing that individuals don’t have an easy-to-identify recourse where they can express their concerns over regulations that needlessly complicate or obstruct their ambitions.
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every metric, the Obama economy is melting down. We are seeing the beginning stages of another recession, at best, or a total economic meltdown, at worst.
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At the moment, there are no decent-paying jobs in America. Obama has opened the border and given amnesty to at least 5 million illegal aliens already in the country, thereby putting them in competition with working-class and middle-class Americans.
Think I’m wrong? Did you know the government is giving businesses a $3,000 incentive to hire illegals over native-born Americans?
Did you know cities are hiring illegal aliens as policemen? Someone here illegally can wear a badge and enforce the law against you.
Did you think the border crisis was over? Obama’s amnesty has encouraged a new wave of poverty-stricken illegals at the border.
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“Skip the preaching, Howie! Just give me my blankety-blank cup of coffee.”
That was the reaction of many Starbucks customers when they learned that their morning cup of caffeine was going to be accompanied by an invitation to chat with their server about race relations in America.
Howard Schultz, the CEO of the most successful purveyor of lattes in the world, must have been astounded — and dismayed — at the amount of opposition his effort generated. One senior vice president at Starbucks got so much negative feedback on social media about the “Race Together” effort that he shut down his Twitter account. And then he got a lot more derision for running away from the issue.
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Two hundred and forty years ago this week, Patrick Henry made his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech to the Second Virginia Convention, which was meeting at St. John’s Church to avoid interference from Virginia Governor John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, and his Royal Marines.
On March 23, 1775, in proposing to organize a volunteer company of cavalry or infantry in every Virginia county, Henry addressed the assembly with these words:
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Did you know that the Russians have a massive underground complex in the Ural mountains that has been estimated to be approximately 400 square miles in size? In other words, it is roughly as big as the area inside the Washington D.C. beltway. Back in the 1990s, the Clinton administration was deeply concerned about the construction of this enormous complex deep inside Yamantau mountain, but they could never seem to get any straight answers from the Russians. The command center for this complex is rumored to be 3,000 feet directly straight down from the summit of this giant rock quartz mountain. And of course U.S. military officials will admit that there are dozens of other similar sites throughout Russia, although most of them are thought to be quite a bit smaller. But that is not all that the Russians have been up to. For example, Russian television has reported that 5,000 new emergency nuclear bomb shelters were scheduled to have been completed in the city of Moscow alone by the end of 2012. Most Americans don’t realize this, but the Russians have never stopped making preparations for nuclear war. Meanwhile, the U.S. government has essentially done nothing to prepare our citizens for an attack. The assumption seems to be that a nuclear attack will probably never happen, and that if it does it will probably mean the end of our civilization anyway.
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Since the depths of the last recession, the price of ground beef in the United States has doubled. Has your paycheck doubled since then? Even though the Federal Reserve insists that we are in a “low inflation” environment, the government’s own numbers show that the price of ground beef has been on an unprecedented run over the past six years. In early 2009, the average price of a pound of ground beef was hovering near 2 dollars. In February, it hit a brand new all-time record high of $4.238 per pound. Even just 12 months ago, the price of ground beef was sitting at $3.555 per pound. So we are talking about a huge increase. And this hits American families where they really live. Each year, the average American consumes approximately 270 pounds of meat. The only nation in the world that eats more meat than we do is Luxembourg. If the paychecks of American workers were going up fast enough to deal with this increase, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. But of course that is not happening. In an article just last week, I showed that real median household income is a couple thousand dollars lower now than it was during the depths of the last recession. The middle class is being squeezed, and we are rapidly getting to the point where burgers are going to be considered a “luxury” item.
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A conservative watchdog has filed a racketeering lawsuit against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, arguing that the nation’s former top diplomat used a personal email server in order to sell access in return for donations to the Clinton Foundation.
The complaint, filed by conservative activist Larry Klayman’s Freedom Watch organization, also names Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation as defendants. It alleges that both Bill and Hillary Clinton “systematically and continuously… conducted a corrupt enterprise” under the definition of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
The suit also alleges that the Clintons used mail and wire fraud to ignore multiple Freedom of Information Act requests for documents pertaining to State Department waivers to people and business thwarting U.S. sanctions by doing business with Iran.
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It seems that every year we run a story or two about how corrupt the IRS is, about how hard it is to get fired from your federal job if you’re delinquent on your tax payments or about how easy it is to be re-hired into the IRS if you’ve been dismissed for disciplinary reasons — even those involving legal infractions.
There’s no reason to stop anytime soon: The IRS released its yearly delinquency report this week, revealing that, by the government’s own calculation, more than 100,000 federal employees did not pay part or all of their federal income taxes last year.
The number of delinquent employees in the report marks a historic high. Nearly 4 percent (3.99 percent to be precise) of current civilian employees in the federal government are in arrears, withholding $1.14 billion in unpaid taxes from the government. Among categories of Americans who receive direct compensation from the federal government, only retired military veterans have a higher delinquency rate (4.04 percent).
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Americans are far more concerned about drinking polluted water than they are about policy initiatives to combat global warming and/or climate change, deforestation and species extinction — and they’re steadily losing interest in environmental frights of every stripe.
That’s according to the most recent iteration of Gallup’s annual Environment survey, which finds concern over “global warming” or “climate change” trailing concern over every other major environmental policy issue.
The survey found that 32 percent of Americans surveyed indicated a “great deal” of concern over the threat of “global warming or climate change,” down from 34 percent last year. Across five other categories ranging from “pollution of drinking water” to “the loss of tropical rain forests,” the percentage of Americans who worry a “great deal” has declined across the board since the 2014 survey:
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Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) recent announcement that he intends to run for president in 2016 has put fellow libertarian-leaning GOP firebrand Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on the rhetorical offensive.
Hours after Cruz made official his presidential campaign, Paul — who has yet to make his presidential intentions official — told Fox News that he and Cruz definitely disagree on strategies to make the GOP appeal to a broader voter segment in 2016.
“I guess what makes us different is probably our approach as to how we would make the party bigger,” Paul told Fox’s Megyn Kelly. “And I’m a big believer that you should stand on principle and be true to your principles, but I also think we should take those principles and try to bring in new people with them.”
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“The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible.” — George Orwell, “1984”
President Franklin D. Roosevelt said in his first inaugural address on March 4, 1933: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Eighty-two years later, Big Brother has become the entity that we should fear most. It is the biggest merchant of fear-peddling that has ever existed. In true Orwellian fashion it slops out the next greatest threat to our freedom, lives and liberty.
It is one giant loop peddled by the propagandists in the print media and the 24-hour cable news networks that have left us an addicted American audience that seems to never get enough. Ebola, North Korea, Iran, ISIS and domestic terrorism are reiterated over and over again as threats to our way of life.
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Gun rights activists are applauding the actions of the Iowa Legislature, which recently voted to repeal a measure requiring the state’s residents to obtain a permit prior to purchasing a handgun.
And while requiring a permit to purchase a handgun in addition to a concealed carry permit to carry the purchased weapon is certainly an onerous burden and an obvious 2nd Amendment violation, so is Iowa’s — and any other state’s — requirement to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon. All states have different requirements for obtaining permits. Some are more obtrusive than others. But Iowans, even though it’s a “shall-issue” state, must pay $50 and complete an approved training course to be eligible.
Requiring a permit is essentially the government’s taking away your right and then forcing you to purchase it back. Yet Americans accept this “in the public interest.”
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