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May 11, 2014

Russ Caswell, Civil Forfeiture and a Little Common Sense


Russ Caswell, now 70, spent the last two years fighting local, state and federal agencies over who owns Motel Caswell, the motel owned by his family since 1955.

I first wrote about Russ Caswell and his civil asset forfeiture nightmare on July 1, 2012 when his case broke internationally. From that article:

It is now, like many older motels across the nation, home to lower-income people such as seniors, as well as temporary workers who pay by the week or month.

While rates to stay there are not expensive, there is one thing the motel has that is very valuable to the thieving local police department and the thieving federal government that’s helping the thieving local police department: equity.

Caswell owns the property outright.

Why is this significant? Since Caswell’s property has no mortgage the State can keep the entire proceeds of the sale of the property after they steal it from him. Of course they don’t call it theft or stealing… they call it cracking down on crime.

In the case of Russ Caswell, it makes absolutely no difference that he has never been charged with a crime. In fact, it’s not any actions of his that concerns the thieving police and federal justice department.

It’s the actions of roughly 30 patrons of his motel over the past 18 years who have been arrested on drug charges. That’s right. Since 1994 approximately 30 people have been arrested on drug charges.

The US Justice Department and its thieving local counterpart, the Tewksbury Police Department, contend that Caswell is responsible for what people do in his motel rooms every minute of every day. His motel rooms were used to “facilitate” the crime of drug dealing, therefore the motel is guilty and must be seized as proceeds of crime.

Police and government officials, thieving scumbags each and every one, decided that Caswell’s property should be theirs so they set out to steal the Caswell family motel using one of the most abused laws ever devised: civil asset forfeiture.

The notion that you can “take the profit out of crime” by seizing the assets of criminals seems noble enough, but only if you accept without question the rhetoric and sound-bytes used to sell this atrocious legislation.

You may never be charged with a crime, let alone be convicted of one, before government thieves seize your property. That ought to terrify even the most law-abiding and pro-government among us.

In Caswell’s case thieving police and prosecutors don’t care that Caswell never committed a crime. That’s entirely beside the point.

The accusation against Russ Caswell isn’t that he didn’t do enough to help police crack down on crime in his motel. That is utter garbage if not an outright lie. Russ Caswell installed video cameras, recorded license plate numbers and customer identification, gave police free rooms for their sting operations… in fact he did everything ever asked of him by law enforcement.

That wasn’t enough. Now the Tewksbury Police Department thieves, along with state and federal counterparts, insist the Caswell’s must give up their home and livelihood too.

“I’ve found, which is kind of hard to believe, but I’m responsible for the action of people I don’t even know, I’ve never even met, and for the most part I have no control over them,” Caswell said in court. “And I have to rent them a room unless I have a real good reason not to or I get accused of discrimination and that kind of thing.”

“And when they do something wrong, the government wants to steal my property for the actions of those people, which to me makes absolutely no sense,” he added. “It’s more like we’re in Russia or Venezuela or something.”

The government thieves have three things on their side:

1. You need never be charged with or convicted of a crime, so that pesky issue of your guilt need never be addressed,

2. Police and Prosecutors keep most of the money and assets they seize. Legislation is often written giving police and prosecutors 100% of what they steal, and

3. The burden of proof is far lower for a civil action than a criminal prosecution. Under civil asset forfeiture police and prosecutors must never prove guilt, obtain a conviction or even file criminal charges before they seize private property. The term “on a balance of probabilities‘ is the phrase used to rationalize theft of private property.

This turns the notion of justice on its head. The accused must prove they did not commit a crime. How you prove you haven’t done something is… well… beside the point, right? Proving a negative isn’t possible.

Really, who cares, right? It’s just drug dealers and criminals they’re going after, not decent, law-abiding citizens. It’s not like they’re stealing your home, right?

Wrong. So utterly and completely wrong. The Caswell family didn’t do anything wrong. In fact they did everything asked of them by law enforcement. That wasn’t enough, and there is a very simple explanation for why.

Follow the money. It’s always about the money.

Statistics from the United States are utterly terrifying.

In 1985, the U.S. Department of Justice created its Asset Forfeiture Fund. One year later, the fund — which holds the proceeds from seized property and is available to be divvied out to law enforcement agencies — brought in $93.7 million. In 2008, the amount had ballooned to $1.6 billion. In 2013, it reached $6.3 billion.

The incentive here is cash. Boatloads of cash. Cash for police departments and prosecutors’ offices. Cash that is used to pad government budgets because government must always get bigger, not smaller, when it’s not being used to pay lavish expenses for corrupt prosecutors, that is.

An investigation conducted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution looked into how funds over a five-year period were spent in Georgia. According to the newspaper, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard spent thousands of dollars gleaned from civil forfeitures on pricey dinners and an elaborate home security system for himself. In November 2009, he allegedly paid $800 to rent out a movie theater. Three months later, Howard told his employees they’d have to take 10 furlough days due to budget constraints.

In Caswell’s case it’s very simple. The annual budget of the Tewksbury Police Department is just $5.5 million.

Motel Caswell is valued at $1.5 millon.

Get the picture?

The greedy thugs of the Tewksbury Police Department saw a way to raise over 25% of their annual budget with the theft of a single property.

These greedy little pigs desperately need a refresher in Peel’s 9 Principles of Policing.

The concept of a limited government is so old fashioned, isn’t it? It shouldn’t be. The goal of every responsible government is to pare down its thievery from we mere citizens, not expand it to the point we have nothing left to feed the monstrous behemoth.

Civil forfeiture laws in America are almost 3 decades old. That’s a generation of police and prosecutors used to stealing from we mere citizens whenever the mood strikes them. At $6.3 billion stolen from mere citizens in 2013 alone, the mood clearly strikes them regularly.

In Russ Caswell’s case a federal judge finally applied some common sense to his situation.

After a four-day trial, on Jan. 24, 2013, a federal judge in Boston dismissed the forfeiture action against the motel, ruling that the government engaged in “gross exaggeration” of the evidence and did not have authority to seize the property.

In short, both police and multiple layers of government overstepped their bounds. Again. They chose their greed ahead of their duty and responsibility to those mere citizens whom they feel free to abuse so mercilessly.

Larry Salzman, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, took on Caswell’s case pro bono.

“You breed a culture of ‘take first, ask questions later,’” Larry Salzman, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, told “It’s thuggish behavior.”


The attempted theft of Motel Caswell from Russ Caswell and his family is, as the title of the free book from The Institute for Justice says, nothing more than Policing for Profit: the Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture.

I urge you to download and read this free book from The Institute for Justice. Then contact your elected representative and demand they reform civil asset forfeiture law in your jurisdiction. Don’t kid yourself. It will be an uphill battle. Police and government look at civil asset forfeiture as “free money” and they won’t give it up willingly.

Here in British Columbia, for example, the cash incentive is the primary motivation for civil asset forfeiture. The government doesn’t handle the thefts itself, however. It farms out the work to other lawyers.

Here’s the catch though… those lawyers only get paid if they are successful in stealing property from some hapless mere citizen. It matters not whether that person is an actual criminal or not…

Private property should never be forfeited unless it is proven in a court of law that a crime was committed and that the individual in question profited from that crime. This would, of course, require we drag our justice system back to its noble beginnings.

Remember the days where you were innocent until proven guilty in a court of law?

Don’t be absurd, Christopher! That’s so…. last century

Yet today, the government in America seems more like the former enemies we vanquished than the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness the Framers established.

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

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December 30, 2012

Do Americans Have Civil Rights? Not any more thanks to the US Senate…



Americans had, up until just a few days ago, rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution. That obviously bothered US Lawmakers, who stripped the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) of one very important amendment: the one ensuring that American citizens and any persons in America legally would be assured a jury trial.

A number of senators from both parties, including Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) were horrified that the amendment prohibiting the military detention of US Citizens on US soil was stripped from the bill.

The committee in charge of this is none other than Senator John McCain (R-Arizona). You’d think, that as a former prisoner of war, he’d appreciate the niceties of Constitutional Rights, but alas, that is not the case. McCain is every bit the socialist coward as his former captors.

Rand Paul blasted McCain and the rest of the committee for stripping out the amendment that would have protected our civil rights.

“We had protection in this bill. We passed an amendment that specifically said if you were an American citizen or here legally in the country, you would get a trial by jury,” Rand Paul said.

“It’s been removed because they want the ability to hold American citizens without trial in our country. This is so fundamentally wrong and goes against everything we stand for as a country that it can’t go unnoticed.”

Bill of Rights Suspended... Please Stand ByIf you thought you lived in a free country, think again.

Free nations don’t allow their citizens to be imprisoned indefinitely without trial. That special privilege is reserved for such bastions of freedom and liberty as the Communist Republic of China or Soviet Russia.

Rand Paul went on to say,

When the government can arrest suspects without a warrant, hold them without trial, deny them access to counsel or admission of bail, we have shorn the Bill of Rights of its sanctity.”

Welcome to the United Socialist States of America… formerly known as the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.

“Our Bill of Rights is not something that can be cherry-picked at legislators’ convenience. When I entered the United States Senate, I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. It is for this reason that I will strongly oppose passage of the McCain conference report that strips the guarantee to a trial by jury.”

If only we had more elected representatives like Rand Paul who take their Oath to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, seriously.

Clearly it’s time for Oathkeepers, who do such an amazing job educating our police and military about the seriousness of their oath to the Constitution, to take its education program to the elected class as well.

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December 27, 2012

Hypocritical Anti-Gunners – Careful What You Wish For



Anti-gun zealots got a lot more than they bargained for after publishing the names and home addresses of New York handgun permit holders.

On December 24, 2012, The Journal News got up on it’s high horse and published an article titled “The gun owner next door: What you don’t know about the weapons in in your neighborhood“, which included links to two interactive maps. These online maps contained the names and addresses of thousands handgun permit holders in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties.

red_icon-246x250Needless to say, gun owners and privacy advocates were furious, just as Canadians were back when the Ottawa Citizen pulled a similar stunt here in Canada. The only difference was the Canadian information didn’t contain names and addresses of gun owners, “just” their postal codes along with every firearm they owned.

This time it’s far worse as the names and home addresses of every permit holder in these two counties are displayed on these maps.

Common sense and decency appear to be rare commodities at The Journal News, as evidenced by the self-righteous justification spewed forth by Janet Hasson, president and publisher of The Journal News Media Group.

“New York residents have the right to own guns with a permit and they also have a right to access public information.”

Janet Hasson is correct legally, if not morally. Under current law, the names and addresses of all license holders is considered public information.

5. Filing of approved applications. The application for any license, if granted, shall be filed by the licensing officer with the clerk of the county of issuance, except that in the city of New York and, in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk, the licensing officer shall designate the place of filing in the appropriate division, bureau or unit of the police department thereof, and in the county of Suffolk the county clerk is hereby authorized to transfer all records or applications relating to firearms to the licensing authority of that county. The name and address of any person to whom an application for any license has been granted shall be a public record.

Clearly this law needs to be changed to protect the personal information of license holders.

That said, just because you can do something, does that really mean you should? Just because it’s legal, does that mean it’s the right thing to do?

No-Handguns-Allowed-150x150As long as you’re a gun-hating zealot, the answer is a resounding YES! Anything that can advance the anti-gun agenda is fair game, especially if it endangers the lives of those neanderthal gun owners.

CynDee Royle, editor and vice-president of the paper, said after the article was published,

“We knew publication of the database would be controversial, but we felt sharing as much information as we could about gun ownership in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings. People are concerned about who owns guns and how many of them there are in their neighborhoods.”

People willing to jump through all the legal hoops to obtain a handgun permit in New York State are hardly the criminals-in-waiting Royle and Hasson makes them out to be. They are, in fact, the most law-abiding citizens there are.

I think an interactive map publicizing the name and home address of every convicted pedophile would be far more useful to citizens concerned about the safety of their children.

Then, of course, there are the Unintended Consequences.

The problem with what The Journal News did is far greater than it appears on the surface. It’s not just about an invasion of privacy, it’s about the safety and security of every person included on that map, which just happens to include law enforcement as well.

One very upset member of law enforcement wrote under a pseudonym:

My name and address appear on that map and to say the least, I’m pissed. In all my years as a LEO, I listed my telephone using a pseudonym and my vehicles and driver’s license came back to a post office box. Now these idiots have identified my address.

All the cases I worked as a detective involved career criminals and lots and lots of those low-lifes were sent to prison with extended sentences. Hell, they all knew my name as the cop that put them in prison but none were able to find me outside of the detective squad where I worked.

So now I have to be on super high alert wherever I go just in case one of these nit-wits decides to look me up? WTF!!!

Well, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander too, right? Apparently not, at least as far as The Journal News website is concerned.

When Christopher Fountain posted the name, home address and phone number for the paper’s publisher, Janet Hanson, (3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck NY 105643 (248-) 594-2197) that comment was promptly deleted.

Seems all this talk of “freedom of information” is just a one-way street.

Shocking, I know!

network-blue-150x150As a result of this, Christopher Fountain made a decision.

If posting her name, address and phone number wasn’t okay on the newspaper’s website, he’d post that information on his own blog. He then went a few miles further and posted the names, addresses, phone numbers and anything else he could find out about the employees of The Journal News to his blog.

Suddenly the shoe is on the other foot and the hypocrites at The Journal News are no longer quite so thrilled with all this “access to information”.

Again, I’m shocked.

Below you will find contact information for every person working at The Journal News as it was posted on Christopher Fountain’s blog. I’m reposting it here in the interest of openness and fairness. If it’s okay to publish the names and home addresses of New York State Gun owners, surely it’s okay to do the same for the publishers and staff of the newspaper so willing to hop up on their high, hypocritical horse, right?

White Plains newspaper The Journal- News, a Gannett publication, has published the full name and address of every licensed pistol permit holder in three New York counties. I don’t know whether the Journal’s publisher Janet Hasson is a permit holder herself, but here’s how to find her to ask:

(UPDATE: Uh oh – InstaPundit’s linked here. Hundreds of thousands of readers; Janet, you have a great Christmas Eve)

Janet Hasson, publisher,Journal News

Janet Hasson, publisher,
Journal News

Janet Hasson, 3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck, NY 10534.

Phone number:

(914) 694-5204


Here’s a photo showing her Mamaroneck house – interior shots are on Zillow:

janet-hasson-3-gate-house-rd-mamaroneckUPDATE: From reader RJS: Gannett’s CEO-

Gracia C Martore
728 Springvale Rd
Great Falls, VA 22066
(703) 759-5954


The reporter on the story is

Dwight R Worley
23006 139 Ave
Springfield Gardens, NY 11413 (718) 527-0832

UPDATE: Intrepid readers have come up with all sorts of contacts for these people:


Miss Royle’s married name is Lambert. She lives in White Plains and here is her Facebook page complete with pictures of her and her kids. Hello Sanctimony.

Cynthia R Lambert
17 Mcbride Ave
White Plains, NY 10603 (914) 948-9388

Work: 914-694-5001
Drives a red convertible:
Family photo:

Publisher, Janet Hasson,

3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck NY, 10543

(914) 694-5204


Reporter, Dwight R. Worley, 23006 139 Ave

Springfield Gardens, NY 11413

(718) 527-0832

The “Visual Editor” responsible for the map itself is:

Robert F. Rodriguez

(w) Stephanie Azzarone
Home (212) 222-4566
420 Riverside Dr, Apt 7A
New York, NY 10025-7748

Publisher: Janet Hasson (@janhasson on twitter) 3 Gate House Rd, Mamaroneck, NY 10534


Gracia C Martore 728 Springvale Rd Great Falls, VA 22066 (703) 759-5954


–(Junior Editor) Nancy Cutler 9 Woodwind Ln, Spring Valley, NY. (845) 354 3485

Barbara Livingstone Nackman a Reporter on the municipal beat can be found here:
Barbara L Nackman
279 Farrington Ave
Tarrytown, NY 10591 (914) 332-5185

Swapna Venugopal Also a Reporter and can be found on
306 Quaker Rd
Chappaqua, NY 10514 (914) 238-4607

Mike Risinit
Michael J Risinit
42 Robinson Ln
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845) 454-2278

Seth Harrison
107 Valleyview Rd
Irvington, NY 10533 (914) 231-5411

OTHER STAFF. Let them know you how you feel about the actions of their co-workers and management.

Albert Conte
Photo reprints
Work: 914-696-8401

Anjanette Delgado
Community Conversation (Forums, Blogs, Social Media)
Work: 914-694-5072

Brian Howard
Social Media Editor at The Journal News
Work: 914-666-6177

Carrie Yale
Visuals Director at The Journal News
Photography (Days)
Work: 914-694-5092

Caryn McBride
Print and digital news editor, award-winning journalist
Editor at The Journal News
Westchester County, NY
Work: 845-578-2434

Cathey O’Donnell
Journal News reporter in NY covering Westchester, Rockland and Putnam
White Plains
Investigative Reporter at The Journal News

Chris Brown
Graphics Artist at The Journal News

Chris Gaughan
Works at The Journal News

Dan Donovan
Comics, crosswords, Jumble, Sudoku, movie clock
Work: 914-694-5309

David McKay Wilson
Columnist at The Journal News, freelance journalist, cycling advocate
Mahopac, NY

Ed Cummins
News Editor at The Journal News

Ed Forbes
Digital Team/Homepage
“Ed Forbes, a @StLawrenceU and @columbiajourn alum, is the Digital Editor at The Journal News and Westchester resident, N.J. native, Ad’k expat.”
Lives in Mount Kisco, New York
From Randolph, New Jersey
Columbia, St. Lawrence
Work: 914-696-8488

Gary McGriff
Works at The Journal News

George Troyano
Vice President Sales & Marketing at Journal News Media-Gannett
Studied Marketing at Drexel University
Work: 914-694-5157

Heather Salerno
New York-based journalist, wife and mom
Works at Feature writer for the Journal News
Studied at Georgetown University

Herb Pinder
Community Conversation / Opinion Page editor at The Journal News and
Work: 914-694-5031

James Kwasnik
Online Director at The Journal News, Technology/Analytics Editor
Work: 914-694-5172

Jill Mercadante
Multimedia/Marketing Editor at The Journal News

Joe McDonald
Local News, Local Content Editor
Work: 914-694-5099

Karen Croke
LoHud Weekend
Work: 914-696-8267

Kathy Moore
Local Content Editor
Work: 914-694-3523

Ken Valenti
“I’m a transportation reporter for The Journal News/”
White Plains, Westchester, NY

Linda Lombroso
Features Writer at The Journal News

Leah Rae
Journalist in Westchester County, N.Y., following local news, immigration trends, and cool maps.

Lee Higgins
Breaking news reporter for
Work: 914-696-8570

Liz Johnson
Food editor at The Journal News and in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam. Eater, drinker, gardener.
Lower Hudson Valley
Work: 914-694-5075

Mary Dolan
Deputy Managing Editor, Features editor The Journal News/
White Plains
Work: 914-694-5230

Mike Meaney
Morning breaking news
Work: 914-696-8565

Nancy Cutler
Opinion editor, Rockland, The Journal News/
Rockland County, NY
Work: 845-578-2403

Nights, weekends, holidays and news tips: 914-694-5077

Phil Reisman
Columnist for The Journal News/
Westchester, NY

Robert F. Rodriguez
Visuals Editor / Photo Editor at The Journal News
Photography, Nights
Studied at NYU
Lives in New York, New York
Married to Stephanie Azzarone
Work: 914-694-5092

Sean Mayer
Sports and Operations Editor for the Journal News Media Group.
Studied at Binghamton University
Married to Randi Kravetsky-Mayer
From Monroe, New York
Work: 914-696-8527

Swapna Venugopal
Reporter, The Journal News at Gannett
Staff Writer,The Journal News/
Write about politics, development issues and life in Westchester County, New York
Studied at New York University
Lives in Chappaqua, New York
From Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Work: 914-696-8229

Thane Grauel
Local Editor Rockland/Digital Editor at The Journal News
Norwalk, Conn

Theresa Juva-Brown
Reporter at The Journal News
“Transportation/TZB reporter for The Journal News/ Reach me at tjuva@lohud.comwith tips/story ideas. I love hearing from readers/riders/drivers.”
White Plains, NY
Studied at Syracuse University
From Queens, New York

Contact Us
The Journal News and

Main Office:
The Journal News
1133 Westchester Ave.
Suite N110
White Plains, NY 10604

Main phone number: 914-694-9300
Report breaking news: 914-694-5077
E-mail breaking news:
Lobby Hours:
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. – open for visitors
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Home Delivery Operations Manager: John Czarnecki, 914-696-8540,
Director/Circulation Operations: Elaine Kirsch, 914-696-8511,
Single Copy Manager: Mauro Ferrotta, 914-694-5233,

News Managers
Sound Shore: Liz Anderson, 914-696-8538,
White Plains: Scott Faubel, 914-696-8569,
Northern Westchester: Robert Brum, 914-666-6579,
Yorktown-Cortlandt: Robert Brum, 914-666-6579,
Putnam: Robert Brum, 914-666-6579,
Rockland: Nicole Futterman, 845-578-2408,

Online Ad Director: Eileen Zaccagnino, 914-696-8463,
Director, Marketing and Client Solutions: Tessa Garcia, 914-694-5188,

Janet Hasson herself is married with one child, and her personal interests, as culled from her credit card records, are noted below:


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December 26, 2012

Who needs the Constitution when you can have a Police State instead?



You’ve heard the saying many times before…

The solution is worse than the problem it’s supposed to solve.

police-state-thugs-225x250That’s precisely the state of affairs in Paragould, Arkansas, a small town roughly 90 miles northwest of Memphis, Tennessee, today. Citizens of this small town, population 26,000, stripped of their Constitutional Rights, are now subject to unlawful search and seizure at the whim of police officers, all in the name of “crime prevention”.

Where have we heard this garbage before?

I think Benjamin Franklin said it best when he said:

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

That’s precisely the state of affairs in Paragould, Arkansas where Mayor Mike Gaskill and Police Chief Todd Stovall just tore up the United States Constitution.

“[Police are] going to be in SWAT gear and have AR-15s around their neck,” Chief Stovall said. “If you’re out walking, we’re going to stop you, ask why you’re out walking, check for your ID.

Mayor Mike Gaskill went on to say,

They may not be doing anything but walking their dog,” he said. “But they’re going to have to prove it.”

Innocent until proven guilty? Don’t be so ridiculous. Guilty until proven otherwise is now the law of the land in Paragould, Arkansas.

How can this happen in an American town? How can this happen in a US State, whose constitution specifically states (pdf):

Police_man-250x22915. Unreasonable searches and seizures.

The right of the people of this State to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no warrant shall issue, except upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or thing to be seized.

This can happen in a state whose Constitution says this when men, drunk with power, decide their whim of the moment is more important than the Constitutional Rights of the citizens they are sworn to protect. This happens when men violate the very Oath they swore when they became police officers… namely:

…to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help me God.

The awesome organization OathKeepers was formed precisely to stop this type of Constitutional violation. From the Oathkeepers website:

Oathkeepers-Logo Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of currently serving military, veterans, peace officers, and firefighters who will fulfill the oath we swore to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God.

Our oath is to the Constitution, not to the politicians, and we will not obey unconstitutional (and thus illegal) and immoral orders, such as orders to disarm the American people or to place them under martial law and deprive them of their ancient right to jury trial.

We Oath Keepers have drawn a line in the sand. We will not “just follow orders.”

Our motto is “Not on our watch!”

If you, the American people, are forced to once again fight for your liberty in another American Revolution, you will not be alone. We will stand with you.

This entire plan is clearly 100% unconstitutional, but that makes no difference to Paragould Police Chief Todd Stovall.

To ask you for your ID, I have to have a reason,” he said. “Well, I’ve got statistical reasons that say I’ve got a lot of crime right now, which gives me probable cause to ask what you’re doing out. Then when I add that people are scared…then that gives us even more [reason] to ask why are you here and what are you doing in this area.”

This police state thug even admitted that he didn’t bother to ask for a legal opinion about the constitutionality of his plan. He doesn’t care. He cares about one thing only: exercising his power. Astoundingly, he even admitted that what he planned was Martial Law.

I don’t know that there’s ever been a difference“, he said, between his proposals and martial law.

I’ve got to give these police state ghouls credit for one thing… They’re not shy about their intention to violate the Constitutionally-protected Rights of the citizens of Paragould, Arkansas.

They’ve come right out and said they don’t care about the Constitution. They don’t care about your Rights. They don’t care about anything except doing what they want, when they want, to whom they want.

SWAT Teams are a means of inflicting fear. They are a show of State Power. They are used to instill in citizens the idea that the State can violate your Constitutional Rights with impunity, and without recourse.

Every jurisdiction in the United States has a SWAT Team, and while these teams were created as a response to specific crimes, police forces across the nation have turned this former specialized force into a unit that is used for the most routine of police investigations.

Do you remember the murder of Jose Guerena, the former US Marine who served 2 tours in Iraq?

His killers were the Pima County SWAT Team, allegedly serving a search warrant for drugs, even though there was no basis for that warrant. There certainly wasn’t any justification for murdering a man in front of his wife and children, but that didn’t stop these thugs from pu mping 60 bullets into Jose’s body and then leaving him for over an hour to bleed to death on the floor of his home.

Not one of Jose Guerena’s killers have ever seen the inside of a courtroom, let alone a prison, and they never will. They are Agents of the State; agents who are literally above the law.

Am I saying the Paragould SWAT Team will murder people like this?

Of course not.

I’m saying something far worse.

I’m saying that when we use highly trained police teams designed for high-risk situations for routine and mundane police tasks and then remove all Constitutional Protections from mere citizens, we shouldn’t be surprised when the blood of innocent Americans flows freely in the streets.

One last note before I show you a video of how real men behave in the face of unconstitutional orders…

Isn’t it ironic that the Paragould SWAT Team will use the AR-15 when it terrorizes innocent Americans on the Streets of Paragould, Arkansas? Yes, this is the same firearm an insane young man used to murder 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut, and is currently being demonized in the national press.

Funny how there’s no media outcry over it being used here…

This video, from Oathkeepers, is required viewing for any current serving member of the military, reserves, National Guard, veterans, Peace Officers, and Fire Fighters in Paragould, Arkansas. Clearly they have lost their way, and this video will show them the path back to reason and sanity.

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November 7, 2012

Leah-Lynn Plante – Guilty until proven innocent, at least as far as the American anarchist movement is concerned



It’s a sad fact in today’s America that looks win out over substance every single time. The atrocious treatment of Leah-Lynn Plante is just the latest example of a person being vilified for her looks while her principled stance against a corrupt government is utterly ignored.

As I wrote on October 25, Leah-Lynn Plante, Matt Duran and Katherine “Kteoo” Olejnik were imprisoned because of their beliefs and not because of any action they took, criminal or otherwise.

These three young people are self-described anarchists. The federal government didn’t like what they said when they exercised their Right to Freedom of Speech so it went after them, but not in the usual manner.

Instead of arresting the trio and charging them with an actual crime, the government did something much more despicable. The government demanded they speak to a Grand Jury and then imprisoned the three for refusing to speak at all, or what in a civilized society is called invoking their Right to Remain Silent.

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Did you realize that invoking your Right to Remain Silent is a crime in America?

Did you realize this precious right was stripped from Americans by the very government that is supposed to support and defend your rights?

So much for the Land of the Free…

Most Americans don’t believe they can be sent to prison for the “crime” of, well, for no crime at all actually.

The way this is accomplished is really quite devious.

The 5th Amendment of the United States Constitution makes it abundantly clear that a person cannot be forced to testify against themselves. This is the very core of our right to remain silent.

No person… shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;

Since the 5th Amendment protects an individual from testifying against themselves, the government granted these three protestors immunity from prosecution. Since they could not be prosecuted for any crimes, real or imagined, they were then forced to testify before the Grand Jury or be found in contempt of court, a “crime” for which you can be sent to prison for 18 months.

It’s a neat little trick, or what I call an end-run around your constitutional rights. Actually, it’s more of like taking a flamethrower and burning down the Constitution, but since nobody cares about such quaint notions as Rights and Freedoms any more, the government continues to get away with this affront to our Liberty to this very day.

This is how Leah-Lynn Plante, Matt Duran and Katherine “Kteoo” Olejnik were imprisoned. They refused to answer any questions from the Grand Jury, were cited for contempt of court and were promptly hauled away to prison and solitary confinement.

So much for the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave. We’re NOT free, and the Brave are sent to prison for standing on one of the foundational principles of the American Republic.

Lean-Lynn Plante

Lean-Lynn Plante

So what’s all this got to do with Leah-Lynn Plante and my calling her guilty until proven innocent?

Well, at its core it’s got to do with the fact that Leah-Lynn Plante is a very pretty girl.

She is the most photogenic of the three anarchists who were sent to prison, and her looks helped raise her profile in the days leading up to her incarceration for defying the Grand Jury.

Her good looks also appear to be what the government is using to discredit the young woman and her stance against the Grand Jury system.

Discredit Plante, discredit the entire protest. Simple. All without saying a word.

While Matt Duran and Katherine “Kteoo” Olejnik sit in prison for defying the Grand Jury to this day, the government quietly released Leah-Lynn Plante after just a few weeks of solitary confinement.

There was no announcement from the government as to why Plante was released. They didn’t need one. The government is very well aware that anything they said would not be believed by the anarchist movement so they stayed silent, knowing full well that this silence, coupled with Plante’s release, would be interpreted exactly the way they wanted.

Sadly, the government right.

Human beings are innately degenerate creatures who will eat their own young given half a chance, so it really should not surprise anyone that the very same Anarchist movement that so gleefully splashed Leah-Lynn’s face across every website possible is now calling her a traitor, and worse.

Leah-Lynn Plante is now guilty in the eyes of the very people whose principles she went to prison to defend.

It’s ironic, and by ironic I mean stupid, ignorant and disgusting.

Prison is not a nice place. It’s intentionally not a nice place for a reason. Governments use prisons to, among other things, make statements. Generally that statement is along the lines of “Might is Right” and in the case of Leah-Lynn Plante, Matt Duran and Katherine “Kteoo” Olejnik that statement was

“Do as we say or you will go to prison.”

Now I personally have no knowledge of what Leah-Lynn Plante did or did not say to anyone. I have no proof of why the government released her and not Matt Duran or Kteoo Olejnik, but I have a pretty good theory about why she was released while her two friends remain in prison.

In any propaganda war the primary objective is to win the hearts and minds of the public.

Like it or not, the Anarchist movement was winning that war against the Grand Jury system by using images of all three young people, but primarily that of Leah-Lynn as they explained to the world these three American citizens were rotting in solitary confinement for daring to defy an unjust Grand Jury system.

American’s love pretty faces and any publicity campaign will always get more mileage by using a one.

As you can see for yourself, she is pretty. But as Lean-Lynn Plante said herself, she is far more than just a pretty face. She is a young woman who is, I believe, committed to a path of action; to a set of principles that guide her decisions and actions.

That she was willing to go to prison for 18 months in defiance of a system that criminalizes our Right to Remain Silent speaks volumes about the kind of character she possesses.

Unless you are dead between the ears that is really the only conclusion a person can come to after listening to her explain why she was going to prison in the video she made the day they took her away. That her supposed friends and allies are turning on her like vultures doesn’t say much for them, their cause or their principles.

Me? I’ll stand with Leah-Lynn Plante unless and until actual facts come to light that she has done anything other than what she said she would do, namely go to prison before speaking to the Grand Jury.

Having watched Bruce Montague go through a similar ordeal for daring to challenge the law here in Canada, I can assure you that solitary confinement is no pleasant thing. It tears at your mind in ways you cannot imagine until you are placed in that situation, stripped of your dignity, privacy and community.

So, the next time someone near you calls Lean-Lynn Plante a traitor simply because she needs time to recover from and deal with the trauma she’s been through at the hands of a thuggish state, tell them to shut their mouths and give her the respect she’s earned by taking a principled stand against a corrupt government.

The very least all the “Keyboard Quarterbacks” can do is to shut up until there are actual facts to go on.

Right now all anyone knows is that Lean-Lynn Plante was released from prison and is in hiding, doing her best to recover from the abuses of the State. She deserves whatever time she needs to do that, and our support and encouragement while she does.


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October 25, 2012

Leah-Lynn Plante, Matt Duran and Katherine “Kteoo” Olejnik: Political Prisoners Right Here in America




Is anyone really surprised that Barack Obama’s Justice and State Departments are staffed with hypocrites?

Does anyone believe that statement is untrue?

If yes, then you’re either extremely naïve or very ill-informed. Let me explain…

On August 17, 2012 the US State Department issued the following news release decrying the sentencing of Russian rock band Pussy Riot:

The United States is concerned about both the verdict and the disproportionate sentences handed down by a Moscow court in the case against the members of the band Pussy Riot and the negative impact on freedom of expression in Russia. We urge Russian authorities to review this case and ensure that the right to freedom of expression is upheld.

While it is heart-warming that the US State Department is concerned that a Russian punk rock band has their right to freedom of expression protected, their concern is, to be blunt, sheer hypocrisy.


Leah-Lynn-Plante-250x187Because the US State department claims to be “concerned” about the treatment of members of a rock band and their right to freedom of expression while at the very same time the US Department of Justice is tossing American citizens in prison for the crime of, get this, exercising their Right to Remain Silent.

You won’t hear about Leah-Lynn Plante, Matt Duran and Katherine “Kteoo” Olejnik on the mainstream news media. Theirs is not a story the Obama administration wants discussed in the run-up to what will be a very interesting November election.

Imprisoning American citizens for refusing to speak to authorities just doesn’t happen in America, right?

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If you believe that, then please, take off your blinders. It happens every day.

Leah-Lynn Plante, Matt Duran and Katherine “Kteoo” Olejnik are merely the latest victims of this atrocity against the constitutional rights of American citizens.

Writer J.G. Vibes describes exactly how this violation of civil rights is made “legal”:

The most recent to be sent away was Leah-Lynn Plante, this week she repeated the same process that she just watched her roommates go through. After being summoned to speak twice and refusing to speak both times, the prosecutors in the case enacted a legal loophole which waived her 5th amendment right to remain silent. This decision was made for her by the court against her will.

The sneaky legal trick that the prosecutors pulled was granting her immunity, which meant that anything she said to them would not incriminate her. This may sound OK at face value, but when you are granted immunity you lose your right to remain silent and can be thrown into prison for what is called “civil contempt”.

This actually happens a lot; video journalist Josh Wolf, for example, served seven-and-a-half months in 2006 and 2007 for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury and turn over his footage of a protest in San Francisco.

Grand jury trials are very shady ordeals, which have totally different rules than the typical court case. Defense attorneys are not even allowed to be present, and the proceedings of the case are completely secret.




Below I’ve copied Leah-Lynn Plante’s statement and the video of her reading her statement.

Take careful note of what she says, especially the part where she explains that the police knew she and her roommates were nowhere near Seattle on May Day, the date of the crimes they claim to be “investigating“.

It is despicable that, here in America in 2012, citizens of the United States of America are imprisoned for the crime of… well… remaining silent, just as the Constitution says they can.

Here is Leah-Lynn Plante.

Listen to her carefully.

Her plight and that Matt Duran and Katherine “Kteoo” Olejnik should horrify us all.

If ever there was a time to remember Pastor Martin Niemöller’s famous poem and take heed of its warning…This is it.

They came for the Communists, and I didn’t object – For I wasn’t a Communist;

They came for the Socialists, and I didn’t object – For I wasn’t a Socialist;

They came for the labor leaders, and I didn’t object – For I wasn’t a labor leader;

They came for the Jews, and I didn’t object – For I wasn’t a Jew;

Then they came for me – And there was no one left to object.


On the morning of July 25th, 2012, my life was turned upside down in a matter of hours.

FBI agents from around Washington and Oregon and Joint Terrorism Task Force agents from Washington busted down the front door of my house with a battering ram, handcuffed my house mates and me at gunpoint, and held us hostage in our backyard while they read us a search warrant and ransacked our home.

They said it was in connection to May Day vandalism that occurred in Seattle, Washington earlier this year. However, we suspected that this was not really about broken windows.

As if they had taken pointers from Orwell’s 1984, they took books, artwork and other various literature as “evidence” as well as many other personal belongings even though they seemed to know that nobody there (in Leah-Lynn Plante’s home) was even in Seattle on May Day.

While we know that knowledge is powerful, we suspected that nobody used rolled up copies of the Stumptown Wobbly to commit property damage.

We saw this for what it was.

They are trying to investigate anarchists and persecute them for their beliefs. This is a fishing expedition. This is a witch hunt.

Since then, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, we have learned that this Grand jury was convened on March 2nd, 2012, two months before the May Day vandalism even took place.

I was served a subpoena to testify before a Grand Jury on August 2nd, a week later.

I hastily packed my life up into boxes, got rid of almost all of my personal belongings in preparation of incarceration. I was dismissed that day after refusing to testify and re-subpoenaed for August 30th, which was pushed back to September 13th. In that time I did a lot of self care, got my affairs in order and got advice from other people who have either resisted Grand Juries, gone to prison or both.

I returned to the Grand Jury on September 13th where I was granted immunity. When you are granted immunity, you lose your right to remain silent and can be thrown into prison for civil contempt. Between consulting with my attorney and an hour long recess, I narrowly avoided a contempt hearing simply because they ran out of time.

I was dismissed and was told I would receive my 4th subpoena.

I walked out of the courthouse just in time to witness Matthew Kyle Duran, my fellow resister, being taken away to prison in a police van. It broke my heart to watch them kidnap an amazing and strong person and take him away from his friends and loved ones.

Katherine “Kteeo” Olejnik has met a similar fate for refusing to testify on September 27th. Right now, Matt and Kteeo are both sitting in prison cells for doing nothing but remaining silent.

I have nothing but love and admiration for them both and I know that thousands of others feel the same.

On the drive home that night my brain felt like it was short circuiting. A few days later, I received notice that my next subpoena was for October 10th. They also notified my lawyer that they were preparing for a contempt hearing.

Court dates aside, my life has been a roller coaster. Thanks to unrelated events, I have suffered with severe depression and PTSD for many years. These are now much worse and new things trigger me. For a while after the raid, I was in a constant state of panic and I could barely eat. Every time someone knocked on the door, every time I heard any sort of loud sound in my house, my heart sank and I thought “they’ve come for me.”

To the day of this writing, I haven’t slept a full night since that cold July morning thanks to nausea inducing anxiety that wakes me up between 4:00 and 7:00 every single morning. After a couple months, the initial panic has faded into grim acceptance.

Despite my mental health issues, I never once considered co-operation and never would. It is against everything I believe in. On my right arm I have a tattoo reading “strive to survive causing least suffering possible.”

This is something I live by every single day and will continue to live by whether I am in a cage or not.

I cannot express in words how grateful I am to all those who have shown us support and solidarity, especially our friends, partners and loved ones. We will all get through this together. I know I am a broken record with the following sentiment, but I feel like it’s worth repeating.

They want us to feel isolated, alone and scared.

I know that even though Kteeo has been held in what is essentially solitary confinement, she does not feel alone.

I know that Matt does not feel alone.

I know that I will not feel alone.

When they try to mercilessly gut communities, we do not scatter, we grow stronger, we thrive.

I view this State repression like this:

The State thinks it is a black hole that can destroy whatever it wants. In reality, it is much more like a stellar nursery, wherein it unintentionally creates new, strong anarchist stars.

I do not look forward to what inevitably awaits me today, but I accept it. I ask that people continue to support us throughout this process by writing us letters, sending us books, donating and spreading awareness.

My convictions are unwavering and will not be shaken by their harassment. Today is October 10th, 2012 and I am ready to go to prison.

Love and solidarity to all those who resist,

Forever in silence.

Leah-Lynn Plante


Leah-Lynn Plante has been released from prison, although why she was released is still in question.

Katherine “Kteeo” Olejnik and Matthew Kyle Duran, however are still incarcerated, and it is essential to call attention to their cases.

You can show your support for KteeO by sending her books from her wishlist or mailing her letters to:

Katherine Olejnik #42592-086
FDC SeaTac,
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198

Show your support for Matt b y sending him books from Matt’s book wishlist and by sending him letters of support to:

Matthew Kyle Duran #42565-086
FDC SeaTac
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198

Spread the word.


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September 30, 2012

Reverse Onus clause violates the Constitutional Rights of Violent Offenders, but is okay for law-abiding gun owners?


Gotta love this country, where up is down and left is right.

Only in a nation that has completely abandoned rational thought and critical thinking could dangerous offenders have more rights than law-abiding gun owners.  That this judgement  comes out of the Ontario court system should surprise nobody.

Ontario Superior Court Judge Alan Bryant ruled that reverse onus for dangerous offenders violates their constitutional rights. How… progressive of him.

The law that Judge Alan Bryant took such exception to requires violent offenders convicted of serious crimes must prove they do not deserve to be designated as dangerous offenders and thus be incarcerated indefinitely.

You must realize this isn’t good old Joe from down the street we’re talking about here.  No, the individuals affected by this law are folks who have explicitly shown through their repeated violent criminal behaviour that they’re a menace to society.

The law used to require the Crown prove an individual was worthy of being locked up indefinitely but the Conservative government under Stephen Harper changed that requirement in 2008.

The law now requires the individual in question prove they should not be labelled a dangerous offender.

In this case such a requirement actually makes sense.  I say that because the Crown has already proven the individual is deserving of that designation by convicting them of numerous violent crimes.

Contrast that with law-abiding Canadian gun owners.

As a person who has not committed any crime, violent or otherwise, Canadian gun owners are subject to the burden of proof in practically every aspect of Canadian firearms law.

Under the Criminal Code of Canada section 117.11, for example, states the following:

117.11 Onus on the accused – Where, in any proceedings for an offence under any of sections 89, 90, 91, 93, 97, 101,104 and 105, any question arises as to whether a person is the holder of an authorization, a license or a registration certificate, the onus is on the accused to prove that the person is the holder of the authorization, a license or registration certificate.

Even with the removal of the much-despised Canadian long gun registry law-abiding Canadian gun owners can still be charged with any of these offences.

The onus is then upon them to prove they nave NOT committed a crime, and given the horrendously flawed record-keeping of the government in this regard, good luck to any gun owner placed in this position.

The mere presence of a spent shell-casing is considered just cause for SWAT Teams to descend upon an unwitting Canadian, all because owning a firearm has been demonized repeatedly over the past 20 or 30 years.

No crime needs to be committed for this overreaction from police.  The mere drawing of a gun by a child is considered reason enough to strip a man of his Constitutional Rights and run him through the mill.  Jessie Sansone is living proof of that ridiculous state of affairs.


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September 28, 2012

The US Government believes you’re a right-wing terrorist if…


The US Government believes you’re a right-wing terrorist if… you have a brain and aren’t afraid to use it.

The US Government routinely demeans, denigrates, ridicules, detests and prosecutes individuals for the “thought crime” of believing what the Constitution of the Constitution of the United States of America actually says.

The United States Government has, for a very long time now, had their priorities completely screwed up.

Last year a report out of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) titled “Right-Wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment“.  In that venerable piece of propaganda the DHS minions came to such mind-numbing conclusions as:

  • The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.
  • The high volume of purchases and stockpiling of weapons and ammunition by rightwing extremists in anticipation of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary concern to law enforcement.
  • Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists. DHS/I&A is concerned that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities.

Let us not forget the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms “Fast and Furious” program, in which these morons couldn’t dump guns into the hands of known felons and drug cartels fast enough, all because they despise guns in the hands of law-abiding American citizens.  Their gross incompetence and stupidity only managed to get US Border Services Agent Brian A. Terry murdered.  It did nothing to further their aim of stripping Americans of their Second Amendment Rights.

Fallout from the BATF’s Fast and Furious scandal is still with us, and with any luck will help aid the downfall of “The Anointed One“, aka “The Empty Suit“, aka “America’s First Half-Black President” aka “The Coward In Chief “or as he calls himself today, Barack Hussein Obama in just a few short weeks.

Barack Hussein Obama will go down as the most cowardly president in American history, stripping that title from Jimmy Carter.  Who knew it would be possible for a US President to be more cowardly in the face of islamic terrorism than Jimmy Carter?

The latest from the mighty moron squad is the US Department of Justice (DOJ) training manual called “Terrorism Training For Law Enforcement“, in which something as simple as a bumper sticker on your vehicle or even having a map sitting on your passenger seat is deemed sufficient reason to violate your rights and search both you and your vehicle without a warrant.


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September 14, 2012

Freedom of Speech and Marriage Fraud: How can they possibly be connected?

Lainie Towell cover

Actually, quite easily, unfortunately.

Meet Lainie Towell.

Yes, the photo looks a little weird, until you understand why this woman is wearing a wedding dress and carrying a full-size door, white on one side and red on the other, with the words “Mr. Immigration Minister, it’s getting heavy” emblazoned on the back of it.

To quote the Ottawa Life magazine story about her plight (which I encourage you to read in its entirety):

The story begins in 2004, when Ottawa dance artist Lainie Towell traveled to Guinea West Africa and fell in love twice. First with the country’s dance, and then with a Guinean drummer named Fodé Mohamed “Akra” Soumah.

After several trips to Conakry, a few bouts of malaria, countless hours apprenticing in an African ballet, and some visits to a witch doctor, Towell and Akra got married. She then sponsored him to come to Canada.

Twenty-nine days after he arrived in Canada, Akra disappeared. It seemed he had gotten what he wanted from the marriage – his Canadian permanent residency status.

Refusing to remain a victim, Towell took matters into her own hands. She launched what would become an international media campaign and exposed her broken heart – along with Canada’s lax immigration laws – to the public. When a Canadian Border Services Agency enforcement officer saw her story in the news and launched an investigation, Towell discovered first-hand that one woman’s courage and tenacity can help change the system.

Lainie Towell is a very courageous woman, from what I can tell.

She has single-handedly put the issue of immigration fraud onto the national and international stage with her very visual one-woman protest march on Canada’s Parliament Hill.

The decision from the Immigration folks that removed this “man” from Canadian soil is available at

Reasons and Decision — Removal Order Appeal

Fodé Mohamed SOUMAH

October 19, 2009

[3] The ID came to the conclusion that the appellant did not declare that he was the father of a child, prior to or at the time of his landing on December 21, 2007.  The ID did not come to the conclusion that the appellant had misrepresented the nature of his marriage to his sponsor, Helen Margaret Towell, who testified before the ID that she had been duped into marrying the appellant. The Minister did not appeal from that decision.

Lainie never knew about the child from a previous relationship when she married Soumah.  He never disclosed this to her.  Nice guy… (more…)

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September 5, 2012

Got an iPhone or iPad? Great! Big Brother loves you and is tracking your every move…


An interesting story crossed my desk this morning and kicked my spidey senses into overdrive.  Why?  Big Brother (aka the FBI) was caught spying on us regular folk yet again.

FBI Agent Christopher Stangl (semi-famous for an FBI recruiting video he made a few years back) had his laptop hacked by one or both of the hactivist groups Anonymous and Antisec.

Is it just me or is it somehow just the tiniest bit ironic that the FBI’s recruiter for cyber security experts is hacked so easily?

The hactivist groups gleefully posted some of what they found to the internet: over 12 million iPad and iPhone AppleIDs (Unique Device Identifiers or UDIDs) in a database.

The hacker groups also made it clear the FBI agent’s computer database also contained complete personal information for each one of the UDIDs including usernames, full names, addresses, zip codes and phone numbers.

During the second week of March 2012, a Dell Vostro notebook, used by Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl from FBI Regional Cyber Action Team and New York FBI Office Evidence Response Team was breached,” claims the group.

The group said they found a file called “NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv” which contained a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices. The .csv file contained Unique Device Identifiers, user names, names of devices, types of devices zip codes, cell phone numbers and address, according to the group.

Setting aside the notion that hacking an FBI laptop could be labeled cyber-terrorism (perhaps “public service” is a better term in this case?), just what is the FBI doing with this information?

More importantly, why are they keeping tabs on over 12 million Americans with iPads and iPhones?

Shocking as it may sound, neither the FBI nor Agent Christopher Stangl was willing to speak to the press about this embarrassing revelation.

“The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed,” said an FBI spokesperson. “At this time there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.”

Before the statement was released the FBI Press Office tweeted: “Statement soon on reports that one of our laptops with personal info was hacked. We never had info in question. Bottom Line: TOTALLY FALSE.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) did some digging through information it received earlier this year through Access to Information requests and what it found wasn’t reassuring.

July 26, 2012

Of all of the recent technological developments that have expanded the surveillance capabilities of law enforcement agencies at the expense of individual privacy, perhaps the most powerful is cell phone location tracking. And now, after an unprecedented records request by ACLU affiliates around the country, we know that this method is widespread and often used without adequate regard for constitutional protections, judicial oversight, or accountability.


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July 7, 2012

Poorly-Written Laws Are Criminal


To maintain the ascendancy of the Constitution over the lawmaking majority is the great and essential point on which the success of (any nation’s) system must depend; unless that ascendancy can be preserved, the necessary consequence must be that the laws will supersede the Constitution; and, finally, the will of the Executive, by influence of its patronage, will supersede the laws …
— John C. Calhoun (1782-1850) American statesman


In a July 2nd column, Christopher di Armani asked a resounding question: “Does the Yukon Territory really need another layer of bureaucracy to do the job the RCMP is already paid to do?”

Then on July 3rd, he went on to blister the breeches of British Columbia Agriculture Minister Don McRae for introducing a Bill titled the “Animal Health Act” that would make it criminal for anyone to exercise their constitutional free-speech right by disclosing a disease outbreak in any animal population. To ensure muzzle compliance, the government inserted an outrageous penalty of two years in the slammer and a $75,000 fine for offenders.

Those observations reminded me of a study once conducted by the Vancouver-based Fraser Institute that said those who dare define regulations would find themselves working in a quagmire.

At the relevant time, I suggested the writers could have possibly saved four pages of mire by simply saying “it’s a law”. It doesn’t matter if it’s called a regulation, act, statute, rule or a sow’s ear, a regulation is still a law.

It doesn’t matter if the law is enforced by the tax collector, mining inspector, game warden, fisheries officer, bylaw officer, dog catcher or the police.

They have power over you.

An individual can be arrested, charged, have property seized and be forced to shell out mind-boggling amounts of money on defense in the courts and before quasi-judiciary boards. Often, the exercise is akin to trying to nail jelly to the wall.


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July 4, 2012

Under Agenda 21 “Property Seizure” is Seen as “Profit-Sharing”


Canada’s Constitution is the supreme law.

Any law passed by any federal, provincial, or territorial government that is inconsistent with the constitution is invalid.

The next highest law in the pecking order of paramountcy is the Criminal Code of Canada and the same rules of law apply–or should apply–under the Criminal Code as with the Constitution.

The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, otherwise known as SCAN, has been a bone choking my throat ever since it was invented from somebody’s zealous imagination.

By the same token, a noisy, disruptive drug house was a bone sticking in the craw of every property owner and tenant who lived in the otherwise quiet, peaceful, respectable Old Town area of Whitehorse.

This hastily-written piece of legislation was well-intentioned but any law passed to simply to take legal action against one specific target is misdirected.

And it’s hard to say where a law may lead to in future unless a judge has the fortitude to rule that it is invalid in relationship to the paramountcy of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Criminal Code.

SCAN is handy because it is based on civil law and depends on bureaucratic scrutiny; private parties can get into the act, too. It does not require criminal charges from the police and convictions from a court. Therefore, this flimsy non-law is open for drastic abuse.

Soon after SCAN’s enactment, sure ‘nuff, the Yukon legislature made a failed attempt to quickly usher in a draconian Civil Forfeiture Act. Thankfully, the quick-acting public, nimbler than the deceitful politicians, clamped the lid shut on the forfeiture refuse posthaste.

There are already enough laws covering all bases in the Criminal Code tome to choke an oversized camel. Why does a territorial government need to write more unlawful laws to deal with one particular drug house in one community?


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July 1, 2012

Russ Caswell’s Civil Forfeiture Nightmare

Russ Caswell is 68 years old.  He has not been charged with a crime, yet the Tewksbury, Massachusetts, Police Department is using civil forfeiture laws to steal both his livelihood and his retirement estate.

Russ Caswell owns and operates his family-owned motel called, oddly enough, the Motel Caswell.  It’s not the Ritz but that’s to be expected given the motel was built by Caswell’s father back in 1955.  It is now, like many older motels across the nation, home to lower-income people such as seniors, as well as temporary workers who pay by the week or month.

While rates to stay there are not expensive, there is one thing the motel has that is very valuable to the thieving police department and the thieving federal government that’s helping the thieving local police department: equity.

Caswell owns the property outright.  There is no mortgage on the property.

Why is this significant?

Because Caswell’s property has no mortgage, that means the State can keep the entire proceeds of the sale of the property after they steal it from him. When local or federal police departments steal from citizens using civil forfeiture laws they get to keep most or all of what they steal.

Of course they don’t call it theft or stealing… they call it cracking down on crime.

In the case of Russ Caswell, it makes absolutely no difference that he has never been charged with a crime.  In fact, it’s not any actions he has taken that concerns the thieving police and federal justice department at all.


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March 31, 2012

Is Homeland Security planning a war on Americans?


ice Is the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) planning a war on American citizens?

It’s a valid question, I suspect, in the wake of news that DHS has ordered 450 million rounds of .40 calibre handgun ammunition and has an open tender for 175 million rounds of .223, the ammunition used in the M-16 assault rifle.

That’s a LOT of bullets by anyone’s standards.

A press release was issued by defense contractor ATK ( who cites itself as “an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 22 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally.”

“We are proud to extend our track record as the prime supplier of .40 caliber duty ammunition for DHS, ICE,” said Ron Johnson, President of ATK’s Security and Sporting group. “The HST is a proven design that will continue to serve those who keep our borders safe.”

ATK plans to produce the ammunition at the Federal Cartridge Company’s facility in Anoka, Minnesota with deliveries beginning in June of this year.

There is no official word yet on how DHS plans on using this specially-designed hollow-point ammunition.


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March 25, 2012

A small glimmer of hope for Property Rights in America


mike-and chantell-sackett As amazing as it sounds, the United States Supreme Court has actually ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their abusive violations of the rights of Mike and Chantell Sackett of Priest Lake, Idaho.

The EPA is one of those wonderful agencies that treats Bureaucrats Rule #1 as Gospel.

The Rules are More Important Than People

The EPA treats people with complete and utter contempt and it is that contempt that prompted the US Supreme Court ruling against them.  They have a habit of issuing what the Supreme Court described as “drive-by” decisions and then refuse to hear any appeals to those arbitrary dictates.

Mike and Chantell Sackett bought a piece of property, obtained all the necessary licenses and permits to build their dream home.

Then the EPA descended upon them like a plague of bureaucratic locusts. They demanded the Sacketts “return the property to its pristine condition” and apply for permission to use their own land.

To quote the article on this horrific case,

Further, the EPA, in collusion with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, told the couple they could not even challenge the decision unless they went through that expensive process.

The EPA previously had threatened the couple with fines of up to $75,000 per day for failing to follow the agency’s intrusive “compliance” plan through which federal officials not only effectively seized control of the land, but also the couple, by demanding their paperwork records and other detailed information.


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March 19, 2012

Freedom of Speech? Not if a politician is nearby!


The old saying that “Truth is stranger than fiction” rang through my head as I read the report that the United States Congress had passed a law making it illegal to protest anywhere near a politician.  Naturally President Obama signed it into law immediately since, if it should be illegal to protest near any member of the Political Class, obviously that should be the “God of Hope and Change.”

I probably should have titled this “When Politicians Become Lord and Master instead of our representatives” for that’s certainly how they act.

H.R. 347, the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011” as it is benignly called, passed with stunning ease in the House of Representatives, 399-3.  Can you believe that there were only 3 votes against it?

H.R. 347 makes it a crime for

“Whoever knowingly enters or remains in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do so; knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of government business or official functions, engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of government business or official functions; knowingly, and with the intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of government business or official functions, obstructs or impedes ingress or egress to or from any restricted building or grounds; or knowingly engages in any act of physical violence against any person or property in any restricted building or grounds; attempts or conspires to do so, shall be punished.”

Is it just me or is this law even more absurd than Obama getting re-elected in November?  If you don’t think so, you really ought to read the text above again.

There is this pesky little RIGHT that we in Canada share with our American brothers and sisters… it’s called Freedom of Speech. It would appear that this right has just been extinguished in America anywhere that a politician might be present.

What recourse is there when your employees dictate that you cannot protest their ridiculous and stupid actions?  In the United States the answer to that question is “None” or they will have you tossed in prison.

Want to protest ObamaCare?  Best not do it in front of “King Obama” himself.  You’ll be tossed in jail faster than you can say “Stupid Dictator.”

Want to protest the latest draconian anti-gun laws passed in Chicago?  Best not do it in front of the Mayor.  You’ll be tossed in prison faster than you can say “Rahm Emanuel.”


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March 17, 2012

Can you get fired for wearing a symbol of your faith to work? Only if it’s a Christian symbol…


The government of Britain is about to argue before the European Court of Human Rights that because the cross or crucifix is not a “requirement” of the Christian faith, wearing a cross to work is grounds for dismissal from your job.

Wearing symbols of other religions, such as a turban or a hijab, are (of course) exempt from this absurd religious symbol restriction.   Wearing a cross will offend people, but wearing a turban or hijab or some other article of religious significance will not.  That’s the logic at play here, and it’s ridiculous.

Can you imagine going to work one day and being told that if you do not remove your cross that you would be fired?  Can you imagine the same threat being used against a Sikh, a Muslim or a Jew?

What’s next?  Will the British Government tell Jewish men that they can no longer wear a yarmulke in public?  They wouldn’t dare.

How about Wiccans or Celtic Druids?  Shall we ban them from wearing symbols of their religion and fire them if they don’t toe the line as well?

I say again, these idiots wouldn’t dare.

Freedom of Religion just doesn’t mean what it used to, that’s for sure.  Britain, the land that gave us our Common Law heritage of Rights and Freedoms through the Magna Carta and other historic documents, clearly has lost her way.

Bishop of Peterborough Donald Allister said, “It is a duty of a Christian to be public about their faith as well as private, and that is clear New Testament teaching.”

The Nanny State is in full swing in Britain and whatever nonsense goes on in Britain inevitably makes its way across the Atlantic to North America.

God save us all from this politically correct nonsense!


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