MAY 28, 2013 8:09AM PST
Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have had their privacy rights violated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), who calls the targeted vets “suspected terrorist”.
What a nice way to thank those who fought tirelessly for our country… Good grief.
The Department of Homeland Security and FBI have been monitoring white supremacists and “militia/sovereign-citizen extremist groups” for terrorist activities since 2009. Somehow, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have fallen into these closely-watched groups, on the grounds that they are possible terrorists.
This is all done through a program called “Operation Vigilant Eagle”. When the program began, it caused some controversy but was quickly forgotten and dropped by the mainstream media. Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security secretary told NBC in an interview, “This is an assessment of things just to be wary of, not to infringe on constitutional rights, certainly not to malign our veterans.”
In February 2009 (shortly after Obama’s inauguration), a Vigilant Eagle memo was put out, saying the purpose of the program was to “share information regarding Iraqi and Afghanistan war veterans whose involvement in white supremacy and/or militia sovereign citizen extremist groups poses a domestic terrorism threat.”
Since President Obama stepped into office, the DHS has issued several reports about a “wave of terrorism” by Republicans – these reports have targeted all levels of conservatives from off-duty cops to Tea Party members. Vigilant Eagle is merely an unjust expression of these partisan preferences within the DHS.
Brandon Raub, a Marine vet, was arrested last year by FBI and Secret Service agents. He was then held for a week at a psychiatric facility… All because the vet complained about the government in blogs and on Facebook.
Then I guess I should be taken away too — I’ve made blogging about the government my fulltime job!
One of Raub’s “questionable” posts read, “The United States was meant to lead the charge against injustice, but through our example not our force. People do not respond to having liberty and freedom forced on them.”
Wow, I really feel like I’m in imminent danger after reading that…
Raub was finally released when a judge decided that the case against him was “devoid of any factual allegations.” Gee, really took a genius to figure that out. It is crystal clear that Raub’s arrest was Operation Vigilant Eagle’s attempt to stop him from criticizing the government.
Since his release, Raub has been contacted by numerous other veterans with similar stories.
The Obama Administration has managed to criminalize those in our society who should instead be honored as heros: our veterans. We cannot let this administration continue to steal freedom from our vets. Something must be done to stop this, and someone must be held accountable — are you listening, Janet Napolitano?
AUTHOR Kristin Tate
In the past 48 hours, the following companies have all announced layoffs in the USA:
- Research in Motion Ltd.
- Lightyear Network Solutions
- Providence Journal
- Hawker Beechcraft
- CVPH Medical Center
- US Cellular
- Momentive Performance Materials
- Brake Parts
- Gameforge Berlin
- Vestas Wind Systems
- SRA International
- Majestic Star Casino and Hotel
- Center for Hospice NY
- Lower Bucks Hospital
- Oce North America
- United Blood Services Gulf
- Atlantic Lottery Corporation
- Welch Allyn
- Dana Holding
- Boston Scientific
- Smith & Nephew
- Abbott Labs
- Kinetic Concepts
- St. Jude
- Hill Rom
- Darden Restaurants
- Umatilla Chemical
The latest executive order by Obama was created in the name of "Iran sanctions" but it gives him the authority to seize Americans' bank accounts WITHOUT the ability to sue.
I am worried about this EO for two reasons:
- Money used to fund terrorism should be frozen but innocent persons should also have the right to defend themselves and get their money back.
- The loose definition of "sanctioned person" worries me.
The term used in the EO via Whitehouse.gov is "sanctioned person".
(iv) with respect to section 6(a)(8) of ISA, block all property and interests in property that are in the United States, that come within the United States, or that are or come within the possession or control of any United States person, including any foreign branch, of the sanctioned person, and provide that such property and interests in property may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in.
According to The New American:
The order says that if an individual is declared by the president, the secretary of state, or the secretary of the treasury to be a “sanctioned person,” he (or she) will be unable to obtain access to his accounts, will be unable to process any loans (or make them), or move them to any other financial institution inside or outside the United States. In other words, his financial resources will have successfully been completely frozen. The EO expands its authority by making him unable to use any third party such as “a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, subgroup or other organization” that might wish to help him or allow him to obtain access to his funds.
And if the individual so “sanctioned” decides that the ruling is unfair, he isn't allowed to sue. In two words, the individual has successfully been robbed blind.
We as Americans have lost 4 brave souls in Benghazi, Libya as a direct result of Barack Obama's failed Foreign Policy. News portals from around the world will soon know the truth about Benghazi, and how the leader of the free world, the President of the United States of America, left four Americans to die! All while needlessly, and continuously denying their requests for additional security to help keep them ALIVE!
In new reports just out today, Ambassador Stevens was reporting that Al Qaeda flags were being flown over Libyan Gov't buildings, and that the insurgents were gathering weapons like RPG's in large quantities.
Ambassador Stevens, on numerous occasions requested more security due to the rising threat level in the area, but yet again, he was betrayed by his own government and left to die like a dog in the streets of Libya!
When you see and read the reports our Ambassador was sending to the State Dept about the growing threats around them and how they were begging for more help, and then look back at what the Obama administration was saying and doing during that same time frame, it's almost criminal that this lowlife we call President doesn't go to jail for this!
It's the total failure of Obama's Foreign Policy. He can't keep our people safe (after all, it is his number one job) and he's a disgrace to our great nation. Please folks, really think about it before you vote.
Wake up America!
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I encourage ALL of my fellow Americans to vote Mitt Romney for President! We must get rid of this socialist scum bag Barry Soetoro (Barack Obama) before it's too late!
We must replace him with someone like Gov. Mitt Romney! Gov. Mitt Romney has the character and integrity our country so desperately needs right now.
We need a new leader for our nation and I feel Gov. Mitt Romney is it.
Please wake up America before it's too late.
Long live Texas!
A new gun range opening this summer in Lewisville, Texas, will have two rooms available for hosting children's birthday parties. Owner David Prince tells WFAA that the Eagle Gun Range will be available for children as young as eight years old.
"The age limit is eight years old. You have to be tall enough to get above the shooting table," Prince said. "They're not gonna be left unattended. Parents are gonna be one-on-one, or if there's not enough parents we'll have range safety officers here to show them how to do it safely."
[Related: Conservative website's gun giveaway]
While it may seem unusual to celebrate pairing young children with guns, it's not an entirely unique practice. Last November, an Arizona gun club hosted a day of Christmas photos, where children could post with a man dressed as Santa Claus—and semiautomatic weapons. That event reportedly drew hundreds of attendees.
The soon-to-open Texas gun range has reportedly been well received by locals, though some nearby residents say they oppose letting such young children handle live firearms.
"It makes me very nervous," said Dawn McMullan, who has two sons and has also worked on past gun control efforts. "I think eight year olds, developmentally, can't tell the difference between play and reality sometimes."
"And also to put it in a party or game atmosphere just seems to not respect a gun as much as we should respect guns," she said.
However, Prince said education is exactly what he has in mind by offering the range's services to budding marksmen.
"We truly believe it's a right and a privilege to shoot and to bear arms," Prince told WFAA. "But you have a responsibility to know how to do it well. It's your responsibility to know how to take care of your gun and know how to use it."
Your smartphone plus gravity equals drooping jowls and double chins?
With smartphone use leading people to tilt their head downward all too often, we could see an increase in drooping jawlines, even among the relatively young. Photo: Hill Street Studios/Blend Images/Corbis
It may be time to update that old joke about the horse walking into a bar — "Why the long face?" asks the bartender — and give it a digital twist. Our growing reliance on smartphones and laptops is elongating our faces into jowly, sagging messes, according to cosmetic surgeons and other beauty pundits. They've even come up with a suitably distressing name for this phenomenon: "Smartphone face." Here's what you need to know about the alleged phenomenon:
What exactly is "smartphone face"?
Apparently coined by British cosmetic surgeon Dr. Mervyn Patterson, the term describes a combination of sagging jowls, double chins, and "marionette lines," those vertical creases that run from the corners of the mouth towards the chin. As Patterson explains to the London Evening Standard, "If you sit for hours with your head bent slightly forward, staring at your iPhone or laptop screen, you may shorten the neck muscles and increase the gravitational pull on the jowl area, leading to a drooping jawline." The name also works on another level; face sag becomes especially noticeable when you take photos of yourself or video-chat on your portable device.
Is this a real thing?
The surprisingly rapid rise in "chinplants" and other jaw-focused cosmetic surgery certainly is. And it wouldn't be the first time smartphones have been blamed for ruining our health, our sleep, our relationships — or even for speeding us toward our death. Still, most symptoms of smartphone face can be attributed to genetics, the natural ravages of age, and weight fluctuations. For instance, as British doctor Nick Lowe tells the London Evening Standard, "People who jog and diet lose volume from their faces and their skin can become saggy and loose, especially around the chin area."
How do you fix smartphone face?
Options include a range of cosmetic "chinterventions," says the Evening Standard's Leah Hardy. While a chin implant will typically set you back $7,000, you can also firm up your jawline with less-invasive techniques such as injections of chin-sculpting filler ($950), special Botox treatments, ($550), skin-tightening radiofrequency waves ($4,800), liposuction/laser facelifts ($4,100), or the PY Neckline Trainer ($50), a "home gym for your chin." Or, if you want to save a wad of cash, how about keeping your chin up "when you text or stare into your smartphone," says Chris Matyszczyk at CNET News. "No need to thank me. My pleasure. You look beautiful."
Monday night 11/14/2011
This is what ESPN failed to show you Monday night, 11/14/2011.
Apparently, they thought their commercials were more important than showing this scene for about 5 seconds.
Those who attended the game said it was extremely emotional to see the entire bowl of the stadium turn red, white and blue. It took 90 workers two weeks to get all of the colored pages mounted under each seat. Each piece of card board had eye slits in them so the fans could hold up the colored sheet and watch the game through the eye slits.
A big hurrah to you!!!!! We’ve won for now -- SOPA and PIPA were dropped by Congress today -- the votes we’ve been scrambling to mobilize against have been cancelled.
The largest online protest in history has fundamentally changed the game. You were heard.
On January 18th, 13 million of us took the time to tell Congress to protect free speech rights on the internet. Hundreds of millions, maybe a billion, people all around the world saw what we did on Wednesday. See the amazing numbers here and tell everyone what you did.
This was unprecedented. Your activism may have changed the way people fight for the public interest and basic rights forever.
The MPAA (the lobby for big movie studios which created these terrible bills) was shocked and seemingly humbled. “‘This was a whole new different game all of a sudden,’ MPAA Chairman and former Senator Chris Dodd told the New York Times. ‘[PIPA and SOPA were] considered by many to be a slam dunk.’”
“'This is altogether a new effect,' Mr. Dodd said, comparing the online movement to the Arab Spring. He could not remember seeing 'an effort that was moving with this degree of support change this dramatically' in the last four decades, he added."
Tweet with us, shout on the internet with us, let's celebrate: Round of applause to the 13 million people who stood up - #PIPA and #SOPA are tabled 4 now. #13millionapplause
Tomorrow, January 18th, 2012, will be the largest internet protest in history. Thousands of sites across the internet, including some of the biggest in the world, will be blacking out and directing people to contact Congress to kill the web censorship bill, SOPA and PIPA. We want to get you involved.
Join us on the historic day by blacking out your site. Copy the code below and paste it into the header of your theme (WordPress users: use the SOPA Strike plugin) to black your site out in protest of SOPA/PIPA. It will activate automatically on Jan. 18th, displaying this page and directing visitors to contact Congress, and will deactivate at the end of the day.
In just 7 days, the Senate will vote on forever altering the free and open internet by instituting a new regime of extra-judicial, corporate-led website takedowns. This is a fundamental fight about who has power in society -- the people with the means to communicate freely or the governments and corporations that feel threatened.