Oregon Officials Consult Precogs, Arrest Man for Bloody Shooting Spree That Killed Four Next Week

From Puppetgov.com:

Several Oregon government and law enforcement agencies are patting themselves on the back for preventing a possible mass shooting incident by sending a SWAT team to arrest a recently laid-off employee of the state’s Department of Transportation. A news release from the Medford, Oregon, police department (yes, they put out a news release announcing their good work) says the man purchased three guns after his dismissal, and that former colleagues described him as “very disgruntled.” He was taken to a mental hospital for evaluation.

The problem is that the man doesn’t appear to have committed any actual crimes. Authorities have filed no charges against him. He did recently buy three guns, but he purchased all three of them legally. A spokesman for the Oregon State Police told South Oregon’s Mail Tribune newspaper, “Instead of being reactive, we took a proactive approach.”

Now perhaps a recent layoff, the legal purchase of three guns, and concerns from former co-workers are indeed red flags that someone’s planning a rampage. And maybe this arrest really did save lives. But there’s a phrase we use to describe the sort of society where the police can come into your home, arrest you, commit you to a mental facility, and confiscate your legally-obtained property on no more than a hunch that you might commit some crime in the near future.

The article linked above is short on details. It will be interesting to see what legal authority these law enforcement agencies cited to get a search and/or arrest warrant—assuming they obtained one.

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Dad Branded A Paedophile Over Pic Of Son

The UK is getting totally insane. There have been lots of this type event taking place there. It would seem that ultimiately, the state is preparing people to accept the fact that the state is better at rearing children than the parents are. Fortunately, the people don’t seem to be buying it.

From SkyNews (with video):

A man who took a picture of his son while they were out shopping was accused of being a paedophile and threatened with arrest.

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Kevin Geraghty-Shewan had taken four-year-old Ben to the Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland to spend £10 the boy had been given as a treat.

He told Sky News: “Ben spotted a children’s ride which had a train on it and wanted to have a go because he’s obsessed with trains.

“When he got on my wife suggested we take a picture of him.

“I took the picture on my phone and suddenly this security guard came up and told me it wasn’t allowed because I could be a paedophile.

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ATF seizes 30 toy guns, infuriating local business owner

From koinlocal6.com:

CORNELIUS, Ore. – A local business owner is flabbergasted after a shipment of 30 toy guns for his store was confiscated by ATF agents in Tacoma.

Brad Martin and his son, Ben, sell the Airsoft BB guns from their store in Cornelius where they’ve been in business for seven years.

The Martins said they buy their stock from Taiwan because the merchandise is less expensive. But the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives seized a shipment of 30 in October. That shipment is worth around $12,000 and the ATF is promising to destroy the entire shipment.

Special Agent Kelvin Crenshaw said the toys can be easily retro-fitted into dangerous weapons.

“With minimal work it could be converted to a machine gun,” Crenshaw said.

Brad Martin is furious about the loss of money, for sure, but also in what he now thinks as a loss of his time and the use of government agents to seize toy guns.

“All this manpower, all this time, all this taxpayer money, [it is] wasting my time and my profitability,” Martin said. “[Just] to seize 30 toy guns!”

Ben Martin disagrees that the toy guns could ever be considered dangerous.

“To say these are readily convertible to machine guns is absolutely preposterous,” he said. “The round wouldn’t go into the firing chamber and even if the firing pin did strike the primer the gun would basically blow up in your face.”

ATF said it also seized the toys because they are missing the blaze orange tips required on all imported toy guns.

The Martins said they’ve received shipments before from Taiwan that were missing the orange tips and were simply asked by customs agents to drive up to Tacoma and paint the tips orange themselves. They are wondering why it is an issue now.

Woman, 61, arrested for asking ‘why’

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Four women, two of them well into middle age, were discussing funeral plans for a friend when an Atlanta police officer told them to move.

Three did but one asked “why.” In answer to her question,  Minnie Carey, then 61, was handcuffed, put into a police wagon and taken to jail, where she was held for nine hours.

The Citizen Review Board found that Atlanta Police officer Brandy Dolson had violated APD policies and had falsely arrested Carey.

“I was blown away,” Carey told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I had heard about people in the community being harassed by the police … It really didn’t shock me as much as it probably would have if I had not heard of people going to jail for no reason. I figured I was just another one.

“But I had the right to ask ‘why’ I had to move,” she said.

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Obama Declares Swine Flu a National Emergency

This will get the sheep lining up for their shots. Also, it gives the government the authority to do pretty much any damn thing they please, as far as implementing some type of marshall law. It’s just a case of how far they want to take it. It basically gives them a blank check in that regard.

From The New York Times:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect noninfected patients.

The declaration, signed Friday night and announced Saturday, comes with the disease more prevalent than ever in the country and production delays undercutting the government’s initial, optimistic estimates that as many as 120 million doses of the vaccine could be available by mid-October.

Health authorities say more than 1,000 people in the United States, including almost 100 children, have died from the flu, known as H1N1, and 46 states have widespread flu activity. So far only 11 million doses have gone out to health departments, doctor’s offices and other providers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials. Continue reading

Portland officials want to deputize city water security officers

From Private Officer News:

PORTLAND, Ore. Oct 16 2009 – Should Portland’s water supply be guarded by security officers who carry guns?

 

It’s a plan generating a lot of heat and something City Commissioner Randy Leonard never thought would be an issue.

Leonard wants Water Bureau security guards to become peace officers so they can deal with problems at reservoirs but one colleague is questioning the need for guns.

Water Bureau security guards currently keep watch over Portland’s reservoirs, protecting drinking water from trespassers who intend to do harm and troublemakers who toss in things like beer bottles or paint. Leonard now wants the 19 security guards deputized, which would allow them to arrest people.

“By having that authority, we think we have a better argument with the federal government to give us a waiver so we don’t have to cover our reservoirs,” he explained.

The guards would also carry guns.

“These are people who work alone at night, oftentimes women who work alone at night patrolling some of the most desolate places that are the water supply system,” said Leonard.

But Commissioner Dan Saltzman is concerned about the idea and said he hasn’t heard a compelling rationale for why Water Bureau staff should be armed. And he questions their training and experience.

“When they need police, police are there to provide backup,” he said. “That arrangement hasn’t been proven to me or shown to me that it’s not sufficient. If the council really believes we should have armed patrols at reservoirs, then I say the Water Bureau should set up an interagency agreement with the Police Bureau to have the police do that.”

It would be the same thing that is done with TriMet. But Leonard said he is surprised to hear that his colleague thinks that way.

“Ironically, in the past, Commissioner Saltzman has actually hired private armed security for our reservoirs but somehow he sees a difference in that, than having our city employees be certified to carry weapons.

Saltzman’s office said the security company was First Response. They are retired police officers and there were only six of them.

Saltzman said he is not against having security guards at the city’s reservoirs – he is worried about creating another police agency within the city where the cost would come out of people’s water bills.

Pennsylvania Drafts 2009 Mandatory Vaccination Law

From Swineflu.baywords.com:

State governments continue promoting emergency powers legislation, even while insisting these unconstitutional powers will never be used. Here are a few excerpts from Pennsylvania House Bill 492, the “Emergency Health Powers Act” [PDF]:

Section 2523-D. Effect of declaration.
(b) Emergency powers of Governor.–During a state of public
health emergency, the Governor may:
(4) Mobilize all or any part of the Pennsylvania
National Guard
into service of the Commonwealth. An order
directing the Pennsylvania National Guard to report for
active duty shall state the purpose for which it is mobilized
and the objectives to be accomplished.

Section 2532-D. Access to and control of facilities and
property.
The public health authority may exercise, for such period as
the state of public health emergency exists, the following
powers concerning facilities, materials, roads or public areas:
(3) To control, restrict and regulate by rationing and
using quotas, prohibitions on shipments, price fixing,
allocation or other means, the use, sale, dispensing,
distribution or transportation of food, fuel, clothing and
other commodities, alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives
and combustibles, as may be reasonable and necessary for
emergency response.
(5) To control ingress and egress to and from any
stricken or threatened public area, the movement of persons
within the area and the occupancy of premises therein
, if
such action is reasonable and necessary for emergency
response.

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