Newsworthy 04-25-2014

Feminists Attack Kirsten Dunst For Pro-Woman Beliefs

Caught on Tape: Cop Shoves, Trips High School Soccer Fans
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Parents were outraged when a central Texas police officer was filmed behaving more like a high school student this past weekend after the conclusion of a state soccer match in Georgetown.

When the Vandegrift High School Lady Vipers won the UIL soccer state championship on Saturday, excited fans jumped the barricades and rushed the field to congratulate the team, but some were in for an unexpected surprise.

In amateur cell phone footage captured by a student, a uniformed Georgetown officer can be seen sticking his leg out to trip people as they swarm the game’s victors. After tripping one person, the officer, who has not been named, attempts to trip another.

Internet and Broadcast Media Hate Bill Introduced in Senate – So-called hate speech has a wide and often political interpretation
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Sen. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, has introduced The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 (S.2219) in the Senate.

“We have recently seen in Kansas the deadly destruction and loss of life that hate speech can fuel in the United States,” Markey said, “which is why it is critical to ensure the Internet, television and radio are not encouraging hate crimes or hate speech that is not outside the protection of the First Amendment.”

The legislation proposes updating a twenty year old report on the role the internet, radio and TV allegedly play “in encouraging hate crimes based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.” The report would then be submitted to respective committees in the House and Senate for action.

So-called hate speech has a wide interpretation. In addition to going after people who do not follow politically correct etiquette (for instance, Christians who oppose homosexuality), hate crime definitions often include political speech unacceptable to the establishment orthodoxy.

Liberals now routinely characterize patriot groups as part of the hate constellation that includes the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists. For instance, media attention, according to Mother Jones, the George Soros funded magazine, put the Oath Keepers “on the radar of anti-hate groups. Last year, the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center both name-checked the group in their reports on rising anti-government extremism.” The group does not espouse hatred against racial minorities, homosexuals, or other government preferred groups. It was established to advocate members, who are current and former U.S. military and law enforcement, disobey orders given if they believe those orders violate the Constitution.

Woman Plans Abortion for Chance to Win TV Role – Misplaced priorities were commonplace in ancient civilizations before they collapsed
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A British woman has decided to have an abortion in order to increase her chances of appearing on a TV show, a decision which highlights the misplaced priorities associated with collapsing societies.

Josie Cunningham, 23, told the Mirror that her decision to end the life of her unborn child was based on her current negotiations with the British television network Channel 5 to appear on its TV show Big Brother, stating that “I’m finally on the verge of becoming famous and I’m not going to ruin it now.”

“An abortion will further my career,” she said. “This time next year I won’t have a baby. Instead, I’ll be famous, driving a bright pink Range Rover and buying a big house.”

“Nothing will get in my way.”

Elderly man calls for ambulance, violent cops beat him instead
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An elderly Missouri man dialed 911 and asked for an ambulance to come and help his ailing wife. Instead, the police showed up, threw him to the ground, sat on his head and handcuffed him.

He later received stitches for his injuries.

“I never had anybody jump on me for doing nothing,” said the man, Elbert Breshears of Humansville, Missouri, in a statement to KSPR 33.

The trouble began after Breshears called to get help for his wife, who suffers from dementia. He asked for paramedics to come provide assistance to her after she knocked out one of their home’s windows.

The Humansville police arrived first, however.

According to Breshears, an officer tackled him right away, and then barked at him to stand up.

BLM Eyes 90,000 Acres of Texas Land
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After the recent Bundy Ranch episode by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Texans are becoming more concerned about the BLM’s focus on 90,000 acres along a 116 mile stretch of the Texas/Oklahoma boundary. The BLM is reviewing the possible federal takeover and ownership of privately-held lands which have been deeded property for generations of Texas landowners.

Sid Miller, former Texas State Representative and Republican candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, has since made the matter a campaign issue to Breitbart Texas.

“In Texas,” Miller says, “the BLM is attempting a repeat of an action taken over 30 years ago along the Red River when Tommy Henderson lost a federal lawsuit. The Bureau of Land Management took 140 acres of his property and didn’t pay him one cent.”

Dog Calmly Playing With Kids After Cop Shoots Himself Trying To Kill it

Police beat up entire wedding party, ruin pro baseball player’s career

Arkansas ex-cop killed while trying to set anti-corruption blogger’s hot dog cart on fire
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A former police officer died while trying to set ablaze a food cart belonging to a blogger who exposed crooked cops and other corrupt city officials. ArkansasMatters.com reported Friday that former Little Rock Police Officer Todd Payne died when blogger Ean Bordeaux (pictured above) tackled him as Payne tried to flee the scene of the attempted arson.

Bordeaux is the proprietor of the Corruption Sucks blog, a webpage dedicated to exposing corruption in the Little Rock local government and in the state government of Arkansas. At about 4:30 a.m. on Friday, he awoke to find the hot dog cart he operates for a living in flames.

“I looked outside and my hot dog cart’s on fire,” he told KARK. The cart operated on propane tanks, which, Bordeaux said, “could have blown up the house.”

Police Called to Deal With Girls Building Den in Woods – Can We Please Stop Criminalising Childhood?
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On Easter Sunday, police were called to deal with children committing the appallingly anti-social act of building a den in a wooded area near their Northumbrian home.

The group of girls were busy making their tree house in Warkworth Woods when local dog walkers called police reporting children ‘dragging wood into the wood’. Police arrived on the scene and the children were stopped in their tracks. A mother of one of the children involved has spoken to the media in protest at the ridiculous over reaction – saying it underscores the growing trend to criminalise childhood itself.

Composing Only 5% of the World Population, Americans Take 50% of All Pharmaceutical Drugs
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While Americans comprise only 5 percent of the world population, we consume an incredible 50 percent of Big Pharma’s drugs, as explained in Jeff Hays’ documentary film, Doctored. Make no mistake. These drugs are meant to keep us imprisoned in poor health, not heal us. It’s time to kick the drug habit America. Tell the drug pushers – Merck, Pfizer, Novartis, Roche, GlaxoSmith Kline, Abbott, Astra-Zeneca, Amgen, Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Sanofi (along with the FDA and CDC) that you are going cold turkey, and learn what true health really means.

Homeland Security Ignores Report Of Potential Terrorism

Cops Zip-tie 75-Year-Old Grandmother in Botched Raid

Louisiana Creates Database of Citizens Who Represent “A Risk to the State”
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Authorities in Louisiana are compiling a database of information on every citizen in order to identify people who are “a risk to the state,” as well as pinpointing future criminals in an effort to allow the state to “intervene in that person’s life”.

Details of the program were recently divulged by Chris Broadwater, Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 86, in a YouTube video which can be viewed above.

The Comprehensive Person Profile, developed by software company SAS, uses information from every agency of state government to compile personal data entries on Louisiana residents which are centralized on one database.

Originally set up to combat fraudulent workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance claims, the program was expanded to create a “centralized data warehouse” that allows “every agency within state government” to both submit and access data on every person within the state.

NY Homeland Security Encourages Businesses to Snitch on Preppers as Terrorists – Purchase of MREs, flashlights & ammunition is a “suspicious activity”
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The New York State Division of Homeland Security is encouraging businesses to snitch on preppers as terrorists, urging that the purchase of MRE’s, ammunition or flash lights be treated as a suspicious activity.

As the video above illustrates, the LZ Army Navy Surplus store in Auburn, NY received a visit from a state trooper who put up a flyer in the window which encourages customers to call the New York State Terrorism Tips Line, 1-866 SAFE NYS, to report suspicious activity under the mantra of the “See Something, Say Something” campaign.

1-866 SAFE NYS is part of Safeguard New York, an NY State counterterrorism program that uses promotional material to encourage citizens to report people for engaging in “suspicious activity….which makes them stand out from others”.

An accompanying letter provided by the state trooper listed such “suspicious activity” as the purchase of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), flashlights, weather proof ammunition, night vision equipment, match containers, or gas masks.

Canadian aborted babies incinerated in Oregon waste-to-energy facility to provide electricity
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The British Columbia Health Ministry has admitted that the remains of babies destroyed by abortion in B.C. facilities are ending up in a waste-to-power facility in the United States, providing electricity for residents of Oregon.

The province’s Health Ministry said in an email to the B.C. Catholic that “biomedical waste” shipped to the U.S. to be incinerated includes “human tissue, such as surgically removed cancerous tissue, amputated limbs, and fetal tissue.”

“The ministry understands that some is transferred to Oregon. There it is incinerated in a waste-to-energy plant,” the email stated.

The ministry said that contractors handling the province’s “biomedical waste” follow “health and safety protocols, as well as federal, provincial, and local regulations.”

Defendant Killed in Courtroom for Wielding a Pen in a “Threatening Manner”
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Defendant Siale Angilau, was shot and killed by US Marshals on Monday after he “grabbed a pen and rushed the witness stand.”

Apparently a man with a pen, in a room full of government officials trained to “prevent crime,” justified the multiple shots fired.

It is a good thing that no one else was killed by this aggressive show of force.

Do not misinterpret the fact that we are calling out the US Marshal’s use of excessive force for sympathy towards a potential criminal. The two are mutually exclusive.

However, a man is dead now, and others were put in danger because of a trigger happy cop who couldn’t figure out how to detain a man, despite having a room full of people that could have helped him.

‘Hacking the Constitution’: States Quietly Plan to Ditch Electoral College
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Without the Electoral College, FoxNews.com digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt said we would have had a whole different trajectory of presidents. If presidents are selected through the popular vote, he said that campaigns will focus on maximizing turnout in urban centers. He said the “plan is to subvert the will of the Constitution and the founders.”

“This is disempowering to rural America and empowering to urban America,” he said, explaining that it amounts to a “hack” of the Constitution by people who don’t believe in the Electoral College.

Since there is not enough support in Congress to change the Constitution and officially end the Electoral College, this plan would allow popular vote advocates to work around it.

Stirewalt pointed out that this plan is part of a larger trend on the part of “frustrated” liberals who haven’t been able to bring about the changes they want.

Green Bay Police investigating officer’s actions

North Carolina Deputy Snatches Two Phones, Fails to Snatch Third, as she Handcuffs Man for no Reason
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As a drill instructor in the United States Marines, Natalie Barber learned she can get people to do what she wants by yelling at them.

And that technique probably still works for her today as a deputy with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.

But it didn’t work Saturday night when she tried using it on Carlos Jaramillo, a former United States Marine combat instructor and longtime Photography is Not a Crime reader.

Frustrated that he didn’t obey her unlawful orders to “put the phone down” as he was recording her from his front porch, she ended up snatching the phone and handcuffing the 35-year-old father in front of his wife and kids, then snatching his son’s phone when he tried recording the detainment, injuring the teen’s hand and damaging his phone.

But she was unable to snatch a third phone belonging to his wife, which his son picked up and began recording from behind the screened door after his own phone was snatched.

Oklahoma To Charge “Privilege Tax” For Going Off Grid
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A disturbing story out of the Sooner State this week, noted by Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway. Under the terms of a recently passed bill, expected to be signed by Governor Mary Fallin, homeowners who install their own private solar or wind turbine energy resources and sell some of the juice back to energy companies will be paying a fee for the privilege.

Utility customers who want to install rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines could face extra charges on their bills after legislation passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday.

Senate Bill 1456 passed 83-5 after no debate in the House. It passed the Senate last month and now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin for her approval.

The bill was supported by the state’s major electric utilities, but drew opposition from solar advocates, environmentalists and others. It sets up a process at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to establish a separate customer class and monthly surcharge for distributed generation such as rooftop solar or small wind turbines.

As Doug notes, the claimed reasons for the energy companies and their surrogates (who are behind the move) wanting these fees imposed are weak tea at best.

While I suppose there might be an argument for allowing utilities to recoup costs that are legitimately incurred from the practice of selling energy back to the grid, the idea of charging people extra for doing something that reduces their dependence on the grid while at the same time increasing the amount of energy available seems rather nonsensical. As the linked article goes on to note, these types of systems benefit energy companies by helping to reduce demand on the grid during peak hours and by increasing the amount of energy available during those periods. Given that, one would think that energy companies would want to encourage this sort of thing rather than backing measures like this which could potentiallly hamper it. It’s hard not to see this as an effort by the utility companies to hamper the competition that solar and wind generated energy provide them and, of course, to make sure that they still manage to make some money out of the deal.

There seem to be some activists who are far too quick to embrace this sort of legislation (currently on the table in a number of states) by conflating the issue with the many problems associated with the government getting involved in green energy initiatives.

This is a false assertion which, in fact, runs contrary to conservative principles. It is a given that having Washington put their thumb on the scales and dump taxpayer dollars into energy technologies which are unproven or not ready for prime time has been an expensive and unmitigated failure. What this does not mean is that there is no useful application for these technologies anywhere, and small installations of solar, wind and micro-hydro generation have proven effective in private use.

If you can exercise your own independence and initiative to supply your own energy, good for you! And if you can create more than you need and sell the excess for a profit, what is more conservative and capitalist than that?

Further, a resourceful person should be preparing to manage and maintain their own energy supplies. As both Erika and I have warned repeatedly, rafts of new regulations from Barack Obama’s EPA and pressure from eco-warriors is moving us toward potentially crippling shortages of energy on the grid.

If enough coal fired plants are shut down prematurely, you may not be able to simply take it for granted that the lights will come on when you throw the switch some morning. People willing to make the investment in producing their own energy – as well as spreading the extra around – should be encouraged, not subjected to discouraging fees.

Besides, the total amount of power created by private distributed generation is miniscule compared to the total supply and demand on the grid. This is a giant using a shotgun to go after mosquitoes. So how do rules like this make their way into law? I’ll leave Doug with the last word on that one.

Of course, measures like this have nothing to do with “free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty” and everything to do with crony capitalism.

Yep.

Nervous Man stands up to police

Texas robbery victim forced kill his dog with his bare hands after cop shoots it for barking
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A Texas man said this week that he was forced to kill his dog with his bare hands after an officer who he called to investigate a burglary shot the animal because it was barking.

Earlier this week, Cole Middleton explained on Facebook that he had contacted the Rains County Sheriff’s Department about a robbery last Friday.

Supreme Court: State can immunize children in its custody
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The Department of Human Services can order children in its custody to be immunized, even if the child is in temporary custody and even if the parents object to the immunizations on principle, according to an Oregon Supreme Court ruling issued Thursday.

The state took custody of the eight children involved in the case — ages 1 to 10 — in January 2012 after finding their home “bestrewn with garbage and food, the children dirty, and the children’s educational needs barely addressed by mother’s home-school curriculum,” according to the court’s decision in Department of Human Services v. S.M. et al.

The state ordered the children be placed in foster care after several weeks of working with the family because “the condition or circumstances (of the children were) such as to endanger (the children’s) welfare or others’ (welfare),” the court opinion said.

The state alleged the parents had failed to provide their children with adequate shelter, necessities, education, hygiene or healthcare and also alleged the father had been violent toward the mother.

The family admitted to all charges but the lack of medical care.

WI strips cops of right to investigate police-involved shootings

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Newsworthy 04-18-2014

Feds To Pursue Effort To End Dispute With Rancher In Nevada – Judge Andrew Napolitano Stuart Varney

A New Autoimmunity Syndrome Linked to Aluminum In Vaccines
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While “anti-vaxxers” are being smeared in public campaigns as backward and unscientific fear-mongers, a growing body of cutting edge research is emerging from the top echelons of medical immunology to confirm what the cranks have been saying for years about the devastating effects of vaccine ingredients. The biggest names in the field of study of the human immune system are attached to current papers in the most prestigious immunology literature that link widely used vaccine ingredients such as aluminum to terrifying modern epidemics of immune-mediated diseases including autism and Alzheimer’s. As well, they’ve identified an entirely new post-vaccine syndrome: Autoimmune Inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants (ASIA). And while the study of ASIA is shining light on the underlying mechanisms through which vaccine ingredients trigger disease, it is also exposing cracks in the foundation of a century of vaccine orthodoxy .

Nearly 3,000 doctors and scientists from around the world gathered last week at the 9th International Congress on Autoimmunity (ICA) in the Nice Acropolis Convention Center on the French Riviera. Dozens of seminars and panel discussions of causes and treatments for scores of autoimmune diseases were scheduled. But an entire day of the four day event held every two years was devoted to the 3rd International Vaccine Symposium held under the umbrella of the ICA.

Ignasi Rodriguez-Pinto, an autoimmunologist at the Barcelona Hospital Clinic and former fellow of the pre-eminent Zabludowicz Center for Autoimmune Diseases at Tel Aviv University’s Sheba Medical Center was at the symposium to announce the creation of a world registry for ASIA.

See also: Groundbreaking New Study: 42% of Drug Reactions are Vaccine Related

Native French under Attack in Muslim Areas

Historic! Feds Forced to Surrender to American Citizens

Hot-Head: Nebraska Police Officer Explodes When Confronting Man Who Knows The Law!Hot-Head: Nebraska Police Officer Explodes When Confronting Man Who Knows The Law!
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A police officer explodes and threatens a man who is driving normally near police and observing their work. Another officers steps in and diffuses the situation because he knows they are going to lose the argument. [Click link above for video]

Oakland Spent $74 Million Settling 417 Police Brutality Lawsuits
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A Catholic priest who said an officer put him in a chokehold and slammed his head into a glass door. A woman who said she shouldn’t have been handcuffed when officers arrested her.

A father who claimed officers beat him in the hallway outside of his child’s hospital room until his head was bloody. A bank robber who was shot by officers after a high-speed chase. A man whose head was slammed into something so hard that the bones in his face broke.

In each situation the Oakland Police Department was sued. And in each one, the City of Oakland chose to settle out of court rather than take the case to trial.

Principal: L.I. High School Students Suspended Indefinitely For Displaying Confederate Flag
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Two Long Island high school students have been suspended for allegedly bringing a Confederate flag to school.

Brother Gary Cregan, principal of St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, said the two seniors walked in with a Confederate flag draped around their shoulders during an after-hours sporting event at the school.

As CBS 2′s Kathryn Brown reported, there is outrage and disgust on Long Island.

Infants ‘unable to use toy building blocks’ due to iPad addiction
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The Association of Teachers and Lecturers warn that rising numbers of children are unable to perform simple tasks such as using building blocks because of overexposure to iPads.

Rising numbers of infants lack the motor skills needed to play with building blocks because of an “addiction” to tablet computers and smartphones, according to teachers.

Many children aged just three or four can “swipe a screen” but have little or no dexterity in their fingers after spending hours glued to iPads, it was claimed.

Members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers also warned how some older children were unable to complete traditional pen and paper exams because their memory had been eroded by overexposure to screen-based technology.

Report: FBI Visiting Gun Shops to Investigate “People Talking About Big Government” – “If you see some Middle Eastern guy come in, you don’t have to be so worried about that”
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FBI counterterrorism agents are visiting gun shops in South Carolina to investigate “suspicious purchases” made by people who talk about “big government,” according to a new report.

Author Brandon Turbeville says he was approached by an individual who works in a Columbia, South Carolina gun shop to relate the story of how an FBI agent entered the store on Monday, showed his credentials, before proceeding to ask a series of stunning questions.

Telling the gun store worker he was tasked with visiting all the firearms outlets in the local area to check on “suspicious purchases” for counterterrorism purposes, the agent then began discussing what in actual fact were “completely normal transactions,” such as, “paying with cash, purchasing long guns, and other similarly innocuous behavior.”

Red River Rumble? BLM Wants to Seize 90,000 Acres of Texas Ranchers’ Land
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Byers, Texas along the Red River — The BLM stole 140 acres of the Tommy Henderson ranch thirty years ago. They took his land and paid him absolutely nothing. He sued and lost. Now the BLM is using that court case as precedent to do it again. The problem is, the land they want to seize is property that ranchers have a deed for and have paid taxes on for over a hundred years.

The BLM claims that about 90,000 acres (116 miles along the Red River) have never belonged to Texas in the first place. They will seize the land and it will seriously change the boundaries between the two states.

Cop stradles woman, tazes her in neck as he brutally beats her
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Cellphone video captured a Pennsylvania cop straddle a woman and repeatedly strike her, before then pulling out a taser and shocking her numerous times.
A brutal Sunday morning beating in Pennsylvania has sparked a police investigation. (Image source: Screen grab WPVI-TV)

“I feel like this man came to the scene with anger. He came at her with complete aggression. He did not give her no chance,” one unidentified witness told WPVI-TV.

The incident took place Sunday when Chester City police were called to the scene over reports of a woman with a knife.

“She was yelling, chasing the guy I guess who stole her pocket book and was saying, ‘You are going to give me my money back,’ with a knife. She never touched nobody with it. It was a lot of her yelling and running around,” the witness told WPVI.

According to the local ABC affiliate, police said they are investigating the incident, but would not comment on whether or not the woman had threatened the officer with the knife.

Cop hits motorcyclist – renders no aid

The United States of SWAT? – Military-style units from government agencies are wreaking havoc on non-violent citizens.
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Regardless of how people feel about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management over his cattle’s grazing rights, a lot of Americans were surprised to see TV images of an armed-to-the-teeth paramilitary wing of the BLM deployed around Bundy’s ranch.

They shouldn’t have been. Dozens of federal agencies now have Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to further an expanding definition of their missions. It’s not controversial that the Secret Service and the Bureau of Prisons have them. But what about the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service? All of these have their own SWAT units and are part of a worrying trend towards the militarization of federal agencies — not to mention local police forces.

White House Counterterror Chief: “Confrontational” Children Could be Terrorists – Obama adviser tells parents to be suspicious of their own kids
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White House counterterrorism and Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco gave a speech this week in which she urged parents to watch their children for signs of “confrontational” behavior which could be an indication of them becoming terrorists.

During the speech at at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government on Tuesday night, Monaco, who replaced John Brennan last year in overseeing the executive branch’s homeland-security activities, said that parents need to be suspicious of “sudden personality changes in their children at home.”

“What kinds of behaviors are we talking about?” she asked. “For the most part, they’re not related directly to plotting attacks. They’re more subtle. For instance, parents might see sudden personality changes in their children at home—becoming confrontational.”