Police State Politics

Political Correctness Means A Draconian Police State

The term “thought police” was popularized by George Orwell in his 1949 dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. In the book, Orwell’s Thought Police are charged with uncovering and punishing “thought-crime” and thought-criminals throughout the fictional superstate of Oceania. The secret police agency uses propaganda, psychological methods, and omnipresent surveillance to search, find, monitor, and arrest members of society who could potentially ...

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Cincinnati Police Union Demands Extra Pay To Wear Body-Cams

[ssba] Cincinnati fraternal order of police lodge #69 is demanding that city officials give them a pay raise before they agree to officers wearing body cameras. After officials announced last Wednesday that a group of Cincinnati cops were to become the first in the department to wear body-cams, the police union responded by sending a “cease and desist” letter to the city asking for the program ...

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New Jersey Bill Could Ban Drinking Coffee, Eating While Driving

[ssba] If passed by the New Jersey General Assembly, a newly proposed “distracted driving” bill could impose stiff fines and penalties for state residents caught eating or drinking while driving. The legislation defines distracted driving loosely as “any activity unrelated to the actual operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle.” This could mean almost anything. According ...

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Arrests Down 75 Percent After Philly Decriminalizes Marijuana

[ssba] In an ardent display of just how much the criminal justice system revolves around the drug war, the city of Philadelphia has seen a drastic fall in arrests after decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. In the year since the law took effect, arrests fell nearly 75 percent and arrests and citations combined were still 42 percent below the total arrests ...

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Bill Would Make Hawaii First State To Put Gun Owners In Federal Database

[ssba] With the help of police, Hawaii lawmakers have introduced a bill that would make the state the first in the United States to list every law abiding gun owner in a federal database. Introduced by Sen. Will Espero, the bill would place resident gun owners in the FBI’s biometric “Rap Back” database and would notify police any time they are arrested anywhere in the country. ...

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Illinois Police Dept. Removes Body-Cams Because “A Bit Burdensome”

[ssba] Illinois became one of the first states to establish comprehensive rules governing how police use body-cameras when the Law Enforcement Officer-Worn Body Camera Act passed the state legislature last year. The law did not mandate departments use body-cams however, and now, the Minooka Police Department has stopped using them after a six-month testing phase citing a “burdensome” workload as ...

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California Justice Dept. Raids Planned Parenthood Video Maker

[ssba] In what appears to be a politically motivated raid, the California Dept. of Justice seized a computer and electronic storage devices from the home of David Daleiden on Tuesday. Founder of the Center for Medical Progress, Daleiden is the activist that embarrassed Planned Parenthood last year after releasing multiple videos purportedly showing them haggling over the price of baby parts. Just to ...

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Kansas Bill Would Restrict Public Access To Police Video

[ssba] Being sold under the auspices of protecting the privacy of people caught on video, Kansas lawmakers are attempting to restrict public access to police body-cam footage. Introduced last week by the House Judiciary Committee, the bill seeks to keep the pubic in the dark by only allowing video to be released to individuals in the footage, their lawyers – and if ...

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2015 And The Myth Of The War On Cops

[ssba] 2015 saw several high-profile killings of officers around the county, leading police supporters and pundits the nation over to rail against a perceived “war on cops.” But what was the truth of the matter? According to data collected by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which tracks police deaths, there is no upward trend in the killing of ...

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Rogue Reporters Would Face Jail Time Under Proposed SC Journalism Registry

[ssba] Under a new bill brought forth in South Carolina, journalists that wish to work for media outlets would be required to register with the state or else face fines and jail time. Introduced by Republican State Rep. Mike Pitts on Tuesday, the “South Carolina Responsible Journalism Registry Law” defines “journalist” as “a person who in his professional capacity collects, writes, or ...

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VT Law Would Allow Warrantless Cellphone Searches To Check For Distracted Driving

[ssba] Being sold under the guise of preventing distracted driving, a newly proposed Vermont law would allow officers to rifle through motorists’ cellphones without a warrant to see if they have recently been used. “Essentially, it’s ‘show me your text log,'” said South Burlington Democratic Rep. Martin LaLonde, who is pushing the law as an amendment to the states 2014 ban on the ...

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Bill Would Criminalize Filming Police In Arizona

[ssba] An Arizona lawmaker has introduced a bill, that if passed, would criminalize filming the police in certain circumstances. Rationalizing that recording cops can put officers in danger by distracting them in tense situations, Republican State Senator John Kavanagh says Senate Bill 1054 would make it illegal for someone to film police within 20 feet of an officer without permission. ...

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FL Cops Laundered Drug Money Through Venezuelan Presidential Aid

[ssba] Florida cops with the Bal Harbour Police Department and Glades County Sheriff’s Office are currently under federal investigation for allegedly laundering at least $55.6 million for drug cartels and other criminal organizations under the guise of a joint task force operation that allowed them to make $2.4 million for themselves. According to an investigation by the Miami Herald, which examined hundreds of confidential records of the ...

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