Undercover TSA Spies To Ride Houston Buses
Rep Paul Wins Delegates As Rep Moran Urges Peace
Congress people inch America closer to fascism as two try to stem the tide. We trim, blend, and append three 2012 articles from: (1) Infowars, Apr 17, on policing by P.J. Watson (regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News); (2) Examiner, Apr 15, on Ron Paul; and (3) USA Today, Apr 18, on withdrawal by Rep. James Moran (D-VA, defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee).
by Paul Joseph Watson, by Examiner, and by James Moran
Big Sis Launches Undercover TSA Spies To Ride Houston Buses
A new program in Houston will place undercover TSA agents and police officers on buses whose job it will be to perform bag searches, watch for “suspicious activity”, and interrogate passengers in order to ‘curb crime and terrorism’.
Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee unveiled the program, labeled Bus Safe, during a press conference on Friday. According to a Metropolitan Transit Authority of Houston (METRO) press release, agencies involved in the scheme will, “ride buses, perform random bag checks, and conduct K-9 sweeps, as well as place uniformed and plainclothes officers at Transit Centers and rail platforms to detect, prevent, and address latent criminal activity or behavior.”
“While local law enforcement agencies focus on overall safety measures noted above, representatives with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will also be on hand, lending their counter-terrorism expertise and support during the exercise,” states the press release.
Congresswoman Jackson Lee recently chastised the passage of a new law that allows airports to evict TSA agents and replace them with private screeners.
According to Phillip Levine of the Houston Free Thinkers blog, shortly after Lee gave her press conference the operation went straight into effect, with DHS and Metro Police officers questioning passengers who were exiting buses about their destinations and their reasons for riding the bus.
TSA agents are now being used to literally occupy America with an expansion of the 9,000 plus checkpoints that were already operational last year. 12 more TSA VIPR teams (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) will be added to the 25 who are already present at transportation hubs throughout the country.
This is a wake-up call for Americans who had hoped to avoid being harassed by TSA agents by not using airports. If the mass rollout of the TSA’s occupying army of minimum wage morons is not abated, Americans will have to get used to being interrogated, frisked, and treated like criminals by TSA goons on a regular basis, transforming the United States’ into a police state.
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JJS: That was the bad news. But there is some good. The anti-war, pro-liberty candidate made headway.
Ron Paul Wins Minnesota, Colorado Delegates to Republican National Convention
Ron Paul achieved consequential delegate wins in Colorado and Minnesota today, affirming his delegate-attainment strategy and auguring a prominent role for Paul at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
"Ron Paul’s victories today declare his delegate-attainment strategy to be a success and they demonstrate that the media and Washington pundits are undercounting his delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa,’ said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Manager John Tate.
In Minnesota, Ron Paul supporters swept the three district conventions, winning nine of nine delegates to the national convention. In Colorado, Paul supporters won 12 delegates and 13 alternate delegates.
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JJS: More good news: another Congress person spoke up for sanity.
Bring our soldiers home
It's time to accelerate our military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Afghanistan is simply no longer a sufficient threat to the domestic security of the U.S. to warrant 65,000 troops and nearly $100 billion in annual spending. Our reasons for invading Afghanistan were to dismantle al-Qaeda and to prevent that country from becoming a haven for terrorists. That objective has been achieved: Osama bin Laden is dead, and al-Qaeda has been largely dismantled in that country.
The recent Quran burnings, the massacre of innocent civilians, and the other disturbing incidents of uncharacteristic behavior have unfortunately reinforced Taliban propaganda that we are occupiers rather than liberators.
In many ways, this is a civil war. The Taliban is made up of Pashtuns living in the more rural south. The Afghan government and security forces largely consist of non-Pashtun tribes. These factions in Afghan society are centuries deep and cannot be repaired by an outside force that is largely unfamiliar with their history, language, and culture. Further, the Afghan government, largely due to U.S. funding that is many times greater than the country's economy, is tied for the most corrupt in the world.
The Afghanistan war, the longest in U.S. history, has become unpopular for Americans of all political stripes. Every day that our brave men and women in uniform remain in Afghanistan is another day they risk their lives for a mission that is no longer worth the cost in dollars, let alone lives. It's time to bring our soldiers home.
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JJS: Congress people can wage war at home and abroad because, of course, they control the spending of public monies. Remove that power, or at least reduce it, and it’d be harder for hawks to waste tax dollars on violent programs that funnel money into the pockets of supporters. Perhaps it’d help to put the budget on the ballot, as towns in Brazil do.
Too many citizens feel insecure. Part of their problem is that they’re treated as children and inferiors -- that is, as taxpayers. Because people’s property is not safe from rulers, people can be made too easily to feel in danger from enemies. The power of politicians to tax should be drastically circumscribed. For instance, government should be required to recover all socially-generated values (of land and privilege) before taxing any individually-generated values (of goods and services).
It’s not just government who make people feel inferior. It’s also banks and landlords. Those two can be taken of by shrinking the mortgage. We can make mortgages more manageable by switching from buying land from individual sellers to renting it from our community. We’d still “own” land but rather than pay sellers and lenders we’d pay neighbors. Then our mortgages would be only for the house and we’d owe banks much less. And by owing our fellow members of society, as they would owe us, we’d create a much greater sense of equality among citizens, a breed of citizen more strongly resistant to war propaganda.
Editor Jeffery J. Smith runs the Forum on Geonomics and helped prepare a course for the UN on geonomics. To take the “Land Rights” course, click here .
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