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Secret military training blurs line between police and soldiers

Police Soldiers
© New American

As the military transitions into a tech-heavy force, increasingly reliant on robots and drones, local police forces are looking less like law enforcement and more like heavily armored combat units. Now, it seems they are starting to train like them, as well.

A story published by The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, reported on recent secret joint training missions between U.S. Army special forces and the Richland County (South Carolina) Sheriff's Department.

The article describes training exercises being conducted by "unidentified units" from Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Ft. Bragg is the home of the elite U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) and the super-secret, super-deadly Delta Force.

A spokesman for the Richland County Sheriff's Department refused to identify who was participating in the exercise or why it was being carried out. The department did, however, issue a press release, warning that the war games could get loud. "Citizens may see military and departmental vehicles traveling in and around rural and metropolitan areas and may hear ordnance being set off or fired which will be simulated/blanks and controlled by trained personnel," it declared.

As for why such combat simulations were necessary, the statement explained that they were a result of "Sheriff Leon Lott's longstanding commitment to making sure that deputies are trained and prepared for every event and potential threat and his desire to assist the military to ensure their preparations."

This synthesis of police and military is a threat to both civil liberty and a clear distinction between the purposes of the two organizations. The integration has progressed so far, though, that even the mainstream press is taking notice.

Red Flag

Judicial corruption: Man spends four decades in Washington mental hospital for stealing $20 necklace

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St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, CIA mind control facility
Franklin H. Frye was charged with stealing a $20 necklace in 1970, and he has spent the better part of his life locked up ever since after being found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Mr. Frye was sent to St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington in 1971, part of which houses the criminally insane - including would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley Jr.

In a chain of events that suggests a serious judicial breakdown, federal court records in Washington reviewed by The Washington Times show a public defender filed a motion for Mr. Frye's unconditional release nearly six years ago, citing his recovery.

But Mr. Frye never got his day in court.

The judge handling the case had died in 2007 when Mr. Frye's motion for release was filed. His case was not transferred to a living judge until recent weeks.

Comment: Perhaps Frye wasn't so much 'forgotten' as he was 'made use of'...

St. Elizabeth's Hospital was of the major institutions involved in CIA MK/Ultra and MONARCH mind control experimentation during the 1950s and 60s. It's probably no coincidence that John Hinckley Jr. is still in there too: the 'failed assassination' of Reagan - probably at the instigation of the Bush clan and the CIA - has Mind Control and 'programmed assassins' stamped all over it.

Apparently the 'hospital' is now set to become the new DHS HQ, so perhaps the US government is doing some 'house-cleaning'...


Ambulance

Hairdresser stabs customer in the chest with scissors after he complained he didn't like his haircut, China

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Bad service: The customer complained about his haircut so stylist Bao plunged a pair of scissors into his chest
  • Hairdresser stabbed unhappy customer in the chest with a pair of scissors
  • Victim complained to hairdresser about his cut, so the stylist attacked him
  • The incident was caught on CCTV at a hair salon in Beijing, China
A hairdresser in China lost his temper with an unhappy customer and stabbed him in the chest.

The unnamed male customer was unhappy with his cut, so the hairdresser pierced him with a pair of scissors at a salon in Beijing.

The hairdresser, only named as Bao, can be seen on CCTV footage running over to the customer as he sits in his chair, plunging the scissors into his chest.


Pistol

Witnesses: Deputy forced to shoot knife-wielding 'zombie'

Saum
© DailyCommercial.com
'Knife Wielding' Saum
A Lake County deputy had little choice but to shoot a 24-year-old man with a "zombie" look who was wielding a long carving knife and cutting himself in the street, witnesses said Thursday.

Residents said Ian Michael Saum was shot Wednesday after he moved toward deputies with the knife. Saum was described as a troubled, quiet man without friends who was living at his grandmother's home in a quite neighborhood near Clermont. Saum was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where his condition wasn't immediately available.

Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Jim Vachon said in an email that the officer was "forced" to use his firearm after Saum refused to obey orders to drop the knife. The deputy who shot Saum was placed on paid administrative leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates, which is standard practice in such cases.

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Arrow Down

Allah vs atheism: A growing number of Muslims are speaking out about losing their faith

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© The Independent
Stigmatised: Amal Farah has not seen her family for eight years after telling them she had become an atheist.

Amal Farah, a 32-year-old banking executive, is laughing about a contestant singing off-key in the last series of The X Factor. For a woman who was not allowed to listen to music when she was growing up, this is a delight. After years of turmoil, she is in control of her own life.

On the face of it, she is a product of modern Britain. Born in Somalia to Muslim parents, she grew up in Yemen and came to the UK in her late teens. After questioning her faith, she became an atheist and married a Jewish lawyer. But this has come at a cost. When she turned her back on her religion, she was disowned by her family and received death threats. She has not seen her mother or her siblings for eight years. None of them have met her husband or daughter.

"It was the hardest thing I've ever done - telling my observant family that I was having doubts. My mum was shocked; she began to cry. It was very painful for her. When she realised I actually meant it, she cut communication with me," said Ms Farah. "She was suspicious of me being in contact with my brothers and sisters. She didn't want me to poison their heads in any way. I felt like a leper and I lived in fear. As long as they knew where I was, I wasn't safe."

This is the first time Ms Farah has spoken publicly about her experience of leaving her faith, after realising that she did not want to keep a low profile for ever. She is an extreme case - her mother, now back in Somalia, has become increasingly radical in her religious views. But Ms Farah is not alone in wanting to speak out.

It can be difficult to leave any religion, and those that do can face stigma and even threats of violence. But there is a growing movement, led by former Muslims, to recognise their existence. Last week, an Afghan man is believed to have become the first atheist to have received asylum in Britain on religious grounds. He was brought up as a Muslim but became an atheist, according to his lawyers, who said he would face persecution and possibly death if he returned to Afghanistan.

Cow Skull

Food shortages: U.S. cattle herd at a 61 year low

Dead cows in the snow
© The Billings Gazette
Cattle casualty from October 4, 2013 blizzard
Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) -- As temperatures dipped to a record minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 32 Celsius), the crew at Dean Wang's ranch in Baker, Montana, increased alfalfa-hay rations to give his cattle more energy during the arctic blast.

"Cattle are requiring more feed in order to just maintain their body temperature, instead of putting that extra energy into gaining weight," said Wang, 46, who has about 850 cows that will calve this spring and 550 young cattle. "This year, everyone started feeding a little earlier than what they would have liked, because of the heavy snow and the cold."

The deep freeze that swept across the U.S. last week, disrupting travel and boosting fuel use, is compounding stress on a shrinking domestic beef industry already struggling with high costs and weather shocks. While crops from oranges to winter wheat avoided major damage, the cold slowed the growth of livestock and extended a rally in Chicago cattle futures to a record, signaling higher beef costs for restaurants including McDonald's Corp. and Texas Roadhouse Inc.

The U.S. cattle herd contracted for six straight years to the smallest since 1952, government data show. A record drought in 2011 destroyed pastures in Texas, the top producing state, followed the next year by a surge in feed-grain prices during the worst Midwest dry spell since the 1930s. Fewer cattle will mean production in the $85 billion beef industry drops to a 20- year low in 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

Gear

Mandatory $24 admission fee set for 9/11 museum due to lack of government funds

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© John Roca/New York Daily News
A model of National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum. The museum portion will be one of the costliest in town to visit, with an admission price of $24.
Relatives of 9/11 victims criticized the $24 fee.

A visit to the new National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum in New York City will be one of the costliest museum tickets in town.

Lacking government funding for its operations, the memorial's board of trustees voted Thursday to set a $24 admission price when the museum opens in May.

Families of 9/11 victims will not be charged, and there will be discounts for children, senior citizens and students. In addition, admission will be free to everyone for three hours every Tuesday evening.

The memorial's president, Joe Daniels, said the board had no choice but to charge a steep fee.

"The 9/11 Memorial does not yet receive government support for ongoing operations as many other important museums of our national history do," he said.

Comment: So now the U.S. governmental agencies charge $24 entrance fee to visit a museum that commemorates the murders of citizens that the U.S. government itself orchestrated?!


Stock Down

Massaging figures: Actual US unemployment rate is 37.2%, says Wall Street adviser

Don't believe the happy talk coming out of the White House, Federal Reserve and Treasury Department when it comes to the real unemployment rate and the true "Misery Index." Because, according to an influential Wall Street advisor, the figures are a fraud.

In a memo to clients provided to Secrets, David John Marotta calculates the actual unemployment rate of those not working at a sky-high 37.2 percent, not the 6.7 percent advertised by the Fed, and the Misery Index at over 14, not the 8 claimed by the government.

Marotta, who recently advised those worried about an imploding economy to get a gun, said that the government isn't being honest in how it calculates those out of the workforce or inflation, the two numbers used to get the Misery Index figure.

"The unemployment rate only describes people who are currently working or looking for work," he said. That leaves out a ton more.

Comment: Since every person who does not have a job still needs to be fed and have clothes and shelter, it makes sense that the unemployment rate should include all of them, regardless of the reason for unemployment, in order to appreciate how much real economic pressure falls on the shoulders of people.

It only makes sense to consider exclusively those who are actively looking for a job if you want to conceal the gravity of the situation.


Eye 1

Ponerology in the Media: Statements describe 'climate of paranoia and fear' under BBC 'bully' Rod McKenzie

BBC Radio 1
© The Independent
They also say he played favourites and left young reporters in tears
A dossier of statements from 17 serving and former members of the BBC's youth news service, Newsbeat, describes a "climate of paranoia and fear" in which they worked under an editor who has been moved following a year-long inquiry into bullying and harassment across the BBC.

The Independent revealed yesterday that Rod McKenzie, one of the BBC's most experienced news executives, has been given a final written warning and moved to another role outside of the BBC network news department following complaints by more than 30 current and former members of staff. Throughout the disciplinary process Mr McKenzie has disputed the claims against him, and has since pointed out that some of the claims were not upheld.

Statements seen by this newspaper detail alarming levels of distress experienced by young BBC journalists who are required to produce news for Radio 1 and 1Xtra's audience of 16-29 year old listeners.

Comment: For more information on how such hierarchical power structures affect our health and lives, check out:

Stress, Portrait of a Killer


Padlock

English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson sentenced to 18 months in prison for mortgage fraud

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© David Levene
The head of Quilliam Foundation, Maajid Nawaz, (left) and Tommy Robinson.
The 31-year-old, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, had previously admitted two counts of the offence at a hearing in November.

The controversial far-right figure was accused of conspiring with others to obtain a mortgage by misrepresentation from the Abbey and Halifax banks.

In an apparent comment on the sentencing at St Albans Crown Court, the Robinson took to Twitter to say, "This is a complete stitch-up".

He also posted a picture of a meal of meat, mashed potatoes and chips, with the message "one last feed", and then "see u all in 18 months".

Robinson has previously served time in jail for using someone else's passport to travel to the United States.

He was given 10 months at Southwark Crown Court in January 2013 after admitting possession of a false identity document with improper intention.