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Mr. Paul Goes to Washington – Watch Live

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Remember Jimmy Stewart in the Frank Capra classic movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington?

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is doing the same thing RIGHT NOW on the Senate floor.

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Sen. Paul is filibustering the POS regime’s appointment of John Brennan as CIA Director because the administration won’t disavow drone killing American citizens on US soil without due process. In fact, the POS’s attorney general Eric Holder three-times refused to answer the question whether it is constitutional for the the United States to use a drone to kill an American citizen on U.S. soil, even if said citizen does not pose an “imminent [national security] threat”.

This is unconstitutional and Sen. Paul said he’s had a enough of unconstitutional actions by this regime and will talk until he can’t do it any more.

Sen. Paul is getting great support from Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Will any other senators step in when Paul has to quit? Flood your senators’ phone lines with that question.

This is democracy in action, folks!

Sen. Paul and other supporting speakers are also using this occasion to give the American people an excellent crash course on the threats posed to our liberty by the Obama regime’s drones, as well as the fundamentals of the U.S. government as designed by our Founding Fathers — separation of powers into three co-equal branches, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights (especially the Fourth Amendment), and the importance of due process.

Read more in the Washington Times.

Watch Senator Paul live on CSPAN here.

H/t my friend Robert K. Wilcox

~Eowyn

Ben Swann Reality Check – Obama’s Drones = Hypocrisy

Ben Swann is news anchor and investigative reporter for Channel Fox 19 in Cincinnati.  In story after story, he lays out the facts so clearly they’re undeniable. If the national MSM had his intelligence, integrity and courage, this country would be a far better place.

Seattle receives permission to start using drones

As FOTM reported in April, there are 63 active drone sites in the US. The unmanned planes – some of which may have been designed to kill terror suspects – are being launched from locations in 20 states. Most of the active drones are deployed from military installations, enforcement agencies and border patrol teams, according to the Federal Aviation Authority. The feds are now giving public agencies the authority to place them into action.

Drone sites across the US.

Seattle police drafting policy for using drones

KOMO News:   The Seattle Police Department is one of the first in the nation to receive permission from the federal government to start using drones. The department is drafting a policy on how it will use the remote control aerial vehicles.

The public will have a chance to comment at a question-and-answer session Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Garfield Community Center, 2323 East Cherry Street, Seattle.

Seattle Police Lt. Greg Sackman will be on hand with the drone to answer questions and receive feedback about the proposed policy. Police have said they expect to use drones in search and rescue, accidents and natural disasters, and unusual crime scenes.

Seattle police plan to use the mini-helicopter Draganflyer XG made by the Draganfly Innovations company of Saskatoon, Canada. It is operated with a hand-held controller and joysticks. It carries cameras that can take still pictures, videos and infrared shots. It is limited by a battery life of less than 10 minutes and an inability to carry more than 35 ounces – a little more than 2 pounds, police said.

The FAA has guidelines on how and when law-enforcement agencies can use drones. They cannot be flown at night or over crowds. The drones must be flown below 400 feet and must remain within eyesight of an operator as well as an observer at all times, according to the FAA.

The law enforcement use of drones prompted an American Civil Liberties Union review that found existing laws and policies are inadequate to safeguard citizen privacy.

Drones must remain within eyesight of an operator? I find that interesting as I live approximately 15 miles outside of Seattle and have seen drones flying over residential areas on two occasions.  If the drones I saw were owned by Seattle Police, how could an operator see it so far outside of city limits? Why were the drones flying outside of Seattle?

And if the drones I saw weren’t owned by Seattle Police, then what agency was flying them?

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin

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NSA whistleblowers: Govt is spying on every single American

Surveillance (and armed drones in the skies.

“Minority Report” light-projecting street cameras that can spot a crime before it occurs.

“Intelligent” street lights.

Government monitoring Facebook and Twitter.

Schools spying on fat kids with electronic monitors.

A Dept. of Homeland Security report that identifies Americans who love liberty as terrorists.

The construction of a heavily-fortified $2 billion National Security Agency (NSA) Data Center in Utah which will intercept, analyze, and store every email, cell phone call, Google search, parking receipt, credit card purchase, and more. The construction will be completed in a year, by September 2013, which will be the date of the end of privacy of America.

So why should it surprise us that three NSA whistleblowers warn us that our government is spying on every single American?

RT.com reports on July 25, 2012, that counter-terrorism agencies such as the TSA, DHS and others which had been created since 9/11 to keep America “safe” are going far beyond their original mandate, but are spying on everyone in America — all in the name of national security.

Testimonies delivered in recent weeks by former employees of the National Security Agency suggest that the US government is granting itself surveillance powers far beyond what most Americans consider the proper role of the federal government.

In an interview broadcast on Current TV’s “Viewpoint” program on Monday, former NSA Technical Director William Binney commented on the government’s policy of blanket surveillance, alongside colleagues Thomas Drake and Kirk Wiebe, the agency’s respective former Senior Official and Senior Analyst.

The interview comes on the heels of a series of speeches given by Binney, who has quickly become better known for his whistleblowing than his work with the NSA. In their latest appearance this week, though, the three former staffers suggested that America’s spy program is much more dangerous than it seems.

In an interview with “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer, Drake said there was a “key decision made shortly after 9/11, which began to rapidly turn the United States of America into the equivalent of a foreign nation for dragnet blanket electronic surveillance.”

These powers have previously defended by claims of national security necessity, but Drake says that it doesn’t stop there. He warns that the government is giving itself the power to gather intel on every American that could be used in future prosecutions unrelated to terrorism.

“When you open up the Pandora’s Box of just getting access to incredible amounts of data, for people that have no reason to be put under suspicion, no reason to have done anything wrong, and just collect all that for potential future use or even current use, it opens up a real danger — and to what else what they could use that data for, particularly when it’s all being hidden behind the mantle of national security,” Drake said.

Although Drake’s accusations seem astounding, they corroborate allegations made by Binney only a week earlier. Speaking at the Hackers On Planet Earth conference in New York City earlier this month, Binney addressed a room of thousands about the NSA’s domestic spying efforts. But in a candid interview with journalist Geoff Shively during HOPE, the ex-NSA official candidly revealed the full extent of the surveillance program.

“Domestically, they’re pulling together all the data about virtually every U.S. citizen in the country and assembling that information, building communities that you have relationships with, and knowledge about you; what your activities are; what you’re doing. So the government is accumulating that kind of information about every individual person and it’s a very dangerous process,” Binney said.

Drake and Binney’s statements follow the revelation that law enforcement officers collected cell phone records on 1.3 million Americans in 2011. More news articles are emerging every day suggesting that the surveillance of Americans — off-the-radar and under wraps — is growing at an exponential rate.

~Eowyn

The Drone Report

Ben Swann’s Reality Check is a regular feature of Cincinnati Fox 19.  Commenters on his Facebook page asked how he gets away with covering stories none of the other MSM will touch.  He said it’s because, despite it’s name, Fox 19 is not under the restraint of a big media corporation.  It is fully-employee owned and the reporters are allowed much greater editorial discretion.  That’s why “it’s the news you won’t hear anywhere else.”

The Pro-Drone Senators

For Your Consideration in the next election cycle:

Here is the list of Senators who voted FOR (Aye) the use of 30,000 drones over the land of Liberty:    Votes by Senator

Sen. Daniel Akaka [D, HI] Nay
Sen. Lamar Alexander [R, TN] Aye
Sen. Kelly Ayotte [R, NH] Aye
Sen. John Barrasso [R, WY] Abstain
Sen. Max Baucus [D, MT] Aye
Sen. Mark Begich [D, AK] Aye
Sen. Michael Bennet [D, CO] Aye
Sen. Jeff Bingaman [D, NM] Aye
Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D, CT] Nay
Sen. Roy Blunt [R, MO] Aye
Sen. John Boozman [R, AR] Aye
Sen. Barbara Boxer [D, CA] Aye
Sen. Scott Brown [R, MA] Aye
Sen. Sherrod Brown [D, OH] Nay
Sen. Richard Burr [R, NC] Aye
Sen. Maria Cantwell [D, WA] Aye
Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D, MD] Nay
Sen. Thomas Carper [D, DE] Aye
Sen. Robert Casey [D, PA] Nay
Sen. Saxby Chambliss [R, GA] Aye
Sen. Daniel Coats [R, IN] Aye
Sen. Thomas Coburn [R, OK] Aye
Sen. Thad Cochran [R, MS] Aye
Sen. Susan Collins [R, ME] Aye
Sen. Kent Conrad [D, ND] Abstain
Sen. Chris Coons [D, DE] Aye
Sen. Bob Corker [R, TN] Aye
Sen. John Cornyn [R, TX] Aye
Sen. Michael Crapo [R, ID] Nay
Sen. Jim DeMint [R, SC] Nay
Sen. Richard Durbin [D, IL] Aye
Sen. Michael Enzi [R, WY] Aye
Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D, CA] Aye
Sen. Al Franken [D, MN] Nay
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D, NY] Nay
Sen. Lindsey Graham [R, SC] Aye
Sen. Charles Grassley [R, IA] Aye
Sen. Kay Hagan [D, NC] Aye
Sen. Thomas Harkin [D, IA] Nay
Sen. Orrin Hatch [R, UT] Abstain
Sen. Dean Heller [R, NV] Aye
Sen. John Hoeven [R, ND] Aye
Sen. Kay Hutchison [R, TX] Aye
Sen. James Inhofe [R, OK] Aye
Sen. Daniel Inouye [D, HI] Aye
Sen. John Isakson [R, GA] Aye
Sen. Mike Johanns [R, NE] Aye
Sen. Ron Johnson [R, WI] Aye
Sen. Tim Johnson [D, SD] Aye
Sen. John Kerry [D, MA] Aye
Sen. Mark Kirk [R, IL] Abstain
Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D, MN] Nay
Sen. Herbert Kohl [D, WI] Aye
Sen. Jon Kyl [R, AZ] Aye
Sen. Mary Landrieu [D, LA] Aye
Sen. Frank Lautenberg [D, NJ] Aye
Sen. Patrick Leahy [D, VT] Nay
Sen. Mike Lee [R, UT] Nay
Sen. Carl Levin [D, MI] Aye
Sen. Joseph Lieberman [I, CT] Aye
Sen. Richard Lugar [R, IN] Aye
Sen. Joe Manchin [D, WV] Aye
Sen. John McCain [R, AZ] Aye
Sen. Claire McCaskill [D, MO] Nay
Sen. Mitch McConnell [R, KY] Aye
Sen. Robert Menéndez [D, NJ] Aye
Sen. Jeff Merkley [D, OR] Nay
Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D, MD] Nay
Sen. Jerry Moran [R, KS] Aye
Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R, AK] Aye
Sen. Patty Murray [D, WA] Aye
Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE] Aye
Sen. Bill Nelson [D, FL] Aye
Sen. Rand Paul [R, KY] Nay
Sen. Robert Portman [R, OH] Aye
Sen. Mark Pryor [D, AR] Aye
Sen. John Reed [D, RI] Aye
Sen. Harry Reid [D, NV] Aye
Sen. James Risch [R, ID] Nay
Sen. Pat Roberts [R, KS] Aye
Sen. John Rockefeller [D, WV] Aye
Sen. Marco Rubio [R, FL] Aye
Sen. Bernard Sanders [I, VT] Nay
Sen. Charles Schumer [D, NY] Aye
Sen. Jefferson Sessions [R, AL] Aye
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D, NH] Aye
Sen. Richard Shelby [R, AL] Aye
Sen. Olympia Snowe [R, ME] Aye
Sen. Debbie Ann Stabenow [D, MI] Nay
Sen. Jon Tester [D, MT] Aye
Sen. John Thune [R, SD] Aye
Sen. Patrick Toomey [R, PA] Aye
Sen. Mark Udall [D, CO] Aye
Sen. Tom Udall [D, NM] Aye
Sen. David Vitter [R, LA] Abstain
Sen. Mark Warner [D, VA] Aye
Sen. Jim Webb [D, VA] Aye
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D, RI] Aye
Sen. Roger Wicker [R, MS] Aye
Sen. Ron Wyden [D, OR] Aye
Source: OpenCongress.org

http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/63-active-drone-sites-in-usa/

http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/drone-activity-getting-scary/

http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/theres-a-drone-for-everything-now/

http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/rumor-that-obama-administration-is-preparing-for-civil-war/

http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/air-force-drones-getting-to-know-you/

LTG

63 Active Drone Sites in USA

Julian Gavaghan reporting for the Daily Mail -

There are at least 63 active drone sites around the U.S, federal authorities have been forced to reveal following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit.

The unmanned planes – some of which may have been designed to kill terror suspects – are being launched from locations in 20 states.

Most of the active drones are deployed from military installations, enforcement agencies and border patrol teams, according to the Federal Aviation Authority.

Please go to the link above for more detailed scary maps. Below is an interview with Judge Nap not long before he left FOX.

In November 2010, a police lieutenant from Parma, Ohio, asked Vanguard Defense Industries if the Texas-based drone manufacturer could mount a “grenade launcher and/or 12-gauge shotgun” on its ShadowHawk drone for U.S. law enforcement agencies. The answer was yes.

Last month, police officers from 10 public safety departments around the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area gathered at an airfield in southern Maryland to view a demonstration of a camera-equipped aerial drone — first developed for military use — that flies at speeds up to 20 knots or hovers for as long as an hour.

And in late March, South Korean police and military flew a Canadian-designed drone as part of “advance security preparations” for the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul where protesters clashed with police.

[Jefferson Morley for Salon.com - "Drones for Urban Warfare"]

All accomplished without a bleat from the sheeple. 

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