53,000 Dead Voters Found And Removed From Florida Voter Rolls – Some State’s Election Officials Won’t Remove Voters, Even When Provided With A Death Certificate

May 20, 2012

I have learned that Florida election officials are set to announce that the secretary of state has discovered and purged up to 53,000 dead voters from the voter rolls in Florida.

How could 53,000 dead voters have sat on the polls for so long? Simple. Because Florida hadn’t been using the best available data revealing which voters have died. Florida is now using the nationwide Social Security Death Index for determining which voters should be purged because they have died.

Here is the bad news. Most states aren’t using the same database that Florida is. In fact, I have heard reports that some election officials won’t even remove voters even when they are presented with a death certificate. That means that voter rolls across the nation still are filled with dead voters, even if Florida is leading the way in detecting and removing them.

But surely people aren’t voting in the names of dead voters, the voter fraud deniers argue. Wrong.

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Consider the case of Lafayette Keaton. Keaton not only voted for a dead person in Oregon, he voted for his dead son. Making Keaton’s fraud easier was Oregon’s vote by mail scheme, which has opened up gaping holes in the integrity of elections. The incident in Oregon just scratches the surface of the problem. Massachusetts and Mississippi are but two other examples of the dead rising on election day.

Florida should be applauded for taking the problem seriously, even if Eric Holder’s Justice Department and many state election officials don’t.

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Veteran Broward County Florida Deputy Sheriff Anthony Constanzo Arrested, Suspended, Charged With Witness And Evidence Tampering

May 17, 2012

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – A South Florida deputy is facing multiple charges stemming from a witness tampering case.

Police arrested Broward Sheriff’s deputy Anthony Constanzo, a 12-year veteran. on Wednesday. According to the Broward State Attorney, detective Costanzo is charged with tampering with a witness, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, disclosing confidential information and using a two-way communication device to commit a felony

Federal investigators have accused Costanzo of interfering with an ongoing racketeering and extortion case against two Fort Lauderdale officers.

He was released from jail after posting $5,000 bail.

Costanzo has since been suspended without pay following the arrest.

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Pedophile Long Beach California Police Officer Noe Yanez, Previously Charged With Child Pornography And Suspended, Arrested Again Amid Continuing Investigation And After Additional Victims Located

May 9, 2012

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA – Long Beach police say an officer who was arrested last month for investigation of possession of child pornography has been arrested again for several sexually-based offenses.

A police department statement says Officer Noe Yanez was arrested Wednesday and was being held on $951,000 bail.

Yanez was first arrested and booked April 19 for possession of child pornography following an investigation into alleged inappropriate contact with a minor.

Authorities say Yanez was re-arrested after Long Beach police continued their initial investigation and interviewed additional victims.

The department says Yanez has been suspended without pay since the first arrest, and will remain on suspension pending the outcome of the internal and criminal investigations.

Police declined to release further details about the latest arrest.

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Arizona Hopes To Do Away With 1st Ammendment With Law Criminalizing Internet Comments, Webpages, And Blogs

April 4, 2012

ARIZONA – That endless banter by anonymous commenters on your favorite Internet forum has long been trivial — at least to you. In Arizona, it could soon be downright criminal.

Arizona House Bill 2549, which would make it unlawful for anyone to post messages “with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend,” passed both the House and Senate in nearly unanimous votes last week. The bill is reportedly being tinkered with by legislators before being passed to Gov. Jan Brewer.

The legislation, which has its roots in an antiquated anti-stalking law that targeted phone pranksters and telemarketers, has drawn the ire of free speech advocates who say the legislation is an affront to First Amendment rights.

Bill co-author Chad Campbell told the Arizona Republic this week that legislators hear the critics loud and clear and are addressing their concerns — but don’t think the bill is dead.

“The intent of this bill was to go after stalkers, basically, and people who are making one-on-one conversations that are abusive or threatening in some matter,” he said in a video posted on the newspaper’s website. “There was no intention to trample on the First Amendment. We still believe that it wouldn’t do so, that we as a state legislature can’t override the First Amendment. But let me just say if there are some concerns, we have time to fix it and we’re more than willing to fix it.”

Because of the way the law was written, critics say “fixing” it would require trashing the whole bill.

The group Media Coalition sent a letter to Brewer lambasting the bill for dealing an Orwellian blow to free speech, saying the bill “would update the state’s telephone harassment law to apply to the Internet and other electronic communications. It would make it a crime to communicate via electronic means speech that is intended to ‘annoy,’ ‘offend,’ ‘harass’ or ‘terrify,’ as well as certain sexual speech. However, because the bill is not limited to one-to-one communications, H.B. 2549 would apply to the Internet as a whole, thus criminalizing all manner of writing, cartoons, and other protected material the state finds offensive or annoying.”

The hacktivist Twitter account YourAnonNews was sending “ButtHurt Report Forms” — a pseudo-incident report meant to mock people who are easily offended by what they see online — to Brewer and state lawmakers, reported Russia Today.

Arizona has become a hotbed of constitutional infighting after the passage of a sweeping anti-immigration law in 2010 that drew national attention. In January, the governor was photographed giving President Obama the finger-wag. A petition opposing de-funding Planned Parenthood in the state has more than 5,000 signatures on Signon.org.

Do you think the bill is fair or does it go against your First Amendment rights? Let us know!

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CIA To Spy On And Track American Citizens Who Have Set Top Boxs, Internet Connected Televisions, Web Radios, Etc.

March 16, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – When people download a film from Netflix to a flatscreen, or turn on web radio, they could be alerting unwanted watchers to exactly what they are doing and where they are.

Spies will no longer have to plant bugs in your home – the rise of ‘connected’ gadgets controlled by apps will mean that people ‘bug’ their own homes, says CIA director David Petraeus.

The CIA claims it will be able to ‘read’ these devices via the internet – and perhaps even via radio waves from outside the home.
A Sony internet TV: The rise of ‘connected’ devices in the home offers spies a window into people’s lives – CIA director David Petraeus says the technologies will ‘transform’ surveillance

A Sony internet TV: The rise of ‘connected’ devices in the home offers spies a window into people’s lives – CIA director David Petraeus says the technologies will ‘transform’ surveillance
General David Petraeus, former head of the allied forces in Afghanistan, is sworn in as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency on September 6, 2011 in the White House

General David Petraeus, former head of the allied forces in Afghanistan, is sworn in as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency on September 6, 2011 in the White House

Everything from remote controls to clock radios can now be controlled via apps – and chip company ARM recently unveiled low-powered, cheaper chips which will be used in everything from fridges and ovens to doorbells.

The resultant chorus of ‘connected’ gadgets will be able to be read like a book – and even remote-controlled, according to CIA CIA Director David Petraeus, according to a recent report by Wired’s ‘Danger Room’ blog.

Petraeus says that web-connected gadgets will ‘transform’ the art of spying – allowing spies to monitor people automatically without planting bugs, breaking and entering or even donning a tuxedo to infiltrate a dinner party.

‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,’ said Petraeus.

‘Particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft. Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters – all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing.’

Petraeus was speaking to a venture capital firm about new technologies which aim to add processors and web connections to previously ‘dumb’ home appliances such as fridges, ovens and lighting systems.

This week, one of the world’s biggest chip companies, ARM, has unveiled a new processor built to work inside ‘connected’ white goods.

The ARM chips are smaller, lower-powered and far cheaper than previous processors – and designed to add the internet to almost every kind of electrical appliance.

It’s a concept described as the ‘internet of things’.
The murderous computer Hal in 2001: But it seems that the danger of computers isn’t villainous artificial intelligence – but the information they ‘leak’ about us

The murderous computer Hal in 2001: But it seems that the danger of computers isn’t villainous artificial intelligence – but the information they ‘leak’ about us

Futurists think that one day ‘connected’ devices will tell the internet where they are and what they are doing at all times – and will be mapped by computers as precisely as Google Maps charts the physical landscape now.

Privacy groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation have warned of how information such as geolocation data can be misused – but as more and more devices connect, it’s clear that opportunities for surveillance will multiply.

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Google Denys Screwing Android Application Developers While Continuing To Screw Android Application Developers

March 9, 2012

CALIFORNIA – Google has denied penalizing developers for using third-party payment services, contesting claims that it told Android app makers they risked marketplace rejection for using PayPal or others instead of Google Wallet. Despite reports earlier this week that Google had contacted developers using PayPal, Zong, Boku or other payment providers, and threatened to suspend their listings in the freshly-renamed Google Play marketplace, the search company says its policy on payments is unchanged.

Reuters was first to blow the whistle, based on developer feedback including one supposedly threatening email sent to the coders behind social gaming app Papaya. “They told people that if they used other payment services they would be breaking the terms of use,” Si Shen, founder and chief executive of Papaya, said. “Whether it’s right or wrong, we have to follow the rules.”

Google’s warning, so it was claimed, was that Papaya needed to ditch PayPal and Zong and instead adopt Play In-app Billing, giving the developers thirty days to make the changes.

However, a Google spokesperson told both TechCrunch and The Verge that in fact its policies on in-app payments were unchanged from the original rules of March 2011. Those mandate that in-app purchasing be done through Google’s own system, with the spokesperson saying that it was likely just serendipitous timing that saw Papaya get a warning. “If [a developer] had been in breach of that, and we had only just noticed, that’s when we would send out a letter.”

If purchases within apps are for non-app-related goods or content – such as a hotel booking, or some sort of online shopping order – then developers are free to use their payment provider of choice, the spokesperson explained. However, if they are offering new app content, then they must use Play In-app Billing, complete with its 30-percent tithe to Google.

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Nutcase Seattle Washington Police Officer Brad Richardson Beat, Arrested, And Threatened To “Make Stuff Up” About 2 Innocent Men – Dash Camera Video Missing…

February 16, 2012

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – Two friends who had planned to visit a Seattle sports bar claim they ended up being kicked, arrested at gunpoint and held in jail for several hours by a cop who said he intended to “make stuff up.”

Part of the arrest of Josh Lawson, 23, and Christopher Franklin, 22, on Nov. 16, 2010 is caught on tape by the officer’s dashboard camera.

But key moments of the arrest that should have been captured on video are missing and it was unclear whether the officer intentionally neglected to turn on the dash cam. None of the released footage shows the officer in the moments he made the stop or kicked Lawson.

The accusations against Richardson are among many that have put a spotlight on the Seattle Police Department and it comes after the release of a Department of Justice report in December that said “serious concerns about practices that could have a disparate impact on minority communities” were raised by its review.

The recording of the arrest was released after ABC News affiliate KOMO began an investigation into missing police dashboard camera videos.

The recording of the arrest of Lawson and Franklin — who were picked up for allegedly assaulting and robbing a man a short time earlier — shows the suspects being helped from the ground and into the patrol car of Officer Brad Richardson.

The officer’s uniform microphone also records Richardson telling the suspects, “Yeah, I’m going to make stuff up.”

The Seattle Police Department called Richardson’s comment “banter” and the officer was exonerated of any wrongdoing after a use of force review was conducted, along with an investigation by the Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability.

“Clearly if the officer had made stuff up he would have been in hot water,” Sgt. Sean Whitcomb of the Seattle Police Department told ABCNews.com.

Lawson and Richardson said the dash cam did not record crucial moments of the arrest that they said left them with facial bruises and swelling. They claimed they were manhandled and kicked in the face by Richardson, while the officer maintained that he only kicked Lawson in the chest to make him comply with an order to get on the ground.

“I don’t know who was recording what,” Whitcomb told ABCNews.com. “Officers should record, [but] it’s not a violation not to.”

Lawson and Franklin, who are African-American, were arrested after a 911 call came in from a few blocks away alleging a man had been the victim of an assult and robbery. The two suspects were described as black males in their late twenties, tall, skinny and wearing jeans.

Franklin is 5-foot-9. Lawson, who is six feet tall. Instead of jeans, he was wearing white sweat pants.

“The only thing they had to fit the description was black males,” said the pair’s attorney, Lizanne Padula. “This was like a meteor dropping down on them.”

When they found out why they were being arrested, the two men became alarmed.

“It felt like no one was going to believe us,” Franklin told ABCNews.com. “We were just going to be another statistic.”

Richardson’s written report described a different situation. The officer wrote in the police report that the men continued to approach his car even after he yelled at them to stop.

“The male wearing the hoodie continued to keep his hands in his hoodie pockets. With the strong possibility both of these males were the assault suspects and they were ignoring commands to stop, I again advised, ‘Stop, Police, show me your hands and get on the ground.'”

According to Richardson, the two men got closer, so he drew his weapon.

Lawson said they complied with the officer’s order.

“I got on the ground. I sat with my hands up frozen because I had a gun pointed at me,” Lawson said. “I had to come back into myself and understand there was a gun on me. I was in shock.”

Richardson said that Lawson stayed in a crouch position, not fully laying on the ground.

“I used a flat foot, front push kick to the center of the male chest knocking him backwards and flat to the ground,” he wrote.

The robbery victim positively identified the two men, while a witness said she was uncertain. No charges were filed at the victims’ request.

The two men want changes in the Seattle Police Department. They have also filed a complaint for damages, possibly the first step in a lawsuit.

“We’re terrified of hanging out in our own city,” Franklin said. “These officers have seen our faces. They know our names. We can’t trust people.”

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