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own blood after police rammed his head into the flood inside a Wal-Mart on Black Friday night.
It was thought that he was shoplifting, but it turns out that he says that he was just trying to tuck a video game away so other crazed shoppers would not grab it out of his hands.

Number 8

Did you know that the government actually sets up fake cellphone towers that can intercept your cell phone calls?
The following is how a recent Wired artilce described these “stingrays”:
“You make a call on your cellphone thinking the only thing standing between you and the recipient of your call is your carrier’s cellphone tower.
“In fact, that tower your phone is connecting to just might be a boobytrap set up by law enforcement to ensnare your phone signals and maybe even the content of your calls.
“So-called stingrays are one of the new high-tech tools that authorities are using to track and identify you.
“The devices, about the size of a suitcase, spoof a legitimate cellphone tower in order to trick nearby cellphones and other wireless communication devices into connecting to the tower, as they would to a real cellphone tower.
“The government maintains that the stingrays don’t violate Fourth Amendment rights, since Americans don’t have a legitimate expectation of privacy for data sent from their mobile phones and other wireless devices to a cell tower.”

Number 9

US border agents are allowed by law to search any laptop being brought into the United States without even needing any reason to do so.

Number 10

In the United States of America, everyone is a “potential terrorist”.
According to FBI director Robert Mueller, “homegrown terrorists” represent as big a threat to American national security as al-Qaeda does.

Number 11

Most Americans are not that concerned about the Patriot Act, but that might change if they understood that the federal government has a “secret interpretation” of what the Patriot Act really means.
US Senator Ron Wyden says that the US government interprets the Patriot Act much more “broadly” than the general public does:
“We’re getting to a gap between what the public thinks the law says and what the American government secretly thinks the law says.”

Number 12

The FBI is now admittedly recording Internet talk radio programmes all over the United States.
The following comes from a recent article by Mark Weaver of
“If you call a radio talk show and get on the air, you might be recorded by the FBI.
“The FBI has awarded a US$524 927 contract to a Virginia company to record as much radio news and talk programming as it can find on the Internet.
“The FBI says it is not playing big brother by policing the airwaves, but rather seeking access to what airs as potential evidence.”

Number 13

The federal government has decided that what you and I share with one another on Facebook and on Twitter could be a threat to national security.
According to a recent Associated Press article, the Department of Homeland Security will soon be “gleaning information from sites such as Twitter and Facebook for law enforcement purposes”.

Number 14

What you say on your cell phone is never private.
The truth is that that the FBI can demand to see your cell phone data whenever it wants.
In addition, according to CNET News the FBI can remotely activate the microphone on your cell phone and listen to whatever you are saying:
“The FBI appears to have begun using a novel form of electronic surveillance in criminal investigations: remotely activating a mobile phone’s microphone and using it to eavesdrop on nearby conversations.
“The technique is called a ‘roving bug’, and was approved by top US Department of Justice officials for use against members of a New York organized crime family who were wary of conventional surveillance techniques such as tailing a suspect or wiretapping him.”

Number 15

In some areas of the country, law enforcement authorities are pulling data out of cell phones for no reason whatsoever.
According to ACLU, state police in Michigan are now using “extraction devices” to download data from the cellphones of motorists that they pull over.
This is taking place even if the motorists that are pulled over are not accused of doing anything wrong.
The following is how a recent article on CNET News described the capabilities of these “extraction devices” thus:
“The devices, sold by a company called Cellebrite, can download text messages, photos, video, and even GPS data from most brands of cell phones. “The handheld machines have various interfaces to work with different models and can even bypass security passwords and access some information.”

Number 16

The federal government has become so paranoid that they have been putting GPS tracking devices on the vehicles of thousands of people that have not even been charged with committing any crimes
The following is a short excerpt from a recent Wired magazine article about this issue;
“The 25-year-old resident of San Jose, California, says he found the first one about three weeks ago on his Volvo SUV while visiting his mother in Modesto, about 80 miles northeast of San Jose.
“After contacting Wired and allowing a photographer to snap pictures of the device, it was swapped out and replaced with a second tracking device. “A witness also reported seeing a strange man looking beneath the vehicle of the young man’s girlfriend while her car was parked at work, suggesting that a tracking device may have been retrieved from her car.
“Then things got really weird when police showed up during a Wired interview with the man.
“The young man, who asked to be identified only as Greg, is one among an increasing number of US citizens who are finding themselves tracked with the high-tech devices.
“The Justice Department has said that law enforcement agents employ GPS as a crime-fighting tool with “great frequency”, and GPS retailers have told Wired that they’ve sold thousands of the devices to the feds.”

Number 17

New high-tech streetlights that are being funded by the federal government and that are being installed all over the nation can also be used as surveillance cameras, can be used by the DHS to make “security announcements” and can even be used to record personal conversations.
The following is from a recent article by Paul Joseph Watson for
“Federally-funded high-tech street lights now being installed in American cities are not only set to aid the DHS in making ‘security announcements’ and acting as talking surveillance cameras, they are also capable of ‘recording conversations,’ bringing the potential privacy threat posed by ‘Intellistreets’ to a whole new level.”

Number 18

If you choose to protest in the streets of America today, there is a good chance that you will be brutalized.
All over the United States law enforcement authorities have been spraying pepper spraydirectly into the faces of unarmed protesters in recent weeks.

Number 19

In many areas of the United States today, you will be arrested if you do not produce proper identification for the police.
In the old days, “your papers please” was a phrase that was used to use to mock the tyranny of Nazi Germany. But now all of us are being required to be able to produce “our papers” for law enforcement authorities at any time.
For example, a 21-year-old college student named Samantha Zucker was recently arrested and put in a New York City jail for 36 hours just because she could not produce any identification for police.

Number 20

According to blogger Alexander Higgins, students in kindergarten and the first grade in the state of New Jersey are now required by law to participate “in monthly anti-terrorism drills”.
The following is an excerpt from a letter that he recently received from the school where his child attends:
“Each month a school must conduct one fire drill and one security drill which may be a lockdown, bomb threat, evacuation, active shooter, or shelter-in place drill.
“All schools are now required by law to implement this procedure.”
So who in the world ever decided that it would be a good idea for first grade students to endure “lockdown” and “active shooter” drills?

Number 21

With all of the other problems that we are having all over the nation, you would think that authorities would not be too concerned about little kids that are trying to sell cups of lemonade.
But sadly, over the past year police have been sent in to shut down lemonade stands run by children all over the US.

Number 22

The federal government has decided to invest a significant amount of time, money and energy raiding organic farms.
The following example comes from Natural News;
“It is the latest case of extreme government food tyranny, and one that is sure to have you reeling in anger and disgust.
“Health Department officials recently conducted a raid of Quail Hollow Farm, an organic community supported agriculture (CSA) farm in southern Nevada, during its special ‘farm to fork’ picnic dinner put on for guests – and the agent who arrived on the scene ordered that all the fresh, local produce and pasture-based meat that was intended for the meal be destroyed with bleach.”

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