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Hubbard County Barricades Private Property, Imprisons Water Protectors

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Hubbard County Barricades Private Property, Imprisons Water Protectors
By Alex Binder
Posted July 4, 2021

Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes At around 6 a.m. Monday, Hubbard County Sheriff’s deputies delivered a notice to the Namewag Camp, a privately-owned property of water protectors, stating that the sole entrance would not be “open to vehicular traffic per Hubbard County’s Land Use Ordinance.”

We spoke with Hubbard County Land Commissioner Mark ‘Chip’ Lohmeier to find out more details pertaining to this abrupt notice.When we pressed him about the timing of the notice, he told us that “there hasn’t been a sign on that road ever,” which alludes to there being more reason as to why this apparent lack of an easement is only being enforced now.

Tara Houska, founder of the Indigenous women and two spirit-led Giniw Collective, told us that “it appears Minnesota is willing to deny right of access to private property in its defense with the private oil company, Enbridge, it’s currently billing to.”

Most law enforcement costs associated with protecting Line 3 are being paid by the Enbridge corporation via funds the Canadian oil giant deposits into an escrow account managed by state officials. According to documents obtained by The Intercept, “Enbridge reimbursed $1,086,361” to local sheriffs, police and other agencies as of the end May 2021. More…

Your Car Is Spying on You, and a CBP Contract Shows the Risks

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Your Car Is Spying on You, and a CBP Contract Shows the Risks
by Sam Biddle
Posted July 4, 2021

your car is spying on youU.S. Customs and Border Protection purchased technology that vacuums up reams of personal information stored inside cars, according to a federal contract reviewed by The Intercept, illustrating the serious risks in connecting your vehicle and your smartphone.

The contract, shared with The Intercept by Latinx advocacy organization Mijente, shows that CBP paid Swedish data extraction firm MSAB $456,073 for a bundle of hardware including five iVe “vehicle forensics kits” manufactured by Berla, an American company. A related document indicates that CBP believed the kit would be “critical in CBP investigations as it can provide evidence [not only] regarding the vehicle’s use, but also information obtained through mobile devices paired with the infotainment system.” The document went on to say that iVe was the only tool available for purchase that could tap into such systems.

According to statements by Berla’s own founder, part of the draw of vacuuming data out of cars is that so many drivers are oblivious to the fact that their cars are generating so much data in the first place, often including extremely sensitive information inadvertently synced from smartphones. More…

The dark side of consumer DNA testing

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The dark side of consumer DNA testing
by E.B. Johnson
Posted July 3, 2021

your DNA information has great valueBefore you send off that 23andMe swab, there are a few things to consider. Despite what they may preach through their carefully crafted marketing campaigns, consumer DNA testing does come with considerable downsides. When you take a realistic look at the way some of these companies operate, you can see a lot of potential holes, which should give us all pause for thought. Before you invest in 23andMe, Ancestry, or any other consumer DNA company, make sure you’re clear on all the potential consequences.

Perhaps one of the most immediate and alarming shortfalls of the consumer genetic testing wave is the potential for data hacking. That’s right. There’s a lot of information that these companies keep on you, and wherever information is stored — it can be stolen. That was proven when a mega-haul of 92 million accounts from MyHeritage were discovered on a private server.

Perhaps one of the scariest downsides of genetic testing, law enforcement agencies are gaining increasing access to more and more genetic samples and information. While this might seem helpful in the instance of solved cold causes, it also creates some very intense question of ethics, privacy, and public safety. As it stands now in the United States, law enforcement can gain access to your DNA with court subpoena — which is relatively easy for them to attain. Any time you or someone you are related to give their genetic information, you’re potentially creating a door for law enforcement to enter your life. More…

From Mind Control to Viruses: How the Government Keeps Experimenting on Its Citizens

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From Mind Control to Viruses: How the Government Keeps Experimenting on Its Citizens
By John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead
Posted July 2, 2021

government sponsored human experiments The U.S. government, in its pursuit of so-called monsters, has itself become a monster. This is not a new development, nor is it a revelation.

This is a government that has in recent decades unleashed untold horrors upon the world—including its own citizenry—in the name of global conquest, the acquisition of greater wealth, scientific experimentation, and technological advances, all packaged in the guise of the greater good.

Mind you, there is no greater good when the government is involved. There is only greater greed for money and power.

Unfortunately, the public has become so easily distracted by the political spectacle out of Washington, DC, that they are altogether oblivious to the grisly experiments, barbaric behavior and inhumane conditions that have become synonymous with the U.S. government.

These horrors have been meted out against humans and animals alike. For all intents and purposes, “we the people” have become lab rats in the government’s secret experiments. More…

Minnesota Sheriff Barricades Pipeline Resistance Camp’s Driveway

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Minnesota Sheriff Barricades Pipeline Resistance Camp’s Driveway
by Alleen Brown
Posted July 1, 2021

Sheriffs protecting big oil interests“This is an outrageous and unlawful effort to blockade people who are engaged in protected First Amendment activity.”

“I was handed a notice that states the sheriff will be installing a physical barricade across the driveway to our private property,” said Tara Houska, an Anishinaabe co-founder of the anti-pipeline Giniw Collective, which organized the camp. “He’s saying that we have no right of access to our private property by vehicle.”

Water protectors see the road blockade as another example of local sheriff’s offices working to protect the interests of Enbridge, the Canadian tar sands pipeline company.

The Namewag camp has been used as a jumping-off point for water protectors conducting direct-action protests, sometimes involving demonstrators locking themselves to pipeline construction equipment or obstructing access to construction sites.

The water protectors oppose the tar sands oil pipeline based on its potential climate and environmental impacts, including the potential harm of a pipeline spill. They say the placement of the pipeline violates treaties signed between Ojibwe people and the U.S. government, because the route cuts through lands to which Ojibwe people have guaranteed access for hunting and gathering. More…

The Facts:
In service to big oil corporations, sheriffs have blocked a access to private property. Recently the DHS used a publicly funded helicopter to shower debris on pipeline protestors.

Reflect On:
These corporations are using publicly funded law enforcement to serve their own self serving interests and to override peoples’ 1st Amendment rights. When you see the phrase “protect and serve”, jconsider just exactly who are these people protecting and serving?

Your Car Is Spying on You, and a CBP Contract Shows the Risks

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Your Car Is Spying on You, and a CBP Contract Shows the Risks
by Sam Biddle
Posted July 1, 2021

your car is spying on youU.S. Customs and Border Protection purchased technology that vacuums up reams of personal information stored inside cars, according to a federal contract reviewed by The Intercept, illustrating the serious risks in connecting your vehicle and your smartphone.

MSAB marketing materials promise cops access to a vast array of sensitive personal information quietly stored in the infotainment consoles and various other computers used by modern vehicles — a tapestry of personal details akin to what CBP might get when cracking into one’s personal phone. MSAB claims that this data can include “Recent destinations, favorite locations, call logs, contact lists, SMS messages, emails, pictures, videos, social media feeds, and the navigation history of everywhere the vehicle has been.” MSAB even touts the ability to retrieve deleted data, divine “future plan[s],” and “Identify known associates and establish communication patterns between them.”

Berla founder Ben LeMere remarked, “People rent cars and go do things with them and don’t even think about the places they are going and what the car records.” In a 2015 appearance on the podcast “The Forensic Lunch,” LeMere told the show’s hosts how the company uses exactly this accidental-transfer scenario in its trainings: “Your phone died, you’re gonna get in the car, plug it in, and there’s going to be this nice convenient USB port for you. When you plug it into this USB port, it’s going to charge your phone, absolutely. And as soon as it powers up, it’s going to start sucking all your data down into the car.” More…

Here Are 458 California Law Enforcement Agencies’ Policy Documents All in One Place

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Here Are 458 California Law Enforcement Agencies’ Policy Documents All in One Place
By Dave Maass
Posted June 30, 2021

policies now onlineAt this moment in history, law enforcement agencies in the United States face a long-overdue reevaluation of their priorities, practices, and processes for holding police officers accountable for both unconscious biases and overt abuse of power.

But any examination of law enforcement requires transparency first: the public’s ability to examine what those priorities, practices, and processes are. While police are charged with enforcing the law, they too have their own rules to follow, and too often, those rules are opaque to the public. An imbalance in access to information is an imbalance of power.

Today, EFF in partnership with Stanford Libraries’ Systemic Racism Tracker project is releasing a data set with links to 458 policy manuals from California law enforcement agencies, including most police departments and sheriff offices and some district attorney offices, school district police departments, and university public safety departments. This data set represents our first attempt to aggregate these policy documents following the passage of S.B. 978, a state law that requires local law enforcement agencies to publish this information online. More…

Russia, Iran and a SWIFT Nuclear First Strike

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Russia, Iran and a SWIFT Nuclear First Strike
by Tom Luongo
Posted June 29, 2021

Russia launches its own SWIFT systemJim Sinclair, ages ago, told us that the moment the Obama administration threatened the Swiss with SWIFT expulsion over opening up its vaunted banking privacy rules was the equivalent of a nuclear first strike.

Previous to this threat SWIFT was as unknown to most people as the most arcane aspects of particle physics. It was the means by which money magically moved around the world. Without it modern finance and trade couldn’t exist and politicization of it was anathema because of that.

The fact that the Obama administration politicized SWIFT when it did ended an era of international finance. The world financial system ended any illusions it had over who was in charge and who dictated what terms.

The problem with that is once you go there, there’s no going back, which was Sinclair’s point over a decade ago.

Threatening Switzerland with SWIFT expulsion wasn’t a sign of strength, however, it was a sign of weakness. Only weak people bully their friends into submission. It showed that the U.S. had no leverage over than the Swiss other than SWIFT, a clear sign of desperation. More…

Key Witness in Assange Case Admits to Lies in Indictment

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Key Witness in Assange Case Admits to Lies in Indictment
By Bjartmar Oddur Þeyr Alexandersson and Gunnar Hrafn Jónsson
Posted June 29, 2021

FBI incentivized lying A major witness in the United States’ Department of Justice case against Julian Assange has admitted to fabricating key accusations in the indictment against the Wikileaks founder. The witness, who has a documented history with sociopathy and has received several convictions for sexual abuse of minors and wide-ranging financial fraud, made the admission in a newly published interview in Stundin where he also confessed to having continued his crime spree whilst working with the Department of Justice and FBI and receiving a promise of immunity from prosecution.

The man in question, Sigurdur Ingi Thordarson, was recruited by US authorities to build a case against Assange after misleading them to believe he was previously a close associate of his. In fact he had volunteered on a limited basis to raise money for Wikileaks in 2010 but was found to have used that opportunity to embezzle more than $50,000 from the organization. Julian Assange was visiting Thordarson’s home country of Iceland around this time due to his work with Icelandic media and members of parliament in preparing the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, a press freedom project that produced a parliamentary resolution supporting whistleblowers and investigative journalism.

The United States is currently seeking Assange’s extradition from the United Kingdom in order to try him for espionage relating to the release of leaked classified documents. If convicted, he could face up to 175 years in prison. The indictment has sparked fears for press freedoms in the United States and beyond and prompted strong statements in support of Assange from Amnesty International, Reporters without borders, the editorial staff of the Washington Post and many others. More…

The Con Job of the Century?

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The Con Job of the Century?
by Laurie Calhoun
Posted June 28, 2021

self serving interests prevailOne might reasonably assume that anyone who stands to enrich himself from government policies should be excluded from consequential deliberations over what ought to be done, and in certain realms, the quite rational concern with conflict of interest still operates to some degree. With regard to the military, however, there has been a general acquiescence by the populace to the idea that because only experts inside the system are capable of giving competent advice, they must be consulted, even when they will profit from the policies they promote, such as bombing, which invariably increases the value of stock in companies such as Raytheon.

Arguably even more ruinous to the republic in the longterm than the rampant conflict of interest inherent to “revolving door” appointments between the for-profit military industry and the government has been the infiltration of the military into academia, with many universities receiving large grants from the Defense Department for research. Academia would be a natural place for intellectual objections to the progressive militarization of society, but when scholars and scientists themselves benefit directly from DoD funds, they have self-interested reasons to dismiss or discredit those types of critiques—whether consciously or not—in publishing, retention and promotion decisions.

As a result of the tentacular spread of the military, Cui bono? as a cautionary maxim has been replaced by Who cares? People seem not at all bothered by these profound conflicts of interest, and the past year has illustrated how cooption and corruption may creep easily into other realms as well. Indeed, there is a sense in which today we have two MICs: the military-industrial-complex and, now, in the age of Covid-19, the medical-industrial-complex. This latter development can be viewed, in part, as a consequence of the former, for in recent decades the military industrial complex has sprouted tentacles to become the military-industrial-congressional-media-academic-pharmaceutical-logistics banking complex. More…

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