The House has overwhelmingly voted to murder the Fourth Amendment

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The House has overwhelmingly voted to murder the Fourth Amendment:

The House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill overhauling the rules on the government’s wiretapping powers and conferring what amounts to legal immunity to the telephone companies that took part in President Bush’s program of eavesdropping without warrants after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The bill cleared the House by 293 to 129, with near-unanimous support from Republicans and substantial backing from Democrats. It now goes to the Senate, which is expected to vote next week.

Of course, the Senate will pass this “legislation” and the Fourth Amendment will become an anachronism. It should now be obvious we live in a fascist dictatorship and the neocons are in the process of destroying the last vestiges of the Bill of Rights.

“Our intelligence officials must have the ability to monitor terrorists suspected of plotting to kill Americans and to safeguard our national security,” said Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the Republican minority leader. “This bill gives it to them.”

The Democratic majority leader, Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, was considerably more restrained in his support of the bill, calling it the best compromise possible “in the current atmosphere.”

Traitors, plain and simple. Both Boehner and Hoyer gave an oath to serve and protect the Constitution. Instead, they have paved another section of the road on the way to tyranny.

The deal, expanding the government’s powers to spy on terrorism suspects in some major respects, would strengthen the ability of intelligence officials to eavesdrop on foreign targets. It would also allow them to conduct emergency wiretaps without court orders on American targets for a week if it is determined that important national security information would otherwise be lost. If approved by the Senate, as appears likely, the agreement would be the most significant revision of surveillance law in 30 years.

The New York Times takes you for a moron. The only “terrorism suspects” out there are patsies, mental deficients, and government operatives. In actuality, as history repeatedly demonstrates, the government wants to monitor and “neutralize” — as J. Edgar Hoover called it back in the day — all domestic opposition. The the Defense Department, the FBI, and sundry Joint Terrorism Task Forces around the country do not snoop al-Qaeda, they snoop Quaker peace activists, as the ACLU discovered in 2006 after they filed a FOIA.

“In the 1970s Senate and House investigations established what many antiwar protesters and campus activists had believed for several years: that they were being watched and sometimes targeted by the government, including the National Guard and the FBI,” writes John S. Friedman. “Scattered evidence accumulating around the country suggests that the domestic surveillance that occurred during the Vietnam War may be returning, involving a more coordinated federal effort through the National Guard as well as the Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs), teams of state and local police, and federal agents, led by the FBI.”

“The NSA program, which involves the warrantless monitoring of emails and other communications in violation of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA),” explain Joe Kay and Marge Holland, “is only one component of a much broader policy undermining basic democratic and constitutional rights in the United States, all justified by a supposedly ubiquitous terrorist threat. However, their real purpose is to vastly expand the powers of the government to monitor and repress internal dissent.”

Now this “much broader policy” will be legalized, thanks to the House and soon the Senate.

Next up, the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, working its way through the Senate.

Now, more than ever, it is time to read Milton Mayer’s They Thought They Were Free

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Detroit cop hired hit man to kill his wife.

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A man who police said confessed to being a “hit man” who killed at least seven people, including the wife of a Detroit police officer, was arraigned Monday in Detroit.

Police said Vincent Smothers, 27, of Shelby Township, claimed that he was hired by Detroit Officer David Cobb to kill Cobb’s wife, Rose. Smothers was arrested Saturday night. Cobb was arrested early Sunday morning.
“This is my first time where we’ve had one individual that says, you know, ‘I killed people for a living, and I’ve killed this many people,'” said Detroit Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings during a news conference Monday announcing the arrests of the alleged hit man and Cobb.

Smothers told police he was hired by Cobb to kill the officer’s wife in front of a Detroit CVS store in December.

Rose Cobb, 47, had been shot at least once in the head at an east-side CVS on Jefferson Avenue and was dead at the scene.

Cobb had claimed to be inside the CVS when his wife was shot.
His wife had been shot through the vehicle’s window, and nothing appeared to be taken.

Rose Cobb’s family had previously sought answers by offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the killer’s arrest and conviction.
Smothers has a previous criminal record, including concealed weapons violations and receiving and carrying stolen property.

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Mom Fatally Slashes ‘Demon’ Daughter

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A young mother has confessed to brutally slashing her daughter to death because she believed the child — who had a history of sleepwalking — was possessed by the devil, authorities in Illinois said this week.

Nelly Vasquez-Salazar, 25, is being held on $5 million bond after appearing in court Tuesday to face a first-degree murder charge.

Authorities found the body of Vasquez-Salazar’s 6-year-old daughter, Evelyn Vasquez, early Monday morning in the family’s Waukegan, Ill., apartment. The child, who died of multiple stab wounds to her neck and upper chest, according to the coroner, was found on the floor of her bedroom.

She had been stabbed 11 times, prosecutors and investigators said at a Tuesday news conference. A butcher’s knife that they believe to be the murder weapon was recovered, as was a religious picture featuring St. Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus. The artwork had been cut up by a knife.

“She had had conversations with her mother because Evelyn had been sleepwalking and [Vasquez-Salazar] would wake up and her daughter would be standing by her bed,” William Biang, Waukegan police chief, told ABC News. “The theory was that the daughter was possessed.”

Authorities responded to the apartment at 4:40 a.m. Monday after Vasquez-Salazar went to a neighbor’s apartment reportedly covered with slashes to her own hands and wrists.

Vasquez-Salazar initially told investigators that she killed her daughter in self-defense after the child came at her with a knife, according to Stephen Scheller, an assistant state’s attorney in Lake County, but the woman later admitted to being fearful of a daughter possessed by the devil.

“The first statement we received from the defendant was that it was an act of self-defense,” Scheller said. “After she made the statement to detectives, she later recanted it, made a second statement, which she admitted in fact she had stabbed her daughter multiple times about the body.”

Domenic Cappelluti, a detective for the Waukegan police, cited a recent call between the suspect and the suspect’s mother in Mexico that could have, in part, prompted the killing.

“In summary, Nelly said, ‘My daughter is sleepwalking,'” Cappelluti said. “She called mom for advice, her mom said she might be possessed and then Nelly took it for whatever she took it for.”

Cappelluti also described the suspect as remaining calm throughout a videotaped interrogation and answering all of the investigators’ questions.

During part of her interview with police, Cappelluti said, the suspect described blaming “certain incidents and people besides herself at first, but then later stating that she blamed herself for how she murdered her daughter.”

Despite the woman’s ability to remain composed during interviews with police, she broke down when she was led off to jail, saying she did not deserve to live, and then again in court during arraignment while prosecutors outlined their evidence, ABC News’ WLS-TV in Chicago reported.

Evelyn was born in Denver, where her father now lives, according to WLS. She had lived in Mexico with her grandmother until the summer when she moved to Waukegan, a community of 90,000 residents midway between Chicago and Milwaukee along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Grief counseling was made available at the elementary school where Evelyn was a member of the kindergarten class.

Co-workers of Vasquez-Salazar, who worked weekend shifts as a waitress at a Mexican restaurant until January, described the suspect as a caring mother, according to the Lake County News-Sun, which says she may have recently suffered a miscarriage.

Attempts by ABC News to reach Gloria Najera, Vasquez-Salazar’s attorney, were unsuccessful.

“It’s always a situation when you lose a child like that, it has a bigger impact on the community,” Biang said. “This is something that shouldn’t happen.”

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Kill Muslims grafitti- LOL

Oslo: ‘Kill Muslims’ grafitti

“Kill Muslims” and “Norway is for Norwegians” were some of the graffiti messages that Ibrahim Salem (30) saw on house walls and entrances last week. Throughout the weekend several blocks on Welhavens street in the center of Oslo were painted over with graffiti. The messages were clearly racist. Foreign names on buzzers and postboxes were written over and painted with swastikas.

The area residents had gotten used to such racist hate messages, according to Ibrahim. He says that this has happened 20 times in the six years he’s lived there. He asks to clean the walls, and the graffiti reappears after several weeks.

He in the past he was content with getting it cleaned up, but this time he’s scared of the messages calling for murder. In the past they wrote things like ‘go home’, he says, but now come they come directly with threats. He says his 8 year old son was very scared when he read it. He doesn’t dare be here anymore, so Ibrahim sent him to his mother who lives elsewhere in Oslo. Many of the children living in the area were also really scared.

Ibrahim reported the graffiti but feels he doesn’t get much understanding from the police. The doors in several blocks are not hard to open. He says they don’t sleep well at night, what if they come back and burn down the house?

Dagbladet hadn’t managed to contact the police.

Elsewhere in Norway, recently some people tried to reproduce one of the Muhammad caricatures on the walls of a shopping center in Sandnes. It’s the first time this has happened in the neighborhood, according to the center’s manager Cato Helmersen. He hadn’t seen the actual graffiti. He says graffiti is something that happens from time to time. There are different types, but they paint over it.
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Cops Taser & Kill Naked Sex Offender

DEERFIELD BEACH, Florida – Authorities in South Florida say a man who was found naked on the street and violently resisted arrest died shortly after officers stunned him with a Taser.

Broward Sheriff’s deputies say 41-year-old James Garland was spotted naked wandering through traffic waving his shirt after 4 a.m. Friday.

After officers used the stun gun on him, he was transported to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police say Garland was a registered sex offender who had been arrested 10 arrests in Broward County since 2002, mostly for cocaine-related charges.

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Japanese man in stabbing FRENZY

A man armed with a knife has run amok outside a shopping centre in a Japanese city near Tokyo, killing one person and wounding seven others.

Police in Tsuchiura, 50km (31 miles) north-east of the capital, arrested the suspect, who was already wanted over a separate killing last week.

The 24-year-old reportedly told them he had “just wanted to kill anyone”.

Japanese media reported scenes of chaos during Sunday’s attack as bloodied victims tried to escape.

Correspondents say violent crime is relatively rare in Japan except for killings by crime syndicates, although there have been concerns about a recent rise in street violence.


The suspect, identified as Masahiro Kanagawa, allegedly stabbed his victims in a hallway connecting the mall with a railway station.

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At least one of the injured was said to be in a serious condition.

The man killed was named as 27-year-old Takahiro Yamagami.

After the attack, the suspect phoned police to say he was the perpetrator and officers subsequently overpowered him, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reports.

Police confirmed that they had been searching for Mr Kanagawa since a 72-year-old male resident of Tsuchiura was stabbed to death on Wednesday.

Eight police officers had been on duty at the station at the time of the mall attack, and police issued an apology for failing to prevent it.

“It was extremely regrettable that we could not prevent the attacks that caused casualties, despite our utmost effort to avoid secondary crimes [by the wanted suspect],” police official Takashi Ishii was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

Leaping Stingray kills US woman

A US woman on a boat off the Florida Keys has died after a stingray leaped up and struck her in the face.

Judy Kay Zagorski was boating with her family in the Atlantic Ocean when the 75lb (34kg) spotted eagle ray hit her.

The force of the blow knocked the 57-year-old over and her head struck the deck of the vessel, in what officials called a “bizarre incident”.

The stingray died in the impact. Mrs Zagorski, of Pigeon, Michigan, was pronounced dead in hospital.

“It’s just as freakish an accident as I have heard,” wildlife official Jorge Pino told the Associated Press news agency.

Mr Pino said she did not appear to have been pierced by any of the ray’s barbs.

The incident occurred near the town of Marathon in southern Florida.

In September 2006, Australian TV naturalist Steve Irwin died when a stingray’s barb punctured his heart as he filmed at Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

A month later, an 81-year-old Florida man was lucky to survive after a stingray landed in his boat and left a foot-long barb in his chest.