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MMA Meeting Agenda & Talking Points – February 2012 Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance Fallen Local Brothers/Riders: MOMENT OF SILENCE none from January Monthly MMA Membership, Announcements and Events June 6-8: Redwood Run June 25-30: Fireworks July 1-4: Fireworks August 18: Protect Our Rights (POR) Rally September 15-16: End of Summer Campout October 28: Division 1 Poker Run November 24: Toy Run Pre-Party, Sacramento November 25: Annual Toy Run, Sacramento December 9: Swap Meet MMA Board of Directors Meeting held on Sunday, January 8 State Capital Rally held on Monday, January 9 Lane Sharing now a topic of conversation at the State Capital Calls to Action - Last 30 days January 31 - US Defenders issued a state-side CTA (Call to Action) for COC club members to contact their State Senators and ask them to support AB1047, prohibiting NHTSA funding for Motorcycle Only Checkpoints. The CTA provides a link to determine who your State Senator and a form letter which could be used. The bill is expected to be heard in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee in February. Guest Speakers Page 1 of 24 ASK for Recommendations from members for upcoming meetings Refer to BOLT's Motorcycle Only Checkpoint Presentation National News Supreme Court Rules Making it Illegal For Police to Attach GPS Devices to your vehicle without a warrant based on a case in DC The Supreme Court ruled in January that police violated the Constitution when they attached a Global Positioning System tracker to a suspect's vehicle without a valid search warrant, voting unanimously in one of the first major cases to test privacy rights in the digital era. The decision offered a glimpse of how the court may address the flood of privacy cases expected in coming years over issues such as cell phones, email and online documents. But the justices split 5-4 over the reasoning, suggesting that differences remain over how to apply age-old principles prohibiting "unreasonable searches." The minority pushed for a more sweeping declaration that installing the GPS tracker not only trespassed on private property but violated the suspect's "reasonable expectation of privacy" by monitoring his movements for a month. The majority said it wasn't necessary to go that far, because the act of putting the tracker on the car invaded the suspect's property in the same way that a home search would. The government said Federal Bureau of Investigation agents use GPS tracking devices in thousands of investigations each year. It argued that attaching the tiny tracking device to a car's undercarriage was too trivial a violation of property rights to matter, and that no one who drove in public streets could expect his movements to go unmonitored. Police were free to employ the tactic for any reason without showing probable cause to a magistrate and getting a search warrant, the government said. The justices seemed troubled by that position at arguments in November, where the government acknowledged it would also allow attaching such trackers to the justices' own cars without obtaining a warrant. Emphasizing the Fourth Amendment's "close connection to property," Justice Scalia wrote that even a small trespass, if committed in "an attempt to find something or to obtain information," constituted a "search" under the Fourth Amendment. Page 2 of 24 **NOTE** "The court merely held that the installation of the GPS was a Fourth Amendment 'search,'" George Washington University Professor of Law and computer law expert Orin Kerr wrote on The Volokh Conspiracy website. "The court declined to reach when the installation of the device is reasonable or unreasonable. So we actually don't yet know if a warrant is required to install a GPS device; we just know that the installation of the device is a Fourth Amendment 'search.'" But other experts have said the court did create a warrant requirement for installing GPS devices. They point to past Supreme Court rulings that held that all Fourth Amendment searches require warrants unless the police action meets a specific and well-delineated exception. Illinois HB0930 is a "No Profiling" bill to stop motorcycle only checkpoints ABATE of IL helped introduce the new bill on January 21st. The bill is still only a shell very much like CA1047 was when it was introduced. NDAA updates If the government calls you a terrorist, they can kill you and expect us to take their word for it. Vets may be 1st target of NDAA [They will probably start with those who have sniper and Special Forces training. It doesn't get more real than this.] Police get help with vets who are ticking bombs By Kevin Johnson, 1/30/2012 - USA Today WASHINGTON – The Justice Department is funding an unusual national training program to help police deal with an increasing number of volatile confrontations involving highly trained and often heavily armed combat veterans. Page 3 of 24 Developers of the pilot program, to be launched at 15 U.S. sites this year, said there is an "urgent need" to de-escalate crises in which even SWAT teams may be facing tactical disadvantages against mentally ill suspects who also happen to be trained in modern warfare. "We just can't use the blazing-guns approach anymore when dealing with disturbed individuals who are highly trained in all kinds of tactical operations, including guerrilla warfare," said Dennis Cusick, executive director of the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute. "That goes beyond the experience of SWAT teams." Judiciary committee hears about gangs, including vets Faithful members of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club may be a little surprised to find themselves on a list of “security threat groups” offered by the Department of Corrections to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Whether the aging vets at the local watering hole constitute a gang comes down to a definition from the Department of Justice. According to information offered to the Senate Judiciary Committee, a gang designation is appropriate for a group three or more people with a common identifying sign, symbol or name who individually or collectively engage in criminal activity which creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Sen. Alice Nitka wasn’t so sure that the retirees of the motorcycle club in Windsor are a menace to society. Why shouldn’t the club be lumped in with the home-grown Chittenden County White Boys or “Anybody Can Get It” (commonly-known as ACG-137 according to the department), or maybe even the Bloods and the Crips? If all it takes for a “gang” to make the list is for a few members of a group to commit a crime, Sen. Jeanette White asked, will the Boys and Girls Club be next? Page 4 of 24 Police, Military Training Exercises Hit LA the week of January 23rd ** FEMA Camps, TSA Checkpoints on State Highways, now more of this ..... A joint military and police training exercise in which Black Hawk helicopters have been flying over the skies of downtown Los Angeles over the last few days ends Thursday night, officials said. Los Angeles police say the training is part of an annual operation in which local police agencies participate with the U.S. military on tactics in urban environments, said LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman. Residents could see and hear the thumping on Wednesday night of Black Hawk and OH-6 helicopters flying over downtown. Officials used Dodger Stadium as the staging area for some of the choppers. The exercises were closed to the public, police said. The exercises are designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments, prepare forces for upcoming overseas deployments, and meet mandatory training certification requirements, police said. Ron Paul Introduces Bill to Repeal NDAA's Indefinite Detention Rep. Paul spoke on the House floor, on January 18 specifically against Section 1021 of the NDAA, which includes language which permits the government to detain anyone who “substantially supported al Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States.” Paul fears — as do a number of other opponents to the law — that the language can be used against U.S. citizens as well. "The bill is an historic threat to American citizens and others because it expands and makes permanent the authority of the president to order the military to imprison without charge or trial American citizens," senior legislative counsel Christopher Anders said in a statement. What is particularly frightening is that if citizenship of an individual does in fact prove to be a deterrent in the case of indefinite detention under the NDAA, Senator Joe Lieberman has already introduced legislation which will help the federal government circumvent that issue: the Enemy Expatriation Act, which seeks to remove U.S. citizenship from those who “support hostilities against the United States.” Page 5 of 24 In fewer than 100 words, the text of Paul’s legislation, HR 3785, would overturn section 1021 of the NDAA: Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, Section 1. Repeal of Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012. The bill, introduced on January 18, has since been referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, in addition to the Committee on Armed Services. In introducing his legislation on the House floor, Paul declared, Section 1021 essentially codifies into law the very dubious claim of presidential authority under 2001 authorization for the use of military force to indefinitely detain American citizens without access to legal representation or due process of law. Section 1021 provides for the possibility of the U.S. military acting as a kind of police force on U.S. soil apprehending terror suspects, including Americans, and whisking them off to an undisclosed location indefinitely, no right to attorney, no right to trial, no day in court. This is precisely the kind of egregious distortion of justice that Americans have always ridiculed in so many dictatorships overseas. Paul went on to compare the infringement upon American liberties found in the NDAA to the gulag system imposed by the Soviet Union. Addressing what supporters claim about the NDAA, Paul continued: Some have argued that nothing in Section 1021 explicitly mandates holding Americans without trial, but it employs vague language, radically expanding the detention authority to include anyone who has substantially supported certain terrorist groups or associated forces. No one has defined what those terms mean. What is an associated force? * Note: There are now several petitions circulating seeking to block the detention provisions. One such petition was submitted to the Supreme Court of Alaska by a concerned state citizen SOPA and PIPA Update - votes to be delayed in House and Senate In the face of massive Internet protest today, key senate and house backers of the SOPA and PIPA web censorship bills - including Senators Marco Rubio, Roy Blunt, John Cornyn, Orrin Hatch, John Boozman and Jim DeMint, and Representatives Ben Quayle and Lee Terry - have dropped their support. So have a number of other senators. Page 6 of 24 At least 17,000 websites allegedly joined in the protest. Google says that 4.5 million people signed their anti-SOPA petition The bills are intended to narrowly address the problem of piracy on foreign Web sites. They differ slightly, but both measures grant the Justice Department the power to order “information location” services to remove links to Web sites that are suspected of pirating. Proponents of the legislation, including movie studios and recording companies, say that the bill protects American intellectual property and also protects consumers against counterfeit goods. Critics say that the bills place an unreasonable burden on sites such as Google or Wikipedia to police links from their sites to see if they lead to Web sites flagged for bad behavior. They also argue that asking search engines to remove links from sites marked as being dedicated to piracy could be a threat to free speech. By effectively removing the “roads” to any given Web site by hiding it from search engines, they argue, sites using the material under the rules of fair use could be effectively blocked because a company has complained that doesn’t like what is being done with the copyrighted material. Those concerns are what prompted the Web firms to protest what they say is tantamount to government censorship. Worldwide Population Control Inevitable? The United Nations is warning that rapid population growth - which will likely see the number of humans living on the planet explode to 9 billion by 2040 - will condemn billions more to a life of poverty. The U.N.'s "High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability" cautions in the report, "We run the risk of condemning up to 3 billion members of our human family to a life of endemic poverty." By 2030 - the U.N. estimates the world will need to produce 50% more food, 45% more energy and 30% more water to sustain more people on the planet. The key is energy - because without energy - you can't produce food or distribute water nowadays. And needing to produce 45% more energy from fossil fuels to sustain 9 billion people might be impossible, as more and more scientists admit that peak has been reached worldwide. So what does all this mean for our crowded planet - and what can be done about it? Does the President have too much power through FEMA? What constitutes a disaster differs, in some cases drastically, depending on which presidential administration is issuing the declaration of disaster. Page 7 of 24 The Obama administration has, apparently, broken some records in this regard. According to the Heritage Foundation, the Obama administration tops all other administrations in regard to: The total number of FEMA declarations: 242 versus 158 set in the 1996 election year; the number of Major Disaster Declarations (MDDs): 99 versus 75 set in 1996 and 2008; and the number of Fire Management Assistance Declarations (FMADs): 114 versus 86 set in 2006. Additionally, the current administration ranks in third place in the issuing of Emergency Declarations, and, this is the case despite the lack of any disasters such as Category 2 or higher hurricanes, earthquakes greater than 6.0 on the Richter Scale or successful terrorist offensives. Does the President have too much power through FEMA? The startling accession in the federalization of natural disasters began in 1993, under the direction of the Clinton administration and with the appointment of James Lee Witt as FEMA’s administrator. Clinton broke the 1977 record of 61 declarations with 158 declarations in his reelection year. In contrast, Obama issued 108 declarations in 2009 and another 108 in 2010. In 2011 he issued 243 declarations. California Legislation 2012 Agenda AB 1047 - Motorcycle Only Checkpoints : Assembly Vote, week of 1/21 UnRuh Civil Rights Act Amendment Bill: Bill is back from the Judiciary Committee as an 'Unbacked' bill. Now it is a matter of finding a sponsor by this month. Is Single Payer Coming to California? Single-payer health care is medical care funded from a single insurance pool, run by the state. Single-payer is form of monopsony: a market in which one buyer faces many sellers. Single- payer is not the same as universal health care (it is possible to have either without the other). A single-payer-universal-health-care plan for an entire population can be financed from a pool to which many parties – employees, employers, and the state – have contributed. Page 8 of 24 Single-payer health insurance collects all medical fees, and then pays for all services, through a "single" government (or government-related) source California came just a few votes shy of establishing a single-payer universal healthcare system in the state. Despite receiving a majority of votes in the state Senate - SB-810 - known as the Single Payer Health Care for California act - was two votes shy of the necessary 21 votes needed to pass out of the upper chamber. And it's not because senators were opposed to the measure - but instead because four moderate Democrats decided not to vote at all. State Senators Alex Padilla, Juan Vargas, Michael Rubio, and Rod Wright all abstained from voting on the critical legislation - but all will have another chance on Tuesday when Democrats in the State Senate plan to bring the legislation up again for a vote. Active Judicial Cases in California - Criminal and Civil California Police Harassment and Rights Violations Monterey Bay COC Henchmen MC San Jose Chapter California Right to Carry - The case number is CV-11-9916 SJO (SS). New Jersey A civil rights lawsuit against two NJ State Troopers concerns a traffic stop that occurred on July 30, 2009 in Burlington County Six club members were stopped and told to remove their colors by the State Troopers. When they refused, the bike of one club member was targeted for towing because that member did not possess a valid bike license. One purpose of the suit is the have a Federal Judge declare that police can NOT harass club members, and to enjoin the State Police from harassing club members, such as by... Initiating a traffic stop just because the rider is wearing colors Telling a club member to remove his colors Detaining a biker for an unjustified length of time Detaining all the riders in a group, when there is reason to detain only one or a few Washington State Page 9 of 24 Civil Right Attorney, Martin Fox, representing , WA COC, NCOM, ABATE & US Defenders issued a letter to the Chief of the WA State Highway Patrol sighting violations of WA State's new anti-profiling law passed in March of 2011 which requires that LEA's adopt strategies and training to prevent the type of profiling and harassment issues that continue to occur throughout the state. Nevada LAS VEGAS - A group of motorcycle clubs is suing Metro, accusing the police department of violating the constitutional rights of bikers. The Confederation of Clubs and Scoundrels Pub filed the lawsuit Wednesday afternoon. Their attorney says Metro Police officers harassed bikers and threatened to pull liquor licenses at local biker bars, like Scoundrels, based solely on the businesses' clientele. "The police are interfering with private business and telling private businesses that they cannot allow certain motorcycle clubs inside their private businesses," said attorney Stephen Stubbs. "We've not asked for a penny. We don't want money. We just want to get recognition of the situation and get the Metro Police Department to give us our constitutional rights. That's all we're asking for," said Bandido Motorcycle Club Las Vegas President Rich Novicelli. The lawsuit includes a letter Metro sent to Scoundrels Pub in June. The letter states an event involving the Vagos motorcycle club at Scoundrels violated Clark County code and could put the pub's liquor license at risk. Metro declined to comment on this story. Oregon A complaint was filed on the Clckamas County Sheriff's Dept for violating a club member's rights while he wearing his cut and picking up his handgun being serviced at the dealer. The member had a valid concealed carry permit. Suit seeks $2 M in damages BOYCOTT! 21st Annual LA Calendar Motorcycle Show - July 22 Page 10 of 24 Once again the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show is gearing up for their event. This is the policy directly taken from their website be...fore they deleted it (but they have NOT rescinded the policy!) : *********** Are Club Colors Allowed? The LA Calendar Show is held on Private Property at the Private Calabasas Country Club, part of the Beverly Hills County Club Group. The Country Club and the Show have the right to deny admission to anyone. Acceptable Spectator Clothing allowed at our discretion does include law abiding sportbike and touring club jackets, vests and shirts with patches, and motorcycle brand apparel. Please leave Hard Core / Outlaw Biker Club Jackets and Offensive Shirts at home or you may not be admitted. No weapons of any type allowed with full personal body pat-down and metal scan search before admission. Full On Site Enforcement by Private Armed Security. First and foremost.. SHAME ON RUSS BROWN FOR HIS INVOLVEMENT!! The organizers have once AGAIN chosen a location that is not allowing certain (unspecified) MCs to wear their club vests. They continue to push the responsibility for the policy off on the venue just like they did last year and years before. It is NOT the venue creating this policy. It is the Producers of this event that do NOT want Motorcycle Clubs present at their event. It is the PRODUCERS that choose to deny our constitutional right to speak our minds, associate with whom we choose AND express ourselves in a manner we so choose. “Offensive Shirts” – What is “offensive”? Can I wear a Christian shirt? What if it offends a Jewish person? Can I wear my Human Rights Campaign shirt? What if offends a pro-Prop 8 person? Maybe I want to wear a Pro-Life shirt!? I am sure to piss off and offend a few Pro- choice people! Will all slogans be read and judged by the same person? Who will this person be that is given the right to sit in judgment of my freedom of expression? “Hard Core” – What is “Hard Core”? Hard core vs soft core… in porn soft core means it is Page 11 of 24 just an illusion of sex. No genitals or penetration is shown.. you just THINK you are seeing sex. So it stands to reason that “Hard Core” in the biker terms means REAL MCs? As in no true MC cuts will be allowed? You can have the “Lone Wolf No Club” or “Black Label Society” type vests or maybe even the Harley Owners Group vests… but those MCs that have lived and died this lifestyle and fought for our rights as bikers..they will not be allowed to wear their cuts. Those same MCs that have an overwhelming majority of military veterans that have fought for our Country, will not be allowed to wear their colors. What about clubs with menacing names that just sound like they are ‘hard core’? Who will be the judge of this and what are their credentials? “Outlaw” – WHO determines which clubs are outlaw? Who determines the definition of “Law abiding”? To what degree can members of any given club break the law before the organizers determine that the club is an “outlaw” club? I have seen entire clubs pulled over and cited by law enforcement more than one time. Speeding is breaking the law. Riding without insurance is breaking the law. What about stunting? For the love of GOD can these people stop pussyfooting around and grow a set? If they have something to say, then just get it out and say it! Set clear definitions of what is allowed and what is not. This vague setting of rules is passive aggressive at best. They want plausible deniability if an issue comes up and the ability to make on the spot decisions in a discriminatory manner. Last year the Producers blamed their policy on the Queen Mary and the Long Beach Police Department. Members of the biker community voiced their outrage and dispelled the blatant LIES being told by the Producers. When that didn’t work, the Producers talked about incidents that happened DECADES ago between clubs. They said when “biker gangs’ (their words) can behave at events and not shoot each other then maybe they will change their policy. BIKER GANGS?? Excuse me Mr Producer… MOTORCYCLE CLUBS ARE NOT GANGS! Then the Producers attempted to elicit the sympathy ticket sales by saying this was an event to help stir the economy. That vendors and those employed by those vendors depended on attendees. Page 12 of 24 Their last and most pathetic attempt to deflect the bad publicity they were getting was to threaten those protesting the event with “copyright infringement”. The event photo had been used with a red circle and line through it. Thanks to the current SOPA defeat this is more clear than ever before a scare tactic on behalf of the Producers. It is fair use and they are going to have to just deal with it! The biker community put a BOYCOTT in effect for 2011. The event had a minimal turnout last year. It still wasn’t enough to get the Producer’s attention. This year they had the ability to find a venue that would allow MC colors. They did not do a thing to address this issue over the last year. Yet another slap in the face to the biker community that should NOT be tolerated. There is not one viable reason to attend the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show. They do not have the quantity OR quality of vendors that the other shows have. They discriminate against bikers on every level, unlike other shows. They are rude, unresponsive and have ignored issues brought to them as if what the community wants does not matter. We ask that you join us in NOT attending this event! Speak with your throttles and go elsewhere! California Checkpoint Funding 12/7/11 - Search of current grants was disabled by the CA Office of Traffic Safety Government & Law Enforcement Tools, Misconduct and Abuse Oakland Police Department Only weeks away from being placed into Federal Control Nearly a decade after the city of Oakland was first threatened with losing control of its police force, Judge Thelton Henderson has severely curtailed the independence of the Oakland Police Department, saying that it could placed under federal receivership as soon as this March. In 2000, a group rogue of Oakland police officers, calling themselves the "Rough Riders," were found to have planted evidence, used excessive force and falsified police reports. As Page 13 of 24 part of a negotiated settlement three years later, the city was ordered to take 51 specific steps toward reform or else lose operational control of the department. Despite numerous deadline extensions, Oakland has failed to make significant progress on said reforms. "The court remains in disbelief that Defendants have yet--nine years later--to achieve what they themselves agreed was doable in no more than five years," Henderson wrote in his decision earlier this week. Henderson's order prevents both department brass as well as embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan from making any significant changes--such as granting promotions--without first getting approval from independent monitor Robert Warshaw. Warshaw, a former Drug Enforcement Agency official, has been overseeing the OPD for years; however, his role had solely been in an advisory and reporting capacity. Henderson gave the department a March deadline to adequately comply with the terms of the settlement or else be forced to completely surrender operational control of the department. ACLU fights against gang injunctions across the state WHAT ARE THEY? Gang injunctions are civil court orders that attempt to address crime by using a lower legal standard than required by the criminal justice system, resulting in serious civil liberties violations. Law enforcement use them as a tool to label people gang members and restrict their activities in a defined area. Gang injunctions make otherwise legal, everyday activities—such as riding the bus with a friend or picking a spouse up from work late at night—illegal for people they target. A gang injunction is obtained by the City attorney or District attorney who asks a judge to declare that a particular gang is a "public nuisance" and impose permanent restrictions on the targeted individuals' daily lives. WHAT'S AT STAKE? Gang injunctions raise a number of civil liberties concerns, both for specific, targeted individuals, as well as any community member who lives in or visits the designated area. One of the most troubling aspects is that they often give police overly-broad discretion to label people gang members without having to present any evidence or even charge someone with a crime. Police are left to rely on things like what someone looks like, where they live, and who they know. As a result, there is a great potential for racial profiling, with a particular impact Page 14 of 24 on young people of color. Despite the documented existence of white gangs, no California gang injunction has targeted a white gang. People targeted by gang injunctions are not guaranteed their legal right to be notified or given the opportunity to defend themselves in court prior to being bound by restrictions of the injunction, nor are they provided with an attorney. Additionally, many gang injunctions do not provide a clear way out for people who are either mistakenly identified as gang members or for those who have turned their lives around. This means that the injunction could follow them the rest of their life, which can make it more difficult to avoid gang activity. ARE THEY EFFECTIVE? Gang injunctions are an ineffective law enforcement tool that does not address the root problems of crime and violence. Los Angeles has numerous gang injunctions – more than any other city, yet lost more than 10,000 youth to gang violence in the last 20 years. New York is a major city with the potential for serious gang problems, yet in 2005 Los Angeles had more than 11,000 gang-related crimes, while New York faced 520. What has been shown to work at reducing violence and gang activity is funding social services, such as gang intervention and prevention programs, providing jobs and job training, and providing better educational opportunities for young people. WHAT CAN YOU DO? In many instances, organized opposition to gang injunctions only begins once a proposed gang injunction has been filed in court. However, the California Supreme Court has held that gang injunctions are constitutional – despite well-founded concerns about the violation of individual rights. Accordingly, opposing a gang injunction in court at best results in limiting the terms and scope of the gang injunction and historically has not prevented a gang injunction from being issued. Communities have an essential role in organizing in advance of a proposed gang injunction being filed in court. Activities opposing gang injunctions may include: Public education regarding gang injunctions, including what they are, the problems they pose, and the need for real solutions. Political opposition targeting city officials, including the City Attorney, the Chief of Police, members of City Council, and the Mayor. Page 15 of 24 Political pressure to adopt prevention and intervention solutions for a community to stop the criminalization of individuals, while providing real services and solutions that address the root causes of crime and violence. ACLU Issues Report on the Proliferation of Video Surveillance Systems in California California cities are moving quickly to install video surveillance cameras on public streets and plazas without regulations, with little or no public debate, and without an evaluation of their effectiveness. Under the Watchful Eye, a new report issued by the California ACLU affiliates, examines the justifications for and consequences of this dramatic expansion in government video surveillance of public space at the local level. NYPD, Feds Testing Gun-Scanning Technology, But Civil Liberties Groups Up In Arms New York City's CBS News affiliate is reporting on a new technology that could detect weapons on someone as they walk down the street. From the article: Police, along with the U.S. Department of Defense, are researching new technology in a scanner placed on police vehicles that can detect concealed weapons. "You could use it at a specific event. You could use it at a shooting-prone location," NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told CBS 2's Hazel Sanchez on Tuesday. It's called Terahertz Imaging Detection. It measures the energy radiating from a body up to 16 feet away, and can detect anything blocking it, like a gun. "I think it's good. People will be safer and it will be a safer environment," Jessica Ramos said. "I think it's all about invading people's lives more and more and more," Antonio Gabriel added. Police Commissioner Kelly said the scanner would only be used in reasonably suspicious circumstances and could cut down on the number of stop-and-frisks on the street. But according to the article, even civil liberties groups known for ignoring the Second Amendment are raising a red flag. The New York Civil Liberties Union's Donna Lieberman is quoted as saying that "it's worrisome. It implicates privacy, the right to walk down the street without being subjected to a virtual pat-down by the Police Department when you're doing nothing wrong." Page 16 of 24 Traffic, Safety & Standards Other/Misc Topics/News Legal way to impeach Federal Government Officials According to Article 2 - Section 4 of the United States Constitution, "The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." Did you understand that? A President can be impeached if he is convicted of treason - bribery - or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Any other attempt to remove the President from office absent of these crimes would not be an impeachment...instead it would be a coup d'etat. Presentations / Special Topic / Exercise Open Discussion and fact gathering – Local Issues (Get forms filled out right there) o Police Harassment / Profiling o Discrimination at local business establishments o Traffic Lights o Road Conditions <BREAK> Events Raffle, 50/50 Close o Next Month’s Agenda Status of Unruh Amendment Bill Sponsorship o Watch Out for Cops riding out! Page 17 of 24 Appendix - Details 01/31 - US Defender CTA The status on AB 1047 is as follows: Bill was read on the Senate Floor on 1/17/12; subsequently sent to the Senate Rules Committee for review and assignment to the Senate Transportation & Housing Committee. Next step is to contact members of the Senate Transportation Committee with either a phone call, letter or email, urging their support of AB1047 The word we're getting is that, contingent upon when the Committee reviews this bill, it will most likely be voted on sometime in February Of the utmost importance -- Please contact the Committee Chair by letter, phone, fax or email. For phone, fax and address info, simply click on the link referenced below. If you desire to send an email, follow the instructions on the legislator's page under the "Contact Us" or "Contact Me" tab. In addition to contacting the Committee Chair, if any of the members listed represent your district, please send a copy of the letter to them as well. Instructions for finding one's district number are also listed below. A letter template is attached for your convenience in completing this CTA. As always, make certain to sign and include your address. Committee Members Senator Mark DeSaulnier (Chair) - SD07 Senator Ted Gaines (Vice Chair) - SD01 Senator Tom Harman - SD35 Senator Robert Huff- SD29 Senator Christine Kehoe - SD39 Senator Alan Lowenthal - SD27 Senator Fran Pavley- SD23 Senator Michael Rubio - SD16 Senator Joe Simitian - SD11 To find your district's representative Page 18 of 24 Click on the following link: http://senate.ca.gov Scroll to the bottom of page to "Find my Senator" and click on either "By District Number" or "By Your Address" Type in requested info, search will bring up your district's representative's name along with a link by which they can be contacted ============================================= January 31, 2012 Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Chair Senate Transportation & Housing Committee State Capitol – Room 5035 Sacramento, CA 94248-0001 The Honorable Senator DeSaulnier: I am writing to you to respectfully ask for your support of AB1047; a bill to cease federal NHTSA funding of motorcycle-only checkpoints. The funding of such checkpoints has made the passage of AB1047 of paramount importance. Across California, law enforcement agencies have been using these funds, not to establish generic checkpoints intended to stop all vehicles looking for impaired operators, or unsafe vehicles. Rather, these checkpoints have been stationed adjacent to motorcycle events and stop only motorcycle riders while automobile drivers are waved on. While law enforcement officials may defend the program as a safety measure, there is no substantive proof of its efficacy. I concur that safety issues are of the most importance – for ALL motorists – to that end, the best way for NHTSA and state/local jurisdictions to reduce motorcycle crashes is to employ proven strategies (i.e.: rider education and motorcycle awareness programs, etc.) that decrease the likelihood of crashes from occurring in the first place. Furthermore, the common practice of law enforcement agencies stereo-typing law-abiding citizens based solely on their chosen mode of transportation, borders on a discriminatory practice (i.e.: profiling). This is NOT what America is all about. I urge your YES vote on AB1047. Respectfully, Name Address City, State Zip Page 19 of 24 Page 20 of 24 Quick Facts: 26 Signs that the United States is being turned into a giant prison - Death Rattle Spor http://www.deathrattlesports.com/ If you live in the United States of America, you live in a giant prison where liberty and freedom are slowly being strangled to death. The following are 26 signs that the United States of America is being turned into a giant prison…. Written by: pjwalker911presstv.ir | Nov 30, 2011 If you live in the United States of America, you live in a giant prison where liberty and freedom are slowly being strangled to death. The following are 26 signs that the United States of America is being turned into a giant prison…. #1 A new bill that is going through the U.S. Senate would allow the U.S. military to arrest American citizens and hold them indefinitely without trial. U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham is a big supporter of the bill, and he says that it would “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield.” The new law would explicitly authorize the federal government to indefinitely imprison without charge or trial American citizens and others picked up inside and outside the United States. #2 U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman is asking Google to install a “terrorist button” on all Blogger.com blogs so that readers can easily flag “terrorist content” for authorities. #3 Most Americans have no idea how sophisticated the “Big Brother” prison grid has become. For example, in Washington D.C. the movements of every single car are tracked using automated license plate readers (ALPRs). More than 250 cameras in the District and its suburbs scan license plates in real time, helping police pinpoint stolen cars and fleeing killers. But the program quietly has expanded beyond what anyone had imagined even a few years ago. #4 In some American schools, RFID chips are now being used to monitor the attendance and movements of children while they are at school. #5 In the United States today, police are trained to respond to even the smallest crimes with extreme physical force. For example, one grandfather in Arizona was recently filmed laying unconscious in a pool of his own blood after police rammed his head into the floor 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. #6 Did you know that the government actually sets up fake cell phone towers that can intercept your cell phone calls? #7 U.S. border agents are allowed by law to search any laptop being brought into the United States without even needing any reason to do so. #8 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. Page 21 of 24 #9 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. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says that the U.S. 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.” #10 The FBI is now admittedly recording Internet talk radio programs all over the United States. The FBI has awarded a $524,927 contract to a Virginia company to record as much radio news and talk programming as it can find on the Internet. #11 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”. #12 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…. #13 In some areas of the country, law enforcement authorities are pulling data out of cell phones for no reason whatsoever. According to the ACLU, state police in Michigan are now using “extraction devices” to download data from the cell phones 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. #14 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 Justice Department has said that law enforcement agents employ GPS as a crime-fighting tool with “great frequency,” and GPS retailers have said that they’ve sold thousands of the devices to the feds. #15 New high-tech street lights 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. #16 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 spray directly into the faces of unarmed protesters in recent weeks. #17 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. #18 The federal government has decided to invest a significant amount of time, money and energy raiding organic farms. Page 22 of 24 #19 It is an absolute disgrace that all of us (including grandmothers and young children) must either go through body scanners that reveal the intimate details of our naked bodies or endure “enhanced pat-downs” during which our genitals will be touched before we are allowed to get on an airplane. #20 Invasive TSA security techniques are not just for airports anymore. Now, TSA “VIPR teams” are actively conducting random inspections at bus stations and on interstate highways all over the United States. TSA “VIPR teams” now conduct approximately 8,000 “unannounced security screenings” a year at subway stations, bus terminals, ports and highway rest stops. #21 More than a million hotel television sets all over America are now broadcasting propaganda messages from the Department of Homeland Security promoting the “See Something, Say Something” campaign. In essence, the federal government wants all of us to become “informants” and to start spying on one another constantly. #22 Certain “types” of American citizens are being labeled as potential threats in official U.S. government documents. An unclassified Department of Homeland Security report published a couple years ago claims that a belief in Bible prophecy “could motivate extremist individuals and groups to stockpile food, ammunition and weapons.” The report goes on to state that such people are potentially dangerous. #23 Back on February 20, 2009, the State of Missouri issued a report entitled “MIAC Strategic Report: The Modern Militia Movement”. That report warned that the following types of people may be potential terrorists…. *anti-abortion activists *those that are against illegal immigration *those that consider “the New World Order” to be a threat *those that have a negative view of the United Nations #24 As I have written about previously, a very disturbing document that Oath Keepers has obtained shows that the FBI is now instructing store owners to report many new forms of “suspicious activity” to them. According to the document, “suspicious activity” now includes the following…. *paying with cash *missing a hand or fingers *”strange odors” *making “extreme religious statements” *”radical theology” *purchasing weatherproofed ammunition or match containers *purchasing meals ready to eat *purchasing night vision devices, night flashlights or gas masks #25 Soon you may get labeled as a “potential terrorist” if you are just feeling a little nervous. A new “pre- crime” technology system that is currently being tested by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will soon be in use all over the nation. It is called “Future Attribute Screening Technology” (FAST), and it is very frightening. It monitors breathing patterns, eye movements, blink rate and alterations in body heat, which are used to assess an individual’s likelihood to commit a crime. Page 23 of 24 #26 The truth is that nobody puts more people into prison than America does. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world and the largest total prison population on the entire globe. endoftheamericandream.com Page 24 of 24
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