Daily Archives: April 21, 2007

Feds Ordered VA Police To Stand Down

Prison Planet | Apr 20, 2007

Local authorities were told to take no action to pursue killer

Police and EMT workers at Virginia Tech tell us that campus police were given a federal order to stand down and not pursue killer Cho Seung-Hui as Monday’s bloodshed unfolded.

Though wishing to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, we have received calls from police and EMT’s who tell us that a stand down order was in place, and this is also confirmed by eyewitness Matt Kazee, who is a Blacksburg local.

Kazee talked to local EMT’s and police who told him the same thing, that the order was to wait until federal back up arrived before any action was taken. This explains the complete non-response of the police in the two hour gap between Cho’s first two murders and the wider rampage that would follow later that morning.

The policy of federal control over the University was put in place following a previous shooting in August 2006 in which a police officer and a hospital security guard were killed.

In addition, a former long-term University police officer, George French, told the Alex Jones Show that it is routine to seal off a campus on which a suspected gunman is loose.

“Setting up a series of roadblocks, controlling access to very large pieces of property, is very much routine on any university campus in Canada and in the United States,” said French.

“After a double homicide, when you’re looking for a dangerous fellow with a firearm, I find it unfathomable that a series of roadblocks weren’t set up…to prevent the felon from escaping.”

French could find no logical conclusion other than deliberate inaction on the part of officials. “We have another coordinated, allowed event…the parallels are so common in each case; you can write the script in advance.”

Montana Legislature Passes Anti-NAU Resolution

Prison Planet | Apr 20, 2007

On April 18, 2007, the Montana Senate passed H.J.R. 25, a bill that opposes the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), the developing North American Union (NAU) and the NAFTA Superhighway. The final vote was an overwhelming 32-18.

Montana is the second state to have passed, in both houses, a resolution opposing the SPP/NAU agenda. The first state to take a clear stand against the agreement was in Idaho with the passage of H.J.M. 5 in both the House and Senate. The Utah legislature passed a similar resolution in the House, but the Senate let the bill die by refusing to vote on the resolution prior end of the congressional session.

Aside from the three states mentioned above, at least 14 other state legislatures have introduced resolutions opposing the SPP, NAU and the NAFTA Superhighway.

The John Birch Society is very pleased to see these resolutions pass in the state legislatures and is thankful to our member-activists who have worked diligently with Congress to ensure their passage.

For more information in the North American Union visit the website for the John Birch Society’s newly launched Freedom Campaign.

Vermont approves Bush ‘impeachment’

The Australian | Apr 21, 2007

THE Vermont state senate has passed a symbolic resolution calling on the US Congress to impeach US President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney over their handling of the unpopular Iraq war.

The resolution, passed by a 16 to 9 vote, urges Vermont’s representatives in Washington to introduce a resolution in Congress requiring the US House Judiciary Committee to start impeachment proceedings against Bush and Cheney.

Vermont’s congressional delegation has shown no serious interest in the idea, and the new Democratic-controlled Congress has also steered clear of the subject.

Wisconsin Senator Russell Feingold’s call last year to censure Bush – a step short of an impeachment – found scant support on Capitol Hill, even among fellow Democrats.

Vermont, known for its colonial inns, maple sugar, autumn foliage and century-old dairy farms, has been at the vanguard of a grass-roots protest movement to impeach Bush.

About 40 Vermont towns passed resolutions at their annual meetings this year calling for impeachment, putting pressure on state lawmakers to bring the message to Washington.

The state, which was once a republic, has a history of political independence.

Last year it elected Bernie Saunders, the US Senate’s first Democratic Socialist.

But it ranks 49th out of the 50 states in population, with about 623,000 people, according to 2005 Census Bureau estimates.

Mr Bush and Mr Cheney “have exercised the duties of their respective offices with respect to both domestic and foreign affairs in ways that raise serious questions of constitutionality, statutory legality, and abuse of public trust,” the resolution said.

A similar version is pending in Vermont’s state House Judiciary Committee.

Police secretly track ethnic groups with racial profiling technology

The Times | Apr 21, 2007

Police are analysing people’s surnames to conduct secret ethnic profiling, The Times has been told.

Racial equality campaigners said they were “very saddened” that organisations would now target black and Asian households without their consent and feared that the technology would become a tool for racists.

Already several police forces have used the ethnic-profiling system, which uses a person’s name to work out which country his or her ancestors are likely to have come from.

NHS trusts have also used the system, called Mosaic Origins, as have groups such as Amnesty International. It has attracted interest from Labour and the Conservatives, banks, supermarkets and other commercial organisations, which could soon have access to it.

“I’m really very saddened that forces can’t see the inherent dangers of police having this information,” Keith Jarrett, the president of the National Black Police Association, said.

“While yes, it may be useful to know after an incident how many Sikhs lived on that street,” Mr Jarrett said, “what’s to say some disgruntled copper won’t sell it to the BNP?”

The Commission for Racial Equality said: “Using technology to identify areas where ethnic minorities live might be discriminatory and its effectiveness is debatable.”

The system works by determining where a person’s ancestors are most likely to have come from on the basis of their first and last name. It is the brainchild of Richard Webber, the inventor of one of the largest consumer-profiling systems in the world.

He said that police forces found it a valuable tool to help ethnic minorities, for example by responding more effectively and sensitively to crimes in their communities.

“Currently very little is known about the behaviour of ethnic groups, because we don’t like asking them where they come from,” Professor Webber said.

The system could be used, for example, by GPs wanting to identify Asian men at higher risk of diabetes. But he said that it could also be used by banks to identify Asians who might need small business advice or by organisations wanting to prove their diversity to secure Lottery funding.

However, Experian, the company that markets Mosaic Origins, said that at this stage it was mostly used by the public sector, and “we have very strict protocols in place” to prevent it from being used to discriminate against people.

Surrey Police said that they had used the software in organising a leaflet campaign against race crime.

Yahoo sued over torture of Chinese dissident

The Times | Apr 19, 2007

Chinese political prisoner sues Yahoo! in a US federal court in what is believed to be first case of its kind

A Chinese political prisoner sued Yahoo! in a US federal court, accusing the internet company of helping the Chinese government torture him by providing information that led to his arrest.

The suit, filed under the Alien Tort Claims Act and the Torture Victims Protection Act, is believed to be the first of its kind made against an American internet company.

Wang Xiaoning, who is serving a 10-year sentence in China, and his wife, Yu Ling, who is currently in San Francisco, are seeking damages and an injunction barring Yahoo! from identifying political opponents to the Chinese authorities.

Mr Wang was arrested after distributing online articles calling for democratic reform and a multiparty system in China via Yahoo! sites in 2000 and 2001. His suit contends that Yahoo!’s Hong Kong office provided police in China with information that linked him to the postings. Mr Wang was arrested in September 2002 and says he was beaten while in detention.

A Yahoo! spokesman said the company “is distressed that citizens in China have been imprisoned for expressing their political views on the internet”, but said it had not had time to review Mr Wang’s lawsuit.

It added: “However, the concerns raised about the Chinese government compelling companies to follow Chinese law and disclose user information are not new. Companies doing business in China must comply with Chinese law or its local employees could be faced with civil and criminal penalties.”

Lawyers said the lawsuit will encounter a number of hurdles – including the fact that Yahoo! has always complied with Chinese laws.

However, it comes as internet groups see increased activism from investor groups over online-related human rights issues.

Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft and Cisco have all faced fierce criticism for doing business in China, a state dubbed “the world champion of internet censorship” by Reporters Without Borders, the press freedom group.

Google will face a showdown with shareholders over its business in China and other territories that censor the web, at its annual meeting on May 10.

The Office of the Comptroller of New York City, which controls police, fire department and teachers’ pensions funds, has demanded a shareholder vote calling for measures designed to safeguard free speech online.

The vote will include a call for Google not to store information that can identify its users in “internet restricting countries, where political speech can be treated as a crime by the legal system”.

Other policies being proposed ask that Google not engage in “proactive censorship” and that it use all legal means to resist demands for censorship.

Google’s board has recommended a vote against the shareholder proposal. Since two thirds of Google’s voting stock is owned by its co-founders and chief executive, who sit on the board, the proposal has no chance of being passed.

Human rights groups say that Yahoo has helped the Chinese authorities identify at least four people, including the journalist Shi Tao in 2004, who have since been imprisoned for voicing dissent in cyberspace.

Giuliani tries to score political points at OKC bombing memorial

Spelunking Through the Chaos | Apr 20, 2007

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As a chemtrail-caused haze began to obscure the clear blue skies above, Mob-embracing, cross-dressing, multiple-divorcing, gun-controlling, abortion-supporting, 9/11 cover-up artist Rudy Giuliani was the “special guest” speaker at Thursday’s 12th anniversary observance of the government-sponsored destruction of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building here in Oklahoma City.

Arriving in a Suburban with a couple of guys in dark sunglasses, this smirking shill for the New World Order crawled out, shook some hands and walked down to the small podium set up next to the touring piano John Lennon used to compose his 1971 hit “Imagine.”

After some words from the head of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum and Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, Giuliani (who fidgeted and looked distracted) took to the lectern and talked about how his city and our city shared much in common; good people and first responders who quickly responded to one another’s terror attacks.

He then spoke of this week’s Virginia Tech tragedy, pledging to do more to “make our schools safer” (sounds like a speech for his candidacy for president) and then proceeded to talk about “strength,” “resolve,” and how “free people have strength.”

“We will do everything we can to prevent further attacks,” Giuliani said. “Freedom from violence is our first civil right.”

The Rudester closed by saying, “We will win the war on terror at home and abroad.”

They then read the names of the 168 victims of the bombing.

I was able to get some pictures of Rudy talking to people and taking pictures. When the media (myself included) approached him and an Oklahoman reporter began peppering him with questions, included a pointed question about his position on gun control in light of the VT shootings, Giuliani got all serious and said, “I’m not here for political questions.”

Yeah, sure. His whole reason for being in our city was for political reasons. It was disgusting.

1944 Miss America Defends Farm With Gun

WKYT | Apr 20, 2007

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She’s 82 years old and today says she’s not afraid to use a gun to protect her community. This comes after she did just that shooting at a man’s car she says was trying to steal metal near her home in Pulaski County. WYMT’s Phil Pendleton spoke to the woman and found out something else about our gun totin’ grandma.

Venus Ramey knows it would be easy for someone to take advantage of her. She’s 82 and needs a walker to get around.

“I’m an old woman. They figure they can get away with a lot,” Ramey said.

Last Friday, she says some people tried to get away with some of her scrap metal. They were caught in the act and police say Curtis Parish was the ringleader.

“And he said if you get out of my way, we’ll leave. And I said oh no you won’t and I shot 2 shots in one of their tires,” Ramey said.

Only that wasn’t enough for this former Miss America who fired again.

“I shot one and it wouldn’t go down. I thought it would go woosh and flatten, but it didn’t. They’re not made that way, so I shot it again,” Ramey said.

Police say stealing scrap metal is an epidemic and they arrested Curtis Parish and charged him with trespassing. Police say he took the rap for the others involved.

Ramey won the Miss America crown in 1944. Now spends her time selling trees on her farm and trying to protect her property from thieves.

“The first time I was robbed on the other side road about 6 or 7 years ago, I caught one man,” Ramey said.

But now both police and Ramey say they don’t think this man will try to steal from her again.

Police say Ramey had every right to fire the gun since they say she witnessed the men committing a crime on her property.