An attorney for the city of Tacoma, Washington is demanding that a resident return public records he was given which prove that the city police were surveilling antiwar activists, saying that the information should never have been released to the public.
The documents were public records related to the city’s recruitment of a Mr. John Towery, an employee at the nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord, to conduct surveillance against the protesters and collect personal information regarding them.
The records show the city of Tacoma had collected names, photographs, addresses and even social security numbers for a number of people that were believed to be active in the local opposition to the ongoing Iraq War.
The city’s lawyer argues that the records should have been redacted to remove the names of the citizens spied on, but the organization that was chiefly targeted, the Olympia Port Militarization Resistance, is using the documents as part of a federal lawsuit against Towery and the military base itself, arguing that the surveillance violated bans on using federal grants to law enforcement agencies to spy on political dissidents and may have violated the Posse Comitatus Act by the use of Towery, an employee at a military base, for law enforcement activities against civilians.
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Illegal activity against civilians!
Governments expect us to be transparent to them while hiding all their dirty laundry, but those days are ending with easy internet leaking, tyrants beware!
The first thing we do is kill all the lawyers – William Shakespeare.
Wow. This is crazy. No sure now if I'm glad moved back here but damn, I'm all over this.
Having only skimmed through tacoma-homesec.pdf I already found this on page 196, a report from August 24, 2007:
"Officers might be dispatched on calls concerning Israeli students going door-to-door selling/asking for donations for art and paintings. This has been occurring in Lakewood and other areas in this country. It s possible they are using this as a front to conduct surveillance of buildings, military installations, and government facilities. Officers should ask to see their VISA if contacted. Officers should also advise our homeland security officers if this occurs."
It's all on cryptome.org but put up a mirror of just the tacoma docs (4 zipped pdfs) on http://dissentradio.com/tacomatyrrany
That's exactly what happened in the weeks before 9/11, as covered extensively on this very site.
Having never been elected to public office, I wonder what it is that happens when those elected suddenly turn into the Archons who believe that THEY have the right to subvert the Constitution and the rights of the people when prior to election, they stood as defendants of said rights and laws. Is there some "sudden enlightenment" that rushes over them, or are they initiated into office though some secret blood ritual or maybe they take a pill that "wakes them up" to their true "elected" duties – informed of them by their fellow "elected" Archons.
Why do they give up their ideals once they get elected? What is it that causes them to turn on their fellow citizens once the ballots are counted. Is it the POWER over the citizens? Surely the local "insect exterminator" who manages to get elected doesn't suddenly, in some flash of blinding light of enlightenment, realize that he KNOWS what is best for the rest of the citizens. Surely.
Perhaps I'm living in denial of the type of people who seek elected office. Sad.
Sue them and expose the calculated illegality condoned by the "city lawyer".
lets face the facts people america is no longer the peoples government. it has been bought up by major companies and top ceo’s to look out for their own intrest’s.no one man or one side is going to be the chosen one from god and correct all the wrongs that have been done to u, us. the system has become to curropt for that. the goverment has already taken steps to act aginst a revolution,the martiel law act put through by bush,the right for the goverment to spy on its citezens with no reprocoutins.throwing their own intelligence officer’s,and soldiers in fedral prison to cover their own misdeeds.
rigged yes rigged elections.and many many more wrongs being done. it seems the only logical solution is REVOLUTION. yes i know that word and thought may frighten some, but it is the only concivable way to bring real change to the country. if your reading this i want you to sit back and think real hard about your familys and freinds. think what this country will become 10-20 years from now on its current spending path and regulations around the world. if u agree that real change is needed desperatly then dont be afraid to use your 1st ammendment right and speak up and speak out to your community and people u may know. if u tell them the facts then any logical thinker would have to agree. those that dont will once the movement is started.
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