Is the US heading for a police state?

Kirk Wiebe said that the public and political response to the NSA surveillance disclosures has not been encouraging, and painted a dire picture of civil liberties abuses, the militarization of local police forces and the “de facto destruction of the Constitution.”

“I am now entering the phase where I am becoming frightened,” Wiebe said. “People have asked me, are we going to be able to get out of this mess…to turn the Titanic around?…I don’t see the way to miss hitting the iceberg.”

“We as a nation are more aware of these issues than ever before,” Wiebe said, but “we’ve become a society willing to look the other way in the face of wrongdoing,” adding: “We are no longer afraid of the police state happening. It’s here in small measures, in increasing measures, week by week, day by day…”


As a targeted individual (TI), I’ve been concerned, as we all are, about our civil and constitutional rights. And, as most of us experience (how many??), I see police presence just about anywhere I go, even when I go out of state. Coupled with police brutality and unwarranted surveillance (as well as the possibility we are in a government-sponsored non-consensual experimental trial), I fear we may be headed to a police state, too.

This particular article is about CIA whistle blower Jeffrey Sterling, who was just sentenced to 3.5 years, under the Espionage Act, for leaking sensitive to a NY Times reporter. Espionage, as we all know, is when individuals provide sensitive information to foreign governments, not to US newspapers. From all accounts, Obama’s administration has set horrible precedents for whistle blowers (not very Nobel-prize worthy behavior, is it?).

Binney said he had been painted by NSA as someone who had no credibility “because I was a disgruntled former employee.”

Another blow to whistle blowers. This is not democracy.

Lastly, if you haven’t already, please call your Representatives in Congress, write a letter to the editor, or post to your blog, etc. in support of the Surveillance State Repeal Act HR 1466.


VA’s response to whistle blowers

Monday’s session demonstrated that VA’s entrenched culture of retaliation against whistleblowers endures, a year after revelations exploded over poor service and the covering up of long patient wait times. The retaliation continues despite the solid efforts of the current VA secretary, who replaced one driven out by the scandal.

“The number of new whistleblower cases from VA employees remains overwhelming,” Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner told the House Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee hearing.

As the scandal reached a boil last July, Head testified to members of Congress about “illegal and inappropriate discrimination and retaliation” against employees and “the growing number of complaints coming from VA employees, complaints ranging from racial, gender, and age discrimination and harassment to complaints regarding substandard patient care and treatment.”

He also said then that “administrators and supervisors within GLAHS have created a climate of fear and intimidation, where the system not only fails to protect whistleblowers, but actively seeks to retaliate against them.”

SOURCE: House members angry over VA’s response to whistle blowers on Washington Post

Police attorney sends whistle blower malware

Campbell said he became suspicious when Douglas Carson, the attorney representing Fort Smith and its Police Department, sent him the computer hard drive in June 2014 by Federal Express. Normally, Campbell said, the defendants had provided him with requested documents via email, the U.S. Postal Service or through a cloud-based Internet storage service.

Campbell said he sent the hard drive to his information technology expert, Geoff Mueller of Austin, Texas, who is manager of information security at the Lower Colorado River Authority.

“Something didn’t add up in the way they approached it, so I sent it to my software guy first,” Campbell said. “I thought ‘I’m not plugging that into my computer,’ so I sent it to him to inspect.”

Mueller told Campbell the hard drive contained four “Trojans,” one of which was a duplicate.

Trojans are programs that appear legitimate but perform some illicit activity when run, according to PC Magazine.

One would have kept my Internet active even if I tried to turn it off, one would have stolen any passwords that I entered in, and the other would have allowed the installation of other malicious software,” Campbell said. “It’s not like these are my only clients, either. I’ve got all my client files in my computer. I don’t know what they were looking for, but just the fact that they would do it is pretty scary.”

SOURCE: Arkansas Online