|Got this from “The American Dream” blog. Could not agree more! Here is a link to the article.
Once upon a time, the open highways of America were one of our greatest symbols of liberty and freedom. Anyone could hop in a car and set off for a new adventure at any time and even our music encouraged us to “get our kicks on route 66″. But today everything has changed. Now the highways of America are being steadily transformed into a high tech prison grid. All over the country, thousands upon thousands of surveillance cameras watch our highways and automated license plate readers are actually being used to track vehicle movements in some of our largest cities. Many state and local governments have come to view our highways as money machines and our control freak politicians have established a vast network of toll booths, red light cameras and speed traps to keep cash endlessly pouring in. If all of that wasn’t enough, TSA “VIPR teams” are now hitting the interstates and conducting thousands of “unannounced security screenings” each year. Driving on the highways of America used to be a great joy, but now “Big Brother” is rapidly sucking all of the fun out of it. Eventually, it may get to the point where Americans simply dread having to go out on the highway.
The following are 10 signs that the highways of America are being transformed into a high-tech prison grid….#1 Surveillance CamerasAll over the United States, a vast network of surveillance cameras is carefully watching our highways. The following is an excerpt from a recent article in the Baltimore Sunabout this phenomenon….
#2 Automated License Plate ReadersIn a previous article, I detailed how automated license plate readers are being used to track the movements of every single vehicle that enters Washington D.C.A recent Washington Post articleexplained that most people do not even know that they are there….
A lot of police cruisers are being outfitted with this technology around the nation as well.So if you see a police car pull up behind you, there is a very good chance that a computer has already read your license plate and is giving the officer all of your information.#3 Ridiculous RegulationsSome of the new “auto safety laws” going in around the nation are absolutely absurd.For example, do you buckle up your pet when you go for a ride? Well, in New Jersey you can now be fined up to $1000 for not having your pet properly restrained while you are out driving.#4 Outrageous FinesIn many areas of the country, unpaid traffic tickets can rapidly become a major financial burden.For example, the new tolls on the 520 floating bridge in Seattle are absolutely killingsome commuters…..
#5 Oppressive Toll RoadsToll roads have become one of the favorite “revenue raising tools” for our politicians.At this point the tolls on some roads have become so incredibly oppressive that many people simply cannot afford to drive on them anymore.And for some reason the toll increases are coming especially fast and furious this year.A recent USA Today articlesummarized some of the oppressive toll increases that we are seeing all over the nation….
Toll roads are one of my pet peeves. Any time I see a toll booth it immediately puts me in a bad mood.#6 Red Light CamerasRed light cameras are another favorite “revenue raising tool” for the control freaks that run things.Unfortunately, these cameras don’t always work right so a lot of innocent people end up getting ticketed.But politicians love them because they can raise a lot of cash. The following is from a recent Business Insider article….
#7 Speed TrapsIn the old days, speed traps were mostly about making the roads safer.Today, they are mostly about raising money.One police chief up in Michigan has even admitted that the nature of his job has fundamentally changed….
Speed traps are becoming more common almost everywhere, but some areas of the country are worse than others.A recent report from the National Motorists Associationranked how likely you are to get a speeding ticket in each of the 50 U.S. states….
#8 Government SpyingIt has been revealed that the federal government has been secretly putting GPS tracking devices on thousands of vehicles in order to track the movements of people that they are interested in watching.Most of the time the people involved have not even been charged with any crimes.The following is a short excerpt from a recent Wired magazine articleabout this phenomenon….
#9 Extraction DevicesIf you get pulled over by police, you never know what to expect these days. Previously, I have written about how law enforcement authorities in some parts of the U.S. are using “extraction devices” to download data out of the cell phones of motorists that they pull over.The following is how a recent article on CNET Newsdescribed the capabilities of these “extraction devices”….
#10 VIPR TeamsIf all of the above was not bad enough, now we have to deal with TSA “VIPR teams” terrorizing us on the highways.If you regularly travel across the country, there is a good chance that you have already encountered one of their “unannounced security screenings”.The following is from a local news report down in Tennessee about how local authorities are working with VIPR teams to fight “terrorism” on the interstates….
TSA VIPR teams now conduct approximately 8,000 “unannounced security screenings” at subway stations, bus terminals, seaports and highway rest stops each year.Are you starting to see what I am talking about?All of this “security” is becoming extremely oppressive.We don’t need “Big Brother” constantly watching us, tracking us and fining us on our highways.So do you have any examples of how the highways of America are being transformed into a high tech prison grid to add to the list above?Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below….
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Do you need to know ANYTHING else about TSA to realize they need to be shut down completely and immediately? CBS story linked here.
National Guard Flying Military Helicopters Over Lake Norman, Homeland Security Checking ID’s in Charlotte
National Guard story click here.
Don’t the State Troopers, Sheriff, and Police departments in Charlotte have their own Aquatic Rescue Teams? Is this what the National Guard is supposed to be doing?
And if you think the TSA’s mission is just keeping your airport safe…think again. This story has been covered EXTENSIVLEY in the alternative media, but I bet most of my Tea Party friends have not heard it. Click here for the LA Times story.
“Reporting from Charlotte, N.C. — Rick Vetter was rushing to board the Amtrak train in Charlotte, N.C., on a recent Sunday afternoon when a canine officer suddenly blocked the way. Three federal air marshals in bulletproof vests and two officers trained to spot suspicious behavior watched closely as Seiko, a German shepherd, nosed Vetter’s trousers for chemical traces of a bomb. Radiation detectors carried by the marshals scanned the 57-year-old lawyer for concealed nuclear materials.
When Seiko indicated a scent, his handler, Julian Swaringen, asked Vetter whether he had pets at home in Garner, N.C. Two mutts, Vetter replied. “You can go ahead,” Swaringen said.
The Transportation Security Administration isn’t just in airports anymore. TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass transit locations around the country.
“We are not the Airport Security Administration,” said Ray Dineen, the air marshal in charge of the TSA office in Charlotte. “We take that transportation part seriously.”
The TSA’s 25 “viper” teams — for Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response — have run more than 9,300 unannounced checkpoints and other search operations in the last year. Department of Homeland Security officials have asked Congress for funding to add 12 more teams next year.”
The Transportation Security Administration (a division of Homeland Security) conducted 9300 unannounced checkpoints in 2011, and now is asking to increase the number of VIPR teams, and for an additional $24 million in 2012 for what they call “surface transportation security”.
Is surface transportation security what they need bullet proof guard shacks for? Oh yes…along with the 450 MILLION rounds of .40 caliber hollow point ammunition (banned by the Geneva Convention from being used during war time, click here for the press release), in April Homeland Security began buying an un-disclosed number of Bullet Resistant Booths. Click here for press release.
It is a travesty that we have to depend on a journalist in the UK to tell the truth about what the TSA/Homeland Security is doing in the “Land of the Free”. Jennifer Abel with the UK Guardian reports:”In the past year, TSA’s snakelike VIPR (Visual Intermodal Prevention and Response) teams have been slithering into more and more bus and train stations – and even running checkpoints on highways – never in response to actual threats, but apparently more in an attempt to live up to the inspirational motto displayed at the TSA’s air marshal training center since the agency’s inception: “Dominate. Intimidate. Control.”
As Abel reports, this is happening in: Illinois, Virginia and Texas. The Gaspee has previously reported that checkpoints have also occurred in Tennessee. Click here for link.
See CBS story here.
Don’t forget Fox has already reported (click here) on Military Drills with armored helicopters in Chicago, and that citizens may NOT BE ALLOWED access to their homes during this summit.
In fact, in the past 6 months to a year, all of these things have happened:
Leon Panetta, the Secretary of Defense, under oath, testified that the US Senate/Congress is SUBJECT TO the authority of the UN Security Council. Click here
Homeland Security and several other Federal Agencies have purchased millions of rounds of combat grade ammunition. Click here
The US Military is conducting (openly) drills that pit them against unruly American citizens. Click here
Obama signed an Executive Order granting INTERPOL (International Police Organization) diplomatic immunity. Click here
Obama has stated publicly, he will use Governors to by-pass Congress. Click here
Votes in the US National Elections will now be counted by A FOREIGN company. Click here
Russian Troops will be on American soil for the first time in the same time frame as the NATO summit. Click here
Congress passed the Enemy Expatriation Act that can strip US Citizens of their citizenship. click here
Congress passed the NDAA which permits the President to detain or kill US Citizens if they are terrorists. click here
Congress passed a law that allows Homeland Security to regulate your 1st Amendment rights. click here
The TSA is conducting checkpoints in TN (click here), TSA announced they will be riding buses in Texas (click here), and DOJ threatened to “blockade” Texas if they passed anti-groping bill. (click here)
And the Senate has already PASSED a highway bill that will allow the IRS to revoke our passports click here
Ron Paul is warning us to beware a possible false flag operation by our government. If you do not know what a “false flag” is please do an internet search on the term. It is a common tool used by governments to create a crisis, that only they in turn can resolve, and they go back to the days of Jesus!
Is there an announcement of some kind coming from this summit that US citizens may not tolerate? Is this why the police state seems to be accelerating at such a dramatic rate in the last year?
The Following is a press release from Ken Fortenberry’s campaign. He is running against Rep. Patrick McHenry for the US 10th District Congressional seat.
Friday, March 16, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
McHenry votes against Free Speech, U.S. Constitution;
Washington politicians scaring public into becoming sheep. The U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights are being systematically ripped apart by Washington politicians, and U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry is one of the attackers.
A bill that passed in the U.S. Congress this week (H.R. 347) restricts the Constitutionally-granted free speech right of all Americans and makes it a felony to “enter or remain” in an area that government officials designate as “restricted.”
“This bill slaps every American right in the face and robs them of the freedom they are guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution,” said Ken H. Fortenberry, a Republican challenging McHenry in the May 8 primary. “For any American citizen to face a felony charge and a lengthy prison term for speaking out on any issue or politician is absolutely reprehensible.”
The law allows the Department of Homeland Security to designate a “building or grounds” where the president – or anyone protected by the Secret Service – to be a “restricted” access area if the event is deemed an event of “national significance.”
“This means that if a citizen shows up at an event where a presidential candidate is speaking or attends an event where a foreign official is present and shouts something they don’t like, the citizen could be hauled away in handcuffs to face a felony charge and jail time,” said Fortenberry. “This law is not only vague and overly broad, it clearly would not stand up to a Constitutional challenge in court,” said Fortenberry.
“The founders of our nation would roll over in their graves at how our Constitution is being trampled on by politicians who are afraid of public scrutiny and criticism. Under the guise of protecting our freedom, they are robbing us of our freedom, and we are letting them get away with it,” said Fortenberry.
“Mr. McHenry has once again turned his back on the Constitution and has sided with politicians and bureaucrats who are afraid to face the people who put them in office. This is the second time in less than a year that McHenry has sold us out. Last year he supported the National Defense Authorization Act which gives the president to authority to order any U.S. citizen anywhere in the world to be put behind bars indefinitely, without any charges or trial. The politicians are trying to scare the American people into becoming sheep and following them mindlessly while their rights are being stripped away.”
Fortenberry also lambasted the media for its lack of coverage about the legislation.
“I can’t believe that the media – the so-called protectors of our free speech – have sat on the sidelines and let this legislation become law without a peep of protest,” he said. “They ought to be ashamed of themselves for turning their backs on their responsibility to the First Amendment.”
I have always had my doubts about Rep. McHenry’s leadership abilities…but now I question his judgment. If you live within this map, please visit Ken Fortenberry’s website (linked above) and see if you think he has better judgment than Rep. McHenry. If you agree he does, Ken will need you to go vote in the May 8th Primary.