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Pushing the Envelope

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This 08. November 2011 show was broadcast from the PhillyFreedom Studio on the Liberty Radio Network and the No Agenda Stream.

         

Specifically we looked at Celebrity Culture Distractions, Drunk Perry,  Jesse Ventura vs. TSA, Pushing the Media Envelope, Gaza Flotillas, Israel Lobby, George W. Bush Against Empire, Ron Paul predicting 9/11, Drones for Bones, and much more.

Links for the latest show:

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

Rick Perry’s strange stump speech in N.H – YouTube

CNN Antes Up for Vegas Debate – TVNewser

Fourth accuser: Cain ‘reached for my genitals’ | The Raw Story

TSA PEDOBEAR

Giving Thanks for the TSA This Holiday Season « LIBERTY IN EXILE

Child porn arrest OIA TSA: Former OIA TSA employee faces child porn charges – OrlandoSentinel.com

Jesse Ventura TSA Lawsuit Denial Press Conference – YouTube

Ventura, Miffed Over Lawsuit, Says He’s Off To Mexico « CBS Minnesota

MEDIA WATCHDOG

Media Reacts To Conan’s Same-Sex Wedding News – YouTube

WAR IS PEACE

Iraq war will cost more than World War II – CSMonitor.com

U.S.: No comment on ‘buzz’ of Israeli strike on Iran | The Raw Story

Israelis hold drills for missile attack – Middle East – Al Jazeera English

In Cairo Quarter, Islamists Try to Profit From Revolution – NYTimes.com

U.S. Plans Post-Iraq Troop Increase in Persian Gulf – NYTimes.com

Iraq war will cost more than World War II – CSMonitor.com

The Iraq War Ain’t Over, No Matter What Obama Says | Danger Room | Wired.com

LibertyInExile: American Bloodlust in the Age of Interventionism

israel arrests #freedomwaves Flotilla activists and Press TV journalist – YouTube

Putin: Measure your success by non-fired missiles! – YouTube

The George Bush You Forgot – YouTube

RON PAUL REVOLUTION

Ron Paul: Blame the Fed for the Financial Crisis – WSJ.com

Paul Upset With Obama’s Executive Orders – Quick News – Talk Radio News Service: News, Politics, Media

Ron Paul: Obama turning presidency into ‘elective dictatorship’ | The Raw Story

Ron Paul proposes $1T in specific budget cuts – Dan Hirschhorn – POLITICO.com

Ron Paul Responds to Iran Questions on Fox Debates – YouTube

Ron Paul Predicted 9/11 a Decade Ago!!!!!!!!!!!! – YouTube

DRONES FOR BONES

The drone mentality – Salon.com

Israeli Drone Strike Kills Militants in Gaza – NYTimes.com

Teen who protested drone strikes killed in US attack | Pakistan | News | Newspaper | Daily | English | Online

Multiple Missteps Led To Drone Killing U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

U.S. Tightens Drone Rules for Its Pakistan Attacks – WSJ.com

OCCUPY THE WORLD

Carter National Security Advisor: Lists of Rich People Should be Published to Force Them to Give Money ‘Back to Society’ | NewsBusters.org

Why Occupy Wall Street is Bigger Than Left vs. Right | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone

“99% Of The Population Has Lost Political Representation” – YouTube

 POLICE STATE

The Associated Press: NYPD keeps files on Muslims who change their names

What’s the CIA doing at NYPD? Depends whom you ask – Yahoo! News

Police chiefs ‘authorised undercover police officers to give false evidence in court’ – Telegraph

Homeland Security to step up monitoring of Twitter and other social network sites | Mail Online

AP Exclusive: CIA following Twitter, Facebook – Yahoo! News

British police surveillance system can turn off mobile phones | The Raw Story

U.S. Infiltrating Criminal Groups Across Mexico – NYTimes.com

THE DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE

Half Of Top U.S. Banks Made Loans To European Banks: Fed

More than 49 million Americans — even more than thought — live in poverty, new measure finds | The Lookout – Yahoo! News

Obama Orders Three Initiatives to Help Veterans Find Jobs

BIG BROTHER

U.S. Spies Facing Tens of Billions in Budget Cuts | Danger Room | Wired.com

Hotel guests recruited with Homeland Security TV spots – USATODAY.com

THE EUROPEAN DEBT UNION

 The Short-Termed Hope for a Democratic European Union « LIBERTY IN EXILE

Eurozone debt crisis: EU members line up to demand ECB intervention | Business | The Guardian

The Vatican’s Radical Ideas on Financial Reform | Swampland | TIME.com

Why the latest eurozone bail-out is destined to fail within weeks – Telegraph

Stocks turn lower as debt worries shift to Italy – Yahoo! News

CLAIM THE INTERNETS

DHS: How do we use Twitter for intel? – Tim Mak – POLITICO.com

Google To Index Facebook Comments As Search Results « CBS Los Angeles

Mark Zuckerberg Returns To Harvard To Recruit For Facebook

Google+ Lets In the Corporations – NYTimes.com

‘Obamabots’ defend POTUS in Twitterverse – Ben Smith and Emily Schultheis – POLITICO.com

Blue Coat confirms Syria used its Web filtering devices | InSecurity Complex – CNET News

LEGALIZE IT

Record-High 50% of Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana Use

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Expands War on Drugs – NYTimes.com

War, On Drugs: The Military’s Complicated Relationship With Narcotics- Wired.com

BRAVE NEW WORLD

Single flu vaccine ‘could protect against all strains of the virus for life’ | Mail Online

 

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Big Brother London

 Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.

                                                                                                          -George Orwell, 1984

Seizing upon the opportunities granted by European proximity, I recently made a visit one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world, London, England. Once known as unrivaled power capital of the British Empire, today’s London has turned more into “surveillance society”, as so quipped by the London Guardian.

London boasts nearly one camera for every 14 people, making common Londoners the most heavily-watched populace on the planet. The average Brit is said to be caught on camera over 200 times in one day, dwarfing any comparison to undemocratic “totalitarian” states which ultimately lack the resources to commit to such collective paranoia, a feat easily achieved by the richer “liberal” democracies of Her Majesty’s Kingdom.

What makes the presence of such a security apparatus entirely questionable, one could argue, is the fact that they have not served their entire purpose. According to a study and white paper produced by Urban Eye, the use of the cameras has been described by public officials as a way to both “tackle crime” and to “raise revenue”, the latter goal proving eventually to be the more worthy venture. In fact, research conducted by Scotland yard found that while cameras may have been erected in order to fight and prevent crime, they have proved to be an “utter fiasco“, with only 3% of crimes ever solved by use of the Closed-Circuit Television. A recent investigation by the Daily Mail revealed that all other information gathered by authorities are instead used to create “databases” for subjects, where now shockingly one in four Britons–15 million people–are now on a police database (see picture below).

The goal of Liberty In Exile, in exploring the city and country once labeled “Airstrip One” by writer George Orwell, was to attempt to document what Big Brother London is to the average citizen. Here is a collected photo essay based upon casual travel in the city which no longer holds any secrets:

Security Theatre in North American Airports

According to the Montreal Gazette this morning, the federal government has just approved the use of “behavior-detection” agents at airports across Canada.

Once the program is fully implemented, specially trained officers with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority will be able to roam airports on the lookout for unusual or suspicious behaviour by passengers.

What this basically entails, as we covered on the last Liberty In Exile show, is that agents are now being trained to detect “terrorist intent” in people’s faces and micro-expressions. An ABC news report covered the same just a few weeks ago, a program which has already been in use in the United States for quite some time.

Instead of tangible proof linking one to terrorism, emphasis is placed upon one’s actions or behavior while they are at the airport.

In passenger-behaviour observation, officers are trained to detect irregular or suspicious behaviour.

“The emphasis is behaviour-based, for example — wearing heavy clothes on a hot day or paying unusual attention to the screening process,” according to a government background document.

“Screening officers trained in passenger behaviour observation screening may check a passenger’s documents and ask simple questions about the passenger’s identity and reasons for travelling to alleviate any security concerns.”

The program focuses on behaviour, not racial or ethnic profiles, the government is quick to point out.

This represents just another example of paranoid government action which will undoubtedly take more liberties away than it could ever save. Shall we continue to sacrifice our privacy for security which has not yet been proven to work in the slightest?

How is the detection of irritable or misplaced people at the airport, which must be practically everyone, at all reasonable or legitimate as a security measure? The majority of individuals at the airport are uncomfortable because of crowded public space, mediocre bathrooms, extended layovers, overpriced trail-mix, crying babies, bad coffee, unwashed benches, and countless other things. What is considered to be reasonable behavior or expressions after one has been traveling all day in a confined cabin, or is set to share 3 square feet of space with 50 complete strangers?

The truth doth be that this measure is not about security; it is about theatre. Beautiful, elegant, majestic theatre. A performance used to qualm the fears of the irrational populace who have been frightened and primed by their “virtuous” public officials who claim there is always danger on the horizon.

Waiting in the wings of this performance, however, is a billion-dollar industry. Millions of contracts for “security” experts and electronic devices which are guaranteed to MAKE YOU SAFE.

X-ray scanner machines, powder detection wands, 360 degree cameras with thermal imaging, bomb-sniffing dogs with a penchant for squeaky toys, and now: the behavior detection software. Yes, you heard it correctly. Individuals who have safely completed the four hour online training session in the windowless bastion of a basement-level government office are prepared to watch your face for clues. Is that a sniffle you just produced? A wink at a member of the opposite sex? Or is that a secret terrorist code, an idiosyncratic motion which will surely cause the destruction of millions of lives at one fell swoop?

The conscious public should be skeptical, not just in this particular case, but whenever a government agency is tasked with and promises to keep you safe. The measures put in place in the last ten years have done nothing but reassure a zombie population they will continue to be zombies, that billions of government money taken from the citizens will be used to defeat an enemy and protect you from an evil which they have themselves created by their actions and policies across the world.

Machines, gadgets, gizmos, suspicion, paranoia, and spying will never attack the problem at its root. It begins with the occupation of foreign land abroad, and ends with the promise to disintegrate the empire and return humbly to the front-line of the mainland. When war, occupation, and empire is forsaken for peace, trade, and partnerships, only then will these spurious threats be eliminated from memory. Only then will the grievances of our fellow man be thrown by the wayside and fraternity, harmony, and concord embraced above all else.

The enemy is not a fury-browed, tight-lipped imposter who travels with an Dooney & Burke accessory bag and aviators, but it is the policy of the governments which we have continued to give legitimacy to, despite their ultimate transgressions.

As liberal democratic countries continue to dilute the liberties and freedoms once enjoyed by their citizens for the sake of feel-good security measures, there must be voices of reason which guide us to a more just and more righteous existence in the polis. Liberty In Exile will continue to stand as a tool and mouthpiece for those liberties and freedoms we, as a people, once knew. To make government more the servant, and not the master of us all. In these free nations, we do not choose to be ruled, we elect to be governed.

More analysis and commentary will be covered this week on Liberty In Exile, broadcasting from Vienna, Austria.