VIDEO: Cop Calls The Cops (?) On A Guy With A Camera

The following post was submitted by Nasty Nathanial via the CopBlock submission tab.

Howdy folks. You know I would like to think that all of the men and women in law enforcement are extremely brave individuals who patrol the mean streets keeping us all safe from the evilness of society. However, more and more I find myself asking the same ol’ question, “who are they protecting?” This was never more the case on April 17, 2017 when I went to the Beverly Hills Superior Courthouse to conduct a First Amendment Audit.

Beverly Hills is a city of wealth and glamour that is home to many celebrities. It’s well manicured streets lined with multi million dollar homes let visitors know that this is a place of power and privilege. High end department stores and expensive restaurants line streets such as Rodeo Drive.

Matter of fact it was one of these stores, Sacks Fifth Avenue, that the actress Winona Ryder was arrested for stealing more than $5000 worth of merchandise. Her trial was held at the Beverly Hills Courthouse which was exactly where I was headed to on that fine April day. Although I was not going there to contest criminal charges. I was going there to exercise my constitutionally protected right to film in public.

As is the normally the case, the Beverly Hills Courthouse is manned with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies who provide security and law enforcement services for the Superior Court. My arrival caught their attention pretty quick. But was it just my presence alone, or was it the fact that I was holding a video camera that was aimed at the building? It didn’t take long before I had a some tough acting deputy mad dogging me. This guy was a mean looking bastard to. He had looks that would make a guy like Charles Barkley crawl under a bush and hide.

At no time did this deputy approach me in a professional manor and simply ask what it was that I was doing, or if I needed help with anything. In addition to his mad dogging me with his Straight Outta Compton looks, this tough acting deputy took to calling the police on me. Ok now lets pause right there for a moment so I may point something out.

Now this guy is not just some random $10 an hour rent a cop. He is a sworn deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. That means he is a law enforcement official who has taken an oath to serve and protect. So with that being the case why couldn’t he of simply handled the situation himself? Instead this tough acting deputy had to resort to acting like a bitch by calling the police on me. Wait a minute. Why is an on duty cop calling the cops on a guy with a camera? Was he afraid of me or the camera? God forbid some distraught defendant shows up with an AK-47.

There is something else I’d like to point out. While some of you may be thinking that because he is with the Sheriff’s Department he has no authority outside of the courthouse, this is absolutely incorrect. As a deputy sheriff he is a law enforcement official throughout Los Angeles County, and the rest of California for that matter. It is kind of a similar situation when people get this notion in their minds that the California Highway Patrol have cannot pull someone over in town. Simply not true.

So with all of this being said, I’d like to conclude this article by saying that ol’ Deputy Tough Guy here failed the test. In the end officers from the Beverly Hills Police Department were called out to the courthouse to help this LA County Sheriff’s deputy feel safe. After a brief interaction with these officers, one of which of looked like Vin Diesel, I was on my way.

But before I sign off I’d like to point out that following the publishing of this video I received an interesting comment on YouTube. It was from someone who goes by “Rob N” and identifies himself as being the deputy’s partner. His comment reads “You didn’t tell folks how you were dressed did ya sport… oh, and your an ASSHOLE… you did make a comment about my partner..#LASD got ya…” Mmmmmmmm? I find that last part interesting. “LASD got ya..” Well, LASD sure didn’t have me that day for one of their deputies was too cowardly to act like a real cop because he was afraid of a guy with a camera. But it’s nice to know that ol’ “Rob N” has his partner’s back. I think that West Coast Auditors needs to do a follow up at the Beverly Hills Superior Courthouse.

– Nasty Nathanial


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VIDEO: Cop Blocker Arrested for Crossing Street at DUI Checkpoint in Manchester

Chris Waid (right), Safely in the Median on Main St. in Keene in 2016.Chris Waid (right), Safely in the Median on Main St. in Keene in 2016.

Chris Waid (right), Safely in the Median on Main St. in Keene in 2016.

On April 20th, Manchester police conducted another DUI checkpoint, believed to be the first of 2017. As always, Cop Blockers and more than a dozen other liberty activists came out with signs redirecting peaceful motorists away from turning down Bridge St, where they would have hit the checkpoint.

Longtime Manchester Cop Blocker Riaz Kahan stated that the interdiction was a major success, with 90% of cars that were intending to turn towards the checkpoint being redirected to another route, avoiding unnecessary police harassment. Manchester police conduct at least a few of these checkpoints per year and activists from all over the state are attracted to help. It’s another unprecedented level of activism that happens easily and regularly in New Hampshire, since there are active migrations of libertarians moving here. (Check out 101 reasons why, here.)

However, for the first time in the history of Manchester’s checkpoints, an activist was arrested. Not for DUI, but for crossing the street, walking toward the checkpoint.

Keene-based activist and privacy-centric computer hardware entrepreneur Christopher Waid was the victim of the police’s most recent attack on freedom of the press. We were merely trying to cross the street so as to better observe the police’s unconstitutional checkpoint activity. However as we began to approach the median multiple police shouted at us including officer #1, Robert Harrington, who you may remember as the cop who popped Derrick J Freeman’s car door open without permission several years back. Here’s the video of Chris’ arrest and post-bail interview:

Chris is a weekly co-host on syndicated radio show Free Talk Live, where we discussed the arrest on last Friday’s show. He’s a rare breed – a business owner who is willing to put his very freedom on the line. If more business owners had this level of courage, they could just ignore the government rather than obey them, and the government would have to go away.

In addition to standing up for freedom of the press, Chris is an active police accountability activist, with many hours logged in the streets, recording cops. It is his right to stand where he wants, so long as he’s not actively interfering in police investigations. By standing in the median, he’s taking his risk and the police have no obligation to protect him, especially from himself. If they try to use the argument that them yelling at him was for his own safety, that hopefully won’t hold up in court. We’ve been in medians frequently for activism in Keene and police here have been mostly respectful towards us. By the way, Chris is a homeowner in Keene, to which he moved his linux hardware business, Think Penguin in early 2016.

He’s currently facing a “Disorderly Conduct” Class A charge – the police’s favorite catch-all to target people they don’t like. Of course, we’ll continue to follow Chris’ case closely on Free Keene, so stay tuned.

EDITOR’S NOTE: As mentioned above, the officer who arrested Chris is R. Harrington, badge number ONE, and he’s been filmed by CopBlockers before; as seen in the video below from 2012.


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Ron Paul Interviews Assange: ‘If We Allow Trump to Declare War on Truth, We Are to Blame’

Wikileaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange — not one to hold back in needed criticism of U.S. foreign policy and insidious domestic programs — excoriated the latest absurdities proffered by CIA Director Mike Pompeo as a thinly-veiled attempt to quash the free flow of information.

In particular, Assange told Dr. Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Liberty Report in an interview, the CIA would have the public believe that certain media outlets devoted to transparency should be considered ‘non-state’ intelligence agencies.

In fact, although the comparison isn’t without justification, Assange surmises the Central Intelligence Agency employs those similarities as a premise for attacking the imperative American free press and free speech — dangerous territory that could supplant journalistic immunity for protecting sources and publishing sensitive information. Assange told the Liberty Report,

“The CIA has been deeply humiliated as a result of our ongoing Vault 7 publications, so this is a preemptive move by the CIA to try and discredit our publications and create a new category for Wikileaks and other national security reporters to strip them of First Amendment protections by defining the organization as something that fits into existing interpretations.

“So, you can surveil and engage in certain actions on hostile intelligence services. … You don’t need search warrants and so on, authorized by a judge, if what you’re intercepting or surveilling is connected to an organization that is an intelligence service that is influencing someone.”

Ordinarily, the CIA or FBI or any agency of the government would be forced to follow legal procedures for spying on journalists, including requests to courts or search warrants and other procedures, which would only be required if the target were technically considered an agent of or friend to an enemy State.

“If we allow this president to declare war on those who tell the truth, we have only ourselves to blame,” Ron Paul said.

Freedom of the press looming in the balance, Pompeo’s disregard for organizations focusing on exposure of government activities traditionally protected imparts a telling foray for U.S. Intelligence in its quest to censor media.

“So, to create this new category of non-state intelligence service,” Assange continued, “it can then be very easily applied to a media organization — non-state, of course, means commercial organization or nonprofit organization — I think it’s a long-term strategy. It’s taking two bites of the apple. One it to create this definition of a non-state … to redefine media as non-state intelligence services; and then, on the other hand, to use a jurisdictional argument, which is to say that all foreign reporters have no First Amendment rights.

“Of course, the First Amendment is not a ‘positive’ right — it doesn’t, generally speaking, give me, or in fact, anyone, a positive right. It’s an obligation to the government to give me a right. It’s a limitation on the government, that limits its ability to interfere with freedom of expression or of the press in order to create the necessary environment of public debate, which can stop autocracy from developing in the United States.”

Pompeo’s argument falls short in that the foreign press, of course, is not held to strictures of U.S. government — but agencies of that government, such as the CIA, must follow rules it wishes to shirk in favor of opacity. Beyond that, as Dr. Paul noted, the Constitution wasn’t designed purely for the benefit of U.S. citizens, rather, protection of any individuals who might be compelled to appear before the courts, and,

“Therefore,” Dr. Paul continued, “this accusation that ‘you have no rights, you’re not even an American citizen,’ and therefore you don’t qualify, I think a lot of people believe that and it has to be refuted.”

In deeming Wikileaks’ publications non-state intelligence, or that the outlet is an active participant in shaping political narrative, the CIA sets up a frightening switch for all media in which the subject matter of leaked documents determines whether or not that outlet would technically produce journalism — or participate as an enemy entity.

In an op-ed for the Washington Post Tuesday, Assange penned,

“Mike Pompeo, in his first speech as director of the CIA, chose to declare war on free speech rather than on the United States’ actual adversaries. He went after WikiLeaks, where I serve as editor, as a ‘non-state hostile intelligence service.’ In Pompeo’s worldview, telling the truth about the administration can be a crime — as Attorney General Jeff Sessions quickly underscored when he described my arrest as a ‘priority.’ News organizations reported that federal prosecutors are weighing whether to bring charges against members of WikiLeaks, possibly including conspiracy, theft of government property and violating the Espionage Act. […]

“When the director of the CIA, an unelected public servant, publicly demonizes a publisher such as WikiLeaks as a ‘fraud,’ ‘coward’ and ‘enemy,’ it puts all journalists on notice, or should. Pompeo’s next talking point, unsupported by fact, that WikiLeaks is a ‘non-state hostile intelligence service,’ is a dagger aimed at Americans’ constitutional right to receive honest information about their government. This accusation mirrors attempts throughout history by bureaucrats seeking, and failing, to criminalize speech that reveals their own failings.”

Pompeo and his ilk, in order to clamp down on whistleblowers and leaks, wish to redefine both media and journalism, so sources — whom, Assange noted, would build trust over time with a writer before ever offering information of import — and those who publish their information, would be liable for the breach, rather than immune. Without constitutional press protections, a journalist’s relationship with sources, their ongoing or daily communications, could be considered, Assange warns, “conspiracy to commit espionage.”

When it comes to espionage, the CIA would do best not to hurl accusations when an outstanding possibility its agents could still be deemed liable for pernicious spying devices and methods the agency used in millions of household appliances and smart devices. As Assange explains,

The CIA “is a very competent organization — I mean, this is the organization that gave us Iraq, al-Qaeda, that has fractured democracy in Iran, Pinochet, the destruction of Libya, the effective rise of ISIS, and the Syrian civil war. So, you can see, this is an organization that goes around engaging in actions, which are either deeply incompetent or which, even from the perspective of American power, run counter to its purposes.”

In other words, it appears the CIA has been going about business-as-usual — except now, that dubious business of manipulating public opinion and rigging the game in favor of the U.S. seeks primarily to quash the most crucial constitutional protections left. Without true press freedom — including publishing outlets not commentating on the content of articles, such as Wikileaks — there can be no possible expectation of governmental transparency.

America’s media organizations and journalists must retain their badge of immunity if the public expects to ever know what bureaucrats, politicians, and yes, even spies, are doing behind the scenes — that such a vast swath of the populace cheers on the CIA in condemning Wikileaks proves the efficacy of propaganda in convincing the people to turn over their rights willingly, and with a smile.

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The “Snowden Stopper”: WikiLeaks Exposes CIA Tool To Hunt Down Whistleblowers

(ZH) — As the latest installment of it’s ‘Vault 7’ series, WikiLeaks has just dropped a user manual describing a CIA project known as ‘Scribbles’ (a.k.a. the “Snowden Stopper”), a piece of software purportedly designed to allow the embedding of ‘web beacon’ tags into documents “likely to be stolen.”  The web beacon tags are apparently able to collect information about an end user of a document and relay that information back to the beacon’s creator without being detected. Per WikiLeaks’ press release:

Today, April 28th 2017, WikiLeaks publishes the documentation and source code for CIA’s “Scribbles” project, a document-watermarking preprocessing system to embed “Web beacon”-style tags into documents that are likely to be copied by Insiders, Whistleblowers, Journalists or others. The released version (v1.0 RC1) is dated March, 1st 2016 and classified SECRET//ORCON/NOFORN until 2066.


Scribbles is intended for off-line preprocessing of Microsoft Office documents. For reasons of operational security the user guide demands that “[t]he Scribbles executable, parameter files, receipts and log files should not be installed on a target machine, nor left in a location where it might be collected by an adversary.”

The ‘Scribbles’ User Guide explains how the tool generates a random watermark for each document, inserts that watermark into the document, saves all such processed documents in an output directory, and creates a log file which identifies the watermarks inserted into each document.

Scribbles can watermark multiple documents in one batch and is designed to watermark several groups of documents.


Dr. Martin McHugh, Information Technology Programme chair at Dublin Institute of Technology, gave the RT more details on how the “Scribbles” tool can be used for “bad as well as good.”

“Methods of tracking have historically been developed for our protection but have evolved to become used to track us without our knowledge.”


“Web beacons typically go unnoticed. A tiny file is loaded as part of a webpage. Once this file is accessed, it records unique information about you, such as your IP address and sends this back to the creator of the beacon.”

But, the “Scribbles” user guide notes there is just one small problem with the program…it only works with Microsoft Office products.  So, if end users use other programs such as OpenOffice of LibreOffice then the CIA’s watermarks become visible to the end user and their cover is blown.

According to the documentation, “the Scribbles document watermarking tool has been successfully tested on […] Microsoft Office 2013 (on Windows 8.1 x64), documents from Office versions 97-2016 (Office 95 documents will not work!) [and d]ocuments that are not be locked forms, encrypted, or password-protected”. But this limitation to Microsoft Office documents seems to create problems: “If the targeted end-user opens them up in a different application, such as OpenOffice or LibreOffice, the watermark images and URLs may be visible to the end-user. For this reason, always make sure that the host names and URL components are logically consistent with the original content. If you are concerned that the targeted end-user may open these documents in a non-Microsoft Office application, please take some test documents and evaluate them in the likely application before deploying them.”

So if you plan to steal some government documents at some point in the near future you may want to ditch Microsoft Word.

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Colorado Bill Bans Cops From Helping Federal Govt Arrest People for Cannabis


Colorado continues to be a pioneer in cannabis freedom, with lawmakers now making a bold statement to the feds – Colorado cops won’t participate in your war against people and the cannabis plant.

“The state House voted 56-7 Wednesday to bar public employees from assisting federal agents in “arresting a Colorado citizen for committing an act that is a Colorado constitutional right.”

The Colorado bill doesn’t specifically mention marijuana. But sponsors say it is inspired by threats that federal authorities may try cracking down on the marijuana industry. Federal authorities generally rely on local law enforcement to enforce federal drug law.”

If the bill becomes law, Colorado cops would be barred from enforcing federal prohibition. It’s a safe assumption that many, if not most, Colorado cops wouldn’t be harassing people over pot anyway, but a few might leap at the chance to lock up potheads on behalf of the feds.

Asserting constitutional freedom is enough reason to flex 10th Amendment rights, but legislators are also aware of the enormous economic boost cannabis legalization has brought to Colorado. In fact, the cannabis industry is contributing more to the state’s economy than all other industries.

The threat of a federal crackdown has already had negative effects, though, as Colorado lawmakers decided to back off plans to allow pot clubs where users could ‘bring their own.’

But the current bill essentially draws a line in the sand – to protect freedom and economy – and it’s not the only way the Rocky Mountain state intends to protect itself from Big Brother.

Colorado is also considering a measure to allow marijuana growers to reclassify recreational pot as medical pot, a gambit to avoid federal seizure of recreational pot plants.”

If the feds decide they want to bust down doors to stop people from toking up, this measure will allow growers, including cannabis business owners, to protect themselves under medicinal use. Both bills are expected to be on the governor’s desk for signature before the May 10 adjournment.

Gov. John Hickenlooper recently met with U.S. Attorney General Sessions, and, according to an interview on MSNBC, Hickenlooper doesn’t think a federal crackdown is coming. Apparently, Sessions said he had bigger priorities than pot prohibition, although he remains a firm believer in the immoral war on drugs.

Sessions has notoriously repeated propaganda about cannabis, often relying on falsehoods perpetrated by the DEA that have since been removed from their website. He represents a dying breed of prohibitionists fueled by deliberate ignorance and a ‘law and order’ mentality.

Gov. Hickenlooper, who penned a letter with three other governors urging engagement with states before any action is taken, attempted to give the facts to Sessions during their meeting. Hickenlooper pointed out that in Colorado, we “haven’t seen a big spike in consumption” and “haven’t seen a significant increase in teenage consumption or any of these things.”

Even if the feds don’t begin a crackdown on legal weed states, the governor would do well to sign the bills coming to his desk. All help is welcome in the struggle for freedom and prosperity.

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Cannabis Use in US So High, Police Depts Now Allow Recent Potheads to Be Cops


The Free Thought Project interviewed Jamie (last name withheld) who said he’d always wanted to become a police officer since leaving the Marines after the first Gulf War. But, he said, he had one obstacle to overcome before joining the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina. He’d smoked weed while in high school and, at the time, his past use of the plant prevented him from becoming a police officer. Fast-forward 20 years, and Jamie may now want to consider moving to Maryland if he wants to continue his dreams of becoming an officer of the peace. That’s because the Mid-Atlantic state has relaxed its longstanding policy toward marijuana use.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Maryland has adopted the same relaxed policy towards marijuana that the FBI currently uses. The new standard, which will take effect on June 1, bars applicants if they smoked pot in the past three years. This is the same policy the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) uses. “The longstanding, previous policy had ruled out those who had used marijuana at least 20 times or at least five times since age 21,” writes the WSJ.

We are disqualifying otherwise perfectly qualified applicants based on a hiring standard that I think is inconsistent with where we are as a profession and a society,” said Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who also is vice chairman of the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission, which voted to approve the new, more relaxed policy last week.

Maryland’s struggle with marijuana is reflective of the struggle many police departments are facing now that over half of the United States has enacted some form of legalized cannabis use for medicinal or recreational use. In other words, it’s getting harder for departments to find recruits who haven’t used marijuana previously.

When states like Arizona and cities like Phoenix are practically begging for people to become police officers, something has to give. Either the laws have to change that prevent people from consuming cannabis, or the police department standards must be changed to accommodate and reflect the changing attitudes toward marijuana. The latter is occurring all across the land according to the WSJ.

Still, there are the critics, like Jim Pasco, executive director of the national Fraternal Order of Police. In essence, he accused Maryland of rewarding illegal behavior by allowing potheads to become police officers. “So you’re basically saying with that change that if you broke the law 20 times, it’s OK as long as you haven’t done it lately…How would that apply to bank robbery or mail fraud? The idea here is you want people who respect the law, whatever the law is,” he told the WSJ.

We tend to agree. But, before freaking out, listen to the reasoning behind it. It is quite hypocritical for departments to forgive the previous ‘crimes’ of its officers only to turn them loose on society to arrest people for the very same ‘crimes.’ However, here is where we disagree with Pasco — smoking a plant is not a crime — as there is no victim. There is, however, a victim when a cop arrests a person for smoking a plant. In that instance, the person kidnapping, caging, or killing the person over the plant, is the aggressor.

Pasco’s equation of consuming a plant with robbing a bank, will certainly rile cannabis advocates, businessmen, and consumers alike. As The Free Thought Project has dutifully noted, the consumption of marijuana is much safer than consuming alcohol, something many police officers abuse, both on the job as well as off-duty. Just this month, three police officers were arrested in the same county in Texas for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol. Yet cannabis, as innocuous as it is, is still being stigmatized by law enforcement leaders such as Pasco.

Still, even with changing attitudes towards cannabis, it appears we are a long way off from allowing police officers to use marijuana for their own illnesses. Likewise, healthcare workers who suffer from debilitating illnesses and chronic pain must depend solely on pharmaceutical treatments for their conditions or risk losing their medical board licenses. While it’s encouraging to see each state examine their stance on cannabis, we’re what seems to be light years away from having police officers and physicians as stoners.

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Here are the Top 10 Broken Promises of Trump’s First 100 Days


President Donald Trump has hit his 100-day mark as commander in chief. While Trump has made good on some of his promises such as making adjustments to government agencies, creating a coalition to combat the opioid crisis, and making sweeping changes to the federal tax code, he made a plethora of campaign declarations and pledges that he has either abandoned — in a most hypocritical fashion — or is unable to fulfill.

Rand Paul warned that Trump was a chameleon in 2015 and cautioned that he was a “consummate insider.” As many of Trump’s former supporters have learned, he was right. Some of the pledges since dismissed by Trump were the very reasons why many voters ultimately chose Trump over Hillary Clinton or a third-party candidate.

1. The United States Healthcare System

Trump told voters numerous times that Obamacare must be repealed. Many conservative-leaning independents chose Trump because he had promised to repeal and replace Obamacare.

When the GOP’s “Ryancare” proposal was released, voters were surprised to find that Trump was urging Americans to embrace a plan that maintained most of the regulations, penalties, and benefits to special interests abhorred by Republicans, as well as the individual mandate. Trump even criticized RyanCare’s detractors when the House Freedom Caucus held strongly to their opposition of the bill.

2. Foreign Policy

Trump has never claimed to be an anti-war candidate, but he made some clear statements about foreign policy before and during his campaign. He criticized The United States in its role during the Iraq War and claimed after the election that “we will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn’t be involved with.”

In April, his administration went on to launch airstrikes on a Syrian airbase following a sarin gas attack that Trump declared was the doing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Trump is well-known for being vocally critical of the Obama administration’s launching of airstrikes in Syria in response to a sarin attack, attributed to the Assad regime, back in 2013.

3. “Draining the swamp”

The phrase “drain the swamp” became a battle cry of Trump supporters during his campaign. During his Inaugural Address, Trump indicated big changes for a new administration, saying that “today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People. For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.”

Trump hit hard against Wall Street during the campaign but brought Goldman Sachs insiders into the Treasury Department. He appointed ExxonMobil executive Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. He acknowledged to CBS that his transition team was full of lobbyists and indicated his acceptance of this because “that’s the only people you have down there.”

Prior to being elected, Trump also stated that he loved WikiLeaks. However, like the rest of the ‘swamp’, Trump now wants to see Julian Assange behind bars.

4. Education Reform

Trump has repeatedly called to end Common Core during his campaign and more recently, this month. However, he failed to explain to the public that he cannot simply end the CC standards at the federal level.

He issued an executive order this week seeking to halt “top-down mandates that take away autonomy and limit the options available to educators, administrators, and parents,” according to Education Department official Rob Goad. While his administration is welcome to advocate for local control of schools, Common Core is not federal law and it’s up to states to decide whether to continue to implement the standards.

5. “Getting rid of ISIS”

While Trump rebuked regime change in Syria and was clear that his focus would be primarily on weakening the power of the Islamic State, his policies largely follow those of his predecessor.

The Trump administration launched airstrikes in Syria nearly immediately following a chemical attack that Trump was convinced had come from the Assad regime. This move did nothing but strain relations between the United States and Syria and has further aided ISIS. As Ron Paul pointed out, “Who benefits from the US attack on Syria? ISIS, which immediately after the attack began a ground offensive.”

6. Medical Cannabis and States’ Rights

Donald Trump often spoke obscurely about his position on marijuana, but was at least warm to the idea of states being able to decide on its legalization and regulation. As a private citizen, Trump actually wanted to end the drug war, but as a candidate he softened that position and said that “I think medical should happen— right? Don’t we agree? I think so. And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states.”

He then went on to appoint Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, who is staunchly opposed to marijuana even medically, including as a secondary option for patients who might otherwise use opiates. Press Secretary Sean Spicer noted that states that have legalized cannabis are likely to “see greater enforcement” of federal law.

7. Eliminating the National Debt

Trump claimed that he would be able to balance the federal budget within eight years. He’s not the first presidential candidate to make this claim, and the debt is so large that any actions taken in his administration thus far would show little effect at this time. However, Trump’s goal is not based in reality according to one of his own appointees.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s appointed director of Office Of Management and Budget, explained that “It’s fairly safe to assume that was hyperbole. I’m not going to be able to pay off $20 trillion worth of debt in four years. I’d be being dishonest with you if I said that I could. The reason the president doesn’t want to change some of the mandatory spending is because the public’s not ready for it yet. They’re ready for economic growth.”

8. Ousting Fed Chair Yellen

Trump as a candidate was quite critical of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as well as the Reserve itself. He told CNBC in May 2016 that he would probably replace her at the end of her term in 2018.

In September 2016, he accused Yellen of orchestrating a “false stock market” with artificially low interest rates and said she should be “ashamed of herself.” Speaking to the Wall Street Journal last week, Trump was asked if Yellen would be “toast” at the end of her term, to which Trump replied, “No, not toast. You know, I like her, I respect her.” He added that “I do like the low interest rate policy.”

9. Prosecuting Hillary Clinton

As unlikely as this scenario would be in reality, yards across America bore “Lock Her Up” signs in reference to Trump’s political nemesis Hillary Clinton and her infamous private email server in addition to the Benghazi scandal.

In October 2016, he told Clinton that “If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there’s never been so many lies, so much deception.”

Former federal prosecutor Peter Seidenberg noted after Trump backed off on that vow in November 2016 that prosecuting Clinton was an issue that the president wasn’t authorized to take on himself and would be up to an independently-acting attorney general.

Also, in her first interview since her defeat in the presidential election by Trump, Clinton called on the United States to bomb Syria. Only hours later, in lock step with his formal alleged ‘rival,’ Trump sent 59 Tomahawk missiles hurling into Al-Shayrat air base in Homs, using two US Navy destroyers.

10. Building “the wall”

One of Trumps’ most famous and gargantuan promises to the public was that he would build a physical wall along the border of Mexico and the United States and that Mexico would foot the bill.

Following the election, that initiative has fallen apart and repeated attempts to keep the project alive have stalled. The $12 billion price tag has now nearly doubled to an estimated $21 billion, and Trump has since shifted his strategy to asking Congress to appropriate the initial funding and promising that Mexico will reimburse sometime in the future.

However, Mexico has never indicated willingness to pay for it, and Mexican foreign minister Luis Videgaray declared this week that “the wall is not part of any bilateral discussion nor should it be.” He also said that “under no scenario, will we contribute economically to any action of this kind.” Despite Videgaray’s explicit wording, Trump insisted via Twitter on Tuesday that “Don’t let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL. It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc.”

As the Glen Greenwald notes, Trump has pulled the wool over the eyes of his supporters and immersed himself in with the deep state — using war is his cover.

In the last two months, Trump has ordered a commando raid in Yemen that has massacred children and dozens of innocent people, bombed Mosul and killed scores of civilians, and bombed a mosque near Aleppo that killed dozens. During the campaign, he vowed to murder the family members of alleged terrorists. He shut America’s doors to Syrian refugees, and is deporting people who have lived in the U.S. since childhood despite committing no crimes.


Given all that, could Americans possibly believe him when he says that he is motivated by humanitarianism – deep-seated anger over seeing Syrian children harmed – in bombing Syria? Yes, they could, and they are.

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Mew announce North American tour in support of ‘Visuals’

This summer., Danish alternative rock band Mew will barnstorm through North America in support of their latest album, Visuals. The group’s tour will begin in New York City before expanding out to venues in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, Vancouver, Seattle and San Diego before concluding with a performance at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre. Tickets for the indie stadium band’s latest tour go on sale May 4.

Mew was founded in the Copenhagen suburb in the mid-’90s as a post-rock outfit. However, the band didn’t break through commercially until the release of 2003’s Frengers, a record that featured a bigger, more anthemic sound. The quietly epic album helped them expand their influence beyond the Netherlands and into the rest of Europe. By the end of 2000, the group had developed a devoted following in North America as their 2009 album, No More Stories…, topped Billboard’s U.S. Heatseekers albums chart. 

Visuals was released on April 21 and Mew’s upcoming tour dates are below:

Aug. 3 — New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Aug. 4 — Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (Click here to get tickets)
Aug. 5 — Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
Aug. 7 — Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at The Fillmore
Aug. 8 — Boston, MA – The Sinclair (Click here to get tickets)
Aug. 10 — Toronto, ON – Mod Club
Aug. 11 — Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Aug. 12 — Chicago, IL – Park West
Aug. 13 — St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
Aug. 15 — Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre (Click here to get tickets)
Aug. 16 — Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
Aug. 18 — Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
Aug. 19 — Seattle, WA – Neumos
Aug. 20 — Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Aug. 22 — San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Aug. 24 — San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
Aug. 25 — Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Aug. 26 — Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre (Click here to get tickets)

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Jaymes Young to tour North America in support of ‘Feel Something’

To support his upcoming debut album, Feel Something, Seattle-based alternative musician Jaymes Young will be hitting the road this summer. The intrepid singer-songwriter’s tour will take him to cities throughout North America including San Francisco, Vancouver, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, Nashville and Kansas City, Mo. for a show at recordBar. Tickets for Young’s tour are on sale now.

Young felt a passion for making music early in life, creating his first songs at the tender age of 14. In 2013, Young attracted a host of critical acclaim with the release of his first EP, Dark Star. That record, and its 2014 follow-up Habits of My Heart EP, eventually captured the attention of the music world and Young began collaborating with such stars as electronic musician Zhu, superstar DJ David Guetta and indie pop performer Phoebe Ryan. With his public profile at its highest level and his skills at their most refined, Ryan poised to breakthrough to the mainstream in a major way with Feel Something, which is due out June 26.

Jaymes Young’s upcoming tour dates:

July 11 — West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour
July 13 — San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop  
July 14 — Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre 
July 15 — Vancouver, ON – Biltmore Cabaret  
July 16 — Seattle, WA – The Crocodile  
July 19 — Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge  
July 21 — Kansas City, MO – recordBar (Click here to get tickets)  
July 22 — Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen  
July 23 — Detroit, MI – Shelter  
July 25 — Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground  
July 27 — New York, NY- The Bowery Ballroom  
July 28 — Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair (Click here to get tickets
July 29 — Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
July 30 — Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Aug. 1 — Atlanta, GA – Vinyl  
Aug. 2 — Nashville, TN – Exit/In

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French helicopter carrier with 2 British rotorcraft arrives in Japan

The French ship will lead the exercise in the Pacific near Guam, where the militaries of the four nations will practice landings around the island of Tinian. Some 700 troops will participate.

Japanese officials and children’s welcome dances greeted the Mistral in Sasebo in the Nagasaki prefecture, where Japan has a major Maritime Self-Defense Force base that also hosts US Navy warships. The French ship will remain there until May 5, Reuters reported.

The Mistral had been dispatched to Japan in January, long before tensions spiked in the region after the US threatened to use military force against North Korea unless it stops its nuclear and missile programs. The ship arrived a day after Pyongyang had conducted an unsuccessful ballistic missile test in defiance of international pressure.

“We did not expect the start of our visit to coincide with a North Korean missile launch,” France’s ambassador to Japan Thierry Dana said on the Mistral’s bridge, adding “cooperation between our four nations in upholding laws, peace and stability in the region will display our readiness to deal with North Korea.”

The Mistral can carry up to 16 heavy or 35 light helicopters and has six landing spots on deck. It can also accommodate two to four landing boats, up to 59 ground vehicles, and up to 900 troops during short missions.

France currently has three Mistral-class ships in service and built two more for the Russian Navy. However, that sale was canceled under pressure from the US after the political crisis erupted in Ukraine.

The two helicopter carriers were later sold to Egypt at a significantly lower price, with France reportedly losing several hundred million euros and a lucrative option for two more ships that Russia wanted built under the license.

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