Russia & China Declare All Out War on US Petrodollar — Prepare for Exclusive Trade in Gold

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The formation of a BRICS gold marketplace, which could bypass the U.S. Petrodollar in bilateral trade, continues to take shape as Russia’s largest bank, state-owned Sberbank, announced this week that its Swiss subsidiary had begun trading in gold on the Shanghai Gold Exchange.

Russian officials have repeatedly signaled that they plan to conduct transactions with China using gold as a means of marginalizing the power of the dollar in bilateral trade between the geopolitically powerful nations. This latest movement is quite simply the manifestation of a larger geopolitical game afoot between great powers.

According to a report published by Reuters:

Sberbank was granted international membership of the Shanghai exchange in September last year and in July completed a pilot transaction with 200 kg of gold kilobars sold to local financial institutions, the bank said.

Sberbank plans to expand its presence on the Chinese precious metals market and anticipates total delivery of 5-6 tonnes of gold to China in the remaining months of 2017.

Gold bars will be delivered directly to the official importers in China as well as through the exchange, Sberbank said.

Russia’s second-largest bank VTB is also a member of the Shanghai Gold Exchange.

To be clear, there is a revolutionary transformation of the entire global monetary system currently underway, being driven by an almost perfect storm. The implications of this transformation are extremely profound for U.S. policy in the Middle East, which for nearly the past half century has been underpinned by its strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia.

THE RISE & FALL OF THE PETRODOLLAR

The dollar was established as the global reserve currency in 1944 with the Bretton Woods agreement, commonly referred to as the gold standard. The U.S. leveraged itself into this power position by holding the largest reserve of gold in the world. The dollar was pegged at $35 an ounce — and freely exchangeable into gold.

By the 1960s, a surplus of U.S. dollars caused by foreign aid, military spending, and foreign investment threatened this system, as the U.S. did not have enough gold to cover the volume of dollars in worldwide circulation at the rate of $35 per ounce; as a result, the dollar was overvalued.

America temporarily embraced a new paradigm in 1971, as the dollar became a pure fiat currency (decoupled from any physical store of value), until the petrodollar agreement was concluded by President Nixon in 1973.

The quid pro quo was that Saudi Arabia would denominate all oil trades in U.S. dollars, and in return, the U.S. would agree to sell Saudi Arabia military hardware and guarantee the defense of the Kingdom.

A report by the Centre for Research on Globalalization clarifies the implications of these most recent moves by the Russians and the Chinese in an ongoing drive to replace the US petrodollar as the global reserve currency:

Fast forward to March 2017; the Russian Central Bank opened its first overseas office in Beijing as an early step in phasing in a gold-backed standard of trade. This would be done by finalizing the issuance of the first federal loan bonds denominated in Chinese yuan and to allow gold imports from Russia.

The Chinese government wishes to internationalize the yuan, and conduct trade in yuan as it has been doing, and is beginning to increase trade with Russia. They’ve been taking these steps with bilateral trading, native trading systems and so on. However, when Russia and China agreed on their bilateral US$400 billion pipeline deal, China wished to, and did, pay for the pipeline with yuan treasury bonds, and then later for Russian oil in yuan.

This evasion of, and unprecedented breakaway from, the reign of the US dollar monetary system is taking many forms, but one of the most threatening is the Russians trading Chinese yuan for gold. The Russians are already taking Chinese yuan, made from the sales of their oil to China, back to the Shanghai Gold Exchange to then buy gold with yuan-denominated gold futures contracts – basically a barter system or trade.

The Chinese are hoping that by starting to assimilate the yuan futures contract for oil, facilitating the payment of oil in yuan, the hedging of which will be done in Shanghai, it will allow the yuan to be perceived as a primary currency for trading oil. The world’s top importer (China) and exporter (Russia) are taking steps to convert payments into gold. This is known. So, who would be the greatest asset to lure into trading oil for yuan? The Saudis, of course.

All the Chinese need is for the Saudis to sell China oil in exchange for yuan. If the House of Saud decides to pursue that exchange, the Gulf petro-monarchies will follow suit, and then Nigeria, and so on. This will fundamentally threaten the petrodollar.

According to a report by the Russian government media, significant progress has been made in promoting bilateral trade in yuan, between the two nations, as the first step towards an even more aambitiousplan—using gold to make transactions:

One measure under consideration is the joint organization of trade in gold. In recent years, China and Russia have been the world’s most active buyers of the precious metal.

On a visit to China last year, deputy head of the Russian Central Bank Sergey Shvetsov said that the two countries want to facilitate more transactions in gold between the two countries.

In April, Sberbank expressed interest in financing the direct import of gold to India—also a BRICS member. Make no mistake that a BRICS gold marketplace could be used to bypass the dollar in bilateral trade, and undermine the hegemonic control enjoyed by the US petrodollar as the global reserve currency.

“In 2014 Russia and China signed two mammoth 30-year contracts for Russian gas to China. The contracts specified that the exchange would be done in Renminbi [yuan] and Russian rubles, not in dollars. That was the beginning of an accelerating process of de-dollarization that is underway today,” according to strategic risk consultant F. William Engdahl.

Russia and China are now creating a new paradigm for the world economy and paving the way for a global de-dollarization.

“A Russian-Chinese alternative to the dollar in the form of a gold-backed ruble and gold-backed Renminbi or yuan, could start a snowball exit from the US dollar, and with it, a severe decline in America’s ability to use the reserve dollar role to finance her wars with other peoples’ money,” Engdahl concludes.

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EXCLUSIVE: Watch Cops Swarm, Arrest Innocent Man For Refusing To Say How Old He Was

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In an exclusive interview with The Free Thought Project, a self-proclaimed constitutional rights activist is speaking out about his ordeal with Nevada police after he refused to tell an officer his date of birth. He said that in addition to being arrested, he has been harassed ever since.

Joshua Martinez said he became interested in Cliven Bundy’s ongoing conflict with the Bureau of Land Management back in April 2014. He said Bundy’s problems led him to become a student of the Constitution.

In December 2015, in a show of support for the Bundy family and their involvement with a stand-off with the FBI in Oregon that led to the death of LaVoy Finicum, Martinez raised LaVoy Finicum’s cattle brand, AKA the “LaVoy Finicum” flag on the Nevada federal courthouse steps.

Then in January, Martinez said he began passing out pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution and jury notification pamphlets. It was his way of being a good citizen, “but in the eyes of the government we rattle their cage and they don’t appreciate that,” he told TFTP.

Martinez did not get arrested for passing out the Constitution, but somehow he became a person of interest to courthouse officials and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

The FBI and the U.S. Marshalls took notice as well. Martinez said it all started in February when he attempted to be a spectator at some of the court proceedings involving defendants who were being tried for their role in the now-infamous occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

But Martinez was more interested in being able to attend the proceedings without having to identify himself. His current contention is with forced identification. He went to the courthouse on Feb. 6, but was not allowed entry on the basis that he did not have a valid form of identification.

First, the courthouse security, on behalf of the U.S. Marshalls, informed Martinez that he was not allowed to enter and observe the court proceedings without a valid identification. Asking to speak with a Marshall directly, he was met with several unidentified U.S. Marshalls who promptly informed Martinez he couldn’t come in without an ID.

Martinez wanted to sue the U.S. Marshalls for discriminating against him on the basis that he did not have identification and disallowing him from observing the court’s proceedings. But he said he had a problem. He had no idea who the Marshalls were who would not let him come inside.

Martinez said he decided to go back on Feb. 7 in an attempt to identify the very people who told him he couldn’t come inside without an ID.

Instead of obtaining the named of the Marshalls, Martinez was arrested. He said he passed through the metal detector and was in possession of a valid state-issued ID just in case, but after presenting his ID, they ran his ID and then informed him the U.S. Marshalls don’t want you in the courtroom.” He and his friends left the building and sat on one of the courthouse benches outside.

“It’s all about conditioning us to live as slaves,” Martinez said. “when an officer gives us a command we have to do it. That’s all it’s about!”

Martinez, along with a few of his friends, were sitting outside the courthouse on public property when police arrived and swarmed him. Apparently, someone inside the courthouse called police about his attempts to get information on the U.S. Marshalls.

Metro PD was called and when they arrived, they began to question Martinez, who had already identified himself. They pressed him for more information, demanding his date of birth, a detail he was not willing to offer them.

Martinez said his rationale was that since he had committed no crime, he was not suspected of having committed a crime, and since he was not being detained, he was therefore under no obligation to cooperate with police.

Patriots such as Martinez seem to understand that if the so-called authority police possess is not challenged, more individuals will have their civil rights violated, such as attempting to go about their lives without having to carry an ID.

“Hiibel vs. Nevada states first and last name is required and nothing more. It doesn’t say anything about giving a date of birth or anything else,” Martinez said, as justification for why he refused to tell the officers his date-of-birth.

As can be heard in the video, one of the officers told another that Martinez was not under investigation, and was not trespassing. However, even though no crime was committed, Metro PD continued to ‘investigate’ further, eventually deciding to arrest Martinez.

Martinez was charged with “obstruction of justice,” even though no crime had been committed. He simply did not want to cooperate with police by providing any further identification and was arrested for it.

“Body cam footage of my arrest in front of the federal courthouse in Las Vegas Nevada on February 7, 2017. In the video, you can hear one officer inform the officer who made contact with me that I was not trespassed and that I was on public property. Reasonable suspicion was met when they learned I was not breaking any laws.”

Police often charge individuals with “obstruction” when all other attempts to criminalize an otherwise innocent individual are made. The charges lead to innocent people being arrested, fined, jailed (sometimes for months), and when they go to court, those charges are then often dropped.

If citizens truly have civil liberty, they should be allowed to come and go as they please without arousing the suspicions of police or government workers. But when everyone is seen as a suspect, it is easy for police to infringe on citizens’ rights to film in public, walk where they please, or even enjoy a sitting on a bench on public property.

A new documentary titled “What Happened In Vegas” was born out of such infringements. Director Ramsey Denison was assaulted and arrested after he called 911 to report an out-of-control police officer. Instead of being hailed as a concerned citizen looking out for the civil rights of others, he was quickly marked as a suspect and taken to jail.

It was only after that experience that Denison realized there was a systemic problem with Metro PD infringing on citizens’ rights and decided to detail what he sess as an out of control police department.

Since Martinez’s arrest he says he has been further harassed, not only by the FBI, but also by the counter-terrorism unit inside Metro PD. When asked why the government thinks he is a threat, Martinez said he feels it is because he has refused to get a driver’s license, and has produced many YouTube videos encouraging others to follow his example.

Martinez also said he gets targeted because he uses court case law in his videos, and encourages citizens to know their rights and to get educated. Even with being an advocate for the Constitution, he has been labeled a “sovereign citizen,” but says nothing could be further from the truth. Martinez told TFTP he was born on an Air Force base to a very patriotic family, and his dad was a member of the Air Force.

“My main objection is government overreach and officials operating outside the confines of the Constitution…I believe we should keep our government in check,” Martinez said, adding the harassment he’s received has even followed him to his workplace.

Martinez described the second time he has been arrested in the last few months:

“They arrested me for possession of a concealed firearm. I was at the door. I’m a door host at a nightclub. I was checking ID’s at the door and was approached by three plains clothes men who came to me and asked me for a Sheriff’s Card (another permit he objects to…something Martinez calls an “adult work permit”). At first, I didn’t know who they were…”

Martinez said one of the officers pretended to be interested in his plainly visible gun—he carries openly per Nevada law—but then asked if he had a concealed carry permit. Martinez said he was carrying openly and he didn’t need one. At that point, he was arrested for “possession of a concealed firearm,” which is a felony in Nevada.

This is the type of treatment Martinez said he now has to live with, for speaking out and attempting to enter a courthouse without a valid ID. He said because he has been labeled as a “sovereign citizen,” he is now now one of the government’s targets, and he is facing felony charges as a result.

Martinez said that in his mind, the state of Nevada has a serious problem with permitting. “To be a cashier at a 7-Eleven you need four different forms of identification—a Sheriff’s Card, a TAM card (alcohol education certification), a health card (food handler’s card), and a regular form of identification,” He said.

“Permits, licensing, that’s my beef with the system,” Martinez said. Now he has to go to court to prove he is no danger to society and that because he was legally open-carrying his firearm, he should not be convicted of as a felon who would not longer have the right to keep and bear arms.

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EXCLUSIVE: Entire Family Kidnapped, Caged for Using Tiny Amount of Cannabis to Treat Illness

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Loogootee, IN — An Indiana woman is facing the consequences of using cannabis to treat her health conditions in a state where it has yet to be legally sanctioned after she says police raided her home and charged her as a felon.

Deangela Forbes told the Free Thought Project that the incident began when Loogootee Police were attempting to serve a court order for her boyfriend, Michael Bakerian, to appear in court for a civil matter. She said things changed when the officer serving the warrant smelled marijuana through the screen door. Instead of serving Bakerian with the papers, the officer returned to police headquarters and obtained a search warrant for their apartment.

Bakerian’s father is a retired police officer, and Forbes is a former prison guard—but not even their history of support for law enforcement could have prepared them for what happened next.

On June 24 at 1 a.m., Forbes said a team of police officers opened their front door and came barging into the apartment, screaming orders at the two adults and Forbes’s 15-year-old son.

“Get in the living room, now! Get out in the living room!” they screamed ordering all three to the den. Forbes said they tore apart her bedroom, even though she told them where the marijuana was located.

“They tried to get me to say I had an ounce, which is a felony, but I didn’t have that much,” Forbes told TFTP, noting that she recalls having about half an ounce. I felt like they were trying to trick me into incriminating myself into a felony.” 

Forbes said she obtained the marijuana to help treat medical conditions such gastroparesis, an inability to digest food when the digestive system becomes somewhat paralyzed. She smokes cannabis to be able to eat, as the condition prevents her from feeling hunger.

Forbes also suffers from diabetes and is insulin dependent. She said she has to balance her blood sugar levels daily by taking insulin injections and prescription medicine. She noted that cannabis helps her diabetic neuropathy as well. “It helps me with my pain and helps me be able to eat,” she said.

“The police kept using their flashlights to show each other I had needles and they seemed to think I was on heroin on something,” Forbes said, noting that the needles were actually present for her regular insulin injections.

Forbes said she was arrested and charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor. She was charged with “maintaining a common nuisance” and “neglect of a dependent” both of which are class six felonies. For using cannabis to control her gastroparesis and to mitigate the pain of diabetic neuropathy, she was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

“I’ve never been in trouble with the law!” Forbes said, adding that she now has to find a new place to live because her apartment complex is government run, and as such has a zero tolerance policy towards drug use. She said that she and her son were given just a few days to vacate the apartment, while her boyfriend is still in jail, facing charges of “visiting a common nuisance” and “possession of marijuana.

Before the arrests, Forbes said her boyfriend was working two jobs, but he has not been able to work since because his bond is set at $2500 cash. She now has to depend upon the help of other family members to move their belongings, all because one officer smelled cannabis at her front door.

Forbes, who was using cannabis to control her pain and appetite, now has to be drug tested weekly, a result of Child Protective Services’ involvement in their home. “I’ve already done two,” she said and it has only been a week.

“Some people suggested there’s a medicine called ‘Marinol’ and that I should try that,” Forbes replied when asked how she is going to make it without cannabis. Marinol is a big pharma brand of thc — synthetic cannabis — which is legal by prescription. If you have the government-approved synthetic version of the exact same drug as cannabis, cops won’t kick in your door and kidnap you. Seems legit.

In the minds of free thinkers, it is clear to see Forbes was benefitting from a natural plant, in order to maintain her health up until police—enforcing Indiana’s draconian drug laws—invaded her home, kidnapped her family, and caged the breadwinner.

The so-called authorities then subjected her to the deprivation of her life-saving pain management protocol, and have forced her to submit to the public scrutiny of her parenting skills. The family has now been forced into homelessness all because pharmaceutical companies insist that their chemical substitutes are the only drugs which will be sold by prescription in Indiana.

It is time for a change. Marijuana has helped millions of people and is legal to be used in at least 29 states in the U.S. Still, stories like Forbes’ serve to illustrate that while some Americans are given the freedoms to use natural medicine for their ailments, others are not so lucky.

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EXCLUSIVE: Watch Cops Arrest Man and Friends For Trespassing on Their OWN Property

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Lawrenceville, GA — When Ashton Smallwood, a resident at the Reflections Apartment complex in Lawrenceville, wanted to celebrate his birthday, he thought it would be a great idea to have his friends come over and hang out by the complex’s pool. Little did he know what a disaster his celebration would become.

Smallwood says he informed the leasing office that he wanted to have a pool party. They told him, in person, that there would be no problem, but that the pool had to be treated first. They ordered the pool maintenance company to service the pool, and after they completed their treatment, the apartment manager called Smallwood to tell him the pool was ready.

But what once was a great idea, turned into a nightmare for Smallwood, and his friends Clifford Larose and Shauntelle Kindle. They say it all started when Detective Nermin Cultarevic—who also lives at the apartment complex—approached them and told them they had to leave.

 

At a cookout authorized by the apartment complex, and this happens.. Thought my first time being in jail would be because I actually did something. They arrested 3 of us and gave everyone else in our group tickets for criminal tresspassing.. I was arrested for obstruction of justice for asking a question. We WILL be fighting this…

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The trio said Cultarevic, who is rumored to be on administrative leave, called a friend of his with the Gwinnett County Police Department. When Officer Hernandez arrived, the two began speaking Spanish. Little did they know Larose also spoke Spanish.

Larose said he overheard Cultarevic tell Hernandez they were criminals and did not live at the apartment complex. That was only partially true. Smallwood lives at Reflections, and his friends were guests at his pre-approved birthday party.

Smallwood attempted to inform the officer he was legally on the premises of his legal residence, but was still told he had to leave. Hernandez was not listening, apparently. Attempting to please his fellow officer, who is reportedly passing his time by working security for the apartment complex, Hernandez then told the party they were going to be charged with criminal trespassing.

Yes. You read that right. Smallwood, a legal resident at the apartments, was being arrested with criminal trespassing, even though he’d secured permission for the birthday party by the complex where he lives.

When Kindle, who is also a Marine, questioned why they were being arrested, she too was told she was going to be arrested. Larose was also informed he was being arrested.

The birthday party members knew what was going on. they said that in their minds, the uninformed Cultarevic had asked a buddy of his to get rid of the “riff-raff,” loitering at the pool. But they were not going to go quietly. They called 911.

When on-duty police officers arrived, they only spoke with Hernandez, then all three were arrested, taken to jail, and charged. Kindle was charged with obstruction of justice, probably for filming the event. Clifford was charged with trespassing.

Even though he was told he was being charged with criminal trespassing, Smallwood was instead booked on disorderly conduct charges when he arrived at the jail. Evidently, the jail knew they couldn’t charge him with trespassing on his own property, so they elected to charge him with the conduct charge.

Smallwood said the whole ordeal could have been avoided if Cultarevic had done his due diligence and investigated their rightful claims to hold a party on the premises. But now, all three are looking to sue Cultarevic, Hernandez, and the entire police department for unlawful arrest.

Adding insult to injury, when the three were in the back of the squad car, they said Cultarevic approached and stuck his tongue out at them, mocking them for messing with the detective, who ultimately got his way in demanding they be arrested and charged.

Kindle’s father is a police officer. She served four years at Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina. Smallwood worked for Dynacorp as a security specialist. And Larose is a project specialist for Sherwin Williams.

All three believe the arrests were racially motivated. They said that was the only conclusion they could come to, in light of the fact that Smallwood lives at the Reflections apartment complex. They said Cultarevic even lied to Hernandez by saying they were smoking marijuana, something Larose categorically denies. “My friend [Smallwood] has never smoked weed in his life,” he said.

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EXCLUSIVE: Video Shows Cops Violently Attack Men for Telling them to “Slow Down”

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Santa Rosa, CA — Nathan Cerruti admits his Santa Rosa neighborhood isn’t the best one in the world, even calls it a little “trappy,” but he still takes pride in being a part of the neighborhood watch. He and his buddies make it a habit of telling passing motorists to slow down as kids play in the driveways. But that all changed when it was the police who allegedly got told to slow down Sunday night while they were allegedly driving too fast through their complex.

Cerruti was cooking a chicken pot pie in the microwave when he hears his buddy yelling at passing patrol car to slow down. The challenge to their authority was apparently too much for them to let go, so they initiated a confrontation with Cerruti and his friends.

The question of who got to exercise their freedom of speech was quickly answered when a gang of police officers attacked the men, who were simply expressing their desire for the police to slow down.

That’s where the video starts. Cerruti said he was just trying to protect his neighbor’s baby from the ensuing argument when he got between his neighbor and the baby gate.

“I raised my voice one time, to let them know there was a baby nearby…and I got my ass whooped,” Cerruti told the Free Thought Project. He says his neighbor was tased and then he got tased, and “dropped to the floor.”

Neighbors saw the attack and began to document the beating by filming with cell phone cameras. Cerruti’s friends took an even worse beating, in his opinion, and says he felt like they were “trying to kill them”.

“I remember being face down in the curb, and I saw one cop take out his baton, and I watched him bash my friend in the shins,” he recalled adding he was swinging so hard the officer was creating sparks when the baton hit the concrete.

During the melee, he says a friend called police headquarters to file a complaint. “A friend of mine was in the house and he called for a watch commander because he saw us getting the life beat out of us,” he said.

After the watch commander called back, his wife got the phone and asked them to send an ambulance, but the medics forced him to walk the length of the complex on a broken foot.

“Dude, I’m there to protect the baby. These dudes just attacked. The only thing you can think of it as was a masculinity, control type of event. They just wanted to show us they were the ones in control,” he said.

Cerruti said he got a concussion, a broken foot, bruises all over his back, and general soreness all over.

He says he feels like the police are lying about having been called to the apartment complex. They told them there was a fight in progress so they were responding. But he says he didn’t see or hear about a fight taking place and added, “the only fight taking place was them fighting us.”

Two of his friends were charged. One was charged with assault on a police officer and child endangerment. Cerruti has a record but hasn’t been in trouble with the law since 2008. He says he doesn’t know if he’s going to sue as all he can think about at the moment is the pain he’s currently in.

Now, Cerruti says police have threatened the apartment complex with shutting them down for “code enforcement violations” if they don’t kick out the people involved in the fight they themselves started. As a result, he says he has to look for a new place to live, all because he and his friends tried to hold the police accountable for speeding through their neighborhood.

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EXCLUSIVE: Moms Across America releases powerful new documentary exposing toxicity of GMOs and glyphosate

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EXCLUSIVE: Man Charged with Felony Marijuana Possession — Had No Actual Weed

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Fletcher, NC — Jason Hume and his girlfriend Jordanna Colby live in Fletcher, NC, a very rural part of Western North Carolina. The two were arrested by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office in May on felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell and distribute, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. The only problem with the charges is there was absolutely no smokable marijuana plant matter in their possession.

In North Carolina, marijuana arrests alone, total in the tens of thousands each year. The result of such a tyrannical practice is morally innocent people like Colby and Hume, losing their freedom over pieces of a plant.

While the rest of the country, 29 states at last count, has passed legislation legalizing marijuana in some form or another, North Carolina continues to celebrate its marijuana arrests.

Aside from kidnapping and caging people for possessing a plant, North Carolina also conducts unconstitutional driver’s license checkpoints. It was at one of these tyrannical stops where the couple was nabbed.

Hume and Colby didn’t submit to the driver’s license checkpoint but were told to “get the f**k out of the car.” The driver’s license checkpoint was held in the early morning hours, of May 1, and that’s when authorities say they discovered 500 cannabis seeds, separated into 50 packets, like pumpkin seeds can be found in any general store.

Hume tells the Free Thought Project that he ordered the marijuana seeds legally off the internet and was told not to allow the seeds to germinate, which he didn’t. He was simply keeping the seeds as a souvenir until he could relocate to a state where he could legally grow cannabis.

Police also found cash in the truck, which gives them, according to the law, probable cause to seize the funds. “I had about $800 in cash in my wallet. My girlfriend had about $200 in hers. They took all of that and we haven’t gotten any of that back.”

Interestingly enough, the police also confiscated cannabidiol (CBD) which is legal in the State of NC. “I wonder if they’re not familiar with the laws of their own state,” Hume said.

The couple was considering taking up residence in North Carolina, but now they’re looking for a more cannabis-friendly state. Holding up those relocation plans, however, is the county’s decision to prosecute the two.

Hume admits he’s had one other possession charge and is seeking the counsel in how he should proceed with the new more serious felony charge he’s facing.

He’s really hoping to plea bargain for reduced charges and said having a felony conviction will hurt his chances to get into the legal cannabis industry, in some other state, as most states require budtenders to be felony-conviction free.

As it stands, Hume has a court date of July 19th. Until then, he cannot leave the State of North Carolina. He currently works as a cook at a restaurant in Asheville where his girlfriend Jordanna, is an assistant general manager.

Hume wants our readers to attempt to “try and wake up your friends and family to freedom” and spread the word about “voluntaryism.” Voluntaryism the belief that “you own your body, you own yourself, and you have the last say as to how you treat your body.” It’s essentially just common sense.

Hume said the arresting officer was aggravated and upset there’d been two overdoses in one week and was very angry at the fact he had to process the arrest paperwork. He wonders why the officer was so angry at him.

After all, Hume said, “Cannabis is actually helping people get off of opiates and other addictive substances.”

And Hume is right. As the Free Thought Project has pointed out in multiple articles, studies across the United States are showing that cannabis obliterates the opioid crisis.

With their massive push against marijuana, it is no wonder that North Carolina has 4 cities in the top 20 of the entire country for opioid overdoses.

“It’s kinda mind boggling how I could get arrested with marijuana possession with the intent to distribute,” in light of the fact he had no THC-containing substance in his possession.

If Hume goes to jail or prison, he’ll be one more casualty in the failed War on Drugs, which is now arresting people for pot possession, even though they had no marijuana at all.

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Inmates Come Out of Hiding to Expose Multi-Murder Conspiracy by Florida Jail

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It is, quite possibly, the most disturbing story ever brought to our attention. Inmates, who were jailed in Florida’s Charlotte County Jail, were so disturbed by what they saw and heard while jailed, they can no longer stay silent.

According to their stories, a pattern of abuse and cover-up has emerged at Charlotte County, Florida’s jail. The jail houses male and female inmates, who are kept segregated at all times, unless they need to see the jail’s nurse in the medical wing.

There, female and male inmates are held together in separate cells. Unfortunately, the jail has seen a rash of deaths occur inside the medical wing, as well as in the area where the general population is held. But when someone dies or is mistreated, the public rarely hears the whole story, just the side the jail wants to convey, according to those citizens who’ve witnessed the abuse first-hand.

In 2013, Thomas Robert Andreason (48), a homeless panhandler, was arrested for begging in public and taken to jail. He had been in jail for a few days when he died of natural causes, according to The Charlotte Sun. The Sun reported he “was found dead in his cell.” The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office told the Sun he “became unruly” at 4 am and wouldn’t calm down so they put him in a restraining chair.

By 10 am, corrections officers found him “unresponsive” and he was pronounced dead. But that’s not the whole story, according to those who claim to have witnessed his death. They’re now saying he was murdered, the jailers knew he had died, and only attempted to resuscitate him to prevent a possible investigation which would have led to murder charges being brought against them.

Rodney McGee, a fellow inmate and self-proclaimed witness to the killing said Andreason began complaining of chest pains. Instead of getting him medical attention in the Emergency Room by a trained emergency room physician, McGee said the corrections officers came into his jail cell.

“C.O. Rogers and his partner…went in, told him to calm down, but he kept hollering about chest pains. They went in, they tased him, they sprayed him (with pepper spray), they washed him up, put him back in his cell. He still kept complaining about chest pains, so they put him in the restraint chair.”

McGee said the hollering continued for about two more hours but eventually stopped. The fellow prisoner said he stopped screaming for help with his chest pains because he was “already dead.” McGee said he saw what happened next. The corrections officers came into his cell and removed him from his restraint chair.

“His feet were black, he’d done peed himself, he’d done soiled himself. His lips were blue. He was dead,” McGee said in his online testimony of what happened to Andreason. McGee said he began to shout out to his fellow cellmates to mark the date and time in their minds as they were witnesses to what they considered to be a “murder.”

تم نشره بواسطة ‏‎Rodney McGee‎‏ في 22 مايو، 2017

McGee said he was then threatened by a Sergeant Cisco (spelling unsure) that if he didn’t shut up, “you’ll be next.” It was considered a credible threat to McGee by a man who he considered had just murdered a fellow inmate by ignoring his pleas for help, choosing instead to taser and pepper spray the homeless man.

By this time, the officers knew Andreason had died, but they brought out the resuscitation defibrillator anyway, and went through the motions of reviving a man who had been “dead for hours” according to McGee.

They murdered this man. they refused him medical treatment, and when he begged for medical treatment, they sprayed him, tased him. Then they cleaned him up and he was still begging for medical treatment because of his chest pain. They turned around. They put him in a restraint chair until he died. And they left him there for two hours. Like I said, when they pulled him out, he’d already soiled himself, pissed himself, his feet were black in color and his lips were greyish blue. There was no need for the paddles. The paddles was all an act so the video cameras could show them trying to revive him. But if you would do a close-up of the video cameras…you would see just what I seen…I did watch the whole thing and it was a total act of murder.

Andreason was not the first person to die in the Charlotte County Jail, and he was not the last. The eyewitnesses to their deaths, the inmates, have remained silent. But no longer are they doing so. McGee isn’t alone. Many of his fellow cellmates are now speaking out. And they’re organized.

The following is a first-hand account of the aftermath which documents the death of Gregg T. Ireland, who was arrested for Driving Under the Influence. According to The Herald Tribune, Ireland died in the medical wing of natural causes. Robert Tigro, says the official story is “complete crap” and a cover-up happened. The Herald wrote:

A man died of natural causes while in the custody of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office this summer, the Sheriff’s Office reports. According to a news release, Gregg T. Ireland, 47, of Port Charlotte was arrested on a DUI charge Aug. 22. On Aug. 24 while in the Charlotte County jail, Ireland was involved in a disturbance with another inmate and became combative with deputies who intervened, the Sheriff’s Office reports. Ireland became unresponsive while being restrained and moved, the Sheriff’s Office says. Live-saving efforts were attempted and he was taken to Bayfront Health Punta Gorda, where he died. Following an autopsy and investigation, the manner of Ireland’s death was determined to be a result of natural causes, the Sheriff’s Office reports.

His father, apparently, had already bonded him out of jail and was waiting to pick up his son. “Eight officers beat and tased this man until he was injured to the point where he died,” Rob Tigro said.

“On August 24th, 2015, I cleaned up a murder scene,” said Tigro. “People have died. People have gotten hurt. it’s absolutely horrific what’s going on in Charlotte County Jail,” he said in a Facebook post.

“The officer that was probably one of the top leading instigators in the death of Brett Ireland was officer Michael Burnette,” the ex-inmate claims as he described yet another person who he says was murdered in the county’s jail. “Long before Greg Ireland was killed, they were torturing others in the medical wing of the jail,” he said.

Tigro said he realized the rest of the jail wasn’t as bad as the medical wing because, as he said, “in the medical wing they can get away with telling people you’re crazy. They can take off their name badges and tell you a different name so if you file a grievance they can say it wasn’t them, because you’re crazy and it wasn’t their name.” Tigro said he figured out a way to document the abuse by sneaking pens into the medical wing and record the abuses on paper spoons which he hid until he was able to get out of jail.

“I kept all this stuff documented and I carried it with me through the jail,” he said lamenting the fact he has not been able to get anyone to take his allegations of murder, abuse, and torture seriously.

Tigro claims the corrections officers worked together, planning their defenses “word for word” so they could continue to get away with the abuses. Little did they know, Tigro said he wrote down everything they said so he could provide testimony about the alleged abuses going on in the jail. “There was some stuff going on in the day but it wasn’t as bad as some of the stuff that goes on at night,” Tigro claimed.

The former inmate said Ireland had been taken to jail on a felony DUI arrest. “There was blood everywhere. There was taser wire all over the place. The first and second floor was just covered in blood and taser wire…I had absolutely no idea what I was walking into when I was going in there. I wasn’t even supposed to be there because I was going to court that morning,” he said, still traumatized by the scene.

Tigro says he fears retaliation for speaking out but feels he must. “I walk into the pod, medical pod C1. It was just how I described it. There was screaming from some of the cells about the officers being murderers…some people were so scared they couldn’t even come to the door to take their food. These people are out there. They know what happened,” he said.

“I could see the blood stains from where they let his head hit the ground repeatedly as they drug him from the top floor down the stairs and there was blood and hair in the stairs,” he said. “There was no call for it. There was none,” he concluded.

Speaking directly to Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Pummel Tigro said, “Seriously, you got trained, quality, professional officers who are killing and torturing people. I know you got rid of Burnette, but there are others. And you know that. I know that. And now the whole rest of the community knows that and you gotta start taking steps to stopping what’s going on.”

My name is Robert Tigro 593244045 ssn my jail id 49712 I cleaned up a murder and im here to talk about it

تم نشره بواسطة ‏‎Rob Tigro‎‏ في 17 مايو، 2017

Tigro contended corrections officer Michael Burnette was present at the time Tigro says Ireland was killed. He says Rogers and Burnett were serial abusers who often would yell and intimidate inmates into keeping quiet by forcing the inmates to move away from their cell windows so they would not see how they would treat other inmates.

One example of the abuse happened to 57-year-old Mark Kapuscinski. According to NBC News 2, Burnette was fired for laughing at an inmate who was eating his own feces. But Tigro says the real story is that Brunette forced him to do so, a fact which Kapuscinski later relayed to reporters. 

Still speaking to Pummel he said, “You gotta start taking steps to stopping what’s going on. Because the officer you fired probably isn’t going to stay in this area. He’s probably going to go to another jail or another police department, and work somewhere else and do the same things again to somebody else’s child, brother, father, and It’s not cool anymore. It’s gotta stop. It was never cool to begin with but it’s gotta stop.”

Tigro said being able to share the horrific story makes him feel a lot better. However, he feels like more must be done. He is calling on anyone and everyone who will listen to his story. Tigro wants to see change happen in hiring processes so the abuses will cease. He added the problem isn’t limited to Charlotte County Jail.

He says the deaths and abuse are systemic in that, “a lot of the guards transfer between the county facility and the state prison.” As the Bradenton Herald reported there have been at least seven criminal investigations into unexplainable deaths at Charlotte Correctional Institution in Punta Gorda, a facility to which fired officers transfer to according to Tigro.

We at The Free Thought Project are in touch with a few other former inmates who say they saw Ireland die and can no longer remain silent. Their stories will be reported in a follow-up to our story.

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