DASH Cryptocurrency is Shattering the Paradigm of Establishment Control Over Money AND Media

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It is no secret that over the last 4 decades, mainstream media has been consolidated from dozens of competing companies to only six. Hundreds of channels, websites, news outlets, newspapers, and magazines — making up ninety percent of all media — is controlled by very few people—giving Americans the illusion of choice.

While six companies controlling most everything the Western world consumes in regard to media may sound like a sinister arrangement, the Swiss Propaganda Research center (SPR) recently released information that is even worse.

The research group was able to tie all these media companies to a single organization—the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

In January, WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange called attention to this control in an damning tweet.

For those who may be unaware, the CFR is a primary member of the circle of Washington think-tanks promoting endless war. As former Army Major Todd Pierce describes, this group acts as “primary provocateurs” using “‘psychological suggestiveness’ to create a false narrative of danger from some foreign entity with the objective being to create paranoia within the U.S. population that it is under imminent threat of attack or takeover.”

A senior member of the CFR and outspoken neocon warmonger, Robert Kagan has even publicly proclaimed that the US should create an empire. 

The narrative created by CFR and its cohorts is picked up by their secondary communicators, also known the mainstream media, who push it on the populace with no analysis or questioning.

When looking at the chart from SPR, the reach by this single organization is so vast that it is no mystery as to how these elite psychopaths guide Americans into accepting endless war at the expense of their mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters.

While this may seem like a bleak scenario, the fact is that this battle over information is centuries old. Just as the Anti Federalists fought to inform early Americans over the dangers of a constitution without a bill of rights, those who’ve longed for freedom and liberty have continued this information war up into the 21st century — affecting massive changes in their wake.

Indeed, as Samuel Adams famously said, “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

These brushfires have been so effective at maintaining the ideas of freedom that the establishment control over information has continued to clamp down to prevent them. We are currently witnessing this control increase at an ever accelerating rate.

Ideas that threaten the establishment, like calling out the corruption in both parties (alternative media), or participating in cryptocurrencies which take away their power by stripping them of their control of money — are quickly finding themselves in the cross-hairs of the Praetorian guard who wishes to keep the flow of information and money under the grip of the status quo.

Google, Facebook, Twitter, and others have all recently moved to ban the advertisement of cryptocurrencies while simultaneously attacking information that challenges the establishment. Their intent is clear.

The good news is that there have been people not only watching this control increase but building a new system to directly compete with it. This new system functions outside the constraints of the old.

To clamp down on alternative media, the guards of information within the establishment attempt to censor, defund, and even ban peaceful organizations whose only “crime” is challenging their control on information by proposing alternate viewpoints.

While Facebook and Google has been spying on users and censoring their information — all the while making hundreds of billions of dollars doing it — an intelligent and peaceful resistance has been pining away to combat it.

One extremely powerful example of this resistance to those who wish to centralize control of money and information is DASH digital cash. While DASH is a cryptocurrency at heart, it has evolved into something far greater.

Most of our readers will recall Ben Swann’s hit series “Reality Check” and how it disappeared from the airwaves last year causing quite a stir. Conspiracy theories abounded about how he was taken out for reporting the truth when, in reality (no pun intended), he was canceled because he challenged the status quo.

Thanks to DASH that has all changed.

Using the Dash Treasury, holders of Dash formed a partnership with Swann to fund the production of his show.

As Joël Valenzuela points out:

The Reality Check relaunch proposal ranks as one of the largest to date in Dash’s history. The show previously reached many millions of viewers, and Swann remains confident that similar results will be achievable with the relaunch.

Now, the Free Thought Project has done the same thing. On Saturday, DASH and TFTP formed a partnership that will continue to spread the ideas of peace and freedom while simultaneously teaching people how to operate outside of the establishment systems of control like using cryptocurrency instead of dollars.

On a daily basis, TFTP receives messages and emails from people asking what they can do to peacefully fight the establishment. Many people feel that being an individual doesn’t allow them to have any influence. However, that is not the case.

As Samuel Adams said above, it only takes an irate minority. You can be the change you want to see right now. It is as simple as choosing to abstain from the violent corrupt old system and participating in the new and peaceful system that hands the power back to the people. DASH is this system. DASH digital cash takes the control the banking elite has over money and gives it back to the people. It is the ultimate weapon in the battle against the money changers and information controllers.

If you’d like to start your own DASH wallet and be a part of this change and battle for peace and freedom, you can start right here. DASH is already accepted by vendors all across the world so you can begin using it immediately. The future is here, now it’s up to us to light the brushfires.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/dash-cryptocurrency-is-shattering-the-paradigm-of-establishment-control-over-media/

Paradigm Shift: City Now Forcing Bad Cops to Pay Victims Out of Their OWN POCKETS—Not Taxpayers

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One of the most corrupt policies in place to protect police officers who commit violence in the line of duty is the legal protection that comes when a victim files a lawsuit against an aggressive cop. When a victim of a police assault wins a lawsuit against the police department, the city’s taxpayers are usually on the hook for the restitution fees. However, a new policy change in Baltimore—which will set a revolutionary precedent—will finally have the guilty officers feeling the pain in their pockets for once.

In a memo sent out by police union president Gene Ryan this week, Baltimore City officers were warned about how they could be charged with punitive damage if a jury finds that they acted with malice during an attack on a citizen.

The email stated that:

Many of our officers are sued for monetary damages by individuals they have arrested or have come in contact with.  These lawsuits allege wrongdoing on the part of the officer and oftentimes allege that the officer acted with malice.  Malice means that the officer’s alleged actions were motivated by a personal hatred towards the individual suing him or her.  If the person suing the officer wins on the question of whether the officer committed a wrong, the Plaintiff can recover monetary damages to compensate him or her for any injury and/or expenses incurred resulting from the officer’s actions.  If a jury finds that the officer acted with malice, the jury has the option to award punitive damages which are designed to punish the officer and to serve as a deterrent to the officer not to repeat the alleged wrongful conduct found to have occurred by the jury.

Most times, the officer who is being sued will dispute the allegations made by a Plaintiff and successfully defend a claim for punitive damages. However, many juries award punitive damages despite the lack of evidence of malice even in cases where the police officer has not been charged criminally and been found to have acted within the scope of his/her duties consistent with the rules and regulations of the Baltimore Police Department. In the past, the City of Baltimore has generally supported the officers by paying punitive damages as well as the compensatory damages awarded for the actual injury.  Since Andre Davis has been named as our new City Solicitor, he has adopted a policy of not paying any punitive damages despite the fact that the Police Officer has been found to have acted appropriately by the office of the State’s Attorney as well as the Baltimore Police Department.

What this means is that police officers are now required to pay these punitive damage awards, which can amount to thousands of dollars, out of their own pockets.  Since punitive damages cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, the successful citizen can file an attachment against your wages taking 25% of your net bi-weekly paycheck until the amount of the punitive judgment is satisfied.

Please keep this in mind as you go about performing your duties.

The email was leaked to Baltimore crime journalist Justin Fenton for The Baltimore Sun, who posted the following tweet on Tuesday.

City Solicitor Andre M. Davis responded to the leaked email on Wednesday by saying that the union was lying and that this policy has been in place for decades.

Former City Solicitor George Nilson has confirmed this, saying “In the past, the city law department has appropriately refused to pay malice judgments.”

Davis pointed out that the Local Government Tort Claims Act doesn’t require local governments to pay punitive damages for police officers but most local bureaucrats go along doing so anyway without question.

“The statement was flatly wrong in several respects and deeply misleading in other respects. The statute reflects the ordinary common sense notion that if government employees are told that no matter how badly they misbehave, no matter how maliciously they inflict harm or injuries on their fellow citizens, their employer will pay for that harm, then we can expect an increase in such harm. Employees, including police officers who, no doubt have the most difficult job in government, are not privileged to inflict gratuitous injury on others without also incurring personal consequences.” Davis told WBAL.

Davis also took issue with the fact that the email stated that officers are charged without evidence, which is an obviously false claim considering that police are held to a much lower standard than average citizens in the US legal system.

“Instead of speaking out forcefully to encourage FOP members to police in a professional and constitutional manner, as the Commissioner-Designate [Darryl De Sousa] has promised will be his guiding light, and as the federal court consent decree mandates the Police Department to achieve, the FOP leadership’s message seems to be an attempt to dissuade officers from continuing to do their challenging jobs in good faith reliance on the City’s contractual and state law obligation to protect them from baseless lawsuits. This is unfortunate and troubling. Nevertheless, the Law Department will always stand with our officers and give them the legal defense, counsel, and such additional training as may be needed so that they remain on the constitutional side of urban policing in the twenty-first century at all times,” Davis said.

The Baltimore Sun reported that as many as nine Baltimore police officers could have to pay tens of thousands of dollars in damages for recent cases where they found guilty of attacking someone with malice. These cases are reportedly what provoked this recent tantrum from the police union.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/baltimore-police-pay-lawsuit-pockets/

Paradigm Shift: Court Rules 11yo Girl Can Treat Her Seizures with Cannabis—In School

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Schaumburg, IL — In a testament as to how the world is rejecting the war on cannabis and, instead, embracing its incredible medicinal properties, an Illinois court has just ruled that an 11-year-old girl will be able to treat her seizures with cannabis — while at school.

Nothing highlights the hypocrisy, immorality, and sheer idiocy of the drug war quite like marijuana prohibition. Here we have a medicine that kills cancer cells, saves the lives of countless epileptic children, heals broken bones, relieves pain, treats PTSD, is not dangerous, and exhibits a variety of other incredible benefits – yet the state will kill you over it. The good news is, however, that in spite of the reefer madness maniacs tightening their grip on the drug war, people are resisting and the effects are saving lives — Ashley Surin is one of them.

When she was much younger, Ashley found herself in a battle for her life as leukemia took over. Thankfully, she won that battle but not without consequences. As a result of the chemotherapy, Ashley developed seizures.

Luckily for Ashley, however, medical marijuana helped to drastically decrease those seizures.

“We’re amazed with her progress,” Maureen Surin, Ashley’s mother told NPR. There was a catch, however, in treating Ashley’s seizures with cannabis — she couldn’t go to school — because it was illegal.

Ashley’s family wasn’t going down without a fight though and this week, in a landmark ruling, she won that fight.

As NPR reports, her parents filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday against Schaumburg School District 54 and the State of Illinois, claiming that the state’s ban on taking the drug at school violates the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). On Friday, a judge ruled in their favor after hearing from the school district, which reportedly had concerns that its employees may be subject to legal penalties for helping Ashley with her medications.

“What people seem to misunderstand here is that medical marijuana is a prescription like any other drug,” the girl’s attorney, Steven Glink, said. “Prohibiting it in school would be the same as prohibiting other medications such as Ritalin, Adderall or Concerta.”

To be clear, Ashley is not smoking joints at school. She simply wears a patch that delivers the cannabis which keeps her seizure free.

Clarifying that point, the judge in Ashley’s case said, “No one’s saying she wants to fire up a bong in math class,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

While this ruling is certainly a victory for Ashley and all children whose lives can improve from the use of cannabis, it could be short-lived thanks to the current administration’s war on this most amazing plant.

In the land of the free, citizens found in possession of a plant — that grows wild on every continent except Antarctica — can and will be kidnapped, caged or killed. In fact, in just the short time it took you to click this article and read the above paragraphs, someone was just arrested for cannabis.

According to the most recent FBI statistics available, an American citizen is kidnapped and caged for cannabis — on average — every 48 seconds.

An estimated 653,249 American citizens — who harmed no one — had their lives ruined in 2016 for possessing this plant, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Crime In the United States (CIUS) report.

“Arresting and citing over half a million people a year for a substance that is objectively safer than alcohol is a travesty,” said Morgan Fox, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “Despite a steady shift in public opinion away from marijuana prohibition and the growing number of states that are regulating marijuana like alcohol, marijuana consumers continue to be treated like criminals throughout the country. This is a shameful waste of resources and can create lifelong consequences for the people arrested.”

Arresting people for cannabis is good for business — the police state and big pharma business, that is. If we look at who’s lobbying to keep cops kidnapping people for a plant, we see that it is money, and not morals, that motivates this issue and children in states where the plant is illegal, suffer as a result.

While states have moved to decriminalize this plant, the damage done by its prohibition is immense, irreversible, and nothing short of tyrannical. It is high time humanity stand up and demand an end to this brutal and murderous war on a plant.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/judge-cannabis-girl-school-medicine/

Vaccination, the Poisonous Paradigm













So many doctors and nurses routinely state on social media that in all their years of practice, they’ve never seen a serious vaccine reaction… but they have.

If they’ve never seen any clinically obvious severe reactions, it’s likely because children suffering them are generally rushed from home straight to the ER, not back to the clinic or office where the vaccines were given.

To wit, the testimony of pediatrician Dr. Toni Bark, who tells us that while in her position as Director of a hospital pediatric emergency room she’d initially been very upset if parents brought in children who weren’t up to date on vaccines, but her attitude soon changed, and changed drastically. She began to see patterns:

Children who were seen in the vaccine clinic would then come to our ER with seizures, respiratory arrest and asthma attacks. I began to realize, not all children respond well to vaccination and in fact, some die.” (1)

And from an ER nurse who calls himself Guerilla RN:

As an E.R. nurse, I have seen the cover up. Where do you think kids go when they have a vaccine reaction? They go to the E.R. They come to me…The child comes in with either a fever approaching 105, or seizures, or lethargy/can’t wake up, or sudden overwhelming sickness, screaming that won’t stop, spasms, GI inclusion, etc.” (2)

However, there are a few reactions doctors and nurses see rather routinely, but don’t recognize as potentially serious. Nor, for the most part, do parents – at least, initially. The recognition comes weeks, perhaps months later, as the vaccine damage scenario unfolds and the parent digs deep for answers.

Two common reactions that are actually red flags are hidden in plain sight: fever; and nausea. Fever’s at the top of the list of reported reactions, by far, with nausea / vomiting close behind. Were it not for the utter lack in their medical educations of substantive information about the list of vaccine ingredients and the nature of the injuries they cause, doctors and nurses might stop to think about the serious implications.

After natural exposure to potential pathogens, and then only if a resulting infection develops, symptoms won’t display ‘til after an incubation period.

As per the Mayo Clinic, chickenpox symptoms, for instance, don’t display until 10 to 21 days after exposure (3); pertussis, 7 to 10 days (4); Hepatitis B, 2 weeks to 4 months! post-infection (5); and so on. Seattle Children’s Hospital, meanwhile, tells us the following, which most of us know from experience anyway: “Fever with most vaccines begins within 12 hours and lasts 2 to 3 days. This is normal.” (6)

How preposterous! No, it’s not normal – common to vaccination, but not normal. Developing within only hours of the shots, post-vaccination fevers are unnatural; foreign. They aren’t related to the respective supposedly vaccine-preventable infectious illnesses in the traditional sense.

Fever following natural exposure is an immune system mechanism designed to help the body eliminate and recover from the resulting infection – it’s “fighting for, not against the person.” (7) When it develops within hours of vaccination, it’s something other – there’s been no time for an infection to develop. It’s related to something intrinsic to the vaccine ingredients and the route of introduction, injection.

Fever is one of the first signs of encephalitis – brain inflammation (8). The Merck Manual (9) and Health and Human Services, on its Vaccine Injury Table (10), both tell us that vaccines can cause encephalitis, and encephalitic reactions can occur within minutes. Moreover, brain inflammation can lead to brain damage – encephalopathy.

Indeed, more than one medical professional has stated the belief that every vaccine causes brain damage; that it’s just a matter of degree, individual to individual; toddler to toddler; infant to infant. Regardless, social media abounds with eyewitness accounts of post-vaccination fevers, even if short lived, ultimately proving to be but the first step down a long road of debilitating autoimmune and neurological disorders.

Nausea and vomiting are critical immune system functions, purposed to eliminate poisonous substances from the body. They occur when toxins reach the area postrema of the brain – the “vomiting center” – its importance highlighted by the fact that it’s one of the few areas of the brain where the blood-brain barrier is weak. The faculty at the University of Washington explain the mechanism this way:

When a toxic substance enters the bloodstream it will get to the area postrema and may cause the animal to throw up. In this way, the animal protects itself by eliminating the toxic substance from its stomach before more harm can be done.” (11). Nothing could better emphasize the insidiousness of the vaccination paradigm.

Toxic – poisonous – substances are included in vaccines, and because of the route of introduction bypass the filtering, detoxifying organs of the body, entering the bloodstream directly from the muscle into which they’re injected. Nausea, then, as with fever, is an adverse reaction that cannot be viewed simply as minor, in that it literally indicates the introduction of poisons into the body. Moreover, as with fever again, nausea and vomiting may also be symptoms of encephalitis – of an encephalitic vaccine reaction – and can be a prelude to encephalopathy; to brain damage.

Let’s keep it simple. From the Oxford dictionary, the definition of poisonous:

1: (of a substance or plant) causing or capable of causing death or illness if taken into the body. (12)

“Unavoidably unsafe” was the description of vaccines used by Congress in 1986, in its discussions surrounding the passage of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, and repeated by SCOTUS in its 2010 Breusewitz decision. Though the most egregious damage is done to the very young, vaccines unarguably cause great pain and grief to many people, of all ages.

They are by definition, then, poisonous.

Vaccines trigger fever, nausea and vomiting because substances they contain are toxins, are poisons. We have an outrageous, untenable situation, where even the most commonly reported reactions to vaccines, couched as minor and of no concern, are in reality indications of injury, potentially severe, potentially life-altering, potentially fatal.

They can occur days or weeks post-vaccination – HHS lists the DTaP and MMR vaccines as causes of encephalitis for up to three days and two weeks, respectively. Yet, pediatricians and nurses don’t consider the implications, in large part, obviously, because of the egregious lack of relevant information in their medical educations about the known! list of  toxic vaccine ingredients.

Nor are they taught the sorry histories of vaccine-induced severe autoimmune and neurological disorders that at this point have received going on $4 billion in compensation, from a national vaccine court that few people even know exists.

Most unacceptably, it’s obvious at this point that there are many medical professionals who even though they’re aware of the list of vaccine ingredients, avoid considering how heinous can be the consequences. They simply don’t want to rock the professional boat, or disturb the bottom line.

They prefer living in the illusory world of benefits vs risk, willfully shunning the basic creed of: first do no harm. Of the many issues of trust I’ve covered in the five years of my show, the most disturbing will always be: the responsibility of the provider. One pediatrician told us in interview that his colleagues are so reluctant to discuss vaccines, the cognitive dissonance so strong, that they won’t even allow their curiosity to be aroused. Nothing could be more chilling.

References

  1. http://vaccineimpact.com/2015/dr-toni-bark-m-d-do-not-remove-vaccine-exemptions-some-children-die-from-vaccines/
  2. http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/nurses-against-vaccines
  3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chickenpox/symptoms-causes/syc-20351282
  4. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/whooping-cough/basics/symptoms/con-20023295
  5. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hepatitis-b/symptoms-causes/syc-20366802
  6. http://www.seattlechildrens.org/medical-conditions/symptom-index/immunization-reactions/
  7. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003090.htm
  8. https://www.medicinenet.com/encephalitis_and_meningitis/article.htm
  9. http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/brain-spinal-cord-and-nerve-disorders/brain-infections/encephalitis
  10. https://www.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/vaccinecompensation/vaccineinjurytable.pdf
  11. https://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/bbb.html
  12. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/poisonous

Source Article from https://vactruth.com/2018/01/06/vaccination-the-poisonous-paradigm/

Paradigm Shifting Study Finds Danger to Bees That is Far Worse than Pesticides

The discovery has now been added to the growing list of threats that could potentially lead to the extinction of the essential pollinators. The revelation that common fungicides are having the strongest impact on the insects came as a surprise, as they typically affect mold and mildew, but appear to be killing bees by making them more susceptible to the nosema parasite or by exacerbating the toxicity of other pesticides.

The discovery was made during a landscape-scale study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, which used machine learning technology to analyze 24 different factors and how they impacted four bumblebee species.

The study collected ‘subjects’ from 284 sites across 40 US states and tested them against various factors like latitude, elevation, habitat type and damage, human population and pesticide use.

For context, about 75 percent of the world’s crops are fertilized by pollinators. The widespread decline of bees has been attributed to a number of factors including pesticides, destruction of their habitats, disease and climate change, but until now it was unclear which was the most decisive factor.

The unexpected culprit behind bee decline means “people have not been looking in all the places they probably should,” according to lead author of the study, Cornell University’s Scott McArt.

We threw everything but the kitchen sink at this analysis and the ‘winner’ was fungicides,” McArt said to UMass. “It turns out that fungicide use is the best predictor of bumblebees getting sick and being lost from sites across the U.S.”

I was definitely surprised,” said McArt, to The Guardian, as “fungicides have been largely overlooked,” until now. Going forward, McArt says researchers will have to carry out “much more work on fungicides and their role in bee declines” if humanity is to make any progress in regenerating the dying species.

Common systemic pesticide sprays are used worldwide to manage landscapes, and are often found in nectar and pollen. Another recent study, published in the same journal, found chemicals are causing severe nutritional stress on honey bees, affecting their survival rates by a whopping 50 percent.

The Canadian government recently failed to protect bees after rejecting a plea by environmentalists to completely ban the use of insecticides, instead opting to continue their use of neonicotinoids, promising to consider limiting the use of pesticides by March 2018.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/bees-study-population-decline/

Paradigm Shift: State Courts Rule Police Raids Over Weed Were Illegal and Uncalled For

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Courts in both Florida and Michigan have admitted that the dangerous early-morning raids conducted by SWAT teams searching for cannabis were completely unwarranted, and the overeager actions of the officers involved made their searches illegal.

In one case in Florida, Collier County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the home of Juan Falcon before 7 a.m. and within 20 seconds of knocking on the front door and announcing themselves, they broke down the door with a battering ram and threw two flash bang grenades inside the house. As a report from Reason noted, the purpose of the raid was to gain access to two dozen cannabis plants that were reportedly growing in Falcon’s backyard.

Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal ruled that the methods the officers used to obtain those cannabis plants violated the state’s law on “knock-and-announce” searches. In a unanimous decision from the three-judge panel, Judge Susan Rothstein-Youakim noted that when the deputies conducted the raid, they were aware that Falcon lived in the home with his family, which included his two children.

Rothstein-Youakim also pointed to the fact that the six deputies involved used extreme methods, even though Falcon had no record of a violent criminal history, and police had no reason to believe he was armed and dangerous.

“At just past 6:45 a.m. on April 9, 2014, a SWAT unit of at least six heavily armed deputies appeared on the front doorstep of Falcon’s residence to execute a search warrant. Less than an hour earlier, the deputies had all been briefed on the fact that Falcon lived in the residence with his family, which included an adolescent son and a teenage daughter. Notwithstanding the nature of the suspected offense, the deputies had no reason to believe that there were any weapons in the residence or that Falcon was armed and dangerous; his criminal history consisted of one arrest for driving under the influence. The deputies also had no reason to believe that Falcon knew that they were coming, that anyone inside the residence was at risk of harm, or that Falcon or his family might try to escape or destroy evidence.”

Rothstein-Youakim concluded that the deputies violated Florida’s “knock-and-announce” law when they chose to “knock, announce their authority and purpose, and then enter with such haste that the occupant does not have a reasonable opportunity to respond.”

The Michigan Supreme Court came to a similar verdict after narcotics officers in Kent County conducted early-morning raids without warrants at the homes of two men who were suspected of possessing cannabis-infused butter. Officers raided Michael Frederick’s home at 4 a.m. and Todd Van Doorne’s home at 5:30 a.m.

Both suspects were employed as corrections officers by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, and while the narcotics officers who initiated the raids insisted that they were carrying out “Knock and Talk” interactions—which do not require warrants—the state’s higher court found otherwise.

In a unanimous decision, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that “the scope of the implied license to approach a house and knock is time-sensitive,” and the officers should not have entered the homes at such early hours when they knew the suspects would likely be asleep.

The court also noted that because the officers conducted the raids at such early hours, with no warrants, they clearly violated Frederick and Van Doorne’s Fourth Amendment Rights:

“In these cases, the police officers exceeded the scope of the implied license to knock and talk because the officers approached defendants’ respective homes without warrants during the predawn hours; therefore, the officers trespassed on Fourth-Amendment-protected property. And because the officers trespassed while seeking information about defendants’ alleged possession of marijuana butter, they performed searches in violation of the Fourth Amendment.”

Kent County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Leiber agreed with the court and ruled last week that the cannabis-infused butter the officers discovered cannot be used against the suspects because the officers committed Fourth Amendment violations in order to obtain it. 

As The Free Thought Project has documented on numerous occasions, SWAT teams across the country have used early-morning raids to intimidate disoriented citizens, as they use dangerous and extreme tactics to search for a plant. In one recent case in Pennsylvania, a SWAT team raided a home and held an innocent family at gunpoint—all because they believed the family’s hibiscus was actually cannabis.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/state-courts-admit-dangerous-early-morning-cannabis-raids-illegal/

Texas Inmates Shatter the Paradigm, Donate Tens of Thousands for Hurricane Relief

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Houston, TX — Showing that bad laws actually put good people behind bars, inmates serving time in Texas prisons have made an inspiring effort to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey that laid waste to the South East portion of the state.

According to Texas prison officials, inmates donated more than $53,000 to charity to help with hurricane relief efforts.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says more than 6,600 inmates donated money between Aug. 31 and Sept. 30.

“They were requesting to donate money,” said Clark. “It’s just something they chose to do.”

The inmates mostly donated money from their small allowances — $95 every two weeks – that are used for purchasing paper, pencils, and personal hygiene items, according to FOX.

While most inmates gave on average of $8 each — nearly five percent of their entire monthly stipend — some inmates gave hundreds of dollars.

So how is a prison, which is ostensibly in place to hold society’s worst, able to garner such massive support for a charity? Well, the answer to that question is fairly simple. Many of the people in prison are not society’s worst.

According to the most recent data from the Texas Department of Public Safety, nearly 70,000 people were arrested in 2014 for possessing a plant that is legal in some form in over half the country—cannabis.

Of those 70,000 arrests, 97 percent of them were for possession alone. In total, over 122,000 people are arrested every year in the state of Texas for possessing substances deemed illegal by the state.

Of the roughly 140,000 prisoners currently serving time, 56,000 of them are behind bars after being charged with possession of drugs.

Good people who have problems with addiction then start filling these prisons statewide. When these people get out of prison, their lives are ruined as they become unemployable, are unable to find a place to live and this, in turn, results in disastrous effects on the economy.

Tens of thousands of people — many of which are kind and caring members of society, as these donations show — have their lives ruined every year in the state of Texas because they use a beneficial plant that has never been attributed to a single death, or they are addicted to drugs.

Sadly, this exact same scenario that was just explained about Texas, plays out in every state in the country.

This is no accident either.

The prison and police system in this country has powerful control over lawmakers and it uses this control to keep drugs illegal as a means of justifying their existence and creating massive windfalls for themselves and companies who deal in fostering the growth of the police state.

Millions of dollars a year are thrown at lawmakers to keep the war on drugs alive as the war on drugs is what keeps the prison industrial complex alive.

It was not a coincidence that Jeff Sessions’ appointment as Attorney General sent prison stocks soaring. He is a rabid anti-cannabis activist and a massive proponent of the failed war on drugs.

Sadly, people see this extensive network of corrupt politicians writing laws to have cops ruin the lives of otherwise good people and they think this justice. Sadly, they couldn’t be further from the truth.

The person who wants to ingest a substance for medical or recreational reasons is not the criminal. However, the person that would enact or support the kidnapping, caging, or killing of someone because they have a different lifestyle, is a villain on many fronts.

So, when does this vicious cycle end?

The good news is that the drug war’s days are numbered. Evidence of this is everywhere. States are defying the federal government and refusing to lock people in cages for marijuana. A record number of law enforcement personnel are even quitting their jobs and joining the push to end the drug war.

Colorado and Washington served as a catalyst in a seemingly exponential awakening to the government’s immoral war. Following suit were Oregon, D.C., and Alaska, and now Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada. Medical marijuana initiatives are becoming a constant part of legislative debates nationwide. We’ve even seen bills that would not only completely legalize marijuana but deregulate it entirely, like corn — and this was in Texas!

Also, while the idea of treating an addict with compassion instead of violence is a radical notion in this country, in other countries, such as Portugal, its effects have been realized for more than a decade. In 2001, the Portuguese government decriminalized all drugs.

14 years later, drug use, crime, and overdoses have drastically declined in Portugal exposing the cruel reality of prohibition. Eventually, more states will adopt this approach, and the drug war tyrants will finally be outnumbered.

As more and more states refuse to kidnap and cage marijuana users, the drug war will continue to implode. We must be resilient in this fight as the donations out of Texas show us that many good people are in a bad place and they need our help.

If doing drugs bothers you, don’t do drugs. When you transition from holding an opinion — to using government violence to enforce your personal preference, you become the bad guy who can unwittingly punish good guys. If these donations show us anything, it is that it is time to stop being the bad guy.

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