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Internet Freedom Threatened

The lamestream media told you:

The Internet is too big and distributed for the government to control, you have nothing to fear.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

“After the U.S. Government took action against several sites connected to movie streaming recently, nerves are jangling over the possibility that this is just the beginning of a wider crackdown.

“Now it appears that a free blogging platform has been taken down by its hosting provider on orders from the U.S. authorities on grounds of “a history of abuse.” More than 73,000 blogs are out of action as a result. http://torrentfreak.com/category/copyright-issues/

“Hot on the heels of recent threats from Vice President Joe Biden and Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (Czar) Victoria Espinel directed at sites offering unauthorized movies and music, last month U.S. authorities targeted several sites they claimed were connected to the streaming of infringing video material.”

Anyone who believes this degree of control cannot be exercised over any facet of the web, for any reason government deems necessary, is dreaming. National Security claims will make copyright claims seem tiny.

All that may not matter if the now-circulating plans for an “Internet Driver’s License” take hold, which will allow or deny a person’s ability to be on the web at all, from one central command center.

Cartel’s American Grenades

The lamestream media told you:

Mexican drug cartels are getting their guns from U.S. gun stores, and lax gun laws in the U.S. are the main reason for the violence south of the border.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Casting doubt on this popular media myth, the Washington Post surprisingly reports that “Grenades made in the United States and sent to Central America during the Cold War have resurfaced as terrifying new weapons in almost weekly attacks by Mexican drug cartels.

“Sent a generation ago to battle communist revolutionaries in the jungles of Central America, U.S. grenades are being diverted from dusty old armories and sold to criminal mafias, who are using them to destabilize the Mexican government and terrorize civilians, according to U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials...

“Grenades have killed a relatively small number of the 25,000 people who have died since Calderón launched his U.S.-backed offensive against the cartels. But the grenades pack a far greater psychological punch than the ubiquitous AK-47s...”

The Post failed to mention that America doesn’t make AK-47s, that it’s the communists’ main gun. The American AR-15, also mentioned in the tale, are given to the Mexican army by U.S. tax dollars, where 18,000 soldiers deserted in 2008, with their gear.

“Not all grenades found in Mexico are American-made, the Post continues, spreading the blame. “Many are of Asian or Soviet and Eastern European manufacture, ATF officials said, probably given to leftist insurgents by Cuba and Nicaragua's Sandinistas.”

South America is so awash in weapons from “legitimate” government suppliers it is laughable to suggest cartels would buy single items one at a time at retail and smuggle them across the U.S. border, when they can just drive trucks up to arsenals, load ‘em up with forklifts, and pay with the mountains of cash they accumulate faster than you can scarf down a hot dog at halftime.

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Firearms Lawsuit Filed

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

BELLEVUE, WA - The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit against Westchester County, New York and its handgun permit licensing officers, seeking a permanent injunction against enforcement of a state law that allows carry licenses to be denied because applicants cannot show "good cause." Attorney Alan Gura, who won the McDonald case against Chicago, is among the lawyers working the case. SAF is fighting the gun-rights battle, one lawsuit at a time, with many already in the hopper. Details: http://www.saf.org

McDonald Case Spins

The lamestream media told you:

WASHINGTON -- The McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court case, which overturned Chicago’s near total gun ban, hurt America. According to USA Today, which proclaims itself “The Nation’s Newspaper,” tells us in its headline that “Ruling tilts law against limits on guns.” In the subhead we are assured, “Local restrictions across the USA are in jeopardy.” Writers Joan Biskupic and Kevin Johnson note that the ruling, “clears the way for new challenges to firearms laws nationwide.”

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

While an anti-freedom view of the world sees the McDonald v. Chicago case “tilting against limits,” a moderate centrist American view would instead lead the story by noting, “Ruling tilts law in favor of Bill of Rights.” The so-called “nation’s newspaper” has never seen the right to keep and bear arms in that light, driving the majority of American’s away from the paper and leading to enormous loss of credibility for the media.

Although USA Today sees its “restrictions in jeopardy,” implying that valuable restrictions may be lost, a moderate American-values view would instead note that, “suppressed freedoms may be restored.” Mainstream America clings hard and fast to its freedoms. The nation’s media clings hard and fast to restrictions of those freedoms, and can’t see the rift they help widen.

While Biskupic and Johnson see challenges to laws, the public sees elimination of bans on our rights. According to leading experts, the chances of helping reporters and editors see the light are nearly zero, making the “news” media one of the worst enemies of freedom the nation faces.

Spy Story Mythologies

The lamestream media told you:

Back in June, federal authorities arrested ten people and sought another suspect in “what may be the biggest Russian spy ring detected in the U.S. in decades,” etc. etc. etc., it’s now old news.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

This is exactly the type of story Americans must take with a whole lot of suspicion. Every media outlet in the nation ran virtually the exact same story, with the exact same details on the same day.

That's because there was only one single source of the story, "federal authorities." The feds, for whatever reason known only to them, decided to make a big media splash with this tale. If they had not, no one would know anything -- nothing -- about the so-called event.

Federal authorities arrest thousands of suspects constantly, involved in every sort of mischief imaginable, many far far worse than what was alleged here.

So why did the FBI decide to gen up its public speakers and make a loud announcement to the press? They almost never do that, and the “news” media leaves that sleeping dog lie. Isn't there value in keeping this quiet to track down co-conspirators and agents still sleeping? What effect did they expect this to have on Moscow? Surely, Moscow would know all about this without reading about it in The New York Times or seeing it non-stop on CNN, assuming it's real.

Why doesn't the FBI make similar big noise over constant efforts by bad guys to obtain rocket launchers, poisons, explosives, nuclear materials, blueprints, military data, or even the non-stop Communist Chinese hoards who do nothing but cyber attack our institutions both private and public? Why this story at this time?

A few weeks later we learned why government agents decided to dangle the media like puppets: it was a set up for a spy swap. And that’s probably baloney too if you could get down to the details. For all we know, Washington and the Kremlin agreed in advance to arrange the swap, worked out the details using expendable well-known sleeper agents in the suburbs, fed the media the gruel, and patted themselves on the back when it was all done and the duped public watched in dazed disinterest.

Is it proper news policy to report on a story that is single-sourced, without making it explicit that no corroboration or confirmation from third parties can be obtained? That's rhetorical. The answer is no. Single-sourced stories coming from government have a name -- state propaganda -- propagated by media lapdogs.

Confiscation Isn’t Revenue

The lamestream media told you:

“By closing a tax loophole, the city is boosting its own resources. The change, approved by the Town Council last week, is expected to generate at least $150,000 in revenue during the current fiscal year, and as much as $400,000 by 2013.” The town in this particular article was Glendale, but it could have been your town.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Newspapers unerringly take a statist view of your taxes, saying money is “generated” when it is actually “confiscated” by force. The money is not “revenue,” a term for money that is earned, it is “collections,” which in this case is taken at the point of a gun. This is not voluntary -- police are in the background prepared to enforce the takings if you don’t come across of your own accord.

The media doesn’t realize they do this, could not be reached for comment, and has never run a correction on this matter.

Feds Double Salaries

The lamestream media told you:

Federal workers earning double their private counterparts

At a time when workers' pay and benefits have stagnated, federal employees' average compensation has grown to more than double what private sector workers earn, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

Federal workers have been awarded bigger average pay and benefit increases than private employees for nine years in a row. The compensation gap between federal and private workers has doubled in the past decade.

Federal civil servants earned average pay and benefits of $123,049 in 2009 while private workers made $61,051 in total compensation. http://tinyurl.com/34te9cj

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

In an almost unimaginable increase in federal abuse and hubris, federal employees, who produce absolutely nothing and live off the earnings of the productive private sector through confiscations called taxes, have given themselves pay increases bringing them to more than double what the private sector earns, in just 10 years time.

“This is an unfathomable escalation of federal abuse,” said a highly placed figure who refused to be identified. “How do we back out of this? Who do we hold responsible? How did it happen without our noticing? Heads ought to roll, but I fear none will, and we’ll keep paying these outrageous fortunes to people on the government roster,” she said, with veins visibly throbbing in her neck and temples.

News headlines, in typical statist fashion, make the discovery sound like an award-winning event (“Big Gains in Federal Pay”), instead of the affront it is to all taxpayers. The article does little to question those responsible, and even provides cover and justification, saying, “unions say the compensation gap reflects the increasingly high level of skill and education required for most federal jobs,” according to someone in the union who is getting the pay.

One government union president says the data are “not useful for a direct public-private comparison.” Why comparing the $61K average private salary to the $123K government salary is not “useful” is unexplained, except for an omitted technical description, which is that it’s bullsh*t.

Accompanying the news, Mr. B. Hussein Obama, who occupies the Oval office, has recommended a 1.4% increase to all federal employees. Republicans called for canceling the increase, but did not call for a rollback or an investigation. A demoncrat spokeshuman said a pay freeze “would unfairly scapegoat federal workers.” Mr. Obama did call for a freeze on bonuses to 2,900 political appointees.

Health Care Freedom

The lamestream media told you:

“Missouri Votes Against Health-Care Reform,” according to the Associate Press story following the Missouri primary elections.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Missouri didn’t vote against health-care reform, Missouri voted in favor of health-care freedom. They agreed with the 70% of the public who want to stop an out-of-control federal government’s attempt to takeover America’s health care system.

“The AP routinely skews their reports to protect the government and chastise we the people,” according to a leading news expert. “It’s as plain as day, but the AP of course denies it, despite the ink on the pages they circulate to the public.”

Missing in all the reports was any mention of a total lack of authority for government to control the health care system, or of a human being’s inherent right to do business with any doctor as the doctor and patient see fit.

Such things are strictly controlled by the U.S. Constitution, which grants no authority to regulate health care, or run departments dedicated to regulating agriculture, education or energy. Despite constant usurpations of such forbidden powers, no arrests have been made or are expected.

Mexican Infiltration Advances

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Infiltrators from Mexico continue unabated. A picture is worth a thousand words -- watch hidden-camera video as the illegals from Mexico pour into the United States through my state Arizona. If you have any questions as to why Arizona is seeking to empower its law-enforcement officers to deal with the problem, this brief video will remove all doubt.
http://cis.org/Videos/HiddenCameras2

SB1070 Training Revealed

The lamestream media told you:

Crazy racist madmen in Arizona are pushing a racial profiling campaign that forces Gestapo-like police to stop anyone brown on the street and demand ID papers. This is a hopelessly Nazi perversion of the American system, and if you have a shred of decency you will boycott these hateful lunatics. Show them that Hispanics promoting La Raza and Aztlan, who sneak into America through great hardship, are decent migrants seeking a better way of life, who deserve support, kindness, welfare, amnesty and free medical care.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

I got to watch the entire police training video for enforcing SB1070, Arizona’s anti-illegal-immigration law.

Pretty much everything you’ve heard in the “news” about this law and its enforcement is completely wrong. A court temporarily put a hold on a few aspects of the law, but the law is in effect and unlike the media, that doesn’t prevent me from examining what the law actually does.

First -- Reasonable suspicion is not an arbitrary meaningless phrase that can be used to justify anything, as reporters have repeatedly repeated. From Black’s Law Dictionary, the gold standard for such things:

Reasonable suspicion. Such suspicion which will justify police officer, for Fourth Amendment purposes, in stopping defendant in public place, is the quantum of knowledge sufficient to induce an ordinarily prudent and cautious man under the circumstances to believe criminal activity is at hand. It must be based on specific and articulable facts, which, taken together with rational inferences from those facts, reasonably warrant intrusion.”

Despite “news” reports, reasonable suspicion must be based on facts, they must be specific, they must be articulable (you have to be able to say what they are, they can’t be vague feelings or hunches), and they must be sufficient to make a prudent and cautious person infer something criminal is happening. Failure to meet those conditions would be grounds to deny the legality of the officer’s actions, and bring on a world of hurt for the offending officer and the person’s entire department.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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