Update: Military Martial Law Bill Sneaked Through by Senate

Bill gives Obama power to deploy military anywhere – including on U.S. soil

“The Authorization for Use of Military Force put for­ward by Mc­Con­nell would not re­strict the pres­id­ent’s use of ground troops, nor have any lim­its re­lated to time or geo­graphy,” Defense One reported.

In other words, the authorization allows the president to deploy the military anywhere at his discretion – both foreign and domestic – for as long as he wants.

Several senators, including Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Whip John Cornyn, were surprised by McDonnell’s decision to fast-track the bill after a year of deep in-fighting over similar measures in the Senate.

“He did?” he asked the Na­tion­al Journ­al on Thursday morn­ing when reporters informed him about the bill.

Even some Senate Democrats have an issue with a new authorization without geographical restrictions placed on the president.

“I’m for the Con­gress vot­ing on an AUMF; of course it de­pends what the AUMF looks like,” Sen. Robert Men­en­dez said Thursday. “I don’t want a blank check.”

It’s also interesting to note McConnell is trying to push through the bill on a Friday as an unprecedented blizzard slams the northeast U.S., including Washington, D.C.

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Drone Investigates Islamic Training Center

Joe Biggs and crew investigate Muslim village in New York’s Catskill Mountains

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Joe Biggs reports from deep inside the Catskill Mountains of New York on Islamberg, a Muslim village founded by Mubarak Ali Gilani. Gilani is suspected by the FBI to be the founder of terrorist group Jamaat ul-Fuqra.

Infowars Investigates American Caliphate

Nationwide investigation of Islamic compounds underway

Infowars reporter Joe Biggs is at an undisclosed location in the Northeastern United States beginning a nationwide investigation of Islamic compounds that are controlled by known terrorists and are a breeding ground for extremist ideologies.

Stay tuned for more breaking information as Infowars investigates the American caliphate.

BREAKING: Police Seize 6 Children Simply Because Family Was Camping

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A Michigan family which had dreams of camping during the summer in the great outdoors was horrified when state officials seized their six children simply because they were temporarily living in tents, Off The Grid News has learned.

The nightmare experience for Christopher and Antonia Hernandez began May 19 when Otsego County sheriff deputies and a CPS official took their children, and ended June 10 when their children were returned after the parents won a court ruling based on the fact the mother and children are eligible for enrollment in the Tlingit Native American tribe. The federal Indian Child Welfare Act makes it more difficult for state officials to separate Native American families. Michigan has a similar state law.

If the family had not had the Tlingit link, the case still would be ongoing, with the children still in foster care.

But the removal never should have taken place, Christopher and Antonia told Off The Grid News, which has read the court documents – one of which criticizes the family for not having electricity or a water source. The family was near a state park and had purchased a pass to shower and bathe there. The parents also had a generator.

They had been living in the tents for nine days when police arrived.

“The government has tried to standardize what a home is and what a home must have, without consideration for if the children’s needs are being met or not,” Christopher and Antonia said in a joint statement. “This was not a case of neglect, but a case of the government telling us how we have to raise our children — that we must have running water, we must have electricity and we can’t stay in a tent for the summer. To the government it makes no difference if the children are happy and healthy. We need to conform to their idea of normal or they can take your children away.

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They added, “Taking children from families needs to be limited to clear cases of neglect and abuse. It should be every parent’s right to raise their children as they see fit, unless the government can prove that what the parent is doing is actually harming the child.”

The children, ages seven months, 2, 4, 6, 15 and 17, had been living in the three tents – two of which were large nine-person tents – when the controversy began.

“Our family decided to go camping for the summer to a 10-acre property we are buying,” Antonia said, noting they do own a house. “We had intended to stay the summer while we finalized plans on what we were going to do with our lives. We cannot say we would have stayed the whole summer due to the fact Christopher is donating a kidney to his mother and we may have been called home to do the surgery at any point. If this were to happen we planned to return home for the duration of the surgery and the recovery period however long that was.”

The parents simply “wanted our children to experience the outdoors” – and perhaps see if they wanted to live off-grid permanently.

The Hernandez family

“We purchased several chickens, a couple of turkey and a couple of ducks so we could try and provide a portion of our food needs,” Antonia said. “… We set up one tent as storage for our tools, as I do a lot of woodworking. Another tent was set up as a closet to house our clothes and diapers, etc. As you can imagine, with six children we have a lot of clothes and other miscellaneous items. Our third tent was set up as a kitchen.”

The family also had:

  • A natural gas stove the parents converted to propane for cooking food and heating water.
  • Six five-gallon containers of water they refilled at the local Walmart. They also were collecting rainwater.
  • Several solar lights.
  • A generator.

On May 19, the parents left the property to do laundry at a laundromat, as well as to buy food and some fencing for the animals. The younger children were left in the care of their 15-year-old son, who is nearly 16.

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“When we arrived back, the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department was at the property claiming to have received a report of squatters on the land,” Antonia said. “We provided documentation of our right to be on the land, which was verified the next day by the land owner.”

A CPS representative also was on the property, and had concerns about the living conditions. CPS made four allegations, according to the official court document:

  • The family was not in a “stable living environment.”
  • The family had no electricity or water source, and was using kerosene as a means of heat.
  • The children were playing in the woods, cared for by a 15 year old.
  • The youngest child had a diaper rash.
  • The 17-year-old girl, who has Cerebral Palsy, was cold.

Antonia told Off The Grid News she knew of the diaper rash and it had been healing. The 17-year-old girl had a temperature of 96, but Antonia said this was after sheriff deputies and CPS “had the tent flap completely open for at least an hour and a half.” When she was admitted to the hospital it was 97.7.

“I witnessed her without covers for at least part of that time,” Antonia said. “I was told by her case worker that the doctor who examined her said she was very well taken care of.”

As for the children playing outside in the cold, “none of the children were displaying any signs of being cold — shivering or teeth chattering. As a matter of fact, they kept taking off their coats, which to me indicates that they were not cold.”

None of the allegations, he said, warranted removal of the children.

“We were given no other option to either return to the house we own or to obtain a hotel room until we could go to court,” she said. “By law, they are required to a reasonable effort to prevent or eliminate the need for removal as required by law.”

The case is now closed, and with their children back in their care, the parents have decided not to return to the property.

“It is a sad that they were out of our care for 21 days because we were camping,” she said.

Video: Rand Paul Speaks Out Against the PATRIOT Act

“I don’t think the American people are going to take it anymore”
Video: Rand Paul Speaks Out Against the PATRIOT Act

by Infowars.com | May 31, 2015


“Are we going to so blithely give up our freedom?” Rand Paul asked on the Senate floor Sunday.

“Are we going to so blindly go along and take it?”

“I’m not going to take it anymore,” he added. “I don’t think the American people are going to take it anymore.”

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We Need Actual Free Trade, Not the TPP

It protects foreign, off-shore companies at the expense of American jobs and manufacturing
We Need Actual Free Trade, Not the TPP

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by Ryan McMaken | Mises.org | May 30, 2015


Brendan Nyhan at The New York Times seems to be under the impression that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has something to do with free trade.

Nyhan writes that the TPP is the latest step in a decades-long trend toward liberalizing trade — a somewhat mysterious development given that many Americans are skeptical of freer trade.

But Americans with higher incomes are not so skeptical. They — along with businesses and interest groups that tend to be affiliated with them — are much more likely to support trade liberalization.

Nyhan is probably correct that much of the population — especially the part that’s never studied economics — is against the lowering of trade barriers. After all, much of the population is wed to ancient ideas of mercantilism which views trade with foreign countries as a zero-sum game in which anything that benefits foreigners must be harmful to “us.” As Henry Hazlitt wrote with exasperation in Economics in One Lesson, “popular thought … in everything connected to international relations, [has] not yet caught up with Adam Smith …”

Nyhan is apparently deeply confused, however, since he equates the Trans Pacific Partnership with “trade liberalization.” In fact, the TPP is not about any type of liberalization, but is about centralizing political power. The TPP will further transfer the negotiation and implementation of trade policy into the hands of a small number of global regulators and bureaucrats, while further reducing the prerogatives of Congress and state legislators in the US. Indeed, citizens of all twelve member nations of the TPP will see trade policy become more remote and unknowable thanks to the TPP. And, since trade is but one small part of the agreement, we can expect a further shift toward opaque and authoritarian global decision making on everything from environmental policy to the internet to immigration.

There is no denying that the secret negotiations among unelected elites appointed by TPP members may result in the lowering of trade barriers for selected friends of the global regulators. This cronyist system of rewards and punishments for global favorites, however, should most certainly not be confused with free trade.

Real Free Trade is About Decentralization of Power

Full-blown free trade is about total decentralization in trade policy. In a country that enjoys free trade — that is, a country that has implemented unilateral free trade — it is fully up to the individual consumer and entrepreneur as to whether or not he wishes to do business with foreign suppliers. Under such a system, a baker who must buy delivery trucks and flour for his business can choose whether or not he will obtain his supplies from foreign or domestic suppliers. In most cases, he will choose the most economical option, and the marketplace will reflect this reality.

Trade agreements like the TPP and NAFTA, on the other hand, leave these decisions not up to individual citizens, but to government regulators and negotiators who make decisions in the interest of the state and its favored special interests.

Because of this, any agreement that threatened to implement true free trade would pose a significant threat to the status quo which greatly favors powerful special interests over the interests of small business owners and ordinary consumers. As Murray Rothbard pointed out:

If authentic free trade ever looms on the policy horizon, there’ll be one sure way to tell. The government/media/big-business complex will oppose it tooth and nail. We’ll see a string of op-eds “warning” about the imminent return of the nineteenth century. Media pundits and academics will raise all the old canards against the free market, that it’s exploitative and anarchic without government “coordination.” The establishment would react to instituting true free trade about as enthusiastically as it would to repealing the income tax.

In truth, the bipartisan establishment’s trumpeting of “free trade” since World War II fosters the opposite of genuine freedom of exchange. The establishment’s goals and tactics have been consistently those of free trade’s traditional enemy, “mercantilism” — the system imposed by the nation-states of sixteenth to eighteenth century Europe.

Capitalizing on Fear of Freedom in Trade

Unfortunately, it would likely be very easy for the media and business and political elites to turn the population against any move toward genuine free trade.

Concerned only with what they see in their own industries and not with the unseen benefits to others, special interest groups such as workers and owners in domestic industries will seek to use the coercive power of government to their own benefit.

By resorting to the violence of the state to control trade and crush the competition, what these groups are saying is people should not be able to freely choose what products and services they want. “We reserve the right to dictate to others what their choices should be,” is the position of the protectionist.

They are no different from taxi drivers who seek to crush Uber or native workers who seek to increase their own wages by legally sanctioning employers who hire immigrant labor.

For an illustration of the real effects of protectionist trade policy, we could look to the plight of any small business person who seeks to lesson his costs in the pursuit of making a living. Take an entrepreneur, for example, who finds there is a need in his city for more lawn and garden maintenance services. He or she then seeks to find the lowest-priced and most-reliable lawn mowing machines he can. He knows that the lower he can keep his costs, the lower his own prices will be. Or, if competition is light, he will be able to make more profit and hire more employees.

Ready to stand in the way of all of this are the workers at a domestic lawn mower factory who are quite happy producing lawn mowers that are both more expensive and less reliable than the mowers produced in a neighboring country.

The workers succeed in pressuring the government to slap a tariff on foreign lawn mowing machines which raises costs for the entrepreneur. The entrepreneur then sees his own profits drop which leads to layoffs and even to unemployment to the small business owner himself.

Protecting One Domestic Industry at the Expense of Another

Now, supporters of protectionism would no doubt come back with their own tale of woe about how, if the lawn business has been able to buy cheap mowers, the workers at the domestic lawn mowing factory would be laid off and destitute.

But, implied in the protectionist position is that it is good for the government to make a purely arbitrary decision to support one industry over another. For the protectionist, the freely-made decision of homeowners and gardeners is not to be tolerated and must be quashed by government. Moreover, to make sure that none of those sneaky gardeners gains access to any of these “cheap” foreign-made machines, a small army of customs workers must be hired to ensure compliance and that anyone who dares furnish any business owner with the “wrong” kind of machine will be punished, fined, and possibly imprisoned under federal law.

For the protectionist, this is all a perfectly good and legitimate function of government. The act of buying an economical machine becomes a crime, and the workers at the factory are able to go on producing their second-rate product.

Truly Free Markets Don’t Need a TPP

Obviously, to simply let Americans be free to buy what they want, we don’t need a NAFTA, or TPP, or global junkets of trade bureaucrats to decide what will or will not be allowed to cross over international borders. Certainly, the growth of the TPP moves member states further from the possibility of true free trade since trade policy will become increasingly enmeshed within a multilayered international bureaucracy that only inhibits a nation-state’s ability to unilaterally reduce trade barriers.

When not prevented by international treaties, however, all that need happen for freedom in trade to appear is for the government to refrain from punishing private citizens who seek to do business with foreign suppliers of desirable goods. That would be real “trade liberalization.”

America Has Lost Its Culture

Authoritarians attack American cars, guns, rugged individualism, liberty…
America Has Lost Its Culture

by Infowars.com | May 5, 2015


Alex Jones breaks down how the far left has destroyed what’s left of the American culture.

US Killed American Hostage in Counterterror Op in January

Obama says American and Italian hostages held by al-Qaeda “accidentally” killed in drone strike

by Kurt Nimmo | Infowars.com | April 23, 2015


The Obama administration says the US “accidentally” killed American and Italian hostages held by al-Qaeda.

American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto were killed on the Afghan-Pakistan border in January during an operation which also killed American al-Qaeda leader Ahmed Farouq.

Information on the drone strike operation was previously classified.

“No words can fully express our regret over this terrible tragedy,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, according to a White House statement.

The President directed that the information being shared today, which was properly classified until now, be declassified and shared with the American people. He takes full responsibility for these operations and believes it is important to provide the American people with as much information as possible about our counterterrorism operations, particularly when they take the lives of fellow citizens. The uniquely tragic nature of the operation that resulted in the deaths of two innocent hostages is something we will do our utmost to ensure is not repeated. To this end, although the operation was lawful and conducted consistent with our counterterrorism policies, we are conducting a thorough independent review to understand fully what happened and how we can prevent this type of tragic incident in the future.

According to the statement American Adam Gadahn was killed in a separate operation. Gadahn, also known as Azzam the American, allegedly acted as a cultural interpreter, spokesman and media advisor for al-Qaeda.

In 2008 it was reported Gadahn was killed when a CIA military drone bombed a house where he was supposedly staying in North Waziristan. It was later reported he escaped unscathed.

It’s Official: Fukushima Radiation Reaches North American Coast

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Radioactive isotopes from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant have been detected in the water off Ucluelet, British Columbia, less than 100 miles north of the straight that leads to Washington State’s Puget Sound.

This is the first time that researchers have confirmed the presence of Fukushima radioactive elements on North American soil.

On Feb. 19, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution detected cesium-134 and cesium-137 in water samples taken in the Pacific off Ucluelet, which sits on the west side of Vancouver Island.

Researchers believe the cesium came from Fukushima and it arrived in the area only recently, Tech Times reported. Fukushima is the most likely source of the isotopes because they have a life of just two and a half years.

Woods Hole researchers and volunteers have been collecting water samples along the Pacific Shore since the Fukushima plant in Japan suffered a meltdown following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. It is possible the isotopes are not from the original meltdown but from a subsequent leak.

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“Radioactivity can be dangerous, and we should be carefully monitoring the oceans after what is certainly the largest accidental release of radioactive contaminants to the oceans in history,” Ken Buesseler, a Woods Hole marine chemist, told Tech Times. “However, the levels we detected in Ucluelet are extremely low.”

Others, though, say there is still cause for concern.

“You cannot say it’s harmless,” Peer van de Rijk, head of the World Information Service on Energy, told DW, a German media outlet. “That’s the problem with radiation: it doesn’t show immediately. And it’s very hard to prove that a certain illness was caused by radiation.

And the radiation likely will pop up in other parts of the world, he said.

“We’ve learned about that a lot from Chernobyl: Radiation travels with the wind and the ocean. And it’s very possible that it will show up everywhere else in the coming years. Large parts of what was released in Fukushima were released in the ocean, so that will show up in several places.”

Ucluelet is a small town on the west coast of Vancouver Island just off the coast of British Columbia. It is located around 50 miles north of Washington State and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which connects Puget Sound with the Pacific Ocean. The cities of Seattle and Tacoma are located on Puget Sound. Vancouver, British Columbia is located just north of Puget Sound.

In December 2013, a YouTube video showing a Geiger counter detecting radiation at Coastside Beach, near Half Moon Bay, California, just outside of San Francisco was posted online. The findings in those videos were never confirmed by researchers.

Woods Hole researchers found Fukushima radioactivity in a water sample taken 100 miles off of Northern California’s coast in November, 2014, Tech Times reported. That discovery prompted Woods Hole and an organization called the Fukushima Ocean Radionuclide Monitoring Network to establish monitoring stations to look for radiation along the coasts.

Even though Fukushima isotopes have not been confirmed on the U.S. coast, it is only a matter of time before they get here.

In 2014 Chinese scientist GuiJun Han predicted that water containing “pockets and streams of highly concentrated radiation” from Fukushima will gain strength as they cross the Pacific. Han also predicted in an article for the scientific journal Science China Earth Sciences that radiation from Fukushima will one day cover the entire North Pacific, spread as far south as Baja California, and last for up to 10 years, Off the Grid News reported.