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PressTV – Americans find drones unconstitutional

“Privacy advocates worry that a proliferation of drones will lead to a “surveillance society” in which the movements of Americans are routinely monitored, tracked, recorded and scrutinized by the authorities. AP” (quote from article)

The above quote would almost be comical if it weren’t so disturbing. For those who have not yet noticed, the surveillance society was fully set up after 2001 and was well on its way long before (I saw evidence that every single phone call in the Us was being routinely monitored and combed for “keywords” then retained for later perusal when the phone company’s computer systems digitized the words as early as 1992).

The more of us wake up, become aware and come together, the more this panopticon will fall apart tho-never doubt the power of the People to overcome oppression, for as MLK once said the arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice!

Most Americans find drones unconstitutional: Poll
Tue Mar 5, 2013 3:15AM

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In a stark about turn, most Americans now have significant reservations about the use of drones by government and law enforcement.

Just six months ago, a survey conducted by The Associated Press and The National Constitution Center found that more Americans supported than opposed the use of surveillance drones by domestic law enforcement agencies.

In that poll, only 36 percent said that they strongly opposed or somewhat opposed police use of drones, where as 44 percent supported the idea of police using unmanned aerial vehicles to track suspects and carry out investigations.

The poll also found that only one third of Americans were significantly concerned about their privacy being eroded by the adoption of drones by police forces throughout the country.

Now, in a Reason-Rupe national survey, sixty percent of respondents believe that, to some degree, the use of drones by local law enforcement to conduct surveillance without a warrant is an invasion of personal privacy.

In addition, 47 percent of respondents to the latest poll said they believe they have a right to destroy a UAV if it flies over their house without their permission.

Shifting to overseas use of drones, In a Pew Research Center study, conducted some five months ago, more than half of the American public were found to be in support of targeted assassinations with drones, even if that meant killing American citizens.

Now, in the latest poll, 57 percent of respondents say it is unconstitutional to order the killing of Americans overseas. Even more – 59 percent – believe that the federal government abuses its power when it comes to targeted strikes.

The latest survey indicates that along with an exponential increase in the use of drones both at home and abroad has come a sustained push back from the general public.

More attention has been focused on the use of UAVs and the potential they have for eviscerating fundamental rights to privacy and the due process of law.

More and more states and cities are advancing and/or passing laws against the use of drones in their skies by government and law agencies.

Plans to roll out drones by law enforcement agencies in Washington State, Virginia, California and New York have recently met with stern opposition. Prison Planet

FACTS & FIGURES

In a major step toward opening U.S. skies to thousands of unmanned drones, federal officials in February solicited proposals to create six drone test sites around the country. AP

According to the Department of Homeland Securitys website, the U.S. government has already been using drones domestically for several years, but remains mostly mum on their missions. RT

Privacy advocates worry that a proliferation of drones will lead to a “surveillance society” in which the movements of Americans are routinely monitored, tracked, recorded and scrutinized by the authorities. AP

A data dump of government documents secured via the Freedom of Information Act, released in August shows that the roll out of domestic unmanned drones will, for the most part, be focused solely on the mass surveillance of the American people. Prison Planet

http://www.presstv.ir/usdetail/291957.html


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PressTV – Obama to demand Israel withdraw from West Bank: Report

Obama to demand Israel withdraw from West Bank: Report
US President Barack Obama (R) next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (file photo)
US President Barack Obama (R) next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (file photo)

Mon Mar 4, 2013 1:32PM GMT

US President Barack Obama is going to demand a timetable for an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied West Bank during his visit to Israel later this month, a report says.

The World Tribune quoted on Monday an unnamed Israeli official as saying that “Obama has made it clear to [Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu that his visit is not about photo-ops, but the business of Iran and a Palestinian state.

The implication is that if Israel wont give him something he can work with, then hell act on his own, the report quoted the source as saying.

According to the report, an Israeli pullout plan could be part of an imminent US push to form a Palestinian state in the West Bank in 2014.

More than half a million Israelis live in more than 120 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Meanwhile, violent acts are carried out on a weekly basis in the Palestinian territories by Israeli settlers.

The Israeli settlements are considered illegal by the UN and most countries because those territories were captured by Israel in the 1967 war, and are thus seen as being subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

The Israeli regime increased its settlement activities after an upgrade in the Palestinian status at the United Nations General Assembly on November 29, 2012. The 193-member General Assembly voted 138-9 with 41 abstentions to upgrade Palestines status to non-member observer state.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/03/04/291866/us-to-ask-israel-to-pull-out-of-west-bank/

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    It would be wonderful if he won-it might even cancel out the absurdity of the Committee awarding it to Barack Obama for the signature accomplishment of NOT BEING GW. 😉 It would also send a very important message to those who think they can own humanity and control the entire planet thru violence, intimidation and manipulation.


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    The Hummingbirds Are Coming. Early! (Serenity Spell)

    This post is especially for my Mom, who loves hummingbirds;-) This is a reblog from one of my favourite blogs, Serenity Spell-(even tho it appears as a post thanks to dialup refusing to LOAD the “reblog” button;-/ )

    So please forgive the abnormal way of reblogging, and be sure to click the link and check out both this post and the rest of Serenity Spell-if you love nature, beauty and learning new things there is absolutely no way you won’t love Serenity Spell;-)

    The Hummingbirds Are Coming Early!

    by FeyGirl

    Last night at our local wetlands, I ran into a friend who mentioned seeing a ruby-throated hummingbird in his yard a bit early! And this morning, Michelle from Rambling Woods posted on the topic. Since they’ve hit the Gulf Coast states a wee bit ahead of their migratory schedule, let’s help them REFUEL on their non-stop 500-mile journey!

    I’ll be getting the feeder ready for these lovely guys ASAP habitat loss and destruction are the hummingbirds main threats today, but changing temperatures are also affecting their migratory patterns, making it harder for them to find food.

    Learn more at Annenberg’s “Journey North” website track the hummingbirds, learn how to help, and take a peek at the updated migration maps!

    Sparkling violet ear hummingbird, Butterfly World, FL

    Sparkling violet ear hummingbird: Not in my yard, but at Butterfly World, the largest free-flight hummingbird aviary in the US. A most amazing, beautiful, and fairy-like place!

    Fun and Fascinating Facts About Hummingbirds:

    • Hummingbirds are the second largest family of birds, with more than 325 species
    • Early Spanish explorers called hummingbirds Flying Jewels
    • Hummingbirds are found only in North and South America
    • Its the smallest bird and the smallest of all animals with a backbone
    • Despite their diminutive size, hummingbirds are aggressive and territorial, regularly attacking jays, crows and hawks
    • Hummingbirds have the largest brain of all birds 4.2% of its total body weight
    • Many hummingbirds die during the first year, but those that do survive have an average lifespan of 3-4 years. The longest-living hummingbird was a female Broad-tailed Hummingbird that was estimated at 12 years
    • Hummingbirds have very weak feet they cannot walk or hop, using them mainly for perching
    • Hummingbirds have great eyesight able to see ultraviolet light, even but have no sense of smell
    • The structure of hummingbirds lovely iridescent feathers amplifies certain wavelengths of light, reflecting them directly in front of the bird
    • Most of a hummingbirds weight is in its pectoral muscles 25-30% reside in their muscles responsible for flight
    • The average flight speed of a hummingbird is 20-30 miles per hour, though the birds can reach up to 60 mph in a courtship dive
    • They can beat their wings between 50-200 flaps per second, depending on flight patterns and wind conditions
    • The hummingbird can rotate its wings in a circle, making it the only bird that can fly forwards, backwards, up, down, sideways, and hover mid-air
    • Their heart beats at up to 1,260 beats per minute
    • A resting hummingbird takes an average of 250 breaths per minute
    • Hummingbirds must consume approximately half of their weight in sugar daily, feeding 5-8 times per hour. Much of the sugar they consume comes from flower nectar and tree sap, but they also eat insects and pollen to get their protein
    • A hummingbird uses its long, grooved tongue to lap up nectar from flowers and feeders
    • To conserve energy while sleeping or during food scarcity hummingbirds can go into a hibernation-like state (torpor), where their metabolic rate is slowed to 1/15th of normal sleep. If theyre already weakened, they may not wake from this torpor
    • During their spring and fall migrations, the ruby-throated hummingbird makes a non-stop 500-mile-flight across the Gulf of Mexico
    • The longest migration of any hummingbird species is that of the rufous hummingbird they travel more than 3,000 miles from their nesting grounds in Alaska and Canada to winter habitats in Mexico
    • Historically hummingbirds were killed for their feathers. But today, habitat loss and destruction are the hummingbirds main threats; changing temperatures are also affecting hummingbird migratory patterns, making it harder for them to find food
    • An increase in backyard gardens hummingbird feeders allows these birds to refuel during their long migratory journeys YAY!


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    The manuscript of survival – part 277 by Aisha North

    Let us begin this missive by saying that for many of you, these last few days have been more than intense, especially physically wise. And, as usual, that is easy to explain. As we have touched upon earlier, these new injections bring with them some brand new programming, programming that is altering the course of so much of what you have previously installed in your body. And so, the moans and groans from this literally not only mind expanding, but fully expanding energies will be heard throughout your physical body. For no expansion comes without complaints from the existing, and as such, even if they are indeed rather painful at times, these growing pains, for that is truly what they are, are once again just confirmations that you are taking one step closer towards completion.

    For you are all expanding in so many ways, literally and energetically, as you are moving way past your old limitations and charging once again into unknown territory. And once again this will bring about confusion and disbelief, for as it is whenever something is ignoring old boundaries, the mind react with a twinge of fear from all of this unknown. For why not stick to the old tried and true? Why this penchant for leaving that behind and instead forge into something you have no possibility of knowing what will come out of? Again, your old system was hardwired to stay put in the same old rut, and as such, this endlessly pushing of the envelope is bound to get some reactions. So once again we say that the outcome from all of this can only be positive, no matter how taxing, confusing and even downright painful this actual process in itself is. So try to quell your gut instinct to revolt against it all, and give yourself some time to breathe and relax into this unpleasantness, and we can guarantee you all that no matter how bad you feel, either physically or emotionally at the moment, you will all in some way manage to get at least a fleeting glimpse of the glimmer of light that accompanies all of these symptoms and discomforts.

    And growing is always painful in some ways, as it means giving up all that you used to be. For you are not a child anymore, and the awareness that comes with knowledge means that you can never hide behind the innocence of a child anymore. For you have been given access to the biggest truth there is, and with it comes also the knowledge that you have been living in a lie fabricated by others. And as such, the ripping apart of the veils will be painful in so many ways. But you know too that this pain is not the reason why you go through this. For this pain is only the pain that comes from liberating yourself from all the old hooks and barbs embedded in you that are trying to hold you back. So know that every second of discomfort will be repayed with a lifetime of bliss, for you are growing beyond the point of no return, you have in fact passed that long time ago. So again we say that the aches and pains, sorrow and anger are but small markes along the way, signifying one more victory as you take a new breath laden with the incoming energies that will make you grow bigger and more complete as the days go by. For you are not here to suffer, and this process will make that clear to you as you sense your magnitude expanding daily.

    So bless your body, for it is working so hard to accomodate all of this new you, and bless your mind, for it is only doing what it knows best. And even if both of them seem more reluctant than ever to let this expansion continue, know that they too are fully committed to this process. For they will be with you every step of the way, but they cannot help but utter more than a few yelps of distress on the way. But again we say do not let that trick you into thinking that they are only offering you resistance in this, far from it. For you are all a team, and you will make it all the way as a team. So let us conclude this message by saying that you are all doing your very best, and for that, you should be immensely proud of yourselves. For know that we are, and we will always be so. For you are the bravest of the brave, soldiering along every day, come rain or shine, and you are bringing the light of freedom into every nook and cranny on your planet. And what you bring, cannot be turned away. For it is here to stay, and you are the ones who are making it all come true.

    http://aishanorth.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/the-manuscript-of-survival-part-277/


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    I cannot see videos (ancient rig and slow connection)but am trusting since this was posted on a good blog, it is something worth checking into. If the powers of the world won’t help the people, the people have to help one another! If projects like this work to raise both funds to help people, and awareness this is one way we can circumvent the imposition of suffering from “above” (by the 1%).