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BREAKING NEWS! Settlement Reached in Bishop Eddie Long Case (He Paid Them Hush Money)

Posted in Business, Corruption, False Teachers, General, Legal, News, Pulpit Pimps with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2011 by truthwillrise

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Eddie Long: Settlement Reached in Bishop Eddie Long Case (He Paid Them Hush Money)

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Video Shows Officer Offering Truckers Freedom For Cash

Posted in Attack on Freedom, Corruption, New World Order, News, Police State/Martial Law, Tyranny with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2011 by truthwillrise

By Phil Williams
Chief Investigative Reporter

Video of the traffic stop

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — New video obtained byNewsChannel 5 Investigates shows an interstate interdiction officer offering to trade the freedom of two truckers — for their cash.

The DA says it’s good police work.

But critics say it’s a prime example of how the rules have been twisted by laws that let agencies keep the money they seize.

The video — obtained under the Tennessee Public Records Act — shows a May 2010 traffic stop in rural Hickman County, on a darkened stretch of westbound Interstate 40.

There, two California truckers were given a tough choice: potentially face a criminal prosecution or hand over the cash that the interdiction officer suspects is hidden somewhere in their tractor trailer.

“You’re going to have to trust me, or you’re going to out on a limb and see what happens once we find it,” the officer told the truckers.

Before the night was up, agents recovered piles of suspected drug money — almost a half a million dollars — money that their agency, the 21st Judicial District Drug Task Force, will get to keep.
Read officers’ narrative about why money seized

“I will do everything I can to take that money out of the hands of those drug dealers and the cartel,” District Attorney General Kim Helper toldNewsChannel 5 Investigates.

But Helper said the two truckers — who she believes were drug couriers — got to walk without even being asked to name their accomplices because she believes they had not really committed a crime that she could prosecute.

“The transportation of illegal drug proceeds through the state of Tennessee from my reading of the statute is not a crime,” Helper insisted.

The incident began as a routine traffic stop, except in this case agents are specifically looking for drug money heading back to Mexico.

Officer: “You say you’re not traveling with anything illegal in your truck, right? No drugs? And you’re not traveling with any large amounts of U.S. currency?”
Trucker: “No, sir. No, sir. No, sir.”
Officer: “You wouldn’t have a problem if I searched your truck or your trailer for any of the items mentioned?”
Driver: “Not at all.”

As the time passed, suspicions were aroused by discrepancies in the truckers’ stories, but officers were not finding anything up in the refrigerated trailer, known as a reefer.

So the agent began threatening the truckers with criminal prosecution.

Officer: “Money laundering is what it’s called, and it’s a federal offense. The good thing for you is when we seize money we don’t deal with the feds. We seize it ourselves.  And if it ain’t your money and you say ‘Agent Owens, it ain’t my money, I don’t know how it got there…'”

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked the DA if the officer was not suggesting to the truck driver that his defense would be that he did not know how the money got there.

“I don’t think he is,” she answered, “because I think he recognizes at this point that the transport of money just through the state is not a crime under our money laundering statute.”

Yet, these are some of the statements that the officer made:

Officer: “Here’s the thing, alright. Don’t talk to him, just listen. Just listen. Do you want to go home?”
Trucker: “I sure do.”
Officer: “Does it not make sense that I’m trying to help you… because you honestly can’t think for a second that we ain’t going to stay here until we find it.”

NewsChannel 5 Investigates told Helper that the officer “sure is making this guy think he’s committed a crime.”

“Well, as I indicated to you,” she responded, “law enforcement agents use various means of questioning to get as much information as they can.”

But if someone has not committed a crime, is it proper for a police officer to make that person think that they have?

“I believe,” Helper said, “that officers can use a variety of techniques.”

The officer also assured the driver, that if they would cough up the cash, they would not be asked to rat out their accomplices.

Officer: “Hey, I’m not asking you if you have knowledge about it, and I won’t ask you if you have knowledge about it. You understand me? It’s not my job…. All I’m asking you is, where’s the money?”

Officer: “I don’t even care where you got it. I want the product. That’s what I’m after.”

NewsChannel 5 Investigates said to the DA that “throughout this incident the officers tell him you do not have to tell us where you got this money.”

Is that police work?

“Police work,” Helper said, “to the extent that these officers, from my perspective,  are trying to work with these guys who are merely the couriers.”

Still, we pressed, “At no point does any officer ever ask, ‘What’s the name of the big fish in this case?'”

“Right, right,” the DA acknowledged. “And I agree with you. Should they have asked it? Maybe.”

Finally, an hour into the traffic stop, the driver came clean.

Officer: “We’ll come back and you sign these forms saying you don’t know anything about it, you’re disclaiming it, it’s not yours and it’s done.”
Driver: “It’s in the back of the reefer. I don’t know how it got there.”
Officer: “OK.”
Driver: “It’s not mine.”
Officer: “We’re good!”

A short time later, the task force would be half a million dollars richer.

Still, the DA admitted that she isn’t completely happy with the outcome.

“I would love to see our legislature make a change so that we can make those arrests on the sides of the roads with these guys.”

We also found cases in the Dickson area where subjects admitted that the money was from drugs. Not only were they released, but we’re told that the video evidence of those stops was later destroyed.
Subject admitted $161,500 “was illegal drug money”
Subject admitted $46,500 “was illegal drug money”
Subject admitted $59,760 “was illegal drug money”
Subject admitted $198,000 “from the sale of cocaine”
Subject admitted $800,495 “from the sales of marijuana”

Still, a Nashville prosecutor, who was involved in drafting the state’s money laundering statute, tells NewsChannel 5 Investigates that he thinks the law could be used to bring criminal charges against some people running money for the drug cartels.

Helper says she’ll now ask lawmakers to clarify the law — something that apparently no DA had bothered to do before our investigation.

E-mail: pwilliams@newschannel5.com 

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Questionable Traffic Stops Caught On Camera

Posted in Attack on Freedom, Attack on the Republic, Corruption, economic tyranny, News, Police State/Martial Law, Stupid Government Tricks, Tyranny with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2011 by truthwillrise

Questionable Police Stop

By Phil Williams
Chief Investigative Reporter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — NewsChannel 5’s cameras caught a police stop in progress, and it is now at the center of an internal police investigation.

It’s the result of a NewsChannel 5 investigation into interstate drug agents who stop lots of out-of-state drivers west of Nashville, looking for drugs or — more often — drug money.

Now, the head of one of those agencies tellsNewsChannel 5 Investigates that he wants to make sure all of those stops are legal.

“It’s got to a legitimate, lawful stop,” said Dickson Police Chief Ricky Chandler.

Chandler chairs the board of the 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Force and serves on the board of the Dickson Interdiction and Criminal Enforcement (DICE) unit, both of which patrol a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 40 west of Nashville.

For a whole day, NewsChannel 5 Investigateswent on patrol with DICE officers, seeing how traffic violations searches that they hope will yield drugs or, like in one case, a stash of more than $200,000 of suspected drug money.

A DICE officer told us that the traffic stop is key.

“We’re not allowed to pull over anybody just for the sake of pulling them over,” he said.

But NewsChannel 5 Investigates was also watching from Sky 5 and had questions about this stop where a supervisor from the 23rd pulled over two Hispanic men in an SUV with Texas plates.

His explanation was caught on his in-car video:

“Hey, the reason why I stopped you was you were coming outside your lane of travel. I don’t know if you’re getting sleepy or you’re not drinking are you?”

Yet, our camera had been tracking that same supervisor and captured the exact moment that he put on his brakes — just as he was about to pass the Texas vehicle. The video shows that the SUV was squarely between the lines.

For almost two minutes, the interdiction vehicle trailed the Texas SUV. While the officer himself was all over the road, it was another story for the two Hispanic men.

We showed the video to Chief Chandler.

“[On] the tape, it was not weaving. It did not cross the line — you’re right,” he said.

“He never weaved once, did he?” we asked.

“No, he stayed within his lane of traffic.”

NewsChannel 5 Investigates obtained other videos from that same 23rd Drug Task Force supervisor, where he stopped out-of-state drivers and never even told them that they violated any traffic laws.

“I can’t explain,” Chandler said. “He should be doing that. He’s been trained. He knows how to do that, and he should be doing that.”

Still, neither of the agencies operating in the Dickson area have their cameras set to record the traffic violations that make the stops legal.

“From their perspective, I don’t know how it would benefit them to record that,” said Nashville attorney Dominic Leonardo.

Leonardo said that a defense lawyer could use such video to fight a case. But, without it, it’s the out-of-state driver’s word against the word of a sworn police officer.

“If you have no other evidence there, then chances are the person who’s hearing this case over the seizure of money or the criminal aspect if there [are] criminal charges brought, the police officer is going to win,” he added.

Then, after the traffic stop comes the part where, if officers have suspicions about a driver, even if they don’t really have a legal reason to search the vehicle, there’s nothing to stop them from trying to persuade the person to let them search.

Take, for example, a stop observed from Sky 5 where an out-of-state driver was detained for more than 20 minutes while agents from the 23rd searched his car.

“This is a very fine line between a good stop where there may be a bust to it — or basically a legit guy and a complaint,” that same supervisor told a fellow officer.

He suggested that they use the driver’s claim that he has worked with police as an interpreter.

“Play it off like he’s one of us. Hey, if you could do us a favor, if I get another search out of the way, I get to go to lunch.”

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked Chandler if it is “OK to trick people into consenting to searches.”

“Power of persuasion and tricking are two different things,” the chief answered, “and I think you’ve got to be able to be persuasive to get searches if you’ve got hunches.”

In another case, the supervisor bluffed the passenger in a car.

“Would there be any reason why we might have received a phone call and been told that this vehicle was transporting a large amount of cash?” he asked.

In fact, it was a lie — and the search found nothing.

We noted to Chandler that the two agencies are “pulling lots of people off the interstate,” applying the same techniques. “Is there any part of that that bothers you?”

“No,” he said, “as long as it’s a legal traffic stop.”

As for the questionable traffic stop caught by Sky 5, “Rest assured, if I can get a copy of this tape it will be looked into…. That doesn’t look good at all.”

NewsChannel 5 provided Chandler with a copy of the video and posted it online here. (At one point, the Texas SUV moves out of the frame — except for the left mirror which can be seen tracking the dotted, white line.)

Chandler said he’s also looking at other policy changes are needed.

E-mail: pwilliams@newschannel5.com 

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Think Before You Vote

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2011 by truthwillrise

Nevada voting machines check Harry Reid’s name; voting machine techs SEIU members

Posted in Alex Jones, Attack on the Republic, Big Brother, Censorship, New World Order, News, Stupid Government Tricks with tags , , , , , , , on October 27, 2010 by truthwillrise

Mark Hemingway
Washington Examiner
October 27, 2010

Clark County is where three quarters of Nevada’s residents and live and where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s son Rory is a county commissioner. Rory is also a Democratic candidate for governor.

Since early voting started, there have been credible reports that voting machines in Clark County, Nevada are automatically checking Harry Reid’s name on the ballot:

Voter Joyce Ferrara said when they went to vote for Republican Sharron Angle, her Democratic opponent, Sen. Harry Reid’s name was already checked.

Ferrara said she wasn’t alone in her voting experience. She said her husband and several others voting at the same time all had the same thing happen.

“Something’s not right,” Ferrara said. “One person that’s a fluke. Two, that’s strange. But several within a five minute period of time — that’s wrong.”

Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said there is no voter fraud, although the issues do come up because the touch-screens are sensitive. For that reason, a person may not want to have their fingers linger too long on the screen after they make a selection at any time.

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Stewart Rhodes: It’s Official, Southern Poverty Law Center Is Now Part of DHS! Alex Jones Tv

Posted in Alex Jones, Attack on Freedom, News, Police State/Martial Law, Shadow Government, Stupid Government Tricks, Tyranny with tags , , , , , , on October 9, 2010 by truthwillrise

TheAlexJonesChannel | October 08, 2010

Southern Poverty Law Center is Now Officially Part of DHS. The CEO of SPLC now sits on the DHS “Working Group on Countering Violent Extremism” along with the leaders of other So-called Non Government Organizations (but can we really call them such now that they are part of the government?)

http://oathkeepers.org/oath/

 

[[ SPLC, DHS, Community Officials Team Up to Attack Patriot Groups ]]

 

 

 

 

Kurt Nimmo

http://www.infowars.com/

http://www.prisonplanet.tv/

October 8, 2010

 

Stewart Rhodes writes today on the Oath Keepers website that the Southern Poverty Law Center is now officially part of the Department of Homeland Security. Rhodes sources a DHS document, entitled “Countering Violent Extremism Working Group,” that lists Richard Cohen as a member of the DHS created group. Cohen is president and CEO of the Southern Poverty Law Center. In addition to Cohen, a number of law enforcement officials are members of the DHS group, including Austin Chief of Police Art Acevedo.

 

“What does the working group do? Make recommendations on training and how to use all of the local resources — police, social services, media, NGO’s, you name it — to fight ‘extremism.’ So, now no need to file a FOIA request to discover that SPLC is writing the reports naming constitutionalists as possible terrorists. Now it is in your face and the mask is off,” writes Rhodes.

 

The document encourages local “partners” and the feds to work together to share “threat-related information… and develop case studies that can be used by local authorities as a learning tool for law enforcement personnel” in order to prevent “ideologically-motivated violent crime (radicalization, violent extremism, etc.),” in short the patriot movement.

 

In early April of 2009, a document produced by the Department of Homeland Security, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” characterized patriot political groups that reject “federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or [reject] government authority entirely” as domestic terrorists.

 

The DHS report followed similar reports issued by the Missouri Information Analysis Center and the Virginia Fusion Center. The MIAC report specifically describes supporters of presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr as “militia” influenced terrorists and instructs the Missouri police to be on the lookout for supporters displaying bumper stickers and other paraphernalia associated with the Constitutional, Campaign for Liberty, and Libertarian parties.

 

According to the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, the MIAC documents were heavily influenced by “faulty and politicized research issued by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Anti Defamation League (ADL).” In 2008, law enforcement officers from across Missouri gathered in the town of Arnold to hear from ADL experts on right-wing extremism.

 

The SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League work hand-in-hand with the Department of Homeland Security to demonize patriot and constitutionalist organizations,” we wrote on April 10, 2010, after the government attempted to frame the Hutaree in Michigan. “SPLC’s Mark Potok appears on corporate media networks almost daily peddling his organization’s hysterical rantings and fairy tales about impending violence and mayhem that will be perpetuated by patriot groups and individuals.”

http://www.infowars.com/splc-dhs-comm…

 

Birthers Unite

Posted in Attack on the Republic, Barack Hussein Obama, New World Order, News, The Constitution, Truth/Freedom with tags , , , , , on July 27, 2010 by truthwillrise

Rev. Manning goes really hard on the birth certificate issue . Although I am not a birther, per se, there are a number of unanswered questions and peculiar actions by many institutions make me wonder what are they trying to hide?