# Massad Ayoob — High Volume Shootout: The Harry Beckwith Incident — how one gun store owner defended himself from sev
Jun 28th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

Mas­sad Ayoob -

High Vol­ume Shootout: The Har­ry Beck­with Inci­dent
— how one gun
store own­er defend­ed him­self from sev­en ban­dits, killing only the one
who tried to run him over with a car, and why it was impor­tant that he
had high-capacity rapid-fire arms at his dis­pos­al. [claire­files] [End the War on Free­dom]

From the smith2004-discuss list, in response to the news that local governments are already acting on the Supreme Court ruling against private property: > > >FREEPORT (T
Jun 27th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

From the smith2004-discuss list, in response to the news that local gov­ern­ments are already act­ing on the Supreme Court rul­ing against pri­vate prop­er­ty:

bq. >
>FREEPORT (TX) — With Thursday’s Supreme Court deci­sion, Freeport 
>offi­cials instruct­ed attor­neys to begin prepar­ing legal doc­u­ments to 
>seize three pieces of water­front prop­er­ty along the Old Bra­zos Riv­er
>from two seafood com­pa­nies for con­struc­tion of an $8 mil­lion pri­vate
>boat mari­na.
Date­line: Freeport, Texas June 27, 2007

Freeport Police, the Bra­zo­ria Coun­ty Sher­iff, and Texas Rangers are con­sid­er­ing
ask­ing the FBI and Home­land Secu­ri­ty for assis­tance after a gris­ly dis­cov­ery in
Freeport Munic­i­pal Park this morn­ing. The bod­ies of twelve peo­ple, three of
them women, were found hanged from tall over­hang­ing branch­es and lamp posts in
the ear­ly morn­ing hours. All had expired. The exact cause of death is still
under inves­ti­ga­tion.

The city gov­ern­ment of Freeport is effec­tive­ly with­out lead­er­ship, as all the
bod­ies were iden­ti­fied as mem­bers of the city gov­ern­ment and staff. May­or Jim
Phillips, City Man­ag­er Ron Bot­toms, and Lee Cameron, direc­tor of the city’s
Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Corp. were among the slain, as were all four coun­cil

Right now we have about a thou­sand sus­pects in the area alone,” said Sher­iff
Joe King. “It was a well-planned and well-executed oper­a­tion that left no
use­ful evi­dence and made very clear the motive for this mass lynch­ing.”

The bod­ies had been com­plete­ly stripped, the only adorn­ment were plac­ards placed
around the necks of the vic­tims over the noose. Those plac­ards con­tained the
let­ter­head of Freeport Mari­na with var­i­ous insults includ­ed. “Use­ful Idiot”
adorned the bod­ies of the May­or and City Man­ag­er. “Horsethief” was placed on
all four coun­cil­men. “Col­lab­o­ra­tor” was found on three peo­ple, two of them
women, iden­ti­fied as attor­neys involved in the emi­nent domain pro­ceed­ings that
forced the clo­sure of the West­ern Seafood pro­cess­ing plant and the loss of 300
jobs in the city for the Freeport Mari­na project.

The mari­na project was stalled by fed­er­al demands for envi­ron­men­tal impact
stud­ies soon after the city suc­cess­ful­ly dis­al­lowed over 50% of the peti­tion
sig­na­tures that would have forced a ref­er­en­dum on the emi­nent domain
pro­ceed­ings. Three of the ini­tial four hotels have pulled out of the project,
cit­ing delays and threats of a nation­al boy­cott against their chains. Hiram
Walk­er Roy­all, the lead fig­ure in the project died in a car crash six months ago
and left the remain­ing part­ners squab­bling for con­trol. This leaves the
project, and the expect­ed eco­nom­ic improve­ments on hia­tus for the forsee­able

We would like to see this inci­dent clas­si­fied as a domes­tic ter­ror­ism event,” a
spokesman for the Texas Rangers told Net­Plan­et­News. “This would invoke
pro­vi­sions of PATRIOT II that would give us free reign to inves­ti­gate all
sus­pects, begin­ning with the 300 for­mer employ­ees of West­ern Seafood.” Under
those pro­vi­sions, those employ­ees would be placed on a ter­ror­ist watch list.
Their last known loca­tions, all vehi­cles reg­is­tered in their names and the names
of their fam­i­lies would be includ­ed. A mass arrest of all may be con­sid­ered if
there is no progress on the inves­ti­ga­tion with­in a month. “We are plac­ing
every­one on notice that they are sus­pect­ed and we are watch­ing. Some­one will
make a mis­take, and we’ll be there to take appro­pri­ate action.”



Iraq rebellion ‘could last years’
Jun 26th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

Iraq rebel­lion ‘could last years’: “The insur­gency in Iraq could con­tin­ue for over a decade, US Defence Sec­re­tary Don­ald Rums­feld warns.”

(Via BBC News.)

And it will, unless some future Pres­i­dent has the good sense to with­draw.

# Barry Kauler — Puppy Linux — an amazingly fast and full-featured Linux distribution that takes up only 60 megs of CD, hard
Jun 21st, 2005 by Ken Hagler

Bar­ry Kauler -

Pup­py Lin­ux
— an amaz­ing­ly fast and full-featured Lin­ux
dis­tri­b­u­tion that takes up only 60 megs of CD, hard dri­ve, or USB
dri­ve and runs com­plete­ly from 128 megs of RAM. If you run it from a
write­able CD, it can save updates to suc­ces­sive ses­sions on the
CD. Worked well for me in a Vir­tu­al PC VM, once I used the Net­work
Wiz­ard to probe my DHCP serv­er. [claire­files] [End the War on Free­dom]

I tried it on my work email machine, but it didn’t work. It seems to be dis­abling the key­board some­time dur­ing the boot process.

Illegal firearm found in collection .
Jun 21st, 2005 by Ken Hagler

Ille­gal firearm found in col­lec­tion. From GUNED.COM– A Roanoke Coun­ty man was con­vict­ed Mon­day of hav­ing a machine gun among the col­lec­tion of high-power firearms he kept in the base­ment of his Vern­dale Dri­ve home.

Samuel Mor­ris Over­street, 47, will face up to 20 years in prison when he is sen­tenced lat­er in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Roanoke. []

It’s obvi­ous from the arti­cle that Mr. Over­street has at no time done any­thing wrong, and in fact those guilty of arrest­ing and pros­e­cut­ing him are the ones who should be going to prison.

Jun 18th, 2005 by Ken Hagler


A recent Gallup sur­vey shows that just about three in four Amer­i­cans hold some para­nor­mal belief — in at least one of the fol­low­ing: extra sen­so­ry per­cep­tion (ESP), haunt­ed hous­es, ghosts, men­tal telepa­thy, clair­voy­ance, astrol­o­gy, com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the dead, witch­es, rein­car­na­tion, and chan­nel­ing. There are no sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences in belief by age, gen­der, edu­ca­tion, or […] [The Light Of Rea­son]

More evi­dence that the Age of Enlight­en­ment has end­ed.

Jun 18th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

KILL EVERY ONE OF THEM…” VERSUS THE BEAUTY OF LIFE. A sergeant writes about an event in 2003 in the sub­urbs of Bagh­dad:

It was still dark. I dressed in that dark­ness. When I was ready I grabbed an MRE (meal ready to eat) and got in the truck. The tar­gets were three hous­es where RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) attacks had come from a few days […] [The Light Of Rea­son]

DOJ Wants ISPs to Retain All Customer Records. .
Jun 17th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

DOJ Wants ISPs to Retain All Cus­tomer Records.. DOJ Wants ISPs to Retain All Cus­tomer Records. dou­ble­doh writes “CNET reports that the Depart­ment of Jus­tice is ‘qui­et­ly shop­ping around’ the idea of requir­ing ISP’s to retain all data of their customer’s online activ­i­ties for at least sev­er­al months. The SEC already man­dates
that pub­licly trad­ed firms retain all com­pa­ny emails for at least 2
years, but it looks like John Q. Pub­lic may also soon be sub­ject to
sim­i­lar Con­sti­tu­tion­al vio­la­tions. Big Broth­er, here we come.” [Slash­dot] [Pri­va­cy Digest: Pri­va­cy News (Civ­il Rights, Encryp­tion, Free Speech, Cryp­tog­ra­phy)]

This means that it will cer­tain­ly hap­pen. It may take a few years, and the FBI may need to hide it inside anoth­er bill as they did with the uni­ver­sal wire­tap­ping thing, but it will hap­pen.

It’s best to pre­pare by learn­ing about tools like Tor for web brows­ing and PGP for email.

quote of the day .
Jun 17th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

quote of the day. Sen­a­tor Dick Durbin:

When you read some of the graph­ic descrip­tions of what has occurred here [at Guan­tanamo Bay]–I almost hes­i­tate to put them in the [Con­gres­sion­al] Record, and yet they have to be added to this debate. Let me read to you what one FBI agent saw. And I quote from his report:

bq. On a cou­ple of occa­sions, I entered inter­view rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal posi­tion to the floor, with no chair, food or water. Most times they uri­nat­ed or defe­cat­ed on them­selves, and had been left there for 18–24 hours or more. On one occa­sion, the air con­di­tion­ing had been turned down so far and the tem­per­a­ture was so cold in the room, that the bare­foot­ed detainee was shak­ing with cold.… On anoth­er occa­sion, the [air con­di­tion­er] had been turned off, mak­ing the tem­per­a­ture in the unven­ti­lat­ed room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost uncon­scious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had appar­ent­ly been lit­er­al­ly pulling his hair out through­out the night. On anoth­er occa­sion, not only was the tem­per­a­ture unbear­ably hot, but extreme­ly loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal posi­tion on the tile floor.

If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describ­ing what Amer­i­cans had done to pris­on­ers in their con­trol, you would most cer­tain­ly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Sovi­ets in their gulags, or some mad régime–Pol Pot or others–that had no con­cern for human beings. Sad­ly, that is not the case. This was the action of Amer­i­cans in the treat­ment of their pris­on­ers.

Via Dai­ly Kos.

Added: Excel­lent com­men­tary from David Nei­w­ert. [Al-Muhajabah’s Islam­ic Blogs]

I dis­agree with the state­ment that “…that is not the case.” In fact, it most cer­tain­ly is the case. Any gov­ern­ment that behaves this way is by def­i­n­i­tion a mad régime with no con­cern for human beings. The mon­sters who rule the Unit­ed States very clear­ly fit that descrip­tion.

NO2ID: stop ID cards and the database state! — Public trust evaporates as Government’s case for ID collapses .
Jun 14th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

NO2ID: stop ID cards and the data­base state! — Pub­lic trust evap­o­rates as Government’s case for ID col­laps­es.

Public trust evaporates as Government’s case for ID collapses

When leg­is­la­tion is banned in Chi­na on human rights grounds you’d expect gov­ern­ments the world over to take notice.The Chi­nese Coun­cil of Grand Jus­tices has just stopped in its tracks the Repub­lic of China’s plans to impose com­pul­so­ry fin­ger­print­ing on all Chi­nese cit­i­zens, declar­ing the move unconstitutional.Not so in the UK, where the Home Office still insist that
“inter­na­tion­al oblig­a­tions” tie their hands, ‘forc­ing’ them to
fin­ger­print and iris scan every UK res­i­dent — con­ve­nient­ly pop­u­lat­ing
the Nation­al Iden­ti­ty Reg­is­ter that lies at the heart of the
government’s ID card scheme at the same time.
This oblig­a­tion is fic­tion: the EU requires only a facial bio­met­ric — that’s “dig­i­tal pho­to” to you and me. And last week Ire­land shelved its plans for bio­met­ric pass­ports
as the US looks like it will aban­don its demands for bio­met­ric trav­el
doc­u­ments amid con­cerns about tech­ni­cal infea­si­bil­i­ty and unreliability.An ICM poll com­mis­sioned by NO2ID last week­end shows that pub­lic
sup­port for the government’s ID pro­pos­als, far from being
“over­whelm­ing”, has fall­en over the last six months to just 55%.
Labour’s “80% sup­port” tout­ed up to and dur­ing the elec­tion has
evap­o­rat­ed, just as it did in Aus­tralia — where an 80:20 split in
favour of ID cards shift­ed to 80:20 against, as cit­i­zens dis­cov­ered the
details of the ‘Aus­tralia card’ scheme. [Pri­va­cy Digest: Pri­va­cy News (Civ­il Rights, Encryp­tion, Free Speech, Cryp­tog­ra­phy)]

I find it iron­ic (and rather depress­ing) that the gov­ern­ment of a noto­ri­ous­ly author­i­tar­i­an coun­try has reject­ed a pol­i­cy on human rights grounds so soon after the alleged­ly free Unit­ed States has adopt­ed that very pol­i­cy.

Not only that, but in Cal­i­for­nia com­pul­so­ry fin­ger­print­ing was already required by the DMV. Peo­ple often make jokes about the “People’s Repub­lic of Cal­i­for­nia,” in ref­er­ence to this state’s bla­tant­ly social­ist gov­ern­ment, but in this par­tic­u­lar case the People’s Repub­lic of Chi­na is actu­al­ly more free than Cal­i­for­nia, or the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca.

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