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Re: The latest & greatest from Baby Killer Inc.
« Reply #165 on: August 11, 2017, 01:04:56 PM »
2017-08-09 - Police murders of citizens in the US in 2017 are at the highest rate ever:
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New Arizona Law Takes on State, Federal Asset Forfeiture
« Reply #166 on: August 13, 2017, 01:50:30 PM »

The Tenth Amendment Center

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Aug. 11, 2017) – On Tuesday, a new Arizona law reforming the state’s civil asset forfeiture process went into effect. The new law also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds.

Rep. Eddie Farnsworth (R-Gilbert) introduced House Bill 2477 (HB2477) on Feb. 7. The new law requires prosecutors to establish a higher evidentiary standard for asset forfeiture. Under the old process, the law only requires a preponderance of the evidence. HB2477 raises that, requiring police and prosecutors to provide “clear and convincing evidence” the property was linked to a crime. While the new law does not require a criminal conviction before proceeding with asset forfeiture, it takes a step toward reforming Arizona’s forfeiture laws under that essential standard.

An AZCIR analysis in January found that Arizona agencies seized nearly $200 million in property between 2011 and 2015 from people who may never have been charged or convicted of a crime.

HB2477 also drastically increases transparency. It establishes stringent asset forfeiture reporting requirements law enforcement agencies now must follow. Additionally, police will have to detail how seized funds are spent. Under the new law, prosecutors must receive county board of supervisor approval before spending forfeiture proceeds.

Provisions in the new law relating to participation in the federal program are particularly important in light of a new policy directive issued last month by Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the Department of Justice (DOJ).


A federal program known as “Equitable Sharing,” allows prosecutors to bypass more stringent state asset forfeiture laws by passing cases off to the federal government. For example, California previously had some of the strongest state-level restrictions on civil asset forfeiture in the country, but law enforcement would often bypass these restrictions by claiming cases were federal in nature. Under these arrangements, state officials would simply hand cases over to a federal agency, participate in the case, and then receive up to 80 percent of the proceeds—even when state law banned or limited the practice.

The new DOJ directive reiterates full support for the equitable sharing program, directs federal law enforcement agencies to aggressively utilize it, and sets the stage to expand it in the future. However, when states merely withdraw from participation, the federal directive loses it impact.

According to the IJ report, Arizona has been one of the worst offenders of this program:

    Arizona law enforcement’s use of the Department of Justice’s equitable sharing program results in a ranking of 32nd nationally. In calendar years 2000 to 2013, Arizona law enforcement agencies received nearly $70 million in DOJ equitable sharing proceeds, averaging just under $5 million per year.

HB2477 effectively closes this loophole. It reads, in part:

    The seizing agency or the attorney for the state may not enter into any agreement to transfer or refer seized property to a federal agency for the purpose of forfeiture if the property was seized pursuant to an investigation that either:

    1.  Did not involve a federal agency.

    2.  Involves a violation of a state law and no violation of a federal law is alleged.

    Property that is seized in a joint investigation may not be transferred or referred to a federal agency for the purpose of forfeiture unless the gross estimated value of the seized property is more than seventy‑five thousand dollars.

Reporting in some areas has already shown that 85 percent of  seizures received by law enforcement agencies through the federal equitable sharing program did not event meet a $50,000 threshold, so HB2477’s higher requirement is seen by supporters as significant.

“While we’d like to see Arizona and every other state completely opt out of this federal program, an 80-85% reduction in seizures through this federal scheme will be a huge step forward to nullify it in practice and effect,” said Tenth Amendment Center executive director Michael Boldin.


While the reforms are modest in comparison with those under consideration in many states, law enforcement and prosecutors aggressively lobbied against the bill. Activists obtained letters sent to representatives from at least three police departments opposing the bill. (click here to read the documents)

Despite the opposition, HB2477 passed the House with a 60-0 vote in February. In April, the Senate approved an amended version 30-0. The House concurred with the Senate amendments by a 55-1 vote, Rep. Becky Nutt (R) was the lone no-vote.

    “Civil forfeiture is perhaps the greatest threat to private property rights in Arizona today,” Institute for Justice attorney Paul Avelar told ABC 15. “HB 2477 makes incremental but important reforms to Arizona’s forfeiture laws to protect innocent property owners and ensure that government powers are not abused.”

Grassroots activists in the state, including Arizona Tenth Amendment Center volunteers Joel Alcott and Michael Gibbs, put in long hours opposing law enforcement lobbying efforts and nursing the bill through the process. Boldin called the grassroots efforts “a difference maker.”

    “The law enforcement lobby in Arizona is extremely powerful. I believe the volunteers and activists on the ground in Arizona were the difference between this billing passing and failing. There were a couple of times it looked dead. I can’t praise them enough for what they pulled off. It goes to show just how effective grassroots activism is at the state level.”

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Re: New Arizona Law Takes on State, Federal Asset Forfeiture
« Reply #167 on: August 14, 2017, 02:58:33 AM »

The Tenth Amendment Center

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Aug. 11, 2017) – On Tuesday, a new Arizona law reforming the state’s civil asset forfeiture process went into effect. The new law also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Rust never sleeps; and lobbies like those for law enforcement and the corporate state always find pools of money to mount the next challenge. I read this and found myself wondering if, despite being passed by impressive margins, the law might not be challenged in court for some manufactured unconstitutionality. We shall see.

Am sure you'll keep reporting from the desert.
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Baby Killer Inc.- Gun Confiscation U.S. V.I. underway
« Reply #168 on: September 06, 2017, 03:01:51 PM »

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Re: The latest & greatest from Baby Killer Inc.
« Reply #169 on: September 09, 2017, 01:14:51 PM »
2017-09-07 - SpaceX launches Pentagon's secretive X-37B unmanned space plane back into orbit:
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« Reply #170 on: September 17, 2017, 01:27:56 PM »

Collective Evolution

The CIA has its own investment capital firm called “In-Q-Tel,” and it’s been funding innovative tech firms for years. This is both good news and bad. One the one hand, it allows the CIA to invest in technologies they deem useful for the intelligence community; however, some of these technologies are a little creepy when it comes to personal space and privacy.

In-Q-Tel has the ability to reach deep into the pockets of the U.S. government’s Black Budget, which is pretty hefty given that the Washington Post reported that a staggering $52.6 billion was set aside for Black Budget operations in fiscal year 2013. If you’re unfamiliar with the Black Budget program, that’s not very surprising; the entire point of the program is to keep these funds and the programs within it top secret.

To learn more, check out the following CE article:

Though these investments are much smaller than the total Black Budget spendings, amounting from somewhere between $500K and $2 million per investment as per a 2005 story in Washington Post, they’re still strategic contributions made in hopes of using the technology in the future.

Here’s a list of 14 firms the CIA has funded:
1. Cylance

The CIA invested in Cylance last year, the company behind the product CylancePROTECT. It uses artificial intelligence to distinguish whether or not a file is malware prior to opening it, and if it detects it as malware, it can prevent it from being opened entirely. It’s easy to understand why an intelligence agency would love to have this product on their hands, or anyone else, for that matter.
2. Orbital

The CIA invested in this company last year as well. Orbital Insight will search through millions of satellite images of Earth in order to answer a variety of questions. It could count the precise number of cars on a highway and all sorts of other things. Can you imagine how much data is stored in satellite images?

The company intended to use the data to help big box stores understand how they’re performing by determining how many people walk in and out of their stores, how many people are parked in their parking lots, etc.

It would be fascinating to know how the CIA would use this technology, because it would essentially give the intelligence agency insight into operations occurring all over the world. Talk about “Big Brother!”
3. Cyphy

The CIA invested in Cyphy (pronounced Sci Fi) in 2015, which has designed a drone that can spy on anyone from up to 10,000 feet high. That’s right, you may not even know that someone’s spying on you, even if you’re in the middle of nowhere!

That’s not all though — the company even has a tiny drone called a “pocket flyer” which can fly through doors and windows and is small enough to fit in your pocket. Again, it’s easy to understand how the CIA could use this technology, particularly in military or undercover operations, but it’s still a little creepy.
4. BlueLine Grid

An investment that In-Q-Tel made in 2015, BlueLine Grid created a platform for communication that’s entirely web-based, similar to Slack (a communication platform that’s become popular amongst smaller and online-based businesses).

GridTeam is the name of the platform, and it’s extremely secure, allowing users to share messages, images, and even files quickly and safely. It can even host conference calls! The app is typically used by law enforcement and first responders, but since it was designed with security in mind, it’s understandable why the CIA would consider taking advantage as well.
5. Atlas Wearables

The CIA invested in this company in 2015, and it designs fitness trackers similar to FitBits, but a little more accurate. For example, the Atlas wristband would know when you’re doing a bicep curl versus when you’re doing a specific form of cardio.

In addition, the company also designed an app that works with you, sort of like a personal trainer. It’s effective enough that it would literally know whether or not you did the exact amount of push-ups asked of you, which is pretty neat!

6. Fuel3d

An investment made by the CIA in 2014, Fuel3d created a handheld device that can literally scan anything in an instant, including three dimensional items. The device is called Scanify, and it’s already being used to advance different industries!

For example, full-face scans have been used to create and design eyewear, and it can even build 3-D models to help solve crime scenes. Who knows how the CIA would use this technology, but the opportunities seem endless.
7. MindMeld

Perhaps one of the creepiest investments made to date, the CIA invested in MindMeld in 2014, which is creating a voice command system for practically everything. Think of Siri for your iPhone, but then applying that wide-scale. Seriously, imagine a voice-activated computer, oven, anything.

The creepy part is, this means that your appliances and electronics are always listening to you, which begs the question, where’s all that data being stored, and who’s listening to it? It’s pretty interesting to ponder how the CIA would use this technology if it were to be implemented large-scale.
8. SnapDNA

The CIA invested in this technology in 2012, and it has some pretty incredible capabilities. The company designed a device that allows DNA to be completely analyzed in a matter of minutes. Typically, this process takes hours and requires DNA samples to be sent to a lab, which then need time to be analyzed.

Instead, this handheld, portable device allows you to analyze the DNA immediately — no lab time required.
9. Sonitus

The CIA invested in this company back in 2009, and it’s pretty cool. Imagine a fun adventure/spy movie in which high-level spies are communicating with one another on tiny, fancy ear pieces. Well, Sonitus makes this a reality but takes it one step further, as their tiny products go inside the mouth and allow users to communicate with one another.

These products can be used in even the nosiest of environments, like during skydiving!
10. Palantir

The CIA invested in this company in 2005, and some U.S. spies are already using their software. Palantir’s software is able to connect tons of data from the CIA, NSA, and other intelligence agencies. The military can use it to establish who built certain bombs, detectives can use it to build a greater understanding of different criminals and their connections, and more.
11. BBN Technologies

This investment was made in 2004, and it serves as one of the oldest startups the CIA invested in, as the company was born in 1948. The company has supplied the military with numerous high-tech gadgets, so the investment has certainly paid off.

For example, BBN’s “Boomerang” technology communicates to helicopters and on-ground personnel when they’re being fired at, tells them where the firing came from, and it even has advanced speech recognition capabilities to help military personnel comprehend different languages.
12. Keyhole

The CIA invested in this firm in 2003, which has developed an extremely advanced 3D mapping technology that allows people to literally “fly” over different places. Think of Google Earth, because that’s how Google actually created that! Google bought the company in 2004 and used it to create its infamous mapping technologies.

Other technologies the firm created, included EarthViewer, work similarly and have been used by troops during the Iraq War.
13. Basis Technology

In-Q-Tel invested in this company in 2004, whose software can actually take a foreign document, analyze it, and then translate it. It’s so advanced that it can even identify when something is written in different contexts. This was obviously a great investment for the CIA, as I’m sure anyone could find use for it!
14. Oculis Labs

The CIA invested in Oculis Labs in 2011, which designed products to stop people from eavesdropping on your technology. Its technologies, called PrivateEye and Chameleon, can literally track whether the mobile or computer user is looking at the screen and will only display the contents of the screen to the user. So, if anyone else tries to use the monitor, they can’t, because once the user turns away, the screen is no longer visible.

Interestingly enough, someone two feet away peering at the screen behind the user still wouldn’t be able to see the screen, so it inhibits even the most persistent of “Peeping Toms.”
Final Thoughts

It’s pretty neat to think that all of these technologies exist, and in many ways it can be comforting to know the CIA is investing in them. However, it’s no secret that the U.S. government has also been a bit of a “Peeping Tom” themselves, so let’s hope that our privacy isn’t invaded any more than it already has been.

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