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City Council Election Fallout
- Randi Shade Says Runoff Is Worth The $528400 It Will Cost – KUT News
- Shade says she’s energized about runoff – Austin American-Statesman (blog)
- Shade files ethics complaint against Tovo as runoff looms – Community Impact Newspaper
APD / SWAT / DWI
- APD SWAT officer fired for DWI crash (Video)
Acevedo suspends six others in fallout
- Tucson SWAT Team Defends Shooting Iraq Vet 60 Times (Video)
- Tragedy in Detroit: Is Reality TV to Blame (Video)
7-Year-Old Killed in Detroit Police Raid
Questions are being raised about the role of a reality TV crew in the incident.
- Still More Questions Than Answers in Aiyana Stanley Jones’ Killing (Video)
- Flashback: Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America by Radley Balko
- Flashback: Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Interactive Map
- Flashbacks: 4.5 SWAT Raids Per Day: Maryland’s SWAT transparency bill produces its first disturbing results
- Texas’ Wild Tea Party
“I truly believe in my heart that Texas is a big boat territory,” said Jim Hedges of Lone Star Yacht Sales, “but because we haven’t been progressive in our laws most of the buyers of large vessels have chosen other places to keep these boats.”
“It doesn’t take much to get over $250,000 anymore,” a Republican from Wichita Falls said, empathizing with the yacht industry’s plight.
… Villarreal … said … : “So this bill is a tax break for mega-yacht owners? I feel like I just walked through the Twilight Zone.”
Villarreal mockingly grilled John Davis, the Houston Republican who’d proposed the yacht break. “Have you considered turning this into an omnibus bill, and including limousines and fur coats and other luxury items? Because you know, we haven’t cut education enough this session, and there apparently aren’t enough nursing homes on the verge [of closing]. What else can we do to bleed the state?”
Texas vs the TSA and More TSA / BackScatter Related Headlines
- Invasive TSA Pat-Downs May End
- Texas House Passes Bill Against TSA “Groping”
- Texas moves to ban TSA pat-downs
- Texas House Passes TSA Anti-‘Groping’ Bill
- Texas Wants To Arrest TSA Agents For ‘Groping’ Passengers
- TSA Patdowns At Santa Fe Prom (Video)
- No TSA Agents At Prom Despite Court Ruling
- Oops. Bomb at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was only a drill
- DHS Conducts ‘Drive-by’ Surveillance. What’s Next?
The government flouts the Fourth Amendment in the name of security.
March 9, 2011 by Annie Jacobsen
Now, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, has made public a series of government contracts that reveal that the Department of Homeland Security has been paying millions of dollars to develop and implement several radical programs that allow for an even broader, even spookier form of covert surveillance, namely “drive-by” surveillance from innocuous looking vans. In its own words this allows the Department of Homeland Security to conduct “covert inspection of moving subjects,” which includes people, places, and things.
According to a former Homeland Security officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity, DHS has been conducting this “drive-by” surveillance of American citizens since at least 2007, using a technologically advanced vehicle called a Z Backscatter Van, or ZBV for short. The corporation that makes the surveillance van, American Science and Engineering Inc. (AS&E), received a $17.5 million service contract from the U.S. government for the ZBVs in the winter of 2007.
The Christian Science Monitor reports that TSA was one client, and may still be. TSA, the newspaper says, tested body scanners in public places besides airports, including at a New Jersey commuter rail station. In a carefully worded statement, TSA denied that charge: “TSA has not tested the advanced imaging technology that is currently used at airports in mass transit environments and does not have plans to do so.” But TSA did not comment on whether they were using Z Backscatter Vans out in the field.
- TSA backscatter radiation safety tests were rigged
- There is Still No Rigorous Hard Data For The Safety of X-Ray Airport Passenger Scanners
RESPONSE TO THE LETTER FROM DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
HUMAN SERVICES OF OCTOBER 12, 2010 – The problem remains that the safety of the X-ray airport scanners has not been independently verified.
Texas Banning Smoking In Public?
- Texas House approves statewide smoking ban as part of fiscal bill – Dallas Morning News –
- Video: Texas Smoking Ban – YouTube Texas Tribune
Followup from past shows…
Texas Toll Road News
- STOP tolls in PERPETUITY
Bills to allow Robin Hood perpetual tolls near passage
HB 1112 & SB 19 give toll agencies unlimited power to tax, SJR 13 makes Constitutional change
- Bee Cave denies Planet K’s building permit (Friday, May 13th)
- Planet K Disrupts Bee Cave’s Orbit: Judge denies temporary injunction against Planet K (May 13th)
- Bee Cave mural ban may be smoke screen to keep out Planet K (April 30th)