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Attention, DHS & US Secret Service -- Joyce Kaufman: Insurrectionist, Seditionist, un-American Traitor

Hat-tip Lordrag of DelphiForums for the tip.

People who claim that the Tea Party is a party "of the people, by the people and for the people" are ignoring just what kind of "people" these folks are "for" -- it's not United States citizens, it's citizens who are "like them." They ignore the diverse mix of cultures, races and ethnicities that combine to form our nation's people.

"Tea Baggers" more aptly describe the hateful, fearful, angry insanity that grips them.

So does the term "lunatic fringe."

With any luck, the FBI -- along with DHS and the Secret Service -- are keeping track of these dangerous, unstable individuals. And with a bit of due diligence, perhaps they've assembled enough evidence to start pressing charges against them in a way that helps ensure a trial that will expose their insanity and bring out the facts that they appear to be so ignorant, and yet so angered & fearful, of.

The YouTube video posted above contains some violent, inciteful rhetoric. Here's a couple of choice tidbits (any errors in transcription are mine):

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06:00 - 06:25 minutes in:

"I don't care how this gets painted by the mainstream media. I don't care if this shows up on YouTube, because I am convinced that the most important thing that the founding fathers did to ensure me my first amendment rights was they gave me a second amendment. And if ballots don't work, bullets will."

07:47 minutes in:

"When I say I'll put my microphone down on November 2nd if we haven't achieved substantial victory, I mean it. Because at that point, I'm gonna go up into the hills of Kentucky, I'm gonna go out into the midwest, I'm gonna go up in the, ah, Vermont and New Hampshire, ah, outreaches, and I'm gonna gather together men and women who understand that some things are worth fighting for, and some things are worth dying for."

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Where the hell was the outrage during the Bush/Cheney administration? Why are these folks so ignorant of the party mostly responsible for not only dropping this nation off an economic cliff while gutting our social and national security safety nets? Why don't these idiots look at the record of the party that was in power, and see how that party has been steadfastly working to prevent the current Administration from addressing and resolving the issues caused by the previous two?

That's the key: they're only angered about losing an election. Since they only favor democracy when it works in their favor, they show their true colors when reality catches up to them...and those colors most certainly aren't red, white and blue.

Their calls to insurrection and for assassination certainly aren't very Christian, either.

It's time that the FBI, Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security begin taking action and bring some charges against some of these imbeciles, before more poor unbalanced fools takes up arms and start shooting indiscriminately.

Otherwise, calls for sedition and treason, as well as shout-outs for the assassination of duly elected government officials, may well spark a violent conflagration between the steadily-increasing numbers of unbalanced, desperate people and the rest of our citizenry.

C'mon, folks -- do your jobs, if you've got enough direct evidence to enable you to move to counteract the rising tides of fear, loathing, anger and resentment before it turns into something even more ugly.

DHS Border Guards Assault, Imprison and File False Charges Against Canadian Writer

Hat-tip to SusanG and DarkSyde of DailyKos for the heads-up in the Midday Open Thread.

Science-Fiction writer Dr. Peter Watts was detained, beaten, held and then later released back into Canada by US Border Patrol guards on Tuesday.

He has to go back and face charges that he "struck" a border guard. From both his account and that of a witness, Dr. Watts's only questionable role in the incident was his receipt of a beating at the hands of the guards.

What happened? Per BoingBoing,

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Peter, a Canadian citizen, was on his way back to Canada after helping a friend move house to Nebraska over the weekend. He was stopped at the border crossing at Port Huron, Michigan by U.S. border police for a search of his rental vehicle. When Peter got out of the car and questioned the nature of the search, the gang of border guards subjected him to a beating, restrained him and pepper sprayed him. At the end of it, local police laid a felony charge of assault against a federal officer against Peter. On Wednesday, he posted bond and walked was taken across the border to Canada in shirtsleeves (he was released by Port Huron officials with his car and possessions locked in impound, into a winter storm that evening).
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Yes, he was obviously a dangerous terrorism suspect, according to our illustrious Border Patrol. Dr. Watts's own words describe his ordeal as having been

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punched in the face, pepper-sprayed, shit-kicked, handcuffed, thrown wet and half-naked into a holding cell for three fucking hours, thrown into an even colder jail cell overnight, arraigned, and charged with assaulting a federal officer, all without access to legal representation (although they did try to get me to waive my Miranda rights. Twice.). ...more...
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You can show support for Dr. Watts in any of several ways, including purchasing his book Blindsight, or send a PayPal donation to him at his web page or through PayPal by directing the payment to donate@rifters.com. Please note that donations to this account should be identified as intended for his legal defense fund: although he doesn't want the account used that way (he uses it to vet bills for cats he rescues, per information provided by SF writer David Nickle.

For those of you more willing to make direct inquiries, here's some contact points with the Border Patrol (tho don't have plans to travel any time soon, in case your name gets flagged):

Kelly Ivahnenko, Field Branch Chief

Washington, DC

Phone: (202) 344-1573

Fax: (202) 344-1393

Email: Kelly.Ivahnenko@dhs.gov


Vincent Bond, Field Branch Chief

San Diego, CA

Phone: (619) 744-5224

Fax: (619) 645-6641

Email: vincent.bond@dhs.gov


Steven Cribby, Operations Officer, Border Security Operations

Washington, DC

Phone: (202) 344-1669

Fax: (202) 344-1393

Email: Steven.Cribby@dhs.gov


Mark Qualia, Operations Officer, Border Security Operations

Washington, DC

Phone: (202) 344-1553

Fax: (202) 344-1393

Email: mark.qualia@dhs.gov


Michael J. Reilly, Assistant Chief, Border Security Operations

Washington, DC

Phone: (202) 344-1549

Fax: (202) 344-1393

Email: michael.reilly@dhs.gov

Here are the customer contact lines for DHS:

  Operator Number: 202-282-8000

  Comment Line: 202-282-8495


For information about how to file a complaint about abuse, go here. I'm sure Dr. Watts will appreciate any and all help he can get, and -- if we're lucky -- somebody will address and resolve whatever idiocy led to this incident, and the insanity it brought.

The Crossroads of Destiny: Illegal Search And Siezure Cross Border into Existential Hypocrisy

It's right there in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution:

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Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

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Do not pass go, do not collect two hundred dollars, do not parse, do not fold, mutilate, spindle, tear, gut, burn or shred.

In keeping with policies and procedures consistent with gutting the foundational principles of our Constitution and democracy, the Bush Administration's Department of Homeland Security has proceeded to ignore the care and handling advice and has engaged in the very actions verboten by those instructions.

Merger Spawn @ DHS

Weaver+Chardy/McClatchy: Agencies' merger spawns tensions, arrests
Expected to improve efficiency, the merger has instead spawned tension. Both CBP and ICE scored near the bottom in a 2007 survey of employee satisfaction at 222 federal government agencies. .. ''It's become a cultural clash, tensions between officers from the merged agencies . . . There's low morale and tension. . . It's no fun anymore.''

'Course the situation may change in a few months, given the executive's appointment power.
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