MSNBC HOST: MAYBE COPS NEED MILITARY GEAR TO DEAL WITH “ANTI-GOVERNMENT” GROUPS

Ed Schultz perfectly happy for militarized law enforcement to target non-liberals

by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | AUGUST 19, 2014

MSNBC host Ed Schultz suggested on his show last night that police like those currently occupying Ferguson, Missouri may need military gear in order to deal with the threat posed by “anti-government groups.”

“The Department of Homeland Security recently came out with a report saying the biggest threat to our security is here within our own borders,” said Schultz, adding, “There’s a lot of anti-government groups that have popped up in this country, hate groups that have popped up in this country, and law enforcement feels outgunned and they want to be prepared,”

The MSNBC host went on to suggest that it was the use of militarized equipment that was the issue, not a question of whether police departments should possess it in the first place.”

Apparently, Schultz thinks it’s perfectly reasonable for heavily armed police to use armored vehicles and military weapons against someAmericans, so long as their political opinions can be skewed as “anti-government.”

“Did you catch that? If not, allow me to summarize: The police are too militarized and as a result are unfairly and unjustly using their unnecessary power to harm black people. But wait, could they actually need this stuff because of people who don’t trust the police?” writes Caleb Howe.

Schultz’s reference to the DHS report relates to a leaked document from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis which predicted a rise in “anti-government violence over the next year.”

The report notes that a “perceived victory” during the Bunkerville standoff involving Cliven Bundy has emboldened such extremists, who will continue to cite “government overreach and oppression” as an excuse to stage “more violence.”

Schultz’ myopic comments again expose the hypocrisy of the left-right paradigm. Both sides of the partisan persuasion are only concerned about police brutality and the militarization of domestic law enforcement when it is used to target people who embrace their political dogma, when the sensible response would be to realize that the constitutional rights of people from all over the political map are simultaneously being oppressed.

Rick Perry: Border Not Secure, Record Numbers Of Muslim Immigrants

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By Joseph R. Carducci
August 11, 2014

I know that everyone seems preoccupied with other things right now, like the situation in Northern Iraq with ISIS committing huge numbers of atrocities against the Christians of the region. While this is most certainly a big problem, perhaps we should also be looking even closer to home?

Our southern border is descending into chaos, largely due to the fact that Obama has refused to issue any type of clear direction. In fact, our wonderful Muslim in Chief is likely responsible for the huge influx of illegals right now, after basically telling us he was not going to enforce immigration laws and won’t deport many of the illegals who have been coming.

This has led to all types of undesirables crossing into our country. Not only the illegal children that we have all heard about, but drug smugglers who have been allowed to come since many border agents have been pulled off of patrol duty to help play babysitter in the detention and processing centers. We are also seeing a record number of whole families, with children, coming over our borders.

That is just the beginning. According to Texas Governor Rick Perry, we are now also seeing an influx of a different kind. They are apprehending a record number of Muslim immigrants crossing our borders. They are coming primarily from Syria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Of course, these are just those we have actually caught. Who knows what else is hiding behind the veil, and how many others have been able to sneak across due to Obama’s immigration policies and our lack of resources. According to CNN:

“Perry said the ‘historic record highs’ of individuals from ‘countries that have substantial terrorist ties’ threaten America’s national security. Later on the program, Rep. Mike McCaul (Rep-TX), the House Homeland Security Committee Chair, said Iranian terrorists have had plans to sneak across the border. He also said that others who want to do harm are seeking to exploit America’s porous border.

Perry also said that since 2008, 203,000 illegal immigrants have been put in Texas’ jails, and those illegal immigrants ‘have been responsible for 3,000 homicides and almost 8,000 sexual assaults…I wish the President would respect that desire of Texans and the citizens of this country to secure the border,’ Perry said. ‘That’s the real issue here—and one that all too often gets deflected by the conversation about unaccompanied minor children.’”

Interesting. Honestly, I have had a sneaking suspicion for some time now that enemies of our country have been secretly funneling teams of their agents in through the southern border. They have also probably been coming through the northern border with Canada, but Mexico right now represents a much easier challenge.

This is something we really cannot ignore. As of yet, we have not seen any major terrorist violence or activity on our soil, but I think this is going to change. These groups are simply looking to bring in a critical mass in order to be able to put their plans into place. The border needs to be secured…and it needs to be secured now.

What do YOU think? Would it surprise you to hear how militant Muslims might possibly be sending terror cells through our porous southern border in order to enter our country? What can be done to stop this?

Liberal Lies About DACA Prove Why Amnesty Isn’t Free

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By Joseph R. Carducci
August 7, 2014
When our glorious and enlightened community organizer in chief came out a few years ago with his DREAMers program for deferring the deportation of illegal aliens who came to this country as children, he was hailed by liberals everywhere. After all, what types of heartless folks would seriously consider deporting people who had now pretty much become Americanized.

Now that we think of it…those folks who want our President and country to actually follow the immigration laws that are on the books. But, instead, the Big O simply wants to move us closer and closer to the point where amnesty will be granted to all illegal immigrants. Oh, to be sure, this will take some serious political maneuvering, but this is his ultimate goal in terms of immigration policy.

What many fail to see in all of this is the actual costs involved and how this push for amnesty is gumming up the works in other areas. Then again, many liberals probably don’t care much about the real costs involved, economic or otherwise. Even one of the architects of Obama’s DACA program, John Sandweg, has tried to sugar coat things:

“The president is doing what every single law enforcement agency across the country does: put in place rational priorities to ensure that limited resources are focused on the populations that pose the greatest threat to public safety and border security. Every single law enforcement agency in America struggles with the fact that their resources are not conditioned to cover every single violation of the law. What prosecutors and police chiefs have done for years is implement enforcement priorities. That’s what the president has done.”

Yeah, that sounds just peachy, in a rose-colored glasses sort of way. This theory means that since Obama doesn’t have the resources to do everything needed, he can focus on giving millions of illegals amnesty. Especially since this group poses the ‘greatest threat to public safety and border security.’

Never mind the fact that DACA actually did exactly the opposite. It stretched those already limited resources of the DHS and their ability to enforce real approved immigration law. Perhaps this is a bigger reason why Obama started picking and choosing which immigration laws to enforce? For proof of this, we simply have to look at the fact that our lovely Liar in Chief is actually charging cash-strapped illegals nearly $500 just to apply for the DACA program. Yes, such a resource saving program, indeed. Even the New York Times reports that Obama has under priced the cost of administering this program:

“Many thousands of Americans seeking green cards for foreign spouses or other immediate relatives have been separated from them for a year or more because of swelling bureaucratic delays at a federal immigration agency in recent months. The long waits came when the agency, Citizenship and Immigration Services, shifted attention and resources to a program President Obama started in 2012 to give deportation deferrals to young undocumented immigrants, according to administration officials and official data.”

They also continued to state that more than 500,000 application are now stuck in the pipeline, with waits of up to 15 months. Once again, we see the liberal lie exposed. Amnesty is not free. It takes huge amounts of cash and it sucks resources from areas where they may already be doing some good.

What do YOU think? Was Obama wrong to put this drive for amnesty in place? Should we continue sucking resources away from DHS programs that are actually working into this? Is this simply another abuse of presidential power by Obama? If so, how can it be stopped?

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO SURVIVE EBOLA BEFORE THE PANIC STARTS

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The Ebola virus is spreading and no one in any position of authority is releasing information to the public about how serious of a contagion this is

by MAC SLAVO | SHTFPLAN.COM | AUGUST 7, 2014

The Ebola virus is spreading and no one in any position of authority is releasing information to the public about how serious of a contagion this is.

It was just a few weeks ago that the CDC and mainstream media claimed it wouldn’t make it to U.S. shores, but as of this morning, reports are flowing in from all over the country from hospitals that have admitted patients who recently traveled to Africa and are showing possible symptoms of the deadly virus.

In Nigeria, where there have only been a couple of deaths reported officially, the medical community has formally requested help in the form of experimental serums from the United States, suggesting things are much worse there than are being reported.

Moreover, the World Health Organization reports an explosion in confirmed cases over the last 48 hours.

An analysis of confirmed cases from Joshua Krause at The Daily Sheeple suggests that, while the virus almost died out back in April, it is now back with a vengeance and growing at a seemingly exponential rate.

What’s most bizarre and frustrating about all of this is that neither the U.S. government or the Centers for Disease Control have provided any actionable information or advice to the American public. They maintain that they have the facilities to stop any such outbreak and continue to tout the narrative that there is nothing to fear, because they have it all under control.

Should even one single case pop up in a random U.S. city, that narrative will fall apart instantly. If someone in Georgia, Ohio, New York or any other state checked themselves into a hospital and are found to be infected with Ebola it will prove without a shadow of a doubt that all CDC containment efforts have failed.

In such an instance where Ebola is found to be in the “wild” anywhere in the continental United States you can be certain that panic will follow.

Take a look at the following photo. It was taken last week in Toledo about an hour after the city announced that their water supply had been contaminated with toxins:
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Notice how every drop of pure H2O has been removed from the shelves.

Imagine for a moment what grocery store shelves, pharmacies and hardware supply stores are going to look like within 12 hours of an Ebola infection or outbreak being announced on U.S. soil.

Things will happen fast.

Now, for all we know the CDC’s containment efforts are successful, and perhaps Ebola will be stopped in its tracks. But being naturally skeptical of our government’s abilities to mitigate such a virus, especially given the lack of any actual information from the CDC or government, we must assume that Ebola will eventually start popping up in the United States.

When it does, the CDC and Homeland Security will likely announce a number of precautions that we need to take. Those precautions are going to include supply lists and strategies.

Guess what 300 million Americans are going to do all at once when those supply lists and recommendation are announced? ( Look no further than the DHS Fukushima radiation announcement and how it affected the supply and price of potassium iodide)

Here’s the bottom line: If you don’t have your supplies before emergency announcements hit the airwaves, then plan on going without.

If you want to take action ahead of millions of panicked Americans, then we urge you to follow the recommendations below. They come from informed sources and will be very similar to what the government will recommend in the event of an Ebola outbreak or pandemic emergency.

Emergency services professional Tess Pennington, author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, explains that the government will have specific protocols to follow on local, state and federal levels, and they’ll include widespread shutdowns:

Understanding that our lives will change drastically if the population is faced with a pandemic and being prepared for this can help you make better choices toward the well being of your family. Some changes could be:

-Challenges or shut downs of business commerce

-Breakdown of our basic infrastructure: communications, mass transportation, supply chains

-Payroll service interruptions

-Staffing shortages in hospitals and medical clinics

-Interruptions in public facilities – Schools, workplaces may close, and public gatherings such as sporting events or worship services may close temporarily.

-Government mandated voluntary or involuntary home quarantine.
Essentially, once this happens the whole system could potentially go into lock-down.

The Organic Prepper and author of The Pantry Primer says that in this environment that you must take the No One Goes Out, No One Comes In approach in order to be absolutely certain no one in your household is exposed.

I know this sounds harsh, but there are to be no exceptions. If you make exceptions, you might as well go wrestle with runny-nosed strangers at the local Wal-Mart and then come home and hug your children, because it’s the same thing.

Once you have gone into lockdown mode, that means that the supplies you have on hand are the supplies you have to see you through. You can’t run out to the store and get something you’ve forgotten.

That means if a family member shows up, they have to go into quarantine for at least 4 weeks, during which time they are not allowed access to the home or family, nor are they allowed to go out in public. Set up an area on your property that is far from your home for them to hang out for their month of quarantine. If at the end of the month they are presenting no symptoms, then they can come in.

It sadly means that you may be forced to turn someone away if they are ill, because to help them means to risk your family.

Now is the time to plan with your preparedness group how you intend to handle the situation. Will you shelter together, in the same location, and reserve a secondary location to retreat to if the situation worsens further or if someone becomes ill? Will you shelter separately because of the nature of the emergency? Decide together on what event and proximity will trigger you to go into lockdown mode. Make your plan and stick to it, regardless of pressure from those who think you are over-reacting, the school that your children have stopped attending, and any other external influences. If you’ve decided that there is a great enough risk that you need to go into lockdown, you must adhere to your plan.

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Here’s a basic supply list, provided by The Organic Prepper, of items you’ll need to weather a pandemic emergency:

Drinking water (1 gallon per person per day)
Food (includingitems that don’t require fuel for preparation)
Heavy duty garbage bags
Sanitation supplies such as toilet paper, paper towels, baby wipes, and feminine hygiene supplies)
Entertainment – you’ll want to be able tokeep children and restless family members busyso get craft supplies, books, games, and puzzles
Basic medical supplies (here’s a list)
Pandemic kits that contain protective clothing (we have aQuakeKare Deluxe Pandemic Flu Kitfor each family member)
Extra N95 masks (3M 1860 Health Care N95 Particulate Respirator and Surgical Mask, Small Adult, 20/Bx)
Nitrile gloves (Dynarex Black Nitrile Exam Gloves, Heavy-Duty, Powder Free, Large, Box/100)
Safety goggles with an elastic band to ensure a snug fit (Pyramex V2G Safety Eyewear, Clear Anti-Fog Lens With Black Strap/Temples)
Antibacterial cleaners such as disposable wipes, bleach, and spray cleaners
Antibacterial hand sanitizer (Purell Pump Bottle, Original, 8 Ounce (Pack of 12))
Those items should help with prevention, especially if you take the advice of locking down and staying home.

However, we must assume that some of us, for whatever reason, will still have to make our way out into public. And with that assumption, we must also expect the absolute worst case scenario – an infection or suspected infection within in our own ranks.

If you must venture outside then take a look at what medical personnel are sporting in highly contagious environments:

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If you’re forced to exit your home, you’re going to want to be fully protected, and that includes covering your hands, eyes, nose, and mouth.

In addition to the N-95 respirator masks mentioned above, you may also consider upgrading to the more expensive N-100 respirators recommended by the World Health Organization.

Or, go with a full facemask. Insofar as your preparedness efforts are concerned, you may also be able to kill two birds with one stone here and go with a full face mask that includes NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) protection like the US-made NATO SGE 400/3 Military Gas Mask. If going with such a mask, be sure to include some NBC filters.

For protection inside of your home, Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition recommends building a sick room that can be used to isolate suspected infections or even to be used as a quarantine/observation area for friends and family who may be coming to your home as part of your group lockdown plan.

Building a sick room may include supplies like:

Heavy Duty Plastic Sheeting to go over doors, windows or other potential airborne entry points (4 millimeter home coverall)
Duct tape
Portable toilet if one is not attached directly to the sick room (Luggable Loo)
Disposable trash and toilet bags *Note: Waste must be disposed of properly because it may be contaminated*
Click here for acomplete list of items for a well stocked sick room
The takeaway here is this: You cannot depend on the government to give you accurate information until it is too late. Moreover, emergency services personnel will be overwhelmed and you will have only yourself and those in your lockdown group to depend on.

Plan on no outside help.

That means you need to have food, water, and other supplies on hand. Additionally, if we have a widespread emergency that brings down the commerce system you may need to head out to barter and trade with others for necessary supplies that may have been overlooked. In such an instance you may also want to have some precious metals on hand for trade. The Silver.com price for silver today is about $20. It may be a good time to stock up on some emergency ‘cash’ like silver eagles or pre-1965 US quarters and half-dollars which contain 90% silver. These trade instruments are recognizable and may come in handy.

Prepare now, because as we have seen with disasters past, waiting to do so until after the announcements are made will be too late.

Key Homeland Security contractor hacked, govt employee data likely stolen

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One of the Department of Homeland Security’s key contractors says a “state-sponsored” cyber attack is responsible for stealing the personal information of numerous government employees.

In the wake of the attack, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has put its work with the contractor on hold while the FBI investigates the situation.

According to the Washington Post, the company in question is called USIS, and is responsible for performing background checks on potential DHS employees, as well as those who need to acquire the necessary security clearances. Notably, it conducted background checks for former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, as well as Aaron Alexis, the man responsible for the 2013 Navy Yard shooting in Washington DC.

So far, it is unknown exactly how much information was stolen or how many people were affected, but officials told the newspaper that they don’t think anyone outside of DHS had their records taken. At least one other department isn’t taking any chances, though. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has also stopped working with USIS for the time being.

“Our forensic analysis has concluded that some DHS personnel may have been affected, and DHS has notified its entire workforce” of the incident, Homeland Security spokesman Peter Boogaard said to the Post. “We are committed to ensuring our employees’ privacy and are taking steps to protect it.”

For its part, the company said it notified all the agencies it works with of the security breach as soon as it was discovered, and it is cooperating with OPM and DHS to address the situation.

Although USIS said the hack “has all the markings of a state-sponsored attack,” it did not offer any details on where the breach originated. Some officials told the Post that it was not linked to a similar incident that occurred in March, which was eventually connected to China. In that case, the OPM’s databases were targeted, but no personal data was stolen thanks to encryption. US officials have blamed multiple attacks on Beijing in the past.

House of Representatives Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said he would ask the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to launch an investigation into the incident, while Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) called it “very troubling news.”

“Americans’ personal information should always be secure, particularly when our national security is involved. An incident like this is simply unacceptable,” he added.

News of the security breach comes just one day after Wisconsin-based Hold Security announced that 1.2 billion usernames and passwords were stolen by a crime ring operating out of Russia. The haul, which also included more than 500 million email addresses, was taken from roughly 42,000 different websites across the internet, marking the largest security breach the company had ever seen.

“Hackers did not just target US companies, they targeted any website they could get, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to very small websites,” Hold Security founder Alex Holden told The New York Times. “And most of these sites are still vulnerable.”

DHS-FUNDED CONSORTIUM WARNS SOVEREIGN CITIZENS NUMBER ONE DOMESTIC TERROR THREAT

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FBI tops list as number one instigator of terror threats

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by KURT NIMMO | INFOWARS.COM | AUGUST 4, 2014

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a University of Maryland project funded by the Department of Homeland Security, has designated the so-called sovereign citizen movement as the number one domestic terrorist threat in America.

Sovereign citizens do not constitute a cohesive movement, although the government characterizes them as such. The Southern Poverty Law Center estimates around 100,000 Americans were “hard-core sovereign believers” in 2010 and an additional 200,000 were “just starting out by testing sovereign techniques for resisting everything from speeding tickets to drug charges.”

The SPLC works with the DHS to formulate the terrorist threat posed by citizens allegedly belonging to the sovereign citizen movement.

According to a report by issued by START last month, “sovereign citizens were the top concern of law sovereign enforcement” and ranked ahead of neo-Nazis, the KKK, the patriot movement, and other “idiosyncratic sectarians,” including survivalists, all who allegedly pose a threat to the police and the state according to a survey conducted by the Homeland Security funded organization.

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Information detailing the alleged terrorist threat was collected from state and local fusion centers, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, the DHS, BATF, DEA, ICE, and state and local homeland security and anti-terrorism task forces.

“The 2013-14 study results show that law enforcement’s top concern is sovereign citizens. Although Islamic extremists remain a major concern for law enforcement, they are no longer their top concern,” the START report states. According to the organization, threats posed by sovereign citizens include cyberterrorism, the use of explosive devices, military weapons, and biological, chemical and radiological weapons.

The report recommends state and federal law enforcement share intelligence data on targeted groups, develop “tactical responses” to threats and “act on that information to prevent or mitigate threats.”
“The FBI considers sovereign-citizen extremists as comprising a domestic terrorist movement, which, scattered across the United States, has existed for decades, with well-known members, such as Terry Nichols, who helped plan the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, bombing,” an FBI law enforcement bulletin issued in September, 2011, states.

FBI Responsible for Domestic Terror Plots

In 2007 Terry Nichols implicated the FBI in the OKC bombing. In an affidavit filed in a lawsuit brought by Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue, Nichols states that Timothy McVeigh “revealed the identity of a high-ranking FBI official who was apparently directing McVeigh in the bomb plot.”

“The filing was quickly sealed by a Utah district court, but not before the Deseret Morning News identified the accused FBI provocateur as Larry Potts. Trentadue dropped the bombshell that Attorney General’s Ashcroft’s office gagged Nichols from speaking to the media after it became apparent that McVeigh’s accomplices and government ties to the bombing were in danger of leaking,” Joel Skousen’s World Affairs Brief reported on February 23, 2007.

The START report also neglects to mention that virtually all high-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States after 9/11 were directed by the FBI and the U.S. government, a fact reported by The New York Times.

The government “targeted people who do not appear to have been involved in terrorist plotting or financing at the time the government began to investigate them. And many of the cases involve due process violations and abusive conditions of confinement that have resulted in excessively long prison sentences,” Human Rights Watch reported last month.

Mayor wants Chicago to shelter young immigrants

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By Juan Perez Jr., Tribune reporter
12:00 a.m. CDT, July 26, 2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is set to aggressively expand the amount of shelter available to children apprehended at the southern U.S. border, with plans to house as many as 1,000 additional young immigrants in Chicago by the end of this year.

The mayor’s office also plans to tap the city’s legal community to build what it described as a “broad-based pro bono campaign” to counsel the city’s share of unauthorized immigrant children, a proposal hatched as federal authorities work to boost the government’s capacity to shelter and care for the unprecedented number of children arriving from Latin America.

“The influx of unaccompanied child migrants is a growing humanitarian crisis that we can no longer ignore,” Emanuel said in a statement.

“While we have our own challenges at home, we cannot turn our backs on children that are fleeing dangerous conditions,” the mayor said. “We will do our part to ensure that these children are given access to services and treated fairly and humanely.”

Funding for the facilities — and for the children’s education, health care, food, security and social services — would come from the federal government, Emanuel’s administration said. The effort’s estimated cost isn’t yet known, a mayoral aide said.

The precise number and locations of sites to be retrofitted as shelters is yet to be determined. But the facilities would augment nine existing shelters in the Chicago area that, according to officials with the National Immigrant Justice Center, already hold roughly 500 beds for immigrant children brought here by the federal government.

Emanuel’s local plans for young border crossers thrusts the former political operative and White House chief of staff into a controversial federal effort to determine what to do with more than 57,000 immigrant children who have crossed the U.S. border during the past nine months.

The federal government also has approached other cities to evaluate their potential to provide a broad range of facilities and temporary shelters, drawing fire from some who oppose shelters being located in their communities. In Illinois, Sen. Mark Kirk has called for criminal background checks on any immigrant minors brought to the U.S. and supports legislation that would speed deportation.

Mayoral aides said the administration discussed housing more immigrants in Chicago after federal officials approached the city earlier this month about the possibility of finding a 1,000-bed facility.

Talks accelerated in recent weeks, officials said, and included representatives from the U.S. General Services Administration, the federal departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services and the White House.

Michael Negron, Emanuel’s policy chief, said the administration recently examined potential sites while learning more about how existing shelters operate.

“How are those children being served, who’s delivering the services, what are the key issues to be aware of, what are the questions that we should be asking and looking into as we talk to the federal government?” Negron said.

Immigrant children have long been housed in the Chicago area in shelters that are typically repurposed buildings outfitted with dormlike living quarters. The children can be held there for weeks before being released to family members or sponsors to await immigration proceedings. The majority leave the Chicago area once they’re released, a National Immigrant Justice Center official said.

And just recently, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced that it would seek federal approval to shelter a yet-to-be-determined share of children who have recently breached the country’s southern border. A church-sponsored application to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is due in early August.

According to information provided by the mayor’s office, government specifications for a single, 1,000-bed facility require at least 90,000 square feet of unoccupied space that has state and local zoning approval for habitation. Such a facility would also need sufficient heating, ventilation and potable water. The city’s preference, however, is to spread beds across multiple sites for young immigrants.

“As we’ve learned more about this, I think in our view it makes more sense to have multiple facilities so that you have smaller groups of children who receive more attention,” Negron said, adding that management challenges could occur if too many children were placed at one large site.

“But ultimately, the federal government is going to be the entity that funds and manages the site. So it’s an ongoing conversation.”

The federal government would look to secure a lease for at least one year, the mayor’s office said. Once the shelter locations are selected, Emanuel’s office said the government would try to rehabilitate them in time to receive new immigrants by the end of the year.

The administration’s current focus is on sites that are already equipped for residential use. For example, Negron said, some existing shelters were once used as hotels, dormitories or convents. Ideally, selected sites would be multilevel buildings with amenities such as kitchens and nearby recreational facilities.

“So we think that it’d be better to find locations that are already residential or have been residential in the past and wouldn’t need a tremendous amount of work in order to get them ready … and also not be as conspicuous,” Negron said. “Because ultimately we want to make sure that the children are secure; the more visible the site, the more risk there could be extra security risk to the children.”

DARPA WANTS NEW TECHNOLOGY TO PREDICT “SOCIETAL UNREST”

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U.S. Defense Department looks to track “all human activities that can be measured”

by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | JULY 25, 2014

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting companies to provide new technology that would allow the U.S. Department of Defense to predict future “societal unrest” by keeping track of “all human activities that can be measured.”

A solicitation posted on FedBizOpps outlines DARPA’s intent to fund research and development of “game-changing technologies” that will “provide a decisive information advantage for the U.S. and its allies,” opening the door to “powerful ways to gain insight into the world.”

“Essentially all human activities that can be measured, from mercantile to military, are being quantitatively re-examined in the context of this new, “big data”, capability. Early demonstrations have produced remarkable insights into human activities and enabled quantitative decision making,” states the solicitation, adding that the agency is looking to develop new algorithms which can forecast “online correlation for societal unrest.”

DARPA has already been heavily engaged in research aimed at forecasting social unrest, most notably the agency’s Crisis Early Warning System (ICEWS), but the results have been patchy, with ICEWS only successful in predicting four out of sixteen rebellions, political upheavals and incidents of ethnic violence during the time period over which it was applied.

Over the past six years, the Pentagon has shown an increased interest in creating models that can forecast domestic and international disorder.

A report produced in 2008 by the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Institute warned that the United States may experience massive civil unrest in the wake of a series of crises which it termed “strategic shock.”

“Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security,” stated the report, authored by [Ret.] Lt. Col. Nathan Freir, adding that the military may be needed to quell “purposeful domestic resistance.”

We have also reported numerous times over the past several years on how the federal government is gearing up for civil unrest, including the Department of Homeland Security’s purchase last October of 240,000 pepper spray projectiles, 100 pepper spray launchers, as well as 36 “riot expansion kits.”

In 2011, the DHS announced that it would intensify its monitoring of social media in order to pre-empt social dislocation within the United States.

Back in 2012, we reported on FM 3-39.40 Internment and Resettlement Operations, a U.S. Army manual that describes how political activists in prison camps will be indoctrinated by specially assigned psychological operations officers. The document makes numerous references to how government agencies like the DHS, ICE and FEMA will be involved in the domestic internment of U.S. citizens during “civil support operations.”

A second US Army Military Police manual that was leaked months later also outlined how military assets would be used domestically to quell riots, confiscate firearms and even kill Americans on U.S. soil during mass civil unrest in the aftermath of a crisis.

U.S. Weighs Giving Refugee Status to Youths in Honduras

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By FRANCES ROBLES and MICHAEL D. SHEARJULY 24, 2014

Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.

If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House said, putting the violence in Honduras on the level of humanitarian emergencies in Haiti and Vietnam, where such programs have been conducted in the past amid war and major crises.

Critics of the plan were quick to pounce, saying it appeared to redefine the legal definition of a refugee and would only increase the flow of migration to the United States.

By moving decisions on refugee claims to Honduras, the plan is aimed at slowing the rush of minors crossing into the United States illegally from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, which has overwhelmed the Southwest border this year. More than 45,000 unaccompanied minors from those three nations have arrived since Oct. 1, straining federal resources to the point that some agencies will exhaust their budgets by next month, the secretary of Homeland Security has said.

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Many of the children, particularly in Honduras, are believed to be fleeing dangerous street gangs, which forcibly recruit members and extort home and business owners. The United Nations estimates that 70,000 gang members operate in the three nations.

Administration officials confirmed that they are considering the idea, although they stressed that no decision has been made to move forward. They said the idea is one of many being discussed by officials at the White House and the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Justice, and Health and Human Services.

Among the factors surrounding the decision are how many people in Honduras would be eligible to apply for the program, and how many would likely be approved.

The proposal, prepared by several federal agencies, says the pilot program under consideration would cost up to $47 million over two years, assuming 5,000 applied and about 1,750 people were accepted. If successful, it would be adopted in Guatemala and El Salvador as well.

It is unclear how the administration determined those estimates, given that since Oct. 1 more than 16,500 unaccompanied children traveled to the United States from Honduras alone.

Children would be interviewed by American immigration employees trained to deal with minors, and a resettlement center would be set up in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, with assistance from international organizations like the International Organization for Migration.

The plan would be similar to a recent bill introduced by Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona, who proposed increasing the number of refugee visas to the three Central American countries by 5,000 each.

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According to the draft, the administration is considering opening the program to people under 21. It also suggested offering entry on emergency humanitarian grounds — know as humanitarian parole — to some of the applicants who did not qualify for refugee status.

That would likely cause an outcry among critics who believe that President Obama has been too soft on immigration. But officials called it “highly unlikely” for people who were denied refugee status to be considered for parole, which is generally offered in isolated instances for emergencies.

Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which supports tighter controls on immigration, argued that the proposal would increase, not stem, the flood of migrants from Central America trying to get into the United States.

“It’s clearly a bad idea,” Mr. Krikorian said. “Orders of magnitude more people will apply for refugee status if they can just do it from their home countries.”

He added that the proposal would allow people to claim to be refugees from their countries with “nothing more than a bus ride to the consulate. We’re talking about, down the road, an enormous additional flow of people from those countries.”

The preliminary plan could create a thorny challenge for the administration because the definition of a refugee is legally specific, and children fleeing street gangs could have a hard time qualifying.

Under American law, refugees are people fleeing their country of origin based on fears of persecution by reason of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.

The draft of the plan noted that 64.7 percent of the unaccompanied minors who applied for asylum this year got it, which suggests that immigration officials have found their claims of imminent danger credible.

With that in mind, the draft proposal suggested that 35 to 50 percent of the applicants in Honduras could be considered for relief, a figure the White House said was inflated. The early draft, the White House said, was the most generous and least likely of the options the administration is considering. How many people are accepted is critical, because refugees qualify for public assistance upon arrival in the United States.

Under Senator McCain’s proposal, refugee applicants would be processed at home, and child migrants arriving in the United States illegally could be deported quickly.

Kevin Appleby, director of Migration and Refugee Services at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the plan would be welcome, as long as it does not substitute for protections Central American children currently receive under American law.

“This program would certainly be a formal acknowledgment by the administration that these children are refugees,” Mr. Appleby said. “That’s huge, because they have yet to utter that word.”

When a similar plan was adopted in Haiti, as a way to keep people from taking to the high seas, he said, it was ultimately criticized because Haitians already in the United States did not receive help.

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“It ended up being counterproductive to the goal,” Mr. Appleby said.

Stacie Blake, the director of government relations for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, an advocacy group, said the processing of potential refugees in Central America could be handled by the United States government or by the United Nations, which makes refugee determinations in many other countries. She said some of the people designated as refugees in Honduras could end up in countries other than the United States.

“It’s a way to help folks avoid life-threatening escapes and journeys,” Ms. Blake said. “It’s a good idea. It’s a tested idea.”

On Friday, Mr. Obama is scheduled to meet with the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador at the White House in an effort to urge the Central American leaders to do more to help stem the flow of children fleeing their countries for the United States.