Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Rawesome Foods Update: Big Brother was watching!

My previous post about police over-reach reminded me of the Rawesome Foods raid by the Dept. of Agriculture SWAT team. So I Googled for a news update, and found this:

In court proceedings last Thursday, LA County prosecutor Kelly Sakir turned over 1,097 pages of "discovery" documents to the defendants' attorneys, revealing an utterly astonishing campaign of spying, surveillance, and entrapment that has targeted Rawesome Foods for at least the last two years.

NaturalNews has learned that at least three undercover operatives were hired by the LA County prosecutor's office to infiltrate Rawesome Foods and sign up as members while covertly filming their actions using hidden cameras in their purses. These cameras almost certainly captured video footage of other members at Rawesome Foods, meaning the government itself stands in violation of wiretapping laws that it often uses against innocent civilians who try to videotape traffic stops by local police.

NaturalNews has also learned that there are 42 discs of additional evidence which has been gathered by the LA County prosecutor — including interviews with the operatives, covert camera footage, documents and even video footage from a surveillance pole camera that LA County set up across the street to spy on Rawesome Foods.

NaturalNews makes the point that LA County has spent millions of dollars and countless hours of police time on a food club. Which is utterly insane, given the open warfare in the streets between rival drug gangs that also happens in LA County. Then there's the minor detail that LA County and the entire State of California are for all intents and purposes BANKRUPT and very close to defaulting on their bond payments.

One case, who cares right? But in -other- news we learn that all kinds of police departments all over the USA are getting Predator drones to use for surveillance as they see fit.

...Local police say they have used two unarmed Predators based at Grand Forks Air Force Base to fly at least two dozen surveillance flights since June. The FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration have used Predators for other domestic investigations, officials said.

"We don't use [drones] on every call out," said Bill Macki, head of the police SWAT team in Grand Forks. "If we have something in town like an apartment complex, we don't call them."

The drones belong to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which operates eight Predators on the country's northern and southwestern borders to search for illegal immigrants and smugglers. The previously unreported use of its drones to assist local, state and federal law enforcement has occurred without any public acknowledgment or debate.

Congress first authorized Customs and Border Protection to buy unarmed Predators in 2005. Officials in charge of the fleet cite broad authority to work with police from budget requests to Congress that cite "interior law enforcement support" as part of their mission.

As we know from Afghanistan, an "unarmed Predator" can be made into an armed one in the field by guys with wrenches. Because that's how the Predator got armed in the first place, some Air Force gearheads hacked one together to go whack some Taliban fighters who were hiding really well.

So unless I'm hopelessly paranoid, it won't be long before local police in Podunk North Carolina can call in air strikes on targets they chose. Now, I'm not saying that its completely impossible that Podunk SC coppers might need an air strike some day. 9/11 showed that to be wrong. What I'm saying is that given the equipment, some guy one of these days will want to find a reason to use it.

If you're rolling your eyes having read that, please look above at the multi-million dollar, sooooper high tech surveillance case assembled against the dreaded Milk Pirates of LA. Oh, and the dangerous criminals the Predator drone was used on in North Dakota in the3 LA Slimes story, were they terrorists? Murderers? Drug smugglers? Black market gun dealers?

Nope. Cattle rustlers. For real. They used a Predator B to catch frickin' cattle rustlers. Total value of stolen cattle, $6000.00.

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