In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques that are not scientifically proven to work, according to experts and government documents.
The techniques are a key pillar of the Insider Threat Program, an unprecedented government-wide crackdown under which millions of federal bureaucrats and contractors must watch out for "high-risk persons or behaviors" among co-workers. Those who fail to report them could face penalties, including criminal charges.
Obama mandated the program in an October 2011 executive order after Army Pfc. Bradley Manning downloaded hundreds of thousands of documents from a classified computer network and gave them to WikiLeaks, the anti-government secrecy group. The order covers virtually every federal department and agency, including the Peace Corps, the Department of Education and others not directly involved in national security.
In other news this morning, Zimmerman's show trial isn't going well:
On Monday, the Broward County Sheriff's Office released a video calling on the public not to riot in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, expected this week or next in Florida. The Sheriff's Office released a statement explaining that it was "working closely with the Sanford Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies" to coordinate "a response plan in anticipation of the verdict."
And speaking of police state goon squads, this little gem here is a BEAUTY:
Police searched the Northern Virginia home of activist Adam Kokesh Tuesday evening and took him into custody for allegedly being in possession of hallucinogenic mushroom while also having a gun, authorities said. Kokesh, a former Marine, was held overnight at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, charged with possession of schedule I or II drugs while in possession of a firearm, said Lt. Steve Elbert, a spokesman for the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office.
Sounds pretty reasonable so far, "Police searched the home" kinda thing, no big deal right?
U.S. Park Police Lt. Pamela Smith said her agency executed a search warrant at Kokesh's home in Herndon about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, looking for a weapon. The park police are the federal agency responsible for policing Freedom Plaza, the concrete park a few blocks from the White House where — in a video posted to YouTube on July 4 — Kokesh appears to load a shotgun in violation of D.C. gun laws.
Smith said she did not know if the YouTube video was the reason for the search warrant. Carrying a loaded weapon, concealed or unconcealed, is against the law in the District. The possession of a firearm not registered in the District carries a penalty up to a year in prison.
According to the InfoWars piece, news trucks were on the scene at the same time the cops rolled in, I guess to provide some Waco-style color coverage or something in case Kokesh turned out to be like Koresh and lit the cops up.
According to a press release issued by Kokesh's Adam vs the Man media team, "Numerous police vehicles, including a light armored vehicle and two low-flying helicopters barricaded Adam's street. More than 20 armored SWAT team members surrounded the house, as well as a number of detectives, and plainclothes officers. Assault rifles were aimed on all members of the team as they were handcuffed without being told why they were detained. Masked and armored police in full "Storm Trooper" gear flooded in and ransacked the residence. The team was cordoned in a front room, while Adam was pulled aside for questioning."
Roads around Kokesh's home, which also contains his broadcast studio, were blocked off and other residents were told to stay indoors. The raid was conducted by Herndon police as well as US Parks Police, an arm of Homeland Security.
Kokesh's team alleges that police also assaulted Kokesh by kicking him to the floor when he politely asked to use the bathroom. Throughout the ordeal "police repeatedly showed a volatile desire to initiate aggressive, forceful conduct with detainees," according to the press release.
Now, I'm not going to hold up Alex Jones as some kind of unimpeachable source, because I think he's a self-promoting blowhard who's in it for the fame and fortune. Adam Kokesh also has something of a checkered past with being a bit of a whack job.
But Kokesh posts an anti-administration, pro-gun YouTube on July 4th and gets raided by a three-agency SWAT swarm with choppers and armored cars on the 9th? With news coverage? Over mushrooms? That right there is a whole lot of coincidence to swallow, that's all I'm saying.
Interesting the difference between the Washington Post coverage and the easily verified InfoWars story too. One might almost think somebody had something to hide, or had an ax to grind.
Cloward-Piven marches on. Forward!