Coping: Help for a Public Official

Often in our early-morning sit-downs, we cover light, different, and a little bit of the “out-there.”

But this morning, we begin with the serious side.

There are two items which you really need to think about because they both involve aspects of freedom – living in the democratic republic – for which we stand.

So there I was Saturday morning, relaxed and half-snoozing when the phone rings.

It was a long-time subscriber to Peoplenomics® who is a public official in a large governmental unit.  And elected official, whose name I won’t give, this man’s one of the watchdogs of freedom…

He’s the sort of elected official who actually reads proposed laws, thinks about them, holds them  up to the measure of his state and the federal constitution.  In other words, exactly the kind of fellow you’d want in office representing the general public:  He’s open to all sides of issues and conscientiously votes what he finds in his heart to be in keeping with core American concepts.

In short, a really good guy.

So why was he calling me to chat about a law-making issue?  I’ll paraphrase…

“George, I wanted to see what your feelings are about chest-cameras for our police officers.  I’ m wrestling with this one…

Not exactly the kind of thing to wake up from a Saturday morning snooze with a sharp answer for, but I rolled through the pros and cons as I saw them:

On the pro side:

1.  The presence of a chest-cam protects the officer from charges of excessive force, charges of abuse of power, and is a pretty good record of how a suspect is reacting and behaving.

2.  In the event of violence against an officer, anyone committing violence against an officer would likely b e captured on video along with critical other evidence…so it protects the officer again.

On the con side, however:

1.  Who will review the video tape?  Will entire shift content be videoed, or will only initial responses?  What is policy on when to “roll tape” and to go cameras off?

2.  One that video is in police custody, what is the likelihood that the video will be scanned in the future using facial recognition software and a “potential criminal file” started, even if the police questioned a suspect (* you for example) and then went on their merry way? 

Would this kind of uncertainty over future disposition of footage outweigh the improved safety (and quality of evidence) that the chest-cam provides?

The police right to take and use video in public places is pretty well established.

But suppose a neighbor of your says (lying of course) that you are growing six marijuana plants and calls the cops because of the smell and your grow lights keeping the neighbor awake.

The cops show up, cameras running, but knowing your neighbor is a prick, you’ve killed the lights and turned on the exhaust fans.  You really have 17-plants growing.

Opening the front door, you have a chat with the officers, who video the encounter…but since you have the fans on and they don’t have a warrant, that’s the end of it.

Except, when they get back to the station, a video operator uses the newly developed THC fluorescence filter and notices a tiny spot on the carpet in the background on the floor while you were chatting.  Shouldn’t have dropped that dutchie, boy. Ja’maica mistake?

“OMG, the THC Filter says there has been weed in this house.  This is grounds for a warrant!”

The cops them come back, impound your plants and you’ve off to jail along with a perfectly good chain of custody to back up their case.

We chat about the Constitutional balance for a while,. but I eventually come down on the side of the police chestcams, because a couple of cameras rolling on crime would possibly prevent future “people acting badly” cases like Ferguson and Baltimore.

And please note that I didn’t say which people.  Just, people because there are racists of all colors and power and positional authority abusers of all colors – I’ve met representatives of most.

My called continued…

“The other problem we have is that if we download the camera footage to a government-owned server, under the public records laws of this state, that video is all DISCOVERABLE for two years.

So not only could a lawyer for a defendant secure all the footage about a partcular crime but they could also go fishing through all the video ever recorded by an officer and fine unrelated cases which might then be cast as showing an officers predisposition to act in a certain way…”

I figure the way to prevent this kind of lawyering would be to limit lawyer access to only the case video where the lawyer’s client is involved.  Otherwise, the lawyer could conceivably also drag in people with no criminal record (those questioned by an officer whose character the lawyer is trying assassinate) and they have no business being privy to that.

Moreover, when would the chest cams go on?  I think at the officer’s discretion or when they arrive at the scene of a call…their discretion.

The reasoning here is that an HR department or internal investigations would have a field day with off-hand remarks between officers between calls.  I have many friends who are cops – damn good professionals – but some of the sh*t you see in the field can and does get reduced to hardcore language which wouldn’t pass PG-13, if’n you follow.

“If you have any more ideas, George, let me know?”

Well, as it turns out, I did.

Toss it out for readers   (that’d be you if the coffee is still perking) to comment on and pass along the comments to my elected official friend as soon as possible.

Chestcams on police don’t bother me.  Adding a requirement that timecode be inserted so there’s no “after-the-fact” editing, would be a good idea, too.

Your comments welcomed…I will pass them along…

How We Lose of Freedom:  Virtualizing the U.S.A.

The second serious point (before we wander into the less serious stuff) is to recount the simple revelation in this weekend’s Peoplenomics report because it explains how Trade Laws are going to be used to Trump Civil and Constitutional Law.

It’s all there for the reading on the www.wikileaks.org site.  It is contained in the Chapter Four contents of TPA and the TISA b.s.

Simply it works like this:

Under present law, if a trading company out of Taiwan, or example, has a beef with a US company, it can bring suit in the U.S. Court system.  The U.S. domiciled entity is well represented and well-protected.

Under the Obamanistas Secret-Sell-Out plans, all this supposedly “innocent” trade crap would change and remove US courts from trade / international business disputes..

What would happen under the new (sovereignty-robbing plan of the Globalists) is the Taiwan company would make their beef a “trade” complaint.

This would trigger arbitration (by a panel which would be majority non-US, Mexican for example) and the Trade laws which are being secretly strung together by the traitorous congressoids, would place the issue beyond reach of the U.S. judicial system.

Once trade issues have been removed from the US legal system, other items will fall, as well.  Including, if memory serves me, our former forgetful female ex=-secretary of state was pushing for UN small arms control, did she not?  (It’s early and I’m not fully awake yet).

The deal is that once an international TRADE accord is done, then we simply go through a 10-20 year period of international agencies banding together to steal American sovereignty from the outside….without firing a shot.

imageAmerica gets killed by bad trade deals stealing jobs and our civil courts. 

“It’s all for your own good…free trade is good for everyone…”  And if you believe that bullshit, you don’t know how to look at simple charts, like this chart of the number of U.S. manufacturing jobs which (please look carefully) has cratered.

We have fewer manufacturing jobs now that at any time since BEFORE  WW II if you ignore the little (and I mean tiny) post 2009 bounce.  And this is NOT the per capita chart.  They don’t roll that one out…if makes things even worse looking.

This is why Obama and his cronies dare not let you read  and discuss their pending Trade Bills, Fast Track, TISA and all the rest of it.  IT SELLS US OUT IN THE LONG TERM.

The operant game here is “Pin the Tail on the Ass-Clowns”  and say, what is that big red ball on the end of your nose?

Peoplenomics subscriber feedback:

George,

I read your analysis twice and I believe you are spot on. I think its’ one of your best Saturday reports ever.

Ron

And I commend the simple core idea to you this morning because this is the legal version of GMO foods.  May sound really good at first, but it’s all a matter of time till freedom is “rounded up.”

Another subscriber note to ponder:

Hi George,

I read the PN issue this weekend and was impressed by you’re putting together the pieces. This morning I saw this:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/nra-gun-blogs-videos-web-forums-threatened-by-new-obama-regulation/article/2565762

It gives me the creeps! The most valuable thing about the USofA is our freedom, in all respects. This is prior restraint over free speech, and could easily ramify to many other areas of society(such as criticizing those in power, for instance.

I can see a correlation to what you were discussing Saturday, and perhaps it’s just another preparation for hot war. Then again, it may just be another political overreach.

Any thoughts?

Oh sure:  First they came for the union leaders, then the socialists.  And then they came for the gypsies…

Like the ACLU has often held:  Rights are always taken first from people too lazy or unable to defend them.

But you do love trade laws, right???  Spoonful’s of sugar in the Hemlock.

We have Courts…or at least we used to.  Globalists will steal that, and it’s what this Trade Crap is all about:  Crap in Trade.

Da Flyin’ Hams:  Notches on the Gun Barrel

We now return you to the lighter side of Monday morning.

I told you my son (G-II) was coming down to do some serious sky-diving.  As he wrapped up his U.S. Parachute Association C-License this week, he did something we have been talking about for a long time:  Having 2-meter ham radio contacts while under canopy in a large metro area.

The scene-setter is this was a high altitude “hop & pop” from about 16-thousand feet.  He just uploaded it to YouTube about midnight local time…so you’ll be among the first in the world to see this unique blend of hobbies…

G-II has a fine saying: 

If I was wealthy people would call me eccentric, but since I am not, people just call me crazy.

Well, um, yes, the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree.  At 10:22 into the video, there’s a shot down from the head-cam and you can see the diagonal of the unmarked runway at SkyDive Spaceland which was his base of operations.

And, yes, that’s the narrower than the 2-lane roads around it, where Ures truly set down the Musketeer both times, dropping him off Thursday and then going in Sunday morning about 8 AM to take him back up to the Uretopia Ranch.

We also had our first father (airborne) to son (on the ground) ham radio contact, with me able to hear him about 15  miles out.  He could hear me something like 45-miles out, but I was a bit busy in that timeframe…

Sometime today, we should  get a copy of the approach and landing at SpaceLand uploaded on my channel (not my best bush pilot work, but serious flying, nevertheless) and a Thank You to Houston ATC for the easy (almost direct) routing Sunday, with just a small detour for those 2,000 foot TV towers in West Houston.

G-II should also get his high “hop & pop” of a sunset skydive with some of the better Canopy Relative Work (CReW) work you’ll see…very impressive stuff….even to an old man who’s seem it all, or most of it anyway.

I wonder if the American Radio Relay League shouldn’t offer  Field Day bonus points for “From an operation balloon or aircraft” and something special for the Under Canopy category….well, that’s not a category yet…

That’ll be something for KF7OCD /aeronautical mobile and the old man, AC7X/aeronautical mobile to talk about over a chilled 4-1000 this afternoon. 

(*Decoder ring:  In  the tube-days of ham radio, the potency of an adult beverage was denoted by relative size of transmitter tube.  Thus, an 807 (or 12 volt filament version 1625) was analogous to a beer.  (Tube data sheet is here.)

Over time, the 807s/1625s that had mainly come from WW II war surplus became the 6146 – still analogous to a beer.

According to one’s taste, a mixed drink would be designed as something in the 4-250 to the 3-500Z range.  A 4-250 screwdriver would be weaker than a 4-400 or 3-500z screwdriver, for example.

The martini (over which the word “Vermouth!” has been shouted, is the venerable 4-1000

A few people in broadcast engineering a reported to have taken things to even higher levels.  The 3-CX3000, for example would be a triple.

A pair of  3-CX3000s (in push-pull configuration) were used to modulate a single 3-CX2500 in the legendary Collins 21 E/M transmitter.. the first one I ever got to work on.  Age 16.  (Sheesh…half a century!!! OMG old must be sneaking in around the windows here…Where’s that QCWA application?  One of these days…)

On the other end of things, when driving, or out of respect for teetotalers,  indicating a preference for a voltage regulator (“give me an OA-2”)  meant someone was driving or working on the high voltage section. 

Alcohol and ham radio have changed their relationship over the years.    4-1000’s are out of style now, as alcohol is bad for you.  But once upon a time, in a wilder, freer America, things were different, though more dangerous.  Smoking was legal back then, too.

There’s another reason why alcohol references to electronic components has changed:  it sounds plain stupid to sit around and say “Gonna get me another MRF-454…”    I mean really, really dumb. 

“I’m driving, so I’ll stick with a 1N34”…see what I mean?  Dumb.

But it reveals a greater truth:  Loss of device-level power…hmmm…sort of just like a country I knew back then, too…Before the corporate takeover.

There, to rip off Paul Harvey (a friend of our hobby): “Now you know the rest of the story…”

73 and write when you break-even…come back tomorrow and bring reinforcements!  Frequency change approved, g-day.

George  george@ure.net

Comments

Coping: Help for a Public Official — 15 Comments

  1. “Chestcams” ??? Absolutely! 100% Absolutely. Too many good cops get accused of crap that a very tiny minority are actually guilty of.

    Actually, since you’re all about the business side of things here: Think of the man-hours saved in investigations. The damage done by protesting thugs who may have fewer reasons to do their thuggary when the truth swats them in their thuggish faces. Unintended consequences of the rule can be adjudicated and mitigated if or/as they come up. Frankly, I see more positive than negative here and it fits right in with my personal credo, “Freedom for the Most at the Expense of the Fewest.” But that’s just me.

  2. yes to police cameras, on shoulders, not on chests, too easy to have them blocked by a disupute….or struggle. Yes, to keeping ALL their video on file INDEFINITELY…sorry George and your high powered honest friend…the police have a REPUTATION across all states, cities, and towns of police collusion, corruption, brutality and sticking together EVEN WHEN IN THE WRONG…IF THERE IS A PATTERN, HOW CAN A LAWYER FIND IT WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO SEE THE PAST ACTIVITIES OF THE PARTICULAR POLICE OFFICERS?

    Police’s Number ONE job is to protect the citizens….so they should not be afraid of ANY video if they are doing their job and so it should be stored FOREVER…

    Let’s hold them to the SAME high standards they expect of the citizenry: integrity, truthfulness, and honesty. And yes, those 3 things are the most important qualities.

  3. Thanks for the video of your son’s sky-dive! I will NEVER want to do this, but loved the virtual experience, especially the landing.

  4. Yes George, you are on the mark as usual.
    Body cams are nothing more than another nail in our coffin of ever increasing surveillance. It doesn’t matter who reviews this crap, who downloads it, who discovers it, it just doesn’t make a flipping difference. The stupid red light cams are a good example. Here in the state of Misery they are in flux due to law suits. It was a requirement that the footage had to be reviewed by a sworn officer to make charges stick. Can you guess for one minute which officers got stuck er I mean assigned that duty.

    I think there is a group who are rapidly approaching the “aw hell freaking no more” point not in only on this but all of this in general.

    Better shut up before I end up on the watchlist…..again I hope. Will I be spending retirement in a FEMA Camp?

  5. Chest cams should be on 100% of the time whenever an officer is interacting with the public, and all footage reviewed 100% by non-police personnel to weed out the bad cops and start eliminating rudeness and arrogance on the part of the police. Also videotaping of the police by the public should have no restrictions. Otherwise we have a basketball situation. Used to be you touch anyone on the court it was a foul. Now you have everybody’s hands all over the place. It’s this laxness of protocol to treat all people with dignity and decency that has crept into law enforcement with fatal results. But there is no solution to this situation under admiralty law, where people are charged for displeasing the king/government, instead of having to prove actual harm before charges or legal action can be taken. With the absolute authority given to police today, where there are serious consequences for disobeying even the most unlawful and unconstitutional order from any officer, what you have is actually just a reestablishment of the feudal system of Europe. Like I have written before, when you have a system where the people in power use the taxes of the common man to defend themselves from charges of wrongdoing, you have no right to expect justice in your society. I have reached the point where I consider Americans who think they live in a free and just society to be mentally ill.

    How I used to illustrate this is to tell the story of going over to your best friend’s house on April 15, telling him you are on the way to the post office to mail your taxes, and offer to take his too. Then two months later, tell your buddy that you never mailed his taxes, but threw them in the trash. The expression you see on his face is not the expression of a person living in a free country.

    When there is no possible way to not have part of your earnings taken by your government, you are not a free person, you are a slave.

    That’s how it looks from Ecuador, starting my seventh year of expatriation.

  6. No to body cameras or police car cameras.

    No to body cams because then they will only accept their film as “official”, disregarding all films, be they from any source. Public documentation is going on all of the time, but for the most part it is rejected outright, because it may not match up with the storyline they want to create. We never know when they’ve an honest agenda for the whole truth. Tis obvious not allowing public films as testimony proves they are not seeking the truth.

    Also, car cams are used when convenient not 100% of the time in that – when the public cries for release of the police car recordings, the excuses are varied – forgot to turn it on, it was blank, no batteries etc. When the public is allowed to view footage, at times it is only a partial, with obvious doctoring done over the months they had it to manipulate it. Time stamps are missing, lapses in recording, etc.

    Too many reasons the cameras have got to go away for both cars and body. The main points, they will make their film recordings, “god” and nothing else is accepted. Their films can be manipulated and if they are the only “legal” films, the lie will dictate the storyline.

    All public recordings should be used so the puzzle of crimes can be pieced together, that if they are seeking the truth. In a controlled environment, the “legal” system they’ve created is the one they depend upon because they know they can taylor make the “script”. If honesty is the goal, the public would be empowered at all times and thus common law would be the driving force, but it isn’t. Welcome to the matrix we know as the “legal” system.

  7. Web cams for officers is a short sighted idea.

    All imported manufactured goods should have a large tariff, but raw material not available in USA a minimal to no tariff.

    You want to buy things made overseas pay through the asshole. American manufactures will rise to the occasion.

  8. biggest prob I see wrt cops and videos? In a number of cases the cops chest cam mysteriously ‘malfunctioned’ or the officer ‘forget’ to turn it on.

    Second? In many areas cops still arrest people who film them, irregardless of the Supreme’s decision wrt filming cops in public spaces. Even after you proven your case before a judge, you’ve paid a helluva price for filming a cop in public.

    Third: Cameras or not, until individual cops start paying a personal price for their misdeeds, the problem with police brutality and cover-ups will continue. See also ‘testilying’.

  9. How would a chest camera had made a difference in Ferguson? The physical evidence at the scene was processed and supported the officer, ex. struggle for gun and assault of officer in vehicle, Mr Brown’s blood was found several feet beyond where he laid in the street showing he had backtracked toward the officer and THREE autopsies. I just don’t think a camera would have made any difference. Every white man in authority allowed the self-righteous, highly paid protesters to destroy the dignity of the St Louis area in a matter of a few months. These protestors continue to prance around daily with new agendas, like feminism, gay rights, etc. When money is involved, they will come. It’s all a business model.

  10. I wonder what will be the name of the new American Socilist dictator for life.

  11. George, I am a videographer. I can take the time code out of a video and replace it with my own. If I can do it, you can bet others can.

    I would not bet the farm on a video with time code.

    Bill (look into the camera) Jackson

  12. ” . . . aspects of freedom – living in the democratic republic – for which we stand.” This is not, nor was it ever meant to be a “democratic” republic – but a Constitutional Republic with a democratically elected government. Democracy ALWAYS destroys a republic.

  13. as far as facial recognition software shoot take a look at what is available to us the general population.. your scanning pictures sent out daily on you tube the mouse goes over the picture not only does it tell you their name.. but lately there were some old baby photos put up on youtube.. take the mouse run over it .. that facial recognition software not only gave the right name to the individual who is now decades older.. all because of the facial recognition software available to all.. the filters for the films.. they to are available to all.. I have a friend that I visit with and we brought up the computer program Watson.. that won jeopardy from the information in the cloud.. now put that program in a robot and give it the ability to self learn.. a movie series comes to mind.. staring an old governor of California..

  14. I had an interesting thought about something you wrote this morning…”1. Who will review the video tape?”
    I have a long time friend that before he retired lived in a gated community in DC…. anyway.. his house is monitored like so many homes and alarmed etc.. for a period of time last year there was a series of drive by shootings in this upper income gated community.. where someone would drive down the street and randomly shoot into the homes there. he caught it all with his surveillance cameras..the car a great picture of the four guys in the car the ones with the gun and the license number of the car doing the drive by shootings in his neighborhood.. He decided ok he was going to make a copy and give it to the metro police and gave them a little call..
    they not only refused to look at the video or take it into evidence etc but they belittled and chastised him for calling them about this situation since they shot into his neighbors home and not his and asked him why he would even do such a thing..
    Now my thoughts for the nation and world..
    If you look at the news stories of late the police cams and what they showed didn’t even come out at all or were they even discussed until.. the video from the grocery store or the cafe is released to the news media or some random individual that that gosh you gotta see this so up to youtube it goes first then the officials say oh wait the chest cams will need to be looked at and that information comes to light. In this day and age there are videos everywhere from your phone and an onlooker to security cams. shoot you have camera’s on cars in retail stores even in dressing rooms or outside them.. ( some of the higher end cars have them on the rear-view mirrors and with the option to record)you can buy one for under fifty dollars for your car so that if there is an accident in your travels you have video proof.. not to mention the go pro..
    Just a few of my thoughts there is the possibility for the chest cams and that information to just vanish there always have been times where some officers have placed evidence to warrant their actions but in todays world of video communication and its access that is where in my opinion that the chest cam’s for law inforcement will be a life and career saver for them.. especially to those in uniform since they are already being recorded from a dozen different angles at all times and it will be in some ways their only source of defense in a criminal investigation.. from the cameras on individual buildings to the cameras on the stop lights etc etc.. I am constantly amazed at what information is out there ..