Was the Government internet ‘Kill Switch’ just tested?

 

At 3pmET yesterday, it appears that Google Cloud (affecting Gmail, YouTube, SnapChat, Instagram, and Facebook among others) mysteriously (and almost unprecedently) went offline.

This brought to mind Obama’s Executive Order just in case you think this is a tin foil hat thing. Congress had big plans too.

Incident began at 2019-06-02 12:25 (all times are US/Pacific).

Jun 02, 20 12:25 We are investigating an issue with Google Compute Engine. We will provide more information by Sunday, 2019-06-02 12:45 US/Pacific.

One Google insider explains (via YCombinator):

I work on Google Cloud (but disclaimer, I’m on vacation and so not much use to you!).

We’re having what appears to be a serious networking outage. It’s disrupting everything, including unfortunately the tooling we usually use to communicate across the company about outages.

There are backup plans, of course, but I wanted to at least come here to say: you’re not crazy, nothing is lost (to those concerns downthread), but there is serious packet loss at the least. You’ll have to wait for someone actually involved in the incident to say more.

The internet is having a very bad day… Zero Hedge  and more of the details and a tip of the hat.

 

 

If you think this couldn’t happen, check back at what Obama and Congress had in mind a few years ago.

Presidential powers over the Internet and telecommunications were laid out in a U.S. Senate bill in 2009, which proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet. But that legislation was not included in the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. I caught some discussion of this at the time, and the rationale was that  “misinformation” may need to be curtailed. Where did I hear that before? Anyone still wondering where we are headed with this?

President Obama signed an executive order the week of July 12, 2012 that could give him control over the web in times of emergency.

According to The Verge, critics of the order are concerned with Section 5.2, which is a lengthy part outlining how telecommunications and the Internet are controlled. It states that the Secretary of Homeland Security will “oversee the development, testing, implementation, and sustainment” of national security and emergency preparedness measures on all systems, including private “non-military communications networks.” According to The Verge, critics say this gives Obama the on/off switch to the Web.

The order, known as the, “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions,” exists to hand over full control of communications and the internet to certain government authorities in times of natural disaster and security emergencies.

The wording for the executive order is of course lengthy and uses politician language, but the part worth pointing out is in section 5.2. It is in this section that the order states that Homeland Security will be able to monitor and control all non-military forms of communications in times of extreme measures, which is essentially giving the White House the on/off switch to the internet, according to some critics.

You can read more about the executive order, which still had 30 days before it became a law, over at CNET and The Verge. If you want to check out the order in its entirety, go to the White House press page.

It was a good day in the swamp.

Bonus:

Executive Order — National Defense Resources Preparedness

In a nutshell, it’s the blueprint for Peacetime Martial Law and it gives the president the power to take just about anything deemed necessary for “National Defense”, whatever they decide that is. It’s peacetime, because as the title of the order says, it’s for “Preparedness”.

Quote:

Sec. 201. Priorities and Allocations Authorities. (a) The authority of the President conferred by section 101 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2071, to require acceptance and priority performance of contracts or orders (other than contracts of employment) to promote the national defense over performance of any other contracts or orders, and to allocate materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense, is delegated to the following agency heads:(1) the Secretary of Agriculture with respect to food resources, food resource facilities, livestock resources, veterinary resources, plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment and commercial fertilizer;(2) the Secretary of Energy with respect to all forms of energy;(3) the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to health resources;(4) the Secretary of Transportation with respect to all forms of civil transportation;(5) the Secretary of Defense with respect to water resources; and(6) the Secretary of Commerce with respect to all other materials, services, and facilities, including construction materials

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-order-national-defense-resources-preparedness

 

Thanks WhatFingerNews for the coverage! A great site for all the news.

 

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A citizen’s militia group, 300 illegals and a citizen’s arrest

 

 

Citizen’s Arrest

  by Mustang

Very recently, a citizen’s militia group arrested 300 illegal aliens in the state of New Mexico.  The leader of this group has been arrested and charged as a felon in possession of firearms.  The felony, according to the news, was that he made threats on the lives of a former president and secretary of state.  Whether this is true goes far beyond my interest in the incident, except that it was stated that these militia members could be charged with kidnapping (the illegals).  Note: New Mexico attitudes would be better understood by simple removing the word “New” in its title.  But there is a larger issue.  I’ll present it in steps.

Step 1: Title 8, United States Code 1325: Improper entry by an alien

            Any alien who (1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or (2) eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers, or (3) attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact, shall … be fined under Title 18 or imprisoned not more than six months or both, and …

Step 2: United States Common Law

            In the United States, a private person may arrest another without a warrant, for a crime occurring in their presence.  For which crimes this is permitted may vary from one state to another.

Step 3: New Mexico Law: Stat 31-4-14 (1937)

            The arrest of a person may be lawfully made also by any peace officer or private person without a warrant upon reasonable information that the accused stands charged in the courts of a state with a crime punishable by death or imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, but when so arrested the accused must be taken before a judge or magistrate with all practicable speed and complaint must be made against him under oath setting forth the ground for the arrest … and therefore his answer shall be heard as if he had been arrested on a warrant.

Discussion

The simple part of this is that citizens of the United States armed themselves and went to a known illegal alien trafficking area.  While in this area, 300 illegals came upon these citizens and surrendered, requesting asylum.  The citizens held them (detained them) and called for immigration officers, who arrived and took said 300 asylum-seekers into custody.  By the wording of the federal statute, illegal entry appears to be a misdemeanor, not a felony, unless the perpetrator has unlawfully entered the United States on more than one occasions.  In my view, this is a serious fallacy of the federal law.  First time offense should be a felony and treated as such.

Since this incident, all the far-left whacko’s in Nuevo Mexico have experienced a pandemic of exploding heads.  The citizens are being described, among other things, as vigilantes and armed thugs.  The illegal aliens are being described as “asylum-seekers.”  In both examples, an appeal to emotion that defeats their position from its beginning.  But I do think that the matter should interest all of us.

If these citizens have taken it upon themselves to augment an overwhelmed border patrol, I should think that federal authorities would be grateful for their help.  Maybe the state and federal government should encourage American citizens to involve themselves.  For example, they could organize state and/or federal posse’s —the membership of which could be carefully regulated with mandatory training and certification.  They might also secure a waiver for liability should any of these citizens be killed while acting in such capacity (which is entirely possible along the US-Mexico border).

But were these illegal aliens kidnapped?  No.  They were detained.  Law enforcement was summoned to the scene immediately.  Were these citizens acting as vigilantes or thugs?  It doesn’t sound like it to me.  But here’s what didn’t happen: no shots were fired; no one was cuffed; no one was transferred to another place against their will.

What it does sound like is that the federal government, who by the mere size of the US-Mexico border region, is incapable of doing its job, but does not want the scrutiny of citizens who simply want to achieve safety in their own communities.  Rather than taking advantage of citizens willing to step forward (at no cost to either state or federal authorities), they are in the process of heaping charge after charge against them.

UPDATE:

United Constitutional Patriots New Mexico Border Ops more still flooding in

 

Video of what happened:  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1907580/Video-armed-militia-catch-asylum-seekers-cross-border.html

Kidnapping is a serious offense.  I’m not seeing any element of kidnapping in this case, but since the authorities want to play hardball (to make an example of them) these fellows would be best advised to find a damn good lawyer.

Why this post?  I’m curious about the opinions of Bunkerville readers.

—George Orwell

Mustang has other great reads over at his two blogs – Thoughts from Afar

with Old West Tales and Fix Bayonets

Thanks to WhatFingerNews for the coverage! A great site for all the news.

Illegal alien set free from Sanctuary City rapes child, previously deported

 

You have to look at illegal aliens through the eyes of the Democrats. What is the mental and physical well-being of a child, compared to gaining another Democrat voter?

The child is merely collateral damage as far as they are concerned. Juan Ramon-Vasquez was arrested in Philadelphia and refused to honor ICE’s detainer request. Ramon-Vasquez celebrated his release by repeatedly raping a young child over a period of time.

He has since been sentenced to 21 months for being in the country unlawfully and another 20 years for the child rape. Thank you liberals. This child would never have been raped without your invaluable help.

From the city of brotherly love… We knew it was going to go this way. Just one of many of similar stories that will not get the attention it deserves.

 

 

After being deported in 2009, Ramon-Vasquez was found to be living back in the country in March 2014 in Philadelphia. At the time, the illegal alien child rapist was in Philadelphia Prison Department custody, but the local authorities refused to turn Ramon-Vasquez over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for deportation due to the city’s sanctuary city policy that shields criminal illegal aliens from arrest and deportation.

From Breitbart News

H/T: David Harris

Just a thought – this should help with the crime stats.

Joe Biden goes to Europe and blasts America – Calls the U.S. an ’embarrassment’

 

Joe Biden makes the requisite European “Trash America First” trump speech, in Europe of course, before he makes if official. Yes, Joe is running.

Joe Biden spoke at the NATO Munich Security Conference on Saturday and called the United States an “embarrassment.”

Yes. Thats the headline.

He spouts a litany of American offenses. He thinks that the U.S. can compete without any restrictions. Sure. Better yet, his full-throated support of NATO in all its glory, no doubt while America is footing the bill here there and everywhere for defense sparing Europeans defense expense so they can enjoy their month of August off of work and on vacation.

Throughout the speech plenty of Russia Russia Russia danger to keep the narrative going that we have an illegitimate President who is putty in the hands of Putin.

The best of course is the encouragement of massive emigration of the world to the U.S.

The full video is close to thirty minutes thus will be viewed in full by few. It is chilling in its detail of what will be Obama 2.0.

Speaking to European allies, Biden trashed America with an open hostility.

“The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees at our border. Americans know that’s not right,” Biden asserted.

“The American people understand plainly that this makes us an embarrassment. The American people know, overwhelmingly, that it is not right. That it is not who we are.”

“While I cannot speak today as an elected government official who is able to set policy, I can speak as a citizen. I can offer insight into my country. I know we’ve heard a lot today about leadership, but in my experience, leadership only exists if somebody — and others — are with you. Leadership in the absence of people who are with you is not leadership,” Biden continued.

The 76-year-old added that it is wrong “to disagree with your brothers and sisters in public. Today because of, I think, a lack of leadership coming from the other side of the Atlantic, we find ourselves in a different place, and it’s uncomfortable.”Biden, 76, speaking at the annual gathering of foreign policy leaders, didn’t mention Trump by name.

But, despite a longstanding tradition of politics “stopping at the water’s edge” and refraining from criticizing a commander-in-chief while on foreign soil, Biden took the opportunity to blast him, even veering into criticism of domestic policy as he launched into what sounded like a stump speech.

“I can assure you, that the American people, the ultimate wellspring of power in the United States of America, remain committed to engaging the world with decency and respect,” Biden said.

Just a few of the low points. Of course little of this will make the MSM. For the cliff note edition go to about the 4 minute mark when Biden makes the pronouncement that he can speak for the America he knows and sees, what the “vast number of American people believe.”

Speak for yourself Joe.

Maybe Joe’s problem with Russia and his references to the Ukraine?

Joe Biden’s son takes a position with Ukrainian Gas Company as ‘Private Citizen 

 

D.C. Plastic Straw Cop to Earn $60,000 to Enforce Straw Ban

 

Here is man with a story. Earned his Masters degree in Public Policy at American University. A stint in Morocco where he brushed up on his Arabic. Always a useful tool these days. This is a man on the move.

 

Zach Rybarcyk

The city of Washington, DC, is taking drastic measures to ensure that no restaurant in the city uses plastic straws, spending $60,000 per year to pay a “plastic straw cop” to monitor restaurants which stray from the rules.

 

D.C. Department of Energy and Environment inspector Zach Rybarczyk, the city’s hand-picked straw monitor, has been patrolling area restaurants to ensure their straws are paper and not plastic ever since the city’s plastic straw ban went into effect at the beginning of January, the Washington Post reported Monday.

Rybarczyk’s services do not come cheap. According to a document on salary information from D.C.’s Department of Human Resources, Rybarczyk takes home $60,472 per year as an environmental protection specialist and has been on the D.C. government’s payroll since April 2017

Since the ban went into effect, Rybarczyk wasted no time trying to track down any restaurants still using plastic straws. He told one cashier at the Lotus Express in Union Station that the store would face $800 in fines if they were caught using plastic straws again in July.

Last plastic straw Obama will use. Try paper next time with your slurpee. See how that works

 

D.C. is the latest jurisdiction to ban plastic straws, following the lead of Seattle and San Francisco— both of which have instituted similar bans.

Who in the world is Zac Rybarczyk and his past life to get him to this position?

Zachary Rybarczyk, a candidate for a master’s degree in public policy, has been named a 2014 Boren Fellow.

Rybarczyk will study water access and government policies in Morocco, with the aim of better understanding the challenges of providing clean drinking water and sanitation services to rural communities

The Fellowship also allows him to learn Moroccan-dialect Arabic while investigating the Kingdom’s successes and enduring challenges of providing both urban and rural Moroccans adequate clean water and sanitation services.

As a requirement of the Fellowship, Zachary will also seek out opportunities within the Federal government to apply what he has learned in a position of public service upon his return to DC this upcoming spring.

From American University

Hat tip to Breitbart

Oregon Looking to be the First in Nation for State Wide Rent Control

 

For today’s flashback I chose the happenings of Oregon, soon to become the next Venezuela apparently. It was an easy one since this week there are two headline stories that you would have heard about if not for Russia Russia Russia. So let me get you up to speed. First the latest news then a few of memory posts from days gone by. While we hear about California, it is Oregon that is setting the pace car for a Marxist State. Complete with the support of Soros. Here we go:

As home and rental prices rise across the country, more and more locales are giving serious consideration to a policy long denounced by economists: rent control. That includes Oregon, which increasingly looks likely to become the first state in the country to adopt rent control statewide.

“We are long past the point when we should have passed meaningful tenant protections,” state House Speaker Tina Kotek (D–Portland) says to Willamette Week. “Clearly more needs to be done statewide to give renters more security and stability.”

Snip…. This is what happens:

A 2018 Stanford study of rent control in San Francisco found that the city’s supply of rental housing fell by 15 percent as owners converted their rent-controlled properties into pricier condos. Citywide rents went up, not down.

If you want housing to be more affordable, the thing you really want is more supply.

Indeed, in Portland—the largest city in Oregon—record apartment construction in the last two years has resulted in a fall in rents. According to the website Apartment List, year-over-year rents in Portland declined by 1.2 percent and are likely to keep falling.

ECONorthwest estimates that only 5 percent of buildings in Portland increased rents above what would be allowed by SB 608 in 2018. That compares to 25 percent of buildings in 2015 and 2016. More at Reason

Just this week I posted this:

Oregon Mandatory Universal Home Visits – Coming For Your Newborns

The ultimate intrusion by the government. Not just “at risk” babies, but every single baby born in Oregon.This is only the beginning. Next will come the determination of a safe home. I am sure guns will be next on the ban for any baby in a home. Ultimately government raised children. Not opt-out, three visits.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown introduced a new bill that will allow in-home inspections and ‘guidance’ of the families of newborn babies. It is another costly Big Brother initiative to butt into the lives of every family with a newborn in Oregon.

IT’S AN EMERGENCY FOR PUBLIC SAFETY

They describe it as an “emergency” to preserve “the public peace, health, and safety.”

And next?

Hmmm wonder who could be supporting all this nonsense in Oregon?

Oregon Governor gets Soros donation three days before refusing to send the National Guard to protect our borders

Governor Kate Brown

The Oregon RNC reported on Monday April 2nd, 2018, that the Oregon governor received a large donation from former Nazi collaborator and creepy billionaire George Soros –

Willamette Week is reporting that Governor Kate Brown has accepted “an unprecedented” campaign check from George Soros, a billionaire left-wing hedge-fund manager and campaign donor who resides in New York. This is Soros’ “first direct involvement” in Oregon.

“Kate Brown has consistently ignored problems facing everyday Oregonians and has instead used the office of Governor to make herself a national left-wing celebrity. Now, Brown is cashing in and taking big campaign donations from notorious leftist puppet master, billionaire George Soros,” stated Oregon Republican Chairman Bill Currier.

Creepy and sinister Soros may have gifted Governor Brown to encourage her to encourage Oregon to keep his voting machines in place too. Oregon is one of 16 states that use Soros related voting machines.

Its website includes a flow-chart that describes how the company has contributed to elections in the U.S. from 2006-2015 with “57,000 voting and counting machines deployed” and “35 million voters assisted.”

Among the “case studies” that Smartmatic lists on its website as examples of its work are Venezuela, where it has been facilitating elections since 2004 when it “won a bid to provide Venezuela with a reliable voting system.”

It also lists Cook County, Illinois as another success story, when in “in 2006, Smartmatic signed what at the moment was the largest election automation contract in US history.

More of Soros machines  at Daily Caller

Finally-

Cliven Bundy case declared a mistrial, Misconduct by FBI, BLM

A lesson for all of us. This is what happens when a government goes out of control. Take a few minutes to view the video. Levoy Finicum slaughtered by the deep state. First the good news, then a refresher:

A federal judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the case of a Nevada rancher accused of leading an armed standoff against the government in 2014, blaming prosecutors for withholding key evidence from defense lawyers, including records about the conduct of FBI and Bureau of Land Management agents.

The decision is the latest in a string of failed prosecutions in Nevada and Oregon against those who have opposed federal control of vast swaths of land in Western states.

Jurors got a glimpse of the claims when Ryan Bundy, who represented himself, spoke at opening statements about seeing government snipers and surveillance cameras positioned on hilltops surrounding his family home in the days before armed supporters answered his family’s calls for help.

Just a refresher:

Two camera angles of LaVoy Finicum shooting – Video

Finicum was shot three times in the back. He was an Arizona rancher who took part in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover in Oregon.

Finicum was driving the truck that carried Ryan C. Bundy, 43, Ryan W. Payne, 32, Shawna Cox, 59, and Victoria Sharp, 18. In the Jeep behind them was driver Mark McConnell, 37, Brian D. Cavalier, 44, and Ammon Bundy, 40, the public face of the occupation. They were bound for a community meeting 100 miles north of the refuge in John Day.

Here is a video that I bet few have seen. For the first time we see not just the fuzzy unclear overhead police angle, but actually footage and words of those taken inside the Finicum car at the exact time of the police ambush. And really that is what one can only conclude if one watches this side-by-side clip of the two angles. Here tis:

Two camera angles of the LaVoy Finicum shooting demonstrate what tends to happen when people fail to prevent the government from becoming overgrown.

 

The Oregonian

Published on Mar 8, 2016

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In a video shown at a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office press conference today, the aerial FBI video of the LaVoy Finicum shooting has been synced with a cellphone video Shawna Cox recorded from within Finicum’s truck.

American Justice? Maybe

 

American Justice?  Maybe.

by Mustang

“That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.” —Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776)

John Locke

 

The roots of such thinking was John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government, wherein he argued that political society existed for the sake of protecting property, which is to say, life, liberty, and estate.  He also argued that a magistrate’s power must be limited to preserving an individual’s civil interests, which he reiterated as life, “liberty, health, and indolency of body and the passage of outward things.”

So the phrasing of Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence relied upon this thinking to proclaim these goals on behalf of British colonists demanding (well, at least a third of them) their independence from the British Crown.

Through the years, Americans conclude that we are, therefore, entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness … happiness being to acquire and maintain property, which was back then, the source of all material wealth.

There ae no absolutes, however.  We may be entitled to pursue happiness, but the government has the power to take away our happiness for its own purposes.  In law,eminent domain is the power of government (local, state, federal) to seize private property while offering the landowner fair compensation —the word fair meaning “according to the government’s determination.”

This right of eminent domain may be delegated to private corporations when they are able to argue that their use of our property fulfills a public good—which also means “economic development” because it is assumed that land development is good for the public.  This may, in fact, be true … but should economic development usurp the inalienable right of citizens to their property?

Bush the Younger said no … he signed an executive order limiting federal seizures to public-use arguments, but his order has no effect on what states and local municipalities may do.  A state, country, city, or town may seize private property for their own purposes and pay the unwilling owner of the property a fair market value for that property.  Then they may turn around and sell that seized property to a developer, who then makes a fortune on land that he was never entitled to.

Pursuit of happiness?  Really?  Whose happiness?

This discussion fits nicely into the question of whether a citizen may sue the government.  The answer is, no … a citizen may not sue the federal or a state government without that government’s permission.  And the government may seize our private property, which is done more often than the average citizen may think.

You own a recreational vehicle and for ten months of the year, you lease it to others.  One of these renters is stopped for speeding along Interstate 10.  During the stop, police alert to the odor of marijuana.  A lawful search is conducted and not only do the police determine the presence of marijuana residue, they also find some quantity of another illegal substance.  Sorry Charlie … you just lost your motor home.  Federal, state, or local police seized it.  It will be auctioned off and you’ll continue making monthly payments.  Police can do the same thing to a house you’ve rented out to others.

Is this fair treatment, or does it fly in the face of our inherent right to happiness?

What does the good book tell us about justice?  “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”  — Deuteronomy 16:20.

 

Mustang has other great reads over at his two blogs – Thoughts from Afar

with Old West Tales and Fix Bayonets

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