June 21, 2014

El Paso Police Officer Jose Flores shoots handcuffed Daniel Saenz from behind.

On March 8, 2013, bodybuilder Daniel Saenz, 37, was arrested after acting strangely at a local grocery store and mental health facility, apparently high on drugs. As he was brought into the jail the handcuffed suspect struck his head against something, and jailers refused to accept him into the jail without the bleeding wound being treated first.

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The Mindful Patriot's Comment: While this article says that the kill switch is for stopping theft, one can only imagine that government when confronted with a mass protest or civil disobedience, would want the ability to stop live feeds, texts and calls from showing the reality of the situation and to stop further recruitment to the scene. This is a strategy used in war to thwart the enemies planning and staging operations. Those who control communications, control the battlefield. You all should be very concerned. 

Google and Microsoft are planning to incorporate a “kill switch” technology into the next versions of their smartphone operating systems as evidence mounts that such features actively deter thieves.

Under growing pressure from public officials, the companies have said they will add mechanisms to remotely disable their devices, similar to one introduced by Apple last year.

Google will add a “factory reset protection solution” to its next Android system, the company said in statement Friday. Microsoft’s Vice President for US Government Affairs Fred Humphries in the meantime said his company will offer a new anti-theft mechanism in the next system update for the phones which operate its software, including those made by Nokia.

“With these additional features, we’re hopeful that technology – as part of a broader strategy – can help to further reduce incentives for criminals to steal smartphones in the first place,” said Humphries in a blog post.

Apple has already introduced a kill-switch for its iPhones, adding an ‘activation lock’ and ‘delete phone’ options to its Find My iPhone app back in September 2013. As a result, thefts of Apple smartphones in New York fall by 19 percent in the first five months of 2014 and by 38 percent and 24 percent in San Francisco and London respectively.

In the meantime some experts worry that software methods aren’t good enough, since hackers would be able to hijack a kill signal. And if a phone is turned off or in flight mode then it might not receive the kill signal at all. This is why some legislators are pushing for a hard kill switch which instead of rendering the phone unusable to an unauthorized user, would make it permanently unusable once stolen.
Texan Told To Remove American Flag Because It's A "Threat to Muslims"

A Texan was told by his apartment manager that he must remove his American flag hanging on his patio because it’s a “threat to the Muslim community.”
Even more, the manager of the Lodge on El Dorado in Webster, Texas released a press release to reporters stating that while management “admires our resident’s patriotism,” they must “maintain the aesthetics of our apartment community and provide for the safety of all residents.”
Somehow Duy Tran is a threat to his neighbors, particularly Muslims, for proudly displaying an American flag on his patio.
“What really stunned me is that she said it’s a threat towards the Muslim community,” he said to KHOU. “I’m not a threat toward anybody.”
He also added that he’s not taking the flag down without a fight.
“I’m gonna leave my flag there, as an American, until she shows me proof that I don’t have the right to leave my flag there,” he said. “I have friends that died for this country.”
Unfortunately, as bizarre as it sounds, the American flag is routinely targeted and attacked here in America.
Last month, for example, the Morgan Hill Unified School District in California banned students from wearing American flag clothing on Cinco de Mayo.
“The practice of limiting one group’s free speech rights because that speech might cause another group to react violently is known as the ‘heckler’s veto,’” wrote Robby Soave of the Daily Caller. “It is understood by free speech enthusiasts to have a chilling effect on First Amendment rights.”
And in Oregon, a woman who was initially threatened with eviction if she did not remove an American flag from her window was later told by her apartment manager that she could hang the “colored drape” on a flag pole.
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