Archives for category: Information Suppression Specialists

Americans still do not have access to files related to the 1963 President John F. Kennedy assassination: ABC News: Will Trump allow release of secret JFK assassination papers?

In a free society, people should have an honest relationship with their government.

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society:

The American sports culture is a good example of open access to information.

After each game, the press has access to coaches and players. All sorts of information is available all of the time.

In government, it is fully understood that people will not have access to complete information through everyday channels.

Ever hear of a Freedom of Information Act Request in sports? How about a denied FOIA request?

Denied FOIA requests-

“The Border Patrol has refused repeated requests by the Peninsula Daily News — including those made under the Freedom of Information Act — for arrest totals for the Port Angeles station, which covers a territory that includes Clallam and Jefferson counties.”

Is anything like a Public Records Request needed to learn more about how your favorite team is doing this season?

Ever see a pro football coach or quarterback refer reporters to his press secretary for answers? Presidents do so on a daily basis. Professionals are hired to provide only the desired version of answers to questions.

Ever see a pro football coach or quarterback refer reporters to a public information officer for answers to questions?

Maybe there would be less in the way of conspiracy theories related to government, if there was an attitude change about keeping people properly informed.

More here: Information Suppression Update

and here: Land of Information Suppression

 

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Underbelly of Oak Harbor

Too early for Halloween decorations?

Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

In the news:

There was a gunfight, car chase and SWAT standoff. They found him in the attic

“Police said they found a large amount of drugs and two rifles inside the vehicle.”

Sorry- no time for newspeople to ask what sort of drugs were involved here.

Why does it matter?

The Drug War is based on public policy.

What methods are working? What methods are failing?

Some “drugs” are domestic, such as marijuana and maybe meth.

Some drugs, like heroin or cocaine must get past strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs before they arrive in local communities.

Welcome Home Troops

Accurate reporting allows people to learn how to prevent future incidents.

Anytime there is a plane crash- a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to prevent future accidents.

Was the aircraft fueled with opioids before it crashed? Was it running on heroin?

More here:

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

Coast Guard comes home to Heroin at Port Angeles

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

Heroin in Washington’s 6th District – Welcome Home Troops

Heroin Racket Rolls On

Puget Sound Coastal Patrol Boats

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society:

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Underbelly of Oak Harbor

Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

 

Photo- Looking for the Coupeville ferry

 

2014-

Island county to purchase new patrol boat to help with Puget Sound security:

Federal grant money goes to “…gain a better grasp on cross border activity and to prevent illegal crossings.”

“Funding for the boat was issued through the Homeland Security Grant Program under Operation Stonegarden.”

If public meetings were held on Whidbey Island & people were asked to state their top law enforcement priorities- would a Homeland Security-funded patrol boat show up anywhere on the list?

If the Sheriff was interviewed & asked for his wish list- is there any possibility that it would include a Homeland Security-funded patrol boat?

Took a quick look on the web to see if there is a post 911 history of maritime “cross-border activity” on Whidbey & could not find anything. If anyone has info, please post in comments.

Recommendation-

Let the Sheriff & the people he serves set funding priorities for the Island County Sheriff’s Department.

 

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been involved in any arrest or seizure related in any way to the US/Canada border?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

More here:

Coast Guard comes home to Heroin at Port Angeles

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

Heroin in Washington’s 6th District – Welcome Home Troops

Heroin Racket Rolls On

Puget Sound Coastal Patrol Boats

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society:

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Underbelly of Oak Harbor

Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

In the news: Overdose antidote added to county opioid outreach team

Editorial: Life-saving Narcan should be available far and wide

Recovery, rehab, treatment, & addiction are important parts of this story.

What part of the story is missing?

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

If the State Patrol was awarded many additional millions of dollars each year to go after drunk drivers- & the problem got worse- would newspeople ask questions?

Would any investigation take place?

Any word on how heroin continues to move past strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs- then, on into local communities?

Newspeople remain silent.

Welcome Home Troops

 

2014-

Island county to purchase new patrol boat to help with Puget Sound security:

Federal grant money goes to “…gain a better grasp on cross border activity and to prevent illegal crossings.”

“Funding for the boat was issued through the Homeland Security Grant Program under Operation Stonegarden.”

If public meetings were held on Whidbey Island & people were asked to state their top law enforcement priorities- would a Homeland Security-funded patrol boat show up anywhere on the list?

If the Sheriff was interviewed & asked for his wish list- is there any possibility that it would include a Homeland Security-funded patrol boat?

Took a quick look on the web to see if there is a post 911 history of maritime “cross-border activity” on Whidbey & could not find anything. If anyone has info, please post in comments.

Recommendation-

Let the Sheriff & the people he serves set funding priorities for the Island County Sheriff’s Department.

 

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been involved in any arrest or seizure related in any way to the US/Canada border?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

More here:

Coast Guard comes home to Heroin at Port Angeles

Operation Macho Swagger & Port Angeles Heroin

Heroin in Washington’s 6th District – Welcome Home Troops

Heroin Racket Rolls On

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society:

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Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo- Looking towards the Bluff Trail

 

As the decades of undeclared/unwon wars stack up (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) the greater the cultural urge to glorify people who do, or did time in uniform.

 

Military town update:

Show support by attending base open house

“Which its public record requires some bravery … bravery which I was honored to exercise on behalf of the real heroes who give civilians that right — our troops!

People in uniform give rights?

 

Left the above comment here and here. Both comments have been deleted- though they contained no hate speech, insults, threats, foul language, attacks on other commenters, etc.

Wonder how many other comments were deleted?

 

Voting-

Veterans love to get in on the self-promotion:

“Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told”

It turns out The Troops were in no hurry to enable all adults to act on their right to vote.

US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s didn’t get the job done.

It wasn’t until July of 1971 that 18 year old adults could take delivery on one of the freedoms we hear so much about.

Why the need for a 1965 Voting Rights Act if overseas military operations somehow secured voting rights?

Hey school teachers– if veterans fought for our right to vote- how come women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI?

More here:

A Land of Make Believe

Lies & Propaganda of the Post-911 Era

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

 

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The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 6 years.

News links: News tip/story idea

 

Love to see newspeople ask:

Why did the Blaine Sector Weekly US Border Patrol blotter go extinct?

Has the Border Patrol at Port Angeles stopped any Latin American immigrants from illegally entering the US?

Has the Border Patrol at Port Angeles stopped any heroin from entering the US?

Is local CBP staffing and infrastructure at all relevant in keeping heroin out of the Puget Sound area?

When is the last time the Port Angeles Border Patrol made an arrest of any kind?

Any arrests connected to the US/Canada border?

Any arrests connected to a Homeland Security mission?

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

 

Arrest statistics are secret:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

Aug 2010-

A US Border Patrol spokesperson tells the press:

“Border Patrol spokeswoman Jenny Burke said Monday that the agency will not release any information on the number of arrests made by agents who work out of the Port Angeles station, the names of those arrested, what they were arrested for and the disposition of their cases”

“The number of arrests for Port Angeles’ or any other station is “law enforcement-sensitive,” Burke said.”

“The names of those arrested and other facts about them are not available for release under the 1974 Privacy Act, she said.”

Aug 2011-

“In March, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Richard Sinks declined to release statistics on apprehensions or detainments made by the Port Angeles station.”

“Disclosure of the arrest statistics from the Port Angeles station would provide those interested in crossing our borders illegally with information that could aid their strategic targeting of potentially vulnerable areas along the border,” he said in an e-mail. “To maintain operational security these numbers will not be provided.”

March 2017-

“…the Border Patrol does not provide apprehension statistics and staffing levels for individual Border Patrol stations.”

 

No Secret Arrests Here:

“Dozens of arrests were made in a massive heroin investigation and roundup on Long Island Tuesday.”

“Nassau County police and DEA agents took at least 35 people into custody at more than a dozen locations across the county.”

Or here.

Or here.

Or here.

Or here.

Or here:

 

Heroin-

April 3rd, 2017

Over 2 pounds of heroin move past a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security and roll up in Port Angeles:

Deputies seize heroin, meth, firearms and dozens of suspected stolen car keys

Frequent updates here.

 

Operation Macho Swagger-

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel during Operation Macho Swagger– a ride-along to let us know what is being done to keep the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca safe from B.C. incursions:

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from Port Angeles?

2011-

“… their main interaction with the boating public: Boarding boats and checking for ID, getting a “vibe,” as Jeff P. called it, for what’s up.”

2013-

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Denied FOIA requests-

“The Border Patrol has refused repeated requests by the Peninsula Daily News — including those made under the Freedom of Information Act — for arrest totals for the Port Angeles station, which covers a territory that includes Clallam and Jefferson counties.”

 

Why are we told that Port Angeles Border Patrol arrest statistics must be kept secret? This is not standard protocol for American LE agencies.

Secret arrest statistics and denied FOIA requests do not enhance agency credibility.

Newspeople,

Please do a story describing the working relationship you have with the Washington State Patrol, local sheriffs departments and city police departments. Any denied FOIA requests generated by these agencies? Please compare to the Border Patrol at Port Angeles.

More here:

Port Angeles Heroin – Homeland Security Vote of Confidence

Looking back- fraudulent overtime claims & the Port Angeles Border Patrol

 

If you run a government operation- these are the reporters you want to see on interview day:

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

State-run media update:

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The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo-

Amphibious landing- Blaine Sector

 

Alternative/independent media- out asking questions:

Popular culture is constantly thanking The Troops for defending American rights and freedoms. The video above is another of many examples where freedoms may come & go- completely unrelated to military operations in distant lands.

Will the Joint Chiefs of Staff send The Troops to safeguard American freedoms?

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society-

Operating a camera in a public place:

More here: Information Suppression Update

 

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Sound of Freedom

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

 

 

 

Photo- A symbol of the free press & federal government credibility

 

dsc_0060-copy-3 Alternative/independent media- out asking questions:

More here: Land of Information Suppression

 

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The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo- Nordland scene

 

DSC_0213 Secretary Clinton prefers to avoid press conferences.

In the news:

Hillary Clinton hit a milestone today! And it wasn’t a good one!

240 days and counting: Why Hillary won’t do press conferences

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society-

 

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Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Photo- Whidbey beach scene

 

DSC_0005 (2) The comment sections in local papers seem almost dead now.

The PT Leader frequently posts articles with more rules about commenting than comments actually posted.

Is it because of paywalls? Is it because people are not comfortable with the common requirement to use facebook for posting?

Is it because we live in a groupthink culture where people accept what they’re told?

Is it because school teachers aren’t asking questions?

Is it because newspeople set the tone by not asking questions? Too often- what we see are the posting of press releases from whatever agencies are involved in local events and incidents.

If you run a government operation- these are the reporters you want to see on interview day:

 

Several times over the past month I have had comments deleted from news sites.

My comments/questions contained no hate speech, foul language, threats of violence, insults towards others, etc.

What is going on?

More here:

Information suppression & your local news

 

Still asking questions on facebook at:

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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Photo- Oak Harbor parking mayhem

 

DSC_0061 Port Townsend disaster preparation update:

“During a real disaster, the agency would “embed” a local professional news reporter who would volunteer to broadcast information about the event, Hamlin said.”

“The content of that person’s news reporting would be restricted.”

“Everything that goes out will go through me,” Hamlin said.

“We have a list of rules as to what information goes on the air and what does not, and we won’t allow a reporter to broadcast what is happening in real time.”

 

Re: Information suppression protocols-

The Port Angeles Border Patrol would approve.

Port Angeles USBP station- grand opening:

“Jones asked a Peninsula Daily News reporter to interview only Border Patrol personnel selected by the agency and to confine interviews of selected personnel to topics concerning the station’s opening.”

No topics to be discussed unless pre-approved by the agency in question.

More here: US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA- News tip/story idea

The Press has been Neutralized

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society-

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Photo- Welcome visitors

Rent yourself a State Parks buoy at Fort Worden

Voted best consumer value in weekend recreation.

 

DSC_0002_005 KING 5 has removed: Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem from 23 Nov 2015.

More here.

MyNorthwest.com has removed: Heroin epidemic at root of Seattle’s homeless crisis from March of 2016.

“Another element is a flood of high-potency heroin pouring in from Mexican cartels.”

Related:

Information Suppression Update

 

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Photo- A symbol of the free press & federal government credibility

 

DSC_0002_005 Why did MyNorthwest.com remove their article titled: Heroin epidemic at root of Seattle’s homeless crisis? Evidence of the original article can be seen here and here.

A quote from that article:

“Another element is a flood of high-potency heroin pouring in from Mexican cartels.”

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your service

More here:

Troops Risking Their Ass For What?

 

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Photo- A symbol of the free press & federal government credibility

 

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Judge dismisses 9/11 claims against Saudi Arabia

 

“Lawyers for the plaintiffs said they would appeal. Sean Carter, one the lawyers, said he believed the ruling was also the consequence of the U.S. government’s decision to keep classified evidence that could be favourable to their cause.”

Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson-

 

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Photo- A symbol of freedom & federal government credibility

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New Facebook Dislike Button Will Delete Posts With 10 Dislikes

Imagine a good discussion about public schools, a political race, foreign policy, equal rights, liberty, the economy, freedom of expression, etc. If 10 people don’t like a comment- it’s gone.

Things could get pretty one-sided in comments Re: gun control, flying a rebel flag, or serving gay customers over at the bakery.

No problem at all with the thumbs down button- but as a tool to eliminate comments? No thanks.

No hate speech, threats, foul language, attacking other commenters- these are rules that make sense.

Eliminating comments is information suppression.

Will the dislike button be used on pages run by major news outlets to eliminate their posts or comments on favorite coffee drinks, most popular baby names, favorite snack foods, cutest pet photos, and other Ron Burgundy-approved news features?

More here:

Land of Information Suppression

 

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Photo- Salmon season at Driftwood Park– Whidbey Island

 

 

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Officer at 4:25 handles the situation really well.

These videos would go out of style fast if this was the normal protocol:

 

Operating a camera in a public place:

Land of Information Suppression

 

Jeff Gray knows how to keep his cool:

Several videos here.

 

Discuss on facebook here:

Local reporters will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

here: US Department of Credibility

or here:

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

 

 

 

DSC_0025_006Paywalls & various rules about posting comments have killed the comment section in some papers.

Example here:

Tent city pitches at fairgrounds in Port Townsend

More here:

Information suppression & your local news

 

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Local reporters will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

here: US Department of Credibility

or here:

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

 

 

 

Photo- Mount Baker from Port Townsend

DSC_0002_005Arrested for recording Sunnyside police on public street

Months later:

“A man whom Sunnyside police arrested for videotaping a SWAT team has received an $8,000 settlement, reports the Yakima Herald-Republic. After the man posted a videotape of his arrest on YouTube, police requested the charges be dropped and the man sued for the violation of his rights.”

“The city owned up to the mistake, and the police department has taken training on rights of civilians to film their actions. Better yet, the city’s insurance company, Washington Cities Insurance Authority, plans to recommend similar action to other cities it represents.”

People have the right to film and take pictures of police actions in a public area, so long as they don’t physically get in the way or interfere with officers’ ability to carry out their duties.”

Seattle-

“You have a constitutional right to photograph the police,” Sheriff Urquhart asserted in a phone interview with me today. Threatening to arrest a citizen for legally taking photos of cops while on public property, he added, “is a constitutional violation, as far as I am concerned.”

 

Discuss on facebook here:

US Department of Credibility

 

 

 

Photo-

A symbol of freedom & federal government credibility

DSCN8064Local history:

In 2008, the US Border Patrol came to Jefferson County, WA and set up suspicionless checkpoints and bus boardings- away from border crossings and ports of entry.

At a local Border Patrol forum a lady asked:

“What is the penalty for not identifying oneself to federal agents at an internal, suspicionless checkpoint?”

US Border Patrol said they would call in the Sheriff when a person refused to identify themselves.

Sheriff says they will not respond to a non-emergency situation involving a person peaceably refusing to interact with federal agents.

Question about providing ID is at 0:35

 

Olympic Peninsula immigration checkpoint-

At a checkpoint- the US Border Patrol stopped a legal medical marijuana user with a legal amount of medical marijuana. He was a passenger in a car:

Small-scale pot busts snared in Border Patrol stops

 

2014 update-

Secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

News links and documentation here.

Related:

Struggling to Defend the Border Patrol

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Local reporters will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

 

 

Photo- New day at Port Hadlock

 

DSC_00077Here at US Dept. of Credibility we are fans of Alternative/independent media.

 

How did it get this way?

Over time, newspeople working for mainstream outlets seem to have stopped asking questions and doing investigative stories.

In many cases- newspapers seem to post a press release from whatever agency was in involved in various operations. Stories related to The Drug War and Super Bowl security are a great example of this.

Paywalls mean less people will read, share and discuss news articles.

 

Our free and independent press recently informed us on Olympic Peninsula US Border Patrol operations.

The article reads like paid advertising or something produced by US Border Patrol public relations.

Most of the photos used in the article were provided by the federal government.

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society-

 

Why did it get this way?

Maybe newspeople are confined by the bosses and the companies they work for due to loyalties towards elected officials, advertisers, big business, etc.

Below- we’ll post a few favorite alternative media sites- feel free to add your own in comments.

Adam Kokesh

Anthony Antonello

HONOR YOUR OATH

We Are Change

Photography Is Not A Crime

Ridley Report

The Alex Jones Channel

Mark Dice

Ben Swann

Press For Truth

Houston Free Thinkers

 

 

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Working waterfront- Port Townsend

 

DSC_0089I’d be more interested in paying for a subscription if there was more in the way of investigative reporting & newspeople asking questions.

Story idea here.

Related: Information suppression & your local news

Discuss on facebook here or here.

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society-

 

 

Photo- Fog clears at Port Hadlock

 

DSC_0061Secrecy surrounds Coast Guard rescue of injured hiker in Olympic National Park

“Coast Guard officials would not release the man’s name or hometown, citing an agency policy to require a Freedom of Information Act request for information on closed cases.”

Same rescue:

Olympic National Park identifies Bremerton hiker hurt on coast

 

US Border Patrol- same agency- different policy at different locations:

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

Denied FOIA requests-

“The Border Patrol has refused repeated requests by the Peninsula Daily News — including those made under the Freedom of Information Act — for arrest totals for the Port Angeles station, which covers a territory that includes Clallam and Jefferson counties.”

Secret arrest statistics:

Aug 2010-

A US Border Patrol spokesperson tells the press:

“Border Patrol spokeswoman Jenny Burke said Monday that the agency will not release any information on the number of arrests made by agents who work out of the Port Angeles station, the names of those arrested, what they were arrested for and the disposition of their cases”

“The number of arrests for Port Angeles’ or any other station is “law enforcement-sensitive,” Burke said.”

“The names of those arrested and other facts about them are not available for release under the 1974 Privacy Act, she said.”

Aug 2011-

“In March, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Richard Sinks declined to release statistics on apprehensions or detainments made by the Port Angeles station.”

“Disclosure of the arrest statistics from the Port Angeles station would provide those interested in crossing our borders illegally with information that could aid their strategic targeting of potentially vulnerable areas along the border,” he said in an e-mail. “To maintain operational security these numbers will not be provided.”

 

US Border Patrol, Erie, PA-

The people of Erie, PA did not have to submit a FOIA request to find out what justified the expansion of their local Border Patrol station-

No public information/security conflict at the U.S. Border Patrol station (not sector) in Erie, PA.

Erie Station- similar to Port Angeles in that it is separated from Canada by water.

Note: reports of the expansion at Erie include numbers of arrests out of that station:

“The Border Patrol operations in Erie, nearly six years old, include more than 30 agents who apprehended 588 illegal immigrants in fiscal year 2008-09.”

“The Border Patrol’s apprehensions in the Erie area have grown steadily, from 332 in fiscal 2006-2007 to 588 in 2008-09 to 305 so far in 2009-10.

Of those apprehended so far this fiscal year, 136 were individuals found by other law enforcement agencies and turned over to the Border Patrol.”

 

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Photo- Welcome visitors

Rent yourself a State Parks buoy at Fort Worden

Voted best consumer value in weekend recreation.

 

DSC_0006 2Question for newspeople: What role does the US Border Patrol play in keeping heroin away from the Olympic Peninsula?

Special ID cards make it virtually impossible for those who wish to do harm or violate U.S. laws to move heroin into Port Angeles.

 

“Police conduct sweep of alleged heroin dealers”

“OPNET makes arrests in heroin investigation”

As always- the big law enforcement success story comes with zero reporting or questions from newspeople about why the proud War on Terror is unable to keep heroin out of the US.

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your service

 

Port Angeles Border Patrol secret arrest policy instantly lifted when a local drug bust goes down.

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

Secret arrest statistics:

Aug 2010-

A US Border Patrol spokesperson tells the press:

“Border Patrol spokeswoman Jenny Burke said Monday that the agency will not release any information on the number of arrests made by agents who work out of the Port Angeles station, the names of those arrested, what they were arrested for and the disposition of their cases”

“The number of arrests for Port Angeles’ or any other station is “law enforcement-sensitive,” Burke said.”

“The names of those arrested and other facts about them are not available for release under the 1974 Privacy Act, she said.”

Aug 2011-

“In March, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Richard Sinks declined to release statistics on apprehensions or detainments made by the Port Angeles station.”

“Disclosure of the arrest statistics from the Port Angeles station would provide those interested in crossing our borders illegally with information that could aid their strategic targeting of potentially vulnerable areas along the border,” he said in an e-mail. “To maintain operational security these numbers will not be provided.”

Port Angeles USBP station- grand opening:

“Jones asked a Peninsula Daily News reporter to interview only Border Patrol personnel selected by the agency and to confine interviews of selected personnel to topics concerning the station’s opening.”

No topics to be discussed unless pre-approved by the agency in question.

 

Related:

Heroin & the Port Angeles Border Patrol

News tip/story idea

Struggling to Defend the Border Patrol

A very serious War on Terror

Proud War on Terror- unable to keep heroin out of the US

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Photo- Ruby Beach

 

DSCN8064Boston law enforcement resort to threats when journalists ask questions

 

 

Operating a camera in a public place-

Be sure to praise overseas military operations for the freedoms you enjoy.

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

Denied FOIA requests-

“The Border Patrol has refused repeated requests by the Peninsula Daily News — including those made under the Freedom of Information Act — for arrest totals for the Port Angeles station, which covers a territory that includes Clallam and Jefferson counties.”

Secret arrest statistics:

Aug 2010-

A US Border Patrol spokesperson tells the press:

“Border Patrol spokeswoman Jenny Burke said Monday that the agency will not release any information on the number of arrests made by agents who work out of the Port Angeles station, the names of those arrested, what they were arrested for and the disposition of their cases”

“The number of arrests for Port Angeles’ or any other station is “law enforcement-sensitive,” Burke said.”

“The names of those arrested and other facts about them are not available for release under the 1974 Privacy Act, she said.”

Aug 2011-

“In March, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Richard Sinks declined to release statistics on apprehensions or detainments made by the Port Angeles station.”

“Disclosure of the arrest statistics from the Port Angeles station would provide those interested in crossing our borders illegally with information that could aid their strategic targeting of potentially vulnerable areas along the border,” he said in an e-mail. “To maintain operational security these numbers will not be provided.”

Port Angeles USBP station- grand opening:

“Jones asked a Peninsula Daily News reporter to interview only Border Patrol personnel selected by the agency and to confine interviews of selected personnel to topics concerning the station’s opening.”

No topics to be discussed unless pre-approved by the agency in question.

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society-

 

Related-

Video- Reporters Doing Promotional & Public Relations Work-

Information suppression & your local news

News tip/story idea

Struggling to Defend the Border Patrol

Discuss on facebook here, or here.

 

 

Photo- Calm morning at Port Hadlock

 

Best case scenario- elected officials, public agencies, & a free and independent press work together to keep people informed.

This concept has completely broken down Re: the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles.

 

The Port Angeles Border Patrol Story-

The US Border Patrol at Port Angeles has stopped 2 people from illegally crossing into the US. That incident took place more than 2 years ago.

May 31st, 2010-

Two amphibious Canadian marijuana smugglers are captured on a remote Olympic Peninsula beach by the US Border Patrol.

Still no justification provided by elected officials or the US Border Patrol for an upgrade in staff requiring a new $11.9 million, 50 agent facility at Port Angeles- an area sharing no land border with Canada.

 

Energy is high- Questioning the Border Patrol in 2008-

 

Energy is low- Questioning the Border Patrol in 2012-

 

Our free and independent press recently informed us on Olympic Peninsula US Border Patrol operations.

The article reads like paid advertising or something produced by US Border Patrol public relations.

Most of the photos used in the article were provided by the federal government.

 

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society-

 

Suspicionless checkpoints ended on the Olympic Peninsula in 2008. Suspicionless bus boardings ended in November, 2011.

If Olympic Peninsula USBP operations are being downsized, why have local USBP personnel numbers been upsized?

 

Port Angeles Border Patrol whistleblower-

Border Patrol agent says Port Angeles ‘Black Hole’

More than a year later-

Oct 2012 update:

GAP Praises Successful OSC Mediation for Border Patrol Whistleblower

“The whistleblower, Christian Sanchez, was stationed at a Port Angeles, Washington office staffed by over 40 employees – an office where there was insufficient work for the prior crew of four.”

“In the settlement, Border Patrol admitted no wrongdoing and a spokesman says its representatives actively worked with Sanchez to find effective solutions to the situation.”

Agency in question makes an inside deal- like negotiating a record contract or signing an NFL quarterback-

“terms are confidential.”

Deal results in further suppression of information.

Oversight? Checks and balances?

Reporters asking questions? Not a chance-

Zero reporting on the following questions:

Are fraudulent overtime claims the norm at Port Angeles?

Does the practice still continue?

How long did it go on?

Our Washington State Patrol opened a criminal investigation in a similar case:

Ex-trooper charged with official misconduct for overtime pay

 

Secret arrest statistics and the denied FOIA request.

March 2011- Local paper submits FOIA request for USBP arrest numbers to justify new 50 agent station. FOIA request denied. FOIA appeal denied.

 

Imagine a school district wanting to expand staff and facilities and, at the same time- suppressing public information Re: the number of students enrolled, teachers on staff and number of students graduated in the past 36 months.

“…the Border Patrol has refused to divulge the number of agents in Port Angeles…”

 

Local law enforcement agencies set the example in sharing public information with the public.

Compare the Port Angeles Police Dept. to the US Border Patrol.

 

What is a Border Patrol sector?

The civic units of measure familiar to Americans are states, cities and counties.

The US Border Patrol is broken up into sectors- which are arbitrary federal zones- confusing by design.

The State of Washington is served by two Border Patrol sectors- Spokane Sector & Blaine Sector.

Look for reports that provide USBP arrest statistics for sectors- not stations. This reporting format makes it difficult for the public to understand what is going on at the Port Angeles US Border Patrol station.

“Blaine Sector Border Patrol agents, who cover Alaska, Oregon and the western half of Washington state, made 591 arrests in 12 months, the agency announced last week in its annual nationwide arrest report.”

Don’t look for local journalists to question this manipulation of public information.

 

The people of Erie, PA did not have to submit a FOIA request to find out what justified the expansion of their local Border Patrol station-

No public information/security conflict at the U.S. Border Patrol station (not sector) in Erie, PA.

Erie Station- similar to Port Angeles in that it is separated from Canada by water.

Note: reports of the expansion at Erie include numbers of arrests out of that station:

“The Border Patrol operations in Erie, nearly six years old, include more than 30 agents who apprehended 588 illegal immigrants in fiscal year 2008-09.”

“The Border Patrol’s apprehensions in the Erie area have grown steadily, from 332 in fiscal 2006-2007 to 588 in 2008-09 to 305 so far in 2009-10.

Of those apprehended so far this fiscal year, 136 were individuals found by other law enforcement agencies and turned over to the Border Patrol.”

 

Even more secretive-

Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agents, stationed in Port Angeles

Has any arrest ever been made by this unit?

 

Twice in recent months- a CBP helicopter has assisted in tracking a local fugitive:

Sheriff: Man who gunned down sex offenders said it ‘had to be done’

UPDATE: Manhunt west of Port Angeles seeks man after shot fired this morning

Word of US Border Patrol involvement in the above incidents was immediately released to the public.

Why is the public told that USBP arrest statistics involving the US/Canada border must remain secret?

When was the last time the Port Angeles Border Patrol used a helicopter to successfully prevent any person from illegally entering the US?

How many helicopters are in the CBP unit that serves Port Angeles?

The US Navy provides similar info Re: submarines assigned in Kitsap County.

 

Discuss on facebook

Olympic Peninsula Border Patrol timeline here.

Possibly of interest:

The Garage Sale Incident

 

 

Photo- Early winter morning at Point Wilson Light

 

Best case scenario- elected officials, public agencies, & a free and independent press work together to keep people informed.

 

Major political parties work together to control Presidential debates.

 

A free and independent press fails to question government officials-

If you run a government operation- these are the reporters you want to see on interview day:

Video- Reporters Doing Promotional & Public Relations Work-

 

Alternative media works to question elected officials:

The Remarkable, Unfathomable Ignorance of Debbie Wasserman Schultz

 

Information about your health and nutrition

 

US Border Patrol Port Angeles, WA-

Public agencies do their best to suppress information:

Secret arrest statistics are un-American

Those agencies are assisted by people with the advantage of a press credential who do not ask questions.

Still no justification provided by elected officials or the US Border Patrol for an upgrade in staff requiring a new $11.9 million, 50 agent facility at Port Angeles- an area sharing no land border with Canada.

Ask yourself- why doesn’t the local car dealership have 42 sales people on staff?

Why doesn’t the local real estate office expand to a 50 agent facility?

Imagine a school district wanting to expand staff and facilities and, at the same time- suppressing public information Re: the number of students enrolled, teachers on staff and number of students graduated in the past 36 months.

“…the Border Patrol has refused to divulge the number of agents in Port Angeles…”

 

Port Angeles Border Patrol- whistleblower:

“During our work shifts, other agents and I always talked about how coming to work was like the black hole, swallowing us up slowly with no purpose, no mission,” Sanchez said in his statement.

While his supervisors insisted “there is lots of cross-border activity here,” Sanchez said he and fellow agents found none.

So they spent their time driving around the Peninsula, which they came to refer to as the Baja 500, “after the car race.”

“I’ve talked to agents who confidentially expressed that they are depressed and are going `crazy’ because there is no casework to do,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez contends that his Border Patrol bosses “want to create their own kingdom. The spending is to expand bureaucratic turf, not to protect our nation.”

Sanchez refused to work Administratively Uncontrolled Overtime, for which he said agents are paid an average of $17,000 a year for a total cost of $850,000 while not actually working.”

 

Sept 2011- Congressman Norm Dicks says USBP whistleblower lacks credibility. A proper investigation will reveal the truth- where is the report Congressman?

Olympic Peninsula Border Patrol timeline here.

 

Port Angeles Border Patrol- whistleblower update:

GAP Praises Successful OSC Mediation for Border Patrol Whistleblower

“The whistleblower, Christian Sanchez, was stationed at a Port Angeles, Washington office staffed by over 40 employees – an office where there was insufficient work for the prior crew of four.”

“In the settlement, Border Patrol admitted no wrongdoing and a spokesman says its representatives actively worked with Sanchez to find effective solutions to the situation.”

Questions local reporters need to ask:

Are fraudulent overtime claims the norm at Port Angeles?

Does the practice still continue?

How long did it go on?

 

Alternative media/citizen reporter sources which may be of interest:

Luke Rudkowski

Dave Ridley

Anthony Antonello

 

 

Photo- Windy & sunny winter day at Marrowstone Point

 

Sky-high stakes in Obama-Romney presidential debate on Wednesday

Get ready to watch candidates from both major parties agree on serious public policy issues-

 

The people who run both major parties & the conventions that nominate presidential candidates agree on the Drug War.

Ditto for the TV networks that host presidential debates & ask scripted questions of candidates.

Both major parties are OK with decades of ongoing, undeclared wars overseas.

Both major parties on marijuana policy

 

Question that will not be asked at the debates:

It took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal war on drugs, drug czar, prohibition of marijuana, etc.

 

Both major parties promote the idea that “The Troops” are fighting to protect American rights and freedoms- as if the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.

I am fascinated by this concept.

Rather than repeating the phrase “Thanks for your service“- how about spending some time reaching for an honest understanding of US foreign policy.

Today- most Americans can repeat the “Thanks for your service” slogan and move on without having to involve themselves or family members in decades of undeclared wars in distant lands. This is just the way politicians want it.

If there is any quiet sense of guilt among politicians or people who never did time in uniform about all that- it can be cleared up by thanking The Troops for protecting American rights and freedoms, supporting The Troops, giving them discounts, being cool with them wearing field uniforms in public, not questioning wars that aren’t won, etc.

 

Both major parties have had a turn at the wheel since 911. Both support a Homeland Security police state that can’t keep heroin and cocaine out of the US.

Both parties benefit from rules that keep third parties away from the debate stage. No distractions from candidates that are ready to question the system.

 

 

 

 

Photo- Old dock at Fort Flagler

 

$11.9 million later- US Border Patrol Port Angeles-

Still limiting press access to information-

“Jones asked a Peninsula Daily News reporter to interview only Border Patrol personnel selected by the agency and to confine interviews of selected personnel to topics concerning the station’s opening.”

 

“The Border Patrol has refused repeated requests by the Peninsula Daily News — including those made under the Freedom of Information Act — for arrest totals for the Port Angeles station, which covers a territory that includes Clallam and Jefferson counties.”

 

The formal, opening ceremony may not have been the best time to address the media Re: local, US Border Patrol history. The Border Patrol is free to use their web site or hold a press conference to keep the public informed- at any time.

Local law enforcement agencies set the example in sharing public information with the public.

Compare the Port Angeles Police Dept. to the US Border Patrol.

 

Our free and independent press recently informed us on Olympic Peninsula US Border Patrol operations.

The article reads like paid advertising or something produced by US Border Patrol public relations.

Most of the photos used in the article were provided by the federal government.

 

Denied FOIA requests and secret arrest statistics are the norm here on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

Compare to Erie Station- similar to Port Angeles in that it is separated from Canada by water.

The people of Erie, PA got solid news coverage Re: justification for their new US Border station- including arrest statistics- no FOIA required:

U.S. Border Patrol expands presence in Erie

 

Imagine a school district wanting to expand staff and facilities and, at the same time- suppressing public information Re: the number of students enrolled, teachers on staff and number of students graduated in the past 36 months.

“…the Border Patrol has refused to divulge the number of agents in Port Angeles…”

 

Much more to the story-

 

Still no justification provided by elected officials or the US Border Patrol for an upgrade in staff requiring the 50 agent facility.

Ask yourself- why doesn’t the local car dealership have 42 sales people on staff?

Why doesn’t the local real estate office expand to a 50 agent facility?

 

The US Border Patrol at Port Angeles has stopped 2 people from illegally crossing into the US. That incident took place more than 2 years ago.

May 31st, 2010-

Two amphibious Canadian marijuana smugglers are captured on a remote Olympic Peninsula beach by the US Border Patrol.

 

More than a year has passed:

Port Angeles Border Patrol whistleblower- Investigation status unknown.

 

Secret arrest statistics and the denied FOIA request.

 

Suspicionless checkpoints ended on the Olympic Peninsula in 2008. Suspicionless bus boardings ended in November, 2011.

If Olympic Peninsula USBP operations are being downsized, why have local USBP personnel numbers been upsized?

 

News links & documentation here

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Possibly of interest:

The Garage Sale Incident

 

 

Photo- Fort Worden