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Audio of Bloomberg's remarks at the Aspen Institute about minorities and guns




After you've listened to this, I'd urge you to recall the recent words of a prominent DUer:

"When you support right wing causes, it makes you a right winger too.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1172161762#post9

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Feb 25, 2015, 06:59 PM (26 replies)

Yet another gun control advocate caught in a lie, this time on camera

More pious fraud, via YouTube:



For those that can't view the video, here's the description:

During testimony in front of the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee on Feb 12, 2015, Kelly Burke -- president of the Texas chapter of anti-civil rights group Moms Demand Action -- claimed that Texas CHL crime stats are "completely locked down" and not available to the public. That is a bold-faced lie, as the stats are available from the Texas DPS website:

https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/chl/reports/convrates.htm

She then proceeded to label claims that CHL holders are responsible and law-abiding as "anecdotal and conjecture". That is another lie, as the publicly available DPS stats show that Texas CHL holders are even less likely to commit crimes than Texas peace officers (let alone the general population).


From the very website that puts the lie to Burke's words:

https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/chl/reports/convrates.htm


Conviction Rates

The following reports represent the number of Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders with convictions versus the entire Texas population with convictions. The criminal history conviction data is not considered “final” until a year after the conviction. Each report is generated for the current year minus two years (for example, the 2006 Conviction Rates Report was run in mid-2008 to allow for “final” conviction status on the 2006 Criminal History records). Each report contains descriptive text regarding the data content


It must be said in Burke's defense that she's no less honest than MDA's head and chief financier...



Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Feb 19, 2015, 06:38 PM (4 replies)

FBI really doesn’t want anyone to know about “stingray” use by local cops

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/02/fbi-really-doesnt-want-anyone-to-know-about-stingray-use-by-local-cops/

FBI really doesn’t want anyone to know about “stingray” use by local cops
Memo: Cops must tell FBI about all public records requests on fake cell towers.

by Cyrus Farivar - Feb 10, 2015 7:46am EST


If you’ve ever filed a public records request with your local police department to learn more about how cell-site simulators are used in your community—chances are good that the FBI knows about it. And the FBI will attempt to “prevent disclosure” of such information.

Not only can these devices, commonly known as "stingrays," be used to determine a phone’s location, but they can also intercept calls and text messages. During the act of locating a phone, stingrays also sweep up information about nearby phones. Last fall, Ars reported on how a handful of cities across America are currently upgrading to new hardware that can target 4G LTE phones.

The newest revelation about the FBI comes from a June 2012 letter written by the law enforcement agency to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. It was first acquired and published by the Minneapolis Star Tribune in December 2014—similar language likely exists between the FBI and other local authorities that use stingrays.

As the letter states:

In the event that the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension receives a request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (5 USC 552) or an equivalent state or local law, the civil or criminal discovery process, or other judicial, legislative, or administrative process, to disclose information concerning the Harris Corporation [REDACTED] the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will immediately notify the FBI of any such request telephonically and in writing in order to allow sufficient time for the FBI to seek to prevent disclosure through appropriate channels.




http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/284945781.html


BCA agreed to FBI terms on secret cellphone tracking

Article by: Abby Simons
Star Tribune
December 5, 2014 - 11:02 PM

Minnesota’s top law enforcement agency agreed to terms set by the FBI to resist any attempts by the public to gain information about controversial cellphone-tracking technology, according to documents obtained by the Star Tribune.

The revelation comes after a lengthy attempt to obtain contracts and nondisclosure agreements for the FBI’s cellphone tracking devices, known as StingRay II and KingFish. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has long resisted disclosure requests from the public, news media and even the Minnesota Legislature, saying that doing so would violate trade secrets and expose investigative techniques that could be exploited by criminals. The most recent documents were released to the Star Tribune only after the Information Policy Analysis Division, which interprets the state’s open records law, determined they could not be withheld in their entirety...

...In a heavily redacted 2012 contract signed by then-Assistant BCA Superintendent David Bjerga, the agency agreed to “immediately notify the FBI” of any request for information concerning the device’s manufacturer, Florida-based Harris Corp., under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), or under judicial, administrative or legislative requests.

Any court orders directing the BCA to reveal information about Harris Corp. “will immediately be provided to the FBI in order to allow sufficient time for the FBI to intervene to protect the equipment/technology and information from disclosure and potential compromise,” the contract reads.


The aforementioned letter (in .pdf format) can be found at:

http://stmedia.startribune.com/documents/BCA+Cellular+Exploitation+Equipment.pdf
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Feb 18, 2015, 12:45 AM (9 replies)

FBI really doesn’t want anyone to know about “stingray” use by local cops

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/02/fbi-really-doesnt-want-anyone-to-know-about-stingray-use-by-local-cops/

FBI really doesn’t want anyone to know about “stingray” use by local cops
Memo: Cops must tell FBI about all public records requests on fake cell towers.

by Cyrus Farivar - Feb 10, 2015 7:46am EST


If you’ve ever filed a public records request with your local police department to learn more about how cell-site simulators are used in your community—chances are good that the FBI knows about it. And the FBI will attempt to “prevent disclosure” of such information.

Not only can these devices, commonly known as "stingrays," be used to determine a phone’s location, but they can also intercept calls and text messages. During the act of locating a phone, stingrays also sweep up information about nearby phones. Last fall, Ars reported on how a handful of cities across America are currently upgrading to new hardware that can target 4G LTE phones.

The newest revelation about the FBI comes from a June 2012 letter written by the law enforcement agency to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. It was first acquired and published by the Minneapolis Star Tribune in December 2014—similar language likely exists between the FBI and other local authorities that use stingrays.

As the letter states:

In the event that the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension receives a request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (5 USC 552) or an equivalent state or local law, the civil or criminal discovery process, or other judicial, legislative, or administrative process, to disclose information concerning the Harris Corporation [REDACTED] the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will immediately notify the FBI of any such request telephonically and in writing in order to allow sufficient time for the FBI to seek to prevent disclosure through appropriate channels.




http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/284945781.html


BCA agreed to FBI terms on secret cellphone tracking

Article by: Abby Simons
Star Tribune
December 5, 2014 - 11:02 PM

Minnesota’s top law enforcement agency agreed to terms set by the FBI to resist any attempts by the public to gain information about controversial cellphone-tracking technology, according to documents obtained by the Star Tribune.

The revelation comes after a lengthy attempt to obtain contracts and nondisclosure agreements for the FBI’s cellphone tracking devices, known as StingRay II and KingFish. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has long resisted disclosure requests from the public, news media and even the Minnesota Legislature, saying that doing so would violate trade secrets and expose investigative techniques that could be exploited by criminals. The most recent documents were released to the Star Tribune only after the Information Policy Analysis Division, which interprets the state’s open records law, determined they could not be withheld in their entirety...

...In a heavily redacted 2012 contract signed by then-Assistant BCA Superintendent David Bjerga, the agency agreed to “immediately notify the FBI” of any request for information concerning the device’s manufacturer, Florida-based Harris Corp., under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), or under judicial, administrative or legislative requests.

Any court orders directing the BCA to reveal information about Harris Corp. “will immediately be provided to the FBI in order to allow sufficient time for the FBI to intervene to protect the equipment/technology and information from disclosure and potential compromise,” the contract reads.


The aforementioned letter (in .pdf format) can be found at:

http://stmedia.startribune.com/documents/BCA+Cellular+Exploitation+Equipment.pdf
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Feb 18, 2015, 12:43 AM (1 replies)

Anyone remember the old line about Richard Nixon?

"Would you buy a used car from this man?"

This was posted on the other group yesterday:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12628167

The correct answer to this lie is: "We don't want to take away your guns, or ban and confiscate them.


From the same source:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12627013#post1

I too have contributed to most of the gun control organizations. For anyone who is interested in finding out more about Everytown For Gun Safety, you can click this link:

http://everytown.org/who-we-are/


http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1262&pid=7018

Definitely a step toward moving the already growing call for more gun control measures in this nation forward. Great work by Everytown for Gun Safety.

http://everytown.org/who-we-are/


Unfortunately for them, this was posted (and quickly deleted) last June- but not before
a screenshot was taken of it:



What would be more telling? That they believe what they say, or that they don't?




Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Feb 16, 2015, 11:08 PM (7 replies)

I tend to be skeptical of OPs from this particular poster, and for good reason

Hicks may very well have had a CCW permit-then again, this might be another example of:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=118&topic_id=285630

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1172&pid=5456

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=118x270147

Time will tell...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Feb 15, 2015, 02:33 PM (0 replies)
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