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Why Is A Gigantic War-Blimp About To Fly Above the Skies Of Suburban Baltimore?

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

One of the most disturbing and relentless trends over the past several years has been the redirection of war technology and equipment from the battlefield abroad toward domestic use in the USA. This has resulted in a militarization of police across the nation and has encouraged small towns to use Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants to purchase ridiculous items such as tanks.

Sadly, it appears this trend is only accelerating. With billions of dollars already spent, and failed wars abroad, the military-industrial complex needs to continue to generate cash flow. May as well just use it against the American people.


We find out from the Washington Post that:

They will look like two giant white blimps floating high above I-95 in Maryland, perhaps en route to a football game somewhere along the bustling Eastern Seaboard. But their mission will have nothing to do with sports and everything to do with war.


The aerostats — that is the term for lighter-than-air craft that are tethered to the ground — are to be set aloft on Army-owned land about 45 miles northeast of Washington, near Aberdeen Proving Ground, for a three-year test slated to start in October. From a vantage of 10,000 feet, they will cast a vast radar net from Raleigh, N.C., to Boston and out to Lake Erie, with the goal of detecting cruise missiles or enemy aircraft so they could be intercepted before reaching the capital.

Interesting, I didn’t realize we were at war. When was the last time cruise missiles were shot into the United States?

Aerostats deployed by the military at U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan typically carried powerful surveillance cameras as well, to track the movements of suspected insurgents and even U.S. soldiers.


Defense contractor Raytheon last year touted an exercise in which it outfitted the aerostats planned for deployment in suburban Baltimore with one of the company’s most powerful high-altitude surveillance systems, capable of spotting individual people and vehicles from a distance of many miles.


The Army said it has “no current plans” to mount such cameras or infrared sensors on the aerostats or to share information with federal, state or local law enforcement, but it declined to rule out either possibility. The radar system that is planned for the aerostats will be capable of monitoring the movement of trains, boats and cars, the Army said.

“No Current plans.” What a bunch of assholes. You know they can’t wait to attach an ARGUS surveillance system to these puppies.

“That’s the kind of massive persistent surveillance we’ve always been concerned about with drones,” said Jay Stanley, a privacy expert for the American Civil Liberties Union. “It’s part of this trend we’ve seen since 9/11, which is the turning inward of all of these surveillance technologies.”


The Army played down such concerns in written responses to questions posed by The Washington Post, saying its goal is to test the ability of the aerostats to bolster the region’s missile-defense capability, especially against low-flying cruise missiles that can be hard for ground-based systems to detect in time to intercept them.


The Army determined it did not need to conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment, required for some government programs, because it was not going to collect any personally identifiable information, officials said in their written responses to The Post.

Did the FISA court rubber stamp this assessment?

Technologies developed for battlefields — weapons, vehicles, communications systems — long have flowed homeward as overseas conflicts have ended. The battles that followed the Sept. 11 attacks have produced major advances in surveillance equipment whose manufacturers increasingly are looking to expand their use within the United States.


Aerostats — basically big balloons on strings — grew popular in Iraq and Afghanistan and also are used by Israel to monitor the Gaza Strip and by the United States to eye movement along southern border areas. Even a rifle shot through an aerostat will not bring it down, because the pressure of the helium inside nearly matches the pressure of the air outside, preventing rapid deflation.

So equipment used to control people in war zones are coming to America and there’s nothing to be concerned about?

The Defense Department spent nearly $7 billion on 15 different lighter-than-air systems between 2007 and 2012, with several suffering from technical problems, delays and unexpectedly high costs, the Government Accountability Office found in an October 2012 report.


“They are bringing this to the East Coast, close to Washington, to get the Pentagon guys and Congress to say, ‘Whoa, we could really use this,’?” said Daniel Goure of the Lexington Institute, a military think tank with ties to the defense industry. “This is re-purposing. You’ve already spent the money.”

Have fun Baltimore.

Full article here.


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Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:54 | 4359206 Dr. Engali
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Detecting cruise missles? For cripes sake now I've heard everything.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:59 | 4359219 Yes We Can. But...
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Welcome to Blimpmore, hon.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:08 | 4359271 pods
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Can we paint the Eye of Sauron on the sides of it?

Can't wait to drive past that with the kids.

Dad, what is that?

"It's the government, spying on you. For your own good."


Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:14 | 4359298 Four chan
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nice big target.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:16 | 4359304 Charles Nelson ...
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what.... those cans in your avatar or the blimp?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:20 | 4359328 Sudden Debt
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Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:57 | 4359500 Things that go bump
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Do they still use helium?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:26 | 4359617 Ranger_Will
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Coming to Los Angeles in 2019!

"A new life awaits you in the off world colonies, the chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure."

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:59 | 4359753 Jack Burton
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"Blade Runner" Best science fiction film ever! "I only do eyes, just eyes."

"I want more life, fucker!" Best movie line in history!

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:03 | 4359767 Ranger_Will
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The originial line was actually 'father' not 'fucker.'  When the Final Cut version came out a couple years back it blew my mind. 

Apparently, 'fucker' had been dubbed in later.  Not sure which version I like better to be honest, both have pros and cons.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:42 | 4359929 Four chan
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those of you who saw blade runner on vhs can thank me because i made it for you.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 18:13 | 4360408 Jack Burton
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When my daughter was 15 years old I sat down with her one Saturday night and played the Final Version for her. I explained a lot of the plot and things to look for during the movie. I explained to her that when that conversation took place, that the line "I want more life, fucker", was really the line that man would use if he ever confronted god and could ask why we were mortal. We would likley ask why we are not given more life.

For years others have copied everything about Blade Runner and tried to make similar movies or use similar settings for a sci fi movie. Nothing can touch Blade Runner for originality and thought provoking film making. The scene where he shoots the stripper as she runs through glass display windows in an attempt to escape was probably one of the best done scenes in modern movie making, the music, the visuals and the plot behind here killing all came together for an epic scene. There were others too, like th ending when Roy finally shuts down. Amazing stuff, one only wishes more quality like that would come back to hollywood movies.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 18:52 | 4360549 Taffy Lewis
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When Roy Batty meets Chu he says to him: "if only you could have seen what I have seen with your eyes"; in the final scene, he says to Deckard "if only you could have seen what I have seen with my eyes"... He realizes at the end that he is just as human as anybody else.


Thu, 01/23/2014 - 20:53 | 4360909 theprofromdover
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Aaaahh, "Revel in your time, Roy"


Good advice that a lot of us might soon be considering.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:42 | 4359927 duo
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There's been one of these near Marfa, TX for years, watching the border.  It's shown as a restricted area on aeronautical charts.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:30 | 4359647 1100-TACTICAL-12
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Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:12 | 4359285 Charles Nelson ...
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thank god we sold our house in South Baltimore over the summer.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:13 | 4359287 Looney
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We are exceptional!  ;-)



Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:51 | 4359462 Jayda1850
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And this is just a few weeks after we had the navy blimp overhead supposedly checking radiation levels. way too many blimps over bmore.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:05 | 4359539 Meat Hammer
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I can't believe nobody has said it:  Baltimoar!

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:31 | 4359646 Waterfallsparkles
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No it is Balmore.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:07 | 4359269 Spanky
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Perhaps they're worried about other countries' drones targetting terrorists in the DC - Hamptons corridor...

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:09 | 4359272 HelluvaEngineer
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That's some amazing 1930's technology right there.  What's one of those cost - about 2 billion each?  How much to dock it overnight at the Empire State building?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:14 | 4359291 nuclearsquid
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467 million, if you believe the article.  Our government builds a fucking blimp for half a billion... we are so screwed.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:01 | 4359760 Jack Burton
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Imagine, In World War One the Germans built blimps 4 times bigger and could aford dozens of them to bomb England. Fast forward a century, and America takes a 1/2 billion to build a pussy ass blimp! Fuck, America is a doomed dieing state!

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:03 | 4359774 NotApplicable
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Not my government!

Protip: not yours either.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:52 | 4359961 KnightTakesKing
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At $467 million it better be a steampunk blimp.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:28 | 4359318 GooseShtepping Moron
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There once was a great man, John Reilly, a friend of mine; sadly he passed away a year and a half ago. He ran a blog and a message board called The Long View which was devoted to metahistorical topics. In his more jocular moods he would often remark that airships were a Fortean technology, the actual appearance of which indicates that history has gone off the Main Sequence.

It seems like he had a point.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:43 | 4359438 atomicwasted
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Ah, just like the alternate Manhatan of "Fringe" where they had rockets but never figured out heavier than air flight.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:09 | 4359273 Winston of Oceania
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Those pesky Canadacoms with their cruisemissles...

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:19 | 4359324 alangreedspank
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Correction, moosemissiles.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:23 | 4359620 ParkAveFlasher
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I've seen the silos ... up there by Elsinore Brewery ...

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:48 | 4359709 Agent P
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jelly donut comin'

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:22 | 4359339 stant
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heisenberg omen, but it needs a iron cross

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:38 | 4359418 Stoploss
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Shoot the motherfuckers down..

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:51 | 4359468 HoofHearted
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I didn't have a good reason to own a semi-automatic 50 BMG before now. But now I think there may be a good reason. Sure, one shot might not do much, but if I'm willing to spend $100 on 20 rounds with all the expensive optics, then just maybe....

Honey, I'm going to need a bigger gun safe.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:15 | 4359574 Kirk2NCC1701
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Your BMG got a range > 10,000'?  Remember that it's 10k feet if you're directly below, more if not.  True Distance = cos(elevation)*Height

You're gonna need a bigger gun.

If we think outside the pillbox, it's always possible to get close enough to the Umbilical chord (near to its base station) with that BMG...

Basic Fighting/War Principles:  Analyze opponent, and ID all weak spots.  Exploit, plan and act accordingly.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:06 | 4359782 BeansMcGreens
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Home built drones could get right up to it. Any angry enigineers without borders out there. They could make them look like the rebel fleet in the first Starwars.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 16:30 | 4360075 ZeroPoint
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Or maybe just a well placed, well focused, parabolic mirror array........

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 23:25 | 4361468 XitSam
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I assume they reel it out and back sometime. Like a WWI observation balloon.  Small drone with acid payload could make an annoying hole to repair.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:17 | 4359830 Overfed
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A hobbyist's RC airplane could be used to defeat that. The police state is ever encroaching, and totally retarded.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:19 | 4359836 SilverRhino
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Even from directly below 50BMG wont make that distance.   


Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:21 | 4359844 Everybodys All ...
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Hindenburg omen.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 16:29 | 4360066 ebear
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Oh, the humanity!

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:30 | 4359884 Wahooo
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BFTs - big fuckin' targets.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 17:14 | 4360224 midtowng
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It' s a lot cheaper to destroy American by crushing its economy. Or buying its politicians.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 20:03 | 4360772 AGuy
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"Its a Bird, No, a Plane, No a Blip, No its Governor Christie Flying into Baltimore!"


Fri, 01/24/2014 - 05:09 | 4361933 limit_less
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Fitting in sound weapon to defeat invading infantry. Then you have heard everything.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:54 | 4359208 LetThemEatRand
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And the American public yawned at the ever encroaching police state.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:58 | 4359217 OC Sure
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Their bread and circuses will keep them gazing at totem poles.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:07 | 4359267 Winston of Oceania
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Well it looks as though the only thing remaining to trap the wild pigs is a gate, capital controls and travel restrictions on deck.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:10 | 4359278 Confused
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You knew this would slip through the cracks, Justin Bieber got arrested. What could possibly trump that? 

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:51 | 4359471 CH1
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And the American public yawned at the ever encroaching police state.

Not all of them.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:06 | 4359544 Kirk2NCC1701
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They got an App for iRebel?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:03 | 4359768 Jack Burton
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Rand, The people want to be safe. That is what my sister in law has to say about 1 trillion spent on military and spies. She, wants to be safe.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:54 | 4359209 Billy Sol Estes
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Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:55 | 4359210 fonestar
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run run run from the ghetto blimp

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:06 | 4359265 unrulian
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I thought Chris was in NJ?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:55 | 4359211 Dr. Richard Head
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The terrorists hate us for our freedom...

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:00 | 4359230 Billy Sol Estes
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At my local Geriatric Organiztion of People this is still the cattle call to keep voters in check.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:39 | 4359421 IdiocracyIsAlre...
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No shit.  The useful idiots of the right wing of the corpratocracy party that continue to cheer on all things military and police while claiming to champion "liberty" deserve everything that is coming to them and more.  To bad the rest of us are going to be stuck in the same hellhole with them.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:31 | 4359652 rum_runner
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You wouldn't believe that prostration and adulation of the police in Boston.  It was like they had turned back the Chinese at enormous losses.  I observed a woman at a salad bar go up to a transit police officer and thank him "For all you've done."  The guy was clearly embarrassed.  It took a damned army and total city lockdown to find a lone, unarmed boy hiding in someone's backyard.  And then they shot the shit out of the boat because one of their hardons hit the trigger.

During the Red Sox parade where they cruise around town in trucks ("duck boats" as they're called) one of the players points out a couple of state police officers sitting on their asses on bikes and gives them a great big salute.

It's pathetic hero worship by a frightened and gutless citizenry.  "Boston Strong!"  Good Lord.  The Israelis, Russians, hell, just about everyone else must marvel at what delicate petals we are.

Don't get me wrong, I'd like to see the two bombers swing from a tree in the Boston common but at the end of the day I view them as mere punks.  If the citizens get so terrified over these two jackasses you can only imagine the bed-wetting and surrendering of Rights if something slightly more worse were to take place.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 22:00 | 4361137 IdiocracyIsAlre...
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You are correct that the police worship is completely out of control and definitely not limited to the so-called right.  The faux progressive so called left just uses different justifications for its police state worship, holding up cops as blue collar "salt of earth" types looking out for the good of us all, when in reality a large % of them are nothing but roided up bullies looking out for only the interests of their real masters and themselves.  These "progresssive" cop admirers will one day find themselves ground under the jackboots of their working class heros and will wonder what the hell happened.  I will have no more sympathy for them than the right wing authority worshippers when the shit hits the fan.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:08 | 4359559 Things that go bump
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My dear doctor, I would suggest that they are now our friends. 

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:56 | 4359212 Yes We Can. But...
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Vote:> Citizenry needs surveiling

Vote:> Gubmint needs surveiling

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:20 | 4359335 alangreedspank
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"Yes We Can. But Lets Not."

Best nick ever.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:25 | 4359627 MeMongo
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WOW! Is that some kind of record for down votes? Either that fellow in your avatar aint that popular or it was something you said! One way or another if it's a record than cheers:-)

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:07 | 4359785 NotApplicable
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Those aren't downvotes, but rather, votes for the instant poll in the post.

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 10:53 | 4362536 MeMongo
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Gotcha! Thanx:-)

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:56 | 4359215 pragmatic hobo
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it's that war on terror ... and according to the government everyone is a suspected terrorist unless proven otherwise.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:58 | 4359216 RockRiver
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Wow, I feel safer..... /sarc/

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:58 | 4359221 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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"Don't mind these sheeple, we are just playing with your money".

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:58 | 4359222 Occams_Chainsaw
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All your blimp are belong to us?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:59 | 4359224 Azannoth
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Aren't surveillance/propaganda Blimps the staple of every Dystopian story ?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:00 | 4359225 Agent P
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"Even a rifle shot through an aerostat will not bring it down..."

That sounds like a challenge to me! 

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:27 | 4359251 Rainman
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yah....send it low over Compton and we'll see how long it lasts !

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:09 | 4359281 pods
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Nope, it won't bring it down.  

Now, the tether on the other hand..................


Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:16 | 4359286 unrulian
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all there is in Compton is 9s...good luck.... a fitty would be a tough shot...or just get a hacksaw

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:15 | 4359297 TheFourthStooge-ing
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It'll be interesting to see how well the two miles of kite string keeping it tethered holds up to the wind stresses generated as ten-mile-high cumulonimbus thunderheads roll through in the summer.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:43 | 4359442 HelluvaEngineer
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Don't worry, I'm sure it's top of the line kite string.  Most expensive available.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:17 | 4359592 TuPhat
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We had one in Matagorda, Texas for several years.  They said they were watching for drug traffickers.  The wind kept them from putting it up most of the time and they eventually gave up on it.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:19 | 4359327 TheMeatTrapper
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"Even a rifle shot through an aerostat will not bring it down..."

That sounds like a challenge to me! 

That damn thing wouldn't last a day down here in Alabama. There's not a single road sign in the State that's not shot full of holes. That damn blimp would be too much for our boys to resist. 

"Hey ya'll  - watch this shit...."

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:25 | 4359625 doctor10
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I'm sure some of the Huntsville crowd can find one of these somewhere-and would know what to do with it.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:57 | 4359746 Ferrari
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Rock on! I'm a New Englander who loves the Confederacy. I'm terribly sorry we won that war. Up hear most natives will just yawn at the damned things.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:00 | 4359227 Dave Thomas
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I'd like to build a little surveillance blimp and decorate it like a little piggy, then fly it right outside Jon Corzine's window at night.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:18 | 4359319 unrulian
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+1 funny

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:59 | 4359228 Audacity17
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Could have used one of these when they shot down TWA 800.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:01 | 4359238 Billy Sol Estes
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Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:11 | 4359282 pods
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Then the Navy would have to shoot down two things!


Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:00 | 4359232 Spungo
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This is why Russia won the cold war. Instead of them destroying America, we destroy America. Those smart bastards.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:00 | 4359233 Spungo
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This is why Russia won the cold war. Instead of them destroying America, we destroy America. Those smart bastards.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:00 | 4359234 Winston Churchill
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Which freedoms are being so zealousy protected  ?

Its like the Taj Mahal, a mausoleum to a loved wife , improved ,

and improved, until no trace of that woman remained.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:06 | 4359259 HelluvaEngineer
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Duh.  The right to cheer for your favorite football team, and also to buy their overpriced merchandise.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:07 | 4359236 JustObserving
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Report: Israeli model underlies militarization of U.S. police

“Given the amount of training the NYPD and so many other police forces have received from Israel’s military-intelligence apparatus,” Blumenthal concludes, “and the profuse levels of gratitude American police chiefs have expressed to their Israeli mentors, it is worth asking how much Israeli instruction has influenced the way the police have attempted to suppress the Occupy movement, and how much it will inform police repression of future upsurges of street protest. But already, the Israelification of American law enforcement appears to have intensified police hostility towards the civilian population, blurring the lines between protesters, common criminals, and terrorists.”

We are all terrorists now in the eyes of the militarised police.   Can't wait for the 30,000 drones over American skies by 2020.


FAA: Look For 30,000 Drones To Fill American Skies By The End Of The Decade

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:19 | 4359325 Skateboarder
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p.s. it's not Jan 1 2020 that 30K drones take off. It's by 2020, as in there's probably 5-10K+ in the air right now, on a lower estimate. Send useful jobs overseas -> McPatriots sign up for surveiling their neighbors.

Detailed records of all your motions and thoughts, yay!

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:27 | 4359364 q99x2
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The complexity continues to grow. When the collapse starts all this shit is going to go haywire.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:06 | 4359545 Tim_
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Sheriff's captain observes Israeli security measures: Exchange program brings home new counterterrorism techniques.

"May was an eye-opening month for Capt. Thomas L. Barnes of the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office. Barnes spent most of that month in Israel, studying counterterrorism tactics as part of the the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange."

"He was one member of a 17-person delegation chosen to spend two weeks in Israel observing and training with the Israeli police. During that time, the officers learned about the measures the Israeli police take to protect their citizens from terrorist acts."

"Those measures include the tight security necessary even for people to shop at the mall. 'They have a parking garage and every vehicle is searched, the trunk and everything, before you go in. You have one way in and one way out. Are we ready to take those types of measures here?' Barnes asked rhetorically. 'Because I foresee that we will have to take some of those measures one day.'"

"Barnes said he wanted to travel to Israel and take part in the program so he could bring something back to Columbus that would help him do his job more effectively. 'The growing threat of terrorism is here in this country,' he said. 'I wanted to be exposed to a part of the world where it's happening every day because we've got to be prepared for it, and we as law enforcement have to prepare our citizens for it.'"

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:24 | 4359621 Tim_
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From Occupation to "Occupy": The Israelification of American Domestic Security

"Training alongside the American police departments at Urban Shield was the Yamam, an Israeli Border Police unit that claims to specialize in 'counter-terror' operations but is better known for its extra-judicial assassinations of Palestinian militant leaders and long record of repression and abuses in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip."

"Urban Shield also featured a unit from the military of Bahrain, which had just crushed a largely non-violent democratic uprising by opening fire on protest camps and arresting wounded demonstrators when they attempted to enter hospitals."

"While the involvement of Bahraini soldiers in the drills was a novel phenomenon, the presence of quasi-military Israeli police – whose participation in Urban Shield was not reported anywhere in US media – reflected a disturbing but all-too-common feature of the post-9/11 American security landscape."

"The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) is at the heart of American-Israeli law enforcement collaboration."

"Through its Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP), JINSA claims to have arranged Israeli-led training sessions for over 9000 American law enforcement officials at the federal, state and municipal level. 'The Israelis changed the way we do business regarding homeland security in New Jersey,' Richard Fuentes, the NJ State Police Superintendent, said after attending a 2004 JINSA-sponsored Israel trip and a subsequent JINSA conference alongside 435 other law enforcement officers."

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:00 | 4359237 Troy Ounce
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Shoot the fucking thing out of the sky.


Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:00 | 4359239 becky quick and...
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alex jones seems to be correct AGAIN.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:11 | 4359274 socalbeach
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One of the better comments I've come across on ZH.


"So, I used to think that about 60% of what Alex Jones says is true. I'm currently reconsidering that percentage."

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:01 | 4359240 Son of Captain Nemo
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Have fun Baltimore.

If you live in the D.C. Metro area (which includes Baltimore) you know that if you look out your high rise window in the middle of the night you can set your watch to the intervals of "unidentified flying objects" that fly past every 6 to 8 minutes. 

We don't see them during the day but it's just a matter of time before we see them in our midst during the day time protecting us after the next "biggest insult" takes place!

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:08 | 4359270 Yes We Can. But...
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I live well-inside the DC beltway, and I got choppers flying overhead all day every day and often at night.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:25 | 4359355 Son of Captain Nemo
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"Bottle Green" Blackhawks???

Yep. All morning and afternoon...  I left them out only because the "D's" haven't been made daytime politically correct as of "yet".

When you start seeing them during the day they will have their excuse by that stage.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 22:01 | 4361139 Two Feet Studs Up
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You sound like the typical DC prick with your DC metro comment. Sorry lad, but have to call you out on that insult to Charm City and every fucking Baltimoron.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:04 | 4359242 seek
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They use these in southern Arizona with down-looking radar to catch low flying planes crossing the border. What's interesting is after the military running them for nearly 30 years, they transferred control to DHS just a few months ago.


They are far from indestructible.

In case you got one of those Colorado hunting licenses...

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:13 | 4359288 Agent P
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I like the view from the front.  If they were to paint it tan with a pink nose cone and fly two of them right next to each other, half of the population (myself included) would be much more accepting of these.

"It looks like a giant pair of....."


Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:04 | 4359255 A. Buttle
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Hereby christened the SS Christie.

Jabba the Float

A Blobbing Up of American Citizenism

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:09 | 4359279 Yes We Can. But...
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The SS Orwell

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:19 | 4359315 CrimsonAvenger
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Just call it a Freedom Blimp and be done with it.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:05 | 4359261 Disenchanted
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re: "When was the last time cruise missiles were shot into the United States?"

Oh I don't know, possibly on September 11, 2001 @ Pentagon.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:06 | 4359262 jomama
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for funsies

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:09 | 4359277 So Close
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Must... invent... enemies...  I have seen the enemy and it is me/us.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:13 | 4359290 Conax
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A country that gropes your crotches at airports has no qualms about microwaving your asses night and day.

The tether is a weakness.  <wink wink>

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 16:06 | 4359996 DOT
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Also carries a tank of diesel fuel.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:14 | 4359293 Sandmann
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Americans now see why the Founding Fathers wanted to keep clear of foreign entanglements........the yearning for empire. Both Woodrow Wilson and FDR took the USA into war to build up State Power in a way it never receded. The war with the Nazis saw the US develop so much in the same direction from military tactics to the creation of Homeland Security

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:14 | 4359294 Hedgetard55
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Guess you dudes haven't been to Baltimore recently. Step outside of the Inner Harbor area and it IS a warzone, and if you be a cracker, you be a victim, quickly.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:26 | 4359367 W74
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W74 seconds this.  Go to google maps street view and look up "Booth St."  Just one of many examples.  About a month ago I drove through the Greenmount/North Avenus area and about 1/3rd to 2/3rds of homes boarded up depending on street (this too is easily verified).  These used to be nice White working calss homes near to the heart of the city but far enough away that people could raise families and form communities.  Of course I'm talking 50-60 years ago.

Take a look around:

This is about 12 or 13 blocks from downtown, the University of Maryland Medical Center and school of law.  About 15 blocks from Orioles and Ravens stadiums.  Too far away for ya?  Here's 4 or 5 blocks from downtown:  Take a panoramic trip down that street and tell me you want to get caught there at night.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:43 | 4359444 pods
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I don't even want to look at Google maps of that place at night.


Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:54 | 4359734 Agent P
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Pods, wasn't it you who said you once got mugged looking at Google maps of Camden, NJ?  One of my all time favorite ZH comments. 

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:34 | 4359899 tradewithdave
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And the new Four Seasons in Harbor East across from Legg just offered multiple new residential floors for sale. Check out the retractable security gate on the new Under Armour showcase store next door. A Tale of Two Cities...

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 21:55 | 4361125 Two Feet Studs Up
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Meh.... Little Italy is the fortress that is protecting harbor east. Once the Italians stop living there is when Harbor East will go to shit.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:40 | 4359429 Legolas
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Surely you don't think they are going to defend crackers, do you?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:15 | 4359302 kchrisc
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Another good reason to go check and clean my "right and duty" arsenal.

"We're going to need a bigger guillotine."

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:16 | 4359308 muleskinner
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If you want to fly your blimp, you can fly your blimp.

Two fresh caught walleye filleted and fried is what is for lunch.

Give a man a fish, he eats for a day.  Teach a man to fish and he brings you fresh fish for the rest of your life.



Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:23 | 4359347 Yes We Can. But...
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Love the walleye and crappie.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:18 | 4359314 Save_America1st
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July 2013, RT News already said this was going to happen.  I'm sure they were screamed at by the lame-stream propaganda state-run media as "conspiracy theorists".

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:19 | 4359322 SgtShaftoe
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"When was the last time cruise missiles were shot into the United States?"

Well Sept 11 2001 of course. Maybe their guilt over all the fucked up things they have done in the last 20 years is making them paranoid.

They probably think that if the people really understood what they were really doing there would be a full-on war against them.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:18 | 4359832 vulcanraven
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"They probably think that if the people really understood what they were really doing there would be a full-on war against them."


Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:19 | 4359326 teslaberry
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yea yea keep yer fucking pants on.

you have a point as usual but it’s misdirected here. you want a full scale reduction of military spending, i get that. but fucking blimps are the best military money you can spend.

the fact is, the LACK OF THE USE OF BLIMPS has contributed greatly to waste in the u.s. military. and in the domestic telecom industry.

a few well placed blimps can provide telecom converage WITHOUT any need for expensive satellites. AND they are cheap compared to loitering drone aircraft for indefinite missions.

it is unfortunate that our military is so wasteful, but in fact , the waste comes from decisiosn to spend massive amounts of money on things that just aren’t that necessary like battatlions of sattelites vulnerable to SOLAR FLARES, space micro dust , a nuclear bomb in space shorting them out.

the u.s. military NEEDS to have the capacity to observe forces on the ground and missiles.

it will not be possible to transition to the next stable geopolitical plateau without scaling down war. you cannot scale down war without a game plan. look at how the soviet union collapsed. they didn’t just give up their nuclear weapons!. same as the u.s. when we bring much of our military equipment back home from our vassal states and outposts as every major empire has done when it needs to consolidate due to financial lossess and domestic problems—–the u.s. will have choices to make. one of those choices is how to cut the massive budget. the answer, blimps for surveillance will replace sattelites and endless circling of fuel burning drones.

and blimps are far more defensive in nature than offensive spying . why’s that you ask? because they can easily be shot down with a shoulder fired surface to air sam missile . ( which is why they’re not too popular in iraq and other military places ) .

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:24 | 4359331 tony wilson
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we need to demand 10 NOW for washington godamit.

we need to protect the homeland syria and iran are out of control we could become victims like the jewish folks at any moment or any second.

are woman do not de3serve to be raped by them arabs in iran we must help are cuntry now godamit befores it to lates like hitler the germans and the jewish gas chambars

as paul mcarthy said to stevie wonder and micael jackson ebony and ivory livin in perfect harmony we have to so we can kill the niggers outside that threaten ares freedomes

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:05 | 4359540 JR
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It is Obama’s job to create race consciousness in America, to continue the Communist program to eternally pit one race against another, creating suspicion and eventual hatred among the minorities. It is his job to exaggerate cruelty to minorities at the expense of Anglo-Saxon traditions in order to establish a feeling that Anglo-Saxon whites are vicious toward minorities.

Why would he do that in the most tolerant country ever known to man?

It must be remembered that Communism is not dead; it is a program, a world political plan that attacks nationalism and its principal weapon is hatred - hatred of patriotism and loyalty to western traditions and culture.

“The race theme amounts to an attack on the Anglo-Saxon-type freedom,  the idealism which has spearheaded the upward drive for freedom for many centuries, benefiting all peoples the world over. It is precisely this Anglo-Saxon idealism which the Communist International most violently hates and must destroy to succeed. This culture springs from the innate temperament of Western peoples – the sturdy individuals who will not be slaves.” – Major Robert H. Williams, Military Intelligence, 1947.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:25 | 4359352 Mi Naem
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Q: "Why Is A Gigantic War-Blimp About To Fly Above the Skies Of Suburban Baltimore?"

A: Target practice

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:27 | 4359354 Manthong
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Can that thing see me sneaking about with my Daisy BB gun?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:26 | 4359358 Duc888
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Just STFU, it's for your own safety, ok?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:26 | 4359365 Uber Vandal
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I can't imagine why the Federal Helium Reserve was kept open, when it was slated to close on October 7, 2013, and the last of its supplies sold off.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 15:59 | 4359381 Manthong
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ha .. ha   ha...

God, I love this...

..thank you Scott, for all of the fun. but I don't want no hydrogen drones around while I wear my wool sweater and stroke my cat named Schrodinger.. and oh, gee.. it seems like the humidifier is not working.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:27 | 4359368 JR
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Now it must be told, Americans are no longer secure in their homes and communities…because they are under surveillance, a surveillance and control by their own government. But it is not "our own" government; it is foreign to us because we have lost representative control. And its war-making power leaves us helpless to whatever it decides.

It’s time to review the advice from Patrick Henry, three months before his death in 1799 as he spoke before the Virginia House of Delegates:

 "If I am asked what is to be done when a people feel themselves intolerably oppressed, my answer is ready—overturn the government," he declared, but "wait at least until some infringement is made upon your rights that cannot be otherwise be redressed." Otherwise, like failed republics of the past, "you may bid adieu forever to representative government," for "you can never exchange the present government but for a monarchy."

Obviously, the chance for redress of grievances in modern-day America is long gone, crushed by the corrupt political system, the control of the currency in non-American hands, and the thug-like Administration and Congress.

Patrick Henry today would be quick to suggest what he once remarked: “overturn the government.”

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:50 | 4359467 Manthong
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Well yeah...

Step one.. the klds need to do this ...

Repeal the 17th Amendment.

then, maybe the nation will be able to get back to the basics.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:01 | 4359511 CH1
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Too late. It would be like getting Rome to go back to the Republic in 400 AD.

Lots of decent people tried, you know... but after a certain stage, you're better off withdrawing and rebuilding separately.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:25 | 4359629 JR
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Direct election of senators would be key if it could be achieved, along with the restoration of state sovereignty.

A proper reading of the Constitution shows that it did not intend to nullify the Articles of Confederation; instead, its intention clearly was to strengthen what those Framers had already agreed to by adding authority to a central government for limited powers only.

Obviously, the Framers of the Constitution expected the states to have sovereign power over much of their activity and, as has been written many times before, several states would not have signed on to a Constitution that removed their power.

It is difficult to believe that our current corrupted political system could produce a voting solution to the current absence of representative government. But it is highly likely that the remedy will be found in a growing demand from states exerting their constitutional authority. And failing that: Secession.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 16:15 | 4360018 The Heart
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"But it is not "our own" government; it is foreign to us because we have lost representative control. And its war-making power leaves us helpless to whatever it decides."

Good morning, JR.

As many know, the recently passed Jack McLamb revealed the plans of the UN/WB/IMF globalists to kill off the American militaries and spread them out so far apart around the world, they would no longer be a mighty force to be reckoned with at home where they would be needed to defend the country from foreign invaders WITHIN the country itself. As that was to happen, the build up of the UN mercenary troops would be brought in to be here to quash down the mean ol seditious armed Americans WHEN the chinga hits the fan.

Well guess what? We have reached that time. The American military has been purposely killed off (take the crew of the USS Reagan for the latest example), and the foreign militaries are in America now ready to go house to house to take the guns from the American People. When the purposely crashed economy takes center stage perhaps as soon as March, or there is some sort of False Flag Event, these foreign communist invaders will be put into action with every local law enforcement agency helping them. This is the takeover by the communist/socialist/fascist/nazi/zionist UN/WB/IMF/CFR/TRI-LAT/BILD foreign banksters as planned and foretold about. Pretty much everything else is a distraction from this horrendous plot that has been slowly forming over many years.


Thu, 01/23/2014 - 17:03 | 4360195 JR
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Good afternoon, Heart.

What fools they called us when we warned of the conspiracy.  And, now it turns out, we "fools" were right.

There’s a racial complexion to Communism, of coure. That’s why many Eastern Europeans resisted it so desperately. “They knew it would completely devastate their civilizations.”

As so, as you relate, our devastation has begun.

The One World movement’s reach for power enlists not only defamation groups and Communists, but misguided Utopians, to prey on racism and Anglo-Saxon idealism, to pit minorities against the majority, to destroy the American ideal of freedom.

It is a doctrine of hate – class hatred, race hatred, religious hatred, existing-order hatred. It’s strategy is to enlist enough minorities and low-information and income groups in one country to seize power and, ultimately, all productive wealth. Meanwhile, as you say, they are organizing the secret police, the mercenaries, the NSA surveillance, the propaganda machines, the false flag events to place power in their hands. The biggest hater of all was their founder, the atheist who hated all religions, Karl Marx.

Our offensive must be truth-telling.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:29 | 4359370 ilikepies
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FU Double post


Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:27 | 4359371 ilikepies
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All it would take is one hillbilly and a well oiled watermelon canon to take one of these things out. 

Just planting seeds NSA. This is not my intent. Put the event on pay per view and ill happily subscribe.


Eat a fucking pie you douche...

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:28 | 4359376 youngman
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When I was on the Mexican border with the Minuteman Project...helping to secure our borders..the Feds had one of these close to us....we only spotted 150 illegals one night....they used the blimp as a I wonder what they were was not our border security...asctually they sent a guy out with us one night to see what we did...spying on us..but he was open as to who he worked for was Raython who owned the blimp....they are therered by a humans aboard..just electronics....looking and listending to you...didnt you get your warrant for Christmas in the mail?????

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:33 | 4359388 _SILENCER
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I like how we can have a blimp cruise around and snap pictures of you taking a shit at Wendy's, but we can't get a high rez photo of the shit we supposedly left behind on the moon.

We've become such a bloody police state it's off the fucking charts...and most of America






Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:45 | 4359449 ilikepies
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You guys know how retarded this looks from a non us perspective... I could go on but unlike your government I will not insult your intelligence..

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:42 | 4359667 tony wilson
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you is an ajitaytor lunatic.

we dids go to the moon i saws it on the tv .

met buzz lightyear in nasa florida he was charging  40 dollars for a fax print of his signature i did a deal he charged 20 bucks to sign my stars and stripes pants.

i asked him strate out i says buzz put your hands on the flag on my pants stroke the flag and press it hard and swear on yer mama you went to mars he told me to fuck off.

but as he was runnin away he did say the bbc and der discovery history channel has all the truth us simple folks can handle.

so punk believe buzz godamit he a here ho

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