Residents of the California port city of Oakland are pushing back by developing the first enforceable city legislation to regulate the purchase and use of surveillance equipment by law enforcement agencies. If approved, the legislation could make Oakland a national trailblazer for privacy rights campaigners alarmed at the rise of cameras, “stingrays” and other surveillance technologies used by law enforcement.

Off The Grid   I think it looks good on paper. I applaud the city of Oakland for doing it. They should and so should other cities. I’ve got news for you though: a federal law takes precedence over any local law. So even though they passed this at the local level, the federal law

Looks like Colorado’s marijuana tax incentive for schools just set records and has collected more money in the first half of the year than all of 2014.

Off The Grid Local news outlet KOAA out Colorado are reporting that the state has hit record highs in regards to marijuana tax incentives for school construction.   KOAA reports that the first five months of 2015 alone have surpassed all of 2014.   Related Story Off The Grid: Prison Inmates May Soon Be Getting Federal Money

Texans monitor Jade Helm military training amid fears of government plot. The two-month exercise has been described by the US military as a routine, though unusually large, training event for a variety of units that will take place on both private and public land in order “to practice core special warfare tasks, which help protect the nation against foreign enemies”.

Off The Grid One thing we have to constantly remind people is that a Republican President and Republican Congress did the majority of this lockdown that’s now happening in America. So, for those Republicans out there who think this is all Barack Obama’s doing, no. It’s the federal government. This could all be a moot

Have you heard of this story? Probably not. Big Media and U.S. law enforcement doesn’t like to talk about alleged Christian terrorists, who also happen to be white and former congressional candidates.

Off The Grid Imagine this scenario for a moment: an older, radicalized man using social media attempts to recruit motivated, like-minded individuals to help him utterly destroy an American town in order to get the attention of the American people.His plot calls for the burning down of the town’s religious institution along with its school

ABC15 Investigators reports Officer Doug Rose of the Chandler, Arizona Police Department, illegally entered the home of Esmeralda Rossi and arrested her while she was naked.

Brigida Santos Reports claim Rossi had been in the shower when officers showed up at her home to check up on a phone call they say they received earlier regarding an argument between Rossi and her estranged husband.  “I was in the shower,” Rossi told ABC15 Investigators. “My daughter came to the shower and said there are two

Revisionist history: Senator Lindsey Graham incorrectly claimed that “all the hijackers who attacked us on 9/11 were visa overstays” during CNN interview.

Jen Hobbs First off, if you want to know the truth about the 9/11 hijackers, Senator Bob Graham — the former chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence who wrote the 9/11 report — is the source to go to. You can watch his Off The Grid interview here: Related Story Saudi Prince’s Deviant, Disgusting,

Mic.Com reports that in 47 out of 50 states, American police officers have killed at least one person so far this year. In some states, the number of officer-involved homicides dwarfs numbers from entire countries.

Brigida Santos The map below shows data compiled by collaborative organization, Mapping Police Violence, which aims to quantify the impact of police violence on communities.  Related Story Cop Punches 8 Month Pregnant Woman in the Stomach So far, there have been 605 deaths from police violence in the United States from January 1 and July 10 this year.  Last

Rand Paul reportedly became the first major Presidential candidate to raise campaign money from the marijuana industry. So does this mean marijuana will be the next big political industry?

Brigida Santos The Washington Post shared an article this week revealing that 2016 Republican Presidential contender, Rand Paul, has become the first major presidential candidate to ever raise campaign money from the marijuana industry.  Related Story While Vets Vie for Medical Pot, VA Pays $142 Million in Bonuses Paul held a private fundraiser at the National Cannabis Industry Association’s

Obama really wants the Trans Pacific Partnership to pass. In fact, it seems like he wants it so badly that he might even be putting politics above facts.

Brigida Santos Reuters reports that the United States has bumped Malaysia up from a Tier 3 country to a Tier 2 country on the U.S. State Department’s annual human ‘Trafficking in Persons’ report in order to allegedly eliminate a barrier that would have kept Malaysia from being included in Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. In addition to the United States, Malaysia

The White House issued an official statement in response to a petition that has gathered more than 160,000 signatures requesting a pardon for Edward Snowden.

Off The Grid It’s typical of what I would expect from them. In their official response they quote: “We have to make some important decisions about how to protect ourselves and sustain our leadership in the world, while upholding the civil liberties and privacy protections that our ideals and our Constitution require.” Instead of constructively

Sgt Erica Hay is getting a lot of attention after a photo of her sharing a meal with a homeless man went viral.

Off The Grid Lately, it’s been easy to forget that there are still some amazing police officers serving their communities. With many news stories revolving around police brutality and shootings, it’s nice to hear something positive once in a while. According to The Independent, Sgt Hay was caught on camera showing an act of kindness

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