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Friday, December 4, 2009

Sat Dec 5, 2009: Will the American Independent Small Business Truck Driver be Wiped Out on Dec 31, With Nary A Whimper From the American People?

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They're the best jobs for the free spirited souls who love the freedom of driving the open highways to deliver the goods to Americans across the fruited planes. They love their homes away from home. They're rugged, self-reliant, impervious to the harshest weather conditions. They even have a hit show on the History Channel called Ice Road Truckers.

Who would question the soundness of a name like “The Clean Truck Program” or the innocuous name of the “California Air Resource Board?” Yawn... Your eyes glaze over? Want to hit delete or the channel button? WAIT!

Come with me to the ports of San Pedro and Long Beach, in Los Angeles County, where this story, which rivals the corruption and fraud of Big Business and Big Government in Redevelopment, to rob property from the defenseless under the guise of “Homeland Security” and the “Environment.” Call it a modern day classic story of On the Water Front.

The only thing “Green” about the CLEAN TRUCK PROGRAM is the millions of dollars made by the major trucking companies, including a billionaire, under this program.

Why haven't you heard about it? What? The media black out a story that only hurts small independent business owners, including women and minorities? Shocking! Not.

Why is the Independent Trucking Industry the only industry targeted by the State of California, City of Los Angeles, Port of Los Angeles, City of Long Beach, Port of Long Beach for such draconian execution of admission to port and rail way commerce?

The December 31, 2009 deadline against the Independent Rail/Trucking Industry will create the worst economic disaster the State has ever experienced. How?
Anthony G. Patchett retired Special Assistant and Assistant Head Deputy District Attorney, for Los Angeles County, in the Environmental Crimes/OSHA Division and Political Consultant Sofia G. Quiñones, a long time community activist and current coordinator who forged the coalition amongst the National Port Drivers Association and the Northern California Rail and Truckers Association.
are my guests.

I'll also talk about ClimateGate, the emails, the fallout, Google's and others efforts to damper the story down.
To Listen to the archived audio of this program, click here.
See the following links for more information on the CARB and the Independent Truckers Association Story:
Arrogance pollutes air board

YouTube November 19, 2009 CARB Legal Counsel Ellen Peter Statement & Related Statements Regarding CARB Employee Fraud (Hien Tran "Ph.D.")

YouTube November 16, 2009 John G. Telles Letter to Ellen Peter and 11 exhibits regarding CARB Tran Fraud and CARB Truck Rule

November 16, 2009 John G. Telles Letter to Ellen Peter and 11 exhibits regarding CARB Tran Fraud and CARB Truck Rule PDF

November 21, 2009 Bakersfield Californian Column by Lois Henry "Lies tarnish air boards credibility"

November 22, 2009 San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial "The air board's shame / Staff never revealed internal scandal before crucial vote"

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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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