A Word About The Geneva Convention & US Immigration Border Camps

My mind has been wandering throughout the course the day today, so I figure why not write an article having a frank discussion about the Geneva Convention and the US’s current immigration ‘crisis’? What I think is most important to understand is that the US media’s coverage of this situation takes everything so far out of context and honestly, is completely immoral and completely immoral.

The reason I say this is because I have personally attempted to seek asylum abroad, much like those currently being held in US border camps for example, but was not treated anywhere near as nice as the US treats our immigrants. What you must understand is that in accordance with international law regarding asylum seekers – id est the Geneva Convention – it is quite literally the law to detain asylum seekers and hold them for a period of up to three months before giving them the right to trial to see if their needs/situation justify the right of asylum. Therefore, when you are seeing on CNN or reading by The New York Times about how cruel and horrible the USA is being detaining/holding all these people at border camps, just remember that the US is the one just following “the law,” doing the right thing – what they should be doing.

Following international law on this issue is also a concept lost on many countries around the world these days, and don’t forget that. For example, in the Bahamas. In April of 2018 I fled the United States to the Bahamas, where I entered the country and declared refugee status, seeking political asylum. Only I wasn’t detained or given a trial like international law and the Geneva convention mandate, of which the Bahamas is also a signatory by the way. Instead, I was literally walked right through the airport and shipped back to Miami right then in there, less than two hours after declaring asylum in the first place. So, just remember my story and how it’s supposed to go in these asylum cases cases, and then you’ll know how proper the US is actually behaving here, complying with all international standards – because CNN, The Washington Post or New York Times will never tell you that incredibly important piece on information when reporting on the US border crisis. Honestly, you tell me why you think that is?

I mean it’s not just the Bahamas that violates the Geneva Convention for asylum seekers and immigrants, look no further the situation in Macedonia from 2015-2017. Forget detaining, feeding, protecting and giving illegal immigrants fair trial, Macedonia intead brought in tanks, their army, tear gas, built fences and beat the $hit out of anyone trying to enter their country – those who were detained were simply sent back across their borders via train to the other side of the track. Or look at Italy, whom actually passed new laws criminalizing rescuing refugees at sea while drowning off their coastline. How f*cked is that?

I could go on and on here, but you do not want to read forever.  Just remember that the main steam media has a deliberate bias in all the smut they put in your face. Too often the truth of the matter is buried behind political bias, which is such a damn shame. But the truth is out there, if you are educated enough to learn/find it. I guarantee anyone who just read this now has a different understanding of international law, and what/why the US Government is doing what they do at our borders. Only trust independent media.

 

European Parliament Approves Vote To Create International Biometric Database To Secure EU Border Countries

Last week European Parliament approved the establishment of an international biometric database referred to as the Common Identity Repository (CIN), a means to better help international authorities in securing EU borders. According to the systems parameters, the database will include identity records, including names, dates of birth, passport numbers, and other personally identifiable information, in conjunction with biometric information such as fingerprints and facial scans of both EU and non-EU citizens – estimated to encompass roughly 350 million individuals at the start.

More specifically, according to EU officials, “the systems covered by the new rules would include the Schengen Information System, Eurodac, the Visa Information System (VIS) and three new systems: the European Criminal Records System for Third Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN), the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS).” Explaining that the move comes in response to an effort to consolidate multiple databases into one browse-able place, serving to consolidate information – thus speeding up and making the jobs of border security officials much easier/proficient – whilst also simultaneously modernizing civilian records  into the 21st century.

With that said however, the vote is not without controversy. In May 2018, in anticipation of this very move, an organization known as State Watch published an investigative report into the pitfalls, short-comings and privacy violations such a database presents – see pdf accompanying this article below. Additionally, the FBI has also come under heavy scrutiny for similar databases in the US, ultimately forced to go to court after it was revealed the agency had been secretly stockpiling the biometrics records of US citizens without alerting them to this – a clear violation of the US Privacy Act in 2016.  While a federal judge did finally rule in their favor in 2017, it was later revealed that the FBI’s biometric database was hacked by the CIA, which was later hacked by Russia, meaning that all US biometric data once owned by the US Government is now out in the wild. For obvious reasons, these are all situations/lessons the EU should look to learn from as they move forward with this new initiative in the future.

Copy – State Watch Investigation: https://statewatch.org/analyses/eu-interop-morphs-into-central-database.pdf

Download CIN Presentation: https://www.securityresearch-cou.eu/sites/default/files/02.Rinkens.Secure%20safe%20societies_EU%20interoperability_4-3_v1.0.pdf

Common Identity Repository (CIN) Slideshow Presentation :

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In Protests of Migrants Stranded on Greek Isles, The Acropolis In Greece was Defaced w/ Message Reading “Humanity First: Refugees are Welcome”

(AI) – European leaders were sent a clear message last might when a huge “Refugees Welcome” sign was projected on to the side of the Acropolis. The stunt, organized by Amnesty International, is intended to draw attention to the suffering of refugees trapped on the Greek Islands by the EU-Turkey deal, which marks its third anniversary today.

Three years after the EU-Turkey deal was implemented, it is vital that this call for humanity is seen not just across Athens, but across the whole of Europe,” said Fotis Filippou, Campaigns Director for Europe at Amnesty International. “The situation facing thousands of migrants and refugees on the islands is a scar on the conscience of Europe. Anyone looking up at the Acropolis can see thousands of years of civilisation. Anyone who looking towards the refugee camps on the Greek islands will see that our leaders have learnt nothing. It is time for our leaders to put humanity first. They must end the tragedy thousands of people are facing as a result of the EU-Turkey deal and act now to ensure that those trapped in abject misery on the islands are finally moved to safety on the mainland and on to other European states.

Audio-Visual and B-Roll from Political Stunt Available Here: https://amnesty.app.box.com/s/koxyiktsamfmo4drokabhonw94du0r6g

Sample Photo’s & Video’s from Release:

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Background

The EU-Turkey deal is a statement of cooperation between EU states and the Turkish government aimed at returning people crossing to the Greek Islands back to Turkey on the premise that Turkey is safe for them. This included asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. What ensued in practice is a containment policy, trapping people in the Greek hotspots for extended periods of time.

Read More – Statements from EU about EU-Turkey Deal March 18th 2016: https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2016/03/18/eu-turkey-statement/
Download Full Text – EU-Turkey Deal: https://jrseurope.org/assets/Publications/File/JRS_Europe_EU_Turkey_Deal_policy_analysis_2016-04-30.pdf

There are currently more than 15,000 people on the Greek island “hotspots,” more than a half of whom are women and children. The majority are staying in overcrowded camps, many sleeping in unsuitable tents and containers, facing risks to their safety and security. The camp on the island of Samos alone houses more than 4,000 people, a number exceeding its capacity by more than five times.

On paper, the arrangement was to be accompanied by a “1:1 scheme:” a commitment to resettle one Syrian to EU Member States for every Syrian being returned from Greece to Turkey. Figures show, however, that only over 8,000 re-settlements of Syrians have been carried out in 2018, while around 3.6 million remain in Turkey. In parallel, out of 32,494 total sea arrivals to Greece in 2018, returns to Turkey amounted to only 322.

Read EU-Turkey Deal of 2016:

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This report was originally published by Amnesty International on March 18th 2019. It was republished, with permission, under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International License, in accordance with the Terms & Conditions of Amnesty International | Formatting Edits, pictures and videos added and embedded by Rogue Media Labs

ACLU Releases +1,800 Documents Obtained from US Immigration & Customs Enforcement Won via Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit

The other day I came across an interesting release of documents obtained by the American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU) as the result of a recent Freedom of Information Act lawsuit (FOIA) against US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In this particular instance, the documents demonstrate the lengths to which different US Federal Agencies, including ICE, go in order to carry out what’s refereed to as “Mass Surveillance” against US citizens, immigrants and/or illegal aliens.  More specifically, included within the +1,800 documents released to the public last week are various contracts used by ICE to go about tracking or collecting information on various targets, as well as internal memo’s and emails detailing how ICE agents use existing networks/data centers to go about tracking these individuals online.

As was reported by the ACLU last week, March 13th 2019, “records obtained  in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit detail ICE’s sweeping use of a vast automated license plate reader (ALPR) database run by a company called Vigilant Solutions.” Explaining how “over 9,000 ICE officers have gained access to the Vigilant system under a $6.1 million contract.” As a result, ICE now has “access to over 5 billion data points of location information collected by private businesses, like insurance companies and parking lots, and can gain access to an additional 1.5 billion records collected by law enforcement agencies.

According to the records, a little more than 80 law enforcement agencies country-wide have already signed up for this program and have already begun sharing their license plate data record with ICE. In many instances, in light of the evidence uncovered in the FOIA documents, the ACLU has also found these data transfers to be in direct violation of localized data sharing laws and ICE’s own internal policies. Making matters worse, ICE’s $6.1 million dollar contract with Vigilant isn’t set to expire until September 2020. At the present moment in time it’s estimated that Vigilant‘s databases contain over 5 billion license plate scans, enough informationto cover the movements of 150-200 millions citizens across any state – roughly 60% of the combined population of the United States. You can find all of this information and more via the newly declassified +1,800 pages of material provided below.

Original Press Release from ACLU: https://www.aclunc.org/blog/documents-reveal-ice-using-driver-location-data-local-police-deportations
Download FOIA Documents for Yourself: https://www.aclunc.org/docs/DOCS_031319.pdf

Full Cache of Documents Won/Released via FOIA Lawsuit:

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Why This American Has No Quarrels About Re-Locating Abroad

Starting in the very near future it’s one of my primary goals to start traveling the world, visiting new places and perhaps even settling down in a new country abroad for the long term. However, the more people I start talking to the more everyone keeps saying the same things, sayings things like “oh I don’t know about that, there are a lot of bad places outside the United States. Are you sure you want to do that?” Or “you know how many people are trying to get into this country? Why would you want to leave?” Their opinions all seem to be based off a fallacious notion that somehow it’s impossible to be happy or live a good/quality life outside the United States, pretending as if everyone currently living inside the US is as happy as could possibly be and we are all living the lives of our dreams.

There are roughly 7.3 billion people living on planet Earth at the present moment in time and only about 0.3 of them live inside the United States. Meaning that the overwhelming majority of all people on planet Earth live outside of the United States, and live perfectly fine or happy lives at that. It might be a notion lost on most modern Americans these days, but life outside of the United States is not just some great giant “dystopia.” In fact, you might be surprised to know that, based on the 2019 Global Democracy index, the United States currently ranks 27th in the world out of 160 countries and according to the 2018 worlds happiness report, the United States ranks 18th in the world out of 117 countries. These two studies are also based off factors such as poverty rates, incarceration rates, average annual income, health coverage, life expectancy, voter turnout, purchasing power, quality of life – et cetera.

On top of this, in terms of education, the United States ranks 115th among 200 countries in terms of linguistic diversity, and ranks 20th in math and 27th in science internationally. Moreover, out of 40 countries ranked based off their colleges or secondary educational systems, the USA ranks 20th in the world. Even here inside the United States, according to our own ACT testing agency, it is estimated that 76% of all high school students are unprepared to enter into college level courses upon graduating high school.

As for me personally, I’ve been ‘that guy‘ who used to work seasonally around the United States – all with migrant workers because I couldn’t get hired anywhere else. At times, on more than one occasion, I’ve literally been the only American working in a group of maybe +45 people – also some of the most enjoyable times of my life being honest with you.

In vain, what I keep trying to get the average American to understand is that there is a very real reason why so many people and/or countries around the world hate America and American tourists – and no, it isn’t because they are envious or jealous of you and your lifestyle. People hate Americans and American culture because we base our moral and ethical set of principles around materialism, vanity, vulgar-ness, indecency, gluttony, and arrogance.

Americans literally look at signers, rappers and movie stars as role models, we glorify transgender people as hero’s, we turn children into sex symbols, have the highest rate of obesity in the world, elect billionaire narcissists to be our National leader/President and our Government genuinely views itself as the worlds police. For example, did you know that out of 239 years in existence the United States Government has been engaged in different Wars for 222 of them?

Let me ask you a rhetorical question, why do you think so many migrants from around the world all enter the United States from foreign countries and then refuse to self identify as Americans? As an example, down in Florida there is an extremely large population of people whom defected from Cuba. These are people who were literally so ashamed of their country/government that they denounced their citizenship and sought asylum abroad. Yet, even after they were granted freedom in the United States, if you ever talk to them, they all still call themselves “Cubans” – not “Americans.” Ask yourself, why do you think this is?

The answer is simple, American culture/society is nothing to look up to or be envious of. The fact of the matter is that foreigners all come to this country for one reason and one reason only, to exploit our economic system and make as much money for themselves and their families as possible – not because they fancy American “culture.” This is why they all immigrate here and start settling into their own local communities, such as “Little Italy” or “China Town” or “New Haiti” and identify themselves with their old countries – because the culture where they came from is still fundamentally better than the culture we’ve created here in America, even if their economies aren’t.

‘Freedom’ & Human Rights

While I’m on the subject , I also want to touch on the notion of America being “free,” because it is yet again another major fallacy. In fact, you might be surprised to learn, but the United States of America is actually THE least free country on planet Earth – at least according to the statistics.

For example, did you know that the United States is home to 5% of the globes overall population, but 25% of the worlds prison population? How about the fact that America arrests more citizens ‘per capita’ than any country in the world, including Iran, North Korea, Russia or anyone else? Or the fact that the United States is considered one of the worst human rights violators in the world, not only because of our Wars but because our criminal justice system has created the conditions allowing for the US to actively host the worlds largest population of incarcerated citizens? Every year for example, the United States always makes the list of the worlds top human rights violators because of this very fact.

Debt

Did you know that, at the present moment in time, the United States Government currently holds $21.97 Trillion Dollars in National Debt?: http://www.usdebtclock.org/

How about the fact that US Congress has operated the US Government at an annual budget deficit every year since 2002?: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/02/03/cnn-fact-check-the-last-president-to-balance-the-budget/

Or the fact that the US’s National Debt has literally more than doubled within the course of the last 10 years alone?: https://www.thebalance.com/us-debt-by-president-by-dollar-and-percent-3306296

On top of this, 80% of Americans admit to being burdened by some form of debt & 70% admit they could not afford their lifestyles without the active use of debt: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2015/07/the-complex-story-of-american-debt

For example, the average American currently holds over $7,000 in credit card debt: https://www.valuepenguin.com/average-credit-card-debt

The average ‘homeowner’ owes, on average, $164,000 on their mortgages: https://www.bankrate.com/finance/mortgages/states-with-most-mortgage-debt-1.aspx#slide=1

The average college graduate in American owes, on average, $29,000 on their student loans: https://ticas.org/posd/map-state-data

Meanwhile, the average unemployment rate for recent college graduates in their early 20’s fluctuates between 26% to 30% – more than twice that of the combined national average: https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=561

Moreover, it’s estimated that each month, 43% of all households in the US spend more money than they make: https://www.businessinsider.com/ny-fed-q4-2014-household-debt-2015-2

And 41% of all Americans either have re-occurring medical expenses or hold outstanding medical debts: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-08/cf-7mu081908.php

In total, it is estimated that the average American adult owns/owes somewhere around $225,238 in debt – each: https://investorplace.com/2013/09/report-average-american-in-debt-hundreds-of-thousands/#.VjM0VivJzwI

Adding insult to injury now, there are over 1.17 million foreclosed homes in the United States: https://www.statisticbrain.com/home-foreclosure-statistics/

With a total homeless population hovering around 3.5 million each year: https://www.amnestyusa.org/housing-its-a-wonderful-right/

Now, if you really want to fry your noodles, consider the fact that, according to the US Treasury Department, there’s only $1.57 Trillion Dollars of currency in physical circulation/existence? Meaning that if every coin and “Federal Reserve Note” in the world were magically handed in right now at this very moment, not only would there be no money left for anyone in society to spend, but there would only be $1.57 trillion dollars to account for. Breaking things down further, this means that if we’ve spent $21.97 Trillion Dollars in conjunction with our National Debt but only have $1.57 to account for, then only 14% of money is actually real. Meaning that 86% of money – aka debt – only exists inside in cyber space, as numbers/figures transferred from computer to computer across them “inter-webs.

IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EVER ALLOW PRIVATE BANKS TO CONTROL THE ISSUE OF THEIR CURRENCY, FIRST BY INFLATION, THEN BY DEFLATION, THE BANKS AND CORPORATIONS THAT WILL GROW UP AROUND THEM WILL DEPRIVE THE PEOPLE OF ALL PROPERTY UNTIL THEIR CHILDREN WAKE UP HOMELESS ON THE CONTINENT THEIR FATHERS CONQUERED…I BELIEVE THAT BANKING INSTITUTIONS ARE MORE DANGEROUS TO OUR LIBERTIES THAN STANDING ARMIES… THE ISSUING POWER SHOULD BE TAKEN FROM THE BANKS AND RESTORED TO THE PEOPLE, TO WHOM IT PROPERLY BELONGS.” – THOMAS JEFFERSON