The United States is becoming an ideologically driven police state. The ideology is a Rampant Liberalism where no distinctions are permitted to be said in a host of areas at risk of career and reputation. In all these areas, and you know what they are, the rule is that if you have nothing good to say then don’t say anything at all. But this ideological assault is now being coupled with a repressive use of the policing agencies. The US remains prosperous because of its inheritance from the past, but even that is no longer guaranteed going forwards say a decade and a half. It is this story that has again brought these issues to mind.
Look at the above picture. Does she look like the sort of person who would attack an armed officer of the law especially where there were quite a number of other such armed officers of the law right there as well. Here’s the story.
This is a photo of Arielle Lipsen (a good friend of mine) who was thrown to the ground and hit with the butt of a DEA agent’s rifle. She is now wrongfully being charged with assaulting a federal agent during a DEA raid of her sister’s smoke shop in Texas. Her sister gave the following statement to a local news site:
“She was having a conversation with a female agent, and trying to give the agents the lock code,” Ilana Lipsen claimed. “She was trying to tell them there was no key, but a code. There were too many officers and about half of them were doing nothing, then this one agent charged at her, threw her, kicked her legs out from under her, and when she was falling, her leg brushed up against his leg. That’s when he said ‘you’re trying to beat a federal agent’ and shoved the butt of his rifle into her neck.” (via BigBendNow)
Arielle reached out to me last night asking if I could help get eyes on her story because not only is she being wrongly accused, but her bond restrictions are insane. She said: “Part of the bond restrictions is that my sister retract all her statements from the press and say that I was never assaulted and that she lied.”
There are a lot more details here, here and here.
She asked me if I could get people’s eyes on this story. This is a thing to scream about. There’s no reason for a federal agent to put his hands on an unarmed, unthreatening citizen. Not only was she assaulted (LOOK AT THAT PHOTO) but now they might actually send her to jail.
Wow. Can they put restrictions like that on her bond?? They won’t let her out unless they tell the press they lied? I can’t eve wrap my brain around that.
This is from the account in the local paper:
On Tuesday, both Ilana and Arielle Lipsen were indicted on federal charges.
Arielle Lipsen was indicted on one count of assault on a federal officer causing bodily injury and Ilana Lipsen was indicted on one count of person under indictment receipt of ammunition.
Purple Zone owners Ilana Lipson, and her mother, Rosa Lipsen, are currently under state indictment for multiple first-degree felony manufacture, deliver, or possession of a controlled substance following four previous raids beginning in November 2012.
They’ve pleaded not guilty to the charges.
“They’re just trying to find something against me,” Ilana said. “This is extreme harassment. I’m aware of my 4th Amendment rights and they violated it.”
The catalyst for the most current raid, Lipsen also claims, was her internet search history, as well as her business dealings with China.
“They link people with internet search history. I own a hookah lounge, so I’m always looking at new products, and I breed, train, and show Arabian horses, so I’m always looking at them online. I do business with China. All my e-cigarette merchandise is bought directly from Chinese distributors,” she said. “It’s the last reach from the DEA in Brewster to get something from nothing. There were 30-plus officers at my shop, and they seized my personal and business computers, my camera, my cell phone, and my registered guns. They also seized packages of kratom, which is a legal herbal stimulant. They absolutely did not find anything illicit or any contraband.”
The officers, Lipsen also said, turned the security cameras in her shop to face the walls and not capture any agents in the raid.
“I’m not aware of the agents doing that,” said DEA Spokesperson Lilia Rico, who also said that the DEA don’t run cameras during raids.
The guns and ammunition seized in the raid, Rico also said, were taken as Lipsen is currently under state indictment.
Photos by citizen photojournalist Cochran that he had posted to Facebook during the end of the raid were deleted, then reposted once Facebook officials found nothing conflicting with their code, despite requests from authorities.
“The whole deal is just scary,” said Cochran, who witnessed the tail end of the raid. “It just shows the violent, confrontational aspects of modern policing and the increasing militarization of the nation’s police forces, as well as accusations of funding terrorism to get access and warrants against anyone.”
The use of terror, Cochran and Lipsen said, has been a part of Operation Synergy phase II.
“They claimed that I had ties with Hezbollah and Syria, which is ridiculous,” said Lipsen. “How can I, a Jewish woman who supports the State of Israel, contribute to those groups or states?”
And then from C.L. we have this, AWFUL! Imperial Cops Murder Afghan Vet For Missing Plates (SHOCKING VIDEO). The man is already in handcuffs when the police set upon him. This is the essence of the story:
Police stopped Afghan veteran for missing plates.
Tommy Yancy was savagely beaten, tasered and attacked by five officers after the traffic stop.
Yancy died on the street.
And here’s the video:
There are still people who will discuss these things in public so the news can get out. The reasons, though, we know any of this at all is because there are still people foolhardy enough to say things in public and with pocket videos everywhere, some of it gets recorded, But with the IRS and other federal agencies on the loose, you must be a very brave person to take any of these things on. Not only is this out of control, there seems to be no feedback loop that will end any of this any time soon.
The intial story via Instapundit.