One Of The Few Supporting The Many

According to the newly release figures, 61% of Americans didn’t pay income taxes last year. With the COVID unemployment rates and such the ranks of non-taxpayers increased by 40% last year!

Being one of the 39% carrying the load for the rest of the country is not something I have ever aspired to…

How much longer can the few continue to carry the load for the many?

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

Timothy Hale-Cusanelli – A US Political Prisoner

Timothy Hale-Cusanelli has been an  army reservist for eleven years and is a contractor at the Naval Weapons Station in New Jersey. He has no criminal record.

He was arrested on January 15th of this year for participating in the occupation of the US Capitol on January 6th. He has been held without bail since then and transferred between several jails/prisons in multiple states during that time.

It is reported that many of the January 6th prisoners have been subjected to beatings and torture while being held without bail. There are no specific reports of this man being treated in that manner at this time.

None of the charges against him are for violent crimes. He is not accused of vandalizing or stealing anything. None of the charges include weapons possession or use. The charges he faces are for trespassing, obstruction, disorderly conduct and “parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.”

The US Department of Justice prosecutor has requested that his trial be delayed until 2022 in order to give them time to build a case against him stating that “the government cannot meet discovery obligations until early 2022. That’s a conservative estimate”

In the meantime, he stays in jail.

The justice department is also accusing him of being a white supremacist and supporting Nazi ideology. No official complaints have ever been filed on him either at his place of employment or in his Army reserve unit. The primary basis for these accusations by the US DoJ, which are not crimes by the way, are the memes found on his phone.

I know what I believe but I would like to hear your thoughts, is this man a political prisoner?

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action. Four Times Is….

So far, four DC Metro police officers who responded to the Capital protests on January 6th has committed suicide. That’s four officers involved in the operation who have committed suicide in the last seven months.

As Ian Fleming famously said:

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.

Is four times a cover up? Could be

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

You Ain’t Really Serious About…

I hear this over and over again…

You ain’t really serious about prepping (or self-defense) unless you (fill in the blank).

One of my favorite YouTube channels recently posted a video about prepping where he basically said that if you aren’t homesteading in the back country, living off the land and driving a 3/4 ton truck you’re not really serious about prepping.

It’s not just one guy, this type of attitude is prevalent in the prepping community. It is equally, if not more prevalent in the self-defense community.

I have heard self-defense instructors give a laundry list of classes and gear that are “required” if you are serious about defending yourself and your family. To listen to some of them “you’ll get kill’t in the street” if you don’t carry a full sized service pistol, three spare magazines, a backup gun, a fixed blade knife, folding knife, trauma kit, and a flashlight. Oh, don’t forget the rifle, body armor, helmet and a 200 rounds of ammo in your vehicle. Plus, you need advanced training with each along with earning a black belt in at least one martial art.

I admire and respect preppers who can live off the grid in a community of like-minded individuals. I am envious of preppers who can afford to buy and outfit a hardened missile silo for themselves and their family. I also admire people who have invested in becoming so skilled with firearms and martial arts that they are a walking incarnation of John Wick. When the fecal material hits the rotary device I hope and pray those guys are on my team.

But let’s face facts:

    1. Not everyone can afford (or even wants) to live in their very own nuclear bomb-proof bunker, off the grid.
    2. Not everyone can afford the ammo, training and time investment required reach John Wick skill levels.
    3. The vast majority of us will probably never need either one to survive.

For the vast majority of us, having some extra money in the bank for “rainy days” will handle all the disasters we will ever face. Having some extra food on hand and the ability to prepare it when the power goes out will take care of almost every other disaster.

Keeping our eyes out of our phones and being aware of our environment will keep 99% or people out of life threatening encounters. Staying away from bad places at bad times will take care of most everything else.

I choose to be a little more prepared than that and I encourage others to be as well but if you ever hear me falling into the “You Ain’t Really Serious About” mindset please call me out for being an arrogant jerk.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

The Freedom Phone – A Response

My post on the Freedom Phone received more views than any other post ever on this blog (link).

One longtime reader of the blog chimed in with some actual technical concers regarding cell phones in general. Another reader left a comment about not doing bad things with certain body parts, essentially saying (I assume) that I was bashing the Freedom Phone. What I said was that I was taking a “wait and see” attitude. I am hopeful this new option provides exactly what they say the do. I responded to the commenter with some more specific concerns about the platform which I think bear mentioning in a post.

So here you go:

The offering is interesting but before I make a decision I would like more information. The company selling this phone offers VERY LITTLE in the way of technical specs for either the hardware or software. Before I give anything a thumbs up form a security perspective I want to see more than marketing blurbs.

While the Android OS is open source and based on Linux the vast majority of the code is developed privately by Google employees and contractors. Google is also the major sponsor and funding source for the open source community around Android OS. Many components necessary for the operating system to be used on a phone are still proprietary and closed software maintained by Google. It would be extremely easy for Google to insert code that could be used to spy on those running Android-based systems without anyone being aware. In fact, it is proven that they do exactly this. One of Google’s operating units, Jigsaw, is a government contractor assisting the NSA and otheragencies in their spy efforts. So, there is not only a political incentive but also a financial incentive for Google to plant spyware in the Android OS stack.

The hardware for the phone is sourced from China. It is a phone designed for the Chinese market by a Chinese company with ties to the CCP. Now, pretty much all phones are manufactured in China or from Chinese made parts. However, Apple, Google, Intel, etc. go to great lengths to ensure that the phones or components are free of embedded spyware (they hate competition). They have not always been successful with Intel being the most visible victim of this activity. If you buy ANY Chinese made electronics not under contract by a major US, Japanese, Korean or Taiwanese company it is almost guaranteed to have spyware embedded.

With all that said, it is POSSIBLE that the folks selling the Freedom Phone have overcome these obstacles and provided exactly what they advertise. But before I accept that as fact I want a lot more information and independent verification especially considering the recent history of even cybersecurity companies being compromised (supposedly by the Russians but more likely by the Chinese).

I certainly hope the folks at Freedom Phone have or can accomplish what their marketing claims.

With that said, cell phones technology as a whole has some critical security gaps which no vendor can bypass (technically or legally):

    • Every cell device is required to have a unique identifier in order to access cellular networks. These numbers are tied to your account with a provider. Legally, retailers of so called “burner phones” are supposed to record personal data and tie it to the phones identifier (some may not if cash is used).
    • When that device is powered on it connects to multiple cell towers providing a location (through triangulation) of the device. This information is tracked by the carrier and is available to the government, in most cases without a warrant. Just ask the folks who were in Washington DC on January 6th.
    • Apps like Signal, ProtonMail and VPNs that encrypt communications are a good idea (I highly recommend using them). However, if the device itself is compromised/spyware installed the data on the device can easily be accessed including that sent over encrypted channels.

Another good point to consider and plan for is how you will communicate if cell service/Internet access is shut off. We are seeing that today in Cuba and have seen it in Hong Kong and other places recently.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.

It’s About Control…

A wise man once said:

Gun control is not about guns, it’s about control.

Control is what The Party, AmSoc, wants over the people of the US. Removing the threat of armed resistance is only one aspect of an agenda designed to increase dependence on the government and remove the will and ability to defend our freedoms and oppose their “benevolent” tyranny.

Fear is a tool of control. Fear of the Russians, fear of the the white folks, fear of crime, economic fears, climate fears and fear of disease are all used to drive compliance and dependence.

Fear is used to divide us. Fear is used to create dependency. Fear is used to control.

The powers that be, the forces of darkness, AmSoc, want us all to be good little proles, easily controlled and marching in step with their agendas.

Wake up!

Resist that control…while you still can.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.