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TND periodically features the headlines from to introduce new readers to the website.  Issues with the police, the surveillance state and the “nanny state” gone wild are anything but anecdotal in today’s America and the first step towards building a more sane society is awareness of how far America as fallen.  In the 1960s there were less than 1,000 SWAT raids per year.  Today, an estimated 70,000 raids are conducted annually — while violent crime rates have declined!

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TND Editor’s Note:  We publish the headlines and links to’s ongoing coverage because the sheer volume of stories they regularly uncover destroy the myth that these are anecdotal issues and not systemic problems.  Here are stories published within the last couple of weeks.

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Dried ginseng roots.  (Source: Fotalia / Stephanie Fray)

Dozens of Indiana residents arrested for harvesting ginseng plants too early

Natural medicine is considered contraband without a state-issued license; can only be harvested legally during certain months. September 7, 2014 by Site Staff in News

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TND Spotlight:  The over-reach and militarization of American law enforcement is widespread and a systemic problem.  The following stories come from just the last two weeks of postings at  These are not anecdotal, one-off incidents.

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Protesters raise their hands as riot police close in on them. Ferguson, Missouri, Aug. 2014. (Source: AP Photo / Jeff Roberson)

Protesters raise their hands as riot police close in on them. Ferguson, Missouri, Aug. 2014. (Source: AP Photo / Jeff Roberson)

FERGUSON, MO — Governor Jay Nixon has issued an executive order declaring that Missouri is under a State of Emergency; thereby granting extraordinary police powers to law enforcement accompanied by a suspension of ordinary civilian freedoms.

Nixon’s Executive Order 14-08 was issued today, August 16th, 2014, ostensibly to deter nighttime looters that have been causing chaos each evening for the past week.

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Effective immediately, the Superintendent has declared that the curfew will be in effect from 12:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m.

Police now have the power to arrest individuals just for being out in public during curfew hours.  The governor claimed in his accompanying speech that there was no easy way “to separate those who hurt from those who help,” which led him to restrict freedoms for everyone.

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Glass shatters as SWAT uses a battering ram against an unlocked storm door. (Source: YouTube)

Glass shatters as SWAT uses a battering ram against an unlocked storm door. (Source: YouTube)

EVANSVILLE, IN — An innocent elderly woman’s home was raided by SWAT when she was suspected of using the internet to trash-talk and post threats toward the local police.  In response, gun-wielding assailants breached her doors and windows in a violent search for electronic evidence.

The hair-raising incident took place at the household of Louise Milan on Powell Street.  It was the place where she and her husband had raised their six children, and had lived for three decades.

On June 21, 2012, the solitude of the familial home was shattered — along with numerous doors and window panes.  Louise Milan, 68, was home with her adopted daughter, 18-year-old Stephanie Milan.  Around midday, Louise had been straightening her bedroom when she heard a terrifying sound from downstairs.

“Don’t hurt me,” a teen begged to the rifle-toting strangers. (Source: YouTube)

“Don’t hurt me,” a teen begged to the rifle-toting strangers. (Source: YouTube)

“I hear this noise, and I’m thinking something’s hit the house,” Louise recalled in her deposition.  “Then I think the world has come to and end,” she added, when she heard “the second bang.”

The terrified grandmother, who had endured multiple heart surgeries to treat her atrial fibrillation, immediately thought of Stephanie and headed for the stairs, screaming in panic.  She said that she was met half-way down the stairs by an unidentified intruder holding a rifle.

“He’s pointing his gun at me, and he’s saying ‘Get on the floor,’” Louise recalled.

What Louise Milan didn’t know at the time was that her home was being raided by the Evansville Police Department’s SWAT team.  The deafening “bangs” she heard were the sounds of concussion grenades exploding in her downstairs living space, shattering windows and damaging property in the process.

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Michael Brown, 18, was left lying in street for 4 hours after being shot to death by Ferguson Police.

Michael Brown, 18, was left lying in street for 4 hours after being shot to death by Ferguson Police.

FERGUSON, MO — A teen’s death has sparked national outrage, after a dispute over jaywalking resulted in a fatal police shooting.  According to witnesses, the target had his hands in the air when he was shot multiple times.

At around 2:15 p.m. on August 9th, 2014, 18-year-old Michael Brown and 22-year-old Dorian Johnson were walking down the center of Canfield Drive in a residential neighborhood close to one of their homes.

Some key parts of the story are in dispute, but everyone agrees on the following: (1) the two men were walking in the street; (2) a Ferguson Police Officer told the men to get on the sidewalk; (3) there was a brief verbal exchange; (4) the unidentified officer fatally shot Michael Brown multiple times; (5) Brown was unarmed.

Darian Johnson’s Witness Account

Dorian Johnson was Mr. Brown’s companion that afternoon and says he witnessed the confrontation and the shooting.  In an interview with MSNBC, Mr. Johnson said that he and Mr. Brown had been walking in the street when an officer drove up and told them to “Get the f— onto the sidewalk.”  Those were the words Mr. Johnson recalled being yelled at him and his friend.

According to the account, the pair were nearly to Mr. Johnson’s house and did not immediately exit the street as directed. “It was not but a minute to our destination and we would be off the street,” he said in an interview.

The officer, who had already passed them, put his car in reverse and almost hit them.  The male cop then opened his door, hitting Mr. Brown.  When the door bounced shut, the officer grew “upset” and reached out of his window and allegedly grabbed Mr. Brown by the neck, yanking him into the window.

“Mike was trying to get away from being choked,” Mr. Johnson told MSNBC. At that point, he said, the officer pulled a gun and fired, striking Mr. Brown.

“I saw the barrel of the gun pointed at my friend,” said Mr. Johnson. “Then I saw the fire come out of the barrel.”

Mr. Johnson says he was only an arm’s length away from the initial shot.  “I could see so vividly what was going on because I was so close,” he said.

Both men started running, his account stated, but Mr. Johnson ducked behind a car while Mr. Brown kept running.   The officer had exited his vehicle with his gun drawn.

That’s when Mr. Brown was shot a second time, Mr. Johnson said, and he turned with his hands in the air, only to be shot several more times.  After witnessing Mr. Brown collapse and stop moving following multiple gunshot wounds, Mr. Johnson said that he feared for his life and took off running.

Mr. Johnson stated that Brown did not assault the police officer and that, contrary to police reports, “[Brown] did not reach for the officer’s weapon at all.”

Describing the scene, Mr. Johnson revealed the placement of the police car and Brown at the time of the shooting: “His death came behind the police car, but the initial shot, we were on the side, at the driver’s door of the police car.”

When interviewed by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Mr. Johnson said that it was was “sixty seconds or less” from the moment of first contact until the shooting.   “It sped up so quickly, it got out of hand.  It wasn’t even a minute.”

As a key witness, Mr. Johnson’s testimony has been ignored thus far by the police and has only discussed with media sources.

“What is interesting about this is that we have not [been contacted by investigators],” said attorney Freeman Bosley, Jr., who represents Mr. Johnson.  He said that he and his client contacted the department to make themselves available for an interview but, as of this writing, were turned down.

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Jason Westcott

Jason Westcott

TAMPA, FL — A man was shot to death in his bedroom by a SWAT team that had stormed in uninvited looking for contraband plants.  The violence — which netted only trace amounts of illegal vegetation — adds another casualty to the death toll in America’s bloody Drug War.

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The raid occurred the night of May 27th, 2014, in the Tampa neighborhood of Seminole Heights.  Jason Westcott, 29, and his housemate were asleep in separate rooms when the Tampa SWAT team arrived to search the premises.

Police claimed that they knocked, received no answer, then barged in when they discovered the door was unlocked.  The individual sleeping on the couch was quickly detained and the intruders made their way to Mr. Westcott’s bedroom.

In the split-second confusion of being jarred awake by strange noises, Westcott picked up his pistol in a futile effort to defend himself.  It would be the last decision he ever made.  Police skillfully entered his sleeping quarters and opened fire on the man that supposedly “threatened the officers.”

Mr. Westcott did not fire a shot.  He was mortally wounded when struck with multiple shotgun slugs and pistol rounds.

Westcott had been targeted because the government suspected him of partaking in smoking and selling marijuana.  The raid did not produce any cache of drugs, however.  The search of the tiny 600 square-foot house netted a total of 0.2 grams of marijuana — valued at $2.  Police had committed a violent home invasion, taken a life, and ruined many others to rid the streets of roughly one marijuana cigarette.

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor defended the raid, sheepishly saying that finding drugs “is not an exact science.”

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TND Editor’s Note:’s shocking headlines can awaken some among the American “sheeple.”

Many Americans are oblivious to the rapid militarization of local police, sheriff departments and the nearly 100 federal agencies charged with law enforcement.  These same Americans take only passing interest in the near daily news stories about law enforcement overreach, dismissing stories as anecdotal cases.  But if you visit sites like and peruse their headlines, it’s clear that what’s going on extends far beyond anecdotal cases.

The stories below represent only 2 weeks worth of coverage from  Click on any of the headlines to pull up the story.

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