This is an audio file of the voicemails which Jeff Bert says are NOT harassing. You can make up your own mind.
[Moderator's Note - 9:55 Monday October 31] I've removed this audio file, at Jeff Bert's request, on the grounds that it broadcasts his private phone number repeatedly, and that he doesn't want it broadcast. (Obviously, it would be possible to deal with Jeff's objection by editing out his phone number and then reposting the audio. However, I think this conversation has gone far enough on the blog; neither party seems content to let the other person have the last word and let go of this incident.) I do want to apologize to Drew for cutting it off in the middle of his turn in this back and forth, but I also think that anybody who's interested enough to stick with it blow by blow has probably also processed this post by now.
I just don't want to have to keep dealing with this issue here.
Force Science sends me emails. Some of them are downright creepy.
Finally, check out this clever video on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImMBiqM62jk
Using a cartoon format, it's an easy-to-follow description of the human amygdala (the so-called "Lizard Brain"), which "regulates emotions and activates the body's earliest warning system for danger so survival actions can follow."
In particular, the narration explains how hypervigilance fostered by the impact of police training and working conditions on the amygdala can affect officer interactions on the street both positively and negatively.
"Our hope is that this video will help the public and officers alike better understand some of the police behavior they may see on TV or encounter first-hand," says Jack Colwell who, with his long-time training partner Charles "Chip" Huth, was the creative force behind the production. Huth is a certified Force Science Analyst and together they've also written the book Unleashing the Power of Unconditional Respect: Transforming Law Enforcement and Police Training.
At the moment, the video is available only on YouTube but can be downloaded for roll call training, Colwell says. Eventually he and Huth hope to have a system in place that will allow them to search Twitter and other social media for people who are expressing concerns about law enforcement experiences.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/translog/5853685083/in/photostreamMOTSU's Point Defender 13-17 June 2011
"SUNNY POINT, N.C. (June 20, 2011) – Members of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command’s 596th Transportation Brigade at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point partnered with North Carolina National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, and multiple federal, state and local emergency response agencies during a weeklong exercise responding to a series of force protection scenarios as part of Point Defender 2011 exercise, June 13-17, in Sunny Point, N.C."
Freedom (An MSC Ship contracted to handle US Army Vehicles )
ESTIMATED July 16th arrival at Umm Qasr Iraq
ESTIMATED August 1st – August 15th Arrival on US West Coast
Tacoma East Blair One Terminal is the most likely candidate for a landing area for this vessel.
Vehicles from 2-25th Stryker Brigade Combat Team will be "reset" at Joint Base Lewis McChord for the next five months or so.
What would it take to show, to a skeptical observer, that the law enforcement agencies of the Puget Sound region have been deliberately targeting political persons with harassing or otherwise unjustified police contacts, tickets, arrests, and surveillance?
Would it take a large money out-of-court settlement? Would it take an audio recording of the police setting up a conspiracy prior to the stop which resulted in that large cash settlement? Would it take a statistical showing of serious patterns of harassment of, say, eight or ten (or more) persons out of a sample of less than a hundred political activists? Would it take a documented timeline analysis of when and where these events have taken place, with an emphasis on the eight weeks of time just prior to each known shipment of military material from the ports of Olympia, Tacoma, and Grays Harbor? Would it take an admission in a court of law from the officers who took part in the targeting of such an effort? Would it take the hiring of a former detective adminstrator from a city which has already endured just such a pattern of targeted political policing?
What would you say if we had all of the above? And what would you do about it?
Stay tuned. We're about to find out.
Finally, I jumped in the Scribd website with both feet.
I uploaded a few documents which are core to the John J Towery case, and put them into three folders for easier browsing and some context. The links are surprisingly Facebook friendly, too. I already had 26 reads of the main Towery document (which is short and not that interesting) within the first 10 hours of its publication. That's a little weird, so it probably indicates some automated scraping program tuned to his name. Most of the other entries were nowhere near that many reads. Anyway, we shall see.
So far I have to admit, long .pdf documents are hard to serve any better or quicker anywhere else on the web. I can't easily share my photo collections of documents, though - so I will probably have to work on getting them OCR'd into .pdf form.
Below is the file in JPEG format, but is not as clear as the original TIF file.
A jury has been empaneled in the case of Shyam P Khanna, in an Olympia Municipal Court case being heard in Courtroom 230 upstairs at the Thurston County Courthouse beginning today. Opening arguments are at 2PM Wednesday, 29th October.
The USNS Brittin arrived early on July 29 in the Port of Tacoma. This is a large medium speed roll-on, roll-off ship which last visited Olympia in November of 2007. You might recall some controversy over that visit. We do not yet know if it is bringing back the 4th/2nd Stryker Brigade, or the 864th Engineers.
Olympia PMR contingency is to meet at 3PM at Media Island to decide how to handle such a confirmed ship arrival. Media Island is at 816 Adams Street, in downtown Olympia.