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Police Brutality & Abuses of Power

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Police Brutality & Abuses of Power

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Date: Saturday - September 28, 2013
Host: John B. Wells
Guests: William B. Scott, Amber Lyon

Joining John B. Wells, former NSA officer and author William B. Scott discussed his book, The Permit, a work of fiction based on the real murder of his son Eric by police and its subsequent cover-up. Scott disclosed how Eric, a West Point graduate with an MBA from Duke University, was shot and killed 'High Noon' style outside of a Las Vegas Costco after he got into an argument with a store employee. Eric had legally carried a concealed weapon into Costco (in violation of an un-posted store policy), undercover security notified the police about it and they arrived thinking a crazed person with a weapon was inside the building, he explained. The store was quietly evacuated and as Eric was exiting an anxious and visibly shaking officer issued a series of contradictory orders to him, Scott reported, noting that his son was holding a Blackberry at the time. They mistook Eric's phone for a gun and fired several rounds into him, he said.

Scott revealed the epidemic of police brutality against civilians and how the system protects the bad guys in official positions. According to Scott, an American citizen is eight times more likely to be killed by a cop than an Al-Qaeda terrorist. In addition, a police officer is 130 times more likely to be involved in an act of misconduct than to be killed in the line of duty, he noted. Scott blamed the spread of police brutality to the emergence of a generation called the Thirteeners (born between 1961-1980), who were raised on video games which may have wired their brains to shoot first rather than using non-lethal methods to diffuse a situation. Scott estimated that around 2 to 4 percent of police officers in a typical precinct qualify as rogues or bad cops. The good officers in Las Vegas, where his son was killed, estimate the percentage of rogues there at 25 to 30 percent, he said. Scott suggested the system can pollute even the good ones as it "doesn't matter what a cop does... he knows he's going to get off."

Scott also detailed his work as a military pilot, noting a classified assignment to find and fly through radioactive debris from nuclear bomb test detonations.

Media Censorship & Human Trafficking

In the first hour, investigative journalist Amber Lyon reported on how CNN is paid to run favorable stories about certain world governments. "CNN has been taking money from Lebanon, Kazakhstan and Bahrain," she revealed. Lyon said she produced an hour-long documentary on the brutality of the Bahrain regime which never aired on CNN International because the network was receiving money from that government to run positive PR pieces. She also detailed her investigations into animal trafficking out of Central America and human trafficking in the United States. According to Lyon, she spoke to an 11-year-old girl that was being sold out of a Motel 6 and forced by her pimp to see 10 to 15 clients a day. Many of these victims end up staying in the business for decades, she admitted.

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