Basics of Resistance: Available for Pre-Order

The long-awaited day is here–and believe me, it’s REALLY long-awaited for Claire and I. The book is finished, it’s live on Amazon a bit early, and it’s available for pre-order right now.

it’s called Basics of Resistance, and it’s the first of what we hope will be several books in The Practical Freedomista series.

If you want to read the introduction–aka Who Is This Book For?–you can do so on the book’s website, PracticalFreedomista.com. There’s also more  information about some of the concepts explained in the book and how to appropriately use them.

The title has the  word “basics” for a reason; this isn’t a be-all, end-all of resistance. What it IS, is a starting point for people who want to do more than go to yet another rally or hold up yet another sign.  It’s for the millennials who know something is desperately wrong and want to do something about it.

A few folks have asked for a table of contents or list of topics. Here’s a smattering:

  • How to create a group (or find the right one)
  • How to plan an action
  • Ideas for actions
  • Cover for action/cover for status
  • What kinds of people to look for (and avoid)
  • Why you should be doing this at all
  • Some of the folks you haven’t heard about who did it–the right way

There’s also some discussion on who YOU need to be if you decide to step into the resistance world.

The book is currently the #1 new release in Amazon’s Civil Rights and Liberties section, so we’re pretty stoked about that.

We’re also going to have an online launch party; on April 19th, the release date, we’ll be in a free webinar answering questions from readers and talking about some of the concepts in the book.  I’ll put up more on that later.

Countdown to Pre-Order for Basics of Resistance

The book that Claire Wolfe and I have been working on is in the final edit stages, and should be available for pre-order on April 1st. It’ll be released on April 19th, but if you pre-order it’s only 99 cents for a DRM-free version of the book.

I’ll be posting excerpts as we get closer to the 1st.

 

Cops Get Warrants for Every Phone in a 17 Acre Area Near a Crime

Individual probable cause? It’s not necessary to get a warrant anymore, at least not in North Carolina. Cops there are now getting warrants for any phone within up to a 17 acre area near a crime. From WRAL:

In at least four investigations last year – cases of murder, sexual battery and even possible arson at the massive downtown fire in March 2017 – Raleigh police used search warrants to demand Google accounts not of specific suspects, but from any mobile devices that veered too close to the scene of a crime, according to a WRAL News review of court records. These warrants often prevent the technology giant for months from disclosing information about the searches not just to potential suspects, but to any users swept up in the search.

Let’s take a look at a Google map of that area:

How many people do you think are in that area at any given time, within 150 meters of the marker? How many people live in those apartment buildings? What about the folks who are just driving by on Hill, Booker, Fisher, or Oakwood? What about the folks in the businesses–both employees and customers?

Now keep in mind that these people went months before being told that the gov had a warrant on their phone–if they were ever told at all.

We know that Google collects data about your actions and locations even if your phone’s location services are “disabled,” and in the case of these warrants, it applies to literally any device running Google services or apps. That means laptops, phones, tablets, the list goes on. Someone literally sitting at home or even just driving through the area on their way home from work had all of their devices caught up in a warrant for something they had nothing to do with, and they didn’t even know.

If you’re not already blown away, check out this quote from the Wake County District Attorney:

“We’re not getting text messages or emails or phone calls without having to go through a different process and having additional information that might lead us to a specific individual.”

Note that they aren’t saying they don’t GET that information; they’re saying there’s a separate process for it. That’s all.

Former prosecutor Steven Saad is now a defense attorney, and he points out the obvious:

“This is almost the opposite technique, where they get a search warrant in the hopes of finding somebody later to follow or investigate. It’s really hard to say that complies with most of the search warrant or probable cause rules that we’ve got around the country.”

Most of. Because some counties are already doing it. It’s becoming normalized. It will be SOP.

Concerns about the obvious 4th Amendment problems are being shrugged off, as the agencies say they “consider” the implications before going ahead and doing it anyway. That’s like how a young adult “considers” advice before going off and doing what they had planned to begin with.

In two of the cases, in fact, there was no “evidence that the arsonist or the attacker had a cell phone,” which means they were literally using a shotgun approach, throwing a wide net and pulling everyone into it. They had nothing to suggest the suspect even had a phone at the time–and literally thousands of people had their right to privacy breached for it.

This is our society now–and it’s what happens when you decide your safety is worth more than your liberty.