Border Guard Day Celebration May 28, 2011
We don't apprehend. We don't detain. Our hands are tied by the Federal Government.
Kim looks sexy in this commercial, I think the border guard was impressed.
A short video by Carsten Cumbrowski about the history of the Berlin Wall that physically and spiritually separated an entire city and its people for 28 years; caused hundreds of deaths and inflicted pain in millions of Germans of two generations.
This is an updated and enhanced version of my Berlin Wall video.
It is over 2 minutes longer and several new video snippets were added.
Some (only a few) of the still images were removed and some of the video footage was re-edited and cut.
This version of the vido consists of 21 individual video and audio sources, 54 individual images and 470 words of text for caption, labels and informational messages blended in and out throughout the whole video.
Background music by X-Ray Dog (a few seconds of song "The Journey" used for the intro), John F. & die Gropiuslerchen: "Berlin, Berlin (...Dein Herz Kennt Keine Mauern)" from 1987 and Die Skeptiker: "Berlin" from 1995. Idea, concept, script and editing by Carsten Cumbrowski.
Copyleft 2008. Feel free to copy, distribute and share this video with friends, family or strangers.
International Press-Conference in East-Berlin on 15 June 1961
A journalist from the West German newspaper "Frankfurter Rundschau" asked the question, if the creation of a "Free East Berlin" means that a border will be erected at the Brandenburg Gate.
The East German Head of State "Walter Ulbricht" responded to this question with the following...
"I understand your question like that there are people in West Germany who wish that we mobilize the construction workers of the capital of the GDR to erect a wall, yes?
I am not aware of such intention, but that the construction workers of the capital are mainly busy with the construction of homes and that the available man power is used entirely
Nobody has the intention to build a wall."
During the night of 12-13 August 1961, a barbed-wire entanglement was hastily constructed through the heart of Berlin.
Just two days before the barrier was erected 1,500 refugees had moved to West Berlin.
Watchtowers punctuated the city limits and the temporary barbed-wire constructions were soon replaced with concrete.
Within a year the Wall was seven and half miles long and fences stretched the remaining 91.7 miles around the city.
Border Guards had the order to shoot anybody who attempted to cross the border and ignored the guards order to stop.
Over 200 people who tried it died.
The wire fence and small brick wall segments were replaced in 1965 with a concrete wall.
Between 1975 and 1980 the final and most sophisticated version of the concrete wall was built.
It was made up of 12ft tall and 4ft wide reinforced concrete segments and the top lined with smooth pipe made of concrete to make it harder to climb.
The wall fell on November, 9th 1989 without a single shot being fired or anybody getting injured.
The first segments of the wall were demolished within the first few weeks.
Within a few years only very little remains of the Wall were left and had to be preserved be declaring them a historic monument that is not to be demolished.
The largest remaining segment of the Wall is the "East Side Gallery" near the Oberbaumbruecke along the Spree River.
Another segment can be found north of Bernauer Strasse.
The third and last segment still in existence is located at the location of the former Gestapo head quarters between "Checkpoint Charlie" and "Potsdamer Platz".
Weed smoking sessions comedy show. This part includes medical marijuana info about how cannabis reduces alcohol poisoning and an editorial on pot grow-ops being blamed for crime and violence. Lastly we show a clip from a slideshow created by a pastor beaten and tazed by border guards.
The personal computer may soon be not-so-private, with the U.S. and some European nations working on laws allowing them access to search the content held on a person's hard drive.
President Obama's administration is keeping unusually tight-lipped on the details, which is raising concerns among computer users and liberty activists.
Almost everyone today owns a music player and a laptop. But what if the Government decided to allow itself to access these personal devices for no specific reason whatsoever?
In extreme secrecy from the public, the Obama administration is hammering out an international copyright treaty with several other countries and the European Union.
Under the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), governments will get sweeping new powers to search and seize material thought to be in breach of copyright.
While the Obama administration calls these secretive plans a development of national security, Richard Stallman, a prominent American software freedom activist, calls it a secret war on sharing:
Because we wouldnt like it if we knew, they are trying to do policy laundering, Stillman says. Democracy gets bypassed and they can do to us whatever they want. I can only guess that its going to be nasty, because if it werent going to be nasty, they wouldnt need to keep a secret.
Up until now, the breach of copyright has been a civil matter. The Obama administration seems to now want to criminalize it.
And even though recent reports suggest that on average more than 800 illegally copied songs can be found on a teenagers music player, this has hardly ever been seen as a reason for national security concerns.
One of the things the treaty is said to be aimed at is peer-to-peer sharing, meaning passing on software from one user to another. But what it would do on a larger scale is let Big Brother watch you, this time on a completely different level.
Leaks of the text suggest that border guards will get unprecedented powers to search travelers without warning.
They will be able to go through, copy and confiscate any digital material people have on their laptop. This means music, movies, and games as well as any other personal material.
Some people compare a personal computer and the files it contains to an underwear drawer, and are convinced that the government should not go through it. Or, at least, it should have a good reason to do so.
Others add that the whole process of drafting the new legislation goes completely against the policies with which Obama ran for office, notably the policy of transparency.
It has also been brought to attention that the countries working on the treaty dont include important international players like China, Russia and Brazil.
A female Canadian border guard was shot at one of the busiest crossings in Canada on Tuesday and the gunman died after apparently turning his weapon on himself, RCMP say.
The Douglas border crossing, known better as the Peace Arch crossing, was closed in both directions Tuesday afternoon.
"The first report at the scene revealed that a male, a lone male, had shot an officer in her booth," said Cpl. Bert Paquet.
"At the instant following the shooting of the officer, the lone male had been pronounced dead at the scene from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound."
Paquet said the officer's condition isn't known, but she was breathing when she was loaded into an air ambulance. He said it appeared she'd been shot in the neck.
"We haven't confirmed the identity of the suspect yet. He was entering Canada in a vehicle that beared a Washington plate."
Vic Toews, minister of public safety, said in a statement he was deeply concerned at the news.
"This event is a sobering reminder of the dangerous conditions faced daily by the men and women of our law enforcement agencies as they work to protect the safety and security of Canadians."
A spokeswoman with the Canada Border Services Agency said traffic was being diverted around the crossing.
Kevin McAllister, assistant general manager at the Peace Portal Golf Course, which is adjacent to the crossing, said an employee and several guests reported to him that they heard shots fired at around 2 p.m.
"Two shots were fired," he said. "We've heard fire, police, ambulance heading southbound on (Highway) 99, which is probably about a couple hundred yards from the 18th green. So that's what they heard when all hell broke loose."
McAllister said he also heard and saw a police helicopter hovering over the 10th and 11th fairways, which are the closest fairways to the highway and the border crossing.
He said the helicopters stopped about 2:40 p.m.
"Staff are coming in, talking about it," he said.
Kelsie Carwithen, a spokeswoman with the B.C. Ambulance Service, said one air and two ground ambulances were on the scene.
She said the service was called just before 2 p.m., but couldn't provide further details.
Lisa Moeller, public affairs for the police department in Blaine, Wash., said members were helping the Washington State Patrol in closing Interstate 5 at exit 275 and diverting traffic to the nearby truck crossing.
A provincial travellers' report says Highway 99 is closed in both directions two kilometres north of the Washington border.
An average of 3,500 cars pass through the crossing on a slow day, and during peak periods about 4,800 vehicles will move through the border.
During those peak periods, border delays can reach four hours on either side of the border.
German efficiency! You just can't pull anything over on these guys.
October 16, 2012 KOMO 4 News
The MP5 was first introduced by Heckler & Koch in 1966, under the name HK54. This name comes from HK's old numbering system: the "5" designates the model as a submachine gun, while the "4" identifies it as being chambered for 9 × 19 mm ammunition. The current name dates from when it was officially adopted by the West German government for use by its police and border guard as the Maschinenpistole 5 ("Machine pistol 5", or MP5), in mid-1966. The GSG 9 (the counter-terrorist unit of the German Federal Police) then introduced the MP5 to other Western counter-terrorist units.
On his way to Salingrad a railroad train of Est.Schutzmannschafts-Front-Btl. 36 fall under soviet mortar fire in the railway station Surovikino 08.30 in the morning of 22.11.1942. Some actions come about already by north outskirt of Surovikino. Btl. was quickly unloaded and 09.30 on the defense positions. After attack actions at 15.00 Btl. went over to defense on the line Nizny Osinovski, Lukitsevski, Starikovski, Zirkov. At the evening co. of btl. maj. Julius Renter felling out and commanding of battalion taking over oberleutenant Harald Riipalu. And there were 42 persons, who got Iron Cross, among them also Harald Riipalu, who later became Knights Cross holder.
On July 15 1943 the order to go to the front was recived. As a unit of the 5th SS-Armoured Division "Wiking", the Narva Battalion was in the focus of the Red Army's attack near Izjum, Ukraine. The battle of Izjum is the most heroic episode in the whole history of Estonian soldier. The unit entered the battle with 800 men, and only one third were left able to fight. The Red Army, however, suffered heavier losses as they lost over 7,000 men killed and wounded. Plus the fact that over 100 tanks were lost.
Estonian SS Legion
The Estonian Division arrived on the Narva River Front in February 1944, just in time to eliminate a dangerous Soviet bridgehead. The fortunes of war had changed and Soviet invaders were once again threatening the borders of Estonia. The last Prime Minister of Estonia prof Jüri Uluots then broadcasted his famous radio appeal to all Estonia men to mobilize in defence of their country. On the basis of his call-up, conscripts outnumbered the weapons that were available. A headquarters staff was organized under Major General Johannes Soodla to coordinate these efforts. 6 Border Guard Regiments and one reserve regiment were formed - altogether 38,000 men. The Estonian Divison increased to 15,000 men and with separate battalions there were about 75,000 Estonians in the front line in late Summer 1944 defending their homeland against Soviet agression.
On September 20, 1944 the Estonian Divison began to march through Latvia and Lithuania to East Prussia. In October 1944 the division began rebuilding at Neuhammer, Silesia. All the other units and men who were able to retreat from Estonia were amalgamated to the Division.
In January 1945 the Estonian Divison, now Grenadier, was again in action along the Silesian frontier. Bloody and costly defensive fighting followed as the division sacrificed itself around Breslau and in the Oppeln Pocket in March 1945 where commander Brigadeführer Franz Augsbereger was killed. Estonian Division finally retreated to Hirschberg and participated in even more violent engagements throughout April 1945. In the end some fortunate elements fought their way to the allied lines in the West, other began a one-way trip to the Gulag death camps. During this final battle temporary commander of the division colonel Rebane got oakleafs to the Knight's Cross.
During WW II about 14,600 Estonians were killed in German and Finnish uniforms and 10,000 were imprisoned. Cheque terrorist murdered at least 1,300 Estonian POW and no less than 1,500 did not came back from the Soviet camps.
More bodies are being found in the capital Dhaka, at the scene of a violent revolt by border guards. Those killed are to be buried with state honours.
More than 80 bodies have been recovered and authorities expect the number to rise.
Evidence is emerging that the mutiny appears to have been well-planned and well-funded.
Al Jazeera's Nicolas Haque reports.
The wall separated East Berlin and West Berlin for 28 years, from the day construction began on August 13, 1961 until it was dismantled in 1989, and was considered to be a longtime symbol of the Iron Curtain. During this period, at least 133 people were confirmed killed trying to cross the Wall into West Berlin, according to official figures. However, a prominent victims' group claims that more than 200 people had been killed trying to flee from East to West Berlin. The GDR/East German government gave shooting orders to border guards dealing with defectors; such orders are not the same as shoot to kill orders which GDR officials have denied exist.
The clip Meeting with the Drug Lord from Bird on a Wire (1990)
Thank you very much. It will be taken care of.
It's my pleasure.
What happened, Boss?
Did they go for it? They're crazy not to.
What do these Colombians want? It's foolproof!
We got all the customs agents, the border guards. Everything's in place!
We've got a little problem. A cloud over us.
The cartel's made an offer of $50 million.
It will be on the table for 30 days if we can make this little problem go away.
Jarmin. They know about Jarmin, right?
It's time to finish it.
We've got to find him and take him out.
Easier said than done.
We'll do it ourselves this time. Make sure it gets done right.
But we have a little cloud to blow away.
The clip Baby Froley from Children of Men (2006) with Clare-Hope Ashitey, Clive Owen
It takes nine months.
Who's the father?
Whiffet. I'm a virgin.
That'd be wicked, eh?
Yeah, it would.
Fuck knows. I don't know most of the wankers' names.
You know, when I started puking, I thought I catch the pest.
But then my belly started getting big.
Nobody ever told me these things. I never seen a pregnant woman before.
But I knew.
I felt like a freak.
I didn't tell nobody.
I thought about the Quietus thing. Supposed to be suave.
Pretty music and all that.
Then the baby kicked.
I feel it. Little bastard was alive. And I feel it. And me, too.
I am alive.
Name my baby Froley.
It's the first baby in 18 years.
You can't call it Froley.
Kee, I've found you a boat.
We get ourselves arrested.
Syd, this border guard I sell pot to, has agreed to get us into Bexhill.
Nicely ironic, eh? We break into prison!