Can Dündar, editor in chief of Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gül, the newspaper’s capital correspondent in Ankara, arrested last week on charges of spying and aiding and abetting terrorists. "The charges center on a Cumhuriyet report in May, including photos and video, suggesting Turkish intelligence was secretly ferrying weapons to extremist Syrian rebels. A court in Istanbul ordered the arrest of three senior army officers, including two generals on charges of espionage and leading a terrorist group involving the search of Turkish intelligence trucks in 2014.
Philip Williams’ home was demolished in the spring by town officials while he spent six months recuperating from surgical complications in Fort Lauderdale. Hempstead, New York, officials deemed his modest two-story home unfit for habitation, knocked it down. Mortgage, property taxes were up to date.
The state of emergency bans all forms of public protest for three months, police seized upon this standing ban to stage a brutal crackdown on a crowd of several thousand people. Police used their emergency powers to place two dozen ecological activists under house arrest without trial, over 100 unidentified people put under house arrest.
The most potent threats to human rights are often birthed out of moments of fear. People and their governments are capable of some of the most heinous atrocities in the name of preserving the state, in the face of real or imagined threats. During times like these, while many are mourning, governments and their adversaries alike can seize the opportunities brought about by the air of death and fear.
France is using the terror attack as the excuse now to shut down pre-paid debt cards. Terrorists can circumvent any restriction. It is like gun control. Criminal do not buy guns at a store. Like drugs, they are readily available on the streets. Regulations only impact honest people just like debt cads or whatever
The French interior ministry said Friday the government was trying to prevent the activists from demonstrating ahead of the COP21 conference, but their lawyers and Amnesty International accused the government of abusing the 'state of emergency' put into effect after the Paris attacks.
Google agreed to strengthen the bilateral relations with Israel’s Foreign Ministry, and build a mechanism of “collaborative work” that would make both parties partners in monitoring the published materials and censoring them.
The journalists were arrested, accused of assisting a terrorist organisation because of footage published apparently showing the state intelligence agency sending weapons into Syria
All major routes coming in and out of Bel Air, Maryland were blocked by police Tuesday, who set up checkpoints and searched cars with drug dogs. Thousands of cars were searched in the operation, not reported by any local news media, not announced by the police department. Witnesses reported that the police were actually in search of drugs, specifically heroin, they had massive construction signs posted that said “Heroin checkpoint ahead, Drug K9 In Use.”
Mainstream media, with its exceptional reach, is able to mold the public’s first impression of any global event thereby establishing the ‘official story,’ the one that is repeated again and again during the first moments of a crisis. They capitalize on the immediate shock value of an act of extraordinary violence or unrest to mold public perception into conformity.
Beware of mammoth legislation that expands government powers. Torture makes you no better than terrorists. Allowing government to spy on the citizenry will not reduce acts of terrorism, will result in a surveillance society. Don’t lose sight of what government is doing. If you stop holding government accountable to rule of law, the only laws it abides by will be ones used to clamp down on the citizenry. Do not turn your country into a battlefield, your citizens into enemy combatants, law enforcement officers into extensions of the military. If you remain fearful and distrustful of each other, you will be incapable of standing united against threats by a power-hungry government. If you trade freedom for security, the terrorists win.
New law expected to take effect in January, the State Department will block Americans with “seriously delinquent” tax debt from receiving new passports and will be allowed to rescind existing passports of people who fall into that category. The list of affected taxpayers will be compiled by the Internal Revenue Service using a threshold of $50,000 of unpaid federal taxes.
Oregon, where marijuana was recently legalized, a government agency has rejected food donations for the holidays because the donations came on the behalf of a marijuana-related organization. A group called Women Leaders in Cannabis was able to raise considerable food donations for people in need and initially their contributions were accepted by Oregon’s Department of Human Services.
Australian government has seized on the terrorist attacks in Paris to legitimise the drive to war and further erode basic rights. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared the events in Paris were “the work of the devil” warned similar attacks likely to occur in Australia. The New South Wales police force has been granted extraordinary powers to “shoot to kill” alleged terrorists on sight.
The US Government is actively seeking those who criticize government, specifically Barack Obama, and arresting them without charging them. They are remanded to mental health institutions where they are given “training” on how to view the world.
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