Karl Rove: “In waterboarding unlike World War II, where the Japanese attempted to drown people by basically pouring water in their mouths — here the feet were elevated so there’s little or not chance of any fluid getting into the lungs. And very careful standards set in place so these would help break the the resistance of the detainee without placing their life in danger.
The UK government had redactions made to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) interrogation. Britain’s collusion in the torture of individuals who were illegally seized by US authorities is now established.
Protesters are taking to the streets in cities across the US to protest grand juries’ decisions not to indict the white officers responsible for the deaths of two unarmed black men, and demand police accountability.
U.S. government financed a four-year effort to promote Cuba’s rap music scene as part of an effort to promote democracy on the communist-run island, federal officials confirmed on Thursday.
“It seemed like a good idea to support civil society,” ; Matt Herrick, spokesman for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which financed the secretive program.
Hungarian prime minister, who has vowed to remake his country into a “non-liberal” state called Friday for mandatory drug testing of journalists and politicians. plan alarmed critics,called it an attack on civil liberties, attempt to combat his declining popularity. A member of his governing Fidesz party suggested mandatory annual drug tests for 12- to 18-year-olds.
Acting on a bogus tip about methamphetamine from a car thief, the Laurens County Sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant for the home of devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, David Hooks.An hour after the judge signed the warrant police raided Hooks’ house and took the life of this innocent grandfather.
Spain passed anti-protest law, government argues will ensure public security, opponents say will restrict civil liberties. The Citizens Security Law gives sweeping powers to authorities. Any unauthorized protests outside buildings that provide basic services to the community will incur fine up to €600,000 ($746,000). This covers a huge number of buildings from universities to hospitals.
Protesters in Ferguson have won a lawsuit filed against police in federal court who complained of excessive police tactics while dispersing crowds in Ferguson.
Net neutrality demonstrators interrupted the FCC’s monthly meeting by unfurling a large banner reading “Reclassify Now!” behind the seated FCC commissioners. The activists were escorted from the room by security after speaking out and asking FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler why he continues to delay Title II net neutrality, which should have been voted on at today’s meeting.
A Sacramento County sheriff's deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave after a video surfaced showing him using his foot to force a man's head against the ground and a flashlight to strike the man.
The head of the Central Intelligence Agency defended his office’s past use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on Thursday, two days after a Senate panel published a grim account of the torture tactics used on detainees under the Bush administration.
UN special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson: The US is legally obliged to prosecute all high-level government officials involved in organizing the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) torture programs. The torture programs violated international law.
George Washington was against torture. Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Mason and the Other Framers Made It Clear Torture Is Never Permissible. Bill of Rights of the US Constitution is full of prohibitions on torture. 5th and the 8th amendments forbid torture. Fascists argue the Constitution does not apply to captured foreign prisoners of war.
Former US vice president Dick Cheney has defended the use of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency, said the program was “the right thing to do, and if I had to do it over again, I would.
Obama administration charged former CIA official John Kiriakou for leaking classified information related to the torture program to reporters. Threatened with decades in prison, Kiriakou was forced to plead guilty, accepted a 30-month prison sentence.
Detainees were forced to stand on broken limbs for hours, kept in complete darkness, deprived of sleep for up to 180 hours, sometimes standing, sometimes with their arms shackled above their heads. Prisoners were subjected to “rectal feeding” without medical necessity. Rectal exams were conducted with “excessive force.”
The UN and prominent human rights groups have demanded justice for CIA torture victims, urging to prosecute the responsible US officials listed in the Senate’s report. The Justice Department says it will not pursue charges, even after seeing the report.
Among the report’s findings: CIA justification for the use of such tactics rested on inaccurate claims of their effectiveness; interrogations and conditions of confinement of detainees was “far brutal and far worse” than claimed; CIA avoided or impeded congressional oversight of the program.”
Two psychologists were paid $81 million by the CIA to advise on and help implement its brutal interrogation program targeting detainees in the war on terror, according to the Senate torture report summary released Tuesday.
A Florida sheriff asked state police on Monday to open a criminal investigation into one of his own deputies — a white sergeant who shot and critically wounded an unarmed black auto theft suspect overnight.
Former Polish president, Aleksander Kwasniewski, acknowledged Wednesday Poland had let the CIA run a secret prison on its territory but insisted Polish officials did not authorize the harsh treatment or torture of its inmates.
Rep. Peter King :"we’re not talking about anyone being burned or stabbed or cut or anything like that. We’re talking about people being made to stand in awkward positions, have water put into their nose and into their mouth.
CIA contractors who helped develop and operate the "enhanced interrogation techniques" the agency used on terror suspects, including waterboarding, paid more than $80 million, according to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA's interrogation program.
Thousands of cellphone users in Kentucky were surprised to receive an “emergency alert” from the federal government warning them to “prepare for action,” a message local authorities later blamed on “human error” during testing.
A new law will come into effect in Sweden after Christmas 2014, that will allow people to be prosecuted for criticizing immigration or politician’s unwillingness to tackle the issue.
People are judged negatively by police, media and the general population if they belong to a subculture that does not conform with the status-quo, or if they decide to express their individuality in a way that makes them seem different to others. People who belong to the hip-hop culture, the hippie culture, bikers, ravers, skaters, punks, goths, gun owners, activists and even people with a few tattoos, are singled out and targeted by police regularly profiled for unwarranted searches and random harassment.
Social media anger exploded after footage was released of a female Arizona police officer putting a 15-year-old girl in a chokehold, as the teenager shouted that she was unable to breathe and her mother was begging to stop. Second police officer standing nearby said that his colleague’s actions were in accordance with the procedure and that if she’d wanted, the officer “could have shot her dead.”
A new law will place restrictions on scientists with clear knowledge on GMO dangers, and create room for experts with overt financial ties to the biotech and pharmaceutical industries affected by EPA regulations. EPA can no longer be advised on their own research regarding GMOs or pharmaceutical drugs like antibiotics or vaccines.
Protests against police brutality have turned violent in Berkeley, California, as officers are resorting to rubber bullets, flash bang grenades and tear gas in a tense standoff with demonstrators demanding justice.
The legal system no longer functions to protect ordinary Americans. It serves our oligarchic, corporate elites. These elites have committed $26 billion in financial fraud. They loot the U.S. Treasury, escape taxation, drive down wages, break unions, pillage pension funds, gut regulation and oversight, destroy public institutions including public schools and social assistance programs, wage endless and illegal wars to swell the profits of arms merchants, and—yes—authorize police to murder unarmed black men.
New report extensively documents the routine criminal activity of one police department in northern Ohio, finds the Cleveland Department of Police (CDP) regularly employs unnecessary and lethal force against suspects and innocent civilians.
Greek police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse crowds during clashes in the capital. Athens was gripped with protests marking six years since police shot dead an unarmed teenager during an anti-austerity rally.
French city Marseille forced to scrap system of yellow triangles intended to help spot homeless people after it was accused of employing Nazi-style tactics. The cards, given to homeless people, detail their health issues, are yellow in order to be easily spotted. Identifies the person with photograph, name and date of birth, details a person’s illnesses or allergies.
Officially called "The Ministry of Information Policy," Ukraine government established a department critics are calling the 'Ministry of Truth,' a dystopian reference to George Orwell's 1984. Ukraine's government is clearly frustrated by lack of success in disseminating its messages.
Authorities in San Jose have cleared out “The Jungle,” considered one of the largest homeless encampments in the nation, as high rents and tough economic times have hit many in California’s Silicon Valley, a region where the tech industry dominates.
“A Grand Jury Did Indict One Person Involved In Eric Garner’s Killing — The Man Who Filmed It.”
Rep. Peter King:defended a New York City grand jury decision not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, white NYPD officer, in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, during an arrest on Staten Island in July. If he had not had asthma, a heart condition and was so obese, almost definitely he would not have died from this."
According to a Wall Street Journal report, national statistics provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation do not report 25 percent or more of police killings in the US, tallied at least 1,800 police killings, compared to only 1,242 reported to the FBI.
Congress is poised to give a foreign mining company 2,400 acres of national forest in Arizona that is cherished ancestral homeland to Apache natives. Controversially, the measure is attached to annual legislation that funds the US Defense Department.
A video showing three Sydney police officers brutally beating a young woman has gone viral, with over 750,000 views on Facebook. During the clip, the victim is repeatedly hit with a police baton and appears to be kicked in the head by a male officer.
Protests are already brewing in New York City and around the country following the Grand Jury ruling that police officer Daniel Pantaleo will not be charged in the choking death of Eric Garner. The incident went viral after a video taken by someone who witnessed the killing was posted online. Eric Garner was killed over suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes.
ONE week after violence in Ferguson, New York bracing for a grand jury decision in another racially charged case involving white police officer and death of an African-American. Eric Garner, 43-year-old father-of-six, died after being placed in a chokehold by New York Police Department officer Daniel Pantaleo while being arrested on suspicion of selling illegal, untaxed cigarettes in Staten Island July 17.
Retired Philadelphia Police Captain, Ray Lewis demonstrated in full uniform at Occupy Wall St. protests, arrested. “You should, If you’re not protecting somebody there’s no need to use force.” System is corrupt, Police really are oppressing the black community,also the whites.”
Urgent issue is frequency police in USA shoot suspects, guilty or not. The difference in the number of killings in the U.S. and rest of the world is startling. In the U.S. hundreds killed by law enforcement every year. All ethnic groups have become victims, minorities getting shot in numbers much greater than their proportion in population. Nobody knows exact number, something that is itself disturbing
Police shot innocent man 23 times while surrounded by a half dozen officers. Those officers attempted to plant evidence, tamper with crime scene, make false statements and stage a massive cover up for a murder. Tried to plant multiple knives on his body and claim that he “had a knife.
David Hinkson discovered and manufactured mineral replacement health products that combine with vitamins to rebuild the body’s own natural disease fighting immune system. A mineral is not a drug; and, since David kept the minerals in their pure form, the FDA and “Big Pharma” could not stop him from selling them. But it was within their power to falsely accuse him of mislabeling his products – a felony.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency; plans to allocate additional funding for National Guard occupation of St. Louis. Tripled the number of troops in St. Louis region last week, from 700 to 2,200. Performing roving patrols, carried out arrests at demonstrations. Providing security at 100 locations in region, including police, fire, utility stations, hospitals, shopping malls, stadiums,
British police have uncovered a huge factory unit filled with cannabis plants right next to their South Wales headquarters in the town of Bridgend. According to police the plants were grown in insulated boxes so that they would not be detectable by thermal imaging.
An African-American man, out for a walk on a cold Michigan day, was stopped by police after a caller reported that he looked suspicious because he had his hands in his pockets. Well, you were making people nervous,” the officer explained, replied that he had to check it out.
A pregnant St. Louis woman is now blind in one eye after St. Louis County Police shot a bean-bag round at a vehicle she was riding in as the car drove away from a gas station near Ferguson, Missouri early Tuesday.
A UN report Released by the UN Committee Against Torture condemned the United States for violating terms of an international anti-torture treaty. The panel took Washington to task for police brutality, military interrogations, and capital punishment protocols.
New York state health officials stopped nonprofit group from providing free medical care to thousands lacking health insurance during four-day dental conference. The nonprofit, Remote Area Medical, raised $3 million, enlisted hundreds of volunteer doctors, other medical workers to offer health services, including dental care, new eyeglasses, other services, planned to treat 7,000 patients.
Police bashed in face and head of David Nelson Flores, sweeps 25-year-old Mayra Lazos-Guerroro’s legs out from under her. The obviously pregnant woman falls hard onto her stomach and face,she begins to scream in agony.
FBI data released the past month reveals so-called “justifiable homicides” reached record high last year, number of officers killed in line of duty fell to lowest level in decades. According to the data, 461 Americans killed by police officers in 2013, 27 police officers killed by civilians.
Air Force: “The Predator system will be used to carry out reconnaissance missions, surveillance and the acquisition of targets,” no details of where the drones will be used. Could use Predators for the surveillance of protests, drones able to stay in the air for more than 20 hours.
At least 400 protesters arrested over the past three days across the US, 200 activists were detained in Los Angeles. 2,000 National Guard forces were sent to step up security in Ferguson.
Donetsk and Lugansk banks are closed and cash machines and credit cards aren’t working. Disrupted social payments to the elderly, after local banks received an order from Ukraine’s central bank this week to “suspend” operations. Kiev is cutting economic ties with rebel-held areas by freezing bank accounts and stopping social payments.
South Korea could fine citizens $27,000 or put them in prison three years for using unregistered version of a ‘selfie-stick ’allowing the user to take a picture remotely without a timer. They are technically communication devices using radio waves for the wireless connection, need to be tested and certified to ensure they don’t interfere with other devices.
“If you dress police officers up as soldiers and you put them in military vehicles and you give them military weapons, they adopt a warrior mentality. We fight wars against enemies, and the enemies are the people who live in our cities—particularly in communities of color.” -—Thomas Nolan, criminology professor and former police officer
US police have launched another crackdown on protests triggered by a grand jury's failure to indict a white police officer in the killing of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri. Police arrested several protesters who tried to storm City Hall in Saint Louis Wednesday; however, number of them made it into the building.
Mass arrests are being reported in Los Angeles, where protesters are demonstrating against the LAPD. Police have declared an unlawful assembly, with local reporters saying protesters have thrown objects at police. Officers at the scene also have batons out.
According to account Hagel gave, he told Obama: “We are at a time where there is a new world order.”“We don’t control it. You must question everything, every assumption, everything they” — the military and diplomats — “tell you. Any assumption 10 years old is out of date. You need to question our role. You need to question the military. You need to question what are we using the military for.” Hagel is said to have told the President.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar spoke with reporters at a press conference after a night of looting and burned-out businesses after the grand jury announcement. He said he was grateful nobody was killed but disappointed at the amount of damage in the Ferguson area.
Four French companies executing the bulk of court-sanctioned electronic surveillance have refused all new requests, accusing the country’s justice ministry of depriving them of lucrative future spying contracts. Ministry of Justice to sue companies that refuse to provide services, €750 fines.
A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson, 28, for firing six shots in an August confrontation that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in a case that set off violent protests and racial unrest throughout the nation.
United States House of Representatives passed a bill that effectively kicks the scientists out of the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board, allows industry representatives to serve on the advisory board even when they have a direct conflict of interest with the board’s advisory activities.
Rapper Brandon Duncan's new album features a picture of a gun and bullets on its front cover, could be first artist to go to jail for his album art. Prosecutors will reportedly try to prove the album art "willfully promotes, furthers, or assists in any felonious criminal conduct by members of that gang."
“Martial law is necessary and we cannot lift it because the government and junta need it as the army’s tool,” Justice Minister Gen. Paiboon Koomchaya told the news agency. “We are not saying that martial law will stay in place for 50 years, no this is not it, we just ask that it remain in place for now, indefinitely.”
Salt Lake Tribune. Police account for more killings than gangs, drug dealers or from child abuse, the newspaper reported, but less than spouse or dating-partner fatalities.
"For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence--on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system that has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, and no secret is revealed
Mexio gripped by deepening political crisis amidst mass protests over disappearance and likely massacre of 43 student teachers. The military threatened to intervene as popular anger mounts against the government and the entire political apparatus.
Federal Bureau of Investigation has dispatched 100 agents to the St. Louis, Missouri area ahead of an expected grand jury decision over whether to bring charges against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August.
Brandon Duncan has no criminal record, could face a life sentence of 25 years in prison as prosecutors say his latest album lent artistic motivation for a recent string of gang-related shootings, not charged with discharging or providing firearms in the shootings, prosecutors say his musical lyrics encourage gang behavior.
Martial law in Thailand will remain in place “indefinitely,” the country’s justice minister told Reuters in an interview nearly six months after the military overthrew the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
The UN Arms Trade Treaty [ATT] 122 nation gun ban including USA, signed by Obama to go into effect Christmas; United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs [UNODA] The UN ATT is a global ban on private gun ownership. Each signatory agrees to relinquish national sovereignty, place UN in charge of enacting gun laws. UNODA admits that in 68 of those nations, no legislative body has approved the treaties.
Texas Rangers, raided the Santa Rosa Police Department. Cameron County D.A. Luis Saenz was unforthcoming about the investigation, involved allegations of missing files and evidence.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — A police standoff reached a dramatic conclusion when over thirty homes were evacuated and a SWAT team used explosives to blow through the structure of the home they were surrounding, inadvertently causing the floor to collapse.
H.R. 1422, which passed 229-191, would shake up the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board, placing restrictions on scientists and creating room for experts with overt financial ties to the industries affected by EPA regulations. White House threatened to veto the bill, said it would “negatively affect appointment of experts and weaken scientific independence and integrity of the SAB.”
While filming a routine stop and search of her boyfriend on the London Underground, Gemma suddenly found herself detained, handcuffed and threatened with arrest. Act of Terror tells the story of her fight to bring the police to justice and prevent this happening to anyone else, ever again.
Senate leaders failed to get the 60 votes needed to advance The USA Freedom Act - which would have limited the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records
Menlo Park, California license plate readers captured 263,430 images of ordinary people’s license plates. only 141 provoked a “hit” in the system, majority were deemed to be a “false read. Only one case when the data was used to solve a crime, the recovery of a stolen car.
US government 1945. tested highly radioactive substances on overall healthy patients through secret injections administered by government agents.
Lawyers for the state have resisted court orders they expand parole programs, reasoning not that releasing inmates early is logistically impossible or would threaten public safety, but instead that prisons won’t have enough minimum security inmates left to perform inmate jobs. Prison inmates are paid less than $2 per day.
Federal drug agents raided a number of NFL teams under suspicion of illegally dispensing legal drugs to their players. TSA involved in DEA investigation into illegal use of legal drugs in the NFL, attempting to prove that NFL teams dispense prescription drugs without labels or licensed doctors present.
The governor of the US state of Missouri has declared a state of emergency and put the National Guard on alert as protests over the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown continue.
Governor Jay Nixon:the measure is in anticipation of more unrest as a grand jury deliberates bringing criminal charges against the white police officer who killed Brown in the town of Ferguson August 9.
Internet users would be forced to pay a new federal tax on their monthly bills if the government approves regulations endorsed by President Obama; Commissioner Mike O'Reilly Federal Communications Commission. Law requires telecommunications companies to pay into FCC’s “Universal Service Fund”, likely require the same of Internet companies. Fees would be “passed off” to customers.
“Save a Life – Surrender Your Knife” program in full swing, police join forces with growing trend in United Kingdom to ban “pointy” knives. An “amnesty” program began at the end of August, “more than 800 knives have been handed in across the county. BBC: a kitchen knife an all too available weapon.”
When you are a citizen you have rights. Rights are special privileges the government gives you. Given the right to vote, which will be an “honor.” It goes on to tell us to pay our taxes. This is what eight-year-old kids are being indoctrinated to believe in this country.
UK Governmentn making radical moves to censor internet within its borders, major internet service providers in the country all agreed to go along with new censorship regulations, government sources reported Facebook and Google will also be participating in effort to block content government finds undesirable, in the UK and Australia.
Activists in Ferguson, where an unarmed black teen was shot by a white cop in August, have voiced anger over reports that the shooter is allowed to return to work if not charged by a grand jury.
Police charged into a dark field to arrest teenagers for consuming alcohol without government permission, killed young woman. Samantha Ramsey struck by four bullets to the chest, ripping through her liver, spleen, and heart, both of her arms. Recent high school graduate, aspiring teacher. Deputy Tyler Brockman will not face any consequences for killing Samantha Ramsey. ►Samantha Ramsey shooting: Witness reenactment
The shooting of a black teen by a white police officer was followed by riots, looting, and civil unrest that lasted for weeks. Local officials believe that it doesn’t matter which way the verdict goes: violence will most likely erupt again.
Canada's lawful access/cyberbullying bill (C-13) Everyone should have to apply for a license to use the internet, wants a database of internet users.
The financial penalty for skipping out on health coverage will more than triple to $325 per person in 2015, or 2 percent of income, depending on whichever is higher. Children will be fined at half the adult rate, or $162.50 for those under 18 years old. If you fail to sign up for Obamacare and refuse to pay your penalty your house will be raided by armed IRS agents, seized by the government, and you’ll be imprisoned for tax evation.
Florida parents and students were frightened by an unannounced active shooter drill that took place at a middle school Thursday, but officials and police defend not giving prior warning. It wasn’t until the “lockdown active shooter drill” was complete that parents were notified about it through an email. Polk County Schools spokesman Jason Geary told WTVT the drill was handled according to standard protocols
Wednesday, the United Nations Committee Against Torture began its review of the United States’ record on torture at the infamous Guantánamo and in our prisons, police forces, and immigration facilities. U.S. delegation acknowledged, “we crossed the line” on torture.
War on drugs is frequently cited as a major factor in the breakdown of civil liberties and police-community relations. After 9/11, we saw a paradigm shift from community policing and problem-oriented principles to the war on terror, and became Homeland Security police.
Justice Department is engaged in dragnet surveillance using aircraft equipped with a device that mimics a cellphone tower and scoops up data from thousands of mobile phone users to hunt for criminal suspects.
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