Ferguson, Missouri: In this city of 21,000 people, 16,000 have outstanding arrest warrants. In fact, in 2013 alone, authorities issued 9,000 warrants for over 32,000 offenses. That’s one-and-a-half offenses for every resident of Ferguson in just one year. Most of the warrants are for minor offenses such as traffic or parking violations. And they’re part of a structural pattern of abuse, according to a recent Department of Justice investigation.
Nashville’s district attorney recently banned his staff from using invasive surgery as a bargaining chip, local attorneys had been using sterilization as part of plea bargains. Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk: “I have let my office know that is not an appropriate condition of a plea. It is now policy that sterilization will never be a condition of deal-making in the district attorney's office."
A father sent his 6th grade child's homework from Science class. It asks (and then answers) the question: Are genetically modified foods safe to eat? The sheet pretends to ask if GMOs are safe to eat, but never offers any info contrary to the answer - yes. Whether the student's answers are right or wrong, the message is clear - GMO vaccine-foods are a healthy part of a complete breakfast.
Chicago police stopped a quarter of a million people over a four-month period in 2014 without arresting them, surpassing New York City, where years of protest against stop-and-frisk forced the policy of racial profiling into national spotlight, led a federal judge to declare in 2013 that the NYPD's use of stop-and-frisk violated the constitutional rights of Black and Latino New Yorkers who were targeted.
An undercover video taped in 2012 showed Idaho dairy workers beating cows, prompting criminal convictions. State lawmakers responded -- by banning undercover videos.
Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, a possible Republican presidential candidate, is weighing in on the contentious issue of mandatory vaccinations – asserting people shouldn’t be allowed to refuse shots on religious or philosophical grounds.
Chief Justice James Hardesty testified before Senate Finance and Ways and Means subcommittee the court needed $700,000 by May 1 or it will be out of money, added law enforcement not generating amount of revenue from traffic tickets as it once did, that’s robbing high court of funds. Illinois, speeding tickets produce money for state budget, very little going to local governments.
The online employment service Jobaline.com doesn’t really use the face-to-face interviews, but rather feeds research and algorithms into a computer, which then judges candidates based on how their voice sounds. There are, apparently, different choices for different voices.
Late United States Marine Corps Major General Smedley D. Butler retirement speech titled “War is a Racket”. wrote longer version as a small book. exposed the Business Plot, an alleged plan to overthrow the U.S. government.told congressional committee a group of wealthy businessmen (including individuals from General Motors, Prescott Bush, grandfather of George Bush Jr., J.P. Morgan, and Rockefeller dynasty.) Companies Profiting the Most From War.
The Justice Department has ordered bank tellers across America to contact law enforcement if they suspect your cash withdrawal may have something to do with illicit activity. There doesn’t need to be proof, or any sort of red flag indicator – merely suspicion by the bank teller processing your transaction is now enough to have you investigated by authorities.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a complaint with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) about controversial airport-security practice known as ‘behavioral detection’,they say is ineffective. TSA uses behavioral detection system as part of its Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques program, trained officers look out for suspicious passengers who aren sent for further screening. TSA never said what kind of suspicious behavior they are looking for, critics say things like fidgeting, sweating and eye movement can trigger suspicion.
Ukraine’s Minister of Information Policy announced that he seeks eight to 15 year prison terms for employees of Donetsk and Luhansk television stations.
Can Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu be believed? He urges Jews around the world to immigrate to Israel (known as “making aliya“) where, he says, they will be safe forever...
Scott reportedly ordered longtime employee of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to take time off and seek professional mental treatment for using the term "climate change" in reference to the failed Keystone XL Pipeline project, according to the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
German police launched massive crackdown on protests against austerity in Europe Wednesday. Between 10,000 and 20,000 people in Frankfurt participated in a demonstration that coincided with opening of the new headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB). Police responded with massive deployment of 8,000 officers, largest mobilization in the history of the Frankfurt security forces.
Portland cops arrested a homeless woman for charging her phone on a public outlet, a Class C misdemeanor. According to the Electrical Research Institute, it costs about 25 cents a year to charge the average mobile phone. If the phone had gone from zero charge to full charge, the cost would have amounted to mere fractions of a penny.
An Israeli surveillance aerostat, extensively used during the latest war in Gaza, approved for purchase by the US Army, can stay airborne for three days in any weather. Designed for surveillance over “fixed sites, such as military bases, temporary camps, strategic facilities and border crossing checkpoints.”
Katherine Paul, Associate Director of Organic Consumers Association (OCA), organization dedicated to protecting organic standards, censored from SXSW. OCA was asked to sit on the “Southbites: Feed Your Mind” debate in Austin, Texas. Their invitation revoked from orders of Cathleen Enright, executive Vice President of food & agriculture, for the Biotech Industry Organization (BIO).
Some 350 people have been detained at the Blockupy protest in Frankfurt on the day the European Central Bank headquarters open in the city. 88 police have been injured in clashes. Tear gas was used against protesters, who pelted stones and torched cars.
While the default phone encryption offered by Apple (and at some point in the future by Google) still remains free of law enforcement/intelligence "Golden Backdoors," the agencies are one step closer to being legally permitted to hack nearly any computer in the world.
The student is suspended for a year. A sheriff’s deputy files marijuana possession charges in juvenile court. The leaf had field-tested negative three times, policy treats “lookalike” and “imitation” drugs the same as the real thing.
The proposed law to force intermediaries to 'detect, using automatic processing, suspicious flows of connection data'. Internet service providers as well as platforms like Google, Facebook, Apple and Twitter would have to identify suspicious behavior, according to instructions they received, pass the results to investigators.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is recommending the addition of up to 4,000 cameras to be placed along the US-Mexico border, in an effort to curb the burgeoning human trafficking trade and other illicit activity.
.A recent decision by Ministry of Interior ordered every cabaret and motel in the country, should have a system of video cameras in hallways, waiting rooms, entrances, requirement for obtaining a permit to operate; must record everything that happens in front of their lenses, store those videos for six months.
Seventeen people have been killed by police in the week since the Obama Justice Department announced that it would not bring federal charges against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri cop who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August.
Obama administration abandoning plans to ban a popular rifle ammunition after onslaught of criticism from the public and lawmakers. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives received more than 80,000 overwhelmingly critical public comments on the proposal to outlaw some types of 5.56 mm rounds, or .223 caliber. Hundreds of lawmakers, including 52 U.S. senators, also objected.
September 1st, 1961, United States filed with United Nations document number 7277, titled Freedom From War: The United States Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World, pledging to submit to UN military authority and to dismantle our own military capability; absorbed into a domestic police force integrated into UN “peacekeeping” force with dominion over the United States.
New system, to support infantry soldiers entering hostile areas, designed for surveillance and lethality, self-contained communication system, could enable suppression of local communications for urban populations while the drone network remains fully independent and operable.
By targeting essential security keys used to encrypt data stored on Apple’s devices, the researchers have sought to thwart the company’s attempts to provide mobile security to hundreds of millions of Apple customers across the globe. U.S. government-sponsored research aimed at discovering ways to decrypt and penetrate Apple’s encrypted firmware.
A judge issued an arrest order Tuesday for a Florida woman who fled with her son to prevent his circumcision and ignored a demand to appear in court. Her attorney, Thomas Hunker, said his client is staying with her 4-year-old son in a shelter for domestic violence victims because the boy was "scared to death" of undergoing the surgery.
The latest big report from the Intercept is about an annual hackathon, put on by the CIA (which the NSA and others participate in) where they try to hack encrypted systems, with a key focus on Apple products. The CIA calls this its annual "Trusted Computing Base Jamboree." The whole point: how can the CIA undermine trusted computing systems.
There’s a reason cannabis is illegal and no, it isn’t because you might “get high” off of it. Cannabis is a huge threat to many mega industries, from Big Ag to Big Pharma to Big Oil, the fake economy built around the “war on drugs” and the prison-industrial complex.
On March 7, 2015, the state-wide drill, entitled Operation Vigilant Guard, took place under the pretext of preparation for the inevitable destruction a hurricane would bring to South Carolina. According to reports in the local media, the drills were based on the premise of the landfall of a Category 4 hurricane and “how they’d respond to get citizens help” in such an event.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Department of Justice agency devoted to preventing drug use and sale within the US, tells its agents not to enforce drug laws in rich white areas, according to former employee Matthew Fogg.
Hundreds of people participated in protests over the weekend in Madison, Wisconsin after a police officer gunned down an unarmed nineteen-year-old on Friday. Anthony Terrell Robinson, Jr. died after Matt Kenny, a twelve-year veteran of the Madison Police Department (MPD), forced his way into Robinson’s home and fatally shot him.
“Corporate America is using police forces as their mercenaries.”—Ray Lewis, Retired Philadelphia Police Captain. Private cops often wear police uniforms, carry police-grade weapons, and perform many of the same duties as public cops. but not held to the same legal standards.
No money in solving murders or preventing rapes, police in America focus on traffic citations and the drug war, both highly profitable. 4 Tennessee state troopers exposed their department for enforcing a quota system. City and state governments addicted to these revenue streams, now seeing military raids on people in attempts to find drugs and money.
Sir Bernard Hogan Howe, the head of London’s Metropolitan Police Service is now urging residents to put CCTV cameras with facial recognition capabilities in their homes and businesses. There is one CCTV camera for every 11 people in the UK.
“When will the surveillance gathering conducted by the NSA turn into persecution”? tyranny has two stages. In the first “enemies” of the state are identified. Lists are created. Second: identified groups singled out for “corrective” action usually on an incremental basis, singled out for employment discrimination, travel restrictions, residency restrictions, inevitable incarcerations and worse.
Circuit Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen: Heather Hironimus now under court orders to sign off on her 4-year-old being circumcised. If she refuses, she will be jailed. is officially in contempt of court. The judge says because she violated a 2012 parenting plan wherein she agreed with boy’s father to have their son circumcised, later changed her mind doesn’t believe the boy should be circumcised.
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