Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page: over the past few decades America’s political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power.
Obama is trying to rush the confirmation of his new Attorney General Loretta Lynch through the Senate before the newly elected Republican majority takes over. Much has been written about "civil asset forfeiture," in which police routinely steal billions of dollars worth of private property without even so much as criminal charges. Loretta Lynch and her US attorney’s office has benefited from it to the tune of nearly a BILLION dollars.
Missouri national guard will be on standby to deal with any protests after a grand jury announces its decision on whether to charge the police officer who shot dead an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, the state governor announced on Tuesday.
350 years after abolished licensing of the press, whereby every publisher had to get permission of the government before he could press and promote his ideas new system of licensing is being proposed; “extremism disruption orders” require a licence from the government before you can speak in public.
DEA agent who shot an innocent grandmother during a botched raid on her home will not face any charges. New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster announced last week that the shooting was accidental, therefore no charges will be filed against the agent involved.
Student Mohamed T. 21, arrested Sunday while in possession of two cell phones without batteries, two USB drives, a hard disk and a copy of the novel 1984 that speaks about a dictatorial ruling party that criminalizes political rebellion. Orwell: no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.
Two U.S. Marines charged with felony assault and battery charges in altercation with San Diego police officers face being dishonorably discharged from the service if convicted,three years in prison. The Marines claim they were rendering aid to a unconscious victim on the ground when police attacked them.
FBI released its Uniform Crime Report for 2013, finds one marijuana possession arrest occurred per minute last year, total of 609,423 arrests in 2013. America spends $3.6 billion per year on these arrests. Police spent more time and resources arresting people for drugs than they did arresting rapists, murderers, pedophiles, or any other offense. Of those drug arrests, marijuana possession comprised the majority.
Gwent Police accidentally sprayed class of four and five year olds with pepper spray at school in Wales during botched weapons demonstration. The weapons were accidentally deployed during visit from officers to Ysgol Gymraeg Gilfach Fargoed, in Bargoed, Caerphilly, while giving a lesson on police equipment.
Walnuts have been classified as ‘drugs’ by the US Food & Drug Administration, and that some companies have been accused of misbranding them, only to be subject to government“seizure or injunction.”
Two New York Police Department officers indicated for assaulting teenager during marijuana arrest after he raised his hands to surrender, knocked some of the suspect's teeth out when he hit him in the face with his gun.
A New Mexico judge recently dismissed a DWI case against a man beaten so badly by an Albuquerque cop that he had to have surgery to remove a ruptured testicle. The officer then destroyed a bystander’s video of the incident, leading to the dropped charges.
New York Police Department ordered its narcotics unit to stop its marijuana “buy-and-bust” policing, plainclothes officer approaches a drug seller asking for a bag of marijuana.During the arrest, searches for other illegal contraband like guns.
A totally disabled, wheelchair-using, great-grandmother in Kentucky is fighting to remain in her home of 39 years after a bank has presented what she claims to be a forged document to a Daviess County judge claiming that she owes more than $48,000.
Florida parents are calling for a Greenacres Police Department officer to be fired after he reportedly broke their 14-year-old daughter’s arm while attempting a warrantless search of her cell phone because he believed that she had video of a fight on her cell phone.
CPS caseworker ultimately determined that Alex's mother's frequent seizures (a medical condition), coupled with marijuana use, warranted removal from the home, and Alex was placed with a foster family. Alex was placed in foster home, with Sherill Small, admitted to Rockdale police that Alex's injuries came from her slamming the toddler onto the floor of the home where she lived with her husband.
The surveillance systems’ “Live Look In” feature will allow the MBTA’s headquarters and individual patrol cars to access video from any bus in real-time. Screens at the front of each bus will allegedly show riders where their cameras are currently aimed.
Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz : ‘Adult children stuck in their parents’ basements because they can’t find adequate employment should take unpaid work to bolster résumés as they wait for the recovery to take hold’. Centre of planning and Economic Research in Greece proposed measure: unpaid work for the young unemployed so companies would have a strong motive to hire young employees.
A 14-year-old boy from Amarillo, Texas, was reportedly hurt by a police officer after he refused to remove his rosary beads at a middle school football game Wednesday night.
Electronics specialist John McArthur, now unemployed, says he is living off 16p tins of spaghetti and without heating after being sanctioned by a jobcentre for refusing to work unpaid for LAMH Recycle in Motherwell, a Scottish social enterprise.
President Obama’s executive policy, Now is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect Our Children and Our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence; broader motives and agendas: to persuade population it has one or more undiagnosed mental or emotional “disorders” that require treatment, all youth are potential time bombs that must be closely monitored.
Long thought of as just a convenient way to advertise tires and provide aerial coverage of football games, blimps have become a low-tech-meets-high-tech surveillance tool in some of the world's most dangerous locations. The Royal Singapore Air Force just announced that it will send a tethered aerostat platform aloft in early 2015 to complement the RSAF's suite of airborne and ground-based radars.
A monitoring program in an Alabama school district paid a former FBI agent $157,000 to monitor the social-media interactions of students, resulting in 14 expulsions last year. 12 of the 14 students expelled owing to social-media monitoring were black.
'Sharing food' is now a criminal offense, crackdown by police and other government officials on community leaders that try to offer free food to the homeless who are desperately in need. 60 days in jail for ‘sharing of food’ in Fort Lauderdale.
Three American consumers have filed a federal lawsuit against Apple, alleging that faults in iMessage, the iPhone’s texting service, amount to wiretapping because iMessage “intercepts” and retains messages that should be delivered to Android users.
. In an effort to better serve advertisers, Verizon Wireless has been silently modifying its users’ web traffic on its network to inject a cookie-like tracker. It allows third-party advertisers and websites to assemble a deep, permanent profile of visitors’ web browsing habits without their consent.
The Pentagon has scaled back its plan to assemble an overseas spy service that could have rivaled the CIA in size, backing away from a project that faced opposition from lawmakers who questioned its purpose and cost.
People getting sent to debtors’ prisons, ,companies that people owe money usually sell off the debt to a collection agency, whichfiles a lawsuit against the debtor requiring a court appearance. A notice to appear in court is supposed to be given to the debtor. If they fail to show up, a warrant is issued for their arrest.”
According to figures released by the office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) (ODNI) and the Department of Defense, the United States Intelligence Community, a federation of 17 government spy agencies, gobbled up some $80 billion in 2011.
The FBI is attempting to persuade Washington to change its rules of engagement in order to seize significant new powers to hack into and carry out surveillance of computers throughout the US and around the world.
Snowden’s latest revelations were published on Glenn Greenwald’s site, The Intercept, on Monday, just one day after the German newsweekly Der Spiegel reported that Israeli intelligence spied on US Secretary of State John Kerry during recent Middle East peace talks.
The Spanish government recently passed an intellectual property law that will impose taxes on websites and blogs that "post a snippet of and/or link to" copyrighted material, includes taxing Google whose entire platform is based on linking to outside content. will tax any website that links to Spanish media stories.
Metropolitan Police uses secret surveillance technology to follow suspects and gather data from their mobile phones, The Times reports. The gathering is done to all active mobiles within a certain range – including those belonging to innocent people.
Brazil is building a cable across the Atlantic to escape the reach of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), one of many ways the Brazilian government is breaking ties with American technology companies. The 3,500-mile fiber-optic cable will stretch from Fortaleza to Portugal, estimated cost of $185 million.
A mother of a 15 year old could be facing jail time for using cannabis oil to help her son with the side effects of his brain injury. Her son was finally seeing relief from daily migraines, muscle spasms and uncontrollable outbursts.
A billboard challenging Amazon to fully disclose the terms of its $600 million contract to provide cloud computing services for the Central Intelligence Agency has been unveiled at a busy intersection near Amazon’s Seattle headquarters.
The latest encryption measures adopted by Google and Apple to beef up users’ security seem futile in light of firms like Hacking Team, which are offering software that allows authorities to bypass encryptions on personal devices,
In two speeches this month, US National Security Agency (NSA) Director Admiral Mike Rogers called for a further integration between the NSA and major technology and communications companies.
When organizers checked their database against the state’s they noticed that nearly 50,000 of those registrations had vanished-the majority of them being people of color in Democratic-leaning regions.
Federal case in Las Vegas now working its way through the courts question whether federal agents can disrupt service to a house then, masquerading as helpful technicians, gain entry to covertly search the premises in hopes of finding evidence that might later justify a search warrant.
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