The death of 21-year-old computer science student Matthew Ajibadein police custody ruled a homicide from blunt force trauma resulted in termination of nine deputies who strapped him to a restraining chair on New Year’s Day and allegedly beat him to death.
A recent report, responded to below by Steve Jolly of NOCCTV, indicates there have been 700,000 police requests to access private communications in the UK over a two-year period - which amounts to a request every 2 minutes. And these requests are almost never denied; they have a 96% approval rate. This surely can't purely be to "thwart terrorism."
Dillon Taylor murdered by Officer Bron Cruz outside Salt Lake City convenience store August 11, 2014; unarmed, wearing headphones and minding his own business. Officer Cruz acquitted of any wrongdoing. DA who cleared him:"Taylor's shooting was justified not because he posed an actual threat, but because (Officer) Cruz reasonably perceived a threat."
Police told Angela Zorich, she was investigated for failing to have natural gas or electric service; city code violations, admitted she did not have gas, did have electricity. Zorich asked for another inspection to prove she had utilities. The next day, St. Louis County Police Tactical Response Unit raided the home. Home trashed, citations issued for substandard siding, guard rail, screens, window glass, deck.
During the trial, a prosecutor showed jurors video from the patrol car, said it proved excessive force. “The verdict proves the criminal justice system works,” Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
Chinese Internet Police Units from 50 municipal governments began conducting “speech inspections” on social media platforms June 1. Ministry of Public Security statement: Internet Police will be patrolling major social media round the clock to prevent illegal information from spreading, detect “illegal and harmful information,” prevent improper words and deeds.
Police in US state of Wisconsin concluded white Officer Matt Kenny was justified in using deadly force in March shooting death of unarmed black teenager finding that Kenny did not violate its deadly force policies. Kenny also killed another unarmed person in 2007, cleared of criminal charges in that case as well.
Pagedale, Missouri, residents Valarie and Vincent Blount face $1,810 in fines for peeling paint, an overgrown tree, not recycling, residents have been fined for barbecue pits and toys in the front yard, not making their children wear bicycle helmets, missing shingle, walking in the street.
The strongest critics of the bill say its biggest fault is that it legitimizes and reauthorizes some of the mass surveillance tactics that Snowden revealed—tactics many charge are a fundamental assault on privacy rights and guaranteed legal protections.
Globalization of food production in recent decades supported by unfair trade agreements has led to corporate food monopolies. A small number of companies now dominate the supply of seeds, agricultural chemicals , processing, logistics and food production. In 2011 four retailers controlled 85% of the German national food market, three retailers controlled 90% of the food market in Portugal.
The US Senate voted to approve legislation that extends several key spying programs of the National Security Agency. President Obama declared his intention to sign the bill into law “as soon as I get it”to allow the NSA to resume collection of telephone metadata, other surveillance efforts suspended with the expiration of authorization under the Patriot Act.
Democratic governments around the world enacting laws that enable greater monitoring of people, curtail freedom of speech, undermine protections once enshrined in our legal systems. Removal of freedoms done under the guise of protecting those freedoms using a skewed human rights agenda that justifies anything in the name of "national security.
TSA, agency tasked with screening airline passengers, ensuring safety at US airports, failed 95% of internal tests conducted by Department of Homeland Security. Of 70 tests by undercover agents with DHS, TSA officers allowed 67 to smuggle fake weapons and explosives past airport checkpoints. White House: Presiden Obama confident in agency’s ability to protect nation’s transportation hubs.
Senate passes bill to privatize surveillance: Telcos to act as arm of law enforcement and collect, store data for US govt.
The Washington Post: police across the country fatally shot at least 385 people this year; two a day, twice the number counted by federal authorities. The newspaper says it used interviews, police reports, local news accounts, other sources to arrive at the number. Tracked a dozen details about each killing; victim’s race, whether person was armed, circumstances that led to the fatal encounter, many began as minor incidents, suddenly escalated into violence.” Half the victims white, half minority.
Congress approved sweeping changes Tuesday to surveillance laws enacted after Sept. 11 attacks, eliminating the National Security Agency's disputed bulk phone-records collection program and replacing it with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies' hands. Senate sent the legislation to President Barack Obama, said he would sign it promptly.
Privatizing of security in American society with the development of private police forces are not bound by all of the regulations and civil liberties concerns imposed on the public police to protect both complainants and defendants. Yet by hiring off-duty city police, these companies gain access to the power of arrest and the mantle of official authority that other agencies lack.
FBI operating a “small air force” of planes equipped with video and cellphone surveillance technology (known as stingrays), according to a report released by The Associated Press, says it traced at least 50 aircraft to the bureau, more than 100 flights since April across at least 11 states, in rural and urban areas, including Houston, Phoenix, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, California.
Whether or not it’s disclosures of classified information, or whether it’s changes in the law and policies, they’re looking for the seams to operate within,” he added. “This is something that we can’t afford to deal with right now, if you look at the terrorist attacks and violence that’s being perpetrated around the globe, we need to keep our country safe.”
While some may be cheering the expiration of the Patriot Act – however temporary it may be – former presidential candidate Ron Paul notes: before Americans applaud a minor step toward transparency, they should recognize the corrosive nature of the CIA, a secret government operating far above the law. A covert army that doesn’t answer to Congress, the Supreme Court, or even the president. Secret budgets allowed CIA to carry out shady practices over the years; assassinations.
According to the Sentencing Project, roughly 50,000 inmates serving life-without-parole, many for non-violent offenses such as drug trafficking. Number of LWOP inmates grew by a quarter between 2008 and 2012. As more states back away from death penalty, that number will spike even higher.
Bob Schieffer:It is our job, I think, in mainstream journalism to try to cut through this mall of information and tell people what we think is relevant and what they need to know.
The ATM is equipped with a camera, which takes a photograph of the user and then compares it to ID photos. It will also be linked to the local police and banks. The technology guarantees people using other people’s bank cards to withdraw cash won’t be able to. Stops fraudulent use, also means you can’t withdraw money for a friend or relative, who may be ill or unable to go to the cash point.
A council has been accused of treating the homeless as a ‘nuisance’ after threatening rough sleepers with £1,000 fines. Hackney Council launched a Public Space Protection Order last month that bans sleeping in doorways – with offenders handed a £100 fixed penalty notice that can rise 10-fold in court.
Honolulu cracking down on homelessness in Waikiki, causing legal problems for some visitors. One in five citations issued for nighttime beach visits to tourists. Honolulu began closing beachfront parks at midnight to stop homeless people from settling. Toronto woman ended up with criminal warrant after missing court date. Some tourists so upset they vow never to return.
Depopulation, environmental laws, carbon taxes, global warming/global cooling/climate change, family planning, denying development to developing countries – it was all planned decades ago for global control by a handful of elites. See the agenda for yourself in the 1972 United Nations film “Survival of Spaceship Earth” featuring John D. Rockefeller 3rd, science czar John P. Holdren, agenda 21 chief Maurice Strong, and a slew of other propagandists asserting control “for the earth.”
An Orange County school district is using new software called SnapTrends, to spy on their students social media accounts, to “help prevent crime”. Students are calling the efforts an invasion of privacy.
House Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.) introduced a bill that would require gun owners to have liability insurance coverage before being allowed to purchase a weapon, fine of $10,000 if an owner is found not to have it. Service members and law enforcement officers, exempt from the requirement.
New policies enacted by the Housing Authority after officers pulled a gun on maintenance crew and a supervisor on roof of a housing project, fatally shot unarmed man in a stairwell. One Housing Authority supervisor allegedly told his crews new policy due to NYPD cops being “trigger-happy.”
Director of the National Security Agency - the US body spying on the whole world says he wants an “open, reliable, safe” Internet, suggested countries should embrace an online “Law of the Sea.”Many pointing out there was a free and open Internet before NSA began violating everyone’s rights.
Boulder artist Michael Grab: police threatened to ticket or jail him for creating stacked river rock sculptures. Police informed him there would be stiff penalties for continuing his art, decided that balancing rocks in Boulder, Colorado is illegal, referencing two city codes [5-4-8 and 5-4-2] about ‘destruction of public property.’
Presidents have always exercised emergency powers, but now thanks to dozens of new laws, regulations, court decisions and executive orders, Barack Obama is the most powerful president in all of U.S. history.
Fortune: Colorado cheese maker Haystack Mountain gets their milk from a goat farm run by Colorado Corrections Industries (CCI), common practice, as “nationwide 63,032 inmates produce more than $2 billion worth of products a year;” apple juice, raise tilapia, milk cows and goats, grow flowers, and manage vineyards.” CCI pays 60 cents per hour for the inmates’ labor.
Cleveland Police Department agreed Tuesday to adhere to new regulations on how and when officers can use force. New rules prohibit pistol whipping, firing warning shots, using force as punishment for talking back or running away.
Polaroid picture, believed to be taken between 1999 and 2003, turned over to the city by federal prosecutors after Jerome Finnigan, one of the officers in the photo, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for organizing robberies and home invasions with other cops.
Following a Memorial Day Weekend during which 12 people shot and killed and 43 more were wounded, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said a large part of the solution to the problem is more gun control. Gun control is failing and the solution is more gun control.
SWAT team threw a flashbang at the house, knocked Herman Crisp off his chair, threw Crisp to the ground, placed him in cuffs. During the assault, Crisp’s hip was broken, brought back inside placed on the floor, left immobilized and alone, found a day later by his sister lying in his own feces.
ACLU found that courts across the nation regularly deny Americans proper consideration of their financial position and throw them into jail over fines they could never hope to pay. As a result, local jails nationwide have transformed into modern-day “debtors’ prisons” overcrowded with indigent people whose only punishable offense is being poor. The effects are devastating.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Friday commuted the life sentence of a 61-year-old man who has been jailed two decades for marijuana offenses, action makes Jeff Mizanskey eligible for parole.
Scotland Yard commander Mak Chishty said that teenagers who unexpectedly stop drinking, socialising with friends or wearing western clothes could also be becoming extremists.
Police in Washington have detained a car owner after law enforces spotted a “suspicious” vehicle containing a pressure cooker near the US Capitol building; the object was detonated by a local bomb squad.
DEA mentioned in common theme; harassment of innocent people without probable cause, now is a regular feature of train travel in the United States of America. There has been a police state, a profit-driven one, rising in this country due to drugs prohibition. Another reader had cash taken:
I quit using Amtrak due to a 4 a.m. search and robbery of $300 in cash (thank god for travelers checks) by cops in Buffalo.
In the 1970s, IBM, Stanford and MIT were developing encryption to ensure digital data sent between businesses, academics and private citizens couldn’t be intercepted and understood by a third party. This concerned U.S. intelligence community who didn’t want to get locked out of potentially eavesdropping on anyone.
The naive belief that moral progress accompanies technical progress, is a form of collective self-delusion, lulls us into a false sense of security. The yearning for positivism that pervades our corporate culture ignores human nature and human history. Power elites need to manufacture national myths to hide the greed, violence and stupidity that characterize the march of human societies.
In an interview on May 21, 2015 with Turd Ferguson of TF Metals, Jim Willie says,”We are not just in the end time. We’re rounding the bend.
M. C. McGrath, creator of a searchable online database of intelligence workers, said he had received legal threats and even a death threat after unveiling his project. McGrath’s database, ICWATCH, includes 27,000 NSA contractors. The intelligence worker database can now be accessed through the WikiLeaks website.
Rule of Law completely abandoned by the Government and business elite. What remains is a dumbed-down citizenry and taught to ignore or deny the reality unfolding right before its eyes. What’s left is an elitist club of political and corporate “leaders” who are using every possible means to keep our system from collapsing, enabling them to steal or confiscate every last crumb of middle class wealth.
CIA trying to create a connection between so-called conspiracy theorists who are in fact critics of the US government and Bin Laden. The US government labels its critics as conspiracy theorists in order to dismiss them in the eyes of the public.
A Florida woman's battle to avoid having her 4-year-old son circumcised ended Friday when she agreed to the procedure in exchange for her release from jail, in a decision called unjust by anti-circumcision activists. judge said she would be jailed indefinitely if she didn’t sign consent form.
Police on Thursday used water cannons and tear gas to prevent protesters from storming the National Congress building in the port city of Valparaiso, where President Michelle Bachelet was addressing the parliament.
NYPD Commissioner: 1.2 Million residents with open warrants should not be picked up for low-level, victimless offenses, unpaid tickets, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Called for lessening penalties for smoking marijuana in public.
Facebook's Internet.org initiative violates net neutrality because it offers free, walled-garden access to only some Facebook approved content partners, instead of giving developing nations access to the entire Internet. Facebook: walled garden is better than no Internet at all.
Sleeping in a room about to be breached by a SWAT team constituted “criminal” conduct on the part of the infant. Infant was fully liable for near fatal injuries inflicted on him when Deputy heaved a flash-bang grenade, burns at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit into the crib.
(Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility received reports USDA scientists ordered to retract studies, water down findings, endure long indefinite delays approving publication of controversial papers, targeted by [big-Ag] industry complaints, subject to investigations, disciplinary actions over petty matters, intimidation from ] supervisors.
More than 250 tech companies and digital rights organizations on Wednesday sent a joint letter to Congress, blasting the corporate-backed trade deal they say “actively silences the voices of Internet users, start-ups, and small tech companies…while undermining the health of the entire Web.”
Last year, Associated Press reported the DEA “paid an Amtrak secretary $854,460 over 20 years to obtain confidential information about train passengers, which the DEA could have lawfully obtained for free through a law enforcement network.” Reportedly done so DEA could avoid sharing seized assets with Amtrak police.
The revelations of Edward Snowden and others have shown that the number of people involved in secret operations of the United States government is now as large as the entire population of Norway: roughly 5 million. The influence of this dark side of government has become so great that no president is able to resist it.
The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has reportedly launched a criminal probe into allegations that a Florida inmate may have been murdered by prison officials in what the Miami Herald described as a shower that was converted into a “scalding torture chamber.”
Banks working with governments to restrict cash usage, no other choice than to hold your money in your bank account, bank will charge you for the privilege of depositing funds in their financial institution. Consumers not spending? Just tax their excess account balance.
New York City police chief Bill Bratton says he will increase size of the police force to combat terrorism from the Islamic State. explained there is an, "increased threat from ISIS using social media to recruit people to go to Syria to fight, attack police, government officials, brainwash them. Threat expanded significantly in 16 months I’ve been police commissioner."
Screven County Schools Superintendent William Bland: school district is working within the law. “It’s important for these children to be in school. Several other parents have been convicted for the same offense at this school this year.
The Guardian: “Trekkies”, or Star Trek fanatics, were labeled a possible threat by British police. Scotland Yard document recently revealed police feared that Sci-Fi fans could potentially “turn on society” or “start a cult.” Also listed concern about other popular shows such as X-Files. Security services were concerned about new religious movements.
Civil libertarians question constitutionality of civil forfeiture, which has become a key part of revenue for state and local law enforcement agencies nationwide. Under the laws of many states, citizens can be deprived of their property orcash if police merely suspect the owners to be involved in criminal activity.
Having enabled billions of dollars worth of militarized equipment into every police department in the nation only to have alienated the very Americans that hoped for change the mostPresident Obama is ready to uncross another red line. Following unrest in U.S. cities over deaths of black men at the hands of police during his trip to Camden NJ, Obama announced new restrictions on use of military equipment by police.
Chicago the first U.S. city to offer reparations to victims of police violence. From 1972-1991 more than 110 mostly African American men were tortured into confessions by Jon Burge, a police lieutenant, and his subordinates 21 years after Burge was fired for his misconduct.
An incident in New York where local residents blocked police officers from arresting an underage girl shows a growing gap between civilians and police, and underscores the challenges facing President Obama’s call for more community-oriented policing.
Jefferson County Jail recently had to release 3-4 prisoners from their dilapidated facility, because they couldn’t feed them, all guilty of minor misdemeanors and the jail facilities were in bad repair. Those guilty of more serious crimes were sent to nearby Jefferson County Jail, will not receive any reprieve.
U.K., Australia, France, New Zealand, Canada, U.S. desire to curb freedoms: prosecuting people for Facebook postings critical of Western militarism, imprisoning people for “radical” tweets, banning websites containing ideas they dislike, obtaining new powers of surveillance and detention for people who hold views deemed “radical.”
The United Nations Human Rights Council has revealed hundreds of major human rights violations in the United States, including police brutality and the racial profiling against minorities and immigrants.
Flag waving, crowd saluting, veteran tributes, declarations of support for the troops at professional sports games weren’t spontaneous displays of patriotism. Pentagon has given millions to professional sports leagues in recent years in exchange for “patriotic tributes.” Guard’s NASCAR sponsorships totaled $88 million.
Whistleblower David Steele, 20-year Marine Corps intelligence officer, second-highest-ranking civilian in the U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence. former CIA clandestine services case officer: “Most terrorists are false flag terrorists, or are created by our own security services. In the United States, every single terrorist incident we have had has been a false flag, or has been an informant pushed on by the FBI.
A California woman is suing her former employer for firing her after she uninstalled an app on her company issued phone which tracked her location every moment. The woman claims she was being monitored even while she was not working and likened the experience to being a prisoner wearing an ankle bracelet.
Interior minister bans Pro-Palestinian demonstrations. Anyone at an illegal demonstration up to a year in prison, 15,000 euro fine. If they hide their faces to avoid being identified, sentence can be increased to three years, 45,000 fine, publish details of an illegal rally on social media up to a year in prison, 15,000 euro fine, increased to seven years 100,000 fine if postings lead to violence.
Comment by British Prime Minister Cameron suggests people who obey the law won’t be “left alone” by the state if they engage in anything government deems to be “hate speech,” fosters extremism including “bigotry” and criticism of homosexuality and feminism. Not interfering with people’s lives if they “obey the law” was a “failed approach.”
UK new counter-terrorism powers plans ban on broadcasting, requirement to submit to police in advance any proposed publication on the web or in print. Ideas regarded by politicians “extremist” a crime, can be banned in advance. Prime Minister Cameron: not enough for British subjects to “obey the law”; they must refrain from believing or expressing ideas Government dislikes.
“How can a servant of the state act in such an aggressive, offensive, invasive and draconian manner on the uncorroborated word of a disorientated small girl?”’
The Danish government has proposed that certain businesses such as petrol stations, restaurants and clothes retailers should no longer be legally required to accept cash. A third of the Danish population already uses a mobile payment app when making transactions.
Canadian government implied it will use hate crime laws against domestic advocacy groups that encourage boycotts of Israel, such a move would target organizations such as religious groups and churches, campus protest groups and labor unions. It also would raise legal questions under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said Sunday that the United States is facing a new era in which a lone-wolf terrorist could “strike at any moment.” Remember this is the very same DHS that lied and claimed malls were being targeted by ISIS when their budget was under attack.
Later DHS had to admit there were no credible threats to ANY malls in America.
Protesters held without charges for days. Innocent people arrested, juveniles arrested for simply not getting on a bus. Baltimore’s aggressive policing and heavy emphasis on incarceration has been unrelenting, even as the world watched.
By inhumanity and unconscionable, Rulers of al-Saud proceed aggression on Yemen. Without mercy and compassion, they go to the extreme in killing innocents of Yemeni nation. The kind of human they belong to is unknown. Their criminality doesn’t resemble any on the Earth.
Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper wasn’t lying when he wrongly told Congress in 2013 that the government does not “wittingly” collect information about millions of Americans, according to his top lawyer. He just forgot.
The union representing Los Angeles Police Department officers has lashed out at LAPD Chief Charlie Beck for comments suggesting that the police slaying of an unarmed man during a scuffle in Venice Beach was unjustified. Head of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Craig Lally called the chief’s remarks “completely irresponsible”.
Joe and Nicole Naugler live on a homestead in rural Kentucky. They live a very simple life. They garden and raise animals. They are industrious people trying to teach their children how to live right. They have ten children who are homeschooled on the homestead. They contribute to the success of the family crops and livestock, all while learning about the amazing beauty of life.
There have been “angry and chaotic” scenes in a London borough where more than 50 residents were warned they could be unable to vote in the general election due to a technical glitch with IT systems.
Motel and hotel clerks are systematically sharing “do not rent” lists and helping police to run checks on guests daily for outstanding warrants. Staying at Motel 6, and other chains pursuing similar policies, now includes a hidden background check that puts ordinary travelers one step away from a call to police.
The French National Assembly overwhelmingly passed the Intelligence Law Tuesday, retroactively sanctioning mass spying carried out by the intelligence services, formally sets up the surveillance infrastructure for a police state in France, allowing the government to collect data on the entire population.
Following reports that scientists at the United States Department of Agriculture are being harrassed and their research on bee-killing pesticides is being censored or suppressed, a broad coalition of farmers, environmentalists, fisheries and food-safety organizations urged an investigation in a May 5 letter sent to Phyllis K. Fong, USDA Inspector General.
After reviewing video of an officer-related shooting that claimed the life of an unarmed transient on Venice Beach, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he was disturbed by what he saw, telling reporters he saw “No extraordinary circumstances,” that should have led to the shooting.
Residents of Paradise Valley, Arizona, were being denied answers on why decoy cacti containing surveillance cameras have been installed all over their town. After persistent questioning, town leaders finally admitted that the cameras are license plate readers which will cross check license plates against a hotlist database.
Chicago approved an unprecedented deal on Wednesday to compensate victims tortured in police custody in the 1970s and 80s under the regime of a notorious former police commander, in an attempt to close a dark chapter in the city’s history. A historic package of reparations will be paid out to living survivors, in the first gesture of its kind in America.
Montana's HB 463 requiring police to convict a property owner of a crime before permanent forfeiture proceedings, raises legal threshold for forfeiture in the event of a conviction, requiring police to present "clear and convincing evidence" seized property is connected to criminal activity, a pretrial process, allows owners of seized property to defend themselves against civil forfeiture.
Widespread protest failed to prevent Canada’s ruling Conservative Party from pushing sweeping anti-terror legislation; legal scholars, civil liberties groups, opposition politicians and pundits of every persuasion say will replace country’s democracy with a police state. The Globe and Mail newspaper denounced as a a plan to create a “secret police force”.
A northern California pastor will serve no more than four months in jail for molesting a 9-year-old girl multiple times. Florida couple found guilty of having consensual sex on a public beach could face 15 years in prison for their conviction on lewd and lascivious exhibition charges.
Internet pioneer Vint Cerf: creating defects in encryption systems for law enforcement, often known as “back doors,” was “super, super risky” and not the “right answer.” Providing such access raises constitutional and legal questions.
Bill H.B. 2346 would grant commissioned officers of the Federal Reserve some of the powers given to sworn peace officers – including powers of arrest, search and seizure – in matters taking place on Federal Reserve property or, more broadly, in matters related to the Fed.
Employees are issued an RFID-enabled badge that a computer reads while they are at work. As they go about their day, the system collects information — when they arrive, eat lunch, or go to the restroom, for instance, or which computers they log into. The system then uses the information to establish patterns and issue an alert if something is amiss.
The mother of a black man whom Philadelphia police shot in the back of the head during a traffic stop claims in court the officers planted a gun on him. According to the complaint officers were aggressive from the get-go,says that they instigated a struggle and then shot him from behind when Tate-Brown tried to run away from the beating because he feared they would kill him.
Last year, four black parole officers driving on their way to arrest someone were blocked in by patrol cars at a busy intersection in Ramapo, New York (about 35 miles north of New York City). According to video the police pointed their guns at the parole officers, who had aroused suspicions because they were black people wearing bulletproof vests.
Sgt. Brian Doan, Hill accidentally shot a woman at a model home; refused to cooperate with the investigation and did not give a statement nor answer any questions. Citing the fact that he was the sheriff, Hill simply left the scene, not been charged.
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