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Cheney, Rothschild, and Fox News’ Murdoch Begin Drilling for Oil in Syria – A Violation of Int’l Law

Cheney, Rothschild, and Fox News’ Murdoch Begin Drilling for Oil in Syria – A Violation of Int’l Law
by Claire Bernish
Posted June 17, 2016

so why does our government say we are in Syria?In addition to the eyebrow-raising cabal of Eitam, Murdoch, Cheney, and Rothschild, Genie Oil and Gas appointed new members to its Strategic Advisory Board last September, including:

Dr. Lawrence Summers, 71st Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton and Director of the National Economic Council under Pres. Obama; former Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, who is credited with helping pass the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Bill while she chaired the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; former governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, who became an energy insider after serving as the Clinton administration’s Energy Secretary; and former Director of Central Intelligence, R. James Woolsey, who co-founded the U.S. Energy Security Council. More…

FCC’s Net neutrality rules win big in appeals court

FCC’s Net neutrality rules win big in appeals court
by Marguerite Reardon
Posted June 16, 2016

Net neutrality works for peopleThe Federal Communications Commission has won a major victory in its decade-long battle to keep the internet open. In a ruling issued Tuesday, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the rules the agency imposed in February 2015.

The decision confirms the FCC’s contention that it has the authority to place broadband providers under some of the same strict regulations that have governed telephone networks for more than 80 years. The appeals court ruling could be the last word in a high-stakes argument over the business side of the internet, but the broadband and wireless industries will likely look for cracks in the decision that they may use in an appeal to the US Supreme Court. More…

How the IRS Used Civil Asset Forfeiture to Ruin the Lives of Two Connecticut Bakers

How the IRS Used Civil Asset Forfeiture to Ruin the Lives of Two Connecticut Bakers
by Michael Krieger
Posted June 13, 2016

civil asset forfeiture - guilty until proven innocentIt’s been a while since I’ve reported on the lawless and barbaric practice of civil asset forfeiture. However, just because it hasn’t been a focus doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. Indeed, it appears the same federal agencies that couldn’t find a bank executive they didn’t want to coddle, take particular pleasure in harassing and abusing average Americans generally, and small businesspeople in particular.

Once the government seizes property, it’s difficult to get back. Unlike in criminal trials, where suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty, property owners must often prove their innocence in civil forfeiture cases. More…

Amid a Growing Movement to Close Rikers, One Prisoner Approaches Six Years Without Trial

Amid a Growing Movement to Close Rikers, One Prisoner Approaches Six Years Without Trial
by Alice Speri
Posted June 7, 2016

in prison 6 years awaiting trialIn October 2010, Anna’s son Jairo Pastoressa was arrested for stabbing and killing a young man during a dispute. He was charged with murder and denied bail and has been sitting in jail for 67 months, waiting for a trial that keeps being postponed. Eighty-five percent of Rikers’s nearly 10,000 detainees have not yet been tried. Although many are released within a week, some remain in the jail for years as their cases drag through New York’s chronically slow court system.

For years he was put on medication that turned him into “a zombie.” He was sexually assaulted by female guards and often attacked by other inmates. He’s half white and half Afro-Brazilian, and in a violent environment like Rikers, where turf affiliation often falls along racial lines, his ethnic background makes him even more vulnerable. More…

Dear Mr. Holder: Here’s Why Edward Snowden Can’t Get a Fair Trial in Your National Security State

Dear Mr. Holder: Here’s Why Edward Snowden Can’t Get a Fair Trial in Your National Security State
by Juan Cole
Posted June 2, 2016

stop spying on usSo Holder is lying. The only question is why. Is this an attempt to go on justifying the Obama administration’s despicable war on whistle blowers? Or does Holder think Snowden will be so stupid as to be enticed back with a few false promises?

Holder is either amazingly ignorant or being disingenuous when he suggests that Snowden would be allowed to “make his case” if he returned to the US. No one outside the penal justice system would ever see him again, the moment he set foot here, assuming he was not given a prior deal. He could maybe try to explain himself to the prison guards, assuming they didn’t stick him in solitary. Here are some reasons Mr. Snowden would be unwise to trust himself to that system, given the charges against him: More…

Vindication for Edward Snowden From a New Player in NSA Whistleblowing Saga

Vindication for Edward Snowden From a New Player in NSA Whistleblowing Saga
by Jenna McLaughlin and Dan Froomkin
Posted June 2, 2016

John Crane - whistleblowerTHE GUARDIAN PUBLISHED a stunning new chapter in the saga of NSA whistleblowers on Sunday, revealing a new key player: John Crane, a former assistant inspector general at the Pentagon who was responsible for protecting whistleblowers, then forced to become one himself when the process failed.

An article by Mark Hertsgaard, adapted from his new book, Bravehearts: Whistle Blowing in the Age of Snowden, describes how former NSA official Thomas Drake went through proper channels in his attempt to expose civil-liberties violations at the NSA — and was punished for it. The article vindicates open-government activists who have long argued that whistleblower protections aren’t sufficient in the national security realm.

It vindicates NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden who, well aware of what happened to Drake, gave up his attempts to go through traditional whistleblower channels – and instead handed over his trove of classified documents directly to journalists. More…

FBI Told Cops to Recreate Evidence From Secret Cell-Phone Trackers

FBI Told Cops to Recreate Evidence From Secret Cell-Phone Trackers
by Jenna McLaughlin
Posted May 26, 2016

Stingray device for illegal surveillanceA RECENTLY DISCLOSED document shows the FBI telling a local police department that the bureau’s covert cell-phone tracking equipment is so secret that any evidence acquired through its use needs to be recreated in some other way before being introduced at trial.

“Information obtained through the use of the equipment is FOR LEAD PURPOSES ONLY,” FBI special agent James E. Finch wrote to Chief Bill Citty of the Oklahoma City Police Department. The official notice, dated September 2014, said such information “may not be used as primary evidence in any affidavits, hearings or trials. This equipment provides general location information about a cellular device, and your agency understands it is required to use additional and independent investigative means and methods, such as historical cellular analysis, that would be admissible at trial to corroborate information concerning the location of the target obtained through the use of this equipment.” More…

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