Federal Prosecutions From #NoDAPL Movement Continue
by Unicorn Riot
Posted September 9, 2019
Almost two years after the eviction of indigenous encampments resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), federal prosecutions have continued to crack down on some of those involved.
All of the federal #NoDAPL cases stem around events on October 27, 2016, when a large military and police force seized native treaty territories to evict protest encampments to make way for the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners had purchased the land in question in a deal that was later declared illegal by state officials. More…
The federal government prosecuted pipeline protestors under both the Obama and the Trump administrations.
How powerful corporations get the taxpayers to pay for the police who are protecting their corporate profit interests. Consider how the “big picture” is no different regardless of whether it is a Democrat or a Republican in the Presidency.
The 6 Monolithic Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read
By Michael Snyder
Posted September 8, 2019
Back in 1983, approximately 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States.
Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations. These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day.
They own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many of our favorite websites. Sadly, most Americans don’t even stop to think about who is feeding them the endless hours of news and entertainment that they constantly ingest.
Most Americans don’t really seem to care about who owns the media. But they should. The truth is that each of us is deeply influenced by the messages that are constantly being pounded into our heads by the mainstream media. The average American watches 153 hours of television a month. More…
Six giant corporations control the vast majority of the media. The media they control have largely failed to provide their viewers accurate and unbiased information.
Consider the source of any “news” you are receiving. Who benefits and who loses? Has the media outlet always provided accurate and fully vetted information or does it use terms like “inside sources”, anonymous sources”, or “people say”? Did the media outlet fully vet the claim of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, or did it simply parrot government statements? Does it back up its claims with reliable sources or does it sling innuendoes?
More British complicity exposed in latest ‘CIA Torture Unredacted’ report
Posted September 7, 2019
Between 2001 and 2009, the CIA established a global network of secret prisons (‘black sites’) for the purpose of detaining terrorism suspects, in secret and indefinitely, and interrogating them through the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. The abuses which took place were severe, sustained, and in clear violation of domestic and international law. The perpetrators have never been held to account. The Rendition Project’s website (www.therenditionproject.org.uk), provide the most detailed public account to date of the CIA torture programme.
Information about CIA torture programme prisoners had to be prised out of the US military’s unwilling bureaucracy. But already at that time, there were rumours of an even more secretive programme, run in parallel by the Central Intelligence Agency outside the Pentagon’s chain of command. Press stories spoke of people abducted in the middle of the night, manhandled onto planes and never heard of again. More…
The US routinely kidnaps, tortures and imprisons people indefinitely without access to any trial, legal counsel, families or the media.
Most people in the US consider their nation to be a beacon of justice. What sort of nation does these sort of acts? What sort of nation promotes the overseer of a torture black site to Director of the CIA?
Critical U.S. Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials
by Kim Zetter
Posted September 6, 2019
The top voting machine company in the country insists that its election systems are never connected to the internet. But researchers found 35 of the systems have been connected to the internet for months and possibly years, including in some swing states.
For years, U.S. election officials and voting machine vendors have insisted that critical election systems are never connected to the internet and therefore can’t be hacked.
But a group of election security experts have found what they believe to be nearly three dozen backend election systems in 10 states connected to the internet over the last year, including some in critical swing states. These include systems in nine Wisconsin counties, in four Michigan counties, and in seven Florida counties—all states that are perennial battlegrounds in presidential elections. More…
Electronic voting systems have been proven to be vulnerable to tampering over and over again by multiple sources.
Why do “our” governments still use these machines despite their proven weaknesses? How can a democracy survive if the results of elections cannot trusted?
After Admitting to Felony Sex Crimes, Deputy Gets No Jail, Won’t Register as Sex Offender
by Jack Burns
Posted September 5, 2019
Despite pleading guilty to committing felony sex crimes with female inmates, a California cop will get no jail time, and is not forced to register as a sex offender.
Patrick Morseman, 28, was allowed to avoid jail time even though he pleaded guilty to four counts of “sexual activity with a confined, consenting adult.”
The sex-offending cop now joins the throngs of officers who use their blue privilege to take advantage of women while in custody. Whether or not the sex is consensual is of no consequence.
The fact remains judges often side with law enforcement when cops are charged with sex crimes involving inmates. Case in point, the cop in Hawaii who admitted to raping a five-year-old girl and was just sentenced to probation — no jail. More…
The police in the US rarely have to face real justice for their crimes. The concept of equal treatment by the law goes out the window when the “enablers”, such as prosecutors, judges, other police officers, and a system that protect police criminality.
The next time you place your hand over your heart and say the words, “liberty and justice for all”, consider whether those words really ring true, or are they just ingrained in us through repetition?
What sort of sentence would you expect to receive if you were convicted of such a crime?
Are You Ready To Consider That Capitalism Is The Real Problem?
By Jason Hickel and Martin Kirk
Posted September 5, 2019.
Before you say no, take a moment to really ask yourself whether it’s the system that’s best suited to build our future society.
In February, college sophomore Trevor Hill stood up during a televised town hall meeting in New York and posed a simple question to Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives. He cited a study by Harvard University showing that 51% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 no longer support the system of capitalism, and asked whether the Democrats could embrace this fast-changing reality and stake out a clearer contrast to right-wing economics.
Pelosi was visibly taken aback. “I thank you for your question,” she said, “but I’m sorry to say we’re capitalists, and that’s just the way it is.”
The footage went viral. It was powerful because of the clear contrast it set up. Trevor Hill is no hardened left-winger. He’s just your average millennial—bright, informed, curious about the world, and eager to imagine a better one. But Pelosi, a figurehead of establishment politics, refused to–or was just unable to–entertain his challenge to the status quo. More…
U.S. Economic Warfare and Likely Foreign Defenses
by Michael Hudson
Posted September 4, 2019
Today’s world is at war on many fronts. The rules of international law and order put in place toward the end of World War II are being broken by U.S. foreign policy escalating its confrontation with countries that refrain from giving its companies control of their economic surpluses.
Countries that do not give the United States control of their oil and financial sectors or privatize their key sectors are being isolated by the United States imposing trade sanctions and unilateral tariffs giving special advantages to U.S. producers in violation of free trade agreements with European, Asian and other countries.
This global fracture has an increasingly military cast. U.S. officials justify tariffs and import quotas illegal under WTO rules on “national security” grounds, claiming that the United States can do whatever it wants as the world’s “exceptional” nation. U.S. officials explain that this means that their nation is not obliged to adhere to international agreements or even to its own treaties and promises. More…
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