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Julian Assange faces the ‘trial of the century’: 10 reasons why it threatens freedom of speech

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Julian Assange faces the ‘trial of the century’: 10 reasons why it threatens freedom of speech
Fidel Narváez and Ben Norton
Posted November 28, 2020

political trial of Julian AssangeAt the end of the hearings that seek to extradite journalist Julian Assange to the United States, on October 1, his defense team should have felt triumphant. Because with more than 30 witnesses and testimonies, throughout the whole month of September, they gave a beating to the prosecution representing the U.S.

If the case in London were decided solely on justice, as it should in a state based on law, this battle would have been won by Assange.

However, this “trial of the century” is, above all, a political trial, and there remains the feeling that the ruling was made beforehand, regardless of the law.

The court kicked off on September 7 with hundreds of protesters outside, in contrast with the restrictions that the court imposed inside — in what is the most important case against the freedom of expression in an entire generation. More…

EFF Files Comment Opposing the Department of Homeland Security’s Massive Expansion of Biometric Surveillance

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EFF Files Comment Opposing the Department of Homeland Security’s Massive Expansion of Biometric Surveillance
By Saira Hussain, Jennifer Lynch, and Nathaniel Sobel
Posted November 20, 2020

DHS has biometric data on 260 million peopleEFF, joined by several leading civil liberties and immigrant rights organizations, recently filed a comment calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to withdraw a proposed rule that would exponentially expand biometrics collection from both U.S. citizens and noncitizens who apply for immigration benefits and would allow DHS to mandate the collection of face data, iris scans, palm prints, voice prints, and DNA. DHS received more than 5,000 comments in response to the proposed rule, and five U.S. Senators also demanded that DHS abandon the proposal.

DHS’s biometrics database is already the second largest in the world. It contains biometrics from more than 260 million people. If DHS’s proposed rule takes effect, DHS estimates that it would nearly double the number of people added to that database each year, to over 6 million people. And, equally important, the rule would expand both the types of biometrics DHS collects and how DHS uses them. More…

Court Records Show Google Gives Keyword Searches of Innocent People to Cops

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Court Records Show Google Gives Keyword Searches of Innocent People to Cops
by Matt Agorist
Posted November 15, 2020

Google hands over searches to authoritiesEveryone reading this knows that there are few things on the internet more revealing than their internet search data.

It is for this reason that police must seek out a warrant for an actual suspect in order to obtain said data.

However, a recently unsealed court document found that government can request such data in reverse order by asking Google to disclose everyone who searched a keyword rather than for information on a known suspect.

To spell it out more clearly, authorities can simply pick a search term and construct a warrant around it without anyone being accused of a crime or being a suspect in a crime, and then Google will simply hand over their data. What could possibly go wrong? More…

The Fed Wants the Public to Know It Can Withhold Information Under an Executive Order and Defy Subpoenas from Courts and Congress

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The Fed Wants the Public to Know It Can Withhold Information Under an Executive Order and Defy Subpoenas from Courts and Congress
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted November 7, 2020

central bank secrecyThe United States is experiencing the worst pandemic since 1918. The U.S. economy is experiencing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. And the general public is attempting to vote in the most important presidential election of a lifetime with obstacles like fake ballot boxes, 5-hour wait lines, and destroyed mail-sorting machines.

What is the central bank of the United States, the Federal Reserve, doing with its free time at this critical moment? It’s rewriting its rules for responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests from the public and media. More…

Cop Keeps His Job After Killing Unarmed Woman At A Traffic Stop And Claiming She Had A Gun

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Cop Keeps His Job After Killing Unarmed Woman At A Traffic Stop And Claiming She Had A Gun
by John Vibes
Posted November 3, 2020

unarmed woman killed by police officerEarlier this year, a 25-year-old woman named Hannah Fizer was shot and killed by an officer with the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office during a traffic stop in Missouri. The officer involved is now back on the job, even after it was determined that she was shot because she reached for her cellphone to record the encounter. At first, the officer, who has still not been named by the department, claimed that Fizer had a gun and threatened to shoot him, but no gun was found after the vehicle was searched.

Special prosecutor Sephen P. Sokoloff ruled that “the shooting, albeit possibly avoidable, was justifiable under current Missouri criminal law,” because the officer believed that she had a gun, and therefore was justified in using any force that he felt was necessary. The officer clearly killed a defenseless woman for no reason, but he did not violate any laws or policies, which is exactly why people across the country have been protesting for months. More…

Feds Are Tapping Protesters’ Phones. Here’s How To Stop Them.

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Feds Are Tapping Protesters’ Phones. Here’s How To Stop Them.
by Micah Lee
Posted October 29, 2020

Portland Federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department used “a sophisticated cell phone cloning attack—the details of which remain classified—to intercept protesters’ phone communications” in Portland this summer, Ken Klippenstein reported this week in The Nation.

Put aside for the moment that, if the report is true, federal agents conducted sophisticated electronic surveillance against American protesters, an alarming breach of constitutional rights. Do ordinary people have any hope of defending their privacy and freedom of assembly against threats like this?

Yes, they do. Here are two simple things you can do to help mitigate this type of threat: More…

The Little Cards That Tell Police ‘Let’s Forget This Ever Happened’

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The Little Cards That Tell Police ‘Let’s Forget This Ever Happened’
by Katie Way
Posted October 26, 2020

discretion for which laws to enforceSome cops give their friends and family union-issued “courtesy cards” to help get them out of minor infractions. The cards embody everything wrong with modern policing.

With a few exceptions, PBA cards aren’t a normal part of life for most people in the U.S. Though they do confer some privilege and exclusivity, the cards aren’t exactly a secret. The Police Benevolent Association, New York City’s largest police union, issues these courtesy cards—nicknamed “get out of jail free cards”—to its members on a yearly basis. Members can pass the cards out to whomever they choose to provide them with a little extra protection.

The existence of these cards is a concrete example of a larger, often more insidious problem in American policing: Discretionary decision-making allows police to pick and choose who the law really applies to—and who gets a pass. More…

Thirteen People Who Had Foreknowledge of JFK’s Assassination

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Thirteen People Who Had Foreknowledge of JFK’s Assassination
by J.L. Pattison
Posted October 25, 2020

Kennedy motorcadeOne of the many fascinating discoveries uncovered by independent researchers in the nearly 60 years of investigation into the murder of President John F. Kennedy, is the revelation that numerous people had foreknowledge of the assassination.

Why this is so remarkable is because we’ve been programmed since grade school to believe that President Kennedy was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald and no one else was involved.

The official government narrative (regurgitated ad nauseam by the mainstream media) is that Oswald was the sole “lone nut” assassin who just happened to be aided by a combination of prodigiously fortuitous luck as well as a long chain of innumerable coincidences. But there’s more to this story. Much, much more. More…

New Federal Court Rulings Find Geofence Warrants Unconstitutional

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New Federal Court Rulings Find Geofence Warrants Unconstitutional
By Jennifer Lynch and Nathaniel Sobel
Posted October 5, 2020

geo fence warrants ruled unconstitutionalTwo federal magistrate judges in three separate opinions have ruled that a geofence warrant violates the Fourth Amendment’s probable cause and particularity requirements. Two of these rulings, from the federal district court in Chicago, were recently unsealed and provide a detailed constitutional analysis that closely aligns with arguments Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and others have been making against geofence warrants for the last couple years.

Geofence warrants, also known as reverse location searches, are a relatively new investigative technique used by law enforcement to try to identify a suspect. Unlike ordinary warrants for electronic records that identify the suspect in advance of the search, geofence warrants essentially work backwards by scooping up the location data from every device that happened to be in a geographic area during a specific period of time in the past. The warrants therefore allow the government to examine the data from individuals wholly unconnected to any criminal activity and use their own discretion to try to pinpoint devices that might be connected to the crime. Earlier this summer, EFF filed an amicus brief in People v. Dawes, a case in San Francisco Superior Court, arguing that a geofence warrant used there violates deep-rooted Fourth Amendment law. More…

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main stream media propaganda

It is obvious that the US government is destroying Assange to signal to journalists the consequences of publishing information. It is therefore also obvious that any journalist who fails to use whatever platform they have to speak out against Assange’s persecution has no intention of ever publishing anything that the US government doesn’t want published. Their silence on or support for what is being done to this man can and should be taken as an admission that they are nothing other than state propagandists.

Caitlin Johnstone

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Britian's Orwellian tactics against Julian Assange

It’s quite fitting that the – imperially pre-determined – judicial fate of Julian Assange is being played out in Britain, the home of George Orwell.

Pepe Escobar

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