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Tennessee Republican tells girl her father has to be deported as tea party crowd cheers

Tennessee Republican tells girl her father has to be deported as tea party crowd cheers

“A Tennessee tea party Republican state legislator told a frightened little girl at a town hall meeting on Thursday in Murfreesboro, TN that laws are laws and that her undocumented father is going to have to be deported. According to ProgressivePopulist.org, 11-year-old Josie Molina told state Rep. Scott Desjarlais (R) that she has papers but her father does not. The tea party crowd whooped and applauded wildly as the little girl took her seat, head down. Progressive Populist reported that Josie Molina’s father is currently in the process of being deported and that the girl is seeing a child psychologist in order to cope with the stress and anxiety.” Continue reading

“Why Did You Call the Police? They Don’t Help”

“Why Did You Call the Police? They Don’t Help”

“In May of last year, Los Angeles resident Veronica Cornejo called the Sheriff’s Office to report that her mentally ill brother was severely agitated and potentially dangerous to himself and his family. The department responded by sending three deputies to the residence, who broke into the home without warning, drew their firearms, and dragged all five members of the family outside. After Veronica began to cry and plead with the deputy not to beat her ailing father, he threw the man on top of his daughter and then all three deputies began to beat both of them. Three members of the family were arrested for resisting arrest. The cases were dismissed.” Continue reading

The Pantheon

The Pantheon

“Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Sibel Edmonds, Karen Kwiatkowski, Gary Webb, Danny Casolaro, John Stockwell, Daniel Ellsberg, Mike Gravel, A. Ernest Fitzgerald, Whitaker Chambers, Benjamin Gitlow, and Smedley Darlington Butler are heroes and heroines in the pantheon of whistleblowers who put their conscientious dedication to first principles ahead of a pretended allegiance to duplicitous cabals within a criminal state which had betrayed the fiduciary trust and essential liberties of the people.” Continue reading

How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets

How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets

“By late winter, Poitras decided that the stranger with whom she was communicating was credible. There were none of the provocations that she would expect from a government agent — no requests for information about the people she was in touch with, no questions about what she was working on. Snowden told her early on that she would need to work with someone else, and that she should reach out to Greenwald. She was unaware that Snowden had already tried to contact Greenwald, and Greenwald would not realize until he met Snowden in Hong Kong that this was the person who had contacted him more than six months earlier.” Continue reading

Concern over NSA privacy violations unites Democrats and Republicans, poll finds

Concern over NSA privacy violations unites Democrats and Republicans, poll finds

“A July Washington Post-ABC News poll — before the latest disclosures reported by The Post — found fully 70 percent of Democrats and 77 percent of Republicans said the NSA’s phone and Internet surveillance program intrudes on some Americans’ privacy rights. What’s more, Democrats and Republicans who did see intrusions were about equally likely to say they were ‘not justified:’ 51 and 52 percent respectively. Nearly six in 10 political independents who saw intrusions said they are unjustified. There was less partisan agreement in 2006, when news about the George W. Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program broke.” Continue reading

Mayor Bloomberg Calls Video Cameras For NYPD Officers “A Nightmare”

Mayor Bloomberg Calls Video Cameras For NYPD Officers “A Nightmare”

“When Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, of Federal District Court in Manhattan, ruled on Monday that the city’s stop-and-frisk program was unconstitutional and ordered that police officers in certain precincts strap tiny cameras to their uniforms to record their dealings with the public, Mr. Bloomberg’s response was immediate and emphatic. ‘It would be a nightmare,’ he said. ‘We can’t have your cameraman follow you around and film things without people questioning whether they deliberately chose an angle, whether they got the whole picture in.'” Continue reading

Should Cops Wear Google Glass?

Should Cops Wear Google Glass?

“Even in its most basic form—no fancy infrared add-ons—Google Glass would make the ultimate cop-monitoring tool: the ‘stock’ models are capable of streaming video and audio to a Google Hangout, which means a supervisor could sit in front of a monitor and watch several officers’ streams in real time. It’s also open to modification, meaning that a third-party developer could build apps for facial recognition, sound triangulation, or crime-scene navigation (the facial-recognition part is already in development). And for a couple hundred dollars, it’s also affordable to most police departments, especially those with budgets fattened by civil forfeiture.” Continue reading

Fake police gang nabbed in western Switzerland

Fake police gang nabbed in western Switzerland

“Swiss police have arrested a gang of fake officers who stole tens of thousands of dollars from tourists in the Lake Geneva area this summer. The gang, made up mainly of Romanian nationals, had been posing as officers in some of the top tourist spots in Geneva and neighbouring Vaud, police said on Friday. The set-up was always the same: a plain-clothed member of the gang would ask an unsuspecting tourist for directions, only to be interrupted by two accomplices wearing police uniforms demanding to see his and the tourist’s identification. With the tourist’s wallet in hand, the phony officers discretely pocketed the cash inside.” Continue reading