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Pennsylvania Trooper Who Kicked in Handcuffed Man’s Teeth Didn’t Use Excessive Force, Jury Finds

A jury found that 43-year-old Kelly Cruz did not use excessive force nor deprive 22-year-old Zachary Bare of his civil rights when he kicked the handcuffed man in the head, leading to two facial fractures, damaged teeth, and a broken nose. Cruz never denied that he was the one who caused Bare’s injuries, striking him […]

Radio-controlled helicopter had ‘serious risk of collision’ with jetliner at YVR

On March 29, the Air Canada Boeing 777-300 was flying at 600 metres when the crew observed the radio-controlled helicopter pass within 20 to 30 metres of the aircraft at the same altitude. The crews of subsequent aircraft also reported seeing it flying above 450 metres. RCMP were dispatched but no helicopter or operator could […]

‘Environmental Injustice’: Minorities Face Nearly 40% More Exposure to Toxic Air Pollution | Common Dreams

The University of Minnesota study, according to lead researcher Julian Marshall, looked closely at the rates of pollution exposure by race, income, education and other key demographics to establish the key predictors of how specific populations are impacted across the country, state by state. “The [main] ones are race and income, and they both matter,” […]

LISTEN: Alleged Kansas Gunman Frazier Glenn Miller Discusses the Tea Party, Obama, and Ron Paul | Mother Jones

In a 2010 radio interview, Frazier Glenn Miller, the man suspected of killing three people Sunday at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement center in Kansas, said he was interested in the tea party, voiced support for then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and spoke approvingly of Ron Paul, the Texas Republican congressman and presidential […]

Report indicates that US aligned regimes are preparing for war — Puppet Masters — Sott.net

The report, however, pointed out that US aligned regimes in the Middle East are rapidly increasing their military spending, and purchasing modern, high-tech weapons. The list of US aligned states in the Middle East is a collection of autocratic, repressive kingdoms and emirates. These countries are not “democratic” by any stretch. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, […]

Waiting for Goodlatte | TheHill

Of the above proposals, the USA Freedom Act clearly deserves, and enjoys, the broadest support. It is bipartisan, bicameral, and, in stark contrast to the clandestine machinations that define the work of the NSA and its acolytes in Congress, it has been publicly vetted for months. In addition to those 163 members of Congress, dozens […]

Inside the FBI’s secret relationship with the military’s special operations – The Washington Post

With the war in Afghanistan ending, FBI officials have become more willing to discuss a little-known alliance between the bureau and the Joint Special Operations Command JSOC that allowed agents to participate in hundreds of raids in Iraq and Afghanistan.The relationship benefited both sides. JSOC used the FBI’s expertise in exploiting digital media and other […]

Surveillance is the Business Model of the Internet: Bruce Schneier | SecurityWeek.Com

“Surveillance is the business model of the Internet,” Schneier told attendees. “We build systems that spy on people in exchange for services. Corporations call it marketing.”The data economy—the growth of mass data collection and tracking—is changing how power is perceived, Schneier said in his keynote speech. The Internet and technology has changed the impact a […]

Inside the FBI’s secret relationship with US elite assassination team, JSOC | Citizens for Legitimate Government

…FBI officials have become more willing to discuss a little-known alliance between the bureau and the Joint Special Operations Command JSOC that allowed agents to participate in hundreds of raids in Iraq and Afghanistan. The FBI’s presence on the far edge of military operations was not universally embraced, according to current and former officials familiar […]

Impunity Watch | ..Had I Only Known…

Though the report needs to be declassified, the release should still provide the fullest account of the enhanced interrogation techniques that were used. According to members of the intelligence community, however, the report will not paint a full picture as the underlying investigation “fail[ed] to include interviews from top spy agency officials who authorized or […]

NSA logs reveal flood of post-Snowden FOIA requests | Al Jazeera America

by Jason Leopold @JasonLeopoldThe National Security Agency NSA has been flooded with thousands of Freedom of Information Act FOIA requests from journalists, civil rights groups and private citizens who have asked the agency to turn over the top-secret records that former contractor Edward Snowden leaked to the media, Al Jazeera can reveal.In response to an […]

Documents show Gogo boasted of helping law enforcement agencies spy on in-flight wifi | PandoDaily

By its own admission, Gogo has apparently gone even further than the surveillance statute requires, giving law enforcement officials even more potential power to monitor communications through its system. That power is buttressed by Gogo’s terms of service, which tell customers that using in-flight wifi authorizes Gogo to “disclose your Personal Information… if we believe […]

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