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Feds Indict Houston PD ‘Officer of the Year’ for Trafficking Cocaine for Los Zetas Cartel – The True News

Juarez is accused of leading a double life with close ties to the Los Zetas cartel. Court documents accuse him of conspiring with Sergio Grimaldo, the brother of a convicted cartel boss, to distribute five kilos of cocaine in southeastern Louisiana His co-defendant, Grimaldo, 32, was previously indicted along with his brother, Efrain Grimaldo, a […]

Edward Snowden Calls Canadian Intelligence Oversight Among ‘Weakest’ In Western World

Four of the country’s former prime ministers — Paul Martin, Jean Chrétien, Joe Clark, and John Turner — added their voices to the debate last month, calling for increased oversight over Canadian intelligence to balance proposed sweeping changes in Bill C-51. They pointed out the “lack of a robust and integrated accountability regime” impedes their […]

Exclusive: Mumia Abu-Jamal Releases New Prison Radio Commentary on Walter Scott Shooting | Democracy Now!

Imprisoned journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal has spoken out from a prison infirmary about the police killing of Walter Scott in South Carolina. Abu-Jamal, who is seriously ill at SCI Mahanoy, rose from his infirmary bed to record the commentary after a fellow prisoner wheeled in a TV so he could watch coverage […]

Government delivered a letter of protest against the decree Obama on the US Embassy (AUDIO) | RNV – Radio Nacional de Venezuela

The statement was provided by the diplomatic during a press conference to provide an initial assessment about the outpouring of support from countries, organizations, social and political movements and individuals around the world in response to the call of President Nicolas Maduro require repeal Obama’s executive order. “This reflection should call Obama, see a map […]

S.F. jail inmates forced to fight, public defender says – SFGate

“I don’t know why he does it, but I just feel like he gets a kick out of it because I just see the look on his face,” said Ricardo Palikiko Garcia, one of the inmates who said he was forced to fight. “It looks like it brings him joy by doing this, while we’re […]

Courthouse News Service – Startling Drone Pilot Revelation in DOJ Audit By ADAM KLASFELD

At the time, his office also criticized the FBI’s failure to develop specific policies to protect the privacy of U.S. citizens or the integrity of the evidence the drones aim to collect. The final audit released on Tuesday night revealed that the Justice Department has committed to – but has not yet – finalized policies […]

Be Careful What You Say, NYPD’s ShotSpotter May Be Listening – ANIMAL

The civil liberties organization Electronic Frontier Foundation has raised concerns about the system’s ability to record people’s voices. “It’s documented, and it highlights exactly what kinds of concerns we have. The capability of ShotSpotter to record voices should be a huge issue wherever it is deployed, and yet it is hardly discussed,” said Nadia Kayyali, […]

UPDATE: Son of Hells Angels kingpin ‘mistakenly’ released from jail

The 39-year-old Boucher walked out of Bordeaux jail on Monday morning. It still isn’t clear whether his escape is down to an administrative gaffe or the result of an inside job. Public Security Minister Lise Theriault said in Quebec City today it appears as though Boucher was able to get out of Bordeaux with the […]

NSA trying to map Rogers, RBC communications traffic, leak shows – The Globe and Mail

Canada’s biggest bank and its largest wireless carrier are on a list of 15 entities that are visible in a drop-down menu on one of the presentation’s 40 pages. It shows part of an alphabetical list of entries beginning with the letter “R” that also includes two U.K.-headquartered companies – Rolls Royce Marine and Rio […]

EXCLUSIVE: If There’s a Threat On This Continent, It’s the US – Ecuador FM / Sputnik International

Even Raul Castro of Cuba — whose country is in the midst of a historic normalization of relations with the US — criticized the order, denouncing “the violation of sovereignty or the damage of peace with impunity in the region.”The twelve-country Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) condemned Obama’s executive order as well, calling for […]

Ex-Staffer Slams James O’Keefe: He Crossed A Line With Vile ‘Kill Cops’ Stunt

In a Jan. 9 email addressed to Valdes, O’Keefe, and other top Project Veritas employees, the undercover operative, Mohammed Alhomsi, apparently declined to carry out the assignment. The email cited both legal concerns and concerns about the language of the script in turning down the project. That email was among those provided to TPM by […]

After 6-Week Strike, Oil Workers Say They Have “Won Vast Improvements in Safety and Staffing” – Working In These Times

Whether or not workers have been on strike there, each local union now needs to negotiate a contract that incorporates the national agreement and resolves local issues before the dispute—affecting about 30,000 workers at more than 100 refineries and related facilities, who account for 64 percent of the industry—is ended. Over many years, the industry […]

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