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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 […]

How the Leaked TPP ISDS Chapter Threatens Intellectual Property Limitations and Exceptions » infojustice

State-to-state dispute settlement is an important check and balance in the process that reduces litigation. Governments are more wary litigators than many companies. The reasons are many – governments seek to maintain complex diplomatic relations, they are loathe to take on the costs of litigation, and since they must live by the rules their own […]

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 […]

Company at Center of “Debtors’ Prison” Case Accused of Racketeering | Mother Jones

The suit also goes after the current contract between Clanton and JCS, alleging that their relationship violates Alabama law, which forbids city courts from charging individuals extra money for being on probation. Since 2009, Clanton has contracted with JCS to manage its pay-only probationers (individuals who are only on probation because they can’t pay their […]

US soldier admits killing family after raping girl | World news | The Guardian

The murders took place on March 12 in Mahmoudiya, 20 miles south of Baghdad. Prosecutors allege that five soldiers stationed at a checkpoint there raped the girl, Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, then burned her body to hide the evidence, and killed her father, mother and six-year-old sister.The alleged ringleader, Private Steven Green, was discharged from the […]

Beyond Drones: The Next-Generation of Autonomous Weapons Cannot be Developed in Secrecy | Just Security

It’s no secret that the United States and other nations are pouring billions of dollars into developing lethal robots capable of making their own targeting decisions that operate everywhere from aircraft carriers to land and under the oceans. These machines have been developed in conjunction with a suite of top-secret digital weapons and intelligence gathering tools that do everything from turn domestic […]

Mbeki to African leaders: Invest in ICT infrastructure to solve local challenges – Vanguard News

The former South African President also highlighted on the African Renaissance concept on how best African people and nations shall overcome the current challenges confronting the continent and achieve cultural, scientific, and economic renewal.He told the gathering comprising of telecoms operators, African leaders in the ICT ecosystem, including Airtel, MTN, Unitel and Millicom and international […]

Private police carry guns and make arrests, and their ranks are swelling – The Washington Post

The trend has raised concerns in Virginia and elsewhere, because these armed officers often receive a small fraction of the training and oversight of their municipal counterparts. Arrests of private police officers and incidents involving SCOPs overstepping their authority have also raised concerns. The Virginia legislature approved a bill Friday increasing the training and regulation […]

Hispanics more likely than whites to say global warming is caused by humans | Pew Research Center

In a recent survey, we ask if there is solid evidence that the Earth has been warming over the past few decades. Seven-in-ten Hispanics say the Earth is warming because of human activity, a higher share than among whites (44%). More than half (56%) of blacks say the same. About two-in-ten Hispanics and whites and […]

Stratfor’s Global Forecast Report Torn to Bits by International Analysts / Sputnik International

However, Kozin also warns that the predictions made by the intelligence firm do reveal something about US intentions toward Russia. Commenting that Stratfor “works closely with the CIA, which has always led a campaign against Russia,” Kozin notes that the predictions about Russia “supposedly falling apart on our own” hide specific plans for actions aimed […]

As Germany Stands Firm Against Attempts to Scale Back Austerity in Greece, What’s Next for Syriza? – In These Times

Since winning the country’s election on January 25, Syriza has been on shaky footing. First, they inherited a country running out of money, a bailout agreement on the brink of expiring and a humanitarian crisis. They won largely by campaigning against all of the above. Second, they needed to form a coalition in order to […]

High-profile Saudi princes accused of funding Al Qaeda | Middle East Eye

Moussaoui said Prince Turki al-Faisal (former intelligence chief), Prince Bandar bin Sultan (former ambassador to the US), and Prince al-Waleed bin Talal (well-known billionaire investor) all appeared on the al-Qaeda donor lists, as well as many of Saudi Arabia’s leading religious figures. The former al-Qaeda member said he met the newly anointed King Salman, then […]

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