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If you’re a CIA employee it’s ok to torture people, but talk to a reporter? Go to jail. – Boing Boing

The Sterling case – – especially in light of Obama’s complicity in the cover-up of torture during the Bush administration – sends a clear message to people in government service: You won’t get in trouble as long as you do what you’re told (even torture people). But if you talk to a reporter and tell […]

Idle No More Washington ~ From the Arctic to the Salish Sea | RED POWER MEDIA

Hosted by Idle No More Washington Saturday May 16, 2015, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Seacrest Marina Park: 1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, Washington 98126 10:00 am – Canoes gather at Seacrest Marina 11-12:30 – Canoes leave for a short pull for photo op, board the barge for a jam session, open mic, music, and […]

Una muestra de arte recrea la celda diminuta donde el fallecido Herman Wallace pasó 42 años aislado | Democracy Now!

Hablamos con la artista Jackie Sumell de Nueva Orleans sobre su colaboración con el ex preso y miembro de la agrupación Panteras Negras, Herman Wallace. Como Democracy Now! informó en octubre de 2013, Wallace murió días después de ser liberado de casi 42 años en aislamiento, tras la anulación de su condena. Era uno de […]

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 […]

Letter of Response to the Supreme Court regarding the detention on remand of Julian Assange – Aklagarmyndigheten

The Prosecutor-General is of the opinion that Julian Assange should continue to be detained in his absence, however would endorse the Supreme Court’s adjudication on the question. Given the fact that Julian Assange has appealed the detention on remand from the Svea Court of Appeal, the Prosecutor-General, on request, has submitted a letter of response […]

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 […]

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 […]

UK Police Deem Snowden Leak Investigation a State Secret – The Intercept

The Met said the information requested may have been “supplied by, or concerning, certain security bodies” that don’t have to abide by normal transparency requirements, such as the secretive surveillance agency Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. The Met also claimed that it “would not be in the public interest” to reveal basic information about the […]

Portland man: I was tortured in UAE for refusing to become an FBI informant | US news | The Guardian

“I don’t think they knew who I was. I think they thought I was just some rich guy who’d come on a private jet. A rapper or someone,” said Fikre. The 36-year-old Eritrean-born American was finally back in Portland at the end of a five-year odyssey that began with a simple business trip but landed […]

The Folly of Data Retention: A Fool’s Paradise in Australia

The Australian angle on this is characteristically buffoonish, finding shape in the National Data Retention Regime. It demands that telcos and internet service providers retain data for a designated period of time – at this point two years – to be made readily available for law enforcement authorities to dip into. The drafters seem oblivious […]

PressTV-UK report reveals mass illegal spying

“What this report demonstrates is that the investigating committee is more or less a mouthpiece for our spies. But they said something which is extraordinary stupid to me. They have said: “Because our intelligence agencies collect a vast amount of data but only see and read a small fraction. That does not constitute mass surveillance”.  […]

CIA Gave Cops Secret Technology to Spy on Cell Phones / Sputnik International

The sharing of strategies and technologies demonstrates the influence of intelligence agencies and the military on domestic law enforcement practices since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The planes used by the US Marshals Service — under the Department of Justice — fly from five cities with a flight range covering nearly the entire US. The aspect of the technology which most troubles civil liberties advocates that it […]

The government spied on me without a warrant | Toronto Star

They even collected Facebook addresses of other users and circulated postings made by children, without the consent of their parents. My domestic and international movements were monitored and my personal and private government records were accessed. Government email correspondence suggested the surveillance was undertaken to try to prove I had “other motives” for filing a […]

MPs ‘dismayed’ that police continue to compile database of faces | Technology | The Guardian

In a report into use of biometric data, the Commons Science and Technology Committee said it was “dismayed” to learn that more than 12m photographs had been entered into the Police National Database without proper testing or oversight. It also noted that current practice appeared to flout a high court ruling from 2012 that said […]

Prosecutors criticize D.C. crime lab’s handling of some DNA evidence – The Washington Post

Officials at the Department of Forensic Sciences, which is located in a $220 million facility that opened in 2012, defend their work and say disagreements among scientists in the field are not uncommon. The dispute has essentially created a standoff between the city-run lab and federal prosecutors in the nation’s capital. U.S. Attorney Ronald C. ­Machen […]

New Zealand Spies on Neighbors in Secret ‘Five Eyes’ Global Surveillance – The Intercept

The documents on the spying, obtained by The Intercept from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, shine a light on New Zealand’s role in the so-called Five Eyes, a surveillance alliance that includes electronic eavesdropping agencies from New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. GCSB is perhaps the smallest player in the alliance […]

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