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Mumia Hospitalized: Family Visitation Denied | Prison Radio

ACTION ALERT   Demand Mumia’s family hospital visitation rights   At 1pm EST today, Mumia Abu-Jamal had a medical emergency and was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, PA. SCI Mahanoy prison officials are blocking all family visits at Schuylkill. Mumia’s family is currently waiting at Schuylkill. We have absolutely […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Former NSA director: Charlie Hebdo attack was ‘kind of inevitable’ | US news | The Guardian

“When one does the forensics, every one of those inevitable attacks was preventable,” Hayden said. “It’s a little bit like Ebola, you know? If somebody’s got the disease you can go back an deconstruct how she got it. ‘If only she had kind of closed the sleeve, or not taken her cover off in a […]

Snowden Docs: CIA Tried to Hack Apple for Years / Sputnik International

One such plan was the forging of a phony, government-approved version of Apple’s Xcode software. That software serves as a template, and is used by hundreds of thousands of independent developers to create the apps we all know and love. Flappy Bird, Angry Birds, iBird Pro Guide to Birds. Any of these app developers who used the CIA counterfeit software would unknowingly infect millions […]

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 […]

Seeing the Stasi Through NSA Eyes | Consortiumnews

I had come to the ​Stasi Museum with a group of U.S. and UK intelligence whistleblowers, who had congregated in Berlin to award Binney with the 2015 ​Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence. The first award, presented in 2002, went to former FBI agent Coleen Rowley, who testified to Congress about intelligence failures prior […]

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