In the Media

U.S. Drones Reaping Death by SIM Card

The Real News Network
February 16, 2014

The heart of the story is that the NSA is using electronic surveillance to decide whom to kill and not using human intelligence. And that electronic surveillance is unreliable. Unfortunately, it appears that often that information is not verified by human intelligence. So what they're doing is basing killing on SIM cards and phones.

Van Hollen should scrap singers' prosecutions

Activist Craig Spaulding handcuffed at Solidarity Sing Along (Mike DeVries - The Capital Times)
The Cap Times
February 7, 2014

“The First Amendment still lives in Wisconsin’s Capitol today,” declares Patricia Hammel, the vice chair of the Madison chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Hammel, an attorney for one of the singers arrested during Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to silence dissent in the state Capitol last year, was celebrating a major victory in the long legal struggle to restore respect for the Constitution in Walker’s Wisconsin.

Federal prosecutors compiled summary of public's written testimony for Tuesday's hearing on DOJ-Portland settlement on police reforms

The Oregonian
February 13, 2014

Federal prosecutors have submitted a summary of written testimony for Tuesday's hearing on whether a settlement agreement the city of Portland reached with federal investigators is "fair, reasonable and adequate'' to address police problems identified by the U.S. Department of Justice

The Business of Surveillance

Human Rights Magazine
February 16, 2014

It is at once revealing and disturbing that the American retailing company Target can learn of a teenager’s pregnancy before the family she lives with does. An angry father near Minneapolis found this out firsthand, as reported in the New York Times, revealing a modern-day quandary: Communications and information technology have advanced with such speed that privacy safeguards lag far behind.

Bernie Sanders To Nation: "If You Are Not Prepared to Defend Privacy Rights, Don't Expect My Vote"

Occupy.com
February 16, 2014
MONTPELIER, Vermont – Shuffling into the downtown Montpelier auditorium, visitors unbuttoned their jackets, removed their hats and scarves and tried to shake off the New England cold as they filed upwards into the second floor theater hall to hear U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speak to the crisis of NSA surveillance.

Failure to Convict NATO 3 Protesters as Terrorists Undermines Broader Police Entrapment Trend

Huffington Post
February 2, 2014

Three young activists were acquitted of terrorism charges Friday, but convicted of mob action and arson-related felonies for their part in a supposed crime involving Molotov cocktails that was manufactured, both figuratively and literally, by the Chicago Police Department (CPD), and likely the FBI, in the lead-up to the May 2012 demonstrations against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

CCR, NLG and CAIR-USA Ask House Education Committee to Oppose Anti-Boycott Bill

Center for Constitutional Rights
February 12, 2014

February 12, 2014, New York - The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations-USA (CAIR-USA) sent members of the House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee a letter urging them to oppose legislation that would deny federal funding to colleges and universities that participate in a boycott of Israeli academic institutions or scholars. According to the legislation’s sponsors, H.R. 4009 was drafted in response to the American Studies Association’s recent resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions.

Groups File Affordable Housing Complaint Against City

Daphne Silverman Fair Housing Austin
KVUE.com
January 31, 2014
AUSTIN -- East Austin is made up predominantly of African Americans and Latinos. Officials say historically, that didn't happen by chance.
 
"That segregation that was fostered, or really created, way back in the original founding fathers of the City of Austin where, you know, it's the south, and so they created the segregation intentionally," said Daphne Silverman, regional vice president for the National Lawyers Guild.
 

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