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Lawyers Raising Questions about Watertown Home Searches following Marathon Bombings, Shootout

Boston.com
November 14, 2013
 
A group of lawyers is saying they think authorities' actions during the Boston and Watertown-area shutdown days after the Marathon bombings were unconstitutional, and they want to discuss it with the residents involved.
 
Attorneys from the Massachusetts chapter of the National Lawyers Guild hosted a forum Thursday in Watertown about the home searches that took place there on April 19. The event was held at the Watertown library on Main Street.
 

Voices from the Drone Summit

Huffington Post
November 17, 2013
 
Last weekend, I participated in a panel on the illegality of drones and targeted killing off the battlefield at the conference, "Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance," in Washington DC. Nearly 400 people from many countries came together to gather information, protest, and develop strategies to end targeted killing by combat drones. I found the most compelling presentations to be first-hand accounts by those victimized by U.S. drone attacks, and a former military intelligence analyst who helped choose targets for drone strikes.
 

The NATO 5: Manufactured Crimes Used to Paint Political Dissidents as Terrorists

Huffington Post
January 25, 2013

A high-stakes game is being played in the United States today called, "To Catch a Terrorist." The public need not worry, though, as the risks are surprisingly low. In this game, the police claim to prevent nefarious terrorist plots, while in reality they're taking credit for foiling the same victimless crimes they themselves manufacture.

Police Torture and the Death Penalty in Illinois: Ten Years Later

The Nation
January 11, 2013

On January 11, 2003, the world watched as Illinois Governor George Ryan, days before leaving office, granted clemencies to all 163 men and women on death row in his state, reducing their sentences to life without parole. The previous day he had pardoned four death row prisoners—Madison Hobley, Aaron Patterson, Leroy Orange and Stanley Howard—all of whom had been tortured into giving false confessions by police officers working under notorious Chicago police commander Jon Burge.

Occupy and the police needn't be enemies

The Guardian
December 10, 2012

As Sandy showed  Many activists now appearing in court had organised relief during the storm. Hopefully NYPD officers will remember that.

Ninety-nine people arrested during Occupy Wall Street's 17 September anniversary actions had their court dates last week. They trooped into the courthouse accompanied by green-hatted legal observers and National Lawyers Guild representatives, and faced the judge. Their charges mostly boiled down to "being part of a public protest".

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