Nov 252014
 

Source: Filming Cops

40 cops

Via The OP-NAT EYE

While U.S. media profit off the so-called suspense regarding the kangaroo grand jury “decision” for Ferguson, Missouri killer cop Darren Wilson, cops across the country are raping children, killing their wives, and selling child pornography with ZERO media scrutiny.

Most psychologists agree that pedophiles, rapists, and killers do what they do to feel powerful.

There’s no better occupation than “cop” to obtain quick, unchecked power and to rarely be held accountable for any of your actions…

View the list now (click each to expand):

Michael Grennier
James Shedd

 

Ernest Martinez

Douglas Burkhalter

Jason Miller

Continue to OP-NAT EYE to see the full list.

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Nov 252014
 

Source: All Gov.

The U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing a case next week on whether violence-laden posts on Facebook constitute protected free speech or criminal acts that deserve prosecution.

Elonis v. United States stems from the conviction of Anthony Elonis, who served more than three years in prison for posting messages using rap-style prose to his wife Tara on Facebook that she took as threats. He was convicted under a federal law that prohibits the use of interstate communications of threats to harm individuals. In one post, Elonis indicated his desire to shoot Tara despite a court order requiring him to stay away.

According to Slate, one of his posts read: “There’s one way to love you but a thousand ways to kill you. I’m not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts. Hurry up and die, bitch, so I can bust this nut all over your corpse from atop your shallow grave. I used to be a nice guy but then you became a slut. Guess it’s not your fault you liked your daddy raped you. So hurry up and die, bitch, so I can forgive you.”

The National Network to End Domestic Violence wrote in a brief filed with the Supreme Court that people “have experienced real-life terror caused by increasingly graphic and public posts to Facebook and other social media sites — terror that is exacerbated precisely because abusers now harness the power of technology, ‘enabling them to reach their victims’ everyday lives at the click of a mouse or the touch of a screen,’” according to The Washington Post.

Elonis claimed he was merely venting and performing “therapeutic efforts to address traumatic events” in his life, according to the Post.

His effort to have his conviction overturned is backed by free speech supporters who insist the statements should be protected under the First Amendment. The Student Press Law Center, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the writers’ organization PEN filed their own brief defending Elonis: “Internet users may give vent to emotions on which they have no intention of acting, memorializing expressions of momentary anger or exasperation that once were communicated face-to-face among friends and dissipated harmlessly.”

-Noel Brinkerhoff

To Learn More:

Supreme Court Case Tests the Limits of Free Speech on Facebook and Other Social Media (by Robert Barnes, Washington Post)

Elonis v. United States (SCOTUS blog)

Supreme Court Social Media Rap-Lyrics Case Brings Eminem into the Fold (by David Kravets, Ars Technica)

Are Facebook Threats Real? (by Dahlia Lithwick, Slate)

Clicking “Like” on Facebook is Free Speech, But Online Hate May Be another Story (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

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Nov 252014
 

Source: Joshua Krause

Last March, the killing of James Boyd by the Albuquerque Police Department shocked the nation. The public got to see with their very own eyes, how callous and vicious some police officers can be. Boyd, who was widely known as a schizophrenic, had been camping out in the foothills of Albuquerque, New Mexico (doing nothing and bothering nobody) when he was approached by several heavily armed members of the local police department.

What ensued was one of the most despicable displays of police violence in recent history, but has since been overshadowed by the controversial shooting of Michael Brown. After a long standoff with police, during which Boyd was armed with a small camping knife, video showed the police gunning down the homeless man. The footage of the event appeared to show Boyd surrendering before the police shot him in the back.

Six months after the shooting, an audio recording of officer Keith Sandy was released to the public. Sandy, who was one of the shooters responsible for the death of James Boyd, was heard joking about killing the man 2 hours before the event took place. The recording reads “For this fucking lunatic?  I’m going to shoot him in the penis with a shotgun here in a second.” Since then the Albuquerque Police Department has claimed that the public is misinterpreting the audio clip, and that Officer Sandy actually said he was going to shoot him with a taser.

Now, Sandy is retiring early, getting his pension, and dodging an internal investigation. He will be paid 70% of his normal pay for the rest of his life. Boyd’s life is over.

Officer Keith Sandy is probably used to investigations by now. After all, he was fired by the New Mexico State Police amid fraud allegations, but there were no criminal charges. Seems he left that job just in the nick of time, too. Then he was hired by the Albuquerque Police Department who told the public he wouldn’t have a badge or gun and that he would just be a civilian employee.

That was a lie. Sandy wound up with his finger on the trigger when he was placed on the Repeat Offender Project (ROP), a unit so violent it used a noose as its logo. To be clear, this is the same ROP team that the U.S. Department of Justice shut down because its officers were trigger happy. The Department of Justice put the Albuquerque Police Department in its crosshairs because the department kills more people per capita than any other place in the nation.

Sandy will have to work with internal affairs until his retirement is finalized on December 1st, but after that date he will most likely be in the clear. It’s doubtful that he will be charged with anything between now and next week.

So not only was Officer Sandy fired for fraud during his employ with the state police, but he was immediately rehired by the Albuquerque Police Department. While employed by them, he jokes about, and then finally kills a mentally ill homeless man, and there won’t be so much as an investigation over the whole affair. The details surrounding his pension are equally despicable.

Sandy’s retirement is in the nick of time on two fronts.

News 13 has learned Sandy had accrued just shy of 19 years service credit from his time with both NMSP and APD. Under his pension plan, he’s allowed to buy up to a year of “airtime” that adds to that service time. That allows Sandy to get to a magic number, 20 years of service credit.

After 20 years of service, APD officers can retire and get about 70 percent of their pay in an annual pension. A year less, and Sandy would have to wait until he’s 61 to start collecting that money, likely costing him at least a million dollars.

News 13 has also learned Sandy had recently been ordered to sit down with internal affairs investigators. Retiring allows him to avoid that interview.

Sandy will also get any unused sick and vacation time paid out, although an APD spokesperson did not provide News 13 with that information when asked Tuesday afternoon.

This is what our tax dollars pay for. We get to sit and watch known murderers retire in comfort on our dime.  It’s like we’re living some kind of third world nightmare. A world where the homeless are discarded and authority figures live the high life for their crimes. Real justice and fairness has been eradicated from our society; displaced by gun toting thugs that act with impunity.

What will it take to bring it back?

Article source: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Albuquerque_Cop_Who_Killed_Homeless_Man_Will_Retire_With_Full_Benefits/39413/0/38/38/Y/M.html

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Nov 252014
 

Source: The Guardian

New powers for the home secretary to order universities to ban extremist speakers from their campuses are to be included in the counter-terrorism bill to be published on Wednesday, Theresa May has announced.

The bill will also place a statutory duty on schools, colleges, prisons and local councils to help prevent people from being drawn into terrorism, the home secretary said.

She said universities would have to show that they have put in place policies to deal with extremist speakers.

“The organisations subject to the duty will have to take into account guidance issued by the home secretary. Where organisations consistently fail, ministers will be able to issue directions to them “which will be enforceable by court orders”, May announced.

She said: “We are engaged in a struggle that is fought on many fronts and in many forms. It is a struggle that will go on for many years. And the threat we face right now is perhaps greater than it ever has been. We must have the powers we need to defend ourselves.”

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Nov 242014
 

Source: Telesur TV

Civilians and nongovernmental organizations in Mexico found four more mass graves Sunday, as part of the search efforts to locate the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College that went missing after being detained by Iguala police on the night of September 26.

Since that date, more than 15 mass graves and dozens of bodies have been found. However, none of the remains found as of yet have been linked to the missing students.

The most recent mass graves were found in La Laguna, just west of Iguala, the place where federal authorities say police officers shot at several buses that were transporting the students, killing three of them along with another three civilians, before handing over the survivors to a local gang.

The nongovernmental organizations involved in the most recent discovering are now waiting for local authorities to arrive in order to start the forensic investigation.

The alarming unearthing of numerous mass graves has raised considerable criticism towards local and federal authorities, who despite more than 50 days having passed since the students disappeared, cannot yet provide information or evidence on their fate.

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Nov 242014
 

Source: Money CNN

Practically every journalist covering the death of Michael Brown would like to interview Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Brown. In the pursuit of that interview, several high-profile television anchors have secretly met with Wilson, according to sources at several TV networks. All of the meetings were off the record, meaning the anchors could not describe what was said. These meetings are a normal part of the TV guest booking process, but they’re significant in this case because Wilson has not been seen in public since Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. Among the anchors who have met with Wilson are Matt Lauer of NBC, George Stephanopoulos of ABC, Scott Pelley of CBS, and Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon of CNN. It is unclear if Wilson, through his representatives, has agreed to be interviewed by any of the journalists.

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Nov 242014
 

Source: Next Gov

The Department of Homeland Security is poised to ditch all records from a controversial network monitoring system called Einstein that are at least three years old, but not for security reasons.

DHS reasons the files — which include data about traffic to government websites, agency network intrusions and general vulnerabilities — have no research significance.

But some security experts say, to the contrary, DHS would be deleting a treasure chest of historical threat data. And privacy experts, who wish the metadata wasn’t collected at all, say destroying it could eliminate evidence that the governmentwide surveillance system does not perform as intended.

The National Archives and Records Administration has tentatively approved the disposal plan, pending a public comment period.

According to Homeland Security’s rationale, there is “quickly diminishing value for most of the data collected pursuant to intrusion detection, prevention and analysis.” A three-year retention period for reference purposes is sufficient, and “the records have no value beyond that point” but can be kept longer, if needed, appraisers said.

Incident reports, which include records on catastrophic cyber events, must be kept permanently.

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Nov 242014
 

Source: Mass Private I

NC – The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office will review hundreds of criminal cases after a judge unsealed related records that allowed police to secretly track cellphones in their investigations.
The records give the fullest account to date about cellphone surveillance conducted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. They also provide one of the most extensive disclosures about a U.S. police department’s use of a powerful technology, commonly known as a StingRay, which law enforcement agencies and the federal government have fought to conceal from the public.
CMPD sought permission to use cellphone surveillance more than 500 times since 2010, or about twice a week, according to court records revealed Thursday.
Click here & here to read the unsealed Court orders.
Documents and interviews suggest judges rarely, if ever, denied authorization requested by CMPD to use equipment that can intercept cellphone information from criminal suspects and innocent people alike.
Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee has strongly defended CMPD’s surveillance of cellphones and other wireless devices, saying officers do not eavesdrop on conversations or store data from innocent people
“It is my conclusion that procedures in place by CMPD are designed to protect constitutional rights and that to deny CMPD the use of this modern investigatory tool would not be in the best interest of public safety for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community,” Carlee has said.
The files contain no records showing CMPD received court permission to use a StingRay from when it first purchased the device in 2006 until 2010. That means there is no way to readily determine how often police used the device, if they were justified or if they had judicial oversight during that time span.
Senior Deputy City Attorney Judith Emken said during that period, police applied for court orders giving them permission to deploy the device, generically called a cell-site simulator.
Court officials, however, did not file the records in the clerk’s office. Instead, police detectives kept copies in investigative files, which are not open to public inspection.
The arrangement violated the fundamental principle that American courts should be open and transparent, said Linda Lye, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union.
“The government was effectively making surveillance law secret,” Lye said. “The government should not be able to get around open records law because of chaotic record keeping.”
It’s been very difficult for attorneys and the public alike to fully understand when, where, and how law enforcement has been asking judges to sign off on stingrays. Previously, Brian Owsley, one federal magistrate judge who served in Texas for eight years and is now a law professor at Indiana Tech, had his efforts thwarted to unseal similar orders.

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Nov 232014
 

Coke is the most valuable brand in history, and “Coca-Cola” is the world’s second-most recognized word after “hello.” However, the beverage itself is like a poison to the human metabolism. Coke is very acidic, it’s only one point higher on the pH scale than battery acid. Consequently it can clean surfaces equivalent to and often better than many toxic household cleaners.

It’s cheaper and easier to buy Coke in some third world countries than it is to access clean water. Coke uses “public relations propaganda” to convince consumers and entire nations that it is an “environmental company” when really it is linked to pollution, water shortages, and disease.

People who consume soft drinks such as Coke have a 48% increase in heart attack and stroke risk, compared to people who did not drink the sodas at all or did not drink them every day. A study published in the journal Respirology reveals that soft drink consumption is also associated with lung and breathing disorders including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

On top of all of this, here is what coke does to the human body after you drink it.

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The chemical that should be listed on this image is Bisphenol A, as there are two phenol groups in this chemical.

Article source: http://www.blacklistednews.com/This_Is_What_One_Drink_Of_Soda_Does_To_Your_Body/39363/0/38/38/Y/M.html

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Nov 232014
 

Source: The Washington Times

The Ferguson, Mo., grand jury considering the indictment of Officer Darren Wilson, who killed teenager Michael Brown during an altercation in August, left the justice center in St. Louis on Friday without reaching a decision.

Sources told CNN on Saturday that it was unclear when the jury would reconvene.

Local business owners are bracing for more looting and vandalism.

Natalie DuBose, owner of Natalie Cakes and More in Ferguson told CNN she has had fewer customers in anticipation of the jury’s decision.

“If I can’t open my doors every morning, I can’t feed my kids in the evening,” said Ms. DuBose, a mother of two said, and asked protesters to spare her shop, the network reported.

Full article here

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