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WS – Do they run on doughnuts? – Coming soon to a neighborhood near you… Collateral damage.
The US is at the dawn of “a new era in police surveillance,” the Associated Press revealed casually last week. In a Chicago-based story about the growing use of drones and other sophisticated, unmanned aircraft for aerial surveillance, it noted that the Congressional Research Service considers their future use “bound only by human ingenuity.”The story focused on one Illinois legislator who has proposed a limit on how far law enforcement agencies can go.
But bills have been introduced in almost 40 states, and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee has two model ordinances to assist communities in the emerging movement against domestic surveillance drones. This isn’t science fiction, although the threat of an emerging Surveillance State does figure in my forthcoming novel, Dons of Time.
As I learned while researching, drones already fly pretty freely in US airspace. Law enforcement groups use them for search and rescue operations, for security along the border (mainly the one with Mexico so far), for weather research and scientific data collection. In fact, last year Congress authorized the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to open the nation’s airspace to widespread drone flights by 2015.
By Sherry Pasquarello,CJE – Yes I am. If we , the 90 percent of Americans that WANT gun reform can’t force our elected officials to stop worrying about their cushy jobs and stand up to the NRA then we deserve those clowns we have in office!
Get on the phones, send e-mail and letters. Talk to your family and friends and neighbors. Talk to strangers. Get the word out. Tell them. HELL, show them just how big of a fucking HOLE a semi-automatic makes in flesh and bone. There are photos galore and film on the internet of not only hunting but target shots into different objects. Ask them to look at their kids or grandkids. Say to them, “Imagine their heads blown off, limbs missing, intestines pulverized”. Too, indelicate? Fuck that emotion, that bit of civility. Those parents in Newtown had to SEE that with their own eyes. Those first responders and the hospital personal had to. The FUNERAL directors had to. There was and is NOTHING civil about this. Worse than the sick man that did this, is, to me- the DAMN NRA.
Even if I thought that their board members really cared about the 2nd amendment MORE than their ties to the gun manufacturers, they STILL should rot in hell when their time comes. They can’t be that lacking in COMMON SENSE and DECENCY.
Twitter was abuzz earlier today with confused Jane Doe supporters, members of anon, and media over Attorney General Mike Dewine's announcement today that The Steubenville grand jury will be selected on April 15th, and will then be delayed for 2 weeks as the AG's office continues going over evidence to eventually present to the grand jury.
"We have to do this right," DeWine told media earlier today. "We are still evaluating and going through some evidence and we do not want to start this process until we have done that."
Anonymous still plans to hold a rally on the Jefferson County Courthouse steps at 11 Am on Monday, but several protesters who are traveling from out of town planning to stay for the week are very disappointed and angry over the delay. "when will Jane Doe finally get justice." one activist wrote online.
There is no Ohio statute that states a grand jury process must be a speedy one. Dewine also noted in previous briefings to media that this grand jury will not meet on a daily basis once things get rolling, and will most likely alternate days.
Other frustrated journalists mused amongst each other over coffee that they had spent their budgets planning to stay in the Ohio Valley area for a week assuming the process would wrap within 7 days or that their respective outlets won't be sending them to Steubenville to just stand around everyday waiting for the final press conference when the grand jury has finished their investigation.
WS – The US government lets the private corporation Stratfor to do it. Why is this news? This is the New America after all.
New information received by the ACLU regarding the Internal Revenue Service after a Freedom of Information Act request filed last year indicates that the agency does not feel it is necessary to obtain a warrant before reading Americans’ emails.
The ACLU sought to obtain disclosure from the IRS about the practices of its Criminal Tax Division, which, as its name implies, essentially oversees the initiation of criminal and civil litigation on tax-related charges.
Though the IRS complied within a reasonable amount of time, divulging 247 pages of documentation in response to the ACLU’s FOIA request, the civil rights group says it avoided directly answering whether it considers warrants necessary before reading private email communications. The agency did, however, essentially disclose that it did not think Internet users had “any privacy expectations” when using email. A 2009 IRS Search Warrant Handbook stated as much:
“The Fourth Amendment does not protect communications held in electronic storage, such as email messages stored on a server, because internet users do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications.” More…
Wintersville police are tight lipped about the investigation of an alleged sexual assault near Indian Creek High School.
Multiple sources close to the victims involved have confirmed that an alleged sexual assault did happen as police are saying, but gave more details:
Last Friday evening, a 16 year old male and his teenage girlfriend were walking along a trail near the high school when 33 year old Andre Wade allegedly jumped them with a knife. He put the knife to the boys throat and he was forced to watch while his gf was sexually assaulted.
Wade was arrested and charged with rape, felonious assault and possession of cocaine. He was arraigned on Monday.
Wade remains in jail on $250,000 bond.
For further updates follow @nunyaman on twitter
UPDATE 4/18/13: Andre Wade appeared in court yesterday for a probable cause hearing. for more info from local WTOV9 click here
Updated 5/2/13: Andre Wade's case did not go before the Jefferson County Grand Jury as planned due to prosecutor Jane Haanlin stating she is waiting for the results of a rape kit to come back from Ohio BCI.
Update 6/30/13: Andre Wade has yet to stand trial after pleading not guilty and not guiilty by reason of insanity. A judge will have to rule on Wade's mental competency before Wade can face the charges of raping a teen girl and beating up her boyfriend behind a Wintersville School.
Prosecutor Jane Hanlin says "the timing depends on how long it takes medical professionals to evaluate his (Wade's) mental status.
I said yes… and here’s where I’m going to do this rewind and catch up on who I am, or was, or thought I was at this time. My name is Lorenzo Serna, and on July 19th 2011, I was politically deceased. I had spent years organizing around issue after issue, tar sands, war, and war, and war, and immigration, and sexism, and racism. I saw the whole world just writhing in front of me and I wanted it to stop. I organized rallies and marches, I organized terrible events that flopped on their faces, but I kept at it, until graduate school. Where I decided that all i really wanted to do was tell stories. Tell the story of this and that, tell the story of an older brother much smarter than I locked away in prison, of a family struggling to keep what they’d gained, of a brother so in love… of a childhood spent working fields, and of distant memories of adventure.
By Milva Milenova Matseva,CJE - It’s called the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.
This is what a friend of mine posted on facebook a few weeks ago.
Dora Videva, a Russian-Bulgarian graduate of an American university is currently working in Germany. Her job is exactly by her major, she has her first car and an apartment, plus the freedom to be out of her low-income, bad-economy country.
But she wants to go back.
As a European citizen she can travel the whole European Union with no problems, she can work and live in any European Union country she wants. Except, she doesn’t want to live in any.
“I want to go back home.” She says. And this is all the answer she gives to the people who ask.
5 years ago, when her country was not a EU member, everybody wanted to go to the EU. Partly because it was so hard to get there. Bulgarians have a tendency to chase the forbidden fruit. And not only Bulgarians.
Videva’s situation is coincidentially developing at the same time president Barak Obama is pressing the Senate and the Republicans to vote on his new immigration proposals. Surprisingly, as we go around the States, we can see more people like Videva, who, honestly, don’t give a crap about the new immigration laws.
In times when everyone is talking about immigration reforms, getting papers, living the new life, European immigrants actually are going back home.
“Everyone thinks, Oh, America, wow! But when you actually stay to live here it is very different,” said Tatyana Josan, a former J1 student who decided to stay after her 4 month work and travel visa. She changed her status into an F1, an international student, and stayed to study in Bible College in South Carolina.
Sources have confirmed that the Steubenville Grand Jury will be selected and start hearing tesimony from witnesses and weighing evidence on or around April 15th. However, The Grand Jury will not meet on a daily basis and instead will either alternate days or weeks for theprocess to run it's course. The trial of Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond lasted for 5 days.
Ohio Attorney Mike Dewine has assured the media and public that he will hold a press conference to announce the results of the grand jury process.
Local NBC affiliate and WTOV9 reporter Eric Minor told me on twitter last night that "this will not be your typical grand jury, but an investigative grand jury. "16 witnesses perhaps more will be called before the grand jury."
The attorney general's office is seeking indictments on 16 adults and teens for refusing to cooperate with the initial Steubenville Rape Investigation.
With the grand jury not meeting on a daily basis, iot's best that media, the public, as well as Anonymous (who will be standing outside the courthouse for the entire process) Prepare for a long haul and a lengthy hurry up and wait game.
Judge rules administration overlooked fracking risks in California mineral leases
WS – Note the word-smithing…” overlooked fracking risks” . No… The Obama administration broke the law. This is Corporate Media “Fogging”. COMPLETELY IGNORED and OVERLOOKED are not synonymous.
A federal judge has ruled the Obama administration broke the law when it issued oil leases in central California without fully weighing the environmental impact of “fracking,” a setback for companies seeking to exploit the region’s enormous energy resources.
The decision, made public on Monday, effectively bars for the time being any drilling on two tracts of land comprising 2,500 acres leased for oil and gas development in 2011 by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management in Monterey County.
U.S. District Judge Paul Grewal in San Jose ruled that the federal government erred, and violated U.S. environmental law, in declining to conduct a full-fledged environmental impact study of its oil leasing for the Monterey Formation.
JUDGE FINDS RISKS ‘COMPLETELY IGNORED’ More…
Today is “Name Yourself Day” – Is Yasser Arafat to over the top?
WS – Will this lead to treatments for depleted uranium mutations too? Let’s hope.
By Sherry Pasquarello,CJE – I’ve been fighting an uphill battle with some of my right wing republican conservative friends over my belief that the very rich exist in an entirely different realm than most of our country. From cradle to grave the reality is so strikingly opposite of the majority to be almost a country unto itself. They say I’m just jealous or over the top in my opinions or that I’m bigoted towards the ulta-wealthy.
Check out WEALTH T.V. on your cable if not check via a computer. Here’s one day’s programming,http://www.wealthtv.com/listingstodayp2.php . This is the lifestyle. Now, I do NOT begrudge anyone their wealth (unless they acquired it in an unethical manner). I do want the rest of us to get a firm grasp on what it means to be truly wealthy. Until and unless we can see things through the eyes of those in that 1 or 2 percent we will continue to let them divide, use and abuse us.
Britain’s Iron Lady is dead:
WS – Ding Dong the Witch is dead… Hey! Your forgot GHW Bush. Come back…
Former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher passes away aged 87 after suffering a massive stroke
Iron Lady had suffered from poor health over the past decade
British Prime Minister David Cameron: ‘We’ve lost a great leader and a great Briton’
Mrs. Thatcher likely to have full ceremonial funeral – similar to the service afforded Queen Elizabeth II’s mother in 2002
Margaret Thatcher, the first female British Prime Minister who gained worldwide renown as the Iron Lady has died today aged 87.
Developing a formidable partnership with President Ronald Reagan during the 1980s, Mrs. Thatcher stood up to the ‘Evil Empire’ of the Soviet Union, eventually witnessing its collapse. More…
Today is ”Zoo Lovers Day” Take time to stop and look around you. And Don’t feed the animals.
With hours before a grand jury is selected for a April 15th session to try and indict 16 other adults and teens in the Steubenville rape case, other legal actions are slowly in the works.
The home owners where the underage drinking parties Jane Doe attended and was eventually raped by Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond were notified over the weekend to contact their insurers that they may be sued on liability claims. No lawsuits have been filed yet, but Jane Doe's attorney Bob Fitzsimmons had been hinting at the possibility of lawsuits during the trial.
No parents supervised their kids on the night in question. Assistant volunteer football coach Matt Belardine was aware of 40-50 underage kids partying in his house, and threw all the teens out. Jane Doe wound up at Mark Cole's house where the rape took place.
DNA evidence was collected at the Cole home by a Ohio BCI agent. It remains unclear who will be sued specifically among the homeowners, but it is safe to assume that teens will also be sued by Jane Doe for their conduct as it pertains to the use of social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to humiliate the girl after the incident.
At the time of publishing, Bob Fitsimmons had not returned phone calls for a comment.
Grand Jury Selection begins tomorrow morning in Steubenville.
For more information follow @nunyaman on twitter.
WS -Time to quit smoking!
A recent solicitation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) reveals that the agency is seeking a “massive” online database capable of pulling up individuals’ personal information, connections and associates.
On March 28, ATF posted the notice on FedBizOpps.gov, entitled “Investigative System.” The solicitation was updated on April 5 with a few minor changes.
The document says that the system will be utilized by staff “to provide rapid searches on various entities for example; names, telephone numbers, utility data and reverse phone look-ups, as a means to assist with investigations, and background research on people, assets and businesses.”
The overview of the solicitation states:
Staff will utilize “a number of internal databases as well as external sources to provide timely and relevant information and intelligence products to law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels.”
The system “provides a means to rapidly check records across the country” and is “necessary in assisting investigators, agents and analyst to find people, their assets, relatives, associates and more.” More…
Today is ” Anything Is Maybe Day” – I’m sure…
Photo: CBS and AP Media Pool
On Monday morning, Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine, will begin selecting a grand jury pool of 16-23 Eligible registered voters from Jefferson County. Dewine will then convene the final Grand Jury on April 15th at the Jefferson County Courthouse to try and indict 16 people who did not cooperate, failed to report a rape, failed to report child abuse, tampering with evidence and possible other charges.
While it remains unclear which 16 people(both adults and Teens) indictments are being sought for, Dewine has made it clear that as grand jury cannot indict juveniles. A grand jury can only find probable cause on juveniles, in which his office will then have to file charges through the Jefferson County Juvenile court systems. Adults may either be arrested, or subpoenaed to appear for a hearing if the grandy jury indicts adults.
The Grand Jury will be overseen by Patricia Cosgrove, a visiting retired judge from the Summit County Court of Common Pleas in Akron, Ohio.
Anonymous will hold a rally outside of the Jefferson County Courthouse at 10 Am on April 15th during the grand jury proceedings.
WS – Almost 99% of Americans hit with “Trust Issues” after Government and Media keep playing down the Fukushima nuclear disaster altogether.
Researchers have discovered that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has had far-reaching health effects more drastic than previously thought: young children born on the US West Coast are 28 percent more likely to develop congenital hyperthyroidism.
In examining post-Fukushima conditions along the West Coast, researchers found American-born children to be developing similar conditions that some Europeans acquired after the 1986 meltdown of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
“Fukushima fallout appeared to affect all areas of the US, and was especially large in some, mostly in the western part of the nation,” researchers from the New York-based Radiation and Health Project wrote in a study published by the Open Journal of Pediatrics.
Children born after the 2011 meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant are at high risk of acquiring congenital hyperthyroidism if they were in the line of fire for radioactive isotopes. Researchers studied concentration levels of radioiodine isotopes (I-131) and congenital hypothyroid cases to make the association.
The Education Beat: The Drone Assessment Plan; Standards (x 2); What Gates Hates; Artistic Control; Heard it On Oprah
by John Konopak, Ph.D. (LSU, 1989, Education) WWH/CJE
On the heels of the most repressive anti-abortion legislation in the country, Spring broke through the tough crust of winter with a bang on Monday. In cities across North Dakota, women came out by the hundreds to oppose legislation that cuts to the core of their basic freedoms. The message was clear, the ND state legislature and Governor Dalrymple have no right to impose the kinds of restrictions this legislation calls for. The new legislation calls for a complete ban on abortion, regardless of circumstance (rape, threat to the health of the mother, etc.), in what was described by one protester as “An assault on women’s dignity.” ;
We once had a dream called Occupy Wall Street. I don’t know if it was a dream, but it had the qualities. You know, that New York feel of importance as the sun broke over the buildings and spread it’s warmth across a small concrete park.This blog will be about this event, as it happened to me, as I experienced it. It’s going to be quick and dirty, a lightening recollection timed to the beat of meeting minutes which I attended. It’s going to be critical. I want to critique it, because it wasn’t what I wanted, or expected, but in the end many of the problems came from just that. Everyone wanted something, something built in their own vision, but our visions are just scattered fragments laced with our societies garage. Our perceptions of the poor, of money, of relationships.Love and battle. When the hundreds of people gathered there on the first day, and when that number climbed to the thousands we each brought our own stories, and we each brought our own garbage.
Occupy Wall Street wasn’t the Utopian dream that I hear many refer to it as…maybe to some it awoke that thread, that thread that the world we come from can be better, that somehow we can overcome the sickness, the death and starvation, the many many forms of suffering and oppression that surrounded us. The built-in controls in our everyday life. The points of power colluding to shift reality.
I believed in Occupy Wall Street, because I was there. I’ve told this story countless times now, and I figured it’s time I write it down.
Camp Nama: New Details of the US-Run Torture Prison in Iraq
WS – They now walk among US. - Hero’s…
Detainees captured by SAS and SBS squads subjected to human-rights abuses at detention centre, say British witnesses
British soldiers and airmen who helped to operate a secretive US detention facility in Baghdad that was at the centre of some of the most serious human rights abuses to occur in Iraq after the invasion have, for the first time, spoken about abuses they witnessed there.
Suspects were brought to the secret prison at Baghdad International airport, known as Camp Nama, for questioning by US military and civilian interrogators. But the methods used were so brutal that they drew condemnation not only from a US human rights body but from a special investigator reporting to the Pentagon.
The abuses they say they saw include:
• Iraqi prisoners being held for prolonged periods in cells the size of large dog kennels.
• Prisoners being subjected to electric shocks.
• Prisoners being routinely hooded.
Photo: AP Media Pool
Trent Mays(17) and Ma'lik Richmond(16) were transported from the Jefferson County Juvenile Justice center before 1 PM this afternoon to begin serving their sentences at The Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility.