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- EFF Wins Battle Over Secret Legal Opinions on Government Spying
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has won its four-year Freedom of Information Act lawsuit over secret legal interpretations of a controversial section of the Patriot Act, including legal analysis of law enforcement and intelligence agency access to census records.
The U.S. Department of Justice today filed a motion to dismiss its appeal of a ruling over legal opinions about Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the controversial provision of law relied on by the NSA to collect the call records of millions of Americans. As a result of the dismissal, the Justice Department will be forced to release a previously undisclosed opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) concerning access by law enforcement and intelligence agencies to census data under Section 215.
“The public trusts that information disclosed for the census won’t wind up in the hands of law enforcement or intelligence agencies,” Staff Attorney Mark Rumold said. “The public has a right to know what the Office of Legal Counsel’s conclusions were on this topic, and we’re happy to have vindicated that important right.”
In Deed Not Word
At a packed session in Davos, former hedge fund director Robert Johnson revealed that worried hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes. “I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway,” he said.
- Balloons Replace Doves as the Vatican Symbol of Peace
After doves released last year were attacked
Children visiting the Vatican released balloons instead of doves Sunday in a ritual that serves as a gesture of peace.
The change follows an incident last year when doves released together by children and Pope Francis were attacked by two other birds, a crow and a seagull, the Associated Press reports. The episode created unwanted attention for the Pope, who is named for animal lover Francis of Assisi.
Accusations of the West towards Putin are traditionally based on the fact that he worked in the KGB. And therefore he is a cruel and immoral person. Putin is blamed for everything. But nobody ever accused Putin of the lack of intelligence.
Any accusations against this man only emphasize his ability for quick analytical thinking and making clear and balanced political and economic decisions.
Often Western media compares this ability with the ability of a grandmaster, conducting a public chess simul. Recent developments in US economy and the West in general allow us to conclude that in this part of the assessment of Putin’s personality Western media are absolutely right.
Despite numerous success reports in the style of Fox News and CNN, today, Western economy, led by the United States is in Putin’s trap, the way out of which no one in the West can see or find. And the more the West is trying to escape from this trap, the more stuck it becomes.
Friends and colleagues,
As the Ukraine situation has worsened, unconscionable misinformation and hype is being poured on Russia and Vladimir Putin.
Journalists and pundits must scour the Internet and thesauruses to come up with fiendish new epithets to describe both.
Wherever I make presentations across America, the first question ominously asked during Q&A is always, “What about Putin?”
It’s time to share my thoughts which follow:
Putin obviously has his faults and makes mistakes. Based on my earlier experience with him, and the experiences of trusted people, including U.S. officials who have worked closely with him over a period of years, Putin most likely is a straight, reliable and exceptionally inventive man. He is obviously a long-term thinker and planner and has proven to be an excellent analyst and strategist. He is a leader who can quietly work toward his goals under mounds of accusations and myths that have been steadily leveled at him since he became Russia’s second president.
- The Overthrow of the American Republic
The following paragraph is current federal law.
“If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.” — 18 U.S. Code § 2384 – Seditious conspiracy
The reason arrests are not being made is because those with the authority and proximity to the criminals are themselves criminals.
On July 9, 2014, a brilliant summer day, William Wingate was walking through Capitol Hill.
The 70-year-old Air Force veteran and retired King County Metro bus driver had a daily habit of walking and using a golf club like a cane, according to his attorney, Susan Mindenbergs. He typically walked from Northgate to the Central District, where he would pick up copies of the Facts newspaper.
But at about 1 p.m., shortly after Seattle police officer Cynthia Whitlatch turned the corner past The Stranger‘s offices, she pulled over her patrol car, got out, and yelled at Wingate to drop his golf club.
The incident was caught on her vehicle’s dash-cam video recording system and obtained by The Stranger through a public records request. Their interaction begins at the 1:40 mark.
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- SF Cops Arrest Public Defender for Refusing to Let Them Interrogate Her Client Without Counsel [Video] San Francisco deputy public defender Jami Tillotson was arrested on Tuesday outside a courtroom in the city’s Hall of Justice after officers say she resisted arrest and interfered with a police investigation. Tillotson says she was just doing her job and advising her client of his right not to be questioned without an attorney present.
- The FBI’s plan to collect everyone’s DNA just got a huge boost from congress
In 2011, 1 in 25 Americans was arrested. In a few years, if the FBI has its way, the federal government will possess the DNA of all of those people and more. Under the radar of most lawmakers and journalists, the Bureau—with private industry and congress’ help—is pushing the most massive expansion of biometric state surveillance since the invention of the fingerprint.
Late last year, the FBI cut the ribbon on its one billion dollar biometrics database, called Next Generation Identification. Since NGI’s official launch, state and local law enforcement officials have been encouraged to submit face prints, fingerprints, retina scans, photos of tattoos and scars, and DNA collected from people nationwide to the FBI’s central database. Those state and local officials can also search against the FBI’s biometrics store, if they want to identify someone. With NGI in full operation, the scary future of Minority Report infamy takes a giant leap forward into the world of non-fiction.
- SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES Syllabus MARYLAND v. KING Held: When officers make an arrest supported by probable cause to hold for a serious offense and bring the
suspect to the station to be detained in custody, taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee’s DNA is, like fingerprinting and photographing, a legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment. Pp. 3–28.
Change The Policy. Change The Police
- Police Response to Bill Restricting No-Knock Raids: You Can’t Have Both Freedom & Security
A Georgia lawmaker has proposed a bill, aptly named Baby Bou’s law, that would restrict the issuance of no-knock raids.
The bill’s namesake, Baby Bounekahm “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh, suffered third-degree burns to his chest and face after sheriff’s deputies in Habersham County raided a house in the middle of the night in May of 2014. They were looking for a person who did not live there, over a $50 drug sale, and threw a flashbang grenade into the infant’s crib.
According to the bill’s sponsor, State Sen. Vincent Fort, there was also a stunning new revelation in the case of 19-month-old Bou-Bou, involving a lie.
“We know that there’s evidence someone lied, one officer lied to the magistrate in offering information for the no knock warrant,” said Fort.
Apparently Georgia has never had a specified law on the books designed to punish officers and agencies that lie to a judge to obtain a no-knock warrant.
The bill has bipartisan support from many of Georgia’s lawmakers, who are also looking to ban no-knock raids between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am.
Predictably, this bill has the police unions up in arms.
- When Cops Break Bad: Inside a Police Force Gone Wild
The culture of violence wasn’t just evident on SWAT. Federal investigators faulted the department’s “permissive policy on weapons,” in which “officers see the guns as status symbols.” The APD still allows officers to carry their own personal weapons on the job, rather than the department-issued 9mm Glocks — at least until March, when a new policy is supposed to take effect. Former Officer Sam Costales recalls constant pressure from his fellow cops to upgrade his handgun. “They were like, ‘Oh, get a .45, get a .45,’ ” Costales says. “They just wanted the bigger firepower.”
Department rules require officers to qualify on the range with their personal guns in order to receive permission to carry them on the job, but the fallout from at least one police shooting suggests that rule wasn’t always taken seriously. The Albuquerque Police Department declined to make its leadership available for this story and didn’t respond to further requests for comment, instead suggesting an interview with Edmund Perea, a former commanding officer with the APD now in private practice as a lawyer. “Most active members of the community as well as police personnel saw these issues coming down the tracks like a train for years,” he says. “There were a lot of parts that may have been allowed to fester without administrative attention. As we look back at the situation here, no one involved in police policy and operation should get a pass.”
- Cops Going After Kids Shoveling Snow – They Want Their Cut Ok – believe it or not, this really shows how the new younger generation of police are anti-society and just insanely pro-government beyond common sense. With cities and municipalities dead broke, confiscating cash from people pretending it is somehow tainted without any proof under Civil Asset Forfeiture was bad enough. Now they are really going over the top. This is not an isolated incident. Towns in the North East are targeting teenagers who traditionally made money during winter shoveling snow.
The police even in Philadelphia are targeting kids as they are in New Jersey. Many towns demand a license with paperwork and fees of $50+ to be paid to shovel snow. These corrupt politicians are hungry for money and any possible piece of loose change they want to grab. Just how far will society allow this type of corruption go before they throw-the-bums-out?
- WATCH: New Rochelle police officer holds teens at gunpoint over a snowball fight In a video uploaded by New Rochelle’s Talk of the Sound, a New York police officer can be seen holding several teens at gunpoint after being called out for a disturbance which turned out to be a snowball fight earlier this week.
- To Collect Debts, Nursing Homes Are Seizing Control Over Patients Lillian Palermo tried to prepare for the worst possibilities of aging. An insurance executive with a Ph.D. in psychology and a love of ballroom dancing, she arranged for her power of attorney and health care proxy to go to her husband, Dino, eight years her junior, if she became incapacitated. And in her 80s, she did. But one day last summer, after he disputed nursing home bills that had suddenly doubled Mrs. Palermo’s copays, and complained about inexperienced employees who dropped his wife on the floor, Mr. Palermo was shocked to find a six-page legal document waiting on her bed. It was a guardianship petition filed by the nursing home, Mary Manning Walsh, asking the court to give a stranger full legal power over Mrs. Palermo, now 90, and complete control of her money.
Few people are aware that a nursing home can take such a step. Guardianship cases are difficult to gain access to and poorly tracked by New York State courts; cases are often closed from public view for confidentiality. But the Palermo case is no aberration.
At least one judge has ruled that the tactic by nursing homes is an abuse of the law, but the petitions, even if they are ultimately unsuccessful, force families into costly legal ordeals.
“It’s a strategic move to intimidate,” said Ginalisa Monterroso, who handled patient Medicaid accounts at the Mary Manning Walsh Nursing Home until 2012, and is now chief executive of Medicaid Advisory Group, an elder care counseling business that was representing Mr. Palermo in his billing dispute. “Nursing homes do it just to bring money.”
“It’s so cruel,” she added. “Mr. Palermo loves his wife, he’s there every single day, and they just threw him to the courts.”
Winds Of Change
- Clinton-Appointed Judge Accuses Seven Obama-Holder DOJ Attorneys of ‘FRAUD!’
In a newly unsealed court ruling, Judge Francis Allegra, who was appointed by Democrat President Bill Clinton in 1998, is accusing seven Obama-Holder Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys of “fraud upon the court,” and notified Eric Holder that they are banned from his courtroom.
Legal experts are saying the move is extremely rare, if not unprecedented.
“In 40 years of legal practice, government and private, I’ve never seen that done,” said David Hardy, a constitutional law expert who formerly worked in the U.S. Solicitor General’s Office
In the judge’s accusation against the DOJ lawyers as bringing “fraud upon the court,” he cites the Sixth Circuit’s definition:
1. One the part of an officer of the court;
2. That is directed to the ‘judicial machinery’ itself;
3. That is intentionally false, willfully blind to the truth, or is in reckless disregard for the truth;
4. That is positive averment or is concealment when one is under a duty to disclose;
5. That deceives the court.
The ruling states there are “at least two instances of conduct by defendant’s counsel that, in the court’s view, provide indication that fraud on the court has occurred here.”
Judge Allegra wrote that, “The record indicates that there is much more involved here than a simple misstatement of fact, a fraudulent filing, or a failure to advise the court of a critical fact. Rather, it appears that there is significant evidence that defendant’s conduct may actually have subverted the judicial process…”
- NUMBER ONE WITH A BULLET [Video] The USA has, by far, the highest per capita gun ownership in the world. Progressives will tell you that this is what makes America the Murder Capitol of Planet Earth. But we’re not, and in this devastatingly effective Firewall, Bill Whittle shows why the center of Gun Nut Nation is in fact one of the safest places in the world.
Short-Circuiting Cognitive Dissonance
We military veterans took an oath to defend our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic — an oath without an expiration date. We meant it when we took the oath and we still mean it today.
All of these unconstitutional and undeclared wars in the name of national security do nothing to make us safer and that we are in fact, in more danger because of them.
Our meddling, nation building, and policing of the world do nothing more than incite hatred while bankrupting our country.
In the fictitious name of spreading freedom, we are losing our own at home.
Veterans more than anyone else are fully aware of the fact that if our leaders are truly concerned about our national security, they will secure our perimeter here at home and send us to protect our own borders not the borders of Iraq or Afghanistan.
These same Veterans are still willing to die for their sovereign country today. We are willing to die to defend our Constitution, our freedom, and all of the things that have made this country great. We are not, however, willing to kill and incite hatred through American Imperialism or to line the pockets of war profiteers. . . . .
- Melinda Gates Speaks Out Against The Anti-Vaccine Movement
Expanding the accessibility of vaccinations throughout the developing world has been one of the repeated goals of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Although the controversial anti-vaccine movement has called for the end of the practice, co-chair Melinda Gates is firmly standing by the treatment.
- ZERO U.S. Measles Deaths in 10 Years, but Over 100 Measles Vaccine Deaths Reported
With the measles and measles vaccine debate reaching a near frenzy on the Internet, it is always nice to throw some cold hard facts on the firestorm currently raging in the measles debate.
So here are some easily verifiable facts regarding deaths due to measles in the United States for the past 10 years, and deaths due to measles vaccines during the same 10 year period.
First, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keeps a weekly tally of disease outbreaks, including deaths. According to a statement made by Dr. Anne Schuchat, the director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, in an Associated Press story picked up by Fox News on April 25, 2014:
There have been no measles deaths reported in the U.S. since 2003
The weekly CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR) since that date have not revealed any measles deaths either.
- Healthy People Who Were Vaccinated for the Flu Continue to Die
More deaths among otherwise healthy people are being reported all across the United States among children and adults who received this year’s flu vaccination. Here are a couple of the latest deaths being reported in local media stations:
Chad Rattray wasn’t just Cheddar Chad or the dog guy. Mainly, he was Chad.
Nearly everyone who bought a hot dog from Rattray out front of the Bank of America building in downtown Spokane was on a first-name basis with him.
Rattray died suddenly Monday of complications related to the flu. He was 37 years old and had finished his training to be a Spokane Transit Authority bus driver within the last week.
Rattray was generally healthy and had a flu shot this year.
Popular downtown hot dog vendor dies of flu This season, six people have died with flu-related illnesses – including three since Jan. 13. Rattray was generally healthy and had a flu shot this year.
- MMR measles vaccine clinical trial results FAKED by Big Pharma – shocking U.S. court documents reveal all While the vaccine industry is exploiting the Disneyland measles outbreak to call for widespread MMR vaccination, nobody in the mainstream media is telling you how the MMR vaccine clinical trial results were faked by Big Pharma in yet another example of runaway scientific fraud by the vaccine industry.
According to two Merck scientists who filed a False Claims Act complaint in 2010 — a complaint which was unsealed three years ago — vaccine manufacturer Merck knowingly falsified its mumps vaccine test data, spiked blood samples with animal antibodies, sold a vaccine that actually promoted mumps and measles outbreaks, and ripped off governments and consumers who bought the vaccine thinking it was “95% effective.”
- Jail ‘anti-vax’ parents: Column
Your family’s right to be sick ends where public health begins.
The entirely preventable California measles outbreak has now sickened more than 70 people. With perhaps hundreds more exposed, the outbreak will likely continue.
As the disease spreads, experts will debate how we respond and what to do about the anti-vaccine movement that’s partly to blame for this mess. Likely, all we’ll agree on is better outreach to parents.
That’s not enough. Parents who do not vaccinate their children should go to jail. In the year 2015, it is amazing that anyone in the United States contracts measles.
Measles vaccine is widely used, most often in association with mumps and rubella vaccines. We report here the case of a child presenting with fever 8 days after vaccination with a measles-mumps-rubella vaccine. Measles virus was isolated in a throat swab taken 4 days after fever onset. This virus was then further genetically characterised as a vaccine-type virus. Fever occurring subsequent to measles vaccination is related to the replication of the live attenuated vaccine virus. In the case presented here, the vaccine virus was isolated in the throat, showing that subcutaneous injection of an attenuated measles strain can result in respiratory excretion of this virus.
Legalized Cannabis or Corporate Trojan Horse
- Text Of Oregon Ballot Measure 91 Homegrown Forfeiture
Secure Private Alternative To Skype
Since Edward Snowden revealed the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs last summer, developers and tech companies like Google have been rushing to create tools that restore some semblance of security and privacy for Internet users. Tox, a Skype alternative that features instant messaging, call and video features, is the latest entry in that field.
Tox, developed by a group of 4chan members, is very much in its infancy and not without its problems, notes Wired. To ensure privacy, Tox adds encryption to its instant messaging capabilities and will connect users directly, much like a BitTorrent protocol. The peer-to-peer connection will eliminate the need for servers hosted by the Tox team, which means there is no user data stored for the NSA, or any government agency, to find.
“Nowadays, every government seems to be interested in what we’re saying online. Tox is built on a ‘privacy goes first’ agenda, and we make no compromises. Your safety is our top priority, and there isn’t anything in the world that will change that,” states the Tox website. The team will also hire a security firm to test the encryption to ensure it is secure, notes Wired.
- Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars
- The people know that they have created this farce and financed it with their own taxes (consent), but they would rather knuckle under than be the hypocrite.
Factor VI – Cattle
Those who will not use their brains are no better off than those who have no brains, and so this mindless school of jelly-fish, father, mother, son, and daughter, become useful beasts of burden or trainers of the same.
- Mr. Rothschild’s Energy Discovery
What Mr. Rothschild  had discovered was the basic principle of power, influence, and control over people as applied to economics. That principle is “when you assume the appearance of power, people soon give it to you.”
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