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  • Israeli Fighter Jets Join Saudi Arabia in War on Yemen 

    Israel’s fighter jets have taken part in the Thursday Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, sources in Sanaa disclosed on Friday.

    “This is for the first time that the Zionists are conducting a joint operation in coalition with Arabs,” Secretary General of Yemen’s Al-Haq Political Party Hassan Zayd wrote on his facebook page.

    He noted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had issued direct orders for the Israeli air force to send fighter jets to the Saudi-led air raid on Yemen.

    Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Yemen and killed, at least, 25 civilians early Thursday, one day after the US-backed Yemeni president fled the country.

  • McCain Suggests Israel “Go Rogue,” Blow Up Iran Negotiations By Starting War  

    As Iran talks appear to be coming to a close with a successful agreement that would both lead to the lifting of international sanctions and restrictions that would prevent the country from obtaining nuclear weapons, most in the international community are relieved.

    Yet Republicans have teamed up with their counterparts in the Israeli political system to do everything they can to obstruct a deal – with tactics such as drafting new sanctions legislation and warning the Iranian leadership that the nuclear agreement will not outlast President Obama.

    But this past week Senator John McCain (R-AZ) ratcheted up this sabotage to a new level. During a floor speech he gave on March 24th, the senator suggested that Israel “go rogue” and that if they don’t they may not survive the next 22 months of the Obama presidency:

    McCAIN: The Israelis will need to chart their own path of resistance. On the Iranian nuclear deal, they may have to go rogue. Let’s hope their warnings have not been mere bluffs. Israel survived its first 19 years without meaningful U.S. patronage. For now, all it has to do is get through the next 22, admittedly long, months.

    Watch it.

  • Report: Israeli Jet Struck Weapons Depots in Libya 

    Arab news sources reported at week’s end that an unidentified jet believed to be Israeli destroyed warehouses in southern Libya that held weapons bought by Iran for Hamas.

    According to the reports in Al Watan and other news outlets, the warehouses were completely destroyed. The weapons that were inside them had allegedly been purchased by Iran, by means of weapons dealers in Sudan and Chad, and were supposed to be smuggled to Hamas through Egypt, by means of the smuggling tunnels between Sinai ands Gaza.

    The destruction of the weapons stores in southern Libya was carried out in coordination with the Egyptian security and intelligence apparatuses, the reports claimed.

    Al Watan added that Egypt allowed the Israeli jet to pass through its airspace en route to southern Libya.

  • Obama Waives Ban on Arming Terrorists  President Barack Obama has waived part of a federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups so he could arm Syrian rebels.
    But keeping military assistance within “vetted” opposition groups could be tricky since significant elements of the Syrian opposition are associated with radical Islamic terrorist groups including al-Qaida, The Washington Examiner reports.
    The president, citing his authority under the Arms Export Control Act, announced Monday that he would waive two sections of the law that prohibit sending weaponry to countries, including Syria, that support international terrorism. The law is intended to prevent U.S. weapons from falling into the hands of countries or groups that aid or abet international terror or the proliferation of nuclear weapons and material.

Financial Incentives

  • France bans use of cash for more than €1000 ($1060) 

    France will step up monitoring of cash payments, withdrawals and small bank accounts to better fight against the financing of terrorism, Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Wednesday.

    Just over two months after Islamist gunmen killed 17 people in attacks against a satirical weekly and a Jewish foodstore in Paris, it is necessary to “fight against the use of cash and anonymity in the French economy”, Sapin said.

    The attacks did not cost the perpetrators much and were partly financed by cash, consumer loans and trafficking counterfeit goods, officials say.

    “It’s a terrorism that is low cost to carry out but has major impact,” Sapin told a news conference. “This low-cost terrorism feeds on fraud, money laundering and petty trafficking.”

Occupational Advantage

  • DOJ: No contempt charges for former IRS official Lois Lerner 

    The Justice Department will not seek criminal contempt charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner, the central figure in a scandal that erupted over whether the tax agency improperly targeted conservative political groups.

    Ronald Machen, the former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, told House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a seven-page letter this week that he would not bring a criminal case to a grand jury over Lerner’s refusal to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in March 2014. The House approved a criminal contempt resolution against Lerner in May 2014, and Machen’s office has been reviewing the issue since then.

  • The FBI Busts Up Another of its Own Terrorist Plots and Politicians Rush to Blame the First Amendment 

    Like other recent sensational “terror plots,” however, the criminal complaint unsealed yesterday demonstrates the key role of an undercover law enforcement informant in both formulating and facilitating the alleged plot. It doesn’t appear that Velentzas or Siddiqui actually planned or attempted to bomb any target, nor is there any evidence of discussions about how to create a bomb before the introduction of the informant into their lives.

    While Velentzas appeared to have latent sympathy with the Islamic State, contrary to sensational media reports she is not alleged in the criminal complaint to have had any contact with the group.

  • National Adult Immunization Plan  Read the Executive Summary at least.
  • Judge won’t allow Connecticut teen to go home as she nears end of forced chemo  

    A Connecticut teen who has been forced to have chemotherapy to treat Hodgkin lymphoma will remain in temporary custody of the state for the time being, according to her attorney, Josh Michtom.

    A Connecticut juvenile court judge issued a written decision Wednesday denying a motion to let the teen, identified in court documents as “Cassandra C.,” go home. The judge also denied a motion for visitation.

    The 17-year-old is in remission after nearly six months of forced chemo treatments. On March 16, Michtom tried to convince the court that she should be able to return to her mother’s home because she was no longer at imminent risk of harm from her illness.

    Michtom and attorney Michael Taylor, who represents Cassandra’s mother, Jackie Fortin, released a written statement after receiving the judge’s decision Wednesday: “We are disappointed in this ruling, not least of all because it draws a factual conclusion that is directly contradicted by the weight of the evidence. We’re conferring with our clients now about next steps, including whether to take another appeal.”   We ask Behind The Woodshed, Why appeal instead of a faster. cheaper, writ of habeas corpus?

  • Man Awarded $5.5 Million After Cops ‘Accidentally’ Shot Him 16 Times

    Dustin Theoharis was shot 16 times by police, but they say it was all a big “mistake.” When Dustin woke up from a nap back on February 11th of 2012, two police officers shot him 16 times.

    But the cops say that they were trying to serve a warrant for somebody else. They just happened to think that Theoharis was reaching for a gun when he was in fact trying to grab his wallet.

    Theoharis filed two lawsuits as a result, the payouts now totaling $5.5 million. Theoharis says the suit is justified by the fact that he lost his job as a result of being shot and still suffers daily. He also says that he has trouble socializing due to suffering from post-traumatic stress. His left arm and hand also don’t function fully due to the multiple gun shot injuries he sustained from the trigger-happy cops.

  • Think you have the right to demand police identify themselves? Look closer.  

    Many of us believe that we can ask any police officer for their name or badge number, and that a refusal to provide it is a violation of the law. We are often outraged when officers conceal their identities, especially when they are suspected of wrongdoing. But even when policy or legislation mandates that they disclose, officers rarely receive punishment if they fail to do so.

    Depending on your jurisdiction, which could be city, college, county, or state, officers may have no obligation to wear identification at all, let alone disclose it on request. Moreover, departmental policies that do require identification often allow broad discretion for an officer, or commanders, to suspend the rule if they experience a threat, be it a present danger or existential, such as someone later using that information to harass.

    Troy Payne, an assistant professor of justice at the University of Alaska at Anchorage, notes that there are about 18,000 local law-enforcement agencies in the US, all of which operate independently.

    “Other than civil liability, after a civil-rights lawsuit, almost all police activity is governed by their own policies and their ability to enforce their policies,” Payne said. Some policies and ideas, in model form, come from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. (The IACP did not reply to a request for an interview.)

    A typical policy is found in the Seattle Police Department’s manual:

    Employees shall provide their name and Department serial number verbally, or in writing if requested.

    Employees may use a Department-issued business card that contains their name and serial number to satisfy the request for the information.

    Employees shall also show their department identification card and badge (sworn) when specifically requested to do so.

    Exception: Employees are not required to immediately identify

    • An investigation is jeopardized
    • A police function is hindered
    • There is a safety consideration

    Summarized, there’s an affirmative right for anyone to demand a police officer’s information, but the officer has many reasons to deny this, and there’s no specific repercussion in the rules. Failure to comply would fall under general disciplinary guidelines.

  • CORRECTION: After advising women should seek a well lit and busier place to stop for a cop this story hit the news for Indiana. Using a Cell Phone may be the only way to make a record to protect against this style of abuse until a policy is written to stop it.

    Women Doesn’t Pull Over for the Cop on Dark, Abandoned Street … Then the Unthinkable Happened

    Usually it’s a good idea to pull over when a police car is behind you with its lights flashing.

    But we’ve all read stories of criminals who impersonate cops, use flashing lights and sirens on their private cars, then pull over unsuspecting motorists to rob them … or worse.

    These stories were probably going through the mind of DelRea Good when the 52-year-old woman saw flashing lights in her rear-view mirror while driving on a deserted road after 11:00 p.m. in rural Porter County, Ind.

    She didn’t want to stop, but she certainly wasn’t trying to evade the situation in case she was being signaled by a legitimate police officer.

    Good slowed down, turned on her blinkers and waved her hand out the window to show the person behind her that she was aware of his presence and would eventually pull over when she got in a safer, busier area.

    But the police officer behind her had different ideas. Once Good did pull over, Patrolman William Marshall of the Porter County Sheriff’s Department arrested her for resisting arrest, a felony.  [Read more at link above.]

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  • Citizens defy Border Patrol by staying silent with video cameras 

    No drugs or would-be immigrants were hidden in the sedan that rolled up to a Border Patrol checkpoint on a Southern California highway last week, but within 90 seconds the driver was handcuffed.

    His 4-year-old boy was crying. And a video camera mounted on the car’s dashboard captured the moment. The motorist had said he was an American but told the agent he did not have to say where he was going, would not consent to a search of his trunk and would not move his car.

    “You brought this on yourself, buddy,” an agent says as he is led away.

Organized Crime: Gov Don’t Like Competition

  • Trial set to begin for six accused cops  

    The trial of six former Philadelphia narcotics officers accused of robbing drug dealers in a 42-page indictment that read like a script for a Hollywood action movie is expected to begin in federal court Monday.

    Five of the six officers face life sentences for their participation in what authorities say is a corrupt organization whose members dangled a drug dealer from an 18th story balcony to get him to divulge the password to his computer. Others were beaten with with metal bars, according to court documents, and kicked detainees in the teeth.

    The officers, Perry Betts, Thomas Liciardello, Linwood Norman, Brian Reynolds, John Speiser, and Michael Spicer, were taken into custody July. All but Liciardello, the accused ringleader, have been out on bail.

    Defense attorneys declined to comment on the case, citing a gag order. But court filings indicate that lawyers plan to challenge the credibility of witnesses, many of whom are criminals with unsavory pasts.

  • American police killed more people in March (111) than the entire UK police have killed since 1900  
    Yeah. Those numbers are real.

    A total of 111 people were killed by police in the United States in March of 2015. Since 1900, in the entire United Kingdom, 52 people have been killed by police.

    Don’t bother adjusting for population differences, or poverty, or mental illness, or anything else. The sheer fact that American police kill TWICE as many people per month as police have killed in the modern history of the United Kingdom is sick, preposterous, and alarming.

    In March:

    Police beat Phillip White to death in New Jersey. He was unarmed.

    Police shot and killed Meagan Hockaday, a 26-year-old mother of three.

    Police shot and killed Nicholas Thomas, an unarmed man on his job at Goodyear in metro Atlanta.

    Police shot and killed Anthony Hill, an unarmed war veteran fighting through mental illness, in metro Atlanta.

    I could tell 107 more of those stories.

    This has to end.

Occupational Injustice

  • Alabama inmate freed after nearly 30 years on death row

    Anthony Ray Hinton is thankful to be free after nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row for murders he says he didn’t commit.

    And incredulous that it took so long.

    Hinton, 58, looked up, took in the sunshine and thanked God and his lawyers Friday morning outside the county jail in Birmingham, minutes after taking his first steps as a free man since 1985.

    He spoke of unjustly losing three decades of his life, under fear of execution, for something he didn’t do.

    “All they had to do was to test the gun, but when you think you’re high and mighty and you’re above the law, you don’t have to answer to nobody,” Hinton told reporters.

    “But I’ve got news for you — everybody that played a part in sending me to death row, you will answer to God.”

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    • 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.

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      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.

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      What Mr. Rothschild [2] 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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