Pacific Northwest threatened by hottest weather ever recorded; Seattle could hit 100By Jason Samenow August 2 at 4:19 PM
Excessive heat warnings blanket the western third of Northern California, Oregon and Washington state. High temperatures just inland from coastal locations are forecast to soar to between 100 and 110 degrees.
“We are talking about one of the major sustained heat waves in a long time around here,” writes Cliff Mass, professor of meteorology at the University of Washington. He said that “there is a lot of confidence” temperatures will at least reach the mid-90s in Seattle and notes the GFS model projects a high of 100 on Thursday — a reading he can’t “remember ever seeing”.
Mistrial declared for Long Island cops accused of shoving bullet in man’s rectum
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Each year, more law enforcement officers die by suicide than from gunfire and traffic accidents combined, according to Badge of Life, a nonprofit group that tracks police suicides in the United States. The group, which has conducted periodic surveys between 2008 and 2016, found that the national rate of police suicides last year was just slightly lower than the rate of civilian suicides. And law enforcement suicides
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NAACP issues travel advisory for Missouri in wake of police brutality incidents, passage of ‘Jim Cr
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 8:18 AM
The NAACP has adopted a travel advisory for Missouri, the first of its kind issued in the organization’s 108-year history.
The warning to travelers comes after several high-profile police brutality assaults on black residents in the last few years as well as a new “Jim Crow Bill” that makes it harder to sue for discrimination.
“The advisory is for people to be aware, and warn their families and friends and co-workers of what could happen in Missouri,” Rod Chapel, president of the Missouri NAACP, told the Kansas City Star. “People need to be ready, whether it’s bringing bail money with them, or letting relatives know they are traveling through the state.”
Chapel’s state chapter first issued the advisory in early June, and the national organization adopted it last week. The advisory will be ratified in October.
Missouri inmate sexually, physically abuses cellmate for daysAdvisories typically come from the State Department and warn about visiting other countries with unsettled political conditions or health hazards.
But the Missouri NAACP crafted its warning in part because of recent incidents that included racist statements to University of Missouri students, a hot glue gun attack on black teens in St. Louis and the May death of Tory Sanders.
Sanders, 28, suffered from depression and lived in Nashville when he went for a drive on May 5, the Riverfront Times reported at the time. A wrong turn landed him in Mississippi County in southeast Missouri, where the married father of eight ran out of gas.
LAPD officer accused of sexually abusing teen cadet took girl to Six Flags on day of assaults, sources say
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Video shows a second group of Baltimore cops allegedly planting evidence in drug bust
Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 7:37 PM
bodycam video showing a second group of Baltimore cops apparently planting evidence has been uncovered, the Maryland public defender’s office announced Monday.
The video shows seven officers “working together to manufacture evidence,” according to The Baltimore Sun.
Police said the video includes “two arrests and the recovery of drugs from a car during a traffic stop.”
The footage released by the public’s defender’s office and obtained by ABC News shows the officers searching through the driver’s car before turning their body cameras off and on. An officer allegedly plants something in the car, and then the others discover the drugs, the video shows.
SEE IT: Baltimore cop suspended after 'drug planting' footageCharges against the driver in the November arrest were dropped, according to the network.
The same office released a video last month depicting an officer apparently planting drugs in an alley filled with trash. Officer Richard Pinheiro was suspended as a result, and two other cops, Hovhannes Simonyan and Jamal Brunson, were placed on administrative duty.
Tennessee bride arrested for pulling gun out of wedding dress, pointing it at new husband
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Pennsylvania police chief defends officer who shot and killed man’s pet pig
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Disgraced Staten Island FBI agent /Congressman Michael Grimm wants his job back after going to prison for tax fraudBY JILLIAN JORGENSEN
Grimm represented Staten Island and a part of Brooklyn as a Republican from 2011 to 2015. In 2014, the feds indicted the pol, once an FBI agent, on multiple charges.
He won reelection — despite being under indictment — before he gave up his seat after pleading guilty.
Grimm copped to helping prepare a false tax return.
When he pleaded guilty, he admitted to concealing more than $900,000 in receipts from Healthalicious, a Manhattan restaurant he owned.
Cleveland police officer turned fugitive rape suspect fatally shoots self after six-hour SWAT standoff
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Suffolk County DA indicted for covering up police chief's beating of man who stole his sex toys
BY ANDREW KESHNERNEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 3:31 PM There was no immediate response to messages left Wednesday seeking comment from the men's attorneys.
Last year, Burke was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for orchestrating a department cover-up after beating a handcuffed man for stealing embarrassing items from his SUV.
In a pre-sentencing letter, prosecutors said "high-ranking officials" from other county agencies helped Burke silence potential whistleblowers after he pummeled a heroin addict who had taken his gun belt, ammunition, a box of cigars and a bag containing sex toys and pornography.
SEE IT: Sheriff’s deputy caught on camera stealing from home of dead Irma victim
BY BLAKE ALSUPNEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 2:15 PM
Actress Heather Lind accuses former President George H.W. Bush of sexual assault
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SEE IT: Off-duty NYPD cop throws violent tantrum inside Godiva chocolate shop in Connecticut
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 10:47 PM An off-duty NYPD officer flipped out inside a Connecticut chocolate shop in a caught-on-tape tantrum that left "blood and chocolate all over the floor," cops said.
Amanda Villafane, 30, went berserk at 6 p.m. on Sunday night when workers at a Godiva store in the Stamford Town Center Mall told her the shop was closed and asked her to leave, authorities said.
“She was stating at some point that she was an NYPD officer,” said Stamford Police Sgt. Brian Butler.
Ralph Jimenez, 18, whose sister works at the store, recorded the fit with his cell phone, and shared that video with the Stamford Advocate, the newspaper reported.
“No, I will knock you the f--k out!” Villafane is seen hollering.
Her companion, Christopher Salvadore, 32, tried to hold her back, until he saw Jimenez filming and socked him in the face, cops said. Villafane, a cop since October 2015, is charged with trespassing, criminal
Trooper mistakenly kills K-9 partner during pit bull attack
GREIG, N.Y. A state police trooper accidentally killed his K-9 partner when trying to protect it from a pit bull attack during a search of a New York residence.
Vice President Pence casts tie-breaking vote to nullify rule allowing consumers to sue banks and credit card companies
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Navy: Shipyard security wasted $21M on gear, vehicles
PORTSMOUTH, Va. U.S. Navy investigators say security personnel at a public shipyard in Virginia created an unauthorized police force that wasted up to $21 million on equipment, manpower and vehicles that included a high-speed boat.
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Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier Clinton’s campaign helped fund the research that led to the Russia dossier The Washington Post’s Adam Entous looks at the role that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee played in funding the research that led to a dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s links to Russia. (Video: Bastien Inzaurralde, Patrick Martin/Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post)By Adam Entous, Devlin Barrett and Rosalind S. Helderman October 24 at 7:21 PM The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said.
Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research.
After that, Fusion GPS hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community, according to those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Missing Las Vegas Shooting Witness Shot Dead Outside Church Chad Nishimura killed after giving conflicting statement about Stephan Paddock
21st October 2017 @ 9.16am
Las Vegas shooting witness Chad Nishimura was shot dead on his way to church A key witness in the Las Vegas shooting massacre, who mysteriously vanished shortly after giving a statement that conflicted with the "official" narrative, has been shot dead outside a central Las Vegas Valley church.Chad Nishimura was a valet worker from the Mandalay Bay hotel, who parked the suspected Las Vegas shooting gunman's car, and gave an interview saying Stephen Paddock was a "normal guy" who "didn't have many bags".Nishimura gave a statement to ABC affiliate, KITV4 News, but the article was later pulled from the network's website.After his account was published, Nishimura disappeared and all of his social media accounts were deleted with his friends and coworkers saying he was "totally unreachable".
Read more at: http://www.nnettle.com/news/2976-missing-las-vegas-shooting-witness-shot-dead-outside-church
OCTOBER 13, 2017LAS VEGAS SHOOTING SURVIVOR KYMBERLEY SUCHOMEL, WHO CLAIMED MULTIPLE SHOOTERS INVOLVED, DIES UNEXPECTEDLY
Just over a week after living through the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas on October 1, shooting survivor and witness Kymberley Suchomel passed away at the age of 28. Suchomel was uninjured in the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, and after the terrifying event she used her Facebook presence to contradict the official story of a lone gunman. According to Kymberley Suchomel’s posts, there were multiple shooters involved in the horrific mass shooting that left 58 people dead and 546 injured. In fact, Suchomel, who was the co-founder of the High Desert Phoenix Foundation (a charity that financially assists victims of tragedies), claimed that she and those in her party were “chased” by more than one active shooter.
“Bullets were coming from every direction. Behind us, in front of us, to the side of us. But I know, I just know, that there was someone chasing us. The entire time I felt this way. The farther we got from the venue, the closer the gunfire got. I kept looking back expecting to see the gunmen- and I say MEN because there was more than one person. There was more than one gun firing. 100% more than one.As we were running, we kept changing direction, because it felt like no matter what direction we took, we were being followed.”As Seacoast Online reports, Las Vegas shooting survivor Kymberley Suchomel was found dead early Monday in her home by her grandmother and High Desert Phoenix Foundation co-founder, Julie Norton. According to Norton, she found her granddaughter deceased in her bed at around 8:30 a.m. on October 9. Norton had reportedly come to the home to babysit Suchomel’s 3-year-old daughter.
(Since the original publication of this article, Kymberley Suchomel’s Facebook has been made private. The post including her lengthy account of what she says happened in the Las Vegas shooting has been archived, however, and is available here.)
According to Norton, she believes that her granddaughter must have died in her sleep sometime between when her husband left for work at 4:30 a.
Student disciplined for kicking chair out from under another boy not standing during pledge
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FBI RELEASES DOCS ON SANDY HOOK SHOWING FEDS VISITED SHOOTER BEFORE MASSACRE
Published: October 24, 2017
Lanza was carrying weapons which nearly weighed more than he did.
Also, as the NY Daily News just reported, according to portions of the documents, Lanza was also visited by federal agents before the shooting—who offered him a job.
The FBI documents reveal a visit to the home he shared with his mother by federal agents after he hacked into a government computer.
“The authorities told her that if her son was that smart, he could have a job with them someday,” according to one of the heavily-redacted reports, as reported by the NY Daily News.
As the News reports, Lanza, at that point in the ninth grade, landed on investigator’s radar after hacking his way into an unidentified agency’s computer. The teen made it through two levels of security before his efforts were thwarted, the documents showed.
“Nancy had to convince the authorities that her son was just very intelligent and was challenging himself to see if he could hack (his way in),” the report said of Lanza’s mother.
This revelation about Lanza being visited by federal agents several years before the shooting, leads to so many more questions and opens the floodgates for more conspiracy theories.
Another question on the minds of Americans is why this 20-year-old kid, with no history of violent behavior, would ever do such a thing. Investigators even noted in their reports that Lanza was never violent, but often required special tools to avoid hurting himself by accident.
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Some domestic violence survivors call Durham sheriff's support 'ironic'
DURHAM, N.C. — The Durham County Sheriff's Office donned purple on Wednesday to take a photo to support survivors of domestic violence, but some of the survivors called the gesture "ironic."
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FBI’s Latest Terror Sting Sounds Like A Right-Wing Fever DreamA Honduran immigrant thought he was working with ISIS to bomb a Miami shopping mall, authorities say.
WASHINGTON ― An immigrant from Honduras who federal investigators say supports ISIS faces charges he attempted to blow up a fake FBI-supplied bomb at a Miami shopping mall.
Inside the Terror FactoryAward-winning journalist Trevor Aaronson digs deep into the FBI’s massive efforts to create fake terrorist plots.TREVOR AARONSONJAN. 11, 2013 11:01
Editor’s note: This story is adapted from The Terror Factory, Trevor Aaronson’s new book documenting how the Federal Bureau of Investigation has built a vast network of informants to infiltrate Muslim communities and, in some cases, cultivate phony terrorist plots. The book grew from Aaronson’s award-winning Mother Jones cover story “The Informants” and his research in the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California-Berkeley.
Quazi Mohammad Nafis was a 21-year-old student living in Queens, New York, when the US government helped turn him into a terrorist.
His transformation began on July 5, when Nafis, a Bangladeshi citizen who’d come to the United States on a student visa that January, shared aspirations with a man he believed he could trust. Nafis told this man in a phone call that he wanted to wage jihad in the United States, that he enjoyed reading Al Qaeda propaganda, and that he admired “Sheikh O,” or Osama bin Laden. Who this confidant was and how Nafis came to meet him remain unclear; what we know from public documents is that the man told Nafis he could introduce him to an Al Qaeda operative.
It was a hot, sunny day in Central Park on July 24 when Nafis met with Kareem, who said he was with Al Qaeda. Nafis, who had a slight build, mop of black hair, and a feebly grown beard, told Kareem that he was “ready for action.”
“What I really mean is that I don’t want something that’s, like, small,” Nafis said. “I just want something big. Something very big. Very, very, very, very big, that will shake the whole country.”
Nafis said he wanted to bomb the New York Stock Exchange, and with help from his new Al Qaeda contact, he surveilled the iconic building at 11 Wall Street. “We are going to need a lot of TNT or dynamite,” Nafis told Kareem. But Nafis didn’t have any explosives, and, as court records indicate, he didn’t know anyone who could sell him explosives, let alone have the money to purchase such materials. His father, a banker in Bangladesh, had spent his entire life savings to send Nafis to the United States after his son, who was described to journalists as dim by people who knew him in his native country, had flunked out of North South University in Bangladesh.
Kareem suggested they rent a storage facility to stash the material they’d need for a car bomb. He said he’d put up the money for it, and get the materials. Nafis dutifully agreed, and suggested a new target: the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Nafis later met Kareem at a storage facility, where Nafis poured the materials Kareem had brought into trash bins, believing he was creating a 1,000-pound car bomb that could level a city block.
In truth, the stuff was inert. And Kareem was an undercover FBI agent, tipped off by the man who Nafis had believed was a confidant—an FBI informant. The FBI had secretly provided everything Nafis needed for his attack: not only the storage facility and supposed explosives, but also the detonator and the van that Nafis believed would deliver the bomb.
On the morning of October 17, Nafis and Kareem drove the van to Lower Manhattan and parked it in front of the Federal Reserve Bank on Liberty Street. Then they walked to a nearby hotel room, where Nafis dialed on his cellphone the number he believed would trigger the bomb, but nothing happened. He dialed again, and again. The only result was Nafis’ apprehension by federal agents.
“The defendant thought he was striking a blow to the American economy,” US Attorney Loretta E. Lynch said in a statement after the arrest. “At every turn, he was wrong, and his extensive efforts to strike at the heart of the nation’s financial system were foiled by effective law enforcement. We will use all of the tools at our disposal to stop any such attack before it can occur.”
How many of these would-be terrorists would have acted were it not for an FBI agent provocateur helping them? Is it possible that the FBI is creating the very enemy we fear?Federal officials say they are protecting Americans with these operations—but from whom? Real terrorists, or dupes like Nafis, who appear unlikely to have the capacity for terrorism were it not for FBI agents providing the opportunity and means?
Nafis is one of more than 150 men since 9/11 who have been caught in FBI terrorism stings, some of whom have received 25 years or more in prison. In these cases, the FBI uses one of its more than 15,000 registered informants—many of them criminals, others trying to stay in the country following immigration violations—to identify potential terrorists. It then provides the means necessary for these would-be terrorists to move forward with a plot—in some cases even planting specific ideas for attacks. The FBI now spends $3 billion on counterterrorism annually, the largest portion of its budget. Our nation’s top law enforcement agency, traditionally focused on investigating crimes after they occur, now operates more as an intelligence organization that tries to preempt crimes before they occur. But how many of these would-be terrorists would have acted were it not for an FBI agent provocateur helping them? Is it possible that the FBI is creating the very enemy we fear?
Those are the questions I set out to explore beginning in 2010. With the help of a research assistant, I built a database of more than 500 terrorism prosecutions since 9/11, looking closely and critically at every terrorism case brought into federal courts during the past decade. We pored through thousands of pages of court records, and found that nearly half of all terrorism cases since 9/11 involved informants, many of them paid as much as $100,000 per assignment by the FBI. At the time of the story’s publication in Mother Jones in August 2011, 49 defendants had participated in plots led by an FBI agent provocateur, and that number has continued to rise since.
Historically, media coverage of these operations—begun under George W. Bush and continuing apace under Barack Obama—was mostly uncritical. With their aggressive tactics essentially unknown to the public, the FBI and Justice Department controlled the narrative: another dangerous terrorist apprehended by vigilant federal agents!
But in late 2011, the conversation began to shift. A couple of months after my story in Mother Jones and following the announcement of a far-fetched sting in which a Massachusetts man believed he’d been poised to destroy the US Capitol building using grenade-laden, remote-controlled airplanes, TPM Muckraker published a story headlined: “The Five Most Bizarre Terror Plots Hatched Under the FBI’s Watch.” Author David K. Shipler, in an April 2012 New York Times editorial, questioned the legitimacy of terrorism stings involving people who appeared to have no wherewithal to commit acts of terror: “Some threats are real, others less so. In terrorism, it’s not easy to tell the difference.” Stories in other major news outlets followed suit, and by October 2012, a post in Foreign Policy was asking: “How many idiot jihadis can the FBI fool?”
The FBI’s Political MeddlingMueller is the wrong sleuth when his ex-agency is so tangled up with Russia.By Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.Oct. 24, 2017 6:17 p.m. ETLet’s give plausible accounts of the known facts, then explain why demands that Robert Mueller recuse himself from the Russia investigation may not be the fanciful partisan grandstanding you imagine.
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Branding Hoover's FBIHow the Boss's PR Men Sold the Bureau to America
Hunting down America’s public enemies was just one of the FBI’s jobs. Another—perhaps more vital and certainly more covert—was the job of promoting the importance and power of the FBI, a process that Matthew Cecil unfolds clearly for the first time in this eye-opening book. The story of the PR men who fashioned the Hoover era, Branding Hoover’s FBI reveals precisely how the Bureau became a monolithic organization of thousands of agents who lived and breathed a well-crafted public relations message, image, and worldview. Accordingly, the book shows how the public was persuaded—some would say conned—into buying and even bolstering that image.
Just fifteen years after a theater impresario coined the term “public relations,” the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover began practicing a sophisticated version of the activity. Cecil introduces those agency PR men in Washington who put their singular talents to work by enforcing and amplifying Hoover's message. Louis B. Nichols, overseer of the Crime Records Section for more than twenty years, was a master of bend-your-ear networking. Milton A. Jones brought meticulous analysis to bear on the mission; Fern Stukenbroeker, a gift for eloquence; and Cartha “Deke” DeLoach, a singular charm and ambition. Branding Hoover’s FBI examines key moments when this dedicated cadre, all working under the protective wing of Associate Director Clyde Tolson, manipulated public perceptions of the Bureau (was the Dillinger triumph really what it seemed?). In these critical moments, the book allows us to understand as never before how America came to see the FBI’s law enforcement successes and overlook the dubious accomplishments, such as domestic surveillance, that truly defined the Hoover era.
“This unique, creative, and excellent study makes a significant contribution to the literature on the FBI. Cecils brilliant mining of FBI personnel files has resulted in a fascinating, richly detailed, and wholly satisfying look at the inner workings of Hoover’s FBI.An outstanding work on an important subject.”
—Douglas Charles, author of Hoover’s War on Gays: Exposing the FBI’s “Sex Deviates” Program
“Branding Hoover’s FBI is a path-breaking assessment of former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s public relations initiatives. Cecil’s brilliantly researched study documents Hoover’s success in transforming the image of the FBI from a minor and suspect to a powerful and autonomous agency, in the process reshaping American politics in the twentieth century. His thoughtful monograph has particular contemporary relevance highlighting how control over information undermined a constitutional system based on accountability and transparency. ”
—Athan Theoharis, author of The FBI and American Democracy: A Brief Critical History
About the Author
Matthew Cecil is Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is the author of The Ballad of Ben and Stella Mae: Great Plains Outlaws Who Became FBI Public Enemies Nos. 1 and 2 and Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate: The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau’s Image, both published by Kansas.
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Off-duty cop implicated in killing of Ethiopian teen charged with negligent homicide
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from the permanently-uninvited dept
Mon, Nov 18th 2019 3:35pm — Tim Cushing
The trickle of "Brady lists" continues, further enraging New York City's police unions. The last batch of cops considered too dishonest or crooked to be called on to testify in court led the Sergeants Benevolent Association to claim the Bronx DA's release of its "naughty list" was an attempt to "smear honest, hardworking cops."
It was a super-strange claim to make about cops that were too dishonest to be allowed in court, suggesting the SBA felt misconduct and perjury were just part of everyday police work. It's a stretch to call a list of cops even prosecutors don't trust a smear attempt. These reputations are already besmirched. The only difference is that the public now knows, rather than just Bronx prosecutors.
Another list of bad cops has been released to Gothamist. This one comes courtesy of a public records request sent to the Brooklyn DA's office.
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NOTE: This is a reprint of a journal article with the following citation:
Domhoff, G. William. 2006. "Mills's The Power Elite 50 Years Later." Contemporary Sociology 35:547-550.
Fifty years ago, C. Wright Mills completed his trilogy on American society with the publication of The Power Elite, which encompassed, updated, and greatly added to everything he had said in The New Men of Power(1948) and White Collar (1951). The book caused a firestorm in academic and political circles, leading to innumerable reviews in scholarly journals and the popular press, most of them negative. Bristling with terms like "the warlords," "the higher immorality," "the power elite," "crackpot realism," and "organized irresponsibility," it nonetheless contained a very large amount of research, much of it in the 47 pages of Notes. It became a classic because it was the first full-scale study of the structure and distribution of power in the United States by a sociologist using the full panoply of modern-day sociological theory and methods.
The Power Elite also broke new ground because it was one of the few critical studies of the American power structure inside or outside the academy that did not start with a class-struggle perspective, which caused it to be criticized as vigorously by Marxists as it was by liberals and conservatives. According to Mills, there was "political determinism," i.e., a potentially autonomous state in today's terms, and "military determinism" as well as "economic determinism," the concepts he used to criticize what he saw as the overemphasis on the primacy of the forces and relations
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The U.S. needs to “get AI right” — and fast — says government group
National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence warns of foreign and domestic challenges
Written by Beryl Lipton
Edited by Michael Morisy
China, private industry, and adversaries abroad could all prosper at America’s expense if the federal government does not move to support and lead the direction of artificial intelligence, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence said in a report released earlier this month.
More than 30 countries in the last five years have publicly committed to some nationwide strategic investment in AI capabilities. In February, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to prioritize the use and development of AI-based technologies across the government.
With a flurry of recent AI advances, there is growing pressure to set rules on how to proceed — along with raised stakes.
“We’ve gone through a few of these cycles now, and there’s at least some reason to believe that this time it might be the real deal,” said Ryan Budish, assistant research director at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. “There have been advances in large-scale datasets that enable more advanced AI. There’ve been breakthroughs in building AI systems. There have been advances in processing powers and GPU or custom silicon to enable more AI developments. I think that there is reason to think this time AI will have substantial transformative impacts. We’re already seeing that in some places.”
The NSCAI, created last year as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, has been studying AI’s potential to both advance and threaten U.S. national security interests. The group is considering how current options, like trade tariffs and other economic controls, can be used to mitigate unjust threats to intellectual property, support American enterprise interests, and direct development in an economically and ethically favorable way. The release is its most recent step toward recommendations for federal action on AI, which w
West Virginia governor fires 34 cadets and instructor over Nazi salute photo
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How we saw America in 2019 – Guardian US's favorite photographs
Crissy Robbins holds her son Kenneth Koy-o-woh in front of the prescribed burn in Weithpec, California in October. Photograph: Alexandra Hootnick/The Guardian
The photographers Guardian US worked with treated each story with care and creativity, making images that provide a stunning view of the past year
Native American 'land taxes:' a step on the roadmap for reparations
Denver County judge rules urban camping ban unconstitutional
DECEMBER 30, 2019 12:37:07 PM Jacob Dougherty
A Denver County Court judge ruled on Friday that Denver’s ordinance banning urban camping violates the Eighth Amendment.
In his opinion, Judge Johnny C. Barajas wrote that the ordinance specifically violates the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause, which “imposes substantive
Where Even the Children
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Photography by Damon Winter
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After Years Of Complaints, NYC Will Compensate Jail Visitors Who Were Subjected To Invasive Searches
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The Post's View
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Alien Ink: The FBI's War on Freedom of Expression
by Natalie Robins
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Alien Ink is the most comprehensive book written on how the FBI warred against American writers & readers. Robins reveals assaults on freedom of expression began before J. Edgar Hoover joined the Justice Department & made his name synonymous with that of the FBI for over 40 years. The war carried over into the 80s, when librarians, as part of a Library Awareness Program, were recruited to spy on readers. Drawing on nearly 150 files released under the Freedom of Information Act, her narrative offers documentary evidence about the hounding & intimidation of writers ranging from John Reed to Allen Ginsberg, from Edna St Vincent Millay to James Baldwin, & from Walter Winchell to Robert Lowell--a virtual Who's Who of American letters. Alien Ink is the story of hidden agendas & powers, & contains many surprises--among them, that Hoover, known for rightist sympathies, not only inhibited left-wing expression, but harassed right-wingers as well. Robins shows how the FBI combed papers, books, plays, films & radio broadcasts for "alien ink"--anything "anti-American" or "anti-FBI"--& describes how those incriminated endured phone taps, mail searches & character assassinations. She reveals the pressure tactics FBI agents employed to make them toe the line, as well as the astounding criminal lengths (including extortion & entrapment) that the FBI went to in order to "get something" on those writers who wouldn't capitulate. She explains the FBI's attitude toward the group of writers it considered the most threatening: journalists. Confirming her findings are dozens of interviews--dramatic dialogs--with living writers & others of all ideologies, who bear witness to the FBI's investigative crusade.
The formal witnesses
1.The Russian Revolution & WWI. Before Hoover; The arrival of Hoover
2.The 20s: undeclared wars, the rise of fascism & the Sacco-Vanzetti case. The arrival of new aliens: 1920-29
3.The Spanish Civil War. Images in their minds; The search for new aliens; The 1930s; "A little bit in awe of them"; The friendlies; The friendlies, cont.; The unfriendlies; The unfriendlies, cont.
4.WWII & the Cold War. A broader net; Pound, Boyle, Hecht, Stein; Hemingway, Wilder, Sherwood, MacLeish, Cowley; Rukeyser, Herbst, Porter & Fast; Wouk, Cozzens, Mitford, Parker, Hammett, Hellman, Lowell
5.McCarthy's war & the Korean War. Sinister influences; Matthiessen, Untermeyer, Hughes, Wright; Adams, Shapiro, Williams; Trilling, Agee, Capote, Gardner, Miller
6.The continuing Cold War & Vietnam War. The 60s aliens; Mailer, Ginsberg, Frank; Baldwin, Baraka, Schwartz, Roethke, Stout, Williams, Paley, Doctorow
7.After Hoover. A broader outlook: 1970-present; Spies in the stacks
8.Preparing for 2000s: is the past past? "Most of damage was invisible"
Appendix A. Writers, editors, agents & publishers indexed by the FBI because they signed civil rights &/or antiwar protests during the 60s
Appendix B. Additional files
Appendix C. An epilogue
Police murder journalist?
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CoreCivic Prisons in Tennessee Have Twice as Many Murders, Four Times the Homicide Rate as State-Run Facilities
Loaded on JULY 16, 2019
Filed under: Corrections Corporation of America/CoreCivic, Prison/Jail Murders, Articles About PLN, PLN related. Location: Tennessee.
On June 10, 2019, the Human Rights Defense Center and No Exceptions Prison Collective reported that from 2014 through June 2019, there were twice as many murders in the four Tennessee prisons operated by CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America) than in the 10 prisons run by the Tennessee Department ...
Nearly 30 officers to be hanged for torturing, killing teacher in Sudan
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by Chris Palmer, Updated: December 31, 2019- 5:26 PM
Newark cop accused of killing wife is indicted on charges of murder, attempted murder
How a Rich Cop Wannabe Wound Up On the Wrong Side of the Law
‘HERE IN CRAZY FLORIDA’
He donated hundreds of thousands to police, fancied himself a cop—then was caught with a gun and a list of enemies.
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Philadelphia Picks First African-American Woman Top Cop
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Nearly 11,000 people sign petition calling for white NYPD cop to be fired after he was sentenced to just FIFTEEN days in jail for a racist drunken rampage in a black family's home - but will remain in his job
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Federal Agents Avoid Slander Claim Over Tax Case Media Interview
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20 Years Ago at Ruby Ridge: FBI Sniper Slays Mother Holding her Baby
by Jim on August 22, 2012
Today is the 20th anniversary of the killing of Vicki Weaver. Following is an article I wrote on this back in 1995, followed by the response from FBI director Louis Freeh, which claimed that I “grossly mischaracterized” the details of Vicki Weaver’s killing.
FBI agent acquitted of shoplifting charge
FBI Is Accused of Intimidation By Attorneys for Hispanic Agents
https://www.nytimes.com › 1988/08/27 › fbi-is-accused-of-intimidation-by-a...
Aug 27, 1988 - F.B.I. Is Accused of Intimidation By Attorneys for Hispanic ... The plaintiffs' attorneys, Hugo Rodriguez and Antonio Silva, said the bureau had ...
Former federal agents' spy story opens Pandora's box for FBI
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FBI Translator to Be Sentenced Today for Making False Statements in Terrorism Case
Abdirizak Jaji Raghe Wehelie.
By Steve Neavling
A former FBI translator is expected to be sentenced in federal court today after he pleaded guilty to making false statements in a case involving a terrorism suspect.
Abdirizak Jaji Raghe Wehelie, 68, of Burke, Virginia, was arrested in May on charges of lying to investigators about having contact with a man accused of joining a militant Somali group tied to terrorism.
In November, Wehelie pleaded guilty to making false statements, saying he doctored transcripts to hide the fact that he received a phone call from the
30 Georgia state troopers fired for cheating on test after woman blows whistle on ex-boyfriend
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Posted Yesterday at 9:27 PM Updated January 29
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Trump’s Deal of the Century Won’t Bring Peace…That Was the Plan
by JONATHAN COOK
Photograph Source: The White House – Public Domain
Much of Donald Trump’s long-trailed “deal of the century” came as no surprise. Over the past 18 months, Israeli officials had leaked many of its details.
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Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division Launches Repair Voucher Program
January 29, 2020 (Minneapolis) – The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is proud to be the newest law enforcement agency participating in the Lights On! program. Starting today, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office will no longer be issuing fix-it tickets for broken headlights, taillights, brake lights, or turn signals. Instead, deputies will be handing out vouchers to have these issues fixed at a participating auto service provider.
The Lights On! program is a partnership between law enforcement agencies and MicroGrants, a Minneapolis non-profit focused on helping low-income people break the cycle of poverty. Fixing minor issues such as a broken brake light can go a long way towards breaking the cycle of poverty – individuals who ignore a fix-it ticket are at risk of having their license suspended. A study by the state of New Jersey found that 42 percent of people whose licenses were suspended lost their jobs, and 45 percent of those who lost their jobs could not find new employment.
“Programs like Lights On! are a win for everyone,” said Hennepin County Sheriff David P. Hutchinson. “These vouchers lead to safer cars on the road and better interactions between law enforcement officers and the public. Most importantly, by avoiding tickets, we’re preventing a ripple effect that can seriously affect the financial stability of low-income individuals.”
More information about the Lights On! program, including a list of participating auto service providers, can be found here. To donate to the MicroGrants organization, click here.
Police task force leader: Cop laughed while tasing me five times
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IT COST 1 MILLION TO WAREHOUSE 1 INMATE FOR 50 YEARS
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