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We are beginning a campaign to shut down
the FBI.

This can only be done by having Congress defund
the organization.

We also realize it will resurrect itself
under another name if we were to shut down
the current organization in 2015.

What this means is we need to create and
implement a philosophy and organization
that says no one can police without our
consent.


We need people to help organize and implement
this Policing by Consent model at the local
level.

We look forward to hearing from you on this subject.
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*Did Federal Courts Use 'State Secrets' to Protect a CIA Propaganda Front?* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/did-federal-courts-use-state-secrets-to-protect-a-cia-propaganda-front/ ]
We don't know. We don't know anything about why this case got thrown out of court, and that's a problem.

*Trade-Pact Secrecy: Corporations Get To Read Drafts, Congress Doesn't * [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/trade-pact-secrecy-corporations-get-to-read-drafts-congress-doesnt/ ]
Congress should not "fast-track" the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement without making dramatically more information available to the public about what the deal will do, a coalition of 20 open-government groups (including the Defending Dissent Foundation) said today.

*Sunshine Week Was Overcast In Albany* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/sunshine-week-was-overcast-in-albany/ ]
Last week was Sunshine Week, intended to promote government transparency, but in New York State, "instead of sunshine we have an eclipse," said Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group.



*9/11 Review Commission Urges More Ethnic Spying* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/911-review-commission-urges-more-ethnic-spying/ ]
What did the FBI do wrong after the 9/11 attacks? According to a report by the 9/11 Review Commission released Wednesday, it didn't do enough racial profiling or domestic spying.



*Surveillance State Repeal Act Introduced!* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/repeal-the-patriot-act/ ]
The bill would repeal the 2001 PATRIOT Act, which the NSA has cited as the legal basis for its phone metadata-harvesting surveillance program. It would also repeal the FISA Amendments Act, which contains provisions for email data-harvesting, while overhauling the NSA's domestic surveillance program. Additionally, the bill would make retaliation against federal national-security whistleblowers illegal, and ensure that any FISA collection against a U.S. person takes place only pursuant to a valid warrant based on probable cause. Read more [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/repeal-the-patriot-act/ ] or, skip straight to Take Action page [ http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5492/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=19885 ].



*Experts Laud Surveillance State Repeal Act * [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/experts-laud-surveillance-state-repeal-act/ ]
Yesterday, at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC, a panel of experts was invited to testify regarding the latest, and quite probably the boldest, legislative attempt to rein in the American surveillance state. The bill is called the Surveillance State Repeal Act. Among other items, the Act would finally repeal the Patriot Act.

*Stop Spying! Tech and Privacy Groups Tell Congress* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/stop-spying-tech-and-privacy-groups-tell-congress/ ]
A coaliton of more than 40 tech companies and groups sent an open letter urging Congress to resist reauthorizing a key provision of the PATRIOT Act.

*Wanted: Slingshots* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/wanted-slingshots/ ]
Bruce Schneier has built a career explaining the principles of security in plain English, helping the uninitiated to think clearly and critically about managing risk, and exposing the nonsense peddled by government spokesmen and high-tech hucksters. Kristian Williams reviews his new book: Data and Goliath.



*Why Are Supreme Court Protesters Treated More Harshly?* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/why-are-supreme-court-protesters-treated-more-harshly/ ]
Protesters who break minor laws in Washington, D.C., usually get diversion: If they don't get arrested in the next six months to a year, the charges against them are dismissed. But not this group of protesters who spoke out in the Supreme Court.

*Judge Dismisses Charges Against 53 Gas Protesters* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/judge-dismisses-charges-against-42-gas-protesters/ ]
It's raining dismissals in the Finger Lakes, where a local judge said he was acting "in the interests of justice" in dropping charges against activists arrested for trespass.

*NY City Councilmember Gets $30G For Occupy Arrest* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/ny-city-councilmember-gets-30g-for-occupy-arrest/ ]
New York City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, who was arrested and pinned to the ground by police during the eviction of Occupy Wall Street in November 2011, settled a federal civil-rights lawsuit yesterday for $30,000.





*Two Lawsuits Challenge Net Neutrality * [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/two-lawsuits-challenge-net-neutrality/ ]
The telecommunications industry has filed its first court challenges to the Federal Communications Commission's "Net neutrality" rules announced Feb. 26 - but they may be dismissed on the technical grounds that they were filed prematurely, before the rules had officially gone into effect.

*State Of Tennessee Sues The FCC For Daring To Step In And Block Its Law Blocking Muni-Broadband* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/state-of-tennessee-sues-the-fcc-for-daring-to-step-in-and-block-its-law-blocking-muni-broadband/ ]
Apparently the state of Tennessee really, "really" doesn't want its citizens to have good, competitive broadband. While the FCC's net neutrality rules keep getting all the attention, as we've discussed, in the long run it may be a bigger deal that the FCC cleared the way for municipal broadband.



*Ted Cruz: Champion of the Constitution or Repressive Villain? Yes.* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/ted-cruz-champion-of-the-constitution-or-repressive-villain-yes/ ]
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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/16/nyregion/hijab-police-lawsuit-new-york.html

Hijab Removal by New York Police Prompts Lawsuit

 


https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/emanuels-floor-leader-responds-to-lightfoot-on-cpd-academy-elected-oversight/

Emanuel’s floor leader responds to Lightfoot on CPD academy, elected oversight
CHICAGO 03/14/2018, 03:29pm

 


https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/40-new-individuals-say-they-were-set-up-by-crew-of-corrupt-officers-476989093.html

Over 40 New Individuals Say They Were Set Up by Crew of Corrupt Chicago Police

By Phil Rogers

Published at 1:49 PM CDT on Mar 15, 2018 | Updated at 9:17 PM CDT on Mar 15, 201

 


http://wgntv.com/2018/03/15/armed-chicago-police-officers-raid-wrong-apartment/
Chicago police officers raid wrong apartment

POSTED 6:28 PM, MARCH 15, 2018, BY ERIK RUNGE, UPDATED AT 06:40PM, MARCH 15, 2018

 

 

 

 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-jury-verdict-in-cpd-shooting-20180216-story.html

Jury awards $1.2 million to man shot in back by Chicago police during traffic stop

 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-sex-discrimination-chicago-police-20180315-htmlstory.html

First female Chicago cop to command police marine unit sues over alleged sex discrimination

 


https://apnews.com/c96e3520ff414de285c47981f273c7b0/Utah-sheriffs-release-jail-operating-standards

Utah sheriffs release jail operating standards

 

 

https://apnews.com/39fb0ccbfaf74c6990106e1adb730e97/Arkansas-police-chief-out-over-false-report-conviction

Arkansas police chief out over false-report conviction

 

 

http://www.standard.net/Courts/2018/03/16/Judge-drops-Subway-lawsuit-over-Layton-City-Police-officers-alleged-poisoning-Tanis-Ukena.html

Judge drops Subway lawsuit over Layton Police officer's alleged poisoning
FRIDAY , MARCH 16, 2018 - 11:30 A

 

https://apnews.com/29fb435806eb431fa621bcf0070b3c7b/Appeals-court-revives-inmate's-suit-against-Phoenix-police
Appeals court revives inmate’s suit against Phoenix police

 

 


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/no-record-de-blasio-disciplinary-talks-gov-cuomo-aide-article-1.3879336
No recollection of de Blasio pressing Albany pols on cop disciplinary issue, Gov. Cuomo’s aide says


NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, March 16, 2018, 7:14 PM

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/hacker-gave-chelsea-manning-fbi-dies-kansas-article-1.3878901

Infamous hacker who gave up whistleblower Chelsea Manning to the FBI dies in Kansas

BY CHRIS SOMMERFELDT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018, 4:11 PM

 

 

 


https://boingboing.net/2018/03/15/nypd-commissioner-troubled.html
NYPD Commissioner "troubled" by news of cop arrested for running international heroin ring
Boing Boing-Mar 15, 2018
New York Police Department Officer Yessenia Jimenez was arrested by Drug Enforcement Administration agents on weapons and drug trafficking charges following a month long investigation. According to AP, Jimenez "helped her boyfriend run a heroin trafficking ring that spanned from Mexico to New ...

 

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/house-gop-will-subpoena-fbi-for-missing-hillary-clinton-documents
House GOP will subpoena FBI for missing Hillary Clinton documents
Fox Business-
Over the course hours ago of the last year, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been reviewing the FBI and DOJ's actions related to its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server, which haunted her during the 2016 presidential election. Horowitz suggested the report will be made available to ...

 

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/03/war_on_the_deep_state.html

McCabe's firing begins the war on the Deep State
American Thinker (blog)-
We can expect liberaldom to come unglued following the firing of Andrew McCabe, erstwhile second in command at the FBI, just 24 hours before his lucrative government pension kicked in. McCabe had made "unauthorized disclosures to the news media" (leaked confidential information) and "lacked candor – including ...

 

 

http://www.unb.com.bd/bangladesh-news/Cop-7-others-held-over-police-recruitment-racket-in-Bogra/65829
Cop, 7 others held over police recruitment racket in Bogra
Bogra, Mar 18 (UNB) – Police here in separate drives othe recently held days arrested eight people including a member of police in connection with fraudulence activities and taking money from the aspirants of police constable exams promising them of 'confirm appointment'. The detainees are identified as Rafikul Islam, ...


http://fox5sandiego.com/2018/03/15/chula-vista-police-officer-arrested-in-san-diego/


Chula Vista police officer arrested on suspicion of domestic violence
fox5sandiego.com-Mar 15, 2018
CHULA VISTA, Calif. – A Chula Vista police officer is facing possible criminal charges following his arrest on suspicion of threatening his girlfriend during an off-duty dispute. San Diego police took 27-year-old Leopoldo Armando Chousal into custody Wednesday evening while responding to a reported ...


https://boingboing.net/2018/03/18/take-down-your-fishin-pole.html

Raleigh cops are investigating crime by getting Google to reveal the ...
Boing Boing-Public records requests have revealed that on at least four occasions, the Raleigh-Durham police obtained warrants forcing Google to reveal the identities of every mobile user within acres of a crime scene, sweeping up the personal information of thousands of people in a quest to locate a single perp.

 


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/18/nyregion/testilying-police-perjury-new-york.html

‘Testilying’ by Police:
A Stubborn Problem
Police lying persists, even amid an explosion of video
evidence that has allowed the public to test officers’ credibility.
By JOSEPH GOLDSTEINMARCH 18, 2018

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/higher-ed/bs-md-ci-johns-hopkins-police-20180315-story.html

Johns Hopkins University wants its own police department. What ...
Baltimore Sun-
At Daniels' request, the Baltimore delegation to the General Assembly has agreed to introduce legislation that would enable Hopkins to become the first private university in Maryland with its own police department. Uniformed, armed, sworn police officers would patrol Hopkins' university and hospital

 

 

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https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-27/lapd-officer-arrested-after-allegedly-stealing-cash-from-backpack

 

LAPD officer arrested on suspicion of stealing cash from backpack

By LEILA MILLERSTAFF WRITER 

JAN. 27, 2020 9:33 PM

 

 

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/884xgb/police-shot-and-killed-a-man-who-was-handcuffed-and-buckled-into-a-cop-car

 

Police Shot and Killed a Man Who Was Handcuffed and Buckled Into a Cop Car

Maryland police pulled him over and said they smelled PCP inside his car.

 

By VICE News

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.rt.com/russia/479134-animated-street-art-russia/

 

Augmented street art: WATCH Soviet murals and mosaics come to life in spectacular animation

28 Jan, 2020 07:56 / Updated 7 hours ago

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/richard-feynman-files-85307/

 

 

 

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of any FBI files regarding Richard Feynman, a well-known physicist whose death occurred on February 15, 1988.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://ticklethewire.com/2020/01/28/former-cbp-official-sentenced-to-31-months-in-prison-for-illegally-selling-guns/

 

 

Former CBP Official Sentenced to 31 Months in Prison for Illegally Selling Guns

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By Steve Neavling


ticklethewire.com

A former CBP watch commander who operated an illegal gun-selling business and committed other crimes while serving in law enforcement was sentenced Monday to 31 months in prison.

Wei Xu, 58, pleaded guilty in July to four felonies, including unlawfully dealing in firearms, possessing unregistered firearms, lying to a federal agency, and tax evasion, NBC News reports.

Prosecutors said Xu exploited his position as a law enforcement officer to buy and sell off-roster handguns. He also admitted

 

 

 

http://ticklethewire.com/2020/01/28/brian-c-turner-named-assistant-director-of-the-operational-technology-division-at-fbi-headquarters/

 

Brian C. Turner Named Assistant Director of the Operational Technology Division at FBI Headquarters

 

 

 

https://www.pogo.org/topics/whistleblowers/ 

 

WHISTLEBLOWERS

POGO has a long history of working with whistleblowers and protecting their rights. We believe that whistleblowers are our first line of defense against corruption and abuse by the federal government. We’ve spent years protecting these truth-tellers and the mechanisms to hold government accountable, and today we’re seeing why all of that work matters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CMCA is proud to partner with Better Together on the Nationwide Day of Second Chances on April 30.Churches all across America will host second chance job fairs for neighbors who have been incarcerated. Will you help bring a fair to your city?

Learn more: https://bettertogetherus.org/events/secondchances/

 

 

We are excited to partner with Better Together on the first annual Nationwide Day of Second Chances on April 30, when church-led coalitions in cities all across America will come together and host simultaneous Second Chances Job Fairs for neighbors who have been incarcerated.

We are excited to connect our friends and partners with this opportunity to celebrate and serve our neighbors who are returning home. 
We would love your help identifying a church partner who will open its doors and host a Second Chances Job Fair in your community.
 
When a fair comes to your area, we also invite you to serve alongside us and volunteer at your local job fair.

Our partner, Better Together, will lead churches through a detailed and live online training, and supply all of the materials and tutorials needed to launch a successful fair. It's free - all churches have to do is provide the heart to love people and the hands to bring the fair to life.
 
The trainings are coming up quickly, with the first offering on January 30, so we appreciate your help sharing this opportunity soon.
 
We will also be connecting with the churches participating and introducing them to our ministry, as a further way to engage, serve, and further the mission of spreading dignity through opportunity.

Will you join us and help spread the word

 

 

 

https://theintercept.com/2020/01/27/joe-biden-juvenile-crime/

 

 

JOE BIDEN SUPPORTED “EXCEPTIONALLY, EXCEPTIONALLY TOUGH TREATMENT” FOR JUVENILE “PREDATORS”

Aída Chávez

January 27 2020, 3:54 p.m.

 

 

 

https://www.policeone.com/chiefs-sheriffs/articles/peer-pressure-is-not-just-for-junior-high-anymore-HaAz3IUCKomYcVO5/

 

Peer pressure is not just for junior high anymore

Correctional officer cadets objecting to participating in a Nazi salute for a class photo were first pressured, then ordered, to participate

Jan 13, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.chicagoappleseed.org/our-blog/ending-code-of-silence-policies-in-the-chicago-police-departments-collective-bargaining-agreements/

 

The Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability (CPCA) offers recommendations to end the provisions in Chicago Police Department’s Collective Bargaining Agreements that perpetuate the “Code of Silence”

According to the Better Government Association (BGA), it was estimated in 2018 that the City of Chicago had spent over $700-million settling cases of police misconduct in the previous decade. The Chicago Tribune reports that the City of Chicago has spent over $750-million on Chicago Police Officers’ misconduct-related payouts, settlements, and losses at trial since 2004—this includes civil rights cases, car crash claims, racial discrimination complaints, sexual harassment suits, and some other legal matters. The annual amount the city spent paying the fees of private lawyers to defend the Chicago Police Department (CPD) against civil rights lawsuits has grown steadily from around $12.5-million in 2013 to over $30-million in 2018. As stated by attorney Stuart Chanen, the City needs to “reevaluate the degree to which they’ve allowed the [police unions] to drive civil rights defenses in a way that’s very harmful to the citizens of the City of Chicago.”

The economic burden placed on Chicago tax-payers to pay for police corruption is a minor issue compared to the detrimental intergenerational affects such entrenched systemic CPD misconduct has had on our City’s marginalized and divested communities. For instance, officers involved in or witnessing shootings are allowed a 24-hour grace period before being required to submit statements to the Independent Police Review Authority. As a result, in 2015, this process led to the false statements of sixteen CPD personnel, which demonized the teenage victim, Laquan McDonald, and permitted his shooter, Jason Van Dyke, to avoid murder charges for almost a year.

Police departments across the country have proven time and again that they do not have the capability, impartiality, or – frankly – the willingness to provide the internal oversight necessary to police themselves. Thanks to local journalists, Van Dyke was held accountable only after a judge ordered the release of the dashcam footage to the public. None of the cameras on squad cars at the scene of Laquan McDonald’s shooting, recorded sound and at least three did not work at all. The Columbia Journalism Review states that 80% of CPD dashcam systems present failed to record audio due to “operator error or in some cases intentional destruction” by the officers.

The federal consent decree, approved in January 2019, aims to dictate the direction of police reform in Chicago, likely for decades to come. While the consent decree is certainly a step in the right direction, “no part of that decree transforms the deeply rooted biases and barriers to justice that are inscribed within the Chicago police union contracts.” There are three collective bargaining agreements governing the supervisory positions at the Chicago Police Department. These current contracts – all of which expired almost three years ago and are expected to enter arbitration this month – include specific “limitations on transparency and protections that inhibit accountable government” by enabling officers to lie about misconduct.

 

 

 

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/01/28/metro/mural-kobe-bryant-daughter-gianna-appears-cambridges-graffiti-alley/

 

 

Mural of Kobe Bryant and daughter, Gianna, appears in Cambridge’s ‘Graffiti Alley’

The colorful tribute was commissioned by the Central Square Business Improvement District.

By Steve Annear Globe Staff,Updated January 28, 2020, 18 minutes ago

 

 

 

https://www.pressherald.com/2020/01/27/marijuana-delivery-black-market-killer-or-invitation-to-chaos/

 

Posted Yesterday at 7:21 PM Updated January 27

 

Lawmakers debate pros and cons of bill to allow home marijuana delivery

Advocates say it would allow legitimate businesses to compete with black market sellers, but the state says it would be too hard to regulate at this time.

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/28/prince-andrew-told-to-stop-playing-games-over-epstein-inquiry

 

Prince Andrew told to 'stop playing games' over Epstein inquiry

US lawyer representing alleged victims tells duke to ‘do the right thing’ and assist inquiry

 

 

 

ART NEW YORK 2019

 

 

 

5 BEST Watercolor Painters & Why | Painting Masters 30 SPECIAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.dowlingwalsh.com/artists/alan-magee

 

ALAN MAGEE

 

 

 

 

https://www.hpschd.nu/index.html?nav/nav-3.html&t/welcome.html&https://www.hpschd.nu/rst/dowd.html

 

Here is one of the instruments I worked on building when I 

was  employed by William Dowd in 1966

 

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Miss You, The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Another Brick in The Wall -

 

 

 

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/28/make-america-radical-again-a-conversation-with-harvey-j-kaye/

 

 

JANUARY 28, 2020

Make America Radical Again: A Conversation with Harvey J. Kaye

by DANIEL FALCONE

Harvey J. Kaye is the Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Founding Director of the University’s Center for History and Social Change, and the author of numerous books, including The British Marxist HistoriansThe Education of Desire (winner of the Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize) Why Do Ruling Classes Fear History?Thomas Paine and the Promise of America, The Fight for the Four Freedoms (The Nation’s 2014 progressive book of the year), and most recently, Take Hold of Our History: Make America Radical Again (Zero Books). This spring he will also publish FDR on Democracy (Skyhorse Books).

In this interview, Daniel Falcone discusses with Harvey Kaye his latest work and breaks down the importance of the left to reclaim the framing of US history from the conservative right. He also discusses the relevance of Obama to the emergence of Trump, the rightward drift of the US political spectrum, and the (forgotten) radical idea of America exceptionalism. Kaye argues that we can take on the Establishment and counter the long-standing neoliberal – and emergent neo-fascist – order by reminding Americans who they are and what that demands. Moreover, he cites Bernie Sanders as the candidate who has most effectively begun to speak to and engage Americans’ progressive, if not radical impulses and energies.

Daniel Falcone: Your book is titled Take Hold of Our History and is subtitled Make America Radical Again. Can you comment on the specific meanings of these titles?

Harvey Kaye: If you have aspirations to be a transformative leader, you are going to have to transform the narrative

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/28/an-open-letter-to-justin-trudeau-on-venezuela/

 

JANUARY 28, 2020

An Open Letter to Justin Trudeau on Venezuela

by NINO PAGLICCIA

Re: Your announcement of January 26, 2020 “Interim President of Venezuela Juan Guaidó to visit Canada”

Dear Mr. Justin Trudeau:

I have read with great disappointment your office’s announcement that you are meeting with what many Venezuelans and Canadians alike consider the real impostor, Juan Guaidó

 

 

 

 

https://www.thenation.com/article/environment/australia-fires-climate-change/

 

The Australian Fires Are a Prelude to Our Climate Suffering

The fires could just be the beginning in a slow-motion climate reckoning of rising sea levels, unprecedented storms, and hellish heat waves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2020/01/27/how-harvard-aims-to-muzzle-unions/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=c0ec63d4-0299-4631-9bb6-200a0e4a1ff5

 

 

How Harvard Aims to Muzzle Unions

Walter Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/bernie-sanders-joe-rogan/

 

Beating Trump Is the Goal. What if Joe Rogan Fans Will Help?

Much of the criticism of Sanders for accepting the endorsement rewrites the past and present of Democratic Party electoral politics.

By Edward BurmilaTwitter

YESTERDAY 12:07 PM

 

 

 

 

 

https://whowhatwhy.org/2020/01/28/students-expose-plot-to-cast-doubt-on-climate-change/

 

JANUARY 28, 2020 | LANA COHEN

STUDENTS EXPOSE PLOT TO CAST DOUBT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

 

 

In 2019, the year youth around the world stepped out of the classroom and onto the streets to demand climate action, four students stayed at their desks. They had a different plan.

As the climate movement sought to expose adults and institutions for failing to address climate change, Brown University undergraduates Jessie Sugarman, Cole Triedman, Andrew Javens, and David Wingate sat down together to get some specifics: to find hard evidence, name names, and hold people and corporations accountable for their role in the crisis. 

As part of Brown’s Climate and Development Lab, they were tasked with developing and answering a research question. 

With an in-depth study into 10 investor-owned utility companies, they unraveled a byzantine, well-funded, and well-coordinated effort by an elite group of coal, rail, and utility companies to question the reality of climate change and cast doubt on the science that backs it up. 

The involvement of freight rail companies and the entire utilities industry in what the report calls the “climate-change countermovement” had been largely unreported. 

“They’ve connected the dots in a way other people have not,” their professor, Timmons Roberts, told WhoWhatWhy. 

The findings of these twenty-somethings reveal that corporate opposition to climate change is broader and more sophisticated than previously realized. 

It goes beyond ExxonMobil and the Koch brothers. It is hidden in the shadows, behind the facades of front groups, creative marketing tactics, and stacks of cash.

 

 

 

 

 

http://whosarat.websitetoolbox.com/post/feds-informants-finger-u-s-government-as-drug-trafficker-163286

 

 

FEDS, INFORMANTS FINGER U.S. GOVERNMENT AS DRUG TRAFFICKER

 

 

 

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v74bdd/bolton-warned-barr-about-trumps-cozy-ties-to-dictators-book-claims

 

Bolton Warned Barr About Trump's Cozy Ties to Dictators, Book Claims

John Bolton's forthcoming book keeps derailing the GOP's plan for a fast-track impeachment trial.

 

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We finally have a strong surveillance reform bill we can get behind!

Tell your members of Congress to support the Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act (SAPRA).

We are urging Congress to pass the Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act of 2020 (SAPRA), bipartisan legislation that includes significant reforms to the government’s foreign intelligence surveillance authorities, including Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which was at the heart of Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA bulk collection of phone records.

SAPRA would put much needed limits on the government’s expansive foreign intelligence surveillance powers, making it an important step in reining in the broad, unconstitutional spying powers granted claimed by the government..

Congress must take this opportunity to enact the substantial reforms this bill calls for, including:

Prohibiting the NSA’s Call Details Record program and ending bulk collection of metadata (revealed by Snowden);
Prohibiting warrantless collection of our internet browsing, search history, and geo-location data;
Imposing a sunset, for the first time, on National Security Letters authorities, which allow the FBI to obtain sensitive records without a court order.
But the bill goes much further, including essential reporting requirements, reforming the FISA court, imposing warrant requirements on all section 215 searches if they would be required in the criminal context, and strengthening the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

Undoubtedly, the surveillance hawks will soon introduce a much weaker bill, or will attempt to re-authorize Section 215 without any reforms at all.
We need you to take action now to make sure we get these essential reforms to our out-of-control surveillance state!


Background:

The Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act was introduced on January 23 by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT) as S. 3242 and in the House by Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), among others, as H.R. 5675.

45 civil society organizations - including Defending Rights & Dissent - are on record supporting this bill. Read our letter here.

Here's some background on how we got here:

The USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 provided intelligence agencies with overly broad powers to engage in surveillance. In addition, these agencies have been repeatedly caught unlawfully surveilling innocent people in the United States at a staggering scale. In 2015, Congress enacted the USA FREEDOM Act in an effort to rein in the government’s surveillance practices. This included replacing the bulk phone records program that the National Security Agency (NSA) had operated illegally for many years.

Specifically, the USA FREEDOM Act added new subsections to Section 215 — which has for many years allowed the government to collect business records (such as financial records) — to create a new authority permitting the collection of Call Detail Records (CDRs). This Section 215 CDR program is narrower than the former bulk program, but still permits overly broad and privacy-invasive collection of phone records. Among other concerns, the replacement program still permits surveillance to span “two hops” from the intended target, implicating millions of people who were never even suspected of wrongdoing. In 2018, under this current Section 215 CDR program, the government still collected over 434 million records relating to over 19 million phone identifiers, despite having only 11 targets.

The government recently shuttered the CDR program due to admittedly unlawful over-collection of records, however its statutory authority remains in place. Like its predecessors, the Section 215 CDR program was never shown to offer meaningful intelligence value and was repeatedly misused. SAPRA would eliminate this dangerous authority for good.


We are urging Congress to pass the Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act of 2020 (SAPRA), bipartisan legislation that includes significant reforms to the government’s foreign intelligence surveillance authorities, including Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which was at the heart of Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA bulk collection of phone records.

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SAPRA would put much needed limits on the government’s expansive foreign intelligence surveillance powers, making it an important step in reining in the broad, unconstitutional spying powers granted claimed by the government..

Congress must take this opportunity to enact the substantial reforms this bill calls for, including:

Prohibiting the NSA’s Call Details Record program and ending bulk collection of metadata (revealed by Snowden);
Prohibiting warrantless collection of our internet browsing, search history, and geo-location data;
Imposing a sunset, for the first time, on National Security Letters authorities, which allow the FBI to obtain sensitive records without a court order.
But the bill goes much further, including essential reporting requirements, reforming the FISA court, imposing warrant requirements on all section 215 searches if they would be required in the criminal context, and strengthening the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

Undoubtedly, the surveillance hawks will soon introduce a much weaker bill, or will attempt to re-authorize Section 215 without any reforms at all.

We need you to take action now to make sure we get these essential reforms to our out-of-control surveillance state!

It is time for Congress to act; pass the Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act of 2020 now!

Please send an email to your Representatives in Congress and tell them to pass the Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act of 2020 now!

Stay Loud, Stay Strong,

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