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Dissent And The King Paradox
Dave Zirin , January 21, 2015, In : Features & Interviews

If there is one thing we can say about the United States, it is that this is a country that adores, celebrates, even luxuriates in our rich history of dissenters—as long as they are dead, silenced, or “brought to you by McDonald’s.”
Call it “the King Kool-Aid.” People in power love Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr as long as they can cherry-pick or decontextualize certain quotes so his words sound as gooey and inoffensive as a Hallmark card. The King who says “I have a dream” and little more is fine. The King who said, “When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered” is less quoted.
For corporate America, D
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An Artist’s Pioneering Masks Shield Us from Future Surveillance
Zach Blas explains why we should all be wary of the coming wave of biometric technology

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January 26, 2015
The ninth annual Biometrics for Government and Law Enforcement conference kicks off today in Arlington, Virginia, where the F.B.I., Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Army, California Border Patrol, and more gather to plot the future of snagging bad guys. This year’s festivities showcase the F.B.I.’s new $1.2 billion “Next Generation Identification” system (N.G.I.)—taken fully operational last September—a massive database and suite of tools (accessible by 18,000 federal, state, local, tribal, and international agencies) for capturing, storing, and analyzing fingerprints, palm prints, faces, and iris biometrics. The bureau calls it “a significant step forward for the criminal justice community in utilizing biometrics as an investigative enabler.” In other words, the robocops are coming.

Biometrics, or ways of identifying individuals based on singular physical characteristics, have been used for criminal investigation since ancient imperial China began tracking citizens' fingerprints, but recent advancements have taken body and face quantification mainstream. Your thumb unlocks your iPhone, Japanese and Polish A.T.M.s come equipped with fingertip vein pattern recognition, Dubai police officers wear Google Glass with facial recognition software, and, as part of the N.G.I. rollout, 62 U.S. police departments are currently field-testing handheld iris and facial recognition devices. But how will this information be compiled, and what can these agencies presume to know about an individual from biometric identification? Critics point to experiments like gay face studies, and other data-driven attempts to standardize how we see large groups of people, as proof that biometrics can ultimately be as pseudoscientific as the 19th century pursuits of phrenology and anthropometry, which attempted to read into a person’s identity based on say, the length of one’s left foot or the shape of an individual’s skull.

19th century phrenological chart
Concern for a world beyond the watch of government, free from systematically monitored and restricted public visibility, is the broad civil rights challenge tackled by artist and University of Buffalo Professor Zach Blas’s work. Blas’s mask projects, designed to visualize the way computers mathematically understand and read human faces, reject the safety of surveillance and propose a rebellion in the form of public opacity. These masks, built from facial biometric data, cast the insidious growth of visual surveillance’s technological capacity in stark relief. Some of the masks, like Blas’ lumpy Facial Weaponization Suite series, are shaped so that they can't be identified as faces by biometric software, providing opacity to the wearer. Others, like his metal face cage masks, are made intentionally painful to wear, illustrating the discomfort in imposing quantified, presumptuous data onto the face of a specific individual.

Such are the capabilities of modern biometric technology that the New Yorker recently predicted an “emotion economy.” Through the detailed, instant detection of human emotion, powered by camer
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After assassinating Martin Luther King Huffington Post wants to remove Hoovers name for him committing murder.

go figure eh?

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Isn't It Time to Take Hoover's Name Down From FBI Headquarters?

Posted: 01/27/2015 4:36 pm EST
Why does the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation still bear the name of J. Edgar Hoover?
Those who continue to hold Hoover in high esteem are a diminishing lot of so-called "true believers." Any merits of his more than 40 years of service are outweighed by a legacy marred by power run amok.
Hoover amassed power that extended well beyond presidential authority. In his position as FBI Director, he was allowed to place a premium on his personal feelings to, at times, circumvent the Constitution.
There are many examples of why Hoover deserves persona non grata status in the annals of American history; perhaps the most egregious was his treatment of Martin Luther King Jr.
The FBI file on King exceeds 17,000 pages. Numerous documents have been censored, with many pages redacted. Moreover, because of a court order, any information resulting from FBI wiretaps has been removed and will not be released until 2027, and that information comprises an extensive record of King's day-to-day activities.
Hoover's obsessive resentment toward the civil-rights movement in general, and King in particular, made President Richard Nixon's infamous "dirty tricks" look like child's play.
As the life of King and others in the movement became increasingly in danger, Hoover maintained that the Bureau was "not a protection agency." He ordered agents to avoid direct intervention, limiting their activities to observation at any civil-rights demonstrations.
During the Freedom Riders campaign in 1961, Hoover did not pass along intelligence received from a Klansman informant to Attorney General Robert Kennedy about the planned May 14 riot at the bus-station terminal in Birmingham. The result? A Klan-led mob brutally attacked unarmed civil-rights protesters unfettered.
Though Bureau surveillance of King began in 1958, it intensified on Aug. 28, 1963, when he was the keynote speaker at the March on Washington. As King was telling the nation about his "dream," top Hoover aide William Sullivan sent a memo stating:
[I]n the light of King's powerful demagogic speech ... [w]e must mark him now, if we have not done so before, as the most dangerous Negro of the future in this Nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro and national security.
In October, Attorney General Robert Kennedy approved Hoover's request granting him carte blanche surveillance on King that lasted until his assassination on April 4, 1968.
In June 1963, after President John F. Kennedy called for civil-rights legislation, operating on information provided by Hoover, he was concerned about communist infiltration within King's organization. Kennedy took King into the Rose Garden and demanded that he fire suspected communists Stanley Levison and Jack O'Dell before Kennedy would send any civil-rights legislation to Congress.
Though the threat of communism during the height of the Cold War justified Hoover's actions, no evidence was ever found to substantiate such charges against King. What Hoover did uncover was King's extramarital affairs, which the FBI, under Hoover's leadership, graciously sent to King's wife, Coretta.
Yale professor Beverly Gage, who is writing a book on Hoover, recently stumbled across a letter in Hoover's confidential files. It was the unredacted version of a 1964 letter sent to King, calling him an "evil, abnormal beast," suggesting that the civil-rights leader should commit suicide before receiving his Nobel Prize for Peace.
It is a macabre and paradoxical narrative, where the civil-rights movement, endowed by the 14th Amendment, was forced to confront local municipalities that had the support of state governments, while receiving tepid support from the Kennedy administration and more support from the Johnson administration, all while garnering ongoing hostility from the Hoover-led FBI.
In 1956 in a closed session of the Communist Party, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev denounced former dictator Joseph Stalin. Among other charges, Khrushchev accused Stalin of executing, torturing and imprisoning loyal party members on false charges.
Is it not time for America to follow Khrushchev's example? Doesn't Hoover's legacy deserve a proper burial?
He remains the embodimen


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Eve and Nashua Stand Trial in Columbus, Georgia and Celebrate Victory for SOA Watch!

Yesterday morning, Eve Tetaz and Nashua Chantal stood trial before US District Judge Stephen Hyles in Columbus, Georgia. The prosecution called for Eve, an 83 year-old retired public school teacher and longtime peace activist, and Nashua, a 62 year-old longtime SOA Watch activist, to be incarcerated for the six-month maximum for illegal entry onto Ft. Benning on November 23, 2014. Ft. Benning is home of the School of the Americas, renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in 2001 (SOA/WHINSEC).

During their sentencing by judge Stephen Hyles, the courtroom, as well as the JAG attorneys were surprised when Nashua was sentenced to a 5 year probation, and Eve was sentenced to a $5,000 fine. Neither of them was sentenced to prison, something that judge Hyles has been notorious for imposing on nonviolent activists since beginning his tenure in 2010. Represented by Anna Lellelid and Bill Quigley, of the SOA Watch Legal Collective, Eve and Nashua were accompanied by Fr. Roy, Coleman Smith of the Pupetistas, SOA Watch Council Member Ken Hayes, Irene Rodriguez of the SOA Watch Communications Collective, Anton Flores of Georgia Detention Watch/AlternCommunity, members of Nashua's community in Americus, and SOA Watch Field Organizer Maria Luisa Rosal.

During the press conference before entering the courtroom, Anna Lellelid stated, "Eve is planning to plea not guilty. Nashua crossed over a fence, and he was protesting the violations of human rights committed by graduates of the School of the Americas, and he will be peading guilty, and hoping to serve community service with Habitat for Humanity in his community and continue to serve the people that he loves." Bill Quigley stated, "We hope we are going to be walking out with both of these people today."

During their trial, both Eve and Nashua addressed the court and spoke truth to power, highlighting the horrors of the School of the Americas:

Nashua stated, "I did cross the fence to protest the human rights violations in Latin America. I am totally supportive of the work of School of the Americas Watch, particularly the work to release the names of the gradautes. If they are proud of the school, they should be proud of their graduates." After pleading guilty and requesting community service instead of prison, Nashua also said, "I have made my point. I have stood up for human rights."

Similarly, Eve put the SOA on trial, as well as a US culture of militarism when she affirmed, "torture is "not "a political tool. My own President asks "'is this who we are?'". All of us would like to say no, but if the School of the Americas is kept open, then I am afraid the answer is yes. This "is "who we are."

Thursday's trial was a victory for the SOA Watch movement. Through their actions, Eve and Nashua continued to denounce the SOA, and in doing so, were still able to walk out of a courtroom that has historically seen harsh prison sentences handed down to others within the movement that have crossed the line in the past. To date, over 300 people have collectively served over 100 years of prison sentences for their nonviolent acts of civil disobedience to call attention to the SOA/WHINSEC. SOA Watch maintains that those responsible for the SOA torture manuals and for the training of repressive foreign militaries, are the ones who should stand trial and be held accountable. Nashua and Eve are to be commended for speaking truth to power. They continue the long tradition of nonviolent civil disobedience

Our work to close the SOA and to change oppressive US foreign policy towards Latin America continues. In the face of "more "violence against our brothers and sisters in Latin America - the 43 disappeared students in Ayotzinapa, the continued violence and repression in Honduras, the impunity in Guatemala - we continue to organize and to come up with creative forms of resistance.

"La lucha sigue", the struggle continues.
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February 6, 2015

The Husband And Wife Who Burgled The FBI

John and Bonnie http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/02/06/fbi-1971-documentaryare pictured with their three children in Glen Lake, Michigan circa August 1969. (1971film.com)
John and Bonnie Raines are pictured with their three children in Glen Lake, Michigan circa August 1969. (1971film.com)
Before Edward Snowden, there was the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI. In 1971, eight anti-war activists broke into the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania. Among them were John and Bonnie Raines frequent anti-war protesters and the parents of three kids.
They were looking for proof that the FBI was involved in surveillance and harassment of civil rights and anti-war groups. And they found it in the over 1,000 documents that they stole and sent to three major newspaper: The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.
“The story almost never got published,” John told Here & Now’s Robin Young. “Whistle-blowers depend on courageous investigative reporters” And those journalists, it seemed, were scarce.
At the time, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was so powerful that even presidents feared him. Finally, only The Washington Post published copies of the documents. The response was enormous. The public was outraged.
“When the law becomes the instrument of the crime, then the only way you can stop that crime is to break that law.”

– John Raines
In a world where personal phones are locked with finger scans, it’s hard to imagine that these eight ordinary people could pull off such a major heist, especially considering they couldn’t even pick the lock on the first door they tried.
But other than that initial setback, the novice burglars succeeded.
“We had prepared so meticulously,” said Bonnie, who posed as a student from Swarthmore College exploring opportunities for women in the FBI in order to get inside the building during business hours to scout out security measures and the layout of the offices.
“We were very careful in our preparations,” John added. “We were not Don Quixotes, we were not martyrs, we were interested in doing the job we thought we had to do because nobody in Washington was doing that job, namely supervising and holding J.Edgar Hoover of the FBI accountable.”
Their actions led directly to the Church Committee hearings, the country’s first congressional investigation of American intelligence agencies. And later, the discovery of Cointellpro, short for Counterintelligence Program, which Hoover ran to secretly collect information on civil rights activists and groups the FBI deemed potentially disruptive to the bureau.
When the job was done, the commission disbanded and the eight members rarely spoke.
“We had to go into hiding of course,” said John. “J. Edgar Hoover sent 200 agents to try and find the Citizens Commission and they flooded the city of Philadelphia. So we knew we needed to go deep underground and the best place to go underground, of course, is in plain sight and we were able to do that here in Philadelphia because there were thousands of resistors back then. I mean our country was in fire in 1970 and 1971. So we decided as a group, the eight of us, that we needed to disappear from the public discourse and return to our private lives and we did that.”
The couple remained active, had a fourth child and raised their family, never revealing what they had done. “We did tell our children when they were older teenagers,” said Bonnie. Accustomed to their parent’s activism, they weren’t shocked. Actually, Bonnie recalls, “they were quite proud.” She hopes that among her four children and seven grandchildren there is a legacy of activism.
Does this include breaking the law? “Yes,” both parents say. “When the law becomes the instrument of the crime, then the only way you can stop that crime is to break that law. We found that out in the civil rights movement in the laws of segregation,” said John.
“A people that would sacrifice liberty to gain security, deserve neither.”

– John Adams
Now, 43 years later, their story is being told in the new documentary “1971,” which opens in New York today.
While the Commission’s goal was not to be “Don Quixotes,” the film’s trailer suggests an element of heroism in their act. And while some may argue the Commission’s burglary was similar to Snowden’s, other’s say it’s a different time. Some say, in a post-9/11 world, we need to be more protective of the nation’s security.
“I believe our nation is driven by an excessive fear,” John said. “Yes, we have to worry about the terrorists, but even more we have to worry about how to protect the values of our nation that make our nation worth valuing and worth securing. The second president of the United States, John Adams, said something very wise in his time and it’s still true in our time. He said, ‘A people that would sacrifice liberty to gain security, deserve neither
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Net neutrality activists bodyslammed, dragged from Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai’s press conference for holding up this banner: “85% of Republican Voters Support Net Neutrality”

February 10, 2015

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457
Email: press@fightforthefuture.org

WASHINGTON, DC––Net neutrality activists who support strong free speech protections through Title II reclassification crashed a press conference organized by Republican FCC Commissioner––and former Verizon lawyer––Ajit Pai this morning when they attempted to unfurl a large banner reading “85% of Republican Voters Support Net Neutrality,” a reference to a University of Delaware poll from November, reported in the Washington Post.

Scroll to the bottom of this press release to see more PHOTOS and video.

FCC security violently attacked the demonstrators, knocking them to the ground. As they were dragged from the room, internet activists Dr. Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese of the group PopularResistance.org said, “Commissioner Pai, don’t you see Republicans love net neutrality? Stop being a mouthpiece for the Telecoms–your job is to represent the public interest. Title II now! The Internet should be a level playing field for all not one rigged for Comcast and Verizon. No crony capitalism for Comcast and Verizon. Equal access for all.”

After the activists left the building, FCC security continued to harass them, threatening them with arrest for standing on a public sidewalk offering an interview to a camera crew.

The action was organized by grassroots activists from the group PopularResistance.org with support from the digital rights group Fight for the Future. These two groups previously coordinated on the Occupy the FCC encampment last year that helped put Title II reclassification on the table at the FCC. Fight for the Future were also lead organizers of the September 10th Internet Slowdown protest along with Demand Progress, and the coalition website they helped build, BattleForTheNet.com was responsible for more than 1/4 of all the comments the FCC received about net neutrality last year. PopularResistance.org has also organized a series of protests and direct actions on this issue, including a civil disobedience action where they blockaded FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s driveway.

Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, said, “Net neutrality is not a partisan issue, but corrupt politicians in Washington DC whose campaigns are funded by the Telecom industry are desperate to make it one.” She added, “Given that Republican voters overwhelmingly oppose Internet fast lanes and support the principles of net neutrality, it’s clear that officials like Ajit Pai, who is a former high ranking lawyer for Verizon, are ignoring the public will and working for the industries they’re supposed to be holding accountable.”

While the action unfolded in Washington, DC today, the battle for the net continued to rage online. Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, Free Press and other groups are organizing a sustained effort called the Internet Countdown, keeping up a constant barrage of online protest between now and the FCC’s vote on February 26th. More than 2,500 sites have joined the effort so far including Bluehost, BoingBoing, Th
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Protesters dump paint on memorial to fallen police officers

Posted: 02/14/2015 04:53:02 PM MST26 Comments

Protesters make their way towards their destination Saturday, February 14, 2015 along 14th Street in Denver, Colorado. Close to 150 protesters marched in
Protesters make their way towards their destination Saturday, February 14, 2015 along 14th Street in Denver, Colorado. Close to 150 protesters marched in the streets of Denver rallying against the police involved shootings which have taken the lives of several individuals including Jessica Hernandez and wounded others like Sherod Kindell. The protest went past police headquarters and then continued down 14th Street. (Brent Lewis, The Denver Post)
Red paint and sStickers and red paint cover the police memorial.
Red paint and sStickers and red paint cover the police memorial. (Brent Lewis, The Denver Post)

Protesters dumped red paint on a memorial honoring more than 70 fallen police officers Saturday afternoon. They also plastered stickers on the memorial and nearby pillars.

"Some of these people were my friends," Police Cmdr. Matt Murray said, gesturing to the memorial. "This is disrespectful and I don't think it displays the values of this community. We're extremely disappointed."

Denver police said two males were arrested for criminal mischief after the protest ended. Firefighters assisted in quickly cleaning the memorial.

Between 100 and 150 people marched along West Colfax Avenue from Mariposa Street, arriving at police headquarters, 1331 Cherokee St., around 4 p.m.
A protester watches a police helicopter overhead Saturday, February 14, 2015 along 14th Street in Denver, Colorado. Close to 150 protesters marched in the
A protester watches a police helicopter overhead Saturday, February 14, 2015 along 14th Street in Denver, Colorado. Close to 150 protesters marched in the streets of Denver rallying against the police involved shootings which have taken the lives of several individuals including Jessica Hernandez and wounded others like Sherod Kindell. The protest went past police headquarters and then continued down 14th Street. (Brent Lewis, The Denver Post)

Some protesters held signs in support of Jessica Hernandez, a 17-year-old who was fatally shot by police last month while she was driving a stolen car toward officers. Others carried signs with the message, "Free Sharod," referencing a 23-year-old man shot by a Denver police officer last month during a traffic stop.

"We demand justice for Ryan (Ronquillo). We demand justice for Jessie. We demand justice for Carlos (Jurado). We demand justice for Sharod (Kindell) and Joel (Jurado). We demand justice for every single person who has been killed, maimed, kidnapped, and wounded by Denver police," the protesters said in a flier.

As they marched, the protesters chanted about justice and police brutality. A group of men described by marchers as "security" kept the protesters in a tight group. Each wore a mask made of black bandanas printed with AK-47s on them.

People in apartments and buildings along the route came outside and joined in the cheers. Police cars blocked off roads surrounding the route, preventing traffic from interfering with the march.

"It's important for the public to realize that we're out there pro
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February 10, 2015 | By Nadia Kayyali
Oakland Considers a Privacy Policy for its Domain Awareness (Surveillance) Center

Update, February 11: Last night, the Public Safety Committee, led by Councilmember Desley Brooks, "approved in concept the work that has been done so far" by the Ad Hoc Privacy Policy Committee.1The Public Safety Committee indicated that it felt small changes were needed, but their response was overall positive. The policy and additional recommendations will be posted online in order to give the public a chance to comment, and will be in front of the Public Safety Committee at the first meeting in April. However, it turns out that the Port of Oakland decided at a Port Commission meeting (without talking to the City Council, apparently) not to fund 24/7 monitoring of the Domain Awareness Center, meaning that although it has already been built, it will not be staffed unless the City of Oakland decides to pay for staff. With such a scaled-down DAC, the public now has an opportunity to indicate that it wants to tackle the bigger issue of surveillance in Oakland. It wasn't entirely clear from the Councilmember's comments where they fall on the recommendation to pass a city-wide policy, so commenting on the policy and attending the next meeting could make a big difference.

It’s been nearly a year since the Oakland City Council, in response to intense community pressure, voted to scale down its original plan for a broad, citywide surveillance system. Oakland’s Domain Awareness Center (DAC) would aggregate information from multiple sources, creating a visual feed that could be easily monitored. In a city that is no stranger to civil liberties violations by the police, it was hotly debated last year. The tension focused on the dangers of a DAC that could aggregate data from sources both at the Port of Oakland and throughout the city. Ultimately, the city council passed a resolution that removed most of the city components—most importantly “shot-spotter” and city cameras—leaving a “port-only” DAC. It also created an ad-hoc "Privacy Policy Committee" tasked with creating a privacy policy for the DAC.

EFF participated as part of the DAC Privacy Policy Committee. (Fellow committee member Phil Wolff did a great job of collecting meeting minutes and notes here.) We played a very cautious role on the committee, understanding that some who criticized the DAC as it was originally proposed were still very concerned that it was moving forward at all.

That being said, we participated in the creation of the privacy policy because we wanted it to be as strong as possible. And when it comes to the Committee’s final product, we think this is a good start. It’s a one-of-a-kind policy that affirmatively seeks to protect privacy, provides people with the ability to sue for damages when the policy is violated, and has detailed data use, retention, and auditing requirements. If the policy passes, it’s likely that it will be used as a model in other cities—hopefully before new technology is ever purchased.

The Good

The proposed policy is 12 pages long, so we won’t go in to every single detail. But overall, the policy now is much improved from the original framework because it:

Specifically lists the “allowable uses” for the DAC and who has access to DAC data;
Defines important terms throughout to try to close loopholes; and
Clearly defines the Domain Awareness Center and its component parts, making it clear that it is restricted to the Port of Oakland.

Part of what makes the policy unique is that it starts off with an affirmative statement about privacy in the “Policy Purpose” section:

This Policy is designed to promote a "presumption of privacy" which simply means that individuals do not relinquish their right to privacy when they leave private spaces and that as a general rule, people do not expect or desire for law enforcement to monitor, record, and/or aggregate their activities without cause or as consequence of participating in modern society.
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Pete Lee is a State Representative in Colorado

He has taken a leadership role in creating models
of restorative justice.


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Pete's Bills

Modifications to Economic Gardening Pilot Project (http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2015a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont/A4D0A8AA33A7A6B887257DA40002D25E?Open&file=1002_01.pdf

HB15-1094 Restorative Justice Council Pilot and Changes (http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2015a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont/834352222353756C87257DA20062703C?Open&file=1094_01.pdf

HB15-1131 Release Critical Incident Information Juvenile (http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2015a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont/C809F8445E5E8FC887257DB100669C39?Open&file=1131_01.pdf

HB15-1230 Innovative Industries Workforce Development Program (http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2015a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont/D7B129A16FF7C8AB87257DA40002CFB5?Open&file=1230_01.pdf

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Restorative Justice Moves Forward

I am also happy to report that HB15-1094 (http://www.leg.state.co.us/CLICS/CLICS2015A/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/834352222353756C87257DA20062703C?Open&file=1094_eng.pdf Concerning Restorative Justice passed 3rd Readings in the House this morning with unanimous bi-partisan support and will now move on for consideration in the Senate. Research indicates that participation in restorative justice practice decreases recidivism which reduces cost and improves long-term outcomes. This year’s restorative justice bill adds three additional members to the state Restorative Justice Coordinating Council – the State Public Defender, a judge, and a law enforcement representative. The bill also expands which juveniles can be accepted into the pilot program, including juveniles who commit petty or municipal offenses. Restorative justice helps to break the cycle of crime by promoting accountability and responsibility. Keeping juveniles out of the criminal justice system and in school and out of
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Press Alert: Press Conference Wednesday to Launch Whistleblower Protection Caucus
Feb 24th, 2015 @ 12:00 pm › Mary Jane Wilmoth
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Washington, D.C. February 24, 2015. On Wednesday, February 25, at 2:30 p.m. (ET), Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden will host a press conference to launch the Whistleblower Protection Caucus in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Sen. Grassley is the chairman of the caucus and Sen. Wyden is the vice-chairman.

A number of whistleblowers and whistleblower advocates will also be in attendance, including FBI crime lab whistleblower Dr. Frederic Whitehurst and Stephen M. Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center.

Senator Grassley, the leading champion of whistleblower protection on Capitol Hill, announced the formation of a Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus on the 25th Anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 this past April 10th.

Grassley said he created the caucus to build a coalition of like-minded Senators who can help bring attention to the need for ongoing whistleblower protections. Grassley stated that the goals of the Whistleblower Protection Caucus are to ensure “vigilant oversight” over whistleblower protection laws and to create “a culture of understanding and respecting the right to blow the whistle.”

“The creation of the Senate Whistleblower Caucus is a key step in ensuring that employees who risk their careers to serve the public interest will find a safe haven in Congress,” said Kohn.

The press conference will be held in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room, Dirksen 226.

For more information, contact: Mary Jane Wilmoth
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couple of stories

Did you know how FBI agents assassinated
President Kennedy?


Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 03:10 PM EST
Pro-choice activists glitter bomb antiabortion congressman, spark FBI investigation
Glitter isn't a health threat or burden, just an inconvenience -- sort of like abortion restrictions, right?


Pro-choice activists glitter bomb antiabortion congressman, spark FBI inves
The viral meme has officially gone too far: A group of pro-choice activists inadvertently prompted an FBI investigation this week after mailing a “glitter bomb” to an antiabortion Nebraska legislator, protesting his opposition to reproductive healthcare funding. A hot pink package containing a bag of glitter arrived at the Lincoln office of Rep. Jeff Fortenberry on Wednesday, which might have doused the representative in sparkles had he been there to receive it. Instead, the Omaha World-Herlad reports, he was in Washington, and spared the fate of looking like a disco ball in a suit.

The package, which was delivered under a presumptively false name, also contained a message for Fortenberry printed on “Glitter Bombs for Choice” letterhead, explaining the prank. ”Congrats! You’ve earned this for trying to deny women their right to choice,” the letter read. “Mind your own uterus.”

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This is some useful research for people who have been
Physically or Psychologically abused as a child.

Evidence indicates children develop Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
which complicates normal childhood development

Look at the symptoms of PTSD


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Primary Prevention of ACES and Fostering Resilience as an Antidote
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[Gladys Twombly Richardson] by Gladys Twombly Richardson Gladys Twombly Richardson is offline. Click for Member Snapshot.

The primary prevention of ACES and fostering of Resilience, an antidote to ACES, has been a top priority for my husband, Dr. Burtt Richardson (a retired pediatrician) and myself, after hearing Dr. Felitti's ACES presentation in Maine in 2005.

Since primary prevention of ACES begins no later than the first day of life and continues for 18 years, we have been developing a program that informs and engages parents and community members living in a locally defined geographic area, e.g., a kindergarten catchment area, to reach out to all parents of newborns and infants in their neighborhood.

We would love to hear about other similar efforts, and would like to be in touch with others who might be interested in this approach in their neighborhood or town. Regards, Gladys
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Europe hints it will back Ireland's Microsoft stance

Published 12/03/2015 | 02:30


US courts should not be able to access personal data stored on Microsoft's

"The Commission's view is that personal data held by private companies in the EU should not, in principle, be directly accessed by or transferred to foreign enforcement authorities outside of formal channels of co-operation," said Ms Jourova.

The EU Commissioner's statement will be seen as support for the Government, which has joined with Microsoft in fighting a 2013 FBI warrant that seeks access to personal data on Microsoft's Irish servers as part of a case being investigated.

The warrant, issued by a New York judge, is being seen as a test of Europe's resolve to protect its citizens' and companies' data against police forces abroad acting outside existing international treaties. "The Commission has brought this point to the attention of the US authorities on several occasions and is resolute to further insist on finding a solution to this question," she said.

Ms Jourova was responding to a formal question on the issue by a Portuguese member of the European Parliament, Carlos Coelho.

Mr Coelho had asked whether the US legal warrant ordering Microsoft to hand over information stored in Ireland, violates EU data protection law. He also asked whether the the EU would "intervene".

However, it is not clear that Ms Jourova's statement will have any legal impact on the case, which is due to be heard later this year.

The case could have profound effects on the safety and privacy of data of European citizens, as many of the most-used internet services are US companies. Most European countries' data protection laws guarantee privacy from foreign governments seizing control.

However, if the US court action against Microsoft succeeds without a legal response from the EU, it could nullify legal protections currently relied on by European companies and citizens.

US companies and administrative bodies could access European corporations' data, as well as private information held by Irish and European citizens.

The Microsoft transatlantic legal battle is being fought ag
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Student group demands California university rename building after convicted cop killer

March 19, 2015

Students demand UC Berkeley rename building after cop killer

A black student organization at the University of California at Berkeley is demanding the university rename a building on campus after Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther, convicted cop killer and the first woman named to the FBI's Most-Wanted Terrorist List.

A jury convicted Shakur of killing a New Jersey State Trooper in 1979. She escaped prison and fled to Cuba. The FBI calls her a domestic terrorist. In 2013, the agency added her to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List, alongside several members of Al Qaeda, airline hijackers and bombers.

But to the Black Student Union at Berkeley, Shakur is an "icon of resistance within oppressed communities (who) represents black resilience in the face of state-sanctioned violence." They demanded the university rename Barrows Hall, named after former Chancellor David Barrows, "Shakur Hall." In 2013, Shakur declared her innocence and called her trial in 1979 a legal lynching by an all-white jury. Shakur, formerly known as Joann Chesimard, belonged to the Black Liberation Army at the time of the shooting.

"We want the renaming for someone -- Assata Shakur -- who we feel like represents us as black students," said Black Student Union spokesman Cori McGowens. "Black students on campus have a feeling of isolation, marginalization. We're at a crisis on campus."

The renaming of Barrows Hall is just one of 10 demands the Black Student Union delivered to Berkeley Chancellor Nick Dirks last month.

They're also demanding a meeting place solely for black students, $300,371 for two black admissions staff focused on black recruiting, $113,932 for another staffer to handle black retention, two black psychologists who understand the "racially hostile campus," two black advisers to mentor black athletes and a fully-funded 'Get into Graduate School' mentoring program.

"I came to Berkeley and I thought that it was a progressive liberal environment, but the N-word was written on the dorm wall and my white professors were openly using the N-word," said senior Blake Simons. "So that's part of my experience here is feeling marginalized."

University officials met with the groups last week. While not agreeing to honor Shakur, Chancellor Dirks did apologize, saying, "Too many (black) students have told us about being excluded from study groups, ignored during class discussions, verbally harassed at parties and social events, and feeling, in a general sense, vulnerable, isolated and invisible. This is something we deplore."

African-American students at Berkeley already have 33 campus organizations dedicated to their well-being, from fraternities and sororities, to a African Theme Program, an African American Studies Department, an African Arts Society, a Black Campus Ministries, Finance Guild and Pre-Law Society.

But that isn't the point, say students.

"We definitely need more resources for underrepresented minorities on campus," says senior Amanda Burke. "I know personally people who suffer micro-aggressions on a daily basis at Cal and it's something that's kind of gone ignored by a lot of people."

Some black students cite a mock lynching last year at one fraternity. However, a police investigation later revealed the hanging effigy on Halloween was meant to be a zombie, not an African-American.

Still, McGowens said it was difficult to succeed academically because of the anti-black atmosphere.

"There are a lot of black students that apply --get into Cal -- who don't want to come for that reason," he said. "Because the environment isn't welcoming. It isn't safe for black students. So we feel like as black students we are the most marginalized on campus."

After Chancellor Dirks "defaulted" on the group's March 6 deadline, the Black Student Union said it would "persevere" until they get what they "deserve."

Of UC Berkeley's 36,000 enrolled students, roughly 3 percent are black, 40 percent are Asian, 30 percent are
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Colorado Bill Would Impose Penalty On Police Interfering With Citizen Recording

In contrast to Texas legislation introduced by state representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) that would penalize a citizen for filming police activity within a proposed 15-foot area, lawmakers in Colorado have introduced a bill that would penalize police officers for obstructing, seizing or destroying citizen recording.

House Bill 15-1290 is one of several measures that have been introduced this month in Colorado in an effort to increase police oversight. HB 15-1290 “creates a private right of action against a peace officer’s employing law enforcement agency if a person records an incident involving a peace officer and a peace officer destroys the recording or seizes the recording without receiving consent or obtaining a warrant or if the peace officer intentionally interferes with the recording or retaliates against the person making the recording. The person who recorded the peace officer incident is entitled to actual damages, a civil penalty of $15,000, and attorney fees and costs.”
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Agent of Change
Jack Ryan's Odyssey From the FBI to the Peace Movement

In 1970 Jack Ryan, a 32-year-old special agent for the FBI, was assigned to a stakeout set up to capture two of the nation's most notorious fugitives: antiwar activist priests Daniel and Philip Berrigan. The Berrigan brothers had gone underground after being sentenced to three years in prison for destroying draft-board records in Catonsville, Maryland. Their mother had been admitted to a hospital in Syracuse, New York, and there was suspicion that her sons might come to visit.

Ryan, a former seminarian, had "funny feelings" about the prospect of apprehending a pair of priests. "But I stereotyped them as not on my side. I thought, they certainly don't represent my church. The people I knew were in tune with me, including my pastor. I thought that if I did have to arrest them, I would be more respectful of the priesthood than they were." Ryan didn't get the chance to find out, because the Berrigans never showed up.

Two decades later, Ryan, now 53, relates this story from the crumbling front porch of a rambling old rectory nestled between an abandoned Catholic church and school in a run-down neighborhood of Peoria. This is the Catholic Worker house, an emergency shelter for homeless women and children where Ryan has worked as a volunteer for the last nine years and lived for the last year and a half. A tall, amiable man with a full crop of silvery hair and a round, unmistakably Irish mug, he speaks in soft, deliberate tones. He chuckles occasionally as he attempts to retrace the unlikely steps that brought his thinking more in line with the beliefs of the Berrigans than those of his erstwhile mentor J. Edgar Hoover.

After a 21-year FBI career in which he earned 55 letters of commendation and appreciation for his skill at cultivating Mafia informants, Ryan has put down his gun and adopted a philosophy of nonviolence. Like the Berrigans before him, he is now vigorously opposed to U.S. foreign policy. But while the Berrigans were once fugitives from justice, Ryan is a pursuer of it.

Five years ago, he challenged the wisdom of an FBI investigation, and since then he's been paying the price. In 1986 a group of peace activists vandalized military recruiting offices in Chicago to protest U.S. aid to the contras in Nicaragua. The FBI viewed the vandals as terrorists, but Ryan was convinced they were simply pacifists. In September 1987, less than a year before he was eligible to retire with a full pension, Ryan, a father of four, was fired for insubordination and for violating his oath of loyalty to the United States. Although he had put in more than the requisite 20 years of service to earn a full pension, he was nine months short of 50, the minimum retirement age.

Ryan thinks he deserves to be reinstated or at least to receive his pension. He filed a religious-discrimination suit against the Department of Justice, and any day now three federal appeals court judges will decide whether he is right.

In 1956 David Ryan, a Peoria physician, died of a heart attack at the age of 45. He left his wife and 11 children "next to nothing," according to Jack, his oldest son, who was then a senior at Peoria's Spalding High School, home of the Spalding Irish. "He had a monstrous practice, a 23-hour day, but a lot of people couldn't pay their bills. He did a lot of service in the South End, treating blacks and the Chinese community." Although he describes his father as "ideologically very conservative" and "staunchly anticommunist," Ryan says he was also "a real champion of the underdog. He had a tremendous influence on me. I often wonder where he would be today in his thinking."

Ryan says he was "shattered" but not angry about his father's death. "I just saw it in the grand plan of things that this is the way it's supposed to be. There was no question he had gone to heaven, so I knew I should be happy. In fact, I felt bad that I didn't feel happy." A few days after the funeral, Ryan made an announcement to his mother and ten younger brothers and sisters. "I felt bad I hadn't said anything sooner. I wished I had told my dad." It was an announcement that would have pleased him immensely. After graduation, Ryan planned to enter the seminary.

Four years later, after completing his undergraduate degree, Ryan came to the painful conclusion that he wasn't cut out for the priesthood. "It was 1959, before Vatican II. Looking back, it might just as well have been 1859 or 1759, because the same things were taught. Plus the celibacy thing was a big part of it." Ryan returned home, feeling like "a real failure." If his mother, who had begun working "dozens of jobs" to support the family, was disappointed in him, she didn't show it. "She's always been supportive of everything her kids do. She's also very good at any kind of denial."

Ryan says he didn't question the teachings of the church, only the strength of his own faith. He soon redeemed himself by getting a job with the Peoria Police Department. Over the next seven years he worked as a cop with an interruption for military service guarding nuclear missile sites in upstate New York. "Those were two dead, useless years," he says, but during that period he read books about Senator Joseph McCarthy, who had been a hero to his father, and solidified his conservative political and religious beliefs.

Ryan made an effort to keep in touch with friends from the seminary, but doing so proved to be difficult. "Gradually a rift appeared. This was the early 60s, when the whole church ripped in half. I was in the old half without knowing it. Although I had latched onto the progressive faction when I was in the seminary, after I left I got frozen in time. My own sister married an ex-priest. I thought that was scandalous. I still considered myself progressive, but it scared the hell out of me when I saw what some of my friends were doing--getting involved in the civil rights movement, labor issues, and then the peace movement. The ones who remained in the priesthood, who were locked into the old church, were the ones I didn't admire. My old friends, the ones I looked up to, were becoming leftists." Ryan now believes that had he stayed in the seminary, "I would have been one of them." Instead he became "a dyed-in-the-wool Barry Goldwater conservative. I more or less wore my religion on my sleeve."

In the mid-60s a priest told Ryan that his background made him an ideal candidate for the FBI. Ryan was surprised, because he believed the notion long fostered by J. Edgar Hoover that FBI agents had to be lawyers or accountants. He applied and was accepted. On February 28, 1966, Ryan became an FBI agent. It was, he says, "a dream fulfilled."

The dream of being an FBI agent quickly collided with the reality. Just as Ryan's time in the seminary preceded Vatican II, his first six years at the FBI coincided with Hoover's last days, when women were still prohibited from being agents and less than one-half of one percent of all agents were black. Ryan quickly became aware of Hoover's obsession with compiling dubious crime statistics, often at the expense of meaningful investigations. "All the bureau seemed to do when I came in was chase stolen cars. We had these menial crimes we chased after to justify our existence." He encountered an impenetrable bureaucracy with "ungodly job titles like 'the number-one assistant to the number-two man,'" and a dizzying blizzard of procedures and regulations, right down to having to account for every photocopy he made. For someone who had joined the nation's most elite law enforcement organization eager to fight crime, it could have been disillusioning.

But Ryan was not disillusioned. Although he regarded Hoover as "a petty thief," he found solace in the fact that "everyone made fun of him except the real hard core and the former clerks," a loyal breed of homebred agents who rise slowly through the bureaucracy to hold the majority of FBI management positions. For nine of his first ten years, Ryan was assigned to the Albany Division, working out of a "resident agency" in Utica. The FBI has 55 divisions, which oversee some 500 low-security resident agencies, usually staffed by a handful of agents who operate with little direct supervision and report to the special agent in charge (SAC) of the division or his assistant (ASAC). After handling general criminal matters his first two years, Ryan was assigned almost exclusively to organized crime, which for the FBI under Hoover had a decidedly low priority.

He says he loved the work, despite the frustrations of being pulled off mob investigations to handle what he considered trivial cases, including tracking down draft resisters. "I hated doing that. Not because I had any sympathy for them but because it was crummy work." Any reservations he had about the job were more than compensated for by the sense of power that comes with being an FBI agent. He and his wife, Peggy, bought a house in Utica and started a family. They socialized with other agents and their wives. Ryan dutifully attended mass and became president of his parish men's club.

In March 1971, on the night of the first Ali-Frazier fight, a group of people calling itself the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI broke into a resident agency in Media, Pennsylvania, and stole about 1,000 pages of files. The burglary amounted to a knockout blow for Hoover, who died a year later, and at least a temporary knockdown for the FBI. Over the next two months, the Media documents were sent piecemeal to the Washington Post and New York Times, both of which published them over the objections of Hoover and Attorney General John Mitchell. They provided unassailable evidence of what many people had long suspected: the FBI was conducting unwarranted surveillance of ordinary citizens. The papers also showed that the bureau was targeting black student organizations.

Evidence uncovered later in the 70s proved that the FBI, through its clandestine COINTELPRO and BLACKPRO campaigns, had conducted throughout the 60s a variety of illegal activities, including burglary, illegal wiretapping, false arrests, forgery, disinformation, fabrication of evidence, and creation of bogus political groups, to undermine the civil rights movement and stifle political dissent. Using paid informants with shady credentials to infiltrate groups and act as provocateurs, the FBI effectively neutralized groups such as the Socialist Workers Party. They decimated the Black Panther Party, even attempting to dupe rising Chicago gang leader Jeff Fort into killing Illinois Panther chairman Fred Hampton. (That effort failed, of course, but the job was later carried out by a special unit of the Chicago Police, working with a floor plan of Hampton's apartment provided by a paid FBI informant who infiltrated the Panthers and became Hampton's bodyguard.)

Although the Media-papers revelations were tame compared with subsequent disclosures of FBI malfeasance, they generated widespread outrage. Ryan was similarly outraged, but for entirely different reasons.

"My first reaction [to the burglary] was shock and anger that someone had invaded our space." His next reaction was fear that someone outside the FBI might see his files. Not because they were top secret, but because much of the information in them simply wasn't true.

Ryan and other agents in Utica regularly fabricated information, sometimes inventing fictional informants. "At that time every agent had to have a paid ghetto informant. So you'd get the first black person you could find. You'd get his birth date, address, license number and sign him up. I'm sure the janitor in that office building in Media was listed as an informant, because the janitor in our building certainly was, even though he didn't know it."

Intelligence obtained through illegal wiretaps was sometimes attributed to these fictitious informants. But in many cases, Ryan says, "There was nothing sinister about it. All we were trying to do was fool our inspectors." He explains at considerable length the constraints under which FBI agents operate, describing a Kafka-esque system wherein agents, pressured by their supervisors--who in turn are pressured by their supervisors--must temporarily suspend their investigations to write case reports.

"You'd find yourself in a bind every month of your career. In Utica, we used to laugh about our 'magic typewriter.' We'd all fight for it. You'd put the paper in, type the case heading, then close your eyes. Something would always come out. That would get you something on file or a lead to send to some other office." With agents at other offices busy writing their own reports, presumably replete with more flights of fancy, it might take two or three months to get a response. "The whole FBI was just flooded with this stuff," Ryan says. "It had nothing to do with anything."

Although Ryan sometimes became exasperated with the bureau, his misgivings had nothing to do with ideology or FBI tactics. "I had no problem with illegal wiretaps. We had illegal wiretaps galore. The lying didn't bother me, the spying didn't bother me. The whole Watergate thing didn't bother me--just the fact that they got caught."

The only thing that did bother him was "the games you had to play to justify your existence." These games, he says, limited the time he could spend doing the work he enjoyed--ha
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"Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword," by David Shipler. Knopf. 311 pages.

Every American loves freedom of speech. That is, until someone offends your sensibilities, “endangers” your children, expresses a political opinion you find abhorrent, or blows the whistle on wrongdoing in security agencies that are supposed to protect us. Pulitzer Prize-winner David K. Shipler has written a vibrant analysis of our ambivalent relationship with the single most important right we have under the U.S. Constitution. After all, if we can’t talk about what’s wrong with the country, what will be right with it?
A 22-year veteran of The New York Times and the author of six previous books, Shipler writes with crisp, concise earnestness as he illustrates the conflicts that constipate the national discourse today. In defense of their liberties, conservatives rail against government interference but object to certain kinds of speech on moral or political
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Security issues for Iowa caucus

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The New Ideas Forum to raise the level of Iowans’ understanding of current national security issues will be from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, at the St. Ambrose University Rogalski Center, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport.
The event is co-sponsored by the Quad-City Times, St. Ambrose University, and the Quad-City Chamber of Commerce.
Iowa has a unique status as the first presidential caucus state, and speakers will focus on questions Iowans should ask presidential candidates sweeping through the state.
Speakers include Ray McGovern, a retired CIA analyst turned political activist, who was a CIA analyst from 1963 to 1990, and in the 1980s, chaired National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the president's daily brief. Coleen Rowley, an Iowa native, is the retired FBI agent whistleblower after 9/11 on the FBI’s failures. Between them, they have over 51 years of service in different levels of the two best-known U.S. intelligence agencies. Since leaving the agencies, they have worked for new ideas for peace and justice.

The McGovern/Rowley Iowa speaking tour, dubbed "The Truth Shall Make You Free," is sponsored by the three Iowa chapters of Veterans for Peace and 31 other organizations. The itinerary includes nine cities and seven institutions of higher learning, starting Thursday, Sept. 24, in Dubuque and ending Wednesday, Sept. 30 in Des Moines.
For more information, contact Paul Foley at 563 333-6025 or at FoleyPaulJ@sau.edu or John Ivens 563-503-0564 or at bsnevister@gmail.com.
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