2019-04-08: Social Media Postees

Trump Sacks DHS Secretary Nielsen
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-08
The USA Patriot Act was written months before 9/11, kept on the shelf, ready to be enacted into law following the mother of all false flags. | Numerous other police state laws, executive orders, presidential and homeland security directives, congressional authorization …

Sec. of State Pompeo Protecting Bush Jr. from War Crimes Prosecution (Pt 1/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-08
With the revocation of the ICC Chief Prosecutor's US visa, Pompeo and Bolton are trying to make sure that high-level US government officials are never prosecuted for war crimes committed in Afghanistan or elsewhere, says Law Prof. Francis Boyle…

Sec. of State Pompeo Protects Bush Jr. from War Crimes Prosecution (Pt 2/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-08
With the revocation of the ICC Chief Prosecutor's US visa, Pompeo and Bolton are trying to make sure that no high-level US government officials are ever prosecuted for war crimes in Afghanistan and elsewhere, says Law Prof. Francis Boyle…

Pardon the Confusion! Aid to Central America and the "Crisis" at the Border
James Phillips | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-08
The Trump Administration says there is a crisis at the U.S. border with Mexico. The President is frustrated with the governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador because they have not done enough to stop emigration from their countries, despite U.S. aid. The State Department announced that it will stop some U.S. aid to these countries. News reports indicate that the aid to be cut is economic and humanitarian, but that "security"aid (to police and military) will be maintained. In fact, just before the State Department announcement, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary signed a joint agreement with the gover…

As Black Activists Protested Police Killings, Homeland Security Worried They Might Join ISIS
Alice Speri | theintercept.com | 2019-04-08
As nationwide protests against police killings of black men began rolling across the country in 2014, federal and local law enforcement who were closely monitoring protesters' online activities repeatedly expressed a bizarre concern: that the mostly black activists demanding an end to police violence in the U.S. might join with Islamic fundamentalist groups promoting violence abroad. | That concern was unequivocally baseless, and no evidence ever emerged to substantiate it. Still, documents obtained by the government transparency group Property of the People, which were shared exclusively with The Intercept, reve…

Cameroon Tightens Screws on Opposition
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-08
Cameroonian opposition leader Maurice Kamto was arrested in Douala on January 28, 2019 for what appears to be politically motivated reasons. | © 2018 PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Image | In a crackdown on both the opposition and the right to assemble, Cameroonian authorities have banned a week of demonstrations planned by the opposition Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC) party. | On April 5, the Ministry of the Territorial Administration issued a press release banning the demonstrations between April 6 and 13, accus…

Headlines for April 8, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-08
Kirstjen Nielsen Steps Down as DHS Secretary, Gov't: It May Take 2 Years to Reunite Separated Migrant Families, NY Man Arrested for Threatening to Murder Rep. Ilhan Omar, Trump Attacks Migrants, Rep. Omar in Speech to Conservative Jewish Group, Arizona: Man Dies in ICE Custody After Exhibiting Flu Symptoms, Yemen: Air Raid Kills At Least 13 Civilians, Incl. 7 Children in Sana'a, Netanyahu Says He Will Annex West Bank Settlements If Re-elected, Libya: 21 People Killed as Renegade Force Advances on Tripoli, Sudan: Security Forces Crack Down on Growing Popular Uprising, U.S. Labels Iran Revolutionary Guard as Terror…

UN special rapporteur warns the Tory government about torture and press freedom
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-04-08
United Nations special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer has warned Britain's Conservative government about possible violations of the human rights of a journalist. Melzer … | Read more UN special rapporteur warns the Tory government about torture and press freedom | By James Wright…

Tanzanian Journalist's Disappearance Remains Unsolved
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-08
Azory Gwanda. | © Mwananchi Publications Limited | It has been more than 500 days since Azory Gwanda, a journalist for the privately-owned media company Mwananchi Communications, went missing under murky circumstances in Tanzania. The Committee to Protect Journalists is calling on the Tanzanian government to prove it is carrying out credible investigations into his disappearance. | In November 2017, Anna Pinoni reported to police that her husband was missing. She said h…

Flipped cars & tear gas: Chaos follows Texas Tech's historic basketball victory (VIDEOS)
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-07
Celebrations following Texas Tech's Final Four victory over Michigan State promptly escalated into rioting, with flipped cars and police deploying tear gas to disperse the crowd. | …

Pensacola community reacts to Escambia County cops' illegal entry
Sarah Brummet, Estevan Hernandez, RJ Hightower, and Mallory Luana | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-06
Police arrest and manhandle Black man without a warrant.

April Fool's gag goes awry as YouTuber arrested for impersonating officer (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-06
What was originally planned as a hilarious April Fool's prank seriously backfired for one YouTuber after he was arrested for impersonating a police officer in Sarasota, Florida. | …

When It Comes to the Death Penalty, the Supreme Court Legalized Torture Long Ago
Liliana Segura | theintercept.com | 2019-04-06
Months before the U.S. Supreme Court sparked fresh outrage over the death penalty by upholding the planned execution of a man who risks drowning in his own blood, Justice Stephen Breyer invited Missouri Solicitor General D. John Sauer to consider the matter "as a person rather than a lawyer." | It was November 2018. Oral arguments in Bucklew v. Precythe were about halfway done. The issue at hand: Russell Bucklew, condemned to die for a murder and rape committed in 1996, suffered from a rare medical condition calle…

Cop Caught on Camera Assaulting a Pizza Worker, City Won't Say if He's Still on the Force
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-05
Despite promise of reforms the Baltimore Police Department continues to keep personal records secret, even when an officer is convicted of a crime…

Willie McCoy Should Be Alive Today
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-05
We need use of force bills to pass in California and nationwide to change police standards. | The events that led to the murder of Willie McCoy by City of Vallejo police began with a 911 call came from a Taco Bell employee. In the recording, the employee sounds perplexed: "I have a person unresponsive to car horn honks in my drive-through," he said. He then added, "He's unresponsive. I've already had, like people try to knock on the window. I have no idea what's going on." The dispatcher sent out Vallejo police officers for what's known as a "wellness check." Officers arrived…

Headlines for April 5, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-05
Congress Approves Resolution to End U.S. Support for War on Yemen, Report Blames Ethiopian Crash on Boeing 737 MAX Software Failure, Boeing CEO Apologizes for Crashes That Killed 346 People, Trump Threatens Mexico with Auto Tariffs over Migration, Migrants Say Mexico Is Denying Humanitarian Visas Under U.S. Pressure, 280 Arrested in Texas ICE Raid as Trump Heads to Border, Rogue Libyan General Advances on Tripoli, Mozambique Faces Food Emergency as Cholera Cases Mount, House Reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act Over NRA Objections, Trump to Nominate Herman Cain to Federal Reserve Board, Trump Pushed for Speedy…

I Was Arrested and Detained for Passing Out Fliers Near a Courthouse
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-05
The government has no business criminalizing political speech just because it happens outside a courthouse. | In the land of the free, people still get arrested for speaking out about what they believe in., , A little over a year ago, I was arrested and detained for 10 hours in New York City because I was handing out leaflets advocating jury nullification. I was arrested under a state law that makes it a crime to talk about judicial proceedings within 200 feet of a courthouse. I filed a First Amendment lawsuit because political speech shouldn't be a crime, no matter where it takes place. | Jury nullification is a…

Tampa Bay students rally against Trump's wall and demand protections for undocumented students
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-05
Tampa, FL – The Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a rally April 3 to stand against the U.S.-Mexico border wall and demand protections for immigrant students at the University of South Florida (USF). One of these protections is non-deputization of campus police to enforce immigration policy. The event featured a mock border wall, symbolizing the recent attacks on immigrants by the U.S. government. | "USF needs to stand by its undocumented and immigrant students to make its claims of diversity true. USF has to become noncompliant with federal agencies like the Department of Homeland…

A Black Woman Said She Was Afraid of the Police. A Nearly All-White Disciplinary Panel Said We Don't Believe You
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-04-05
A New Jersey state ethics panel has recommended a six-month suspension for a school board member whose tense 2018 encounter with a cop went viral.

An ex-soldier cleared of terrorism charges for fighting Daesh is detained by police returning from holiday
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2019-04-05
Jim Matthews, a former soldier cleared of terrorism charges for joining the fight against Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) in Northern Syria has accused the UK police … | Read more An ex-soldier cleared of terrorism charges for fighting Daesh is detained by police returning from holiday | By Emily Apple…

Baltimore Emphasized Policing Over Recreation, and it Failed
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-04
The rise of police spending at the expense of recreation centers is under fire from community activists as Baltimore continues to grapple with record levels of violence…

The Invisible People: France's Yellow Vest Revolt Against Macron & Elites Reaches 20 Weeks
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-04
Yellow vest protesters took to the streets of Paris on Saturday for the 20th straight week of anti-government demonstrations, in spite of the French authorities' crackdown on the movement. Last month, the French government deployed military forces and banned protesters from marching on the Champs-Élysées and in other areas, after clashes with the police, nearly 200 arrests and damage to businesses by some protesters. Police used tear gas and water cannons on crowds in Paris. More than 33,000 demonstrators nationwide joined the demonstrations Saturday, down from nearly 300,000 in November, according to government…

Hopkins Students Sit-In to Oppose University's Private Police and ICE Contract
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-04
The protestors say they will occupy Hopkins until officials end the militarization of its campus…

State Data Law Heightens Privacy Protection for Virginians
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-04
This week a judge in Fairfax County banned police from creating privacy-eroding databases using information gathered from license plate readers. | Powerful new technologies make mass surveillance easier than ever for law enforcement. One such technology, automatic license plate readers (ALPRs), capture location data that can reveal people's religious, political, sexual, medical, and social activities. For years, law enforcement agencies across the country have collected and stored this data with very little oversight and few legal…

We Are Fighting Maricopa County's Rampant Prosecutorial Misconduct
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-04
The Arizona Supreme Court has a chance to address the way prosecutors use and abuse their power and hold them accountable. | The Arizona Supreme Court will soon consider the misconduct of one of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's top prosecutors: Juan Martinez. Martinez gained national notoriety when he prosecuted Jodi Arias for murder in 2008, but his aggressive and often unethical conduct was well-known in Arizona well before then…

The Tale of a 'Deep State Target'
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-04
Daniel Lazare reviews George Papadopoulos's book about his misadventures with a nest of intelligence agents. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News Now that Russian collusion is dead and buried thanks to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, the big question is… Read more ?…

ICE Is Teaming With North Carolina Republicans to Fight Pro-Immigrant Sheriffs
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-04-04
The First Amendment to the Constitution serves as something of a gauge for our national priorities. Embedded in there is the right of the people "to petition the government for a redress of grievances." | But what if the government itself is aggrieved? No government agency feels more under siege lately than U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and in North Carolina, it's helping the government do something about that. | Over the course of four days in February, federal immigration officials arrested more than 220 u…

Headlines for April 4, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-04
Republican "Nuclear Option" Will Speed Confirmation of Trump's Judges, House Committee Authorizes Subpoena for Full Mueller Report, House Committee Asks IRS for Six Years of Trump's Tax Returns, Immigrant Activist Claudio Rojas Deported Ahead of Miami Film Premiere, Suspect in New Zealand Mosque Massacres to Face 50 Murder Charges, Australian Senator Censured over "Appalling" NZ Massacre Remarks, White Power Graffiti Found Near Site of Highlander Center Fire, Felony Charges Dropped Against African-American Victim of Dallas Attack, Blast at Texas Chemical Plant Kills 1, Injures 2, Trump Falsely Claims That Windmil…

SPLC seeks release of detained journalist whose work challenged ICE, a year after he was arrested
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-04-04
Memphis journalist Manuel Duran filed a habeas petition yesterday, seeking his immediate release from detention.

BREAKING: Assange 'Will Be' Arrested in 'Hours to Days,' WikiLeaks Says
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-04
WikiLeaks has quoted a "high-level" Ecuadorian government source as saying that Julian Assange could be imminently expelled from Ecuador's London embassy and that Quito has an agreement with the UK to arrest him. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News… Read more ?…

Supreme Court Deems Torture Of Prisoners During Executions Permissible
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-03
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Missouri may use lethal injection against a prisoner with a medical condition that will cause him to choke to death on his blood.

Azerbaijan: Youth Activist Freed, Then Re-arrested
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-03
(Berlin) — Azerbaijani authorities re-arrested a youth activist two weeks after he was pardoned for a bogus drug conviction and freed, Human Rights Watch said today. | The activist, Bayram Mammadov, is a member of NIDA (Azeri for "Exclamation Mark"), a youth opposition movement that typically is highly critical of the government. He had been serving the10-year sentence since May 2016 on bogus drug possession charges after spraying satirical graffi…

Activists in Oshkosh, WI host vigil for Amber Evans
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-03
Oshkosh, WI – On March 31, local activists and members of United Action Oshkosh (UAO) held a vigil to honor and commemorate the life and work of activist Amber Evans. | Evans, whose body had been identified a week prior after being pulled from the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio, was a 28-year-old organizer involved heavily with movements such as Black Lives Matter, the Juvenile Justice Coalition, the People's Justice Project, and local anti-fascist projects. | Gathering in the Opera House Square in downtown Oshkosh, attendees of the vigil held a moment of silence for two minutes, symbolizing the two months…

Headlines for April 2, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-02
Whistleblower: WH Security Clearances Reversed Despite Serious Concerns, Senate Shoots Down Disaster Relief Bills as Fight over Puerto Rico Aid Intensifies, Trump: GOP Planning "Really Great" Healthcare Plan for After 2020 Election, U.K.: Lawmakers Shoot Down 4 Brexit Options as Impasse Continues, Algeria: Pres. Bouteflika to Resign as Protesters Call for Systemic Changes, West Bank: Israelis Shoot and Kill Palestinian Man During Raid, Brunei: U.N. Raises Alarm as LGBT Community Threatened by Death Penalty Law, SCOTUS Rules Against Man Who Says Lethal Injection Would Feel Like Torture, U.S.-Mexico Border Shutdown…

America's Pretrial System Is Broken. Here's Our Vision to Fix It
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-02
We envision a country where pretrial incarceration is all but eliminated. | Every year, millions of people are arrested, required to pay money bail they cannot afford, separated from their families and loved ones, or subjected to long periods of incarceration based on the mere accusation of a crime. This all occurs while people are presumed innocent under the law. Black and brown people, their loved ones, and those without the economic resources to thrive suffer the worst harms. | Yet while there is broad consensus that our money bail system is in dir…

43 Years: Meet the Man Held in Solitary Confinement Longer Than Any Prisoner in U.S. History
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-29
Albert Woodfox is a former political prisoner who was held in solitary confinement for 43 years until he won his freedom just over three years ago. Now he is traveling the world and joins us in studio to discuss his new memoir, "Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope." ‚Ä®‚Ä®In it, he writes about his childhood and how his mother struggled to keep the family cared for, how as a teenager and young man he was in and out of jails and prisons, and how he became radicalized when he met members of the Black Panther Party and went on…

Solitary Confinement: Inhumane, Ineffective, and Wasteful
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-28
Around the world and increasingly in the United States, there's a growing consensus that solitary confinement of incarcerated persons is, at best, an ineffective and inhumane practice with little or no carceral benefit and, at worst, outright torture.

Mass Incarceration Since 1492: Native American Encounters With Criminal Injustice
James Kilgore | shadowproof.com | 2019-03-27
Critical accounts of police abuse and mass incarceration overlook structural violence visited upon Native peoples for centuries, and how it relates to and differs from Black peoples' experiences.

A message to SPLC supporters
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-26
My name is Bryan Fair. I'm an African-American professor of constitutional law.

Discrediting the Yellow vests: why Macron will not resign so easily
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-25
In France, on Saturday, March 23, the Yellow Vests held another demonstration — Act XIX. According to the French Ministry of Internal Affairs, at least 40,500 people protested across France (5000 of them in Paris). Clashes with the police occurred in Nice, Lyon, Toulouse, Montpellier and Paris. 19th week of #GiletsJaunes protests across France 'Peaceful …

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