Jul. 15, 2013

anogoodrabblerouser:

Choke on a drumstick, asshole.

(Source: sandandglass, via vegancatinist)

#vegan #animals #the daily show #ag gag bills #the green scare #civil liberties


Jul. 6, 2013
crudo-soy:

AMERICA

crudo-soy:

AMERICA

(Source: bikeswarm, via veganomalous)

#police #dogs #animals #murder #spying #civil liberties #protect and serve my ass


Jul. 2, 2013

adoptpets:

‘All he did was love me’: Heartbreaking moment police shoot and kill dog that was defending owner when officers arrested him for FILMING them

  • Leon Rosby, 52, was walking his dog and video-tapping a police scene when he was arrested for obstruction of justice
  • He locked his dog in the car with the windows rolled down, and while being arrested the dog escaped
  • A police officer shot the dog when it ran over to his owner
  • Rosby is now in the process of filing a suit against the police department for killing his dog

A video posted yesterday on YouTube shows the grisly shooting of a dog by a police officer in Hawthorne, California.

The 130-pound, 3-year-old Rottweiler named Max was shot to death after he escaped through a window in a parked car and ran over to his master, Leon Rosby, who was being arrested for filming the scene on his phone. 

The video (watch original on YouTube) shows Rosby, 52, walking his dog Sunday around 7 p.m. near a house with several police squad cars parked outside. 

He is seen filming the scene in order ‘to make sure nobody’s civil rights were being violated,’ he told DailyBreeze.com.

Rosby is then seen talking to a pair of police officers in the distance. 

Hawthorne Police Lt Scott Swain said that officers were warning Rosby to turn down the music in his car.

‘It’s distracting the officers. It’s interfering with what they are able to hear,’ Lt Swain said. ‘It’s not just a party call. It’s an armed robbery call. The officers need to hear what’s going on with the people being called out of the residence. That music in his car is bleeding over and it’s distracting them.’

A neighbor who witnessed the event said they heard Rosby yell ‘It’s my (expletive) radio!’ to officers.

But Rosby said that didn’t happen because as a Christian he doesn’t swear.

‘I do apologize if I didn’t immediately comply,’ Rosby said. ‘The music may have been a little loud but I was complying.’

Eventually the two officers start walking towards Rosby, who puts Max into his car where the windows are rolled down. Rosby seems to calmly walk over to the officers and turn around, volunteering himself for arrest.

As the officers put handcuffs on Rosby, the dog starts barking and manages to jump out of the car. Another police officer comes over and looks like he’s trying to grab the leash when the dog jumps up and the officer shoots him several times

‘He literally killed my puppy I had since he was 6 weeks old,’ Rosby said.

In the video, Rosby is noticeably upset.

‘I was crying and hollering, “My dog! Max! Max!”’

Rosby doesn’t understand why police didn’t let him go to properly secure his dog, or why they continued to arrest him after he put the dog in the car - a sign that he was leaving.

‘There was no way Max should have died like that,’ Rosby said. ‘Max was only protecting his master. He was trying to stop them from beating on me.’

‘All he did was love me,’ he added.

Lt Swain, however, alleges that the officers were also looking out for Rosby.

‘I know it’s the dog’s master, and more than likely not going to attack him, (but) we’ve got a guy handcuffed that’s kind of defenseless. We have a duty to defend him too,’ Swain said.

Rosby was held overnight in jail on suspicion of obstruction of justice and released at 5 AM the next day.

Rosby says that police would not return his dog’s body to him.

His attorney Michael Gulden says that Rosby is planning on filing a lawsuit against the Hawthorne Police Department.

Apparently this isn’t the first time that Rosby has had issues with the local police. His prior record includes convictions for resisting arrest, battery and driving under the influence. Rosby, a black man, has filed six complaints alleging mistreatment and racial profiling by the Hawthorn Police.

‘There’s been a pattern of harassment against him and other African-Americans in Hawthorne. Last July, the police responded to his home and beat him unnecessarily, then threw him in jail for no reason. We sued for that. We’ll amend that complaint to include the dog incident,’ Gulden said.

adoptpets: Horrible! This little boy cop just couldn’t wait to fire his gun. The dog even at one point cowers because he’s afraid of what’s going on, and it’s not until the officer tries to grab the dog, which wasn’t the thing to do, when his owner was right there, that the dog starts to lunge at him. The officers should have asked the owner to calm the dog down, or they could have used pepper spray or at the most a taser. Then the officer had to keep shooting even once the dog was down.
Also, when did it become illegal to video tape the cops? Granted the guy was acting like kind of a punk and the music was distracting & it seemed like a tense situation in a rougher part of the neighborhood. That being said, what this guy did didn’t deserve an arrest. I don’t think he was obstructing justice. And the little boy cop overreacted & killed that poor dog. That cop should not be carrying a gun. Fire him!

(via thatvegancosplayer)

#police #dogs #civil liberties #Hawthorne #california #animals #murder #trigger warning #violence


May. 30, 2013

8 Ways Police Can Spy on You Without a Warrant

anarcho-queer:

The U.S. government isn’t allowed to wiretap American citizens without a warrant from a judge. But there are plenty of legal ways for law enforcement, from the local sheriff to the FBI, to snoop on the digital trails you create every day. Authorities can often obtain your emails and texts by going to Google or AT&T with a simple subpoena. Usually you won’t even be notified. The Senate last week took a step toward updating privacy protection for emails, but it’s likely the issue will be kicked to the next Congress. Meantime, here’s how police can track you without a warrant now:

1. Phone Records: Who You Called, When You Call 

How they get it

Listening to your phone calls without a judge’s warrant is illegal if you’re a U.S. citizen. But police don’t need a warrant — which requires  showing “probable cause” of a crime  — to get just the numbers you called and when you called them, as well as incoming calls, from phone carriers. Instead, police can get courts to sign off on a subpoena, which only requires that  the data they’re after is relevant to an investigation  — a  lesser standard of evidence.

What the law says

Police can get phone records without a warrant thanks to  Smith v. Maryland , a Supreme Court ruling in 1979, which found that the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure doesn’t apply to a list of phone numbers. The New York Times  reported last week  that the New York’s police department “has quietly amassed a trove” of call records by routinely issuing subpoenas for them from phones that had been reported stolen. According to The Times, the records “could conceivably be used for any investigative purpose.”

2. Location Data: Your phone is a tracker

How they get it

Many cell phone carriers provide authorities with a phone’s location and may charge a fee for doing so. Cell towers  track where your phone is  at any moment; so can the GPS features in some smartphones. The major cell carriers, including Verizon and AT&T, responded to  at least 1.3 million  law enforcement requests for cell phone locations, text messages and other data in 2011. Internet service providers can also provide location data that tracks users via their computer’s IP address — a unique number assigned to each computer.

What the law says

 Many courts have ruled that police don’t need a warrant from a judge to  get cell phone location data . They only have to show that, under the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act (EPCA), the data contains “specific and articulable facts” related to an investigation — again, a lesser standard than probable cause.  Delaware, Maryland and Oklahoma  have proposed laws that would require police to obtain a warrant for location data; Gov. Jerry Brown of California, a Democrat, vetoed a similar bill in September. Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill championed by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., to update the ECPA, but it would not change how location data is treated.

3. IP Addresses: What computers you use 

How they get it

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and other webmail providers accumulate massive amounts of data about our digital wanderings. A warrant is needed for access to some emails (see below), but not for the IP addresses of the computers used to log into your mail account or surf the Web. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, those records are kept for at least a year.

What the law says

Police can  thank U.S. v. Forrester , a case involving two men trying to set up a drug lab in California, for the ease of access. In  the 2007 case , the government successfully argued that tracking IP addresses was no different than installing a device to track every telephone number dialed by a given phone (which is legal). Police only need a court to sign off on a subpoena certifying that the data they’re after is relevant to an investigation — the same standard as for cell phone records.

 4. Emails: Messages you sent months ago

How they get it

There’s a double standard when it comes to email, one of the most requested types of data. A warrant is needed to get recent emails, but law enforcement can obtain older ones with only a subpoena. Google  says it received  7,969 requests for data — including emails sent through its Gmail service — from U.S. law enforcement in the first half of 2012 alone. Other email providers have not made similar statistics available.

What the law says

This is another area where the ECPA comes into play. The law gives greater protection to recent messages than older ones, using a 180-day cutoff. Only a subpoena is required for emails older than that; otherwise, a warrant is necessary. The Leahy bill would require a warrant to get all emails regardless of age.

5. Email drafts: drafts are different

How they get it

Communicating through draft emails, à la  David Petreaus and Paula Broadwell , seems sneaky. But drafts are actually easier for investigators to get than recently sent emails because the law treats them differently.

What the law says

The ECPA distinguishes between communications — emails, texts, etc. — and stored electronic data. Draft emails fall into the latter, which get less protection under the law. Authorities needs only a subpoena for them. The Leahy bill would change that by requiring a warrant to obtain them.

6. Text messages: As with emails, so with texts

How they get it 

Investigators need only a subpoena, not a warrant, to get text messages more than 180 days old from a cell provider — the same standard as emails. Many carriers charge authorities  a fee  to provide texts and other information. For texts, Sprint charges $30, for example, while Verizon charges $50.

What the law says

The ECPA also applies to text messages, according to Hanni Fakhoury, a lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is why the rules are similar to those governing emails. But the ECPA doesn’t apply when it comes to actually reading texts on someone’s phone rather than getting them from a carrier. State courts have split on the issue.  Ohio’s Supreme Court has ruled that police need a warrant  to view the contents of cell phones of people who’ve been arrested, including texts. But the California Supreme Court has said no warrant is needed. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2010 declined to clear up the matter.

7. Cloud data: documents, photos, and other stuff stored online

How they get it

Authorities typically need only a subpoena to get data from Google Drive, Dropbox, SkyDrive, and other services that allow users to store data on their servers, or “in the cloud,” as it’s known.

What the law says

The law treats cloud data the same as draft emails — authorities don’t need a warrant to get it. But files that you’ve shared with others — say, a collaboration using Google Docs — might require a warrant under the ECPA if it’s considered “communication” rather than stored data. “That’s a very hard rule to apply,” says Greg Nojeim, a senior counsel with the Center for Democracy & Technology. “It actually makes no sense for the way we communicate today.”

8. Social media: The new privacy frontier

How they get it

When it comes to sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, the social networks’ privacy policies dictate how cooperative they are in handing over users’ data. Facebook  says it requires a warrant from a judge to disclose a user’s “messages, photos, videos, wall posts, and location information.” But it will supply basic information, such as a user’s email address or the IP addresses of the computers from which someone recently accessed an account, under a subpoena. Twitter  reported in July  that it had received 679 requests for user information from U.S. authorities during the first six months of 2012. Twitter says that “non-public information about Twitter users is not released except as lawfully required by appropriate legal process such as a subpoena, court order, or other valid legal process.”

What the law says

Courts haven’t issued a definitive ruling on social media. In September, a Manhattan Criminal Court judge upheld a prosecutor’s subpoena  for information from Twitter about an Occupy Wall Street protester arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge in 2011. It was the first time a judge had allowed prosecutors to use a subpoena to get information from Twitter rather than forcing them to get a warrant; the case is ongoing.

(via expandedcirclexvx)

#police #civil liberties #spying


Apr. 30, 2013
will-potter:

GREAT NEWS! All charges against Amy Meyer have been DROPPED! 24 hours after I broke the story about her arrest under “ag-gag” for filming a slaughterhouse, and after a MASSIVE amount of public attention, the prosecutor has dropped all charges against her. It’s not often I get to report good news on this site. So can we get a hell yeah?!
Read about it here:
http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/amy-meyer-charges-dropped/6998/

will-potter:

GREAT NEWS! All charges against Amy Meyer have been DROPPED! 

24 hours after I broke the story about her arrest under “ag-gag” for filming a slaughterhouse, and after a MASSIVE amount of public attention, the prosecutor has dropped all charges against her. 

It’s not often I get to report good news on this site. So can we get a hell yeah?!

Read about it here:

http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/amy-meyer-charges-dropped/6998/

(via veganemelda)

#amy meyer #utah #ag-gag #green scare #activism #civil liberties


Apr. 29, 2013
will-potter:

BREAKING: The first “ag-gag” prosecution is for filming a slaughterhouse from the street.Please REBLOG! Similar bills are pending in multiple states and could pass any day now.“These aren’t hypothetical concerns… the industry is trying to turn off the cameras.”
http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/first-ag-gag-arrest-utah-amy-meyer/6948/

will-potter:

BREAKING: The first “ag-gag” prosecution is for filming a slaughterhouse from the street.

Please REBLOG! Similar bills are pending in multiple states and could pass any day now.

“These aren’t hypothetical concerns… the industry is trying to turn off the cameras.”

http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/first-ag-gag-arrest-utah-amy-meyer/6948/

(via angry-hippo)

#ag-gag #activism #vegan #green scare #capitalism #civil liberties #utah #amy meyer


Apr. 26, 2013
will-potter:

Tony from No Doubt raising awareness of “ag-gag” bills. Very cool. You can watch the interviews he mentions here: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestoryamericas/2013/04/201341083057617468.htmlwww.democracynow.org/2013/4/9/debate_after_activists_covertly_expose_animal

will-potter:

Tony from No Doubt raising awareness of “ag-gag” bills. Very cool. You can watch the interviews he mentions here: 

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestoryamericas/2013/04/201341083057617468.html

www.democracynow.org/2013/4/9/debate_after_activists_covertly_expose_animal

#no doubt #will potter #ag-gag bills #green scare #civil liberties #first amendment #terrorism #twitter


Apr. 17, 2013
will-potter:

URGENT: California’s ag-gag bill exempts factory farms that accidentally record their own abuses. Please REBLOG and call today!

will-potter:

URGENT: California’s ag-gag bill exempts factory farms that accidentally record their own abuses. 

Please REBLOG and call today!

#california #ag-gag bills #green scare #activism #civil liberties #terrorism


Apr. 15, 2013
angry-hippo:



Spotting the Terrorists: How Corporate-Bought Legislation Criminalizes Dissent





When: Thursday, April 18th at 6pm




Where: Seattle University School of Law’s Sullivan Hall, Room C5 (lower level of Sullivan Hall, which is located at 901 12th Ave., Seattle)





In 2004, U.S. Attorney Chris Christie indicted six animal rights activists for violations of an obscure law known as the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. The accused were, in every instance, only charged for speech activity but an anonymous jury found all six to be guilty. Josh Harper will examine the corporate interests behind this prosecution and what it means for protest movements in the United States. Josh Harper is a former political prisoner, longtime activist, and movement archivist. 




Coming up this week! Please share if you have friends in Seattle, and come on out to say hello if you are in the area.

angry-hippo:

Spotting the Terrorists: How Corporate-Bought Legislation Criminalizes Dissent
When: Thursday, April 18th at 6pm
Where: Seattle University School of Law’s Sullivan Hall, Room C5 (lower level of Sullivan Hall, which is located at 901 12th Ave., Seattle)
In 2004, U.S. Attorney Chris Christie indicted six animal rights activists for violations of an obscure law known as the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. The accused were, in every instance, only charged for speech activity but an anonymous jury found all six to be guilty. Josh Harper will examine the corporate interests behind this prosecution and what it means for protest movements in the United States. Josh Harper is a former political prisoner, longtime activist, and movement archivist. 
Coming up this week! Please share if you have friends in Seattle, and come on out to say hello if you are in the area.

(via angry-hippo)

#seattle #green scare #vegan #activism #civil liberties #terrorism


Mar. 16, 2013
fiercenyc:

The NYPD has declared a portion of Flatbush a “Frozen Zone”, meaning media are not allowed in and people can be subjected to arrest for not following police orders. It basically means the area is under temporary martial law. The last times the NYPD declared a Frozen Zone was on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and during the beginning of OWS.Please call 311 to demand that everyone in connection to tonight’s Kimani vigil/march be released from the 71st precinct in Brooklyn. There’s one Malcolm X Grassroots Movement member arrested & two Justice Committee (JC) members arrested. A ton of community members who were at the vigil/march were also arrested. If you have friends/family in NYC please tell them to call 311. If you live in NYC please call 311. Let’s get them free! Please share!
NYPD decided not to release community members and Cop Watchers arrested at the vigil for Kimani “Kiki” Gray. Please call 7182502001 to demand NO charges be brought against all arrested

fiercenyc:

The NYPD has declared a portion of Flatbush a “Frozen Zone”, meaning media are not allowed in and people can be subjected to arrest for not following police orders. It basically means the area is under temporary martial law. The last times the NYPD declared a Frozen Zone was on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and during the beginning of OWS.

Please call 311 to demand that everyone in connection to tonight’s Kimani vigil/march be released from the 71st precinct in Brooklyn. There’s one Malcolm X Grassroots Movement member arrested & two Justice Committee (JC) members arrested. A ton of community members who were at the vigil/march were also arrested. If you have friends/family in NYC please tell them to call 311. If you live in NYC please call 311. Let’s get them free! Please share!

NYPD decided not to release community members and Cop Watchers arrested at the vigil for Kimani “Kiki” Gray. Please call 7182502001 to demand NO charges be brought against all arrested

(via clittyslickers)

#Kimani Gray #nyc #police #civil liberties #protest #activism #race #racism #brooklyn


Mar. 16, 2013
blacksocialjournal:

The NYPD Declares Martial Law in BrooklynThursday, March 14, 2013 20:110(Before It’s News) On the heels of three nights of protests over the police slaying of 16 year old Kimani Gray, the NYPD has turned the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn into a State of Exception, claiming emergency powers to suspend the constitutional guarantees of the citizenry.The people regularly targeted by police harassment and violence, overwhelmingly the city’s poor and minority populations, have taken to the streets to speak out against the NYPD’s draconian tactics. The police have in turn responded with even further harsh measures by suppressing the right of the people to voice dissatisfaction with that very same police force.Cops kettled protesters at Wednesday night’s candlelight vigil, resulting in 46 arrests. Police even arrested Kimani Gray’s distraught sister, Mahnefeh.The NYPD euphemistically calls the public spaces in which the Constitutional rights of the people are suspended “frozen zones.”Allison Kilkenny wrote about the NYPD’s so-called “frozen zones” in December 2011:“The ‘frozen zone’ is an arbitrary, official police business-sounding title that has absolutely zero legal merit. It’s something the NYPD made up, just as the ‘First Amendment zone’ is something [Los Angeles Mayor Antonio] Villaraigosa made up to suppress media coverage of the Occupy raids.”According to FIERCE, the “frozen zone” in East Flatbush is being used to prevent media from covering the protests and arrests. Meanwhile, people inside the “frozen zone” can be subjected to arrest merely by exercising their constitutional rights.“It basically means the area is under temporary martial law,” writes FIERCE. “The last times the NYPD declared a Frozen Zone was on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and during the beginning of OWS.”An arbitrary dictate that arrests protest and free speech, set forth by the institution that is itself the target of the protests, creates a potentially dangerous precedent of placing the NYPD beyond reproach.Occupy Austin reposted this poignant summary of events by Jen Roesch as they were unfolding in Brooklyn last night:“East Flatbush, Brooklyn is under martial law as the NYPD declares it a ‘frozen zone’. Media are being monitored and kept from moving and reporting freely. Dozens of arrests and much brutality. Kimani was shot in the back seven times; a witness is sure he was unarmed; multiple reports are coming out that the police had been waging a campaign of harassment against the young man (including taunting him about a friend who had died in a car accident and threatening to shoot him when he tried to leave). This is just blocks from where Shantel Davis was shot, dragged from her car and left to bleed to death in the street last summer. After that shooting, police went to all the surrounding delis and confiscated their surveillance videos. Residents in the neighborhood live in a state of terror. Heartbreaking, enraging, the stuff that riots are made of. This city is at a breaking point.”Kimani Gray’s parents are scheduled to hold a press conference this evening to address the March 9 police slaying of their young son.

blacksocialjournal:

The NYPD Declares Martial Law in Brooklyn

Thursday, March 14, 2013 20:11

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(Before It’s News) On the heels of three nights of protests over the police slaying of 16 year old Kimani Gray, the NYPD has turned the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn into a State of Exception, claiming emergency powers to suspend the constitutional guarantees of the citizenry.

The people regularly targeted by police harassment and violence, overwhelmingly the city’s poor and minority populations, have taken to the streets to speak out against the NYPD’s draconian tactics. The police have in turn responded with even further harsh measures by suppressing the right of the people to voice dissatisfaction with that very same police force.

Cops kettled protesters at Wednesday night’s candlelight vigil, resulting in 46 arrests. Police even arrested Kimani Gray’s distraught sister, Mahnefeh.

The NYPD euphemistically calls the public spaces in which the Constitutional rights of the people are suspended “frozen zones.”

Allison Kilkenny wrote about the NYPD’s so-called “frozen zones” in December 2011:

“The ‘frozen zone’ is an arbitrary, official police business-sounding title that has absolutely zero legal merit. It’s something the NYPD made up, just as the ‘First Amendment zone’ is something [Los Angeles Mayor Antonio] Villaraigosa made up to suppress media coverage of the Occupy raids.”

According to FIERCE, the “frozen zone” in East Flatbush is being used to prevent media from covering the protests and arrests. Meanwhile, people inside the “frozen zone” can be subjected to arrest merely by exercising their constitutional rights.

“It basically means the area is under temporary martial law,” writes FIERCE. “The last times the NYPD declared a Frozen Zone was on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and during the beginning of OWS.”

An arbitrary dictate that arrests protest and free speech, set forth by the institution that is itself the target of the protests, creates a potentially dangerous precedent of placing the NYPD beyond reproach.

Occupy Austin reposted this poignant summary of events by Jen Roesch as they were unfolding in Brooklyn last night:

“East Flatbush, Brooklyn is under martial law as the NYPD declares it a ‘frozen zone’. Media are being monitored and kept from moving and reporting freely. Dozens of arrests and much brutality. Kimani was shot in the back seven times; a witness is sure he was unarmed; multiple reports are coming out that the police had been waging a campaign of harassment against the young man (including taunting him about a friend who had died in a car accident and threatening to shoot him when he tried to leave). This is just blocks from where Shantel Davis was shot, dragged from her car and left to bleed to death in the street last summer. After that shooting, police went to all the surrounding delis and confiscated their surveillance videos. Residents in the neighborhood live in a state of terror. Heartbreaking, enraging, the stuff that riots are made of. This city is at a breaking point.”

Kimani Gray’s parents are scheduled to hold a press conference this evening to address the March 9 police slaying of their young son.

(via veganemelda)

#Brooklyn #nypd #police #protest #activism #civil liberties #Kimani Gray


Jan. 28, 2013

Reporting Factory Farm Abuses to be Considered "Act of Terrorism" If New Laws Pass

action4animals:

More ag-gag laws, thanks to ALEC. Please read and share this information about how laws that define helping animals as “terrorism” come into existence.

(via fuckyeahfatvegans)

#vegan #animals #ag gag #green scare #civil liberties #activism


Jan. 22, 2013
leptiir:


Above is a picture of Omar Khadr, abducted at 15, now 25 years old, he has spent a third of his life at Guantánamo Bay for a crime he never committed. 


“Khadr is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier in 2002 and conspiring with Al Qaeda. There is no credible evidence to substantiate the charges, some of which date to when he was 11 years old. Charges were not even brought against him until 2007. If convicted, the Obama administration will seek a life sentence for Khadr, prosecutor David Iglesias indicated. Army Col. Pat Parrish, the tribunal’s presiding judge, on Monday denied defense appeals to bar confessions Khadr made under torture. In hearings held in May an unnamed U.S. military officer admitted that his interrogation unit threatened to gang rape and kill Khadr if he did not cooperate with an interrogation session at Afghanistan’s notorious Bagram air base in 2002. A U.S. military psychiatrist has said that Khadr, who has now spent a third of his life at Guantánamo, is under extreme psychological stress after years of living through torture, abuse and appalling conditions. He has been subjected to stress positions, beatings, humiliations—including being used as a “human mop” to clean up urine, threatened attack with dogs, long periods of extreme isolation and sensory as well as sleep deprivation. (Read more here)


How come we barely hear about cases like these in the news? If it happend to a white christian male, we would constantly hear about it, but when it happens to a muslim from Afghanistan, silence. 
Omar Khadr has himself said:


 Khadr wrote to his Canadian attorney Dennis Edney, on May 27. “And if the world doesn’t see all this, to what world am I being released to? A world of hate … and discrimination.” 


Lt. Col. Frakt has said:


“It is appalling that the Obama administration is allowing charges to go forward in the military commissions against Omar Khadr. Clearly, Omar Khadr, as a juvenile of 15 at the time of his alleged offences, could not be tried as an adult in federal court, so they are allowing him to be tried as an adult in the military commissions, potentially making him the first child soldier to be tried and convicted as a war criminal in world history.” (Read more here)

leptiir:

Above is a picture of Omar Khadr, abducted at 15, now 25 years old, he has spent a third of his life at Guantánamo Bay for a crime he never committed.

“Khadr is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier in 2002 and conspiring with Al Qaeda. There is no credible evidence to substantiate the charges, some of which date to when he was 11 years old. Charges were not even brought against him until 2007. If convicted, the Obama administration will seek a life sentence for Khadr, prosecutor David Iglesias indicated.

Army Col. Pat Parrish, the tribunal’s presiding judge, on Monday denied defense appeals to bar confessions Khadr made under torture. In hearings held in May an unnamed U.S. military officer admitted that his interrogation unit threatened to gang rape and kill Khadr if he did not cooperate with an interrogation session at Afghanistan’s notorious Bagram air base in 2002.

A U.S. military psychiatrist has said that Khadr, who has now spent a third of his life at Guantánamo, is under extreme psychological stress after years of living through torture, abuse and appalling conditions. He has been subjected to stress positions, beatings, humiliations—including being used as a “human mop” to clean up urine, threatened attack with dogs, long periods of extreme isolation and sensory as well as sleep deprivation. (Read more here)

How come we barely hear about cases like these in the news? If it happend to a white christian male, we would constantly hear about it, but when it happens to a muslim from Afghanistan, silence.

Omar Khadr has himself said:

Khadr wrote to his Canadian attorney Dennis Edney, on May 27. “And if the world doesn’t see all this, to what world am I being released to? A world of hate … and discrimination.”

Lt. Col. Frakt has said:

“It is appalling that the Obama administration is allowing charges to go forward in the military commissions against Omar Khadr. Clearly, Omar Khadr, as a juvenile of 15 at the time of his alleged offences, could not be tried as an adult in federal court, so they are allowing him to be tried as an adult in the military commissions, potentially making him the first child soldier to be tried and convicted as a war criminal in world history.” (Read more here)

(via vegancatinist)

#Omar Khadr #terrorism #war #civil liberties #human rights #torture


Nov. 21, 2012
anarcho-queer:

Senate Bill Rewrite Lets Feds Read Your E-mail Without Warrants (MUST READ)
A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans’ e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law.
CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans’ e-mail, is scheduled for next week.
Leahy’s rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — to access Americans’ e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge. (CNET obtained the revised draft from a source involved in the negotiations with Leahy.)
It’s an abrupt departure from Leahy’s earlier approach, which required police to obtain a search warrant backed by probable cause before they could read the contents of e-mail or other communications. The Vermont Democrat boasted last year that his bill “provides enhanced privacy protections for American consumers by… requiring that the government obtain a search warrant.”
Leahy had planned a vote on an earlier version of his bill, designed to update a pair of 1980s-vintage surveillance laws, in late September. But after law enforcement groups including the National District Attorneys’ Association and the National Sheriffs’ Association organizations objected to the legislation and asked him to “reconsider acting” on it, Leahy pushed back the vote and reworked the bill as a package of amendments to be offered next Thursday. The package (PDF) is a substitute for H.R. 2471, which the House of Representatives already has approved.
One person participating in Capitol Hill meetings on this topic told CNET that Justice Department officials have expressed their displeasure about Leahy’s original bill. The department is on record as opposing any such requirement: James Baker, the associate deputy attorney general, has publicly warned that requiring a warrant to obtain stored e-mail could have an “adverse impact” on criminal investigations.
Christopher Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, said requiring warrantless access to Americans’ data “undercuts” the purpose of Leahy’s original proposal. “We believe a warrant is the appropriate standard for any contents,” he said.

le Democrats, people.

anarcho-queer:

Senate Bill Rewrite Lets Feds Read Your E-mail Without Warrants (MUST READ)

A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans’ e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law.

CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans’ e-mail, is scheduled for next week.

Leahy’s rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — to access Americans’ e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge. (CNET obtained the revised draft from a source involved in the negotiations with Leahy.)

It’s an abrupt departure from Leahy’s earlier approach, which required police to obtain a search warrant backed by probable cause before they could read the contents of e-mail or other communications. The Vermont Democrat boasted last year that his bill “provides enhanced privacy protections for American consumers by… requiring that the government obtain a search warrant.

Leahy had planned a vote on an earlier version of his bill, designed to update a pair of 1980s-vintage surveillance laws, in late September. But after law enforcement groups including the National District Attorneys’ Association and the National Sheriffs’ Association organizations objected to the legislation and asked him to “reconsider acting” on it, Leahy pushed back the vote and reworked the bill as a package of amendments to be offered next Thursday. The package (PDF) is a substitute for H.R. 2471, which the House of Representatives already has approved.

One person participating in Capitol Hill meetings on this topic told CNET that Justice Department officials have expressed their displeasure about Leahy’s original bill. The department is on record as opposing any such requirement: James Baker, the associate deputy attorney general, has publicly warned that requiring a warrant to obtain stored e-mail could have an “adverse impact” on criminal investigations.

Christopher Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, said requiring warrantless access to Americans’ data “undercuts” the purpose of Leahy’s original proposal. “We believe a warrant is the appropriate standard for any contents,” he said.

le Democrats, people.

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Sep. 18, 2012

WRITE TO MATT DURAN!!

leahxvx:

WRITE TO GRAND JURY RESISTER MATT DURAN!

He was locked up yesterday 9/13/2012 after refusing to testify! Let him know he is not alone!


Matt Duran
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P.O. Box 13900 
Seattle, WA 98191


matt!!!

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#matt duran #grand juries #activism #repression #green scare #civil liberties


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