This internal thread concerning events in and about Ferguson, Missouri, is stuck to the top of the blog, newer, less vital, posts appear below. Meanwhile, comments on PZ Myers’ Good Morning, America hit 2,394 and PZ has opened a second comment thread: Later this morning in America… Some witnesses who appeared before the grand jury […]
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It’s difficult, if not impossible; to believe that Safety Director Michael McGrath would declare that he won’t resign without Mayor Frank Jackson’s assent. It’s Jackson sticking his finger into the eye of Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice. Just as he did to Ohio Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine and DeWine’s report […]
The solution to the problem of police is that it will require a total change in their culture of operation. It is clear – has been for the last 45 years going back to the cops and their refusal to accept Carl Stokes as their commander—that it isn’t going to change. That was made clear […]
Grand juries have a way of telling the history desired by those who hold power. Same as history is most often told. The Ferguson grand jury of Prosecutor Robert McCulloch—who was described by the New York Times as “widely viewed in the minority community as being in the pockets of the police”—seemed to fit the […]
The investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald has found a second leaker inside the US intelligence agencies, according to a new documentary about Edward Snowden that premiered in New York on Friday night. Towards the end of filmmaker Laura Poitras’s portrait of Snowden – titled Citizenfour, the label he used when he first contacted her – Greenwald […]
When Precious Daniels lay down in front of the Blue Cross Blue Shield building in Detroit on a chilly morning in November 2009, she wasn’t giving her future job prospects much thought. She was, however, thinking about all of the money the insurance company was spending on its lobbyists. A supporter of the Affordable Care […]
“Well prior to Edward Snowden, online jihadists were already aware that law enforcement and intelligence agencies were attempting to monitor them.” This point would seem obvious in light of the fact that terrorist groups have been employing tactics to evade digital surveillance for years. Indeed, such concerns about their use of sophisticated encryption technology predate […]
New Zealand’s national election will be held on September 20. Over the last several weeks, Key has been embroiled in a scandal that saw a top minister resign, after independent journalist Nicky Hager published a book, Dirty Politics, documenting ties between Key officials and a right-wing blogger known for attacking public figures and showing that […]
Chokepoint from The Intercept on Vimeo. Via Map of the Stars: The NSA and GCHQ Campaign Against German Satellite Companies.
A friend sent to me a Washington Post video investigative report published this week called, Stop and Seize: Aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes. After I watched it, I sucked in my breath and said to myself, “No wonder there’s a Tea Party.” The Post reports that, […]
Via Janine Gibson, Times executive editor Jill Abramson–at a meeting to convince the Guardian to collaborate on certain NSA stories–sent a message: Please tell Glenn Greenwald personally [but not officially or professionally, JH] that I agree with him completely about the fact that we should never have run the claim about China ‘draining’ Snowden’s laptops. […]
[Update @ 1140: Mano Singham is also not pleased and offers a prescription below…] The last time Elizabeth Warren was asked about her views on the Israeli attack on Gaza – on July 17 – she, as Rania Khalek put it, “literally ran away” without answering. But last week, the liberal Senator appeared for one […]
Police didn’t violate the First Amendment when they threatened to ticket Christian evangelists at an Arab-American street festival in suburban Detroit, a federal appeals court said Wednesday in a 2-1 decision that drew a pointed dissent from a judge who called it a “blueprint” to stifle speech. Members of a group called Bible Believers were […]
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[Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron] Johnson has garnered praise from many for his brand of public engagement during the unrest [in Ferguson, Missouri]. But he has also fielded critical questions over law enforcement’s treatment of media covering the demonstrations. More than a dozen journalists have been arrested covering events in Ferguson, including this reporter. Johnson […]
Nothing could better illustrate the reality of anti-African-American bias in America today than the stark contrast between what happened at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada and what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri. The response to those two events is a portal to the soul of a nation that still belongs to Jim Crow. In Nevada, […]
Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs —President Barack Hussein Obama, 14 August. Only five days later… Late Monday evening, after many of the major media outlets covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo., had left the streets to broadcast […]
During one confrontation, police fired tear gas and flash grenades. There were no immediate reports of serious violence. From the Associated Press Are we really that fucked up?
Ferguson: Missouri national guard to be deployed.
There is a systemic problem with today’s law enforcement. Not surprisingly, big government has been at the heart of the problem. Washington has incentivized the militarization of local police precincts by using federal dollars to help municipal governments build what are essentially small armies—where police departments compete to acquire military gear that goes far beyond […]