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The more things change, the more they stay the same, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have any(Steven Ellsberg of the Pentagon Papers leak, left; Edward Snowden of the NSA PRISM leak, right)
Of course, you won’t find too much support for that “traitor” and “defector” on the mainstream news networks (even Andrew Napolitano seems to be the lone voice lionizing Snowden as an ”American hero” on the Fox News Network).
Dana Stuster writes at Foreign Policy.
“…[T]he reaction to Snowden’s leaks is in many ways different than the response Ellsberg received when the Pentagon Papers were published four decades ago. Then, politicians went out of their way to be associated with Ellsberg’s disclosures. Sen. George McGovern, who was running for president at the time, told the New York Times that he suggested Ellsberg make the Pentagon Papers available to “a respectable newspaper” and that he did not release the Pentagon Papers himself because it would have seemed too political, according to an Aug.
Eccentric German-Finnish billionaire Kim Dotcom and his attorneys fired back at federal prosecutors Wednesday by accusing them, alongside other domestic authorities, of conspiracy to “deprive defendants of their presumption of innocence.” Dotcom is currently fighting attempts to extradite him from his haven in New Zealand, where he has faced illegal surveillance from that government, in addition to the charges of mass copyright violation that motivated the surveillance. According to his indictment by the United States last year, Dotcom’s former media-sharing website Megaupload was at some points responsible for 4 percent of all Internet traffic.
Dotcom’s lawyers wrote Wednesday, “[T]he outside motivating factor in this case stems from Motion Picture Association of America’s (erroneous) view of Megaupload as “the very top of the piracy pyramid,” coupled with the current Administration’s desire to placate an association whose members, as a group, are some of the Democratic Party’s strongest political supporters and most generous campaign contributors.”
WeAreChange recently got a chance to meet up with Alex from Federal Jack and Hack Miami, to get the full story of his arrest and destruction of evidence by the Miami Police Department. Alex was arrested for merely filming the police in Miami, the police later illegally deleted the footage from Alex’s camera and charged him with resisting arrest. The Miami Police officer who made the arrest, Richard Anastasi was later found guilty of extortion and kidnapping in a separate case.
How To Recover Video Footage That Was Deleted By The Police
In this video Alex breaks down how he was able to recover his video footage that was able to exonerate him from the false charges put on him by the Miami PD. Here is a step by step process on how to recover deleted files from your camera.
This is a link to the software to recover deleted footage http://www.cgsecurity.org/
If you are going to tell people the truth, make them laugh or they will kill you – Oscar Wilde
Ever want to talk to your friends about Drones? Fluoride? Inbred “royalty”? Eugenics? Yuppies?
The JoyCamp is a one size fits all solution to the nagging existential crises of our day. Just pop this in to your intertubes and share it with your friends, who undoubtedly are slowly (but surely) awakening from the dark cozy coma of panoptic mind fuckery.
The New Inquiry, sociologist Harry Levine explains the terrible mechanics propelling apartheid-style law enforcement in America:
Police arrest mostly young and low-income men for marijuana possession, disproportionately blacks and Latinos. In the last 15 years, police and sheriff ’s departments in every major U.S. city and county have made over 10 million of these possession arrests. Most people arrested were not smoking. They were carrying tiny amounts.
Police make so many because they are relatively safe and easy arrests. All police have arrest quotas and often they can earn overtime pay by making a marijuana arrest toward the end of a shift. The arrests show productivity. Making many low-level arrests of all kinds is very good for training rookie police who gain experience doing many stops and searches of teenagers.
There is also a push nationally, to states, counties, and city police departments, to get as many new people as possible into the criminal databases.
The Toys for the State of Exception tumblr is your buying guide for toys and actions sets for children to play militarized-anti-unrest police force make-believe:
Curated by Leigh Phillips, European Union affairs journalist and science writer (EUobserver, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Nature, Scientific American, New Statesman, Jacobin, amongst others).
Chilean Carabinero riot squad, Riot Police Multipurpose Helicopter, Chinese Urban Pacification Unit playset, Micro Machines ‘Operation Secure City’, German riot police.
Via the Police the Police (A Community Project), a quick but invaluable guide to proper response in various police-related situations. There is no guarantee, of course, as to how officers will react to your exercising your rights, however:
Miami’s WSVN reports in surreal fashion on a “joint military training exercise involving city police and the military” in which a swarm of helicopters hovered above Miami’s city center and the sounds of machine gun fire filled the air at the same time as thousands of spectators exited a Miami Heat basketball game.
The purpose on the military side was to “prepare for some overseas [activities]” and to ensure that “equipment was in check.” Police emphasized that this was only a drill. But the obvious question is, what was this a drill for? And, too bad for any local residents who did not want to be unwitting participants in a military exercise:
The tragedy of American mass shootings inspires terrible choices. Regarding the president’s move to encourage the further policification of schools, Unprison writes:
The 18th Executive Order signed by President Obama is to provide incentives (and funding) for schools to have police oversee the children. This will create results.
School police, known as “Resource Officers” (perhaps for easier digestion) have been key builders of the School to Prison Pipeline. The fistfights and the joint in the bathroom do not result in detention or suspension anymore: now they are imprisonment, expulsion, and an often insurmountable mountain to climb towards any “normal” adult lifestyle.
A 2011 report by Justice Police Institute [suggests] that the overall damage to a community is not justified by the vague possibility that the school is safer. In fact, there are indications that the police actually lead to increased violence in schools.
Children have been the fastest growing segment in the industry of prisoners.