Archive for the ‘Crime’ Category

Willful Ignorance


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

Cartoonist Ruben Bolling describes the terrible difficulty that investigators are having finding a common link connecting all the terrorist acts we have seen recently. …

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Ruben Bolling: Terrorism detective


Travel Advisory: United States of America


(Amnesty International USA) – The Amnesty International travel advisory for the country of the United States of America calls on people worldwide to exercise caution and have an emergency contingency plan when traveling throughout the USA. This Travel Advisory is being issued in light of ongoing high levels of gun violence in the country. …

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Amnesty International: Travel Advisory: United States of America

Not A Tragic Accident


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

It was not some kind of tragic accident. A tragedy is when some safety system fails and people die. A tragedy is when an airplane’s pilot makes a mistake and people die. A tragedy is when congress sits around and wrings their hands and people die. Cold-blooded murder and terrorism is when someone plans and executes an attack against people who are going about their lives, by walking into a place where they think “it’s going to be full of immigrants” and deliberately try to kill everyone in there.

The media have become meaningless keepers of empty, useless, scores …

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Racism Is an Impeachable Offense


(The Intercept) – Shaun King:

Donald Trump has a rich, varied history of racism, bigotry, and discrimination going back to at least 1973, when the Justice Department filed a racial bias suit against him for mistreating Black applicants and tenants all over New York. At the time, it was one of the largest lawsuits of its kind. That was 46 years ago. Since then, the list of offenses has piled up. In a better time, his racist behavior would have prevented him from ever being elected, but here we are. He’s president and now he’s openly carrying that bigotry right into the Oval Office. Not only do I think he is violating his oath of office — I think his open, flagrant bigotry is an impeachable offense. …

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Donald Trump on 2019-07-16 with photo of Rep. Ilhan Omar

An Epidemic of Disbelief


(Atlantic) – Barbara Bradley Hagerty:

What new research reveals about sexual predators, and why police fail to catch them …

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Evidence seal

Acosta vs. Human Rights


(The Intercept) – Natasha Lennard:

Alexander Acosta says the Epstein deal was in a “different world” — but his Labor Department still makes trafficking victims suffer. …

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Alexander Acosta

Rainforest on Fire


(The Intercept) – Alexander Zaitchik:

On the front lines of Bolsonaro’s war on the Amazon, Brazil’s forest communities fight against climate catastrophe …

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The Uncivilised USA


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

In an earlier post, I described how Department of Justice lawyer Sarah Fabian tried to defend the awful conditions that detained migrant children were being kept in, being denied soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, showers, beds, and cloth blankets tin very cold rooms with the lights permanently on, to an incredulous panel of three justice in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

As Mark Frauenfelder writes, reactions to Fabian’s arguments came from all over. Jason Rezaian, a writer for Washinton Post Global, who was held in custody in Iran for a year and a half, tweeted he was given toothpaste and a toothbrush from the very first day and allowed to shower every couple of days. New Yorker editor David Rohde, who was held hostage by the Taliban for seven months, tweeted that “The Taliban gave me toothpaste & soap”. Michael Scott Moore, who had been held captive by Somali pirates, also tweeted that “Somali pirates gave me toothpaste & soap.”

So there we are, even pirates treat their captives better than the US treats the children it detains.

The fault lies not with any one administration or politician, but with the culture: the ICE and CBP culture that encourages the abuse, the culture of the legal apologists who defend it, and our culture — a largely indifferent America that hasn’t done a damn thing about it. This stain on America’s soul will not wash out with an election cycle. It will only change when Americans demand that the government treat the least of us as both the law and our values require — and firmly maintain that demand no matter how we feel about the party in power. …

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Sarah Fabian testifies

Crimes Against Humanity


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

Just a reminder: messing with another country’s civilian power grid is a crime against humanity.

Not that that’s going to slow the US government down, in the slightest. After all, the US has been warning for years about the danger of Chinese and Russian cyberspies in its power grid, and making dire threats of consequential “real world” military action against any nation so foolish as to contemplate such a thing. …

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Tom Phillips and Uki Goñi: Millions across South America hit by massive power cut

Trump Committed High Crime


(WP Opinions) – Walter Dellinger:

The more I review the Mueller Report, the more absurd and misleading the we-need-to-know-more response seems to be. And the more it seems to have contributed to public misunderstanding. How different would it have been if a unified chorus of Democratic leaders in Congress and on the campaign trail had promptly proclaimed the actual truth: This report makes the unquestionable case that the president regularly and audaciously violated his oath and committed the most serious high crimes and misdemeanors. …

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