Officer Who Killed Eric Garner with Chokehold Told Grand Jury Being Filmed Didn’t Bother Him

By: Thursday December 4, 2014 2:02 pm

New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, according to his attorney, told a Staten Island grand jury that he was aware while he was taking Eric Garner down with a chokehold that he was being recorded. However, he was certain he was not committing any misconduct so it did not bother him that someone was filming [...]

Video of NYPD Cop Killing Eric Garner Was Not Enough to Convince Grand Jury Black Lives Matter

By: Wednesday December 3, 2014 6:19 pm

The Staten Island grand jury’s decision to not indict white New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo for killing Eric Garner, an unarmed black father of six children, is a savage reminder that there are certain lives in the United States that do not matter. Garner’s death was captured on video and showed Pantaleo employing [...]

Lawyers: Government’s Position on FBI Impersonating Repairmen to Conduct Searches a ‘Grave Threat to Privacy’

By: Wednesday December 3, 2014 1:29 pm

Attorneys defending eight men charged with being involved in illegal gambling are seeking to prevent the government from using evidence FBI agents allegedly obtained through three warrantless searches and argue the government’s position in the case “presents a grave threat to privacy.” Agents are accused of cutting off DSL internet service to private hotel rooms [...]

Organizers Who Met With Obama See Meeting as Affirmation That Movement Against Police Violence is Working

By: Tuesday December 2, 2014 5:14 pm

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder met with seven black and Latino organizers yesterday to discuss police violence in not just Ferguson, Missouri, but throughout the country. Following the meeting, Obama announced some steps his administration would be taking to address some of the issues raised. Organizers who participated [...]

Imprisoned CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Blasts Bureau of Prisons’ ‘Strident Anti-Family’ Policies

By: Tuesday December 2, 2014 11:50 am

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who is serving a prison sentence at the federal correctional institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania, writes in a new letter about the the Bureau of Prisons’ “stridently anti-family” policies. The letter comes as Kiriakou is counting down the days until February 3, 2015, when he moves to house arrest, and the formal [...]

U.S. to Use Psych Tests to Vet Syrian Rebels for Moderateness

By: Tuesday December 2, 2014 8:30 am

Many have compared those “moderate Syrian rebels” the U.S. keeps looking for to unicorns. The U.S. now thinks it has a new set of tools to scare the unicorns out of hiding, and to tell the nasty terrorists from the good terrorists: psychological evaluations, biometric checks and stress tests. It is unlikely this will help. [...]

UN Anti-Torture Watchdog Dismayed at US Failure to Provide Redress for Chicago Police Torture Survivors

By: Monday December 1, 2014 5:18 pm

The United States was criticized by the United Nations Committee Against Torture in its recently released report for failing to provide redress for Chicago Police Department torture survivors. The Committee expressed concern that CPD Commander Jon Burge and other officer had engaged in torture between 1972 and 1991, however, no officer had been convicted for [...]

Casinos Fail Old Industrial Towns

By: Monday December 1, 2014 8:13 am

It wasn’t just a business, it was a way of life– what residents of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania referred to simply as “The Steel”– a mill once America’s second largest steel producer with 31,500 souls working in a single facility. The Mill The mill made the steel for the Empire State building and the Golden Gate Bridge, [...]

UN Review Cites Torture & “Ill Treatment” in US Army Field Manual’s Appendix M

By: Friday November 28, 2014 7:28 pm

The UNCAT is to be praised for bringing to the fore some of the worst aspects of the current use of torture and abuse by the US government, and in particular for calling out the endemic abuse in the practices of forced-feeding and Appendix M techniques in the Army Field Manual. But the full story is still not out there.

UN Committee Against Torture Calls Out Chicago Police for Brutality, ‘Excessive Use of Force’

By: Friday November 28, 2014 4:14 pm

Media Alert: Chicagoans Hold Historic Protest Inside UN During Review of US Torture | #WCGtoUN http://t.co/wb5qUzB1Ld pic.twitter.com/ELRWEysDVy— We Charge Genocide (@ChiCopWatch) November 14, 2014 Earlier this month, a US delegation appeared before the committee as all countries that are signatories to the treaty banning torture are supposed to do every four years. Committee members were [...]

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