Podcast: Questions That Should Be Answered About FBI’s Conduct Before & After Boston Bombings

By: Sunday April 26, 2015 8:10 pm

The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted of thirty offenses stemming from his role in the Boston Marathon bombings, will enter the sentencing phase this week. Tsarnaev’s defense will focus on showing why Tsarnaev should not be executed, and part of the defense is likely to involve a focus on Dzhokhar’s brother, Tamerlan, and [...]

CIA Has Congressional Staffers Watch Videos of People Being Blown Up to Preserve Support for Drones

By: Sunday April 26, 2015 10:15 am

Monthly trips by congressional intelligence committee staff members to the CIA reportedly take place so that staff members can watch footage of drone strikes in Pakistan or other countries. The CIA has the staff members “watch videos of people being blown up,” according to the New York Times, and this “macabre ritual” then makes it [...]

Defense Asks Court to Sentence Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling as Leaker, Not a Spy or Communist

By: Friday April 24, 2015 6:48 pm

The defense for former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who was convicted of violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses, has asked a court in Alexandria, Virginia, to “see” Sterling “not as a spy or a communist who committed espionage” but as someone who leaked information to a reporter. Sterling’s defense requests that he be [...]

Obama Administration’s Announcement About US Drone Strike Shows It Doesn’t Know Who Drones Are Killing

By: Thursday April 23, 2015 3:44 pm

President Barack Obama’s administration announced that a US drone strike, which targeted an “al Qaeda-associated compound” in January, killed two hostages in Pakistan. One of the hostages was an American contractor named Dr. Warren Weinstein, the other an Italian named Giovani Lo Porto. Weinstein was a USAID contractor and Lo Porto was an aid worker. [...]

Six African American Men Subjected to Stop and Frisks Pursue Class Action Lawsuit Against Chicago Police

By: Wednesday April 22, 2015 2:11 pm

Chicago has a bigger problem with stop and frisks by police than New York had at the height of its use by New York police, and now six African American black men are suing the city of Chicago, the Chicago Police Department, CPD Superintendent Garry McCarthy and officers, who were involved in allegedly stopping and [...]

US Government: Former CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling is ‘No Whistleblower,’ Deserves Lengthy Prison Sentence

By: Tuesday April 21, 2015 3:22 pm

A sentencing memo from the United States government submitted to a federal court on Monday argued former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling is “no whistleblower” and recommended that Sterling be given a severe and lengthy prison sentence. The appropriate range of nineteen and a half to twenty-four years was suggested. During a January trial, the government [...]

No Justice for Rekia Boyd as Chicago Police Officer Who Killed Her is Found ‘Not Guilty’ by Judge

By: Monday April 20, 2015 4:55 pm

The family of twenty-two year-old Rekia Boyd, who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer, was awarded $4.5 million in a wrongful death settlement in 2013. Yet, just over two years later, the officer who fired the shot that hit Boyd in her head has been found “not guilty” by a judge of [...]

Yemeni Americans Feel Doubly Betrayed as US Government Refuses to Evacuate Them from Yemen

By: Monday April 20, 2015 10:15 am

The US envoy to Djibouti spoke about the “tough experience” Yemeni Americans trapped in Yemen last week, however, what was missing from his remarks were any indications that the government will end its refusal evacuate tens of thousands of Americans from the war-ravaged country. Tom Kelly, according to McClatchy, acknowledged that hundreds of Americans had [...]

Despite Changes, US Government Still Unwilling to Provide Meaningful Information to Americans Put on No Fly List

By: Wednesday April 15, 2015 10:00 am

The United States government will now inform US citizens placed on the No Fly List whether they have, in fact, been put on the No Fly List and possibly some details related to the basis for the listing. But an attorney for an American challenging the government’s No Fly List authority has suggested that the [...]

Victory for Movement: Chicago Agrees to Reparations for Police Torture Survivors

By: Tuesday April 14, 2015 5:22 pm

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, his administration and lawyers and police torture survivors announced at a city council finance committee hearing that they had agreed upon a package for reparations. The package includes $5.5 million for survivors, public acknowledgment of torture and other non-financial benefits that will help families of survivors heal. From 1972 to 1991, [...]

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