Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras launched their own news site, The Intercept, to post high-profile leaks without worrying about the hassles that can come with publishing through major media outlets. They don’t have to worry that an outside editor will put the kibosh on an Edward Snowden story due to government pressure, for instance. However, that isn’t precluding officials from doing what they can to limit access. The US military has issued directives that ban staff from reading The Intercept due to the classified material that frequently pops up, particularly from a new reported leak source. Workers caught browsing the content might face “long term security issues,” one such memo warns. And that’s if they can read it at all; people in multiple military branches say the site is blocked altogether.
The move isn’t totally surprising, of course. The government regularly puts strict limits on the sites you’re allowed to visit from its offices, and it has a legal obligation to keep classified content off of devices where it doesn’t belong. Even if higher-ups are sympathetic, they’re required to both scrub computers clean and report any visits. Nonetheless, the Intercept ban highlights a certain absurdity to the government’s data policies — it’s barring access to “secret” surveillance details that you can easily read as soon as you leave for home.
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Responding to a shoplifting call just a few miles from the unrest in Ferguson yesterday afternoon, two St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department fired a dozen shots in all at 25-year-old Kajieme Powell, killing him instantly. Described by neighbors as mentally ill, Powell was carrying a knife and shouting, “Shoot me! Shoot me! Shoot me! Shoot me now, motherfucker!” as he approached the officers.
Graphic Video Shows St. Louis Police Shoot and Kill Kajieme Powell Near Ferguson
Responding to a shoplifting call just a few miles from the unrest in Ferguson yesterday afternoon, two St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department fired a dozen shots in all at 25-year-old Kajieme Powell, killing him instantly. Described by neighbors as mentally ill, Powell was carrying a knife and shouting, “Shoot me! Shoot me! Shoot me! Shoot me now, motherfucker!” as he approached the officers. Today, the department released a cell phone video of the shooting, which a rep for the police union called “exculpatory.”
With two cans visible on the sidewalk, Powell can be seen pacing back and forth, talking to himself. Seconds after leaving their vehicle, the officers draw their weapons; less than 20 seconds later, Powell is dead.
"They puttin’ him in cuffs," says a witness. "He’s dead. Oh my god. They just killed this man. He didn’t have a gun on him. Now they’re cuffing him. He’s already dead. The man is already dead."
Others wonder aloud if so many shots were really necessary. “Over a fucking honey bun,” says one man. “Over two fucking sodas, y’all,” says another. “They could’ve tased that man.”
"I don’t think any of us can deny that the tension not only in St. Louis but around the county and the world because of the activities in Ferguson over the last 10 or 12 days certainly has led to us making sure that we got this right and answered as many questions as we could as quickly as we can," said local police chief Sam Dotson after the video’s release.
"It’s exculpatory for one thing," said Jeff Roorda of the St. Louis Police Officers Association.
At a news conference yesterday, Dotson described the Powell’s death as “suicide by cop,” based on witness accounts. “Every police officer that’s out here has a right to defend themselves,” he said. “Officer safety is the number one issue.”
Newly released video from NYC Housing Authority security cameras in Queensbridge appears to show that the NYPD is lying about a fatal crash that killed a Japanese student last year and may have tried to cover up the incident by discarding further video evidence. Although the NYPD has refused to release any video—which they previously claimed shows the NYPD vehicle with its flashing lights engaged—attorney Steve Vaccaro has obtained video from NYCHA through a Freedom of Information Law request.
Read more here: http://gothamist.com/2014/08/20/ryo_oyamada_video.php
Two dozen protesters from a gun club named after the founder of the Black Panther Party marched through the streets of South Dallas on Wednesday.
The open-carry rally was organized by the Huey P. Newton Gun Club to promote self-defense and community policing in response to recent police shootings.
“We think that all black people have the right to self defense and self determination,” said Huey Freeman, an organizer. “We believe that we can police ourselves and bring security to our own communities.”
Police monitored the black-clad demonstrators, some of whom had rifles slung over their shoulders. As they walked down MLK Boulevard, many chanted “black power” and “justice for Michael Brown,” the black teenager shot by police in suburban St. Louis.
At one point, the group stopped at Elaine’s Kitchen, and one of the organizers told those who were armed to display their weapons in a “safe, disciplined manner.”
Freeman said they planned to patronize several South Dallas businesses to keep their money in the community and teach their neighbors about their “right to self-defense.”
The march came to a peaceful end about 90 minutes after it began at a car wash at Malcolm X Boulevard and Marburg Street.
A 16-year-old Summerville High School student says he was arrested Tuesday morning and suspended after writing about killing a dinosaur using a gun.
Alex Stone said he and his classmates were told in class to write a few sentences about themselves, and a “status” as if it was a Facebook page.
Stone said in his “status” he wrote a fictional story that involved the words “gun” and “take care of business.”
"I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur, and, then, in the next status I said I bought the gun to take care of the business," Stone said.
Stone says his statements were taken completely out of context.
"I could understand if they made him re-write it because he did have "gun" in it. But a pet dinosaur?" said Alex’s mother Karen Gray."I mean first of all, we don’t have dinosaurs anymore. Second of all, he’s not even old enough to buy a gun."
Investigators say the teacher contacted school officials after seeing the message containing the words “gun” and “take care of business,” and police were then notified on Tuesday.
Summerville police officials say Stone’s bookbag and locker were searched on Tuesday, and a gun was not found.
According to Gray, Stone was suspended for the rest of the week. Gray says she is furious that the school did not contact her before her son was arrested.
She says her son followed directions and completed an assignment.
"If the school would have called me and told me about the paper and asked me to come down and discussed everything and, at least, get his point-of-view on the way he meant it. I never heard from the school, never. They never called me," said Gray.
Stone and his mother say they understand the sensitive nature of what he wrote, but they say it was a rash reaction to an innocent situation.
"I regret it because they put it on my record, but I don’t see the harm in it," Stone said."I think there might have been a better way of putting it, but I think me writing like that, it shouldn’t matter unless I put it out towards a person."
According to police, when Stone was asked by school officials about the comment written on the assignment, he said it was a joke.
Summerville police officials say Stone was disruptive and was told that he was being detained for disturbing schools.
Stone was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. District officials say the student has been suspended.
The bottom picture is from Tunisia, you can read more about it here
I’m pretty ok with her hate for fascists. Is there a source from which the bottom pic was taken
Yeah, I can agree to an extend. The problem is that they also have a radical notion of calling all right-wingers and republicans fascists, even when it is obviously not the case.
But no, sorry. I don’t have the source for this image.
Well the image looks as if the architecture may be foreign and I’m not thinking it is purely feminist or even in the US and while I don’t agree with modern feminism, when we who try to inform and educate against these movements we need to do it with facts and poise. So I always kind of think jumping on the poorly made meme wagon reduces credibility and makes us look as bad as those we despise.
Notice something in common in these photos?
It’s not what you think
I gave it away in the third pic
That’s right! None of these cops are wearing badges or name tags! I wonder why… seems like it’d be important to wear those, since it’s even illegal not to in other states…
This could be really bad. Like Joker bad.
Isn’t the badge the sole indicator of your legal authority as a police officer?
Yes, and, as stated above, it’s illegal to act as one without it.