In a high-stakes bid to wrest control of California's prison system from federal oversight, opposing lawyers for the state and for 33,000 inmates sparred Wednesday over whether the state violated legal ethics by interviewing mentally ill prisoners...
The lawyers describe the sessions as being conducted in secret despite the legal requirement that they be present for all those tours and interviews.
"They interviewed our mentally ill clients without our knowledge about the case and then they used the evidence (to buttress their claims that conditions in the prisons have improved)," Don Specter, head of the Prison Law Office, told reporters after the hearing.
"They didn't really explain to the mentally ill clients what the purpose of the interviews were, so the inmates had no idea who they were speaking to, they had no idea for the reason."
Those interviews and the 50 expert declarations based on them that were filed with the court by the state now are at the heart of a heated dispute over whether California has made enough progress in improving access to mental health care at a constitutional level inside its prisons.
The inmate attorneys want the declarations thrown out, a move that would cripple the state's efforts in court to rid its self of the 23-year-old class action.
This is a list of people killed by non-military law enforcement officers in August 2014, whether in the line of duty or not, and regardless of reason or method. The listing documents the occurrence of a death, making no implications regarding either wrongdoing or justification on the part of the person killed or the officer involved.
List of killings by law enforcement officers in the United States, August 2014From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This is an incomplete list that may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help byexpanding it with entries that are reliably sourced.
This is a list of people killed by non-military law enforcement officers in August 2014, whether in the line of duty or not, and regardless of reason or method. The listing documents the occurrence of a death, making no implications regarding either wrongdoing or justification on the part of the person killed or the officer involved. Killings are arranged by date of incident which caused death. Different death dates are, if known, noted in the description.
For lists of killings from other years, see List of killings by law enforcement officers in the United States.
Over the past 30 years, more than 1,200 indigenous women have disappeared in Canada. The aboriginal community estimates that some 43 of them have been plucked off what is known as the Highway of Tears, a 500-mile stretch of road that runs through the wilds of British Columbia. It may not sound like a whole lot, but consider 43 families not knowing what happened to their daughters or why. The majority have not even had their losses acknowledged by the police, who only count 18 missing.
West Virginia police just arrested 11 people and seized more than 190 pounds of dry ginseng, a popular energy herb, that they say was harvested a little
West Virginia police just arrested 11 people and seized more than 190 pounds of dry ginseng, a popular energy herb, that they say was harvested a little too early.
The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources does allow the native herb to be harvested but they confiscated what they estimate as $180,000 of the completely legal plant because the people who harvested it did so just a few days before the “ginseng digging season,” which runs from September 1st through November 30th.
FBI opens investigation into Tasering the SAME WEEK the boy received catastrophic injuries? Gee! It pays to be white in the USA, doesn't it? No marches...
Via~~Mary NealFBI opens investigation into Tasering the SAME WEEK the boy received catastrophic injuries? Gee! It pays to be white in the USA, doesn't it? No marches where citizens faced tear gas, rubber bullets, and massive military tanks were necessary when Missouri police got out of hand with this white youth like when Michael Brown was murdered. My brother, Larry Neal, was SECRETLY ARRESTED AND MURDERED in Tennessee's Shelby County Jail in 2003, and no federal investigation happened yet, eleven years later, The Free Thought Project.com. In fact, the USDOJ helped the jail to hide the murder, then accepted fraudulent reports from the jail during its federal Release Hearings that deliberately omitted Larry's death. Google "Wrongful Death of Larry Neal." Many other blacks have been murdered and catastrophically injured by police without the feds lifting a finger. Another factor, of course, is mental illness. Mentally ill people's abuses and murders don't get federal attention no matter what race they are. They are considered "useless life" in the USA, apparently. See "NSA Conceals Lynchings?" http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/nsa-conceals-lynchings.html It took me a long time, but I finally figured out what is happening here - discrimination against blacks and the mentally ill, which might soon spread to all Americans. That is why Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill will take the USA before the International Court. See "AIMI vs. USA." United Nations
I wonder if the end-all-be-all answer to America's problems in Hillary's mind is, "We need to elect more Democrats." That is exactly what she said in Iowa after she was asked for her stance on President Obama's decision to delay immigration reform until after the election.
A court jailed the head of a Cairo orphanage for three years after a video emerged on the Internet showing him beating children.
Ossama Mohamed Othman was arrested in August after the video allegedly showed him hitting children with a stick and kicking them as they ran away.
The court convicted Othman of assaulting seven children with a stick and endangering their lives.
The third year of his sentence will be suspended if he pays bail of 1,000 Egyptian pounds (110 euros, $140).
Othman’s estranged wife had told state-run Al-Ahram newspaper that she filmed the video.
The prosecution said some children had accused Othman of beating them for failing to seek his permission to watch television.
Mohamed Faruk, a senior Cairo security official, had said on television that during questioning Othman justified his actions by saying he had been trying to teach the children “a lesson” as they were playing with electrical devices and he feared for their lives.
The Peoples out loud Protest against illegal Executive Orders related to the Eradication of Private Property Rights,
The Peoples out loud Protest against illegal Executive Orders related to the Eradication of Private Property Rights, illegal "overruling" by the government the State Penal laws, Federal laws, Constitutional Rights, the most basic Human Rights related to the real property illegal demand and "takeover" . We have intention to present as many as we can the individual cases and the class action cases about outrageous foreclosure fraud, painful eminent domain abuse, horrible civil forfeiture abuse and beyond believe government trick as illegal seizure of real property by severe abuse power of authority, complete misuse of the city agencies, law enforcement, court for committing usually defined as criminal actions for gaining homes, money from NYC taxpayers on the names of illegal and legal Emigrants unknown names or private pockets shares called fraudulently as the "civil matter"..
An eighth grader in Northern California allegedly received detention after recently offering a fellow student some of his lunch. Weaverville Elementary School student Kyle Bradford, 13, gave a friend some of his chicken burrito on Tuesday because the student didn’t like […]
An eighth grader in Northern California allegedly received detention after recently offering a fellow student some of his lunch.
Weaverville Elementary School student Kyle Bradford, 13, gave a friend some of his chicken burrito on Tuesday because the student didn’t like the cheese sandwich being served by cafeteria officials that day.
“It seemed like he couldn’t get one, a normal lunch, so I just wanted to give mine to him because I really wasn’t that hungry. It was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it,” Bradford told CNN.
The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials.
The pause in decades of espionage, which remains partially in effect, was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, said a U.S. official who has been briefed on the situation.
Under the stand-down order, case officers in Europe largely have been forbidden from undertaking "unilateral operations" such as meeting with sources they have recruited within allied governments. Such clandestine meetings are the bedrock of spying.
CIA officers are still allowed to meet with their counterparts in the host country's intelligence service, conduct joint operations with host country services and conduct operations with the approval of the host government. Recently, unilateral operations targeting third country nationals_Russians in France, for example_were restarted. But most meetings with sources who are host nationals remain on hold, as do new recruitments.
The CIA declined to comment.
James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, said during a public event Thursday that the U.S. is assuming more risk because it has stopped spying on "specific targets," though he didn't spell out details.
Spying stand-downs are common after an operation is compromised, but "never this long or this deep," said a former CIA official, who, like others interviewed for this story, spoke on condition of anonymity because it's illegal to discuss classified material or activities. The pause, which has been in effect for about two months, was ordered by senior CIA officials through secret cables.
The current stand-down was part of the fallout from the July 2 arrest of a 31-year-old employee of the German intelligence service. Suspected of spying for Russia, he told authorities he passed 218 German intelligence documents to the CIA.
In a second case, authorities searched the home and office of a German defense official suspected of spying for the U.S., but he denied doing so, and no charges have been filed against him.
A few days later, Germany asked the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country, an unprecedented demand from a U.S. ally. The move demonstrated how seriously the Germans were taking the situation, having already been stung by revelations made by Snowden, a former NSA systems administrator, that the agency had tapped German chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.
The NSA disclosure infuriated Merkel, who demanded explanations from President Barack Obama. It embarrassed both world leaders and has left many Germans skeptical about cooperating with the U.S.
CIA managers were worried that the incident could lead European security services to begin closely watching CIA personnel. Many agency officers in Europe, operating out of U.S. Embassies, have declared their status as intelligence operatives to the host country.
The spying stand-down comes at an inopportune time, with the U.S. worried about Europeans extremists going to fight in Syria, Europe's response to Russian aggression and European hostility to American technology companies following revelations the companies turned over data to the NSA. While the U.S. cooperates closely with Europe against terrorism, spying can help American officials understand what their allies are planning and thinking, whether about counterterrorism or trade talks.
The "EUR" division, as it is known within the CIA, covers Canada, Western Europe and Turkey. While spying on Western European allies is not a top priority, Turkey is considered a high priority target - an Islamic country that talks to U.S. adversaries such as Iran, while sharing a border with Syria and Iraq. It was not known to what extent the stand-down affected operations in Turkey.
European countries also are used as safe venues to conduct meetings between CIA officers and their sources from the Middle East and other high priority areas. Those meetings have been rerouted to other locales while the pause is in place.
The European Division staff has long been considered among the most risk-averse in the agency, several former case officers said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss secret intelligence matters by name.
A former CIA officer who worked under non-official cover wrote a 2008 book in which he described a number of operational "stand- downs," in Europe, including one in France in 1998 because of the World Cup soccer championship, and another in a European country in 2005, in response to unspecified security threats.
The former officer, whose true name has not been made public, wrote "The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture," under a pseudonym, Ishmael Jones. He is a former Marine who served 15 years in the agency before resigning in 2006. The CIA acknowledged his status as a case officer when it successfully sued him for publishing the book without first submitting it for pre-publication censorship, as he was required to do under his secrecy agreement.
The CIA last faced that sort of blowback from a European ally in 1996, when several of its officers were ordered to leave France. An operation to uncover French positions on world trade talks was unraveled by French authorities because of poor CIA tactics, according to a secret CIA inspector general report, details of which were leaked to reporters.
The Paris flap left the EUR division much less willing to mount risky espionage operations, many former case officers have said.
US border officers and agents have killed dozens of people, including Americans, since 2004, but it appears they haven't faced any discipline for their actions, the Arizona Republic reports. Customs... US News Summaries. | Newser
Among the at least 46 deaths since 2004 were unarmed teens, victims shot in the back as they fled, and victims of shootings through the border fence; 15 Americans are included in the 46.Office of Inspector General bosses have halted probes into deaths, sought by their own investigators, at least twice.Federal, state, and local officials are investigating 11 cases in which deadly force was used, the internal affairs head says. But the agency has kept much information on probes quiet, hiding, for instance, the names of the agents in question; that policy is a safety measure, officials say.But despite questions, the agency hasn't explained why it's willing to work with National Geographic on the showBorder Wars; the show is open about officers' identities."It just boggles my mind that (homeland security) would hide this information," says the retired CBP official. "We're not talking about terrorist activities or national security; we're talking about things the American public should be aware of."
HUMAN RIGHTS FOR PRISONERS MARCH, hosted by Mary Neal - Sundays at 3pm EST (by announcement only) Call to speak on air at (347) 857-3293. Arrange to be a guest by emailing MaryLovesJustice@gmail.com Hattie Neal, a 91-year-old retired domestic and field worker, talks about how it felt to be defrauded by The (Johnnie) Cochran Firm to protect Memphis Shelby County Jail after the 2003 secret arrest and murder of her disabled son, Larry, and what it means to her that the government denies records on Larry's fatal arrest and denies her due process of law. "Human Rights for Prisoners March" advocates for: ~Advocacy for adequate defense, fair trials, drug courts, mental health courts, post-conviction DNA tests, safe and humane incarceration, and successful re-entry. ~Advocacy against prisoner abuse, avoidable deaths caused by police and correctional officers, solitary confinement, children tried and sentenced as adults, criminalizing mental illness, inadequate health care, wrongful convictions, law of parties, three-strikes law, enforced prison labor, and capital punishment. SPECIAL NOTE: The "Human Rights for Prisoners March" is also a weekly broadcast on the National Network in Action (NNIA1) channel at Blogtalkradio, Mondays at 9pm PST.
A summary court in Riyadh sentenced five Saudis for up to 25 years in prison after they were convicted of following a Kuwaiti man who claimed he was the prophesied Mahdi (savior).
Many Muslims, especially the Shiites, believe the Mahdi would appear before the Day of Judgement to establish peace and justice and will rid the world of evil. However, neither the Qur’an nor the early collections of Hadith (Prophet’s traditions) make explicit reference to the coming of the Mahdi.
The prosecution charged the five with believing in the fake Mahdi, traveling to Kuwait to visit him and attempting to spread his teachings in the Kingdom.
The court said the defendants could not be released after serving their jail terms if they had not repented. It also slapped a travel ban of five to 25 years on the five men after their release from prison.
The court said the judges reached their decision by majority, as one of them called for them to be executed.
Both the public prosecutor and the defendants objected to the ruling. The court gave them a month to appeal its verdict before it becomes final.
The court said all the defendants made personal contact with the alleged Mahdi, some of them lived with him in his house in Kuwait, helped him financially, administered his website, communicated with him through e-mail, distributed his books and wrote supportive articles on social media.
The first defendant, who was imprisoned for 25 years, was previously caught on the same charge but declared his repentance and signed a pledge never to return to his takfiri (describing others as infidels) ideology before he was released.
The court said all the defendants considered the Kingdom, its government and its people to be infidels and claimed that anyone who did not believe in their alleged Mahdi was not a Muslim.
The second defendant received 10 years in jail, the third was imprisoned for 20, while the fourth and fifth were jailed for seven and five years respectively.