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Inquiry Into Libya Attack Is Sharply Critical of State Department

Inquiry Into Libya Attack Is Sharply Critical of State Department | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An inquiry into the attack on the American diplomatic mission in Libya criticized the State Department for a lack of seasoned security personnel and for ignoring requests for more guards.
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While the failures and missteps are worrisome, I am delighted that the administration went about doing the assessment properly and that the panel did their job quickly. Not like a nunch of politicians baying at the other party but a group of professionals assessing and recommending.

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Police morale can wait: How the Baltimore riots should reshape Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s agenda

Police morale can wait: How the Baltimore riots should reshape Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s agenda | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As the chaos in Baltimore has shown, it's far too soon to shift our attention to the grievances of cops
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This article is right on target. In Baltimore and elsewhere the morale of the police must be balanced with the rights and needs of the people, especially the poor and those who are otherwise unheard. Of course there must be law and order, but that means behind the blue line as well as in front of it. Sadly, the police of Baltimore have a long record of abuse. Which leads us to another question, can the federal government effectively step in to find that balance or should it be a local or perhaps a state issue? In all honesty, I think it must be local and state first and the federal government should only step in under the most egregious situations. What the feds can do is stop selling military and militarizing weapons to local police; they can stop making believe that police science is perfect so there is room for juries and investigators to have doubts when appropriate, and they can work more assiduously to protect and encourage investigative journalism. Remember that our "First Amendment Rights" are way more effective and important than our "Second Amendment Remedies".

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After peaceful start, protest of Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore turns violent

After peaceful start, protest of Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore turns violent | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Fans at an Orioles game were briefly asked to remain inside the stadium after a protest over a police-custody death left six unoccupied police cars damaged.
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Also rejecting the disruptive acts was Gray’s sister, Fredericka.

'My family wants to say: Can y’all please, please stop the violence? Freddie Gray would not want that,' she said at a news conference. 'Freddie’s father and mother don’t want no violence. Violence does not get justice.'” It is a sad fact of life in American cities that there are always going to be a small number who will push every demonstration towards violence. Kudos to the police department of Baltimore, which tried to avoid a confrontation, and to the thousands of peaceful demonstrators. Meanwhile, there is way too much police use of violence against relatively minor targets like Freddie Gray.

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The 5 Factors Driving Europe's Deadly Migrants Crisis

The 5 Factors Driving Europe's Deadly Migrants Crisis | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The economic and political reasons behind a humanitarian tragedy
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It is relatively easy to talk about what Europe should do, but let a few thousand flee Central America for the U.S., and we become enraged. It is easy to comment on what more Turkey could do, but we reject the Dream Act and refuse to accept young men and women who have been raised here no matter that they had no say in the coming and including those who have done nothing wrong and tried to be good Americans. So should we be lecturing the rest of the world about xenophobia or looking at the log in our own American eye?

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At Supreme Court, Eric Holder’s Justice Dept. Routinely Backs Officers’ Use of Force

At Supreme Court, Eric Holder’s Justice Dept. Routinely Backs Officers’ Use of Force | Upsetment | Scoop.it
At the Supreme Court, the attorney general’s office consistently backs officers accused of abuse, even as it pursues civil rights investigations against several local police departments.
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Mr. Holder as Attorney General and the Department of Justice have to find the best path through two often contradictory considerations, the civil rights of individuals and the right to "qualified immunity" for peace officers using force. In each actual instance, the question must be did the officer(s) in question have a reasonable knowledge that the threat to them and to others was passed or quite simply non-existent. We, reading about the far-too-frequent instances of unnecessary violence are reading about them after the fact, but what was it reasonable for the officer on the scene to think? On the other hand, and here's the biggie, was the officer's thinking incorrect because of bias or the lack of proper training? If the officer or a department has bias or inadequate training, then, INMH, no "qualified immunity" exists.

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Protected Wild Horses Dying for Ranchers’ Profit

Protected Wild Horses Dying for Ranchers’ Profit | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Utah suit wants to eliminate 1,350 horses from public land with the same practices that are killing horses in Wyoming.
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Sadly, American life has become all about the profit.

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Rural fire districts feel budget burn

Rural fire districts feel budget burn | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Arizona's 156 rural fire districts are working with smaller budgets this year under a new state law limiting property valuations.
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How will the people who are saving on taxes feel when there isn't sufficient money to save their property from one of the fires that are inevitable this summer? The GOP dominated legislature of Arizona is incredibly shortsighted.

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U.S. Apologizes to Poles Over FBI Chief's' Holocaust Article

U.S. Apologizes to Poles Over FBI Chief's' Holocaust Article | Upsetment | Scoop.it
FBI director James Comey accused Poland of being an accomplice to the Holocaust.
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The truth lies, as usual, in the middle. Poland as a country was certainly victimized. Many Poles were forced into camps and were murdered by the Nazis. Many Poles tried to help the Jews who were being hunted by the Germans. AND, many Poles were antisemitic and more than willing to help with the extermination of Jews. Were there more Nazi sympathizers in Poland than say Holland, France, or the other countries that were invaded by the Germans? I honestly don't know for sure, but I would expect so since the Jews were more set apart in Poland than in some of the more Western countries. But overall, the Poles were certainly not the perpetrators and were victims, so I think we can safely say that Director Comey has shown a remarkable lack of judgment and historical knowledge. My question: Why did he feel called upon to write a piece about the Holocaust anyway?

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Leading Republicans differ over armed 'insurrection'

Leading Republicans differ over armed 'insurrection' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Let this sink in: a debate over the right to an armed insurrection against the United States is an apparent GOP primary issue this year.
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And there are still Americans, even patriotic Americans, who will vote for a member of the Good-Old Poops party. Isn't it time for us to find a better group to oppose the Democrats. Seriously, you could find better thinking in the monkey-house of any zoo.

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The American Nightmare: Debbie Milke Recounts Life on Death Row - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The American Nightmare: Debbie Milke Recounts Life on Death Row - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Debbie Milke, born in Berlin, was placed in solitary confinement Arizona for 22 years after being falsely convicted of conspiring to kill her son. Following her acquittal, she discusses her experience in prison and a life destroyed by a miscarriage of justice.
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Sometimes the abuse of power by police (and courts) is so egregious as to warrant real and severe consequences. If Armando Seldate and Cheryl Hendrix are still alive, I hope they spend the rest of their lives in the agony they so completely deserve. As for compensation from the State of Arizona and the City of Phoenix, I can only say that this woman should have the funds to live however she wants, wherever she wants, and with whatever conveniences and services she desires. We as a community owe her big-time. This was not a mistake; it wasn't even a miscarriage of justice; it was a travesty and a dishonor to us all.

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Feds Gone Wild: Why Federal Agents Act Badly

Feds Gone Wild: Why Federal Agents Act Badly | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Federal agents are caught up in a string of scandals. Experts say their boys-will-be-boys culture is the reason why.
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Clearly, there need to be better consequences for bad behavior and a change of the "boys-will-be-boys" culture, but underneath all of those issues is the attitude of law enforcement in general in this country that they are above the law, that they won't be "caught" because it is their buddies who are doing the enforcement. This is merely part of the ongoing problem of "Blue culture," which is in turn self-perpetuating both in terms of selection and training. That sense of a separate culture is only going to get worse with today's emphasis on militarizing law enforcement and the spread of weapons in society.

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Iran Is Winning the War for Dominance of the Middle East

Iran Is Winning the War for Dominance of the Middle East | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Tehran and Riyadh are engaged in a naked struggle for power in the region -- individual rights and good governance be damned.
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It is imperative that the United States and its European allies find a middle ground or we will assuredly give Iran the fodder it needs to gain popular support in its struggle with Saudi Arabia, a struggle that is now being fought in Yemen but which may yet engulf the entire Middle East.

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First F-35 Jets Lack Ground-Combat Punch of 1970s-Era A-10s

First F-35 Jets Lack Ground-Combat Punch of 1970s-Era A-10s | Upsetment | Scoop.it

The first F-35 jets ready for combat won’t be able to protect forces in ground combat as well as the nearly 40-year-old A-10s (pictured above) the Pentagon wants to retire, according to the Defense Department’s chief weapons tester.

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I've posted about this boondoggle before; it is an example of the military-industrial-espionage complex at its worst. Of course, none of this could go forward without the members of congress who continue to see the Pentagon as a cash-cow for their states or districts. It is time for a major overhaul of the way the government spends its money with real metrics and consequences for success and failure as opposed to the pour-more-money-into-it approach that has so often distorted planning.

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UPDATED: District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler charges reserve deputy with second-degree manslaughter

UPDATED: District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler charges reserve deputy with second-degree manslaughter | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"How many errors are made in an operating room every week?"
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Nd the sheriff said, "How many errors are made in an operating room every week?" Now that's the kind of self-evaluation we expect from law-enforcement—NOT! And those physicians who do make mistakes are carefully evaluated and their errors have consequences.

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GOP, Pentagon tussle over East Coast shield

GOP, Pentagon tussle over East Coast shield | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Pentagon has repeatedly said it doesn’t need — nor can it afford — a third anti-missile battery on American territory to defend against a possible attack from North Korea or Iran. But that hasn’t stopped congressional Republicans, ideologically predisposed to a more comprehensive missile shield than Democrats, from pushing...
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They are cloning the ghost of Ronald Reagan and his star wars defense boondoggle. Then they complain about spending money to help those in real need to escape the cycle of poverty and to have a real piece of the American pie. Wait, you say, those missile defense systems will create jobs; sure but most of tax dollars will end up in the hands of corporations and not in communities. Besides which, and this is the real icing on the cake, these missile defense systems don't work. If you really want to defend the East Coast of America, spend some money getting the inner cities, like Baltimore, Trenton, and Philadelphia, brought up to code—the code of the human heart.

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Federally-run Indian schools are in rough shape because of a broken bureaucracy

Federally-run Indian schools are in rough shape because of a broken bureaucracy | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Bureau of Indian Education has struggled to staff, manage and repair its schools because of "management challenges," according to federal auditors.
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With the absence of any accountability to the end users, in this case the local Native American communities, no federal bureaucracy can fulfill its mandate. Contacts made in Washington are more about greed and corruption than about outcomes. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has been a stink hole of corruption and failure from the very first. And our nation's policy towards Native Americans is somehow symbolized by giving these young people huge bags of candy for their homecoming; is that really what Native Americans, who have higher than normal rates of diabetes and obesity, need? Who the heck is minding that train-wreck?

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Where the Grave Isn't Free: One Afghan Interpreter's Trials of US Resettlement

Where the Grave Isn't Free: One Afghan Interpreter's Trials of US Resettlement | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Day and night, amid the relentless din of interstate traffic, Aimal tries to take solace in this nondescript low-income housing unit alongside the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

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Once again the United States demonstrates its lack of commitment to those who have fought for us, especially those from other countries. To this day the grown children of Filipinos who served with the U.S. in World War II are unable to get visas to come here. How many Vietnamese were left behind? Now we have these proud Afghan translators and other helpers facing poverty with no assistance in finding the employment, not the welfare, they want. A nation that is as non-humanitarian as ours doesn't deserve the approbation of other countries.

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Double the N.I.H. Budget

Double the N.I.H. Budget | Upsetment | Scoop.it
It’s insane that we spend so much on health care and so little on research.
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Unheard of you say, but it's true there are some things on which I agree with Newt Gingrich, and this is one of them. Of course, there are those who don't want medical research either from some bizarre political philosophy or because government sponsored research might get in the way of their making money, but I bet most of us agree that this is a reasonable way for the government to help all Americans. And, if in the process, the cost of healthcare falls thereby cutting future costs of government, that would be a wonderful added boon for the taxpayers. 

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Watch: U.S. Marshal Crushes Camera

Watch: U.S. Marshal Crushes Camera | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Torn from woman's hands.
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We must make sure that the police at all levels are open to the scrutiny of the public. Hopefully, this U.S. marshal will soon be looking for new employment or at the very least will be assigned to a desk.

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GOP Rep: Obamacare Makes America More Like North Korea

GOP Rep: Obamacare Makes America More Like North Korea | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Rep. David Brat (R-VA) on Thursday, during a conversation with Lars Larson at the “Hold Their Feet To The Fire” conference, blamed Obamacare for moving America away from a free market system and making the country more like North Korea.
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Of course, if the GOP troll bothered to do his research, he'd know that South Korea has universal healthcare. Why do people vote for men like this who speak doctrine from their asses?

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Ignoring the terror within

Ignoring the terror within | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Twenty years after the Oklahoma City bombing, federal authorities have lost sight of domestic extremists and failed to prevent acts of terrorism. The lack of focus, funding and information-sharing across disparate agencies has led to fatal consequences for unknowing victims around the country. Meanwhile, the violence is metastasizing and the threat growing.
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Historically, domestic terrorism, the use of terror tactics by citizens against the people and institutions of their own country, were seen as coming form the "left." Anarchists and union organizers were portrayed as the perpetrators; then it was Wobblies and Communists. Of course, nobody dared to add the Klan or other racial bigots to that list. Even when Black churches were bombed and children killed, we didn't recognize these hate crimes as terror tactics. Now, the tools of terrorism have become more powerful. Entire buildings can be destroyed and large numbers of people killed with assault weapons. How should the government respond to the potential for domestic terrorism? First, we have to recognize that today it more likely to come from the right because the role of government has changed to do more for the downtrodden. However, that may change as anti-labor and anti-poor laws are enforced in some locales. Terror is the tactic of those who are angry—regardless of where they are on the political spectrum.. It is a weapon that comes from feeling disenfranchised and without control. One problem with the "fusion" center approach is that it is more concerned with apprehension and punishment than with trying to reduce the sense of frustration and rage that produces violence. While most acts of domestic terror are the products of individuals, those individuals generally need a sense that there is broad agreement with them. In their heads, they are not acting alone.

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Meet the Man Who Claims He Just Founded a New Country in Europe

Meet the Man Who Claims He Just Founded a New Country in Europe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Welcome to "Liberland"
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I wonder if any of these proposed "citizens" is planning to give up the services of the countries from which they come. It is easy to have a tax-and-law-free country if you can turn elsewhere for policing, healthcare, old age pensions, enforcement of contracts and courts, etc. My guess they are going to try to mile the other three "real" countries for those services. I hope that the Czech Republic, Serbia, and Croatia all charge for providing those services that are provided, especially if the people of Liberland don't pay taxes to their home countries. The small hidden countries of Europe like Monaco and Lichtenstein are only able to exist because of the support and indulgence of the larger countries in which they are set, France and Spain.

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Black Teen Hangs, Cops Shrug: No Evidence Collected on Lennon Lacy

Black Teen Hangs, Cops Shrug: No Evidence Collected on Lennon Lacy | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Police turned away the coroner, ordered no autopsy, and took no photos or measurements. No wonder the family doesn’t believe it was suicide.
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If it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, and is seen in the context of ducks, it probably is police negligence or misconduct. Now the real question, what were the cops covering up?

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Sources: Supervisors told to falsify reserve deputy's training records; department announces internal review

Sources: Supervisors told to falsify reserve deputy's training records; department announces internal review | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Tulsa County Sheriff's Office will conduct internal review of reserve deputy program.
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An internal review? When there was obvious dereliction of duty within the office, the proper review is by an outside agency. Bates was a trigger-happy old duff wanting to play out his old-West fantasies. Sheriffs departments are often the source of some of the worst policing in the country, especially the sheriffs departments here in the Southwest.

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Marana police video shows cruiser ram crime spree suspect

Marana police video shows cruiser ram crime spree suspect | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In the video, an apparent gunshot is heard. Later, police are seen following the suspect as he walks down a street.Finally, an officer drives his cruiser onto the sidewalk and rams the suspect.
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Sometimes what looks like police violence is actually an appropriate response. The guy had a stolen gun, had fired it at least once, and probably would have either shot himself or hurt somebody else. Kudos to a cop who thought fast and took an effective action that may have left the suspect hurt but alive.

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VA building projects riddled with mistakes and cost overruns

VA building projects riddled with mistakes and cost overruns | Upsetment | Scoop.it

There are hospital doors at the half-built ­Veterans Affairs medical center outside Denver that were supposed to cost $100 each but ended up ­running $1,400. There’s a $100-million-and-still-rising price tag for an atrium and concourse with curving blond-wood walls and towering glass windows. And entire rooms that had to be refashioned because requests for medical equipment changed at the last minute and in other cases the equipment didn’t fit. No one had bothered to measure.Not even completed yet, this $1.7 billion facility is already among the most expensive hospitals in the world, and it’s just one of several VA hospital projects that are greatly over budget and behind schedule, according to the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress.

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Yet another example of the overall mismanagement of the U.S. government. It is time to push Civil Service reform which provides for better management techniques and for centralized skill departments such as architecture and IT rather than having those functions distributed by department. Also, there should be an ongoing evaluative process built in for every project budgeted for over $10, 000, 000. And that evaluative process should be performed by a separate group. Finally, Congress's hold over such projects must be broken so that individual members of Congress can's keep pushing for funding of wasteful projects in their districts.

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