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aclu.org

July 28, 2014

Because freedom can't protect itself Government Spying Undermines Media Freedom and Right to Counsel, ACLU- Human Rights Watch Shows

Large-scale U.S. surveillance is seriously hampering U.S.-based journalists and lawyers in their work, the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch said in a joint report released today. Surveillance is undermining media freedom and the right to counsel, and ultimately obstructing the American people's ability to hold their government to account, the groups said. The 120-page report, "With Liberty to Monitor All: How Large-Scale U.S. Surveillance is Harming Journalism, Law, and American Democracy," is based on extensive interviews with dozens of journalists, lawyers, and senior U.S. government officials. It documents how national security journalists and lawyers are adopting elaborate steps or otherwise modifying their practices to keep communications, sources, and other confidential information secure in light of revelations of unprecedented U.S. government surveillance of electronic communications and transactions. The report finds that government surveillance and secrecy are undermining press freedom, the public's right to information, and the right to counsel, all human rights essential to a healthy democracy.

reason.com

July 28, 2014

Kids occasionally behave very badly and need to be sent home from school. It's tough to imagine a 3-year-old deserving such a severe punishment, though-not once, not twice, but five separate times.

At DelawareOnline.com, Tunette Powell writes about the many, many suspensions handed down to her sons-ages 4 and 3-by overzealous preschool teachers and administrators: I agreed his behavior was inappropriate, but I was shocked that it resulted in a suspension. For weeks it seemed as if JJ was on the chopping block. He was suspended two more times, once for throwing another chair and then for spitting on a student who was bothering him at breakfast. Again, these are behaviors I found inappropriate, but I did not agree with suspension. ...

andrewnapolitano.com

July 24, 2014

"Chilling" is the word lawyers use to describe governmental behavior that does not directly interfere with constitutionally protected freedoms, but rather tends to deter folks from exercising them.

Classic examples of "chilling" occurred in the 1970s, when FBI agents and U.S. Army soldiers, in business suits with badges displayed or in full uniform, showed up at anti-war rallies and proceeded to photograph and tape record protesters. When an umbrella group of protesters sued the government, the Supreme Court dismissed the case, ruling that the protesters lacked standing -- meaning, because they could not show that they were actually harmed, they could not invoke the federal courts for redress. Yet, they were harmed, and the government knew it.

reason.com

July 21, 2014

New York City politicians-including Mayor Bill de Blasio-want to change the admissions system for the city's nine highly-selective premiere public high schools, including nationally-renowned Stuyvesant High School.

The schools currently use a single exam, the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test, to determine admittance. Less than three percent of applicants are admitted to Stuyvesant. The problem, in the eyes of some, is that black and Latino students are increasingly underrepresented at the elite schools. So are white students. When a test score is the only criteria, it seems that Asian Americans are more likely than other racial groups to gain admission to Stuyvesant.

conservativetribune.com

July 20, 2014

A Christian student was told he wasn't allowed to read his Bible during free time and was asked to give it to the teacher, which he refused to do.

Freedom of religion is a fundamental right given to people by God, but that doesn't stop the government and liberals in all levels of society from trying to strip that right from individuals any time they are given an opportunity. Reading the Bible or any religious material, regardless of a person's location, is guaranteed under the First Amendment, yet that hasn't stopped schools and teachers in Florida from doing everything in their power to prevent this kind of material from being read by students.

reason.com

July 17, 2014

Earlier this week, a little-known rapper who goes by the monicker "Rob Hustle" released a song that's quickly racking up views on Youtube.

Titled 'Call the Cops,' it's a catchy tune, but a depressing catalogue of some of the most prominent recent abuses committed by law enforcement in recent years. Hustle warns that when you call the cops, you often put your own life at risk. It's a problem that Reason readers are certainly familiar with. His music video shows countless clips of officers punching, pepper spraying, and otherwise brutalizing people.

americanactionnews.com

July 15, 2014

A prominent law professor and avowed supporter of the Obama White House will tell the House on Wednesday that the president has created one of the biggest constitutional crises in the country's history and will endorse House Republicans' effort to sue to rein him in. Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University, will say President Obama is trampling the founders' vision for the country in his push to circumvent Congress, and he will demand Republicans and Democrats alike forget their party labels to unify against this White House's power grab.

americanpreppersnetwork.com

July 15, 2014

You can never know when disaster will strike, but you can be prepared. One of the best ways to prepare for unexpected disaster is to have and prepare a bug-out bag. So what is a bug-out bag and what should go into a bug-out bag?

Wikipedia defines a Bug-out Bag as a portable kit that contains the items one would require to survive for seventy-two hours when evacuating from a disaster. First things first, you need to choose your bag. When deciding on what kind of bag you are going to use you should consider size, functionality, color and durability/quality. You want to make sure that your bag is big enough to carry everything you need and that you utilize every compartment accordingly. You should consider using a high quality back-packing type of bag as oppose to a book bag that you would use for school. Back packing type bags are specifically designed for outdoor use. They are also designed in such a way so that the weight of your bag is properly and evenly distributed throughout your hips, back, chest and shoulders. This is done through the use of straps and buckles. Make sure you learn the right way to strap your bag on before going out.

RT

July 14, 2014

The Pentagon's research lab has funded dozens of studies concerning the use of social media, the Guardian reported on Tuesday, raising further questions about what kind of data is of interest to governments around the globe.

Just days after a report published by researchers at Facebook revealed that users of the social media site had been manipulated for science, Ben Quinn and James Ball at the Guardian wrote this week that DARPA - the Pentagon-run Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - has in one way or another funded several studies recently that set out to explore that social networking site, as well as users of Twitter, Pinterest, Kickstarter and others. The journalists' report stems from a list of publications that went live on DARPA's site late last month concerning its Social Media in Strategic Communications, or SMISC, program. "The general goal of the Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program is to develop a new science of social networks built on an emerging technology base," a statement there reads. "Through the program, DARPA seeks to develop tools to support the efforts of human operators to counter misinformation or deception campaigns with truthful information."

cbsnews.com

July 14, 2014

A woman charged with performing sexual acts involving two pets and forcing a 6-year-old-boy to perform sex acts on her is back at work as a deputy director at the Centers for Disease Control.

Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey, 44, is the deputy director of the CDC's Laboratory Science, Policy and Practice Program Office (LSPPPO). She is charged with multiple counts of child molestation and one count of bestiality, according to CBS affiliate WGCL in Atlanta. Lindsey was arrested October 10 following a six-week investigation by the DeKalb County police. Police say they unearthed evidence that a 6-year-old boy was involved in sex acts with Lindsey and her boyfriend Thomas Westerman, a fellow CDC employee who is also charged in the case. The child molestation allegedly took place between January and August of 2010 at Lindsey's home in Decatur, Ga.

      

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