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US Dept. of Justice demands 1.3M IP addresses related to Trump resistance site

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  • This includes “names, addresses, telephone numbers and other identifiers, e-mail addresses, business information, the length of service (including start date), means and source of payment for services (including any credit card or bank account number), and information about any domain name registration.” 
  • The warrant, dated July 12, says that authorities will seize any information constituting violations of D.C. code governing riots that involve individuals connected to the protests on Inauguration Day.
  • Related: Reporters face 70 years in prison over anti-Trump march.

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08/14/17 |  The Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested information on visitors to a website used to organize protests against President Trump, the Los Angeles-based Dreamhost said in a blog post published on Monday.

Dreamhost, a web hosting provider, said that it has been working with the Department of Justice for several months on the request, which believes goes too far under the Constitution.

Morgan Chalfant: I cover cybersecurity for The Hill , formerly defense/natsec for @FreeBeacon.

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Two journalists are among more than 200 people facing felony charges after mass arrests at Inauguration Day rally.

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How the overcriminalization of everything is endangering ordinary people

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  • In video of the video of her brutal encounter, Mendez-Medrano gets at the heart of the problem. “Why go after people trying to make a decent living?” she asks. “Why not go after gang-bangers?” The answer is that too much of what we’d call “making a decent living” is what our government calls “crime.”
  • Related: Justine Damond’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis police raises so many questions.
  • Related: Death by Cop: Black and White Issues

Bonnie Kristian, Rare 

July 19, 2017 | A video surfaced Monday night of a police officer in Perris, California, tackling a 52-year-old woman, grabbing her arms and pulling her hair — all for the “crime” of selling flowers without a permit.

As the local news station KLTA, which covered the video, reports, Juanita Mendez-Medrano was peacefully selling flower bouquets and Hawaiian-style leis to families celebrating at a nearby high school graduation when the cops got involved. She was ticketed along with some other vendors for selling without a city permit, and when she declined to provide her name for the ticket, one officer escalated the situation into a violent arrest.

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Justine Damond’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis police raises so many questions, Bonnie KristianRare

  • Why? It’s beyond ludicrous. She wasn’t a threat. She didn’t do anything wrong or violent. And now she’s dead.
  • The Minneapolis PD have a lot to answer for.

July 18, 2017 | More than 660 people have been killed by police officers in the United States this year so far. Number 661 was Justine Ruszczyk Damond, an Australian woman who was fatally shot by a cop in Minneapolis this week.

Unlike many other high-profile police shootings — like the death of Philando Castile, who was also killed by a Twin Cities officer — Damond’s death wasn’t caught on camera. Ironically, that’s part of why this tragedy has made headlines: Minneapolis police wear body cameras, but the officers involved didn’t have their cameras turned on when one of them shot Damond as she went out to meet them, unarmed and in her pajamas, in her own alleyway, after having summoned them by calling 911.

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Death by Cop: Black and White Issues, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report / Truthdig 

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  • U.S. police kill more Black women every year than the total of all civilians killed annually by their counterparts in western Europe’s largest countries. These sisters’ male relatives are slaughtered on an epic scale—with the connivance and consent of most of the Congressional Black Caucus, 80 percent of whose members voted to continue the militarization of local police when the issue came up for a vote on the full House floor in June of 2014.
  • Related: After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town.

 

Death by Cop: Black and White Issues

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  • U.S. police kill more Black women every year than the total of all civilians killed annually by their counterparts in western Europe’s largest countries. These sisters’ male relatives are slaughtered on an epic scale—with the connivance and consent of most of the Congressional Black Caucus, 80 percent of whose members voted to continue the militarization of local police when the issue came up for a vote on the full House floor in June of 2014.
  • Related: After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report / Truthdig

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Front pages of Australian newspapers featuring the story of the fatal shooting of Australian Justine Damond in Minneapolis by a police officer. (Kristen Gelineau / AP)

Jul 20, 2017 | Although little is known about the circumstances of her fatal encounter with Minneapolis police, Justine Damond’s death is worldwide news, a “tragedy” that sparked protests from Minnesota to her native Australia. The 40-year-old yoga and meditation teacher set the process of her demise in motion by calling the cops, at about 11:30 on a Saturday night, when she heard what she believed was a sexual assault in progress outside the home she shared with her fiancé in a “quiet” neighborhood dotted with shops and cafes. Damond was standing in an alley outside her house, wearing pajamas, when a young Somali-born officer shot her in the abdomen, reportedly after hearing a loud noise.

Damond had come to the United States seeking “a new life,” according to friends. She is near-universally presumed to be innocent—which is almost certainly true, although the assumption is based almost entirely on her race and class. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges quickly announced she was “heartsick and deeply disturbed” by the shooting.

Glen Ford has had a long career as a radio host and commentator. In 1977, Ford co-launched, produced and hosted America’s Black Forum, the first nationally syndicated Black news interview program on commercial television. He is the co-founder Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report.

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After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town, Richard G. Carlson, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

http://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_150041900567872.jpg?w=525 Justine Damond “was the bright light the world needed today,” cried out friend Denise Houser as she visited the makeshift memorial that was left at the scene where a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Damond on Saturday night. Elizabeth Flores; Star Tribune  

  • I say it's us civilians, and we insist on the reforms the Police Department resists and its political patrons have shrunk from. 
  • Right now, as a lifelong Minneapolitan, I’m ashamed for my community.
  • Related: Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences
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After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town.

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Justine Damond “was the bright light the world needed today,” cried out friend Denise Houser as she visited the makeshift memorial that was left at the scene where a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Damond on Saturday night. Elizabeth Flores; Star Tribune 

  • I say it's us civilians, and we insist on the reforms the Police Department resists and its political patrons have shrunk from. 
  • Right now, as a lifelong Minneapolitan, I’m ashamed for my community.
  • Related: Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences

Richard G. Carlson, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

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We’ve been here for a long time. We’ve been progressives for a long time. And right now, as a lifelong Minneapolitan, I’m ashamed for my community.

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Richard G. Carlson, of Minneapolis, is a retired assistant Hennepin County public defender.

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Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences, Sam Levine, HuffPost 

  • “While there is always room to debate the most effective approach to criminal justice, that debate should be based on facts, not fear.”
  • Related: Smart on Crime: An Alternative to the Tough vs. Soft Debate
  • Related: Prison Reform: Justice vs. Revenge

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Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences

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  • “While there is always room to debate the most effective approach to criminal justice, that debate should be based on facts, not fear.”
  • Related: Smart on Crime: An Alternative to the Tough vs. Soft Debate
  • Prison Reform: Justice vs. Revenge 

Sam Levine, HuffPost

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Sally%20Yates.jpg06/24/2017 | Sally Yates, the former deputy attorney general who was fired by President Donald Trump in January, criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ approach to fighting crime and accused him of distorting facts.

In a Washington Post op-ed, Yates rebuked Sessions for instructing Justice Department prosecutors to pursue the toughest sentences possible against criminal defendants. In a separate Post op-ed last week, Sessions accused the Obama administration of going easy on drug offenders and suggested its policies were responsible for a spike in crime. Sessions wrote he worried the United States was facing the start of a new upward trend in violent crime ― a claim that experts have questioned.

Sam Levine is an associate politics editor at HuffPost.

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Smart on Crime: An Alternative to the Tough vs. Soft Debate, Ed Chung, American Progress 

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  • The debate between being tough or soft on crime is rhetorical and has no value in the criminal justice conversation today.
  • Related: "We Don't Have the Rule of Law": Barrett Brown on Incarceration, Journalism and His Next Steps

 

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Prison Reform: Justice vs. Revenge, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • It’s nearly impossible to claim that the current system, where inmates languish in long-term punishment centers and return to a world they’re even less prepared for than when they entered, is fair. And inmates know it.
  • Part 1: Justice v. Revenge: The Question Beneath the Question of Prison Reform 
  • Part 2: Virtue Ethics: Justice vs. Revenge

 

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Special Report | The Philando Castile Acquittal: Week Ending June 24, 2017

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"I can't keep up with the number of people whose existence is being reduced to a hashtag, at the rate cops are realizing their GI Joe fantasies." --Anon

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Philando Castile Verdict a Painful Result of Laws Rigged to Protect Cops, Shaun King, New York Daily News / Common Dreams

According to American case law, if cops believe their life is in danger, it does not matter if it truly is or isn't, all they have to do is believe it. The decades old cases of Tennessee v Garner and Graham v Connor both shaped for future juries what police could and could not get away with.

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  • Part 1: There Is No Justice In America For Black People Killed By Cops
  • “The system continues to fail black people,” (Castile’s mother, Valerie,) said Friday after the verdict. 
  • Part 2: Thousands March In Saint Paul After Philando Castile Verdict
  • Protestors marched through the city after Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter.

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  • Jun 19, 2017 | To protect the White supremacy narrative, you all have been duped.
  • You’ve been lied to.

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This Lying, Murdering Whore Called America, Michael Harriot, the Root

  • 6/16/17 | I bet America celebrated a little bit. I bet she even smiled as Philando Castile descended into the infinite darkness, still loving her, confused and wet with pieces of his own brain fluid.
  • America is a bitch.

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Tue, 06/20/2017 | Add the name of Charleena Lyles, a pregnant woman from Seattle, to the list of victims of the U.S. State. Her name will soon move down the column, since killer cops “are inherent in the logic of repression that has always characterized the relationship between the U.S. racist settler-state and black people.” Killing Black people comes easily, especially at this stage of capitalism in which their labor is no longer needed.

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The week in patriarchy: the latest US shootings are an awful reminder of how normal they feel, Jessica Valenti, the Guardian

Friday 16 June 2017 | In a time when shootings are commonplace, this week didn’t necessarily feel remarkable. It felt normal and that makes me fear for my daughter

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  • June 22, 2017 | On Wednesday, Cleveland police officer Gregory King testified in the 2015 shooting death of Brandon Jones that his partner, Officer Alan Buford, should not have shot Jones.
  • King said he was never in fear of his life from Jones, who was unarmed.

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Join a Grassroots Campaign to Fight Police Militarization, NationAction, the Nation

  • Last year, activists were able to kick Urban Shield out of Oakland. Now they’re fighting to get rid of this potent symbol of police militarization for good.
  • Establishing Policies to Restrict Military Recruiting in K-12 Schools

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Thousands March for Justice for Black People Killed by Cops

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  • Part 1: There Is No Justice In America For Black People Killed By Cops
  • “The system continues to fail black people,” (Castile’s mother, Valerie,) said Friday after the verdict. 
  • Part 2: Thousands March In Saint Paul After Philando Castile Verdict
  • Protestors marched through the city after Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter.

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Valerie Castile looks at a photo button of her son Philando during a press conference on the state Capitol grounds in Saint Paul, Minnesota, July 12, 2016. Eric Miller / Reuters 

“The system continues to fail black people,” (Castile’s mother, Valerie,) said Friday after the verdict. “My son loved this city, and this city killed my son. And the murderer gets away! Are you kidding me right now?”

Julia Craven, Huff Post 

06/16/2017 | It’s happening again.

I have to write about Philando Castile, the 32-year-old black man who was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer last July. I have to compose myself, sit at this laptop and write something profound about another black life taken by a police officer, another officer found not guilty for killing a black person.

And, you know, I have nothing much to say.

On Friday, St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty in Castile’s death. In audio recording from just before the encounter, Yanez can be heard saying: “I’m going to stop a car. I’m going to check IDs. I have reason to pull it over. The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery.”

Julia Craven: Civil Rights Reporter, HuffPost

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Part 2: Thousands March In Saint Paul After Philando Castile Verdict

Protestors marched through the city after Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter.

Carla Herreria, Huff Post

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06/16/2017 | Protesters rallied in front of the state Capitol in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on Friday after a jury found a police officer not guilty in the July 2016 shooting death of Philando Castile.

Jeronimo Yanez, a police officer in the suburb of St. Anthony, shot and killed Castile, who was black, during a traffic stop. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, was in the car with him and filmed the aftermath of the shooting. Yanez was found not guilty of several charges Friday, including manslaughter. 

Carla Herreria is an Hawaii-based Huff Post reporter.

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Smart on Crime: An Alternative to the Tough vs. Soft Debate

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  • The debate between being tough or soft on crime is rhetorical and has no value in the criminal justice conversation today.
  • Related: "We Don't Have the Rule of Law": Barrett Brown on Incarceration, Journalism and His Next Steps

Ed Chung, American Progress

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May 12, 2017 | Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed federal prosecutors to pursue the most aggressive approach against federal criminal defendants, rescinding part of former Attorney General Eric Holder “Smart on Crime” initiative. Over the past five years, the momentum to reform the criminal justice system reached a crescendo as communities and their elected http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/01/11/opinion/justice190v.jpg leaders across the country looked to enact smart criminal justice policies to make the system more effective and equitable for all. Yet the widespread attention and energy behind reform efforts is relatively recent and is at risk because government leaders still guard against being labeled “soft on crime.” 

However, the debate between being tough or soft on crime is rhetorical and has no value in the criminal justice conversation today. Communities now are looking to be “Smart on Crime”—that is, to pursue policies that are thoughtful, fair, and effective. Smart on Crime is shorthand for a set of criminal justice principles that supports a comprehensive approach to criminal justice reform. It is time to move beyond political sound bites and the false choice between being either tough or soft on crime and focus instead on being smart on crime.

Ed Chung is Vice President for Criminal Justice Reform at the Center for American Progress. The author (thanks) Sarah Shapiro for her contribution to this column.

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"We Don't Have the Rule of Law": Barrett Brown on Incarceration, Journalism and His Next Steps, Candice Bernd, Truthout 

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The government is frankly illegitimate in many ways and should be treated as such. I think that will become more evident. Let's say, even if they successfully remove this administration, we still have this 35 percent of people in this country who will support any fascist authoritarian like this, and they're still there. They may increase in number.

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