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  • Search  on the internet "police brutality" or "police excessive force."  If you search YouTube, there are many videos of cops acting WAY beyond their limits.
  • Jim Hightower | The Absurdly Dangerous Militarization of America's Police

Ed Griffith, New Progressive Alliance

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August 27, 2013 | When I was growing up my father always said that a policeman was your friend who would always help you out.  In the United States and world wide that is no longer an accurate description.

The increased use of violence without justification by police both here and abroad can no longer be regarded as isolated incidents. From the massive tactics used to break up Occupy and other democratic movements coordinated by the Federal Government to increasing unjustified violence to the increasing purchase and use of military vehicles all indicate a disturbing trend. Further, this violence seems to be increasingly directed against innocent protestors or other victims.

Ed Griffith, now retired, has been Georgia lawyer, teacher, pilot in Civil Air Patrol, and Naval Officer. 

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  • Police departments across the U.S. have a growing collection of toys used by the army.
  • Are the good people of Bastrop facing some imminent terrorist threat that warrants military equipment?
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BP Deepwater Supervisors Must Face Manslaughter Rap

  • Judge Duval also noted that if the facts alleged in the case are true, it would be “difficult” to prove that the supervisors did not expect to be punished for their negligence.
  • 3 Years Of Gulf Oil Spill Photos Show Ongoing Impact

Pakalolo, Daily Kos

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Gulf_Oil_SpillWed Jan 29, 2014 | Think Progress reports that a Louisiana federal judge on Monday refused to toss manslaughter charges against two BP PLC supervisors for their roles in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, rejecting claims that the charges are unconstitutionally vague because they lack a clear standard of care that the supervisors allegedly violated.

The U.S. Department of Justice claims Robert Kaluza's and Donald Vidrine's negligence caused the 11 rig worker deaths in the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which sent nearly 5 million barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. The 23 count indictment accuses them of mishandling a crucial safety test and failing to report abnormally high pressure readings that attorneys say were signs of an impending disaster. The blast at BP's Manconda well killed 11 workers, injured 16 others and resulted in the largest accidental marine spill in the Petroleum industries history.

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3 Years Of Gulf Oil Spill Photos Show Ongoing Impact, James Gerken, Huffington Post

MLK Assassinated by US Government

  • Coretta Scott King: “We have done what we can to reveal the truth, and we now urge you as members of the media, and we call upon elected officials, and other persons of influence to do what they can to share the revelation of this case to the widest possible audience.” – King Family Press Conference, Dec. 9, 1999.
  • King Family civil trial verdict
  • JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters

Carl Herman, Washington's Blog

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Kennedy Dallas MotorcadeJanuary 19, 2014 | The assassination of Dr. King is just one OBVIOUS crime from among ~100 of the US “1% oligarchy” of crucial importance. The crimes center in wars, money, and media; and call for arrests of obvious “leaders” orchestrating these crimes, or a Truth & Reconciliation process.

Dr. Martin Luther King’s family and personal friend/attorney, William F. Pepper, won a civil trial that found US government agencies guilty in the wrongful death of Martin Luther King. The 1999 trial, King Family versus Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators, is the only trial ever conducted on the assassination of Dr. King.  The King Center fully documents the case , with full trial transcript.

Carl Herman: optimist & skeptic, who prefers wit over humour, a quiet thinker over a lamppost, and no mind over a narrow mind.

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JFK_UnspeakableJFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters ~ James Douglass, Prof. Edward Curtin, Global Research

  • He chose peace. They marked him for death.
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  • November 16, 2013 | Why He Died and Why It Matters (Orbis Books, 2008) is clearly one of the best books ever written on the Kennedy assassination and deserves a vast readership.  It is bound to roil the waters of complacency that have submerged the truth of this key event in modern American history.

Jim Hightower | The Absurdly Dangerous Militarization of America's Police

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  • Are the good people of Bastrop facing some imminent terrorist threat that warrants military equipment?
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Jim Hightower, Other Words

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January 7, 2014 | It’s still a mystery how Santa Claus got it down the chimney, but Bastrop got a Christmas present boys can only dream about: a big honking, steel-clad, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) truck.

But Bastrop isn’t a 6-year-old boy, and this truck is no toy.

Bastrop is a Texas county of some 75,000 people, and its new MRAP is the real deal. The heavily armored military vehicle is just one of several versions of war tanks that have become the hot, must-have playthings of police departments all across the country.

Jim Hightower, an OtherWords columnist, is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown.

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August 8, 2013 | The moment the assault rifles surrounded her, Angie Wong was standing in a leafy art-gallery courtyard with her boyfriend, a lawyer named Paul Kaiser. It was just past 2 A.M., in May, 2008. Wong was twenty-two years old and was dressed for an evening out, in crisp white jeans, a white top, and tall heels that made it difficult not to wobble. The couple had stopped by a regular event hosted by the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID), a red brick gallery with the aim of “turning Detroit into a model city,” and arrived to find a tipsy, jubilant scene: inside, gallerygoers were looking at art and dancing to a d.j.

 

Texas anti-abortion law forces women to make tough choices

Reproductive Justice & Gender

  • On Jan. 6, an appeals court will hear a challenge to the measure, which has led clinics to close.
  • MI Senator Shames GOP Over ‘Rape Insurance’ Law

Lindsay Beyerstein, Aljazeera America

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src.adapt.960.high.1388962003068.jpgReproductive Services of Harlingen, one of two abortion clinics in the Rio Grande Valley, had to stop providing abortions after the new law went into effect last year Lindsay Beyerstein

January 5, 2014 |  | When Hannah Roe Beck, a 21-year-old student at the University of Texas at San Antonio, volunteers for the Lilith Fund hotline, she has $1,080 per shift to allocate as she sees fit. A nonprofit organization that provides cash assistance for women seeking abortions in South Texas, the Lilith Fund is typically able to fund only about a third of the women who call for help. So every shift involves difficult choices. Beck usually allocates about $75 to each caller she can help; she could give up to $200, but that's very rare. She gets roughly 25 calls per six-hour shift, and she has to turn down some women.

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I hope our politicians are made aware of how many girls are self-aborting in the Rio Grande Valley. This law is backfiring. --Lester Minto, Reproductive Services of Harlingen

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They call her in tears, begging for help. She has brainstormed with clients about which possessions they might pawn. She takes calls from the couch in the living room of her student apartment, surrounded by college bric-a-brac, including stenciled street art and a classical bust that her roommate has incongruously dressed up in a snowboarding cap. Beck's new to the hotline, but she already has ways of coping with the pressure. "I've got a blanket that looks like the Texas flag, and sometimes I cover myself in that if I need some security," she says.

Lindsay Beyerstein is an investigative journalist in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in Reuters, the Columbia Journalism Review, Slate and other publications. She is a staff writer at In These Times and the lead writer at the Sidney Hillman Foundation.

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MI Senator Shames GOP Over ‘Rape Insurance’ Law, Stephen C. Webster, The Progressive

  • “And for those of you who want to act aghast that I use a term like rape insurance to describe the proposal here before us, you should be even more offended that it’s an absolutely accurate description of what this proposal requires. This tells women that were raped and become pregnant that they should have thought ahead and bought special insurance for it.”
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