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FBI arrests leader of armed group stopping migrants in New Mexico

Posted by M. C. on April 22, 2019

“Today’s arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes,” New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a statement of Hopkins’s arrest.

The problem is trained law enforcement officials (ie government) aren’t doing the job.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-militia/fbi-arrests-leader-of-armed-group-stopping-migrants-in-new-mexico-idUSKCN1RW0O5

TAOS, N.M. (Reuters) – The FBI on Saturday said it had arrested Larry Hopkins, the leader of an armed group that is stopping undocumented migrants after they cross the U.S.-Mexico border into New Mexico.

The arrest came two days after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) accused the group of illegally detaining migrants and New Mexico’s Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered an investigation.

Hopkins, 69, also known as Johnny Horton, was arrested in Sunland Park, New Mexico, on a federal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement…

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New Gun Bill Would Require Buyers To Reveal Social Media History

Posted by M. C. on February 7, 2019

Didech says his bill is a less intrusive version of a similar measure that’s been proposed in New York state. That version allows police to recover a gun license applicant’s entire browsing history. Even Didech says that goes too far.

The reality of social media and it’s originators. FB, Google, Twitter would fall over each other to hand over your history.

Like the ad says-the possibilities are endless. Any innocent comment can be interpreted by some rabid anti-fill in the blank bureaucrat so as to ruin you and your reputation.

The good thing is even the virulently anti-gun ACLU doesn’t like this idea. So far.

New Gun Bill Would Require Buyers To Reveal Social Media History

By Derrick Blakley

That’s why Didech is proposing gun buyers reveal their public social media accounts to Illinois police before they’re approved for a firearm license.

“A lot of people who are having mental health issues will often post on their social media pages that they’re about to hurt themselves or others,” Didech said. “We need to give those people the help they need.”

Pro-gun groups are outraged.

“When people look at this everyone who has a Facebook account or email account or Twitter account will be incensed or should be,” said Richard Pearson with the Illinois State Rifle Association.

But the ACLU is opposed as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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Resistance to US laws censoring criticism of Israel goes mainstream | The Electronic Intifada

Posted by M. C. on December 26, 2018

In response to Amawi’s lawsuit, Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted that “Texas stands with Israel. Period.”

What about US?

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-barrows-friedman/resistance-us-laws-censoring-criticism-israel-goes-mainstream

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Anti-BDS bills are designed to suppress Palestine rights activism in the US. (Stephen Melkisethian/Flickr)

Opposition to laws muzzling Americans who criticize Israel has gone mainstream.

Two separate lawsuits were filed this week against a Texas law requiring state contractors to certify they will not boycott Israel.

Another lawsuit was filed by a local newspaper in Arkansas, which refused to sign a similar pledge in order to win an advertising contract.

Meanwhile, senators Bernie Sanders and Dianne Feinstein, and The New York Times editorial board, have condemned efforts to rush through federal legislation aimed at silencing Israel’s critics.

On Monday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Bahia Amawi, a speech pathologist in Texas, who refused to sign a contract to renew her job with the Austin public school district.

The contract included a clause that she “does not” and “will not” engage in a boycott of Israel or “otherwise tak[e] any action that is intended to inflict economic harm” on that country.

Amawi says this requirement violates her First Amendment rights. Read the rest of this entry »

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Possible Congressional move on Israel Anti-Boycott Act alarms activists – Mondoweiss

Posted by M. C. on December 12, 2018

Because we know who really runs the show.

https://mondoweiss.net/2018/12/possible-congressional-activists/

Pro-Palestine and free speech activists who have been mobilizing against the Israel Anti-Boycott Act are sounding an alarm about rumors of a secret attempt this week to slip the legislation, which the ACLU has declared unconstitutional even in its revised form, into the must-pass House spending bill.

Despite having 292 House cosponsors and 58 in the Senate, Congressional leaders have not brought the IABA to a vote during the 115th Congress. Now, with just days before Democrats take control of the House, and with numerous cosponsors leaving office due to retirements and midterm losses, time could be running out.

The declining chances for the passage next year of the IABA, a longtime AIPAC priority, may account for machinations like the rumored attempt to slip it into the appropriations bill. A newsletter from Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) warns:

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Media Too Busy Defending John McCain to Report News That Actually Affects You

Posted by M. C. on August 29, 2018

https://theantimedia.com/media-mccain-trump-nsa/

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(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) — Right on schedule, the corporate media is in a tizzy over President Donald Trump’s failure to acknowledge the death of Senator John McCain, who passed away over the weekend after a battle with brain cancer.

As CBS “reported”: “While the White House originally lowered the flag late Saturday evening, White House reporters, including CBS News’ Mark Knoller, noticed that the flag was back at full staff Monday morning.

As Trump Stays Silent on John McCain’s Death, the Senator Gets a Last Word,” reads a New York Times headline.

NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw tweeted Monday:

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pres trump – you are commander in chief by law, duty bound to honor sen mccain
ignoring his death is a disgrace

You get the picture. The media feeding frenzy has reached a fever pitch over Trump’s failure to adequately honor the same senator who pushed for war in Iraq and advocated arming and training Syrian rebels, a U.S. government program that eventually saw the Department of Defense empowering extremist factions. McCain then criticized Trump for ending the CIA’s iteration of that program, claiming doing so was handing a win to Russia.

But McCain is an American hero today, seemingly because he was a Republican who openly challenged Donald Trump. Meanwhile, the media is ignoring a far more important development: Read the rest of this entry »

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Amazon, Stop Powering Government Surveillance | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Posted by M. C. on June 6, 2018

It also offers to flag things it considers “unsafe” or “inappropriate.”

I wonder if Jeff Bezos considers reading blog as  “unsafe” or “inappropriate.” Not sure? Just ask the government.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/05/amazon-stop-powering-government-surveillance

EFF has joined the ACLU and a coalition of civil liberties organizations demanding that Amazon stop powering a government surveillance infrastructure. Last week, we signed onto a letter to Amazon condemning the company for developing a new face recognition product that enables real-time government surveillance through police body cameras and the smart cameras blanketing many cities. Amazon has been heavily marketing this tool—called “Rekognition”—to law enforcement, and it’s already being used by agencies in Florida and Oregon. This system affords the government vast and dangerous surveillance powers, and it poses a threat to the privacy and freedom of communities across the country. That includes many of Amazon’s own customers, who represent more than 75 percent of U.S. online consumers… Read the rest of this entry »

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ACLU: Amazon shouldn’t sell face-recognition tech to police

Posted by M. C. on May 22, 2018

Amazon sells everything, including your privacy.

https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/aclu-amazon-sell-face-recognition-tech-police-55351083

By GENE JOHNSON

The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police, saying law enforcement agencies could use the technology to “easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone.”

The tool, called Rekognition, is already being used by at least one agency — the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon — to check photographs of unidentified suspects against a database of mug shots from the county jail, which is a common use of such technology around the country.

But privacy advocates have been concerned about expanding the use of facial recognition to body cameras worn by officers or safety and traffic cameras that monitor public areas, allowing police to identify and track people in real time….

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ACLU Celebrates Raid on Trump’s Lawyer: ‘The Rule of Law is Alive’

Posted by M. C. on April 12, 2018

I used to think the ACLU was right more often than wrong, except for 2nd Amendment issues.

This is an eye opener.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/12/aclu-celebrates-raid-on-trumps-lawyer-the-rule-of-law-is-alive/

by JOEL B. POLLAK

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has published an article celebrating the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s personal lawyer as a victory for the rule of law — not a violation of attorney-client privilege and the president’s constitutional rights…

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U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel

Posted by M. C. on July 20, 2017

To Hell With You Citizen

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/19/u-s-lawmakers-seek-to-criminally-outlaw-support-for-boycott-campaign-against-israel/

THE CRIMINALIZATION OF political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West.

But now, a group of 43 senators — 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats — wants to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine. 

Anyone guilty of violating the prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison. Read the rest of this entry »

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