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[So This Is What Were Fighting For?]


Senator Asks CIA Nominee When Drones Can Kill Americans:
How Much Evidence Does The President Need To Determine That A Particular American Can Be Lawfully Killed?

Does The President Have To Provide Individual Americans With The Opportunity To Surrender Before Killing Them?

[Thanks to SSG N (retd) who sent this in. She writes: So this is what were fighting for?] 01.14.13 By Spencer Ackerman, Wired.com [Excerpts] The man in charge of Americas drone wars will face Senate questioning about perhaps their most controversial aspect: when the president can target American citizens for death. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter on Monday to John Brennan, the White Houses counterterrorism adviser and nominee to be head of the CIA, asking for an outline of the legal and practical rules that underpin the U.S. governments targeted killing of American citizens suspected of working with al-Qaida. The Obama administration has repeatedly resisted disclosing any such information about its so-called disposition matrix targeting terrorists, especially where it concerns possible American targets. Brennan reportedly oversees that matrix from his White House perch, and would be responsible for its execution at CIA director.

How much evidence does the President need to determine that a particular American can be lawfully killed? Wyden, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, asks in the letter, acquired by Danger Room. Does the President have to provide individual Americans with the opportunity to surrender before killing them? Wydens questions about the targeted-killing effort get specific. He wants to know how the administration determines when it is not feasible to capture American citizens suspected of terrorism; if the administration considers its authority to order such killings inherent in its Constitutional war powers or embedded in the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force; and if the intelligence agencies can carry out lethal operations inside the United States. Wyden writes that it is critically important for Congress to understand how the executive branch understands the limits and boundaries of this authority. In September 2011, a U.S. missile strike in Yemen killed Anwar al-Awlaki, al-Qaidas most prominent English-language propagandist and an American citizen. Weeks later, another strike fired by a U.S. drone killed Awlakis 16-year old son, Abdulrahman. The Obama administration has never disclosed the evidence behind its claims that the elder Awlaki posed such an imminent danger to Americans that prompted killing him without due process of law, prompting a major debate about the legality of the killing. (Administration officials have said even less about the justification for killing the 16-year old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki.) Earlier this month, a federal judge in New York ruled that the government was not required to disclose the legal analysis undergirding the Awlaki targeting decisions, even as the judge herself blasted the administration for embracing certain actions that seem on their face incompatible with our Constitution and laws, while keeping the reasons for their conclusion a secret. For the executive branch to claim that intelligence agencies have the authority to knowingly kill American citizens but refuse to provide Congress with any and all legal opinions that explain the executive branchs understanding of this authority represents an alarming and indefensible assertion of executive prerogative, Wyden writes. As the Senate intelligence panels leading civil libertarian, Wyden frequently calls on the administration to explain the classified reasoning behind its most controversial national security practices. Hes accused the administration of adopting a private interpretation of the Patriot Act so expansive, for instance, that it amounts to secret law authorizing surveillance. Most often the administration stiffs Wyden. The National Security Agency has yet to disclose how many Americans are caught up in its dragnet for terrorist communications, one of Wydens major

preoccupations, telling the Senator that even disclosing that number would violate Americans privacy.

AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS

AFGHANISTAN THEATER
US Foreign Fighters Suffered 30 Combat Casualties Between Jan 3-16 Raising The Total To 36,564
Jan 17, 2013 www.michaelmunk.com [Excerpts] AFGHANISTAN THEATER: US foreign fighters suffered 30 combat casualties between Jan 3-16 raising the total to 36,564. This includes 19,919 (2 pending) dead and wounded from what the Pentagon classifies as hostile causes and 16,648 dead or medically evacuated from what it listed (until May 7) as non-hostile causes. US media divert attention from the actual cost in American life and limb by reporting regularly only the total killed (6,656: 4,488 in Iraq, 2,168 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (50,422: 32,221 in Iraq; 18,201 in Afghanistan). They ignore the 58,950 (42,751 in Iraq, 16,199 in AfPak (as of May 7!) military casualties injured and ill seriously enough to be medevacd out of theater, even though the 6,656 total dead include 1,409 (961 in Iraq, 448 in Afghanistan) who died from those same non hostile causes, including 314 suicides (as of May 7) and at least 18 in Iraq from faulty KBR electrical work.

Lewis-McChord Soldier Killed In Afghanistan


Jan 18, 2013 Army Times A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier has been killed by an improvised explosive device in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Thursday.

Sgt. David J. Chambers, 25, of Hampton, Va., died Jan. 16 in Panjwai District, Kandahar Province, after he encountered an enemy IED while on dismounted patrol, the department said in a news release. Chambers was assigned to 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, under control of the 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., the release said.

POLITICIANS REFUSE TO HALT THE BLOODSHED THE TROOPS HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE WAR

U.S. Government Paid $6.8 Million For Maintenance Of More Than 7,000 Afghan Police Vehicles That Had Been Destroyed Or Were Out Of Commission:
Afghanistan Is Among The Worlds Most Corrupt Countries
January 17 By Ernesto Londoo, The Washington Post [Excerpts] The U.S. government paid $6.8 million for maintenance of more than 7,000 Afghan police vehicles that had been destroyed or were out of commission, according to an inspector general report released Thursday. Late last year, after reviewing the auditors preliminary conclusions, the training command removed 7,324 vehicles from its maintenance roster after confirming that they had either been destroyed or had not been serviced for more than a year. The report does not say whether investigators found evidence of willful misreporting, a common occurrence in Afghanistan, which is among the worlds most corrupt countries. Additional U.S. money may have been siphoned because fuel allotments for Afghan police stations are based on the number of vehicles listed on the same roster, the report said.

MILITARY NEWS

Unarmed Soldier Killed By Hawaii Police For Ramming Their Cars


Jan 15, 2013 & Jan 17, 2013 The Associated Press HONOLULU The Army has confirmed the identity of a Schofield Barracks soldier who was shot and killed by police in Waikiki earlier this week. The Armys 25th Infantry Division says the soldier was 22-year-old Pfc. Gregory M. Gordon from Ashford, Ala. Patrol officers noticed a dark-colored truck driving fast the wrong way down Nahua Street around 4 a.m., according to a police statement cited by Hawaii News Now. An officer fired multiple shots at the truck as it drove at him and narrowly missed him on Kuhio Avenue. On Ala Wai Boulevard, police fired at the truck after it rammed several marked police vehicles. Video obtained by KHON showed the truck repeatedly ramming surrounding police vehicles. Shots rang out, and the truck stopped. Police said three officers were taken to the hospital for minor injuries. They were treated and released. Five patrol vehicles were damaged, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported, citing Maj. Richard Robinson, head of the Criminal Investigations Division. The Army said in a release Thursday that Gordon joined the Army in April 2010 and attended basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. He was deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in April 2011 and returned about a year ago. He served as a fire support specialist. Gordon received numerous medals

Iraq War Veteran Wins $3.7 Million In PTSD Malpractice Lawsuit Against VA:

His War-Induced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Worsened Because The Agency Prescribed Him The Wrong Medication And Treated Him Over The Telephone
He Never Expected To Come Home And Fight His Own Government
January 17, 2013 by Steve McConnell (staff writer), The Scranton Times Tribune A federal judge on Wednesday awarded $3.7 million to an Iraq War veteran from Carbondale who sued the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs after his war-induced post-traumatic stress disorder worsened because the agency prescribed him the wrong medication and treated him over the telephone. Senior U.S. District Judge James M. Munley made the ruling in favor of Stanley Laskowski III, 34, and his wife, Marisol, after a civil nonjury trial before the judge at federal court in Scranton. The Laskowskis are very humble and courageous people. They had the courage to serve this country in war and to pursue this case under difficult circumstances, said Scranton attorney Daniel T. Brier, who along with attorney John B. Dempsey represented them in the September trial. Today, they received justice. Mr. Laskowski, a decorated Marine sergeant and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, was honorably discharged in February 2007. He has waited just two months shy of three years for a resolution in his case. In the medical malpractice lawsuit filed in 2010, Mr. Laskowski claimed clinicians at the VA Medical Center in Plains Twp. did not adequately treat his PTSD, prescribed him the wrong medications and did not immediately offer him the best therapeutic methods to alleviate his declining condition. He testified at the trial of the violence he experienced during the war. But during his testimony, he couldnt bring himself to talk about the moment he pushed through an apartment door in Baghdad during a sweep of buildings and saw on the floor a dying child, covered in blood. I had to get into that door, Mr. Laskowski testified. I really dont want to get into that, if thats all right.

Earlier in the trial before Mr. Laskowski took the stand, he had to leave the courtroom when Mr. Brier had his expert medical witness describe the bloody scenes in Iraq that fueled the veterans worsening psychological condition. Dr. Harvey Dondershine, M.D., J.D., a Stanford University psychiatrist, said Mr. Laskowskis mental tailspin began when he stormed that apartment building. When he approached the door and heard the mumbling of human voices within, he shot at the doors lock so he could get inside. When the door cracked open, he saw the child on the floor and believed he was responsible, Dr. Dondershine testified. Amid other gruesome moments he encountered, Mr. Laskowski came across the remains of a 6-month-old baby amid the shattered debris of an exploded home, Dr. Dondershine testified. In Judge Munleys 69-page ruling, he agreed with the defenses case that clinicians with the local VA should never have prescribed Mr. Laskowski new medications or changed his medications over the telephone to treat his PTSD. Also when Mr. Laskowski first sought help in April 2007, he was not treated by a physician for several months and instead dealt mainly with physician extenders - medical professionals like nurses and physicians assistants, the judge wrote. In addition, clinicians did not immediately offer psychotherapy to help him overcome nightmares, paranoia, insomnia and flashbacks spawned by his gruesome wartime experiences, according to court testimony. The lack of appropriate care worsened his condition, causing him to make the rash choice to break into a pharmacy in Olyphant and steal prescription medications, his attorneys argued. The governments attorney, G. Michael Thiel, contended clinicians did prescribe him the correct medications and that Mr. Laskowski failed to disclose the entirety of his worsening condition to them. He went to Iraq to fight the enemy, Mr. Brier said. He never expected to come home and fight his own government. We need to protect our protectors. The VA should pay this verdict without further delay in recognition of Sgt. Laskowskis sacrifice to this country.

Poisoning Of Marines At Lejeune Began Four Years Earlier Than Previous Findings

This A Big Deal, Said Jerry Ensminger, A Retired Marine Master Sergeant Youre Talking Tens Of Thousands Of More People Being Exposed
Jan. 18, 2013 By Franco Ordoez, McClatchy Newspapers [Excerpts] WASHINGTON Federal health officials have determined that water contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune exceeded safe levels as far back as August 1953, four years earlier than previous findings. The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry also found that water had been contaminated at two additional water distribution systems on the base. This a big deal, said Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine master sergeant who was stationed at Lejeune and whose daughter died of a rare form of leukemia in 1985 at age 9. Youre talking tens of thousands of more people being exposed. Confirming the presence of human carcinogens on the base as far back as 1953 will expand the eligibility of veterans and family members who can receive health benefits under the Honoring Americas Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, said Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who introduced the legislation. There are veterans out there, some of them in dire straits, who have been waiting a long time for these findings, Burr said in a statement. Until now, (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) has been unable to help them. We owe them the care they need without delay. President Barack Obama signed the Camp Lejeune law in August. It provides health care for people who lived or worked at the base from 1957 to 1987 and have a condition listed within the bill that is linked to exposure to dangerous chemicals. Now, those who lived or worked on the base starting in 1953 should also be eligible. At the time of the signing, it was estimated that 750,000 Marine veterans and family members may have been exposed to drinking water that was poisoned with trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, benzene and vinyl chloride. Some medical experts have linked the contamination to birth defects, childhood leukemia and other cancers. The toxic substances and disease registry is planning to release additional findings regarding its investigation at the base. In a letter to Veterans Affairs, registry director Christopher Portier said the agency plans to release two studies this spring: on mortality, and on birth defects and childhood cancers.

FORWARD OBSERVATIONS

At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh had I the ability, and could reach the nations ear, I would, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose. Frederick Douglass, 1852

The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it. -- Karl Marx, Theses on Feuerbach

At One Time The Whites In The United States Called Him A Racialist, And Extremist, And A Communist

[Washington Post Photo]

Ill say nothing against him. At one time the whites in the United States called him a racialist, and extremist, and a Communist. Then the Black Muslims came along and the whites thanked the Lord for Martin Luther King -- Malcolm X, Manchester Guardian Weekly, 10 Dec. 1964

Assad Repeatedly Described Parts Of The Opposition As Agents Of Foreign Powers Who Could Not Be Included In Any Negotiations The Syrian People Agree With This Quote, They Refuse Any

Negotiation With A Regime That Has Not Hesitated For The Past 30 Years To Serve Imperialist Powers
The Syrian People Will Refuse Any Attempts To Submit Syria To Western Control
Assad Has Worked With The Western Powers Repeatedly In The War Against Terrorism

January 4 2013, Achrafieh, Aleppo: We resist until the regime is overthrown, until all forms of extremism is overthrown, the building of our civil and pluralist Syria.

The leaders of this revolution are every woman and man involved in this revolution and invested in these popular committees. The leaders of Syria are the people of Syria themselves. And despite the harsh and criminal repression, the Syrian people have always the same answer to what next: permanent revolution until victory! January 7, 2013 Syria Freedom Forever The speech of the dictator Bashar Al Assad on Sunday January 6, 2013 at the opera in the capital Damascus was not different to his last official speeches and was in many ways a mere repetition. He once again appealed for the total mobilization of the nation to fight against the insurgents who he described as al-Qaeda terrorists. He also called for a reconciliation conference with those who have not betrayed Syria which would be followed by the formation of a new government and a new amnesty. The solution of the crisis of Bashar Al Assad is not a solution, but on the opposite, a clear message to the Syrian people: the regime will continue its war against the popular movement, both peaceful and armed. This speech does not open new perspectives, other than the continuation of the revolution, to the Syrian people that have been struggling for nearly two years to overthrow the criminal and corrupt regime of the dictator Bashar al-Assad. The number of martyrs has now exceeded the 60 000. Nor is the so called peace plan for Syria suggested by UN Peace envoy Lakhdar Ibrahimi a solution for the Syrian people, as we said before in a previous article [1]. This plan calls for the formation of a transitional government which holds the total responsibility of executive power to govern Syria until Presidential and legislative elections in 2014 under the auspices of the UN. During this period, the dictator Bashar al Assad would stay in function at the top of the State. The following sentence of the Russian revolutionary Trotsky, which was directed to UN ancestor the League of Nation, applies perfectly to the United Nations: The League in its defense of the status quo is not an organization of peace, but an organization of the violence of the imperialist minority over the overwhelming majority of mankind [2]. The UN, as its late predecessor the League of Nations, is indeed the instrument of the imperialist powers of the world to guaranty their interests, and the Syrian or Palestinian case also are examples, among others. In both cases, these are not solutions, but the continuation of the suffering of the Syrian people and their denial to freedom and dignity which they have called for since the beginning of the revolution.

Assad repeatedly described parts of the opposition as agents of foreign powers who could not be included in any negotiations: We will not have dialogue with a puppet made by the West. The Syrian people agree with this quote, they refuse any negotiation with a regime that has not hesitated for the past 30 years to serve imperialist powers on many occasions. The great powers do actually not see their interests in the collapse of the regime. This regime has helped stabilize the borders with Israel and has worked with the Western powers repeatedly in the war against terrorism launched by former President George W. Bush, and in the wars against Iraq in 1991, and in 2003 the regime has participated in the interrogation of prisoners by the Western powers, not to mention military intervention in Lebanon in agreement with the Western powers and Israel to crush the Palestinian resistance and the Lebanese left in 1976. The neoliberal policy has accelerated extraordinarily since the rise to power of Bashar al-Assad in 2000, and the regime had also opened Syria to many Western and the Gulf investors before the beginning of the revolution. These policies have plunged more than half of the population in misery and poverty. This is why until today the imperialists powers have no advantage in seeing the regime collapse, for the above reasons and for the security of Israel, whose border with Syria has been quiet since 1973. Yes the Syrian people refuse to negotiate with a regime which served imperialists and a dictator that was called a reformist by US official Hillary Clinton for the six first months of the revolution, a dictator who was having lunch at the Elysee Palace with French President Sarkozy. The Syrian people will not negotiate; they will fight until you are overthrown. In the same time, the Syrian people will refuse any attempts to submit Syria to western control as a banner in Binich 2012, September, stated Overthrow all who want loyalty in exchange of support [3] and will also oppose the section of the oppositions using a sectarian discourse and backed by the Arab Gulf states in their sectarian propaganda, to transform this popular revolution in a sectarian war in order to prevent the deepening and the spread of this revolution. The evil of Sectarianism characterized by many in the popular movement as the tomb of the revolution or of the homelands, which was spread by the regime for decades, can only be defeated by struggling together for democracy, social justice, secularism and real independence. Finally, in his speech, the dictator Bashar Al Assad said that This is not a revolution, a revolution needs intellectuals, where are the intellectuals of this revolution? A revolution needs leaders who are the leaders of this revolution?

This sentence symbolizes the lack of understandings of the Syrian dictator and regime, symptomatic of all dictatorships, confronted by the popular movement and the dynamics around it. The popular movement self organization through popular committees at the level of villages, neighborhoods, cities and regions have been the rule since the beginning of the revolution. These popular committees are the real backbone of the movement, mobilizing the people for demonstrations. They have also developed forms of self-management based on the organization of the masses in the areas liberated from the yoke of the regime. Popular elected councils have emerged to deal with and manage the liberated areas, proving that it is the regime that causes anarchy and not the people. In the same time, the armed resistance of the Syrian people on the other side is the expression of its right to defend itself against repression, and it has made possible the continuation of popular resistance in some regions in the face of the regimes attacks. Revolutionary councils have been formed across Syria, as well as coordinating committees for political and armed actions The leaders of this revolution are every woman and man involved in this revolution and invested in these popular committees. The leaders of Syria are the people of Syria themselves. And for the intellectuals, they are all those who brandish their messages on their placards to demand freedom, dignity, a democratic, social and secular state, denounce sectarianism and repeat the Syrian people are one and united, or saying that the speech of Bachar al Assad only deserved a shoe in his face Yes the intellectuals as argued by Gramsci can no longer consist in eloquence or restricted to its ivory tower as perceived by some, but has to join actively in practical life, as constructor, organizer, and permanently active persuader among the masses. The intellectuals are therefore every woman and men involved and invested in this revolution. The intellectuals of this revolution are the Syrian people. Without any doubt, this is truly a revolution and this since the beginning. And despite the harsh and criminal repression, the Syrian people have always the same answer to what next: permanent revolution until victory! Viva the Syrian Revolution and Peace for all the martyrs of the revolution! *********************************************************************************

[1] http://syriafreedomforever.wordpress.com/2012/12/25/syria-peace-and-christmas/ [2] Trotsky L. (1936). La rvolution Trahie [3] http://syriafreedomforever.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/listen-to-what-the-syrian-popularmovement-and-revolutionaries-have-to-say/

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Soldier Discharged For Having His Goddamned Hands in His Pockets, Says CSM

18 January 2013 by SGT B, The Duffle Blog FT LEONARD WOOD, MO - A soldier with the 318th Military Police Company is being processed out of the Army after being found by his Sergeant Major as having his goddamn hands in his pockets, according to his discharge paperwork. According to his unit, Sergeant Thomas Burnette is pending separation for failing to maintain the Armys standards. His separation comes at a time when the Army is cracking down on maintaining a soldierly appearance. The guidelines of soldierly appearance are not entirely clear, but in a memo penned by Command Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler, the top enlisted leader pushed for non-commissioned officers Army-wide to crack down on soldiers looking like bags of smashed assholes. Command Sergeant Major Harold Bond, CSM of the 625th Military Police Battalion, was the driving force behind Burnettes general discharge. I was driving on to post one morning and as I pulled up to the check point, I noticed SGT Burnette standing there with his hands in his pockets. Ive never seen such an ate up sack of shit in my life. It was only 15 degrees outside, its not like it was that cold, said Bond in an interview with The Duffel Blog. I was in Korea when it was negative two and I didnt even THINK about putting my hands in my pockets! Its this lack of attention to detail and failure to take pride in presenting a soldierly appearance that gets troops killed everyday.

CSM Bond continued: I knew then that I had to make sure this soup-sandwich was gone. Hell, I even heard a rumor he walked around with his sunglasses on his head and his PT socks were below his ankles. What kind of NCO just fails his troops so catastrophically? If he got deployed hed probably get his whole FOB killed. Despite being forced out of service, Burnette agreed with the Sergeant Majors assessment. You know, the Sergeant Major is right. I guess after two deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan Ive just started to lose my edge. Ill just hope that McDonalds will be willing to hire a Bronze Star with Valor holder. Maybe Ill be able to stick to the uniform regulations there.

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OCCUPATION PALESTINE

Dead Palestinians Cannot Be Permitted To Menace Their Masters:


The Funeral Of Masouza Aljaar, An Elderly Woman Who Died Of Natural Causes, Was Attacked By The Israeli Army

Most Funerals In The Town Of Beit Ummar Are Attacked By The Israeli Army
January 17, 2013 by Team Khalil, International Solidarity Movement The funeral of Masouza Aljaar, an elderly woman who died of natural causes, was attacked by the Israeli army with large amounts of tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets. For over three hours the town was rocked by the unprovoked actions of the soldiers. The youth of Beit Ummar defended their town as clashes broke out. Not until dusk, around 5 pm did the town return to normal. Tear gas canisters were fired at the residents forcing them to take refuge in their homes and inside shops. Most funerals in the town of Beit Ummar are attacked by the Israeli army. The last funeral to be violently disrupted in the town was on 25th December, Christmas day. Again there was nothing out of the ordinary about this funeral so it remains unexplained why it was being attacked by the Israeli army. T he violence spread to an area where there were also clashes between the Israeli occupation forces and people from the town, near the illegal Israeli settlement of Kharmei Tzur. [To check out what life is like under a murderous military occupation commanded by foreign terrorists, go to: www.rafahtoday.org The occupied nation is Palestine. The foreign terrorists call themselves Israeli.]

DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK

Philadelphia Blue Filth Have Recently Shown A Pattern Of Wrongfully Arresting People Who Videotaped Officers In Public

His Cellphone Was Later Confiscated And The Video Erased


January 16, 2013 By Associated Press PHILADELPHIA Police in Philadelphia have recently shown a pattern of wrongfully arresting people who videotaped officers in public, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. The complaint by the American Civil Liberties Union was drawn up on behalf of a college student who was charged with disorderly conduct for using his cellphone to record police during a large altercation. His cellphone was later confiscated and the video erased, the lawsuit said. The complaint is the first of several that the Pennsylvania ACLU chapter plans to file alleging retaliatory behavior by officers, attorney Mary Catherine Roper said. It seeks monetary damages as well as confirmation of the publics right to videotape police, she said. It is not and, under our Constitution, could not be a crime, the lawsuit states. A police spokeswoman declined to comment on pending litigation. The complaint filed Wednesday involves Temple University photojournalism student Chris Montgomery, 24. Two years ago, he and a friend were downtown when they observed a dispute involving a group of teens. Eventually, police responded and began arresting the youths, and Montgomery used his iPhone to document the action which included an officer calling one teen a derogatory name, the lawsuit said. Police later approached Montgomery, told him to stop recording, took the phone, arrested him and detained him in a cell for about 45 minutes, the lawsuit said. Montgomery was cited for disorderly conduct. When he was released, police returned his phone without the video, the suit said. In a phone interview Wednesday, Montgomery said he initially fought the charge without a lawyer because he expected the judge to throw out the case. I thought it was pretty much straightforward, that it was pretty clear I had the right to do this, he said. Yet he was convicted, fined and ordered to perform community service. Montgomery appealed, got a lawyer and was acquitted the next month. He later contacted the ACLU.

The lawsuit notes that Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey issued a memo in September 2011 several months after Montgomerys arrest instructing officers to allow themselves to be recorded in public. The directive came just ahead of the Occupy movements arrival in Philadelphia, when police ended up in frequent contact with protesters expressing civil disobedience and witnesses recording the ensuing arrests. But the lawsuit notes two people were arrested for taking photos of a traffic stop about six months after the memo was issued. It also lists several examples of audio- or videotapers being cited before the directive went out. Roper said the ACLU plans to file at least two more federal complaints in the near future.

Win One For Our Side:

TSA To Halt Revealing Body Scans At Airports:


Move A Victory For Privacy Groups

Sample images provided by the Transportation Security Administration show what TSA officers see on computer monitors when passengers pass through airport body scanners. At left are two images using backscatter advanced image X-ray technology from scanners introduced in 2010. At right are images from new scanners using millimeter-wave technology that produces a cartoon-like outline.

January 18, 2013 By JACK NICAS, Wall Street Journal The Transportation Security Administration is pulling from airports its last 174 full-body scanners that show naked images of flyers to TSA agents in a closed room, following public complaints and a congressional mandate. The TSA said Thursday that it will replace most of the scannersknown as backscatterswith ones that filter images to depict only potentially hazardous items on a generic human silhouette, rather than an image of the travelers body. By June 1, the TSA said all full-body scanners at U.S. airports will show generic images of flyers bodies. The move is a victory for privacy groups that have protested the detailed images of the scanners, which came into wide use following the failed attempt on Christmas 2009 by a Nigerian man to blow up a plane near Detroit with a bomb sewn into his underwear. The millimeter-wave scanners require flyers to raise hands while a long bar sweeps back and forth, bouncing electromagnetic waves off of them. In backscatters, flyers stand still between two walls that run ionized X-ray beams over their bodies. The TSA said that in addition to moving some of its existing millimeter-wave scanners to help replace the backscatters, the agency has options to purchase 60 more millimeterwave machines. The agency said the millimeter-wave machines move passengers through the checkpoint faster than backscatters because TSA agents can evaluate a simpler image at the checkpoint rather than in a back room. Congress passed a law that banned detailed body images in airport security screenings beginning last June, but the TSA granted a one-year extension to allow the makers of the backscatters, OSI Systems Inc., to change their technology. The TSA said the federal government plans to distribute the 250 backscatters the TSA owns to other federal agencies. (The TSA has 76 backscatters in storage.) Potential destinations for the backscatters include U.S. embassies and prisons.

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CLASS WAR REPORTS

Software Developer At A U.S. Company Secretly Outsourced His Job To China So He Could Spend His Work Days Watching Cat Videos,

Browsing Reddit And Shopping On EBay


He Earned Several Hundred Thousand Dollars A Year, And Only Had To Pay The Chinese Consulting Firm About Fifty Grand Annually
January 16, 2013 By Philip Caulfield / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS A software developer at a U.S. company secretly outsourced his job to China so he could spend his work days watching cat videos, browsing Reddit and shopping on eBay, according to Verizons security team. The developer, described as an unassuming man in his 40s who worked for a critical infrastructure company,, paid a company in Shenyang, China, just fifth of his six-figure salary to do his work while he goofed around on web all day, according to investigators for Verizon, which handled the companys tech operations. The unidentified company began investigating last May after noticing someone logged onto their private network from China. The person was using the unidentified office drones log-in info. The programmer, meanwhile, identified as Bob, was at work at the time, right there, sitting at his desk, staring into his monitor, Verizon inspector Andrew Valentine wrote on the security blog. Verizon investigators searched Bobs computer and found hundreds of invoices from a third-party developer in Shenyang, as well as evidence he had sent the company his login credentials. Investigators also got a peek into Bobs daily web activity. He spent most mornings watching cat videos and surfing Reddit. In the afternoons, he browsed for bargains eBay and cruised Facebook before clocking out at 5 p.m. Evidence even suggested he had the same scam going across multiple companies in the area. All told, it looked like he earned several hundred thousand dollars a year, and only had to pay the Chinese consulting firm about fifty grand annually, Valentine wrote. Hed been running the scam for at least six months, the blog said. During that time, he received sparkling performance reviews from the companys HR department.

Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building, Valentine said. British tech news site The Register said Bob was fired.

Neck And Neck In The Race To The Bottom:


The Division Of Income In China As Unequal As The U.S.
January 18, 2013 By TOM ORLIK and BOB DAVIS, Wall Street Journal [Excerpts] BEIJINGChinas year-end economic rebound puts to rest for now concerns that the worlds No. 2 economy will crash-land. But a rare official statement on the wide gap between Chinas haves and have-nots and the first signs of a shrinking labor force underscore the major obstacles the nations new leaders face in sustaining strong growth.

On Friday, Beijing reported that fourth-quarter economic output rose 7.9% compared with the year-earlier period, halting seven consecutive quarters of declining growth. The acceleration from the third quarter, when GDP increased 7.4% year on year, eased qualms that China was in the midst of a downward spiral that would further undermine the weak global economy. In a briefing with reporters on Friday, Mr. Ma said that Chinas Gini coefficienta key measure of inequality named after an Italian statisticiancame in at 0.47 in 2012. That would make the division of income in China as unequal as the U.S., which had a Gini coefficient of 0.48 in 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. A coefficient of 1 indicates perfect inequality, while a coefficient of zero indicates perfect equality.

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