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REAL NEWS April 23

Posted by Xaniel777 on April 22, 2012

TODAY’S NEWS : April 23, 2012

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A Brain Cell is the Same as the Universe

 

From News Forage

April 21, 2012

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U.S. Bills HR 1254 and S 605 mark the end of the U.S. Constitution. Take Action Now

Save Freedom of Choice! – Oppose S. 605 and its companion bill H.R. 1254.

 

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Save Freedom of Choice! - Oppose S. 605 and its companion bill H.R. 1254.

This radical expansion on the failed “War on Drugs” creates a new class of criminals, where none existed before and further limits American’s freedom of choice.

Bill S. 605 and its companion bill H.R. 1254 continues the unconstitutional destruction of our personal liberties and, like current prohibitive federal legislation against state-approved medical marijuana, are economically impossible to enforce.

In short, these bills aim to make hundreds of synthetic cannabinoid medical research compounds illegal. Currently, these compounds are used by millions in the private market to legally seek relief from neurological pain and other disorders.

These bills also greatly expands the powers of the failed Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), an agency, which despite heavy taxpayer investment, has failed to demonstrate any tangible success within its merits

These bills present a slippery slope with no foreseeable end. Any product used against its intended and instructed use can be dangerous. These products have no greater potential for abuse or danger than any number of legally sold products.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE LEAD OF MANY STATES AND FIND THESE UNCONSTITUTIONAL PROHIBITIVE MEASURES INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION 

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American police state: officer may be fired for protecting young man from police brutality

From Activist Post

April 22, 2012


Madison Ruppert, Contributor
Activist Post

The United States’ descent into a hellish police state continues and appears to only get worse as the years go by. The case of Officer Regina Tasca of the Bogota Police Department in New Jersey is a troubling example of just how far gone some law enforcement agencies are today.

In this case, Officer Tasca is being declared “psychologically incompetent” for stepping in to save an emotionally disturbed young man from a brutal beating at the hands of police.

Here at End the Lie I have covered just a few of the troubling things police are able to get away with, such as murdering elderly tourists with pepper spray while they are restrained and brutally beating senior citizens suffering from dementia.

I have also pointed out how when the good police officers out there actually do their job and stand up for justice, they are targeted for harassment or in some cases even thrown in a psychiatric ward.

The things that police officers end up actually getting in trouble for tend to be outright absurd, like mowing the lawn in shorts, yet no one is held responsible for the most egregious violations like those listed above.

Officer Regina Tasca’s ordeal started back in April of last year when she turned on her dashboard camera before attempting to stop two officers from brutally beating a 22-year-old emotionally disturbed man.

It was just a matter of days after Tasca stepped in to defend the helpless man that she was informed she was being suspended without pay. One year later and she is still suspended and awaiting her internal trial. According to WPIX, the Bogota Police Department is looking to see her fired.

The incident occurred when a mother, Tara, called to have her emotionally disturbed son, Kyle, taken to the hospital.

While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, Bogota police responded. Officer Tasca was the only officer on the road – the Bogota PD has a mere 20 officers in total – so she followed protocol and called for backup.

Two officers from the Ridgefield Park police showed up, and that’s when everything went horribly wrong.

Keep in mind, Tasca had just finished being trained to workwith emotionally disturbed individuals as part of a state-mandated training program.

“The Ridgefield Park officer automatically charges and takes him [Kyle] down to the ground. I was quite shocked. As he’s doing that, another Ridgefield Park officer flies to the scene in his car, jumps out and starts punching him in the head,” Officer Tasca described.

When viewing the disturbing video (which can be seen here), we hear Kyle and his mother Tara screaming, “Stop punching me!” and “Why are you punching him?”

Astoundingly, the two Ridgefield Park Sergeants responsible have never refuted the claims that they repeatedly assaulted the 22-year-old man as he was waiting for medical assistance.

Even more insane is that Kyle was never arrested or charged for any offense whatsoever.

Officer Tasca says that is because Kyle never threatened the officers, did not possess a weapon and most importantly, was not violent and did not resist.

Tasca was eventually able to pull off one of the Ridgefield Park officers who was striking Kyle and his mother actually called Tasca personally to thank her.

“Thank you Regina. I appreciate you standing up for him, for protecting him while the officer attacked him. I can’t figure out what i would have done without you at the scene,” Tara said in the message.

Officer Regina Tasca says she is “the only female–the first female ever–and the first and only gay female also,” in the Bogota Police Department. When asked if she thinks this blatantly unfair has anything to do with her sexual orientation and gender, she said, “Yes,” unhesitatingly.

Tasca also said that she is being punished for actually doing her job is because she crossed the so-called “blue line” by refusing to support another officer who was guilty of using excessive force. It definitely doesn’t help that she is one of just 20 other officers.

Tasca is going to be assisted by Catherine Elston, an attorney and former police officer herself, during the week-long department trial.

“This was excessive force used against an emotionally disturbed person,” Elston said. “This was an unlawful tackle, this was a punching an emotionally disturbed person whose arms were pinned under his chest with his face pushed into the ground.”

After the incident, she met with her superior officer and, “The next thing I know he asks me to turn over my weapon and be sent for a fitness for duty exam,” she recalled.

Once Tasca recounted he events, the Bogota PD apparently believed that she was psychologically incompetent and thus unable to be a police officer.

She was sent for testing but the Ridgefield Park officers were never so much as questioned.

No investigators from the department’s internal affairs even interviewed the officers and they are currently still on the streets and continue to be paid.

This is all while there is photographic evidence from the hospital showing the bruises the 22-year-old sustained on his head, back, arms and wrists from the assault.

While letting the officers responsible for the beating off the hook completely, Bogota PD opted to suspend Tasca, an 11-year veteran with multiple commendations.

Tasca’s trial, which will be held before a retired judge who will be the only person making the final decision, began on April 17.

“If another officer is using excessive force, it’s my duty to make sure you stop it. And that’s what I did,” Tasca said.

“They’re not just terminating her. They’re destroying her reputation,” Elston said.

It is great to see that there are indeed still police officers out there who join the force for the right reasons and continue to actually do their job, which is to protect and serve the people, not ruthlessly beat them for no reason.

Hopefully Tasca will have her name cleared, have all back pay paid and both of the officers responsible will be stripped of their positions and ideally charged with assault.

The fact that the Bogota PD thought that this decision was in any way rational or legitimate is, in my opinion, deeply troubling and a disturbing sign of the times in which we live today.

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This article first appeared at End the Lie.

Madison Ruppert is the Editor and Owner-Operator of the alternative news and analysis database End The Lie and has no affiliation with any NGO, political party, economic school, or other organization/cause. He is available for podcast and radio interviews. Madison also now has his own radio show on Orion Talk Radio from 8 pm — 10 pm Pacific, which you can find HERE.  If you have questions, comments, or corrections feel free to contact him at admin@EndtheLie.com

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Caught On Tape: Federal Agents Taser And Beat Man To Death

 

From Alexander Higgins Blog

 Posted by  – April 21, 2012 

Caught on Tape Feds Caught On Tape Beating Man To Death

A group of dozen federal agents beat a man to death as he was lying in a fetal position and repeatedly shocked by an electric taser.

PBS has uncovered a disturbing video of Federal agents beating a man lying on the ground in the fetal position.

Even though the death, at the hand of US border patrol and immigration officers was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner, the story was merely a blip on the radar of the corporate media who stopped reporting on the story soon after it happened.

To tell the Justice Department to investigate this death go to:
http://act.presente.org/sign/anastasio/

This footage is from Need To Know on PBS and the full show will air this Friday:
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/security/video-first-look-crossing-the-l…

RT reports:

Caught on tape: Chilling new video of US border patrol beating immigrant to death

A new video shows Anastacio Hernadez-Rojas lying on the ground in the fetal position, circled by at least a dozen federal agents as one repeatedly shocks him with an electric stun gun.

A new video shows Anastacio Hernadez-Rojas lying on the ground in the fetal position, circled by at least a dozen federal agents as one repeatedly shocks him with an electric stun gun.

The video was shot by a passer-by and was obtained by the lawyer for the Hernandez-Rojas family as they push on with their wrongful death suit against the US government.

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) aired the video and an interview with the woman who shot it as part of a new documentary. In May 2010, Seattle resident Ashley Young was crossing a bridge from Mexico to the United States. In the “Need to Know” report, Young said that she saw the man lying on the ground was handcuffed. She said she did not witness any evidence of Hernandez-Rojas lashing out at the agents, but they are clearly heard yelling in the video for him to stop resisting. He was then tasered five times while calling for help in Spanish.

She also said that a small crowd had gathered on the bridge and some yelled for the agents to stop. But the officers came along to tell the onlookers to keep walking. One officer demanded that witnesses hand over their cell phones or delete the video they had taken, she said, but she kept walking. Young told PBS she “felt like she watched someone be murdered.”

Anastacio Hernadez-Rojas’ death was ruled a ‘homicide’ by the San Diego medical examiner and was investigated by police, yet no border control agents were charged for their part in the incident.

This will undoubtedly create even more tension, as public outcry about the case has been gaining momentum for two years. It raised serious questions about border agents and what they can potentially do without facing the repercussions of their actions.

The PBS documentary was attempting to draw attention to whether border control has been using excessive force on illegal immigrants after eight people were killed along the border in the past two years.


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Breast cancer survivor handcuffed and thrown in jail over a mistaken $280 medical bill as ‘debtor’s prisons’ return to the U.S

From MailOnline

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

April 20, 2012

A breast cancer survivor who was sent to prison over a mistaken $280 medical bill has highlighted the return of debtor’s prisons in the U.S.

Illinois resident Lisa Lindsay had received the medical bill in error and was told she did not have to pay up.

However, the bill was turned over to a collection agency and state troopers arrived at her home and took her away in handcuffs.

Lisa Lindsay testifies before officials from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Wednesday during a hearing on 'debtors' prisons' Lindsay, a breast cancer survivor, was jailed due to a unpaid $280 medical bill

Lisa Lindsay testifies before officials from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Wednesday during a hearing on ‘debtors’ prisons’ Lindsay, a breast cancer survivor, was jailed due to a unpaid $280 medical bill

 

The Illinois teaching assistant eventually had to pay more than $600 to escape prison, as legal fees were added to the bill.

‘I paid it in full so they couldn’t do it to me again,’ said Lindsay whose plight has alerted law-makers in Illinois to the growing problem.

The case of Lindsay as well as others suggests that more people than ever before in the U.S are being thrown in ‘debtor’s prisons’ for not being able to pay back loans.

Disabled roofer Jack Hinton sat in jail until he could come up with $300 on a debt he owed a lumberyard.

According to a hearing transcript, a central Illinois judge listened to Hinton’s story, noted he’d recently been paid after finishing a roofing job, and said: ‘Mr. Hinton, you had $1,000 in your pocket, you chose to spend it elsewhere in violation of the court order. That lands you in jail.’

Hinton’s wife took out a loan to buy his freedom. Her $300 went to the debt collector.

Debt collectors have become so aggressive claim some that poor people who are behind on payments of as little as $25 a month are being sent to jail.

Even though debtor’s prisons have been illegal since 1833, lenders are being accused of exploiting legal loopholes to have their borrowers found and sent to jail until they pay up.

Acting within the law, debtors aren’t arrested  for nonpayment, rather for failing to arrive to court hearings thereby falling foul of contempt of court laws.

This results in a police arrest warrant being issued for ‘failure to appear’, the debtor is tracked down, packed off to jail and can only get out by paying the set bail bond which of course matches the amount owed.

The state of Illinois is waiting for their senate to approve a law which will plug loopholes enabling lenders to use state resources to chase their debts

The state of Illinois is waiting for their senate to approve a law which will plug loopholes enabling lenders to use state resources to chase their debts

Affecting everyone who owes money from health care services to automobile loans, debt collectors are using publicly funded courts, sheriff deputies and county jails to pressure people with prison to pay back their money reports CBS News.

And now some state legislators are trying to plug this loophole by making court notices be served in person rather than mail, arrest warrants to expire after a year and the bail bond returned to the debtor not the lender.

Jack Hinton, a sporadically employed roofer was sent to jail by a central Illinois judge until he could come up with $300 on a debt he owed a lumberyard

Jack Hinton, a sporadically employed roofer was sent to jail by a central Illinois judge until he could come up with $300 on a debt he owed a lumberyard

Following a spate of hard-working people being forced to spend time in prison, state legislators across the U.S are examining ways to change the law.

Critics of legal loopholes allowing prison time to be dished out to bad borrowers say it is reminiscent of 19th century Victorian debtor's prison like this one at St Briavels Castle in Wales

Critics of legal loopholes allowing prison time to be dished out to bad borrowers say it is reminiscent of 19th century Victorian debtor’s prison like this one at St Briavels Castle in Wales

In fact in Illinois alone, legislation designed to plug loopholes aimed at debtors is waiting to pass through the state senate.

‘Creditors have been manipulating the court system to extract money from the unemployed, veterans, even seniors who rely solely on their benefits to get by each month,’ said Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan last month in a statement voicing support for the legislation.

Despite the Supreme Court outlawing debtor's prisons since 1833, lenders are exploiting loopholes to put borrowers in jail for failure to pay back their loan

Despite the Supreme Court outlawing debtor’s prisons since 1833, lenders are exploiting loopholes to put borrowers in jail for failure to pay back their loan

‘Too many people have been thrown in jail simply because they’re too poor to pay their debts. We cannot allow these illegal abuses to continue.’

A 2010 report by the American Civil Liberties Union that examined five states – Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Washington — discovered that people were being imprisoned at ‘increasingly alarming rates’ through legal debts.

Some of the examples cited included a woman who arrested four individual times for failure to pay $251 in fines and costs related to a fourth-degree misdemeanor conviction.

Another example that the ACLU used was of a mentally ill juvenile imprisoned by a judge for a conviction for stealing school supplies.

‘The sad truth is that debtors’ prisons are flourishing today, more than two decades after the Supreme Court prohibited imprisoning those who are too poor to pay their legal debts,’ said the ACLU.

Affecting everyone who owes money from health care services to automobile loans debt collectors are using publicy funded courts, sheriff deputies and county jails to pressure people through jail to pay back

Affecting everyone who owes money from health care services to automobile loans debt collectors are using publicy funded courts, sheriff deputies and county jails to pressure people through jail to pay back

‘In this era of shrinking budgets, state and local governments have turned aggressively to using the threat and reality of imprisonment to squeeze revenue out of the poorest defendants who appear in their courts.’

Impoverished people are being pursued through the courts for back rent, medical debt and payday loans

Impoverished people are being pursued through the courts for back rent, medical debt and payday loans

An unemployed Urbana resident, Michelle Gilliam, was picked up by sheriff’s deputies and jailed twice for missing court dates as a debt collector pursued her in court for a decade, she and her attorney said.

Gilliam got help from a nonprofit group offering free legal services and the court dismissed the case, essentially forgiving her debt on the grounds she was too poor to pay.

While critics say that these measure essentially criminalise poverty, law-makers recognise the problem.

Advocates in Minnesota unsuccessfully tried to pass a bill that would have allowed debtors to fill out an affidavit stating their income and assets when the sheriff arrived at the door to execute a warrant, according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office.

‘More people are unemployed, more people are struggling financially and more creditors are trying to get their debt paid,’ said Madigan.

Learning of the problem last year, Madigan and her office were getting reports of impoverished people pursued through the courts for back rent, medical debt and payday loans, she said.

Defenders of the imprisonment of borrowers say that if you borrow money then the lender must have legal recourse to reclaim it

Defenders of the imprisonment of borrowers say that if you borrow money then the lender must have legal recourse to reclaim it

One woman who owed money on a vacuum cleaner spent weeks in jail before someone lined her up with free legal services.

‘We’re using public resources to collect private debts,’ explained Madigan.

‘At what point do you say it’s illegal?’

 

In court, debtors rarely have an attorney, while creditors hire experienced legal representation.

Lawsuits against debtors are a last resort, said Eric Mock of the Illinois Collectors Association. ‘A consumer that has been arrested or jailed can’t pay a debt. We want to work with consumers to resolve issues,’ he said. 

 

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Whistleblower: The NSA is Lying–U.S. Government Has Copies of Most of Your Emails

From Democracy Now!

April 20, 2012

SEE VIDEO HERE :  http://www.democracynow.org/2012/4/20/whistleblower_the_nsa_is_lying_us

National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney reveals he believes domestic surveillance has become more expansive under President Obama than President George W. Bush.

He estimates the NSA has assembled 20 trillion “transactions” — phone calls, emails and other forms of data — from Americans. This likely includes copies of almost all of the emails sent and received from most people living in the United States.

Binney talks about Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and challenges NSA Director Keith Alexander’s assertion that the NSA is not intercepting information about U.S. citizens. This interview is part of a 4-part special. Click here to see segment 12, and 4. [includes rush transcript]


 GUESTS:

William Binney, served in the NSA for over 30 years, including a time as director of the NSA’s World Geopolitical and Military Analysis Reporting Group. Since retiring from the NSA in 2001, he has warned that the NSA’s data-mining program has become so vast that it could “create an Orwellian state.”

Jacob Appelbaum, a computer security researcher who has volunteered with WikiLeaks. He is a developer and advocate for the Tor Project, a network enabling its users to communicate anonymously on the internet.

Laura Poitras, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and producer. She is working on the third part of a trilogy of films about America post-9/11. The first film was My Country, My Country, and the second was The Oath.

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