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(Top video) Mesa, Arizona · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: June 6, 2018 ~ Updated: June 20, 2018) -- Robert Johnson, 33, was repeatedly kicked and punched in the head during his arrest by Mesa police on May 23. Four Arizona police officers have been placed on administrative leave after newly released surveillance footage shows them repeatedly punching and kicking an unarmed man.

"Golden [Guy] Killer Appears In Court!"

Sacramento, California ~ ( Originally Published: May 29, 2018 ~ Updated: June 4, 2018) -- The Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, is one of the most prolific predators in U.S. history. He sometimes invaded different houses on consecutive nights. Deangelo sometimes returned to the same neighborhood so often that the people who lived there slept in shifts. He terrorized the suburbs of Sacramento. Later on, he continued his murderous crime spree, near Los Angeles, hundreds of miles to the south. (See: Full Hearing!)
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Internet ~Global (WCJB) {PUBLISHED: May 27, 2018 at 04:59 a.m. | UPDATED: June 4, 2018 at 03:23 am} -- The Slender Man is a fictional supernatural character that originated as a creepypasta Internet meme created by Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen in 2009. The “Slenderman” has been an urban legend since it was born in June 2009. The creator: artist Eric Knudsen, going under the nom de plume Victor Surge. Slender Man tells the story of a tall, thin, horrifying figure with unnaturally long arms and a featureless face, who is reputed to be responsible for the haunting and ...
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: May 23, 2018 ~ Updated: May 24, 2018) -- The video (Click here) shows an officer approaching Sterling Brown as he goes to get back into his car. The car was parked right in front of the Walgreens (the lot is essentially empty because it’s about 2 a.m.). Brown points out that he doesn’t see anything wrong with parking across two lanes since the lot is empty. The officer tells Brown to back away from him and calls for backup. When backup arrives, the officer (whose name was not released by MPD) says he “only wanted one [car for backup].” He claims that Brown got “right up in my face.” Several officers surround Brown. One angrily tells him to get his hand out of his pocket. When Brown points out that his hands are full, the officer wrenches Brown’s hand out, and a group of officers wrestle him to the ground and tase him. Brown can be heard groaning in anguish after an officer shouts “Taser! Taser! Taser!”

Parkland, FL {PUBLISHED: February 22, 2018 at 02:50 pm | UPDATED: February 23, 2018 at 02:45 pm} -- Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced Thursday that school resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson turned in his retirement papers. Scot retired after being told he would be placed on leave without pay. Peterson was on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week during the fatal school shooting.Peterson was armed and in uniform during the shooting. Israel said there was video showing Peterson's actions, but the video would not be released because the investigation is continuing. He said the video showed Peterson take up a position outside the building, but "he never went in."

New York, NY {PUBLISHED: March 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm | UPDATED: August 24, 2017 at 01:53 am} -- The New York health department alerted doctors to the case of a newborn who fell ill after undergoing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice in which the circumcision wound is cleaned by the Rabbi's mouth. The baby boy was rushed to hospital when he developed herpes following the controversial ancient circumcision ritual. A rash is said to have spread across the child’s genitals, buttocks, inner thighs and ankle two weeks after the procedure. An estimated 3,000 babies are circumcised each year using the method in New York City. NYC is home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel. There have been six cases of herpes among children who have had the ritual known as metzitzah b’peh performed on them since February 2015. Of the six previously undisclosed cases, two occurred last year and three in 2015. Herpes, a highly contagious viral disease which can cause blisters and ulcers. Herpes is more severe in newborn babies as their immune systems are not fully developed. Since 2000, there have been 24 cases of infant herpes linked to circumcision, leading to two deaths and two cases of brain damage.

(Published: Thurs., April 13, 2017) — On Monday, Nandi Cain Jr. had just gotten off work and was headed to his Sacramento apartment when he noticed an officer approaching from behind him with his hand on his gun, according to police accounts, videos of the event and local news reports. Cain put his hands up as the officer approached, but continued to walk away slowly. He asked the police officer the reason for the stop, then protested when he heard it: “You were jaywalking,” the officer said on the dash-cam video released by the police department this week. “I looked both ways,” Cain replied. “You’re harassing me. I just got off work. You’re trying to pull me over for nothing.” Click here for video

EL CENTRO, CA (WCJB) ~ United States The El Centro Police Department said it's investigating a video that shows officers using force on a suspect who put several people in danger Tuesday afternoon. The video shows officers beating 23-year-old Elizardo Saenz, an El Centro resident. It also shows a K-9 police dog attacking Saenz. (Click here for video)

Oakland, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- A sex scandal involving Oakland police officers and a then underage girl has all the makings of a TV thriller. The saga is full of twists and turns. The scandal erupted months after Officer Brendan O'Brien committed suicide. O'Brien left a note spilling the details, including names. Three Oakland officers were placed on paid leave. A source said O'Brien in his suicide note confessed to exchanging messages with a young woman who goes by the name Celeste Guap. However, the note says he did not have sexual contact with her. The same sources said she has met multiple officers. In the note, O'Brien named the officers, including one sergeant, involved in the alleged sexual misconduct with Guap. Guap is the daughter of a Oakland police dispatcher. The police investigation will look at whether Guap was under age during some of the encounters with officers. (Click here for video)

New Orleans, LA (WCJB) ~ United States -- On September 4, 2005, New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on an unarmed family, the Bartholomews, who had been walking to a grocery store and were then sheltering behind a concrete barrier. 17-year-old James Brissette—a family friend—was killed, and four other people were wounded. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur "Archie" Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to "provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting" and plant a firearm near the scene. (Click here for video)

Aiken, S.C. (WCJB) ~ United States -- A horrifying new dashcam video shows at least one white member of the Aiken, S.C. Police Department search inside a black man’s rectum for the apparent crime of being a passenger in a car with paper tags, which, it bears noting, is not a crime in the state of South Carolina. Driving a car with paper tags isn’t illegal either, as long as they aren’t expired. The car belonged to a woman named Lakeya Hicks, who had the paper tags because she had recently purchased the vehicle. Hicks’ tags weren’t expired, and a check on her license came up clean. However, the cops didn’t let her go. (Click here for video)

Brooklyn, NY (WCJB) ~ United States -- When an unmarked police car drove very close to mailman Glenn Grays in Brooklyn, Grays shouted at the car. Four plainclothes officers got out of the car and started to handcuff him. Grays initially tried to resist, and one of the officers said “Stop resisting! You’re going to get hurt if you don’t give me your fucking hands.” (Click here for video)

Fresno, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- (Warning Graphic Video) Fresno Police shoot and kill mentally ill man within seconds of exiting their patrol vehicle! (Click here for video)

Royal Oaks, MI (WCJB) ~ United States -- Another case of police brutality in the city of Royal Oak. The man doesn't resist at all! The reason for his arrest remains unknown. It appears as if the officers wanted to rip a limb off of him! (Click here for video)

San Francisco, CA (WCJB) ~ United States (Feb. 29, 2016) -- Cops CAUGHT ON CAMERA brutally beating man. When they realize they've been FILMED they try to confiscate the camera and ID the guy recording them. WATCH the video and see how well that went for them. SPREAD THE WORD! THIS IS HOW YOU RESPOND when a VIOLENT COP tries to take your camera! CALL Internal Affairs Division, 415-837-7170 and ask them why their officers BEAT people and then ILLEGALLY try to confiscate evidence of Police Brutality? (Click here for video)
Chowchilla, CA ~ United States -- Tyler Hormel, arrested by Madera County Sheriff''s Office on Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) and accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, has been fired from the Chowchilla Police Force, and charged with sexual misconduct. (Click here for video)
Marion County, Florida ~ United States -- A federal grand jury in Tampa has indicted a former Florida sheriff’s deputy on charges of violating the civil rights of an unarmed Black man, who was brutally beaten after surrendering to him and other officers following a brief chase last year, reports Reuters. Former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Jesse Terrell, 33, is accused of using excessive force against Derrick Price during the incident in August 2014 that was captured on video, according to the indictment handed down late Tuesday. Four of Terrell’s former colleagues pleaded guilty to the charge after accepting a deal, according to media sources. (Click here for video)
Wake County, North Carolina ~ United States -- Shon Demetrius McClain died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck 13 days after prosecutors say he got into a fight with officer Markeith Council in Wake County, North Carolina.(Click here for video)
New York ~ United States -- Opening statements and testimony began this week in the long-awaited trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old African-American man walking down the stairs in his apartment building, part of the Louis H. Pink housing projects in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Jury selection in the case was completed last week. Gurley died more than 14 months ago, on November 20, 2014, as two cops were making a “vertical patrol,” checking the stairwells in the high-rise building. As Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner put it, opening the prosecution’s case, “Akai Gurley is dead today because he crossed paths with Peter Liang.” Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on manslaughter and other charges last February, and both prosecution and defense agree on the immediate events that led to Gurley’s death.(Click here for video)
Oklahoma City, OK ~ United States -- Daniel Holtzclaw has officially been sentenced for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in Oklahoma. Will serve the rest of his life behind bars. He was sentenced to 263 years in prison. Holtzclaw, 29, was convicted in December of 2015, on 18 of the 36 counts he had been facing — including four counts of first-degree rape. (Click here for video)

United States -- Police officers physically outmatched by a combative male, resort to taser use. (Click here for video)

Chicago, IL -- Surveillance video (Click here for video) in connection with a Chicago police officer's fatally shooting 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman was released today by attorneys for the teen's family. A federal judge ordered the release of footage showing the 2013 shooting today after the city withdrew its objection to its being made public. Chicago police officer Kevin Fry fatally shot Chatman Jan. 7, 2013, in broad daylight during a foot chase, according to court records. Chatman’s family had fought for the video to be released as part of a wrongful death lawsuit they filed over the shooting against the city, Fry and Chicago police officer Lou Toth, who pursued Chatman along with Fry during the foot chase. Family members have argued the video will counter the city and police’s narrative that the 17-year-old was a danger to police. IPRA concluded the officers' actions were justified because they reasonably believed Chatman was armed at the time.

Brooklyn, NY -- A newly-released surveillance video (Click here for video) contradicts an undercover NYPD police officer who arrested four people in Brooklyn for allegedly trying to rob him on Dec. 26, 2015, according to a defense lawyer. Jean Scott, 33; Peterson Duplan, 28; Ricardi Joseph, 29; and Samantha Dabel, 24, said that they were approached by a man who tried to buy drugs from them at a hardware store. The undercover cop was identified as Winston McDonald, who testified in court that Duplan allegedly flashed a switchblade at him outside of the store, and said, "Give me your money or I will stab you," according to court papers.

Forth Worth, TX -- The mother of ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch was ordered released from a Tarrant County jail cell after a bond hearing this afternoon. She may be leaving the jail soon. Judge Wayne Salvant ordered her bond reduced to $75,000 with several conditions. The conditions include weekly visits with the Community Supervisions and Corrections Department of Tarrant County. She is also not to consume alcoholic beverages or use social media. “Let’s look at it for what it is, I understand everyone is concerned and there is outrage in the community… but as a judge I have to look at the law,” said Judge Salvant. Couch and her lawyers were present at a 2 p.m. bond hearing at the Tarrant County Justice Center hoping to have her bond reduced. It was originally set at $1 million since she was charged with Hindering Apprehension of a Felon. (Click here for video)

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Exactly one year after a man was shot and killed during an altercation with a Salt Lake City Police Department officer, a former Davis County Sheriff says new video (Click here for video)footage indicates the officer's actions may not have been justified. James Barker, 42, was shot and killed January 8, 2015 after officer Matthew Taylor responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person and an altercation ensued, during which Barker appeared to strike the officer with a snow shovel.

Philadelphia, PA ~ USA -- Corrupt Justice™ has obtained a video (Click here for video) of the police shooting that took place Thursday night at 60th and Spruce streets. Edward Archer, a 30-year-old Delaware County man who has allegedly claimed an allegiance to ISIS, shot and wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett at 11:41 p.m. last night, city police said. Stunningly, Hartnett can be seen in the video getting out of his patrol car and chasing down the shooter after being ambushed. Officials say Hartnett is in critical but stable condition.

Miami, FL ~ USA -- A Florida jury began weighing on Tuesday whether a man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered, lifeless body on Facebook committed first-degree murder. Attorneys for Derek Medina, 33, argued that he was acting in self-defense when he fired eight shots at Jennifer Alfonso, 27, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence. The August 2013 shooting followed a fight in which she had threatened to leave, prosecutors said during closing statements. They argued that Medina retrieved a .380-caliber pistol from his bedroom and pulled the trigger repeatedly in a premeditated act of murder. "Every single shot hit her because he was aiming and he wanted her dead," said Assistant State Attorney Leah Klein in Miami-Dade County circuit court. Medina wrote on Facebook shortly before turning himself in: "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. My wife was punching me, and I am not going to stand any more with the abuse so I did what I did," he added in the post. (Click here for video)

Montgomery County, Pa. -- Bill Cosby, the comedian and entertainer once known as “America’s dad”, appeared in court (Click here for video) to face his first criminal charge for sexual misconduct on Wednesday, for an incident in which he allegedly drugged and violated a woman who considered him to be her mentor. In a hearing lasting less than 10 minutes, Judge Elizabeth McHugh read out the three second-degree felony charges of aggravated indecent assault. He did not appear visibly moved; when asked if he understood the charges, he replied simply: “Yes.” Bail was set at $1m, of which Cosby will have to pay 10% on Wednesday. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

San Diego, CA -- (WARNING, GRAPHIC) Police officials released surveillance video (Click here for video) Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of a homeless man who was believed to be carrying a knife — which turned out to be a pen.

Los Angeles, CA -- Sheriff Deputies accused Noel Aguilar of having a gun after they shot him in the back at point blank range multiple times. Deputy Albert Murade was shot in the stomach during the melee by his partner Deputy Jose Ruiz. (Click here for video)

GIFFORD, Fla. -- An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after he was involved in a shootout with an armed suspect.(Click here for video)

Denton, TX ~ USA -- Police dash camera video (Click here for video) appears to show a 21-year-old UNT student say "shoot me" several times and an officer say "back away" at least six times just seconds before the student was fatally wounded.

Lynwood, CA ~ USA -- A witness's graphic video (Click here for video) appears to show Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies fatally shooting a man near a gas station in Lynwood. It was unclear what led to the incident, in which more than two dozen shots seemed to be fired. No deputies were injured. In accordance with protocol, a multi-agency investigation was underway.

Oklahoma City OK ~ USA -- A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts he faced, including four counts of first-degree rape, related to accusations that he victimized 13 women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, sobbed (Click here for video) as the verdict was read aloud. He could spend the rest of his life in prison based on the jury's recommendations, which include a 30-year sentence on each of the first-degree rape counts. Among the other charges he was convicted of were forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and second-degree rape. The jury, which deliberated for about 45 hours over four days, recommended he serve a total of 263 years in prison. The judge will decide later whether he will have to serve the sentences consecutively.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The Chicago police, facing almost daily protests and a newly announced Justice Department investigation, released footage (Click here for video) Monday night showing a 38-year-old black man being shocked by a Taser and dragged down a hallway by officers in 2012.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The family of Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson has ALWAYS said that he was brutally shot from behind by the Chicago Police. This new video (Click here for video) which was only released because of the public pressure on the city, shows they were right all along.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- Reports, released by the city late Friday, show that Officer Jason Van Dyke and at least five other officers claim that the 17-year-old McDonald moved or turned threateningly toward officers, even though the video (Click here for video) of the October 2014 shooting shows McDonald walking away, and the scenario sketched out by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in charging Van Dyke with murder contends he was walking away as well.

Miami, Fla. ~ USA -- A shocking video (Click here for video) captured by a bystander was recently uploaded to Instagram and sent to us this morning. That footage shows a Miami, Florida man being shot and killed by Miami Beach Police officers.

San Francisco, CA ~ USA -- Shocking San Francisco Police Shooting Video (Click here for video). Five officers unleash a hail of gunfire on a man with a knife.

Michigan ~ USA -- The family of an unarmed teenager fatally shot by an Eaton County Sheriff Deputy sues after son slain during traffic stop for flashing brights. Bodycam video (Click here for video) shows Deven Guilford stopped for flashing his high beams. It ends with a dizzying tumble of images and the sound of gunshots that killed the young driver.

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Updated: 5:34 AM EST, Thu December 27, 2012 - updated 7:53 AM PST, Thu December 27, 2012

New York (WCJB) -- The FBI extensively monitored the Occupy Wall Street movement around the United States, using counterterrorism agents and other resources, according to recently released FBI internal documents.

The heavily redacted documents indicate that FBI counterterrorism agents were in close communication with law enforcement agencies, businesses, universities and other organizations across the country about the Occupy Wall Street movement, even before Occupy Wall Street set up a camp in New York's Zuccotti Park in September 2011.

In August 2011 the FBI informed New York Stock Exchange officials of a "planned Anarchist protest titled Occupy Wall Street" scheduled for September 17, 2011. The FBI also notified several New York businesses of the impending protests, according to the documents.

The documents, released under a Freedom of Information Act request, contain references to an October 2011 FBI domestic terrorism briefing in Jacksonville, Florida, regarding the spread of the Occupy Wall Street movement and "the emergence of Occupy chapters in and around the North Florida area." FBI officials also recommended setting up tripwires with Occupy event organizers.

The FBI was concerned that the Occupy venues could provide "an outlet for a lone offender exploiting the movement for reasons associated with general government dissatisfaction," according to the documents At a Joint Terrorism Task Force meeting in November 2011, FBI agents reported about Occupy Wall Street activities in Anchorage, Alaska, according to the documents.

The documents also described instances from California, Colorado Mississippi, Virginia, and other states involving cooperation between the FBI and other agencies.

FBI counterterrorism agents are traditionally tasked with investigating and curtailing both domestic and foreign terrorism threats.

The agency prepared surveillance and precautionary measures despite acknowledging that Occupy Wall Street organizers "did not condone the use of violence during their events" and, and that the organizers had called for peaceful protest, according to the documents.

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, which describes itself on its website as a Washington-based organization "dedicated to the defense of human and civil rights secured by law, the protection of free speech and dissent, and the elimination of prejudice and discrimination," obtained the documents through the Freedom of Information Act.

"This production, which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI's surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement," stated Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the organization.

"These documents show that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are treating protests against the corporate and banking structure of America as potential criminal and terrorist activity."

The FBI, responding to the release of the documents regarding Occupy, said it recognizes the rights of individuals and groups to engage in constitutionally protected activity but must take precautions to deal with any potential threats of violence.

"While the F.B.I. is obligated to thoroughly investigate any serious allegations involving threats of violence, we do not open investigations based solely on First Amendment activity," FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said in a statement to CNN. "In fact, the Department of Justice and the F.B.I.'s own internal guidelines on domestic operations strictly forbid that."

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund said it believes the FBI is withholding more information regarding its surveillance of the Occupy movement, and will be filing an appeal demanding full disclosure of its operations, according to Verheyden-Hilliard.

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Chicago, Ill. -- In 1968 Chicago officers were condemned for engaging in a “police riot” in their clashes with protesters during the Democratic convention. Even with images of baton-wielding police leaving protesters bloodied, authorities in the third-largest U.S. city moved to revamp their reputation in part through a pair of pre-emptive strikes -- in the courts and then on the streets. The city’s handling of protesters has been a sensitive issue in Chicago since the 1968 Democratic convention. A federal investigation later called the clashes between convention demonstrators and officers a “police riot.”

Prosecutors made the first use of a state anti-terror charge, accusing three men of making Molotov cocktails, before demonstrators hoisted a placard. Then police responded to the mercurial movement of protesters with a display of overpowering force. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy commended the restraint shown by his officers. “Cops are not here to be assaulted,” he said.

As the police moved to push the crowd away from the site, some demonstrators shouted “Shut down NATO” and threw plastic bottles at officers wearing riot helmets and carrying batons. Protest-march organizer Andy Thayer, whose organization calls itself the Coalition Against the NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda denounced what he called “the wanton violence by police in our streets.” He also criticized the department for “less public” transgressions, including allegedly running down one demonstrator with a police van late at night on May 19. The National Lawyers Guild today decried the department’s current tactics, saying it engaged in “unprovoked violence” yesterday at the end of the permitted march. The guild said there were at least 60 arrests and more than two dozen serious injuries. “Police completely overreacted to protesters approaching the security perimeter and unleashed a violent attack on them without an ability to disperse,” a guild attorney said in a statement released today. The anti-NATO march began several hours after prosecutors announced the filing of separate charges against two Chicago men accused of planning to disrupt the summit with home-made bombs. Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, a native of Poland, is accused of making a false terrorist threat. Mark Neiweem, 28, is charged with soliciting possession of explosives and incendiary devices. The judge set bond for Senakiewicz at $750,000. Bond for Neiweem was $500,000. Outside the courtroom, lawyers for the men said they would each enter not-guilty pleas. Their cases arose from “related investigations,” though they weren’t charged with any involvement in the terrorist cases announced earlier, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said in a press statement. Three anti-NATO protesters were previously charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism, possession of an explosive or incendiary device and providing material support for terrorism. Defendant Brian Church, 22, is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to prosecutors and police. Jared Chase, 27, is originally from Keene, New Hampshire, and Brent Betterly, 24, told police he is from Massachusetts. They each received $1.5 million bonds. A guild attorney called the May 19 charges and those that followed “sensational, politically motivated and meant to spread fear and intimidation among people protesting the NATO Summit,” in a press statement issued yesterday. Addressing reporters outside the criminal court on Chicago’s south side, the guild attorney said she and other guild lawyers believe all of the charged crimes were instigated by police provocateurs known only as a woman named “Gloves” and a man called “Mo.”

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"The United States congratulates the Russian people on the completion of the Presidential elections." -- Statement by Barack Obama during a personal phone call he made to Vladimir Putin from Air Force One congratulating the Russian leader on his election as Russia's next president, despite the fact Russian elections were widely seen to have been compromised by fraud and intimidation by Putin loyalists.
Seoul, South Korea (WCJB) - In a private conversation about the planned U.S.-led NATO missile defense system in Europe, President Barack Obama asked outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for space on the issue. "This is my last election," Obama told Medvedev. "After my election I have more flexibility."
"I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir," Medvedev said, referring to incoming President Vladimir Putin. The two leaders talked Monday during a formal one-on-one meeting ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea. In video they are seen seated, almost huddled, facing each other, each man with his elbows on his knees, leaning in closely over a small table, as they speak intently. Part of the exchange was caught on camera at the end of the 90-minute meeting as reporters and cameras entered the room for a quick photo opportunity of Obama and Medvedev. It's a prickly issue between the two countries. NATO and U.S. leaders insist the project is designed to protect against a potential Iranian strike and would not be used against Russia. But Russia bristles at having a missile defense system so close to its border, arguing it violates Russian sovereignty. “The United States is committed to implementing our missile defense system, which we’ve repeatedly said is not aimed at Russia," said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, in a statement. "However, given the longstanding difference between the U.S. and Russia on this issue, it will take time and technical work before we can try to reach an agreement." Rhodes acknowledged the difficulty of finding a solution when politics are at play. "Since 2012 is an election year in both countries, with an election and leadership transition in Russia and an election in the United States, it is clearly not a year in which we are going to achieve a breakthrough. Therefore, President Obama and President Medvedev agreed that it was best to instruct our technical experts to do the work of better understanding our respective positions, providing space for continued discussions on missile defense cooperation going forward.”

Jewish Remorse!

March 20, 2012 (Federal Prison) -- Master swindler Bernie Madoff (pictured above, center, March 12, 2009) claims one thing that still bugs him: People who insist his Ponzi scheme started in the ‘80s, not the ‘90s. The mastermind of the $65 billion ripoff, in correspondence printed in the April 9 issue of Forbes magazine and online at Forbes' website, says his guilty plea cost him a shot at refuting charges that his scam began prior to 1992. The letters and e-mails were sent to Diana Henriques, author of the Madoff book “The Wizard of Lies” and his self-described prison pen pal. In a February 2011 message, Madoff explains why he didn’t take the money and run before his fiscal house of cards collapsed. “I certainly had the opportunity over the last few years to stash money somewhere with all the connections I had everywhere,” he wrote. “Certainly that is the way the criminal mind works. The truth is that it never was something I ever gave any thought to.” Madoff, destined to die in a federal prison, remains irate over claims by prosecutors and trustee Irving Picard that his operation was a scam from the start. “This is part of (Picard’s) grab strategy,” Madoff wrote on Jan. 7, 2011. “I’m very sorry that I chose not to go to trial.” Two months later, Madoff was more emphatic: “I would love to know what evidence (Picard) has to date my crime back to 1983 … THE FACT IS THAT THERE IS NONE.” Madoff, in an October 2011 letter, recounts in part his complicated relationship with his clients — a roster that included old friend Fred Wilpon, owner of the Mets, and Hollywood couple Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. “I will always feel remorse towards those who I betrayed,” he wrote. “However the pure greed and untruthful cries of some who now have to sell their second and third vacation homes, which were paid for with the years of LEGITIMATE profits but because they now find themselves without the income stream I provided is what angers me.”

UC Thievery!

Posted: Fri Mar 16 2012 07:50:14 GMT-0700 (PDT) - Updated: Sat. Mar 17 2012 03:43:14 GMT-1500 (PDT) BERKELEY, CA -- A growing chorus of voices is calling for the firing of a UC Berkeley administrator who helped triple her secret sex partner's pay over five years. Calling Diane Leite's punishment "an affront" to the university, several UC Berkeley professors have asked the school's provost to investigate how the matter was handled. They are aghast that, instead of firing her, the university reassigned Leite from her assistant vice chancellor post and will still pay her $175,000 a year. The scandal was revealed Monday when a newspaper reported that Leite, 47 (pictured left) had given five raises in two years to Jonathan Caniezo, 30, a subordinate employee with whom she had a sexual relationship. Caniezo made less than $41,000 in 2005, but his pay jumped to $120,000 in 2010, amid the affair, according to university records. The university approved the pay hikes over the objections of Caniezo's supervisor, who later told investigators she did not believe he had earned them. As head of UC Berkeley's office of administrative services for campus research, Leite supervised Caniezo's boss, then later directly supervised him herself, according to a campus investigation launched in August after first an anonymous complaint and then a formal one exposed the relationship. Investigators found that Leite had completed sexual-harassment training three times in recent years, but she told the university she was unaware her actions were wrong. After the investigation, Leite was removed from her $188,000-a-year position but reassigned as an adviser to Fleming, the vice chancellor. Although Leite's boss, Vice Chancellor Graham Fleming, has defended his handling of Leite's punishment, the university said Thursday that the matter was not over. "The administration is ... reviewing compensation and classification issues that came to light in the course of the investigation," UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said in a written statement. In their letter to Breslauer, the university's chief academic officer, the professors criticized the "surprisingly mild measures" taken after Leite was discovered to have broken sexual-harassment policies. "It's an outrage," said engineering professor Samer Madanat, one of at least 13 professors who signed the letter to Provost George Breslauer. "That's all I can say." In addition to the letter from faculty members, about 150 people by Thursday afternoon had signed an online petition calling for Leite and her boyfriend, Caniezo, to be fired. "Having Diane Leite hold any position of responsibility or power on this campus is harmful to our institution," the professors wrote. "We are surprised at the evident protection that has repeatedly been bestowed upon her, which, in our view, is counter to the interest of the university and to the morale of its faculty and staff." The solution is simple, said astronomy professor Leo Blitz: Fire Leite. "For a highly paid administrator, this is not a small matter," said Blitz, who signed the letter to Breslauer. In a piece published Wednesday in a local newspaper, biology professor Kevin Padian complained that "rules on this campus apply to everyone but the administrators." As a learning institution, a university should have higher standards than other employers, said Judy Nadler, a former Santa Clara mayor and now a senior fellow in government ethics at Santa Clara University's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. "If (Leite's violation) doesn't rise to the level of significant punishment, what do you have to do to get fired?" Nadler said. "At a corporation, I think it's pretty clear this wouldn't be tolerated." Breslauer did not respond to an interview request. Leite's attorney did not respond to an interview request. Caniezo, who remains under investigation, did not respond to a message left at his Rodeo home.

Gubmint Pages & Tweets!

March 9, 2012
Twitterville, Int'l -- There are more than 500 words you shouldn't say on Twitter or Facebook unless you want to be flagged by the Department of Homeland Security. There is a surveillance program the agency quietly began in February 2011 to monitor social media, according to the Electronic Privacy Information Center. They are looking for "Items of Interest," which in this case are words on a watch list that are considered "bad." Documents obtained only after the privacy organization filed a lawsuit to enforce its Freedom of Information Act request reveal that anything you post on social-media websites such as Twitter and Facebook could come under review by the Department of Homeland Security, or at least by General Dynamics, the military defense contractor hired to implement the surveillance program. So what words are of interest to them? The Department of Homeland Security is concerned with a broader range of words that you can say on television, or anywhere, usually without a problem. However, if you tweet or post these specific words on social-media websites, then you'll catch the attention of the security agency. The watch list includes hundreds of words and phrases that have been organized into certain categories: domestic security, HAZMAT, health concern, Southwest border violence, federal agencies, terrorism, weather/disaster/emergency, cybersecurity and Infrastructure security. When you look at all the words on the watch list, it's hard to believe that any terrorist or criminal would tweet or post them unless they wanted to get caught. For example, the watch list contains words such as dirty bomb, hostage, al Qaeda and ammonium nitrate. What terrorist in his right mind would tweet, "Looking for ammonium nitrate, please direct message me if you have leads?" There are also terms under the category "Southwest border violence" that seem ridiculous, such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, meth lab and drug war. If a drug dealer mentioned on his Facebook wall, "Great deal today on heroin and methamphetamine, and it's all organically made in my own meth lab," I would hope that people would turn that person in -- or at the very least, not "like" his post. However, the long list of innocent words on the watch list that raises more concerns. Words such as subway, delays, infection, San Diego, cloud, pork, wave and Mexico are monitored. If you posted on Twitter, "I'm going on vacation to San Diego, hope no clouds because want to catch some waves," your tweet would be considered suspicious because you used three words on the watch list. In the event that your Facebook or Twitter post is flagged, a further investigation could be triggered, and information could be shared with other government agencies. You have little grounds to claim that your postings on Facebook and Twitter have an expectation of privacy. Social media is almost the equivalent of speaking loudly at a crowded party -- people beyond your intended recipients will hear your words. Putting the legality issues aside, we should be concerned the government is engaged in the wholesale monitoring of our social-media streams. This program is akin to the Chinese government's monitoring of the Internet. If we don't object now to the unfettered surveillance of our social-media communications, the next step could be the government's reading of our direct messages on Facebook and Twitter. Following that, the reading of our personal e-mails would not be far behind.

Another Schemer!

March 6, 2012 HOUSTON, TX -- A federal jury convicted international financier R. Allen Stanford (pictured above, center) on 13 of 14 charges of money laundering and fraud in a Ponzi scheme that lost billions of dollars for investors. The Texas financier stood accused of masterminding one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history. The jury of eight men and four women found him not guilty on one count of wire fraud. The verdict on Tuesday, coming on the fourth full day of deliberations after a month long trial, marks a comedown for Mr. Stanford, 61 years old, who rose from owning a bodybuilding gym in Texas to become a billionaire knighted in Antigua. As the verdict was read Mr. Stanford, wearing a dark suit, turned to where his family members were sitting and appeared to mouth the words, "It's OK." Prosecutors had accused Mr. Stanford of swindling thousands of investors by selling them certificates of deposit issued by a bank he controlled in Antigua. They said he invested these proceeds in risky real-estate assets and his own businesses, funding a lavish lifestyle aboard yachts and jets and even sponsoring cricket tournaments. The verdict caps a three-year criminal prosecution that has blocked investors from attempting to recover hundreds of millions of dollars from Mr. Stanford and which has stalled a civil lawsuit against him brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. It came a day after jurors said they couldn't reach a unanimous verdict on all counts. U.S. District Judge David Hittner had ordered them to keep deliberating. Mr. Stanford's lawyers, who ultimately chose not to let him testify in his own defense, countered that he ran a legitimate business that was ruined when the SEC raided his office in 2009 and froze his assets. They portrayed Mr. Stanford as an absentee chief executive and argued that any fraud would have been committed by his chief financial officer, James Davis, a government witness.
The SEC Complaint against Stanford charges: •» Since 1994, Stanford International Bank claims it has never failed to hit investment returns in excess of 10 percent a year; •» In 2008, the bank said its "diversified portfolio of investments" lost only 1.3 percent, while the S&P 500 U.S. stocks benchmark declined 39 percent; •» SEC says the bank's historical returns are "improbable, if not impossible;" •» The bank quoted certificate of deposit rates of more than 7 percent during 2005 and 2006, and quoted a 3-year CD at 5.375 percent annual rate in November 2008, against comparable U.S. bank CDs of 3.2 percent; and •» Did not disclose that its investment portfolio includes a significant portion in illiquid private equity and real estate investments.
Stanford, 61, pleaded not guilty to all charges and later claimed he developed amnesia after a fellow inmate assaulted him in 2009. His defense attorney said in separate documents that the inmate smashed Stanford's face into a pole and threw him onto the concrete floor. Shackled, chained to a gurney and coughing up blood after a vicious prison beating sparked by a spat over a telephone, R. Allen Stanford (pictured below, center) seemed baffled by a simple question: What is your name? "Arthur," Mr. Stanford responded. That was the first name printed on the badge of the doctor treating Mr. Stanford's multiple injuries. In a separate motion, Stanford's attorney said his client "suffered a traumatic brain injury" in the assault and the medications given to him by prison medical staff, which included anti-anxiety drugs and antidepressants, made his condition worse. An assessment of Stanford's health was prepared for a court by Victor Scarano, a forensic psychiatrist. He wrote: 'Mr Stanford described himself as a breathing corpse with increased episodes of despair, hopelessness and helplessness'. R. Allen Stanford, whose lawyers failed to convince a judge that he’s mentally unfit to stand trial, was ordered to face a jury. “I have found by a preponderance of the evidence that Stanford is competent to stand trial,” U.S. District Judge David Hittner in Houston said in finding Stanford able to assist in his defense. Hittner delayed Stanford’s trial, first set for last January, after three doctors testified that the financier was incapable of assisting in his defense because of his drug dependency and potential effects from the head injury. Stanford, a Mexia native, was convicted of 13 counts of conspiracy, fraud, obstruction and money laundering. The counts of which he was found guilty carry total penalties of 230 years.

The Global Occupation!

May Day!

Posted: Wed. May 2, 2012 - 12:12:52 PDT - Updated: Wed. May 2, 2012 - 12:14:52 PDT Oakland Police officers are hit with paint after they tackled one protester and held him down on Broadway Street. Oakland, CA -- In Oakland, the scene of several violent clashes between activists and police during last fall's Occupy-inspired protests, the situation threatened to boil over again when police fired tear gas, sending hundreds of demonstrators scrambling. Downtown, the day started tensely with hundreds of Occupy demonstrators amassing at and around City Hall. Police Chief Howard Jordan called for mutual aid from area police agencies by 9 a.m., and around lunchtime the first of several brief but volatile clashes with police erupted. Officers also fired "flash-bang" grenades to disperse protesters converging on police as they wrestled people to the ground while trying to make arrests, and used more tear gas on Tuesday night to break up the bottle-throwing remnants of what had been a peaceful rally of several thousand. Earlier, some protesters tried to force businesses to shut down for not observing calls for a "general strike."
Police Chief Howard Jordan says that after warning several hundred protesters they were assembling unlawfully and would be gassed if they didn't disperse. Resorting to using at least one round of tear gas for the second time in a day, officers managed to push those who did not leave on their own more than 12 blocks away from the plaza outside City Hall. At least two thousand people participated peacefully earlier Tuesday night in a May Day protest at the plaza. At least 23 people were taken into custody during the course of the protests. In San Francisco, about 200 people took over a vacant building that is owned by the local archdiocese and has been targeted for previous protests. Two men on adjacent rooftops lobbed pipes and bricks at a line of police officers who were awaiting permission from the church to clear the building. In Seattle, the mayhem was reminiscent of the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in the city that caused widespread damage to stores and forced the cancellation of some WTO events. Black-clad protesters used sticks to smash small downtown windows and ran through the streets disrupting traffic. Police have made at least eight arrests. To be continued ...

Occupy Wall Street! NY Union Square!

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT - Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 03:21 PM PDT About 40 hard-core Occupy demonstrators have been in the park’s plaza area on 14th St. since Saturday night, with the crowd often swelling to more than 100 during the day. The move came after protesters were kicked out of downtown’s Zuccotti Park during a six-month anniversary rally Saturday night. At Union Square, protesters have set up an impromptu library and information stand, akin to the ones which were in Zuccotti during their two-month occupation of the lower Manhattan plaza. “This is the fourth day we’re here,” said Augusto Sandino, a 20-year-old protester from Brooklyn. “We’re planning to stay here.” Sandino, who volunteers at the Occupy Wall Street Info Desk, said the group is not just planning to stay in Union Square Park, but actively trying to get more people to take up residence by using social media and the website OccupyWallStreet.org. “We’re starting from scratch right now,” Sandino said. “We haven’t had a physical occupation since November 15th,” he added, referring to the date booted Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park in an overnight raid. “We’re hoping to have enough people so that Union Square Park is at capacity,” he said. Sandino said the group hopes to use the occupation as a launching point for upcoming events, including planned weekly marches down to Wall Street every Friday in March. They are also trying to gain support for a general strike on May 1. “We want to grow the occupation until the police start giving us problems,” he said. “So far they haven’t been telling us to leave.” Authorities say the group can sit and lie down in the park on the condition they do not swell in number to more than 25 overnight. They also cannot block access to the park with banners, books or other objects. However, a Parks Department police source told media sources that the agency is working with the NYPD and its “higher ups” on a plan to deal with the protesters, especially those who want to camp out overnight, hinting that their days may be numbered.

Occupy Wall Street! NYPD: The Sequel!

March 19, 2012
(Recorded 3.17.12 at Zuccotti Park, NYC)

Al Khalifa Gas & Money!

Posted: Thursday 16 February 2012 17.23 EST - Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 03:42 PM PDT A controversial US police chief, John Timoney (pictured above, center) and has been hired by the government of Bahrain to train and reform the nation's security forces. Timoney spent nearly three decades with the New York City police department before serving as head of police in Philadelphia and Miami. He's been hired – along with former assistant commissioner of Britain's Metropolitan Police, John Yates – to implement reforming policies and tactics for Bahrain's security forces. The two were brought on after a report was published detailing the torture and death of Bahraini protesters held as prisoners held by Bahraini authorities. Bahrain’s protesters claim they are fed up with the greed, corruption and nepotism that has marred their country. Timoney, the former Philadelphia and Miami police chief is now the Al Khalifa family’s top hired gun has a mixed legacy--and that comment is being kind. His tactics used at the Republican Convention in Philadelphia in 2000 and later in Miami include a love affair with rubber bullets, Tasers, electronic shields and most tragically in Bahrain, tear gas. Bahrain’s police and military forces were already using all of the above and more before Timoney and Yates. But with Timoney at the helm, the future for Bahrain’s flight for justice and equal opportunity will probably become nothing but more violent. Timoney's supporters view him as a tough, smart cop with a record for turning failing police departments around and controlling mass demonstrations. In effect, they argue, he's the perfect candidate to improve Bahrain's security forces, which have been linked to the killing, torture and flagrant suppression of dissident protesters. The chief's critics, however, say Timoney's handling of protests and gatherings in each of the cities he's served in are wrought with examples of police abuse, illegal infiltration tactics, fear-mongering and a blatant disregard for freedom of expression. The use of tear gas has been a particularly contentious issue in Bahrain's protest crackdowns. According to Amnesty International, Bahraini human rights groups have reported at least 13 deaths resulting from the use of tear gas since the protests began last year. At least three of those deaths occurred after Timoney was hired, and include Salma Mohsin Abbas, 81, and Yaseen Al Asfoor, 14, who reportedly died after canisters were set off in their homes. Sayyed Hashem Saeed, 15, meanwhile, died on December 31 after being hit with a canister at close range. While it is unclear whether Timoney has advised Bahraini authorities in their use of tear gas, his reliance on the tactic – as well as other less-lethal implements – was on full display during the end of his policing career in the United States.

Anonymous Information!

Posted: 02/07/2012 07:45:32 AM PST - Updated: 02/07/2012 03:20:09 PM PST Oakland, CA -- The hacker group, which last year infiltrated BART's computer system after the agency shut off cell phone service in its tunnels to thwart protesters, released a statement on its website admonishing the city for its treatment of Occupy Oakland demonstrators. It also posted personal contact information for Mayor Jean Quan, City Administrator Deanna Santana, police Chief Howard Jordan, City Attorney Barbara Parker, and seven City Council members. Only Council member Rebecca Kaplan was spared from intrusion. The site only posted her public office number along with the message: "Thank you for your support and being a true leader in the community."
The information posted included telephone numbers, family relations, and biographical information that are readily available online and from paid information-gathering sites. The group did not include a home phone number for Chief Jordan. It also incorrectly identified Schaaf's father and incorrectly stated that Schaaf was related to Council member Jane Brunner. Anonymous has threatened city leaders previously over its treatment of Occupy Oakland, posting a threatening video in November and releasing personal information about Santana last month. Occupy supporters had warned that city leaders could face Anonymous' wrath if they didn't allow Occupy Oakland to take over the Kaiser Convention Center on Jan. 28. In its statement, Anonymous denounced police violence against Occupy protesters, and also criticized the city for budget cuts that it says have resulted in school closures and reductions in city services such as libraries. "The people on this list are supposed to represent the best of what the City of Oakland has to offer. If they are the best, why is there so much trouble within the Police Department, and in the City of Oakland?" the statement says. "We are shocked and disgusted by your behavior. Before you commit atrocities against innocent people again, think twice. You should have expected us."


PUBLISHED: Sunday, February 5, 2012 Oakland, CA -- Another American flag was burned at an Occupy Oakland rally late Saturday, capping off a smaller, more peaceful march compared to last weekend’s burst of violence. Local news media reported that there were only dozens of protesters who marched Saturday night, and there were no reports of violent clashes with police. Saturday’s Occupy march, however, was the second to feature a burning U.S. flag in a week. A San Francisco media source reported that Zachary Running Wolf, 48, a veteran demonstrator in Oakland and Berkeley, ignited the flag and dropped it on Broadway. Running Wolf is known for leading a 21-month tree sit-in to protect oak trees at UC Berkeley that were later razed to make way for a student athlete training facility. He also occupied a tree during Occupy Oakland protests. Running Wolf came in fourth in the 2008 Berkeley mayor's race, securing less than 1% of the vote. The source reported that Gary Easley, 33, of Oakland picked up the burned flag, telling the newspaper: “I felt bad.” The media said protesters threw a bottle of urine at a KTVU-TV Channel 2 truck and a wooden board at a KPIX-TV Channel 5 truck. Last weekend, more than 400 people were arrested after a violent Occupy Oakland demonstration in which marchers broke into City Hall, smashed display cases, cut electrical wires and burned an American flag.

‘Russian Spring’ - 2012!

First Posted: 02/04/2012 - Updated: 2:58 PM PST - 02/05/2012 MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of Russians embraced the numbing cold and marched to a frozen riverbank near the Kremlin on Saturday, demonstrating their determination to keep up the pressure on Vladimir Putin for fair elections and honest government. Two months after disputed parliamentary balloting ignited Russia’s first significant protest movement in more than a decade, Saturday’s turnout showed that the demonstrators are not fading away. In size, the rally was in the same ballpark as two large demonstrations in December; the police said 36,000 came out, the organizers said 120,000. More determined than they had been at those earlier rallies, which in some ways resembled street fairs, the marchers attacked Putin with gusto. “The longer we freeze here, the longer they’ll freeze in Siberia,” chanted one group as it surged up Bolshaya Yakimanka Street toward Bolotnaya Square, referring to the country’s leadership. The protesters, from the entire width of the political spectrum, gathered in four columns, one after another. First came the “white-ribbon” group, the apoliticals; then, their order chosen by lot, came liberal democrats, nationalists with their Russian imperial flags, and Communists with their hammer-and-sickle banners. The segregation seemed to energize each contingent, without engendering name-calling or hostility. “We need a big coalition against Putin,” said one nationalist, Alexander Razumov, 31. “We have no other choice.” At the same time it emphasized their philosophical differences and raised questions about whether a single leader could emerge to unite them and challenge an entrenched Putin government. “Power to the millions, not the millionaires,” said Sergei Udaltsov, leader of the Left Front. “We are the millions.” “Away with the Chekists!” shouted a group of young men, using the name by which KGB officers, such as Putin, liked to call themselves. Yet it was also clear that a great many protesters had shown up out of a realization that they enjoy the act, and the feelings of solidarity that come with it. That would not be good news to Putin, who has appeared to be holding back in hopes that the movement would run out of steam on its own accord before the March 4 presidential election. On Saturday, government investigators hit back at the opposition, which has made clean elections one of its central demands. The Investigations Committee charged that most of the videos showing apparent election fraud in December were concocted in the United States and disseminated by a server in California, the Russian news agency reported. It said the government was determined to discover who was responsible. Blaming the United States for whatever annoys him in Russia has become a favorite Putin theme. Before the December elections he suggested the country’s only independent election monitor was in the pay of the United States. When the protests began, he accused Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton of signaling the opposition to take to the streets. One protester Saturday carried a sign saying: “I came for free.” First Posted: 18:37 (Moscow) 29/01/2012 - Updated: 3:13 PM PST - 29/01/2012 Enraged: Protesters carry the Russian Empire’s black, yellow and white flag during a rally against the December 4 parliament elections in Moscow on Dec. 24, 2011. “…protesters shouted ‘New Elections, New Elections,’ and organizers say their densely packed mass on Sakharov Avenue reached 100,000 people. Moscow, Russia -- Hundreds of cars flying white ribbons - a symbol of Russia's protest movement - drove around a major Moscow thoroughfare on Sunday to demand a fair presidential vote in March. Up to 3,000 cars took part in “the biggest motorist protest in Russia’s history,” said Pyotr Shkumatov, leader of the grassroots motorists’ group Blue Buckets. “Nobody has forgotten the December 4 [parliamentary] elections and people are ready to stand their ground,” Shkumatov told Russian media sources. The Russian capital’s traffic police said only 300 cars took part in Sunday’s protest. White balloons and anti-Putin banners were also attached to some of the vehicles which circled the 16-kilometer Garden Ring road in central Moscow on Sunday. One car had a Putin doll strapped to its hood, a Russian media correspondent reported. White ribbons emerged as an opposition symbol during mass anti-government protests last month which erupted after Russia’s disputed parliamentary vote won by Putin's United Russia party. Sunday's action was designed to maintain momentum ahead of the next anti-government demonstration on February 4, one month before a crucial presidential poll that is widely predicted to bring Prime Minister Vladimir Putin back to his old job in the Kremlin. Opposition leaders fear the March 4 vote may be rigged in Putin's favor. Putin served two terms as president from 2000 to 2008 but was constitutionally barred from standing for a third consecutive term. A win by Mr. Putin could result in his maintaining power until 2024. “It’s absolutely unacceptable that the man who’s in power [already] for 12 years will be here for 12 years more!” one demonstrator told a US News Source. He later stated, “We don’t want another revolution, or bloodshed, but if Putin is going to win then there may be a ‘Russian Spring’—not an Arab Spring but a Russian one.” The opposition claims the authorities are now using the state machinery to boost support for the prime minister. Over the past several weeks, Putin has enjoyed extra-positive coverage on Russia's state-dominated TV, including several documentaries promoting him as the country's "savior" during the economic downturn in the 2000s. He has also refused to take part in TV debates ahead of the March vote - his spokesman said they would "impede his ability to duly carry out his duties." There have also been reports in the liberal media of state employees being coerced to cast their votes for Putin, or else face the sack. Another motorist protest, this time nationwide, is planned for February 19.

‘D.C. Occupied’ - 2012!

PUBLISHED MON, JAN 30, 2012 02:14 PM - MODIFIED WASHINGTON, DC – Republican lawmakers last week questioned why the Park Service has allowed Occupy protesters to camp for months on federal land. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis said protesters have a right to be in the park and won't be evicted, but they will be encouraged to sleep elsewhere. Monday morning a sign board carried a National Park Service notice that regulations banning camping will be enforced starting at noon. It defined camping as having temporary structures to store personal belongings and "laying down of bedding for the purpose of sleeping." Park Police surveyed the encampment earlier in the day followed by chanting protesters and surrounded by a phalanx of television cameras and photographers. Protesters blew whistles and chanted "from Oakland to D.C. defy the police." A noon deadline passed to remove camping equipment from two Occupy Wall Street sites in Washington, D.C., after officials said they planned to enforce a no-camping rule and start moving out protesters. At Freedom Plaza tents flapped in the wind. The National Park Service has warned protesters that those who violate the camping rule at Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square will be subject to arrest, but by mid-afternoon nothing had happened. At McPherson Square seven blocks away park spokesman David Schlosser said that people are not allowed to camp so the first step of enforcement will be to remove bedding and other belongings. He said police gave protesters pamphlets informing them of the regulations. Schlosser said police want voluntary compliance. If that doesn't happen he said "incremental measures" will be taken but he wouldn't elaborate on what that meant.
"It's not an eviction notice," said Barry Knight, 44, of Framingham, Mass., who has been living at Freedom Plaza since Christmas and has been a part of the movement since October. "We have to have our tents open and not have our sleeping bags rolled out to show we're not camping. "We're here to exercise our freedom of speech, which is our right," he said. If the Park Service enforces the camping ban, Knight said he plans to sleep on the sidewalk like many homeless people do around downtown Washington. "If they have a few hundred people sleeping on the sidewalks in this city, I think it'll make quite an impression," he said. "We already have thousands of people living on the streets in this country, a large portion of whom are veterans." If he's arrested, he said, "I'll be back again tomorrow." The Occupy protest needs to remain "to keep the conversation open," he said. A few protesters milled about. A woman knitted by her tent, seated in a wheelchair. Protester Bill Miniuti, 62, inspected a tent for Tammy Kareza, 47, who is homeless. Police may come at nightfall, when people start to go to sleep, Miniuti said. Kareza "shouldn't be sleeping down here, but if she doesn't have anywhere else, what can we do?" Earlier in the day Knight kept a watchful eye on two U.S. Park Police officers inspecting tents at Freedom Plaza. "I'm following them so they know they're being observed," Knight said. Protesters have said they intend to stay at the two sites and defend their encampments. Richard Ochs, 73, is a veteran of protests going back to civil rights and Vietnam protests of the 1960s. He lives in Baltimore but came to the McPherson camp to support the protesters. "I wanted to be here to defend our freedom of speech," he said. Protesters are not camping, he said, "camping is recreational. What we are doing is a 24-7 protest." Ochs said he plans to stay in Washington, but he's not sure where he'll be Monday night. "It depends on the police," he said. "I may be spending the night in jail." The protesters, many in their 20s, come from across the country. They wore scarves around their faces, large goggles and masks. Desiree DeLoach, 28, packed up her belongings and put them in a storage area nearby. She was a protester at Occupy's first protest in Zuccotti Park in New York City and lost her belongings in a raid there. "They gave us ample warning (in Washington)," she said. "I decided not to take any chances. Matt Canard of Denver walked around the camp encouraging people to sign a handmade petition to give to the park police. The petition asks the police to let the protesters stay. Canard, 27, has been sleeping in the camp since November. He works during the day and sleeps in the camp at night. He's off Monday from his job as a waiter so he could be at the camp if the police threw them out. He had a carpentry business in Colorado that was struggling so he said he decided instead to join the Occupy movement. "I didn't see any other way for me to contribute," he said. The National Occupy Wall Street movement began in New York City in the fall but has been largely dormant lately. Oakland, New York and Los Angeles were among the cities with the largest and most vocal Occupy protests early on. In Oakland over the weekend demonstrators clashed repeatedly with police. More than 400 people were arrested. The demonstrations downtown broke a lull that had seen just a smattering of people taking to Oakland's streets in recent weeks for occasional marches that bore little resemblance to the headline-grabbing Occupy demonstrations of last fall. That all changed Saturday with clashes punctuated by rock and bottle throwing by protesters and volleys of tear gas from police, and a City Hall break-in that left glass cases smashed, graffiti spray-painted on walls and an American flag burned. At least three officers and one protester were injured. Police spokesman Sgt. Jeff Thomason said there were more than 400 arrests on charges ranging from failure to disperse to vandalism. Mayor Jean Quan (pictured above, left) personally inspected damage caused by dozens of people who occupied City Hall. "People in the community and people in the Occupy movement have to stop making excuses for this behavior," she said.She said she wants a court order to keep Occupy protesters who have been arrested several times out of Oakland, which has been hit repeatedly by demonstrations that have cost the financially troubled city about $5 million. Quan also called on the loosely organized movement to "stop using Oakland as its playground." Caitlin Manning, an Occupy Oakland member, believes that Saturday's protest caught the world's attention. "The Occupy movement is back on the map," Manning said Sunday. "We think those who have been involved in movements elsewhere should be heartened."

‘Chapel Hill’ - 2012!

PUBLISHED MON, JAN 30, 2012 08:38 AM - MODIFIED MON, JAN 30, 2012 01:06 PM PST CHAPEL HILL, NC -- Seven people charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering are due in Orange County court today in connection with last fall's incident at the former Yates Motor Co. building in downtown Chapel Hill. The incident and police raid that removed the squatters after one day has divided the community. Supporters of the squatters plan to rally at the Orange County courthouse beginning at 9 a.m. today. Speakers pro and con have spoken at several Town Council meetings. The debate could return to Town Hall tonight when Town Manager Roger Stancil may provide his recommendation on whether the town should approve an outside investigator to review the incident. A new town-appointed Community Policing Advisory Committee formally requested the investigator last week to help it compile a factual time-line of events during the Nov. 12-13 incident and to help the committee make policy recommendations. A majority of council members, however, indicated last week they do not support the investigator because he or she would not be able to compel witnesses to speak or to speak truthfully and because the town could not protect those who spoke with the investigator from civil or criminal liability. The council's reaction has left committee members "curious," committee chairman Ron Bogle said. On Sunday, A crowd of about 60 people rallied outside the downtown post office on Peace and Justice Plaza. They were protesting Stancil's proposal to start enforcing restrictions on public gatherings that were lifted during the three-month Occupy Chapel Hill-Carrboro tent encampment. Council member Laurin Easthom has asked for a discussion before enforcing the rules, which restrict overnight gatherings and in some cases require a permit. The Yates building takeover on West Franklin Street was by "anti-capitalist occupiers," according to their literature. The group said it wanted to turn the long vacant building into a community center with a clinic, daycare and beds for the homeless. Some members also were members of the Occupy encampment and movement down the street.

Occupation 2012 The Financial Di$trict!

First Posted: 1/20/12 - Updated: 01/21/2012 02:44:16 PM PST
San Francisco, CA -- Occupy protesters have chained themselves to the entrance of Wells Fargo Bank's corporate headquarters at 555 California St. as part of a all day long protest by Occupy San Francisco and other groups.

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