Tens of thousands of Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents now live under the constant threat of having their homes demolished by Israeli authorities, part of a policy of displacement that has been taking place in Jerusalem with a startling degree of public support for more than four decades.
The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country’s citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded.
The report, entitled Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens, used extensive policy data collected from between the years of 1981 and 2002 to empirically determine the state of the US political system.
Following up on false reports of a deal to resume peace talks, Israel has announced a series of “economic sanctions” against the Palestinian Authority, including withholding their tax revenue and freezing many of their bank accounts. …
While Israel couched the move as “punishment” for the Palestinians, the PA’s chief negotiator Saeb Erekat dubbed the move “theft,” saying it was also a violation of international law and would further harm the attempts to resume talks.
In Missouri, if you kill someone while driving drunk, you could go to prison for — at most — 15 years. That’s what Natalie and David DePriest are serving — for growing marijuana.
Police found 12 mature plants and eight sprouts in their condo, and when the pair went to court, the judge issued the maximum sentence.
[Something horrible people say: “The law is the law”.]
…Senator Grassley expressed some concern about this Insider Threat Program and how it distinguished whistleblowers from actual threats. He asked the FBI for copies of its training manual on the program, which it refused to give him. Instead, it said it could better answer any questions at a hearing. However, as Grassley explains, when questioned about this just 10 minutes into the hearing, the FBI abruptly got up and left…
Two days after he was shot, Andre Daly woke in a haze with a police officer standing by his hospital bed in Brooklyn. …
Mr. Daly spent more than a week immobilized, not just by his three bullet wounds, but also by a set of handcuffs and ankle restraints — all because of an unpaid $25 fine for possessing a cup of wine in public.
What happened to Mr. Daly in December was no fluke.
Today, the ACLU and ACLU of Utah filed an amicus brief in support of a Utah paramedic whose Fourth Amendment rights were violated when police swept up his confidential prescription records in a dragnet search. Law enforcement’s disregard for basic legal protections in the case is shocking.
An overnight US air strike against the Khost Province in eastern Afghanistan has killed three civilians, a woman and her two children. It also injured the father of the children. …
Afghan President Hamid Karzai was quick to condemn the incident, saying it was a violation of existing agreements between the US and Afghanistan, and called on Khost’s governor to investigate the circumstances of the attack.
Like any bully, the Regime in Washington chooses its battles carefully, generally avoiding fights with opponents capable of fighting back. But it will not accept defeat when clearly in the wrong. This is something Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters should remember.
Continue reading at: http://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/the-regime-doesnt-handle-defeat-gracefully/
In March 2012, volunteers spent four days looking for a two-year-old boy who wandered away from his home outside Houston, Texas. They found him only after volunteers reviewing images captured by a drone-mounted aerial camera saw a flash of red in a pond that had already been searched. It turned out to be a shirt worn by the child, who had drowned.
That was not the first time members of Texas EquuSearch had used these small model planes to help locate a missing person. But if the Federal Aviation Administration has its way, it won’t happen again.
Continue reading at: http://reason.com/archives/2014/04/14/harmless-drones-get-federal-flak