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Prosecutor: No time for evidence against arrested reporter

https://apnews.com/61bdb545074a5604ca5b102bd3c5df30

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A prosecutor who is pursuing charges against an Iowa newspaper reporter who was arrested while covering a protest in May told a judge Thursday that his office shouldn’t have to give body-camera footage and other evidence to the journalist’s lawyer because his office was too busy.

Brad Kinkade, an assistant Polk County attorney, told Judge Christopher Kemp that because Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri had only been charged with misdemeanors, the case was considered a low-priority and wasn’t worth the time needed to provide evidence the defense has requested.

“It’s a turn-and-burn docket,” Kinkade said. “They’re supposed to be handled with no delay and little cost.”...


WTF? The defendants are just supposed to shut up and accept what servicemembers call 'marsupial justice'?

Fuck that noise.

It's called DISCOVERY, Brad. It's not up to you to withold evidence from the defense. And it's
an especially bad move to try this against the deep-pocketed and thoroughly PO'd Des Moines Register.




Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Jul 19, 2020, 07:37 PM (4 replies)

Forbes: The FBI Is Secretly Using A $2 Billion Travel Company As A Global Surveillance Tool

Repost from GD
Note: emphasis added

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2020/07/16/the-fbi-is-secretly-using-a-2-billion-company-for-global-travel-surveillance--the-us-could-do-the-same-to-track-covid-19


Jul 16, 2020,07:10am EDT

Thomas Brewster-Forbes Staff
Associate editor at Forbes, covering cybercrime, privacy, security and surveillance.


American border patrol already has significant surveillance powers and collects vast amounts of data on who is flying into and out of the country. But the U.S. has another tool to watch over travellers across the world thanks to a little-known but influential Texan business called Sabre. As the biggest of three companies that store the vast majority of the world’s travel information—from airline seats to hotel bookings — Sabre has been called on to hand over that travellers’ data and, on at least one occasion, do “real-time” tracking of a suspect. And, say former employees, the same powerful trove of information could be used to help monitor the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic...

...Publicly, Sabre’s entanglement with the U.S. government has been apparent for some time. Former CEOs have given testimony to Congressional panels and made it onto presidential committees. Then there’s the secret side of the relationship. Stretching back to at least the 2001 September 11 terror attacks, the government has, on numerous occasions, secretly asked the company to actively spy on suspects’ movements, in both major and minor criminal cases.

For years, the government has asked telecom giants and banks to help track individuals worldwide, whether through tapping calls or sharing the location of bank withdrawals. But with Sabre, it has a particularly powerful snooping option. With financial institutions or the telecoms industry, the government has to go to each separate bank or operator and serve an order on them. It could take a similar approach with the travel industry, asking each airline, hotel and booking agent. But with Sabre, or one of its two chief competitors, it can serve one order to cover all bases. That’s one explanation as to why the company played a role in assisting the U.S. in tracking the movements of the 9/11 hijackers after the attacks on the Twin Towers, as Guevara and Menge tell Forbes. (Sabre didn’t respond to requests for comment).

In that case, the government came knocking only after the atrocity had occurred. But, as detailed in one international cybercrime investigation, Sabre can be compelled to proactively watch and report on a persons’ whereabouts as soon as they start travelling. In an order from December 2019, feds asked Sabre to provide the FBI with “real-time” updates on the travel activities of a hacking suspect, an Indian fugitive called Deepanshu Kher. Sabre was told to provide “complete and contemporaneous ‘real time’ account activity information of the traveler [Kher] on a weekly basis” for six months. Sabre would provide “any travel orders, transactions or reservations” for the suspect....


I honestly wasn't surprised in the least to read the above, but I thought it would be a good reminder for all of us
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Jul 19, 2020, 06:56 PM (3 replies)

Forbes: The FBI Is Secretly Using A $2 Billion Travel Company As A Global Surveillance Tool

Note: emphasis added

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2020/07/16/the-fbi-is-secretly-using-a-2-billion-company-for-global-travel-surveillance--the-us-could-do-the-same-to-track-covid-19


Jul 16, 2020,07:10am EDT

Thomas Brewster-Forbes Staff
Associate editor at Forbes, covering cybercrime, privacy, security and surveillance.


American border patrol already has significant surveillance powers and collects vast amounts of data on who is flying into and out of the country. But the U.S. has another tool to watch over travellers across the world thanks to a little-known but influential Texan business called Sabre. As the biggest of three companies that store the vast majority of the world’s travel information—from airline seats to hotel bookings — Sabre has been called on to hand over that travellers’ data and, on at least one occasion, do “real-time” tracking of a suspect. And, say former employees, the same powerful trove of information could be used to help monitor the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic...

...Publicly, Sabre’s entanglement with the U.S. government has been apparent for some time. Former CEOs have given testimony to Congressional panels and made it onto presidential committees. Then there’s the secret side of the relationship. Stretching back to at least the 2001 September 11 terror attacks, the government has, on numerous occasions, secretly asked the company to actively spy on suspects’ movements, in both major and minor criminal cases.

For years, the government has asked telecom giants and banks to help track individuals worldwide, whether through tapping calls or sharing the location of bank withdrawals. But with Sabre, it has a particularly powerful snooping option. With financial institutions or the telecoms industry, the government has to go to each separate bank or operator and serve an order on them. It could take a similar approach with the travel industry, asking each airline, hotel and booking agent. But with Sabre, or one of its two chief competitors, it can serve one order to cover all bases. That’s one explanation as to why the company played a role in assisting the U.S. in tracking the movements of the 9/11 hijackers after the attacks on the Twin Towers, as Guevara and Menge tell Forbes. (Sabre didn’t respond to requests for comment).

In that case, the government came knocking only after the atrocity had occurred. But, as detailed in one international cybercrime investigation, Sabre can be compelled to proactively watch and report on a persons’ whereabouts as soon as they start travelling. In an order from December 2019, feds asked Sabre to provide the FBI with “real-time” updates on the travel activities of a hacking suspect, an Indian fugitive called Deepanshu Kher. Sabre was told to provide “complete and contemporaneous ‘real time’ account activity information of the traveler [Kher] on a weekly basis” for six months. Sabre would provide “any travel orders, transactions or reservations” for the suspect....


I honestly wasn't surprised in the least to read the above, but I thought it would be a good reminder for all of us
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Jul 19, 2020, 06:52 PM (4 replies)

Betsy DeVos Stars In "The Tragic School Bus"

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jul 16, 2020, 02:55 PM (4 replies)

Ayanna Pressley to Betsy DeVos: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant, let alone my child'

https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2020/07/12/ayanna-pressley-betsy-devos-schools-reopening


Ayanna Pressley to Betsy DeVos on schools reopening: ‘I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant, let alone my child’

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been pushing for all schools to reopen this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.


By Arianna MacNeill, Boston.com Staff July 12, 2020 | 3:45 PM


In criticizing U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s demand that all schools reopen this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley said, “you have no plan.”

“Teachers, kids and parents are fearing for their lives,” she wrote on Twitter Sunday afternoon. “You point to a private sector that has put profits over people and claimed the lives of thousands of essential workers. I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child.”

Pressley’s comments accompanied a retweet of a CNN Politics video of DeVos being interviewed about kids returning to school.

“What we’re saying is that kids need to be back in school and that school leaders across the country need to be making plans to do just that,” DeVos told CNN. “There’s going to be the exception to the rule, but the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall. And where there are little flare ups or hot spots, that can be dealt with on a school-by-school or a case-by-case basis, and there’s ample opportunity to have kids in school.”



Ouch! Cruella DeVos will need some serious pain relief for *that* burn.

Well said, Rep. Pressley!
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Jul 12, 2020, 06:48 PM (2 replies)

Ayanna Pressley to Betsy DeVos: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant, let alone my child'

https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2020/07/12/ayanna-pressley-betsy-devos-schools-reopening


Ayanna Pressley to Betsy DeVos on schools reopening: ‘I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant, let alone my child’

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been pushing for all schools to reopen this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.


By Arianna MacNeill, Boston.com Staff July 12, 2020 | 3:45 PM


In criticizing U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s demand that all schools reopen this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley said, “you have no plan.”

“Teachers, kids and parents are fearing for their lives,” she wrote on Twitter Sunday afternoon. “You point to a private sector that has put profits over people and claimed the lives of thousands of essential workers. I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child.”

Pressley’s comments accompanied a retweet of a CNN Politics video of DeVos being interviewed about kids returning to school.

“What we’re saying is that kids need to be back in school and that school leaders across the country need to be making plans to do just that,” DeVos told CNN. “There’s going to be the exception to the rule, but the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall. And where there are little flare ups or hot spots, that can be dealt with on a school-by-school or a case-by-case basis, and there’s ample opportunity to have kids in school.”



Ouch! Cruella DeVos will need some serious pain relief for *that* burn.

Well said, Rep. Pressley!
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Jul 12, 2020, 06:46 PM (14 replies)

If Trump is pardoned, he can later be forced to help prosecute his criminal associates.

Bear in mind-when someone is pardoned, they can no longer plead the 5A while being questioned about
what they'd been pardoned for.

(they can no longer be criminally charged, so there would be no possibility of self-incrimination)

However, he *will* still be subject to jail for defying a subpoena and/or refusing to answer questions under oath- no
pardon issued by Pence would apply to events happening after Inauguration Day, 2021.

He'll rat out his gang in a heartbeat before he'd do a day in jail.

Biden's DOJ will go to town on these treasonous assclowns, and it will be glorious to see...




Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jul 2, 2020, 01:23 PM (23 replies)

Small group of GOPers have a playdate at Idaho's statehouse, pretend to legislate

Complete with tears and delusions of grandeur, it was little more than a Busy Box for right-wing adults.

Note also that 73.7% of the ID House Republicans decided not to show up...

https://www.idahopress.com/coronavirus/self-called-legislative-session-ends-with-no-votes-no-action/article_543e34e2-7bdc-59e2-bee9-601a5e0fe368.html


Self-called legislative session ends with no votes, no action


BOISE — Fifteen House Republicans gathered in the House chamber on Tuesday morning, but despite calls from far-right groups, they didn’t take any votes or attempt to conduct any legislative business.

“This is not a session of the Legislature,” Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, told the group, as they assembled in the well of the House, seated in a tight circle. “We do not have a quorum.”...

...“But in your heart of hearts you know that that’s just not where you’re at,” Nichols said. “We’re done. We’re done with the whole shebang and it feels like there’s no end in sight.”

She teared up as she talked of rioting and statues being torn down around the nation, and said she fears losing our country.


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Jun 23, 2020, 05:17 PM (1 replies)

Gun control advocates here have *always* been willing to elide and defend racism...

...if it advances their cause, and occasionally they've even defended the endorsement of Republicans running against Democrats.

Michael Bloomberg got support here for his racist "stop and frisk" policies:

(small reminder of which)



Note the comments in the following threads:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10023135759

https://upload.democraticunderground.com/1017568306

https://www.democraticunderground.com/1287513519

https://www.democraticunderground.com/117215365


Here's where a 'leading DU gun control advocate' urges support for Republicans running against two good
Democrats- and lied about the Pubbie's voting records while they were at it:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10141556670

"Gabby Giffords’ Gun Control Group Endorses Two Republican Senators"

(L)et's look at how the Democratic opposition stacks up.
-Tammy Duckworth, Democrat, combat vet, lost both legs in Iraq. Pro-choice, pro-ACA, supports comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for those in the country illegally, would admit 100,000 Syrian refugees into the United States. Rated 7% by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record.

-Katie McGinty, Democrat, has not held an elected office. Served as an environmental advisor to Vice President Al Gore and President Bill Clinton, pro-business, supports gay marriage, Affordable Care Act, she is also pro-choice. Scored 100% on CeaseFire Pennsylvania survey, Expanding state background checks to cover the private sale of long guns, Requiring background checks for ammunition sales, Requiring firearms dealers to tell the police when a customer fails a background check




https://www.democraticunderground.com/10028123984#post28

Don't vote party, vote gun violence. That's why Gabby Gifford's has endorsed two Republicans for senate. The two have consistently voted against the NRA and for her that's the most important issue for the short term.

Even if it is for only one or two election cycles, if the NRA's mythological omnipotence can be defeated and shown for being a mile deep and an inch wide it is worth it.






Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Jun 23, 2020, 04:23 PM (2 replies)

AG Barr needs serious fashion help, and I found the perfect thing for him to wear:

John Mitchell's old Bureau of Prisons number, 24171-157

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_N._Mitchell#Watergate_scandal

...On February 21, 1975, Mitchell, who was represented by the criminal defense attorney William G. Hundley, was found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury and sentenced to two and a half to eight years in prison for his role in the Watergate break-in and cover-up, which he dubbed the "White House horrors." As a result of the conviction, Mitchell was disbarred from the practice of law in New York....
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Jun 5, 2020, 02:37 AM (1 replies)
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