Two HPD officers indicted after allegedly making a homeless man lick a toilet: HPD officers John Rabago and Reginald Ramones were said to deprive an individual of his constitutional right to be free from an unreasonable seizure by a law . . .
KITV4 Friday, April 5th 2019, 5:25 PM HST
HONOLULU - Two Honolulu Police officers were arrested and charged Friday for allegedly violating a man's civil rights. They're accused of forcing a homeless man to lick a urinal last year.
Myles Breiner is the attorney that represents Sam Ingall.
"As you often hear, people have said justice delayed is justice denied. This happened over a year ago," Breiner said.
Breiner says the incident happened last January in a private apartment building on Keeaumoku Street and a security guard on duty let his client in. Police got involved because Ingall was wanted for violating probation regarding a separate drug case.
"This really is unfortunate for so many police officers who put themselves at risk every single day to have two officers abuse their authority and create disrespect in the community for the police in general," Breiner said.
The Hawaii American Civil Liberties Union calls this a step in the right direction.
"These are just allegations. These officers are innocent until proven guilty but we're glad that action is being taken to defend the civil rights of the person who is violated," Josh Wisch, ACLU Hawaii executive director, said. "That's one of the things that's a real takeaway here is there's been this dehumanizing of the people who are house less across this state."
18 U.S. Code § 242 Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law, American Civil Liberties Union, Hawaii, Homeless People, Honolulu, Justice Department, United States Criminal Code
America is fueling our age of impunity. Just look at Yemen: The US has the power to set a global standard on international human rights. Unfortunately, it is retreating from our global rules-based system
The Guardian Fri 5 Apr 2019 08.47 EDT
The promise by Donald Trump to veto the bipartisan Congressional War Powers Resolution on Yemen is significant in and of itself. The decision is rightly drawing significant fire. The war in Yemen is a humanitarian disaster and a strategic failure, with precisely the forces the Administration says it opposes - Iran, jihadists, separatists - gaining ground on the back of the bankrupt Saudi-led war strategy.
However, there is a wider, ugly picture, beyond Yemen. It can be summarized as an Age of Impunity: where war crimes go unpunished and the laws of war become optional. This is not solely the responsibility of the United States, but the US has the power and position to set a global standard, and when it fails to do so the effects are felt worldwide, by innocent civilians feeling the brunt of lawless military tactics and humanitarian aid workers risking life and limb as they go about their work. . . .
Chemical Weapons, Civilians, Congress, Congressional War Powers Resolution on Yemen, Donald Trump, Global, Human Rights, Law, War Crimes, Yemen
The Government Had to Approve This Op-Ed: Prepublication review of the writings of current and former federal employees violates their First Amendment rights.
The New York Times April 2, 2019
By Mark Fallon
Mr. Fallon worked for the federal government for 31 years.
Between the time I wrote these words and the time that you are reading them, a team of government censors decided how much of what I wrote you would get to see. Fortunately, it was cleared without redactions. But I haven’t always been so fortunate.
There are millions of others like me who face this scrutiny as present and former employees of the armed services and a dozen other government agencies, from the C.I.A. and F.B.I. to the State and Energy Departments. We have faithfully carried out our duties and upheld our oaths of allegiance to the Constitution. Many of us earned the highest trust of our country, serving in roles that brought us in contact with government secrets and classified material. We have honored and repaid that trust, guarding sensitive information and fulfilling the obligations associated with our security clearances. . . .
9/11 Terrorist Attacks, American Civil Liberties Union, Censorship, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Federal, Federal Employees, First Amendment, Government, Government Transparency, Knight First Amendment Institute, Lawsuits, Prisoners, State Department, Torture
California court: Old police misconduct records are public
AP News, Kathleen Ronayne, April 2, 2019
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies in California must release police misconduct records even if the behavior occurred before a new transparency law took effect, a state court of appeals has ruled.
The 1st District Court of Appeal’s decision released Friday settles for now a debate over whether records created before Jan. 1, when the law took effect, were subject to disclosure. Many police unions have sued to block the records release, while public information advocates argued the records should be disclosed.
The ruling applies to police agencies statewide, including the attorney general’s office, unless another appellate court steps in and rules differently, said David Snyder of the First Amendment Coalition. . . .
AP News, California, Government Transparency, Police, Police Misconduct Records
Court Denies EFF Effort to Obtain Classified Significant Surveillance Court Opinions
Electronic Frontier Foundation, Aaron Mackey,March 28, 2019
A federal court’s ruling earlier this week has blunted a key provision of the surveillance reform law that required the government to be more transparent about legal decisions made by the United States secret surveillance court.
After Edward Snowden revealed the government’s ongoing mass collection of Americans’ telephone phone records in 2013, Congress responded by passing the USA Freedom Act in 2015. In addition to limiting the NSA’s surveillance authority, Congress also clearly intended to end the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s (FISC) ability to keep the decisions it made behind closed doors secret.
Since its inception in the 1970s, the government has asked the FISC to decide what constitutional or other legal protections, if any, Americans and others enjoy while seeking approval of the government’s secret mass surveillance programs. Though we were not happy with many aspects of the final USA Freedom language, EFF was pleased that the final language did require that the government review and declassify “each decision, order, or opinion” that contained significant interpretations of the Constitution or other laws and to make them “publicly available to the greatest extent practicable.” We believe this language, along with statements from Members of Congress during the debate, clearly require the FISC to release decisions both from before 2015 as well as after. . . .
California, District Court, Edward Snowden, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Freedom of Information Act Requests, Government Transparency, Law, Lawsuits, National Security, National Security Agency, Phone Records, Privacy, Secret Law, Surveillance, USA Freedom Act
Issued on: March 26, 2019
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Purpose. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) has the potential to disrupt, degrade, and damage technology and critical infrastructure systems. Human-made or naturally occurring EMPs can affect large geographic areas, disrupting elements critical to the Nation’s security and economic prosperity, and could adversely affect global commerce and stability. The Federal Government must foster sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective approaches to improving the Nation’s resilience to the effects of EMPs. . . .
Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Directed Energy Weapons, Donald Trump, Electromagnetic Pulse, Electromagnetic Weapons, Executive Orders, Law
The Hill 03/26/19 04:25 PM EDT
President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing federal agencies to identify the threats posed by potential electromagnetic pulses (EMP), which are believed to be potentially dangerous to critical infrastructure like the electric grid, and find ways to guard against them.
Senior administration officials told reporters during a call Tuesday that the order will direct federal agencies to coordinate in assessing the threats that EMPs pose, and find ways to prevent their impact. An EMP is a burst of electromagnetic energy that can be caused by a nuclear weapon or solar storms. . . .
Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Directed Energy Weapons, Donald Trump, Electromagnetic Pulse, Electromagnetic Weapons, Executive Order, Law
NPR March 25, 20192:41 PM ET
The claim was extraordinary.
More than 20 U.S. diplomats in Cuba had "suffered significant injuries" in a series of attacks that seemed to target the brain. Or at least that's what State Department officials told reporters during a briefing in September 2017.
A couple of weeks later, President Trump went even further. "I do believe Cuba is responsible," he said during a Rose Garden news conference.
By that time, the U.S. had pulled most staff members from its embassy in Havana and had advised U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to Cuba. There had also been reports of similar symptoms among U.S. diplomats in China. . . .
China, Cold War, Cuba, Diplomats, Directed Energy Weapons, Electromagnetic Weapons, "Havana Syndrome", "Health Attacks", Hysteria, Microwave, Moscow, Russia, Sonic Weapons, State Department, Surveillance, Traumatic Brain Injury,
Alarm over leaked US database targeting journalists and immigration activists: Secret database listed 59 advocates and journalists tied to the migrant caravan, according to leaked documents
The Guardian Wed 20 Mar 2019 03.00 EDT
Amanda Holpuch and Lauren Aratani
Photojournalist Ariana Drehsler was stopped for a secondary screening three separate times in one week while crossing the US-Mexico border to cover the migrant caravan in Tijuana this winter – unaware that the journey she had taken countless times before was suddenly more complicated because her name was logged in a secret government database.
That database, part of something called Operation Secure Line, listed 59 advocates and journalists tied to the migrant caravan, according to leaked documents obtained by local news station NBC 7. . . .
Activists, American Civil Liberties Union, Congressional Inquiry, Customs and Border Protection, First Amendment, Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Immigration, "Instigators", Journalists, Lawyers, Mexican Border, Migrant Workers, Operation Secure Line, Organizers, Secondary Security Screening Selection, Watchlisting
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