The only way to stop CIA torture is to abolish the CIA

Earlier this week, the US Senate released a heavily redacted 540 page summary of a larger 6,000 page report on the CIA’s use of torture. The report, called a “footnote in history” by Senator Richard Burr (NC), detailed some of the torture techniques used in the secret CIA prisons. In addition to simulated drowning, also called waterboarding, some of the captives “were deprived of sleep for up to 180 hours, at times with their hands shackled above their heads,” at least four of them with medical complications in their lower extremities. Reuters reports, the report recorded cases of “sexual abuse, including ‘rectal feeding’ or ‘rectal hydration’ without any documented medical need.” The summary from the Senate states, “The CIA led several detainees to believe they would never be allowed to leave CIA custody alive,suggesting to one detainee that he would only leave in a coffin-shaped box.” Continue reading

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What You Should Say About the Torture Report

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Cops Are Scanning Social Media to Assign You a “Threat Rating”

By Matt Agorist Online activity, purchases, and “comments that could be construed as offensive,” all contribute to your threat score.

Police State, USA — Imagine the following scenario: You are on your way home from work, driving down the road, when you notice police lights in your rear view mirror. You are being pulled over.
As you sit their, on the shoulder, adrenaline rushing, simultaneously angry and nervous, the police officer, in his patrol car behind you, is sizing you up based on an algorithm that determines your “threat rating.”
The officer enters your license plate into a mobile application on his laptop. In a matter …read more

Source:: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cops-scanning-social-media-assign-threat-rating/

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Ninth Circuit En Banc Panel Hears Arguments on Whether Initiative Proponents Can Avoid Having their Names on Petition

By Richard Winger On December 16, an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit heard arguments in Chula Vista Citizens for Jobs v Norris, 12-55726. The issue is whether proponents of a local initiative have a privacy right to keep their names off the initiative petition. The proponents formed an organization and the organization is willing to be(More)… …read more

Source:: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/12/ninth-circuit-en-banc-panel-hears-arguments-on-whether-initiative-proponents-can-avoid-having-their-names-on-petition/

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Will Cops Become Torturers?

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National Totals for Each Party for U.S. House, November 2014 Election

By Richard Winger It appears that this is the number of votes received by each party for U.S. House in the November 4, 2014 election: Republican 39,679,791 Democratic 35,450,701 Libertarian 965,396 Working Families 249,112 Green 246,567 Constitution 61,271 other parties 548,720 independent candidates 676,463 This is based on official election returns from each state. It does not include(More)… …read more

Source:: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/12/national-totals-for-each-party-for-u-s-house-november-2014-election/

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Briefs Filed in U.S. Supreme Court in Case Concerning Ban on Many Types of Outdoor Signs

By Richard Winger The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Reed v Town of Gilbert, 13-502, on January 12, 2015. This is not an election law case, but it is a case involving the First Amendment, and all First Amendment decisions have some impact on election law. The issue in this case is a town ordinance that bans many(More)… …read more

Source:: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/12/briefs-filed-in-u-s-supreme-court-over-town-ordinance-that-bans-many-kinds-of-signs/

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Man Pulled Over at Gunpoint In Front of His House While Trying to Get to His Wife in Labor

By Cassandra Rules Cleveland Heights, Ohio– Samuel Taylor was almost to his home when Cleveland Heights Officer William Robinson pulled this father-to-be over and held him at gun point with his finger on the trigger. The man was driving 38 in a 25mph zone, only 13 mph over the speed limit, to get home to his wife who was in labor after a high-risk pregnancy.
When the officer attempted to pull Taylor over, he slowed down and put on his emergency lights, to indicate that there was an emergency. Taylor then turned onto his street and did not pull over until he …read more

Source:: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/ohio-cop-pulls-gun-man-speeding-home-wife-labour/

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Time Inc. Partners with Coinbase to Accept Bitcoin

Time Inc., one of the world’s leading media companies, announced today that it is now accepting bitcoin through an integration with Coinbase. Consumers can now pay for digital and print subscriptions of Fortune, Health, This Old House and print subscriptions of Travel + Leisure using bitcoin.

Time Inc. reaches more than 130 million consumers each month across multiple platforms. With this integration, we’re helping the company further engage and expand its audience by providing consumers with a convenient, secure and fast payment method for subscriptions.
We believe this is an important step in helping the publishing industry understand and explore new business …read more

Source:: http://blog.coinbase.com/post/105352265402

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Harvard Grad Pulled Over And Ticketed for Playing NWA’s “F*** the Police”

By John Vibes “Really? You’re really playing THAT song? Pull over.”
Hialeah, Florida – 26-year-old Cesar Baldelomar, a Harvard University graduate, who is currently attending law school, says that his rights were violated by a local police officer on Thanksgiving morning after he was playing loud music on his car stereo.
Baldelomar says that the officer pulled him over because he was listening to N.W.A.’s classic song “F**k the Police.”
When Officer Harold Garzon came up to the window he allegedly asked the young man, “Really? You’re really playing THAT song? Pull over.”
The officer then reportedly told Baldelomar that it is illegal to play loud music …read more

Source:: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/harvard-grad-pulled-ticketed-playing-nwas-fk-police/

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Peach Pundit, a Georgia Politics Blog, Carries Story on Georgia’s Bad Ballot Access Laws

By Richard Winger The Peach Pundit has this story about Georgia’s very restrictive ballot access laws, and says there is some reason to believe a bill will be introduced in 2015 to make them somewhat less onerous. …read more

Source:: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/12/peach-pundit-a-georgia-politics-blog-carries-story-on-georgias-bad-ballot-access-laws/

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Coinbase now has an official iOS App

Today we’re excited to announce that we’ve acquired and taken over development of Andrew Vilcsak’s iOS app for Coinbase. Going forward it will be the official Coinbase iOS app. Andrew did a great job with the app, using our open source code base as a starting point and we’d like to thank him for his efforts.
We will be releasing an updated version of the app soon, but the current version is already quite good. You can download and install the app here, or search “Coinbase” on your iPhone.
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Source:: http://blog.coinbase.com/post/105222087302

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Time Lapse Video of NYC, Shows Incredible Turnout for Protest Against Police Brutality

By The Free Thought Project A time-lapse video depicting Saturday’s Millions March in New York City shows just how many people took to the streets to protest against police brutality in America and demand justice for unarmed black men killed by law enforcement.
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Tens of thousands of Americans across the country joined in massive marches against the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, as well as the non-indictment of police officers in two of the cases.
The time-lapse video, uploaded by YouTube user Vinay Pulim on Sunday, shows the view from New York’s Sixth Ave and 29th Street, with people marching past the site …read more

Source:: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/time-lapse-video-nyc-shows-incredible-turnout-protest-police-brutality/

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Police Union Shamelessly Demands an Apology for Browns Player’s T-Shirt Asking for Justice

By Matt Agorist “It’s pretty pathetic when athletes think they know the law. They should stick to what they know best on the field.”
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Cleveland, OH — The choice of a Cleveland Browns wide receiver to wear a shirt to Sunday’s game that read, “Justice for Tamir Rice – John Crawford” has been met with backlash by the Cleveland Police Union.
Jeff Follmer, the president of the Police Patrolman Union in Cleveland is demanding an apology for Andrew Hawkins decision to practice free speech.
Follmer issued the following statement Sunday, after the game:
It’s pretty pathetic when athletes think they know the law. They should …read more

Source:: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-union-shamelessly-demands-apology-browns-players-t-shirt-justice/

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