Posts tagged suppression
Posts tagged suppression
Hello, citizens of Florida. How can we help keep you from voting today?
Earlier this year, the Miami-Dade County Elections Department quietly implemented a policy to close the bathrooms at all polling facilities, according to disability rights lawyer Marc Dubin. Dubin said the policy change was in “direct response” to an inquiry to the Elections Department about whether they had assessed accessibility of polling place bathrooms to those with disabilities.
“I was expecting them to say either yes we have or yes we will,” Dubin said.
Instead, he received a written response announcing that the county would close all restrooms at polling places “to ensure that individuals with disabilities are not treated unfairly,” a January email stated. “[T]he Department’s policy is not to permit access to restrooms at polling sites on election days,” Assistant County Attorney Shanika Graves said in a Feb. 14 email.
Note that due to the state of Florida’s bang-up job of being generally incompetent at running elections, some voters in the county had to wait in line for six hours or longer to be able to vote in the 2012 elections. Now the state is going to intentionally close all the bathrooms near the polling places, supposedly because they can’t be bothered to determine which ones are accessible to the disabled. Brilliant. This would seem itself to disenfranchise voters with medical conditions that prohibit standing for six straight hours without a bathroom break, so I expect this will not be the last we hear of this.
(some background on the almost non-existent ‘problem’ of voter fraud)
GOP is SHIT
“All this is what the Times and AP have reduced to nothing more than being ‘locked up alone in a small cell’ and having to ‘sleep naked for several nights.’ Nothing at all about the draconian restrictions; nothing at all about ‘shakedowns,’ wake-ups, 24-hour surveillance in bright light (even on the toilet), isolation, chains, deprivation, betrayal, interrogation, and forced nudity — not just when he was sleeping (in bright light, under observation) but also out in corridors, while ‘officers inspected him.’ All of this has been erased by the ‘objective’ reporting of the NYT and AP. None of this is to be known or considered by serious, respectable people. It didn’t happen. It doesn’t matter. Manning is a whiner who made America look bad, and in doing so, he helped a website that made America look bad. That’s all that really matters. The details of his treatment — not to mention the details of what he and WikiLeaks revealed — are unimportant. You don’t have to think about it. Just nod your head, shrug your shoulders, and go about your business.”
— Chris Floyd, Blanking Bradley Manning: NYT and AP Launch Operation Amnesia (via theamericanbear)
WikiLeaks has again published a massive trove of documents, this time from a private intelligence firm known as Stratfor. In addition to painting a picture of Stratfor as a runaway, rogue private intelligence firm with close ties to government-intelligence agencies serving both corporate and U.S. military clients, the emails support the growing awareness that the Obama administration, far from diverging from the secrecy of the Bush/Cheney era, is obsessed with secrecy, and is aggressively opposed to transparency.
Already revealed by the documents are the close, and potentially illegal, connections between Stratfor employees and government-intelligence and law-enforcement officials. Stratfor also is hired by multinational corporations to glean “intelligence” about critics. Among companies using Stratfor were Dow Chemical, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Coca-Cola.
Michael Ratner, legal adviser to Assange and WikiLeaks, told me, “The Obama administration has gone after six people under the Espionage Act. That’s more cases than happened since the Espionage Act was actually begun in 1917. … What this is about is the United States wanting to suppress the truth.”
The Obama administration is seeking authority from Congress that would compel internet service providers (ISPs) to turn over records of an individual’s internet activity for use in secretive FBI probes.
The threat to democratic rights goes far beyond anything envisioned by the Bush administration. The goal is to make all forms of electronic communication that use the Internet subject to wiretapping and interception by federal police agencies.
In another instance where Americans are urged to trust their political minders, The Washington Post reported last month that “the administration wants to add just four words—‘electronic communication transactional records’—to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without a judge’s approval.”
“This report concludes that ACTA’s harm greatly exceeds its potential benefits. Given ACTA’s corrosive effect on transparency in international negotiations, the damage to international intellectual property institutions, the exclusion of the majority of the developing world from the ambit of the agreement, the potentially dangerous substantive provisions, and the uncertain benefits in countering counterfeiting, there are ample reasons for the public and politicians to reject the agreement in its current form. In doing so, governments would help restore confidence in the global intellectual property system and open the door to a new round of negotiations premised on transparency, inclusion, and evidence-based policy-making.”
- The POTUS personally calls the young lady being picked on by a deranged troll, how sweet. Obama is one big fail in progress, destroying the Internet, using private intelligence gathering (not responsive to FOIAs) and wearing out the espionage act. There is evidence that Obama is one more sick fuck, just like Limbaugh. We do not need people like Limbaugh policed or sanctioned. Simply choose to listen to someone else, at least as long as some ass wipe like Obama does not take the multitude of voices away. Like FUCK! Which is worse? An idiot talking crap or no transparency in government, no government whistleblowers and no freedom of speech on the Internet. By comparison Limbaugh is an old crank and Obama is consummate evil!
Anonymous, the hacker group behind the BART protests stemming from the July 3 shooting of homlessman Charles HIll by BART employees, has posted photos of BART spokesman Linton Johnson showing his johnson. Having threatened to shut down BART should their demands not be met (one of which was to fire Johnson), the photo shows employees that they are not messing around.
Under the caption ”If you are going to be a dick to the public, then I’m sure you don’t mind showing your dick to the public…UmadBro? #Bartlulz” Anonymous posted a series of pictures showing Johnson pulling down his pants to expose his own penis, as well as a few photos of Johnson in sexually suggestive positions with men.
I’m told that twenty seven Senators — including Dem leaders, moderates, and even two Republicans — have now signed a letter calling on Obama to initiate a “sizable and sustained reduction” of military forces in Afghanistan.
FBI is on top of things, protecting our right to STFU. Indictments are pending against those US Legislators who would oppose the Pentagon from making so much fucking money from war.
Plans are to keep the 27 in solitary, shackles and chains with a psychiatrist following them about, repeatedly asking the detainees if they want to kill themselves.
Seems like the FBI would arrest themselves.
David House is a founding member of the Bradley Manning Support Network. He was subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury today in Alexandria, VA. House is among several Boston area residents who have been ordered to testify before the grand jury, which is investigating WikiLeaks.
House was questioned for approximately one hour, beginning at 4:00pm ET. He invoked his Fifth Amendment rights to remain silent. He read from the below statement at 5:00pm ET in the plaza outside of the United States District Court at 401 Courthouse Square in Alexandria, VA.
The Department of Justice (DoJ) is attempting to codify a task it started over 40 years ago: the political regulation of journalism. The same climate of intimidation that surrounded the Pentagon Papers trial persists to this day as the DoJ seeks to limit the freedoms of the Fourth Estate, using the pretense of alleged violations of the Espionage Act.
The show trial that is now underway in Alexandria VA has the potential to set a dangerous precedent for regulating the media. Using Nixonian fear tactics that were honed during the Pentagon Papers investigation, the DoJ is attempting to dismantle a major media organization—WikiLeaks—and indict its editor, Julian Assange. The DoJ’s ever-widening net has now come to encompass academics, students, and journalists in the Cambridge area.
The Administration’s goal is to force these individuals to testify against this media organization in an attempt to cast its publications and those of its media partners — the New York Times, the Guardian, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, and El Pais — as acts of espionage. The government has also violated my Fourth Amendment rights by executing a warrantless seizure on my laptop in an attempt to identify, target and ensnare Cambridge-based supporters of WikiLeaks.
It is my conviction that the American people must call for a cessation of the Department of Justice’s politically motivated harassment.