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Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies” A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures, collaborating closely with police in at least five states, according to internal documents obtained by The Intercept.

Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”

The documents provide the first detailed picture of how TigerSwan, which originated as a U.S. military and State Department contractor helping to execute the global war on terror, worked at the behest of its client Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, to respond to the indigenous-led movement that sought to stop the project. A Reporter Was Arrested for Asking Secretary Tom Price a Question. In a day of truly cinematic developments from the executive branch, one nearly slipped by.

A Reporter Was Arrested for Asking Secretary Tom Price a Question

Journalist Dan Heyman, a producer for Public News Service, approached Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price and his colleague Kellyanne Conway at the capitol building in West Virginia to ask them a question about the American Health Care Act. A few minutes later, he was arrested. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Preliminary eye-witness reports suggest that capitol police were unaware Heyman was a member of the press. Exclusive: Watch Lady Gaga Question Julian Assange in Ecuadorian Embassy - Rolling Stone. Laura Poitras started filming Julian Assange six years ago when the Wikileaks founder was still operating out of a supporter's home in Norfolk, England under house arrest, while he waited to be questioned by Swedish authorities about allegations of rape, molestation and coercion made against him by two women in Sweden.

Exclusive: Watch Lady Gaga Question Julian Assange in Ecuadorian Embassy - Rolling Stone

Her new film, titled Risk, out Friday in New York, follows Assange as he prepares to barricade himself inside the Ecuadorian Embassy to avoid extradition. She revisits him there periodically over the next five years, where, among other private moments, Poitras captures a bizarre visit from Lady Gaga who, in the context of the film, materializes inside the embassy apropos of seemingly nothing. Sessions: Arresting Julian Assange Is Now a Priority for U.S. Months after then-presidential candidate Donald Trump declared “I love WikiLeaks” at a campaign rally, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told reporters the arrest of the rogue website’s founder, Julian Assange, has become a top priority for U.S. prosecutors.

Sessions: Arresting Julian Assange Is Now a Priority for U.S.

Nobody Knows What Trump's Customs And Border Agents Are Doing At LAX. Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Threatens To 'Knock Out' Man Who Accused Him Of Harassment. Police Attacked Standing Rock Activists For Hours. Why Are They Calling It A Riot? In a video streamed live on Facebook on the night of November 20, an army of riot police stand guard as fire hoses blast anti–Dakota Access pipeline activists on a bridge near Standing Rock in the subfreezing cold.

Police Attacked Standing Rock Activists For Hours. Why Are They Calling It A Riot?

Scenes of distress and chaos follow. A breathless medic describes seeing mass hypothermia and severe hand and head injuries from rubber bullets. Two soaking wet young men complain of being gassed with smoke bombs, tear gas, and mace. A man shot in the head by a rubber bullet is bandaged and carted away in a hatchback. People are choking, crying. Untitled. Andrea Burton, a 30 year old Ohio criminal defense lawyer, was rocketed onto the national social justice scene this summer after she was handcuffed and jailed for refusing to take off a Black Lives Matter pin while in court.

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Burton’s stance received international attention. “I think that you can’t remain silent or you remain a party to oppression,” she told The Washington Post. “I am usually a pretty agreeable person. I’m always smiling. WikiLeaks’ October Surprise Explains Why Assange Was Just Silenced. Wikileaks continues dropping bombshell revelations in its coordinated October Surprise of documents and emails hacked from Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta — so many, in fact, it has been difficult to keep up.

WikiLeaks’ October Surprise Explains Why Assange Was Just Silenced

Damning best describes information released so far — damning not only for Clinton, but countless top U.S. politicians, officials, the FBI, the State Department, President Obama, corporate media, Big Banks, and nearly innumerable others. For all intents and purposes, the sheer volume of damaging information should, theoretically, lay waste to Clinton’s bid for the presidency — if not land her behind bars. Nonetheless, the same corporate media — proven in the leak to have colluded with the Clinton camp to have actively crafted the narrative about her personal email server, among other things — has dismissed the significance of the leak, and CNN even hubristically and falsely scolded actual journalists with integrity for their ‘illegal’ perusal of the cache. Taibbi on Amy Goodman Arrest for Covering Dakota Pipeline Story - Rolling Stone. A little over a month ago, private security guards working on behalf of the Dakota Access pipeline company clashed with Native Americans.

Taibbi on Amy Goodman Arrest for Covering Dakota Pipeline Story - Rolling Stone

They were protesting the bulldozing of land on a Standing Rock Sioux tribal burial site in southern North Dakota. Guards sprayed protesters with pepper spray and unleashed attack dogs on the crowd – which included children – in a reprehensible example of corporate violence. Exclusive: Source Reveals How Pentagon Ruined Whistleblower's Life and Set Stage for Snowden's Leaks. Guests Mark Hertsgaard correspondent at The Nation magazine and author of several books, including, most recently, Bravehearts: Whistle-Blowing in the Age of Snowden.

Exclusive: Source Reveals How Pentagon Ruined Whistleblower's Life and Set Stage for Snowden's Leaks

John Crane former senior official at the Pentagon who has revealed major privacy and security lapses within the government’s whistleblower program. He worked 25 years for the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, which helps federal employees expose abuse. This is viewer supported news. High School Officials Sniff Drug-Free Student’s Hand, Suspend Her for “Drug Possession”

May 10th, 2016 A high school in Wake County, North Carolina has suspended a student for “drug possession”—even though she did not have any drugs on her and passed a drug test.

High School Officials Sniff Drug-Free Student’s Hand, Suspend Her for “Drug Possession”

College student booted from Southwest flight after passenger heard him say ‘God willing’ in Arabic. A UC Berkeley student whose family fled Iraq in 2002 after his diplomat father was killed under Saddam Hussein’s regime, was booted from a Southwest Airlines flight and questioned by the FBI after another passenger heard him speaking Arabic, NBC Bay Area reports. In a story originally reported in the Daily Californian, student Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, 26, states he was flying home from attending a dinner at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council with Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon when he stopped to make a call to an uncle. Makhzoomi explained that conversation was conducted in Arabic and, as he said goodbye, he used the phrase “inshallah,” which translates as “if God is willing.”

How to Avoid Going to Jail under 18 U.S.C. Section 1001 for Lying to Government Agents. Solomon L. Wisenberg is a partner and co-chair of the white collar criminal defense practice group of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP. What do Martha Stewart and enemy combatant Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri have in common? They were both indicted, under Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001, for lying to federal government agents. Ms. Stewart now stands convicted of intentionally misleading SEC and FBI officials who questioned her about insider trading. Public School Students Are the New Inmates in the American Police State. By John W. Whitehead Source: The Rutherford Institute In the American police state, you’re either a prisoner (shackled, controlled, monitored, ordered about, limited in what you can do and say, your life not your own) or a prison bureaucrat (police officer, judge, jailer, spy, profiteer, etc.).

When you’re a child in the American police state, life is that much worse. Why the Darknet Matters. By Luther Blissett and Fernando Villalovs of Arkesoul In February 2015 Ross Ulbricht was convicted of money laundering, computer hacking and conspiracy to traffic narcotics for his role (either with or as Dread Pirate Roberts) in creating and administrating the darknet market Silk Road. For this, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest sentenced Ulbricht to life in prison without possibility for parole.

'Clock kid' Ahmed Mohamed demands $15M from city, school. Ahmed Mohamed is demanding $15 million in damages for hardships he and his family endured as a result of his arrest for bringing a homemade clock to school and the public fallout it sparked. In letters sent to the city of Irving, Texas, and its school system, which were first reported by the Dallas Morning News, an attorney for Mohamed claimed that Irving ISD school officials planned to “trash Ahmed” in the media, falsely claimed that he had broken “zero tolerance” laws, and that police illegally questioned the 14-year-old alone after he requested that his parents be present, among other claims.

“In the large segment of the media who were anxious to label Ahmed as a budding bomb builder, the pencil case became a ‘briefcase’ or even a ‘suitcase.’” “The on-campus detention and 7-on-1 interrogation went on for approximately one hour and 25 minutes,” the letter to the city of Irving reads. Ordeals of Whistleblowers in a 'Democracy'

The Digital Dog Ate Our Civil Liberties Homework: 'It’s Just the Way It Is' How A Teenage Girl Who Gave An 'Intimidating Look' Was Sentenced Up To 5 Years In Prison. Rollingstone. ‘Rat Cop' Joe Crystal Shunned From Baltimore Police Department After Reporting Officer Brutality. BALTIMORE -- Former Detective Joe Crystal sat at a back table in Martin’s West Ballroom last Thursday, scanning the room filled with police officers for any friends he still had left. Under glowing chandeliers, more than 500 law enforcement officials and their families mingled prior to an awards ceremony honoring Baltimore’s finest. Reason Magazine Subpoena Stomps on Free Speech. Wielding subpoenas demanding information on anonymous commenters, the government is harassing a respected journalism site that dissents from its policies.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York claims these comments could constitute violent threats, even though they’re clearly hyperbolic political rhetoric. Terry stop. Stop and identify statutes. Judge Orders Inmate's Release After More Than 40 Years In Solitary Confinement. Mississippi State Penitentiary.

John Oliver: The bail system destroys the poor and turns bounty hunters into reality show ‘vigilantes’ Kalief Browder, 1993–2015. You Can Be Prosecuted for Clearing Your Browser History. Ross Ulbricht, mastermind behind online drug market Silk Road, sentenced to life in prison. Don’t Grade Justice on a Warped Curve: Assessing the Case of Jeffrey Sterling. A Nation of Snitches. 'Guilty of Embarrassing Government': CIA Whistleblower Gets 42-Month Sentence. Whistleblowers vs. 'Fear-Mongering' Meet The Only Person Being Punished After The Senate Torture Report. 7 whistle-blowers facing more jail time than David Petraeus. CIA Mission: Destroy the Whistleblower and Perfume the Stench of ‘Operation Merlin’

The Leaky CIA’s Case Against Alleged Leaker Jeffrey Sterling. Report: 21 US cities restrict sharing food with homeless people. The Supreme Court won’t intervene in the James Risen case. What’s next? Hacker 'Weev': I Went to Prison Because Ronald Reagan Was Senile. These Haunting Photos Capture The Daily Reality Of A Dark Episode In U.S. History. Parallel Construction Revealed: How The DEA Is Trained To Launder Classified Surveillance Info. Government whistle-blowers to Edward Snowden: Don'€™t come home. Armed agents seize records of reporter, Washington Times prepares legal action. Obama Administration Wants Warrantless Searches On Our Cell Phones. “Pastafarian” wins right to wear strainer on government ID. Jailed Journalist Barrett Brown Faces 105 Years For Reporting on Hacked Private Intelligence Firms. So let me get this straight, we fast track renditions but hunt down whistleblowers on presidential planes!

Attempted Set-Up of We Are Change's Luke Rudkowski. What big secret did a 4-star general reveal? One Era's Traitor Is Another Era's Whistle-Blower - By J. Dana Stuster. Gun-death tally: Every American gun death since Newtown Sandy Hook shooting (INTERACTIVE) Hacker Who Exposed Steubenville Rapists Raided By FBI, Faces Ten-Year Prison Sentence. Ashley Jessica, Student Activist, Says She Was Violated During TSA Pat-Down. Eric Holder Signed Off On Search Warrant For James Rosen Emails: NBC News. James Rosen named a co-conspirator: Why is Barack Obama’s Justice Department going after a national security reporter? Craigslist Proved My Innocence Against A Felony Charge. China Releases Its 2012 Report On Human Rights In The United States. War on Whistleblowers: How the Obama Administration Destroyed Thomas Drake For Exposing Government Waste.

Your Papers, Please: Man Deals with “Immigration Checkpoint” 350 Miles Away from Border. Ex-Goldman programmer rejects plea deal with NY - lawyer. Wikileaks Was Just a Preview: We're Headed for an Even Bigger Showdown Over Secrets. Www.fas.org/sgp/othergov/intel/leak-poly.pdf. Feds Add New Espionage Act Charge Against Linguist. The Danger of Suppressing the Leaks. Big Brother, Kill Lists, and Secrecy: What to Expect from Obama’s Second Term. The New Political Prisoners: Leakers, Hackers and Activists. Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Surveillance Law. The NDAA and the Death of the Democratic State.

What does a police state look like? Jeremy Scahill: Assassinations of U.S. Citizens Largely Ignored at Brennan CIA Hearing. Ordering Pizza. The Police State is Real. White Paper, Dark Deeds. Kill List Exposed: Leaked Obama Memo Shows Assassination of U.S. Citizens "Has No Geographic Limit" Justice Department memo: Drone strikes on U.S. citizens can be legal. Aaron Swartz Died for Piers Morgan’s Sins. Secrecy News. Inside the U.S. Military’s Chemical-Weapons Tests. Obama Paranoid Government Coming For His Guns. Frank Olson Family Sues CIA Over Bioweapons Expert's Mysterious 1953 Death. 2011.06.09 - Profiles of Provocateurs. Crazy Country: 6 Reasons America Spends More on Prisons Than On Higher Education.

Big story you missed. LAPD Launches Investigation into Death of Woman Allegedly Kicked in Genitals by Officer : Americans already detained under NDAA? US Citizens Still Don’t Need To Worry About The NDAA Just Yet. A Chicago Judge Rules in Favor of “Occupy Chicago” Protesters. Familiar Faces On NYC Wanted Posters. Third Northwest activist jailed for staying silent. Grand jury resistor Leah-Lynn released from prison. Ex-CIA officer jailed for two years for leaking torture chief’s name. Leniency for Generals, Jail Time for Whistleblowers.