In the past year, we applauded two Illinois courts for protecting every citizen's right to record on-duty police, and ruling that a law criminalizing the act is unconstitutional. We similarly pointed to Boston, where a court forced the city to pay someone they arrested for filming the cops. Of course, it's pretty concerning that this was ever in question to begin with—normally, the argument that "you don't need privacy unless you've got something to hide" is fallacious for a number of reasons, but that doesn't extend to people who are empowered and armed, ostensibly with the consent of the citizenry and on the condition that they follow their own strict code of behavior. The fact that there is a clear push to let officers operate without public scrutiny is intolerable on every level. But, perhaps worse still, there is the fact that police don't always need a law to protect them from the public's lenses—they can just take matters into their own hands. Two Men Sue Chicago Police; Claim They Were Abused And Falsely Charged For Filming Officers
By RFE RL (RFE/RL) — The governor of Russia’s second-largest city, St. Petersburg, has signed a new law against “homosexual propaganda” — defying complaints that it discriminates against gays. City hall announced on March 11 that St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko had signed the law on March 7. Russia: St. Petersburg Governor Signs Law Against 'Homosexual Propaganda'
Human rights defenders in Honduras continue to suffer extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, torture and ill-treatment as well as harassment and stigmatization, an independent United Nations expert says, calling on the Central American country’s Government to establish a protection programme for defenders. “Honduras faces serious challenges in combating violence and insecurity,” said UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya yesterday at the end of her eight-day mission in the country, where she was monitoring and reporting on the human rights situation. “The pervasive impunit y and absence of effective investigations of human rights violations undermine the administration of justice and damage the public’s trust in authorities.” expert urges Honduras to protect human rights defenders
Romney Wants an Antigay Marriage Constitutional Amendment; Amway Gave $500,000 to NOM With the Jan. 24 release of Mitt Romney’s 2010 tax returns and a summation from 2011, the nation got a glimpse of how committed he is to his Mormon faith – tithing the expected 10% of his income to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church. In 2010, that contribution was $1.5 million or about 7% percent of his adjusted gross income. In 2011, Romney tithed $2.6 million, or 12.4 percent of his income, according to the Christian Science Monitor. This is significant, considering the role the Mormon Church played in passing Prop 8 in California in 2008.
ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is preparing for a legal fight that could determine its own survival. SNAP’s Executive Director — David Clohessy — continues to defy a subpoena in a Kansas City abuse case, refusing to hand over internal SNAP documents on abuse victims. Clergy Abuse Survivors Group SNAP Fighting to Survive
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With Walt Disney World as a backdrop, Obama called Thursday for streamlining and speeding up the visa process for certain applicants in China and Brazil, the fastest-growing markets for U.S. travel. "I want America to be the top tourist destination in the world," he said. Among the changes proposed by Obama were allowing interviews to be waived for some very low-risk applicants such as individuals from any country renewing visas or, in Brazil, younger or older first-time applicants. The changes have been called for for years by travel, business and retail advocates, who argue that visa delays hamper economic growth and cost billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. The airline association said Thursday that "streamlining and enhancing the visa application process for international visitors to the United States without compromising our national security is of vital importance to the U.S. airlines." Aviation industry applauds Obama for speeding up visa process - The Hill's Transportation Report
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Egypt soldier and Bedouin killed in gunfight over land 11 January 2012Last updated at 16:51 An Egyptian army officer and a Bedouin have been killed in clashes over land in the governorate of Suez, east of Cairo, security sources have said. A gunfight erupted when military police attempted to remove Bedouins from state land in a rural area near the southern end of the Suez Canal, they added. The Bedouins reportedly refused to leave and fired on the troops. Other Bedouins later joined the gunfight.
Vinton Cerf | Internet | Human Rights “Internet access is not a human right,” wrote Vinton Cerf in an OpEd in the New York Times on Thursday. Cerf is a prominent computer scientist who worked on the DARPA project that gave rise to the Internet, and is revered as the “Father of the Internet.” Cerf, who wrote the piece in response to the United Nation’s drive towards declaring Internet access a human right, is Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist. He argued that ”technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself.”
Posted on 05 January 2012. by Barb Arland-Fye DAVENPORT, Iowa (CNS) – In anticipation of this past week’s Iowa caucuses, 10 communities of women religious in Iowa and nearby states bought billboards throughout Iowa to deliver a call for comprehensive immigration reform. Several communities of women religious in Iowa and nearby states bought billboards throughout Iowa to deliver a call for comprehensive immigration reform. The Tablet | Diocese of Brooklyn
A new chapter for the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association It's a new era for public education unions in Wisconsin, and Bob Peterson and the MTEA are adjusting to life after collective bargaining. January 4th, 2012 | The president of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association says even if Gov. Scott Walker is recalled, it’s not likely collective bargaining will be revived anytime soon. MTEA president Bob Peterson
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(Although recent, this bombshell article by new contributor Jenaine Molloff made the top five. -Ed.) by Jeanine Molloff December 1st, 2011, the US Senate accomplished the unthinkable–with the nearly unanimous passage of the National Defense Authorization Bill of 2012–they committed treason. Op-Ed: Does US Senate Commit Treason with NDAA Bill?
Imprisonment has always generated invisible inequalities. But new legislation in Arizona now forces families and friends of inmates to bear an extra burden and will end up creating more barriers to reentry for inmates after they leave the system. As of July 20th, Arizona became the first state to pass a “background check fee” that charges adults a one-time fee of $25 to visit any of the 15 prison complexes that house state prisoners. While the legislation was instituted under the pretext that the profit would be used to support the administration of background checks, Wendy Baldo, chief of staff for the Arizona Senate, has explained that the earnings will fund prison maintenance and repairs. Arizona Puts Profit Over Prisoners’ Progress With New Fee | Truthout
Transgender woman tasered in crotch by rangers when they found out she was born a man By Rachel Quigley Updated: 11:13 GMT, 6 December 2011 A transgender woman claims she was tasered in the stomach and the crotch by rangers after they found out she was born a man. Brooke Fantelli, 43, of Romano, San Diego, was stunned by the taser gun by the Bureau of Land Management while she was participating in a photo shoot in the desert near El Centro late last month. During the disturbing incident, which was captured on cell phone, Ms Fantelli can be seen standing with her hands up talking to police before they taser her in the stomach.
Copyright Office Once Again Preparing To Throw Citizens A Fair Use Bone A few weeks ago, I was talking with one of my friends about copyright law and just what is legal for us and consumers to do with the movies, games, music and software we own. In that conversation, the topic of copying a movie from a DVD to her computer for use on her family's computers and tablets came up. I had the pleasure, or more accurately the displeasure, of trying to explain the nuances of copyright law and why making a copy of a DVD may not be legal. While it is generally accepted that copying a CD for home use is considered a fair use, the ability to do the same with a DVD has not been legally tested. For the most part, it remains illegal because the DMCA's anti-circumvention clause makes bypassing DRM, whether that DRM is effective or not, illegal.
Shutdown fight rings out the year - TheHill.com House and Senate appropriators are laboring to produce a $900 billion omnibus bill by the beginning of next week. Failure to reach a deal would result in a government shutdown when current funding runs out Dec. 16. All sides stand to lose public support from such a standoff, which would confirm to many that Washington no longer functions. House Republicans, eyeing approval numbers for Congress that have dipped into the single digits, are keen to avoid a bruising shutdown. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) confirmed on the House floor Friday that to smooth passage of the omnibus, the GOP will stick to the $1.043 trillion spending level of the August debt-ceiling deal with the White House.
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