The SOAPBOX/Wednesday October 22, 2014
Security guards for private US contractor guilty of manslaughter for notorious 2007 incident that left 17 dead in Baghdad
by Dan Roberts
Three security guards working for the private US contractor Blackwater have been found guilty of the manslaughter of a group of unarmed civilians at a crowded Baghdad traffic junction in one of the darkest incidents of the Iraq war.
A fourth, Nicholas Slatten, was found guilty of one charge of first-degree murder. All face the likelihood of lengthy prison sentences after unanimous verdicts on separate weapons charges related to the incident.
The Nisour Square massacre in 2007 left 17 people dead and 20 seriously injured after the guards working for the US State Department fired heavy machine guns and grenade launchers from their armoured convoy in the mistaken belief they were under attack by insurgents.
US Given New Deadline for Torture Photos 'More Disturbing' Than Abu Ghraib Judge Says
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Obama administration must clarify why thousands of images depicting abuse of detainees held by U.S. forces have never been seen by American public
A federal judge has given the Obama administration less than two additional months to make its case why photos of abuse and torture by U.S. military forces against detainees captured following the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan should not be released to the public.
As The Guardian's Spencer Ackerman reports, Judge Alvin Hellerstein on Tuesday told government lawyers they must present a written argument for keeping more than 2,100 photographs secret even as many of them are thought to show graphic examples of mistreatment worse even than that shown in the infamous photos that depicted torture of prisoners in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in late 2003.
By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren
OTTAWA Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:21am EDT
(Reuters) - A gunman shot a soldier at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa and was then chased by police into the main parliament building, where at least 30 more shots were fired, according to media and eyewitness reports on Wednesday.
Parliament was locked down and Prime Minister Stephen Harper had left the building safely as police converged on the area.
As the situation developed, CBC News said in a tweeted news alert that more shots were fired near parliament and the gunman was still at large.
The appellate court ruling erased a decision by a jury that took just 12 minutes to convict Marissa Alexander, a mother of three, of aggravated assault
In another Florida shooting case that captured national headlines, an appellate court overturned the decision to put Marissa Alexander behind bars for 20-year prison sentence for firing a warning shot in proximity to her abusive husband.
The case has been often contrasted with the exoneration of white Hispanic George Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watchman who shot unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in a gate subdivision in suburban Orlando, Fla., two years ago.
The outrage on the two comparable cases sent social media into a frenzy and among some lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
The people we elect aren’t the ones calling the shots, says Tufts University’s Michael Glennon
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By Jordan Michael Smith
October 19, 2014
The voters who put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor.
But six years into his administration, the Obama version of national security looks almost indistinguishable from the one he inherited. Guantanamo Bay remains open. The NSA has, if anything, become more aggressive in monitoring Americans. Drone strikes have escalated. Most recently it was reported that the same president who won a Nobel Prize in part for promoting nuclear disarmament is spending up to $1 trillion modernizing and revitalizing America’s nuclear weapons.
Indian Country Today Media Network
While watching the fraudulently-labeled United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (HLPM/WCIP) on UN WebTV on September 22-23, I was reminded of the famous quote from Thomas Pynchon: "If they get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers." The UN meeting was full of state members who had convinced a fair number of indigenous attendees to ask a multitude of the wrong questions. Unfortunately, whatever questions the indigenous people asked, the answer was always the same: the forces that invaded our homelands are firmly in charge at the UN.
James Risen says American public must question machine that 'feeds off' never-ending war
byAndrea Germanos, staff writer
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist James Risen said Sunday that the secretive and multi-billion dollar war on terror has sparked an entire "mercenary class that feeds off unending war."
Risen, who could face prison time for refusing to reveal a source, made the remarks on MSNBC's Up With Steve Kornacki.
"Basically, the entire war on terror has been conducted in secret, and no one in the United States is allowed to know the full extent of what we've been doing for 13 years," Risen said.
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EPA opens the chemical flood gates: 'Agent Orange' herbicide to be approved
After nearly a year of intense public comments and industry lobbying, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy is expected to announce the approval of Dow Chemical's Enlist Duo herbicide for use on millions of acres of US farmland early next week.
Enlist is a new weed control system consisting of genetically modified (GM) corn and soybeans designed to withstand applications of the new Enlist Duo herbicide, which is composed of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup) and 2,4-D, a component of Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange.
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