City Agrees To Largest Occupy Wall Street Settlement Ever
Today, lawyers announced the largest settlement with New York City yet, with the city paying out $583,024 to 14 protesters who were arrested for disorderly conduct on January 1st of 2012.
Sounds like some justice, right?
No, because this:
Two of the defendants who settled at an earlier stage will receive $5,000 from the city. The remaining 12 will receive $20,002. The protesters’ lawyers will receive $333,000 in costs and fees.
What the fuck?
Maybe the protesters are happy, but that split stinks.
Another day, another travesty.
Cecily McMillan: Jury Said Guilty
How I feel most days now…
Cecily McMillan’s guilty verdict reveals our mass acceptance of police violence
McMillan was one of roughly 70 protesters arrested on March 17, 2012. She and hundreds of other activists, along with journalists like me, had gathered in Zuccotti Park to mark the six-month anniversary of the start of Occupy Wall Street. It was four months after the New York Police Department had evicted the Occupy encampment from the park in a mass of violent arrests.
When the police moved in to the park that night, in formation and with batons, to arrest a massive number of nonviolent protesters, the chaos was terrifying. Bovell claimed that McMillan elbowed him in the face as he attempted to arrest her, and McMillan and her defense team claim that Bovell grabbed her right breast from behind, causing her to instinctively react.
But the jury didn’t hear anything about the police violence that took place in Zuccotti Park that night.
This is what Liberty Plaza (aka Zuccotti Park) looked like that morning: Occupy Wall Street: March 17, 2012
See anything threatening? Anyone advocating violence?
The verdict is bullshit.
The Rise and Rise of Television Torture
But this prevalence of torture that you see in otherwise very comparable shows is not limited to [the TV series] Fringe. It is everywhere in American entertainment now.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
FBI hacking squad used in domestic investigations, experts say
The FBI is using its own hacking programs for installing malware and spyware on the computers of suspected terrorists or child pornographers, a tactic that is drawing attention in the wake of disclosures about the domestic online surveillance of Americans.
When PDAs were the rage and smartphones were still primitive (the Treo had not yet been introduced), I dared to bring up the subject of data privacy on a discussion board. I used the example of Al Sharpton being arrested (he was always being arrested back then; NYC was in turmoil) — what would be the likelihood of the police confiscating his PDA and taking all of the info off of it?
I was basically jeered at and made to feel stupid and ridiculous. No one had the brains to see any of the implications of what I had raised.
Even today, with all of the NSA revelations, there are still those who smugly insist there’s no risk in using “the Cloud.”
Forced Exposure ~pj
You’ll find all the laws in the US related to privacy and surveillance there. Not that anyone seems to follow any laws that get in their way these days. Or if they find they need a law to make conduct lawful, they just write a new law or reinterpret an old one and keep on going. That’s not the rule of law as I understood the term.
Bold and redfacing added by me.
pressure cookers, backpacks and quinoa, oh my!
This is where we are at. Where you have no expectation of privacy. Where trying to learn how to cook some lentils could possibly land you on a watch list. Where you have to watch every little thing you do because someone else is watching every little thing you do.
Same-day update: This was not what she led everyone to believe. No Federal agents were involved and no surveillance of Google searches were done. See this: FBI denies involvement in Michele Catalano-related investigation
Kelly J. Langmesser, an FBI spokeswoman, said: “The FBI, nor the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, was involved in the action mentioned in Ms. Catalano’s blog post. The FBI respectfully defers you to Suffolk County Police Department.”
Next-day update: Big Boss, Not Big Brother, Spotted Long Island Family’s ‘Suspicious’ Google Searches. She has just made it more difficult for people to believe anyone else who is a victim of the NSA dragnet. How anyone with her credentials could have created such an error-ridden report is just scandalous. If you get a visit, ask for business cards from the law enforcement agents so you can prove who the hell they were.
Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind revelations of NSA surveillance
Snowden uses the phrase, “the normal state of business.” It’s not in the text, it’s in the video at the above link.
And now this …