May 24, 2016

TSA chief reportedly replaced as Congress debates bonuses, performance, retaliation against employees. “The Transportation Security Administration’s head of security has been ousted amid an uproar over long lines at airport security checkpoints and intense scrutiny over bonus payments.”

Officer in Freddie Gray homicide acquitted of all charges. “The acquittal Monday of a police officer charged in the arrest of Freddie Gray, the black man who suffered a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody last year, immediately renewed questions of whether any of the six police officers charged in the case would be convicted in connection with his death.”

Dominio’s payroll software shorted employee paychecks says New York’s attorney general. “The lawsuit alleges that PULSE routinely miscalculated workers’ gross wages, and that these mistakes led to workers being shorted on their paychecks.”

Clinton backs out of California debate. “The San Francisco Chronicle, which had offered to co-host a debate in the state, described Clinton’s decision as a “broken promise” while a spokesperson for Fox News, which had hoped to produce the event, said the network was “disappointed that Secretary Clinton has declined our debate invitation, especially given that the race is still contested and she had previously agreed to a final debate before the California primary.””

Government employees who report abuses often victims of retaliation says official. “Pentagon officials tasked with protecting whistleblowers have lied under oath, illegally destroyed documents, and gone out of their way to ruin people’s careers and lives for attempting to raise concerns about government abuses of power, according to a high-ranking Department of Defense (DoD) official, John Crane, who went public with his story on Sunday.”

Homeland Security reportedly inks deal with Israeli firm that claims it can identify potential terrorists through facial images. “The company said its technology also can be used to identify everything from great poker players to extroverts, pedophiles, geniuses and white collar-criminals.”

Women in Texas reportedly resorting to “do-it-yourself” abortions after clinic closings. “Restrictive laws took hold in Texas in 2013, forcing so many clinic closings that fewer than 20 remain to serve 5.4 million women of reproductive age.”

Appeals court throws out $1.3 billion Bank of America penalty. “The federal court ruling overturned an October 2013 jury verdict that Countrywide’s sale of bad loans to mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac constituted fraud.”

Brazil’s new government reportedly seeking to derail Petrobras corruption scandal. “The two-year judicial investigation into systematic bribes for contracts with the state-run oil giant Petrobras has implicated dozens of top politicians. These include Jucá, as well as six other ministers among the 23-person cabinet named by acting president Michel Temer.”

Rights group estimates 60,000 have died in Assad regime’s prisons since 2011 Syrian uprising. “No fewer than 60,000 detainees were martyred… either as a result of direct bodily torture, or denial of food and medicine” SOHR said in a written statement on Saturday.”

Coalition with right wing party sowing “seeds of fascism” in Israel say critics. ““What has happened is a hostile takeover of the Israeli government by dangerous elements,” Ehud Barak, Israel’s most decorated soldier and a former defense minister following his spell as head of government, told Channel 10 TV.

Most of the world’s internet users face restrictions on what they can access. “The Internet is as much a tool for control, surveillance and commercial considerations as it is for empowerment.”


May 24, 2016

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