March 28, 2017

Nunes allegedly got info on intelligence community Trump surveillance from White House source. “The new revelation that the information actually came from a meeting held on the grounds of the White House intensified questions about what prompted Mr. Nunes to make the claim about the intelligence gathering, and who gave him the information.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/27/us/politics/devin-nunes-house-intelligence-committee-white-house-wiretap.html?_r=0

U.S. ambassador to U.N. Nikki Haley says U.S. opposes ban on nuclear weapons, will boycott negotiations, implies other countries don’t understand the risks. “Do they really understand the threats that we have?”   https://secure.politico.com/story/2017/03/nikki-haley-united-nations-nuclear-weapons-ban-236544   Japan will also boycott U.N. nuclear disarmament talks. “More than 30 other countries have announced plans to skip the negotiations, including Japan, the only country to have suffered a nuclear attack, in 1945.”   http://www.dw.com/en/worlds-nuclear-powers-boycott-un-talks-on-weapons-ban/a-38149665

Amnesty International warns U.S. coalition on civilian deaths in Mosul. “Disproportionate attacks and indiscriminate attacks violate international humanitarian law and can constitute war crimes.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39411102

Constitutional rights group sues government for information on suspicionless searches of travelers’ electronic devices at borders. “The indiscriminate search of Americans’ electronic devices at the border raises serious constitutional questions… Subjecting that information to unfettered government scrutiny invades the core of individual privacy and threatens free inquiry and expression.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/03/27/civil-liberties-advocates-want-records-on-cellphone-and-laptop-searches-at-u-s-border/   and “These searches are extremely intrusive and government agents shouldn’t be conducting them without cause.”   https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/mar/27/us-customs-digital-device-searches-privacy-lawsuit-passwords

White House asks for $999 million to build 62 miles of Mexico border wall. “According to various estimates, the (entire) wall may cost anything between from $12 billion to over $20 billion, CNN reported.”    http://www.ibtimes.com/trump-border-wall-update-president-wants-1-billion-62-miles-us-mexico-wall-2516096   Leader of Senate Democrats says there’s no rush to fund Trump’s border wall. “…let’s give the president a chance to get Mexico to pay (for) it. Isn’t that what he told everybody, that we weren’t going to pay (for) it?”   http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/week-transcript-26-17-sen-chuck-schumer-rep/story

Number of white Americans in prison reportedly up from 41.9% of inmate population in 2000 to 48.3% currently, even though the white population of the country fell from 70.9% to 61.6% of the total during the same period. “It’s… reasonable to speculate that the race and education-specific trends noted by Case and Deaton — increased alcohol and opioid addiction in particular — are related to those within the jail system.”   http://www.twincities.com/2017/03/27/americas-prison-population-is-getting-whiter/

He’s back! House Republican leader Ryan pledges to continue the crusade against Obamacare. “We’re not going to just all of a sudden abandon health care and move on to the rest. We are going to move on with rest of our agenda, keep that on track, while we work the health care problem.”   http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/ryan-reverses-continue-obamacare-repeal-replace-effort/story?id=46408759

Use of facial recognition technology much more widespread than most people realize, few limits on law enforcement according to Congressional testimony. “I’m frankly appalled,” said Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.). “I wasn’t informed when my driver’s license was renewed my photograph was going to be in a repository that could be searched by law enforcement across the country.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/03/27/fbi-face-recognition-technology-has-no-limits-congressional-hearing-reveals

ICE agents reportedly shoot Chicago man during raid. “My dad doesn’t have any guns… He just opened the door and they just shot him.”   http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/1-Shot-in-Belmont-CraginNeighborhood–on-NW-Side-Police-417181913.html

Organizers of 2014 Hong Kong pro-democracy protests  charged. “The message is strong. Carrie Lam said she wanted to mend the society, but the message we got today is prosecution.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-politics-idUSKBN16Y0FK

Calls between lawyers and their imprisoned clients reportedly recorded by Leavenworth prison officials and phone service contractor, recordings found in possession of prosecutors. “At least 700 attorneys are believed to have been recorded without their knowledge, the investigator’s report submitted to a federal court said.”   http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/27/700-attorneys-spied-on-in-one-prison-investigator-finds.html

 

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March 28, 2017

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